Health

A Simple Guide To Fire Extinguishers

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A Simple Guide To Fire Extinguishers

Can you think of one piece of fire safety equipment which fire protection services companies get asked for more often than any other? Most of you who tried to answer would likely have said a fire extinguisher, and you would be correct. From the smallest one-roomed office to the largest manufacturing plant you can imagine, one or more fire extinguishers will be there.

The reasons for this are many, including the fact that fire extinguishers are convenient, they do not take up much space, they are relatively easy to operate, and in terms of their cost, they are affordable, compared to many of the more comprehensive fire protection options. As such, unless fire regulations state otherwise, and your building requires fire sprinklers for example,  a fire extinguisher is going to be the first available option when it comes to putting out a fire.

We mentioned that fire extinguishers are easy to operate and that is true. In most cases, it is a case of removing a pin, pointing the hose or outlet at the appropriate part of the fire, and then pressing the lever. Despite this simplicity of use, it is advisable that all staff are given brief instructions fire extinguisher use as part of their induction or initial training.

Part of that training also should include details about the different types of fire extinguisher that are on your premises. We say this because in Australia, and indeed most parts of the world, there are different classifications of fire extinguisher. In Australia, the number of classifications is 5, and the larger and more complex the premises you have, the more likely it is that you have two or more of these.

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Legal Advice

Should I Resign If I’m Suffering from Workplace Bullying?

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Should I Resign If I’m Suffering from Workplace Bullying

In short, no, you should never be forced to resign because of workplace bullying, discrimination or any other form of harassment. However, every situation is different, and you should always do what’s best for your physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

In order to help you make the correct decision, we’ve worked through some of the complexities of workplace bullying in the following article. Note, however, that this is a very complex subject, which means that we certainly haven’t covered everything in detail.

Similarly, remember to seek professional help if you’re suffering from poor mental or physical health as a result of bullying.

What Is Workplace Bullying?

In general, there’s actually no clear definition of what constitutes workplace bullying. However, it’s very easy to develop a logical definition. Bullying can be thought of as:

“Any actions or behaviour, intentional or not, that is offensive, malicious, insulting or intimidating, along with abuses of power designed to humiliate, injure or undermine the victim”.

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Health

10 Tips For Successful Lasik Eye Surgery Recovery

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10 Tips For Successful Lasik Eye Surgery Recovery

Anyone who goes through Lasik eye surgery will no doubt be as keen as anything to go out into the world and see clearly without the need for glasses and contact lenses. That they will certainly be able to do, and soon, given that the recovery time from Lasik eye surgery can be as little as 24 hours.

However, as with any kind of surgical procedure, even one as quick and simple as Lasik eye surgery, there is still a recovery process. The more you stick to that process, and more importantly, to the guidelines given to you by your surgeon, the quicker any discomfort will pass, and the quicker you will be able to go back to your usual routine.

Here are is some advice and guidance relating to Lasik eye recovery to help make your recovery process as easy as possible.

Discomfort: You are likely to feel some discomfort after surgery, but it should be mild. This should be at worst for the first four hours or so, but after four hours it should start to diminish to the point that within 24 hours the discomfort should have completely dissipated.

Redness: Not everyone will experience redness in their eyes, but if it occurs it is nothing to be alarmed about. Normally the redness will be in the form of dark red spots in the whites of the eye, and they can last for several days.

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Property

Dispelling The Myths That Bleach Can Be Used On Carpets

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Dispelling The Myths That Bleach Can Be Used On Carpets

There are many things that you hear of people doing and to some, it will seem normal, and to others, it will simply beggar belief. This applies to millions of activities, and the one which we are going to examine now is in relation to carpet cleaning, and specifically, the use of bleach to try and clean carpets or remove stains from them.

We are going to say from the outset that this article is not going to teach you how to use bleach for carpet cleaning or stain removal, for one very simple reason. That reason is that carpet cleaning experts www.brilliancecleaning.com.au emphatically do not recommend you use bleach for carpet cleaning, and in fact, suggest that the further away from your carpets that you can keep bleach, the better it is.

If anyone reading this does not take our word for it, then perhaps they might like to refer to what almost every single carpet manufacturer that exists recommends with regards to the proper and safe cleaning of the carpets which they produce. In all cases, they state that bleach should not be used as a carpet cleaner and in most cases likely to damage it if that advice is ignored.

Now, we are not writing this because we have got anything against bleach. In fact, it has many excellent cleaning properties, and when used in the right and safe way, and on specific surfaces, bleach is often the best cleaning product for the job. However, when it comes to cleaning carpets, it most certainly is not.

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Legal Advice

How To Prepare For Your First Meeting With Your Divorce Lawyer

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How To Prepare For Your First Meeting With Your Divorce Lawyer

Going through a divorce can be a highly emotional and stressful experience, however, there are several ways you can reduce the angst. One of those is hiring an experienced and accomplished divorce lawyer from daviescolawyers.com.au and helping them as much as you can to make the best possible case they can for you throughout the negotiations, and at court, if the need arises.

Now, it is unlikely that you will have kept a divorce lawyer ‘on hold’ as it were and paid them a retainer just in case your marriage ever went awry…at least we hope you didn’t. It can seem like a cynical world sometimes, so we assume you wanted your marriage to work, rather than expecting it would not, by having a divorce lawyer on standby.

Once you hire a divorce lawyer, one of the most important meetings you will have with them is the first one. This is important for several reasons, but one that is key is that it will confirm, or not, that you are comfortable discussing your marriage and other aspects of your personal life with this particular divorce lawyer.

Depending on how amicable or not the split is, or how likely or not a negotiated settlement might be, there is always the possibility that the divorce will end up in court. If it does, your ex-partner’s lawyer will quite rightly do all they can to make their case, and that could involve bringing up elements of your personal life that you might find uncomfortable.

For this reason, your own lawyer needs to know as much about you, your ex-partner, and your marriage as possible so that they counter anything your ex’s lawyer tries to use against you. That is why you have to be completely open and trusting of your lawyer, and so the first meeting is hopefully where that trust begins.

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Property

How To Remove Makeup Stains From Your Carpets

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How To Remove Makeup Stains From Your Carpets

In most households there will be people hurrying to get ready for  to work or to meet friends for a night out, and makeup is being applied, but due to frantic efforts to get ready in time, it accidentally ends up on the carpet. At that point carpet cleaning is likely to be the last thing on that person’s mind, and rather than dealing with it then, they leave it, with the intention of cleaning it up later.

How wise or not a decision that is, will depend on exactly what kind of makeup it is. As a rule of thumb, Carpet Cleaning Experts at www.brilliancecarpetcleaningperth.com.au would always recommend removing any substance which has been dropped or spilled onto the carpet as soon as possible. Whilst not every one of them is going to damage it immediately, there are plenty that will, so quick action is needed.

As we mentioned there are different kinds of makeup, and exactly what action you take is going to be dependent on which type it is. For this reason, we have looked at three of the most used makeup types and what you can do to mitigate the damage and prevent staining. These are nail polish, mascara, and lipstick.

Nail Polish

Being a liquid this is one of the worst types of makeup for carpets given that it can soak deep into the fibres. The first step is to try to blot up as much of the excess nail polish as you can, making sure that you do not rub outwards, which only spreads it. Any nail polish which remains can be removed using a colourless nail polish remover that contains no acetone or fragrance.

Place some on a damp cloth and then dab the stained area, but again, do not rub. Continue dabbing until all the nail polish appears to have been removed. Next, pour some warm water over the area, and dab again with a clean cloth or towel to remove any excess nail polish remover, and then allow the area to dry.

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Legal Advice

Crime of Burglary and The Penalties For Committing It

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Crime of Burglary and The Penalties For Committing It

Many people are under the belief that burglary is a relatively simple crime to define and thereafter assume that all convicted burglars go to prison, but as any criminal lawyer will confirm, that is simply not how the law relating to burglary operates.

For a start, the definition of burglary is likely to come as a surprise to most people who have the misconception that burglary is simply someone breaking into a house and stealing something from it. That is far too simplistic a definition, and in reality, someone can be convicted of burglary, even if no items have been removed from the property.

If we focus on the definition as written in the law, the offence of burglary occurs when someone enters another person’s property, without their permission, and either commits a crime or is there with the intention to commit a crime.

This covers the act of entering with the intention of stealing property, but not actually doing so, with the obvious example being that they are discovered or caught before they had the chance to actually steal anything.

In order for someone to be convicted of burglary, the police must prove that they did so, and there are specifics which the law says must be proven. The most obvious one is that the accused had entered a property that belonged to someone else. The police must also show at the trial that the accused had no permission to be there, and in return your trial lawyers will defend you.

Depending on whether or not an offence took place, or the intention was there, the police must prove whichever was the case. So, they need evidence of the crime or they need to show that by their actions, or from other evidence such as tools or equipment, that the accused had an intention to commit a crime.

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Events

5 Awesome And Fun Team Building Games

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5 Awesome And Fun Team Building Games

If there is one way to ensure that any team building exercise you facilitate is going to be successful then it is to ensure that is fun for those taking part. This can be achieved by using team building games rather than other activities as they not only can be fun, but they also help team members to bond and form a closer relationship.

For those of you who are concerned that you do not know of any team building games, please rest easy, as there are dozens of team. To get you started here are 5 of our favourite team building games which are proven to improve team spirit, trust, and togetherness.

The Human Knot

This is a fun game for between 8 and 20 participates. Everyone stands in a circle, and then they use their right hand to grab the hand of another. Then they use their left hand to grab another hand. Once they are all ‘tied together’, the team has to untangle the knot they are in without letting go of anyone. Skills required are communication and working together to solve the problem.

The Mine Field

This requires an even number of participants, and you will need a several small objects which you place on a random basis across the outdoor area you are using. The participants are split into pairs and one member of each pair is blindfolded.

Their teammate must guide them using only their voice across the area so that they do not step on any of the objects or ‘mines’. This is a great game for improving verbal and listening skills, plus it engenders a large degree of trust within each pair.

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Design

7 House Moving Tips From Removalist Experts

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7 House Moving Tips From Removalist Experts

It might seem obvious to say that the best people to ask for advice about moving home are removalists, but that’s exactly who you should be asking for efficient and cheap removals. Removalists are helping people move house every single day so it is certain that because of their experiences they know what you should and should not be doing to make your house move go as smoothly as possible.

Rather than focusing on the negatives of what not to do, let us be more positive and look at 7 of the top tips that removalists have said every person who is moving house should follow.

Tip #1: Plan Well In Advance

Most removalists say that this is the number one tip which if followed will make moving home so much easier for everyone involved. From the moment you decide to move, you should be planning ahead and getting organised, down to the smallest detail.

Tip #2: Use the Opportunity To Declutter

Like when you move office building, there is no better opportunity for everyone to declutter than when you are about to move house. All those old clothes, toys, ornaments, paperwork, magazines and so on can be thrown out or sent for recycling, and it also means that you have a lot less to pack and unpack when the move happens.

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DIY

All About that House Move

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House Move

Packing your Possessions

If you have no time to pack, that’s not a problem. Reputable furniture removalists can be hired to do that. Will they take as much care as you? It depends on how explicit their instructions are. Will it cost more? Yes, of course. You pay for their time and the packing materials they will use.

Large electronic items, like that 6 foot LED TV, will be padded with blankets. It’s not a bad idea to have your breakables packed by professionals. If you opt for that, then you only have to pack your clothes, linen, personal items and books.

Clothing and Wardrobes Alternative

If you have freestanding wardrobes, it’s possible to leave your clothes in there as long as the weight is not too great to move safely. Same goes for dressers. If you decide with the removalists that this can be done, lock the doors and drawers, and tape or put rope around them so that doors and drawers don’t open causing damage during the transport. If you use rope, place cardboard at the corners to prevent the rope marking the timber.

Stop Damage to your valuables

It’s a natural thought that something will break during a move. There are steps though that can be taken to avoid this.

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Legal Advice

Family Reports – What They Are And How They Are Produced

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Family Reports

In any divorce where the couple has children, there will a number of procedures and processes which require advice from their respective family lawyers. Thankfully, in many cases, with the help of their lawyers, couples are able to agree on all the aspects relating to their children after the divorce, including visitation and support.

Unfortunately, not every divorce ends amicably, and where there is disagreement with regards to the children, a family report is likely to be ordered by the court.

The court will determine that by doing so, the information produced in the report will help it to better consider what is in the children’s best interests when it comes to making significant decisions regarding them. It should be noted that the costs of a family report are met by the court, and not the couple who are getting divorced.

Producing a family report is the responsibility of a family consultant. This will be someone whom the court regards as having sufficient knowledge and experience to make the family report viable. Examples of people who might be designated as a family consultant include child psychologists and social workers.

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Health

Are You Getting Enough of This One Nutrient?

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Choline Food

Most people know the importance of eating well, exercising, and looking after their health. However, knowing and doing are two different things, and it can be a balancing act. You have to make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals, enough sleep, enough water, enough of everything.

And while most people know they need iron, fibre, vitamin C, and similar, how familiar are you with choline? Believe it or not, this lesser-known nutrient is more important for your nutritional balance than you think.

Choline is in eggs, dairy, fish, and meat, and while your liver can produce it too, most of it needs to come from what we eat. Men require around 550mg per day, while women need 425mg – and more if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

A single hardboiled egg offers 113mg, which would make you assume that most people get enough of this nutrient. The truth is, they aren’t. A National Health and Nutrition survey showed that 90 percent of adults, children, and pregnant women are not getting the recommended dosage every day.

Your body needs choline to regulate your muscle control, moods, and memory. It’s paramount for your brain and nervous system, and also helps to form membranes around the cells in your body.

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Design

Light it Up: How to Landscape with Lighting

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Landscape with Lighting

You could spend days, weeks, or months on landscaping to make sure your yard is as pretty as a picture. The lawns could be manicured, the flower beds stunning, and with beautiful features such as water fountains and ponds. Come nightfall, all you see is black. You should be able to enjoy your landscaping at every time of the day – not just when the sun’s out. And here’s how.

Solar Path Lighting

Not only does solar path lighting help guide your way at nightfall, but it can make your yard a far more attractive place once the sun disappears for the evening. Path lighting is affordable, effortless to purchase in bulk, and requires no effort to install. All you have to do is stab the staked lights into the earth at even intervals.

Tip: Purchase more than you need, as it’s not uncommon to receive ‘duds’ in a box. Keep a receipt handy for returns!

Tree Lighting

If you are blessed to own some well-established trees that stand proudly in your yard, then enhance them for night appeal. You can buy specific lighting for trees known as ‘moonlighting’ which offers the effect of the moon shining through the trees. It not only looks stunning but illuminates both the tree and the areas surrounding it. What’s more, it’s affordable and can be the final touch your landscaping plan requires.

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How to Choose the Best Lawn Care Expert for You

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Best Lawn Care Expert

Life can get pretty busy. If you aren’t working crazy hours at your job, then you’re trying to raise a family, run errands, and take the kids to sports practice and other extra-curricular activities.

By the time you do get some time to yourself, it’s only so you can tackle the two dozen loads of laundry you couldn’t do during the week. So, where does lawn care fit into your schedule? It doesn’t, and that’s why hiring a lawn care expert to manage it for you can be a welcome relief.

Before you choose the first one you see, however, think about how you will make your decision. Here are a few things to consider.

Services & Packages

Some lawn care service providers will offer package deals for lengths of time, while others provide one-off services or individual services with separate costs. Which will suit you better? Would you prefer to pay one lump sum every week or month for everything relating to lawn care? Or, would you rather pick and choose what you wanted and when you wanted it?

Weigh up the options of several to find out which lawn care service provider caters more to your preferences.

Reputation

If you take great pride in your yard’s appearance, then you don’t want to leave it in the hands of just anyone. Before you sign on the dotted line, find out everything there is to know about the lawn care expert you are choosing. Read testimonials, scour the internet for reviews, and talk to people who have used them before. You want to be 100 percent sure you have made the right decision.

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Health

Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening

An alarming number of people are not happy with their smile, and aside from chips, cracks, and imperfections, it can often come down to how white your teeth are. The next time you visit a dentist such as Dental O So Gentle, ask about their teeth whitening services.

Building the perfect set of teeth with teeth whitening is something that is growing more advanced by the day – taking less time and with more effective methods. Below, we run through everything you need to know about teeth whitening so you’re fully informed before getting the treatment for yourself.

What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?

There are three main whitening options, all with varying degrees of effectiveness. The first is professional teeth whitening. Once you make an appointment with your dentist, they will talk you through the entire whitening process.

You choose the shade of white you prefer; then you receive a higher concentration of whitening solution than you would in an at-home kit. In only one visit, your teeth are far whiter than they were when you walked in. There are several benefits of professional teeth whitening, including having a trained professional carrying out the treatment and being a far more effective teeth whitening method than others.

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Garden

What to Look for in Outdoor Furniture

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Outdoor Furniture

When you are in the middle of your new landscape design, you spend a lot of time focusing on where your perennials will look best, or what type of gravel to use on the walkways. But, what about your outdoor furniture in your outdoor living area? Have you thought about what will work best and offer longevity and value for money?

Outdoor furniture is equally as important as the flowers you plant because it offers you somewhere to sit as you enjoy the fruits of your labour. Most landscaping experts, like Space Designs, can provide tips and advice, but you can also find this information below helpful too.

Comfort

There could be nothing worse than finishing off your landscape design then realizing your new outdoor furniture is as hard as a stone. So, instead of being able to sit down, relax, and look at what you have achieved, you have to stand around uncomfortably and grumble about your poor choice in furniture. Don’t risk it! Take the time to try out several outdoor furniture sets before you settle on one. Sit on a few benches and chairs and find out the features you like and what you don’t like. Doing your due diligence can save heartache when your landscaping is complete.

Build Quality

While you might feel like you are getting a good deal on that outdoor furniture set that’s several hundred dollars cheaper than other ones, you may not be. Instead, you may be replacing it far sooner than you would be if you spent a little more. Build quality counts for a lot. Pay attention to welds on steel furniture, joins on wood furniture, and whether they have any weather-proofing. The more robust and stable the furniture is, the longer it will last.

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Health

What to Eat While Wearing a Waist Trainer

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Waist Trainer

When you decide it’s time to get involved in waist training, there are many things you must consider. While the size, style, and exercises are all essential to think about, so too is your diet. Wearing a waist trainer means you may have to make some changes to how and what you eat – as well as the portion sizes and frequency.

Rather than three main meals a day, you will need to make it six small meals. To make sure you get as many nutrients as possible while waist training, we’ve included what you should eat below.

Fibre-Rich Food

During waist training, you may find that you suffer from constipation as a result of your stomach being compressed. To avoid the pain and discomfort of constipation, include fibre-rich food in your diet. Chia seeds, avocado, beans, peas, and berries are all loaded full of fibre while being nutritious and delicious at the same time. The best part is, they are versatile which means you can add them to your meals or eat them as snacks.

Food Rich in Potassium

While you may not feel the discomfort of water retention in your everyday clothing, you will feel it while you’re waist training. Therefore, to reduce the risk of retaining water or bloating, be sure to include potassium in your diet. Food high in potassium are bananas, spinach, and even peanut butter. They are all natural, flexible ingredients that you can incorporate into snacks and home-made meals.

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Health

Why You Need to Use Natural Insect Repellent

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Natural Insect Repellent

Trying to keep biting insects away from you when you’re in the great outdoors or enjoying your newly finished home renovation outdoor patio, can seem like fighting a losing battle. No matter how many mosquito nets you use, or how much bug spray, they keep coming back for more. That’s why so many people use insect repellent with powerful ingredients, as opposed to seeking out natural body care products which make be of assistance. However, there are many reasons why you might consider throwing away your regular bug spray and heading back to nature. Here’s why.

It Smells Nice

Regular bug spray smells toxic and disgusting. If it smells like that, imagine what’s in it? If you’d rather smell like a rose garden than a toxic wasteland, then consider natural body care products as insect repellents. Citronella, eucalyptus, lemon balm, lemongrass, lavender, soy oil, and black pepper are all natural ingredients which are equally as effective with repelling insects as the more strong DEET is.

It’s Effective

With only a small amount of research, you will quickly find that a significant number of natural body care products can help to send insects packing. Even the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has eucalyptus oil on their list of effective mosquito repellents. It’s clear to see that DEET is not the only answer to stopping those pesky insect bites while you’re trying to enjoy a family summer barbecue. (more…)

Health

What Are My Options If I Lose A Tooth?

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Lose A Tooth

Dental problems can affect both your oral and general health. If you lose or damage a tooth, you should always visit your dentist as soon as possible to reduce the risk of long term damage. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action, and they may even be able to reset the lost tooth.

However, it is always useful to know what your options are when things like this happen. If you do happen to lose a tooth, you should always look after it and call an emergency dentist to see if it can be saved. If it can’t, you do have a number of options.

What Should I Do If My Tooth Is Knocked Out?

If you lose a tooth while playing sport or undertaking some other sort of physical activity, you need to act quickly to give your dentist the best chance of saving it. First, you should locate the tooth if possible. Clean it in a glass of milk if there is one available, and get to an emergency dentist as soon as you can. Make sure that the tooth doesn’t dry out, otherwise you might find that it isn’t possible to put it back in. If you do the right thing and look after the knocked out tooth properly, there is a fair chance that your dentist will be able to put it back in.

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Weddings

6 Jewellery Trends of 2018 and Beyond

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Jewellery Trends

Every time you take a trip to one of the many jewellers in towns and cities near you, what’s on offer changes. The fashions and trends that may have been there last time may be nowhere to be seen, and items you’ve never seen before may be in their place. Like clothing, jewellery trends change as frequently, but it takes your close attention and eye for detail to notice them.

If you are planning your wedding or want to be one step ahead of others in the fashion scene, make sure you visit local jewellers and buy one or more of these six on-trend items for 2018 and beyond.

Hoop Earrings

During the 1960s, hoop earrings were very much the on-trend accessory. African American women who embraced their Afrocentric fashion led the way, and before long, they formed a significant part of 1960s fashion. However, as quickly as the trend arrived, it disappeared, leaving women to pack away their hoop earrings into jewellery boxes and hope it would roll around sometime soon. While it took a little longer than expected, that time is now, with mid-sized hoop earrings hitting the fashion scene once more.

While we don’t see the same oversized hoops of the 1960s, the subtle beauty of gold mid-sized hoops you can buy at town jewellers are back, and there’s no time like the present to get some for yourself so you can be a part of the hoop revolution.

Layering Bracelets

In the 1990s and early 2000s, you could see bracelets on women’s arms before you could look at the women themselves. Layering bracelets were a big hit, and the more you could fit onto your arms, the better. With a 20-plus year hiatus, layering bracelets are back – albeit a little classier. Instead of jelly rubber bracelets and leather straps, they consist of high-quality metals such as gold and silver. Women and men are now visiting their jewellers, buying more than one bangle at a time to wear together with blazers and other office attire.

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Events

How to Choose Your Bridesmaids

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Choose Your Bridesmaids

If you thought choosing your wedding dress was the hardest part of your wedding plans, think again. Selecting bridesmaids is even harder, along with gifts, bridesmaids robes, and allocating tasks. If you’re fresh from saying ‘yes’ to a proposal and are thinking about who you will make your bridesmaids, here are a few tips that may help.

Don’t Rush the Process

In the excitement of the moment, it can be easy to call up all your girlfriends and break the news of your engagement by way of a bridesmaid position offer. However, you may be opening the doors for a whole world of regret. Every bride will have at least one regret about how their wedding played out, but you don’t want yours to be who you chose to stand beside you at the altar.

Therefore, put some time into thinking about who you will choose as your bridesmaids, and how many you will have. The size of your wedding party can also often depend on how many guests you intend on inviting.

Think of the Friends Who Are Up to the Task

It seems only natural that you’ll want your best friend to be your Maid of Honour, but is she really up to the task? While she might be more than happy to accept the position, it’s worth sitting down and having a discussion with her over her commitments – and with the other potential bridesmaids too. Find out if they want to be the bridesmaid, or whether they feel obliged to be.

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Parenting

When Do I Put My Child into Child Care?

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Child Care

When you find yourself with a friend circle featuring children of similar age, it can be challenging to decide when to put your child into child care. While you may want to do as your friends do and put them into a centre sooner rather than later, you may worry that there can be implications for doing so in later life.

Because children differ in personality, there is no “right” time to enrol your children in child care facilities, but there is a general guide for what will benefit your child the best at a particular time of their life. However, no matter what you choose to do, know that children adapt to any situation quickly and no decision you make is going to be a bad one.

Zero to One-Year-Olds

If you aren’t able to spend 18 months with your baby or even a year, then you’ll find that a home-based carer is going to be in your best interests – as opposed to a child care facility. Between the age of zero and 12 months and up to 18 months, babies need a carer who will provide consistent care. At this age, they thrive on attachment and also require plenty of one-on-one attention. Often, child care facilities can’t offer as much of this time as they would like to.

Toddler to Three Years Old

While toddlers and three-year-olds still require that one-on-one care, they are also at a time of their life when they’re making new discoveries, learning how to play with others, and are full of energy. So, while home-based care is a good option for a toddler, there are also so many benefits of child care centres as well. What’s more, the child-to-teacher ratio is often beneficial for plenty of one-on-one time throughout the care period.

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Wine

What Wine Glasses Should You Buy?

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Wine Glasses

When you go out for dinner at your local restaurant, or even when you’re on an online wine website shopping around, you’re bound to see more than one style of wine glass. At first glance, it’s easy to assume that different wine glass shapes and sizes are merely a distinction across brands. However, size matters. As does the style.

Why Do Size and Shape Matter?

If you’re wondering why your friend who purchased red wine has a different shaped glass to yours filled with white wine, it’s not just what the bartender grabbed first. Believe it or not, the size and shape of the wine glass helps to accentuate the flavours of various wines. What’s more, there’s a complex science which determines the exact amount of aroma permeating from the glass, as well as how much air to which the wine is exposed.

What Wine Glass Do I Need for White Wine?

Most white wines require chilling – either in a fridge or a wine cooler while it’s sitting at your table at a restaurant. Once it’s in a glass, however, the chilling effect starts to wear off, and the flavour and aromatics can begin to change. To avoid this, white wine glasses are created in such a way as to keep the wine cooler for longer. They tend to be slimmer and smaller, while also shaped to allow the aroma to hit your nose with each sip.

What Wine Glass Do I Need for Red Wine?

If you’re shopping on an online wine website for red wine, you may as well add wine glasses to your shopping list. However, make sure they are suitable for red wine. The perfect wine glass for red wine tends to have a shorter, wider bowl. The reason for this is that it enables you to get the full sensory experience. You can breathe in its rich aroma as you drink it. What’s more, the wide bowl shape also helps to aerate the wine as there is more room for you to swirl it around in the glass.

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Why BodyBalance Group Fitness Classes are Beneficial for Body and Soul

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Who would have thought that a group fitness class would exist that would target your soul as well as your body? If you believe in having your mind as healthy as your body, then BodyBalance can be of assistance. Work out every facet of your being in a way that will see you feeling refreshed and revitalised. Here’s how BodyBalance can work for you.

You Can Leave Behind Your Day’s Stresses

Exercise has always been an excellent avenue for stress reduction. After frustrations at work, you can then go for a run or head to the gym and release all that pent-up emotion. However, traditional exercise only relieves the physical side rather than the mental side as well. With group fitness classes such as BodyBalance, you learn how to relax and unwind with meditation as well as get your fill of low to medium intensity exercises.

The Classes are the Perfect Length

Life is busy, and most instructors of group fitness classes know this. As a result, you can rest assured that such a class as BodyBalance is the perfect length for both your schedule and your fitness requirements. Most guidelines state that you need to have at least 30 minutes of exercise per day for up to five days a week. BodyBalance classes include 45 minutes of exercise followed by 10 minutes of meditation to wind down and relax your mind.

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Criminal Justice Reform in 2018 – What’s Happening

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Our headlines seem filled with stories about crimes throughout the country.  If the number of criminal lawyers is any indication it might seem like the overall incidence of crime was on the rise.  However, a careful look at the data shows that the overall rate of crime has remained constant in this generation and it is the rate and total population of incarcerated individuals that has increased – mainly due to stricter sentencing guidelines and changes to laws, such as prostitution in Australia.

If the goal is to scale back incarceration several important areas of the justice system need to be addressed.  Here are some examples:

Sentencing

Some state legislatures have examined their probation systems and begun offering probation to third time non-violent offenders.  They have also offered the same in the case of first-time, low-level violent offenses such as a simple battery.  Other areas have reformed their laws to expand probation eligibility, reclassifying low-level felonies as misdemeanors, streamlining the parole review mechanism, and limiting admissions for technical violations.

Fixing The Race Issue

It is no surprise that there is a wide disparity in the racial representation among prison populations.  In some areas legislatures have adopted new procedures called “racial impact statements”.  These are studies that show how particular sentencing guidelines may have a disproportionate impact on one race over another, or one segment of society more than another.  Some proposed laws require the legislature to show good cause why they enacted any law that disproportionately affects one race more than another.  In another case, an oversight board monitors and implements practices to rectify structural race issues in the justice system.

Raising the Age

In many locales, children as young as 16 are prosecuted as adults.  Many jurisdictions are now re-thinking these rules, with some passing legislation raising the juvenile jurisdiction age limit to 18 for non-violent crimes.

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Six Modern Divorce Ideas That Might Blow Your Mind

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In the last few years a huge number of celebrity divorces have uncovered some new and emerging trends for couples who’ve chosen to “consciously uncouple”.  Some are obviously too far are out there to merit serious attention, but other are available using family lawyers and worth your consideration.  Here are a few ideas you might try out if you’re headed for the big “D”.

Bird-Nesting

This might sound strange in the area of divorce but what the term refers to is the situation where children of divorce continue to live in the family home and the parents rotate in and out as they have visitation.  Typically, the parent not currently living in the home will stay at a nearby apartment with a relative or a roommate.  As their turn arrives they take over in the family home and the other parent switches to the apartment.

This approach offers a variety of benefits.  First, it allows for a gradual transition into a two household life with parents living separately.  It provides less interruption for the children since they are not shuttling between different locations.  As mom and dad start to pursue their own independent lives again bird-nesting provides a ‘softer landing’ and more gradual transition for the entire family.

Divorce Doulas

What is a Doula?  The traditional definition of doula is a woman who provides support and assistance during childbirth. A “Divorce Doula” might be accurately described as a “divorce coach”.  These professionals offer a wide variety of much needed services for individual who are divorcing, from personal emotional support to help finding an appropriate lawyer, seeking financial advice, or just being a shoulder to cry on.

For a list of the best local lawyers for you, check out Lawyers List!

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Health

Financial Planning for People with a Disability

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If you or your child has a disability, you will know that there is a large financial cost involved with things such as wheelchairs and other aids as well as extra health care than may be needed. It is important then, to see a financial planner like Andep who can help you with the essentials of financial planning to make the best use of your budget. In fact, a financial advisor can become your best friend as they work to ensure your financial needs are taken care of.

Some people are born with a disability, while others are unfortunate enough to have an accident or an illness that caused it. The disability can be mild or worse and can be mental or physical. But the result of having it is often the same; your financial needs are greater, but often there is no chance of earning more money to cope with them. That’s why it’s important to make the most of what you have.

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Getting Started With Online Marketing For Your Law Firm

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Online Marketing

If you are a law firm who isn’t using online marketing, you will be missing out on a huge number of clients. It doesn’t matter how many lawyers you employ or how large your firm is, you need to be using at least some sort of online marketing!

However, it can be difficult to get started if you have never used online marketing streams before. There are a whole range of different marketing streams that you can use, whether you’re a firm of criminal or commercial lawyers, and it can be hard to know where to start. Consider the following:

Start By Building A Social Media Presence

If you don’t already have profiles on at least a couple of different social media platforms, you need to get them. Social media marketing is one of the most effective forms of online marketing for law firms such as Davies & Co Lawyers – both in terms of visitor numbers, exposure, and cost – and you need to build a strong social media presence.

Start with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Make sure that your social media profiles all lead back to your website. Start sharing engaging, interesting content which encourages a reaction from people. Invite people to follow you or to like your page, and make sure that you are always looking to optimise your firm’s exposure.

Make Sure Your Website Is Perfect

It goes without saying that there’s absolutely no point spending a lot of time and money on online marketing to send people to a website that is outdated and poorly made. If you haven’t done any maintenance on your site for a while, consider consulting an SEO expert or finding a webmaster who can go through and tweak things for you. Make sure that you have a modern layout, that your site is mobile responsive, and that you have no broken links or inconsistencies with your site.

Start Working On SEO

As a law firm, online marketing can get very expensive if you aren’t careful. One of the first things that you should do is try and improve your search engine ranking through SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation by a professional seo agency. Doing this will help you rank highly in the search engine search results for relevant keywords, and can help drive organic traffic to your website. Note that SEO can take a lot of time and effort, so most people employ an experienced SEO consultant rather than trying to do things by themselves.

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How to Ruin Your First Overseas Holiday Without Really Trying

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If you are going to holiday overseas at a place like Bali for the first time ever you are sure to be totally excited. You may even have those butterflies in the tummy you used to get on the first day back at school. Hopefully, you’ll have a great time, but with no experience it is easy for things to go wrong. Here’s a few things you are likely to do to ruin your holiday.

  • Overbook – don’t just book flights and accommodation ahead of time, book in your meals, shows and day trips as well, then if you see something else you want to do you won’t be able to – at least, not without wasting the money you spent on those pre-booked day trips.

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How Air Conditioning Enhances Your Lifestyle

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How do you cope with extreme cold or heat? Somehow, it seems easier to get warm in the winter than it does to get cool when the weather is extremely hot. In winter you can rug up in multiple warm layers, exercise to get warm or switch on the heater – or all three. But when the temperature is soaring and you wear minimal clothing you can still feel uncomfortably hot and sweaty unless you are lucky enough to have efficient air conditioning.

Even wearing all cotton clothing, shorts, tops with spaghetti straps and nothing on your feet it is still hot. When the heat goes on for weeks and months, it can leave you feeling lethargic and unable to be bothered with anything or anyone, especially when the nights are also hot. Hot nights make for restless sleeping – if you can get to sleep at all.

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Planning a wedding? Make sure you get a great DJ

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Once you or your partner has popped the question, you have picked your engagement rings from Engagement Rings Perth, and have held your engagement party. Planning the actual wedding is an exciting time as you book a venue, decide on the guest list, choose the meal and drinks, pick your wedding rings, and do the hundred and one other things that must be attended to before the date arrives. But along with all the other organisation, don’t forget to that all-important wedding DJ. They need to be booked well ahead to ensure you are not left without DJ services.

Making sure you get a good DJ is essential. The DJ is the one who takes control of the proceedings and ensures it all goes off according to plan. You will need to give the DJ a list of happenings to tick off, so he knows what to say and when to say it. For instance, if you are having games at the reception, or doing the many traditional activities that many brides love to do, the wedding DJ will lead the guests and tell them what to expect.

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10 Healthy Living Tips You May Not have Thought About

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Everyone wants to be healthy and enjoy their life – and there are many healthy living tips on the Internet and in women’s magazines. In fact, there are so many of the same old ones touted all the time we tend to get sick and tired of hearing them. So here are some lesser known tips that you may not have thought about for a long time.

  • Cut back on watching television. Studies have shown that people who watch two or less hours of television per day are 54% less likely to die from any cause than those who watch it for four or more hours. Must be all that sitting, unless you die of boredom from all those reruns.

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Flat Belly Food Shopping List

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Are you looking to trim down that fat and lead a healthy lifestyle? A flat belly is an important aspect of your personality as it reflects your eating habits and the discipline you maintain.

Whether you prepare your own meals at home or eat out at fine dining restaurants there is a list of many diets that nutritionists have specified for maintaining or flattening your tummy but the flat belly diet has been the latest research which has paved the way for a faster development. In this section we have disclosed a list of groceries that you need to implement in your diet for trimming down the fat.

Almonds

Almonds are the main source of fiber and protein along with magnesium which is responsible for building and maintaining muscle tissue. You can consume almonds in any form may that be in the form of a snack of 12-14 unsalted almonds or else use an oatmeal to help your intake of almonds in your diet.

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The Importance of Web Design

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Imagine setting up a business in a building that looked old and scruffy, then hiding your office down a maze of corridors that were not very well lit. How many customers do you think you would get? And if a customer did eventually find their way to your office, would they want to come again, having seen the state of your building? It’s the same with web design trends, your website is your shop or office.

A website is there to attract customers to your business and if it doesn’t look smart and new, or if visitors find it hard to find what they want, they will stay away in droves. That is why it is important to have a website designed by professionals; they not only know how to make things attractive, but how to make your website easy to navigate. They make sure it loads quickly and is also attractive to search engines.

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Health

What is a Dental Implant?

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Dental implants from professional cosmetic dentists like Joondalup City Dental are a procedure the dentist can do to replace a missing tooth or teeth, instead of the patient having a part plate or bridgework done. While the process takes longer to complete, it offers a good alternative that mimics natural teeth more closely and once done there is no discomfort or need to do anything extra such as removing a plate and cleaning it.

The first step when getting implants is for the dentist to x-ray the gums to ensure there is enough bone width and density to hold the screw securely. Once he is sure everything is suitable for this kind of treatment, he will drill down into the bone and screw the implant into place, then stitch the gum closed over the top.

Bassendean dentist have told us that in some cases the dentist may require a CT scan of the bone to ascertain where the nerve is, so he will not damage it during the drilling process. The implant, which looks like a small screw, is made of titanium, a material that is not only strong, but well known for being a metal that the body does not consider to be a foreign body and will accept without any sign of rejection.

Dental Implants

How long does it take?

It can take three to six months for osseointergration to take place. This is the process of the bone growing over the implant so that it forms a stable anchor for the tooth. If this does not happen the implant will not be successful.  You’ll need another x-ray in three months to check out whether the process is finished or needs a longer time for completion.

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