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tree-limbsCreating a nice space outside of your house, including organizing your yard, maintaining the exterior of your house and consistently applying the appropriate tree work are all important aspects of organizing your home. We haven’t spent too much time on the outside of the house, but the truth is that this really can’t be overlooked. We spend quite a bit of time here at talking about ways to organize your family and your house. This discussion has ranged from utilizing organization apps for your phone, tips from other bloggers, organizing aspects of your home, spring cleaning and so forth.

One important element of yard work is properly taking care of your trees including pruning them correctly, trimming them at the right time of the year and having the appropriate equipment to get the job done right. This is absolutely critical when you might need to climb up the tree and need the right climbing gear and tree rigging equipment. You might find the tools at your local big box store, but might be better off utilizing a specialized arborist supply store online like SherrillTree. The benefit of using a site like this is that they also have a great learning center with dozens of great articles to help get you started, as well as all of the best equipment that is perfect for working on trees.


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When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – – they are your family.  ~ Jim Butcher

I really love motivational and inspirational quotes, for just about any type of occasion or situation.  Sometimes I use them to lift me up or otherwise motivate me in some way.  I even have a little section in my header that features some of the tips and quotes from my own past articles to remind myself and my readers of a good, quick tip or idea.

When I think about the importance of a family and how integral it is to us as we grow up and then raise our own, sometimes a good quote can perfectly sum up how I feel very easily.  I often turn to different inspiring web sites to find the perfect line and I’ve has good luck finding inspirational quotes and sayings about family at A real key to organizing a family is remembering just how important it is.

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. ~ Alex Haley


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I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer worrying about hair and it’s really quite amusing.  Between travel, vacations, hotels, swim parties and water parks and all the other summertime fun, our family’s hair, especially my daughter’s hair, has really had to withstand a bit of abuse.  I’ve really begun to master all the different ways to put up her hair or quickly make it look presentable quickly, and I have discovered that hair accessories can really do the trick.

sbLooking at some of the new ideas women and girls are using now to add some interest to their hair, I’m really liking some of the new trends. Of course, a good old-fashioned bow or headband works, but I’ve seen some pretty interesting things like hair chains and hair feathers. There are some really interesting looking feather ideas on that I’m looking forward to trying. I especially like the look of their different tail feathers. They also have a great selection of hair ties in just about any color you would need.

One of my big indulgences on the interest lately has been browsing pinterest and instagram and I’ve seen some really cute ideas for hair accessories like the ones I’ve mentioned such as hair feather, chains and others embellishments. Spend some time going through these sites or just brow on and I’m sure you’ll see something that will work for you.

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4 Tips for Decorating a Small Living Room

The fact remains that the type of home builds we have today usually come with a smaller living room. But by decorating it effectively, you can make the smaller spaces look visually appealing and spacious. Think of it as a magician’s touch in interior design. In the following article, we discuss a few tips to decorate your small living room in a smart way…

#1: Select Light Furniture

When you’re decorating a small living room, you should select the furniture first. Look for furniture pieces that have legs and are light in color. Why? It’s mainly because lighter colors tend to occupy less visual weight, while the legs help in making the space appear much more open by providing a clear view of the floor.

Coffee tables, as well as end tables in glass and metal, also let the eye roam through the pieces, consuming a little amount of visual space when compared to dark wood, which gives the opposite effect. When purchasing light furniture, try and use discount coupons for West Elm so that you can save money without compromising on quality.

#2: Go for a Lighter Color Scheme

One of the important goals that you need to focus on is to use colors that go with your small living room, in order to give an impression of a much larger space. So when it comes to the color scheme, understand that cooler colors work great for your living room. But that doesn’t mean you should completely ignore the brighter colors – you can use hints of them in pillows or accent rugs.

Also, know that small spaces look the best with a “3 color pallete” or even less than that. In case you like texture, then think about using a monochromatic scheme. And finally, to get that clean and flowing feeling, you can go for bare woods that come in lighter tones

>#3: Use Mirrors the Right Way

It’s a well-established truth that mirrors can make a small space look much bigger than it is. However, using them effectively is not that simple. This is because mirrors work best through the reflection of light. This can either be the wall’s light color or simply the reflected light. So when trying to use mirrors effectively, you need to take notice of a few things. But before that, see to it that you buy a quality mirror for the room, not a cheap one. Be smart with quality and as well as the price; take advantage of Black Friday ads 2013 to get your mirror at a discounted price.

Get clear and be aware about what gets reflected in the mirror. You can check this by standing in different positions in the living room. This step is important because what reflects in your mirror can increase or decrease visual space. So if your mirror reflects the wrong thing then it can decrease visual space, which can make your living room look smaller.

#4: Focus on Vertical Lines

While you’re decorating your living room, don’t forget that it has a “vertical axis”, which needs to be emphasized. You should add things to this space so that anyone looking in the direction has his/her eyes move upward, away from the furniture. So what can these things be? What all can you use to emphasize the vertical lines?

To start with you can use floor lamps, full length draperies, big vases that come with tall twigs, long mirrors, matles, vertical/stacked paintings, tables with multi layered arrangements, mantles, etc. The choices are many, so choose something that goes with your taste and also complements the overall look of your living room.

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There are countless methods that people use to stay organized, and busy moms and dads looking to organize their families have a host of methods, resources and tools to utilize this seemingly foreboding task. Some people like to make lists and utilize paper planners, chalkboards or inspiration boards. Increasingly, however, mobile phones are able to do so much and so quickly that it’s becoming the go-to tool to get organized in our hectic lives.

We’ve featured a few useful family table apps–and some of these might be appropriate for cells phones–but there are other tips that can be specific to a mobile phone to stay organized.

Considering mobile phones are updating at a rapid pace, it’s quite possible you’re in need of a new phone. A lot has changed in just the last few years that might have rendered your old phone a bit obsolete.  First things first, consider a new phone and ditch last year’s model. You might wonder, “Can I sell my phone in order to make a little extra cash to put towards something new?” The answer really depends, but if your old phone is still useful, in good condition and not too old you can probably make a little money to put towards something new.

Once you’re up to date, utilize all the power and flexibility your new phone has to offer. Before you get to apps, use some of the native features your phone probably already has. These include features like specific ringtones for different contacts, special alarms, timers and reminders as well as text recorders and notepad features. Once you find a specific function you really like, do some hunting to improve on this.

Generally speaking, there’s probably a great app for free or for a small charge that improves on something you could really utilize to get organized. Apps can be useful for keeping to-do lists handy, jotting notes and maintaining calendars. Try some that might be useful, but don’t get carried away. Too many bells and whistles can easily overwhelm you and ultimately be counterproductive.

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