3 Ways To Get Acquainted With A New Town

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Moving to a new town can be scary. However, it can also be an exciting venture. Instead of worrying about the area around you, embrace it by taking advantage of some of the different ways to experience all the town has to offer. In doing so, you can take the time to learn about the different attractions and navigate your way around town. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider looking into some of the different ways you can get acquainted with the town you live in. Visit the local chamber of commerce. Your local chamber of commerce can help provide you with a map of the area and point you in the direction of some of the different attractions that the town has to offer. They often have pamphlets or different guides that help those who are looking for something to do and aren’t familiar with the area. You can also speak to someone who lives in the town who might have some personal advice to give you. Individuals in the chamber of commerce often have first-hand experience with everything the town has to offer. Take a bus tour. Larger towns and cities often have bus tours available for you to come out and enjoy. The tour will take you around some of the main streets in town and show you where the main attractions are for you to come out and enjoy. Tours are offered at various days of the week to accommodate your individual schedule and allow you to schedule a day and time that is going to work for you and your needs. Depending on how big the area is, bus tours in your town might only be an hour or they could be more. Join a group in town. There are often a lot of different groups and organizations in town. By joining one of these groups, you can form a connection with someone who is used to the area and can help you find your way wherever you need to go. Not only will you form a lasting friendship that you might not have had before, but you will get to enjoy learning more about the area and some of the best places to eat, shop and more. By going through the different options above, you can learn more about the area in which you live. It won’t be long before you will be able to find your way around town quickly and...

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Learning To Swim As An Adult? Use These Tips To Help You

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting task. You might feel a little embarrassed about being a late starter and you might not know how to make your learning journey easier. Here are some things you can do to become an adult swimmer. Use Swimming Aids You might want to avoid getting any swim aids because you think they’re childish, but the right swim aids can help you focus on different elements of swimming so that you can become better overall. For instance, if you swim with a snorkel, you don’t have to worry about breathing. Instead, you can concentrate on your arm and leg movements. If you use a board, you can focus on your legs and kicking without having to breathe underwater. Look at all the swim aids available and consider how you might use them to make yourself a stronger swimmer. Get the Right Bathing Suit When you are trying to learn to swim as an adult, you have to rethink the string bikini or the huge board shorts. Look at what professional swimmers wear and consider getting a suit like theirs. With a proper bathing suit, you will be able to move more easily in the water and you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction while you’re trying to get your technique right. Join a Swim Club As an adult, it can be a challenge to find time to practice your swimming. And when you do, your local pool might be scheduled to run classes for children. It can be a challenge to find the time and right place to get your practice in. That’s why joining a swim club (like Jersey Wahoos Swim Club) can be a good idea. Not only will you be able to learn from other adults in the club, but you can improve your swimming with a purpose, as many swim clubs have competitions with other clubs in the area. Consider Private Swim Lessons You might be insecure about learning to swim as an adult, and with all the videos and information online you might think that you’ll be able to teach yourself. However, it can be helpful to have someone else observe what you’re doing and give you feedback to make things easier. Don’t worry that instructors will laugh at you; they are unlikely to do so. The individualized attention you receive will make you a better swimmer. Now that you have some ideas to help you get used to swimming as an adult, use the information above to get you started. Be sure to practice often so that you can be a better swimmer as time goes...

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4 Unique Ways To Entertain Guests At Your Wedding

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Planning your wedding is so much fun, especially once you realize that you can schedule anything you want. You get to decide what your wedding is like, and that’s a liberating thought. If you aren’t one for a black tie wedding, you may want to add a little personality to your reception. If you have a lot of people on the guest list, consider providing amazing entertainment options so they have something to do while you’re meeting and greeting. Your guests will stay longer and walk away thinking they just left the best wedding ever. Provide Yard Games  One way to entertain guests is by literally bringing in games for them to play. However, you can make it more fun and formal than putting board games out on each table. Create oversized, over-the-top yard games like life-size Jenga, Connect 4, and Bocce Ball. This is a great idea if your wedding venue is small and you want guests to enjoy the beautiful outdoor area at the reception.  Set Aside a Kids’ Area Another idea that will put you in the Reception Hall of Fame in your friends’ opinions is a kids’ area. When your wedding is laid-back and family friendly, there are bound to be small children running around. Your best friend may want to stay the entire night, but her 5-year-old will get bored within the hour. But not with a kids’ area! Set aside a corner with a plush rug, a little basket of books and toys, and kid-friendly snacks. Kids will enjoy themselves, and parents will thank you. Bring in a Caricature Artist If you want your guests to really enjoy themselves, bring in specialty entertainment like a caricature artist. They can set up an area near the photo booth and offer free caricature drawings for couples or even groups. You’ll bring in a state fair vibe (fun!), and guests will have a memento to take home at the end of the night. Who doesn’t love a personalized party favor?  Show Off a Fun First Dance  If you’re a natural dancer (or have always wanted to take wedding dance lessons), why not entertain guests yourself? Show off your moves with a truly entertaining first dance. Go for traditional ballroom, or spice it up with a spoof on a modern dance like the Nae Nae.  Whatever you decide to provide for entertainment, your guests will enjoy a personalized look at how you party. Make it your own and you can’t go...

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4 Tips For Planning Your Daughter’s DIY Princess Birthday Party

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Does your daughter have her heart set on a princess themed birthday party this year? Is your budget a little too tight to spend money on fancy decorations and favors? Don’t worry. You can plan a fun and memorable princess party and make many of the decorations and favors yourself. This will save you money and making the party items could be a fun experience for you and your daughter to share together. Here are four money-saving tips for planning your daughter’s princess party: Homemade invitations. There are plenty of princess-themed invites that you can order online or buy in party supply stores. However, it’s not necessary to buy fancy invites when you can make them yourself. Simply take a picture of your daughter in her favorite princess dress. Then simply upload the picture to your computer and create your own princess invitation. You can print the invites off from your home printer or take them to a print shop to have them printed on a heavier stock of paper. Princess cake. Again, you could get a princess cake from a baker, but that may be a little outside your budget. Instead, bake your own princess cake using a mixing bowl and a large plate. Put the cake batter on top of the plate and then put the bowl on top of the batter upside down. The bowl will give it a round shape much like the bottom half of a princess’s formal dress. When it’s done, you can decorate with icing to match your daughter’s favorite princess’s dress. You can also buy princess figures at many party supply stores to top off the special cake. Royal treats. A princess wouldn’t dine on pizza or hamburgers. Instead, create a meal fit for royalty with some basic items from your kitchen. Sandwiches are a good dish, but they shouldn’t be just regular sandwiches. Instead, use cookie cutters to turn them into formal finger sandwiches. You may even be able to find a crown-shaped cookie cutter to make the sandwiches match the party’s theme. Also, for a special treat, get some rock candy on sticks. You may be able to find pink-colored sticks at your local candy store. Then put those out on little plates at each seat around the table. They’ll look fancy and the kids will love them. Princess table ware. Finally, the table’s decoration can set the whole tone for the party. Use a pink table cloth and possibly put a white, lacy runner down the center. Create your own place mats out of colored paper. For an added touch, write quotes from your daughter’s favorite princess movies on each place mat. Quotes from movies like Cinderella, Snow White, and more recent movies could be a big hit. Ask your daughter what her favorite parts of the movies are to find good Frozen quotes, Cinderella quotes, and Tangled...

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Hassle-Free Ways To Liquidate Your Relative’s Estate

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are the executor of the estate of a relative who has recently passed away, then you are likely feeling completely overwhelmed with the task. The good news is that there are some specific things that you can do to make the process a lot easier for yourself. Here are three suggestions to help you begin to liquidate your beloved relative’s estate: Gather All of Your Family Together at Your Loved One’s Home As the members of your extended family are sending you their condolences, they are also offering to help if you need assistance with anything. While it is human nature to resist their offers for help, this is one time where you should accept the help of any family members willing to donate some time to the cause. Organize a “work day” that will take place at your relative’s home. When everyone is gathered at their home, then allow your relatives to take whatever items they were left in the will, or that they may have an emotional attachment to. This step is vital because it allows people the chance to take mementos of their loved one and helps to stop any arguments later down the line about the disbursement of the estate. Sell Unwanted Gold and Silver for Scrap While you are inventorying the items in the estate, you should remove any gold and silver. Rather than have these type of items sold at an estate sale, you should sell the metal for scrap to a local jeweler. This will bring in the highest cost, and it will eliminate items which are often stolen at estate sales. Outsource the Estate Sale If you do not have time to price items and hold an estate sale, then you should hire an estate liquidation company to hold the estate sale for you. The estate liquidation company will have their staff come out to the house and create a complete inventory and price items for sale.  On the day of the estate sale, the company’s representatives will be onsite and will handle all aspects of the sale. After all of the items have been sold, then the estate liquidation company will furnish you with a detailed listing of what items were sold, how much they sold for, etc… You may need this information for the probate courts. Final Thoughts By following the suggestions above, you can liquidate your relative’s estate quickly and with the least hassle for you and your family. If you would like professional help liquidating the estate, then you should contact a licensed, insured estate liquidation company in your local area. Talk to experts like International Auction Gallery for more...

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Planning A Backyard Wedding On A Tight Budget

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you have always imagined having an outdoor wedding, but your budget for the festivities is low, you can still create an unforgettable and beautiful event. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on flowers and decorations that people will enjoy for a few hours. More importantly, the day is about you and not décor. You can have a wedding in the yard of a family member or friend, at a local park that offers free rental, or somewhere that has property to rent at a low rate. When planning your reception, consider the following: Rent The Big Stuff There are some items that are easiest to rent, so you don’t have to deal with the set up and take down. All your need for your reception—or even for the ceremony itself—is a tent, tables, and chairs. The rental companies are going to do all of the heavy lifting, configuration and the take-down at the end of the event. You don’t have to worry about a thing. For more information, contact a company like Joliet Tent Co. Use Shabby Chic Décor You can get decorations for the event on a very tight budget, without having to sacrifice elegance. You can get floating lanterns to hang from the ceiling in packages at discount stores, along with crepe paper and balloons. You can also get candles at these stores, with a decorative mirror to place underneath—use these as the centerpieces with prepackaged flower petals. Add Christmas lights around the interior of the tent, place some fresh flower bouquets throughout the space, and you’ll have a complete look that is very low cost. Catering Is Easier Than You Think Do you ever sit at a wedding and feel like you are eating a bulk food store’s vegetables, salad or coleslaw? You probably are, because it’s easy for catering companies to purchase some of these items already prepped in bulk. You can get family members to help contribute or make a dish for the big day. You don’t need to have catered food to have a good time. Your budget wedding could be everything that you have ever dreamed of, if you think that you can manage to do the majority of the work on your own. You can get create and use ideas from pictures online to create your own decor and wedding theme, and you can save your money for the more important things that will come in your...

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