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How To Build A Fall Wardrobe

Monday, September 20, 2021

 
How To Build A Fall Wardrobe

Fall is a great time of year not just because of the ideal weather but because it can be really easy to put a Fall wardrobe together with stuff you already have.  That's because Fall, just like Spring, is about layering or wearing pieces in different ways.  Something that you normally would wear as a t-shirt in Summer, can be worn with a jacket for the Fall. So if you are prepping your closet for Fall, make sure you take notes on how to build up your wardrobe.  

If you have fun with the seasons, and you incorporate them in your wardrobe, you'll find a whole new side to getting dressed in the morning that you absolutely love! 





1. Do a Boot Inventory
For Fall and even Winter you want to have different boots in different styles and colors.   I like to do it in threes.  I have 3 types of boots - booties, heeled boots, and flat boots, and in flat boots (the ones i wear most often) i have a dark brown, a neutral shade, and a black pair.  If you wear booties a lot you may want to have 3 colors in those.  

I also like to have a pair or two of casual combat boots and then some comfy lounging boots...like Uggs (real or fake of course).  Either way, these are a staple to my wardrobe because I can wear them in Fall, Winter, and even early Spring. 

Boots are great because they can give you a nice slim look when you pair tall boots with skinny jeans or leggings.   Booties look more fun and don't necessarily heat your legs and feet up too fast.  And comfy casual boots are great to slip in when you don't want to deal with laces. 

2. Invest in Tunics
If you have tunic tops in your closet at all, this is when you want to pull them out.  Tunics can be matched with jeans or leggings in the fall for a cute layered look.  If you have short sleeves and it's a chilly day, a jacket completes the look.  Tunics are great because sometimes they are sweater dresses and other times they are just really long tops. 

Sometimes I even take long dresses and make them into tunics by tying a knot on my front thigh and it shortens the length just enough to make it considered a tunic.  When you wear a really long tunic though, don't wear tall boots with it if it's going to touch the boots.  Then it just looks clunky and odd. Let a little skin (or legging) show! 

3. Scarves to Accessorize 
Scarves are a great way of accessorizing.  They can keep you warm but also take the place of jewelry.  The best part is, you can get scarves in SO many patterns and colors that it's a great way to add a pop to a plain neutral outfit. 

The other fun thing about scarves is you can tie and wear them however you wish and with what's most comfortable for you.  I sometimes pair a scarf with a jacket and simply tuck the scarf into the zipped up jacket. The possibilities are endless. The staple scarves I have in my wardrobe are leopard print, earthy colors with a simple pattern, and a bright pink one. 

4. Jackets are a Must
You absolutely need at least one denim jacket and one leather jacket in your Fall and Winter wardrobe.  It's perfect over ANY outfit whether it's casual or dressy.  It helps keep you warm but also adds dimension to your look.  Cropped jackets are great too since they are a bit less chunky. 

You don't have to break the bank with jackets either. Since they are fashionable they don't have to be full functional. It's okay if they don't have pockets and it's okay if they aren't the best quality.  It's one thing if you're investing in a winter coat, but a fashionable and lightweight jacket shouldn't break the bank.  Thrift stores are a great place to shop for jackets! 

5. Embrace Warm Colors
I love warm earthy tones in the Fall because it reminds me of the changing of the seasons and how the leaves are beautifully colored. The good news is that for some reason, earthy tones are easier to find in the stores as people don't snatch them up as quickly as the bright pinks and blues.  I stock up on earthy tones throughout the year then embrace them during the Fall by wearing them for the first time. 




Do you have a decent Fall wardrobe already? What's missing?


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Top Tricks For Smooth Skin

Saturday, September 18, 2021

 
If there is one thing that we all want, it’s clear and smooth skin. It makes us feel confident, it makes us feel beautiful, and it’s just good for the surface of the skin to be clear and free of blemishes. You know that you should be cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin as much as you know that you should be taking your makeup off before you fall into bed every night. It’s vital that you are following a skincare routine to keep your skin healthy, and being lazy about it is damaging to the skin.

You want smooth skin, which means that you have to work for it and not be lazy about it. You have to want to do more for it and without that routine, you will end up damaging your skin. Without the care of microneedling with PRP results and a regular routine, you won’t be able to manage your skin any longer and it will be too dry, or too oily, too spotty or too scarred. Let’s take a look at how you can ensure that you look after your skin properly no matter what.

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Always start with an exfoliation. You need to ensure that you are exfoliating your skin before you add products. Otherwise, the products that you use to cleanse and moisturize really won’t matter. Instead, you will end up with a product sitting on top of the dead skin cells. That’s really not ideal for healthy, smooth skin. Homemade exfoliators can really make a difference to your skin!

Wash. Believe it or not, plenty of people don't look at their skincare routine and remember to actually wash their faces. A cleansing gel or a facial wash will really help! You should do it at least once a day if you don't have time for a morning and evening routine. Always wash your face before you go to bed, especially if you use sunscreen or makeup.

Remember to use a toner. A toner improves the overall appearance of your skin and it’s one of the most important things that you can use. This cleans out your pores and stops them from filling with dirt. Getting rid of blackheads and pimples is always a good idea, so make sure that you’re doing this regularly.

Follow up with a moisturizer. It doesn't matter what your skin type is, a moisturizer is a must for your skin. There are some moisturizers that are catered for specific skin types, and if you know yours, then it’s always a good idea to get the moisturizer that works for your skin.

If you want your skin to glow and feel smooth and soft, don't let up on this routine for at least 21 days. It takes this long to form a habit and this is a habit you want to get into so that your skin will look radiant, youthful and beautiful. You deserve to have skin that feels and looks good - and it starts now.



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Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall

Friday, September 17, 2021

 


When fall rolls around, you probably want to get into the spirit of the season. And one of the best ways of doing that is picking out autumnal foods and recipes that we all associate with the season. In particular, that means cooking with pumpkin. If you’re looking for some pumpkin recipe ideas that you can make use of this fall, you’re in the right place. So read on and find out all about the pumpkin recipes you won’t want to miss this year.

Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

If you want to do something with pasta and pumpkins, there’s no shortage of great options to consider. Pumpkin alfredo pasta recipe is perhaps the best option of them all. The creamy pasta sauce works wonderfully with the chunks of pumpkin. If it’s a combination that you’ve never tried out before, now is the time to change that once and for all.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is perhaps the most immediately recognizable fall dessert. Baking a spiced pumpkin pie isn’t particularly difficult, and you can find a recipe very easily if this is something that you’ve never done before. It’s all about blending the spices together correctly. You’ll definitely want to use nutmeg in your recipe, but you might also want to use cinnamon as well.

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Pumpkin and Sage Soup

There are so many different ways to make the most of pumpkin soup. You can make a spiced pumpkin soup that makes use of the same kinds of flavors mentioned above. Or you could leave the spices to one side and create a pumpkin and sage soup as well. It’s a great combination and the flavors complement one another better than you might expect them to.

Focaccia with Roasted Pumpkin

Focaccia is a very adaptable bread and it combines well with all sorts of things, from olives to vegetables and plenty else bsides. But one of the very best things you can add to your focaccia is pumpkin. You simply need to roast the pumpkin first and then make it a part of the focaccia bread as it bakes. You can learn how to roast a pumpkin here if that’s not something you’ve ever done before.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you want to step outside of your comfort zone and bake something that you haven’t done ever before, you should think about making a pumpkin cheesecake. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does work surprisingly well with the use of the right recipe. And there’s more of them out there than you might think. It’s definitely a cooking option that you’ll want to try out at least once in your life.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to cook and bake with pumpkins. You just need to be willing to try new things and be creative with it. And the ever better news is that the ideas and options we’ve discussed above barely even scratch the surface of what’s possible when cooking with pumpkins.


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7 Great Gift Ideas For Your Husband

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 

Finding the perfect gift for your husband can be a daunting task! He is always giving you thoughtful gifts, but it's hard to find just one thing that he doesn't already have. So here’s a compiled list of 7 great gift ideas for your husband. Whether it's his birthday, Christmas, or any other holiday or occasion, these are items he'll love and cherish from you all year long!

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#1 Outdoor gear

The first thing on this list is some great outdoor gear from ecogearfx.com. If your husband is a sportsman or just loves being outdoors, then this is the perfect gift for him. Consider getting a camping stove and food supplies to take on his next trip out in nature. He'll love cooking up a meal under the stars with your thoughtful present!

Another great idea if he's an avid fisherman is to give him some new fishing gear to enjoy when he goes down by the river or lake. You could buy yourself one of those poles as well so that you can go fishing together sometime soon! Don't forget about outdoor clothing too - it will be handy not only now but also during winter time when it gets colder outside. Make sure you plan ahead because buying all these items separately may end up costing more than getting everything at once.
 
#2 New watch

If your husband already has a watch, but it's not in the best shape anymore, then get him a new one! A rose gold men's wristwatch is always very stylish and classy. If you want to be truly romantic with this gift idea for men, do some research on watches and take note of his favorite ones so that when he goes shopping himself next time, you can surprise him with something similar!

Another great thing about watches as gifts is that there are many different types available - from quartz watches to automatic or kinetic ones, which look super sophisticated and work without batteries or winding up by hand. They're now even digital watches with all the amazing features that men love. If you're looking for an inexpensive watch, then go for a simple leather band or rubber one.
 
#3 Pair of shoes

Shoes are another great gift for your husband. Men love shoes because they can be very practical and also fashionable at the same time. If you're looking to get him some new kicks, then think about his lifestyle first - what does he do most of the day? Is it walking or running around on concrete surfaces that will damage them easily? What kind of weather is where he lives? All these factors play into finding a good pair of men's shoes. Even if you live in an area with a warm climate all year round, there might still be certain seasons when exposed feet need more protection than others!
 
#4 Vacation

If you can afford it, then buying your husband a vacation is the best gift possible! There are so many places to choose from - tropical island escape or quaint countryside getaway. You could also give him an experience like skydiving or scuba diving he's always wanted to try but never got around to doing. If he loves nature and being outdoors more than anything else in this world, then take him camping somewhere beautiful where there will be lots of great photo opportunities for you both! Think about what type of traveller your man is, though, because some people enjoy going out alone without their spouse while others prefer travelling with company all the time.
 
#5 Sports equipment

If your husband is into sports or fitness in general, then you should definitely get him some new equipment! His health and happiness are essential to you both, so it's best not to wait too much before thinking about his needs. For example - when the weather changes during the autumn/winter months, he might need warmer clothes to protect against rain & wind while also keeping him comfy. You could even buy yourself a matching top if he has more than one spare sweater at home because what better way of showing support for each other? Try yoga together after work or go on an early morning run around town before having breakfast with your family - either way, it will be great fun & exercise for everyone involved!

#6 Wallet

Another practical gift for men is a wallet. This might be more difficult to pick out, though, because, to know which type your husband will like best, you really need to ask around and do some research afterwards! You could start by getting him the kind of wallet that's most popular with his friends - chances are it'll also suit his style quite well.

Always make sure he has enough compartments, so everything fits perfectly inside, including money/coins & credit cards or IDs. If there isn't much space left over at all after putting everything he usually carries with him on a daily basis inside, then get something larger instead, such as an overnight bag, for instance. A good quality leather one would definitely last longer than cheap fabric purses that tear apart after just a few months.
 
#7 Expensive bottle of alcohol

A trendy gift that men love to receive is an expensive bottle of alcohol. If you don't know much about liquor, then start by checking out his favourite brand because it's bound to be the best one for him! It might take some time and effort, but your husband will definitely appreciate anything if he knows how hard you tried in order to get what he wants. You can also ask around or do some research online so you can learn more about types of whiskey, scotch & other alcoholic beverages before making a purchase.

The most important thing here is finding out what he likes most because it'll be a waste otherwise - if your husband hates champagne, for instance, then don't try and get him something similar just because it's expensive!




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Why A Small Busines Should Outsource

 

I believe that to run a successful business, you need to focus on your strengths and do what you are good at. A sure-fire way to achieve success is to focus on the areas of your strengths while outsourcing the areas of your weaknesses.

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You may feel tempted to try to do everything yourself when you start a business. Among these activities are marketing activities and they do not provide what they need to achieve for success. Once the desire to grow and succeed hits, they will start to see clearly and it won't take long until they become aware. Marketing can either be handled in house by a full-time staff member or outsourced. Though both can be successful, outsourcing is usually the better choice for small businesses.

As a new business, here are some reasons to outsource your marketing:
 
Put Your Strengths To Work

It's no secret that marketing tools have increased and improved over time, and trends and patterns in the market are also continuously changing. Especially for small start-up companies, staying on top of this can be difficult and extremely expensive. To expand your marketing possibilities, you'll need a team of marketing experts who can guide you in the right direction. If you utilize outsourcing as a marketing strategy, you can concentrate on your core capabilities. With a solid focus on these areas, you will be able to achieve success and growth with your marketing. 

You Save Time And Money

The marketing field is very dynamic, and in order to be successful, you need to keep track of the latest trends. To succeed with your marketing scheme, you must commit a lot of time to train and ensuring you are happy with your employees. What are your time and budget constraints? Then what happens if one of your employees leaves after spending so much time and effort training them? As a result, small companies cannot realistically budget for marketing, which makes outsourcing your marketing the logical decision. In addition to minimizing the cost of training, it also reduces the costs of hiring new employees, office space, and equipment. 

Continual Communication And Support

Creating a better customer experience begins with providing a good platform for your customers to keep in touch. To provide a solid and secure method of communicating with your joint team, using a digital agency is a great way to make sure you are able to work together quickly and effectively. As an alternative, you can also use the help desk software to arrange phone calls and answer emails quickly. You will be able to get an analysis from the marketing agency that you choose to work with of the patterns that your customers are following. A great example of this is when you are creating your website to showcase your content. WEBX360.COM will be able to supply you with support while working with you.

Growth Of The Business

A company's main goal is to reach new heights by increasing its bottom line. When it comes to reaching the desired results, you need to allocate your marketing budget efficiently, and outsourcing your marketing processes is mostly faster and cheaper. A new business needs to be focused on its main priority, which is strategy. It is possible to scale your marketing scheme with your business if you hire the right agencies. In many cases, they have qualified marketing professionals on hand who can guide you in the right direction.
 
A Broader Pool Of Talent

There are a limited number of marketing talent pools within in-house departments. If you utilize marketing agencies, you will be able to utilize a broader pool of talent, despite the fact that it is always beneficial to become familiar with the business's core values and goals. When you outsource rather than being limited, you open yourself up to a wide range of possibilities and ideas that you would not have otherwise come up with. While many small businesses do not have the budget nor the space necessary to build a perfect marketing department, marketing agencies do have those resources available to them.
 
Your Business Can Benefit From The Right Techniques

A business is an ever-evolving entity, which is constantly evolving. In the most recent years, marketing techniques have changed radically as a result. Business owners have had an array of options to choose from, but it has also created a great deal of confusion regarding which techniques would be perfect for their business. As a result, they have also made the process more expensive and complex than ever before. It is imperative that you hire a marketing agency to help you decide which marketing techniques are most appropriate and suitable for your company, as they will be able to detect problems much more quickly than you would if you were to do it yourself. A marketing agency that utilizes outsourcing allows you to use an extensive team of highly experienced professionals and you can implement best practices in your marketing campaigns as a result. It is often the case that small businesses don't select the right techniques to utilize, and the main reason is that most of them rely on improvisation and are essentially starting from scratch when it comes to their marketing strategy.

Businesses of all sizes are using outsourcing these days, especially when they are just starting out. If you're starting a new business, then you should consider outsourcing your marketing efforts. It may seem too good to be true when you consider the talent and resources that you can tap into and the money that can be saved by not having to recruit, train, and employ an entire marketing team, but you are simply choosing the best option for your business.

A business may find outsourcing a big decision, but it offers a lot of value, and it offers ongoing support from experts.

Is there another reason you should outsource your marketing or any other area of your business as a new business? Share them in the comments section below.






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The Ideal Home Maintenance Checklist

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

 

The ideal home maintenance checklist can be a tricky thing to put together. There are so many different things that need to be done every week, month, and year. The last thing you want is for your home to fall into disrepair. Especially if you've spent so much making it a special place. That's why it pays off to know what needs doing and then make sure it happens! Here is a guide to the ideal home maintenance schedule.
 
Start Outside
 
Driveway And Garage

Your driveway and garage are the first things people see when they come to your home. If you want to make a good impression, these areas must look neat at all times! Once every month or so, sweep out any dirt or debris from both of them. Then once per season (fall/winter for most climates), give the driveway and garage a good sealant coating. This will help protect the surface from any moisture, so your driveway won't crack or rot! It also prevents dirt from getting stuck in cracks and crevices throughout the year! Since your garage door is often used, you need to ensure that any identified problems are sorted out immediately. You can reach out to a garage door repair company in your area and have it sorted out in no time. 

Your Lawn And Garden

Everybody likes to have a nice lawn around their home, even if you're not one for gardening. But the key to keeping it nice is making sure you mow and edge regularly! Grass gets unruly fast, so if you want your lawn looking great for that upcoming barbecue or party, then get out and do some yard work at least once per week. It's also essential to keep up with weeding between mowing, so your garden doesn't take over the whole yard! Another important aspect of garden and lawn maintenance is ensuring that you regularly water your garden to keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

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Exterior Lights

Make sure you change out all exterior lights at least once per year. This means changing light bulbs and checking for any burned-out fixtures. Doing this ensures that you have sufficient light when arriving home at night. It also makes it easy for visitors to find your home. Additionally, make sure to test all the electric plugs outside your house and inspect them for frayed cables.
 
Roof & Gutters

One of the most critical parts of home maintenance is making sure your roof and gutters are in good shape. There's nothing worse than driving up to your house during a storm only to see that its gutters have overflowed. That means having buckets and pails scattered all over your yard and a flooded basement as well! That's why it pays to check on the state of your gutters at least once per month. Also, consider reaching out to a roof inspection specialist at least once a year to do a quality inspection. Roof damage can be an expensive maintenance activity if you leave it too late.
 
Windows And Doors

Don't forget about those windows and doors! Windows are one of those things that people often take for granted until they're broken or cracked. If you want to keep your home in tip-top condition, then make sure broken windows are replaced as soon as possible. Also, make sure to check all windows, including your basement windows. Basement windows for sale are readily available and often get installed the same day. Doors need the same treatment, but since there are so many of them, it may be hard to do everything in one go. So it's best to check them once per month and see if any need sanding or stripping.

Indoor Maintenance
 
Flooring Maintenance

Flooring Maintenance is one of the most important aspects of home maintenance. Wooden floorboards are still popular, but there are so many other options available these days! Different flooring options each have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. But they all need some care to keep looking good over time. For wooden floors, make sure to use a good quality wood cleaner and wax product. This will keep your floor in top shape while also making it easier to sweep! For tile or laminate floors, you'll need to get into the habit of mopping at least once per week. The same goes for carpets. But if there are stains on the carpet that won't come out, a good quality carpet cleaner will help.
 
Indoor Walls And Paint

Check your indoor walls and paint! Ensure no moisture or mold has accumulated in any dark recesses. This means damp patches on the wall. This can lead to some severe health problems for younger people and the elderly. So make sure to check your walls at least twice per year for any signs of moisture damage!

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Plumbing

When your plumbing starts to fail, then that means some significant problems with mold or rot! Make sure you check all pipes for leaks at least once per month and get them fixed as soon as possible. If water is leaking out into your yard, then that means you have a severe problem! Reach out to a local plumber as soon as possible if this is the case. Make sure to check all fixtures, including faucets and toilets. And if any need replacing, make sure to get them replaced right away, so there are no problems later on down the line.

Lights And Plugs

Finally, there is the Lights and Plugs section of home maintenance. Make sure to check your indoor lights at least once per week for any signs of damage or bulb-outs. This means checking light switches and replacing them if needed. And make sure all electronic plugs are in good working order with no frayed wires that could cause a fire!

That may seem like a lot of work, but the key is making it part of your routine! If you can carve out one Saturday morning each month for home maintenance, then over time, everything will get done without much effort on your part. The last thing you want is for your home to start falling apart around you, so stay on top of things and see what needs fixing!




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