Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Poster

Signing of a great year and looking forward to a brand new year! Happy New Year! Have a great 2014!

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Freebie : Holiday Cards

The holidays are a big deal for greeting card companies as everyone is trying to send a greeting either by post or email to their loved ones across the globe. I enjoy designing my holiday cards and look forward to the activity every year. So as I am busy designing my holiday greeting for my loved ones, I have a some pretty awesome Holiday cards to share with you as freebies. I encourage you to download, print and use the same to the best of your ability and make someone's Holiday special this season.

Go ahead and check out my freebies and have a jolly Christmas and holiday season.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Freebie Holiday Gift Tags

Are you looking for some cool gift tags to add to your neatly packaged holiday gifts this season? Here are some freebies from Fundrill that you can print download and use as you wish , just for your convenience. Hope you enjoy adding some fun to your presents this season just as much as I did creating these fun holiday gift tags for you!!


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Mocha Chocolate à la Paris

Looking for something warm to sip on as the weather outside gets colder? Here is a simple recipe from Health.com that I wish to share with you and I bet you are going to love. 

Mocha Chocolate à la Paris is simple and quick drink that you can make in short span of time. This delicate and warm drink will surely keep a count on those calories that you are watching. Here is the adapted recipe.  Try it out and enjoy!


Mocha Chocolate à la Paris
Ingredients

1 quart 1% low-fat milk
6 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
Whipped cream, for serving, optional
Grated bittersweet chocolate, for serving, optional

Preparation

1. Heat chocolate in a small saucepan over a larger pan of boiling water along with the milk, cocoa, and sugar. 

2. Place over simmering water and cook, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth and hot for about 20 minutes.

3. Stir in coffee and heat through.

4. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings, if desired. Serve while warm.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Monograms Freebie

City sidewalks busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air
There's a feeling
of Christmas
As you get ready to start wrapping those wonderful gifts for your loved ones, you most certainly need to add a gift card to those beautifully wrapped presents. Go ahead and download my free holiday monograms. Just print and decorate your presents. Add that personal touch of warmth and watch your loved ones appreciate your love.









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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Skin Care


Winter is upon us and I fathom most of us are very apprehensive about our appearances. From chapped lips, to dry and flaky skin, itchy scalps to dull complexions , Jack Frost is nipping away and you wish you could do something about it! Well, I have some nice tips to share with you so relax and read on to find out how to moisturize, cleanse and prevent dry and itchy skin.

Winter affects skin in severity mainly due to the lack of moisture in the air. Staying indoors is not ideal especially with the slating heat inside that result in drying up the natural oils of your skin causing it to appear dull and dehydrated. Stepping out in the cold is even worse resulting in chapped lips and windburn subsequently causing rough cracked skin that feels tight and uncomfortable. There is no escaping the winter harshness on your skin, instead take measures to revitalize and prevent your skin from disrupting your holiday spirit this winter.

The most important thing you would need to do this winter is to stick to a regime to moisture and stay hydrated. Eat a balanced diet. Drinking a lot of water is always the best method apart from consuming foods rich in omega-3 like salmon and walnuts. Dry and itchy skin may be prevented by consuming herbal tea to secure that healthy glow.

If you believe that taking a hot shower can make you feel warm and comforting, it is a terrible idea and can cause skin irritation as it strips the natural moisture out of your skin resulting in winter blues that disappoint. So turn the temperature down from hot to warm to keep your skin feeling supple and hydrated. Exfoliate once a week to disembark dead skin and then use a moisturizer to keep your skin from falling out.

Chapped lips are a turn off. Carry a lip balm rich to relieve dryness and soothe chapped, cracked lips. 

It is quite challenging to keep hands moist. Protect your hands by wearing gloves when you go outside. Also use a good hand cream to moisturize and prevent itchiness and cracking.

Pamper your feet and take extra care of them as they tend to crack and appear parched. Just gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer and cover your feet with socks overnight.

Finally, do get into a daily routine to keep your skin at its healthiest and enjoy a good winter whether indoors or out and simply glow on!!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY :Reindeer Art!

I love the holidays as much as anyone else and more importantly, I love making holiday crafts to deck my house. I set up a theme and typically try to incorporate and blend my decoration to fit in. Reuse is good, but a little more innovation and creativity is perfect. The thought of decorating my house just gets my spirits up and my mind all excited to begin some fun art work. I love it and nope I never complain about being all perky and high spirited during this wonderful season.

So what are we waiting for? This holiday season, deck your halls with creativity and spirit. There are a lot of home made crafts that you could do to make the holidays merrier and bright. One bright idea is to use greeting cards, scrapbook designs or even wrapping paper to dress up your walls. Don't go overboard, just keep it elegant and classic with a slight mix of  a modern contemporary feel maybe.

This week, I have a simple craft for your walls. Here is an adorable festive wall decoration that I designed and hope you like as well. 

Attached are the links to download and print my free holiday decoration. Frame and hang with a bow, ribbon or just as it is for a warm and merry feeling during the holidays.


Enjoy!!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree!Oh Christmas Tree!


The marvels and resonances of the holiday season are upon us. This is the spell of joy and laughter. Picture it! The smell of the evergreen conifer in your home, the holiday decor and lights strewn all around your living room, the warmness of the fireplace cordially sets you in a peaceful holiday mood. Do you hear the sounds of glee of the loved ones and family around you? The smell of chestnuts and marshmallows roasting in the oven. Christmas carols playing in the background. Oh! What an idyllic and remarkable way to initiate decorating your Christmas tree!!!

It is the season for ornamenting the evergreen with silver bells, sophisticated ornaments, colorful garlands and more. Everyone is busy getting their Christmas tree decorated; after all it is the centerpiece of your home from traditional to contemporary, ornaments are the highlights of a picture-perfect Christmas tree. Create an opulent feel without overwhelming the space. If you’re tight on space, try a tabletop tree. Dress it up with antique glass ornaments and beaded garlands, it’s a festive way to display your treasures. If you choose to be different, go for an intriguing theme, then get nifty and let your imagination flow with ideas.   

Decorating the tree is tradition at most households and I'm sure it is the best part of the holiday for everyone. Add sounds of the season and adorn with ornaments that jingle. Mix in silver and winterberries for a classic looking theme. Bring out the color ornaments. Use glass baubles to add a touch of sparkle and fragility to your tree. Hang homemade ornaments for some extra love and warmth. Get crafty and make your own holiday ornaments by getting the whole family involved. Go for a nostalgic color scheme. Get creative to give it a modern fashionable look. Pair antique ornaments with modern ones for a more placid yet ordinarily spectacular featured tree.

The most important embellishment is for the treetop. Stars, angels or special lighted treetops are all very popular. Or you can use a giant bow or cluster of ornaments; let it be the highlight of your adorned tree.

Finish your tree by covering the base with a tree skirt and surrounding liberally with presents. 

Lights are the essential part of the tree. Hang ornaments near lights to ensure they reflect in the light. Illuminate the tree by using LED lights that graciously transform your home into a winter paradise adding that extra magic to your tree.

If you are looking for some really great tips and ideas, go ahead and check out some fun loving and cool ways on how to decorate your Christmas tree from bhg.com and have fun doing it!! 

Don’t forget to enjoy your visual feast!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Nutella Cheesecake Bars with Graham Cracker Crust


The best part of the holiday season is the wonderful  food and decorations everywhere.  The air is filled with romance and cheer. Everybody is experimenting in the kitchen. There is an overwhelming feeling to impress and spread love, joy and cheer around you. So as I am enjoying every minute of the holidays, I equally attentive to explore and prepare desserts for my guests.

Last Sunday I had few guests over for lunch and had to come up with a fast, quick and easy dessert to satisfy. There is nothing more simpler and creative than making Nutella Cheesecake Bars that leave a lasting impression of joy and happiness on your guests. 

A seductive combination, Nutella and cheesecake combine to make a rich yet light dessert. I prefer the graham cracker crust, but please do not hesitate to try other variations like vanilla wafers or Oreo cookie crust.

I picked up a nice honey flavored graham cracker crust at the supermarket which allowed me to cut out the sugar quotient due to its natural sweetness. Also, graham cracker crusts make this a light dessert compared to Oreo cookies or the chocolate/vanilla wafer crusts, but still add your variations and see what works best for you. 

This is an easy and simple dessert with a rich chocolate-hazelnut spread and a bang of yumminess!Try this out and hope your guests enjoy it as much as mine did.

Here's what you would need :
2 cups crushed honey flavored graham crackers
2 tbsp of melted butter
8 x 8 baking dish buttered and lined with parchment paper
16 oz cream cheese at room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup of granulate white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of Nutella

To make the crust :

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Butter an 8×8 baking dish and line with parchment paper, making sure that the parchment is well pressed in the corners. Set aside.

Crush the graham crackers into crumbs and add the melted butter and mix. 

Spread the crust evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake 12 minutes until set. Remove and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, eggs,sugar, vanilla and with electric hand mixer combine to get a smooth and creamy mixture.

To assemble :

Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled graham cracker crust.

Drop dollops of Nutella and with the knife swirl the Nutella into the cheesecake.

Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly.

Cool for about an hour and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

When serving, lift the parchment paper and cut into squares. 

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sincerity of Purpose



Sincerity is the quality of being open and truthful, without an aorta of hypocrisy or deceit. It is that quality we need to develop and incorporate in the world today. If we are sincere in our actions, then we need not worry about the results of our actions. It is all about doing what is right for the purpose.

Most often we are governed by the voices of another. When having a conversation in a group, it is not particularly judicious to cosset in half-truths and false impressions. Over estimations and falsifications are not going to earn us valuable points. It is important to have your own mind set. Always say what you mean sincerely and stop pirouetting around issues sounding vague and obsolete only to impress and be liked. That hypocritical nature has to change, and change implies saying what you mean and mean whatever you say.

All of us have our own opinions and own judgments. It is imperative to practice whatever you preach. Saying one thing and incriminating another is being insincere. Make it unpretentious for yourself, only communicate what you mean. If you disagree with something, stay inaudible rather than you miscommunicate something and begin to sound insincere. It is your credibility on the line. So saying one thing and doing another makes you a phony with reason.

Many a time we are influenced by our surroundings to act on instinct without questioning our thoughts or reasoning with ourselves. It is crucial to build a habit to of always questioning yourself as to why you are doing something. Always be on the lookout for negative motives like seeking attention, gaining power or controlling others. Check yourself and your motives and understand yourself before you go out and involve yourself in undertakings. It is not irrelevant what others think of you, it is significant of what you think of yourself.

Transparency is a good thing to acquire. It builds trust and camaraderie when people know who you are and what you are made of. Most of us hinder ourselves in order to protect our integrity. Being transparent is not an easy thing to accomplish, it requires patience and understanding and the fact that your motive is to turn sincere has to be the driving force behind it. 

In the world today, negativity is prime. We are bound by negative forces all day, it is difficult to survive and sustain. The only way I can see is to build and develop qualities that can change you, and in the process others around you. 

Sincerity of purpose is to let the light shine in you and spread your light through others. Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and many other great leaders taught us the value of sincerity of purpose. Let us take a leaf out of their book and follow their examples to change ourselves for the better.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Polka Trends

Today's everyday enthused fashion trend that every girl must have in her closet is the polka fashions. I know when you think of polka the first image that might pop in your head is the adorable Minnie Mouse. Make no mistake, Minnie loves her polka attire and surely thanks to Minnie, polka dots are taking the glamour world by storm. Prevalent designers and red-carpet events are showing off models and celebs in polka fashion. Big, medium or small, polka dots are made for everything and everyone. These patterns are bold and vivacious but still soft and subtle in design. They can elevate your outfit and make you look retro, vintage or just classy. 

I believe that polka dot trends are not only striking and chic but also eternally vintage and fashionable. I am hitched to polka fashion lately and everywhere I go, I end up looking for something 'polka' like to add to my wardrobe. Whatever the reason, polka dot trends transform solid-colored attire into bubbles of color. I always prefer to keep it classic and feminine and that is the quintessence of polka dot fashion. It is just one of those fashion trends that will never lose its influence. Flirty, retro and whimsical, wear your style befitting your age. 

Also, include polka dot patterns in your accessories. That will add the option of a playful punch to your ensemble. A sleek polka dotted bag, polka dot scarves, maybe a pair of pumps or a snazzy headband for example are not a bad thing to have. Polka accessories add elements of vivacity to your overall look.

What do you think of my picks from around the stores for polka fashion this season? Would you be daring enough to try these trends?
Tea Taster Dress $74.99 
Hosting for the Weekend Tunic in Merlot $37.99
See You Round Skirt $42.99
REVERSIBLE POLKA DOT JACQUARD SWEATER $59.90
Polka Dot Peplum Top $15.80
Hyperfemme Headband Set $2.80
Dot Print Clutch $48
Kate Spade New York Carlisle Street Bee $78
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