Make Your own Cleaning Products

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

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How to properly light your bedroom

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

These 10 tips will help you achieve the most restful, romantic, and functional lighting scheme. Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, you probably use your bedroom for more than just slumber. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light hinders you from doing much else. Bedroom lighting […]

These 10 tips will help you achieve the most restful, romantic, and functional lighting scheme.

Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, you probably use your bedroom for more than just slumber. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light hinders you from doing much else.

Bedroom lighting can range from basic to bold; dimmed to dramatic, and these tips will help you choose the right style for you:

1. Be Size Wise

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A wide array of lamps and light fixtures on display at a Lamps Plus store in Plano, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before buying bedroom lighting, first determine the size of room, says Artcraft Lighting vice president Howard Bernstein. Take your room measurements, along with outlet locations and furniture placement to a lighting showroom. The experts there can help you fill in with just the right light.

2. Keep Height In Mind

Consider scale. Bedrooms typically have lower 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings. Avoid fixtures with longer bodies in favor of shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. “You want a certain level for reading and enough lighting for dressing,” says Bernstein. “You also need light to be high enough to reach all the areas.”

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3. Leave Room to Glow

Decide what you want to do in the room, then choose appropriate lighting. Home computers, sewing machines and reading nooks in the bedroom need directed lighting. Sitting areas beg for softer, shaded fixtures. Vanities demand brighter light.

4. Stay On The Light Side

Avoid shades on lamps or lights that are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark, according to the American Lighting Association (ALA). The fixtures may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. “When buying a table lamp, opt for one with a softly diffused shade,” says Dan Blitzer, ALA continuing education instructor. “Spend a moment to see how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed.

5. Location, Location, Location

Don’t install lights directly over the bed. You will tend to look up at them while you are laying in bed. Direct light from overhead is less comfortable than soft light at face level.

6. More is More

No single source of light is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lighting. “Too much light in one place is unpleasant and glaring,” says Blitzer. “It’s better to use more light sources of lower wattage.”

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7. Set The Mood

“A strong dose of ambience is also important in the bedroom,” says Blitzer, who suggests installing dimmers on lights for altering effect. Softer or colored light bulbs can also change a room’s mood.

8. Don’t Neglect The Closet

Few things are more frustrating that dark closets. “Closets need good light,” says Blitzer. “But be careful not to put a hot light bulb too near delicate clothes.” Attach a closet light 12-inches from the edge of the rod or upper-shelf. Lighting experts favor fluorescent lights because they provide lots of light, are cooler, save energy and can be concealed behind the header of door. If you use a good color tube, you will be better able to tell the color of your clothing.

9. Optimize Your Bedside Reading

Portable reading lights set on nightstands offer book lovers flexibility. “The guiding principle in buying reading lamps should be the ability to adjust the light to your taste, either by swiveling or moving its arm,” says Blitzer.” They should also be well-shielded so you don’t see the bulb and you are able to read without bothering your sleeping partner.” Lighting controls located at the middle of the headboard allow you to turn off a snoozing partner’s reading light without disturbing him.

10. Consider High-Tech Controls

Imagine pushing a bedside button and turning the lights off or on. No problem with high tech lighting controls. “There are gadgets to turn off lights with an infrared remote like you use for your TV,” says Blitzer. “Lighting professionals can help you install these.”

Elledecor.com , By Elle Decor Staffhttp://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/room-ideas/a1716/bedroom-lighting-guide-a-50480/

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TURN YOUR BEDROOM INTO A SANCTUARY

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Sleep (Photo credits: PB Teen) Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of the master bedroom. Follow these tips to transform one of the most important rooms of your home into a relaxing sanctuary. What to Bring In Neutral Colors — Light, […]

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Sleep (Photo credits: PB Teen)

Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of the master bedroom. Follow these tips to transform one of the most important rooms of your home into a relaxing sanctuary.

What to Bring In

Neutral Colors — Light, neutral hues like creams, taupes, grays and blues provide a tranquil atmosphere. Use soft, coordinating colors for your bedding and walls.
Soft Lighting — Overhead lighting can sometimes be harsh or too concentrated. Create a soothing mood with soft, balanced lighting throughout the room. Add lamps to brighten dark corners and illuminate each side of the bed.
Window Treatments — A sense of privacy is essential to any sanctuary. Window treatments offer coverage from the outside world and can be a beautiful design element. If outside lighting disrupts your sleep, consider blackout curtains.
What to Take Out

Outdated Bedding — A relaxing bedroom begins with a comfortable bed. Most experts recommend replacing  your mattress every eight years. Pillows

White Diamond Stitch Quilt
White Diamond Stitch Quilt (Photo credits: West Elm)

should be replaced every two to three years or every six months if you have asthma or allergies.
Excess Furniture — Get back to basics by paring down your bedroom to just the essentials. Most people require little more than a bed frame, a couple of matching nightstands and a dresser or chest of drawers. Anything more can quickly become clutter.
Unnecessary Electronics — From more sleep to better family relationships, there are numerous benefits of having a technology-free bedroom. Reserve your master bedroom for rest and relaxation, and keep electronics out.
Make over your master bedroom into a serene space you look forward to at the end of a long day. These tips can help you get started.

 

 

 

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English: Picture of the master bedroom at Highgrove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Bedroom (Photo credits: PB Teen)

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Another Successful Closing!

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Congratulations to Barrett and Joy Evans and their two sons on a successful sale and closing of their home at 3025 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley, NV on July 19, 2016! They purchased this fixer upper in May of 2011 and now sold the home which closed after 67 days on the market! Even though moving and […]

Congratulations to Barrett and Joy Evans and their two sons on a successful sale and closing of their home at 3025 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley, NV on July 19, 2016! They purchased this fixer upper in May of 2011 and now sold the home which closed after 67 days on the market! Even though moving and home sales can be stressful, having the right team on your side can help! Make sure that you get in touch with someone who has been through the process and has a proven success rate!

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Want a Second Home? 5 Helpful Tips

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resort in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Rental property in Horning on the River Bure (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Christian Patterson Rental Property (Eugene, Oregon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Whether you’re thinking about buying an investment property for steady cash flow, a vacation home for your family […]

A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resor...
A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resort in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Rental property in Horning on the River Bure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Christian Patterson Rental Property (Eugene, Oregon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Turn A Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: camera flash (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Vintage camera by R. Lechner, Bezirksmuseum Mariahilf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-turn-your-vintage-camera-collection-into-wall-art-219770 How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art.  This post has great information for decortating ideas. Leica I with added viewfinder (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The post […]

English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder.
English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: camera flash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Vintage camera by R. Lechner, Bezirksmuseum Mariahilf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-turn-your-vintage-camera-collection-into-wall-art-219770

How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art.  This post has great information for decortating ideas.

Leica I with added viewfinder
Leica I with added viewfinder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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5 Tips for a Comfortable Retirement

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

This email was recently sent to me from Renee Luce at Prime Lending rluce@primelending.com and I really think that it is pertinent information for all! Lately my husband and I have been thinking a lot about retirement and what it is going to take to be able to be comfortable in those years. The page stated […]

This email was recently sent to me from Renee Luce at Prime Lending rluce@primelending.com and I really think that it is pertinent information for all! Lately my husband and I have been thinking a lot about retirement and what it is going to take to be able to be comfortable in those years. The page stated the following:

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Tesla Progress

| Rod O'Connor

There has been a lot of talk about the “Tesla Effect”, and all that it will hopefully bring to our community.  There is no doubt the opening of the huge gigafactory has already had an effect on our housing market.  There has been many other businesses that have come to open here in order to […]

There has been a lot of talk about the “Tesla Effect”, and all that it will hopefully bring to our community.  There is no doubt the opening of the huge gigafactory has already had an effect on our housing market.  There has been many other businesses that have come to open here in order to be closer to the factory, obviously, creating more jobs. There is talk about building and improving schools.  You pretty much can’t go anywhere without road construction.  And everyone keeps saying this is just the beginning since the factory isn’t even completed yet.  I for one am excited to think of all the possibilities we have before us.  Now is a great time to be a northern Nevadan.  And now is a great time to start thinking about where you live, where you would like to live, or maybe an investment property.    I have included a link below that gives us a pretty good insight into just where exactly Tesla is in it’s progress.  Please take a moment and check it out.

http://www.constructiondive.com/news/tesla-gigafactorys-grand-opening-set-for-july/420015/

USA Parkway Update

| Aidan Hanssen

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for USA Parkway Road Extension June 7, 2016 at 17:12 A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on the construction of the USA Parkway extension, further connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 and Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties. Governor Brian Sandoval, Storey and Lyon County officials, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon […]

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for USA Parkway Road Extension
June 7, 2016 at 17:12

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on the construction of the USA Parkway extension, further connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 and Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Storey and Lyon County officials, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

NDOT’S USA Parkway extension project will extend the parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 near Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50.

The project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.

The road will also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures.

In 20 years, more than 17,000 vehicles daily are anticipated to use the new segment of USA Parkway.

USA Parkway was originally constructed as a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting Interstate 80 to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks.

“USA Parkway will continue our ongoing efforts and progress in building the necessary infrastructure for the New Nevada economy,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “USA Parkway will provide a necessary corridor that will open up Western Nevada to area development and growth and will help ease congestion for both commercial and commuter traffic.”

Improvements to the shoulders of the existing roadway, such as installing additional guardrail and relocating fire hydrants, will begin shortly. Major construction will also begin this month with removal of brush and vegetation on the future roadway alignment, as well as producing aggregate gravel that will eventually form the foundation of the roadway. During construction, only local business traffic will be allowed south of Sydney Way, the last major interchange on State Route 439/USA Parkway. While much of the construction will not impact motorists, drivers can anticipate minor travel delays on U.S. 50 in the Silver Springs area next year during construction of a traffic roundabout intersection connecting the USA Parkway and U.S. 50.

Originally slated for completion in 2019, the USA Parkway extension is being fast-tracked using the design-build method of construction and is scheduled to open to traffic by late 2017. Design-build construction brings the final design and construction of a project together in one construction contract, often providing enhanced project innovation, collaboration and value. Ames Construction was selected as the contractor for the project in January, with a $75.9 million construction bid that was two million lower than the next runner-up.

“We’re dedicated to providing a transportation system that keeps Nevadans safe and connected,” explained NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “By enhancing safety and reducing travel times and associated vehicle use and emissions, the societal benefits of extending the USA Parkway are projected at more than $600 million for the first 20 years.”

Project information is available at www.usaparkway.com or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

(Nevada Department of Transportation contributed to this report.)

TroubleShoot Garbage Disposal Issues

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have often thought that when it comes to Garbage Disposals that they were incorrectly named.  They are not really garbage disposals, nor are they food grinders.  They are in fact for small food particles and cleaning off dishes. If you are a Landlord […]

Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit
Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have often thought that when it comes to Garbage Disposals that they were incorrectly named.  They are not really garbage disposals, nor are they food grinders.  They are in fact for small food particles and cleaning off dishes.

If you are a Landlord and manage your own rental you may have encountered this issue before. If you have not yet had to deal with this before hopefully this information will be helpful to you. Often trouble shooting the issue over the phone may save you time and money if you know the right questions to ask.

If you are a Tenant a home, you should acquaint yourself with some of the techniques contained in this post and it may save you and your Landlord time and money. Additionally it will help you to prepare for when you become a homeowner.

Here are my favorite trouble shooting methods for Garbage disposal issues:

Garbage, or food waste disposal from above
Garbage, or food waste disposal from above (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When a tenant calls me and states that the garbage disposal is not working, I ask what is it doing.  If the disposal is doing nothing, I tell them to make sure that there is nothing were in the disposal such as silverware or a sponge, by checking with their hand.  I will ask them if there is any sound or noise when they turn it on.  If there is no sound I ask them to open the cabinet under the sink and feel around the bottom of the garbage disposal for a little button called the reset button.  Once they have located this and depressed it the water can be turned on and the disposal tried again,

If the disposal still does not work, but is now making a buzzing sound, this more than likely indicates that the disposal is jammed. It could have become this way by disposing of too much food the last time it was used.

Installed garbage or food waste disposer
Installed garbage or food waste disposer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For this issue an Allen wrench is needed and you can insert it at the bottom of the disposal and turn it.  This will free up the disposal and it should then work.  If you do not have an Allen wrench, then a broom handle will work.  Simply place the broom or mop handle in the disposal and push down and rotate it so that the disposal blades move freely.  Once this occurs you can remove the handle, turn on the water and the disposal again.  It should be working now.  If all these steps do not resolve the issue then you may need to contact a professional.

 

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