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Mr. Perfect Does Not Exist!

The sooner you realize this sad but true fact, the sooner you can get on with finding Mr. Close-Enough-To-Perfect. Prince Charming, riding on a white stallion, lost his way or found Princess Charming and got married on his way to your castle. Get over it and get on with it. You ARE going to have to actively seek the man of your dreams and you won’t find him hiding under your bed. You already know that he isn’t among the men that you are acquainted with so, now what? Online dating is “what”.

It’s true that online dating, while in its infancy, was only made up of perverts, sexual predators, nerds and weirdoes but that is no longer true. It has become the main tool of the single person in every developed country in the world. Forty million people can’t all be wrong. Ask your girl friends if they have ever used online dating or are using it now. If they are honest with you, most of them have or are now members of at least one online dating site and maybe more than one. It really is the way to go to meet eligible men who want to meet you. It doesn’t matter what any of your numbers are…like age, height, weight or income either. Somewhere out there in the big wide world there is a man who will like you…..then love you….and think that you are beautiful and desirable. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is true. What is considered beautiful in one part of the world is completely different from what is considered beautiful in another part of the world. It’s even different from one part of this country to another.

Find an online dating site that fits your needs. Write a great profile and post a flattering picture. Start contacting eligible men on the site. Mr. Close-enough-to-perfect could be a few mouse clicks away.

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Engagement Party Games

The engagement party is a time when the families of the couple will get to know one another. In some cases, this might be the first meeting between the two families or groups of friends and any icebreaker activity will be a welcome event.

In that light, whoever plans the engagement party (likely the bride’s family, but it can be the engaged couple or anyone else who wants to plan the party) should plan a few games and activities designed to help everyone get to know everyone else.

First up is a trivia game. Create a « Trivial Pursuit » type game with questions about the bride and groom’s lives. You might contain the questions to just facts and events relating to both the bride and groom (such as how long did it take her to say « yes » when he asked, where did he propose, where did they meet, etc), or you can include questions pertaining to their lives outside of each other and before they met each other. Not only can this be fun, but also it’s an entertaining way for people to get to know each other and the engaged couple better.

One popular icebreaker that’s used at corporate functions and company parties can also work really well at engagement parties. Tape a card to each person’s back and encourage him or her to work the room, mingle with everyone and particularly try to get to know someone they have never met before. Before moving on to someone else, be sure to make a comment about the person on the card on his or her back. Partiers write an impression of that person, such as « she seems sweet » or « he knows a lot about the weather ».

This icebreaker ends when the mingling session is over. The cards are then read one by one and people not only get to know each other better, but enjoy hearing all the comments people made about them. Try to ensure that comments are complimentary or somehow presented in a positive light. Hurtful comments, obviously, are not appropriate.

If this is truly the first time many of the guests have met, then another fun game involving the wearing of cards might be in order. In this game, each guest wears a card on their front that has their name on the front and a number on the back. They don’t share with anyone what their number is. Guests mingle and chat and get to know each other over the course of the evening.

Toward the end of the evening, the cards are flipped over and the number side is shown. Everyone gets a piece of paper and writes the numbers on the paper, then tries to correspond the name of someone with their number. This fun game can be hard for people who are bad with names, but it’s fun nonetheless.

For an activity that doesn’t put people on the spot quite so much, consider letting the already marrieds help out the to-be marrieds. Place two pieces of posterboard on the wall and mark them « advice from women » and « advice from men ». Now is the time to offer advice about wedding planning, not about being married. That advice can come later. Encourage guests to offer their own wedding planning advice. The advice from older people at the party could be decidedly different from the younger couples in the group, making for an enlightening group of comments.

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Personally Made Unique Retirement Gifts

Make It Personal

Retirement gifts are part of a global tradition for the different industries to acknowledge the service of any worker or personnel, a company official, employee, or perhaps even a trustee. It is a way of showing a career person his worth and acknowledging what he has done for the maintenance of the company. It is also an added bonus for employees to work hard to be able to stay in the company for a longer period of time.

Companies and colleagues alike give out retirement gifts as a final commemoration of someone’s work portfolio. Nevertheless, the kind of retirement gifts is not limited by anything, but is instead flexible to be as unique as possible. Unique retirement gifts are anything but personally made or crafted.

Uniqueness Equals Non Conformity

For one, uniqueness of such a retirement gift should be considered as not commonly acquired in the commercial market, ordered from a third party manufacturing agency, or given to any other retiree from previous and even present retirement parties in an institution.

A unique retirement gift should be the first item of its kind in terms of tag, item type, occurrence of being given, or award. Furthermore, being unique in the simplest sense, the retirement gift should also exude some sort of distinguished prestige for a specific accomplishment of service. This would not only allow the retiree to personally claim that such a gift was meant for only one, but also raise self esteem for the self as well as others as they work hard to achieve such recognition.

In line with recognition, this is one of the most probable reasons for creating a unique retirement gift. A personally crafted gift makes it gain an identity that it has been crafted not by any commercial means but with the individual’s effort and passion in going through the trouble of making one.

Most probably, it may not be as extravagant as a car or a golf club, or anything of that sort which would require such complex machinery and equipment to create, but personally crafted unique retirement gifts could be anything, given the proper resources. Ever wonder why limited-edition, and order-based cars are so expensive and valuable? It is because these cars were crafted not in the industrial assembly line but are custom built, which adds up to the aesthetic and face value.

Personal Touch

What makes unique retirement gifts nicer and more valuable than any other extravagant commercial gifts is the personal touch. Even a kid who has no idea of such extravagance and complexity of creating lavish gifts or even acquiring them could still create a simple gift, by his own means, and present it as a retirement gift.

It never is limited by the sole occasion alone. Retirement gifts are classified as such only because it speaks of an event of a worker that he is formally stepping down from work. The gift’s essence in itself is pure and simple in the sense that it is a thing worth keeping. Nonetheless, unique retirement gifts is a combination of a pure intention to acknowledge someone’s work service and the parting of something worth keeping.

Uniqueness is only limited by the imagination. Even still, once a person has started to think of an idea of what to give a retiree by heart has already started to imbibe a personal touch to the unique retirement gift.

Save Big Bucks On Your Pregnancy Dresses

Maternity clothes are probably the biggest money drain
for any pregnant woman. Not only do they have a small
shelf-life (after all, you will use them only for a
few months) they also tend to become old-fashioned in
a jiffy.

So how does someone plan their pregnancy wardrobe
without allowing it to make a big dent in their
budget?

Consider borrowing from friends or relatives. Almost
everyone hangs on to their maternity clothes and they
will gladly allow you borrow it for some time.

Plunder your husband or your partner’s closets for
baggy shirts, large-size shorts, and roomy socks.
Frequent yard sales and garage sales where housewives
might be disposing their maternity wear.

Run the clothes through a good dry cleaning service -
you don’t want to catch all the germs, mites, dust,
etc that might have collected on old clothes. Open the
seams of your old clothes – you might be surprised at
how long you can wear your regular clothes when you
are bulging with pregnancy fat if you can make them
roomier.

Stepping out for a party and you need something more
trendy? Well, consider buying last season’s pregnancy
dresses. Everyone at the party will be busy cooing
over your pregnancy glow to even notice your clothes.

Also, you might be excused because everyone buys
pregnancy dresses well in advance and if you are just
a season behind, well, that’s actually quite sweet.
And anyhow, pregnant mothers are forgiven a lot more
than out-of- fashion pregnancy dresses, so relax!

Important Considerations before Moving to UK

Moving to another country is not as simple as you may think. There are a lot of decisions to make and there are a lot of new things to experience. Think of it: if moving to another state is very hard, then how would moving to another country feel like? Some people may answer that “it would be pretty easy, as long as it’s an English speaking country.” Well, it’s really not that simple. Think about moving to the original English speaking country – UK. Do you think that moving overseas to the UK would be like moving down the block from your home?

The answer to that should be no. There is nothing familiar about moving overseas to UK. Remember that English-speaking or not, it still is a different country. Even in the language, you cannot really say that the people speak the same. This means that when you are thinking about moving overseas to the UK, you should try to consider all of the differences that you will encounter.

What’s the wisdom in this? Well, if you will be moving overseas to the UK, then you need to get dreams of fun out of your head and face reality. You should try to look at the differences in order to judge how much effort you need to make in order to be assimilated into the society. By assessing the reality of the situation, you can actually get a clear grasp of what needs to be done.

However, focusing too much on the differences can leave you discouraged and may make you think that the move is a bad idea. One way to counteract this and assuage your fears is to take note of all of the positives of moving overseas to UK. After you have faced the harsh realities, you need to think about how to overcome them. You need to learn how to reject that reality and substitute your own. Remember that your choices always matter. We all face life with different perspectives of reality.

You need to see how you can use your strengths to overcome any threats to you settling nicely overseas. You also need to see if moving overseas to UK opens up any opportunities for you. You should try to examine how those opportunities can cancel out your inherent weaknesses.

Moving overseas to the UK needs a lot of adjustment. But people are always good at adaptation. We learn how to survive in our own personal jungles for that is what life is all about. You would need to learn how to drive on what you think is the wrong side of the road. You need to learn how to use words which refer to things that are completely different from what you are used to. With enough exposure, you could even develop “a cute British accent.”

Of course, you will also need to adjust to the way they run things over there. You need to stop thinking about the President and start criticizing the Prime Minister instead.

Moving overseas to UK, however, does not mean turning your back on your heritage. You should remember that there is always hope in contradiction, for we are naturally contradictory creatures. When moving overseas to UK, you need to assimilate your self into society and still keep your identity.

Packing Time

Most rooms take around two days to pack, but sometimes you also have to do other ‘chores’ such as repairs, painting, or replacing old or worn items before moving. Some people do that whilst planning to move, others move out and leave their house for a landlord or landlady – others still move from one housing association house to another.

It’s important to also remember that you will NOT want to pack your whole house in a week, given the choice. Packing is dull for most people – it takes a lot of time that you might want to spend elsewhere. And while it, and de-cluttering while you go, is an essential aspect of moving, there are a few things you can do to make the time go faster.

Clear out your biggest cupboards first – you can store boxes and other packed items in there – and those cupboards may just be full of clutter too – once you’ve cleared the cupboards, sweep and wipe down the surfaces and then use those cleared spaces for the boxes you’re not using now and won’t use until after your move. Pack items you know you won’t need first – it might seem obvious, but packing up and pouting away your winter clothes in summer, or putting away your hobby stuff stored in the bottom of your closet is a must.

It means you’re not living out of boxes for the duration of your packing, and it also means that you’ll be able to store those boxes. Get rid of your children’s old clothes and toys BEFORE you pack – its easy to pack around small children, harder to sneak their favorite outgrown things into the bin whilst they aren’t looking.

It’s important to remember though that space wins over sentimentality, every time, and if you’re going to keep something ensure its for the right reasons. Packing might take a while, but remember, if you’re organized and mark your boxes while packing, your unpacking won’t take nearly as long.

Restaurant Manners

People need to visit the restaurant once in awhile. However, you need to master a number of etiquette and social manners to fully enjoy the experience and avoid getting embarrassed in front of other guests and the host. You will quickly pick up the rules as you practice these time and again. Here are some more tips on how to look your best while dining.

Basic Rules

Always arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. Never come to an event late. Once seated, position your table napkin neatly on your lap. Place it beside your plate whenever you need to be excused from the table. Instead of passing any item hand to hand, set these on the table. Examples of the items to be passed are the bread basket, salt and pepper shakers and butter plate. Do not intercept a pass. Do not snag a roll out of a bread basket or use a shaker when still en route to another person at the table. Food should be served from the left, while dishes are taken out from the right side of the diner.

Before you eat or spread dips, butter and spreads, transfer these from the serving dish onto your plate first. Do not turn your wine glass upside down just to decline wine. You should allow the wine to pour to avoid drawing any more attention. You can also hold your hand over the wine glass to indicate that you do not wish to be served any more wine. Scoop food away from you at all times. Before you season the food, give it a little taste first. Try a little bit of everything on your plate. If your food is too hot or cold, wait for it to cool off. Do not blow on the food.

More Basic Manners

Keep your elbows off the table at all times. Also keep your left hand on your lap, until you need to use it. Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with it full. Cut only food that is enough for your next mouthful. Eat in small bites slowly. If you’re eating steak, do not cut the meat into several pieces.

Slice one piece at a time then chew. Do not clean up spills using your napkin. Do not touch things that have dropped on the flour. You can use the napkin to keep spills away from you. You can wait for the server to clean up any mess or bring you a replacement of any item that has fallen on the floor.

Switch your cell phone off before entering the restaurant. Never answer your phone during the meal. If it is very important, you can excuse yourself from the table then take the call outside the restaurant. Do not use a toothpick, comb your hair or apply makeup while still seated on the table. When a women leaves the table or comes back to be seated, all men at the same table should stand up. Avoid pushing your dishes away from you once you are done. Do not stack them, but wait for the server to remove these.

Divorce, find out about keeping the house

When comes to keeping the house, you have to be realistic. Can you really buy them out, can you afford the payments of the house? It’s completely unreal. You should also think about who will get the children. If you don’t want the children to be with you completely, then don’t expect to get the house, because the house usually goes where the children are. You shouldn’t ask for custody because of the house. Children are not leverage in a case.

They should not be used so you can get whatever it is that you want. One of the biggest reasons why someone will sell the house during the divorce is because neither one of them can make the payments alone. If one of you can, you can take advantage and buy out their half or you can sell for your advantage again. If you want the house, ask the other to move out right away. This way you will have a better chance of getting the house, as well as, the other party losing the house since they forfeited over to you. The one who moves out will be seen as very generous person who just gave the other the house. Ask for a removal. This will allow you to have temporary absence, but remember they can also file for a temporary stay in the house, after the other has left. You should have a plan if you lose the house.

You’re not guaranteed the house; so don’t act like you are. But if you run your business from the house or within the house, you will get the house most likely just because it would be an inconvenience that is unnecessary. It will prove that you have more value towards the home.

You want to make sure that you never leave the house or it will leave your possession. You will want to consult your lawyer on other tips on how to keep the house. You will want to make sure that you don’t suffer financially just to keep the home. Some of the things that you will need to keep in mind is who will fix the things around the house. Do you have the ability to pay for the pairs or can you do them yourself?

If you do get possession of the home, you should change the locks. This way you can’t have them entering the premise without your permission. You will want to change the locks as soon as they move out. This way they can’t harm you during the proceedings. You may even want to install an alarm so that you know that no one can open a window and get in. If you feel that your life is in danger, don’t fight over the house. However, as a mother or parent you have the right to protect your children and want to stay in the house. When it comes to disputes that include property, you have to ask yourself if it is worth it and why you are pushing the issue.

To get the house, you will want to think about going through medication. You may find that you will have to give up more things for the house, but you have to wage the house against the other possessions. Usually, if you get the house than you get practically nothing else. You may get child support and alimony, but you don’t get any of the other possessions in most cases.

When it comes to divorce proceedings, make sure that you don’t have anything to hide. If you do, have a backup plan so that you can clear your name and the courts may be more likely to give you the house. You will want to think about the children as well when it comes to the custody of the house.

How Do I Choose the Right Site For Me?

With the explosion of online dating sites has come a virtual smorgasbord of choices. There are free sites… I don’t recommend those but if money is a real concern, they are better than nothing. There are the large paid sites with many and varied features like chat, IM and even matching using profiles. There are the less expensive paid sites with few features. There are special interest sites for almost any thing you can think of…outdoor enthusiasts, couch potatoes, religious, non-religious, gays, lesbians…like I said…almost anything you can think of. So what’s a girl to do? A girl should choose the site or sites that best fit her needs.

Here are some things to consider:

(1) Cost. How much do you want or how much can you spend each month for your membership (s)?
(2) Features. Which features are the most important to you?
(A) Profile matching systems. Is this a feature you really want or would you rather decide who is right for you all by yourself?
(B) Chat and IM’s? There are websites who offer chat rooms and IM’s on their sites. Does that matter or would you be happy just sticking to private email.
(C) Outside Events…such as speed dating? Are you interested in that?
(D) Privacy. Some websites allow you to limit who can view your picture or your profile. Does this matter to you or do you want as wide exposure as you can have?
(E) Safety. There are websites who do background checks of all subscribers and certify their age, marital status and background. Would you feel safer using this feature?

These are a few things but not all things you should consider when choosing an online dating service or services. Do your homework and choose wisely for the best results for you.

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Digital wedding videography

Weddings are definitely a joyous occasion in one’s life. This is because to some, it only happens once in a lifetime. And since this event is very special, couples who are to be married would want to make sure to capture everything. The best option for this one is to have a reliable wedding videography coverage.

Because of the viability of income in this field, more and more people are getting into wedding videography business. If you are one of those who have plans of putting up a wedding videography venture, it is a must that you conduct a research about the trend of the times when it comes to technology.

Going digital

Like the traditional cameras or film cameras, videography has also changed its face and has turned digital. In important events such as weddings, gadgets such as the video camera are very important to ensure the quality of the shots.

If you are one of those who are planning to get into wedding videography venture, the major consideration is if you are going digital or not. In choosing video equipment fit for you, you must first weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using a digital one compared to the traditional or films. If you have been using or shooting with film, here are some of the differences you will have to adjust to once you shift with digital videography:

- battery. Majority of the digital video cameras that come out in the market today use batteries that are designed specifically for the unit. In film ones, disposable cell batteries are usually used. These require replacement depending on the type. Disposable cell batteries are single-use batteries that usually adhere to standard conventions and sizes and made up of lithium, alkaline, or oxy-alkaline. If you are using disposables, lithium is advisable because its lasts longer and can make the cameras speedier and faster. Disposables are also light and readily available in stores. In digital video cams, compact lithium batteries are usually used. In fact, digital cameras today one or more of a variety of battery types that may include disposable and rechargeable that usually require frequent replacement or recharging. Battery types in most digital video cameras include model-specific, universal rechargeable and also disposable.

- storage option. This can be the biggest advantage digital video cameras have over film video cameras. Digital video cameras use different media types as storage options such as CompactFlash Types I, II, Floppy disk, Hitachi Microdrive, Mini CD-R/RW, SD/MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Select, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture Card that can be used and reused over and over again unlike in film video cameras that you have to use a rolls of films that come in different frame sizes and different sensitivities to light.

Buying video equipment

In fact, the primary thing that you need to consider is choosing and buying video equipment. These days, with so many options available in the market, finding the suitable video equipment such as video camera can be a tiresome yet significant task.

If you don’t know what you need and what you want, buying equipment for wedding videography is nothing simple. The first thing that you should do if you’re planning to buy a digital video camera is to conduct a research about he specifics you would want to have. List down all of these and then search for brands that offer the best quality of each specification.