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The Only Way to do Great Work is to Love what you do – and where you are!

Steve Jobs famous quote – ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do’ – is certainly true – but also, what about loving where you are? People spend a lot of time in the office, why not pay a bit more attention to the place you are in for most of the day, and with a few changes here and there, make it a place that nobody will want to leave at night! The Google offices in Zurich are a great example of that – there are sports rooms, a bubble bath where employees can relax, they can get a massage, a movie room and a jungle room – you could never get bored at work there! But you don’t have to go to that extreme to make an office a more enjoyable environment. One of the simplest things you can do is to ensure that your environment is a comfortbale tempartea nd a quick call to a Cheltenham Boiler Installation company such as http://www.hprservicesltd.com/cheltenham-boilers/boiler-installation-cheltenham/ will see you set up with a newer system in no time.

How about trying out feng shui? It’s been working for the Chinese for thousands of years – you can go for it in a big way – think soft flowing lines for good chi! Or you could have a move around and see what works – get everyone involved – feng shui is about balancing the elements – fire, water, metal, wood and earth – so if you have a lot of wooden desks and metal filing cabinets, introduce a plant to represent the earth, or how about some new lighting for the fire? Be creative and have a think about it.

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Think about colour in the office. What sort of mood are you trying to create? Have a look at this colour guide for some ideas on the effects of colours in the office environment. Different colours can create different moods and you may not want to go with a whole wall of a bold colour, but maybe try coloured blinds, waste paper bins, files for example to pick out a colour you would like to introduce.

Think about bringing people together – get everyone to have input if possible – it will bring everyone together and gets new ideas flowing. Everyone will be part of a team and all be able to enjoy the office that they work in if they are able to put their own personal ideas in. Maybe you will soon have a movie room in your office like Google do!

Patterned flooring ideas for your house or outbuilding

Are you looking to redecorate a room, do up your outbuilding or simply update it by laying a new floor? Whether you are looking at wood, tiles or carpet, there are some exciting and colourful patterns available to ensure you get the wow factor.  The bonus with wood is any left over flooring you have can be made into all kinds of furniture, bird houses or little units for your shed.  You could also get some garage shelving from sites like garage shelving to finish it off and your garage will look like an annex.

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Classic parquet design

Parquet does not have to be in a block or herringbone pattern; instead, if you are feeling bold and want to give your room a modern look, you can go for a more intricate design that will complement a minimalist, Scandinavian look. You can stick to more traditional timber stains such as cherry, walnut and oak or go for giant coloured parquet, which looks really funky.

Stripy carpet

Stripes are still big in the design stakes and can create an amazing look on a staircase or in a living or dining room. Putting stripes up a stairway adds height, while they will add length or width on a floor.

Geometric tiles

While the thought of carpet tiles might conjure up those thin, scratchy ones you had at school, think again – things have moved on since then. Carpet tiles may not be an obvious choice but you can now find them in funky geometric patterns that create a striking effect in any room. Make sure the pattern is not too dizzying on the eye. You might want to consider an online flooring company to get some ideas, samples or advice.

Patterned floor tiles

These come in a variety of materials, including vinyl and traditional stone. They can be cleverly used to add lots of interest with a decorative pattern that can be accented in your curtains or blinds. Many homeowners are copying their Victorian ancestors and adding bold floral or geometric designs, which look very effective. According to the BBC, the best flooring for areas with heavy foot traffic is encaustic tiles.

Zigzags or checks

Probably more suited to a bathroom, classic black and white checks still look amazing; however, if you are feeling brave, why not go for a zigzag to add interest?

Mosaic vinyl

Make like the Romans and have a beautiful mosaic. You could pretty much have any design you want, from something opulent for a hallway or entrance to a simple block pattern in a bathroom or cloakroom.

The benefits of marrying in a Country House

There are so many places to choose from when you are planning a wedding. You’ll find your brain whirling with images of manor houses, luxury hotels, rustic barns, castles and other outstanding choices as well! Finding the perfect spot is a tough task. You should consider whether it is right for you, as well as the budget, the availability and accessibility to your guests. However, in the UK, the most sought after and romantic places tend to be a country house. Away from the noise and rush of the city or town, surrounded by lush green landscape and fresh air. Here are a few of the many benefits of choosing a country house for your big day: Continue reading

Maximising space in a child’s bedroom

Children tend to be given the smallest room in the house for a bedroom and yet, quite often, have the most stuff! Children usually have a pile of kit and they need space to perform a number of tasks, as well, from playing or doing homework, to a location for sleepovers! Moreover, as the children’s room is the only place in the house that kids can call their own, it is important that their personality is reflected in the decor. Here are some space-saving ideas to help you keep on top of things: Continue reading

Keep Your Workout Safer

Everyone knows that exercise and physical activity is beneficial to health and longevity. It can prevent serious illness like diabetes and make other conditions more bearable. Exercise is elevating to the mood and psyche as well. Even mild activity is incredibly beneficial. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe during physical activity.

In Case of Injury

No matter how careful you are, you may not know about every pothole or rock in the path. Runners, bikers, and joggers may all experience the occasional discomfort of being thrown by a stray pebble. Likewise those who enjoys staying active by working out at the gym, lifting weights and participate in other active lifestyles may benefit from the type of deep tissue massage Brandon FL chiropractors offer.

Proper Shoes

Waering the appropriate shoes for the activity can help with balance and movement, prevent some awkwardness and provide support for ankles and insteps. Basketball shoes for instance, have a wider, rounded toe and higher tops to allow the toes spreading during a jump and to support the ankles. Running shoes have a padded collar to prevent chaffing and turned up toes to aid in propelling the runner forward. Choose the proper shoes for the activity and you will be less susceptible to injury.

Kineseotaping

The art of supporting muscle and ligaments under stress and correct joint tracking during exercise using kinesio tape is huge. The kind of strain it can prevent is well worth the effort and time it takes to apply it properly. It can be stretched tightly for full support or moderately as needed.

Layering your clothing so that you can better regulate your body temperature while exercising is important, letting your muscles get cold can cause stiffness, and overheating can encourage dehydration. For this reason it is equally important to drink plenty of fluids as well. Barring any accidental injury, exercise can be your best friend.

NHS Tackles Claims Over New ‘Medical Wrinkle Cure’

Medical science has made some astonishing advances in the treatment and prevention of a host of diseases, but so far it has been unable to hold back the signs of ageing. That seemed set to change according to a recent spate of articles in the press about the possible discovery of a cure for wrinkles. Maintaining a youthful complexion is something of a Holy Grail in the western world and the media jumped on the story, proclaiming that wrinkles might soon be a thing of the past.

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Too Good to be True?

The Telegraph offers just one example of the excited headlines proclaiming that scientists have discovered a way of reversing the skin’s ageing process. The truth is actually a little different.

The research was conducted by a group of research scientists from universities across the US and Europe headed up by Professor George Cotsarelis. Their aim was to study the way in which mice are able to heal wounds to their skin so effectively that no scars remain. The hope was that a potential solution could be found for reducing scar tissue in humans. Professor Cotsarelis commented that the findings could potentially lead to anti-ageing treatments in the future, but this is the aspect of his research which grabbed the attention of the media.

The Reality of the Study

According to the results of the study, the hair follicles of mice are quick to regenerate following injury, which in turn triggers the production of bone morphogenetic protein. This in turn stimulates the production of adipocytes, which contain skin-plumping fat.

We already know that it the loss of these adipocytes in human skin as we age that create wrinkles. Unfortunately damaged human skin does not produce hair follicles, which is something that science is currently unable to tackle.

Even if further research can uncover a wrinkle ‘cure’, the process would take several years to come into effect. There are of course treatments available to help give you a more youthful complex that do not require you to undergo full surgery. These include those treatments offered by a Thread Lift Cardiff clinic such as cathedralfacialaesthetics.co.uk/non-surgical-facelift/thread-lift/main

Of course, it’s possible that the research study will lead to a greater understanding of human skin, but the idea that we might be able to say goodbye to wrinkles in the near future is still a pipe dream at the present time.

An introduction to lip threading

Lip threading is an alternative to lip fillers, and it can be a perfect solution for many women looking to achieve a firmer look. This is a cosmetic procedure that involves inserting small threads underneath the surface of the skin to lift and tighten specific areas. Once carried out, the results can last up to two years. Many people believe the threads are cotton, but they are actually made from a biocompatible synthetic substance. Continue reading

Talking to your teen son about sex

When it comes to talking to your teen son about sex, it’s best to keep things short and to the point. In the past it seemed enough for fathers to ask their sons if they knew about girls and if the answer was yes, it was considered case closed. We now understand that safe and healthy sexual relations are a lifelong conversation and there should be no need for that ‘big’ talk anymore. Continue reading