Tips for Upgrading Your Bathroom

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Are you thinking about doing a bathroom upgrade? If a bathroom upgrade is on your agenda for 2022 then you’re probably wondering where to start. 

 

This is especially true if your bathroom is in a deplorable condition and you feel confused about how you can bring it to life and make it a comfortable space once again. 

 

The good news is that there are several ways in which you can make your bathroom more beautiful. Take a look at these tips to get you started.

 

Improve Your Bathroom 

 

One of the things you can immediately address in your bathroom is ventilation. Your bathroom must have some kind of ventilation. 

 

If your bathroom is currently without ventilation then it is probably not up to the building code. There must be a window or an exhaust fan in the bathroom. 

 

Install one of these if you don’t have them. If these are already in place, you should look at either upgrading your exhaust fan or widening your windows to bring more light into your bathroom.

 

Change the Flooring

 

If you want to renovate your bathroom and get it looking its best it is a good idea to think about changing the flooring. 

 

Upgrading the flooring can be a good way to make a statement in your bathroom. You could change the flooring to ceramic or porcelain tiles especially if your bathroom currently has wooden tiles. 

 

Add Beautiful Accessories

 

Your bathroom is a sanctuary and adding new bathroom accessories will make it come alive. You can upgrade the fixtures in the bathroom and place paintings or art in strategic places.

 

You can even add plants to the decor as well. Be careful and highly selective of the plants that you choose. You want to make sure that the color of your wall, doesn’t clash with the colors of the plants.

 

Add Mirrors

 

Adding the right mirrors to your bathroom will not only enhance a bathroom it will also bring light into the room as well. Some mirrors can actually make the bathroom look bigger depending on where you place them.

 

The lighting in your bathroom is very important as well. In addition to using a mirror to bring light into the bathroom, you should make sure the lighting fixtures that you have in your bathroom are conducive to an attractive decor. You want to make sure that your lighting is not too dim and not too bright.

 

Begin the Upgrade

 

There is a lot that you can do to make your bathroom look its best. Adding the right touches and accessories is a great way to enhance the look very quickly. 

 

The changes that you make do not have to be expensive. You can start with small changes such as putting in a new mirror or adding plants. 

 

After that, you can then move on to more difficult renovation such as widening windows or changing your exhaust fans. 

 

If you start small you will not become overwhelmed, and your bathroom renovation project will be completed with success and make your home more comfortable.

 

Trailer: Hotel Transylvania 4 Premieres on Prime Video January 14 #HotelTransylvania

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Can you believe that we are on #4 all the movies are so good I can watch them all in a row and I still want more.  We got the chance to check out the movie first and I loved it.  Drac is back and funnier then ever.  When he is going to retire from the Hotel business, he starts to get second thoughts and that is when the fun begins.  The whole family of course is involved and it gets interesting.

 



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Combating Loneliness As A Single Parent

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Whether you are a newly single parent or you’ve decided that it’s time to start looking out for yourself now your kids are older, it can sometimes be a lonely world. It’s through no fault of your own. You can easily get caught up in taking care of your little ones, especially if you are doing it alone. If you want to counteract the loneliness try these tips: 

Go Observe The World

So you can read a book (or try to read one) while your baby sleeps. Older children can sit on a playground seat. Being outside, available to interact with people, even if only for a few seconds, can improve your viewpoint.

Find Sincere Friends

Take heart if it appears that all your pals have vanished. You are fortunate to know your true buddies. Try reframing your loneliness with Tupac Shakur’s quote, “The most real people don’t have many friends.” I’d rather pretend to be lonely than really lonely. 

Take To The Phone

Call to say hi, share news, or simply admit your loneliness. Consider calling a lonely friend. Don’t take it personally if folks don’t answer right away. Our phone culture is changing—send a text before phoning because many people don’t answer their lines without a heads-up. You could always trial chat lines to build up your confidence by talking to other parents and old friends. 

Attend Meetups

Find local parent groups on Meetup or other sites. There is a meeting club for almost anything—not just parenting. A virtual meetup can be as simple as joining a local book club, taking an online class with discussion, or organizing a Facebook fitness challenge with pals. It’s good to be part of something bigger.

Invite A Pal

Invite a buddy over after your child has gone to bed. I’ve enjoyed having friends over for tea or wine. It truly makes a house a home. Even wonderful when they arrive early and give your kids a tale. That makes everyone happy.

Keep Reading

Then read again. This is my number one anti-loneliness strategy, as any regular reader of this site knows. Books dominate my writing these days, which makes sense given I read almost every night. Plus: I get to engage with my local library a lot, which has developed nice small relationships for both of us. No more loneliness!

Try Meditating

You want to, but you don’t have time. Or it’s too difficult. Guess what? You may do this after your child goes to bed, and it is really beneficial to your mental and physical health. To get started, listen to guided meditation audio.

Plan Your Future

You may do it with scissors, glue, and magazines, or use a website like Pinterest to collect happy photos. The goal is to spend more time thinking about the direction you want your life to go.

Set A Date

Connecting with someone wanting to connect makes sense, right? If it fails, at least you’ll have some amusement and perspective on returning home to a quiet house.

 

These tips should all help with combating loneliness as a single parent. Do you have any other tips that could help? Share a few in the comments. 

Should You Take Your Children To A Care Home?

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A lot of parents wonder whether or not they should take their children to visit their grandparents in a care home. It can be quite a difficult decision to make. After all, you want to make sure that your parent and your child are able to see one and other. At the same time, you may be concerned that this sort of environment is not going to be the best place for a child.

 

So, should you take your children to a care home?

 

Needless to say, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to determining whether or not you should take your child to visit their grandparents in a care home. It is about figuring out what is going to be right for your situation. One thing that is worth noting, though, is that children are a lot more resilient and stronger than we give them credit for. Therefore, it is worth keeping this in mind when making your decision. Plus, there are a number of things you can do to make the situation a lot easier, as we will discuss in the next section. 

 

What can you do to make it easier for everyone?

  • Introduce the care home as your child’s new home – You do not need to explain that your parent is in ill health. Of course, if your child is old enough to understand, it may be better to explain. Otherwise, though, you can simply talk about the care home as their grandparent’s new home. 
  • Think about ways you can make it easier for your parent as well – There are some things you can do to make the situation easier for your parent as well. For example, if they struggle with hearing, you can learn more about devices that may be more suitable to help them during your child’s visit. 
  • Consider leaving the care home for a day trip – If your parent is mobile enough, you may want to go out for lunch or to a local park for some fresh air, as this is probably the best option for your child. It makes the situation less intense. 
  • Understand that every child is going to be different – You know your child better than anyone else, and this is something you need to consider and factor in when it comes to a situation like this. After all, some children are going to be more nervous than others. So, think about your child and their personality, and this should help you with the visit. The extent of your parent’s condition is also going to make a difference as well.

 

So there you have it: an insight into whether or not you should take your child to a care home. We hope that this has given you a helping hand. Ultimately, it is your own decision, but think about your children and their personality, and this should help you. Plus, use the tips provided above to make the situation less intense.

 

Remember to Take Care of Yourself

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Life can often be pretty hectic and daunting, with all sorts of different challenges to contend with, and with all sorts of different potential sources of stress and frustration getting in the way and distracting you from the less “urgent” but more meaningful aspects of your life path.

Ultimately, many people end up neglecting self-care, particularly during generally stressful periods in their lives, whether with regards to uncertainty at work, or to personal issues.

Consistently forgetting to take care of yourself, or failing to make time to take care of yourself, however, can be very detrimental in a range of different ways.

Whether self care for you involves taking the time to learn more about hearing tests, or whether it means spending time in nature on a regular basis, Here are some reasons why it’s very important to remember to take care of yourself.

Self-care is all too often neglected when life gets hectic

As already discussed, good basic self-care is often one of the first things that ends up getting neglected and falls by the wayside during periods when life is hectic and stressful.

Unfortunately, it’s frequently during these periods when taking care of yourself is especially important – and when you will be at your most vulnerable.

With life inevitably containing a range of different challenges, tragedies, and setbacks, there is a real risk that you will end up completely neglecting self-care without even realising it, if you aren’t actively striving to take good care of yourself on a routine basis.

Taking care of yourself will tend to make you better and more effective across the other domains of your life too

Sometimes, people neglect the core pillars of good self-care, such as getting adequate sleep and proper nutrition, because they are caught up in trying to be as productive as possible at work, or in another area of life.

It’s important to realise, though, that taking good care of yourself will tend to make you better and more effective across all sorts of different domains of your life, too.

Individuals who are less stressed out, who get more and better sleep, and who eat a nutritious and healthy diet, are known to have better decision-making skills, more emotional resilience, and to be more creative.

Life is just happier and more enjoyable when you are taking care of yourself

Let’s face it – life is just happier and more enjoyable all around when you are taking good care of yourself, as opposed to when you are neglecting basic components of self-care, and are consistently burned out.

We all have important obligations to attend to in life, and ambitions and aspirations that we want to achieve. But it’s important to remember that life should also be a fun and happy experience, and not just a series of duties and goals.

Remembering to take proper care of yourself can help to brighten your experience of life significantly – and this can, in turn, also have a positive effect when it comes to uplifting those around you who care about you the most.

Bring on a Mindful New Year with Buddha Board

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Have the last few years been a little hard on you?  I know that I have never had a more trying year then the last year.  Everyone says don’t forget about self care, one thing I have learned is that self care is not always about going drinking with friends or the spa.  It can also me some me time that is just relaxing at home.

With little guy just picking up and leaving is not an opinion.  I also Home School and work from home so when I can get a few quite minutes the Buddha Board is perfect to just relax and get out of my head for a few minutes.

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Mindfulness can provide a wealth of benefits from improving your quality of sleep to reducing anxiety and occupational stress.

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Last Night in Soho Digital Giveaway

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Universal City, California, December 28, 2021 – From the acclaimed director of fan-favorites such as Baby DriverShaun of the Dead and The World’s End comes the “mesmerizing and ultra-stylish” (US Weekly) tribute to 1960s London, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, available to own for the first time on Digital January 4, 2022 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD January 18, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “A stunning achievement of filmmaking” (LA Times), LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is filled to the brim with thrills, suspense and a love of classic film and music in every frame. Own the cinematic masterpiece for the first time, alongside exclusive bonus content, including never-before-seen deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes content and feature commentaries exploring the intoxicating nostalgia, flair and suspense.

In Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller, Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo RabbitOld), an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma, “The Queen’s Gambit”). But the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.

The “seductive and sophisticated” (NY Times) masterpiece is directed by Edgar Wright, and stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) and Michael Ajao (Attack the BlockSilent Witness). The film is co-written by Edgar Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917).

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:

  • MAKING OF FEATURETTES
    • MEET ELOISE – An in-depth look at the character of Eloise and the challenges that star Thomasin McKenzie faced while bringing her to life.
    • DREAMING OF SANDIE – A closer look at the characters of Sandie and Jack and why Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith were the perfect actors to embody the essence of the time period.
    • SMOKE AND MIRRORS – The cast and crew break down how lighting, makeup, special effects, and creative camerawork came together to create a collision between the present day and 1960’s time periods.
    • ON THE STREETS OF SOHO – The cast and crew discuss the importance of shooting on location in Soho and the complexity of transforming the city streets back in time.
    • TIME TRAVELLING – A look into how the music, costume design, and production design of the film work together to immerse the audience into the world of 1960’s Soho.
  • DELETED SCENES
  • ANIMATICS
    • FIRST DREAM
    • SHADOW MEN
    • MURDER
    • FINAL CONFRONTATION
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    • HAIR & MAKEUP TESTS**
    • LIGHTING & VFX TESTS**
    • WIDE ANGLE WITNESS CAM
    • ACTON TOWN HALL STEADICAM REHEARSAL**
  • “DOWNTOWN” MUSIC VIDEO**
  • TRAILERS**
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER EDGAR WRIGHT, EDITOR PAUL MACHLISS AND COMPOSER STEVE PRICE
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“Wags to Riches” exclusively on MillionStories.com

From Animal Lover to Animal Entrepreneur

Are you ready to meet some of the world’s most interesting animal entrepreneurs? The latest short-form series, Wags to Riches, on the Million Stories platform (the free entertainment channel from the Singleton Foundation) showcases animal enthusiasts who have capitalized on society’s animal craze and turned their passion into profitable and successful business ventures.

And let’s face it. There’s something magical about animals. From their wonder and mystery to the way they delight and enrich our lives with unconditional love with no strings attached. We cannot get enough of them. Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and every other social media channel are filled with animal videos that make us laugh, smile and cry. And here’s a startling fact: Recent studies show that a good portion of people love their pets more than their partner.  

It’s no wonder that in 2020, pet industry sales reached a milestone, surpassing $100 billion for the first time. To say we’re gaga for animals is an understatement.  Wags to Riches gives us an insider’s look at the unique ways animal lovers are contributing to the booming animal industry.  Dr Cassandra Sander-Holly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy using horses to help disabled kids learn to walk. Sammie Hernandez is a fifth generation father and daughter sheep shearing business, with more than 800 clients, that keeps farm animals happy and healthy. Christopher Cargnoni created  Fresh Paws, a fashion brand, kicking the pet accessory industry up a notch with its novel streetwear made exclusively for dogs and their human companions. For those with a fondness for felines, Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat café where you can share a Cup of Joe with a room full of cats and kittens looking for their furever home. 

Other episodes cover a range of animal entrepreneurs from goat yoga to dancing cats to guinea pig dating and those stories are just for starters. With each episode, Wags for Riches, explores the stories of the most ingenious and interesting animal entrepreneurs, stories that are sure to inspire the animal lover inside everyone.

The growing popularity of pets and animals raking in the dough caught the attention of the show’s creators and encouraged them to explore this trend. “We wanted to develop a fun, interesting and unexpected series about entrepreneurs,” says Michael Albright, Creative Director of Million Stories and the Singleton Foundation. “When we heard that in 2020, Americans spent almost $104 billion on their pets, we began our research and soon found all kinds of creative businesses involving animals, and that’s when we had our show.”

What the Million Stories team discovered were some truly fascinating entrepreneurs who carved out their own niche in the animal industry. “We looked for entrepreneurs who turned their love of animals into successful careers, but also had amazing stories to tell,” explains Asher Brown, showrunner and CEO/Founder of Pollution.tv. “For example, Sammie Hernandez, a 5th generation sheep and alpaca shearer intent on becoming the first woman to run her family’s company, and Dr. Cassandra Sanders-Holly, who turned her passion for horses into a thriving business and nonprofit using horses to help over 1100 children with special needs.”

The experience in making Wags to Riches touched a soft spot in the hearts of the show’s creators. “Dr. Sanders-Holly is beyond inspiring,” says director Lara Everly.  “Her story had the whole crew in tears.”

For Everly, the animals had a lasting effect beyond just the fond memories. “I fell hard for a very outgoing and sweet kitten at Crumbs and Whiskers Cat Cafe named Bono,” says Everly. “He looked just like my cat Finn who passed away last year. I was tempted to take him home with me…but we already have a kitten and puppy.  I hope he wound up in the best home.”

For all of the animals’ adorableness and their indelible impression on everyone, they cannot escape their nature and are not keen to taking direction or holding still for their close-up.  “There’s a reason they say never work with kids or animals,” states Everly.  “Animals are going to do what animals want to do, unless they’re extremely well-trained.  We had a guinea pig pee on our host, a pig eat from the crafty table, a dog poop on a fashion runway, a sheep run off mid-shear, and many animals run away from the camera.”

“It often felt like I was herding cats,” continues Everly.  “At times, I quite literally was. Luckily, the real heroes of the story are the animal entrepreneurs themselves, so we did our best and rolled with whatever happened with the animals.”

Any animal diva moments aside, Everly relished the whole experience. “I loved working with the animals,” says Everly.  “They are pure, amazing creatures and it’s always super rewarding. The most shocking part is that I didn’t wind up with 13 more pets by the end of the shoot.”

As if a series about animals isn’t fun enough, Wags to Riches’ host, Dariany Santana, compliments these remarkable stories, immersing herself in the everyday experience of the animal enthusiast’s businesses. “Dariany is wonderful!” says Brown. “She’s an entrepreneur herself (co-owner of an amazing restaurant). And so, she understands how much hustle it takes to run a business. Dariany brings a spirit of fun and adventure to every episode, whether she’s testing cat DNA in a lab, building a luxury doghouse or playing matchmaker for guinea pigs.”

As the host, Santana admired the entrepreneurs’ determination to follow their heart and do what they love. “I was inspired every day that I was on set,” says Santana. “The way these entrepreneurs just knew in their hearts that they had to pursue their dreams, even if they seemed unorthodox or were huge risks made me want to do the same.”

“For anyone yearning to start their own business, it’s important to see that pursuing your passion can be so fruitful,” continues Santana. “These people love what they do and love the animals that are an integral part of their careers; and as a result, they not only have thriving businesses but they’re living fulfilled lives.”

By following their love for fine-feathered, furry, reptilian and everything in-between friends, these animal loving entrepreneurs went from Wags to Riches. “These were animal lovers who started with nothing but an idea,” says Albright. “Our hope is that this series inspires other potential entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.”

 

 

Valentine’s Giveaway – $100 Amazon #SweetHeartGiveaway

 

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Valentines Day is right around the corner and we’ve teamed up with a bunch of your favorite bloggers to bring you a Sweetheart of a Giveaway! This giveaway is hosted by Chatty Patty’s Place and The Review Wire.

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Minor Law Offenses: Types and Ways to Deal With Them

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You need to have the knowledge to know what your rights are when facing criminal charges or dealing with law enforcement. In today’s society, people are quick to judge others and, in many cases, place a stigma on them for committing minor offenses. The type of offense committed will determine whether or not it is a misdemeanor or felony.

Here is a list of some of the most common types that can be dealt with in different ways.

Petty Theft

Petty theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. One common minor law offense is petty theft. This is defined as taking something worth $950 or less without the owner’s consent. If you are convicted of petty theft, you could face jail time, fines, and restitution.

There are several ways to deal with petty theft charges. You may choose to plead guilty and take punishment, attempt to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor or go to trial. Each option has its risks and benefits. It is essential to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about your specific case and how best to proceed.

Simple Assault and Abuse

Another minor offense that can be dealt with is simple assault and abuse. This offense occurs when a person uses force or violence to injure another, either intentionally or through criminal negligence.

This crime doesn’t always result in injury, but it does if the victim suffers temporary disfigurement, such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones. It could also include aggravated battery which means that one willfully causes bodily harm to someone by using a deadly weapon. No injuries were sustained, but severe emotional distress was caused instead.

For example, you can find a nursing home abuse attorney if the staff has abused your parents.

Public Intoxication

Public intoxication refers to the situation where a person is found to be drunk or intoxicated in public. In some states, people are not allowed to drink as it is considered illegal. However, there are those cases when the police have been involved, and they will need the proper evidence before being able to file charges on them

If you have been charged with public intoxication, you should first speak with a criminal lawyer to get more information on the specific charge filed against you and better understand your rights. Some defenses can be raised in these cases, so it is vital to have an experienced lawyer fighting for you.

Conclusion

The list above only includes a few of the most common minor law offenses. Many more can be categorized under misdemeanors and infractions depending on the severity. Still, there is no exact way to determine what will come in place until an actual trial takes place, if it does at all. If you have been accused of any misdemeanor or felony offense, it is best to seek legal help as soon as possible.

The penalties for breaking the law can be severe, and even a seemingly harmless offense could result in jail time, fines, or other consequences. However, with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, many minor law offenses can be resolved without too much trouble or long-term damage.