Gift Guide For Teens

I found some great gifts for teenage/college and post-college girls and boys. I am buying so many of these for my own kids. I am so excited. It is a great round-up that covers many age groups!!! Click the descriptions below to purchase or for more information….

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These Bala Weights were on both of my girls’ wish lists.

They say this game is addictive and engineered for maximum fun. Bring it on!!!

This is the Rolls Royce of toothbrushes and I’m dying for it!!!!!!!!!!

You can never go wrong with Ray Bans.

Jack Black products are a must-have for any guy in your life.

Everyone loves Patagonia…this is a great style.

Gift the gift of gorgeous waves this holiday. I love this unique hair curler…You have to see it in action.

This is a strategic family-fun game. That is said to be packed with nostalgia!!!

You also can never go wrong with Nikes.

Get the newest Sony headphones with a wireless mic. These are so great…

This has been on the list for so many years and still is the number 1 present in my book. Give yourself an at-home professional-looking blowout with this great dryer.

Lulu Lemon leggings are always high on everyone’s list…try this newer style.

Under $100 Round Up!!!

I have rounded up some of the most fabulous gifts under $100. There are so many cute things for the Holiday season and beyond.

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These Manolo dupes are perfect!!! They come in so many beautiful colors..

These fuzzy booties make the perfect gift.

I love these drop pearl earrings. They make such a great statement.

A sequin dress is a must-have for the holidays!

How cute are these pom pom mules?

Another cute sequin dress….great for New Year’s Eve.

How fabulous are these sunglasses? So chic for $11!!!!

More cute earrings….

Love these pearl hoop earrings.

Stripe sweaters are so chic!!

What a cute take on the traditional Tretorn sneakers.

How chic are these sneakers?

How awesome are these lug-sole boots?

Such cute sandals!!!

I have a very similar double pearl ring…how fabulous is this one….

3 Home Renovations To Protect Against Severe Weather

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Many homeowners undertake renovations to improve the value of their property. By taking such steps, there is an increased chance that their houses will attract great offers if listed on the market. In other situations, however, these home renovations are done with the sole objective of protecting the structure from extreme weather. Statistics indicate that the average cost of such repairs can rise to $19,513. Depending on the structure, the extent of damage can cost millions. This is why your home renovation must include the following.

  1. Reinforcing the roof

You never know how strong your home’s roofing is until it endures the harshest weather. It is the first line of defense against the vagaries and, most often, the most vulnerable part of the house. According to building experts, the roof holds several risks because of its elevated horizontal position. Strong winds traveling at 200mph can hit the side and make a clean rip off the structure. Therefore, reinforcement of your home’s roofing is vital in any renovation project. It doesn’t matter if it appears in excellent condition.

That extra protection layer can be in the form of replacing loose, cracked, or missing shingles. This also includes sealing holes that may look like nothing in the early stages but can wreak havoc in extreme weather. When buying sealants, it is important to know which type is best for your type of roofing. You will find the information you need on the sealant container.

  1. Strengthen the windows

Any object can become a dangerous projectile, especially in extreme weather like a hurricane. This is why you need protection for your windows. No matter how well your window installation was done, they often take a beating from the changing seasons. Summer heat, rain, and frigid conditions slowly eat at the frames. This is why it is advised to always check your windows for signs of draft. When the frames weaken, they gradually detach by a few inches from the structure. This is how window weakening begins, but you can nip it in the bud.

Strengthening your windows during renovations can save you from spending a significant sum on repairs. Hurricane window shutters are designed to offer that extra line of defense for your home’s potential weak points. They are made from durable materials that can block flying projectiles in strong winds. While you consider hurricane shutters, it’s important not to overlook code compliance. These shutters are created to meet strict pressure and load. It would be best to check with your state’s requirements.

  1. Use sturdy doors

If you haven’t yet considered what to do with your home’s exterior doors, it would be an opportune moment to do so. Failing to reinforce your doors during renovation can make them the weakest links. Weak doors can easily get kicked off their hinges in extreme weather. They may also have cracks that eventually become entry points for rainwater. 

The best way to reinforce an external door is to install an additional one to the existing frame. A storm door may be your best protection against extreme weather that has the potential to cause damage. Thanks to technology, new door designs and models are manufactured with durable materials for added protection. When your home renovation is completed, you stand a better chance of minimal or no damage to your property.

Give the Gift of Relaxation This Holiday Season

How does a relaxing, revitalizing, peaceful retreat sound as a Holiday Gift this season? Our wonderfully creative sponsor, Outdoors Container is offering a fabulous overnight retreat at the incredible Wildflower Farms Auberge resort after the holiday rush!!!!! Only a few hours away you will be able to enjoy 2 days at this newly opened luxury resort while taking 2 classes on wreath and succulent making, enjoying award-winning farm-to-table meals, and also visiting their luxurious spa, if you choose to take your relaxation one step further. AND, Lora Greene from LG3 fitness will teach a fitness class for those interested.

Email Outdoors Contained HERE, for more information if you are interested in this incredible experience.

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How To Plan The Perfect Orlando Trip

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When you’re planning your next vacation and looking at your travel wishlist, it makes sense to consider somewhere warm and full of things to do. Orlando is a fantastic option, as it’s a great place to visit and live.

While most people associate Orlando with Walt Disney World, there is a whole host of other things to do and visit while you’re there. Here are some tips to help you plan your next trip to Orlando.

  1. Booking and Paperwork

When you’re looking forward to a vacation, the last thing you want to think about is the paperwork. However, the sooner you get all of the documentation sorted out, the better. If you’re flying from the US, then you will have to deal with less paperwork than on an international flight, but you should still double-check and make sure everything is above board.

Start saving and planning your vacation as soon as you decide to go. Check that your passport is up to date and, if you need a VISA or ESTA, get that sorted sooner rather than later. You should also get travel insurance so that you can fly without worrying about your luggage getting lost or anything else going wrong.

When booking your flights and accommodation, you might get better deals by leaving it to the last minute, but you do run the risk of not being able to get tickets. Do your research and weigh up the best option for you.

  1. Getting Around

Getting around Orlando and the surrounding areas might require hiring a vehicle. The good news is that you can hire a car as soon as you arrive. Look into car rental Orlando Airport deals and find a car as quickly and conveniently as possible, allowing you to start enjoying your vacation right away.

  1. What to Do

There is so much to do in Orlando. You have the world-famous attractions found at Walt Disney World, but you can also enjoy some other brilliant activities that make your Orlando experience something to remember for the rest of your life.

You can visit other theme parks and zoos in and around Orlando. Or you can hit the shops and explore the city itself. If you’re willing to hop into your car and travel a few hours, you can even visit some of the famous Florida beaches. 

  1. Being Prepared

As with any other vacation, you’re more likely to have a great time if you’re prepared. Orlando, as you’d expect, is a hot place to visit. If you aren’t used to the heat and humidity, you might struggle, especially during summer. 

Take plenty of sunscreen and carry water around with you. Bring clothes that keep you cool, such as hats, sunglasses, and even a light cardigan to keep the worst of the sun off. If possible, visit Orlando during the cooler months of the year, and avoid hurricane season.

If you’re ready for anything, then nothing can spoil your Orlando adventure.

How to Ensure More Success For Your Hospitality Business

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Your hotel or hospitality business might have the best location and fantastic facilities, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re enjoying the amount of bookings that you should. Any business depends on its customers to survive, and the hospitality industry is no exception.

If you’re struggling to get the bookings that you need, then it might be time to try another strategy. Here are some tips to help you to get ready for success in time for the next holiday season. 

An Online Presence

The vast majority of businesses have embraced the digital world. This shift has encompassed every industry, including the hospitality industry. The simple fact is that customers prefer to shop online, especially when they’re booking a vacation or a trip.

If your business wants to have a hope of keeping up with the competition, this means establishing a firm online presence. This includes social media and a website to allow people to learn more about your facilities and how to book with your hotel. 

Ideally, your hotel website design should be attractive and functional, designed to encourage customers to quickly and easily find and book their dream trip at your accommodation. You should also link your website with businesses that allow people to compare and book trips directly.

Marketing

Every business should market its services so that customers know where to go to access your services. Good marketing involves identifying your target market and making sure that your brand is both visible and appealing. 

Your social media account will help you to market your business, as you can take pictures of your rooms and surrounding areas. Pay attention to people who get halfway through the booking process and then leave it, offering promotions and deals when possible. 

In some areas, there are dozens or hundreds of other accommodation options for travelers to take, so it’s up to you to make sure that you stand out from the rest. One way you can do this is by gearing your hotel and your marketing strategy to a specific demographic and sticking with that.

As mentioned above, getting your name out there means going where the people are. This means getting in touch with booking services, travel agencies, and other vacation planning services to drum up business.  

Treat Your Staff Well

While your customers are necessary to bring the money in and allow your business to survive, your employees are what allow it to thrive. Every business owner should find ways to reward their employees and treat their staff well.

This will encourage your employees to stay loyal and keeps morale high. Customers notice when your employees are poorly treated, and it can reflect poorly on your business. Also, happy employees are more likely to go the extra mile for you and your customers, especially when you make sure they feel appreciated.HR software can help your business to manage your employee’s needs and make sure that they are treated fairly.