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So you've decided not to put it off any longer. The horror and embarrassment of coming home to your stale, unattractive and dreadful décor in your living space can no longer wait. It’s time to renovate your home and undertake a refreshing new design in your living space. If you are considering how to best renovate your home, you are not alone. In 2011, the average spending per owner on home improvement was about $2,370. Faced with a choice of moving or renovating, many homeowners chose the path of remodeling. Living space design can be tricky, especially when you decide to make it a DYI project.Read Now »
Let’s face it. The chances of your loved one getting you exactly what you want for Valentine’s Day are not good. I love my husband, but he’s clueless about gifts for me. You either need to practice your fake smile or be bold and ask for what you want. Several years of fake smiles and lackluster gifts later, I now choose the latter. Surprisingly, it’s been a win-win for us. My hubby doesn’t have to come up with an idea he’s not sure I’ll like anyway, and I am guaranteed to love my gift. Win-win! Now, I know you may be thinking, “What’s the fun in knowing what you’re getting?” I agree.Read Now »
It’s an interesting year to throw an Oscar Party. Even President Obama has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity among the Academy Awards nominees, saying “the industry should do what every other industry should do, which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody.” Let’s take a look at some Oscar party ideas that won’t be a flop. 1. Make an Oscar ballot. There are 6,028 voters for the Academy Awards. Your party probably won’t be as large. Nonetheless, it’s fun have your attendees cast a ballot prior to the show and give a prize to see who gets the most right. 2. Go for the gold.Read Now »
There used to be a time when coming up with gift ideas for your boyfriend was simple. In a different generation, when suits were the standard uniform for work, a fancy tie was always seen as a great gift idea for the man in your life. Times have changed drastically. Today the most popular gift ideas are functional, fun and casual. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Wireless speakers Almost any electronic gadget is met with a broad smile, and the funkier, the better. The wild shapes, materials and sizes of wireless speakers have made this category insanely popular and are an item that is sure to bring joy to any boyfriend.Read Now »
Pantone colors of the year for 2016 have been identified and the winners are rose quartz and serenity. That’s right. The shade color experts at Pantone believe rose quartz and serenity will be the predominant tones reflected in this year’s fashion, home interior and lifestyle choices. Pantone executives stated, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive, yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.Read Now »
It is estimated that over a third of people will eat out on Valentine’s Day. That is a lot of crowded and noisy restaurants filled with frustrated couples whose reservations were not honored on time. This experience can be more annoying than loving. So consider this…the most romantic kind of dinner for Valentine's Day is one you cook at home. No need to panic or gasp for air! There are very simply Valentine’s Day dinner recipes and wonderful romantic dinner ideas to make this day memorable without any stress. All the scrumptious Valentine’s Day Dinner recipes we mention below have links to click on for easy preparation instructions.Read Now »
Leap Year Day is that very unique happening that comes around only every four years, always on February 29th. It provides a perfect excuse to celebrate and engage in fun activities and events. With a little planning, this extra 24 hours during February leap year will be both exceptional and memorable. Fun Facts about February Leap Year Day
You may recall from elementary school that the earth rotates around the sun once every 365 and about 1/4 days. So, by adding an extra day every four years, we get impressively close to keeping the calendar consistent with the earth's annual trip around the sun.
Of course we Americans watch the Superbowl for the game, but let’s admit it. The halftime show and the commercials are pretty awesome too. There’s even more buzz this year around the game’s halftime line up. There’s a rumor going around that Coldplay and Beyonce may be welcoming Bruno Mars to the stage too. This isn’t Bruno Mars’ first appearance at the bowl. He was on stage in 2014 too. The Superbowl halftime show is only 12 minutes long but it can cement a career or turn out to be a royal embarrassment. This year, it seems folks are having some mixed reactions to the halftime entertainment lineup.Read Now »
If things have been blurry and out-of-focus, it may not be your mental state. You may have vision issues. About 35% of adults don’t get annual eye exams because they feel they don’t need them. With better access to health insurance, many adults now can afford better eye care too. Here are a few tips for keeping your eyes healthy all year long. Get that eye exam.
Especially if you are a smoker or are diabetic, you need to be vigilant about maintaining your eye health. If you are smoker, quit. Smoking makes you more likely to have cataracts, macular degeneration and amplifies your risk of eye disease if you are also diabetic.
Traveling the world is, for many people, a passion. The thought of visiting a neighboring city or an international city center overflowing with history is something many people crave. Discovering other cities, cultures and environments can be a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience. A few months ago, the global financial company, MasterCard, released its 2015 global destination cities index. This annual index provides a ranking of the most visited cities worldwide. In 2015, Asian cities dominated the list, along with a few European cities. Here are the 10 most visited cities in the world with international visitors.Read Now »