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Top 10 Father’s Day gift ideas

Friday, June 13th, 2008
by Ann

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1. You know your Dad is the best. Make a Father’s Day award with cardboard and construction paper to give to dad. The cardboard should be the same size as the construction paper. You can buy some at a craft store or find a cardboard box that’s the right size. If you can’t find the right size box, get a grownup to help you cut a piece from a bigger box. You can add a few gold stars and use felt tip markers or crayons to write “Best Dad Award - 2008″ on the construction paper. Then glue the construction paper to the cardboard and give it to dad on Father’s Day morning!

2. Father’s Day email. Give Dad a special email. In the subject line type: “Best Dad in theFather's Day Mail Whole Wide World.” What you put in the message is special…from you for your Dad.

3. Make a special place mat for Father’s Day. Take a piece of plain material and cut it to about the size of a big cereal box. Write: “For the Best Dad” with felt tip markers and put it under his plate as a special surprise.

4. Father’s Day cake. Get a grownup’s help to bake a cake, or have mom get your dad’s favorite cake at the grocery store and cut it in the shape of a tie. Top it with Dad’s favorite frosting and decorate it with gummy bears, jellybeans or licorice sticksso it looks like a real tie. He’ll say it’s the best Father’s Day tie ever!

5. Father’s Day poster. Ask a grownup to scan photos of you and your Dad doing things together and print them out. Paste them to a poster board. Use felt tip markers or crayons to write out the headline: “Why I

Father's Day Cake

love Dad.” If you don’t have any pictures or a scanner, you can draw some! Your pictures might be of you taking a walk or fishing with your Dad or maybe your favorite times with your Dad are when he reads to you or says prayers with you!

6. Make a memory book for dad. Do the same thing as for the big poster board card. Ask a grownup to scan photos of you and your Dad doing things together and print them out. Use plain white paper and fold it in half. Paste all of the pictures on the paper and get a grownup to staple the pages in the middle where they are folded. Remember that if you can’t get pictured scanned or don’Father's Day Memory Bookt have any pictures of the best times you have with your father, you can draw the pictures instead.

7. Father’s Day Cap. Make Dad feel special with a Father’s Day baseball cap. Use felt tip markers to write or draw on the hat. Good suggestions: “My Dad is # 1″ or “World’s Best Dad!”

8. Make a Father’s Day shirt for dad to match his cap. Take on of his undershirts - make sure it’s clean! - and write or draw on it. You can say the same things as on the hat, or other think of some otherFather's Day Cap special things to say.

9. Father’s Day IOU. Give Dad a Father’s Day ‘Gift Certificate’ or an I.O.U. made from colored construction paper. Good suggestions: “I promise to … Wash the Car next Saturday……Mow the Lawn tomorrow.” Don’t promise impossible things like never to fight with your brothers or sisters… or always to do what you are told without asking why. If you make it a promise that you will be able to keep it will be a very special gift.

10. Give your father the best gift of all. You won’t need any pens or paper for this one… the first thing on Father’s Day morning, give Dad a big smushy Father’s
Day hug before breakfast and tell him how great he is! He might not show it, because sometimes Dads don’t make a big deal about how they feel, but he will be smiling inside.

Father's Day Hug

Know about toddler development toys

Thursday, June 12th, 2008
by Ann

Parents love to see their baby tottering around the house. But it is important to encourage this crucial stage in your baby’s life with proper support systems. First, you need to understand his behavior and preferences before offering him toys. During this stage your child is engrossed with himself. So you need to take care of his overall development without disturbing his privacy. There are various toddler development toys available in the market, but again you need to choose the ones that suit your baby best.

Popular Toddler Development Toys: As this is the time when your child grows and develops quickly, his requirement is complex. Traditional sit-in or push-along toys may orRocking Horse may not serve the purpose. You can choose toys like rocking horses to make the baby more confident about balance and movement. Apart from these, conventional toys like trikes etc. help the baby to get familiar with motion and gain balance. And once he is confident about balancing, you can try some intricate new toddler toys that can be turned from the wheeled to the rocking state.

Another popular toddler development toy is the ride-on toy. These toys are a part of everybody’s childhood and have many advantages over newer electronic toys. As parents,Ride-On toy you can push or pull your baby on the toy, until and unless he is in full control of the toy and properly balanced. This allows you to get involved in your child’s growing stage and also gives your child that special pleasure of parental attention. Also, these toys enhance the coordination between limbs and make your baby’s legs stronger. However, before buying such toys make sure that they look attractive enough to interest your baby and make him happy. You can choose to buy such toys with various sounds so that it adds to the thrill for your baby.

There are some toddlers who love to rest in a sitting position after walking a bit. If your baby is one of these, you can choose to buy some blocks which will keep him busy withBlock Toy coordination. Block toys are available in the market in various colors, shapes, and patterns. They are made of wood or plastic. You could also go for wooden blocks as they are more durable.

Things to remember: When choosing toys for your toddler, you need to remember some things. Every child is different and has an individual mental and social development cycle. While some toddlers love to look at various colors in books others may love to play in sand and water. So, while choosing a toy keep your baby’s likes and dislikes in mind and try to gift him toys that he will really enjoy rather than picking the most popular toy on the market.

Tips to grow Orchid

Monday, June 9th, 2008
by Sck

The best orchid growing tip that I heard was to be selective in the sort of orchid I picked according to where I lived. Growing orchids isn’t super easy (although it isn’t super difficult either) and they can be a little more delicate than you may have been told. They do however have very specific conditions which if set properly will mean they really flourish and provide unparalleled beauty. Also, despite their delicateness, orchids are very versatile too. Following are some orchid growing tips you will definitely want to follow to get the most out of these beautiful flowers.

Orchids are definitely not plants that you simply leave to the elements while many orchids do manage in nature without human intervention. The truth of the matter is that most orchids require a significant amount of care and tending. Of course those who are truly passionate about their orchids are more than willing to take all the time they need in order to learn the best possible way in which to care for these beautiful blooms.

There are many facets common to all orchids but at the same time there is no standard solution. Each plant will require something a little different when it comes down to growing them effectively. It’s important to do a little research before you select your plant so you can get a few more orchid growing tips (this article will give you a lot).

Orchids like humidity in the air and really excel when growing in this sort of environment. A good growing tip is to use humidity trays and keep your orchids on that. To save some money you can even make your own by using a tray covered in pebbles which are kept moist or have a little water under them. I do not recommend misting the petals of your orchid, this can harm their growth and is not a good tip. Instead buy some humidity trays or make your own.

The media in your pot is also very important. Pete moss, fir bark and even charcoal are great fertilizers for orchids and should be changed fairly regularly to keep nutrients fresh. Keep a good level of fertilizer in your orchid pt will ensure the bloom are as beautiful as possible. Once the bloom has fallen, cut at the lower part of the leaves and not at the elbows. This will help the orchid grow next time.

Another of the best orchid growing tips is to give your plant light. Most orchids like light, but not too much, behind blinds is a good position in the home and try to limit it to around 4 hours per day.

The best tip when it comes to growing orchids is to take the time to learn about the specific variety you are planning to grow. There are more than 30,000 species of orchids not including all the hybrids that are available. Each species will have a few idiosyncrasies of its very own and you will need to learn the likes and dislikes of your chosen variety and cater to its every whim for some time in order to receive the maximum performance and beauty from your plant.

Your Bed and Feng Shui

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
by Sue

Feng Shui can be used in any part of your home or working space, but focusing on rooms that you frequent is a good place to begin. As you will spend much of your life in your bedroom, this is where many people feel comfortable making changes first. The bedroom is not only the location in which we relax and rest, but it is also the focus of relationships and love. Without these things in balance, the rest of your life can become problematic. To begin this bedroom transformation (as well as life change), you will want to consider the Feng Shui bed options that you have and what they mean for your energy flow.

To start off any Feng Shui bed, you will want to look at the headboard structure. The material should be related to one of the five elements – fire, wood, earth, metal, or water. Next, you will want to look at the headboard’s shape to see if it is appropriate for you. Those that deal with a lot of office stress will find that a metallic headboard with a rounded shape is effective for their overall relaxation. Rectangle and square headboards are typical of those that have earth or wood element energy. The strong design of these sharp corners invokes a sense of structure and stability. The oval or the wave shaped headboard works well with the water element. Those that are creative or who are artists or musicians will find this smoothed shape soothing and helpful in promoting new ideas. However, those that are related to the fire element will find that the angular shape this element invokes is not conducive to rest, so it should be avoided.

In most cases, headboards are found in either metal or wood constructions. When looking for a Feng Shui bed design that promotes peace for you, the metal frame is best for those who work in an office setting, while those who favor stability will want to opt for the wood. The wood is grounding and can help with anxiety or pressure in the person’s outside life. But in general, it’s the shape of the headboard that is more important than the material, though if you have a choice, it’s best to find your elemental match.

Other things to keep in mind when choosing a Feng Shui bed headboard include avoiding the use of open headboards as they are not supportive to the sleeping cycle or energy balancing. Mirrors on headboards can also be problematic as they reflect energy away from those sleeping or directly onto those sleeping, disrupting their energy. Designs that include ‘poisoned arrows’ or sharp points that face those sleeping should also be avoided. Headboards that resemble tombstones or denote any sort of violence are associated with death and are not recommended as well nor are headboards with crosses. However, headboards with x’s are fine and suitable.

Moving to the opposite end of the Feng Shui bed, the footboard is something that has stricter rules. It can not be any higher in height than the mattress of the bed as this will block the flow of energy into the bed, creating disruptions for those sleeping there. But lower styled footboards are fine, and will allow for a nice design as well as even flow of energy.

Where you put your Feng Shui bed is nearly as important as which kind of bed you choose. Placing a bed by the window is not a good Feng Shui practice as it allows energy to flow out of it, hurting the energy flow for those sleeping. The bed should be placed alongside a solid wall that prevents this from happening. But that wall should not be one that is shared by the bathroom, as the water energy is draining. Other tips include:

• Do not place the bed underneath a ceiling fan

• Do not have the bed facing the doorwayBed made as per Feng Shui

• Do place a bedroom light to the side of the bed, rather than over the bed

• Do place clocks to the side of the bed

Clutter is another factor that can influence your Feng Shui bed. By having too many things surrounding your bed, you can create problems with energy flow. A dresser at the foot of your bed is a good example of this.

In terms of a Feng Shui bed for your children, a bunk bed is not the best way to go. While it might seem more convenient, it actually causes disruptions of energy with the support bars as well as limits energy of the one sleeping on the top bunk.

Where you sleep is essential to how you face the world each day. By taking the time to find a Feng Shui bed that matches your personal element as well as increases energy flow, you will wake up refreshed each morning and ready for whatever comes your way.

Bed made as per Feng Shui

Startling landscape ideas

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
by Sck

If you are interested in the landscaping that surrounds your house but you are at somewhat at a defeat for not knowing exactly where to begin, then you can quite easily discover many different inspiring examples. It might be simply driving around your neighborhood and stopping the vehicle to take a picture of a landscape design that is appealing to you. You may even knock on one of the doors and see if the homeowner will give you some advice on whether they use a professional or if they did it themselves.

Resources of Inspiration

Another good place to get many different ideas for your landscaping projects would be the numerous magazines and books that are published on the topic of design landscapes. Also, nowadays there are numerous different resources that are available online for designing and embellishing the landscape that’s around your house. Quite a few of these websites even offer sample landscape design plans, numerous pictures of various ideas, as well as tips from experts for do-it-yourselfers, and contact information for professional landscape design that are around your area.

Some of the most common features in landscaping for homes are patios and decks. Patios and decks not only provide beauty and are a type of centerpiece to overall landscape design, but they can also add functionality to your house and furnished outdoor living space as well.

Decks and patios provide you with an excellent place to host family gatherings as well as other types of entertainment. While at the same time, a small patio can be added to a special garden area to make a place for you to get away to relax and be refreshed by the beauty of your natural surroundings. Adding patios and decks, or making different improvements to existing ones, is also an excellent way to add more value to your home as well as increase your equity.

English Cottage Gardens and Lawns

Following an English cottage landscaping garden is an additional home and garden inspiration. These types of gardens are notable for their overall lack of a formal plan. There is very little inflexibility in their design with English cottage gardens since the whole idea behind them is to let the plants themselves “just grow” and to let them develop in a more natural, or organic method. These type of gardens have a specific charm to them and very often make individuals feel more relaxed as well is embraced by nature.

Lush green lawns are, in all probability, the most common and largest component of most of the landscaping design plans. A beautiful lawn is very popular since it provides for homeowners with an area where the family can enjoy numerous different types of activities. Lawns are also one of the simplest of the landscape components to maintain as well as staying beautiful for many years afterwards with basic maintenance routines.

Fountains and Rock Gardens

Nowadays, more often, fountains are steadily becoming features of home and garden landscaping. There are the more traditional types, multi-tiered fountains that are reminiscent of European villas and country estates which can add an old world charm to your surroundings.

There are also more modern types of fountains that use specific types of rocks and stones or large ceramic pots which are steadily becoming very popular in different types of landscape architecture. Naturally, there are numerous other creative and beautiful styles that are available on the market today to meet any style and taste.

Rock gardens are also becoming fairly popular. These types of gardens have the benefit of being highly attractive; however they generally integrate very few, if any, types of plants. The end result of this is that they are very low maintenance as they need either no watering, or very little, and virtually no weeding, and generally speaking need almost no attention, except to simply sit back and admire how your rock garden adds to the beauty of your overall landscape design.

Amazing landscpaes



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