Most people visit Washington, DC and spend much of their time on the National Mall. As residents of the area, we know that there are lots of other interesting places to explore. So here are some suggestions of interesting places besides the National Mall to take your out-of-town visitors.
1. Dupont Circle
2. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3. The National Zoo
4. Great Falls Park
5. Old Town Alexandria
7. Penn Quarter
8. Eastern Market
9. Glen Echo Park
10. Adams Morgan
To begin with, I am stay-at-home mom and sewing during my free time is probably one of the things I love doing the most; however, a few months ago my old sewing machine broke down and I had to stop sewing. I talked to my husband and a couple of my friends about the new changes and they recommended I get the best sewing machine.
I personally having had a not-so-good experience with a good number of sewing machines in the past, at first I was little bit skeptical about throwing away my old sewing machine, but after giving the whole thing some serious thoughts, I made up my mind and bought one. Now, it is over 5 months down the line and I am happy for what the machine I have now has done for me is unimaginable. To really give you a glimpse of how my sewing hobby has dramatically changed, here is a number of all the good things I have been able to net from my sewing machine.
First of all, is all about the features. On a rather interesting note, had my old sewing machine not broke down than, I wouldn’t have known there were new and more sophisticated machines available right now. With the best sewing machine I have right now at home and thanks to an array of feature it comes with, I can now do an array of sewing work right a the comfort of my home than never before. That has not even been the only best part; everything has been made much easier for I no longer have to strain in order to do some great sewing work.
At the end really, I am happy I bought the best sewing machine. After all, not only can I now enjoy doing what I love doing the most, but it has in a way become a source of income for me. For example, over the last few weeks I have been doing some sewing work for a number of my friends and neighbors for a price and they are happy about it.
Now that children are no longer around, there is an empty room which we can convert into exercise room. I do understand his request because gyms are not exactly in our neighborhood. The gas charges to and fro the gym will more than cover the cost of the elliptical training machine. Yet, we need to pay that much upfront and recover the costs as time goes by. We could also be saving on medicals. I do see sense in going for it, because I am not able to go to gym and it is embarrassing to be there now with everything out of shape. What am I expecting from this elliptical trainer? I want only four things from my elliptical trainer, and those four things are it should improve the strength in my legs, my spine, my arms, and make my belly go away. But aren’t those the four things everybody is looking for. My husband, however, wants it for cardio as well. I told him, I need to see the elliptical trainer physically so that I would be sure that I can move those arms. After so many years of no exercise, I guess my arms may feel stiff and I may not move those arms at all. He agreed. We decided we would limit our spending to $1,000. We also wanted as many features as possible in our elliptical trainers. In 2015 finding the best home elliptical to buy has not been easy. This is because there were so many lists and reviews that we were thoroughly confused the first time. Both of us are short, so front drive elliptical trainer was what we were looking for. I liked the Schwinn 430. My husband was also delighted that this machine was not as expensive as we expected it to be. Eventually though we bought Schwinn 470, which is only about 100 dollars lesser than what we allocated for it but was available for more discount and had more features. I wish we had bought a smaller one. We were able to buy a mat as well so that our flooring was not ruined and were still left with some monies from initial allocation. Read more Schwinn elliptical reviews here. So what are special features in our elliptical trainer? We can define our goals, and it tells us how far we are falling back on the goal. The information can sent to the company’s website with the USB drive for comparing the progress periodically. The second thing I liked about this equipment is that its flywheel moves smoothly. Therefore, there is no noise. My husband uses its port for charging his devices. He was keen on something at monitors his heart and he got that feature in here. I also liked the motorized ramp. I believe this is the right machine for me and in about six month’s time, if I am regular, I would have improved my muscles considerably.
From the last 10 years, we have used an intex air mattress for our outing requirements so it should not surprise anybody that when we thought of buying one that can be used at home too. The reason I was keen to buy a good air bed was that of late we seem to be getting one guest too many, and I truly do not like using the couch for them. Of course, we do not have much room, so we really did not have much choice either.
We prepared a list of top Intex air mattresses to buy based on reviews from many sites. The list obviously is confined to our constraints. I wish to share this final list of two top Intex air mattresses so that anybody who is keen to buy an air mattress and is loyal to Intex brand, might find it useful for reducing the work.
On the top of my list is the Intex Deluxe Pillowrest raised comfort. I liked the dimensions of this air mattress. It is 82 inches in length and 64 inches in breadth. The height after inflating it is about 18 inches. There are two chambers actually because of which this air mattress reaches this height. This air mattress almost has a raised border, which I feel is good for children who tend to roll over. The upper surface is also flocked and feels like a natural fabric, even though it is not. This surface is also water proof, but most of the air mattresses available in the market have this feature. This Intex air mattress comes with 90 days manufacturer’s warranty, which is not available for many other Intex air mattresses that I selected.
The second Intex air mattress that impressed me was the Intex Comfort Plush Queen. It is slightly shorter in length, i.e., 80 inches. Its breadth is 60 inches, which is less than that of the air bed I mentioned above. You might want to consider this one because this is the one I purchased, even though it is costlier and has only one chamber. The sales person mentioned that this mattress has a unique technology called Dura Beam. I hope this one will last and not stretch as promised. I purchased this one because it has soft material on sides as well. That ensures that the bed sheet you use on its remains in its place. It also has raised borders.
Both these mattresses come with in-built pumps which is a common feature in air mattresses nowadays. Both mattresses also fold neatly. The reason I selected the second one though I liked the first one is that the second mattress can withstand more weight, i.e., it is built to withstand 600 lbs.
We love the look of a clean, uncluttered kitchen like this beauty designed by architectural designer Louise Brooks for her own home overlooking Long Island Sound. Keeping clutter under control isn’t easy, however, because kitchens are by necessity filled with “stuff.” We’ve gathered a selection of our favorite ideas for keeping a kitchen in order while enhancing efficiency.
One of Louise Brooks’s favorite storage ideas is a floor-to-ceiling plate rack, where platters, chargers, and pretty dishes are accessible while adding color and pattern to the room.
Chicago-based designer Mick De Giulio often incorporates countertop “garages” for small appliances in the kitchen he designs. This Chicago kitchen has nearly 10 feet of countertop storage from SieMatic cabinets, with three motorized doors that lower at the push of a button.
Coffee pot and blender are pushed behind flip-down doors when not in use. The kitchen cleans up in minutes and appliances are out of sight, an important feature in today’s kitchens that are open to entertaining spaces.
Not enough cabinet space? Mount a pegboard and hang all your essentials. Get the most out of the cabinets you do have with stackable shelves.
Don’t neglect the space above your cabinets. You could stash extra stuff up there in baskets, as in the kitchen of blogger Elsie Larson.
If you have the space, you could mount an additional shelf above your cabinets for even more storage.
Deciding how to store dishes and glassware isn’t an either/or proposition. You can combine several approaches and use them as part of your decorating scheme. In this kitchen, simple shelves hold plates and bowls, while cups hang from hooks on a rail. Glasses and other dishes are kept behind glass doors.
If you reserve the walls of your kitchen for windows or artwork, you may decide to store dishes in drawers. Sturdy wooden pegs, secured into holes in the base piece, keep dishes from knocking against each other every time you open or close the drawer.
If you have drawers that are custom sizes, look for adjustable silverware organizers. The type shown here has parts that slide together. You also can find drawer dividers made of plastic and cut them to size with scissors.
Piggybacking two drawers in the space of one allows you to keep different sets of silverware in one section and meal-preparation tools in the other. In the double drawer shown here, the top section slides on runners mounted inside the bottom drawer.
My company owns a number of different business ventures in New York City. Most of these businesses are virtually unrelated. I cannot rate my company among the large conglomerates which own whole buildings in the city. However, I can say that it’s doing well since it is able to run multiple unrelated businesses in NYC. You might believe that my company has to incur huge amounts in annual expenses to run the businesses. The truth is, I usually pay less than average for the things that make operating overheads in most businesses high. This includes office rent and employees.
Here’s how I do it.
Five years ago, I decided to start a company that dealt with website design and website optimization services. I didn’t have enough money to rent an office and opted to start off from my office. However, I lost a lot of clients for lack of a decent office. A friend of mine advised me to get a virtual office in New York City. It would allow me to meet clients in a professional setting as well as have other office goodies like dedicated address, receptionist and phone number. It also allowed me to concentrate on running the business from home and only use the virtual office when necessary.
The strategy worked almost immediately and I started getting more clients. Soon, I thought about starting other businesses upon which I could replicate this business strategy. Each year, over the past five years, my company has managed to start 7 new and successful businesses using this strategy.
Although I no longer work from home, using virtual offices has enabled my company operate different unrelated businesses on a shoestring budget. The rent rates I pay each year are significantly lower that the average rates for the city. I also get to have professionals such as receptionists work for me at surprisingly low rates.