Author Archives: Andi Perullo de Ledesma

About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Home Tips On Bathroom And Kitchen Remodeling

There are some times that the opportunity for a remodel is greater than others, but generally the best advice is to start as quickly as possible. It does not matter how deftly you schedule it out or how well you plan for exigencies like time, plumbing, labor, and materials; Murphy’s Law always makes a debut! That debut could be through one of the kids running into the room and knocking over a pile of expensive tile. You told Johnny to stay put, he said he would; but childhood has an intrinsic quality of attention deficit — that is why our parents yelled at us, right? They were human! And so are we, and so it goes with remodeling. Ideally, you should jump on remodel projects right when you move in. Putting it off can stretch so far afield that you do not actually get to it until you are selling the property and then you never get a chance to enjoy it.

Where To Remodel

Not everyone can afford to completely refurbish a home from the inside out. When you are remodeling, you should concentrate on two categories. One, what do you want to be remodeled in your home? Are there certain segments that just rub you the wrong way? Two, where are the most cost-effective and property-inflating areas to remodel? The quick answer to number two is: the kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen should likely be your first priority. With bathrooms, keep in mind that utilitarianism is on the way out and luxury on the way in. Nobody wants traditional faucets anymore. Everyone these days is interested in the under-mount options that bring water forth into a great bowl that has a mottled finish visually evocative.

What Kind Of Changes To Make

While “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” may apply to some areas of the house, there is something to be said for upgrades. Sure, that old television is not broken and you have managed to hook it up to your computer with some Jerry-rigged RadioShack components, but come on! Get a flat-screen. Unless you have a deliberate “retro” motif that you are capitalizing on in the remodel, it is a good idea to upgrade where older styles have fallen out of technological and stylistic currency.

The Monetary Advantages Of Remodeling

You could remodel right before you move and so give your house some immediate value. That can be a little bit stressful. If you are going that route, finish the remodel, then list the house on the market. There is nothing like “work-in-progress” to defray a potential buyer. Sometimes there is not enough flexibility to allow such choice, however yet another reason it makes sense to get the remodeling done right from the get-go, so that when it is time for appraisal, a clean-up reveals the added value. That said, any well-done upgrade will increase the value of your home. How much it will increase it is difficult to say. If you are a millionaire and install a diamond sink, that is definitely worth several thousand dollars; probably in the dozens. The cost of installation will be a drop in the bucket comparatively. Strangely, with remodel, sometimes going the “more expensive” route actually yields exceptional property value increase. Although should your house be in a poor neighborhood, you could spend all that money in vain. There are a lot of things to consider as you approach a remodel. Style and modernity are salable. Check sites like for exceptional selection, but location and neighborhood must be taken into account, as well as the time the remodel will take and how much contractors will charge to get the job done right.

Give Them A Stunning Wedding Send Off Beneath A Shower Of Sparkles Not Rice

Wedding send off trends come and go, but none has remained as glamorous as the use of sparklers. There is, of course, the traditional rice shower that has stood the test of time, however still it remains messy and potentially harmful to scavenging birds. Then there was a time when folks would hold butterflies in captivity, only to release them in a grand wedding exit. The butterfly trend did not last long, probably because hundreds of the poor insects died before the ceremony. Noisemakers came next. These ones would shout and scream as the newlyweds sped away to a much deserved honeymoon. Eventually, people came to their senses and realized the noisemaker trend went against all rules of common decency. It was improper to chase newlyweds away like you would a rabid dog. The current trend today is none other than wedding sparklers.

If you have not heard of wedding sparklers, suffice it to say that these are similar to the fireworks you see on July 4th, Christmas, and New Years (but at a smaller scale). They are actually long sticks, which give off bright sparkles when lit. The use of sparklers in weddings is relatively new, although has achieved great success in the wedding preparation industry.

Sparklers have been popularized in recent times by the trendy habit of holding a dinner party in the evening of the wedding day. On this evening party, the newlyweds celebrate with family and friends, and take pleasure in their first dance as a wedded couple. The couple’s entrance and exit from the party is usually enhanced by making them pass through a tunnel of wedding sparklers. The sparkling tunnel effect, coupled by the festivities taking place all around, is every woman’s dream of a fairy tale wedding. Wedding exit sparklers have become essential items in almost every wedding today.

Sparklers are not just used in the send off, but can be a great addition to the wedding cake or the champagne fountain too. Cake sparklers candles placed on top of the cake give an ethereal effect to the cake-cutting ceremony when the sparkles are lit up. Sparklers are quite popular in birthday parties too, where a cake must be cut in a grand ceremony to commemorate the blessings of having made it through another year. However, the most romantic use of sparklers today is in the newlyweds’ send off ceremony. Guests will usually line up outside the reception hall and light up sparklers as a way of wishing the newly married couple success and good fortune.

If having handfuls of hard grains pelted hard at your face is not your idea of fun, or you truly feel for the poor birds who suffer indigestion after consuming the spilt rice, then you would be better off doing your send-off the sparkler way. Sparklers are readily available in both online and offline stores. In fact for the best wedding sparklers, Miami residents have a wide choice of the products sold at very affordable prices.

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How To Prepare For Lollapalooza With Cottonelle® + Gulliana Rancic Festival Kit Giveaway

Some of us extremely lucky ladies will be attending Lollapalooza in Chicago, which is sponsored by Cottonelle®, and this post is specifically for them. Even if you have attended festivals in the past, it is always helpful to read packing tips for future ones.

Personally, when I have attended festivals, my biggest concern always had to do with going to the bathroom and staying fresh. I cannot stand public restrooms. Thankfully, Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture keeps you clean and confident while you rock out for days and days to your favorite bands.

Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture is a proprietary innovation on all Cottonelle® toilet paper and flushable cleansing cloths that is designed to clean better than the leading national value brand. It is designed so well that, believe it or not, you can go commando. Yes, you read that correct; I dare you to try it out at your next festival, as I promise you will not be disappointed. Cottonelle® knows it takes a bold confidence to go commando, but once you have it — it makes all the difference. I recommend investing in a chic, bohemian purse or backpack to complete your festival look and to make sure you include Cottonelle® products inside. Your bum will thank me later!

Also, make sure to visit this link, which is to the Cottonelle® sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to the Wanderlust 108 Festival in Miami on October 22.

Giuliana Rancid, a style icon, loves attending festivals and she has some great must-haves to bring with you. You can enter below to win:

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tips You Can Use To Design A Family Friendly Kitchen

The kitchen represents so many things in a home. It is not just where food is prepared. It is often where families gather at the beginning and end of a day, it ss where entertaining happens, and where homework is done.

Because of the importance of the kitchen, both in terms of design and functionality, it is also one of the primary places people decide to put their time, effort and money during a renovation.

The goal of a good kitchen design is to pair stylishness and beauty with lifestyle compatibility. For moms and families with children, that sense of compatibility includes a design that is kid-friendly. When you hear the phrase kid-friendly it may not evoke images of a luxury kitchen design, but the two terms do not have to be mutually exclusive.

The following are some tips you can use to get a kitchen that is ready for family use and also aesthetically appealing:

Quartz Countertops

If you are designing a kid-friendly kitchen that is also worthy of all your Pinterest dreams, think about a quartz countertop as your primary surface. Quartz is a great option, because it is durable, not as porous as natural stone, and it is going to be more damage and stain resistant.

Quartz is also excellent, since it is incredibly versatile. You can go for beautiful solid colors or even patterns that mimic granite, without the price tag and maintenance challenges of stone.

Hidden Storage

When you have kids, one of the primary concerns is probably kitchen storage. From all the snacks to the plastic plates and cutlery, you will need a place to put these items and incorporating out-of-sight storage into your design is going to help your kitchen retain a modern, streamlined appearance.

When planning storage, more tends to be better, so try to include it in as many places as you can. Most homeowners will never regret adding more storage. When designing storage, try to make it as accessible for your little ones as you can.

Incorporate lower-level shelves and drawers, where they can get their own snacks and supplies. Not only will it simplify your life, but it will also teach them to be more self sufficient.

Open Sightlines

If you are doing a full kitchen remodel, it can be a very good time to consider opening up your existing floorplan. An open floorplan can be ideal, not only from a style standpoint, but it can also make it easier to see the kids when they are playing in another room if you are in the kitchen.

Open sightlines can give a lot of peace of mind and it can also improve the resale value of your home. Hiring a great contractor can be a good way to bring your floorplan vision to life and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Add A Multi-Purpose Island

If you have the space and option to add an island, it can be invaluable for a family-friendly kitchen design. Try to incorporate multi-purpose areas into one island. For example, one end can be used for food prep and may have electrical outlets and a small sink, while the other end of the island could include room for eating and doing homework.

Having kids does not mean you cannot have a beautiful kitchen as well, particularly if you do some careful planning to accommodate the needs of your family not only presently, but also into the future!

Drops of Water

The Benefits Of Water And Tips To Stay Hydrated

Drops of Water

Water is the fuel of life, there is no doubt about it! It is the driving force behind important processes to maintain bodily functions and synergies that are essential in keeping you healthy. It is imperative that you maintain hydration levels, but as daily routines can get quite hectic, water escapes our system whether knowingly or not and we seldomly replenish it by drinking the minimum of 2.2 – 3 litres per day that is required. So, in considering the importance of water in our daily life and the perennial benefits of consuming it in bucket loads, it is perhaps doubly important to be fully hydrated on your summer holidays.

The Benefits Of Water That Become Necessities Of Life

  • Boosts your energy levels instantly, as water facilitates all body processes and functions. First and foremost, it helps your kidneys flush out excesses and maintains a healthy urinary tract.
  • Flushes out toxins and waste. Apart from urine, water loss occurs in a number of ways; sweat is the most common followed by tears, additionally to water evaporating from our system through breathing. On the other hand, stress and alcohol consumption contribute to more water loss.
  • Strengthens the immune system. A good water content in your body means it is ready to tackle intruders and protect vital systems. It also improves skin complexion, so you can see the difference.
  • Promotes loss of weight, since water energises our muscles and also prevents against cramps and sprains due to lactic acid build-up.


Stop Medicating And Start Hydrating

Since it is estimated that our bodies lose about 1.5 litres per day, it dawns on us just how important it is to replenish this. A balanced body means a healthy mind and so the water metabolism of our bodies should not be taken lightly. Across all schools of medicine, there is a consensus that water is a champion of balance. It facilitates the vital energy that circulates through meridians or channels connecting to bodily organs and functions, so fluid balance is imperative for your body to naturally remedy impurities.


The Summer Challenge Of Hydration

During the hot summer months extra caution must be paid to re-fueling your body. Read my previous post on the four steps to a happy and healthy summer. Below are some tips to help you drink more H2O, but there is also one way of ensuring your body is hydro-treated to the brim: combine a summer holiday with the healing powers of a hydrotherapy by making your holiday destination a detox session!


One of the most recent developments in health tourism is the Miraggio Thermal Spa and Resort that is dedicated to the wellness brought to us by the power of water. The Myrthia Spa uses the the benefits of water enhanced by specialised spa treatments to promote optimal well-being, looking at guests individual wellness needs. The signature treatment of Thalassotherapy is especially advantageous since it also utilises sea minerals and salts, which are said to work wonders for pores and skin.


Five Simple Tips To Stay Hydrated

Try to incorporate these simple tips into your daily routine to increase your water intake and to fully benefit from a well hydrated system:

  • Drink at least one beverage (if not a glass of water) with every snack and meal, and drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.
  • Water is the best beverage, but also juices and milk have a high water content. However, choose beverages you are fond of or else you are more likely to skip it.
  • Eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. They have high water content and will add to your water intake.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. A good trick is to remember to have a few sips every time you look at it.
  • Avoid staying in the sun for long periods of time, as this exacerbates water loss, although you might not realise it.