Entirely refurbishing your kitchen isn’t a cheap job. It is not just the expense, either, but the amount of time it takes to accomplish. As well, And, anything that can go wrong, likely will. Accordingly your final cost could be considerably more than you planned for in the beginning.
However you can make a considerable difference in the appearance of your kitchen for a great deal less time and cash with the right kitchen remodeling ideas. All it takes is a modest amount of cash and some time and work on your part. To help you out, following are five good ideas for refurbishing your kitchen by yourself.
1. You might find it unbelievable that a new lighting unit could make such a huge difference to the look and atmosphere of your kitchen. Be imaginative when shopping and select something truly eye catching. A light fixture that includes a fan can be both an interesting and useful feature for your cooking area.
2. Your kitchen will seem brand new if you give it a paint job. The look of the room will be livened up considerably with a change in color. If you select the right color, it can also make the room look larger.
3. You can find tiles in a huge variety of patterns, colors and materials that will add instant style to your kitchen. Try adding some tiles on the wall around the countertops. Or use them on the floor. It is not that difficult to install flooring tiles yourself if you follow the directions.
4. Many people simply can’t afford to replace their kitchen cabinets; it’s simply too costly. However you can attain a comparable effect and spend less money if you just refinish what you already have. Your cupboards will look like new with a coat of fresh paint and some new handles. Make certain you use the proper kind of paint for the material your cabinets are made of.
5. New appliances aren’t cheap. However they can make a significant improvement to the appeal of your kitchen for significantly less cash than a total remodel. And, when you buy appliances that are energy saving, you’ll probably get back some of the cost because your energy bills will be lower. Be adventurous and choose a modern look such as stainless steel. Or just change the color scheme from white to black.
A few easy changes like these can make a notable difference in the look of your kitchen. No one will know how easy and inexpensive this undertaking truly was.
If the floor is outdated and shows signs of wear then a thought should be given to replacing it. Updating the floor with vinyl will prove to provide many modern choices and is inexpensive as well. Linoleum can also be chosen in making a floor more modern. Both choices have come a long way from the materials used and traditional patterns of years past.
Increasing the amount of cabinets in the kitchen is a wonderful way to increase the value and bring the kitchen into the modern look of today. The cabinets should be solid and anchored securely so that they withstand everyday use.
An easy and inexpensive way to update the kitchen is by painting. There are many color possibilities to choose from. Be sure to inspect the wiring in the kitchen and make the necessary updates. Updating the wiring and outlets in the kitchen will also aid in avoiding any issues with a fire.
Father’s Day falls annually on the second Sunday of June. It is a day that American’s celebrate fathers. Whether you were born into your family or adopted, you have a father and this is a day to spoil and honor him. For many, this day is sad, because their dad is gone, or they didn’t have a loving dad to raise them and are now estranged, or the dad lost his kids. In this case, pick out an extraordinary man in your life and “adopt” him for the day.
While there are special gifts you can buy for your special man of honor, please don’t let your budget determine whether or not you can revere your special man in your life. There are ways to make him feel special that won’t break your bank account, but will pay tribute to him to last a lifetime. You will need to start some of these ideas ahead of time, meaning, don’t wait until the last minute to get around to it.
HANDWRITE AND FRAME A QUOTE: Look for quotes in books at your library or bookstore or online that is close to what your dad means in your life and have it written in calligraphy and framed. For instance: “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” ~William Shakespeare~
WRITE A SONG OR POEM ABOUT HIM: Go to a quiet place and let your creative juices flow. Jot down special words at first that describe him. Start putting them with words that rhyme and add the lines. You’ll be surprised what you may come up with. If you can’t sing, ask someone to sing it that can. If you can’t write words to sing, just play a special tune on your guitar or on the piano or other instrument that honors him. He will be so flattered no matter what you created, because it is about him and him alone!
READ HIM A SPECIAL POEM ALOUD: If you can’t write one of your own, find one in a book at your local library or bookstore or online that describes him to a “T.”
WRITE AND FRAME A BIBLE VERSE HE LOVES: Handwrite or hire a calligrapher to write a favorite bible verse he loves and frame it. Include a special engraved plate on the matte or frame to commemorate him on this special Father’s Day.
WRITE HIM A TRIBUTE: Go to your local library or bookstore and get the book, “The Tribute” by Dennis Rainey. He has great ideas to honor parents (dads, in this case) in this era where so much unfortunate bashing goes on.
PLANT FLOWERS TREES OR BUSHES: It is the perfect time to buy his favorite flowers or other plants and trees he likes and plant them around the yard or garden for him. When they bloom, he’ll think of the ones he loves that planted them.
BE ARTISITC: If you can draw or paint, create a portrait or scenery special to him and frame it or have it framed. Don’t forget to sign it!! Include a special engraved plate on the matte or frame to commemorate him on this special Father’s Day.
MAKE A CARD: Use your drawing skills or rubberstamping skills, etc. to make dad a special card. Don’t just fly through the process. Give it some thought and take your time.
BE CRAFTY: Make a quilt out of special fabrics or clothing belonging to his kids. Crochet a quilt. Make a quilt out of fleece with appropriate design on it. Make him a scrap book of what he means to you.
ADD TO HIS COLLECTION: Find out if he collects anything and go shopping for a special item to add to his collection that he will always remember it was from you. Hallmark Ornaments (find them online) are great for special people and days like this! You could even buy a new tool for his tool box or a new neck tie since this is a day neck tie sales go through the roof!
SEND HIM ON A TREASURE HUNT: Use clever notes placed around in special spots to lead him to a special surprise…it could be a gift, a party, or dinner. Let your imagination run wild!!
MAKE HIM BREAKFAST: Find out what his favorite breakfast foods are from people close to him and set up a time to make him breakfast on the morning of Father’s Day.
COOK HIM DINNER: Find out what his favorite meal is from people close to him and set up a time to make his special dinner on Father’s Day at a time good for him. If you can’t cook, have someone that is a good cook make the meal for you.
TAKE HIM OUT TO HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT: This idea is a no-brainer and most people opt for this one. It is ok, because most fathers like the idea of not cooking on Father’s Day if they normally do the cooking. Find out what his favorite restaurant is before Father’s Day. Call ahead and make reservations if they take them. Your thoughtfulness ahead of time will be noticed and appreciated.
PLAN A SURPRISE PARTY: Invite people close to him to come and honor him on this special day. Try to bring his kids and family in town if at all possible.
DO HIS FAMILY TREE: Do some genealogy research and make a family tree for him to hang or place prominently in his home. This could be made on a T-shirt or quilt too, not just a framed picture, poster, or a computer print out. See my detailed ehow article on “How to Do Family Tree Genealogy Ancestry History Research” to help you with this. He will love it.
BUY A FAMILY BIBLE: You’ll need to do some research ahead of time. Fill out the information in the Family Births/Deaths/Marriages section of the Family Bible. Hire a calligrapher to fill it out for you or have someone with pretty handwriting do it. This will be a special heirloom for his coffee table to hand down through the generations.
BAKE A CAKE: Bake and decorate a cake in honor of him. Of course there’s always bakery’s to buy from or the wonderful Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes. You can’t go wrong with those! You can even choose the design on them and order one.
PAINT A T-SHIRT OR BBQ GRILLING APRON: Go to a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s and buy fabric paints and a new T-shirt or BBQ apron and get creative. Use baby’s hands and feet to make hand/feet prints on the shirt in paint. Let it dry for 24 hours before you give it to him all wrapped up in tissue paper and a masculine bag or box.
BUY A SPECIAL GIFT: Many opt for this idea too, but you can ask around and find out what has favorite after shave or cologne is or favorite store is for a gift card. If he likes to golf, go miniature golfing with him as a family. He’ll love showing you how to do it. If he loves music, buy him a special CD he’s been wanting. Gather items for a special Father’s Day basket that he would like. Don’t forget the grill stuff, tools, necktie, pictures, or a nice pen set and paperweight!!
MAKE HELPING HAND COUPONS: Get on your computer and type out some coupons to staple into a booklet that have all kinds of tasks on them that you will do for him. Dads love this! Coupons can include: Cleaning the garage/work area, organizing the shed, Doing dishes, laundry, cleaning, childcare, quiet time away from kids, raking, shoveling, planting, weeding, washing his car inside and out, vacuuming, manicure, pedicure, salon day, night of quiet reading, movie night—whatever he wants to watch, King for a day, picnic out, etc. The ideas are endless!
FIND OUT IF HE NEEDS SOMETHING FINISHED: Does he have an unfinished project that haunts him to get done? Do some legwork or calling around and have it completed…even if it is a room. Make sure it is finished the way he would want it or better. Maybe it is an unfinished wood craft or other project he wouldn’t mind if someone else finished, hire it done. Give it to him when you’re eating your Father’s Day meal.
TAKE A SPECIAL DRIVE: Drive him someplace he loves like a National Park or other scenic/memorable place that he rarely gets to see. An “extra” would be to see if the radio station you listen to will play a song dedicated to him by you while you are in the car driving.
PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES: There are so many possibilities to use photos new or old to make a special memory for Dad. Use your imagination.
Hopefully I’ve opened up your creative mind for even more ideas to honor your father on Father’s Day. Have fun! Happy Father’s Day!
Do you realize the many ways that bacteria can contaminate the food YOUR FAMILY eats? Do you know how to tell if your food is THOROUGHLY cooked to keep YOUR family safe from Food Poisoning? Do you know what to do if you or SOMEONE YOU LOVE gets Food Poisoning?
When it comes to food preparation and storage, “Common Practices” could be POISONING your family!
Here’s how to avoid the problem entirely:
1. Plan For Safety
Make sure you have the right equipment, including cutting boards, utensils, food thermometers, cookware, shallow containers for storage, soap, and paper towels. Make sure you have a source of clean water. Plan ahead to ensure that there will be adequate storage space in the refrigerator and freezer.
2. Shop Smart
Prevention of food poisoning starts with your trip to the supermarket. Pick up your packaged and canned foods first. Buy cans and jars that look perfect. Do the cans have dents? Don’t buy canned goods that are dented, cracked, or bulging. These are the warning signs that dangerous bacteria may be growing in the can. Are the jars cracked? Do they have lids that are loose or bulging? The food may have germs that can make you sick. Look for any expiration dates on the labels and never buy outdated food. Likewise, check the “use by” or “sell by” date on dairy products such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, and sour cream and pick the ones that will stay fresh longest in your refrigerator.
3. Store Food Properly
After shopping, get home as soon as you can. Then put food into the refrigerator or freezer right away. Make sure to set the refrigerator temperature to 40° F and the freezer to 0° F. Check temperatures with an appliance thermometer. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours of shopping or preparing. Place raw meat, poultry, and seafood in containers in the refrigerator, to prevent their juices from dripping on other foods. Raw juices may contain harmful bacteria. Eggs always go in the refrigerator.
4. Prepare Food Safely
Wash hands and surfaces often. Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils and counter tops. To prevent this, wash hands with soap and hot water before and after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or handling pets. Wash everything else before and after it touches food. Use paper towels or clean cloths to wipe kitchen surfaces or spills. Wash cloths before you use them again for anything else. Use the hot cycle of your washing machine. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next item. A solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1 quart of water may be used to sanitize washed surfaces and utensils.
5. Cook Food Thoroughly
Cook food thoroughly until it is done. Cooked red meat looks brown inside. Poke cooked chicken with a fork. The juices should look clear, not pink. Dig a fork into cooked fish. The fish should flake. Cooked egg whites and yolks are firm, not runny. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat, poultry, casseroles and other food. Use a thermometer with a small-diameter stem. Insert the thermometer 1 to 2 inches into the center of the food and wait 30 seconds to ensure an accurate measurement. Check temperature in several places to be sure the food is evenly heated.
6. Chill Food Promptly
Place food in the refrigerator. Don’t overfill the refrigerator. Cool air must circulate to keep food safe. Divide food and place in shallow containers. Slice roast beef or ham and layer in containers in portions for service. Divide turkey into smaller portions or slices & refrigerate. Remove stuffing from cavity before refrigeration. Place soups or stews in shallow containers. To cool quickly, place in ice water bath and stir. Cover and label cooked foods. Include the preparation date on the label.
7. Transport Food Safely
Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in cooler with a cold source such as ice or commercial freezing gels. Use plenty of ice or commercial freezing gels. Cold food should be held at or below 40° F. Hot food should be kept hot, at or above 140° F. Wrap well and place in an insulated container.
8. Reheat Food Correctly
Heat cooked, commercially vacuum-sealed, ready-to-eat foods, such as hams and roasts, to 140° F. Foods that have been cooked ahead & cooled should be reheated to at least 165° F. Reheat leftovers thoroughly to at least 165° F. Reheat sauces, soups, and gravies to a boil.
9. Serve Food The Safe Way
Use clean containers and utensils to store and serve food. When a dish is empty or nearly empty, replace with fresh container of food, removing the previous container. Place cold food in containers on some ice. Hold cold foods at or below 40° F. Food that will be portioned and served should be placed in a shallow container. Place the container inside a deep pan filled partially with ice to keep food cold. Once food is thoroughly heated on stovetop, oven or in microwave oven, keep food hot by using a heat source. Place food in chafing dishes, preheated steam tables, warming trays and/or slow cookers. Check the temperature frequently to be sure food stays at or above 140° F.
10. Complete Your Meal Experience Safely
Cooked foods should not be left standing on the table or kitchen counter for more than 2 hours. Disease-causing bacteria grow in temperatures between 40° F and 140° F. Cooked foods that have been in this temperature range for more than 2 hours should not be eaten. If a dish is to be served hot, get it from the stove to the table as quickly as possible. Reheated foods should be brought to a temperature of at least 165° F. Keep cold foods in the refrigerator or on a bed of ice until serving. This rule is particularly important to remember in the summer months. Leftovers should be refrigerated as soon as possible. Meats should be cut in slices of 3 inches or less and all foods should be stored in small, shallow containers to hasten cooling. Be sure to remove all the stuffing from roast turkey or chicken and store it separately. Giblets should also be stored separately. Leftovers should be used within 3 days. Discard any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
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The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it is important that you and your family enjoy being in it. However, many people live with a kitchen they hate because they think it would cost too much to update it. You do not have to be one of these. Go ahead and set yourself a budget for updating your kitchen and then uses these cheap ways to make your kitchen a place you love to be in again.
You would be surprised how much a thorough cleaning can do to update your kitchen. Scrub the cabinets, floors and appliances to get rid of years of dirt and grime. Declutter the countertops and the refrigerator so the kitchen looks organized and like new. Doing this can take years off the look of your kitchen.
Another cheap way to update your kitchen is to remove any old wallpaper you might have. Wallpaper can quickly date a room, so take the time to get it off of your walls. Then just apply a few coats of paint for an updated look on the cheap.
Revamp your Cabinets
If your cabinets are still functional but just need some updating there are plenty of things you can do. Paint or re-stain your cabinets, add molding to the cabinet doors or even reface your existing cabinets to get a new look for thousands of dollars less than replacing them. Just make sure you do the proper preparation to ensure your new look will last for years to come.
Paint your Hardware
Something as simple as updating your kitchen cabinet hardware can have a huge impact on the way your kitchen looks. If the cabinet hardware is looking shabby and dated and you cannot afford to replace it, get a few cans of metallic spray paint and make them look brand new. So long as you take the time to do it right, your hardware will look brand new and no one will know your cheap secret.
Paint your Countertops
Old laminate countertops can be very ugly but what should you do if you do not have the money to replace them? Paint. Yes, you can use paint to create the look of granite counter tops for much less than the cost of purchasing new them. There are several different ways to do this, so start looking online to find the technique that will work best for you.
If you are dealing with an ugly floor, purchase some cheap vinyl tiles to get an updated look. Vinyl tiles can cost as little as $ .20 a square foot and can even be installed over existing flooring. Since you can install it yourself, this can be a huge money saver. So take a look at the vinyl tile options in your price range to see what you can find.
Paint or Cover Appliances
Your old looking appliances can also make your room feel dated. However, you can either paint or cover your existing appliances to get an all new look. Appliance spray paint is the cheapest option and can allow you to turn that olive color refrigerator into a sleek black one. If you have the money though, try peel and stick stainless steel sheets that can give you this costly look on the cheap.
Replace Old Curtains
Finally, take a look at the curtains in your kitchen. If your curtains are looking old and faded, it is probably to replace them. You do not have to spend a lot of money to do this. Take a look at the clearance section at a big box retailer or even make your own with a cheap flat sheet. This make sure you show off your kitchen windows instead of detracting from them.
If you use these cheap ideas, you will be able to give your kitchen a completely updated look for very little money. So start looking around your kitchen to see where your money will be best spent and then get to work. You will soon be enjoying a beautiful updated kitchen that you created cheaply.
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With this quick guide, you can have smooth and easy game play without using any cheats, or getting stressed over not having enough money!
Step 1- When making your Sim, Remember to pick traits that aim for success, like:
And to avoid traits like:
-Evil (unless you decide to be in the Criminal Career)
Step 2- Get the best furniture for the least amount of money. Here are some examples.
Power of love seat (couch)
Thief-Techs Gotcha! (burglar alarm)
Channel Trowler 27″ TV (television set)
Chill Good Fridge
Cow Poke Stove
Country Fried Counter
Mirage Garbage Can
Sun up Breakfast Table
The Single Post Bed
And other cheap, good quality items. Start with this stuff, than upgrade the rest when you have money.
(Note- Do not start with expensive things. If you do, you wont have money for bills, and it will be repossessed.)
Step 3- Pick a job that pays the best. Here are the top 3 paying jobs.
-Medical Career. Although the last promotion pays 9,600 a week, you only get Wednesday off.
-Criminal Career-Thief. The last promotion in the thief track pays 8,400, but you get 3 days off!
-Military Career. This pays only 6,000 a week for the last promotion, but you only have to work once a week! That means 6,000 dollars a day.
Step 4- Balance your time.
-If you work long hours, Get your mood up before work and maybe take it easy for a while. You need that precious time after work to work on your skills, and renew your mood.
-Have time to practice hobbies. Hobbies increase mood, and even earn you money! Embark on a cooking challenge, Or collect sparkling gems! Hobbies increase revenue!
Step 5- Save your money!
-You may not know it, but you can buy stores if you have enough money! Money pours in almost daily, and you can get lots of it! The only downside to owning a store it that it takes a lot of money to buy.
-You still need to upgrade your house, so that your mood increases faster, and you can even get the “Beautifully Decorated” Mood. Save up for some luxuries, but have enough left to pay bills for time to come.
I hope this 5-step guide helped you to get rich quick in The Sims 3.
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Whether you’ve been married 75 years or dating a short period of time Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show how much you care and love the woman of your dreams.
1) Make today her day
Every woman in the world wants something special on Valentine’s Day. She has countless fantasies that she’s just waiting to come true so, needless to say this is the day to make a dream come true. You may know her very well and if you don’t then ask. Find out what she longs for, what she thinks and fantasizes about then, make it come true. Make her feel she is special and that today is her day.
2) Swallow your macho pride
Men, leave your macho pride at the front door today. This is a great opportunity for you to win her heart again and show her the side of you that is kind, sensitive and loving. Perhaps she hasn’t seen that side of you since high school or since the days you were first courting when you had your best foot forward trying to win her over. You’ll surprise her and the love she has for you will deepen even greater.
3) Do something unique
If you’re lost as to what to do then here are some great ideas;
*The traditional dinner and a movie at your favorite place is not such a great idea today unless it’s that’s special place you haven’t been to in years.
*Plan a quiet romantic picnic where you can be alone. A mountain park, the lake or beach, on the roof top of your high rise apartment building or even the basement of your home are great places. Have a beautiful table set with candle light or a nice center piece. Have some cheese and your favorite beverage or finger foods you can feed each other with and of course, romantic music to truly set the mood.
*Cook dinner for her yourself or even better, cook it together. You can have a lot of fun cooking together.
*Go to an amusement park and go go-carting. This is a good one especially if you’re older and have been married forever.
*Go to the Zoo. There is nothing like walking around enjoying the scenery, holding hands and just talking.
*Make clay pottery or a scented candle together.
*Leave her love noted is certain places she is bound to look in. Mention in the notes how much you are looking forward to making love to her. She will think about that all day and will totally be fired up for the moment.
*Make her breakfast in bed.
*After breakfast, show her just how much you really love to her by cuddling and making love. By the way, you should be well rested by night time and raring to go again.
4) Give something from your heart
Gas station cards, roadside followers and cheap chocolates are a big NO, NO.
Buying a special gift can be a great idea as long as it comes from your heart. Better yet, make her something with your own hands;
*Compose a song just for her and sing it to her. You can also record your song onto a CD and put your own label on it using your computer or at a Mall recording studio.
*Make a DVD collage of your special photos. You can use your own computer or take it to a computer store that will put the photos onto a DVD for you. Make sure to add your special music to the DVD that will play as the pictures forward through.
*Write a poem from your heart using your own words and have a calligrapher put it on special paper and then have it framed.
*If you don’t have photos yet of each other than buy two disposable cameras and each of you take photos of each other throughout your Valentine’s Day together.
*Call her during the day and if she can’t answer the phone then leave a heartfelt message about how you cannot wait for tonight and tell her how much you love her.
5) Shock her if you dare
On purpose, pretend that you forgot Valentine’s Day altogether. You don’t really have to anything that day if you don’t want to and that’s part of the plan.
Much to her surprise, you have planned a 3 day cruise or flight to an exotic paradise. A day or two before you’re to leave send her some flowers with the plane or cruise tickets attached to the vase. She will be overwhelmed to say the least.
6) Send her flowers
The key to sending flowers is to send them to her work place where she will be the center of attention. Women truly love to be the center of attention when it comes to their man showing how much he cares and loves her. When flowers are being walked through her work place by a delivery man all the woman will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see if they are the lucky one to receive the flowers. When those flowers are placed on her desk she will be the proudest woman in the office and the other women will gloat at what a wonderful man she must have.
Remember, it’s the thought that counts. You don’t have to be a great cook, good artist or sing very well. No matter what you do, make or deliver it will be the emotional impact it will cause and the memories she will have that will last forever.
Your woman will see the time and effort you took for her and how hard you tried to give her a special day and that will always melt her heart.
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