Thursday, October 1, 2015

DD2's First Day of School

As I mentioned in my previous post, our DD2 started her kindergarten on September 14. She was very happy and said she was shy meeting new friends but all in all her day went by awesomely. I wasn't able to go with them to school that day coz I went back to work so hubby was the one dropping them off. 

I made a sign for her first day of school and had her posed with it before I went to work. When I got home she told me she got a lot of compliments about her sign. I did not know that my husband brought her to school and had her posed outside the school building holding the sign. She added that she was happy I made the sign.

Our kindergartner beaming with her first day of school sign :-) 

5 Amazing Ideas for Renovating Your Kitchen

Renovations to a kitchen can give you the capacity to be creative. It can go beyond simply choosing new colors and materials for counter tops or selecting the right pattern for the flooring. Depending on your budget and imagination, there is so much more you can do to the kitchen. 

Built-in Island/Table

If you have a large enough floor space, you can incorporate a dining table into an island in the center of the kitchen. This may be perfect for small families that don't have the room to set up a full-sized dining table while giving you a surface to prepare food. Using chairs that match the aesthetics of the room may give it even more appeal.


A skylight can be an incredible addition to the kitchen. It offers natural light while promoting a view of the sky. Many homeowners add skylights to help enhance the overall feel of a room as it may seem more lively. If you use bright colors in the kitchen, these windows can make the room look a great deal luminous than it was before.

Natural Stone Work

Adding natural stone can emulate an outdoor setting while making the kitchen look unique. Stone counter tops, walls and floors also deliver an incredibly long lifespan. When it comes to surfaces that can withstand decades of foot-traffic and use, very few materials can surpass natural stone. The only drawback to this kind of renovation is the weight of the materials.

Built-in Shelving

Shelves that are built directly into the walls can make the room seem more open than with cupboards lining the entire length of the kitchen. While you may want cabinets for some items, you can really open a room up if you can build as much into the wall as possible.

Miniature Waterfall

A miniature waterfall built directly into the walls themselves offers a unique appearance that may impress guests. It doesn't take much to create one of these permanent fixtures, and they can provide the same relaxation as rock fountains that you can buy at many stores. The only real difference is that a permanent fixture can promote a unique sense of style for the kitchen.

If you need inspiration, you can learn more about what you can have done to virtually any room in the house. It's all about creating a look and feel that is perfect for you and the family. As long as you're comfortable with the outcome, there is really no right or wrong way to design the kitchen of our dreams.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

School Year 2015 - 2016

The school just started today here in our county and our little students were very excited. Our third grader started today and the kindergartner will officially start on Monday. I am so grateful that kindergarten is now offered whole day for free in our school district. Until last year the whole day kindergarten had a monthly tuition of $340 and free for half day. Good thing the school district got more federal funding and our school were able to add 3 classrooms of whole day kindergarten. 

The school where our kids go to is doing renovation so it is under construction until next fall. Our DD1's classroom is in a portable for now. She said it feels different to be in a portable compared to be inside the building. I hope she remains enthusiastic the whole school year as she is right now. She loves school so that makes her more motivated. 

Our DD2 is a bit disappointed though that she gets to go to school on Monday. She keep saying she can't wait to go to school. I am glad that she also shows enthusiasm in learning more and going to school. Tomorrow we will have a conference with her kindergarten teacher to talk about expectations and also about WaKIDS or what is known as Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills.

Our 3rd grader excited to pose for her first day of school.

Five Helpful Suggestions for Choosing a Walk-in Freezer for Your Restaurant

Many commercial freezer merchants sell walk-in freezers that are designed to meet the needs of restaurants. Here are five helpful suggestions for choosing a walk-in freezer that are easy to use while you shop:

Choose a Storage Capacity
Walk-in freezers have storage capacities that vary considerably. Choosing one of these storage capacities is necessary because it can help you determine how much space you will need to freeze food properly.

One way to choose the proper storage capacity for restaurant-quality walk-in freezers is to remember to use the following tips while comparing storage capacities:

Consider how much food your restaurant uses each day. Choose a storage capacity that can help you freeze food properly without wasting energy. Choose a storage capacity that fits naturally with your restaurant's kitchen design.

Choose a Locking Mechanism Most walk-in freezers use locking mechanisms that offer an easy way to secure its contents. Some of these locking mechanisms include:

Deadbolt locking mechanisms. Handle locks. Lock-and-key systems.

Look for Polyurethane Insulated Panels Polyurethane insulated panels are insulators that are designed to keep food cold by absorbing cold air through the panels’ surfaces. Choosing walk-in freezers that have these insulators is worthwhile because they offer the best way to keep food cold without wasting energy.

Look for Galvanized Aluminum Floors Many walk-in freezers that are used in restaurants have galvanized aluminum floors that are designed to be easy to clean. Choosing walk-in freezers that have these floors is recommended because they offer an economical way to keep your freezers clean that is easy to incorporate into your restaurant's kitchen design.

Add a Drip Guard Drip guards are small pieces of rubber or plastic that are attached to the bottom of a freezer's doors. Most walk-in freezers use these devices to keep condensation from dripping on your floor. As a result, adding a drip guard is an easy way to prevent safety problems that can make using a walk-in freezer difficult.

As you may have noticed, choosing a walk-in freezer for your restaurant requires choosing a freezer that offers the best design and storage capacity. Be sure to use the suggestions mentioned above to choose a walk-in freezer for your restaurant that features these useful design elements.
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