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Alexa Largoza-Ania – Decorating Tips That Will Improve Any Room

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Alexa Largoza-Ania loves to decorate and she considers herself to have a real knack when it comes to bringing all of the elements of a room together in order to create a cohesive and gorgeous whole. She is often asked by her friends to help them with their decorating issues and considers all of the following to be useful pointers for people aiming to improve the look of a room.

Give Furniture Breathing Room

If you have packed all of your furniture into the room as tightly as possible, you simply end up making the room feel crowded. Consider losing a piece of furniture or two if you are finding it difficult to get around the room and don’t assume that you need to fill up every bit of space just because you have it.

Don’t Stick To Themes

It can be all too easy to decide on a theme for a room instead of going with the flow and working to the room’s strengths. Themes limit what you will be able to do with the room, stifling your creativity in the process. They also have a tendency to lack any sort of individual flair, which will make visitors think you have very bland tastes when it comes to your style choices.

Create Focal Points

All rooms should have a focal point that draws attention from the moment you set foot in it. Whether it’s a fireplace or a bed, Alexa Largoza-Ania recommends considering what you can emphasize in the room and bringing it front and center, basing the rest of your design ideas around it.

Alexa Largoza-Ania – Cake Making For Beginners

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Alexa Largoza-Ania loves to bake and considers herself to be something of a gourmet cake maker when the mood strikes her. She often creates her very own recipes from scratch, but she also remembers the struggles that she had when she was first learning how to bake. If you follow these pointers, you will soon find yourself making treats that will astound your friends.

Follow Recipes Exactly

Beginners should never try to bake cakes from scratch, as they won’t yet understand the fundamentals of making a good cake. Instead, you should always aim to follow a recipe when you are first starting out. It is important to note that the ingredients on the recipe need to be measured exactly as described, else you will often find that the end product doesn’t match up to expectations.

The Tools Of The Trade

There are all sorts of kitchen utensils and paraphernalia that you are going to need when you are baking cakes. Make sure that you understand why baking paper and the right pans are important to the process and make it a point to gather everything that you need before you start your journey into the joys of cake making.

Keep Trying

If you have managed to bake a cake at the first time of asking, you are already well on your way to working on more complex projects. However, Alexa Largoza-Ania notes that those who are struggling need to remember that practice is as important in the baking world as it is for any other skill. Keep trying and learn from your mistakes and you will soon find yourself baking better cakes.

Alexa Largoza-Ania – Traits Of A Good Customer Service Representative

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As the owner of her own retail business that she is currently aiming to expand, Alexa Largoza-Ania needs to have a good understanding of customer service in order to ensure that customers get what they are expecting from the company. This has led her to define a number of key traits that she believes all customer service representatives must possess.

A Positive Attitude

If you approach a customer with a positive attitude, it is much more likely that they will be willing to engage with you and trust you with whatever issues that they may have. You should never see their issues as problems that are an inconvenience for you. Instead, actively work with them to come up with solutions while also maintaining a smile on your face.

Patience

There will be a number of times during your time in customer service that you will encounter customers who are frustrated with the product or service, for whatever reasons. In these cases, you will need to be able to exercise patience and not fall into the trap of responding to the customer’s emotional statements with emotion of your own.

Commitment To The Cause

Alexa Largoza-Ania has found that people who are not committed to their cause, regardless of what that is, will generally be unenthusiastic when asked to do anything relating to it. This is especially true of customer service work, as unmotivated representatives will often fail to take the issues that customers raise seriously. This only serves to further frustrate customers and reflects badly on the company as a whole.

Alexa Largoza – Ania – Decorating Your Table Spread for Christmas

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Alexa Largoza – Ania enjoys creating elegant holiday table spreads. She enjoys using natural elements and combining them with her own creativity.

If you want to create something amazing for the holidays, consider some of these tips.

Use What You Have

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your table look great for the holidays. Gather twine, pine cones, branches of evergreen, etc. and arrange them to use as a centerpiece. You may even string together holly leaves and berries to use as napkin rings.

Be creative when using the natural elements you have gathered. It will surely be an ice-breaker and a conversation piece, but above all, it will show your guest the care and time you invested to make that occasion most special.

Less Is Sometimes More

You don’t have to make your table spread large and elaborate to make it beautiful. Remember, less is more. When a table is not cluttered, it gives you more room to display amazing dishes, and gives your guest the comfort of elbow room.

Color Counts

When it comes to making a table spread, color has an important role. People notice colors before actual decorations. Add a punch of color. It will give a welcome festive flare to any occasion.

Alexa Largoza – Ania enjoys making holiday table spreads for all occasions. Whether you are having an intimate dinner party, or a soiree, make sure you pay special attention to detail and function. The perfect setting adds an amazing festive touch to any gathering.

Alexa Largoza – Ania – A Strong Advocate for Adult Literacy

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Alexa Largoza – Ania feels that many people in today’s society are not aware that many adults cannot read or write. Everyone who can support and/or donate their time or money to organizations that promote the cause of adult literacy should do their part. Consider in supporting this cause in any way possible.

Find a Program

There are many programs that help adults read. You can check the newspaper, pay attention to radio broadcasts or check your community bulletin board to see if there are any programs currently available. The best place to start is at your library.

Find a Time

Most programs have other volunteers and will ask you to choose a time that you can work with the adults who need help reading. Make sure you choose a time that fits your schedule so you can make that allotted time most effective.

Get Others Involved

If you enjoy volunteering to help adults learn to read, get others interested in helping as well. Many literacy programs do not have enough tutors for all the adults who need help. By getting others involved you can assist more people. Bringing someone with you each time you attend a reading session can offer another person a chance to learn, one that could change that person’s life for the better.

Alexa Largoza – Ania has always been passionate about helping others and strongly believes that this will not only improve another person’s life, but will also benefits the entire community.

Alexa Largoza -Ania: How to Decorate Cakes with Fondant

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Alexa Largoza – Ania enjoys baking and cake decorating.

One of the things Largoza makes often are cakes. If you love to bake cakes, you may be wondering how to get your cake designs both smooth and neat. Fondant is the answer, and you can easily make your own fondant at home, and decorate your cakes like a professional. Here is one of her favorite recipes:
Recipe
2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup glucose (found in cake decorating stores) or white corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons glycerin (found in cake decorating stores)

Directions
In a large bowl (do not use metal), sift the sugar and make a well in the center. In a small saucepan, add the water and sprinkle the gelatin on top to soften for about 5 minutes. Begin to heat the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is dissolved and clear. Do not boil. Turn off the heat and add the glucose and glycerin, stirring until well blended. Add the flavoring. Pour into the well of sugar, and mix until all of the sugar is blended. Use hands to knead icing until it becomes stiff. Add small amounts of confectioner’s sugar if the mixture is sticky.

Form the mixture into a ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place in an airtight container. The icing works best if allowed to rest at room temperature for about eight hours before using, particularly if the weather is humid. Do not refrigerate.

To cover a cake with fondant: Dust a clean pastry cloth, or a smooth, clean surface, with cornstarch, and roll the fondant with a rolling pin until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Make sure that the fondant is large enough to fit over the top and sides of the cake. Slide both hands under the fondant and carefully center it on top of a cake that has been freshly iced with buttercream. (The icing makes the fondant adhere to the cake.)
Dust your hands with cornstarch and smooth the fondant, starting at the top and working down the sides until the entire surface is even and flat. Cut off the excess icing around the bottom of the cake with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Decorate the cake with buttercream or royal icing. This fondant keeps a cake fresh for two days at room temperature. Do not refrigerate a cake with fondant icing.

1 teaspoon desired flavoring (vanilla will give the fondant an off-white color)

The key to perfect fondant decorations is its freshness.  Fresh fondant allows you to bend, color, mold and design cake toppers as well as accents that you would like to decorate your cake with. Ready made fondant that are store bought usually tends to be hard and makes it difficult to work with.

Tools
You will need to use a variety of tools to make sure your fondant accents look as if they were done by a professional.  Fondant cutters, molds and press are available in many local craft stores. You will need tools to roll it out, trim it, stretch it and color it as desired. You may be able to use many of the utensils you already have in your own kitchen or you may want to buy a fondant tool kit.

Cookie Cutters
Cookie cutters can come in handy if you want to cut shapes or letters out of the fondant. You can find them at most craft and baking supply stores. You can also find fondant cutters which are similar to cookie cutters but come in smaller sizes and are better at cutting fondant.

If you are like Alexa Largoza – Ania, and enjoy baking and decorating cakes, you will need to know how to decorate with fondant.  If you don’t want to make your own fondant, go to your local bakery and ask if they can make some for you to purchase, it is important to keep in mind that fresh fondant is easier to work with and above all, it tastes much better than the ones sitting on a shelf for months.

A History of Paddle Boarding

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Historically paddle boarding can be referenced as far back as Polynesian, African, and pre-Peruvian/Columbian cultures. The riding of waves has likely existed since humans begin swimming in the ocean. The idea of surfing is more recently developed by the Polynesian culture. Surfing was a central part of the Polynesian culture and predates any contact by foreign or European establishments. Evidence suggests that the Totora reed boats used in Northern Peru may represent a kind of Proto-surfboard, as it was used to ride waves in a manner that is similar to tomorrow’s sport of surfing. This method was usually the case of the local fisherman and tradesmen rushing back onto shore as quickly as possible. It’s hard to say if it was ever done leisurely, but I can only imagine it was enjoyable.

The origins of paddle boarding can go as far back as the origins of surfing. Standup paddle-boarding originated in Hawaii as an offshoot to surfing. This creative form of surfing allows the paddler to go further into the ocean than the typical surfer. However, paddlers can race on lakes, large rivers, Canals and right breaking waves with the ability to glides over long distances along seacoast often using tailwinds to eight to their trip.

Paddle boarding is not classified as an official sport as it has no competitive mark to be classified. However, the sport is gaining momentum and popularity in extremist communities and beach cultures. Currently, stand up paddling is listed as one of the most popular outdoor activities amongst first-time participants. The average age is 28, and the split between male and female participants is quite even.

During the short, beautiful summer months in the Hamptons,Alexa Largoza – Ania could always be found at a nearby bay, paddle boarding with friends. They all prefer the bay due to it’s calmness which enables them to enjoy as well as to perfect their paddle boarding skills. It is only recent that Alexa discovered her love of paddle boarding.