How My Friend Introduced Me to Buying Hamptons Style Outdoor Furniture Online

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outdoor furnitureEvery homemaker must be able to decide on what kind of furniture to have for the home. Every piece must be able to convey a message that is unique to the furniture yet create harmony with the rest of the house and the other pieces of furniture. Don’t get me wrong but I am not a student of interior design or style. Let us just say that I have this natural inclination to believe that a home must speak of harmony and balance so that the people living inside will also live the same way.

We have an unusually wide backyard and front lawn which also serves as an interesting venue for many fun-filled activities especially during the school break when our kids are all at home all day long. So, we have decided to give our backyard a more modern look. This means we have to look for an outdoor furniture that is not only stylish and comfortable but is also very functional. My husband and I both agreed that a Hamptons style touch outdoor furniture would simply look amazing on our backyard or even on the front lawn.

But before I buy an outdoor furniture I have to look first at our home and note every nook and cranny, its styling and design, as well as the different elements. This is to make sure that the outdoor furniture will not run in contrast to the other elements of the home.

I thought about Marie, a friend, who has this impeccable taste for furniture. I called her over and we began going through every room in our house. From the living room to the kitchen up to the bedrooms and including the bathroom, Marie and I went through each one like seasoned pros. I never thought that it could be this stressful and exciting at the same time. But I sure am glad I had Marie with me going through everything. Then we went outside the backyard and the front lawn and, with the things we have noted on the inside of our house, began developing more concrete ideas on what kind of outdoor furniture will be perfect for our home.

When we were finished I asked Marie if she would accompany me to the nearest furniture shop. She said it would be a lot better if we searched the internet first, look at some of the furniture that we might be interested in, before going to the furniture store. It didn’t occur to me that all of the information were already at my fingertips. Marie recommended searching IWannaGoHome.com.au. She said they have plenty of excellent and truly high-quality furniture to choose from. Since it was my first time to shop for furniture online, I trusted my friend as she obviously has done this many times.

Browsing through the pages of IWannaGoHome I can say that their selection is indeed spectacular. I instantly fell in love with the Greenface Alfresco dining bench which should be perfect in our backyard for those outdoor dining activities we all enjoy. It’s got that very natural feel of both the tables and the benches which is really perfect for outdoor activities. This should be perfect for weekend afternoon barbecue parties.

Their Halifax 8-door pantry with glass also looks great although their Halifax large hutch bookcase would simply look marvelous in our living room. Then there is the Halifax lowline entertainment centre as well as the Halifax coffee table. I was also thinking about getting the Halifax floating wall shelf to be placed on the wall at the head of the bed. My thoughts were flying. I was already thinking about other furniture when I was supposed to purchase an outdoor furniture. There were simply plenty of furniture to choose from. Marie was right. I don’t have to go to a furniture store to buy these things. I can already buy them online and have them delivered right to my doorstep. Hassle-free shopping, indeed.

Marie guaranteed that IWannaGoHome’s products are high quality and that they provide 7-days money back guarantee to go with their 1-year product guarantee. Trusting Marie, I placed an order for the Greenface Alfresco just to try it first.

To cut the long story short, I received my order and true enough, the craftsmanship of the Greenface Alfresco was superb and the quality is truly remarkable. I have just placed another order for our front lawn. I am just glad I had a friend in Marie who has introduced me to the joys and convenience of shopping for furniture online.  

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Should You Buy an Apartment or a Townhouse Instead?

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Buying an ApartmentHaving your very own home is something that almost everyone aspires to. “Almost everyone” because there are simply those who prefer renting or leasing a place to stay rather than purchasing a property they can call their own. Whatever the reason, shelter is one of man’s most fundamental necessities alongside food, air, water, and clothing. In fact, next to0 air, food, and water, it would be virtually unthinkable to be able to live without some form of protection against the elements. Even prehistoric man lived in caves to shelter them from the storm. Of course, living in a cave today is simply absurd. As such choosing to buy townhouses and apartments off the plan simply makes sense.

The question, however, is which should you buy? Now, it is very important to understand that, like anything else that involves choice, it has something more to do about your personal preferences over some neat tips and tricks because technical, there aren’t any. There are simply no clear-cut rules saying that if you are like this then you should get a townhouse and if you are like that then an apartment suits best. Unfortunately, your decision to choose either a townhouse or an apartment will rest solely on how well you know yourself – your ideals, your dreams, your characteristics, and your ideal home or shelter. Of course, you can try asking several hundreds of netizens for their invaluable input. You can even visit the Facebook page of Chilli Realty and join in the discussions and sharing of ideas. But ultimately, at the end of the day, you will have to make that all-important decision.

Townhouses are just like your ordinary single detached home with a front lawn and a backyard. The only problem is that you won’t have any space in between your property and your next-door neighbor simply because you share a wall with your neighbor. It’s like getting several houses of the same design and construction and then connecting them together at their sides so you form one continuous line or row of houses. When seen from the front, it can be quite an interesting piece of property to look at. The downside is that, if the neighborhood association strictly forbids making significant changes to the aesthetic look of your property, then you will be stuck with that kind of design for the entire duration of your stay in the property.

Additionally, there is a very slight chance that your neighbor will be overhearing some heated arguments behind the wall, or vice versa. If you happen to have a very boisterous neighbor than you will have to worry about, too. Sometimes, you will see a neighbor’s tree encroaching on your space especially in your backyard. Sure you can go and cut this portion of the tree but you’ll have to at least inform your neighbor about it.

But not everything is negative about townhouse living. The key here is a sense of closer community. If you have to leave your house for a vacation, your neighbors can literally serve as your home security solution. You will also have a front lawn and a backyard which you can turn into a beautiful garden or even plant a small vegetable plot for your dietary needs.

If this does not appeal to you and you simply don’t like the idea of having nosy and noisy neighbors, then apartment living is for you. Just look at it like living in a scaled down hotel with rooms big and spacious enough to accommodate families. Many of today’s modern apartments are housed in large building complexes complete with all the amenities of modern living. You can look at apartments as individual homes within a thriving complex complete with grocery stores, novelty shops, laundry shops, family entertainment, and kids’ amusement. It also has a complete array of fitness and recreation facilities like gyms, fitness spas, swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, and even gaming arcade for kids and teens.

Living in an apartment is one of the best decisions many have made especially for those who want to live right where the action is. This is perfect for individuals who don’t want to live in the suburbs and would want their homes to be right in the middle of the city where they work, go to school, or have fun in their free time. Apartment-living also provides great savings in terms of property maintenance and repairs as the building administrator will typically take care of major repairs.

But what is the downside to apartment-living? Well, your property is just that single piece of unit that you cannot really point to when you are outside your apartment building complex with your friends. You simply cannot tell them, “That’s my apartment unit up there” simply because all they will ever see are windows.

Now, should you buy an apartment or a townhouse? If you value your neighbors and would like to still have the homey feel and look to your property, go with a townhouse. If you prefer absolute modernity with access to everything, get an apartment.

Balayage and How It Can Benefit You

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BalayageGetting your hair done in the look that you desire can make a whole lot of difference in your everyday life. For one, having your crowning glory always look at it best hugely contributes  to your confidence level. You feel good and as a result you also feel that you can do so many things within the day. Today, there are now many ways to style your hair. There are effective ones and there are also those that require a lot of money. If you’re a practical person, you may highly consider the new balayage technique.

 What is balayage?

Balayage, which is also spelled as ‘baliage’ or ‘balliage’, is considered as an art of painting the hair. Its origin is the French word that means ‘balayer’ or ‘sweep away’. For so many years, there have been several hair coloring techniques that have made so many women go gaga over them. Though it’s been gaining popularity just recently, the technique surprisingly originated in France during the 1970s. Unlike other traditional techniques for hair coloring, balayage does not involve the use of foiling or other cap highlighting techniques. It involves manual application of the hair dye to achieve the desired color and effect. The stylist uses his or her hands to color the hair freely. In this way, the color and style that the stylist or the client wants is achieved.

Since the past few days, it’s already summer season in many countries. This makes it a great time to have a new hair color using the balayage technique. If you’re in a country like Australia, you surely is going to have fun in its gorgeous beaches. You can have more fun frolicking in the cold waters with your newly colored hair. So, if you haven’t changed your hair color yet, you may want to try balayage Melbourne. Don’t worry if you have long or short hair. Because the technique involves manual application of hair dye, it can be done even on short hairstyles like pixie crops.

What are the benefits of balayage?

Balayage is a technique that cannot be done instantly and perfectly if you’re not knowledgeable and experienced about it. So, you should not try to do it on your own at home if you haven’t done it yet. You should seek the service of professional a professional hair stylist so you won’t waste time, effort and money. When the technique is done properly, you‘ll definitely enjoy several benefits.

  • Low maintenance. Fixing the hair can be quite time consuming. This is not practical especially if you have a lot of tasks to accomplish every day. As a career person, what you need are life hacks that can help you get ready for work in just a few minutes. With the balayage technique, you surely won’t have to worry about having your hair fixed and ready in just a few seconds. Yes, you can go out and head to work even if you don’t spend a few minutes on your hair. The technique and the style require very low maintenance. You don’t need to apply hair creams to maintain the color and to keep it vibrant. You also don’t need to use conditioners to keep it healthy looking. In this way, you can take a quick bath especially during times when you are in a hurry.
  • Versatile technique. Unlike other hair coloring techniques, balayage allows you to have your hair colored in numerous ways. You can have an effect that is soft and natural, which is easily achieved with the use of the right strokes of color highlights. This is great for those who want to achieve a feminine look. If you want an effect that is strong and punky, the stylist will just darker hair color. The darkness of the hair dye will depend on the look that you want to achieve. There are also other ways of coloring your hair to achieve a particular style and effect. So, it is very clear that you definitely can achieve that effect and style that you want because the hair color is applied manually. But then again, make sure that the stylist you are working with is well-trained, highly experienced, and professional.
  • Hair always look great. With the usual hair coloring technique, you need to complete the hair coloring process. This may become messy and may will make your hair ugly after a few weeks, which will require you to go to the salon again to have it recolored or applied with another treatment. With balayage, you don’t have to worry about messy hair. If you chose shades and tones of browns, your hair becomes even more manageable. Brown always make any hair look good and healthy especially when under the sun.
  • With these benefits, you should highly consider trying balayage whatever the season is.  

How to Achieve Your Ideal Body Weight for a Healthier You

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Exercise

Many individuals take for granted the kilograms or the pounds that they see reflected in their bathroom scales. For some it is just numbers showing how heavy they are. Unfortunately, many still fail to recognize the different diseases that have been shown to be directly related to weight abnormalities. Being underweight, overweight, or obese is not a disease in themselves but are important risk factors in the development of other health conditions. This is why experts always recommend achieving and maintaining an ideal weight as an important objective for healthier bodies.

Underweight is often implicated in malnutrition and other metabolic abnormalities. Overweight, especially, obesity, has been implicated in the development of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, cancer, infertility, back pain, skin infections, gastric ulcers, and gallstones. Whether you believe these to be true or not, there is nothing harmful in achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight.

Here’s how.

Understand and Compute for Your Ideal Body Weight

While Body Mass Index, or BMI, is not the only measurement tool used in the identification of weight problems, experts agree that it provides a reasonable estimate of the fatness of your body. However, it does not give you the whole picture especially when talking about the distribution of fat in your body as well as the relative risk that you may have in relation to the different diseases associated with weight abnormalities. Nevertheless, it gives a reasonable estimate of how much fat is present in your body. Other tools used to provide and estimation of weight problems include body fat percentage and the waits-to-hip ratio.

To compute for your BMI, take your weight in kilograms and divide this with the squared value of your height in meters. For example if you weigh 100 kilograms and stand 1.7 meters tall, this gives you a BMI of 34.6 (100 ÷ 2.89).  A BMI of 34.6 will indicate that you have Class I obesity. A BMI of less than 18.5 is classified as underweight while a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 is already considered overweight. BMIs higher than 40.0 is Class III obesity. What you would like to see is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. This is the BMI that will show that you have the ideal body weight.

Your BMI is just a rough estimate of your current weight status. For more accurate ideal body weight computations, you can use online ideal body weight calculators. For example, given the above situation and you are a 35-year old female, your ideal body weight should be 60.8 kilograms if you use the Robinson formula. The same situation will produce an ideal body weight of 62.6 kilograms on Miller formula. The problem is that because the result is very precise you will have to be very strict in your weight normalization activities.

Perform Fun and Enjoyable Exercises

Knowing your ideal body weight and BMR is one thing. Doing something to make the necessary adjustments is another. And while conventional wisdom will tell you to hit the gym immediately, this is not necessarily ideal. What is more important is to choose activities or exercises that you enjoy doing. The key point to understand is that the exercise regimen should be fun and enjoyable in order for it to be successful. However, if you have absolute self-control, then hitting the gym will definitely bring the results you want a lot faster. Otherwise, running or jogging or even biking at least 30 minutes every day should help you get on track. Why not join a dance class or even go swimming? Do something that you truly enjoy, increase the intensity and the frequency, and you should be able to shed off those excess weight.

Watch What and How Much you are Eating

Exercise alone will not get you the body weight that you are aiming for. Physical exercises should also be complemented with sensible dieting. You don’t have to starve yourself or skimp on your favorite foods. What is important is portion control with due diligence in finding out the number of calories in each portion. The trick is to put in less calories in your body than what it is using. What you want to achieve is to eat fewer calories than what your body actually needs, beyond its essential functions, of course. For example if your basal metabolic rate is 2,500 kcal, then don’t eat more than that. Take in more fruits and vegetables and none of the fried junk foods that you may be fond of. Additionally, avoid as much as possible sugary beverages.

Achieving an ideal body weight is often difficult. However, maintaining it is doubly hard because you will have to make diet and exercise as an integral part of your weight management efforts.

Understanding the Connection between Sleep and Health

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good sleepMany individuals take sleep for granted. For them, sleep is nothing more than the practice of closing one’s eyes and trying to shut off everything else around them so that they will feel much more relaxed. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the unique and often complicated sleep and health correlation. While everyone might be correct in assuming that sleep is one good way to allow the body to rest after a very tiring day, there simply is too much about sleep that many do not fully understand when it comes to its effects on general health and well-being.

 

In order for you to fully appreciate the importance of sleep on health and wellbeing, it is important to understand a few things about the whole process of sleeping altogether. Sleep is composed of 5 different stages, 4 of which are progressive while the 5th is an entirely different phenomenon altogether. Stages 1 and 2 are considered light to moderate sleep where you can be aroused or awakened. The blissful sleep or deep sleep occurs in Stages 3 and 4. Here, you will feel more relaxed and all of your vital bodily functions go into a hypoactive mode. By stage 5 however, everything goes limp but your brain goes into hyperdrive. This is why experts call this stage the REM stage for Rapid Eye Movement. Now, the whole process of going from Stage 1 to 5 takes about 90 to 120 minutes. This means that every night you will have about 4 to 5 cycles. However, keep in mind that REM Stage will usually take a lot longer the deeper into the night you sleep. This means, lesser of the Stages 3 and 4 benefits and more of the Stage 5 (REM) brain activity.

 
The question now is why brain activity would be increased during REM sleep. As it turns out, researchers have found that this is the perfect time for the brain to detoxify, to remove toxic byproducts that may have accumulated the whole day. A few studies have also revealed that it is during REM sleep that the brain is trying to sort through the mountain of information gathered throughout the day and determine which ones need to be stored in the different memory cells of the brain. Some scientists believe that this is the basis for the dreams that all humans experience. REM sleep is thus important in boosting cognitive performance and functioning as well as help protect the brain against plaque formation that can usually be seen in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. It is for this reason that memory recall, critical thinking, logical thinking, and problem solving processes are enhanced with greater amounts of sleep.

 
During stages 3 and 4, scientists consider it as the deepest and most restorative stage of sleep. It is during this time when your blood pressure decreases to a healthy baseline and your breathing becomes slower yet deeper to allow for more oxygen to fill the lungs. Growth hormones are released from the pituitary gland to stimulate the body into building cells and tissues. Remember what your mom said when you were younger about how going to bed early will help you grow taller? It’s not necessary that you grow tall again but the point is that your body is constantly building, growing, and developing cells and tissues to replace those that have been lost due to aging and exposure to harmful environmental conditions. In short, it is your body’s way to repair and heal itself.

 
During sleep, your hunger hormones are also regulated. Lesser sleep increases ghrelin levels which should make you feel hungry. More sleep increases leptin levels which makes you feel full. So, the more sleep that you get, the more leptin levels present in your brain, the greater is the chance that you will be eating less because your brain is telling you your tummy is still full. However, if ghrelin levels predominate, then you will simply be craving for more food even if your tummy is already overstretched. This can play a significant role in the development of obesity and its many associated risk conditions.

 
There are numerous other health benefits of sleep. The point that needs to be understood is that sleep is a fundamental activity of the brain that affects every single cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Just like a device that needs recharging every now and then, sleep is the body’s way of shutting itself down, except for a few vital organs, in order to allow other more important physiologic and cognitive processes to be completed. This is why after a good night’s rest, you definitely feel a lot better, more energized to face the new day.