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The Convert Vase

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When it comes to home decor, I’m a sucker for conversation pieces, details, and functional vases and these Convert vases contains all of those characteristics.

The Convert Vase, which was inspired London’s diverse architecture, are a trio of architecturally inspired geometric vessels, each vase is constructed from a single sheet of stainless steel.

The sheet is folded and shaped by hand to create the cylindrical structure. The steel has a semi-matte finish with patterns embossed into the surface to create a soft tactile aesthetic from an otherwise hard industrial material. Clever locking and folding techniques are to form each sheet of steel into shape without using adhesives or soldering. This carefully engineered process creates a hand crafted design that is lightweight yet robust in structure.

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The vases comes in small, medium and large and each vase comes with a waterproof container inside and packed in a sturdy presentation box, which would make it a great gift!

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I would love all three and I already have the perfect place for them in my house! These are just SO COOL! To order your own, visit www.another-studio.com.

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Weekend At Home: Flower Power

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Give me any time or occasion to buy flowers for my home, I will do it! Actually, I’m one of those people that will buy flowers just because I’m having a bad day and/or Kroger has a very beautiful and affordable bouquet of bright flowers. I’m supposed to buy them…right? Well, I usually do and I’m totally fine with that. However, keeping “fresh” flowers can become a little to tedious and pricey.

Well, I have some quick tips (some you might already know or don’t) that will help you preserve the your flowers a little longer and stretch your floral budget. I can’t wait until I get to the financial point in my life where I have a “floral budget”! Is that even real? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out. Tip time!

  • Aspirin – This is an old tried and true tip. It is known and practiced of dropping one aspirin in your flower water to help expand the life span of your flowers by even up to 3-5 extra days, because they help kill the bacteria.
  • Prune the leaves – Before you place the stem in the water, remove the leaves. The leaves makes the water dirty and at times, can carry bacteria into the water that cuts the life span of your flowers dramatically.
  • Change The Water – This is kind of carrying on from the previous tip. Just like most living things, flowers need water, to flourish and sustain, and preferably clean water. So every other day or when you notice the water is getting dirty, empty the dirty water, rinse the vase, and add some fresh water (don’t forget the first tip above.)
  • Warm Water – Water is very important and not only does the water need to be clean, but also warm as the room temperature.
  • Trim – Every time you change your water, trim the stem a bit to help the flower to get more water.
  • Chill – Keep your flowers fresh by keep them out of heat and direct sunlight. Also, place them in the fridge overnight to keep them nice and cool.

These were just a few tips that I’ve heard about, tried, and found to be true. So, reference this list next time you have some fresh flowers to spruce up your home.

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WEEKEND AT HOME: Raised Bed Gardens

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The previous renter of the house I live had quite the green thumb and even had an entire garden in the backyard. Unfortunately, my sister and I don’t, but have aspirations to have some kind of garden. However, since it’s just the 2 of us and we both have full-time jobs, we don’t really have the time nor need for a large garden. So, a raised bed garden is the perfect option for us.

A raised bed garden is basically garden beds raised off of the ground… duh. They usually have wooden borders but can be made with brick, stones, or any other material that can traditional garden beds are formed. You can build one, however, I’m looking to buy a pre-made one like the one by EMSCO GROUP above from Lowe’s.

So, if you want a garden, but not sure if you want a traditional garden, then a raised garden might be for you. Here are some reasons to get a raised garden.

  • More Manageable – You can choose the size of your garden, which is perfect for single living and small families. No need for a huge garden for a small amount of people…unless you’re in a giving or selling mood.
  • Portable – If you’re renting a home or apartment, planting a large and traditional garden might not be feasible. So, a raised garden bed is easy to pick up in go, in the case that you move residents occasionally.
  • Easy to Control – Having a raised garden bed allows you to put various barriers to help prevent pest and weeds.
  • Visually Pleasing – Depending on the style you choose, it can add a nice decorative look to your outdoor area, especially if your garden is full of colorful flowers or produce.

 

So, if you are looking for a small project to do this weekend, look into creating or buying a raised garden.

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WORK: Recharging On The Clock

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For me, the worst time of day is about 4 o’clock-ish on a workday.  That’s about the time the weight of the day starts taking its toll and my body realizes that we are only a couple of hours away from breaking free from our desk for the rest of the day. My body begins its own personal shutdown like a computer. Therefore, for the next couple of hours, I’m slowly turning off and closing down shop. Unfortunately, I still have a nice amount of work to finish before I leave that will not get completed if I’m working on 50% internal body battery.

So, if you are like me and find yourself feeling tired and/or drained about 2-3 hours before you are done with your workday, then you are not alone. It’s actually very popular feeling that most people feel, especially those who work in an office setting. So, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks that I use to help me avoid this feeling by recharging my internal battery and finishing the workday on a high note.

  • Drink Plenty of Water – Increased water intake is the cure for so many things, including headaches and more energy. Instead of starting a new pot of coffee, just sip on water and add some lemon, if possible. It’s not only refreshing and good for you, but it will add an instant bout of energy without the “crash” feeling that coffee and energy drinks can give you.
  • Brisk Walk – Sounds crazy, but the energy you exert on a brief walk can double and give you inspiration to do more. So, a quick little 15-20 minute walk around the parking lot and the fresh air will awaken and energize you.
  • Take a Quick Nap – I can’t lie, this is probably my favorite tip, because its the best. I usually go to my car, recline the seat back and take a 15-20 minute nap and I wake up feeling like I could build a building, because I have just that much energy from that simple nap. I actually got this tip from Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post offices even having napping room for employees to help them to re-energize and clear their mind. Trust, it’s so effective.

So, next time you are at work and the day is feeling too long to complete of feel yourself draining, try one or more of the above tips.

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WORK: Current Status

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Can you truly live a stylish and happy lifestyle without the monetary means to do so? Unless you “come from money” or hit the lottery or sugar daddy (which, is like hitting the lottery…I guess) then you need a job. Actually, I’m one of those people who firmly believe that you need a career, there’s a difference. I’m in this weird, gray area where I actually have a “career”, but I’m not happy, which is making it feel like a job. Boo.

“Work + Happy = Career

Work + Contentment = Job”

– Samida

For years after college, while freelancing as a graphic artist, I was looking for steady employment. I sent out countless resumes and went on more than a few interviews before someone took a chance on me and hired me to be a website manager for their online retail store. I was truly happy, although, I thought I was just content. I had a decent job, my own apartment and easily handled all of my bills with money to spare. You know, nothing too major.

However, After 3+ years at that job and advanced from just a part-time website manager to a full-time Website manager/ in-house graphic designer, I was burnt out and felt unappreciated. Therefore, I was on the hunt for a new career. I knew I wanted more; responsibility, experience, and knowledge. I already got at all I could at my comfortable eCommerce gig. So, it felt like it was the right time to carry my talents elsewhere.

After months of looking, I scored a “fabulous” job that would have me working in content development, social media marketing, eCommerce, and more. Pan to 3 years later ( My first day was May 16th, 2011) and my main job is content development, which sounds “fancy” to some, but mostly involves copy and pasting medical content into software systems and writing about medical products. Boo.

So, for the past few months I’ve been searching and begging any and all higher powers to guide me on the path to my next career destination and get me of this Office Space environment. I will admit, that I’ve been all over the place in what I want or think I want, but nothing really concrete. However, I do seem to be walking the line of creativity and entrepreneurial. I’ve had plenty of ideas, but haven’t bit the bullet and pulled the trigger to really hunt for a new career path.

Hopefully, with the help of this series I will get the inspiration and motivation to hone in exactly on where I need to be heading in my career. Join the ride,please!!

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