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Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Games

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Games

Wedding rehearsal dinners are a time to relax, calm down and enjoy a quiet evening before the big event the next day. But adding some fun and games into the rehearsal dinner isn’t such a bad idea. It’s a great way to help everyone let off some steam, calm down and enjoy each other.

If you’re planning a sit-down formal dinner, fun games and activities can still be on the menu. In fact, if a formal dinner is part of the plans, having some interesting activities on the agenda is not only a good idea, but also an excellent one. There’s been a lot of planning, and a lot of stress and the wedding party and close friends and family will welcome the opportunity to have a little fun.

The success or failure of any games or activities largely depends not just on the planning but your venue. If you’re having a sit-down dinner in a restaurant, try to get a private room. Then a myriad of fun activities can be planned, such as “pin the veil on the bride”, in which blindfolded guests spin around a few times, then try to pin the veil on a picture of the bride. Silly, yes, but also fun.

One fun activity sure to help everyone blow off some steam is charades. Whoever is up will act out a scene from the bride or groom’s life, so it might be when graduating from college, or getting a huge promotion at work. The “it” person might choose to act out when the bride tripped and fell at another person’s wedding or when the groom saved a dog from getting hit by a car. This is a little twist on charades that helps people get to know the bride and groom better, and adds intimacy to what is already an intimate event.

If the wedding rehearsal dinner is a bit less formal and held in someone’s home, there are many more activities that can take place. For example, how about a night of playing board games? Who needs formal food? You can have that the next day at the formal wedding. At this rehearsal dinner party, the games are center stage.

Bring in some sandwiches and tell everyone to wear their comfortable clothes and settle in for a night of board games. You can set up games on different tables, divide people into groups of 4 or 5 and have everyone rotate tables at designated times. You can even instruct game players that when they move to another table, the game stays out the way it is. So, for example, dad might begin playing Monopoly where the bride was and he’s stuck with only a little money in the bank and no houses on Boardwalk.

So, let’s say the bride and groom are big into sports. If the wedding is to be held in the summer and the days are long, how about a game of touch football or baseball? You can play bride’s family against groom’s family, men against women, or for a twist, the bride plays with the groom’s family and the groom with the bride’s family. Any combination works. The idea here is to have some fun, relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Other outdoor activities can include anything that is physical and might help people blow off steam. Has the bride been more a “bridezilla” than anything? How about a game of tag where she’s it? Or you can create two bridesmaid’s dress-up trunks. Go to a thrift store, fill the trunks with old prom dresses and large-size shoes, and costume jewelry. Divide the guests into two different teams and have someone sit with a timer. The team who dresses one of the men (ideally, the groom and best man or perhaps the two dads) first wins. Be sure to have a camera at the rehearsal dinner/event, because this is one activity you’ll want to have pictures of!

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World Status Recognition For The Lake District!

World Status Recognition For The Lake District!

It has been reported in the widely read and admired weekly edition of The Westmorland Gazette that the Lake District is considering seeking a World Status Ranking, thus putting it on a par with the Egyptian Pyramids and the Australian Barrier Reef.
This is an idea which I strongly support and firmly believe that this beautiful part of England is more than worthy of such an award. However, could we not set the ball rolling and invite World attention by declaring our own unique brand of a mini-series Olympic Games with emphasis on local tradition and pastimes?
In this day and age of doubt and suspicion, we would of course elect a committee of impeccable credentials to oversee total fairness in competition with rigorous controls implemented to detect any intake of performance enhancing substances. This category would include all produce of the Jennings Brewery, especially the very potent “Sneck Lifter”, plus Kendal Mint Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding and the redoubtable Cumberland Sausage. The object of the urine samples is not a case of “taking the p*ss” out of the lads as suggested by members of the local “pigeon fanciers and whippet racing league”, but only a means of ensuring fair play in true Lake District and Cumbria tradition.
We would remove any ultra competitive terms such as “sprint”, and instead substitute ”legging it down Kendal’s Highgate”. It is envisaged that the marathon would be held over several stages at a non-life threatening pace with spectator participation over the whole or part of the course strongly encouraged. Commencing in Carlisle and following a meandering route through the District’s well-known beauty spots with pauses at several refreshment establishments including The Drunken Duck, The Brown Cow and The Stagger Inn at Dalton. The event (not race) would terminate at Newby Bridge where tea and sandwiches will be distributed by ladies of The Rum Butter Adventure Club.
Royal assent would be sought to display the Monarchs racing colours on a selection of competing animals and birds drawn from The Torver Ferret Racers Team, The Penrith Whippet Owners and Dog Walkers Association and the Millom Pigeon Fanciers Brotherhood.
Many suggestions have been offered, some of which do not really qualify for exhibition on the World stage. The Kendal and Windermere Golf Clubs have expressed an interest in forming an underwater team which would perform before an audience of sub-aqua Clubs beneath the surface of all the Region’s lakes and Waters. This would seem to be a minority sport not really worthy of inclusion on the list of events. “Tossing the Herdwick Sheep” has been muted by an aggrieved fell-walker (a visitor to the area and not familiar with our customs). Here again, not really suitable nor politically correct.
The reader will understand that we are only in the very early planning stages in what could result in a quite formidable challenge for position. (Excuse the competitive tone).
A National Anthem, to be performed at the Opening Ceremony, is an essential ingredient. The tune and words need to match the mood and capture the mixture of melancholy and robustness as so well demonstrated in “Blaydon Races”, “Danny Boy” and “Will ye nae’ come back again”. A rousing rendition would set the tone for the whole affair, and musicians throughout the Region will be devoting time and energy to developing a composition putting the Lake District and Cumbria firmly on the musical map and the World Stage.

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Dhyana

Dhyana

Almost everyone has experienced the fact that when one starts concentrating his mind on any immediate object or an idea, the mind starts wandering. It is very difficult to keep the mind busy with a single thought. The ancient sages too encountered the same problems. Arjuna, in Gita had mentioned that controlling the mind is an impossible thing on earth. Hence, he was advised by Krishna that though mind control is difficult, it can be made silent and steady by regular practice of vairagya and abhyasa. However, he has warned that yoga is very difficult for people whose minds are not steady and controlled. Pantanjali, in Yoga Sutra has emphasized these two qualities to achieve mind control. Hence ,these are the very qualities that make the essence of yoga.

Mind is like a disturbed pond with many impurities. First you need to stop the inflow of fresh impurities and then remove the existing impurities to clean the mind. Abhyasa is one of the practices for purifying the mind. Dhyana is one of the sub practices of abhyasa. This is a stage that a person reaches after practicing concentration for some time. At the start of dhyana, the mind is steadier and only a single thought about an object arises in the mind. Now it is safe to say that the state of dhyana is reached. Here, the mind becomes very stable like the flame of a lamp in a calm atmosphere and its contact with the object of experience becomes intense and complete.

There are two varieties of dhyana called sagunadhyana and nirgunadhyana. In the first dhyana, the stillness of mind is associated with an object of experience which can be experienced through the sense organs. The second one is completely mental. It implies complete absorption of mind into itself. Here, the mind is not associated with any external object. It becomes completely still in this state. This mind is supposed to remain still, silent and sensitive such that it can understand any past, present and future event that might have happened anywhere in the universe.

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Wedding Etiquette for the Groom’s Parents

Wedding Etiquette for the Groom’s Parents

Weddings are wonderful experiences of two lovers who want to signify their commitment to bond, intentionally, for the rest of their lives. In Western countries, wedding ceremonies are symbolic and overwhelmingly romantic, making the event really expensive, as well.

Weddings are lifetime dreams of every woman. Some men also dream of being involved in one, though, the extent and magnitude is not that great compared to girls’ longing for it.

Because weddings are ceremonies that have evolved through the years to emerge as formal occasions, a lot of symbolic gestures and actions are required from the participants. From the bride to the groom, to the maid of honor and best man, Western culture has come up with universal wedding etiquette for every person in every wedding.

This article will inform and acquaint you to the minimal responsibilities given to the groom’s parents in every wedding. You will be surprised that the role of the groom’s parents are nothing much and intense compared to the role provided to other participants in the wedding.

Role of the Groom’s Parents

The groom’s parents are often fall at a loss when asked about the role they will be playing in the wedding of their beloved son. In movies and in real life, it is always assumed that parents of the bride get more emotional during weddings.

The assumption is true and is a well-accepted fact. However, the groom’s parents should not be seen as parents who should not be shedding tears during weddings. Of course, they should also. It is because they are also sending their beloved offspring or son away.

The groom’s parents will surely not be familiar of their role in their son’s wedding, especially if they had not participated previously in a wedding for a daughter, another son or other siblings. Here are some points and tips for the groom’s parents who wish to accomplish their role in the wedding well and with flying colors:<

– The first wedding etiquette to be followed by the groom’s parents is to initiate contact and communication with the bride’s family. Introducing themselves to the bride’s parents is the groom’s parents’ first and utmost responsibility. It would be a really, really great gesture to start up good relations between the two families.

– It is a role of the groom’s parents, as written in wedding etiquettes, to host and pay for the wedding rehearsal dinner. The event should not necessarily be expensive. Simple salad potlucks or simple dinners can do. The groom’s parents should also not hold back if they want to impress the bride’s family by throwing out elaborate or exotic dinners in the finest restaurants.

– To get along with customary wedding etiquettes, the groom’s parents can also participate in the planning stage of the wedding. However, the role is almost always limited to just providing timely, appropriate and accurate guest list. The groom’s family and relatives should not be overlooked at this very important event.

Wedding etiquette for groom’s parents during the wedding

The father of the groom’s responsibilities during weddings are often overlooked. It is because they are just always tasked to escorting the mother of the groom, and that role is still conditional if they are in good relations—that is, they are not divorced.

The groom’s mother can be busier. Women are very particular to dresses and that is where the groom’s mom should first strike.

The groom’s mom should leave the role of dealing for the bride’s dress to the bride’s mom. She should also not mind the dresses for the maid of honor or bridesmaids. The groom’s mom should only compliment the gowns to be worn by the bride’s mom and bridesmaids, not overdo or outdo them.

The groom’s parents are expected to follow customs and traditions during wedding ceremonies. They will be led by ushers as where they should be seated in the wedding venue.

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How to Make a Quick, Easy Baby Album

How to Make a Quick, Easy Baby Album

If you are creating a photo album for your baby for the first time, or
are unsure where to begin in creating a scrapbook of your baby’s first
year, here are some tips to make it quick and easy to preserve your
photos and memories:
Rather than including every photo you take of your baby, organize your
pictures according to the month they were taken and chose a few of your
favorites from each month.
You can make single page or several pages from each particular month and stage of development without having to spend a large amount of time gluing every single photo into your scrapbook.
Be sure and include birth announcements and baby shower invitations as a special touch.
Keep a notebook or calendar within easy reach to record milestones in
your child’s development. You can then coordinate the events on your
calendar with the month-by-month photos.
It is always a good idea to keep an ongoing journal of special times in your baby’s life so that you can include those moments in your scrapbook. It does not have to be elaborate or detailed, just a few special dates and events that you can include as text next to your pictures.
Include a special folder or sleeve behind each page of your scrapbook
to place the unused photos and mementos. This way you can keep them
within easy reach and add pages to your scrapbook easily at a later time.
Make sure you write the date and place the photos were taken on the
back of the picture or on the folder.
When creating each page of your scrapbook, remember that you can add
extra pages containing amusing notes or special occasions as you see fit.
There is no right or wrong way to make a scrapbook of your baby’s first
year.
Include the photos and events that are the most special to you
and keep extras handy in the event you want to add to your scrapbook
later.

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Poor Working Relationship with your Boss

Poor Working Relationship with your Boss

It may be the reason you are looking for another job in the first place – you and your
current boss do not work well together. And good for you for taking charge of the
situation to find something that is a better fit for you. But how do you approach this
situation so it will not hinder your chances at a new company? There are a few steps you
should take first and you need to mind what you say during the interview.

A lot of interviews will contain at least one question about your working relationship
with your current boss. They can take many forms and you should prepare for a lot of
different types of questions that may be asked. No matter what the question, even if it is
one asking you to describe conflict with your boss, be positive and do not bash anyone in
your answers.

Remove any emotions from the equation and explain the situation using the facts and
highlight all of the professional steps you have taken to rectify the situation. Don’t try
and make your boss sound like the bad guy, and try to de-emphasize the entire event. It
may seem like an opportunity to vent about the situation but if you do, your are cutting
off an avenue to escape the working relationship you want to get away from. Present the
facts, be neutral and highlight your problem-solving skills.

If you are concerned that your current boss will sabotage your efforts to find another job
during the reference check stage you can solve this in a couple of ways. If your boss is
reasonable and the two of you just don’t work well together, chances are you don’t have
to worry too much. Be sure to give him or her a heads up though. If you aren’t
comfortable with this, try and find another manager that you have worked for in the
company previously that you can pass on as a reference.

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Are You a Jealous Lover?

Are You a Jealous Lover?

What do you do when that little, green eyed monster, as it’s so often called, jealousy bites you? It can happen to the best of couples, no matter what stage your relationship is in. Sometimes, it feels like there is no defense against this ridge building phenomenon. Most people are not jealous by nature but jealousy is usually put into action by some event, situation or another person.

If you are insecure about your relationship and very dependent on your lover you are likely to be jealous. After jealousy creeps in we begin to spy on our lover, worrying about the situation and reviewing the evidence. Suspicion is a strong emotion here.

If we decide there is a threat to our love, we can have a very wide range of responses like clinging dependency, violent rage at the competitor or the partner, self-criticism, and depression with suicidal thoughts. But is there any way to conquer this feeling and overcome jealousy?

Here are some ways you can handle jealousy

1. Isolate the cause of jealousy. You may think that jealousy is caused by your partner looking sexy or by a certain person at work. But that isn’t the real cause. That is just a symptom. Try to understand what the real cause is, so that you can then work on finding a solution.

2. Focus on eliminating one jealousy trigger. You also need to realise that jealousy can be overcome easily. So start out by focusing on an activity where you work through one of the main triggers for your jealousy and try to find the cause.

3. Build up your self-esteem. Most of the jealousy situations are caused by the jealous lovers feeling that they are not good enough for their partners. They feel inadequate and they feel that their partner would leave them for someone else, if given half a chance. So one key thing to work on is to build up your self-esteem.

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Save Money And Invest Money

Save Money And Invest Money

It really does seem like everyone is making at least a little bit of money in the online internet world. With so many different things going on and so many different people interested in the idea of the online world, many different people have come to the conclusions that the internet boom has yet to reach its peak. For people that make their living through the online world this is certainly good news. While people may be tempted to go out and spend until they can’t spend anymore with all the money they’ve made, it would do well for people to remember that we were at this stage before.

Most people are too young to remember it, but the internet boom that we are experiencing right now is the second internet boom in history. Ending the last boom, the September 11th attacks happened in the United States. Air traffic was grounded, security measures increased and of course in the wake of that a recession in the economy started to shake the population. No longer were people putting money into unproven internet ventures and therefore the boom of the internet went bust.

So, where are we now? People are making fortunes again and other people are having the times of their life. However, now that you know history, maybe you will realize that this boom may not go on forever. The start of a bigger economic recession in the United States and the dropping like a stone of the US Dollar suggest that the internet boom may bust again at some stage. While the internet boom is still growing massively, you need to save money if that boom eventually does go bust.

How do we reduce the impact of a recession on our business?

First of all, pay off your personal consumer debt. Then it’s important to have readily available cash so that you can pay your bills, and otherwise live a life. A cash amount equal to three months of your monthly expenses would be a good starting point.

After that, you should look at higher yield investments that will have your money working for you and providing you with regular cash-flow. There will be some awesome real estate investment opportunities falling out of the sub-prime problem. You may want to put some of your money into paper assets. In any event, real estate and paper investments require that you spend time becoming expert in these areas. Because time is the most scarce resource, many of us will turn to investment advisors. If you use an investment advisor, you need to take the time to do your homework on this too.

It may well be that your best option is to continue to invest in your own business. You have proven to yourself that you are an expert in this field. You know that the more you invest in and expand your internet business, the more successful you will be. You can then be prepared, with an even larger on-line business, to weather any downturn and possible reduced sales. If any so called “bust” hits, you will then have time to evaluate the opportunites and strategies of your business. You will still be successful if you want to be. And remember that should a bust happen, a boom follows. Be patient. We all have to make the best out of boom or bust situations.

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Why ITT Tech School Of Criminal Justice Is Not The Best Choice For You?

Why ITT Tech School Of Criminal Justice Is Not The Best Choice For You?

As with all other things an educational institution has its own pros and cons. This is also the case with ITT Tech. One of the ost important cons of the ITT Tech school of criminal justice is that the school is not accredited by any of the eight RA accrediting bodies. This means degrees and credits earned at ITT Tech may not find wide acceptance.
The criminal justice program offered by ITT Tech is pretty expensive and it may not be for you if you are in need of a high paying job immediately after completing your criminal justice program. Also, since many regular colleges do not accept the credits from ITT Tech, it will be a waste of time, energy, and money if you have to begin a program from scratch in the event of a relocation or some other similar situation.
An online program from ITT Tech may not be for you if you are looking for the experience of a normal classroom with teachers and classmates physically present. Though there is interaction as in a regular class, it is virtual and may not be the right choice for all. There may be certain loopholes in the agreement which might turn out to be not so pleasant at a later stage. By then it might be too late to withdraw or switch schools.
The schedule may not be what you are looking for and you may have classes during times which are inconvenient for you. This often happens when there are not enough students to justify setting up another batch. Not being in a regular classroom or college can also cause logistical problems and often getting these issues resolved becomes stressful since the communication has to be done through mails or telephone rather than one-on-one communication. These are some of the reasons why it might not be such a good idea to pursue an online criminal justice program from ITT Tech.

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700 Sundays Tickets – See Billy Crystal At His Best

700 Sundays Tickets – See Billy Crystal At His Best

700 Sundays tickets offer something for everyone – comedy, top-notch theater, story-telling, memories, nostalgia and more. Of course, all of this is brought to you by one of the living entertainment legends of our time – Billy Crystal, whose life story and perspective is on display during this eye-opening and gut-busting production. A look at Crystal and this story should help explain why this event is more than worth the effort to see live.

The Story

The story is all Crystal, as he performs as a one-man show. The setting is his childhood home in suburban New York, and the play even incorporates Crystal’s family’s home movies in order to add context to the overall presentation. Several of Crystal’s family members “appear” in the play, either in the home movies or through Crystal’s interpretation of them.

Although many people know the basics of Crystal’s interests, the play goes a bit deeper into his love for things that include baseball, jazz, comedy and social acceptance. The seminal event upon which the plot is based is the sudden death of Crystal’s father in 1963. That night was especially painful for Crystal, as he had just finished an argument with his father. After the argument, Jack Crystal goes bowling with his wife and dies of a heart attack. Billy Crystal never had a chance to apologize to his father for the argument, and that’s a pain that stuck with him for the rest of his life and is emotionally portrayed on the stage.

The rest of the story takes a look at the figures in Crystal’s life who made an impression on him either directly or indirectly, including his uncles Berns and Milt, his hero, Mickey Mantle, and any number of jazz musicians who helped Crystal through some difficult times both as an adolescent and an adult. This is why 700 Sundays tickets are so varied in their reach – they allow you to see several different views and norms of society through the eyes of one person.

Crystal’s Life and Motivation for this Story

Crystal wound up being one of the most prominent comics of his time, and he appeared on Saturday Night Live, performed stand-up routines all over the world and appeared in several films. His career was a smashing success, and even before he put this story together, he had nothing to prove to the general public.

However, he never quite got over the pain of losing his father the way he did, and when his mother died in 2001, all the old pain came back to the forefront. At that point, Crystal hadn’t performed in the stand-up world for more than 15 years, but losing his second parent motivated him to put this story together and to “get back into it” in a way that was both therapeutic for him and engaging for theater audiences everywhere.

If you enjoy the musings of one of the great comics of modern times, then 700 Sundays tickets are sure to provide you with a memorable night at the theater.