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I Lost my 1/8 teaspoon!!

Rental Tidbits - Posted On 01/29/2016 02:07 PM
I am always losing all or just the one measuring spoon I need for my recipe. Came across this idea at H2O Bunglow's Blog. My granddaughter came up with the idea to take it one step farther and put the size on the flowers also. That way she would get more familiar with what the sizes actually look like. Also suggested we put all the measuring cups, rolling pins, cookie cutters, and anything else related to baking in the same cupboard. She has been helping me with getting things organized in my kitchen. It's always good to get a second opinion, and she comes up with some good ones. Can't wait to finish our measuring spoon holder.     

The Dos and Don'ts of Deciding to Live Together

Living Life to the Fullest - Posted On 02/09/2015 01:10 PM, Last Updated 02/09/2015 01:42 PM
The Dos and Don'ts of Deciding to Live Together

  • Do not make this decision purely based on needing a place to live. If one of you needs a new apartment ASAP, staying with your partner may be your best option at the time. It can be tempting, then, to call it a sign and say, Maybe we should just move in together. Stop yourselves from jumping to that conclusion by deciding if you are even ready to take that step, or if your just being pushed into it by outside circumstances.

  • Do practice first. Many couples stay at each others places, but if you are considering moving in together build up to it by taking a vacation together or making it a point to stay at each others places for a full week with no breaks. You may find yourself relishing time spent at your own place by the time the weeks over.

  • Do not jump in too fast. The honeymoon phase of a new relationship can be a powerful and heady feeling, but instead of letting it push you into rushing things, simply ride the wave for awhile. If you are right for each other, waiting to move in together wont affect your relationship in the long run in fact, it could save it.

  • Do be on the same page. Make sure you discuss what moving in will mean, because it is likely one or both of you will not see it as simply sharing a closet and a new living arrangement together. If its a serious step toward marriage for one person, it should be the same step for the other person.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving in Together

  • Am I ready for the relationship to change? It will. You will be partners in more than sex and romance after moving in together, and you will have to learn to get along with each other even when you are both so annoyed with the other that steam is coming out of your ears (figuratively, of course).

  • Am I ready to let it all hang out? You will be seeing a lot more sides of each other than you were before, and there will be no escape. The moodiness, the gross habits and everything else good and bad will be out in the open. Curb some of these surprises by doing a practice round before making the final decision.

  • What will happen if our sex life slows down? It will. Couples who move in together commonly make less time for each other in the bedroom than couples who only see each other every so often. While this is totally normal, relationships can sometimes feel a little strained if sex changes. You and your beau can cross that bridge if and when you get to it, but know that it is a possibility.

Questions to Ask Each Other Before Moving in Together

  • Who is in charge of which finances? Other than going dutch on the tab at a nice dinner, the two of you probably havent had a lot of experience splitting finances before. Make sure you are on the same page about rent, bills, and other expenses. Even paying for smaller things like groceries, laundry, home decor, and gas add up, and if one person feels like theyre pulling more weight it can cause serious relationship problems.

  • Who is in charge of which household duties? What is the protocol for cleaning the bathroom or taking out the trash? Is one person going to be doing all the cooking? Have a serious conversation about divvying up tasks around the apartment to lessen the chances of arguing about it later on. In my apartment, if one person cooks, the other cleans up afterward to even things out a bit.

  • What happens in the event of a breakup? This is the big one, but it can be hard to talk about when it seems like everythings going great. Before you move in together repeat: before you move in together decide who is staying in the apartment if you break up and who gets to keep what furniture and household items. And if there are pets, make sure you have a plan for taking care of them if and after a breakup happens.

If you and your significant other feel ready to move in together, congratulations! It can be a really exciting change! But if you have any doubts about it, consider tabling the discussion for another few months. Waiting to move in will only make you more prepared for it when the time comes, so it is OK to say, Lets hold off for now.

How Soon is Too Soon?

When couples first start thinking about moving in together, they might assess the length of their relationship. For example, you may think, We have been together for nine months, so that should be a long enough wait, right?

A majority of the renters we surveyed (37%) agreed that six months to a year into dating is a good time to move in together. Of course, whether or not you follow that advice depends on your unique relationship, along with other factors such as views on marriage and finances.

- See more at: http://rent.com/blog/moving-in-together-quiz/#sthash.z54LksM3.dpuf

Renting ~A~ LifeStyle

Living Life to the Fullest - Posted On 02/09/2015 11:35 AM

- Posted On 01/26/2015 04:28 PM
I love all the little extra detail that they use to add to homes. The tin ceilings add so much character and charm to a room. I know they have started to reproduce tin ceilings along with everything else. But a little bit of rust here and there is the icing on the cake, to me. Let me know how you feel about old verses new! When ever I am in a new rental to take pictures, my eye is always on the search for that piece of history that hasn't been torn away and made new. Here's a bit of history for you.

History on the Tin Ceiling

Tin ceilings originated in the 1880s as an affordable way for people to dress up a room's fifth wall. Tin was not only an aesthetic upgrade, meant to emulate high-end decorative plaster, it also offered a measure of fire protection—a big concern at a time when home cooking, lighting, and heating were largely done with open flames. The 2-by-2- and 2-by-4-foot panels were originally stamped out of steel and called "steel ceilings." It wasn't until later, when the raw steel panels were plated in tin to help slow down rusting, that the colloquial term tin ceilings arose.

Tin Ceilings, Consisting of painted; embossed tin plate panels are almost uniquely North American. Although they were introduced into Australia and South Africa in the late nineteenth century, they are virtually unknown in the rest of the world. Tinplate, and other metal sheets such as copper or stainless steel panels, are stamped with complex and sophisticated patterns, copied and developed from the finest carved and molded plasterwork. Such plasterwork had been fashionable in the wealthiest European households and tin ceilings were originally developed as a more practical substitute, which could easily be shipped anywhere.
The use of tin ceilings really developed in the mid-nineteenth century, when mass produced sheets of thin rolled tinplate became readily available in America and reached the zenith of their popularity in the 1890s. As a result, many old buildings boast original antique tin ceilings, cornices, wall panels and wainscots. http://www.tinceiling.com/company/historytin.php

History on the Claw Foot Tub
The claw foot cast iron tub was first produced commercially in the United States in 1883, when Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company began to manufacture them. They later became American Standard, the leader in bathroom fixtures today. Other companies also produced claw foot tubs, such as the Kohler Company and Crane. Early versions of the tub were actually primarily sold for other purposes, such as a hog scalder or a horse trough. The possible use for bathing was almost an afterthought.
As with most innovations, the first people to have a bath tub in their homes were the wealthy. It was a sign of status if you had a separate bathing room, complete with tub. The bath tub was usually elevated and set in the center of the room. Earlier innovations in plumbing and the establishment of the sanitary plumbing code made it possible to have a large tub indoors without getting water all over the home.

Seven Steps to Save More at the Grocery Store

Rental Tidbits - Posted On 01/08/2015 03:07 PM, Last Updated 01/23/2015 10:53 AM
Seven Steps to Save More at the Grocery Store

We all like saving money, especially at the grocery store, and coupons are a great way to get discounts. But when you first start out in the coupon world, it can seem a little overwhelming.

Luckily, there are some simple ways to save when you go grocery shopping. Here are the steps in my weekly process:

1. Have a coupon system.

You need to have a way to organize your coupons so you can easily access them. Everyone has a different style so you just have to go with what works best for you. For those of you just starting out, a simple coupon organizer might work. For those of you who are really organized, you might enjoy a coupon binder. But please, do not throw away your coupon inserts. Date them and have a place to keep them. (We will talk more about the inserts later)

2. Always be on the lookout for coupons you could use.

Each day our coupons page is updated with the latest coupons. Some of these coupons have a “print limit,” meaning when 2000 coupons are printed it is gone. So, if you have a few minutes each day to visit and print out ones you might use, it is really worth it. Also, contact companies and ask them for coupons. Here is how to do that: Visit their website and find their e-mail address, then send them an e-mail letting them know how much you love their products. Finally, ask if they could possibly send you some coupons. Make sure to include your mailing address. Coupons are everywhere, if you just keep your eyes open for them.

3. Make a list!

If you know what you are shopping for, then you can look for coupons. Each week I make a dinner list and I look through my fridge and pantry to see what I have and what I might already be able to make a meal out of. If I find an ingredient, it might spark an entire meal and then I just buy a few things to go along with it. By knowing what my meals are for the entire week, I save money by not just buying random items.

4. Decide what store to shop at.

You might live in a town where there is no choice, but if you have several stores that you are willing to shop at, here is what you need to do. Visit your local store’s websites and see what the deals are to decide which store will save you the most money. Also, by looking at the deals for each store you might find some items on sale that could then be a dinner for the week. If fish is on sale then by all means have fish for dinner one week. If you do not check the deals you will not know it is on sale and thus could be making more expensive dinners. **If your store is not listed on our page send me an e-mail and I will try to add it**

5. Gather up your coupons.

Time to get your coupons together! You have your list, you know what store you are going to shop at, and now that you know what you need to purchase, visit our coupon page to see what coupons you might be able to use.

Check your coupon inserts for coupons. If your grocery store has a website with store coupons, add them to your reward card. There are so many ways to get coupons and I promise, once you get the hang of this, it will not take you that long.

**Here is where keeping your coupon inserts comes into play** Many times there are coupons for items that normally I would not think of purchasing or clipping the coupon for. But, what if the store has a really great deal and you have a coupon? You could purchase this item and save a lot. If I had just clipped the coupons that seemed to be of interest to me at the time and then threw away the insert I would be angry at myself! So, be open to this and have those coupon inserts ready to clip from :)

6. Make a plan of attack.

If you know your store well, organize your coupons in the order of the aisles. That way when you are at the store you will make sure to use all the coupons you have chosen. I have an envelope where I put all the coupons I am planning on using. I have it in my hand and then the list on top of it.

7. Look for discounted items while shopping.

Some stores are better than others in displaying their marked down items. Get to know where these items are in your store because you could save a ton! I have also noticed that going shopping in the morning is great for getting these discounts. Again, each store may vary.

A few weeks ago I went shopping and went to the discounted deli section. It is a small spot but I know where it is :) They had boxes of Hillshire chicken marked down to $.99. I could not believe my eyes when I noticed that each box had a peel off coupon for $.55 off. My store doubles coupons so guess what? I was paid one cent to take these boxes off their hands! Yesterday, they had shredded turkey discounted. I bought 2 packages and have them in the freezer. They will help to make an inexpensive dinner in the future.

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