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Tips To Remove Stress From Your Wedding or Anniversary Trip

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Whether you are planning a wedding, or a special anniversary trip, it can be very stressful. Most of the time the source of the stress comes down to three categories:

  1. Disasters
  2. The budget
  3. Time restraints

Let’s deal with disasters first, as it is the easiest to address. If there is a disaster. If a storm comes in and damages the hotel, someone in the family becomes very ill, or there is a problem with the best man or maid of honor and they withdrawal at the last minute, you have no choice but to roll with it. You cannot control nature, sickness, or the behavior of other people. While it may seem like the end of the world, it is not. So work around it and relax. You will either have the event or postpone it. You will change hotels or postpone the event. You will replace the missing person or omit their position. In any event, you will be fine.

The budget
Most of the time, when a couple blows their budget it is because they were not sincere when they agreed to it or they failed to include things that cost them extra money. This is a common problem because until you have planned an event like this, you do not understand all of the hidden costs involved. This is why it is a good idea to use a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner knows what to expect. They can help you set priorities and can pull you in and make suggestions when things are getting twisted.

  • The dress

Regardless if you are buying a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, or anniversary dress, you need to choose a vendor that is experienced. A bridal shop that has a great selection, the latest styles and vintage looks is your best bet. They can satisfy any style, and give you a quality, well-fitting dress at a great price. You can find what you are looking for and all the help you need at this site.

Match the style with the venue. If you are having a beach wedding, go with a material that is flowing and well cut. Consider separates. This allows the bridesmaids to keep on the tops (to keep the look together and chic) but to change the skirt for a shorter skirt, jeans, summer slacks, or even shorts. Be careful not to overdress. Layers, shawls, long sleeves and trains are not practical on the warm island sand.

  • The location/venue

Consider having everything at one location. The hotel, the venue for the ceremony, and the honeymoon. This cuts down on costs and confusion. It relieves you of the stress of traveling all around on the day of the event.

Choose any day other than Saturday. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week for weddings and parties. Choose a different day and save some money and there is less rush and fear of being late to depart.

Repurpose the ceremony flowers and use them in the reception area. Place them in vases or arrange them in the center of the tables or across arches.

Cut down on the amount of decorations you will need by creating a flower wall. This is a way to use silk flowers and to move them to where they are needed at the right time.

  • Time restraints

Save time and money by taking advantage of deals on Maui tours. You cannot see everything on your own. If you do not know where you are going, entire days can be used up just trying to find a place. Instead, depend on an expert tour guide who will show you things you have never seen before. Hidden beaches and waterfalls come to mind.

If you are already planning a trip for you and your guests, why not plan to travel mid-week. Just like with the wedding, it saves money and time to avoid the weekends.

Author Bio

Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Passing Your Driving Test First Time – How to Make It Happen

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Everyone wants to pass their driving test first time. It’s a lot easier for you if you achieve this; and cheaper, as you do not have to carry on paying for lessons. There are ways that you can make it more likely you will pass your test first time.

One of the biggest positives is to make sure you are prepared for the logistics of the driving test day. You can check out drivingoffice.com to find out the exact address of where you will be taking your test. This helps you to plan your journey so that you arrive for the test in plenty of time. Doing this should help you to reduce stress levels on the day, and gives you a better chance of passing your test. There are other things you can do to make it easier for you to pass your driving test first time. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Practice is important
Driving can be stressful, especially if you are new to it. You can lessen the amount of stress that you feel by making sure you are used to being behind the wheel. The more practice you get, the more confident you should feel. Being more confident gives you a better chance of being successful in passing, first time around. You need to take some lessons with a professional instructor. You can supplement these lessons with some hours of instruction from a relative or friend.

Being aware of the law and rules of the road
You can never know too much about driving laws and rules. The more you read up on them, the more they are likely to stick in your head. This helps when you are trying to remember them while undertaking the stressful task of trying to pass your driving test.

Make sure your nerves are not a detriment
It can be good to have some nerves, when you need to complete an important task, such as passing your driving test. Problems start when nerves start to take over. This can have an adverse effect on your performance. If you think you are likely to be very nervous, you should take a look at some stress relief techniques that might be useful.

Take your mind off the test
It’s not a good idea to make everything about the test. You obviously need to practice before the test, but then you should take the time to chill out. The evening before the test, enjoy some down time and make sure you get to bed early. Set the alarm in plenty of time for you to get up and ready the next morning; you should also make sure that you have a good breakfast. If your test is due to happen in the afternoon, you should relax in the morning. It could be a good time to have a walk around and clear your head.

Hopefully, you should find all of these tips useful in helping your pass your driving test first time. All that remains to be said is good luck.

Brought to you by our friends at drivingoffice.com.

Take Your Online Shopping to the Next Level

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

So you are a professional when it comes to shopping online, are you? Even if you are an old hand at online shopping, you likely have not heard of this fantastic new trick that is emerging right now. Many people who are experienced shoppers have no idea that they can be saving huge amounts of money on the same high quality products that they know and love.

The natural progression of a shopper is to start out cruising aisles and simply picking what jumps out at them. Of course, what jumps out at them is what is strategically placed there by stockers – who are following orders from strategic consultants hired to offload failing stock.

The next step is for someone to get a bit savvy and recognize which stores are constantly just offloading shoddy products, and which are not. Then, the savvier shopper might start looking through their favorite publications for a chance to cut out coupons that can help them save a little cash.

More experienced shoppers will probably realize that without having to support a brick and mortar operation, stores can offer a lot lower prices. That means that shopping online has instantly built-in savings. Rather than pay overhead and retail staff, a clothing or shoes or jewelry line can build some of those cost savings into the product price, and pass that on to the customer.

But the ultimate step in this evolution of the ever-more experienced shopper? Take yourself to ASOS’ Groupon Coupons page for a shining example of how you can save a huge amount on fantastic products. ASOS offers all kinds of great gear, and by going through their Groupon link, you have the chance to save 20% off of full price items, get a 10% student discount, and even secure free express shipping.

There is nothing wrong with shopping in person at a retail store to see if you like something, or even following the coupon trail to uncover a new favorite. But if you really want to maximize your shopping budget, you need to search for your favorite brands’ Groupon pages and go from there.

Brought to you by our friend, Justin.

How to Prepare Your Child for College

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Going to college is a scary time for children and parents. For many, this is the first time they have lived away from home, and the first big decision that they have had to make for themselves. As a parent, you want to help them, while allowing them the freedom to grow and learn, which can be tricky. Here on some tips on the best ways to help prepare them for the first big challenge of their adult life, whether it’s still quite some time away, or they are thinking about it now.

Look at All the Options
There are more options when it comes to further education than there has ever been before. There is a huge range of courses available, from all different educational institutions. They could study close to home or far away. They could even stay at home and study an online degree, such as an online respiratory therapy degree. Or they could even study part time, and gain valuable work experience at the same time. The best thing to do is make a list, then sit down together and talk about their options. Try to go to as many open days as you can.

Encourage Them to Make the Right Choice
As a teenager, it’s always tempting to take the easy option or to follow your friends. While you can’t, and shouldn’t tell them not to do something, you can explain the benefits of other choices. If they have a dream career, help them to research what they need to do to get there. It’s not always black and white. For example, they may want to work helping children, in which case there are lots of courses and career paths they could take; even a bachelor in respiratory therapy program could lead to a career in pediatrics.

Teach Them Life Skills
If they are planning to move away from home for the first time, now is the time to make sure they know how. You’d be surprised at how many students know nothing about cooking and cleaning. Start teaching them how to make a few simple meals, and get them to help more around the house. They might not enjoy it, but these skills will help them immensely in the long term.

Prepare Financially
They probably haven’t had to control their finances too much before now. Even if you are paying their fees, or they have financial aid, they will need to make money to live. If they have never had a job, perhaps encourage them to start working a few hours, and let them control their money. Teach them as much as you can about saving and budgeting. There are some great apps which can help.

Start Shopping
Start thinking about what they need as far in advance as possible. Make a list, and between you get some shopping. They’ll need course materials and stationary, but also a laptop or tablet, and household supplies, such as bedding. After that it might depend what’s including in their dorm room, but prepare as much as you can.

Moreover, you’ll need to help them with the applications, and support them emotionally as they make these tough choices. How much help and support they need will vary, just make sure they know that you are there when they need you.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

3 Ways Parents Can Support Their Children through the University Years

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Most young adults are excited about embarking on a university course and are eager to fly the nest without a passing thought as to how they might cope without their parent’s constant support and guidance. However, just because your children are moving out and forging their own path in life it doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a positive impact and help them wherever or whenever necessary.

Some young adults won’t want to acknowledge it, but the support they receive from their parents during their time at university will be hugely important to them. The transition to university life can be overwhelming for some people, so it can often be comforting to have that element of stability that parents provide, as well as the emotional support of family members. Here are a few ways you can show your support without coming across as too overbearing.

1. Communicate With Them Often
As children hit the teenage year’s communication can sometimes be lacking and for parents this can often be quite frustrating. However, rather than showing your annoyance at the grunts you might receive daily or the lack of phone calls when your child has moved out, try to be patient and understanding. Show support by asking how they are getting on with their online GIST degree and if they are enjoying university life – you might not get a detailed response at the time, but by doing this on a regular basis you are showing that you are there for them if they need help and this can be enough to make them feel supported.

2. Encourage Debate and Discussions
When you do get together, show that you are interested in their new life by starting discussions based on current affairs or a relevant topic, maybe a subject that links to their geographic information science and technology degree. Inquire about their opinions on the matter, ask them to explain concepts to you or challenge their beliefs in a diplomatic way. The chances are a lot of their time spent socializing with their peers hasn’t been focused on entirely educational subject matters, so this type of conversation will help to spark their enthusiasm and is a great bonding method.

3. Make Sure they’re Taking Time Out
University life can sometimes be a high pressured environment especially when deadlines are looming or there are important exams on the horizon. Some students are so determined to get good grades or are so worried about failing that they will barricade themselves inside and bury their heads in GIST books for days on end. It’s often a time when parents can feel quite anxious as they may not hear from their children and they want to ensure they are eating and looking after themselves. One thing parents can do is to persuade their children to take some time out from their studies and explain that short breaks are important for refreshing their minds and stimulating their brains. Suggest activities you could together, such as a shopping trip, meal out or even a simple walk in a park.

If you’re worried that you’re being too interfering then take consolation in the fact that studies have shown students whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to achieve better grades and have higher self-esteem.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

Five Gastronomic Cities You Must Experience

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Travel and food go together like wine and cheese. There are many wonderful flavours and aromas across the world we have yet to experience, and so little time to try them all. To help you go on a culinary adventure, we are providing the five gastronomic cities you must experience.

Caceres, Spain

The beautiful city of Caceres was awarded the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy in 2015, and for good reason, because this is a city that could almost be built of flavour. While holidaymakers are more likely to visit the likes of Madrid or Barcelona, the real foodies are heading to Caceres, which offers simple, rustic meals that are created using the finest quality ingredients. The portions are also very generous, so you can guarantee you won’t feel a little bit hungry after a meal, even though you will want to keep coming back for more farm-style dishes.

Hanoi, Vietnam

The best food in Hanoi can be found on the streets, so don’t be afraid to go up to a market stall to try the pho tiu noodles with a sweet and sour soup or a banh mi. The smell alone will make your mouth water, and it’s here that the locals will purchase their dishes, so you know it must be good – not to mention it’s an affordable option when you’re travelling across Vietnam.

Tokyo, Japan

There is a reason why Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, and that’s because they consistently create beautiful dishes that deliver on flavour. There is something for everyone in the Japanese capital, from scrumptious sushi to okonomiyaki pancakes that the children will love. You also don’t have to spend much money to enjoy delicious meals, because the city caters to all travellers’ budgets, so you can choose to dine at a Michelin star skyscraper restaurant or can consume tasty tapas at a Japanese-style pub.

Manchester, England

Great Britain has a bad reputation for food, but the stereotype is unwarranted, especially if you visit a city like Manchester, as the restaurant scene is unstoppable. This buzzing city is alive with flavours and colours that burst onto a plate, with the Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan creating exquisite dishes at The French, located within the Midland Hotel. Take a look at the Manchester city guide to learn more about its cuisine and culture.

New York City, USA

New York City is the home to residents who were born in every country on Earth, so the range of gastronomic cuisines must be experienced to be believed. This is a city that sets food trends, creating unique and inspiring dishes that change and adapt every year to suit tastes and creativity. However, if you want to experience a dish that is truly out of this world, you must try the oysters at the Grand Oyster Bar, which is located within Grand Central Station. There is a reason it has existed since 1913. You will not want to come home.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

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