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A Fun Place to Visit Is Spokane’s Manito

A Fun Place to Visit Is Spokane’s Manito

Residents say, “If you like gardens, flowers and plants, don’t miss Manito Park and Botanical Gardens” and they will also tell you, Manito Park has a feel and spirit all of its own. The name “Manito” in fact means “Spirit of Nature” in the Algonquian Indian language, so it is not surprising this lovely recreational park and gardens make for a great place to visit in Washington’s charming city of Spokane.

With five immaculate gardens, a conservatory, sparkling duck pond and much more Manito Park is Spokane’s garden showplace. Besides Duncan Garden, planted in a European Renaissance style, the grounds include a perfumed scented Lilac Garden, the flower that makes Spokane the “Lilac City”; a perennial garden; a classic Japanese style garden; Rose Hill, an old-fashioned rose garden with bushes representing more than 150 varieties and an All American Rose Selections test garden.

The three-acre symmetrically formal Duncan Garden is considered by many the centerpiece of the park. Duncan Garden houses a large granite fountain that was added in 1913 and a gazebo built and dedicated in 2004 to honor the park’s centennial (1904-2004) year. Both the fountain and gazebo in Duncan Garden are situated beside walking paths offering cultivated calm and charm.

Gaiser Conservatory is filled to overflowing with beautiful tropical plants and flowering displays, as well as cacti and seasonal flowers throughout the year. Some of the park’s visitors enjoy sitting quietly and feeding the ducks. The Duck Pond is located at the Northern end of the park and is home to ducks, swans and Geese. Another popular park activity is bird watching.

Spokane enjoys a claim of being a city that loves its parks and its residents visit them often to be part of the close to nature lifestyle the parks grant. Manito is one of the few botanical gardens in the nation offering such varied flower displays. It is among the Inland Northwest most visited parks, not just for its lovely gardens, but also for its walking and biking paths. The park is soothing, tranquil and infinitely distinct.

Originally named, “Montrose Park,” Manito Park was officially deeded to the city of Spokane in the spring of 1904. The gift’s unveiling came with a number of specific conditions, the most important being that the park “must be forever used for the sole purpose as a public park.”

Much of the park that is not planted as garden is left wild, with trails for bicycling and hiking. In any season, the recreational area presents breathing space from the hectic world beyond. During the winter, the grassy hills of Manito are popular destinations for sledding.

Attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year, Manito Park and Botanical Gardens covers some 90-acres of meticulously manicured lawns, picturesque gardens, topiary shrubs, greenhouse conservatory and walking paths and those who come more often than not discover their lives enriched by the park’s beauty and natural attractions.

Manito Park is open year round and there is no admission fee to either the gardens or …

7 Massage Marketing Tips

7 Massage Marketing Tips

The following are 7 ways to grow and improve your therapy business. Some of these methods are extremely simple but can give you powerful results.

1. Send a thank-you postcard or email to your customer. People love thank yous and you will get more repeat visits and referrals.

2. After the session ask your client if they would like to book another session. This is a simple and effective way to boost your sales.

3. Offer gift-certificates – You could do a 'buy 1 get 50% off'. Even though you will make slightly less per session, some people will give certificates to their friends and they may become long-term customers. Also, not everyone will redeem their certificates.

4. Tell your customers that you are wanting to get more clients and if they refer 3 people to you, you will give them a free session.

5. Have a quality looking website that gives information about your service and has nice-looking pictures so that your potential clients will feel more comfortable about coming to see you. Put your website url on your business cards, brochures, gift-certificates, bumper sticker on your car, your signs, anywhere you can!

6. Keep a database of your best customers and send them a birthday card on their birthdays and a holiday card for Christmas. You may want to offer a coupon for a discount inside the card.

7. Give away a freebie to your customers that has your name and website address on it. Some great freebies are: fridge magnets, coffee cups, water bottles, stickers, key chains, reusable grocery bags.

By following these 7 tips you can dramatically increase your business. Remember that it's all about building quality relationships, show people that you care. It's important to go 'the extra mile', you'll separate yourself from your competition and people will notice. Start implementing one or more of these marketing techniques today and watch your business grow. …

Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

You are thinking, her closet is full of clothes, the coat closet is overflowing with her stuff, the shoe rack is packed and I haven’t seen those earrings I got her for her birthday in month’s right? Well not surprisingly many women have numerous material items and surprise, surprise purchases many more throughout the year as well. This can lead many husbands, boyfriends, brothers and friends clueless as to what that special woman in their life might actually need. Well, not shockingly, many women probably don’t need anything else, but there are some gifts you can get her that she will definitely appreciate.

If you describe your woman as a beauty queen, someone who lives and dies by fashion and beauty, then finding the perfect something for her is easy. Jewelry for this woman is always a great choice, think of something classic like a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, or if you want to splurge go for a pair of diamond studs. You can also head to your local spa and grab a gift certificate for a day at the spa, think manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. You can also choose a perfume scent that you enjoy, and trust me, if you like it she will be bound to wear it. If you are looking to spend a little less money, browse for some aromatherapy candles in her favorite scent or a plush bathrobe that will make her want to stay in bed all day.

If you are looking for a gift for a home and kitchen goddess think about getting her something she can use around the house. Think about adding the cookbook the American Fashion Cookbook, assembled by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to her collection. Anthropologie also has dozens of different kitchen items ranging from petal shaped measuring cups to lotus dinnerware to a Parisian café apron. Again, if you looking to splurge a little bit think about gifting a Kitchen Aid mixer which comes in a variety of sizes and colors, my tip, gift the largest mixer your budget can afford.

The next lady on our list can only be defined as superwoman, or in more simple terms an athlete. This woman can often be hard to shop for, seeing as you can only have so many workout shorts, shirts, shoes, etc. Well this year look into getting her an iPod shuffle so she can add some of her favorite tunes to her workout. She would also benefit from a Timex Sports Ironman Wrist Watch which would help her train like a champion with the time zone and lap recall features. This woman might also enjoy a Wii Fit that would allow her to work out from home on those days she just doesn’t have time to get to the gym. There are also a number of small things you can get this special lady, think a yoga essentials brick, a Pezzi Gymnastik Ball or a Biggest Loser Workout DVD.

For those women …

The Potential And Purpose Of Music

The Potential And Purpose Of Music

The dictionary defines Music as "the science or art of combining tones into a composition having structure and continuity: Also as vocal or instrumental songs having rhythm, melody, or harmony.
This is a wonderfully academic definition and be it far from me to question the authority of the dictionary, however this definition describes more the process of producing music than it defines what music actually is. Music is far more than a science it is in fact a creative force a spiritual dimension of life. Music has been apart from the human experience in every culture and society of mankind since time began. From the earliest cultures of man until now music has been used to express a wide range of human emotions from love, joy and celebrity to sadness, anger and fear.Music has been used to inspire patriotism, incite wars and promote peace. Music is so much apart from us that we could not imagine a world or an existence that did not include this dimension of life. My point here is not to make a case for any particular genre of music but rather to help us understand that whether we know it or not the reason music is so much apart from us regardless of our age, race, cultural background, or preferred musical Genre and the reason it affects us the way it does is because in essence music is spiritual.

Understand that any thing that has the ability to alter our mood (positively or negatively), give language to feelings we can not express, or transport us back in time or forward into the future is a spiritual force. Music does all these things on varying levels. When we speak of things being spiritual we are speaking of that which possess the following: potential, purpose and power

Potential

At this point I must inform you that music like many other things in life such as money and even religion has the potential for good as well as evil. If we believe that music is spiritual than it is brutal
To understand that there is a good and an evil side to spirituality and spiritual things. For example the same knife that can be used to prepare a wonderful meal can also be used to mortally hurt some
One. The same wealth that can be used to feed the poor and promote positive change in the world could also be used to fund the trafficking of Illegal drugs or guns. In recent years the positive potential of music has been rediscovered as many mental health and therapy organizations are now including the use of music as a part of there therapy and recovery programs. Yet this is nothing new, in the bible there is a story of a great king named saul who was tormented in his soul and mind by an evil spirit. It was recommended to him that he employ the service of a skillful minstrel (musician). He was made aware of a young man named …

How To Develop A Relationship With Your Stepkids

How To Develop A Relationship With Your Stepkids

After a night of Las Vegas debauchery, a man groggily wakes up to find a scantily dressed woman next to him in bed. On the nightstand, he sees what appears to be a wedding photo from one of the strip's wedding chapels. Hastily putting on his glasses he covers his mouth in shock as he realizes he's the one in the picture.

Although the woman's face is partly covered, he notices the cheap wedding ring on her finger. He spots an open purse. He rummages through her handbag and he finds her wallet. He looks at her driver's license and sees her first name is Christina – he already knows what her last name is.

And before he closes her bag he finds a wide-ruled paper written in crayon beginning with Dear Mommy. The now-sober man realizes not only is he a new husband, but he is also a new stepdad.

How To Do It

When a couple dates, they make a connection and fall in love before deciding to get married. In the same way, if there's a child involved and your relationship is heading towards the altar you should begin courting your future stepchild. With the purpose of establishing a connection and developing a relationship before proposing marriage.

Developing a relationship with a potential stepchild is much easier and less stressful for all concerned when a partner is still considered to be a parent's boyfriend or girlfriend than it is when you become a stepparent. If you already have children your partner needs to understand and be able to embrace the fact, you come as a package deal.

Do not Be Santa

A common mistake made by many stepparents-to-be is to shower their fiancé's children with gifts in an attempt to buy their affections. The first issue is kids know when someone is trying to buy their love. They're savvy enough to not fall for the bait.

The second issue is the child might start to expect gifts from you all the time and without you're Daddy Warbucks, this will ever put a strain on your finances. Or even worse you contribute to the creation of a spoiled brat that expects to receive everything they want.

In the end, you run the risk of not achieving your desired results and your stepchild-to-be might become resentful of your attempt to bribe them for their love. The affection and trust of a stepchild come with taking the time and effort to develop a real relationship with them – not from trying to push it onto them.

Take an Interest in Your Child

One of the best ways to connect with a new stepchild is to take an interest in what interests them. If a child is not open about what they like, a talk with the biological parent might provide a starting point. If a stepchild is interested in animals, a trip to the zoo may provide a nice opportunity for bonding.

Older children can be harder to pin down …

Exquisite Jewellery of Solihull – The History

Exquisite Jewellery of Solihull – The History

Most sources quote the company manufactured jewellery from the sixties to the seventies. However this is untrue. Exquisite jewellery was produced by the company called W A P Watson Ltd. here is the companies time line:

1909 to 1914 – Walter Archibald Parker Watson had a small factory in Hockley Hill, Birmingham manufacturing chains and then gilt jewellery.

1914 W A P Watson sold his company to Augustus Harry Power and Clarence Oswald Flint. They kept the name and subsequently became W A P Watson LTD

1914 to 1934 Following the First World War, Messrs Power and Flint became skilled in producing costume jewellery. The original number of employees was 6 and it was during this time the range of jewellery was named Exquisite.

1934 The company with its 125 employees moved to Hampton Street in the Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. They also had premises in Mary Street. Now not only producing jewellery but also crested souvenirs.

1937 to 1954 W A P Watson ceased manufacturing jewellery during the Second World War but concentrated on helping the war effort. Following the war, Exquisite jewellery and the souvenirs production continued. But with increased demand and the confined space available in the Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Powers looked for larger premises. Augustus son’s Wallis and Jack had now become the managing directors

1954 to 1977 The company moved in 1954 to Vulcan Road Solihull. Expanded and introduced the Mirella trade name of gold plated picture frames, mirrors, pens and small pill boxes. The name Mirella came from one of their employees. Crystal was introduced into their product manufacturing. At their peak the company produced 20,000 pieces of jewellery under the Exquisite name. Famous for their Birthday and Scottish range – beautifully hand enameled brooches, necklaces and earrings.

1977 The Exquisite Jewellery range was stopped due to the competition of the high import of cheaper jewellery from the East. However the crested souvenir range was expanding as more people were able to take holidays in the UK and abroad. Spoons, bells, letter openers, thimbles were available in all the tourist gift shops across the UK

1977 to 1989 The company had to reduce employees as they struggled to survive the recession and competition. They produced new ranges of Collector’ Keepsakes – thimbles, letter openers and bells. Also leather goods under the name of Manor Leather craft.

1989 to 2000 The Crystal Flame range of silver and gilt animals with a crystal became popular and eventually developed into the Tudor Mint range. The popular Myths and Magic range of medieval figures and characters took off and still is very collectible today

2000 onward The Solihull factory closed in the early 2000’s as the company moved to the USA to expand the Tudor Mint range. In 2007 the company sold this to the Xystos group but still retains a holding company of The Watson Group Limited in Shirley Solihull.

W A P Watson left a large amount of collectible and beautiful jewellery. Many ranges are available …

10 Top Kids Party Games for an Enjoyable Party

10 Top Kids Party Games for an Enjoyable Party

Are you someone whom finds planning children’s parties a daunting affair? Are you worried about what you are going to do to keep them entertained?

If this sounds like you, then don’t despair as you have certainly not been the first parents to experience this. The good news is, that it doesn’t have to be this way, and there are plenty of EASY and CHEAP ways to keep the kids entertained at your child’s party.

There is a lot to be said about all the traditional kids party games that have been around since our Grandparents generation… and probably longer. These games have withstood the test of time for a reason… because they are good… and they really do work!

Here are 10 kids party games that you can use at your next child’s birthday party. You could pick one or two, or use the entire 10, but one thing is for certain… and that is the children will love them!

Pass the Parcel: All children love opening presents, so what is not to love about this game! Simply find a small present (suitable for both a boy and a girl) and wrap it up. Then have several layers of wrapping around the main present. Inside each wrapping it is ideal to place either another small item (a piece of candy, balloon, pen, spinning top… anything small). This is the small gift for the child to keep that opens that layer.

Sit the children in a circle and play some music. Ask them to pass the parcel around the circle until the music stops. When the music stops, that child can open the layer! For younger children it is recommended that you ensure each child has a chance to open at least one layer.

Pin the tail on the donkey: The traditional way to play this game is to have a donkey and lots of tails that the kids will pin onto the donkey (hence the name). You can however use this game to suit any theme you are having. For instance, Pin Dora’s hair band into her hair or pin the banana into the monkey’s hand. You can buy ready-made kits, or if feeling creative you could draw something yourself. Simply have some blind folds available and each child in turn has the opportunity to pin the tail on the donkey. Blindfold the child and ask them to pin the tail as close to where it should be as possible.

Musical Statues: Are there some budding dancers in the room? Choose some favourite music and simply ask the kids to dance! When they least expect it, turn the music off, and the children have to stand as still as possible. The last to stand still is out! Continue the game until only one child remains a statue.

Musical bumps: This game is played very similar to musical statues, except when the music stops, the children have to immediately sit down on their bottom. The last child to sit down …

Send Amazing Women’s Day Gifts Online

Send Amazing Women’s Day Gifts Online

To commemorate the movement for women’s rights, 8th March is celebrated every year. The definition of a woman has changed over the years. Breaking the shackles of domestic life, she has come out and beautifully balances the personal and professional life. In today’s time, many women are giving tough competition to the male counterparts in every field of life – be it sports, medicine, science, art, literature, management, etc. Our women’s day gifts are for those bold and beautiful women who truly make life bearable. From mom and grandma, sisters and daughters – each one has a significant role to play in our lives and on women’s day, you can get thrilling women’s day flowers and greet them. Simple and innocent roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, orchids, bird of paradise, lilies, or anthuriums are available in various bunches, bouquets, and arrangements for providing the charming ladies a great gift. Apart from these flowers for women, you can also check a wide range of cakes, chocolates, personalized items, plants, handbags, sweets, etc. You may also win her heart with our special combo gifts that contain little amount of many things. Let these alluring gifts set a satisfying smile on her face!

Explore Lavish Women’s Day Gifts and Place an Order on Bookmyflowers

BookMyFlowers is always ready to make all your festivals and occasions quite a memorable one. We have gift items ready for each and every special occasion. Women’s Day is a special day when you must thank all the lovely ladies who have supported you, loved you, and been a large influence in your life. The category of women’s day gifts is filled with some lovely cupcakes, makeup items, handbags, personalized products, etc. One of the best gifts that you can offer the special lady in your life this Women’s Day is a hamper of chocolates, teddy bear, personalized mug, and an assortment of cupcakes. You can get the gift delivery of these charming gifts anywhere in India as we cater to more than 350 locations in India. Our express delivery, same-day delivery, next day delivery, and midnight delivery services would add more excitement to your special celebration. One of our interesting product categories is plants where you would find lucky bamboo, bonsai, jade, hibiscus, money plant, etc. A plant is always a noble gift idea which knows only to love and care just like a woman does. So, you may also think about a plant gift to surprise the women.

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Some Examples of Personalised Corporate Gifts

Some Examples of Personalised Corporate Gifts

Giving gifts is known to be a meaningful, unique and socially respectable practice in all cultures across time. Giving or exchanging gifts are vastly appreciated globally, as it helps individuals to deliver specific messages that represent different intentions as well as emotions to an intended party.

Giving personalised corporate gifts is one good way to show appreciation to employees, at the occasion of weddings, birth of a new baby, promotion and so forth. This practice will not only encourage warmth, affection and loyalty in the working environment of an organisational team, but is also known to be ethical. Personalised gifts are also employed in efforts of honouring exceptional clients/employees from time to time.

Personalised item is one of the best ways to depict appreciation as well as to allow recipients to realise that you are contingent to them in businesses. No doubt, through a simple act of giving gifts is capable of strengthening an organisational team’s bonds and ties. There are indeed many kinds of customised gifts in the market today. Therefore, do not limit your imagination when purchasing a personalised corporate gift for that intended someone.

When choosing a personalised corporate gift, do take extra effort to ensure that the usefulness, uniqueness, presentation and the need of that particular gift to the intended recipient is prioritize. As the amount of thoughts invested in giving an appropriate personalised corporate gift does portray the sincerity of your giving to the recipient.

Similarly, when giving customised gifts to customers or employees, always decide to purchase quality gifts, as it will help leave a positive, lasting impression about you to the intended recipient. With an excellent practice of giving good gifts, you will be able to establish good rapport between your organisation and client, as your act is the representation of the friendliness of your company.

Giving gifts with logo or your company name imprinted on the customised gifts is also beneficial in advertising your company. However, again, the appropriateness of the intended corporate gift should be emphasised before giving to the intended recipients.

Hence, if you are looking for personalised corporate gifts, for your employees, customer or clients, I have good news for you. Your search ends here! Here are some ideas that would be helpful in assisting you to choose an appropriate gift for your recipient.

There is a wide range of personalised corporate gifts available in the market which are high-quality at an affordable prices. These gifts include: alarm clocks, golf balls, china mugs, card holders, hampers, desk accessories, mouse mats, name plates, paper weight, tickets for show and travels and so forth.

Following are some more examples:

Personalised frame – An option of a beautiful and useful corporate gift whereby the recipient can use to frame up beautiful images, special photographs, certificates, awards or any related items. It can be made more personal by engraving special date or name on it.

Pen/Pencil Set – Sets of pen / pencils act as a great choice of customised gifts. In order …

What It Means To Be An Empath

What It Means To Be An Empath

Let’s talk about what it means to be an empath…

Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and you have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, moods, and even pain. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions or physical pain. Empaths can also perceive the motivations and intentions of people around them. Being an empath, you are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy. This means that you really feel, and in many cases, take on the emotions of others, sometimes unknowingly.

Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily. These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all. Essentially, you walk around this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others. Here are the listeners of life. Empathic people are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things.

I personally have ‘felt’ things for a very long time in my younger years and I had no idea I was an empath. I just knew sometimes that I was sad, unsettled, had unusual pains, or was even angry with no apparent reason to be. It wasn’t until I was in my late 30’s that I learned what it was to be an empath, and why I always felt so different. And it took me quite a bit to truly realize this gift. Today, I’m calling it a gift. In my earlier years, I didn’t always think of this as a gift because I didn’t know how to contain it, control it, or even protect myself. Look for my next article on “Tools for an Empath’s Protection”.

Now I’m usually (and I use the word ‘usually’ loosely, LOL) aware of things I’m feeling that aren’t specifically mine, whether emotions things or physical symptoms. Sometimes, however, it takes me some time to figure it out and realize what’s happening. An example of this is something that happened to me the other night at a yoga class.

The minute I walked into the yoga room, I got a tickle in my throat that I couldn’t quite clear. It was just the instructor and me in the room so I just drank my water and didn’t think anything more about it. My throat became very scratchy and I had some coughing for a few minutes. The more I thought about it, I realized that I was perfectly fine before going to class, so I was beginning to think that this issue with my throat was not my own. In chatting with the instructor before class, she mentioned having a sinus thing going on, and suddenly during the class and my coughing fit, it clicked, that I was probably feeling her, and not me at all.

At one …