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If you are looking for the right Colorado home inspector for your home, then you will want to reach out to the right one that can meet all of your inspection needs. There are many qualities to seek out in the right Colorado home inspector for your home. In fact, you can find home inspectors that can perform a variety of inspection services for your home, whether you are looking at purchasing a new home or are thinking of putting your home on the market. Colorado home inspectors

There are many great reasons to have your home inspected. For example, you can find any problems with the home that need to be addressed immediately, such as mold or radon issues. These are problems that can be solved but if you wait too long, then they can cause a lot of damage to your home or impact the sale of your home. If you are looking to purchase a new home, then you will want to be sure to find the right services to ensure that you are purchasing a house that is free of any health hazards!

When it comes to choosing the right Colorado home inspector, then you will want to choose one that can offer you many services at the same time. Listed here are several of the many services that you can find with the right home inspector:

  1. Radon inspection. If you are looking to purchase a new home, then you will want to be sure that you hire someone that can inspect your home for radon. Radon is a deadly gas that is radioactive and can be very harmful to your health. It is vital that you do not purchase a home without getting it tested for radon first.
  2. Mold inspection. Another thing to have inspected by your home inspector is mold. Mold can grow in a home in places that you won’t detect. It is vital to inspect your home for mold and to ensure that you aren’t purchasing a new home that has mold problems. If you find a home that you want to purchase that has mold problems, then you will want to be sure that these issues are addressed and fixed before closing on the home.
  3. Home repairs. You will also want to be sure to find someone that can inspect a prospective home for any repairs that may need to be done prior to closing on the home. This is important as you don’t want to get any unexpected surprises!

As you can see, these were just a few of the many different types of services that you can expect to find with the right home inspector. If you are looking for home inspection services then you will want to find the right home inspector that has the inspection experience that you are looking for in order to ensure that you purchase a home without major damages or repairs. You can start by contacting the experts over at A Better Home Inspection. They can inspect your future home for any major defects as well as for radon issues or mold problems.

May 25, 2016

Thrilling Fantasy or Futuristic Jane Austen?

Imagine a gentle atmosphere, lounging with a book while friends chatter in the background. That’ll be me on vacation soon, and I need your help deciding what to read!

I am perennially guilty of planning to read a ton of books on break, then only reading one. I’m taking the opposite tactic this time, starting planning with only one. A dangerous strategy, I am aware.

My choices are:

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder is a favorite author; I’ve never met a Snyder book I didn’t like, and I have several that I love. I’ve admittedly read mixed reviews of this second book in a fantasy series. It is likely action packed and plot based.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading a book by Diane Peterfreund, though I once dismally made unicorn poop because of her. It’s almost guaranteed that I’ll like this futuristic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I’ve certainly read more than my fair share of the Jane Austen retelling subgenre.

What do you make of my deliberations? I like the idea of both, and they’ve been on my TBR for quite some time.

Share your opinion below, and be sure to check out other What’s Next posts at Icey Books!

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May 9, 2016

Maggie Stiefvater is a curiosity. (Event recap + US giveaway)

Maggie Stiefvater is a curiosity. Ample social media presence gives fans (like me) a sense of accessibility. Like that rule of six degrees is reduced to one by virtue of following Stiefvater on twitter and tumblr. The author of your favorite fantasy novel is involved in a car race that ends in literal flames? Of course.

The Scorpio Races, aforementioned favorite, has a quote I draw near (too) often:

My heart feels full and empty with all of the beginnings and endings.

When tour dates for The Raven King launch came out, I decided to go and get a signed copy of The Scorpio Races, establishing it as a rare long-term resident of my bookshelf.

The Scorpio Races
I went in with no intention of reading The Raven Cycle. Let it be known, I picked up the final book at the library today.

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Stiefvater told stories and entertained as an author tour pro.

  • Her stories: Car fire! Goats! Portrait painting! Oh my.
  •  Her writing and life balance: No such thing as a normal day.
  • Her response to spoilers: Don’t even try it.

The presence of Rachel Hartman’s beloved Seraphina on Stiefvater’s recommendation table warms my heart.

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Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King tour is still going strong, and you can find future event dates on the Appearances page on MaggieStiefvater.com. If you’re inclined to be charmed and entertained in a packed bookstore, go for it!

Would you like a signed paperback copy of The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)? Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter below:

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Giveaway is to US addresses only (apologies to int’l friends) and ends May 15th.

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February 29, 2016

When Life Hands You Lemons, Stuff ‘Em in Your Bra Cakes

In Bittersweet, Hudson Avery is a provocative cupcake namer.

She’s also a high school student trying and failing to balance the importance of family with the hopes of something beyond her small hometown. Talk about a relatable heroine.

But back to the simpler topic of baking- each chapter of Sarah Ockler’s novel starts with a cupcake.

The illustriously titled “When Life Hands You Lemons, Stuff ‘Em in Your Bra Cakes” (it’s too much fun to say) has the following description:

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Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Though I didn’t have extra-large cupcake tins (Is that really a thing?), I set out to make my own with the following recipes:

I think this was actually my first time ever making cupcakes. They are so much fun to decorate!

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Since cherries are out of season, I used a can of pie cherries and used the syrup to color the cream cheese frosting. Also, I skipped the lemon zest and simply added a little extra juice.

I can see how baking and decorating cupcakes could become Hudson’s escape. Halfway through, I was having a pretty sweet time, just me and the cupcakes.

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If you’re hankering for a book with an inventive way of telling a familiar story, Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler won’t just entertain, it’ll inspire you to spend some quality item with your oven.

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Check out reviews of more books from Sarah Ockler:
Twenty Boy Summer
Fixing Delilah

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

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If you are looking for the right interior designer in Denver, then you need to know just exactly what you are looking for in the right one. There are many types of interior designers that may work for you and your needs but you will want to find the right that has the experience that you are looking for as well as the styles that match your personality. There are many different types of interior designers in Denver and you will want to find the right one that can best work with your style and design ideas. You will want to find the right designer who can conceptualize your ideas and turn them into reality! interior decorator denver

As you may not even know what you are looking for in the first place when it comes to interior design, it is important to find the right residential interior decorator that can help you bring your ideas to reality. Listed here are several of the many things that you will want to find in the right interior designer for your needs:

  1. Experience. One of the main things that you will want to find in the right interior designer is to check out their experience. If you are interested in hiring an interior designer for your residential property, then you will want to be sure that they are experienced with interior design. If you want to hire an interior decorator for your commercial property then you will want to be sure that you find one that has the right experience for your needs.
  2. Portfolio. You will also want to check out their portfolio in order to ensure that you like the designers creations. You can generally find a wide range of styles with the right decorator who has a lot of experience.
  3. Price. Of course, you will also want to find the right interior decorator that can work with your budget and really ensure that you can afford the items that they are selecting for you. This is important as you don’t want to overextend your budget too much!

As you can see, these are the three main things that you will want to research when it comes to finding the right interior decorator for your needs. You will want to be sure that you find the right decorator that can help you conceptualize your vision and turn it into reality. This is vital as you will want to make sure that you end up with a final project that will best work for you and your ideas. If you aren’t sure what you want for your home, then you can always find the right interior designer that can help you come up with the right design for your home based off your personality!

If you are in the Denver area, then you will want to reach out to the experts over at Andrea Schumacher Interiors. They are the leading experts in interior designing for both residential and commercial properties and can help you find what you need for your home or office building.

 

So, you realize that you need to get new window coverings for your home during a remodel or for your new home. Window covering shopping can be very overwhelming and difficult if you don’t know where to start or have the right people to help you along the way. If you are looking for the right window treatments, then you need to know how to find the right ones for each room in your home. This can be challenging if you have never shopped for window treatments before and don’t have anyone to help you. blinds

There are many types of window coverings that you can find for your home. In fact, the possibilities may seem endless as you can choose between blinds, shades, shutters, valances, curtains, drapes, and more. When it comes to finding the right brand and manufacturer, then you have a million more options to choose from. Of course, you can narrow it down from the beginning and go with the best over at Hunter Douglas, which can save you a lot of time from having to research other manufacturers.

Hunter Douglas window coverings are the premier window treatments on the market. They offer high quality window treatments that will raise the value of your home and will allow you to enjoy your window treatments for years to come. However, deciding whether you want Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, or shutters can be very difficult as they are all very high quality window treatments. There are many different considerations to be made when it comes to choosing between blinds, shades, shutters, and more.

First, you will want to decide what you need your window coverings for. For example, if you want to purchase window treatments for your home for privacy, then you won’t want to purchase window sheers or very thin shades! If you want to purchase window coverings for security as well as insulation, then you will want to look into thicker options such as shutters or wooden blinds. You will also want to consider what materials that you want to find for your window coverings as well.

You can also choose to purchase window coverings for their ambiance. Window coverings will add a lot to any room in your home and will add to the ambiance of each room in your home. You will want to choose which window coverings look best in your home by considering the decor of each room or how you will decorate each room if you are building a new house.

Window shutters and blinds offer similar benefits so when it comes down to it, you will want to decide which one to purchase based off how they look in your home. You will want to find the right retailer to help you with this decision making process in order to find the right ones that will work best for you. You can start by reaching out to the experts over at Don’s Drapery Services. They are the leading experts in window drapes, blinds, shutters, shades, and more.