How To Choose the Best Fence Company


Choosing a good fence company, such as our friends over at Halls Fence, for a job that you need completed is often a challenging task. When looking for a fencing contractor, working with the right company can make all the difference with respect to the quality of job that you will eventually get. Choosing a good fencing company will also protect you from annoying complications that may develop during or after the installation. Without much ado, therefore, here is an overview of some of the factors that you need to consider in order to end up with a good fencing company:


Research On Available Companies: Before interviewing any fencing contractor, you can first learn about the different services that they offer via customer reviews and feedbacks as well as other relevant information about some of the local fencing companies within your locality. This will go a long way in narrowing down your search to a few companies for more thorough examination.


Check Their Better Business Bureau Rating: Besides a general research on the available companies, you can also explore how the companies you are interested in rate on the Better Business Bureau. This will help you in identifying certain complaints that might have been filed against the company in question as well as their overall business rating.


Check Examples of Their Previous Projects: Some companies will provide pictures of their previous works—some will even provide addresses of their past projects. This will provide you with an overview of how a given fence type will look like once it is finally installed. It will also provide you with additional insight into the quality of work that the company is able to produce.


Go For A Well Established Company: A well established fence company that does installations and repairs has been around for years is always a good bet considering the fact that they have extensive experience in the fencing business. Even if it is considerably a young company, consider finding more about its principals and how long they have been in the business.  You can also ask for their portfolio so that you have the opportunity to determine the quality of their initial projects.


Check for Warranties/Insurance: A good company will always honor manufactures’ warranties for products defects. Similarly, the best fencing companies will be ready to give you warranties to support their workmanship. Additionally, it is always in order for contractors to carry various insurance covers (such as workers’ compensation insurance and personal liability insurance) for their employees. Try to avoid fencing companies which don’t have appropriate insurance cover; otherwise, you may be liable for any damages or injuries that may occur during your fencing project.


Check And Confirm The Fencing Materials To Be Used: Ensure that the proposal given covers all the necessary details including but not limited to fence types, fencing materials, type of gates, and other footage requirements. You should be wary of companies that have lower price tags than the proposals that you have considered.


Although these tips don’t cover everything, they are a good starting point when you want to choose the right fencing company.

The Many Benefits of Drinking Water


A found a great post on one of my favorite new blogs that talked about the benefits of drinking water daily. I knew it was important but I didn’t know it was THAT important. Today I want to share some of the benefit

Drinking water is a struggle for many people; try as they may they just cannot seem to get into the habit of downing several glasses of it down every day. The truth is that you need water for so many different things that you simply cannot afford to go without it. In fact, you are risking your health in some ways. This article is about how water helps with different areas of your body and health. Grab a glass of water and read through!

• Forget the coffee enemas and all those other recommended detox programs out there. The truth is that if you make it a habit to drink water on a regular basis your body will detox itself just fine. If you start taking 2 liters a day today you will be “clean” in a few months time.

• A lot of skin problems happen because we don’t drink enough water. People develop dry skin, uneven complexion, pimples, acne – and all because they are ignoring the simplest cure – water. Drink lots of water if you have skin problems and watch your skin and overall health improve.

• Constipation is a problem that affects millions of people world over. Scientists have looked at the numbers of people who have a problem moving their bowels in hot areas compared to those in cold areas. Not surprisingly, those who live in hot areas report less constipation. The most likely reason is that they drink more water than people who live in cold places.

• Ladies, water will help you feel less bloated. You know that feeling that you get in your tummy sometimes when you drink soda or a coffee? In fact, when you drink water the feeling goes away.

• If you are like most, there are times when you overdo the night out and wake up with a horrible hangover. Along with your 2 aspirin take two or three glasses of water and it will go away much faster.

• The moment you feel a cold coming on start to drink lots of water. It will last a shorter time and your symptoms will be less severe.

• Get a slimmer body – most people who drink little or no water usually rely on sweet drinks. When the sugar in the drink is digested it is converted into fat. Over the years, you will grow fatter and fatter. Water has no calories so it will keep you slim.

Done! Now go get yourself another glass of water!

What Are You Thankful For?

Every year on Thanksgiving, after a few glasses of wine, my family and I like to discuss what we are most thankful for.

It’s an important thing to consciously ask yourself because it allows you to reflect on your life. Even if you have been going through hard times, you can remember the ones around you that love you or that you are healthy and have a roof over your head.

Today I have a list of everything I’m thankful for, and boy is it a dozy!

  1. My health after a big scare with breast cancer 10 months ago.
  2. Our families new dog.
  3. That my youngest son graduated from 3rd grade.
  4. Our new addition to the house.
  5. That all of my family members are healthy and happy with their lives.
  6. My husbands new boat.
  7. The Saturday nights I get to spend with my oldest friends.
  8. The fun things I’ve learned taking art classes.
  9. My new job.
  10. My husbands promotion.
  11. That I learned calligraphy for our Christmas cards this year.

So, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below, I would love to read it!

Dry Skin Tips & My New Favorite Skin Care Products


I stumbled upon this article on dry skin care tips by Lara Ramos and found it pretty interesting. I’ve alway suffered with the “winter itch”  – seasonal dry skin. Since I already have sensitive skin, this has led to me bouncing from product to product, trying out new moisturizers every few months.

The tips that Yon-Ka brought up are great and I’d love to expand upon my favorite and add a few more. Enjoy! Continue Reading…

How To Get Rid of The Hiccups… A Lollipop?

Occasionally I’ll get some pretty bad hiccups due to my heart condition. Nothing extreme, but they sure do hurt.

About two days ago after lunch with a friend, I started getting them bad. She could tell it was uncomfortable for me just by the look on my face after each loud hiccup.

“Did you know there’s a remedy for hiccups? I saw it on the news,” she said.

“Really?” I said bewildered (I’ve tried every crazy hiccup remedy ever created). I was intrigued.

“You’re going to think I’m crazy… It’s a lollipop. A girl invented it to help cure her hiccups when she was 13 years old!”

Well, I was a bit skeptical but I nonetheless interested. If a lollipop could cure my hiccups, I wanted 100.

I did a bit of digging and found out what my friend was talking about. It’s a product called Hiccupops – How To Get Rid of Hiccups For Good. I was very impressed with what I read. Apparently it was created as a cheap and easy way to cure the inventors hiccups when she was a little girl. Below is a video I found of her explaining what they are and how they are made

Inevitably I pre-ordered a bunch of them. If they work, I will be very happy. The only real hiccup “remedy” I’ve gotten to work for me is holding my breath and drinking a full glass of water (while holding my nose). But I can’t exactly do that in public without looking like a crazy person…

I will report back when I try my first Hiccupop!

Fall Family Activities (My Favorites)


Fall is my favorite season. The kids are back at school, the weather cools down, and I get to enjoy my favorite activities with my family :).

It wasn’t always my favorite season. Growing up, my family moved almost every year for my fathers job. Since both of my parents worked full time, I was placed in after school programs in the Fall. By “after school programs” I mean being bored to death in a library being forced to do my homework. I wanted to be outside, enjoying the beauty of the changing colors. When I grew up I knew I would spend as much time outside enjoying this beautiful season and that is exactly what I do.

Today’s post is a collection of my absolute favorite family-friendly activities to enjoy during the Autumn season.

Enjoy! Continue Reading…

Redecorating The New Home

It’s been over four months and I already need to redecorate my new home! Can you tell I’m an interior designer already?

My mind has been racing with color pallets, art from galleries I’ve visited, and, of course, the Restoration Hardware Fall 2014 catalogue. I’ve received a bit of flack for wanting to redecorate so soon, from basically everyone I know (and everyone that isn’t insane, like me).

So, while I try to win this argument, I figured I would share some of my ideas on this blog – lighting, color scheme, furniture, and more. Continue Reading…

My Top 3 Favorite Bloggers

Bloggin’ ain’t easy…

Every one of my friends thinks starting a blog easy easy, and that’s true. The physical process of starting a blog is pretty painless. I had this blog developed in less than two weeks by an old friend.

What’s not easy is writing.

I didn’t know that before I started this blog. When everything was completed and I was staring at a blank page, it was a bit scary. Where the heck do I start?

That’s when I put away the Word document and started to do some research on other bloggers and their methods. I’ve gained a lot from their posts and figure that the least I could do is mention some of them in a blog post.

Check them out below!  Continue Reading…

My Favorite Parenting Books


One I was pregnant, I started read. I mean reading a lot!

There was really nothing else I could do. You can only watch so much television and I had yet to discover how to blog (I wish I had). So every day I would sit outside on our back porch with a pile of books and read for hours until my husband came home.

I would tell my friends and they all had the same reaction, “Really? Isn’t that boring after a while?” To be honest, that’s what I thought it would be before I started. But I decided since I spent a lot of money buying books, I might as well actually read them.

Side note, yes I am one of the very few people in the world that still buys books in the store (not ebooks). Remember those things filled with paper? Haha :).

I had never been one to sit down and really got into a book. In fact, the only real reading I had done before was some romantic novels when I was in my twenties.

This time I wasn’t reading for pleasure (pun intended), I was reading to learn how to be the best mom possible. You see, when I was pregnant, I was scared half to death of being a mother. Maybe it was the hormones causing my emotions to spike, but I would wake up panicing at night.

In my mind there were hundreds of “What if’s”…

What if I forget something? What if my baby comes out unhealthy? What if he gets lost and I cannot find him?

Reading parenting books was a way to put my mind at ease. What is funny is that there was an overarching theme in all of the books: “Don’t worry.” Yes, it seems stupid but it’s true.

You can do all the preparing in the world but it won’t keep your son or daughter out of danger 100% of the time. You just have to give them care, love and affection – that will guide you along this wonderful journey we call motherhood.

Although that was the theme of most of the books I read, there were some really great takeaways in terms of how to adjust to different milestones and specifics of dealing with certain problems as a mother, such as postpartum depression.

Below are a few of my favorite books… Continue Reading…