Pool Party Time!

There's nothing like a pool party on a hot day! Great food mixes with fun with your friends mixes with the refreshing setting of the pool, making it the perfect summer get-together. So now that the warm months are here, it's the perfect time to throw one. Putting one together at the last minute can seem a little tricky, but with a few key ingredients, you'll be able to throw the perfect event for you and your friends! First, make sure to plan a venue. If you have your own pool, then you're all set, but if you're wanting to book a public pool for an event, then make sure to call ahead and make the reservation. Next, plan your guest list. You can't have a party without people, and if you are organizing a last-minute party, it's important to first identify who you want at your party and get invitations sent out to them so that everyone can set aside the time to make it. Put together your list of invitees, and then get to work letting them know the important details of wh…
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8 Ways Window Tinting Can Keep Cooling Costs Down

You may have read somewhere that residential window tinting can save you money on your cooling costs. Well, according to the website energy.gov, this is certainly true. Window tinting is listed as an energy-efficient window treatment. 40% of the heat buildup in the home comes in through it's windows. Window film helps by blocking the heat and harmful UV rays that cause furniture and carpeting to fade or look bleached in spots. During summer one of the biggest expenses of the month is your cooling bill. One of the best ways to lower your cooling costs is to not use your air conditioner as often, but that may be an impossible task depending on where you live. Of course the less you use of something, the less it costs. What you can do, if you can't turn off your air conditioner completely, is to lower the thermostat a few degrees during the hottest part of the day. Covering sun-facing windows in the afternoon blocks heat and keeps down humidity making your cooling system work m…
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What Does Military Funeral Honors Include?

Planning a funeral is an emotional experience. You want to provide the most honorable way to remember your loved one, yet there are so many things to consider. If your loved one was a member of the United States Armed Forces then they may be eligible for Military Funeral Honors. Learn what this entails, who’s eligible, and how you can request it. What’s involved in Military Funeral Honors Eligible veterans can receive Military Funeral Honors free of charge. In fact, it’s mandated by law. Your veteran will receive an honor guard detail for their funeral. It will consist of no fewer than two members of the Armed Forces. One of these members will be a representative of whichever branch of the service your loved one was involved in. While honor details can vary, at a minimum they will perform a ceremony which includes folding and presenting the American flag to their next of kin. This may be their spouse, child, parent, or other family member. During the folding and presen…
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Fun Things to Do Besides Games at a Baby Shower

So many baby showers seem to revolve around the same games. If you're looking to break away from the tradition of playing games there's actually a lot of low cost, and low maintenance activities you can do that'll keep your guests entertained. Here's a list of fun and memorable things to do at a baby shower that doesn't involve games, opening gifts, and eating. Gender Reveal  One of the most exciting things to do besides games at a baby shower is to have the gender reveal right there at the party. Have your doctor write down boy or girl on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and give it to the person in charge of the baby shower. They can create a fun way to reveal the gender at the baby shower. One way to reveal the gender is to have the inside of the cake blue or pink. They could also fill a big box with blue or pink balloons. At the party the parent, or parents will open the box to have the gender revealing balloons float out. Video Message With moder…
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Dealing with Lost or Damaged Property when Moving

Moving from one home or one city to another can often be accompanied by more headaches and stress than you'd prefer, for a variety of reasons.  While many people move to a new city with a new home already waiting for them, some do not, and finding a place to live in a city with which you're not familiar can cause a great deal of anxiety. Other moving stresses could include packing and preparing your belongings for relocation, taking care of transporting pets and small children, both of which require greater care and attention during the transition, and finding the perfect moving company to trust with your possessions.  Choosing a moving company that you can trust with your items is a decision that shouldn't be undertaken lightly, and even if you receive guarantees and assurances regarding the safety of your property during transit, there is still the potential for the unexpected to occur. While you can anticipate nearly any eventuality that may occur with packing and moving…
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Funerals Around the World

With life comes death, and every culture has a unique way of honoring and saying goodbye to their loved ones. Here are some of the most interesting funeral customs from around the world. The Malagasy of Madagascar. The Malagasy culture remember and honor their ancestors with a funeral tradition called Famadihana, also called the turning of the bones. Family members remove the bodies from the crypt, rewrap them in fresh clothes, carry them around the village and even dance with them to live music before returning the bodies to the crypt. South Korea. While some customs are ancient others are born as answers to contemporary problems. In 2000 South Korea (a small country) passed a law that loved ones had to be removed from their graves after 60 years, making burial a less popular option to cremation. Rather than housing the cremains in urns South Korean families are having their loved one's ashes pressed into "death beads". These beads can be pink, turquoise or black and…
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How Residential Window Tinting Can Reduce Your Utility Bills

You may have already heard that residential window tinting can give your home more privacy and a greater sense of comfort. While that's true, residential films can also lend an aesthetic quality to your home and allow you to customize the particular tint and hue that goes with your room's layout. A residential film can also give you more privacy while reducing glare and harmful UV rays. The really surprising thing about window film, though, is its ability to reduce your utility bills 365 days a year. Going Green with Residential Window Tint  Residential window tint is a great way to help save the planet and your own personal financial ecosystem at the same time. As Americans spend, and in some cases squander, hundreds of dollars on heating and cooling during months of more extreme weather, something needs to be done to put more money back into homeowners' pockets. The solution is coming from an unconventional player: residential window film. The Environmental Protection…
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Tips for Dealing with an Awful Neighbor

As nice as it would be to have a friendly relationship with your neighbors, that's not always the case. Sometimes you find yourself at odds, or even annoyed by the behavior of someone you live near. If you find yourself living next to an awful neighbor, it's never good to yell, threaten, or argue. Instead of losing your cool try one of these tips on how to deal with an awful neighbor. Approach the Neighbor.  One of the best ways to deal with an awful neighbor is to talk to them about the problem. Make sure to approach them in a non-confrontational manner. You'll want to do this in person, and not leave a note. If you leave a note telling them not to do something, it could seem aggressive or rude. Never talk to them inside your, or their house/apartment. Meet outside on the property line, or on the sidewalk. This is for your safety in case they have a temper, or things get heated. Contact the Landlord.  If you live in an apartment, or complex in which you have the same land…
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The History of Braces

Dental braces would seem to be the kind of invention that was developed in the Victorian era and refined during the 20th century, as so many of our modern items seem to be. Given the necessary finesse in constructing and attaching braces, combined with the needed understanding of orthodontics, this hypothesis stands up to reason - but not the facts. Remarkable though it may be, braces have a far longer history than is commonly assumed. Classical Braces Dental braces go back not one or two centuries, but over two and a half millennia. The Greeks discussed ways to straighten teeth, for example, and archeologists have found remains with metal bands and catgut attached to the teeth such that the most reasonable conclusion to draw is these were early efforts at dental braces. The Etruscans, meanwhile, seem to have applied dental braces to their deceased, apparently in an effort to maintain the shape of the teeth for the afterlife. The Romans also provide examples of dental braces …
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The Benefits of Having Your Child’s Birthday Party at Home

A self-hosted birthday party lets you and your child build a wonderland that is uniquely your own. You get to go on a planning adventure together, adding every piece of magic until you have an event that expresses both of your personalities. The result is not enjoyed solely on the day itself, only to vanish in the aftermath of candy wrappings and leftover red velvet cupcakes.  Instead, the organizing phase creates a new bond with your child and memories that don’t disappear quite as easily as a single day at the local picnic grounds would. Control, Creativity, and Simplicity Children often have more fun with their gift wrappings than their gifts. For them, life is all about the fun, not the cost and frills. Filtered into party philosophy, that means they only want to feel treasured--and do plenty of splashing and bouncing. Keeping things simple is unlikely to spoil the fun and nor are mistakes. Lack of caring will, though, and that’s what party hosting companies are g…
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