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Pictures are an integral part of any wedding. Newlyweds are usually thrilled to get their pictures back from the photographer so they can relive their special day. But there are many special activities you can build into a wedding that involve photos.

One fun idea that many brides employ is to take photos of everyone as they arrive at the wedding, almost like you do at a high school prom or company Christmas party. You can provide a backdrop and couples can pose either for a paid photographer or for whoever happens to pick up the camera. These pictures can be taken with a Polaroid camera for instant fun or with a disposable camera. If you want slightly higher quality photos, go for a digital camera.

This can be an excellent way to keep guests busy and happy until the « official » reception begins with the arrival of the bride and groom.

As an extension of that idea, you can take instant photos and create scrapbook pages or memory book pages with the photos. There can be supplies on hand so guests can create pages on site, or pages can be pre-made and photos simply placed into the prepared spaces. If guests don’t want to create pages on site, or the bride doesn’t want this particular activity going on, the photos can be saved for later. As a gift for the bride and groom, someone can create memory books with these photos.

If Polaroid cameras are used, another option is to have the people in the photo sign the Polaroid photo and place that in a basket somewhere. The bride and groom will enjoy looking at the photos later.

While it’s not a particularly unique idea, many brides like to provide disposable cameras on each table at the reception so guests can capture candid shots of the reception and the table guests. These photos can be added to the newlyweds’ wedding album or they can be placed into a separate album showing the wedding from the guests’ perspective.

Another fun activity sure to be entertaining is to create a « silent photo guess » area. Here’s how this works: before the wedding, someone close to the bride and groom collects pictures of the bride and groom at various stages in life. The photos should depict the bride and groom doing things, not at Christmas or with their first birthday cake. In other words, the photos should include some action, but it shouldn’t be obvious in the picture what has taken place or where the person is.

Much like a silent auction, people will come along and look at the photos, then take a silent guess as to what the photos show. They can write their guess on a piece of paper and put it in a numbered basket that corresponds with the number on the photo. Reading these guesses during the reception is entertaining and sure to be amusing. The bride or groom can provide the real answers. This is a particularly fun activity at a relatively small, family wedding where the participants know the bride and groom very well.

If you want to provide an area for guests to have their photos taken but aren’t thrilled with the « prom night » idea, how about having a photo corner set up somewhere in the reception hall or facility. Here, the wedding photographer will take candid shots of wedding guests. They might be couples, but could also be entire families, friends having a good time, or the groom being carried on the shoulders of the best man. Whatever the pictures end up being, they provide a fun, « let it all hang out » area for the wedding guests and a surprise for the bride and groom. Since they will likely be busy with all the reception details and having the time of THEIR lives, they might appreciate knowing their guests had a pretty good time too, as evidenced in the photos.

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Retirement Gift Ideas for Women

Most working women look forward to this day, when their superhuman endeavors come to a close. Days of juggling both work and being a good mother takes a toll on them. And most sons and daughters will always look up to them and wonder: “how in the world did they make it through?” With that said, a retirement gift should be in place for them. Something that rewards all the decades of hard work and it should be with that hint of sentimentality that makes it utterly priceless.

Tips

When it comes to gifts, women, of course, want something different from what men receive. They’re not into sports since it usually disrupts their delicate yet valuable nature. They want to be pampered rather then beaten up, so to speak.

A gift that fulfills this basic requirement is a yearlong membership to a spa. Those mesmerizing foot massages and that wonderful and endless feeling of bliss can already make the retiree jump for joy. Another is a gift basket. Let her rekindle her love affair with food and baking with AllOccasionBasketts.com’s selections that only feature the best quality apples, almonds, pears and a host of other fruits that sell for merely $90. You may also opt for their coffee basket that has two kinds of creamers, stir spoons and it also has tea cookies and bonbons.

You can also opt for the universal weakness of women: chocolate. In the internet, chocolat.com offers personalized mahogany boxes which you may engrave with anything you want and of course, has wonderful Swiss chocolates which may be handcrafted into anything that seems appropriate (the retiree’s favorite flower, perhaps?)

If you want the retiree to feel truly pampered, you may give her a roundtrip ticket across the world, letting her experience the rich cultures of other nations while staying in one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. And don’t forget the shopping opportunities!

One may also opt for jewelry, but that’s probably the most uninspired gift one could give, right?

Don’t Forget the Children

But a woman cannot fully embrace retirement if there is no assurance if her children’s financial future isn’t secure. As a son or daughter, make sure you bring that off her back because nothing worries a mother more than her children having a tough time. So, you may give all the wonderful things for her but don’t forget that your happiness is what she keeps thinking about. Make sure that you’re already having the time of your life and there’s simply nothing for her to worry about.

Conclusion

Unlike men, there are more gifts one can think of to make the woman retiree as pleased as possible. It all hinges on one theme: pamper her and make her feel privileged. Douse her with luxury; offer her only the best. These are the things one must keep in mind when giving a retirement gift for a woman.

One must remember that the feeling of love and privilege is the dream of every supermom. So when retirement finally comes for her, when all the sacrifices she did for her children and all the hard work she has done to secure the family’s finances, it should be a time when she begins to embrace and taste the best life can give.

There are tons of options you can take. You may give a ticket to the world or a lifetime membership to a spa. Whatever it is, make sure it takes her giggle like an innocent little girl once again.

Why Cotton Is The Preferred Pregnancy Fabric

Not only are cotton clothes stylish but they also seem
to be the preferred choice of pregnancy dresses across
the world. In hot and humid countries like India,
cotton is the number 1 selling fabric by default. But
for pregnant women in all countries across the globe
it is a god-send for many reasons.

Cotton allows your skin to breathe, which is very
helpful during the advanced stages of pregnancy. This
means you remain comfortable during hot flashes and
even otherwise, the fabric allows air to pass through
it easily. This means you get natural ventilation
which helps aid good hygiene and comfort.

Cotton is easily available almost everywhere. And
what’s more, you get cotton in different cuts and
styles which means, your pregnancy wardrobe can be
varied and interesting.

While cotton fabrics are difficult to care for, they
make-up for this shortfall by keeping you cool and
comfortable during difficult times. Your body goes
through many changes so it helps to wear pregnancy
dresses that don’t leave you itching, scratchy,
swollen, or bruised any more than is necessary.

Cotton is also considered to be the fabric of choice
of the upper elite. So it allows you to look chic and
yet you are as comfortable as possible in your cotton
pregnancy dress.

Cotton also molds itself in your body curves which
lends a slim, lean look. So don’t hesitate for a
minute before you buy cotton pregnancy dresses because
you will get a rich pay-off in terms of comfort,
style, and over-all well being.

Choosing the Right Overseas Moving Company

If you are planning to move overseas, then you should really plan. There are a lot of things that need to be done when moving overseas. There are a thousand little details which need to be taken care of in order to ensure that your move will go as smoothly as possible. Because of this, you need help to take care of at least the detail concerning your possessions. You know that you cannot move your stuff alone. This is the reason why overseas moving companies exist.

Overseas moving companies exist because of the fact that these companies are in demand. There is no reason for a company’s existence more profound than the fact that people want the company to exist. The demand for such companies keeps causing more and more businesses to arise. This, of course does not help the ones who are trying to decide which overseas moving company to hire.

People have standards. They want the best value for their money. If it weren’t for this little detail, people could just pick out any overseas moving company out of the horde. What makes things worse is the fact that people very often have no idea what they want. If you are experiencing this problem, then here are some tips to help you out:

1) Go for location – when choosing an overseas moving company try to choose one that’s based in your destination country. Why? Well, choosing an overseas moving company like this would actually help you save some cash on the storage of your goods. You may also save some cash on the actual delivery since an established overseas moving company often has great connections which can help deliver your possessions at reduced rates.

When you go for a company which isn’t based in your destination, the chances are, they will hand over the delivery to guys who are based there. As a result of this, you will have to pay two companies to get your stuff. You do not want to do that, do you?

2) Go for cost – of course, there are companies which would offer to deliver your stuff for even lower rates. If you really want to save some cash, then you should go with these companies. You should remember, however, that quality is often sacrificed for lower costs. Before hiring the services of a low-cost overseas moving company, make sure that you read the fine print of the contract. You should know about the details and the real reason why their services are so cheap.

After you know all of the details ask yourself if the savings are really worth the sacrifice.

3) Go for speed – there are certain people who hire overseas moving companies because of the speed with which they can deliver the goods. If you are short of time (as we all are), you should think about hiring a company like this. You should remember, however, that no overseas moving company will exert the extra effort to get your goods delivered faster if there isn’t anything in it for them.

Speed costs cash and you had better be ready to pay up.

Choosing an overseas moving company is not a really hard job as long as you have a few tips to guide you. Hopefully, this article will help make the experience an easy one for you.

Small Office Moves

Moving when you work from home is a slightly more complicated – the home office is doubly hard to move – you’re moving your work place AND your house.
So what can you do to make the move easier?

Moving your home office, like any other move, is all about packing the non essentials – if you aren’t using your printer much, go ahead and box it, and some paper up – keep it handy so that you can pull it out and use it if you need it. If you do use it, but not your USB, or other parts of your computer often, consider packing them away as soon as you can.
You can also take this chance to clear out or decide whether anything is needing renewed. Got cartridges of ink that you want to recycle? Take them back or get them refilled as soon as you can – then pack em away – its one less job to deal with – and it will save you money if you use them to be refilled (if your cartridge supports that)

You’ll also need to consider how you’ll fulfill your duties whilst working from home – will you be able to work on your laptop? Or will your Internet connection be completely non-existent for the next month, whilst you close down one house and settle into a new one.

You’ll also have to consider shipping issues – if you collect items regularly, you’ll need to make arrangements for them – if you’ve got stock that’s regularly sent to you, what will happen in the ‘grey’ area between your old house and new house, if there is one?

Moving your home office can be frustrating, and tiring, but well worth it in the long run – that corner you claimed in a rush when you started working from home could become a well planned nook in your new house, with a little imagination.

The Basics Of Telephone Etiquette

In the evolving and competitive world of business, it is necessary that we provide our customers with proficient services. The need for proper telephone etiquette in the office has become a major necessity in order to compete effectively with other businesses in the industry.

Customers are the ones who contribute a major profit into any business. They do not appreciate being treated with discourtesy and they are not pleased by rudeness. Therefore, it is essential that a receptionist or secretary provide the best services to their clients to keep them for a long time.

Here are some of the fundamental things you should remember.

Important Rules:

• Never place the receiver on the desk without pressing the “hold” button. The person on the other line can hear everything that’s being discussed inside the office.

• Discontinue any activity before answering a call. Remember not to chew a gum since this can be disturbing to your caller.

• Directly speak to the mouthpiece in a soft but firm tone.

• Consider using the headset for more convenience. Such device will leave your hands free in case the caller decides to leave a message.

• Remember to be polite and courteous at all times. If you encounter a rude caller, remain calm and answer his / her questions in a considerate manner.

• Answer calls within two to three things. Prompt answers are always appreciated by the caller.

• There are several ways to answer a call. Usually, the answers are based on how huge the organization or department is.

- Large establishments typically answer their callers this way: “Thank you for calling ____ (the department’s name). How may I direct your call?”

- For smaller departments, they normally answer the phone by introducing themselves and asking how she / he may be of help to the caller.

The Use of Answering Devices

A huge company often uses an answering machine to take calls. The receptionist is required to save a message in the recorder so callers are prompted when to leave their message. Here is what you should include:

- Your name
- The department’s name
- The reason why you are out of the reception desk at the moment
- A simple instruction of how the callers should leave their message followed by a “Thank you.”

Returning Calls

Individuals find it frustrating when they are unable to reach a person in the company. It is necessary for the receptionist to take such calls this way:

• Inform the caller when to ring the office back again.
• Take messages as necessary or ask if the caller prefers to leave a note over voicemail.
• Schedule return calls in specific times.

Proper Phone Language

A secretary or receptionist should choose their words carefully when using the phone. A negative message can be very discourteous to the caller. Therefore, you need to be prepared and equipped with the right words to communicate more efficiently with callers.

Avoid the following short sentences at all costs:

- Hang on / hold on.
- Who is calling?
- Speak up, I can’t hear you.
- Your complaint / your problem
- I cannot do that.
- That is not my job.
- I cannot help you on the matter. You have to speak with someone else.

If you commune properly with your clients, you are guaranteed to have a prosperous business ahead. Be sure to follow the advices listed above to achieve better communication with your clients.

Divorce, rebuild your life, get out of that mortgage

When it comes to the divorce you have every right to think about the mortgage. If you don’t think that you’d be able to pay the mortgage of the home, then you should not go for the house. If you want out of the mortgage you may have some trouble. When it comes to the house every state has a different law that pertains to community property. In fact, some states are known as non community property states, where they believe that someone always owns everything; it’s just a matter of determining who.

When it comes to the lenders, they aren’t going to be happy having to redo the mortgage of your home. However, even if you are in the middle of the divorce, the mortgage payment still needs to be paid. In fact, it is up to the creditor to allow you to get off the mortgage or keep you on. If your wife or husband can not get the loan by themselves, then you are more than likely going to have to make sure that the mortgage is paid regardless if you life there are not. This can really mess up someone’s credit.

If you want to get out of the divorce without the mortgage, you are going to have to think about a few things. You are going to either ask your spouse to buy it out, or you will have to ask them to sell. Depending on the state and your circumstances, you may have to sell the house regardless. If the other person cannot find a co-signer than they will be forced to give up the home. This is one of the easiest ways to get out of a mortgage, however, the laws vary from states and you may have difficulty splitting the assets 50-50. Remember, if you place your house up for sale, you still have to pay the mortgage until the day it is signed over to a new couple or person. This is because you are still the legal owner of the home and it has to be sent by someone.

If you are worried about your credit rating you will have to do some work or investigation because you enter the divorce process. You will need to know what credit cards that you two have and the balances on each. Not only do you have to worry about the liabilities that you two have racked up during the marriage, you have to think about all the money that you have saved on account. You may end up having to repaying your spouse from the account and pay for your credit debt.

When you file for divorce you will want to close all joint accounts. Make sure that everyone knows that it was by request, not because of other circumstances. You will want them to note that so that it shows up on your credit report and has nothing to do with your credit when you go and apply for credit.

Some people will run up he bills and then make some payments late to screw the other person in the divorce, but that is ridiculous. If you try to screw up their credit, your credit is going down too. So why bother playing such games when it’s just going to cost you more in the end.

Also, make sure that you have a copy of your credit report so that you can keep notes of the changes in your rating. This way you can’t get in trouble if your mate tries to play the credit game and starts buying things with your name and then not paying for it.

Online Dating Safety for Women

Online dating can be a fun and certainly a rewarding experience for women of all ages. Maintaining your safety while doing it is simply a combination of using common sense and exercising good judgment. Online safety rules are the same as real world safety rules.

You wouldn’t give your name, address and phone number to a strange man that you met in a bar or on the street so you should never do that online either. Play it safe. Get to know this man who could turn out to be Prince Charming before you give out any information that could make it possible for him or others to trace you. Don’t tell a stranger exactly where you work. Say that you are a legal secretary (if that’s what you are) for a mid-sized law firm….not that you work for Brown, Smith and Jones Attorneys-at-law. It is safe to tell him what city you live in but you should wait to be any more specific than that until you have been chatting and exchanging emails for awhile.

Use only the tools provided by the dating service you belong to. Most offer chat and private email on their site. Do not give out your isp email address. If you must give out an email address make it a free one such as Hotmail or Yahoo. Your isp address is traceable for anyone who wants to go to the trouble.

When the time comes for you to have your first face-to-face, make that first meeting in a public place and during day light hours. Take a friend with you or arrange for one to call you on your cell soon after the arranged meeting.

Remember…you ARE in control so do not let anyone pressure you into revealing more personal information than you are comfortable with revealing.

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Fun Wedding Music Activities

Music is as much a component of a good wedding as food and drink. You can have a wedding without music, but it’s likely it will seem a little quiet and dull. So whether you have a full live band, a string quartet, a DJ spinning tunes or recorded music from a boom box, it should be included.

But music’s not just for dancing. There are a myriad of activities you can plan around the music that will add an element of fun to your wedding.

One popular idea is to play musical chairs. Sure, this is a fun kid’s game and you don’t want to insult your guests in any way, but you can have some fun with this version of musical chairs. The chairs can be just about anything, from chairs lined up from the food tables, to the floor, if you think your guests might be open to sitting on the floor (and then having to get up and down again). One fun option is to use the men as the chairs – they kneel on the floor, with one knee on the floor and the other bent. The women sit lightly on the men’s’ knees as they are playing musical chairs. When either the man or woman falls down, that couple is out, until one couple is left.

Some brides and grooms like to play musical chairs in order to give away the table centerpiece, which many guests like to take home. Instead of assigning a number and awarding the centerpiece to the person in possession of that number, you have each table play musical chairs until the person left standing is the one that gets to take home the centerpiece.

How about a rousing game of « name that tune »? This is a game that’s best for a smaller, intimate wedding where everyone knows the bride and groom well. Prior to the wedding, whoever is planning the wedding should get a list of favorite songs of both the bride and groom. Create a CD of those songs, and then create a game of « name that tune ». Guests can be divided into teams and then be played just a small snippet of each song.

After guests hear that first snippet, they can then « bid » on how quickly they can name the tune. So one group might say they can name the tune in 10 seconds, while the other group might say 5 seconds. Once one group has bowed out, the other group will then have to « name that tune ». This is a fun game that gets everyone involved and which the bride and groom are particularly delighted by.

Depending on the style of the wedding, there are many fun games you can play to get the bride and groom out on the dance floor. Now, if this is a very large and very elegant wedding, this option might not work since there is certain decorum to maintain, but for a casual, fun, family-centered wedding some of these games can be fun.

If guests want to « call out » the wedding couple onto the dance floor, they can be asked to get out on the dance floor themselves first and hula hoop or perform their own version of a break dance. Much in the way guests sometimes have to « perform » to get the couple the kiss this is another way to get the guests involved and having fun in order to create fun wedding memories for the bride and groom.

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Retirement and Depression

It is not at all uncommon for people who have been used to
spending a lot of hours at work, to feel useless or as if
they aren’t worth anything anymore.

Retirement is the ending of one phase of life and the start
of a new one, so allow yourself or your partner the
separation time grievance period.

Often workplaces are a support system, and social network
as well as validation that we are worth something.

Here are some common signs of depression. Any, all, or a
combination of these may indicate a problem, or potential
problem.

Constant tiredness Reluctance to leave home Lack of
personal care Mood change A feeling of constant sadness
Lack of concentration Withdrawal from friends and family
Cease doing things that used to be enjoyed

The important thing to know is that depression can happen
to anyone and it isn’t something people can just snap out
of.

People often put on a happy front even when depressed, it’s
the time the spend alone, that can signal depression.

Every single person in the world wants to feel they are
contributing and they have a purpose. Stopping work can
often take this away, especially if a close social base has
been formed in the workplace.

Make sure you are ready for retirement, many companies are
only too happy to have your continue beyond retirement age.
Be sure to seek help for depression, it is treatable, and
it is not a sign of weakness.