Top 10 Ways to Get Healthy in 2017

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The year 2016 is just over. It was an eventful year with many achievements. With the arrival of the New Year, you have taken some resolutions. Staying fit must be one of them. With half of January already gone, this is high time to change your lifestyle for staying in a better shape this year.

To stay healthy, you should scrutinize your current lifestyle and make changes wherever required. You must also have some realistic and achievable goals. Take healthy foods; do exercises regularly are the most common things that the people do. But, your challenge does not end here.

It has been observed that people having good emotional health are better to meet all challenges. Our body responds to our feelings and experiences making it necessary to have a strong mind and to be in great spirits for an ultimate good physique. You must calm your mind if you want to stay fit. Only with strong placid mind and elevated spirit, you can be healthy.

Whatever we are seeing, hearing or experiencing through our senses have a great effect on your mood and nervous system. In the present days, we have put ourselves in concrete structures and had no connection with nature. That is taking a toll on our fitness. Researches indicate that nature has an effect on our mind. Staying close to nature helps us to reduce stress and keep us to be in the positive mood. Stay near nature for staying healthy. Decorate your apartment with artificial boxwood hedge, topiaries, and turquoise flowers. This will help in your challenge to stay healthy.

2017 has already arrived. Maybe, you have taken the resolution to get healthy this year and looking for the details to follow. Here are ten ways that are sure to help you in developing your body, mind, and spirit for staying healthy.

1. Start the day with a green smoothie

A glass of smoothie every day is great for health and morning is the best time to have it. Smoothie is good for keeping you hydrated and clears your brain fog and increases your focusing ability. This also provides you energy, reduce inflammation and delivers glowing skin. With a glass of green smoothie in the morning, you will start the day in a healthy way. Have some apple-juice and chopped spinach, apple & avocado to make it and drink

2. Take only healthy food

Your food plan should include all essential nutrients and vitamins. While making a food plan, see that it includes leafy greens like cabbage, kale, spinach, broccoli, etc. It must have good sources of proteins including fish, lean meat, poultry, soy beans, etc. and slow release carbohydrate like oatmeal, whole-wheat to make your meal plan complete. Paleolithic diets can also be considered.

3. Say no to Junk food and sweet beverages

For staying fit, you should control calorie intake. All fast foods and sweetened beverages supply high calorie to the body, making difficult to burn. Avoid all these for staying healthy.

4. Avoid emotional eating

Many people take foods for taste and not for hunger. Some resort to eating for relieving stress. These people become powerless with the urge hitting them. You must understand these facts and do only mindful eating to appease your hunger. This will help you to stay healthy.

5. Mind your portion

Do not overeat in a single meal; rather spread it out in small portions throughout the day. Start practicing this from today and this will keep you fit.

6. Never go hungry

You should never go hungry for controlling emotional eating of monitoring portions. Going hungry entails overeating. Avoid this at all costs.

7. Do regular workouts

There is no alternative to doing regular exercises for keeping you fit and trim. It is not essential to go to the gym every day and help you with instruments. Many healthy individuals do their workouts at home. You can do anything or all of walking, swimming, squats, push-ups, Lunges, crunches, plank, bent-over row, aerobics, etc. Or, you can go for running, cycling or interval training. Whatever you do you start step-by-step doing the same reps regularly for training your body. Set new challenges, once you are comfortable doing a particular set. You must also track your progress using fitness trackers. This way you will reach goal oriented fitness level.

8. Always challenge your mind

We are the slave of our thoughts, and when we challenge our mind, it boosts up brain functions. Our brain contains millions of interconnected neurons. With every learning effort, their structures change. Other than doing the mind training exercise, you can take admission to a foreign language class or study to play a musical instrument or start doing handicrafts. Solving cross word puzzles and Sudoku are also excellent mental exercises. Doing these mental exercises will help you to be positive minded and ultimately healthy.

9. Meditate regularly

If you want to have a good physique, you should also have a strong, but calm mind and meditation is the best method of training the mind. Start watching the drifting thoughts without getting involved. This will let you know how mind travels from one thought to other. Practicing this for a few days you will know the pattern of your mind and will be able to control it. Next step is to concentrate on a particular subject. This will help you to discard wandering thoughts, and you will have a calm mind that will help you to stay healthy.

10. Be in great spirits

You never know which one is your last breathing.  Enjoy everything and laugh loud! Being in a great spirit is conducive to achieving overall health. Think what you are striving for in your life and make your priorities listed. Learn to say sorry for your mistakes and always give thanks to others for their good deeds. Take part in community projects for a spirited mind.

Strange and Unique Forests

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Every forest is a world in itself. Forests make one realize how vast and versatile nature is. Walking through the woods rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. So, we bring you a collection of strange and unique forests that you would not want to miss.

Deadvlei

This is an oddball on the list as the trees here has been long dead. Deadvlei mistakenly referred as Dead Valley means a dead marsh. Deadvlei manages to look haunted and spectacular at the same time. It is located among the towering dunes of Namibia Desert where once the desert life thrived, now looks like a forest frozen in time. It is believed that some 900 years ago due to climate change the river dried up and was followed by a drought. Hence the trees died soon after however, the skeletons of trees are standing against all the odds. The scorching sun has turned these skeletons black, and they are too dry to decompose. DeadVile is not that dead as there are certain species of beetles, Oxy, Salsola shrubs and clumps of Nara Melon have managed to exist in harsh conditions as well.

Dragon Blood Forest

Dracaena Cinnabari commonly known as the Socotra dragon tree or dragon blood tree is native to the woodlands of the Socotra islands of the Republic of Yemen. These trees resemble an upside down an umbrella or a giant mushroom because of the densely packed crown and a single trunk. These trees grow in limestone rich arid areas under harsh conditions. This tree has got its name from the red resin, popularly known as dragon blood, which the trees produce. It was referred as ‘cinnabar' by ancients and has quite a lot of medicinal uses, and due to overutilization, it has been classified as vulnerable species. There are various stories associated with this tree. One of them states that a great battle between an elephant and a dragon was witnessed and it is through dragon's blood this tree came into existence.

Crooked Forest

In Poland, outside the village of Nowe Czarnowo there exists a strange and alien landscape. It is an area consisting of a collection of 400 oddly shaped pine trees. All of the trees have an unusual 90-degree bend in the north, but nobody can figure out why these trees have grown in such an unusual manner. Many theories have been proposed as a plausible explanation like some believe these curves were the result of fluctuations in gravitational forces. Another theory states that heavy snowstorm could have bent the trees like this and long spring melt, would have permanently shaped the trees. However, the very widely accepted idea is that these curves are shaped by humans for furniture or, making boats, or yokes. Even after so many years, Crooked Forest remains a mystery.

Sunken Forest

A jaw dropping stunning view is offered by Kaindy lake also famous as sunken forest. It is 400-meter long lake located in Kazakhstan. This unusual underwater forest was formed due to a massive landslide that led to the formation of the natural dam. Imposing trunks of submerged Spruce trees rising out of the water make the whole scene even more surreal. From above the water surface, these trees appear as large masts from lost ghost ships which create a strange effect. It is astonishing to see these submerged pines continue to thrive even under water. One can use the idea of the sunken forest in our garden and create the same effect using artificial trees by planting them upside down in the pond.

Dancing Forest

Located in Russia, Kaliningrad's Dancing Forest is a pine forest with trees bent in odd postures, as if dancing. Bends in the tree are at pretty odd and curvy angles, and most of them have twisted circular loops resembling a ring. Various theories are surrounding these unusual formations like locals believe forest is located on a spot where massive amounts of negative and positive energy collide. However, some believe distortion is caused due to geological factors like the unstable sandy soil. Another plausible theory is it caused by the activity of the caterpillar of Rhyacionia buoliana. Whatever the reason might be, formations seem to be a natural phenomenon. There is a myth surrounding these forests that if one gets through such a ring making a wish, it will come true.

Beech tree tunnel

Remember tunnel of trees in episode one of the Game of Thrones second season; it is located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges is one of the photographers' favorite spot. The Stuart family planted These beech trees in the 18th century. Over the centuries, these branches grew over and intertwined into one another, blocking out much of the sunlight in certain parts, creating a tunnel-like illusion. The whole scene looks even spookier when one hears that these beech trees are haunted by a "Gray Lady" who appears in the dusk and walks across the passage and gets disappeared suddenly. Like Stuarts even if you want to do same you can arrange fake palm trees carefully at your entrance.

Suicide Forest

Aokigahara also was known as the Suicide Forest is located at Mount Fuji in Japan. Locals call it the Sea of Forest or Jukai because of its very high density of trees.  It has a very thick growth, so people use tapes to retrace their steps back. Aokigahara is one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world. Japanese fortune-teller believes that the suicides committed in the forest are directly linked with the ghosts that prevent many who enter from escaping the forest's depths. Some believe the mournful spirits of the suicidal linger in the woods and lure sad and lost people. The police have placed various sign boards to prevent suicides.

Hoia-Baciu Forest

Hoia-Baciu often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the Romania. It is the World's Most Haunted Forest and is known for intense paranormal activity and unexplained events. It resides to the west of the city of Cluj-Napoca. Stories surrounding this forest send shivers down the spines of everyone. Some believe it is a devil's house while some believe it is alien's base and some camp yet none can ascertain anything. Locals have reported UFO's sightings, disappearing children, red and orange lights. The people who enter Hoia-Baciu share scariest experiences like rashes, burns, and scratches on their skin.

Five Ideas to Keep Staff Motivated During the Festive Season

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Vacations are always enjoyed by people as this is the time when working class citizens spend time with their family and loved ones. Hence, there's a bustle to pack excitement to all holidays. Being on holidays employees can simply lose motivation and focus. While looking it from the business prospect, productivity is sure to suffer. 

There is a lot that can be done for keeping the staff motivated and working, even towards year ending goals, starting from late November to early January. Employers and managers just need to implement a few easy solutions to keep the zeal on top even during holiday times. 

First of all, let your employees enjoy their holidays

While managing a business, it might be difficult for two employees to take the same day off. The workplace might be closed on Christmas, but it wouldn't be closed for four days in a row. So the best thing to do while managing a holiday crises would be to not interfere with the employees. So if you're looking out for your team to provide 100% output while missing on the valuable time with their families, you have to make it clear that you respect their work with equal value. 

Little or no holidays during the holiday season would only result in relentless staff that would most likely lose motivation for staying productive in the workplace. Rather than pulling in long term work hours, it's better to start discussing how much time can be taken off by them. Also, it's much better to make a systematic arrangement for holidays and setting a separate order for popular holidays. 

Recognize employees with gifts and thank you notes

According to Eric Mosley, CEO, Globoforce "The power of simple word thanks often gets unnoticed in the office culture." Employees who are thanked for a well-executed job get inspired and motivated for doing great work, they remain focused and continuously driven towards meeting job-specific goals. Further, they also remain happier and committed to their employer. According to 96 percent of the employees, being recognized lets them remain motivated towards the job. 

Whether you've gifted your staff the most beautiful faux boxwood hedge for home decoration or offered them a dinner voucher to their favorite restaurant, eventually all are bound to bring in inordinate outcomes. Combine meaningful performance reward with recognition and the emotional link between the employer and the staff becomes much enhanced, thereby increasing productivity. 

According to Kara Simon, general manager, 3 Cheers Recognition and Recognition "Providing your employees with handwritten appreciation notes will always bring in positivity." Reading the appreciation note would drive the employee to put in more efforts and achieve higher targets within fewer time periods. 

Let the employees celebrate

Supporting company employees for holiday celebration at work surely boosts staff morale and also further motivates them to achieve more. Another beautiful idea would be to decorate common areas and individual workspaces with artificial floral arrangements or organizing holiday gathering for keeping the drive high. Organizing corporate entertainment would be a great idea in motivating the workforce. 

Among the best times to show your appreciation to the employees is the holiday season. Organizing the last day meeting for reviewing year achievements and discussing the goals for the upcoming year would be a great way to create motivation among employees. Consider organizing an off-site excursion to create a strategic planning and team building amongst employees. 

Employers must understand the fact that the staff would more likely get exhausted and stressed out with the onset of holidays. It's better to accept that a little breathing room or a little time off would be required for the same. By being flexible on time, it's better to treat your employees like adults. As long as the workplace is kept productive, the company would keep getting better productivity even at the time of holidays.

Other incentives to employees

The benefits of this measure can't be overlooked, especially when it becomes available for free! Holiday offs are the right time when organizations can showcase that they care about their employees. And one method of doing this would be to provide perks like office food. According to the 2014 Seamless Corporate Accounts Food in the Workplace Survey, it was found that around 57 percent of respondents told that food-based perks made them more appreciated and valued by their employers, and 50 percent stated food available from the office also brings in more work satisfaction.

Other than food employers can also consider benefits of meditation and yoga. During holidays, when the stress levels are at peak, the need to de-stress becomes vital. Thus hiring a yoga/meditation specialist proves helpful in bringing in more productivity. 

Additionally, you can also provide your staff with flexible working hours as it's linked to bringing in better outcomes. This measure tends to work well at the onset of the holiday season when the staff is usually busy. Everyone knows that "command and control" do not remain effective management styles within the workplace. It's good to know the season and stop fighting it!

Create the atmosphere of festivities

For many franchises, specifically restaurant and retail franchises, decorations for the festive season remain essential for creating an atmosphere for festivities conducive to holiday shopping. However, by incorporating a little bit of holiday joy would also help in lifting spirits of the franchise employees. Simple ideas to change the environment would be:

  • Putting up fake plant Christmas tree
  • Providing festival hats to employees
  • Playing light holiday music
  • Putting up chocolates or festive cookies jar

Consider that it's good, voluntary and tasteful! The main fix here would be to convert the place to bring in an inviting and warm environment. Employees should not feel that they are not participating under pressure.

Following a well-planned timetable for holidays would ensure that your staff isn't getting exhausted to the point where they might lose work interest. With work hour flexibility and added incentives, it becomes possible for employees to put in more effort for their work and become much more prolific in a workplace. In addition to holidays, these tips are sure to help in any season!

Home Decor Ideas to Fit Your Style

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Home is the area where you have your heart. It is your castle to start your everyday fights; your retreat after a hard day's work and everything in your life. Your home inspires you for taking new challenges and give you solace when there is a sudden setback. It is where you welcome your family and friends for a memorable evening.  A home is your canvas that depicts your choice, preferences and your lifestyle. Nothing is more daunting than decorating your home. There are many things to consider; many options are available, and this makes the home decor an overwhelming task.  Because other than being cozy and charming it should also compliment your personality.

In practice, the majority of the people take the familiar course, and they feel disappointed after some time.  To avoid this, you should also consider including small details while making large changes for decorating your home. The thumb rule is that you need have a sense of appropriateness. You can never control others but can control different objects. Apply your sense of control for decorating your home.

Whatever may be your style, and how you may want to decorate the home; better use the following decor principles for highlighting the finer points while decorating your home.

  • Rule of odd numbers: Like the rule of third in photography, grouping different objects in odd numbers make the decoration more attractive. When you group objects are having something in common, it should contain objects of different shape and height.
  • Emphasize the focal point: Find out what you want to emphasize. It can be anything from a large window or furniture. Follow the 80/20 rule that is focusing on the focal point and concentrating on decorating around it while following your style.
  • Follow the measurement thumb rules: There are some thumb rules for maintaining the distance between objects or hanging something on the wall. Follow this to make your home attractive.
  • Mind the negative space: Generally, voids are termed as negative space, although sometimes these speak better. Arrange to fill this space with something or leave it blank depending on your style.
  • Include natural element: Whatever may be your style, including a piece of nature in home decoration always pays the dividend. Studies reveal that staying close to nature brings a positive vibe. Have some trees and plants in and around your home to liven up the environment. As maintaining live trees and plant have many hassles, you can use artificial indoor plants, silk roses and fake flower arrangements for revamping your home decor.
  • Balancing is the key: Any home decoration should be balanced for creating a good ambiance. Every piece of furniture should be evenly placed in your home and receive proper illumination.
  • Lighting benefits: Irrespective of your style; proper illumination helps to elevate the home. Start with general lighting that illuminates every corner of a room equally; you can move to zonal for highlighting any decorative item or a particular place in the room.

Now that you have reached here and are aware of the basic requirements; you must concentrate on making your home decor to be compatible with your style. Navigating through the following lines will give you some useful ideas.

1. Contemporary

Although it is often mistaken with modern, these are not same. Contemporary style includes everything sleek. If you believe in contemporary style, then you should emphasize lines, forms, and geometric structures while decorating and also mind the in the contemporary style less is the more.

2. Traditional

If you have a traditional style of living, you should put emphasis on comfort and elegance. Your home decor should include a heavy sofa with rounded or ornate arms and must also have symmetrical wood works. There should also be heavy draperies, classic painting and Persian carpets for enhancing the traditional theme.

3. Transitional

This is a unique blend of the contemporary style with the traditional style.  For decorating your home in a transitional style, you should provide comfort in plain geometric furniture. You can have embellishments on the contemporary metallic structures. That is pairing your furniture with classic woodwork and sophisticated metallic frames.

4. Eclectic 

In case you are opting to live in eclectic style, you should complete your home decoration combining styles and trends of different times. This style goes well with people who jet-set around the world frequently. Collect things from various places visited and use those for decorating your home to display your typical traveling style.

5. Foodie

For those who are food lovers at heart, a kitchen should be the focal point of home decoration for showing your style of living.  Adding bar stools to the kitchen or creating a kitchen island will engage like-minded guest to watch you cook. This creates an intimate ambiance.  For a change, you can also arrange to display a menu like your favorite restaurant. Your guests would love that.

6. Color-loving

If you happen to be a color addict, you can paint your indoor with colors that define you best. Although many people try to avoid vibrant color, there is practically no reason why you cannot use that for decorating your home. In fact, a good color is a cool option and adds to the dimension of the room. When you splash your room with complimentary color, it helps to remove monotony. You can also go for contrast color to add a new look.

7. Family oriented

Do not shy away from showing your orientation to the family. For family tree style of living, display images of your loving memory with the family at every possible place throughout your home. People love to see the photos when those are related to the family story. Make sure that persons in the family photos look great. The photos need not be of the same size but should compliment where it is displayed. Adding a family tree is also a very good decorating option.

Keeping Children at Ease at the Doctor's Office Made Easy

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No child loves going to the doctor's place, but some are extremely scared. The most common and not so surprising reason is no kid likes to be handled by a stranger apart from his/her loved ones. And it gets worse if your child has to get shots. It can be a confusing and at the same time a stressful experience. The fear of going to some unknown place and being handled by an unknown person can be an uncomfortable feeling for your toddler.

It's not about how well-behaved the child is, how well prepared the parent is or how well experienced the pediatrician is, your kid is not at all going to be enthusiastic about going to the doctors. However, this anxiety decreases along with age. Or rather their pattern of showing fear may reduce. Older children may remain silent while the younger ones will act it out. Acting out can be screaming, yelling at the doctor and the parents.But as parents, you can make an effort to reduce if not eliminate your child's fears.

Here are some tips which will assist your child to overcome the doctor phobia and make his next visit to the doctor a peaceful one

1. Accompany your child-Always make sure that you go with your child to the doctor's instead of grandparents, friend, relative or anyone else. It will ease his/her anxiety at least mentally and will be more confident about being at the doctor.

2. Role play the act-If your child is old enough to understand that he is going to the doctor's, you can act out the entire process in a fun way. It can be with his favorite toy, his friend or simply you both (The mother and the child) so he will be aware of the fact that it's not that scary visiting the doctor. You can play the part of the patient and then take the turn of the doctor to play.

3. Justify his fears-This is a tough call for parents. Many times we tell our kids not to be afraid and that everything is okay and that there is nothing to be scared of. But instead, these things can feel them worse because they think we aren't listening to them or we do not understand them. If they tell you that they are feeling scared about a particular thing talk it out, ask them why they are feeling scared. Talk about their fears and support them without telling your child how to feel.

4. Make your child comfortable-Each parent knows his/her child well. How to make your child comfortable rests solely on the parents, and they should know what will make their child mentally relaxed. For e.g. - make him/her wear his favorite clothing, let him/her carry the favorite bag which he/she likes.Don't fuss over that what your child should be wearing and what he should be not.

5. Bring his favorite toy-Does he likes his favorite red car? Or she fancies her pink doll? Carry these things while visiting the doctor.

6. Make your child something to look forward to-Don't make going to the doctor's place as some huge task or an extremely important work for your kid. Just tell him that's it's a normal thing to do, and it's not something overly difficult. Take your child to the nearby park after the visit to the doctors. Offer him a small gift like a pencil, a sticker or an ice-cream once you are back home. Knowing there is a reward after a stressful situation makes it easier for your child to deal with the more tense parts of the visit.

7. Bring his favorite snack –Does he appreciate cookies? Or she likes her favorite snack bar? Bring them along at the visit. It will make him feel more relaxed and at ease while facing the doctor.

8. Make the overall experience of going to the doctor's place a positive one-Instill in your child trust and good feelings about the doctor. Do him realize that he is going to give you proper medicines and that it will make him/her feel better.

9. Art therapy-You can take his/her coloring books at your next doctor's visit. As there is mentioned above, don't make the visit to the doctor's some task or important work. Art therapy works wonders, and it helps your kid's mind relax from the nervous feeling. Girls are fond of different flowers, and nowadays in the market, you get many kinds of attractive flowers. You can gift your little girl a lovely bouquet of artificial orchids or turquoise flowers. Or even better a nice bouquet of silk roses will make her day. The benefits of gifting your girl an artificial bouquet is you can keep it in her room as her reward, so she will remember it while going to the next doctor visit. It will be a positive influence on her making her doctor visits a less stressful one.

10. Don't make going to the doctor's like some punishment- never say to your kid that if he misbehaves or does not listen to you, then you will take him to the doctor or worse the doctor will give him an injection. This statement of yours will make matters worse, and the child may develop his fear into a phobia about the doctor.

11. Appreciate your child-If your child cries, starts shouting or over reacts never try to put him down by scolding or reprimanding him. Instead, appreciate that he/she is a brave and a strong child and that he can get through the visit very easily. If you as a parent stay positive, it will also help your child to stay active.

12. Tell your child what to expect- Never bluff your child saying you are taking him to the park or a ride and then take him to the doctor. He /she will develop a distrust for you which will increase his fear about the doctor even more. Instead, explain to your kid what is going to happen.

Revealed! How to Organize the Perfect Office Holiday Party

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Do you work in an IT company? As the holiday season is approaching, have you been given the charge to become a planner for your annual office holiday party?? If so, there will be many things to be taken care of, and there would be hassles involved in this task too. But, planning and executing a good party will bring in a lot of positive effects to the overall environment of the company.

What kind of venue should be chosen for the party, what all food should be there in the menu and what other entertaining factors should be added, these questions will keep on circling our mind before hosting a successful office party. These office parties are meant for enjoyment among employees to boost their spirit for gaining more productivity.

What positivity can be brought by arranging an office holiday party?

The word party can itself boost anybody's excitement meter. But hosting a holiday party during holidays and making sure about everybody's presence and perfect execution of the task may be difficult, but there are a lot of positivity it brings. The advantages are explained below:-

  • The spirit and the morale of every employee can be boosted if, a holiday party can be thrown from the employer's side. This is done for bringing in some optimism for welcoming the New Year in support of the work culture.
  • If the employees are praised and awarded for their contribution in the company as a part of the holiday party, it can clearly strengthen the bond between the employer and the employees.
  • This type of yearly holiday party can help in developing good relations between employees.

As a planner for the office holiday party, how will you initially plan for the event?

For planning a big event like this, you need to have more than one month in your hands. The below points are very important and should be taken care of first:-

  • Will it be during the time in Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year, you must set an appropriate date for the event.
  • Should it happen on the company premises or some other place? The venue of the party should be planned and booked before the event which will be suitable for all.
  • Send emails or SMS to every employee to tell them to know about the event. It is considered even better to get confirmation about their attendance in the party.
  • Book the vendors for supplying party essentials, and making sure of the quality of supplies they offer.

What are the most vital points in planning the office holiday party?

A perfect party, which will be incredibly appealing and enjoyable to every employee, is hard to plan, The below points will throw some light as how the holiday party should be planned:-

Set a proper theme

A proper party theme has to be picked by keeping in mind as at what occasion the holiday party is being thrown. If it is a Christmas party, then a huge Christmas tree would necessarily set the party theme, and every other aspect of the party will follow suit. A retro themed party for the New Year or Thanksgiving can be perfect too. Whatever be the time of the party, the theme gets decided according to that.

Decide on the dress one should wear to the party

Formals, Casuals, some particular color code or dressing according to the party theme, all these aspects has to be planned and must be informed to everyone before the party. While sending the invites, the dress code must be mentioned.

Schedule a proper program

A well planned and a well-prepared program schedule for a party is the most important aspect. What kind of music should be played, whether a short and crisp speech lauding the employee's performance should be given from the employer's side, or most importantly when should the party start or end should be appropriately scheduled.

Planning the food items

It is always advisable to study and plan the food, which should form the menu of the party. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians, both types of employees, work in the organization. Hence, ample variety of food should be included, as there will be various people with varied liking in food items. Some will like pizza, and some will like the stuffed Turkey. Proper ensuring should also be done with the vendor about the quantity of the food items so that it doesn't get finished.

Plan the decoration of the holiday party

Whether to follow the decor items according to the party theme or look for various random decoration items for accessorizing party venue, this planning is extremely important. Installation of artificial plants and trees in various corners or introducing temporary topiaries or faux cactus can add beauty to your party decor to another level. 

Plan the party performances

You must book performers in music and dance to increase the entertainment quotient of your holiday party. Instead of professional performers, talents from the employees can also be exhibited through this platform. This can add more fun and enthusiasm amongst them.

Games and awards

Introduce any games synonymous with the party mood which should involve everyone attending the party. This will be good for developing a good relationship amongst the employees. And also arrange a little award ceremony for recognizing hard work from employees in increasing the company's performance. This can boost everybody's mood.

Gifts or Prizes to be distributed

Favors in the form of goodies, special gift baskets, chocolate boxes and other dessert items or special cards can be made by personalizing the employee's name so that he/ she can take that prize as a return gift for their family. This will boost their morale in a big way, and they will be more than excited to attend the next holiday party hosted by the company.

Top 10 New Year Gifting Options for Women

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Being a holiday, the New Year is celebrated throughout the United States. People either organize parties at home with family and friends or go out to attend public events to embrace the upcoming year with gala and grandeur bidding adieu to the passing year. New Year brings new hopes. Everyone let the bitterness of the previous year go and earnestly look forward to the new beginning. It is also the time to be joyous and send gifts to the near and dear ones.

Some women would never mind getting the same gift like a greetings card on every New Year. But, there are some who deserve something special. So you have to gift them something. For this, you need to consider your budget, her preferences and more particularly how long you are known to each other.

Here are some gifting ideas that may be helpful

1. Diamond ring

A glittering diamond happens to be the most favored gift of the women for ages. So, why not start the New Years with a diamond ring gift? Moreover, being endless, a ring is the perfect symbol of endless love and the New Years is the right time for celebrating this bond. This will be valued by her throughout the year. In spite of making a hole in your pocket, this should be the top on New Year's gift list. 

2. Jewelry box

If giving jewelry is too expensive for you, sending an elegant jewelry box can make a perfect New Years gift. Made of wood, these boxes come with ornate carvings and are also available with metal linings. These are ideal for keeping on the desk to hold many assorted beauty items. Try this, and she will be very happy.

3. Trendy handbag

Trendy handbags also make a very good New Years gift option for the women, especially if she is the outgoing type or had to hop a lot due to professional compulsion. No New Year fashion is complete without a trendy handbag that denotes both elegance and style. These are available in many color and design options and are very useful to the women as these can hold a lot of things inside. Just think of a style with cute finishing and gift it to her for celebrating this New Year.

4. Personalized gifts

As New Year is a special occasion, whatever gifts that you may send to her should be special. The best thing this is to send her a personalized gift. When you personalize any item, how much trivial that may be, it adds your warmth and compassion to the object. You can have limitless options of personalized items. You can personalize a desk clock with your joint photo or can gift a personalized coffee mug if she happens to be a coffee enthusiast.

5. Perfume

Perfumes create a very good New Year gift item. With the fragrance, it carries the joy and good wishes on the New Years Eve and for the whole of the coming year. Filling up her New Year with a bottle of perfume, you will stay in her mind.  Varieties of perfumes of different price ranges are available. You may choose anything. In case you cannot afford it, send your woman a cute body spray or deodorants instead.

6. Decorative items

New Year is the biggest and first celebration of the year; there is always a large party with family and friends to bid farewell to the passing year and also to embrace the coming year.  To make the celebration memorable, people decorate their houses with many things to give it a sparkling appearance. You can add to the list by sending her decorative trees, wax flowers, and artificial orchids as New Years gifts and she would appreciate your idea.

7. Fashion Accessories

You can never go wrong gifting fashion accessories to a woman. Women are naturally conscious about fashion, and they love to have such things any time of the year and especially while another year is just blooming. This can be anything from a nice leather belt, a silk scarf, fancy stoles, a cute locket for necklace or pair of sensual shoes. These are perfect for New Year's gift. 

8. LED jumping rope

Jumping ropes is a very good exercise, and the LED jumping rope makes a wonderful New Years gift for fitness conscious women. These unique jumping ropes have changed the workout landscape by throwing the statistics on your face. Using the LED sensor, it counts the number of jumps with every flick of the rope and can be synchronized with Android and iOS mobile phones.  You can also get one with calorie count option. Gift it to show how you care about her health and fitness.

9. Cat eye sunglass

This is the latest fashion craze of the women. Whether a woman is born with a round, square or oval shaped face, the cat eye sunglasses flaunt the beauty of all of them. These deliver a cool look on the sunny beach and being provided with UV protected glasses; she will be safe from the glare of the sun while camping on a sunny beach. Get one cute cat eye sunglass for her this New Year, to show your love and care.

10. Gift coupons

New Year is the time when everyone is showered with gifts, and this makes the process of choosing the perfect gift difficult. Everyone is after selecting a special gift, and you are not sure who likes what. So, why not let them choose their gift? Many shops offer a special gift voucher for the festive season, and you can consider one gift voucher. This is the safest options as she can get whatever she likes.

10 Awesome Benefits Of Palm Trees

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When you hear the words ‘palm trees' the one thought that probably crosses your mind is a beautiful coastal or tropical place with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. But did you know that besides being found in your favorite vacation spot, palm trees also have a great number of benefits to them, Surprised? But it's true. Installing palm trees in the surroundings are beneficial for a plethora of reasons. Although most people are unaware of these wonderful benefits, they do in reality exist and can be a real delight. Today we will discuss the various benefits of palm trees. 

1. Can Be Grown By Novices Too!

Well let's be honest, not all of us are expert gardeners and horticulturists. Planting trees can be a long and tiresome process. Some trees, in particular, require large amounts of care and maintenance. Without proper professional expertise, providing adequate care and maintenance to the plants and trees can become a difficult task. On the other hand, with palm trees, one need not worry about not being able to provide proper care to the plant. Palm trees are sturdy and require minimum maintenance. These plants can be grown by pretty much anyone. Even people newly starting out new in a gardening career will find that looking after these plants is an absolute cakewalk. 

2. No More Raking Leaves

With most trees, you will find that gardeners and tree lovers are always complaining about what a task it is to rake leaves. Dried up leaves are always falling around the barks of the trees creating an unpleasant mess in the garden. Besides creating a mess, it involves a great amount of manual work to get the leaves cleaned up and raked. In the case of palm trees, one need not worry about raking leaves on a regular basis. The fronds of the foliage are typically discarded on a seasonal basis, and the gardener or caretaker does not need to break his back discarding leaves. 

3. Rake In The Money!

This is a lesser-known fact that matured palm trees can bring in large sums of money. Mature palm trees are highly sought after and horticulturists, landscapers, and homeowners are ready to pay a hefty sum to have this trees installed in their gardens. Another great benefit of the palm trees is the fact that they can be very easily and quickly transplanted without any hassles. Thus, installing these wonderful trees can be financially beneficial too. 

4. Transform Your Bare Garden Into An Oasis

Another great benefit of the palm trees is that they grow very swiftly and easily. Once planted into the mud, these trees grow quite soon and before you know it your entire garden will be blooming with gorgeous and breathtaking palm trees. Additionally, these trees provide a great amount of shade from the harsh rays of the sun. Thus, planting these trees into your garden can be a real boon. 

5. Grows In Most Types Of Soils 

Some trees are known to grow and blossom in only certain types of soils. In the case of palm trees, one need not worry about the type of soil that they are planting the trees in. Although palm trees blossom most beautifully in sandy soils, they also grow very well and beautifully in clay soil beds. So it doesn't matter what type of soil your garden carries. You can go right ahead and plant the palm trees without having to worry about whether or not they will bloom into a gorgeous oasis. 

6. Limited Maintenance Required 

Some trees require unbelievable amounts of maintenance. They need to be regularly watered, trimmed, fertilized and they also require large amounts of nutrition. Some trees are also very likely to get infected with diseases and infections, and without regular maintenance, the chances of them surviving after contracting such infections are very low. In the case of palm trees, one need not worry about providing regular maintenance. Palm trees do not require absurd amounts of watering and also need very limited nutrition. Installing palm trees in your garden can be very beneficial and time-saving. 

7. Can Withstand Storms

Palm trees have a phenomenal root system that keeps them firmly attached to the ground even in the harshest and most outrageous of storms. Unlike tons of other types of plants and trees, the chances of palm trees getting blown away in storms are much lower. Some trees savagely get uprooted from the ground in hurricanes and storms and get carried away for miles. So, if you experience in a place that is susceptible to storms, your best and safest bet would be to plant palm trees in your garden. 

8. Faux Palm Trees Look Just As Gorgeous 

For some reason, if you're unable to install real palm trees in your garden, you can also consider installing faux palm trees. People who are working 9 to 5 jobs often don't have the time to install real trees in their surroundings and are unable to provide proper care and maintenance for the real trees. Installing faux palm trees can be a real lifesaver if you wish to make your garden look pretty and blooming. Just like the real palm trees, the silk palm trees have lush green and lifelike looking leaves. These faux plants save your time and are extremely convenient. 

9. Several Available Varieties

Another great benefit of the palm trees is that they come in several varieties and types. You have an entire plethora of different types of palm trees to choose from. There are Sego palm trees, Kentia palm trees, Windmill palm trees and several others. So choose the one that you prefer best and plant away. 

10. Add Beauty And Life To Your Landscapes

Aesthetically, palm trees are visually very pleasing and captivating. They give you a tropical vibe and make you feel like you're constantly in a coastal area. Installing these trees in your garden can beautify the space and give it an exotic island type vibe. Thus, palm trees are a real blessing.

Lend Exotic Charms To Your Office Space With Artificial ZZ Plants

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Having a well-decorated office space will not only brighten your mood but will also motivate you and your colleagues to work harder. Getting an interior decorator to do up the office space can turn into an extremely expensive ordeal. Some of the products installed by the interior decorator maybe exorbitantly priced and tough to maintain.  Instead of spending large sums of money on hiring a professional to decorate your office, installing faux plants will get the job done instantly and at an affordable price.

Our beautiful and realistic looking artificial ZZ plants are an excellent option for your commercial spaces. The lush green leaves of our plants are very cooling and soothing to the eyes. These plants can have a very refreshing impact on your clients and employees.  These faux plants can be placed in outdoor as well as indoor settings. They are just what you need to liven up the surroundings of your office.

Benefits Of Installing The Artificial ZZ Plants

  • Although the faux ZZ plants look incredibly lifelike and realistic, they are extremely lightweight and easy to transport and install.
  • The faux plants are very affordable and reasonably priced. The buyer will be able to buy these plants in large quantities without having a hole burnt through his pocket.
  • The leaves of these large artificial trees and plants are treated with individual chemicals that make them fire retardant. One need not worry about the faux plants going up in flames. Several fire tests have been conducted on the plants and even local, and state municipality bodies have approved of these plants.
  • The artificial foliage is weatherproof. It can be installed in both indoor as well as outdoor settings. Excessive exposure to rain or sunlight will not make the leaves of the plants or trees fade or lose their color.
  • The purchaser does not need to worry about the leaves of the artificial plants shedding and causing a mess.
  • The faux ZZ plants require absolutely no maintenance. Unlike real plants, these faux plants do not require regular trimming and watering. The purchaser does not need to worry about hiring a professional gardener for a big fee to take care of these plants.
  • Not like real plants, these faux plants do not attract mosquitos and insects. One need not worry about contracting serious illnesses like malaria and dengue that are contracted through such insect bites.

Botanically Correct Artificial ZZ Plants

The main reason is why many people are apprehensive about decorating their commercial spaces with faux plants is that they often look fake and unrealistic. The whole point of having faux plants in the surrounding is to reduce maintenance and costs, but at the same time, they must look lifelike and real. For faux plants to look real, they need to be botanically correct. The leaves, color of the leaves, stems and other parts of the artificial plants need to look exactly like the real plant. At Commercial Silk Int'l, there are several botanical experts on the team who ensure that the plants manufactured have the exact detailing of the real plants. Even the most trained eye can be tricked into believing that the artificial plants are real.

Different Places Where The Faux ZZ Plants Can Be Installed

  • Restaurants (entrance and lobby)
  • Hotels (rooms, coffee shops, lobbies, entrance)
  • Malls
  • Government offices and buildings
  • Trade shows (overall decoration, individual stalls)
  • Exhibitions
  • Apartments and apartment buildings
  • Villas and bungalows
  • Hospitals (waiting rooms, patient rooms)
  • Doctor’s and dentist’s waiting rooms
  • Casinos
  • Theme Parks and water parks
  • Museums 
  • Outdoor landscapes 
  • Theatres
  • Offices and other commercial spaces
  • Airports and railway stations
  • Movie sets 

Varieties Of Available Artificial ZZ Plants

The ZZ plants are available in several varieties for the buyer to choose from. These include: 

  • The ZZ hedge topiary. This hedge is available in a 30”H x 30”W x 56”L bush.
  • The 48-inches ZZ plant with fire retardant leaves
  • The 6-foot ZZ tree with fire retardant leaves. This tree can be placed in both outdoor as well as indoor settings. 
  • The 12-foot ZZ tree with fire retardant leaves, suitable for both outdoor as well as indoor settings. 

Depending on whether you wish to do an outdoor or indoor installation, you can choose the size of the plants or trees accordingly. For outdoor installations, the taller and larger trees are more appropriate. Indoor installations look better with the smaller sized artificial ZZ plants.

Installation Of The Artificial ZZ Plants

The beauty of the artificial plants is that they are very easy to install. One need not hire professionals to get the installation of the plants done. Additionally, these plants are also extremely lightweight and can be picked up and placed as per the requirements of the purchaser. However, for those individuals who prefer to have a professional carry out the installation, Commercial Silk Int'l has an expert’s team who will get the job done for you.

Artificial ZZ Plants For Weddings And Events

Event planners are in constant need of decorative accessories to enhance the beauty of the event you are organizing. Setting up the fake ZZ plants at weddings, birthdays, corporate functions, anniversary parties and other such large-scale events is an excellent idea. They can be used for outdoor and indoor functions and parties. These faux plants can be used and re-used as per the requirements of the purchaser. They will prove to be an incredible investment for a wedding or event planner. Another great benefit of these plants is that they have a long shelf life. While they are not in use, you can store them away in a warehouse or storeroom, without having to worry about them getting spoiled or ruined.

Rejuvenate Your Landscaping with Artificial Sumac Plant

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Creating an ideal landscape in the commercial places like the offices or public places has many advantages and is quite difficult also. Firstly, talking about the benefits, it can create a huge difference in the productivity and create a refreshing space inside the office drawing more and more people and increasing the work output. It will also refresh the minds of the employees and encourage them to perform better and will also increase the aesthetic value of the landscape thus, helping in gaining appreciations from the viewers. The best way is to use some greenery or brightly colored plants. Talking about the difficulties, creating a landscape at the office will involve many complications where it needs to be clean and tidy, and that make the use of natural greenery at the office tough. 

Better alternatives to natural greenery

The best alternative is going for the artificial foliage. It has huge advantages over the natural ones. They are:

  • You will be freed of appointing separate personnel for watering and looking after the natural plants. Natural plants tend to litter the place and attract flies and insects which will disturb the office environment.
  • You do not need to replace the plant after some time as they will die and decay after growing for some time.
  • No need for pruning and maintaining the shape of the plant as they will not grow.
  • You can place the artificial foliage indoors also as they do not need sunlight to grow.
  • The artificial foliage will look fresh as new even after years, unlike the real plants which may lose the shine due to many factors. 

Create an aesthetic landscape with artificial sumac plant

The sumac plant is a great landscaping item if you are looking to have a bright and colorful office environment. The temperate plant has a special ability to change its color to fiery red during the fall season. Though the artificial foliage does not change color, the appearance will surely change the office atmosphere. The plant is available in sizes varying from 18” to 60” from small to large artificial plants for you to choose the right size for your location. You can also relocate it from any indoor or outdoor location according to requirement. The main reasons to go for the artificial sumac plant includes the shape of leaves, the rejuvenating green color, the elegant look which makes it a great choice for offices and other public places which are visited by many people on a daily basis. 

Creating a perfect indoor landscape with the artificial sumac plant

Plants in the indoor landscape tend to get more admirers as it is a rare sight to have greenery indoors and you can look forward to keeping your artificial sumac plant at any place where it will be easily viewed by the people. These locations may help:

  • Inside the cabin- the sumac plant will look great inside the manager or any personal cabin where the important persons meet for business meetings. It will draw the attention as well as maintain a refreshing atmosphere inside.
  • Hanging- you can use specialized bases to hang your artificial sumac plant using the artificial hanging baskets as they will look best in them.
  • On the table- a small sized artificial sumac plant may be placed on the table at the reception where they will draw the attention and will be admired by the viewers. That is the place where it is most likely to be viewed.
  • Near the window- it is the most natural place for placing a plant as sunlight and air are available, and the plant can grow freely. You can try placing the artificial sumac plant near the window to make it look more natural and create a rejuvenating landscape.

Apart from the places mentioned above, you can also try some new locations and go for the best results. It will look best in any location, and you can feel free to use your creativity and use your ideas. 

Rejuvenating the outdoors with the artificial sumac plant

The outdoors landscape will be more natural for the greenery and the artificial sumac plant will look more natural there. Talking about the office outdoors, you can create your rooftop lawn and place the artificial sumac plant there or use it for lining the path inside the office premises. The onlookers will surely admire the rejuvenating nature of the sumac plant and its elegant glow in your office. 

The artificial sumac plant is made from tough materials which won’t lose its glow even if they are exposed to direct sunlight or waters. So, you need not worry about leaving it outdoors. You only need to place it on a suitable base or pot. You can go for the designer pots or may choose the artificial hanging baskets depending on your location. You can also create a themed landscape using a colored basket matching to the color of the surrounding. Placing the artificial sumac plant at a separate location with some other similar greenery will be better than putting it separately as it will draw more attention and gain more admiration thus hanging the mood and rejuvenating the atmosphere in the office.

Fire retardant material

An exciting safety feature of the artificial sumac plant is its fire retardant nature. The plant is made from fire retardant material which will stop the fire from spreading in case of a fire breakout in the office. It is a helpful feature as there are often accidents of people losing their life and massive losses due to fire breakout in the public places which are mostly promoted by the cheap synthetic materials used for manufacturing the landscaping décor items. In the case of artificial sumac plants, you can bank on its safety features.

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