Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

You are thinking, her closet is full of clothes, the coat closet is overflowing with her stuff, the shoe rack is packed and I haven’t seen those earrings I got her for her birthday in month’s right? Well not surprisingly many women have numerous material items and surprise, surprise purchases many more throughout the year as well. This can lead many husbands, boyfriends, brothers and friends clueless as to what that special woman in their life might actually need. Well, not shockingly, many women probably don’t need anything else, but there are some gifts you can get her that she will definitely appreciate.

If you describe your woman as a beauty queen, someone who lives and dies by fashion and beauty, then finding the perfect something for her is easy. Jewelry for this woman is always a great choice, think of something classic like a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, or if you want to splurge go for a pair of diamond studs. You can also head to your local spa and grab a gift certificate for a day at the spa, think manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. You can also choose a perfume scent that you enjoy, and trust me, if you like it she will be bound to wear it. If you are looking to spend a little less money, browse for some aromatherapy candles in her favorite scent or a plush bathrobe that will make her want to stay in bed all day.

If you are looking for a gift for a home and kitchen goddess think about getting her something she can use around the house. Think about adding the cookbook the American Fashion Cookbook, assembled by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to her collection. Anthropologie also has dozens of different kitchen items ranging from petal shaped measuring cups to lotus dinnerware to a Parisian café apron. Again, if you looking to splurge a little bit think about gifting a Kitchen Aid mixer which comes in a variety of sizes and colors, my tip, gift the largest mixer your budget can afford.

The next lady on our list can only be defined as superwoman, or in more simple terms an athlete. This woman can often be hard to shop for, seeing as you can only have so many workout shorts, shirts, shoes, etc. Well this year look into getting her an iPod shuffle so she can add some of her favorite tunes to her workout. She would also benefit from a Timex Sports Ironman Wrist Watch which would help her train like a champion with the time zone and lap recall features. This woman might also enjoy a Wii Fit that would allow her to work out from home on those days she just doesn’t have time to get to the gym. There are also a number of small things you can get this special lady, think a yoga essentials brick, a Pezzi Gymnastik Ball or a Biggest Loser Workout DVD.

For those women …

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Most movers are so happy to finally arrive in their new home that they are able to overlook chipped dinner plates or a scratch on the dining room table. But there’s no reason your household goods should become casualties of the move. With a little care and planning your household goods will both arrive in mint condition.

Following are packing tips to consider when packing large items, packing small items and packing awkward items.

Packing Large Items:

  • Tie bed frames together with tape or rope then label the pieces so they are easy to reassemble.
  • Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items. Cover them with a blanket or with furniture pads and rope securely.
  • Remove table legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape them underneath the tabletop.
  • Empty, defrost and drain the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down any moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
  • Use the original packaging for computers, televisions and electronics, or buy electronic-specific boxes.

Packing Small Items:

  • Put your microwave, VCR and other small appliances into boxes and cushion with wadded paper.
  • Pack books flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
  • Pack hanging items, such as clothing and drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
  • Wrap fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and tape them securely.
  • Pack CD’s upright and cushion with them newspaper.
  • Stack pots and pans and cushion with them paper.
  • Place any kitchen items you will need immediately in a separate box and label appropriately so you know which one to unpack first.
  • Wrap dishes individually in bubble wrap and never stack them flat. Pack plates on saucers on edges and place cups and bowls around them.

Packing Awkward Items:

  • Wrap chair arms and legs with bubble wrap. Place slipcovers on chairs or buy chair bags for protection.
  • Loosen the handlebars from bicycles and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items.
  • Wrap small items, such as mirrors and artwork, in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck or inside wardrobe boxes.
  • Disassemble heavy lawn furniture. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together.
  • Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape.
  • Place plants in plastic bags with air holes then in boxes. Water them before you leave.
  • Wrap sharp edges of tools and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place smaller ones in boxes.
  • Empty gasoline from all tanks of lawnmowers and edgers and check for oil leaks.
  • Use medium-sized boxes for garage and attic items, such as spray paints, brushes and car waxes. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
  • Keep pets in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet for suggestions on how

Surviving Motherhood – One Lesson at a Time

I have a combined total of 26 years of homemaking experience. Fourteen years as a wife, and 12 years as a mother. (Twenty-nine total years as a mother, if you consider I have children ages 12, 10 and 7.) One would think of this time I think to have things pretty well figured out. By now, I bought to be proficient in the kitchen and know how to manage my children quite well.

Why, with all this experience I should never make any mistakes. My days should all run smoothly and my life bought to be easy.

If you are a mom, I trust you can read the sarcasm in the words I have just written. But sometimes we feel that way, do not we? We feel as though we bought to be perfect. Yet, it just does not happen that way. Some days I think I will be doing well if I can survive to see another sunrise. And other days, when I think I have things under control, something inevitably happens to humble me and reminds me of my need to both give and receive grace.

Although I sometimes wish I was a perfect wife and mother, and I would like to "have it all together," I have learned to treasure these lessons which God sends my way. These lessons help me in surviving motherhood, and I believe they also help me in becoming the woman God wants me to be. One such lesson happened when I erred in the preparation of a favorite dinner.

I was preparing Pork Chops with Orange Rice , a meal I have made over and again for most of my married life. The recipe is so easy and so tasty I actually got it published in a cooking magazine a few years ago. Really. All you do is place rice in a casserole dish and pour orange juice over it. Place browned pork chops on top of the rice, pour chicken with rice soup over the whole thing, cover it and pop it in the oven. Simple, do not you think?

Too easy to mess up?

One would think so.

Especially when one has prepared this dish over 200 times.

One night, as I was bringing the dish to the table I noticed the edges looked a little dry. That happens sometimes, and when it does I just do not scoop around the edges. However, on this particular night as I looked a little closer at the dinner I was about to set on the table, I realized why the edges looked dry. I had forgotten to put the orange juice over the rice .

Aww. How could I have done that? This recipe was too simple to mess up. But, somehow, I had managed to forget a simple step.

My family was very gracious. Everyone avoided the rice as best as they could, and smiled politely as they spit out the crunchy portions. The pork chops were still good, and the …

How to Dissolve Gout Crystals Naturally and Cure Your Gout Attack Fast

Want to know how to dissolve gout crystals for fast gout relief? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find an easy way to dissolve gout crystals.

So-called ‘gout crystals’ are actually needle-like crystals formed out of high uric acid levels in the blood. With high uric acid levels, over a period of time, urate crystals form and are deposited in your joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.

Your body’s defenses see these as ‘foreign’ bodies that need to be attacked. And so your natural inflammatory defenses flood the affected area. It’s this reaction that causes your gout symptoms; swelling, redness, inflammation, stiffness, heat, and excruciating pain of course!

In order to eliminate the symptoms you need to reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain, plus, get rid of the crystals as quickly as possible. The way you do that is to dissolve the gout crystals so that they can be more easily flushed out of your system by your kidneys via urine.

But here’s the thing; not only do you need to get rid of the symptoms because of the pain, you really must prevent future gout attacks. Because frequent gout attacks over time can cause you to suffer from permanent joint damage and / or kidney problems like kidney stones, etc.

And, yes, drug-based treatments are effective in doing both these things. But they can have severe side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, allergic reactions, and more.

And, in terms of preventing future attacks by lowering, and keeping low, levels of uric acid in your blood, they have to be taken long term. This is because these drugs only work while you are on them.

This is why so very many gout victims are looking to totally natural ways to both get rid of the symptoms of a gout attack, and, prevent recurring gout.

As you saw above, during a gout attack, you need to dissolve gout crystals and flush them from your body. So how do you do this naturally, without drugs with their harmful side effects, and cost?

Well, there are many natural home remedies for gout that act by dissolving gout crystals, but here is one that many sufferers swear by…

HOW TO DISSOLVE GOUT CRYSTALS USING BAKING SODA

Yes, something that you probably already have lying in a kitchen cupboard can help to get rid of gout by dissolving the crystals causing it.

Baking soda — bicarbonate of soda — can help to reduce the symptoms pretty quickly, depending on the severity of the attack.

It can dissolve the crystals, increase the solubility of uric acid to help it be excreted more easily, and, maximise body fluids to aid your kidneys in flushing uric acid out of your system.

To take, just add 1/2 teaspoon to an 8oz glass of water and stir thoroughly. Drink a glass before bedtime, one in the morning, and then a glass every 2 to 4 hours between meals. Continue daily until your symptoms …

What You Should Know Before Flipping A House

Many individuals believe they can flip properties effortlessly, however it is likely they will be dissatisfied with the preliminary outcomes. A profitable flip is one that you generate income and there are many steps you must follow to help you to become successful.

For house flippers, there’s recently been a great deal of news of late, since houses flipped throughout the first half of 2016 produced a median gross revenue of around sixty thousand, the greatest median gross flipping revenue since 2005, the highest it has been in 10 years.

However gross revenue does not contain the expenses to rehab the home, which generally contributes an additional 20% to 30% on top of whatever the preliminary purchase price of the house for the flipper is. Flippers are competing for business with not just additional flippers, but additional homeowners who would like to renovate their residences that they plan to reside within as well.

Although it appears backwards to believe the money is created on the front end of the offer instead of the backend, that’s merely how an experienced home flipper tackles it.

You should fully understand precisely what the home will sell for once it’s fixed up, the expense of enhancing it, as well as the permits, contingencies in addition to your lowest profit so you may proceed to the next offer. The moment you have that worked out, only then may you recognize exactly what to offer the seller..

Capital for home flipping is available, however you may pay much more as an investor

Presently there are a great deal of loan providers available which focus in home flipping. The crucial factor to keep in mind is, you’ll be an investor, not necessarily a home buyer. As a consequence, your interest charges, even if you possess the finest credit rating, will certainly be many percentage points above even the greatest rates, at times towards double numbers. You furthermore may only be capable to finance merely 60% of the property, although many loan companies may finance as much as 130% of the purchase price in order to assure there are funds with regard to the renovating.

Get your team together

In order to be a profitable house flipper, you’ll require plenty of close friends, specifically friends who are building contractors, house inspectors, accountants as well as attorneys and real estate agents. It normally takes a crew to construct a home, and it requires a crew to flip a house. Simply because you have purchased a house, sold a house or even painted a house, does not suggest the expertise to flip a house is there.

You’ll require to operate with a reliable builder to be an effective flipper, as well as a qualified home inspector which can point out items which will need to be repaired that you’ll expect to talk down into the sale price, or it will cut into your gains once you sell. You will also need a competent Realtor which can price the residence appropriately …

Chase Away Rainy Day Blues With HD Movies

The weather often impacts people’s emotions, feelings, and energy level. Rainy days with overcast skies can make some people feel down in the dumps, especially when there are very few sunny days to break the grey monotony. If you are looking for something to do to chase away the rainy day blues, there is nothing better than grabbing some tasty snacks from the kitchen, getting comfortable on the couch, and watching a movie in stunning high definition.

If the weather forecast is not looking good, your best bet is to find an exciting or intriguing series of films that can maintain your interest over a few days. ‘Star Wars’ is a great place to start, especially if you have not yet seen the original trilogy. The very first film to be made is episode IV in the series, and it originally appeared in theatres over three decades ago. It takes place in a ‘galaxy far, far away’ and tells the epic tale of Luke Skywalker, a common farm boy who is spurred to action by the unfolding political events. He decides to join in the fight for control of the galaxy and sets off to save Princess Leia, leader of the rebels.

While the special effects of the original three episodes might seem small compared to the HD action and fantasy films made in recent years, ‘Star Wars’ was groundbreaking when it was first released. Furthermore, filmmaker George Lucas has worked hard over the years to enhance the image quality and add dimension to re-released versions and the special DVD boxed sets. In addition, following the original trilogy, another series of three episodes found success at box offices in three-year time periods beginning in 1999. Although images quality differences are certainly notable, if you watch the enhanced version of episodes IV to V on your high definition screen, you will definitely enjoy all of the action.

Watching all six episodes that have been made to this date will take time, especially if your satellite TV channel broadcasts some of the behind-the-scenes coverage. But if it is still raining outside, you do not need to worry – there are plenty of other quality trilogies out there. For another group of films that will transport you to another reality, check out ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ They are closely based on the book of the same name, written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the period leading up to and just after World War II. Multiple Academy Awards were given to the different movies.

After you have had your fill of fantasy adventure and space travels, you might be in the mood for something entirely new. The ‘Godfather’ series, if you have not seen them already, is an intriguing and exciting change of pace. With actors Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino appearing in the different films, the quality of acting is quite high. With a satellite TV signal streaming the films down to your living room, you can enjoy all of …

Karndean Vinyl Flooring – Quite Possibly a Perfect Floor

Karndean vinyl flooring is one of the most exciting new floorcovering options available in the market. Karndean creates vinyl planks and tiles that realistically simulate natural materials such as Wood, Stone, Slate, Ceramic and Marble. With recent breakthroughs in technology, these luxury vinyl planks and tiles look so amazingly real it will surprise you.

These floors are very different from sheet type vinyl. As the floor is installed piece by piece, it gives a handcrafted look just as hardwood or real tile floors would appear. Karndean also manufactures these tiles and planks with semi random patterns so there are no repeating patterns to cause the floor to look cheap or like standard vinyl resilient flooring. A unique feature of Karndean is the coloring of the floors. Slight changes are made to the vinyl coloring to give a slight random color difference. By doing this, the floors look like the real thing and there are no dye lot issues if you ever need to replace a plank or tile. There are six distinct reasons why Karndean luxury vinyl tiles and planks are considered by many to be the perfect floor.

1. Karndean vinyl floors are stain proof against pretty much everything except petroleum based spills. This includes everything from red wine to pet urine.

2. These vinyl tiles and planks are waterproof as well. If you have a leak in the kitchen or bathroom, the water will not damage the vinyl. This is a very distinct advantage over true hardwood flooring and laminate. If you have a leak under the dishwasher, and you have hardwood or laminate, you will have to replace part or all of the floor at a huge expense. With Karndean, the worst case is you may have to have the floor reinstalled.

3. This flooring is hypoallergenic as well as mold and mildew resistant.

4. Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are very hard to scratch compared to laminate and hardwood. If you have pets, you absolutely cannot install a better floor than luxury vinyl.

5. Karndean tiles are almost impossible to chip or break when compared to ceramic, slate, stone and marble tiles. If you drop something heavy on them it may cause a slight indentation. Of course if you have real tile, it will probably crack or chip and will have to be replaced.

6. Cleaning is a snap. Dust mopping regularly and an occasional damp mopping is all that is needed. There is never a need to reapply any finishes or buffing needed.

Now that you know why Karndean is so close to perfect, what are some of the styles that are offered? There are 6 different series offered from Karndean.

1. The Van Gogh lines has 22 variations of Wood planks. Almost every color and species imaginable are available.

2. Art Select vinyl from Karndean has 11 options to choose from between simulated Wood planks and Limestone modular tiles.

3. Da Vinci is one the more popular styles for luxury vinyl tile. With over …

The Weekend – Family Time

Hard work is rewarding. There are no two opinions about it. The body and mind, however, need a break to enable them to function at optimum efficiency levels. That is one facet of hard work that most of us fail to realize.

In situations where you are trying to make a niche for yourself for a quantum jump in life later on, you tend to forget that you need to give a rest to your mind and body periodically. Many working couples get so occupied with their work and deadlines that they fail to give themselves time to relax and have fun. Due to no evident reason, you may find that your efficiency at work is deteriorating.

Weekend breaks prove to be very beneficial in overcoming fatigue. These tantamount to small holidays and can be managed very easily if you make a conscious effort. Weekend breaks revitalize your mind, ease tensions, and enthuse when you return to work. Weekend breaks, in fact, are worth the effort you make to take them.

Weekend vacations are expensive, what with cost of travel shooting up and even bread and breakfast joints charging prohibitive rates. A weekend holiday, sometimes, becomes a bit of a problem especially for those who want to save up to build a capital for future.

There are other options too for weekend breaks which are economic and at the same time as beneficial as a vacation. It is just a matter of applying your mind to the find ways to take one.
If you make up your mind on weekend breaks, making it a part of your schedule is a prerequisite. Unless you fix weekend break timing in your schedule, you will keep on procrastinating it due to one reason or the other. Once you have done that you can look at myriad options and as you keep on taking weekend breaks regularly, you will automatically come across new ideas.

The idea behind such inexpensive weekend breaks is simply to spend quality time with you spouse and / or family. Try scheduling one for Saturday and another for the Sunday. You can look at tending the flowers and the garden together. Take a bike ride together or with a friend. You could even try cooking and cleaning up the kitchen together rather than taking turns. Sometimes it is as simple as sharing dessert with neighbors or a visit to the nearby pub.

The purpose behind a weekend break is not necessarily going out of town but spending and enjoying quality time together with the family, forgetting business and office worries for some time. …

Floor Steam Mop Versus Steam Vacuum, Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each

Why even consider getting a floor steam mop or a floor steam vacuum? If you are like me and are doing your own house cleaning, you might be faced with a dilemma as of how to best use your time and resources when it comes to cleaning your living spaces, the kitchen, the bathroom area, and the shower area.

Your carpet in the living room may have developed several dark stains that will not go away by vacuuming alone. The tiles in the shower may have developed dark grout, and the sinks may be covered with shampoo and soap stains.

Since you have already spend over $100 for the vacuum cleaner which doesn’t really do the job to your satisfaction, you want to make sure you are getting a piece of machinery that will do a better job, that is for sure.

We will discuss here pros and cons of two competing carpet cleaning technologies that go beyond vacuuming. The first one is a carpet steamer, or a carpet steam mop, and the second one is the carpet steam vacuum. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Floor steam mops

Floor steam mop is an appliance that looks like a mop but it has a canister attached to it, and uses an electric heater to bring the water in the canister to a boil. The resulting water vapor is then led through the mop handle and the vapor is then sprayed through the micro fiber pad at the top of the mop. The micro fiber then mops the debris from the floor or the carpet that you are canvassing.

A big advantage for many people of the steam floor mop is that it is environmentally friendly, that is, it will not dispense harmful and potentially toxic chemicals in your house that might take days to be removed, and may even accumulate, causing air toxicity in the house.

A disadvantage of the steam mop cleaner is that, even with a high temperature setting of as much as 300 F, before the steam reaches the tip of the mop, it is already chilled significantly. That means that, in all likelihood, the steam will not be as effective in removing carpet stains, or any other stains from the floors or tiles. Also, the effectiveness of the micro fiber pad in removing all the resulting debris is in question.

You may be able to remedy the low temperature problem by removing the steam mop stick or using a shorter one. That way, the steam temperature will be maximized, and tougher stains will be removed.

Floor steam vacuums

The steam vacuum is similar to a steam mop, but it has an additional feature, namely, it sprays the water onto the carpet, agitates the carpet, and then vacuums the resulting liquid back into the “dirty water” tank.

The advantage of a steam vacuum is that, since it does vacuum up most of the debris, it is typically used with detergents and cleaning chemicals, …

Weymouth Holiday Cottages – Doggy Cottages

If you are the one who likes to take their pet each time you go for a vacation, then the Weymouth holiday cottagesare the place for you. This is the perfect break for you and your pet. There are over 100 cottages in Dorset. The Weymouth holiday cottage properties range from traditional thatched cottages to the contemporary newly designed houses.This will certainly be a great place to be for you and your dog. The facility provided in each set has a colored television; The kitchen has an oven with hotplate, rings, a gas burner and a microwave, a toaster a kettle and an iron. Duvets and pillow have been provided in all bedrooms.

There are many cottages available available for you and your pet. One of them is the Lulworth Cove. This is set up in an elevated position, surrounded by territories and lawns. Its a beautiful walk across the hills to the various bays. Within walking distance once can find the Village Inns and shops.

As far as the accommodation is concerned on the ground floor, in bedroom one, there is a king size bed. In the second bedroom, twin beds have been placed. There is a large lounge with an open fire. The dining table has a seating capacity of ten people. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with a bath shower and a separate kitchen. In the third bedroom and the fourth bedroom there are twin single beds, without any wardrobe. There is a double bed in the fifth bedroom.

Standard facilities have been provided in these Weymouth holiday cottages like a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer, fridge, freezer, a pay phone, DVD player. A garage is a also present with unrestricted parking on the road. There is a large garden on the sloping lawns. A garden table with chairs has also been placed. Internet access has been provided for, only for recreational activity and not for business related purpose. The speed or service may vary as per the package obtained by the owner of the property

For booking purposes reservations for these Weymouth holiday cottages are made upon the receipt of a deposit which is one-third of the total cost of the holiday or full payment incase the trip is for less than eight weeks away, plus an additional of twenty pounds, Along with a booking form signed by the applicant who has to be over 18 years of age, and he also signs on behalf of all the people who will e staying in the property. Only the number of people specified at the time of the booking will be allowed to stay during the trip. Once the payment has been received and the conformation has been made, any changes to the booking can not be done. In case the payment is made by a credit card, then an additional charge of 2.5% as the processing fee will be also charged to the guest at the time of the booking. Guests have …