1. Nov

    The Best Home Improvement Projects Worth the Money

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    If you ever considered installing a swimming pool in your yard, you probably looked up the process and found that it adds little value to your home. While having an in ground swimming pool in California or another warmer part of the country is practically a must have, homeowners living in the Midwest and areas with harsh winters often spend more on pools than they will ever get back. Whether you want to put your house on the market or simply increase its value, you’ll want to check out which home improvement projects really are worth the money.

    Upgrading Your Kitchen

    One of the best ways to add to your home is with a kitchen upgrade. Some homeowners think this means that they should change everything about the kitchen and spend thousands of dollars. Keep in mind that the more money you spend, the less you will likely get back. Upgrading your kitchen is significantly different than completely renovating your kitchen. A kitchen upgrade often refers to smaller projects that get you the most bang for your buck. This can include changing out your appliances, painting the walls and replacing or rehabbing your cabinet doors.

    Changing Your Home’s Exterior

    When you put your home on the market, potential buyers will develop a feeling about your house as soon as they see the outside. That is why real estate agents often recommend that you boost the curb appeal of your house. Replacing the front door is one of the easiest changes that you can make, but you may also want to paint your front porch, plant some new flowers and use pavers to create a new walkway. If you have more money in your budget, consider replacing the covering on your house. New vinyl siding can add thousands to the value of your house.

    Fixing the Roof

    The cost of a new roof can reach $10,000 or more. The cost often depends on whether you stick with asphalt or other cheaper roof shingles or if you use natural stone or metal, which are both more expensive. Even if you can’t afford a brand new roof, you can add value when you repair your roof and replace any missing, lose or broken shingles. Repairing or replacing your gutters can add value too. After deciding which project will add the most value to your home, get an estimate from a professional contractor.

  2. Oct

    National Cat Day

    2:31 PM   ♥   Comment



    Happy National Cat Day from Phantom, Reese, Bella, James, and Loki!

    Obligatory please spay and neuter your pets. As much as I love every single one of them, I wouldn’t have so many if there wasn’t an overabundance of homeless cats. There is so many more out there that us rescue people just can’t save. Do your part.

  3. Oct

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  4. Oct

    Our 8th Anniversary

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    Yesterday was our 8th anniversary. Our fucking 8th. I know I’ve been with him a long time but 8 YEARS?! That is 1/3 of my life. I don’t even know how to begin imaging a life without him. At this point, life before him is fleeting memories. I was only 16 years old when I met him and we got together. Never in my life did I imagine he was THE ONE. I was 16, I never openly thought about it but if you had asked 16 year old me who I saw myself with in 5 years, he wasn’t it. Not because I didn’t love him. Simply because I had dated other guys and I was in high school. You only marry your high school sweetheart in movies.
    We got engaged!! I couldn’t explain in words what that means to me. I am over the moon with excitement and I’m looking forward to our wedding now. I want to say how excited I am how well Andrew’s family took it but I’m not. They were so excited for us. 8 years together is no rush job.
    I haven’t stopped staring at my ring. Yes, I picked it out. But I never expected to love it so much. 50% is how pretty it is. The other 50% is that he GAVE IT TO ME and what it means. I feel like I’ve fallen in love with him all over again.
    I bawled. Like a god damned baby. He presented this: 

    I saw the edible arrangement and portal box and I was so surprised. That was enough to excite me. He said the portal box had more presents inside. I guess I thought he had the ring. I opened the box and he said, “You have to choose one.” That was it. I cried. I have watched proposals on YouTube before and I cry every time. My biggest fear is that I would be too shocked to cry. When he told me to choose I lost it. I hesitated for a moment because I love the love ball but I also have a love for the premier ball. Knowing what was happening and that the love ball was the center I chose that one and he helped me open it. I’m crying like an idiot. Who cries at a proposal that you know is coming? He did so well that I was shocked.
    He got down on one knee. The exact wording of what he said is lost in the void as I tried to gain my composure. His voice cracked and tears welled up in his eyes. He said he loved me and that every day with me was better than the last. Even when we were fighting. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. And he asked me to marry him. I just looked him in the eyes and said yes, still bawling. I kissed and hugged him and didn’t want to let go. He is my life. I can’t describe the feeling I felt in that moment. I love him but this was something so much more than love. Maybe I’ve never loved him as much as I did in this moment. He showed me a side of him I’ve never seen. It didn’t feel rehearsed. He was speaking from his heart and I knew it. I didn’t want to let go of him. After a few minutes of holding him I looked back at the ring in the box and he started telling me about the troubles and worries he had about making sure everything was perfect and all of his plans. Yes, the ring is so damn gorgeous but I love it 1000% more because of what it will always remind me of. This moment. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. All that time spent worrying about it, it. was. perfect. In every definition of the word. Perfect.
    I am beside myself with excitement and every time I look at the ring I well up. He is my soulmate, my life line, my best friend. The love of my life. I want to die with him beside me. I’ve never loved anyone or anything more than him. He completes me. I can’t wait to marry him.

  5. Oct

    Foto Friday: Calendar

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    My calendar is crazy. So, I’m excited to start using my Erin Condren. I’ve already started putting some things into it for next week. I figure separating my work life from my personal life will help me out a lot more. I’ll be better organized and more anxious to accomplish things (because my planner is pretty!). I’ll be able to clean up this mess a little bit because I can take all personal things off of it and it won’t look so overwhelming.

  6. Oct

    My Very First Erin Condren Life Planner Unboxing

    7:02 PM   ♥   Comment

    I did a shaky unboxing video for my brand new Erin Condren Life Planner. I am so happy with it and I can’t wait to start using it.

  7. Oct

    Damn it!

    4:25 PM   ♥   Comment

    Last week I was peer pressured into getting a planner and joining the planner community. I’m not too mad, I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I wanted to do it. I’m really excited. I placed my order for an Erin Condren Life Planner at ErinCondren.com on Friday. It shipped today so it should be here by the weekend, hopefully. Maybe I’ll do an unboxing video for it since I grabbed a couple of other things with it. I’ve already started to look at washi tape and stickers and I might start making my own.

    I then turned around and passed the addiction to my mother and sister. My mom ran out and picked up a Happy 365 Planner to get started. I’m excited to see what she does with hers.

    I have started to plan out my weeks and create structure to add to my planner when it comes. I want to get myself on a cleaning schedule and meal plan. I can’t wait and now I regret laughing at whttrs when she filled online shopping carts with hundreds of dollars of stickers.

  8. Oct

    Online Companies Turning to Local Marketing

    12:09 PM   ♥   Comment

    As the owner of a company that primarily does business online, you may find that using search engine optimization tricks and tips like using the right keyword density does little to help you reach the customers living in your own backyard. No matter where you live in the world today, the odds are good that there are people interested in your goods and services who live in the surrounding community. Online companies and those who own websites devoted to providing individuals with specific services find themselves increasingly turning towards local marketing.

    What is Local Marketing?

    You likely hear the term local marketing quite a bit but may not understand the term. Local marketing refers to the way in which you market your business online towards those living near your office, shop or company. Everyone from doctors and lawyers to restaurants and retail shops can use local marketing to appeal to neighboring customers. The right services can help you rank higher on searches and reach those looking for the goods or services that you offer. There are a number of different ways in which you can market your company online and still reach local customers.

    Why Use Local Marketing?

    Recent statistics indicate that up to 90% of those searching for products and services look to the Internet first. While customers once relied heavily on word of mouth advertising and from reviews from their family and friends, those same customers now do a simple online search when looking for a new doctor, landscaping company or restaurant. The higher your business ranks in terms of local searches, the more customers will find your information and contact you. Using local marketing techniques and services like Google + lets you reach more customers than you ever did before.

    Benefits of Marketing Services

    When looking at online marketing services, you may wonder if there are any benefits other than increasing your page ranking. Using local services may help you become a sponsored listing online. Sponsored listings are those that you see at the top and on the sides of the page after searching for content online. These listings immediately catch the eye and draw the attention of potential customers. You will also find that your site gains more exposure and more traffic. If you run ads on your site, this can result in more money in your pocket.

    How Local Marketing Works

    Though you might think that all online marketing is exactly the same, the top marketing companies will work with you to determine your needs and decide how to advertise your business. This often involves targeting customers with the right keywords and phrases and using the right density to move your page higher on Google rankings. You may also build a Google + page that lets customers post reviews of your business and includes information about your address and hours of operation.

    With local marketing, you can increase your sales and reach more customers in your local city and state.

  9. Oct

    Benefits of Boarding Your Dog During Your Next Vacation

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    As nice, polite and well behaved as your dog is while you’re in the same room together, your dog might turn into a holy terror when you leave for an overnight or weekend trip. Even the best of dogs can feel stressed and nervous when its owner is gone, which can leave you dealing with ripped furniture and accidents all over your house. If you worry about what might happen while your on vacation, now is a good time to look at some of the benefits of boarding your dog during your trip.

    Protect Your Home

    Dogs are creatures of habit, which means that they grow comfortable with familiar things that happen every day. They know when you get home, what time you leave, when it’s time for a walk and where to find food and water. When you leave for a few days, this change can cause your dog to have a panic attack. That is why you come home to food, clothing and pieces of your furniture laying on the floor. Boarding your dog for a night or several days helps your pet feel more comfortable while you’re gone.

    Set Schedule

    One great benefit of boarding your dog in a kennel is that the kennel workers will follow a set schedule to keep your dog calm. Most kennels offer regular feeding throughout the day, and your dog will quickly learn when to expect food. The kennel should also offer routine breaks for your pet to use the bathroom outside. If your dog has an accident, workers are on hand to quickly clean up the space on the spot. Some kennels even offer play time and activities that let your dog have fun with a few other pets.

    Luxury Accommodations

    When looking for dog boarding Michigan facilities or facilities in other states, pet owners often look for more luxury accommodations. This lets your pet live in the lap of luxury and lets you treat your pet as you treat yourself with a vacation. These kennels and boarding rooms offer daily cleaning and bed changes to keep your dog’s space nice and clean, but they may offer other amenities, including climate controlled spaces, luxury bedding and even room service. Treat your dog and save your house from destruction when you treat your pet to a stay in the right facility during your next trip.

  10. Sep

    Bullet Point Update

    5:33 PM   ♥   2 Comments

    So, what’s been going on with me? I figure it’ll be easier to make a bullet point update:

    • I am living the dream. I have 4 clients, working 160 hours a month. My clients are amazing. I mean, I loved them before but it’s exciting to be working with them independently.
    • Andrew revived my baby. My Macbook Pro is back in working order and it feels nice to be able to step away from the desk.
    • My baby sister turned 10. What. the. hell.
    • Andrew and I will celebrate 8 FREAKING YEARS next month. How can it feel like FOREVER and like not that long ago at the same time?
    • In addition to that, an engagement ring is imminent, like he’s about to order it, it’s coming/it’s happening soon imminent. I mean, we knew this was coming but I guess I need the formal asking to really believe it. It’s happening.
    • Which means, that I have only a bit more than 2 years to plan a wedding because we are doing it on our 10 year anniversary. 2 years. I might faint.
    • I’ve been growing my nails. Why? No idea. Back in May, I just decided to stop and I did. It only makes it better than I’ll have a ring soon to show off and my nails won’t look so nasty. However, this is not why I stopped.
    • Oh, and this happened:
I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 23 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my fiancé of 8 years and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.

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