21 October 2017

Give Your Christmas Tree Wow Factor With Affordable Ornaments From Dollar Tree

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And the BER months are here! I am very excited because I love the holidays especially Christmas. I look forward to that with the decorations in mind.

Every year, I try to change things up a bit with our Christmas decors just to break the monotony but mind you, it does not have to be costly. You can achieve a thematic Christmas Tree decoration if you wish and with a budget to stick to. Just check Dollar Tree's many affordable ornaments for your Christmas Tree.

You can give your Christmas Tree a wow factor without breaking the bank. Just mix and match decors that will complement each other like baubles and icicles, for example.  You can take advantage of their ongoing promo for Christmas At The Tree: Everything is only $1.

Here are some ways to put some wow to your Christmas Tree decorations.


Dress up your tree with Christmas Tree skirt

Any Christmas Tree will get an instant "lift" when you put a colorful skirt around its base. This Christmas Skirt from Dollar Tree is so playful and cheery! I would love to have one!





Use colored baubles to create colored theme Christmas Tree decors

Fill your Christmas Tree with various shaped baubles to add color and life. You can go monochromatic with your color theme or use complementary  colors to accentuate your Christmas Tree's theme.








Deck your tree ribbons

Few years ago, I decorated my Christmas Tree with only bows/ribbons using textiles and other mesh-kind of ribbons that you can buy from the florists or at Dollar Tree. You can make small bows or large ones depending on your Christmas Tree's size and height.





Use small LED lights for glam look or dramatic effect

A Christmas Tree without any lights is a bit boring. Add some sparkle to your tree with tiny LED lights for more dramatic effect especially at night.


Photo by Arun Kuchibhotla on Unsplash


Use clear glass or plastic ornaments with your own decorations

Customize ornaments according to your preference with Dollar Tree's clear ornaments.


Turn these plain ornaments into your very own DIY Christmas ornaments like the one below.

(Photo credit: www.apartmenttherapy.com)







20 October 2017

A Thanksgiving And Garden Party

A friend, John (not his real name) recently received an inheritance from his granduncle in the form of a beautiful house with a big spacious garden. He never dreamed that he would one day be the owner of such a wonderful property. His granduncle has no children of his own and he had lived all alone by himself. He was a rich man but he lived a very quiet life after his wife died years ago.

John’s granduncle had someone from the local community to clean and cook for him and a gardener to take care of the garden. He was blessed with such good people who really did their job well. He was well respected by the local community as he and his wife were a very nice couple. After his wife died, he chose to live a quiet life. He spent most of his time taking walks and reading under the shade in the garden or in the comfort of his home.

When John received news of his granduncle’s passing away, he rushed back from his business trip to attend the funeral. It was only after the funeral that he found out that his granduncle had willed the house and all that he had to John. He always had a soft spot for John and John respected his granduncle and looked up to him when he was a young chap.

It was the granduncle’s wish that John moved in to stay in the house and whatever he had willed to him is more than enough to pay for the upkeep of the house and garden. John and his family gladly fulfilled his granduncle’s wish and shifted into the house. After they had settled down into the new home and have got to know everyone better, it was time to hold a thanksgiving party in remembrance of the granduncle and also to show appreciation to those who have been there for the granduncle in his time of need.






John contacted one of the Los Angeles event rentals to plan and get everything ready for the event. The event will be held in the beautiful and spacious garden. There used to be garden parties in the same garden before his grandaunt passed away. The event planner will also look into the food for the event and it also included contacting the right people for table and chairs for rent. It was to be a garden party and people were free to move around to mingle with one another.

06 October 2017

Review - DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker



I have been playing around with logo designs recently with another software which is a bit costly. That software is very in-demand for graphic artists and illustrators alike. However, if you are just starting off and you need a simple base where you can create your simple logos without the frills, then the DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker app is the one for you.


What is DesignEvo?


DesignEvo is a free online logo maker application.



Who does it cater to?


I it is for everyone who has the knack for graphics, brand marketing, owns a business, has a product or company to promote, entrepreneurs, bloggers, those who cannot afford the cost of hiring professional graphic artist to create their logo, startups, and practically everyone who needs a logo.


Features:


Has plenty of fonts to choose from
Has a myriad of clip arts/graphics you can choose to add to your logo design
Very simple interface and easy to navigate
Clean interface and very straight to the point web application
It is FREE. I have to stress that.
You can download your project afterwards
Color enhancements for the elements



Why I like it:


First of all, it is a FREE web tool. I still pay a chunk of money every month to maintain my subscription to one of the leading software providers to use their applications. The DesignEvo free online web tool to create logo saves me tons of money.

This is very good because I used to buy bundles of graphics, cliparts, and fonts to create simple logos for my family and friends. Again, the cost-effectivity of this web app becomes a priority.

It is very simple and easy to use. I don't need a manual to find my way around the web tool. The other software I am using has plenty of commands to memorize or at least, get familiarize with to be able to continue with my project. I don't have to do that here.



Even amateurs or those who have no experience in logo-making can use this.

It doesn't take much space in my computer unlike the other software because DesignEvo is a cloud-based app. The only time you download is when you need your project in your laptop or PC.

Downloading is very fast.

It has a ready-made html code that you can copy if you want to feature it on your website. This saves you from coding the logo into an html readable format.



And this is my favorite, the logo you have just created becomes similar to a  "smart object" in other softwares,  when you click on the "PREVIEW."  You can view how your logo will look like if it was printed on objects like stationery, envelope, business card, shirt, mug, etc.  In the other software I use, you have to do some steps to make the graphic you created a smart object. It is not a very lengthy one but compared to DesignEvo's feature of showing it to you like how a smart object works in other design softwares. Although, your logo itself is NOT a smart object per se in DesignEvo. It just gives you that Preview feature that doesn't leave you in the dark on how good it will look like when printed or displayed in the web or gadgets.



This is my final logo design. The dot grid at the background can also be removed if you like.





What I don't like and what they can improve on:


It does not have the save option. I wish in their future enhancements, they can include a "save" option and with the save feature, they can also add various formats your project can be saved to.

Group/Ungroup feature is not available. Comparing to the other software I am using, I would prefer to have some of the design elements I have on the project to be grouped as I wish. However, DesignEvo does not have it as of this time.

I hope they can add more "brush lettering" type of fonts as I love brush lettering like a modern calligraphy. Although the current version already has handmade fonts to choose from, I still hope they can more for variety.



My recommendation:

The free online tool delivered what it should, a free, fast, and easy way to create logos without the frills, and heavy cost of other design software. I still highly recommend the DesignEvo free online logo maker to everyone who wish to make their own logo without spending at all.


DesignEvo is from PearlMountain Soft Technology, the same company that brought you numerous, easy-to-use tools like FotoJet, Photo Collage Maker, Publisher Plus, CollageIt for Mac, Videogif, and many more.

Here are my other reviews of PearlMountain Soft Technology's apps:

Fotojet Online Photo Editing

Picture Collage Maker 3

Publisher Plus for Mac

PicGif app




Hiring a Mail Forwarding Service



A mail forwarding service is very useful. It enables a company to have all of their mail delivered to a specific address that is different from the company's actual location. The mail can then be forwarded to the company or its customers. There are many mail forwarding services. However, you should never make the mistake of assuming that all of these companies are exactly the same. The quality of mail forwarding service that you will receive from these companies can be very different. Therefore, you need to carefully examine each mail forwarding service in order to determine which one will be the most reliable. Here is how you can go about doing that.


1. How reliable is the company?

It goes without saying that you need your mail forwarding service to be completely reliable. After all, you are depending on this company to forward your mail to the locations that you request. A company that is not reliable might deliver the mail late. They might also send the mail to the wrong location. Needless to say, that could be a disaster for your business. This is why you need to find out the track record of any mail forwarding service that you are thinking about hiring. Is the NYC mail forwarding service known for delivering mail quickly and to the right location?


2. Talk to other business owners to find out which companies they use for their mail forwarding needs. 

It would be smart to consult with other people who run businesses that use mail forwarding services on a regular basis. Find out what their experiences have been like. What company are they currently using to forward their mail? How long have they been using that company? Are they happy with the quality of the service they have received so far? Would these people recommend that you use the same company they are using?


3. How do their rates compare to other companies in the mail forwarding industry? 

You should always avoid paying more than you need to when it comes to having your mail forwarded. Take a look at the prices being charged by all of the mail forwarding services in your area. Taking the time to do this could save you a significant amount of money. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by shopping around. You should also ask if they are willing to negotiate their price.


03 October 2017

Protect Your Home This Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means kids in fun costumes and tons of candy. However, it also means that there will be more pranksters and burglars out looking to cause some trouble. A majority of vandalism insurance claims are filed after Halloween, but here are some tips to protect your property so your home isn’t a target.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


1. Put your car inside. If you have a garage, it’s a good idea to keep your car in it on Halloween to avoid any potential trouble. If not, make sure it’s locked up to prevent theft or vandalism.

2. Keep your door closed after a certain time. It’s likely that the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood will be off the streets by 9, so pick a time to shut your light off and lock up. Anyone out after about 9 o’clock is likely someone you wouldn’t want to open your door for.


Photo by Rob Sarmiento on Unsplash


3. Set up your home security. If you have a home security system, be sure to set your alarms to keep vandals at bay. Follow security social media profiles, such as SimpliSafe, to keep an eye on safety tips leading up to the holiday.

4. Don’t let anyone inside. This one may seem obvious, but unless you know the visitor, do not let them into your house. You never know who might just be looking to steal something!

5. Utilize motion sensor lights. If a light goes on each time someone gets close to your house, chances are they’ll be frightened off and won’t pursue your house. Having lights outside also makes it easier for trick-or-treaters to find the path without tripping on any of your decorations.

6. Check outside before opening the door. This is a good habit to get into anyway, but it’s especially important on Halloween when there might be someone outside your door waiting to do a prank. Look through your peephole or a side window to make sure it’s safe to open the door.

7. Keep your pets inside. Although your pet may be well-mannered, it might frighten children walking around the neighborhood. Take the cautious route by keeping your pets inside.


Photo by Naomi Suzuki on Unsplash


It’s important to not only keep your property safe, but to make sure those entering your property are safe as well. Halloween is a fun and exciting day, so follow these steps to make sure your holiday is worry-free! How do you plan to decorate and keep your home safe this Halloween?



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