Homeowner Tips

Urban Tree Health and Your Landscape

Tree canopy preservation is a vital component in any urban development strategy. As cities grow, space becomes limited and development tends to reduce the overall canopy coverage.

For this and many other reasons, there are codes and laws in place which protect trees. Each city has its variation of municipal codes and tree ordinances which regulate the removal and planting of trees. They also regulate under which circumstances a tree removal permit will be needed.

Tree removal permit for dead dying and diseased tree

In this article, we will take a look at the differences between public and private trees, when a permit may be required, as well as defining some of the verbiage used when addressing tree health issues.

Public Tree Removal

A public tree is one that is growing on property that is owned or managed by local, state, or federal government

Your city’s land management, arborist, or forestry division more than likely performs routine inspections of the trees on public property. This is done to identify troubled trees and either treat them or remove them. Here’s a firsthand account of the Boulevard Tree removal.

When you spot a tree on public property that is threatening to fall, has become infested, or diseased, contact one of the above mentioned city divisions to report the tree.

Private Tree Removal Permit

A private tree is one that is growing on private residential or commercial property and will more than likely require a permit before removing it.

Some examples of when a permit is necessary are trees located on multifamily properties, industrial, commercial, and mixed-use property.

Heritage and ordinance size trees almost always require a removal permit.

For removing a tree on private property, hiring a tree service to handle both the permit and removal process will simplify everything. You may however, acquire the permit yourself by visiting your city’s website, downloading the permit, collecting the required documentation, and submitting it to the appropriate city department.

Removal permit applications are likely approved when the tree is dead, dying, diseased or has been proven to be a safety hazard. You can read more about tree removal permits in major cities here treeremovalpermit.com.

Interfering or Threatening Trees

Interfering Trees – These trees have grown too close to power lines or are in direct contact with them. When you see a tree like this, stay clear! Trees can become energized and cause severe injury or electrocution.

Contact the local power company. They will likely dispatch their urban development or forestry division to correctly prune, trim, or cut the tree.

Threatening Trees – These trees have lost their stability or balance and are precariously leaning over a street, sidewalk, driveway, or home.

This is a situation in which emergency tree removal may occur without a permit. However, photographs, videos, and affidavits may be required afterward to justify the removal. Seek the assistance of a professional tree removal company in such a case.

Dead, Dying, Infested, or Diseased Trees

“What is happening to that tree? It doesn’t look healthy.” We’ve all seen trees that look like they are struggling to survive. The following will help to identify what is happening when a tree’s health is in decline:

Diseased Trees – Throughout the life of a tree, it may suffer harsh winters, extreme weather conditions, drought, land disturbances, or even bad pruning jobs. All of these will compromise the tree’s ability to fight off disease.

Fungi growing on trunk of diseased tree

Look For: discoloration or wilting of the leaves, dieback, or fungi (mushrooms) growing on the trunk.

Once blight, wilt, or other biological pathogens make a tree its host, the tree will begin to show signs of disease often when it is already too late to save it.

Infested Trees – Infestations occur when insects target a tree, multiply and begin to cause damage to the leaves and stems. Or worse, when they bore into the tree feeding on the inner bark.

Look For: Insect grouping or colonies along branches and stems or under leaves. For boring insects like beetles, look for round holes in the bark or “sawdust” from their digging.

Once the larvae of boring insects are inside a tree, they are no longer vulnerable to insecticide treatments and sprays. Detection of this type of infestation is typically only visible after severe damage to the tree has occurred.

Dying and Dead Trees – There are many reasons that trees die. If not from disease or infestation, prolonged drought or old age may be the culprit. Like all other plant and animal life, trees have a lifecycle in which they sprout, grow, age, wither, and eventually die.

Look For: Browning of evergreens, dieback or excessive loss of foliage. For deciduous trees, a premature loss of foliage, dieback, or a delayed exit from dormancy may spell trouble and should be professionally evaluated.

Both evergreen and deciduous trees will show clear signs of decline. When they do, call in a professional tree service to help ascertain the right diagnosis and treatment if possible.

Watch this video for more on identifying common tree problems:

Tree Removal and Replanting

In many cities, after the removal of a tree, you will be required to plant a specific species or certain number of trees to replace it.

Note that under some circumstances, tree removal may be prohibited altogether. Vegetated stream buffers, trees growing on slopes, highway or roadway barriers are all examples of situations where state or federal agencies regulate and maintain such trees for the health of the environment.

As mentioned before, hiring a professional tree service will help remove all doubt from the initial requirements of a tree removal permit, through the removal and disposal of the tree.


3 Modern Beauty and Health Business Opportunities

In today’s celebrity driven culture, the beauty business is most definitely booming. The industry generates more than $55 billion annually – in the United States alone. The largest segment of the industry is hair care followed closely by skin care, which is expected to reach over $10 billion in another year.

Beauty industry business entrepreneur working

Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian popularized the idea of a curvy physique, thus health and fitness programs and products became as popularized as make up and fashion. As recent as 2015, the world wide fitness industry revenue surpassed $80 billion.

Now combine the ubiquitous Internet and social media phenomenon, and an entrepreneur with a passion about beauty or health and wellness has plenty of opportunity and endless potential.

Listed below are health, beauty, and fitness opportunities for the 21st century…

Become a Health and Wellness Coach

With a couple hundred dollars and a plan to continue furthering your education, becoming a health and wellness professional, or certified fitness instructor is another fantastic opportunity. A health directory is a good place to start learning more about opportunities in the industry. Once you decide a specialty, there are many organizations which provide certification. Here are a few tips to help in your selection and understanding:

Fitness presentation by a health and wellness instructor

Specialization Increases Potential Income – Generic certifications may help you get into the business, but it is specializing in specific areas (Pilates, Jin Shin Do, Acupressure, etc.) that will increase revenue and career potential. The amount of time, money and talent needed to invest in specialization is greater than a simple certification. However, when all is said and done, the return is worth the investment.

Experience Will Increase Your Potential – Once you are in the process of getting certified, and after you are actually certified, start working in the field. Gain experience and first hand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Teaching isn’t always about knowledge, there’s demeanor and interpersonal interaction which only experience can provide.

Holistic wellness and health are two fields growing in popularity that have plenty of options that will suit your interest. Take a look into the day in the life of a health coach:

Become a Salon Owner or Manager

Numerous licensed beauty professionals and cosmetologists have opened the door to the next level of their career by either stepping into salon management or by opening their own salon or spa. Leasing a location, hiring stylists, and purchasing the salon equipment is part of the responsibility of ownership. There are many helpful videos that can teach you about running the salon and the furniture you will need.

You want to learn everything you can about launching a salon before jumping into it. Salon, spa or barbershop managers guide the direction of the business, maintain operations within the laws of the state, city and municipality, and just as important, make certain that all employees are properly certified, knowledgeable, and able to perform their jobs.

Hair care and coloring by a stylist in a beauty salon

This career path offers opportunities in spas, beauty and skin care companies, hospitality management, and of course, hair and beauty salons. In order to run an accomplished beauty business, the manager is THE essential factor.

Become a Beauty Blogger

In today’s world, everyone with a computer has a blog. Specializing that blog to feature beauty care products, tutorial videos, tips and product reviews could generate income from affiliates, advertisers and even Google AdSense.

So, educating women on beauty care news, cosmetics and breakthroughs is a business you can get into, and can be done from anywhere at anytime. With consistency and time, you will build an audience of readers and followers. Once you have a large enough following, income can be generated by promoting products as an affiliate or selling advertisement space to retailers.

The Beauty and Health & Wellness Industry Strength

Even through turbulent economic times, the beauty and health & wellness industry has had a very strong history of remaining robust. With continuing (and rising) demand for products, services and quality, both employment and business opportunities remain plentiful and financially rewarding.


Is a Degree In Sports Management Right for You?

Anyone interested in the business side of the sports industry should take a look at getting a degree in sports management. Such degrees offer a firm understanding of how sports, business and management all work together. According to this professor, the curriculum associated with this type of degree is built with instruction related to business topics in sports, and will often include practical experiences related to managing sports events and sports organizations. Many of the available programs will even enable students to specialize in a specific area of the sports industry, such as sports marketing, golf management or sports tourism.

Higher education sports management career

Attainable Degree Levels

Associate’s Degree – An Associate’s degree is a broad-based study program focused on the introduction and fundamentals of the studied field. An Associate of Business Science degree will focus on and around the business aspect of sports management, accounting or finance for example.

Bachelor’s Degree – The first step in the direction of a successful sports management career is, in fact a Bachelor’s degree. With specialties in Accounting, Business Management, Marketing, Risk Management, and Sports Management, upcoming sports managers are able tailor their management degree plan to their specific needs.

Master’s Degree – Master’s level studies are preparatory for management and administrative roles. Typically, students can pursue either an MBA – Master of Business Administration (concentrated on finance, sports management or marketing), or Master of Science (for Sports Medicine – focused on health care for athletes, or for Sports Management – being a multidisciplinary degree preparing students for all levels of sports management.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Sports management PhD’s typically originate from education or sports administration. Candidates however, may focus their research in related areas like sports marketing, sports medicine, sports leadership, risk management, and others.

Doctor of Education (EdD) – Graduates following the EdD program will typically follow one of two areas of emphasis: sports medicine or Olympism (which studies the structure and philosophy of the Olympic Games).

For more on these degreees, see: http://www.allbusinessschools.com/sports-management/degrees/

Benefits of a Degree in Sports Management

The benefits of a sports management degree begin with the ability to work with teams and individuals who share a like passion for the sports industry. In becoming a vital part of a sports organization, this field will provide amazing experiences practically without geographic limitations – sports are prevalent nearly everywhere.

These courses focus on business aspects, information, intercollegiate and professional sports. Students will learn about the ethics, marketing, laws, finance and facility management as they all relate to sports.

In short, a degree in sports management will make you a competitive candidate for positions in sports organizations as they become available. Such positions and further possibilities become slim-to-none without the weight carried by a degree.

Sports Management Careers

Here are a few of the many career paths which open up for those equipped with a degree in sports management:

Sport Scout – With an average annual salary of $44K, sport scouts are responsible for the search, assessment and analysis of both amateur and professional athletes. Sport scouts will often consult with school coaches, meet with the families of players, reading local media and watching the performance of the players.

Sports Marketer – With an average annual salary of $76K, sports marketers work to create awareness, develop advertisements, handles the transaction of buying or selling athletes, teams, brands or sponsors within the sports field. Sports marketers will research the markets for the best opportunities, build a campaign with their clients and utilize a wide range of mediums to spread their client’s message.

Sports Manager – With an average annual salary of $56K, sports managers are charged with the overall organization and scheduling for organizations and athletes. The person in this position focuses on the business side of sports so the clients can concentrate on playing and winning the game.

Athletic Director – With an average annual salary of $101K, athletic directors are charged with leadership in all types of sports organizations, being high school or professional college teams. They are in control of every aspect of an athletic program, which includes facility management, distribution of finances, and hiring staff and coaches. They allocate funds to cover staff salaries, purchase equipment, and facility maintenance. The athletic director will also work with leagues and conferences to schedule events and activities.

Sports Facilities Manager – With an average annual salary of $80K, the sports facility manager is in charge of the overall operations of a facility, from small gyms to the largest of football stadiums. They are charged with implementing procedures which serve to maintain the quality of playing surfaces, keep sports activity participants safe, and maintaining an updated and effective security system. They prepare annual budgets, estimate operational costs, keep track of facility equipment, and delegate maintenance or repair issues.

Select Your Course and Start Your Sports Management Career

Considering all of the program possibilities available to someone pursuing a degree in sports management, the choice of direction may be the most daunting of all. However, once you’ve established a career path, the options become concise and the decision making process is less strenuous.

If you have a passion for the sports industry and find your desires to be a part of the inner-workings of the industry, then a degree in sports management is certainly the right choice.


Homeowner Tips

Choosing a Christmas Tree, Decorations and Family Holiday Activities

For many, myself included, Christmas is a favorite holiday and time of year. Although busy and chaotic at times, I usually don’t mind because I get to enjoy time off of work and the opportunity to create awesome memories with family and friends. Aside from the memories, let’s not forget the cakes, cookies, music, holiday cheer and decorations. Making all of this happen is definitely a responsibility and challenge if you’re not organized and prepared. After doing this so many times, I’ve created a nice list of helpful things that can help you prepare for your special holiday season.

Choosing a Christmas Tree, Lighting and Decorations

When it comes to getting a live tree, there’s no better experience than finding it and cutting it all on your own. Some don’t know this is available, but Google and visit your ‘local tree farm’, and you will be in for an awesome experience.

christmas tree decorations and lights

Finding and cutting your tree at the tree farm is unique, joyful and something you and your family will always cherish. Not only do most of the tree farm welcome centers have hot chocolate, but many have snacks and other treats that will make the experience that much better. Then when it’s time to get ready to choose your tree you will board a tractor or transport vehicle to drive around and identify the ideal tree for your home. Upon finding the perfect tree, talk to the attendant and learn the specific care instructions for the tree that you have chosen. Remember each Christmas tree species requires slightly different care techniques. The cool thing about this experience is they literally give you a saw, then you and the kids can take turns with saw until you are able to cut this tree from the ground. The farm worker would generally help you prepare and load the tree on your car for your journey home. Don’t forget, most tree farms also recycle your tree after the season. Not only is the tree farm process great fun for the kids, it’s also a great story to tell your holiday visitors as they marvel at your beauty of a tree throughout the holiday season.

Once home and you have the perfect tree then it’s time to start thinking about how to adorn your home with fancy decorations. One of the best places to add lights that will give your home a festive flare is your mantle piece. Since my mantle is located in the center of my family room where we often gather, it just makes sense to create an ambience using the holiday lights. Grab some of the leftover spruce and place it on a long top of your mantle in a nice pattern. Get some warm cluster LED lights on cable and position them on the mantle with the spruce. Then add LED pillar candles and tea lights to finish off your now spirited mantle piece.

Picking Gifts that Will be Appreciated

It’s very easy to want to create the Christmas for your kids that you never had growing up. I feel like a result of this is showering the kids with gifts. And not a normal amount of gifts, I’m talking to many gifts and too much money spent. After I recognize that this was happening, I decided to put it into the crazy holiday spending and implement this new approach to buying Christmas presents.

presents under the christmas tree

Kids and people in general are more grateful for the gift that they get it and actually remember each gift and the unveiling of those gifts when they are fewer and have more thought and meaning behind them. So I want you to commit to giving each kid four items, and here is the list: first you will get them something to wear, second something great to read, third something that they need, and lastly something that they want.

Done this way will allow you to be intentional and only invest in gifts that have a purpose. Each gift will be appreciated, used, and you won’t be overspending this year.

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

The goal during the holiday season is to shift our focus and do things that create the greatest sense of fulfillment. During the holiday season I was always in search of things that would make us smile as a family, and create memories that we can enjoy for years. So, follow these favorite activities.

Being together is something that makes the holidays so impactful. Identify some of the close friends and neighbors and invite them over to your home. Bringing your families together it’s such an easy way to create memories. While they are there you can do simple things like making gingerbread houses, baking cookies or playing charades or other games for the whole family. Also since the wreath is a large part of my Christmas decoration, I would have my friend Marcy and her family over and we would do it together. Since doing this it is now become a tradition in my family.

Since the holiday season is about enjoying one another and recognizing your blessings I always make it a point to do nice things for other families. In this spirit, another activity is to adopt a family. Find a local charity or partner with your church to identify a family in need. Then you can do something as simple as loading up your grocery cart with things that they can use during the holiday. Or you can play secret Santa and find some gifts that would really light up the family in need. I suggest you and your family-get-together and decide, organize and plan the best way to give back and make a less fortunate families holiday as memorable and blessed as yours.

Helpful Christmas Tips for a Better Holiday

I think you’ll be surprised at how these simple suggestions can make your holiday one to remember. Starting with the perfect tree, then give gifts that have meaning, and while creating memories that will last forever you can help others in need. Enjoy your holidays, and have fun this year!

Homeowner Tips

Preparing Your Yard and Trees for Winter During the Fall

When we reach fall, we are reaching the very last chance to prepare for winter. Over the spring and summer months, you work hard to build up curb appeal so, as much effort as it may seem, you need to pull on some gloves and prepare your yard and trees for the cold months. If you are concerned about the health of your tree, find a tree service or contact an arborist. To give you a helping hand, I have some simple gardening and tree tips you can follow.

Remove Weak Branches

Over the years, I have seen many people make the mistake of pruning in fall but this encourages growth in a time where your plants and trees should be hardening for the coming cold. However, you should take the opportunity to remove any of the dead or dying. During winter, we often complain about all the dead plants we have to look at, so why not remove them in fall? Watch how to properly prune a tree.

When in the yard, remove any dead annuals, deadhead spent blooms and cut back any dead ornamental perennials. Furthermore, you can lightly prune any sad-looking branches on shrubs or trees. When dealing with hydrangeas, you can remove dried blossoms but be careful with dead-looking stalks, as these will form new buds the next year. Visit this site for more gardening information and details on plants.

Control the Weeds

When it gets to spring, weed can ruin the look of any yard so be sure to get in control in the fall. Something I have learned over the years, both clover and dandelion pull all the nutrients in the winter and then come to life in spring. If you use herbicide in the winter, the poison will be drawn down into the roots with the nutrients and you won’t see them in spring.

As soon as you start treating weeds in fall, you will see the results the year after. If you notice brown spots in the grass, don’t worry too much as healthy grass will soon replace it.

Clear the Leaves

Although winter provides many problems for the yard, there are perhaps none more so than the constant falling of leaves. Not only will dry leaves stop the sun from getting to your grass, moist leaves will spread disease and mold. For this reason, you have to clear the leaves around once a week no matter how frustrating the process can be.

fallen tree leaves cleaned up

Sustainable Tip: Rather than throwing your leaves away, I find that it makes a fantastic organic compost to fertilize the lawn after being left to decompose.

Fertilize Your Lawn

A fact that not many people are aware of is that the majority of the grasses in lawns in the US were brought over from Europe, which means that we need to supplement the key nutrients they would have received in their native habitat. If you want to maintain a healthy lawn, use a little fertilizer in the early winter to replace nutrients lost over the summer months. During the winter, the fertilizer will act as a stimulant enabling the roots to grow beneath the surface and emerge fully in spring.

So there you have it, some fantastic tree care and landscaping tips I’ve learned in my experience to prepare your yard and trees for winter. If you follow these simple steps, you will be sure to enjoy the results of a beautiful and lush landscape in spring and summer!


Why Flyers and Brochures Fail in Marketing & Tips for Improvement

Why Flyers and Brochures Fail in Marketing & Improving their Effectiveness

The world has changed. Ten years ago very few people had internet access and social media was in its infancy. The Pew Research Center reports, however, that in 2015 65% of America’s population used the internet and 76% of these people used social media. Marketing strategies have, therefore, changed to meet the current trends.

social media versus mass media
Compare the features of social media to mass media

Social media marketing has boomed for three primary reasons: companies are truly able to reach their target audiences, social media marketing generally costs less than traditional marketing, and companies are able to directly track the performance of each campaign. Flyers and brochures are now being used less and less as a result. However, they will never be completely eliminated because they allow companies to reach the other 35% of the population that doesn’t use the internet. It is therefore, crucial for marketers to understand the things to avoid when creating flyers and brochures and strategies for improving their effectiveness.

Flyer and Brochure Don’ts

  • Don’t attempt to make a brochure on your own. It is best to hire a graphic designer who can make an attractive brochure. Attractive and well-designed brochures present your company in a good light.
  • Don’t create a brochure just for the sake of having a brochure. Ensure that you have a goal in mind when creating the brochure. A person reading the brochure should clearly understand what your company offers and what they should do after reading the brochure. You should also consider how you want the brochure to be used. Do you want your sales representatives to use them as information packets or do you want to use them for a special promotion?
  • Don’t neglect to consider your target audience. Your target audience plays an important role in how the brochure should be designed. A younger demographic would be attracted to different designs and phrases than an older demographic.
  • Don’t make the brochure cluttered. Packing the brochure with too much information will make it unappealing to readers. Use appropriate pictures and present information as succinctly as possible.
  • Don’t use a brochure as your only marketing strategy. A varied marketing plan will be better for your brand.
  • Don’t neglect to monitor the brochure’s effectiveness as a marketing tool for your business after it has been distributed.

All of these don’ts are also applicable to flyers.

Strategies for Making Your Flyer/Brochure Effective

Following the don’ts listed above will help you effectively use flyers and brochures in your marketing plan. However, there are a few more tips that can help you make your brochure/flyer truly effective.

  • All your customers care about is their needs being met. Ensure that your brochure showcases how your company best meets their needs. Focus less on how proud you are about your company and more about how your company truly benefits the customer.
  • Choose words and images that appeal to your target audience. You have 5 seconds to grab a potential customer’s interest. Make those 5 seconds count by using words and images that instantly catch their eyes.
  • Always include your business’ name, phone number, website URL, and social media account names on the brochure. Customers should know how to contact you.

Despite the changing marketing landscape, flyers and brochures still have their place. Discover more flyer marketing tips, and avoid the don’ts outlined in this article and you’ll surely create an effective marketing strategy that boosts your sales.


Weekend Trip to Athens Georgia with Granny Fey

I recently went on my annual trip to visit granny Fey. She lives in a north Atlanta suburb called Alpharetta. It’s a really nice area that’s about 30 minutes outside of Downtown Atlanta with plenty stores, restaurants and shopping. Together we’ve explored Alpharetta and Atlanta, but this trip took us to Athens Georgia.

Fey’s neighbor Jackie has a grandson is in school in Athens at the University of Georgia. Last year Jackie visited the quaint city and found a compelling interest in its historic roots and small town charm. Since her return Jackie had been raving to Fey and implored she take a weekend trip there together. So the next morning after my arrival we all jumped in the Prius and headed for sunny Athens…

Downtown Athens GeorgiaAthens Georgia is an older city nestled an hour east outside of Alpharetta and about an hour and a half northeast of downtown Atlanta. If you’re from a major city and visit Atlanta you would have no clue what lies in the towns scattered across Georgia. Driving through some of these southern towns gives you a feeling of something you’ve seen in a movie set in 1993. Not only is the pace of life slower, but the characters you encounter along the way can be entertaining and enjoyable.

After a little over an hour we arrive in Athens Ga, and Jackie had everything planned out. First we stopped into the Athens City Welcome Center. This center highlighted the heritage and history of Athens. I find it fascinating that so much music, sports, and arts came from this city. To learn more about the city we took the Athens Heritage Tour. This guided tour introduced us to some remarkable things about the city. We saw the oldest house in Athens, the world’s only double barrel canon, and the historic Downtown district and shops.

Part of the tour introduced sites on the University of Georgia campus. I wasn’t completely sated, so after the tour I expressed we should walk the University grounds to learn more about the school. This was self-serving as I wanted to explore the library and read some of the classic books. The University of Georgia is the heartbeat of this town, and the campus has a matching southern charm. The blossoming trees, flowers and energy of the youth on campus only added to the appeal. Of course being a big sports school, you couldn’t turn anywhere without seeing the Bulldogs mascot, or ‘Dawgs’ as it was commonly referred to.

After the 90 minute tour and walking around campus, we were tired and needed to recuperate. Granny had an idea to visit a local spa to get a massage and pampered. We unanimously agreed this was a great idea so we asked a local for a recommendation on the way back to the car. This nice lady suggested a fairly new and popular spa founded by Athens locals. She said it opened a few months ago and that it was the best spa for the value so we headed there. Upon arriving at Foot Palace we were warmly greeted and all impressed with the decor and mood. We knew we were in for a treat massage and were grateful we asked that lady.

After an hour of pampering and relaxation we were ready to fill our bellies and end our first night so Jackie asked her massage therapist for a recommendation. We told her our fancy dinner would be tomorrow so refer us to a place with incredible food that was a staple in Athens. She directed us to this casual but amazing Latin American restaurant Cali N’ Titos. This unassuming and randomly decorated establishment didn’t disappoint. It was just on the outskirts of the University campus and seemed like a staple to the students. The food was very affordable and delicious. I enjoyed fish tacos, and their plantains were to die for. Granny Fey had a cuban sandwich and Jackie enjoyed the burritos. Everyone was satiated and enjoyed the comfort food. We could barely move from the picnic table, but made our way back to the hotel.

The next morning we got an early start and headed downtown to a popular brunch restaurant called Mama’s Boy. Here we were served a classic southern breakfast with grits, eggs, bacon, french toast and biscuits that were to die for. In addition to this being one of the best breakfast restaurants in Athens, it sit on the Athens greenway. So directly after our splendid breakfast we were able to walk right to the park behind the restaurant. It was a cute area that flaunted the classic Athens charm and beautiful weather. This was also a great way to burn off the calories from the cinnamon bun we all shared.

Next we did what any woman on vacation would, explored the shops and stores the city had to offer. While in Downtown Athens we discovered this boutique called American Threads. This shop had some really unique clothing and handmade jewelry. I fell in love with a vintage shirt and Jackie found some really unique jewelry I’ve never seen before. After stumbling into several other shops, Granny decided to purchase some decorative pieces for her home from a shop called Agora Vintage. This locally owned vintage store had everything from purses to jewelry and art, and had even been featured in Southern Living. Needless to say we all found things we liked and left happy campers. By this time it was late afternoon and time to head back to Atlanta.

The southern flair and hospitality this amazing city offers is something you should explore if given an opportunity. After a weekend of sightseeing, dining, and shopping, there were still so much we wanted to but didn’t get to explore. I guess that means we’ll be back to Athens Georgia for round two. This was such a fun and memorable trip that I’ll never forget and thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Jackie for the idea, and granny Fey you’re the best!

Kitchen Renovation

Make Your Kitchen Interesting With Exclusive Kitchen Cabinets

With the rise in a number of new residences, flats and housing estates the demand for home renovation has also risen. People are searching for more options in home renovation techniques and equipment. There are several service providers that provide huge facilities in home renovations. One of the remarkable parts of this home renovation system is the kitchen renovation. There are various ways of renovating different aspects of your house but when it comes to kitchen renovation,  Kitchen Cabinet happens to be the only part of the attraction. It changes the view of the kitchen and makes the kitchen interesting.

kitchen cabinet

Best Ambience Of Your Kitchen

There are times when you get bored with the same look of your kitchen. If you love cooking, then you would always love to build a good ambience in the kitchen which would boost you up to cook new foods. It often happens that you do not find any interest in cooking just because of the old and dull look of your kitchen. In such time what you utterly need is a kitchen renovation. You can opt for latest Kitchen Cabinet for renovation your kitchen and making it interesting and beautiful. There are various styles and designs of kitchen cabinet available in the market. You would love to choose from these options.

Popular Cabinets

Two most popular kitchen cabinets which are very high in demand are framed cabinet and frameless cabinet. Framed cabinet design is done with one piece of wood. They are bordered with apiece of wood, and they have doors that slipover the frame. One the other hand, the design of frameless cabinets,is different from framed cabinets. It does not use one piece of wood for theframe. Here the doors are directly attached to the walls. The doors have a wider opening, and the frame does not impinge. These cabinets are very famous and interesting. You can easily opt for these cabinets.

Convenient Cooking

One of the ten interesting factors of this cabinet is that it makes cooking more easy and comfortable. It can make you access the functions very conveniently. If you want to make your cooking easy and interesting, then you should not delay in buying a new kitchen cabinet. This can give your kitchen an interesting outlook and can make your life easy. If you are thinking of making you cuisine interesting, then you should opt for kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets give you the chance to experiment new dishes with utter comfort.

Book Your Cabinet Now

You can easily order for kitchen renovation services. There are various options available on the internet. You can sure opt for these facilities for getting new designs and trendy kitchen cabinet. Hurry up! And make your bookings bow. You can easily book for your service because it comes with all the facilities and comfort. You can conveniently book for your service and get a huge benefit. You must remember that good kitchen cabinet can make your kitchen interesting and can make your cooking easy. You would never be disappointed with the investment that you maker. It is the best option for you.


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Life-Words-Faith may be an unusual name for a blog, but if you consider the connection between people and how they express themselves, you can discover what they believe in. This blog is my digital space to express myself and share some of my experiences and knowledge.


Words are a very important part of our lives and the outcome. It is how we communicate, share our emotions, and experiences. This blog is my place to do that.

It is my desire to share my experiences and writing with you. I hope something you read touches you, or helps you to make a decision on something you may not have understood.

Please take time to look around, and see what my work is all about, and how I can help express yourself in words, whether for business, school, or for personal desires.

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