Stability and calm are starting to show in the shops again after the holidays. And a new spring and summer are almost here, along with birthdays and anniversaries, what should you buy for gifts? One thing is for certain your family, Moms, Dads, daughters, sons, and babies and believe it or not Pets, are a year older as new birthdays arrive. I bet you have just got over Christmas holidays and the yearly cycle of family gifts begins again. It can be quite daunting when you think about it, you have just had to pay for Christmas Holiday and all that that entails and as I said earlier the family gift cycle starts again, but as I have proven to myself every year all you have to do is Plan ahead; Simply start early and start ordering online; If you have all your birthdays and special days marked up on your calendar you can go online and check out the special deals that usually occur this time of year. You can make savings and not have to go ploughing through shopping when you plan your year. The question still remains, who to buy for and what to buy.
What I personally used to do with my children was to sit them down with a toy catalogue and ask them to choose a few items they would like, If they were well behaved, with the proviso that they would not necessarily get all the toys, so an order of preference was needed. And that this exercise was just to get a better
As I’ve pointed out all this shopping does not have to happen overnight you have until the first special day to plan and budget. This is why my advice to you is, start planning early check out all the special spring deals and spread the cost of over a longer period. Not only that but you can avoid disappointments by not missing out on the special toy and must have present.
This was a huge hit with boys, and some girls I might add; a great action film with a huge array of action figures.
2. Stinky the Garbage Truck.
You have to see this toy, it is hilarious. All children love it. It makes rude noises too, Tut, Tut.
3. Despicable Me.
Yet another huge hit with children, where toys are the action figures and all toys big and small are important to the story.
4. Toy Story 3.
Gigantic and spectacular kid’s stories and they all have heros from the films.
Great action packed movie, especially with man operated robotics, maybe a thing of the future, very believable and extremely popular with boys.
Barbie never fails to please, especially with the Barbie Collector Dolls, always the beautiful doll of the year in her stunning gowns. And of course Barbie is quite the action woman herself, not to mention various homes and cars.
7. Liv Dolls.
Fairly new girls on the block. Liv Dolls are dressed in really trendy clothes and you can Interact Online in Liv world and get to know your Doll. This is a superb social and trendy doll.
8. Harry Potter.
This is a brilliant story of Magic and Fantasy. With figures of the three Heroes, wands and lots of fun toys.
These are just a few children’s gift
Remember, generally the gifts are the same all year round, it is the wrapping paper that changes. So here is a starting point, check out the Family Christmas Gifts sites first. You may even see many gifts and toys that you would probably miss in the shopping malls. My advice to you then is plan early, order early, shop online, so you have time to correct any mishaps and you will not be the one who is disappointed, not this time. Do this and you take all the pressure off Gift shopping and leave yourself time to enjoy your special days.
Ordinary weddings are out. Every bride want her wedding day to be special after all. Themed weddings are just the thing that ensures that you have a wedding day that is special and personal to you, just as a wedding should be.
Many couples choose to indulge their fantasies by having a wonderland created for themselves on their wedding day. Themes are also popular because a couple may share a particular interest and wish to incorporate that on their special day. If that is just what you are thinking, here are a few tips to plan a beautiful themed wedding that will make you the happiest couple and wow your guests.
Beach Wedding Theme – One of the most popular themes, everyone finds beaches relaxing and romantic. Beach themed weddings are really simple because you can have your wedding at the beach itself or bring the beach indoors.
For your wedding dress, use soft colors akin to the sea – azure blue, soft sea greens or even pearl shades and accessorize with pearls and shell jewelry. For your groom, a casual linen suit would be appropriate or if you want to be festive, team a pair of causal pants with a Hawaiian floral shirt. You can wear flip-flops for shoes or even choose to go barefoot and feel the sand between your toes.
The decor can be as varied as the depths of the sea. You can have candles planted into the sand. Or if you are indoors, have tin pails of seashells or a clear glass bowl filled with shells in which you can place a tealight. Have Adirondack chairs to seat your guests and use metallic nets to create a lovely atmosphere.
For wedding favors you can give your guests a “beach in a bottle” favor. Purchase these online or make your own. To make your own, take a decorative clear glass bottle with a stopper and put in some sand and shells and top with baby oil and seal the stopper with wax. Attach a small note to the neck with your names and your wedding date with ‘Thank You’ to your guests.
Cinderella Wedding Theme – We all dream about a fairytale wedding so why not have a real one? Dress yourself just like Cindy, a wedding gown with a shimmering surface and tulle skirt is very much fairytale like and your groom will be resplendent in a white tuxedo with tails. Why, you can even wear little wings or a tiara.
Engage a horse drawn carriage instead of a car to take you two from the wedding ceremonies, these are a bit hard to find in the city but if you plan your wedding a little away from town you should be able to pull it off.
Have little candles on fiber mushrooms to light up your reception venue. This theme can be made into something really whimsical and elegant if you have a designer thumb. Cinderella wedding favors include carriage candles, fairytale themed place card holders, and glass slipper candles.
Drum-roll please for the hottest wedding trend…
Paris Wedding Theme – If you are a person who admires French chic then consider a Paris themed wedding. What’s to love about the city? Start with its quaint cafes, French patisseries with their mouth watering offerings, the Moulin Rouge, perfume, the Eiffel Tower, haute couture, the street side vendors, and watercolors. Maybe all of these make up Paris for you. So duplicate this in your nuptials. Have the hors d’oeuvres as different kinds of wine and cheese with French breads.
A delicate lacy bridal gown with a tight bodice tied on the front or a vintage lace gown is just perfect with pearls and some great perfume. Your hubby can dress in a smart black tuxedo with silver accessories. Have vintage accessories at your tables too. Vintage postcard place cards are a start with fleur-de-lis emblems emblazoned on your tableware and weddings invitations. Have little Eiffel Tower mementos to give your guests as wedding favors and depending on the look you are going for. Have some romantic French ballads playing in the background and you are all set.
Finally, you can incorporate your favorite era (medieval themes are very popular too), a specific color or even a culture (Mexican or even Arabian/Moroccan themes are fantasies that are coming true for many couples), just about anything into your wedding theme. You can easily find a lot many items for such weddings on the internet and also rent certain things. Take in all the aspects of your wedding and tie them in as one with your theme. Just take care not to go overboard and you have a recipe for success.
The Internet opened up commerce in a manner in which companies from all over the world can compete for customers and the result means greater savings on all purchases. From home to travel, just about anything a person wants to find better prices and discounts on are available through a few mouse clicks. Let’s look at a few of the savings that are available.
Home improvements are required year round and these specialty stores carry a full line of household needs from plumbing to kitchen appliances. It is a routine occurrence for them to offer huge discounts any time of year, and help make it possible to improve the resale value of your property. A kitchen makeover is more likely in the budget if you can save 25 to 30 percent off, or more.
Contractor discounts are relatively new thanks to the Internet. Even local business professionals are realizing the advantages of offering online discounts to generate new business. Such specialty contractors as driveway paving and room additions are among the possibilities for discounts that include other types of related improvements. By creating package deals, these contractors have jobs to do, and homeowners enjoy the savings regardless of the season.
New home financing used to be difficult until the Internet made it possible for financial companies to branch out and develop creative financing. First time homebuyers often find discounted rates by shopping around for better financial deals. Standard Mortgages still exist, but some of the new
Luxury holiday packages have become so competitive that even small travel agencies manage to customize trips around the world to please any financial budget. In the past, world travel was something that most people could not afford, and would love to do at least once in their lives. Now they can fly to Rome, Australia and South America, or take a cruise to the Bahamas for less than ever before.
There are always discount codes available for small items you want to purchase on the Internet that include eBooks and kitchen counter top appliances, and such things as generators and water heaters for RVs. You can even find online car insurance for Delaware that not only has greatly reduced prices but also saves more money than those listed above in the event you suffer legal issues over a vehicle incident.
BMW is a sure status symbol of luxury and prestige. As if having it is expressing yourself to the whole world that you are so lucky and privileged to have one. It was never easy to maintain the status symbol as a BMW owner; one has to be resourceful enough to search for updates and information about what are the latest accessories and BMW parts to set your car ahead from the rest of BMW owners in your place. The rising need to keep it looking fresh, updated and classy makes you so eager to make the necessary enhancements on its features and improving more its efficiency and total performance.
Whatever necessary parts of your BMW you need to replace or enhanced, they must be original BMW parts or accessories and not counterfeits. Probably you heard about fake parts being distributed somewhere and so it is best to purchase these parts from authorized local BMW dealers or distributors. You can check on the lists of the latest car parts and accessories advertised in the Internet or visit customer feedback centers for more information and updates.
If you decide to buy these BMW parts from a BMW dealer online make sure to know everything about their services and even ask for product warranties if possible. Take advantage of any price discount offerings and free shipment deals when you buy in bulk. On top of that, these dealerships have hired mechanics to handle clients’ concerns on replacement parts and installation procedures. They are the best persons to give you insights and
One very recent question I got from someone that was considering article marketing had the fear of running out of
Go to Google Keyword Tool and type in a few keywords that interest you and see what results come up, compare the inquiries in a month and target the keywords with lower competition
Look at magazines or newspapers in the grocery store, what headlines grab your attention. How do they make you feel? Can you use the information in the article to write your own and in your own words?
Use Template Titles like the ones below:
How to __________ in 30, 60 or 90 days
Top 5 reasons people _______________
7 Tips to help you __________________
Worst 5 things you could do in your ______________
Plug into other people’s blogs, websites, articles and videos and find out what people are passionate about.
Are you finding content that is creating conversations, if so then write about it!
Think of when you were beginning, what did you have questions about? If you had those questions, I can almost guarantee that people before you and after you will also.
Write an article on how it will benefit someone else. If you are like me, I love article marketing and how it helps me. If you are in the business of website design, write articles on how websites help people and their business, write about tips and tricks for websites.
Ask your followers if there is a specific question or topic that they would like more information on. In doing this you not only get
There are many times that I have
Now try to keep up with me on this one, it could get hairy! You heard me right, go outside and enjoy life, look around, feel your environment. Many people start a home business and then become that hibernating bear just coming out for a couple months out of the year. First thing I want to point out is that you did not start a business to be behind the computer for 14 hours a day. If you did then you got bigger problems than trying to come up with
Next time you think that you have nothing to write about, remember this article – you never know, I may have had nothing to write an article about so I came up with this
Car boot sales are great fun; they can be large or small events such as home garage sales, church rummage sale or local fund raising events. Or it could be a regular carefully managed car boot event. At the large organised car boot sales you will typically find, in addition to local catering stalls three types of seller.
– Market traders selling mainly new items
– Boot Traders masquerading as Private sellers (The professional car boot seller)
– Private sellers. People selling their unwanted items.
Its the latter that car boot enthusiasts find most exciting and for whom the following observations are intended.
HINTS AND TIPS FOR THE BUYER
Firstly obtain a local paper to find out when and where you nearest car boot sales are and also check on the internet for local information or just ask at the local pub.
Make the effort to get to the sale VERY early if you want to find the best bargains
You will need a supply of small change and small notes, keep them readily accessible.
Keep your wits about you and keep your valuables out of reach and safe from any would be pick pockets.
Car boot sales can be very busy and it is easy to get distracted.
Depending on what you might be looking to buy take a good sized rucksack or other carry bag.
Dress for the occasion particularly in winter as you are exposed to the elements.
Put a flag or other on your car aerial to make it easy to find later.
Do not take your dog or small children unless you are going to the boot sale just for fun. You will need to move quickly and get around without lots of interruptions.
Do some forward planning and decide what you are looking for before you arrive. Try and focus on what you are looking for as it is very easy to get distracted by other items.
If you are buying with view to selling through other channels, make sure items you buy are not prohibited.
Only buy items at a price you can sell on to make a reasonable profit. You need to be objective about your buying otherwise you could be doing a lot of work for little or no return.
Your plan of attack. Its important to work out how you are going to cover all the stalls in a deliberate and methodical way.
Its always a good strategy to be polite with sellers and definitely let them unpack most of their items before trying to identify bargains!
Take a good look around as some of the more interesting or special items may be out of harms way.
Make sure when buying that items are in good order with no damage as there will be no going back. You typically buy as seen.
Its always a good idea to walk the car boot sale a second time as other sellers may arrived late or you may have missed something interesting on your first visit.
Be prepared to haggle but remember sellers deserve a decent price for good quality items.
Always be polite and smile when you ask the price – it might just get you a discount. Always request a discount if you are buying multiple items.
Do not get carried away in the excitement, consider carefully before parting with large amounts of money
If you are not sure, leave your telephone number with the seller and negotiate after the sale is over if the item is not sold. Sellers often reduce prices later in the day.
Always avoid impulse buys. Stay focused on your original plan.
Its a good idea not to take more money with you than you can afford to spend. Remember buying at car boot sales can become a little addictive!
Never leave expensive purchases with sellers for safe keeping – they may sell to someone else for a higher price.
HINTS AND TIPS FOR THE SELLER
Be sure to research and evaluate if you have any items to sell that may be of real value. You need to be confident of your pricing. Its always worth looking in your local papers or internet sales to get an indication of similar item prices.
You may need a folding table (pasting table) and be prepared for rain. Plastic sheets if required. Its great if someone else is with you as its much easier to serve and its more fun with two.
Be prepared, get everything ready the night before, check the weather forecast and pack the car. Arrive early.
Always check over your items for damage and clothing for money or other valuables.
You will need small change, small notes, pen and paper carrier bags, a chair and bin liners.
Unless you clear your items quickly you will need food and drink.
Selling at car boots is no place for children.
Consider carefully the location of your pitch and if possible choose a pitch away from any muddy areas or puddles.
Unfortunately items often go missing so be firm and vigilant.
Beware as a seller of people working together where one buyer will try to keep you busy and distract you while the partner in crime is unloading your stall.
Make sure you are not to close to your neighbouring pitch so as to allow people to move around easily. Always keep your car doors locked when you are serving, and your takings in a safe place.
Its a good idea to display your most salable items where they can be easily viewed and examined. Also arrange in themes if possible so there is logic to your stall.
Take a look at your stall from the buyers perspective. Is it in good shape and interesting to the buyer? Is there space to move around the pitch?
For a large pitch arrange a semi circle of stalls as its nice and inviting and gives buyers less chance for their attention to wander to the next stall! Spread your items out so people can see exactly what you are selling.
Be clear and precise on your asking price. Remember everyone wants to haggle.
Be polite and friendly with customers even if sometimes it is difficult.
Always remember your objective for being at the sale. To unload your unwanted items, at a reasonable price as quickly as possible. Charge accordingly!
Plan your selling tactics e.g. advertise ‘buy one get one free’ offers if it suits your purpose.
Stock a few sweets, cans of drinks, tissues and wet-wipes – they are great to offer at the front of the stall to attract mums with small children.
Be ready to offer to take care of heavy or bulky purchases while the buyer continues to walk around the sale. Be sure they make a note of what time you plan to leave.
Always take a reasonable deposit for any items you agree to deliver the buyers address. Take note of buyers telephone number.
Make time to have a walk around the boot sale yourself and grab any bargains you see to replace your stock and add to your profits.
Never knowingly sell or try to sell fake, dangerous or illegal goods.
Be sure to abide by the law regarding what you sell to kids. e.g. do not sell knives, lighter fuel etc to kids.
Always try to be impersonal about your favourite items.
When the sale has finished take all your unsold items home – charity shops are grateful for salable items but not rubbish! Recycle what is left.
Have fun and keep smiling.
It seems odd now to think about how wasteful many traditional energy practices have been in the past. At one time gas guzzling cars were the norm, and people gave little thought to filling up their gas tanks as often as they liked. Gas was cheap and no one had really given any consideration to what was happening to the climate or the ozone layer. Even home energy bills were relatively cheap even though there was little being done to promote energy efficient homes at the time.
Now we understand that green living
• Home composting is one of green living
Of course you can always take your enthusiasm for green living by investing in a residential solar powered energy system or construct a home wind turbine. These
The biggest thing to remember is that the costs for solar power systems increase substantially depending on how much of your home you are going to convert to this sustainable energy source. A little planning can help you keep costs well within your budget.
While solar powered energy systems can definitely save you money you can use the following
• Change out the old incandescent lights and replace them with efficient CFL bulbs.
• Check your windows for air leaks and cracks that could be costing you energy dollars that are draining your bank account. While you may need to breathe air your windows should be a bit more “breathless”. Calking around the sills can help save money. Installing double paned windows and using drapes to cover the exposed glass can also cut energy costs. Energy leaks at windows not only cost you money the wasted energy creates extra consumer demands that are ultimately harmful for the environment.
• Check and replace leaking seals on your doors if air leaks are detected. There are many of these home improvement products that can quickly be attached to doors to eliminate unnecessary air exchange.
• Keep your home thermostats set on 68 or lower during the cool months of the year. This is healthier for you and it is one of the easiest green living
• Have your HVAC system checked by an expert so you can make sure that it is functioning at optimum capacity.
These are a few tips that show green living
Design is such a creative endeavor that it’s no wonder new and great
First however, you must think about how the rest of your home will go with the design. For instance, if you have a Victorian style home, you’ll most likely want to get curtains that are more in a Victorian style or that maybe have designs that lean more towards the Victorian era. If you have a room that is more contemporary, maybe minimalist designs will work for you. A plain pole could be a great start for a room that has little to no elaborate décor. Once you begin with the plain pole, you can start to hang up all kinds of curtains from frilly designs to the more solid colored curtains. Rooms that are more contemporary can benefit greatly from a bit of color here or there.
You want the curtain design to complement the room rather than take away from it. You’ll want to take a close look at the kind of window you have. Is your window, rectangular? Is it a large bay window? Size and shape can play a big factor in what kind of curtains you can hang up.
After you have taken into account some of the above considerations, let you imagination run wild. Consider all different types of fabrics such as silk or lace. Consider hand sewing your own curtains. You can use a colorfast outliner pen to decorate sheer curtains or you can attach appliqués, stickers and other fabric shapes to enhance plain fabric. Peruse the arts and crafts store for endless inspiration.
No matter what design you choose, you want the design to fit both your taste and your lifestyle. However, even with that being said, the times are always changing.
Choosing a gift for a man is sometimes very difficult as men are believed to be very specific about their likes and dislikes, but don’t worry. We have some cool and unique gift
We have a few interesting as well as a few standard gifts for him option for you to choose from:
Mugs are very small gift
Ring-Beer Bottle Opener
You can gift a man a ring that is multi purpose as not only does it look good and attractive but also helps as it is a bottle opener. Very rarely will you find a man who doesn’t find this helpful.
If nothing else the man who receives this gift will truly appreciate being woken up on time. You can again get some very funky
This is quite a unique gift
Mini Car Collections
Does the man in question love cars? Then a great gift
Every man wants to smell good and so what better way to help him do that than to gift him a perfume. Of course please try and get to know if there is any particular perfume he would like and then you can get him that.
Yes even men today follow beauty regimes, even if it is only to remain clean and well groomed which is very important in today’s time and age. There are some great gifting options in care products that are especially designed for men. They could include basics like an after shave, lotion and body cream, scrubs for the body and face, shower gels, etc.
Shoes make a man and so gifting shoes for your beloved man is a great
Clothes are considered sometimes to be the safest option, but again you should consider this option only of you know him well enough to gauge his choices.
Business Card Holder
Keeping track of a bunch of cards and their details can be quite tiresome. But you can make it a little easier by gifting him a cool and funky business card holder. Not only does it help sort things out but also conveys a confident message to a potential client.
These are just a few
Even though drivers undoubtedly love that “new car smell,” most don’t get olfactory satisfaction when they buy a vehicle. How do we know? Recent reports show shoppers are nearly three times as likely to purchase a secondhand auto than an untouched one. Why is this? To answer that question, we’ve come up with five common reasons drivers buy used cars far more frequently.
Reason One: They’re A Lot Cheaper
You’ve probably heard that a new vehicle loses at least some of its value the moment you drive it off the lot. But what you may not have heard is that that vehicle keeps losing value at an incredible rate over its first five years. By that time, that once pristine car or truck will have lost a whopping 60 percent of its total value! Although depreciation rates vary based on the carmaker and mileage, all automobiles, even luxury vehicles, are subject to it. That fact doesn’t sit well with many thrifty shoppers which is why they opt for used cars instead.
Reason Two: They’re Safer Than They Were
There was a time not so long ago when a pre-owned auto was a risky purchase, both from a financial and a safety perspective. But because almost all secondhand vehicles are now equipped with standard safety features, such as airbags, seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes, there is no longer a significant difference between the operating safety of a new and used vehicle. There is, however, still a chance that you could lose your investment on a lemon. Of course, even that risk is considerably lower because automobiles are so much safer.
Reason Three: They’re Less Expensive To Insure
Because it is cheaper to repair or replace the parts and components of an older auto than a brand-new one, insurance rates for second-hand models are often more affordable. The difference might not be massive, but it should help you save a couple hundred dollars each year on your auto insurance.
Reason Four: They’re More Reliable Than Ever
They often say they don’t make ’em like they used to. Fortunately, they don’t say that about automobiles. Today’s cars and trucks are not only safer than those of yesteryear; they’re also more reliable. When properly cared for and maintained, a secondhand model from any of the leading carmakers should easily surpass 100,000 miles without any major problems. Many even make it to 200,000 miles before they head to that junkyard in the sky.
Reason Five: They Get Better Gas Mileage Than Before
Like any machine, an automobile inevitably becomes less efficient the more you use it. In addition to a greater risk of automotive repairs, drivers must pay a bit more at the pump because gas efficiency drops as a vehicle ages. Although you might not be able to prevent this loss, the fact that today’s cars are more gas efficient than ever means that you will still be getting historically high gas mileage.
For those reasons and many more, buyers are choosing used cars over brand-new ones at the dealership.