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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our Backsplash Choice

Not too long ago I posted about how it makes me want to cry when I see our wall above the sink without backsplash.  Yeah, I am being dramatic about this whole thing, but my thought is we pay a whole lot of money for this house, then we need to keep this reliable, clean & beautiful.

Easier said than done because, let's face it, to achieve those three items, it cost money - they either come in small amount or large amount.  

Backsplashing is one of those home improvements that it is smarter to wait to really buy what you wanted, because it is an investment that increases the value of your home.

Finally we have purchased the backsplash that The Mr. and I both like.  We bought two boxes of this Allen + Roth Mosaic Wall Tile.  The picture below is kind of lighter than the actual colors.
This is actually the fourth on the list of my kitchen backsplash inspiration.
What I like about this backsplash is that it even with our white cabinets, it will add enough visual interest and lots of attention because of it its varying colors & sizes in the mosaic.

Now I cannot wait to install this!!♥  I am super excited!!♥

Until then...

***Update 02/11/15: Our kitchen backsplash is finally installed, if you want to see it, click here.***
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Monday, November 24, 2014

[Guest Post] Five Tips to Prep Your Home and Car for Winter

About the Author: Hi Everyone! As winter sets in, Rea was sweet enough to let me write about tips to preparing your home for winter. My name is Ali from Homey Improvements where I write about DIY projects, home advice, and healthy living. I was born and raised in Alaska so cold weather is no stranger to me. When the leaves started to change, it was always a big undertaking to get our house ready for winter. Trees had to be wrapped so moose couldn't eat them, heat tape had to be reapplied to the roof, and an ample supply of salt for ice and food for days we were stuck at home had to be stored. I hope my reminders below help you get ready for winter and stay warm. I would love to get to know you on Twitter or Google+!

Five Tips to Prep Your Home and Car for Winter

We’re in late fall with winter right around the corner. Are you prepared? If not then there’s no time quite like the present to prep your home and vehicle for winter weather.
Some individuals may spend a great deal time and even more money on such preparations. However, getting your car and home to be “weather-proof” doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some handy tips that will save your sanity (and wallet) when winter weather hits.

Insulate Yourself More So Than Your Home

Don’t make the mistake of focusing on heating up your home. It’s not your home that’s cold, it’s you that is feeling the chill. If you want to save hundreds of dollars in heating costs this winter, make sure that you are properly insulated while indoors. This can be as simple a solution as wearing long underwear under your clothes.

Check Your Tires

We spend a great deal of money on our cars, often as a result of failing to take necessary precautions. For instance, it’s important to check your tires from time to time. It is essential to do so before winter. If you live in an area where it tends to snow very badly, bald tires can be very dangerous. One simple method of checking the tread on your tires is to use the penny test.

Invest in a Space Heater

If much of your time is spent in one area of the home during winter months, you should consider buying a space heater. A ceramic space heater that uses fan-forced air is said to be the most common option for homeowners and among the safest choices. These products will allow you warm your home section by section and cut back on heating costs.

Stock and Restock Your Winter Food Supply

In the event of an emergency, you always want to be sure that you have food and water on hand. It’s a good idea to have items that are semi-perishable, canned goods, and bottled water saved. However, you shouldn’t buy these items and let them build up dust for years and years. Instead of buying emergency food items and leaving them at the back of your pantry indefinitely, try to rotate them. Replace items over a period of time so that should the worst happen, you will have fresh food supplies.

Stock up on Batteries and Flashlights

A supply of batteries should be near the top of your winter weather preparation checklist, as should a flashlight. Consider having one flashlight per member of your household, plus a spare. Should a winter storm knock out your power, you don’t want to be wandering around in the dark. Candles may be pretty, 
but they are an unnecessary fire hazard. Stick to modern, non-flammable methods of lighting during power outages.

These are just a few suggestions for avoiding headaches typically associated with winter. Whether it’s bad weather or heating costs, a few adjustments can help you stay safe and save money. Why wait for the worst to happen when you can be well prepared in advanced?
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Friday, November 21, 2014

[Fashion Friday] Winter Away

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bonobos Winter Style Challenge

You must be wondering who is this guy beside me?! 

You don't know his name?
Well I don't know his name either.

And he is not my husband.

What I know is he's wearing Bonobos.  Not too long ago Bonobos, an American Men's Brand, contacted me to join in their Winter Style Challenge.  
The challenge was to come up with outfit that would complement a man dressed in Bonobos.

What? Me? What do I know about men's style?

But, heck! I said yes to them! I will NEVER SAY NO to a challenge!  Bring it on!

Because, I know what I like in my man - "well put together but scruffy"

like my man...♥♥♥ cheesy, i know...
So I picked this Bonobos dressed man that meets my criteria.
The outfit that I picked is a coral bondage dress, black stockings, gold dipped pumps, a long dangling earrings and coat with pink inner lining.
*All images of the man in suit are Bonobos.com.

It looks like we are going to a dinner with our outfits together.  There is something that is so classy about a man that wears a suit even paired with jeans.

What do you think of this complemetal outfit?

If you haven't heard of Bonobos before, they are trendy men's clothing that loves style and class.  Don't forget to check out Bonobos to see their stylish & classy pieces, especially their men's suit collection!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

[DIY] Christmas Wreath with Tutorial

I could never be more excited to share this DIY Christmas Wreath!
   
Wreath is something that I find fascinating since I moved here in the United States.  Back then in the Philippines, I never see it in any homes that I've been to or maybe I was too young and naive to even notice what decorations people put in their houses.

After I made a little research what wreath is all about apart from being a beautiful home decor, I realized that it is something that symbolizes eternity because of its ring shape and it is just basically giving your home a finishing touch to a holiday decorations.

And since then, I have been slowly adapting the wreath decor.  Which made me to create my own Spring-Summer Wreath.  If you did not remember about that wreath, I was a little shy about decorating the whole thing.

But this time, with my Christmas Wreath, I did not shy away from creating a full on wreath!

I decided on my colors when it snowed last week.   Yes, it snowed in November.

So the wreath that I made is inspired by the snow.  At least snow inspired me to create something beautiful.  I could not complain about it then...
But where is the joy in creating if there is no sharing.

So here's the fun part, the process of making a wreath.
Supplies:
* wooden wreath form
* white faux fir garland
* white pine cone garland
* 1 roll of large light blue mesh - 5.5 in X 45 ft
* 1 roll of small white mesh - 2.5 in X 10 yd
* wooden letter
* paddle wire
* pliers
* scissors

I started with attaching the faux fir garland to the wreath form, using paddle wire.  Be very careful with the paddle wire, it is very sharp and I cut my finger while doing this.  Don't worry so much if the garland is not covering the wreath form properly as long it is attached properly.
Because once the fir garland is attached, spread it out on both inside and outside of the ring, spreading them evenly looking something like this.
Okay, don't mind my workspace and my pretty socks okay.. :) But you see what I am talking about right?..

Then attach the large light blue mesh to the fir garland.  I did not use the paddle wire for this, instead I kind of loop the blue mesh and then used the fir garland to tie it together.
Then attach the white pine cone garland to the wreath using the paddle wire, added 4 snowflakes and the wooden letter to finish it off.
I am so happy on how it turned out and I got a lot of compliments & orders (really, haha) when I posted it on my personal fb page.

How about you, are you up to creating your own wreath for Christmas?

Until then...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

[Petites Fashion] Oversized Top with Printed Leggings

But what this post is - all about real people(that's you and me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work or to go somewhere.
Tip: To hide muffin top especially when you are wearing a fitted bottom or leggings, I usually pair it off with oversized top.  It could be a sweater or shirt or anything of your choice.  Plus black color is very friendly to my size so I have a lot of that in my wardrobe.

Until then...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

[Petites Fashion] Color Blocking

But what this post is - all about real people(that's you and me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work or to go somewhere.

Let me show you my #ootd #petitesfashion.
Tip: Color Blocked top gives a slimming illusion because it disguises your body shape.  Be careful with the color blocking, you might want to choose longer verticals like what I am wearing on the photo, than longer horizontals. 

What is more fun about this photo shoot is that I did this with my sister and my daughter outdoors showing off the beautiful colors of fall. ♥
Until then...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Our Little Ballerina

Yes we do have a little ballerina.

Her class is a combination of tap, ballet and tumbling.

She started her class about a month ago and I am very impressed and very proud at how much she likes her dance lesson.

And today I'm so thrilled to share some a lot of photos that I took of her.

Here she is on her first day, striking a pose before we left for her dance class.
And here she is, after three sessions.
It really give some joy in my heart seeing our little one learning something new in her life.

I am not hoping for her to become a professional ballerina but to watch her on their recital would be super exciting for sure.

Until then.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Look What I've Found at Minted

Although I like creating my own wall art like this and this, there's something special about an art that is such a beauty that I know it is impossible for me to diy.

I've found four beautiful art prints from Minted that I am totally inlove with.

First - Look at how beautiful this is.  It is called "Volcano" by Lucretia, and it is a limited edition.  I would love a 24x24 of this in my home.
Second - Next on my wish list is this "Prism Diamond" by Paper Monkey Press.  I love how the light seems to refract and changes its color, I can't wait to see this hanging on my wall.
Third - And how about this "Landscape of Triangles & Dots" by Yao Cheng.  I'm totally inlove with the collection of geometric shapes and colors here.
Fourth - Last but not the least is this really interesting "Cherry Blossom Tree" by Niniane Wang.  It is the way the tree seems being blown by a strong wind and the waterfalls behind it look so calm.  Love.
I could totally go on and on talking about how beautiful and amazing the art prints that I've found from Minted.

But don't you want to know what is this place?  Or have you heard of them before?

Minted is the world's premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design.

They not only offer art prints but they also have stationeries, party decor, business cards, photo cards and so much more.  You can check them out at http://www.minted.com/

On my favorite art prints, which one do you like?  Or when you go to Minted, tell me what items you found that you love.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minted which I'm super thrilled because when I saw their products, it is phenomenal!  I cannot wait to hang one of these prints and hoping you will find something that you will like too or maybe hear your opinion about them.  Thank you for reading this post and for supporting brands that keeps Home For4 Sweet Home up and running.

*All images of the art prints are from Minted.
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