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Thursday Favorite Things #494

Welcome to another Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party.  I'm so glad you're here, and I'm excited to see all of the new ideas that will be shared today!


Here's what I shared at the blog this week:


How to Give Your Home an Exterior Facelift  It's that time of year when we tend to look at such details, isn't it? 



My features from last week's party:


All of my features will be pinned to my Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest board.  Each of the hostesses chooses her own features, so be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs too.



Please pin from the original blogs, but I'd love for you to pin this features collage!





How to Give Your Home an Exterior Facelift

If you look at your home from the ouside and see an exterior that’s seen better days and is starting to look a little sad and worn, it’s time to do something to change that. There’s no shortage of things you can do to make your home look and feel a little more energized and visually appealing from the outside. A good exterior facelift can make a world of difference and enhance curb appeal. Here are some ideas you might want to consider.


Create a Driveway Makeover



First of all, you might want to think about creating a driveway makeover of some sort. Perhaps your driveway at home is a little patchy and messy right now. If that’s the case, getting it resurfaced and adding some lights might make a huge difference to how your driveway looks and performs.


Update the Windows



Updating the windows of your home is another great way to give the home an exterior facelift. It’s quite a big project to undertake, and it’ll take significant investment. But, it can be a great investment in the long-term future of the property, both in terms of appearance and energy efficiency.


Landscape the Green Space


If the green space around your home is starting to get a bit overgrown and out of your control, it’s a good idea to do something about that. You’ll immediately make the home look so much more cared for and attended to when you landscape the green areas. You can hire a professional landscaper to take care of this for you if you don’t have the skills to do it yourself.




Thursday Favorite Things #493

I'm so glad you're here today for another Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party. Thanks for joining us!  I hope you've all had a good week.


Here's what I shared at the blog this week: 


My Recent Amazon Purchases  I love seeing what people find on Amazon, do you? 


Raising Funds for Good Causes has some unusual ways to support your favorite causes.

  

Three Simple Ways to Make Tofu Taste Amazing might be an intro to tofu for some.


And, now,


Here are my features from last week's party:


All of my features will be pinned to my Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest board.  Each of the hostesses chooses her own features, so be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs too.


Please pin from the original blogs, but I'd love for you to pin this features collage!


My Recent Amazon Purchases

I've still been doing a lot of my shopping on Amazon. How about you?  I do try to shop locally for many things. 


I love seeing what others have been buying on Amazon, so I thought I'd share my recent purchases. A few are tried and true, and a few were happy surprises.  Mostly practical things, with a little fun, too.





This post contains affiliate links which means I'll earn a commission, if you purchase through them, at no extra cost to you.




Herbatint Permanent Hair Color Gel


I am sensitive to chemicals and smells.  This haircolor doesn't seem to bother me in those ways, and I love the color I get with it. I used to be able to buy it at a store nearby, but they don't carry it there anymore. 








Aurora Professional Grade Shredder


We had been making do with a less powerful shredder, but we decided it was time to make life a little more convenient and go with a better one.  So much easier!







Washi Tape Set of 10 Rolls


I love washi tape for journals, and I also used one of the green ones in this set to label my brush marker drawers. The colors are soft and pretty.







Knaid Vintage Washi Tape Set


What can I say, I love washi tape!







HP Premium 32 Paper


I use this paper for practicing my brush lettering. It doesn't seem to fray my brush pens. I also love how vivid the colors show up when I print with it, and I appreciate the heavy weight and smooth finish.








FreshWave Odor Elimator Spray


Because I'm so sensitive to odors and chemicals, I don't tend to use many fragrance sprays to cover odors in my house.  This one, though, seems very natural, and it seems to eliminate the odors, rather than mask them. I love this stuff and keep one in each bathroom. 







Clear Lipstick Holder


I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup.  For everyday errands, I do draw on some eyebrows (where did they go?!), and I rarely skip something on my lips (even under a mask.) This little lipstick holder makes me feel very organized, and I don't have to hunt in a makeup bag for a lipstick.



Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker


Now that I have one, I can't imagine that I waited this long to get one. So convenient and fun. I researched quite a bit before I bought this one, and I love it. 






Cafe Flow Stainless Steel Reusable Coffee Pod


While I do use disposble pods with my Keurig, I also love this reusable one.  I can use my regular ground coffee in it. 






 What are some of your recent Amazon purchases?



Linking to:


Happy Now at Jenerally Informed

Lou Lou Girls

Tuesdays with a Twist at Stone Cottage Adventures

Claires's World

Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims

The Hearth and Soul at April J. Harris

Thursday Favorite Things

Share Your Style at French Ethereal

Blogger's Pit Stop

Funtastic Friday at Building Our Hive

BFF Open House at The Answer is Chocolate

Dare to Share at Pam's Party and Practical Tips

Happiness is Homemade at Decor, Craft, Design

Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy

Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging

Raising Funds for Good Causes

 





If we could all do our bit to help different causes, the world would certainly be a better place, wouldn’t it? However, it's not that simple. We don’t all have endless pits of money that we can put toward charitable contributions. In fact, after the past 12 months, a lot of us don’t even have enough money to put toward our own savings.

However, this doesn't  mean that you cannot help a cause that you're passionate about. There are a number of different ways that you can raise money for good causes. Plus, it's important to remember that it is not all about money when it comes to helping charities. There are other ways that you can go about it as well. So, let’s take a look.

3 Simple Ways to Make Tofu Taste Amazing

 


Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels




Tofu is known all over the world as a common meat substitute. It offers a lovely savory treat. The only problem is, it can be a bit hit and miss. When you go out and eat tofu at a restaurant, it tends to taste delicious. But, when you make it at home...things aren't so great. It puts a lot of people off, which is a shame as tofu can be used in so many dishes to great effect.


Well, no longer will you have to worry about your tofu tasting horrible and rubbery! Today, you'll see three very simple tips to help tofu taste amazing whenever you cook it.

Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) #492

Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party. Share your creativity, or just sit back and take in all of the great inspiration from some amazing bloggers. 

This week at the blog, I shared a post about The Basics of Lawn and Garden Care for Beginners.  There were some very good tips in the article, but my own lawn could look a bit better. There are more weeds than I'd like. We're very careful about avoiding chemicals on our grass, as our Sunny dog is small and very low to the ground. Plus she licks her paws a lot.  So we're not quite sure what do do about the weeds. Some products are labeled "natural," but we're not sure what that means.

Our next-door neighbors, on the other hand, have the most lovely, lush green grass. Their back yard leads down to this rustic, fun fire pit area near the woods, complete with tree stump seats. It's kind of magical down there to me. Like a nostalgic campsite.



What are some of your best tips for keeping your lawn weed-free naturally?


Here are my features from last week's party:


All of my features will be pinned to my Thursday Favorite Things Pinterest board.  Each of the hostesses chooses her own features, so be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs too.


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