Blend of Fragrances Influencing Our Lifestyles

Perfumes tend to influence our lives from times immoral and their impacts are now scientifically recognized too. Giving our lifestyles a boost of energy perfumes have become a survival ethic for our happiness and confidence.

Perfumes have been in survival from thousands of years. From flower extracts to musk, perfumes have been produced from natural sources long before modern day perfumes came into existence. Although perfumes have never formed the basis of trade yet they have become a normal mans desirable commodity.

Fragrances always tend to make you more cheerful and confident. These delicate scents pacify our souls and mind giving that immense pleasure and peace. Carrying a positive effect on human lifestyles, perfumes are believed to be the simplest way to recover emotional health and feel happier.

Along with perfumes many other products too have been launched in market that can be kept in your surroundings to relish light soft fragrances. Some of these include perfumes candles, perfumed beauty products, perfumed decorations etc.

Candles are perfumed by adding perfumed oils like jasmine, lavender, sandalwood etc or dried and crushed scented flowers to melted wax. Citrus scents enhance energy and boost mood, lavender and sandalwood relax the body by reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, arterial pressure and muscle tension; mint or pine fragrances make the atmosphere joyful and bright; Jasmine, Gardenia, Sandalwood, and Rose Scents create the perfect background for romantic set ups. To create a cozy winter environment, choose cinnamon, apple and pine scented candles.

None can ignore the power of fragrances that waft through the air to relax your nerves and keep you charming and energetic always.

Is a Luxury Lifestyle Bad for the Environment?

When we think of a luxury lifestyle, what comes to mind? Expensive cars, private jets, vacations to faraway places, fancy dinners in fine restaurants and the like? While wealth does have its advantages, one key benefit is allowing the individual the freedom to choose the lifestyle they wish to experience. While this freedom of choice is cherished and envied by many, it may be surprising that many affluent people are choosing to use their freedom to engage in and promote environmental sustainability, reduced environmental footprint, conservation and global stewardship. What is even more exciting is that regular everyday people can also participate without the need for extreme wealth.

Bright Idea

While the light emitting diode has been in existence for decades, we have only just begun to see the transformation of this technology into a proven tool for the replacement of incandescent and halogen light bulbs while significantly reducing energy consumption. LED light bulbs now come in every size and shape and have evolved from their clunky unrefined beginning to sharp modern designs that appeal not only to the eye but to the pocketbook. They also last much longer than regular light bulbs, which is a bonus for sure. When considering how many individual light bulbs are in a single average sized home and the expense associated with providing energy to those lights, it is no wonder that a key priority for many is the conversion of their existing lights to LED lights. The only factor inhibiting the widespread proliferation of LED lights is the initial expense. Not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars converting all of the lights in their home to LED lights, even if they will get that money back in lower energy bills. The good news is that as more people such as those enjoying the luxury lifestyle demand more LED lights, the cost to the consumers will become more reasonable, thus lowering the cost of access to these fantastic products. Some websites even allow you to purchase LED lights in volume at great discounts and deliver them to your door, proving that bright ideas can be affordable.

Pimp My Ride

If you think of the wealthy riding around in their Bentleys, Ferraris and Cadillac SUVs, have a look again. Many affluent are making a conscious decision to reduce their carbon emissions footprint by supplementing their collection of gas guzzling flashy rides with Hybrid vehicles or fully electric rides. Although until recently there were only a few hybrid or electric options for commercial consumption, the array of choices has exploded and with fantastic styling that will make heads turn. With brands such as Lincoln, Lexus and Porche now producing hybrid options, you can have your cake and eat it too. And for those who enjoy the look and feel of an exotic car, take a look at the Karma by Fisker Automotive. With styling reminiscent of Aston Martin, this car definitely delivers in the “hot ride” category.

But if you live in a modern metropolis like New York, Toronto or London, the more appealing option for both functionality and style would be a moped, or to be more exact, an electric bike. E-bikes are spritely electric powered bicycles that can get you places quite quickly especially when there is any level of traffic. Consuming mere pennies per charge and being able to travel 40-50 kilometers on a single charge at 30-50 kilometers per hour, the benefits of this mode of transportation are being looked at by more and more people. Along with being a bit more affordable than a car, e-bikes are extremely fun to drive and are perfect for quick trips to the market or to visit friends. The bonus every time you drive your hybrid or electric vehicle is the good feeling you have in knowing you are creating a minimal environmental footprint.

A Sneak Peek at Teak

If you entertain often or have lots of friends over to enjoy the barbecue in the summer, you will know that buying a good patio set is an essential addition to your home. Patio sets come in a variety of styles, materials and price points. Everything from cheap and cheerful to ultra-high-end with the associated price tag can be found in this home furnishings category. So how could a patio set have an impact on the environment? You don’t drive it and it does not use power. The key traits that have an environmental impact for patio furniture are the materials used to make the furniture and the frequency of replacement. Cheap patio furniture is typically made from tubular metal that has been painted, along with plastic parts. The materials themselves can be hazardous to the environment as materials rust, paint bubbles and chips off, and plastic components become brittle and break. They need to be replaced every few years with new sets, with the old sets being sent to the dump and placed into landfills. The cheaper the sets, the more environmentally harmful and less biodegradable the components typically are. Now the flip side to this coin is teak patio furniture. Teak is a natural material that is now being harvested in an environmentally sustainable commercial environment. Traditionally teak has been known to be high end when created into patio furniture and along with this the price has traditionally been very high. Once built into furniture, it will last for generations if properly maintained. In this sense, you can rationalize paying a bit more for teak furniture if you know that the replacement costs will be minimal.

The Picture is Getting Clearer… Butt Wait!!
Bathrooms provide a small degree of privacy and peace in an otherwise hectic life. The few moments spent in it, taking a relaxing bath, collecting ones thoughts and preparing for the beginning or the end of each day are cherished by many. But when you take a closer look at this shelter from the outside world, there are two key points of waste that when multiplied by the frequency and number of people that use this room in every household in the world, that’s potentially a huge problem.

The first is water, specifically hot water. For most of us, hot water sits in a tank in our basement which occasionally uses gas or electricity to keep the internal water temperature at a set level of hotness. Many people who lead the luxury lifestyle enjoy things “on demand”. They like their TV “on demand”, fine dining “on demand” and hot water “on demand”. On demand hot water heaters have proliferated greatly in other areas of the world, but are only beginning to become popular in North America. Small devices are installed close to where hot water is needed and as the hot water is called for, the device heats up the water instantly to the desired temperature. This eliminates the wasted energy of keeping a tank of water hot when it is not being used.

The second area of waste is paper, most of which goes down the toilet… literally. Toilet paper is the norm for keeping us clean, however there is great expense associated its purchase as well as in addressing the environmental impact of this volume of organic waste. The solution for this problem can be traced back to the 17th century with the creation of the bidet. Popularized in the early 1900s with the proliferation of modern plumbing, the bidet was not only the epitome of high class and elite living back then, but has experienced a resurgence in this modern age. Although more commonly seen in Europe, the health benefits and smaller environmental footprint of the bidet has been a draw for the wealthy. A bidet uses a gentle spray of water to wash oneself and a dedicated towel is used to dry after use, thus eliminating the need for paper products. Installation of this fixture has become a staple in mansions, high-end hotels and resorts, and spas across North America, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and elsewhere. For those of us that do not have the washroom space to install an additional fixture, technology has been created to allow the bidet function to be integrated into the toilet seat. This means that with replacement of the toilet seat and some very basic plumbing, anyone can have access to the benefits of a bidet in their home at quite a reasonable price for the average consumer. This is yet one more way that people looking for luxury are asserting their caring for the environment into conscious daily choices that can have the greatest impact in their lives.


So what we are able to conclude from our brief look at the modern technological advancements and keen choices available to those who value luxury in their lives, is that more so than ever people who have the means to obtain these products are making environmentally good choices. So that begs the question, what about the rest of us? We all choose priorities differently in our lives and that is a right afforded to all. Some may prefer to make a statement by choosing to drink an organic or fair trade coffee every morning while others rollerblade or walk to work to save money and the environment all at the same time. Whatever your preference, the choice is yours to make as you wish to set your priority. The good news is that all of the technologies and products I have mentioned in this article, if any have peaked your interest, are becoming more affordable to the regular consumer. With their increase in popularity, the growth in international logistics and trade, availability of information on the internet, not only is it possible to find wonderful products that are beneficial to the environment but you are now able to score them are great prices. With this in mind, it has never been easier to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle and feel even better about helping the environment.

The Work From Home Mom’s Real Lifestyle – Is This Really Appropriate for You?

I could easily make this work from home mom post into a RANT but I won’t or maybe I will, who knows. What I want to cover right off the bat is about one of my pet-peeves. One thing that drives me nuts is all of the internet marketers or bloggers who paint this image within the minds of their website visitors and subscribers of this lifestyle of working only a handful of hours, vacationing all of the time or just sitting relaxing in a hammock for hours. This lifestyle is not real and if anyone tells you that it really is don’t pay attention to them. Indeed, I suppose when you get the outsourcing down that you can actually free up lots of time but what about taking care of the home and the children on top of all the management of the company? You can see how a work from home way of life is likely to be a bit stressful.

The Work From Home Mom Goes Nuts! Call The Paddy Wagon And Haul Her Away!

As a grownup, we have lots of practice keeping it all together, but there IS a dark side. (Cue evil-sounding laughter.) It sounds like a work from home lifestyle would be close to heaven doesn’t it? You’ll not hear any angelic voices singing in my household. Can you hear the kids screaming? Oh yeah! For anyone who is a work from home mom and has kids screaming, it could be enough to drive a person INSANE!

Try sleeping when your mind is racing with wonderful plans for projects. You don’t need to be a work from home mom for this to happen. Now imagine that your morning came at 3:00 am simply because your toddler wakes you up and thinks it’s time to get up for the day. I feel a rant coming on. Every morning starts off with the feeling of being tired and knowing there is a LOT of work to do. If you don’t have small children, you can’t relate. But if your kids are older you will still have some tail-ends to kick. So, you may feel drained from a variety of kid challenges and the entire family dynamic of not getting ample work completed. A work from home mom has her hands full all day long. All of you men out there, who can shut all of this out, count yourself lucky! Being a work from home mom implies handling a crazy and unproductive setting.

Today, we made a HUGE decision! My toddler had started preschool about three weeks ago so that she could be with other small children and play. I was ecstatic since this looked like a great opportunity for me to get lots of work done. She was at school for five hours five days a week. I missed her but knew she was in fine hands at the preschool. The issue was from day one, a battle with the transition of leaving me. Today was the last straw! It was pajama day and I was attempting to make her look cute in pajamas then send her off to preschool. She cried worse than any other day over the last 3 weeks. It was horrible! She cried every day over the last 3 weeks but today was THE WORST! One thing is certain in life…everything changes in an instant! She’s back home with me full time. I wasn’t getting all my work accomplished in five hours when she was in school. Now how am I going to get my work done?

The Work From Home Mom Is A Domestic Goddess And Then Some!

Alright, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back here considering I am juggling the domestic responsibilities with my several internet businesses. I tried hiring a maid but I am a bit of a neat freak and they didn’t thoroughly clean to my satisfaction. My mama always told me…”If you want a job done right, do it yourself!” My mom doesn’t know Robert Kiyosaki, he claims you must outsource as much as you possibly can. I guess I must keep hunting for a housekeeper, but there would still be laundry and meals to prepare. Above anything, it’s the continual needs and wants of a child that can make doing work so frustrating. You literally can’t leave the child alone for a second for fear that they will get into something. A few days ago, I left some expensive foundation out from my makeup case and my toddler smeared the whole bottle over her entire body. My bad… shock followed by a sigh. (At least it’s another great photo opportunity.)

The Work From Home Mom: When Does The Real Work Happen?

This is truly a real question from another work from home mom on my team that is struggling with her business. The short and sweet answer is being resourceful with your time will slowly get the work done. With our kind of work, I can do my various internet marketing, SEO, blogging, video marketing, etc. any time that I HAVE time for those duties. I take small chunks throughout the day for little tasks. I am putting on my makeup and getting backlinks to the blog. I am doing my hair and doing a podcast. I am guilty of using a Disney movie for a babysitter as I sit next to my toddler and write a post for my blog. I can connect on Facebook while I am preparing a meal. You get the idea. These are simple tasks, but the same tasks many internet entrepreneurs and bloggers do on a day-to-day basis.

Every day is different. Some days my toddler has slept well and is fairly easy to manage while other days when she wakes up so early, she’s absolutely no fun to be around (that’s putting it mildly) and those days I just work at night after she goes to bed. These are the best times to create another project and be MOST productive. Life as a work from home mom has LOTS of positive aspects, but I am NOT living-it-up either. Yes, we vacation as well as take some slow days, but the truth is, that I work easily four to seven hour days, five days a week. Having your own business requires time doing accounting, taxes, dealing with outsourcing quality control, and promoting. There are many tasks in any business and I can tell you from my own personal experience that an online business is very much the same as a brick and mortar-type of business. Being a work from home mom has its problems and blessings. On one hand, I am glad that I don’t have a strict routine to adhere to and that I choose to keep my toddler home when she hates school so much. Having said that, having her home is stressful too. There seems to generally be a prevalent feeling of never getting enough work done. I have to continue to remind myself that the business WILL grow, just not at the speed it COULD expand if I could sink a lot more time into it.

For every one of the work from home moms out there, more power to you! Some of you moms that have perfect angels for toddlers count your blessings. I have three children and only one was easy to raise. Each child is unique, but they are all blessings. I always say, if God gave me my last little one FIRST, then I would probably just have ONE! This child can be a handful! Alright, I have officially made this post a RANT. Well, I guess my world was rocked when she didn’t go to school today.

I hope this post offers my readers an ACCURATE picture about what it can be like to become a work from home mom. As for my projects?? Well, they will take a while to crank out. I will adapt and learn to be even more resourceful with my time. A work from home mom is a special woman who is inventive and patient… very good qualities of an entrepreneur! Work from home mom’s rock and I have a lot of respect for you all! This post is for you!

To your prosperity,

Sharon Koenig,

The Prosperous Lady