Monday, July 24, 2017

You're Not Satisfied with Your Career? Change It!

Tracey Clayton is here to share some ideas on what to do if you find yourself unhappy in your current position. I loved this advice, I often find myself dreaming of something different.


“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.” Peter Gibbons, Office Space (1999)
If your work is making you feel the same as poor old Peter Gibbons, a character from the 1999 comedy movie Office Space, then perhaps it is the perfect time to reconsider your career choice. Making enough money to lead a good life is the main purpose of a job, but when does your personal satisfaction come into play and is it even important? Of course it is. Doing a job you don’t like can make you more stressed out and lead to a number of physical and mental issues. However, it is understandable that making the big leap of changing your career is also stressful. So let us help you weigh your options.

Is staying on your current job worth it?

This is the first thing you should ask yourself if you are considering a career change. Are there any good sides of your current employment, besides the fact that it is a relatively secure position? Are there enough pros to outweigh the cons? Keep in mind, though, that not all pros and cons weigh the same. Sure, financial stability is important, but compared to your health, it is hardly a priority. If you are feeling miserable and sad every time you need to leave your bed and go to work, there is no amount of money in this world that could compensate for that. If your job is sucking the life out of you and making you feel insecure about every little decision you make, the consequences of long-term exposure to such emotions could be devastating. So, to answer the main question: it is not worth it.

It’s OK to be afraid

We are all afraid of change, and it is perfectly normal to feel fear especially if you’ve been doing the same job for years and you are already used to all the negativity that comes along with it. Still, sometimes you have to break the circle. Don’t shy away from fear, embrace it. Use it to remain realistic. Without fear, you would quit your job without even considering what to do next. This way, you can start exploring your options and planning your future while still getting your monthly paycheck.

What do you really want to do?

This is something you should decide before you actually quit your current job. It is the answer that sets apart reality from daydreaming, so be prepared to actually think everything through. Discovering your true profession becomes more difficult with years, but you can try to identify it by remembering what you loved when you were a kid, or try considering the things you are good at. Once you have one, or a few choices, think about how realistic they are. Maybe you will not be able to fulfill your childhood dream of being an astronaut, but becoming a journalist is not that far out of your reach.

Now go for it!

After a period of extensive consideration and preparations, it is the perfect time to actually leave your old job behind, and pursue your dreams elsewhere. At the beginning, it will not be what you were hoping for, since most jobs require experience and for some, you must obtain a degree, but after that, you will have a lifetime to do what you love. If you need to start university, begin on time since all university admissions call for impressive knowledge and training, and perhaps you will need some assistance with that. You should also be willing to volunteer at first and absorb all the knowledge you can get. After that, getting your dream job shouldn’t be so difficult.

You are not condemned to spend your days in an office you hate, doing a job that makes you feel miserable and putting up with your demanding boss. There are no chains binding you to that position, all you need to do is decide to make a change.

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Budget Decorator: 7 No-Cost Stylish Ways to Decorate Your Children's Bedroom

Lana Hawkins is guest hosting today to share some ideas on how to Decorate your Children's Bedroom. These are some excellent ideas on how to make the perfect space for your little ones!


Designing a pleasant and stimulating environment for your children doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Creativity, improvisation and thinking outside the box will help you design a dreamy, stylish and inspiring bedroom for your kids where they can spend their days playing and learning. By combining different design elements, rediscovering old pieces and following your own creativity, your little ones will have their own stylish sanctuaries.

  1. A comfy reading nook

Parents have an important role in helping their children acquire the love for reading and develop their reading skills. A simple way to encourage your kids to read is designing a reading nook in their bedroom. All you need is an empty corner, a bookshelf and a comfy armchair or sofa. If possible, place the reading nook by the window so that your children have enough natural light while reading.
  1. A fresh coat of paint

You can bring a sense of novelty into your children’s room by repainting it in a new colour scheme. You can opt for a neutral backdrop and hues such as pale grey, dusty pink, beige and off-white to fill their bedroom with an atmosphere of serenity. Afterwards, you can use bright and lively colours for inspiring accent details that will add character to the room and break the monotony.
Keep in mind that an excessive use of a particular colour can have a negative effect on your children and their moods. For example, red is quite energetic and inspiring, but it’s shouldn’t be used too much in a bedroom because it can cause agitation, restlessness and even aggression. Thus, you should pick soothing colours to create a whimsical and dreamy atmosphere.

  1. An inspiring accent wall

Stylish accent walls have become a popular trend in interior design that has found its way into children’s rooms. With plenty of ideas and inspiration available online, you can create an inspiring accent wall in your kids’ room. You can paint a colourful wall mural, use wall decals, experiment with stripes and geometric patterns or simply paint a single wall in a different colour. Another great idea for the accent wall in a kids’ bedroom is chalkboard wall – your children can draw on the wall as much as they like without forcing you to repaint the room.
  1. Smart storage

Introducing plenty of storage to your children’s room will help you create a tidy and organised space. In addition, beautiful pieces like vintage dressers and shelves, wicker baskets and wooden chests will elevate the room’s décor. You don’t even have to buy new pieces, but give your old furniture a makeover, which is a budget-friendly solution.
To maximise the functionality of your children’s room, you can introduce hidden and smart storage solutions, like drawers under the bed and multifunctional furniture.

  1. Lighting for style and ambiance

Since your children’s room is for playing and learning, you should design it in a way that will be appropriate for both functions and lighting will help you achieve that. Lighting plays an important role in interior design because it can create an atmosphere of cosiness and openness, while simultaneously elevating a room’s décor. Lighting fixtures, such as lamps and pendant lights, can contribute to the room’s style while providing your children with enough clear and bright light.
  1. Art as decoration

Surrounding your children with art will help them develop their imagination and learn to appreciate art. With small art galleries embellishing children’s rooms, it seems that parent have already embraced this trend. As for works of art, you can display your children’s drawings, add paintings that match the style of the room or frame fabrics and transform them into interesting pictures. You and your kids can create your own work of art and proudly display it in their room.

  1. Fabrics for cosiness

Children spend a lot of their time in their rooms, so it’s important that they feel comfortable and cosy. And what comes to mind when you imagine a warm and cosy room? Soft blankets, plush pillows and plenty of covers. By using fabrics in your kids’ room, you’ll create an ambiance that exudes comfort, warmth and cosiness. In addition, since children love sitting on the floors, you should add a rug to keep them warm. You can find beautiful and stylish rugs online that will match the general style of the room. You should pick one that fits into the room’s colour scheme and don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns.

A children’s room is their sanctuary where they can play, learn, daydream and grow up. Therefore, it’s important that you design a stimulating environment for your little ones that will keep them inspired.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple yet Modern Ideas for your Kids’ Bedroom Design

 I love when Diana Smith is my guest for the day. She always has great and practical ideas for the home. This article is great for making your child's room modern with a little bit of whimsy. I can't wait for Diana to host again!

You might think that there’s no bigger challenge than decorating your home, but wait until the time comes for you to decorate your kids’ bedrooms. You wouldn’t believe how challenging that is! Of course, as they get older, they want to participate and share their ideas, but not all of those ideas are applicable and suitable. They want to be grown-ups so much, they’re missing the chance to be children. This is why we're bringing you a few simple yet wonderful ideas that will help you decorate your children’s bedroom and keep both sides happy.
Make it colourful
Children love colours, and if you ask them what their favourite one is, they will often say more than one or change their mind within a week. If you know what your kid’s favourite colour is, you might want to make the room appear brighter and more inviting by adding some colourful details. Colourful rugs and matching curtains are a great way to coordinate your colours, but you can also add some matching throw pillows made of the same material you used for the curtains. Next, the big boxes for storing your children’s toys can be bright red and soft green, and you can also take it a step further and get your kids a small lamp in the shape of a robot, doll, or their favourite animal.

Hidden storage
We all know how difficult it is to maintain order in the kids’ room. They love playing but they usually forget to clean up. This makes the room appear smaller than it really is. With that in mind, there are always some easy storage-related ideas that will help you make their room neat. Get them a hanging bedside organiser where they can keep their toys and books, add small wheels to their toy boxes to make them easier to move around, and hang a swing from the ceiling so you can use it to keep all their stuffed toys in order.

Creative corner
Is there a kid who doesn’t like to draw? They are in love with crayons, watercolours, gel pens, and markers, but all of these usually make a huge mess that can be quite difficult to clean up, so why not give your child a corner where they can be creative and not worry about making a mess? Paint a part of your wall with plain old chalkboard paint and transform it into a huge chalkboard they can draw and write on. Give them colourful chalks and allow them to express themselves in any way they want, and when they’re done, just wipe it off with a wet sponge.

Place for unleashing imagination
Yes, their bedroom is their own space, but that’s where they sleep, study, do their homework, and play video games. Do you remember the lovely times when you would play with a rocking horse? Today it’s all about the iPods, Game Boys, and Play Stations, with rocking horses packed away and forgotten. Kids love simplicity and they have a wonderful imagination, but they need a place where they can express it freely. Create a small nook where your kid will be able to show their creativity and have fun in their own way. Buy your kid their own kids teepee – it’s small, easy to assemble, convenient, and it will give your child a bit of privacy that will encourage them to daydream and unleash their imagination.
Every now and then, it’s good to give your child’s bedroom a small makeover. We all change, but none of our changes are as fast or as dramatic as the ones of our children, so it’s good to decorate and renovate in such way that the children themselves can make small changes when they feel like it. Give them a chance to be children, and encourage them to express their uniqueness and creativity.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

6 Creative Ways to Modernize Your Old Kitchen

Diana Smith is guest hosting today to share some ideas on how to Modernize your kitchen. These are ideas that range from easy to larger projects. Check out these great ideas!

The kitchen is probably the most used room in the house. It is where you prepare all the meals for your family with love. However, you might’ve gotten bored with your kitchen’s outdated look and it’s high time you did something about it. There is a variety of easy ways to make your kitchen look more fashionable and modern and here are some creative ways to do it.
New coat of paint
A fresh coat of paint can make a great difference in your kitchen. Repaint the ceiling in a standard white shade to make the space look bigger. Move on to walls and consider an off-white hue to provide contrast. When that’s done you can repaint your cabinets and add some dynamics into the kitchen. If you like the monochrome look, you can stick to the white hues, but if you want more dynamics you can always choose a bolder colour. Additionally, consider creating an accent wall in a bolder colour and keep a board there for all your recipes and daily menus.

New hardware
It’s the little things that make every kitchen look gorgeous. You should think of hardware as the jewellery of your kitchen and pick it out carefully. Replace all the old shabby knobs with some more fun ones. Pick sleek shiny and modern hardware and put it on your cabinets and drawers. In a matter of seconds, your kitchen will look more polished, new and modernised.

Replace old appliances
If you have some extra renovation money, you should consider replacing all the old appliances you have. Old appliances only spend more money since they are outdated and their surfaces are probably beyond repair. Opt for some new shiny stainless steel appliances that can actually save you energy and money in the long run. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can replace the fridge or the stove with chef appliances, while you can repair the rest.

Go monochrome
Accessories are the ones that usually provide colour. However, if you want something different and new, you should consider swapping the accessories for monochrome ones. What is good and interesting about monochrome looks is that you can mix several different shades and still make the whole look work. From butter to cream and bright white, all monochrome shades blend in well and can significantly change the looks of your kitchen while they keep it simple and elegant.
Replace the lighting fixtures
It’s amazing how much of a difference lighting fixtures can make. If your lighting is dated, it’s time to replace it with some modern versions. A nice elegant chandelier can make a big difference. However, if that’s too much for you, you can always opt for some bronze or steel pendant lighting fixtures and completely transform your kitchen.

Pay attention to countertops
Countertops are like a little black dress for a kitchen. They will be the first thing you notice when you walk in. That’s why you should keep them spacious and functional. If there are any patches and cracks on your old countertop, replace the whole surface. You can even opt for marble countertops whose patterns will provide a fun note in your kitchen. Also, don’t forget to accessorize them with some flowers and bowls of fruit in order to complete the look and prevent your kitchen from looking empty.

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to give your kitchen a makeover. Pay attention to the little things and freshen up the paint. Additionally, if you keep functionality in mind, you will manage to create a comfortable kitchen, filled with love that will look elegant, functional and modern.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wide Variety of Boats Available for Sale

Summertime is here and in full force and some of the favorite activities include playing on the water!
Zac Ferry is here today as a guest to share his view on the types of boats for sale. Check out these great tips before you purchase your next or first boat!

Do you have any idea regarding the types of boats available in the market? Indeed! The figure is high, and you should not feel surprised to learn about it. The article throws light on a few of them that are available in the market for sale. Hence, it is a guide for all the people seeking to purchase a boat in the near future.
Let me tell you that not many people are aware that markets are full of a broad variety of these crafts that are readily available for sale. Also, very few people can distinguish between a ship and a boat and may feel lost when on their venture to buy a boat. Undoubtedly, both are a means of water transport; still, there are a few things that distinguish them apart. Here you can read about the boats which are being used all over the world.
The Broad Categories of Boats Include:
  • Sailboats
  • Motor boats
  • Unpowered or man-powered boats
The Detailed Version of Types of Boats is as Follows:
  1. Catamaran Boats:
    Pleasure and cruising along with speed are the forte of these boats. These are as good for fishing too. The catamaran comprises of multiple hulls hence offers a power sailing in the sea and is always up for a great adventure if you are looking for one. The boats with three hulls are also known as Trimaran boats.
  2. Cabin Boats:
    One for all, these boats are suitable for numerous activities such as Yachting, fishing, sailing and different kind of water sports. Having a closed deck near its bow also allows a perfect place for storing travel amenities and a great help in navigation too. As per the sailors, the cabin canoes are mostly built from aluminum or fiberglass and are a minimum of 4.75mtrs in length.
  3. Fishing Boats:
    Here the name is self-explanatory for the kinds of activities this one can endure. Fishing boats are more famous because of their adaptability to any kind of water along with strength, durable nature and stability. As per the manufacturers, “The all-purpose fishing boats generally include features such as a front bow, rod lockers, a trolling motor system, an outboard power and live wells. On the other hand, the aluminum fishing boats weigh less and are highly durable. Fishing boats can be both manned and un-manned types.”
  4. House Boats:
    How about a house on water? Well. These house boats offer the same feeling as if you own a house on the water. These boats have a complete accommodation on board and allow people to enjoy their vacation on the water. At many places of the world, these boats are commercially rented to the tourists to enjoy their holiday in a luxurious manner. The boats have wooden flooring and consist of all the amenities one requires to stay in a house.
  5. Bass Boats:
    These are the simple tub like figures that are designed in slim profiles where they have 2 or 3 anglers on the board and are majorly used for fishing by the people. Normally these boats are built with aluminum and can offer 30-150 horse power. They are a bit long; hence its length can vary from 15-18 feet. The one used in the tournaments are built with more horse power capacity and are pretty big in length than others.
  6. Cabin Cruiser Boats:
    Luxury on water is the perfect name for this one. You name the amenity, and it will have it. Air conditioners, heaters, generators are the simple examples to start with. A dream of relaxed sailing experience and fun is what it is all about. Due to its moving mechanisms like shaft drive or rudder steering, it is more adapt to sail in the salty water. It is a pleasure holiday on the waters for as much time as you wish.
Apart from these, there are many other types of boats available in the market which you can enjoy thoroughly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Advantages of Hiring A 24 Hour Emergency Locksmith

Zac Ferry wants to share today on have a 24 hour emergency locksmith and the benefits this can have for you. Check out these tips to see if a 24 hour service is for you!

It is very common to find issues related to locks and keys of houses and cars. Some of the most common issues are:

  • You might have lost the keys while traveling
  • A lot of people get a duplicate key designed for the future so that they can use it during emergency

As it takes some time for the user to realize that he/she has lost the keys, it is very important that the locksmith is readily available to resolve the issue.

Accurate Solutions

Usually, a 24-hour emergency locksmith is certified or licensed by the government. It ensures that the locksmith provides reliable service and solution to the prospective customer. Overall, a certified locksmith ensures that the customer’s anxiety gets a halt. Hence, by hiring a 24-hour emergency locksmith the risk of quality compromise reduces.

Rapid Response Rate

Many people prefer to hire a 24-hour emergency locksmith because of his/her ability to arrive at the site of repair at the earliest. Almost every 24-hour emergency locksmith ensures that he/she responds immediately to the request placed by a prospective customer. Also, the customer need not wait till morning for their help.

Cost-effective Service Providers

While looking at fixing a lock or any part of a door, a lock-based showroom usually charges a bomb. This is where a 24-hour emergency locksmith is very useful. He/she charges a price that is cheaper than the rates charged by the showrooms. This factor alone makes emergency locksmiths the better alternative when compared to the expensive showrooms.

Excellent Lock Fixing Skills and Knowledge

Most of the locks used these days are designed to withstand any kind of intrusions and avoid robbers from getting in. These designs are made up of the most intricate mechanisms. Hence, to fix these locks highly skilled and knowledgeable people are required. A 24-hour emergency locksmith usually has these skills and can quickly figure out the issue.

Expertise in Different Kinds of Locks

A 24-hour emergency locksmith is competent enough to solve any kind of issue with the lock. They can fix locks in residential apartments, commercial locks, like safe lockers in banks, and complicated locking mechanisms found in the cars. Usually an emergency locksmith will never say no to any kind of issue related to locks.

Available 24/7

There are a wide number of companies that employs 24-hour emergency locksmiths and operate 24 hours in a day and 7 days in week. This allows customers to maintain a short list of prospective locksmiths. This list ensures that a locksmith is available in the case of an emergency.

Quick Results

A damaged lock will usually require a locksmith to provide quick and efficient service. A 24-hour emergency locksmith is usually quick with his service and ensures that the customer can get back to his/her routine as soon as possible.

Many people usually go through the stress of a lockout. The best advice for these people is to call a 24-hour emergency locksmith and get the lock fixed without any kind of stress. Since there are many locksmiths available in the market, it is very simple for the customers to get overwhelmed with the choices. In addition to this, there may be fraudsters who might promise that they are the right ones for fixing any kind of issue related to locks. People have to be careful while hiring locksmiths because these locksmiths might be thieves disguised as locksmiths.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Attractive and Informative Way to Promote Your Commercial Brand through Posters

Jack is here today to discuss ways to promote your commercial business. Posters seem the way to go if you can fit it in your budget! Thanks for the tips Jack.

Posters are the only way to attract more people toward your service and brands. It is designed in such a way that it is both attractive and informative at the same time. They are usually stuck to walls and include both textual and graphical forms.  Most of the times, art work is also reproduced and are sold at low cost compared to the original one. But if you design some original poster arts then you can attract more people and in this regards, you can contact with some professional poster printing services. They have their own team with competent illustrators, graphic designers, writers and painters. So they can easily create your posters according to some unique dimensions, and they can help you to increase your customers also.

Why would you Spread some Posters for your Company Promotion?

Posters can be used by musicians, political parties, and film distributors etc. to help spread their message quickly. They are priced moderately and are therefore anybody’s method to advertise.

  • Through these posters, you can make some new customers and you can promote your brand in the open market. When you launch a new product, then, you need to promote the product through some advertising.
  • Now online advertising is an essential tool for every business, and you can easily create some posters on your new products and spread these in the online market along with the social media sites. Through these posters, people will get to know about the new product and services, and they would be able to avail the same from your company.  
  • In the earlier times, poster making was abundant and a lot of men were involved on this. They created posters for actors, sometimes made drew scenes for films, or used them to advertise a move, show etc. With the advent of press and its ability to infuse colors and perfect the art, poster making manually fell drastically. However some people prefer this art till date.
  • So you can also use this traditional art form for making and designing your posters. Actually it depends on the nature of your services and products that what type of poster art is suitable for you. So you can discuss with the professional poster printing service and they will suggest you the best designs according to your demands.

How would you Design your Posters?

  • Make sure to use dark and bright colors if you are using a white sheet. If you are doing it manually, it is the best medium to get your creativity out.
  • Convey your message either graphically or textually. If you choose to go graphical, draw a neat picture of what the exactly the point is. If you are choosing textual form, make sure it is legible and neat.
  • You can add a lot of calligraphy when writing them. But it is suggested to write in a clear and easy to understand language. So people can easily read your catch lines and understand the nature of your service.  
The Different Kinds of Posters

  1. Event Posters: these simply indicate the even time, address and date. They are usually represented graphically, with just the mention of venue and date in text.
  2. Political Posters: Political posters are a common sight in India. These posters typically have only the face of the political leader and the logo of the party, seeking votes on favour.
  3. Social Posters: these are commonly used to show atrocities that happen in the society. They depict the common talk of the town in the recent week, like for example, a rape incident, child abuse, suicide etc. They depict the darker side of the society.  

So hire some poster printing services and start generating your posters as well as promotions.