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Makeover Your Life

Is your life feeling a bit blah? It's time to make a change. You can makeover your existence. Renovate your home, plant a garden, buy a new wardrobe, start an online yoga class – these are all things you can do to shake things up. By evaluating your life, you'll be able to figure out exactly what you don't like and which areas you'd like to overhaul.

Give your home a reboot. Do your walls need a fresh coat of paint? Many major paint brands, such as Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and Valspar, offer websites where you can use photos of your space to virtually apply color to your walls. That gives you the chance to see how a paint shade will look before you even go to the hardware store. www.sherwin-williams.com,www.behr.com,www.valspar.com

Once the paint is dry, you need to decorate your walls. Find pieces that reflect your personality. At Densenio and Society6, you can find thousands of pieces of artwork that match your taste and budget. Frame the pieces affordably with sites like Framebridge or Etsy. And if you are looking for the ultimate art experience, check out Depict Frame. It offers museum-quality artwork with access to thousands of famous pieces.www.desenio.com,www.society6.com,www.framebridge.com,www.etsy.com

When it's time to retire your couch or dining table, you can use augmented reality to get a replacement. There are several apps, such as Wayfair and Houzz that can show you how your new furniture will look in your existing room. With a few taps, you can check out if the color or design works with what you have. www.wayfair.com,www.houzz.com

Nothing can brighten a space quite like plants. They maintain air quality and add an organic element. Consider starting with an indoor herb garden. Just a pot or two in your kitchen is perfect.

Aldik Home is the ultimate store for home décor, with accents such as high quality silk flowers, artificial trees, wreaths, ribbons, lights and more. “People are amazed when they walk in the store. They've never seen anything like us, and they can't believe it.” says owner Larry Gold. Aldik Home is set apart because of it's ultimate quality. Step in and create the accent of your dreams. When you decorate with floral arrangements made of silk, such as an orchid, you get the beauty at a fraction of the cost of a growing plant. Aldik Home is located at 7651 Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys. Call them at (818) 988-5970 or log onto www.aldikhome.com

Cleaning out your bathroom is one of the simplest mini-makeovers. Makeup has expiration dates, especially mascara and lip gloss, which can grow bacteria. If you've had a product with an applicator for longer than three months, get rid of it.

It's time to renovate your attitude toward exercise. In fact, don't even call it working out. Think of it as a gift you can give to yourself. Check out an online class at that yoga or Pilates studio you've been itching to try. Even better? Gain the incredible mood-boosting benefits of exercising outdoors. Take a run or walk, go for a hike, take a bike ride, or even play a game of tennis.

Overhauling your clothing on a regular basis can make you feel better and make room for new stylish purchases. So tackle your overflowing closet and throw the old stuff into a garbage bag for Goodwill. If you don't feel pretty in it, get rid of it!

When you are updating your look, there are five styles that your wardrobe falls into. These are classic, chic, whimsical, bohemian, and avant-garde. Determine which style you belong to and which you want to follow. For example, women with a classic style prefer neutral colors like black, earth, and gray, while an avant-garde person goes for the unique and adventurous.

Practical storage solutions are also important. Sometimes, you may gather all sorts of items – from shoeboxes to appliances, most of which you do not even use. So re-organize your storage space and look for space-effective ways to store your belongings. Storage space under the bed can be used in countless different ways: shoes, luggage, and other stuff that you only use sporadically. Shoe pegs will change the way you store your footwear – and will certainly help you save time on cleaning your floor from your muddy shoes.

Having a new hobby is the perfect way to nourish your brain. So learn a new language, start journaling – it's excellent to increase your self-awareness, and get to know yourself better, or try painting – anything you can look forward to doing on your off-hours. Other creative endeavors include writing, watching educational YouTube videos, or just making music playlists to fill your time.

Reading is another great pastime. Go to BookBub or the Goodreads app and browse book categories to find which titles draw your attention. It's a wonderful way to pass the time. Then make a list of at least five books you'd like to read this year. You are trying to improve yourself, so you'll probably want to pick up self-help or educational books. www.bookbub.com,www.goodreads.com

Clutter is a huge source of stress, and your home should be your happy place. So get rid of your trash. Tons of filed papers just accumulate dust! So toss out the stuff that's been stuck in your house, such as piled-up junk, unread catalogs, outdated magazines, old bills and ATM receipts, and old paycheck stubs.

Do you like to fall asleep to the sound of rain? Many people do, as it is proven to help you relax. So it only makes sense that you would bring these sounds into your garden. A great way to do this is by installing garden fountains. Finding one that works with your space – with factors like size, style, and cost. If you want it to be the focal point of your garden, choose a large, three-tiered option. However, if it is simply to add ambiance and be heard, then choose something smaller and more low-key.

Once you have selected your fountain and chose where you want to put it, it needs to look like it belongs. So add flowers to create and enhance vibrant colors. Greenery can also increase the natural look. Also consider planting vegetables or fruits at the base of the fountain, such as squash, strawberries, blueberries, greens pumpkins, and broccoli.

You can enjoy your fountain even more by adding seating. With a few benches, you can relax in the space outside. Or for an even more chill benefit, consider a hammock.

As well, with specially designed fountain lighting, you can appreciate this backyard staple at any time. Choose white lights, single-colored lighting, or multi-colored lighting, and be sure to consider the fountain's color and the accents nearby. Once you have picked a color, decide on the power source. The most popular options include solar-powered lights, battery operated lights, and wired lights.

Give your backyard a facelift this year. You can install a built-in hot tub located right on your deck or stonework. And tying your spa into what you already have is as simple as building around it.

As well, a covered pergola is both a practical and decorative way to shield your outdoor living area, making it easier to stay outside, no matter the weather.

You can also have an amazing outdoor kitchen. A stone or wood grilling station is a wonderful choice and can be as large or small as you want. If you have a barbecue, you can build a bar next to it, which can double as a prep and eating space with the addition of some stools.

Making over your ride is a fun, leisurely process, especially when it's a classic car. You can cut down on the work and money you need by buying a vehicle that's partially restored, or a project someone hasn't had the time to finish. However, it will cost more for this. Or you can choose a project that will need a lot of work but which won't cost you much initially. Learn by talking to other classic car enthusiasts, look at magazines, and check online ads.

You'll need a number of replacement parts. Contact salvage centers in your area to find out what parts are available. Also, check online to see if anyone is parting out a similar vehicle through online car collector groups.

Restore a classic car by doing the work yourself. That means you need a place to do the work, such as a garage, where the vehicle is shielded from the weather. You also need a full range of auto tools, the owner's manual, and plenty of experience. Talk to friends or other enthusiasts who have restoration experience and might be willing to help or teach you.

A lot of us are cooking and baking at home more than ever. Revamping your baking can be enjoyable.

Bakers are getting creative. You may want a slice of cake to satisfy your sweet tooth? Depression cake is trendy because it uses pantry staples like vinegar and cooking oil and no butter, milk, or eggs. Rice pudding is another long-time favorite comfort food recipe. It can be made in a slow cooker and features warm cinnamon, butter, and dried fruit. Or use red rice and almond milk as substitutes. Buttermilk is another fashionable staple. Whipping up classic buttermilk pancakes or a delightful coffee cake is a great way to start the morning. Buttermilk sage rolls or cornbread are perfect to go alongside dinner. And you can finish off your meal with fudgy buttermilk brownies.

In a work slump? In other words, is the job you have the job you like doing? That is the most important aspect of any career. You have to at least like it, if not love it. If you don't, then move into something more in line with your personality and ethics. When exploring career options, online courses are the perfect solution. They're usually self-paced, which means you can learn whenever you prefer. You can watch them from your home, and the best thing is there are courses out there for any topic under the sun.

Remember, it's only you who can make a difference in your life. Create a positive change!


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