03.2.2015

What You Need to Learn about How to Start an Online Business

Everyone wants to be able to start their own business and achieve success in it. Well, it is basically easier said than done. No, you don’t need to have a special or gifted skills and talents to pull things off, but you do need to pour out your creativity, energy, time, efforts, and sometimes money if you want to be a successful business. There are basic knowledge and steps that you need to do in your process of learning how to start an online business.

Define the Business
You need to keep in mind that having online business has its own perks as it is relatively low in cost and it isn’t limited to geographic boundaries, so you can literally reach out to people around the world. However, be prepared to deal with competitions, as there are hundreds of people out there sharing the same ideas as yours. Yes, competition is common in the world of business; what you need to do is to plan everything out smartly and strategically.

Here are some ways to help you do so:
• Be sure that the products or service that you are offering are different from the others. Is your service known for its timely deadline? Are your products known as the less expensive high end stuffs? Do you offer friendly and personal customer’s service that makes you different from others? Whatever business you choose, be sure that you are different from the others. You need to stand out; that’s why you should plan on things that will make you look different and unique.
• Offer your expertise and skills in a certain area. For instance, many people may sell electronic gadgets, but very few of them have in-depth knowledge about it. If you excel in this matter and you can offer detailed discussion with your clients, it is a guarantee that they will be back for more.
• Check the competition thoroughly. Find out what aspect hasn’t been covered yet, and try to fill in the gap. If you manage to do that – no matter how small the gap is – you will be able to create your own market – and come up with your own dedicated hardcore fans.

Obey the Regulations
All businesses require registration and permit/license. Check the regulation in your state. It is better if you can find the perfect name and then register it. Deal with the paperwork since the very early beginning. Here are some handy tips to do so:
• It will be better if you can develop your own business plan before registering. Having a plan can help you determine tax, shipping cost, production cost, and also cost for the web host service better. Consult the professional if this is totally new for you.
• Be sure to check the regulations and comply with them all. This step may be quite difficult and complicated, but if you want your business running without problems or hassle in the future, you need to take this step and deal with it as soon as possible.

03.1.2015

Wedding Cake Toppers: Their Types, Variants, and Ingredients

You probably have seen cake toppers …well, almost everywhere. When you attend birthday parties, when you go to a friend’s wedding event, or even when you buy a cupcake, you see the interesting and adorable cake toppers. Do you know that a cake topper can really make a difference in the atmosphere and total outcome of the cake? In case you are interested in planning your own wedding party, and you want to make a statement in an elegant but fun ways, you can always choose funny wedding cake toppers.

The cake toppers can be coming in various styles and shapes, such as text and photos, figurines (whether it is animal or human), flowers, and so many more. They can also be made from various materials, like acrylic, edible substance, and even metal. The cake toppers are quite affordable and they are unbelievably versatile; you can even have custom order if you want to. But keep in mind that custom requires extra spending and money, as well as extra effort, times, and energies.

Why Cake Toppers?
Of course you can always choose the wedding cake alone without the topper, but what’s the fun in it? After all, the cake topper makes a silent but strong statement about what kind of message you want to send to the guests. By choosing funny cake toppers, you can want to deliver a message that you are funny, whimsical, daring, and adventurous. You aren’t afraid in choosing something different; something that is unusual. In fact, you don’t really like something that is so ordinary and common like others.

The cake topper can be the entertainment part. You can amuse friends, families, and relatives – well, basically all your guests – while entertaining yourself. You can make the event memorable and unforgettable. The more unique the topper is, the more unforgettable your event will be. For instance, if you always dream of becoming a spy, you can have a cake topper depicting yourself as a spy, while protecting your loved one. This is witty, clever, and funny – not to mention also hilarious and right on spot.

One thing about wedding cake topper is the fact it is highly versatile and personalized. You can have the cake toppers with similar dress that you are wearing on the big day, for example, or you can choose a topper with the bride looking upset holding items that she dislikes while the groom looks guilty and scared. Even the smallest expressions can really imitate your personality and characteristics – which makes the wedding cake toppers very interesting and appealing.

Different Materials for the Cake Toppers

As it was mentioned before, the cake toppers can be made of different materials. Each one has their own perks and flaws, so it doesn’t hurt to learn about them so you know which one is higher in quality and which one is the most expensive.

• Acrylic. Disposable acrylic is the cheapest one, and it is quite long lasting – in case you decide that you want to keep it and have it wrapped within a box for memento. The most common types are the diamante or rhinestone toppers. Although most acrylic toppers are quite good, you can’t really depend on the quality since it can’t be considered high quality.

• Metal. Thanks to the durability and sturdiness, metal topper is generally more expensive. In case you want to keep the topper and then re-use it again (not for the purpose of safekeeping), this is the best option to make. Since there are so many different metals that you can use for the topper, just make sure that you choose food-safe and lead-free cake topper. If you want to keep it and re-use it, you want to choose a metal that won’t tarnish after a while.

• Glass. There are some perks of having glass toppers. They are inexpensive, elegant, and beautiful. They can also be kept and then be re-used. However, be sure to choose lead-free glass. Glass is mostly delicate and fragile, so you should handle it with care.

• Ceramic. This is one of the most expensive toppers, but it can be stored and treasured. They are high in quality, but since they are prone to break, you should be careful about it.

• Edible toppers. As the name suggests, you can eat the topper – well, if you don’t mind eating the figurines used to represent you. Edible toppers are generally made on two main substances: wafer paper and icing or sugar. These edible toppers can be shaped, printed, or even airbrushed to meet your requirements. Edible type is certainly whimsical and fun, but since it is not made for safekeeping, the quality isn’t too good or long lasting.

Different Types of Edible Cake Toppers

Edible cake topper can be made into different types and variants, covering:

• Clay cake topper. This kind of topper is generally handmade; not designed or shaped with machines. Most edible toppers are made of almost similar substances and ingredients, but one type has more of this, and the other one has more of that – simple tit and tat factor. Making clay cake topper seems easy, but it actually requires skills and expertise. The price of the cake toppers depend on the details of the finish. The more detailed it is, the more expensive it will be – especially if it is a custom order. However, clay cake topper is generally extra cute and adorable, so you can expect loads of fun when you choose one for your wedding cake.

• Gum Paste and Pastillage cake topper. Pastillage dries pretty quickly, so the maker should work fast to come up with perfect and flawless result. Gum paste is basically almost the same as the pastillage, but it dries rather slowly – not as fast as the pastillage. Gum paste is generally used in 3D design.

• Fondant cake topper. It is friendly to your taste palate and somewhat more pliable, but it can’t be as hard as pastillage or gum paste, so when the maker want the design to dries off quickly and stay rigid, they will add a little part of gum paste.

03.1.2015

Handy Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Tips

Doing kitchen remodeling project can be a hassle, considering that you have to spend money and time to make the work successful. That’s why there are some handy and totally functional kitchen remodeling ideas and tips that you can do to improve the look of your kitchen as well as transforming its ambiance and atmosphere without having to spend a fortune.

Managing the Layout and Cut off any Wasted Steps
The first thing that you need to do when starting the project is to plan out, plan out, and plan out. Make sure that you have planned not only the layout, but also where to place all the items. Think carefully about where and how you are going to use the kitchen items. If you enjoy cooking and baking, making sure that all your cooking utensils is within easy reach. The microwave and the oven should be placed within places that are easy to access and reach. You can place breakfast bowls close to the breakfast table, if you are a type that need to have breakfast before going to work. If you are coffee-first-in-the-morning type, make sure that your coffee maker is located on the counter with coffee mugs around it. You can also place the flatware and dishware close to the dishwasher for easier cleaning, or make sure to keep plastic containers and wraps in a specific spot not far from your work surface.

Designing Wide and Accessible Walkways
You should be able to maneuver around the kitchen easily and effortlessly. That’s why the paths around your kitchen must be around 36 inches wide (at least) so you won’t bump into each counters and corners. The space between cooking zones must be at least 48 inches separated. Plan the arrangement and layout when kitchen islands are included.

Directing Traffic
It may be difficult to believe, but the traffic in the kitchen can be crowded and hectic. When you want to make sure that your kitchen is safe and well planned, you need to create a plan to direct traffic, especially if you have kids involved. Make sure that all cooktops are out from their reach so they don’t accidentally catch handles or cause spills here and there when running around. Kitchen is an area that is prone to accidents, so you want to make sure that your kids enjoy being there without having to worry about incidents. Refrigerator should be easily reached and accessed by those who cook or by passerby – children included.

Determining the Function of Your Island
Are you using the island for eating or working space, or you want to include cooking too? Do you want the island to be exclusively used for cooking and food preparation only? The way you want to use the island will determine the layout and style of the island. If you want to use the island for eating and cooking, make sure that you have separated areas for those purposes. The dining section should be different from the one from the cooking area.

02.28.2015

Yummy and Super Healthy Lunch Recipes for Weight Loss Plan

People who are trying to shed off their fat are sometime confused about their lunch menu planning. They want to indulge themselves in healthy and tasty meals, but most of the recipes they know don’t combine those two key elements. Well, not to worry; because there are actually lots of options for healthy lunch recipes for weight loss that you can try if you want to lose weight. You may be surprised to find out that there are some foods that can help you burn calories and excessive fat deposit from the inside.

Broccoli and Feta Omelet Toast
You only need to spend 15 minutes to fix this, with satisfying and fulfilling result. The broccoli is rich in fiber; not to mention that it is low in calories and the eggs will provide long lasting fulfilling effect so you won’t easily get hungry again. You only need to:
• Heat cooking spray in a skillet with medium heat. Cook the broccoli for around 3 minutes.
• Mix feta, egg, and dill in a mixing bowl. Add the mixture into the cooking pan (you don’t have to remove the broccoli, so let them mixed together.
• Cook it for 4 minutes before you flip it around and cook it for 2 minutes. Make sure to cook it thoroughly.
You can serve it with whole wheat toast.

Choco-Dip Banana Bites
This can be a good and refreshing alternative after you eat all-the-healthy lunch. Banana is packed with fiber and carbs, providing fulfilling effect and health bonus into your healthy eating regime. Dark chocolate is also good – containing healthy fats that can actually boost your metabolism. Cut a banana into three smaller pieces and then dip one side into dark chocolate; let it dry for a while. You can consume these bites as deserts or as snacks.

Almond Butter and Banana Toast
Most people think that toast is only for breakfast. Well, there is no scientific proof about it, anyway, so feel free if you want to have one for your lunch. The combination of whole wheat bread with banana is good for your metabolism since they are rich in fiber and carbs. The almond butter has protein substances that can help curb your hunger – as well as packed with monounsaturated fats that are good for your health. Although a slice contains 280 calories, you can be sure that you will have satisfying and fulfilling lunch and you won’t easily get hungry by dinner. You only need to spread the almond butter on your toast and top it off with banana slices. It is easy to fix and the result is amazingly yummy!

Honey Grapefruit and Banana Combo
You can try this recipe if you want to be fulfilled without increasing the inch of your waist. It is colorful, it is fresh, and it is fulfilling. Grapefruit has been known as one of the best fruits to help you lose weight, most likely because it can affect your body’s insulin – the hormone responsible for the fat storage within the body. Moreover, it is rich in water so it provides nice fulfilling effect without making you fee bloated or making you get hungry easily. Banana, on the other hand, is rich in fibers and has this fresh refreshing taste that will make you feel satiated in the most comfortable way.

You can prepare about ¼ cup of grapefruit and drain it; make sure that you store the juice. In another mixing bowl, slice the bananas (you can use one or two, sliced in small cuts), another ¼ cup of intact grapefruit, and the juice. Toss then around gently for even coating. You can serve the combination right away or chill it first in the refrigerator.

White Bean, Herb Hummus, and Crudites
If you are sick and tired of the bland and plain hummus you can buy at the supermarket, you can make your own fiber rich substance in no time. You only need to prepare white beans, olive oil, lemon, and chives, as well as broccoli or other assorted veggies. Feel free to throw any green veggies into the mix so you can enjoy more fat burning effect as well as getting more fiber into your diet.

Make sure to mix lemon juice, chives, beans, and olive oil within a small mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash everything into smooth texture. This mixture can be served with ½ cup of raw veggies, such as bell peppers, grape tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, or cucumber.

Turkey Burger BBQ
Who says all burgers aren’t healthy? If you want to still enjoy tasty lunch without having to worry about adding another pound, turkey burger s the best option for you. Turkey is one of the best sources for lean protein – and it allows you to cut more beefy products. Lean protein is good when you want to have longer fulfilling effect as well as helping you build muscles in the most natural ways from within.

You only need to:
• Mix paprika, cumin, garlic, and turkey together
• Form several 4 inch patties once the mixture is done, and then season them with pepper and salt
• Heat the grill into medium, cook the patties with 6-7 minutes for each side for thorough result.
• Serve it with whole wheat buns or breads and choose whatever toppings that you like
The fact that this burger is grilled, not fried, is another healthy solution so you won’t add up oil contents into your diet scheme.

Egg Curry Salad Sandwich
Most dieters like eggs so much because they are tasty, they are flexible, they are rich in proteins and fibers, and they are low in calories (they contain only 80 cal an egg). Protein is good to build muscles as well as curb your cravings.

This sandwich is the classic version with a twist, perfect for lunch menu. For healthier alternative, you can replace mayo with Greek yoghurt which is way healthier and lower in fat. The curry, on the other hand, provides enough supply of antioxidants. If you are able to combine them all, it is a guarantee that you will enjoy hearty treats with fulfilling effects that won’t affect your weight at all.

Here are the steps to fix the sandwich:
• Combine yoghurt, eggs, curry powder, bell pepper, salt, and also pepper in a mixing bowl. Make sure to stir everything well.
• Choose rye or whole wheat bread, place spinach on top of it. Top it off with egg sad, and serve it with orange accompaniments for fresher kick.