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    • Dinner Goes Beyond the Dining Room

      24 April 2019

      Gone are the days when meals were relegated to gathering around the kitchen or dining room table. These days, our eating and entertaining habits take us all around the house, and the major manufacturers of tabletop products are introducing lines geared toward accommodating this new lifestyle trend.

      According to HFN’s review of the recent Tabletop Show in New York City, instead of highlighting traditional dinnerware, classic brands like Mikasa and Lenox showcased serveware in all categories - and just about every medium - that could easily travel from the kitchen to the living room, family room, patio or wherever family and
      guests happen to be congregating for a meal...or nosh, as is more often the case.

      Brands focused on versatile items that allow consumers to eat anywhere, like appetizer plates, serving dishes and utensils, and all-purpose pieces that embody both functionality and design. The idea is to offer products that can stylishly travel from the kitchen to any room in which we choose to gather and dine.

      With that in mind, HFN reported that new lines at the Tabletop Show featured an array of items that reflect consumers’ new dining habits, such as trays, cake stands, large platters and bowls, salad tongs and serving spoons, small appetizer forks and spoons and dessert-only collections, in a range of mixed materials and finishes.   

      So if you’re hosting an upcoming event at your home, rethink your game plan for seating everyone around the dining room table and consider one of the following ideas. The less formal, more relaxed tone may lead to more intimate interactions among guests, and more fun for everyone involved...especially you:

      Use the dining room table as a buffet station. If you’re making a full-course meal, set everything out on the dining room table, using warming dishes as needed, and stack casual dinnerware and flatware so guests can grab and go, choosing a spot wherever and with whomever they choose.

      Choose small plates. People aren’t just moving away from the dining room, they’re moving away from big meals. So choose to serve a variety of small plates in various areas of your home - the center island in your kitchen, the coffee table, - allowing guests to nosh and mingle at the same time.

      Screen time. Whether it’s catching up on your favorite series with friends or movie night with the family, make watching TV an event by serving casual eats in the family room. Get everyone their own tray to help balance the meal on their lap, or serve simple finger foods with small plates.

      Source: HFN

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    • Beginner Garden Tips For Aspiring Green Thumbs

      24 April 2019

      If you plan on getting into gardening this spring, and consider yourself a beginner, the following tips can help ease your way into a gardening ritual.

      Keep it simple. If you're just starting out, your best bet is to pick just a few plants to get in the ground to avoid overwhelming yourself.
      Choose a focus, like an edible garden (hello, summer veggies) or florals in an area you spend a lot of outdoor time.

      Consider your available time. If your schedule is busy, choose low maintenance plants and come up with a watering schedule to make sure you can keep your garden lush and healthy. Tomatoes and beans, for instance, are hearty and robust whereas broccoli is finicky.

      To dig or not. You can dig down and start a bed in your yard, or, if you have limited space or a rocky surface, choose container gardens and build your beds up instead.

      Find the right area. Depending on the plants you've chosen, find a spot that gets the type of shade or sun required for what you'd like to grow. Or, if your garden area is limited, choose your plants based on the area you have available.

      Soil matters. The start of your garden, and the real root of its success, is soil. Simple dirt is not enough. Mix in organic matter, about 2 to 3 inches of compost, manure, dry grass clippings or old leaves.  

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    • Bloggers and Brands: Does Your Website Include Evergreen Content?

      24 April 2019

      Whether you're a small business, a blogger or an entrepreneur, if you share content on a web-based platform, you should be incorporating evergreen articles. An "evergreen" article is one that is not date, event or season specific, and will be relevant far into the future. Below,  Digital marketing company fishbat offers examples of evergreen content and explains three reasons why you should use it.

      Evergreen Content Examples
      - How To Guides, User Guides, Tutorials
      - Customer Reviews and Testimonials
      - Case Studies/White Papers
      - Definitions, Glossaries, Encyclopedia Entries
      - Top Tips and Best Practices for Your Industry
      - Curated Lists

      Now that you understand what makes content evergreen let's take a look at three significant benefits to featuring evergreen content on your website.

      Evergreen Content Encourages Backlinks. Google loves high-quality, in-depth content and prioritizes it over other types. Since evergreen content is designed in this format, it makes sense that Google would reward evergreen content with higher rankings. While trending content quickly loses steam, evergreen content will steadily climb the ranks as users discover, share, and provide backlinks to your content.

      What are backlinks? Backlinking is how Google determines your website's authoritativeness and trustworthiness. Creating evergreen content that appeals to your audience is one of the only ways you can tackle this aspect of Google's algorithm. Individuals are more likely to use evergreen content as a resource, generating high-quality backlinks. Your target audience is also more likely to share timeless content to their users, extending its reach, and ultimately creating more backlinks as it makes its way along the grapevine. High-quality backlinks paired with the SEO boost that comes with well-written content drives evergreen content high in search engine rankings, leading to more traffic and more leads.

      Long-Lasting Lead Generation. While all of the content you create has the potential to generate leads, evergreen content stands above the rest. Evergreen content's timelessness means that your carefully constructed and curated content will generate leads not just months, but years from now.

      So long as your content remains relevant and useful, users will continue searching for it, interacting with it, and looking back to it as a source of authoritative information. The consistent lead generation can do anything from boosting sales to helping you build a quality email list.

      Shareable Content Without a Shelf Life. Trending content has a place on social media. By taking advantage of topics that are trending, your brand can become a part of current conversations.

      That being said, evergreen content will be worth more in the long run. While trending content might get you noticed at the moment, evergreen content has a much longer shelf life. Users love to share high quality, valuable content. If your content has a timeless quality, it can continue to make its rounds on social media for years to come. Ultimately, evergreen content offers a better return on the time, money, and energy that went into its creation.

      Next time you're gearing up to write content for your website, consider trying one of the examples we mentioned earlier to create a unique piece of evergreen content that will remain useful not just for your target audience but for your brand for years to come.

      Source: fishbat

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    • 5 Easy to Grow Summer Vegetables

      24 April 2019

      Growing your own garden vegetables is an easy way to up your veggie intake, lower your grocery bill and minimize your environmental footprint. If you're looking to grow some fresh produce this summer, consider the following easy-to-grow veggies.

      Arugula. This peppery green is relatively low maintenance, and grows fast - you can be harvesting within 60 days.

      Spinach. Like arugula, this garden green grows fast, and well. So long as you have good quality soil, you'll be eating spinach 4-6 weeks from planting.

      Bok choy. This leafy green is great for stir-fry and grows to maturity within 30 days.

      Tomatoes. There are so many varieties of tomatoes you're sure to find a favorite, fast. They like strong, direct light, but are relatively hardy and grow very fast.

      Cucumbers. Growing your own cucumbers is rewarding, and you can even move on to make your own pickles! Cukes grow on a vine, so consider installing a trellis or fence they can cling to.

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    • How to Negotiate for More Than Salary

      24 April 2019

      If you’re out there navigating the job market, obviously, garnering the right salary is at the top of your priority list. But if your ideal salary isn’t quite attainable just yet, there are other desirable perks you should consider negotiating. talked to human resource experts around the country who advised job seekers to bargain for some of the following advantages in addition to salary:

      Paid time off. Work-life balance is more important than ever and paid time off comes at a premium in today’s overworked world, so if you can’t get the pay you’d like, see if you can get some additional vacation time.

      Flex time. A good rule of thumb if negotiating for flex time, is to state that you will initially work the first few months in the office in order to fully familiarize yourself with the job and the team. Also be sure to emphasize that you will be available for onsite meetings and travel as needed. If you’re asking for flex time, it’s critical that you’re flexible on your end as well.

      Student loan help. Some companies offer student loan repayment assistance programs to recent college grads. If a student loan is weighing you down, ask if this is a possibility.

      Continuing education assistance. Tuition reimbursement for graduate or other programs related to your job may also be something the company is willing to consider. You’ll never know unless you ask.

      Professional development. What can the company offer you in terms of training and/or classes that will help further your knowledge and career? Such education could prove far more valuable than a few additional dollars in your paycheck.

      Coverage for child care costs. Parental benefits, such as child care costs, have become more popular in recent years, so be sure to ask if this is something the firm offers.

      Health and wellness benefits. Would the company cover your gym membership? Provide the option to use a standing desk? If such benefits are important to you, ask!

      Moving costs. Are you moving from out of town for the job? Find out if the company offers relocation assistance.

      A better title. While your title won’t pay the rent, it can be an important stepping stone to your next job, and a cost-free item for your employer to provide.

      A signing bonus, stock options or other incentives. Find out if a signing bonus, or any type of annual bonus, is a possibility. Also inquire about long-term incentives, such as stock options, if you’re at the management level...or planning to move up the ladder.

      Remember, when it comes to a great employment package, salary is just one factor. Cover all the bases when you’re negotiating to come up with an arrangement that’s tailored to your particular needs.

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