Blog Carnival – A Carnival of Everything Home

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Welcome to the August 5, 2009 edition of a carnival of everything home.

Another great collection of articles were submitted.  Thank you everyone for your submission.

This will be the last Blog Carnival for awhile.  I will resume publishing them in October.  Thank you to all!


Daniel Drew presents Small Business Loans posted at My Business is doing well should I choose an SBA Loan?, saying, “Many companies in the US are ready to help businesspersons when they need financial assistance. The lending companies have a team of experts who can guide you about matters pertaining to unsecured loans, so that you can make a smart financial decision.”

Len Penzo presents Is the Payback Period on Energy Efficient Bulbs Too Long? posted at Len Penzo . Com.

Ky presents Cost of a foreclosure vs loan modification posted at homeowner loan, saying, “Today, many homeowners who are facing difficult times are comparing the costs of foreclosure versus a loan modification. Regardless of how difficult your situation may be, a foreclosure is a very bad option. Many homeowners mistaking think that that they may not qualify for a loan modification because they are behind with their payments or have no equity.”

Daniel Drew presents Unsecured Small Business Loan posted at My Business is doing well should I choose an SBA Loan?, saying, “”Lines of credit are generally paid off by opting for a permanent source of financing. In case of commercial property line of credit, the sale of the old property may help repay the line of credit””

Ben Dinsmore presents Why Do I Have to Pay for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? posted at Trees Full of Money, saying, “Stay on top of your mortgage payments, especially when it comes to Private Mortgage Insurance. You may end up paying hundreds (if not thousands) more than you need to!”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents myFICO Score Watch: Equifax Credit Score Monitoring posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”

The Smarter Wallet presents Online Stock Brokers With Cheap Brokerage Fees posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

Banker Saver presents Is The Inflation Protected Certificate of Deposit Still Around? posted at Banker Saver, saying, “Thank you for hosting.”

Investing Toolkit presents Facing Investment Risks: Watch Your Money! posted at Investing Toolkit, saying, “Thank you!”

Daniel Drew presents Line of Credit posted at My Business is doing well should I choose an SBA Loan?, saying, “”Lines of credit are generally paid off by opting for a permanent source of financing. In case of commercial property line of credit, the sale of the old property may help repay the line of credit””

Green Living

GreatManagement presents Organic Chemical Free Gardening posted at Free Organic News, saying, “Every year, thousand of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. How? By growing plants. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens. And that means that you can make a difference by changing your gardening practices. There are many agricultural producers who have done it, and you can use the same tricks to help your own garden, and the planet.”

Anthony Kuo presents Smart Grid + Smart Home = Zero Net Energy Home posted at Smart Home Automation Guide, saying, “You’ve probably heard plenty of buzz about the smart grid. GE has been touting it for a while, and they have an entire fancy site set up about it, but what exactly is a smart grid?”

paystolivegreen presents Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options posted at Pays to Live Green.

Home Decor

Chris presents Home Office Ideas posted at Office Decorating Ideas, saying, “Home office decor ideas, for those making the transition to working at home, having some home office ideas can help keep you motivated and create an office environment in the home.”

Katy Allgeyer presents MOVING IN TOGETHER « Feng Shui By Fishgirl posted at Feng Shui By Fishgirl, saying, “Merging two homes into one poses unique challenges for your relationship as well as your home decor.”

OPTED Magazine presents Tackle your junk drawer posted at OPTED Magazine.

Caren presents My Recycled Cookbook Holder posted at The Prudent Pantry, saying, “A coat of spray paint turned an old dictionary stand into a great place to hold my recipes and menu plans.”

Vera Lang presents How to Live in a Coastal Cottage (residing many miles inland) posted at Fine Craft Guild .com, saying, “This article is the umbrella article for a number of beach-inspired home decoration craft projects. All complete with illustrations, free ‘how to’ tutorials, and tips from the pro’s. You will love the results!”

Home Improvement

Chris presents Outdoor entertaining areas posted at Home I Own, saying, “How to add another entertaining area to your home”

Courtney presents Wedding Theme Ideas: Unique and Creative Wedding Themes-Western Wedding Theme posted at Wedding Themes, saying, “A Western wedding theme can be a lot of fun and is definitely not used very often.”

jim presents Is A Scam? posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

roy ambar irawan presents Luxury Hilltop Home Interior Designed By Safdie Rabines | Home Interior Design posted at Home Interior Design.

Finance Tips 101 presents Saving Cash With Coupons ? Three Tips To Keep More of Your Money posted at Finance Tips 101.

Mark Donovan presents Home Addition Ideas posted at HomeAdditionPlus, saying, “Mark Donovan of discusses various home addition ideas, including building a family room addition, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, finishing basements, and attic conversions.”

Real Estate

Curt R presents Green Homes – Top 10 Features posted at Green Healthy Home.

Ray presents Net Worth Update and First Time Home Buyer Plans posted at Money Blue Book.


Patricia Turner presents 100 Things You Can Learn or Do in 30 Days or Less posted at Pharmacy Technician Certification.

PicktheBrain presents posted at Associate’s Degree.

Michael presents How to Rust-Proof Your Car posted at Vital Motion, saying, “Rust-proofing your car can have some serious benefits for your car, but it isn’t cheap or easy.”

Mesquite Pete presents Cool Things To Do On Hot Days posted at Summertime Fun, saying, “It is tough to beat the heat during the summer, but there are some fun things to do.”

Rick Schiano presents Life?s Twists posted at Ricks Victory Blog.

Kevin Poulis presents – Advice, Support And Fun For Moms And Moms-To-Be posted at

Hal LaPray presents Cancer-Stricken Social Security Claimant Makes YouTube Plea To Obama posted at Disability Information & Resources.

Ashley Cook presents Inexpensive Snacks posted at Saving Money Today, saying, “Trying to save money does not mean you can’t have an occasional tasty treat this summer.”

Farid presents Babor: Skincare Systems that Work posted at Babor: Skincare Systems that Work, saying, “Babor is a company dedicated to helping women find their inner and outer beauty through skincare systems designed for all skin types. Whether your skin is oily, dry or suffering from the stresses of life, Babor has a product line to address the individual needs of your skin. This company uses only the highest quality ingredients to provide products that cleanse, treat and pamper. As one of the top skin care and cosmetic companies in Europe, Babor is now gaining popularity in North America as women on this side of the globe are tuning to the luxurious Babor formulas.”

Farid presents Dr Brandt | posted at Natural Skin care products, saying, “The Dr. Brandt line of skin care products was founded by Doctor Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist and practicing doctor in the realm of skin health and cosmetic procedure who has more than twenty years of both research and practicing experience. His research has led him to discovering just how useful ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and green tea can be in the treatment of the skin, which has, in turn, led to those ingredients forming the foundation from which he would eventually build an entire line of skin care products.”

Farid presents How to Get Sexy, Plump Lips in 30 Days posted at Gold Investing, saying, “Full lips are scientifically linked to how sexually attractive we appear to potential mates. One way to take years off your looks is to create the appearance of rounder, plumper lips. They communicate youth, vitality, and sexual maturity. And incredible lips are achievable without painful, expensive and unnerving injections of botulism. You too can have lips as luscious as Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian in less than one month. Achieving that starlet pout is one part skin care, one part choosing the right products, and one part optical illusion. Let’s look at your way to round, pouty, gorgeous lips in four weeks or less.”

Farid presents Five Ways to Prevent Wrinkles posted at Acne treatment, saying, “Preventing wrinkles is one of the primary concerns of most people who are concerned with their own appearance. People don’t want wrinkles for a few reasons. The first is because they change the look of our skin, and make us appear older, but even more important is that they make us FEEL old. When you look in that mirror and see wrinkles, it makes you feel old and tired. Luckily, with all we now know about skin care, there are many steps that can be taken in order to prevent wrinkles.”

Raising Whiskers presents Cat Pregnancy – Cat Pregnancy Labor Signs – Cat Pregnancy Labor posted at Cat Care Tips, saying, “Cats have different stages of pregnancy just like humans do.”

Michael presents Protect Yourself from Useless Auto Warranties posted at Vital Motion, saying, “While you may sign up for a warranty, thinking it will save you money, it will only be a waste of money if it turns out to be a useless or fraudulent policy.”

fourleafclovergoodluckcharms presents Good Luck Music Video | Four Leaf cLover Good Luck posted at Four Leaf cLover Good Luck, saying, “If you take steps to improve yourself, to live longer by eating right and exercising, why wouldn’t you also take similar steps to improve your good luck and fortune?”

Ben Lau presents Hong Kong PolyU Design Annual Show posted at, saying, “Every year, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)’s School of Design holds an Annual show featuring students’ works. This year, the school recognized that design is no longer a “one-way street” and that the underlying theme for the show would be “Response”. This was chosen to emphasize communication and interaction in the making of good design. I have compiled a short list of a couple of my favourites from the show.”

Tom Peper presents Financing a Small Business | posted at How To Start Your Own Business, saying, “Free Business Membership offers information on how to start a business, home based business, franchise, SBA loans, promoting a business, LLC”

kristen ellis presents Frugality In the Making: Making Your Own “Purell” Type Hand Sanitizer posted at Frugality In the Making.

marjorie presents Shrimp Curry Rice is Comforting posted at Laurel on Health Food, saying, “A simple, home-cooked meal for those nights when you’re too exhausted to cook but needing the warmth of a comfort food. This shrimp curry rice is the ideal sofa-side companion–healthy but easy to prepare and comforting.”

presents Homemade Oven Cleaner posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, “Make your own homemade oven cleaner.”

Steve Faber presents Why Won’t My Blu Ray Player Play a Disc? posted at Home Theater Gear.

Debbie Foster presents Dog Crates – A Dog Owning Essential posted at Pet Prattle and Products.

Jack Schmidt presents Albert Einstein and Your Personal Economy posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “SectorMatic Money Site – Personal Finance | Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Debbie Foster presents How to Crate Train Your Puppy Effortlessly posted at Pet Prattle and Products.

MatthewPaulson presents Use an Income and Expense Budget to Deal With Your Financial Problems posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.

Billeater presents Ten Ways to Save Money During Pregnancy posted at Billeater.

Debbie Foster presents Choosing a Cat Bed posted at Pet Prattle and Products.

phillip madsen presents Inflatables And More posted at blog.

Jack Schmidt presents The High Cost of Deep Fried Coke posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “ – Personal Finance | Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Billeater presents Go DIY And Save Money posted at Billeater.

Gabe Swinney presents Cigar Humidors for Sale posted at Automatic Watch Winder, saying, “Lets be honest, for a real cigar smoker the humidor is very important and so to buy a cigar humidor that is for sale online it takes a degree of trust in the website, after all the wrong humidor could ruin your entire supply of precious cigars. And so it is so important to remember that when looking for cigar humidors for sale online, credibility is king.”

Matthew Paulson presents Are You An Informed Shopper? posted at American Consumer News.

istylethis presents Top Tips to Stay “Green” on Your Wedding Day | Green Wedding Ideas | Para ti Novia posted at Para ti Novia, saying, “A green wedding? Is it possible? When you think about it, it really isn’t that difficult to employ the same principles: Reuse, save and be creative.”

Debbie Foster presents Cats and Dreams posted at Pet Prattle and Products.

Dr. Alan Singer presents Close Families Raise…More? Less? (Pick One) Independent Adults posted at, saying, “counterintuitive? Close families raise more independent children AMS”

That concludes this edition.  Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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