Must-Have Looks for 2015

If you pride yourself on keeping up with design trends then you are probably eager to find out what the must-have looks and décor pieces are for 2015. After all, your friends expect you to make a major change, so they know what look they should be trying to achieve. It is hard work being the trendsetter, but someone has to do it!

Vintage Meets Contemporary

Some of the world’s most architecturally interesting cities have a mix of modern sky scrapers next to historic homes. The mix of old and new is going to be the look to have for 2015. Already have a contemporary space? You have it made! Just add a few vintage pieces, and you are all set.

Mixing Materials

2014 saw a lot more materials being mixed and this is a trend that will continue to grow. One room can easily showcase wood, wrought iron, slate, and copper. Rustic and exotic woods combined with warm metals and elegant accent pieces create a room that is sophisticated yet comfortable.

Recycled, Reclaim, and Reuse

As the environment has become more of a concern, an increased number of interior decorators are using products that are environmentally friendly. Reclaimed wood, recycled carpet, eco-friendly paint and thoughtful décor pieces will be essential. Don’t hesitate to refinish that old table you see at a yard sale. It still has a lot of life left in it, and you could be the one keeping it out of a landfill.

Water Fountains

Just when you think water fountains can’t get any more popular, a new year comes along. Water fountains were once reserved for elite environments. Today, many consumers are purchasing them because of the healthy benefits they offer. If you don’t have one yet, or you want to expand your collection, you can find a wide variety of wall, floor, and tabletop water fountains online from stores like

Comfortable Seating

Remember when the most coveted seating options were furniture prices that looked nothing like seating at all? Thank goodness that look is over. It is very unsettling visiting someone’s home and not knowing if you are accidentally sitting on a piece of art.

Seating is all about comfort. Create a space you love to live in and break the rules. Furniture sets are out and mixed pieces that work well together are in. Choose pieces that work for your lifestyle rather than pieces that fall under the norm. Yes, you can eliminate the sofa for bean bags.

What Should a DIY Web Builder Offer to eCommerce Customers

Are you thinking about starting an eCommerce website? For those who want to save money and build their own eCommerce website, however have little technical knowledge or experience, using a DIY website builder may be the way to go. Because eCommerce websites are constantly evolving, it is important to choose the right website builder that can address your needs both now and in the future. Here are a few things that you should be on the lookout for when selecting an eCommerce website builder for your site.

Turnkey Websites
A good DIY ecommerce website builder will offer you the ability to sign up for an account, begin building your website and the ability to launch the site live as soon as you are ready. If the site builder doesn’t offer this ability, you should keep looking.

Payment Integration
The biggest part of running an eCommerce website is the ability to accept payment for your products or services. A good eCommerce website builder will offer you seamless integration of a shopping cart and electronic payment acceptance. While some will only allow you the ability to use one or two options, the better ones will accept your payment services provider, no matter which option you choose. This is important because one of the key elements for operating a success eCommerce website is the ability to have a safe and secure payment platform, which means you will need some control over what solution you use.

While there are still web builders that adhere to the older adage that good eCommerce sites have to be expensive, newer technology make it easier to launch eCommerce site templates that are much cheaper to obtain. By choosing a template, you can take advantage of using a pre coded layout that has been developed in accordance with best practices for eCommerce website design, keeping your website build time to a minimum. In addition, using a template, you get the additional advantage of being able to save money. This is because the coding work has already been done. Understand that by choosing to use a template, you aren’t eliminating the ability to customize your site. You are just taking advantage of building your site around a pre-created layout schema.

While these elements on’t represent an exhaustive list, but help give enough guidance to help you locate a solid DIY eCommerce site builder that will be able to meet your needs.

Giant Christmas Tree At Galleria Mall

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(Thanks to my friend for this photo.)

Giant Christmas tree at the Galleria Mall in Dallas, Texas. I sure want to go see it. I haven’t been to that mall yet.

Types of Fishing Lures and How They Work

Fishing lure.

Fishing lure.

The purpose of a fishing lure is to attract fish, but it’s not that simple – fishermen choose their lures based on preference, experience, type of fish they want to catch, location, and more.

What Are the Types of Fishing Lures?

Fishing lures are available in a variety of sizes, styles, colors, and types. Not all fishing lures are created equal and they each perform a certain way based on how they’re designed. The most common types of fishing lures are spoons, spinners, jibs, and soft plastic baits. Just about all fishing lures are made to resemble live bait in movement and appearance.

Fishing lures tend to come in extremely bright colors, but there are some that look more naturally-colored. Certain lures make a sound so that fish in murky water can locate the bait. The type of fish you want to catch and the fishing conditions will determine the correct lure to use. For example, spoons are best in areas with a lot of vegetation.

How Do Fishing Lures Work?

Lures are made to work either with or against the water. It’s impossible to see how a fishing lure is intended to work without putting it in the water. Once the lure is submerged, you can move the line to see how it works. Some lures will displace water while others (like those made from feathers) will more freely.

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Thankful For Safe Travels

The weather this week is pleasant to travel to visit families for Thanksgiving Day.  Though it’s breezy, sunshine is abundant to keep us warm.  Me and my family drove to our folks this afternoon to celebrate the American tradition – Thanksgiving Day.  It’s a celebration of togetherness, blessings, and happy moments.

There are so many things to be thankful for. Besides everyone’s good health and the opportunities to provide food on our tables, we should also be thankful for safety in our daily travels.

We took the country roads going to my in-law’s house in Tyler, Texas.  We liked crossing the bridge at Lake Tawakoni.  A new bridge is under construction the last time we drove through there.  We’d like to see if it’s done now.  But not yet…still finishing the new foundations.  Taking the back roads going to our destination takes a while than taking the Interstate and Toll roads.  But we like it that way sometimes.  We enjoy seeing big green trees and the towns we pass through.

The folks are already busy with the Thanksgiving Day preparation today.  They already started cooking.  The turkey is ready to put in the oven at midnight.  :)

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day from my family to yours.  Safe travels, too.