Daffodils in February!

Hello Lovely People,

Hope your day has been an awesome one!
February has come to end and the weather has been crazy to say the least. Temperatures have peaked out in the 70s in the middle of winter. Not just a day here and there. Most of the month has been abnormally above normal with regular high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. With temperatures like this, it leads to finds like this.

Yes, the daffodils are blooming the backyard. These springtime flowers are common in late March and early April, about the time of Easter Sunday. But the warm weather has caused a premature blooming season, even before the Easter (and Lenten) season even has begun. Hopefully this is not a sign of how spring and summer will be. I, for one, would like to see some snow. Our family, the doggies included, enjoy playing out in the snow, making snowmen and throwing snowballs. It is our hope that we will get at least one good snow fall before Spring actually arrives.

What are the Rarest Collectible Coins?

There is a reason why many people always look at the coins a cashier hands them when they make change. There are certain rare coins that are worth a fortune. While it isn’t probable, you will receive a million-dollar coin at the check-out, knowing some of the rarest coins and their value could be beneficial when you go to estate or yard sales or are cleaning out a grandparents’ home.

Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies on record. Besides, collecting coins can be rewardable. Not only do many coins gain value, but if you decide that collecting is not for you after trying it, you will likely get all of your investment back, a rare occurrence when it comes to most investments.

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Most of the highest-rated coins are from the 1800s up to around 1920. Values decrease dramatically after that time. There are basically three reasons a coin is highly valuable:

  1. The number of coins in existence. A low number of known coins will make any coin more valuable.
  1. The content of the coin. The type of metal used for the coin, whether it’s gold, silver or copper, make it more costly. Most coins today don’t contain the same amount of such metals.
  1. Historical value of the coin. Some coins are expensive because of who owned them or how they are recovered.

There are some coins worth millions while some are worth several thousand. Below is a list of some of the most collectible coins in the world.

The 1849 Double Eagle
By far, this is the most valuable coin known as it is valued at $20 million. It has the trifecta of valuable attributes as it is made of gold at the beginning of the California gold rush and is incredibly rare. The value has jumped in recent years because it was valued at $15 million just two years ago.

Saint Gaudens Coins
These coins garner a lot of cash depending upon the mint year. The 1907 Saint Gaudens is valued at $8.5 million and is so rare that the best are located at the Smithsonian Museum. This book is an interest for collectors by its own. Here the 1927 D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle is valued at $1.2 million while the 1933 Double Eagle is valued at $7.59 million.

The 1933 Double Eagle
The 1933 Double Eagle is highly distinguished because 1933 was the last year of production. This coin was never circulated and all were melted because the government discontinued the gold standard in 1933. Other Saint Gaudens coins also hold value. The 1921 St. Gaudens Double East is valued at $130,000. There is a 1930 version that also holds good value at $120,000.

1794 Silver Dollar
This coin, the first silver dollar produced by the U.S. Mint, is different from later coins in that the hair of the head flows, earning it the nickname of the “Flowing Hair Dollar.” Worth 7.85 million, this coin is one of the most rare and one of the most expensive in a private collector’s hands. It also has a national historical aspect to it, making it a special coin to own. Don’t miss a chance to deep into revolutionary world of 17th-18th centuries coinage.

1822 Half Eagle
This $6 million coin has a bit of mystery because of the 17,796 coins minted, there remains only three left. Two of those are in the Smithsonian Museum, leaving the world to speculate where the third coin remains. These coins were released in $5 denominations, are gold and feature a Liberty head of the front and a flying eagle on the back.

Liberty Coins
Much like the Saint Gaudens coins, there are several in this series that are worth a fortune. Topping the list is the 1913 Liberty Head, valued at $4.5 million. This was a 5-cent coin and has the distinction of being produced without approval from the U.S. Mint.

The 1913 coin was the first to bust the million-dollar cost ceiling when one sold in 1996 for $1.485 million. The 1870 Liberty Seated dollar is valued at $1.9 million and the 1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle coin is valued at $180,000. Some of the less rare coins are the 1873 CC Liberty Seated quarter, worth $90,000 and the 1887 Liberty Head Double Eagle, valued at $89,000.

No, you may not have a million-dollar coin in your purse, but there could be a chance you may have some of the less rare coins in an old coin collection book or box in the attic. It doesn’t hurt to check because you could find your own treasure, stowed away, waiting to be discovered!

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This contribution post was made by Infinity Coins, specializing in bullion, jewelry and other collectibles. Infinity Coins has become the Pinedale coin dealers and Driggs coin dealers that locals have come to trust.

How To Get Value For Money When Hiring a Tradesmen

If you need some handy work done around the home a tradesman is someone you may want to consider hiring. With this being said, you want to know you are hiring the best and are getting the most value for your money as well. So, how do you go about attaining such goals? These are a few things to keep in mind when trying to hire the right people and trying to get the most bang for your buck when hiring them.

Comparison sites
Using a comparison website prior to hiring a tradesman will prove extremely beneficial. You can compare credentials, the work they do, the quality of services, reviews, and how former clients feel about their workmanship. All of these factors will help you in hiring the tradesman who is not only qualified to do the work you want to hire them to perform, but also ensure you are hiring someone who is fully capable, is licensed, and has all required experience for the tasks you wish to hire them to perform. You can find a tradesman through comparison sites very easily. Most comparison sites offer videos or a step by step guide on how to hire a tradesmen though their site.

Qualifications are critical
Check for credentials. Make sure they have all required licenses, are fully certified, and have been servicing different tasks you wish to hire them to perform for years. The more qualified they are, and the more credentials you can see, the more likely it is that you are hiring the best for different trade tasks and jobs.

Pricing up front
Make sure you know what you are paying up front. From the cost of labour, to the price of parts, services, and any small jobs they are going to perform, make sure you know what things will cost prior to hiring a tradesman. Not only so you find the most affordable prices, but also to get the most for your money and to ensure you aren’t being taken advantage of.

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Inspired Home Giveaway

Hi Beautiful People,

After the holidays the house may seem a little bare; but don’t despair. Creative ideas can start to flourish and inspire in many different ways.  I like to change a style of bed linens, add a afghan to a chair or new curtains to add a spice of flair to a room. I also enjoy designing my bedroom with lots of pillows because I think it provides an elegant and warm look. Before you know it, that little bare space will be a sweet haven of tranquility.

I’m joining Katherines Corner for her newest giveaway.
This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner, Simple Nature Decor
and some sweet bloggy friends.

One winner will receive a copy of the book The Inspired Room and $200 Cash ( via Paypal)

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The cash prize is provided by Katherine, Maria and some wonderful bloggy friends

inspired home giveaway hostesses

Katherine – Katherines Corner

Maria – Simple Nature Decor

Laura – Not A Trophy Wife

Angel – Sew Crafty Angel

Nina – Vintage Mamas Cottage

Olivia – Reinvented Collection

Kat – Inspiration Can Be Found Everywhere

Megan – VMG206

Christine – I Dig Pinterest

Diane – Mamal Diane Keeping Life Simple

Tamaki – Bubbling With Elegance and Grace

Angie – Gods Growing Garden

Darren – Oh My Heartsie Girl

Marilyn – Marilyns Treats

Vanessa – DIY180

Just log into the entry form using your email address or Facebook and get started.

Enter one, or all of the entries. The Giveaway ENDS March 6th!

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Perfect Linens Giveaway

It’s time for a new giveaway at Katherines Corner
and I am joining in the fun.

One winner will receive-

A Set of Second Skin Sheets from Perfect Linens
(value $200) and $200 Cash!

There is nothing like a great pair of fresh linens for your bed. As the nights turn cooler, there is nothing cozying up to a soft and luxurious set of sheets to make you sleep a baby. Who won’t want to have a great set to sheets to sleep in? And to have some extra cash as well, what a bonus! Check out the giveaway details below.

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This months Paypal cash is brought to you by Katherine
and some of her sweet bloggy friends

perfect linens giveaway hostesses

listed in no specific order

Katherine- Katherines Corner

Debi-Surroundings By Debi

Angel- Sew Crafty Angel

Angie-Gods Growing Garden

Nina-Vintage Mamas Cottage

Diane- Mamal Diane Keeping Life Simple

Karren – Oh My Heartsie Girl

Linda- Crafts ala Mode

Laurie- My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies

Tamaki- Bubbling With Elegance and Grace

Rachel- Craving Some Creativity

Christine- I Dig Pinterest

LouLou Girls- LouLou Girls

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Enter one or all of the entries. Giveaway starts Oct 2 and ends Oct 30th

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Made for Sound: Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker III (Product Review)

Hi Beautiful People!

As many of you know, I love music.

JT with Bose Soundlink II

For me, it is uncool listening to music from my computer or my tablet and the sound quality does not live up to my expectations. Listening to music on these devices alone are okay; but I like to use a portable sound speaker system to take the music to a higher level.

I recently had the opportunity to demo one of these portable speakers, the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker III, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. I have seen Bose speakers and stereo systems advertised in the past, but I never had an opportunity to try one for myself. Let’s just say, I am sold on Bose. This speaker definitely takes sound quality to the a higher level.

IPAD with Bose

When I took the speaker out of the box, the setup was so simple and quick. I turned on the speaker and it paired via Bluetooth with my computer almost instantly. One great feature about this Bose speaker is that remembers up to six devices and will pair with it automatically when Bluetooth is enabled on the device. To put the speaker to the test, I opened iTunes and choose Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet. The sound coming through the Bose speaker was so true and clear. It sounded like the bands were playing a live concert in the same room with me. I did not have the Bose speaker set to its highest volume. I cannot stop raving about how great this speaker sounds and how easy it is to set up.

  • Product Features, as listed on the Verizon website:

    • Experience the best-performing mobile Bluetooth® speaker from Bose.
    • Bose® technologies help reproduce music with the fullness, clarity and depth you might not expect from a mobile Bluetooth speaker this size.
    • Connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device.
    • The lithium-ion battery lets you share your music for up to 14 hours without recharging.
    • Curved edges and thin profile make it easy to grab and slip into a bag or backpack, so you can take your music wherever you go.
    • A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, while a wraparound metal grille adds to its durability and resists fingerprints.
    • Optional accessory covers let you add color to reflect your personal style.
    • Car charger available for convenient charging while traveling.

    How does the Boise Soundlink speaker III perform?

    I had been using a similar, but smaller speaker prior to using this Bose speaker. It is not a Bose; but one of its competitors. It has good sound quality; but it was not loud enough when I workout or when I watch a movie on my iPad. Using the Boise Soundlink speaker III with my Zumba workouts is awesome. I can clearly hear all the instruments playing and that bass. I want my music to be pumping when I workout and this speaker takes it to another level. I did not need to have the speaker set to the highest level. Although I want the music to be pumping; I also want to protect my ears.

    Sounds like a private Sound System
    Watching movies with the Boise Soundlink speaker is like surround sound at your finger tips. The bass is awesome and it mades me feel like I am at the movie theater. The sound fills the room.

    Does the Boise Soundlink III speaker move around?

    Working out

    No! No matter how high the volume or how deep the bass, the speaker does not move.  This is vitally important to me because when I am working out, the last thing I want to do is to keep the speaker from falling on the floor due to the pumping of the music. With my own speaker, I had to pause my workout in order to pick up the speaker from the floor.

    Is it heavy?
    No! It weighs less than 3 pounds and easily transports from my office, to the workout room, to the piano with no problem.

         I would hear people talk about Bose and how great its products are. Well after experiencing one for myself, I can honestly say that this speaker is a complete home run. I recommend this portable speaker to anyone who wants a rich and full sound. Whether you are listening to your favorite music, or catching up on your favorite television show; or working out to the latest Zumba video, the Bose Soundlink III pulls you into the experience.

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*Disclaimer: This review was my honest opinion. I had the opportunity to demo the Boise Soundlink III for three weeks and after that it was returned back to Verizon Wireless.

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