Meet Quinn

If you’ve been reading (bless your heart), then you know Ruppert (my chinchilla) passed away a few months ago. I was so heart broken. I had 9 great years with Ruppert and I told myself I wouldn’t get another pet. I had no idea how lonely I’d be, I didn’t have a companion or anything that depended on me.

For months I thought about a cat. I’m at work 10+ hours a day so I didn’t want to get a puppy and the little thing be alone that long. I’ve never had a cat or kitten before but I thought that’d be great. I leave out food, fill and clean the liter box, get her cute collars, fun toys, and healthy food, and she could entertain herself. I wanted to adopt a kitten because I wanted a little one who knew me as a pet “mommy” and learn to love me. I adopted Quinn and I haven’t looked back!

She is sweet when she wants to be and she really loves to nap. She’s learning that she doesn’t have to use her claws for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. she hasn’t really grasped this yet. She’s not ripping up any furniture just my arms, legs, and shoulders. I found some kitten caps because I’m not going to declawed her. I hope her vet to put them on so I can heal up. She has been for her first round of shots and goes back in 2 weeks for the others.

As I said before i’ve never had a kitten or a cat but when I got her she was 6 weeks old. I’ve taught her to use the literbox and she’s eating hard kitten food. If you’ve got any kitty tips please pass them along!

The 2nd night after I got her. She was so tiny!

She loves napping. I can’t say that I blame her, I do too.

This is where you can find her while we are asleep. She usually has her paw on my head.

I think she was channeling her inner panther, looking over her kingdom.

She is just so excited to be a kitty!


5 Things to Consider When Moving to Bali

Bali is a magical place that offers much for tourists willing to have a relaxing time away from the dull boredom of everyday life. Some of us, however, want to take it a step further by actually moving there, but that carries its own sets of challenges you will need to deal with if you want to make your life free of trouble. The following guidelines will point out a few things you will need to consider when you move to Bali:
How much will it cost to live in Bali?

Well for the most part that depends on a number of factors you will need to consider before you move on with your plans. For starters you can decide to rent a kos, which is a typical apartment which most Balinese live in for roughly 500,000 rupias a month, which is the rough equivalent of $50. You could of course spend millions on renting a really large villa with your own cars and drivers. You can spend a lot on imported wine, fine dining and more or you can eat from your local warungs for less than a dollar for a nice local cuisine. There are opportunities for both, depending on what you’re looking for and everything in between but the greatest thing is you can find a lot of good organically grown food in local markets, you can also send your kids to local primary schools or you can use a top international school if that is what you’re looking for. There is something for everyone with the right approach. The bottom line of this is that there is no fixed answer to this question, so moving to Bali means you will need to be prepared to spend more than you may expect.

Road sign weirdness
One thing a lot of tourists tend to do is getting lost while in Bali. The reasons for this may vary, especially since roads may change name fairly often and they will be indicated with a small print close to shop signs and may change back again. Sometimes street numbers may make some truly bizarre leaps in logic and the roads will often be closed for ceremonies as well. There are of course street signs but contrary to what most countries use they will run perpendicular to the road being named rather than on it as it is typical to western cultures.

Rentals are paid upfront
Whether you happen to be renting out for a few months, a year, three years, twenty or more – one thing is absolute the way things are going. You may be able to work up an upfront payment followed by more later down the line, but the truth is if you plan on renting a place out for a year you should be ready to pay for it right then and there. It is a different approach but it makes sense with longer leases. There are of course monthly rentals you can work with, ones that are apart from kos such as tourist cottages and expat villas, but you will still pay about 50% over the usual yearly market price for the privilege of using them or even more during the high season. This is very important to know when you decide to deal with moving house and doing relocation to Bali.

Alcohol is very expensive
You can find fairly cheap bear around Bali, but anything imported will mean that you will need to pay about four to five times what you may be used to around your home country. Do keep that in mind if you are used to enjoying a good drink every once in a while. Although the price may not be outrageously expensive it is still higher than what most countries may be used to.

You can’t buy property in Indonesia as a foreigner

Under the current Indonesian law foreigners cannot own land or property around the country, although many can take long leases instead. As a popular and fairly effective workaround you have the so-called nominis system that allows Indonesian nationals to buy the property in their name but with a mortgage to a foreign purchaser that is never paid off. The nominis will take a percentage of the profits of every sale. These agreements can circumvent the law, but they never really hold up in court, so you should avoid them when you’re moving house to Bali.

6 DIY Tips for a Cozier Home

You can easily turn your house into a relaxing haven using do-it-yourself techniques. A cozy home creates a warm, happy atmosphere that calms the mind. With the right materials in hand, you can turn your home into the perfect sanctuary.

String Lights

Image via Flickr by Magnus D

You can add Christmas lights to a space whenever you like thanks to year-round outlets such as Christmas Lights Etc. Especially in bedrooms, Christmas lights are the perfect alternative to bright overhead lights or dim bedside nightlights. Draping Christmas lights around bedposts or stringing them around the edges of a ceiling can lend a room a warm, cozy ambience featuring just the right amount of light. To create a fairy-tale mood, use a sheer fabric to obscure the lights.

Curtain Wall
Draping a curtain across one wall creates a fabric accent that can add style, depth, and visual interest to a room at little cost — but be sure to buy enough fabric to cover the entire wall. A curtain wall can be easily altered when the mood takes you, and its material adds a comfortable tone to a room.

Family Photos
There are few better ways of making a room welcoming and homely than by displaying photographs of family members and friends. By adding framed pictures to a wall or shelf, you can create an environment rich in feelings of family, love and comfort. You can display your family photos in many ways, including by placing them as a backdrop on bookshelves, hanging them at eye level, using them to accent other focal points in a room, or transferring them to wood or metal for a rustic look.

Throw Blankets
Accessories offer style, decoration, and a cozy feel, and throw blankets in particular let you easily adjust your decor to suit the season without making a production of doing so. Draping a warm, fluffy throw blanket in a convenient spot invites guests to cozy up on a couch or chaise — an inexpensive way of adding flair to any room. Sometimes the smallest touches are the ones that turn a room into a haven.

Creating a nook gives your guests a comfortable place to enjoy their time in your home, and you can do so using pieces of furniture you might already own. To begin, push an old twin bed or sofa against a wall, then cover it with pillows to create a cozy corner for reading or napping. If you like, sew your own pillows with an eye to matching the room’s decor.

Furry and Fuzzy Decorations
Nothing says cozy like faux fur and other fuzzy accents. If you have hardwood floor, cover it with a fuzzy rug. In much the same way, fuzzy wall hangings, blankets, and fur pillows can give a room a similar sense of warmth. Add furry seat tops to hard seats, cover a trunk or chest in faux fur, or add a furry footstool to make a room warm and inviting.

After a long day, everyone wants to come home to a cozy, warm house. Whether you spend your time in your living room, your bedroom, your kitchen, or even your bathroom, you have plenty of quick do-it-yourself fixes at your disposal when sprucing up your favorite room.

How to Enjoy Bird Feeding in Your Garden

Lots of people like to attract birds to their garden. One way to do this is by installing bird feeders in some key places. However, you have to make sure you know what you are doing. Below are a number of tips to make sure you attract lots of birds to your garden, and that they will be safe as well.

<1. Location, Location, Location
Birds want to be safe, particularly when they nest and eat. This means you should find a spot in which they can find shelter as well. Think about trees, tall grasses, and shrubs. If you have conifers, birds will love it because they can hide there during the winter as well.

2. Watch the Squirrels
Squirrels may be cute to watch, but they are real pest. Additionally, they steal food to hide, and then forget where they put it, meaning they come back to steal more again and again. There won’t be much left for your birds! It is really difficult to keep squirrels away, so you may want to consider putting some treats out for them somewhere else, so they leave the bird feeders alone.

3. Avoid Noise
There would be nothing nicer than having birds come and sit on your table in your front garden next to the road. That isn’t going to happen, however. Birds don’t like noise, be that made by humans or by machines, as they see it as a threat. Find a secluded space that is nice and quiet instead.

4. Make the Landscape Bird Friendly
Birds have some very specific needs. They want not just food, but also shelter and water. Water really attracts them, including the sound of it. Hence, if you have a little fountain near your bird feeder, you’re guaranteed to attract quite a few of our feathered friends.

5. Have Native Plants
We seem to have forgotten that some plants are native to our location, and others are not. While exotic plants and shrubs may be beautiful, they aren’t good for birds who see them as foreign invaders. Make sure you have some native plants around as well, therefore, as this will make the birds feel safe again.

6. Make it Tempting
Once you have everything set up, you have to attract the birds themselves. Make sure that you don’t put things out too late, for starters. Birds spend spring time finding good spots for nesting, and summer time finding good sources of food for during the winter. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t put feeders out until fall, because they want to help birds who may be struggling to find food. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the birds will come to you at that point, because they aren’t expecting food to be there. Make sure you set your feeders up towards the end of spring, beginning of summer, therefore, and make sure you sprinkle your feeders with some tasty treats and snacks. Once the birds know that food is there, they will keep coming back for more.

A Good Moving Company Should Have the Following Three Characteristics

Moving home is an incredibly stressful experience. There are so many things that you have to plan for, and so many things that you have to do, that it is all too easy to get a bit overwhelmed. One of the things you have to pay particular attention to is that you compare the different Alexandria movers in order to find the one that is best for you. However, the question then becomes how you should compare these companies. After all, it is likely that you have very little knowledge about the moving industry. Below are three characteristics that you should find in excellent moving companies.

1. High Quality Trucks
Different companies offer different types of packages. For instance, a moving company may do absolutely everything for you, from packing up your belongings in one home, to unpacking them in the next one, or almost nothing, meaning you have to load and unload the truck yourself. Usually, people choose something in between the two. Regardless of this, however, you need to make sure that the trucks the company offers are of high quality. They should be able to hold things securely in place, for instance by having hooks to which straps can be attached. If you do have to load the truck yourself, they should also provide you with advice on how best to do that.

2. Bonding
Secondly, you need to make sure that the company is actually bonded. Generally speaking, companies themselves are bonded, and they will tell you that they are when asked. However, what you need to find out is whether the individual employees are bonded. This is particularly important if your moving company will actually carry your belongings into and out of the truck. If something were to happen and your belongings were to break, you will not be covered by any insurance if the employees are not bonded.

3. Fair Estimates
Finally, the company should offer clear and fair estimates. Estimates should include all the different things that you will have to pay for, and these should be presented in a list, so you can consider removing some. A number of things to look for on this list include:
• Packaging materials
• Truck rental
• Fuel
• Truck insurance
• Hourly rates
Liability insurance
• Insurance for your belongings
• The actual work that the team will do for you
If you want to keep the cost down, you should be able to cut a few things of this list. For instance, you may have all your own packaging materials, or your home insurance may cover you during a house move. An estimate should only be given once the company has actually visited your property. It should also be free and no obligation. Any company that is willing to give you an estimate over the phone, without looking at your property, should be avoided. After all, they should not be able to know how much a move will cost unless they know exactly what will be moved.

Beautiful and Inspiring Roof Top Garden Designs

Considering the great looks you could have with a nice rooftop garden, you would stand a lot to gain from this type of approach. If the roof is large enough to accommodate for such an approach and your building allows it, then you have the chance to create something truly amazing that lasts. The following guidelines and ideas will give you more information on the subject, allowing you to pull it off safely:
• Edible roof garden varieties
It is a really good idea to be able to develop some edible seasonal plants on the rooftop of your home by using the experience in gardening and landscaping you may have. This should not only allow you to handle the situation of utilizing your space in a productive way. This is something that will only happen if your roof slope and shape allows it.

• Making a pool roof garden
What better way to relax on the roof than having a nice great garden combined with your very own pool? This would make all summers bearable and nothing way too bothersome, so you will have the chance to enjoy all your sunny days. Make sure your roof can support the weight however, as well as possessing the drainage and firmness to make it happen; otherwise you could risk damaging the structure itself if you’re not careful.

• Cedar patio garden on your rooftop
If you want to work on your rooftop garden designs, then you should look for ways you can create a nice patio. A cedar one would work quite nicely, especially if you want it to last so you can enjoy a nice and quiet spring time. A cedar patio will be a good addition to your home but you will need to take a lot of time to build one right.

• Using ornamental plants for gardening purposes
This is something that will take a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort. Lighting is one important aspect of the garden if you want it to look just as good in the evening as it is in the daylight. Cut and ornamental potted plants are one good way of making a flexible rooftop garden while turning it into something more useful than before and exposing the natural beauty of the plants you have a chance to work with.

• Barbecue ready rooftop gardens
This is something that would require a lot more care, since you have potential fire hazards. At the end of a fully furnished gardening area equipped for cooking as well would be a perfect part of your home. Gardening will take quite a lot of time, but it will be well worth it if you handle the setup with fire safety in mind.

• Making your very own rooftop cinema gardening space
Cinema you say? Why yes, why not? With the right setup you could have some open sky cinema nights where you and your friends and family can watch movies with a projector for a really nice time spent together.

I’ll Be Back After This Short Break

It’s been awhile since I’ve concentrated on myself. I’ve had this cold/bronchitis for about 2 1/2 weeks, I’ve worked over 50+ hours the last few months, and getting sick has made me think I need to take better care of myself.

Until Friday I can’t remember when the last time I drank a cup of water let alone the 8 I’m supposed to be drinking. I’m a little bummed because I haven’t been as successful as I’ve wanted to be about spreading the Beach Body & Shakeology word. I’ve also fallen behind on blogging, my posts aren’t as consistent a i’d like.

Which brings me to only one conclusion, I’m taking a short break. I wont be gone long, I’d miss you guys too much! I’ll be back May 1st with more content, stories, and recipes! Who knows, I might even throw in a DIY, or take up a new hobby but let’s not overcrowd an already overcrowded plate.

I’ve been meaning to ask you guys, what do you want to see more (or less) of? Take a look around the blog, I’d love your input. How would you guys feel about a link party every week? It could have a snazxy name & you could drop in and leave any link you’d like. Meh, just a little food for thought.

I’ll see you on the 1st!