What To Know Before You Buy Patio Furniture

I finally had a chance to refresh my patio with new furniture and plants. The plants were a simple refresh but finding new outdoor furniture was harder than I thought it would be. Here are a few tips for buying outdoor furniture that I wish I’d known before I started.

It is important to know what sort of space you are trying to create. Do you want a place for al fresco dining or something meant for comfortable lounging? Knowing what type of seating area I wanted would have saved me a lot of time and shopping trips. As well as what type of outdoor seating area you want, it is important to measure your space. And remember: a dining table and chairs will take up more room than you think because the chairs need an extra two feet of space- to be moved in and out–and you want around two or three feet of clearance behind chairs so people can move around easily.

Another thing to consider is the material your furniture is made of. Iron is the most durable and heavy. Which is great if you have kids, but it is usually too heavy for grass. Wicker is a little more fragile but it is easier to move around and won’t harm your grass. Then there is wood-framed furniture like mahogany and teak which look beautiful but can be expensive. Before choosing a material, think about the look you are going for, where the furniture will be placed, and your lifestyle. Also think about the upkeep involved with the different materials. Iron is sturdy and would only require a little touch up paint now and then; some people even leave it out all year. But wicker and wood have to be cleaned a few times a season with soapy water and stored during winter.

Church Golf Cart

Church Golf CartWe wanted to find a used golf cart for our church which is a popular place for weddings and receptions. The church has a large lawn and garden area and a used golf cart seemed like the ideal way to transport chairs and other things when we needed to set up for an event.

Like most churches, we needed to be prudent with our funds and we wanted to find a golf cart that was in good shape but not too expensive. I was amazed at how easy it was to find a used golf cart online but buying online didn’t give us the chance to test drive it. After searching a little more, I found a few used golf cart dealers near the church.

We needed a used golf cart that could do double duty as a workhorse and a comfortable ride for event guests who would be more comfortable riding than walking. We were really interested in an electric golf cart for several reasons including an electric used golf cart would be less expensive and quieter than a gas powered golf cart. After comparing the two types though, we realized a gas powered used golf cart would better suit our needs because it would provide a bit more utility.

In the end, we were able to find a used golf cart that was gas powered and fit our needs. It has comfortable leather seats and seats four people. Plus it has a little hitch so we can attach a small cart for those times when we need to haul equipment.

How To Sell Slot Machines Without Using A Dealer

We had several slot machines that we wanted to sell. Instead of going through a gaming equipment dealer, we wanted to try to sell them ourselves. For us, this was the best way to sell them because we were not in a hurry to sell them, we had all of the maintenance records for the machines, and we’ve had slot machines for several years so we knew about how much to charge for them.

The first thing I did was send an email to several of the clubs and pubs in my area letting them know we had slot machines for sale. I wanted the email to have a lot of information but I didn’t want it to be too long so in bullet format, I told the prospective buyers how old the machines were, who we purchased them from, how often they were serviced (and that we had service records) as well as all the other information I knew prospective buyers would want. I also included pictures and said I would be willing to make a deal with a buyer who took all of the slot machines.

Even though casinos usually purchase their slot machines from dealers, I decided it couldn’t hurt to send the email to our local casino but I didn’t expect to hear from them. I guess I should have sent the email to the casino first, because they responded right away that they would be interested in looking at my slot machines. It turns out they were building a small bar on the casino property and wanted to put some slot machines in it. We were able to come to a fair deal and selling directly to the casino allowed me to make more money (and the casino to pay less) than if we had used a gaming equipment dealer.

How to Make Your Wine Taste Better

I’ve always enjoyed wine. I like to keep a few bottles at home for entertaining and to occasionally share a glass at dinner with my husband. I’ve always kept wine in the kitchen fridge but I noticed more and more of our friends and neighbors were getting wine fridges and it made me wonder: wine fridges – are they necessary?

I set out to figure out if wine fridges were just trendy, like a Panini press or were they actually useful.

The first thing I learned was that if you want to chill wine, the kitchen fridge is the worst place to put your wine. It turns out refrigerators are designed to keep humidity away from the fridge contents but wines need humidity because it keeps corks fresh. Storing wine in a kitchen refrigerator is the fastest way to dry out a cork and spoil the wine. Also, according to experts, all wines, including reds should be served chilled; although white is served much colder than red.

I still wasn’t sure if I was sold on the necessity of a wine fridge so I asked my neighbor if I could do an experiment with her wine fridge. I grabbed a bottle of white wine and one of red that my husband and I drink most often and put them in her wine fridge. I already enjoyed the flavor of these two wines and I wanted to see if there was a noticeable difference between the wines being kept in my fridge and the wines being kept in a wine chiller.

Hands down, the wines from the wine fridge was so much better. They tasted crisper and were more flavorful. It was all the convincing I needed to invest in a small counter top wine fridge.

Our Anniversary In Melbourne

I wanted to do something special for our anniversary weekend. After some thought, I decided to look into limo hire in Melbourne as a way to chauffeur us to the special events I had planned. The only time we had been in a limousine was our wedding day and it seemed like a fun way to celebrate our life together. I wanted to hire a limousine service that would pull out all the stops and really help to make our anniversary weekend special.

After looking at different companies, I found a limousine service that could provide a stretch limo that would take us to dinner and to our hotel and take us to the events I had planned for the rest of the weekend. The limousine was beautiful and clean inside and out and the chauffeur was impeccably dressed in a suit. Every time we entered the limousine, it was freshly cleaned and had filtered water waiting for us. In the evening, the limousine company had a bottle of chilled champagne waiting for us. It was such a treat and made us feel like a very glamorous couple! In addition to making us feel special for our anniversary, the limousine was a great way to travel. We were able to connect with each other, chat and relax as we were driven to our various events. Not once did we worry about traffic or where to park.

Hiring the limousine was such a great idea and traveling in such style and luxury really made everything feel more special. I look forward to next year’s anniversary as I’m sure a limo hire service will be part of our anniversary celebrations from now on.

Regular Swimsuit vs. Maternity Swimsuit

Regular Swimsuit vs. Maternity Swimsuit I was a frequent visitor to the city pool during my entire first pregnancy. I am someone who has always been fairly modest so I never owned really revealing swimsuits. I was able to wear one of my old swimsuits for most of my pregnancy, but when I reached my seventh month, the reality struck that my body had drastically changed because I went to take off my swimsuit when I got home from the pool one day and found that it had reached its stretching limits.

I could not get the swimsuit off. As I was struggling with the suit I began to feel a little panicky. I went to the kitchen drawer and pulled out a pair of scissors. I cut the swimsuit off. I felt released. I realized right then that I was pretending my body was the same body I had always had, but in reality it was drastically different that I believed in my mind. I changed my clothes and headed to the mall.

I was on a mission to purchase my very first maternity swimsuit. There were so many adorable ones that I ended up purchasing three of them. They were all so comfortable. When I got home, I was thinking about how I must have looked in my old swimsuit to all of the people at the pool. I bet I looked like a stuffed sausage and I didn’t even know it. I wondered if I should be embarrassed to return, but the next day I put on one of my new suits, a brave face and went out and enjoyed another day in the sun.

My Little Miracle

My-Little-MiracleI consider the baby sleeping bag a miracle worker.

Not only does it keep my baby warm and secure at night, it allows my wife and I the chance to get some much needed sleep between feedings and diaper changes.

The way it works is simple.

The baby sleeping bag is designed much like a tiny sack you put your baby into at night. The arms and head stick out of the sack through fitted holes. The baby stays warm and can’t move around too much, which prevents falls and getting tangled up in sheets or blankets.

The baby sleeping bag also comes in various thicknesses depending on the temperature you keep your baby’s room.

For example, in our Danika’s nursery we tried to keep the temperature at 20C and used a sleeping bag with a TOG rating of 2.5. That means the fabric is thick enough to be the equivalent of two and a half blankets.

Those conditions kept Danika comfortable which meant she had longer sleeps. If the temperature got to warm and she overheated, then Danika would wake up and start to cry.

The TOG system was very useful when the weather got cooler outside and we had to bump the nursery temperature up a touch as we ended up dropping down to a baby sleeping bag rated 2.0 and eventually down to 1.5 TOG, which we did gradually.

It all worked out perfectly as we were ultimately concerned about Danika’s comfort and various baby sleeping bags allowed us to adjust whenever necessary to do so.