What is the Barcelona Ladies Open?

The Barcelona Ladies Open is an international level women’s tennis tournament on the WTA Tour that is hosted in Barcelona (Spain) with a total prize of $220,000 USD.

Originally created in November 2003 with a small prize of $10,000 on the ITF Women’s Circuit, it was quickly increased to $25,000 for next year, then later further increased to $75,000 and scheduled for October in 2005.

Unfortunately in 2013 it was cancelled and it’s position in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour (which it was upgraded to in 2007) was given to a new tournament in Nuramberg (Germany).

Deciding on a Garden Theme

Garden ThemeBefore you start on working or ordering people for landscaping your garden, you should have at least a general idea of how you would like your garden to look like. There are garden themes that you can work on depending on the type of plants that you would like to have. From this theme, you can then get your landscape gardeners clapham to help improve the garden.

Vertical Gardens. This is the type of garden that you would like if you want to landscape your walls. It will give your wall a new personality. In addition, if you don’t have much soil to plant on, this is one great way to enjoy the greeneries. If the landscape is for the office, a wall can be installed inside the office for just the purpose. Even if you have a large area to plant on, you can still use vertical gardens, by asking clapham gardeners to make a ladder where plants can grow.

 

Tuscan-Themed Gardens. When you prefer to plant vegetables or flowering shrubs in your garden, you might consider a Tuscan or Italian-themed garden. Such theme would be ideal for a yard with a lot of soil and space to plant in. You can actually grow crawling plants and use chicken wires for the plants to crawl into. This would make a great arch entrance to your garden. The flowering shrubs can be landscaped  to accessorize the walkway to the garden.

 

Urban Gardens. It is perfectly understandable to still want a garden, even if you are living in the city. The amount of fresh air that plants provide is something that you cannot get from an air conditioned room. Having a garden in the city may be a challenging task, however, you can get some great ideas from clapham gardeners as well as tips on what are the best plants in your locality and depending on the amount of sunshine that the plants will need.

 

Indoor Gardens. Your office may need a touch of greenery not just because of the amount of space you have, but also for your eyes that are constantly glued to the computer. Like urban gardens, setting up an indoor garden is a challenging one and you cannot just decide to buy a plant and put it in the office. It may die from lack of sunshine, or it may require some amount of pruning. Consult experts on the matter so you won’t be wasting time and money in trying to improve your office.

 

Edible Gardens. Who said that edible gardens don’t need landscaping? You would want your clients to visit the site where you pick the bright red tomatoes you send to them, right? You would want to boast your garden, not just for posterity, but for profit and promotional purposes, right?

 

Project Gardens. Some people enjoy starting on a hobby and gardening is one of them. Depending on your goal for your project garden, you may need some cool ideas from garden specialists. Not because you are good with planting and growing herbal plants, doesn’t mean you’re good at landscaping them right? Would it be nice to grow a botanical garden in recycled containers? That would be hitting two birds with one stone – traditional medicine while saving the planet, right?

 

The Importance of Wedding Photography in Spain

With Julianne (Barcelona Wedding III)

I believe around the globe, especially here in Barcelona, Spain, wedding photography is considered as one of the most important factors or persona in a wedding. After everything else has been packed up and set aside, it is the wedding pictures that are left. The family’s generations will be able to look at these pictures. Time may whiten one’s hair and wrinkle one’s skin but it can never fade the true emotions and feelings that are captured by pictures. These photographs are the most tangible things that we can walk away with. Thus, it is safe to say that there is an importance when it comes to getting the best photographer for our wedding. It refers to the activities that are related to weddings. It covers picture of the couple before marriage such as the announcements, portrait displays and even the greeting or invitation cards. It is also responsible for the coverage of the wedding and reception. It is even considered as one of the trending business that gives life to a number of efforts for various photography studios or even independent photographers.

It is also known as the best way to give immortality to your special day. Of course, it is given that you are only given a limited number of chances when it comes to capturing your wedding day, so it is clever to employ or hire a professional wedding photographer for this important day or event in your life. Do you want to look back fondly a remember just how great your wedding was, how happy all of the members of your family and friends were or will you look back having regrets that you wished you hired an experienced, professional photographer? It’s fine to have family and friends bring a camera and take photos of their own, but at the end of the day having professional quality photos taken using professional pieces of equipment will produce results or positive outputs that you will be able to treasure for years and even share with future generations of your family.

A one-of-kind and rare get-together is another reason why you should hire or get the said photographer. It is also known that in our daily routine, it is not possible for us to keep in touch with every relative and friends. But in the preparation of the guest list we generally try to include everybody we know. Wedding is only one of the events or occasions in your life where you can find everybody to present and share their joys and sorrows. It will be a brilliant idea to capture and preserve these moments in your wedding. Wedding does not only represent the union or the oneness of two individuals. It is also the union of two families, who are there offer their blessing to couple for their future. If you want to capture such moments, you surely cannot afford to miss the photography of your wedding day. Looking at the other aspect of the photography, you may agree with the importance and role it plays in everybody’s life. Looking at those photographs of various ceremonies, wedding dresses and dance, gives a sense of togetherness, even if the couples are miles apart from each other.

Tips for Achieving a Relaxing Ambience at Home

relax at home“The home is where the heart is,” one usually says. As such, you want to go home to a place where you can spend some peace and quiet time away from the stress of work or school. How can you create and maintain a relaxing ambience at home for your kids and other members of the family? Here are some great tips:

Remove all clutter. A stress free environment starts with a clean and clutter-free environment. Do you remember how you feel when you are in the office? Just looking at the pile of work that are waiting for your desk makes you already feel stressed from the day. When the environment is clean and there is less clutter, the more you will feel organized and at ease.

Do not Bring Home work with you. When there is so much that you need to accomplish, you may be tempted to bring it home. Though this will work for you now, it will also add to the amount of stress that you are receiving. You already worked for the day in the office and bringing the work at home may not help you to achieve sufficient time for rest and relaxation. Eventually this will catch up with you and will make you ill.

Avoid Gadgets. Avoid the temptation to log in to your computer the moment you arrive home. Though you may want to check out your social network or post your recent photo, there’s always that possibility that you’ll do your work instead of relaxing and resting.

Do not put sleep with your phone on. Most people tend to sleep with their phones beside their pillow. If you are trying to achieve sufficient rest and sleep, this may not be possible with your phone beside you on the bed. Messages may come in and this will disturb you, just when you are getting sleepy.

Play with kids. Watching the kids play or playing with them is the best therapy. It doesn’t only relaxes you but it shifts your focus from the day’s workload and stress.

Watch a TV with the family. Spending time with the family will help you ease your stress and at the same time provide quality time with them. Cook some popcorn and snuggle for a movie or two.

Finish your household chores early in the morning.  Weekends are usually the time that you bring your clothes to the washer, or clean up your room. Do this in the morning when you wake up. This does not only help you to de-clutter your home, but it also provides you enough exercise for the work week ahead.

Listen to relaxing music with lighted candles in the bath. A relaxing soak in the bath tub with soft light and music will ease your tired muscles and worried mind. When you have your computer up, you may be tempted to sit down and do your work. This is why you should try to avoid bringing work with you as well as logging in to your computer and try to achieve enough relaxation first.

Top 7 Reasons to Avail Respite Care

respite careTaking care of your elderly parents or the special child in the family can drain your strength. There are times that the behavior change of the elderly hurt you emotionally such that you will need some time off with taking care of them. There are also instances in life that you have to attend a gathering, not just to have some fun time with your friends, but to give you some time off with taking care of them. There are many other reasons that people who take care of special children and elderly parents need the help of respite care.

What exactly is Respite Care?

Respite care is temporary short-term care provided for the elderly and special children. This type of care provides the respite or the time off for the relative or parents or any primary caregiver of the elderly or the special child. There are varied reasons why people need respite care.

Attending the graduation of the other children or any school event that a parent is required. Mothers who’s the primary caregiver of the special need to attend to her other children’s need as well. When there are special occasions that a parent is required to be at school, respite care is the perfect solution for such scenario.

Completing a job interview or running an errand that may take a while. Respite care is also perfect for people who need to attend a job interview or simply have the family car checked. Leaving the elderly, especially if they were diagnosed with Dementia, with the neighbors or a baby sitter is not feasible. This is because special children and the elderly require trained and skilled caregivers to look after them.

The primary caregiver is ill or confined in a hospital. When the primary caregiver is sick, respite care people can ensure fulfillment of the primary caregiver’s responsibility towards their ward.

The primary caregiver is pregnant or needs to have the baby delivered. Another situation where the presence of respite care is deeply appreciated is when the primary caregiver needs to have her baby delivered at a hospital. The help from the respite care is also a big help when the pregnancy is sensitive that the primary caregiver was prescribed with strict bed rest.

Emergency Reasons. Accidents in or outside the house, as long as it directly affects the performance of the primary caregiver’s fulfillment of her role in taking care of her special child or the elderly will need respite care.

Moving to a new place. When the family is preparing to move to a new place, you can expect the house to be a little bit messy. Aside from this, almost all members of the family will be busy packing up the things and getting them ready for moving. To avoid any untoward accidents, the special child or the elderly are left in a respite care center.

 Renovating the House. House renovation is a stressful activity for the primary caregiver. The elderly or the special child cannot be subject to the noises that the workers will do with renovating the house. This will add to their confusion or it may trigger an unexpected behavior from them. As such, respite care is the best option during this time.

A little assistance around the home

This is a bit of a personal post, so it’s a little different to normal. Here’s what happened, my nana recently hired someone for home care.

While it’s off my usual topic of “design” it’s still very related to “home” which is 50% of what this blog is about.

So this is really for the older people that require some assistance around the home, or younger people (like myself) with older parents or grandparents that could use some assistance.

This type of assistance is called care at home. There are plenty of local providers of this, I contacted my home care market deeping provider because they’re the nearest local. Or so I thought, they actually referred me to a home care oakham provider.

I later received an information pack with all of the services they provide, here’s a few of those:

  • Home Care
  • Live in Care
  • Dementia Care
  • Respite Care

Fortunately all I was looking for was home care, just regular care visit to her to check up on her and help her out around the home. Maybe with general household chores, preparing meals, whatever is appropriate for her.

I’m sharing this with you because I think it can benefit our readers from knowing such a service is around. It’s much better than any alternatives in my opinion, which is a care home or caring for them yourself.

Don’t want holes drilled into your conservatory?

There’s a fairly new type of window blind out called Perfect Fit. It’s a system created by UK company, Louvolite.

It allows window blinds to be fitted without drilling, meaning there’s no holes. This is done through a system that clips into the window, it’s harder to describe it than it is to show you:

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The most popular place for blinds using the Perfect Fit system is for conservatory roofs. This saves you having holes in your expensive conservatory, and all conservatories are expensive!

There are a select few old style windows that the perfect fit blinds system doesn’t work in, but this isn’t common. I personally have them in every window in my house, they’re a little bit more expensive than regular blinds, but they’re really great and look beautiful.

Here’s the different types of blinds available in the Perfect Fit frame:

  • Roller blinds
  • Metal Venetian blinds
  • Wood Effect Venetian blinds
  • Pleated blinds

I personally opted for Pleated blinds around my house, they’re my personal favourite after I originally had them in my conservatory.

For my bathroom and kitchen I also have Pleated perfect fits but with a coating, I believe it’s a Teflon coating, that makes it 100% waterproof / moisture resistant.

I think they look pretty good in my house:

Your-Blinds-Pleated-Blind-Green-ConservatoryWhether you agree or not is your opinion :)

Let me know your comments on this new type of window blinds, and check out: http://www.harrietts.co.uk/perfect-fit-blinds/ where you can buy perfect fit blinds online or arrange an appointment via your local agent.

Wonderful Yellow Blinds

It’s summertime and I’ve got a yellow dress on today. Just in case you wanted to know, ha ha. To go with the summer style, one of the most popular colours is yellow. Another popular colour is green, but we will cover that another time.

Not much to this article, just some inspirational ideas for yellow window blinds and matching interior furnishings for your home.

Obviously if you are not a massive fan of yellow, I would not advise using yellow in a room. It is not always summer and it will probably make less sense to you in the winter time if you are not a fan.

Hopefully this will give you some idea if you would like it or not.

Here are the photographs:

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Hope that got your brain going yellow… Get it? Light bulb goes yellow? Not funny? Okay :(

Not sure how much this will really be beneficial to you, but I know a few local people visit the site, so if you’re interested in any of these blinds locally we recommend blinds kettering & corby blinds supplier, Blindstyle.

And also our sponsor, Harriets Blinds Manchester.

What colour kitchen should you opt for?

A big question people have when designing their kitchen. What colour kitchen will look best? That kind of depends on a few factors, predominately what specific thing are you looking to colour? For example, your kitchen appliances should usually be 1 colour, unless they’re hidden behind cupboards. Then your worktop should all be 1 colour, your cupboard and drawers should be 1 colour, your window blinds, walls, flooring, etc.

It’s unfortunately very hard to give a specific “colour” to choose for everything, so in this article all I want to provide help for is with colouring the cupboards and drawers.

There’s quite a few colours you can use, here’s what’s popular today:

  • White
  • Black
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Silver

My personal favourite is white, but that’s merely an opinion. The trick to using a colour like brown or red is to have other things in the room matching the colour. If you choose white or black it works no matter what. The only thing with silver is you’ll have to purchase stainless steel appliances to match.

One problem people may have with black or white is they show up dirt very easily, so you’ll need to continually be cleaning them to make them look best.

Though when they are clean, they look great:

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My advice is to do a quick google images search for a colour you’re looking for and simply see what comes up. It’s really quick to do and you’ll get a ton of inspiration from looking at those photographs.

I hope you’ve found this inspiring, please leave a comment below if you liked it!