Category: Stuff on our Minds

A New Sport For Us!

With summer both Alicia and I (Lisa) are naturally shifting a little bit more into recreation and play rather than bearing down and working hard. Not coincidentally we’ve both also developed an interest in stand up paddleboarding and are currently researching the best stand up paddleboards after having rented boards previously. There’s actually quite a lot to buy when you consider all the safety gear and even clothing. Here are a few of the things you need in addition to the board and paddle:

  • Tether – to keep the board from floating away if you fall off.
  • PFD (personal floatation device) which is the same thing as a life jacket – in most places it is illegal to use a board without a life jacket.
  • Knife – a good fixed blade knife is useful in the event that you need to cut your tether and for all kinds of tasks if you are on an extended paddling trip. Possible knife choices are a good hunting knife or survival knife or maybe even a diving knife.
  • Wet suit or dry suit – depending on where you are going paddling and at what time of year one of these could be essential.

Alicia is really more into the beach fashion side of things and wants to somehow combine her fashion sense with her desire to get out on the water while, right now, I’m more concerned with being safe and prepared and making the experience as trouble-free as possible.

For those of our readers who don’t know much about paddleboarding I’ll give a basic overview from a new convert’s point of view! Paddleboarding has been around for thousands of years as a way to get around and also as a way to fish, but it is only recently that it has gained popularity as a recreation and sport. In fact, it has only been in the last ten years that it has really caught on. Right now, in 2015, it is still gaining in popularity and has arrived at the point where it has become commonplace enough that it is no longer a strange new thing. Paddleboards are a little different from surfboards which they are at first glance quite similar to. There are, however, surf board/paddleboard hybrids that are great for catching waves and paddling out to catch waves. A perfect hybrid has yet to be designed and likely never will be though. There are inevitably compromises to be made. You can’t design the best surfboard and also expect it to be the best paddleboard. Paddleboarding is also quite easy to pick up; you can get around half-decently after just an afternoon’s practice. Surfing, on the other hand, takes weeks or months to start to get any results.

Paddleboarding, too, is touted as a very enjoyable way to get in shape and stay in shape. I can attest to that. You do get a workout but you hardly notice that you are breathing hard or sweating since you are having so much fun. Give it a try!

How E-Commerce Changed the Fashion Industry

The internet and modern technology has altered several aspects of modern people’s lives. One example of that is the advent of e-commerce websites. It has changed the way people do their shopping nowadays. Indeed, fashion brands have turned to e-commerce websites to make shopping easier and more convenient for their audience. It used to be that top luxury fashion houses insisted on maintaining a brick and mortar presence, but these brands are finally coming to realize that online is the way to go.

Smaller fashion brands have definitely found an equal playing field with luxury brands on the internet. The advent of e-commerce websites through the help of Broadconnect.com business VOIP services, it is possible to run and operate a business using online tools.

Experts agree that fashion brands that have gone mobile and online were showing faster signs of progress as compared to those brands that refused to join the online bandwagon. However, things are about to change a big names like Chanel, Fendi and Dior are launching their e-commerce platforms. Smaller businesses are also utilizing the power of the internet and leveraging it to provide a fluid shopping experience for customers.

Advent of Mobile Apps

Aside from using e-commerce platforms, several fashion brands have also tapped into the power of apps or mobile applications in modern shopping experience. The major reason behind this is that fashion buyers are seeking out content generated by other users. They will be using this content to assess their options before making their own purchase. This is fairly common in social media wherein users share their opinion on various products, especially in the field of fashion.

In addition to social media, there are also apps that are designed to make it easier to do comparison shopping for consumers. Hence, there are several social media websites that serve as buying and selling platform. Fashion brand or business owners can manipulate the addiction factor that goes with social media and other e-commerce platforms to get higher conversions.

Shopper’s Experience

When designing or launching an e-commerce platform, it is vital to consider the technical aspect. You need to have a reliable network service so the journey from the mobile apps to the main website goes smoothly. The fact that majority of the modern people these days browse the web through their smartphones. Hence, most of them also do their shopping on their phones.

Customers are not patient when it comes to online shopping. They want fast and seamless service – this is the main characteristic of online shoppers. Fashion businesses, therefore, need to keep up with the demand. Whether it is through social media integration, mobile apps and other forms of e-commerce, if small businesses can leverage it properly then you have the potential to tap into an audience you haven’t tapped to before.

Running a fashion e-commerce website is both challenging and exciting. With bigger rewards and a higher possibility of reaching out to more customers, putting together a reliable e-commerce platform is a must. With Broadconnect.com, you can ensure that your business runs on a 24/7 basis so you can make shopping easier and more convenient for your customers.

How to Teach Your Puppy to Wear Clothes

There is no question that the one pet we consider to be closest to us is the dog. Some people are cat lovers and others also have more exotic taste with their pet choices, but dogs in general have always proven to be the animals that love to be around us the most. To some people they are fully integrated members of their family who even sleep on the same bed with their owners. This means they will probably also want to dress their dogs with nice clothing so they can look great. The problem is that some dogs might find this to be annoying and they will tear off their clothes or at least attempt to get rid of them by chewing on them.

In this article we are going to give you some essential and very useful tips that will allow you to teach your dog to wear clothes.

Start as young as possible

The younger your puppy is, the more chances that you will succeed in training them to wear clothes without too much trouble.  You could start putting on clothes as soon as your dog is able to start moving around on all four legs without stumbling too much. It’s a good idea to let them learn their balance naturally first. Once that happens, you can start to teach the puppy how to wear clothes.

Little steps

First show the clothing item to your dog. Allow for the dog to sniff the clothes, but do not let them try to grab it with their paws or their mouths. They should know from the beginning that this is not something that they are meant to play with. The second thing you should do is put the clothing item on the dogs back for a couple of minutes. The third thing to do is put the clothing item on your dog and see how they react. You should try to play with you dog at this point so they will stop focusing on the clothes, this will make wearing the clothes a lot easier for them.

Reward your pooch

When your puppy looks comfortable with the clothing on him, you can give the animal a treat, but if you see them trying to take the clothes off, do not give them treats. You should start with ten minutes one day, then 15 the next and you could increment the time day by day. Always remember to give the dog a treat because they will learn to associate clothing with rewards and fun. This is a great way to ensure that soon enough they won’t care about it.

Make sure they are comfortable

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when buying dog clothes, is to buy them too tight or too loose. If the clothes are too tight, they might hurt the dog and you would be forcing your pet to enjoy something that is not comfortable at all, which would be a terrible thing to do. If the clothes are too loose, the dog could trip on them and that would make the problem even more serious.

Conclusion

Dogs are animals that can be easily trained to do all sorts of things. Wearing clothes can be a great comfort to dogs during the winter and that is the main reason why some people put clothes on their pets. If you are in the peak of summer, you might want to be careful not to cover your pet with clothes that will make them feel hotter during those sunny days.

Myths About Breast Implants

A few weeks ago, I was telling my sister Lisa that I was considering getting breast implants. I thought they’d be a nice addition to my physical appearance. However, Alicia had a lot of concerns about actually going through with the procedure. So, being who I am, I went ahead and did some research, and compiled it into one article which will basically talk about the popular myths related to breast implants.

All over from many people, you’ll find there is a lot of myths about breast augmentation. There is also quite a bit of fears associated with the possible outcomes of the surgical procedure, which is expected. But many of the myths below you’ll find are completely untrue when you do your research and consult with the right professionals.

Myth 1: Everyone will know I have implants
Some believe that everyone will notice that implants are fitted on their chest. A professionally done implant process gives the patient an original appeal where no one will ever realized there are implants, unless told. To achieve a natural result, it is important to go for the most experienced surgeon. Each area has a society of plastic surgeons, and its highly recommended that you ensure the surgeon is apart of one of those associations.

Myth 2: They have to be removed eventually
The truth is that that implants don’t need to be replaced unless a problem occur such as a leakage. If a leak does occur, you’ll need to see your doctor. However, most implants last for even 20 years or longer.

Myth 3: I’ll need to change my lifestyle
Some people think they will be forced to change their lifestyle. You’ll only require a few days to rest after the surgery for the incision to heal properly. However, when the incision heals, you’ll be able to carry on with life as normal without worrying about your breast.

Myth 4:They won’t feel very natural
Not all breast implants feel unnatural, especially if you go with silicone gel implants. These types of implants are actually very natural feeling. There are also other factors that come into play to make the implants feel much more natural such as surrounding tissue, and the way that the implant is inserted. However, if you get the surgery done by an accredited surgeon which is recognized by your local society of plastic surgeons, you can rest assured that your procedure will be done correctly.

Myth 5: I won’t be able to breastfeed
This was probably the most common myth I’ve heard about breast implants. Because of the way they are inserted into the chest, they don’t interfere with breast feeding abilities so it’s perfectly possible for a mother to feed her children after getting undergoing breast augmentation.

Myth 5: It’ll look awesome right away
Last but not least, and also unfortunately, you won’t look awesome right away. After the surgery, there’ll be bruising, and swelling. So it’ll be some time before you look your complete best.

So as you can see, there are quite a few myths in regards to the breast implants procedure which we’ve debunked. But ultimately, if you ever go through with a procedure, make sure you go with an accredited surgeon. Check the links below for Canadian and American society of plastic surgeons.

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Can Essential oils and Aromatherapy really improve your Life?

Hi everyone.

Today’s topic is on oils and aromatherapy. Maybe you’re familiar with the topic already, maybe not. I knew very little about aromatherapy just a couple months ago. But after some experimentation I must say i’ve growth to like what essential oils have to offer.

I even got my sister Lisa involved in my experiments, which says something!

Overall I think I’ve found something I like. I’m not sure that aromatherapy is all that some people claim it to be, but it’s at least soothing to have some great smells in my living and works spaces. And it’s also good fun finding new essential oils to play with.

So why choose Aromatherapy?

Good question.

For one, I love trying out new things. Especially something that’s meant to improve my wellbeing! And aromatherapy promises just that.

You can infuse your living spaces with the scents of essential oils for a variety of reasons – from calming down your nerves to exciting your senses. Even to keep pesky bugs from taking up residence in your room!

What I’m getting out of Aromatherapy

Now, first of all, there are actually hundreds – if not thousands – of uses for essential oils. They’re not simply for diffusing into your room.

But I haven’t really got into playing around with that yet, though I do want to.

So I can’t say much about their their therapeutic beyond how I’ve started using them in my little diffuser. Which has been great fun.

After doing a little research online I bought certain essential oils that might help promote certain moods. I’ve tried out quite a few and made some fun mixtures for my diffuser. So far my favorite two oils to work with are eucalyptus (for general wakefulness) and chamomile (for relaxation).

What’s super fun is tailoring a scent to my mood. I love having fragrant smells filling my nose and mind while I’m going through my morning routine and prepping for a big day. It makes choosing an outfit that much more exciting when I hop out of the shower to find my bedroom brimming with tantalizing smells.

I’ve even been keeping the smelly-fun going throughout the day. I had an interview with a client the other day and wore a little bit of lemon essential oil on my clothes. The client commented on the scent and said what a great smell it was – and that it made me seem more professional! Now, maybe they were just trying to flatter me. But either way, I’m going to keep wearing essential oils on my clothes!

Sounds pretty fun, huh?

Part of the fun is how you can toy around endlessly with aromatherapy. After writing that last paragraph I decided to Googled more about wearing essential oils as a perfume-like fragrance throughout the day. I found out that there are certain oils to wear for different occasions. It turns out that lemon essential oil is a good one to wear for an interview-like situation. Where certain oils – like ylang ylang – are not recommended (unprofessional, I guess).

I suppose I’ll close out this post now before I get too far into some tangents. I hope this post has been interesting – maybe even inspiring for you. I know that I’m going to keep my aromatherapy adventures going for awhile. I’ll probably pick up a second essential oil diffuser here soon as well, so I can stop having to transport mine from home to work all the time!

Reasons for Shaking Things Up at Times

There are a lot of people who want to be very organized. They hate it when things don’t go as planned. They follow a daily schedule and they know what to do and where to go at an exact time during the day. They are effective in doing their job and they can really come up with great ideas whenever needed. These people seem to have perfect control of everything and they must be very happy. If you ask them if they really are, you might be surprised of their answers.

There is nothing wrong with being extremely organized or being someone who wants total control. However, it also helps that you try to shake things up at times. You will realize that it feels better when you can just live a day without thinking about what you have to do first and what you need to do next. It is great to know that there are mysteries and surprises waiting for you since you have planned everything out. This makes you feel more human and alive. Yes, this is not how you roll and you can’t wrap your head around this idea. However, you just have to give it a try and you will feel great.

Go out and have fun

Spend a day where you just get whatever clothes you have left in the closet and walk away without any plans at all. Take time to appreciate whatever it is that you can find around you. Be grateful that you have the chance to enjoy them. Visit places that you have never visited before even if they are just nearby. You can visit some old friends or just sit on a park without worrying about the time or whatever it is that you left behind because you are not following your schedule. This will make you feel rebellious, but more alive.

Try something new

To spruce things up even further, you can go ahead and try things you have never tried before. For instance, you can go for archery. You don’t have to be a professional archer. You can just do this for fun. You can start now. Next time, when you are free or you feel so tensed in the office, you can go out and release negative energy via archery. For now, if this is something you wanted to try, you can go ahead and buy the best crossbow from this site. You can also read about the best Parker crossbows here if you want to make sure that you are getting the right equipment.

Yes, it might seem like archery is too fancy as a pastime. However, it is worth it. Even if you spend a lot for the equipment, you can use it for a long time. Who knows? You might really have the skills to be a professional archer. For now, you can just give this a try. You can now safely say that you have shaken things up and tried something you have never tried before.

Staying Sane as Business gets Busier!

Hey folks, Alicia here!

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking this week with various friends about how we manage to fit enough positivity into our lives these days, as we get busier and busier.

Quite a conversation – and one that probably brought up more questions than it did answers! But there were a few things. Our business has been doing well recently, which of course is what anyone wants when they start a business, but it means you have to make a more deliberate effort to take care of yourself, and make sure you are giving yourself all the important care that you need to look after your body, mind and soul.

When I discuss self-help issues with my friends, time and time again problems have arisen because we have neglected to look after ourselves as we lose our free time. So because I believe prevention is easier than cure – here are my quick tips for keeping yourself steady and centred in this busy, busy world!

1. Stay Active

These days the notion of ‘exercise’ seems to have been relegated to ‘health freaks’ or marathon runners – those superhuman people that it seems impossible to even try and emulate. But the truth is that is doesn’t need to be like this. Basic exercise is something that out bodies are designed for, and they crave it. I know it can be hugely difficult to make time for the gym after a hard working day, so my advice is to build it around your day. Perhaps cycle or walk to work. Go swimming on your lunch hour. Take advantage of gaps within your schedule during your working day. Or if this isn’t possible, then try to do something at home (saving time on that extra gym travel). If you can afford it, buy a treadmill or elliptical machine, or even a quick run around the neighbourhood, followed by some crunches or push-ups. Exercise releases endorphins, and regulates emotions. It’s good for your body, but it’s great for your mind!

2. Spend Time with Others

And I am not talking about the internet here! I mean, really, actually, spend time with friends and family, in real life (remember that!?). Over the last century, the way we live our lives has changed dramatically, and even more so in the last 10 years. It’s possible now to live your whole life without leaving your home, talking to people online and having meals and shopping all delivered straight to your door. This is not how humans evolved to live, and it is not good for your mind and soul. We are a social species, and spending time with others will bring you comfort, joy, good times and a feeling of connectedness in the world.

3. Find Nature

I have deliberately written ‘Find Nature’ instead of ‘Go Outside’ because these days, they are two different things entirely. Yes it’s nice to leave the house, but if you live in the city, then it’s even nicer to leave the city. There is something truly wonderful and relaxing about wide open spaces, forests, rivers, silence, clean air. It’s like taking your soul to a spa for a few hours (or a weekend, or a few weeks!). We all need a break from city life once in a while – it’s not just a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Well, that’s my top 3 tips. Make time for these, and you will stay happier for longer!

Love, Alicia

Try to Fix Kitchen Problems without Seeking for Help

When there are issues faced at home or in your business, you might call for help right away. Once the problem is fixed, you will realize that it was not that difficult to solve at all. Thus, unless it is really urgent, you don’t need to find someone else to do it in your behalf. Try to solve the problem on your own and it can be very rewarding in the end. For instance, if you face a problem in the kitchen, the first thing to do is to check it out and see if you can handle it or not.

Observe the problem

The first thing to do is to look at the problem and see if there is anything that can be done to fix it right away. If none, then you must at least have a temporary solution while you are figuring things out. Clogged sinks for instance might be a very common problem. You just have to check if something got stuck and if you can pull it out without damaging anything. Sometimes, these problems can be solved by common sense.

Look for reference

If you think you cannot handle it on your own, then look up for some information online. There are tons of experts in kitchen repair and design who might give you the kind of help you deserve. You just have to check out what they have written. It would even be better if they have online tutorial. It will make things easier for you. There are also some forums about kitchen related stuff. You can read some conversations among ordinary people who have faced real problems. You can learn a lot from them.

Get the necessary tools

If the problem needs tools to be solved, you just have to get whatever it is that you need. If you have a tool box at home that comes in handy, then use it. For instance, if you face plumbing issues, then you can use those tools. If something was broken and it can still be put together, then use the tools as well. As long as you are ready with the right tools, you can deal with those problems.

It’s time for help

In the end, after you have resorted to all possible solutions and nothing happens, you might just call for an expert. They will provide you with immediate help. However, you have to remember that they come with a price. Thus, if you are on a tight budget, you don’t have to do this. If the problem is really serious and it can just get worse if you don’t seek for help, then the payment will surely be worth it.

Buying new stuff

If you are faced with problems such as replacing old faucets, then you definitely don’t need any help. You can just check out some of the best kitchen faucets in this site. You might also want to read more about the best pull out kitchen faucet at http://www.kitchenfaucetkid.com/best-pull-out-kitchen-faucet-reviews/. Once you get the best ideas, you can buy these items right away.

Women’s Work Boots: A fashion Trend

Pinterest and Tumblr are popular hubs for the newest fashion trends; styles are always changing, so what’s the big trend now?

Recently, you may have noticed that if you look on these sites the “boyfriend’s oversized clothes” look is totally in!

Just have a look at these 2 galleries and you will see what I’m talking about:

 

Unisex clothing has been trending for a while with the emergence of woman wearing flannels, Converse, leather biker jackets, and baggy jeans since the 90’s. The newcomer to the stage is men’s work boots. The tough and edgy look is taking the fashion scene by storm as models proudly strut while wearing the boots down the catwalk.

So why should you even bother with the rugged fashion of work boots? Some might say that it’s just another flashy trend that will surly die out. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The work boot trend is not only fashionable, but also practical.

Health plays a part in this tactful trend. Work boots provide amazing support for your feet and help the wearer’s posture. Most people don’t own proper footwear and the consequences can range anywhere from back pain and blisters to more serious problems such as plantar fasciitis.

In the past, women were forced to pick up a pair of mens work boots, but with boot makers around the world noticing this raging fashion trend came the emergence of work boots made specifically for women!

So why are females around the world taking on this new fashion trend and sporting sexy work boots day after day? Work boots are made for, you guessed it: work! For this reason, they are some of the safest footwear you could wear – safety is the primary objective. With this being said, I don’t believe that safety is the reason for this trend, its all about style! A big beige pair of timberland work boots on a lady is surprisingly a great look! The real bonus here is if you are a female working in construction – you have one pair of shoes that you can wear to work and for play, and look great all the time!

The outdoor life style is almost meant for the work boot trend. It’s important to have durable and stable footwear while hiking and doing other outdoor activities. Work boots can also be easily waterproofed since most come with creams and sprays that do so, and since work boots last so long this fashionable investment can even save you money!

The work boot trend is in full force. They are now not only for men and construction workers. Do you want to feel fabulous and edgy all at the same time? It’s time to buy a pair! The benefits are incredible and there isn’t a reason for everyone not to have a pair in their closet.

It’s time to throw out the flip-flops and stilettos! Join the work boot movement!

We would like to hear from you if you’ve jumped on the ‘oversized boyfriends clothing’ bandwagon, and in particular if you’re a female who wears mens work boots – offsite or onsite. What do you think about it? are your work boots comfortable? have they ever saved you from injuring your feet?

Leave a comment!

Practical Fashion Tips For New Moms

Two of the topics we are most passionate about are fashion and family life, and we decided to come up with a post that combined the two. New moms generally face into a pretty stressful time and there are a lot of decisions to be made before and after birth. The great thing is though that baby accessories have moved away from being just practical; now you can get pretty much all accessories in very stylish and fashionable designs.

For today’s post we want to show you some simple ideas and fashion tips that we have come up with in conversation with many of the moms we know.

Diaper Bags

Every woman loves a nice handbag, and some of us have dozens of them for all types of occasions. They are practical at the best of times, but no outfit is complete without a nice matching handbag.

The great thing is that these days you will be able to get almost as good a selection of designs when it comes to diaper bags. It doesn’t have to be a plain and ugly bag that you end up hiding at the bottom of a stroller. All the big and small brand name designers now have great selections of diaper bags. You don’t have to splash out hundreds of Dollars for a top designer bag and even for the small budget there are some great options available.

 

Strollers

This is where you can truly make a fashion statement with some really cool designs available in all different types of colors and patterns. Once your baby is a little bit older and is able to sit upright, you should definitely check out some of the great options available.

For urban living we found that our dear friend Allison made a fantastic decision with the First Years Ignite stroller, which is a small, and very compact stroller. It comes in many designs, but the one we like best is the City Chic one.

If you want to find more options available then check out these best umbrella stroller reviews. We were absolutely amazed by how many different types and styles there are. If you are into fitness and running there are even some jogging strollers that will allow you to bring your baby with you on days that you want to stay active.

 

Clothing

Do not try and squeeze into clothes that fit you just before you got pregnant. This will only cause frustration. It will take time to lose all the baby weight, so enjoy buying and wearing some new post pregnancy clothes.

During and after pregnancy women often tend to focus on clothing for their baby and while this can be a lot of fun you should once in a while focus on yourself. Try being prepared with new clothes for the first few days after your baby is born, as you will not feel like shopping then. But as soon as you have found even a little bit of a routine try and book some time for yourself. It will be beneficial to your mental health and you will feel great knowing that you have clothes that you will fit into.