My Dream Home

I recently inquired about the cost of constructing a custom home and I realized that it is cheaper to buy an existing home than to have one custom-built. Despite the cost, I am hoping to have my dream home constructed somewhere in the northwest area of Las Vegas.
Among the features that I want for my dream home are large yard, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, granite kitchen countertops with similar ones in the bath, an open floor plan layout. I would like plush carpets especially in rooms but I prefer tiles in the kitchen. A swimming pool would be nice too.

I have read about a product referred to as insulated concrete forming system that I would like to use on my dream home. With ICF, one can build reinforced concrete walls with built-in acoustical, fire and thermal protection.

Anyway, I recently saw a listing for a lot that I think is going to be a perfect spot for my dream home. It is almost 10,000 square feet big and I am already imagining my 2,500 square feet single story home in it. I am just in a dilemma because I do not know whether to buy the lot right away or apply for a construction loan first. I do not want to use up all my funds buying this lot but preparing all the stuff that will be needed for a construction loan will take some time.

Any suggestions?

The Apartment Hunt

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I'm so happy right now! You know why? My cousin who is currently based in Reno, Nevada will be transferring here in Las Vegas.

Debbie is my first cousin and we grew up together because we're neighbors. Their family moved to Reno in the early 2000. Now, she has a job offer here in Las Vegas and I'm so excited that we can live next to each other again. I was actually inviting her to be my roommate but she wanted to have her own place.

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Anyway, I helped Debbie find an apartment near our place using an online site called Apartments.com. I find this site easy to use and it provides a lot of information regarding the listings that they are providing in the results. You just need to enter the details (city, state or zip code) in their search box, hit the "Search" button and voila! you get the list of all the apartments that meet that criteria.


Among the information that the apartments.com site gives are the rent amount, deposit, bed, bathroom. square footage, the availability of the unit, features, amenities and utilities included. I love that it features the floor plan of some of the units (3D or 2D) and it shows the results of your search on a map.

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I am so excited the Debbie will be moving here to Las Vegas. Wait, I already mentioned that already, right? LOL!

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A New Feel to One’s Clothing Style

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What's your clothing style? Me? Well, I love to go for the chic and smart but casual look. Recently, I found out that just incorporating a colorful pair of tights or leggings into my wardrobe will definitely change the entire feel of my outfit by adding a new word to it: funl!

A while ago, I created an outfit collage at Polyvore.com and this is what I came up with:

fashion collage at Polyvore

What do you think? I love the total look and I can't wait to wear this attire someday.

In that collage, I added tights/leggings to my ensemble. What brand of tights? Well, I’m thinking of the No nonsense tights and leggings. I like them because they can be easily found not only at mass retail stores but at food and drug stores as well. Affordable too!

Lately, there’s a press release that Jill Martin will be partnering with No nonsense. Imagine that! The famous TV personality (she's been nominated thrice at Emmy!), fashion expert and author of "Fashion for Dummies" will become the brand ambassador and style expert for the launch of the new tights and leggings at No nonsense. Check out this video to see what I mean!

Hmm, that’s definitely worth watching out for right?! Well, let’s keep in touch with No nonsense via Facebook and Twitter to receive updates from No nonsense. Why not join me in liking No nonsense on Facebook and following them on Twitter at @benononsense. See you there!

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