How to Have a Happy Christmas

1. Forget Perfect Don’t tie yourself in knots trying to have a Christmas like you see on the pages of a magazine. These are stage managed by a team of people and shot in August. You have a real house and a real family living in it, not a stage set full of models who only have to look good for a photograph. Real families argue and burn the gravy – so don’t try and live up to a media image you have in your mind. 2. Live in the Moment Sometimes there’s so much to do that you spend the whole time feeling anxious and planning ahead. Take time to enjoy the delights of the festive season otherwise there’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 …

How to Give the

Giving that special someone a special gift can be very difficult. Depending on the situation and occasion, it can be a very tricky thing. You want to do the right thing, but if you’re not careful, it can backfire. As many have found out, you need to give this some considerable thought. But everyone wants to give the “right” gift. What makes up a great gift? In my experience, a great gift: Is truly unique, personal and creative; Demonstrates to the recipient the thoughtfulness and caring that went into securing the gift; Evokes emotions from the recipient whenever it is used, seen or thought about; and Makes the recipient truly feel special. A great gift doesn’t necessarily have to cost …

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 Date Ann Coulter (If You Must)

I’ve decided to go public with my intentions: I will not be asking Ann Coulter for a date. There are some good reasons. First, I’m married. Second, there is a substantial age differential. And, third, I fear rejection. While reading Coulter’s book, How to Talk to Liberals (If You Must), I thought about the prospects. A single, middle-aged guy who’s still trying to look like he’s in his 20s would make a perfect match. But before you pick up the phone to pop the question, there are some things you need to know. Keep in mind, for example, that Ann Coulter is relatively good looking. “Relative to what?” you ask. “A ’58 Buick? Tapioca? Phyllis Schlafly?” Yes. You’ll also want …

How To Choose Your Boxer Dog

An easier and more pleasant journey with your chosen Boxer starts with checking out the parent dogs for unbecoming traits like aggression, hyperactive and extreme shyness. This is easier to do when you get your Boxer from a reputable breeder or from a pet shop that get their animals only from known breeders. Exercise prudence if you are getting your Boxer puppy from pet stores, which often get their supply from breeders of unknown reputation. These “puppy mills” as they are called are not known to put much emphasis on the quality and health of pups they are producing. Reputable breeders would adhere to the accepted standards for Boxers in terms of uniformity in the breed, good health, temperament, size …

How to Find the Perfect Gift

You know the feeling. As you place a meticulously wrapped gift on a table filled with other presents, you can’t help but second-guess your choice. “Will they really like it? Did I spend enough on it? I wonder what’s inside that one…” The reason we give gifts—whether for weddings, birthdays, retirements, or holidays—is beside the point. The best gifts are those that let the recipient know you had no one else in mind when you chose it. By following a few simple guidelines, you can avoid any second-guessing yourself the next time you shop for a special occasion. Who are you shopping for? Consider the recipients’ ages, the hobbies they enjoy and their profession when thinking about gifts. If you’re …

Are You In Control Of Your Children Or Are You Just A Controlling Parent?

Word Count: 676 Summary: Yes, you are the parent and should be in control – but you do not have to be controlling. There is a difference, a big one. Keywords: parenting,advice,tips,control,children,independence,discipline,learn,child,kids,parent, Article Body: When it comes to our children we do need to be the ones in control. We are responsible for their safety and well being of course. But we are also the ones that need to teach them independence, good decision making skills, and build their self esteem at the same time. Learn to pick your battles and your whole family will run smoother and everyone will be much happier. First off does it really matter if your child wears red striped pants with a blue polka …

Are You Addicted to Your Children?

Word Count: 691 Summary: Is it possible to be using our children addictively? Anything that we use to get love, avoid pain, and fill up inner emptiness can become an addiction – even our children! If your children are your whole life – if you don’t have a strong spiritual connection with a personal source of love and guidance, as well as other relationships and interests that you are passionate about, you might be using your children to fill an empty place within you. Keywords: parenting, children, addiction, parenting advice Article Body: Is it possible to be using our children addictively? Anything that we use to get love, avoid pain, and fill up inner emptiness can become an addiction – …

5 Great Ways To Enrich Your Children’s Conscience

Children are living with curiosity. They learn lots of things in life, gifted naturally with intuition, and open toward everything they find. Everything seems to be interesting to them. That’s why they want to know about many things. It’s indeed a sign of good development. Parents need to help children develop their conscience, which will be a great means of getting spiritual experiences. Through these, they’ll learn about self-esteem and moral values. Of course parents want children have and familiar with good values in life. As parents, what can you do then? Here are 5 ways you can do to enrich their conscience: • Give good examples. What you say and do everyday reflect what you think about the world. …

Yes, There Really is Useful Wedding Planning Software

Wedding planning isn’t an easy task. A wedding is an incredibly complicated undertaking – unless you plan to elope or just go downtown to the justice of the peace. For a relatively large, traditional wedding there are many activities and events that you’ll need to track to keep the wedding on schedule. Now there are people who actually choose to become experts in wedding planning. That’s what they do – day after day. While hiring someone to help you with your wedding can be the perfect solution, it’s not always feasible. A professional wedding planner may charge as much as 10% of the cost of the wedding. For many couples this extra charge is quite sufficient for them to take …

How To Manage Your Arthritis Symptoms Successfully

Due to chronic pain, people with arthritis frequently experience difficulty with daily tasks, such as opening jars. If you identify with those suffering from this disease, you will want to continue reading. There are a list of suggestions and tips to help you cope with arthritis. These tips can help you get your life back to normal. Even if you do not smoke cigarettes, you should still avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible. If you are a smoker, now is the perfect time to ditch this unhealthy habit. Initially, your inflammation may subside as the nicotine from cigarettes reduces blood flow, yielding a calming sensation. Reduced blood flow could ruin your joints, meaning the arthritis is going to be worse and …

How To Look Years Younger-Surgery Not The Only Option

No matter how hard you try to fight it, you are always growing older. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to look older. Knowing how to look years younger can give you a newfound confidence in yourself, and help you to feel better. It may not be fair, but the truth is that there are people who will judge you based on your appearance, and how they treat you will ultimately have an impact on how you feel about yourself. Plastic surgery is one way that some people use to look younger, but it has its share of problems. Most insurance companies won’t cover elective surgeries, so you will have to pay for all of it yourself, and it’s …

How To Have Young Looking Skin

So, you want to know how to have young looking skin, but there is so much information out there that it gets downright confusing. If so, then you need to know that this confusion is not your fault. In reality, the makers of many skin care products want you to be confused, or at least they want you to think emotionally. What follows will not only help to clear things up, but it will give you the secrets to younger looking skin. When you are younger your skin is more resilient, but as you get older, your skin starts to lose some of its resilience, and this is what causes it to look older. Here are a few warning signs …

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Mark

If you have been wondering how to get rid of stretch mark scars then you should keep reading. You will find some valuable advice in this article. Stretch marks are caused by prolonged stretching of the skin and happen during pregnancy when your breasts and belly grows as the baby grows. They can also occur because of weight gain and they can be anywhere on your body. Arms, legs, and buttocks. You may not notice them in these places until and unless you lose the weight but they are there. One good way to lessen their appearance is to rub cocoa butter into your skin several times a day to soften the skin and keep it moisturized. Cocoa butter is …

How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores Fast

Herpes simplex 1 is the virus behind cold sores. Up to 80% of the population has this virus in their body, though it is dormant for much of the time. Anyone who has ever had a painful, and ugly, outbreak has one main question that they want answered: how to get rid of cold sores fast. Even though cold sores don’t last forever, it can seem that way sometimes. But there are some things you can do to make life a little easier. Of course the best thing to do is to not get an outbreak to begin with. Make sure you keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, eating properly and washing your hands frequently. None of …