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Why Is Holiday Decorating Good For You?

December gives us the perfect excuse to pamper ourselves with holiday cheer. No matter which holiday tradition you celebrate, decorating your home is good for you. Psychologists report that change, planning, and entertainment make people happy. Change your environment for the holidays and plan to entertain yourself as well as guests.

Holiday decorations change stagnant rooms. When your accessories and mementos stay in the same place day after day, you soon get used to them and no longer notice your treasure in the same old location. Moving things around and adding holiday decorations to your spaces makes everything feel new again.

You increase your happiness when you decorate your home for the holidays, if you take out the stress. When you make a huge production out of decorating your home for the holidays, you can easily become overwhelmed and turn a happy event into a stress-filled ordeal. Balance, the key to happiness, will help you keep holiday decorating FUN. Don’t take on too much. It doesn’t take a lot of decorations to instill holiday cheer!

Have you ever noticed that when you plan a party that the actual planning makes you happy? Psychologists say that’s because people love to daydream and plan. An added bonus, the more time you take to plan a party, the more organized the event, and the better the result.

Guests love to come to a home decked out in holiday splendor. The festive air created with candles, decorations, and music provides the backdrop for happy interactions. It’s hard for someone to not be happy when they enter a home in celebration mood.

Take some time for yourself and enjoy your holiday decorating. Pamper yourself and your guests.

Holiday Events – Entertainment Options Matter

Everybody has been to the office party where Sally has a little too much to drink and ends up sitting on the boss’s lap while his wife watches in horror. And nobody wants to repeat that event. In fact, many professionals will avoid attending office parties because of the opportunity for such embarrassing events to happen.

But the office party doesn’t have to become a horrifying and embarrassing experience for anyone. Here are a few fun options that don’t include over imbibing in the spirits of the season:

1 – Present a Dance and Cover Band Challenge

Hire two bands, schedule them to play two sets, and have the attendees decide which band is the best. You’ll want to do this event early in the season with plenty of dance time, food and tables for conversational discussions among the different teams. And selected teams who are designed to confer over the dance bands to determine who is the best band. By encouraging your teams to work together on their selection based on several factors, you’ll be growing team efforts, and building relationships,while keeping them focused on a specific project.

End of the night, the best band gets a repeat performance at another party later in the season. Much like the Winter Formal and Prom, the first one is a practice run for the Grand Event.

2 – Motivational Speaker or Comedian

Stand up comedy can bring a whole different spectrum to the Holiday Event, if your crowd wants to be entertained, rather than participate in the entertainment. Nothing is better than a Tony Robinson event to move your team off-center, grow some team-building spirit, and walk away from a fun event exploding with energy and desire to move through the season making more effort to achieve greater goals. And even the most driven motivational speaker can offer solid comedic hilarity to an evening out.

3 – Impersonators Roaming the Room

Didn’t you ever want to dine with Elvis Presley? What about a dance with Taylor Swift? Can you imagine sitting at the same table as Marilyn Monroe? Or how about just a chat with Abraham Lincoln over current political challenges? Sometimes the most exotic forms of entertainment can be the least staged, and still the most well planned events.

And nobody does gratitude better than Elvis, “Thank you, Thank you. Thank you, very much.”

Building your team through events where entertainment, connection, and relationships mix can be fun, successful, and well-structured. Don’t look now, but Elvis is in the room!

Creating a Holiday Grief Affirmation

During the holiday season, while others are celebrating family togetherness, gift giving, traditions of thanksgiving, and holiday joy, you may be challenged with feelings of sadness, loneliness, and emptiness. This time of the year is known as the season to be jolly, but you are facing the reality that your life as it was has been changed forever. You might even experience envy, although innocent, as you feel that others are enjoying the season and have forgotten about your loss.

A powerful and effective coaching exercise to help you cope during the holiday season is to create a personal holiday affirmation. An affirmation is a strong positive statement declared to be true. The subconscious mind is powerful and only responds to what you feed it. Focus only on the death and you get more hopeless emotions. Focusing more on the life lived and the cherished memories will help you shift to a place of meaning, purpose, and gratitude. If you are new to affirmations, stick with this exercise for at least a seven-day period to begin feeling a more positive perspective on your grief journey during the holidays.

Begin and end each day by repeating your holiday affirmation. You can use all or parts of the following affirmation or create your own.

“I embrace each day of the holiday season with love and gratitude. Love for myself, which I will extend to others. Gratitude for the many blessings I receive daily.

I accept that this holiday will be different, but will have new meaning.

I let go of thoughts of how I wish things were this holiday.

I will make this holiday season a time of peace and reflection.

I will cherish the gift that my loved one’s life and legacy has been to me.

I am powerfully, fearlessly, and wonderfully made and capable and deserving of a fulfilled, happy, and meaningful life.

I seek to find what I am to learn, where I am to grow, and how I am to serve.

I look forward to my future with new expectations.

I maintain good self-care with proper nutrition, exercise, relaxation, sleep, and stress management.

I devote time for spiritual meditation and reflection.

I embrace love, peace, and joy in myself, my family, my friends, and the world.

I am happy that I am making a difference in my life and the lives of others.

I now breathe new life into my heart and soul and commit to greet each day with love and gratitude.”

Holiday Printables For Creative Corner Cutting

Some holiday is just around the corner and the stores are full of merchandise you can buy to celebrate it. Every year it seems that every holiday has some new items enticing you to part with your money. Not to begrudge retailers the way they make their living, but families need to watch their bottom line also. A great way to introduce some creativity into your holiday in a budget-conscious way is to go to the internet for many of the ideas and printables there.

Printables for every occasion are available for little or no cost but the price of your own printer’s ink and paper. Are you planning a holiday party? You can print custom invitations and envelopes, wrapping paper, and gift tags. For party decorations you can print napkin rings, place cards, banners, garlands, party favors, and gift bags. Many decorating motifs available on a printable invitation or coloring page can be adapted to a centerpiece by mounting on sticks and adding other traditional centerpiece elements, such as fresh or dried flowers, branches, leaves, fruit, candy, ribbons or any number of things. Printable games like bingo, puzzles, and activity sheets can also be party icebreakers.

Do you love to craft? Scrapbooking is one of the top forms of crafting today. On the internet you can find printable scrapbooking supplies in the form of free printable pages of backgrounds, borders, frames, alphabets, journaling helps, ‘diecuts’, and clipart. Be certain to load your printer with acid-free paper and you are on your way to adding all kinds of creative, colorful embellishments to your holiday scrapbook pages or anytime pages.

Children love to get into any holiday frame of mind with printables just for kids. Coloring pages are the easiest and most prolific kids’ holiday printable and are available by the hundreds in nearly every topic of interest to kids in addition to holidays: animals, cartoon characters, fantasy, outer space, dinosaurs, transportation, the seasons and educational topics like learning their alphabet. Children’s holiday coloring pages can become a holiday greeting card, a gift, or even gift wrap or an ornament. Children love to decorate their windows for the holidays, so you could try the following craft. Print a coloring page and have your child color it with marker pens. Very lightly brush the page with vegetable oil and blot with a paper towel. Tape the picture inside a homemade construction-paper frame and hang in a sunny window. This treatment gives the coloring page a translucent “stained window” quality.

Another fun thing you can do with a holiday printable is to make your own custom stickers. Start with any printable clip-art or graphic or even your own photographs. Use your favorite publishing or word processing program and full size label paper. Avery is a popular brand of label paper, but any brand will do. Simply set up an entire page of the pictures you want for your stickers and print them on your label paper. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly, and then cut apart into individual stickers. If you like your stickers a little bit more moisture proof, you can spray a couple of light coats of clear acrylic spray on them before you cut them apart. Another option would be to print your designs on plain paper then use a photocopier to copy them to the label paper. This second option will be the most moisture proof.

If you never before had a look at what is available on the internet, do so before your next holiday. Anything that comes from paper may possibly be a free printable available for you. Even some things you may not usually think of printing may be out there, because there are some very original and clever ideas out there if you look. For creativity and economy, printing your own holiday supplies is the way to go.

Proven Holiday Stress-Busters!

Does your stomach tighten when you think about the holidays? Stressed out? Worried about getting into arguments, not meeting others’ expectations, not picking the right gifts? The American Psychological Association says anxiety goes up during the holidays. Though holidays should be a fun time, they bring lots of stress and sometimes dishearten us, weakening our relationships.

Wonder why this season brings stress and headaches instead of a glow of excitement?

Think about how most of us prepare. We overspend energy and money on gifts and meals, argue over misunderstandings, and pack “fun” events into every minute, every day, every night. No wonder it’s not fun anymore!

Peek inside the word “holiday.” It means “holy day,” but holy days should be about building stronger relationships, sharing and loving. So many times, they end up just being a hassle.

All those flashy ads: best gifts, best prices, best deals! They’re about body and mind, not the soul to soul connections we need most now. “The hype and commercialism of the season causes increased stress,” says a recent psychological report. Holy days should be about strengthening relationships, sharing and loving.

Sure, there are hassles: the cousin who hosts everybody, then fumes because nobody invites her back. The friends who share nasty gossip. The relative who drinks too much and picks a fight, leaving everyone wondering whether they should bother coming next year.

Why bother?

If that’s how you feel, just adjust your own outlook. Make this season different so you can finally enjoy and even have fun! Enjoy it like a kid again, with all the blessings of family and love.

Make the holidays a time of soul-to-soul connection. Meet others without expectations (“I chose him a great present and all he got me was this cheesy gift card!”) and the holidays will surpass your dreams. Open your heart and exchange the gifts of love, sharing and caring, with these nine easy tips to renew your holiday spirit today!

1. Find out who needs help. If you are comfortable and well-fed, visit seniors, visit hospitals or give out socks to homeless folks. Don’t forget your cousin in the army, or that neighbor down the street who lost his wife last year!

2. Reconnect with friends. Think of someone you haven’t seen in a while and have tea together. If you live too far away, look them up on Skype and say hello.

3. Avoid hot button topics. Try not to bring up sensitive issues… keep it light and fun.

4. Remember the kids. Many organizations arrange Santa visits, plays or concerts to make Christmas in the hospital a happier time for kids.

5. Plan a field trip. Buy treats your own children can give out in a seniors’ residence or to adults with disabilities. Tell them people who seem different deserve a wonderful holiday, too.

6. Discover your own style. Just because your sister-in-law hosts a slick New Year’s buffet brunch doesn’t mean that’s your thing. No MIMICKING what works for others! Your style may be a potluck lunch instead. Just make it your own!

7. Take care of you and Relax. Your body won’t thank you for rich, indulgent party food. Too rushed to cook and eat properly? Find simple foods to prepare easily and truly nourish your spirit. Go for a walk, practice yoga if you’re up to it. Sit quietly and relax, without distractions: put away your phone, mp3 player, remote control, notepad…

8. Make that call. There’s one person out there you feel you can’t call. Maybe you lost touch because her husband was sick. Maybe he’s fighting with a friend of yours and you didn’t want to take sides. Mend those fences, and you’ll heal yourself, too.

9. Do your best, then let go. Despite your best intentions, life will throw you a curveball. Unexpected health surprise? Cash crisis? Don’t let them undermine all the work you’ve done. Take a deep breath, refocus, and keep trying.

Finally, a word about forgiveness. Hearts are soft at this time of year; we are ready, willing and able to forgive. Forgive yourself first, and let go of grudges. Ask others for forgiveness. What an amazing gift: “I think I hurt your feelings; I’m sorry.” Only a grinch would say no to a chance to reconnect on a soul-to-soul level.

Always thank God for the blessings before you, release your burdens, and offer the world the gift of your renewed spirit, with love and laughter and lightness to last through 2014 and beyond. Let us pray together for this coming holiday season:

Let us reach out beyond ourselves.

Let us bring light to the world

By being light in the world.

Let us serve others with joy

Let us reach out with joy

Surrender expectations

And feel only wonder

Surround ourselves with love

By spreading love in the world

Changing only ourselves

We can change the world.

“Love and Light to All”

Holiday Grievers Gifts For a Friend

The holidays are approaching and the flurry of preparations is felt as we gear up for those wonderful times with family and friends. Memories of childhood celebrations flood our minds, and a feeling of contentment wraps ’round us as we turn our attention to holiday tasks. Following traditions brings continuity to our lives, and the memories may even evoke a giggle or two as we remember the hustle and bustle of past holidays, when cooks burned the turkey or decorated trees crashed to the floor.

Every family has cherished traditions that bring them together, whether it be religious in kind, or personal in nature.

“We always do this at our house,” is often heard amongst groups of children and grownups alike. It imparts a sense of belonging, acceptance, and a place to be that is yours to keep.

When someone dies, there is an empty chair at the holiday table, seen or unseen. A somber note clouds over the festivities, softening the gaiety, as painful memories of the loved one crowd the mind in the midst of celebration.

Mourning a loved one clashes deeply with the spontaneity of fun-filled holiday fare. It can provoke overwhelming grief and sadness, making celebration nearly impossible for the griever(s), and rendering others helpless in the wake of such pain.

Despite the pain, a healing balm can come from those joyous festivities we celebrate with our loved ones. The noise and commotion can be overwhelming to anyone, but especially to the broken-hearted, whose loved one is not there to share this day with them. Those present try their best to “cheer up” the griever, to no avail.

Helping the bereaved isn’t about cheering up someone; it’s about sharing their grief so as to lighten the burden. Here are some wonderful gifts you can give a friend or family member who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

o Listening is a magical balm that eases the pain of loss. Listen with quiet attention, allowing the person time to tell the complete story. It’s said that no one wants to talk about grief. True, but for one exception. Those in mourning want and need to talk about it as much as others will listen. Healing begins when a friend sits down and gently asks to hear their story.

o Sharing memories of the loved one, serious and funny, is a blessed cord that keeps the living connected emotionally with those they’ve lost. Humor doesn’t bring dishonor; rather it gives life to the memory of one whose laughter we remember. Anecdotes from those who also miss our loved one are a reminder that people touch many lives, and are remembered in special ways.

o The comfort of touch gives immeasurable solace to those who mourn. Holding someone’s hand connects you and imparts reassurance that one is not alone. An arm around the shoulders draws one close, allowing contact that grants security and peace of mind. And hugs are always in order. Drawing someone into your arms is more than comfort; it says, “I feel your pain and healing will come.”

o Crying together cleanses both the mind and the soul. Tears are a release and an acknowledgment that sadness and pain need expression. When someone cries, cry with them. It brings full circle the joy experienced in knowing the deceased.

As the holidays approach each year, you will be reminded of that difficult time when you first lost your loved one. Yet, celebrating the familiar traditions with people who love you brings a sense of quiet peace and joy.

I want to leave you with a quotation from the book You Better Recognize! By Valerie Rose (Beaver’s Pond Press, Edina, MN. 2002).

“Love is what’s in the room with you at the holidays if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby, age 5

Embrace hope. The joy of celebration and the peace of contentment can be your healing balm.

Holiday in Tuscany – Florence

Florence is more than just another place to visit. It is a flame that reignites your inner artist or poet. Perhaps in all of us there is a passion for beauty and genius – for deeper connections with people – for celebrations of the bounty of marvelous food brilliantly prepared, accompanied by great wine. It is in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” where these inner gifts reemerge for a life well lived and beauty fully absorbed. Your holiday in Florence will claim its spot in your mind and memory well after you return home, and you will forever be the better for it.

Prepare to be awed as you fly into Florence, locate your lodgings, and head towards the river for your first view of the Ponte Vecchio. Plan to spend at least five days here (more, if possible), residing on the left bank of the Arno River, called the “Oltrarno” (Oltr-Arno- “other side of the Arno”), within a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio. Here you will become 21st-century “neighbors” of the Medici, around the corner from their opulent Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. You will be close to restaurants and bistros too, as well as to neighborhood grocery stores that offer an abundance of luscious produce, delectable deli items and freshly baked bread, along with excellent and very affordable local wines.

By staying near the river on the “other” side, you will be within a short walk to two convenient bridges, one of which is the Ponte Vecchio, that will take you quickly to the busier side of the river where the dome of the Duomo dominates the skyline. As you walk along “your” side of the river, or lunch at a window table at the Golden View, you will have before you the full spectacle of the Ponte Vecchio, with the imposing Uffizi Gallery bordering the river across the way, and the Duomo dome behind it.

Start Your Florence Visit with the Bridges and Piazzas

There is no better way to learn any city than by seeking out its main bridges (if it has a river), as well as its major squares or piazzas. Florence has the most photogenic bridge of them all, the Ponte Vecchio (“old bridge”). It is likely that what inspired you to visit Firenze (Florence) in the first place was seeing one of the many stunning images of the Ponte Vecchio.

The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge across the Arno until 1218, and it will be your primary route across the river during your stay in Florence. And what a delightful pathway this will be, coming and going, with its views and its intriguing shops.

There have been shops on the Ponte Vecchio since the 13th century. Initially these were shops of all types, including butcher and fishmonger shops that created an offensive stench in the area. So, in 1593, Ferdinand I decreed that only goldsmiths and jewelers would be allowed to locate their shops on the bridge. This ruling was “in order to improve the well-being of all as they walked over the bridge.”

As well as learning the bridges, you will need to master the Piazzas. Florence is a city of narrow, serpentine streets, bordered by tall canyons of buildings. So, whenever you approach a Piazza, you will feel like you are bursting forth into a vastness of wide-open space. These expansive town squares have been used for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years as gathering places for the populace. It was in the piazzas that important news was announced, and preachers delivered their messages. And it was in the piazzas that public executions were held.

  • Piazza della Signoria will be your place to start learning the piazzas of Florence, located directly outside the Palazzo Vecchio, palatial home to the obscenely wealthy Medici family. This square is filled with sculpture and fountains, including a copy of Michelangelo’s David (the real David is now preserved and displayed at Galleria dell’Accademia). The Dominican priest, Savonarola, staged his vehement burnings of books and art in Piazza della Signoria. And it was here that he himself was burned after his reign of terror ended.
  • Piazza della Republica comes next, surrounded by majestic arcades, with an imposing triumphal arch as an entrance, and a Merry-go-Round. This square was the Forum during Roman times. Now it is a favorite place for outdoor dining at one of its canopied restaurants, with plentiful opportunities to people watch.
  • Piazza Santa Croce was once a gathering place where public meetings were held, and Franciscan monks preached to the crowds. This square is now home to local artists, showing and selling their creations, and many charming local shops. Meetings and monks now have been replaced by street entertainers.
  • Piazzale Michelangelo, with its bronzed replica of Michelangelo’s David sculpture, is perched high up on a hill in the Oltrarno, offering one of the most panoramic views of the city. As you sit on this hilltop, high above the Oltrarno neighborhood, you will be at eye-level with the iconic red roof of the Duomo across the river. Return here late in the day to see one of the most stunning sunsets in Florence.

See Some of the “Must See” Sights

Take ample time to attend to the “must see” sights of Florence. Start with these five:

The Duomo and Baptistery: The 13th-century Duomo had no dome until two centuries after it was built, when construction of such an architectural marvel became possible. Walk inside to take in the celestial vastness of its interior space, and to marvel at the carpet of mosaics covering the tile floor. This structure was designed to shock and awe. Sit at an outdoor table for lunch, in full view of the intricate white, green and pink marble mosaic of the exterior. You will need at least a full hour to take this in.

Make time to study the three sets of gilded bronze doors on the exquisite octagonal Baptistery. The first set of doors, facing south, were designed by Pisano and took 6 years to complete. Ghiberti’s north doors required 21 years of work, then another 27 years to complete the east doors, for a total of 54 years of work by the masters to create the doors that now stand before you. For the east doors, Ghiberti employed the recently discovered principles of perspective to give depth to his compositions. Michelangelo declared these doors to be the “Gates of Paradise.”

Palazzo Vecchio, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens: Imagine the lifestyle of the wealthy and powerful Medici family as you visit their place of business in town center, Palazzo Vecchio, and their opulent residence across the river, Pitti Palace, surrounded by the lush Boboli Gardens.

Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned these two locations, work and home, to be linked together by a private passageway, the Vasari Corridor, positioned above the city streets and crossing the top of the Ponte Vecchio. This passageway spanned a full kilometer, from the seat of government in Palazzo Vecchio to the Medici home in Pitti Palace, exiting beside the famous Grotto of Buontalenti in Boboli Gardens. This private corridor allowed the family and their guests to move freely and safely back and forth, observing the people below while they themselves remained unnoticed. A small carriage for two took the Medici and guests back and forth along the passageway when they preferred not to walk.

Medici Chapels: Add one additional Medici monument to your “must see” list-the Medici Chapels. Visit the sumptuous octagonal Chapel of the Princes, another lavish testament to the greatness of the Medici. The crypt beneath this chapel became the mausoleum for this notable family. Michelangelo himself worked on the sculptures of the sarcophagi, completing the statues of brothers and co-rulers Duke Giuliano and Duke Lorenzo. The master sculptor also created remarkable allegorical statues of Dawn and Dusk, Night and Day, as well as the Madonna and Child.

Michaelangelo’s David at Galleria dell’Accademia: Your visit to the Galleria will focus on the glorious sculpture of David. Stand beneath this towering marble masterwork, pristine and aglow under a circular skylight. It will take your breath away. Spend some time just to take this in. But also explore the other intriguing works by Michelangelo, including the Hall of the Prisoners that leads up to the David statue. The pieces on display here are ones that Michelangelo never completed. His unfinished work creates the effect that each of these figures is trapped for all time inside his own block of marble.

Uffizi Galleries: Enter the Uffizi (arrange in advance for an assigned time!), then move up the grand staircase to the gallery, with its frescoed ceilings and labyrinth of rooms crammed full of masterworks. Follow the U-shape of the building, veering off into the side rooms to see the displays. Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned Vasari to create this grandiose building beside Palazzo Vecchio to house the offices of government. A secret entrance to the Vasari Corridor lies behind an unmarked door on the first floor.

This building that was once the locus of Florentine government, is now home to a vast treasure chest of art. Find the large works by Botticelli first (Halls 10-14)- Allegory of Spring and Birth of Venus. Locate the portraits of Michelangelo and Raphael (Halls 35 and 66), and also Leonardo da Vinci’s one-and-only panel painting. From the far end of the corridors, pause to look out the windows to spot San Miniato, high on the hill across the Arno, just above Piazza Michelangelo. Look more closely at the Ponte Vecchio to see the windows of the Vasari Corridor that runs along the top of it.

Visit the Markets to Interact and Find Treasures to Take Home

Florence has a vast heritage of craftsmen. When it comes to shopping, you will find on offer a tantalizing variety of goods, including leather jackets, bags, shoes, belts and gloves, marble mosaics, intricate jewelry and cutting-edge fashions. At a minimum, visit the leather market near the Medici Chapels and shop for original artwork in Piazza Michelangelo.

Visit the outdoor market in Piazza Santo Spirito and the Mercato Nuovo, the covered loggia with a bronze sculpture of a pig out in front. Watch the fun of children petting the pig’s nose for luck. And feel free to haggle a bit if you decide to make purchases. Also stop in at some of the shops along the Ponte Vecchio to admire the hand-crafted jewelry and select a unique pendent or two to take home.

Your travel to Florence will be a life-changing, deeply enriching experience. “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things” says Henry Miller. And Florence is a destination that consummately inspires such new ways of seeing and living.

Cheap Holiday Ideas – The Holiday Hacks You Really Need

Planning holidays can be tough because there is so much involved in them – from packing, to booking hotels and flights and budget management there is not one thing you can ignore. While all the other things might just fall into place one after the other, budget management always remains the biggest concern and this is exactly what needs to be taken care of.

The only best option for the budget problem is looking for cheap holiday ideas. Now, the thing about these cheap holiday ideas doesn’t only concern looking for a destination that doesn’t cost you a lot of money but also opting for a cheap hotel and cutting down on other expenses.

This article summarizes for you the simple hacks you need for cheap holiday ideas for families:

1. Book Your Flight on Time– The first thing to do as soon as you finalize your destination is booking the tickets – never should you delay this. Remember booking your flight tickets well in time would save you a lot of money and that’s exactly how you begin with saving your money for a budget friendly vacation.

2. Online Hotel Booking – The next thing you should be doing to keep the budget of your vacation low is opting for a cheap hotel booking online. Online booking is always a smart idea because you can choose your hotel even before you reach the destination, saving yourself from the inconvenience of looking for a place to crash upon arrival. Also, the idea of choosing a cheap hotel over an extra luxurious hotel can also be a smart decision if you do not want to spend a lot on the extra luxuries but still get the basic and basic plus amenities in the room.

3. Choose Your Dates Wisely – The thing about dates and months is important and needs great attention. Make sure to pick the best months for travel and the best dates to be sure there are limited chances of over spending. It is recommended to choose the months that are little here and there from the peak months and dates that do not clash with festivals and functions because this is how you will be able to keep it a cheap vacation.

4. Use Price Comparison Websites, Carefully – The internet is flooded with travel websites and all claim to give you the best travel ideas and deals; it is however recommended that you never settle down with the one you see first or the one someone has suggested. Do not refrain from doing your homework – do your research and be calculative. Use a number of website for price comparison and choose the one that gives you the best deals, and promises a vacation within your budget.

5. Choose Your Conveyance – The thing about vacations doesn’t just stop at booking flights and online hotel booking, rather there are other things you need to consider and these include your conveyance in the destination. It is best to either choose public transport facilities or get your own conveyance (probably a care on rent if possible). Save money where you can especially when choosing your conveyance.

These points mentioned above might seem to main stream but these are usually the most important ones when you just want to focus on a cheap holiday. It is highly suggested that you take a note of all these points next time you plan a trip to a foreign place because these work as an ultimate travel guide for a budget friendly holiday.

Ready to Go on Holiday? Consider Skiing for Adventure and Relaxation

Now is the time to secure cheap holiday deals for 2015. Whether you ski or not, ski resorts offer an amazing escape from reality that’s perfect for the athlete or those who want to enjoy luxurious accommodations with a snowy, romantic atmosphere.

Powdery and challenging slopes wait at the world’s top skiing destinations, and holidays that will take travellers there come in a variety of budgets. They can secure anything from a quaint chalet to a grand resort and all for amazing prices. Without breaking a budget, savvy holiday seekers can book just what they desire this time of year.

There are many choice destinations. Amongst them are the Swiss Alps in France, Bulgaria, Greece, Scandinavia and Scotland are the most popular in Europe. In North America Canada and the U.S. both have plenty of popular ski resorts. Austria and New Zealand are also prime choices for skiing holidays. Once the travelling group has narrowed it down to a destination they can book it as a cheap holiday deal and be on their way.

Top Skiing Destinations in Europe

France – Believe it or not, cheap holiday deals can be found in France.Courcheval is amongst the world’s largest ski resorts, and is lift-linked. It is four resort villages and they offer all the amenities including restaurants, shopping, bars and nightlife along with perfect snow. Chamonix offers not only pristine snow for skiing, but also a variety of attractions to include ice climbing, wild animal parks, hiking and of course top notch eateries and spas.

Switzerland – Verbier, Zermatt, Grindelwald and St. Moritz

Austria – St Anton village and ski resort is not to be missed in Austria. Many would not even imagine that cheap holiday deals are offered here. With its quaint village and everything within walking distance it’s the perfect choice for anyone. It is home to the ferris wheel Galzig gondola, a new lift link. The Tyrolean resort of Obergurgl is another gem of the Alps offering plenty of extracurricular activities and top notch restaurants.

Scandinavia – One can also skip the Alps and travel to Scandinavia for a ski holiday. It easily compares and is a fraction of the cost for those looking for cheap holiday deals. Ramundberget is just one resort that is sought-after in the Swedish ski area of Funasfjallen. It is a laid back atmosphere in comparison to those destinations aforementioned.

Top Skiing Destinations in the U.S. and Canada

If one is up to venturing to the U.S. or Canada for a ski holiday, they won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of cheap holiday deals to be had in these countries. Amongst the top destinations for skiing in Canada is Whistler Blackcomb in British Colombia. It offers over 200 marked runs, 16 bowls and three glaciers. There’s also many trendy shops and places to eat.

In the U.S. no one can deny that Lake Tahoe is a must. There are nine world-class resorts and over 22,000 acres of land to ski on. Dining, gambling and other winter activities are also a hit there and visitors rave over just how much there is to do in this picturesque location. There are plenty of spots in the U.S. that are prime for skiing and a knowledgeable agent can help one decide.

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So as anyone can see, there are plenty of options worldwide for cheap holiday deals to a skiing resort. Though one wouldn’t think it, there is plenty to do for everyone in the travel party. Spend the days out and nights snuggled in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa or a drink watching the snow fall outside. There’s not much of a greater escape than that.

A Glimpse of Jewelry That Will Glitz Life This Festive and Holiday Season

Jewelry design ideas may be elegant and simple such that keeping to minimal appears chic. The jewelry designs present a distinct style than merely hanging as a pendant or a charm. Now being a Christmas gift and holiday season, the jewelry iconic pieces can be unique gifts than gifting a watch or some engraved pendant. Regardless of whether one loves hair jewels or stacked rings, there are some best baubles, stones and beads that will certainly glitz life this Christmas.

Birthstone Jewelry

These are special and personalized jewelry as everyone’s birthstone is different. Gifting birthstone jewelry offers more meaning especially in the festive and holiday seasons. There are endless choices and this includes right from bracelets to rings, necklaces to earrings. If you can afford and it is a very special person, you can gift this in combination.

Bar Necklaces

This is a style that is latest and raging that it will be soon seen everywhere. This can be worn alone or also in association with shorter and longer necklaces or even with your layered style of necklaces or chains. A bar necklace gifted to your loved one is sure to ensure the festival is very special. This trendy jewelry piece can be personalized and if you personalize, it becomes absolutely perfect. It can be engraved also with meaningful phrases, initial or their pet names.

Y Necklaces

Y necklaces certainly are fashion statements but in a subtle style. These necklaces highlight the feminine look and make a lovable gift as it adds elegance to any stylish woman. The added advantage is that it can be worn with other layered necklaces or alone, however it will show its presence and mark its place.

Cocktail Rings

These are definitely a sophisticated addition offering a cool bling to your look. It suits all the outfits and the cocktail rings now are available in different metals, styles and looks. They have been for years, but now young women can wear it even with their most comfortable jeans and t-shirt and also their other fancy dresses. You will not go wrong on wearing it any of these outfits.

Layering Necklaces

The layering styles in earrings, hand rings to necklaces are going really strong. It is fun to wear one and create different looks. The layering necklace can be one or several chains, the choice is entirely yours. It is sure to complement your looks and style.

Braid and beard cuffs

Cuffs are adapted into hair accessories and have received a strong following. The braid cuffs are also around for decades. It offers a variation expressing a sophisticated style in eccentric ways. These jewelry pieces cater to anyone and you can appear outstanding even in a crowd.

Cuffs are worn in different ways making it diverse jewelry pieces. Right from ear to arm cuffs, it is observed that even celebrities love wearing it even on the red carpet. This is a simple sleek piece of jewelry that highlights the entire ensemble pop. Even if the cuffs are chunky they make statement pieces.