Increase Your Home’s Worth With These Home Improvement Ideas

Making improvements to your home can be fun. You can use the day as a bonding experience. When you approach home improvement as a DIY project, you will save lots of money. This article will show you how to get started.

If you are working on a new home improvement project, make sure that you are complimenting your environment rather than fighting against it. If you are in an area that has high winds, then you most likely will not be spending much time outside. As such, it probably would be in your best interest to work on indoor arrangements. By the same token, you can still enjoy the outdoors, by simply adding a glass structure. This can help block out the environment while still providing you with an outdoors atmosphere.

Have a missing or damaged tile? Take a sample to your local home improvement store to see if they can match the color. Replacing an entire floor of tile is expensive as well as a heinous chore. Save money and time by finding a tile that is a close match to the existing tile.

When replacing baseboards, stained wood offers more appeal than painted baseboards. Not only are stained baseboards more classic, the warm wood tones complement any decor. Stained baseboards also hide dings and scuffs better than wood and touch ups will blend easier. A number of different stain colors are available to suit different styles of decor.

Carpet Cleaning

Try keeping an eye on any improvements needed in regards to your flooring. Carpeting can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner or completely different. Also getting a professional carpet cleaning is a cheap way to make sure your rugs and floor are in good shape. Any signs of wear can also be covered by rugs.

You now have what it takes to build a plan and get started. When you do your home improvement project with a friend, you will enjoy the task and share happy memories. You can use the money you save to pay for other work that needs to be done around the house.

The World’s Easiest Caramel Apples

That is to say, I’m not a big fan of apples unless I’m eating something else with it.

This time of year, that something else is usually caramel.  And while I do like caramel apples, I have my own issues with them.  They’re not easy to eat.  I almost always end up getting more caramel on my face and in my hair, rather than in my mouth.

Then, my coworker told me about an easy way to make caramel apples.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe that me, the queen of all things easy, had never thought of it before.

The World’s Easiest Caramel Apples

Caramel dip
Favorite nuts, chocolate or candy for toppings


1. Slice the apples in half

2. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the core and make a bowl in the middle of the apple.

3. Fill the bowl with caramel.  Insider tip: a 16 ounce container of caramel dip will fill about 5 apples.

4. Sprinkle your favorite treats on the top and enjoy!

It’s just that easy!  It’s definitely a no fuss, no mess way to enjoy caramel apples.

A little kernel of an idea grows up

Five years ago, I was in graduate school working on my MBA.  I had a job as an assistant in the marketing and finance department to help me pay for my schooling.

I loved that job.  If I had been able to stay on after I had graduated, I would have.  Unfortunately, the position was only available for students.

BGS Tassel

Fast forward to 2 years ago, when I started writing this blog.  I didn’t really have a plan for this.  I didn’t know where it was going to lead me.  I just knew that I loved writing.  I quickly started to meet so many other amazing bloggers, and I learned that there is this inspiring and huge community of bloggers out there.  I can happily call many of those bloggers my friends today.

A few months ago, I had a little kernel of an idea slide into my head.  I examined that kernel.  I chewed on it.  I slept on it.  Sometimes, I would take that kernel of an idea out and mull it over for a great, long time before putting it back where I thought it belonged: in my head, and in my head alone.

Then, one day, that kernel became very insistent.  It wouldn’t go back.  It said, “Stop being so scared.  You can do this.”

Today, I proudly present my little kernel of an idea, all grown up.

I have combined the two things I enjoy the most (blogging and assisting) into one area, and I am offering my services as a virtual assistant to bloggers and shop owners.  I’m also offering services for those who wish to transfer their blog from Blogger to WordPress.

I am so excited to start doing this.  I believe I was born to help people.  It’s something that I truly enjoy doing.

If you’re a blogger or shop owner, I invite you to take a look at what I have to offer.  Also, if know of anyone who might be interested in my services, please feel free to pass my information along.

I invite you to join me on this journey.  We can take it together.

Why it’s always important to proofread

I wasn’t going to post anything today because I figured everyone is still partying hard right now.  However, this little story is just too good not to share.  Apologies to those who already saw this when I posted about it on Facebook earlier today.

While I was at work today, I was typing “May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends”.  Unfortunately, my fingers were apparently going faster than my brain, because I accidentally left the “m” out of “home” when I typed it.

So what I ended up with was, “May your ‘hoe’ always be too small to hold all of your friends”.

Oh yeah.  I totally went there.  And I totally busted up when I went back and read it again.

Lesson for today: proofreading is your friend!

That too, Roosevelt.  Never let it be said that I never do anything

Things to do in Florida: Pass-A-Grille Beach

I like to think of Pass-A-Grille as the best kept secret of the St. Pete Beach area.  Tucked all the way at the tip of a long sweep of beaches, sometimes I feel like even the locals tend to forget that it’s there.

Sure, weekends and holidays can equal a massively packed beach, but often, on weekdays, it means you’re only sharing your patch of sand with these guys:

Obviously, the soft, white sand is good for just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.  However, the beach looks right out over the Gulf of Mexico, which means you can also stroll up and down the sand and go seashell picking.

In my opinion, the best thing about Pass-A-Grille is that once you’ve gotten your fill of sun and sand, you don’t have to go far to find some more entertainment.

Historic 8th Avenue offers a little bit of everything on just one stretch of road.  Unique boutiques and gift stores can satisfy the shopaholic, while restaurants and bars are available to rejuvenate and refresh after a hard day of soaking up rays.

All travel guides worth their weight will tell you the same thing: if you want to enjoy where you’re visiting, go where the locals go.  In this case, if you’re coming to the Gulf Coast of Florida, make it a point to spend a day at Pass-A-Grille Beach.

Yes, you could get caught up in the tourist traps on the more popular expanses of beach in the area, but for a truly relaxing day, the way beach time used to be, Pass-A-Grille can’t be beat.

10 things I’m afraid of

Some people live their lives without fear.  Not I, said the fly.  I have my fears and phobias.  Some are genuine and understandable.  Others, I can completely admit are ridiculous, but they are my fears nonetheless.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

I took another trip into the land of crock pot cooking this weekend when I decided to make Creamy Ranch Chicken.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

I took another trip into the land of crock pot cooking this weekend when I decided to make Creamy Ranch Chicken.

I love this recipe because it’s incredibly simple to make, yet it tastes very good.  I’m all about easy but tasty.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

4 to 5 chicken breasts
1/2 cup of water
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package ranch seasoning
8 oz. sour cream
salt and pepper for seasoning

1. Season chicken with salt and pepper

2. Combine water, soup, ranch seasoning, and sour cream in crock pot.

3. Add chicken and cook according to your crock pot directions.

4. Right before serving, shred chicken and serve over rice or pasta.

Like I said before, crock pot meals never look pretty.  But the taste?  Well, Andre said he would take this 10 out 10 times over the Crock Pot Root Beer Chicken.  I think that’s a thumbs up from him.