10 tips to make small rooms feel larger

Some of the rooms in your home are spacious and others are may be smaller and more challenging to try to get a roomier feeling.  Here are some key tips to make the smaller rooms count:

  • Create a floor plan of the room so you can figure out which items of furniture will look best together in a small space.
  • Remember less is more – do not overstuff the room with things.
  • You can use a brighter color in a small space so it doesn’t look too dark.
  • Use white as an accent color to make the room look bigger – white ceiling, white molding and white cabinets.
  • The use of mirrors in small spaces instantly males a space look larger.
  • Make sure the furniture for smaller spaces is the proper size and scale for a smaller room – big and bulky pieces won’t work.
  • Use glass table tops – this will give a sense of weightlessness to the room.
  • Use different shapes – round tables work well in small areas.
  • A neutral lighter shade palette to make the room soothing and appealing.
  • Decide the function of this room – it’s a small space so plan wisely. If it’s an extra bedroom furnish it as so – don’t think of it as extra bedroom/computer room/den. It just will be crowded.

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The Comeback of Vinyl Records

Back in the day, all recordings were vinyl and the sound was incredible (unless you loved an album so much you wore it out).  Then there were 8 track tapes, cassette tapes and along came compact discs.  Most people went crazy for these alternatives to vinyl, and poof vinyl faded away! Now we live in the digital music age… with Pandora, Spotify & more that make it fast and easy to listen to your music wherever you are.

But there’s nothing like the sound of good ol’ vinyl. Because vinyl records were no longer what the typical consumer wanted, for many years, you could buy them cheap! I could get just about anything I wanted for under $10 in an out-of-the-way store and maybe $1 at a garage sale.  Just recently a bought a pristine old album – “Strange Days” by the Doors – the gold label version – this is the original version – not a reprint… and not cheap anymore! Record stores have become more popular recently and, you can even buy vinyl of current artists. Sure we have The Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne… we also have Imagine Dragons and Meghan Trainor.

I have some tips for you on how to keep your vinyl in good shape.  First of all, be delicate with these treasures and try not to let your hands, or anything else for that matter, run across the vinyl’s surface.  It’s imperative you take the extra time to keep your hands around the outer edges of the record. Also use the turntable’s cueing lever, which was designed to help you aim for the gaps between songs and lower the needle slowly and safely, and get a slip mat to go between the record and the turntable.

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(this is my set-up … and about half of my albums)

To clean your vinyl use a carbon fiber brush—they are extremely soft and designed to attract dust particles rather than leave them behind.  And stick to products that are labeled for use on vinyl records—this includes D4 and Nitty Gritty Pure 2. I just bought a “Spin Clean Record Washer” after a suggestion by another audiophile. A big thing to remember is to make sure you sleeve up your albums as soon as you’re done listening to them.  Plus never stack your records!  Sit your records up right next to one another, just like books, in a climate controlled environment and you’ll never have to say goodbye to your vinyl ever again.

If you love music, and you have not done so already, I suggest you purchase a turntable and some vinyl. Sure, it’s a little more work… and your ears will thank you.

Do you have vinyl? Do you play them? Comment below!

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Sweethearts Candy Hearts will not be available this Valentine’s Day – First Time in 153 Years

Remember when you were a kid and Valentine’s Day meant you hopefully would get a little bag of candy hearts were left on your school desk from the kid you had a “crush” on.  The sayings on the hearts you received were so important (even though it only meant something to you) – they made your day.

Well I have some sad news – you will have to wait until next year to exchange these classic hearts with you loved ones and friends.  The New England Confectionary Company (Necco) debuted the SweetHearts Conversation Hearts in 1866.  This past July Necco closed the company, however they sold the brand to the Spangler Candy Company – thank heavens.

Since it usually takes 11 months to produce the 8 billion candy hearts there was just not enough time for Spangler to create the hearts for sale in time for Valentine’s Day 2019.  On the bright side, Spangler’s CEO says the hearts will be available again in 2020, already giving us something to look forward to next year.

So this year buy your loved ones flowers, a cute stuffed animal, other types of candy, jewelry, theater or concert tickets or even a new home or investment property!!! (just kidding – a new home is more of a St. Patrick’s day gift…)  Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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Have you ever heard of a diaper raffle?

Here is an interesting and fun idea for a baby shower.  A friend of mine is expecting her second child so basically does not need many items that guests usually bring to a baby shower.  My friend heard from a friend of hers about a diaper raffle – What!!!?

The friend of my friend related how she had a baby shower for her second baby and decided to ask people bring diapers since she had baby things from her first baby.  One raffle ticket was handed out for every pack of diapers that a guest brought for the $50 gift card that was the prize and the winner was picked out of a hat.  This mom to be received probably $100 worth diapers at her shower… not bad, right? $100 worth of diapers for a $50 investment.

My friend that lives in Las Vegas decided to do this, however she stepped it up a notch (of course she lives in Vegas baby).  She sent out her invitations explaining the Diaper Raffle and offered the winner their choice of driving a luxury sports car for four hours or two tickets for a Las Vegas Golden Knights game – incredible options, right?

The day of her baby shower came, and her friends did not disappoint – She received an estimated $1,000 worth of diapers at her party and the raffle winner choose the Knights tickets, a win-win for everyone. My friend was thrilled but soon realized that a lot of the diapers were the same size.  That is when she called a national chain department store in Las Vegas and asked if she could exchange sizes.  They said of course as long as the package was intact and not open.  This is one happy mama-to-be.

I love hearing feel good stories and enjoy passing them on to my blog readers.  If you have a story you would like to share with me please let me know.

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A Drunken man breaks into Alaskan library – He really wanted to Soak up Knowledge

There are crazy stories everyday in the news and this one made me laugh, so I thought I’d share…

This past Tuesday night an intoxicated man decided he must read some books, so he broke into an Alaskan library.  The Fairbanks police were called to the library to handle the intruder.  Apparently, the man had smashed out the glass at the front entrance to gain access to the library. The library director told the newspaper the drunken man “really wanted to read” and didn’t realize the library was closed for the night.

The library cleaning crew told him the library was closed and the man walked out another door.  The crew said he was quite inebriated and didn’t know what he was doing.  The director of the library said nothing was taken and the only damage was the front door.

By the time police arrived the man had already disappeared – presumably he used Harry Potter’s “cloak of invisibility” to avoid detection.

I must say that I never heard a story like this one and I hope the man gets some help.  Maybe he could read a book on alcohol abuse?

It does bring up a good point – READING – I love to read and have made it a point to encourage my kids to read all types of books and not just for school.  A good book can take you to faraway places and fuel your imagination or give you valuable information; whether you are a kid or an adult.  So read!!! Join a book club and share your experience of the book with others that read the same book and learn how others react to the same story… just don’t break into someplace to do it.

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Why Your FICO Credit Score Could Get a Boost in 2019

Things might be changing for the better when it comes to FICO scores in 2019.  For decades credit scores have been based on borrowers’ payment history; from mortgage to credit card payments.

Fair Isaac Corp is the creator of the widely used FICO credit score and has plans to roll out a new scoring system in early 2019.  This new system will factor in how consumers manage the cash in their checking, savings and money-market accounts and will be among the biggest shifts for credit reporting and the FICO scoring system, the bedrock of most consumer-lending decisions in the U.S. since the 1990s.

The new scoring system will be called UltraFICO Score. It isn’t meant to weed out applicants,  it is designed to boost the number of approvals for credit cards, personal loans and other debt by taking into account a borrower’s history of cash transactions, which could indicate how likely they are to repay.  This has been in the works for years; it is FICO’s latest answer to lenders who after years of mostly cautious lending are seeking ways to boost loan approvals.

This new system is occurring at the same time the consumer-credit market appears relatively healthy. Unemployment is low and consumer loan balances—including for credit cards, auto loans and personal loans—are at record highs, and lenders are looking for ways to keep expanding loan volume.

We as borrowers currently have little control over what is in our credit reports, except for the ability to contest information they believe is inaccurate. Lenders, collections firms and other parties are fed payment-history data to the major credit-reporting firms, Experian PLC, EquifaxInc. and TransUnion, and that information determines consumers’ FICO scores.  Lenders use FICO scores to help make most of their lending decisions.

The UltraFICO score will function as an appeal of sorts, likely boosting many applicants with less-than-ideal records. If an applicant’s traditional FICO score falls short, a lender can offer to have the score recalculated to reflect banking activity. Would-be borrowers with at least several hundred dollars in their accounts, who have had the accounts for a while and who transact frequently and don’t overdraw are likely to see their scores rise, FICO said.  Applicants will be able to choose which accounts they want considered when the score is recalculated.

A decade after the subprime-mortgage binge nearly brought down the U.S. financial system, consumer lenders remain wary of borrowers with low credit scores.  Banks have spent much of the past 10 years chasing creditworthy borrowers. That slice of the market, which has grown as the economy has improved, is largely tapped out.

All this has lead to lenders asking credit-reporting firms and FICO to figure out a way to help them boost lending without taking on significantly more risk. And regulators have expressed interest in exploring ways to increase access to affordable lending for consumers who have no or low credit scores.

This is an interesting fact – Of all the U.S. consumers with FICO credit scores, a record 58.2% have a score of 700 or higher on a scale that tops out at 850. The average FICO score is at a record 704.   FICO said about seven million applicants who have low credit scores as a result of thin borrowing histories would likely see their scores improve under the new system. Separately, some 26 million subprime borrowers will end up with higher credit scores, FICO said, with nearly four million seeing an increase of at least 20 points.

UltraFICO is the latest in a recent series of changes by credit-reporting and -scoring firms that are helping boost consumers’ credit scores.

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Why are so few people in Las Vegas interested in meeting their neighbors?

This is a question that if you have an answer or comment to I would love to hear from you.

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I know it is a different world than when I grew up.  I was lucky enough to grow up in a neighborhood were we used to have a block party on my street every so often and probably 17 out of about 25 houses would participate…It was so much fun getting to know the neighbors (not just the kids) on the block and we looked out for each other.

Fast forward to the present day in Las Vegas – I throw our annual BBQ for Ridgebrook, (the neighborhood I live in) which has just over 450 houses, and I know many of the people here – only about 6-8 households are ever represented at the BBQ – so sad since this is a very safe way to meet members of the community.  Also add another circle of friends for you and your kids – it is very comforting to have people you know and trust living near you.

I moved to our wonderful city of Las Vegas in 1993 when it was much smaller – even then I noticed some neighbors would not even wave hi when I would drive by. I have a friend that moved here from New York City and told me that she always had interaction with the people that lived in the same coop building and said she would see the same people on the bus she took to work and would chat with these people on the way to work (and they say New Yorkers are not friendly).

When I moved into the neighborhood of Ridgebrook and invited the closest 15 houses over to meet the new neighbors (us) – only 4 households showed up…

My questions are – Was the neighborhood I grew up in odd? Do people just not do that in the rest of the world? Or have times changed that much?

I would love to get your [the reader’s] opinion.  Prove me wrong – I’ll bet if you aren’t interested in waving to me on the street, or joining our annual neighborhood BBQ, you probably aren’t interested in telling me why, either, but I’ll ask.

Comment below please:

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