Category: Lifestyle

How To Make Friends In A New Neighborhood

You are in a new neighborhood. This means you are in a new community. You will need to have the effort to find your place and fit in. Of course, you will also need to befriend your neighbors. That way, you will be able to have peace and respect for each other. You will also have someone you can trust in case of an emergency. Also, your social life will definitely be great within your home.

For you to be able to befriend your neighbors, you will have to make the impression. How will that be?

1. Always Greet and Smile

No matter and whoever you passed by, greet them. You can have a small talk with them and have the opportunity to get to know them and also introduce yourself. If you think they are busy, that does not mean you will ignore them. You can wave and greet them, hello to show your friendliness.

2. Check Out the Community

Surely, your neighborhood will have groceries, salons, coffee shops, etc. You will need to go see these places. The main reason would be to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood and to know if something you need is there. Another reason is to know more about people. You will know who are the ones that have their own business and you will also know about the employees. You will also be familiar with the regulars around and you will be able to bond over the same interests.

3. Join a Club or Group

Another way to know people with the same interests as you are looking and joining clubs or groups. If you are interested in sports, there might be a variety available in your neighborhood. Others may include book club or crafting. This way, you will have friends that you can exchange ideas with. You will also be able to learn something because of that. 

You can even make your own. There was a book series that is intended for children called The Baby-Sitters Club. The plot involves having a club wherein parents will just call if they would need a babysitter and instead of being frantic in finding, they will just call one place. It will be a great idea to have something like that too. It could be playgroups for kids or pet sitters or gardening. Anything that will be helping your neighborhood.

4. Compliment

Aside from greeting your neighbors, another way to break the ice with them is complimenting them. It could be their dogs or their garden or even what they are wearing that day. You will be able to start a small talk with that. You will make them feel good and show your interest to know more about them.

5. Invite or Be Invited

For you to get to know more about your neighbors and make connections, go ahead and invite for dinner. This is to show that they are welcome to your home even if you are still new. If the tables are turned, and you are the one that is invited, accept it to show your interest and also to appreciate their welcome.

How To Make New Friends After College

Now that you have graduated, it is time to face a new life. You would need to find new jobs and think about your needs and bills. In short, it is time for you to be an adult and be responsible. But that does not mean you will neglect your social life. With busyness coming ahead, it seems quite hard to do it. But there are ways to do it, and it does not take that much effort.

1. Stay in Touch

The best way to have friends after graduating is staying in touch with your college friends. This also includes others like your high school friends and from other places. This way, you can still have someone to talk to and know someone you can just hang out with and share stories with. You can have a get together when your schedules align. Also, this is also an opportunity to meet new friends if they have met someone.

2. Trying a New Hobby

It is never too late to try something new. This includes sports, arts and crafts, music, etc. The great thing about this is that you will be able to make new friends. It could be through classes where you can bond with someone who is also doing that for the first time. Some hobbies also have communities online or even locally. Not only you will have new friends, but you will also have someone to guide and help you with your new hobby.

3. Join Some Clubs

There are some clubs and groups of all sorts around. You can find something that holds your appeal. It could be something new that you want to try or just an old interest. That way, you will meet some people that share your passion and also some more fascinating people.

4. At Your Work

Having a new job may be intimidating but that does not mean it will stop you from befriending your coworkers. Some of them might be as new as you, and it is a great tool to get to know them because you are having the same experience at the moment. Also, it will be great to befriend some of the seniors. That way, you can learn more about your workplace. So if they invite you to go out after work or have lunch with them, grab the opportunity.

5. Social Media

Nowadays, you do not even need to go out to make some friends. With different apps and social media, you will be able to meet someone, and you do not even need to be in the same country. Truly, the internet made the world smaller. Because of that, you can easily make friends. You can set up a blog and that way, you can meet people that share your interest. You can also have some meetups especially if you discover that you just live in the same area. In fact, you can find people with the use of social media and if you are a person who gets awkward talking to new people in person, this might help you.

How To Make Strong Scented Candles At Home

Are you thinking of something you can give as a gift? One of the great things you could give is something handmade. You can make something simple but can make it personal which will add charm to your gift. In addition to that, you can also make one for your own. You can also even have it as a business. 

One of the things you can make is a scented candle which is great for this fall and upcoming winter. You will be able to relax with its scent and glow of it. The good news is it is easy to make them. You will just need the right tools and materials, and you will have the skill in making them in no time.

The Materials Needed

You will need is wax. Soy wax is said to the best because it burns longer. Make sure it is also unscented to add your preferred one later. Then you will also need a braided wick and tabs for sustenance, and then also a dye. You will also need fragrance oils or essential oils to add the scent. You would also need a skewer.

The Tools Needed

The tools needed are mostly in your kitchen. That is the stove and a double broiler. A thermometer would be handy to have a definite temperature. You would also need a glue gun which will be handy in the process.

Steps in Making:

  1. The first thing you will need is to put together the needed materials. This will include the scent of your choice.
  2. After that, if your wick is not pre-tabbed, you will need to tab them yourself. The advantage of this is it is cheaper and also you will get to decide the size of your candle, so it will not matter if you suddenly go with big or small. 
  3. Now it is time to melt the wax. You will need to place it in a double broiler or if you do not have one, in a metal container over a pan. The preferred temperature would be 180 degrees in Fahrenheit, and it will be handy to use a thermometer for this to watch out for it.
  4. If the wax has been fully melted, remove it from the heat.
  5. Put in the dye. You can match the color with the scent if you want.
  6. Put in the fragrance oil or the essential oil for the scent.
  7. Then after all that, let the wax cool down.
  8. While letting it cool down, you could arrange your mold by putting in the wick. Glue in the stabilizer in the base of the jar to be more sturdy.
  9. Use a skewer to tie in the wick then put it in the top of the mold, so it will be in the center.
  10. Then after all that, pour your wax in the mold or a container.
  11. You will need to wait at least 24 hours to ensure that your candle solidifies.
  12. After it hardens, trim your wick in about quarter inch, and you are done.
What To Bring To A Dinner Party Other Than Wine

Having invited for dinner would be an honor and privilege no matter who and what. It does not matter if it is a holiday or just an ordinary get together with coworkers or friends, the important matter is that the host is kind enough to offer their home and eat food and have a good time. Of course, a great way to thank them is by giving them a gift. A bottle of wine is one of the common gifts to give, and that is why it would be nice to give them something different. If you are thinking about what will it be, here are some ideas:

1. Food

Even if it is a dinner party, it will never be too much food. Of course, it should be not something heavy that will compete for the meals. Some ideas are the following:

a. Appetizers and Snacks

This means something simple to eat before a meal or something to pass around when telling stories. You do not have to exert much effort in it. You can bring cheese that will be perfect for a cheese platter. You can also bring in some chips, nachos, or even popcorn that will work well in an informal setting.

b. Dessert

This could be either homemade or store-bought. It is what thought that counts. Examples of this is a cake or a pie. It could also be something of small portions or something that can be a snack such as cookies and candy bars, and also brownies, creampuffs, and lemon squares.

c. Condiments

You can also bring something to add to the food. This includes vinaigrettes or dressings on salads. Another is spices and herbs for pasta and other food. If the food involves steaks or something like in a barbecue party, it would be a lot easier because you can bring about just anything.

d. Fruits

Fruits can be eaten as desserts or snacks, so it does not fit the above category. But yes, a fruit basket is a nice gift for the host and also can arrange something that can be shared with other guests.

2. Flowers or Plants

It does not always have to be food. You can also bring something that is useful or rather will add interest with decor or the host’s home. One of this are vase or potted flowers or plants. This is also a great personal gift for the party hosts. That way, you will be able to give thanks to them and at the same time, you are also adding something to the party with no effort.

3. A Playlist

To keep a party interesting and exciting, good music will be needed. Why not have something you know everyone will like and maybe even have activities with. You can bring it with a USB or mP3 player or even just your phone. You can also go old school and have it burned on a CD. The playlist does not only involve music. If the dinner party is informal, you can also bring in some movies, shows, and even documentaries for something to watch. You can also bring in some concert DVDs if you want to stick with music.