COOL TIPS FOR JEWELRY CARE IN SUMMER!

Warm, bright summer is here with promises of long vacations, beach getaways, pool parties and more! And we do need to plan what all things to pack and how. It is the same with jewelry…a bit of care and caution is needed when we carry ornaments while going places.

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  • If you are headed for the beach, then sunbathe without your jewelry. Applying sunscreen or other lotions usually coats the gemstones and reduces their reflective and refractive power. Which makes them sparkle less. Also, clean your valuables regularly.

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  • Also remove all your precious bling before entering a hot tub or a swimming pool. Just like salt water of the sea, the chlorine water too, can harm or discolor metals like gold or platinum and polish of gemstones.

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  • If you pack your jewelry all together, they might get jumbled. Bracelets or rings can get tangled with chains, a diamond piece can scratch a pearl and so on. To prevent any kind of damage, use our efficient organizers to keep each piece in a different slot and cushioned against soft lining. Check out more: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewellery-care

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  • Always make sure that the hotel you check into, has a safe deposit vault. Keep your valuables there. Never leave your fine jewelry unattended in the hotel room, car rental or in the lounge, even for a few moments!

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  • If you are shopping for jewelry in a new destination on your trip, do make sure that the seller has good reputation and has been in business for many years. It might also help to check their ratings or reviews.

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  • Get your jewelry professionally cleaned by a reputed jeweler, after coming back from your vacation. This will help maintain their luster and shine.

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  • If you take along an expensive piece of ornament on your holiday, like your wedding ring, family heirloom or a valuable watch, then ensure that it is fully insured. Consult an insurance agent before going on your trip.

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Photo courtesies: Uberlyfe, Robert’s Jewellery, Style Caster, Wisegeek, Gallery Hip, Observer, Blue Marlinins

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30 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER!

Summer vacations are very relaxing for kids but they can easily get bored too! So how about some great ideas to try some fun activities or projects which will keep them happily busy and interested? And we think you can get involved too and enjoy the bright, sunny days to the fullest!

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Camping is a great idea for this season. It can be as simple as a backyard camping or a family slumber party with sleeping bags on the floor.

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Cook out! Try “smores”, barbeque. Experiment with different kinds of foods.

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Arrange a delicious picnic in a beautiful park.

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Take the little ones to the botanical garden or the zoo. Let them get close to nature.

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Visit the beach and have a fun day splashing in the water and collecting shells!

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Motivate kids to organize their rooms with our fun storage solutions! They can also stick colorful labels on the bins to show what contains what…http://tinyurl.com/storage-for-children

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Tiny tots can join a kids’ baking class if they are so inclined. Or you can involve them while you are making cookies, cupcakes or a pizza. Let them do the simple and safe stuff.

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Playing board games or fun card games is a good way to pass time.

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How about adding a bit of spark to your home? Parents and children can get together to decorate any wall with our vibrant and colorful wall stickers! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-wall-decor

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Gardening can be a great hobby and teach kids the power of care and nurturing!

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If there is a fair or carnival going on in your locality, take the children there. Fun rides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream! What can be more fun?

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A road trip to a nearby tourist spot or city can be immense fun. The sights, the drive, the snack on the road…perfect!

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Visit a museum or a historical site. Kids might find it fascinating.

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Encourage them to create a scrapbook with focus on any particular area that interests them. Or maybe write a comic book with original illustrations!

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Get together for some fun adventure sports like hiking, bike riding, rafting, canoeing and more…

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Arrange for a treasure hunt with your kids and their friends. They can dress up like pirates too!

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Your whole family can put up a drama performance together. It will be a great way to inspire imagination and creativity.

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Having a garage sale for all the stuff which your children no longer use, is a lovely idea. They can earn money and have fun negotiating!

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Tiny tots can have a good time building models with clay, play dough, paper or other scrap materials too.

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How about inspiring them to write a journal or diary, where they can jot down their experiences, wishes, ambitions?

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A puzzle race can be very entertaining. All of you can try to different puzzles with same number of pieces and see who finishes first!

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You can simply go for a walk with your kids and ask them to gather any natural objects that they might find lying around. Then they can create an interesting collage from them!

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Summer is the perfect time to have fresh salads, cool smoothies and fruit juices. Get your kids to help you while making them!

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An evening of stargazing can be absolutely magical. See how many constellations you can recognize…

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Teach tiny tots to make colorful and funky jewelry from beads. They will be engrossed.

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Let the little ones experiment with some cool hairdos, like spikes, braids or non permanent colors!

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Reading is a great hobby. Your kids can join a reading club too or maybe listen to an audio-book of their favorite classic.

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Building a Lego castle is super exciting for toddlers. Make it a family project.

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Put your origami skills to good use. Create fun stuff with your kids and use them as home decor!

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You can also organize an outdoor painting party for your kids and their friends. Use giant canvases if possible. They are great fun!

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And there is so much more to do…learn something together like yoga or a musical instrument, go to the movies, play badminton or Frisbee, fly a kite, do the “back to school” shopping! And of course, we would love to hear about more ideas from you…

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28 SUNNY IDEAS FOR BEACH THEMED DECOR!

28 SUNNY IDEAS FOR BEACH THEMED DECOR!

Imagine that your life is like a long vacation by the sea. White sands, sun, cool blue waves, cry of gulls and soul soothing breeze! But life is not like that right? So let’s see how we can bring the beach home…

Paint your room in soothing hues of blue. Broad horizontal stripes are very much in. Or opt for an all white room with natural tone cane or wooden furniture. Avoid any other color for maximum effect.

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Now think of furnishing. Incorporate blue in curtains, drapes, rugs, bedding depending on your choice.

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For those who love being surrounded by marine life, you can choose quilts or cushions with motifs of shells, crab, starfish and more!

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Framed art that celebrates marine life is also a wonderful idea for your walls. Check out our beach themed photo frames too: http://tinyurl.com/beach-photo-frames

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Did you know, how creative you can get with the headboard of your bed? Check out the one with the oars and the cushioned headboard with sailboat pattern in a teenager’s room! Also, don’t miss the sailor boy bedside lamps!

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Artifacts like different kinds of corals or quaint models of sailboats can make you “feel at sea”. Instead of several separate show pieces, you can also go for a single large item that adds to the nautical miles…

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A smart way of creating beach side serenity is adorning an entire wall of the room with enlarged digital prints like below. These can create the illusion of lazing by the sea, very effectively!

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Mirrors can be used intelligently to showcase elements of the sea. See the one which has an arty frame made of dead branches. Or the one with a white frame and white crabs surrounding it…

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For those who love fishing, just a large fish on the wall will look nice. In the second bedroom, note how the decor is slightly rustic in nature. We suggest you stick to using few colors and simple designs in such rooms.

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Love sailing? Why not use ship wheels, life buoys and such to express your love for the cool waters?

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We just loved this room! Notice how the shelf in the corner, is shaped like half a boat!

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Surfboards have other uses, other than riding on waves. Put them on your wall or use it as a coffee table!

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If you like abstract art and want to show your beach-lust subtly, get ideas from this room. Super stylish!

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And this one just blew away our mind! A little boy’s room with a ship inspired reading nest, complete with ladder. Pure fun!

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Photo Courtesy: Babble, My Home Ideas, Country Living, Houzz, HGTV, Nalno Design, Digs Digs, Linking Flowers, Taller de Glori, Xplore Design

THE ART OF FRAMING IT!

We all love to showcase our family photos, happy memories, vintage posters or treasured art collections on our walls. But it’s an art to create an amazing visual impact on observers (especially guests) and lend a character or personality to your walls. Here are a few ideas to inspire your creativity…

A collage of black and white photo frames will always have a timeless charm. They can be of same or different shapes.

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Even a collection of only pristine white photo frames in different shapes, designs or themes will look extremely classy. Take a clue from our awesome collection: http://tinyurl.com/art-of-framing   

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A staircase is a great place to display not just photos but also a bevy of different kinds of frames. Experiment with wooden, metallic, golden or silver finish or any arty frames.

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Did you know that your love for art can liven up your bathrooms too? You don’t have to display only traditional paintings or photos. You can choose to frame a bright vibrant piece of cloth like in the first image below. Or you can choose to frame any random, quirky photo that catches your fancy, like the second image below!

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Empty frames even old ones can be so useful for an interesting piece of wall art! Just affix enlarged photos on them or simply stick decorative papers over them. Another cool idea is to get the glass etched with short words of your choice.

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Combine our eco PVC tree wall sticker with photos to create a unique and charming display. Or arrange 12 different photo frames around a wall clock as shown below.

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If you want to add some color to a collage, get innovative. Create bright borders with chart papers for each frame for that spunk! If you are decorating your child’s room, create framed art for pictures of animals, flowers, fairytale characters, cartoons or your little one’s own artwork.

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If you love some DIY or a personal touch to frames that cherish your fondest memories, this one is for you. Add a hint of paint, ribbons, satin bows, paper flowers or dainty junk ornaments to adorn even plain or old frames. Be surprised by the transformation!

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Use stencil lettering along with photo frames to create an emotionally touching or expressive collage!

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Lastly, a giant photo frame which exhibits all your favorite moments from special occasions, vacations, family picnics or a friends’ night out…can look wonderful and impressive.

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Photo credits: UberLyfe, Blog of Picbackman, Guiding Home, Top Dreamer, Pixshark, Dream Home

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HER!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to think of a special gift for the special woman in your life! Check out some wonderful ideas to bring that spark in her eyes…

Wine is always a classic. Go for a very premium brand, or choose her favorite year or personalize the bottle with say, a digital print wrap that spells “Be Mine” or “Love You”!

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A woman can never say no to intoxicating fragrance. Gift her a great perfume or our Aromatic Tea Light cum Potpourri set (http://tinyurl.com/tealight-potpourri). Look forward to an amazing evening together 🙂

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Do you know what will be an elegant, useful and thoughtful gift? See our awesome jewelry organizers, perfect for arranging all kinds of ornaments and for carrying on travels! (http://tinyurl.com/jewelleryorganizer)

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If you know the kind of jewelry she likes, then go for it without a second thought. Else, depending on the pocket pinch you are ready to bear…choose a simple but chic silver ring or pair of cute diamond earrings or a fashion statement neck-piece.

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Who doesn’t love a luxurious and smart handbag? Immensely utilitarian and style statement too.

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Gifting fashionable clothes is tempting but slightly dicey! If you are certain of the right size, then buying that sassy dress might be a good idea. But if you have even a single grain of doubt, go for a beautiful shawl or stole to win her heart!

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Up for some spicy romance? Gifting aromatic bath oils and exquisite bath salts is a fabulous idea!

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Moments of love should stay in your hearts forever. Gift our floral, gorgeously finished photo frames…cherish togetherness with your dream girl. (http://tinyurl.com/frame-of-love)

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If you have a creative streak, try these ideas. Make a keepsake box with cardboard, felt, ribbons etc. You can also make heart shaped soaps from colored glycerin soaps usually available. Get the word “LOVE” stamped on each of them! A simple idea is also to tie a chic silver belt around a bright red cushion and dangle a tiny frame with your picture inside. Or pack a romantic movie, a light blanket and a packet of popcorn in a dainty basket for a lovely evening.

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Nothing’s sweeter than chocolates…but make it unique. Make small, round paper cutouts for the paper cup base of each chocolate. Write words of endearment and appreciation on each cutout. She will smile every time she has a chocolate!

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Nothing says it better than flowers…specially if you have created the arrangement yourself or a flowering plant in a stunning porcelain pot will be great too.

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And if you can take her on a vacation, then there’s no better gift possible. Share, connect and enjoy!

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Photo Credits: UberLyfe, BHG, Esquire, Fashion Lady, Houzz, Timeout, Paradizo

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT ORGANIZATION

Kids are super cute but they are usually mischievous mess-makers. So the earlier you start teaching them the value of organization, the more it will help them to succeed not only at school but everywhere else too.

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babbleStart with every day habits or routine like packing lunch box or school bag, getting dressed or even brushing teeth before going to bed. This will encourage them to remember and learn to do the essential things regularly.

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Designate a definite place and time of study. It should be a quiet place with least distractions. Encourage him or her to decide which assignments are priority. Sit with them to review the homework, things needed for school the next day or any special project work. You can install a pegboard near the study table to help organize papers, notes, art work, craft supplies etc. neatly.

3Use folders and files to sort and organize notes, assignments, completed work or work to do, separately. Make sure your child tries to do it himself gradually. Color code or label folders for ease if required.

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While choosing a school bag or locker or closet organizer to store all school supplies, make sure it has enough compartments to arrange different things easily. This is where toddlers start figuring out what fits in where and why they should separately stack things like books, notes, stationery, lunchbox etc.

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Teaching kids to clean up after play time or store their dirty laundry neatly is a cool way to teach them organization and also keeps the nursery clutter free. Will help you to breathe easy too! Use our incredibly cute toy organizers, storage sacks and multipurpose laundry bags to control playroom mess. The double flap organizers will help them separately store their toys, games, books, clothes and much more! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-animalstorage 

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Use labels for bins if that makes finding stuff easier. Like for instance “Everyday toys”, “Favorite Toys”, “Old Toys”. Keep the bins for old toys or clothes higher up on the shelf and the more frequently used ones on the lower shelves so that kids are able to reach them easily. Teach them to donate toys he no longer plays with…he will learn to care for others 🙂

happyorganized life Use our colorful drawer dividers to arrange your children’s inner wear, delicate items or accessories. Motivate them to do the arranging themselves. You can also paint an old dresser with chalkboard paint and label each drawer for different items! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-closetdivider 

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Get a funky, vibrant calendar for your little one’s room. Let them inculcate the habit of jotting down reminders like- things to do, household chores to help with or maybe something they need for school, exam dates, assignment submission dates and so on. Or encourage them to create check lists.

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When you go shopping, involve your kids while planning what things to get, which route to take. Even when you are planning a vacation, let them decide what clothes, games or essential items they want to take along.

ghk-kids-organizing-children-in-grocery-store-lgnAll these little ways can instill a sense of responsibility in your little munchkins and prepare them to evolve into sensible adults 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Babble, Good Housekeeping, Elle-Design, A bowl full of Lemons, Freshome, Cgvector, Clutterbug, Happy Organized Life

FOR THE TRAVELER IN YOU…

Have you been to exotic places or maybe you long to go there? We believe if the desire to see the world is strong enough, the fact that you are physically not there, can’t stop you! Check out what we have to make you feel “at home” with the famous attractions of the world…

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Whether it is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty…these wall decals will make you forget all the geographical boundaries that separate you from your dream locale 🙂 See more here: http://tinyurl.com/ks84p2r; http://tinyurl.com/kcs5tmu; http://tinyurl.com/k4bx7v9; http://tinyurl.com/lb7zhrd