Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Get the Best Out Of a Home Renovation Project

A home renovation can be a daunting task. It is also an exciting project that brings with it the possibility of adding more space within the home and better utilizing existing space. There are a few steps that homeowners can take in order to guarantee that their renovation runs smoothly.

First and foremost, homeowners should know their budget and stay within it. Some homeowners mistakenly enter into a complicated renovation project thinking that if they spend money on projects or items that they cannot afford, the money will just appear to cover the expenses. The reality is that this is not the case. For this reason, it is good for homeowners to do their homework before starting their renovation. They may want to speak to friends and family members who have done similar jobs and ask them how much they paid for certain items. It is also a good idea to talk to a trusted contractor who has experience doing home renovations since they will be able to walk the homeowner through the different expenses that they might incur. If a homeowner is considering doing a rough in project tomorrow, it is important that they first get quotes today

Once a homeowner makes a budget, it is a good idea for them to tack on an additional 15 to 20 percent for unexpected expenses that will arise. It is recommended that if at all possible a homeowner should save up money to spend on their renovation as opposed to borrowing. Renovation projects are a lot more satisfying if they are paid for in advance.

Next, homeowners should have a realistic view of what they are going to have once the renovation is complete. It is nice to dream about the ideal living room, master bedroom, or kitchen space. However, when it comes time to actually begin the project, homeowners should have a realistic plan in place that takes into consideration their budget, the resources they have at their disposal, and their existing home.

Part of being realistic means understanding that at times renovation projects may need to be done in stages. Instead of completely renovating the kitchen and then installing a marble bathroom, homeowners may need to tackle one project at a time.

Finally, when it comes to renovations, a homeowner should realize that it is the details that can make or break a renovation. Failure to schedule different aspects of the renovation in advance may delay the project by weeks or months. For example, it does very little good to order beautiful bathroom faucets if the rough in for the plumbing has not been done. Proper planning and scheduling will go a long way in guaranteeing that a renovation goes smoothly.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Best Dolls To Buy For Girls For Christmas And The Holidays

This post features some Holiday and Christmas theme dolls suggestions to help you fill up a stocking with cute dolls for little girls. You can also buy these dolls as a birthday present.

Welcome to my Holiday Dolls Gift Guide!

Dolls, Dolls, Dolls. Dolls for toddlers and preschoolers, Dolls for Tweens and Teens, Dolls for collectors. The holiday Dolls on this lens is for all doll lovers from 1 to 99.

Dolls are the perfect gift for the little girl who loves dolls. Which little girl doesn't love dolls? At one point or other, whether as a little toddler who loves to drag her doll along with her whenever she goes or later on as a preschooler or older girl who likes to dress her doll up, dolls are evergreen as gifts for little girls. You can't go wrong with dolls.

There are many dolls available that you can choose from. Here are a few super cute and forever loved dolls as well as dolls for Christmas that you can choose from to stuff your Christmas stockings.

Lalaloopsy Christmas Collector Doll 2012 - Lalaloopsy Collector Doll - Ivory Ice Crystals

Lalaloopsy Collector Doll - Ivory Ice Crystals BUY NOW!

The Lalaloopsy Dolls add a modern twist to the traditional rag doll. There is a special story behind these dolls. The story is they were made out of special fabric and when the last stitch was sewn they magically came to life.

The Lalaloopsy Christmas doll features an ivory ice crystal Lalaloopsy in blue and white.

The Lalaloopsy Holly Sleighbells 2011 Collector Doll from last year is another nice doll for Christmas or as part of a little girl's Lalaloopsy Dolls collection.

I also like the Lalaloopy Fashion Pack - Holiday Dress Costume, a sweet Lalaloopsy holiday dress for little girls who have a Lalaloopsy dolls. It will make a good stocking stuffer for these girls.

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Holiday Dolls

Aurora Plush Raggedy Ann Santa's Helper 16" BUY NOW!

The Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls is based on the Raggedy Ann Stories. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with yarn for hair and a triangle nose. Rag dolls are great for little ones.

The Raggedy Andy Santa Claus Doll is a very nice to a toddler's doll collection. This doll is just right for the holidays. It's soft and cuddly and has a Christmas theme.

Little Mommy Holiday Party Doll

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The Little Mommy Dolls are just right for the younger set because they're so soft and cuddly like this Little Mommy Holiday Party Doll

The Little Mommy Holiday Party Doll is dressed in holiday garb of red and gold with a little red bow on her hair.

Moxie Girlz Holiday Dollpack- Avery

Moxie Girlz Holiday Doll- Avery BUY NOW!

The Moxie Girl doll is yet another doll for tweens and teens. The Moxie Doll is more modestly attired as compared to the Bratz. The Moxie Girlz Dolls are suitable for the younger set or tweens while the Moxie Teenz Dolls are for teenagers.

The Moxie Dolls Holiday range is just right for a Christmas gift for a tween or teen girl.

Jackie Evancho 14 inch Singing Collector Doll - 'When You Wish Upon a Star' - A Doll Just in Time For Christmas

Jackie Evancho 14 inch Singing Collector Doll - 'When You Wish Upon a Star'

Jackie Evancho 14 inch Singing Collector Doll - 'When You Wish Upon a Star' BUY NOW!

The Jackie Evancho 14 inch Singing Collector Doll - 'When You Wish Upon a Star' features Jackie Evancho's rendition of 'When You Wish Upon A Star'.

Jackie Evancho is a little girl with an amazing voice. Now she has her own doll for little girls, a singing doll all dressed up for the holidays.

Barbie A Perfect Christmas Dolls & Stage

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Barbie A Perfect Christmas is a musical released in Nov 2011. It is the second Barbie animated movie, the first being Barbie in a Christmas Carol.

A Barbie Doll is much loved by girls all over. A Barbie A Perfect Christmas Doll is perfect for the Christmas season.

This Barbie A Perfect Christmas Dolls & Stage has Barbie and her sisters Stacie, Skipper and Chelsea singing 'Deck the Halls' either together or individually on stage. They are beautifully dressed in Christmas inspired outfits.

Madame Alexander Holiday Romance Doll

Holiday Romance 10" BUY NOW!

This Madame Alexander Dolls continues to come up with beautiful Christmas dolls for the Holidays. This Madame Alexander Holiday Romance Doll is perfect for Christmas. Old Girls like me want it too! This one is my favorite among all the dolls featured on this page.

Perfect as a Christmas Gift for Doll collectors.

Bratz Holiday Doll: Cloe

Bratz Holiday Doll: Cloe BUY NOW!

The Bratz Doll is very popular especially with teenage or tween or preteen girls. This Brats Holiday Doll is dressed in pretty Christmas gear with matching red boots and a tiary, not to mention those famous Bratz pouty lips. The Doll comes with matching tiaras for the doll and its owner.

The featured doll in the picture is the Bratz Holiday Cloe Doll. The Bratz Holiday Doll: Yasmin is available too.

Elf On The Shelf Girl Plushee Pal

The Elf on the Shelf Girl Plushee Pal - Light BUY NOW!

How does Santa know who is naughty or nice? The Elf on the Shelf reports to him, that is how. The tradition of the Elf on the Shelf usually begins from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. It has been touted to be the next best thing after 'The Night Before Christmas'.

A very nice keepsakes for Christmas, the Elf on the Shelf usually comes with a hardcover rhyming book and a plush toy or doll.

Read more about the Tradition of the Elf on The Shelf here on The Elf on the Shelf Wiki.

If you are buying a doll for a child for the holidays, you simply can't go wrong with an Elf On The Shelf Doll.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Teaching Kids to Tell Time

Teaching Kids to Tell Time

Teaching Kids To Tell Time Can Be Really Interesting. Here Are A Few Online Telling Time Games And Worksheets To Help You Teach Children To Tell Time.

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Wooden Shape Sorting Clock

Teaching Kids to Tell Time

One of the very first Maths kids learn is Telling Time. Teaching Kids to tell time is an important first step for a preschooler in learning Math. It is also an important living skill.
This lens will walk you through all the resources you can find online to teach kids to tell time. You will also find other valuable tools you can use to teach your toddler or preschooler to tell the time.
Teaching kids to tell time can be a fun activity. Just check out all the resources that are available to you.

Teaching Kids to Tell Time Online

at the Rainbow Centre

The Rainbow Centre is a centre to inspire and support children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with stroke, MS and Parkinson's disease and their families through a system of learning called Conductive Education. Children or participants are encouraged to take an active role in their own development to reach their full potential. In this manner they will learn new ways to become active and happy individuals who can be proud of their own achievement.
The Rainbow Centre's website has a wonderful Interactive Teaching Clock called Time Monsters to teach children to tell the time. Apart from the lessons and quizzes to teach children to tell the time, there are worksheets too.

Teach kids to tell the time with a Shape Sorting Clock - Kids Learn Through Play

Kids learn through play. A Shape Sorting Clock will help kids to learn numbers, which is the first important step towards telling time plus children can have fun sorting shapes in addition to learning how to tell the time.

Teaching Kids the Difference between an Analog Clock and a Digital Clock

How to compare and tell the difference in time between digital and radial time

These days we have many cute Digital Clocks for Kids to help children tell the time. It is a easy way to tell the time if your child knows his numbers well.
However, it does not help a child tell the time when looking at an analog clock which is very different and yet an important and must have skill for any child. This Interactive Digital and Analog Clock from ought to help children compare digital and radial time. also known as Kindergarten College or Kids Online Resources is a Directory for Parents, Families, Teens and Children.

Kids can Learn to Tell the Time with Lego - Cute Lego Clocks help kids tell the time in a fun way

As a good first step towards telling time for kids who have just learned their numbers, cute Lego clocks should do the trick!

A Cute Clock Will Get Your Child To Tell Time In No Time At All

These online telling time games will help kids to tell the time in five minute intervals, half hour intervals, 15 minute intervals etc. There are also games for more advanced learners who will be asked to predict the future time etc. Do check it out. These telling time games are terrific.

Online Telling Time Games for Kids

Free Training has a list of good links from various sites on Telling Time Games for Kids.
Some of the telling time games in the list includes:
1. Clock Face
2. Smiley Clock
3. Clockworks
4. Help Michael Teaches Time
5. Airport Flip Time
6. Bedtime Bandits
7. Clock Test
8. What Time Will it Be?
9. Stop the Clock
10. Cat and Mouse Time
11. Set the Time
12. What Time is It?
13. Set and Show the Time
14. Telling Time Bunny
15. Bang on Time
16. Digital and Analog Clocks
17. Time in Words and Digits
18. Matching Times

Telling Time Story

for Advanced Learners

Bingo: Telling Time
This Telling Time Story from Learn English Kids, a British Council Site is an interactive story about telling time. The story called "One Moment Around The World" is for advanced learners as readers will have to count time forwards and backwards.
Learn English Kids also has a nice Time Module to Teach Kids all about Time with time worksheets. time games. time songs, time stories and even a time craft for kids to print and make a clock.

Bingo Telling Time Game is a another great way for kids to practice telling time

Telling Time Bingo helps kids to build on their time telling skills. It can also double up as flash cards.

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Fashion Coloring Books For Adults

I love looking at the coloring pictures and illustrations for adults who enjoy coloring.  Many of them look like they are zentangle inspired. There are also plenty of Mandalas for adults to color but let's face it. There are only that number of mandalas you can color before you start seeing circles in front of your eyes!

So, I looked for something new. I like fashion. So why not fashion coloring books for adults? I thought I couldn't find any but I was wrong! I just love some of these fashion coloring books for adults I found on Amazon.

Victorian Fashion Coloring Books For Adults 

Victorian Fashion and the intricate designs of those times make it an excellent coloring project for adults who love coloring

Fashion Of The World Coloring Books

Fashion from around the world is also fun. You can really get your creative juices flowing as you color the outfits from the different cultures.

Fashion From The Different Eras

Fashion from the old days to the newer modern era is delightful especially the older periods like the 20s, 50s and 60s as you will see from the following coloring books for adults.

Fanciful Fashion Design Coloring Books

Fanciful designs allows you to color all sorts of motives and designs on outfits. You can make it really colorful or color in hues of the same shades.

I can't decide. I want all of these fabulous adult fashion coloring books. I think they will look great framed  up on my wall. Now, if only I had the time to color them. I am most envious of my friends who have the time to color, then frame up their beautiful works of art. To you who have the time, I wish you Happy Coloring and Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments

Its the most wonderful time of the year. Its time to put up your Christmas Tree! So how do you make your Christmas tree stand out? How do you make it different and personalized? You make Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments that's how. Everyone in the family can make their own Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament and have it proudly displayed on the family Christmas tree.

You could make one or two Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament a year and watch your collection grow. Or you could just make one or two Cross Stitch Ornament and put it up with the rest of your Christmas tree decorations to make it look different and special.

Alternatively, you could take your Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament craft and turn it into Christmas coasters. Anything is possible. It is fun and easy to do. Here are some patterns and Cross Stitch Ornaments kits to get you started!

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Janlynn Cross Stitch Kit2-1/2-Inch by 2-1/2-Inch, Festive Ornaments, Set of 24 BUY NOW!

I love this Janlynn Cross Stitch Festive Ornaments Kit because of its shape.

Most Cross Stitch Ornaments come in boring round or square shapes. This one has lovely Christmas themed shapes like Christmas Stockings, Christmas trees and mittens. You can use these festive Cross Stitch Ornaments on gift tags, toys and stockings too.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Joy Tag Ornaments BUY NOW!

Counted Cross Stitch, Joy Tag Ornaments - by EK Success Dimensions

Here is another Cross Stitch Ornament with a unique shape and theme. The theme is "Joy". Once completed, you can hang this cross stitch ornament separately on a Christmas tree or as a wall decoration as shown.

This Counted Cross Stitch Joy Tag Ornaments looks great as a Christmas Decoration and is easy enough even for Cross Stitch beginners.

Christmas Cross Stitch for Beginners

If you are new to Cross Stitch, Christmas is a good time to start. Most Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments are small projects that can be completed easily to motivate you. Plus they look great too!

Ornaments Counted Cross Stitch Kits - Here are some charmed Ornaments Cross Stitch for you to mix and match

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Sayings Ornaments BUY NOW!

Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Sayings Ornaments - by Dimensions Crafts

As a lover of Quotes, I can't help but love this Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Sayings Ornaments.

Peace on Earth, Merry Christmas, Peace Love Joy and all the wonderful things you equate with Christmas. These Cross Stitch Ornament with Christmas sayings can be attached to a tree or is perfect on a gift too. The recipient can use it for his or her tree later on. It is a very nice keepsakes.

Mix and Match

You can Mix and Match individually selected Cross Stitch Ornament designs or sew just one. It is up to you.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Pals BUY NOW!

Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Pals - Perfect for Kids

This Cross Stitch Christmas Pals Ornaments features all the pals you associate with Christmas including Santa, Santa's reindeer and snowman.

It is bright, colorful and will certainly brighten up any tree. It is great as a decoration on a child's Christmas gift or room too!

Unique Decoration or Gift?

You can turn your cross stitch ornaments into Christmas Decorations around the house or attach them to a gift as a unique and personalized gift tag.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Village Ornaments BUY NOW!

Christmas Village Cross Stitch Ornaments - Intricate and Detailed Design for Cross Stitch experts

This Dimensions Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Village Ornaments has a beautiful design. Each ornament is beautiful on its own. I would recommend this for someone with a little experience in sewing cross stitch. Beginners may find it hard to do all 6 as each pattern is intricate and exquisitely detailed.

These Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament with the Christmas Village theme are so beautiful, they make perfect gifts. They would also make your Christmas tree look especially grand and something to talk about.

Snow Folks Ornaments Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Dimensions Crafts Needlecraft Frosty Friends Ornaments in Counted Cross Stitch BUY NOW!

Little Cross Stitch Snowmen is the theme of this Snow Folks Ornaments Counted Cross Stitch Kit.

This Cross Stitch Ornament is perfect for framing. I am sure little ones will love this too!

Pick a Theme

You can pick a theme for your Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments. Popular themes are Santa and his crew, Snowmen, Gingerbread men etc.

Get An Entire Set

Holiday Favorites Set of 12 Counted Cross Stitch Ornaments

Janlynn Counted Cross Stitch Kit, Holiday Ornament Favorites, Set of 12 BUY NOW!

Holiday Favorites Set of 12 Counted Cross Stitch Ornaments

If you want to sew a whole set of Christmas Ornaments, then this Holiday Favorites Set of 12 Counted Cross Stitch Ornaments is just right.

Santa, Gingerbread man, Cute Bears, Snow Scene, you will find them all here on these comprehensive Cross Stitch Set to decorate your entire tree with.

You can search in the search box below for more Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments.

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