Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Making a Connection with Your Teen

As your son gets older, it has become harder to communicate. You feel as if he is drifting away from you. He no longer opens up about anything, is often holed up in his room, and spends more time away from home. You feel like you need to build a bridge before you completely lose touch. You keep reaching out, but he closes the door on all of your efforts. You need to act now before it's too late. 

Try an Intervention 
If you can't make any headway with your teen on your own, try an intervention. Gather together family members and close friends to sit down with your son. Tell him you care and you're worried about him. Try and find out why there is this growing distance between you. When your child is in trouble, you want to do something about it. You can't sit back and watch him struggle.  

Get Professional Help 
Look for advice from the experts. Talk to your family physician and ask for any recommendations for counseling services. Consider going to group therapy as a family, especially if there are changes in behavior and emotional outbursts. If you feel like your child is on the brink of disaster, you need to do everything you can to head it off at the pass. 

Ride Out the Storm
When your home becomes a battlefield and verbal fights start to escalate with your teen, you need to do everything possible to stay calm. The last thing you want is to see your teen run away from his problems. Be firm. Be persistent. Most importantly of all, be present. Your son needs to know that you are not going anywhere.

Consider a School for Troubled Youth 
If all of your efforts fail, you can take the next step and try a new location for your son, like the Wood Creek Academy. Enrolling in a program for troubled youth may be the last resort to finally overcome the struggles that your teen is experiencing. In a remote, secure setting, your son can learn coping skills and work through his problems. With the guidance of competent staff members, surrounded by others with similar problems, it is possible for your teen to find his way back to you. It will take time and effort, but you can have a relationship again.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Create Stunning DIY Apparel Using Large Men's Shirts

Many thrift-store enthusiasts end up with an abundance of items that they're not entirely sure what to do with. This can include a number of large men's button up shirts thanks to the appeal of this truly classic style. While these shirts can look great all on their own, larger varieties may prove a bit too unwieldy for everyday wear. 

In this event, crafting your very own high-fashion items from large men's shirts is the perfect option. This involves keeping attractive features intact while adding a few feminine touches sure to turn heads. Of course, there are a number of great design ideas available for ambitious crafters seeking to look their absolute best all year long. 

Design a Fun and Flirty Dress 

Summer is the perfect time for fun and flirty dresses, which can help keep you cool while also contributing to a chic aesthetic. To this end, making a few key alterations to the oversized men's shirt of your choosing can afford a one-of-a-kind style straight from the pages of world-class fashion houses. This entails removing the sleeves and modifying the waist to afford a figure-flattering silhouette. You can even add sultry accents like a cutaway back panel for increased appeal. 

Create an Eye-Catching Crop Top for Warmer Weather 

Cute crop tops are another great item for warm weather, and starting with a funky-patterned oversized shirt will help expand your fashion options. Unlike other DIY projects, creating a crop top requires very little work. In most cases, cutting and hemming the sleeves is about all that is required. In order to ensure your crop top is the perfect length, unbutton shirt to your waist and tie accordingly.  

Turn Larger Shirts Into a Form-Fitting Dress 

You can even take bulky oversized shirts and turn them into form-fitting dresses. Unlike the summer
 dress design, it's best to take an ultra-large shirt (think XXL) to achieve the desired length. Once you've made any minor alterations to sleeves and other areas, pin the shirt front and back so it fits snugly to your body. After this is complete, it's a good idea to try on the shirt before doing any sewing, which will help ensure it's the proper size. 

Add Stunning Accents to Increase Appeal 

Adding a few key accents to oversized shirts can also make a real impact. One advanced design involves adding ruffles and zippers for a far more feminine look. Halter tops are also popular, and these modifications can include altering the back of shirts to feature fun accents. Some crafters take excess material left over after removing sleeves to fashion things like braids and bows, and these can be attached via sewing machine. Adding embellishments to collars and other areas is a great option for novice designers, as these alterations are relatively easy to undertake.

Re-Fashioning Is All the Rage 

Securing unique apparel is the goal of most fashion enthusiasts, and this can be difficult when buying things right off the rack. Fortunately, re-fashioning ideas like the above can go a long way towards creating an individual look perfect for all types of situations. While it may take a bit of work, making something brand new out of existing items can afford a real sense of accomplishment, while also helping preserve the environment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Three Ways To Make Your Good Hotel Great

When it comes to running a hotel, there's nothing that great about just being "good." To truly impress your customers and optimize your conversion rates, your hotel needs to be absolutely phenomenal. To take your hotel from good to great, consider implementing the following strategies now:

1. Optimize Your Staff's Uniforms. 

Appearance is important in the hotel industry. In fact, your prospective clients will oftentimes judge the quality of your hotel based on how "sharp" your staff looks. Since this is the case, be sure that you're investing in high quality hotel front desk uniforms. You can purchase aesthetically appealing uniforms from companies like Averill's Sharper Uniforms. 

2. Invest In Internet Marketing. 

These days, people go online to book their hotels all the time. Thus if you're not already advertising online, this should be at the top of your priority list. And if you are advertising online, you should make a point to optimize your current internet marketing strategies. The best way to accomplish this objective is to hire a team of well-versed, versatile, super savvy digital marketers. These individuals will be able to devise and implement a customized campaign that will effectively connect you with members of your target market.

3. Focus On Self-Optimization.

In addition to investing in internet marketing, it's important for you to focus on self-optimization to ensure that your hotel functions phenomenally. Although many people know that being healthy and happy increases productivity in one's work life, many individuals do not implement the strategies necessary to optimize wellness and facilitate personal growth. Don't fall into this trap. Instead, focus on becoming the best you possible so that you can be productive and positive while you are at work. If you're overwhelmed at the thought of making big lifestyle changes in order to be a better you, remember that taking baby steps is perfectly fine. Something as simple as hiring a personal trainer and completing one workout session per week can result in significant, positive changes in your physical appearance and cognitive capacities.

Conclusion

Hotel owners that want to really "wow" prospective clients need to consistently bring something different and dynamic to the table. To put this business-building process in motion, consider the value of optimizing your staff's uniforms, investing in internet marketing, and focusing on self-optimization. These strategies will help take your hotel from good to great so that you can obtain the phenomenal conversion rates you desire.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lego Friends Birthday Party for Our 5 Year Old


This past April our youngest turned 5 years old. She told me she wanted a LEGO® Friends theme for her birthday party. I am so glad of the internet, especially Pinterest, that I was able to grab some party ideas with this theme.

For decorations, I incorporated different ideas from different pinterest pins. For my banner I printed it out from lego.com/en-us/friends as well as different coloring activity papers and pictures that I used for decorations. 


As for my backdrop for my dessert table, I used 3 different colors of plastic table cover; lavender, turquoise, and pink and used small paper plates of the same color to create lego pieces backdrop. 


In our family room, I put up a photo booth/area so the visitors can have their pictures taken. I bought props such as oversized eye glasses for the girls to use. Not only the little girls enjoyed it but the moms as well. The backdrop for the photo booth I used crepe paper streamers in turquoise, lavender, and pink and balloons in baby blue and pink. I attached cut out lego logos from my girls lego boxes as well as pictures of Lego Friends characters from Lego.com. 



A friend of ours who makes cake made our little girl a Lego Friends inspired birthday cake. Our little girl was so ecstatic upon seeing her cake.  
 


For games and activities, I had a coloring station and whoever color the nicest can win a prize. I also had a station for guess how many legos in a jar. Who can guess the nearest number will win. The kids also had fun during the build the lego contest. I did not have a pinata and a great idea I got in pinterest is the punch a box. It was a hit with the kids too. 

Planning for a kids' birthday party can be exhausting but so glad and thankful for resources online. It was fun doing it and our girls enjoyed helping me in the process. 
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