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Ever since the Walt Disney World was created in Florida in 1971 with just the Magic Kingdom, it has grown tremendously and today is among the top preferred holiday destinations. And today, most of the people who visit here do their planning and reservations online through the Disney website or other companies offering competitive prices.

Since the minimum time required to enjoy the entire Walt Disney World is at least a week, one can pick up a 6days, 7nights packages, each with its own share of facilities. For those looking for cheap Disney Vacation Club, they can take the value package and for others there is the moderate and deluxe category of accommodation and attached amenities. There is also something called Magic your way deals, but these are available only in the Animal Kingdom lodge and in Wilderness lodge, so if you are ready to spend your days and night amidst animals and nature, this is perfect for you.

Apart from these, there are the private villas at Boardwalk, or resorts at old Key West to suit your tastes at crash prices during off season. They are all fully equipped with kitchens, dish washer and spacious bath areas. You can even make this your own unique discount Disney Vacation Club.

The Saratoga Springs villa is situated across from downtown Disney and is close to many shopping options and restaurants. The hill side, beautifully landscaped gardens and the springs themselves captivate your senses making you enjoy your holiday much more. As you make your way in your rented car or the shuttle you catch a glimpse of the looming Walt Disney tower that get you all excited and ready for some fun.

Make sure to pick up park entry passes at the resort at cheaper rates, else you will have to wait in line. If you have been reading about the Discovery Island, then head straight to Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Tree of Life theme park to begin your joy ride. It is no ordinary wildlife park, here you can take safaris to watch animals in their habitats or enjoy river rafting for that rush. This is where you see the towering tall tree of life, from where you begin your Discovery Island trail. You can walk through the foliage, catch a glimpse or two of the exotic bird and raise your eyes on various other species of animals and birds. The Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue are popular dining areas in this part of the park. The decor of the place will be done to suit the theme of the park with murals of wildlife and nature.

After this you can watch the best musical of Finding Nemo in Dinoland USA, an almost real enacting of the characters in the movie by the same name. With colorful puppets and an outstanding performance, you will be transported into Nemo's world for that 40 minute duration. Check your Disney World map to know when the shows are played and do not …

If you are looking for a great way of celebrating the warmth of the season, along with the celebrating your upcoming wedding day, then a tropical wedding theme may just be the right idea for you. Your guests will appreciate the relaxing feel to the day, something that isn’t always present on a day that takes so much planning and preparation. Even if you can’t have a wedding at the beach, you can try and bring the beach to your guests through your choice of decor and the food that you will serve. A great way to get a start on your tropical theme is to choose the right wedding favors. Tropical wedding favors will not only be a nice reminder of the ceremony, but they will also make for a nice decoration to someone’s home.

Instead of giving someone the standard wedding favor picture frame, a frame decorated with sea shells will bring that tropical vibe you are looking for. Starfish designs will also add a nice touch to the normally mundane gift item. One of my personal favorite items is a beach pail candleholder with palm tree designs on the sides that allow the candlelight to beam through. That one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Another great idea is to take a small item such as candies or flower seeds and place them in tropical themed boxes. Why stop at the beach though? Why not go out into the deep blue sea and use designs from the many wonderful creatures that it has to offer? Dolphin designs, a personal favorite of my wife, are very popular and a nice choice. Homemade cookies in the shapes of whales or starfish are another idea. You may want to stay away from sharks though; they probably do not fit the mood! Unless you really like sharks, if that’s the case then why not?

There are many possibilities in the world of tropical wedding favors to explore. Some may be as easy as choosing items that have soothing, water based colors. Hawaiian flower themes would be a great choice for decorating anything. One of the best things about all of this is that the color schemes are both relaxing and vibrant. Tropical wedding favors are simple, yet also stunning. Guests will be more than happy to accept these items as a thank you, and will be even more likely to display them due to their colorful nature long after the big day has come and passed.…

The Quest for Significance

People are looking for ways to add significance, peace of mind, a quality experience, and an escape from the “rat-race” in their lives. Stated differently, people want to add depth and meaning to their lives. One way to accomplish this, it is asserted, is to make or purchase decor for your garden.

Make Your Garden Unique

Garden decor, along with things related to gardens, provides a return to nature, a sense of spirituality, and a return to the earth as people journey on their quest for significance and ultimate meaning. Moreover, through the use of decorations, gardeners reveal their quirks and shortcomings, their wit, their creativity, and their desire to make their gardens unique.

Transform Your Life

Gardens and their ornaments are symbols of enchantment, of mystery, of meaning, and of ultimate being. Another way of looking at this is to see that gardens and garden accents provide the power to transform one’s mood and one’s life. To be sure, garden accessories can become symbolic reminders of life’s blessings as they encourage people to enrich their surroundings by transcending the mundane.

The Gardening Imagination

Garden ornaments help people take an active stance in their lives by enabling them to create a niche in the world that is in concert with their values and their dreams. Indeed, it is this “gardening imagination” that provides people with the opportunity to select meaningful objects that speak to their senses, to their experiences, and to their lives.

An Invitation to Add Garden Decor to your Life

Websites that sell garden decor can be viewed as invitations for people to experiment and let their imaginations run free so that they can, with conscious effort or with playfulness, select the accents that they like–decor that speaks to their dreams and to their soul. With this in mind, look at the different products that are sold and select garden accessories that help elicit childhood fantasies. Examine the different garden accents and choose ornaments that speak to your inner self.

Let Your Personality Shine Through

Garden decor helps calm the spirit, soothe the soul, and delight the senses. By letting your individuality shine through as you select your decorative accents, you will transform your garden into one of the most meaningful experiences in your life. The challenge is to capture moments of wonder, joy, and inspiration and experience the lasting pleasures of beauty and the splendors of nature by decorating your garden in a way that is congruent with your noblest thoughts, feelings, and aspirations.

Your Garden Sanctuary

Strive to decorate your garden with ornaments that magically call you to return to your garden sanctuary. Look at different garden products and decide on decorations that motivate you to tap into your playfulness or into your artistic bent as you contemplate how you will decorate your garden. In a word, you can add richness, depth, and a sense of discovery to your garden with different garden ornaments.

Summary

In conclusion, garden decor is significant because …

Tuscan interior decor begins with an understanding of Tuscan architecture. Even a cursory page-flipping through the history books of Tuscany and its architecture reveals two impressions: Strength and Grandeur.

In the minds of modern day homeowners, these concepts seem to have translated into ‘security and permanence’, and ‘nobility of design’.

The book and subsequent movie, Under The Tuscan Sun, seem to have awakened a long dormant desire for the rustic, simple beauty found in the hill towns of Tuscany. Often described as voluptuous, sensuous, and seductive, this region of Italy has experienced an unparalleled awakening in both the European and North American consciousness.

The power of broad facades, massive stones, and symmetrically aligned square windows are once again the fashion of the day. Perhaps we are drawn to such strength of design if our own country of origin and its heritage are so young, so unrefined, and so seemingly impermanent when compared to Italy and the ancient Etruscan and Roman societies.

Thankfully, the ‘throw away’, ‘use it once and toss it’, light weight, impermanent mindset of recent decades has been abandoned in favor of enduring quality. The stark simplicity of contemporary design seems to have gone cold and lifeless. All now replaced by a quest for homes designed with a sense of history, luxury, rustic strength, and an air of permanence.

Tuscan decor says, “I’m here, I’m of the earth, and I will be here forever.”

The brilliance of using what we have –

Out of necessity, Tuscan architects utilized readily available materials, such as stone from local quarries. They adapted dwellings to the warm climate, and incorporated depth and strength of walls during warring times. Hence, we see massive stone facades, the most easily recognizable feature of Tuscan architecture.

There also seems to have been an innate love of simplicity and symmetry. This appreciation for beauty, evidenced in even the most humble buildings, is no doubt born of daily exposure to the pure elegance of the Tuscan countryside. Endless vistas of undulating green hills, gracefully thin cypress trees, lush olive groves, and intertwined grape vines have slowly evolved into the Tuscan decor so loved today.

Early Etruscan architecture was easily recognizable by its massive stones, the square forms of their edifices, and their heavy projecting beams, even when later embellished with Greek or Roman design elements. Often called Mediterranean (a broadening of the geographic area of design elements), Tuscan decor brings to mind sun washed colors, liberal use of stone, metal, square windows, and symmetry. Intricate details are often found that soften the strong, masculine features. There is always present a meticulous attention to quality craftsmanship, and stones marry with precision.

Even during the time of Michelangelo, who frequently combined rustic with polished, old with new, and Etruscan with Roman, builders faithfully retained the original elements of Tuscan decor. Before Michelangelo’s day, the earliest Etruscan architects, while originally designing almost solely for strength and defensive integrity, later gave way to including details that added nobility.

It’s no wonder that …

When I got married 30 years ago, my mother wore a small corsage that was made of the same flowers as the bridal bouquets. It fit her outfit perfectly. That was the trend at the time and wearing a corsage happened to work for the outfit she wore, but what about today?

Wedding Flowers for Mother of the Bride and the Bridal Party

First, let’s talk a little about flowers at the wedding. (That’s a whole topic in itself!) The bride’s bouquet is the ‘centerpiece’ of the wedding. This bouquet is what should receive the most attention and be the most elaborate and beautiful.

The flowers for the mother of the groom, bridesmaids, grandmothers and other female relatives of the bride and groom should be smaller and more simple than the bridal bouquet.

Flowers are given to the other bridal party members as a gesture that they, too, are important to the bride.

Giving flowers to the mother of the bride is a sweet gesture that notes the importance of the mother of the bride, all of her contributions to the wedding planning and her presence at the ceremony. She should be part of picking out the arrangement that she either wears or carries since it will affect the overall look of her outfit that day.

In order to make the most of this gesture, the mother and the daughter should discuss what would work best with the wedding decor, the featured wedding flowers AND the style and color of the mother of the bride dress.

Mother of the Bride Dress Also Determines Her Flowers

Depending on the dress, the mother may still choose to wear a small corsage, of course, or she may choose to carry a small bouquet of flowers during the wedding. She could also choose just to carry a single flower such as a rose. As I mentioned, the mother of the bride dress will dictate what’s best for her as well as her own personal style.

Another unique idea (once again, depending on the dress) is to pin a small corsage to the waistline sash where a sparkly brooch might go.

If there is a step-mother at the wedding, it would also be a nice gesture to present her with flowers as a kind, sentimental touch.

Bridal Flower Choices

Ultimately, the size and make-up of the floral arrangements and the people that receive them are up to the bride and what fits with her style, the theme of the wedding and her sentiments.…

Horizontal blinds and plantation shutters may look similar, but they each offer different benefits to homeowners. When searching for the perfect window treatments for your home, weigh the pros and cons of each style.

If you prefer modern, clean lines over soft draping, chances are that you gravitate toward blinds rather than drapes as your go-to window treatment. But even once you’ve made that design decision, you have a variety of specific blind and shutter options from which to choose. In addition to tackling details such as material and color, you have to pick a basic window treatment structure. Horizontal blinds and plantation shutters will both give you a clean, sleek look that you can customize to fit your design scheme.

Structure

Horizontal blinds generally mount at the top of the window frame and hang down. You can open and close, raise and lower the blinds using an attached cord, and can leave the blinds hanging part of the way down the window, if desired. Plantation shutters, on the other hand, are mounted completely into the window frame, and do not move up and down. They often open and close via a rod that manipulates the entire shutter’s louvers at once, or the whole shutter can be opened into the room like a door.

Aesthetic Options

Both horizontal blinds and plantation shutters are available in an array of colors and materials, though the selection is greater for traditional blinds. Most plantation shutters are made from wood or faux wood with small slats, although vinyl is also an option; blinds can feature wider slats and come in plastic, aluminum, and other materials. When picking between the two, in addition to considering your preferred colors, slat sizes, and materials, think about the character of the room in question and whether the style of blinds or shutters would best complement that decor.

Energy Efficiency

Because plantation shutters fill the window frame completely, they can increase your home’s energy efficiency. Closing plantation shutters can reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, in addition to blocking out summer sun that can heat a house. Although wooden horizontal blinds can also act as natural insulation, the fact that they hang away from the window decreases their effectiveness on this front.

Cost

There’s no getting around it: Plantation shutters are generally more expensive than horizontal blinds. The construction is more specialized, and you’ll have fewer inexpensive material options. Additionally, whereas many homeowners can mount horizontal blinds on their own, you may wish to call a professional to install interior window shutters, which will increase the overall cost. However, properly installed plantation shutters should last for years, whereas blinds might need to be replaced if they break, if the cord gets tangled, or if they deteriorate from constant use.

Your windows frame your view of the world, and they shape how others see your home, inside and out. Choose window treatments that reflect your decorating style and personality, and don’t be afraid to …

Russian Christmas ornaments come in almost every shape and design imaginable; making any Yuletide décor more festive. Many Russian Christmas ornaments are made from durable plastic, but many are still hand made and hand painted in delicate wood and blown glass. Some are designed not to grace your tree but to beautify every room in your home with traditional images of the Christ child and Holy Family, keeping the true spirit of the season alive in eye-catching adornments that will become heirlooms in your family.

Ornaments popular around the world are also popular in Russia, including angels, Christmas trees, snowmen and, of course, Santa Claus. They come in many sizes and painted in every color of the rainbow. Many of the ornaments are uniquely Russian: Pieces patterned after the famous nesting dolls or “matryoshkas” or the Snow Maiden of Russian literature. The magnificent onion-shaped domes of Russian Orthodox church steeples, like Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, are also popular. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcraker” will always be the traditional performance of the season and nutcracker Christmas ornaments are a perfect reminder of that beloved classic.

Taking their cue from the fabulous Faberge Easter eggs, some Russian ornaments are eggshell shaped and painted in minute detail with Grandfather Frost, angels, rabbits and snow-covered dachas. Even a whole village might find itself hanging among the needles in miniature.

Whatever your personal preference in Christmas tree decor, a Russian ornament will add a distinctive flavor to your Christmas scene that family and friends will remember. In fact, don’t be surprised if their next tree looks a lot like yours did this year!…

You would think that shopping for an absorbent coaster would be a simple task, but once you start your search online you will quickly see that such is not the case. The array of absorbent coasters available is staggering coming in all kinds of absorbent materials, shapes and sizes not to mention the designs that are too numerous to mention.

One the latest designs of absorbent drink coasters to hit the market is the cling coaster. This coaster has three layers – an absorbent bottom, a top layer that is grated to prevent the glass from sticking to it and an inner layer between the top and bottom. This inner layer provides sufficient depth for the liquid to seep through the top layer into the absorbent layer on the bottom, which also has a rubber backing to prevent scratches from occurring on your furniture.

There is an absorbent coaster to meet every sports fan with the designs of all sports teams, colleges and universities. A set of such beverage coasters is the perfect gift for the sports fans on your list. It is one gift that you will certainly see displayed on the coffee table.

Cork coasters are regarded as the most absorbent coasters you can buy, but the sandstone coasters also rank high in their absorbent qualities. In addition, these coasters have a cork backing giving you the best of both worlds. The sandstone is an all natural ingredient that brings a touch of nature into your home.

Sandstone is extremely porous and has the holding capacity of ¼ cup of liquid. You won’t have to spend time emptying the coasters after your guests leave because the liquid naturally evaporates into the air. Thirstystone coasters are perhaps the best known in this absorbent coaster variety with an extensive collection of designs to choose from.

Coasters are not only for use in the home as protection for the surface of the table. You can also purchase an absorbent coaster for use in the cup holder of your vehicle. This coaster will absorb any drips or spills into the cup holder, which is very hard to clean out when this happens. Such a set comes with two beverage coasters that are small enough to fit down into this small opening.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to display a set of drink coasters that have real seashells embedded in them? This is also a possibility when you start shopping for the perfect absorbent coaster. These coasters are handmade and each one has an assortment of seashells. No two coasters in the set are alike. Rattan is used around the edges and there are cork bottoms offering you the ultimate in furniture protection.

When you search for coasters online, you will find many companies that import different kinds of absorbent coasters from other countries of the world. In this way you can really have an elegant item to enhance the decor of any room in your home. If you are in business, there are …

Ever seen that beautiful windmills in one of those scenic pictures of the Netherlands? The picture absolutely looks stunning, doesn’t it? Well, if you are someone who loves building things, you can build one for your own yard. You will just need to have excellent dutch windmill plans to be able to accomplish this.

Dutch windmills are quite different than ordinary windmills. These type of windmills have a rotating head enabling the blades to turn to the direction of the wind. As far as aesthetic value and functionality goes, dutch windmill is one of the unique and awesome woodworking project you can ever undertake.

However, before you start taking out all your woodworking tools to start the construction, keep these few tips and considerations in mind first:

Decor or Fully Functional?

First thing you need to determine is if you want to build a structure that is for decorative purposes only or you want something that’s able to generate real energy. Deciding which type of structure you have plans of building would matter considerably in terms of the materials, plans as well as the size of the structure.

For example, a decorative dutch windmill doesn’t have to be built at any particular size. Materials is not so much of an issue either because there’s not much at stake when it doesn’t function properly. On the other hand, a real power generating windmill would have to be built in a certain way, at a certain size, keeping in mind the physics side of things and the safety issues of the structure.

Site

Another thing to consider is where you’ll set up the windmill. A decorative windmill would look good at any place in your yard just as long as it blends right with the kind of landscape you want to accomplish. I’ve seen these types of windmill as an accent in flower gardens and it definitely contributes much to achieve a perfect scene right there in the yard.

However, with a real dutch windmill, aesthetic value won’t be your prime concern. First of all you have to set it up somewhere which has enough space. And most importantly, it has to be somewhere that has no wires or trees nearby that could impede its rotating head and blades. Safety is the main concern when selecting a suitable site for this windmill.

Dutch Windmill Plans

Whether you plan to build a model dutch windmill for your garden or the real thing, construction would be so much easier if you have excellent dutch windmill plans to guide you through the process. For a real power generating windmill, this is definitely a must since safety and functionality of the structure is the main concern here.

When you have quality dutch windmill plans, you will have a clear overview of the construction process. You also have the list of materials as well as the tools listed so you can prepare in advance. And more importantly, you will be guided every step of the way with …

I am a nerd and very proud of it. I’ve always had a thing for science fiction. The appeal of traveling to the deep darkness of space and exploring uncharted territory has always had a great influence on my taste for movies and interests.

While I have been decorating aquariums for clients of mine to replicate scenes from Asia or underwater sunken ships or mermaids in Atlantis, my personal aquariums are all decorated with space ships and aliens from another planet. It’s actually pretty difficult to find tank ornaments of outer space and alien worlds. Honestly most of my own decor are non aquarium ornaments that I have carefully selected and prepared so that they would not have an adverse effect on my fish. But doing this without proper knowledge and the right preparation can kill the fish.

In this short guide, we’ll look at some of the yank ornaments that are sold today that will transform your aquarium into that nerdy piece of art that you’ve always wanted.

UFOs And Aliens

There is one aquarium decoration on sale that I love and that I have in my tank. It is of a flying saucer that had crash landed on a small hill the craft is beautifully painted and detailed and the best part of all, it has a cave that the fish can go into. Apart from this flying saucer, there is also another one that is more colorful and hooks onto the outlet tube of your filter so that it moves along with the bubbles. The other one I also know of is a more earthly looking satellite which also moves with the water current.

For aliens, there are about a dozen or so cute looking colorful aliens with various number of arms, legs and tentacles. This make a great addition to your theme, especially if you are going for the colorful space ship.

The Doctor Who Collection

No one proud enough to call themselves a nerd would not know of Doctor Who. The time traveling doctor has been a feature in our lives for decades. Now you can have your own Doctor Who Theme in your aquarium two.

The ornaments you can get for this theme include a really cool looking TARDIS. For those who do not know what this is, it’s an old London Police Box which the Doctor uses to travel.

For your aliens, you have the Daleks, which I have seen in Red and Yellow as well as the robots. You can either get a complete Cybermen figurine, or just its helmet which is super cool or a flat background decor.

It’s really a shame that no one created a figurine of the Doctor because I would do anything to get my hands on one.

If this is not enough, the last piece of alien decor you can get is an Alien Skull. The eye sockets allow the fish to go in and the skull cavity is very large so it makes an awesome …