JANUARY 2012

The Joy Of Flower Garden Designs

by: Ralph J. Smith (reading – 5.12. - 11.12.)

Choosing a garden style that is right for you is a matter of choice. If you design your entire garden according to a specific style, but sometimes just a few sensible elements call to mind a style.

Whether you’re trying to select flower garden designs or trying out a new landscaping idea, the right garden plants and accessories will set the mood you’re trying to reach. Landscape design styles come and go, but certain century-old garden styles continue to preserve their attraction.

Any style be it Asian, cottage, formal, and others has its own characteristic details such as particular plants, water features, and materials. Various features are so strongly identified with a specific style that they immediately evoke the proper mood.

Look below at these three lasting and respected garden styles, then incorporate these style elements into your garden design for the look you want.

Cottage Gardens

The informality of cottage garden designs lends them an energy lacking in most garden schemes, none the less the gardens are neither haphazard when the overall design is caringly structured.

These gardens express cheerfulness and zeal for individual plants. Cottage gardens originated centuries ago as modest, fenced-in pieces of land kept by cottagers who cherished wild-collected plant life for its usefulness. Livestock and vegetables, berry bushes, fragrant flowers, and herbs for crafts, cooking, and medicine packed the enclosures.

Asian Gardens

In the Asian tradition, landscape contemplation - in the wild, in a garden, or in a scroll painting serves as a spiritual experience. The Chinese and Japanese usually held sacred the space within a garden and deemed the world outside profane. A number of Japanese garden designs offer a rustic landscape and contain wet or dry streams and waterfalls, bordered by ferns, moss, and distorted pines.

Lake and island style gardens, developed in China, influenced Japanese garden designs. Islands symbolized the home of immortal spirits and consisted of carefully placed earthen mounds or jagged rocks set in an imitation pond.

Formal Gardens

While a love of plants or nature inspires cottage and Asian gardens, formal garden designs express the humanistic value of people as the center of the cosmos. A formal garden design looks it’s utmost near a traditional-style home so the garden exaggerates the home’s architecture. Formal garden designs are symmetrical though the main alignment often leads from a specific position near the house (a balcony, front door, a stone terrace) to a focal point further away such as a pavilion, bench or sculpture. By continuing the geometry of the house outdoors, a formal garden layout makes a transition to a wild or informal landscape at the edge of the property.

About The Author

Ralph J. Smith

You can find more gardening, flower gardening, garden design tips and more on my site Flower Garden Tips.com, www.flowergardentips.com/



Health And Wellness

by: Charlotte Kerver (reading – 12.12. - 18.12.)

Wellness refers to a healthy balance of Mind, Body and Spirit resulting in a feeling of well-being. Health and Wellness emphasize on a state of entire being and its ongoing development.

Natural Treatment involves natural methods to treat, avoiding any form of conventional medicine. Natural Healing often referred to as alternative, complementary or integrative medicine, covers healing philosophies that focus on treating the root cause of a disease symptom.

A Holistic Healer works on the pretext that a discomfort is due to some kind of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual imbalance. He or she helps the body in healing itself by providing alternative natural health remedies, referred to as Holistic Healing. Alternative Medicine involves therapies which are a substitute to conventional medical treatments. Complementary Medicine involves therapies used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.

Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, prayer, mental healing, art, music and dance therapy, herbs, vitamins, dietary supplements, natural substances, chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation and massage, therapies that use energy fields like Bio-field therapy, Qigong, Reiki, and therapeutic and healing touch, are some examples of these therapies.

Alternative Medicine Chicago is a typical search used for individuals living in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs – where their search results often focus on the importance of a good diet, sufficient exercise, and other lifestyle adaptations to achieve and maintain good physical, mental and emotional health.

When alternative medicine is used with conventional medicine in a fully coordinated approach to patient care, this is referred to as Holistic Healthcare. These therapies bring together the best of all traditions and put increased emphasis on prevention by stimulating the body’s natural healing potential.

Holistic Healing practitioners like Massage therapists, Psychic guides and Motivational Speakers, employ resources like networking, advertising, client-healer relationships etc to expand their clientele and grow their Holistic Businesses. There are also sites online connecting wellness seekers to holistic, complementary and alternative healthcare providers of their choice, one example being www.ChicagoHealers.com, which focuses on prevention, education and connecting wellness seekers with experienced holistic healers in the Chicago and surrouding suburbs.

Holistic Healing Schools train interested individuals in Natural Health programs for healing. Participants will often learn energy and intuitive healing approaches that they can then use in their individual life and approaches may also include the intake of healthful natural elements like fresh air, sunlight, proper diet, pure water and the regulation of exercise and rest.

A Health Retreat helps revitalize the mind, body and soul in a comfortable and serene, naturally secluded environment. These retreats help reducing the diverse effects of stress, ongoing fatigue and eventual ill health, by providing various kinds of rescue remedies like Yoga, Meditation, personalized Massage etc. A Health Retreat Program can last for weeks, or as short as a weekend.

Holistic Getaways have the aim of enabling you to “Relax, Revive, Revitalize And Rejuvenate" These getaways or vacation spots provide a sense of enjoyment and lasting rejuvenation to the visitors.

If you are interested to know more about Health And Wellness please search our site ( www.chicagohealers.com ) for more in-depth information and resources.

About The Author

Charlotte Kerver works closely with Chicago Healers helping to promote the firm to wellness seekers and holistic healers throughout the Chicagoland area. She is an experienced copywriter, marketer and client advocate, and lives with her Fiancee in West Chicagoland

Visit the author's web site at: www.chicagohealers.com



Christmas Dinner Easy Preparations

by: Neil Parnham (reading – 19.12. - 25.12.)

Christmas dinner, probably the most elaborate and complex dinner you will have to prepare all year. Chances are there will be many friends and family members attending so you will want to make sure everything is just right.

In order to help you do this, I have compiled a list of 5 things which your Christmas dinner table should not be without. I can help you with the setting of your table, but the responsibility of actually cooking the dinner remains in your hands.

The following list illustrates five things that you won't want to forget at your Christmas dinner table this year:

1. Food – Obviously. This one would be hard to forget. Nevertheless, it is very important and I want to make sure you have it on your table. There are many types of popular foods for Christmas dinner including roast turkey ham and many others. The food should be placed in the center of the table to begin with and then passed around the table from person to person until everyone has taken as much as they wish.

2. Drinks - There are many types of drink which you will want to incorporate into your dinner. Many individuals choose to have wine or other alcoholic beverages, whereas others choose to have pop, juice or milk. Make sure you have plenty of all forms of beverages. It is also important to make sure you have the right glasses for each drink, someone who is drinking milk will not want to drink it out of a wine glass.

3. Napkins, Plates and Other Utensils - This category includes everything from napkins and plates to silverware and glasses. These are all very important and it can be very embarrassing if you forget to put any of these utensils at any seat around the table.

4. Crackers - No, I don't mean soda crackers. Christmas crackers are a great way to add fun and creativity to any Christmas meal. For those of you who are unaware, Christmas crackers are large paper items (which are designed to look somewhat like a large candy) which have a "spark stick" in the middle. You pull both ends of the stick at the same time and the cracker will make a loud noise. Inside you will find a treasure of some sort, a joke, as well as a tissue paper hat to put on your head. There are all different types of Christmas Crackers including really high-end ones. These are fun and your guests will be sure to enjoy!

5. Family and Friends - A Christmas dinner just wouldn't be a Christmas dinner without friends and family gathered all around the table. Go out on a limb this year and invite at least 3 more people than last year. If you're going to go out on this limb however, make sure you have enough seats around the table for all your guests.

Now that you are aware of the necessities for your Christmas dinner table, relax and enjoy the day as much as possible. After all the work you've done you definitely deserve to sit back and have a drink of your own!

About The Author

DIY Conservatories (www.diyconservatories-and-windows.co.uk/ ) Uk Conservatories for DIY Projects - P Shaped Conservatories , T shaped Victorian Conservatories. DIY Conservatories believe that having your own conservatories should not cost the world.



5 Signs of a Good Party Host or Hostess

by: Misha Anatolia (reading – 26.12. - 1.1.)

It is easy to spot a good host or hostess. They are the ones throwing the great parties! They are bright, fun, and enjoying the party effortlessly right alongside their guests. Here's how to know if you've got what it takes to be good party host or hostess.

1. You're having a good time
A good party hostess is one who is enjoying herself. A good party host is one who is relaxed and comfortable and mingling with guests. If you have been planning the party for a while, you may think your responsibility is to make sure the party plan is followed without a hitch. Guests hate to feel like they're not first on your list, though. They would much rather you have fun with them and pay attention to them than fuss with the decorations or remind the chef when the cheese course is supposed to come out.

2. You know your guests
A good party host knows how to make his guests feel welcome because he knows their preferences and has accommodated them before the guests even arrive. A good hostess knows who is allergic to shellfish and has an alternative course ready for that guest. A good host knows ahead of time which guests will need extra help socializing and with whom to pair them for best results.

3. You're prepared
The only way to save yourself if you aren't prepared when the party starts is to pretend you planned it that way all along. Don't spend the night making excuses or sharing your woes with your guests. Just move along and help everyone make the best of it. To make sure you are prepared before the party starts, make several check lists based on the needs of the guests and the needs of the party, and start checking items off several weeks before the party starts. Have a run-through the day before the party and take care of any last-minute problems then. A prepared host is ready to mingle with his guests and have fun, which are the real reasons to have a party in the first place.

4. You make your guests feel special
A good hostess has the ability to make each guest feel like they were invited for her pleasure. A good host makes his guests feel comfortable enough to enjoy the party by letting them know they are irreplaceable and desired guests. Take each guest aside for a conversation or tour of the house, or bring them their favorite drink or appetizer. For a large party, you won't have a lot of time to spend with each guest, but a good hostess will make each guest feel like they are treasured, anyway.

5. You're willing to give it all up
Sometimes the largest element to a good party is that the host is willing to drop everything and change course when things aren't going well. There is nothing worse than a hostess who, with grim determination or mascara tears, digs in and insists on continuing the party game or dinner menu when it is obvious that guests are not enjoying themselves. A good host will always put the preferences of the party before their own. A great host will help things move along so well, the party will never know if plans have been changed. The party just moves on.

About The Author

Misha Anatolia is a party and bridal writer. For more bridal shower etiquette tips and other bridal shower information, go to www.bridal-showers.org