Add Value To Your House With These Cool Ideas

Selling a home is never easy. If you’re looking to move and buy a new home, you will find that this step is your biggest challenge. There are some things that you will have to do to make sure that you get the best asking price. Now, these ideas will not cost you a fortune, but they will boost the value of your home. Before you even think about putting your property on the market, you need to try some of these things first. Give yourself a couple of months to revamp your home and it could make you thousands.

  1. Repaint the exterior

If your home looks old-fashioned, no one will want to buy it. Remember, your property is competing with loads of new houses and condos. You need to do all you can to make your house look as modern as possible. One simple thing you might want to do is repaint the exterior walls. You can get some waterproof paint from This job will take a week or two, but it will be worth it. Choose a color that is as neutral as can be. That way, you will never run the risk of offending anybody when they look at it.


  1. Add a little luxury

Is your home a little bland? When you’re competing in the property market, your house needs a little pizzazz. You could include something luxurious like a sauna. These things don’t have to cost the earth. You can get reasonable kits from When people see that you have this extra feature, they will adore it. It will also mean that your house stands out from the crowd. That is just what you want. After all, when people go home, you want them to remember your house.


  1. Deep clean your home

When people live in houses for years on end, they tend to neglect their cleaning duties. If you only tidy your home, but never clean it, you are making a massive mistake. Now is the time to deep clean your home and ensure that everything is perfect. You should not forget little chores, such as cleaning the window frames and the skirting boards. Once you have done these things, your home will look better than ever. If you don’t want to bother with these chores, you could even hire someone to do it for you.


  1. Replace the carpets

Are the carpets looking a little worse for wear? If they are, it might be time to replace them. Most people avoid this job because they think it will be expensive. In reality, it doesn’t have to be as costly as you imagine. You can find some cheap carpets online and fit it yourself. Remember, you need to get the measurements 100% right. If they are even a little bit wrong, it will be impossible to lay the carpet. Selling your home is tricky, but there are ways in which you can make it simple. These ideas should help you to get the top value for your home.


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The Kitchen Appliances Every Avid Chef Should Have

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. That’s why you should go for it and create the kitchen of your dreams. Here’s how to do it without breaking the bank.

Choose Affordable Essential Appliances

The oven is, of course, the most vital appliance in any kitchen. It’s where you’ll be doing the bulk of your cooking, so it needs to be good. The modern ovens are far more efficient and reliable than the old ones, so it’s definitely worth making the upgrade. You can find them in catalogues for bad credit history for example.

You will also need to think about what kind of refrigerator you want in the kitchen. You can buy those huge ones that make ice for your drink whenever you want it. You should think about buying a second-hand model to save money though because they have very long lifespans.

A Set of Knives

No kitchen would be complete without a good set of knives. There are more different types of knife than you probably realise, so you need to make sure that your kitchen has them all. There are knives for every different kind of carving that you can think of. If you buy a complete set of knives, you should get everything you need.


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Buy Useful Gadgets

For people who cook large joints of meat and poultry, an instant-read thermometer is essential. It helps you to make sure that the inside of the meat as at the right temperature. Without one of these, you will be guessing when to finish cooking the meat. And that’s never a good thing. But when you have a thermometer, you’ll never have under or overcooking meat again.

How many times have you put something in the oven and then sat down to watch TV only to forget about the food? It’s probably happened to most of us. And when that happens, the food is ruined by the time you smell the smoke coming from the kitchen. That’s why you should definitely invest in a good timer.

Without a hand blender, you limit your options in the kitchen significantly. There are so many different recipes that require you to mix together different ingredients in a blender. And they’re so versatile. You can use them to make sauces and dips, and you can use them to make breadcrumbs. As well as a lot of other things in between.


And Finish with Ways to Stay Healthy

If you struggle to get your necessary five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, you should let a juicer help you. They’re so simple to use, and they create great tasting fruit juice. All you do is push pieces of fruit or vegetables through a slot in the top of the machine and add some liquid. Then the juice comes out the other end.
You should also finish the room off with a fruit bowl that will sit in the centre of your new table. It will really finish the room off and make it look great. Keep it topped up with fruit and you’ll be ready to use the kitchen.

How to Save Money While Shopping for Every Day Groceries

This is a sponsored guest post for LLandLoL readers focusing on how to save money on everyday grocery shopping (something we all want to do, right?!). Enjoy!

We usually go to the local store every day. And we usually leave it spending tons of money on essential groceries, and we just can’t believe why and how we spend so much? But that should end! And today I am going to start changing it! Bellow I gathered a few very simple, but totally genius ways how you can save money on the necessaries of our daily live – groceries. These tips work perfectly well, I can guarantee you, and with them you will soon forget that you used to overspend.

Shop during happy hours

You can save a lot of money if you just shop for your groceries during happy hours! In fact, many stores tend to sell discount items towards the end of the working day. This is the right time for you to start shopping for really fresh and delicious groceries a lot cheaper! Also, keep in mind that checking expiration dates on those products is mandatory in this case!

Buy frozen vegetables and fruits

By purchasing frozen vegetables, fruits or other meals, you are undoubtedly saving a more than spending. Moreover, you are getting the same benefits from those products as they are not frozen. It is because all the greens were picked at their exact freshest time and frozen instantly. That conservates all the nutrients very well, and after you warm it, you can enjoy the same quality vegetables for sure. But this time – it is a lot cheaper!


Use coupons

Couponing is not only great shopping for stuff you use at home or to wear (check these superb Kohl’s coupons I just found!), but you can use that to shop for groceries as well! And since there are millions of those around you everywhere, you should face any problems finding it.

Buy whole

Eating meat is very healthy for us, if that is organic, and if that doesn’t cost much (it is healthy for our nerves). And the cheapest way to get that meat is actually to buy in whole! For example,e buying the whole fish or chicken that are super healthy is much cheaper than buying parts of it. In fact, then you purchase the whole chicken, you are getting two thighs, drumsticks, breasts, plus a carcass and wings for making stock! So you will be able to use the whole animal in many different meals. Also, this tip works for other groceries too. Start buying groceries like cheese and cured meats like that. You can use everything from that in everything you cook! So it is a cheap way to eat healthy and fresh!lovinglifeandlivingonlesscom-5645cbbec2eea

Use online stores

In fact, online shopping is usually called as cheap shopping. And you can get the best and the healthiest products online too! Compared with some online coupons, you are going to get the best products at the lowest prices! Furthermore, you can use some price comparison websites. There you will find the cheapest products compared together, so you will need just to choose one. Use the conveniences of the modern era and start shopping on the web right away!

Shop local farmers markets

Also, you can have a lot of fun, meet new people and purchase the healthiest meals at your local farmers markets! There are always fresh and organic products that you can buy from your local farmers. Some markets accept bargaining too. So markets are surely a place to visit if you are looking for fresh and organic groceries, and it is also a place where you can bargain your heart out to get it all a lot cheaper than in stores.


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Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MejoresRecetas #CollectiveBias

Social gatherings are in full swing with the holidays quickly approaching which means holiday baking and cooking is taking over!La Morena In Store

I’m always looking for new fun ideas for food to bring to holiday parties and gatherings. Of course, old favorites are great but adding a twist to classics make for wonderful dishes to share with friends and family. I’m from Arizona where Latin flavors are found in many dishes and I know La Morena products add authentic Latino flavors to old favorites and new recipes.

Jalapeño Cornbread

Cornbread is comfort food and with this twist using La Morena whole jalapeños, I know these cornbread muffins will be a hit at our next party.  I picked up a huge can of 28oz whole jalapeños at my local Food City for a shockingly low price.  Because these muffins have a kick to them; I think they pair perfectly with an ice cold Coca Cola!

Cornbread recipe

You can certainly make these using a cornbread mix, but my recipe for cornbread is already extremely simple!Jalapeño Corn Bread

Yields 9 muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

La Morena Cornbread

First, preheat the oven to 425.  Set the jalapeños aside and mix all other ingredients together.  Fill a well greased muffin tin about 2/3s of the way full with the cornbread batter.  Place a sliced jalapeño in the middle of each muffin and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool and serve along side your favorite entree with an ice cold Coca Cola.

Jalapeño Corn Bread and a Coke

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Cornbread muffins with coca cola

Rice Crispy Halloween Graves Head Stones

Halloween is such a fun time of year around here.  We love decorating, making costumes and even eating themed treats!  This easy and sweet recipe is perfect for parties, play dates or just making them at home with the kiddos.  I use pre-made rice cristy treats to cut down time and make this super simple.

Grave Stone Halloween treats


Rice Crispy Graves/Head Stone Treats

6 Rice Crispy Treats
16 oz of dark chocolate
6 oz of white chocolate

Simple Halloween Treats

First, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds to make sure it doesn’t burn.  Set the melted chocolate aside and open up the rice crispy treats.  Form the treats into a grave shape; rounding out the top corners with your fingers.  Dip one side of the crispy treats into the dark chocolate and cover it fully.  Let the dark chocolate harden in the refrigerator.

Halloween Treat

While the treats are hardening, melt the white chocolate in the microwave.  Let it cool slightly and spoon into a plastic baggie.  Use scissors to snip the corner of the bag off.  Use the white chocolate to write RIP on each treat.  Serve cold and enjoy!

Head Stone Treat

Bagel Thins French Toast

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  I was sponsored to write this post on behalf of Weight Watchers.  All opinions are mine alone. #SmarterTreats #CollectiveBias

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s one of my favorite times of year for cooking and baking new and old favorites.

Walmart Weight Watchers

Recently, I stopped by my local Walmart to do a little shopping.  I was without kiddos so I took my sweet time walking up and down the aisles.  I walked through the bread aisle and ended up in front of the Bagel Thins and I had an idea.  I didn’t know if this idea would work but I figured if it did it’d be delicious.  I decided I was going to blend two of my favorite breakfast foods to *hopefully create a perfect holiday breakfast dish.  I don’t want to toot my own horn…but toot toot!  This Bagel French Toast is easy and amazingly delicious.  Bagel Thins (with only 3 Weight Watchers® points per serving) were the perfect vessel for this simple recipe.

Bagel Thin

Bagel Thins French Toast

Bagel French Toast

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 3
WW Points Per Serving: 4

3 Bagel Thins (separated)
3 Egg Whites
1/3 cup Fat Free Milk
¼ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Bagel French Toast Recipe
Whisk egg whites, milk, cinnamon and vanilla together in a shallow dish and set aside.  Take 3 Bagel Thins and separate along the precut line.  Heat skillet (I prefer cast iron) to a medium heat.

Weight Watchers Recipe

Take a Bagel Thin slice and dip into the egg mixture, let sit for a moment and then turn the piece over to dunk the other side, as well.  Immediately place on hot skillet and let cook for 1-2 minutes on one side.  Flip over and allow the other side to cook to a golden brown.  Repeat with other slices.

Bagel French Toast Recipe

To make it extra decadent, sprinkle powdered sugar over top.

Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipe


Check out Walmart and Weight Watchers demos to sample and learn about all the fantastic products.  Demo hours (find the locations here):

10/29 – Thursday 12:30-7:00 PM
10/30 – Friday 12:30-7:00 PM
10/31 – Saturday 10:00-4:30 PM
11/1 – Sunday 12:30-7:00

Love Cooking Company

Love Cooking Company has set out with a mission to make baking a simple task. Partnered with some great names in the baking and entertainment industries, Love has crafted bakeware that helps you easily achieve the best-looking baked goods on the table, from filled cakes to bite-size desserts and more.

The Fill N Flip  is a 100% watertight and leak-proof cake pan with a patented silicone-lined removable base making it perfect for cheesecakes, pies and more! An alternative to a spring-form pan, you simply place the pan on something sturdy, press the sides down, and voila – the perfect cake! The PushPan also comes with a 25 year warranty.
The Mrs. Fields Cutie Cakes pan creates 48 bite-size cakes when you need a small amount of something sweet. It’s ideal for savory options, like mini corn dogs or potato pancakes. After you create your tiny treats, just pop the pan in the dishwasher.

The Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip  is the easiest way to make a layered cake and create a surprise center that everyone will love. Once you bake your cake, add filling to the side with the large opening, place the non-filled layer on top, and enjoy! Plus, the pan is dishwasher-safe, making clean-up a breeze.

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Preparing for Life’s Uncomfortable Moments with U by Kotex®

Having a teenage girl means I have to not only prepare myself for life’s uncomfy moments and help her avoid them.  Her periods don’t come super regularly so, in order to avoid embarrassing moments, we keep U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners in her makeup bag (which she carries with her) and I keep some in my purse, too.


She isn’t embarrassed to carry these because of the cool patterns and colors and they are small!  I love them because they are thin yet mighty!  Great for lighter days (or as tampon backup).  Feeling prepared and comfortable with her period helps keep her confident; which is especially important at this age.  I still cringe at my period ‘horror story’ from my teenage years.  I think we’ve all had at least one….right?!  Hopefully, keeping her prepared for those inevitable and uncomfortable moments will shield her from her very own teenage horror story.


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Kids Academy Free Preschool Education Center App

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!

Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center
for iOS and Android!

I have downloaded Kids Academy apps before and they have always been a hit with my kiddos.  We downloaded the new releases onto their new tablet and these did not disappoint either!
Kids Academy – the team behind some of the top educational apps for kids with over 10 million downloads worldwide just released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center.
As the name suggests, Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method the app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play.

It ran smoothly on my android and my kids love playing it. We downloaded it on another device, also, to avoid fighting over who’s turn it is because it was so popular. The kids are learning and I get a moment to make lunch or sit and help. My preschooler enjoys and benefits the most but even my 1st grader enjoys it.

Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but today’s release makes it finally available for Android device on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

Get the app free on Google Play!


iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets.
– The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it.
– Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Grab your free copy of the update on the iTunes App Store!


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Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated).
Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to to the Kids Academy to get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS and get your kids busy!