10 Ways to Make Money Right Now

My oldest son, Matthew, called me a loser the other day. He's 16. OK, he did not call me a "loser" specifically, but he was talking to a nurse in the emergency room about how he was thinking of going into politics when he gets older. He wants to be the president, he said.

"Hey," I said to him after the nurse had gone, "I was going to be president when I grew up."

I really was going to be president. I had every intention of going into politics when I was between the ages of 14 and 18. My intention was to complete college, maybe go to law school and then run for office – with the White House in full-view. To make a long story short, I went to college in DC and in essence found that I enjoyed writing about politics and being an activist more than I wanted to run for an office – and as I pointed out to my son, who was looking at Me with much pity – I still have time to run for an office if I so choose. At 34, I am not even yet able to run for president … although the clock is ticking louder now than it once did.

"I know, Mom," he said. "But I'm actually going to do it." The way he said it, stung a little. He said it with such disdain, as if I had thrown away my dream. Did he just see me as a wife and mother – with no other accomplishments under my belt? Did he think I somehow failed because my dreams at 14 or 15 were not the dreams I achieved?

He did.

That made me sad. He did not say it to be mean, I knew, he just stated it as a matter of fact. I had chosen a life he viewed as "normal," but if he really looked, he'd see that my life has been anything but.

My path down the "road less taken" has forced me to think creatively about income from time to time – alright, most of the time. After trying life in the suburbs as a two-income family – each with a steady "regular" job, I quickly learned that a regular job is not all it's cracked up to be. Aside from the added burdens on your time and income, steady jobs are not so steady anymore. Although I left my newspaper six months before it folded – it did fold. And I would have been laid off. My husband, a computer guru and expert in his field, has seen jobs come and go as the "Internet bubble" shrinks and expanss. He's worked for small companies and large corporations who all succumb to some sort of merge, consolidate or downsize pressure.

Tired of living from paycheck to paycheck, we bought out a simpler lifestyle – and found it on my childhood farm in Vermont. Vermont is plentiful in beauty, solitude and quiet. What it is not plentiful in is job opportunities. In order to make up for the lean times when my writing has not paid very well, or my husband's consulting is going through a slump, there are many ways one can make cash right away. And some of these things can become businesses if you like them enough. Each one that I am suggesting can be done with minimal cash outlay – because if you need cash, you usually can not invest in a business opportunity … they can also be done with kids in tow. I am a stay-at-home mom and happy to be one – but I am also smart and creative and do not think that one has to supercede the other. You can do something enjoyable and stay home with your kids (which is also enjoyable). Further, I have made at least a week's worth of groceries with each of these suggestions at some point in my life … and some of them were my income for that year.

1. Used books. Do you have a vast collection of books? Even a small collection? People are always looking for books. And used book stores, eBay, and your local classifieds paper are a great way to make some cash and clean off a shelf or two too. I know of several country families who support their cash needs by selling their used books. I would not invest in a storefront, but if you have a great collection of books, particularly in a specific area or two, you should not have any trouble starting on eBay or with a regular website. If you do not have your own books to sell now, you can usually get great books at yard sales, local thrift stores, or at libraries (their discards, do not walk off with them). Many times, people are willing to practice give books away, if only you'll take them out of their house.

2. Extra garden veggies or fruits? Why not set up a roads stand or get a booth at a local farmers' market? You do not have to be an official farmer to sell your veggies. If you have tomatoes coming out of your ears, but no cash for the canning supplies, set up "shop." You'll be amazed at how many people will stop and be grateful for your homegrown efforts.

3. Bake bread or other pastries. Are you a good cook? You do not have to be, yet. But with some effort and a desire to bake you could keep your town in cookies, brownies, whoopie pies and homemade breads. I did this when I was down to my last $ 5 one month! I had a ton of flour, but very little else. I baked up all sorts of breads – cinnamon, sandwich, round herb loaves – and asked the local farmers' market if I could sell what I baked. I sold out before the market closed that day – and made enough to put gas in my car, buy food for the week and more flour and other ingredients so I could go back again the following weekend. I supported myself and my three children for quite a while with my baking business – business I enjoyed immensely.

4. Type. Can you type? I do not mean fast. You do not have to type 100 words per minute to make a few dollars typing. You just have to be willing to spend the time typing when someone else is not. I had no idea how to type when I put a notice in the paper saying I'd be willing to type resumes, term papers, business proposals and what have you. But I did know another girl who was charging $ 2 a page. I charged $ 1.50 a page and even though I'm sure my hourly rate was terrible, I made a lot of extra cash, typing away … and able to stay home with my new baby and listen to NPR all at the same time!

5. Tutor. Were you brilliant in Algebra as a kid? Well, I was not, but I was the local grammarian. I was a whiz at English Grammar, spelling and history and made $ 10 an hour helping local high school and college kids study for their SATs, edit papers, you name it. This is a great way to feel useful and make money at the same time! And again, all you need is a flyer and your phone number. Offer tutoring at the local public library or at the local YMCA.

6. Give lessons. Play the piano? Know how to use a spinning wheel, knit or decorate a cake? Secure a location (a church basement, community center room or library are great places to start) and place a few ads and flyers around town. You will be surprised how happy some folks will be to pay $ 25 or $ 30 to learn what you know! You could hold one class or a series of classes. Make sure you investigate how much others charge for similar classes in your area, do not undercut yourself, but unless you have a lot of teaching experience, do not overcharge – particularly on your first go round.

7. Write and publish a booklet. This could easily complement your class or lessons, or work well on its own. While most people are in favor of getting initial information off the web – myself included – writing a booklet on your topic of expertise and then marketing it in appropriate publications could net you – no not millions, but a nice steady income. Remember, in this type of writing, being more specific is better. Do not write a booklet on "how to fix your car." Write the authoritative guide to "fixing the 1970's Volvo station wagon." Or whatever. An alternative – or extension of publishing the booklet is to write it up and then publish it as a .PDF – that interested folks can download off your website. Of course, they would have to pay $ 5 or whatever you deem your booklet worth, in order to get the download. Offering these kinds of services is a lot easier than I initially thought. PayPal is a great source for this type of transaction.

8. Run errands for people. This is so simple, I was surprised I had not thought of it years before – particularly when I was in high school and had gotten my first car. This service would be wonderful no matter where you live – rural, urban or suburban. Put up flyers, place announcements in the local paper. Run all sorts of errands – pick up dry cleaning, buy groceries, pick up prescriptions, drop off film, take a dog to the groomer. You would be shocked at the kinds of things people will pay you to do. I was once paid to walk two kids to school every morning! This is also the kind of service you could offer to a local nursing home or senior center. Seniors may need someone to travel for them – or they might want to go along for the ride. Obviously you will need to make up a fee schedule – if you are just picking up a prescription, you may charge $ 5 or $ 10, but a full grocery list is going to be a bit more. Work out an "hourly" rate (how much it's worth to you to do the errand, taking into account time spent, gas, etc.) – and make sure that you can combine errands. And keep your cell phone handy (if you have one, I did not and did just fine).

9. Walk dogs, pet sit, house sit, babysit. Do all four – or just one or two. These are self-explanatory – but there is always a market for them. Now, I'm not saying open a home daycare. If you're not sure it's what you want to do for a career – then do not. But how many of us babysat as teens just for extra money? You can do that too. Put your name out there and babysit for an evening or for a day or two. Housesitting can almost be like paying vacation and my kids loved the jobs I took on as a petitter – cleaning out cages, feeding dogs and cats – it was like having pets without having pets!

10. Make something. Before polar fleece home accessories were readily available at Wal-Mart, I made quite a good living sewing baby blankets, booties, pillows and other items out of polar fleece fabric. Right now, if I had to, I would knit a bunch of wristies (fingerless mittens) and take them to my local craft fair, gift shop or consignment store. Are you good at making something? Maybe you make the world's best tartar sauce. Or you make beautiful baby hats. Or wooden spoons. Whatever it is – I guarantee that if you do it well and offer it at a fair price, someone will like it and buy it. Be creative. I got started with baby blankets because I made a few for my first two babies and my friends started asking me to make one for them. Wristies happened the same way and although I do not sell them now, I do make them as Christmas presents and save myself the shopping!

There you go: 10 things you could start right now to make yourself money. Would Matthew be proud that I've done all of these things to make money – instead, as he would say – accomplishing my original dream to be president? Probably not. But he's 16 and very little about his parents impress him right now! But you know what? I'm proud of myself. I'm proud that I used my creative skills to make money when I needed it – or when I wanted a little extra, or when I just wanted to try something new. Matt might be disdainful, but he's also never been hungry – and considering some of the hard times we've been through, that's something else of which to be proud. I also never had to work for someone else if I did not so choose, which not a lot of people can say in this day and age.

But am I President? Well, no … not yet, anyway.

Weymouth Holiday Cottages – Doggy Cottages

If you are the one who likes to take their pet each time you go for a vacation, then the Weymouth holiday cottagesare the place for you. This is the perfect break for you and your pet. There are over 100 cottages in Dorset. The Weymouth holiday cottage properties range from traditional thatched cottages to the contemporary newly designed houses.This will certainly be a great place to be for you and your dog. The facility provided in each set has a colored television; The kitchen has an oven with hotplate, rings, a gas burner and a microwave, a toaster a kettle and an iron. Duvets and pillow have been provided in all bedrooms.

There are many cottages available available for you and your pet. One of them is the Lulworth Cove. This is set up in an elevated position, surrounded by territories and lawns. Its a beautiful walk across the hills to the various bays. Within walking distance once can find the Village Inns and shops.

As far as the accommodation is concerned on the ground floor, in bedroom one, there is a king size bed. In the second bedroom, twin beds have been placed. There is a large lounge with an open fire. The dining table has a seating capacity of ten people. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with a bath shower and a separate kitchen. In the third bedroom and the fourth bedroom there are twin single beds, without any wardrobe. There is a double bed in the fifth bedroom.

Standard facilities have been provided in these Weymouth holiday cottages like a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer, fridge, freezer, a pay phone, DVD player. A garage is a also present with unrestricted parking on the road. There is a large garden on the sloping lawns. A garden table with chairs has also been placed. Internet access has been provided for, only for recreational activity and not for business related purpose. The speed or service may vary as per the package obtained by the owner of the property

For booking purposes reservations for these Weymouth holiday cottages are made upon the receipt of a deposit which is one-third of the total cost of the holiday or full payment incase the trip is for less than eight weeks away, plus an additional of twenty pounds, Along with a booking form signed by the applicant who has to be over 18 years of age, and he also signs on behalf of all the people who will e staying in the property. Only the number of people specified at the time of the booking will be allowed to stay during the trip. Once the payment has been received and the conformation has been made, any changes to the booking can not be done. In case the payment is made by a credit card, then an additional charge of 2.5% as the processing fee will be also charged to the guest at the time of the booking. Guests have to be responsible for their own belongings; The management will not b liable in case of a theft.

9 Obstacles That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

While you may have spent a lot of time working on your goals for the next year, there are plenty of things that are going to get in your way to achieving them.

Before we go any further let’s establish the use of language here. Goals can be substituted with objectives, targets, outcomes, achievements, resolutions, aims, ambitions and any others you can think of. For the purpose of this report, the writer will use Goal.

How often have you started off the year, or next phase of your development with good intentions, and some goals of what you want to achieve, only to find that somehow you never see to achieve them? What I will cover in this article is the 9 biggest obstacles that will get in your way. I will take each one in turn and explore what is behind it, why it is there, and more importantly the action you can take to put it to one side.

What I will also do is evidence this be using the responses of a survey conducted with Sole Traders, and owners of Small and medium Enterprises (SME’s), identifying the challenges they face in the coming year.

Although there are arguably hundreds of potential obstacles, 9 appear most commonly.

1. Lack of information

2. Lack of skill

3. Limiting beliefs

4. Well being

5. Other people

6. Own motivation

7. Time

8. Money

9. Fear

Why have a Goal?

If you needed more reason do set your own goals, in a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program, only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and 84 percent had set no goals at all.

Ten years later, the findings revealed that 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning up to 84 percent compared to those who had not set any. For the three percent who defined their goals and wrote them down, they were earning on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.

Some set goals that are too general. These are, in reality, fantasies common to everyone. Goals, on the other hand, are clear, written, specific, and measurable.

What is a Goal?

Other names that are used, explore others use of language. Why do we have them? Different types of goal – towards/ away from.

Some goals are called away from goals. These are usually framed in the negative. Here are a few examples.

o I don’t want to smoke anymore

o I don’t want to be unfit

o I don’t want to be overweight

o I don’t want to be broke

Now let’s reframe them in the positive

o I am a non smoker

o I am fit and health

o I am at my ideal weight

o I can cover my bills

Notice the difference. They are stated in the positive and take on the assumption that you have achieved it already. By assuming “as if” your behaviour changes so that you are acting like to have already achieved what you wanted to do. What a great feeling to have even before you have got there. It also bolsters your motivation.

So now we have determined if our goal is towards something, or away from something. We have now stated it in the positive. This however is still not a very well detailed goal. We will now look at how we can make it more specific.

An ideal goal should be expressed in the positive, be time bound and specific. You may also like to consider, how will you know when you have achieved it, what will it feel like, what will the people around you be like? What will you do to celebrate it?

A goal must be time bound. When do I want to have achieved it? If that’s when I want to achieve it, then when must I start? What is the first step I need to take? Who should I tell? Should telling that person be the first step? What skills or knowledge do I need to acquire along the way?

Goal size, is the goal too big to achieve? If so then breaking it down into smaller bite sized pieces may be the right approach.

How serious are you about this goal. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being low and 10 being high), how committed are you to this goal? If your answer is less that 7 you are unlikely to follow it up completely. What would you need to do to this goal to move it from a 7 to an 8?

Now that you have really defined your goal you are ready to go. Aren’t you? So what’s stopping you?

I will take each one of the potential obstacles in turn, and elaborate.

Lack of Information

Information can have one of two effects. With too much you can be overwhelmed, and can stop you from making a decision or taking the next steps. With too little information you are not able to put things into perspective, or look at the bigger picture. Identifying where you have gaps in your knowledge, and including this as part of your goal will move you closer to achieving it. There are several ways to obtain new information. Research, planned reading, listening to CD’s, DVD’s on a specific topic or networking with individuals who have the knowledge to share with you.

Lack of Skill

In order to move forwards you may have to pick up skills along the way. This need not be an enormous challenge. As part of your goal setting, understanding what skills you need to acquire, and how you will acquire them will form steps of your plan. This does not necessarily mean that you need to enrol on a course, although that is a great idea. Other alternatives such as on-line study, planned reading, shadowing a colleague in the workplace, or seeking advice from a friend can also help you obtain the skills you need.

Limiting beliefs

We all have a set of beliefs by which we live our lives. These are set in our subconscious at an early age. Sometimes these beliefs can hold you back and limit your ability to achieve you goals. Some common examples may be familiar to you.

Indecision or Procrastination- should I do one thing or another? This often results in you doing nothing. The limiting belief manifests itself as “I am not able to make decisions”. Unable to make progress or stuck – when a way of working is no longer effective, you continue to use it and often forms a comfort zone, the limiting belief here could be ” I can’t/ won’t change”. Often people will state that “I don’t deserve to be successful”, or “that shouldn’t work for me”. Here we are seeing self sabotage and not valuing themselves and their own ability. These are only a few examples, but listen out for them and notice how many times you hear yourself saying things like this.

Well being

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when you are simply not able to pursue your goals. A sudden illness or injury can put set you back. When this happens you need to be realistic. Beating yourself up will not help, nor simply giving up. Take a little time to re assess your goal and consider what your options are now. How important is it that this goal is achieved within the original timeframe. Also consider how else you goal can be pursued, and who can help you during these times.

Other People

Quite often the people that are closest to us fear us achieving our goals. For them this means that you may change and that will also mean change for them. They may not be aware how important your goals are to you. If the people you share your time with for example family, friends, colleagues to not understand and support your goals, there is a chance that you may be influenced by this. If these people are adverse to change then they may well sabotage you plans.

Own Motivation

Although you may see out with the best intentions, after a while the novelty may wear off or there are other distractions. This may be down to a number of factors. Perhaps the goals that you set were too large, and needed to be broken down into smaller manageable chunks. Perhaps you are not getting the results, and need to consider what you doing that is are preventing you from moving forward. After continued effort you may feel that the goal is now actually something that do don’t want, or at least the outcome.

In this case the goal needs to be reassessed. If it requires modification because circumstances have changed, then change it. If it no longer serves you, then don’t waste your energy following up on something just because you started it.

Time

We all live in a world where we don’t seem to have enough time. Many of us are “time poor”, which means that we do not manage our use of time to get the best results. Quite often I hear from the people around me “I just don’t have time to do x”. How true is this statement really? Have we taken on too much, overcommitted ourselves and are embarrassed to say no? Perhaps, but I have another view.

If we approach our use of time without any structure we may just leap from one thing to another in no particular order. Without priority we will move from one thing to the next urgent thing.

There is also the aspect of distractions. This can be distraction from others who do not have the same aspirations as you. There is the distraction of telephone calls and emails. Quite often we busy ourselves with those things that are nice to do, but do not take us any further forward to achieving our goals.

Money

Money is a common reason for not pursuing your goal. Usually it is the lack of money that stops you. When you hear someone say “I can’t afford it” or “I just don’t have the money”. These statements are usually offered up without much hesitation.

While I agree that it may well be true to some extent, what alternatives have they really explored and how else could the money be found? If you are really serious about achieving this goal, what lengths would you go to in order to find the money (legally)!

Let’s turn this around and look at it from another perspective. What is it costing you to not have that goal in your life right now? For example being in that bad relationship or enduring bad health. If in achieving this goal it was going to get you that next job, or mean that you would get that 10% performance bonus at work, what efforts would you go to?

Fear

What do I mean by fear? There are the more straightforward examples. If you need to do something that takes you right outside of your comfort zone for the first time, which may well install fear into you.

Then there is the fear of failure. What will those around you think if you don’t achieve you goal. How will you face them and maintain your integrity. Better to quit now that to see it through right? That way no-one will be able to judge me.

Another type of fear is the fear of success. What if I actually do it, and people find out I am a fraud? Is this goal something that I really want anyway? Self doubt comes into play and you try to talk your self out of it.

What evidence supports this in a business context?

In a recent survey conducted with Small and Medium enterprises (SME’s) and sole Traders they were asked what they viewed as the biggest challenges facing them in 2010. All of those surveyed reported that they were partially successful in achieving their goals and objectives in 2009. 33% of these goals were significant, and the reasons for not achieving them were down to ill health, not asking for help, and lack of confidence in the economy amongst others.

Many of these goals were being carried on into the following year, some people carrying forward all of their goals. When asked what they were going to do in order to achieve those, 66% reported that they would try something different, and 33% would look for assistance.

So what is stopping these business people from moving forwards? Well from the sample surveyed the leading factors were Lack of skills, lack of knowledge, Health, Fear (of success/ failure) and Limiting beliefs.

Those that responded that they would look for assistance; it was equally split between others in their trade or profession, approaching a business coach, or contacting specialist suppliers. From those three options, certainly looking at what your competitors are doing may give you some clues. After all if someone in our sector is being successful look at what they are doing. Likewise specialist suppliers may be useful if the understand you goals and aspirations. However they may have another agenda, after all they are in business too.

However neither of these two approaches are focused on helping you achieve your goals, and neither of them hold you accountable in working towards them. This is where a Business coach can prove particularly valuable. They will assist you in defining and developing you goals, identify what is stopping you and develop strategies to help you deal with those obstacles when they come along.

The Business coach will also challenge you to check if you are working on goals that move you towards what you want, and keep you accountable to those goals. As a Sole Trader or SME often there is no one around with whom you can share your goals with, and discuss them.

One of the common objections to using a Business coach is the perceived cost, often saying “I can’t afford that” or it’s “too expensive”. It is sometimes useful to look at this from another perspective. What is it costing you not to use a Business coach? If you can attach a value to achieving each goal then the services of an effective Business coach can be quickly calculated.

Let’s go back to the survey respondents for a moment. Two of the challenges identified were lack of skills, and lack of knowledge. Suppose for a moment if a Business coach could help you identify what these gaps were, how to close them and then how to apply them to your Business what would that be worth? You may think that you can go it alone, but consider for a moment how would you clearly identify those gaps in skills or knowledge? How long would it take you? Which direction would you go? For example

Summary

In this report I have explained what a goal is and why it is important to have them. I have identified 9 obstacles that can potentially stop you from achieving those goals. These are:

1. Lack of information

2. Lack of skill

3. Limiting beliefs

4. Well being

5. Other people

6. Own motivation

7. Time

8. Money

9. Fear

I have evidenced how these manifest themselves, in a business context for Sole Traders and SME’s, and looked at what strategies can be can be applied. And finally I have discussed how a Business coach may support the achievement of those goals.

The Holistic Approach to Addiction

The Holistic approach to disease is to identify the root causes of the disease and then provide information and use natural methods to eliminate these causes and heal. The holistic approach focuses on healing. It treats disease as “dis-ease “- an imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach provides information and methods to re-balance mind, body and spirit.

Likewise, addictions involve imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach is to heal the addiction, to reverse it. To do this, we must eliminate the root causes of the addiction and re-balance mind, body and spirit.

Whether an addiction is to a substance or a behavior, the holistic approach is always the same- i.e., to re-balance mind-body and spirit. To do this requires accurate information and specific techniques. This includes information and techniques with respect to spiritual practices including meditation, prayer and visualizations, energy body cleansing and healing, positive thinking techniques, emotional release, detoxification, nutrition, exercise and stretching,

The holistic approach contains some elements found in the twelve steps – especially with respect to the spiritual components of the twelve steps. The twelve steps were developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and later used to also treat drug addiction. But, the holistic approach goes beyond the twelve steps.

The holistic approach also uses love to heal. To a great extent, it is a lack of love that leads to addiction (a lack of love of the addict by others and a lack of self love). So, the antidote to a lack of love is more and more love, kindness, gentleness, softness, positive words and gestures, hugs, and positive energy – the energy of infinite, unconditional love. Love heals.

The primary causes of addiction are spiritual, emotional and energy problems. These problems involve obsessive and compulsive thoughts and cravings. These thoughts and cravings are caused by negative changes in bran chemistry and brain wave activity. These changes are caused by spiritual, emotional and energy problems. Therefore, the remedies must be spiritual, emotional and energy.

These remedies include emotional release and heart-centered prayer, mediation and visualizations along with natural supplements that work on addiction, cravings and anxiety. They also involve energy healing through Reiki. Qi Gong, Integrated Energy Therapy, Acupuncture and other energy healing modalities. Bio feedback and hypnosis also help. All these techniques work on the unconscious mind and energy body.

So, let’s examine the causes of addiction. First and foremost, addiction involves a strong energy attachment to the addictive substance or behavior. The strong energy attachment adversely affects brain chemistry and brain wave activity and compels ongoing, relentless craving.

Conventional medicine focuses on the brain, behavior and pharmaceutical drugs. It ignores the energy body, the unconscious mind and natural remedies. The holistic approach focuses on the whole person, mind, body and spirit. With respect to addiction, it first focuses on the energy body and unconscious mind. Problems with the energy body and unconscious mind result in problems with brain chemistry and brain wave activity. This leads to ongoing negative thoughts and emotions, low self-esteem, behavior problems, compulsions, craving and addiction.

It all begins with the energy body. The energy body is defined as the aura, charkas, meridians and nadis (also known as spirit) and the soul or higher self. The energy body is the seat of the unconscious mind. In a clean and healthy energy body, the soul is fully connected to the spirit and the energy body is intact, clean, bright and vibrant.

A clean and healthy energy body automatically works to draw in, process and distribute life force energy through the body and brain to keep them healthy. Life force energy flows to each cell of the body and brain through the blood vessels. When a person’s energy body is healthy and clean, that person’s brain chemistry and brain wave activity are normal and balanced.

The energy body gets damaged from trauma. The trauma could be childhood or adult trauma. Trauma rips apart the energy body and results in “soul” loss. Soul loss involves some disconnection or blockage that separates the soul from the spirit and causes cracks and fissures to form in the aura. Energy blockages and energy attachments ensue.

The effects of trauma often cause the person to not feel whole, balanced, peaceful or happy. There is loss of inner power, energy and self-esteem. There is a void that must be filled and anger, fear, resentment, regrets and/or guilt that must be assuaged. The addiction often fills the void and soothes the raw, negative emotions.

Often, trauma causes a hard shell that forms around the heart that then must be de-armored through energy healing. The heart or heart chakra must be unblocked to ensure the flow of peaceful, life force energy in the body and brain for healing. Trauma often causes blockages to form in the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra must be unblocked to bolster one’s self esteem, power and energy.

Often, trauma leads to depression and anxiety. Addicts are often depressed and anxious. Energy blockages in the chakras cause us to hold onto anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, guilt and/or shame. Thee blockages, along with damage to the energy body from trauma, change conscious and unconscious beliefs from positive to negative. They disturb our inner peace and peace of mind and drain our power, self esteem and energy. They then compel ongoing negative thoughts and emotions. These changes affect behavior. The person is no longer balanced, grounded and able to draw in, process and distribute life force energy.

The first step to reverse addiction is to acknowledge it, desire to reverse it and commit to reverse it. The next step is to believe the addiction can be reversed and to focus your entire being on reversing the addiction. Focus on achieve balance and happiness, to feel whole and complete, to achieve and maintain inner peace, peace of mind and joy. The mind and will when focused are very powerful healing tools. It is also important to develop skills to cope with stress because stress often drives us back to addiction.

So first, surrender the addiction to God and the Divine. Close your eyes and center yourself in your heart/heart chakra and say “I am addicted and the addiction is too powerful for me. I call on you God and all the Divine angels of Light who are around me and I surrender my addiction to you and ask for your help. My addiction is out of my control. I need your help.”

Then say “I am healthy, whole and complete. I am so loved by God and the Divine. I will end this addiction with your help.” Know in your heart that this will be done and that your birthright is to be happy and healthy.

Next, take the steps to achieve balance and happiness. This requires inner work. The first step is to flush out and let go of past traumas, one at a time- layer by layer. At the same time, flush out and release all stored negative emotions. This is done through visualizations.

These visualizations will ensure that the traumas no longer have an emotional grip on you. Close your eyes and center yourself in your heart. Visualize that each trauma, one at a time, and all related negative emotions are in your hands. Then, with open palms to the heavens, visualize that you lift these traumas and negative emotions from you and offer them to God and the Divine. Ask God and the Divine to take these traumas and negative emotions from you. Feel them lift off you as if a burden has been lifted from you.

Visualize that each trauma, one at a time, is in a glass ball that hovers in front of your body and is attached to your body with an energy chord. Next, visualize that you put your hands on top of the glass ball. Now, through your applied will and intent, thrust the visualized ball deep into the ground with your hands. Actually thrust the visualized ball deep into the ground. Imagine that the energy chords that connect you to the trauma-ball snap and fall away as you thrust the ball deep into the ground and say “Be gone. Deep into the ground you go.” An alternative visualization is to see yourself placing each of these traumas in separate shoe boxes and throwing them down an open well. Feel and see the energy chords that attach you to these shoe boxes snap and fall away as you throw them down the well.

After you do these exericses, send visualized white light from your heart to these traumas to heal their grip on you.

The next step is to fill your body with visualized white light. So, you flush out and let go of the negative and fill up with the positive. Breathe in positive energy. Draw in positive energy with white light visualization. Sit or lie down, close your eyes and shift into your heart, focus only on your breath. Breathe deeply into your heart and torso through your nose. Visualize that with each breath you are breathing in visualized white light as pure unconditional love. Hold each breath for a few seconds and breathe out all negativity and tension through your pursed lips as visualized grey smoke. Relax..Breathe in visualized white light and push it out a foot or two from your body and hold it there with the intention of raising your vibrations and burning off all negative energy. Visualize your body filled and surrounded by white light.

You can find more white light visualizations on YouTube. When you do them visualize that the white light fills your entire body and raises your vibrations as it burns off all negative energy.

Do violet flame meditations and visualizations. You can find them on YouTube also. When you do them, visualize there is a violet flame in your torso that raises your vibrations and burns off all negative energy. These are energy-cleansing exercises.

Next, cleanse, heal, balance and align your chakras through chakra meditations and visualizations. You can find them on YouTube. Pay particular attention to your heart, solar plexus, base and root chakra. Breathe visualized white light into these chakras Put your hand over your heart and solar plexus and direct visualized white light into them. Imagine that your solar plexus chakra is bathed in the color yellow. Imagine that the color green bathes your heart chakra. Then, imagine these chakras spin freely, free of all blockages. Use your hand to make a circle in the air near these chakra points to indicate that they now spin freely, clean and bright without blockage. If you believe that have a hard shell around your heart, close your eyes and visualize that a laser beam if white light continuously and strongly hits the hard shell around your heart and visualize that the shell melts away and leaves you with a clean, pink heart.

Sit or lie down, close your eyes and focus on each major chakra and the corresponding color for it one at a time and imagine that it is bathed in that color as the chakra: focus on your lower back and the color red (say the word red a few times), next your belly and the color orange (say the word orange a few times), next, your solar plexus and the color yellow (say the word yellow a few times), next your heart and the color green (say the word green a few times), next, your higher heart just above your heart and the color pink or teal (say the word pink or teal a few times), next your throat and the color blue (say the color blue a few times), next the middle of your forehead and the color indigo (say the word indigo a few times) and finally your crown and the color purple (say the word purple a few times). With your eyes closed, focus your attention on the major chakra points of the body. Focus on each one, one at a time, for a couple of minutes: the belly, the solar plexus and the heart. Visualize each of these chakras, one at a time, are filled with white light and turning clockwise like a wheel, free of blockages.

The next step is to cut the energy cable that attaches you to addictive substances or behaviors through energy chord cutting visualizations. Imagine that there is a cable that connects to your body and the addictive substance or behavior. Then, with your non-dominant hand, grab that visualized cable. With your dominant hand, imagine that your dominant hand is a blade. Now, slice through the cable with your dominant hand. Imagine that you slice right through the cable and it falls away.

At the same time, get energy body cleansing and healing through Acupuncture, Massage and Reiki, Qi Gong, Integrated Energy Therapy and/or another energy healing method.

Daily prayer and meditation from the heart are important. Start with deep cleansing breaths. Sit or lie down. Get comfortable and relaxed. Close your eyes and focus only on your breaths. In prayer, praise and thank God for all your blessings, say powerful prayers from your faith, ask for forgiveness for all sins, and ask the Divine to take away all sins and negativity from you.

Do zone-out meditation. Sit or lie down. Get comfortable and relax. Close your eyes. Get into a deeply, relaxed state by focusing only on your breath. Slow down your breath and say “re” on the in breath and “lax” on the out breath.

Forgive all. Forgive yourself. Forgiveness means to let go so whatever you did or whatever was done to you no longer has an emotional grip on you. Do not cling to injuries, harm, mistakes and sins. Let it all go.

Visualize that your inner child is right in front of you. Smile as you send him or her unconditional love as visualized white light from your heart. Tell him or her that you love him or her and that he or she is now safe to play. Let him or her know that you are now the inner parent to the inner child and all is fine. Your inner child is still part of you and this is the process to heal childhood wounds. As you do this, you will feel more peaceful, relaxed, confident and happy. Love heals all.

Depression and anxiety often accompany addiction. To reverse depression and anxiety, use mind, body and spirit techniques. First and foremost, relax and raise your vibrations. When anxiety comes, shift out of your head and center yourself in your heart. Focus only on your breath until worried thoughts fade away.

Here is a visualization to help you relax: Sit or lie down, close your eyes and focus only on your deep and slow breaths. Visualize the color light blue for relaxation. Visualize the following: you are lying on your back on a raft in the middle of a calm blue ocean, surrounded by a beautiful light blue sky. There is light blue everywhere. Visualize that you are sitting on a beach chair on a beautiful, tropical beach with palm trees and lush tropical vegetation nearby. You are surrounded by the light blue sky and a calm blue ocean with soft waves that gently roll up the beach. Imagine that you smell the salt air and hear the gentle waves go in and out. Now, visualize that you drop into the salt water from your raft and immerse your head and entire body in the water. Visualize that the water washes away all negativity and negative energy in you.

Here are some ways to raise your vibrations: Lie down on your left side and put your right arm on your left forearm, close your eyes and stay heart centered and feel your vibrations rise. To raise your vibrations, close your eyes and clasp your hands together or place your hands on your thighs. Visualize a bright white sun in the middle of your solar plexus and push out visualized white light about six inches from your body.

Here are some additional ways to raise your vibrations. Sit down and relax, elevate your legs and close your eyes. Focus on your solar plexus with your eyes closed with the intent of raising your vibrations. Put your hand on your solar plexus and direct healing energy there. Hold high vibration crystals like orgone or citrine in you left hand while you do these exercises. Open your hand and repeatedly slap your upper chest, just below your neck. Do this at least 10 times in a row and then stop. Feel your vibrations rise. Some other ways include sounds designed to raise your vibrations that you will find in videos and CDs including on YouTube, crystal bowls, drumming, high vibration rock music, vibrating chairs, beds and massage devices.

As you raise your vibrations, depression and anxiety will fade away. This is because the first cause of anxiety and depression is low vibration, negative energy that gets in our energy field. The higher vibrations will burn off this negative energy.

Center yourself in your heart and send unconditional love from your heart to the world or another person as visualized white light. The positive energy you send out will come back to you in multiples for healing and wellness. To raise your vibrations, elevate your mood, smile, laugh, dance, listen to upbeat music, exercise, do yoga or take a walk in nature.

Often, we need to say something to another person who has wronged us or we need to apologize to another who we wronged. Either way, for the sake of you own happiness, it is important to express yourself. However, it is often not possible to say what we want to say directly. So, here is what to do: write down what you want to say to the other. Make it short and logical. Now, visualize the person is right in front of you and speak to that person what you wrote down without anger, bitterness, fear or rancor. Then, let it all go

Essential oils and color will help with depression and anxiety. For depression, visualize green or go outdoors around green plants and trees. For anxiety, visualize light blue or go outdoors around running water or large bodies of water and take in all that blue. Alternatively, watch scenes form nature (greenery and water) on your computer and meditate on these scenes. For anxiety, the essential oils vanilla and sandalwood are great. For depression, the essential oils citrus and floral scents are great.

Detoxify your body and your environment. This will help you feel better. Supplements will help with detoxification. They will also help with anxiety and depression. Detoxify with probiotics, mistletoe, greens and green juices, milk thistle and kidney flush along with parsley and cilantro, fresh lemon and water, iodine supplements and full trace minerals supplements and hot water and Himalayan salt. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following supplements with respect to addiction and cravings: kratom, skullcap, ginkgo biloba, gaba, apple cider vinegar and caffeine. Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following supplements with respect to anxiety and depression, which are often linked to addiction: dark chocolate/cocoa (taken as a hot drink), valerian root, 5 htp, sam-e. St. John’s wort, hawthorn, magnesium, b complex vitamins, ashwgandha, passion flower (often taken as a tea), chamomile (often taken as a tea), holy basil and colloidal gold For general brain health, use coconut oil, Co Q 10, lycopene and ginkgo biloba and get reflexology. These supplements and reflexology will improve circulation and open up the meridians to bring needed life force energy to the brain cells.

Take salt baths for relaxation. When you take a bath or shower, visualize that the water removes all negative energy from you and the negative energy goes right down the drain.

Work on positive thinking. Stop ongoing thoughts that dwell on the painful past or future – blame, anger, resentment, regrets and guilt. Stop thoughts about anxiety and worries of the future. Be mindful of your thoughts. Monitor your thoughts and emotional state often.

When negative thoughts and emotions come in, move from the negative to the positive. Do not attach to negative thoughts. When thoughts about the painful past or worrisome future come in, use Distract and Substitute – i.e., focus your mind on a positive thought, image, mantra or prayer that make you feel peaceful and happy. When negative thoughts come in, shift out of your head and into your heart and just be in the moment.

Stay in your heart and be fully engaged in the moment with full attention in your heart and through your senses – and not through ongoing thoughts. Center yourself in your heart and the middle of your forehead. Ground yourself often with grounding visualizations. You can find these visualizations on YouTube.

Say positive affirmations often to change your beliefs about yourself from negative to positive. Boost your self esteem with positive affirmations. Say them to yourself over and over. “I am love, I am loved, I am happy, peaceful and serene, I am powerful, strong and confident. I am loving, patient and kind.” You can find many helpful positive affirmations on YouTube.

Do brain wave entrainment exercises. These include alpha, beta, delta and theta brain wave entrainment meditations. You can find them on YouTube. If necessary, try biofeedback and hypnosis.

Reduce stress and exposure to negativity. To reduce stress and exposure to negativity, orient your thoughts, acts and speech to the positive. Reduce your exposure to stress factors. Avoid conflict, argument and drama. Avoid negative and toxic people, environments and situations. Avoid people who drain your energy, people who intimidate and cause you to get angry, people who trigger a negative and impulsive emotional response in you and people who judge and criticize you.

Walk away from drama, argument and conflict. Focus on people, environments and situations that empower you, make your feel happy and loved. Focus on pets and nature and places where there is a lot of positive energy. Open up your heart to receive and send love to all. At the same time set and maintain boundaries to reduce stress and negativity.

Eat primarily whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Organic and raw is best to maximize the vitamins and minerals you consume and minimize the toxins you ingest. Drink primarily water and tea. This will help you feel better.

Stop eating processed, packaged and refined foods and sugary and artificially flavored drinks. These are toxic foods and drinks. The toxins in them get into your cells including your brain cells. So, diet can impact brain chemistry and brain wave activity.

Get plenty of exercise. Get your heart rate up through cardio. Lift light-weights, stretch and do yoga. Move and dance, Listen to upbeat and peaceful music. Surround yourself with art, colors and nature. Keep your surroundings clean and orderly. Cultivate peace and happiness. Engage in positive activities each day that make you feel happy.

50 Cheap Valentine's Day Gifts to Romance Your Sweetheart (without Looking Cheap)

  1. Create an indoor picnic with available props, ie, picnic tablecloth, paper goods. Share finger foods and favorite trees along with a glass of wine. Spice up "dessert." Enjoy your picnic on the living room floor or in bed. Play card games, board games, or make up your own.
  2. Decorate a unique-looking jar or box with craft items. Write numerous love notes on small pieces of paper and fill the jar with them. Present the jar to your sweetheart.
  3. There are many local and national Valentine's Day giveaway contests with great prizes. Enter as many as you can and maybe you'll get lucky.
  4. For young couples with kids, get them involved in an all-family fun Valentine's Day dinner at home. Mom can prepare a dessert for two and light the candles while dad puts the kids to bed.
  5. Since Valentine's Day is on a Saturday, celebrate with a day full of low-cost activities you both enjoy doing (depending upon your location and weather). Do something with your significant other that he / she rarely has time to do, but loves.
  6. Take a 2-hour, one-time salsa or tango dancing lesson together. Or, identify some other interest you share and find a place to give you one-time extended lesson on Valentine's Day.
  7. Gals … Make the entire day full of his favorites: the breakfast of his dreams, the dinner of his dreams, TV that is his favorite, his music, etc. Do not say anything about it, surprise him all day long.
  8. Take the person you love to experience something spectacular in nature: a sunset, a sunrise, the calm of the beach, share an evening walk gazing at the moon.
  9. Create a framed group of photos that put your relationship in chronological order of events, by months or years (depending on how long you've been together).
  10. Create a CD with songs that make you think of your sweetheart, and give it to him / her.
  11. Choose specialty foods, such as wine, cheese, fresh bread / dessert from a favorite bakery. Enjoy in front of your warm, toasty fireplace.
  12. Create an at-home spa day for your mate. Deliver the gift in a basket filled with inexpensive candles, bubble bath, rose petals, facial mask and scrub. Then give your mate time to enjoy it. When he / she is done, heat up towels in the dryer for drying off.
  13. Give each other long-lingering back rubs or head-to-toe body massages. Invest in luxurious lotion or oils.
  14. Create a favorite drink together. Try all kinds of ingredients. Enjoy taste-testing. Be sure to record the ingredients, so you can make the "your" drink again on Valentine's Day year after year.
  15. Watch an old movie at home together, with popcorn and soft drinks and candy – movie-theater style.
  16. Share a scrumptious dessert and latté at a local patisserie or bakery.
  17. Pick a few household chores your Valentine usually does and surprise them by doing it before they get a chance, ie, making the bed. It does not sound romantic, but the thought will most certainly count.
  18. Walk around a favorite part of town, stopping at a nice locale for a glass of wine and appetizers.
  19. On Valentine's Day, place three pair of sexy undies on your bed and let your mate pick out which one you should wear. It's your secret!
  20. Write a "Top 10 Reasons Why I Love You" list.
  21. Since Valentine's Day is on Saturday, if you're a member of a wholesale club (like Sam's or Costco) have fun eating all the free samples! Then fill in any empty holes left in your stomach by going out to lunch. (That way you will not spend a lot of money at a restaurant!)
  22. What's a new activity you've both wanted to try that's low cost? Do it. Or, how can you creatively modify it to make it low cost? Do it.
  23. Leave a note on your mate's pillow expressing how special you think he / she is. Place a couple of mints on the pillow, too (or a single rose) … all to be discovered at bedtime.
  24. Guys … If you want to cook dinner, remember, she does not care what you make. There are many easy recipes on food web sites that look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Be imaginative and set the table special. Play romantic music softly while you dine. Leave the clean-up until morning!
  25. Guys or Gals … When you make that special dinner … Just like when you go to a fancy event and a "dinner menu" is put on each plate describing each food item, do something similar. For example, on your menu, write "Spaghetti & Meatballs, made with passion to be with YOU." Do not forget to give your "event" or "restaurant" a name at the top of the menu.
  26. Make a simple dinner at home, then go out dancing or to listen to live music at a jazz club.
  27. Buy two champagne flutes for use on Valentine's Day only to already toast your love. Keep them in a visible location as a year-round reminder of how special you are to each other.
  28. Play a sport together that you have not played in awhile, or that you rarely get a chance to enjoy. Before you start, determine what the "winner" gets (making it something to do with caring, loving, etc.).
  29. Leave a "racy" picture on your mate's cell phone. Text a romantic message at a time of day when you know things get hectic.
  30. Present your Valentine IOU coupons: I will make dinner; I will do the laundry; I will take care of the kids one day a month for the next year; I will clean the kitchen for a week; I will serve you breakfast in bed.
  31. Together, go "shopping" at a sex-toy store without spending any money. It'll give you ideas and get you "in the mood."
  32. The tough economy has lured many upscale restaurants to have high-end early-bird specials. Find out what's available in your area.
  33. Some volunteer fire departments use holiday fauna to create flower and rose bouquets as a fund-raiser. Prices are reasonable; Just get there early.
  34. If she loves chocolate … Take her on a chocolates tour. Find your hometown chocolate purveyor and ask for a behind-the-scenes tour. Next, go to a restaurant that serves her favorite chocolate dessert. Return home to snuggle with a cup of hot chocolate.
  35. Use a bar of soap to draft a love note on your bathroom mirror. Or, if you shower first, write a love note to your sweetheart in the steam on the mirror.
  36. Write "I love you because …." notes and insert them into balloons. Blow up the balloons, and spread the balloons through your bedroom for your Valentine to pop and capture each message.
  37. Many drug stores with photo departments offer a variety of Valentine's Day specials to make gifts from photographs. Use a good picture of the two of you together.
  38. Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a small amount of oil; 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate; 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm.
  39. Guys … If you want to order flowers for your gal, supermarket florists are generally half the price of the stand-alone or on-line stores, but the trick to for seeing real savings is to order two weeks or more in advance and Pay for the flowers up front … Another trick to save money, get other guys who want to order flowers to join you and place your orders to the same florist all at once. The florist may give you a "bulk" discount. Again, important to plan ahead.
  40. Plan a scavenger hunt. Write clues and place them in envelopes, and place the envelopes around town. Make the final clue a doozy of a destination.
  41. Get a small radio and take your partner dancing at a romantic hideaway, such as the woods or riverfront or ocean.
  42. Use fabric paint to decorate a Valentine's Day pillowcase for your loved one. Check arts-and-crafts web sites for other easy-to-make gifts.
  43. What did you do on your very first date? Repeat it.
  44. Create a year-long calendar with photos of just the two of you above (top page) each month. Office supply stores will insert the spiral / binding for you.
  45. Have a progressive dinner. If you're single, appetizers at his place. Entrée at her place. The middle course, dessert, after-dinner cordials … map it out a few days ahead. If you're married, one course at home, one course at her office, his office, etc. Use your imagination to set locations!
  46. Write new "updated" wedding vows, both serious and humorous, and share them with each other over a glass of wine in a candlelit room.
  47. In the morning, tuck a love note in his pocket or her pocketbook or other certain-to-be-found spot. Jot down some meaningful words on a piece of paper – "Can not wait to wrap my arms around you tonight!"; "What's for 'dessert'?"; "You make me happy every day!" – and tuck it in a conspicuous location to be easily discovered during the day.
  48. Have a 15-minute kissing session and try some new ways and places to kiss. The same old smoochereo can get boring. Use your imagination … and sometimes a little whipped cream, chocolate syrup, etc.
  49. If you do not have a special sweetheart, focus on bringing a smile or laughter to everyone you come in contact with on Valentine's Day.
  50. What are your mate's quirks and habits that irk you? Do not nag about any of them the entire day. Then try to extend the no-nagging effort to every day of the year. Remember, you're never going to change the other person.

List of 21 Good Dares for Playing Truth or Dare

On sleepovers, college parties and birthdays, Truth or Dare still is the most popular game ever. The only problem is: people run out of ideas for good dares pretty fast. Check out this list of dares for the next time you play Truth or Dare!

1. Get your wrists and legs tied together for 5 minutes

This dare is especially evil if other dares have to be completed with tied hands afterwards. You can even tie different players together for added fun.

2. Go out and feed at least one cat in the neighborhood

3. Pin a coin against the wall with your nose for 3 min

This dare is much harder than it sounds. Especially if your friends make you laugh in the meantime.

4. Act as if you are crying and describe your worst date

Get creative and make some good drama. Let others have fun with your little scene!

5. Act like a dog and get out in the courtyard for 5 min

Tail wagging, leg lifting, barking – your dog names it, you do it!

6. Ask the most beautiful person of the party for a kiss

This is a very sweet dare. Whomever you ask will get this not-so-subtle compliment. But it’s still cute. Go get that kiss!

7. Go outside the next time you have to go to the toilet

This one is easy for the guys to do.

8. Imitate an animal and have everyone guess what it is.

You’ll be surprised at how bad the other players are with hearing your elephant that sounds like a dying frog-giraffe…!

9. Stand in corner for 5 minutes while others are watching.

Especially effective if you have been handcuffed to someone/something, stripped or drenched. Or if you are ticklish and others can tease you while you are stuck without being able to fight back!

10. Lick ketchup from the back of a person of your choice

Easy, sexy or horrible dare. Depending on the back of the person you are licking!

11. Sing a really romantic song with a hard and dry voice

Have the girls do this dare. It’ll be fun for everyone!

12. Drink a mixture of 1/3 sugar, 1/3 salt and 1/3 coffee

You can mix up all sorts of drinks. Be sure that you have the right age for the drink you’re drinking.

13. Imitate a cartoon character and have everyone guess it

14. Pretend to be a clock and show the time with your legs

And show everyone how flexible you are (or not).

15. Put a pillow up your shirt and pretend to be in labor pains.

You’ll have some really sarcastic fun with this one! Be sure to check with the neighbors before you make too much noise. You can pretend the pillow is your baby after it’s born.

16. Think of your favorite swear word and yell it out loud

17. You have to ask out the next person coming in the room

Or you can go up to him or her and try to get a kiss in. Don’t get slapped!

18. Exchange one piece of clothing with your right neighbor

Have a girl and a guy with very different sizes do it for added fun.

19. Have a pointless conversation with a stranger for a min.

The key is to hold the conversation for a full minute. This will seem longer than you think. If you fail, start over.

20. Have someone pour a glass of cold water down your pants.

21. Have the group mix different sauces. You have to eat it.

That’s it: hope you can make good use of those dares for Truth or Dare. Don’t get too crazy with it. Truth or Dare parties are all about the fun, not so much about having someone feeling guilty or disgusted.

How Can You Make Your Home Look More Sophisticated and Expensive?

Now almost every family wants their home to look lush or extravagant. Thus, they hire interior designers or room decorators in order to gain that look. However, you can do this yourself. You can turn your home into a dreamland with some simple designing tips and tricks as suggested by reputed and expert interior designers.

Home Ideas to Make Your Home Luxurious

  • Vintage Brass, Bronze and Copper:

Vintage is the new luxurious. Only with a hint of the vintage item in your home, richness can be added. Whether it is a cutlery, table, lampshade or even vintage ornament, these things will make your place a lot fancier. You can also use the spray paint on some old items to make it look classic in case you are short on budget.

  • Animal Rugs:

Adding animal rugs to your dining or living room area can give you a real statement as they offer a combination of colour, texture and natural graphics. You can choose from a wide range of options available in the market.

  • Add Metallic touch:

Metallic finishes are one of the best ways to give your home a lush ambience. Pastel colours combined with metal finishes can give a subtle and elegant feel to the place. Having metal accessories and fixtures will add a different tone to your décor. The combination of metal with textured and soft fabrics like velvet cushion will bring a little depth to all the small spaces.

  • Lightning:

Lightning can change the whole look of the place. To add a little richness to your home, you can play with lights by adding it to wall hangings or paintings. Scented candles, vintage lampshades and picture lights can give all the right feels.

  • Accessorise:

If your place is small, choosing the right accessories is very important so that the place doesn’t look clumsy or cluttered. Keep it simple and organised, sophistication will follow. In the case of large spaces, you can play with different shades of black and grey accessories for instant sophistication.

  • Cushions and Pillows:

Adding some yellow toned cushions to your light coloured walls will enhance the look of your living room. Cushions and other fabrics can play a vital role in changing the look of the place.

  • Layer Complimentary Textures:

With this technique, you can give your home a unique and luxurious feel. Warm and subtle materials like soft wools, linens and velvets can do the right job. A combination of the right materials will give you a pleasant atmosphere.

  • Subtle Finishes:

A subtle and detailed finish always looks rich and lush. Adding such finishes to your walls and furniture can open up space and make it look expensive. You can also play with subtle textures to give in more depth to your home.

  • Add A Statement Piece:

You can either go for an enormous bright chandelier or an abstract painting that will add an edge to your place. Investing on a single item can change the look of your home.

  • Colour Schemes:

The colour scheme you are choosing can make a lot of difference when it comes to home décor. You can try abstract colour schemes and also the combination of metallic detailing with it to add in grandness.

  • Add A Little Shimmer:

Adding shimmer will add a little glamour to your interiors. They can go well with the backdrop of navy blues, charcoal greys or even light pink.

  • Incorporate Velvet:

Velvet itself is a luxurious and rich fabric that can change the whole look of the place. With its versatility, velvet can be teamed up with any texture or décor. Adding a velvet sofa or carpet will give that cosy and rich feeling to your home. There are many options in velvet fabric that you can choose from.

With the above interior designing tips and tricks, you can give your home that timeless elegance. Now you can also convert your boring interiors into a luxurious one by making some very simple interior design choices.

Easy Bedroom Updates For Your Teenage Daughter

Is your daughter bugging you for a bedroom redo? Is she tired of her baby pink room? It does not have to cost you a fortune to take her space from sweet little girl to growing teenager. Help give your daughter a room that is a true reflection of who she is and the both of you can have fun in the process.

The fastest and most cost effective way to update that space is with paint. Let your daughter pick out a color that she loves. Faux finishes can be fun and add some dimension to the room. If she wants something bolder than you are ready for, then an easy compromise is to paint the lower half of the room (chair rail height) one way, such as fun stripes, designs and colors and go with a more neutral effect for the top Half of the room.

Paint can also instantly update tired furniture pieces. Take a chest of drawers, armoire or a desk and make it a focal point. Take one piece and paint it a bright color and then lacquer it. Change out the handles or knobs for more drama.

New bedding is another quick change. Purchase an inexpensive bed-in-a-bag & add your own creative twist to it. Hot glue or sew ribbon or beading to it. Add fun fringe or feathers. Let your child's inner artist bloom by using fabric paint to create a one of a kind work of art.

And finally sometimes all it takes are some new accessories. A rug, new lamps or lamp shades can make a huge impact. Throw pillows, a funky bulletin board or new wall hangings can help your daughter feel like the space is really her own.

The Most Important Piece of Furniture in Your Home – Choosing the Right Mattress For You

Mattress Buying Guide

Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your home. The average person needs between 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. If you have an uncomfortable mattress, then that time can lead to restless nights, uncomfortable back problems, and fatigue throughout the day.

Choosing the right mattress for the job can be an overwhelming task. How do you know what to buy? Using this guide, you will discover the different mattress features to help you find the right mattress so you can sleep through the night.

A Mattresss Top For Every Occasion.

The comfort options when choosing your mattress are endless. Do you prefer a firm, supportive sleep surface? Or do you like to feel like you're sleeping on a cloud? Spring Air offers many different mattress tops to match your comfort levels:

  • Firm Support Mattresses – A firm support mattresses Offers more tightly packed coils and more surface support than other mattresses. This combination gives the mattress a supportive sleep surface that is ideal for anyone who suffers from back pain.
  • Plush Mattresses – A plush mattresses uses multiple layers of foam and fabric material to give the mattress a soft, supportive sleep surface. Plush top mattresses also offer enhanced edge support to help prevent roll off.
  • Pillow Top Mattresses – A pillow top mattress uses layers of foam or fabric material that helps cradle the body and prevent roll off. Plush materials woven in the top of the mattress give the pillow top mattresses superior comfort.
  • Euro Top Mattresses – Euro Top mattresses are built with an extra top layer that is sewn to the top of the mattress and filled with either memory foam or plush material. This means you get a full comfortable sleep surface that helps prevent a person from rolling off the edge.

Mattresses of All Sizes

Mattresses come in five different sizes; Twin, Full, Queen, King, or California King. Before deciding on a mattress size, measure the room and make sure that you have plenty of room around all sides of where you are going to put the bed. Refer to the list below for the different mattress sizes.

  • Twin Size Mattresses are ideal for a child's room. They are small enough to give your child plenty of play room, and large enough to give them plenty of space to sleep.
  • Full Size Mattresses work best in a teenager's room, guest room, or dorm room. They are slightly larger than a twin size bed, while remaining small enough to fit in smaller rooms.
  • Queen Size Mattresses are the middle ground for mattress sizes. They are perfect for smaller master bedrooms or apartments.
  • King Size Mattresses are built with two sleepers in mind, and work best in homes with large master bedrooms.
  • California King Size Mattresses are narrower and taller than a King Size Mattresses. They are perfect for abnormally decorated rooms, and recommended for large master bedrooms.

Start Sleeping Better!

After you select the perfect mattress, you will start to notice a difference in the way you sleep. Mattresses with proper ergonomic and lumbar support let you sleep through the night without the tossing and turning that causes restless sleep. This means that you will have less back pain, wake up feeling refreshed, and will not feel tired in the middle of the afternoon! You deserve better sleep, and we have the right mattress to help you accomplish that goal!

When Are You Going to Get Tired Enough of Sleepless Nights?

After countless nights of pacing back and forth, lying in bed looking at the ceiling and waking up feeling extremely groggy and looking like a zombie, why have not you done something?

There are no excuses for not getting a good night of rest. It is imperative that you sleep every night for at least seven hours in order to wake up feeling refreshed and to operate at maximum functioning capacity. There are so many outlets out there to aid you in getting a good night's sleep, so let's get started.

You may say to yourself that it is no big deal if you battle insomnia during the week, because you always have the weekend to catch up on sleep. This is the largest misconception, because you are doing more harm than good overall. Taking frequent naps a couple times per week will never allow your body to follow its natural sleep cycle and get back on track towards a healthy pattern.

Is not your insomnia to the point where it is frustrating you and driving you crazy? Well, good, because sometimes frustration is just the motivation you need to do something about your problems. If you know that you are expected to be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep, and you are only getting two to four, does not that motivate you to take action and relax your body?

You can not allow yourself to get to a point where your eyes are bloodshot and you are forgetting things left and right. This is not only a matter of getting a little rest to be able to function at your job and at home, but it really is a matter of life and death. You are continuing to add years to your life, and harm your body and mind if you do not allow yourself to take the time to figure out what are the main causes of your sleeplessness.

Part of the problem may be that your peer group has been influencing you for far too long about taking power naps in order to get by during the day. Most working professionals just simply grab their coffee in the morning, drudge in to work, and then continue their day at a minimum performance level. They figure that, as long as they can get by doing the required amount of work, then what would be the point of getting more sleep. Others take it to the other extreme, and want to be over-achievers in life. They feel that they can not accomplish all that they need to without they bring their work home and stay up half the night. Obviously one of these behaviors is healthy, and both lead to many nights of restlessness.

So, it's okay to get tired of this behavior. No one will fault you for wanting to take care of yourself and get more sleep. And if they do, all you have to do is get a note from your doctor, because he or she will instruct you that your frequent waking during the night will eventually catch up with you and do you harm.