Creating Nice Pay Stubs Very Easily

I used to have an accountant handle my company’s pay day. I just never excelled at things like that, and this was something too important to risk messing up. When the Internal Revenue Service is involved, it is wise to be as careful as possible. However, it seems like I was being overly cautious without even realizing it. When a new friend discovered that I was paying someone to generate my pay stubs for me, he told me that it was something I could do myself with a paystub generator.

I had no idea what he was talking about, so I asked him for clarification.

The Air Flow Slows Down

When it gets hot, I don’t hesitate to turn on the air conditioner. Some people like to wait until the temperature gets hot enough to cook an egg, but I prefer to have a perfectly chilled room. Recently, I turned on the air conditioner, and only a trickle of cold air was coming out of the vents. I lowered the temperature and increased the fan speed, but the same air trickle was happening. I checked the filters and they were clean, which confused me. I contacted a company for HVAC repair in NYC, because I had a suspicion that something might be inside my vents blocking the air from coming through properly.

A repair professional came to my home and took a look at my air conditioner to see what could be wrong with it. The problem wasn’t in the vent, but rather in the air conditioner itself. There was a problem with the fan motor, causing it to turn at a slower speed than normal. Not only that, the air conditioner was low on freon. The repairman put in a new motor and added some freon and then I tested the air conditioner again. This time, it let out a full blast of cold air like always.

To celebrate the air conditioner working again, I decided to make a batch of ice cream. I grow my own strawberries in my garden, and I cut up a few of them and mixed them with some cream and sugar. I bought an ice cream machine on sale a few months ago, and I’ve used it more than enough times to pay for the cost. I make ice cream all the time, and there are no limits on the kinds of flavors that I can create, because I can add anything to the mix.

Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Wedding

Furniture for Your WeddingThe countdown has begun and it is almost time to get hitched. Make the whole wedding affair a magical and dreamy celebration by choosing the right venue, the perfect décor and the right furniture for your d-day. Furniture, which most often goes overlooked in all wedding preparations, actually has the potential to create style statements and define the entire space. When a couple as beautiful as you is ready to take the vows, everything should be posh and proper (even if it’s just about furniture or prop rental). Here’s what factors you should consider when choosing the right party furniture for your wedding day:

 

    • Venue: If you are looking to get hitched far from home, like in some sun kissed beach in Mexico or a ritzy chateau in France, make sure that the furniture you use is apt for the specific location. For example, a beachside wedding needs waterproof and sturdy furniture that doesn’t get damaged easily.Style: The type of furniture you choose also depends on the style of the wedding. If it is an outdoor wedding like on a farm, garden, country club or a winery your choice of furniture will be different from what you choose in case of an indoor wedding, like a restaurant, studio, resort or your own house.

 

    • Color Scheme: Metallic, pastel, fuchsia, lilac or all-white, color schemes will play an important role in choosing your wedding furniture. When you are looking for furniture for your d-day, keep in mind the color schemes that you are planning to incorporate in the décor so that you do not end up with furniture that looks out of the place.

 

    • Get Inspiration: So you like the setting of that restaurant you visited last weekend? Why not find more inspiration from your favorite restaurant, bar or haunt? Borrowing furniture ideas from them is not a bad option after all. Browse through the lifestyle sections of magazines and get more ideas on choosing the right furniture for your wedding.

 

    • Comfort: When you are choosing furniture for your wedding, give as much importance to comfort as you give to style. Uncomfortable sitting can be annoying for the guests and can create a negative impression about the whole wedding affair. Also, make it a point to keep the furniture neat and tidy for the comfort of the guests.

 

  • Rugs and Pillows: Mix and match pillows and rugs with the furniture to spruce up the décor. Play with colors and patterns to create a setting that is elegant, fun and dreamy. Go with the latest trends and pick up what is in vogue. A professional help will definitely be of much help.

Romantic Gift Ideas for Honeymoon

Romantic Gift Ideas for HoneymoonIt’s true; these moments won’t last forever. But what about the lifelong memories a couple makes when they’re enjoying their honeymoon? Those moments can’t be replaced, or forgotten. And if you agree with us on this, then we have just the answer for you. We have compiled a few honeymoon-related gifts that you can present to your spouse. You can choose to surprise him/her after you two return home, or when you’re at the honeymoon itself. Either way, these gifts will forever lock the memories and moments you share with one another.

Journal of Memories

Photo Journal

For this gift, you’ll require a journal that has slots for pictures and a little bit of space to write a few things. Here, the main idea is to write your thoughts about the pictures you took on your honeymoon. Over the years, it happens that we can’t remember that many details about our trips. So, instead of losing out on the important details, you can keep them fresh in your minds forever. You can choose to surprise your spouse with the gift, or take it up as a project for your honeymoon (once you have a little bit of time, of course). Come back home with a ton of memories and wonderful pictures, place them in the journal, and write down the date, time, location, and any other details you may want in the journal.

Souvenir Mason Jar

Mason Jar

A mason jar is mostly used to store things in your pantry. But not here. We want you to utilize the jar to make a gift for your sweetheart. Depending on where you’ll be heading for your honeymoon, take a mason jar along with you. Now, over the course of your stay, keep collecting souvenirs that you may wish to take back home. Place all these items in the jar along with a gorgeous picture of you two. And that’s it; this is the gift that both of you can enjoy looking at, and reminisce about the romantic honeymoon. And why simply stop at honeymoon? You can incorporate this idea for all your future adventures.

Matching Passport Covers

Couples’ Passport Covers

Passport covers are definitely adorable and romantic! Etsy is one of the best websites where you can find unique and vintage items that can be given as gifts. There are so many choices from various designers that you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want, you can instead get a pouch that has slots for the passport, boarding pass, cash, cards, etc. Trust me, this gift is very practical and thoughtful.

Photo Gallery Wall

Photo Gallery Wall

This idea is not limited to being a gift; it also makes a fantastic decorative item in your bedroom or living room. You need to get three (or more) empty frames and get them engraved. On the first frame, you will have a cute picture from your wedding. The second frame will contain a picture from your honeymoon. And as for the third frame, you will keep it empty and place a picture on your 10th anniversary. Hang the frames in the room of your choice, and wait till your spouse sees it.

Honeymoon Destination Frame

Honeymoon Destination Frame

On a piece of paper, that can fit perfectly inside a frame, write down your honeymoon date and location. Next, you need to get a map of your honeymoon destination and place it next to the text (see image above). Print it on the paper and stick it inside the frame. If you want, you can take the frame with you while you’re at your honeymoon. One night, when your spouse is asleep, you can make the frame (ask front desk to help you with the printout), and keep it on the bedside table. Your spouse will wake up the next morning with a big smile on his/her face.

Wooden Keepsake Box

Wooden Keepsake Box

This is another kind of souvenir-keeping idea, but with a wooden box. Get an antique-style box where you can store a few items from your honeymoon. You can place all the pictures you took from the honeymoon, the plane tickets, restaurant menus (paper menus), cocktail umbrella picks, and so much more. After every few months or so, both of you can open the box and relive those beautiful moments again.

Almost all the gifts mentioned above require a lot of time and attention to detail. So, select any (or all) of the ideas that both of you can cherish for the rest of your lives. Your honeymoon will only come once; that doesn’t mean you can’t make it eternal.

Romantic Breakfast in Bed Ideas

Romantic Breakfast in BedWaking up to a quick peck and delicious food… can there really be a better start to the day? May be because it is Valentine’s day, or because it is her/his birthday, or your wedding anniversary, or because it’s the weekend, or simply because you just want to pamper your partner and make him or her feel special, serving a romantic breakfast in bed is definitely a great idea.

Right from simple dishes to elaborate breakfast meals, you can surprise your partner in many ways. A handwritten note or a red rose will make everything romantic. Don’t fuss too much on deciding the menu, the presentation and gestures will be more important. And after reading this post, you’ll have numerous ideas to serve breakfast in bed.

The ideas range from simple and quick ones to a little complicated ones, but all of them have one common secret ingredient – love!

Simple Omelet, Greek Yogurt with Berries, and Orange Juice

omelet, berries with yogurt and orange juice
♥ Go for the most preferred breakfast option, omelet! It is definitely a simple, healthy, and sumptuous treat for your dear one. Make it more special by adding her favorite veggies and cheese. Serve with some Greek yogurt with berries, toast, and a glass of orange juice.

Heart-shaped Egg, Toast, and Coffee

egg, toast, coffee
♥ Heart-shaped food, and lovey-dovey messages on the bread, can breakfast get any more romantic! You will need a cookie-cutter to make the heart-shaped egg, and use a butter knife to engrave the message in bread. Opt for a nice thick slice, and serve with a steaming cup of coffee.

Waffles with Chocolate Syrup and Berries

waffles and berries
♥ Waffles make an excellent treat, whether for breakfast or dessert. And, heart-shaped ones with a serious dose of chocolate syrup will make for the perfect start for the day.

Heart-shaped Pizza

heart-shaped pizza
♥ Yummy, cheesy pizza! Can there be a better start to the day! I mean it’s heart-shaped too! Very cheesy and cute! To save some time, you can make the pizza base the night before, or buy it from a store.

Jam Biscuits and Coffee

coffee with jam biscuits
♥ Okay, so you are not a cook. Making eggs is also a task for you. Well, no worries, some biscuits with a heart-shaped jam filling will do the trick. A cup of coffee, flowers, and a card MUST accompany the biscuits. If you can make the biscuits from scratch, then nothing like it. Your partner’s gonna be impressed and very happy.

Chocolate Cookies and Coffee

chocolate cookies and coffee
♥ There’s nothing more tempting than fresh homemade cookies! Yes, we are telling you to make a batch of cookies for your boyfriend or girlfriend. It is quite a task, but the joy on her/his face will be totally worth it. So take some extra efforts and pamper your partner.

Crepes with Strawberry Quark

crepes and strawberry quark
♥ Crepes are thin pancakes, and you can serve them with some strawberry quark. It is basically a version of strawberry and cream. Mix strawberry and quark together. Add some sugar to it. Use this as a filling for your crepe roll, and dust some powdered sugar on top. Oh yes, a cup of coffee will perfectly compliment this dish.

Donuts with Strawberry Glaze

doughnut with strawberry glaze
♥ Imagine seeing a plate of pink donuts with little sprinklers the first thing in the morning. Pure joy, isn’t it? It’s time to give this happiness to your sweetheart. You can buy donuts, and make the glaze at home. All you need is some fresh strawberry pulp, sugar, and cornstarch. You can even make some chocolate donuts.

Heart-shaped Pancakes

pancakes
♥ Serve your heart on a plate, by making her a nice heart-shaped pancake. Show some, okay lots, of love with sliced berries, and assorted toppings.

Bagels with Jam, and Orange Juice

bagels
♥ Hot crispy bagels with varied toppings to choose from will indeed make a neat breakfast treat. Fresh cream cheese, jelly, jam, or flavored butter are some options you can try. Don’t forget the glass of orange juice.

Oats Porridge with Berries

porridge
♥ Porridge? How can porridge be romantic? It can, if you make it so. Don’t just serve plain porridge, add some berries, raisins, or any other fruits that she likes. Don’t forget to add a bouquet of fresh flowers to the tray (to compensate for your lack of cooking skills :P).

Raspberry Smoothie

raspberry smoothie
♥ Another simple breakfast idea is a glass of smoothie. You can make a smoothie of any fruit/s, but raspberry has got a romantic feel! Surprise your partner with some real fruity goodness, and a romantic card. She/he is going to like it berry much!

Do let us know how your dish turned out, and how your partner reacted to all the pampering! All the best!

Ring-in a Great Wedding Celebration

It is perhaps the biggest event in your lifetime.

When it comes to your wedding day, you want everything to go off without a hitch, though most couples will tell you the stress leading up to the wedding is 10 times more intense than the actual day itself.

That said you can lessen the angst heading up to the big day by making sure you have everything in order (at least as much as you can).

From the clothing to the rings to the catering, there is much to do in order to pull off everything, sending guests home with great memories, while the two of you head off on the much anticipated honeymoon.

So, are you ready to ring-in a great wedding celebration?

Get the Planning Out of the Way

As nervous as one or both of you may be on your wedding day, there is plenty to plan leading up to that special occasion.

In the event you’re not sure you have everything covered, here are some of the essentials, items you simply can’t afford to overlook:

  1. Rings – What would that big day be like if one or both rings were forgotten? Whether opting for men’s and women’s silicone rings or another such style, make sure the best man and/or matron or maid of honor doesn’t forget to bring the rings to the ceremony. As for the ring shopping ahead of the wedding, couples typically go jewelry shopping together, though some couples are opting to shop for and ultimately buy rings online these days. Either way, make sure you have the right style and fit, making your wedding day all the more special;
  2. Clothing – The bride’s dress is ultimately the clothing item that stands out on the wedding day, though the groom can look sharp himself with a nice tuxedo. When it comes to bridesmaids and the ushers, they typically will have matching outfits, respectively. As any bride will tell you, although she wants her bridesmaids to look great, they should never outshine the main celebrity on this day. As with the rings, give yourselves plenty of time when it comes to getting the wedding clothing fit and altered (if necessary), thereby avoiding any last-minute surprises;
  3. Venues – Given some couples do not always opt for the traditional church wedding these days, you might decide to have your wedding in a less formal setting. Weddings on the beach, in a park, perhaps even in a courtroom are certainly not out of the ordinary. No matter what the venue may be, make sure you have it reserved well in advance. The same holds true for the reception, a gathering that oftentimes will take place in a rental hall, resort, perhaps even outdoors. If you are opting for the outdoors for the wedding, reception, perhaps both, be sure to keep the weather in mind. For example, a couple in Florida getting married in the middle of summer will likely have to deal with both heat and humidity, perhaps some rain too;
  4. Menu – Last but certainly not least, make sure you have the wedding reception food and drink menus covered. After a beautiful wedding ceremony, you and your family and friends will want to celebrate this joyous occasion. Doing that means making sure you have a nice reception to bring everyone together once again on this special day. Get your food and drink menus organized months ahead of time, allowing guests to choose what type of meal they want. Typically, you will give them anywhere from two to four selections for the main course. Also make it clear whether it will be a cash bar or not. Lastly, the wedding cake can’t be forgotten, so make sure you design and order that in advance too.

Before all is said and done, you will have likely pulled off a fantastic wedding, one in which you will have memories to last you a lifetime.

Also, once the wedding and reception are both in the books, you can then start to think about your honeymoon.

Best of all, the two of you will be the only ones on it, with family and friends just a distant (yet temporary memory).

Five of the Best Unique & Personalised Wedding Gifts

If you’ve got a big wedding coming up, once you’ve got your outfit sorted out, the next most important thing to think about is what sort of present you’re going to buy for the happy couple.

Every couple is different, and while some can be quite easy to buy for, others can be a nightmare.

The most important thing is that your gift is something which is a little bit different and shows some thought, and what better way to do this than with a personalised gift.

With that in mind, here are five of our favourite personalised wedding gift ideas.

Personalised Cushions

If your soon to be wed friends are going to moving in together, chances are that they’ll be after some furnishings for their new love nest!

But instead of just purchasing some boring old cushions, why not show a little more thoughtfulness and go for a unique set, personalised to them?

It might be a little bit cheesy, but if they like it, every time they go to sit down in their new front room, they’ll be reminded of that one wedding guest who went the extra mile for them when gift buying!

At the end of the day, a cushion set is a fairly safe bet, so you can’t go too far wrong!

How about this adorable penguin cushion from NotOnTheHighStreet.com?

Personalised Wedding Album

One of the most important aspects of the wedding day is the photographs which are going to capture the happy couple’s big day and be looked back on for years to come.

Such special photos deserve to be kept in a special album, so what better way to do so than with a beautiful album personalised with the big date and the couple’s initials?

You could also choose to buy the album and fill it with pictures from throughout their relationship, right back from when they first met, showing the story of how they got to this moment, and maybe even some embarrassing shots from when they were kids!

The little bit of added creativity will go a long way. Here’s an example from GettingPersonal.co.uk.

Personalised Wine Case

If the married couple you’re buying for are wine lovers, look no further than a personalised wine case.

Of course, it’s up to you whether to provide the wine or not, but it goes without saying that a beautiful wooden case is a great way to present whatever their chosen tipple is, and get the party started!

Check out this sliding personalised case from Etch’d.

Personalised Planter

If the couple are particularly green fingered, they might appreciate a planter for their new garden to allow them to grow the plants of their choice and watch them grow and bloom throughout their relationship.

Again, it might sound a little cheesy, but it’s also something a little bit different, and sure to be appreciated.

For a more practical use, they could even be used to grow fruit and veg, if that’s what the couple is into.

Once again, NotOnTheHighStreet.com is the place to look!

Mr and Mrs Wine Glasses

Mr and Mrs gifts are a great and quirky way to commemorate the couple’s big day and you can choose almost anything!

From, pillowcases to dressing gowns and towels to coffee mugs, there’s no end to the amount of Mr and Mrs gifts out there, meaning you can pick one that suits the needs and personality of the couple.

Personally, we like these wine glasses from Personalised Wedding Gifts, great for raising a toast to their new lives together.

Learning The “Secrets” of Resources

What Proper Parenting Entails

Parents desire to have responsible and well behaved children. They are therefore required to apply various principles that will enable them to become the best parents. The first most important thing for parents to ensure is that they are involved in the lives of their children. They are required to know what is being done by their children. They are required to advice them as well as look into the various activities their children are involved in. When taking part in various activities, their children will consider them.

Leading by example should be the objective of all parents. They should ensure that they are practicing what they teach their children. Actions speak louder than words for children. Children’s first role models should be their parents. They will be able to impact their children positively. It is important that parents carry themselves as they would like their children to.

Parents need to always instill discipline in their children. The proper language to always be used should be made known to the children. Keeping their word is a requirement for parents. Parents can have punishments that do not cause injury to the children when they misbehave. The children will also know what is right and wrong. So as to avoid punishments, children will be cautious of what they do. The parents should not overlook the little mistakes done by their children as with time, they worsen.

Parents need to give space to their children. They should let their children to play as well as get involved with other children. They should also allow the children to learn from their mistakes. This will enable them to develop into more responsible people. Resistance is encouraged if they select friends for their children. They should however get to know about the company kept by their children and advice them accordingly.

Parents need to teach their children how to carry out various chores such as washing. The children can thus take care of themselves in the absence of their parents. Simple duties should be given to the children. Once in a while, they can reward the children in order to encourage tem to be more involved. The children will thus carry out the activities willingly. They also get to acquire various skills.

The parents should always be ready to apologize if they annoy their children. Wrong conclusions are at times made by parents. In order to maintain the relationship with their children, they should own up to their mistakes. The children get to learn honesty from them. Parents also gain the trust of their children.

With proper parenting, people will be proud of their children. Parents can always seek for advice from other parents on how to handle various issues relating to their children. This gives them a variety of options to take.

Source: ParentsNeed

Dr. Tim Jordan Releases New Book About Navigating Female Adolescence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Chesterfield, MO)—Dr. Tim Jordan, a leading expert on parenting girls and helping them develop into strong, happy, and fulfilled women, has recently released a book about navigating the adolescent stage with young girls. The book aims to show parents what they need to do to guide their daughters and provide them with the right type of support throughout this phase of life. Anyone who would like to learn more about the book and how they can purchase a copy can visit

“There has been so much reported over the last 5 decades about adolescent girls being more depressed, aggressive, and anxious, mostly because of the rise of cutting and other destructive behaviors among girls in this stage of life,” said Dr. Tim Jordan. “However, it’s important that people – especially parents – see these behaviors as more than mere symptoms of low self-esteem. In fact, for the last 50 years we have been getting it all wrong. This has really been all about our failure to understand what adolescent girls really need. If we don’t understand what they need, we won’t be able to give them the proper support to help them grow into confident and capable women.”

“Sleeping Beauties, Awakened Women: Guiding the Transformation of Adolescent Girls”, which is available at is based on Dr. Jordan’s 30 years of successful work with girls. The author uses the information and insight he’s learned to shine a light on the real issues that girls face as they transform into women during adolescence. Using fairy tales and real stories of girls from his practice and camps, Sleeping Beauties is designed to help parents and those who have been given the task of caring for young girls become aware of the needs they have in areas like emotions, friendship struggles, self-quieting, finding their passions, body image, and stress. In addition, the author shows how parents can best support their daughters during this crucial stage of development.

As Dr. Jordan continues, “Young girls don’t have to spend their adolescent years burdened with so many physical and emotional problems. It is possible for parents to raise successful women, but they often need guidance in doing so. This is exactly why I wrote this book. It is my hope that in working together we can change the story of adolescence for young girls and see a new generation of strong, successful women arise.”

Those who are interested in purchasing the book or learning more about the work of Dr. Tim Jordan can log on to

About Dr. Tim Jordan / Children & Families, Inc:

Dr. Tim Jordan is the leading expert on parenting girls and helping them navigate through their normal developmental transformations, allowing them to emerge as strong, happy and fulfilled women. A Developmental and Behavioral pediatrician, International Speaker and Author, Dr. Tim demystifies the behavior of tween and adolescent girls to help parents build closer relationships with their daughters based on trust and understanding rather than parent out of fear.

Source: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/31710582/news

Wedding ring set your Wedding alight!

There is certain moment in every wedding that you can pinpoint for being emotional highlights. These happen in every single wedding the world over. Guests gasp at these events, and wedding photographers anticipate these whenever they shoot them to make sure they’re not missed.

Those three events are

1/ The father handing the bride to the groom

2/ The groom kissing the bride

3/ When the bride and groom exchange wedding rings.

Whilst it is clear that the wedding kiss is without doubt the highlight of the ceremony, we’ll focus on the exchange of wedding rings in this article.

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Why is it that the exchange of rings elicits such strong emotion? The thing is, that the bride and groom go through and exchange vows, and the exchange of vows culminates with this symbolic ritual to punctuate acceptance of those vows.

The rings are symbolic because they are rings that have been painstakingly chosen to suit the personal tastes of the wearer. It is an expression of their personality – an accessory to be worn for the entire marriage. The rings are symbolic because as many celebrants will attest, the ring is a reminder of the marriage when times get tough, a reminder of the commitment to their partner forever.

The everlasting memory of the wedding is photographic gallery. Part of that gallery will focus on the wedding rings. There is normally several shots of the wedding rings both together, and before the ceremony. These are lasting memories of the jewellery on the special day.

There is a common misconception that wedding rings are expensive. They really are not though. If you consider other items such as flowers, the limo, etc, these are only used for a matter of hours. Even if the wedding rings were to cost a few thousand dollars, amortizing that over the length of the marriage and it works out to be very cheap per year.

One thing is for sure – the mens and women’s wedding rings are an integral part of the wedding. For many years women have been spoilt for choice with rings. Almost every jeweler in every city will have a considerable amount of shop space for womens wedding rings. Its only now that men are also starting to get some exposure for their wedding rings too.

Now we are in the age of the internet though, men have more access than ever to an incredible range of rings to suit their very personal tastes.

How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Once you have decided it is time to pop the question, your next job is to choose an engagement ring. If you already have a family heirloom lined up to give to your beloved, this should not be a tricky task. However, if you are starting from scratch, here is a quick guide to choosing the perfect engagement ring.

When it comes to engagement rings, the majority of grooms opt for a diamond. Ascot Diamonds are a great choice for any aspiring groom, but there is a lot more to think about when shopping for an engagement ring.

Classy Diamonds

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. In the case of celebrities, the larger the stone, the better, but what is perhaps more important is the cut, clarity, color and carat of a diamond, as these things all matter enormously. If you don’t have a clue what style your bride-to-be might prefer, listen carefully when she chats about recent celebrity engagements – the chances are good she will pass comment on the ring, so use this as a starting point. For example, if she hates the ring, you know what not to go for.

Different Stones

Whilst diamonds are the world’s most popular engagement ring stone of choice, there is no law that says you must produce a diamond the size of a duck egg when you pop the question. Other precious stones, for example sapphires, emeralds and rubies, are all perfectly acceptable, especially if surrounded by small diamonds.

Gold or Platinum?

Gold comes in different colors: white gold, rose gold, and traditional yellow gold. Most brides-to-be will be delighted with a gorgeous gold and diamond engagement ring, but don’t overlook the possibility of a ring made from a different metal.

Platinum is becoming increasingly popular with couples. Platinum is hypoallergenic and ideal for anyone with a history of allergies or skin sensitivity. It is also very durable.

Antique Engagement Rings

Whilst brand new rings are always the most popular engagement rings, there is no reason why you can’t look for a vintage engagement ring for your beloved. Family heirlooms come with a wealth of history, but if you don’t have a special ring to give to your bride-to-be, look for an antique engagement ring instead.

Antique rings have a history attached, which makes them super romantic. If you are able to find out whom the ring belonged to previously, and their story, it makes for a more romantic proposal – as long as the story is happy of course. After all, no woman wants to take on an engagement ring with a tragic history associated with it!

Made to Measure

Made to measure rings designed to meet your exact specification are a wonderful way to create the perfect ring. The ring will be more expensive, but at least it will be perfect in every possible way.

Spend plenty of time choosing the right engagement ring and take along a friend for a second opinion if possible. That way you won’t make a huge mistake and end up with a ring your bride-to-be hates with a passion.

GUIDE TO CHOOSING A BAND FOR YOUR WEDDING

This is of course a guide to hiring a music band, and not the wedding ring.

However should you be reading this article looking to hire a wedding ring, then I’m sorry, but your commitment to the relationship is fragile! At what point after the marriage do you admit that the ring has to go back?

I digress; the problem with music is ‘taste’; my mother-in-law loves the morose sounds of Leonard Cohen (that explains a lot), my children love pop, I like ACDC, grandpa just adores Vera Lynn and endless stories of hardship.

What is the make-up of your wedding audience?

Well if it’s a bikers’ wedding then you just may want to rock all night; although this is an unfair stereotype, bikers come in all shapes, sizes and ages; spanning Pat Boon and Led Zeppelin to West Life and …whatsername.

My point being that music spans generations and a huge diversity of tastes.So the big question is;

What genera of music should you have at your wedding?

Well let’s be honest Rock ‘n Roll has been alive longer than most of us; Elvis, Little Richard, Meat Loaf and many others. You really can’t go too astray with a band who can belt out some Rock ‘n Roll classics, with of course the odd ‘last dance’ smooch track.

Rock ‘n Roll is a great crowd pleaser.

However the more, shall we say, delicate souls may prefer the dulcet sounds of Strauss or Stravinsky. Perhaps some classical during the ceremony, rock and pop after the meal and dangerous punk in the evening!

Good luck finding one band that can satisfy all those requirements!

Will the band negotiate your requests?

A wedding is a usually a meticulously planned unique occasion; it is a bespoke event with a rhythm all of its own. The cake, the flowers, the dress, suits, cars, accommodation all have to be just so in order to compliment the ambiance of a joyous day; likewise the band also has to dovetail with and add to the atmosphere.

Plan the band as part of the whole, how flexible are they when it comes to requests? Tell them what you would like; maybe a ballad or two at the reception, fifties hits early evening followed by all guns blazing rock after 10 pm!

Don’t forget to choose an appropriate tune for ‘the first dance’!

In conclusion;

It makes sense to go for a band with a broad repertoire!

There are many great bands out there offering a whole range of versatile talent. Plan the day carefully, try to cater for your ‘audience’; do not hammer ‘thrash’ at the poor old fogies awaiting desert.

Consult a respected ‘agent’, there are plenty on line, you will find a staggering amount of options.

Orchestrate your day with some considerable thought, and… good luck!

 

Locating That Perfect Men’s Wedding Band

A couple’s wedding day is something that both will look back on and remember the rest of their lives.

That said selecting the wedding bands for both parties does take some time and effort, even a little disagreements perhaps from time to time.

Shopping for the right wedding bands doesn’t have to be an issue of contention; in fact, it can be a matter that brings two people even closer together.

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If you plan to shop together and look for the diversity of men wedding bands, there are a number of ways to educate yourselves on what will be the best selection when all is said and done.

So, will you locate that perfect men’s wedding band?

 

Getting Feedback on a Ring Selection

For starters, it is not unusual for couples to go band and ring shopping together these days.

Doing so helps in several ways; including making sure both parties are on the same page when it comes to finding bands and rings both will be satisfied with.

Start by checking out some jewelry stores in the area where you live.

Set aside a day (maybe on the weekend) to visit several stores.

Spend as much time as necessary to not only look at different bands and rings, but speak with salespeople to get their two cents on what might be most popular, what is most affordable, and what are the trends currently when it comes to buying rings and bands.

Once you have all the information you need, you can then turn to online means.

By sitting down at a computer or even using your mobile devices, view different bands and rings, matching them up with some of those you viewed in person at various jewelry stores. One of the advantages of using online means is that you can look at bands and rings 24/7, unlike visiting a jewelry store and possibly forgetting what you looked at just an hour or two ago.

Along with visits to jewelry stores and online means, couples should also turn to their friends and family, checking out what kinds of bands and rings they selected over the years.

In some cases, ladies will go out and do some ring shopping of their own, allowing the bride-to-be to get the opinions of some of her best friends.

 

Paying for that Special Jewelry

Once you have narrowed down your choices, a couple of factors then come squarely into play.

Most notably, how much will the jewelry cost?

For many men (even if they do not want to admit it), the cost will certainly be of interest.

Can they afford to pay for the jewelry in one shot (cash or credit card payment) or will they have to set up a payment plan?

If it is the latter, it is important to go with a jewelry store that has an affordable payment plan available for the taking. Make sure you read all the fine print, avoiding any nasty surprises down the road.

Lastly, look at the process of shopping for and purchasing bands and rings as quality time spent together.

Given that you plan on spending the remainder of your lives together, shopping for and ultimately purchasing such important jewelry is not a small matter that should be taken for granted.

Use this time together as practice for when you have even bigger decisions to make as a couple down the road.

If couples can pull off ring shopping without any major issues, just imagine what they can do at the time that decisions such as buying a home, starting a family etc. come to bear.

In the event you are in the process of ring shopping for your wedding day, take the time to do it correctly, not feeling like you are being rushed into making such an important decision.

From selecting the right bands and rings to picking out your wedding day settings (which there are many of), be sure to put some quality time and effort into each and every decision you make.

In doing so, you will set yourself up for a wonderful wedding day and hopefully many years of happiness to follow for both husband and wife.

Learn about the different designs of diamond pendants

When it comes to buying new diamond jewellery, plenty of questions arise in our mind. Like which kind of designs are in fashion today, which is the right place to buy it, which are essential parameters one need to consider and many other queries like these. Diamond ornaments never go out of fashion, so you cannot be wrong while choosing a diamond pendant; however, you have to match your pendant with your outfits, makeup, and other jewellery. To give you an expert opinion in order to make you choose the latest designs of diamond pendants, the following section has been designed with suggestions, tips and advice.

Solitaire: Solitaire diamond pendant designs are made with mostly brilliant round cut, princess or emerald cut. This kind of designs is most popular in diamond pendant design.

Star Shape: In the mid of 80s, star-shaped diamond pendant had been introduced for the first time. That trend becomes today’s tradition.

Heart Shapes: A heart-shaped pendant can be a great gift to give your wife or girlfriend. To make it a greatest and sweetest gift, jewellery manufacturers offer to make it in yellow gold, white gold as well as platinum.

Insects: These days you do not have to be formal always with a diamond pendant. In order create a funny or theme look you can wear diamond pendant shaped like spider or butterfly.

Animals: If you want to draw some extra attention you can try a diamond pendant shaped like panda bears, penguins, etc.

Religious: It is always a great option to stand by your own colour. Wearing a diamond pendant shaped like the cross, Star of David, sign of Allah or Om really means a lot and lets other know what you believe in.

Keys: Few year earlier Skeleton pendants were a trend. Just like that latest designs of pendants are the diamond key pendants.

Locket: A locket covered in diamond makes us fell the romance of conventional epoch with the luxury. Lovers always consider this as an ideal gift.

Peace Ring: Peace jewellery and pendant are in fashion since the rise of John Lennon in 60s. Anyone from any different background or age can wear a peace sign pendant with a long cord.

Tropical: Tropical pendant is ideal for those who want to enjoy the blues of rain or the cuddling in the winter with a diamond pendant. Pendant shaped like crabs, palm trees are always hot in fashion.

The next big question here, what is the ideal place to shop these kinds of trendy pendants. To purchase a diamond pendant you can choose both physical shops and online stores like candere.com. You will get plenty of reputed online shopping sites on the internet which offer free trials or free home delivery. If you want to purchase jewellery from an offline jewellery house then you can use directories to find a reputed jewellery shop near you.