enjoy a secondhand piano in your home

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The thought of buying a secondhand piano will either fill you with dread or be music to your ears. 

However, a second-hand piano makes a lot of sense economically. It can mean you have the money you need for the rest of your piano room, whether that means getting an AC repair or buying a plush stool to ensure maximum comfort. 

Pre-owned or second-hand grand pianos for sale can be an excellent buy for those who want the exceptional sound quality that the longer strings afford, but don’t have the budget for a new grand piano. However, to keep your grand piano dream from turning into a nightmare, you do need to purchase your piano carefully. 

The key is to always use a reputable dealer for the sale, and where possible, to try the piano before you part with any money. It is also important to ask the right questions about the grand piano for sale that you are considering. 

First, you need to check that it has been tuned regularly, and that it has been well maintained. The more information the seller can tell you about the piano the better. They will have got the information from the previous owner, and a willingness by that owner to share shows that they cared for the grand piano. 

It is also worth finding out where it was kept previously. This will help you to understand the temperature and humidity changes that it has been subjected to and to assess the potential effect of this on the wood and the strings of the piano.

The Right Choice For A Child?

A piano offers a great way to relax for adults, but what about when buying for a child. But, is a baby grand piano the right piano for a child? What do you need to consider when buying a piano for any beginner, especially a young learner?

If your child shows an interest in playing the piano it can be tempting to rush out and get the best piano money can buy. But, is this the right approach? Of course, you want your child to learn to play on a decent instrument, but there is more to it than just price. Much depends on the age and size of the child. You need to consider pianos for sale that the child can actually reach. They need to be able to sit at the right angle, allowing their feet to reach the pedals and their hands to sit comfortably at the keys. This is one of the reasons why a baby grand piano for sale is a popular option, alongside an adjustable stool. 

Another reason why baby grand pianos are popular is that they have more responsive key actions than many upright pianos. This makes practising that bit easier and, therefore, more rewarding. A baby grand piano will also take up less room in your home than a full size grand piano, and this is ideal if you have limited room available. However, they still take up more space than an upright piano. As with any piano for sale, you need to take your child with you and let them try the piano before you buy it.

** This was a contributed post.

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acreage renovation: a relocated dog run

For the past 2.5 years that we have lived on this acreage, our big dog run was located at the front of our property. It was actually one of the selling features of this house! We had never come across a fully fenced acreage, let alone one with a dog run that was bigger than our previous yard.

The dogs used it daily and we loved it. However, as time wore on, we began to rethink its location. Little Truman is a barker and barks and everyone and everything that goes down the road. It’s great for protection, but 99% of the time is unnecessary. Po, on the other hand, does not. Yet when she goes to the bathroom she leaves a huge pile behind. That is also visible to all passerby’s until we cleaned it up.

In order to cut down on the barking and the mess, we decided to move the dog run to the warmest and highest corner of our yard. It was always the place that I had wanted to put chickens, but since we are so undecided about what other animals to bring in, we chose to put the dogs there instead. (And possibly a barn in the future.)

Geoff went to work and set up the posts. He reused the ones we had, and finished the run off with wire fencing. We researched which trees or shrubs to plant for shade and settled on lilac trees.

We aren’t yet done with the planting and what shelters we may be adding, but for now, this is our country dog run. 

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rocky mountain decals wallpaper

Now that our basement renovation is complete, we can start to focus on our main floor once again. With baby arriving in just over three months, I am in serious nesting mode! I know that we will be spending the majority of our days in our living room, so Geoff and I decided to give it a quick makeover before she’s here.

I first came across Rocky Mountain Decals on Instagram. I instantly fell in love with their wallpaper and knew that I wanted to do an accent wall using one of their designs. They have beautiful and removable wallpaper that looked fairly easy to install.

After we narrowed it down to three, we ended up ordering Willow & Wings. It arrived quickly and I went about installing it. Even with a five-month pregnant belly and on a step-stool for a good portion of the morning, it was easy to put it up! Geoff came home with our children and couldn’t believe the transformation. It instantly made our living room walls feel so much taller, and we were able to transform a wall without several coats of paint and all of the time that it would take to do so.

Above is the before photo.

We love the way that our accent wall from Rocky Mountain Decals turned out! I would definitely order more for future room renovations.

Emory

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24 weeks / 6 months pregnant

Baby girl weighs over 1 lb and is approximately 11.5 inches long. She now has a sense of touch and can tell the difference between light and darkness. Her face is fully formed- complete with hair!

I feel her kicks, punches, and rolls pretty much all day long. She is incredibly active and already reminds me of Remy in that way.

My big ole belly is only getting bigger and, well, older. My face and legs are swelling and even after four pregnancies the stretch marks are coming in hot! But who cares?! It’s all temporary.


We growing more excited by the day to meet you, little one.
💛

Emory

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tips to throw a dinner party

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If you love cooking and entertaining then one of the best ways you can incorporate the two is by throwing a dinner party. A dinner party is perfect for getting all your loved ones together in one place and spending an evening eating, drinking, laughing and catching up. It also gives you a chance to extend your culinary skills and to create dishes that you wouldn’t normally cook. This could be anything from a mushroom gravy recipe from Feasting at Home to whipping up some canapes and more intricate desserts. Here we have put together some top tips for throwing a dinner party at home…

Think about the group you want to invite

The last thing you want for your dinner party is to have a group of people that don’t get on or have anything in common. You want the conversation to be easy and for everyone to get on well. It could be that they have never met, but they have a lot in common, this would be fine as the talk will still flow easily and they will all have a good time. If you are inviting a lot of people, also think about who to sit next to each other.

Do as much prep the day before as you can

On the evening of your dinner party, you don’t want to be running around in the kitchen the whole time. Try to do as much recipe prep ahead of time as possible so you just need to do the actual cooking on the day. Prep includes chopping the vegetables and measuring out the ingredients. It can be fiddly and take time but on the day you will be so grateful that you have done it before the day of the dinner party so you can spend time with your guests. 

Ask about dietary requirements beforehand

Don’t forget to ask about dietary requirements ahead of time. The worst thing will be if you have prepared a dish with no alternatives and someone is unable to eat it. It could be that they are allergic to something, are a vegetarian or vegan or that they really don’t like one of the ingredients. Ask people in good time so you can ensure you have a backup option ready in case it is needed.

Get plenty of drinks in

A dinner party is a great excuse to crack open a bottle of wine or two and get a bit merry together. Make sure that you get enough bottles in as once you are in the full swing of the party it can be disappointing if you run out and have to either stop or do a late-night dash to the nearest supermarket. You could ask guests to bring a bottle with them to avoid this.

These are just a few top tips for how to throw a dinner party. By following these you will ensure you have the best chance of your success and your friends will be talking about it for months to come. 

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