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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Upcycle and Use Your Creativity

Upcycling is a term that means turning your unwanted or unused items into products of better quality. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of them. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. It's essentially re-purposing an old or unused item into something useful again.  

Developing countries around the world having been doing this for years. They use old wrappings from packaging in new ways. They reuse clothing for other purposes and find interesting uses for many natural resources around them. 

With sites like Etsy and Pinterest we can see that 'upcycling' and 'repurposing' are terms that are used constantly with DIYers and home decorators. After all it is fun to take an old piece or unused item that you may have just sent to a second hand store be turned into a something useful again. 

Onto my little project. Years ago when I was into tole painting, I painted this wooden box that I used to keep loose photographs in. It was an old cutlery box to begin with. The inside is all padded. I had stained it and painted the top with a pretty floral picture.  Recently as I was cleaning out a few things I came across the box and thought I might repaint it and give it a more modern look. I left the stain on it and just taped off some lines and spray painted it with black and then silver stripes, nothing fancy just a little more mod. I can still use it to hold pictures if I like or I could use it to keep some of my  jewelry organized. That sounds like a good idea for it.  Here is the before and after pictures. 




Well maybe this will inspire you to think of another use for something before you decide to get rid of it. Why not, little projects are fun to do.  Stay creative! :-)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Travel Moment Treasures

If you are blessed to be able to travel a few times a year or more for pleasure I'm sure that you have taken plenty of pictures to capture those special travel moments. With so many of us having mobile phones with the camera at our fingertips along with endless storage to take and save hundreds of pictures it's the easiest thing to do these days. However, most people just let those pictures sit on there phone or eventually dump them onto their computer and hardly ever view or share them with others. This is kind of sad. 




There are some great ways to display or share those great travel pictures that you've taken and I'll tell you a few right here. 

When my husband and I go on a big trip which we have been doing for the last six or so years, once I am home, I sort through our trip pictures and create a book of each trip online. I choose pictures from those that I have taken as well as my husbands pictures. It's a lot of fun placing and arranging the photos and coming up with captions for them. Once I am happy with how each page looks I then have the book printed as a hard copy. It's great because you can choose the pictures that you love and use the one's that represent things you really want to share or remember from your trip. These make fabulous coffee table books and are easy to show your friends and family without over whelming them with your hundreds of pictures. There are lots of online sites where you can create these travel books. You can choose from a variety of book sizes too. I believe I used Photobook for these ones. 






Another way to display your photos are to have one or two of your favorites printed and framed. You can choose the size you want for a picture frame, canvas print, posters or calendars or even have them put on coffee mugs. I think they make great gifts too! So many fun ideas and you'll love to be reminded of your trips this way.  

Well I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your travel pictures, make memories to share and remember often. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top Five Things To Do in Kona Hawaii

Well I just got home from a wonderful holiday in Kona, Hawaii! If you need relaxation, love exploring and awesome adventures then this is a place you'll want to visit. This was the first time my husband and I traveled and stayed in an AirBNB with friends. We all got along great, shared some fun experiences together and created memories that will last a lifetime.  

Here are my top 5 things you should plan on doing if you visit the Island of Kona, Hawaii.

1) Bike tour through the lava fields. In our group there was about 12 of us. We were shuttled in a van to the starting point to get fitted on our bikes and test them out by our driver named 'Pretty' and our tour guide Mikey! We rode in total 15 miles. We rode up and down hills and stopped at a scenic spot high above the ocean where we ate lunch that was provided by the tour. We got to walk through a lava tube and take some great pictures along the way.  If you enjoy biking and the outdoors and want to see the lava craters this is a fun way to do it. 




2) Kayaking with a guide. We did a 2 hour kayaking tour on the ocean with our guide named Happy. He told us his Hawaiian name too but it was a little harder to say. A beautiful way to see some interesting sites along the ocean shore. Caves to explore if the ocean swells are cooperating if not you will just stop in front of them and the guide will tell you some interesting stories. It was a bit of a workout as we encountered white caps and big waves that we had to work our way through. Our guide just let us take it easy and go at whatever pace worked for us. All in all it was a fun experience. 




3) Coffee Roasting Tour at Ueshima Coffee Company. If you love coffee you've got to do this. We learned how coffee is roasted to make the various strengths and types. My husband and I made French Roast and Italian Roast. Our friends made 'Full City and French Roast. This was a hands on experience and we each received 2 packages of coffee with our own personalized label and photo on it. Makes a great gift or just something special for yourself.  I definitely recommend this for a fun experience. The roast master was a very sweet lady and explained everything very well. 



4) Snorkeling, body boarding and wave jumping are all a lot of fun if you love to play in the warm ocean. Body boarding wasn't quite for me as the first time I tried I got thrown off rather violently by the waves, my friend and I decided we would just jump and play in the waves and it was just as much fun.  We saw all kinds of fish and even sea turtles. The beach and sun were very hot so we were in the ocean a lot.  





5) Botanical Gardens are amazing to visit. A great landscape of tropical plants, trees and flowers. A unique variety that you don't see everyday. Lots of walking and picturing taking.  





Well that's my list of 5 great things to do in Kona, Hawaii! We also
spent lots of time eating delicious food and visiting some great outdoor markets as well as unique shops and galleries. No lack of things to do here. 

Aloha! 




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quick Tips For Starting a Business


Everyone at some time or other likely has dreams of starting a business, working from home and being your own boss. Sounds pretty good, right. Actually it is no free ride, you still have to work hard, put in the time and hours necessary to keep things flowing and you become very creative at juggling and learning how to grow your business. Once you've decided you're willing to put in that time and energy and have a passion for what you're doing then it's time to get things rolling. 
Hopefully you've done all your prep work and market research at this point and have set up a game plan. There are few businesses that can be started without effort and money. So be sure you have a budget set up for start up costs, even a small will get you going! So now assuming you've done all your paperwork and are working hard at your business there are a few things that you'll always be doing to propel your business into the future and stay on top of things. 

1) Continual market research

2) Revisit your business plan often

3) Revise goals, small and large

4) Be prepared for bumps in the road but find ways to overcome them (entrepreneurs weren't built in a day)

5) You'll need a url and website, business whether brick and mortar or online really can't survive without one

6) Sell, sell and sell some more

7) Try new marketing techniques and methods as what may work for some businesses may not work for others

8) Business cards still work, always have them ready to give out

    Baking Theme Business Card Collection, Ready to Customize








Saturday, April 8, 2017

How To Get Targeted Traffic To Your Websites

Everyone wants to find reliable sites that can bring that targeted traffic to your own website. I know there are a lot of websites that claim to send free targeted traffic to your page but I also know from past experience that to get the right targeted traffic you're going to need to invest some money. Now I'm not talking about thousands or even hundreds of dollars here but if you can put aside even a small amount for your marketing budget, even as low as $50 is a good place to start. 

I want to share with you two traffic sites that I am using and believe that they are working to bring the right traffic to my site.  

The first one is called 'Rebrandable Traffic'  

1. Add a Campaign, create a destination url, enter the visit limiter (when to shut off your campaign) enter keywords, click type of traffic you want to view your site, click save campaign. (very simple process)

2. Purchase credits through 'Credit Store', follow the prompts through Paypal, in minutes they show up in your account and you can then apply them to a campaign. 

3. Turn on your Campaign. When it runs out of credits it will automatically turn off. 

Sounds pretty easy, hey! With Rebrandable Traffic you can track you campaigns and there is also an option to resell your traffic. Another little perk you might enjoy.  The traffic packages often go on sale and this is the best time to purchase them to get the most value for your money. I have bought 1000 credits for as low as $2.50 so watch for the deals. Join Rebrandable Traffic here and start seeing your business grow. 

The second Traffic Website is called 'Kris Clicks' 

This site is just over a week old so still in the early stages. I just signed up yesterday and began using it to drive traffic to my shop.  This site is different in that it places your banner ads on already established partner traffic sites and networks to bring visitors to your website.  They over a great 25% commission on referrals. Adding another way for you to increase your earnings. For a time, first time users receive 100 free credits to get started but I'm not sure how long this promo is on. Go here to sign up and start sending visitors to your website now. Without targeted visitors your site can't grow and you cannot make the money you deserve. 



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Travelling in the Spring

Spring is here and I don't know about you but I can't wait to travel to a sunny destination. The rainy weather and late snowfalls have made the winter drag on and on and I am so ready for the sun to shine at least for a few days in a row! Thankfully my husband and I have a Hawaii trip coming up this month. White sand, warm water, snorkeling, paddling and lots of adventures that we will pack into just over a week on the Big Island!  

Getting ready for a trip can sometimes be daunting as there are so many details to think about, Obviously booking your flights and place to stay are the big ones here but also smaller details like what to buy before hand, what to pack and take on the plane with you too.  I like to make lists and each time you travel it gets a little easier to know what you want to bring and what you can leave behind.  

Here is a set I put together to help with some ideas for you ladies to think about bringing in your carry on, on the plane. I like to be prepared so I thought these things were all fairly important.  You can also add a change of clothes to this, 



  Things I've learned when you are preparing to go on an airplane or long flight. 

Eat lightly the day before your travel.  Avoid all fast food! Grease is not your friend! Think about eating protein like chicken, fish or turkey as this will keep you satiated and is easier to digest. Fruits and non gaseous vegetables are fine to consume as well, just not too much.

On the flight bring snacks like bananas, nuts, veggie sticks and bottled water. You need to stay hydrated so drink plenty of water or light fruit juices even if it means more trips to the washroom.

Keep items like tums, antacids and something for stomach cramping in your carry-on. Gravol can be useful to keep nausea away. I like the Gravol with ginger and the one that is non-drowsy. I don't like to be lethargic or out of it on the flight. Mints are better than gum as chewing gum can cause indigestion because you swallow air as you chew. 

Well hope these tips help you and I hope you get to enjoy some sunshine wherever you travel. 




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Put Those Dental Fears Behind You

When you were a child do you remember being afraid of going to the dentist or were you one of the brave and happy kids that had no aversion to visiting a dental office?  I remember quite well being terrified of visiting the dentist. I think it had something to do with all of the dental tools, the 'big' chair and the guy in the mask, lol, I mean the dentist.  Many children and adults have convinced themselves that a dental office is a place to fear. Sometimes the adults actually pass this fear on to their children. Kids tend to get anxious and nervous about going to the dentist probably because they don't really know what to expect and it just seems scary to them. 

We are all well aware that consistent dental visits at least once a year but preferably twice is what most dentists recommend. There are many ways that dentists can help ease a child's anxiety over their visits. 

First off creating a playful, relaxed atmosphere and mood in the office can go a long way. Rooms with bright walls and colorful posters can help a child feel calm. A pediatric dental office is specially designed to make children feel welcome but if you can find a regular dentist that you feel is the right fit for your kids then that is perfectly fine. 

Offering each child a small toy, dental stickers along with a toothbrush and toothpaste at the end of the visit can help make the child feel special and promote good feelings for the next time they return. 

I love designing products for dental offices. Whimsical and unique designs to make an office a calm and relaxing place for people. 

Dental Office Products - find a variety of items to dress up your office. 

Here are a few items that I'm selling to dental offices.