Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Vacation!

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Summer vacation! Adventures for most of us. No matter where you plan to go, vacation is a time of joy and excitement, but also of stress and even anxiety. Will everything go the way we planned? Are the hotels we've booked really that posh? Did we pack everything we need for the trip? Will the plane arrive on time for us to catch the intercontinental connection? And so on, and so on. 

Plan ahead to avoid stress, but be prepared for anything. A simple unfavorable weather pattern may delay your plane and you may end up stranded for days in Detroit instead of enjoying your Sky Juice under a palm tree in Bahamas. Also consider that your airline may lose your luggage and have a well packed carry on bag that will allow you to get by for a few days. Pack a some underwear, two or three t-shirts, bikini or swim shorts, sandals, hat, pair of jeans and a long sleeve shirt or shawl. You will need some toiletries for the trip. If you are traveling by air, remember that there is a limit for the liquids in you hand luggage. For details contact your airline. 

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To avoid stress, always arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure and check in for your flight online. Most airlines open their check in 23 hours before departure. 

If you are traveling abroad, check your visa and vaccination requirements to avoid surprises. If you are taking any kind of medication, make sure you have sufficient amount of pills for the duration of your vacation. Bring with you a small first aid kit with some over the counter stuff. You might want to have something on hand to take care of acute diarrhea, indigestion, motion sickness, and cold. A small bottle of good lubricating eye drops for the trip may also be a very good idea.

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Wherever you go, always bring a good dose of patience and humor. You will meet people from different cultures and their habits and behaviors may be very different from what you expect. In some places "Mañana" does not necessarily mean "Tomorrow" so patience is essential if you really want to enjoy your time. Remember, you are on vacation and there is no hurry to do anything at all, so relax. Europe in six days or so is a bad idea, but a week in Cancún or Sedona, might be exactly what you need to rest. 

Stay clear out of noon sun to avoid sunburn and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, but most of all, enjoy your vacation as much as you can!

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Say It With Flowers


Say It With Flowers

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. - Henri Matisse

The culture of flowers seems to be universal and as old as the mankind. Their beauty and scent must have attracted human attention already at the earliest stages of the evolution. Flowers are as much part of nature as they are a part of culture. 

Archeological finds show that flowers were used for home decoration, as medicine, in cooking, in various ceremonies, and as a farewell gifts to the deceased. The scent of flowers attracted not only insects. People learned how to extract it and use it as a perfume.

Flowers have always been a favorite subject of painters, fashion designers, and to some degree also writers and poets. Floral designs experienced a revival with the Spring/Summer collections for 2017. Such designers as Marques'Almeida, Chloé, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana created elaborate head to toes florals that are meant to find cult followers. 

Say it with flowers

Florals are always fashionable and they make beautiful gifts for men and women. To keep up with the current fashion trend, Jimmo has a growing collection of floral designs. There are roses and hydrangeas, stylized lotus flower and colorful flower garlands. There is even a wisteria on a throw pillow...

Say it with flowers

Mother's Day is only a few days away. It is a great occasion to for unusual gifts, but sometimes the simplest gifts are the best: beautiful flower bouquet, breakfast in bed for your mom, or a visit at a whole day spa. Whatever you have to say, say it with flowers.

To make your gift giving a little more fun, Jimmo offers you 15% discount on all items from the Floral Collection. Simply type

floral15 

at checkout to secure your discount. This offer expires May 16, 2017.

Last month we were talking about the climate, the dying of the bees. Plant as many flowers as you can whenever you can to create a honeybee friendly environment.

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

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Also of interest: Floral Designs by Sweet Dominique on RedBubble



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Grow Your Own! - Jimmo's Passion For Gardening


Jimmo's Passionate Gardener T-Shirt and garden tools

Many people believe that there is nothing better to calm your nerves and stimulate your creativity than digging in the dirt and planting seeds. In fact, serious scientific studies were conducted on the relationship between health and gardening. 

Scientists found out that gardening 
  • reduces stress and anxiety
  • decreases risk of such chronic diseases as heart disease and old age diabetes
  • improves physical agility
  • brings joy and happiness to your life
  • improves cognitive health and keeps your mind sharp
  • helps you relax and sleep better
And, of course, if you are growing vegetables in your garden, gardening improves the way you eat since there is nothing more delicious that freshly plucked tomato or strawberry that you have seen growing. 

Jimmo's sweet potatoes and carrots

Next to the incredible health benefits, gardening not only helps you eat better, but also helps you save money. The initial investment you have to make in early spring pays back till late fall, and if you can build a greenhouse, all year round. 

The joy of harvesting your own fruits and vegetables cannot be underestimated. It cannot even be described. You have to experience it by yourself.

        

But what can you do if you do not have a backyard? Big city dwellers have a slightly limiting circumstances. I say slightly, because if you have a balcony or a windowsill, you can grow herbs, lettuce, edible flowers, tomatoes, and even strawberries in containers. Get the best organic seeds you can get, best organic dirt, and start your own container garden. For those who never did any gardening in their lives, there are books explaining how to grow food at home. Take a master gardener class if you can or ask for help at the local farmers' market. Many people who grow food in their backyard are willing to offer tips and guidance. 

To celebrate spring and his own passion for gardening Jimmo created the Passionate Gardener Collection that offers beautiful designs for people who love gardening and is going to grow with time, just like the plants in the garden.

April just began and it is not too late for you to start a garden. Enjoy the Spring, grow something and change your life!

Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

Dominique Allmon@2017
Images: James W. Allmon©2017 

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