Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Planning to Change The Title

Ahoy, dear readers, I have been thinking of changing the title of this blog. I created this blog when my kids are still small - yes as small as the photos below. I dont want to replace these photos so as to remind me how much they've grown already.

I asked my second son what would be his suggestion for a blog name. Without thinking twice, he said from "Small Kids, Big Dreams"  to  "Big Kids, Small Dreams". funny right?

I am still playing with the idea, if you have one, please drop me a message!

Capturing Child’s Innocence in Pictures

Children are wonderful photo subjects – they have a youthful vibe that many photographers want to catch through pictures. These precious moments in your children’s lives can be highlighted and kept for many years to come.

Unforgettable events such as the child’s first steps, moments with their pets, birthday cakes and even everyday wonders in their lives can be captured through the camera’s lenses. Here are some tips to catch and keep your child’s innocence in pictures. 

Use Macro and Zoom In

Through a mother’s eyes, their children are perfect in every way. Click on those adorably fuzzy hair and show your husband how similar their head’s or hair are! Those little fingers look so fragile to touch and you want to hold it for all times. Everything about your kids are perfect and even the smallest details are noticed by moms. So zoom in and set your camera to Macro mode to catch things that only moms notice. 

Use Natural Lighting and Practice Creative Poses

Capture baby’s cuteness by focusing on their curves. Find a place where you can get more natural light and shadows to wrap around and highlight your baby’s curves. Do away with the flash and let natural light create a more artistic effect on your photos, your friends and family will surely be full of “oohs” and “aaahs” for your little ones. 

Capture Iconic Events

Nothing is classier than capturing toddler’s taking their first wobbly steps with anxious arms outstretched to eagerly catch them in case they fall. Be sure to shoot where your baby’s expression can be seen. You’d be delighted to see your baby in full concentration as they try to walk their first few steps before their fall. 

Play Dress Up and Use Some Props

We all know how much kids love to dress up. Find props, buy or make some of your own and see how your kids have fun with it. This is when the most naturally endearing expressions come out – when kids are enjoying themselves. You can use simple blankets or plain curtains as a background and a bright lamp as lighting. Use Night Portrait mode for capturing these scenes.

Use Sepia Tones and Go “Au Naturalle”

Another photography tips to go with is to use sepia tones to set a nostalgic mood with childhood photos. Letting them go “au naturalle” showcases their purest and most innocent looks. Play around with white blankets and pillows and watch their creativity unfold.

Click on Signs

Kids will most likely remember your travels if you can take pictures of them along the names and locations you visit. They don’t have to look picture perfect at all times, even the rumpled clothes and uncombed hair can look cute and endearing.

You dont have to be an expert to take wonderful shots of your children. Even the simplest home chores and their unaware moments can produce cute candid photos. These few photography tips will give you great frozen childhood moments that you can always look back to even if theyve already grown up and are no longer that eager to pose to your shots.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flexible Alexandra

My baby is now a little Miss. Say hello to Alexandra, my 8 years old ballerina/football player. Oftentimes, she gets confused when dancing or kicking a ball! At times, she shows ballet steps in the football field! hahaha Untitled When we were in Jack Ridge the other night, she asked me to take a photo while doing these actions. Untitled Cool Maria!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Globe Telecom certifies 25 public school teachers in Batanes as Digital Thumbprint Program ambassadors

Twenty-five public school teachers from the province of Batanes were certified recently as ambassadors under the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), an award-winning program by Globe Telecom, Optus, and Singtel created to turn the youth into responsible online citizens.
As ambassadors, the teachers are tasked with transferring the knowledge they learned from DTP facilitators and experts to co-teachers from other schools in the province.
“The manner we think, say and do leave remarkable thumbprints in the lives of others. In this digital era, everyone should be extra careful in getting along with people through social media by adhering to moral norms of conduct and cyber education. As teachers, we are duty-bound to teach and model cyber values to our youth. This could be achieved via the Digital Thumbprint Program of Globe Telecom so we want to grab this opportunity to make a difference in how the youth interact online,” said Reynante Caliguiran, Schools Division Superintendent of Batanes, during simple ceremonies held at the Basco Central School in Basco, Batanes.
“About half of Internet users in our country are adolescents aged 17 years old and below according to the Philippine National Police, showing how vital the Internet is in molding the lives of the Filipino youth.  As a purveyor of digital lifestyle, Globe wants the youth to not just embrace the internet to learn, play, and socialize but also to be safe whenever they are online.  Thus, we are glad that DepEd and our teachers and the province of Batanes support us in this undertaking,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.
  Thus, Globe’s Digital Thumbprint program was born, with the desire to educate the Filipino youth on responsible use of the Internet. Globe worked with Optus and Singtel on the program, which was also co-designed by the Karrikins Group, in order to promote responsible digital citizenship and cyberwellness. This workshop series, which includes safety and security, responsibility and etiquette, and leadership and empowerment when online as prime elements, was modelled with that of the successful Optus Digital Thumbprint program in Australia.
It offers three learning modules that will make learning exciting for students in private and public schools nationwide, such as “Digital Insight,” mainly recommended for Grade 7-10 students, that features activities to help students discern proper online behavior; “Digital Impact,” which is tailored also for Grade 7-10 students, that will tackle issues on technology’s impact on students’ social activities; and “Digital Ambition” for Grade 11-12 students to equip them with skills on using technology to help achieve their lives’ goals.
Every module was conceptualized and designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cybersafety. It involved taking a careful and critical look at kids’ online behavior and helping them develop insights as to how the online world can influence them in making choices. It is seen as a more fun and interactive alternative learning module to the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao or EP class.
At present, the program already reached more than 10,000 public and private high school students while over 1,000 public high school teachers were already empowered to cascade the program to their students.  DTP is also part of Globe Telecom’s #makeITsafePH campaign which promotes cybersecurity and cyberwellness among consumers and businesses.
As of 2016, there are already 44 million Internet users in the country based on figures culled from with connectivity pegged at 43.5 percent. Filipinos also spend the most amount of hours on social media, averaging a global-leading 4 hours and 17 minutes per day average, based on figures in the “Digital in 2017” report of social media management platform Hootsuite and We Are Social, Ltd. as of January this year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Venues for Educational field trip

Field trips are beneficial to students. It allows them to learn and discover new things that are not usually discussed inside the classroom.  Moreover, it can inspire students while enjoying the trip itself.
Great Venues for Educational Field Trip
·      Art Museums. This will enhance students’ inclination for math concepts and will allow them to explore social studies, literacy and language arts.
·      Science Trips. Let your students connect with your science class discussion with hands-on experience through science field trips.
·      History Trips. Educate your class about social studies, world and American history and even past local level events through history trips.
Indeed, field trips are not only beneficial to students but to teachers as well. With this, mentors will have more ideas on how to hone his/her students for the better future.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fun plays for kids

Children grow and develop from their imaginative and active plays. At the same time, they enjoy the experiences and insights learned from such interaction and recreation.
Whenever children play, toys are primarily present. The playhouse for kids is one of the most exciting options that will inspire both the parents and children as children will learn to be initiative and assume different kinds of roles.
The following are the features of playhouse:
·       The playhouse comes in a variety of colours and designs.
·       Prices vary allowing you to pick one that will suit your budget.
·       Friendly materials are used.
With the playhouse, children will enjoy the plays and be interactive. As a result, they’ll grow and learn.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Advantages of Traditional Schooling

The existence of home schooling tempts parents not to enroll their kids in traditional schools. For some, such set-up is ideal since they can closely monitor the studies of their children.
However, there are some advantages of traditional schooling that you cannot get while you’re having it at home. Read on to find out some!
            Traditional schools will teach your kids in dealing with new people and adopting to a new environment
            Children will experience field trips and school events that will develop their knowledge, skills, social life and even confidence.
            Teachers have sufficient academic skills and knowledge
            Your kids will develop a str0ng friendship with his/her peers.
No matter what type of schooling you prefer for your children, make sure that it can help him reach his goals with ease and fun.

How to Care for Animals

Like human beings, animals need love and care too. You need to let them feel that you appreciate their existence. You can do this though animal care.
If you don’t know how, this page will provide you some tips on how to care for animals. Consider the following:
·      Feed them at the right time
·      Monitor their health to avoid diseases
·      Provide safe location for your pet especially at night
·      Give them a bath when necessary
·      Plan special treats for them
·      Love your animals and treat them right
Keep in mind that animals can be mankind’s best friend. They can make you laugh and accompany you when no one is around. With this, they certainly deserve every care in the world.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy 12th Birthday Popoy

Time flies so fast - who would have imagine that God blessed me with 3 amazing and loving kids!

To my handsome, sweet and loving son, happiest 12th birthday to you, my Popoy! May God continue to bless you with good health and good heart :) Stay as malambing as you!

Love you Son to  the moon and back! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Preparing for a Baby’s Baptism

Receiving the sacrament of baptism is a very special occasion for the baby and the family. Everyone is excited to welcome a child to the Christian world thus preparation is important in ensuring that everything goes well during the occasion. Many parents are torn between getting contemporary christening attire or heirloom piece. You should also consider the weather or the climate in your place when choosing the baby’s christening attire to ensure that they remain comfortable all though out the baptism. Aside from the baby’s dress, you must also find a reliable catering service to provide for refreshment or lunch for your family and friends, the baby’s godparents and your visitors. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tips to Save on Family-Get-Together

A vacation is a great investment for the family. It is not about growing your digits, but more on relationship and emotional growth. However, getting on a vacation will require monetary expenditure and here are some tips to save on your finances.
  1. Book tickets ahead of time.
  2. Share a rent with relatives or friends.
  3. Book using reward points.
  4. Book accommodation that permits you to cook.
  5. Look for great deals and promos.
  6. Bring food on a road trip.
  7. Bring adventure gears.
  8. Rent cars on a weekly basis.
  9. Buy souvenirs in sidewalk fairs or opt for pre-buy souvenirs.
  10. Opt for off-season vacation.
Indeed, a vacation is rewarding when spent with the family and when budget is not compromised. Enjoy!

Traits of an Advanced Student

What really makes an advanced student standout? Here are four traits:

1. Perseverance
An advanced student studes new, unfamiliar, and challenging topics on an almost daily basis. With this, he is constantly faced with problems he may or may not solve. Despite that, he still strives to come up with the solution even if it makes him endless number of times. He constantly persists even if there is no definite time when he will achieve it and even if he keeps on getting it wrong. He keeps on going because he is not one to give up and because he knows that he will get it right eventually.

2. Patience
An advanced student takes multiple tries for an indefinite period of time. He usually does not get the right answer at the first try, especially with the most challenging problems. But he still strives to check his solution or go back to the start to come up with a new strategy. He knows that he will need to try and try again until he gets it right, and he maintains his calm and composure throughout the whole process. He does not stop trying because he knows that his efforts will pay off when he gets it right.

3. Courage
An advanced student faces challenges head on - no matter how hard it is. He does not back down from new learnings because he knows that he will not only add to his current knowledge but also gain new experiences. He is given the opportunity to go out of his comfort zone every time he encounters a challenge, and he accepts this willingly because he loves the idea of a challenge and of discovering a new world. If he makes mistakes or if he fails, he doesn't see it as a bad thing but as a good thing to learn from.

4. Independence

An advanced student can do things on his own. He does not cringe at the idea of doing something alone nor does he shudder at the idea of doing all the work by himself. He learns new things on his own which leads him to make decisions on his own. He develops accountability for his actions and claims a sense of responsibility for anything he comes up with. He develops confidence in himself which allows him to do more and be more in the long run.

If you want your child to be an advanced student, you may enroll them in Kumon. Its been said that a child going beyond his grade level and studying more challenging topics is a trait of an - Advanced Student.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Why You Should Have Pets at Home?

Owning pets rendered an individual or a family with great benefits. Apart from being companions, pets are believed to do wonders that you might not know.

Please check below some of the benefits having pets in the house: 
1.     Boost your mood. Pets will welcome you with their playful energy. When your mood is not on the right track, pets will help you positively.
2.     Deviates lethargic routine. There would be less time for sitting in the couch, eating fries while watching films. In a way, you will be compelled to stick to a responsible routine of taking your dog for a walk or feeding them.
3.     Decrease the risk of allergy. In contrary to what people often say, research has shown that children who grew up with furry pets are less prone to allergies. 

4.  Teaches  confidence and responsibility. Kids can gain confidence and sense of responsibility towards the pet.  Children can see what the pet's need are  eg. water and food.  And in turn, will either feed themselves or ask for your help.
Pets definitely have their share in the family. They are indeed wonderful companions both for grown-ups and kiddos!
Say hello to our dear Jack Russel Terrier :



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Turn your Trash into Where You Put Your Cash

Tired of looking at your mountain of trash? Why not convert them into a reusable items? Look at this paper core  used in vinyl stickers - after consuming the whole 50 meters roll, they stick Primecal  stickerbomb designed stickers and converted it into piggy banks!  

My kids loved it so much that they wanted to work in the Magenta Materials shop to earn some coins for these piggy banks!  Not bad!

Some of these paper cores are sold the local junk shops for proper recycling and to some converters who converted these into other products. Lets practice the 3Rs : reduce, reuse and recycle. You can also visit Pinay Green Mommy for more green ideas.

Travelling With the Family

Travelling with the whole family is exciting, but the trip itself can be nightmarish if you are not well prepared. Vacations and time you spent with your kids will be some of their most cherished moments. You and your kids will have an amazing time if you will look into these specific details before you travel. 

There are a lot of things to consider. One is that if you have booked a comfortable accommodations. Kids are something picky and full of complaints - this, that and those and these, etc! Believe me!  Your nomadic hostel-booking days are not really applicable when you are now exploring with your kids.

Another thing is to make  sure that you have planned out sightseeing trip that will cater to your kids’ interest. If not - then another series of comments and complaints again! Make sure not to bore them!

Above all, don’t forget to check out emergency medical arrangement or get a travel health insurance for everyone. Better be safe than Sorry!

We have 3 upcoming trips this Summer. And as early as now I am already planning the activities for them. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Transform Your home With A Natural Cowhide Rug

Cowhide rugs can turn any room into a fabulous place to be. You can enjoy walking inside of your door and seeing something as beautiful as a cowhide product. This natural work of art can be used in many ways, but it will be sure to be a focal point in your home no matter where you decide to put it.

A cowhide rug will come in a variety of different shades, but you can usually find one with a mixture of white, black, brown, or sometimes even gray coloring. This type of rug will look great in any room of your home from the den to your bedroom. You can expect it to blend in if you have a rustic motif, elegant look, or any other theme going on in your home.

Cowhide rugs are great choices for many reasons. If you have pets or children, you will be able to appreciate how easy this type of rug will be to clean. You may spill something on it, but you just have to wipe it down to clean it. You can also just pick it up and shake it out to make sure that dust and dirt do not stay stuck to it. You can enjoy having a hypoallergenic product that will not harbor allergens. This type of rug will help you to be able to breathe easy in your home.

A cowhide rug will help you to stay cozy and warm. You can place it on the floor and enjoy its softness, or you can use it as a throw for your favorite chair or couch to stay comfortable any time you feel chilled. Although this product will feel amazing to the touch, you can also be sure that it will hold up for a long time. Cowhide is a tough material that you can count on.

Decorate your home with a beautiful cowhide product. You can enjoy using a cowhide rug as many things, but there is a growing trend where many people are turning their rugs into art. This type of product can be hung easily on walls, so that it can be a beautiful piece of natural art for any room that you place it in.

Cowhide rugs will be unique items for your home. No matter where you decide to place them, you can be sure that they will be items that you will appreciate. When you want to have a rug that will enhance the look and feel of your home, go with a cowhide pattern that will be sure to bring a smile to your face.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Keeping Cool is Important to Your Health

Along with staying hydrated and avoiding anything that can cause over-heating, it is important to stay cool when the temperatures soar. When the humidity is high, the body has more difficulty cooling itself and this can be dangerous. Many areas of the country have very hot temperatures in the summer and air conditioning is a necessity.

Air Conditioning Can Help

Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool in the summer. It is important to maintain and repair air conditioning systems to ensure that they are working properly when the temperatures start to climb. This is why services such as Air On Time AC provide air conditioning repair cypress tx. Although many cities have heat-relief shelters to help people who do not have air conditioning, they are not present in every part of the country. Additionally, not everyone has access to them.

What are the Symptoms of Becoming too Hot?

Certain segments of the population are more prone to heat-related illness. This can include very young children, the elderly, people who are overweight, and those with health problems, particularly heart-related illness. The first signs that a person is too hot are leg cramps, dizziness, and a weak feeling. Heat exhaustion is the next stage and it causes the skin to become cool and clammy. The pulse becomes very rapid and fainting is a possibility. A heat stroke is the most dangerous and this occurs when the body ceases to sweat. The body temperature is over 103 degrees and the skin becomes red, dry, and hot. This causes coma and people can die from heat stroke.

Other Ways to Stay Cool

Although fans can help somewhat when the temperatures are very high, they will not keep people from illness related to the heat. Shopping malls, libraries, or other public places can be a good place to visit for awhile when it is extremely hot. Cooling down for a period of time does help people to stay cooler when returning to the heat, but this is only temporary. Light meals rather than hot ones will help as well as avoiding beverages that contain caffeine.

The best way to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke is to remain inside in air conditioning. Even though heat-related illness is one of the most preventable, it is responsible for more deaths in the US than any other type of weather including freezing temperatures.

Friday, February 17, 2017

What Colors Are Suited For Your Ceiling?

Paint can easily transform any room. It is considered as the cheapest remodeling project by many. But paint project is not only limited to walls – your overhead space also need sprucing up to pull together your desired look. One of the most common choices is white, but many are becoming bold with their choices and tries out pastel hues and neon colors. If you are not that experimental, you might want to consider stone gray colors or stick with neutral colors like beige, cream and khaki. These colors can also go with any wall colors and complements dark furniture pieces. Just be sure to have a flat finish so that no light will reflect on it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Differences Between CT and MRI Scans

There are many more similarities to a CT and MRI scan than there are differences, but below are a few of the ways they can be slightly different. Both are important assessment and diagnostic tools that doctors depend on to help restore sick and injured people to full health. Both are pain-free and non-invasive. They help the doctor have a look at what might be happening inside the body, avoiding unneeded exploratory surgery and added recuperation time.

Definitive and Accurate Diagnostic Tools

A CT scan is able to show soft tissue, blood vessels and cone. It is an accurate diagnostic aid after injuries. An MRI is also accurate in capturing images. It is normally reserved to give more finite detailed visuals of soft tissues. It is routinely used to see brain and spinal abnormalities in exceptional detail.

Length of Time for Test

A CT scan can be done fast and is often used for emergency room diagnosis. An MRI takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area of the body and amount of imaging needed. Both are comfortable for a patient to undergo, which is preferable if the individual has been injured. They are non-invasive ways for a doctor to see problems without adding more physical discomfort through manipulation of injured areas.

Cost of Testing

Many types of private health insurance assist with the costs of a CT or MRI scan. An MRI scan is a little more costly than the CT, since it takes longer to get done. With most insurance plans all you will need to pay is a small copay or coinsurance to have the test done. Insurance pays the remainder.

Potential Side Effects

You can have side effects with either type of test, but the odds are greater that people can be sensitive to the radiation used in CT scans. MRI does not use radiation to get the clear images. Dizziness and nausea have been reported by some patients, but the side effects are not considered serious or debilitating. They generally clear up without any remedies.

Comfort Levels for Patient

CT scans and MRI can both be comfortable for a patient, but a standard MRI can seem very restrictive and bother a patient that does not like enclosed spaces. An open MRI provides a much more freeing experience. All the patient has to do is lie on a gurney comfortably as the machine does the work.

Consider specialists like for all of your diagnostic imaging testing needs.

Buying the Right Bookcase For Your Home Office

A bookcase used for the home office needs to be sturdy, blend in with the overall decor of the room and have enough storage space and the type of storage space that can securely hold different media. While some home offices are as ornate as the libraries of English men’s clubs, others are more streamlined and contemporary while being aesthetically pleasing. 

To that end, many home office bookcases are simple rectangles. They can be wide enough to be nearly square or very tall and slender to fit into a small space. Others have scrollwork or arches at the tops with matching skirts to complement a room that has a more feminine decor, while some bookcases are V-shaped to fit into corners. Bookcases can have open or closed backs, but the buyer should make sure a back panel is as sturdy as the material in the front and sides. A back panel made out of what’s basically cardboard can warp and detach after a while.

Bookcases are made of everything from manufactured wood, laminate, metal or MDF. Some are made of rattan or wicker. Manufactured wood is made out of wood products such as fibers or strips collected from a sawmill that are molded into boards. Some are then covered with a veneer of fine wood such as oak. Laminates are layers of kraft paper impregnated with a type of plastic then pressure bonded together. MDF is a sort of manufactured wood that’s made from wood fibers that are blended with resin and wax then turned into boards under great pressure and heat. Metal framed bookcases are often made of steel or chrome.

Bookcases made of manufactured wood are given a finishes that resemble the color and sometimes the grain of a certain wood such as cherry, mahogany or walnut. Other bookcases have grainless finishes that go by the names of Chocolate or Espresso.

Depending on their taste, the homeowner might choose a shelf that has fixed shelves or shelves that can adjusted to accommodate different media such as CDs, DVDs, magazines or different size books. Some buyers need bookshelves that are roomy enough to accommodate bins or banker’s boxes.

Some bookcases need to be assembled by the owner, but the simpler ones are easy work for people with rudimentary carpentry skills. Bookcases that come fully assembled tend to be a bit more expensive.

Homeowners who have more modern tastes may choose bookcases or bookshelves that resemble ladders or are arranged in interesting geometric patterns.

There is a bookcase for every type of home office.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time-Saving Stategies on Moving

Most of us are willing to do anything to take as much of the work out of a move as possible. This is why utilizing as many time-saving strategies as possible should be the goal of anyone that wants to move with as much ease as possible. Most of the work can be cut in half just by introducing a little bit of organization to the whole process and starting early.

The Power of Starting Early

There's a lot to be said about starting anything early. This is evident in the old cliche the early bird gets the worm. The earlier you start the less work you have to do because it's spread out over time. Moving is no different. Take inventory of what you will be moving and draft a plan. If you start early enough you can focus first on seasonal items or things that don't get used often. Pack them up and create a space for items that are packed early for the move.

Scale Down
If you are within a month or two of a move it's a good idea to scale down your usage of certain household items and use only things that you absolutely need in your daily routine. Of course, it makes sense to leave your DVD player and XBox unpacked, but it may be a good idea to pack your cornhole boards and plan to use those once you're moved in. The idea is to get as much done as possible without compromising the comfort or function of your home.

Hiring Professionals

The moving company should be contacted well before your move. Go through all the details of what you're needing from the company and make sure that you are clear on the cost of all the services you're getting. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Ask as many questions as possible.

Most of us don't like all the work that has to go into moving. This is why it's a good idea to utilize as many strategies as possible to take as much of the stress out of moving. Start early and scale back on your usage of household items that you can do without for a short period of time. Make sure that you've outlined all the details of the move with the moving company from the services you want and the cost. A few simple strategies used at the right time should be all you need to take a lot of the stress out of moving.

Need More Space? Add a Room

Are you considering adding an extra room to your home? Perhaps your family size has increased and you really need an extra bedroom and bathroom or a family room. Many people are choosing to add to their existing home rather than move. They like their neighborhood and the location is convenient for all their needs.

Start with Plans

Depending on your needs, you have to start with plans. The size of the room will need to be one of the first decisions. You can draw preliminary plans of your idea on a sketch pad. Does it work in the space where it will be added to your home? How does it affect the layout of the existing rooms? This is the time to play around with the drawing and decide exactly how you want the room.

Once you have this worked out you will want to check and see if your neighborhood has any restrictions on remodeling. If you live in a community that has a homeowner's association, you will likely need permission for the remodel. When you have taken care of this step, you will need to start thinking about how much you want to spend. It is a good idea to have more to spend than the budget you decide on for the work. Planning for unforeseen expenses will keep you from stressing when it happens. Generally everything will not go exactly as you have planned and when it doesn't you are prepared.

When you are ready to find contractors, services such as Contractor Services can be used to find one in your area. Finding a licensed contractor that has experience in remodeling is important so that your remodel project is completed correctly. It also ensures that the total remodel will be completed. It is not wise to hire a handyman to tackle a remodel job. They may be able to do the remodel but on the other hand, they may not.

Choosing to remodel and add the room or rooms that are needed may seem like a lot of work. However, selling your home, finding another home, and going through purchasing and moving can be a lot more time consuming. Your remodel will take a lot less time and you will be getting exactly what you want.

One of the most important things to remember is that the room or rooms that you adding need to enhance your home. By making certain that it is done correctly, you will have an addition that functions well and blends with the floor plan. The extra space will also add to the value of your home if you should decide to sell at a later date.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Choosing the Right Moving Company

Moving is a stressful experience, even if you are really looking forward to being in your new home. This is why many people choose to hire professional movers rather than try to do all the heavy lifting themselves. Even if you have a large vehicle and willing friends, professional movers are usually able to get you moved quickly, more efficiently and with less risk of damage or injury.

Decide Which Services You Need

Moving companies are not always one-size-fits-all. Some companies, for example, offer packing services, which can be convenient if you don't have a lot of time. Other moving companies will sell you moving kits that consist of high-quality boxes, tape, and bubble wrap.

Some movers specialize in short distance moves and may not operate outside of a certain metropolitan area. If you are crossing state lines to move into your new home, let moving companies know this. Not every mover is licensed for interstate moves.

Another thing to ask about his storage. This is particularly true if there is going to be a gap between your leaving one home and moving into another. Some moving companies have relationships with storage facilities and can handle transportation to and from your unit.

Begin Doing Research

You can begin searching for moving companies online: When it comes to residential movers Chicago folks can check out the websites of companies like Windy City Movers, that clearly list all the services they offer. Still, it's also a good idea to check out the company's online ratings and to ask friends, family and co-workers for referrals.

Prep Time Saves Money

There's a lot that you can do to not only make the move go smoothly, but to save money. Get rid of clutter and things that you don't need, so that you are not paying anyone to pack remove these items. If you are able to get the keys to your new place beforehand, start moving smaller, lighter items. Just be sure to put them in closets or storage space so that they don't block the path of your moving crew.

Final Word

As you can see, just taking a little time to decide which services you need, compare prices and research reputations can make a huge difference in the quality of your move. Once you are safely in your new home, you'll be grateful for the professional movers who helped you to get there.