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Make a significant change in your life with resolutions that work and are less difficult to maintain

Every year, we list down and vow to make changes in our lives with resolutions that last somewhere between two weeks and one full quarter of the year. We’ve all been there and we all know how difficult it can sometimes get as more and more temptations and reasons to break our resolutions come along. Fortunately, Treetopia has listed a few, often-aimed-for life-changing resolutions and ways you can stay on track.

 

Be Fitter

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People automatically equate being fit to extreme dieting and rigorous exercising. Remember that our bodies respond differently to stimuli so what works for that ultra-thin celebrity does not necessarily mean that it will work you. If your goal is to be fit, you have to understand your body’s needs first and create a strategy tailor-made according to it. Come up with a reasonable fitness goal. The contestants of The Biggest Loser may have lost a lot of weight in the first few weeks, but keep in mind that they were also living in seclusion with nothing to do but diet and exercise with the help of experts. Create fitness plans to work around your other priorities and you will see your efforts pay off when your fabulous new self emerges at the end of this fitness roller coaster ride.

 

Learn Something

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More often than not, one of our awesome but idealistic goals is to learn something new, whether it is a new language (Oui!) or a new skill (want to be the next Master Chef?), or to pursue your dream that’s been put on hold (today the shower, tomorrow Broadway!). Here’s a secret to reaching your goal: if you want it bad enough, just go for it. It’s never too late and you’re never too old to learn something new, especially something that would add to your already wonderful and charming personality. No one ever gets it right the first time, but with patience and enough passion, you will achieve your goals.

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If you’re thinking of revamping the style of your home, Treetopia gives you a preview of some top home décor trends for 2013

If you’re one of the many who belong to the hip, stylish, sophisticated crowd, then you’re probably looking for a way to revamp your home according to the new fashion trends. Since Treetopia appreciates what rocks the world of fashion and design, we have gathered some of the top home décor trends that will certainly make your nest the fabulous home it was meant to be.

 

Crafty Transparent Charms

One of the current trends is to use transparent décor, playing with its appearance to suit your home. It can be as easy as finding the perfect transparent or glass décor or channeling your creative energies to tailor an ornament or object and transform it into a perfectly fitting decoration for your home.

Smart Urban Living

Since more and more people are flocking to the city, living spaces have become smaller. This year, having décor with multiple functions takes center stage. A multi-function shelf that can serve as a room divider, bookshelf, and display cabinet is the perfect way to follow the trend and to maximize the space in your home.


photo by urbaneapts via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

 

A Feast of Colors

If you want to give your already high spirits an added boost, paint or decorate your home with bold and vivid colors. Bright colors uplift your mood, especially on those long work nights, and keep you upbeat and cheerful when you come home to your private quarters after a night of fabulous partying. You can also match bright colors with geometric patterns or a design that suits your liking. The important part is to make sure that the patterns and colors complement each other.


photo by Mirage floors via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Back to Nature

Nature has been inspiring a lot of people so it’s not a surprise that it has become an interior design trend as well. Style your home with either nature-inspired décor or furniture fashioned from elements of nature. This will certainly improve the relaxing ambiance in your home.


photo by eamoncurry123 via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Whether you are into industrial-designed items or nature-inspired accents, you can tailor your décor to complement the trends of 2013. The key is to make sure that you will also appreciate and enjoy your décor while keeping up with the latest trends.

Treetopia shows you how to create something fabulous out of old Christmas cards

When Thanksgiving ends, the influx of Christmas cards starts to pour in within weeks. Each one is unique in the sense that it contains imprints of those fantastic people whom we hold dear and who took the time to scribble messages to warm our hearts during the chilly Christmas season.  Instead of stuffing all those gorgeous Christmas cards in a box, never knowing when they will be touched by the sun’s rays again, channel your creative energy into preserving those little cards filled with love and sentiments. Treetopia has thought of ways on how you can give your old Christmas cards new life.

Wall of Fame

While we all say that every unique Christmas card is a treasure, it’s impossible not to have a favorite among your collection. Choose an empty area in your home, perhaps a small wall space or at the back of one of your doors, and display all your favorite Christmas cards in that area. You can even purchase a large cork or laminated board where the cards will be tacked or taped if you don’t want to stick the cards directly on your wall. Name this space the Christmas Cards Wall of Fame.


photo by Aine D via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

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If you’re looking for fantastic places to visit, follow the trail of some of film’s most epic journeys

One of the things that makes adventure films great is getting introduced to fantastic places you would otherwise not have known about. Films have taken us from the deep recesses of Earth to the outermost areas of space using green screens and other advanced technological techniques employed by filmmakers. However, there are films that used real places as a backdrop to some of the most epic film journeys ever made. Consider visiting these unbelievably amazing places on your next vacation:

Middle Earth

January 3 of each year celebrates the birth of one of the most prominent literary figures of high fantasy, John Ronald Ruel Tolkien, more commonly known as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and The Silmarillon, among other books concerning the epic story of Middle Earth. Follow in the footsteps of the fellowship of the ring when you visit various places in New Zealand. Explore Kaitoke Regional Park, the enchanting land of Rivendell where Arwen Evenstar dwells, or pass solemnly by Mount Owen, recognized by Gimli son of Glóin as Dimrill Dale, where the fellowship rested after their escape from Moria where Gandalf the Grey fell in battle against the Balrog.

 


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Channel your fabulous self more quickly after the holidays

 

The long holiday certainly bought extra time for merry-making and anything-but-work activities but now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to head back out to the real world. If you’re like most people, you’re probably experiencing difficulty getting things back on track. Here’s some good news: Treetopia has come up with a list of things to do to jump-start your brain and get your gears turning smoothly again.

Exercise

It’s the “E” word that most people include as part of their New Year’s resolutions, but it’s not always the one that goes beyond the two-week mark. Having the discipline to follow through an appropriate exercise routine can help turn your gears because it eases stress and gives you enough energy to power through your day. It also releases endorphins to enhance your mood.

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When the festivities are over, it’s time to return your home to its gleaming state. Treetopia shows you how

Since 2013 has officially begun and the pressure is on to bring back your home to its fabulous, gleaming state, make sure that the season of festivities did not leave a permanent mark in your home. Treetopia has gathered some quick fixes for unwanted stains that usually come with amazing parties.

 

Sauces, Condiments, and Grease

We all want our food to have the most delectable flavors; however, sometimes the flavors roll off our plates to embrace our linen table cloths and carpets. Instead of allowing the stain to settle and spending a lot of time in an attempt to revive the initial glorious appearance of your fabrics and linens, do a quick first-aid rescue using ordinary household items. Use a paper towel to scoop up the excess sauce, condiment, or food grease, then dab the stained area with a dishwashing liquid solution. Rinse with cold water.

 

 

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Take a look at fabulous and wonderfully weird traditions for ringing in the New Year

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, people are getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2013. While New Year’s Eve is a night of fabulous parties and food-filled activities for some, it is also a night linked to tradition for others. Take a look at some traditions of how people from different parts of the world ring in the New Year.

Carnival and Color

In some areas in South Africa, the arrival of the New Year is celebrated with a burst of color and a carnival atmosphere. People take to the streets wearing colorful costumes as they dance to the beat of the drums.

 

First-Footing

Many areas in Europe still practice the first-footing tradition wherein the first person to enter the house after midnight is a young male to give luck to the household. The young male carries coal, bread, and money into the house to ensure that the household would have enough of these for the entire year.

 

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A look at some fabulous celebrity Christmas homes this holiday season

Now that we have reached the climax of 2012’s holiday season and we have showcased the beauty of our fabulously decorated homes, it’s time to put our feet up and take a breather before we start removing all the holiday décor. As you relax, we invite you to enjoy or draw inspiration from celebrity home designs for the holidays.

Simple Joys

Grammy-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood favors the simple but gorgeous Southern style décor in her Nashville home. Her family’s whole abode is decorated with fresh greenery for an intimate, nature-inspired Christmas celebration. Fresh wreaths with flowers such as magnolias and roses not only make her home more beautiful, but also fill her home with a natural, sweet, floral fragrance.

Someone else’s Floral Wreath

Handy Décor

TV Host Kathie Lee Gifford decorated her home with handmade ornaments with the help of interior designer Eddie Ross. By sewing up old shirts and tree skirts, Eddie showed Kathie Lee how to give new life to old Christmas décor.


Handmade Angel décor

 

Charming Vintage

Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher, better known as Jewel, prefers simple, rustic, vintage pieces when decorating her home. Her Christmas tree displays an assortment of décor from glass ornaments to vintage postcards, much like her entire home which is decorated with eclectic pieces that blend together in a beautiful but understated elegance with the help of interior designer Erin Valencich.


Vintage postcard photo by inlaterdays via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Maximum Elegance

While the celebrities above favored simple décor, there are celebrities who went the distance to create a magical and elegant display for the holidays. Actor couple Brooke Burke and David Charvet showcased a cool white and silver-themed decoration while Sherri Sheppard’s home bathed in the warm, elegant glow of a gold and champagne-themed display. The white and silver Christmas and gold and champagne holiday motifs came from the inspired minds of designers Sandra Espinet and Michael Russo, respectively.


Silver and gold ornaments

 

Whether inspired by celebrity designs or not, learning new ideas will help you make your personal space more fun and sassy. You can be sure that Treetopia will always be there to be fabulous with you.

 

If you’re still not sure what to give moms this Christmas, Treetopia is here to share some ideas

Moms are the best! They have boundless amounts of energy to work all day and still prepare dinner and kiss the kids good night. This Christmas, show them you appreciate everything they do for you. Here are some holiday gift ideas that will be appreciated by moms in every stage of motherhood:

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One way to make sure that your gift will be fully appreciated is to find out what mom needs around the house, whether it’s an actual household item or a task that needs doing: a new non-stick pan, a set of bed covers, a nice painting to fill the bare wall, a new pair of shoes for walking in the park—or even repairs around the house. Just make sure that you call in the experts for repairs if you’re not one. Do what you can to make her life easier for the rest of the year.


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If you’re tired of the usual Christmas décor, read on for weird Christmas decoration ideas you can work into your home

Christmas is just around the corner, so the chance of coming across a home that isn’t decorated is slim. While some homes display classic and elegant décor, there are some people who would prefer to personalize their décor by displaying weird Christmas decorations. If you’re looking for ways to embrace some weird and wonderful ideas for your home this Christmas, Treetopia has some ideas for you.

Cartoon-inspired Décor

Go with decorations inspired by cartoon characters in Christmas gear to fill your home with lighthearted fun. It would certainly be a weird but wonderful sight for an adult’s home to be filled with youthful amusement.


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