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September 2013

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What to See and Do in St. Lucia

ID 100155959 198x300 What to See and Do in St. Lucia

If you are looking for a great Caribbean getaway, the sovereign island nation of St. Lucia should definitely be in the running. You can find everything here, from amazing beaches to rich culture and tradition. There is no shortage of quality accommodations, and this island is thought to have some of the best all-inclusive resorts in all of the Caribbean.  If you are wondering how you will fill your days here, below is just a small sampling of the different parts of St. Lucia and the sights and activities on offer. Almost all hotels will have a tourist desk where you can arrange trips around the island.

Castries

Castries, the capital, is one of the most visited areas of the island, and the point of entry for the numerous cruises that stop here. It is centered on the harbor, which sites in the crater of an extinct volcano. Numerous large fires destroyed much of the city, and it has a more modern look than other capital cities in the West Indies. While the architecture may not be much to look at from the perspective of a tourist, the public market is one of the most interesting in all of this part of the Caribbean. If you love people-watching and experiencing a true taste of the local culture, this is not to be missed—it is most hopping on Friday and Saturday morning, and open every day except Sunday. Here you can view women in their traditional dress peddling all sorts of wares from delicious fresh fruit to pottery. You also want to check out Derek Walcott Square, a green space that is also home to a beautiful church.

Rodney Bay

Just 15 minutes drive from the capital, Rodney Bay is one of the tourist hot spots of St. Lucia. It is chock full of hotels, restaurants and nightlife. If you are into watersports, this is one of the top spots in all of the Caribbean. For those of you that like to be close to a happening nighttime scene definitely stay nearby in a resort at St. Lucia; this is the busiest part of the island once the sun sets.

Soufriere

Soufriere, a lovely little fishing port is the second-largest settlement on the island, and one of the top tourist areas of St. Lucia. The area is dominated by Petit Piton and Gros Piton, two pointed hills that are the symbol of the country. They are made from lava and rock, but are now home to lush green vegetation. Rising from the sea, they are visible for miles. As for climbing the hills, most recommend only attempting Gros Piton with an experienced guide. Another popular nearby sight is Mount Soufriere, also dubbed the ‘’drive-in’’ volcano. You can cruise into the millions-years old crater along a winding road, park and walk through a trail full of observation decks where you can take in the amazing sights of sulfur springs and hissing steam.

Marigot Bay

Many a movie has used the scenery here for background shots. This narrow bay is considered one of the most beautiful in all of the Caribbean. If you are interested in visiting a relatively unspoiled beach area, this is a great place to relax, have a picnic and just soak up the beauty of the island.

About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about all things travel.

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Picking The Perfect Jewellery Box 101

You’re a lucky girl; your partner has just splashed out a months’ worth of savings to net you that sparkling jewellery that will make you talk of the street. Unfortunately, as soon as you return home, it’s left on the side to rot.

Perfect Jewellery Box Picking The Perfect Jewellery Box 101

This is the exact situation that occurs with many people, who don’t decide to invest in an adequate jewellery box. An era or two ago, jewellery boxes were big business and women would spend good money in finding a decent place for their rings, bracelets, necklaces and whatever else to be stored. However, nowadays it doesn’t seem to be quite as important although considering the various risks that are associated with jewellery, you have to question why this is the case. For starters, there is the obvious issue of items going missing, while many forget that a lot of jewellery is susceptible to discolouration and other defects if it is not stored correctly.

Bearing this in mind, the remainder of this article is going to walk through the various factors that should be considered whilst purchasing a jewellery box. Of course, there are now plenty of other ways to store jewellery and if we were to take a specific example, a jewellery tree is probably the next most popular one. Nevertheless, we’re going to concentrate on the most traditional and secure method, as we delve into what you need to think of when buying your next jewellery box.

Don’t cheap out

Aside from the security and conditioning, the whole point of getting a jewellery box is so your pieces are not sprawled around the house, cluttering desks up. Therefore, it’s got to look good, and most cheap materials don’t cut it. Wood is by far and away the most popular option and if you are looking for that premium finish, this is the one you should go for. Fabrics can work as well, but there are obvious durability issues – particularly if you have a lot of jewellery that is going to weigh the casing down.

Opt for lots of cushioning

This really shouldn’t be an option – it’s a necessity. There’s a reason why jewellery boxes arrive with padded foam, and it’s not to keep your prize possessions comfy. Scientific studies have proven that jewellery deteriorates when it experiences too much contact with the air, with cosmetic pieces generally the ones that fail first. Therefore, the cushioning helps to reduce the air flow around the box and will hopefully preserve your pieces for much longer.

Do you need security?

If you’re not interested in security, some may argue that the jewellery tree or a similar storage option should be considered. However, most modern cases arrive with a key to keep unwanted hands away. Admittedly, they’re not too reliable if your house gets burgled, but if you’re just trying to keep your daughter from constantly borrowing your most valuable possessions it might be advisable to purchase one with a locking mechanism.

How many compartments do you need?

If your jewellery collection is quite low, the answer to this question is quite self-explanatory. It’s certainly not advisable to crunch all of your pieces together in the same drawer and the general rule is to always have a little more space inside than you actually need. Therefore, you should look to have at least several compartments to separate your gold’s, silvers, or even the types of pieces in your collection.

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New Clothing Lines Offer More Choices for Young Girls

Many parents have become frustrated with the clothing on the market for young girls. They said that girls have very few options available. Most clothing companies make clothes that are pink or are otherwise made to distinguish the differences between the genders.

Many feminists have complained about the lack of options available to children who don’t want to confine themselves to stereotypical gender roles. Many girls are interested in sports and other things that larger companies don’t consider when they make clothing lines. This limits the options of many parents.

Several new companies are starting to offer more options that don’t extenuate the differences as much. You may want to know about these clothing lines and consider using them for your child.

New Clothing Lines New Clothing Lines Offer More Choices for Young Girls

Benefits of New Clothing Lines

Many traditional clothing companies seem to make a lot of assumptions about what different genders want. They don’t seem to see children as individuals who have their own personalities and preferences. These generalizations end up hurting children who don’t want to go along with the status quo.

These new lines will help young girls find clothing that suits their needs. You may want to look into them if your daughter is more of a tomboy or simply isn’t interested in the clothing available in most stores.

Girls Are Happy With New Clothing Options

Many girls are happy that they finally have the opportunity to buy lines of clothing that fit their needs. Grace Gericke and Maya Choksi are two cousins who decided that they weren’t interested in dressing in normal girls’ clothes. They made this decision when they were three years old and their parents tried to accommodate them as much as possible.

Unfortunately, Grace and Maya’s parents had trouble finding clothing that their daughters wanted to wear. The only clothing that they could find was in the boy’s section of clothing stores.

Grace and Maya’s mothers discussed their ordeals at family gatherings. Laura Burns and Sharon Burns Choksi eventually started their own clothing company that sells clothing their daughters and other girls are interested in.

Laura and Sharon did a number of different things to distinguish their clothing from other lines. Here are some of the differences between the two lines of clothing:

  • Their clothes feature baseball, basketball and other sports.
  • Some of the clothing has mottos that help inspire girls’ confidence.
  • They use classic iron on clothing labels to make the clothing unique.

Grace and Maya are both very happy with the clothing their mothers created. Other mothers are interested in this clothing as well.

Other Companies Following Suit

Laura and Sharon aren’t the only disgruntled parents who decided to create their own clothing lines. Several other parents have started making gender neutral clothing for their daughters and other young girls who don’t want to buy traditional girl’s clothing. One firm in New England is operating a similar model and has become very popular.

This may be the beginning of a new trend. Traditional clothing companies may start changing their lines of girls’ clothing and adding more gender neutral options.

About the Author: Kalen is a freelance lifestyle and family writer. He shares tips about parenting and consumerism.

Lifestyle,

Ideas: Win a Child Talent Show

A lot of parents get excited if they get a chance to take their baby to talent shows where they can see their little ones highlighting their talents. A baby talent show is an awesome platform to build a good career in modeling or in any entertainment industry. Now a day’s talent shows are extremely popular and attract a lot of viewer, not only that they also opened up few career choices for their participants.

Joining a baby contest can be pricey. Sometimes you may find information on different competition in websites and baby product packages. These are great ways to win some complementary products. But winning a baby competition is not that easy. So it’s better to follow certain tips on how to win a baby contest.

child talent show Ideas: Win a Child Talent Show

Participation

Enrolling your baby in any contest is not a tough task. With the facility of internet you can browse through various baby contests online and can join one without any hassle. You can settle down in your home and participate in as many competitions you want. Through this way you can easily judge which one to choose to be successful and which to leave. Try to choose a contest that gives importance to merit.

Give importance

Don’t be sluggish while filling up the entry form because you may have to provide vital information and make sure to present the best pictures of your baby. Once you start participating in these competitions you will understand the nature of these contests and on what areas the judges are giving importance. Be unique, this will help your baby to stand out of others and will also help your baby to establish a distinct identity in the mix. You will be astonished to notice how easily you are wining prizes from these competitions by simply submitting pictures. Don’t get disheartened if you failed to win big prizes because the experienced you gained from these competitions will give you enough insights on how to win a baby contest.

Talent agency or coach

Hiring a talent coach can also be a good option to prepare your child for any contest. They are very professional and can exactly figure out what needs to be done to be successful. They always have certain unique techniques through which they can nurture your baby and make him or her presentable in competitions.

Be an opportunist

There are certain competitions where you need to give more effort. You should be looking for these opportunities as certain parents will be lazy enough to join these contests. If you can give a little bit more effort you will have high chance to celebrate the victory. If you want to participate in a photo contest, you should be choosy while selecting photographs. You might have to sacrifice your choice and give importance to what judges are expecting.

Pictures

You should have quality pictures of your baby to make an impression in front of the judge. While taking pictures you must select a proper background. Make sure it doesn’t have any kind of distraction.

Prepare early

Start preparation at an early stage. Select your baby’s outfit that he or she is going to wear in the contest.  If you want your baby to carry props then make sure it is working properly. Last but not the least; try to have one “emergency repair kit” to be on the safe side.

You should remember few things while participating in a baby contest. With proper planning and little effort you can easily be a winner.

Wedding,

Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

ID 100100386 300x199 Gift Ideas for Your BridesmaidsYour bridesmaids are your closest friends and family, and you have chosen to have them share your most special day with you. Being in a bridal party can involve a lot of time and money, and it is customary to purchase a gift to show your appreciation for their participation. There is no one best type of gift, and what you decide to give them will ultimately depend on several individual factors, from your budget to the group of women in your party. Here are some tips for choosing a gift that everyone will love.

Gifts to Offset Wedding Costs

Having been in two weddings in the last few months, I can attest to the fact that it is not a cheap affair. You are shelling out money for dresses, shoes, alterations, the bridal shower, hair, makeup and possibly travel costs if you live far away. If you feel the tab for your wedding party is running a bit high, consider doing something like paying for dresses, or hair and make-up. I am sure they will appreciate lightening the load on their wallet.

Unique Gifts for Each Girl

There is no rule that says you must purchase the same gift for each bridesmaid; you might consider giving each girl a unique gift based on her personality, interests and the like. I am sure she will appreciate that you picked a gift that was just for her. But, even if you give different gifts, it is a good idea to make sure they all cost around the same amount of money.

Accessories for the Day of the Wedding

Accessories for the day of the wedding are a classic gift idea, and the girls will have one less thing to worry about. Typically, you want to get items that they can wear on other occasions. My sister gave her bridal party some beautiful earrings that we could wear anytime. If you are interested in personalised gift ideas, consider getting a tote with their names embroidered, that contains jewelry, comfy flip flops to wear at the reception, some treats to snack on and maybe a cute shirt that everyone can wear while getting their hair done. At my sister’s wedding, she got everyone in the bridal party a cute pink tank top that ‘’bridesmaid’’ written across the front.

Destination Wedding Ideas

If you are having a destination wedding, you can tie your gift into the event. If you are tying the knot at the shore, a beach bag with a towel and other beachy stuff is great. A gift certificate for the spa or some other local activity is a great addition. Trinkets and foods related to the destination are also good ideas—for example, if you are getting married in New York, you must include an I Heart NY shirt for sure.

Pampering

Pampering is a great theme for bridesmaids gifts. You can put together a gift basket full of treats they will love, such as a plush robe or set of pajamas, all sorts of lotions, soaps, beauty masks, makeup, and a gift certificate to a spa.

About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things weddings.

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Planning a Wedding without Driving Yourself Crazy

ID 1003624 300x213 Planning a Wedding without Driving Yourself CrazyTalk to any couple planning a wedding, and more likely than not, the first thing they will tell you is how stressful the experience is. Understandable since many regard it as the most important day of their life; there is a lot to be done and even more money to be spent. If you are about to embark on the odyssey of planning your wedding, here are some tips that will leave you not wanting to pull your hair out.

What Do You Want?

In life, we get wrapped up in a lot of ‘’shoulds’’ and we are particularly vulnerable when it comes to weddings. We have been led to believe that there is a certain way they need to be done, certain things that you ‘’must’’ have or do. We say it is tradition. We act as if these guidelines are some sort of law. Everyone and their uncle is probably telling you all the things you ‘’should’’ be doing. But, if you want to keep your sanity, you need to clarify your personal vision for your wedding. What do you and your fiancé want to do? Where do you want the wedding? When do you want it? Do you envision a big affair or a more intimate gathering of close friends and family? You need to stick to your guns and not give in to pressure. If you want a small affair, you have to stand firm when your mother insists on inviting the members of her book club that you never met, or your second cousins who you have not seen since you were in elementary school.

Crunch Numbers Early On

The cost of weddings is the primary reason people find them so stressful. My sister recently spent almost 40,000 on a wedding in NJ and she informed me that this was considered ‘’budget.’’ It is way too easy for the spending to get out of control if you do not have a clear idea right from the get-go about what type of money you can spend and/or are comfortable spending on a one-day event. So, before you even book a date, know what type of funds you are working with. If your parents have offered to contribute financially, make sure you are aware of any conditions associated with that money, such as having more input in the planning process. Some may feel that since it is their money, they have the final say over how it is spent, while other families will let you do as you please with it. You and your fiancé need to talk about how much money you are willing to spend and commit to sticking to this number—this will prevent you from getting swayed by elements that will put you over your budget.

Delegate

It is your day so naturally you want to have a great deal of control over the process, and final say on every last detail. But, this does not mean that you need to do every last thing on your own. Your fiancé, family and wedding party are there to help. Think about what tasks you would feel comfortable delegating to other people so that you can take a bit off your plate.

Will This Matter?

If you are feeling stressed about any aspect of the wedding, a good question to ask yourself is ‘’will this really matter?’’ when trying to make decisions. This can help keep things in perspective, prevent you from spending money on things you really do not want to spend money on, like personalized napkins or candies, and allow you to focus your efforts and funds on the things that are truly important to you, like that great photographer or awesome DJ.

About the Author:This post was written by Kristopher Gerner, Ocean Isle photographer who knows just how to capture the moments of your special day.

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Lifestyle,

Photo Booth Business – Things You Must Keep in Mind before Starting

If you want to run a photo booth business then you must be careful about it. Since the competition is very high in this field so you must confirm that your service has some thing unique and special to attract the clients. The demand of photo booth service is very high in today’s society. People like to have this event in their parties and receptions. This is a great fun for the guests. So if you cannot be able to provide your service in an exclusive manner then your competitors will take the market from you.

Before you look for any StrikeaPose photo booths for sale there are some factors that you need to be careful about if you want to get a good position in the market of photo booth hiring business.

Good Quality Camera:

You need to have a good quality camera in your photo booth. This is the main ingredient of your business and you have to be sure about its high quality. Normally a photo booth can have either digital camera or a classic one. Digital cameras provide better quality photos than the classic ones. If your clients find that the camera is not able to give them some great snaps then they may not feel interested to hire your service. So you must make sure that you have the best one. Do not use the “web cam” cameras inside since they provide very poor quality resolution of the pictures. You try to install a DSLR camera inside the booth so that your clients will get their desired photos in the best form.

Photo Booth Business Photo Booth Business – Things You Must Keep in Mind before Starting

Best Quality Printer:

Camera is not the only thing that can determine the quality of a picture. There is the printer that plays a vital role when it comes to the photographs. You must install best quality printers inside your booth so that you can give the best print of the photos to your clients. Use the “sub dye” printers instead of any regular photo printers in order to make it sure that the print will be nice and attractive. This type pf printer uses ribbon type of ink which is able to provide you professional print like any photo studio.

Exclusive Packages:

Apart from having the best technology inside your booth, you need to offer some extra service to your clients in order to attract them. You can offer them some exclusive packages along with your regular pricing. For example, you can offer a discount on your service if it is hired for an overnight party. For parties on weekdays you can offer some customized packages as well. This will definitely attract your clients.

Be Gentle and Helpful:

You need to be gentle and helpful to be a successful photo booth hiring business owners. At the initial level you may need to go to the events by yourself (later when the business expand you can hire some trained workers for that). In such cases you must be cooperative with the clients and help them to capture their memorable moments with the help of your photo booth.

Your right attitude with the latest technologies will help you to achieve a good position in the business of photo booth hiring.

Author Bio: Anny Smith is a well known writer in the world of web publication. You can read her articles to get ideas about StrikeaPose photo booths for sale.

Lifestyle,

What Does Your Lipstick Say About You?

Once upon a time, people simply wore anything that took their fancy. Nowadays, the fashion industry has changed phenomenally and if you were to ask someone what to wear for a specific occasion, they would most likely give you a detailed breakdown on what suits your neckline, waistline and a whole host of other issues.

Funnily enough, the above spreads right to the lips and the industry says that your lipstick says a lot more about you than what your favourite colour is. In fact, it can stretch right through to your personality and without even knowing, you may have told someone exactly who you are by merely flashing your lips.

Lipstick What Does Your Lipstick Say About You?

While the above certainly might appear a little too abstract for some people, the theory might come more obvious when you take a look at your lipstick in the cupboard. It should be stated that we’re only referring to used lipstick and if you take a look at your current stick, analyse whether it correlates to the personalities that are described below.

Original Shape

If your lipstick still looks like exactly how you purchased it, whether it was from the local cosmetic store or a large online brand such as www.gerrardinternational.com, the experts say that you’re a reserved and balanced individual. This is because the lipstick is still in its original shape, suggesting that you like to stick to a plan and not perform anything too exuberant.

Flat

Alternatively, if it is completely flat at the top, you’ll be seen as a straightforward and trustworthy person. The fact that the lipstick is flat means that you like things to be done perfectly, with your attention to detail second to none.

High on One Side

If your lipstick appears to be higher on one side than the other, it’s generally assumed that you have to deal with a lot of stress in your life. In fact, some who look into it deeper and suggest that you could have multiple personalities – with one side of the lipstick reserved for the work environment while the other for social events. The tip of the lipstick will tend to be formed during those stressful situations – i.e., at work.

The Leaner

While it might seem a bit deformed, the experts say that the leaning lipstick owner is someone who is extremely opinionated, but again has another side to them which is often a lot more light. Again, both sides of the lean are meant to highlight this, with the side that’s leaning said to be the one to indicate the more stressful occasions.

Pointed

The pointed lipstick shape is arguably one of the most interesting as if it’s too sharp, it can indicate meanness. If on the other hand it’s quite a mild point, the general assumption is that the person is ambitious and fair.