What You Need To Learn About Desktop Computers

Are you in the market for a new desktop computer? Maybe you’re here because you would like to know more about this great piece of technology? No matter your reasons for being here, there is something for everyone to learn about desktop computers. Continue on to get educated about desktop computers.

Building your own computer can save a lot of money, while at the same time producing a system that is twice as powerful as you would get if you bought it from a manufacturer. Building your own computer saves time, money, and cuts out the middle man. Start building your own today!

When creating a desktop computer at home pay attention to the types of products you use. Some processors will only work with certain motherboards. Same with the RAM and their compatibility with motherboards. Check cross-compatibility before you buy anything. That is going to save you money and time when you are working on your own computer.

Keep your desktop computer’s tower away from places where you set your drinks or other things that could spill. It’s really hard to fix a computer if the parts were to get wet. If you must set a drink on your desk, make sure it’s on a side of the desk away from the tower so if you do spill something it doesn’t get on the main part of the computer.

Consider all-in-one displays desktop computer for your needs. This means that the computer has a large monitor with the majority of its components in the back. They come in many sizes and with and without touch input. They are easier to transport due to less wires. Many also have built-in webcams for easier video conferencing. They work great for entertainment purposes, too. If you are purchasing a gaming monitor then you have to buy a gaming chair which increase your gaming experince more awesome and comfortable. Read reviews and buy the best gaming chairs from top companies, including X Rocker, Homall, Crew Furniture, Hullr and more.

When searching for a new desktop, go into it with the idea to maximize your buy based off of your specific needs. Desktop computers come in a ton of shapes, sizes, and processing speeds and abilities. There’s a huge variety, so it’s important to take a look at your workflow to make the best choice based off of you. Don’t get fooled into a more expensive item than you need.

If you need a more powerful computer, look in areas listed as “gaming” or “entertainment” computers. These will have more RAM and faster processors which can handle these tasks. If you buy a computer listed as an “everyday” machine, you’ll find that it just doesn’t live up to your needs.

What sort of internet connection will you be using? This is an important question to answer as you seek out a desktop as it has to have the right hardware to connect. Your options are typically wifi, ethernet or bluetooth, all of which require a special device to connect.

Don’t be cheap when buying a computer. You generally get what you paid for. Manufacturers with a good reputation are a great place to start. If the price offered seems to be too good, then there is probably a reason for that. Certain independent merchants may have attractive offers, but their machines may be less than advertised or may require repair.

If you are buying used, make sure to check the computer first. Plug it in, turn it on and see if you can go online. Test the speed of the computer and make sure everything is working properly. Unless you have the patience and time to send the computer back and wait for a refund, do not buy used online.

Buying a refurbished desktop computer can help you save a lot of money. A refurbished computer has been returned to the manufacturer, where it has been examined for any flaws. The manufacturer can’t legally resell the computer has new, however. The refurbished computer will perform just as well as a new machine, but the cost will be considerably less!

As you can see from the above article, learning about desktop computers is easy to follow when you have good tips in front of you. If you liked what you read and gained a greater understanding of these types of computers, then pass the tips on to friends and family so they can enjoy them too. Keep these tips close by whenever you to understand something about desktop computers.

Bringing Colors You Love Into Your Home with decoRevolution

I am gonna give you a look at my kitchen today that you haven’t seen before. GASP! I don’t have a Viking stove or stainless steel appliances, and I have white Formica counter tops and linoleum floors.  I do have a love for color, and that trumps my cookie-cutter-builder-grade home.  I am not ashamed of my home looking like the same house with a different color brick.  Ain’t a house in the neighborhood that looks just like mine, so let’s stop with the shaming of ourselves and others who are blessed with the mess of a cookie cutter.  I mean, if that’s financially scandalous, so be it!

Investing in things you will enjoy for a long time is an art.  It’s an art you master over time.  The best way to know what kinds of items will work for you is to notice what colors you pin over and over and over.  For me, I love turquoise and bright orange together.  The below purchases in those colors were made 3 years apart, but they look like they were made for each other! The Ikea knives repeat my love of those colors.  It’s starting to all come together.

The towel was my husband’s smart Christmas purchase from Anthropologie.  The vintage Club Dutch Oven in Aqua was an emotional purchase (that is a rarity for me- like once a decade) I made at 2:45 AM on eBay while doing some research for a sign I am going to paint.  It was half the price of other offerings of the same one on Etsy.  It is just like the one my Nana Virginia cooked EVERYTHING I ate as a child except hers was avocado green.  This happy mail arrived today, and I can’t wait to cook something slow and low in that!

Here is another example of where I used turquoise and orange together.  Notice two other colors present in both pictures? It’s our friends black and white! If you have watched enough HGTV, you’ll know that black and white grounds wild colors.

A boho girl like me loves the whole rainbow of primary colors.  You’ll see this when I share my full kitchen.  After 8 years of wear and tear, I’ll be repainting my cabinets and walls.  Can’t wait to share some of that with you, but right now I have a concussion and can’t do the work.  BOO! Would you believe a water slide sucker punched me on the side of my head? I’m so dizzy that I can’t walk a straight line, much less paint one.

Right now I want to introduce you to a sweet friend named Tiffany Wills of decoRevolution! I love her because she also loves color the way I do.  And the girl can work a paint and wax brush, let me tell ya!

Where do we start???? How about the deep red of this coffee station with a deep walnut top? If I had this in my house I would drink hot chocolate year round even in Texas.  I would invite friends over for coffee even though I don’t drink it myself.

 

The red tray with amazingly colored cups.  THIS is how you use color people.  How about that sugar tin?

By the way this beautiful coffee station is for sale, so go fan the decoRevolution Facebook Page and tell Tiffany you want to buy it.  I know you notice the Howdy Honey sign in the back.  She did it justice, and am blown away seeing it in context.

THIS.  Oh my goodness.  I can’t even get over all this.  Can you believe how she coordinates the orange and blues with THAT buffet and THAT rug? The woman is a GENIUS! But what I know about her is that she is very purposeful in picking things.  She finds inspiration in many places, but she doesn’t splurge all at once.  This is a turtle race.  This is a shopping other rooms until you’ve made something that makes design sense of all your good taste thing.  You just can’t shop a catalog and get this kind of comfort.  This comes from Tiffany’s experience of knowing what she likes and sticking to it.  Tiffany likes color.  Tiffany grounds her love for color with black and white.  The results are beautiful.

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Coffee Station: From Trash to Treasure

 

Y’all have heard about my friend Minnie who calls me when she does a little curbside pickup, and we’re not talking about Chili’s.  A few years ago, she picked up the sweet little cabinet you see above and she texted me, and I was over the moon that it was F-R-E-E.  Well, this sweet mama has been in therapy in my garage restoring her self-esteem by talking to the other misfit furniture out there.  She had suffered the wrath of teenage angst.

Have you ever noticed how makeover or weight loss comparison photos have an ugly before, not just because of the need for a makeover but for the appearance of dramatic effect the lighting is horrible, the worst angle is chosen, and the person isn’t wearing a smile.  I’d say the same about our little friend here.    As if the stickers and wear and tear weren’t harsh enough, I took this photo at night under fluorescent lighting with an iPhone (2 generations outdated) for drama.  I even watermarked it.  I do love dark furniture, but this was a sad piece of furniture who’d been kicked to the curb.

First, I created my own chalk paint from a sample of OOPS paint from Home Depot.  It lightened the color to a blue I wasn’t expecting.  Next, I perused through samples for the best color.  When I found this light gray, I was in love with how the blue complimented it!

As you can see, I replaced the glass with chicken wire.  I absolutely love the distressed edge on the shelf.  The colorful bowls and poisson coffee mug are from Anthropologie.  The blue coffee cups were part of our Noritake Colorwave place settings we received as wedding gifts.  I love how the colors all pop off one another.

Do you know what I love about the idea of a coffee station? When you have guests, you can direct them to self serve the coffee, and they don’t have to feel lost in the kitchen looking for cups, and it doesn’t even have to stay in the kitchen! It could go in a bedroom, dining room, living room, or game room.  Having said all that, it’s gonna be hard to part with this sweet coffee station.

If I do intend on selling furniture instead of hoarding it, then the pleasure must go to someone else.

I honestly get excited at the possibility that someone will share how perfectly it fits in an empty nook in their home.  What’s really funny is that the best selling Howdy Honey sign is this Beastie Boys coffee sign, and I don’t even drink coffee! Also, have a look at the best Keurig coffee maker reviewed by CoffeDX.

 

Mr. Howdy Honey, though, loves coffee.  I love the smell of coffee.  It’s heavenly.

Maybe I might venture into building a cabinet like this from scratch for our house.  Here’s to dreaming & coffee!

 

Keep up, Honey! 

The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Before I share The Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe, here is a peak of our 10 year old son Peyton next to our new Christmas sign I painted on some scrap wood.  I’ll show the rest of my Christmas porch in another post. This arctic blast has brought things to a much needed halt around here.  It has been a gift for all the responsibilities to stop this weekend so we can enjoy a little Winter Wonderland and time together.

In Texas, we are having what we call the Icepocalypse.  Over 4 inches of ice (that’s 100% ice in the pictures!) has wreaked havoc on our roads and homes which isn’t something that normally happens down here.  In fact, Fort Worth, which is the neighboring city to our rural hometown is shutting down all the major highways tomorrow for clearing the ice.  While this might look weak to northern states, the day before was 80 degrees, and we normally don’t even get half an inch of snow each year.  Only in recent times have we gotten enough snow to cover the yard and build snowmen with that didn’t melt in an hour.  We are even holding church online since people can’t leave their homes.  Sadly, many are without power.  We have been very fortunate.  It’s memorable for sure!

Here is Carter who is 7.  I had to force him to come inside, and he only stayed long enough for me to defrost the frozen snot off his little face.  Sweet adventurous boy!

Now, my husband Sean and I have spent some time cleaning and cooking.  To my surprise, he came up with an AMAZING recipe that he adapted from a traditional recipe.  It’s the kind that you’ll want to make for neighbors and deliver while caroling.  Seriously so proud of his baking skills.  These are the newest Foster Christmas tradition, and I hope yours, too.

 

THE ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients (Makes about 5 dozen)

1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups of uncooked rolled oats

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix melted butter and sugars on low until smooth.  Add in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.  Next add it into the mixer on low with other ingredients minus the rolled oats until mixed.  After ingredients are creamed together, then pour in the rolled oats.  Don’t over mix!!!!
  4. Drop rounded teaspoons full onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes.  Watch them closely to make sure your oven/altitude agrees with the bake time.

Imagine my surprise when I was humbly cleaning the third bathroom.  I was tired, cranky, and Sean walked in with a cookie that I couldn’t even smell him baking over the bleach aroma.  It was heaven.  I had to have a second immediately.  He brought some to my neighbors.  My sweet friend ate 5, and her man barely got the last one.  These are REALLY good.  You got it? My husband’s secret is the pumpkin pie spice.  Don’t skip it.  DELISH!!!

What are your baking traditions? Do you bake for your friends and neighbors? I’d love to hear from you.  Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can find it again!


 

 

Keep up, Honey!

 

Capturing Inspiration: It’s Right in Front of You

Joining the ranks with other creatives, I am joining Folk Magazine’s Community Journal Challenge.  They give a prompt, and the community responds each week on their blog.
I would love for you to join me in the comments about what inspires you, or if you have your own blog, join the challenge! The topic of discussion this week:
There is something about a drive that can be overwhelming to the senses and be so peaceful and healing at the same time.  Don’t you think? I live in what I call rural suburbia because I live in the only subdivision for miles, and we are surrounded by farm land.  So, when I exit my neighborhood and head north, I see the scene of open fields and blue skies, I can’t help but hear my Maker speak through His creation.
My heart gets overwhelmed by this picture.  Every time I drive it, I feel like I just have to savor it with a picture so others because this is too glorious to keep to myself.
This is a half mile up the road, and as you can tell, the sky and land still fill the horizon.  This is my boys a few years ago.  Everything about this gives me joy.  My boys, the green, the hay, the land bearing this feast for the eyes as well as sustenance.  My heart is full.
Fast forward a few years.  You will find majesty across the field from where this picture of my boys was taken.
I am getting a warm fuzzy from looking at this beautiful buffalo.  I just wish he was the snuggling type because LOOK at that beautiful brown coat!!!
The surroundings of our community have heavily influenced my decor and creative style.  The green is the dominant force in all three pictures and it brings me to peace.
This is why my headboard has been slathered in a bright green.  It’s even okay with me that this headboard is sitting against the wall, not even attached to my bed yet BECAUSE I have a piece of these fields serenity in my bedroom. I am also inspired by Anthropologie, and if you just put a little brain power into it, you can do the Anthropologie look for less.  It’s not about re-creating the catalog anyways.  It’s about bringing a little of this with a little bit of that.  So Rule #1 is this (and it’s really the only rule besides don’t spend more than you can afford): realize that you can bring together things you love and create an even more appropriate look that is custom tailored for you.
There’s nobody in this world JUST LIKE YOU!
This is why I have decided not to include a pin board or a blog that makes glitter and rainbows shoot out of my girlie heart.  I have come to a realization that I spend too much time searching for inspiration when it’s right in front of me.  It’s not at all that you can skip the brainstorming.  Why would you want to when there’s a community out there with beautiful ideas and hearts that share so freely? This is a good thing! But visit people often, but don’t try to move in because it will be a good thing gone rotten.  I stop executing ideas when I get stuck in someone else’s dream, and I bet you do, too.
In fact, I get on the road to comparison, even though I created this comparison printable to remind me to stop, and I start to feel inadequate.  I feel like I am not equipped.  I have let myself run wild with thoughts of how my journey isn’t matching my vision, and I see people who I PERCEIVE are matching their potential, and I start to kill my anxiety.  I start to believe that know one will want to look at my blog when there’s _____.  I snuggle with the fear that I might not sell my labors of love because ______.  Then I hear an encouragement from a friend, or I see a scripture like this, and I get bowled over with reality.
Look at what I marked.  Perceives it the key! It’s apparently not a question to this Proverbs 31 Woman that she is crafty, and just before she is girding herself with her strength and strengthens her arms.  This woman is not lazy, nor does she lack passion.  Notice- it does NOT say “She girds herself with inspiration.” She has to spend more time working than she does looking around, admiring others.  Is it important to admire and appreciate others yes, but she is SERVICE MINDED.  She fulfills her purpose.
I can hear you beating on your screen begging for just one more example of what I mean by the inspiration being right in front of you.  Maybe you take a drive up your street and you don’t see the great outdoors.  You see a bunch of fast food chains and a convenience store.  Okay, then.  Find that place where your eyes go to get away from all that.  A place of local flavor.  It might literally be a local restaurant.
Like Twisted Root Burger Company.
Or it might be the Babe’s Chicken Dinner House where they do the hokey pokey and Southern fry it with a jukebox filled with old country.
This will be forever embedded in my mind.  The way we anxiously await a table and hop from one colorful seat to another.  And I want to squish the toddler right on those chubby-barely-a-toddler-hands.  Take pictures! Capture the moment.  You will see what inspires you, I promise.  It’s right there! Don’t miss it!
It might even be the touristy spot.
You’re in the heart of The Fort Worth Stockyards.  There’s a cattle drive that goes through everyday.  There’s Old West charm.  Look at the brick pavers that line the streets.  Look at the colors of this candid shot of Peyton on the horse machine.  The color of his eyes, skin, bright lips, and blonde hair, his shirt.  The texture of the brick, the denim, the glossiness of the horse.  The inspiration is there! Are you looking? Look again!
If we just choose color, look at the turquoise, the reds, the neutrals.  It just works together!
And separately as in here
and here.
Notice how my boys ended up in my inspiration pictures.  These are places where we made memories.  The elements in these photos are the essence of what’s inspiring to me.
So what inspires YOU?!?
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Learning to Walk: A Printable for Your Journey

Yesterday, I couldn’t wait to share a project.  It had been many weeks since I had posted.  To be honest, it had been many weeks since I was able to work.  I spent Christmas in bed with the flu, and one Foster after the other got knocked down.  After the most severe symptoms went away, we all had fatigue that lingered.  Just before Christmas, I received a phone call from Australia threatening legal action for a work I created.  It was just crazy.  There were a few other personal things that had my plate too full already.  Had I not been built up in scripture and prepared for the unraveling, I might have gone into a deep depression.

Perseverance Printable by


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you encounter trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” -James 1:2-4

Fast forward to yesterday.  Mornings are chaotic.  School starts at 7:45, and my kids are bears and totally disorderly.  The morning panic attack usually lasts past dropping them off.  My kids were climbing out of the car and running to the door after the bell rang, and when it was time for me to pull away, a mom and her son entered the crosswalk.

I noticed how she was fully dressed for anything (as opposed to me wearing what I slept in), her makeup was on, and she even flashed a beautiful smile at me.  A smile came over me.  What a breath of fresh air it was to see her enjoying the morning.

Up until this point, I had paid no attention to her son.  When I finally looked at him, I recognized him immediately.  He was Carter’s friend.  I watched in awe as he did something I hadn’t seen him do in the two years Carter’s known him- he was walking without a walker! It was miraculous! Tears poured out and I couldn’t contain my excitement for him.  He was happily making his way despite his staggering, laborious walk.  A walking miracle!

Every morning on the 15 minute drive to school, my kids and I go over a scripture.  We talk about what it means and the immediate life application.  This morning we talked about James verse and how we can choose Joy over our circumstances.  I excitedly recanted what happened yesterday morning, and I love Carter’s simple childlike response, “Yeah.  He’s learning to walk!”

This morning, as I was checking my Facebook feed, I saw another amazing sight from my middle school Sunday school teacher.  He was in a motorcycle accident just before Christmas that put him in critical condition.  I don’t know about you Honey, but sometimes the length of a journey set out before me has me emotionally paralyzed.  I want to learn to abandon that fear.  I want to be grateful for the journey because I want to be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  I’ll leave you with Raleigh’s words because they are inspiring.

Only 2 more months until I can put weight on my pelvis. “