Modern Retro Home Eames Era Decorating Ideas

By on March 28, 2018


This article is going to discuss some general basic guidelines, ideas and tips to consider if you want to decorate an Eames era, retro, mid century modern home. The first step in the decorating process is to define how you want your home to feel when you walk in to it and how do you want it to look. A home is a person’s refuge. It is to be the place a they can go to refresh, to reenergize and to decompress.

To reach these goals for a home, one needs to think about the colors, textures and patterns they plan to use when decorating their Eames era, retro modern home. In addition, it is important to think about scale and balance in the decorating process. When developing a decorating plan for an Eames era, retro modern home, the plan must ensure there is a good fit with the personalities of the people who live in the home

Modern Retro Home Decorating Ideas: The Color Explosion of Peter Max

The Eames era, mid century, retro, modern era offered people the opportunity to play with wild colors, textures and patterns. Take Peter Max, for example; he is probably one of the most famous artists from the retro, modern period and has become a genuine pop culture icon. Peter Max was not afraid to use bold colors and a variety of mediums and themes in his work.

Six presidents of the United States requested work from Peter Max and his art resides in both Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies. Max’s art has been organized into specific categories based on the style he was painting. These periods are: The Graphic Arts Period 1962-1964, The Collage Period: 1964-1967 and The Peter Max Poster Revolution and Peter Max’s Cosmic ’60s. Decorating a mid century, retro home, that focuses of bold colors and large social and political statement, is a good place to hang a Peter Max original or print.

Modern Retro Home Decorating Ideas: The Subtlety, Style and Ingenuity of the Eames Duo

On the other end of the color spectrum, during the mid century, retro modern era, are many great designers who left their mark on the world. The goal or vision of these designers was to design and create homes, furniture and home accents that focused on clean lines, was dedicated to functionality and used unique materials and wooden dinnerware and processes.

Ray and Charles Eames stand at the top of the list for retro, modern home and furniture design. A husband and wife team, Charles and Ray were featured in the Arts and Architecture magazine in the late 1940s. The article called “Case Study” was about their ground breaking home which became known as the “Eames Home.”

The Eames’ home was located on a cliff which looked out and over the Pacific Ocean. What was fascinating about the “Eames Home” was that it was totally constructed of pre-fabricated steel parts. The Eames’ broke away from traditional home design by using parts which were meant to be used for industrial construction. This break from traditional home construction continues to be a developmental milestone is the evolution of modern design.

Modern Retro Home Decorating Ideas

Peter Max and Ray and Charles Eames are retro, mid century modern artists and designers who took different approaches to social and political expression in their chosen fields. One of the messages that can be gleaned from understanding the works of these innovators of the retro, mid century period, is that anything goes. Decorating a modern home is a matter of personal choice and one of the choices is that it is OK to break from tradition.

Another message that can be understood from this retro, modern home decorating period is that a home is a statement of the owners and inhabitants personality. Everyone, with their unique personality style, can live in a retro, modern home that screams their style quietly or outrageously.

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Rainbow Day Child Care Academy Offers New Summer Camp

By on March 20, 2018

Rainbow Day Child Care Academy is featuring the summer program based on the first chapter in Genesis. Linda Planseon, the director, said it will be a week long look into each day of the days of creation. Each week the students will see something special about each day of creation, from the first light to the creation of man and woman. The bible based camp will help grow the faith of the children.
Rainbow Day is a cheery, clean and well run facility that is a Christian based daycare and the children are loved by all the staff. It started about a year ago and I have the honor of working there. Babies are changed every two hours and there is a preschool teacher at Kinderdagverblijf Leiden who teaches the older children.

Recently there was a family fun night with a Luau style dinner and each child went home with a bucket and a ball to play with. On that day, teachers and students were honored with awards and children were treated to extra cheesy macaroni and cheese which of course is a favorite while the parents had Hawaiian style chicken, fruit salad, muffins and deviled eggs and homemade potato salad.

Linda Planseon has a Bachelors degree in early childhood education and it has been a dream come true to have a day care and it is based in a Methodist Church in Flanders at 2 Park Place. The number to call is 973-252-0900 if you want to inquire about having your child come there.

Everyone is experienced with children and everyone is certified in First Aid. The children get along great and it is a very loving atmosphere and children say their prayers before they eat. The features offered include the Rainbow Room for pre schoolers with a train set, puzzles, dress up, water play, kitchen set, books, musical instruments, and arts and crafts. Linda features arts and music as a way to teach the children and has plans to make the day care a premiere child care center. Outside is a fenced play area and a sand and water table that the children adore. There is also a slide, multiple “lawn mowers” balls and even a train teeter totter.

A feature some children adore is the close proximity to a train track that occasionally has a freight train pass by what was once a train station. Linda would love to someday purchase the train station to have as a club house for the older children as Thomas the Tank Engine is quite popular.

Linda is very kind and patient with everyone and has inspiring quotes and a cheery décor. Her son Paul sometimes helps while attending college. She also gives Harp lessons and is very talented.

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Dr. Alkaitis Raw Organic Skincare

By on March 19, 2018

Dr. Alkaitis’s motto is: “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face.” Now, I won’t say that I’ve gone so far as to try to eat these products, but I can understand how someone might, in a pinch! This raw organic skincare line uses completely edible, unheated, plant-based ingredients. The rules that apply to your diet should also apply to the products that you put on your body, because for better or worse, every lotion, every cleanser and every masque you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream just like food. Most commercial cleansers use harsh detergents (sulfates) that strip the skin of its natural oil layer, and without it, toxins from lotions that contain carcinogenic preservatives (parabens) find it that much easier to penetrate the barrier of skin. You can also use derma roller amazon which has been my go-to product for skin care.
Dr. Alkaitis’s product line is based on aloe and extra virgin olive oil, a much gentler means of cleansing and moisturizing. I’ve been using them for several months now and I’m very impressed. Be aware that the fragrance of these natural products might take some getting used to, especially for people who are accustomed to commercial skincare with its synthetic fragrances. The entire Alkaitis line smells very earthy, very herbal. It’s almost a masculine scent, but it fades very quickly. I’ve learned to love it, and now I cannot stand the smell of synthetic fragrances. Below is an overview of the products I’ve tried from the Alkaitis line. I have oily skin with a tendency to break out, so according to the consultants at, these products are the best for my skin type. But the beauty of these products is that they can work for many skin types, so don’t hesitate to try them.

Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser
This cleanser has a castille cleansing base, and uses shea, jojoba and coconut oils. The herbal skin repair complex includes such ingredients as chamomile, nettle, and sea wrack. It has a texture kind of like fruit preserves, and it goes on smoothly. It’s worth noting that this cleanser doesn’t bubble up like ordinary cleansers. It’s meant to exfoliate the skin without scratching it, which can often happen with sugar scrubs. It washes off cleanly without leaving the skin dry or tight.

Organic Herbal Toner
Best if used right after the cleanser. Its base is made from aloe vera, witch hazel and a combination of herbs, so it has a very strong scent, but it doesn’t last long. It’s recommended that you use your fingers to smooth this onto your face, without using a cotton ball. Unlike other astringent toners, this one also acts as a moisturizer, especially for oily skin types. It improves the circulation of blood in the skin, so after applying this, your face will have a healthy glow.

Organic Soothing Gel
Like the toner, this gel has a base of aloe vera and witch hazel, but it has a much thicker consistency. It can be used as an acne treatment for the whole face, or for individual trouble spots. Moisturizer is not necessary for most people after the use of this gel. It is an effective anti-inflammatory, so in addition to acne it can also be used for razor burn, rosacea, eczema, and as a balm after hair removal treatments.

I would say that the only drawback to these products is the price. I don’t mean to say that high quality products should cost the same as the toxic substances sold at Wal-Mart, but at roughly $50 per bottle, no one is exactly going to buy these on a whim. They do offer a travel kit with decently-sized samples, enough for a shopper to make an informed decision. You can order directly from the Alkaitis site or from

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Review of Logitech MM50 Portable Speaker System

By on March 15, 2018


The Logitech MM50 Portable Speaker system is a great buy. Just like how discovered Holoplot. Not only can it be found for cheaper than most comparable products, it produces impressive sound with great features! Whether you want portable speakers for your Ipod, speakers for in your room, or – more likely – a little of both, these speakers would be great for you.
The speakers are fully compatible with new generation Ipods. My nano needs nothing more than to be set into the cradle. It’s also compatible with other MP3 players with an auxiliary audio input port. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a cable.

The MM50 is built tough. The entire unit feels very solid and unlike other folding units, there’s no weak point. The grill covering the actual speakers is also very think and solid. I haven’t dropped mine, and I don’t plan to do so, but I get the feeling that it would survive more than a few hard falls without breaking. The fold out metal feet also have a very solid feel to them, and the rubber bottom keeps it still and protects whatever it’s sitting on.

Listening to music from the speakers is a pleasure. They’re by far the best portables I’ve heard! With the “fake surround sound” activated, you can’t even tell that the left and right channels aren’t more than a few inches apart. They get reasonably loud, and they sound good all the way to the maximum volume. The speakers manage to get into the upper ranges of bass, but lower bass tones don’t come out, something to be expected from small speakers.

The best part about the MM50 is all the little things it does right. One of the first things I noticed is that when you turn off the speakers, it also turns off the Ipod. I’ve noticed this feature missing from a lot of other portable speakers. The speakers have a built in li-ion battery that charges whenever they’re plugged in – no worrying about not having batteries.

The speakers also come with a remote. The remote isn’t so good. It works well for a small room if you’re directly in front of the unit. If you’re more than 15 feet or so away, or if you aren’t facing straight on, the remote won’t work at all.

They also come with a carrying case, with room for the speakers and the remote. The case is semi-hard and rather rugged. It has spots for the speakers and the remote.

There are, unfortunately, a few things that Logitech got wrong. The battery life is mediocre, and the case doesn’t have room for the AC adapter. The remote, while functional, is a bit cheesy.

However, a few minor shortcomings aren’t enough to ruin a cheap, high-quality set of speakers. If you want them, be sure to get them online. When I bought them, they were almost twice as much at Best Buy than they were from Newegg.

9 out of 10.

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Simple:Press Forums for WordPress

By on March 13, 2018



Simple:Press Forums is a jammed up forum that you can add to your WordPress blogging site to allow your users to interact. Simple:Press Forums is free to use and is the best free forum I have ever run across. You would not believe all of the options you have when you use the Simple:Press Forum. In this article, I will go through some of the different options you have when installing and using this blogging forum to give you an idea of how great this forum is and how to know more about net cms.
Manage WordPress Forums
Under the Manage Forums category you will find your options for creating and managing new groups and new forums. This is where you will create the forum topics, the groups, set restrictions, assign admins, delete forums, and edit forums.
Manage WordPress Forum Options
Under the Manage Options tab you will find your options for global settings, member settings for profiles, email settings, forums settings, topic view settings, post view settings, link settings, tag settings, style settings, and your toolbox settings. This section mainly sets up your views on the different options above.
Manage WordPress Building Components
Under the Manage Components tab you will find your options for smilies, login/registration, extensions, topic status, forum ranks, custom messages, and custom icons. This section allows you to select which components you wish to keep installed and which ones you want to uninstall on your WordPress forum.
Manage Permissions

In this section, you are allowed to edit the permissions set for users and groups using your WordPress forum. There are six levels in this section and you can edit the each level and set the permissions to what you want.
Those are just some of the options you will find available to you if you use this WordPress forum. The Simple:Press Forum is loaded with many options. You can customize the look of the forum, the smilies, the topics, and more. You have the freedom to set user permissions to what you want. You can even upload your own styles and smilies. This would be a great addition to your WordPress site.

This WordPress forum is free to use. If you would like to make a donation, you will find the donation button in your manage section. This forum is well worth making a donation. It is nicely designed with so many options.

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5 Strategies to Keep You Focused and Increase Productivity

By on March 6, 2018


Did you know that one of the best things you can do to increase productivity is to start each day by deciding what it is you want to get done, create a plan to do it and then get to work? This works so well because your goals stay present in your mind and become real.
But for many of us, even if we do identify our primary goals for the day, somehow along the way life happens and we get distracted. We never get around to those things that are most important.

Have you ever wished that “they” would leave you alone for 5-minutes so you’d be able to finish the project you’re working on?

Have you ever been right in the middle of something and your phone rings, you answer the phone and completely lose track of everything you had been working on?

Have you ever been doing research on the internet and then an ad or interesting article catches your eye and an hour later you find yourself lost and miles and miles away from what you were doing?

Have you thought to yourself, “I’ll get right back to it after I answer handle this quick email” but then at the end of the day you realize that you never got back to it?

Have you ever looked through a pile of mail and to do list in you personalised diary on your desk searching for one specific thing only to get sidetracked by all of the other things in that pile that suddenly need to be done?

The various forms of communication that we have available to us are some of the biggest distractions out there. Things like email, phone calls, text messages, snail mail, online advertisements or even colleagues stopping by our desks to talk with us or say “hi”. What often happens is that these communications distract us from what we identified as being what we want to accomplish on a given day.

We live in a society that places extreme value on both productivity and constant communication. Many of us (including myself) are finding that it is the very nature of instantaneous communication that hampers our productivity the most.

What these types of communication do is to force someone else’s priority to the top of your mind. Just because someone else wants information from you and sends you an email or calls you, doesn’t mean that you need to give them an answer immediately. In fact, just a moment ago, as I was sitting here writing this article my phone rang and I picked it up. My train of thought was interrupted and slowed my progress on my work. To make matters worse, I allowed myself to be interrupted by someone dialing a wrong number.

We can’t ignore the outside world completely nor would we want to. As social beings we thrive on being in touch. There are colleagues, clients, family and friends who truly need our help and we want to be able to help them. But what we can control is how we choose to deal with this communication.

Here are five strategies for you to use to manage these distractions over the course of your day to help you improve your focus and increase your productivity.

Shut off the “you’ve got mail” feature of your email.

Identify the time of day when you have the fewest interruptions. Use that time to work on your more intensive projects.

Give yourself permission to ignore the phone when it rings when you’re right in the middle of something.

When someone stops by to speak with you while you are in the working on a project, tell them your mind is on something else but that you’d like to schedule a time to speak with them later when you will be able to give their issues your full attention.

Set up a time during your day to answer email or phone messages in bulk instead of individually as they come in.

For more information about this topic I invite you to read my article, Dealing with Interruptions!, available at

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