You have worked so hard on your wedding, the planning, ordering of food and drinks, booking the reception hall, gifts for the groomsmen and bridesmaids, the flowers, the band, even the center pieces on the guests tables. Now it is time for the honeymoon and you need to pack your clothes and shoes. You have spent a fortune on new shoes and sandals, for your trip. You know you cannot just throw them into the suitcase, with the rest of your clothing. Ever seen an airport baggage handler, as they load suitcases onto the plane? You would have gentler treatment from the gorillas at the local zoo. Needless to say if you cannot pack something delicate into your suitcase, have no belief that your shoes will survive the pounding of travel. Even if your honeymoon destination is by car. Attempting to pack clothes and shoes into the same suitcase is destined for disaster.
Once you arrive your shoes will look like the dried and shrunken shitake mushrooms from the Japanese market. You will be lucky if you can recognize them by their shape. There is no reason why you cannot take precautions, to save yourself the crushing heartache of opening your suitcase and finding your precious footwear smashed and twisted in contorted shapes.
Pack your shoes in a separate bag or smaller suitcase appropriate for the number of shoes you are taking. Whenever possible try and pack your shoes separately with some kind of barrier cushion. An inexpensive way to do this is to use old tube socks (you know you will be sorting through your new husband’s clothes anyway and throwing away his old stuff. So, keep his socks). Depending on the kind of shoes you are packing and what material they are made from, you may also pack them first in plastic bags, before slipping them into the tube socks. This way linen fibers will not stick to your shoes. Be sure you only pack shoes in your shoe bag. Liquids and materials from your toiletries, as an example, will not spill, leak or in any way come in contact with the material of your shoes.
Think in terms as if you were going to ship your shoes. You would not just throw them into a box and expect them to arrive safely. Shoes will lose their shape no matter if they are in a suitcase or in their own separate shoe bag. Stuff your wedding shoes with tissue, paper or some light material that will help them to maintain their shape. If you will be traveling by airplane, you especially do not want to pack the inside with anything that will add weight to your baggage. Consider also putting in a sachets or some kind of air freshener with your shoes. Who can really say their feet and shoes naturally smell like lavender or roses. So, a little freshener with your shoes will go a long way.
In a day and age, when the phrase ‘ our economy ‘ is right up there at the top of the list of the 10 most hated words in the English language, it isn’t easy to find spare cash with which to have a little fun. Fortunately however, some of the biggest and best online gambling sites are prepared to give you a little help, in that area. To what do I refer? Why the offer of free poker money, with which to do a little bit of online gambling, of course.
Gambling Is Fun but…
Gambling for free is even more fun! It isn’t often you get the opportunity to sit in on a few games of poker, with the option of having someone else put the money up for you. Opportunities like that don’t come along every day. That said however, many of today’s gambling sites want to not only introduce you to their games, but keep you coming back, so that the offer of free money with which to play (and bonuses should you decide to deposit your own money) vary from site to site – giving you the opportunity to check out more than one and shop for the best deal. Eventually of course, you do blow through that free money and will have to make a decision, as to whether or not you’re going to keep playing with your money or move along to a different habit or vice. This free money offer is a great time to hone your poker skills.
Online Poker Tutorials
If you need to brush up on your game a little or would like some tips about playing cards, you should be able to find a tutorial or several, with a quick use of your favorite search engine be it Safari, Google, Yahoo or what have you. And, even though the saying “ oh it’s just the luck of the draw “ is an accurate one, it does take a little something besides just plain dumb luck to consistently win at cards be it jacks or better, Texas Hold ‘em, Blackjack or some other gamblers game of cards and chance.
Regardless of the game of your choice, you can have the time of your life doing a little gambling, without even having to get up out of your recliner with online poker.
Visit any official Kentucky Derby site and you will find a history and tradition of horse racing, that is rich and exciting. The Kentucky Derby is an annual 3 year old Thoroughbred race held in Louisville Kentucky. The race itself is only one and a quarter mile in length, but has been termed “The most exciting two minutes in sports” and “The fastest two minutes in sports.” It has also been called the “Run for the Roses” because of the blanket of roses that is awarded to and draped over the winning horse. The Kentucky Derby has run without interruption, since 1875, and is part of the US Triple Crown. The other two famous races are the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. A horse must win all three races in order to win the prestigious Triple Crown.
And, let’s not forget some of the many traditions of the Derby, women in large extravagant hats, and mint juleps, as the preferred drink of the Kentucky Derby. This historic drink consists of bourbon, mint and sugar syrup served, in an ice frosted silver julep cup. Of course the vendors at the Kentucky Derby can also serve it in a souvenir glass, if you prefer!
How It All Started
After traveling to England and Peru Col. Macniel (a grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition), witnessed the excitement of horse racing. After returning to his home in Kentucky, the Louisville Jockey Club was formed to raise money to build top quality racing facilities, outside the city of Louisville. This track became known as Churchill Downs, named after John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land. The track was officially incorporated as Churchill Downs in 1937.
There are so many on the list of Kentucky Derby contenders that it is difficult to name them all. However, a single name still inspires the imagination of horse racing even for those who do not follow the sport closely. In 1973 the fastest time (1 minute, 59 2/5 seconds) ever run at Churchill Downs was set by Secretariat. This time broke the long standing record set in 1964 by Northern Dancer. Secretariat’s time has stood for 40 years and still stands today.
Are you a small business owner that is wondering why your new website hasn’t made you rich yet? It doesn’t matter what it is you are selling, or even offering for free, there is always someone looking to buy, so if your website hasn’t been as successful as you thought it would be, it may be time to consider creating a marketing strategy to put your business on the map.
Marketing is Important
Marketing is a very important part of making any business successful. You could be giving away diamonds with every purchase, but you still may not sell a single item if no one knows you are there. This is why marketing is so important. If no one knows who you are, how can they ever know just how great your business is and what you have to offer? The days of relying on word of mouth to spread the word are gone and the only way to truly market yourself is by putting your website in front of as many people as possible, as frequently as possible, in order to get the leads you are looking for.
Once you start bringing more traffic to your site, you may want to put together a lead management plan specifically for your business. This may include how you approach potential leads, how to organize active leads, and even the best way to close the deal in certain circumstances. Your plan may even include the marketing strategies you have considered trying. The point is to keep your business as organized as possible while spending time only on the activities and leads that can make you money.
Quite honestly, not many businesses are content with the amount of money they are making and would always be happy to make more. If you are a business owner, this is likely the situation you are in as well. If you want your website to bring in the profits that you are looking for, you truly need to market your site as much as possible and stay organized once you begin getting your leads.
Vacations are absolutely fantastic! You have the opportunity to see places you’ve never been, see things you’ve never seen, eat things you have never eaten. Vacations are a great way to spend time with your family, while having fun activities for all involved. However, once all has been said and done and the adrenaline and money are gone, there really is no place that you would rather be than home. After that long journey back, sometimes you look forward to relaxing at home, just as much as you were looking forward to the vacation, in the first place.
Fun is Exhausting
If you have ever planned a family vacation, you know how exhausting it can be, from beginning to end. Even just planning the trip itself can come with a bit of stress and that is before you have even packed your first bag. Once you get to your destination, you will likely try to pack in as much as possible. If you are heading to California, you may want to hit as many of the local theme parks and beaches as possible, during your stay. If you are heading to DC, you may be planning on visiting as many of the historical sites as possible. In other words, it doesn’t matter where it is you are visiting, you will likely be doing a fair amount of walking, and you can expect to be tired by the end of your trip.
Relaxing at Home
Everyone has a different way to relax once they get home. Some people prefer to simply take a nice long nap in front of the television, once they get back home. Others love to throw some meat on the grill and relax in an outdoor room, on their wicker patio sets. No matter how it is you like to relax, it really is important to take a bit of time, once you get back home to decompress. You will likely be returning to your daily routines very soon and you will need your energy.
Vacations are definitely a blast from beginning to end, but the old saying “there’s no place like home” is absolutely true. As a matter of fact, it is usually after these vacations or trips that you finally realize just how true the saying is. So, once you get back from that long journey home, kick back, relax, and enjoy all the comforts of your home.
An emergency kit is something that a home, car, office, shop… Any location whatsoever actually… Should never be without. Accidents happen more frequently in the home than they do anywhere else, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t in the car, office or at work. An emergency kit, insomuch as it is a general type of first aid kit, can be altered to focus upon the area in which it is utilized. The best way to get your hands on a specialized type of emergency kit/first aid kit – without actually putting it together yourself piece by piece – is to contact an online provider of safety equipment and peruse a catalog or an online display of just what it is they have to offer.
An Emergency Kit Fit for Traveling
If you’re going to be traveling by car, your emergency kit should consist of more than just first aid. Flares, traffic caution cones or orange triangles, jumper cables, fix-a-flat, fire extinguisher and other forms of emergency equipment for the car should be included in a travel emergency kit. And of course, you’re going to want to carry the usual ointments, antiseptics, dressings, assorted bandages, insect sting relief, blister prevention, cold compresses, vinyl gloves, a rain poncho, and other general first aid basics. An emergency light is handy should you be able to fix something, albeit temporarily. Depending on how extensive your travel is going to be, you may even want to include things like splints, neck braces, tourniquets and more serious emergency equipment.
How Much You Know about First Aid?
If you are trained in first aid or are a first responder of some sort, the first aid kit that you probably carry in your car is more sophisticated than just the general, hang it up on the wall and forget about it type of first aid box. Most first responders carry complete medical bags somewhere in their car, some going to the extent of AED machines, oxygen tanks/masks and more. If you use this type of equipment, it’s a good idea to carry it, but it can get pricey. Then again it’s more or less dependent upon how serious you are about providing emergency relief.
In order to determining what should be included in a specific first aid kit, you must take a detailed, in-depth look at the types of hazards that will be encountered, at its specific location. If amputations are possibility, a tourniquet should be included in the kit. People don’t always think about using a belt or some other object that they might have on hand in emergency situations. Having something in a little package that says tourniquet is hard to miss. And yes, they are once again recommending the use of the tourniquet in severe blood loss situations.
Hospitals are not the most fun places to be even on a good day. If you have ever had to spend time in a hospital, you probably counted the days until you could go home. The fact that hospitals are unpleasant has nothing to do with the quality of your treatment it’s more about being sick in the first place. No one is really in a good mood, when they are sick. However, that does not have to be the case. Many hospitals are doing things to make patients stays more pleasurable.
A Patient-Centered Environment
It may come as a shock to some, but most hospitals are not designed to be patient-centered. Traditionally, hospitals were designed to be doctor friendly. The focus was on making people well, but not necessarily comfortable. The concept of a patient-friendly hospital is fairly new. This is a great improvement due in part to the fact that it is now commonly thought that the path to healing involves more than just medications. A positive attitude has a lot to do with healing, so it is important to give patients in hospitals a pleasant environment in which to heal.
Attitude is Everything
One of the most important things hospitals can do to promote a positive feeling is to use décor that is pleasing. Colors are important; the traditional hospital colors are very drab. Colors that promote a feeling of peacefulness and are warm, work well in hospitals. Artwork is another great way to improve moral. Some hospitals even have a budget for artwork. However many do not. If you are in the position to donate to your local public or non-profit hospital, giving artwork may be the perfect gift. The gift of art is a great way to have a positive effect on countless lives. There are many ways artwork for hospitals can be beneficial.
The normal sterile looking hospital environment doesn’t do much to make patients feel better about their stay. Adding artwork to a hospital waiting room, or patient’s rooms can make the area feel alive. Mental and spiritual health are important components of overall health. Art enhances both and may speed up the recovery process.
Remember the old days when you had to write down what you wanted to say to someone, then stick it in the mailbox and wait for snail mail to get it to the other person so that they could read it? Then they would have to write down what they want to say to you, stick in the mailbox and wait for snail mail to get that back to you. And, then along came the telephone and people started talking. Now talking is probably the last thing you do on your smartphone what with texting and all the other things that smartphones can be used for. But talking is making a comeback through the use of Free Chat Rooms. Not only do you talk to someone but you can see them at the same time.
If You Used to Hear It through the Grapevine…
Now you’ll be hearing it and seeing it with live video chat. There are several sites that offer this option and, provided your smartphone is capable of it, this can even be done, without a laptop by the use of your smartphone instead. And whereas some sites do charge for this opportunity, there are others that give it away for free. It puts a new spin on social networking, which used to be done in the relaxed comfort of your own home dressed in whatever you deemed comfortable, or lack thereof. When you are video chatting you have to remember that the person on the other hand sees you in all your glory, or lack thereof. And, that if you’re trying to convey something you may need to use more than just your voice, because the person to whom you are speaking can now actually see your facial expressions, or lack thereof.
No More Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
You can make it even harder for people to forget about you now, with the fact that they can see you and hear you at the same time. People used to write a letter and kind of forget about it but now, with social networking as popular as it is, people are staying in touch on a far more frequent and improved basis. And, that’s a good thing. As long as you remember that if you are walking around the house in your beat up robe, with your hair in curlers, everyone that you’re video chatting with is going to know that you are walking around the house in your beat up robe, with curlers in your hair.
And there’s no use video chatting with Mom, who thinks you stopped smoking, if you have a cigarette in your face. Just a little word to the wise.
If you have jewelry that has seen better days, don’t be so quick to throw it in the next rummage sale. You have a couple of options here. You can either refresh and revitalize it with a thorough cleaning or you can take it to your nearest local jewelry artisan and have it remade into something that coincides more closely with your tastes, personality and style.
A Truly Thorough Cleaning
Chances are that without taking it to a jeweler that deals in custom jewelry such as Atlanta jewelry repair, you’re not going to get an extremely thorough cleaning on your own. These people know how to get into all the little cracks and crevices, they can check the mounts to make sure that all your stones are secure – that can be very important, in the case of diamonds and other precious stones – and can make your ring or other jewelry look better than the day it came out of the showcase. And, if it did come from the showcase you may want to have a jewelry artisan customize that ring, so that it is more befitting your current taste and personality, and current trends or styles, as well. Those pieces of jewelry may actually be more valuable as custom jewelry than they are at present.
If You Want to Clean Your Jewelry Yourself However…
Make part of your standard jewelry cleaning kit a polishing cloth. Frequently, this is all that is needed to shine up dull jewelry. Here are a few tips for cleaning jewelry at home:
? Turquoise is porous so clean it without submerging it. Use sudsy warm water and dry right away.
? If the surface is textured you use soapy water and a ‘brass brush’. Again, dry it right away with a soft cloth.
? Sterling silver scratches easily, because is considered a soft metal. That polishing cloth referred to earlier is your best bet here.
? 1 quart water mixed with a teaspoon of Woolite will clean your pearls. Only allow them to be submersed for as much as 15 seconds, drying them immediately upon removal.
And, here is one more little tip for when you’re cleaning all of that jewelry – make sure that you have removed all of the gold jewelry from your hands or wrists, because you can create a film over the top of your gold jewelry with some of the methods used to clean the jewelry stated above. A soft brush with mild detergent and immediate drying should bring your gold back to its original sheen.
Costa Rica may be one of the few places in the world where simply staying at a resort is an adventure in itself. Imagine looking out of your room window at a giant, smoking volcano. That’s right, that’s where you’ll be sleeping ‘peacefully’ every night. Unless of course, that volcano erupts which hardly ever happens. Almost never in fact! Not even really enough to bother mentioning it… or so I’m told. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Of Course There Are More Adventures Than Just Staring at A Volcano
You can actually take a walk on the wild side, by visiting the land of the volcanoes and stroll amongst them. Depending on your view on Mother Nature and her little creatures, some not so little, there are plenty of adventures to be found in the rain forests. While hiking through this little slice of heavenly tropical paradise, you will see all the creatures of the rain forest, in their natural habitat. Colorful reptiles and birds, along with chattering monkeys swinging overhead will entertain you and amaze you. How are you liking your adventure vacation Costa Rican style so far? These are the lands that are being threatened every day by our mistreatment of the planet. Here you will grow to appreciate their significance and beauty. Costa Rica operates a plethora of eco-friendly shops, spas, resorts and more. The citizens here are aware of what they have and have no desire to ruin it, just through tourism.
Adventure Is Where You Find It
There are plenty of water sports in this area, as well. An adventurous scuba diving expedition, jet skiing, sailing or white water rafting are just a few of the beach oriented things to do here. Don’t want to go in the water just yet? How about a horseback ride along the beach? If you’re in the mood to peddle your goods all over town, so to speak, you can rent a bicycle and tour the area with a friend. (If you want to avoid the rainy season head here from June until November.) Small planes are available for large trips and the buses are perfect for shorter trips and extremely affordable. Sunscreen, bug spray and possibly a rain jacket are among the absolute necessary supplies you’ll want to pack.
And, there are custom packages available for your travel as well. There are sports packages, honeymoon packages, a sampling package that covers a multitude of activities and sites. A family package is appropriate for both small families and family reunions, and of course there’s a jungle expedition.