A Concise History of the Funeral

As long as there have been people, there have been funerals. The truth is there is no right or wrong way to walk through the process of funeral rites. The time honored traditions of your own family are likely based on ancient practices, today we are going to list some of the most important points in the evolution of modern funeral services. 60,000 BC: Neanderthals are known to have decorated their dead with flowers, antlers and stones. 22,000 BC: Likely interment of William Buckley’s “Red Lady of Paviland”. The Red Lady was dyed with ochre, covered in seashell necklaces and surrounded by common ritual artifacts of the area made from bone, ivory and antlers. 5000 BC: Dolmens, or portal graves, begin to appear 4000 BC: Embalming begins in ancient Egypt and burial mounds, or Tumuli, appear in various areas around the globe 3400 BC: Mummification becomes standard procedure for the dead in Egypt 3300 BC: Mummies are prepared with varying sophistication based on the…
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Reasons to Give Decorative Window Tinting a Try

Installing decorative window tinting can reduce glare, lower your utility bills and block harmful UV rays from entering your home virtually overnight. Since residential window tinting comes in a spectrum of hues and patterns as well, you could easily apply a  no-nonsense, dark tint in your living room and a stained glass tint in your bathroom, or mix and match to suit your aesthetics and home's decor. Decorative Window Tinting  Window tinting need not be dark and one-size-fits-all. You can find window tints that emulate stained glass or tints that have a frosted look and seamlessly create privacy in your home. Stained Glass Window Tint.  Mom and pop shops around the country already use these kinds of window tint to beautify their brick-and-mortar storefronts and create more privacy for customers. Stained glass window tint is a great decorative option for home bathrooms as well. A lot of these stained glass films are static cling, which means that you don't need to use an…
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Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene

When it comes to teaching kids about dental hygiene, the most innovative methods are the most effective. Considering kids have shorter attention spans, the content should be interesting, engaging, and most of all, fun. To help you along the way, the following information explains a few fun and creative ways to teach kids about dental hygiene. Dental Trivial Pursuit Since most children are competitive, you can create various games designed to reward them for their knowledge of dental hygiene. One great format to use is the Trivial Pursuit format. You can even use the trivia questions found on the ADA website. As a result, your child will be engaged, entertained, and learn about dental history at the same time. Write a Smile Another great way to make learning about dental hygiene fun is to create an essay or poetry contest. You can pitch themes such as, "The brighter my smile,....." or "I love my smile because...." Using creative prompts will get the kid's minds jogging and…
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14 Ideas for the Perfect Valentine’s at Home

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to focus on that special someone. It can get a little distracting when you are not the only couple out with the same ideas. Do something a little different for the night. Don't go out with the rest of the crowds, stay home and have a romantic and intimate evening just the two of you. Create the mood. A perfect night at home starts with the setting. Set out candles and turn those bright lights off. Set out love notes, hang them from the ceiling, set them on table to look at as you eat. Cook your meal together. Choose a menu that that is unique, one that you both can make every year. Turn it into a tradition reserved for Valentine's Day. A bonus, you will never have to worry about you'll do for dinner on this special day again. Get the right movie. A perfect night at home needs the perfect movies. If you are going to have a movie night pick a couple great movies for the occasion. Don't go too sappy with the romance. Choose a movie …
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Flower Arrangements at Funerals

A common thing many people have to think about when preparing for a funeral for a loved one and that is what to do about flowers. Many people wonder why flowers are such a staple of funerals and what significance they have for the deceased, the family, and those gathered. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider the option of including flowers in your funeral arrangement plans: Belief Many people use flowers as a way to mourn and grieve and also see them as part of their expression of their beliefs. Whether an after life,a new life, or some other ending, flowers are often seen as a way to express the life of the person who is being remembered. The Tradition Americans for the most part traditionally have used gifts of flowers as a way to expressed their sympathy for the family, pay respect to the departed friend, and to remember good times. This long-standing tradition helps many people heal and accept the loss and also can serve as a focus for family and…
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How to Remove Residential Window Film

Window film can be handy if you are looking to help control the temperature inside your home, or you are looking to block out light and add privacy to a space. It is not so handy when you are looking to increase the curb appeal of your home, or you are ready to make changes to your windows. If you have window film firmly in place on your homes windows, you may be wondering if it is even possible to have it removed. The answer is yes. The good news is with a little work, you can remove the window film by yourself, leaving your windows looking sparkly clean. Four Steps to Removing Residential Window Film The first thing you will want to do is get the corners of the window tint up. You may already have corners that are peeling and you can easily grab an edge, or you may need to use a razor or scraper to get the edges of the window film up. Once you have an end up you can start to peel back the window film. You want to pull the film up slowly. You can go from top to bottom…
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Gingivitis Symptoms and Treatment

There are three main symptoms of gingivitis.  The first one of these symptoms is going to be trench mouth.  Most of the time, this is going to mean that your gums are bleeding or starting to swell. You might also have some very bad breath and pain in your gums.  This means that your gums are going to appear to have a gray color to them.  The pointed part of your gums that is in between the teeth will become flat, which is going to accommodate more to the dead tissue inside of the gums.

 The second one of these symptoms of gingivitis is the recession of the gums or loose teeth.  The longer that you have gingivitis, the more that your gums are going to recede.  Therefore, they are no longer going to be able to support the bone structure that you are going to need for your teeth to stay in your mouth.  This means that you might end up having to get dentures but they might need to be fitted several times for your mouth.  This could also change the…
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12 Ways to Make a Party Fun for Everyone

Planning a party where the guest consists of both adults and kids can be tricky. You don't want the party to be geared too much towards one group. If the atmosphere is too stale for kids, they will get bored. However, if you focus too much on making it fun for kids, the adults may find the party a bit "childish". The best way to make the party fun for all is to find the perfect balance. There are many things you can do that are fun for each age group. The best way is to keep things natural and simple. Here are a few great tips to help you plan that next party. Plan ahead. Make sure that you are equipped with plenty of toilet paper, wipes, napkins, and all the necessities. Keep them handy too. Set the right tone. Pick a theme that is non-age and non-gender specific. Having a theme makes things easier to plan and organize. Try something such as a game theme, a beach theme, or a winter theme. Clear the place of breakables. Kids will have more fun if they aren't being told to…
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Moving Overseas In 4 Simple Steps

Moving is never an easy task for anyone, especially when it's to another country. There are many factors that could affect a person's decision to move somewhere else: a life change such as marriage, job opportunities, cheaper living, etc. No matter where a person moves, it's very important to be prepared both physically and emotionally in order to start afresh. Before you call the moving company, here are steps that would be helpful in preparing for a move overseas: 1. Gather legal documents. Before doing anything else, a person must make sure that they have all the needed documents in order to migrate. Taking action before making sure that a person is legally ready to migrate may have major repercussions. 2. Manage property. Before a person can leave a country, they must take care of their property such as bank accounts, work, and their home. Remember to close bank accounts, pay debts, resign at a reasonable time before departure, and lease/sell property. 3. Say goodbye…
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Professional Window Tint Levels

Car Tinting- For Your Information For automobiles in California the legal window tint levels are measured by the VLT percentage. VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission, which is the amount of light that passes through a tinted window. For example, a 5% VLT is a very dark window that only allows 5% of the light from outside through the window. In California, the windshield can have no tint except on the top four inches, and the front side windows must have at least 70% of outside light in. All other car windows can be tinted to any VLT percentage. Commercial and Residential Window Tinting California has no laws regulating the VLT percentages of commercial and residential windows, so you can tint the windows at your home or office as dark as you want to. The best way to tint residential and office windows is to purchase window tinting film. This material adheres to the inside of your windows and provides many benefits including less UV radiation reaching you indoors, keep…
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