As is the tradition, I’m always the last blogger in blogland to get a gift guide up (did I mention we just got our tree up two days ago?!), but I love searching for fun gift ideas all over the interwebs (including tons of small businesses & handmade items) and smashing them all into one big post for you guys! And this is that post, so let’s get down to business. There’s stuff for grown ups, finds for kids, and a ton of budget friendly ideas that are under $25, and even $15! Hope you find something you love for someone you love… even if that someone is you (I’m totally asking Santa for a few things on this list 😉
GIFTS FOR GROWN-UPS
Here’s what we’re loving, either firsthand stuff we’ve bought ourselves and have really enjoyed – or things we’re getting for friends & family (or hoping to find under the tree).
from Home Improvements Articles and News https://www.younghouselove.com/holiday-gift-guides-2019/
Last week, ACA and U.S. paint and coatings industry, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging action to enact the USMCA: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The USMCA will provide multiple benefits to the paint and coatings industry including tariff-free markets as well as new digital trade provisions which will help to open cross-border communication and facilitate trade. The agreement will also help to create a simpler importation process with the use of a streamlined import-document submission procedure. Higher de minimis shipment values will catalyze trade, and regulatory transparency provisions will ease regulatory burdens on our industry members.
The U.S. coatings manufacturing base exports a significant portion of its production to Mexico and Canada — approximately $1.85 billion in 2018, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s exports — and the United States benefits from a consistently strong trade surplus with both countries.
“Waiting any longer to approve this important trade agreement only introduces more uncertainty in our supply chain and end markets,” the letter stated.
“The USMCA is a much-needed upgrade to NAFTA and is a win for America’s paint industry and U.S. manufacturing in general. We urge you to act now.”
The USMCA maintains and augments many benefits for the United States and its varied industries: promoting U.S. exports, boosting manufacturing, addressing changes in the modern economy over the last 25 years, including digital trade; and it also expands labor and environmental provisions in the original NAFTA for trading partner countries, among many other enhancements.
The USMCA simplifies the overall process of importation since trading partners must establish or maintain a single-window system enabling the electronic submission through a single point of the documentation and data necessary for importation. This single-window system’s electronic submission coupled with transparency procedures supports the use of blockchain for global supply chains. Blockchain may increase the efficiency and security of customs and product safety supply-chain traceability.
For months, ACA has urged Congress to partner with the current Administration to enact this important trade agreement to preserve the very real benefits that the coatings industry has seen from a North American trade accord over the past two and a half decades.
Contact ACA’s Heidi McAuliffe for more information.
Don’t we all want mo money without mo problems? Today we’re talking with personal finance expert Tanja Hester about how value-driven spending and setting a “money mission statement” can help you reach even your biggest financial goals – whether you’re saving up for a home in your dream neighborhood, a big renovation, or even early retirement, which Tanja herself has accomplished. She’s sharing easy ways to trim your budget, painless ways to put more in the bank, and why she thinks most of us have more financial freedom than we think. Plus, we’re discussing a new holiday decorating epiphany that Sherry recently had (oddly enough it was inspired by Halloween and not Christmas) and why you may want to grab an often overlooked painting tool that can save the day. And your back.
You can download this episode from Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.
from Home Improvements Articles and News https://www.younghouselove.com/podcast-157/
Our annual rundown of stuff you can get cheaper than we did is here. Ha! Every year we check out the Black Friday deals (which literally start earlier every year) and we pull out stuff that we bought with our own money & really really like. And we share it here so you can snag things for 20% off, 30% off, and even over 50% off! We’ll try to update this post if more codes come out (just come back and scroll to the bottom to see all the sale links & codes in one place).
Our fully upholstered bed is marked down from $949 to $572 (40%!). Ours is the Talc color, and it’s such a step up from a metal frame and so much cleaner looking without needing a bedskirt!
Our woven blinds (we have these on every downstairs window) are marked down to start from $29.99 instead of $39.99 (19% off) .
from Home Improvements Articles and News https://www.younghouselove.com/holiday-sales-on-stuff-we-love-2019/
I’m someone who loves those detailed “what worked & what didn’t” posts where someone looks back on the choices they made and shares what didn’t work out as well as they hoped – and how they adjusted to make things work better for their family (more comfortable/more practical/more beautiful/etc). And since we furnished this house over two years ago – can you believe we did it in the fall of 2017?! – I thought it would be fun to share the changes we made since then in one big rundown post. So here we go.
The Front Porch
- The Change: New front porch swing
- The Reason: The old one was already rotting!
The original porch swing we hung out here was nice and simple (white like the trim, and the vertical pickets tied right into the railing), but it sadly wasn’t up to the job of withstanding the weather.
from Home Improvements Articles and News https://www.younghouselove.com/beach-house-updates/