Oh Life!
May 6, 2016

Many brides spend years imaging and fantasizing about their wedding days and months planning the ceremony and reception with their grooms. While you might focus on the right type of flowers, the overall theme and the food that you serve, you also need to think about the centerpieces that you’ll use on each table. A large number of couples use flowers that they purchase from the florists making their bouquets, and some save money with centerpieces they rent from party supply stores. If you want something that is new and different, you can take a look at some unique centerpiece ideas.

Wine Bottle Centerpieces

Instead of using ordinary place cards like those you see at dozens of weddings, let guests know where to sit with wine bottle centerpieces that feature their names right on the bottle. You can make and print customized labels right from your own computer. Put the table number at the very top of the label and list all guests sitting at the table below. You can also use champagne bottles in lieu of wine bottles to help your guests toast you on your big day.

Centerpieces Made from Live Flowers

Most of the floral wedding centerpieces that you see on reception hall or venue tables feature already cut flowers. While guests may take those flowers home, the blooms will die within a few days. Using live flowers or plants is a much better alternative and will make your reception a little more green. Opt for miniature rose bushes, fresh and fragrant herbs or even brightly colored tulips. Use ribbon and other decorations to make the planters look more festive or elegant. You may even include a small note that tells guests how to care for those plants.

Cookie Bouquets

While most guests expect to have a slice of wedding cake, most won’t expect to have cookies they can munch on later. Cookie bouquets are a fun alternative to traditional wedding centerpieces. Companies that make gift baskets make these bouquets by inserting a wooden dowel into the bottom of each cookie and then putting the cookies in a vase with a ribbon wrapped around the top. Encourage your guests to snack on those cookies during the reception and take home any extras with them. Use unique ideas for your wedding reception centerpieces, including live flowers, wine or champagne and cookie bouquets.

April 6, 2016

You probably cannot dance as well as the acclaimed choreographer and theatre director Craig Revel Horwood, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance none-the-less. In fact, if you want to improve your skills has a dancer, you should find a teacher to help mold you into a better dancer. Don’t, however, just go to the first dance studio you find. Instead, take your time to learn more about the studio and the teachers and then make an informed decision based on your research.

You should ask yourself the following questions to help choose the right dance studio for you and your needs.

• Do the teachers at the studio have the proper training in the style of dance they are teaching? You don’t want to be taught by someone who doesn’t know the field they are teaching.

• Do the teachers take the necessary steps – such as taking classes or performing themselves – to stay current with teaching and dancing techniques?

• Is the dance teacher, patient with their students? No matter what their age, the teacher should have patience and a positive attitude when dealing with students.

• Is the teacher willing to work with every one of their students?

• Is the environment that the teacher created encouraging, fun and still disciplinary? Does the teacher motivate and inspire their students?

• Does the teacher encourage each student to express themselves individually?

• How large are the classes? The larger the class, the less likely you will receive individual attention from the teacher.

• Does the studio offer a variety of programs and classes for adults and children?

• Does the dance studio have a floor that is suitable for all dance styles?

• What is the dance studio’s viewing policy? Does it have an observation monitor or window where people can watch the students during the class? If so, is this something that will bother you while you’re trying to learn?

Keep in mind that the above questions are just a few that you should consider when looking for dance lessons. You should also consider the location of the studio. A studio that is out of the way and not close to your home or work could result in you giving up on the lessons because of the added cost of gas. In this instance, it probably would have been better to go to a dance studio that is closer to your home.

March 2, 2016

Although many people want to attain all of the benefits that result from maintaining excellent health, they oftentimes don’t know which wellness strategies to implement in order to look and feel their best. If this is your personal dilemma, it’s time to find solutions that will enable you to start optimizing your health right now. Here are three of many wellness techniques you can implement to start looking and feeling your best:

1. Buy Your Wellness Products Online.

If you’re serious about optimizing your health, it’s time to place emphasis on getting the wellness products you need to make it happen. You can shorten and simplify this process by shopping online. These days, there’s a website for almost any and every health product under the sun. For example, individuals in need of Elisa test kits can obtain them from the website maintained by the professionals of Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc.

2. Implement A Holistic Exercise Program.

In addition to buying your wellness products online, make sure that you implement a holistic exercise program. In many cases, people maintain a fitness routine that incorporates just cardio or only weightlifting. Yet to really maximize your health, your exercise routine needs to include cardio, weightlifting, and stretching.

3. Get Into Smoothies And Juices.

Although we’re told over and over again that we should eat fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins and nutrients we need, the majority of Americans are still consuming a SAD diet that lacks the nutritional content necessary to enhance physiological function. In many cases, this is because most people associate healthy foods with flavorlessness. If you want to eat healthy yet perceive the options available to you as boring, it’s time to start drinking smoothies and juices. Many people find the vast array of flavors and colors represented by smoothies and juices to be absolutely phenomenal. You can get into these delicious treats now by doing a quick internet search for recipes. One of the most popular smoothies out there tends to be the banana smoothie. Many people also enjoy green juices comprised of spinach, kale, pineapple, and other delicious fruits.

Conclusion

If you want to optimize your level of wellness this year, don’t procrastinate a moment longer. Instead, utilize the simple, savvy health strategies listed here so that you can start leading the rich and fulfilling life you deserve!

February 17, 2016

Many people nowadays have tons of multimedia that they end up storing. For the most part the media that they keep around tends to be personal – normally consisting of photos, videos and other mementos from trips, events, and so on. The fact that it is personal often means that deleting it feels like a shame – but at the same time as it all starts to pile up you may give serious thought to doing so.

Rather than deleting your multimedia files, you could instead keep them around while at the same time conserve space. Essentially what you need to do is to compress your files so that they occupy less space, which is certainly possible for all types of media – be it video, audio or images.

Before you jump right in and start to do just that, however, ask yourself: Should you compress all your multimedia files? If you have the time to go over them, you may want to keep some of the more important files in the best possible quality, while compressing the rest instead.

Once you’ve decided on the files that you do want to compress, you just need to find the software that will let you do so. Preferably you should try to look for software that allows ‘batch processing’ so that you can compress many files simultaneously rather than having to do so one by one.

Be sure to check out the Movavi movie programs if you really do intend to compress your files. With numerous different types of multimedia software, the Movavi family of tools should have what you need to compress your multimedia files and save space in the process.

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Considering Movavi designs its software to be easy to use and intuitive, you should have no problem learning how to compress your files. In fact, in many cases you may even be able to simply select the desired size and let the software handle the details. Some of the other software may even open up additional options – such as editing your videos to extract the important parts so that the rest can be disposed of.

By providing you with powerful tools and a great degree of flexibility, the Movavi software should hand you what you need to conserve a ton of space when storing your multimedia files. The only thing you need to do really is decide what files you want to compress, and how much you want to compress them with.

February 9, 2016

Definitely, food expense eats up a big portion of the budget.  Deprivation is not the solution, instead, strategic moves and smart thinking have to be applied.

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Initial move is, to plan ahead.  Planning involves systematic sorting of inventory of available goods.  Also, listing down of needed items to purchase, items which can skip buying and using up items before expiration to prevent spoilage.  Look for items on sale before setting the meal menu, in this manner, good deals mean higher discount.  Limiting to once a week shopping is an advantage since it reduces the tendency of impulsive purchasing.  Substitution is an excellent option for saving as well, review previous purchases and take note on expensive items, and try finding out the best alternative at lesser cost.

Another way to get the best is you need to do some researching, canvassing and comparing prices.  Though, more physical and mental activities need to be considered, certainly, everything pays off well.  Wise buyer’s goal is to be able to avail the necessary and most frequent bought items at its lowest price without sacrificing its quality.

Be smarter in the store. It is all about learning the store’s layout. This is a big factor, so you only need to go directly to the aisle of needed items, that way, eye-feasting is lessened.  For rewards incentive purposes, registering for loyalty program is beneficial. Yet, the most effective is to shop alone, for the larger shopping goes, the tendency of more impulsive purchases will be experienced.

Finally, save on the specific. This refers to the fresh items.  In purchasing meat, it is advisable to buy in bulk.  Follow the cycle, do not buy out-of-season items for they cost more.  Growing your own herbs will eventually generate more savings. Plus, you get to use fresh herbs in your cooking all the time.

Stay economical!

February 9, 2016

One of the most popular and glamorous activities to do in the UK is to go to the races. Whether it’s heading to the Grand National or even the Cheltenham Festival, a day out at the races provides the perfect blend of sporting excitement, betting fun and fashion extravagance.

So whether you’re a racing aficionado or a newbie, here’s a look at a few things to consider before your trip to the races.

The big day out

The UK has many massive racing events, but the Grand National is undoubtedly the biggest. In 2016 the race takes place on 9 April at the historic Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, and it is the most famous race in Europe featuring around 40 horses competing for a prize fund that often exceeds £1 million.

However, if you’re looking to spend longer at the track, then the Cheltenham Festival could provide the solution, as from 15 to 18 March the festival showcases many top races including the prestigious Gold Cup on the final day. And if you’re an odds checker, then Betway’s website provides betting information on all of the runners well in advance, so that you can do a little bit of research before the main event.

What to wear

It’s not just the betting form that should be researched in advance, as racing events have increasingly demanded that we all pay close attention to our attire at the races. Although events like the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National are relatively relaxed, it’s always a good idea to visit the event’s website beforehand to find out if any dress code restrictions are in place.

But for a safe bet, the Metro recently published some racing style advice that proves that the chic look don’t necessarily have to break the bank. And with many of these top racing events being held in the spring months, it’s often a good idea to layer-up to combat the chilly weather.

Races accommodation

With thousands of people attending the races, many of the hotels can book up well in advance. Thankfully, the Guardian recently revealed their top hotel choices for the Liverpool area that should help anyone visiting the Grand National find a bed for the night.

And similarly, as the Cheltenham Festival takes place on the edge of the Cotswolds, a trip to the races could afford a relaxing break in a Cotswolds cottage to help you relax and count your race-day winnings!

February 4, 2016

Tween is the best awareness stage, for children absorb the ideas, knowledge and opinions being imparted to them. Responsible parenting involves thorough discussion and information detailing with the children on facts and reality of life which includes money matter.  It is best to instill in the child’s mind that money cannot be picked up anywhere and anytime, instead, it is a reward for any good deed done, or sacrificed on, or something worked hard for.

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As a tween gets a school allowance from parents, a good way to save is not to claim the full amount, rather, bring enough cash to school and save the rest in a bank account or piggy bank.  Another move is to give children extra chores at home and get paid for the effort.  Also, encourage tweens to sell personal unwanted items to convert clutter to additional savings.  The reward for this diligent act and discipline will be eventually felt.  As for parents who can afford, it is better to reciprocate the children’s act by matching whatever savings a child made as an incentive.

Goal setting is an effective tool for tweens to eagerly save up.  The tendency is for the children to learn budgeting in order to achieve the goal being set.  This deed will definitely make parents proud.

Best piece of advice is to save more, spend less and be prudent.