4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For A Viewing

Your home may be on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ready to be sold. Of course, it is possible that someone will want it as it is, but you’re much more likely to get a fair offer if you take some time to prepare. Your home is always going to feel comfortable to you on some level, but other people aren’t going to want a house that’s overgrown with weeds, has closets bursting with clutter, and a leaking roof. If you’re going to sell your home for the best price possible, here are four things you need to do.

1. Clear Away The Clutter
Cluttered and dirty homes look small and appealing, so, before you start doing anything else, you need to make sure that you clean and declutter your entire home. Start by going around every room, dusting, vacuuming, and wiping every nook and cranny. Potential buyers will want to check out every inch of your home, so leave no stone unturned. Also, don’t think that you can shove your clutter in your garage or a closet, as they will want to take a look at those too.

2. Let The Light In
Natural light can totally transform a room, making it appear lighter, brighter, and larger. Because of this, you need to let as much natural light into your home as you possibly can. Start by opening all of your curtains and blinds and add mirrors to your walls to reflect and enhance this light. You should also prune any trees or bushes outside your home so that they don’t cast shadows over the windows. Also, ensure you illuminate dark areas with floor and table lamps.

3. Tidy Up Your Garden
The inside of your property is, of course, incredibly important, but don’t forget to tidy up your gardens too. Ensure that lawns are trimmed, plants are watered, and that you focus on weed control. You should also clean up the entrance of your home, but repainting your front door, replacing the knocker and numbers, and jet washing the driveway. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure that the impression you give is the best possible.

4. Opt For Neutral Colors
When potential buyers view your home, they want to be able to imagine themselves living there. Unfortunately, this is pretty difficult to do if your tastes and style massively clash with theirs. Because of this, you should repaint bold walls with a more neutral color, like white, cream, or beige. You should also cover up any out-there furniture and put family photographs away. This gives viewers a blank canvas so that they can picture what how they’d decorate themselves.

If you’re planning to sell your home sometime soon, you can’t just list it and hope for the best. Although you could make a sale this way, you’re much more likely to get decent offers if you properly prepare. Hopefully, with the tips above, you’ll find this task much easier.

5 Tips To Keep Him Interested In You Forever

Men are gentle and loyal creatures. They are fascinated by many things, and a charming, beautiful woman is one of them.
If a man finds a woman worth his attention, they are sure to get his undivided attention, and they let themselves be captivated by the woman.
However, men are also impatient and can grow restless if their senses are not stimulated enough by the woman.
A woman who is nonchalant and does not care about what they do for them is a turnoff for them. That being said, there are ways in which women can subdue this attitude, and show their man that they are worth their time.

Here are 5 ways in which a woman can captivate their man and keep them interested

Men love their food. Men need extra energy to keep going through their busy schedules, and a few delicious extra calories don't hurt, especially when a woman is accompanying them for the food.
Dinner dates are special for men as the idea of a romantic wine and dine with a special woman is extremely appealing to them.
It piques their interest in the woman because a woman who knows the type of food a man likes has a high likelihood of knowing the key to his heart.
This makes him want the girl more, and creates a longing, or an interest in the woman which does not die easily!


All men love getting an occasional surprise or a gift! Men love to be excited or to be momentarily thrilled, and surprises do just that for them.

What men love most as surprises, other than surprise parties, are surprise presents. Men love their solemn T-shirts and a girl who wants to get their man's attention needs to know
An excellent idea for a surprise gift is a custom Printed T-shirt which bears a quote which is dear to his heart, or simply a quirky or witty one-liner.
Men adore such gifts, and the woman who knows this already has an advantage in getting and keeping a man's interest and attention.

It can be a turn off when women let go of all their secrets on the first date. However, if you know how to play your cards right, you can get your man's attention just be how much you reveal about yourself when you meet and talk.
A man loves mysteries, and he loves it if his woman is one. There is nothing left to learn about a woman if she completely opens up to the man after just one date, and is a running tap.
Some information must remain confidential, if only for the sake of building interest and intrigue in the eyes of the man, and hence getting him to want to explore the woman further and delve deeper into her heart.


This point is pretty self-explanatory. A woman must take care of herself and her appearance in order to get a man's interest.
A woman who doesn't groom herself properly and has poor self-maintenance skills is highly unlikely to be able to catch a man's eye. A woman does not have to be naturally beautiful to get a man's attention.
She must be able to wear her looks positively and carry herself with confidence, apart from being well groomed.
Having a natural smile on your face is also extremely attractive for men, and there is immediate interest whenever a man spots a full-fledged smile on a girl.

Communication of thought and emotions is crucial to get a man's interest. A woman who does not know how to communicate, through words or through body language is a turn off for men and they will lose interest rapidly.
Making their views and interests clear and communicating their emotions is crucial for guys to develop an interest in girls and for the longevity of that interest.

Interest and attraction are dependent on the effective projection of thought and emotion, and a woman who has mastery over communication has an edge over the attraction and interest of her man.
A woman must show her man that she is one to treasure, and the man will treat her like one. Men are simple and respond to stimuli.
It is up to the woman to give them those stimuli. Loving comes easy to men, and they will provide all the love and interest if the woman knows how to trigger the right areas of a man's psyche.
By following these 5 ways, women engage with the five areas of a man's psyche which need to be interacted with.

This is the key to unlocking the door to a man's heart and making it yours, keeping him into you for a long, long time coming.

Weight Loss update 1

I know I said I would update next month but today I got on the scale and I was down 3 lbs, I know it isnt a lot but I was very proud of it.

This week my food intake has been lower, I have not deprived myself and I felt full each day. I would have a garden salad with chicken breast and a boiled egg so protein makes me full.
For dinners I would eat whatever the family ate but there was no seconds and no snacks before bed unless maybe a little popcorn.

There are been very minimal exercise but I do walk alot at work each day. 

Next week I hope to come back with another good report.


Why Grandparents Are Considered to Be The Most Precious Gems In Your Children's life

Many people contend that the love our parents feel towards our children is greater than the one they have for us. Having both grandparents present and involved in your children's life is priceless. Growing up close to them is easier and more carefree. Although they sometimes tend to forget they are not your children's parents as well, and would like to have an insight into everything you do while you are raising them, you can't blame them because their intentions are as pure as their hearts. Here are some of the reasons why grandparents play a significant role in your children's life.

They make their childhood memorable and fun

One thing is certain, grandparents have a lot of patience when it comes to their grandchildren. No matter how old they are or how hard it might be for them to run after your little ones, they will never show their incapacity and will always pretend they're restless. Also, grandparents enjoy watching cartoons with the kids, they love teaching them to play different boardgames and they tell the best made up stories. Not in a million years will they let your kids go hungry, and they always have snacks hidden in the drawers. Grandparents allow your kids to help in the kitchen, regardless of how messy it can get when making their favorite meal together. These little things are actually big, and incredibly important for your child's emotional and social development. Kids at any stage recognize their grandparents' unconditional love, and the bond between them is so unique and special that it can't be described with words.

They always side with the kids


Some of your children's first and the best memories happen at your parents' home. They can't resist the urge to spoil and pamper your child since day one. Children enjoy being mischevious and doing stuff they aren't allowed to do back home. At their grandparents' house, they are absolutely free to do whatever they want without being told off. And no matter how much you might be disapproving of their behaviour, your parents will always find an excuse to justify their little shenanigans.

Grandparents who live in institutions are also worth visiting

If you have parents who have moved to one of those personalised retirement homes, your parental approach on this topic is everything. You should talk to your children as if they were adults and explain that their grandparents chose their new surroundings for a reason, and not because they wanted to be apart or spend less time with them. Just because they share home with their new friends, it doesn't mean they can't play with them from time to time. Kids need to know that their grandparents are taken good care of, and that there are certain people who make their stay pleasant and remarkable.

Grandma and grandpa make the best audience


Whenever your kid learns a new song in the kindergarten and wants to share it with the world, grandparents are usually the first ones to hear it. They will always compliment them even if they can't sing to save their lives. They will cheer, laugh and applaude, and that's something your children value a lot.

They give your children a shoulder to cry on


Grandparents are always supportive, unlike most parents. Whenever your kids are struggling at school, or facing problems with their peers, be sure your parents are the first to know all about it. They provide a sense of calmness and are always ready to lend a helping hand. They don't preach, in fact, they try to understand and give them the best possible advice. When the times are hard, children need someone who won't yell at them and who will understand the phase they're going through.
Truth be told, grandparents are a real blessing that not every child is lucky enough to experience. And as long as they teach our kids the real values and guide them to the right path, we are more than happy to have them by their side.

About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home d├ęcor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”


How to help children and young people build respectful relationships?

1. Let Your Child Know You're Interested in His Activities- spend time each day doing an activity that they would like to do, even if it is the same puzzle for the 25th time that day. Show your interest, do not show you are bored of tired of it. 
2. Allow for Unstructured, Uninterrupted Time With Your Child Each Day-spend one on one with each child, they could be hurting and your time is what they need 

3. Encourage Children to Express Their Feelings in Age-Appropriate Ways- no matter the age we have feelings and those feelings are usually better to be spoken out, if a child is angry and they keep it to them self, it can cause serious health issues. 

4. Respect Your Child's Feelings- Respect, Respect, Respect!!! 

5. Let your kids know you care and remain approachable- I want my daughter to know she can talk to me about anything at any time. it is crucial to have a relationship with your kids, let them feel you are their friend, they will need you in their lives. 
6. Honesty- Honesty is encouraged in relationships where there is trust and acceptance. You can encourage honesty in your children by being honest with yourself and true to your own feelings. Young people learn there is no need to lie when they are able to openly express themselves to others and feel accepted even when their choices may have been questionable. Young people will be more open to exploring constructive options with an adult when the reasoning behind their earlier choices has been listened to respectfully.

Parenting brings joys and challenges. Stay strong and love your kids.


STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS!

  STRESSED spelled   backwards is DESSERTS!

am i alone here?
Rough day- chocolate
Rough night- extra caffeine
Rough Life- desserts/sugar etc.

I eat when I am stressed... Why do we do that?
Then we step on the scales and are like, how did that happen... where did those pounds come from when in reality we already know.. that ice cream, chocolate bars, chips etc is where.  

I am writing this post for me and to try and keep myself accountable. I have gained WAY to much weight in the past year, I blame stress because I could sit and eat as much junk food as I wanted and told myself no calories as I am stressed. 

Then I tell myself, you don't want to lose weight then you have to buy a new ward robe, LAME Terri Lame! 

So today I will begin, I am not waiting for Monday or a new month, no it begins now. 
I am not following any particular plan, I will drink more water ( I will likely still have 1 pepsi per day), I will cut back on food and junk food.  Instead of chips I will eat fruit.  

I have about 50 lbs to lose and I cannot wait to come back next month and give you an update! 


Keeping Up with Modern Health Trends

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One of the most valuable things that you can do when it comes to looking after your own health is to keep up with modern trends. After all, medical science is an area which is advancing and developing at a rapid rate, and you may well be able to find some products or practices which are beneficial to you. But you may be asking exactly how you can keep up with these modern health trends. Well, this article is here to give you a few ideas to make sure that your knowledge stays both fresh and up to date.

Read the News

Many modern health trends are reported widely in the news, so you should be able to follow them simply by keeping up with what is going on. You could sign up to specific alerts which tell you when a new story is trending. However, you also need to approach many of these stories with a sceptical eye. While you will find some useful information, there are so many studies being conducted all the time which have different results that you can’t change your health habits based on the strength of a single story.

Check Out Websites

In days gone by, you would have to get all your information in print form. These days, it is easier to get what you are looking for such as information about dabbing cbd online. Of course, you should make sure that you are using reputable websites to ensure that the information that you are getting is accurate. There are plenty of trade journals and consumer magazines which are available for reading online which you could check out.

Speak to People in the Industry

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While reading is a great way of finding out new information and digesting it, speaking to people first-hand is a good way of getting your questions answered directly. Of course, doctors are going to be able to give you a medical opinion, but you can also discuss with people in the pharmaceutical industry who may be at the front line of developments which are being made. And if you are wondering about health trends with regards to fitness, you can find out a lot simply by speaking to a personal trainer or someone similar. Ultimately, developing this sort of network of contacts is going to help you out in a big way.

Listen to Podcasts and Watch Videos

While it can be challenging to read some medical journals, you can often get the key points boiled down and simplified in a podcast or a video. And if you can’t get access to people in the industry yourself, this is often the next best thing as you can listen to them being interviewed as to their points of views on the different types of treatment and medication which are out there these days.

So, there you have just a few of the easiest ways which can help you out when it comes to keeping up with modern health trends.

3 shocking reasons your lawn is in bad shape

When you think about a beautiful garden, you think about a gorgeous green lawn. We all want a lawn that’s evenly cut looks a deep green and is free from any issues. When problems occur with our lawn, then the whole garden suffers as a consequence.

If you’re reading this, then your lawn is probably in bad shape - and you don’t know why! So, here are a few common reasons behind this predicament:

A Buzz Cut

Those of you familiar with hairdressing will understand that a buzz cut is when someone has their hair shaved very short and close to their scalp. This is also a lawn mowing method that too many people choose to do. Cutting your grass really close to the surface is a terrible idea. You end up creating the perfect conditions for things like crabgrass and weeds to grow. Not only that, but you can actually rip up the surface and cause muddy patches that turn the grass brown and pale. These lawn mowing tips from diynetwork.com will come in very handy and teach you how to cut the grass accurately and avoid these issues.

Insect Infestations

Believe it or not but insects could be the reason behind your lawns poor performance. There are loads of different insects and bugs that infest your lawn and make little nests in it. This damages the soil and creates patches in your lawn because the grass can’t grow in these areas. As the lawn care service from Myrtle-Beach-Landscaping.com shows, you mainly get insect problems in the summer. So, if you notice your lawn is patchy, and some dusty mounds are popping up everywhere, then it’s mostly due to these insects. Get rid of them, and you can get back to work ensuring the grass is always greener.

Summer Weather

Every keen gardener loves the summer because it means we can go out and enjoy our yards in the lovely sun. However, this weather could also be the reason behind your lawns problems. Too much sun will scorch your lawn and almost burn it. It will severely dry it up, meaning you’re left with a pale green, almost yellow, lawn. It will pretty much look and feel as though your lawn is made of straw! This issue will probably happen to all homeowners during heatwaves or periods of sunny weather where there’s never any rain. Without rain, our garden doesn’t get as much water as it usually would. To counter this, you have to continually water your lawn. I suggest getting a lawn sprinkler to do this job, as you will ensure it keeps getting watered even with the sun beating down on it.

So, there you go; three shocking reasons your lawn is in bad shape. Don’t let these things get you down, as they can all be fixed! Take care of your lawn, and it will have a positive impact on your garden as a whole. The visual appearance will be vastly improved, which is excellent news for you!


Could This Be Your Most Overlooked Garden Asset?

With summer now here, you’ll have probably been getting your garden ready for this social season
by planting flowers, tending to your vegetable patch (if you have one) and all the maintenance
 tasks required to keep your lawn in shape, but there’s one aspect of your garden that is
 often overlooked and under appreciated, meaning it ends up getting less attention than
 it deserves.

See, the importance of your garden lawn could be likened to the living room within your house.  
This is where people will spend most of their time in the summer months, as your lawn will
 likely play host to all the sociable seasonal activities such as hosting barbecues, garden
 parties and even water fights.

In short, your garden lawn is where the majority of the fun stuff will take place in your garden, 
yet it’s all too easy to overlook this common yet integral garden asset.

This article provides a brief overview of the two most essential aspects with regard to caring
 for your lawn, so that you can give back to your lawn this summer and keep it healthy.

Many experts recommend watering first thing in the morning as the sun then has the chance
 to dry the grass out throughout the day, which means there’s less chance of your lawn 
getting waterlogged, which tends to cause disease in the form of rot.  

That said, there’s no need to water each and every morning; in fact it’s much better to water 
deeply and infrequently.  The challenge, however, comes with when you’re away from home - 
as if you live in a particularly hot climate it is imperative your lawn gets a drink at least once every
 few days.  The Smart Future might be a good place to check out with regard to this, as they
 offer such innovations as a wireless sprinkler system that can be controlled from your mobile 
device, wherever you are.

If you have a large garden, you might want to consider using a diesel lawn mower and this can 
make much lighter work of a large space.

Now, when it comes to keeping your lawn trim, it can be tempting to keep your grass short as
 this is what most people desire, but in terms of your lawn’s health tall grass tends to be 
much healthier than short grass.  
Therefore, you’ll want to avoid cutting the grass below two inches 
(5cm) as the ideal length in terms of health is around three inches (7cm).  The trick is to try 
not to remove more than ⅓ of the blade of grass, each time, as trimming any further than this
 can damage your grass.

Also, the optimum time to mow your lawn is when it’s cool and dry; you want to avoid cutting 
the lawn when it’s wet or exposed to the intensity of the sun at its hottest.  Also, be sure to
 leave the grass clippings on the lawn as this is a great way to provide much needed
 fertiliser to your lawn.
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