bookmark_border13 Charming Farmhouse Living Room Ideas

In my opinion, going over to a farmhouse is like having a mini vacation. First you gotta pack your stuff, all the good outfits that you’re gonna take pictures with along with purchasing food and drinks for the party! They are usually located at the outskirts of the city so you enjoy the drive to the destination. When you reach your little getaway home, it had better be charming right?

Fireplace

Who needs blankets and sweaters when you have this! Cold winters make us feel lazy. All we wanna do is curl up in bed and snooze all day. Having a fireplace is beneficial because not only does it warm up the room but it also changes the entire atmosphere of the house. You can share this warmth along with your family and friends. Not to mention how aesthetically pleasing a fireplace is. One could just sit across and look at the dancing flames all day.

String Lights

A very simple and effective way of adding a touch of charm into any room are string lights. I love string lights, they can be used almost everywhere, and they are so pretty! Just look at this contemporary living room. The lights really bring out the small details of the beautifully designed interior. You can also see little reflections from smooth surfaces which is very pleasing to the eye. You can even add cool lamps in your room, like long distance lamps for relationship, modern lamps etc.

Hippie

This living room looks like a great place to just sit back and chill, right? Get cozy with this indie styled living room. Grab a book, light a scented candle, play some instrumental music and read away. When you think you’re finished with the book, you can keep yourself entertained by cracking open a window and enjoy some natural breeze. Maybe enjoy a home-made cigarette? Just enjoying the vibe, really.

Casement Windows

Bored of having 4 walls in a room? How about 3 walls and a whole window! This casement window makes the room feel super airy and spacious. Just look at the amount of natural light in the room. Light colours further add to the airyness of the room. The subtle splash of colours here and there really work well and the room is put together by a sophisticated ceiling light, completing the look.

Low Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights almost as low as 6-7 feet off the ground might seem unconventional, but it turns out they do look damn good. Although one must make sure the bulbs used are not too bright so as to blind somebody as they’re placed almost at eye level.

Write it up

A chalk board is a pleasing piece of furniture. It looks good and delivers a message. In your case you can write anything you want. From inspiring quotes to cringey dad jokes, go right ahead!

Living+Balcony

Whether you want to sit and enjoy a warm snuggly couch or hop out into the balcony for a change of mood, this living + balcony concept has got it covered. After all, a balcony is a great place to hang out right? Add to the fact that the balcony has enough chairs to seat at least 10 people, you could have a complete barbeque brunch.

TV Stand

A sleek TV stand combine form and function. It adds an entire layer to the room and can also be used as a nifty storage area. Bonus marks for matching the TV stand and the center table.

Plants!

With global deforestation and climate change getting worse, it’s never a bad idea to plant a tree. Why not have a whole plant in your living room? Although it would require regular maintenance, especially if it’s a big one, it is a fresh addition to the room.

Painting

I’m no expert in paintings but I do love how good that abstract painting looks on that wall. Paintings are of different kinds and concepts. So you can choose what kind of painting you want depending on what kind of look you’re going for.

Partition

Partitions are a great way to separate different themes and elements within the same room. You can bring about whatever feel you’re looking for. For example, this metal mesh partition adds depth to the room. They are stunning to look at even if they are used as an individual design structure.

Fancy Ceiling Lights

Do I need to say much? The only disadvantage of fancy ceiling lights is that they grab all the attention of the room, leaving the other bits of furniture jealous. This fantastic lotus inspired light is a treat for the eyes.

Pool Table

Whether you play pool or not, you can’t deny the sheer presence of a pool table in a room. It is definitely a bonus if you can play though. Play a round of pool with your business partners as you decide your next business strategy as you sip on some fine brandy in this luxurious farmhouse living room.…

bookmark_border14 LIFE HACKS TO WIN AT LIFE

Know Yourself

There are numerous questions you can ask about yourself, but do you have all the answers? Self knowledge is a term in psychology which obviously means knowing oneself. There’s nobody in this world that should know you better than you do. It’s important to be humble when thinking about oneself. Accepting our limitations and flaws is the first step towards improvement. Embracing and exploiting our strengths inspires confidence.

Dream

Having a vision and a dream for your future gives you a sense of direction. When you do so, you give yourself the power of influencing your decisions in such a way that they align perfectly with your path of achieving your destiny. Setting frequent short term goals is a brilliant way to grow and eventually fulfil your dreams.

Respect Family values

I believe the saying “Family comes first”. They brought us into this world. Our parents dream about seeing us become successful individuals from the day we are born. They share our happiness when we succeed and understand and support us when we are struck by failure. The love they give us is unconditional and that is the best kind of love. Keep your family close. They are always there for us, no matter what.

Plan your day

You will be surprised how productive your day can get it you organize it well. Break it up into segments and divide all your tasks and chores into convenient time intervals to make the best out of your daily 24 hours. Your schedule shouldn’t be cramped with everything related to work. It could include an evening walk, or an hour at the gym. Find the perfect balance of work and play.

Sleep

The amount of sleep you get decides how your day is gonna go. Some may say that they can function on less hours of sleep if they have a lot of caffeine. But the fact is our body needs rest to work efficiently. At the least, a sound 6 hour sleep is a must for adults, if not more. Adequate sleep helps recharge your body and keeps you active throughout the day.

Make winning a habit

Humans are competitive. If you don’t win, you lose. It’s difficult to get rid of a habit that you practice on a daily basis. In the same way, you gotta make winning a habit. Because if you do, you will hate losing and the possibility of losing will motivate you to win. Winning overcomes the fear of being average and is a great influence on us.

Pamper yourself

With people being extremely busy chasing their dreams, they forget to take care of themselves. You need to spend some time with yourself. Self analysis and self care is important to know where you stand. Treat yourself from time to time, fulfill your materialistic dreams. While living life in the fast lane, it’s never a bad idea to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Hobbies are important

Modern day millennials complain about not having enough time for their hobbies. You gotta make time! As kids, we spent so much time on our favourite hobbies. If you want to attract girls, then a stylish acoustic guitar can be a good choice. It’s only fair that we spend at least an hour or two a week doing something we loved since we were young. So go ahead, make time and edit your schedules!

Spread joy

Money can’t buy you happiness. Being a serious grim person will not earn you any smiles. Spread happy vibes when you’re in a social gathering. People will develop a liking to you and automatically look at you in a positive manner. People also feed off each others emotions. So if you’re a cheerful person, chances are likely that the people around you are all cheerful. Creating a happy atmosphere keeps your mind positive and free from negative thoughts. We also know that happy people are said to live longer.

Face your fears

No good has ever come from running away from a problem. Stand your ground and figure it out. It might seem easier to push them away or completely ignore them, but the relief one gets after solving a problem is blissful. You will face a lot of problems in life, tackle them fiercely and watch yourself grow.

Priorities

Undoubtedly, the most important part of decision making is prioritizing. More importantly, it comes down to what you think are your top priorities. If you have your priorities right, there’s no confusion when you come across a problem, because you already know what to do.

Friends

Our fellow mates are of unfathomable importance to us. They are always there by our side whether the times are good or bad. I call my friends my pseudo-parents because that’s exactly the role that they play in my life. Surround yourself by friends that love you and accept you for who you are.

Money

And finally money. Although money indeed can’t buy you happiness, it can solve most, if not all your problems. A good paycheck backs you up with glorious benefits and a strong reputation. Work hard, work smart, make money and enjoy life fabulously while it lasts.

Life Partner

Finding the person that you are gonna commit to spend your entire life with can be intimidating. But if you do, there is no better feeling. Knowing for sure that they always have your back, the feeling is just scintillating. Finding a partner in this modern date has become easier with social media and what not, but so has ending relationships. Amidst this kind of behavior finding someone special is rare, and to those who already have, it is a blessing.…

bookmark_borderWhat Type Of Dog Should You Adopt?

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We humans have been living in this planet Earth for such a long time now. In these years of survival, we have mastered many skills and other creatures. Some have the ability to tame lions and tigers, some can make a huge elephant sit down, and some can even make bees their bodyguards! With our mastery over almost all other creatures besides us, we have somewhat discovered the secret to life.

In this world, humans have made many friends; out of them are many animals as well. And when it comes to the best among animal friends, you cannot name anyone better than dogs. Canines like dogs have proven themselves as man’s best friends so many times that finding one incident of them harming us would be really difficult. It is true that not all the dogs are same, but one can easily cope up with a dog if he wants. There are various breeds of dogs which have various behavior, manners, likings, disliking etc. But making a dog our friend is rather easy than going to a lion and asking for his friendship with a friendship band!

Now, with so many varieties of dogs existing, the question arises that what breed or what kind of a dog would be suitable for keeping in our homes. This question arises in the mind of almost everyone who has a plan of adopting or buying a dog. So let us prepare a small guide on what kind of a dog should you opt for.

HOW IMPORTANT IS BREED?

The first question that comes in our mind when buying a dog is its breed. We often wonder that what breed should be preferred. This results in hours and hours of research. I am not saying that research is not required. It is important to research everything for your own satisfaction. But keep in mind that whatever looks good on paper is not good in real. Similarly, the characteristics of a breed of a dog can never determine its importance in your life and your house. The only thing that matters is the chemistry between both of you.

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Pit bull is well known for its aggressive nature. But it is surprising that even certain Pit bulls are great companions of their owners. On the other hand, Golden Retrievers are known for their passive nature. But sometimes we have heard incidents about these retrievers going against their mates. The borderline is that breed never matters the most, the thing that matters is the relationship between you and your canine mate.

THE DOG SHOULD BE GOOD TO KIDS

The main fear or concern that people have while looking for a dog is if their children would be safe with a dog in the house. This thinking prevents many people from going for a dog. But the thing is that dogs will be aggressive only when they are forced to be so. Some points to be kept in mind are –

  • Train your dog properly. The dog may be of any breed, may it be Labrador, or Retriever, or Chihuahua or even Pit bull, the only thing that should be done is its training. You should not wait for the dog to become adult for starting its training. Just like human children, dog puppies learn better when they are small.
  • If you are not of a trainer kind of person, then you should opt for an adult dog. And it should be well trained. Having a trained dog will be a good option for people who do not like to spend their time training their dogs. And puppies can be a bit dangerous as well for children!
  • Teach your children about the type of interaction they should have with the dogs. Mind that each dog has its own kind of interaction and hence you have to study well before teaching your children. I know it is important to train your dog, but teaching your children would be a plus point that you would not regret later.
  • You should prefer adopting a dog from Rescue organization rather than buying a new one. It is because the rescuers keep the rescued dogs in the foster homes and they very well know about the personality and behavior of each dog. So they can easily help you in selecting the right doggy!

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IT SHOULD BE A BIT PEOPLE FRIENDLY

We know that many of us keep dogs for safety. All they need from the dog is that it should be able to protect their house during their absence. The dog is mainly for the safety purposes. But facts show that most of these dogs are really aggressive in nature and bite and attack all strangers, including the guests of the family.

So, there is no point of buying a dog for safety purposes if you are putting the lives of other people in danger. You can go for breeds like Labrador or Grey hounds or Great Danes. Though they are large in size, they prefer living inside the houses but are handy for safety as well and need some outdoor exercises. Coming to exercises, whichever dog you bring requires some amount of exercise or outdoor activity. So, always take your dog out regularly for some enjoyment and potty-breaks!

GET A PARTNER ALONG WITH A DOG

Yeah you heard it right. Get a dog who can be your partner as well. Dogs can prove to be a real good travel partner. Be it trekking, or camping or simple jogging, your dog can be your mate in all these cases.

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Breeds like Beagle, Border collie, Dalmatian, Pit bull, Australian Shepherd or even Labrador retriever can be good travel partners. Dogs usually like to play outdoors. They like regular walks or games too. So whenever you are out on a walk or trek, just take your dog with you and I bet you will have a jolly time with them! But some cautions should always be in your mind. Not all dogs can be marathon runners. Some can be good short distance runners while some can accompany you for marathons. Never push your dog beyond his limits. Always look for signs of fatigue and take extra water with you. And take care that your dog does not run long distances when he is a puppy. It is because this can cause serious joint injuries which can plague them for life.…

bookmark_borderTravel Essentials: 12 Things Every Traveler Should Pack

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In this modern era, our life is all about work and responsibilities. All we care about is our work and work only. In this hustle, we forget to make our mind relaxed and tension free. So, what is the basic thing needed to give our mind some peace and our body some relaxation? Yes, a holiday.

And holidays mean trips. The trip could be to anywhere and at anytime. It can be a simple trip with family, or can be a trek or anything else. And, when we have a trip in our mind, we also think about what all we need to take on our trip, right? In other words, it is termed as Packing!

There are various things we can take with ourselves on our trip, but here are some basic things that we should have in our bag while we are on a trip –

1. Mobile phone accessories

It will not be wrong to say that mobile phones have become a really essential companion of humans, and we cannot travel anywhere without them. Be it calling, or photography or anything else, we are inclined towards our mobile phone the most.

But our mobile phones also need some backup to keep supporting us. And when we are on a trip, may it be trekking or any regular trip, the accessories are really necessary. First and foremost is the power bank, because we cannot charge our phones anytime or anywhere without the power bank. So a power bank with some good backup is mandatory. Other components like ear buds, cell phone holders etc can be considered as well!

2. Water Bottles

It is really necessary to be hydrated whenever you are on a trip. Imagine that you are travelling somewhere and suddenly you feel dizzy because of dehydration, then your trip will be ruined completely.

So always try to carry a water bottle in your back pack whenever you are on a trip. This will help you in keeping your body hydrated and you will not find yourself looking for some water to drink! But when you are on a trek, you will surely not want to carry heavy stuffs. So, instead of any silicone bottle, you can consider carrying collapsible water bottles or water bags as well.

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3. Cleaning stuffs like napkins, towels etc.

Keeping yourself clean and disease-free is a must when you are on a trip. You will not want to waste your money buying napkins and towels everywhere you go, right?

Always carry some napkins or towels in your back pack when you have plans of travelling. They will not take too much space or will increase your load! But having those with you will help you in cleanliness, and will prevent you from over-expenditure. You can also consider having hand sanitizers and mouth fresheners when you are on a business trip and have to attend meetings and all that stuffs! You will not want to face your clients with a foul smelling breath, right?

4. First Aid Kit

With us discussing about cleanliness and body hydration, we can not leave behind our safety.

Safety is number one priority, right? But when luck is not with you, you will hurt yourself however careful you are. And in those emergency cases, you cannot roam around looking for some medication facilities or hospitals. In those emergencies, having a first aid kit in your back pack will be a boon for you. You will not be dependant anymore and can medicate yourself whenever or wherever necessary. Even when the wounds are big, you can take care of yourself until help arrives!

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5. Expandable Bags

Bags are the first thing that you will have with you while you are on a trip. All you essential items and stuffs will be in your back pack. SO a bag on the shoulders is a must while travelling.

But, every bag has its own limit. You cannot carry more things than the bag you have permits. Now, what will you do when you need to keep some stuff but you do not have even a little space in your back pack? Here the expandable or foldable bags will be handy. You can fold up some bags and keep them in your primary back pack. And when necessary, the bags will be able to store those things which will not have place in your primary back pack. And these will take really less space too!

6. Multi-charger

There are times when you have to travel to some other foreign countries on a business trip or a regular trip. In those cases, how will you charge your cell phone? Because it is not necessary that the type of charger you use is used in that country too, right? Now you are in a really bad situation.

Your savior in those situations would be a multiple cell phone charger. These are those charging bricks which have almost every type of charging pin used in various countries. In this way, you will not have to buy a new charging brick and can easily charge your cell phone!

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7. Clothing

It has been said right that the clothes you wear determine your personality. Your garments and dressing determine your status to a large extent. So when you are on a trip, you should check your clothing in prior.

Based on the duration of your trip, you can determine the amount and types of clothing you need to carry. If you are on a short trip like trekking or camping, you should carry minimal clothing like trousers, T-shirts, gloves and all that stuff. If you are on a business trip where you need to attend meetings and parties, you will need to carry some awesome and formal clothing. And on a regular family trip, you can take your jeans, shirts etc. But always try to carry some minimal clothing.

8. Pillow and sleeping bags

There is no surety about where you will have to sleep when you are on a trip. So always try to have a light weight sleeping bag and a travelling pillow in your back pack to make sure that you will not have to go through sleepless nights during your trip!

9. Raincoat and Umbrella

Rainfall does not come with any prior notice, and it is possible that you may be in a rainy area during your trip. Try to take with you a raincoat or an umbrella just in case you have to battle the showers!

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10. Multipurpose shoes

When you are all dressed up, you have to look down to the shoes you are wearing as well. And to be frank, the multipurpose shoes will be the best ones. If you suddenly have plans of trekking during your regular trip, you will not have to waste your time looking for the right shoes anymore.

11. Passport and Xerox

Always try to have some photocopies of your passport whenever you are travelling to some foreign countries. Even if your passport gets lost, you will have your spare photocopies which will be of help! But always try to keep your passports and cards in a safe spot inside your bag.…

bookmark_border10 Ways To Make Your Wedding Fun

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “wedding”? Is it only a function? Or is it a place where many sit together for dinner? Or is it where everyone comes to see the beautiful couple and bless them?

Whatever it is, wedding can be described as that moment of life which opens the way to a new phase of your life. It is a dream your parents have been seeing from the time they became parents. It is the biggest party that you or anyone else will ever throw. Weddings are mostly common during the summers, and you will be surely having one or two invitations on your table right now.

Most of the weddings we visit are common; they have a few things in common like the food, the theme, the music and many more. But, what should you do if you want to make your wedding somewhat different from all the regular weddings? Here are some ideas to add some fun to your wedding function –

Make your invitation card eye catchy

The first thing that invites the guests to your wedding is your wedding invitation card. We see many types of invitation which seem very ordinary and common. So, you should try to design your card such that guests should be attracted towards your function. You can add themes like funny animals and cartoons, or clowns, or any superhero and all those animated things to it. Or you can add a hint of your wedding theme in your card as well!

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Add some theme

I will give an example here. Consider your cell phone. It looks attractive when you customize and personalize it, i.e. you add some themes to it, right? Try to apply this idea to your wedding as well. Decide a theme for your wedding, and plan it accordingly. You can go for themes like comic characters, or cartoons, or any demon stuff and many more. This will personalize your wedding and make it a bit funnier.

Make props for the night

First and foremost, make a theme for your wedding. Now, to mix things up and make it spicy, create and distribute props to the guests. For example, if you have chosen the cartoon theme for the night, you and your bride can dress as any cartoon character and can leave props like masks, or coats, or other items as a gift for the guests. This will be real fun, believe me.

Add sparks to the dance

Your wedding day dance is the most anticipated event among the guests. Even for you and your better-half, the wedding dance will be the most special one. So, try to make the dance an entertaining one. Add some lightings and props to the dance floor, and organize a dance event for the guests after you have completed your wedding dance. This will be entertaining for everyone.

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Play games

Games are the things that can force even adults to become children. Everyone loves playing games, and this can be used as an add-on to make your wedding funny. I am not telling to organize games like cricket or soccer. Are you serious? The games to be played here are the bridal games. These include the Lucky Wheel, or Truth-and-Dare, or Ball passing and many more. This is the best way to introduce guests to each other and also add some fun to your function.

Bar for everyone

A really fruitful but a little expensive fun add-on to your wedding will be having a bar for everyone. This does not mean that everyone will have their own bar. No! Arrange a table in the centre with all kinds of soft drinks (or hard if you want!) and fruits for the guests. The guests should be able to go to the table and take up any drink of their choice. This is surely going to impress your guests.

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#Instagram it!

Social media is the best platform when you want to share your life with others. You can use this to add some spice to your wedding. Set a challenge for your guests to click various types and kinds of pictures of you, or your wedding or themselves and then upload it in their respective Instagram or Facebook accounts, with you and your bride’s name in hash tags, for example – #JohnandJenny’sWedding. This will be fun!

 DIY Marriage Cards

DIY marriage cards are a great source to know your guests as well as add some fun to the dinner table. Place some DIY cards on each dinner table with interactive questions like, what should we name our children? Or which is the most romantic place to visit after our wedding? Or you can also add some funny stuffs such as Please don’t eat too much of our food, what is inside your gift? Etc.

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Dancing Heels

After your dance performance and after the guests have danced to their extent, how can you again revive the entertainment and fun in the hall? Go ask your guests for some more dance and they will surely reply that their heels are damaged or broken and they cannot dance any more. So have some dancing shoes arranged for the guests. All the guests will have their own shoe code and this flip-flop dance heels idea will soothe them a lot!

Return gifts for children and all

All the guests are sure to bring you some gifts for your wedding night. Why not arrange something for the guests as a return? Try to give some basic things like headphones, garments, or any other stuff as a return gift. Do not forget the children! Arrange some kind of toys or chocolates for them as well!…