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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:

Something needed
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.


A beautiful piece of art for the wall

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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.


photo by lalawren via flickr. CC BY 2.0

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Find awesome gift ideas for your special book worm this holiday season

Over the past few years, books have made a comeback as a result of popular and compelling film and television adaptations. While there have been many fans of such cinematic adaptations, many people choose to either preempt or follow up literary films with original texts, and there are purists who strictly prefer the written form. If you’re wondering what to give bookworms this season, Treetopia has several delightful and useful gift ideas.

Waterproof Book Covers

Any book lover would agree that it’s not fun to read damaged books, especially books with pages stuck together from being a casualty of water. Gift any book lover with a waterproof book cover (or a set of them), and they will surely cherish the extra protection it gives their beloved books—and cherish you for your savvy and thoughtful idea.

 


photo by Dzhus via flickr. CC BY 2.0

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If you like Treetopia’s absolutely fabulous and funky Christmas trees, you’re going to love what we have in store for you!

The Treetopia Favorite Tree Sweepstakes, launched in conjunction with Design Milk, gives you the chance to win your favorite Treetopia tree until December 20, 2012! But wait… there’s more! Wonderful prizes are in store for the lucky fans of our amazing trees: the first prize winner takes home his or her favorite Treetopia tree and the second prize winner will receive his or her favorite Treetopia wreath. The third prize winner gets what some may consider to be the best prize of all: a strand of Happy Fun Ball Lights!

Like the Treetopia Facebook page and Enter the Treetopia Favorite Tree Sweepstakes now! You might just be one of the three lucky winners of our awesome products.

Check out the Treetopia Favorite Tree Sweepstakes Official Rules to make sure you’re eligible to take home one of our amazing prizes!

 

If you want to blend in fabulously this season, decorate your home for Christmas with these themes.

Christmas has long since moved away from the red and green color combination that used to adorn our homes. While some people choose to inject their personality into their holiday decorations, there are many who enjoy following holiday decorating trends. If you’re looking for tips and ideas about what is hot this season, keep reading and Treetopia will show you the way.

 

 

Metallic and Pink Christmas Trees

Good news for everyone who loves to grab attention with shiny or startlingly colorful décor, metallic Christmas trees and pink Christmas trees are trending in 2012. You won’t need to put a lot of decorations on your tree when it’s already a stylish centerpiece. Enjoy your time in the spotlight with your shining, shimmering Christmas tree or increase the girly atmosphere in your home this season.

 

 

 

LED Christmas Lights in Cool Colors

One of the most contemporary and refreshing themes this season is using energy-saving LED lights to brighten up both your home and your Christmas tree. It is a triple benefit situation: (1) your home dazzles with the current trend, (2) your home and tree are bright and shiny, and (3) you lessen your energy consumption by using LED lights. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

 

 

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