Tips on How to Quickly Prepare Your Home for the Arrival of Guests

It is quite stressful having guests coming over. Whether they are your relatives coming over for Thanksgiving, or friends from abroad you met many years ago, you need to prepare your home for their arrival. The problem is when you are too busy; you have no time to prepare your house. These quick fixes will make your home ready for your guests.

Start with the guest room

Upon arrival, your guests will feel tired. They will not care how lovely your house is. They will want to see the bedroom where they can rest. You can speak with them the next day and catch up. Therefore, it is crucial to prepare the guest room first before anything else. Place extra hangers in the closet. Remove the items that you still keep in this room since someone is using it. Replace the sheets and add pillows depending on the number of people coming over.

Clean your bathroom

You want the bathroom to be clean since it is a relaxing space for your guests. Since they will be staying with a family, it might be the only place where they can feel like they have a private space. You can also have an entire container filled with toiletries reserved for your guests if you are sharing the bathroom with them, to avoid confusion. If they brought their own stuff, you could leave space for them to store it.

Return everything to its proper place

De-clutter your house, and it will start to look pleasing again. Sometimes, you only need to return the books to the shelves or the magazines to the rack. Pick up pieces of paper or trash from the floor. Wash the dishes and store all the utensils in the drawer. It will not take much time for you to finish all these tasks.

Cook a nice meal

When you have guests arriving after a long flight, they might want to grab something to eat. If not for the night, they will eat a lot the following day after resting. Therefore, it is an excellent idea to cook the best meal that you can. They will appreciate your effort. You can order takeout though if you have no time to cook.

Do not only focus on fixing your house

It is important for your guests to have a comfortable place to stay. Apart from that, you also want them to make the most of their trip. Give them a list of the places they can visit nearby and how they can get there. If your guests are coming with kids, you can prepare an area where they can play with toys. You can make their experience enjoyable as they start heading out of your place to discover the locality.

Remove the trash

The problem when you are in a hurry to clean your house is that you throw everything away and forget to take the garbage out. The piles of trash might cause an unpleasant smell that you cannot hide. If you have no time to manage it, you can ask a debris removal company to come over and pick it up. They will help remove the trash in time for the arrival of your guests.

These tips will make your guests feel welcome and comfortable throughout their stay.

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Office Cleaning Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Cleaning the office is not easy given its size and the number of people using the space each day. It is vital for all employees to be responsible for maintaining their area and for your business. These are some mistakes they might make, and you need to remind them to avoid such errors.

Scrubbing spills on carpets

If you have a carpeted office, you need to maintain it well and keep it in perfect condition. It easily absorbs stains. Removing these stains is such a difficult task. Some people might panic when they spill coffee or red wine on the carpet. They will rush to scrub the stain in the hope that they will get rid of the stain. The truth is that this action will only make things worse. Scrubbing carpets will untwist the fibers and distort the carpet. The damage is also permanent. Put a towel on top of the stain and use a stain remover to get rid of the problem. You may also ask for help from professional steam carpet cleaners.

Using too much water for cleaning

Remind everyone not to use too much water when cleaning the upholstery. It can easily get damaged because of water as it does not dry out quickly. Water might also cause mildew and pose serious health risks. It is also crucial to not use water when cleaning items made from metal as it could result in rust.

Using a dry rag for dusting

If you use a dry rag to remove dust off the surface of any equipment or furniture, it could cause scratches. Use a soft microfiber cloth instead. It grabs and holds on to the particles. Besides, using a dry rag will only make you repeat the entire process, and it takes time.

Using different cleaning products

You need to check the ingredients used in any cleaning agent before using it. There could be contents that are damaging including bleach and detergents. They might damage the surface of the furniture. They also leave fumes that are not good for your health.

Vacuuming everything first

You might think that using the vacuum is the answer to all your cleaning problems. The truth is that when you vacuum without wiping down the surfaces first, it will only make you repeat the process several times. It helps if you wipe the surface thoroughly before vacuuming. You also need a high-quality and high-powered vacuum to ensure that you do not leave anything behind.

Spraying on surfaces directly

It is a common mistake that you need to avoid because it will only attract more dust instead of removing it. The best way of dealing with the problem is to spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth first instead of spraying directly on the surface.

Improper waste segregation

You need to pay attention to waste segregation as you throw piles of trash away each day. You cannot do the job yourself. You also do not want your employees to do it. You need a junk removal company to do the job since they are experts in waste management. You can even ask them to deal with a garage clean out at home if you need such services.

Avoid these mistakes and have an excellent workplace for you and your employees.

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Dress to Impress: 8 Essential Style Tips to Help You Dress Better

Feeling like your style is hopelessly out of date? Time for a fashion makeover. Here are 8 essential tips to help you dress better this year.

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If you’re feeling uninspired by your closet, then it may be time to spice it up and dress better.

As we age and grow, our style interests change. Our favorite sweater may all the sudden be a reminder that we’re just not that person anymore. Putting it on may now feel awkward instead of comfortable.

This is a great sign that you’re ready to dress better and level up your style.

But, where to begin? Our favorite comfy sweater shows us what we don’t want, but we may still have no vision for what we do want our style to look like. We know we’ll have to purchase new clothing, but how can we be sure we’re not wasting our money?

Read on to discover how to makeover your style and dress better this year with these eight essential tips.

Dress Better: 8 Essential Style Tips

Our clothes reflect who we are, so dressing better means feeling better. When we feel great, we exude confidence and set ourselves up for success in all areas of our lives. Explore the following eight tips for upgrading your style in 2019.

1. Pick and Choose

Take time to pick and choose which clothing items you want to keep from your closet. Make a day of it to determine what fits you, what doesn’t suit you, and what you want to get rid of.

This phase is difficult for many people because some of the clothes in their closets may still have tags or be perfectly wearable. To reduce guilty feelings that arise, Tidying Expert, Marie Kondo, suggests holding each piece clothing item and thanking it. Thank it for serving its purpose even if that purpose was to show you it doesn’t fit your style anymore.

You can also donate or sell your clothing to feel like it’s not going to waste. The cash you receive from selling your clothing to a second-hand shop can also help to fund your new wardrobe.

2. Get Basic

Start with a basic style palette. Starting with basic, staple items will help you to accessorize and add in more adventurous style options later on. Staple items are the go-to footwear and clothing items that help you to form your style.

These are items that you can wear over and over. They are versatile and usually simple in nature. For example, a basic black top, a pair of brown shoes, and a pair of dark fitted jeans.

Selecting neutral colors is a great way to start. Neutral colors like black, gray, or brown can be paired easily with other colors and accessories.

3. Find Style Role Models

A great place to find style role models is Pinterest. You can use Pinterest to search for clothing styles and create a folder dedicated to understanding your style. After a while, you’ll notice a pattern in the type of styles and clothing items you’re interested in.

This will help you to determine what layering options, colors, and accessories you’re drawn to. You’ll also get an idea of how these pieces could look with different outfits. For example, if you notice that you’re drawn to black blazers matched with a casual look, search “casual black blazer outfit” to see how others have styled it.

Following celebrities who have great style on Instagram is also a great way to get inspired.

4. Understand Your Fit

Fitted clothing will always be in.

Fitted clothing doesn’t mean that it’s tight, it means that it fits your body. When you find the right fit, invest in it! Especially, for more expensive items like jeans and suits.

The last thing you want to do is go out in the world and feel out of place in your new wardrobe. Remember you’re upgrading, not trying to be someone you aren’t.

Your clothes need to be the right size and not give you a baggy look. They also need to highlight your features and make you feel comfortable wearing them. For example, if skinny jeans make you feel exposed and uncomfortable, then you likely won’t come to appreciate them later on even if they are trending.

Instead, find a different fit that accentuates your personality and style.

5. Experiment with Trends

Trends are fun! But, trends come and go sometimes at a moment’s notice. So, before you invest all your money into the latest style trends invest in a classic, staple item-centered wardrobe.

Once you get the basics, then have fun with trends. Buy one to two trending items at a time to see how you feel wearing them on a consistent basis. Feel free to experiment with new colors and patterns.

It’s important to stick to your fit when experimenting with trending items. For example, if loose baggy dresses are trending, but you know you don’t like the way they look on you then don’t force it. Let them trend and stick to feeling confident instead of fashionably forward.

6. Avoid Buying in Bulk

Avoid going on a large shopping spree and buying everything at once. Try out one to two items before investing further. If you find that a gray v-neck t-shirt is a staple in your wardrobe, then feel free to purchase more gray v-necks or buy v-necks in other colors.

7. Accessorize 

Accessorizing is a great way to spice up your wardrobe. Accessories can instantly alter your overall look without breaking the bank.

Consider purchasing staple accessories before purchasing trending ones. For example, invest in a great watch you can wear daily such as Tag Heuer Watches.

Then expand your accessory options by adding in trending accessory styles. For example, a necklace or chain that you would only wear with certain outfits or on certain occasions.

8. Be Patient and Keep Exploring

Building your new style will take time. Be patient with yourself and don’t feel the need to have it all figured out in one shopping trip. As you continue learning more about yourself and your style preferences, you’ll feel more confident in making authentic style choices.

Dress Better to Feel Better

Dress better to feel better and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the most confident and authentic version of you. Choose items that are versatile, but be open to experimenting.

When in doubt, throw items out! The more you de-clutter your closet, the more inspired you will feel to add more items that reflect who you are at this point in your life.

Want to learn more style waves sweeping the globe? Check out our blog post all about gender-neutral style to get inspired.

Relocating from CA to Washington State: Pros and Cons

 

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Domestic migration is a big part of life in every country. Every year, nearly 40 million people in the US move from state to state in search of something they cannot get in their previous location. Some of the reasons people move include lower taxes, better job opportunities, marriage, school, weather conditions, or even to start fresh. And although anyone can move to anywhere for any number of reasons, statistics have shown that some states have more influx of domestic migrants than others. You can read more about it here.

Moving from your location to another can be expensive, with costs mounting up as much as $9,000. It can also be emotionally stressful when you are leaving a place you have called home for a long time (say, your place of origin) to somewhere new. This is even more stressful for kids of school age who may are leaving their friends behind. Then there’s the weather condition. Moving to Washington State from California is moving to the northernmost part of the US. This means moving to a colder region of the country.

Despite all these inconveniences if you still choose to relocate to Washington from California these are some of the pros of your decision to relocate.

The Pros

Great Climate

Yes, it rains a lot in the northwest but not that withstanding. Washington State has a beautiful mild climate throughout the year. The summers are not too warm (in the west) which means you may not need to use an air conditioner. And you won’t have to shovel snow in the winters. On the eastern part of Washington is a warm, desert-like climate which is colder than the western region in the winter, but very favorable if you are looking to go into the wine business. You can check this link to know more about the wine country, Washington: https://www.seattlemag.com/article/washington-wine-country-getaways

Environmentally Favorable

They describe Washington State as the ‘Evergreen’ State. This is because the State boasts of an ample number of forests, parks, and water. It has one of the best air qualities in the United States and there are large residential areas that are situated around water bodies. If you love cycling, then you will love Washington as it is more bike friendly than California. Washington also recycles about 70% of its wastes, has green and energy-saving buildings, and a clean car law governing all forms of transportation.

Health and Wellness Friendly

Research has proven that frequent contact and interaction with nature helps to ease mental stress and depression. This makes Washington State one of the best places to live in. Its abundantly green scenery with lush vegetation, green parks, high air and water quality, beautiful hiking trails, water recreational activities, and locally grown food items make it an ideal place to live a healthy life. Washington also has top-quality healthcare services, better than the ones you get in California.

Employment Prospects

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Washington State is literally a haven for job seekers. It is home to the headquarters of global giants like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Boeing, Amazon, Google, etc. and a host to other thriving establishments. Washington has an unemployment rate of about 4.5% but that number is gradually, and significantly, decreasing. In August 2018 alone, there was over 9000 gain in jobs in the state. Washington also has the highest minimum wage in the USA which is about $13.25 per hour. You can go here to learn more about it.

 

The Cons

As with nearly everything in life that have advantages, there are disadvantages. And Washington is no different in this regard. Here are a few cons to consider (no pun intended) if you are thinking about moving to Washington State.

High Average Cost of Living

Yes, Washington state is a pretty expensive place to live in. The site www.cityrating.com/cost-of-living/washington/ has a graphical representation comparing the average cost of living in Washington with the national average. Although there are cities in Washington that aren’t as expensive to live in as, for instance, Seattle but you would still spend between 3% and 4% more than anywhere in the US.

High Rate of Property Crimes

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The state boasts of a lower violent crime rate than in California and most other states. However, it has the highest property crime rate in the country. And you can expect to hear a lot of news and stories about car thefts, larceny, burglary, arson, etc. You may need to take extra security measures to safeguard you home and belongings.

Susceptible to Acts of Nature

Washington State may have a great climate, especially in the summer but it is prone to severe acts of nature. It is home to St. Helen and Mt. Rainier, both active volcanoes with Rainier more likely to erupt. The state is also susceptible to cyclonic winds and heavy rains especially in spring and fall.

Summary

In the end, Washington State is a beautiful city that is bustling with life and exciting cultural and recreational activities. Only be sure it is the right place for you to move to. You can do more findings, ask lots of questions and garner valuable information from people who live there. If you are certain it is where you want to spend a significant amount of your life, then by all means, make that move.

4 Ways You Can Spend Your Work Break

It’s important to remember that people aren’t robots, and if you want to succeed at work, it is vital that you take breaks. No one can concentrate for hours on end.

The question is, how should you spend your work break? There are four main options.

You can choose to play an online game briefly, opt to go for a walk and get some fresh air, talk to your colleagues in the break room, or even do some stretches near your desk. Doing these activities will improve your productivity, because you are momentarily allowing your brain to focus on another task.

1. Play an online game

Why not play an online game on your phone? Rather than spending time scrolling on Instagram, try a game that will force you to think creatively and even use your problem-solving skills.

If you are interested in the potential to win extra money, you now have the option to place online bets through a gaming platform such as Unibet. You can bet on any sport that you personally enjoy, whether it’s horse racing, baseball, basketball, or ice hockey.

An online game is both a quick and easy way to spend your break, as it will allow your brain to focus on another task and give you a much-needed breather from your work.

2. Go for a walk

If you don’t have a looming deadline, why not go for a walk as Huffington Post suggests? This is beneficial if you have been sitting down at your desk for long periods of time, and it may even give your mind the creativity boost that it needs, given that you are surrounding yourself in a new environment.

Plus, you will get some much-needed exercise, which is always beneficial for your health and wellbeing.

3. Talk to your work colleagues in the break room

People are social beings, and it is for this reason that The Muse recommends that you talk to your coworkers during your break. Why not spend some time in your company break room? These are individuals that you likely have to work closely with on some projects, and it would benefit you to get to know them better.

Not to mention, you may find that you get along so well that you become friends in the process.

4. Do some stretches

In the event that you don’t have time to step away from the office to exercise, considering doing some stretches, instead. As Healthline states, stretching improves your health and stops your body stiffening up from sitting in the same spot for far too long.

Keep in mind that no matter how busy you are, you can always make room for a 10-minute break. Once you go back to your work desk, you will realize that you are more productive and your mind will not wander as much, either. It was exactly what you needed in order to revitalize your mind and wellbeing on a daily basis.

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5 Tips On How To Be a Successful Writer

Writing is an art that requires exceptional skills. For example, if you are a blogger, getting to people’s inboxes with juicy stories is not a feat you achieve by filling white space with anything that comes to mind. From day one, a need to improve is a necessary evil. You get stuck with an old-fashioned way of churning stories, and readers disappear into thin air. Thus, before you can get started with a writing career, say an author who wishes to publish novels, and hopefully win a Pulitzer someday, or a custom essayist looking forward to helping students with buying term papers of great quality, you must get things right from the onset.

This post helps you identify, explore and most importantly, execute tips that will transform your literary skills from a novice to an expert, so keep reading to learn more.

Identify your niche

Every successful write out there focus on a given niche, say travel and leisure, news, fashion and apparel or technology. It is because, while you can write on virtually anything, becoming a successful writer in the journalists or freelance enterprise isn’t going to be possible without specialisation.

The catch here is that you should not only aim at becoming a popular columnist or author, but emphasize being an authority in a particular field. It will not only establishes you as an authority but also earn you a massive following.

Emphasize satisfying needs of writers

It is easy to start writing career and even if takes you months to build a strong reputation online and offline, ruining your image could be fast like the drop of a hat. Thus, it is important that as you embark on this journey, focus on meeting the needs of readers through content that address their needs, solve their problems and also answer their pertinent questions.

You must never stop learning

In every career, including writing, improvement equals growth on the job. Therefore, another tip on how to ace your way to stardom in writing is by continuously researching, reading and learning. Do not try to reinvent the wheel, but look for a mentor who will guide you through every stage and process.

Be conversational

As more people join the gig economy as writers, it is easy to conclude that writing for pay may soon become obsolete. However, it does not mean everyone who churns stories will cease to exist. Becoming a successful writer is all about generating conversations, even if you are creating informational content.

Embrace technology

You cannot ignore technology, especially top writing tools for authors and expect to succeed in this enterprise. It is one of the key stages to getting started and a means to evaluating your progress and remaining relevant in a competitive field.

Final Thoughts

Every aspiring writer wishes to become a star, but without paying close attention to tips in this post, such a quest would never material. Whether it is helping students via assignment geek or blogging for mass audiences, practise is equally vital.

Osteoarthritis Vs Rheumatoid Arthritis: Which One is Worse?

Osteoarthritis vs rheumatoid arthritis has always been a great debate. Today we discuss which type of arthritis is worse.

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With more than 40 million Americans suffering from arthritis, we have one of the most arthritic populations on the planet.

When you’re trying to figure out whether osteoarthritis vs rheumatoid arthritis is worse, it’s deciding between the frying pan and the fire. However, if you’re not sure which you have yet, you might want to learn about the differences between the two types of arthritis.

Here is everything you need to know.

The Epidemiology of RA versus OA

When you’re comparing rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, one of the big differences that arises is from looking at how the disease is caused.

Rheumatoid arthritis comes as an autoimmune disorder that causes joint pain throughout the body. There are inflammatory symptoms that arise when you have this condition that causes severe discomfort and pain.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that comes from overuse of your joints. This is one that can happen to athletes who don’t train or diet properly or who have poor genetics. OA could result in inflammatory issues but its chief issue is that it destroys your cartilage over the course of time.

While more than a million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis, there are 27 million Americans who are dealing with osteoarthritis. That means that about one in ten people is going to deal with this at some point.

Since it’s so prevalent, there has been plenty of research on osteoarthritis. While RA is found to develop between the ages of 30 and 60 in people, OA tends to start much later in life. It’s a challenge that often arises hand in hand with the problems of old age.

While there are many ways to find out how they’re alike, you can check out one of many sites that offer a comparison.

What Causes Them

In terms of osteoarthritis, the main culprits are prolonged use and insufficient rest. People who suffer continuous wear and tear on their joints are going to have issues in the specific spots impacted. Whether you have a job that’s demanding of you physically or not, there are ways to hurt your self at work to consider.

If you realize that your problem was caused by work, you could even be entitled to payment from a suit.

If you had injuries in the past, they can turn to OA. An injury that never got time to heal or never healed properly could result in a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.

There are also genetic risk factors in play. Not everyone had the same upbringing as you or the patient, so we need to consider how this impacts our ecosystem.

Rheumatoid arthritis is most common in much older people but as it turns out, it’s unknown exactly what causes it. Doctors know that it’s an autoimmune disease where your antibodies attack healthy joints. This can cause some pretty strange results when you’re in the middle of activities or as a result of rigorous exercise.

However, don’t expect doctors to offer you an answer over the phone or online without an exam. In fact, it would be unethical and they could risk their medical license if they

RA has been shown to somewhat relate to ill health, smoking, or excessive drinking. If you don’t treat your body right, you’ll end up stuck dealing with arthritis as you get older.

How They’re Diagnosed

While both diseases are types of arthritis, they come as the result of different clinical diagnoses. They have very similar symptoms and without testing, they could be confused for one another. In their earliest stages, they might even seem identical.

For diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, a physical exam is necessary. A doctor is going to look at your clinical symptoms and your family history together. By reviewing both, they’ll start to get a good idea.

When they perform blood tests to look for the antibodies that attack joints, they’ll have a clear picture of what’s happening.

If you suspect you might have osteoarthritis, you’ll need to get some x-rays and MRIs. While these can be costly and intesnse, you could end up with a clearer idea of what’s happening in your body. A blood test helps to rule out other diseases so you can focus on just this one and how to deal with it.

Getting Treatment

For either type of arthritis, there are no permanent solutions that result in total healing. However, there are ways to mitigate the pain and discomfort. Once you’ve identified which type of arthritis you’re dealing with, you can start the healing process.

Treatment courses are meant to help to reduce pain and prevent any further problems that come with the destruction or decay of joints. The course of treatment that you’re able to seek is about managing symptoms and minimizing discomfort.

There are several types of medications you could take. The most powerful is categorized as “nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory” medication. These NSAIDs can be found over the counter and help to reduce swelling in pain in a number of ways.

Given that you’re dealing with an autoimmune disorder, you’re dealing with drugs that are meant to help suppress your immune system. This keeps you from forming any more antibodies that lead to flare-ups and cause further damage. All the while, you’ll be eliminating a lot of the pain and discomfort.

Physical and occupational therapy are both used to help patients improve mobility and adjust their daily routines. Exercise, weight management, and overall healthy living habits are essential in treating and manage both diseases.

No One Wants to Pick Osteoarthritis Vs Rheumatoid Arthritis

No matter what age you are, you don’t want to have to decide between osteoarthritis vs rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re worried you might have one of the two types, get help from a doctor before you make any decisions.

If you want to take a mindfulness approach to your healing, check out our guide for more info.

Beautiful and Modern: 5 Home Trends to Consider in 2019

Want to create the space of your dreams and increase the value of your home all at once? Incorporate these 5 beautiful and modern home trends for 2019.

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In 2017, Americans spent $316 billion on home improvements and this figure continues to rise year upon year. Are you planning to join the fray?

If you’re going to be making changes, you may as well be on trend, especially if you’re planning to sell your home soon.

Drop that color chart, pull up a chair, and check out the most happening home trends for 2019 first.

1. Old is New Yet Again

Something old may be nothing new as far as trends in home decor go, but vintage keeps reinventing itself and cropping up in new ways.

This year, it’s retro pendants and sconces that are in the limelight.

There are so many ways to incorporate a little bit of yesteryear in your modern home design.

Versatile velvet is back, making an appearance in soft furnishings, sofas, and drapes. Primary colors and graphic shapes a la the Memphis movement are back from the eighties to lighten our lives.

Old style tin panels are making an appearance in ceilings and backsplashes once again. Mixed metals are staying the course – get creative with silver and gold, bronze and stainless steel in the same spaces.

2. Getting Together Around the Table

Smaller homes have meant the demise of the dining room. Yet, all is not lost – the kitchen nook is back, albeit with a difference.

The continued preference for open-plan spaces means kitchen islands and free-standing counters are on their way out to make space for dining tables.

Now you can entertain your guests while you finish up cooking or enjoy those comforting kitchen-table-talks over coffee that filled your childhood.

Banquette kitchen nooks are taking a window seat everywhere there’s space. With a bit of creativity, you can fit a bench seat in anywhere. Designers are using empty entryways, half walls and blank walls to bring comfort and communal dining back into the kitchen.

3. Sexy Statement Pieces

Goodbye linear design, hello curves. Chairs, coffee tables, and other furniture are all taking on a more rounded appearance with soft edges, smooth fabrics, and puffy seating.

It’s almost the sixties all over again, but not quite there yet.

Another eye-catching development in trendy decor is the statement ceiling and floor. Painting your own floors is the DIY movement of the decade and one of the few places where geometric is still on trend.

Finish it all off with the high drama of an eye-catching console table. First prize is a custom-designed artisan piece although a one-of-a-kind flea market find will do just as well.

Who doesn’t love a four-poster bed? They’re the comfort food of the furniture world and they’re creeping back into all the best bedrooms.

4. Embracing Mother Earth

The color and vibrancy of nature itself are at the heart of 2019 design trends. Even Pantone’s color of the year, living coral, tips a hat to Mother Nature.

Other natural tones and hues are highly fashionable this year too, bringing granite, wood, marble, and pebbles into the home.

Floral is in, even for wallpaper, and the real thing in the form of potted plants is still big news.

Daylight is being invited to the party, and swish outdoor spaces are more important than ever before.

Green innovations are the perfect way to compliment a natural theme in your house.

This extends to using ethically-sourced sustainable materials, recycled and recyclable items throughout. Frivolity is out. Simplicity and purpose are in.

We have the up-and-coming generation to thank for this ongoing focus on eco-friendly options.

It’s just one of the recent home design and decor trends made popular by millennials. Read more here about how this influential set is impacting home design.

5. Black is Back and Red is Too

Black never really went away but it’s back in focus this year. Add a little drama with furniture, prints, finishes, fixtures and even walls in this somber shade. Black is making its way into bathrooms once again.

Millennial pink is still hanging in there fitting in with the feminine tones and warm colors that are so in vogue right now. Think blush, bronze, and dusty pink.

Say goodbye to gender differentiation in your design. Pink isn’t just for girls anymore.

If you have a lot of white space in your home, liven it up with daring indigo, emerald, and hunter green accents. Tonal reds are creeping back into living spaces to add fiery warmth and a comforting vibe.

Burnt yellow brings cheer, happiness, and life to any room.

Kitchens are also stepping away from clinical colors. Grey and white are still okay, but you can add some spice by painting cabinet doors, redoing your backsplash, and adding bold brassy taps.

Home Trends That are Out in 2019

Fashion is fickle. Some elements that were all the rage last year have fallen out of favor now. These are:

  • Lacquered furniture
  • Rose gold
  • White quartz counters
  • Overdoing the mid-century vibe
  • Succulents
  • Excessive eclecticism
  • Statement upholstery

It’s sad to see some of these old favorites go but when it comes to home design, onward and upward is the way to go.

You never know what the next flavor of the month will be, so it pays to stick with timeless classics when it comes to expensive design items.

Own Your Space

One of the biggest and most refreshing new trends in home decor for 2019 is making your own decor choices and sticking by them.

Do what makes you happy. Add your unique personal touches wherever you see fit.

Whether you love one of the above home trends or like to mix it up from corner to corner, you’re the one that has to live with it.

Be bold, stay inspired, and keep reading my blog to stay on top of what’s hot and what’s not in the world today.

 

How to Get a Second Date? 10 Things You Should Be Doing

Do you always get rejected for a second date? You are probably not following these 10 tips to land that next date.

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People all over the United States are constantly looking for romantic partners, so why can’t you get a second date?

The answer may be that you’re making a bad first impression during the first date. How can you fix this?

Due to the amount of interest in this topic, there are actually a lot of tips out there that you can use to lay on the charm.

Keep reading to get 10 tips you can use to always get that next date.

Why Can’t You Just Be Yourself?

You can! The great thing about dating is that you can be yourself and people will still like you for it.

Just like with any relationship, you always want to put your best self forward from the beginning. Don’t pretend to be anything you aren’t, but instead be the person that you want to be all the time.

First impressions are important in any type of social situation, but especially in the dating world.

This is why you should always try to show off your assets and leave the rest for later in the relationship.

Tips to Get a Second Date

Let’s get to the good stuff!

1. Make the Conversation Engaging

Of course you have to talk about yourself, but don’t forget about the other person!

It can be really tedious to hear someone talk about themselves for long periods of time. After all, most humans actually enjoy talking about themselves more than you may think.

Talking too much about yourself may come off as narcissistic or that you aren’t interested in anything the other person says. Ask open questions and be natural in conversation.

2. Don’t Get Drunk

It really is not a good idea to get drunk on a first date. No matter who you are, always keep it to one or two drinks because this lessens the opportunity to accidentally embarrass yourself.

Besides the fact that you may do something foolish, does it really look good to a new date that you are getting drunk without even knowing them? They may see it as a red flag that cannot be ignored.

3. Speak Confidently

People can be confident even if they are introverted, so don’t assume that this means you have to talk a lot. It simply means that you need to be willing to come out of your shell if you are shy and you need to hold yourself well in conversations.

Most men and women appreciate when the other person gives them something to work with, even if it is something small. If you don’t like to talk a lot, be sure that you are not coming off to the other person as boring or closed off.

4. Be Respectful of Space

A lot of people seem to think that touching the other person a lot is a good way to tell them that you like them, but this is not always true. Not everyone responds the same way to touch, and this is something to be mindful of during the date.

Men and women alike have their own preferences about touch and how comfortable it makes them. Always have limited touch on the first date and be sure that it is friendly rather than sexual.

5. Be Playful

Everyone likes to hear a good joke, right? This can make it so much easier to warm up to each other and get the conversation flowing.

Humor can be a great tool when it is used appropriately. Tell light-hearted jokes that are sure to get a simple, goofy laugh.

Avoid any political or controversial topics because this may actually get you into some uncomfortable conversations for a first date.

6. Don’t Talk About Money

Let’s face it. Talking about money just makes you look bad.

Whether you are talking about how you have tons of money or talking about how you have no money, it is not a good idea. It can make the other person really uncomfortable!

If you think about it, this person doesn’t know you at all. Talking about something that may be a personal worry or something to brag about puts them in a really awkward position.

7. Put Some Effort Into Your Appearance

This should be a given, but you never know how others are going to perceive you. As stated earlier, always put your best self forward! Would your best self wear sweatpants to a first date?

First impressions are so important when dating because they can set the tone for everything else.

Try to have a nice haircut, dress well, and look generally put together.

Even if you are interested in an escort service providing a date for you, you still need to take care of your appearance. Check out this helpful guide for getting a date through this type of service.

8. Go Somewhere Interesting

Some venues may be really interesting to one person and not at all to another, so this may vary based on the person you are going on the date with. Take him or her to a place that feels really comfortable and fun.

You want this to reflect well on you as well. Think about how the place you choose can show off a part of your personality that you may not have considered before.

If you don’t have a lot of money and don’t want to show it, consider having a cozy night in. This really only works if you know the person kind of well already, or it may come off as a little creepy!

9. Emit Confidence

Your ability to appear confident and carry yourself with pride can come off as being really positive. People like people that care about themselves.

We aren’t saying that you need to act like a power-hungry maniac, but you should definitely show that you are not here to be kicked around.

Try to avoid hunching over. Use posture that maintains strong body language.

10. Don’t Get Too Heavy

Although you might be ready to talk about your dark past, the other person probably isn’t. Like we said earlier, you are just getting to know this person. You don’t want to make them feel awkward and uncomfortable!

Your first date is meant to be a fun experience where you get to know each other and figure out if you want to keep getting to know each other in the future. Don’t bog it down with negative vibes.

Ready to Mingle?

Now that you’ve got more tools to use for getting a second date, you’re probably ready to get out there and test these tips out.

We get it. Dating is stressful, but at least you’re a little more prepared now to test the waters with a new person.

If you’d like to get some more information about dating and how you can make it easier on yourself, feel free to contact us to get some more insight!

How To Stay Safe When Buying Your Meds Online

Buying meds online can save you a lot of money and hassle. But there are a few things you need to know first. Here’s how to stay safe when buying meds online.

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The internet has simplified life, allowing us to buy everything, from books and clothing to pet food and even groceries. If you’re like most folks, you’ve likely become aware of the fact that you can even get meds online, too.

While the opportunity to order meds online can make shopping simple, it’s important to pay attention to how to order meds online. This ensures you’re getting medication that’s legal, of good quality, and safe to use.

Learn more about choosing the right pharmacy and what you can do to be safe when buying prescription drugs online.

Understand the Legalities of Buying Meds Online

Before purchasing any medications from a Canadian pharmacy online, or an online American pharmacy it’s important to know what’s legal to do and what’s not. In general, you cannot sell or encourage the use of the drug in the United States (even if you get it there).

You might need to give a written statement that the drug is for your personal use only. This is thought to prevent problems related to drug trafficking.

You’ll need to give your doctor’s information, including their name and address, to the pharmacy filling your medication. You also cannot ask for a supply that lasts longer than three months.

If you’re like most folks, you’re simply looking to save money on medication that would otherwise cost a pretty penny from a traditional American pharmacy. Maybe your insurance doesn’t cover it or you don’t have any, and it’s necessary to pay out of pocket.

If that’s the case, ordering through a Canadian pharmacy or an online-only American pharmacy can be your best option. But don’t get too excited yet! There’s a few more things to be aware of before placing your first order.

Look for a Pharmacy That is Licensed

While there’s a million pharmacies online, you don’t want to get your prescription from the first one you find. Check out the pharmacy and make sure it’s legitimate before placing an order.

Use these factors to help determine the legitimacy of the pharmacy you’re buying from:

  • It’s licensed within Canada or the US
  • There’s a physical address and phone number for the pharmacy
  • You can call and speak to a licensed pharmacist

If you’re dealing with an organization that offers none of the above, press onward. You’re likely dealing with an unscrupulous company. This can mean poor quality of medication and other problems associated with fraud.

Always remember, when buying medicine online, better safe than sorry.

Stick to Canada or the United States Rather Than Buying From Other Countries

The internet opens doors to just about anything, including getting items from anywhere in the world. While you can get medicine from Italy, France, and even the Philippines, that doesn’t mean you should.

Some of the problems associated with unregulated pharmacies in other countries include:

  • Fraudulent medication
  • Medication that’s considered illegal in your country
  • Not getting proper advice about medication that could interact with what you’re currently taking
  • Medication damaged during a long shipping process

Keeping the processing within North America makes it easier for you to get your medication in a timely manner. You won’t need to worry as much about extreme heat or cold damaging the medicine, and can have it within a matter of days or even overnight, depending on where you’re buying from.

Another consideration to think of is ordering medication from a country where English is not the primary language. Unless you read the language fluently, you won’t understand the directions, or there might be some errors that get lost in translation.

Keeping your pharmacy nearby makes it easier to get in touch if there is a problem, and easier to send back if required.

Know What to Look For When Your Order Arrives

Once you’ve checked out the pharmacy and feel confident it’s legitimate, it’s time to place your order. After your medication arrives, you can check to find out if it everything looks in order.

Check for these items before using anything:

  • Make sure your name is spelled correctly on the bottle
  • Your medication is spelled correctly
  • There’s an expiration date clearly printed
  • You have a proper count of the medication and nothing is missing

If you notice problems with any of these, get in touch with the pharmacy. It’s possible there was a mix-up or error, but try to get an answer from a human being on the other side.

A pharmacy dedicated to doing their job properly will make every effort to fix the issue.

Check for Money-Saving Offers

You’re almost ready to order? Even if you’re going to save money by getting your meds online, you’re better off looking for ways to cut the costs.

Many pharmacies offer deals for first-time customers, including those who order online. Look at the medication prescribed to you and see if you can find an online coupon to apply.

Check here for an Eliquis coupon if you need this exact medicine and would rather not get an off-brand.

A little savings go a long way and can make the difference in having enough money for other necessities.

Learn More

If you’re looking to purchase your meds online, take time to check out the pharmacy you plan to use. Sticking to one in the US or Canada makes the ordering process easier.

By using money-saving deals and searching for one that’s reputable, you can feel confident about saving money and ordering your medication through the internet.

Looking for articles about improving your health and well-being? Check out our blog. Interested in saving money? We’ve got you covered there, too!

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