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Keep these 5 Points in Mind before Giving Gift !

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You are in a gift shop. Are you confused what to gift to your friend?  Then suddenly clicks your mind “Oh he is crazy after basketball. I will purchase a sport shoes” Then, again you are confused. “Whether I gift a field sports or a court sport shoes”  Really speaking you yourself made it more confusing. And when it comes to gift to your partner, the situation become even worse. “Will she like those sandals” “What if he did not like the color of the shirt” “Should I purchase a necklace or go for earings” List of question goes on and on in your mind. Eventually you stuck yourself in those chaotic situation and end up choosing inappropriate gift. Really can't understand why people make themselves into such baffling situation. Simple thing to understand. Don't think too much while deciding any gift. If you know the person to whom you want to gift, then why to think so much. You know the person and you still confused? Okay. Not to worry at all. Just go through five simple tips that will be helpful in choosing the right gift to right person.

1. Make sure about the person to whom your are gifting

Want to gift to your girlfriend? It is really a nerve-wracking Are you planning to gift a home décor? Dont't go for that. It is like giving a shawl to a person living in hot region. Check this for casper bag in pink or spot bags. What she will do with those things? Always consider the personality, lifestyle, age , gender of the recipient. Is the person male or female? Young or old? What are his/ her hobbies? Just try to figure out such question. Cut down your search like this and search the perfect gift for the desired person.

2. What to gift, if you don't know the person well?


What to Gift ??

 

Imagine a situation where you have to plan for a gift to your mother-in-law.  Unmarried? Okay. Think of your friends mother. What if, you don't really know her well? Not to worry. Just ask your partner (if married)or your friend obviously you will get to know all about her. I have gone through same situation where I was bit confused what to gift at the anniversary party of my friend's parents. I Know my friend well but not his Mom and Dad. I just call him and he suggested me about his parent's interest. Finally, I came out of such confusion. Asking any friend or close ones who know the person well is the best way to come out of confusion.

3. Hobbies and Interest really helps in opting for a perfect gift

Suppose you know the person well to whom you want to gift. What's next?  Don't think much. Just pick a hobby or area of interest of the person. Let's say your mother loves to cook. Why not you gift her innovative recipes of her favorite cuisines. If your hubby is passionate about photography, then gift him DSLR camera. Hobbies of a person makes easy for you to choose preferable gift. What about the girlfriends? This is really very tough situation for boys to choose a gift for their girlfriends I guess.  Here, you guys have to make a little efforts. Mostly girls are crazy after diamond rings. If you feels that its too expensive, then you have other option as well. Have you ever noticed her while shopping? I guess Yes. You might have even seen what stuffs makes her more happy. So, why not choose such gifts that you know that she will really like. Check huffington post for better gift ideas.

4. Want to make your gift memorable one? Go creative

Don't you think it is so boring to give those mass-produced gifts from those old stores? Think something special if planning a present for some special one. Go for handmade items. If the person loves to do gardening, then you can get many creative ideas. Purchase a small argil pot and paint it with a person name written on it. Imagine how interesting it will look? Similarly, you first look at the interest of person and think something that stands out.

5. Personalized gift will build a stronger relation with the person

 

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Want to make the other person happy by giving a present that is in your budget? Why not you go for personalizing the gift. How it would be if you gift the book named “Story of Our Journey” to your hubby. You yourself describe the special moments spent till now with him. This will really touch your partner. Such gifts makes the other person emotional.

Giving gifts makes the relationship stronger. Why not make it much stronger by choosing suitable gift for a suitable person. Take your time and gift such a present that brings smile on the face of the other person. 

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Review of Hello Vino

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THE APP RAP

 

By Alex Pawlakos

Edited by Cynthia Brian

 

App: Hello Vino by Hello Vino, Inc.

For:iPhones and Android phones

Price:Free

 

By Alex Pawlakos

 

For the over 21 crowd, having to choose the perfect wine for a particular meal or a special occasion can be a daunting task.  This is especially true if you are a wine novice who aspires to be a wine connoisseur. It is no surprise that there is a great app available that makes it easy to buy wine like an oenophile. Hello Vino is the perfect wine app to sort out all sorts of questions one might have when buying wine.  You start your search from a list which includes a wine pairing for your meal, a wine suggestion for an occasion, a wine according to taste/flavor, a wine from a country or region, wine by type or variety or, popular wine picks. After you choose one of the categories, Hello Vino walks you through a step-by-step process where you answer one question followed by another.  For example, if you select ‘a wine pairing for your meal’, you will be asked to choose the type of food, followed by a series of questions to single out precisely the food you are eating.  At that point, a list of recommended wines will be presented to you, including links for articles and reviews from online writers, wine ratings and reviews from the popular wine review organizations as well as a link to the winery itself.  If you already have a bottle of wine, or are examining one in the store, Hello Vino lets you scan the label to instantly access food- pairing information, critical reviews and other useful information.  This is a great app for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more about choosing the right wine, and a delicious wine, for any occasion. You’ll be considered an authority on vino in no time!

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself™ Teen Radio and an economics major at UC

 

 

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

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The Folding Chair On The Wall

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Nowadays, most of the home furniture is folding style, for the can save a lot of room space. In our daily life, we can find the folding chair at anywhere. L bet many families have one.Though we already have wealth lives and big houses, you know that space is never big enough for everyone. We still have to save the space.for the big families without enough space to put the chair, it still possesses some space to put them. It is annoying that too many chairs piling up in a corner. Have you ever seen the folding chair that hang on the wall? Today, l would like to introduce you a design which can save the space and decorate your home.That is, put the folding chair on the wall. It takes fully advantage of the vacant wall.

 

This brilliant idea is from Portland. They designed one set of folding chair which can hang on the wall for a book store in Taipei. You can imagine that the space in the library in very tight, chairs and desks are positing most of the space.  Howto save the space and put more books? The answer is on the wall folding chair. It can save a lot of space.The work theory is very simple and it can handle by anyone.It stretches to a line from the quadrangle during the process of lifting the foot wall so that it saves the erecting space. Seeing from the long distance, it seems two wood boards on the wall. In fact, there are two chairs. The three gaps are the bending part of the chair. Through special link design, it can fold to that shape. Besides, the design not only can use in library, but also can be used in home decorating. It adds a rhythm with fluctuating sense for your home.  When family gathering, it needs lots of chairs for guests. However, it is a annoyance for too much furniture. You see, they are only used when family come lots of people. It is a space wasting. So the folding chair on the wall could solve this problem. At the same time, it could be regarded as wall decoration.

 

It not only satisfied the basic function of chairs, but also gives an elegance appearance for the wall. It seems like the music note, perfectly decorated the wall. Creative home decorating ideas gives us a much better life. If you are interested in it, you can read more at www.melodyhome.com.

 

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Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for July

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“All good things are wild and free.” Henry David Thoreau

 

Summer is here in its full glory with the 4th of July promise of parades, pancake breakfasts, barbecues, fireworks, and family fun. Our dry hills glisten golden while water conservation is the talk of the town.  The warm winter allowed fruit trees to burst into bloom only to have the blossoms knocked to the ground by a late rain.  Ripening fruit is sparse, if nonexistent, except for certain varieties. My experiment of early vegetable planting in April resulted in plants that didn’t survive the acute climate changes. Despite this dismal failure, I’m glad I attempted the unexpected. Next spring I’ll wait until the optimum moment to transplant seedlings. On the positive side, plants that froze have recovered and are thriving. Other than straightforward yard maintenance, July is relatively labor-free since we’ve already done all the really hard work in preparation for the season. Sit on the patio, pour yourself a cold one, and enjoy living in the land of the free.

 

  • RETHINK summer beverages by making your own flavored waters with fruits and herbs from your garden. Add mint, cucumbers, tangerines, basil, and berries to your favorite cocktail for a splash of sunshine. 
  • REMOVE your lawn and replace it with an EBMUD sustainable landscape option and you’ll qualify for a rebate of $.50 per square foot of grass removed. Call 866-403-2683 to schedule an appointment.
  • CONSERVE moisture by adding 2-3 inches of mulch to your landscape if you haven’t already. Visit www.EBMUD.com for discount coupons on purchasing mulch.
  • WATER early in the morning or evening to eliminate evaporation and water deeply yet infrequently. It’s hot and deep watering encourages a deeper root system.
  • SOAK tree roots with a deep soaker. While lawns will come back if they are not watered, your trees will die without H20. Buy a deep soaker rod and use it.
  • LINGER on a bench at the beach, in your garden, or at the park to enjoy the scenery.
  • GROW your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs and be water-wise. Home gardeners use ¼ to 1/8 less water than commercial growers for the same produce.
  • ADD straw to beds as an excellent covering that provides a habitat for beneficial microbes while keeping the soil moist
  • THIN apricots, peaches, pears, apples, and lemons on your trees to allow for a tastier, larger fruit harvest when ripe.
  • PROPAGATE herbs such as lovage and lemon grass and edible flowers like nasturtiums and calendula for a perennial party of exotic flavors.
  • INCREASE the amount of sunscreen you use while in the garden. Make sure to re-apply often, wear a hat, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • EAT fresh organic eggs aseggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. Testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture contain

1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin, 7 times more beta carotene.

  • CLEAR debris, leaves, limbs, dead grass, wood, reeds, and all flammable materials from around the perimeter of your home. Fire danger is high all summer.
  • PREPARE to pay more for fresh produce at your local grocer and farmer’s market if you haven’t grown your own.
  • SPRINKLE Growstone’s Gnat Nix®, a non-toxic, chemical-free fungus gnat control top dressing made from recycled landfill glass on the surface of your containers and beds to reduce gnats on plants, indoors and out. www.growstone.com.
  • VOLUNTEER in a city or community garden even if you are not a gardener. Research indicates that even a little digging in the dirt boosts serotonin levels and decreases depression.
  • LEARN from your mistakes. Don’t get frazzled when something you planted doesn’t grow in a particular spot. Plants wither and die. Plant something else.
  • CUT back alliums after they are dry to encourage new growth and naturalization.
  • CHECK yourself for ticks every time you come in from the outdoors. Ticks will jump on your body during hiking, gardening, or just strolling. (I’ve had four hitchhike so far this season!)
  • WALK around your garden daily to observe what is new, what needs attention, and to admire your artistry.
  • DECORATE for Independence Day by filling containers with the colors of our flag. Red and white cyclamen, blue lobelia, white perennial alyssum paired with variegated society garlic makes a festive moveable display.
  • NAP in the shade. You deserve a break today.

 

Wishing you a fabulous 4th of July with family and friends. Be safe, be wild, be free!

Happy gardening and happy growing!

 

Cynthia Brian

 

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5 Basic Information You Should Know About Floor Repair

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Most important part of your home is the floor, as not only décor of the room depends upon the floor but also the ambience too. Harwood flooring is most common among all the floorings and it looks beautiful and luxurious too. Generally, if some simple steps are taken then these floors can be maintained for long period. However, after taking good amount of care, still certain issues come up which leads to different problems and hence repairing the floor becomes necessary. If you know the reason behind the damage of the floor, then it would be easy for you to do the floor repair.

 

 

Things which cause you to repair a floor are;

 

 

1. Cracks in the wood

 

Often it may happen that after using the floors for ages, some small cracks develop on the wooden surface. To hide the blemishes and make the floor look normal, you can repair the floor with few angled nails and apply some woody putty on the cracks. However, if the cracks are not that small then you should think of hiring some expert who would refinish the floor again to make it normal. However, if he suggests you may have to replace your floor completely. This is the last stage, when even the professionals cannot repair the existing floor.

 

2. Plank Gaps

 

This is one of the most common problems with hardwood floor. With time wood changes its area, like when its moist it expands and again with age it dries and shrinks. All these occur due to seasonal changes. This problem will rise again and again with every alternate season. However, if you find that the gaps are expanding too much, then it is better to consult with a professional service provider who can easily repair the floor and help you maintain it for ages to come.

 

3. Buckling wood

 

This problem arises when the panel warp. You need to consult with a professional floor repair service for knowing the cause behind the buckling problem. Generally this occurs as the wood increases with increase in moisture and decreases with decrease in moisture. Hence, discussing with a professional would allow you to know the cause behind buckling and would help you to repair the same. 

 

4. Warped Flooring

 

This is also known as sagging. This generally occurs when water sips inside your floor. The moment you notice any such problem associated with sagging you should immediately contact any expert. Otherwise it may be too late to save your floor. Immediate action may not only take care of the floor but also the moisture problem at your home.

 

5. Washboard floors

 

This problem arises when the plank’s edges rise up or fall down at the centre. This occurs naturally for excess moisture at your home. Ways to cure this problem are to balance the humidity of your home and also re-sand your floor by any professional.

 

Apart from those mentioned above, floor repair may be needed for loose planks, stains from every day wear and tear, scratches etc. Once you re-sand your floor, you can have the great look again. If you still want to know more then click here and get some more useful information.

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Office cleaning tips

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A clean office creates a great impression on the person who is visiting it for official purposes. Not just prospective customers, it is a great working atmosphere for employees as well to work in an atmosphere which is clean and hygiene. Hence, to have a good working environment, it is a must to maintain an office a sparkly atmosphere. It is believed that sink-faucet handles, microwave door handles, refrigerator door handles, and vending machine buttons and many other places are some of the dirtiest places in an office.

 

 

This infographic aims at helping office owners understand the importance of maintaining office cleanliness.

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Freshness Pursuit in a Home

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A house that smells fresh is considered to be a clean house. The fresh atmosphere in a home has a strong impact on a person, and hence it is necessary that your house smells fresh at all times. However, before you know how to keep the smell away, it is imperative to know where the smell is coming from in the house. There are various kinds of smell that are present in a house such as musty, old age, pets and food among others to name.

 

 

This infographic aims helping individuals understand the importance of keeping a house clean and removing unwanted odor.

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Store your Vehicle Safely

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Storing car has become a common thing when one is relocating to another place or there is less use of that car. However, no matter what your car storage reason might be, you must store your car smartly so that you could ensure its longer life.

 

Clean all the parts of the car from exteriors to interiors and make sure you have checked the oils and filters meticulously. Also, release the parking brakes, remove the battery, unplug the spark plugs, and ensure that your car is properly locked prior to storing it.

 

When you want the safety, cleanliness and security of your car, which you are likely to store, using the above smart tips is advisable.

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Best cities in the US for the job seekers

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There is no denying the fact that the recession has done substantial damage to the US job market. However, as the economic growth is gathering pace, the things are slowly improving. Many of the leading companies are hiring fresh graduates. If you’re a fresh college grad, there is a good chance you’ll find your dream job this year.

 

 

When it comes to finding the right job, it is important to seize the right opportunity. Moving to a city that offers better job opportunities is one of the most important steps that will make it easier for you to find a job that matches your qualifications. The presence of leading companies, state of infrastructure and availability of rental properties are some of the key factors that should be taken into consideration while moving to a city in search of a job.

 

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Independence Day, July Garden Guide, Youth Self-Reliance, Prevent Home Burglaries

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Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  Our goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

 

It’s been 239 years since the United States became an independent nation. On July 4th, we celebrate our freedom and democracy. In T42, Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany highlight the benefits Americans enjoy while flying the red, white, and blue.

Let the fireworks explode!

 

Gardens are in full bloom everywhere in July. What are some of the tasks you need to accomplish in the summer garden? Goddess garden strolls through the backyard to shovel the dirt.

 

Fostering self-reliance in children is a balancing act. As a parent you want kids to learn the rules without being a helicopter yet you want them to hone their decision making skills. Tips on how to give kids responsibility from life coach Cynthia Brian.

 

A home burglary occurs in the U.S. every 13 seconds and only one in four burglars are ever caught. Cynthia Brian shares ways to keep the bad guys at bay for your summer travels.

 

Listen to the program at the Voice America Network: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/78721/independence-day-july-garden-guide-youth-self-reliance

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Celebrate and Surprise Us!

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101 degrees at 5pm with no A/C and no breeze. I love hot weather, especially when I can cool off in a pool, lake, or sea, but today I’m in the office working, answering the hundreds of requests from people around the country who have emailed asking to become a volunteer. In the early days of Be the Star You Are!®, we accepted anyone into our programs who applied. That was not a good policy as it wasted so much of our valuable time. Through the years we’ve become very selective, wanting to collaborate with people who are truly dedicated to making a difference, giving back, and growing as a person. Every potential volunteer is required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to help us learn about their skills, desires, goals, and roads traveled. The majority who email asking to volunteer never return the questionnaire and are subsequently dismissed as candidates. What they don’t realize is that the questionnaire is part one of the interview process allowing us to determine how quickly a person responds, how well they follow directions, and how they express themselves. Of the ones that do return their questionnaire, only about 5% follow through on the next step and usually 1% of the applicants will actually make the final cut. We want our volunteers to be empowered with the programs they choose to foster. We encourage them to learn new skills, stretch their talents, think outside the box (and there is no box), experiment with ideas, brainstorm new possibilities, and contribute to the cause. And we want to support their efforts to reach for the stars and land on them. Our new approach is working beautifully as the volunteers of Be the Star You Are!® are truly amazing. We are grateful to them and know that they are benefiting from the collaboration in equal amounts. Because of their efforts, Be the Star You Are!® has been honored yet again as a Top Non Profit by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Read reviews.

 

On this 4th of July, we urge you to examine what freedom and independence means to you. Where have you decided to put your energies and expertise? Are you making a difference? Is this world a better place because you are in it? To what non profit are you donating your time, money, and knowledge? Want to volunteer with Be the Star You Are®?

 

I echo Helen Keller’s thoughts as I sit here in the heat acknowledging that although I long to accomplish a great and noble task, my chief duty every day is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble…even in the heat.

 

Happy 4th. Celebrate wisely!  

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caie Kelley 3Volunteer Caie Kelley has already won over $11,000 in scholarships in five rounds of the Lion's club speaking competition with her topic, "Community Service-What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter" As an active volunteer of Be the Star You Are!® charity, Caie was an officer and founding member ofClub BTSYA at her high school, is the What’s Poppin’ reporter and host on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio,and is a frequent contributor to Teen Scene in theLamorinda Weekly Newspaper. She teaches swimming and piano and volunteers for many outreach projects. She will be attending Harvard in the fall. Congratulations Caie! Way to soar!

 


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Ryan AndersonTalk about thinking outside the box, volunteer Ryan Anderson has designed an online store featuring all logo items of Be the Star You Are!® Ryan is a Senior Associate on the Dell Support team and in his volunteer questionnaire he stated that he'd like to help BTSYA with anything on the internet. He first created our Pinterest and Google + sites where he also uploads blog posts. Then he took it a step further and asked if he could create a logo store. YES! YES! YES! The store is in its infancy but already sells aprons, hats, license plate frames, car flags, tote bags, backpacks, T-shirts, Tank Tops, and buttons with more to come. Buy your fun items at the BTSYA logo store at  http://btsya.rylees.net    . Tax deductible. Thanks Ryan for being so creative! Be the Star You Are!® logo items are the next Life is Good!®

 


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The Business of Show Business, 14th editionCynthia Brian's 14th edition of The Business of Show Business was awarded the Silver Honor in the Independent Book Publishers Ben Franklin Competition. This 14th edition, an enhanced digital version with audio interviews and tips, provides users with the updated information they need quickly and easily at the touch of their fingertips in a conversational, uncomplicated manner. ISBN# 978-1-939116-40-6
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StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio Host Boasts Award Winning New Book

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Cynthia Brian, producer and host of the long running radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® airing on the Empowerment Channel of the Voice America Network every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT was honored with a Silver Award for her 2014 enhanced ebook, The Business of Show Business, in the Benjamin Franklin Book Competition sponsored by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association.  The book is the featured winner on the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards web site at http://bfda-ibpa.org/.

Listen to Cynthia on Wednesdays 4-5pm PT on Voice America Empowerment Channel at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are

Or archived at http://www.StarStyleRadio.com

 

About the Book

Since The Business of Show Business was first published as a pamphlet in 1984, it has become the bible for aspiring thespians and actors who want to understand the business side of the entertainment industry while avoiding the scams. The printed book is regularly witnessed on film sets in the bags and briefcases of talent and on the desks of agents. Although many books have been written on the techniques and methods of acting, few have addressed the critical knowledge of the trade essential for success. This 14th edition, an enhanced digital version with audio interviews and tips, provides users with the updated information they need quickly and easily at the touch of their fingertips in a conversational, uncomplicated manner. With the embedding of audio files, Cynthia Brian personalizes the eBook in a special way as a trusted coach and experienced guide by providing the reader/listener with connected inspiring and motivational messages dedicated to their success in the business of show business.

 

Everyone wants to be in the entertainment business. Everyone! Everyone encounters disappointment, rejection, and roadblocks. Everyone!

 

Everyone, that is, except those who employ the services of a coach, have access to an experienced mentor, or read The Business of Show Business: a Comprehensive Career Guide for Actors and Models. With decades of experience in all phases of the entertainment industry including acting, modeling, producing, writing, directing, coaching, and casting; Cynthia brings her unique qualifications, enthusiasm, and straight forward knowledge of the industry to those who are truly interested in pursuing a life in front of the camera or microphone. She is a recognized expert assisting talent, especially young people, enter the acting and modeling profession the right way while avoiding the scams.

 

Readers will learn what kinds of jobs are out there, how to talk the talk, walk the walk, everything about the unions, agents, casting directors, how to write an acting resume, other avenues to Hollywood and most of all how to avoid the scams. Listen to audio interviews, reviews, and advice that will help you make informed decisions with this 14th edition enhanced audio Ebook of The Business of Show Business.

 

For parents of children who want to work as an actor or model, this book is an invaluable tool. Jam-packed with all the rules, regulations, do’s and don’ts, Cynthia’s sound advice will help families make an informed decision on how to proceed with caution and integrity.

 

Features

 

A special feature of this 14th edition enhanced eBook is the original song written for specifically for Cynthia Brian by the legendary crooner, Frankie Laine. Frankie was a guest on Cynthia’s newly launched radio show, Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® in 1998 and mentioned that at one time he was known as the “king of theme songs”. Cynthia suggested he write a theme song for her new program. He responded by inviting her to meet with him and his producer in San Diego. They became friends and Frankie decided to write and perform three songs for Cynthia’s TV and radio shows including Be the Star You Are!®, The Business of Show Business, and Starstyle® Live Your Dreams. Frankie bestowed these three songs as gifts to Cynthia Brian.

The Foreword was penned by the perennial mega bestselling author and business guru of What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles. Mr. Bolles regards Cynthia Brian as a first class coach for the media industry with The Business of Show Business as the best advice book available on the subject.

The 14th edition enhanced audio version of The Business of Show Business is the ultimate guide for getting into and profiting from the entertainment industry. As make-up artist, Denise Johnson says, “This book is your toolbox for success!” Anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in this field will find this book the best investment ever made. Now everyone can have a mentor and personal coach with The Business of Show Business, 14th Edition, Enhanced Audio eBook.

 

The Business of Show Business, 14th Edition, Enhanced Audio eBook

By Cynthia Brian

ISBN# 978-1-939116-40-6

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Tips & Tricks for Trips plus Anti-Bullying Info

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Summertime is here and that means traveling. It’s time to leave your comfort zone, explore, experiment, and enjoy exciting new destinations. Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Henna Hundal talk about their summer travel plans while offering tips and tricks for a healthy, happy vacation, whether it be to a foreign country or around the block. Health Beat Reporter, Nicole Eubanks, couldn’t be on the show but she gave her helpful ideas to the hosts to share. 

 

Special guest is 14 year-old Mandalynn Carter, an actor, singer sassy stand-up comedian, and an outspoken advocate for anti-bullying.  She stars in the feature film debuting this summer, A Horse for Summer with Dean Cain. Mandalynn also starred as Annie in The Dead Kid, which tells a bullying story from her perspective, a film currently on the world film festival circuit. She travels extensively for her work as an actor and was the series lead in Brenda Forever, a guest star on Scandal, a co-star on CSI-NY, a recurring character on Totally, as well as a supporting role in Machine Gun Preacher. She is touring Southern California schools with the troupe from Music is My Language promoting anti-bullying and loves working in Arizona.

 

Whatever your summer plans, make sure to add travel to your itinerary. Discover new atmospheres  find yourself in new adventures. Not only will your body get to enjoy a fresh and healthy change in scenery, but you’ll find yourself having a really awesome experience as well.

 

 

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/78342/tips-and-tricks-for-trips-plus-anti-bullying-info

 

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Great tips for buying wedding flowers

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Every bride wants her wedding day to be the most beautiful and memorable day of her life. She wants it to be perfect in every sense so that when she looks back at this day she is only reminded of the sweet and loving memories.

Here are some great tips for buying the flowers for your wedding to make it as special and as memorable as you had always dreamt it to be.

Learn the different meaning of flowers. Each flower has something special to say. If you want to express a particular sentiment, choose flowers that best convey that meaning and emotion.

 Find out the most popular wedding flowers. The classic wedding flowers are roses, calla lily, gardenias, peony, hydrangea, orchids, and lily of the valley. Though it doesn’t mean that you should go for only these flowers, knowing about the popular choices would certainly help you in taking any decision.

Check out bridal magazines or search the Internet for unique and beautiful bridal flower arrangements. You would get plenty of ideas of centrepieces, boutonnieres, and bouquets.

Consider the flower color. The colors that you choose should complement your wedding gown, the wedding theme, and the color used in wedding decoration. Choose colors that would complement the overall decoration in the marque or outdoor setting and would at the same time stand out.

Some of the popular colors and flowers for weddings are white rose, white lily of the valley, white sweet pea, and white orchids. Pink roses, pink carnations, yellow daffodils and sunflowers, and red gerberas and roses are popular flowers by colors.

The season in which you are getting married will also play an important role in your choice of flowers. Popular summer flowers are carnations, chrysanthemums, lily, peony, rose, and sunflower. Aster, daisy, hydrangea, passion flower, and pinks are common autumn flowers. If you are getting married in winter, consider using snowdrop, tulip, pansy, and iris.

There are all year round flowers too. These flowers are available throughout the year, and can be used by almost everyone, regardless of when one is getting married. These flowers are calla lily, carnation, orchid, rose, and tulip.

Before you order wedding flowers online, decide where you want to use the flowers. Do you want flowers for bridal bouquet, for the church or other place where you are getting married? Do you wish to decorate the wedding hall entrance or dance area and other areas around the hall as well?

Consider the style of bridal flower bouquets and bridesmaid’s bouquet. You can choose from round bouquets, large trailing bouquets, tied bouquets, posy, and modern style bouquets.

Finally consider your budget. Discuss with the florist how much you can afford to spend. He would be able to offer you cheap flower arrangements that would be as pretty as expensive floral arrangements.

All flowers are beautiful. It really doenst matter whether you are getting cheap or expensive flowers for your wedding. Just get fresh flowers to enhance the feel and mood of the occasion.

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Creating Brand Awareness with Vehicle Graphics

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In today’s cut-throat business environment, it has become essential for every business to stand out from its competitors. The success of your business depends on how well you market your products and services. Creating brand awareness and reaching your prospective customers is of paramount importance. Unless you advertise your products and make them known to your customers, it is unlikely that your business will grow.

 

 

In marketing, creativity is the key that can unlock the door to success. Vehicle graphics is one of the most creative ways to create brand awareness amongst people. Vehicle graphics, also known as vehicle wraps, are vinyl stickers that can be applied to a car, truck or any other vehicle. These graphics not just transform the look and appearance of a vehicle but can also be used for advertising and marketing purposes. In fact, a creatively-designed graphic can go a long way when it comes to making a brand name popular in the market.

 

Vehicle graphics offer a number of advantages. They are one of the most effective ways to reach a wide audience. Whether the vehicle is being driven on a busy road or it is parked at a parking lot, it will attract the attention of the people passing by. Moreover, it can help build credibility of the business. Also, it is an economical form of marketing. This makes vehicle graphics very useful for small and emerging businesses that cannot afford to spend large money on advertising. Moreover, vehicle graphics can be easily removed and they do not damage vehicle paint in any way.

 

You can opt for a large graphic that covers the whole vehicle or a smaller one that covers only a part of your vehicle. The most important thing is to ensure that it is creatively-designed. A mundane graphic with dull colors will not be able to attract the attention of people. Colored images, neatly written text and creative design will go a long way when it comes to making a vehicle graphic look attractive and visually-appealing.

 

 

If you’re based in Florida and are planning to market your business using vehicle graphics, you can easily avail the services of professional sign companies. These companies specialize in designing all types of signs and banners and can provide the best vehicle graphics at an affordable price. So, you can contact a reliable company and speak to their signage experts to have vehicle graphics designed for your car.

 

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Rediscovering Recreational Games Again

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I must confess, I gradually drifted away from board games and the like as I grew older.  I forgot about playing Monopoly and War, the card game, opting for games on the computer such as Solitaire and chess.  I played less of these board games not because I did not like them, but because I had nobody to play with.  However, once I took the courage to ask my cousins to choose Twister over Call of Duty, I rediscovered the joy of recreational games again. 

These recreational games, which can vary from puzzles to board games, are great ways to improve strategic thinking.  Sophomore Daniel Ginsburg said, “I like playing chess because it helps me plan ahead and teaches that I can lose while still having fun.”  Through playing chess, Ginsburg has also developed other important skills like good sportsmanship and patience.  

Not only do board games foster mental growth, but they also bring people together with family and friends.  There is no limit to how many people can play the board game – even though there may usually be two to four players, games like Cranium can involve a whole circle of people!  Freshman Daria Torba said, “These games are amazing to pass the time and can also act as icebreakers.”

However, board games have their disadvantages too.  They take a long time, and it is hard to find people who have the same desire to play.  Whenever Torba plays the classic games, like Monopoly, with younger children, an argument and fight usually ensues.  Despite the disputes, it is important to learn how to resolve them peacefully.  By communicating and compromising, all of the players can learn to cooperate in the future. 

Because of the difficulty of finding other players, people may go for online games.  Senior Kaiser Pister says, “I don’t think we can compare board games and computer games – the latter are meant to be more fast-paced and competition-oriented, and normally support more than just a family of players.”  Each type of game has its own advantages and disadvantages, with Pister adding, “I believe they are both equally fun and bring different aspects to the gaming community.” 

Both games are enjoyable for different types of people, but let us not forget the beauty of recreational games as technology advances with more game applications (apps) and online games.  There are amazing board games out there, such as Fictionary, and other party games with cards and puzzles.  Do not be afraid to go the road less traveled and play the games less frequented, as I was before.  Having diversity in entertainment is refreshing.  

 

Linda Lan Phung, a Miramonte High School senior who volunteers throughout the East Bay, is an officer with Club Be the Star You Are!®, and strives for 17-second miracles, inspired by author Jason Wright.

 

 

Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0808/Rediscovering-Recreational-Games.html

 

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

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Start from scratch to Re-organize

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De-cluttering and re-organizing can be a daunting task for an individual as we tend to store a lot of household items over a period of time. That’s why when you start to organize your house again; you need to start from the scratch. The first thing that you need to do is to make a list of household items that you require and the ones that can be disposed to make more space in the house. Set up a time that you don’t use or need anymore in the household.

 

This infographic aims at helping individuals understand the ways in which they can de-clutter and re-organize a house for better productivity.

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Moving while raining

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Moving can be a daunting task, with many things to be taken care of before the relocation. Moving during summer is a preferred option due to the weather condition being favourable. However, if you have to move during rainy season, it doesn't have to be a bad experience. With some precautions, one can make relocating during rainy season a pleasant experience. The most important thing is to keep a check on the weather a week before the moving day. If you are not sure about the weather on the day of your move, consider relocating on another day.

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Staying Organized and Productive while Moving your Office to a New Location

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Staying organized is one of the key challenges faced by the companies while relocating. With proper planning, it is possible for businesses to maintain their productivity and minimize the inconvenience caused to the employees. However, in the absence of proper knowledge and experience, many companies fail to plan office moving properly and end up making things inconvenient for their employees.

 

 

The planning and preparation of office moving should start many days in advance. Delaying it till the last day will only cause confusion and make things difficult for the employees. If you’re planning to move your office, one of the first steps should be to discard or donate unusable furniture and other office equipment. Creating a floor plan for the new office is also of prime importance. In order to make sure that everything happens smoothly and in a hassle-free way, you can avail the services offered by a professional moving company.

 

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Dress to Impress Your Guy on the First Date

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So you have finally been asked out on a date by that cute guy you secretly adored! If he has asked you out it means he adores you too. You certainly must make the most of this opportunity. Remember, the first impression is often the last.

This doesn't mean you have to worry about things going wrong. Sure, a first date is often a tricky situation for a lot of people. But if you make things comfortable for yourself and for him, you both are sure to enjoy each other's company.

Here are a few tips that will help you look your best.

Clothes, Shoes and Accessories

Most women can spend hours trying to find something to wear. This is especially true when getting ready to go out on a first date. If this is your idea of getting ready too, you might easily get late. So don't wait until the last minute but plan your ensemble beforehand. You don't want to turn off your date by reaching late.

Never wear clothes that are stained, visibly old, or smelly. Make an effort to dress nicely and it will show that the date is as important to you as it is to the other person.

Pick something that you're comfortable wearing. Don't wear clothing that needs to be adjusted every now and then; this will distract both of you and could also make you nervous. Such clothing could be a skirt that you need to keep tugging at or a very low-cut blouse that may lead to a wardrobe malfunction.

Don't wear high heels if you know you can't handle them. That doesn't mean your crocs are okay to be worn. Pick a pair of ballet flats instead.

For a casual date, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans will work just fine. If you love wearing personalized t-shirts with quotes, make sure you don't choose something that is too offensive. You can also wear a tank top with a pair of shorts. A pair of sneakers or knee-high boots will complete the look. Strappy sandals will also look good and bring out your feminine side.

If the date is going to be semi-formal, you can wear a nice summer dress with floral print. Maxis will work too.

If you know that he's taking you out to dinner to a fine restaurant, you must dress appropriately. An LBD will always save you. You can opt to go all-black or add a pop of color by pairing the dress with red stilettos or by adding some bling with a studded clutch.

Accessorize with a pair of nice earrings or a statement ring or neck piece.

Hair

Now that you know what you are going to wear, it's time to decide on the hairstyle. If you'd like to try on a new look that's very different from your everyday style, try it out a few days before the date so that you know how it works out for you. If you're comfortable with your new hairdo and get compliments for it, you've nailed it for sure! Here are some styles to pick from.

Go for a completely sleek look by running a flat iron through your hair. Use some hairspray so that the look holds on for longer.

You can use a curling iron to create soft waves. Avoid dramatic curls on your first date and keep the look simple but enchanting.

You can opt to tie up your hair. The classic French roll with a few wisps of hair framing your face will do wonders. You can also go for a low chignon bun or use bobby pins to hold your hair and create a messy bun.

Braids are in. If you have medium length or long hair, you can try a variety of braids- fishtail, French or classic. You can dress these styles up or down depending on whether you're going on a formal or a casual date.

Make-up

As with your hair, don't go overboard with your make-up either. You want him to like the real you. Moreover, guys are always able to spot a cakey look and that doesn't impress them at all!

Use make-up sparingly but in a way that your best features are highlighted. Don't draw attention to all parts of the face. If you are creating the smoky-eye effect, don't go for a bold lip color. If you can carry off red lipstick easily, go for a softer look around the eyes by using nude shades.

Pay attention to your hands and feet too. Take some time out and get a manicure and a pedicure done. If that's not possible, trim your nails and moisturize your hands and feet to make them look presentable. If you don't have the time to apply a fresh coat of nail paint, the least you can do is get rid of any left-over nail paint.

You might think that a certain dress, hairstyle or lip color looks good on you when it actually doesn't. Take the opinion of a friend or two if you're in doubt.

Stay calm and it's going to be a great first date for both of you!

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