Baby Shower Gifts – Presentation is a Plus!

Are you invited to a baby shower? Then you must bring something special for the mom-to-be. Presentation is a plus when giving gift to a dear friend. Before you wrap the gift, you have to know first the sex of the upcoming baby, or if it is intended for the mom, wrap the gift in a way that she would surely appreciate. To cut down confusion, here are some ideas on how to wrap baby shower gifts creatively.

If you are going to a baby shower but pretty unsure if the baby is going to be a boy or girl, wrap the present in a gender-neutral color such as white, green, silver, or yellow. Instead of using one ribbon on the wrapped present, make it two. You can use two colored ribbons, in neutral colors of course, that will make two different colored bows on the top of the present.

To add another cute topping to your baby shower gift, you can use some cute baby accessories and toys such as rattles, teething toys, baby mittens, socks, hairbow, or small picture frames. Or if the party will going to be held sometime during the holiday season, you can use Christmas ornaments as additional decoration on your baby shower gift. Such items can easily be fastened by tying them with a ribbon – and these extras can also be used by the baby.

There’s a lot of creative ways you can think of when wrapping a baby shower gift, one of which is a teddy bear gift wrap. To make this kind of gift wrap, of course you will need a wrapping paper that has teddy bears on it. There are so many wrapping papers that come in teddy bears themes, however, if can’t find one, you can use cocoa colored gift wrap instead. After wrapping the gift with a teddy bear themed wrapping paper, you can put a cute teddy bear on the top of the package together with a nice white or brown bow. Alternatively, you can use teddy bear rattles, or teething toys instead of a small teddy bear.

For a baby girl shower gift, consider a pretty floral look. You can use a wrapping paper with floral prints or even just plain but colored paper, and then simply add a nice green or purple ribbon and tie it in a bow. If you prefer plain colored paper, it would be best to add some fresh spring flowers on the package to enhance its look. Make sure to cute the stems of the flowers short and then just add them before you to the party. This way the flowers would still look fresh for your baby shower gift.

Is there an older sibling? A baby shower gift doesn’t always necessarily need to be for the baby nor for the mom. If there is an older sibling, your gift could be something for him/her. You can think of wrapping a toy, board game, piggy bank, school bag, or a nice children’s wear. Baby gift baskets that contain a variety of cute baby gifts can also make a wonderful package for the baby shower. Get creative and imaginative when making such wonderful basket that the mom would definitely love and remember from you!

The best places to visit while in Sri Lanka

One of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka is Nuwara Eliya. This picturesque town is located in the central highlands and is known for its cooler climate. If you are looking to escape the heat of the lowlands, Nuwara Eliya is the perfect place to do so. While in town, be sure to visit Gregory Lake, where you can go for a swim or relax on the shores. You can also take a stroll through Victoria Park, which is especially lovely in spring when the flowers are in bloom.

Another great spot to check out while in Sri Lanka is Galle Fort. This fortification was built by the Portuguese and later expanded by the Dutch. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. Within the fort, you will find a number of quaint little hotels, cafes, shops, and museums. Be sure to walk along the ramparts for stunning views of the ocean.

If you’re looking for a beach vacation while in Sri Lanka, head to Bentota. This town is located on the southwest coast and is known for its beautiful beaches. Other beaches to visit include Nilaveli, Pasikudah and Arugam Bay. Here you can relax on the sand, go swimming, or try your hand at windsurfing. There are also a number of hotels and resorts if you want to stay close to the action.

Other great places to visit on this tiny island include:

Sigiriya rock fortress.

Dambulla cave temple.

Polonnaruwa, an ancient city filled with ruins.

Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Yala, for elephant and wildlife safaris.

Whether you are looking to escape the heat, explore some ancient ruins, or go on an amazing safari, Sri Lanka has something for everyone, and you can either use public transport, drive yourself or even get a car hire in Sri Lanka with a driver. Sri Lanka is a country packed with natural beauty and historical sites. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something to keep you busy while vacationing here. So go ahead and book your flight; you won’t regret it!

Focus For Success – How to Focus by Living in the Present Moment

If you have ever watched someone doing something they love you will notice how absorbed they are in the task, their complete focus given over to the activity. They are living in the present moment. Ironically, they are consciously aware of what they are doing by being in touch with the most creative part of their mind, the unconscious, where the intuition resides.

You may find it difficult to live in the present. You may be present physically, but entirely removed mentally and emotionally. You make a start then become easily distracted and your concentration lapses. All of these avoidance tactics soak up the energy you need to complete your task.

There are two practices, both drawn from Buddhist philosophy that will aid your concentration and focus. Meditation, practised each day, is the best way to experience present moment awareness. The body is stilled, the mind is consciously aware of the breath and of the many thoughts that arise. They are simply observed and then let go. If you can apply this same ‘letting go’ of unhelpful influences in your every day life this will aid you in working towards present moment awareness.

Mindfulness is the second practice; so that whatever you are doing, whether it be drinking a cup of tea or listening to a friend, you do it mindfully, that is you focus your whole concentration and energy on this one thing.

An added bonus is that living in the present has the effect of drawing you back to your natural centre, of quietening those nagging thoughts that you ‘hear’ because of habits you developed or experiences you encountered growing up. Many of these no longer serve you and will drain your precious energy.

Start now with practising meditation and mindfulness, even five minutes a day to begin with will make a difference to your focus. Soon you will notice how living in the present from moment to moment will move you naturally closer to creativity, growth and success.