Studying For The Exam

Becoming a contractor can lead to many adventures. It gives you an opportunity to go into business for yourself. You can hire others to work under you instead of doing all of the work on your own. After all of the classes that you need are completed, you will take an exam to see how much you retained. If you pass the exam, then you can get the licenses that you need to begin contract work. There are a few tips that can help with the contractor exam prep so that you understand the questions and have a better chance at passing.

The best thing to do is to start studying as soon as possible. You will be given a date during your class of when the exam will be administered. This will give you at least a week or two to start making notes of all the information that could be on the test. Index cards are a good way to keep your notes organized. Start writing information on them through the course of the class so that you won’t have to cram for everything at one time before the test. On the day of the exam, you want to get to the testing site as early as you can. This can give you a few more moments to study. It can also help you relax before the test so that your mind is clear.

Ask questions about the exam. Talk to other contractors who have taken the test to find out how long it usually takes and the type of information that could be seen. You don’t have to get the answers to the questions, but if you have a general idea as to what to study for, then it can help you be better prepared, and you won’t spend a lot of time studying for material that isn’t covered. Most states require that you file an application before taking the test. You also need to find out about the location of the exam and if there is anything you need to have with you in the way of identification or course completion.

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Why led lights are bringing sexy back

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I originally wrote this post back in January of 2009. I found it by accident and thought it really does still apply today as most people have even now not made the switch to LED Lights. I’m going to tell you now, why led lights are bringing sexy back to your home.

I love lighting, I love how you can change the look of a room just by changing what light are on or where they are located. The best part about lighting with LED lights is the environmental benefits they give you.  LEDs or light-emitting diode are lights that can not only save you some cash they can also help the environment. Making your home the sexy environmental beast you want it to be!

Some of the benefits of LEDs are:
  • Save money on electricity
  • Produces light the color of daylight
  • Use only 2-10 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of incandescent or CFL)
  • Long lasting – up to 60,000 hour bulb life
  • Cool running (warm to the touch) – little heat compared to standard bulbs
  • Works with most dimmer switches
  • Instant on/off
  • Work in cold weather
  • Can sustain moderate power surges
  • Durable bulbs with no fragile filaments to break from shaking and rattling
  • Directional lighting generates less wasted light
  • Works with sensor activated lights

What exactly are LED lights? Well think of a children’s toy that lights up. those lights never die just the batteries right? Well those are LED lights, yes this technology has been around for a long time. The reason we have not seen more of these is because it has been expensive to produce. LED lights are extremely bright and run on much less power then other types of lights. They can also come so close to the light of the sun that they have actually improved moods and helped to keep winter depression at bay.

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When used for design purposes they are wonderful in the fact that they shine where you want them to. They are great for highlighting a picture on the wall or under cabinetry. Of course they are also great for use in any other part of your home as well. You can use them for Holiday decorations, I’m sure you have all seen the LED Christmas lights. They have become extremely popular and I find it hard to get anything other then LED Light for the holidays. What even better is there are so many other holidays they have made light for to. LED lights make all holidays energy efficient and affordable to light up!

Over the last 7 years I have seen the LED Lighting industry grow like crazy. I very happy to see this as not only do LED’s help our finances, but we use less resources and can create a better planet, trust me they are more then worth the extra cost.

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5 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home in 2016

 

 

5 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home in 2016

It’s a new year and with a new year comes a need to change, not just ourselves but our homes as well. We start organizing and cleaning and making ourselves feel better because we are getting rid of the clutter. It’s a great thing, but sometimes you need to do more then just organize, you need a refresh of your home, but you don’t want to do a whole remodel.

Here are 10 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home in 2016

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1.  Paint Your way to a new look. Alabaster is the color of 2016. It’s a great simple white that really can update a space. If your not into white use one of Sherwin Williams Color Forecast colors of 2016 to update your home. Paint does not cost a lot and choose a color you love to give your home a cheap uplift.

2. Upgrade your faucets with something new. A new kitchen or bathroom faucet can really change the look and feel of a room. It also can help with your water bill depending on how old your current faucets are.

3. Replace curtains and blinds. Eventually these things become dirty, dingy and broken. Replacing them brings a fresh feeling to every room in your home. If you can’t replace your curtains at least make sure to wash them. Also putting them in different rooms can create a fresh look as well.

mainmenudecor24. Buy all new throw pillows. Your sofa, loveseat or chair may be comfortable, but does it still create that amazing feeling of style or is it now old and boring. Bring life back into it by adding some amazing throw pillows to create a new style and give your space a fresh look. There are so many different options you are sure to find one that will work for your home.

5. Replace all light bulbs with LED lights, not only are you going to save a ton of money in the long run, but LED lights are a great selling point for any home as well. Switching to these lights are a great way to move into 2016 with a feeling of empowerment over your finances. Yes, your home can give you that feeling again!

These are just a few easy ways to upgrade your home in 2016. How have you improved your home for 2016?

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5 Ways to Perk Up Your Home for The New Year

5 Ways to Perk Up Your Home for The New Year

The new year is here and now that we are into it a bit more you may find that your doing things just as you were last year. Nothing has changed and you are feeling less excited about the new year and thinking nothing will ever change. Well, you still have some time to make a few changes to your home that will help you feel refreshed and maybe help your metal state so you can ramp up those other new years resolutions!

1. Organize

This is probably the most important tip I have for you.. Not only does organizing help you to feel less frustrated as you can find things easier, but in general having an organized state in your home can keep you calm and focused.

If you don’t already have one buy a filing cabinet so that you can organize all of your important papers. This will also make tax time easier if you have a lot of tax paperwork. For the really important documents make sure you have a fireproof safe. This way if there is a problem and you have a fire your really important documents like birth certificates are safe.

If organizing your whole home seems like a daunting task, pick one or two rooms/closets to work on. Maybe your utility room is a mess or your kitchen has become overrun with bowls, cups and gadgets that need a place to go. Figure out the three most unorganized places in your home and get to those first.

2. Get Rid of It

While your organizing you want to also make sure to get rid of things you just don’t need, use or want anymore. Separate them into three different piles. Keep, Donate and Toss. Donating your items is a great way to get a good tax write off for next year. Do you know someone who could use something you have, give them a call before you donate it and see if they want it.

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3. Paint

A great way to perk up your home for the new year is to paint it. Now maybe you don’t have time to paint the whole house, but pick one or two rooms that you use the most and paint them! Most people pick unused rooms to paint, because it’s easier, but it doesn’t help you to feel refreshed and new. You want to concentrate on the rooms you use, not the guest room you only use once a year.

You also don’t have to paint the whole room, if your paint still looks good then you may be able to just paint an accent wall or a border to change up the rooms look.

Add a wall tattoo for some added fun and color. They are easy to use and can change up the look of a room in just a few minutes!

4. Clean

This kind of goes along with organizing, but you also want to start thinking about how clean your home is. Clean the windows, dust and clean your TV and computer screens. If you spend a lot of time watching TV or on the computer you can actually cause stress to your eyes if your screens are not clean.

5. Host a home décor exchange party

This is one that many people I know have had success with. They get together every few months and have a party with home décor items they no longer want. (They also do this with kids toy’s)  Just get some friends together and find some items you no longer wish to decorate with! All you do then is swap it or as they do there is a raffle for the item. (They don’t charge for it) All you do is add your name to a cup that is in front of the item, the person drawn wins that item. You can only be drawn once per item you brought with you. So if you bring three items you can win 3 items.

Do you have any tips to perk up your home for the new year? Share them with us!

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Tips for Decorating for a Holiday Party

Tips for Decorating for a Holiday Party

If, like many other people, you plan to host a holiday party this year, there are some tips you should keep in mind about your décor. You have likely already considered things like the plates, glassware, the holiday theme of your home, and other usual décor elements. But there are some things you may have overlooked that can add greatly, not only to your party’s festive atmosphere, but also to your enjoyment of the party itself. Use these tips to get started hosting a great festive party that you will be proud of.

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Make Your Decor Shine

Sometimes we are so focused on the food for our holiday party that we forget to wow our guest visually, with amazing holiday décor! A great way to start is to choose your color theme are you going to go traditional with red and green or do a more modern take with white and blue or even purple and green. There really are so many options that you may never even think of, but adding that wreath to the door, that small holiday swag to the coffee or sofa table and providing some ambiance with candles is just the thing to put everyone is a holiday mood.

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Don’t Forget the Kitchen

Between preparing food and drink and cleaning up afterwards, Americans spend five hours of their own holiday parties in the kitchen, according to Yahoo.com. Add to this the fact that many party goers somehow always end up hanging out in the kitchen, and it’s easy to see that the kitchen needs to be just as festively decorated as other parts of your home. Try to think about ways to incorporate your holiday party décor into the kitchen so that you can enjoy your own party and so that guests who come into the kitchen will never have to leave the party atmosphere behind. If you are having a Christmas party, look for tiny Christmas trees that come with the lights pre-attached. You can plug a few of these in and arrange them on your counter tops for a fun décor that doesn’t take up much valuable counter space. You can also consider the ceiling of your kitchen as a frequently unused space that is prime for decorating. Hang tinsel or garland from the light fixtures in your kitchen, as long as you make sure that there isn’t any risk of fire. Adding décor to your kitchen will help you feel like you are still part of the party, even when you are in the kitchen preparing food or making drinks, or even when you are loading the dishwasher at the end of the night.

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Make Food Accessible and Festive

While you have likely considered the importance of décor for your serving plates, napkins, and glassware, you may have neglected to think about decorating the area where the food will be and what serving dishing you will use. Will you make it easy with disposable holiday plates or go big with fine china? Use folding tables to create a buffet style food arrangement that is easily accessible throughout the party. You can then use the space between dishes to add décor, like small figurines of the season or beautiful holiday colored tea light or votive holders.

You can even make an inexpensive and festive tablecloth by using holiday wrapping paper. Wrap the top of each table in the same way you would wrap a present. You can even wrap the table in a bow and make the bow the centerpiece of your table arrangement. This presents the food you have prepared as a gift to your guests. The added bonus for you is that you won’t run the risk of ruining a beautiful, expensive tablecloth with food stains, and cleanup will be super easy, as all you have to do is rip off the wrapping paper and throw it away.

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Create a Table Centerpiece that WOW’s

Besides decorating your buffet you will also want to have an amazing centerpiece for where your guest will actually eat their food. There is one tried and true rule that I always stick to when doing a centerpiece. DO NOT make it tall. Keep it under eye level so that your guest can all see each other. You don’t want people having to look around things when they are trying to talk.

Decorating for a holiday party is one of the most fun parts of the preparations. Just make sure that you don’t neglect some of the other areas of your home you might not have considered, like your food arrangement and your kitchen. Add special touches in other rooms, too, like a small lighted tree in the restroom or holiday-themed hand towels. Light holiday scented candles throughout your home with smells like evergreen trees or cinnamon. Finding special ways to add little festive touches to your party will enhance the experience of all your guests and will make your home more festive even after the party ends.

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The Benefits of Sauna Treatments

Many cultures swear by the restorative benefits of a sauna, but in other parts of the world, the idea of sitting inside a boiling hot building and sweating seems insane. However, there are a number of health benefits associated with saunas that can be helpful for everyday people.

Cleansing.
Because of the sweating they induce, saunas are able to cleanse the body of toxins. These toxins are flushed out through the pores of the skin — in many ways, a sauna session after a night of heaving drinking can help alleviate the hangover by flushing the toxins out. Care must be taken not to become dehydrated, however.

Weight loss.
Studies have shown that a 20 minute session in a sauna may burn as much as 500 calories. This is because the body’s metabolism speeds up to maintain the proper body temperature, inducing sweating to keep the body cool and having the same result as an intense workout.

Immune system.
The heat of the sauna triggers the body to begin producing higher amounts of white blood cells, which in turn fight to keep the body free of any outside invaders. This improves the overall strength of the immune system. Regular visitors to the sauna tend to get sick less often, and when they are struck by illness, they recover faster.

Endurance.
Athletes find that regular sauna sessions can help improve their performance and endurance, particularly during sports that require extended periods of intense activity. This is because their bodies have developed a tolerance to higher amounts of heat and will feel less fatigue as a result.

Less acne.
Chronic acne sufferers can benefit from sauna treatments. The regular sweating cleanses the pores and prevents infection inside the skin, which helps to alleviate symptoms and give the skin a more healthy glow.

These are just a few of the benefits of owning a sauna. There are many more, including a more youthful appearance, better hair, and a host of mental benefits. Saunas are a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to improve their health, but they do require maintenance. Learning the inner workings of a sauna and knowing where to acquire steam sauna parts is essential for keeping the sauna is proper working order.

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5 Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

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Every year we all jump into the holidays and hope we do it right. This year I am doing a small Holiday Decorating Guide to help you create the best holiday look you can.

Here are 5 Thanksgiving Decorating Tips you can use to make decorating easier.

1. Decide, is thanksgiving for you formal or informal. If it’s formal check out deals on place settings online so that you can get what you need before the holiday. If it’s not formal, buy some great disposable plates with a thanksgiving theme and make clean up a lot easier.

2. Even if your dinner is informal you should still have a centerpiece.  A great way to make an awesome centerpiece is to use plate stands to bring the food up, not only does it make the table more interesting, but it creates more room for more food or just elbow room.

3. If you live in an area that still has fall leaves, bring them in for the day. have the kids go out and collect them and use them to decorate the tables or add fall flair to your napkin holders. You can also use fake leaves and swags to create the harvest look.

4. Make sure you have all of your platters ready and washed, count what you need and be sure to get extra. Add your own thanksgiving touch to the turkey platter by using a ribbon around the edge of the platter or around handles on serving dishes

5. Use pumpkin and apple candles to scent your table and home it will create a warm feeling along with keeping the home smelling great well after the meal is done.

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Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Patio

There is no reason why you have to keep your holiday decorations in your house. Branch out onto your patio. Even if it is not warm enough for you to spend time outside enjoying them, looking at them from the window produces the same holiday cheer as looking at decorations inside your home. What is special about decorating a patio is that you can incorporate the natural elements into the design. Here are just a few of the ways you can make your patio festive.

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During the Christmas season, no one thinks twice about bringing trees into their home. This year, you may want to put one your patio as well. It’s a great Holiday decorating idea! You can decorate it with lights that are designed to be put up outside. You can even find ornaments that are sturdy enough to decorate the tree with. You can essentially put a Christmas tree in the middle of your patio where it will be exposed to the snow and ice and other winter elements. It will look beautiful and set itself apart from the other trees in the yard.

In keeping in theme with the Christmas tree idea, you can put many other plants outside during the winter to add some festive cheer to the lack of greenery and abundance of white. Whether you choose to use artificial Christmas trees and plants or real ones, it will certainly add some color. This is especially true if you opt for bright red or green varieties. Again, you can feel free to add ornaments or lights to them for an extra sparkle.

Strategically placing a few decorative items around the patio can make a huge difference in the mood of the space. For example, filling a basket that you don’t mind getting worn by the weather with some pine cones and fake berries adds a nice touch. A couple stone statues with a Christmas theme can complete the look. Even a simple strand of lights and garland draped around a railing can transform the look of the patio.

If you have a large amount of space that you are trying to use up, you may choose to create an entire scene out of decorations meant to be placed outside. Most people create either a nativity scene or a Santa Clause scene that they can gaze on as they look out the window.

christmas-decor-patio-ideasHow you decorate your patio for the holidays depends on several things. You have to determine how much space you have to work with and what the weather is like in your area. If you plan on having snow, you can use that to create a festive look. If you don’t have snow and harsh conditions, you have more freedom to put out other decorations without fear that they will get destroyed.

Decorating for the holidays shouldn’t be restricted just to the inside of the house. Surround yourself with holiday cheer by decorating the outside. It will be wonderful to see when you look out the window, and it will also provide a welcoming tone to guests and neighbors.

 

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How To Find The Ideal Kitchen Remodeling Company

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to update and optimize the appearance of your kitchen, it is important that you gain access to excellent remodeling services. To ensure that you can expedite and optimize your attempt to find the ideal kitchen remodeling company, utilize the following search strategies:

1. Search Online.

One great way to accelerate the process of finding the perfect remodeling company is to take your search online. By doing a quick, relevant keyword search, you can go straight to the company’s website and learn all about the products and services they offer. An example of a good search phrase would be "Locate Kitchen Remodeling Company In Miami, Florida." After hitting your enter key, you’ll be redirected to the SERPs. From there, it will be your responsibility to click a hyperlink and start researching the data found on the company’s website. Pay close attention to things like how long the company has been in operation and whether they offer value-adding perks such as a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

In addition to visiting the websites of companies that offer kitchen remodeling services, be sure to try an Internet directory. Online companies like www.web.com will provide you with information regarding remodeling contractors in your area. Visit their website right now to get your free estimate.

2. Request A Complimentary Consultation.

In addition to searching online for the ideal kitchen remodeling company, make sure that you request a complimentary consultation. The consultation affords you the opportunity to see how the company’s representatives interface with you. This is the time in which you’ll be able to determine whether you like the company culture, can maintain good rapport with its contractors, and feel satisfied with their level of customer service.

3. Get Data On The Remodeling Company’s Reputation.

Even if you complete the consultation and find that you are happy with the company’s culture and mode of interaction with you, it’s important to get a broader perspective. Specifically, you need to get a basic understanding of whether the remodeling company has a good reputation with the general public. You can accomplish this objective in several ways, such as by checking their rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You should also read the feedback provided by customers who have used the company’s services.

Don’t Delay-Optimize Your Kitchen Today

If you’re ready to get your kitchen in great shape, it’s time to attain professional remodeling services. Make sure that you attain the best services available by implementing the simple search techniques listed here for you!

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Be Thankful for your Thanksgiving Decor

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and a celebration of everything we are thankful for. I like to keep my Thanksgiving Décor simple and these Thanksgiving décor ideas are just that, simple, elegant and so easy to do! Here are a few things I love or have made up for my own home!

 

 

 

 

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