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These Decorating Color Schemes Will Bring You A Splendid Christmas

These Decorating Color Schemes Will Bring You A Splendid Christmas

Decorating for Christmas wouldn’t be complete without colors abounding. From hues of red and green to gold and silver, we pull out all the stops to create a color combination worthy of Christmas. However, the usual color schemes can get boring and ordinary after a few years, so designers have been experimenting with new and unusual color schemes for Christmas to make holiday decorating more exciting. If you’re tired of conventional Christmas colors, you can try out a combination of fun, funky, and unanticipated tones for your holiday décor.

For fantastic and surprising Christmas color schemes for your home, here are a few ideas:

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White and Cream

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    Photo by Jennifer Lutz

    For Christmas color schemes, I’ve been drawn toward whites, cream, gold, and silver. This color range can create either a vintage, cottage feel or something understated and elegant. For a rustic ambiance, pair it with a bit of burlap garland or a burlap tree skirt. If you’re going for a more traditional look, cream, gold, and clear ornaments paired with white lights is a beautiful combination.

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      Photo by Jennifer Lutz

      In this white tree I’m working on, I used clear ball ornaments, along with silver ones, to create a white Christmas theme. I also took some pages from an old book we haven’t used in years, and I used them to make paper ball ornaments to hang onto the tree. All in all, the color scheme has a cooling effect on the senses.

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      Gold and Turquoise

      Photo by tsayrate, CC BY 2.0
        Photo by tsayrate. CC BY 2.0

        Although these two hues are far from each other on the color spectrum, gold and turquoise create a rich color scheme for your evergreen tree. Gold is a more subdued color than yellow and adds a warmth and elegance to your holiday design, while turquoise is not as visually cold as blue. Used together, these two colors present a lovely scheme for your Christmas décor.

        Orange and Brown

        Photo by Steve Snodgrass, CC BY 2.0
          Photo by Steve Snodgrass. CC BY 2.0

          Another color scheme for Christmas that you can use is orange and brown. This color scheme is warm yet lively, making it perfect for a Christmas celebration with family and friends. These two colors remind me of autumn as well, and that opens up a whole new gamut of shades you can use for your Christmas decorations. You can even throw in some reds or bronze to perk up your Christmas décor this year!

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          Pink, Blue, and Gold

          Photo by Maegan Tintari, CC BY 2.0
            Photo by Maegan Tintari, CC BY 2.0

            If you want to spice up your old gold and blue color scheme, try adding some pink. Champagne pink is a great addition to your gold and blue combination because it doesn’t overwhelm the senses with too much brightness. This color combination brings a colorful and youthful look to your Christmas décor.

            Pink and Red

            Photo by Amai, CC BY -NC-ND 2.0
              Photo by Amai. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

              Pink is a shade of red, and these two colors create a glamorous look for your Christmas décor. As a color scheme, these two colors bring an interesting harmony to your design. If you’re using a rich, deep shade of red, pair it with pale or champagne pink to avoid overexciting the senses. You can also add some white or silver to balance everything out.

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              Go as bold and as colorful as you want this Christmas with these fantastic color schemes! Try one out and see how many hues and variations you can make.

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              Last Updated on August 13, 2018

              5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

              5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

              Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

              They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                1. Cardio for Stamina

                If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                  • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                  • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                  • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                  • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                  The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                  These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                  2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                  The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                  Barbell squats
                    • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                    Zercher squat
                      • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                      Glute bridge
                        • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                        Hyperextensions
                          • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                          Ab wheel rollout
                            • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                            Cross body crunch
                              • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                              Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                              3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                              Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                              Plank exercise
                                • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                Close grip pushups
                                  • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                  Chin ups
                                    • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                    These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                    4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                    You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                    5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

                                    Lion stretching

                                      If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                      Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                      With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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