3 Quick Upgrades To Make Your Home More Appealing

When it comes to trying to make your home more appealing, it’s often the smaller things that make the largest difference. You don’t need to go for something too expensive to make your home nicer and more visually appealing. By knowing what to focus on, you shouldn’t have to put too much time or effort into it.

It’ll be quicker and easier than you’d think. If you don’t want to spend a lot on your home upgrades, then it’s worth focusing on three of these upgrades. You’ll be done with them before you even know it, and they’ll make quite a difference.

Make Your Home More Appealing: 3 Quick Upgrades

Wood panel accent wall in a warm toned living room. Make your home more appealing.

1. Add A Feature Wall

Turning a wall into a feature wall is one of the more notable ways to make your home more appealing. A feature wall can also be referred to as an “accent wall”. But the outcome is all the same! While this takes a bit of time and effort, it’ll be much less than you’d think. All you’ll have to do is pick a wall and decide on a way to make it look nicer. In doing so, this wall will become different than the others and really making it POP to your guests!

That could be as simple as painting it a different, complementary color to the other walls. Alternatively, you could put a bit more time and effort into it. This could include putting wood panels in it, a painted design, or textured wallpaper. Adding some wall accessories can make it even more appealing while making the room much nicer than you’d think.

Make your home more appealing by replacing your windows with larger ones.

2. Upgrade Your Windows

Your windows play a large role in how a room – and the house overall – looks. It’s worth spending a bit of time and effort into them. Replacing them is recommended, and it shouldn’t even take a lot of time and effort. Andersen replacement windows can be a great option for this.

It could be worth going for larger windows, as they’ll bring in much more light. This can make a room feel more comfortable and have a subconscious effect on your wellbeing. With some nice curtains, you can make them quite private, so there’ll be nothing to worry about.

Upgrading your front door is a great home upgrade and introduction in to your home.

3. Update The Front Door

The front door makes a decent impact on a first impression someone has with your home. It’s also one of the first things you’ll see when you’re getting home. It’s natural to focus on this when you’re trying to make your home more appealing.

You wouldn’t even need to put too much time and effort into it. Instead, it might be as simple as repainting it or adding a few accessories around it. If you want to put a little more effort in, then you could consider getting a new door that looks nicer.

Make Your Home More Appealing: Wrapping Up

If you want to make your home more appealing, you may need to put a lot of time and effort into it. That often isn’t the case though! It’s often the smaller things that make a difference, and it’s worth focusing on them. And by no means is doing the above an inexpensive task. But rather, they are upgrades that don’t require multiple aspects or contractors. Making it easy for you to do yourself or get one contractor to do for you!

While there’ll still be a little bit of work to do, it’ll be much less than you’d think. Despite that, you’ll still make a large impression on how your home looks.

Luxury Home Upgrades to Elevate Your Life

In a world where home is truly where the heart is, the pursuit of luxury and comfort knows no bounds. While some of us might overthink the decor, others obsess over the next home renovation project. Home enhancements not only elevate your living spaces but also redefine the very essence of living. Explore the epitome of refined taste all through the lens of these transformative luxury home upgrades. It’s time to turn your dream home into a sanctuary of indulgence. ILet’s turn the fruits of your labor into something incredible!

Create a spa-like retreat: Luxury Home Upgrades

If you can transform your home into a spa, you will end up having a much more relaxing daily life. This could mean creating a personal sauna or steam room. Or making the tub more of a jacuzzi. Either are a luxurious edition that promotes relaxation and also helps in terms of your circulation and stress. After a long day, you could completely unwind. Mentally and physically, you could be in such a good place in a matter of weeks. 

Smart home integration 

In the year 2023, homes should all have some kind of smart capabilities. Smart systems can allow us all to control various aspects of our home. Whether it’s the lighting or the temperature, it all can be controlled at the touch of a button. The security of your home can also be completely overhauled. 

A tranquil oasis in your backyard 

Most people want to have a swimming pool if they have the funds. Imagine stepping out of your backyard and being greeted by an amazing pool – whether it’s indoor or outdoor. If you can get in touch with custom swimming pool designers like copperleafpools.com, then this kind of dream come true. It can be a perfect space to relax or to exercise whenever you need this kind of stimulation. 

An excellent wine cellar and gourmet kitchen

There’s something beautiful about a gourmet kitchen with all of the right appliances. You could even make things better by getting a well-designed wine cellar that’s stocked with your favorite vintages. It’s perfect for hosting evenings for friends and family. The kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home, so it’s good to make sure that it is as luxurious as possible. 

Home theatre: Luxury Home Upgrades

Even those who don’t really like movies and TV shows all that much can still appreciate an amazing movie theater. It’s something that can make the experience even more immersive. A spare room or basement area can be turned into this kind of thing. You could even play video games in something like this if you really wish.

Solvang: Travel to Denmark without leaving Southern California

Traveling, as fun as it is, takes one heck of a hit to your wallet. Which in turn leaves us in this constant state of “you only live once, but I also have to pay my bills.” But what if could satisfy your travel bug on a budget? Not only is California a great travel destination in general. It also has tons of opportunities to step into other countries without an expensive plane ticket. Solvang, a Danish village, is a great way to feel line you are traveling onto Denmark without leaving Southern California.

Solvang, California. Morstensen's Danish Bakery.

More about this city that looks like Denmark

Solvang is a charming city located in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. It is situated in the Santa Ynez Valley, approximately 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danish immigrants seeking to create a community reminiscent of their homeland.

The city’s name “Solvang” translates to “sunny fields” in Danish, and it has maintained a strong Danish influence in its architecture, culture, and traditions. This has earned Solvang the nickname “Danish Capital of America.” The town’s unique and picturesque Danish-style buildings make it a popular tourist destination and a delightful place to explore.

What to do in Solvang, California

Solvang, California is a small town. You can walk around the entirety of it and not even break a sweat. That being said, the things to do in Solvang are rather limited. A two-night stay here is plenty to relax and explore this city. But be warned! Because it is a small town, things close pretty early. Keep that in mind as you plan your day.

Feeding the ostriches at Ostrichland in Solvang


Located on the edge of the city, Ostrichland is probably the only real “activity” in Solvang, California. Book your reservation time slot online. From the time that this blog was written in September 2023, adult admission costs $7, military is $5, and child prices are $3. Even better is that you can feed the ostriches and emus while you are there! A feeding tray costs $1, and my husband and I got 3 of them when we went. For us, three was the perfect amount. But be aware that sometimes they will pause public feeding to ensure that their animals are not overeating.

Bottomless mimosas for $23

Ready to really take your small time fun to the next level? Then stop by Coast Range for bottomless mimosas for $23 per person! This restaurant is located right on the main road into Solvang. This restaurant is open Wednesday to Monday, with brunch being 10am to 4pm. One thing to note is that the bottomless mimosas are not on an unlimited timer. You will have 90 minutes to enjoy your bottomless mimosas.

High Roller Tiki Lounge interior decor in Solvang

High Roller Tiki Lounge in Solvang, California

This bar was a little out of place in such a small town. But I love tiki bars so I was excited to see one in Solvang! The High Roller Tiki Lounge has such a fun atmosphere and the drinks are amazing. They even host live music on some nights.

Hans Christian Anderson Museum

Stop by The Book Loft and head upstairs to this tiny museum. It features books and exhibits about the legendary Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. Open from 10am to 5pm, this museum is free to the public. You can even walk across the street to visit Solvang’s very own Little Mermaid Fountain statue!

Overall, Solvang, California is a place you can visit for a short trip. But I wouldn’t plan an entire vacation around staying here for the sole fact that there just isn’t a whole lot to do. It is in the Santa Barbara County though so if you plan on vacationing in the Santa Barbara area, definitely give this small Danish town a looksee!

Little Mermaid Fountain statue in Danish capital of America
Wine Valley Inn courtyard clock tower
Iconic windmill photo opportunity in small Danish town

Staying Safe on Girls Night Out

There is nothing as fun as going out with your girlfriends for a night on the town. Whether you are having dinner or drinks, being able to let your hair down can be much needed. A girls night out can be just what the doctor ordered, but it can come with some stress. Staying safe on a night with the girls is just as important as enjoying the night itself. So to ensure your safety, here are the top tips to staying safe. Some are a good reminder, and other tips could be something you haven’t considered yet!

1. Bring friends everywhere during Girls Night Out

To the bar, to the food joint, to the bathroom, do not go anywhere alone. You and your friends have to travel in a pack to stay safe. It’s important to do that to reduce your risk of having your drink spiked or being targeted by those who have a poor agenda. 

Girls waiting outside of a bar for an uber

2. Use Uber or other ride-sharing services

You should be able to avoid needing the help of the best DUI attorney, and to think about not driving if possible. Other than staying sober and being the DD yourself, your only option for safe girls night out travel is to travel by ride-sharing services. Uber is a great way to travel and ensure that you are able to stay in the group when you travel. It may cost a little extra to go all out. It’s always good to take public transport, but again, don’t travel alone. Also when your Uber arrives, make sure that the driver is the one that asks for YOUR name. Do not approach a vehicle and ask “are you my Uber?” or “are you [insert driver’s name here]?” This could very well open the door to a predator saying yes for the simple act of getting you in their car.

3. Book your Uber or taxi in advance

Making sure that you book cars that will take you home and to venues is smart. No reason to be flagging down cabs or accidentally getting in a car that isn’t a cab or Uber. Absolutely never get into a cab that’s unlicensed. So if you have a few extra moments, make sure the car you are getting in to has a license plate. You need to ensure that you aren’t taking risks. Additionally, booking your car in advance will ensure that you aren’t standing outside for an extending period of time waiting for a ride. That’s one sure fire way to kill the mood after a fun girls night out!

Two women enjoying girls night out at the bar

4. Watch your drinks at all times while enjoying girls night out

When you’re in a busy bar or a club, you need to ensure that you aren’t getting your drink spiked at all. That means keeping a hand over your drink at all times and minimizing anyone getting near it. An extra step since completely covering your drink with your hand may not be possible when dancing is to by a drink cover. You may have seen the ones by NightCap that cover your drink but double as a scrunchie too! They have easily become the “girls night out” secret bestie. They may look dumb on your drink. But when you consider the alternatives for having your drink spiked, this is a much better option.

It can be nice to be offered a drink, but turn down any drinks that you don’t see being poured and handed directly to you so that no one can add anything. Additionally, if you lose sight of your drink for even a couple of minute, air on the side of caution and get a new one.

A group of women staying safe on girls night out

5. Always keep to well-lit areas

Stay out of the shadows as much as you can. And that often means staying in the crowds and where people can see you. Dark alleyways? No way! Shortcut to the car? Absolutely not! You need to be safe on girls night out and planning your routes and staying out of the shadowed areas keeps you very safe. Avoid walking alone down secluded routes, and make a point of being with your friends wherever you go.

6. Have fun but remember to stay alert

With every one of these tips, you will still need to stay vigilant. Be aware of your girls and make sure that the group stays together. When you are in the Uber or Lyft, make sure the driver is following the directions correctly. If you feel like someone at the bar is invading your space, find security. And if you need someone to walk you to your car, again ask security! I know that many people tend to not ask security at a bar for help in these situations. But I promise you, they are aware that they may be called upon to walk people to their car that do not feel comfortable doing so alone.

Your safety is so important on your girls night out so that you can enjoy every second of your time! As much as these tips sound over-the-top, they ensure your safety from people who look to take advantage of others. If you have an iPhone make sure someone has your location. And call a friend if you don’t feel comfortable driving on your own, in an Uber, or if you just need someone to talk to on your walk to the car. All of this and more will protect you and keep you safe!

Cute Fall Outfit Ideas Just For You

As the chilly autumn air arrives, it’s time to embrace the changing leaves with a refreshed wardrobe. That’s right, it’s time for some cute fall outfit ideas! Let’s jump in to the realm of fall fashion and women’s style – where cozy sweaters, chic boots, and earthy tones rule the runway. So where can we start getting some affordable and adorable fall wardrobe?

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Fall styles for the everyday millennial

As we have grown up, I personally feel like there haven’t been many shops to choose from. Forever 21 and Shein are either too Gen Z or too revealing. And Nordstrom and Macy’s are either too expensive or generally not fashion trending. With styles that are both adorable and millennial age-appropriate, I have a few recommendations! Pink Lily, Aerie, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle are the millennials new “Forever 21”.

What sets them apart is their diverse range of styles, ensuring every woman finds the perfect pieces to curate her ideal fall wardrobe. From snuggly cardigans for fireside evenings to shirts and skirts for those that experience a “warmer” fall weather. There is something for every kind of fall girlie!

Cute fall outfit ideas lookbook

Outfits from Pink Lily

Pink Lily is my obsession through every single season. Their outfits are very cute and trendy, but without showing too much or being too pricey.

Cute and affordable fall fashion outfit ideas from Pink Lily
Pink Lily fall fashion for women
Pink Lily cute fall outfit ideas

Fall inspiration from Aerie

I really appreciate the Aerie online store. Because when you click the “Fall Outfits” tab, all of the listings are color coordinated! We love a well organized site. And because American Eagle and Aerie are under the same brand umbrella, there are also tons of options to choose from that are from AE specifically.

Women's fall fashion collage with items from Aerie
Cute fall fashion collage from Aerie
Cute fall outfit ideas from Aerie

Autumn looks from Urban Outfitters

Now Urban Outfitters definitely rides the Millennial/Gen Z line. Many of the pieces online do fall to being more Gen Z fashion. But of their more timeless fall fashion pieces, they do have some good options! Of the three stores we’ve talked about though, this one is a bit pricier.

Fall fashion for women from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters women's fall fashion collage
Cute fall outfit ideas from Urban Outfitters

Where else to find cute fall outfit ideas

If you are looking for a bargain but don’t want to compromise on the quality, you have options. My favorite places to shop on a budget are Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, and Ross. Since these stores are heavily discounted, more often than not, the best selection is in-store. Ross for example doesn’t even let you shop online! Their deals fly high and they fly fast. It could be a little more difficult to find cute fall outfits here since the items tend to be from the season prior. But it’s still worth a look for sure!

Additionally, if you want daily lookbook or style recommendations, follow me on the LTK app! Not only can I direct you towards great items, but I can also link look-a-like products. That way if you don’t like an item’s price or if it’s out of stock, you can shop a look-a-like item with ease.

Lastly, you will want to follow me because Pink Lily, Aerie, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle are all a part of the #LTKSale. This is the biggest sale of the year where you can get exclusive coupon codes to shop that you can ONLY use by shopping through the app!