Six Great Designs for Your Kitchen

A common phrase on many home improvement shows today is “kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.” In recent years, realtors, construction companies, and “do-it-yourselfers” have emphasized that a functional and attractive kitchen both increases a property’s value and improves the quality of life for those who reside in the home. Whether you plan to build a new home or remodel your castle to improve its functionality, the first place most of us should focus on is the kitchen.

Six Great Design Ideas for Your Kitchen

  1. Remove Clutter by Concealing Appliances. A popular trend involves designing cabinets that hide appliances, such as microwave drawers. Some refrigerators also blend into adjacent cabinets to give a seamless appearance. Induction stoves mounted on countertops and wall-installed ovens are very popular. Having ample storage space for infrequently-used appliances keeps more of the counter open.
  2. Anticipate Storage Needs, then Add a Little More. To keep the counter clutter-free, think about your storage space needs for food, appliances, and cooking items in the short term, as well as how a growing family, visitors, or other circumstances may impact future needs. Think about that neighbor down the street who can no longer park their car in their garage because of the “stuff” they’ve added. You never want your kitchen to resemble that messy place.
  3. Extra Chilling Space is Cool. Make sure the area you set aside for a refrigerator serves your long-term needs. Ice machine service is a given. Consider smaller coolers for beverages or a prep area. Try to avoid placing that second refrigerator in the garage.
  4. Never Let Limited Prep and Cleaning Space Sink Your Ambitions. Along with planning for ample counter space, design your prep space and sink so that their size and location make kitchen adventures more joyful. Consider having grooves in the sink area that accommodate cutting boards and promote easy draining. For those planning to spend a lot of time at their stove, a second faucet such as a pot-filler faucet on the wall behind the stove is an excellent investment.
  5. Plan Efficiently. High-tech appliances allow busy cooks to multitask. Whether it’s Bluetooth-compliant appliances, automatic faucets, or energy-efficient dishwashers, incorporate high-tech options that allow you to do more with less effort. Many of these gadgets save water and electricity while allowing you to accomplish more in less time.
  6. Aesthetics Matter. Whether color or texture, your designs will make the kitchen both more attractive and easier to maintain. If you prefer bright kitchens, choose a light shade of gray rather than white. Eco-friendly composite countertops are more stain- and bacteria-resistant than wooden counters of the past. Stone countertops are another option to consider. If tile isn’t your thing, consider hardwood floors or polished concrete. When sealed properly, they offer durable options. The hardwood floors can easily transition into the living and dining areas. Polished concrete, when sealed properly, is great for both floors and countertops and comes in a variety of designs. Finally, add some “bling” with bold features that attract attention.

We spend so much time in our kitchens creating memories. The first recipe for our kitchen should be the one that gives it a memorable design.

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Olivia Lind spends her day focusing on her job as a CPA, but, in the evenings you’ll find her organizing and decorating the sets of the local theater guild and helping to arrange showroom floors for one of the largest furniture companies on the west coast. In her free time, she enjoys hitting up the local club scene with her friends and taking extended weekend jaunts wherever her VW bug can take her in a day or two.

Smart Time Tracking

Everything is Smart now—hand-held electronic devices, major household appliances, cars, entire homes. Our technology is getting smarter and smarter in understanding what we’re doing at any moment and what we’ve done in the past. Consequently, we all now need PA (personal assistant) devices or partial PA capabilities in various devices and applications. We at least need Google to suggest restaurants near us, and we need our phones to finish our sentences for us. There are so many devices today that help us find anything we want or need.

In our daily lives, we are connected to everyone and everything we need for doing our work faster and more efficiently and easily. There is no longer a question of whether or not the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT) will become an essential factor in our daily functioning. We are plugged in indeed. We read our mail, pay our bills, read the news, communicate with acquaintances and co-workers, track our work projects, submit invoices, expense reports, and timesheets all via the world-wide-web. The software we use is all cloud compatible and integrated with every other application, permitting data sharing across all offline applications as well as all online pages and platforms. All of this connectivity drives increasing efficiency, profitability, and mobility for users.

How Does Smart Time Tracking Work?

Some forward-thinking companies are now using smartphones and other devices allowing employees to submit their expenses and timesheets digitally from any location. Smart technology allows employees working remotely to constantly maintain tracking of their time, wherever they’re working. New time tracking technology now goes beyond previous capabilities and is smarter than ever. There are multiple ways that time tracking on smart devices are becoming smarter:

Automated Tasks — Numerous time tracking applications feature automatic capture of time in various ways. For example, time spent online may be monitored and logged automatically and contrasted against given projects or tasks. And, RFID proximity can auto-clock employees in and out.

Connections between applications — Most time tracking applications feature integrated functions, affording the convenience of reduced manual work, as well as less error and time. For example, your timesheet could be synchronized with Exchange, allowing your task lists and calendar entries to pull directly into a timesheet application and enter onto your timesheet. For payroll and billing people, integration of your application with their platform make their accounting process smoother, and certainly much quicker. And, it yields more accurate time entries and associated data.

Machine learning algorithms — Machine learning (ML) is the way a machine can learn from actions of users and from the machine’s own actions in response to users’ actions over time and can use accumulated data to assist users in a vast variety of ways.

As it applies to work time tracking, for example, a calendar synchronized with your company’s system can suggest timesheet entries. And, your time tracking system educates itself based on how you categorize, modify, and use the suggestions it delivers—becoming increasingly accurate in its suggestions as time goes by. This is an example of ML capability that can afford you greater and greater convenience and time savings over prolonged periods of use.

GPS/Location tracking — For field employees moving between multiple job sites, or transport workers, location tracking functions can identify your current location and track time used for a client, or on the road, and can track mileage for expense reporting, etc.

Digital time tracking has evolved to make a once entire manual process into a virtually fully automatic one. The benefits of using IoT for time tracking and other such tedious tasks significantly benefits users over time.

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David Brown is a geek at heart. He’s worked and consulted on some major online projects over the years. David has a passion for helping people learn the benefits of steam lining their business through computer technology, thereby saving them time and money. His expertise in the computer world has helped companies time and time again, manage their businesses, employees, and clientele more efficiently.

How To Find your Niche!

Finding your niche!!

I can help you find your niche!!

When I started my blog my blog I thought “I’m going to make my blog about beauty, hair products, fashion, and makeup. Anything to do with beauty, you name it I’m going to blog about it!!”

How I Found My Niche

I laugh about it because I was SO WRONG. Instead, I find myself blogging about my everyday life. Now my everyday life does include makeup, hair and beauty products but that’s not what I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about finding fun activities to do with my son. Getting to spend the time I do with him playing with his toys, making jokes that crack him up and giving him tickle attacks. Being able to go online find cool activities or recipes I know he will enjoy making is my main and favorite part of the day. I look back and laugh because even though being a beauty blogger would be fun, I found more joy out of blogging about being a mom.

 

 

Advice

My advice when trying to find your niche is to do something you are passionate about. Sure, you may like fashion and beauty but what is it that you do every day? It may be kind of hard to blog about something you do not do on a regular basis. Or it may not be hard at all! Everyone is different, however, I found it easier to write about the activities I’ve done with my son through the day instead of about beauty products I haven’t even tried.

An example, boyfriend Colton is a nerd, not just any nerd but a HUGE NERD. He loves anything and everything that involves games, so I helped create a blog about games. He loves writing about games, and many times he finds himself writing late into the night because he is so into his blog. Find something you are passionate about and run with it! I hope I have helped you find what niche will work best for you. Let me know in the comments what your niche is!!

National Frozen Yogurt Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY

I love frozen yogurt. I hope your frozen yogurt day is as deliciously filled with mine. One of our favorite places to hang out is Cherry Berry. Have you ever heard of Cherry Berry? It’s delicious and completely made of frozen yogurt. Along with frozen yogurt, I love ice cream. Just hearing bluebell ice cream makes my mouth water, however, the calories that come along with it aren’t my favorite. Only being 23 I feel like being in my prime I need to stay in shape. So, I will pick frozen yogurt any day over ice cream.

Cherry Berry is located right by laser tag, and the mall making it super convenient to stop by when we take the kiddos out for “fun night” usually Friday. Cherry Berry has three different cups you can choose from; small, medium and large. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to what flavor of frozen yogurt you would like. My favorite is the birthday cake or country vanilla. My sons favorite is mixing chocolate with vanilla. After the frozen yogurt, there are many choices to skittle, sprinkles, m and m, fruity pebbles, gummy bears, gummy worms, different assortment of fruits, cookie dough balls, and much more. I’m sure if you could dream it they have it.

Check out your closes Cherry Berry on national frozen yogurt and get a buy one get one free! Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. 😊

Slay your goals

Slay Your Goals

I cannot believe it is already February 2018! This year has flown by (unlike last year).
I cannot get started on planning my year! That’s when I decided on getting a planner to help me along the route to success. Slay your goals has been a big help in getting everything planned out, helping me succeed, and pursue what I love (blogging). Let me know what you think about this planner in the comments! I’m anxious to hear what your opinion is!!

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