Best Breeds for Families with Kids

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in home, Random | 0 comments

Best Breeds for Families with Kids

We all have heard the phrase ‘a man’s best friend’ as to refer to dogs. As much as this is true, not all dogs are preferable to children. Some dogs are sensitive, some are noisy, and some are just not made to be around children. In this article, you will read about some of the best breeds of dogs that are also good for kids!

But always remember, the key to having the best out of a dog breed is by making them feel loved and, of course, properly raising them to love other dogs and people.

Bulldog

Yep. You read that right. Of course, if you haven’t owned a bulldog before, the first thoughts that would come to your mind are “They are lazy”, “They are too big”, “They are scary” and many more. But actually, bulldogs value companionship, loyalty, empathy, playfulness and protectiveness so much. They are even called “nanny dogs” because they are so good with kids! They are not easy to train, though, so you might need a lot of patience with them.

Beagle

Beagles are extremely energetic and mostly known in TV’s or movies as dogs who are easy to befriend. This is true! Beagles love children. They are playful, extremely energetic and love exploring. Hunting dogs by nature, Beagles are ready and willing to play with your children and you too. They need to be in a controlled environment, though, because leaving them in the open is not a good thing. Training them is hard too, because they are stubborn and they may not get the concept of training. Again, patience!

Collie

If you want another dog that is playful, loyal and intelligent, add Collie to the list of breeds to consider. Collies are very friendly, sensitive, loyal, sensitive and of course beautiful. They are known as people dogs and would love to be with a lot of people and not by themselves. They love long and perfect for anyone, even kids! They are known as very protective breeds for children and awesome at playing fetch and retrieve. They are too sensitive, though, so you better always have time with them. Also, training them might be a pain because they get easily tired by repetitive routine training’s.

Labrador Retriever

Of course, who would forget to add the Labrador Retriever as a perfect pet for you and your family? A Labrador Retriever is good-natured, energetic, lovable, and very easy to train. They are perfect for playing ball, Frisbee, and swimming since their fur are made to repel water. They are good with any members of the family, even babies and children going to school. They are not good guard dogs, though, but they are protective. But, since they are very active, like the Collies, Labradors should be owned by families who loves to move and very heavy on exercising.

Golden Retriever

Like the Labrador Retriever, a Golden Retriever are good for kids too. They are sweet, calm and pleasing in nature. They would anything to please their owners and kids too. Easily trainable, they are perfect family dogs. They thrive fun and would love to run around with children. But they are pretty big dogs so better be careful or they might knock a child by accident if not properly supervised.

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Reasons to Visit Greece

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Travel | 0 comments

Why Greece? Why not. Towering architectures, unending epic stories and home of the brilliant minds in your history books.

Why don’t we break it to manageable pieces and see how we make our journey to Greece a history in the making.

Colossal Masterpieces

greece-acro-pictureAthens is the spot for your ancient architectural wonders. For the serious worshiper during the Mycenae time, the Acropolis of Athens is your passport to heaven. The Acropolis (akros + polis) or topmost of the city, is known as your “Sacred Rock” whose foundations were made by limestone and marble on its columns served as the host of many temples and tombs of kings, heroes as well as gods to Athens.

Great Food Choices

Dining destinations in Greece will get that belly of yours bloated. Meat dishes such as Giouvetsi and Gyros are so popular that you’d wish you live next door. Greek salad is very popular. They are known for their different kinds of cheese too. Feta, a kind of cheese from goat milk and the yellowish-colored Graviera that has a mild, sweet taste is made from sheep’s milk.

A Place to Cool Down

Nothing is more relaxing under the shade of palm tree, with soft, gentle breeze from the coast. As for you all beach lovers, a breathtaking experience awaits in Greece’s coastlines such as the famous Myrtos Beach ready for basking from sunrise to sunset.

Outdoor Activities

Sea, sun and sky will be your companion as you enjoy your outdoor adventures. Greece has long stretch of shoreline to keep you active either on sand or on the beach. You can do surfing, scuba diving and also biking. Greece also has its own rivers for the best rafting experience. Gather up and get ready for a serious action-packed adventure of a lifetime.

Picture Perfect

Take a pose and never worry at your back. Greece is swarmed by beautiful scenes and artistically designed structures that completes your moment. Get your gear on and make sure to bring along your camera and back-up battery to get things done in a flash.

Transportation is Never an Issue

Greece is accessible to any means of transport because of its location. You have lots of options if you decide to visit Greece. Some hotels are just located near the airport, bus stations, famous historical spots, beaches and shopping malls.

Climate is Just Right

A perfect getaway for your vacation because of its pleasant weather. Get the best experience by giving yourself more time to explore, get to see the most interesting place because of the perfect climate in Greece. You can take control of your time because you’ll know that while you stay, your day will never be compromise.

Party! Party!Party!

Jam and dance all night long. We know Greeks are hard workers but they party even harder. In Athens, big concert halls called bouzoukia (boo-zoo-kia) cater events that features local talents and famous artists to perform. Be sure to bring the gang and have fun.

 

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Best Orchids for your Home

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in home | 0 comments

ocrhidsOrchids are one of the most famous and loved flowers all over the world. With this fact, take a look at the 5 best orchids for you, your garden and your entire home.

 

 

Dancing Lady Orchids

Otherwise known as the oncidium orchids, dancing lady orchids come in a cluster of many small and definitely beautiful flowers ranging from 50 or more. Dancing lady orchids are often found in colors of yellow, red, pink, orange, white, purple, often with flamboyant, and sometimes contrasting accents. Most of the dancing lady orchids have innate fragrances which are truly wonderful and captivating which makes them very appropriate for your gardens.

Dancing Lady Orchids aren’t really hard to care for and maintain because they need watering only once a week and only monthly spraying of orchid fertilizer every spring or summer. They are the best in medium to bright lights which is appropriate if you would want to grow them outdoors. Most often, they do best in 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit making those still best if you want to keep them a little indoors.

Lady’s Slipper Orchids

Lady’s slipper orchids are perhaps one of the best and most beautiful types of orchids. They are very distinct because of their big blooms with a pouch-backed sepal and two petals. Even when it’s not flowering, a lady slipper orchid has its beauty and charm even when it’s not flowering because the orchid bears variegated foliage.

Like other orchids, the Lady’s slipper orchids don’t require much of your attention. As long as you water it thoroughly once a week and give it a spray of orchid fertilizer every month, then you’re good to go. This type of orchid adapts easily in all environments in low, medium or even bright sun lights. You must take note that there are “lucky” varieties of this type of orchid because some produce clustered flowers per stem. These “lucky” varieties of Lady’s Slipper will surely give you a bigger and better display of flowers, which will stand for a longer period of time.

 

Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium orchid is the type of orchid that florists usually arrange in bouquets because they are available in a variety of colors which includes white, pink, red, purple, orange and even green. Flowers of most dendrobium orchids last for even more than a month making them valuable for florists and even gardeners. The dendrobium looks pretty well and also offers a captivating fragrance making it very suitable for your homes.

Dendrobium orchids are a little picky for their spots because they prefer to stay only under medium to bright lights. On the lighter side, watering them isn’t really a burden because you can water them once every other week but you must see to it that you give it plant food that is built specifically for orchids at least twice a month.

 

Moth Orchids

Moth Orchids are one of the cheapest and affordable types of orchids. Despite its cheap price, the flower of a moth-orchid blooms for a long time and a bloom spike can even last for four months, if you’re lucky even more. The flowers of moth orchids are available in different colors including white, purple, orange, red, yellow, green and pink.

Moth orchids are not picky in terms of area of growth. Like most orchids, watering them isn’t such a burden because you can do it once every two weeks. To maximize the duration and size of the blooms, you can feed your moth orchids with orchid-formulated plant fertilizer. Another fun fact about Moth orchids is that a sudden change or drop in the hotness or coldness of the location encourages them to bloom.

 

Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids are really popular during the winter or early spring because this is the time where they really bloom and show off their magnificent flowers. They are ideal for outdoors because they love a spot in the scorching heat of the sun. Because they love bright light, it is recommended to water them at least twice a week to keep them from being dehydrated. Ironically, cymbidium orchids are best during the winter season because that’s the time they usually bloom.

 

 

 

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DIY Wedding Invitations

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

A wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Planning a wedding is a challenging thing to do. You have to leaf through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration, work out your budget, determine how much you have to spend, pick your wedding party, start the guest list, make a head count to use throughout your planning process, hire a planner, if desired, a planner will have relationships with—and insights about—vendors, reserve your date and venues, etc.

Nevertheless, with weddings so expensive these days, there are many who are choosing to prepare certain things on their own; perhaps this is the reason that Do-It-Yourself (DIY) things became popular. There are DIY veils, cakes, give-aways, decors, and even invitations. If you want to make your own wedding invitations, but aren’t sure what’s involved or where to begin, here are tips:

  1. Paper & Envelopes. Cards and envelopes are perfect for invitations; there are colors meant to complement each other.
  2. How much paper to order. It is recommended to just order 20-25% above the final amount that you need so you have plenty of extra material for practice and in case of mistakes. For example, if you need to make 100    wedding invitations, order 125 flat cards and 120 envelopes.
  3. Designing Invitations. The layout of your text is important in defining the style of your invitation. Think about whether you want to incorporate artwork or decorative icons either printed or through rubber stamps, or if your          invitation will feature only text. Also consider how formal or traditional your event will be, which might guide          your design decisions. Finally, figure out your invitation wording by looking at wedding invitation samples and searching online.
  4. Tools You Might Need. Making DIY invitations is much easier when you have the right tools at your disposal.
  5. Paper Cutter. If you plan to cut custom card sizes or make your own sashes, a paper cutter is a great tool.
  6. Scissors. Obviously, they’re for cutting.
  7. Ruler. A ruler is great to have on hand for lining up layers and achieving consistency with placement
  8. Bone Folder. Even if you’ve never used a bone folder before, consider it for making invitations. A bone folder is ideal for making creases for easy and clean folds in cover weight paper and for smoothing layers                  that you’ve adhered together.

You’ll find print templates wedding invitation, response cards, save the dates over the internet. Hence, you can     use a regular printer in printing your invites.

These are basically the things you need to prepare as you create your Do it yourself wedding invitations. You can do some more things to make your invites more appealing and amazing. With all these things done, your DIY invites are ready to be mailed.

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Santa Gifts for Your Sweetheart

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Random, Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

santa-giftsAre you someone who hangs stockings in the window? Or are you the one who really likes to prepare gifts? The Christmas season is approaching once again. It is now time to visit the nearest store and find out what would be the best to give to your boyfriend, husband or fiancé. However, do you want to make it the most memorable gift you have ever given? Do you battle between homemade or those displayed at the store? Well, surely you like to give something he or she will really treasure.

Here are some Santa gifts ideas that will help you in starting your homemade Christmas gifts this year. I hope it will help you in deciding what to give to your sweetheart.

Personalized Couple Mug

Of course, it is one for you and for your partner. A personalized couple mug is one of the most cheapest but remarkable gift to give during Christmas. In preparing it, you only need two things: Sharpie markers and a mug. The mugs are cleaned thoroughly. After this process, you will get to choose the favorite color of the Sharpie marker that you want to use then you are ready to design your mugs. After all the designs are done, it is necessary that you put your finished materials in an oven and baked it at about 350 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. The baking was done to ensure that the designs in the mug will be retained even with constant washing. This gift can also be used every day during your coffee or hot chocolate break time.

Book and a Bookmark

If your girlfriend really likes to read, this is THE BEST GIFT EVER for her. Giving books never become old-fashioned and as Alec Baldwin said “Books make great gifts because you don’t have to plug them in.” It also allows a person to travel from different directions such as adventure, history and science. It is affordable and we could learn a lot of insight from it. There are various books that are really recommended as gifts according to Liesl Schillinger of the New York Times: 1) Penguin Christmas Classics, 2) No Lands’s Man and 3) Becoming Richard Pryor. Personally I recommend the books authored by Paulo Coelho, they are really self-instructive and motivating.

Moreover, for bookmarks, there are thousands of ideas. Having problems with easily removed bookmarks? Well, there are those bookmarks that use clips so the pages of books are secured. You can also give page corners bookmark or those journal wraps. They are easy to do and you can also personalize it.

Desert-In-A-Jar

The easiest to prepare mango-graham cake recipe in a jar. It is a no-baked cake so it is easy to make. Even children can make it for their parents. You only need the following ingredients: 2 packs of Graham crackers, 5 pieces of mangoes (sliced), All-purpose cream, condensed milk and crushed graham cracker as toppings. In the jar, put the crackers at the bottom; fill the spaces or gaps with crushed crackers. Pour the milk mixture on top of the graham crackers. Top the layers with the slices of mango. Repeat the procedure until you get the desired number of layers. Then, refrigerate it overnight before serving.

 

 

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Frugal Way To Brighten A Room Without Paint

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Frugal, Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

A lot of people would want to decorate and improve the look of their room. But the first thing that people worry about is what they should do and, and more importantly, how much it will cost for them improving their room. There are many ways to improve your room with the use of decorations, furniture and, sometimes a change of color is what you want, so, using some paint might help. But which of these options are better and economical for you in order to be able to beautify your home at a low price. Or how about take painting your room out of the options. Paints could be expensive, messy and smelly. It may not be practical to paint your room again with another color. Although there are paints that are now available in the market that are made not to be too smelly and some other accessories that are used in painting to prevent a messy painting job. You can keep your current paint and just add or change some furniture or decorations that will complement your existing paint decoration. But you need not necessarily buy an expensive new decoration or furniture just to fit your tastes. Beautifying your room might just cost some pennies or maybe not at all if you just know what to put, where to put them and how to arrange them in your room. Here are some economical and easy ways to beautify your room without a sweat.

Pillows

colorful-pillowYou can change your pillows on your couch or, if you’re plan on doing your bedroom, your bed. Bringing new colored pillows into your room will give your room a fresh and bright look. The contrast of colors make your room more alive and colorful. You can also change the shape or form of your pillow to have a variety of not only colors but also shapes in your room. One way of changing up your pillows would be by changing the pillow cases with different colors or purchasing new pillows. Pillows does not cost much and it is affordable if you know where to look.

Wall Décor

wall-decorSpice up your wall decors with new pieces of art hanging on your wall. If you want more color, choose the ones that would complement your room or those of your own preference. Or you can make your own masterpiece or crafts and hang it on the wall. You may use rug or place mats to be your canvas of your work of art.

Add Some Pots and Plants

Putting plants inside a home or room has been the new trend now. With the growing urbanization in almost all of the countries, trees and plants are very rare to find. And so, people start putting them in their homes or rooms to add color and have a touch of nature in their place. You can do a lot of plants and there are lots of kinds of plants that you can choose from. Plants are easy to arrange but the maintenance would be high though. Natural plants are better than artificial ones to really give that authentic natural look of the room.

Place Some Rugs

rug-pictureRooms might appear bland or empty because there is a monotonous vibe in it. Perk it up with rugs that would suit your room. These add to the color and elegance of your room. But rugs can accumulate dusts and needs to be cleaned regularly to keep that nice and fresh look.

 

 

Have Some Ottomans and Seat Cushions

If you’re into plain colors and texture, then ottomans are for you. Combine your couch pillows with some ottoman or add up some floor pillows to liven up your room. These would add to the lively vibe of the room.

Lampshades and Frames

Lampshades can be beautified by changing the fabric on the lampshade. Or you could buy some other kind of lampshades for bargain. Recycle some frames and make collages of your pictures and hang them on the wall. Make some colorful decoupage on the frames to attract more eyes to your pictures.

Treat Your Windows

Have your windows treated to brighten up your dark room. Put some light window treatments to shed some light into your room. You can have some curtains that are floor-length, or whichever you want to use. If you want some shutters for your room, choose the light-colored ones or any color that would suit your room. Having a window treatment can considerably make your room look wider or larger. Doing this would change the mood of the room.

Put Up Some Wainscoting

Spice up your wall with light-colored wainscoting to go with your live and vibrant colored wall. Wainscoting are usually placed at the bottom half of the wall. White is the usually the color of choice of many but other light colors can still be used depending on what color suits the wall color best. The upper half of the wall will be left with the existing color.

Beautify Your Floor

Walls are not the only ones that should be decorated. Floors are also a huge factor in brightening up your room. Put some rug with light colors. If you have dark wood or stone as your material for your floor, pick an area of the floor where you could put your rug which would help improve the look of your room.

Furniture

A room is not a room without furniture. Every room has to have those pieces of furniture which would define the identity of the room. Like any other part or ornament in a room, the furniture should be in a color where it most complements your room color. It will set the overall mood or tone to your room. Light up your room with light-colored furniture or pillows that would go well with your furniture.

There are many more ways to beautify your room without spending on paint. These are just some of those ways that only requires you to change up some things in the room to change its vibe. A room is the basic component of a house and without it looking as beautiful as any part of the house, it would later on define the appearance of the house. Keep your house beautiful and inviting for you and your guests with these tips for improving your rooms.

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