April 18, 2013

Whether you’re a beginner vegan or on a diet, or you just want to try out new food, we’ve got some tofu dishes that will tickle your palate


photo by qnsagetyrtle via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

 

More and more people are becoming health-conscious nowadays, and we have witnessed the rise of various processed meat alternatives, the most popular of which is tofu. If you have just begun dieting and you want to make a switch, want to try out a new dish without stressing out on the preparations, or simply want to make a dish that you can make in a flash, try out these simple tofu recipes:

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April 16, 2013

Find the perfect workout to get your body in the best shape this summer

Now that spring has set its roots and the entire continent can sense the change in the weather patterns as summer prepares to take its turn, you and your friends are probably already planning a beach trip or two. If you want to get healthy and slim this summer without relying too much on gym equipment or eating up too much of your precious time, try out any of these great workouts:

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April 11, 2013

Make your living space comfortable for everyone, including your pets. Treetopia shows you how

Your living space should be home to everyone living in it, including your most beloved pets. Since it’s both National Decorating Month and Pet Month this April, Treetopia has gathered a few tips and tricks on how to redecorate your space and make the most out of it while still keeping your pets in mind. Here are a few of the awesome ideas:

Cover with Easy-to-Clean Fabric

Pets, especially dogs, are quite active and playful and can make quite a mess that would leave stains all over your furniture. Instead of going crazy with laundry or trying out various chemicals for stain removal, choose materials that are easy to clean for your own convenience. Using leather or tight-weave fabrics, such as denim or microfiber, to cover your furniture is a good choice. If you want to level up the protection of your furniture, you can also use Crypton fabric. This textile was conceptualized with pets in mind and was specially designed to be stain-, water-, and bacteria-resistant.
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Slip and Slide

Speaking of mess, floors have witnessed and experienced perhaps the greatest number of accidents. If you want to catch a break, use flooring that you can tidy up with just one or two wipes. Marble, tile, or hardwood floors are great choices for pet owners. However, if you really believe that having a carpet is a must, then opt for a cut pile carpet since loop pile ones are hard to clean when your playful furry friends aren’t in their best behavior.
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Incorporate the Space

It’s no secret that your pets want to hang out with you most of the time. Bring them closer to your workspace by giving them their own area near you. Do you tend to spend hours in the kitchen? Let one of your unused cabinets be their nap area. Do you sit in front of the computer most of the time? Tie a sling under your chair which your cat can use as a hammock. Do you spend your entire day in the garage or garden? Give your pets their own play-and-rest area where they can stay and amuse themselves as you keep working. That way, you get to spend time with your pets while also accomplishing your daily tasks.

Improvise!

Would you like to spoil your pet but have other expenses to use your money for? Then it’s time to improvise! If you’re thinking of buying a nice bed for your dog, search your cabinets first. You may be able to find a broken suitcase that is the perfect size for your pet. You only need half of the suitcase and a comfortable blanket or pillow inside it to make it a comfortable sort-of-new dog or cat bed!

Having pets around are supposed to be calming and not a source of stress. By having an efficiently designed place where your pet’s space complements yours, you won’t only have a stylish home, you’ll also have a best friend to share the space with.

April 9, 2013

If you can’t find the perfect spring wreath to decorate with, here are some gorgeous ideas to try out

The changing of seasons brings forth new styles and fashion both in clothing trends and in home décor. However, we’re not always lucky enough to find one style that fits our preferences perfectly. If you can’t seem to find a spring wreath that will complement the design of your home, why not try making your own? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Fantastic Blooms

If there is one thing that makes spring more alive, it’s the presence of blooming flowers everywhere. Wouldn’t it be just divine if you can display all the beautiful blooming flowers as a wreath in your home? To do this, prepare scissors, hot glue, a few bouquets of your favorite flowers, and a wreath base that is preferably made of twigs. First, separate the stems and remove the leaves. Next, begin inserting the stems between the twigs and secure them in place using hot glue. Do this until the entire base is covered with flowers. Finish your wreath by inserting some of the leaves as added accents. You can also check out the Copy Cat Looks blog for detailed instructions on how to create a gorgeous spring wreath made of tulips.
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Recycled Wreath

Have you ever looked around your home and think you have too much used paper just about everywhere? Here’s great news for you: you can recycle all those paper and turn it into a wonderful wreath! If you are gifted in the art of paper folding, also known as Origami, put your skills to good use by folding up a variety of paper flowers to be placed on your wreaths. Wrap your wreath base with colored ribbon and use hot glue to secure the paper flowers in place. If you don’t know how to turn colored paper into something other than a crumpled ball, take a look at these instructions from Jen of tatertots & jello as she shows everyone how to make use of those sheets of paper by turning it into lovely Spring Paper Wreaths.
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Ribbons Galore

During Christmas, we sometimes receive gifts with lovely wrappings and fancy ribbons, which are just too cute to throw away. Make use of these ribbons in your next wreath project. All you need are a circular base, scissors, hot glue, and your collection of ribbons. First, wrap the circular base with the thickest ribbon you have until the entire thing is covered. Next, use your imagination to strategize how you want your ribbon wreath to turn out. Apply hot glue on the area where you want your ribbons and carefully place them on that spot. Make sure everything is securely in place before hanging the finished wreath.
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Fun and Fabulous

If you want to make a wilder or fluffier wreath, using feathers is definitely a good option! There are two ways to go about this. If you want something more challenging, you can use a bag of feathers, and manually and strategically glue them onto the circular base. Next, use hot glue to securely place some small eggs around your wreath. You can check out the detailed instructions on how to make this Easter Egg & Feather Wreath on Heather Bea’s Fake it Frugal blog. For those who want an easier time, you can use a feather boa instead of a bag of feathers. Just wrap the entire wreath base with the boa. After that, simply add bits and pieces and secure them in place using hot glue. Manuela’s A Cultivated Nest blog breaks down the steps on how to efficiently design your spring wreath using a feather boa.
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THE Easiest Way

Don’t have time to make your own wreath but still want something that’s out of the box? Check out Treetopia’s wreaths because our wreaths are just so awesome that we’re sure there’s something that would complement your personality.

Share your creative spring crafts with us!

April 4, 2013

As part of National Beer Day on April 7, here are awesome ways to make use of beer other than drinking

alcohol-2101_640 According to history, beer is the oldest drink enjoyed by civilization and may even be as old as civilization itself. Beer’s history can be traced in history and literature, and the oldest proven record of beer is between 4,000 to 6,000 years ago in the poem to honor Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of brewing. However, as humans evolved, so did beer and its uses. Here are some awesome ways to use beer today:

Bake It With Cake and Eat It Too!

Nowadays, there are recipes for almost everything that can be ingested by the human body. One of the fantastic creations of the beer-loving culture is the beer bread. Making beer bread isn’t as difficult as you’d imagine. You will need the following to get started with this classic beer bread recipe shared by Bridget from Bake at 350:
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April 2, 2013

Get ready to upscale your home without breaking the bank

Springtime has always been a time of cleaning up whatever is already in your home to make it more presentable. Instead of just cleaning up this spring, wouldn’t it be more fantastic if you can redesign and upscale your home’s design?

In truth, you don’t have to spend so much to upscale your home and give it the style you want it to reflect. All you need is to get your imagination running to figure out the best way to create visual layers to make your décor more eye-catching.

Obvious Visuals

Just as we said in our Awesome Ideas for Color Therapy Month post a few weeks ago, colors have an effect on people. Use this knowledge to your advantage by using various shades to create visual layers. Find printed fabrics and create a pattern-on-pattern theme. Create a dramatic flair with hues and play with dark colors on a light-colored background. Channel your creativity to keep your home from looking like a big, flat monochromatic surface.

Details and Accessories

Upscaling isn’t limited to upsized items. One of the most important things to consider is how to work out the little details. Add some embroidery or a nice trim on your throw pillows, change old knobs and switches, or scout for accessories in shops. While it sounds a bit ironic, making sure that the minor details blend perfectly well with the overall design is a major part of upscaling. You don’t even have to spend much because many thrift stores carry awesome items that may possibly be perfect for your home at very cheap prices. Heather Noonan-Sheeks listed down several reasons why she loves thrift shopping in her Chic Sheeks Design & Décor blog.
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Refurbishing

Upscaling doesn’t necessarily refer to bought or new items. One way to achieve a perfectly upscaled look in your home is to refurbish old furniture to blend with your new style. Your old desk or bedside table can be repainted white, black, or any color that will aid in giving visual layers to your rooms. It doesn’t even have to be a complete change because you may opt to just varnish your old furniture to give it a glorious shine and make it look new. Give your pre-loved items more love through a makeover instead of throwing them out.

By upscaling your home using your creativity and available resources instead of maxing out your credit card(s), you show not only how smart, chic, and stylish you are, but also that you are one financially savvy person that your friends can look up to.

April 1, 2013

Treetopia unveils its newest line of all holiday trees and ornaments

There’s no rest for the awesome designers of Treetopia. After countless hours of brainstorming more fabulous products for all you lovely people, Treetopia is pleased to unveil our line up of new products for 2013:

Be Your Own Topper Tree Tree Topper Extraordinaire
Our divalicious product designers first worked on the best way to top off a Christmas tree – aside from stars and angels. We wanted a Christmas tree topper so unique that everyone could say “This tree and décor is so me!”

Now Treetopia offers you the chance to be your own tree-topper!  All you have to do is go to the Be Your Own Tree Topper product page, place an order and send us a scanned photo of yourself. Treetopia will create an accurate replica of your image in 3-D that you can place on top of your tree! So instead of putting a skirt on your tree, you can wear your Christmas tree like a skirt as you grace the highest point of your Christmas tree.

You won’t just be any star, you will be THE star.

Ultra Light Christmas Tree
Are you tired of setting up big heavy trees every Christmas? Well Treetopia has come up with a tree that’s perfect for you! Imagine a tree so light it could be made of air. Now imagine how easy it will be for you to set it up in your home. If you like this train of thought, head straight over to the Balloon Tree product page. Our Balloon Tree is made of the most durable type of latex to ensure that it will retain its perfect form throughout the holidays and lift everyone’s spirits!

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“But wait…I thought my tree already was 3D!”

Well, you’re in for a surprise because our three dimensional tree is the flattest on Earth! If your home cannot accommodate flatback or narrow trees, then our 3D Christmas Tree is the ideal solution. Printed on special holographic paper, you can hang our 3D tree in any part of your home: walls, ceiling, doors, windows and even above your fireplace! All you need is a special pair of 3D glasses to make the Treetopia 3D tree come to life!


The Ultimate Sparkle

Do you want a tree that sparkles so bright, you’ll have to wear sunglasses indoors? Get a load of our awesome El Dorado Gemstone Tree. Our gemstone tree glitters wondrously with its lush foliage of platinum thread bedazzled by rubies and diamonds to make this tree absolutely glamorous. Be prepared to guard a treasure trove in your home when you avail of this amazing gemstone tree.

The Invisible Tree
While everyone is talking about invisibility cloaks and other cloaking devices, Treetopia has paired up with a high tech organization that specializes in stealth technology to produce this state-of-the-art invisible Christmas tree. Treetopia’s one-of-a-kind Invisible Tree is embedded with stealth technology so advanced, nobody will see it coming. As a celebratory gesture, Treetopia has included a set of 10 eye-catching ornaments embedded with the same technology to complete your home’s mind-blowing holiday décor.

Select the perfect Treetopia tree for your home from our line of new products. Visit the Treetopia new products pages now!

Official product launch is on April 1, 2013.

March 28, 2013

Get a kick out of these tips and tricks for hosting an April Fool’s Day Party

Now is the chance to call out your inner child and host an all-out April Fool’s Day party for you and your prankster friends. Check out some of the things you could do to prepare for the ultimate fun and funny party this year!


Photo by Sean MacEntee via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

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March 26, 2013

Make your spring cleaning mission a breeze with these easy steps

Spring cleaning should neither take up so much of your time nor create a huge expense. Here are some quick tips on how to make the “burden” of spring cleaning light for you and your pockets:

 

Plan

Create a plan on how you will go about cleaning your home. The best way to do this, whether you live in a building or you own a nice house, is to follow a cross pattern: top to bottom and inside to outside. This way, the areas you’ve already cleaned will not get dirty again. Just imagine how much more time and effort you’ll save if you start cleaning further in, slowly but surely pushing the dust and dirt outside to be collected all at the same time.

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March 21, 2013

If you want to devote some “me time” this spring, check out some of these awesome spots

Whether you’re trying to prolong commencing spring cleaning or you just want to experience this season in another location, you can check out some of these places that Treetopia thinks will give you a fantastic time.

Seattle

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Whether you tend to be sleepless or not, Seattle is a definite go-to destination during springtime. You can visit the Space Needle and enjoy the view from above, or head to the Seattle Aquarium and explore things from below. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of this magnificent place, visit the various museums in the area such as the Olympic Sculpture Park or the Seattle Art Museum. You can also simply explore the city beginning with Pioneer Square or Pike Place Market

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