Increasingly there is an awareness of the ecological aspect of gift giving, both on an individual level, and by companies who are anxious to incorporate sustainability as a part of their gift giving. We are often asked to supply eco gifts, and find it is not difficult to find suitable gifts, but it may take a little extra thought.

This does not mean adopting a tie-dyed hippy approach, but instead a little consideration to find stylish yet more sustainable gifts. We have all experienced one of those other gifts at some time. Multi layered packaging, which eventually reveals a clam-shell like plastic casing, which in turn protects its treasure of some cheaply made item which barely lasts past Christmas. All which will find its way to the nearest landfill before long.

There are many ways to give more eco friendly gifts. Five of the key considerations are:

Shop locally.
If you are supplying a locally made gift, you will not be adding additional transportation miles to the finished product. You are also in a position to know more about the environmental stance and reputation of the manufacturer as regards pollution, recycling etc.

Buy quality.
Cheaply made products inevitably do not last, requiring replacement sooner and creating more waste. The recipient and the environment will appreciate your good judgment in choosing a quality item instead of an alternative of inferior quality.

Encourage environmentally sound behaviour with your gift.
For example give a tree to be planted, or perhaps a book on gardening or environmental issues. Consider solar powered gifts, or those that can take batteries which are solar powered. Children can be enthused with gifts like a paper making kit (involving recycling of paper) or making a worm house

Choose the most appropriate gifts you can.
Spend time considering your recipients. Well chosen gifts will encourage their usage and retention. This makes your gift more appreciated, and less likely to make a quick journey to the landfill. Consider artisan hand made gifts. These may be more unique, and can have more appeal on an emotional level, and therefore be retained longer. They may also be better made than a mass manufactured alternative, and therefore will last longer.

Consider the materials your gift is made with, and packed in.
Are there more natural materials or even recycled options available? Is there a more natural packaging alternative, for example woven flax gift baskets, jute bags or wooden boxes made from sustainably harvested pine trees with wood shavings.

With a little thought and consideration of environmental impact, your gifts can be both stylish and sustainable.

We are happy to help with advice, and you should not hesitate to ask your gift retailer for more information, which will encourage more stocking of environmentally sound products.

You will find more information on the Eco Gifts: Eco Friendly Gifts section of our website.

Tigi Catwalk creates a personal style that is luxurious and that you can call yours alone. Bruno Mascolo, The Chairman and CEO of Tigi Catwalk has quoted it clearly in the statement “TIGI isn’t just about products, it’s about sharing ideas and inspirations. TIGI – it’s a way of life.” According to Anthony Mascolo, International Creative Director of Tigi, “TIGI translates fashion trends into an image statement.”

You can buy Styler, shampoo, conditioner, treatment with Tigi Catwalk label. It comes in gift packs and super sizes. It has whole range of fashion forecasts to give shiny, bouncy, strong hair. Catwalk has a full set of designer haircare products to condition, clean and style your hair.

With the “How to get the look kit” you can style your hair like Elizabeth Hurley – The Hollywood actress and model, Samantha Fox – the world famous singer, Daniella Cicarelli – the MTV Brasil TV Show Hostess, or Donna Feldman – the famous TV show actress and model. She had appeared some films also.

Tigi has a wide range of products like Bed Head, Catwalk, SFactor, B For Men etc. Some of the best sellers in catwalk category are Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier, Curlesque Hydrating Conditioner, Curlesque Strong Mousse etc. Each of these items has its own specific quality and style.

For example Curlesque Defining Shampoo is a sulfate-free formula for curls styling. The ingredients in it are seaweed, sea fennel, cucumber water etc. The seaweed and sea fennel smooths the cuticle and subdue the frizz condition. Cucumber water maintains the bouncy, beautiful curls. “Calories Blasting Dance” – the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Power Squad Bod testifies to the effect of Bed Head range of haircares.

In the TIGI Cat walk category we have many hair care items. Some of them are TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Shampoo, TIGI Catwalk Thickening Conditioner, Curls Rock Curl Booster, Curls Rock Shampoo etc. Each has to be used as per the instructions. Then only you will get the perfect look, each of them states.

For example TIGI Cat walk Fashionista Shampoo should give you smooth, shiny, vibrant looking hair. The hair should feel silky and smooth. TIGI Cat walk Thickening Conditioner should give your hair thick, full, healthy look. Your hair should feel soft and thick.

Whatever the condition of your hair, whatever style or fashion you want to make your hair, with Tigi Catwalk collection, you don’t have to worry. You can be a Donna or a Samantha in a jiffy.

Do you wear the same shirt or dress whenever you go out? NO!!! Then why should your Laptop? Be fashion savvy and get your laptop a trendy and cool laptop sleeve. These are the bags especially made for your laptops. Dust and finger prints can make the cover of your laptop look very dirty. This is especially true for those people who have a laptop without snap-on covers. This is a comparatively new development. A laptop sleeve is made out of soft cushiony material so that your laptop remains safe and dust free as well as smudge proof. The inner fleece lining of a laptop sleeve keeps everything inside it shiny and scratch-free.

Your precious laptop once zipped inside a laptop sleeve is safe and looks stylish. They are available in cool designs. Right from animal prints to imitating computer folders, you have every design available when it comes to buying a laptop sleeve. These folders are designed to ape the real life paper and manila folders which offices use to file paperwork.Laptop sleeves are also available in cool designs like the leopard print or the much in demand zebra print. You can buy as many as you want and that too in different colors and patterns to match with your sense of style.

A laptop sleeve comes in various sizes. Therefore, before buying, do mention what is your laptop model so that you get a snugly fitted laptop sleeve for your laptop. Otherwise, you could end with a bag too much smaller than your laptop or a bag big enough to store clothes in them. One can also purchase a belted laptop sleeve for the ease of carrying without using your hands. This can make your hands free and help the people who drive their own two wheelers or commute by trains or even walk their way to office and home. So, if you are planning to buy one, make sure that you keep our pointers in mind and buy a product worth your money, high on style quotient and the one befitting your precious electronic gadget.

Laptop Sleeve form CoverBee: stylish protection for your laptop. Get a nice sleeve for your laptop. Also available: Macbook sleeves, Netbook sleeves and iPhone sleeves. Please visit www.coverbee.com our website & services.

If you are planning to shift to Kolkata for work or just for the love of the city, the first thing you would need is a place to stay. It is easy and difficult to get a place to stay in Kolkata, depending on where you are looking and how. If you search in the right way and in the right places, you can get single room lifestyle apartments as well as single to two storied houses on rent. You can opt for a single room apartment if you are single or lifestyle apartments consisting of two to three rooms if you are to move in with your family. Kolkata disappoints no one and satisfies everyone, all you need to do is understand the pulse of the city and start looking for what you need.

Lifestyle apartments in Kolkata are available for different price ranges, in various locations, standalone or within a society and for sale as well as for rent. They come in different sizes too. A lot of advantages are associated with lifestyle apartments in Kolkata that are within a society, the most important advantage being that of security. But standalone lifestyle apartments in Kolkata have their own benefits too; low cost is the topmost amongst them. Most of the apartments are equipped with modern amenities like television, refrigerator as well as the basics such as beds and couches.

Whether you are looking for a lifestyle apartment in Kolkata for a temporary time period on rent or for buying a new one, you are sure to get the best deal in Kolkata. As the real estate market in Kolkata is booming, the prices of property are competitive and the best builders are racing against each other to build you your dream home. Select your perfect match from the lifestyle apartments in Kolkata and you can live there happily for ever after.

When it comes to personal debt, financial experts from around the world agree on one thing: it is a symptom of a much bigger problem with the individual. Debt can build up slowly over the years until it reaches a point where you are paying off so much debt that your personal income doesnt cover what you have to pay each month and worse, you might have to start taking on more debt to fill the gap between income and expenditure.

Its very easy to get in to debt, with the consumer society we live in we have been led to believe that we can have it all right now and pay for it in manageable bitesize chunks each month. The financial crisis and ongoing recession has proved that the buy now, pay later culture fostered by the credit and retail companies was an unsustainable dream and now many people have great TVs, awesome cars, went on fantastic holidays but have huge debt mountains that have to be dealt with.

Debt consolidation is a great tool for many families to pull themselves out of the miserable debt cycle. The lower rate of interest gives breathing space each month so you can use your income for essential living costs rather than paying off interest on the couches you bought a few years back, it will reduce your stress levels as you wont get new bills every day and you can make that one easy payment each month right after you get paid.

Once youve consolidated your debt though you need to rethink your lifestyle and attitude towards credit. If you havent already, now might be the right time to cut up those credit cards particularly the store cards that have crazy interest rates. A new attitude needs to be adopted of waiting to have the money to buy something rather than having everything now and repaying it later. The consumerist lifestyle also needs to be rethought; do you really need to take a foreign holiday each year? Can the gas guzzling SUV be traded in for something more economical? Is there a cheaper place to buy groceries and apparels?

The danger with debt consolidation is that you dont change your lifestyle and manage your income and expenditure to ensure you dont spend more than you have each month. Debt consolidation is your second chance to get your finances in order there isnt a third chance because if you fail to change your ways after consolidating your debt and continue buying gadgets and going out to restaurants and then paying for it all on credit then you risk losing your home, family and lifestyle.

Its a pretty scary thought so once youve consolidated your debt, change your ways, change your attitudes to money and think of the relief youll have in 5 years when you are finally debt free.

We know that health is important. However our busy lives may have affected the way we maintain a healthy lifestyle these days. We know eating balanced meals is important but we need to give some time consider how we eat too. Do we often much quickly and stuff food into the mouth in rush? This is definitely not healthy no matter what our excuses are. By taking time to bite and chew the food will make sure the food is properly channeled to the stomach. It helps the body to digest and benefit from the food we ate. There are many people who want to save time to complete more work by eating right in front of their computer while typing away. While it raises the work productivity, it certainly not raises the rate of a healthy lifestyle. If the lunch time is one hour, make us of the time to enjoy the food. Even the food can be finished less than an hour, take some time to rest and do things that are not connected to work. Our mind needs to be free to recharged and refreshed. In fact after much rest, it helps the productivity of our work.

Most of us know smoking is not good for health. But even if you are not smoking make sure you are not sitting in the midst of people who smoke. Inhaling secondary smoke poses danger to your lungs. Even if they are your family, colleagues or friends, you could walk away politely or tell them you love your health very much.

Another aspect to a healthy lifestyle guide is to cut down on the stress in our lives. Some stresses are good to motivate us but if it affects our emotions badly, it is time to do something about it. Find out what are the causes for the stress. If there are things that could be totally thrown away or eliminated, do it. If there are unresolved problems with a person or people, meet up and talk out a solution. If it is work-related stress, discuss with the boss or superior about ways to handle the tasks. Above all, try the best to clear off stress by voicing it up. Confide in someone that can be trusted to listen with a rationale mind and not gossip. Ask for counsel and advises.

Pros and Cons of a Healthy Lifestyle
by David Junno Psy.D.

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Deciding to change your lifestyle.
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Once we recognized we have a problem, the temptation is to want
to make a change immediately. This, however, is rarely a good
idea. The reason is that for our attempts to be successful we
need to be absolutely sure we are willing to make the changes
necessary.

For example, if we discover that we have high cholesterol, we
might want to immediately start dieting and doing more exercise.
However, this can lead to problems. If we have not made a firm
decision to make the necessary changes, then when we encounter
obstacles, (which there will be many of), we will not have the
commitment to overcome them. We then might define our inability
to overcome the obstacles as a failure on our part. This is
likely to lead to the belief that we cannot make the necessary
changes, and we give up trying.

To avoid this problem we need to focus on making a decision to
change, rather than just reacting to bad news. One of the best
ways to do this is to focus on the pros and cons of making
changes.

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The Pros and Cons of Changing
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Take a piece of paper and write on the top what you want to
change, for example: exercising more, or eating less saturated
fat. Then make two columns on the paper and title one of them,
pros and the other one, cons. Under pros, write down all the
good reasons for making your change. For example under exercise
you might say, get into better shape, or have more stamina.
Under eating less saturated fat, you might write: lose weight.

Under the Cons, write all the reasons for not making these
changes. For example under exercise you might say, “I don’t
feel I have the time”, or “I don’t like exercising”. Or for
eating less saturated fat you might say, “I would have to
give up my favorite foods”, or “It will require a lot of
changes in my meal preparation”. According to Prochaska,
Norcross and DiClemete in their book, “Changing for Good”,
for a change to be successful the pros have to outweigh the
cons.

Are your pros more than your cons? If so, go ahead and start
preparing to change. If your pros are not more than your
cons, do not despair. This just means you need to focus your
efforts on looking for more of the pros, and coming up with
responses to the cons that will decrease their influence on
you. Being aware of the cons of making a change is very
important, as they tell you what you need to prepare for.
Being prepared for the obstacles before you encounter them
will improve your chances of success.

David Junno Psy.D. is a personal coach and author of:
Lower High Cholesterol, Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease-
READY OR NOT! an e-book program for living a healthier
lifestyle. You can e-mail him at: djunno@… or
visit his website:

Health is wealth, according to a famous proverb. If you are reading this article then you probably already know all the benefits of starting a vegetarian lifestyle. Many people have a very good reason to turn to vegetarianism but they are procrastinating because they are unsure how to do it.

Well, guess what

You just found out how to do it!

The best way to do it is to just bite the bullet, and go for it.

You must be thinking there will be so much temptations and distractions and you are right. There will be a lot of temptations and there will be a lot of distractions, but it will be all worth it in the end. Its your health that is more important than anything else that may look tempting.

In fact, it is quite easy to start a vegetarian lifestyle if you know how to go about it. Here are a few tips that will help you on the way.

A. You must be sure your mind that you want to adopt vegetarianism and avoid meat in order to improve your overall health or whatever reason that made you choose this path.

B. You should minimize meat consumption gradually day by day. You will never be able to turn vegetarian in matter of week or two. It would take at least few months to completely avoid vegetarian way of life. You should first start to eat semi vegetarian foods, then remove junk food from your daily diet.

C. You would need to try out different vegetable dishes and reinvent your favorite meat dishes with meat alternatives like tofu. Your new menu should be full of fresh fruits and juices of vegetables and fruits, soups, pasta, whole grain breads, spices and herbs etc. You should try to make your meal complete by adding tasty items like spices, cheese, various sauces etc.

D. Another thing which can help you in your quest of turning a veggie is making your family also vegetarian along with you.

E. You can also join some diet classes which will have professional people who will help you in your goal of turning vegetarian. You could get over your temptation of eating meat through mediataion.

F. Buy cookbooks and learn new vegetarian dishes from different resources like magazines, internet websites etc. The possibilities are limitless, but unless you want to search for them you will never find them.

G. If at any point you feel like you want to give up, just ask yourself this basic question. Why did you want to turn vegetarian in the first place? The answer will keep you on track and will give you enough motivation and will power to continue.

Be persistent and before you know it, you will be a vegetarian.

Remember, your health is your wealth you . Do it justice and do it right by turning to a healthy life style that is Vegetarianism.

If you are a man and are in need of some good cologne it is best to consider buying several different fragrances so that you will always have a cologne to wear for any occasion. The whole reason for wearing fragrance in the first place is to smell good to people around you. The type of cologne that you wear directly reflects your personality, so you want to be sure to choose the fragrances that match your lifestyle and personality.

Cologne comes in wide variety of qualities, aromas and purposes so it is important to consider your options. Many men find it helpful to take a woman along with them when they shop for fragrances so that they can get an outside opinion of how various colognes smell. It is always recommended that you take advantage of the sample colognes in the stores so that you can see how they smell on you. Dab the samples on the back of your hand or on your forearm. Keep in mind the fact that although one cologne that may smell great on your friend, it may not be the best choice for you as fragrances react differently to different types of skin.

If you are the outdoor type that loves heart pounding adventure, then you should wear colognes that are fresh and light and made with natural ingredients such as sandlewood or musk. Younger guys tend to choose mens cologne that is refreshing and sporty to signify that they live a casual and relaxed lifestyle. Younger men also tend to choose the latest and most popular fragrances worn by male sports stars and celebrities. Choosing a fragrance that combines natural aromas such as rosemary and sage paired with a slight scent of citrus is ideal for casual dates or a night out at the local pub with a few friends.

The spicy and masculine types of cologne for men are ideal for special occasions, such as romantic dinners or a big night out on the town. Polo by Ralph Lauren offers a luxurious aroma that is both modern and soothing. The more complex smells such as Perry Ellis fragrances are distinct and unique and would therefore be suitable for business meetings or for events that require fine clothing. If you prefer masculine and traditional colognes, the old favorites such as Obsession or Aqua Di Gio by Armani may be appealing to you. The popular, trendy designer brands of cologne, although expensive, are great choices for any man who works and plays hard.

A lifestyle entrepreneur is someone who is tired of living the template lifestyle that most people have accepted and has decided to create a lifestyle by design. This person has a passion to do something and wants to make a living at it even if that means they are not going to make a fortune doing it. You can live the lifestyle of a millionaire without actually being a millionaire. To accomplish this you will have to make a paradigm shift in how you think about money, career, lifestyle, and what is really important to you in life.

Deciding to pursue your passion in life and make money from doing it gives a person the freedom and feeling of being alive that rarely comes from working a job just to earn money to pay for things that you hardly ever use anyway. Take some time to reflect on what is really important in your life, this will give you the motivation to start your new journey toward a new beginning. A lifestyle entrepreneur might want to travel the world or just be able to spend more time with their family instead of spending 8 – 12 hours a day at work and a couple of hours in traffic everyday.

Anyone can become a lifestyle entrepreneur all they have to do is have a passion for something that they are willing to put some work into to develop and share with others. You can still keep your job while working on your ideas and make the transition to full-time “whatever” when the time is right.

To get started on your passion do some research on what you love by coming up with keywords and start “Googling”. Read as many blogs and articles about your subject as you can then figure out where you can fit yourself in to offer value to people. There is plenty of information on the web about how to set up a blog and market your product or service.

The definition of a lifestyle entrepreneur is whatever you create it to be as long as you are following your passion and living life on your own terms to the degree that you feel comfortable with. Just take the first step towards your dreams, the path will open as you go along. I will be offering tips and strategies on setting up a lifestyle business on my blog in the near future