Just finally getting caught up on “Better Call Saul”

A couple notes…

  1. I’ve been hammering out episodes of Better Call Saul as fast as I can!
  2. I’ve got a huge trip planned to visit my family in Saint Louis in May!

So before we get to BCS (Better Call Saul) I was wondering if any readers out there have any experience renting a limo service.  If you are from the Saint Louis area I’d love to get your opinion.  I found a company called St. Charles Limos and they look promising, but I honestly can’t really tell who to hire.

I want to go out for a night with my sisters and a limo is the right way to do it!

Anyways…. moving on…

I just watched the first 6 episodes in like the past couple days.  Awesome, awesome, awesome.  Saul is a legend in the making, and it’s even better when they show him hustling in his early years.  Love that dude!

If you can’t tell, I am a huge Breaking Bad fan so Better Call Saul has been on my radar for a while.  Taking care of Tink though is like a full time job so it pretty much has prevented me from watching the show “live”.  I also have the NHL playoffs going on right now so that takes precedence over nearly everything!

I think I feel asleep last night during a great episode.  Saul and his brother are just about to really go after that retirement community.  I really hope this turns out to be a massive case.

What still isn’t apparent to me is whether or not Saul ever becomes a big time lawyer like his brother or if he stays small time most of his life.  I have no idea how far away season 1 of breaking bad is time wise, if that makes sense.

Like is Saul 20 years away?  5 years away?  Does he win this huge case and then fall apart and that’s why he has to represent people like Walt?  I honestly have no idea and I love that!

Gilligan and crew do a masterful job with both of these series.  If you really want to be inspired, check out this youtube clip I stumbled upon the other day…

Talk about awesome!  I love Walter White, and Saul as well!

Anyways, that’s all for now.


Replace Your Windows to Add Curb Appeal

One of the smartest decisions that you will ever make is to improve the curb appeal of your home. When you add curb appeal to your home, it becomes easy to sell and also offer your home that nice and finished appearance that you will be proud of.

The National Association of Realtors reports that most door and window replacement projects are able to pay for themselves and homeowners should expect an 81 to 88% return on their windows upgrade during closing. On top of this, you can expect increased energy efficiency that can offer additional monthly savings.

Curb Appeal Windows

Factors to Consider

There are many small and inexpensive improvements that you can do to your home to add curb appeal. Consider also the current look of your home and see what is likely to work best with it. Your budget is also another important factor to consider.

When you take into consideration all these factors, you will realize that one of the easiest ways of adding curb appeal to your home is by replacing windows.

Why Replacement Windows?

If you have noticed cold spots around your windows or heard that whistling sound when the wind is blowing, it is an indication that air is getting into the home and you may have higher energy bills since the HVAC will need to work harder to warm the cold air.

Replacement windows can help to beautify your home and enhance the curb appeal while improving the comfort level of your home. Since you may make this investment decision once in a lifetime, it is important to ensure that you have installed quality replacement windows.

Therefore, if you haven’t had your windows replaced in the recent past, you may be losing money through high energy bills. This is on top of the fact that your house will not look attractive at all. With the right window replacement company, it is possible to save on energy bills, improve your comfort level and add to the curb appeal of your home.

Replacement Windows are Cheaper

When compared to the many home renovation options, updating your windows is a cheaper way of transforming the interior and exterior of your home in a single fell swoop. There are a wide range of choices that you can use to customize the look of your window.

You can use grills, finishes, trims, hardware and glass options that will make it possible for you to create your desired home. Window replacements will not only add to the curb appeal but it can boost the resale value of your home.

Research on home improvements indicate that efficient doors and windows are top of the list when it comes to the highest ROI that homeowners should have.

While window replacement will come at a cost, it will be possible for this form of home improvement to pay for itself in the long run. When you decide to replace your windows, pay special attention to the front windows as this is where most buyers get their first impression after driving up. Therefore, replace those boring windows with more beautiful design to increase the curb appeal of your home.

Energy Ratings for Windows

It is important for you to understand the energy star rating for windows as not all windows may be eligible for tax credit. With cost of installing these windows running to as high as $1000 per window, it is important for you to understand how energy ratings for windows work.

Energy Efficient Windows

The Important Labels

The two key labels that you should look out for are the Blue and Yellow Energy Star label from the U.S department of energy. These labels specify the product’s climate zone where the products are certified for.

Requirements for Getting Tax Credit

For windows to qualify for credit, 2 measurements that are supplied by NFRC should be equal or less than 0.3 no matter the climate; the solar heat gain coefficient and U-factor. The manufacturer of the product should also provide you a signed statement to show that the product complies with the requirements of IRS. This can come with the purchase or can be downloaded from the website of the manufacturer.

  • U-Factor. This ranges from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower this number is, the better your window will act as an insulator. In order to qualify for tax credit, your window should have a U-Factor of 0.30 or less. When you have a lower U-factor, it means that there is less heat that can escape during winter and this can be quite important.
  • SHGC can range from 0 to 1. SHGC is an indication of the solar radiation that the window allows. The lower this number is, the less heat and solar radiation the window allows to enter. To qualify for tax credit, you will require a SHGC of 3.0 or less. Therefore it is important for you to choose windows with the least SHGC ratings so as to minimize the need for air conditioning. However, if you live in cooler areas, you will need to search for a number that is slightly higher so that it is possible for the sun to heat your home during winter.

Avoid getting influenced by the ratings that the manufacturer posts on their label. This is because the frame of the window can significantly affect the level of energy efficient. Therefore, the measurements from NFRC are based on the whole unit rather than just the window glass. However, manufacturers may report values that don’t take into consideration the whole unit.

Measurement Guide

According to the NFRC label, there are 5 measurements including the SHGC and U-factor which are quite important for tax credit purposes. The other three doesn’t affect energy efficiency much but can help you to determine how the window will perform in a particular application-for instance, whether it will allow the penetration of enough light.

Your area of residence will determine the most important measurements. However, tax credits are uniform throughout the country. Energy star climate zones are categorized into 4 types depending on whether cooling, heating or a combination of the two are the most critical when it comes to the energy performance.

Other important factors that you should consider are the visible transmittance, air leakage and condensation resistance.

How to Measure for Replacement Windows

Precise and accurate measurements are all that you will need when it comes to replacing windows, whether you choose to do it yourself or wish to hire a contractor to do the work. The good thing with replacing windows is that it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Measure Windows

All you will need to do is to follow some basic guidelines to ensure that you record the exact measurements that will make the whole process seamless and the end result painless.

The most essentials step of the window replacement process occurs before the actual installation can begin. This involves measuring the dimension of the current window frame to ensure that you buy a replacement that is a perfect fit and for the right price.

Taking Measurements

Proper window measurements are important if you are to successfully install replacement windows in your home. There are several guidelines that you should follow to ensure that not only do you have precision but also the best performing windows. Here are a few guidelines on measurements:

  • Width. Use a tape measure to measure width from the jamb’s inside. Measure from one side of the window to the other side. The jambs are the pieces of vertical fixed frame that are on each side of the window frame.
  • Height. This should be measured from the window’s head to the windowill.
  • Note down the measurement as this will ensure that your new window fit.

Important Tips on Taking Measurements

  • If you measure just up to where the sash ends and the interior trim of the windowwill, you will end up having a widow that is too small.
  • Ensure that you take the measurements from the inside.
  • Accuracy can be quite important as it will ensure that the window has been properly installed and this helps to maximize the savings on energy
  • When planning for your window replacement project, you should do it in the right sequence. Start by measuring the window first, select, buy and get you window replacement.
  • It should take around one hour to complete a basic window replacement project.
  • After installing the window, ensure that it is square. You should confirm that the window frame is sitting perfectly well based on the unique needs of your projects. To check the frame’s squareness measures the diagonals from one corner to the other. Ensure that these dimensions are the same. In case you find that you have an out of square frame, by say ¼ inch, you do not have to mind as you can shim the replacement to ensure that it fits. Anything that is more will require an adjustment.

You should bear in mind that one of the most important investment decisions that you will ever make is to buy a home. However, if you do not properly maintain it, you will not enjoy your investment. And one of the areas that require proper maintenance is the window.

The first step should toward replacing the window should be to take the correct measurements. Use these tips to ensure that you get the right measurements.

Replacing Old Wood Windows

When replacing wood windows, homeowners have various options. However, most of them choose to restore as a way of preserving the original look of their home. Here are several tips that you may need to consider to know whether restoration is the best option for you.

Wood Windows

Common Problems

Some of the most common problems with wood windows are the broken pulley systems as well as some excess paint. However, it is still possible to fix these issues. To ensure that your window works as if it is new, you can strip and refine the wood and even replace rope in pulley system using a chain and your window will look as if it is new.

If the wood is rotten, it doesn’t mean that the window is dead. It is important for the window restoration experts to ensure that the window is sanded and painted so that it blends well with the other part of the window.

Why Replace

If your old wood window is still performing the basic functions such as providing light, you may be left wondering why you may need to replace. There are several reasons why people choose to replace their old wooden windows. These include:

  • Windows that are inoperable. This can be as a result of old age, molds and cracks. Mold is a serious problem that can occur as a result of leaky windows. These usually occur behind walls such that it becomes difficult for you to see. This can endanger your family’s life. Windows that are cracked are not only energy inefficient but they can also be dangerous
  • Windows that are energy-inefficient and leaky. With energy efficient windows, it is possible to get rebates on your energy bill as you will have a well-insulated home.
  • To acquire new and modern windows

The good thing with wood windows is that they are easily reparable. Unlike the replacement widows, where the entire window will need to be replaced, it is possible to repair, restore and replace every individual piece. Other reasons include:

  • Upgradable. The old windows can have weather stripping. However, f they do not have, you can choose to add it and thus increase the efficiency.
  • Easy to maintain. Ensure that your windows remain painted. With some paints for every decade, you can ensure that your windows remain safe and protected for a long period of time.
  • Resilient. When they are made from old-growth lumber, it is possible to make the windows last forever unlike the replacement windows which become obsolete within a few years.

Cost of Window Replacement

If you have windows that are more than 15 years old, you may begin seeing draftiness, windows sticking to their frames as well as high energy bills. While energy efficient windows can be a good option, it can be expensive to replace.

Therefore, it is important to consider the cost factor before you can commit to some new windows. At times, it is possible to get the same energy savings by investing in insulation, sealing the air leaks and repairing the windows rather than replacing.

If you decide that your window will need to be replaced, there are several facts that can help you spend your dollars in a wise manner.

It is clear that replacing old windows may have tremendous benefits.

What to do when the family van breaks down

First of all, you should consider road trip planning, especially if you are traveling with the family as it is the best method to enjoy the journey safely. Road trip planning is also a great way to avoid frustration, as you will be ready for roadside emergencies. You should likewise keep the number of a tow truck company because a tow truck service is always a great help in case of emergencies. The towing vehicle will not only tow your family van to the repair shop, but also provide other services like emergency fuel and roadside assistance.  So if you’ve got a flat tire, no need to worry!

Vehicle Sudden Ceases To Work

If the family van is stopped working suddenly at home, you should consider your breakdown cover as well as the car insurance. However, if the family van breaks down suddenly in the middle of the road, it can trouble you a lot; it can be expensive, and it can likewise place you and your family in danger. If you want to reduce this risk, then think about regular maintenance. Maintaining automobile is a necessity which should never be ignored, especially if it is the main source of traveling for the family day out.

Call For Assistance

Anyone can swindle you if you are stranded in the middle of nowhere, especially on the highways. Thus, seeking for professional help is a wise decision. Search for local tow truck companies and call them; most of the reputed tow truck companies provide instant service which means they will arrive at the scene quickly and assist you in any possible way. Most of the tow truck folks are sticklers, but you should remain conscience about the betterment of your family and be aware if someone is swindling you. In case of engine breakdown or any other repair issue, they will tow your family van to the nearest repair shop. However, if it is a small problem, then the tow truck guys will assist you. This will save your money as well as the time. Also, you won’t feel lethargic or stressed regarding the vehicle.

Be Safe

Call the police if you are stranded on the side of the side; this is essential for your safety as well as the safety of other road users. Then, call the breakdown service or a towing service; as per the situation.

Bottom Line

Take crucial steps to minimize the risk of car failure or family van break down. Properly maintaining your vehicle is very important to validate your breakdown cover as well as the car insurance. Be safe and enjoy a jovial ride with family.

Top TV Shows for Moms in 2015

Most of the frugal moms get bored with daily hectic tasks and the only way to reduce some tension is watching TV; however, reality shows are nettling the moms around the globe due to their over rated acting and concepts. So which type of TV show you want to watch in 2015? Any plans? No? Don’t be confused or nettle your mind with many options; simply look for the top shows and start watching one or two of them. Here is the list of top TV shows for moms in 2015.


Babylon is a British satire directed by famous  documentary filmmaker; matt coward. You can wwwatch the complete season in Sundance TV. If you want a sneak peak of what is happening in government and corporate organization, then this is the best tv series for you as it displays current day situations. Don’t worry, this won’t bore you as it has many funny elements with mild suspense as well.


This series is produced by amazon studios and it’s rated 9 out of ten in IMDB ratings. It is based on a best selling book, so definitely the series will entice you. I hope this drama and mystery series will never end as it is the most rousing TV shows with exceptional rendition and artistic performances are amazing.


It is again a British television show. Not my fault because this is what in trends these days.  However, if you enjoy British crime dramas, you will be in love with this TV show. It is a perfect TV show for moms in 2015.


This TV series is outstanding. It amazed me with Sci-Fi elements along with romance and dramatic touches. It is  a story of a woman who is strangely grabbed back in time. Now she is living two lives; one in the future and one in the past. I don’t want to spill the beans or post spoilers here. So go and watch this exceptionally amazing TV show if you missed it. I am sure you are going to love this new concept.

Bottom Line

You can also search for many popular TV shows online. If you like comedy, then look for comedy only, because at the end of the day it is about your satisfaction and your preferences. However,  I am sure about the above mentioned TV shows that they will not waste your time.  So crack open a drink, send your hubby out to the man cave in the garage, and start watching!


Garage organization tips every single mom should know

Oh Moms, you already know how difficult is to walk through a cluttered garage. Let just park a car alone, or consider reorganizing your space. Your garage can be a usable part of your home if you consider a few garage organization tips. Yes, organizing in a better way can really give you the space you require. You can likewise set up a small office, workshop, TV room, or playroom; yes, these things are not your forte, but it doesn’t require finesse. You can rouse your garage by simply cleaning up and throwing out.

First Step

Garage Organization is only possible if you figure out where the clutter belongs to. So, begin the procedure by clearing out all the things that you won’t use in the future; you can throw them out or, offer them to philanthropy or the person who is in need, or just get rid of them. When you have made sense of what still has a place in your garage, it’s the ideal time for your garage organization. Use high shelves to keep important things which are not in use, but you cannot get rid of them as they can be useful in the future; start with high and go to the lower sections. However, if the things are not necessary, you should get rid of them.

Bicycle Hooks

Visit a hardware shop and purchase a few Screw–in Bicycle hooks. Yes, these hooks are great for hanging bicycles as well as other objects like sporting tools or beach chairs. These hooks are easy to install and you can be creative with them as much as you want. This will not only give a versatile space in the garage, but you will be able to clear the mess amazingly.


Cabinets are sometimes most precious space in your garage organization plan. You can use them for things you don’t want to expose to moisture or dirt. Tools, food, and clothing material can be organized inside the cabinets. You can likewise divide the cabinets according to the objects; keep in mind that chemicals can harm other materials, so keep them away from other objects.

Bottom Line

All moms can apply successful Garage Organization by figuring out what is required and what is not. Most of the moms cannot spend a lot of time cleaning the garage, so the only option is garage organization. Since it is the perfect plan to clear out all the clutter.

The benefits of having a Pool for the Kids

There are tons of benefits of having a pool for kids, especially the wading pool which is specifically intended for kids, but a wading pool is not enough for the swimming. Thus, it is better to have a pool for kids in backyards, as there are many benefits of swimming for children. So let’s talk about those benefits.

Emotional Health benefits

Having a pool is great of mental well being of your kid. Your kid will learn swimming in the pool which is directly proportional to increasing his or her mood. In fact, swimming is beneficial for adults as it is the biggest stress reducer.

Range of Exercise

We all know that swimming allows our body to perform various exercises; so, if you have a pool for the kids, they will spend more time on it which will result in the complete aerobic workout. Also, having a pool for the kids allows a small amount of activity in many intervals.

Health Problems

Kids are prone to health issues due to their weak immune system and sensitive body. Many kids suffer from asthma and arthritis these days, and it is really difficult for them doing exercises on their own. Having a pool in your home will automatically allow you kid to exercise; swimming is the simplest form of exercise. It is also beneficial for autism kids; however, parents need to be aware of their activity in the pool. Indoor swimming is always better than outdoor swimming as moist air in the backyard makes breathing easier for your kids, and an indoor swimming environment can only be created by a pool.

Kids Bedtime

This is an advantage that most parents have never considered until they really own a pool. If it is hard for you to get your kids to bed on time, then think about having a pool because this is the best cure for this problem. Playing outside in the pool will tire your kids and they will go to bed on time. So consider having a pool instead of shouting commands.

The best reason to stay home

If you are worried about your kid spending time in his or her friend’s home, then consider having a pool and see the transformation This will give your kid a reason to stay home. You can likewise watch your kid interacting with their friends; this is the most comfortable way to see how kids are relating to their friends.

Time saving tips for Moms

Whether a “staying at home mom” or a working mother, all of us are busy as we have hundreds of things pending to do. Just ask any mom about how she is doing. Usually, the answer is clear; busy!!! Undoubtedly, all moms are busy dealing with other living and important task; still most of the men are skeptical about our multitasking skills. We are Superwomen as we take care of almost everything. We perform the duties of a cook, cleaner, chauffeur, organizer, money manager, and the list will never end. Actually, do you know that all of these tasks would cost more than $200000 per year; it is not easy to replace you. Below are some tips to save your time.


Cooking is the common task of mom. You can try creating a meal plan of five days; what you will or you want to eat 5 days from now. If perfectly done, this will save you a lot of time as well as the money. You can likewise save you time at mealtime by using paper plates; no dishwasher issues. Another tip that would help is: cook two freezable meals at once; with a little extra work, you will be able to prepare dinner for another night. Moms are ubiquitous genus, but if we muster a few time saving tips, we will be able to do much more thing for our self. Remember that your time is valuable; more than your time, you are valuable.

Online Shopping

Online shopping is very useful for moms simply because it saves a lot of time. Also, you can easily shop with your kids, which is not possible when you go to a mall.  This will likewise save you from exhaustion. The benefits of online shopping are endless and infinite, but you should only look for reliable sites for shopping such as Amazon Prime.

When making large purchases, like for kitchen appliances, definitely look to Amazon and their appliance section for reviews.  Sometimes you can hire a appliance repair company, but often times you will just have to bear the burden of finding a new appliance.  Leverage Amazon and their amazing community to find your next washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, or any major home appliance!

Kitchen Appliance Repair
Sometimes you can leverage online shopping to help you find major, offline purchase data, reviews, prices, specs, and more!

Turn off Notification

It is not easy to turn off all the notifications on your mobile phone, but at least you can try limiting some apps from notifying you. You can also try not to refresh your emails too often. Email notifications eats a lot of your time and it can never be your time saver. You can check your emails as well as the notifications when it is easy or convenient for you.

Bottom Line

As mentioned above, you are a mom with ubiquitous features, but you should not encumber your life. Organize everything wisely, reduce stress, and value yourself more.

Top TV shows of 2014

Just like traditional television boxes transformed into the new sleek LEDs, television shows are also becoming advanced and innovative. Every year, we see many blowhard television series, but only a few a them touches our heart; game of thrones, mad men, true detective, orange is the new black, etc. Today, we will run down top television shows of 2014, essentially all of which can be viewed on the gadget you’re holding at this moment. Nowadays, people can access their television shows virtually anywhere; however, to understand what shows are worth downloading or watching, you’ve to read on.




As the filthy beast of all time, Hannibal still attracts and horrifies us, both at the same time. His smooth, carefree attitude and style, combined with his staggering fineness makes him the most appealing monsters since Gary Oldman or Dexter. People who like psychological horror cannot ignore Hannibal. Many people think that this series is not exactly the same as the movie because it doesn’t follow the storyline; yes, it is true, but it has its own flavor and impact in terms of suspense and tension.

The Americans

In this age of competition in the television industry, it is still hard to see a perfect episode of a show. However, FX has made the whole series much more impeccable; it is flawless. Excellent entertainment for a thinking person and it has everything that makes you wait eagerly for the next episode; one ought to come back after watching the first episode. The credit goes to great visuals, script, and of course Matthew Rhys. It is a mature show with no absurdity storytelling designed with a unique assumption, the Cool War.

True Detective

It is not your regular cop show; it has black humor, dark and amazing performances, and a bit of psychedelic touch. The visuals as well as the cinematography of this show are amazing and all the actors are gurus of acting when it comes to great performances. If you like character driven stories, then this would fascinate you.

Game of thrones

Yes, John snow still does not know anything but the mutlilayered narration as well as the bold storyline has a lot to tell. We don’t know when RR Martin will end the story, but we don’t want this fictional world to end ever.

This television show is much better than the original novel due to the fact that the story is modified to make it appropriate for the TV.  Just the sheer MASSIVE concrete structures the show has is impressive in its own right.  They had to employ likely hundreds of concrete contractors to make this happen.