5 Amazing Changes to Your Living Room

Living room is the center of homeowners’ universe. It is the place where we spend most time and engage in conversation with our loved ones. Given this special purpose (both functional and emotional) it is the part of our home that matter the most.
Although people spend most of their life in this small room, they tend to neglect it awfully lot. Sometimes, you can see that interior design hasn’t been changed for decades and there is no indication it will be in near future.
Homeowners do not like addressing their living room as they often think that the costs will be too high. This isn’t always true. Sometimes, you can accomplish a lot with just a small investment. Let’s see what the best ways to do it are.

1. Adding a few mirrors
Mirror can do a lot for your space.
Due to its specific form and the fact they reflect things; you can accomplish various effects with them. In fact, mirrors are a cheap alternative to expensive paintings. Instead of decorating your whole walls with lots of paintings you can accomplish almost the same effect with one larger mirror.
Hollywood mirrors are especially neat. Besides the mirror itself, they come with lots of light bulbs that can deepen the experience for the viewer. You can start your mirror search by visiting HollywoodMirrors.co.uk where you will find a decent collection of illuminated mirrors for your home.

2.  Go for intricate wall paintings
Again, instead of getting paintings, you can paint a picture on the wall.
This form of art is really modern and artsy and it can be a good substitution to anything else you would’ve put on wall otherwise. It is something that sticks with a viewer and completely solves your problem.
However, do not do this yourself. It is much better if you get a proficient person to do the job. In the end, you wouldn’t like to repaint your walls again, wouldn’t you?

3.  Switching up things a bit
The oldest trick in the book is switching up your furniture. It might not be the best option and you can accomplish much more by simply purchasing a new set of items but it is by far the cheapest option at your disposal.
You should always try and reposition your stuff so that the room feels more homey. Try creating an oval shape with your sofas and chairs. This way, when your guests arrive, they will all be placed in a circle instead of rectangle. It is a small trick that most people neglect. However, it will have such a mental impact on your guests that they will feel as if you completely changed the whole room.

4.  Remove obstructive things from your windows
Here is a similar trick as the one with furniture.
You are not actually changing anything; instead you are simply removing excess things.
Most living rooms are exposed to the sunlight. There are likely windows or glass doors on one side of the room. Unfortunately, homeowners tend to ruin the atmosphere by adding curtains, putting plants near the windows or obstructing the view in some other way.
Natural light is great for your eyes and your psyche. Even if the light may seem overbearing at times, it definitely helps more than it makes the issue. So, make sure to introduce more of it.

5.  Buy new trinkets, refresh your photos
Everybody has small trinkets, items and photos in their living room. Although they may be important for us or remind us of something, think about changing them once in a while. If a photo is significant for you, you can simply relocate it to bedroom or some other area of your house. However, this swap as small as it may be is really significant for your living room décor.

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Preloved Items for Babies and Toddlers

I remember feeling so happy about a new something given to me by an older cousin.  I realized later that those were preloved. I thought at that time that it was a practice peculiar to my family only. I come to know much later that it is a universal thing.
Hand me downs are practical way of dressing babies and toddlers.  For one,  kids these ages grow so fast, so apparels are worn only for a few times. And also,  this saves parents a few bucks for more important things which should be bought new and unused.
Preloved items for babies and toddlers include.
1. Shirts, dresses, shorts,  and pants
2. Baby blankets. If you’re planning of using cloth diapers then buy these new.
3. Some baby toys
4. Baby bags and accessories
5. Baby crib, walker,  tub

Things that parents shouldn’t buy second hand.
1. Undies
2. Towels
3. Stuff toys especially if your family has a history of asthma.
4. Socks, shoes, baby bib and mittens

Has this been a thing practiced in your family?

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Jumping on the Bandwagon on a Budget

It has been 7 years since I bought myself a decent phone.

The last decent phone I had was the Nokia N-72. After the robbery incident in our home, in which my beloved phone sadly got included, I never got myself to buy another phone in that price range and that time the Nokia N72 was around 200USD here in Thailand. And so I bought myself a call and text phone (Nokia 107) and said to myself it’s all I need.

Fast forward to the present, I was persuaded by my husband to get a new phone and keep myself abreast with the present times and also my longtime friend and companion, my trusty Nokia 107, was showing signs of conking out. As we went window shopping I was astounded by the sheer volume of choices. You got Samsung neck and neck with Apple. You got LG, Huwawei, Sony, Nokia, Oppo, and another Chinese manufacturer which I can’t remember the name. I was having difficulty choosing which one to get for myself. So I kept on calling off my purchase date.

To help me with my purchase my hubby asked me a few questions to eliminate some of the selections and narrow down the candidates.

1. How much are you willing to shell out?

2. What do you really intend it for?

3. Any particular designs, color, or quirks you like or hate?

Well, one thing is for sure, I do not want to shell out more than 300USD just for a phone. I need a phone that is big enough for me to check on my blog, Facebook, e-mails and whatnot,  without straining my eyes. It also should take very good photos (check them out here and join the phone photography challenge here) without me trying so hard at it. LOL!  With my budget I have ruled out any kind of i-Phone but I really do love how it looks and of course its quality. The Samsung J7 was our first candidate as it met all of the desired specifications. But after reading the online reviews giving us tons of negative feedback, we backed track a whole lot. After checking it out for ourselves it proved to be true. So we moved on to the next candidate, the “Oppo F1s” I have never used an Oppo phone before but I have heard that it is quite popular amongst the teenagers here in Thailand. They said if you can’t afford the i-Phone get an Oppo.

Now, I am a very skeptical person especially with brand names. I always ask or research about it until I am satisfied with all the information and give me an emphatic sound reassurance. Reading its users review at a very popular phone website gave us mostly positive reviews and opinions. So we checked it out and Lo and Behold. The feel of the Oppo is more premium than what you’d expect from a relatively inexpensive phone. With its metal body it gives you that heft of reassurance in your hand. It’s wide screen gives out crisp and clear images with rich colors. So there… We have narrowed down the specifications I have in mind. A phone within the 300USD price range, big enough to avoid any eye strain, takes good photos, and with the dashing looks of an i-Phone.

What things have you done or acquired recently to jump in the bandwagon?

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Save On Your Next Print With Groupon Coupons

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With Christmas vacation just around the corner, my whole family is kicking with excitement and anticipation. My kids just couldn’t wait for school to finish and so we can get on with our vacation plans. With an almost whole-year round hectic schedule, this is certainly something we all look forward to.
We are a family of photography enthusiasts, needless to say the first thing we packed were our photography equipment. Our living room walls unlike other families’ are decorated with big prints of family portraits and other treasured shots from previous getaways and travels. We love looking at them as they bring back happy, loving memories of the past. Aside from this, we still have tons of photo files stored in our laptop which I’d really love to print in a family photo album.

Being a Groupon Coupon member is certainly a blessing because there are plenty of affiliated brands, and one of them is Shutterfly.  Shutterfly is a great place to have photos printed from any preferred designs like family photo albums, to collage prints, and framed prints name it, they have it.

There are truly many ways to save money like getting discounts, buying on sale items, and using coupons.

And oh, Easy Canvas Prints is also with them. I been wanting to print in canvas some very nice photos taken from our vacation last year but it’s been put up on hold. This time I could have our most treasured photos printed right away. They’ve got as big as 80% off on canvas prints, easy canvas prints coupons, codes, promos, and sales.  Here’s more, shipping is FREE.

I’m so glad I joined Groupon Coupons (FREE membership). There are simply countless brands to choose from, and many of these brands are my all-time favorites.

Check out Groupon Coupons. You’d be surprise too.

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