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Becoming a True Homemaker: Three Improvement Trends for a Low-Maintenance Home

kitchen cabinetsHomeowners are constantly looking for ways to make their home more low-maintenance. You probably don’t like to spend much of your weekend doing chores or fixing things up around the house. Luckily, there are small home improvements you can do to make your house work harder and smarter for the money you spend on maintaining and improving its value.

To serve as inspiration, here are some home improvement trends that embrace energy efficiency, double-duty space, and durable exteriors, all to make your home low-maintenance.

Maintenance-Free Siding

More people are becoming very particular with the siding they choose for their homes. Options such as vinyl, fiber-cement, and real cedar wood are becoming a favorite in many homes because these are durable and requires little to no maintenance at all.

Say you live in New York; you probably don’t have much time to spend caring for your home. These siding options are perfect for you, as maintenance is limited to seasonal cleaning and some caulking each spring. Many of the wood and vinyl siding nowadays are also improved, making them more resistant to insects and damage. You’ll only need to contact a local roofing company in Long Island and ask them what goes best with your current home design and your siding needs.

Double-Duty Spaces

Storage spaces are often a hot commodity in New York and other big cities. This is why being creative and ingenious when it comes to storage spaces is a hot trend nowadays. Everything from walls, beds, stairs, and sofas can double as cabinets and bins.

To have this in your home, get a Murphy bed that can double as a cabinet when pulled up, foldaway walls, and sofas and chairs that double as storage chests. If you’re renovating, you can also turn your stairs into a cabinet by turning each step into a drawer that can be pulled out when needed.

A New, Fortified Roof

Roofing jobs may cost some money, but with the right improvement, you can make it more durable, easier to maintain and longer lasting. Many improvement projects from local roofing contractors in Long Island, for example, can replace shingles and gutters to more efficient ones that don’t need much cleaning. Depending on your roof design, you might only need to do a few maintenance checks once or twice a year.

A low-maintenance house is the dream. With a bit of creativity and a small investment, you can turn your home into one.

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John Dunston has been a nutrionist for over 15 years. He has conducted many studies on reducing the obesity rates of American children.

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Comments are DisabledApril 16, 2014 at 1:44 amFashion & Lifestyle

Earning a Career in Frontline Management

ManagementFrontline management jobs are ideal for graduates of management studies, as they’re generally entry level jobs. They’re the first rung of management and they operate under the guidance of senior management.

Many workplaces and industries provide frontline management jobs. They are, however, commonly associated with infrastructure, travel and logistics, manufacturing and retailing.

Commonly referred to as “supervisors”, “coordinators”, and “forepersons”, graduates with a certificate in frontline management can receive salaries as:

Retail Supervisors

Retail supervisors oversee and coordinate the activities of retail sales workers.

According to the Australian government website “Job Outlook“, retail supervisors working full time earn approximately $923 per week, minus tax. They have 39.7average weekly working hours, whilst all occupations have 41.3 hours.

Up to November 2017, prospective retail supervisors can count on above average employment prospects as well. During the next four years, however, employment prospects are expected to grow only moderately.

Call, Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers

Call, contact centre and customer service managers organise and control call or contact centre operations, review customer services, and maintain sound customer relations.

Full time call, contact centre, and customer service managers earn $1,468 per week, minus tax with 44.1 average weekly working hours.

Similar to prospective retail supervisors, prospective call, contact centre, and customer service managers can expect above average employment prospects up to November 2017.

Hotel Service Managers

Hotel service managers supervise and coordinate the activities of hotel service workers.

Full time hotel service managers earn $943 per week, minus tax, whilst working approximately 42.4 average weekly working hours.

Compared to the other occupations, prospective hotel service managers can count average employment prospects only up to November 2017. During the next four years, however, analysts expect employment prospects to grow very strongly.

With opportunities to work in different industries and earn a solid wage, the frontline management industry can be ideal for you. With that said, earn a certificate and find an occupation that best suits your skills and knowledge.

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Natasha Hanson

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Natasha Hanson a market research analyst in an Chicago-based firm. She is also a part-time freelance web designer.

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Comments are DisabledApril 14, 2014 at 10:31 pmBusiness Adviser

The Bag Bible: What Every Woman Should Have in Their Closet

Denim bagHandbags, just like shoes, are among the quintessential fashion pieces a woman must have in her wardrobe. It may sound cliché, but they can either “make or break” an entire outfit. While people may be aware of the different shoe types, not many are actually experts when it comes to bag types.

Before planning to buy new handbags online, keep in mind that they’re like a pair of great jeans: They should fit the wearer’s body-type. Here are three of the most popular types of bag every woman should own:

Baguette

As the name implies, the bag’s shape is similar to a baguette, only with a handle. This purse was made popular by the TV series “Sex and the City,” where an episode featured a Fendi baguette bag. It’s small from top to bottom and relatively long when measured from side to side.

Tote

This is a medium to large-sized bag with two separate straps. Also known as a “shopper,” it’s usually sold as a reusable shopping bag since it can carry anything that may be too large for a common handbag. This makes it a perfect item for eco-living, as it eliminates the need for plastic bags. Other than a shopping bag, it also works perfectly as a beach bag. They can be used to carry beach essentials, such as a sarong, bottled water, a pair of flip flops, energy bars or crackers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a small towel.

Hobo

This soft, slouchy bag with semi-circular shape has one shoulder strap, giving off a casual vibe that looks effortlessly stylish. They go well when paired with equally laidback items, such as breezy gypsy skirts, sandals, vests, and linen pants. Unlike tote bags that normally open top, hobo bags have a main compartment closure, making them a popular handbag choice for online shoppers.

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John Dunston has been a nutrionist for over 15 years. He has conducted many studies on reducing the obesity rates of American children.

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Comments are DisabledApril 7, 2014 at 8:39 amFashion & Lifestyle

What Makes an Effective Leader?

BusinessmanBack in the old days, leadership was perceived as inborn. This only means that if you were not born a leader, or a successor, there’s little or nothing you can do to become one.

The modern world changed the way society viewed leadership. Today, leadership is something that can be developed with persistence, dedication, and hard work. Leadership and CEO coaching are also available to help you develop the qualities of an effective leader.

Self-aware

No one can effectively lead a group or an organization by being close-minded. As a leader, you need to develop self-awareness to facilitate the skills development of bringing the best from others. Developing self-awareness also leads to better relationships and a more fulfilling life in the workplace and at home.

Honest and Fair

According to research, the top trait employees want from their leaders is integrity. By being honest, fair, candid, and treating everyone the same way you want to be treated, you are on your way to becoming a highly effective leader.

Decisive

Leadership is all about getting things done and taking a stand. To be an effective leader, you need to have firm position on certain issues. You must not be afraid to be decisive and make tough calls when the situations require it.

Knowledgeable

Great leaders know the organization’s or company’s overall purpose and goals as well as strategies to achieve such goals. Full knowledge of the organization, inside and out, is important to become an effective leader.

Supportive

Employees will do their best at work when they have a leader and an organization that supports them every step of the way. As a leader, it is your responsibility to support your people and create a comfortable environment for them. This will facilitate their progress and help you achieve your company’s goals.

Practice these traits or consider CEO coaching services to achieve your maximum potential and become a good influence to others.

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Natasha Hanson a market research analyst in an Chicago-based firm. She is also a part-time freelance web designer.

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Comments are DisabledApril 4, 2014 at 4:17 amBusiness Adviser

Kim Kardashian Asks Support For Syrian War Victims With Problematic Hashtags

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Image by Generic | Wikimdea

Kim Kardahsian encouraged her Twitter followers to support the victims of the Syrian conflict, but used some troubling hashtags to accompany her message.

Wrong Hashtags

The tweet read “If you don’t know what’s going on in Kessab[sic] please google it … As an Armenian, I grew up hearing so many painful stories, Please let’s not let history repeat itself!!!!!! Let’s get this trending!!!! ” with the hashtags #SaveKessab #ArmenianGenocide.

There are a couple of things wrong with the tweet. The Kassab attack are most probably false claims spread by Assad loyalists. Kardashian’s tweet campaign made the hashtag explode in popularity, effectively spreading the claim of the regime.

Different Incidents

The problem with #ArmenianGenocide suggests that Kardashian is linking the incident to when 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman forces in the early 20th century. It’s hard to believe that this was on purpose, since there are virtually no parallels between the two incidents, and Kim probably isn’t familiar with specifics of the Ottoman case.

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Comments are DisabledApril 3, 2014 at 1:46 amFashion & Lifestyle

Smart Storage Ideas for Small Apartments

apartment for saleLiving in a small apartment is tough, especially when your decorating options are limited by the square footage. But having less space doesn’t mean you have to make do with less. With a few design tips, you can transform your new apartment into a home you want—cozy, stylish, spacious, and comfortable.

Good storage and organization are the keys to designing small spaces. Whether you’re still finding an apartment for sale or already moving into one, these smart storage ideas will make your home more stylish and organized:

Invest in a Multi-Functional System

Consider your storage needs before furnishing your apartment. Are you a book lover, figurine collector, or a movie addict? If so, invest in furniture that can display and organize your collection well. A living room cabinet that houses books, DVDs, picture frames, figurines, and other decorative items is perfect for small spaces. Choose pieces in light colors so they won’t draw too much attention.

Use Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to organize home items and save space. Use them to show your collection of mementos or decorative objects, and stagger the shelves for a unique and modern look. A wall of shelving is also great for small apartments, as it lets you display your books, glassware, or china. Color code the items to make the space much neater.

Seek Out Unused Spaces

Look for less obvious areas which you can transform into useful space. Convert an understair into a media center, for example, or one corner of the room into a shoe or picture frame rack. If you have an empty bay window that doesn’t fit a sofa, you can build a window seat with storage beneath.

Divide Your Space

Use storage to define areas in your room. A set of mobile shelves that display china and glassware can divide the dining space from the living area within an open-plan room. Display items that look good from both sides if you’re going to adapt this, though.

To avoid future problems, don’t forget to consult with your landlord before starting a more complicated project, such as installing floating shelves, fitting a window seat in an empty bay window, or remodeling an understair.

Resources:

http://www.apartmentsmakati.com/for-sale/apartments/
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/205957/list/18-Ways-to-Make-a-Small-Space-Look-Larger
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=16701397

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Jenny Bey put up a spa resort in California recently. She spends some of her free time visiting the home for the aged near their place.

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Comments are DisabledApril 1, 2014 at 6:10 amThe Daily News

Robocops: The Integration of Man and Machine in Security

Metal DetectorThese days, the security of a building, an event, or a nation depends on the cooperation between man and machine. Cameras keep an eye on sectors of property 24/7, but security personnel filter out the important bits from the static. Guards screen people coming in and out of an event or building, but metal detectors find metal objects that can be potentially deadly.

The integration of manpower and machine is a welcome trend, especially in the field of security wherein both have glaring weaknesses that’s negated by the presence of the other. Security companies focus on device training and procedure in order to execute their operations effectively, and efficiently.

Looking Back on Decades Past

In order to imagine a time before security cameras, all anyone has to do is look back at the 60s and 70s. At the time, security cameras were a luxury even the US White House used scarcely. Security agencies spent most of their time stuffing their ranks with as many staff and personnel as they can. Back then, the only solution to a security problem was to throw more bodies at it.

The Problems that Were

Obviously, this wasn’t an ideal situation for a number of different reasons. First, there wasn’t any feasible way of training all of them to the level expected for them to function effectively. Their resources were also spread too thin in a period that was much too short.

Another reason why his model was a walking disaster was the loss of coordination. The more heads you have to talk over, the more diluted the instructions become. This caused massive confusion as to what anyone was supposed to be doing during emergencies. The only way for anyone to act in sync with their personnel is if the procedures were drilled into their bones, which didn’t happen.

The final problem with the massive number of security personnel was that corruption was hard to pin down. It was extremely easy for a crooked cop to hide amongst the straight men, and with the culture of brotherhood that existed (and still exists) within many security-based fields; authorities were hard put to clean their ranks.

With the number of personnel considerably slimmed down, only the best of the best remain to shoulder the responsibility of public protection. A few good men are always better than an army of dolts, and if those men are armed with the latest technology, so much the better.

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Comments are DisabledMarch 28, 2014 at 4:59 amTech 101

Myths on Estate Planning and Sales

estate planningFor many people, estate planning and sales are only seniors who are relocating and individuals who have collected many assets over the years. Contrary to this belief, estate planning is for everyone who wants to secure their properties and the future of their loved ones.

Here are some myths and misconceptions on estate planning, to help understand its importance:

Myth 1: You can only have an estate sale when someone has passed away.

You can liquidate assets with the help of Orange County firms with estate sales services any time. Most agents can manage and coordinate estate sales processes for you and your family. Estate sales professionals will assess each item, advertise them through multiple venues, provide security, and manage the event.

Myth 2: Estate planning is only for seniors and rich families.

The term “estate” doesn’t only refer to luxury cars, mansions, hectares of land, and bank accounts in different financial institutions. Furthermore, age has nothing to do with estate planning. For as long as you have assets, regardless of their value and size, you need to have an estate plan. Without it, your family may have to go through a lengthy probate process to protect your assets.

Myth 3: You need to clean out your closet before an estate sale.

Many companies in Orange County offering estate sales services don’t support this practice. Except for personal things you’d like to keep, experts recommend leaving everything to estate sales specialists, including assessing the value of your belongings. You may never know when an item is valuable. With the knowledge and experience of these specialists, you’re confident that they will evaluate your assets properly.

Myth 4: Life Insurance is tax-free for beneficiaries

Life insurance plays an important role in estate planning, as it can provide cash for the executor or trustee to pay off final expenses and debts. While life insurance may be income tax-free in most states, your beneficiaries may still have to pay for federal estate tax.

It’s never too late or too early for estate planning. Consult agents offering estate services to learn more about your options.

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Comments are DisabledMarch 27, 2014 at 4:57 amThe Daily News

Henderson Retains Mastery Over Rua

Dan Henderson

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The world expected fireworks when Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua are announced to fight for the second time, following an epic first fight back in 2011. Despite their bad showing the past few fights, the two veteran warriors lived up to the expectations and give the Brazilian fans a hell of a war—although the home crowd wanted a different result.

Hendo won the fight via stoppage in the third round by sending Rua down to the ground with a right hook and clobbered him with punches, making referee Herb Dean stop the bout.

Rua Dominant until the Last Moment

Before the crucial strike by Henderson, the Brazilian appeared leading by ending the first two rounds impressively. The first round ended with both fighters on the ground, and Rua was on top. In the second, Rua dropped Henderson with a solid upper cut.

Three-Fight Losing Streak Snapped

The remarkable victory ended Hollywood Dan’s misfortunes, suffering three straight defeats. Rua, on the other hand, tallied his third loss in his last fourth fights.

Despite Henderson’s 2-0 record against Rua, the possibility of a trilogy is not far from reality with the way both fighters perform when they share the Octagon.

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Comments are DisabledMarch 25, 2014 at 5:24 amThe Daily News

Telling Your Story One Charm at a Time

braceletCharm bracelets always fit you and suit any season. For comparatively low prices, you have something that you can wear day after day. These also dramatically personalise your ensemble when you pair these jewellery pieces with an otherwise boring old outfit.

Take the white t-shirt: It’s crisp enough for work, but by rolling the cuffs, it’s casual for the weekend. As it’s a staple piece, it needs accessorising to set it apart from the rest of the crowd. You can do this by wearing them with charm bracelets. It is amazing how one little charm bracelet has the ability to change many items in your wardrobe.

Another reason to love the piece is that you can embellish it further by looking for birthstone or nomination charms online. Each charm isn’t only a fashion magic, but a story of your life. It tells who you are, were, and what made you the person you are today.

Start telling your story by following these tips:

Choose Your Bracelet Chain

The basic chain that makes up the foundation of a charm bracelet comes in two main types: open link chains and solid link chains. Each type has its distinct style. The most popular is open link chain. It’s flexible and strong, allowing the charms to swing from their links. This produces the dangling appeal that most people associate with traditional charm bracelets. There’s a wide range of chain styles available, so choose one with links that accommodate dangling charms.

Choose Your Charms

It’s time to use your creativity. Ready-made nomination charms on sale are available individually or in matched sets. These are made from different materials, such as metal, ceramic, glass, hearts, letters and more that represent your individuality. Start with about ten beads, as this number will be easy to arrange. Add more charms after you’re done with the basic design.

Put Them Together

Arrange your charms under your bracelet. Keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong ways to place your charms. With your pliers, slightly open the jump ring then attach the charm to it. Repeat the step and enjoy the dangling appeal of your charms.

Whether you bought it as a memento or given as a gift, charm bracelets are unique jewellery pieces for everyone to wear and cherish.

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Comments are DisabledMarch 25, 2014 at 1:04 amFashion & Lifestyle