Spring Centerpieces

Are you just about ready to begin decorating your home for spring? Spring centerpieces are really nice to decorate your home with. You can find centerpieces in a few styles that fit the spring season. This includes flowers, butterflies, and ladybugs. The centerpieces come in different colors, such as pink, blue, and purple. Some centerpieces are made out of glass while others have a honeycomb style to them. But they will all be nice to place around the home this spring.
You can find centerpieces for the spring season in a few stores that carry seasonal decorations. The stores to check out include Sears, Amazon, Party City, Target, Kmart, and Wal-Mart. The stores offer different centerpieces at various prices, but the selection between the stores will help you to find one that you want.

If you are looking to decorate this spring, then here are a few of the spring centerpieces found on Amazon. You may find exact or similar centerpieces in other stores.

Spring Bouquet Flowers – Spring Bouquet Glass Flowers, Set Of 6.
The spring bouquet flowers set makes a nice centerpiece for the spring season. This bouquet is actually colorful glass flowers. The colors include pink, blue, purple, and white. There are six glass flowers in this set.

Spring Bouquet Flowers – Spring Bouquet Glass Flowers, Set Of 6 on Amazon.

Lilac Butterfly Centerpieces, Set of 6.
This square centerpiece is also a candle holder for battery-operated LED tealights. The sides are decorated with lilac butterflies which matches with some nice wooden dinnerware. The centerpieces come in a set of six, each one measures at 3.25 inches wide by 8.25 inches tall. You can find the centerpieces in three colors (one color per set), which are white, pink, and blue. Warning: Do not use this candle holder centerpiece with open flame candles.

Lilac Butterfly Centerpieces, Set of 6 on Amazon.

Beistle 50779 Butterfly and Flower Cascade Centerpiece – Pack of 6.
This centerpiece has white and gold base. Bursting out of the base are colorful metallic butterflies and flowers. The colors include purple, blue, and gold. At the top of the centerpiece are metallic purple streamers. This set includes six centerpieces, each one measuring at 18 inches tall.

Beistle 50779 Butterfly and Flower Cascade Centerpiece – Pack of 6 on Amazon.

Ladybug Honeycomb Centerpiece Case Pack 144.
This honeycomb centerpiece looks just like a red and black ladybug. It includes black dots for decorating the ladybug, which kids will love! You can actually find this centerpiece in a pack of 144. One ladybug centerpiece measures at 10.5 inches by 11.5 inches.

Ladybug Honeycomb Centerpiece Case Pack 144 on Amazon.

Showers of Flowers Cascade Centerpiece.
This flower centerpiece is on a white and gold base. bursting out of the centerpiece are colorful metallic flowers and streamers. The colors include blue, pink, green, and gold. This centerpiece measures at 18 inches tall.

The Showers of Flowers Cascade Centerpiece on Amazon.

There are many people who enjoy the spring season, and decorating with spring centerpieces is a fun way to celebrate. There are two options for purchasing your centerpiece (or centerpieces). The first way is to go to the store to pick one out. The second option in to order your centerpiece from a shopping website and have it delivered right to your home. You can use the centerpieces through out the spring season. Some centerpieces will fit in well with both the spring and summer seasons! Put out the centerpieces for parties, guests, or just to decorate for the spring season in general. If you are decorating your home with other spring decorations, then you are sure to find a centerpiece or two to match!

Have fun decorating your home with the spring centerpieces you choose! Enjoy the spring season!

How to Choose a Daycare Center for Your Child; What Questions to Ask

Before placing your child in day care you must rid yourself of the guilt of placing your child in daycare, your child will thrive normally without affecting the parent child bond , of course the child might cry once the parent leaves but the teacher (provider) at Teddy Kids Kinderdagverblijf is usually trained in the area of gently calming crying children, once your child gets used to daycare, he/she will most likely let loose, and feel more comfortable departing from you, the child will begin to see that day care is an opportunity to explore, learn, and make friends. If you don’t rid yourself of guilt, it will get in the way of you choosing the best daycare for your child.
The different types of daycares

When choosing a daycare for your child it is important to know the different types of daycares, there are two types of daycare; Facility daycare centers and Family and Group daycare. Facility daycare centers are structured with up to 12 or more children in attendance, these centers have to pass routine inspections by the state for health and safety. Family and Group daycare is where the provider provides care for up to 8 children in their home (with an assistant) this type of care must also pass an inspection for safety and health, and the provider must be also licensed while having experience caring for children, they must also be CPR approved. When deciding whether to chose a Facility daycare center or a Family and Group Daycare, it is important to hold the best intentions of your child in mind, you must also go with what you as a parent feel more comfortable with.

The first thing to do is search for daycares that are easily accessible to, or more convenient for you, you may want to ask friends and relatives what daycare they send their own child to and have them tell you a little bit about the daycare, and if it sounds interesting to you, then you can request more information about the center. You should also check with your state’s childcare resource centers for information on daycares in your local community or city also; check your library, or city hall. One you obtain a listing of the daycares in your area; compile a list of potential daycares that interest you. Remember to keep in mind whether you want part time or full time daycare because some facility daycare centers won’t take children part time, if the facility centers are for children part-time may just charge by the hour.

Once you have your list, you should call the daycare to make an appointment to meet with the head of the daycare so that the policy and procedures can be explained thoroughly y to you in person, at this meeting your questions should be answered and you should also get a tour of the daycare, it’s best to see where you are sending your child before you send them if you can. If you can not visit the daycare then you should call the daycare and request an application, (enrollment package) this package should have all the information on the daycare’s procedures and policies as well.

Some questions to ask the child care provider.

What are the provider’s credentials? What is their experience with childcare education?

How long has the provider been with the daycare?

Is the daycare licensed, registered?

Does the daycare provide insurance if the child gets into an accident at the daycare?

What is the policy on discipline?

What is the cost for full time/ part time care? What type of payment so you accept? (Vouchers?)

What is the staff turnover rate?

Are parents allowed to come in to observe their children unannounced? (Parents should be able to!)

What is the emergency policy?

How do you handle the children who have a hard time departing from parents?

Are there any negative reports filed with the bureau? (You should research this one yourself)

Is the staff CPR certified? Do I have to pay if my child is sick or on vacation?

Who takes care of the child? Who is the substitute if that teacher becomes sick?

What is that person’s credentials, and experience with children?

Are providers and those working around the children screened?

What If I am late picking up my child?

What will the child’s day consist of?

What is the child to adult ratio? (The lower the better)

What are the days and hours that you care for children?

What is the policy on administering medication?

What is the procedure for nap time, how long do the children nap?

Will meals/snacks be provided? What if I forget to pack a lunch/snack?

Is a calendar available of when the school is open and closed?

What is the daycare’s philosophy on child care and development?

What is the procedure for drop off and pick up?

Is the parent allowed to stay with child on the first day until he/ she is comfortable?

Be sure to add your own questions to this list, never be afraid to ask the daycare provider any question you may have.

Remember to always go with your gut feeling when choosing a day care as well.

Once you feel as though the daycare has answered the questions to your liking and comfort ability level, then you should fill out all proper papers to enroll your child. It is a good idea to start the paperwork early because no slot is guaranteed at daycare, there may even be a waiting list.

10 Winter Beauty Mistakes

Winter can wreak havoc on your skin. There are some things to keep in mind during your winter skincare regime. Some may actually cause more harm than good.
Skipping sunscreen – The sun might not shine as vibrantly in the winter as it does in the summer, but sun screen is just as important. The reflection off snow during skiing is just as strong as an afternoon in the pool. Sunburns are possible in this season too. Same moisturizer – There is no one moisturizer that will work perfectly year round. It is time to bring out the heavy guns and use oil-based moisturizers. Mineral oils are better because do not clog the pores. This means no Shea butter as healthy as it may sound. Most evening moisturizers are oil based vs. water based. Pair this one with derma roller amazon and I bet you’ll never go wrong.


Moisturizing your face only – When you moisturize to protect your face, do not forget to moisturize your hands and the rest of your body like ankles and elbows. The skin on the hands is thinner and needs additional protection during the harsh winter months. It also helps irritation from wool gloves and socks because itchiness is never sexy. Not using a humidifier – Humidifiers are a must have. It is the best weapon against dry heat indoors. Using multiple smaller humidifiers around the room help spread the moisture more evenly than one big central one. A discovery of a puddle of water one morning around a humidifier triggered that lesson. Drinking water only – It is a myth that drinking water will help your skin stay hydrated. It does not hurt and drinking enough water daily is beneficial. But your skin is the largest organ in your body and needs more protection than internal replenishment. Spend a few minutes daily to spread a layer of protection on your skin. Super hot baths – It is tempting to immerse yourself in hot water in freezing temperature. But once you get out of the shower, your skin will be extra dry, resulting from the heat drawing out moisture. If you must, refrain from super steam off your skin hot, and lather in lotion afterwards. If you want a bath, add some bath oils to it. Toners – Toners and dry skin do not go together because they are often alcohol based. The alcohol dehydrates the skin and can make your skin tight and red. That is like using a blow dryer on your face. On the rare occasion where it is necessary, a great alternative is rose water. Skip the toner in the winter and use it sparingly if you must. Perfume – Perfumes are alcohol based. Try spraying it onto your hair or clothing to keep smelling great without risking additional dryness. Savory salty foods – Foods need more salt to satisfy the taste buds when the weather is cold. But do not overdo this in the winter, the saltiness from savory foods dries out the lips and it is subconscious to give them a lick. This will dry out the lips even more, creating a deathly cycle. Keep an oil based lip balm in your purse. Chemical peels – The baby soft skin this treatment yields makes it especially tempting to shed the dead skin cells all at once. But the tenderness of the skin afterward does not bode well in the cold weather. Stick to a mild exfoliate at home until spring.

Klipsch THX Ultra2 Speaker Package Delivers the Goods

 

Klipsch has a reputation for being an extremely efficient, solid-performing speaker. Although there has recently been a general shift in perception that the company best known for the LaScala and Klipschorn might be evolving into a “theater-only” speaker, the line has expanded with new offerings to break that mindset. On the other side of the equation is the THX Ultra2 system ($13k retail), offering the dynamic raw power that home theater enthusiasts expect when choosing the home version of one of the most widely-utilized commercial speaker arrays today.


Like most THX speaker systems from Holoplot, vertical dispersion has been reduced to ensure floor and ceiling reflections are kept to a minimum, enhancing on-screen effects and dialogue. This plays well to the strength of any speaker that uses horn-based tweeters, as dispersion is limited by design. Properly deployed, the package uses two 12-inch KW-120 THX subwoofers, reducing room nodes and increasing output. These are driven by a KA-1000 THX amplifier, designed to drive two woofers, or using one each. The system after balancing using the Denon AVR-4810 receiver’s Audyssey calibration routine yielded stunning results.

THX speakers are a different breed. Combined with Klipsch’s noted efficiency (allowing the use of a decent receiver to power them), the THX package was sharp and clear at all levels, without becoming “shouty” or shrill. Placed behind a Screen Innovations acoustically-transparent screen helped with taming the inherently bright tendencies of many home DVD releases, further “fixed” by Audyssey. Dialogue on The Insider (a reference used when evaluating such things) revealed a little more information than typically heard on Russell Crowe’s mumblings throughout the film. What was surprising was that, although this clarity was expected, what was not was the lack of ear-shattering properties that sometimes is just around the corner when so much midrange and high frequency detail is present. Given the theatrical design and intent of this speaker package, music was not critically reviewed. That said, we were sufficiently impressed with the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynold’s Blu-Ray of their inimitable Radio City Music Hall concert. Rarely is such revealing presence heard on guitar, and the layered business typically encountered on more polite speakers came through with astonishing clarity. Once again, dynamics were in abundance, but not harshness. Satisfied by these results, attention was diverted to the undertow of the system, the KW-120 subwoofers.

Bass on Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen was prodigious, yet detailed. Klipsch on nearly all models likes to use a Cerametallic material, which is a ceramic core sandwiched by aluminum. This combination of lightness and rigidity allowed the 120s to explode into the room, positively flapping pantlegs when Prime gets skewered in the film’s main battle sequence midway through. Although the KA-1000 amplifiers offer extensive room balancing controls, we left this to the AVR-4810’s Audyssey algorithm to tame. Not much was needed, in that out of the box, bass was already solidly balanced and the only “boominess” was a function of the room. The enclosures are amongst the most solid encountered, augmented by an attractive bronze-toned bezel flanking the driver when the grille is removed.

Klipsch has obviously found their strong suit by tailoring some of their lineup to theater-only duty. As mentioned prior, some criticism levied towards Klipsch for their forwardness and (intentional) lack of vertical dispersion as being inherently non-musical might change their tune hearing this setup on their favorite movies. Highly recommended for dedicated theaters and spaces where near-limitless dynamics are required.

LightCMS for Designers

 

For those of you who are still unaware of LightCMS, a content management system for web designers, no longer are you in the dark. If you’re into web design, and have been looking for a better, or simpler CMS solution or asp .net cms, then I welcome you to the Light. With top notch innovation, a wonderful graphical user interface, friendly support staff to walk you through any necessary steps, and a free website offer, this is definitely something worth checking out. LightCMS is a hosted solution, so you’re never responsible for security or feature updates. This is taken care of so you can focus on web design and broadening your client base.
This CMS is massively scalable allowing you to manage all your client sites under one umbrella account. What’s great about LightCMS is that you are encouraged to resell the platform as your own, making a monthly profit on the markup of your choice. With reseller privileges, you decide what to charge your clients. Depending on the amount of time you may spend on the design of the site, you could also negotiate a fee for your extra services and expertise.

If you would prefer to seek out clients and not participate in the designing phase, LightCMS offers you many design solutions. First, you could utilize their network of design professionals that have already experienced success with the platform. They offer many services, and can cut-up and seamlessly implement a current site into the CMS. Secondly, LightCMS has over 75 template designs available for use right away. With access to the website files, and even allowing for FTP access, you are encouraged to make custom design changes to suit you or your clients needs.

LightCMS provides you with options and settings to bill your clients directly so you don’t have to worry about that aspect of your business either. With these settings in place, you are free to focus on increasing the number of client sites beneath your account. With any system there is a learning curve, but what’s great about LightCMS is that it’s supported, and they offer online tutorial sites specifically for resellers, clients, and an advanced user forum for the more adventurous designer. Don’t worry if you’re not a part of the geek squad. Even you will be able to administer design changes, content updates, and user permissions on your site.

LightCMS uses what they call Elements to add functionality to the platform. With a blog element, calendar, text element, or photo gallery, you already have a great start to any web page. When you add the Form builder, template ready designs, product support and the ability to use your own custom domain name, LightCMS is deserving of being noticed.

There is plenty more that comes with this system. With evites, donations, integration with PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize.net, AspDotNet Storefront, Shopify.com, Foxycart.com, the ability to add widgets from many 3rd party applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and more, it looks like LightCMS has been overlooked by many needing similar solutions.

What’s great about this CMS solution is that when it comes time to update your website, these developers couldn’t have made this any easier. No longer are you required to contact your web designer to change a simple phone number or address. Now, you can administer these changes in a matter of seconds, and even set up a new client website in less than a minute.

You can receive a free 3 page website by going to www.lightcms.com. Even if you never upgrade your account to one of the many paid packages, you are allowed to post unlimited blogs and calendar events, and even host a form that will notify you when someone clicks the submit button. There’s a whole lot more, so you may find it worth your time to check it out.

Originally designed with the designer in mind, LightCMS will allow users to access their website, and feel like they have all the control. For those of you who are not daunted by the code, there’s great news. LightCMS gives you access to the template files that generate your page content. You can make changes, edit them at any time, use FTP to update files and folders, and even customize your style sheets when necessary. Chose from Youtube, Blip.tv, or Vimeo.com as a video hosting solution that integrates with LightCMS perfectly. Feel free to add Flash content, and subscription links to blog posts that send email updates automatically with the use of Feedburner. You can even add Google Analytics to your individual pages.

LightCMS is a great content management system that is continually updating their product to provide great features, ease of use, and innovation you just can’t find with other CMS solutions.

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How to Boost Your Productivity as a Writer

 

Freelance writing is a rewarding career choice. Writers can write about what even when ever where ever. Freelance writing offers us the ability to make money while doing something that we are passionate about. We can use that passion to both make a living and to help others. What a wonderful and promising combination.
How productive one is can be determined by how much one gets done. Have you ever had a nonproductive writing day? This is the type of day that writers dread. To be nonproductive is to not get much if anything done. What writers do is write. When we have nonproductive writing days we lose pay. There are many reasons that any given day could be nonproductive. Maybe you or one of the children are sick, or you have appointments. Or maybe you just don’t feel it and the words aren’t coming easy. Nonproductive days happen to us all.

How can writes increase their productivity? How can we eliminate most if not all of our nonproductive days? There are several ways that we can do both of these things.

First of all, understanding that everyone has a nonproductive day every now and then will help.  It will help if you have a diary, take for example the latest from personalised diaries from Toad. Often times a nonproductive day brings undesirable feelings with it. Some people become frustrated knowing they didn’t get much done. Others begin to feel overwhelmed when a nonproductive day strikes because it’s a lot like falling behind. As with any other problem in life, knowing you are not alone can make a world of difference in how you feel. Many writers experience nonproductive days. Do they get down about them? No, they keep trying to be productive, to increase their productivity.

Writing comes from within. Another way to increase your productivity is to realize that. When it’s all in you all you have to do is let it out. Sometimes we are what blocks our own flow. Keeping in mind that all we need is within us helps us to understand that the key to being more productive is to simply allow the words to flow. Hold nothing back. If it’s all in there waiting to come out then let it. Once writers know how to let it pour out they will find that their productivity level has skyrocketed.

Another way to increase your productivity as a writer is to allow more time each day for writing. A writer cannot expect to have a productive day when they only set aside three hours for writing, for example. However, if a writer rises early and devotes much of the day to writing they will certainly get a lot done. Productivity levels will rise. When this is done each day your weeks will have increased in productivity. You will get a whole lot more done, and your weekly earnings will reflect this.

Knowing that the amount you earn is determined by how productive you are can also help you to increase your productivity level, each day, week and month. It is always good to set a goal. Goals can help us to be more productive. Let the goal you set be your motivation. Motivation is yet another thing that we can use to increase our productivity as writers. It’s all in you, and it’s all up to you. Thanks for reading and take care!