Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Home Appeal That Comes From the Heart

When was the last time you really put some thought into your home decor? Adding appeal to your home should really come from personal touches and design ideas, but there are of course times where it’s more efficient to just hire a designer.

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But is that really your own personal touch?

Let’s face it, as brilliant as it looks when a renovator is down giving your home a makeover, it’s still not as appealing as doing it yourself or injecting your own personal flavour into your decor arrangement. Personality is key when designing your home and it’s important to focus adding appeal that comes from the heart, not your wallet.


Adding Personal Touches

One of the best ways to personalize your home is to simply add some personal touches. Yes, this sounds like a basic and boring tip, but that’s really all there is to it. Think of it this way; when you enter someone else’s home what’s the most interesting thing to look at? Is it that expensive modern vase that they have no attachment to, or is it that framed family photograph of their family? Most likely the photograph!
For a simple personal touch, consider adding picture frames to cabinets or even walls around your home. It’s a fantastic way to inject some appeal to your home and it’s more satisfying (in most cases) to see pictures of your family instead of some modern art painting that makes no sense to you.

The Proper Renovators to Use

When hiring a contractor or a renovator to help give your home a makeover, you should be looking at the cheaper solutions that can be customised, not a turnkey solution. For example, services like Million Dollar Makeovers are far better than regular expensive contractors because they can listen to your design and help you achieve the results that you want. If you’re going to recruit someone and pay them money to pretty-up your home, then you should at least have some kind of input.

Before you hire a contractor, make sure you gather inspiration first. Whether it’s snipping clips from fashion magazines or starting a Pinterest gallery of your favourite internet images, gather ideas and show your scrapbook (or online album) to your contractor and work together to design a home that comes from your heart.

Focus on Important Aspects

There are many important aspects of what makes a home truly feel like a home. Things like the kitchen appliances you use or even the television in your living room don’t matter as much as the colours you paint the walls or the rug that you rest your feet on. Many people don’t appreciate just how much of a difference a simple splash of colour can make to a dull room and they focus too much on unimportant components of a room such as the technology.
In short, if you’re going to design a room that appeals to you and comes from your heart, you need to think more creatively and less logically.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Turning Talent Into Cash Is Easier Than You Think

No matter how old you get, hobbies are incredibly important. Hobbies enrich our lives. They grow our skills, help us build confidence and build new neural pathways in our brains, helping our brains to stay young and healthy regardless of our years… All while giving us a sense of true purpose and fulfilment and allowing us to feel like ourselves in a way that our day jobs rarely allow. Making time to indulge your creative mind can be difficult when you work full time and have kids to look after, but no matter how hectic your schedule, you owe it to yourself to spend an hour a day or so doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.

Not only can your hobby be a wonderful activity, it can also be an enjoyable and rewarding way to make money. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology people all over the world are making money alongside their day wage (or even replacing their day wage) by peddling their wares in the enormous marketplace that is the internet. If you yearn to turn your passion into a side hustle, it really can be easier than you’d think...


Build a portfolio

Firstly, it’s time to prove that anyone can be an artist. Building a portfolio of work will not only help you to hone your craft and find your voice creatively, it will help you stand out from the amateurs and chancers looking to make a quick buck. Whether you turn your talents to crafts, graphic design, painting or photography, you must have a healthy body of work to be taken seriously. 

By the time you’ve built up a substantial body of work, you’ll know which works are worthy of selling and which you should keep to document your growth as a creative.


Choose a platform

When you have your portfolio of work assembled, you need to choose the right platform to enable you to sell your work quickly and easily while enabling you to keep enough of the money to make the process of selling worthwhile. You’ll also need a reliable courier like Shiply to ensure that your items (even large or heavy items) reach your customers intact. There are numerous options open to you;

  • eBay- Quick and easy to use, with a potentially massive potential market for your work. There’s also a lot of competition and more fees than…
  • Etsy- Etsy is the go to site of choice for those who want to buy and sell art but while it also brings with it a huge market, there’s also a lot of competition. Plus Etsy’s search algorithms make it hard for new artists to get noticed.
  • Shopify- Many people who struggle with Etsy have found success with Shopify. You can even port your inventory from Etsy over to Shopify quickly and easily. 
  • Your own online shop- If you’re prepared to put in the time, effort and money to build your own online shop you’ll be able to keep more of your earnings… But you’ll have to grow your own audience.

Get social

Being active on social media is a great way to grow your audience while engaging with a wonderful and supportive community of your fellow artists. Post pictures of your work in progress as well as any items you have for sale. You should also start up a blog allowing your followers to peek behind the curtain of your creative efforts, so that others can learn to better their craft through your endeavors. You’ll organically grow a market of appreciative repeat customers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

6 Surprising Things That Happen When You Get Serious About Fitness


There is a point in life when you can’t deny it any longer: you’re going to have to focus on your fitness, once and for all. The need for exercise is overwhelming if you are concerned about all aspects of your health; not only does exercise improve your cardiovascular health, but it has been linked to helping people combat mental health concerns, too. It’s simple: exercise is essential, and that means you need to start paying attention to your personal fitness.

That’s not to say this decision is an easy one. Many of us have an up-and-down relationship with fitness; we engage for awhile, then life gets in the way, and our gym passes and at-home equipment fall into disuse. Persuading yourself to make a long-term commitment to your fitness isn’t easy, but it is achievable with a little willpower and focus.


So you make the commitment 



You decide that the time is right, and you’re going to knuckle down. You manage to maintain your enthusiasm past the first few weeks. Then you notice the improvements beginning to show; the pounds lost, the muscles tightened, the improved stamina, the general improvement in your mood. These benefits are enough to keep you going. 

Weeks pass. Then months. And eventually, you’ve reached the metaphorical summit: you have accepted exercise into your life, and you’re now a committed fan. 

As well as all the benefits you will experience if you make the transition from fitness-avoider to fitness-lover, you might also find yourself engaging in a number of thoughts and behaviors you’d never imagined you’d experience. If you’re a latecomer to fitness who is now a dedicated fan, you might recognize the following… 



1) You find yourself disappointed when you have to cancel exercise time


When you first started exercising, you probably seized on any excuse not to do it. Your friend needed you to run an errand for them? Had to catsit for your neighbor? Your plants needed watering? All of these and more would be prioritized over exercise, because you didn’t really want to exercise. 

Now you’ve transformed into a fitness fanatic, life couldn’t be more different. You now actively dislike the idea of having to cancel your plans to workout; you now avoid the distractions, turning completely 180 from your previous behavior. It’s an outstanding change that can feel quite alien at first, but it’s definitely a very good sign. 


2) You’re more interested in the educational side of fitness


As you become more committed to your fitness regime, you find yourself starting to become curious about the science behind working out. Rather than scanning through newspapers and blogs online, you find yourself drawn to information regarding the benefits of short, high-intensity workouts, or medical studies on the prevention of bone spurs. 

This is entirely natural; you essentially have a new hobby, and even when you’re not working out, you’re going to have fitness on your mind. The great thing is that all this studying can be leveraged to help you meet your fitness goals more efficiently, as well as providing you with some mental stimulation to go along with the physical exertion. 

3) You want to share your newfound love with everyone

When humans enjoy something, we tend to want to share the good news and encourage others to try it. It’s our way of trying to spread positivity, as well as find friends and family members to share our interest with. Even if you try not to, you’ll soon find yourself extolling the benefits of exercise at any given opportunity. 

For some people, this need to spread the word about their new passion becomes overwhelming, and they begin to think about discussing the matter with the general populace too. You may find yourself wanting to start a blog or Instagram account to discuss fitness, or perhaps even contemplating the fact that it's never too late to become a personal trainer, and seriously contemplating a change in your career. All of these changes are completely natural, and you never know, such enthusiasm to share might lead to exciting opportunities in the future. 


4) You begin to buy dedicated fitness clothes


Once, gym clothes were whatever you had available-- an old t-shirt and a pair of trainers that had seen better days. As you become more committed to your fitness lifestyle, you will find that these basics are no longer sufficient. 

It’s likely that you will eventually cave and treat yourself to some dedicated fitness clothes. There’s absolutely no harm in this. For one thing, you’ll be more comfortable when working out -- dedicated fitness clothes tend to be made of more breathable, comfortable fabrics -- and it’s also a way of rewarding yourself for your hard work. While it’s inadvisable to spend a small fortune, there’s nothing wrong with investing in workout clothes that feel comfortable and easier to move in. 


5) You become accustomed to aches and pains


Unless you are blessed with incredible genetics or outright good luck, it’s rarely possible to commit to an exercise regime without sustaining an injury or six. Whether it’s rashes caused by sweat or a swollen ankle due to a little too much time on the treadmill, physical discomfort is all part of the fitness package. 

What may surprise you is just how easily you take these injuries in your stride. Rather than being distressed and wanting to quit your workouts forever, you just do what you need to do to feel comfortable, and then continue on with your life. The reason this happens is simple: yes, you’re seeing the occasional downside from your new exercise regime, but you’re seeing too many upsides for a small setback to change your mind about how beneficial exercise can be. 

It is worth noting that if you are in severe discomfort due to exercise issues or injuries, then you should take a break to let yourself heal. It’s unwise to carry on regardless of the problems you are experiencing, and a few days break will at least help to keep you fresh for your triumphant workout return when you’re all healed.


6) You get bored quickly


This issue is one of the less enjoyable parts of becoming a dedicated fan of fitness, but it happens to a huge number of people, so it’s worth discussing. When you exercise regularly, you run the risk of becoming bored by the routine you have developed. As you are doing the same routine constantly, potentially for months on end, the potential for a drop in excitement is inevitable. Before you committed yourself to fitness, you didn’t have the chance to get bored by your routine because you simply weren’t doing it enough. Now you are, and your regime is thus running the risk of feeling dull. 

This issue is why you should always change your fitness regime frequently. Try a new class or a new discipline; something totally different from what you have done before. This helps to expand your horizons in terms of fitness and, more importantly, keep you from feeling bored to the point of not wanting to workout. There are literally thousands of different exercise classes and sports you can try to keep your interest levels peaked, so don’t tolerate a boring exercise regime: change frequently whenever you feel the need for something new. 


In conclusion


Ultimately, the switch from fitness-naysaying to fitness-aficionado is a strange, disconcerting, and overwhelmingly good one. You’ve made the leap and now you can enjoy life on the other side. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Visit to Italy May Soon Be On Your Travel Agenda

Are you ready for something truly out of the ordinary? If you are sick and tired of visiting your local park or camp site every single time you get a week of vacation, why not totally flip the script? If you thought that you could never afford to visit the historic land of Italy, you could not be more wrong. As it turns out, it costs far less for you to make the trip to the Eternal City of Rome than you think. On top of that, you can journey all around the nation of Italy and take in some of the world's most historic sites for pennies on the dollar of what it used to cost.

Why is Going on a Trip to Italy Such an All Time Aspiration?

There are many reasons why you may wish to visit the historic land of Italy. You may wish to see the homeland of your ancestors, or connect with family members and friends who call this nation home. You may have a keen interest in history and thus may wish to see some of the world's most renowned sites. These include the majestic Roman ruins that are scattered all across the landscape. You may wish to visit the Vatican or Pompeii or a thousand other landmarks. Or you may simply wish to enjoy some of the world's highest rated and most highly sought after continental cuisine.

You Don't Need to Book Your Italian Vacation the Old Fashioned Way 

In the old days, you used to leaf through a dusty old travel brochure to find the vacation spot you desired. These days, you use the web to get daily - sometimes, even hourly - updates on all of the areas you desire to visit. Instead of doing things the old fashioned way, you can now use the web.

You Can Use the Power of the World Wide Web to Make Your Dream Come True

Thanks to a major upgrade in technology, you can now use the power of the world wide web to make all of your vacation dreams come true. There are tons of travel agencies out there, such as Kensington Tours among others, that can help you book the vacation of a lifetime for less than you may think. You no longer have to pay an arm and a leg to get out of the country in order to experience the vacation of your dreams. All you need to know is how to use a vacation travel site to book the trip that you desire. It's quicker, easier, and more cost effective than ever before and it's up to you. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

5 Different Ways To Celebrate Your Anniversary This Year


In life, there are always going to be those kinds of occasions that we love to mark. For some, it will always be birthdays above all else. Others will prefer to celebrate family holidays like Christmas. But then there are the more romantic that love nothing more than to make a fuss over anniversaries. And if you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat.
When you’ve been with your significant other for some time, you can start to run out of ways to spend your anniversary. And this can be tough. Because we all know that gifts for men are hard to choose, so trying to pick out the perfect date is doubly hard. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you’re all out of ideas, here are five different ways that you could spend your anniversary this year.


Stay In and Cook


Up first is something that tends to go down well with those that love nothing more than to stay in and get cozy. Because you don’t always want to get dressed up and head out. And you certainly don’t have to do it to have a good time. If you’ve done the fancy stuff before, then why not keep this year simple? In your casual clothes, cook up your favorite meal, and just enjoy each others company, without anyone else around.
Enjoy A Day Out

But it doesn’t all have to be about dinner. We get so used to date being in the evening, that we forget all about good old-fashioned day dates. And when you’re heading on a day out, they can be the most fun of all. From ice skating to heading on a hike, you can have a lot of fun and still get to spend quality time together by enjoying a nice day out.
Recreate Your First Date

If you really want to do something special this year, why not look to recreate your first date. While this doesn’t have to be the exact date that you had, you just need to think about going back to the restaurant you ate at, or the movie theatre you went to. By doing something like this, you’ll both be filled with love and memories of when you met. And what could be cuter than that on your anniversary?
Our first date 15 years ago - Legazpi City, Philippines
Head On Vacation

When life gets busy, you may even struggle to take time out to have a date unless you make big plans. Because work and other life commitments can often creep in. So this gives you the perfect excuse to head on vacation. There are so many exciting and romantic anniversary trip ideas that you could consider taking, and it’s also a great way to mark a special anniversary too.
Our 14th wedding anniversary at Grand Canyon

Throw A Party

But sometimes, you don’t want to celebrate alone. When that’s the case, why not bring everyone else in your life into the celebrations too? If you’ve got real close friends and family, throwing a party or even heading out to a big dinner could be exactly what you need to really enjoy yourself this year.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

4 Reasons You Should Move To A Small Town

For some people, the idea of moving to a small town is their worst nightmare, especially if they’re coming from a big city. They’ll complain that there’s nothing to do there and they’re too far away from all of the local amenities like shops and schools. It’s true that you might have to travel a little more to get to places but there are so many benefits that outweigh the negatives. These are just some of the great things about moving from a big city to a small town. 


You’ll Have More Time 

It’s great living in a big city with loads of stuff to do all the time but you’ll soon find that your schedule is jam packed. When you’re out every night of the week you don’t have that much time to do things for yourself. If you’ve got hobbies or passion projects that you’re interested in, living in a small town will give you so much more free time to work on them. 


It’s Easier To Save Money

Not having the temptation to go out all of the time also makes it easier to save money. The living costs in a small town tend to be a lot cheaper than in the city as well so your food etc. won’t cost as much. Obviously, you’ll have to spend money on companies like https://www.mybekins.com/location/el-cajon-ca-movers/ to help you move your stuff so you aren’t going to see those savings right away. But after a couple of months, you’ll probably find that you’ve got more spare cash than you ever had when you were living in the city. Just be aware that you’ll be spending a bit more money on fuel costs because you’re driving more and house prices can be higher in a small town. 


Know Your Neighbours 


When you’re living in a large city, you probably won’t know your neighbors and even though there are people everywhere, it can feel a little lonely. When you’re living in a small town you don’t have that problem at all. You’re more likely to be on first name terms with most of the people that live nearby which is great socially, but is also good for security because people can look out for you when you’re out of town. People in smaller towns tend to have more close friendships with the people around them which is always a good thing. Visit https://www.urbanbound.com/urbanblog/6-reasons-you-should-get-to-know-your-neighbors for even more benefits of getting to know your neighbours. 


Better Work Opportunities 

The general consensus is that small towns are the worst place to go if you’ve got big career ambitions because there are fewer opportunities. While it’s true that there are more jobs to choose from in big cities, there is also way more competition. In a big city you’re a small fish in a big pond, but in a small town, it’s the other way around. It’s easier for you to make yourself stand out and land yourself better career opportunities. 

Small towns get a bit of a bad name and people are always going on about how great it is to live in a big city but the truth is, living in a small town has a lot of benefits.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice Skating at Wheeling Park

We have never done ice skating before but the kids wanted to try it so we took them to Wheeling Park.  It's a 45-minute drive from our place but it's worth the drive.  New  things  is always exciting although intimidating and scary especially if you don't know how to do it.
 I was going to try it but I had dysmenorrhea that I chose not to, however, hubby and I  promised the kids  that we will  do it with them next time since the kids loved it.
 The admission fee is $6.25 for  kids and $7.25 for adults and the skate rental is $4 a pair.  
 I am glad that there is  a tool  that beginners can use.  I feel so bad for my kids because they would not stay in their  feet, they were on their  bottom  more than they're on their feet lol.  
 Our son have figured it out though towards the end.  He was  skating around the rink without the tool that he first used.  
 He just need to figure it out with his footing and he was good to go.
 Our daughter, being very cautious all the time have enjoyed her time  as well but she  did not try letting go without the  walker (not sure what it's called, lol).  I think the park offer  lessons for ice skating but it is on weekdays so we will never make it plus it's a bit of a drive from us.
 I was surprised that they were not hurting the next day.  I guess, when you're young, your body can adopt easily unlike us adults that when we fall, we will certainly feel it the next day.
 It was freezing last weekend but glad that there are hot coco and coffee you can buy inside the  park.  I couldn't stay the entire time inside the rink because my feet were painful.  My body can't take  freezing temperature  really well so I always retreat  early.  
 I wish that there is  more outdoor  fun that we can do  here in Weirton, unfortunately, there is  very limited to none.  My kids love outdoors so during winter, we try to bring them  somewhere where they can  be active.  I guess that's the price you pay when you live in a small  city.  I don't mind it though, I love a small community, I'd rather live here than in a big city.


 Today, school is cancelled due to storm.   Some parts of West Virginia  has flooding issue due to the continuous rain last night.
Hopefully it is a bit warm on your side of the world and no rain.  It is wet  from our neck of the woods and the  temperature will continue to drop today.  We are suppose to have  a lot of snow fall tonight.  Stay warm everyone!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Reasons Why Maltipoo Is The Right Breed For You


If you’re looking for a new dog, it can be a little overwhelming when there are so many different breeds and crosses to choose from. You might well be tempted to opt for the first dog you fall in love with, but this can be potentially problematic for you, you family and for your new companion. Most dogs, especially pups, are easy to fall in love with yet a pup’s size, appearance and temperament can change wildly as they mature. While the nature vs nurture debate rages on, it’s naive not to expect a dog’s heritage to play a part in its temperament, attitude and skill set regardless of how the animal is raised. 

As such, it’s always prudent to learn a little about the typical characteristics of any given breed whether thoroughbred or a cross, ensuring that they are a good fit for your own temperament, your home, your family and your lifestyle. If, however, you’re looking for a versatile pet that can make any house a home while having an utterly heartbreakingly adorable appearance… Look no further than the Maltipoo. 


What is a Maltipoo?

A Maltipoo is a Maltese terrier cross bred with a Poodle. The result is a delightful little ball of fluff that will melt even the stoniest heart among your family, friends and visitors. Indeed, they’re widely regarded as the “cutest dog ever”. Cuteness, however, can be misleading and there are some breeds like the West Highland Terrier in which a cute appearance can belie a potentially aggressive personality. While the Maltipoo is generally a good and loyal friend, they are also a consummate terrier. They tend to live around 12 years and have an average weight of 10lbs.


Temperament

The Maltipoo behaves like any other terrier, meaning that they are active and excitable yet they tend to lack the sense of attitude that’s present in other breeds of terrier. They are friendly, good natured and loving… Not to mention playful. They love nothing more than to play with humans and you are likely to run out of steam long before they do, so a Maltipoo should only reside in a patient and giving household. That said, if you’re prone to the blues a Maltipoo never fails to provide a pick-me-up. While they’re great with kids, advise against letting your kids pick up and handle a Maltipoo as they are delicate beasts. 


Needs

Maltipoos are intelligent and easy to train. Their diminutive size, even a maltipoo full grown rarely exceeds 10-12 lbs, makes them great for people with limited living space like apartment dwellers. That said, they require a lot of exercise and attention and are not well disposed to being left alone for long periods of time. Maltipoos are often bursting with energy and need to be exercised regularly.

Health

Like most crossbreeds, the Maltipoo’s crossbreed frees it from the inherent health problems that plague its forebears on both sides. While they may be small and delicate they are genetically hardy and tend to lead long, healthy and happy lives. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Sun Travel Packing Tips for Curvy Girls

It’s winter, and while many people are getting ready to settle down for a few months of hibernation, others are plotting their escape from the dastardly cold. Yes, though there might be something to be said for long marathons of Netflix and those comforting winter foods, it’s hard not get lost in the daydream of jetting away to warmer climates such as Sydney or Florida. 

However, the warm weather can be something of a double-edged sword for curvier girls. On the one hand, it’s always nice to be out in the sun. On the other hand, it can mean showing more skin than we’re usually comfortable showing. Below, we take a look at a few essential style tips that’ll have you looking great and feeling confident.

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Play up to your Size

You’ve got the curves, why not let them shine? You could spend many an hour in front of the mirror, doing your best to try to conceal your body shape, but this isn’t the right attitude. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! There are many dressing style tips for curvy women that you can incorporate into your outfit choices. Learn the tricks, discover your best features, and get to work on putting together an outfit that will make you look fabulous. 

Bringing the Colour

Many people like to wear black as they think it’s a slimming agent. But hey, if you’re jetting off to a sunny destination, then who wants to be wearing black? It’s time to bring the colour and really add to the summer vibes. If you’re wearing an outfit that packs in bags of bright colours, then you’re going to stand out for all the right reasons. The aim is to be your own little ball of sunshine at all times! 

Dress Versatility

Whatever size you are, it’s always important to pack those clothes that are going to bring the style while you’re away. If everyone in Sydney is dressed to the nines, then you should be too. The key is to take those items clothing that can be worn both at the beach and in the evening. Take a look at dress outfit ideas, and you’ll be able to transition from the sunshine to the cocktail bar seamlessly. You don’t want to interrupt the fun by having to go back to your hotel to change, and with a maxi dress, you won’t have to. 

The Accessories

When it comes to summer, it’s all about the accessories, and this is especially the case when it comes to curvier women. To begin, focus on your bra; it’ll help play up your features. If you’re wearing a dress, a belt can also do the same function, too. From there, it’s about fun with your hats, sunglasses, and jewellery. 

Own Your Look

Whatever you pack in the suitcase, it’s important that you add the final touch to your outfit: confidence! It’ll bring everything together neatly, and will make sure you’re able to strut your stuff on the beaches and the bars of your holiday destination.

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