Gift Buying For Female Relatives

When you're in need of a gift for a relative, whether it's your mum, grandma, daughter, niece, sister, or even the dreaded in-laws, it can be ever so tricky to strike the right balance between personal and useful. We've all heard the horror stories of mother-in-laws buying their daughter-in-laws complicated cookery books by way of a not so subtle hint as a Christmas gift, and there's probably a fair few of you out there who'd be delighed to be able to buy your mother-in-law a round the world trip for the next 6 months … just for the peace and quiet!

Well, whenever you're the best of pals with all your female relationships, or you dread seeing them once a year at Christmas, we've put together a few hints and tips on how to get in their good books, with some gifts that are right for them, and say the right things about you too!

Girly girls are just about the easiest type to buy for – whatever the age, they'll like anything pink and fluffy, basically anything that screams 'cute'! From a soft and cuddly teddy through to a set of fluffy pink feather lights to adorn a boudoir, a beautiful silver charm bracelet or even a book like 'How to Walk in High Heels' by Camilla Morton, girly girls will be squealing with delight at any of these great gift ideas!

Sporty girls can initially seem tricky, but delve a little deeper and you can be sure to impress! If they're a gym fanatic then shower products will always go down well – just make them not your bog standard offer, and maybe throw in a toiletries bag or even a laundry bag – ideal for the busy sporty girl's sports bag!

For the girl who loves to garden, a set of knee pads may seem hugely entertaining to you – but will be probably the most useful gift she's had in a long time! Or even try a premium garden multi-tool set, perfect for pruning the roses. If she enjoys the garden, but is not so keen on doing the work herself, then why not splash out on a set of outdoor garden lights – perfect for an outdoor hostess with the mostess!

Chocoholics might seem a simple bunch to please – but if they're connoisseurs then you'll need to do a bit of research. Belgian chocs are the way to please – Guylian are a great chocolatiers from Belgium who do a delicious range of chocolates including Guylian chocolate fondue, hot chocolate and even chocolate hazelnut spread – now that's a set of chocolate products any true chocoholics will adore!

If they really do love to cook, then why not get them some ingredients that will last a lifetime – like grow your own Basil, Garlic Chives, Chilli Peepers, or even Wild Strawberry plants. Easy to care for, simple to grow – and there will be a long lasting reminder of your great gift on their …

How I Dominate Women – Using "Black Ops" Seduction Tactics

Don’t you ever wish that you have the ‘superpowers’ to dominate women? With this power, you will make ‘chasing women’ unnecessary – instead it will ‘reverse’ the process and make women chase you instead. Read on to discover three “black ops” tactic from the seduction underworld that will make you be the dominant one when it comes to meeting and seducing women…

Black Ops Tactic #1 – “My Way or My Way”. This should be the first and foremost principle in your relationships. Be the Male Chauvinist Pig if you must – but you must NEVER give up control in the relationship. Be unreasonable, and a control freak. You will find that women will strangely start to be compliant to your requests when you start doing this. Magic.

Black Ops Tactic #2 – “Set The Frame”. When the relationship is still early, quickly adopt the ‘leadership’ position. There is a very real danger of getting pigeonholed during the start of any relationship. If you become the weaker partner early on, then your woman will forever think of you that way, and it will be difficult for you to be dominant later.

Black Ops Tactic #3 – “Fractionation”. This is a highly effective (but still little-known) tactic stolen from the field of hypnosis. It involves ‘anchoring’ the woman’s happy states to the man, making her emotionally dependent on him.

How this is done is by bringing the girl through an emotional rollercoaster (both happy and sad states) through neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques. Master seducers have been known to use this technique to seduce women and make them ‘surrender’ themselves in as little as 15 minutes.…

Wedding Day? Use Reiki For Stress Relief

I'm going to talk about stress management and how to cope. And especially your Wedding day. Stress is the state of mind most likely to spoil that special day, event or interview. Reiki is the ultimate 'Stress Management Tool' Channel Reiki Healing Energy to quieten the mind, quieten the mind and the body relaxes-releases: Release from the body is a clear mind, being held in permanence and silence, with access to healing energy gives the whole 'Self' a window of opportunity for restoration ..

Leading up to the Wedding day, if you can arrange for your guests, especially people close to the Bride and Groom, a Reiki treatment a few weeks before the big day. You will be amazed how stress free everyone is. To cope with the pressure the big day produces, you could not do better, Reiki can not guarantee the weather, but the reduction in stress will help you cope whatever that turns out to throw at you 🙂

Stress has been a rising cause of fatigue from work replacing bad backs as the main cause of absence. In total, more than 5 million working days a year are now list in the UK alone to complaints of stress.

I would say anything that reduces stress levels, I would give it a fair trial. I know many Brides that have had a Reiki session apx two weeks before the wedding, and then had a Reiki practitioner come to the house on the morning of the wedding day, working on the bride, the bridesmaids and especially the mother of the bride. I know it makes a great deal of difference to how the big day has gone. The stress is relieved to a great extent to every-one's relief.

I also know some businesses have a Reiki Therapist visit their company and have them give a short Reiki treatment as the employers sit at their desks – stress levels go down and productivity increases.

Doctors are fully aware of the presence of stress – they are particularly vulnerable to it themselves, and a growing number of GP practices have stress management counsels on-board for patient referral. Hopefully as they are becoming increasingly aware that emotional and psychological conditions respond remarkably well to complementary therapy, including Reiki, they are more likely to suggest an alternative, natural rout for some treatments.

Stress is basically how you perceive the demands and pressures that life presents, and how you are able to draw on your inner resources to cope. What you find unable to cope with today – you will take everything in your stride with Reiki.

There is no need for you to believe in Reiki – or, for that matter, in any other holistic healing system: It will still work! The five Precepts of Dr Mikao Usui can have a substantial effect on lives, though Reiki is NOT a religion.

1. Just for today, do not worry.
2. Just for today, do not anger.
3. Honor your parents, teachers and elders. …

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Mail

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of giving wedding anniversary gifts began? It is said that the earliest wedding anniversary gifts were silver garlands given by Germanic husbands to their wives on the 25th anniversary. History also shows that some European countries celebrated half of that time, 12.5 years of marriage, with gifts of copper. Around 1875, wood looks to have come into vogue as a 5th wedding anniversary gift.

Wedding anniversary gifts by mail were unduly rare in those days. The postal service itself was unreliable. Couples who wanted to celebrate their marriage by giving one another gifts often had to choose between making gifts or purchasing at the general store.

Times have changed dramatically, and we now can not only purchase wedding anniversary gifts by mail, we can order them electronically on the Internet.

My bump of curiosity stirred a desire today to see what was available. Here are the first seven anniversary gifts I found.

7 Ideas for Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Mail

1. PAPER: I began with the 1st wedding anniversary gift, wondering what ideas would fit the traditional "paper" gift idea. It was easy to find paper for a husband to give. A framed family tree with her name added! He may have to research, and get information from his parents. A bride of 1 year would appreciate his thoughtfulness, and the renewed knowledge that she had been added to his family tree would have been a wonderful wedding anniversary gift. He can order a family tree online at most of the genealogy websites. She could give him paper tickets to a sports event that he would love – and go with him, even if she does not share his love for sports. Ticket wedding anniversary gifts are easily found at Ticketmaster.

2. COTTON: For the 2nd wedding anniversary gift, cotton shirts or cotton sheets would be good choices. Order quality cotton shirts from Lands End and have them monogrammed. You can order quality sheets from there, too. Either gift would be appropriate for one to give the other – or sit down together and make out your order. All are gifts by mail.

3. GLASS: One choice for the 3rd wedding anniversary gift was glass, and I found unique, beautiful glass butterfly pendants at Solstice Glass! He could order these by mail and she would never know he had gone shopping. Each glass butterfly pendant is hand-blown and contains a beautiful, realistic butterfly perched atop a lovely flower. Solstice Glass has other shapes, too, of course – a good variety of hand-crafted glass. A wife can shop at Solstice glass, too, and make her husband's third wedding anniversary gift a hand-blown, one-of-a-kind glass marble. He can carry it with him daily as a reminder of her love.

4. FRUIT, FLOWERS, and SILK: The traditional wedding anniversary gift for the 4th anniversary is listed as fruit and flowers. I knew immediately that I could order delicious fruit and beautiful flowers at a place like …

History of the Yellow Kronos Rose

Kronos is an Australian rose variety known for its warm, pale yellow petals and subtle perfume. The Kronos rose is among the one hundred and twenty flower species developed by the Australian Man of Roses Alister Clark. While most rose breeders in the mid-1800's focused on the finding the rose with perfect color, scent, or form, Alister Clarke was more interested in making use of the continent's temperate climate for cultivating flowers.

A rose from the Himalayas and Burma called R. Gigantea was the father rose of his breeding program. Due to its sensitivity to cold weather it was not very popular among European rose breeders, although it flourished well in Mediterranean countries. In Australia, Clark discovered that the R. gigantea could climb up to twelve meters through trees.

From the R. gigantea, Clark was able to successfully breed garden-variety roses, among which are the Nancy Hayward and the Lorraine Lee. After Alister Clark's death in 1949 however, many of his rose species were lost since he was unable to pass on his secrets to an apprentice breeder. Fortunately, two rose breeders were able to recover about 47 of Alister's roses from the families of the women who were named after the flowers, and the Kronos rose was one of them.

The popularity of Kronos roses is not just limited within the borders of Australia. Rose enthusiasts across the globe love these blooms for the sweet memories their sunny yellow color evokes. The Kronos rose variety has spread through the world grown by popular rose suppliers and distributed by major flower traders and florist. Kronos is a favorite among European flower farmers in England, France and Holland. South American farms in Equador and Columbia export this flower to various American states. In Asia, flower farms in the Philippines, Vietnam, and India supply this popular flower variety.

Unlike other rose colors that convey passion and romantic love, yellow roses send messages of emotion, appreciation, gratitude, and platonic love. Kronos roses are a beautiful way to express thanks, congratulations, to brighten up a bad day, or to simply bring a smile to someone's face. Yellow roses also represent renewal and convey the desire to start all over again to achieve a better tomorrow, making them ideal to give as an apology or peace offering.

You do not even need an occasion to buy a bouquet of Kronos roses for yourself, as they make gorgeous centerpieces for your bedroom or living room. Send a friend a bouquet of Kronos roses today and let him or her know that you care. …

2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts – Making Cotton Romantic

Symbols, Romance, And Your Second Wedding Anniversary

Almost everyone is familiar with the traditional list of materials for wedding anniversaries starting with paper, with cotton on the 2nd anniversary, and ending with gold on the 50th wedding anniversary. It may come as a surprise that there is also a modern list that begins with clocks, goes to china, and has gold also as the 50th wedding anniversary. However, even fewer realize there are also flowers, colors, and gemstones associated with each wedding anniversary that can be used to symbolize your love and mark the passing of another year of togetherness.

How To Use The Flowers List For Anniversary Gifts

Flowers are very traditional gift items and many people appreciate their romantic and sensual properties. However, there’s no reason to stick with fresh flowers, particularly if you want a to have a keepsake of your anniversary celebration. Although, you can use the flowers list for your second anniversary and choose geraniums as a present, nothing makes a romantic statement like a rose.

One can buy roses manufactured with the materials of the traditional list for each anniversary gifts. For a second wedding anniversary, one could purchase cotton flowers, be they geranium or roses. This creates a special, durable bouquet of flowers that symbolizes the special fact that you have celebrated two years together.

Or you can combine the flower theme with other lists to punch them up a bit. You can make the flowers a different color each year, or hide a ring in each anniversary flower bouquet too.

How To Use the Colors List For Anniversary Gifts

The colors list is very subtle and can be interesting to work with. The color associated with the first anniversary is yellow. This is fairly easy to do with any gift, either using yellow wrapping papers or buying yellow flowers or gemstones. However, the second anniversary color is papyrus yellow and might seem, to the indiscriminate, to be the same color. Therefore, colors actually shouldn’t be the entire present, but may be used to help support the anniversary theme.

How To Use the Gemstones List For Anniversary Gifts

There are lots of people who are aware that birthdays have gemstones associated with them. However, they don’t know that anniversaries too have a gemstones list. The second anniversary gemstone is garnet. To use this list, one can buy garnet jewelry or one can combine it with other themes. Hiding a garnet gemstone in a flower is one way. Or adding a gemstone with a papyrus yellow color like citrine with the garnet can use both the color and gemstone list.

Finally, you could use traditional and modern lists with any of these additional symbols to make unique combinations all honoring your second anniversary. For instance, one could get a china plate with geraniums painted on it. Or it could be a lovely papyrus yellow hue. Or, one could buy some cotton clothing and add some garnet accessories to finalize the gift.

So, for those …

Have You Seen The Wedding Groom?

Well, of course you see him. He is the nervous one trying to remember his wedding vows up front. But where has he been all these months before the wedding day. Probably waiting for someone to take him seriously in regards to the wedding planning. I am sure he has asked his opinion on many different issues but only out of politeness and some respect. The grooms job seems to be to just show up on the wedding day.

What would it be like if instead asking the wedding groom if he liked pink or violet flowers he was asked if he like the colors of the Seattle Seahawks or the Green Bay Packers? Now that would be a wedding. Or how about a fly fishing theme or soccer or motocross? If you're a guy that sounds cool, but it probably will not happen.

Or how about the wedding vacation? The wedding groom has a better chance here. So instead of just going to Hawaii and laying on the beach, incorporated a golfing trip with it or some deep sea fishing. These may be things the bride has never participated in and just might enjoy.

So if your wedding is coming up and you are the groom. Get involved.

Where is the Wedding Groom?

You can see him up at the front, trying to remember his groom speech. More than likely this is the largest part of the wedding planning that he has been involved. All the months previous to the day big day he has been asked an opinion here and there but never taken very seriously. And more than once he has been told to "just show up".

The groom has more than likely been asked if they like red or blue flowers, or do they like the lace on the wedding invitations. But have they ever been asked if they would rather have a soccer or a hiking theme? Or for colors if they would be happier with flowers matching the Miami Dolphins or the Los Angeles Dodgers. For a lot of grooms this would be a cool thing, but it's probably not going to happen.

The wedding groom may have a better chance of promoting him when it comes to the wedding vacation. For example how about going to Hawaii and planning some golf and some fishing. If the bride has never done this type of activity before you may get lucky and it's something she likes.

In any case if you're a groom and the wedding planning is active, get involved and be a part of it. It's your wedding also.

The Forgotten Wedding Groom

The groom has been seen here and there the past few weeks of wedding planning but just an apprentice bystander. And you have seen him at the ceremony trying to remember his groom speech. Oh, the groom has been asked if he likes purple flowers or orange flowers or do you like this invitation or that invitation. But he has …

Following Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette the Night Before the Wedding

A rehearsal dinner is done on the night before a wedding. It is a great opportunity to show gratitude to those who have made the wedding possible. It is also a way for those that are invited to the wedding party to get to know each other. Rehearsal dinner etiquette is not so strict when it comes to the invitation of guests. It can be done as simply as putting a separate invitation card for the rehearsal on your wedding invitation. You can even print it out from your personal computer.

There are couples who choose to send an invitation to thel dinner separately but if you and your partner are concerned about the additional cost, it is perfectly acceptable to mail it together with the wedding invitations.

Rehearsal dinner etiquette generally bestows the honor of planning the event on the mother of the groom. It is her way of showing her affection to her son and to her forthcoming daughter in law who are about to be married.

The modern way of shouldering the costs for the event calls for both partners to share in the expenses. But if you are more of the traditional kind, then it is the parents of the groom who should pay for the rehearsal dinner. It is also possible for both parents to host the event jointly. It is a good way for them to get to know each other.

Rehearsal dinner etiquette dictates that the event can be used by both bride and groom to toast their respective families and the bridal party. Other guests can also do a toast as well. It is also the time for teasing the bride and groom, although make sure this is done in good taste. Games and activities can also be included in the program which will depend on the time of the event and on the presence of small children.…

What Type of Fire Alarm Do I Need and Where Should I Put It?

It is probably quite evident that there are a number of fire alarms available, and at vastly varying prices, so it may be very difficult to understand the differences between Optical, Ionisation and Heat alarms. This guide is aimed at taking some of that confusion away.

So what is the difference between the models?

As stated above there are three types of alarm, each with its own uses.

Optical Alarm: This type of smoke alarm typically uses an infrared beam between two points, the alarm being triggered should the beam be disturbed. In much the same way as a criminal might trip an alarm when breaking into a bank vault or museum in the movies, if the beam is broken, the alarm will go off. It detects larger smoke particles best.

Ionisation Alarm: These alarms use 2 small plates (one charged positively, one negatively) and an alpha particle source to create a constant current running across the gap between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber it interferees with this process, interrupting the charge. When the charge drops, the alarm goes off. These alerts are best at detecting smaller smoke particles.

Heat Alarms: A heat alarm will trigger if the room temperature reaches a certain level. They do not detect smoke, and are not to be used as a substitute for a smoke alarm, but should be used in assisting these alerts for greater fire detection.

Why do we need different types of fire alarm?

Different types of alarm exist due to the different types of fire. Believe it or not, fires act in different ways depending on what is burning, and is important to identify the fire as quickly as possible. Different alerts are better at discovering different fires, and choosing the right alarm for the right room could save your life one day.

Fires can be particularly smokey, often caused by the burning of papers or clothing etc, and burn rapidly, producing smaller smoke particles. The Ionisation alerts are better at detecting these fires.

Other fires can be a lot less smokey, often being harder to detect, and are caused by the burning of carpets, sofas or electrical devices. These fires tend to burn less quickly, producing larger smoke particles. Optical alerts will be better at detecting these fires.

Which fire alarm do I need?

This article is meant as a general guide, and for more detailed safety advice it is highly recommended that you contact your local Fire Service. This being said, the information below should help you decide.

  • Optical alarm: Living room, dining room, hallway
  • Ionisation alarm: Bedrooms, walk in wardrobes
  • Heat alarms: Dusty areas such as garages, unconverted lofts etc where the dust could interfere with the other alarm types.

Alarms are available as either battery operated, or mains operated with battery backup. The mains alarms will continue to work for a time after power is lost to the unit, but only as a backup. If this is the case, mains should be restored to …