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Tips on Making Rooms Look Bigger Than They Are

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Many of us live in urban spaces that are cramped for space. Space is a luxury. Hence we have to do the best we can with it.

If you are even somewhat familiar with living in New York or a similar large metropolis, then you would know about both the charm and also the challenges that small spaces provide. When it is done properly and is done well, these small spaces and apartments can like zen-like, cozy retreats. However, when it is time for you to cramp all the belongings that you have into that very small space, it can feel very overwhelming and living in that space can feel cramped, claustrophobic and just not comfortable. To achieve the former in the space of the latter, it takes some conscious effort on the part of the homeowner. He or she needs to be aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they are doing it. All of these small decisions will come into play when designing a space that is small.

The news that you will no doubt be glad to hear is that, yes smaller living spaces can be made into comfortable living spaces and homes. It really comes down to three simple concepts and they are scale, light and movement. Let us take a closer look at the whole thing.

Scale it down

When you are getting furniture for spaces that happen to be small, remember that it is all about proportions. To put it simply and terms most people will understand, if there is a piece that brushes up against any boundaries of the room you are designing, then it is just simply too large. In order to create a sense of space and roominess, you will do well to always leave a bit of air in between the sides of the furniture and the walls that you have. One exception that can be made is with the bed. For example, if you were to place a queen in between two walls, it will create a cozy sleeping space.

Also make sure to avoid pieces that are heavy and weighty and those that eat up a bit too much of the usable space within the room. For instance, instead of a luxury big sofa, you can get a chair or a sofa that is sleek and it will serve the same function but you will be saving a lot more space as well. If you absolutely must need to have a large piece that will make a statement, you should put it up on the walls. Make sure that you do not consume too much valuable living space by putting the whole thing on the floor.

Try Keeping a Low Profile

When you have furniture that is lower to the ground, then you can create a feeling of openness in a room. This is simply due to the fact that they leave much more space above them. If you happen to be designing your bedroom for example, you can try a lofty bed or you can even try placing a mattress right on the floor. When dealing with the living room, you should try out furniture that is a bit more low-to-the-ground. If you happen to be more of a fan of romantic and ornate, then you can go for 19th century furniture as well. They also have a low profile.

Mirrors and Some More Mirrors

Whenever you are having a discussion of designing small spaces, then you must include in your plans some ideas to use mirrors in order to create a much greater sense of openness. They not only reflect light, they can also reflect the view that they are provided. This allows them to have the very real potential of tricking the eyes into thinking there is more space than there actually is.

Use Larger Tiles

Due to the fact that the grout lines are thinner and also fewer with being part of the layout, smaller rooms tend to look bigger when you use larger tiles. Tiles of the large-format variety can make floors look a lot more streamlined- therefore, it will create the illusion of having more space. If you are also thinking of incorporating wall tiles in your smaller rooms too, then you should consider a tile that is proportional to the size of the room that you are decorating.

Make sure that you understand that wall tiles are meant to complement the tiles on the floor and as such, should never be larger than the tiles that are on the floor. If you use wall tiles that are larger than floor tiles, then you will upset the balance and also the proportional look that the room has.

Get Rid of Drapes and Curtains

Just as we saw with mirrors, the idea really is all about tricking the eye. What curtains do, and they happen to do it very well is that they stop our eyes from taking in the view that is outside. This is true even if they don’t cover the entirety of the window. Also, these are all just extra stuff that you have to contend with when you are designing your rooms. When you get rid of curtains, it will make the room look much more simple. If you need privacy and you just have to get curtains, make sure that you use a bar that extends far beyond the window so that you can remove the curtains completely when there is need for that.

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How Beard Oil Helps Beautify The Skin?

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When you think of beard oils, you think of healthy and silky beards or just good beard appearance in general, but beard oil goes beyond just improving your beard’s appearance; it also improves skin health, thereby beautifying it.

It does this because of its moisturizing ability, which improves the appearance of the beard and skin beneath it. Let’s face it, what good will come out of a good beard on a bad face? So, most beard oil brands, such as the Bossman Brand, produce their oils to tackle skin issues so as to get the best out of it.

That aside, let’s quickly run down the ways beard oils can help beautify your skin.

It Prevents Acne

Studies have shown that regular beard oil use can prevent acne, leaving you with a fresh face. Many men suffer from acne and cover it with their beard, but you should understand that with good beard oil, especially those that you aren’t allergic to, you can make acne a thing of the past. It’s mainly because of the moisturizing effect of Beard Oil and the fact that it doesn’t clog the pores. They are advertised as active acne prevention products, and they do the trick.

Better Absorption

Due to the fact that it contains carrier oils, it is easily absorbed, and it also easily absorbs nutrients that are very beneficial to the skin, like vitamin A and vitamin D from the sun, which is known to be beneficial to skin health.

Antibacterial

Beard oils are antibacterial and help fight against bacteria that would cause harm to the skin. Beard Oil brands, especially those with jojoba oil, have very strong antibacterial and aid the natural oils on the skin in fighting off unwanted bacteria.

 

Moisturizing effect

Beard oils are very good moisturizers and help prevent dry and itchy skin. Those that live in very dry and hot areas tend to suffer from dry beard and skin, but beard oils combat these by moisturizing the beard and skin, making them look much better. It aids skin replenishment through moisturizing, thereby giving you very healthy skin.

 

Doesn’t clog pores

Many products are guilty of blocking pores and making you very uncomfortable in your own skin, but that isn’t the case with beard oils. Because for healthy beard growth, your pores need to be free. Avoid beard oils that aren’t non-comedogenic, and a good example are those beard oils that contain jojoba oil; that’s because jojoba doesn’t sit on the face and block the pores, but rather, it is readily absorbed into the skin.

Filled with natural oils and vitamins

Many people suffer from dry skin, which in turn leads to having a dry beard, so to combat this, beard oils are filled with a lot of vitamins that nourish the beard and skin. Nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin D are all found in good beard oils. To even top things off, they sometimes contain omega 6 and 9, which are very good for skin and overall health.

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Reasons Every Home Needs a Solar Powered Roof Ventilation

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Solar roof ventilation is not only an eco-friendly solution, but it is the best way to cool down your home, especially during humid summer days.

The area between your roof and the rest of the house tends to hold stagnant air. In tropical regions where the air is relatively warm throughout the year, it worsens in the summer. So having a solution to cool the air in your home is necessary, and what better way than to use the sun, which is free?

Solar-powered roof ventilation is one of the most cost-friendly and consistent ways to bring down and maintain cool temperatures in your home. Solar solutions are becoming popular among homeowners. Here are several reasons every home needs a solar-powered roof ventilation.

What Is the Purpose of Installing Solar Powered Roof Ventilation?

Roof ventilation is necessary as it improves air circulation within the space on your roof. It works by removing the slow circulating hot air and any moisture that may have built up within the space. Installing an adequate solar-powered roof ventilation system results in a cooler, healthier, and environmentally friendly home.

Humans cannot exhaust sunlight compared to other fuel sources such as petrol and natural gas from coal. Using the free resource to power solar-powered roof ventilation systems ensures a clean and safe environment as they do not emit any climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Benefits of A Solar Powered Roof Ventilation

Besides cooling the air in your home, here are some of the other benefits of installing a solar-powered roof ventilation:

Roof protection

If the hot air and moisture remain stagnant in your roof for long periods, they can eventually damage your roof. The wood components within the roof structure collect mould easily and start to rot. When you install an energy-saving, solar-powered roof ventilation system, it will help remove the hot air and keep the area dry and refreshing.

Cost-saving solution

Traditional electricity-powered air conditioners use a lot of energy to efficiently cool down living spaces, resulting in regular and high energy bills. On the other hand, solar-powered roof ventilation requires free energy from the sun. If your roof gets stagnant air and moisture damage, the costs you will require to fix a new roof are high.

Easy installation

It is simple to install a solar-powered roof ventilation system as it does not require much time. Various models and sizes are available for your home, and no extensive wiring is needed. Some solar system components include several years’ warranty, giving you extra confidence in their efficiency.

It makes your home cosy and relaxing

One of the reasons homeowners install solar roof ventilation is to make their homes cool and liveable. Australia has sweltering and humid summers, and good solar-powered roof ventilation will bring the house temperatures to comfortable levels.

Winter protection

Besides enhancing excellent air circulation in your home during hot weather, solar-powered roof ventilation systems also provide extra protection in the winter. Some designs have a thermostat that reverses the cooling function during cold weather, providing heat to a home.

Conclusion

A solar-powered roof ventilation is a worthy investment for a wholesome, maintenance-free home. Make sure you ask your installer the appropriate questions. What airflow capacity the unit handles, and which tests they do to ascertain that. Experts in solar-powered roof ventilation systems will know the perfect type for your home and recommend it.

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What Important Lessons Have Movies Taught Us About How to Negotiate?

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Whether we realize it or not, negotiating constitutes a significant part of our daily lives. As a result, it’s important to improve your negotiation skills to give yourself a competitive edge, both in business and social settings.

Thankfully, classes, tutorials, and books aren’t the only way to learn how to become Negotiation Experts. There is a lot to learn from the reel on how to seal the deal.

The entertainment of the big screen can also provide real-life situations that can teach you a thing or two about bargaining, haggling, and sealing deals.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

We can learn valuable lessons from watching a movie out of the comfort of our home and what better way to learn than in a relaxed atmosphere.

According to Research.com, videos are a powerful and effective way to help people overcome the forgetting curveand retain more of what they learn.

In addition, when you watch a film or movie, it allows you to sharpen your skills without the pressure of being in a demanding training or workshop situation.

Movies depict bargaining situations from different angles, portraying many different characters that many can relate to in one way or another. These real-life negotiation scenarios intrigue, inspire and instruct you on how to get it right on the negotiating table.

Let’s play back scenes from the big screen that inspired success on the bargaining table and the lessons to glean from them.

Stand Your Ground – Nightcrawler (2014)

In one scene Lou tries to sell video footage of a crime scene to Nina, a TV News Manager, by driving a hard bargain through wit and confidence. He expertly negotiates for a fair sum because he believes in the value of his product and doesn’t concede to Nina’s lower offer.

Lesson: While you should be flexible in any bargaining situation, focus on highlighting the value of what you have to offer and avoid conceding to lowball offers. Go into the negotiation with a set “walk away” position and stick to it. If you reach an impasse, forego the negotiations rather than settling.

Go The Extra Mile – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

In The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort (an up-and-coming stockbroker) does his due diligence in researching potential investors before closing a deal. Armed with background information about the investors, Belfort entices them with investment deals they cannot resist.

Lesson: If you want to draw in a potential customer, prove to them that what you have to offer is the solution to their problems.

The most effective way to understand your customers is through research, so take the time to find out as many details as possible about the other side and determine their challenges and interests. Once you know their pain points you can give them a clearer picture of how your offering answers their needs.

Mastery of an Array of Skills – Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln is a cinematic adaptation of the events that resulted in the abolition of slavery in the United States of America.

During negotiations, the sixteenth President of the USA uses stories and metaphors, at times reason and logic, and other times incentives and pressure. His ultimate success results from knowing his different audience sets at any given time and using the negotiation style that appeals accordingly.

Lesson: In negotiations, what’s good for the goose may not also be good for the gander so knowing your audience is what often separates the negotiation experts from the amateurs.

It’s important to understand and adapt to different dynamics. For example, the way you communicate with suppliers differs from the techniques you would use with customers.

Acing Negotiations Through Movies

Movies are entertaining and can help you to consolidate your appreciation of what you have learned from books, tutorials, and classes. Next time you’re watching that blockbuster, look out for those epic scenes that will boost your skills on the negotiating front.

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The Monumental Visit Of Honorable Kamina Johson Smith, The Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Foreign Trade Of Jamaica To Okuapemman

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History made on Saturday May 14, in Okuapemman as Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade of Jamaica paid a momentous visit to Okuapemman and HRM Oseadeyo Kwasi Akuffo III as part of her state visit to Ghana.

Hon. Johnson Smith connected history by first paying tribute to the first Basel mission church the missionaries established, Christ Presby Church in Akropong Akuapem. History has it on record that, their kinsmen were part of the missionaries to establish the church. The Jamaican missionary, John Hall from Irwin Hill, Montego Bay became the first presbyter of the church, when it was established in 1835. She took the opportunity to meet some of her kinsmen who are descendants of John Hall at a short ceremony at Christ Presby Church, where they shared pleasantries and accompanied them to their first settlement Called Hanover Street here in Akropong. Hon Kamina together with her kinsmen visited the grave yard of their fathers and finally ended the tour at the Akuffo descendants heritage.

An official ceremony was put together to welcome her, held at the Okuapehene’s palace. Gracing this occasion were the former chief justice Her Lordship Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, H. E. Esmond St Claire Reid (Jamaican High Commissioner to Ghana and Nigeria), Mr. Isaac Emmil Osei Bonsu (Honorary Consulate of Jamaica), and other dignitaries in attendance.

Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo III Okuapehene,  flanked by his Divisional Chiefs and elders welcomed Hon. Kamina where pleasantries were exchanged, discussed matters of common interest and used the opportunity to install her as the Queen of Tourism and Diaspora. She was given the name Nana Abena Otwiwa Asiedu.

Hon Kamina addressed the gathering by expressing how pleased she was to connect to history and to establish closer ties between Okuapemman and the Jamaican Diaspora.

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Nestlé Launches NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g

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Nestlé Ghana Limited has unveiled a new coffee beverage called NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g.

The new product is a rich and creamy blend of coffee, creamer and sugar that provides great stimulation to start the day. NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is packaged in NESCAFÉ’s signature red sachet. It is produced in Ghana and provides 10% more beverage than previous offerings.

Speaking at an event to outdoor the product in Accra, Mr. Georgios Badaro, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, stated, “Nestlé is committed to delivering great taste and quality with all our products and NESCAFÉ is no exception. The Original 3 in 1 is inspired by consumer insights and is guaranteed to provide the perfect start to the day.”

Mr. Jean-Pierre Duplan, Marketing Manager for NESCAFÉ in Central and West Africa, highlighted NESCAFÉ’s dedication to innovation and renovation. “As a brand, we strive to continuously evolve to meet our consumers’ needs. This is why we have introduced the NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1. It has the rich and creamy coffee taste that Ghanaians love. It isaffordable, easy to prepare and formulated with the right energy to start strong every day!”

Your favorite cup of NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g joins the delicious range of beverages NESCAFÉ has offered Ghanaians since 2003. These include NESCAFÉ Classic and NESCAFÉ Sweet and Creamy.

NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is made from coffee sourced responsibly from West Africa under the NESCAFÉ Plan. NESCAFÉ Plan works directly with over 20,000 farmers, offering them training in business and agricultural skills. This allows the farmers to better manage their farms, increase their yield and improve their livelihoods and contributes to strengthening NESCAFÉ’s position as the most sustainable coffee brand in the world.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: 3 Main Points

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This therapy is based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) but has been specially developed to treat individuals with extremely intense emotions. Individuals who struggle with negative thinking patterns can learn to change those patterns through DBT.

Three main points need to be addressed in conjunction with dialectical behavior therapy. Patients are instructed not to think too far into the future since thinking about the future can trigger the following episodes:

  • Depression
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Promote eating disorders
  • Suicidal behaviors

In Therapy Hunter, individuals will be taught positive, healthy ways to deal with stress and general emotions from daily situations, improve their relationships with loved ones, and manage their emotions. Dialectical behavioral therapy helps individuals identify, change and deal with negative and unhealthy behavior patterns and emotions, mainly in social situations.

People who suffer from destructive behavior, mental health conditions, and chronic suicidal thoughts are usually referred to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Here are three strategies used in DBT

  1. Core Mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the benefits of DBT. Focusing on the present moment or “living in the moment” allows you to pay attention to what is happening (e.g., your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses).

Also, use your senses to take in what is around you (your sight, sound, smell, and touch) in a nonjudgmental manner.

You can use mindfulness skills to cope with emotional pain by slowing down and using healthy coping mechanisms. In addition to helping you relax, this strategy can prevent you from engaging in automatic negative thought patterns.

  1. Distress tolerance

An individual will learn how to accept and change within the session of distress tolerance. The following four primary techniques you will learn in this class will help you deal with any crisis:

-Self-comfort

-Reducing stress

-Considering situation’s pros and cons

-Distractions

-Understanding radical acceptance is a crucial part of learning acceptance.

You can embrace the fact that you will face both negative and positive situations with radical acceptance. Despite this, you will learn how to accept the outcome, no matter what the problem is, without being judgmental. Mindfulness played a major role in the development of this skill set.

  1. Emotion Regulation

Regulating your emotions allows you to deal with powerful feelings more effectively. By learning these skills, you will identify, name, and modify your emotions. Recognizing and handling intense negative emotions (for example, anger) allows you to have a more positive emotional experience.

Those who are regularly confronted by the following emotions would benefit from an emotion regulation therapy session:

-Anger

Depression

-Anxiety

-Frustration

Those who experience intense negative emotions regularly will benefit from learning to regulate and control their emotions. As patients learn to manage their emotions, they become less prone to experiencing any form of painful emotions caused by situations they have no control over. It will be beneficial for their health and increase their chances of prosperity.

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