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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.

The Survival Kit For Pregnancy Dresses

During the 9 months of pregnancy, many would-be
mothers keep repeating the same mistakes over and
again. Here is a survival checklist for all first-time
mothers so that your pregnancy wardrobe is stylish and
comfortable without pinching your wallet. While
shopping for your pregnancy dresses, ensure that you
keep this checklist handy.

All pregnancy dresses should be made from soft
materials which are natural. Avoid man-made materials
like the plague. The material should be almost cotton,
preferably 90% and yet it should have some percent of
lycra – not more than 10% – so that it gives a little
stretch during the months when the tummy balloons and
flab appears all over the body.

Check the lining of the clothes you buy. It should not
irritate the skin and select colors that are soothing
to the eye. Opt for hues like cream, off-white, navy,
beige, black (just for its slimming effect), and of
course, pure white.

Baby pinks, light shades of blue, pastel colors are
also choices with which you look good during these
months.

Most would-be mothers make the classic mistake of
« making do » with their old clothes. They keep wearing
their old clothes till it literally falls apart at the
seams. Avoid this at all costs.

Do spend a bit of money and try to spruce up your
appearance during the pregnancy months. Not only will
you look good, you will also feel good about yourself
if you have a good selection of pregnancy dresses.

Have Your Overseas Moving Company Move with You

Are you worried about what will happen to your belongings when you move abroad? Have no fear. Overseas moving company is the answer to all your needs.

According to studies, over 40 million people are moving every year to the US alone. This does not count those who are moving to other countries. Just imagine the total number of people who are moving from one place to another.

Overseas moving companies are aware of the statistics. To solve the problem, they have branches all over the world to cater to this specific need. With the various companies that are now existing, all people have to do is choose the one that they think will give them the best service.

Overseas moving companies use different methods of transport in order to get their cargos to their destination. Some of these methods are by air, auto and boat transport. Some of them are making use of their own cargo methods. While others are affiliated with trusted and well-known companies that specializes in effective transportation.

1. Air and boat transport.

This is the method of transportation used if the cargo needs to be transferred from once country to another. These are the fastest method to use if the delivery is on strict schedule.

Although they can be quite expensive, owners are assured that their belongings will reach them in the best of condition and delivered right at their doorstep.

Air and boat transport have strict standards to follow depending on the rules set about by the individual destination. For once, there are taxes that need to be paid. This accounts to the expensive prices that overseas moving companies are asking for.

Furthermore, there are also inspections and check up on some ports. Certain regulations on some countries do not allow agricultural products to be shipped. This is along with other belongings that seem hazardous. Owners who want them to be brought into that destination need to have some papers signed first and presented to the proper authorities.

2. Road transport.

Road transport is a convenient way of shipping belongings. But this can only be done for short distances. For example, a certain country may be near yours and will not need air transport for you and your belongings.

So to avoid the hassle of having to bring them along with you, you get the services of overseas moving company. Getting the services of professionals can take away the worry that your belongings might get broken or destroyed in the process of transportation.

Road transports are known for their efficiency and careful maneuvers. These people know that they have important things with them. And they are always after customer satisfaction. Their main goal is to have these things brought to their destination on time and in proper condition.

Moving overseas is made easy by overseas moving companies. Try to think what it would be like without them helping you bring your stuff along.

The only thing you need to worry about is the budget that you will allot for their services. Be prepared to spend some amount of cash if you have a lot of things to bring with you. Another thing to remember is to have everything prepared and in order so that the overseas moving company of your choice can do the rest.

Rental contracts

When renting a house, you have to consider your own rights and needs before signing that lease. Leases protect tenants and landlords rights alike – these rights are laid out fully in any lease you sign.
Leases are considered legal contracts, so its important you know what you’re signing and what you’re giving up.

Your lease should contain your rent details, and how much grace you’ll have if you have problems paying. Your lease will also detail who your landlord is and give you contact details for them. You’ll need to consider what your lease should cover – whether you’re allowed pets or to redecorate. It should outline what your responsibilities are to do with the house – whether you’ll be responsible for the house – whether you’ll be required to keep the garden, if you have one – what bills your rental cost covers, what taxes and fees to do with the house you’ll be required to pay and how long your lease is for.

A short hold lease is 6 months, and other leases can last longer. An average of around a year is a good length, though it all depends on how comfortable you are with the idea of possibly moving again within 12 months. It should also detail how long it renews for, when it renews.

You’ll need to ensure your notice period is a fair one – and get information on how that will work. Its always a good idea to make sure your landlord is responsible for any breakages, such as the heating, boiler, or plumbing – and that you are only responsible for minor breakages, if at all. Optional additions to your lease might include whether you’re responsible for window breakages, and other minor things – and whether you need to take out insurance to cover your property or whether that’s included.

The most important thing to remember about your lease is that you should be completely satisfied with it, and that it doesn’t put you in a position that’s unreasonable, or unmanageable. Good leases give you the power to live in the home comfortably, without paying the major bills, and those leases are also usually the most acceptable for both tenant and landlord.

Telephone Etiquette 101

Answering calls may seem like a less important matter to pay attention to. In reality – however – many companies have flourished because of their effective communication techniques. Today, one of the most important means of communication is the telephone. It is suggested that every worker in a company be taught how to manage calls efficiently. Here is a guide to get you started.

Department Calls

Calls come in various departments inside an office. Wherever you are assigned, it is important to follow the steps listed below:

1. Answer calls before the third ring. Prompt answers always make individuals satisfied of your services.

2. Before hurrying to pick up the receiver, drop any activity or conversation with another party. It is essential that you remain focused on your task.

3. Speak distinctly in a pleasant tone of voice.

4. Be courteous at all times. If a caller has mistaken your department for another one, offer him help and it’ll be much appreciated.

5. First impressions last. The caller will always be reminded of the call he / she made.

6. When transferring calls, remind the caller of what you are about to do and where you’re going to transfer the line.

7. If there is a need for you to leave the line, be reminded to press the “hold” button so the caller cannot hear noises on the other end of the line.

The Right Responses

There may be times when the called party is not in or may not be available to take the call. In such cases, the following responses should be given:

1. When the caller is out
“He is not here at the moment. Would you like me to leave a message for you?”

2. The receptionist does not know the location of the individual being called by
“He went out of the office for a moment. Would you like to leave a message?”

3. Individual being called by is on a holiday / day-off
“He is out of the office for a holiday / for the day. Can someone else help with your queries?”

4. Person being called by is late
“He hasn’t come in yet, but I am expecting him very shortly.”

5. Individual does not want to be disturbed or is busy
“He is unavailable at the moment. You can leave a message on his voicemail instead.”

How to Properly Take Messages

There are many instances when you have to take messages from the caller. Here is how to properly do it.

1. Always have a pen and paper on your desk.

2. When the caller prefers to leave a message, be sure to ask for the following:

- the caller’s name and its proper spelling
- the caller’s contact number including the area code

3. Ensure that you’ve taken the right message by repeating it to the caller

4. Note down the time and date of the message and sign the paper with your initials

5. Place the piece of paper on top of the called party’s table.

6. You may also transfer the caller to the voicemail. Remember to ask the caller where he / she wants to leave the message.

How to Handle Rude Callers

A receptionist can sometimes encounter rude or impatient calls from another party. If you come across such situation, be reminded to do the following:

1. Keep yourself calm. Remain polite and diplomatic despite the rude behavior of your caller.

2. Show that you eager to solve the problem by helping him out and by answering the queries politely.

3. Remember that the caller’s concern may be a very important matter.

If you do the steps listed above, you are sure to keep the line of communication effective between callers. You will also provide the best customer services to your clients.

Divorce – How to rebuild your life, get new clothes and feel good

Okay, so you have just gone through one of the most painful times of your life, what do you do now? Well the grieving is over. You need to get out of your gloom and move on. You have been given an opportunity to rebuild your life. You have found yourself suddenly single, but you don’t realize just how much you have. You may see your life as shattered, but you should look at it as a clean slate. You need to get back in with the crowd and mingle like you never skipped a beat.

The first step to getting over a divorce is to make subtle changes. The first thing that a woman will change about her is her hair. Hair is special to women. When you feel like you have gone through a change, you feel the need to change your hair because it represents whom you are. Then you should head straight to the mall and purchase some outfits. You are no longer married, and nor should you look like it. You can wear the tighter shirts and the shorter skirts. You do not have to go from conventional to streetwalker, but if you spice up your wardrobe you will feel better about yourself. When you wear things that are beautiful, you will feel beautiful. You will feel so much about the way that you look.

You should wear colors that you normally would not wear. You should purchase things that seem out of your style just to find yourself. Maybe you already know who you are, and that’s great. You didn’t allow yourself to be dragged down by the divorce. However, you maybe a little confused. You may not know exactly what you want from life and for your future. That is okay to be a little confused about things. However, if you go out and you purchase something that your mate would not have liked, you will suddenly feel better about yourself.

Go to the mall and purchase a fancy dress and go to a place that you wouldn’t normally go with your ex. It may be the opera, a play, dinner, and so on. You will be able to experience something new or do something that you love and you will look good too. Being single is not that bad. You can be whomever you want and wear whatever you want. You have so much freedom. You should take advantage of purchasing clothes without having to have a talk with your partner. Your money is now your money to do whatever you would like.

Regardless of age, if you begin to date sooner than later you will be able to get over the divorce quickly. You don’t need the emphasis on commitment or even sex. All you need is to get back in the game. Go out to dinner. This way you aren’t at home mopping and you may even find someone who is fun to be with and that will show you how to love again. You do not need to have an expectation about anyone, but you never know where Mr. Right maybe. You should never rush into a committed relationship right after you have gone through a divorce. If you do, them you may be setting yourself up for more pain, however if you just purchase an outfit and have a casual night on the town, you will find that moving is a lot easier than you thought it would be.

So get up, put on that new sundress and have a great day enjoying life. With subtle changes of style, love, laugher, and fun can be just around the corner.

Online Dating For the Single 30 Something Woman

Life isn’t fair. Men get all the breaks. You’ve devoted all of your 20’s to getting your career off the ground. Not that you haven’t been dating…you have, but not seriously. Now here you are…30 something and there is no long term relationship in sight. You can actually hear your biological clock ticking. You have a precious few years to find a man to fall in love with, make him fall in love with you, get married, and have a baby or its lights out. You already know all of the men in your social circle. Not that they aren’t nice guys…some of them…but none of them are your soul mate. What’s a girl to do?

Consider online dating. You have the opportunity to read hundreds of profiles and look at hundreds of pictures in search of that “someone” that will be right for you. Maybe he will live in the same city you do…maybe he will live across the country or even in another country altogether. You aren’t limited to only those men that you come in contact with personally. The possibilities are almost endless.

“Is online dating safe”, you ask. “Aren’t the online dating sites made up entirely of perverts, sexual predators and weirdoes in assorted shapes and sizes?” the answer is, no they aren’t. Not anymore anyway. That was true when online dating first came on the scene but now it is mainstream. It’s as safe as you make it using common sense and sound judgment. Use the same caution that you would when meeting any stranger. Don’t give your real name, address or phone number until you feel safe doing so. Don’t rush into a face-to-face meeting until you are confident and then make the first meeting in a public place and during daylight hours. Give it a try…Mr. Right might be a few mouse clicks away.

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Fun Ideas For Unity Candles

If you are planning a wedding and plan to have a unity candle as part of the ceremony, you might want to think outside the box.

Traditionally, the unity candle involves three candles. The bride has one, the groom the other, and their two lighted candles light the third candle. This is done to represent the coming together of the two people to make one unit. In some alternate methods, family members are invited to participate in the unity candle lighting, often the mothers of the bride and groom, or other close members of the family. Each family then lights a candle, and together they light the unity candle to symbolize of the coming together of the families.

Now, there are a few twists you can add to this fairly conventional aspect of a wedding ceremony. You can provide each guest with an unlit candle when they arrive at the ceremony. After the couple lights the unity candle, they can ask the guests to move to the front of the church (or wherever the ceremony is being held) and light their candles with the lighted unity candle. This can take a bit of time and might be best with a smaller guest list. But it is a meaningful way to not only get your guests involved in the ceremony itself, but also symbolize the union of family and friends with the marriage.

If there is a large guest list and it would be a prohibitive waste of time to do a candle lighting involving everyone at the ceremony, some brides and grooms like to bring the unity candle to the reception. Light the candle again and provide each guest with a small votive candle (the candle holder will be on the tables at individual table settings). As guests come into the reception area or hall, they can light their votive and take it to their table to place into the votive holder. This small votive candle can double as a wedding favor, particularly if you decorate or enhance a plain votive candleholder in some way to coordinate with your wedding.

Of course, you can forget having a unity candle at the ceremony altogether. Many brides these days are trying to reduce the length of the ceremony and spend more time planning the reception. In that light, some choose to do away with a unity candle altogether. You can certainly do this, or you can cut it out of the ceremony and make it part of the reception.

To do this, you can use the votive candle option suggested above, or you can simply incorporate the unity candle lighting into the reception activities themselves. For example, you might choose a quiet moment in the reception to have a lighting of the unity candle. It might be during a short prayer prior to the serving of the meal, or right before the cake is cut. In this case, the unity candle can then be used as decoration on the cake table. As the bride and groom cut the cake and pieces are served to guests, the candle can also serve as a reminder of the couple’s new bond and that the bond is shared with all the guests as well.

Although having a unity candle at the wedding or reception isn’t necessary, it is certainly an option that many brides and grooms opt to include. But it’s important to remember that as with so much surrounding wedding planning there are ways to make it unique and interesting and special to the couple getting married.

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Retire On Permanent Holiday

It’s quite possible and done often, retirees are using
money to live on cruise ships and travel the world. Cruise
ships often cost around the same per day as a retirement
home, and there is no worry about maintenance, cleaning or
fresh linen.

Food is well taken care of, and so is entertainment. When
you want a change of scenery, swap ships and go see another
part of the world.

You might even find a neat place to buy a nice little
cottage and sun yourself everyday. Place like Costa Rica
are very popular.

Often the family home is too big once the family has grown.
As people move toward the permanent-holiday type of
retirement companies have residential cruise ships
available.

These have everything you would ever need to live
comfortably. Here is one of the descriptions as found on
residentialvessels.com:

Unique in design, with all of the comforts and conveniences
of a sophisticated upscale retirement community or condo or
hotel.

Health Care, pharmacy, groceries, entertainment, leisure
activities, golf, restaurants, World class spas, 24 hour
concierge, international banking, offshore bank and
financial service, business services, and more world class
facilities.

Imagine, being able to travel around the world, within the
security and comfort of Your own home, and what you bring
along on Your trip, is everything.

Everything in Your ideal luxury home, Your complete
wardrobe, your interior accents, and your personal
possessions.

Or you can use this as a second place to live. We’ll design
the interior and furnish it.