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DIY watercolour calendar that will organize your life!

Having a calendar makes life so much easier and more organized. A tool that will help you jot down your to-dos over the month will ensure you don’t miss doing important tasks and effectively meet your deadlines. How about having a pretty, reusable calendar that will not only make life easier but also serve as a wall décor?

Here’s how to make one:

  • Start off by grabbing a cardstock paper and liberally painting it with water with water colours till it looks all colourful (you can use colours that complement the colour of the walls in your room).Let the paint dry completely before you proceed.
  • Use a 2 inch paper punch to punch out 35 circles.
  • Grab a large picture frame and cut out a piece of white poster board that is the size of the picture frame.
  • Layout the circles on the poster board. There should be 5 rows of 7 circles each. Use pieces of double sided tape or glue to stick the circles in place.
  • Gently place the poster board inside the frame, seal, and Voila!

There you go! Now number the days of the month and add your to-dos on the glass using a dry erase marker.

You are endangering your career!

Women play a pivotal role in the success of a company. Sadly, women themselves do not recognize this. You need to know how to use your skills properly so that you advance in your career and not sidestep it. Here’s what you shouldn’t do:

  1. Don’t forget yourself while paying attention to others. Women are naturally nurturing and forget themselves completely. See, it is great to be so caring but it can get really bad later. It is not wrong to ask for help. If you keep saying yes to everything people ask you, people will take advantage of you.
  2. Forgetting everyone by thinking about yourself. Both extremes are bad! You can’t just focus on yourself and ignore everyone around you. That’s a red signal right there. It will not let you grow at all. You may be good but that doesn’t mean you doubt others and overreact to everything.
  3. Not taking initiative. Many women wait for approval before taking a step. This shows lack of confidence and will affect your chances of a promotion.
  4. Not having an action plan. If you create a goal and not a plan to reach that goal you are in trouble. You have to be realistic and have a solid action plan to execute it.
  5. Don’t, just don’t! Flirting with men to climb up the ladder is cheap. It will help you short-term but it will hamper your growth very significantly.

Avoid these things and reach the stars!

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3 Things You Should Not Do While Dealing With A Bully

Bully at the workplace? You’ll find many such people no matter where you go. Thus, the safest thing to do is to learn how to deal with them. There are a few traps, though, that might come in the way. Let us identify them and fight them:

  1. Denial: The more you deny it the worse it gets. If someone’s attacking you, the first thing to do is realize what’s happening. Nothing good ever comes out of “waiting it out.”
  2. Reaction: Do not let a bully ever control your actions. Bullies will make your life difficult but if you react, things will get worse. Learn to ignore them and control your emotions. Acting out according to what they say makes it worse.
  3. Chasing: Don’t spend (read waste) energy on useless thoughts and actions. Do not chase your bully and try to overcome him/her. The less you react, the less fuel you give.

If it is getting out of hand, there is no harm in talking to a superior about it.

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How to make a beautiful xerophyte terrarium

Terrariums make for beautiful gifts. They are low maintenance, versatile and oh so pretty. They look great in the kitchen, bathroom, and even in the office.

If you want one sitting pretty in your home, you can follow our step by step guide:

  • You want all your supplies in one place. You will need a glass fish bowl, snippets of some beautiful rosas, colourful rocks, potting soil, and a pencil.
  • Start by layering the rocks in the bowl. Be gentle or you might end up with cracks. Rocks help drain the water from the soil and prevent the plants from sitting in water too long.
  • Now make a thick layer of potting soil over the rocks.
  • Now make a small hole in the soil with a pencil and add your succulent or Rosa. Squish the dirt around it to secure it. Make multiple holes and do the same.
  • Now being mindful about the plants, sprinkle some coloured stones on the soil to jazz it up and you’re done!

 Gift these to your loved ones and have them tell you its one of the best ever!

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Gardening mistakes that amateurs make

Gardening is a beautiful hobby. It relieves stress, promotes good health, and positively impacts our surroundings. However, people who are new to this whole gardening thing, find it a bit overwhelming to properly take care of plants. There are a few mistakes almost all amateurs make.

To avoid them, read on:

  • New gardeners often believe that the more they water plants the better. Always look up the internet to find out how much water a particular type of plant needs and stick to that. Overwatering can cause the soil to erode, the minerals to dilute, and the plants to weaken overtime.
  • Always try and grow native species that are perfectly suited to the soil and the weather of that place. If you try to grow a rhubarb in Texas or cranberries in Arizona, you are sure to meet with a huge disappointment. Check with local gardeners as to what is best suited to where you live.
  • Know the time you have to plant them. The peak gardening season varies from place to place. So if it’s June in New York it can be August in California. Read up and wise up before you get planting.
  • Use the right kind of fertilizer. Just any off the stores won’t help. Fish emulsion will prevent your tomato plant from bearing fruits and nitrogen will prevent roses from blossoming on your rose plant. Be wise.
  • Certain plants are vigorous and highly reseeding. These plants can become invasive and spread too far. Ensure you choose your plants with caution.
  • All bugs aren’t bad! Only 5% of them are. So don’t go spraying pesticide every time you spot one. Good bugs and insects help eat up the bad ones and also aid pollination. So keep them.
  • Don’t overstuff plants in your garden. Plants need space and steady air circulation to survive. Having them too close to each other will make them more prone to diseases.

There! Now you know. Happy gardening!

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What to Wear for your Interview

What you wear to work, has quite evolved in the last couple of years owing to the increasingly lesser gap between what is considered formal and what casual considering start-ups popping up everywhere. But no matter what, certain principles regarding dressing to work always hold weight. Here’s how you can dress to impress at an interview.

  • Hygiene! That’s the primary thing you have to keep in your mind. Make sure you shower before you attend the interview, have clean and trimmed nails, and the behind of your ears almost shine.
  • Research well on the company that you are attending, and their work culture. That will give you hints on what will look most appropriate, and what wont.
  • Whatever you choose to wear, make sure it’s neatly laundered and well pressed. Wrinkly outfit will give out the impression that you are careless and lazy.
  • Keep colours subtle and neutral. Dark blue, brown, black, white and beige are safe combinations (turn a blind eye to the bright neon shades in your closet).
  • Keep your accessories to the minimal. Just one or two statement pieces should do. Don’t go all bling bling. For guys, a neat watch and for girls…maybe they can add a pair of earrings.
  • Wear you perfume well. Don’t spray too much or too less. Spraying an hour before the interview is a good time for the perfume to work with your skin and become less overwhelming.
  • Lastly keep your hair neat. Tame the flyways and trim the split ends

Now go impress your boss! All the best!

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DIY Coleslaw Dressing

Tired of buying the bottled version of coleslaw dressing? We have the recipe here for you so that you make it yourself and enjoy it without preservatives. Read on!

You will need:

  1. Sour cream: 1 cup
  2. Apple cider vinegar: 3 tbsp.
  3. Homemade mayonnaise: ½ cup
  4. Fresh lemon juice: 1 tbsp.
  5. Granulated sugar: 2 tbsp.

Method:

Combine all the ingredients together and mix them well. Your coleslaw dressing is ready! Drizzle it over your favorite coleslaw and enjoy the meal like never before!

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10 Simple Ways to Contribute to Saving The Earth

Seriously, we should need a special day to save our earth. We must take measures everyday if we want to leave a home for our future generations. The good news is that you don’t even need to take big steps. A few small household changes can help the planet significantly. Here are some ways:

  1. Stop using chemical laden cleaning products. Organic cleaners are better.
  2. Recycle batteries.
  3. Have your own garden and eat fresh!
  4. Turn the switches off when you leave the room!
  5. Turn the heater off when you leave the house.
  6. Do not waste water. Choose water saving alternatives.
  7. Grow indoor plants to purify air instead of choosing commercial air purifiers.
  8. Learn composting.
  9. Repair, reuse, and recycle as and when possible. This will also help save money.
  10. Recycle all electronics and only use energy-efficient gadgets and appliances.

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Things Your Mind Goes Through When You Try Losing Weight During the Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and while all of us are merry and happy about it, some of us want to do some serious work: losing weight. New Year resolutions don’t work for us, which is why we decided to take to the holiday season to shed some pounds. The trouble, however, is that it is quite difficult to lose weight with so many temptations around. Here are some ridiculous and fun thoughts that will run through your mind when you try losing weight around Christmas and New Year.

  1. You check the weighing scale and go, “So, we meet again!”
  2. You think of all the desserts, parties, and appetizers and think you should wait before you start your diet. Then you look at the scale and get a reality check.
  3. Your insides will ask you, “You are seriously going to do this?” You will shout back, “YES. I am serious and I will do it!”
  4. You look at appetizers and go weak. Then you think you should eat only the healthy appetizers. Healthy? Appetizers? Really?
  5. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. Damn!
  6. You try avoiding wine but you finally cave. Then you swear to stick only to sparkling water for the rest of the holidays.
  7. That pie. OMG, that pie. That pie!!
  8. You somehow control yourself and make it through one party. As soon as you reach home you see another party invite. Oh dear.

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10 Gifts for the Boss

Looking for a gift for your boss on his birthday or for Christmas? Well, there are many good options that you can pick from. We have a few compiled for you:

  1. A personalized cardholder. If you can afford it, go for a silver cardholder with a personalized message.
  2. Paper weight with a quote.
  3. A coffee mug with the “World’s Greatest Boss” tag.
  4. Cufflinks!
  5. Bookends. Bookends are perfect if your boss has loads of books.
  6. Desk plants.
  7. A smartphone holder. Personalize it if possible.
  8. A gift basket with cookies or muffins (or both!)
  9. A book. If he loves books, he will appreciate the addition of another book to his collection. Make sure it is relevant and inspirational, though.
  10. Desk sets

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