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Engraving Beautiful Memories on Beautiful Engraved Plaques

My friends laughed at me the moment I volunteered to be a part of the committee of my town’s annual marathon. The marathon always had good purposes and all, but it was somehow always messy. Something always went wrong and it was just mentally and physically exhausting for the committee. But I volunteered anyway because my eyes were on the appreciation plaques that would be given to every member of the marathon committee.
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Spending quality time with your family

Spending quality time with your family is important, and many families believe that getting away from the stresses of the real world is a great way to take a break and enjoy each other’s company. To do this, many families opt for the fun family vacation, but where do you go? There are so many choices, but it’s important to find the vacation idea that’s right for your specific needs and your budget. Check out the following five great vacation ideas for you and your family.
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What is Included in Your Spa Package?

There is nothing better than enjoying a relaxing spa day when your daily routine gets too stressful. With so many different spa package options, you are guaranteed to find something that accommodates your time and budget!

One problem however, is that sometimes women choose spa packages without being 100% sure as to what they can expect from it. Misconception of different treatments and products come easily, which may make valued customers reluctant to choosing the perfect spa package. Here is a breakdown of the exfoliations, facials, body wraps and massages that are included in our spa packages.
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Planning a Vintage Wedding? Go All Out.

Vintage weddings are so beautiful, and are often a welcome break from the fast-paced nature of modern living. When guests attend a perfectly executed vintage wedding, they’re transported to a time of grace and elegance – the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. Setting the tone for your vintage wedding is important, and that’s why you need to go all out.

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The easiest way to do this is to focus on a specific time period, and do your best to emulate this in your wedding. And we’re not just talking about the décor, of course, but even the activities involved, and of course, the dress code. For example, if you wanted a less serious and more laid-back wedding, you could plan it around the iconic 50s – time when people were just starting to let loose and be a bit more fun. Fashion-wise, your guests are sure to appreciate being able to dress in fashionable soda fountain dresses, which have actually come back in style. It makes it easier for them to find outfits that they can wear to your wedding without having to scour vintage shops.


In keeping with the theme, you could also plan a game of bingo, or incorporate the game in your décor. Although reports from the BBC and Free Bingo Hunter have reported that the online version of the game has boomed, resulting in hundreds of bingo portals in the UK alone, the game first saw popularity in the 50s, before dying down some in the 60s. Let your guests play some Wedding Speech Bingo, or use vintage bingo sets to decorate your tables and make seating cards.

You could also throw your guests back into the 50s with the experience of a vintage soda fountain. While having one installed at your reception can be a bit expensive, you can find DIY ways to recreate the experience for only a fraction of the cost. Decorate soda bottles with your color palette, and set aside a table where your guests can put together their own floats.

You can take a look at our vintage wedding reception ideas for some more tips on how to create that perfect vintage feel with different themes like country and the great outdoors.

Organization Tips for Men: Bid Adieu to a Messy House

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Whether you’re looking to impress your new girlfriend or have simply realized that messy isn’t fun, an organized house is a must. No matter what drove you to get your house organized, your messy house can easily dampen your spirits! More so, if you’ve never bothered to keep your house organized.

But don’t worry; making your living space look good isn’t that tough! Here are some tips to help you start.

Motivate Yourself

You probably don’t organize everything because you think you’ll never get to the end of it. This isn’t true and you know that! You only need to get started and you’re sure to be done with the task soon.

Do what you can to motivate yourself and get your house in order. Think of the benefits- you’ll be able to have more space in your house, you’ll be able to find things you need easily, and if you’re planning to invite a girl over after a date, a clean and organized house is sure to win her heart.

Dedicate an hour or so every day to organize your house or do it on weekends. Remember to take breaks in-between; you don’t have to finish everything in one go. Playing your favorite music might help you get started with things.

Don’t do things on an empty stomach; you don’t want to be cranky while cleaning up the place. Don’t gorge a lot either or else you’ll just want to plop down on the bed for a nap!

Grab a Trash Bag

Make sure it’s a large one! Go around your house collecting all the trash you see and throwing it in to the trash bag. Target pizza leftovers from last night, empty takeaway boxes from last weekend, useless bills and whatever you categorize as trash.

Also take a look in your kitchen; clear the fridge and pantry of empty cartons or boxes, and everything that has gone stale or that you won’t be consuming.


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Eliminate Clutter

You’ll need to first identify the things that contribute to clutter in your house. Take a look at all your possessions one by one and consider why you have them. Everything you own should have either aesthetic or functional value.

It is possible that you have several items that are neither functional nor exceptionally beautiful to look at. Perhaps they are ancestral items or they hold sentimental value. You don’t necessarily have to throw these away; just make sure that all items have a designated place. Piling things onto the coffee table or chucking things into the basement isn’t going to help.

Move on to the Piles of Clothes

You either have two piles of clothes- clean and dirty, or you have a single huge pile because you can’t tell which clothes are clean and which ones aren’t. If you have two piles, you’re in luck! If you have just one pile, you’ll have to go through each clothing item and separate the clean and dirty clothes.

Check clothes for stains and smells, and make a separate pile for items that need to be laundered. You might also want to launder just about everything in case you’ve had very smelly clothes lying in close proximity of clean ones!

Load your washing machine or throw the dirty clothes in a basket if you’ll be washing them later. Make sure you’ve got the socks paired correctly. Do away with lone socks if you don’t have any other use for them.

Stash away clean clothes in your cupboard. Throwing things recklessly in the closet won’t help. Put in a few hours to organize everything neatly. You might want to clean your closet first if it is dusty. Clean your hangers and cubbies too.

Check for signs of mold and if you find mold growth, clean the area with a mixture of water and vinegar. Use cedar hangers like the ones available on OnlyHangers to repel moths and other insects. Additionally, buy hangers that can be used in multiple ways or that can hold more than one clothing item. This way, you’ll be able to make the most of the available space in your closet.

Make sure you clear the floors, the bed, and every other surface of clothes strewn around carelessly. You’re sure to see more space once you get through your pile of clothes!


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Target Flat Surfaces

Now that you’ve got most of the things out of the way, you should get started with cleaning all flat surfaces. Dust everything in sight- the TV, the dining table, desks, etc. Don’t forget the tops of cabinets and shelving units. Glass doors and window panes need some shine too!

If you are in the mood for some deep-cleaning and have enough time on your hands, you may want to clean cabinets and organize them. Remember, organizing things gives you more space and allows you to store more!

Once you’re done, you’ll have to sweep and mop, or vacuum the floors. Launder curtains according to manufacturer’s instructions. Check for stains on carpets and upholstered furniture. You don’t want unsightly stains to ruin everything so get rid of them. If going the DIY way to remove stains, be careful; you don’t want to damage anything expensive. If you’re unsure of your DIY cleaning skills, simply hire a professional cleaner.


See? It isn’t that difficult to organize your house. Start small- take up rooms or chores one at a time, and use the tips given here to get things in order.

Do note that you’ll need to make a conscious effort to keep your house organized. You certainly don’t want to go through all of this again!

Universal Free School Meals

Since September 2014, all infant-age schoolchildren in England have been entitled to receive a free school meal. This means that pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all benefit from the change. Previously, only those in receipt of certain means-tested benefits had been eligible, so the new scheme has resulted in a huge rise in the numbers of children covered to almost two million.

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What Is the Rationale Behind the Scheme?

The new entitlement represents a real economy for parents, with the BBC estimating a saving of approximately £400 per child annually. Of course, this is even better news for those with more than one child. But why has it been introduced?

The government felt that packed lunches in most cases did not provide as great a nutritional balance as a cooked school lunch. They argued that ensuring each child has had a good meal at lunchtime would help concentration levels in the afternoon, leading to an inevitable rise in academic outcomes. In the light of previous sad cases of neglect, the move has also been welcomed by many people as a way to ensure that all young children are receiving at least one healthy meal every day. In fact, many feel that the government should widen the remit to cover all primary-age children, a view which is endorsed by the National Union of Teachers.

How Popular Is the Scheme?

Official statistics have found that after just three months, around 85% of all infant-age children are enjoying a free meal provided at school. This shows what a popular move it has been, although not all parents have decided to take up the offer, which is not compulsory. This may be due to fussy eaters, complex allergies or some parents simply feeling that they can provide a better packed lunch than a school dinner.

Any Problems?

Of course, since the implementation of universal free school meals for infants, many school kitchens have needed extensive refurbishment or even an extension to deal with the huge increase in the numbers of pupils they are obliged to provide meals for. There is now even more need than ever for commercial refrigeration products, such as those on offer at Fridge Freezer Direct Ltd. But although the cost of the upgrade of school kitchens was intended to be covered by the government, many local councils have reported a deficit in the funds which have been made available to them. Some schools have been forced to offer sandwiches and other cold meals temporarily, in order to fulfil their legal obligation.

Schools have also traditionally received a “pupil premium” according to how many pupils were in receipt of free school meals. Many parents who would previously have been entitled on income grounds no longer bother to register their eligibility, as their children will benefit automatically. This can lead to a loss of valuable funds for the school.

In spite of some inevitable teething problems, it is generally felt that the scheme is a positive thing for children and parents. Parents can make a useful saving, and society can feel good about the fact that even the most vulnerable children will be receiving a good meal each day.

Boudoir photography: What first-timers need to know

Have you ever considered have boudoir pictures taken of yourself? Perhaps you are about to be a new bride and you want to give your groom a very personal wedding gift. Or, maybe you’ve been married for a while and are looking for a way to spice things up in the bedroom. Or, maybe you simply want to have some sexy photos taken of yourself, for yourself. Boudoir photography can either involve having pictures taken just of yourself, or you can invite your partner into the session with you, for some steamy couples photos. In either case, there are a few things you should know before you head into the photo shoot. What follows below are the answers to the most common questions first-timers have about boudoir photography.

What exactly are boudoir photos?

Inspired by the sizzling big-screen stars of the 1920s-60s, boudoir pictures are a way to celebrate the female form (or the romantic relationship between partners). The photos are not intended to be sleazy; they are meant to be seductive, romantic, flirty or sexual – whatever it is you want to portray in your photos. Whether you want your photos to be classy, retro, modern, naughty, romantic or flirty, an experience boudoir photography can help you achieve beautiful results.

What should I expect at the photo shoot?

It can be a little intimidating to go into a boudoir photo shoot. After all, the photos are very intimate by their nature and there is a good chance that the person taking the photos will be someone you don’t know. Knowing what to expect going into the session can help alleviate some anxiety.

Clothing: Generally, you’ll decide what you want to wear in your photos and bring those items with you. You can opt to wear virtually anything you want, from provocative costumes to lingerie to nothing at all!   It’s usually a good idea to give your photographer an idea of what you plan to wear in advance, so they can plan possible sets and start to create a shot list.

Hair and makeup: In most cases, the cost of the session will include professional hair and makeup styling.

Length of session: Your boudoir photo shoot can take anywhere from about an hour to up to five hours, depending on the number of shots you have paid for in your package.

Posing: If you are nervous about knowing how to pose during your session, rest easy. An experienced Calgary boudoir photographer will guide you through poses that will be the most flattering for your body. In addition, you can research boudoir photography poses online to get an idea of what you like and what you would feel comfortable doing. That way, you can go into your session with an idea of what you want – and don’t want.

Boudoir photography can be a very empowering process for a woman and a bonding experience for couples. The trick to a successful session is to do some research ahead of time, know what you are comfortable with and head into the session with some ideas of your own. Finally, be open to suggestions from the photographer (they know what angles, poses, and settings look best!) and, above all, have fun! That’s the end goal of boudoir photography: to have fun. In the end, you’ll get stunning photos that will make you feel like the most beautiful person in the world.

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7 Reasons not give up your dreams

Most people fail to fulfill their dreams and live in the shadow of what could have been, sometimes because they were disillusioned, some because they never believed and others because they thought it was too difficult. Whatever the situation, a dream is a living part of you and let it die and let die is part of di. Do not give up your dreams just because they seem impossible, the reality is that everything starts as nothing, first an idea, then an action and then a result.

So live what dreams


7 Reasons to Follow


  1. A dream is a why: Many authors agree that the “why” are what moves people.Think about it, everyone has a reason, otherwise life would be meaningless. When you have dreams, those can be linked directly to those why and become a vision. A vision has the ability to influence attitudes, habits and choices you make every day.
  2. A dream is personal: everyone has different tastes, interests, personalities and desires. Dreams are manifested as an expression of our essence, what we really are.A dream is a reflection of you as stated in the first paragraph, an important part of you.
  3. A dream is a responsibility when you really want something. You fight for it no matter how difficult the circumstances are.The proportion of effort you put into this compliance is equivalent to the ratio of how true is what you wanted. “Whoever surrenders to a problem does not show strength or character. Proverbs 24:10 “
  4. A dream creates virtues of you: when you pursue what you want and fight for it, need necessarily develop virtues such as: discipline, attitude, determination, perseverance and dedication.These are qualities of character that can only be developed in the field, experience in practice.
  5. A dream brings satisfaction: we live in the era of everything fast, in the era of “do not wait for anything,” people want everything fast, yet easy, we are a hedonistic culture.When you fight for something you want, it will cost labor and as the saying goes, “What gets more work, more valued.” Delaying small momentary pleasures to finally have a greater satisfaction.
  6. A dream makes you face your fears: to carry out your dreams, you need to leave the comfort zone and that means take on new things, experiences that may seem frightening and criticism or judgment, however, when you face your fears grows as a person and discover new things.If you go, you’re going to fall, but he who does not advance, nothing happens, good or bad.
  7. A dream excited: imagine life without emotions, it would be very boring.In a study done on the brain, they measured the activity of people who saw a photograph and others only imagined photography. The results showed that the same areas of the brain are used to see it to imagine, that means that when you think of your dreams, you’re helping your brain to generate very similar emotions that you would if you were living your dream into reality.

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