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Decorate your home with Easter décor from Precious Moments

 

It’s hard to believe that an important family holiday is right around the corner, and many of us will not be able to celebrate it with family and friends. This horrible Covid-19/Corona Virus has really reaped havoc on our lives.

Easter is an important holiday for religious reasons. It’s also a special day for children. After all, they are expecting the Easter Bunny to show up with baskets full of yummy goodies. I hope and pray that those of you with young children have found a way to get them some Easter treats, in hopes of keeping life as normal as you possibly can.

My family is really going to miss our big family dinner with spiral cut ham. Mmm… just thinking about it makes my mouth water. We have not been able to get our free ham from our local grocery store, because they simply don’t have any.

Even though Easter is not going to be like it normally is, I still decorated our home for the Easter holiday. My family thought I was being silly doing it, but I am trying to keep our lives as “normal” as possible during these trying times.

Thankfully, I don’t have as many Easter decorations compared to Halloween and Christmas. My Easter decorations are kept in a large Rubbermaid box in my bedroom closet.

One of my favorite photos of our son at Easter time. It’s hard to believe this little cutie will be 21 years old soon. Sigh…

Despite the fact that I don’t have a plethora of Easter decorations, that doesn’t mean that I am not always on the look out for more decorative pieces for our home.

Are you familiar with the brand Precious Moments? If you are like most people (myself included), you probably think of fine collectibles when you think about Precious Moments. That opinion is certainly correct. I myself have about a dozen Precious Moments figurines that I have been collecting since my husband and I got married almost 23 years ago. However, Precious Moments has an array of products aside from what most people think about. Precious Moments also has kitchenware, home décor, tableware, stuffed animals, books, blankets, piggy banks, and so much more.

When it comes to Easter, Precious Moments has plenty of items you might be interested in checking out. They have both religious and non-religious Easter items available.

One of my favorite Precious Moments Easter pieces is their “Angeled” Egg Platter.

How adorable is this platter? Imagine serving your guests deviled (or in this case angel) eggs at your next gathering on this adorable platter. This platter could actually be used year round. I’ve had deviled eggs at summer time gatherings too.

The platter would look even nicer paired with these super cute “angel” salt and pepper shakers, also available from Precious Moments.

Here are just a few more Easter products available from Precious Moments, some of which can be appreciated year round, not just for the Easter holiday.

I was asked if I wanted to review some Precious Moments products for Easter. Of course I said “yes.” I love Precious Moments (which is why I collect them). I was sent to review the following items.

He is Risen, Flameless Pillar Candle – This candle is 6″ tall and takes 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Hallelujah, Flameless Pillar Candle – This candle is 4″ tall and takes 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Both of these candles feature inspiring words on one side, and a plain lace looking design on the other. If you wanted to use these candles year round you could easily just keep the text to the back where it’s not easily seen.

I have both of these candles on my dining room table. I absolutely LOVE their light purple color. Not only is it a very pretty color, it’s also a nice Easter color.

At night, when the sun goes down, I turn the candles on. Each one is on a pillar candle holder, which is also available from Precious Moments in two different sizes, small (linked about) and large.

The pillar candle holder is a nice, creamy white color and six inches tall (small) and eight inches tall (large) (they are sold separately). They can be “dressed up” or “dressed down,” meaning they look elegant for a fancy dinner party or an elegant dining room table, or they are fine for year round use. I intend on keeping mine out year round. I can think of several ways of decorating them for each season.

Check out my Precious Moments flameless candles and pillars on my dining room table. I have included images of them taken at night as well.

My dining room table featuring the beautiful Precious Moments candles and pillar candle holders.

Larger candle.

Smaller candle.

Larger candle at night.

Smaller candle at night.

Backside of each candle features a lovely lace-like design.

Candles with the inspirational messages.

I was also sent another lovely item from Precious Moments, Rejoice In The Little Things Pedestal Plate. Oh my goodness! This is adorable! I love that it’s both spring-like and also great for Easter. It’s too cute!

This stands about 6″ high and is 11″ wide (plate part).

On top of the plate reads the following inspirational message;

How beautiful.

I plan on using this pedestal plate for our holiday cake when we have Easter dinner. In the mean time I am going to use it to proudly display our colored Easter eggs, whenever we can find eggs (eggs are not easy to find around here). In the mean time I have an Easter egg plastic plate resting on top of the pedestal plate, waiting for our decorated eggs.

I also have this on our dining room table, so that we can look at it whenever we have dinner (we eat in the dining room – we don’t have room in our kitchen for a table).

As you can see, the pedestal plate features a sweet little happy bunny holding a bouquet of lovely flowers. I image this can also be enjoyed all spring long. After all, you see rabbits in the spring time, not just around Easter.

As you can see, Precious Moments carries a lot of products to decorate your home for the Easter holiday and beyond.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other Easter (or non-Easter) products, simply visit the Precious Moments website at PreciousMoments.com.

Precious Moments are sold on their website as well as fine retailers across the country.

You can also follow the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you collect Precious Moments pieces? Did you see a product on this post that you would love to have in your home? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Decorate Your Child’s Room or Nursery with 54kibo’s Contemporary African Designs

 

New parents are always looking for ways to teach their children a new thing or two. These days there are sites online that sell home decor pieces made by artisans and designers from different countries around the globe. Shopping on these sites is an opportunity to bring a well-made product into the home that also has a great design story behind it. 54kibo is one of these sites; it includes handmade items from over 30 designers who have their roots in Africa or its diaspora including wall art, pillows, towels, blankets, ceramics, jewelry, and kids items, too.

54kibo’s mission is to share stories about African heritage, spark conversations about our past, and hopefully ignite new conversations about family history, too. It is exciting to decorate a child’s room with decor pieces that are beautiful, interactive, and create a greater sense of meaning and tradition.

Founder Nana Quagraine began offering functional art and home decor when 54kibo launched in 2018, but the mother of two quickly expanded into a children’s line after a limited edition blanket became one of their best sellers.

Organic Baby Swaddles and Kids blankets

54kibo created an exclusive line of baby swaddles and toddler blankets in collaboration with Njoki Gitahi, a Brooklyn-based designer from Kenya. Inspired by the traditional symbols of West Africa, 54kibo’s baby swaddles are made from breathable organic cotton providing a plush experience for the newborn. Swaddle patterns originate from African Adinkra symbology. Two symbols – Nkyimu (n-chi-moo), standing for high quality and excellence, and Kyemfere (che-mm-fe-re), representing experience – are joined to create designs rich in cultural significance.

The blanket design provides visual stimulation for baby’s eyes. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that newborns prefer high-contrast, black and white images rather than colored or pastel visuals. These soft organic cotton swaddles are the only baby wraps on the market inspired by contemporary African design and tradition.

Minimalist Nursery Mobiles 

Another designer of children’s home decor produces hanging nursery mobiles that are as much room centerpieces as they are entertainment for the baby. Handmade in Tanzania, these unique pieces incorporate a beading technique used by the Maasai African women for centuries.

Non Toxic Dolls and Toys by Little Pine Tree

It’s love at first sight with this collection of hand-crocheted dolls and toys made in South Africa by the design team Little Pine Tree. Crafted with love, these unique toys are excellent examples of contemporary toy design using time-honored techniques. 100% cotton, no harmful chemicals, and crocheted eyes, these soft toys are suitable for babies and young children. Shop an assortment of dolls and toys, including the Inyosi Bee Doll, Dube Zebra, and newly released Ndlovu Elephant in pink and blue.

To learn more, visit www.54kibo.com. You can also find the brand on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Spring is almost here!

 

The official start to spring is almost here (March 20, 2020). Normally that is something to look forward to because it signifies the end of winter. However, winter wasn’t really that bad this year (I live in New York). We barely got any snow (thankfully). So dreaming of the non-snowy weather of spring is not something my family and I have been doing this year (or son is very disappointed about the lack of snow).

I have no started my spring cleaning (yet). I know I need to get it done, but I’m not exactly looking forward to it. Thankfully I did a lot of cleaning and organizing this past summer, so mostly what I need to do is refresh some things (curtains, carpet…) and some minor cleaning and organizing.

I am anxiously waiting for the opportunity to open up the windows and let fresh air in.

Our cats will LOVE the opportunity to sit outside on our balcony and take in the fresh air and sunshine. I wouldn’t mind that myself either.

Do you swap out your home decor to reflect the seasons? I do. I have several spring pieces I want to put out. I’m also looking forward to post-Saint Patrick’s Day so I can put out my Easter decorations.

I do enjoy decorating for Easter, but I don’t decorate for it as much as I do Christmas and Halloween. I used to decorate more for Easter when our kids were younger. These days I just put out some simple decorations.

We used to have holiday dinner with our extended families for Easter as well. Sadly, after the passing of both sets of parents, the siblings have all gone their separate ways. Easter dinner now consists of just me and my nuclear family. None to the less, I enjoy setting up a lovely table and cooking a fabulous holiday meal.

I’m sure many people are familiar with the brand Precious Moments. They are often associated with collectible gifts. Personally I have about a dozen Precious Moments figurines and sets that were giving to me by friends and family over the years for our wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas and more.

My husband used to give Precious Moment figurines out as gifts before we ever met. He gave all his nieces the pieces to the birthday train.

Precious Moments offers more to consumers than just lovely gifts. They also have beautiful home decor pieces. as well as pieces that will look wonderful on your holiday table. I was sent two such pieces to review.

Toss With Plenty Of Love Serving Bowl

  • This large serving bowl from Precious Moments is the perfect dish to turn to when hosting a crowd.
  • Designed with a motif that sets the scene for relaxed entertaining, it also offers a sweet sentiment that serves as a reminder of the most important ingredient – love!
  • Give this lovely gift to anyone who loves to cook or entertain. It makes a thoughtful gift for weddings, housewarmings, birthdays, and holidays with a design that will be treasured and used all throughout the year.
  • Carefully crafted of glazed ceramic, it measures approximately 5”H x 10.25” Dia. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

This bowl is HUGE. I didn’t realize just how big it was going to be. I saw the measurements, but they really didn’t “sink in” when it came to the size of this bowl. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing!

This beautiful bowl could be used for break, fresh fruit, salads and side dishes. It also looks good “as is” as a piece of home decor instead of a serving piece.

The bowl is heavy as well. Not too heavy, but you can tell that it’s a quality made piece.

As mentioned in the product description, this piece is not just for spring and/or Easter celebrations. It’s ideal for any entertaining situations. It also makes a lovely gift for a newly wed couple and a housewarming gift.

I love that the bowl is not a perfect circle. It’s hard to tell from the photos but the rim of the bowl is a bit wavy, which adds a nice detail to the piece. There is also a sweet little heart etched inside the bowl.

Moments Are Better When Shared Platter

  • Designed to be front and center for gatherings with family and friends, this stylish platter serves main dishes or scrumptious desserts while sharing a message of togetherness.
  • Whether holding delicacies or decorations, this platter allows loved ones to add a nature-inspired accent to their table all year long and makes a wonderful hostess, housewarming, wedding, or ‘just because’ gift.
  • This platter is crafted of ceramic and measures approximately 17”L x 12”W. Hand wash only.

This platter is a perfect addition to the serving bowl mentioned above.

This is a very large platter that could probably easily fit a Thanksgiving turkey (although I wouldn’t recommend carving on it). An Easter ham would look nice on this platter as well (I would cut it on a cutting board, not the platter). Vegetables, bread, desserts… you could serve just about anything on this delightful serving platter.

The overhead light “washed out” part of the text. The platter reads “Moments are better when shared.”

Some people like to display beautiful plates. I think you could easily display this piece as well (you would need something strong enough to hold it upright).

I love the saying on the platter, “Moments are better when shared.” That is so true!

The serving platter has the same “wavy” rim as the serving bowl.

There are other pieces available at on the Precious Moments website that would go great with these pieces.

I think these pieces would make a great gift for a newly wed couple. Family and friends could gift them a different piece to add to their collection.

If you are interested in learning more about these pieces, and other Precious Moments gifts, visit PreciousMoments.com.

The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on their website.

Precious Moments pieces can be purchased on their website, as well as retail locations.

Kimberly

*I recieved free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

How to Find Screen Projects that are the Quietest Ever?

 

Not all projectors are the same, and there are not too many reasons why a projector could all of a sudden begin to sound noisy. Like any other electronic device, you need to carry out regular maintenance of your system if you want it to serve you a few good years before packing up. But before you even think of caring for your device, you have first to ensure you do well to get a quality product. And you can start by shopping for screen projectors that operate quietly.

When shopping for a screen projector, the first thing you want to do is conclude on how much you are willing to spend on one. You see, price is an important decision-maker when in the market for a product, and you could quickly find yourself spending money you don’t have, so you first want to consult your wallet before visiting the store or checking online. Once you know how much you can afford, you can now begin by looking out for the features below to help you arrive at a noiseless product.

What is the Noise Rating?

Since you are shopping for a projector that isn’t noisy, it makes sense to check the noise rating to confirm just how loud it is. Many of the top brands include an estimate of how much noise the device gives off when it is operating. And for a good product, you should settle for not more than 40 decibels if you want the machine to run smoothly. LCD projectors tend to have a lower rating compared to DLP models, but that is not to say that you can find exceptions if you do a thorough search before settling for one. You can learn more here on how to limit the noise from your projector.

What Type of Projector do you Need?

You should have an understanding of the type of projector you need to fit in your gaming room or home theatre. Some factors you will need to look at when deciding on a kind of projector is how much picture quality do you need? For me, I love to get the best image quality from any of my video devices, and you can also bet that I won’t sacrifice that for anything, not even size. The common types of projectors available in the market are the LCD and DLP type, but you can equally find others that are equally worth checking out.

DLP 

The DLP projector makes use of a reflective technology instead of reflective technology like that of the LCD. The mode of operation makes use of multiple micro mirrors and a spinning color wheel to produce its image. By so doing, they tend to let out faint noises due to the rotation of the inner parts. But while they may be a little noisy, they produce a better contrast than the LCD projectors. I don’t find many comparisons between LCD and DLP projectors, as the difference can’t be noticed when you check out the two devices with the same rating.

LCD 

The Liquid crystal display projectors display images, videos, or computer data on a screen or flat surface. It displays images by sending light from a lamp through a prism or number of filters that separate the light into the three different color panels (RGB). They are popular because of the excellent picture quality that it produces, thanks to the color-coding on the filters that increase the brightness. But they can also lack in contrast when compared to the other types of projectors. The good thing is they are easy to maintain and don’t gives off a lot of heat compared to DLP projectors.

But if you want me to pick one, I would go for an LCD projector over the direct light processing projectors. My reason is that, as I said earlier, I love a clear crystal picture quality, and the LCD does that for me. It doesn’t matter if it is for a TV, mobile phone or projector, I always consider the resolution and image quality, and I think you should too. You can find a comprehensive guide to understanding the different types of projectors from this link: https://electricalfundablog.com/projector-types-works/

Is it Easy to Maintain?

One thing I take seriously when shopping for gadgets is how easy it is to maintain. I do like to end up with a product that requires minimum care, and if need be that it requires regular cleaning, I have to ensure that it is something I can do without stress. For projectors, you want to check that the vent can be cleaned with a dry rag or better yet with a hand vacuum brush to get rid of dirt and dust that gather around there.

You may also need to clean around the fan every two or three months if you use it under dusty conditions. It would help if you researched how to maintain your projector so you can carry out minor repairs to ensure that it lasts long, and you can find more info here on projector maintenance.

Final Notes 

Projectors are devices that project an image on a flat surface, and for you to get the best out of your image experience, you have to consider the resolution, and noise levels, so you can get the best out of gaming or movie time. You should also remember that they cost quite a lot, so it is best you go for a product that is both durable and easy to maintain, so you don’t have to replace it after a few months after purchasing it.

Why You Should Invest In Real Estate This Year

 

Real estate investment can be an incredibly good business decision and a lucrative way to invest in your future life. Property is a commodity that will always be needed and as the world’s population grows it is only needed more and more.

Today we are going to talk about why you should take action today and change the way you make money. Investing in property and renting it out can be a wonderful method of income and we are here to convince you to give it a shot. 

  1. Passive Income 

One of the main reasons you should invest in property this year is the ability for you to make some passive income alongside your job. Getting started in property investment is a challenge and you may need help from a service like Visio Lending, but as soon as you do you will be able to reap the rewards and make income without having to actively do anything. As soon as a tenant moves into the property you will have a consistent source of income. 

  1. Diversify 

If you already invest in other commodities or things such as currency and stocks, it is always good to

Diversify your portfolio and spread your eggs between multiple baskets. When it comes to investment it is important for you to spread your money between multiple things because this gives you a sense of stability and safety. Doing this will make all the difference to you and your ability to make money and keep it. 

  1. Use Market Cycles 

The beauty of the housing market is that it is always changing. As an investor you can make a huge profit on property if you time your investment and sale correctly and this is a great way to earn some capital very quickly. Use your knowledge and trust your instinct to utilize these market cycles and understand when to buy and sell. This can be a great activity for you and it will allow you to really learn what impacts the price of housing. 

  1. Up Your DIY Skills 

One of the fun parts of real estate investment is getting hands on with your property and renovating it ready to be rented out to your tenant. This is a great chance for you to brush up on your DIY skills and begin to understand how you can save money on a renovation. This is not only a good way to learn more skills but it is also an amazing way for you to gain skills to bring with you when you get home. 

  1. Tax Advantages

One of the good things you might manage to see when you invest in real estate is tax advantages. You could gain tax reductions and even breaks by working in this way. 

  1. Cash Flow

Of course, the most obvious benefit of investing in property is the money you will make right away and the cash flow you’ll be able to bring home with you every month. You’ll be able to build a more stable life for yourself and what can be better than that? 

10 Best Healthy Home Lighting Tips

 

There is no room for quibbles in the matters of the “importance” of healthy lighting at home. To begin with, it prevents eyestrain, keeps a healthy circadian rhythm over the years, and even improves your mood.

Bought a new home and plan to design a healthy light accentuated space? Or stabilize your deteriorating circadian rhythm with renovations and redesign?? You have stumbled into the right blog, we have compiled 10 best healthy home light tips for you.

Adjust to Even Light

In the matter of renovations, going from strong/bad lights to weaker/dim/good lights requires its fair share of time in re-stabilization of the circadian rhythm. One of the good lighting rules is to emphasize “even light distribution” for a healthy home.

Moving from the living room’s extremely bright light to a dimly-lit dining space can have repercussions on eyes – eyes tire easily.

Healthy Lighting rules:

  1. Adjust to a relatively even distribution of light sources across the various rooms in your home.
  2. Opt for LED panels to illuminate wide expanses of the ceiling. It aids in even light distribution in your home.

Dimmer Light, Healthy Home

It goes without saying that, harsh lights have the potential to damage your eyes.  Strong lighting is good at home when you are in-house working or performing tasks that require it. However, minimize the use of strong light sources during the evening to save your eyes from strains and fatigue.

Not to mention, adaptation to Circadian rhythm lighting is the best solution. How to go about it? Easy-peasy! Opt for dimmer lighting sources into your living room and bedroom to invoke a relaxing and calming mood.

Get a healthy dimmer light that is compatible with the room design.

Task Lighting, Improved Productivity

 

For reading, writing, and other brainy activities, desk lamps and other task lighting sources work as saviors. Task lighting vanishes the concept of ‘tiring eyes when it is used over a prolonged period of time. It increases the focus of vision.

Desk lamps, in a smaller shape, with arms or swivels, do wonders for spot illumination. You can direct light to the exact spot you need. The best practice is to place task lamps in the near vicinity of desktops, work spaces, reading areas. In the kitchen, go for under-cabinet lighting.

Stay Safe, Install Safety Lights

Home is a safe haven, install safety lights at stairs and dark hallways. Path-finding lights at different darkened corners are an effective way to thwart accidents. People who are not accustomed to navigating the house at dark, say children or visitors, can easily move around.

Escape Fluorescent Flickers

The science behind fluorescent lights flicker is because it warms up. Once the electricity flow steadies, flickering stops. However, it is not always the case. There is still flickering later, mainly when the bulb voltage flow changes.

The main cause behind eyestrain and headaches, according to research, is the strobe-like effect of flickering fluorescent bulbs. Escape this, once and for all, by choosing high-quality, healthy light bulbs & fixtures.

Glare-Free Healthy Home

Glare: Light reflected off shiny surfaces or other sources of illumination.

Humans become sensitive to sunlight glare as they reach a certain age – it accumulates. How to get a glare-free healthy home?

  1. Paint wall and furniture with a matte finish – glossy paints cherishes glare!
  2. Shop for polarized glass, curtains, or blinds to minimize/reduce the glare.

Welcome Full-Spectrum Lights

Full-spectrum lighting: Light that covers the full/almost-full spectrum of light from infrared to near-ultraviolet.

Welcome full-spectrum lights as it is the healthy artificial light for your circadian rhythm.

The benefits of full-spectrum light are immense. Let’s read without further ado:

  1. It helps in perceiving colors better. Who does it help the most? Artists & designers.
  2. Full-spectrum light simulates the effects of sunlight and its UV rays.
  3. A massive mood enhancer.
  4. A positive impact on energy levels.
  5. Oh and not to mention, it helps to create a more comfortable studying, reading and writing environment.

Paint it ALL, wisely!

In order to deliver the best coverage, smooth, and stain-resistant finish. If you have tall ceilings, have trouble cutting in, or just dont want to spend the time on it hire a professional. To find one in your area google ” house painting Houston” or “house painter + your location”.

Go for lighter hues while painting your house. Glossy or eggshell finish – reflects light more than a flat, matte finish – helps in making a room appear bigger. Paint it all, but wisely in order to deliver the best coverage, smooth, and stain-resistant finish.

Mirrors, Mirrors & Mirrors!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? We all – men, the MOST! – recognize the mantra of Snow White’s evil stepmother. Male or female, we love to look at mirrors for self-appraisals!

Hang the one that crosses the limit of the over sized mirror in the worlds of the mirror – just saying – in the living room. How does it help in a healthy lighting factor? It reflects natural light and makes the room/area/space feel larger. Oh and never neglect the importance of paint color for the grand scheme of the healthy circadian rhythm.

Layers after Layers of Light

 

As we get older, we yearn for proper healthy lighting because it improves the feel and function of a home – mostly unbeknownst to our conscious. Did you know a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as his 30-year-old self? Not us talking, a research stated that.

We should have three layers of light for healthy home lighting. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. Ambient Light Layer: It helps for overall illumination from a chandelier or other canister light.
  2. Task lighting Layer: Under-cabinet LED strips in the kitchen to make eating/preparing food easier.
  3. Accent lighting Layer: Lights on pictures over a framed painting.

In Conclusion

Healthy home lighting starts the moment you pick the proper bulb.

Do the research and opt for healthy light bulbs features such as color temperature and lumens. Say, opt for Healthy LED bulbs around 2700 Kelvin temperatures – on the color-temperature scale – as they cast a warm yellow light akin to outmoded incandescent bulbs. That would be a fine start to healthy home decisions.