she did for art class, framed and displayed by our
She’s putting it to good use!
hen you choose bathroom lighting, you will want your investment to reflect your choices in interior design and to pay off with a pleasant and comfortable ambiance. You will have to make important choices that revolve around existing light fixtures in your bathroom, and this can be difficult for someone without a background in design or an awareness of how lighting functions indoors can change the style and decor of a place.
The colour blue has been statistically proven to increase mood and encourage relaxation. Blue always helps visitors feel more at peace and allows them to kick back and enjoy themselves, no matter where in your home they are. Blue lights at a medium or low intensity can always lend a little beauty to an otherwise unremarkable bathroom. However, make sure you keep a particularly bright fixture above or near the bathroom mirror. This goes for all light styles, and casual lighting is no exception. Casual or soft lighting is best accentuated by dark colours on your bathroom walls. This prevents the light from bouncing too much and keeps the “tone” of the room muted, quiet and reserved. Try to avoid reddish colours or colours that clash.
Stainless steel is your friend in this regard. Keeping your bathroom ultra-modern and broadcasting a classy, hip feel requires a good amount of stainless steel fixtures, arranged minimally and tastefully. These fixtures must be integrated with the existing colour of the bathroom to make sure they mesh perfectly with the decor. Avoid using high intensity light settings or levels, as this will “overload” visitors and become annoying rather than smooth and subtle. You want your style to catch someone’s interest, not slap them in the face. As for lighting colour, go for a typical yellow or white hue in the bulbs and screens you choose. You will have already made plentiful statements with your bathroom’s style, so you can afford to keep it simple with bulb choice and fixture accessories. Again, this style only works if the bathroom already reflects a sleek modern or post-modern look. Doilies and fluffy toilet seat covers will run the effect, so avoid things like these. The same goes for kitschy decorations and “nature” themed objects like wicker lamp covers and brightly coloured towels. Keep everything minimal, and the lights will do their work just fine. To get the full “look” consider investing in a granite or marble countertop for your bathroom sink.
Using limited space is a difficult task for any interior designer, especially if your bathroom has little room for light fixtures. Fortunately, a small bathroom corresponds perfectly with a small bathroom lighting budget! Redecorating and setting up new lighting will always be cheaper the smaller the space. That said, remember not to overuse light fixtures or shades, as these can crowd the room. Keep lights bright or place dimmer switches at easy access locations–this will help the bathroom seem more open and welcoming. Bright, steady lighting can even make the room look larger in a trick of the eye. To accentuate this, considering purchasing additional mirrors to give the room depth. These will also refract light to give you some more illumination.
o, the Christmas season is here. Is it a joyous time for you? Are there expectations not met, sadness seeping through? I have mixed emotions right now. It’s our first Christmas with a grandbaby! What joy! It will be fun. I DO look forward to celebrating with her, to see her eyes sparkle, to hold that new gift from God. Watching her parents, which includes one of my daughters, delight so in their new daughter . . . and watching our other children as new aunts and uncles with her – it IS such joy! And I am so very grateful!
Yet, maybe it’s because of the car accident last week, and still feeling achy, but I’m just struggling to be upbeat. I was so looking forward to seeing my 88 year old dad whom I’ve not seen in over 9 years and now he’s moving from my childhood home, and missed out on seeing him and the house, and it just plain hurts as I think of him spending his last days there in a nearly empty house, most of his furniture gone. Our son’s heaven anniversary date is coming up . . . it’s not a celebration for us left behind – I miss him – this year seems harder than last year. And in the middle of it all there’s misunderstandings with a Christmas tree, of all things – what to put up – the one our son gave us years ago, or get a new one – and which one is better and which one we should spend money on – and the meaning of Christmas gets overshadowed by life stuff. There’s just expectations of hopes, that are not met – hurts and pains that linger on, and sometimes it’s just heart crushing. And it can feel like defeat as Satan sneaks in those things that are not true . . . and I keep thinking of all the things I should be doing for “CHRISTMAS” . . . and things I want to do or do with the kids – or read – or go to – and I am not -
And then I read this . . .
I may not make all the gifts I was hoping to or do all the Pinterest Christmas decorating pinned. The Christmas tree that seemed to be the right one may not be up or ten pies may be never baked and put in the freezer. I do not need to carry those burdens. And though Jesus has already been born at the right time, in the right place for all of us, I can still anticipate what He will do to renew a right spirit and know He’s not given up, even while I feel like doing so.
We have 21 days to anticipate change before Christmas, joy in the morning and that the God who parted the Red Sea and won’t let us drown either.
t’s common knowledge that those of us who smoke have a shorter life expectancy than those of us who choose not to. As such, term life insurance for smokers is going to be a lot more costly than it is for non-smokers.
Along with shorter life expectancy comes a higher risk that an insurance company will have to pay out on a life insurance policy. Higher risks for the company will in turn mean higher premiums to be paid by the customer in order to reduce the overall financial risk for the insurance company.
Nevertheless, even with the increased expense, purchasing a term life insurance plan as a smoker is still a sensible option.
With the death of a family member comes the potential for – not only grief and mourning, but also impending financial challenges which were not there previously. There may be a loss to the main income source which the family were fully dependent upon. Thus the question has to be asked – how are the monthly bills to be paid?
But it’s not only about monthly bills. There are also funeral expenses, taxes which may have to be settled, as well as probate, and any other financial matters which can and often do crop up. Having a life insurance plan in place will inevitably help to reduce a number of the potential future financial burdens on a family, should the main income earner of the household pass away prematurely.
Reducing the Cost of Insurance
Although it’s common knowledge that if we were to stop smoking then the cost of life insurance will drop dramatically. Smoking brings with it higher risks, and as such it’s much more difficult to obtain an attractive coverage policy rate.
Nevertheless, if quitting smoking is not an option for the time being at least, then there is another way to find life insurance coverage at a more affordable price.
What’s the secret?
Simply taking the time to do more research!
Along with the internet comes a vastly heightened ability to find very attractive insurance coverage rates for many of life’s potential scenarios, and that includes for smokers too. Although it may seem that carrying out this sort of research will be greatly time consuming, that is no longer the case. Surfing the internet makes this whole process much easier than it was previously.
Literally, there are hundreds to thousands of insurance companies strongly contesting with one another for business. What this means is that prices are competitive. After all, it is often the case that the company with the lowest price wins the business.
The internet makes the process of comparing one company’s prices to another’s very easy and very speedy. There are many websites such as:
which allow us to fill out a short form with some basic information. Then, at the click of a button, almost instantaneously we are provided with quotes pertaining to our needs. Finding the best alternative at a lower price can in fact save us hundreds of dollars every single year and it generally takes less than an hour to do so.
found Bound to a Promise: A True Story of Love, Murder, and Redemption by Bonnie Floyd, quite captivating, as though I was reading someone’s personal journal, going through the emotional highs and lows of something I’d never want to endure. The part that stuck out the most to me is the power of forgiveness. I wondered, could I forgive someone who was a part of killing someone I love? It’s hard to wrap my mind around that. Would I want the worst for the person? And then as the author shared, what if God so clearly speaks to my heart to go and tell the murderer about Jesus. WOW! Isn’t it that Jesus desires that none perish – not one? And certainly, if Jesus can save the murderer and save that heart and forgive, why couldn’t I? It’s a lot to contemplate!
There is more to Bound to a Promise than this, but it’s an amazing true story of how Jesus upholds us – through horrific life events, the deep grief and even going over the facts over and over again in a courtroom. It’s was hard for me to put it down, several times.
I highly recommend reading this book!
Bound to a Promise has been provided courtesy of The B & B Media Group, Inc.
in exchange for my written, honest review of the book.
At six o’clock on a cold, foggy morning in Fresno, California, Bonnie Floyd’s horrific nightmare began . . . but she was wide-awake! This may sound like the beginning of a fiction thriller, but it isn’t. This is a true story, and the nightmare was all too real. Life as Bonnie had known it was over, and the future she faced was unimaginable . . . unspeakable. Bound to a Promise is a nonfiction novel, told in fascinating, page-turning fiction style. This astonishing true story will grab you with the first sentence and hold you captive until the very last page. Based on Scotland Yard’s investigation, newspaper reports, court transcripts, and eyewitness accounts, Bound to a Promise has it all-exotic settings, courtroom drama, real-life adventure, convicting testimony, and puzzling mystery. The key to this disturbing drama hangs on a very crucial and binding promise made to Bonnie. Did the promise maker keep that promise or was there a chance it was broken? The answer to that burning question had everlasting consequences both for the one who made the promise and to whom the promise was made. This shocking story is like an exciting action movie played out in powerful print. Don’t be surprised if it captures your heart and you, too, become bound to a promise.
LOSE CALL -
Tell about a bullet you’re glad you dodged —
when something awful almost happened, but didn’t . . .
I have only been in two minor car accidents, once re-ending someone on a slippery road and another time getting side-swiped with a 10 passenger van full of kids . . . that is, until two days ago. OH MY!
It was one of our first snowfalls, and the roads seemed slightly icey, but nothing abnormal for our Michigan wintery roads. I was driving to a friend’s house, and was specifically so careful on a hill my husband said to be careful on. I got through that, through a residential area, and then to a curvey road. Everything was fine, until I saw the deer on a bank to the right of me. I lightly touched the brake, and started to swerve. Trying not to swerve one way, I must have over compensated and went driving right up the bank on the right, along the top and then . . . .flying off of it, airborn, about 10 feet, landing only the tires on the left side, and for sure, I thought I was going to flip the car over. ”OH GOD, OH GOD, HELP ME!” and I landed, the right way, with a very loud, CLUNK.
I just sat there frozen. What just happened? Am I hurt? I could not feel any pains. I found my phone and slowly got out. That hurt – my back. As I stood, still in shock, I noticed the tire on the front left was bent out in an unusual way. I looked under the car. There appeared to be things from under the car, on the ground – that did not look right.
An elderly man came outside and asked if he could help me. I landed in his driveway, going perpendicular. I told him what happened. He could see by the tracks in the snow, where I had “flown” and then landed, first with only one set of tire tracks showing. He shook his head at me and said, “You MUST have had another Passenger with you. How you made it with out flipping over is beyond me.” There’s no doubt God answered my plea for help. Maybe one of my guardian angels pushed the car so it would go down the right way? How did I not get hurt worse?
I just told the story to a friend in the store today . . .and I still get the chills telling it. The underside of the car did get quite damaged . . . tie rod broke, ball joint broke, etc. . . but besides some back/neck aches, I am not broken! A police officer came out to the accident for insurance purposes, and saw the deer tracks, saw the 10 feet of no tire marks and then just the one side of tire tracks, and where I landed. He was pretty amazed too. And the road section I was on was sheer ice. Later I heard of numerous accidents in our area.
The bummer with it all is that our insurance did not cover it, because, we only had comprehensive insurance on the car, and since I did not hit the deer, there was no coverage. We were rather bummed . . . and I could continue with that part of the story, BUT, seriously, as I am finishing writing this, my husband just walked in the house. Our oldest son is a car mechanic and he and my husband worked on the car about five hours last night and another three hours tonight, and my husband JUST DROVE THE CAR HOME! A very BIG shout-out to my son, for being so willing to help, even when he had just closed on his first house today, and should be moving into it, and instead, helped us out so we have our SAFE vehicle back. Just really proud of him and thankful to his wife too . . . for her graciousness with him gone.
And the funny thing, is Monday’s Daily Prompt was CLOSE CALL! Good reminder to write it down – so here it is!
ixteen years ago at this time, we were at the University of Michigan, in the middle of a long ordeal with our daughter, Jessica, after she had her first open heart surgery, many weeks near death’s door. So many weeks we were wondering from day to day, if Jessica would make it, yet, another day. It was our first Thanksgiving away from the rest of our kids. Instead, Grandparents brought them to us, and we ate at a restaurant. We were not home until the middle of January, after 11 weeks in the hospital.
Jessica has pleaded to be tested, to see if she can be a bone marrow match for 10 year old, Bree, a young girl in our church – the same age as one of her sisters. Because of her heart problems and the medications, there is no way she can do it, though she insists on still being tested. She has said several times, “But what if I am the only match for Bree. They have to test me. I’m still going to ask them to test me.” Jessica is now 17 years old, and thriving, loving life and Jesus, looking forward to someday adopting little ones, and has an exceptional tender heart towards the young and old alike. She can do most things. She knows her limitations, and part of it has to do with being on coumadin, a blood thinner. But there is one thing she cannot do that she so wants to do. Possibly you can help her, and help someone else.
How about you? Can you be tested? Possibly this will INSPIRE YOU?!?! Could you be the match for a little girl that will not survive without the bone marrow transplant? Can you step in to do what our daughter so full-heartedly wants to do?
Here is a message from Bree’s mom:
Our sweet Bree needs a
bone marrow transplant.
She has relapsed acute
Bree is 10 years old and
is a fourth grader.
She loves Jesus, her family,
friends, dog squeaky, Legos
and monster high dolls
in that order.
She plays the piano,
dances in a ballet class
and swims like a fish.
She is our youngest of three kids.
Please consider joining the
bone marrow registry.
You could save a life!