Preparing For Summer’s Sizzle

As the months turn towards the heat of summer, I usually start planning my suntanning regiment. You do not want to start too early or you will have leathery skin before the summer's end. But you do not want to start late, either, lest you provide the moon shine on your first outing to the beach or pool.

In recent years I have discovered the healthy and versatile joys of airbrush tanning systems. These great suntanning systems enable me to build a natural, even tan regardless of the weather and no matter what my schedule.

I know you might immediately react with skepticism, as such artificial tans looked, well, obviously artificial in the past. But the ingredients and the equipment have really evolved over the last decade. As long as you are not foolish and impatient with it, you can give yourself a nice rich bronze without damaging your skin too early in the season.

So what does an airbrush tanning solution entail?

Airbrush tanning is all about getting that suntanned look without having to risk the ultra-violet rays from the sun. There are methods for sunless tanning that can be achieved at home using tanning lotions and there are ways to accelerate the effects of the sun on the skin with tan accelerators, but if you want to get your sunless tan with the help of professionals, you will go to the salon for an airbrush tan.

Getting an airbrush tan is a safe and simple procedure and it results in a smooth and even tan that lasts for a few weeks. The sunless tanning product uses a tanning chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is FDA approved and does not penetrate the past the outer layer of skin.

The only risk involved with using a fake tan is that it does not protect the skin from UV rays when you go out into the sun later. The natural inclination might be to believe that because you have had an airbrush tan that your skin will better equipped to withstand the sun but this is not the case and your skin can be damaged as a result if you are not careful. It is essential that you wear a sunscreen whenever you go out in the sun, even after going through an airbrush tanning procedure.

Enhance Your Home With a Wrought Iron Fence

People are always looking for ways to enhance their homes. From the inside to the outside, there are always things to change and things to improve. Of course, one cannot overlook the first thing that people see when they look at your house. Your fence is the first thing they see and if you have one that’s already in ruins then you might want to change it.

If you are looking for something decorative and elegant, then you should consider getting a wrought iron fence. Such kinds of fences would definitely help enhance and improve the look of your fence by giving it a bit more charm. It is also a great alternative to the wooden fences that typically surround gardens. Adding this kind of fence to your home or yard would add character to the place as well as provide protection from trespassers. They come in a variety of styles, height as well as colors so there’s always something to suit every person’s tastes.

When compared to typical wooden fences, a wrought iron fence is much more decorative. From filigree to little flowers sprouting, the designs are endless. Of course the prices for these fences vary accordingly. The more complex the design, the more expensive they are. As for durability, they are significantly longer lasting when compared to your typical wooden fence and they can withstand years of use without showing any signs of wear and tear.

Lastly, maintaining the look of your wrought iron fence doesn’t involve hard work at all. To keep your fence looking like new, you should give it a good wash every now and then with warm water with soap. Follow that with some wax as well as oil on the fences joints to keep them well lubricated and to avoid rusting.

Decorate With Lladro Clown Figurines

Collectors of Lladro are rewarded with some of the most outstanding quality of craftsmanship in ceramic figurine statues that it is possible to find. The different designs that are used are also something that lovers of the figurines warm to. Clowns have long been a source of enjoyment to many people and the tradition of featuring clowns started when Lladro released a circus collection.

Displayed below is a selection of Lladro figurines featuring clowns. They are colorful and diverse but they are not necessarily trying to make us laugh. The make-up and attire of the clown can hide the more serious side of the person underneath but the artists who have created many of the Lladro clown figurines have captured the humanness of the figure.

The following selection of clown figurines is available for sale and more information about each will be available by making your selection.

The first figurine is part of the Lladro Clown Re-Deco collection that features different versions of the clown in various stages of decoration. In this case we see the clown relaxing with a foot on a ball. To get more details about each of the displayed figurines follow the link and you will be taken to the relevant Amazon page.

Lladro Clown Lying Down Re-Deco Collection - Black and White

Lladro Clown Lying Down Re-Deco Collection - Painted

Another of the Re-Deco Clowns was the Clown In Love figurine. The next two figurines are also available on Amazon with more details available by following the links through.

Lladro Clown In Love Re-Deco Figurine - Black and White

Lladro Clown In Love Re-Deco Figurine - Painted

And here is a small selection of some of the more whimsical Lladro clown figurines for sale. Again, these figurines are available for sale at Amazon so select the one that interests you to find out more details.

Lladro Littlest Clown Figurine

Lladro Hats Off To Fun Figurine

Lladro Clown Having A Ball Figurine

As you can see the selection of Lladro clown figurines is quite diverse and not necessarily only light-hearted. The figurines displayed above are only part of the more extensive range that is available. If you want to browse through the longer list you should take a look at more Lladro clown figurines for sale.

A Small Greenhouse To Stretch The Budget

Are you looking for a way to stretch your food budget now that we are in recession and money is tight?  That's a dumb question.  Of course you are everyone is.  Well here's a great idea that is being brought back from the past.

It used to be that anyone with access to even a small plot of land had a garden to help stretch the amount of money they spent on food.  There is no reason we can't get back into the mind set of growing some of our own healthy veggies and herbs.  If you haven't had home grown tomatoes you don't know what you are missing.

A great way to grow some plants is in a small greenhouse.  This allows you to plant much earlier in the spring and harvest till late in the fall.  If you have access to any piece of ground at all plant some seeds and watch the magic happen. There are a number of different ways in which the small greenhouse is going to prove to be a very handy addition to the gardening arsenal.

If ever a plant is doing poorly and needs a controlled environment, having the option of potting it up and moving into the greenhouse is a great opportunity to give it some intensive treatment. being able to control the environment is vitally important. A plant that is doing poorly will appreciate the added food that is introduced to it as well as the temperature and humidity control that the greenhouse affords.

Humidity is controlled within the greenhouse with a simple misting system and operating this system regularly will ensure the plants never have a chance to dry out. There is no doubt that you entire garden could benefit simply by keeping a well maintained greenhouse on the property.

Bathroom Lighting Ideas

I think when we are having work done on our homes, we expect quite a lot from the main contractor we employ, and some over deliver, and others get nowhere near the mark. Our latest project involved the bathroom and I have to say that out contractor Geoff was a real star.Geoff is one of those old fashioned guys who likes to do a job properly the first time, and if you are paying out lots of money on a big project like we were, you want someone like Geoff. What makes him stand out even more though is eye for good design, and on this job he gave us some amazing bathroom lighting ideas that neither of us would ever have thought of. When the project was finished, it was the small details that combined to make the room look perfect.

Here are a few of the more basic lighting ideas that may be used to create a bathroom environment that is both pleasant as well as modern.

Start over the vanity mirror where there should be ample lighting available to perform your daily tasks of makeup application or shaving. There are many vanity light options available that will make a very attractive feature over the top of the mirror and will also provide the perfect type of lighting. Modern vanity lighting may consist of two lights, three lights or four lights in a strip along the top of the mirror. These lights are a form of the old Hollywood lights that one might expect to see in a theatre dressing room.

A more modern type of lighting that is starting to become very common is the combination fan/heater/ light. There are a number of different brands available that provide this option and it is the ideal way to provide strong overhead lighting for the entire bathroom while also adding heat to the room. The exhaust fan built into the setting means that the room can be quickly cleared of steam without having to go through the process of installing a separate exhaust assembly.

Another option that also provides a multi-functional light for the bathroom is a bathroom light with a nightlight option. This is a great feature for young families with children who want to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Kids that are afraid of the dark will be comforted by the soft light that is coming from the bathroom to guide them. This feature might also be very useful for guest houses where there are a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the layout of the interior of the house. Finding the way to the bathroom might be very difficult in the dark without the nightlight feature.

Take a close look at the various bathroom lighting options. Whether you wish to create a more traditional or old-style bathroom or a modern contemporary one, the lighting fixtures that you use are going to play a big part in providing the styling in the room.

Splash Out On Espresso Shot Glasses

The process of creating the perfect espresso is very important, particularly for those who are connoisseurs of the brew. In order to help in measuring the espresso into 1 or 2oz shots the use of shot glasses is necessary. This has made these small espresso shot glasses very useful and they have been designed in an imaginative and vast array of different sizes.

The inside lining of these glasses are all very much the same which is not surprising given they are a form of measuring liquid. The exteriors are far different in the way they are presented. This has led to the espresso shot glass becoming the object of collectors with the unusual and the off-beat becoming prized and displayed as decorative items.

The following is a brief display of a few of the different sizes and shapes that can be found providing us with useful measures as well as creatively decorative objects.

These espresso shot glasses are available as very small glasses such as this 1.5oz espresso shot glass.

Pictured next is an example of one of the many different styles of Bodum espresso shot glasses. In this case we can see a 2oz shot glass.

The next is a shot glass of double the size of the last at 4oz and these glasses are often made with logo designs added to the sides.

Italian espresso shot glasses are to be expected and the glass pictured here is a particularly nice example.

Finally we find a Grosche Oslo Duo espresso shot glass rounding off the display.

There are a number of different uses for espresso shot glasses that doesn't necessarily involve coffee. They have been used to present special desserts and alcoholic beverages in a creative way that will be sure to be remembered. For only a few dollars (or pounds) per glass they are particularly cheap items that can add a great deal to a meal.

Old Friend Slippers For Men – Comfortable Slippers

One of the most comfortable style of slippers available are the Old Friend slippers. These sheepksin fleece-lined slippers are extremely comfortable and available in a range of styles that will provide something that will appeal to the tastes of just about every man.

If you are looking for a pair of comfortable slippers that will provide you with reliable and warm footwear for either indoor or outdoor use you will find them below.

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Loafer Moccasin

Romeo Sheepskin Slipper

Sheepskin Scuff

Sheepskin Lined Bootee

Sheepskin Lined Clog

Soft Sole Moccasin

Alpine Sheepskin-Lined Shoe

Step-In Open-Toe Slipper

Adjustable Strap Slipper

It should be possible to find all of the Old Friend slippers for men in a full range of sizes from size 7 up to 15 and some slippers will also be available in half sizes. make a selection from the range displayed above to find out if the style that you like is available in your size.

Fuzzy Footies – Comfortable Slippers

Fuzzy Footies are great gift idea or a great way to treat your feet to warmth and comfort and providing a splash of color to keep things looking a little flashy. These soft sock-style slippers have a black fabric bottom that provides you with a non-slip surface to walk on while also ensuring that the feet are given as much comfort as possible.

Take a look at the range of Fuzzy Footies for sale below and prepare your feet for some soft warmth this winter.

The Fuzzy Footies that are displayed below are an example of the colors that are available. Choose one that looks as though it will suit your style and take a look at the other options available when you are taken to the next page.

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Powder Blue White

Red and White Striped

Bright Orange

Maroon & Gold Striped


Blue / Teal / Light Blue

Green and Gold Stripes

Green & Light Green-Pink

They come in a one-size-fits-most size for people with feet sized between 5 - 10 .

They are also available in kids sizes.

Made from 90% polyester, 10% cotton

These are the sort of comfortable slippers that you will look forward to relaxing in at the end of a hard day. When you want to simply scuff around the house and put your feet up, a pair of Fuzzy Footies will provide you with the casual comfort that will feel very comfortable.

When you consider that these footies only cost around $10 a pair you can understand that they are designed to be worn for a season and then, if they last until the next season, that would be a bonus. There are many types of comfortable slippers around that provide you with a hint of luxury at the end of a hard day. It is worthwhile tracking down something soft and warm to stick your feet into.

Yo Gabba Gabba Bath Squirters

Bath time can be a fun time. It can also be a time when everyone gets wet and the chances are pretty good that this is going to be the case with a set of Yo Gabba Gabba Bath Squirters. These are cheap bath time toys, simply click on the image or the link below to find out how you can buy them.

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Yo Gabba Gabba Bath Squirters

These are the types of soft, fun, squeezable little toys that help to make bath-time an event to look forward to. Use them in the bath or simply play with them outside of the bathroom. They are bright, and squishy and what kid doesn’t love that?

Note: these toys are not for children under 3 years of age. They contain small parts that represent a choking hazard.

Straight from Gabbaland comes Muno, Plex, Foofa, Toodee and Brobee and they will ensure that bath-time will be far less of a chore than ever before.

Get Comfortable In Old Friend Slippers

The most plain looking slippers could be hiding the most comfort you could possibly imagine for your feet. This is the case with Old Friend slippers, a brand of slippers featuring lamb’s wool lining and the magic of memory foam to ensure the softest, warmest possible place for your feet to rest.

Old Friend slippers are not only worn by those looking for a little slice of luxury at the end of a hard day. Those who are suffering from arthritis and other painful ailments that make wearing other types of footwear uncomfortable have discovered the comfort of wearing Old Friend slippers. This alternative is a far more preferable solution than walking around in socks or restrictive footwear and those who have used them have highly recommended them.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a man, woman or child because there are pairs of Old Friend Slippers that are designed for everyone. Those who prefer open toed slippers, those who require slippers that cover the ankles and enclose the toes and those who like to wander around in scuffs. All of these preferences are catered to with most available in the plain camel color but some in a more diverse range of colors to liven them up.

There is no need to sit at home shivering, not able to get the toes warm enough. Old Friend slippers will provide you with a durable, long-lasting option for not only this winter but for many winters to come. Apart from the fact that these are very comfortable slippers, they also look good. In many cases they look so good they can be worn outside and appear to be a casual pair of street shoes.

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