How to Personalize Your Home Décor at No Cost

Personalizing Your Home

Personalizing Your Home

Personalizing your home is a common pursuit that makes you feel more at ease in your surroundings. Your home is where you spend a lot of your time, and part of the fun of paying for it is making it unique. Interior decor should make you feel like you’re entering a sanctuary and place of ease where you kick back. However, while it may be fun to look at designer furniture catalogues and imagine what that one-of-a-kind couch might look like in your living room, it’s not always financially feasible for the average person. Although it’s possible to save up for a big ticket item like a couch, buying an entire living room set on a whim isn’t a realistic expectation for the average working person. However, there are easy solutions to this issue. By using a little ingenuity and repurposing items that currently seem useless, you can spruce up your home in ways you never thought of. In fact, the more customized the interior decor of your home is, the better it reflects your personality and the type of place you want to spend time. Here are some essential items and tips for making your home decor your own.

DIY Blogs and Tips

The best place to start while trying to come up with ideas for how you can customize your interior decor is the Internet. There are hundreds of DIY blogs online that offer advice from tried and true experts. Many of these bloggers, though, are people exactly like you who once were looking for a way to customize their home on a budget. There is a great desire to share this type of information, and entire community online of DIY decorators and artists. By simply looking at a few of these blogs, you’ll get ideas immediately. This also goes for basic tips from home organization magazines that specialize specifically in decorating on a budget. Simple tip lists or project ideas can give way to something that you make uniquely your own. These are good resources to draw from and an excellent way to start a single project.

Creating an Inspiration Board

Create Your Own Space

Create Your Own Space

The second step of finding your own creative voice is to visualize what kind of space you want to create. A great way to do this is to start an inspiration board. Whether you want to use an actual bulletin board or create a digital one online using a site like Polyvore or Pinterest, you can accumulate a number of inspirational images to guide your creative process. You can make themed pinboards using any number of different approaches, from color schemes to textures. For example, if you’re thinking you want to redo your kitchen to reflect more of an autumnal theme, create a fall-themed pinboard to inspire you. This is a very effective tactic to get you going.

Spray Paint and Stencils

One of the basic essentials of transforming everyday items into unique interior decor is spray paint and stencils. This is because stencils are easy to make and customizable, and spray paint is a durable substance that you can use on almost any surface. There are even spray paints made specifically for arts and crafts, and work particularly well on metal or wood. When you go to the craft store, you can ask any customer associate to guide you through the different types of spray paint they sell, because there are many different options. Stencils are great because they can be made from heavy cardboard or construction paper, and you can cut out absolutely any shape you can think of. Whether you want to personally monogram a storage box or have the silhouette of a bird on your bedroom wall, stencils are cheap to make and unique.

Your Name Is One-of-a-kind

Create Unique Items To Complete The View

Create Unique Items To Complete The View

Last, but not least, is personalized decor in the most obvious way possible. Monogramming different items is also a way to make inexpensive items look pricey. You can’t monogram everything, of course, but having bookends with your initials or even a mailbox provides a great and stylish aesthetic to your home. You can also attempt this using different kinds of paint, like fabric paint, if you want to apply it to something that isn’t going to be washed frequently. Don’t use fabric paint of things like towels, but if you have some sort of decorative fabric item, like a throw pillow, a little fabric paint and letter stencil can go a long way. Use it to personalize storage boxes or other kinds of items, like a plant holder. You can even go a little further and include some decorative elements, like flowers or other shapes created with stencils. The idea is to keep it personal and unique.

Red Flags in a Potential Employee
Place Potential Employees Under Scrutiny

Place Potential Employees Under Scrutiny

Hiring someone can be a stressful practice. You’re always looking for good talent, but there’s just no guarantee that you’re going to find someone who will meet your specifications. Worse still, you know full well that not every good employee is a good interviewer, but there are few other measures of someone’s qualifications—and if you’re looking to hire someone who works in customer service or customer relations, sure, that is a big part of the job. But if you’re looking for someone in tech only, that might not be part of your qualifications. How do you know if someone is right for the part? Sometimes, you can learn that by weeding out the people who are truly wrong for the job. These red flags should send you scurrying, because they hint at behavior that is just not going to go away no matter how many seminars they sit through on the subject.

Unwillingness to Commit to a Schedule

Unless you want to set yourself up for some serious stress and scheduling hassle in the future, look out for this one. If someone wants a job “very badly” but refuses to commit to a certain schedule, this person is going to cancel on you over and over again. This is true whether you’re hiring at a Fortune 500 company or at Taco Bell. There are certainly people with certain disabilities and life circumstances that need to have flexible schedules, or who need to have schedule changes at certain times. That’s one thing, and should be accommodated. If they simply can’t commit to a certain schedule and refuse to tell you what they can commit to, however, that’s the sign of someone who is genuinely not wiling to sacrifice anything for the job.

Confrontational Behavior

They Question Authority

Do They Question Your Authority?

If you hire someone with confrontational behavior, become very well-acquainted with filling out Incident Reports in the near future. You are going to need that knowledge. There is nowhere that a prospective employee should be on better behavior than in an interview. Saying “rude” things does not qualify as confrontational behavior, and neither does not knowing how to act. True confrontational behavior happens when you say something, and the interviewer refuses to change behavior or attempts to correct you. That is not respectful, it’s not conducive to a working environment, and it’s not helpful to anyone. If they are going to behave that way in the interview, it’s best not to let things go any farther. This employee wouldn’t bring anything good to the company, and would only waste your time that could be better spent dealing with people who actually want to show up every day for work, unlike the person you’re talking to now.

Discrepancies in References

Find Out If They Are Liars.. Before You Hire Them

Find Out If They Are Liars Before You Hire Them

You don’t need to check the references of every single person that you interview, of course. However, many employers skip this step entirely. One thing you should do, if you’re thinking of hiring someone but have a vague portending of something about them being slightly off, is to check and see whether the references even exist. You frequently won’t even have to deal with anyone—just Google the reference and see if they exist, and if so, if you have their correct information. If it doesn’t match, you have just one more reason to avoid hiring the person about whom you were on the fence—and let’s face it, in today’s economy, it’s a buyer’s market.

The Benefits of Water Aerobics

Do Water Aerobics

Do Water Aerobics

In the past, water aerobics was only thought of as something that old ladies do. Today this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many people regardless of their age, gender, weight, and class all participate in water aerobics. What type of water aerobics you decide to participate in is up to you. All that matters is that you have fun, and that you reap the benefits.

A Fun Way to Get in Shape

Water aerobics is a great way to give your body a much-needed workout while also being extremely fun. If you have never tried water aerobics before, you are in for a good time. Unlike normal aerobics class, which can often take a lot out of you, water aerobics uses the current of the water to aid you with a lot of your exercise. This current can make exercising a lot less tiresome and painful, and depending on how cool the water is, it can also prevent you from getting too hot and overheating.

Your water aerobics instructor will have several different exercises for you to do during class. If you have certain issues that prevent you from doing some of the exercise, they will also have different alternatives for you. If you can’t swim, you don’t need to worry. Most water aerobics offer both deep and shallow pool classes. Your instructor will never force you to go into the deep end if you can’t swim (even if you are on a float). You may use things like pool noodles, water dumbbells, and floating boards to assist you with your exercise routine. If you have questions, be sure to ask your instructor. Don’t do anything that aren’t sure of without asking first.

It’s Easy On the Joints and No One Judges You

Aquatic Fun Exercises

Aquatic Fun Exercises

Another good thing about water aerobics is that is very easy on the joints. Regular aerobics doesn’t offer the cushion to you that water can provide. Many people who suffer from arthritis swear by water aerobics as it allows them to workout while still being gentle on their joints. However, you may want to keep in mind that once you start water aerobics and get into a routine, it may end up causing you a lot of pain if you suddenly stop. Try to get your water aerobics in at least three times a week. This will prevent your joints and muscles from stiffening up.

If the idea of people seeing you in your swimming clothes makes you uncomfortable, you don’t need to worry. Many people in water aerobics class only have one thing on their minds and that’s exercising and getting in shape. Usually these people all have the same common goals, so they aren’t going to give you a hard time about how you look in a bathing suit. Besides, if they are doing what they’re supposed to be doing, they shouldn’t be paying attention to you at all.

It Helps Encourage a Good Night’s Sleep

Cardio Workout In The Water

Cardio Workout In The Water

Water aerobics also encourages a good nights sleep. While you may not feel like you’re being too strenuous on your body during class, you will definitely feel the impact of being in the water when you get home. The resistance of the water works wonders on exercising your body without really making you realize just how hard you’re working. This is why most people feel extremely heavy once they get out of the water in addition to the added wait of wet skin and swimming clothes.


There is absolutely no downside to water aerobics. You get the exercise you need while doing something that manages to be both fun and relaxing at the same time. If you have been at a lost for what exercises to do, water aerobics might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Why You Should Be Ordering Food Online

Smartphone Apps To Order Your Meals

Smartphone Apps To Order Your Meals

It used to be that if you wanted to have a restaurant prepare a takeout order of food for you, you had to pick up the phone and call in your order, which could lead to long and awkward phone exchanges. Some restaurants even allowed you to fax in your order, but who even has a home fax machine anymore? The good news is that with the growth of the Internet, so too has there been growth in the world of ordering food online. More and more restaurants are beginning to offer the ability to order your food online, from pizza joints to fast food like Steak n’ Shake to even fast casual dining establishments like Panera. If you haven’t yet considered why ordering food online could have benefits for you, you should put your dinner plans on hold until you have.

Use Smartphone Apps to Order Dinner After Work

Ordering Food Online Is Easy And Fast

Ordering Food Online Is Easy And Fast

Many restaurants who offer online ordering via their websites also offer mobile apps that you can download for your smartphone. What could be more convenient than taking a few minutes to sit in your car after work while you build your dinner order? Once you’ve sent your order off to the restaurant, you can just stop in on the way home. Chances are, by the time you get there, you food will be ready and waiting for you! Online ordering your food can make conveniences like this a regular occurrence, and with the number of restaurants that offer ordering options like this growing each day, you can always have something new to try.

Assemble a Party’s Order Quickly

Have you ever tried to phone in an order for pizza while at a party where no one can come to an agreement on toppings? You know that it can be painfully difficult to relay all the information coming at you to the clerk on the other end of the phone. Online ordering removes the immediate nature of the transaction from the equation, and allows you time to assemble an order for the whole room. While this is especially helpful for ordering pizza, you can also apply this same concept to ordering a large amount of food from a fast casual restaurant; it can be frustrating for the staff if your entire group of three cars full of people comes through a line at once, but if you order it ahead online, the quality of your meal is likely to be higher as there won’t be a rush to assemble it.

Preserve the Sanctity of Your Mental Health Days

Place Your Order Quickly

Place Your Order Quickly

We’ve all been there: staying in the house, calling in sick to work, and trying to decide what to binge watch on Netflix to chase the blue aways. Of course, eventually you reach the point of needing to feed yourself, but it can be difficult to go and face the world if you couldn’t even cheer up enough to face your coworkers. Online ordering makes this much simpler, and limits the amount of time you have to spend stressing yourself out over social interactions. You have all the time you need to figure out where you want to get food from, and what you want to eat. Most places who offer online ordering expedite the pickup procedure, and if you can pay online, that can usually mean being able to walk in, grab your food, and walk right back out. It means delicious food for you without a boatload of stress to go with it.

How to Bring Up the Topic of Wanting an Open Relationship

Set The Rules And Do Not Break Them... Ever

Set The Rules And Do Not Break Them… Ever

Many men are interested in having an open relationship. Unfortunately, a lot of these men usually make the big mistake of bringing up the topic in a way that sets a woman off. Just like with just about everything else, there is a method in bringing up your desire to wanting an open relationship. If you fail to bring it up in a way that doesn’t make your woman feel like she’s not good enough for you, you can expect a lot of arguing and drama as a resort. However, if you take a bit of time to figure out how to approach wanting an open relationship, you just may be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

Learn How to Be Subtle

The single greatest thing you can do when wanting to convince your lady to discuss having an open relationship with you, is to subtly bring up the topic without making her suspicious. To do this, you will need to bring up open relationships without making her thing that you’re interested in them. One way to do this is to make it seem like someone you know (but someone that she doesn’t know) is in an open relationship. The reason you want to do this is so that she doesn’t think that you are considering an open relationship without having consulted her.

Talk About Open Relationships

Talk About Open Relationships

Another option is to try renting a movie, or reading a fictional book that deals open relationships. Try to get a discussion going about the characters involved in the open relationship. Ask her what she thinks about the relationship, but try not to make it seem like you think an open relationship is a good idea. Instead don’t mention how you feel about it at all until after you’ve heard what she has to say.

Ask Her if There’s Something She Needs that You Aren’t Giving Her

If subtlety isn’t really your thing, you can also try being a little more direct. Find out whether or not there is something that she wants that she’s not getting from you. Keep in mind that you may have to swallow your pride for this method to actually work to your advantage. Be willing to talk about your feelings, and what you need out of the relationship as well. Try coming up with an agreement to not have any hard feelings towards one another after the discussion, which will allow the two of you to be more open with each other.

Make sure she Is On Board With This

Make sure she Is On Board With This

The reason you want to ask her if she needs something that you aren’t giving her is that it could help to make her interested in open relationships as well. Once they are properly explained, many people feel more willing to try open relationships.

Regardless of how you go about bringing up the topic of wanting an open relationship, one thing you definitely need to keep in mind is that it takes at least two people to participate in an open relationship. If the two of you agree to try having one, and she gets more dates that you do, do not hold it against her. Make sure the two of you have a solid understanding of what is to be expected, and what will not be tolerated. If you do, it will save you a lot of stress and heartache.