A bad storm came through the neighborhood and had an effect on a lot of the houses that were in the area. Some people had their roof torn off, while others had their windows cracked or broken. On my home, the windows were fine for the most part, except for the plantation shutters. Somehow they were ruined and I had to get new ones to replace them. I looked around on the Internet to find some good deals from some companies, and was able to find a website that had one of the best deals for shutters online. I contacted them and asked them if they could come within the week to put some shutters on my windows.…

People who live in condos in Ottawa know how cold the winter can be in the Canadian capital. But eventually spring rears its pretty head, and that signals the time for spring cleaning.

Here are some tips to remember:

Organize Your Home

Even before spring arrives, you have to do some organizing so that the task won’t overwhelm you. You’ll find it much easier to begin your spring cleaning if everything in your home is habitually placed in its proper place. You can’t just place your stuff wherever you want. Each item should have its own place. This may mean that you need to upgrade your storage solutions.

At least by the time spring arrives you won’t be dealing with a messy home anymore.

Prepare Your Cleaning Supplies

It can be disheartening to finally find the determination to begin your spring cleaning, only to discover that you don’t have all the needed cleaning supplies. While it’s still winter, you can go online and find deals for rubber gloves, frags, sponges, and cleaning solutions. Check that your mop and vacuum cleaner are in top working conditions.

Declutter

Not everything that’s in your condo needs to stay. You may have items—probably lots of them—that will need to be thrown out or given away. You can start with your closet, and then check all your storage compartments for items you don’t need.

Starting with your closet is always a good idea. You probably have clothes that you haven’t touched in a year or more. Other items here may no longer fit you. They may even be out of fashion already. You can then either sell these items, or give them away to friends and charity organizations.

During the winter, you can place these clothes that you plan to get rid of in a bag separate from your closet. That gives you a few days to get used to not having these items. At least when you miss some of them terribly, you can still put them back in your closet.

The same goes for other items in your unit. Just separate what you may have to get rid of in the spring. When you find that you don’t miss them, you can get rid of them more easily come spring cleaning time.

Set a Date

You can’t just start your spring cleaning whenever you want. If you’re like most people, there’s a great temptation to keep putting it off. And eventually, it won’t get done at all.

So you should be serious and set a date over the weekend when you need to begin and do the work. Mark the days on your calendar, and even set the time to start. By setting a schedule, you’re more like to stick with the plan.

In fact, you can set a schedule with an app so you don’t forget because of the alarm. Some apps can let you schedule 5-minute breaks after every half hour or so, which can help you from getting too tired. …

 

Interior design is like fashion and art; it’s ruled by current trends. Of course, if you ownluxury residences you have the right to decorate your home as you see fit. However, you may want to invest in proper interior decorating if you wish to make a good impression on guests. It’s even more important if you’re planning to sell your property in the near future.

So what’s “in” these days? If you want to ride the leading edge of home decorating style, consider the following trends:

Metals

Numerous experts agree that this is perhaps the most prevalent trend for 2018. The use of bronze, copper, and other finishes is a familiar sight in many luxury homes and condos today.

Its popularity is due to how metallic colors can easily catch the eye, and it harkens back to earlier eras when such metals were much in vogue. Part of the reason for how many affluent people are drawn to this trend is that it’s because it can be challenging to use different metals to end up with a delicate balance. When you succeed, you demonstrate your inherent good taste.

It’s best that you don’t overdo things with metallic finishes, as these work best when they’re subtle and understated. You can go with metal lamps and vases, along with bronze or brass door handles. Just go with a little bit of metal here and there.

Geometric Patterns

Like metals, you really don’t want to go overboard with geometric patterns either. But these patterns are great, simply because there’s an overwhelmingly wide range of geometric patterns to choose from. It’s a great way to showcase your real personality.

So, if you want you can go with subtle and simply use several classy patterned cushions to increase the elegance of a room somewhat. Or you can use black and white patterns in a more dramatic way to express your bold personality.

Going with Greenery

In today’s world there’s a lot of concern over the environment, and many modern city dwellers bewail the lack of natural items in the home. That’s especially true for condo’s which can sometimes look overly sterile if you’re not careful.

Now if you have a home with a yard then you can perhaps start a nice garden for yourself. You can put some chairs and tables there and have some outdoor space to relax in.

But even in a penthouse apartment you can bring to your place the tranquility that a garden offers. You can always start with a few plants with lots of leaves in a few spots, so that your condo unit doesn’t look too industrial and artificial.

Natural Colors

Even if you’re not a fan of plants and natural greenery, you can opt for natural colors to enjoy a similar outdoor vibe. You can use natural colors on your walls, and in fact, there’s now a color called “Greenery” (a sort of yellow-green mix) that was hailed as the color of the …

The weather is getting warmer; it’s time to pull out the grill, call the pool cleaner back, and get those gardening tools out of the basement. It’s spring! But spring also means it’s time to look at how you can save the most energy and the most money.

Many Ways to Save

A lot of people can tolerate cold weather better than hot weather, which means, as the weather gets warmer and warmer, it will become increasingly difficult to fight the impulse to turn on the air conditioning and leave it on for hours. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help keep your home cool without running up your energy bill.

  1. Take it easy on the thermostat:
    • Set the temperature as high as you can while still being comfortable. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your bill will be.
    • Keep the house warmer than usual when you are away, cool when you get home. Set “Away” and “Home” temperatures easily with a programmable thermostat.
    • Keep in mind: Your house will not cool any faster if you set the thermostat to a colder temperature than usual. In fact, this will likely result in unnecessary expense and excessive strain on the cooling system.
  2. Make the most out of your windows:
    • Prevent heat from getting in through the windows by installing window coverings such as blinds (interior and/or exterior), awnings, high-reflective films, draperies, shades, insulated panels, and shutters.
    • If you live in an area where it cools off at night, turn of your air conditioning and open your windows while you sleep. When you wake up, shut the windows and blinds to keep the cool air in, unless there’s still a cool breeze. You can still get some good cool air into the house in the early morning before the sun starts hitting your house/yard.
  3. Turn on those ceiling fans:
    • By using your ceiling fans in combination with air conditioning, you can actually set the thermostat four degrees higher but remember that fans cool people, not rooms. If you leave a room, turn off the fan.
    • Turn on your bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath to remove the humidity and heat.
  4. Drop the water temperature:
    • Your water heater uses 18 percent of your home’s energy-use. Turn the temperature down to 120 degrees F.
  5. Minimize appliance-use and artificial lighting:
    • Using the oven on hot days will make the house warmer and subsequently more difficult to cool. Stick to the stove, microwave, or grill outside.
    • Minimize using a computer or TV, running the dishwasher, or using hot devices like hair dryers.
    • Install efficient lighting that doesn’t release much heat.
  6. Seal leaks to keep the hot air out:
    • Seal cracks to keep warm out from leaking into the house.
    • Add weatherstripping or caulk to seal leaky windows and doors.

  1. Create an indoor picnic with available props, ie, picnic tablecloth, paper goods. Share finger foods and favorite trees along with a glass of wine. Spice up "dessert." Enjoy your picnic on the living room floor or in bed. Play card games, board games, or make up your own.
  2. Decorate a unique-looking jar or box with craft items. Write numerous love notes on small pieces of paper and fill the jar with them. Present the jar to your sweetheart.
  3. There are many local and national Valentine's Day giveaway contests with great prizes. Enter as many as you can and maybe you'll get lucky.
  4. For young couples with kids, get them involved in an all-family fun Valentine's Day dinner at home. Mom can prepare a dessert for two and light the candles while dad puts the kids to bed.
  5. Since Valentine's Day is on a Saturday, celebrate with a day full of low-cost activities you both enjoy doing (depending upon your location and weather). Do something with your significant other that he / she rarely has time to do, but loves.
  6. Take a 2-hour, one-time salsa or tango dancing lesson together. Or, identify some other interest you share and find a place to give you one-time extended lesson on Valentine's Day.
  7. Gals … Make the entire day full of his favorites: the breakfast of his dreams, the dinner of his dreams, TV that is his favorite, his music, etc. Do not say anything about it, surprise him all day long.
  8. Take the person you love to experience something spectacular in nature: a sunset, a sunrise, the calm of the beach, share an evening walk gazing at the moon.
  9. Create a framed group of photos that put your relationship in chronological order of events, by months or years (depending on how long you've been together).
  10. Create a CD with songs that make you think of your sweetheart, and give it to him / her.
  11. Choose specialty foods, such as wine, cheese, fresh bread / dessert from a favorite bakery. Enjoy in front of your warm, toasty fireplace.
  12. Create an at-home spa day for your mate. Deliver the gift in a basket filled with inexpensive candles, bubble bath, rose petals, facial mask and scrub. Then give your mate time to enjoy it. When he / she is done, heat up towels in the dryer for drying off.
  13. Give each other long-lingering back rubs or head-to-toe body massages. Invest in luxurious lotion or oils.
  14. Create a favorite drink together. Try all kinds of ingredients. Enjoy taste-testing. Be sure to record the ingredients, so you can make the "your" drink again on Valentine's Day year after year.
  15. Watch an old movie at home together, with popcorn and soft drinks and candy – movie-theater style.
  16. Share a scrumptious dessert and latté at a local patisserie or bakery.
  17. Pick a few household chores your Valentine usually does and surprise them by doing it before they get a chance, ie, making the bed. It does not sound romantic, but

Costa Rica, a small country in Central America, has gained a great deal of popularity, not also as a tourist destination, but also as a retirement paradise. The only type of gambling that is legal in Costa Rica is in casinos, of which there are over 30 in the country, the majority in San Jose, the capital. Costa Rica, or “rich coast” in Spanish, is considered the most politically stable country in Latin America, with perhaps the healthiest climate in the world, and one that welcomes over 1.5 million tourists a year. The abundant flora and fauna, the diverse scenery, and the lively excitement of the Costa Rica casinos have brought in billions of dollars to the economy.

Costa Rica casinos feature all the popular international games including mini baccarat (rummy 9), Let It Ride (tute accion), roulette, blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, craps, pai gow, slots, and video gaming machines. Club Colonial Casino with 45 slots and 12 table games, the Garden Court Fiesta Casino Alajuela with 200 slots and 84 table games, and the Gran Hotel Costa Rica Casino, with 57 slots and five table games, are all located in downtown San Jose. In addition, there are other Costa Rica casinos in small towns and suburbs of San Jose including Cabo Velas Santa Cruz, Cariari, and El Roble. Hotel Coco Verde Casino in Playas del Coco has 20 slots and four table games.

The largest Costa Rica casino is the Irazu Best Western Casino Concorde in La Uruca, with 166 slots and video gaming machines and eight table games. There is a large casino in Goicoechea, a suburb of San Jose, the Radisson Hotel and Casino Europa, which has 219 slots and 13 table games.

A number of gaming expositions and international conferences are held here, including the annual poker industry conference. This event will take place in Costa Rica in December of 2006 at the Marriott Hotel in San Jose. In conjunction with the conference, there will be a poker tournament at the Fiesta Casino for industry executive and professional poker players, who will demonstrate their strategies and skills.

Costa Rica has become a major gambling destination in Latin America and further development of Costa Rica casinos by domestic and international investors is ongoing. The large corporation of Thunderbird Tres Rios is planning construction of a hotel resort, casino, spa, and residential complex that will attract more of the middle and upper class sections of eastern San Jose.…

Shih Chon is a dog that is a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. Shih Chon is a great companion and a perfect dog to keep around the house and are medium size dogs and usually do not get much bigger than a big cat.

Thus, they are not suitable for outside. Make sure someone from the family is with them when the dog is outside. The dog should be provided nice fenced backyard to play. This would help them to keep safe from other dogs. These dogs are perfect family dogs and mix up easily. They are excellent companion with kids, and they are very loving. Shih Chon is a lap dog and needs to be attended every time. They are keen to sit on your lap always. Generally they sit on the lap quietly however sometimes they like to jump up and sit in the head of the households lap. So you need to watch out, it is going to want to sit in your lap.

The Shih Chon usually weigh about 8 to 15 pounds, thus, the dog is small and can be easily made sit on lap and you do not have to worry about them getting too big. The dog is pretty calm and if you want to scale their calmness then on a scale from one to ten (ten being the highest), they range about a 3. Although the dog is small in size then too sometime it show wild behavior. As the Shih Chon is gentle and is not very active, it makes a great dog for the retired people. The dog if properly trained can even will sit and watch TV with you or sit next to you when you are playing video games; this is the dog for you. At times the dog will not sleep and only watch you doing things and will company you till late night.

The Shih Chon watch fast moving things eagerly and most of the time they will watches your hands, because they move fast. As the dog is medium size and has a single coat it sheds less hair or no shedding. So the Shih Chon is perfect dog for those who hates matting or are allergic to dog hairs. Let’s thanks to these designer dogs, like the Shih Chon, now you can own your own dog. One should give this a try. The dog has a well built body and has great personality. Shih Chon is not a independent dog.

The dog hates to be alone and if left for long period can be a victim of separate anxiety. However, if proper care of the dog is taken they can outlive most big dogs, but fall short of outliving the smaller dogs. Generally, the dog is healthy however; it does have some health problems like skin infections, cushing syndrome, dental disease, patellar luxation, bladder and kidney stones. The average life span of the dog is 12 years.…

History does not belong in a relationship that is present

My friend, Jack Rafferty, the famous Man-Woman Coach, used to say "do not clean the clean" referring of course to relationship. What he meant by that was once you have gotten angry, argued, and "effectively deal with" something that happened that hurt your feelings, be done with it. Do not keep bringing it up like dirty laundry. Once you have forgiven someone for something, it's history. . The conflict, resistance to new concepts, stored resentment and revenge for old hurts, that happens in most relationships relating back to those three words "effectively deal with", which unfortunately in most cases, is not what happens.

For most couples, the barometer for intimate relationships is sex. If your sex life is hot and exciting and fun, chances are you have a pretty clean relationship. When there is trouble in the bedroom, usually it's an indication that there are a lot of cobwebs and dirt stuck in the corners of your intimate relationship and that you or your partner have shut down some avenues of communication.

What do I mean?

Let's say your partner does not show up for a date with you. You manage to get through the evening and get home to find him / her home, relaxing, having absolutely forgotten that he / she was to have met you somewhere. You get into a heated argument about his / her lack of consideration and a lot of I'm sorry's are exchanged.

Was that effectively dealing with the situation? Hardly.

The resentment still exists on both sides. What do I mean both sides? Well, this is my theory. The person who did not show up was already carrying resentment and unconsciously, carried out revenge in a passive aggressive manner by missing the appointment. The person who got stuck up never got satisfaction in the resolution and now carries his / her own resentment, which will surface again at another time. This couple does not have a clean relationship.

Payback goes on in every relationship at some time or another. It is comparable to the accumulation of junk in your house. Just as spring cleaning gets rid of dust bunnies under the bed and cobwebs behind the bookcases, periodic cleansing sessions in your relationships will restore freshness and vitality to your love. Few couples understand this or know what to do about it. Some religious organizations have retreats for married couples where they do some of the work I am about to suggest, however, the catastrophic divorce rate in our country indicates that very little of this kind of work is attempted or completed by married couples. Even highly enlightened, aware couples require some nudging to maintain the level of squeaky clean communication that I am referring to.

Here is a suggestion for a process that can be used to clean house.

Relationship Spring Cleaning.

  1. Reserve a weekend where the two of you can be alone and undisturbed for 48 hours.
  2. You can

Before you start your detox, have a couple of meat free days and try and stick to fresh salads, fruit and raw veggies. Eat as little cooked food as possible and drink plenty of fresh, pure water.

This will enable your body to prepare itself and you will find that procedures like the salt water flush will be a lot smoother in a shorter period of time.

If you prepare your body for a few days, it already has the chance to expel a lot of the built up waste that can sometimes block a salt water flush from working within the first couple of days.

Many people are tempted to binge before starting their detox as they won’t be eating for 10 days (or however many days you choose to detox for) but this won’t do you any favors at all.

If you are starting your detox on a Monday, then pencil the start of your detox in for the preceding Friday. This will give you the weekend to gently prepare your body for the detox and it will make life a lot easier for yourself.

Think of these few days as the start of your detox, don’t focus on the Monday as the beginning of your cleanse. This was a mistake I made in my first cleanse and I think that it hampered me at the start. I didn’t binge before I started and I didn’t drink for a few days prior either but this was because mentally I was so longing to start, that my body was already ‘going off’ junk in anticipation of what was to come.

But I didn’t stick to a raw food diet and I didn’t cut back on caffeine – man, I wish I’d cut back on caffeine! Why didn’t someone tell me to cut back on the caffeine? But you live and learn and thankfully by reading this article, you are better prepared than I ever was!

So, to recap, lay off the cooked and processed foods, try to eat 80-90% raw if you can’t manage 100%, cut out alcohol and start to radically reduce your intake of caffeine.

If you have a high intake of caffeine – over 3 cups of tea or coffee a day, then I would highly suggest that you start to cut back for a period of at least a week prior to starting the cleanse. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this nugget of advice because come day 3, when your body is really succumbing to the cleanse, your caffeine withdrawal headache is going to feel like a marching band in your head.

Ever had a really bad migraine? This is worse and you can’t take any tablets as they are off limits! I spent day 3 in bed wanting to cut my head off! You won’t have to!

**TIP**

Make sure you have some soluble aspirin in the house. Your digestive system won’t have to break it down and if your headache is totally …

Not so very long ago, it was always possible to grab a holiday or flight bargain by waiting until the last day or two before departure. Now the game has changed. Here is an outline of the factors which have caused the change.

The main driver for holiday costs up to the 1980’s / early 1990s has been the cost of airline seats. Tour operators had the choice to use scheduled carriers with special IT rates or group rates: but they also had the choice of chartered flights. In both scenarios, they had to make a commitment to a seasonal programme, and built their prices around seasonal yield. Especially in the case of charter flight series, an empty seat on the day of travel was a loss of value.

A well-managed programme allowed a certain number of empty seats (especially in low season) to be an acceptable loss – and one which could be mitigated by seat sales at any price the market would allow. Thus cheap flights, and the holidays which formed part of the packages, were available days before departure for those with a flexible attitude to destination and dates.

As bigger operators took control of all elements of the holiday package, “in-house” airlines took the management of this cost balance to a different level. Their pricing policies – or “yield management” equations – could be handled in the context of overall profit margins of the holiday company as a whole. But it is how these in-house airlines are run which pinpoints a major difference in those policies.

The rise of the so called “no frills” airlines has overturned the old pricing models. They no longer discount the day before you fly. Ryanair and easyJet amongst many others now use a pricing model first mooted by US carrier Southwest Airlines. And holiday company “in-house” airlines have followed suit.

What Southwest realised is that once you introduce an uncertainty about whether the price will fall at a later date, many people will delay buying. The “no frills” carriers, under the guise of offering absurdly low, loss-leading fares, have the advantage of controlling all their own sales through phone sales and online. Thus they can change the price every minute, based on “yield management” algorithms. They use that control to manage expectations of the buying public. They have chosen to ensure that prices continue to rise until take off – so if you resist buying early, you will never again see the price as low.

This policy – now taken up by in-house holiday airlines, encourages commitment to a specific flight (and also holiday) as early as possible. Cheap, last-minute bargains have largely been replaced by “early bird” offers and “points” cards to generate sales for slow trade periods or low season capacity – without unduly reducing the price the airlines and holiday companies can command for the last-minute traveller.…