Friday, June 22, 2018

7 Best Home Improvement Investments to Boost Your Home's Value

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some increase the property’s overall market value while some others do not. So if you are thinking about selling your home a few months from now, better invest in the following home improvement projects to get the best bang for your buck. 

Improve the front yard

People love to judge the book by its cover, that’s a fact. The same thing applies when it comes to buying a house. When potential buyers see a fresh looking and well-maintained front yard, they are more likely to purchase the home.

Brighten it up

There are plenty of ways to brighten up your house. Changing the wall paint, opting for light-colored curtains and adding more lighting fixtures are some of the best ones. Make sure that each and every corner of your home is adequately lit. Make sure that the best parts of your house are highlighted with enough light.

Take care of your plumbing

Appraisers of today take plumbing into heavy consideration when assigning the value of a home. Smart buyers also check old rusty iron pipes for leaks and damage that are beyond repair. So before you put your home on the market, make sure that your plumbing system is in excellent condition.

Improve your flooring

Doing this kind of project doesn’t mean you have to totally replace your floor. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of cleaning and wiping out dirt and dust. But if your floor is quite old and looks a bit off, total replacement could be your best option.

Update the bathroom

Cleaning up your bathroom thoroughly and replacing those old faucets and shower head can make it look more fresh and clean. Proper lighting is also a key in bathroom updating. Check out your mirror and cabinets if they need to be updated or replaced.

Renovate basement and attic

A well-maintained basement and attic can instantly add significant value to your home. Even more, if you can convert it into another type of room – like a gaming room or a home office. Make it a livable space so the home buyers can see it as a valuable part of your home.

Make your kitchen more lovable

Your kitchen can make or break your home’s value. So make sure that it’s in pristine condition before letting people (potential buyers) see your home. Don’t let a squeaky cabinet door, chipped tile or dirty countertop turn down your home’s worth.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monitored Home Security Systems

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. Monitored Home Security Systems

My family is my biggest blessing. I genuinely believe that most people feel the same way.  I continuously worry, so I thought it was time to hand over my anxiety to someone else. We had a monitored home security system installed in our home, and I wanted to tell you a little about it. With the installation of Guardian Alarm, I can hand over my worries to the professionals that have been in the business since 1930!

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The installation process was a breeze! Our installer was friendly and wanted to make everything as smooth as possible. He even made friends with my dogs so I could keep them inside and they would stop barking. Basically, I went about my day, and he would only occasionally ask me a question. It took about 4 hours to put in the security system. It was super easy.

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All of the gizmo's and gadgets are placed in areas you select so you won't have any pieces to ruin your decor. All alarm systems are tailored to your families needs. 

I have a daughter that's almost sixteen years old and one that is nearly twelve. Do you remember being sixteen? Yes, me too! That's precisely why I worry! What sold me on Guardian Alarm is how I can monitor my kids. 

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When you set up the service, you download an app. From the app, you can setup different users and name them. So, each one of my kids has a different code that they use. I can see on the app what time and which kid came into the house.  So, when I discover my kid didn't come in the front door at a specific time a little alarm goes off in this momma's head that something is not right or my kid isn't telling the truth. 

 My kids no longers have to worry about losing a key. They just punch in their code to open the door and then enter their security code once they come in the house if the system is armed. Heck, if I'm loaded down with groceries, I can even unlock and disable the alarm straight from my car using the app. I LOVE it.

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During the summer months, we tend to travel quite a bit. I love how Guardian Alarm will be a massive help with us traveling. I can make user codes for the dog sitter to get into the house. After I arrive home, I can delete the guest's code so they won't be able to get back in. Therefore, no keys floating around. I love the security of that. Also, I can turn my lights on, check to make sure I locked the front door all from using my app. So, no turning back around because you might have forgotten to lock the door. Your home is safe and secure using Guardian Alarm.

I'm so excited, and a weight has been lifted off my shoulders thanks to the monitored home security systems at Guardian Alarm. This summer my family and I can enjoy travel, and I can even give my girls a little bit more freedom knowing that they have Guardian Alarm protecting them!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bring It! Live Fox Theatre & Giveaway

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Mom Among Chaos received tickets to giveaway. All opinions are her own.

Bring It Live Fox Theatre & Giveaway

After two consecutive years of bringing down the house, “Bring It! Live” is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage in Detroit.  Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series Bring It! will be coming to the Fox Theatre on Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. with an all-new “Bring It! Live” 2018 summer tour.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, the Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office, and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups by calling (313) 471-3099. VIP packages are available at all price levels. The deluxe VIP package includes premium seating, a souvenir tour program, and photo opportunity. The add-on VIP package includes a souvenir tour program and photo opportunity and can only be purchased if accompanied by a valid ticket to the live performance. Limited supplies are available.

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In 2016, the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition was brought to the main stage for the first time with an incomparable energy that took the country by storm. Audiences across the nation were enamored by the fierce, original, high-octane performances that inspired fans of all ages and left them clamoring for more.  With hotter-than-ever, never-before-seen performances on deck for the 2018 tour, there has never been a better time for Bring It! fans.    

New episodes of Bring It! can be seen on Lifetime Fridays at 9/8c or anytime on mylifetime.com.  

“Bring It! Live” is produced for Lifetime by Mills Entertainment, the leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment

Enter to win 4 tickets to Bring It! Live at the Fox Theatre on Friday, July 27th at 8 PM!

Importance of Sunscreen Protection

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If you're anything like my family during the summer, you spend quite a bit of time soaking up the sun or in the water. We have a pool, boat, and beach house so during the warm months in Michigan the water is my favorite place to be.

Chlorine can dry your skin and hair out. My children both have sensitive skin, so we have to be careful. Aquaphor applied before going into the water can help protect sensitive skin. Not to mention after you've been in chlorine you want to make sure you wash it off your body and hair.

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Since we're on the subject of skin, I want to discuss the importance of sunscreen protection. I can't stress how important this is. I have had at least 10 potential cancerous places removed, and I'm at high risk of melanoma cancer due to being mainly Irish and having fair skin.

In the 90's sunscreen wasn't important. We laid in the sun covered in baby oil and listening to our favorite jams on a boombox. Not to mention that going to the tanning booth was all of the rage and let's just say I spent plenty of time in the tanning booth as a teenager.

In today's day and age, we know the importance of sunscreen protection. So, when my kids were little, I made it a habit to lotion them up if I knew we would be outside for more than 10 minutes. It's such a great habit to start young because it can become a habit and something they will keep with them their entire life.

I'm all about keeping things as natural as possible so click here, and you will find a list of natural sunscreens. I'm going, to be honest using a more natural sunscreen is usually harder to apply but the benefits outweigh the annoyance.

How does your family protect their skin during the summer months?

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Alex & Me Review and Giveaway

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
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Last week for family movie night we watched Alex & Me. So, I wanted to fill you in on my thoughts on the film and give you the chance to win your own copy of Alex & Me!

Alex & Me Review and Giveaway

Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!
An Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with a penchant for goal scoring, Alex Morgan is one of the top soccer players on the planet, currently playing forward for the United States Women's National Team and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. Away from the field, Morgan is also an accomplished author of “The Kicks” series, a collection of chapter books filled with wonderful messages of empowerment for young girls. The first The Kicks book, “Saving the Team,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Eric Champnella (Thunderstruck, Mr. 3000, Eddie) wrote the Alex & Me screenplay and is also making his full-length feature debut as the film’s director. Alex Morgan serves as co-producer. Producers are Mike Karz (Blended) and William Bindley (Mother’s Day). Todd Williams (The Illusionist) is the executive producer.
Jerry Trainor (iCarly) also stars as Nigel, a less-than-reliable youth soccer coach, alongside Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Reagan’s brother, Logan; Colin Critchley (Legends of the Hidden Temple) as Reagan’s soccer-playing pal, Ben; Chuiti Tiu (Nashville) as Reagan’s mother, Ann Wills; and Jim Klock (True Detective, Scream Queens) as Reagan’s father (and biggest fan), Joe Wills. Jessica Treska (HBO’s upcoming Sharp Objects) plays Reagan’s arch-rival, Claire.
I personally enjoyed this movie. I loved that this girl had a dream and worked hard to make her dreams a reality. This film sends a great message to kids and teens. My tween even managed to watch the whole movie with my husband and me. 

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One lucky winner will win a Blu-ray copy of Alex and Me! The contest ends 6/29/18. You must live in the US to win. 

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