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If you are a bridesmaid or a maid of honor and have been given the task of planning a bachelorette party, this post if for you!  There are some fun ways to plan a bachelorette party.  One thing to think about is a theme.  Traditionally, bachelorette parties are meant to be a bride-to-be’s last fling, so it is fun to make them a fun night out with girlfriends.  Adult novelty gifts are generally a big part of a bachelorette party.  People will bring gag gifts, brides maids will make penis shaped brownies, etc. When people ask me advice about a fun bachelorette party, I tend to advise that people try to not make it all about partying and going out.  That can happen later in the evening, but try to fill the earlier hours with a memorable activity, something that the bride-to-be and her friends can share together and remember for years to come.

Some people fill this time with a spa outing, pedicure, or nice dinner before the late night shenanigans begin. While these are fun, there are more memorable options, for example, some people choose to host a sex toy party for the bachelorette and her friends.

Sex toy parties may sound weird and intimidating at first, but they can be a lot of fun and a perfect bachelorette party activity.  There are many places where you can go to to find ways to host a sex toy party.  One which we recommend is Tasteful Treasures.  Tasteful Treasures will host your sex toy party and make it a fun, informative experience for you and your friends.

What exactly is a sex toy party? No, this is not a party where people bring sex to use, that would be weird.  A sex toy party is a party hosted by a trained professional sales person who will come to your home (or hotel), with a variety of adult novelty gifts to explain and share.  Typically, they will go through a variety of adult novelty gifts, expelling each, passing them around the circle, and answering any questions that come up.  Many people have questions about sex toys, and this provides a fun and safe environment to ask those questions!  At the end of the event, people have the opportunity to buy anything they’ve seen.  Whoever is the host of the event will get the added bonus of receiving some free gifts and getting additional gifts when people make purchase.  If you are planning this for a bachelorette party, make the bachelorette the official host to ensure that she gets the free gifts as an added bonus!

I guarantee that this will be an event that you and your friends will remember for years to come! It is a great way to start of a bachelorette party, giving everyone some time to get in bachelorette mode, and to bond over some unique adult novelty gifts.  Once the sex toy party is done, you can plan other activities and a night out to celebrate the bride-to-be!

self storage unitThis will be the third time that I will be making a move across the country.  After college, longer ago than I care to admit, I joined a national service program that would take me to Montana for a year.  I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and also went to college there.  I had never been out west before so I thought Montana was a good choice for my first big move.  At that point in my life my parents were still willing to house most of my things while I stretched my adventuring legs.  I packed only the essentials, such as my mini-fridge from my dorm room and my large collection of purses, and made the drive across the States to big sky country.

The second time I needed to make a huge leap across the country was after my year of service, when I had accepted an internship in Washington D.C.  Somehow in one short year my belongings seem to have doubled, and my gracious parents still agreed to store everything while I embarked on a new adventure in the capitol.  Yet another year went by and I acquired even more things while I lived, interned, and worked in the D.C. area.  They have a lot of really great little stores there!

So when the third time came around to move, to Colorado this time, I could not ask my parents to hold all of my childhood things, and many adult things, while I moved yet again. I was not at an age yet where I wanted to buy a house and live somewhere permanently.  Because of that I didn’t want to move absolutely everything with me to another state, not knowing how long I would stay there.  So I decided to find a storage unit near my hometown that could hold everything securely and inexpensively.  If I didn’t know how long I would be storing things, I certainly did not want to pay a ton of money.  I also wanted to make sure this place had adequate security and that my small life’s collection of items would not get stolen in the middle of the night.  Luckily the spot I found had 24-hour security, long office hours, gated access, locks on each unit, and most units were indoors so another layer of security was added.  I felt pretty safe knowing all of that.  And I also felt good about how my things would hold up over such a long period of time because the units were indoors and climate controlled.  I doubt I will ever wear those prom dresses again, but I still don’t want them to get moldy and smelly.

Though they never said it, I think my parents were relieved when I finally moved all of my things out of the attic, basement, and my old bedroom.  Being in your early 20′s is a strange time where you no longer want to live with your parents but at the same time you hesitate to cut all ties with them in your daily life.  So I can at least still visit for Thanksgiving, and all of my extra stuff is safe until I need it.


Do you need to find an orthodontist? Do you or your children need braces? The process of finding a great orthodontist can be very stressful. There are so many questions that you will have and so many concerns that you will have. If you are on the hunt then look no further than Garai Orthodontic Specialists. They offer services for both adults and children which makes it a one stop shop for all of your families orthodontia needs. They offer everything that you will want in an orthodontist. The resident orthodontist, Dr. Allen S. Garai, has been practicing orthodontics for over 18 years and has over 15 years experience of teaching. When you are choosing an orthodontist you want to know that they are the very best in the business. You wouldn’t want anything less for you or your children. Check out Dr. Garai and all of his qualifications and experience:

“Dr. Allen S. Garai received his post-doctoral at Rochester, NY, where he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and continued with a two-year specialty in Orthodontics at Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, recognized as one of the top orthodontic residency programs in the country.

While at Eastman, he dedicated time to study facial growth in patients with cranio facial abnormalities under the supervision of Dr. J.D. Subtelny who is one of the pioneers in the orthodontic treatment of patients with cranio facial abnormalities.

Dr. Allen Garai has been awarded the honorary title of “Diplomate” by the American Board of Orthodontics. The American Board of Orthodontics is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Garai has been an attending  faculty teaching lingual “invisible” orthodontics at the post-doctoral orthodontic program of Children’s National Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.”

Dr. Garai’s credentials are extensive and impressive. He is an orthodontist that you can feel comfortable with and put your full trust in. There really is nobody more qualified then Dr. Garai, he is a great orthodontist for the whole family. It can be very nerve racking to try and find someone you can count on to help correct your smile and keep it looking pristine. With the many years of practice and teaching experience you can be sure that Dr. Garai is more than qualified to work on your teeth. I wish that I had the opportunity to work with him when I had my braces on years ago.

If you are worried about how braces will affect your life and your smile then check out some of the invisible options that are offered. Traditional braces are not the only route offered any more. In fact, Dr. Garai specializes in invisible braces techniques and will have you walking out of his office happy and positive that you will end up with a beautiful smile. Make sure that you and your family receive the care and attention that you deserve and make an appointment with Dr. Garai today.



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Fireplaces are nice to have.

July 18th, 2014 / / categories: 31, fireplace accessories /

My girlfriend has a fireplace in her apartment and it is a great thing to have in a cold state. I have grown up in Colorado and as such have become accustomed to the cold.  Nevertheless, each winter there is the cold streak that makes you yearn for summer as if it was the only thing that you could ever want.  That happened this past winter when we were in a stretch of days that only had a high of negative five degrees.  There were so many places that I would rather be.  Nevertheless, we were able to get to be pretty comfortable using my girlfriend’s fireplace. The great thing about having it available was that it did not take too much to heat up her entire place.

gas logsI loved having it there because it kind of transported us to the mountains where we would go and have fun in the snow and enjoy all of the weather around us.  I am really hoping to make sure that more and more this next winter, we have the ability to go up to the mountains. It is something that we both enjoy, so I want to try and make it up there frequently.  Both of the places that we stay in the mountains have those beautiful views.  I think that the best place that I like to go is Steamboat.  There is nothing like sitting in a cabin and having a fire crackle around you.  You can occasionally use the fireplace accessories and poke and prod the fire at will and it just continues to rage on.  That actually reminds me of a poem that my dad would read to me all of the time called the story of sam mcgee.

Nevertheless, that is the great thing about the winter, but right now it is the summer and I am having a tough time of thinking about the winter when it is cold and it is always dark outside.  Nevertheless, I guess that we have a few more months of really good weather and that is something that I am going to treasure.  The one thing that I am going to have to do to prepare for the winter is to get my gas stove going.  Doing so will allow for me to save some money because otherwise, I am probably going to be dependent on the electric heaters in my house and I do not think that those are going to be very efficient.  I hope to be able to go and get something that is going to work a little bit better but I am not sure if I am going to have the extra money or anything like that.  My hope is that I can do that sooner rather than later because right now is when all of the sales are happening.  It is smart to stock up on stuff that you need for the winter right now when no one is thinking about the same stuff you are.

When we were on vacation in Florida last year my sister dropped her phone in a toilet.  Aside from being completely disgusted that she had to reach in to a public toilet to retrieve her it (at least the water was clean), she was pretty upset that her phone didn’t work.  My sister hates traveling so begin with so she really didn’t want to fly back to Maryland in a week without a working cell phone just in case she needed to reach someone along the way.  While at home, if she ever cracked her cell phone screen or needed some maintenance she had a favorite phone repair service that she trusted. They were always reliable and available for her to walk in any day to request service, with the assurance she her phone would be back to normal in just a few hours.  However, since we were in Florida she figured she was out of luck and would have to wait until she got home to have her phone fixed.

phone repairWhat my sister never new is that her beloved repair company also took mail-ins from all over the country.  Because she lived close by and never needed such a thing she had no idea that they provided service from far away.  When she called to let them know that as soon as she got off the plane next week she would be dropping her phone off for liquid damage repair, they told her she could mail it to them that day and have it back before she needed to catch her return flight.  They are that quick.  She just needed to overnight mail her phone to Zagg Phone Repair so that they could get to diagnosing and repairing her phone right away.  They have extensive experience with liquid damaged phones and have the right tools and methods to restore phone data and get everything functioning again.  They received my sister’s phone the day after she mailed it and were able to repair everything in a few hours.  Because it was only the afternoon when they finished, they could sent it back to her hotel the same day they received it.  My sister was ecstatic when she received her newly fixed phone while we were still only on our fourth day of vacation so that she could still take some great pictures on the beach and at the theme parks of all of us.  She was even more pleased that she would not be traveling back home without a phone.

There are plenty of cell phone repair services around that likely take mail-ins, but Zagg Phone Repair is the one that my sister knows and trusts so she went straight to them.  Even if you permanently live in Louisiana, you can use Zagg as your regular service repair provider because their mail-in sytem is so efficient.  They are quick and effective with diagnosing problems, even when you might not know the cause of your malfunctioning phone.  If you live out of state, they will call with their assessment findings before they start repairs to make sure you are OK with everything.


cosmetic surgeryThere was a time that cosmetic surgery was a relatively rare occurrence.  Nowadays, though, everyone knows at least one person who undergoes some kind of cosmetic surgery.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, as long as proper caution and restraint are used.  After all, anything can be bad if it is abused, and a lot of people do try to abuse cosmetic surgery.  That is why it is so important to schedule a consultation with a trusted and qualified surgeon, in order to establish whether or not your reasons are sound for wanting to undergo a procedure.  Everyone has different issues they would like to take care of, and, fortunately, there is a procedure to correct just about everything that is reasonable to correct.  Therefore, if every reputable surgeon refuses to perform a certain procedure, for you, there is probably a good reason for the refusal.  So, once you have established that you are able to undergo the procedure you want, you can begin the process of actually having it done.

As it is called cosmetic surgery, the majority of cosmetic surgery procedures have to do with altering or improving a patient’s appearance, in one way or another.  Obviously, everyone has different taste and preferences, but, nonetheless, there are a few very common requests that cosmetic surgeons receive all the time.  The first request is to reduce the effects of aging, when it comes to the face, specifically the facial skin.  Since wrinkles are one of the major issues, which many cosmetic surgery patients complain about, there are a few popular surgeries that deal with the removal of these wrinkles.  Of these, the most well-known are facelifts and Botox injections, both of which are incredibly popular, across the nation.  While both have their benefits, there are people who are staunch supporters of one or the other.  People who want permanent results are going to be much happier with the results of a facelift, rather than a series of Botox injections.  This is because Botox injections are not meant to have permanent effects.  In fact, you are, ideally, supposed to undergo the procedure every year, for maximum effectiveness.  With a facelift, you get results that last.

Not all patients who want to undergo a cosmetic procedure do so because they want to reduce the effects of aging.  Others decide to do so because they want to reduce the appearance of fat, on their bodies.  Luckily, there are some cosmetic procedures that do exactly that.  Liposuction, for instance, is an incredibly effective fat removal procedure that consists of suctioning the fat out from under the skin, by way of a powerful suction device. Liposuction may sound like a crude concept, but it is actually quite high-tech, not to mention extremely effective.  Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise, but it is a good way to reduce the appearance of fat deposits.  As with every other cosmetic procedure, liposuction should be used responsibly, and you should always go to the most honest and reputable surgeons.


When your carpet experiences water damage you need to act fast if there is a chance of restoring it. The first thing you need to do is identify the type of water that damaged your carpet. If it came from leaking pipes then you can proceed with the carpet cleaning. However if the source of the water damage are overflowing toilets and the like, then you have no option but to discard your carpet since that type of water may have contaminated the carpet already.

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Let us assume that the water is not contaminated and that you have already fixed the leak then start with the cleaning. What you need to do is disinfect the wet area by applying a cleaning solution or disinfectant. To make sure that you are using the right products, check if it has an EPA Registration Number. This tells you that the product has met the requirements and is safe to use. The same is true whether it is for carpet cleaning or for upholstery/rug cleaning. While applying the disinfectant, be sure that you are working in a well-ventilated area as exposure to the fumes may cause additional problems for your health.

The next step is to tear around the wet area using a box cutter. Remove the padding and then lift your carpet up. In order for the wet area to dry faster, use a fan. Regularly check the progress to determine if the portion is already dry. If it is still wet after 12 hours then consider replacing it entirely. This is not to say that your carpet is ruined beyond repair. Rather there is the risk that molds may have developed thus posing additional health hazards for you.

What if the damage was caused by your pet dog’s pee? Well, that is a different matter altogether. Unlike typical water damage, you should not use disinfectants when cleaning pet pee. The reason is that cleaning solutions have ammonia, which is also found in dog urine. This will only make your dog go back to the area and do that deed again.

In such instances, the first step of carpet cleaning is dry out the area especially if it is still wet. You can use kitchen towels by putting it on the wet area then stepping on it to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Once it is dry, you need to use a mixture of water and white vinegar and spread it on the area using either a brush or your hands. Again use kitchen towels to absorb the mixture. The purpose of doing this is to make sure that the ammonia smell is removed from the carpet. Wait until it is almost dry and then spread some baking soda over the area. Allow it to dry completely then vacuum it to remove the baking soda. You should have your carpet smelling fresh once you’re done.

As a final note, these are just some simple tips on how to go about restoring your carpet. When in doubt about what to, don’t hesitate to call professional services and have them do the carpet cleaning instead.


If you have ever lived in the south, you know how intense the cock roaches can be down there. We are not talking about the tiny little brown ones that can be bothersome and rodent control gross, but we are talking about the huge juicy ones that starred in the end of Men In Black in the 90s. That is the kind of cock roach I am talking about. They mean it when they say these bugs are going survive the apocalypse, they are persevering and utterly disgusting. It will be fitting for them to survive indeed. That is why when you are wanting to get rid of these less than desirable bugs, it’s best to call in the experts to help you take care of it. That is why you can give Early Bird Pest Control a call and have them take care of your cock roach problem. Based in San Antonio, Texas, they understand what it can be like to have your home crawling with cockroaches and they will take their knowledge and use it in such a way that you won’t have to worry about these creatures bothering you in your home any longer. Not only do they eradicated cock roaches in your home but they also specialize in animal removal and bed bug control.

When I was growing up in Texas, my poor mother’s home was always literally crawling with cock roaches. I have a friend who was incredibly grossed out and afraid of cock roaches and she would shudder at coming over to my house. There was one evening where this cock roach literally flew across the room at her and tried to land directly on her face. I think it is fair to say that she completely freaked out and wasn’t willing to come back over to my mom’s house again for some time after that. Calling a company like Early Bird Pest Control can be very important so that your guests feel safe coming over to your house. You definitely want to make sure that individuals feel comfortable being in your space and if they are afraid of cock roaches flying at their face, they might feel significantly less than comfortable.

I will never forget the night that my best friend from high school and her boyfriend came over to my mom’s house. He was a big man and older than both of us, he was out of high school and had a job renting out movies. There was a gigantic cock roach crawling across the wall and without thinking, he threw his hand against the wall and flesh to bug he squashed that thing with all of his might. To me, that completely grossed me out and made me feel sick. To my friend, it really got her engines going. I guess she didn’t have to worry about being protected by him. Though his methods were noble, in the future I am going to stick with calling a pest control company like Early Bird that will ensure each pest is gone from my home.


Over the years, we have had to use a locksmith a few different times. In all the times that we have needed one quickly, Best Time Locksmith was always the one that ended up helping us right when we needed it. There have been a few times that have been really time sensitive, and we often call a few different locksmith companies to see who can get out and help us quickly. So much is about how many guys they have out on the road, and what area they are in at the time that you call. Sometimes, a locksmith company may have three guys out on the road, but they are all far away from where we are. And then we’ll call another company, and they are able to be here in about ten minutes. With Best Time Locksmith we have never had to wait more than fifteen minutes for someone to get to us and help us get in, weather it is the house, the car, or one of our rental properties. The thing with us is that we have several rental properties, and we occasionally have someone move out and take the key with them. Or we have someone that doesn’t move out and also doesn’t pay their rent. In these situations, we have to evict them, and it never really ends well. We end up getting a house back, but unable to get into the house because the locks have been changed or something to that effect. In this situation, we always call the Best Time Locksmith company, because they know us well enough and they know our properties. They are always able to get us into the place as quickly as possible, which is worth it to me.

It’s a good idea to have someone in your phone that you can call and that you know will be responsive and will be around to help get you into your place as quickly as possible. For us, we just decide to use the same company because they have been so great to work with in the past. We know that they are going to be really quick in their response time, and we know that they are going to be professional and helpful when they arrive. So that is the number we have stored in all of our phone, and that is the company we call. Weather we are stranded outside our locked car or we can’t get into a rental property. commercial locksmithThey are mobile and are always nearby and quick to come help us get unstuck from the situation. We occasionally need to wait a few extra minutes for one of their guys to get to us, depending on where in the city they were for the last call. But knowing that we have a company that we use is really helpful, so we will wait the extra few minutes for them now, instead of calling another company. Having a regular contractor that we use is worth it to us, and we really like them as a company. They do great work and are nice to work with. So we keep using them.

The local high school yearbook committee is actually a class. Students sign up at the beginning of the year if they want to work on the yearbook, and they spend the entire year meeting three times per week to help write, take photographs, and organize and edit the layout of the yearbook to be printed at the end of the year. The students do the indexing of photographs, write the articles, and deal directly with the publisher in negotiations. They are also taught the importance of proper spelling and grammar since their language and photographs are forever printed into words that their classmates will take with them for the rest of their lives.

Some of the students join the class because they like to write, and are assigned to do interviews with students, teachers, and write about events such as big sports games or prom. Others like to take photographs and help document those same events. They take group shots of the different sports teams and pick the best photographs to ultimately end up in the yearbook. Each student gets their own individual senior portraits taken but the students in the class help organize the layout and the information that belongs with each senior’s photograph.

This year’s yearbook class decided they wanted to do something special to provide them with more photographs to put in the yearbook that were not just the traditional shots of students on the field or in the pool or winning contests. At the holiday dance the yearbook committee surprised their fellow classmates with a photobooth rental which included props for them to take lots of cute pictures with. It was a hugely popular success, and the rental photo booth left the committee with hundreds of additional pictures to pore through and decide whether to include in the yearbook. Ultimately they made it its own section and shrank some of the photographs down so as to include more of them. The several pages at the end of the yearbook dedicated to the photographs from the rental photo booth were some of the most popular and talked about, and everyone wanted their yearbooks signed on those pages.

The yearbook committee had come up with the idea because someone’s older sibling had rented a photo booth for their wedding and the guests had loved it. Translating the idea into the high school holiday party was actually quite simple and resulted in some of the best photographs of the year. People were relaxed and while not candid, seemed to enjoy the opportunity to goof off and had genuine smiles in every picture. The poses ranged from cute to fake serious to kissing faces at the camera, and in all, came out wonderfully. The quality and quantity were so good that they ended up dominating that year’s publication. I cannot say for sure but I imagine future years will again turn to this as an idea to get some more excellent photographs of their classmates. The yearbook is several extra pages long this year because of it.

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When deciding to refurnish your house, there are a lot of different things to think about. New furniture, artwork, paint, or even materials such as granite or stone veneer are all possibilities to consider. There are a lot of trends heating up right now in interior design, so there should be no shortage of ideas for refurnishing on the internet. Any good search will turn up dozens of ideas for inspiration from re-upholstering existing furniture to applying brick veneer faux as an accent wall in a living room or bed room.

However, if you do not know where to begin, an internet search like that one can be very overwhelming. Here are a few of the hottest trends to get you started thinking about your home’s design and furnishings.

1. Accent walls. stone panelsThese are found all over the house these days, from living room to bed room to kitchen. An accent wall can be painted a certain color to add depth to a room, or it might be made of a certain material such as stone siding to add a rustic, natural look to a room. Accent walls might consist of artwork or none at all, depending on the material and the color. They should be designed carefully, with the amount of space in mind, as they can have the unfortunate effect of making a room look smaller by accident if it is not done well or with the right materials. Consult with a professional vendor such as Gen Stone if you are planning on using any stone siding or veneer faux in particular. Paint colors are easily enough painted over, but stone siding is much more difficult to fix if not done correctly.

2. Granite counter tops. Kitchens are loving granite counter tops these days, but be deliberate about your choice of color if you go this route. Granite lasts a long time and can raise the value of your home, but if it is a color that only you are going to like, you might have a hard time getting that higher price when it comes time to sell. A nice neutral such as grey or beige will go a long way towards making any potential buyer more comfortable with the kitchen.

3. Do not forget the exterior of your home! It is just as important as the interior when it comes to keeping the value of the neighborhood high, including the re sell value of your home. Stone siding outside as an accent, landscaping, and planting flowers can all bring a nice touch to your home’s exterior and help keep the value high.

Many of these tips and trends can be done by someone with the right tools and materials in a weekend. This author does not recommend installing your own granite counter tops, but with the right set of instructions and materials, even stone siding can be installed at home by just about anyone who puts their mind to it. If you have a free weekend and want to try something new with your home, consider one of the above ideas.


No matter how careful we are, there are moments when the precious LED screen of our TV becomes scratched. Your first instinct would likely be to call repair services to have it looked at. But if the LED display just experienced a minor scratch then a little do-it-yourself may be preferable and less expensive. Here are four ways in which you can remove that scratch from the LED panel of your TV.

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1. Alcohol

You read that right. By alcohol though we mean the one found in the medicine cabinet and not the liquor cabinet. What you do is mix a solution of 50% isoprophyl alcohol and 50% distilled water. Once you have that, get a micro fiber cloth and dip it into the solution. Gently rub the cloth in the area of the LED screen that has the scratch. If done correctly, the scratch should slowly disappear.

2. Petroleum Jelly

We are familiar with how petroleum jelly can help cure burns. It has, however, another use which is to remove scratches from the LED display. One example of a petroleum jelly product would be Vaseline. Using a micro fiber cloth, get a small amount of petroleum jelly and wipe it on the scratch. Then, gently wipe away any excess jelly from the screen. The only problem with this method is that petroleum jelly wears off over time, thus there may be a need to re-apply it.

3. Eraser

A simple white eraser can also do the trick. You can buy these from your nearest bookstore or art store. You can also utilize used white erasers, however make sure that it is clean and does not have any marks from a pencil or pen. Otherwise the marks will just transfer damaging your LED screen. What you need to do is gently rub the eraser on the scratch area. If you rub it too hard, some of the eraser’s coating may transfer to the screen. After a while you should see that the scratch will be barely noticeable

4. Scratch Kit

If you are not sure about using the first three methods listed, then your best option would be to buy a scratch kit. There are a number of brands available that you can use. These scratch kits have different prices so just decide which one you want. However, you must choose the one that suits to your needs. For example, while there are also LED screens for personal computers, repair kits for them may not work as well as those for TV. There are cases when you use the wrong one and it would just make the display screen worse.

Always keep in mind that these are just some sound advice if you prefer to try and remove the scratch yourself. If you are not sure even with a repair kit, then it is best to call the nearest repair shop and have them look at it. Whatever decision you make, the most important thing is that the scratch on your LED screen is removed.