Posts Written On February 2019

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting-Up VoIP Phone Number

Virtual phone number not only enhances the credibility of the business before prospective customers but also saves the management from the unnecessary hustle. In addition, it doubles the earning of the Company and helps them to connect with their potential customers globally.

A separate internet phone number is important to establish a business overseas. You can either opt for CallHippo’s toll-free or local phone number in order to establish a national or local presence. Business Phone number offered by them makes it easier for the customers to connect with the Company and get their queries resolved.

What is so unique about CallHippo’s unique toll-free number?

Getting an 866 or 800 Toll free Phone number from CallHippo makes a huge difference to the potential customers of an organization. You can accrue countless benefits through getting an internet phone system for your business.

According to a survey, over 90% of new entrants in the world of entrepreneurship fail to carry on with their business for long. The most common reason for this failure is NOT building a proper communication with prospective customers. Virtual Phone numbers add Value proposition to the business organizations and enable them to stabilize their position in the market.

CallHippo’s VoIP phone number not creates an impressive and strong local presence. It is undoubtedly the best solution to take business communication, staff efficiency, and customer satisfaction to the next level. Furthermore, with Virtual phone numbers, your organization will get an opportunity to nurture relationships with old and new customers.

The system also offers the benefit of sending customized greeting messages. The calls can be easily transferred to the concerned department or to the chosen extension number. If you have a local number of any city/country building a good image before the customers, it becomes easier to sell to them. They’ll be able to connect with your Company’s representatives easily.

Toll-free numbers are easy to remember, hence there are no chances of losing the new customers. For example- you create an easy to remember a phone number, such as 1800-222-3456 with CallHippo. This will be immediately saved in the minds of your customers and they can connect with you as and when needed. On the other hand, typically arranged digits like 345-762-0970 are tough to recall. CallHippo pushes up the connectivity factor.   

Steps to setting-up CallHippo Virtual phone system set-up

  1. Look for a Reliable Phone System

It is important to choose a good call center software phone system because even a minor disturbance during the call could ruin the image of your small business or startup before the potential customers. If you don’t wish to end up facing entrepreneurial failure choose an affordable yet reliable service provider like CallHippo. They offer a perfect solution for the specific needs of their customers, while facilitating the users with the benefit of easy online phone management.

  1. Select Your Virtual Business Phone Number

You can easily set-up the phone system even if it requires multiple extensions. Installation of CallHippo’s Office phone system doesn’t need any extensive technical knowledge. Simply sign up and choose a number according to your preference. This number can be forwarded to any landline or cell phone.

CallHippo offers toll-free we well as local number so that both long-distance and local customers can be reached easily. You can even keep the existing office number as your virtual phone number.

  1. Customize the system according to your preference

After selecting your internet phone number, customize the system as per your business requirements. CallHippo systems allow the users to record the message that the customers will hear at the first place on contacting your Company on the given number. The message should be in a polite tone, professional and well-versed. Look for a team member with good and impactful voice. Phone greetings should be always recorded at a professional voice recording studio. This eliminates the chances of mistakes as you’ll be recording stuff in the company of professionals.

  1. Set-up the extensions

CallHippo offers various options for extensions. Individual extensions can be set up for executives and employees without bearing additional costs. In addition, department extensions can be added. However, it is recommended for big corporate organizations. When a potential customer calls on the Business Phone number he/she is given the option of calling specific extensions in order to reach a particular department or a specific person.

  1. Manage your customer calls

The next step is receiving the calls, faxes, and voicemails of the customers. Once the phone number gets its extensions and customized message you may start using it for your virtual business. Voicemails and phone calls can be managed via your or phone online. CallHippo has kept the set-up process of the virtual system so that users don’t have to wait for the arrival of a technician to make the system work for their business. Setting-up Call center software is easy but still, you need to be patient enough in order to make the things work smoothly. CallHippo empowers business to reach global customers and set-up a virtual office easily. From free internet phone numbers to best toll-free internet phone numbers you can find good solutions to all your needs with CallHippo.

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Blue leads 2.5 m euro investment round in world’s first premium sunglasses made from 100-percent recycled materials

Spring is coming. We are all waiting for the time when the weather gets warm. Yes, March is almost here, sun comes out more and more. We love spending time in parks and beaches when it’s warm and sunny. But one thing we never can ignore. We need a great sunglass for the protection of our eyes.

Blue, a Stockholm-based investment company that serves as a catalyst for sustainability-driven innovation, has invested 1.25m euro in sustainability-driven Chilean eyewear maker Karün, which turns reclaimed materials such as fishing nets into premium, high-quality sunglassesKarün sunglasses have already caught the attention of world top sporting celebrities such as top Chilean surfer Ramón Navarro as well as organizations like the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Blue investment, which is part of the total 2.5m investment round including investors such as Luna, an investment organization founded by Lucy Ana Walton, is designed to significantly strengthen Karün’s fast-track global brand building and development of a number of new product lines, marketing and organization in new markets around the world.

“Karün shows how entrepreneurs can embed environmental concerns into their business vision as it trailblazes the integration of green practices into its material sourcing and manufacturing that reflect the humanity of its founders and management team,” said Blue co-founder and CEO, Anders Jacobson.

He notes that lost or abandoned plastic fishing gear comprises 10 percent of all the plastic waste in the sea, ensnaring marine wildlife and ultimately destined to break down into micro plastic particles that will enter the human food and water chain to threaten the future health and wellbeing of every inhabitant on the planet.

“Karün sunglasses are symbols of the change we want to see happening in the world by making a positive impact on the environment and local communities,” said Thomas Kimber, founder and CEO.

Mr. Kimber said his company’s eyewear are beautiful products designed and sourced in Patagonia and made in Italy with the aim to directly contribute to protecting the environment by turning reclaimed noble and natural materials into positive products and by creating a source of income for micro-entrepreneurs in Patagonia.

“We are enabling small-scale business people to scale their sustainable businesses and create economic opportunities empowering their own communities,” said Thomas Kimber.

“Instead of a linear and extractive production process – which is used by most companies in the world – Karün is building our entire value chain under a circular and regenerative model designed to help restore natural ecosystems and local economies, he added.”

Anders Jacobson said Karün sets an exemplary example of circular economy thinking by up-cycling discarded materials backback into highly desirable new high value products.

Karün’s approach helped the company become the official sunglass supplier to the recently concluded Volvo Ocean Race. Its frames became the top choice for many of the sailors who raced around the world, such as Martin Strömberg, Mark Towill and Charlie Enright.

Blue today owns companies such as Bluewater, a world leader in drinking water technologies and solutions, and is investing in a growing portfolio of game-changing companies, including ClimeonBaseload CapitalSave by Solar and Visiba Care.

“Karün are change-makers who are demonstrating it is possible to solve the problems facing theplanet and humanity in sustainable ways,” Mr Jacobson said.

Karün can be a great gift choice for anyone. I chose a Polarised Grey Blue Sky Mirror from Pacific Collection for my husband Ryan as a Valentine’s Day gift. He immediately fell in love with it when he saw it. And now he wears it everyday. I will say Karün can be also a good Birthday gift, no matter for your love, your friends, or your dad. Especially for someone who cares about the earth, this is definitely a perfect gift choice.

About Karün

Based in Puerto Varas, Patagonia, Chile, Karün is a Chilean B corp that makes sunglasses as a tool to inspire people into looking at the world from a different point of view; one in which we are all nature. They create high quality eyewear, made under a very different way; using reclaimed, natural and noble materials while working alongside local communities in Patagonia. www.karunworld.com

About Blue

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Blue is an investment company that serves as a catalyst for innovations that can solve some of the major challenges facing our planet and all living on it. Blue’s mission is to find, engage with, invest in and support entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses driven by the desire to deliver tangible, sustainable solutions that can benefit human wellbeing and planetary health.www.blueab.se

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Entertaining and Celebrating: An Elegant Feast For Every Season By Kristal Damron

Make any meal a celebration with a new guide which brings together everything a host or hostess needs to create lasting memories around food and family. Seasonally organized recipes, menus, tablescapes and décor ideas, and wine pairings come together in one comprehensive resource. Entertaining and Celebrating: An Elegant Feast for Every Season [May 2019] brings together Chef Kristal Damron’s experience as a working mom, enthusiastic hostess, caterer and professional chef to show you how to elevate your dining experience.

A visual extravaganza, this coffee table treasure takes you through a year featuring monthly themes highlighting each season’s bounty. The themes are designed to spark your own creativity, with stylish table settings, four-course menus with cocktail and wine pairings, and suggested ways to serve that will wow your guests. Cultivating a warm and casual mood while dishing up flawless execution and service is what Entertaining and Celebrating is all about.

“In the fast-paced complexity of the modern world, many of us have
lost the art of slowing down to appreciate the simple pleasures in life,” Chef Damron says. “Preparing to entertain is an example: setting the table, creating an ambience, planning the menu and wine, paying attention to the details and beauty of things.”

It’s easy for a home cook to become overwhelmed at the thought of pulling off an elegant meal when shuttling the kids to soccer practice or working in that evening conference call. But Chef Damron makes a special dining experience accessible to everyone.

“Many of us have forgotten how to make dining meaningful and the rush to do other activities has become a priority,” Chef Damron adds. “As a result, we look for quick, easy fixes and convenience. Or we are unable to visualize how the event should look, and then, we talk ourselves out of planning it.”

This one-stop guide takes the stress and guesswork out of creating a memorable meal. Whether it is for weekday family dinners or more extravagant occasions, you’ll find yourself reaching for Entertaining and Celebrating again and again.

Working for more than 20 years in corporate finance, Chef Damron wanted to redesign her life to bring her family and community to the center. She switched gears, completed culinary school and started Reward Your Appetite Catering in Phoenix, AZ. She brings her culinary and catering expertise together with her passion for creating attainable elegance to everything from weekday dinners to special celebrations.

“To be able to sit together around a stylishly laid table, have a glass of wine, and appreciate each other’s company creates lasting memories. To listen to a person’s story and have them listen to yours, rejoicing, laughing, and reducing the stress of your life develops true community,” says Chef Damron.

In an inspiring and informative interview, Chef Damron can offer insights into the following:

  • How to cook and entertain for the seasons
  • Ideas for full menus, décor and drinks for every month of the year
  • How to work from an established menu and entertaining guide and pull it off flawlessly
  • How to pick and choose the recipes and ideas that work for your guests to put together a more unique gathering
  • Doing it all while maintaining an active family and work life

“It can be challenging to come up with ideas for how to create this kind of dining experience,” adds Chef Damron. “Searching for ideas on the internet can be overwhelming. I want to make it easy and provide ideas and inspiration that you can implement together or pick and choose what works for your entertaining style and your guests.”

ABOUT KRISTAL DAMRON:

Chef Kristal Damron is the owner of Reward Your Appetite Catering, a fine dining catering company committed to providing exquisite culinary dishes with exemplary service.

Chef Damron spent more than 20 years in corporate finance before redesigning her life around her family and her passion – entertaining. Chef Damron has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated, with honors, from the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Jared, and their two daughters, Arianna Victoria and Alexandria Isabella. She and her family enjoy traveling, visiting parks and museums, and spending time with family and friends.

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Skin Care Predictions to Keep You on Track

Often the start of a new year, predictions in varying market categories are made. From top diets for the New Year, to new workout trends, to bucket list travel destinations. Let’s not forget the beauty marketplace. With the start of 2019, BREVENA Laboratories’ Skin Expert and Advanced Practice Esthetician Susannah Courteau is already seeing a few skin care trends that can help you ensure your healthiest skin ever.

Top 3 2019 Skin Care Trends: 

  1.  Replenishing Oils:  The use of replenishing oils in skin care has grown significantly in the past year.  I see this trend not only continuing but growing significantly in 2019.  We grew up hearing “fat free” food was the gold standard and up till recently, the same thing has been propagated in skincare. Thankfully we’ve learned that fat doesn’t actually make you fat (thank you avocados), and in skincare the right oils aren’t greasy and can actually help breakouts. There are a multitude of emollients and fat-based ingredients for the skin that are absolutely phenomenal.  They provide not only the right amount of hydration but anti-inflammatory effects as well that support the skins barrier function. Thank you to science, for putting the spotlight on the proper way to hydrate!
  2.  Blue Light Awareness: Technology is now part of our day to day existence and while we love our apps, they can have a negative effect on our skin.  Thankfully, awareness is growing about the many harmful effects that blue light can have on our bodies including the long-term damaging effects it can have on our skin.  I predict that the role of antioxidants and reparative ingredients in skin care will take on an elevated position in 2019.
  3.  Sheet Masks:  This is a current trend that I see increasing in the coming year.  I like to think that this trend is a reflection of the changing mindset in our society around self-care.  Multitasking has its limits and its hazards. Thankfully, we are beginning to realize the importance of self-care by slowing down and taking time for ourselves to relax and rebalance.  Treating your skin with something special like a mask or scrub is the perfect, healthy way to accomplish this, and it feels amazing!  Trade that last email for a hydrating mask instead.  I promise, you won’t regret it️.

“As you continue to evolve your own wellness regimen, consider these predictions and consider adding even just one of these into your routine to help you jump start a healthier you,” Susannah advises.

About Susannah Courteau: Skin Expert and Advanced Practice Esthetician Susannah Courteau is a member of BREVENA Laboratories’, LLC leadership and advisory team. BREVENA is a luxury skin care cosmetics company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A Minnesota native who graduated from St. Paul College as a licensed Esthetician in 2004, Susannah specializes in the medical side of esthetics, performing advanced skin treatments for complex conditions including acne, sensitized and irritated skin. Susannah’s extensive training and expertise lead her to become an Advanced Practice Esthetician and Spa Director at Sunbear Salon and Med Spa in White Bear Lake, MN. Susannah has partnered with BREVENA Laboratories as a Skin Health Consultant to further develop the brand’s line of clinical grade skin care products, ensuring the needs of the most sensitive skin types are met. Visit: www.Brevena.com

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Pro Ways to Upgrade Personal Style Statement and Look Elegant

Most of us want to have the limelight directly or indirectly on us, but it is also true that we strive to pick out the perfect style that suits well the personality. Some people in order to look distinct end up dressing up with some bizarre clothing options.

It’s not that, wearing expensive clothes and shoes only will look us stylish. One can also pair up with the mild clothing sense along with the certain tips in mind to look stylish and attractive.

Go through the post to learn some useful ways through which you can upgrade the personal style statement and look elegant.

 

  • Have Some Fashion Inspiration

 

There is no harm in following favorite celebrities and by checking out social media platforms like Pinterest, Google, Instagram to check out the latest styles and designs. Some people feel that following the likes of celebrities is beyond the range of affordability and they can’t even do justice with the same. It’s not that, one needs to copy bit by bit, but drawing some cues of inspiration would make it work for sure.

 

  • Make Some Changes in the Closet

 

At times, it’s better to have a look at the closet to check out the pieces that already exist. Take out some time to prepare a list for the ones that go with the trend and keep other separately that are little outdated. It is also important to make a selection of the clothing that truly reflects the scenario a person lives in life or the career.

 

  • Stock Up for Little Add-ons and Accessories

 

Using accessories are undoubtedly one of the best ways to pull any look irrespective of the vibe that a person wants to achieve. Upgrading the clothing with the help of delicate jewelry or bold necklace would help to add a feminine feel.

Getting body arts from Bangkok ink tattoo studio or other preferred location would also be an exclusive decision to uplift the style statement. Tattooing has emerged as one of the leading forms of a style statement that not only helps to look attractive, but it also helps in expressing the inner self.

 

  • Be True to Yourself and Trust Instincts

 

Another most valuable idea to follow or to keep in mind while developing the personal style is to remain true to oneself. It’s better not to focus on the designer label because it will only hinder his creativity. Make sure to have some experiment with a wide range of patterns, accessories, textures and even shoes available in accessible fashion range.

Celebrating your style on the skin makes the person even more confident and special. It also expresses the personality and individuality of the person in front of all and of course for good reasons.

Following the tips would certainly help to embrace body with modern style statement and to look trendy. We would also love to hear from the readers in case they have any suggestion or query regarding the tips discussed below.

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Dive into the world of bookbinding with BOOKFORMS

Immerse yourself in a new book, one you create from start to finish!

With Bookforms: A complete guide to designing and crafting hand-bound books, from the Center for Book Arts, you’ll learn to create beautiful and unique handbound books in a variety of styles and formats.

Bookforms introduces you to the art and craft of both Western and Asian bookbinding. You’ll not only learn its history, but also how you can handcraft your own books. Projects include:

  • Accordion Books
  • Soft Leather Covers
  • Coptic Bindings
  • Pamphlets
  • And more!

BOOKFORMS

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO DESIGNING AND CRAFTING HAND

BOUND BOOKS, FROM THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

Brought to you by the instructors at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Bookforms (Rockport Publishers / January 22, 2019 / $30.00 US) is a comprehensive guide for making books by hand with a focus on functionality in design.

Bookforms presents all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. It traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses, and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.

Topics covered include:

  • Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past.
  • What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition.
  • How materials affect function.

Bookforms tackles a wide range of projects for all levels of bookbinders. You’ll see everything from sewn and ticketed blank books and traditional western codex book forms, to scrapbooks and albums, Asian stab-sewn bindings, unusual structures, and aesthetics/embellishments. What better time to dive into this venerable and unique hobby than now?

The Center for Book Arts is one of the few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book. Founded in 1974 in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. The Center promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. It facilitates communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts. They achieve their mission through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.

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