Oktoberfest: 5 Tips For Your Bars Home Decor

 Oktoberfest: 5 Tips For Your Bars Home DecorThis time of the year is celebrated by bars across the globe - Oktoberfest is here. Originally this festive time emerged from Munich in the 1800s and is a growing trend today. Local bars typically host promotional events and beer companies even release specific blends in honor of Oktoberfest - Samuel Adams has a hugely popular Oktoberfest Beer that fans love.

Those that have a bar in your home or want to add a little home comfort to your local bar, we have established a few easy tips to follow.

1. Stainless Steel Bar Accessories - Quality is essential for any bar and accessories like martini shakers, mixers, and thongs last better when they are stainless steel. Home bars and local establishments notice the quality and appreciate that items do not rust. Guests will love their clean look and never think twice about how their drinks are prepared.

2. Design a Theme - Oktoberfest is not the only excitement during this time of the year, football is in full force. Two things that go great together are football and beer. A great way to create this atmosphere are sport themed rugs with your favorite NFL football team's logo. This works great in your home's bar section or many local bars and sports themed rugs on the wall for that extra team spirit.

3. Classic Bar Design - Integral to many bars are mirrors. These mirrors are typically strategically placed behind the bar, where the bottles are displayed. This is both aesthetically pleasing and done for safety reasons, because with a mirror it gives the bartender eyes behind their head. At a home a more simple mirror can do the trick behind the bottles or on the opposite wall to play off of the bottle designs.

4. Seating at the Bar - Enjoying beer on Oktoberfest is tradition and nothing is better than a cold sip of beer perched on a bar stool. The comfort of a great stool should not be underestimated - it's a key aspect to all bars. The bar stool seats you up high and lifts your feet off the ground, keeping in the drinking position longer. If you are entertaining at home have a few bar stools handy, helps create the authentic bar experience and your guests will love it.

5. Games - A little break from drinking never hurt. A dartboard is a fun game to keep next to your bar, it's a nice change of pace. This is easy enough to hang on a wall next to the bar at home - even if you don't actually play, it give that authentic bar vibe. Not sure who originally thought that throwing mini spears and drinking was a good mix, but it works!

This time of year is a lot of fun and very festive. The annual Oktoberfest is enjoyed by beer drinking across the globe - at home or in the local pubs. Start making your plans early and scope out the local schedules for events near you. Stay safe and enjoy the fun.

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+Jodi Call  grew up all over the world, giving her a deep appreciation for different custom and cultures; this has translated into her home decorating skills. Read about her home décor tips and advice at bedbathstore.com

Solar Energy – Money Saving and Green Energy Choice for New Homes


If you are designing a new home why not consider solar energy to help cool and heat your home? Solar energy can also supply most of your home’s hot water needs, and it will also save you a considerable amount of money on your new home’s energy bills each month. Solar energy systems normally pay for themselves in about 10 years, and you may be able to sell excess electricity generated back to your utility company. Solar energy make good sense for new home owners and by including a solar system into your house plans you can start saving money as soon as you move in.

How Solar Energy Systems Work

Every day the sun provides us with warmth and light. It also provides us with solar heat and energy. This energy comes to the earth in the form of photons and solar panels collect and convert these photons into electricity. The electricity produced by solar panels is direct or DC current. The DC current produced runs through an inverter and it converts it to alternating or AC current which our appliances and homes use as power. The electricity you receive in your home from the power company is also AC ,and if your solar energy system produces more electricity than you need that electricity will go back into the power grid and you many times you can receive credit on your bill for this surplus power.

Solar Power System Components

You’ve probably seen solar power panels on the top of buildings or in free standing arrays. These panels contain small square shaped semiconductors which are made from silicon and other conductive materials. These are formed into thin layers of film in solar panels. As sunlight hits the solar cell a chemical reaction releases electrons and generates electricity. Solar cells are also sometimes called photovoltaic, PV cells, and can be found on other appliances such as a solar powered calculator.



Most solar systems contain PV panels, a controller for stand-alone systems or a charge regulator, an inverter, wiring, mounting hardware or framework. PV cells are grouped together into panels and these panels make up an array of solar panels which collect and convert photons into electrons and electricity your home can use. Some solar systems include a tracking device which tracks the sun during the day to improve efficiency and provide you with more power. Solar systems can be connected to the power grid, or be stand-alone and store extra energy in rechargeable batteries.

How Much Will Solar Power Save Me?

Fuel prices have risen an average of two percent since 2006, and this trend is expected to continue if not rise in the future. After installation a solar system could provide half of your home’s electrical needs. This is a huge savings per month. For example if your home uses approximately $200 worth of electricity each month, a solar system could save you $100 per month. That is $1200 a year. Of course the amount you save will depend on the size of your solar system, your energy consumption, and the area in which you live. But a savings of only 25 percent is still $600 a year based on the previous example.

As you can see solar energy just makes good sense. It saves you money and reduces the amount of fossil fuels consumed by your household. If you factor the initial cost compared to the monthly savings a solar energy system generally pays for itself within 10 years. After that it’s money in the bank every month in the form of energy bill savings. If you’re designing a new home, talk to your architect about including solar energy in the plans. Your wallet and the environment will appreciate it.

Kathryn McDowell is an advocate of green living. She is on a mission to educate her readers about the green options in design, build, and construction of their new homes.

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Decorating With Sports Bedding To Foster Creativity

bedbathstore 2330 2811931739 Decorating With Sports Bedding To Foster CreativityBetween the ages of five and 13, children begin to experience their world in an imaginative, creative way. Liberated from the developmental milestones of early childhood but not quite into the final stretch towards adulthood that is adolescence, children of this age have the freedom to discover their world and their individual potential. During this time, decorating their rooms to reflect their interests becomes an important outlet of expression, and recently, this focus has helped create a boom in sports bedding options for both boys and girls. Parents can help guide this discovery through decorating process by helping them design their room.

Elements to Decorating a Child's Room

Grade-schoolers can be “all over the board” with their desires and imagination. As with preschoolers, they still need space to move about and kick up their heels without risk of injury. However, like the older group, they have begun to discover sports. Moreover, they begin to feel excitement as their parents get excited over professional sports on TV, or they may enjoy seeing football, basketball and baseball games in person. Their exuberance spills over into their creative play, and parents can facilitate this with soft, plush and functional bedding in favorite themes such as Atlanta Braves bedding or any other popular professional team. The goal should be to create the space yet maintain safe features such as soft corners and edges.

A parent may be inclined to make all of the decorating decisions for a grade-schooler, yet many are old enough to provide input and choose the theme. Allowing them to participate in the decision making process will foster ownership in the care and appearance of their sports themed bedding and pillows, in addition to toys, wall décor and window treatments. Children of this age are developing interests, hobbies and talents as part of their self-determination, so parents can reinforce those positive feelings by letting the child choose the sports team or overall color scheme.

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Pulling the Room Together

What could be more fun for a child than to support a favorite sports team by decorating their room with key elements dedicated to them? The crucial item to pull the room together will be the bedding, throws and pillow covers. It is quite easy to design a fun room concept without gutting the space and starting from scratch. For instance, a boy’s room may have light turquoise walls, which may seem to clash with the bold midnight navy and white colors of New York Yankees bedding. Yet, a simple sports themed wall decal with multiple colors above the bed will complement and pull together the entire room.

Using Accent Colors

A simple, proven method to decorate a child’s room includes choosing a color scheme of two to three shades, then marry the shades together with one to two accent colors. For example, with the midnight navy and white of the New York Yankees bedding mentioned above, one or two bright accents will add a splash of color and pop to complete the room. Bright red, orange or yellow accents work well.

However, the best way to finish a room may be to ask the child. Grade-schoolers have unlimited imagination and resourcefulness. Unleashing and fostering that ingenuity may create a result that surprises and delights any parent.

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8 Dorm Room Needs For New College Student

When your child is ready to go to college, you may be terrified, but one way to put your mind at ease is to make sure they have all of the dorm room accessories they need to be successful.

1. Mini-Refrigerator

You can never go wrong with a mini-refrigerator. The mini-fridge is a great way to keep your college student satisfied with basic necessities, such as bread, milk, water, lunch meat, cheese and maybe a few favorite meals from home. You can purchase a mini-fridge that has a dry erase board. Your child can keep their schedule or a list of things to do on one of the items they will use the most.

2. Full-Length Mirror

A full-length mirror is essential for many different reasons. After a heavy cramming session, your college student may not be in their right mind. This mirror is perfect for making sure you look your best and have appropriate clothing on.

tiedyedocoby 8 Dorm Room Needs For New College Student3. Bed Lifts & College Dorm Bedding

Bed lifts are great to have because it keeps you from sleeping on the floor, and gives you more space to store your belongings. Dorms are not mansions and space can be accounted for quickly. Instead of rearranging your side of the dorm every other day, store some of your belongings neatly under your bed.

As far as bedding is concerned, why not have all the styles, designs, and colors you like! Make sure you have bedding that says something about you!

4. Alarm Clock

An alarm clock is essential for many obvious reasons. You want to make sure you get to class on time and any extracurricular activities you are involved in. Time is of the essence, and being late for class is not a good look.

5. Desk Lamp

A desk lamp is a great alternative to leaving the big overhead light on. Your roommate may be sound asleep, but you need to study and get other things done. When you have a desk lamp, you have the light you need without disturbing your roommate.

6. Cell Phone

There is no better way to stay in touch than with a cell phone. You could purchase a phone for their room, but that may head south quickly. Instead, purchase a cell phone; it can be a prepaid cell phone so they can keep in touch. A cell phone is a great item to have if you are attending college out of state.

7. Hand Vacuum

Everyone doesn't put a hand vacuum on the list, but they should. When you're up late at night snacking while cramming for a test or just snacking your life away during the day, you will probably leave evidence that you enjoy some type of food. Instead of sending an invitation to bugs and pests, use the hand vacuum to clean up the mess and keep the dorm neat and clean.

8. Microwave

Make your ramen noodle day or night a breeze with a microwave. If you have a chance to go grocery shopping, purchase a few microwave meals for the times that you really don't have time to go to the cafeteria or wherever it is you would like to eat. You can eat a balanced meal while studying or handling other business.

Make sure to send your graduate off to college instyle, prepared and stocked with these college dorm room necessities.

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5 Reasons Why Should A Realtor Have Online Real Estate Listings For Selling Or Buying A Home


Most people take help from a real estate agent when they buy or sell a property. This is because real estate agents are well versed with all the latest market trends and have more knowledge of the good property or buyers around. But with time, more and more people are avoiding the role of a realtor because of increasing number of resources and knowledge. So what real estate agents should do to ensure that their importance does not decrease?

Online real estate listing is one option that is trending these days. Listing the property to be sold online can help real estate agents in enhancing their business. Below listed are five reasons as to why a realtor should have online real estate listing for selling or buying a home?

  • A Better Comparison – The property you have is better in many ways but how will you let people know? You are not going to visit each one of them as that is practically not possible too. Online real estate listing helps people draw a fair comparison between you and others and if you have managed to bring out something good, you are definitely going to bag a great deal. The number of people who research online for selling or buying property is increasing and from this point of view, online listing can prove beneficial.
  • Convenient – Creating a website is a tough and time consuming task. You might need to learn many techniques first before you can begin managing your own website. Online real estate listing is a more convenient way to let buyers or sellers know about the property they are looking for. There are various platforms that help realtor to list the property online and also enhance the chances of getting noticed by right group of people. Sometimes, a realtor can begin by paying a very nominal fee.
  • Managing is Easy – If you have an online real estate listing, you can easily manage that from the comforts of your home. Checking the latest updates and updating any information becomes easy when there is no time limitation. In fact, when you are out of town, there is no need to miss the important selling or buying details. You also do not need another team as online listing can be managed by a single person as well.
  • Wider Reach – Having online presence has one benefit that overpowers any other fact and that is – you can reach a wider audience with least effort. There are many social networking sites that can help a real estate agent list the property and let maximum number of people know about it. As compared to other advertising mediums, Internet offers more benefits in least cost.
  • Cost Effective – Having online real estate listing for selling or buying a house is a cost effective medium as well. This demands least investment and in turn, offers numerous benefits like, a creative and visually appealing way of listing your property, you can target the right audience, your list is going to be there for as long as you want and you know your competitors too.

Online real estate listing is definitely a better and effective medium for any real estate agent to sell or buy his property.