Keep warm this winter with iBuyWoodStoves

Man, was it chilly here this morning. The windshields of our cars were covered in condensation that was just this side of actual frost. Time to start gearing up for home heating season! We have a forced air heating system, but I’ve always wished we could live in a house with a fireplace. I don’t actually know anything about fireplaces, how easy or hard they are to maintain, but I know they feel cozy and it’s comforting to sit in front of one and listen to the crackle of the wood and watch the flames dance.

Plus, people with fireplaces in their homes get to have fireplace mantels, which are perfect for displaying photos and knick knacks and things. iBuyWoodStoves is a site that carries all kinds of fireplace items, including mantels in a variety of wood styles and prices. They also carry fireplace surrounds that turn the fireplace into a piece of decorative furniture. Whether your fireplace is wood burning, electric, gas, or gel fuel, the site has accessories you can use.

Naturally, iBuyWoodStoves carries, you guessed it, a variety of discount wood stoves. You can choose from top wood burning stoves from the most trusted manufacturers. You’ll get a quality product at factory direct discount prices. Check out the site for anything you need for your fireplace or wood stove.

Blaze media pro software

Blaze Media Pro offers powerful and fast software that lets you manage your audio and video files. I had no idea that with one software download, you can convert Quicktime movies to Windows Media Movies using a MOV converter. I hate when I want to watch something in one format but it’s not compatible. Blaze Media Pro comes with an audio converter that lets you turn CDs into MP3, WMA, WMV, or OGG audio files, or make CDs from those files using the burner. It’s fast and easy to use for beginners with advanced options for more experienced users.

With the video encoder, you can convert your videos into files that can be read on an iPod or PSP. It seems like there’s nothing you can’t convert from one format to another using this software! Check it out for yourself by clicking any of the links in this post.

Review: Verizon service bundles

If you are looking for a new provider for Internet, phone, and/or satellite TV, here’s some information about Verizon. Verizon High Speed Internet starts at just $14.99 a month with the first month free and a free modem with their “Price for Life” plan, which requires a minimum two-year commitment, for a speed of 768 Kbps, which is 21 times faster than standard dial-up. Or, for a download speed of 3.0 Mbps which is 53 times faster than dial-up, Verizon offers a plan at $27.99 a month with the “Price for Life” two year minimum commitment plan.

There are four different Verizon phone packages, from the basic unlimited local calling plan to the feature-packed Freedom Plan with unlimited local and long distance calling plus seven popular calling features. Choose from Call Waiting, Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Call Blocking, *69, Voicemail, and more.

Verizon satellite TV has an incredible deal going right now, you get DirecTV with EVERY channel, over 250 of them, plus over 30 movie channels and all the local channels for $74.99 a month. AND, you can pick either a 2008 NFL Sunday pass, a 2008 Nascar pass, or a free HD DVR with service! That’s a great deal. For the biggest and best deals at Verizon, ask about their Bundle services, where you combine Internet, Phone, and Satellite TV packages and save big. If you are going to have Internet, a landline phone, and satellite TV anyway, you might as well save money too!

Amazing ceramic tile murals

My kitchen countertops are covered in boring beige linoleum, and the same linoleum is on the walls between the countertops, sink, and stove, and the bottoms of the cupboards. BORING. I’ve seen painted ceramic tiles at Home Depot, and I’ve seen them in kitchens where a few are randomly placed along with plain tile, but I’ve never seen anything like this!

Jerusalem Pottery sells beautiful designs hand painted on ceramic tile, hand glazed and fired at a high temperature. Each tile measures 6 inches. I was amazed that the designer draws the design on paper first, then transfers it to the tiles by outlining the design first with black paint then filling in the color before hand glazing and hand firing the tiles in a kiln. These beautiful Ceramic tile murals will last a lifetime!

In addition to making a unique kitchen accent, ceramic tile murals can be used on bathroom walls, fireplace mantels, the fronts of fireplaces, the tops of tables, behind fountains set into walls, and to decorate the entrance to your home. I checked the shipping page and it looks like the site can ship to anywhere in the world, so if you are looking for a truly unique piece of art for your home, check out the beautiful tile murals at Jerusalem Pottery.

Ecosmarte Pools-like swimming in bottled water!

The post title comes from a quote on the Ecosmarte Pool site; they’ve purchased this review so I can give you some info on how you can have a pool that is clean and safe to swim in without using salt or liquid chlorine to keep it clean. I got quite an education on pool maintenance while researching this post, since I don’t have a pool and didn’t have one growing up, either. I knew that pools used liquid chlorine to clean the water, but I had no idea how the process worked until now. So, how does Ecosmarte clean your pool without chemicals?

The ECOsmarte system creates two sanitizing agents, copper ionization and liquid oxidation. As water flows from your pump
back to your pool it travels through the ECOsmarte ionization/oxidation chamber. While in the chamber, the water will
either receive copper ions or become oxygenated depending on
the setting of the switch on the controller.

Both the ionization and the oxidation sanitizes your pool water,
killing bacteria, algae, and viruses. It is simply the best
chemical-free method to sanitize your pool water.

One way to clean the water in pools is to use salt chlorinators, which turn salt into chlorine and hydrogen gas through a chemical reaction with the help of an electric current. The current is housed in a chamber containing a generator which uses an average of 500 watts of AC power for a 20,000 gallon pool. In 3 to 5 years time, the generator may need to be replaced, at a cost of over $400. Water splashing from a salt water pool can kill plant life, sterilize the soil, and is actually banned in some places in the United States and Australia. In addition, the salt can cause damage to pool covers, solar covers, and to landscaping placed around the pool.

Ecosmarte eliminates the need for messy chlorine generators by using an ionization/oxidation system that was originally developed for the Apollo Space program to create clean drinking water. It uses an average of only 40 watts of DC power to treat 20,000 gallons of water. The copper bars in the ECOsmarte chamber cost less than $100 to replace and they should last 4-7 years. The ECOsmarte chamber is warranted for 5 years and should last indefinitely. The water in Ecosmarte pools is said to feel “silky”, and is as safe as bottled water. You won’t have to run to the shower to rinse off after a swim, your eyes won’t feel irritated, and it isn’t harmful if swallowed.

Ecosmarte also sells pool filters. The most common form is the sand filter, which can filter 15 to 20 gallons per minute per square foot of filtered area. The filter contains grains of sand through which the water passes, and debris gets trapped in the grains of sand. I had no idea!

Ecosmarte donates 5% of their profits to the environmental charity of your choice, including the World Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and American Forests. They are committed to providing customers with a 100% chemical free, clean pool that is safe for people and the environment. Customers praise the clear water and appreciate that it doesn’t dry out their skin. After looking at images of sparkling clear pools on the website, I know I wish I had a pool so I could try out the Ecosmarte system for myself!

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