It’s Halloween, go totally catty, batty, deadly, ghostly and scary! Get some Halloween treats to enjoy the spookiest day.
Stay safe. Stay scary. Enjoy the Halloween treats.
Spooky season is here! Though it feels that 2020 has been the scariest year due to pandemic, it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying the festival. We are planning a virtual Halloween party for friends and family over zoom with some spooky treats and twists. House parties aren’t safe so plan a virtual zoom party. You can checkout the essentials for planning the virtual party, here. This is also a time to get some Pinterest inspiration for frightening treats. I am not a good baker ( you can ask my husband, he has witnessed some scary baking disasters.)
Here are 13 Halloween treats for the spookiest day of the year! You can check out all these Halloween treats on my Halloween Treats Easy – Pinterest Board.
You can have doughnuts anytime of the day. Make spooky spiderwebs on your doughnut and make it perfect for the scary night. You can bake the doughnut or get it from the store and decorate the way you want.
What do spiders do for fun on Halloween? -Surf the web!
Are you ready for the new beginnings? What does it mean to start over?
While we’re on the subject of new beginnings, let’s talk about the endings.
Let me tell you a Zen story that I read few years back. And, yes,we still need stories that provides us meaning of life, inspire and motivate us to embark on a new journey. This story teaches us that life is ever-changing and it’s not permanent.
The Crystal Cup
A Zen Master was gifted a beautiful crystal cup by his disciple. He loved the glass as it glistened in the sun. One day some visitors came to the master and asked, “How can you be happy in this world of impermanence?”
The master replied, “One of my disciples gifted me this crystal glass. I enjoy drinking water in this glass. I touch it and it rings!”
Master took a deep breath and continued, ” One day the wind may blow it off the shelf or it can topple from the table. And I say, ‘Ah. Yes!’ When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”
The master is aware that material things will break one day but the experience lasts forever. With every ending, there is a new beginning.
A glass will eventually break!
The essence of this story is that nothing is permanent. Everything and everyone comes with an expiry date. Like our good days, bad days also have an expiry date. The wisdom you gain from your experience lays the foundation of the new beginning.
The only thing permanent is the change!
The question is – how often are we ready to embrace the changes? What makes us anxious even though we know the outcome?
Here are some quotes to motivate you for the new beginnings:
Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both. — Kristin Kreuk
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy
“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” —Guy Finley
“The beginning is always today.” —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”-Ralph Blum
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”-C.S. Lewis
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts
“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss
“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”- Anne Sullivan
Endings are powerful. It gives you an option to start over. Stay focused. “And a healthy mind — calmer, clearer, and contented — is less prone to being emotionally reactive during the highs and lows, and the successes and setbacks.”- Headspace
Throw the best virtual birthday party ever. Follow the unicorn!
You must be following social distancing norms but it shouldn’t restrict you from celebrating special occasions. Plan your next virtual birthday party to make the day special for your loved ones.
“Wherever they may have come from, and wherever they may have gone, unicorns live inside the true believer’s heart. Which means as long as we can dream, there will be unicorns.” – Bruce Coville
You never outgrow the magical world of ponies and unicorns. After all, we all need a little magic in our life. This year we planned to throw a unicorn birthday party for our daughter, but we ended up having a small virtual birthday party with friends and family.I didn’t want to cancel Mireya’s Unicorn birthday party due to pandemic so I decided to throw a virtual birthday party to celebrate her 6th Birthday. I baked a cake, and I found some unicorn cake toppers online to decorate it. I cooked her favorite food and we were all set to celebrate. And played games like “Simon Says“, “Charades” and “Pictionary” with the kids. As a host of the party, I noticed that the kids knew the basic etiquettes of virtual world. They were taking turns, muted themselves when it wasn’t their turn and were dressed up for the party. I am so thankful that we could celebrate her 6th Birthday the way she wanted. You can check her third birthday celebration, here.
Here is the birthday cake I baked for Mireya. My baking skills are not so good ( Please don’t judge me!) but, luckily, it turned out good.
Kids are dealing a lot due to the pandemic – no onsite learning, limited/ virtual interactions with friends, no sports, lockdowns.Even though they understand the situation, but we need to bring back the excitement, and zeal which is missing these days. Parents are trying their best to come up with creative ideas to celebrate festivals, special occasions and birthdays.
Whether you’re planning a virtual birthday party, Halloween party, Christmas celebration or virtual get together, you will find everything that goes in virtual party planning. Here is the ultimate guide to make you a “perfect host” of a virtual party.
Virtual Birthday Party planning is divided in three broad sections:
In order to have a successful virtual birthday party, it’s is important to make sure that you have good internet connection, set party rules and robust platform.
Internet connection: As far as internet connection is concerned, make sure it’s stable to avoid any cracking voices and frozen faces. Check your internet speed!
Tip: Using a laptop is better than phone.
Party rules: Set some party rules so that everyone is on the same page. It’s advisable to send general party rules with the invitation. It’s a virtual party so it’s important to make sure that everything runs smoothly without hiccups. You can add party rules like keeping mics muted when guests are not talking. Also, ensuring that your guests are dressed appropriately for the party.
Tip: You can also send a checklist one day before the party.
Platform: There are may platform to choose from and it completely depends on the number of guests, party duration and availability of that app/platform in your guest’s country. For instance, FaceTime, Whatsapp chat and Houseparty app doesn’t work very smoothly in the U.A.E so I prefer Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet for virtual parties.
Tip: Ask your guests to check the App/platform settings and make sure that everything works fine.
Planning a Virtual party involves most of the elements that you would have used in in-person party bash. The detailed planning of virtual birthday party ensures that everything works out smoothly without any hindrance. The idea is to celebrate with your friends and family.
Party Theme: You can ask your child to select their birthday party theme. Frozen, My Little Ponies, Unicorn or Jungle party? Choose any theme that makes your child happy. I suggest make a list of themes that your child like and find the party supplies online. And if there is paucity of time then it’s best to go DIY way. Pinterest has some great ideas to make life easier.
Guest List: I suggest you should limit the guest list to 6-8 kids. This will ensure that all kids will get their turn to participate in games. Larger the group, harder it will be to manage. Guest list also depends on the age of the kid, for instance, for toddlers and preschoolers the list will have 3-4 kids.
Party Duration: Anywhere between thirty to forty minutes is the perfect time frame for the party.Within this time frame you can easily play games, have fun and sing birthday songs. You can easily increase the duration, if your guests are happy and excited to stay for some more time in the virtual birthday party.
Party Games: Although you’re having virtual party, it doesn’t restrict you from having fun. You can have some fun-filled exciting games that can entertain your guests. You can choose as simple as quirky old school games like “Simon says” to “Pictionary” to “Read my lips”. You can also send a link to your guests before the party to download Bingo cards and enjoy that too.
Birthday cake: How can you have a party without a cake! You can get the cake from your favorite bakery or bake a cake at home. After the fun activities, have all your guests sing “Happy Birthday” together and end the party.
Now that you have planned the party in detail. It’s time to get ready to celebrate your kids birthday. Time for execution!
Send an invite: Send a beautiful invite to your guests along with party link. If you’re having a theme party then tell them to dress accordingly or choose a dress code.
Set up: Pick a place that has natural bright light or a place that has got good lighting. Make sure that background shouldn’t be brighter than your face. You can also choose a background of your choice on Zoom . No matter what you choose, make sure your kid finds it comfortable.
Celebrate: No party is perfect! You might face some last minute glitches or internet issues or meltdowns. But remember this is a time to appreciate and celebrate every single moment. It’s your kids special day and they will feel loved.
Let’s not forget that we are social animals and we love to celebrate life, occasions and relationships. Plan a virtual birthday party and make your loved one feel special and loved.
My friends, it’s been a moment since I checked in and asked: “How is it going ( in these unprecedented times)?” I know it is one of those questions we answer without thinking. Like when we meet someone and are immediately greeted with, “Hi, How are you?” And we instinctively say,” I am fine. Thank you!” Even though we’re feeling miserable.
We never say what we are going through. It feels as if we are conditioned not to open up or share our struggles.
I am asking you again:
Hello Friends, How are you getting along?
I demand an honest, in-depth thoughtful answer.
So here are some follow-up questions for you:
How’s your day been so far?
What are you reading currently?
What are the TV shows or movies you’d recommend?
What do you do when you start to feel down?
What’s been on your mind lately?
Is there anything that you thought you can’t live without but you didn’t miss it in your quarantined life?
What is your nickname/alter-ego?
It’s a different world we live in right now. And we all need different approaches to sail through this pandemic. With people out of work, small businesses suffering, and economies going into depression – we all have only one goal: survival. We all are facing an uncertain and unpredictable future but this is also an opportunity to emerge stronger, disciplined, and grateful.
At times like this, instead of getting stuck into the spirals of “What-ifs”, be kind to yourself and connect with friends, family and acquaintances. Don’t let coronavirus dominate your conversations and stories.
It doesn’t matter how you choose to start your interactions, but what mattersis that you genuinely ask questions that attract honest answers. One of the kindest thing “you can do is to not pretend that you’re fine and let others also open up to their success and struggles. In these times, there is no place for ingenuity.
Now, let me answer the above questions.
How are you getting along?
I am trying to cope up with the new style of living, learning and leading.
How’s your day been so far?
It’s been a good day so far. I am writing this post after so many days and it’s bringing positivity around me. I guess I missed talking to you guys but I have had enough on my plate that I couldn’t give time to The Crazy List. It’s good to be back.
What are you reading currently?
I am currently reading The Spy by Paulo Coelho. I left it in the middle and now I am planning to finish all the books that I left in the middle for some reason or another.
What are the TV shows or movies you’d recommend?
I am currently watching Ozark on Netflix and I love it. Highly recommended!
What do you do when you start to feel down?
What’s been on your mind lately?
Color my hair. I can see some whites and I am too lazy to cover them.
Is there anything that you thought you can’t live without but you didn’t miss it in your quarantined life?
Makeup. Shopping. Gazebo’s Chicken Biryani
What is your nickname/alter-ego?
Nyx ( Goddess of night / Daughter of Chaos)
Finally, I wanted to say how grateful I am that you’re here. I am waiting to read your answers to these questions. If you wish to beat the Monday blues, then click here.
We are in this together. Be responsible and be safe.
As much as we think that Valentine’s day is all about – chocolates, red roses, and love quotes – we forget that every relationship is unique. It’s a great time to express your feelings — and possibly impress them with your talent.
I will admit, it took some time for me to realize this, but growing older has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. As time pass, I have realized how indigenous pleasures made my relationship beautiful than I could have ever imagined; the pleasure of short neighborhood walks, the pleasure of sharing one chocolate, the pleasure of playing a game of chess and the pleasure of being completely opposite to each other.
“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”
― Marilyn Monroe
Couples who laugh together stay together. So forgo red roses and box of chocolates and instead get something exciting that you both can enjoy together. All of these ideas are affordable ways to spread love and make them feel special…even if it’s last-minute quick and easy Valentine’s Day gift.
For new relationships
If you are in a new relationship and not sure what to give, it’s always a good idea to give a cute card or watch a movie together. Or a gamer power bank that can keep him/her entertained whilst the phone is on a charge.
For Best friends
Celebrate female friendships the day before the world becomes obsessed with lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day – Happy Galentine’s Day! You can exchange gifts like a hand-made card, inspiring feminist read or consider going for a spa.
“Ovaries before brovaries, you know?”
For Married with young kids
It’s always a good idea to present something to your better half to show how much you care – and you really don’t need to break a bank to do so. Forget flower deliveries; give them a fully grown air-purifying plant that will help you remove toxins and improve air quality like peace lily. A back massager to relax and rewind or a gift card as a customizable option.
For long-distance relationships
If you think about it, as advanced as technology is these days, there’s no reason you can’t be together on Valentine’s Day. Have a dinner date on skype or send your love a care package or a playlist.
For a couple who doesn’t plan Valentine’s Day
Rather than stressing out about choosing the perfect gift and planning a special dinner date. You can go shopping together or include your kids in the celebration.
Your Valentine loves you for what you are. So do not pretend to be someone else and treat them with things they truly love. Surprise and delight your loved ones with your creativity.
You can also read these 20 Rules of Love together and spend a memorable evening.
I hope you like this list and please share your unique style to enjoy Valentine’s Day.
I am going to tell you a little secret: Nothing will come of nothing.
Your single dose of Monday motivation.
Isn’t it a clever wordplay by Shakespeare. If we do nothing or make no efforts to achieve our goal, we cannot expect a favorable result for our endeavors. Sometimes we just need a push, especially for a Monday motivation. If you’re in a need of a little boost to encourage you, then you’re on the right page.
Daily affirmations with some gratitude and positivity.
The ‘Monday Blues’ describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek if they’re not happy at work,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work. “It contains elements of depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable.”- Forbes
Time to say no to the popular hashtag Monday motivation. Use these hacks to beat Monday morning blues!
When Monday Morning rolls around, I tend to get a “little grumpy”, mostly because I’m not sure if I will ever survive waking up at 6 o’clock and look like Beyonce (that’s rare). But here’s the deal. We all face on Monday together and look for Monday motivation. We have to deal with Monday blues after an amazing Sunday or long weekend. But contrary to the belief, Monday can be the best day of the week too. Whether you go for work or you stay at home, there are ways to make your Mondays better. Here are some crazy ways and quotes to survive Monday:
1. Get enough sleep and wake up early
It may sound a little crazy but waking up early is the key to get awesome Monday. Don’t plan anything for Sunday evening, prepare yourself for Monday. Make a crazy list, put on your sleeping mask and get enough sleep. I usually wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning and start my day with a cup of coffee and a book.
2. Dress up
No matter what astrology says but for me Monday is the day to put on my favorite dress, hottest pair of shoes or makeup. When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good half of the battle on Monday morning is won. You become the magnet to attract positivity and charisma. Having a little more “me time” can lift your mood.
3. Keep your Monday “To-do list” light
Monday is the most hectic day of the week at the office and home. The best strategy is to keep your Monday schedule light and include things that you enjoy doing. Instead of handling complicated and tiresome tasks on Monday, do some interesting work that you look forward to. Sometimes procrastination is not so bad.
4. Listen to your favorite song
Music and mood are best friends. Neuroscience says that listening to music can lower your stress level and anxiety. Make a playlist of songs you enjoy listening and groove to the music. “Someone like you” by Adele is my favorite.But I am sorry I have a girl crush on Beyonce!
5. Read some quotes. It’s a great day for Wisdom!
We all need a daily dose of wisdom and motivation. Quotes and sayings are the types of motivation that not only helps to kick-start your day, but it also pushes you to accomplish your task. So use the hashtag Monday motivation and get your dose.
Here are some of my favorite quotes for this Monday!
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs — ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” – Mark Victor Hansen
“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” – Paulo Coelho
“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” – Zig Ziglar
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Rob Siltanen
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” – Booker T. Washington
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Out of all the lies I’ve told, ‘Just Kidding!’ is my favorite.” – Anonymous
I hope you can survive your Monday with these hacks and quotes. Oh, I included some Giphs to get some “Awws”…Happy Monday!
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Do you know how to tame a critic in your head? Is meditation an answer for a calm and relaxed mind?
We all have a fierce monologue that rambles non-stop, every day and never going on a snooze mode. It makes you miserable, anxious and scared of your own thoughts. Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear yourself from a totally new perspective. The first step towards a mindful life is to not let yourself drown in the noise of others as it can distract you from yourself. This can be done only when you do exercise for your mind – meditation.
Last year, I found myself affected by all the conundrum around me, I realized that I stopped looking at myself both physically, mentally and spiritually. Somewhere I lost the connect I had with myself and my surroundings. I wasn’t clinically depressed or entrapped in the spiral of anxiety but I was standing on the edge. The only prescription Dr. Google could provide me was a psychology jargon “Practice Mindfulness” to tame my mind.
So, I researched more on Google to understand the concept of mindfulness and meditation. After some time, I found enough in-depth guides on how I should meditate to reap its benefits.
What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz”
Mindfulness is the quality of being open to experiences, without being judgemental, criticizing or mind wandering.
Mindfulness meditation is like an exercise for your mind. The more you exercise, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.
Basic meditation is not a very difficult practice and you really don’t need a master to teach you. There is a plethora of information available to make you stick to a plan.
a) Find a quiet place to sit.
b) Focus on your breath.
c) When your mind wanders, bring attention back to the breath.
d) Rinse. Repeat.
It is a simple practice but the key to meditating effectively is doing it every single day. This is where I struggled and most of us as a beginner struggle.
It doesn’t require a huge time investment.
Just 5 minutes.
But the struggle is real. I couldn’t even take out 5 minutes to concentrate on an activity that can help me overcome stress, improve focus and get clarity of mind.
I subscribed for newsletters, apps and read a lot of material available on the internet. And then finally searched for a master to help me conquer my mind. This required not only time investment but also huge monetary commitment too.
Just recently, my friend approached me and asked me to try an app to restart the practice. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to download a new app to start meditating regularly to experience the benefits.
But it helped!
HOW TO MAKE MEDITATION A HABIT?
Eat. Sleep. Meditate. Repeat
It is as simple as it sounds. But the key to being successful at anything in life is repetition. You have to do a task thousand time to master it.
Step 1: Set up a goal.
I started with 2-minutes every day as I found it easy to concentrate for that short duration. I would advise you to not exceed more than 3-minutes if you are a beginner. Reward yourself after you finish the session.
Every minute or two, I would find myself lost in thought: what will I make for lunch, next blog post, a funny scene from a movie. At first, distraction is inevitable but the idea is to focus again. I read somewhere
“Your mind is like a kindergarten class, and meditating is like trying to get your thoughts to take a nap. If one wakes up, tell them gently to go back to sleep. If your mind thinks, ‘But you have a to-do list!’ just say shhhh.”
Focus, distraction; focus, distraction.
When you want to form a habit, consistency is the key. It doesn’t matter how you perform, what matters is that you come back the next day without fail.
You can always set the goal higher once the habit is formed. Don’t worry if you miss a day…come back and resume the practice!
Step 2: Design your environment
Why do you think that meditation centers are a big success?
One of the key reasons for their success is the environment design. The calm environment, the soothing music, a color theme to help you relax and surrounding to calibrate your mind to shape human behavior.
Find a place that has a calming effect on you, free from distractions.
In this digital universe, we tend to easily get distracted with social-media notifications, news feeds, and e-mails. Easy solution: Put your phone on DND mode or Aeroplane mode or disconnect internet
Design your environment to tempt you to sit down for meditation.
Step 3: Download an App
I like the app Headspace, and I have heard great things about Strive Minutes – Simple Meditation Timer with Sync. I started using Strive Minutes – Simple Meditation Timer as I wanted a timer that tracks my activities and works toward setting a meditation habit. I love its minimalist design and features that make it distraction free. It is a non-guided meditation app to help you learn meditation at your own pace.
The Minutes Timer gives you the facility to:
Track and work upon your meditation habit
Sync data seamlessly on multiple android devices and never lose your session history
A distraction-free meditation session
An option to set your meditation time as short or as long as you need it to be.
A preparation interval before the start of each session
Option to track meditation duration beyond the set time. If you choose to continue your session beyond the closing chime, you will have the option to add the extra minutes to your session stats.
Simple, clean interface and visuals
Set a default meditation duration
A statistics page that tracks your streaks and all-time best sessions to keep you motivated
Start and end your meditations with a beautiful Tibetan gong, no other distractions or voice-overs
After using this App for 20 days, I could easily increase my meditation time to 20 minutes.
DND mode helps you get rid of any distraction coming from your digital space.
There are times when you will miss a day…don’t worry! The idea is to resume your practice and make it a habit.
You can follow Strive Minutes – Simple Meditation Timer on Instagram, here.
You can download the Strive Minutes – Simple Meditation Timer App, here.
By now, you know everything that you basically need to make meditation your habit. There is no right or wrong way of meditation but it’s important to find a practice that meets your need and becomes a habit. In the end, I am still in a learning mode and I would like to keep practicing meditation. I am fully convinced that after close to a month of dedicated meditation, I feel so relaxed and mindful.
Have a wonderful week ahead! Get some Monday Motivation here.
Raise your hand if you like the process of moving and the sea of stress that follows.
Moving to a new apartment is exciting and it promises new experiences. But packing and moving your belongings is not only painful physically but also a mental exercise.
Before my recent move to a new apartment, I put in all the time and effort to make it stress-free as I had to manage my little girl too. I planned ahead, made endless checklists, and prepared myself for unforeseen events too. It wasn’t a cakewalk but it was a learning experience.
Your house is your world and having to dismantle it is emotionally exhausting too. You must have followed all the moving hacks and tips to make it less stressful and more organized. You are confident in your packing skills but you need these seven moving hacks to help you from losing your mind in the process
1. Make a written master plan
Yes! It might sound strange in the world of technology. But, seriously write it down and strike it out whenever you finish a task. Make a list of every task that should be done: When do I have to hand over the keys to the landlord? What are the things that I need to pack, trash or donate? Repairs that need to be made in the old apartment? Change of address, transfer of utilities and the process of getting security cheques. Sit down and go over everything that needs to be done before the D-day!
2. Keep a master list of contact information
Make a list of the contact information of anyone who is involved in the process. Some numbers you may consider including in your list: your moving company, old and new landlord’s number, babysitter, security guards of the building/society, technicians and anyone else involved in the move.
3. Read the fine print of the moving company contract
Search for the best moving company near your area like finding Toronto moving company on the web. Identify the one that’s feasible, get the quotes, the facilities they provide and their terms the contract. Once you secure a good deal, it is important to take a note of details such as cancellation and rescheduling policies, who is responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items and other hidden charges.
4. Make a list of delivery options in your new neighborhood
The last thing you will want to prepare a meal or a snack on the D-day. Make a master list of the restaurants with delivery options and take-away. This list will not only save some time searching for restaurants but will also make it an easy first night.
5. Take photos before/after moving out of your old apartment
It is so important to document the state of your old house when you vacate it. This will make it easier for you to bring it up to your landlord when he has to release your security amount- no dispute and no hassles. When you enter the new house, take plenty of photos before you move anything in. This will prevent any issues that may arise in future.
6. Pack an essential overnight bag
Pack valuable items and essential documents in an overnight bag and carry it with you during the move. Personal documents such as birth certificates, passport, education records and government IDs must be stored in a soft copy format so that if ever you lose them at least you have the record number to get a duplicate copy. If you have a locker, it is advisable to lock all your pieces of jewelry and valuable items in it.
7. Know where the stuff is going
Label all the boxes and put it in their respective places. This will help in unpacking your stuff. This will help the folks helping you know where to put things and make it easier for them to finish the work efficiently. It is ideal to do a space planning before you enter a new house.
What would you like to add to this list? Please comment below and let me know.
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Lots of love
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Hudson Movers. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”— Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Your home is your castle, you can make it magical by adding color, warmth and some extra zing. What are you waiting for landscape your yard to bring some positivity!
Whether you live in an apartment or in a house, you need to figure out how you can use the space to integrate flora and fauna in your world. Whether you can conquer yourself or you need a professional to help you. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your front-yard fit for a king, you can use ceramic pots, vertical planters or ceiling planters to add some color. But is it worth it? Is it feasible to invest in landscaping?
Since I already have a small library, it’s time to indulge in some landscaping fun. You can read some of the most motivating quotes from my favorite books, here. Creating functional, beautiful landscape pays off in various ways and here are 6 reasons to invest in landscaping.
1. The Aesthetics
A well-landscaped yard is not only attractive but also adds a much-needed tranquility in the hectic city. It can add lots of color, dimension, and space to your front-yard or back-yard. It gives a fresh, clean and well-manicured look. It increases the curb-appeal of the property.
2. Increases Property Value
A beautiful home sets your property apart from the competition. Spending as little as 5 percent of your home’s value on landscaping may get you 20 percent to 150 percent increase in the value. Even though there is no magical algorithm but experts believe that outdoor space makes a significant difference in the property value. Professionals in Mississauga landscaping company can give you a quote and ideas to make your home an outdoor oasis. It becomes the Unique Selling Proposition!
3. A place for family and friends to bond
A beautiful and well-maintained landscape, with seating areas and barbeque, is an attractive feature in any home. Outdoor living space gives family and friends a place to create memories. There are so many ways you can landscape your yard for family fun as they will want to spend more time outdoors.
4. It signals that you take care of your home
An attractive outdoor living space shows that you take care of your home and space. Shabby or unkempt outdoor space signals means that the homeowner takes less interest in fixing things and taking care of the house. Many people feel better going to a home that looks fresh and inviting on the outside.
5. Health Benefits
Maintaining and looking after a landscape is a great form of gentle physical and mental exercise. There is endless research that shows that green spaces improve health and make sure you are relaxed. A pleasant outdoor environment provides cleaner air and filter pollutants.
6. Environmental Benefits
It controls temperature extremes – stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The grass is much cooler than cement and it also plays a vital role in capturing dust, smoke, and other pollutants. The landscape can dramatically reduce noise pollution.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Royal Decks. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience