Super Cute Baby Shower Gift Ideas – You’ll Be the Hit of the Gift Giving

You’ve been invited to a baby shower and the task of finding the best baby shower gift is looming over your head. Because yes, it is important to make sure the gift you give is truly a great gift – and something that the mother-to-be will actually use. If you’re already a parent, buying for an expecting mother can be pretty easy. We know what gifts make the most sense and what is (and what is not) a practical gift. Diaper Genie… need I say more?

Buying a baby shower gift can be as simple as buying a few onsies, bottles, bibs etc… but that’s what everyone is going to fall back on. Give the mommy to be a gift she’ll really love by putting a little thought and creativity into your gift. Check out the ideas below for some cute and unique ideas.

Best Baby Shower Gifts Ever – Unique Ideas That Will Set You Apart

Clothesline Baby Shower Gift

One of my absolute favorite gifts for a baby shower is the clothesline gift. It doubles as a shower decoration, so if you’re hosting the shower the two for one is a great idea. Even if you’re not hosting the shower, you can get with the hostess and go in on it together… the more decorations the merrier I say!

The clothesline gift/decoration is easy to make and you can put as much creativity into it as you want. To make it, buy a bunch of cute baby clothes and hang them on a clothes line. Then, hang the clothes line up either on a wall or from the ceiling (if the shower is held at someones home, a fireplace mantle or along a staircase rail are fabulous places!) You can stick with a theme (summer clothes, color coordinated, ages ascending – all good starter ideas).

Another cute idea is to add pacifiers or hanging toys in between the clothes on the line… just to add a few extra touches. The clothesline to the right can be purchased (there is also a girl version) if you’re short on time (or desire!) or… you can make your own! The ideas here are endless.

Shoe Organizer Baby Shower Gift

This is another unique gift idea. While the title doesn’t do it any justice, nor does it describe what it actually is, this is an incredibly cute way to display your gift. Not only does the expecting mommy get a lot of good and useful things with this gift, if done properly she can hang the gift on her nursery door to keep all necessary supplies together.

To make the organizer baby shower gift, buy a shoe organizer (the more pockets it has for shoes, the more you’ll have to fill!) I personally like the ones that hang on the back of a door, but any kind will do, as long as it hangs. Then buy bottles, desitin, nail clippers, baby lotions, pacifiers… all the little necessary supplies you need to take care of a newborn, and separate them into the pockets.

You can decorate the organizer, buy one that already has a cute design, or you can just leave it as is. It’s a functional gift, and a great gift that will provide a lot of value to the mother-to-be. Not to mention it’s a unique way to give the boring but necessary gifts every new mother needs.

I like the bamboo shoe organizer because it really adds a soft touch, and tends to keep it sturdier. If you’re really creative, you can also decorate the pockets with cute fabric painting (fabric paint is extremely cheap at Wal-Mart) – remember, the idea here is creativity! But really, any shoe organizer will work – and if cost is an issue you don’t have to spend much on one. A plastic one will work just as well. It’s just a matter of preference.

Laundry Basket Baby Shower Gift

This one is also one of my very favorites – it keeps the idea of giving clothes and necessary gifts, and the laundry basket also serves as the gift – every new mother has laundry coming out of her ears. A laundry basket filled with baby gifts is a great way to give functionality, plus it’s a unique way to “wrap” the gifts. Just fill a laundry basket with baby goodies (you can organize the gifts any way you want), and then decorate the edge of the laundry basket with flower trim, or anything that you think will dress it up.

You can get the laundry basket from a dollar store, or any other home goods store. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on it, because ultimately the gift is what’s inside (and really… how much is a laundry basket really worth). Decorative flowers or lace can also be bought for relatively cheap at any craft store.

Diaper Cake Baby Shower Gift

I’m sure you’ve seen it, or heard about it. The diaper cake is a great gift idea because a new mom can never have enough diapers! You can make your own, or you can buy one. There are so many things you can do with the decorating part of this gift – ribbons, bows, stuffed animals… anything that will ad the “icing” effect really helps to make this gift one of the best.

The diaper cake pictured to the left can be purchased, and of course there is also a boy version. It’s sold by Corner Stork (one of my absolute favorite baby gift stores).

In Closing…

Finding the best baby shower gift doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process, and it doesn’t have to be over extravagant either. As you can see with the ideas above, you can turn really simple ideas into a great (and easy!) gift idea that will get used for years and years to come. By adding just a few special touches, it can really take your gift from normal to unique. Not to mention, the ideas above will never go out of style because let’s face it… some things just never do.

Finding a Safe Dating Site

Seems like everywhere we surf on the Internet nowadays we run across this little advertisement: ‘Free online personals’.

They are everywhere, they are dating sites, and more are opening up shop every day.

Welcome to the newest internet gold rush.

More and more people are signing up to these new and “free” dating sites.

What they are really getting is a place on the web where they can post their profile and let strangers contact them.

As more and more dating sites pile up on the web, more people are ending up with very distasteful experiences because of this.

Why? 99% of today’s (and tomorrow’s) dating sites do not screen their members at all. This means there are sex offenders, predators, scam artists

mixed in with genuine people who are looking to find a match.

Dating services need to be very discretionary and much safer, until that time comes here are some important things to consider

when thinking about joining a dating site.

1). Examine the site’s physical properties. Is it poorly constructed with missing graphics or jagged fonts, mis-aligned sections? If so, this indicates a lack of attention to detail in the construction and layout of the site. It may have been pre purchased and the owner does not have the skill to alter it correctly. Why would you care? Well, a site in a state like this gives a clue that the back end program probably is also in a state of disarray or disregard. If the webmaster cannot construct the face of the site, then it is likely they cannot also construct important safety features behind the site. A hacker then could easily penetrate it and get your personal information including your photo. If you eventually pay this site, your credit information could be stolen as well! A nicely designed site means careful construction and a better chance of good quality code running the site in the background.

2). Look at some sample profiles on the site before you sign up by running a quick search. Do the profiles look a little bogus? A lot of them are. Many sites (especially new ones that have just started up) pad their membership database with photos of models or random (usually good-looking people) to attract new members. Do the profiles have a lot of jibberish characters or nonsensical phrases in the descriptions? That means the dating site you are at does NOT screen the people who sign up. This welcomes people with ill-intent. You should get out of there immediately and go to one that does.

3). Does the site have a privacy link? Look at the bottom of the site’s main page. If they have a privacy link, click it and examine. Make sure they specifically state that they do NOT sell your information to anyone. This is an invitation to a spam and junk-mail nightmare. Also look for some sort of a web site rules page or a terms of use page. Check to see if they screen their profiles or somehow >disallow racial, hate or overly sexual material. If they don’t state this than, anything goes for this site, another reason to leave.

4). Does the site have a links page? If so click and examine. See who they are affiliated with. Usually, there will be graphical banners or icons next to the names of their associations. Are they sex-sites? Spam sites? Even a quick glance in this area could tell you what kind of a dating site you are at.

5). What is the copyright date at the bottom? This could indicate the age of the site. If it is very young, this could help you determine if the site has worked out all the kinks (program bugs) and how many members they have accumulated.

6). Be wary of statements like “You are the 4697th member to join today.” and “Search through millions of profiles.” these statements are usually false. Major sites, which have been running for YEARS usually can support these statements. look for a “whos online” link. If you are the only person (1 guest online means JUST you are there) then you know these claims are false. A site with millions or even thousands of members will always have a bunch of people currently online. If you detect this in a dating site, it is better to leave than to take a chance with a dishonest site. This is just a short list of ideas to help keep you safe when dating online. Be leary, be safe.

Teen Relationships

Before I start to talk about teen relationships I feel I have to make a clarification. Many people when they think of the word relationship, automatically equate it to love or sexual relationship. According to the general definition of relationship this is any connection between two or more elements and these elements can be anything from chemical substances to human beings. So from this definition it is simple to deduct the meaning of this word applied to human beings. A teen relationship can be any kind of relationship

  1. between teens of the same gender
  2. between teens of the opposite gender, like boyfriend girlfriend relationships
  3. between teens and other persons of the same or different gender and different age.

The quality of these relationships can also vary, but there are two kinds of teenager relationships I’m going to talk about here;

  • teen friendships and
  • teen love relationships

Teen Friendships

This kind of teenager relationship will fit into all three categories above. It can exist between a teenager and other persons of same or different gender and age. A good friend – no matter age or gender – is one of the best things you can have on this earth. A really good friend that is special to you and means much to you. A person that is always there for you.

Many successful love relationships has started with friendship and this is probably the reason for it’s success. The better you know the other person, the better you’ll go along with him or her and in a long lasting love relationship – as man and woman – your appreciation of your partner as a friend will mean much more than anything else. If we look at it from the other end, it seems much more difficult to build a friendship from a love or sexual relationship. In fact, I have not heard about it, maybe you have but the point is that a good friendship is always good to have both as a basis of a future love relationship and as a friendship by itself.

A teenage friendship can exist between anyone no matter what gender, age, race, background or whatever. A 13 year old girl and a 50 year old man can have a great and even lifelong friendship together as well as two teenagers of the same gender.

Teen love relationships

While you can talk quite frankly and straight forward in a friendship most of us are more aware of not hurting the partner in a love relationship. This can evolve to a degree of lies and even no communication at all just to protect your partner.

There are also more mutual expectations in a love relationship and more intimate emotions are involved than in a good friendship. A teen love relationship can be great and long lasting but if there is no basis of friendship in it the probability of sustaining it is significantly lower. There are some legally defined limitations with regards to who can go into a teen love or sexual relationship. It is illegal for people of 18 years and above to have a sexual relation to a minor but It is definitely not illegal to have older friends.

A good friendship is one of the best gifts God has provided our lives with and even if you marry the sweetest boy or girl in the world, neither of you will be happy if you aren’t good friends.

Creating a Graduation Party Open House Photo Memory Board

Displaying a picture memory board is a good addition to your graduation open house and a great way to honor your graduate.

Choose a display board like the kind required for science fair projects. Office supply stores sell several kinds of tri-fold display boards. You can purchase a foam core board or one less expensive made of corrugated cardboard. These standard presentation boards are self-standing and work quite well to display pictures of your graduate from birth to graduation. I suggest using one tri-fold board for the pictures up until the graduate’s senior year. A second board could display pictures of senior year activities, sports, prom, and graduation (if your open house is scheduled after graduation). The first board can even be finalized in the fall or winter of the graduate’s senior year. The second board can be partially completed and then finalized the month before your celebration.

Select pictures from your photo albums or photo bins with your teen (if they’re willing). It’s nice to have a wide variety of pictures including pictures of your child by himself/herself, pictures with siblings, parents, special friends, other relatives, and pictures of each sport or activity in which your child participated. It’s great to include cute and funny pictures, but your teen will appreciate it if you leave out any embarrassing pictures.

Once your pictures are gathered, lay the board down flat and set the pictures on the board in various patterns until you decide on the best design. A collage, where all the pictures are overlapping, gives a nice effect, but guests can better view pictures that are spaced apart. Handwritten captions can be written on the board with fine point markers, or computer-generated captions can be designed, printed on white or colored paper, cut-out, and glued underneath pictures. Be brief in your picture captions as guests will want to spend most of their time visiting with others.

You can then either glue the original pictures in place, or make copies of the pictures at a department or photo store and use the copies for the display board so your originals are not altered. Glue sticks work well for attaching photos, but be generous, making sure to spread the glue to all outside edges and in the middle of the pictures. Double-sided tape is an alternative to glue. Photos with a matte finish, rather than glossy, will be easier for your guess to see from all directions without glare.

Accents can be added to the display board between pictures. You can use colored construction paper or other colored paper, preferably in school colors, to decorate with words or shapes. Or colored paper can be placed behind the pictures to frame them. Fun stickers picturing graduation hats, diplomas, or graduation gowns or stickers representing the sports or activities your child participated in can be placed around the board to fill empty spaces. Items like graduation tassels can be taped on the board to add a 3-D effect.

If you want to be even more creative, you can create professional-looking posters using the Snapfish website. Go to You can upload photos and create up to a 20×30″ collage poster of your favorite pictures, adding titles and personal messages. You can improve photos (removing “red eyes”, etc.), crop, arrange the layout, and choose the background. This amazing masterpiece will preserve your child’s memories for years to come. If you mount the poster on a foam core board, they will stand on their own and won’t easily get damaged.

After your open house you may choose to save and store the pictures boards, or, an alternative is to take pictures of your boards with a camera, section-by-section and as a whole, so you and your graduate can enjoy them without keeping the large boards.

How to Build Your Own Home – Lesson 3 – Your Plans – Draftsman/ Designer Vs Architect

1. The Draftsman/Designer

Draftsman/Designer’s have expertise with design of interiors, carpeting, furniture, paint, etc., in actuality; draftsmen follow the directions of an architect, engineer or designer to make (vs. create) the plans. They are not licensed, as an architect is, to stamp plans in order to receive city building permits – More on this later.

If you choose to hire a draftsman/designer, be sure to find one that has a good working knowledge of building. I knew a draftsman/designer that designed beautiful country homes but you could tell this designer was relatively new to the industry because some of her designs could not be built the way they were drawn. This is because designers often do not understand how the construction process works. This is a key difference between draftsman/designers and architects. Choose someone that has had experience creating drawings that have been successfully built from by homebuilders, and who comes highly recommended.

Another source for a qualified draftsman/designer is the American Institute of Building Design. You can locate member in your area by visiting their web site. If you see a home that you like, check with the owner to see if they know who designed it. If the home is fairly new, you could go to the building department and possibly see the plans on file, you can acquire the name of the designer from those plans.

2. The Architect

Architects have expertise in design but are especially helpful because of their knowledge of technology and structural aspects of how to put together a building. He or she has gone to school a long time and are licensed professionals who are qualified to offer clients a wide range of services. Working with an architect can give you someone to lean on from start to finish. He/she can help you with your site and landscape plans. He/she can help you select colors, furnishings, etc. as well. The architect can offer several other valuable services to help your construction plan go smoothly. For example, he/she can visit the site, monitoring and observing construction. The architect can be a valuable asset in reviewing contracts and helping you ultimately select a reputable contractor or subcontractor.

Another service the architect can provide is to walk through your plans with the city/county to expedite getting the necessary permits.

Keep in mind that an architect’s fees are going to be higher than those of a draftsman/designer, which makes sense considering all of the additional services and safeguards that you’ll get the benefit of. A good architect can charge anywhere from 7% to 10% of the final cost, or more. Fees may be negotiable, though. For example, I hire very qualified architects in the Atlanta area for less than a third of those figures, which, by the way, is a very cheap price to pay for someone that qualified to create your house, plans and see the job through to completion.

As always, when hiring someone, it is best to discuss the exact services that the architect will provide under the contract, so you know what services to expect for the fee you will be paying. Also, ask for references and examples of his/her work. Not all architects are wonderful artists. Perhaps their style does not mesh with our style, either. If you want an original work of art, a thing of beauty – just because you’ve gone to the expense of an architect does not mean you automatically will have hired an artist. I feel only one in three architects are true artist. For that reason, I have sometimes hired an artistic designer to design a home of beauty, and then I would hire an architect to do the working drawings.

Note: In many areas, you do not have to have an architectural stamp on a set of residential drawings. You could draw them yourself. I’ve seen some builders draw a sketch on a piece of scratch paper, hand it to the framing carpenter and say, “Make it look like the third house on the left!” Find out if you will need stamped drawings from your local government.

In many areas you could build a duplex [two unit building] or a triplex [three unit building] without an architectural stamp on the drawings. However, if you build four units or more, which in many areas is considered multi-family, or if you build commercial or industrial, you would be required to have an architectural stamp or a professional engineer’s stamp on the plans.

If you build anything unusual like a “foam home,” the only way you may be able to pass the local codes and inspections would be to have an architectural stamp or a professional engineer’s stamp on those unusual plans. Having a stamp is no guarantee, because the local government reviews everything and you don’t know what is going to pass.

Have Your Own Christmas Decorating Ideas

Whenever the months ending on -ber starts, it triggers the upcoming holiday season. People then starts on thinking some ways on how to decorate their homes, the streets or even on their offices.

Since Christmas is a yearly occasion, it is not practical to buy Christmas decorations every year. So what can you do to complete the aura of this festivity without spending too much? All you need is to have bright holiday decorating ideas and recycle those old decorating stuffs you had last year.

Easy and Affordable Holiday Decorating Ideas

1. Do you have old teddy bears hidden on your cabinets? Take them out because this is their time to shine. If you have three or more teddy bears, arrange them on a table, top of the chimney wall or under your Christmas tree. Dress these teddies with green scarves and red mittens. You can wrap empty boxes with Christmas wrappers and place them on the lap of these teddies or you could just place Christmas candies on these teddies’ hands.

2. Regarding your Christmas tree, you could decorate it the old-fashioned way. Nuts that are wrapped with aluminum foil along with pine cones sprayed with gold paint will give a vintage look. You could accessorize it with red and green ribbons plus white paper strips as snowflakes to give a more Christmas aura.

3. Get an empty glass clear jar. Place an old angel figurine on the cap of the jar using a glue stick or mighty bond. Cut small star shaped and pine tree shaped pieces on a green, red, yellow aluminum foils. Fill the jar with clear water and pour in the cut aluminum foils in the jar. Now close the jar with the cap and place it upside down making the cap of the jar as the base.

4. Decorate your doors with flowers and ribbons. You could do your own poinsettia flowers with colored papers and put some glitters on it to add Christmas effect and place it on the top center of your door. For the doorknobs, you could tie some ribbons on it.

5. Create Christmas photo frames. With the use of illustration boards, you could create your own photo frames. Use the black portion of the illustration board and spray it with silver or gold paint. Put your last year’s Christmas pictures on it.

6. Design your streets with a family of snowman, each representing a member of your family. Dress them up with scarves and different characteristics that describe each member.

7. How about your office table? Why not pick up the mugs on your table and accessorize it with ribbons and Christmas decorations. You could paint it as well like painting a snowman with candy bar on the surface of the mug and tie a ribbon on the handle of the mug.

8. You could as well cover your office table with Christmas wrappers and place underneath its glass cutouts of your pictures. Cut these pictures on varying sizes such as star-shaped, pine-tree shaped, or snowman shaped.

These are just a few of the many decorating ideas you could come up to in accessorizing your place with Christmas ornaments.

What is the Cost to Build a Basement?

The cost to dig a basement hole on our 1800 sq. ft. house was only $790. However, I have a feeling you want to know more than simply the cost of digging the basement hole.

Some of the other costs that you likely want to know about are:

– You need to dig the basement hole, which as I said was $790.

– How about pouring footings and foundations, which costs $6 to $7K

– Then there is pouring flatwork cement for a tune of $1.00+ per square foot x 1800 sq ft = $1800.

– Putting in sub-rough plumbing which can be $1,000 plus the cost of gravel and the excavator’s charges.

– There’s the windows for your basement which includes window bucks of close to $500 (4 windows) and the corrugated window wells of $500 …total $1000 + or -.

– The actual windows cost $400+ depending on if you have a walkout basement with sliding glass doors, which would be plus the cost of the sliders.

– Sealing the basement walls to prevent water leakage through the walls will be another several hundred dollars.

– The cost to backfill around your basement adds a few hundred more.

– Now the last question is how big is your basement going to be?

That $790 figure of digging a basement suddenly became a whole lot more didn’t it? The reality is, however, that the real cost only involves a few of the above: digging the hole, flatwork cement, and windows, window bucks and window wells.

You still have to either poor a cement slab, or put in footings and foundations, which in the case of the later, go down to frost level. You still have backfill whether you have a basement or not. You still have sub-rough plumbing, with gravel before the slab. With a slab you will have furnace ducting to consider too.

Even though you have all the above items to consider in building a basement, it is still only a few thousand dollars more to add a basement, in comparison to the total cost of building your home.

Considering that your home may be worth $250 thousand to $400,000, your basement will probably only cost $7K-$10K+ added to the cost. All things considered, there isn’t a better investment for that extra 10K in comparison to doubling the living space of the first level, that a basement adds.

As an example, consider the storage space it adds to your home. If you didn’t have to rent storage space, what would it save you each month? Or wouldn’t it be nice to park the car in the garage instead of using it for storage space?

In addition, the basement maintains an even temperature of around 59 degrees all year, so the cost of air conditioning in the summer is drastically reduced when compared with air-conditioning an upper story with the same amount of floor space.

If you build your home on a hillside, a walkout basement makes for a nice feature opening up the basement so it doesn’t feel so “deep” in the ground.

Many people are putting home theaters in the area of the basement that doesn’t have any windows.

The furnace, hot water tank and water softener can all go in the basement utility-furnace room and not take up precious main floor living space.

Some areas of the country are too close to sea level to have a basement, but if you live inland, having a basement is a real advantage when compared to the cost of putting one in. To dig a basement is a an economical way to increase the square footage of your home.

In reality, what is the cost to dig a basement? Very little, and the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Galvanized Light Gauge Steel Vs Red-Oxide Primed

Bare steel will rust in a couple days when expose to the elements. To prevent this, the surface of bare steel needs to be coated. The majority of steel building manufacturers use red-oxide primer on all structural steel components. There are some that use galvanized light gauge secondary steel as their standard material while leaving the heavy rigid frames with a red-oxide primer. So what is the difference between the two and are there any advantages to galvanized secondary steel?

For most applications red-oxide primer is better suited than a galvanized finish. This is why red-oxide is used in most commercial and agricultural construction from backyard sheds to the tallest skyscrapers. Of course there are some instances where galvanizing is recommended. Galvanizing can be useful in corrosive environments such as chemical plants or coastal roof systems. There are different grades of galvanizing with varying associated costs. Good quality galvanizing is expensive, and it turns a versatile material into a very unforgiving material. Galvanized steel cannot be painted, bent without cracking the finish, or welded without producing toxic fumes. Since a galvanized part can not be painted, any alterations can not be covered up. It is also extremely abrasive and must be handled carefully with gloves at all times. Galvanized steel is not resistant to oxidation when exposed to moisture. Typically galvanized steel will develop white rust which can be unsightly. Red-oxide primed steel can also develop surface rust when exposed to moist environments for extended time periods, but the color of the primer will hide any rust color.

Red-oxide primer is a water based paint and safe for the environment. Once applied to all the structural steel components of a steel building, surface rust is inhibited. The primer is very durable and can withstand the abuse of loading and unloading from a truck as well as all field handling while being erected. Primed steel will also hold up to the weather before the metal building is completed erected. With a primer finish, you have the option to paint the steel any color to match the interior of the building if needed.

Overall, red-oxide primed steel is the way to go for most every steel building application. Greater flexibly, lower cost and esthetically superior to galvanized steel, primed steel is chosen by most builders worldwide.

10 Ways to Reduce Conflict in Your Organization

Conflict, like death and taxes, is inevitable. This is especially true in today’s diverse environments where people can have dramatically different values, communication styles, work styles, and personality types. Fortunately, conflict does not have to negatively impact our lives. In fact, many organizational conflicts can be prevented, or at least minimized, if we take 10 proactive steps.

1. Provide conflict resolution training. You can reduce the negative impact of conflict by helping employees develop the skills they need to successfully resolve the conflicts that occur in their lives. This gives people more confidence in their ability to resolve both personal and professional conflict. It also makes people more effective at addressing minor conflicts as they occur, instead of allowing them to become major distractions.

2. Provide communication skills training. By providing communication skills training, employees can increase their ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, and manage the communication problems that are often at the heart of organizational conflict.

3. Help staff develop positive work relationships. Give employees a chance to get to know each other better, and to feel more comfortable with each other. This can be done by providing opportunities for social interaction on a continuous basis, by giving assignments that put staff into contact with people they don’t normally interact with, and by providing cross-training opportunities.

4. Implement team building activities. You can significantly improve team relationships and performance through the team development process. Such activities provide an opportunity for team members to get more comfortable with each other, to identify acceptable behaviors and modes of interaction, and to determine how team problems and conflicts will be resolved.

5. Develop strong communication channels. You can improve communication within a team or organization by strategically employing informational and problem-solving meetings, and by utilizing a diverse range of organizational communication tools. Such tools include face-to-face discussions, e-mail, texting, videoconferences, online meetings, bulletin boards (both physical and electronic), voice mail and faxes.

6. Create an environment that encourages participation. This can be done through formal employee involvement programs such as self-directed work teams, and suggestion systems that ask for employee input and reward people for their participation. This is especially important because research has consistently shown that employee involvement programs have a positive impact on both individual and organizational performance.

7. Provide conflict mediation training for leaders. No matter how hard you work at reducing dysfunctional conflict (conflict that hinders performance and prevents you from achieving organizational goals), sooner or later it is going to occur. Therefore, organizational leaders should develop their conflict mediation skills so they can help employees resolve the conflicts that will inevitably arise.

8. Provide third-party conflict mediation services. There will be times when a manager or supervisor cannot mediate a conflict between employees. During these times, it helps if employees feel they have an experienced, objective third-party where they can confidentially address a conflict situation.

9. Make sure employees are clear about organizational goals and priorities. Generally speaking, conflicts occur because of differences over facts, goals, methods or values. By ensuring that employees (especially the members of a given work team) are on the same page regarding objectives, priorities and plans, you will decrease the chances that dysfunctional conflict will occur due to differences over facts, goals or methods.

10. Treat everyone fairly. This may seem obvious, but many managers are accused of preferential treatment, and it is incumbent upon organizational leaders to make sure they are behaving in an egalitarian fashion. Even the appearance of preferential behavior can create conflict situations.

Make a Small Room Look Larger With Art Wall Decals

If you have a small place there is no reason to stare at plain white walls. Decorating the walls in a smaller living space is often challenging but makes all the difference when creating a cozy space. No matter how small the room is, if it is warm and inviting, it will make friends and family feel right at home. Here are a few tips to make a room look larger with art wall decals.

Choose the right pattern or theme to create the illusion of a bigger space. There are literally a multitude of themes and designs to choose from when decorating the walls in your place. Choose light-colored backgrounds that match with colors in your decals to coordinate the room colors. For example, nature designs with earth colors of green and brown would look good on a wall painted in tan or butterscotch. Match accessory colors to accent colors in the design to complete the look.

Keep the space open by careful furniture placement. Placing furniture in an open design makes a room look bigger. A simple couch and chair in a matching solid color with an accent rug or small table makes a cozy living area for sitting and relaxing with friends.

Choose a pattern or design of art wall decals to match the color and furnishings of the room. Some people like a nature theme with trees and or a modern Art Deco look with odd shapes or bold designs. Large patterns are fine with minimal furnishings and can become the focal point of the room. Place a couple of lovely decorative mirrors where they will reflect the wall scenes to make it appear as if the scene continues into another room adding to the illusion of more space.

Additional decorating tips:

Let functional spaces do double duty if possible. A bookshelf placed in a corner can double as a place to store small trinkets and knick-knacks without cluttering up the space. The right light fixtures can add depth to a room when placed close to a mirror or other reflective surface, the brighter the light the larger the room looks.

Reasons to decorate with decals:

· Decals are not only stylish and attractive, but create a look that is all your own.

· Economical way to decorate because the designs can be removed when you decide it’s time for a change.

· Create a focal point to draw attention away from problem areas such as uneven walls or oddly-shaped corners.

Wall decorations such as decals, stickers or stencils make a space unique and express the owner’s personal style. They are suitable for just about any room in your home, from bedroom to kitchen; decals are a great way to decorate the way you like. Even if your landlord will not let you paint, there is no reason to have boring white walls when art wall decals are so easy to use and remove when you move to a new place.