Increase traffic

I am always searching for new and fabulous ways to get the word out on the businesses that are going to change some of the faces of tomorrow in which, in a world that sprts many different sides, this is a feat, expecially in the online internet world. They say that bloggers go through good times, and then some really bad ones, but, I figure there has just got to be a way that people will find interest in my life, and being a person with a dream to make her company newsworthy. I found a helper for other sites as well as my own, no promises, but this is a sure start. Please Visit my site at http://www.wreathconnection.com and for help adding traffic to yours go to alphainventions.com and tell Cheru I said Hello from The Wreath Connection!!

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Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 12:14 am  Comments (2)  
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New Shipment coming today!!!

As I am still healing from surgery yesterday, I am patiently awaiting my straw wreaths to come in, as a lot of followers were requesting the seashell wreath… supply and demand called for me to order them in bulk!! They are on their way with some energy efficient LED lights for the lighted wreaths that I am preparing for the new line coming out!I had so much fun ordering the supplies this time around! I don’t want to reveal all of my secrets, but I am expecting some white gold strings of irredecent laminates to add subtle reflection to the potpourri creations, I recieved an order yesterday for some specialty Occupation wreaths, and some romantic treasures for the anniversary wreaths. Wooden letters are on their way for appreciation, dedication, and memoriom wreaths, not to mention what is in store for The Cancer Awareness and Courage wreaths decorated with lighter scents and messages of inspiration and motivation! Beautiful pink ribbons that I found at steal also came in, a long with some straw angels as well as some really neat rust colored, tin nametags for the company to trademark the items! Im looking to throw in as much unique and different expressions this time around. I realize that some people want their houses to look the same as everyone elses and then others just want to be as different as possible. I have noticed that showing pride is huge in this day and age, and with my wreaths showing so much spirit and promoting conversationalism, I realize that my groupies are swayed towards moving forward, and the live for today attitude, I am so proud of that in everyone! So, I hope that your all hanging in there for the upcoming excitment the day of the postings, its art in motion here, everyday here at the business!! Visit http://www.wreathconnection.com for the current sale that is taking place!! Its a doozy in which all of the current wreaths are 25% off, and the Valentine Ones have just done excellent this season!! Add me as a friend to your myspace at wreathconnection last name wreaths…. or of course as always… comment below, as I am always delighted to hear from everyone!!

Important symbolism Of “Colors” and How They Affect The Body

In art and anthropology, color symbolism refers to the use of color as a symbol throughout culture. Color psychology refers to investigating the effect of color on human behavior and feeling, distinct from phototherapy (the use of ultraviolet light to cure infantile jaundice).

Color symbolism and color psychology are culturally constructed linkages that vary with time, place, and culture. In fact one color may perform very different symbolic or psychological functions at the same place. Color symbolism is a contentious area of study dependent upon a large body of anecdotal evidence but not supported by data from well designed scientific studies.

Red is often used in North America to indicate stop, as with a stop sign, or danger, as with a warning light. At the same time red symbolizes love, as with Valentine’s day. A person not familiar with the cultural coding of red in North America could, theoretically, confuse the symbolism of red and mistake a red Valentine’s day heart for a warning. Cross-cultural diversity is found in the symbolism of white, which historically has signified purity, virginity, or death (as in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick). In North America it is the color worn at weddings. At certain periods in history it was the color worn at funerals in parts of Japan and China.

Several colors used in my handmade wreaths are helpful in ways that they can trigger different feelings and emothions simply by looking at them, or in these cases, smelling them as well. As in previous posts, I have outlined for our followers the affects of fung- Shui and the healing and invigorating attributes of the Aromatheraputic oil scented potpourri system in each Wreath. Please Check out http://WWW.WreathConnection.Com and order one of your favorite, or send me an email of your favories as I will be sure to see that there is enoughin our stock to accomodate you!

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm  Comments (5)  
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Settling with your house in an Economy Crunch

As many of us have experienced in recent times, the economy has pushed us into situations where we live with the home we have in the hopes that it will not be foreclosed, or just simply do not want to get involved in the housing market decline due to increase rates raising all the time. The best way to make your house a home is by creating an atmosphere that you want to spend the most time in. If you love to read, make sure you have a lamp in your favorite places. If you love to dance, make sure you allow room for letting your hair down. If you enjoy the sunshine, let a lot of light into your home, and vice versa of course! And if your home is cozy, you mak learn to LOVE it again like you did when you first bought it. An amazing way of doing this is by utilizing my services in the crafting industry and taking in the benefits of what my wreaths have to offer. While all mostly scented with health attributing aromatherapy for memory, stamina, focus, relaxation ect. their vibrant colors cause topics for communication at the family table. They add warmth and love fulfilling positive energies to everyone who lives in the house. Come check out my site at http://www.wreathconnection.com or comment here on the blog and let me know how you feel!

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Tricking” the minds Eye

These are a few tips of what colors go great in a house and what they mean… if your house is already the colors you want it on the inside, use this guide to see how well the color of home decor will partner with it as well. As you have probably read in previous articles, my wreaths are aromatheraputic, luxurious, cozy, and contribute to great converation as well as aesthetically pleasing!! Please check out the article below, and my site at http://www.wreathconnection.com

Using Color Tricks in Home Decor
by Pamela Cole Harris
Home and Garden Makeover

Just as a painter uses color to fool the eye and to create mood in fine art, so the designer can use color to fool the eye in home décor. Here are a few tips for the creative DIY designer (that’s YOU!) dealing with problem spaces.

1. Long or large room. Try painting a warm color on one wall in a predominately white room. The warm wall will appear to advance, making the room seem smaller or shorter.

2. Short room. Paint one wall a cool color, while leaving the rest of the walls warm. The cool wall will appear to draw back, making the room seem longer.

3. High ceilings. If you want a more intimate feel in a room with high ceilings, paint the ceiling a darker color. You can also lower it further by painting the top part of the wall (say, 12″ or so) with the same ceiling color.

4. Low ceilings. If you want to make the ceilings appear higher, paint the ceiling a light color and bring the wall color 6′ or so onto the ceiling.

5. Another trick for making the walls appear higher is to paint the baseboards the same color as the walls. This makes the room appear taller (just like in fashion!)

Get the picture? Warm = advancing. Cool = receding. Easy! Hmmmm… do you think that something cool would help my advancing weight? Ice cream is cool, right? That’s it! I’m off to fool my eye into thinking I am slim! Tom and Jerry, here I come!

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What are the rewards of optimism?? Statistics-

This year’s Statistical View on Doing what makes you happy, done by the Gallop Poll and proof to surround yourself with people, places, and Things that you Love!! Brought to yu in part by: http://www.wreathconnection.com

By Elizabeth Mendes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has, since January 2008, tracked Americans’ collective well-being on a daily basis, surveying at least 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day, totaling more than 360, 000 Americans for the year. The Index provides an up-to-date measure of well-being every day and the basis for more in-depth discoveries regularly reported on Gallup.Com. In the following interview, Gallup’s Chief Scientist for Workplace Management and Well-Being, Dr. Jim Harter, discusses the most significant findings from the first year of data collection.

Q. We now have a year’s worth of data tracking the mood and well-being of Americans — what have we learned?

A. There is such a wealth of findings that I probably can’t do it justice here. But let me start by saying that the leading well-being scientists have been finding that there are different types of well-being measures that give us different insights into what is going on in people’s lives. Life evaluation measures tell us how people reflect on the more stable aspects of their lives. We don’t expect massive changes on the evaluation measures over short time intervals, but, given the significant economic changes in the United States this year, we have seen significant shifts in the percentage of Americans who are “thriving”, “struggling”, and “suffering”. On the other hand, there are measures of daily mood that, as one might expect, fluctuate more significantly from day to day (rather than month to month). For instance, the percentage of people who report a lot of happiness-enjoyment without a lot of stress-worry has ranged from a high of 68% (Thanksgiving) to a low of 35% (when new jobless claims reached a 26-year high). From a daily mood perspective, the best days have been Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, Independence Day, Mother’s and Father’s day, and other holidays. Weekends are much better than weekdays (by an average of about 13 percentage points). There are big differences in the percentage of people that have good days on any given day, much larger than I would have expected. Mood hits its typical highs on weekends and holidays and its lows starting on Mondays, in particular days that have coincided with negative news in the financial markets.

But what predicts life evaluation is, in many ways, different from what predicts daily mood and experiences. The best predictors of good versus bad days are the amount of social time people spend with family or friends and feeling well-rested. Mood has a more resilient bounce-back than life evaluation. The best predictors of life evaluation are income and health.

Q. Tell us more about specific changes you recorded from January to December 2008.

A. In the first three months of the year, we had more people in the U.S. thriving than struggling. Economic changes, of the type we have witnessed this year, have had impact on both how people view their overall personal lives, and also the hope they have for the next five years. For instance, in January of 2008, 49% of Americans were thriving, 47% struggling, and 4% suffering. Later in the year (in November and December) 38% were thriving, 58% struggling, and 4% suffering. The 11-point swing in struggling Americans represents more than 22 million people.

Since we observe big differences in mood from day to day (particularly from weekday to weekend), slight trends in mood are masked by the more dramatic daily shifts. But mood has dropped (in aggregate) as the year has progressed. Weekends have gotten a bit worse, on average. The first three months of 2008, approximately half of people surveyed reported a lot of happiness-enjoyment without a lot of stress-worry. This number dropped to 44% on a typical day in the first half of December (46% after you add in the holiday time later in the month). That’s a difference of about 11 million people with worse daily moods later in 2008. There are many things potentially contributing to this decline — there is more worry about money, but there are also more colds and flu in the winter months, impacting daily mood. The largest aggregate declines in mood occurred starting in September, when the effects of the economic crisis and acute illness both started to increase. On the positive side of things, there are still well over 40% of Americans on most days who have a lot of happiness-enjoyment without a lot of stress-worry. And on some days, such as holidays, the percentage reaches the 60s. But I think we can learn some things from the best days we have recorded so far.

Q. What can we make of the increase in the number of Americans who are struggling?

A. The increase in percent struggling is a function both of how people feel about their present situation, and also how they view the next five years. The changes have been particularly felt among those working full-time, ages 35+ with children. And the changes have affected people at most income levels. Now, one might argue that this is a function of the negative news in the media. But the data suggest the change in percent struggling is highly associated with changes in how people view their personal standard of living, more than how they view the economic conditions of the overall country, but they are both related.

Q. Do you expect this trend to continue in 2009?

I sure hope the downward trend doesn’t continue. We have observed a slight upward trend in the percent “thriving” during the holidays in late December and we are already seeing an upward trend in early January. While we are still about 10 points short of where we were last year at the same time, the percentage is increasing. The ability to compare days and months in 2009 to the same days from 2008 will make this year very interesting.

Q. Our large sample size allows us to examine different demographic groups in depth , can you tell us about any interesting findings relating to any group in particular ?

A. Among full-time workers, those that have felt the effects of the economy, in addition to those with children, are those with lower quality workplaces. What I mean by lower quality workplaces is not necessarily the type of work, but rather how they are treated at work. So we ask respondents about their supervisor: whether an open and trusting environment is encouraged, whether they are able to use their strengths, and about their general level of satisfaction with their work. About two-thirds of working people have one or more type of disease burden (from high blood pressure to high cholesterol to chronic pain, etc). We’ve had a chance to look at this particular subgroup with our partner researchers from Healthways. When you combine disease burden with a poor work environment, the chances of having sick days multiply significantly. There is an important compounding effect of disease burden and the quality of the work environment.

Q. Do you see rising unemployment as a contributing factor in the decline of Americans’ collective well-being?

A. The drop in well-being has certainly coincided with the increase in unemployment. And the association seems undeniable, given the many influences of jobs on well-being — psychological stress in addition to financial loss. Unemployment presents a big drain on well-being. People without a job are significantly more likely to be struggling or suffering than those with a job.

Q. Taking all of this into account, what makes up a person with high well-being?

A. The answer to this question depends on which aspects of well-being we are studying. Economics, good health, and a good job are consistent predictors of life evaluation. When we look at daily well-being, social time and feeling well-rested are key factors. For those who work, daily mood is also influenced by the quality of the work environment (in particular, having a good manager and the ability to use their strengths at work). For those with positive work environments, weekdays are much more like weekends. For those with poor work environments, weekdays are dramatically different from weekends.

Q. What do you expect to see in 2009?

A. Having a good job in America will continue to be one of the most important well-being determinants in 2009. This year, leaders may have more impact on the well-being of citizens than in any year in recent history. Our research has found that two of the qualities people look for in leaders are hope and stability. Leaders with the capacity to engage their people in the long-term future of their organization will have the highest probability of having a resilient workforce that holds its own during down times. Our research in 2008 has shown that workers in high quality work environments, while not immune to the effects of the economy, are cushioned from the substantial declines in well-being that have been observed in the general populace. Top economists are predicting a tough first six months. Comparing the daily trends in 2009 to those already recorded in 2008 will be very telling.

Published in: on January 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm  Comments (2)  
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