If You Love Me…

If you love me, you will keep my commandments… In the love games we play, and in all aspects of human endeavors, maintaining positive relations with each other is a must, to live in harmony and peaceful coexistence with each other. The surest path to keeping good relations with our fellow humans is to know what their dos and don’ts are, and adhere strictly to the same. An infringement of the don’ts should be followed by a sincere apology. A blatant refusal to acknowledge our basic differences, thereby stepping on each other’s toes, is indicative of a lack of respect and by extrapolation, lack of love. True love is only found and kept, when both parties realize that they have …

How to Take Great Flower Photos

I know that many out there want to improve their photography in one aspect. Flower photography. With gardening as popular as it is this shouldn’t be a surprise. Flower photography while looking like one of the simplest forms of photography can quickly become one of the most difficult. Here are a few tips for you. (Keeping in mind that basic good photography skills are always used.) Soft diffuse light. Today it’s very overcast outside, and if there were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep in color this is one of the …

A Bridal Shower Invitation Should Be Attractive and Stylish!

A bridal shower invitations should lay out all of the necessary information, yet still be attractive. One way to do this is to have a picture engraved on the invitation. Ask your engraver to add a small design on the inside of your invitation or wherever you have information about the reception. If, for example, an ice cream social is your theme see if there is an ice cream cone or Sundae dish they can emboss onto the paper without taking away from the main body of the invitation. Remember that subtlety is stylish; you don’t want to come across as overpowering with your theme. It may be difficult sometimes to know who to invite to the bridal shower. As …

A Baby Footprint Makes A Great Baby Shower Invitation

If you are like many peo0le you can easily get stuck when it comes to the baby shower invitation. Finding the location, creating the guest lists and buying a cake can seem easy compared to picking the right invitation. The baby shower invitation will be the first impression that the guests will have of the event. It is therefore important to convey a message through the baby shower invitation. One really fun and very popular way to do this is use a baby footprint in the invitation. It is hard to resist the charm of a tiny little baby footprint. Baby shower invitations with a footprint are so irresistible be will just have to come to the shower. So here …

10 Steps For Cooking-Up Family Memories

The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever. The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together. So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up …

10 Tips for the Ultimate Wedding Reception

Your wedding day will be one of the most spectacular days of your life! Make it memorable, stress-free, and fun with just a few extra special moments of pre-planning and preparation. The experts at California DJs know all the secret elements – and the “not-so-secret” ones too – all to help you plan the ultimate wedding reception that is perfectly you! Use these 10 essential elements to create the perfect day for you and your guests. 1. Generously Invite Writing the guest list… what a challenge! How do you agree on whom to invite and still stay within your budget? Here’s the bottom line. You are preparing for the most magical day of your life and in the end only …

How to Plan Your Wedding and Honeymoon

1. Weddings typically can cost you anywhere around $15,000 or more. The big question is: who foots the bill? The 21st century has heralded a shift in the way these costs are handled. We have moved away from the days when the family of the bride would pay all costs associated with the wedding ceremony . Today it may come down to who can afford it or, who can qualify for the personal loan from the lending institution. Weddings may, in most cases, be a one time special event deserving of all the pomp and pageantry associated with the memorable day. However, there are ways to cut costs and still maximize the moment. Careful planning and budgeting are key to …

How to Plan a Cheap Wedding

There’s no doubt about it, weddings can be expensive. The average cost of a wedding today is $20,000 – $25,000, and weddings are estimated to be a $25.3 billion industry. But don’t worry if your budget cannot stretch for the most expensive custom-made gown, elegant invitation cards, or the top photographer, it doesn’t mean that your wedding will be any less unique or special than anyone else’s. You just need a bit of guidance and a few tips to help you achieve the dream of your big day. Here are a few suggestions with tips on how to save on some of the more expensive aspects of a wedding. Wedding Gowns Do you really need a hand-made wedding dress with …

How to Make Your Printable Bridal and Baby Shower Games

Bridal and baby shower games are a great way to spice up your shower party. Many games can be purchased affordably, but you can also make your own games with some effort. Here are some ideas for making your own baby shower or bridal shower games. 1) Baby or Bridal Bingo – Here is a game that you can make yourself on a word processor and print out on your own computer or at your local print shop. All you have to do is find baby or bridal related clipart images on the Internet and copy them into a grid. Make as many different boards as you need. You can even get trinkets like mini pacifiers that you can use …

How to Program Your Own Happiness

“Like computer programs, we can be misconfigured and need to re-program our subconscious minds. ” Evelyn Cole Happiness is a subjective state, a temporary one by necessity. We can’t know we are happy if we don’t know other contrasting emotional states. But as we let go of unhappy feelings, we make room for happiness. The January 17, 2005 issue of Time Magazine covers the “Science of Happiness” in great detail. It cites several academic studies throughout the world. Though fascinating, I found it strange that such exhaustive coverage has only one oblique reference to the subconscious mind. In their article on spectator sports and passion for home teams, “subliminal” jumped into my lap. The complete absence of current research that …

How To Prevent Yourself Or Your Business From Being Held Up

HOLD UP PREVENTION RULES – Use the measures outlined in this page. – Call the police at once if you notice suspicious strangers loitering near or in your place of business. – Never block the view into your store by crowding display windows. It is important to maintain visibility into your business extablishment at all times. – Secure your teller and cashier operations. Install barriers to keep unauthorized persons out of these areas. – If practical, mark doorways at varying heights to allow proper identification of robber’s height. – Install a hold up alarm system. – Install a timed delay switch to turn off exterior lights after your employees have gone for the night. – Use two people to open …

How to Make a Model Volcano and Other Fun Kids Party Special Effects

Kids love magic tricks and special effects because they surprise and delight with the unexpected. Here’s a collection of easy yet impressive special effects to try at your next kids party. But beware… kids are naturally inquisitive, and will want to know how you achieved your spectacular results. Keep it mysterious, and you’ll be the hit of the party crowd! Erupting Volcano Start by lining a box lid (edges should be about 2 inches high) with foil or use a large metal pan. Fill with wet sand. Place an empty soup can in the center and press the sand around the can to form your volcano mountain. For the best effect, completely conceal the can. Spoon 1/4 cup baking soda …

How to Make a Diaper Cake

Hosting a baby shower or looking for a great gift for a new mom? A diaper cake makes a fantastic centerpiece for any baby shower and is also a very nice gift that the new mom will find useful. Here are the basics on how to make your own diaper cake: 1) First, you must decide how big you want the diaper cake. The size of the cake will determine how many diapers you need. Here are some general guidelines: Top tier – 5-6 diapers 2nd Tier – 15 diapers 3rd Tier – 30 diapers 2) Roll the diapers vertically into cylinders and use scotch tape or rubber bands to hold the shape. Make the bottom tiers first by attaching …

How To Keep Love Alive In Your Marriage

In the beginning of a relationship, love seems to have a life of its own. Without much effort, you feel like you are on top of the world. You catch yourself smiling and laughing often, and feeling warm inside whenever you are with your loved one. Everything and everyone suddenly appears better through the rose-colored glasses of love. This euphoric feeling does not last forever, however. After the first year of marriage, the day to day activities of being married, working in a job, raising a family, buying and maintaining a home, etc., all take their toll, and romance takes a back seat. Love has to be worked on, just like a gardener with his garden. Although he has planted …

How To Help Your Overweight Child

With the rise of obesity and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes occurring in children, many parents are now faced with helping an overweight child. This may not be a daunting as first seems and here are some simple, but effective steps to take to help your child develop eating habits and active lifestyle that will assist improve their health. Be supportive · Tell your child that he or she is loved, is special, and is important. Children’s feelings about themselves often are based on their parents’ feelings about them. · Accept your child at any weight. Children will be more likely to accept and feel good about themselves when their parents accept them. · Listen to your child’s …

How to Have a Dream Wedding on a Budget

No one wants to pay more than they have to for anything, especially something as costly as a wedding. And if you’re like me, and you had to foot your own bill, then you certainly want to keep costs down. I was afraid it couldn’t be done, especially since my husband and I live in one of the most expensive regions of the country. But my wedding is proof that it can be done, and here’s how: Reception Venue Look for non-profit organizations that host wedding receptions, since their rental fees are extremely reasonable. And many of them – the American Legion is one example – have gorgeous, well-maintained facilities. If you prefer an outdoor wedding, then skip the country …