fall foliage

Fall is making a bit of an early appearance this year! The weather is getting cooler with snow even happening in the northern mountain states already. The pumpkin spice is in the air and starting to stack shelves upon shelves upon shelves at the grocery store! Most importantly the leaves have just started to show hints of yellow and orange.

Fall is great time of year to go out and immerse yourself in nature as it puts on its fall coat. The best part is, you don’t really have to travel far to see gorgeous fall foliage. Here are some inexpensive trips you can take in your area to get the best out of what fall has to offer.

Travel to Your Own Backyard

There’s no better place to see nature firsthand, and inexpensively, than your own backyard or neighborhood. If you live in an older part of town or an older community, chances are the trees are gigantic and turn all sorts of colors. Put on your jacket and take a stroll. Fresh, crisp air can do wonders for your health. ...continue reading


As a society, we are all about customizing our lives; we put family stickers on the car and download unique cellphone ringtones. How you decorate your home is a reflection of who you and your family are – your garden is no exception. Your front and back yards should showcase the individuality of your spirit, and if you aren’t, you should make a plan to change that. Whether you want to open up space to grow produce or if you just want to show off some pretty foliage – here are a couple ways to spice up your garden with some personality!

Create a Theme

It feels great to be in a space that speaks to who you are as an individual. If you are proud of your heritage, consider a theme inside your garden that will evoke your home place. Or maybe you’ve traveled abroad and want to bring a piece of that foreign locale back with you? You can accomplish an Asian-inspired green space by adding cultural design elements or using principles of Feng Shui in your landscaping to bring the aesthetic to your yard!

If you were wanting a Mediterranean taste in your garden, consider making room for spices like oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary. And don’t forget the red-toned terra cotta brick walkways.

Add Surprises

Flowers and other greens are going to make up the majority of the space in your garden, but that doesn’t mean they have to take up all the space. You can find all kinds of items that paint a broader picture of who you are. If you are an art lover, try to incorporate a sculpture or statue in your setting for an artistic appeal. Fans of ceramics should consider adding pottery or handmade bowls into the garden. They can be retooled to be planters or just simply placed in the dirt for a dash of texture or different color.

You can find items at your local second-hand shop to place around your yard. It doesn’t have to be the best flea market in town (though interesting finds likely exist there, too). Second-hand shops and resale markets all have different items from different vendors and they may all speak to your personality.

For those that have a great sense of humor, try putting toys around your yard and make play scenes. Have fun with it!

Add Homey Elements

If you have a knack for hosting parties or entertaining guests – adding touches of home to your garden can really spruce up the environment. Install lights throughout your garden for a soiree effect. If you want to be eco-friendlier, consider choosing solar-powered fixtures which will never need to be turned on or off. Placing comfy outdoor furniture under a cozy overhang will provide a warm place for your friends to sit and stay awhile. Adding a mirror to your garden area can make it look and feel bigger than it is while also creating a breathy atmosphere for you and your guests to relax in. 

Buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make – why not make it look great? Adding a bit of personality to your yard and garden can make it a great spot for your family and friends to relax in. Spending the time to energize your outdoor space will help turn a house in to your home.

man-1246028_640Going on a first date is hectic enough, not to mention if it's with someone from a different culture.

Different cultures have different customs, which can be make it difficult to know how to act on a first date.

Since Russians are so different from westerners, it’s totally essential to know how to behave, what to say, and what to take into account. Find out right now with our dating experts from VIP RUssian Brides about how to have a successful first date with a Russian girl.

Pick the right spot

If this is your very first time in Russia, you don’t probably know the city well enough. Hence, the Internet should be your main weapon. The first date is aimed at getting the basic knowledge of each other so choose some peaceful and casual setting. This may be a fine restaurant or café, or a park. In fact, it’s better to combine those. In a big city, you even may go sightseeing – this is a nice opportunity to communicate and visit remarkable attractions.

Come first

As you might know, Russian girls take great care of their appearance. Especially going to a date, they spend quite a lot of time by the mirror. Thus, it is totally okay for them to be late. However, it’s unacceptable for you – be the first who comes to the spot agreed. Better if you arrive 10-20 minutes in advance. This will enable you to make all the necessary preparations.

Bring a small gift

Russians are famous for their overwhelming hospitality. There is also a custom for guests to bring something for hosts. This rule works for male daters as well. But what should you buy? This doesn’t have to be an expensive and luxurious gift. A beautiful bouquet of flowers will fit the occasion perfectly. Remember it should feature the odd number of flowers only (for example, “7” is considered to be the lucky number in Russia).

Demonstrate your manners

Slavic women prefer initiative, kind, and courteous men. To impress your prospective partner, prove yourself as a gentleman. Greet her in the right way – by kissing her hand, not shaking it (this is believed to be too formal in Russia). Maintain the conversation: listen to what she tells you and ask follow-up questions. Share your mind and avoid discussing the routine. Don’t forget to hold the door for her, to pull out a chair, and offer your hand while getting out of a car or walking up- and downstairs.

Stay sober

In contrast to a popular myth about Russians adoring vodka and other hard liquors, most young Russian ladies choose the healthy way of life and reject men suffering from alcohol abuse. We don’t imply you are a drinker, but you must create a good first impression – and getting drunk will obviously ruin the entire romance. One-two glasses of wine will be sufficient to loosen you up.

Pick up the tab

Well, this is actually one of those gentleman’s gestures. Contemporary women in the West usually struggle to prove their independence so they prefer to split the bill. On the contrary, Russian girls are feminine and expect men to woo them. Not that they are greedy, but picking up the tab is kind of a local dating tradition. That’s why is will be right to pay for her meal and entertainment.

Accompany her home

This is another way to show your good manners and affection, not to mention night streets in big cities can be dangerous. Then it is even your duty to accompany her home, especially, if your date ends late in the evening. As the bonus, you will get an opportunity to communicate more on your way to her place. Besides, if you feel the meeting was great, it is right to kiss her at the end of your trip.