Café Anant

Author Archive

Cribs with Storage

babyletto mercer with storage 2 PNG

If you’re expecting a baby, one of the first and most important things you’ll need to buy soon will be a nice baby crib. A good knowledge about the types of cribs available in the market can help you pick exactly the one that will work best for you. Along with safety and comfort, one important feature that can truly enhance your experience with a crib is the presence of a storage facility. Depending upon your style and budget, you can check which crib would suit you best but going with a crib that has under crib storage is something that can never go wrong.

Under crib storage, as the name suggests, is a storage facility present below a crib – in the space between the crib’s base and the floor. It can come in the form of a single, wide drawer or multiple drawers depending upon the crib you choose. It helps in the organization and neat arrangement of things in a room without occupying any extra space. Under crib storage accompanies only a selected number of cribs in the market but once you’ve used a crib with under crib storage, you might find it impossible to do without it.

The best part about under crib storage is that it helps important things like diapers, wet wipes, crib sheets, etc. to be out of sight yet easily accessible. This is very useful because when it comes to babies, we just can’t afford to store things away in far off shelves. We need to have the access to diapers and wipes at the click of a finger. At the same time, we can’t let such things be on a table either because one, they will make the nursery look cluttered and two, a curious toddler would most likely reach out to and dispose of these things before we know it. Hence, its crucial to have a spacious storage shelf or drawer in the nursery and what can be better than having it on the crib itself, utilizing the space which would otherwise be collecting dust.

Some cribs with under crib storage are accompanied by other useful features as well. These include crib convertibility, safety and good looks among others.

My favorite crib with under crib storage is the Babyletto Mercer 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Storage. It has good storage, is convertible into a day bed and toddler bed (with included conversion rails) and looks really cool and chic!

More Storage in Cribs

dream on me casco crib with storage PNG

Having talked about cribs with under crib storage, let me also tell you a little about other, more spacious storage options that are available in some cribs.

Just like cribs with under crib storage, a few selected cribs come with an attached storage feature in the form of a changing table and dresser. The changing table helps to easily change a baby’s dresses and diapers by placing her right next to her sleeping area and the drawers underneath provide easy and quick access to the clothes, diapers, rash creams, etc. that are needed during the changing time. Additionally, the back-side of these drawers also contains some open shelves to keep extra baby stuff. The vertical alignment of these shelves (attached to the drawers) and the changing table makes excellent use of space and provides lots of storage with just a few inches added to the crib.

The cribs with such features are simply referred to as cribs with storage. They accommodate ample storage capacity in a compact size which occupies much less space in comparison to these storage features being bought separately. In addition to being a space-saver, these cribs are cost-effective as well.

My favorite crib with storage is the Dream On Me Casco 3 in 1 Mini Crib and Dressing Table Combo . It has a great storage capacity, can be converted into a day bed and twin size bed, is light-weight and beautiful.

Advertisements

Hooray !!! That time of the year is here again. Not long before everything will be magical and merry. Not long before the streets will be full of light. Not long before everyone will celebrate together. Not long before Santa will arrive and all our wishes will come true.

Christmas is the time for celebration, for letting go of all our worries, spending time and exchanging gifts with family and friends. Christmas is also about decorating our homes to welcome and celebrate with near and dear ones.

While a Christmas tree loaded with gifts and great food are but essential for celebrating Christmas, there are certain other things which have great significance as far as Christmas is concerned and can add that extra excitement to your Christmas celebrations and decoration.

Following are 5 essential Christmas Decoration Ideas which will make your Christmas truly merry:

 

Christmas Wreath1. Christmas Wreaths: An unmistakable symbol of Christmas, wreaths have been used to Christmas decorations for years and years and signify growth and prosperity. These can be placed anywhere inside or outside the house, on doors, on walls, on windows or over the mantle.

Both real and artificial Christmas wreaths are easily available these days. Real Christmas wreaths are made of evergreens, pine branches and holly and are decorated with pine cones, holly berries, small presents, fruits, candies etc. Most of these materials have a deeper significance to Christmas and also to Jesus’s crucifixion. Pine and holly branches used in wreaths have thorns which represent the thorn in Jesus’s crown when he was crucified. Holly berries which are bright red in color signify Jesus’s blood which he shed selflessly for mankind. Also, the circular shape of the wreath represent the circle of life.

Christmas wreaths are a true reminder of what Christmas actually stands for and are a must during Christmas.

 

2. Christmas Mistletoe: Mistletoe is a plant that grows on willow and apple branches. It is actually a parasite which is transferred to tree branches by birds, attaches itself to the tree and grows.

Christmas MistletoeThe tradition of hanging mistletoe dates back to ancient times when Druids considered that it brought good luck, prosperity and health to the household. It was also believed that mistletoe possesses mystical powers and wards off evil spirits. These beliefs surrounding mistletoe have lead to the tradition of hanging mistletoe during Christmas as good omen even today.

In Norse mythology, mistletoe was considered to be a sign of love and friendship. This might be the reason behind the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. It was believed that kissing under the mistletoe would bring true love and culminate in marriage.

These are important enough reasons for mistletoe to be used for decoration during Christmas 🙂

 

Christmas Candles3. Christmas Candles: It’s hard to imagine Christmas without candles being lit around the house or in the church while Christmas carols are being sung. Candles signify light, prayer, warmth and hope and they are an essential part of Christmas because they represent the birth of Christ, the light of the world, who guides us through the darkness and brings hope.

Therefore, candles are an important part of Christmas not just for their beauty and elegance but also for what they symbolise. Christmas is the celebration of the the birth of Jesus Christ who enlightened all of mankind while sacrificing himself, just like candles bring light and warmth into our lives while melting away themselves.

 

Christmas Lights4. Christmas Lights: While candles are the traditional way of depicting light, warmth and hope during Christmas, in the modern times, lights serve the same purpose. Christmas lights are an important part of Christmas celebrations in today’s world. Whether outdoors or indoors, Christmas decoration involves excessive use of Christmas lights which has become the norm. A Christmas without brightly lit streets, twinkling Christmas trees in shopping malls, string lights bordering buildings and hanging from rooftops of houses, is totally impossible.

Christmas lights in various designs, shapes and sizes are readily available and are a must for making any Christmas decoration complete. Apart from lighting the Christmas tree, one needs lights to decorate different areas around the house such as the living room, the garden, the porch, the patio, the walkway etc. String lights, particularly, are very useful and apt for Christmas decoration.

 

Christmas Flowers5. Christmas Flowers: Certain flowers that bloom around Christmas and are used during the Christmas season are known as Christmas flowers. Flowers like Christmas Cactus, Christmas Rose, Poinsettia, Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe are used extensively for decoration during Christmas.

Many of these flowers symbolize certain values that match with the spirit of Christmas. Like Poinsettia is believed to be a symbol of purity while Mistletoe is a sign of good luck, health, love and friendship.

Bouquets, baskets, wreaths and garlands of Christmas flowers add a unique charm to any Christmas decoration.

 

6. Christmas Carols: Once the Christmas decorations are done and the place looks perfect to invite family and friends to celebrate with, it’s time to make the ambience even more magical by playing Christmas carols in the background. Christmas carols symbolize the true spirit and joys of Christmas and bring along a lot of memories for all of us.

 

Hope the above decoration ideas will help you in making your Christmas beautiful and memorable. Leave your worries behind, spread love, give happiness, decorate, celebrate and immerse in the true spirit of Christmas with your loved ones. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

Different Types of Rollators

There are different types of rollators to suit different needs.

  • Three Wheel Rollator

Three wheel rollator has one front wheel and two back wheels. It is light, narrow, and easy to move around in areas with less moving space. The back wheels have the braking system to control the speed of the rollator or to stop it from moving forward. The brake system also has a lock feature to ensure the safety. The weight of lighter models of three wheel rollator is around 8 to 10 lbs. The heavy duty three wheel rollators, which are made of steel frame, have weight up to seventeen pounds.

  • Four Wheel Rollator

The four wheel rollators are more stable than the three wheel rollators, but they tend to be heavier than three wheel rollators. They are also broader than three wheel rollators and therefore it is difficult to maneuver them in tight space.

  • Bariatric or Heavy Duty Rollator

These types of rollators are designed specifically for heavy patients. They have the capacity to carry heavier weight and they also have broader seats to accommodate heavy weight patients. Since they have to carry heavy users, the frame of bariatric rollators is made of sturdy material. This makes them difficult to move around.

Why to Use Three Wheel Rollator?

Three wheel rollators are suitable for those who have moderate mobility issues and need support for moving around conveniently, but do not need the extra weight and stability of four wheel rollator. Now there are three wheel rollator models with seat, which can be used to sit when feeling tired.

Parts of Three Wheel Rollator

There are different models of three wheel rollators, but all of them essentially have these parts –

Wheels

Three wheel rollators can be easily maneuvered around the obstructions inside and outside the house. Apart from the number of wheels, the size of wheels is also important. Three wheel rollators with smaller size of wheels such as six inches or less are suitable for smooth indoor surface. However, larger wheels are easy to maneuver and appropriate for both indoor surface and uneven outdoor surface.

Brake System

Brake system in three wheel rollators makes the user feel in control. The brake system of the rollator should be designed in such a way so that it is easily reachable and can be operated effortlessly. There are three types of brake system in standard three wheeled rollators.

  • The cable brake system is very similar to the brake system of a bicycle. The user can press the brake handle to stop the rollator.
  • Reverse braking or the locking feature allows the brake to be locked until the brake handles are pressed to release the pressure. This saves the user from continuously keeping a grip on the brake handles. It also ensures the safety of the user by locking the brake when the user is trying to step down from or sit on the rollator.
  • Optional brake systems: There are other optional brake systems in three wheel rollators. The slow-down brake system allows user to control the speed of the rollator when maneuvering on an inclined surface. The single hand brake system allows the user to use only one hand to operate the brake system. It is effective for those who have one hand stronger than the other.

Frame

Steel and aluminum are two materials with which the frame of the three wheel rollators are made of. Steel is sturdy and strong, but it is also heavy. Therefore it is best suited for heavy weight people. However, being heavier, it becomes difficult to carry around the three wheel rollators with steel frame. They are not suitable for people with weak arms or elderly users or caretakers. Aluminum is relatively lighter and can be easily pushed by light weight user. If the frame is foldable, it is easier to carry around the three wheel rollator in vehicles to different locations.

Seat

Usually the seat is the part of the four-wheel rollator and not the three-wheel rollator. However, there are companies that are coming up with the unique concept of three-wheel rollator with seat. You should look for the three wheel rollator with adjustable seat height. Another thing to consider is the material of the seat. If you want more comfort, then you should look for the padded and cushioned seat along with the backrest and armrest, instead of plastic seats which can be hard and uncomfortable. Also, make sure that that there is enough space between the handles of the three wheel rollator to let you sit down comfortably.

Optional Accessories

Many optional accessories are available with the three wheel rollators such as trays, backrest, leg rest and baskets or pouches for carrying items. Some of them also have a walking stick holder, oxygen tank holder and water bottle holder. The choice depends on your needs. A wire basket is good to carry personal items but it is more cumbersome and you will have to remove it when you are folding the rollator. A collapsible bag not only makes the three wheel rollator easier to carry but also safe for keeping personal items like moneybags and purse. A carrier for walking stick will make sure that you have your walking stick with you when you need to move in tighter spaces where it is difficult to take the three wheel rollator.

High Dividend Stocks – Energy Stocks

 

Alternative energy companies deal with lots of money and their shares can mean high dividend stocks. The companies would be involved in various areas of the energy sector ranging from oil, gas to service companies. The companies that are huge with a market cap >$500 million pay annual dividends of 8% to 10% to their stock holders.

For example:

  • Encore Energy Partners – company produces oil and natural gas in Big Horn Basin in areas of Montana and Wyoming, Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana and Arkoma Basin in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
  • MV Oil Trust – has net profits in oil, natural gas in Colorado and Kansas. They have approximately 1000  oil and gas producing wells.

 

Solar Energy Stocks – To Invest or Not

 

Solar stocks are comparatively new additions to the stock market. These stocks seem to be good investments in this post-recession times. Some of the best solar stocks to buy now would be SPWRA, STP, FSLR, LDK, SOEN, JASO-JA etc. Solar energy sector is in its growth phase and this would be the ideal time to invest in them. Even though new limitations have been drawn up for these companies in terms of solar energy research, solar installations in homes and businesses etc, due to the economy crisis, the need for sustainable energy is a persistent concern and before long all the solar energy companies would resume their research activities in full swing. Once the economy finds a foothold, unparalleled growth is expected in these company and subsequently their solar stocks.

Solar power can be used to for a number of activities like recharging batteries, running home appliances etc. If you plan to invest in stocks of solar companies, make sure that you do your homework thoroughly. Research companies and analyze their stock performance over a period of time. Due diligence is mandatory for any investment in the stock market. Solar stocks have a higher element of risk involved due to nature of industry but in future solar stocks have huge potential to do very well as sources of alternative energy become a global priority.

Short Term Investments in Energy Stocks

Alternative energy technologies have potential to transform global economy and this should precisely be the reason why energy stocks are so lucrative. If you are planning only short term investment in energy companies, you can opt for lesser known companies which would give you quick profits when they grow. Your initial investment would be low ans your expected profits high. Some of the energy companies worth investing in are Alstom, General Electric, Bouygues, Johnson Controls, Toray Industries, Areva, Peabody energy, Canadian Oil Sands Trust, Consol Energy, Zoltek etc.

Stock Investments and Technical Analysis

 

Stocks of any kind, whether gold stocks, energy stocks or company stocks are all prone to the risks of the market. There are no safe investments in the stock market. The element of risk is the specialty of the market trades and any one ready to brace them will meet with sure success. Financial know how of the market and its working methods along with fair knowledge about the world stock markets are mandatory for a beginner. The Dow Theory is the basics of all stock technical analysis as we know today  and how to use the technical analysis tools is necessary if you are planning to do some serious stock investments.

Yes people, that’s the question for today on the Marriott World of Rewards. And who doesn’t want a reward eh? 😉

Possible Answers

  1. A popular Hong Kong ferry called the “Celestial Star ferry” was built in 1956. (most likely) link to wiki

  2. Wong Tai Sin Temple – This temple was opened in 1956. However, Wikipedia says it was built much earlier than that.
  3. The university of Hong Kong acquired a house in 1956, which was made into the men’s hostel. It’s still not open to the public, so can’t be this either.
  4. The Hong Kong riots took place in October 1956 (for those generally interested in China). I’d rather just write an encyclopedic entry on Hong Kong. lol!
  5. Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1956.
  6. The Hong Kong society for the blind was also founded in 1956.

If you win a prize, come back and tell us!! 😉

Old News now
God sake!! I’ve been trying to figure out the answer to this one for the last hour!! Have to say – The questions they ask on Marriott world of rewards are pretty tough to look up. I guess that’s what makes the quiz challenging and interesting.

Well, I’m still looking for an answer. If you happen to be one of those Google search experts who know exactly what to search for and jump into the answer, be kind and post a comment with the correct answer to help others.

Meanwhile, it’s slogging for me!

Hong Kong at Night - What attraction can it be?

Hong Kong at Night - What attraction can it be?

Related searches

What Hong Kong attraction was built in 1956?, Hong Kong attraction 1956, Hong Kong 1956, hong kong built in 1956, hong kong

Why do we vote on Tuesday?

Why do we vote on Tuesday?

America has always voted on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November (which means it cannot be the 1st of November ever and always falls between the 2nd and 8th of November) since 1845 when the Congress decided that there should be a fixed date for voting.

Why the Tuesday after first Monday in November?

A bill raised in 1844 set presidential elections polling to be conducted on the first Tuesday in November in years divisible by 4 (or leap years), for some strange reason. Now the Electoral College used to meet on the first Wednesday of December and it was brought to notice that if the first Tuesday of November is selected as the Election day, then there would be a gap of more than 34 days between the two days. This was in violation of the Electoral College Law.

So, it was decided that to keep the gap 34 days or lesser, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November will be conducted, Election Day polling.

Why do we vote on Tuesday?

Now, why did it have to be Tuesday anyway? Here’s the Answer:

In 1845, we survived on agriculture and the fastest and most common form of transport was a horse – horse-carts, sole horse riders and chariots was all you saw on roads.

It took farmers a day to travel to and fro from the election stations and a day to vote – Total 3 DAYS.

Sabbath (as we were more Christian then, than we’re now) fell on Friday.

Which means it couldn’t have been Monday (people wanted to Enjoy their Sundays, and not travel). Couldn’t have been thursday (people couldn’t travel on Sabbath).

This left only Tuesday and Wednesday right? Are you still with me? (complicated math).. 😉

Wednesday was the market day, so voting couldn’t be conducted then.

This left TUESDAY!!

Phew!

Why do we Americans have one of the lowest voting turnouts in the World?

This was fine then, when we rode horses, but today we need an amendment in this law.

Everyone works on Tuesdays. Some states require companies to pay their employees two hours of absentee salaries so people can go and vote. Some states don’t even do that! No wonder people caught in the middle of their work are unable to come to vote.

It’s high time we shifted Election day to a Saturday!!

We don’t need a day to travel to the polling stations anymore. Who agrees?