Friday, June 14, 2019

7 Ways Quality Graphic Design Enhances Your Brand

Graphic design nowadays is a priority for everyone who intends to start a new business. We need impressive visual content to catch and hold our potential audience’s attention, get people to know our brand and to create marketing materials, whether it be pamphlets, business cards, stationery, and even email newsletters.

Every brand needs to have an identity and a large presence in its niche, and graphic design is a necessary tool for creating both. Besides, it improves the way you communicate with your customers. Graphic design will always be necessary to inform, draw interest and even persuade your audience to buy in a clean, attractive and effective way through visual content.

If you are planning on starting a new business or you would like to give a new image to the one you already have, this is what professional graphic design can do for you:

1. Good graphic design makes you look good and it enhances your sales

We all know first impressions matter. You can either create a good first impression or spend quite some time working your way through someone’s heart… or wallet. Professional graphic design creates a powerful and positive first impression that will benefit your business in a matter of seconds.

When people look at a high-quality design, they immediately associate this with the quality of your brand’s products and services. In people’s minds, good graphics means a reliable brand, and a reliable brand means great products that are worth spending money on.

Take into consideration that someone could find your brand in many different ways. Perhaps they saw your latest social media post, found your website on Google, saw an ad, got your business card, etc. You have to be careful and make sure you are putting your best foot forward every time you deal with your brand’s image.

2. It quickly conveys your message

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. When most would overlook your marketing efforts when they are in written form, your visual content will pop out and do all the talking for you in a literal blink.

That is why professional designers create graphic content based on the message you want to deliver, they choose specific colors and typefaces to communicate your message in a visual way. This is why graphic design is so successful, it is a clever way to make your target audience connect with your message almost without them even knowing.

This applies to any type of information you want to share. Research has shown that infographics beat any other type of content when it comes to being shared and liked on social media, so whenever there is a piece of information you would like your audience to know, you could use graphic design to accompany your information in written form and create a potentially viral piece of visual content.

3. It gives consistency to your brand

The graphic materials and content you use need to be consistent to create a reliable image to your audience. Your logo, brand colors, imagery and messaging must be the same in every product that reaches your customer. When these aspects of your business are not consistent, it tends to confuse your clients and make them feel uncomfortable, creating a negative association with your company that will definitely affect your profit.

4. It makes your customers trust you

Good, aesthetic graphic design makes your brand welcoming and trustworthy in the minds of potential clients. Actually, they will trust your products or services if the design is attractive to them, and vice-versa.

If you can make your customers feel comfortable with your brand, you can be sure they will happily come back every time they need your products, as you have created a safe, reliable place for them to spend on.

Additionally, it will give you the polished, professional look people are always looking for whenever they are planning to spend their money on a new product.

5. It sets you apart from the competition

The graphic materials you choose to represent your company will make you stand out from the competition. People like to associate themselves with things that look and make them feel good and quality graphic design creates attractive visuals to pick their interest, influencing their choices so that they eventually become loyal customers.

6. It establishes your brand

Design also helps establish your company’s name in its niche market. An effective logo will always remind us of the brand behind it. The more we see it, the more we remember the brand, making us recognize it every time we see it. This is especially important for small companies that can’t afford big marketing efforts. A unique logo and a good business card design can be few but powerful marketing items to establish your brand with just a few resources.

7. It unites your employees

In a company, employees will always be surrounded by different company items such as stationery, brochure, uniforms, and the brand’s logo. These designs help unite employees under the same identity.

If you are trying to boost the potential of your brand and enhance your sales, graphic design will always be an excellent tool to renew your connection with your audience and change the way it perceives and consumes your brand.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Little Bites Father’s Day Sweepstakes + Win A $25 Visa GIft Card and Free Little Bites!

*The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins*

Father's Day is this weekend! You likely have your gifts on hand and your plans made, but there is still time to pick up last minute extras and even time to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card or some adorable dad/child matching socks plus Little Bites Muffins. All you have to do is enter Little Bites Muffins' Father's Day Sweepstakes. The deadline to enter is June 16th, 2019.

Even if you don't win, Little Bites Muffins make a great Father's Day treat or easy ("made" by kids) breakfast idea. Like this fun (if not perfect) heart we made out of Little Bites Muffins.
Wouldn't this be perfect with a gift and Father's Day card placed in the middle?

Another fun idea would be to open the packs and use the muffins to spell out "DAD" or even "Happy Father's Day", if you want to go really big. That would be perfect for a larger gathering, like a BBQ, which totally screams Father's Day.

Unlike a lot of treats, Little Bites Muffins are made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries and bananas, contain no corn syrup and (most varieties) are 200 calories or less. So for kids, or kids at heart, Little Bites Muffins are a treat you can feel good about. 

Little Bites has been kind enough to provide a $25 Visa Digital Gift Card and 3 Little Bites Muffins Coupons for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win it all. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck. I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and delicious Father's Day.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

"Ugly" Pajamas Giveaway!!

I am all about comfort. At home, I live in lounge wear and PJs, literally. If I am in regular clothes, I am on my way out of the house. So, obviously, comfort is my main objective. However, I do still want to look cute and as stylish as possible. So I love PJs that have a fun design on them.

For over-the-top adorable PJs, UglyChristmasSweater is my go to. The have so many fabulous themes, and I adore onesies. They have lounge pants, too, for when I want something cooler. Both are soft and cozy. The epitome of comfort.

Now, I may be into soft clothes, but I'm not "soft", even in my hooded onesie, I am a gangster. So, naturally, these Wu-Tang logo designs were perfect for me. I love them. I can feel hard and soft at the same time. Wu-Tang Nation, represent!

Wu Tang Clan Logo Toss Pajama Union jumpsuitWu Tang Clan Logo Lounge Pants

There are so many other fabulous styles, too, like Star Wars, A Christmas Story, and Home Alone. Really, every pair awakens my inner nerd, and I want them all. I know you will, too. Luckily for you, UglyChristmasSweater has been awesome enough to give away a pair (winner's choice) to one of my readers. Just enter below for your chance to win. Good luck.

*Although I received these items at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Spring Sprucing

Spring has sprung and the spring cleaning has begun. But what about spring sprucing? What good is it to clean up a house that is run down and looking drab and do nothing about the house itself? Our home is not even that old, but it is already in need of a tune up.

The main areas that are often the most noticeably in need of attention are the walls (of course), any kicks, holes, chipped paint, etc. The yard, weeds, dead grass, askew stones or bed liners, etc. doors and cabinets, nicks, loose or missing knobs, etc. And of course, the roof, missing shingles, wear and tear, dips or sunken areas.

Just revamping some of these problem areas can make a home go from drab to fab. Seriously, it is amazing what a little Spackle and a fresh coat of paint can do to transform a room. The cabinets we have had ceramic knobs, and they must have been subpar quality, because the ceramic at the base cracks or the glue (or whatever it is) just disintegrates or whatever so the knob just slide off the metal piece, because they are not attached in any significant way.

So I am replacing all of the knobs on all of our cabinets. The old ones were boring, too. just plain white and round. I will be getting something fun this time, maybe antique brass looking, with a embossed design or something similar. Something distinctive, but still timeless and not too gaudy.

I am going to redo the "flower beds", where the bushes are. The bushes are all half dead and not symmetrical. I plan to plant a few food plants. Herbs and vegetables only, probably, since most fruits take so long to grow. Although a strawberry plant would be good. And I am going to get some lawn feeder to take care of the patchy spots.

Most of the sprucing projects are things that I can do myself. But I do know to get help when I need it, so I don't make a small problem into a big problem. Thankfully, I do most of the fixing in our home, so I don't have a hubby that would decide to "fix" us into a bigger problem either.

So what do I do for those jobs that are too much for us? I call a professional. There is no shame in letting someone who knows what they are doing be the one to do it. Like for the roof (we have a dip and just a general "raggedy" look due to a few hurricanes) we are going to have Westchase Roofing take a look. I'm thinking asphalt shingles will give us the result we want.

Besides just the fact that they know what they are doing and we don't, we picked Westchase roofing because they believe in one-on-one relationships with their customers. It's very rare, in today's world, that a company actually takes the time to get to know their customers and truly values them. That is something that my husband and I value.

So this spring, clean of you want, but don't forget to spruce. It will make your home feel like it's brand new, and give you a renewed passion for WANTING to spring clean, which is almost an impossible feat. Do what you can with what you know, and let a professional do the rest. Enjoy your "new" home.

Difference Between Mini vs Regular Dental Implants

While eating hard to chew food, you felt something was wrong. You chewed on something hard and then realized that it was not the food you are eating. You checked your teeth in front of a mirror and began to freak out because your front tooth was cracked. You know those front teeth are very important not only for cutting food but also to your appearance. Losing them can make you look old, lose your confidence, and can be very uncomfortable while eating. What are you going to do?

Eventually, all of us will lose our teeth due to aging, accident, and other incidents. Traditionally, your dentist will recommend you to have false teeth in replacement of your lost tooth. There is no doubt, these false teeth bring back your lost confidence and love for chewing down food. But there is still a disadvantage in wearing this - it can suddenly fall off while chewing or can give you a hard time speaking. That is why dentists recommended gluing them with a special glue to hold them in place so you speak and eat freely. Also, if you’re looking for custom advice for your unique case, make sure you reach out to for it. They are the best dental implant specialists in Toronto.

But with our advancement in technology, many dentists are now recommending dental implant instead of false teeth. Surely, it is more expensive than false teeth but the quality, ease of having it, and feeling of a real tooth is magnificent.

Why else dentists are recommending dental implants?

  1. They are not anchored to the adjacent teeth, thus saving remaining teeth from decay.
  2. They build confidence, obviously. You won't even know you lost your teeth.
  3. They are reliable because they can stay in for decades with proper care.

There are several types of a dental implant including mini dental implant and regular implant. What are the differences between the two?

Mini and regular implant serve the same function, to replace missing teeth and retain healthy ones, but there are differences between them. The mini dental implant is:

  1. Smaller in diameter. It can range anywhere from 2mm to 3.5mm wide.
  2. It has less impact, therefore can be very comfortable along the jawbone.
  3. It requires less bone support but can have a higher risk of implant failure because it is relatively small.
  4. It uses a solid one-piece screw.

Who are eligible to undergo mini dental implant?

Patients who have dropping jawbone can undergo a mini dental implant because it doesn't require full bone support. It is also good for patients who do not grind and clench teeth. Putting pressure on a mini dental planted teeth can make it weak overtime since its support screw is small.

On the other hand, a regular dental implant is:

  1. Its size ranges from 2mm to 3.5mm wide.
  2. Unlike mini dental implant, it uses two solid screws which connect the implant to the restoration.
  3. It is more durable and stronger than a mini dental implant because its screws are relatively larger.

Who are eligible to undergo regular dental implant?

Patient with a strong jawbone and without atrophy may qualify for the regular dental implant. Atrophy can weaken the implant and may fail it as well. A regular dental implant requires jawbone tissue for a support that is why preparatory screening and procedures is a must before performing the surgery. If your jawbone is weak, you may consider a mini dental implant instead.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are expensive than false teeth and this is something you should be expecting if you are planning to undergo the procedure. Why they cost too much? As mentioned a while ago, they are near exactly to true teeth and they are stronger than the average implant procedures.

A single tooth dental implant may costs you around $1000 up to $3000 defends upon the severity of the procedure to be made. A $500 up to $3000 may be added for the abutment and crown. If a single tooth dental implant may cost you $6000 at most, multiple teeth implants can cost you even more. The procedure can sore high up to $30,000.

The regular dental implant is way expensive than mini dental implant due to the quality of the materials and the complexity of the procedure.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Goutal Paris Chat Perche

Mother's Day is tomorrow! If you are still shopping, get mom an unforgettable fragrance, like Goutal Paris Chat Perche EDT. Fragrance is a unique kind of gift, that can be so wonderful now, and for many years to come. Scent has a strong correlation with memory, so a favorite scent can be linked to fond memories for a lifetime.

Every time she smells this fragrance, she will think of you. And, once it becomes her regular, every time someone close to her smells it, they will think of her. Scent is such a beautiful thing. Plus, it is just a nice, practical, but completely elegant gift.

*Although I will be provided with a bottle of this fragrance, all opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Little Bites® Mother’s Day Myrtle Beach Sweepstakes

*The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins.*

What does mom REALLY want for Mother's Day? Love, appreciation, and quality time with family, of course, but how about doing all that while basking in the sun in Myrtle Beach? Sounds like the best gift ever. Of course, a lot of people cannot afford that. Luckily, Little Bites is making that a non-issue for one lucky person with their Little Bites Mother's Day Visit Myrtle Beach Sweepstakes.

As if being a delicious snack, made with real ingredients, and (most varieties) under 200 calories was not epic enough. What other snack is so perfect for kids, perfectly portioned, parent approved,  and even the perfect accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee for mom (and dad)?

I've never been to Myrtle Beach, but our family vacations are some of the best memories of my entire life. It is just so wonderful to be able to take a break from the hectic schedule of every day life (work, school, chores, errands, etc) and spend real, uninterrupted, time with your spouse and children. We have just had the pleasure to do that, last month, and it was fantastic.

I can assure you, whoever wins the amazing Myrtle Beach trip will be in for the tome of their life. But if, like me, your luck is not that good, you still have a chance to win a super fun prize. Entemann's Little Bites has been kind enough to provide three $5 coupons to purchase Little Bites Muffins as well as a $25 Visa Digital Gift Card so that I can offer you all a giveaway. So enter below. Good luck and have a fabulous Mother's Day!

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