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So you will see sites you think are fabulous and some sites that look like they have seen better days and we’ll be brutally honest about all of them. Some sites will get a meh! grade of average, of course, but we’ll try to keep the fringes of greatness or the depths of web depravity. Along the way you may notice some review of other venues, products, people, ideas and whatever else we deem “scopable” so don’t be surprised if we review the newest car or a comedy act or even what pet is best to have.
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Have you ever attended a tradeshow? Well I have. I have been to tradeshows about fashion, dogs, outdoor gear, technology, and more. There is probably a tradeshow for just about anything. While the products the companies are presenting are quite amazing, the thing that always fascinates me the most at these tradeshows is the presentation. Companies come from all over the world with huge store-like setups to tell you about who they are. It’s incredible, and it’s all thanks to companies like Exhibit Deal. From my experience with ExhibitDeal.com, I have been impressed with so many things, including the following.
The Products They Offer Trade show Exhibitors
First, if you are a company exhibiting at a tradeshow, you have high hopes of succeeding when you work with ExhibitDeal.com. They offer you the best tools on the market to attract tradeshow attendees and present your new products. With their resources, it is easy to stand out and make a difference at the show. In fact, I would imagine, most companies have lines of people hanging out at their booths wondering what the fuss is about. Read more ›
Five Uses for Chinese Herbal Treatments
Modern Western medicine is not always a satisfactory solution to health conditions, so sometimes people look to ancient Chinese knowledge of herbs to attempt a solution to a pain or an illness. Although not everybody realizes it, herbs and roots can be viable ways to treat particular conditions. Solstice Medicine sells some of these treatments online, providing a true medical alternative, and their website is organized well and easy to follow. It also goes into detail about each product. There are a number of ways a quality source of these herbs like Solstice Medicine can help you.
Anti Aging Remedies
Ching Chun Bao is an herbal supplement designed to support anti-aging efforts. The Solstice website shows an image of the container, gives the price in an easy-to-read format, and below goes on to explain the ingredients, which include oriental ginseng, asparagus root, rehmannia root, and lycium berries. The third tab about the each product offers directions for use. In this case, it simply says how many tablets to take and have often you should take them. Links to other recommended products are at the bottom of the page, while to the left there are symptom links.
Arthritis is one of the first conditions under the Health Conditions tab on the Solstice Medicine website. Once you click on it, a patch of text with an image of a root comes up. It discusses the side effects of modern medicines, and suggests herbal remedies as an alternative for pain stiffness and swelling around the joints. It also shows sample medicines below that the reader can click on such as the electric medicated balm external analgesic.
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When business sends you across the nation for weeks at a time, staying at a hotel may lose its appeal after the first week or two. Many people prefer their own living space, something that resembles home. That’s where furnished short term rentals come into play. When you stay in an apartment or townhouse for a month or two, it is easier to get comfortable and secure in those surroundings. A continental breakfast will not be your best options and no housekeeper will knock on your door on Saturday morning after a long week, although cleaning services can be arranged.
In Virginia and the Washington D.C. area, multiple agencies offer upscale furnished apartments with excellent amenities. If their website is any indication, Dabney Properties may offer the best options for the traveler, whether for short term business travel or for newly relocated people taking their time to find the perfect long term real estate solution.
Dabney’s Website and Services
Dabney Properties’ website is very attractive and easy to follow. The home page has a slideshow of luxurious accommodations in different cities and a brief explanation of what their services entail. The website has five other sections:
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It’s one thing to recognize that you and your spouse are having marital problems. Every couple goes through them on occasion. In most cases, the problems are minor and can be resolved easily. Communication, compromise, and a willingness to forgive are essential.
It’s another thing entirely to notice that you and your spouse are headed for divorce. The chasm that separates you can no longer be bridged. The problems that are pushing you apart are no longer easy to resolve through mere communication and compromise.
There are a number of telltale signs that indicate a marriage is doomed. The key is to be able to identify them. Once you have accepted that there’s little hope of saving your marriage, you can confidently take steps toward getting a divorce. The process won’t be pleasant. But with the right legal representation, it can go smoothly, giving you time to heal and move on with your life. With that in mind, read on for the 6 signs that suggest divorce is around the corner.
#1 – You Spend Most Of Your Time Apart
It’s natural for married couples to spend a considerable amount of time apart, especially if both spouses have careers. In addition, they need time to do their own things, whether that involves pursuing a hobby, reading, or spending time with friends.
But if you rarely see your spouse, that’s a sign that you’ve drifted apart. You’ve become detached from one another. Once that happens, it is very difficult to reconnect.
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Does Your Business Say Happy Anniversary
As the calendar pages turn to 2014, another business year begins. Your company has been in business for another business. Don’t neglect the opportunity to say “Happy Anniversary” to celebrate your company’s 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th or other anniversary year of being in business. You can easily let you customers, vendors and everyone know this is a big year for you and your company. There are many reasons to celebrate this anniversary year:
Customers appreciate stability. Many companies can’t even survive their first few years in business, let alone last for 5 or 10 years. To do so is a great accomplishment, especially in today’s economy. Sharing this happy news with your customers is a sign that your company is stable, secure and one they can continue to do business with for a long time. With some businesses, the customer places the order and then receives the merchandise months later, like a wedding dress or home construction. Knowing that company has stability may not only give your current customers confidence, but will also attract other customers.
It is newsworthy. A company that is celebrating an anniversary year – whether it is 5, 10 or 25, is something that the local news will want to know about. You have been a long-term member of the business community and local citizens have depended on you. Just as customers appreciate stability, the news will want to report on stability in a local business economy. They may even ask you what your “secret” to business success is, hoping to inspire other small business owners or new business owners hoping to be as successful as you are.
Using Custom Business Anniversary Seals lets everyone know right away that it is your anniversary year. There are many ways to use them during your anniversary year:
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Did you recently list your home for sale? If so, then you are probably anxious to find a buyer. Many people attract potential buyers with an open house. This allows people to walk through their home without added pressure. It also makes the home feel more like a model versus one that is currently being lived in – a plus for perspective buyers. However, in order to prepare for this open house, homeowners need to properly stage their home. The following 4 tips will ensure that your house is staged correctly so that is enticing to all who enter and make it easier to sell your house.
1 – Clean Up
First, it is important that all areas of your home are clean. Since everyone has a different understanding of cleanliness, the following suggestions are recommended to make the environment visually pleasing and clean inside:
- Remove any trash and clutter
- Dust all the furnishings
- Deep clean areas that are not cleaned as often (i.e. blinds, baseboards, doors, ceiling fans, windows)
- Clean the front porch
- Sweep the garage
- Remove any buildup on the stove
- Organize the closets
- Get rid of old food in the fridge
- Organize the cupboards
- Clean the backyard
Obviously, this list probably sounds lengthy and unnecessary. However, these little efforts make a big difference when it comes to the overall presentation of your house. For example, if a perspective buyer is inspecting the blinds, the last thing you want is for them to get dust on their fingers. Also, if they see unorganized closets, they might think your house does not function very well. If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of doing everything on this list, hire someone to help you. The little money you spend will be worth it to secure a buyer for your home.
2 – Make Your Home Inviting
Once you have removed the clutter from your environment and made it clean, you can work on the visual appearance. A well staged home should look inviting to all who enter. You want them to feel at home in your space and be able to picture themselves living there. Here are some suggestions to help you do this:
- Make sure there are comfortable seating options available.
- Light candles that will enhance the smell of your home.
- Add a bouquet of fresh flowers on the table to brighten the interior of your space and welcome the guests.
- Play soft music to create a nice environment for the guests.
- Make the beds.
- Add decorative pillows to make your home look more visually exciting.
If you need some inspiration for staging your home with inviting details, you might consider walking through a few model homes. Obviously it is much easier to stage one of these homes because no one lives in the area. However, the same inviting details are what make the model so appealing. In fact, if a perspective buyer walked through the same area empty, they might have a hard time envisioning themselves living in the home. Therefore, do what you can to make the area a place that anyone would feel comfortable in.
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Your guide to openings, exhibitions, and art you just can’t miss! The star city is teaming with outlets of the artistic persuasion, some good, some bad, and some well… strange, but most worth a gander. Here’s what we’ve found starting on the First Thursday (today) and highlighting events and exhibitions throughout the month! Get out and experience some art! You just might get cultured! Gasp! Your January 2010 Art Attack…
Fiona Ross: Walking the Parallels to Terminus
Ross explores a variety of media to create unusual sculptures and intricate drawings. This exhibition will present her new site-specific wall mural and works on paper that explore the experience of walking a labyrinth. Ross will apply watercolor pens and sumi ink, an East Asian medium, directly to the walls to create unicursal (single line) labyrinths that will only exist for the duration of the show and will then be painted over. The mural becomes a mythical labyrinth, leading the viewer through a series of subtly rendered and fantastical creatures, obstacles, and difficult visual decisions via an uninterrupted thread of a line. This marks the first major site-specific wall mural project for the museum.
“We are thrilled to organize and present new work by internationally recognized artist Fiona Ross,” says director Amy G. Moorefield. “Her exhibition marks several ‘firsts’ for the museum and enhances our mission as a presenter of new and original work by leading artists working today.” Read more ›
TWO of Roanoke’s favorites bands My Radio and Sinking Creek are playing together on Saturday, December 12th with The Noises 10 and The Everyday Visuals. You DON’T want to miss this show packed with talent!
In early 2004, Jason Scavone launched his self-titled solo project. Roughly two years and two albums later, Scavone’s simple solo endeavor has evolved into the raucous, emotional rock outfit “The Noises 10.” Fronted by Scavone’s skilled songwriting and soulful crooning, The Noises 10 is the culmination of several long-term friendships grounded in music. Scavone’s guitar and keyboards have been backed by drummer Jonathan Erickson for over ten years. The two teamed up with former classmate and bassist, John Licare, before recruiting guitarist Dan Hood to complete the initial lineup.
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