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Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

The EcoSphere ($48.36) is the result of technology developed by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA was researching self-contained communities for space explorers to live in during long-term space flights. Out of this research came the EcoSphere – an ecosystem of animal and plant life in perfect balance.

Inside each EcoSphere ($43,99) are active micro-organisms, small shrimp, algae and bacteria, each existing in filtered sea water. Because the EcoSphere is a self-sustaining ecosystem, you never have to feed the life within. Simply provide your EcoSphere with a source of indirect natural or artificial light and enjoy this aesthetic blend of art and science, beauty and balance.

Because the living organisms within the EcoSphere utilize their resources without overpopulating or contaminating their environment, the EcoSphere requires virtually no maintenance.

EcoSpheres have an average life expectancy of two years. However, it is not uncommon for shrimp populations to be thriving in systems as old as 7 years. EcoSpheres are available in either pod or spherical shapes, in a range of sizes.

 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Memorial Day is the time to save on mattresses, furniture, TVs, appliances and grills and more. Here are some major savings to make your summer a little cooler.

ABC Carpet & Home: Get up to 30% off unique rugs, home furnishings, decor and more now through May 30.

Adidas: Shop athletic gear and loungewear up to 40% off right now.

Amazon: You can always count on Amazon to bring sizzling sales to the table — and right now you can shop all-time low prices across every category.

American Tourister: Shop luggage and travel accessories 30% off sitewide.

Amerisleep: You can get $450 off any mattress with code AS450 right now, plus 30% off adjustable bed bundles, 20% off pillows and more.

Anthropologie: Enjoy up to 40% off Anthro’s gorgeous home collection through May 29.

Beautyrest: Rest easy with up to $900 off your purchase of a Black or Black Hybrid mattress. Sale ends June 13.

Bloomingdale’s: Get up to 40% off summer essentials, plus take $25 off when you spend $100 on select items and use code TAKE25.

Blueair: If allergy season has got you sneezing, invest in an air purifier — select models are now up to 60% off at Blueair.

Casper: Now through June 6, the beloved DTC brand is offering 20% off mattresses, pillows and sheets sitewide, plus 10% off everything else.

Chewy: Get up to 30% off select pet furniture, toys and more.

Cole Haan: Get up to 50% off sitewide, plus additional perks in the coming weeks.

Crate & Barrel: Get up to 20% off select outdoor furniture, decor and grilling, plus 20% off upholstery and more.

Crocs: Get up to half off select Crocs styles this Memorial Day.

DSW: Channel your inner (budget-friendly) Carrie Bradshaw with these shoe savings — shop 25% off during DSW’s Friends and Family with code FRIENDLY25.

eBay: Take an extra 15% off a ton of products — from headphones to air purifiers to running shoes — using code MEMORIALDAY23.

Eddie Bauer: Shop bestsellers, new arrivals and your summer essentials up to half off.

Elizabeth Arden: Use code REFRESH at checkout to take advantage of a tiered promo: 20% off a $50 purchase, 25% off a $75 purchase and 30% off a $100 purchase, plus free shipping.

Fresh: Shop Fresh skin care and get up to 30% off — the more you spend, the more you’ll save.

Green Chef: Get up to 60% off plus free shipping with code GCMDW2023 and save on sustainable, organic and special allergy-friendly foods.

HelloFresh: Get 16 free meals plus free shipping from the popular meal kit delivery service with code HFMDW2023.

Ikea: Outfit your home with well-designed, affordable furniture from Ikea: right now, a bunch of outdoor furniture, plus appliances, shelving, lighting and more is up to 40% off.

Indochino: Get 20% off menswear sitewide with code WEEKEND.

J. Crew: Right now, snag 40% off almost everything, plus an extra 60% off sale styles with code WEEKEND. It’s your chance to save on everything from the brand’s linen shop to airy dresses and chic basics.

Lenovo: Get up to 75% off during Lenovo’s Memorial Day Sale, with laptops starting at just $229.

Le Sportsac: Now through May 30, shop stylish bags and Le Sportsac and get 20% off orders of $150, or $25 off orders of $200

Lifepro: Get up to 20% off fitness products sitewide through May 31.

Lovesac: Shop deals on comfortable and customizable home furniture built to last a lifetime — everything is 25% off through May 29.

Lowe’s: Shop all things home improvement and outdoor living during the Memorial Day sale at Lowe’s.

Lucky Brand: Get up to 40% off storewide, with denim at 30% off an an extra 15% off your order when you spend $150 or more.

Macy’s: Get 50% off all beauty products at Macy’s during the retailer’s 10 Days of Glam.

MoMA Design Store: Shop unique, design-forward homewares and more and score $20 off orders of$100 or more or $40 off orders of $200 or more with code SHOPMOMA.

Nordstrom Rack: The Clear the Rack Sale has kicked off, and you can score an extra 25% off clearance items for a limited time.

Overstock: One of Overstock’s biggest sales of the year is here, meaning you can score steep discounts throughout the month of May on thousands of home, kitchen and outdoor items.

Raymour & Flanigan: Get up to 30% off furniture and mattresses during this Memorial Day sale.

Samsonite: Gear up for summer travel with new luggage from Samsonite. Right now, the brand is offering 30% off sitewide for Memorial Day.

Sealy: Score 20% off with code P20 plus find additional savings on mattresses sitewide.

Serta: Save up hundreds on a variety of mattresses for any type of sleeper before the sale ends June 13.

Target: Shop for sunny days ahead with up to 30% off patio furniture, vacuums, kids’ toys and much, much more.

Tempur-Pedic: This month, save 30% off sitewide with code CLOUD30.

The Company Store: Now through May 29, shop 40% off bedding, bath and more.

The Container Store: Right now, spend $100 getting organized and get 25% off your order.

The Home Depot: Shop this massive Memorial Day Sale and score deep discounts on appliances, grills and more.

Tory Burch: Get up to 40% off a bunch of styles and upgrade your wardrobe for summer.

Urban Outfitters: A bunch of summer wardrobe classics — tanks shorts, sunglasses and more — are up to half off at Urban.

Walmart: Shop deals on everything from grills to beauty to kitchen appliances.

Wayfair: Shop the mega-retailer for deals up to 70% off indoor and outdoor furniture, appliances, decor and more.

Whirlpool: Get deep discounts on popular appliances, plus free delivery and installation when you spend $1,000 now through June 7.

Zappos: Zappos’ prices just got even lower thanks to the Joyfest promo, happening now through May 29. Save up to 60% on everything you need from brands like Sam Edelman, Adidas, Asics, Cole Haan, and many more.

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How to Shop Sorority Necklaces Charms & Chi Omega Jewelry

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Are you looking to show your sorority pride in a fashionable and fun way? Start with some of the most popular sorority necklaces, charms, and jewelry pieces! Shopping for something that suits your style has never been easier. From classic lavalier look pieces to stylish new trends, we’ll help you find the perfect item for any occasion. Get ready to shop classic designs or explore unique and modern takes on traditional necklace shapes – everything from pendants and beads to shaped symbols like hearts, Greek letters, and more. Put together an outfit that expresses who you are, and make sure it includes one of these amazing Chi Omega items – let’s get started!

The Purpose of Sorority Necklaces and Chi Omega Jewelry

Sorority necklaces and Chi Omega jewelry are much more than just fashion accessories. They serve a deeper purpose that goes beyond their aesthetic value. These pieces are symbols of sisterhood, loyalty, and pride in one’s organization. Wearing them is a way to show one’s affiliation with a particular sorority and to connect with other members who share the same values and beliefs. Additionally, they can serve as conversation starters and icebreakers, bringing together women from different backgrounds and creating a sense of community. Whether worn every day or just on special occasions, sorority necklaces and Chi Omega jewelry hold a special place in the hearts of those who wear them, serving as tangible reminders of the bonds of sisterhood.

Different Types of Necklaces and Charms for Your Chapter

Necklaces and charms are classic accessories that add personal style to any outfit. There are endless combinations of necklaces and charms, each with its unique look and meaning. Some popular types of necklaces include chains, pendants, and choker necklaces. Charms can be made from many materials, such as metal, gemstones, or even leather. They can represent personal interests and memories or even have religious significance. Mixing and matching necklaces with different charms can create a one-of-a-kind look that reflects your personality. With so many options available, exploring different types of necklaces and charms can be fun and exciting to add a unique touch to your wardrobe.

Where to Shop for Official Sorority Merchandise

When shopping for official sorority merchandise, knowing where to look to ensure you get authentic items is essential. Many sororities have official stores or websites where you can purchase merchandise directly from the source. In addition, there are also licensed vendors who are authorized to sell official sorority merchandise. These vendors can often be found at events such as conventions or through a quick online search. It’s essential to be cautious of counterfeit items sold by unauthorized vendors, as they can often be of lower quality and not support the values of your sorority. By shopping from official sources, you can ensure that your merchandise represents your sorority accurately and supports the organization meaningfully.

The Quality of Materials When Shopping for your Jewelry

One crucial factor to consider when shopping for jewelry is the quality of materials used. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or an everyday accessory, knowing what materials were used and how they will hold up over time is essential. Opting for high-quality materials like gold, silver, and precious gemstones may come with a higher price tag, but they will last longer and maintain their value. On the other hand, cheaper materials like plated metals or synthetic stones may be more affordable, but they may also tarnish or lose their luster after a short period. By taking the time to consider the materials before making a purchase, you can ensure that your jewelry will remain a beloved piece in your collection for years to come.

Get Creative With Engraving, Monograms, and More

Engraving has been used for centuries to add a personal touch to items such as jewelry, furniture, and keepsakes. Monograms, essentially stylized letters representing a person’s initials, can also add a unique touch to items. But, these days, there are many ways to get creative with engraving and monograms. You can add a favorite quote, a meaningful symbol or design, or even a photograph to an item for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. And don’t forget that engraving and monogramming aren’t just for personal use. Businesses can also add logos or branding to items for a professional touch. The possibilities are endless for getting creative with engraving and monograms!

Accessorize Your Look with Colorful Keychains & Lanyards

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to accessorize your everyday look, colorful keychains and lanyards are the perfect solution. Whether you want to add a pop of color to your purse or backpack or add some personality to your work lanyard, there are many options. From playful characters to trendy designs, keychains and lanyards are a great way to show off your unique style. Plus, they come in various materials, like metal and silicone, so you can pick the one that best fits your preferences. So why settle for a boring keychain or lanyard when you can brighten your day with a colorful accessory?

Shopping for sorority necklaces and Chi Omega jewelry can be an entertaining and creative experience. With so many charms, necklaces, lanyards, and keychains, sorority members can customize their look with official merchandise from their chapter. Understanding the purpose of the jewelry is essential when picking out pieces, as well as getting creative with any engraving or monograms that may be added. Furthermore, it is crucial to consider quality materials when buying jewelry and other pieces to ensure a durable product. Whether shopping for modern trends or designs with history in mind, sorority members have countless options when selecting the perfect necklace or charm to reflect themselves and their sorority’s values.



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Understanding Diamond Clarity Grades and How to Balance Quality with Budget

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Diamond clarity is referred to the qualitative metric that is responsible for grading the visual appearance of diamonds. If the diamond has few inclusions and blemishes, the better will be its clarity. It depends on the diamond clarity grade chart. Besides, diamond clarity has a significant impact on the overall price.

 The clarity of the diamond is one of the most important 4C’s as well. Still, the imperfections that influence the diamond’s clarity aren’t visible to the naked eye. Let’s learn more about diamond clarity grades and how to find the right balance between quality and budget when buying engagement rings.

What is a diamond clarity grade chart?

 To provide buyers with an understanding of clarity levels in diamonds, grading entities like the GIA use diamond clarity charts to judge the diamonds based on their appearance. The diamonds get a clarity grade within a specific scale.

 The diamond clarity grades range from IF (Internally Flawless) to I (Inclusions). Each clarity grade will have subgrades that provide more information about the inclusions on the diamond.

 IF (Internally Flawless) – No external or internal imperfections

VS1 (Very Very Small Inclusions 1) – Inclusions not visible under 10X magnification

VS2 (Very Very Small Inclusions 2) – Inclusions barely visible under 10X magnification

VS1 (Very Small Inclusions 1) – Inclusions just visible under 10X magnification

VS2 (Very Small Inclusions 2) – Inclusions noticeable under 10X magnification

SI1 (Small Inclusions 1) – Inclusions found easily under 10X magnification

SI2 (Small Inclusions 2) – Inclusions are seen clearly under 10X magnification

I1 (Inclusions 1) – Inclusions are clearer than SI2

What determines the clarity grades?

 Inclusions in diamonds develop because of pressure and heat. Blemishes appear when the diamonds are subjected to cutting and polishing. Or, they may appear due to wear on their surface.

 When it comes to finding out the diamond clarity on a scale, professionals will observe the appearance of diamonds with eye visibility and 10x magnification. To identify the inclusions, a higher power may be used. Below listed are five factors that play an important role in finding out diamond clarity grade.

  1. Nature

It refers to the kind of inclusions along with their depth that could be seen in diamonds. Also, it covers other aspects that could be seen inside the diamonds.

  1. Size

The size of diamond inclusions is another factor to determine clarity grade. So, the bigger the inclusion, the larger will be its impact.

  1. Location

 The place where the inclusion occurs is called its location. When the inclusion is close to the center, it is visible, resulting in decreased clarity grade.

  1. Number

 The number of inclusions in a diamond is important for grading entities. If the diamond has a large number of inclusions, they impact its clarity and appearance.

  1. Relief

 It refers to the contrast between the diamond and their inclusions. Diamond grading gets affected if they have a dark color because of the high relief.

 Balancing quality with budget: Diamond clarity buying tips

 To get the best quality without compromising on budget and beauty, consider these factors.

  1. Never overpay

 Getting tempted for clarity and overpaying seems obvious. In many cases, a VS2 or VS1 diamond is eye-clean like a flawless diamond. It costs less, too. Choose the low clarity grade instead of focusing on a specific clarity grade.

  1. Review the diamond closely

Apart from the diamond certification, it is wise to review the diamond closely and look for visible inclusions. Find out if there are any kinds of blemishes and where they are located. The main purpose is to find an eye-clean diamond without overpaying.

 What’s next?

 Low-clarity eye-clean diamonds almost look identical to flawless diamonds. Also, they will cost less. However, focus on reputable online providers like Rare Carat which has a massive collection of high-quality diamonds. For all your queries on lab-grown diamonds, click here:

 Rare Carat is a one-stop solution for diamonds and has been catering to people for a long time. The 4.9-Star ratings on Google Business Profile and TrustPilot is living proof of their authenticity. The diamonds are approved by the GIA as well.

RareCarat gives the best deal on the available items in the form of discounts. So, it could be $2000 off or a 25% discount on certain items. They have an amazing collection of diamonds offered at competitive price tags. Visit Rare Carat today and have the best piece of diamond for a loved one.

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Why Rare Carat is the Most Trusted Name in the Diamond Industry?

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There are factors to consider to get customers’ attention and for them to be satisfied. Businesses or industries no matter how small or big they are, always aim for more customers and to have more sales to last in the long run. They will do their best to sell the best products and services to every customer amidst the costs and competition present in the business world. This short write-up is all about the reasons why a particular diamond industry named Rare Carat is the most trusted name in the diamond industry that features its customer reviews for Rare Carat Inc. Read until the end and make that purchase decision of buying diamonds at Rare Carat for you to have personal experience with their diamonds.

Reasons Why Rare Carat is the Most Trusted Name in the Diamond Industry

These are the common and usual reasons why Rare Carat is the most trusted name and seller of diamonds in the diamond industry.

Customer Reviews for Rare Carat Inc.

Different businesses and industries are always encouraging their customers to spend time rating their websites and leaving comments about their websites. This is one way or a part of promotion tools to capture prospects and other target markets to entice them to buy their products. When they will see positive reviews and the best feedback on the products they used or services they availed of, these can also add influence or inspired them in buying the same product or service. Rare Carat is the best example of a high customer rating when it comes to online diamond industry sellers. They are always on top and maintain an almost perfect score or rate of 4.9/5 both in Google Business Profile and Trustpilot. This signifies a lot to the company and their customer reviews mean that they are satisfied and happy, and keep on patronizing their products. Customer satisfaction is one of the hardest things to obtain and keep from customers knowing that there are different competitors out there and with the changing demands and unstable wants of the buyers.

High-Quality Products and Competitive Prices

Products and prices are the two important factors or elements in marketing to consider and will also affect the buying power of every customer. If the product is not of good quality or if the buyer is not satisfied with the physical features and benefits, they can get from the product, they will not buy again. And once the price of the products they want to purchase is higher and not competitive, most of them will look for other sellers who sell products at a good and reasonable price. Rare Carat becomes the number one diamond online seller industry and keeps on growing and expanding its products and services. They are known for their best and high-quality diamond products both natural and lab-grown or man-made diamonds. Their products become in demand worldwide as they are true and very legit in terms of the diamonds, they posted on their website the actual diamond product that the customer will receive. These diamond products are very valuable as they are good investments for those who want to engage in the jewelry business. Natural diamonds from earth mining are more expensive than lab-created diamonds. But if you want the same feature and will look the same as natural diamonds that can be purchased having a bigger stone, then these lab diamonds are the perfect stones for you. At a lesser price, anyone can still look elegant and wealthy once they wear these lab diamonds.

Product Variations

Another good reason why buyers patronize Rare Carat products is because of their variety of natural and lab-grown diamond rings. If there are different or a variety of products to choose from like various designs and styles, then customers will be interested and become alive. There are different rings you could choose from based on your preferred choices like their color, carat weight, type of cut, and clarity. Some of the best diamond rings they have are Rare Carat princess cut diamonds and cushion cut diamonds. Princess cut diamonds are a special type of brilliant cut diamonds that are modified square or feature a rectangular shape. These types of diamonds have differing numbers of facets set in a rectangular or square outline. Another brilliant variety and popular type of diamond ring at Rare Carat are Cushion cut diamonds. These types of diamonds are best for their versatility as you can choose a variety of these diamonds like antique, modern, crushed iced cushion, and chunky look cushion diamonds. Shop now at www.rarecarat.com for you to see their variety of diamond rings and make an order of their rings that are perfect for you and your lover.

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Surprising Benefits of Choosing a Fixed Blade Hunting Knife 

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So, you’re a professional hunter, looking to enhance your hunting experience, right?

Well, that’s the reason, you’ve probably landed right here, looking to know the benefits of choosing a fixed-blade tool!

Unlike foldable knives, these tools are stronger and offer a superior grip that offers you a seamless cutting and chopping experience.

Whether you want to skin down an animal or peel fruit in the middle of the woods, considering a fixed-blade option will serve the purpose. Also, these knives are often termed “serious knives” that deliver the perfect swing to cut down anything that comes in their path.

Though foldable knives are relatively common among hunters, choosing a fixed-blade tool can offer more than you’ve wondered. 

If you’re still not convinced, listed below are some of the strong reasons to choose fixed-blade hunting knives for your trip.

  1. Extended Durability 

If you want to buy high-quality and durable knives in the wild, then considering a fixed blade will never disappoint you. Unlike regular folding knives, these tools are considerably stronger as they don’t have any moving parts. The steel or the blade of the tool is attached to the handle, making it stronger than other tools. Since the construction is sturdy, it is an ideal choice for cutting and skinning animals. Even if you want to have some fruits in your kitchen, you can easily use a knife to cut them. Remember that you should use it wisely as it has strong steel blades. It is wise to use it for your camping or any adventure activities, especially in the woods. 

  1. Easy to Clean 

One of the biggest reasons to consider a fixed-blade knife is that it is easier to clean and requires less maintenance. When it comes to folding knives, you may need to put in some serious effort and time to complete the cleaning process. But the scenario is somewhat different with fixed blade tools. Unlike folding knives, you don’t even have to worry about their hinges. All you need is a dry cloth and oiling afterward to retain its shine and durability. If you want to extend its lifespan, you can buy a leather sheath to protect it from rust and dirt elements. 

Tip: Proper washing and drying off the knife is enough to maintain its quality and durability. 

  1. Extended Blade Length 

Because fixed-blade knives are specifically designed for hunting and skinning purposes, they usually come with an extended blade length. Unlike folding knives where the blade length is shorter, these knives have a longer blade length, i.e, 12-inch, making them an ideal hunting choice. Furthermore, you don’t need a specific bottle opener in the jungle. Simply use this knife to easily open canned bottles. Due to its strong blade material, it can effortlessly penetrate deep into cans and bottles. From hunting animals to opening bottles and cans, having a fixed-blade hunting knife is a must-have tool that every hunter should have. 

  1. Safer to Use

Another major reason to consider a fixed-blade knife is that it is safe to use without fear of getting cuts. This knife doesn’t have any risk of the blade accidentally touching your fingers and making you bleed while using it. Even if you’re an amateur, you can still use the knife without getting hurt. Due to its safety aspect, it’s widely gaining traction among hunters and even beginners. Whether you’re a professional or a newbie, considering this fixed knife may seem an ideal choice. 

So, the next time you’re considering buying a new knife for outdoor activities, a fixed-blade hunting tool is worth your money. Keep these benefits in mind and enjoy a memorable hunting experience.



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