The holidays season is in full swing and Christmas is just around the corner. The holiday joy is in the air as the neighborhood begins to put up their decorations. As you start your home decorating, take a look at these helpful tips to make your home stand out and have a welcoming, warm vibe.
The Front yard
The lights in the front of your home are a holiday tradition getting the lights just perfect is always the goal. Keep in mind this season that too many lights does not mean you have more holiday joy than the rest; instead, it gives off the opposite message. Keep your holiday lighting simple. If you’re using color lights, keep a subtle pattern throughout. If you’re going white lights, try and stay with the white light theme throughout. It’s not about how fantastic your lighting is, but on the nice welcoming feel, you can create.
Christmas tree lighting and decorations tend to get a little out of hand at times. One of the things you can do to make sure your tree stands out is using different size lights in the tree. Having large lights wrapped around and then small lights will contribute to making your lighting unique and shine brighter. Don’t be afraid to put up your ornaments on the tree. Holidays are a time of family, friends, and yourself so put something of every one of the tree to personalize it.
When it comes to decorating your living room accessories are the key. An easy way to bring the holiday spirit to the living room is to scatter around Christmas hats. You’ll be surprised at how many guest will put on the hats when they are within reach. Hang up stockings and add decor that represents you and your family traditions.
Yes, you can add holiday joy to your kitchen as well. Set up a gingerbread house and have the ingredients needed to have your family add to it every chance they get or replace the parts they have ate. This is an excellent interactive activity because you might slowly see the house grow and grow or start crumbling down.
You have a beautiful display of lights outside the home, but make sure not to neglect the inside of the home. Your inside lights can be an add on to the rest of your decor inside the home. Have them surround your living rooms holiday accessories. Make sure you’re not covering the inside of your house, though, keep it simple and you’ll have a warm vibe that will instantly put anyone in the holiday spirit inside and outside of your home.
Let us get into the spirit of the Holidays and bring to our Homes all the blessings and enjoyable moments with our Loved Ones and Friends.
Bathrooms are the hardest rooms to decorate around the house and often end up feeling much tighter in space than they actually are. A bathroom is meant to be spacious or at least give the impression that you can move around freely in it. Most people will spend a lot of time in the bathroom doing their hair, makeup, or other hygienic routines. Don’t make one of the most used rooms in the house feel like a small and cluttered space. Take a look at five tips that will help you create an open and spacious feeling in your bathroom whether it’s big or small.
There is only one rule that you should have in mind when thinking about what mirror you should put in the bathroom. The bigger, the better. Mirrors can make a room feel like it has twice the space and add more light to the room in the process. Make sure that you don’t use mirrors side by side though as it will have an opposite effect and make the room feel once again crammed.
The more light you have come into the bathroom, the greater visual effect it will have on the space. Just as I have mentioned above, semi-gloss paint and big mirrors will attract a lot of light in the room. If you decide to want to go further with the natural light or feel that it’s not enough to your liking a solatube-skylight should do the trick.
Most people have towel racks attached to a wall near the shower. This rack is taking up wall space and creates a mood that feels cluttered. Instead, try moving those racks and attaching them to the bathroom door. For those that have a smaller space to work with, this is particularly useful. Moving the towels will clear up space and make the room feel wider than it was.
Research shows that bathrooms are usually small and dark. Paint can go a long way in a bathroom if you tend to stay with lighter colors. If you choose a unified lighter color throughout, it will visually expand the height of the room and at the same time mask the transitions and planes intersecting. As an extra tip when painting, if you use semi-gloss paint it will reflect the light coming in.
Finally, it is time to add your personal touch to the room. The only advice that can be given here is to try and keep things simple. The last thing you want is to add too much stuff and be back to where you started with an uncomfortable bathroom feeling. Preferably, to keep with creating an illusion of a spacious bathroom try and keep things white if possible.
Fall is finally here and the weather is beginning to feel just right. Now that the blazing heat is not a factor, it is time to get outside and take care of some overdue yard work. Granted, this is not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of fall, but if you take the time now to prepare your yard, come spring, you’ll be sitting easy.
- Feed Your Lawn
There is one thing that makes the difference between a lawn that looks ok and a lawn that that looks beautiful and that’s two fall feedings. Feeding your lawn early in fall and then again six weeks down the road will help your lawn rebuild those damaged roots that were damaged by summer. If you want to take it a step further, you can purchase some weed and feed to kill the lawn weeds and feed your lawn at the same time.
- Protect fragile plants
Newly planted trees or roses need a little winter coat. Even if it feels like this is not going to be a cold season, your plants will. Winter burn is common in California and is caused by sunlight and dry soil. Burlap is a great way to combat this. Pound three stakes in the ground and drape a double layer of burlap over and secure with twine or stables.
- Plant and pack bulbs
If you want beautiful flowers in the spring, then you need to start the process now. Most plants and roses need a few months in cold temperatures to begin their growing process. Set some time aside to dig up some soil and plant the bulb. Don’t forget to retrieve your old bulbs as these will rot in the ground.
- Continue watering
Even though the fall and winter months typically bring more moisture (hopefully more this year than last) your garden still needs to be watered regularly. We don’t live in a climate that allows our yards to live off the weather. Also, aerate and seed your lawn. This way, by spring, your lawn will be greener than ever.
As a bonus tip to keep your lawn looking great, mow down the fallen leaves in your yard. Having the leaves cut down into pieces is actually beneficial because they will decompose and provide nutrients for you lawn. Keep these tips in mind and you will be sure to make it through the cold season and start spring with the best lawn in the neighborhood.
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The holiday season is coming quick, and the first stop is a scary one. Bring out the zombie make-up and pick out your scariest outfit, because this Halloween season in Long Beach is one that you won’t want to miss. With so many fun and spook-filled events, you aren’t going to want to miss out. Here is a list of a few spots that you will bring you great holiday fun with friends and family.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The horror that occurs at The Queen Mary has become a staple of Long Beach and will bring out the goosebumps in anyone. Starting on September 29 you can walk through 10 frightening mazes that will surely make anyone scream their way to an unforgettable experience. The fun/terror doesn’t stop after the mazes as you can make it a scary overnight experience with one of their great hotel packages. Another great reason to visit the Queen Mary beside its amazing haunted experiences is that unlike other haunted attractions, The Queen Mary ticket prices are starting at $20 online which is a great deal compared other Halloween Horror attractions.
Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
So if you want a little Halloween fun with the kids and dog, Yes your dog can join in on the Halloween fun, then make sure your register and head on over to the 16th-annual Howl’oween parade located at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach. Dress yourself up and your dog and enter to win one of the many great prizes that will be given out including Petcurean dog food for a year. The parade will include a vendor fair and a pet adoption fair that will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Get creative and bring the whole family as judges will be looking for the best dog costume, best costume of people walking a dog in the parade, best group, and best “float” which is a pulled cart or wagon.
Long Beach Zombie Fest
The zombie outbreak is hitting Long Beach on October 14-16, and it is going to be filled with horror, guts, and music. Stop by Rainbow Lagoon where the Zombie Fest will be located and participate in the fun. Take a scary photo in their zombie-infested Photo Booth that will be giving out a free souvenir, dance away to a Thriller workshop, and join in on the world zombie flash mob. You won’t want to miss the infamous zombie walk and take advantage of the free make-up service provided by Cinema Makeup school. Don’t wait, buy tickets and enjoy the fun.
Trick Or Treat At Belmont Shore
Sometimes the best thing about Halloween time is the day you can take a stroll in the evening and just do some traditional trick or treating. Bring back the kid in you, and walk down 2nd street on Halloween day for some great shopping, dining, and candy at participating shops. Dress up in your best superhero, princess, or walking dead costume and walk down the beautiful strip to for a great Halloween night that will be sure to provide lots of candy in return.
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Congratulations. You finally have the keys you have been waiting for so patiently in your hands. The boring paperwork is over with, and you are free to enter your house. The next step should be to buy some wine and have a big housewarming party so your friends and family can see your new place right? Well, here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind before the big party.
Do you remember those documents that were handed to you at closing? If this is your first time buying a home, those just might be the most expensive pieces of paper that you have ever held. One of the first things you should do after you have those documents in your hand is make copies of them. Make multiple copies because we are a lot more clumsy than we give ourselves credit for. Make sure to keep the copies in your house so you can reach them quickly if needed, and store the originals somewhere safe, NOT at home.
Cover Those Windows
Moving into any new place is always a hassle. Having to carry boxes from one place to another, then opening and organizing all your belongings. With all your valuable possessions being transferred around don’t showcase all of your items to the whole neighborhood, and make sure you cover your windows. Whether it’s with curtains or towels to start, it’s always a good idea to cover up your windows so you don’t become an advertisement for burglars.
Every home buyer has a vision of what they would like their house to look like, and what they plan on doing to it once they move in. One mistake that homeowners make is thinking that they have to do everything at once which usually isn’t very realistic. Set a plan of your goals for the house, and do not panic if things start looking further into the future than you imagined.
Possibly the most overlooked thing when it comes to buying a home is changing the locks. Even if your home was on the market for just one day, the house keys could have passed the hands on many people. Previous homeowners could have given the key to a close neighbor. The best solution is to change the locks and take away the possibility of your house keys being in someone else’s hands.
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