Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gift Ideas That the Women in Your Life Will Love

If you love shopping for gifts for your friends and family members but you have been feeling a little lack luster in the gift giving department lately, you are not alone.
Gifting is a great way to show the people in your life that you care about them, that you think about them, and that you pay attention to the things that they like, and what their lifestyle habits are.
If you have a girlfriend that is a wine connoisseur gifting her with a weekend trip to her favorite winery  is a gift that you know she will surely appreciate.
But what do you give to the woman who seems to have it all? She may have the ability to buy herself anything she wants so you may feel a bit challenged coming up with a gift that she may love or consider useful.
Maybe you have a super close friend that you share everything with that you want to do something special and original for-that no limits girlfriend that you can do and say just about anything with.
Here are some gift ideas that your girlfriends will love and that will keep on giving in the long run.

The Gift of Health

Giving the gift of health may sound like something only  a doctor can do but this is not actually the case. You can gift health in many ways. You can give gift certificates to your favorite spa, gift cards for dermatological treatments, like facials, body wraps, and even the O-Shot or Botox treatments.
If your girlfriend lives in the LA area, you can schedule a day to visit the offices of David Ghozland together. You can both learn about the treatments that are available to improve and enhance your sexual health.  
Giving the gift of health is a great way to give gifts that will positively benefit your loved ones for the foreseeable future.

The Gift of Travel

Giving the gift of travel is another great way to show your love and appreciation to your friends. You may be thinking that this sounds super expensive but it doesn’t have to be.
You can give amazing travel weekend gifts,  day trip gifts, and really customize options for your friends based on the things they love, the places they enjoy visiting or even better, have never been to yet, and of course based on activities that the love to participate in.
Your friends will be super impressed and they will be overjoyed with the fact that you took the time to give them a gift that is not only thoughtful but a gift that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts are another way to gift with a little bit more attention to personal style and taste. If your girlfriend loves a certain type of home décor or interior design, try to find a gift that will not only match her style, but get it personalized.
Get a custom monogram engraved onto throw pillows for her super luxurious chaise lounges, or buy her fluffy spa style robes and get her initials or her favorite quote put on the back.

Happy Gifting!

Four Simple Tips to Follow When Planning Your Next Party or Event

If you have an event coming up in the next couple of months and you really want to make it super exciting and special you have a whole lot to think about from a planning perspective.Things like type of event, whether you are going to have a specific theme, number of guests, venue, catering, music, entertainment, and so much more.
Once you have in mind the type of event you want to organize, you will want start creating a rough outline.

Create Your Event Vision and Plan

You will want to create your event vision and plan based on the type of event or party that you are planning. This consists of event or party theme, décor, invitations, signature cocktail lists, food menu, type of entertainment, fun and interactive extras like props, photo booths, and more. You also want to think about your guest list, how many people you will be inviting, and how many will realistically attend.

Book Your Venue of Choice in Advance

This is probably one of the most important things that you can do: booking the venue. If this is a major life event or you have a larger than normal guest list, you will need to book the venue well in advance.
Depending on where you live, each event venue will have its own requirements for booking. Be prepared to pay an initial deposit to secure your date especially if you have a huge guest list. If you are looking for Los Angeles event space you will have a great deal of options to choose from and competition to get into some of the spaces can be tough.
At the P in LA, for example, is a venue that can cater to events ranging from small to mid-sized events as well as events with 600 plus guests. Be sure to check your venue’s booking policy to ensure that there are no surprises or mistakes when planning your party and securing your date.

Check and Check Again

If you will be depending on different vendors for each aspect of your party, you will need to be organized and to be constantly following up with each vendor to ensure that everything is on schedule.
The best way to do this is to keep all the vendors details that you are using for the event organized in one place so that you can monitor progress, jot down notes, and make any necessary adjustments. If you love Excel spreadsheets create a vendor spreadsheet for yourself to stay organized.

Ask for Help

Finally, if you feel overwhelmed and you can’t handle it all, enlist the help of a trusted family members or close friends. You can outsource one aspect of the event planning responsibilities such as managing the guest list, or overseeing RSVP’s to someone you trust. Whatever it takes to take some of the pressure off.

Planning an event or party should be a fun, and exciting time for you and for the person you are planning it for. Enjoy it!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Welcome to 2017

I believe 2017 is going to be a wonderful year.  Just like every other year it will be marked with it's own set of difficulties and challenges.  That's life.  But my response to those difficulties and challenges will shape my future.

I am believing for God to bring many exciting blessing to 2017.  I will embrace the challenges and the blessings together and trust God to lead me through both with grace.

Today I'm guest posting on The Pearl Press.  The Pearl Press is an online magazine, mostly for women but not entirely, helping us discover beauty under pressure.  I'd love for you to jump over there and check out their site.  They also have a very active Facebook community that you might want to engage with.

I've made my commitments and I've written my life values and I'm ready to live those out with purpose!  

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

How to Ventilate Your House

According to a recent report, modern airtight homes are causing us all a real headache. A lack of ventilation leads to problems such as damp, and a build-up of pollutants which can lead to all sorts of health problems. The high tech solutions of the future would have us using all sorts of automated systems to keep our rooms better ventilated and, as such, a bit healthier.
Automated ventilation services 
There are many different ways to open and close the windows in your home. Some use basic manual mechanisms which many of us will be pretty familiar with. These simply do the job of pulling down the blinds or opening a window in a slightly more ergonomic and efficient way, but what really catches the eye – especially if you like your technology – is the automated systems.
These can do all sorts of things. There are goodies such as handheld remote controllers which you can use from anywhere in your own home to open and close a window, but the really interesting tech comes in the automated natural ventilation systems. These use remote sensors which can monitor things such as incoming rain, wind or a change in temperature to open and close windows or skylights as you need them. It’s a great way to get around the problem of finding you’ve had a skylight open after it’s been raining. offer a wide range of ventilation services. These systems are able to quickly monitor conditions and subtly control the climate to ensure your internal environment remains healthy and pleasant.
That’s very important, because while the health factor should never be under-estimated sometimes good air quality can do a great deal to affect your mood. If the air is fresh, not overly moist and a pleasant temperature, everything about a room can feel much better and more pleasant. These products represent a good way to provide that without having to have your air conditioner whirring away all day.
Improve air quality
Of course, there are simple things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home aside from buying sophisticated new technology. You could, for example, remember to keep certain rooms in the house ventilated at certain times of the day, or make use of natural air cleaning measures such house plants. These not only look great and improve the look and feel of a room ,but they quietly clean the air as they go along. You could also buy a small air purifier, but these are less expensive and also add real life and colour to a room – particularly in winter when it’s too cold to head into the gardening.

The systems of the future certainly do make for an attractive and compelling option, but they also offer ways to improve the air in your home. The most important thing is to realise that air quality is a real issue and that your actions can improve matters much more than you realise.