Design Trends That Will be out in 2015

The new year is already here and with that also comes the time to think about some interesting renovations that we can do in our homes. Whether you decide to freshen up your bathroom or change the look of your kitchen, it is best to learn more about the newest trends in the interior design. This way you will be able to choose a style that is modern and interesting and which will improve the thorough look of your home. In this article you will find enough information about the latest trends in the interior design which will help you plan the renovation of your home faster.

There is one thing that every person wants and that is an organized and clean home. It doesn’t matter how many decorative elements you have in your home, if you can’t preserve them always sparkling clean. In case you are having troubles with the disinfection of your real estate property, perhaps the new design trends of 2015 will give you some interesting ideas. They might even inspire you to make radical changes in your home that will freshen it up and make it easier for you to clean. If you are not sure from where to start, however, we can help you by giving you more information about the trends that is better to avoid this year:

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How to Properly Rest and Recover After Working Out

shutterstock_184393751You already know you need to engage in some type of physical activity on a regular basis to maintain a healthy weight and enjoy good health. What most guys do not realize is that it’s just as important to rest and recover afterward as it is to work out. Working out causes muscle trauma, and by giving your body time to rest in between workouts, you allow your muscles to repair and rebuild and be ready for the next time.

Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in physiology to understand the basics of after-exercise recovery. By combining some basic knowledge and common sense, you can be sure that you are allowing your body to repair any damaged muscles and tissues as well as replenish your supply of energy. Consider the following steps:

Step 1: Cool Down

When you are done with your workout, don’t just abruptly stop what you are doing and then for the couch or showers. Instead, spend anywhere from five to 15 minutes doing some type of low-key, cool-down exercise. If you were jogging, spend the final part of your workout walking. If you were swimming laps, take five minutes to paddle back and forth across the pool slower than you were before. Doing this will help your heart rate gradually slow down and prevent your muscles from getting stiff.

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Can’t Sleep? Shiver the energy out of your body and 5 other tips for a Great Night Rest

By Jude Bijou MA MFT

We all know it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested is vital to being our best at work and home.

But many of us take our problems to bed, staying up tossing and turning instead of getting valuable sleep. The CDC reports that about 10% of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia. And, according to a study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, at least 8.6 million Americans take prescription sleeping pills. 

There’s a natural and safer way. Here are suggestions for getting that great night’s sleep you need in order to be productive and happy. 

Shiver and Shake.

Not being able to sleep is related to having too many unexpressed emotions, especially fear. We experience fear as feeling overwhelmed, anxious, confused, agitated, or stressed. Underneath those feelings is a pure physical sensation. If we deal with it on a physical level, we can move that energy right out of our bodies, allowing our mind, body, and spirit to calm down.

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The Women-Helping-Women Movement Is All About Connecting. Here Are 11 Ways to Do It Better.

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By Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD

Making meaningful connections with other women can change your life (not to mention the world). Problem is, many of us don’t know how—or where—to do it. Here, I offer 11 tips to help you improve your connecting skills.

Competing with other women is out. Connecting with other women to share ideas, work together on projects, and offer support is in. The changes brought about by the global economy have made collaboration and innovation “must-have” skills, and the great news is that women tend to be naturals at them. And that is why the women-helping-women movement is really picking up steam.

We’re making a shift to what I call “Connecting 2.0.” It’s more meaningful than the “mile-wide and inch-deep” type of connecting we associate with social media. It’s based on sharing and co-creating, not self-interest. It’s authentic, it feels good, and it works.

  This deeper approach to connecting works so well, in fact, that we are creating an ever-expanding network of resources offering expertise and support to women in business, government, education, philanthropy, and other fields. The idea is not just to advance our careers and make money, but to make life itself richer, more exciting, and more creative.

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Six Reasons to Show Your Employees Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Michael-Bonnie-ProfessionalDon’t miss the perfect opportunity to show your employees how much they mean to you. Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey explain why Valentine’s Day is a great time to show some love to your people.

When is the last time you told one of your employees, “You mean so much to me!” If it has been a while (or heck, even if it hasn’t!), this is a great time of year to show your people how much you care. It’s still the beginning of a new year, and as Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey point out, what you do now will set the tone for many months to come.

“By now, last year’s reports are finally in,” explains Houlihan, coauthor along with Bonnie Harvey of The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People (Footnotes Press, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-990-79370-0, $9.95, www.TheBarefootSpirit.com) and the New York Times bestseller The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand (Evolve Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-988-22454-4, $15.95). “Find something positive in those reports that you can share with your people. This is the perfect opportunity to show them how much you appreciate their efforts on your company’s behalf.”

“Send a ‘valentine’ that acknowledges them for a job well done,” adds Harvey. “Show them positive numbers on your company’s sales and growth. Throw in a few concrete examples of important milestones that were achieved during the past year. Tell them you know it took a team effort and couldn’t have been done any other way. And do it in writing.”

Read on for six reasons why now is the perfect time to show some love to your employees:

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Stellar Resolution: The Nikon D810A Captures the Cosmos in Epic Detail

D810A_14_24_front.lowNikon Inc. announced the new D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications. By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images. The D810A shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 DSLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.

“The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The camera’s distinctive feature set and powerful imaging capabilities make it an appealing option for those who are ready to discover the fantastic cosmic features that are hidden among the stars.”

I AM Star Struck: DSLR Optimized for Astrophotography

The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.

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2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

valentine-rosesSince Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, to help prepare you to find the perfect gift for your sweetheart, we’ve assembled our annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. A special thank you to those of who sent in your gift ideas and suggestions for this season.

If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual gift guide features a wide variety of gift ideas in the categories below:

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Common Winter Pests and How to Deal with Them

In the winter season there is an usual increase in the amount of pests around your home. It is due to the fact that the animals search for warm place to hide during the cold months. Many people feel terrified by the pests that have chosen their home for a place of living. I assure you that there is nothing to worry about as long as you know effective ways how to deal with this problem.

If you have already experienced problems with summer pests, I guarantee you that it could not be compared by the annoying invasion of the pests that attack your home in the winter season. To find a suitable solution, I will give you some information about the common winter pests and the effective way in which you can get rid of them in the fastest possible way. I advise you not to be stresses, even if you are the type of person that is afraid of rodents and bugs – they will soon leave your home as long as you follow my tips:

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Get Fit in 2015: Tips to Create the Perfect Workout Space

shutterstock_53401198You have resolved that this is the year that you will finally get in shape. Although you have tried joining various gyms in the past, you ended up spending lots of money for monthly memberships that you never really used. And even though you would like to get out and walk more, it’s either too cold and snowy in the winter or incredibly hot and humid in the summer.

In order to keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise more and get healthier, a terrific option is to have workout space in your own home. In addition to being incredibly convenient, having a home gym can be very cost effective and help you to meet your fitness goals. In order to create an inspiring workout space, consider the following steps:

Choose Your Space Wisely

When deciding where you want to work out, don’t automatically go with the unused areas like the basement or even guest rooms. As Better Homes and Gardens notes, bedrooms tend to be a bit too small for good workouts and many basements have bad lighting and sometimes funny odors that will not be conducive to spending time there. Good choices are living rooms, family rooms and great rooms. As a bonus, these rooms often have televisions in them, which can help to pass the time, depending on which type of workout you are doing.

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Why You Should Meet with Your Job References (and 13 Questions to Talk Over)

During a job search, references are every bit as important as a sharp résumé and strong interview. Here, Peter K. Studner shares five important things to do when organizing your references.

Each time you make it past the résumé-review stage and interview with a potential employer, the meeting seems to go really well. But then—crickets. If you do hear from the employer, it’s only to say that they’ve decided to go with another candidate. As you wearily send out application after application, you just can’t figure out what’s going wrong. Peter K. Studner has an idea: One of your references might inadvertently be derailing your job search campaign.

“When a potential employer checks your references, it’s because they’re serious about hiring you,” says Studner, author of Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers & Career Changers (Jamenair Ltd., 2015, ISBN: 978-0-938-6670-6-3, $26.95, www.SuperJobSearch.com). “And especially in today’s competitive market, a single lukewarm reference can kill your candidacy. The good news is, by choosing your references thoughtfully and talking with them before giving out their contact information, you can guide the process in your favor.”

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