A Simple Guide To The World Of Wedding Favors

Wedding favors, may not be the first thing that most couples would think about on their wedding, but they shouldn’t be neglected either. Unfortunately, wedding favors are not given much attention but you should remember that although you are sharing memories on your wedding day, these favors are the ones that guests would take home to remind them of these beautiful memories.

Of course, if you are getting married, then you are probably wondering why you need to give out wedding favor boxes to your guests. How did this tradition started? Why do I need to hand out wedding favors? Well, you should know that there is actually a bit of history behind this tradition.

It has been hundreds of years since people started giving out favors on their wedding. This tradition mostly began in Europe, particularly within the aristocracy of Italy and France. The wedded couple would basically hand out special tokens or favors to their guests in the form of bonbonnierres, or small boxes made out of metal, porcelain, stones or even crystal. Inside you would find an assortment of confections for the guest to enjoy once he is home. The belief back then was when you hand out favors, you are also sharing them luck since weddings are deemed to be a time of fortune.

In this time and age, wedding favors have become a strong part of the wedding and not giving out favors would seem inappropriate. Favors are a way of showing your appreciation to your guests who have shared this wonderful day with you. There are couples who want their guests to remember their wedding day that is why they make their favors even more special.

Choosing your favors, however, can be quite a difficult task. There are important things that you would have to consider. A good research can always help you big time. Know that when you are looking for favors, you can actually choose between many different types of favors such as Traditional, Ethnic, Homemade, or even Themed flavors. You can pick out favors that are not edible as well, something that guests can keep and treasure forever.


Do Surfaces Matter When Running?

Different road surfaces have corresponding effects to one’s running routine. Each surface has a unique way of working on muscles, bones and joints of the body. The biomechanics of movement shifts depending on the texture, flatness and slope of the surface. Therefore, runners should adapt the approach and strength to the setting.

Natural Surface Paths

Grasses, dusts and sand are examples of natural surfaces. These kinds of surfaces provide rough and bumpy tracks which works out wider range of muscles. The uneven surface means the runner has to focus to avoid injuries. According to doctors, these are usually softer which lessens joint strains.

Man-made Surface Paths

These paths include concrete, asphalt and rubber. These surfaces are predictable, smooth and hard. The solidity makes the path tougher on the feet and knees. Doctors recommend avoiding concrete, which is the hardest, altogether. If other options are not possible, shoes should be made with top quality cushion to lessen the force when landing. Doctors caution that strong concrete landings can have too much force to break red blood cells which oxygenate other parts of the body. Running on cement also places a runner at greater risk for shin injuries.

Asphalt has lesser risks but it is still a threat for stress fractures. Rubber is a better option because it doesn’t force joints too much.

Choosing the better surface

The kind of surface that is ideal for you is a personal choice.  It is determined by your level of ease and disposition. There are medical studies conducted to help you decide on which surface to adopt or avoid.

A research done in Hong Kong found that running on grass caused low stress on the plantar fascia. This ligament is often injured when running.

Majority of doctors agree that natural surfaces are the best for running. Hirofumi Tanaka, who is a physiologist from Texas, opposes. He argued that bumpy paths of dirt and soft paths are risky. He prefers flat and hard pavements.

It would be best to vary surfaces to give the body a challenge. If concrete will be used, make sure to have great running shoes and reversible running jacket for protection.

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How To Throw The Perfect Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

During the Christmas season, you will find numerous people wearing hideous looking sweaters called ugly Christmas sweaters which can be bought from the local store, online shops like and can even be found inside your grandmother’s old trunk. You would be surprised, or not, to find out that these atrocious clothing is actually a thing during the Christmas season. In fact, wearing them has become such a trend because of the so-called Ugly Christmas Sweater parties.

You should know that without these parties, ugly Christmas sweaters would not have been as popular as they are today. These parties allow everyone who participates to go all out and let loose without having to think about the limits that society has placed upon the people. During parties like this, the ridiculous becomes the cool.

Now, if you want to be cool during the Christmas season, why not throw the coolest ugly Christmas sweater? Planning and throwing the party is just easy! But if you really want to turn the party up, you can follow these simple tips below.

For the invitations, make sure to make them fun and even exciting. Remember, ugly Christmas sweater parties stray from the norm so make sure to make the invitations as crazy as you can so that your guests would have inkling on how fun your party is going to be. Do not forget to encourage your guests to go over the top. You can even create a Facebook page for your party.

For the decorations, you can visit the local Wal-Mart and find the most colorful lights and the gaudiest decorations you can find. Stockings and garlands could work. As for the food, you can bake Christmas cupcakes and cookies.


Misconceptions Regarding Laser Eye Surgery

For an individual who has been suffering with poor vision all his life, it is not surprising that a laser eye treatment could be the only saving grace and is an online service that aims to help individuals find the suitable eye laser clinic for them.
Every patient is different. While some have experienced a huge improvement a few days after the surgery, there are some that don’t and every individual’s reaction to treatment is different. Here are some of the mostly asked questions when it comes to the topic of laser eyes surgery and here are some facts to answer to questions and debunk the myths.
– How to determine if a patient requires a laser eye surgery and not just surgeons luring them in to get more patients? A good surgeon will know when a person is suitable to undergo a laser treatment and should also know how to let patients know if they are not qualified for various reasons such as medical conditions. A clinic that has never turned down one client despite the high number is obviously suspicious.
– Will the effect wear off after a few years? Once a person has undergone laser procedure then it will last a lifetime contrary to the myth that it wears off eventually. Thought there is a very small percentage that experiences regress, the patient could undergo a second procedure which could be very beneficial in this case. The regress could be caused the natural healing which commences after the procedure is over. Every person is different and some may overheal or underheal which can be the main cause for the regress.
– What are the most common procedures used in laser treatment? There are two different techniques used in laser treatment. The first and commonly used by almost 90% of the patients is called LASIK. This is done with the help of two high speed and accurate laser beams. The first one creates a flap on the eye’s cornea while the other one is responsible in changing the shape of the eye which helps in correcting the vision. The second technique is called LASEK or laser epithelial keratomileusis. This procedure is done by removing a thin layer from the eye’s surface while the laser beam reshaped the curvature of the eye. This method is done for almost 10% of the patients.


Getting to Know More about the Different Basic Types of Boilers

When you need to conduct boiler repairs by plumbers in Norwich, naturally, you would first need to determine which type of boiler you have. Of course, you can ask the professional you have hired to do that for you but it doesn’t hurt to help the repairman a little bit by informing him what he’s up against.

To help you out a little bit, here are the different types of boilers that you may encounter.

Basically, there are two main types of boilers: the Fire Tube Boiler and the Water Tube Boiler.

In a Fire Tube Boiler, hot gases would travel through a specific tube and the water in boiler, which is located in the shell side, will then be converted into steam. Usually, the steam capacity of fire tube boilers is relatively small that is why it is often only used for activities that make use of only little steam.

In a Water Tube Boiler, on the other hand, the boiler feed water is the one that passes through the tubes, as opposed to fire tube boilers wherein the heat passes through the tubes. The water is then heated by the combustion gases formed in the combustion chamber below the boiler and is then turned to steam. Water tube boilers are often used for activities that have a high steam demand.


Besides these two main types of boilers, there are also other specialized types.

The Packaged Boilers are basically boilers that come in a package, just like what its name implies. When one buys a packaged boiler, you would only need the steam, water pipe works, the electrical conduits and the fuel supply for it to be operational. Most packaged boilers are designed like a shell and are mostly of fire tube design. This is also the reason as to why fire tube boilers often come in a packaged construction. Its design, along with the help of radiation and convection, will enable the packaged boiler to achieve high rates of heat transfer.


There are still a lot more types but the three mentioned above are probably the only ones you should really know about.


More Self Storage Facilities Being Built For Hoarders Like Me

Self-storage through became my option when I decided to downsize the home after the kids have left the nest in order to cut down costs. I never realized that I have accumulated so many personal belongings. After sorting through our things at the attic, I found out that there are so many items that will not fit in the new home. I have grown attached to some of the mementos over the course of our life and I needed to put them in a self-storage facility because I can’t bear the thought of giving them away.

I know that I am guilty of hoarding but that is not surprising considering that so many homeowners have been documented for their hording tendencies. What is astonishing is the sheer amount of belongings that I have collected over the years. Some of the stuff was in the garage while other items were stored in the attic. The kids also have a bunch of stuff that they have treasured and I believe they want some of their things preserved and not given away to people who do not understand the memories attached to every item.

Some of my neighbors were suggesting that I sell some of the items but unless the things are in high demand, I don’t expect to make big bucks from it. Not all people are interested on second-hand items particularly the younger generation who have an entirely different idea when it comes to bric-a-bracs.

The only acceptable option is to rent a self-storage unit for short term until I have decided on a better solution. Besides that, I still have to wait for the kids to decide whether they still want to keep some of the items from their childhood. Many people will think that most of the items do not have value because they do not understand a memory that does not provide value to someone else.

A lot of self-storage facilities are available in our area and I have heard news that they are building more. After all I am not the only one who loves to hoard. Everybody else does but they try to make it fit in the garage.

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3 Simple Tips to Help Beginning Photographers

Life may be a long and winding road filled with humps and stopovers but the whole experience of it is too beautiful for you to not be taking pictures. Every day, people make new memories. Some are good while some are not so good. But for the special moments that turn into wonderful memories, they are the ones you want to capture the most and treasure. Cameras can do that. They can capture the best of the memories and preserving them for you to look back on in the future. So if you have just bought a camera for yourself to face the world and capture the moments worth saving, you should know that it’s not as easy as it may seem. It’s not just a simple ‘position the camera then click’ like what you may be thinking. If you are just starting with photography then there are some things you would need to remember.


  1. Do not worry too much about the quality of your digital camera. Sure there are cameras that may be more advanced than others but what you should know is that any camera is able to produce stunning pictures. In the end, it all comes down to what you choose to include in the picture and how it is framed.
  2. It’s all about the light. When you capture a picture, make sure to wait for the right light. That would mean waiting for the right quality, direction and quantity. If you want more detail and less contrast, you should shoot when the light is softer and diffused.
  3. When recording photos, there are only two file formats to choose from: JPEG or RAW. Between the two, it is recommended that you always choose the RAW format. When an image is recorded in JPEG, it becomes too compressed. Meaning, there is no chance to edit on it unless you go for Photoshop or other editing software. Also, the more you edit JPEG images, the lesser quality it becomes. When you choose RAW, you will be allowed to go back on the image and make some changes if ever the need arises.
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Helpful Tips You Need To Remember To Avoid Travel Scam

You hadn’t fully lived if you had never traveled before. But when you do decide to go on that long awaited trip, you would have to keep in mind a few things. Travelling can be very hard. There are a lot of processes that you would have to undergo and if you are unprepared and unaware, then you might get into a tight spot. But the worst possible thing to happen to you is probably travel scam. Know that there are some companies who can scam you if you are not careful and to avoid them, you can follow these tips below.


  1. The first thing to remember is that when you are offered by a company a good bargain on a trip but would not be given all the details unless the payment has been made, then something is definitely fishy. Do not go for it.
  2. You should always be skeptical when it comes to unsolicited messages that say you have been chosen as a winner and is rewarded with a free vacation because if you know nothing about ever signing up for a contest, then something is wrong.
  3. It will do you a great deal if you learn to do some research. There are offers that would seem appealing but you should know that there are some offers that have so many requirements and restrictions that it would be difficult for you to actually go on a trip. There are also cases where you end up paying more than what you have bargained for.
  4. When you purchase travel services, you should make a background check on the company you are working with. Make sure they are part of an authorized association.
  5. You should only give out your credit card number and other valuable information when you are sure that the company you have chosen can be trusted.
  6. Before you make any payments, make sure that you have already received all the information and details such as price, trips, cancellation and penalties.
  7. If possible, make sure to always pay via credit card because credit card users can refuse to pay services that have not been rendered to them.
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Exploring a Rich and Well Preserved Culture On Top Of the Mountains

Batad Rice Terraces is 350 kilometers from Manila the capital of the Philippines Islands. There is no airport in Banaue and the only way to reach the rice terraces is through car or public transport. The best time of the year to visit Banaue is from January to June because there is less rain.

I have always been intrigued about the Cordillera Mountains in Northern Luzon and I thought I should do something about this desire before I visit other tourist spots all over the world. Besides that my savings are not yet enough to take me to Singapore or South Korea.

The problem about going to Banaue is the lack of transportation because only a few buses ply the route from Manila. It takes a lot of planning to go Banaue and we decided to go first to Baguio City the Summer Capital of the Philippines and then Sagada before we take a jeepney ride to Banaue. However, it seems that we need to hike for a few hours to reach Batad Rice Terraces.

Unlike Baguio which has all the trappings of a small city, Sagada is more laid back although there are lots of local tourists. The January weather was a bit harsh and the air was so cold even with the multiple layers of clothing, two sets of socks and thick denim pants. Internet connectivity was spotty and I felt that we were isolated from civilization.

When we reached the jeepney stop in Banaue, it meant we have to go down and start with the trek. We had a guide who helped us through the slippery and muddy path until we reached a sign that says Batad. A few more minutes of trekking and we will finally see the Batad Rice Terraces. It looked exactly like the pictures with the perfect rows of terraces planted with organic rice. The terraces have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List which meant that the wonderful view will be untouched by modern technology. Life here is very basic and I felt that I was in a different world surrounded by mountains and trees with no modern infrastructure. The people are happy and that is all that matters.

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The Contrast of Modern and Ancient Culture In Bangkok

It was my first time to travel to Bangkok, Thailand in Southeast Asia and I was surprised to find it teeming with tourists both local and foreigners. There are tourists in every corner and they are obviously delighted with the city that is a mixture of modernity and ancient culture. There are luxury malls and high end hotels everywhere but you can’t help but notice the ancient temples in their majestic glory.

I arrived in Bangkok through the Suvarnabhumi Airport that has all the facilities expected from a major airport. There are ATM machines, money exchangers, taxis for hire, duty-free shops and restaurants. I can’t help but wonder whether this is really an airport or a giant mall. Currency exchange was quite abundant but I was advised to exchange my dollars to baht when I reach the city to gain a much better rate.

Although taxis seemed to be reasonably priced, I chose the Airport Rail Link which was the fastest way to reach the city. I will be able to avoid the horrendous rush hour traffic for which Bangkok is known for. I have friends waiting for me and I have to see them quickly before I get lost in this busy Asian city.

I have some friends in Bangkok whom I met online and they promised to show me the city whenever I got there. True to their word, my Bangkok friends guided me through a tour to Bangkok. They took me to a really very nice market where there were lots of street foods. We bought many spices and one of my friends cooked this original Thai meal for 12 persons.

It is not difficult being a tourist in Bangkok because there were signs written in English language obviously for the benefit of tourists who do not understand Thai. There is life in the waters because ordinary people lived on bamboo rafts with floating vendors selling all sorts of fruits and vegetables. Life for the ordinary Thai is in contrast to the obvious extravagance of the city. The ancient also blends with the modern and surprisingly it works. There is so much to see and experience but before I leave I would be visiting one of those beautiful Buddhist temples.

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How To Lose Weight With A Few Lifestyle Changes

It is a familiar story every year. People make a list of New Year’s resolutions and it includes the vow to lose weight. How many honor the promise? A few days after the New Year, you are back to your normal routine of eating chocolate cupcakes and drinking lots of soda. The pounds you knocked down through a low-calorie diet are back with a vengeance. Diet is over until the next year when you will promise once again to eat right and exercise regularly.

How to lose weight by tweaking your lifestyle
1. If you eat at restaurants a lot, try to cut back the habit to at least once a week. Instead of your favorite pasta, why not try chicken salad, for a change?
2. Stop the routine of buying snacks at the grocery. If you crave for a bag of chips or chocolate bar, try walking to the farthest store. You will learn to ignore the cravings because of inconvenience.
3. Skipping breakfast does not make you lose weight. Opt for a sandwich with natural peanut butter instead of bacon and eggs.
4. No matter how busy you are, try to fit in small bouts of exercise to your daily regimen. You can do some crunches during TV commercials or dance while washing the dishes. Be active and stop munching while watching TV.
5. Quit smoking because it is not healthy.
6. Clean up the pantry to avoid over indulging in ice cream. Replace you sweet food stock with low-calorie snacks.
7. When you are on a night-out, dinner usually consists of deep-fried meals. Encourage your colleagues to join you in walking or running around the local track and grab a healthier dinner.
8. Make the effort to add vegetables to your diet. Opt for pizza with green peppers and arugula instead of loaded with pepperoni.
Determination and self control is very important when you want to lose weight. On the other hand, you can buy HCG to help you lose weight fast. When complemented with low-calorie diet and regular exercise, you will soon look amazing in a swimsuit. No more embarrassing belly fat.

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Tips For A Successful HCG Weight Loss

To go on diet is never a walk in the park. There are so many challenges and temptations along the way but if you are focused on your HCG weight loss endeavor, there is no reason why you will not achieve your goals. There are numerous slimming products available online but when you choose, go for a product that is FDA approved and one that is trusted by more dieters around the world. To make your slimming journey an easier one, take a look at the following tips:

Avoid unhealthy food

Unhealthy foods are those that are generally considered as fattening and high cholesterol. food that are found in fast food chains and burger joints are considered to be unhealthy while chips, soda and other high sodium food groups are considered as junk foods. Instead of taking those sugary chocolate bars and cakes, go for healthy snacks such as fresh salads and fruits for your snacks. Also, instead of drinking colored drinks, go for water. Drink plenty of water within the day or at least 2 gallons to flush out toxins and to speed up your metabolism. Water is also known to lower weight and suppress hunger.

Prepare your own meals

The good thing about preparing your own meals is that you know exactly what type of ingredients you put in your meals. You can choose healthy ingredients to substitute fattening and high cholesterol ingredients such as olive oil or virgin coconut oil to corn oil and other vegetable oils. It would also be best to cook your food during the weekend and apportion it for the entire week in order to augment your HCG weight loss. It would also be better if you would bring your lunch to the office to avoid buying food that you are not sure of its contents.

Go on low carb diet

Follow a low carb diet with a limit of 500 to 550 daily calorie consumption while taking HCG weight loss product. Avoid starchy food such as white bread and potatoes. Do light exercises such as walking and jogging to firm up your body.