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Planning a Trip To San Francisco

You are looking for somewhere new and different to go on vacation. Someplace warm and sunny with lots of interesting things to do is high on your list. San Francisco has plenty of unique stops that will create memories for years to come. Here are a few things you can do there.

Cable Cars

The last of the manual cable cars on operation, the San Francisco cars are a must do on your trip. This iconic hillside elevator cost very little and it is a unique and interesting way to see the city.

Alcatraz Island

Once a federal prison for the likes of Al Cspone and Robert Franklin Shroud, Alcatraz prison was built to keep ill behaving, notorious criminals in a place they couldn’t escape. Now you can tour it and see just how secure the island it.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world and is the most represented in the media. It connects San Francisco to Marin County. Once you have your own pictures of it, you can relax at the beautiful Golden Gate Park. This park has lots of places to play and take in the sight of the area.

Fisherman’s Wharf

While you are down at the bay, you need to stop by Fisherman’s Wharf. Have dinner at one of their famous restaurants and enjoy some fresh seafood. Take a tour of the historic area and take in the scenery of the San Francisco Bay.

Planning a Visit To Chinatown

San Francisco boasts four different Chinatowns, including the largest outside China. More people visit this area of the city than they do the Golden Gate Bridge. You will want to plan a trip for authentic Chinese food and to take in the culture that encompasses this vibrant community.

Turn Your Backyard Into a Relaxing Oasis with a Wooden Gazebo


While you can’t completely stop all the stress of your daily life, you can put it on pause by taking frequent breaks. If booking a reservation to a five-star spa resort every weekend isn’t realistic for your situation, consider bringing the resort to your backyard with a gazebo. Gazebos, which are generally made of wood or vinyl, offer intimate spaces where you can bird watch, read, or take afternoon naps. These structures come in many sizes, shapes, and styles, which make it easy for you to find one that enhances your home’s design. Here are some specific examples of uses for gazebos that will help you to decide if investing in a wooden gazebo kit is right for your household.

Shaded Area for Gardening Projects

Scientific research identifies a link between gardening and stress relief. By installing a treated pine or cedar wood gazebo in your backyard, you’ll give yourself a place to pot flowers, herbs, and vegetables rain or shine. You needn’t be anxious about the cost of getting a gazebo style that’s right for your space. Purchase a wooden gazebo kit and not a pre-assembled version, and you’ll save money on the gazebo model that you want. Continue reading

Three Easy Project Ideas for Decorating with Milled Wood

toolsMilled wood essentially refers to pieces of wood sent through a milling machine. This changes those pieces from ordinary blocks or planks or wood into elaborately decorated pieces that you can use in projects around your home. Depending on how much you like the look of wood, you might invest in a millport milling machine, rent one of these machines or just buy the wood already decorated. Even if you have less experience than other carvers and millers do, you’ll still find some fun and easy ways to decorate with milled wood.

Make an Outdoor Bench

As long as you have two wood chairs that are the same height and shape, you can make a cute outdoor bench. Remove the cushions and any padding from the top of the chairs. Place the two chairs a short distance apart. The further the chairs are apart, the longer the bench will be. Place a piece of milled wood directly on top of the chairs. Secure this wood board in place with nails, staples or screws. You can then paint the chairs and the wood any color you might like. Apply a coat of clear sealant when using the bench outside, or add a few colorful throw pillows when using the bench indoors.

Floating Shelves

Milled wood has a decorative look that makes the planks perfect for using as floating shelves. You can actually pick up metal brackets from any home improvement store. These brackets consist of a long piece of metal that you affix to the wall and shorter metal pieces that stick straight out. You’ll need to drill holes in your plank and slip those holes over the shorter metal pieces. Use just one shelf as a focal point or opt for multiple planks to increase your storage.

Note Board

Create your own note board with a piece of plywood, some chalkboard or whiteboard paint and four smaller pieces of milled wood. Sand the plywood until it feels completely smooth to the touch before applying two or more coats or paint. You can then nail the milled boards around the edges and attach a piece of wire to the back for hanging. This simple board is great for writing down menus, keeping track of schedules or leaving notes for your family. Use these projects to decorate your home with beautiful pieces of milled wood.

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