The rose gold jewelry became popular in Russia during the turn of the nineteenth century. Since then, it has spread first to the fashion capitals and then to the rest of the world owing to its stylish and elegant character. The rosy color from which the name was derived captured the fancy of the people with the most fashionable tastes. It is unique and a total departure from the conventional yellow or white color that people were accustomed to.
Rose gold is pinkish in its color because of mixing copper and yellow gold. It is referred to as rose, pink, or red gold that became popular exactly because of its color. When combined in an interlocking design with white gold and yellow gold, a 3-colored piece of jewelry is creatively crafted. In Russia, wedding rings that are made up of three interlocked rings in three colors is still regarded as traditional but popular choice.
With the same properties as yellow gold, rose gold can be used in every possible way typical to how yellow gold is used. It can be used in crafting bracelets, rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces and pendants. Because of its fashionable color, its combination with either yellow gold, white gold or both can inject some uniqueness in the piece of jewelry. Today, rose gold jewelry continues to be popular especially in timepieces.
Rose gold can be found in 18 K and is widely liked especially when used in vintage or antique designs. Its popularity and unique color makes it appealing and widely used in jewelries for men and women alike. With a precious stone like a pink diamond or a passionate ruby, the color is further set off. Conversely, if one wants a piece or a set of jewelry that is more affordable, one can buy instead a rose gold jewelry in 14K gold usually used in crafting commercial 14K jewelry.
Rose gold is uniquely fashionable and can make a statement of elegance when worn singly or in sets. It exudes cheerfulness by day and glamour at night. It makes great accessories when the occasion calls for versatility.
Entertaining people in your home is always wrought with a bit of stress and anxiety. Simply getting everything ready before the party is enough to make most people pull out their hair. In addition, the self-doubt and worry about last minute details is enough to send most people over the edge of comfort. However, planning your party does not need to be this way. Here are some time-tested tips to help you plan the best party with the least possible pre-party stress.
Tip #1 – The best thing you can do for yourself is to write down a master party shopping list and a list of what needs to be accomplished around your home before the date of the party. Get out a calendar and mark off some time to shop and clean your home.
Tip #2 – Enlist the help of your spouse or children in the process of cleaning and de-cluttering your home for the party. While they may not do the “perfect” job that you would, you can always go back with a quick vacuum or dust cloth and finish the job later.
Tip #3 – When your guests arrive they will need a place to hang their coats and place their purses. One of the easiest things you can do is to clean out your entry-hall coat closet for them to use. If you have a bunch of stuff in there, then you should either find a new home for it or box it up until after your party is over.
Tip #4 – When you shop, think about if you will want to send home leftovers with your guests. If you will, then you should pick-up some inexpensive containers that you can send home food in and not have to worry about retrieving your plates or bowls later.
Tip #5 – It is also nice to plan for enough leftovers from your party that you will not have to cook or prepare food on the day after your party. Let’s face it, the day after your party, you will be exhausted, and by not having to cook, you can relax and enjoy the day with your family.
Tip #6 – When you go to the store to purchase the non-perishables for your party, you can leave them in the grocery bags until the day before the party. Rather than unpack everything and put it away in your cupboards where people might mistakenly eat it, you can simply leave everything in the bags and keep them in an out of the way place until the day before the party. I highly suggest looking at everything the day before and making sure you didn’t forget something at the store, which is vital. This will keep you from having to make emergency store runs on the day of your party when you have other things to do.
Tip #7 – If you are having an evening party near the Christmas holiday season, you might want to get together ahead of time with your friends and organize a cookie exchange. By doing this you can have tons of different cookies to offer your guests, even though you only had to make one kind of them.
Tip #8 – If your guests will be drinking wine, it is a great idea to use some inexpensive wine glass charms. This will allow your guests to know which glass is theirs and keeps them from using too many other glasses. Put the charms on before your party to save time when you are serving your guest’s drinks.
Tip #9 – One of the best things you can do when planning your party is to ask other people to bring food or beverages. Many times people ask what they can bring, and you should take them up on their offers. Not only does this cut-down on the budget for your party, it also allows you to spend less time cooking and more time with your guests.
Dec 04 2013
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Many people don’t throw parties simply because they don’t want to do a ton of work and then end up missing all of the fun because they are stuck in the kitchen or running around the house doing last minute necessary things. However, this doesn’t have to be the way it is! You can throw a party and enjoy it at the same time. The trick to hosting a party where you can enjoy yourself is called organization. If you are organized, then you can run your party without it running you ragged.
If you can keep your eye on the prize, having fun at your own party, then you can organize it in a way where you actually can enjoy your own party right along with your guests.
As I said previously, the key to the host enjoying their own party is organization. If you take the time to get organized before the event, then you can enjoy your party. Here are some tips to help you out.
• Make a master list of everything you need to do and purchase for your party. From the list, you can easily create a timeline that allows time to clean, de-clutter your home, shop for food and decorations, decorate, and cook.
• Decide if you will be making your own food or buying it prepared. Some things, like veggie trays, meat trays, and even cakes can be purchased inexpensively from stores like Costco for about what you could make them for. Decide early in the process if you will be making your food or buying it ready made to save time. Look at the actual costs as well as your time when you are making the decision.
• Take advantage of anyone’s offer to bring something for the party. Having many people bringing just one simple dish to share can save you a ton of time and energy. If your invited guests are all good friends and family, you can even suggest they bring something with them if they have a signature dish that everyone in attendance just loves.
• Shop as far ahead of time as possible for non-perishable items. Save your last day shopping for such things as fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and pastries or breads from the bakery.
• Prepare CDs and other things you may need for entertainment. If you plan to let your guests dance, you might want to install party lights just like great chauvet slim par 38 at musicians friend.
• If you do not have table linens, but don’t want to use the paper ones, sheets work very well as alternatives. Also, make sure to place some felt or other heavy material under your table linens so your tables will not be damaged by heat or moisture.
• If you hate to clean your house, or your party is approaching and you are running out of time, arrange to have your home professionally cleaned the day before your party. In addition, walk around your home and remove any unnecessary clutter from shelves and other surfaces.
• Let your spouse and children help you prepare for the party. Assign each a task and then simply make sure that it was completed. Remember that your guests are not coming over to inspect your home; they are coming over to enjoy your company.
• If you have a pet, make sure that you have plans for how to handle their needs during your party. For a cat, you may wish to close a door to their favorite room and allow them to stay away from your guests.
Once the big day of your party arrives, if you find yourself running around and not enjoying yourself, start delegating out tasks to people who ask if they can help you, or to your spouse or children – don’t try to do everything yourself!
As you can see, the key to an enjoyable party is to organize, do the best you can, and then let others help you when they ask. Follow these simple tips and you will have a great party that even you as the host can enjoy.
Dec 04 2013
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When you are planning a party at your home, you will find that it always seems like no matter how much you clean, or how much you organize; there is always more that you could do. The key to effectively preparing your home to host a party is cleaning and de-cluttering some very vital areas. You should understand that as long as those areas care clean and clutter-free, then your guests will feel comfortable and welcome in your home.
However, even the most seasoned hostess can be intimidated by trying to prepare their home for guests. For that reason, here are some tips from professional cleaners and organizers on how you can best prepare your home to host your party:
Tip #1 – Look around your home in a quick sweep and decide what you need to do. Take along a pen and paper and make notes for each room of your home. You will want a closet for your guests to hang their coats in and a place to store women’s purses. While you are doing your home walk-through, decide where these two locations will be and write them down.
Tip #2 – The first place you will want to start cleaning and tidying up is the entry area of your home, and then work from there cleaning the living room, bathroom, and kitchen areas. In addition, if there are other areas in your home where your guests will be, perhaps a game room or similar, that area will need a good cleaning and de-cluttering as well.
Tip #3 – While everyone has some treasured clutter, understand that clutter can give an even spotless home the appearance of being messy and unclean. You want your guests to be able to move freely in your home and not be knocking things off tables or shelves. When you are cleaning for a party, be brutal and get rid of as much clutter as you can bear – even if you just simply box it and place it in the garage for the night.
Tip #4 – If you have a spouse and family, now is the time to enlist them to help you in cleaning and de-cluttering your home. You can easily assign a room to each person and have them be responsible for cleaning and removing anything in the room that does not absolutely need to be there for the party.
Tip #5 – If you have children with messy rooms, but are having an all-adult party, it is fine to simply close your children’s bedroom doors and not make a big deal about them cleaning their rooms for the party. This can greatly relieve your stress pre-party. In essence, stick to cleaning rooms that you absolutely must clean because guests will be in them.
Tip #6 – If your party is informal, consider using casual serving dishes and casual eatery as well. You may even want to purchase some good quality paper plates for the event if it will be a potluck or BBQ type event, rather than a sit-down meal.
Tip #7 – It is important for you to know that where there are people with food and drinks, there will be spills and stains. The easiest way to deal with these issues is to be completely prepared to deal with them before they ever happen. Have a small box with cleaning supplies that you can use to clean up any messes that might occur during the party.
Tip #8 – Once your home is clean and clutter-free, then it is time to go around your home and add back some small, personal touches that make your home comfortable and inviting for your guests. You can accomplish these using flowers, photographs of your family, and candles. To deal with any musty odors your home may have, you can burn candles or simmer cinnamon and cloves on the stove.
Tip #9 – Once your home has been prepared and you have a back-up plan to deal with any unforeseen stains or spills, then it is time for you as the hostess to sit back and enjoy your party.
Dec 04 2013
The cinema is a good place to watch movies and relax. This is because you watch the movie in a wide screen with sound that can make you easily get lost in the movie scene. The picture and the sound is the most entertaining part of the cinema experience. However, if you can bring this technology home and with lesser expense, this is definitely something you will enjoy. This is the concept only a few American homes acquire in the past years. Lately late, however, a good number of American homes are starting to be less interested in going out of their abode to watch movies. This is due to the evolution of home theater system.
A simple home theater is easy to set up. All you need is a television set that measure bigger than 27 inches, a DVD player, and three speakers. These are the basic components of a home theater. This may already give you the home entertainment you can enjoy with the almost theatrical experience. Why do I say almost, when I am sure you want the perfect feeling of a movie theater. This is because there are other equipments you might add to complete the home theater experience that will ensure a cinematic experience right in your own living room. As mentioned already, you may still enhance the three basic components by adding home entertainment furniture; however, everything is dependent on the budget you set for your home theater. The size of the room is another consideration of the complete package of your home theater.
A neat advice however by home theater experts is that you need to find a good size television set for you home theater set up. A good size does not mean the biggest you can find in the store. A good size television is dependent on the place in your house where you will set up the home theater. Big is not always good for you home entertainment system. It is a recommendation, however, that the television set should not be smaller than 27 inches. This is because the projection on a smaller television might be too inferior for your home theater.
Another recommendation is for you to find speakers and boss amp that will give you the surround sound from high quality brand of speakers. In addition, you need to be sure that if you do not find the speaker that gives you enough surround sound, you need to be able to return it. There are speakers that sound good in the store but when you put it in a room, it may not sound well enough that will satisfy your requirement. If the store allows replacement, then that is a good deal. In addition, you may need to choose a good quality DVD player. It is however a belief by home theater experts that all DVD players deliver clear and crisp images, although there are those that promise a flicker-free picture, almost all DVD players provide this feature.
Knowing how big the room where you will set up your home theater will be the basis of how big the television needs to be. The size of the room is another consideration for the number of speakers. If the room is somewhat big, you may need more than three basic speakers. Adding a subwoofer may also do good to achieve the best surround sound if your home theater is place on a huge room.
All these will give you the best home theater experience only a few in the earlier year’s experience. A home theater designer may be of big help in ensuring you will have the best home theater set up that will give you the best possible movie experience right in your own living room.
Dec 01 2013
Watching movies is a neat escape from the stressful lifestyle we live in. Watching movies in a wide screen and surround sound take you far away and into the movie scene you are watching. You watch it as if you were there in the movie scene. Of late, we can only experience this escape in a cinema. However, modern technology may be able to provide this same sight and sound experience right in your own living room. We will discuss the basic components of a home theater system in this article. Read on to understand how these basic components can deliver the best cinematic experience to a home theater system.
Home theater experts state that the most important consideration in setting up a home theater system is the size of the room where you will set up the home theater system. The most important component of the home theater system, which is the television, is dependent on the size of the room. Although, the recommendation is 27 inches television set at a minimum is necessary for your home theater set up. It is also a recommendation that a flat television is good for a home theater system because it exhibits fewer glares and produces a crisper image. Another major component of a home theater system that depends on the size of the room is the speaker. The number of speakers for your home theater system is dependent on the size of the room. You may add up to six speakers from the basic three speakers if you want a more lifelike sound. Adding a subwoofer may also be good to achieve a complete surround sound like in the movie theaters. Three speakers should be the minimum; you may go up to six if the room is big.
Another major for your home theater system is the DVD player. It is a recommendation that DVD players with progressive scan will be the best choice. This is because progressive scan produces sharp and flicker-free pictures. This however points back to the choice of television unit; you may need to check if the flat television set supports progressive scan signals. You may also acquire a five-disk carrousel DVD player. This will avoid having to stand up from your seat to change discs every so often. A minor consideration is the power rating that will determine how loud your speaker can be. Of course, almost all these depend on the size of the room to where the home theater system is going to be set up. Small room requires from few types of equipment, bigger rooms may require more and adding home theater furniture to your home theater system may be best. A bigger room thus requires more investments. A smaller room might require fewer but of good quality equipments to avoid the too basic feel of the home theater system.
Finally, you may acquire a beautifully designed home theater system if you consider hiring a home theater expert. If you can afford this, it will be best for you because the home theater expert will be able to effectively design and set up your home theater system. Your home theater designer may also add some features like home theater seating and other home theater furniture to be able to give the complete home theater package that closely resembles a real movie theater. Having the finest and high-quality home theater system will give you the most sought after set up that you could flaunt and enjoy to the max.
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Many homeowners made the decision to purchase a home based on savings. They prefer to build equity for themselves than to further line the wallets of property owners. Moreover, often, a monthly mortgage payment is lower than rent.
So owning a home doesn’t always mean being flush with cash. For the homeowner on a budget, home maintenance can appear daunting. Nevertheless, with advance planning and plenty of prevention any homeowner can keep up with standard home maintenance on a budget.
It is recommended that homeowners allot for a budget of 1-2% of their home’s purchase price annually for home maintenance and repair. If you plan for these expenses and simply assume they will be necessary, this will ease the pain of spending. As will the happy results!
If you are good with the DIY, know where to shop, don’t mind a bit of elbow grease, and can rope in family and friends, you will be able to handle home maintenance on a budget. With consideration for the future and careful allotment of cash, most homeowners can afford, or avoid, many common repairs. It’s your castle, so rule it and make sure you have a safe and sturdy blast building just in case!
James Pallot is a buyer for a family owned food importing business in Sydney. He rents a container building to use as storage all year round.
Presently one of the strongest economies, Germany enjoys a heavy influx of tourists from the world over. What is it that attracts tourists here? Of course, there is the beer for which the Germans are known the world over; and the German cars are probably their assets. However, that’s just not it. With a rich architectural culture and a heritage worth knowing about, Germany can be one of the most endearing vacation spots.
Here, we’re discussing the top five reasons why you should head over to Germany:
1. To cruise on the rivers Rhine and Maine:
To imagine the natural beauty that Germany secretly hides in it, think of huge vineyards that could stretch to distances your eye can see and possibly beyond that too, and elegantly built old castles that sit right on top of the hilly mountains. If this isn’t about enough and you need another perspective of seeing Germany, get on a cruise on the rivers Rhine and Maine. The ride is going to get you up and personal with the history of the country and how its these rivers that have played a vital role in the glory and development of the urban areas and consequently of the country . While you cruise through the Rhine river, there is a whole line of castles that greet you along the way. One cannot get an experience that matches this one anywhere else.
2. The German Food
Did you just say pretzels, wurts, and brezels? Do you already have a craving to gorge on all of those and more? Germany is a foodie’s delight. Wursts or the sausages have over 1500 types and are served with various types of breads, which are, of course, accompanied by freshly brewed beer. What more would you need, eh? Gastronomic paradise indeed!
3. The Oktoberfest
Picture this: a whole carnival set up with the buzzing, singing, and festivity in the air, people downing beer with the most sumptuous German food items, swaying to the beats of Oompah Bands, celebrating the very idea of Life! Yes, gave me chills too! One must visit the Oktober fest in Germany at least once in their lifetime. No carnival can match up to the sensation this one gives to your soul.
4. The music Festivals
The Bachfest Leipzig is great for classical music lovers. This is organized every summer at the ‘Thomaskirche’ in Leipzig. This is the historical place where Bach spent the last 30 years of his life serving as the Kapelmeister. The festival celebrates his music and other performers’ art.
If you follow Wagner’s music, the Wagner festival in Bayreuth will be the best thing you’ve ever attended. You also get to watch the famous cycle of Ring of the Nibelungen. What more could you have asked for?
5. For the love of cars
Last but definitely not the least is the love for cars that must really force you to visit Germany. Being the country where automobiles originated, most males and many females would love to come and visit the place. With some of the biggest and the most renowned automobile manufacturers coming from the German land, like the Benz, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen, it won’t even take minutes for you to start ogling at the beauties running on the roads like a ten-year-old kid. Well, that’s the beauty of them all.
Sarah Knightley is a medical student by the day and is studying liver transplant. By passion she blogs for kosher cruises as their travel blogging intern. She also has a keen interest in photography which is displayed in a lot of her travel blogs that she writes.
Nov 14 2013
Christmas is one of the most magical days in a year. Don’t let it go by without experiencing some of that magic in your home! Make the most of the season by decorating your house and spreading the joy. Whether you’re planning to celebrate the day by inviting guests over or keeping it cozy and intimate with only your family, decorating the house is a must. It’s not just about bragging rights; it’s also about respecting traditions and anticipating the birth of Jesus in a festive manner. Follow these simple steps to decorate your home this Christmas!
Keeping it traditional
First things first—all the traditional stuff should be prioritized. Pick a Christmas tree that’s just right for your living room (and your budget!). This is the universal symbol for the season and if you’re not planning on going all out on decors, at least get a tree and drape it with Christmas lights, ornaments, family pictures, garlands—the works. This is where the gifts go so put this at the top of your list. Stockings are also a must, especially if you have kids around the house. Put one up for each member of the household, and make sure they are located in the same room as the tree. Lastly, mistletoes! Add a romantic touch by sticking mistletoes in doorways and encouraging people who pass under it to give each other a kiss. It’s all about spreading the love!
Bring it outside
Decors do not end in the living room. Make your house more festive by decorating outdoors. If you don’t have much Christmas ornaments, now’s the time to invest! Get a bunch of Christmas lights and other outdoor decorations from the mall or even from online stores such as www.christmaslightsetc.com/christmas-lights.htm. You can come up with a lot of unique ways to deck your lawn with Christmas spirit once you have enough ornaments and displays. For instance, get a Christmas wreath or two to decorate your doors. You can also set a theme outside such as ‘Santa Gets Caught’ or ‘The Holy Family’ so that it’ll look more organized. Brighten up the whole by outlining the house as well as the trees and bushes with Christmas lights.
Add a little oomph
Now, it’s time to add a modern touch to your masterpiece. You might have noticed that there are different trends and Christmas themes yearly. You can follow these trends if you want to keep up with the latest—be reminded though, that if you buy something that’s ‘in’ this year, it might not be so popular anymore the next year. Add some customized decorations such as pictures, lanterns, Christmas cards, candles, and the like. You can also search the net for DIY decorations to add to your home.
Remember, Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus—make sure that your kids feel not only the magic of commercialized Christmas but also the real reason why Christmas is celebrated. That’s where the real magic lies.
Germany is perhaps more important than most other countries in Europe for many reasons. A vacation in the country is good for spirits, literally and altruistically. A family version of the vacation may be slightly different in the spirits department but that could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. You might just appreciate the beauty of the country better if you were sober! That is how breathtaking the general ambience is in Germany.
Abundance of Places to see
Germany does not lag in the usual tourist destinations. What is special about these attractions is that they are truly and honestly attractive. The theme parks, museums, the medieval castles and water parks are all there for adults and children alike to savor. The sprawling national parks cannot justifiably be allotted just a day to walk around and see the sights. The paintings by renaissance artists like Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grunewald and Albrecht Durer are not to be missed. The art exhibitions like Documenta and Transmediale are drawing more and more visitors and you could well be one among them.
Art-work in Germany
Europa-park is a theme park the children will enjoy to the hilt. The second largest in the whole of Europe, its roller-coaster rides are memorable. The fairy-tale themed landscapes will make the children and the adults ecstatic.The mediaeval castles like Schloss Neuschwanstein will fascinate you with their artwork and building techniques. History will unfold itself in the many museums. Interactive exhibitions on contemporary themes like modern art, technological advances can provide an interesting and informative lesson for your children. Young people are the target audience of many programs here.
Germany has more than its share of zoos: 800 of them. And, as if they are not enough, there are wildlife parks too. The one at Berlin boasts of the largest captive animal population in the world. The landscape that spans from Bavarian Forest to Lower Saxony Wadden Sea is for you and your family to enjoy.
Cycling around the countryside or walking is some of the pleasurable activities, particularly if you do it in the cool mornings. Water sports including plain swimming cannot be given a go-by. Germany is home to a lot of lakes and a good number of swimming pools where you can frolic around the waters with your family. Children will simply love it.
Stay in Comfort
Germany offers you a variety of places of stay. Family accommodation can be had in the form of hotels, guesthouses and campsites. If you want luxury, sky’s the limit. Germany is known for its hospitality and the staff in the places of stay go out of their way to make you feel at home. Children can access many facilities like mini sports complexes within the premises.
You do not have to have religion in your hearts to visit the many churches and monasteries, but if you are, you have some pleasant things in wait. Your children could be made to understand the importance of faith in their lives. The architectural excellence can be enjoyed even if we’re not religious.
Julia Clapton went on this Casamundo holiday homes where she was to cover every single thing on her lens. Paid for by her publications for a special project, it was one hell of an experience. One can read about the trip on her blog.