Monday, January 14, 2019

7 Resolutions for a Stress-Free Year

For so many of us, the excitement of the new year brings about plenty of stress and anxiety about making sure that we follow through on our New Year’s resolutions. This 2019, let’s put an end to that and make a resolution to have a year that’s as calm and as stress-free as possible. Although it’s impossible to ensure that nothing stresses you out this year, the way you handle stressful situations makes all the difference. And, there are several popular New Year’s resolutions that you might have already made, such as eating better or exercising more, which can actually help you get your stress levels back under control. If your idea of a good 2019 is to worry and stress less, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get started.
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#1. Prioritize Time for Yourself:

Do you ever spend so much time working, looking after your home, tending to the kids, and participating in other things that you feel that you have no time left for yourself at all? Spending your life making everything else a priority can be rewarding, but it’s important to know where to draw the line. After all, not prioritizing yourself can lead to additional stress and worries that you simply don’t need. Make 2019 the year that you stop putting your own needs on the back burner. Take that holiday, go somewhere on your own, get a babysitter and go on a date more often, run more warm baths for yourself, read more books. Make time for doing the things that you enjoy and make you feel good, and never feel guilty about it.

#2. Practice Gratitude:

Our daily lives can quickly become routine and mundane, and as a result, it becomes easy to start taking more for granted. Think about everything that you have – a job that pays you, a car you can drive to work, a home to live in, food on the table. For many people, we take these things for granted every single day, but we’d definitely miss them if they were taken away from us. Practicing gratitude can be something as simple as making a conscious effort to be thankful that it hasn’t rained today. Or, be grateful that it has rained because we need it just as much as we need sunshine. Doing this can help you re-train your way of thinking and always find something to be thankful for, even when the going is tough. As a result you will stress less and appreciate more.

#3. Have Fun with Your Resolutions:

One of the biggest mistakes that many people make in the new year is taking their resolutions too seriously. Doing this means that as soon as you slip up, you feel like you’ve failed miserably and find it difficult to get back on track. Every January, thousands of people sign up for the gym but don’t make it until February, or resolve to quit smoking and are back on the cigarettes by March. Don’t let yourself get down if you don’t immediately change everything that you want to straight away. After all, you have a whole year to make your resolutions become reality. One great way to do this is to have some fun with them. Treat it like a game – if you manage to stick to your resolution for a week, for example, reward yourself by doing something that you enjoy, buying something that you want, or putting some money aside to treat yourself with at the end of the month or year. If you slip up, simply draw a line under it and start again. Tomorrow is a new day!

#4. Break Your Goals Down:

Maybe you want to lose 100 pounds in 2019, or perhaps you want to finally quit your pack-a-day habit. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to save $50k towards owning your own home. These are all massive goals that can seem very intimidating when you look at them head-on. Instead of tackling huge goals at once, breaking them down into smaller, more achievable objectives can make them easier to master. For example, aim to lose seven pounds of weight in January, cut down to half a pack of cigarettes a day by April, or save $1,000 this month. Do you see how much easier it seems already? Keep going, and eventually, you’ll be reaching your ultimate goals.

#5. Make Long-Term Resolutions:

Making big resolutions when you only have a year to complete them can seem seriously daunting. So, don’t put a time limit of a year on getting to where you want to be, just make sure that 2019 is the year that you get started. If you have a lot of weight to lose, for example, don’t pressure yourself into making sure that it’s all gone and you’re at your target weight by New Year’s Eve. Simply changing your lifestyle for good is always going to be a better alternative, as you’ll develop healthier habits and be able to make better choices, right into 2020 and beyond.

#6. Look After Your Health:

If you want a stress free 2019, looking after your health has to become a top priority. Don’t do it because you are punishing yourself for all the little indulgences that have added up over the festive period. It’s nice to treat yourself, but it’s also nice to make sure that your body is getting the nutrition that it needs. Make a conscious effort to make healthier choices, but don’t deprive yourself of treats either! Exercise, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss the odd gym session now and then. When it comes to looking after yourself, you’ll always see better results if you resolve to change your entire lifestyle for good, rather than simply ‘losing weight this year’. Make smart choices with the foods that you eat – carrots, milk, yogurt, nuts, tea, oily and fatty fish, and even some cheeses can all help with stress relief.
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#7. Invite More Good Into Your Life:

Last but not least, make 2019 the year that you banish negativity from your life for good. Inviting more good into your life, whether it be people, animals, hobbies, work or even things, can help you to feel more positive and less stressed. Spending some time volunteering to help others, for example, at an elderly people’s home, children’s club, or even an animal shelter can do wonders for your self-esteem, inviting more kindness, compassion, and happiness into your life.
Get rid of resolutions that focus on something ‘wrong’ with you, such as being overweight or not earning enough money, and instead make goals that focus on making your life even better than it is. Making new friends, learning new skills, and starting new hobbies are all excellent resolutions to make for those who want to embrace and increase the good in their lives. Lastly, don’t feel bad about cutting out toxic and negative people. No matter who they are, they are likely the main source of your stress and you are under no obligation to allow it.

What’s your stress-free resolution for 2019? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Friday, January 11, 2019

How To Find Your Passion In Your Career

If you are looking for a career that can help you to ‘live your best life’ then often finding a career that really follows your passion can be the way to go. You can be doing something each day that you are passionate about, and being able to love what you do for a living is the dream. But it can be harder to implement than someone simply saying that you should follow your dreams or your passion, especially if you are not one hundred percent sure what that even looks like. If that sounds like you and you are stuck in a bit of a rut, here are some of the ways that you can discover what you really want to do in your life. When you take some time to work through it all to decide what you want to do, it you’ll be that one step closer to making it a reality.

Right Perspective
If you want to find what your passion is, then you need to go into it with the right perspective. Just like you might not find anything on a menu that you like if you tell yourself you’re not hungry and don’t want to eat, you’re unlikely to find what you want to do when you don’t give it the time that it needs. So choose a perspective that shows you that you can do what you love and you can find the thing that you want to do. Being associated with people that re living their life as they want to can be a good place to start as well.

Education and Retraining
If you want to improve your circumstances and so something that you are passionate about, then going back to school or even retraining could be the way to find what you want to be doing. You may have something specific in mind, like a law enforcement degree, for example. But if you aren’t too sure about what you want to be doing, then think about what you enjoy to see if there is further education or learning in that. For example, if you have taught English as a second language in schools before and enjoyed it, is the reason because you like being a leader, you like teaching, working with kids, or the English language? When you can decipher what the appeal was to you, then it can give you more of a focus for your further education or training.

Be Realistic
When you are deciding what to do, then taking one of your hobbies to the next level and making a job out of it can make such a difference. However, not all hobbies are going to turn into profitable businesses. So you need to be able to discern between what is a hobby and what does have potential to be a successful business. You may have passion for crating, for instance, but in a realistic way, is it going to earn enough to pay the bills, or is it best kept as a hobby?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Canopy by Hilton Washington, DC Bethesda North

Have you been to Washington, DC? Washington, DC is one of the most popular places to visit in America for all ages. This city is a very inspirational place to visit because it is filled with unparalleled insight into American history with enviable collection of world monuments, landmarks and museums.

With the magnitude of things to see and a plethora of places to go, you will want to be knowledgeable about where you are staying if you happen to visit the Nation's Capital. If you choose not to stay in the city, you might want to consider staying at one of the modern and hip hotels in Bethesda North: Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. Bethesda North

The Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Bethesda North hotel is just a couple blocks away from White Flint Metro Station and is perfectly set in the Pike & Rose neighborhood, an easy walk to restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and urban entertainment.

My family and I got the opportunity to stay overnight at The Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Bethesda North. Our first impression was....uniquely cool!
Right when we walked in the building, these high-style bikes welcomed us and surely did put a smile on our face. These bikes are actually for guest to use free of charge.
The Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Bethesda North hotel has a character all it's own providing stylish and modern accommodations. 
The entrance of the 177-room hotel features two impressive design elements: a two-story, living moss wall that from a distance looks like a map of the area and a massive chandelier draped with opaque acrylic reproductions of pages from a 1933 National Geographic Magazine. Pretty unique!
To get to the hotel lobby, we had to take the elevator to the 3rd "welcome" floor. As you can see behind the receptionist are shelves stocked with items, those products are actually made by local artisans available for purchase. 
On our way to our room, we noticed this fancy area near the elevator. A water refill station? No way! The filtered water machines on each floor with glass bottles in every room is a cutting-edge hotel addition! Hoping that all hotels will provide something like this. It's the little things that count.
My family and I stayed in a Deluxe 2 Queen Beds with a City View room. The city view wasn't great because of the ongoing construction outside the property. The hotel room has a concrete floor which degrades the room atmosphere in our opinion. The beds and pillows however are so comfortable. We do liked the minimalist design of the room. It's pretty unique that they use a barn type door to separate the foyer and the bathroom. 
The open door closet and hall wasn't really our favorite since we have a toddler with us. But absolutely ideal for people on the go. 
The walk in shower was big with both a hand held wand and a nice shower nozzle with great water pressure. It's very spacious, neat, and functional. This room has two queen size beds, chaise lounge and table, a 55-inch HDTV, an in-room safe, large work desk, hairdryer, iron and ironing board
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and a free manager's reception are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and valet parking.

The hotel dining area is huge and amazingly stylish! It is well well decorated with modern furniture design in a neoclassical décor.

We were pleasantly surprised with the complimentary artisanal breakfast buffet that this hotel offers. Food was excellent and really tasty! Overall experience was great. Check out some photos on our Facebook Page

So whether you’re traveling for business or purely for pleasure, consider staying at Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. Bethesda North. Don't forget to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for updates and promotions. 

940 Rose Avenue,
North Bethesda, Maryland, 20852, USA
TEL: +1-301-882-9400

Disclosure: We received a one night complimentary stay at Canopy by Hilton Washington, DC Bethesda North in exchange for a fair review. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

How To Make And Save Money As A Busy Parent

When you’re a busy parent, money can be one of the most difficult things to manage. It seems like it comes into your life one minute and leaves the next, and there are always costs that you have to pay out for your family and the things that they need. However, there are many ways that you can make money as a busy parent, and they will enable to you top up your salary a little (and have a little bit of extra fun, too). We’ve listed them here for all of those budget-savvy parents, looking to earn some much needed cash.

Sell your old stuff
If you’re a parent, your house will characteristically look like a bomb has gone off, and that’s to be expected. However, there are some things here that you’ll be holding onto that you don’t really need, and you could get a bit of extra cash by selling them online, on sites such as eBay. What may not be very interesting to you or your kids anymore will be something that another parent may be looking for, so don’t think that there is anything too small that you can sell. Every so often, get some stuff together that you don’t need anymore, and list it all online. You’ll be glad that you did when your wallet is a bit bigger as a result!

Make sure that you budget well
Sometimes, your finances can feel like a real minefield. There are so many costs going out, and coming in, that you don’t really know what is going on at all, and it can be difficult to see where you’re spending the most. Getting a hold of your budget will help you to see where you need to cut the costs, and it will help you to feel more secure in your finances, too. We know, looking at your bank account can be a difficult task, but you’ll definitely be glad that you took control when you can see the benefits later on. There are many apps out there that can help you to budget, if you don’t want to sit down with a pen and paper trying to work it all out yourself.

Go freelance
As a parent, the biggest stress that work can present is that it just isn’t as flexible as you’d like it to be. There are times that you need to be there for your children within the 9 ‘til 5 day, and you just can’t be, and this can be infuriating. However, freelance work could solve some of your problems, as it is a flexible way to earn money from the comfort of your home. That way, you can pick your kids up from school, and work a little later on to make up for it. This is a great way to make money, whether freelance is your full time job or just something that you do on the side to earn yourself a bit more dough when you need it.

Make sure that you thrift
When you have a house full of kids, it can seem as though they’re growing out of their clothes every few months, and sometimes this is actually the case. Buying new clothes can be an expensive game, especially if you’re having to buy them for a few kids, so make sure that you look in thrift stores before you go to high street stores and splash out the cash unnecessarily. Think about this: the clothes have probably only been worn a few times, by kids who also grew out of them. You can find some really good, like-new clothes this way, so don’t believe that there will be nothing on offer for you! It also helps the environment, so it’s a win-win situation.

Advance your career
The financial improvement that you’re seeking may actually come from taking a step up when it comes to your job role, or asking your boss for a raise. You have nothing to lose by asking, and it could make a big difference to life for your family! One way of advancing in your career is carrying on studying - which you can do part time or online - or even beginning your studying journey so that you can open up some doors for yourself jobwise. From an online Civil Engineering degree by Michigan Tech to a part time business course, there will be something out there that gives you the opportunity to get a better job, and some extra cash each year.

Use coupons
Where possible, you can save a lot of cash just by checking out whether there are any coupons available online. Whilst you can get booklets of coupons for supermarkets which also come in handy, this is especially useful if you’re thinking of investing in something quite substantial and you’re going to spend a lot of money on it. You could get up to 50% off by using discount codes online, and if you are thinking about going back into education, you’ll also have a student discount, too. Just do a quick search on the web before you pay for something, and you’ll be glad that you did when you see the money that you’ve saved from doing so.

Cut down on non-essential items
When it comes to saving money, you may be struggling because your costs on non-essential items are pretty high. Are you always buying the latest phone, and do you splash out on really expensive clothes for yourself and your kids? There is nothing wrong with treating yourself (and others) once in a while, but make sure that it doesn’t become too much of a regular occurrence, as it could be the reason that your bank account is looking a bit worse for wear. Decide what you really need, and try to only spend your cash on that. Even if you do it for a month, you’ll see that your financial situation has massively improved as a result.

Take your kids on free days out
Any parent knows what it’s like to have a house full of energetic kids, and going out as a family (and tiring everybody out) is an important part of you all bonding, and your kids having a great time. However, if you were thinking about taking them bowling again, you could save yourself a bit of cash by looking into the free days out that you can go on. From parks and farms to museums and galleries, there will be something out there that is free and fun for you. An extra money saving tip: instead of going for lunch in a restaurant, take a picnic! It will save you a lot of cash, and your kids will love it, so get a cool box and take it with you.

So, there are many ways to save money as a busy parent, from budgeting well to advancing your career, and these things are certainly worth trying out if you want to get yourself a bit of extra cash! The main thing to remember is that parenthood is an expensive game, but there are ways to get around it without blowing the bank all of the time, you just have to be a little conscious of how and where you’re spending. So sell some of your old belongings that you don’t use anymore, go on some free days out, and use coupons where you can. Most importantly, don’t forget that you can have a lot of fun despite being on a budget!

The Most Popular Bridesmaids Dress Colors in Winter

Getting hitched in the winter months offers a lot of special opportunities, and you’re able to experiment more with different color schemes and outfits, especially when it comes to bridesmaid dresses.
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There are so many colors to try out, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you finally consider all your options. From light pastel shades that reflect the beautiful snow scenery, to dramatic deep greens and midnight blue sparkles. You can have a lot of fun choosing your winter bridesmaid colors. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our favorite and most popular dress colors for bridesmaids that are perfect for the winter wonderland wedding you’ve always wanted.

Frosted Pink

Light pastel pinks are always a favorite with beautiful brides as they’re simple and look just wonderful. Pastel colors are popular throughout the year but make an even bigger appearance during winter weddings due to the surroundings. Choosing frosted pink bridesmaid dresses means your bridesmaids are going to resemble angels, you can match the colored dress with some simple shoes (of the same color or perhaps black or white). They’re a super popular color during the colder months as people love to stay within the cold theme that winter brings. The best thing about choosing a lighter color is that you can practically put any accessories with it. If you want to opt for gold, silver or rose gold – they’re all totally acceptable and would look amazing.

Midnight Blue

Contrasting the white snow, midnight blue bridesmaid dresses are the perfect choice for any couple who wants their bridesmaids to stand out amongst the crowd. They’re going to love you for choosing such a flattering color too as it works for any body type. Kit your bridesmaids out in a midnight blue dress, and they’re sure to look super glamorous and sophisticated. Black is a beautiful color to accessorize with a midnight blue dress too, or you could even opt for pearls if they’re your thing. Try matte or even satin styles, whatever you think looks best on your girls

Deep Burgundy

Deeper reds and berries have been a winter wedding trend for centuries which means they’re perfect for our list! While winter is a cold time of year, having burgundy bridesmaid dresses will warm the tone up easily and elegantly. There are so many beautiful styles to choose from, whether you want something longer or super short and cute, the world is your oyster when it comes to burgundy choices. Likewise, to our frosted pink choice, deep red colors tend to match either gold or silver jewelry pieces, so it’s entirely your choice what you opt for.

Shimmering Gray

While you may not automatically think of gray when you’re considering your bridesmaid dress color options, it’s surprisingly popular with brides all over the world. It’s a beautiful choice for winter weddings as the lighter gray colors contrast the traditional white wedding dress but also look amazing. Gray is the perfect color if you’re planning on your wedding being held in a barn or vintage site as they contrast well. Gray bridesmaid dresses tend to accessorize well with slivery or darker jewelry, but if you’re wanting too, you can still opt for gold. It’s entirely your choice!

4 Benefits of Prefab Steel Buildings

Steel buildings have existed for a long time, and prefabricated buildings hit the market soon after. These buildings are only just now starting to be recognized outside of the agricultural sector, though those who already have them appreciate the benefits they bring. Here are 5 benefits of prefab steel buildings. We’ll focus on the practical points that make the business case for steel buildings.
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The Speed of Installation

A universal benefit of prefabrication is that it speeds up the installation of the building at its final destination. Pre-engineered steel buildings could be set up in a matter of days versus weeks to months for traditionally constructed buildings. If you’re putting up a steel building as a do-it-yourself project, you could finish it in a month at most whereas a traditional building could take six months to assemble.

The Lower Construction Costs

One benefit of prefabricated steel buildings is that you’ll enjoy lower construction costs, and that isn’t just because it takes less time to assemble. Because the metal building system components are already cut, prepped and ready to assemble, you can rely on lower skilled workers to do most of the work. You may need a welder, painter, plumber or other skilled tradesperson for particular tasks, but you won’t have to pay the expert rate for everyone on the team. This can lower construction costs by up to 60%. Because pre-engineered steel buildings up to 5000 square feet can be delivered in do-it-yourself kits, these are the only durable buildings that you could build yourself, eliminating the labor costs altogether.
Another point in favor of steel buildings is that they’re easy to expand. Simply remove the end wall and add clear span sections. If you want to relocate the building, you can dismantle it, move it and reassemble it.


Steel buildings are extremely hard wearing; they won’t fade, warp, ding or rot. They’re quite durable compared to wood buildings. The metal structure will resist hail storms, high winds and even hurricanes. They can stand high snow loads, too. They’re dimensionally stable, so they won’t expand and contract with the seasons, something that may cause the walls and roof of a wood home to crack.
Steel buildings won’t be destroyed by termites and other insects that will consume a wood building inside and out. This explains why steel buildings have thirty to forty-year warranties. They’re also inherently fire-resistant. And if there is a fire, their very design contains the flames, preventing them from spreading to other buildings. This means your insurance premiums could be up to half what you’d pay for a wooden building.


The pre-engineered steel buildings by Armstrong Steel are made to the same exacting standards for every client. You won’t end up with joints that don’t quite come together or need to work out a solution for mismatched parts and things that literally come up short. You’ll get reduced build time without sacrificing quality when you go with Armstrong. They’re an industry leader, and they’ve worked with a wide array of clients.
A side benefit of quality engineering is better energy efficiency. When doors and windows close tightly, when there aren’t gaps in the structure, your heating and cooling costs will be as low as possible. Reflective paint and insulation can make a steel building as energy efficient as any other building on the market.

Steel buildings have become a popular choice for commercial and industrial buildings because of their many benefits. You cannot afford not to consider this type of construction if you want to build or expand your operations.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Using Technology to Source the Perfect Holiday

The holiday industry has seen major changes in the way it operates, thanks to the Internet, and there are online operators who have associations with both airlines and resorts. This allows them to offer some of the best holiday packages at prices that traditional travel agents simply can’t match, and with first class destinations on all continents, there’s something for everyone.
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Simple Dropdown Menus
When you find an online flight organizer, a series of dropdown menus take you to where you want to go. Departure dates, duration of stay, destination and accommodation rating, combine to give you an instant quote, and with luxury holiday offers arising on a daily basis, those quick, last minute getaways can be quickly booked. You can search by price, hotel rating or flight only, and with super-fast results, booking a holiday has never been easier.
Low Cost Business Class
When dealing with a flight provider who is established, they reserve big batches of business class seats and can therefore, offer a lower ticket price than the traditional travel agent. With special offers a regular occurrence, most last-minute flyers can save a little by searching for online flight providers.
Added Bonuses
The flight organizer can often obtain resort credit and complimentary food and drink, due to their longstanding business relationship with the resort management. If not fully booked, the resort will often offer the flight organizer free room upgrades, allowing you to experience 5-star luxury at affordable prices.
Last Minute Getaways
It does happen, and if you suddenly find yourself with 3-4 days free, you can search the online flight providers and book an amazing holiday there and then. Last minute deals are always attractive, so make sure you spend some time browsing before making your choice, as they would have 5-star accommodation in all parts of the world.
Fly Business Class
Some online flight organizers focus on business class travel, which does give them an edge when reserving blocks of seats. They would likely be cheaper than anyone else and when you consider the any benefits of business class travel, it does make sense to fly in comfort. Long haul flights can be demanding, especially with a transfer along the line, and rather than having to endure this in economy, you can enjoy the luxuries of flying in style. Arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to take on the world, rather than spending a couple of days getting over the ordeal, and with priority boarding and disembarkation, you don’t waste your valuable time.
You can book a fantastic holiday using your smartphone and it doesn’t matter what time of day, if you want to make a flight reservation, or a complete holiday package, the online flight organizer will provide the perfect package. Comparing prices is easy with online providers, and this ensures that you get the best deal, and with so many luxury resorts to choose from, there is something to suit every lifestyle.