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An Under-Floor Heater Can Give You Warm Floors In The Winter

Emery

Being the youngest brother, my first assignment every morning in the winter was to light all the gas fired radiators in our home. That meant cold rooms, cold floors and cold hands as I hopped about trying to get it over with so I could get to the kitchen stove and light the stove top burners for some warmth. It was not fun and I would have rejoiced if there had been an alternative, any alternative. Now there are several options, but one of them has several advantages. This option is electrical under-floor heating.

A quick comparison of electrical under-floor heating with other common systems is well worth the time and effort.

The widespread use of forced air heating has many people believing that this method is the best choice for heating a home or business space. However, other options are available and one of the very best is underfloor heating powered by electricity. These underfloor systems have enough variety to fit almost any space and can be used in existing homes as well as new homes.

There are older homes which still have a radiator system and they are prime targets for the under-floor heating advance. Think how much better it would be to stop waiting for the radiators to heat the air and just step our of bed onto a warm and toasty floor with the air already warmed!

Heating the air in a home can be a continuous process, depending on how much or how little insulation there is in the building. Under floor heating doesn’t require as much steady heating because it replaces one of the cold, often uninsulated spot, the floor.

The room does require good ventilation to make the atmosphere nice otherwise there is going to be a suffocating feeling and insulation does play a major role in it. It is not something like heating oil services in New Jersey but only a significant quantity that is needed at home.

An under-floor installation is usually a series of mats which have copper wires placed in the mat. These mats can be shaped to fit almost any room and will assure there few, if any, cold spots. In fact, the mats are easy enough to install that do-it-your-self people have put them down on their own. Using insulation boards in conjunction with the mats provides a stable and low energy cost warming setup.

Some significant advantages come with an electrical under-floor heating system. For example, the system is invisible meaning that no special decorations are necessary to “hide” anything.

One of the most important good aspects of under-floor heating is a savings of 10% to 15% in electrical costs.

Dust and other undesirable particles are not scattered about the rooms as in forced air heating. A steady warm flow of air rises uniformly across the heated area keeping “breezy” areas from being created.

And electrical under-floor heating is fast. The warmth of a room increases more rapidly than with other systems. Moreover, the room temperature tends to be more stable since all areas are heated at the same time.

If you are renovating, or building anew, the investigation of electrical under-floor heating along with insulated boards is a wise thing to include in your plans. It saves money, stops dirt transfer by forced air, is quick to provide warmth, fits almost any room and does not require special decorations or have a need for vents. A worthy and warm system.

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5 Best Impact Drivers To Check Out This Year

Emery

Impact drivers are a nifty tool when you need to drive in long and large screws into tough wooden surfaces. From building decks to fixing tile backing board, impact drivers are great for a lot of woodworking activities. Are you on the hunt of a credible impact driver? Now, the current market is flooded with a wealth of impact drivers but then not all would be equally fantastic for you. Buying an impact driver is a considerable investment and you have to be extremely careful while choosing the tool. However, the good part is, the post below shares a brief on some of the best impact drivers you will find in the market today.

Milwaukee M12

You have a solid 12V driver here which can work with all kinds of screws and even 3/8” x 3” lag bolts. Thanks to its compact design, this makes an ideal tool when you need to work in constricted places. It comes with brushless motor and in-built LED light that helps you when you have to work in dark. Users are fond of its convenient speed-mode selector that enables you to choose from 3 modes. The M12 is widely used by contractors and can sustain daily use. The tool comes with 5-year limited warranty on driver as well as 2 years of free service for battery.

Black+Decker 20V

If you need a powerful driver on budget, swear by Black+Decker. This powerful 20V tool can be used for almost all kinds of screws ranging from deck screws, cabinet screws to 4.5” lag bolts. However, this is not the tool for professional use. If you need an economical and standard impact driver for your occasional handyman jobs, this would be a great option for you. Black+Decker impact driver comes with 2 years of limited warranty.

DeWalt 20V

The advanced DeWalt certainly bags a good place in the list of top 10 best impact drivers you will find today. Equipped with 20V power, 1,825”-lbs torque as well as huge 4.0 Ah (2) batteries, this one is one of the best professional-quality impact drivers. The driver offers you to choose from 3 power settings and its easy mechanical switch makes the whole process a breeze. DeWalt 20V comes with a reliable one-handed chuck while its 3 LED lights assure a properly illuminated working space for more efficient operation. If you are on budget, you can also buy the model with 2.0 batteries. The driver carries 3 years of limited warranty, 1 year of free service as well as 3 years of free service for the battery.

Bosch 12V

Are you looking for a credible impact driver for delicate woodworking jobs? Well, in that case, you can count on Bosch 12V driver eyes closed. It comes with low-speed torque which makes it a perfect for delicate projects. But then, while tested the Bosch  tool produced great results on larger and larger screws too such as 3/8” lag bolts. However, yes, the driver is slightly slower I operation compared to other high end models but then it can do your job pretty well. In fact, as per Bosch claims, this 12V model is capable of doing around 85% driving jobs in professional sites. So, even if you don’t want it as your main driver, you can have it as your backup driving tool in your workshop. It comes with 1 year limited warranty.

Ridgid 18V

This StealthForce 18V Pulse Driver stands out with its oil-pulse technology which lessens metal-on-metal contact. It consequently makes the driver way quieter  compared to conventional  counterparts. Besides, its sustained pulses make fastening quicker and that too with fewer RPMs and less torque. There is a simple easy 3-position mechanical switch which allows convenient switching in between speed settings. Mention must be made of 3 vibrant LEDs as well which do a lot to keep your working area i8lluminated for safe and easy operation. Ridgid 18V carries the very feel and heft of a good contractor-standard tool  and can drive large fasteners sans slowing down. It can also work with little self-tapping screws. It comes with Lifetime Service warranty.

So, you have quite a versatile list here. Choose a one according to your budget and project requirements.

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Where to Find the Best Gardens in the Shreveport Area

Emery

When you plan a trip to Shreveport, most likely you are coming for one of two things. Well, maybe both (who knows) and we are talking about the casinos and crawfish. However, there is more here then you may expect.

There is our new convention center and Bossier City Boardwalk. We have more then just all of the nightlife excitement and good Cajun food. How about a peaceful stroll around Shreveport’s American Rose Center or a nice trot through a 585 acre park?

To celebrate America’s national flower, Shreveport, Louisiana brings us one of the most beautiful display of roses in the nation. There are several annual events, especially around Easter. April 1 is when the garden opens for the spring. To celebrate Christmas and the beautiful display of lights, the American Rose Garden opens on November 27.

Throughout the year, there are many things that the garden celebrates. April 4-5, is the Easter egg hunt and festivities. There is a Mother’s Day banquet in May. Then a Father’s Day banquet in June, as well. In the fall, there is a Harvest Moon stroll. Of course the garden stays open to celebrate Christmas with a beautiful display of lights. You can smell apple cider in the air as well as funnel cakes.

It’s an enjoyable place for the entire family. To become a member, you get many benefits. Memberships range from $49 to $140. Not to mention, you are also supporting the park, as well. For details about the garden, please visit the site by clicking on the link in the resource box.

The Barnwell Memorial Garden and Art Center is another great place to learn about more then flowers.There is a conservatory where you will learn about many exotic plants. There is a patio, as well as a gallery where you can host an event, like a reunion or wedding. The fountains and view of the river are absolutely beautiful.

Only flowers and plants? Actually no! There is more here then that. How about a breath taking art gallery that is full of great works by many well known artists. There are also classes and workshops for many forms of arts. There is an Iris Annual Convention that is coming up April 25 and is free for everyone. That sounds like a nice and peaceful outing for the family. If this place sounds interesting to you, check them out at the link in the resource box.

Another wonderful place to take the family while in the Shreveport area, is the C. Bickham Dickson park. This huge park is about 585 acres with a beautiful 200 area lake. The family can enjoy a day of fishing or horseback riding. There is also a playground as well as a hay rides. This sounds like a lot of family fun. At the largest park in Shreveport, you may want to sit and admire the scenery while enjoying a nice picnic.

You will also find that the park is home to the Red River Education and Research department. There is always some sort of research going on there. For instance, currently they are researching the water quality. For full details on the park, you may visit the link to the right, in the resource box.

Becoming a member helps the organizations in keeping the gardens nice and goes for research and education of flowers, plants, art and the ecosystem. Not to mention, they are a place where you can take the family for not only fun and excitement, but education as well.

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Vintage Game Board Tray Project

Emery

This is a fun craft project that you can use to add to the vintage décor in your home. It is perfect for hosting a poker night or even a little friendly game of rummy. Use the game board tray to carry cocktails on and you will really set a fun and festive game night mood. This entire vintage game board tray craft project should cost you less than $25. You can probably make the entire project in one day. Just a lot some time for the paint to dry.

To Make a Vintage Game board Tray Craft Project You Will Need:

Sheet of Plywood (Cut To You Game’s Size and Shape)
Acrylic Paint
Primer
Paint Brushes
Painters Tape
2 Drawer Pulls
Screws
Screw Driver
Sand Paper
Wood Stain
Rubber picture stoppers
Black Paint pen or White Paint pen

To start you have to decide what kind of vintage game board you want to copy. Chinese checker, backgammon, checkers, Candy Land, Monopoly, or what ever you want it fine. I made mine to look like a Chinese checkerboard.

Cut your tray to size. You can have the home improvement store make the cuts for you of you do not own a saw.

Sand the rough edges of the game board tray. Then apply a coat of primer.

Once the coat of primer has dried you can paint your game onto the board. I recommend stepping back and looking at your vintage game and seeing what is the main color of your inspiration game board. Paint your entire wooden tray that color. Once this paint has dried you can start drawing off other shapes or taping them off.

Games like backgammon and monopoly work great because they have so many straight lines.

Once the initial colors have been applied and are dry use a black or white paint pen to outline and add words and other details.

To age your vintage game board lightly rubs it with a fine grit sand paper. Use wood gel stain to rub into the board and make it darken and appear older.

Allow all paint to dry and then paint and entire clear coat of polyurethane on your game aboard. This will protect it form condensation and other water.

You can also use a tinted wood was to get the same effect as the stain, but do not paint the vintage game board tray with polyurethane. It will not stick to the wax.

Now, apply the handles. I like the measure out where the holes need to be, put a small dot with a pencil and then predrilled the hole with the drill. This will keep you board for splitting when you put the screws into it.

You can find great vintage looking cabinet hardware at almost any home improvement store. Pottery Barn, restoration hardware, Target, and even Wal-Mart all have great old looking hardware. You could also use stainless steel pulls for a modern and clean touch to you old game board tray craft project.

Finally, apply some rubber picture frame stoppers to the bottom of your game board. Put one in each corner. These usually are self-adhesive, so they just stick right onto the bottom of the game board tray.

If you want to add a little more protection to the game board you could have a piece of plexi glass cut to the same size as your tray. Drill holes where the handle goes. Lay the plexi glass on your tray then apply the handles a normal.

You can make this craft project out of a real vintage game board if you what to. Just add the plexi glass to protect the surface and screw on some handles.

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Things to Keep Away from the Bathtub when Young Kids Bathe

Emery

I don’t think anything of it when the kids want to take a bath, I usually just show them the hot and cold faucets in the tub and let them know where the soap, shampoo and conditioner is and lay out a few fresh towels and let them splash around in the tub with reckless abandon. However, the younger kids have taught me a thing or two about what to put out of reach when you’ve got kids in the tub, and what to put out for them instead. 

Unless you want a 6 year old shaving their legs with your razor, it’s best to put that sucker away when they’re bathing. Also, remove the bar of soap so they don’t slip on it or pop it out of their fingers so it lands in the toilet. Instead, supply an anti-bacterial pumping hand soap for them to bathe with to avoid bathroom mishaps.

Take away the nice shampoo and conditioner YOU use, unless you don’t mind your expensive products being poured all over in the water so the kids can have a bubble fest after they get bored washing their hair. Supply a cheaper product (like VO5) or a kid’s shampoo and conditioner that you don’t mind them dumping out all over so you don’t have to replace your $40 bottle of shampoo after a half hour adventure in the tubby.

Supply water bath toys so the kids can have fun in the tub. I have little rubber ducks that the kids can play with, and grape bubble bath that keeps them from whining in the tub. I also take out my body wash, nice wash cloths (I replace them with older wash cloths) and put away my blow dryer and straightener so the kiddies don’t get any ideas about trying to blow dry their own hair when they finally do pop out of the tub. It also keeps them from getting water all over my plug in accessories.

Hide the body lotion. Trust me. It WILL end up everywhere. Keep hair gels, hair sprays, and perfumes out of sight as well, and for that matter, any feminine hygiene products unless you don’t mind seeing your tampons ballooned out in the sink like big white fish.

Check on the kids often to make sure they’re not up to mischief. If you hear thumping around in there you better check it out. I caught the 6 year old bathing the cat in the water once, towels scattered all over the place to dry the sprawling, freaking out cat with. There was a towel in the toilet as well that got dropped in there when she was reaching the towel rack and dumped all the towels over.

Basically, my new rule of thumb in the bathroom is to clear it out just like I do when I bathe my dog. Anything I don’t want drenched, knocked over, dumped out, or ruined I put away before the kids hit the tub. The essentials I provide for them now (after trial and error) is a single towel, a cup for rinsing and playing, bath toys, a pump soap, a bottle of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, and an old wash cloth. I clear the counter space of anything that will draw interest and knock on the door every 5 minutes to check up on the adventurous bather. Putting up the toilet paper is a great idea as well if you don’t want a new sopping roll hanging off the holder. The less you have out on display in the bathroom when you have younguns bathing in there, the better off everyone will be.

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The Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver – Review

Emery

Have you been thinking about what to get your father, husband, or even brother for their birthday and have been pondering the thought of maybe getting one of those new Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shavers? If you have you might want to read this review to help make your decision on whether or not to buy the Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver.

The Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver comes with a safe three stage cutting system with one fixed head to help you get a close comfortable shave while shaving either with water or without. It also has a pop up trimmer for trimming or shaving your mustache, goatee, beard, or side burns. The Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver also comes with a rechargeable battery, a recharge electrical cord that plugs into an electrical outlet so you can recharge your electrical shaver, and a small black carrying case just incase you travel and need something to place your electrical shaver in.

Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver also allow you to shave dry or with shaving cream and water, but the choice is fully yours. However the males in my family still use shaving cream and water while shaving so they get that soft scruff free skin and they usually stick use their aftershave so their face wont feel dry and itchy. I guess when you shave dry it cause your face to be itchy and sometimes even peel after, so I would recommend to any of you who buy the Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver to use the shaver with a good brand name of shaving cream and some nice warm water.

The Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver is apparently easy to use with its on and off buttons that go up and down, and it becomes cordless when you don’t feel like having the cord attached when you shave. The battery in the electrical wet and dry shaver usually last around a half and hour and can be recharged in five minutes if you need to use it right away and the battery dies on you while shaving. However before the shaver dies it usually will alert you buy making a beeping noise and flashing a little red light that is built into it.

You can purchase the Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver at Wal-Mart, Target, Wal-Greens, Rite Aid, Best Buys, and Sears. The Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver usually cost in between thirty to seventy dollars depending on where you buy and what sales are going on in the store you purchase the shaver at. However you can find the Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver at a discounted price online at Amazon.com and the Ebay Store. However you may need the model number to get the exact electric wet and dry shaver that I am telling you about when you go and purchase it online or at a store and the model number is 4775.

I hope after you have just read the review on the Braun SmartControl3 Wet and Dry Shaver you have a better idea on how it works and whether or not to buy it for your loved one or not. I know when I bought it for my loved one they simply loved it. If you would like to read more about the Braun Smart Control Wet and Dry Shaver all you have to do is go to one of the links I have attached to my review and it will provide you will some more extra helpful information on this product.

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Tech Review: Eureka Optima Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Emery

Vacuum cleaners have been around for a long time. Eureka has been one of the most popular brands almost since day one. The new Eureka Optima has all the quality and convenience of all the other Eureka uprights with a few extra advantages. It is smaller than most other uprights, but just as powerful. It is light weight and easy to maneuver. The round handle seems a little strange at first, but it’s easy to get used to.

The Eureka Optima doesn’t use bags. Have you ever been unable to vacuum because you were out of bags and the stores were closed? It can’t happen with the Eureka Optima. The wind tunnel pulls all the dirt, dust and particles into a clear plastic container that is easy to empty. The added advantage of having a receptacle instead of a bag is that if something gets sucked up that shouldn’t have been, jewelry or small change, for example, it is much easier to locate and retrieve that fighting your way through a dust cloud as you pour the paper vacuum bag out.

This fine little appliance also has a hose for all those places the rest of the upright won’t go. Convenience and power are the best reasons to buy a Eureka Optima. However there are other reasons as well. For example, it comes in a box for easier transport when you purchase it. It is simple to assemble. You can’t beat the price. The Eureka Optima sells at Wal Mart for under fifty dollars! Imagine, a vacuum with so many advantages at such a low price!

The Eureka Optima vacuum comes with a fourteen page instruction booklet, printed in both English and Spanish. Simple directions for assembly and instructions for maintenance are combined with warnings of how to use the Eureka Optima safely. For example, the booklet says not to vacuum up and flammable materials, use caution when vacuuming stairs, and check the cord every time you use it to be sure it isn’t damaged. There is also a section in the booklet about troubleshooting your Eureka Optima vacuum. It explains how to reset the brush roll, how to remove clogs, and how to clean the filter.

As with most appliances, the Eureka Optima comes with a limited warranty. Any damage that is caused by damaged or defective parts at the time of purchase is covered. If damage is caused in the normal use of the machine, however, Eureka cannot be held accountable. So, try to be as careful as possible and pay attention to maintenance.

I bought a Eureka Optima for my wife for Christmas this year. She used it to clean up after we took down the Christmas tree and was delighted with how quickly the job was done. The hose did a great job on the window sills and inside the couch and chairs as well. It gets into places the dust collects and cleans it right up. Our daughter has a Eureka Optima, too, and bigger messes to tackle. She has a dog, two cats, and two children that leave messes everywhere (not to mention hair by the truck load!) Her Eureka Optima needs the filter cleaned a little more often than ours will, but she uses hers every day and has never had a problem with it.

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She Couldn’t Shake the Previous Nights Dream

Emery

She still couldn’t shake the previous nights dream. With everything going on in her life, the one negative was the miserable condo association and the horrible condition of her condo. Both her lakeside decks had been torn up for over 18 months due to rotten beams and joist. Prior to that, the entry deck had been torn up for 18 months as a result of a rotten beam. The only reason it finally got fixed is that she had advanced the Board of the Condo Association over $5000 to fix it. The county Assessor had reduced the evaluation of her condo by $200,000 over the past 3 years due to deferred maintenance on the exterior.

She was beginning to think the problem was hers. A sense of insecurity fell over her and try as she might, she was losing her own spirituality. There was a feeling of doom every time she came home. What would the next miserable email, phone call or letter bring? Maybe she should move to another location but where? She loved the view of the lake and the trees and the wonderful friends she had made.  

Then, she decided to go into town for a party with an organization she belonged to. When she arrived, there was an instant feeling of belonging, being appreciated. She was warmly greeted with lots of hugs and smiles. She felt better. The evening was full of fun and by the time she arrived home, she was thinking she was just fine. The problems were not about her but about a bunch of middle management men who never received the authority they thought they deserved in business. Condo Boards are magnets for power hungry, overblown egos. A successful, attractive woman owning the largest condo was a threat to their egos.

Checking her email there were greetings from around the world. People she had met through her travels. People she really enjoyed and respected. Being with them gave her a sense of accomplishment. They respected her. There were messages about recent events she had attended with international dignitaries and government officials.

Getting ready for bed she was reminded the wall of her bedroom, her sanctuary, and inner sanctum was all that divided her from the Board member responsible for all the problems with her condo. She shivered and said a little prayer asking for right and equitable solutions to the problems with her condo association.

The summer night was cool and a soft breeze came through the open door. As she drifted off there was the soft hum of a boat somewhere on the lake.

Around 3AM she was awakened by the nightly ringing of the door bell. Was it real or was it a dream? She didn’t know, but she was startled. She had been dreaming of being with friends. In her dream she was riding on the lake road with friends and as they passed her condo project, one of her friends pointed out the condos were shabby, the grounds were overgrown, there were foreclosure signs at the entry and three or four For Sale signs. Another friend said, “I’m so glad you got out of there. What a terrible mess that place is and it just gets worse and worse. What an eye sore on this beautiful lake.” Then, the ringing of the door bell.

She heated some water for tea then turned on the computer. She found the local MLS listings and made notes on the 5 or 6 properties in the immediate area within her budget. By 6AM she was showered and headed out the door with her list of properties. By 9AM she was back at the computer making appointments to see two of the properties.

The image of her condo project in her dream would not go away. It was an omen. A message. A sign to get out. The voice inside repeated, ‘Take your lumps and get out now.’

By noon she was in the house she knew would be hers. It needed work but it felt secure. The back deck actually had an ancient cedar tree growing through the floor giving the feeling of a tree house. There was a year-round stream flowing at the edge of the property. Sitting quietly, she heard the soothing concert from the bubbling stream and the birds in the forest. She felt a sense of peace and serenity in this place. It was a 40 year old, well built vacation home with a sturdy concrete foundation. It was priced right and with a little juggling it would be the perfect winter project and come next summer, it would be HOME!

God is listening. God does answer prayer. God speaks to us in a variety of ways. We just have to ask, listen and take responsibility.

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Review: Dyson DC17 Absolute Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Emery

We have a large family – two parents, one child, 3 god-children who visit all the time, four cats, two dogs and a frog. My daughter has asthma and while the frog presents no problem the four indoor cats do. I did a lot of research for an upright vacuum cleaner that would be able to keep the cat hair out of the house as well as dust and dirt. I shopped and tried out different brands but the best that I found was the Dyson DC17 Absolute Animal Upright. It is certified asthma and allergy friendly according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The system has a sealed design so that it picks up the dirt but only expels clean air back into the house. The bagless system with HEPA filtration and Dyson’s Root Cyclone technology made this a must for our house.

I was amazed at how clean my house looked after I used this vacuum. I had thought that my old vacuum was doing a good job but once I used the Dyson DC17 I saw the difference this machine can make. The Dyson DC17 captures 99% of dust particles as small as .3 microns and with the Level 3 Root Cyclone™ technology the system has continuous strong suction power. There is an extra motor in the power head to get the deepest dirt from carpets and furniture. The Quick-draw Telescope Reach™ wand allows you to have 16 feet of extended reach and is easy as pressing a button (it extends just by pressing the button and I love this feature). I use this wand to clean the tops of my curtains, the corners of my ceilings and any hard to reach area. Emptying the dirt is very easy and sanitary with the Clear Bin™ canister. A simple push-button trigger allows for quick, hygienic emptying so that you never come in contact with the dirt.

My system cost $550 but I have found this model now online for as low as $375 so it pays to do a little browsing online before purchasing. My Dyson came equipped with the 12-amp motor, a lifetime HEPA filter, has a 35-foot cord length, a 51-foot maximum reach, has auto carpet height adjustment, a mini turbine head, a low reach floor tool, the carpet care kit and crevice tool as well as the dusting nozzle amp; upholstery tool. All of this and a manufacturer’s 5-year limited warranty made my purchase very satisfying.

I have not had any trouble with my machine. I did find it a little difficult in the beginning because it was bigger than my other vacuum but after about a week I was running this machine all over my house and cleaning places that had not seen a vacuum in ages. I highly recommend this machine not only to homes that have pets but to anyone who appreciates a clean home and loves convenience.

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Review – Hawthorn Suites at the Victorian Resort in Galveston, TX

Emery

The Hawthorn Suites is located at the Victorian Condo Resort on Seawall Blvd in Galveston, TX. My husband and I wanted a quick weekend getaway at the beach. But, with 2 small children our hotel choices were limited. We needed something with at least one separate bedroom, a kitchen, and a dining room table and all on the seawall. After 2 days of searching every single hotel on Seawall Blvd, I found the Hawthorne Suites. It seemed to have everything we needed and had tons more to offer as well.

The Hawthorn Suites is easy to find off of Seawall BLVD and 61st Street next to the Super Wal-mart. Upon entering the circle drive toward the entrance, the hotel appears to be reminisce of the east coast cap cod style homes and hotels from the 1900’s. At first glance I was extremely impressed and thrilled at the location and the exterior of the hotel. The lobby was not up to date and was small and reminded me of an old motel lobby area. The front desk employees were extremely nice and helpful. Very pleasant to talk to and helped with any questions. The hotel had been overbooked and sold out for the weekend. We were greatly surprised that they so graciously upgraded our room from a one bedroom to a two bedroom at no additional charge.

The room was pleasantly surprising. After seeing the lobby I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was a small foyer that lead to a very large kitchen and huge living/dining area. The kitchen was well equipped with a small refrigerator, stove top, sink, and dishwasher. There was also tons of cabinets stocked with cups, plates, dishes, and silverware along with plenty of counter space. Coffee maker with coffee and cleaning supplies also came in the kitchen. There was a large sleeper sofa, side chair, coffee table and armoire with a large TV that completed the living room area and a nice size kitchen table and 4 chairs set in the corner made a great place to eat breakfast. The balcony door was right off the living room and had a great view of the gulf. The oversized balcony had a small table and two chairs to enjoy the gulf breezes.

The two bedrooms in our condo were very spacious. There was actually a 3rd kids room off the front foyer. It was small but had bunkbeds and a small dresser. There would be perfect for kids. Since we were traveling with 2 small kids, the room was perfect size to house one of the 2 portable cribs. Plus, it gave our youngest son privacy during naps and bedtime. The secondary bedroom had a queen size bed, flat screen TV, dresser, ceiling fan and a view of the family pool. The master bedroom had a queen size bed as well and a flat screen TV. Huge dresser, large closet, and bay windows that overlooked the gulf of Mexico completed the room. Each bedroom had its own bathroom with an extra door from the 2nd bathroom to the living room.

The room supplied all the same amenities you would find in another hotel room such as tolietries and essentials. Towels, pillows, and extra blankets. The hotel also featured 2 huge swimming pools. A family pool complete with zero depth entry features a water drop mushroom, a floating alligator, water cannon bubbling jets to tickle your toes and an adult pool with a rock waterfall and surrounded by trees. The hotel also has 2 hot tubs, 2 picnic areas, and a fish cleaning station, tennis courts and a fitness center. The Hawthorn has cruise parking, a full hot breakfast buffet complete with waffles, eggs, sausage and more.

The Hawthorn Suites is just steps away from the sandy beach and warm gulf waters. Many restaurants and stores surround the hotel. It is in a great location. This hotel was perfect for our family. Each of our 2 boys had their own room and we had our privacy as well. Our night didn’t have to end at 8pm when it was lights out for the kids. We both agreed that when we return to Galveston, this was our hotel of choice. Perfect in every way. I could not say enough nice things about this hotel. Now, the hotel was undergoing some major renovation and restoration at the time of our stay. Even with this going on, we never encountered any problems with our room, the service, the food, or anything. The best part about the trip was sitting on our private balcony that overlooked the gulf after the boys were sleeping and enjoying the quiet and listening to the ocean waves. We had an awesome time.

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