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    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    11 DIY Changes for A Stylish Kitchen

    Stylish Kitchen Updates


    Hello friends and welcome back for another post in my interior decor and design series! My husband and I are currently remodeling our kitchen so I have been thinking about some of the top DIY changes that anyone can make to create a stylish kitchen on a budget. Some people want to make quick DIY changes to their kitchens over the weekend, while others want to increase equity and are interested in extensive kitchen remodeling. No matter the case, being smart about the choices you make can save you a lot of money. Read more

    Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks, Home Improvement and DIY

    Home Improvement 101: How To Schedule Routine Home Maintenance

    It’s nearly summer and everyone is ready for some carefree days of rest and relaxation! For homeowners summer is also a time for tidying up the landscape and boosting curb appeal.


    Home improvement ideas refresh your home

    How To Keep Your Home Looking Fresh And Stylish

    While beautifying your home can be somewhat enjoyable, there are still other “boring” home maintenance tasks that can’t be avoided. Rather than ignore these tasks and run the risk of incurring costly damages as a result, you can simply schedule home maintenance projects and work them into the normal routines of everyday life throughout the year. Today I will share some tips on how to schedule routine home maintenance by using either a hand written schedule or scheduling app or software. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.

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    Home Improvement and DIY

    Home Ownership 101: Tips For First Time Home Buyers

    Tips For First Time Home Buyers

    Hello and welcome back to my Home Ownership 101 series!  Are you or a friend or family member a first time home buyer?  Buying your first home can be a daunting experience with many concerns about how you will finance the purchase. You will need to be certain that you have enough cash to see the transaction through, that your credit score.  is high enought, and what is the best way to proceed with making your home ownership dreams become a reality. Today I am sharing some tips for first time home buyers.  I am also sharing some terminology that can help you understand the process better. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY

    Home Ownership 101: Issues With Mold In Cavity Wall Insulation


    It’s winter, but instead of beautiful, glistening snow, we have had rain, rain and more rain in our region for months! Having dealt with mold problems in the past and suffering from Mold Biotoxin Illness as a result, I am vigilant about keeping my eyes (and nose) open for any signs of mildew or mold. With all the snow and rain in winter which carries right on into spring, there is always a chance for leakage in basements and cavity walls throughout the wet months. Mold cannot be ignored, and prevention is the best cure!


    Mold in the wall cavity from a water leak in the adjacent townhome

    (Mold in the wall cavity from a water leak in the adjacent town home) source


    While most people are aware to check around the foundation of basements, crawl spaces, under sinks and around the shower, sometimes mold can be missed altogether because it is inside the wall in the insulation. Cavity wall insulation problems are rife despite many believing that it’s one of the best methods of insulating your home. While its sole purpose is to stop the cold air, rain and snow from getting into the home and to prevent the warm air from escaping into the atmosphere, there are numerous issues – although the majority of the problems seem to stem from poor installation methods by people who have attempted to do it themselves or, worse still, by people claiming to be professionals.


    (Moldy stud cavities) source


    First and foremost, if you have a leaky roof, take care of this right away by hiring a roofing contractor before you procee with insulation. Damp problems are among the most common issues that can arise when the job isn’t done properly. For instance, the insulation has the potential to rot away whole walls and floors causing them to collapse and the process of rebuilding the walls or floors will be substantially higher than the initial cost of insulating the home. The biggest issue that leads to problems with insulation – of all forms, not just cavity wall insulation – is that people trust ‘experts’ to do the job for them and they haven’t done their own research. 

    Kitchen Extension - exterior cavity wall insulation

    (Cavity Wall Insulation) source


    While experts will tell you that cavity wall insulation is one of the best ways of keeping your homes warm, unfortunately damp is a common issue. This can lead to mold and the need for a mold remediation contractor. One of the most common cavity wall insulation problems occurs when it is incorrectly installed.


    Why to Always Choose Professional Cavity Wall Insulation Installers
    Some DIY projects are incredibly simple, especially if you are confident in your own abilities. Others are slightly more complicated and should only be done by professionals. One such example is with cavity wall insulation installers who have been trained to install this form of insulation correctly using the right materials for the job. The very best installers might be cavity wall insulation installers or DIY enthusiasts, but the difference is that they’ve been trained in this process so that you get your money’s worth from the job and you don’t have to spend money trying to do it yourself, then again getting a professional to finish it (or repair what you’ve tried yourself, which can be even more expensive!) The problem with cavity wall insulation is that it is such a specialist project that equipment is required that meets certain industry standards and expectations that the everyday DIY enthusiast just can’t get their hands on.


    How #Mold is Affecting the Public

    While DIY might be a strong point, compromising the structure of the home is not something you should attempt on your own no matter how much you believe in your own ability so those with all of the equipment, expertise and experience should be tasked with removing any insulation. You can also risk permanent health damage to yourself and family members if mold remidiation isn’t handled properly.  For more information on Mold Biotoxin Illness read here.


    When it comes to toxic mold, we assume there are respiratory issues, but these symptoms of toxic mold exposure may surprise you!via It Takes Time


    Well dear friends, I am happy that we have not had to deal with much mold at all in our yellow brick home, although the outdoor molds have been an issue. I am highly allergic to indoor and outdoor molds so I am vigilant about mold avoidance, detection and prevention. If you suspect mold anywhere in your home, be sure to do lots of research on the best methods of remediation and hire a reputable professional company. Hopefully you will never encounter mold issues, but it is always good to be aware of what to look for. Click here to read about how you can identify signs that will help you know if you need a mold inspection. 


    Mold damaged my health, so I can’t stress enough the importance of being vigilant when avoiding and fighting mold.

    Tfor stopping by today! I pray that your life, health and home is completely mold free dear friends!


    Garden Thyme, Home Improvement and DIY

    Five Simple DIY Improvements For Gardens and Outdoor Entertaining Areas



    Spring is here and that means it’s time to dress up the exteriors of our homes with fresh flowers and a well-maintained landscape. While we often put a lot of time and effort into the interior design of our home, sometimes the garden and exteriors can tend to become a bit neglected, and this is especially true over the long winter months. Undertaking outdoor improvements can seem daunting and time-consuming task, however, this does not have to be the case.*This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY

    Five Beautiful Small Pool Designs

    Spring has just arrived, but summer will be here before we know it! If you have been considering installing a swimming pool or planning a pool resurfacing Las Vegas project, chances are you are making plans now. Maybe you have always wanted a pool, but you have limited space to work with on your property. Have you heard of “spools?” This is the new term for trendy smaller pools in all different shapes that can allow you to enjoy the benefits and luxury of having your own private pool without having to take up a lot of yard space. If you have always dreamed of having an in-ground pool but space is an issue, today I am sharing five beautiful small pool designs that just might work for you. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    Five Bright And Beautiful Bathrooms

    Farmhouse Bathrooms #farmhousebathroomideas

    Good evening friends! Tonight I am doing a little bathroom makeover dreaming. One of the hopeful home improvement projects for the upcoming summer is a minor cosmetic makeover in our upstairs bathroom. This makeover basically involves repainting and maybe adding a shelf behind the toilet to add some style and for storing some necessities. If time and budget permits, we might even get around to changing the floor. We inherited a large whirlpool bathtub when we moved in, but unfortunately it doesn’t work very well and it also takes up way too much space. My husband mentioned the other night that he would like to replace it with a smaller tub sometime in the future, so of course I headed to Pinterest to get some ideas! I found five bright and beautiful bathrooms and I am just swooning! Even if it will be a couple of years until we get around to a full bathroom makeover, a girl can dream! 

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