Woodworkers Gift Basket Idea

Woodworkers Gift Basket Idea



Wooden Window Shutters

Almost all wooden shutters are constructed from a
solid hardwood. This helps to give the shutters
the necessary stability for daily usage. Windows
can be a naturally harsh environment, with direct
sunlight, fluctuating humidity, and the rapid
change in temperature.

All types of wooden shutters can withstand all of
these types of conditions. Wooden shutters are
constructed to withstand harsh climates from the
intense heat and sun of the tropics to the
intense cold of the North. Keep in mind, not all
shutters are created equally, as the selection
of wood, types of joints, and overall design will
determine the quality of the ending product.

In the overall structure of a wooden shutter, the
type of wood is very important. All wood is
chosen based on durability, weight, straightness,
length, and overall finishing qualities. Basswood
is one of the best examples, as it builds an
exceptional shutter. Basswood also ranks high
in just above every characteristic you could
possibly imagine.

The joints of the wood will need to be solid and
strong in order to create a long lasting wood
shutter. Finger joints are also important, as
they connect two shorter lengths of wood. The
finger joints show through the finish of a
painted shutter and may look poor from the
start for a stained wood shutter.

Woodworkers Gift Basket Idea
Woodworkers Gift Basket Idea

Having strong joints between stiles and rails
will prevent the two components from separating
or tearing apart. The joints should be glued
and dowled for the strongest bond and the
best overall performance.

By purchasing wooden shutters, you’ll get
quality shutters at a great price. Before you
buy, do your research on the company and make
sure that they know what they are doing. If you
buy from a reputable seller, you’ll get
everything you need for excellent wooden shutters,
and instructions on how to install them yourself
if you wish.

Woodworkers Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket or rubber/plastic box with:

  • ~ assorted sand papers
  • ~ chisels
  • ~ router bits
  • ~ saw blades
  • ~ files
  • ~ varnishes
  • ~ brushes
  • ~ paints
  • ~ patterns and/or instructions




80s Music Lovers Gift Basket Idea

80s Music Lovers Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ fan club membership (look for their favorite musician on the Web, many bands now have online fan clubs which
    also sell
  • ~ tickets,
  • ~ posters,
  • ~ t-shirts and more)
  • ~ DVDs of their favorite group
  • ~ posters of their favorite group
  • ~ biographies
  • ~ sheet music
  • ~ tickets to a concert
  • ~ band t-shirts


Music To Your Sleeping Ears


Trying to fall asleep when the tap is dripping or the wind is whipping outside can be an effort in futility. Regardless of how hard you try, you just cannot get past the noise and fall asleep. A few minutes turns into an hour and it’s not just insomnia bothering you but you’re becoming angry realizing that the loss of sleep you are feeling tonight will have an impact on how you feel tomorrow.

80s Music Lovers Gift Basket Idea
80s Music Lovers Gift Basket Idea

One of the most natural remedies for insomnia caused by noise is actually more no…

Trying to fall asleep when the tap is dripping or the wind is whipping outside can be an effort in futility. Regardless of how hard you try, you just cannot get past the noise and fall asleep. A few minutes turns into an hour and it’s not just insomnia bothering you but you’re becoming angry realizing that the loss of sleep you are feeling tonight will have an impact on how you feel tomorrow.

One of the most natural remedies for insomnia caused by noise is actually more noise. That might seem difficult to believe, but it’s important to understand that the noise that you might need to sleep is specially prepared just for that purpose.

Studies have shown that certain sounds enhance the desire to sleep in people. The sounds might differ from person to person but in general they fall into several different categories. These sounds are then transferred onto a recording device and a consumer who is suffering from insomnia can purchase it. They are often referred to as sound machines or even noise machines.

The premise is that if a person hears particular sounds that are soothing to the body, it will help them drift off to sleep. Common sounds that are available are sounds of nature which many include birds chirping or water running. Another category of sounds that helps many people beat their insomnia are certain types of music. The music is designed to be relaxing and it’s often repetitive, so the sleeper falls into a deep state of relaxation which ultimately leads to sleep.

For someone who has trouble sleeping, a sound machine can be the ideal solution. It’s natural and it has no side-effects at all. The person using it will become accustomed to the sounds and they will eventually act as a trigger to help them fall asleep.

Purchasing a sound machine isn’t a difficult process. If you are comfortable shopping over the internet, you need just type in the words “sound machine for insomnia” in a search engine and you’ll find yourself perusing a wide and varied selection. There are also many retail outlets that now offer the machines.

If investing in a complete sound machine isn’t within your budget, you can still reap the benefits of the sounds of sleep without having to pay as much. Many companies have developed CD’s that you can purchase that help treat insomnia through music or recorded sounds. These offer many of the same sounds as a sound or noise machine and with these type of CD’s you can use a standard CD player.

This is also another way of experimenting with sounds and it also offers the convenience of being any to take your sleeping aid with you if you travel. Insomnia can occur whether you are at home, away on a business trip or enjoying a vacation. Always having the sounds that you sleep by with you will enable you to fight that insomnia night after night.





Breakfast Gift Basket Idea

Breakfast Gift Basket Idea
Breakfast Gift Basket Idea

Breakfast Gift Basket Idea

Fill a cast iron gift basket with:

  • container of maple syrup,
  • package of smoked bacon, ham or sausage from a local butcher shop (this is the best way to buy gourmet w/out the high cost),
  • bag of pancake/biscuit mix (you can buy something gourmet, or
  • put some Bisquick or jiffy mix in a clear bag and tie a pretty piece of material around it with a tag including directions
    on how to mix up),
  • some tea and/or coffee and/or some juice boxes or bottles,
  • jam/jelly/preserves, and small jar of



Thoughts are the sparkle fittings of achievement.

Thoughts are the sparkle fittings of achievement. Whether it is travel, shopping or industry, all that you see was based on thoughts. For achievement you should have thoughts immovably altered in your psyche.

A vast salary is an aftereffect of thoughts… thoughts put vigorously. Thoughts are the flash attachments of progress. Commercial enterprises, fortunes, even domains have been based on thoughts. All that you purchase is the projection of a thought. Nobody can put down the estimation of good productive thoughts however inquisitively, just a couple individuals have any confidence in the estimation of their thoughts. “On the off chance that that thought was any great, another person would have considered it.” You hear again and again and much of the time the thought will shape the premise of an extraordinary achievement – by another person.

Each patent in UK and USA is the aftereffect of a thought. An expansive percent of them are the brainchild of out and out people such as you and me.

Thoughts can be alluded to as solidified contemplations or musings that have taken structure, an establishment on which to fabricate. All around you look you see thoughts, which have gotten to be substances. Each business is based on thought. The garments you wear, the house in which you live, the auto you drive all came about because of thoughts.

You can battle all your existence without gaining much ground, when all of a sudden a solitary thought can lift you out of lack of definition into the spotlight of accomplishment and bliss. There is no age point of confinement to the individuals who might create thoughts of worth. Numerous individuals in their sixties, seventies, and even past, have culminated thoughts which have empowered them to gain ground in a restricted time than they had made all through the greater part of their earlier years.

Three Steps to take after.

The accompanying three stages will demonstrate to you proper methodologies to condition your Subconscious Mind with the goal that it will deliver thoughts freely, thoughts to help you in any heading in which you wish to travel, thoughts that will offer you some assistance with proving that you can be a considerable measure superior to anything you expected you were. Incredible achievers over a wide span of time have utilized this method to achieve their objective.

Step 1. You should give clear guidelines to your Subconscious Mind. So as to have a fruitful personality fit for making new and essential thoughts, you should see yourself with that sort of brain. Make positive revelations in regards to your thought creating mind.

“My brain is ready and dynamic, consistently bringing into awareness a stream of useful thoughts of quality.”

At whatever point you do anything of an innovative nature, go before your activity with the recommendation simply given or something comparable. See how your thoughts will stream. On the off chance that you are composing a letter, a daily paper thing, or a book, you won’t be speechless in the event that you take after this schedule. The best time to do this is just before you nod off. Your Subconscious Mind is more probable at alpha-theta brainwave stage. Give your directions plainly and overnight your Subconscious Mind “will think about it”. The following morning at breakfast, you will be stunned what number of good and productive thoughts drive their way into your Conscious Mind. While you are snoozing, your Subconscious Mind is taking a shot at these thoughts. In the event that for instance you have an issue and you can’t see an answer, before you resign, approach your Subconscious Mind for an answer.

Step 2. The motivation behind this stride is to create inside of your brain a thought cognizance. Build up an inquisitive personality. You are constantly ready for thoughts in the matter of how things can be made strides. With that inquisitive personality of yours, you will always make the inquiry, “What would I be able to do to enhance this or improve it?” If you are considering enhancing things at work, ask yourself, “By what method would I be able to improve or quicker?” Ideas will approach, which will remunerate you liberally.

Step 3. A thought gets to be something unmistakable the minute you make a move. A thought is most serious at its introduction to the world. Safeguard it before it starts to blur. Begin a thought record. Every time a thought comes into awareness, record it, unless you are in a position to take a shot at it instantly. Record everything that comes into your brain with respect to that thought. The very demonstration of portraying the thought in composing keeps it from blurring. On the off chance that the thought can be envisioned and you are capable with a pencil, make a representation of it. Keep in mind, the more you do regarding the thought, the greater it develops. Survey your thoughts much of the time to keep them in the cutting edge of your brain. In the event that you increase extra thoughts relating to those as of now in your document, convey it avant-garde by including the new musings.

“A man might trudge along for quite a long time without hinting at any achievement… when at some point… startlingly… a capable thought will saturate his cognizance… and a pioneer is conceived.” Ben



Happy Anniversary Gift Basket Idea

Happy Anniversary Gift Basket Idea

Anniversary Gift Basket Idea
Anniversary Gift Basket Idea
  • wine or de-alcohol wine
  • register both couples in an activity class (rock climbing, scuba diving, something they can do together)
  • a movie that both spouses like popcorn kernels with favorite spices
  • coupon book you make yourself for babysitting (if necessary)
  • an inspirational book about marriage
  • bubble bath
  • an afghan made for two sweets and cookies




Anniversary Blues
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Jamie and Kurt are a sweet, successful couple in their early thirties. In spite of loving each other deeply, they often find themselves in conflict over seemingly minor issues, as most couples do. Recently, just one week before their wedding anniversary, they had a particularly hurtful argument. Jamie had expressed her unhappiness about Kurt’s busy schedule and the limited time he finds to spend with her. As usual, Kurt promised to try harder and they got through it. But having not dealt with the real issues at hand, the problem was bound to resurface. Jamie unknowingly began planting the seeds for their next bout when she decided to bring up the subject of their anniversary.
“Kurt, I just wanted to remind you that next week is our anniversary and it‘s really important that we plan something special for us.”
Kurt took a deep breath and responded, “Jamie, you know I don’t really like celebrations.”
“Oh come on Kurt. It’s really important to me.” Nearly pleading, Jamie continued. “When you really love someone, you try to do what is important to them, right? I made the plans last year and now it’s your turn. Why don’t you surprise me…something really romantic! Okay?”
Silent and distant, Kurt gave a slight nod, which was all the assurance Jamie needed that this anniversary would be exceptional. She could barely work that week fantasizing about what Kurt would do to demonstrate his everlasting love. Finally, the day arrived! Kurt had agreed to be home by six o clock. By twenty past six, Jamie was anxious. With each glance at the clock, her pacing quickened. At last, Kurt walked through the door looking tense and clutching a bouquet of red roses. Jamie took the roses with a wary smile, anticipating what was coming next. Without even so much as a glance, Kurt turned around, got a beer out of the fridge, and sank into the couch, grabbing the remote control.
Jamie watched intently, feeling her blood turn to ice. “That’s it?” she asked.
“That’s what?”
“That’s it? It’s our anniversary!” Jamie’s tone grew sharp. “You said you would plan something special and romantic and this…” shaking the roses in her clenched fist, “this is it?”
“I never said I would do anything,” Kurt retorted. “I told you it wasn’t my thing.”
“Don t lie to me! You nodded yes!”
“No, I didn’t. I didn’t agree to anything. You always want me to prove that I love you. I hate that! Even if I did want to do something for our anniversary, I certainly wouldn’t want to after you tell me you expect it! Sullenly, Kurt turned back to the TV. You take all the fun out of everything.
Jamie dissolved into tears. “Well if you knew how to show me you loved me, I wouldn’t have to say anything.”
Without a word, Kurt turned off the TV and left the house.
Once again, Jamie and Kurt were left feeling unheard and unappreciated. Their conditioned response was to blame each other for their hurt feelings and angry behavior.
In order to understand how things went so wrong, we need to look at the interaction in terms of their intention to learn or their intention to protect.
Jamie starts out trying to control Kurt by making him feel guilty. Kurt, not wanting to be controlled and not able to communicate how being controlled makes him feel, moves into resistance, which is his form of control. Jamie thinks that laying on more guilt (control) will accomplish her objective to have a romantic anniversary. Since Kurt is frustrated with his inability to express his brewing feelings, he moves into silence (control). Finally, when Kurt comes home late and sits on the sofa, he demonstrates passivity (control) to which Jamie responds with anger (control). Kurt uses more resistance (control) and Jamie uses more anger and guilt (control). Kurt gets defensive (control) and disappears (control). Attack, resist, blame, defend, on and on…Sound familiar?
Neither Kurt nor Jamie want to hurt each other. Unfortunately, they are also not open to learning about their own feelings and behaviors, or each other’s. Resorting to controlling behavior keeps them safe and eliminates the need to effectively communicate their fear. Fear is what motivates their intention to control and in the face of fear, their love dissipates.
Instead of each person taking full responsibility for his or her own happiness and unhappiness, they gave that job to each other. Imagine that your feelings are a child within. Imagine what would happen if you had an actual child that you kept trying to give to others to take care of. That child would feel scared and insecure most of the time. Yet that is exactly what happens when we make others responsible for our feelings – our child within feels scared, insecure, angry, depressed, and anxious. It is only when we take responsibility for our own feelings, which we can do through the intent to learn, that we will feel secure enough to give up the need to control and resist control.
It would be easy to blame Jamie for their problems – if only she didn’t get so needy and angry, everything would be fine. It’s just as easy to blame Kurt – if only he was more attentive and caring. Yet until both Jamie and Kurt are willing to take responsibility for their own feelings, and until loving themselves and each other is more important than controlling or not being controlled, their conflicts will continue.
The act of taking responsibility has nothing to do with blame or fault. Each person taking full responsibility eliminates the need to be right and that is an essential step to a mature and reasonable outcome. What if Jamie had started with, “Kurt, I love celebrating our anniversary and you hate it. Can we talk about what would work for both of us?” They could have more easily resolved the issue. And what if Kurt had responded to Jamie’s initial controlling statements with caring and openness instead of resistance, such as, “Honey, you know I don’t like celebrations, so please don’t expect me to plan something. Let’s talk about how we can make it work for both of us.” Either one of them could have moved into an intent to learn and taken responsibility for creating what they wanted.
Each of us has the choice to begin to notice our intention.
If each of us changed our intention from controlling to loving, and learned to take responsibility for our own feelings, we would each be participating in healing our relationships and thereby healing our planet.



Youngsters Gift Basket Idea

Youngsters Gift Basket Idea

Youngsters Gift Basket Idea
Youngsters Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket or a small toy box with:

  • ~ silly putty
  • ~ assorted magnets
  • ~ magnifying glass
  • ~ yo-yo
  • ~ paper airplane kit
  • ~ kite
  • ~ kaleidoscope
  • ~ puzzles



New York for Youngsters

If you’re vacationing in New York City with children you may find that doing all outdoor activities can be quite tiresome for all involved but going through museum after museum might not do the trick for all of your children. Children enjoy doing hands on activities that all museums simply don’t readily allow for. This is where planning creative outlets for your children during your vacation can have a wonderful impact on everyone’s enjoyment of the time spent in New York.

In addition you may discover a talent your child has that you’d have never known about otherwise. Some of the most interesting crafting types of opportunities in New York City will be mentioned here. I’m sure there are more that won’t make the list but there are only so many hours in any given day.

The first store to make my list is based upon a creative outlet that has shown a rapid rise in popularity over the last few years, painting your own pottery. The name of the store is The Painted Pot and you are allowed to select and paint your own pottery. You can even take pottery wheel classes with your little one if you are brave enough but it is quite likely that you will have a wonderful time and be able to bring your artwork home with you upon your return for vacation. Remember that there is firing time involved so do this early during the week if it’s going to be on your list of things to do. Otherwise you’ll need to arrange shipping to have your child’s creations sent home to you.

For those of you who have promising musicians, how about a day at Triple Z Music Recording Workshops? This is a rather costly excursion but your child will gain actual studio experience and bring home a CD of their music at the end of the day. Kids will learn about life on both sides of the booth and this is a great idea for older children who have indicated a sincere interest in music.

If you’d like to really impress your youngsters take them to the Cloisters, which is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that centers on the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Your kids will feel as though they’ve stepped into a fairy tale. It is also a good idea to check out the works of art at the Met as well as this is one of the more kid friendly museums that wasn’t designed specifically for children.

You should also be aware of stores like Toys R Us in Times Square and FAO Schwarz, which each have unique offerings designed to enchant and entertain children. You’ll have a ball watching your children have fun in these neat stores and you may find yourself having fun right along with them. Just make sure no one is watching of course. There are many other stores that have something to offer children of all ages, be sure to check it out and see which stores you find appealing and which stores your children might find fascinating.

Keep in mind that New York City has many wonderful parks that present excellent opportunities for your youngsters to get out, about, and run off some pent up energy. I think it’s very important that you schedule some serious park time for your children while you’re visiting New York in order to keep you all sane through the times that they are not fully entertained and prone to wondering minds.

It is also important when traveling with very small children that you schedule some sort of quiet time for them during the day. Children are so prone to sensory overload if they aren’t provided with some sort of quiet place in which to unwind for a bit. Mid afternoon is a great time to go back to your room, freshen up, allow the little kids a bit of a break and the parents and older kids a little break from the noise and the crowds as well. Everyone will be much happier if your remember to schedule this vitally important rest time when planning your day.


Wreath Making Gift Basket Idea

Wreath Making Gift Basket Idea


Wreath Making Gift Basket Idea
Wreath Making Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket or a rubber/plastic box with:

  • ~ grape vine wreath
  • ~ dried flowers
  • ~ pine cones
  • ~ hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ wreath hanger
  • ~ ribbon




The Gratitude Wreath
by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

Bring a little bit of autumn indoors. Family and friends help create this wreath by sharing what they are thankful for on brightly colored leaves. Every member of the family can contribute to this beautiful wreath. This is a great, concrete, visual way to put meaning back in the holidays for children.

18-inch diameter straw wreath
Fall leaves
1 or 2 metallic paint pens
3 1/2-yards of 1/4-inch elastic
1 straight pin

1. Fill a large grocery sack with sturdy fall leaves.
2. As a base, use an 18-inch diameter straw wreath.
3. Wrap the wreath with the elastic. Start by securing one end of the elastic to the top of the wreath with a long straight pin. Wrap the elastic around the wreath at 3-inch intervals. The elastic should be snug against the straw, but not too tight. Once you have gone all the way around the wreath, tie the ends of the elastic together.
4. Using a paint pen on the leaves, have each member of the family write down what they are most thankful for.
5. Starting at the top and working clockwise, tuck the stems of two or three leaves into each band of elastic. Try to arrange the leaves so that no elastic or straw shows. This wreath should take about 15 minutes to construct. Hang the finished wreath on the front door and celebrate all of your family’s blessings.
We leave a basket of leaves near the door, and on Thanksgiving Day, all of our guests add their blessings to our wreath.


Wishing for Spring Basket Idea

Wishing for Spring Basket Idea


Wishing for Spring Basket Idea
Wishing for Spring Basket Idea

fill a plastic sand bucket with:

  • a couple of packets of herb seeds,
  • a pair of garden gloves and
  • add some homebaked cookies in the shape of flowers.
  • Include some silk flowers.






How to Plan the Perfect Spring Break Family Vacation

Choosing where to go on a family vacation can be difficult. Do you go someplace where you will have fun or a place for the kids? Here is an idea that will solve your problem.
From time to time everyone needs some time away from their life. It does not matter if you are 10 years old and in 5th grade or 35 years old and working a full time job, to maintain good mental health you have to take the occasional vacation.

Some time around the beginning of April most public and private schools have Spring Break from School which is a great time to plan a vacation.

Most vacations when you have children become about them, and you wind up at places like Disney land or some other child orientated vacation spot, but what about you?

Las Vegas used to be known as an adult getaway where what happens there stays there. This is no longer the case. Over the past 15 years, Las Vegas realized that more money can be made from a family orientated city rater then just from gambling.

Many casinos started adding attractions for children like go carts and other amusements, and many other activities aimed at giving a child a good time, but the casinos also opened up day care centers, so parents can get some time to enjoy themselves as well.

I know when I would go to Disney World with my kids after the 2nd or 3rd day I was looking forward to getting back to work.

For the last several years we have been going to Las Vegas for our family Vacations over spring break and the kids enjoy it. They get to go on roller coasters, swim, play video games, watch movie the list really goes on and on for all the things they can do, and I get to spend a few hours ever day with my wife in the spa getting a message, eating in nice restaurants and playing some <a href=”http://www.online-casinos-707.net/basic-blackjack.html”>Blackjack</a> in the casinos.

Since we started doing this I have seen my family grow closer. My wife noticed that I am in a better mood for the rest of the year after we get back from vacation. I am enjoying my job more and all in all life is just better.

Putting together a Los Vegas vacation is very simple to do. You can go to a travel agent, or do it yourself online. I have always preferred to go to a travel agent and just let them do it, but if you are trying to save money you can get some good deals online that a travel agent can’t or won’t offer you.

If you choose to do it yourself, it is easy to do. You can go to your computer and do a search for Las Vegas. You will see every casinos and hotel listed and you can go thru them one at a time and see what they offer for you and your family to do.

You will also see everything the city and surrounding areas have to offer, and there really are tons of fun things for everyone in Las Vegas.

I hope to see you and your family there.


Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea

Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea

Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea
Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ a silk scarf
  • ~ scarf clip
  • ~ earrings
  • ~ belt
  • ~ broach
  • ~ necklace
  • ~ perfume
  • ~ evening purse





Fashion for Women

Whats current in the womens fashion world? Lets take a close look.
The exquisite color and contour with the vibrant luster in fashion is what women really love more. May it be an impeccable one or not, but the carefree touch that it generates on the body-and-dress is what fashion destines to get adept of.

Whats current in the womens fashion world? Lets take a close look.

Yarns for autumn

Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea
Women Accesories Gift Basket Idea

The hottest in trend is something close to nature both in the use of raw material and in style. Velvet cardigans in fine knitting pattern are among the favorites of world famous designer Michael Kors. The raw material used for knitting these cardigans is mainly soft wool mixed with silk and ramie. Well this rustic style womens winter wear is round-up with elegance and sophistication. You can call it the perfect outfit that will match with a silken pencil skirt.

But the yarn pattern of weaving has many fashionable outfits very latest perfect for casuals. The yoke style patterned sweaters are through into your wardrobes this season. They are smart and can be easily worn with jeans trousers and laced skirts. The colors to knit these sweaters are generally a combination of contrasts. Loud colors go perfect with matt finished threads where the body of the sweater will be soothing but the yoke designs will be appealing with bright patches.

For casual trousers you need something sleek and light. Boden womens wear sets the flow. The V-neck half-sleeve skinny multi-color sweater cum top will suit the best. Colors like sky blue, yellow ochre and cherry red are in vogue to knit this outfit. And it is exactly made for working women of middle income group. Get one right now before the collection gets over.

Denim – an all time trend setter

Denim is always in. You rather think it this way. But the difference lies in designs and make-ups. The autumn 2006/07 fashion sets the new brands like tuxedo tops, skinny jeans in black or indigo shades, denim jackets to be put with chiffon skirts and classy denim tops.

The type of denim jeans in vogue is washed jeans and women prefer this distressing effect for ease. The casual mood merged with intellectual looks build up the magnetic persona a woman aspires to carry. Denim proves it all.

Fashion accessories in trend

Chunkier Boho casual ethnic jewelry is in and heavy costume jewelry are out. The luxury lines of estate jewelry are doing pretty well in todays fashion trend. Also the plastics and metals do find a larger room than the conventional gold and silver jewels. Well these are mainly for casual wears and young women going to office or universities prefer them more. They are handy and not so expensive. For party wear diamonds and platinum take the lead.

Fashion is incomplete without matching handbags. Abstract Flap Bag from Anuschka Women’s Handbags is in high demand at present. You can buy one at 109.95. Perlina Women’s Handbags are available at 139.95 and it is the first choice of young women. ILI womens Handbags and Touch Ups Women’s Handbags from Victoria are in the low budget list. The former one is available at 45.95 and the latter just in 27.95. So you have a range of fancy handbags going at par with the latest fashion trend to select from.


Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea

Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea


Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea
Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket with:

  • ~ lip balm
  • ~ moisturizer
  • ~ mittens
  • ~ hot packs
  • ~a pass to the local ski hill
  • ~ hot chocolate
  • ~ Extras: add a crazy carpet or a sled (although it won’t actually fit inside the “basket”, you can present it on the side).





Keep Warm In Winter
by Janice Wee

Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea
Winter Fun Gift Basket Idea

The movie The Day After Tomorrow. Where everyone was facing an ice age ahead, with temperatures so cold your blood could freeze instantly.
The main characters in the story were hiding in a library. Wise move. You wouldn’t run out of things to burn in a library that is full of books. In their effort to stay warm, they kept their fireplace ablaze by burning library books, feeding the fire continually for that much needed warmth.
A homeless guy who had to survive winter in the streets crushed up paper and stuffed his clothes with them for insulation. One of the key ways to stay warm in winter is to insulate your clothing. That way, you keep the warmth in and the cold out. Crushing the paper trapped air. Air is a great insulator of heat. So that made a lot of sense.
Here are 5 tips to help you fight the cold.

#1 Generate heat.
To generate heat, most modern homes have a proper heating system. Just make sure you pay your heating bills. If you can’t pay the bills, get your bills paid on your behalf. For example, if you are a U.S. resident, you can get free heating at http://www.cheapestsale.com/free-heating.html
If you use an old fashion log fireplace, stock up on plenty of firewood in case you get snowed in.

#2 Layer your clothing
Wear layers of clothing to keep warm. Start off with a base layer. The thermal underwear which you can find at http://www.buy-underwear.net/thermal-underwear.htm . Ideally, your thermal underwear should fit like second skin. The goal is to keep your body heat in. Pure cotton thermal underwear would probably work if the temperature is above 5 degrees celsius. Colder than that and you need something much warmer. Like merino wool. You’ll find warm merino socks and other clothes that contain merino wool at http://www.buyclothing.net/merino-wool.htm . Try a base layer that is suitable for snow sports, like the Duofold Insulayer thermal underwear you’ll find at http://www.buy-underwear.net/Duofold-Insulayer.htm which has 2 layers of fabric that trap air between the layers, for added insulation.
On top of the thermal underwear, you might want to wear a wool sweater and thick denim jeans or wool pants. You can find denim jeans at http://www.buy-pants.com/jeans/ . You might want to add on a warm jacket or even a trenchcoat over the sweater. These warm fleece sweatshirts found at http://www.buy-t-shirts.net/sweaters/Comfort-Colors-Men-Sweatshirts.htm feel divine. If you want a good looking wool coat, check out the belted wool coats at http://www.buy-jackets.com/belted-wool-coats.htm . Depending on the severity of cold you might face, you might want to add more layers. Don’t forget your gloves , scarve,woolen hat, ear muffs and boots. If it is really very cold, you might even need a ski mask.

#3 Drink warming liquids
Drinking a cup of ginger tea helps you body fight the cold too. Drinking plenty of hot soup at meals warms up the body beautifully.

#4 Bring a warm shawl
Carry along a cashmere throw, or at least a wool wrap with you so you can wrap that around you when you need additional warmth. Here is where you can find cashmere throws and cashmere clothing. http://www.buyclothing.net/cashmere.htm
#5 Keep one another warm
Finally, huddle up close to a loved warm so you can keep each other warm. That’s how our ancestors survived the cold winters when they lived in caves. They would huddle close together near the fire to keep warm.


Wine or Beer Making Gift Basket Idea

Wine or Beer Making Gift Basket Idea

Wine or Beer Making Gift Basket Idea
Wine or Beer Making Gift Basket Idea

Fill a box with:

  • ~ wine or beer kit
  • ~ empty bottles
  • ~ personalized or novelty wine/beer labels
  • ~ beer caps or wine corks
  • ~ caper
  • ~ recipes



Beer Ingredients

The main ingredients found in beer are water, malted
barley, hops, and yeast. There are other ingredients
such as flavoring, sugar, and other ingredients that
are commonly used. Starches are used as well, as
they convert in the mashing process to easily
fermentable sugars that will help to increase the
alcohol content of beer while adding body and flavor.

Seeing as how beer is mainly composed of water, the
source of water and its characteristics have a very
important effect on the character of the beer. A
lot of beer styles were influenced by the
characteristics of water in the region. Although
the effect of minerals in brewing water is complex,
hard water is more suited to dark styles, while
soft ware is more suited to light styles.

Among malts, barley is the most widely used due to
its high amylase content, and a digestive enzyme
that facilitates the breakdown of starch into
sugars. Depending on what can be cultivated locally,
other malts and unmalted grains can be used, such
as wheat, rice, oats, and rye.

Malt is obtained by soaking grain in water, allowing
it to germinate, then drying the germinated grain
in a kiln. By malting the grain, enzymes will
eventually convert the starches in the grain into
fermentable sugars.

Since the seventeenth century, hops have been
commonly used as a bittering agent in beer. Hops
help to contribute a bitterness that will balance
the sweetness of the malts. They also contribute
aromas which range from citrus to herbal.

Hops also provide an antibiotic effect that favors
the activity of brewer’s yeast over the less
desirable microorganisms. The bitterness in beer
is normally measured on the International
Bitterness Units scale.

Yeast is a microorganism that’s responsible for
fermentation. Specific strains of yeast are chosen
depending on the type of beer produced, as the
two main strains are ale yeast and lager yeast,
with other variations available as well.

Yeast helps to metabolise the sugars that are
extracted from the grains, and produces alcohol
and carbon dioxide as a result. Before the functions
of yeast were understood, all fermentations were
done using wild or airborne yeasts.

Clarifying agent
A lot of brewers prefer to add one or more
clarifying agents to beer that aren’t required
to be published as ingredients. Examples include
Isinglas finings, which are obtained from swim
bladders of fish and Irish moss, which is a type
of red alga.

Since these ingredients can be obtained from animals,
those who are concerned with either the use or
consumption of animal products should obtain detailed
information from the brewer.