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4 Must-Have Bags

Hand bags (free clip art)

Hand bags (free clip art)

A bag is a woman’s best friend. You are never without it. As you would choose a friend, it’s important to choose a bag that is reliable and that will last you far into the future. Here are four bags every woman should have in their closet. Thanks to Groupon Coupons, you can stock up on all four and still make big savings. You don’t have to spend any money upfront to use them. Neimanmarcus has a wide selection of good looking bags to serve you far into the future.

  1. Cross-body Bag

The cross-body bag is perfect when you want to use your hands without having to worry about the safety of your bag and its contents. The reason why you can wear it across your body is because it has a long strap. Your hands are free to carry things, and to eat and drink while walking, for example. You won’t lose sight of your bag at any time and it can’t easily be snatched from you in the street. It comes in lots of shapes and sizes and you can have your pick at Neimanmarcus.

  1. Clutch Bag

These bags are particularly suitable for either a day or evening occasion when you are going somewhere by car and only need a few essential items in your bag like identification, cell phone and credit card. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, and many are simple but charming. Be sure to save some coupons for one of these. In shape they can be round, square or rectangular. If they do come with a handle, it can be tucked away or folded.

  1. All-in-One Bag

This kind of bag can double up as gym, shopping or college bag. You would stuff it with your laptop, files, magazines, books and other bulky items you need to have at your disposal all the time. They usually have two straps and are slung over one shoulder, but to avoid shoulder strain, swop them from one shoulder to the other regularly.

  1. Compartment Bag

This is usually a roomy bag whose interior has a series of compartments and zips to make it easier for you to find what you want at the click of a finger. People often have problems locating their pens, keys or cell phone at crucial moments.

 

Gathering Information for Your Residential Remodeling

Renovating your house begins long before the actual work gets started. The entire project can require that you spend weeks doing research online to ensure that your undertaking stays on schedule and on budget. When you realize that you may be unable to do most or all of the renovation work on your own, you may find it necessary to hire contractors from your area to take on certain projects. Rather than contact each contractor individually to ask about pricing and availability, you can use the Internet to find out more today about the contractors and their affordability using a single website.

The website is set up to let you comparison shop without having to visit multiple sites or make numerous phone calls to different contracting companies in the area. You can vet contractors and take bids for the work that you need done entirely online through a single site. You can start the process by first selecting what kind of project you have in mind for your renovation project. For example, if you need an outdoor deck built, you can select exterior work and then move onto the next step of taking bids.

You also can narrow your search for contractors by inputting information like your address or zip code. This information will allow the site to bring up names of contractors in your area that are available to begin work immediately on your house. You can then vet bids and find out which contracting companies are the most compatible with your budget. This vetting process allows you to stay on budget without the worry of unexpected costs or hiring a contractor who charges too much for the work you need done.

The website also lets you take bids from contractors who can take care of multiple projects on your house. For example, along with needing an outdoor deck built, you also may want to have your roof replaced, new carpeting installed, the walls painted, and new windows put into your home. When you use the website, you can find out if a single contractor can do these projects or if you must hire several contractors all at once. This information lets you prepare your budget and your schedule accordingly. You can have all of these details on hand weeks before the actual work on your house begins so you can prepare your family as well.

Tips for Starting a Coin Collection

Whether inspired after a gift or discovery of a rare coin, starting a coin collection is both enjoyable and monetarily rewarding. The right coins will become an investment, increasing value over the years. To begin looking for local rare coins, you’ll need the right tools, mindset and research to discover the right coins for your collection. Coin collectors must be able to differentiate minute details to determine rare collectables, while negotiating with vendors on price.

1.) Focus on collecting the coins that you like, not just their value. Just like stocks, their value fluctuates with the market and availability. Experienced collectors recognize that focusing on value over enjoyment will lead to disappointment. Researching values can add to an educational aspect, but only purchase coins that spark your interest.

2.) Much like with any project, set goals. Even if you’ve begun an eclectic collection built on coins that struck your eye, you can create direction from each by focusing on patterns for a more complete project. Furthermore, when you meet these goals you’ll find even more enjoyment from your hobby.

3.) Build relationships with dealers; the effect is two-fold. You’ll not only receive honest service, but will receive notification when they locate a coin for which you’ve been seeking.

Going to eat out tonight

Tonight we’re going to my favorite all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurant. I love Chinese food – I could eat it every day! My favorites are sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, and lo mein noodles. And the meat filled dumplings – some places call them pot stickers. But I really enjoy the buffets because I can have a little bit of everything – I like all sorts of chicken and shrimp dishes! I am not a big fan of sushi, though, but the sushi bar looks beautiful – the sushi chef makes it all look like candy! What a rude awakening to my mouth to put something in that looks like candy but tastes like fish and seaweed!

When We Need to Buy a New Roof

roof (free clip art)

roof (free clip art)

The last house we lived in was brand new when we bought it. We had only lived in it for about twelve years before we had to hire some Columbus roofers to come out and replace the roof. There was supposed to be a twenty-year guarantee on the shingles, but they were terrible, brittle, and broke off easily. Obviously there was something wrong with those shingles. When we tried to collect on the warranty we found out that the company had gone out of business, so we were stuck with no recourse and ended up having to foot the bill for the entire replacement! That was an expense that I was not happy about incurring!

When we first moved here nine years ago, I was quite concerned that we were going to need a new roof soon. My husband kept assuring me that the roof was in fine shape. The house is as old as the one we had just before this one, and I don’t know if the roof is the original one or not. Every spring I mention to my husband that I’m worried about the roof, and every spring he assures me that it is fine.

I think that when it is time to replace this roof that I would like to look into something other than asphalt tiles. Maybe a metal roof, or those tiles that look like they are made out of some kind of red clay. I don’t know what that type of tiling is called, but I think it is really nice looking. I just have a gnawing feeling that we could probably get some kind of roofing that does a better job of insulating the house than the asphalt tiles currently do.

One of the things I like about metal roofs is that snow slides right off of the roof, so you never have to shovel snow off of it! But when it rains, sleets, or hails, it is really loud inside the house! I don’t know if adding insulation in the attic would help to muffle all of that noise. I hope that when we do have to buy a new roof, that we can find something that I like that is easy maintenance, energy efficient and affordable!