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Celebrating the Bump: 3 Hot Baby Shower Trends

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Modern baby showers are starting to use more adult themes and have become significantly more practical. These days, dads-to-be take part in the celebration, too. Whether you are planning a baby shower for a friend, sister, cousin, or whomever else, here are some of the hottest baby shower trends parents-to-be will surely love:

PregnantPastel Theme

Baby blue, baby pink, and baby green have always been popular. Pastel colours will always be a favourite when it comes to baby shower trends—with people everywhere constantly reinventing the theme. According to Birthdays Wrapped Up, combining traditional pastels with white or an off-white eggshell colour can bring a touch of classy energy.

For a baby girl, combine baby pinks with rich browns. For baby boys, combine any shade of blue with browns, reds, and off-white for a bold yet soft palette.

Gender Reveal

Instead of finding out the baby’s gender in an ultrasound room, share the excitement with the shower guests. Ask the doctor to write the gender on a piece of paper, and have it sealed in an envelope. Give the paper to the baker—ask him to make the cake neutral on the outside and either pink, if it’s a girl, or blue, if it’s a boy, on the inside. When parents cut into the cake for the first slice, everyone will find out whether it’s a boy or a girl.

There are many other creative ways to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl. Think of different ideas and always have the ‘wow’ factor in mind.

Man Shower

Can you imagine your husband and his friends cooing around tiny baby clothes during a shower party? Okay, maybe not, but how about a beer party with a diaper drop at the door? Yes, dads are doing it. This kind of baby shower, often called “man shower” or “daddy diaper party,” is a guys-only gathering.

Guests often bring a pack of diapers for the soon-to-be dad. Generally, men love the idea—it’s a great excuse for a few hours of drinking and hanging out with the boys. You will end up with enough diapers that will last for months, too, so it’s really a win-win situation.

The last thing you want to do is use the same ideas that’s been done over and over again for baby showers. These fads can be your inspiration for your next creative and fun-filled baby-on-the-way bash.

Cathy Brunetti

Cathy is a law student in a university in the U.K. She writes blogs and reviews about constitutional law and house bills.

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Handling Breakables: Packing Fragile Items for Shipping and Storage

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Packing fragile items requires you to pay extra attention to all sorts of details. It is important to use the right cushioning materials and proper packing techniques to make sure fragile items remain safe for the duration of transport to your new home or while in a storage unit.

ICL.net.au shares a few tips on packing breakables for shipping and storage:

Quality Cardboard Boxes

Choose boxes made from corrugated cardboard or those with double or triple corrugated walls. Quality boxes protect your belongings and reduce the chances of items breaking, meaning less worries on your end. It is also best to match boxes according to item size and weight. Use double-walled boxes for heavy and large items. Refrain from using old boxes when packing breakables.

Bubble wrap for cushioningCushioning Materials

Use inflated products like bubble wrap to cover fragile items. You can also use packing peanuts to fill corners and other tiny spaces inside a box. For items like glass bottles and containers, use cardboard dividers for shock absorption. The use of proper packaging tape is also advisable when it comes to sealing your packages.

Packing Items

Place items in the centre of the container box with proper cushioning around it. Make sure to cover any sharp edges with foam or cardboard to avoid piercing the box. For additional security, double box the fragile item. You can place the box containing the fragile item in a slightly larger box and fill the spaces with cushioning materials.

Labelling Packages

Mark packages or boxes with ‘fragile’ or ‘handle with care’ labels. This will alert shipping handlers or movers that items inside may break. Don’t forget to label’ this side up’ for boxes that need to stay in a certain position whenever stationary or lifted. Mark all sides of the box so the labels are visible from any direction.

With the right material and techniques, you can pack your breakables successfully. Choose a reliable moving specialist and shipping container solution to ensure that your delicate belongings get to its destination safely.

Cathy Brunetti

Cathy is a law student in a university in the U.K. She writes blogs and reviews about constitutional law and house bills.

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Proper Care and Maintenance to Prevent Water Damages

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Discovering signs of water damage in your home can be extremely frustrating. Thing is, there really isn’t anything you can do but deal with it. Failure to address issues like leaks and water stains will only aggravate the problem.

When it comes to water damage, Lexington residents need not worry because there are many experts that can help fix the problem. Below is a guide on how to take care of your appliances and parts of your home to prevent water damages.

Kitchen sinkDishwasher

Check under the sink regularly for any sign of leakage. If the dishwasher’s base is warped or discolored, there might already be a constant leak that needs addressing. Soft flooring material or damage to neighboring cabinets may also be signs of water damage.

Refrigerator

The hose connection of refrigerators with an icemaker should be securely attached to the water supply line. Watch out for wet spots on the floor as this may be a sign that the icemaker is about to burst.

Sink

Check the caulks around your sink and replace anything that looks like it is deteriorating. Also, check the pipes for possible leaks. Clean your pipes if full drainage takes more time than usual because something might be blocking the pipes.

Toilets

Avoid throwing down the toilet, even toilet paper and other seemingly soluble products, as this may result in a clogged drain. Be careful with chlorine tablet cleaners because excessive use causes rubber parts or internal plastic to corrode, which may lead to leaks.

Preventing water damages will save you the trouble of replacing or repairing appliances and shelling out money. Always remember that while some issues might seem like minor problems that you can address yourself, sometimes it isn’t worth taking a chance. Professional help is always better if the problem involves anything that can potentially contribute to structural or foundational issues.

Cathy Brunetti

Cathy is a law student in a university in the U.K. She writes blogs and reviews about constitutional law and house bills.

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Apple Loses ‘Siri’ Patent Case To Chinese Company

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iphone-whiteTechnology giant Apple Inc. has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese company over intellectual property rights to intelligent personal assistant “Siri.”

A lower court in China ruled against Apple, upholding the validity of a patent claimed by Chinese company Zhizhen Network Technology. It protects the rights of the latter on “Xiaoi,” software similar to iPhone’s “Siri.”

Rejected Request

Apple took the Shanghai-based technology company and China’s State Intellectual Property Office to court in 2012. In an effort to win the case, Apple asked China’s patent review board to declare Zhizhen’s original patent ineffective, but the request was rejected.

Apple said it plans to take the case to the Beijing Higher People’s Court.

Open to Reasonable Discussions

“Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen’s patent before we introduced Siri (speech recognition technology) and we do not believe we are using this patent,” a Beijing-based spokeswoman of Apple said. “While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen.”

Xiaoi was granted the patents in 2009. Apple’s Siri, on the other hand, only made its formal debut in 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S.

Leola Schamber

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Attractive Landscaping Options for Yard Privacy

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There are plenty of clever and attractive ways to boost the privacy and security around your deck, yard, or garden. Solutions are available for all budget sizes, and these landscaping options can create your very own private and relaxing retreat.

Here’s a brief look at some of the things you can do to achieve the same goals:

Line Planting

Privacy plantings or green walls provide an appealing screening for your yard. It works well for tight spaces like light side yards or a small garden. You can use fast-growing plants such as sheared privet hedge or Italian Pencil Pine to separate adjoining yards. Tall evergreen trees planted together also make an elegant screening.
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Fencing

Install a private fence to block the view of prying eyes and to increase overall home security. Board fences are available in different styles to complement the layout of your home. You can use wood or aluminium; planting shrubs or flowering plants is also a good way to add more visual interest to a solid screening.

Layered Plants

Plant various shrubs, trees, and perennials to create a natural and layered privacy screen. Place tall trees in the background and put small flowering plants in the foreground to create depth, texture, and colour. You can also use shade trees that grow seven to nine metres tall to block the view from a second-storey window.

Masonry Walls

Masonry dividing walls are great for low-rise townhouses, as they reduce outdoor noise more than other construction materials. While masonry fences are more expensive, they last longer with a little maintenance. There are plenty of choices for masonry products that will suit the architecture of your property.

Wood Panels

Privacy screens like wood panels and lattice are excellent privacy options for your yard or garden. You can also add crawling plants to wood panels for a more natural look. Semitransparent screens are also a good option.

Keep prying eyes and noise pollution out of your home with these privacy and screen solutions. Work with reliable contractors or landscapers to help you create the most suitable fence of privacy screen for your property.

Cathy Brunetti

Cathy is a law student in a university in the U.K. She writes blogs and reviews about constitutional law and house bills.

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Building The Perfect Home: 3 Ways To Identify The Right Home Builder

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Architect with PlansWhen deciding to build a new home, you need to consider three things: security, durability and accessibility. You cannot, however, say that your home is perfect without the proper foundation and safe surroundings. It is only in rare cases that you can find the perfect home builder for your property while considering different factors.

To find a perfect home that fits your family’s needs, follow these three simple tips:

Define your needs

Early on, determine the specifications of your house—whether Mediterranean inspired design or some other, and include all the facilities you need. Then, choose the home builder that specialises in the field where your needs belong. It may also help you save time to check out some reviews on sites like homebuilderreviews.com.au so you can make better informed decisions. Find out also if your prospective company is licensed and insured. Doing your homework may at least save you time and other resources.

Inspect on-site houses for quality

To ensure the quality of work, tour model homes and units of your prospective developers. Check the house foundation and raw materials that the builder uses, from the product brands up to the type of materials. You can also look for past clients you may know, who may tell you about their previous arrangements, and if ever they have encountered problems with their projects, like green roofs and walls. Observe whether the builder’s employees elicit a certain sense of professionalism when dealing with your questions and other concerns. See to it that you would not be having a hard time reaching out to them when the need arises.

Check out the Masterplan

A professional homebuilder would suggest that clients take a look at the master plan, where details of the location of each home, street design and recreational facilities are discussed. This can help you when making the final decision, gauging the overall security and accessibility of the area. Also, do not hesitate to ask specific questions. You can measure the readiness and the quality of the work of a unit developer if they can address your queries well.

Before making the final decision, compare reviews of certain home builders and the quality of their on-site units. Keep in mind that finding the perfect home is not the solution. You can only be satisfied by making a property a perfect fit for your family’s lifestyle. Keep your radar strong for professional and quality home builders.

Cathy Brunetti

Cathy is a law student in a university in the U.K. She writes blogs and reviews about constitutional law and house bills.

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Russian MP Calls Fabio Capello A ‘Thief’ After World Cup Exit

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Vladimir Zhirnovsky, a member of the Russian parliament, called Fabio Capello a thief after leading the men’s football team into a dismal World Cup campaign. Apart from Zhirinovsky, other parliament members are calling for the Russia manager to leave his post.

Poor Performance

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Photo Credits: Paulblank | Wikimedia

Capello and his men failed to advance to the knockout rounds after losing one and drawing two of their group game matches. They faced early favorites Belgium, African side Algeria, and Asian heavyweights South Korea in Group G.

Many Russians were evidently disappointed with the side’s poor performance against a relatively balanced group. After their early exit, a flurry of criticisms was directed to the former England manager.

In for the Salary

Zhirnovsky and other MPs branded Capello a thief and accused him of accepting the job simply because of the salary. They even suggested that Capello should return half of the money to Russian taxpayers and resign from his post. The MPs want to Capello to be summoned to answer for the dismal results in this year’s World Cup.

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The Uncommon Signs of Dementia: Your Loved One Might Need Help

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Old woman's handsDementia is a generic term that people use to describe different conditions of memory loss and logical thinking. A good example is Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million people in the U.S. are suffering from this condition, making it the sixth leading cause of death.

If you identify some signs of dementia with an elderly loved one, it’s time to search for retirement communities offering memory care that can manage their care and medical needs. It’s important to be extra attentive to your elderly to detect early symptoms of the disease.

Physical Problems

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that the earliest signs of dementia might not be mental incapability, but physical complications. If your loved one is having problems walking and balancing or keeping their grip, then it can be a sign. These problems can also lead to slips and falls, which can be dangerous when they’re alone.

360-degree Behavior Turn

By observing how your loved one talks, you can tell if they’re starting to show signs of dementia or not. For instance, if they used to love entertaining guests, they might start saying insults or anything inappropriate without thinking if it’ll hurt others’ feelings.

More Gullible

Researchers from the University of California found out that the inability to detect sarcasm and lies could be an early sign of dementia. Elderly with degenerative brain diseases start to ignore things around them, so they don’t even try to figure out the difference between a sarcasm and lie. This happens more to elderly who suffers from front temporal dementia, as the frontal lobes are important in processing complex human behaviors.

Dementia is a serious condition that needs professional help. Identifying its early signs will help you plan for their future and ease their suffering.

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David owns a small gym in Australia. He has also trained several boxers in Canada and wrote a manual on workplace fitness management.

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Three Strategies for Maximising Content Reach

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content writingPowerful content dissemination is the key to a successful content strategy. This is why you need to have a strategic plan to maximise the impact of each piece you create. This can help you increase the return-on-investment in your content marketing campaign and ensure the efficiency of your marketing expenses.

Social Media Marketing

Share all the content you create on your social media channels. When sharing your content, however, think carefully about presenting the links. Make sure that the piece is interesting and benefits your readers. When sharing links, you can include a small summary of the content with a powerful call to action that can engage readers.

Each of your content should have a share button for other social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google Plus. This makes it easy for your readers to share your content with their friends.

Repositioning Content

A good way to maximise the value of a good content is repositioning the piece. If you have an engaging blog post, look for other ways to use it. You can use excerpts as social media content on social networking sites. You can breakdown the data and create a Slideshare presentation as well or turn it into an infographic.

You can expand a powerful blog post by developing it into a white paper. If you like visual or audio media, the blog topic could be a basis of a short video or podcast. Look at each piece of your content and determine how they can be repurposed for further use.

Measuring Your KPI

Key performance indicators of KPI can help maximise your content marketing effort. Establish a metric to observe and use to evaluate your success. This will help you know if you are taking the right path or not. Many search engine optimisation companies in Perth suggest focusing on certain areas such as conversion engagement, reach, and sentiment.

Integrate an efficient marketing strategy to your content marketing plan. Benefit from social media marketing and content repositioning to increase content exposure and your ROI. Work with a reliable SEO company to help you create a powerful content marketing dissemination strategy.

Chou Fannon

Chou is an online business owner and a computer savvy. She also writes blogs about information services.

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The Magic Number: Measuring Heat and Cold

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heating and air conditioningWhat’s the magic number? This question’s entered almost every industry imaginable. What’s the perfect combination of ingredients for a moist chocolate cake? What’s the best pace to maintain during a marathon? People are obsessed with numbers because it gives them a concrete alternative to abstract concepts. Skill turns into statistics, luck turns into probability; knowing something is good isn’t enough, people need to know why.

The magic number is commonly a myth because it’s virtually impossible for one number to account for the multitude of situations that people will find themselves in. But sometimes numbers defy their own odds, and come up with a solution that’s consistent for everyone regardless of the who, what, where, and when.

The lucky people who have found their own magic number are the professionals of the heating and cooling industry. Scientists have calculated the most comfortable temperature humans can enjoy, which is 72°F (22.22°C). Not too hot, not too cold, it’s a situation that may have made the author of Goldilocks and Three Bears giggle.

The magic number is constant no matter the location, whether it’s heating and air conditioning in Virginia Beach, Hawaii, or Alaska. The reason behind the magic number came from the human body itself. The normal body temperature runs at 98.6°F (37°C) and constantly generates heat at a rate to maintain that. This means that the body needs to be surrounded by cooler air in order to dissipate heat into the air, or else it’ll overheat.

If the surrounding air is at 72°F it allows heat to flow out of a person’s body at the same rate he or she generates it. What does this mean for people other than not sweating or shivering? For one thing, it improves the quality of sleep and help people regenerate better.

There are studies that look into the relationship between temperature and a person’s ability to fall asleep faster and have deeper REM (rapid eye movement) rest. Adjusting the thermostat to the magic number can save people time and money from constantly changing the temperature, and improve their health through proper rest.

It’s amazing to see what a couple of digits means to people, especially when they’re applied properly. Just imagine what would happen if everyone manages to find their own magic numbers.

Cathy Brunetti

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