Jul 172013

When a friend or family member is expecting, the inevitable question always arises: what’s an appropriate amount to spend on gifts? Celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyoncé lead the way in the extravagance stakes, with the couple splashing out $7,500 on baby gifts for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s new arrival, North West. The superstar duo were reported to have bought baby West personalized booties from Christian Dior, and a sterling silver three-piece Elsa Peretti Padova set on which North’s name had been engraved.

baby gifts

Certainly a lovely idea, but those of us without million-dollar pay checks may have to look elsewhere for our heartfelt gifts. If you want to send your best wishes without breaking the bank, take a look through these ideas for baby gifts on a budget.

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Apr 222013
designer curtains

Designer Tips for Window Treatments

designer curtains

Window treatments can dramatically impact the way a room looks and feels. Whether you are starting from scratch or trying create an entirely different look in a room, there are certain points to consider when trying to narrow down window treatments for your desired space. Finding the right window treatments depends on a number of factors, including style preferences, the amount of light you want to let into a room, how much privacy you want,and your budget.

Getting Started

Before you start brainstorming, get the basics out of the way first. Measure your windows twice. This is just to make sure that you get the measurements right. There is nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect window treatments and finding out that they don’t fit. This is especially a problem with shades and blinds. Start a notebook that includes:

  • Window measurements
  • Color choices (at least narrow it down)
  • Basic color scheme of the room you are designing
  • Inspiration ideas (don’t worry about your budget right now, just jot down ideas)

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Mar 132013
lab technician

As technology becomes more integrated into the healthcare field, a whole new list of careers
is being created that deals specifically with the equipment being used. The days of the general practitioner are quickly being replaced by specialists that require years of schooling and experience. If you are looking for a career in the medical field but are not interested in being a doctor, then you still have a wide array of options to choose from.

Ultrasound Technician


Image via Flickr by redjar

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Feb 222013

Recent innovations in the tech industry have made it easier than ever to work from
home. These days, it’s not uncommon for employees to telecommute for a portion of
the week, or work remotely. Large, multinational organizations and small businesses
increasingly offer satellite offices to lessen the burden of commuting to work every
morning. The options are vast.

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Jan 242013

Homemade Drapes: Easy And On A Budget

homemade drapesThere are plenty of places to find beautifully designed draperies. You know, the kind that are perfectly matched to your exact color and style specifications. Some of these companies will even come to your home and go over color samples and take measurements. All this sounds great – until you get the bill for all this special treatment. Fortunately, it is possible to create equally beautiful homemade drapes that don’t look like homemade drapes.

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Jan 022013

Affordable Storage When and Where You Need It

Any individual who has valuable possessions, and any business that has valuable assets, needs to have a place to store them where they will be protected against the weather and theft. Sometimes, however, the amount of space at home or in the place of business is not enough to store everything that one has. In such cases, it becomes necessary to find and use a storage facility elsewhere whose owners charge a fee to keep their possessions, usually by the day. Such facilities are a rather recent development—one of the first was built in 1958 in Fort Lauderdale. There are currently about 58,000 storage facilities in the United States. Students who are currently living on campus may also keep their belongings here during their stay, if there is no room for them in the dormitory. This article will not mention any particular company by name, but will outline the features that are common to all or most of them.

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Dec 092012

Finding the best assisted living facility for your loved ones can be difficult. There are hundreds
of facilities to choose from, and you don’t want to choose a bad facility where your loved ones
can be hurt or mistreated. Your loved ones may also have special needs that most assisted living
facilities do not cater to. If you need help finding the right assisted living facility, then visit the
websites below to find the best facilities in your area.

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Jul 022012
Heather Lily today

**What you are about to read is the account of a mom’s battle with malignant pleural mesothelioma.  It’s a true story, sad and yet, very touching.  I felt compelled to help her spread the word of her battle – a battle that any mother could be a victim to.  Today, Heather’s hope is to bring awareness to this awful disease and how it took a village to help her through a very difficult time of her life.**

I had heard “it takes a village to raise a child,” but I never understood it until after Heathers story
I had my daughter. When she was born on August 4, 2005, I had no clue that my life was about to change in ways I couldn’t imagine.

Upon returning to work, I experienced a constant tiredness and shortness of breath. I was tempted to dismiss it as normal, new-motherhood exhaustion, but couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something else was wrong.

After a full battery of tests, I was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs. Apparently, I had been exposed to asbestos as a child, causing me to suddenly develop this deadly cancer 30 years later.

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Jun 022012

I am currently into reading fantasy novels. Currently, I find myself deeply immersed in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the fallen.  At first, I thought that reading books was an inexpensive and productive hobby.  This is only half true. The Malazan Book of the Fallen consists of 10 books already.  And there are countless of great works still to be read such as Robert Jordan’s wheel of time consisting of 14 books, George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire with seven books and other compilations. With so much treasure  to be collected, one can easily project thousands of dollars on the way. Book reading is indeed an  expensive hobby.

And with such expenses coming on the way, knowing the tricks on saving from this hobby can go a long, long way. So if you are starting to like books, you better heed these helpful advices.

1. Get a membership card
If you are buying from specialty book stores, such books stores often offer a membership card that gives you 10% (on the average) discount on all of your purchases. To get such memberships, you can either buy it for a price or reach a certain amount in a single purchase. I suggest going for the latter by buying a whole compilation of a work that you are sure to read. You are going to buy those anyway.

2. Book Trades
If you are only after reading the books and do not take pleasure of seeing your collection growing or rereading your books, I suggest taking your books into a book trade venue in order to reduce the cost or get the one you are looking for free. If you cannot find the book in a trade, you can resell your book and buy the one that you are looking for.

3. Consider Using Ebooks
If you are in a habit of compiling your books for practical reasons and not for aesthetic purposes, having an eBook reader may be very well worth it. Yes, you may be paying extra bucks for the initial cost of your ebook reader. However, you are in effect getting 10%-15% discounts on all of the books that you will be buying. You are also helping nature in conserving paper and you can also bring your library of over 8,000 books anywhere you go.

4. Use discounts
If you are the usual book collector, then you should be prepared to buy your books almost anywhere as some copies are simply rare. I find myself increasingly fascinated with Walmart and Amazon in this case as these stores have a vast repertoire of books and even have some rare copies. A good advantage with these shops is that you do not need a membership card just to get good discounts. There are countless There are countless
Walmart coupon code and similar ones for Amazon available in the internet. All you have to do is go search for it using Google or click on the provided link to get access to such discount.