The Complete Golfer

Golf is one of those infuriating games where the equipment you use can dramatically improve or hinder your progress. Unfortunately, the more equipment you have the more money you have to spend. There is always something that one of your playing partners has or uses that you long for. Never was envy so green as when it is on the golf course!

Let us assume that you have a set of golf clubs. The infinite variety of clubs and the vast range in prices means that these will probably be something you buy and stick with for considerable time but there are so many other things that you can take advantage of in order to not only improve your game but to keep up with the Jones’s of your golfing world.

If you are playing golf in the UK one of the first things you will need to take a look at is a new golfing umbrella. An essential item for all British golfers. Not only that, but make sure you keep your grips dry by using a new towel. Obviously, if it is cold and wet you may well need to take a sip from a suitably filled hip flask. If you are playing with people who spend hours (or so it seems) looking for their lost ball or take an age addressing the ball and sizing up their next shot you may want to slip a golfers portable seat into your bag. If it is raining you are not going to want to sit on the ground!

Having said that you will probably stick with your set of golf clubs for a while, it is incredible just how much difference a new putter can make to your next round. Putting, being nearly half of the shots you will play during a round of golf, is one of those areas that everyone is trying to improve. Don’t forget that you can practice at home or even in your office. Portable putting systems are all the rage and many golfers swear by them.

Putting is not the only thing that you can practice whilst away from the course – with practice nets that can be easily set up in your garden there is no reason why you can’t be hitting your seven iron or chipping with your pitching wedge every evening until it feels absolutely perfect.

Of course the golfers ally in all of this is the golfers widow or widower! Those that stay at home – or find something much more interesting (!) to do – whilst you are on the course. These people can always step in with those all important gifts for the serious golfer that just might put them up the desirable list at their local club. What about those all important monogrammed golf balls, the tweed bag for your golf shoes, the binocular style range finder to make sure you always use the correct club? Which golfers’ desk would be complete without a golf styled picture frame with a photo of their golf bag replete with clubs, umbrella, towel etc.

Yes, golf is a serious sport. Equipment can be expensive and there is always something you can buy to improve your game. We have to remember though, we need to look the part as well!

Electric Ice Cream Makers For Luscious Homemade Ice Cream

If you enjoy ice-cream, owning your own ice cream maker can be a lot of fun especially during the summer when everyone wants to keep cool and eat cool! Electric ice cream makers have lots of advantages even though you have to spend money up front for one, in the long run they are worth every cent.

One of the best reasons to go out and purchase one is that you can make whatever flavor you want. You can easily and quickly make the standard flavors, like vanilla or chocolate, or you can try out some more exotic recipes. Basically, as long as the ingredients for the flavoring are available, you can make it. Some unusual flavors include ginger – made with crystallized ginger, maple syrup, pecan and lemon.

Vanilla is still the most popular flavor in the US – 29% of the population orders it, followed by chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, Neapolitan, chocolate chip, French vanilla, cookies and cream and finally vanilla fudge ripple.

Another good reason to purchase an ice cream maker is that you will end up with at least 4 to 6 quarts of homemade ice cream for very little money and in very little time. You only need to have some basic ingredients in order to make the standard flavors. For example, if you want to make plain vanilla, milk, cream, sugar, eggs and a couple of tablespoons of vanilla extract is all you need. And since it’s electric, it takes only 20 to 25 minutes of churn time before you’re ready to serve your family and friends that special summertime treat.

You can also make it healthier by choosing organic ingredients, a natural sugar substitute, low fat evaporated milk, low fat milk or yogurt. Another benefit is you can control family allergies by making homemade. Gelato and sorbets are other options that are just as easy to make and just as refreshing on a hot summer evening. Finally, you will save money in the long run. Ben and Jerry’s, Haagen Dazs and 31 Flavors are all expensive, but have great quality. With something homemade, you have the quality but not the expense.

In general, ice cream makers are a good investment and fun to have around. Since they are so easy to use with few ingredients necessary, you can be creative with your flavors on a moment’s notice. For those that are unsure of what flavors to make, there are plenty of recipes available online. This specialized electrical appliance will surely be a great addition to any household. Think wedding shower gift, birthday present or even a house warming gift.

A good time will be had by all when family and friends get involved with the process – cutting the fruit, measuring the ingredients, finding a recipe, stirring the custard, and even watching it churn. So this summer, surprise your guests with delicious homemade ice cream (maybe even 2 flavors) to be enjoyed on your backyard deck.

Choosing Wedding Accessories

Once you have booked all the main details of the wedding including the venue, photographer, caterer and florist you can now start planning how you are going to accessorise your wedding, and make it that little bit more personal and special.

There are lots of different types of wedding accessories available, and you can source these at local wedding supply services, or through specialist online stores. Firstly you will need to think about a theme or colour scheme for your wedding, which you can then use to focus your planning. Themes can be incorporated through many aspects of the wedding from the outfits for the wedding party through the table linens and floral arrangements, and these can help create a sense of personal style and individuality. If you are having a white wedding, it is nice to incorporate another colour into the scheme, such as a soft pastel pink or lilac, or for a more daring contrast a rich deep red or chocolate brown. When you are choosing colours you could think about what time of year it is, and reflect this into your overall theme. If you are getting married in mid winter, a Christmas colour scheme can be a lovely touch, with reds, greens and golds. If you and your fiancé have any particular hobbies or interests then you could turn this into a theme for your wedding, to give it that truly personal touch. Perhaps you are interested in a particular era, such as the 1930’s, or maybe you do a lot of work with charities. A fund raising reception can be a wonderful event, and instead of receiving gifts you can ask guests to contribute money to your chosen charity as the evening progresses, and organise mini auctions or raffles to get everyone in the mood. Medieval weddings are very popular and you can really have fun accessorising the venue, outfits and food to create a realistic atmosphere. Think about hiring long banquet style tables for a medieval theme, and serve traditional mead and ales for the toasts. Also you could hire medieval themed entertainment, such as jugglers, fools and minstrels.

Here is a list of some ideas for accessories you could purchase, to help you decorate your wedding venue:

· Table Settings – Most wedding venues that provide catering also normally provide a good range of table linens and decorations in a range of basic colours. Ask to see a sample of their arrangements so you can judge whether they will be suitable, and also think about whether it might be better to organise the table settings yourself. There are many specialist companies that hire out table decorations from the linens through to the name cards, so if you are planning a particular theme it might be best to source the basic materials yourself. For example if you a planning a Victorian style wedding, you can hire specialist antique crockery, linens, candelabras and even chair covers to give your reception a really authentic, special feel.

· Ribbons, streamers and paper decorations – coloured ribbons and streamers make a great, cheap way to continue your colour scheme. Buy pretty wide ribbons, and tie big bows around the backs of chairs and hang streamers across archways and rafters to cheer up any dark corners. Paper decorations are also reasonably priced, and come in the form of paper lanterns and hanging decorations in traditional wedding shapes such as bells, bows and horseshoes.

· Favors – wedding favors are a traditional way to decorate tables, and usually come in the form of small gifts such as peppermints or sugared almonds, which are presented in pretty drawstring bags or boxes. You can also buy special, personalised favors for close family members, and favors based on the theme of your wedding. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding, favors could include pretty seashells or pink shrimp sweets.

· Flowers – flowers are a wonderful way to decorate rooms, but both fresh and silk flowers can be very expensive. If you are a budget, just include small floral arrangements on the guest tables, with a slightly larger arrangement on the top table. Remember that out of season or exotic flowers will be much more expensive than those in season, more common blooms.

Now You Can Block Your Smartphone’s Signal Even While It’s On

The solution is pretty old actually. A small cloth with very fine silver threads, acting as a Faraday Cage (invented in 1836) when you use it to wrap your smartphone. It works for any phone brand, it’s simple, elegant… its phonekerchief!

That’s how this cool accessory is called. is selling it exclusively for 15$. Whenever you need to make yourself unreachable via phone, simply wrap it up in the phonekerchief and unwrap it when you can use it again.

But the phonekerchief may have other, more subtle uses. We’ve all went through family gatherings, during holidays, birthdays and other occasions where phones were ringing, buzzing and kids were texting like crazy instead of spending quality time together like they should at a family event.

You can simply place some phonekerchiefs on the table, politely inviting your family to temporarily cut off virtual connections in favor of the real ones. Or give it as a present to your girlfriend, just to remind her that her phone habits are seriously lowering the quality of your “together time”.

One way or the other, the phonekerchief is an extremely simple solution to cutting off your phone’s connectivity without turning it off, as well as inviting others to do so in a polite manner.

Just remember, the phonekerchief only works if it’s wrapped up tightly around your phone, without any gaps. Otherwise, the Faraday Cage phenomenon cannot take place.

The phonekerchief doesn’t look flashy, in fact it sort of looks like a regular handkerchief, except the big “My phone is off for you” message written on it, that lets you know the difference. Keeping it somewhere where other people can see it will only let them know you are there to be with them and 100% committed to the time you spend together.

Phonekerchief has just one downside. Missed calls don’t get recorded unless the caller leaves a message. So it may not be the best solution when you’re expecting an important call, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be useful for many situations. It’s also a unique fun gift, you can give to practically any friend or family member (because who doesn’t own a phone these days?).

No matter how engaged you are to using your smartphone, if you’re using one and you’re not regularly reading smartphone news you could miss out on a lot of useful information. From new apps and phone models to OS updates and hidden features and settings, all of which can make you benefit even more from your smartphone.

Do Women Still Believe in Hen Nights?

In their traditional form hen nights and stag nights are parties organized by friends of the future bride and groom to honor them. Hen nights appeared as a reaction to bachelor’s parties triggered by the feminist ideas in the 1960’s. They are supposed to celebrate the last night the future bride spends as a free woman.

Hen night parties can be very different according to the group of friends you have or according to your own preferences. There can be parties where girls are sharing secrets and giving each other advice on personal issues. These are usually the so-called bridal showers where the bride offers small gifts to the friends she has invited and she receives symbolic gifts from them.

In the same category are the parties which take the form of spa sessions where all the girls are pampered and they can relax away from their usual worries for a couple of days. The spa session is the latest trend in hen parties being highly appreciated both for their beautifying effects and for the opportunity they give to the persons involved in the wedding to relax before the event.

Nevertheless the most encountered type of hen party is the wild party. The girls go out in a restaurant or club and they make it a night of debauchery. Excesses of every kind are made during these parties most of them being excess of alcohol and inviting male-strippers to the party. These hen nights are the ones for which there were created some of the funniest hen accessories. The labels where every guest must write her name and address to make sure she remembers her name or address after a few drinks must be worn by each of the girls at the party.

Hen nights are less likely to disappear from the traditional activities around the wedding. Women feel that they have the right to this special night just as much as men do. It helps them loose inhibitions and escape from the routine where they are simply future brides, mothers or wives.

Better Choice of Toys For a Baby From 0-3 Months Old

Is a game only amusing? A child’s psychologist will tell you immediately: “No way! The full natural development of a child is impossible without games”.

A game in the full sense of the word is a good and useful research activity for a child. They get acquainted with the surrounding world in the first place with their toys. However, it is better not to let the choice of toys for your child takes its course. If a one-year-old child everyday tinkles just a rattle and learns nothing about playing with bricks or other games and toys, it is suggested that this can easily develop his or her personality in a negative way, as they will probably be behind his or her peer group as varied play taxes the mind.

Let us understand together how better to organize a playing space for your child and in particular for a baby from 0-3 months old.

There is no great need for toys for a baby from 0 to one month as long as this period of life is determined by contacting and bonding with adults. In the period of 1-3 months visual and aural perception mechanisms are developing. Thus, a one-month-old baby in not just fixing attention upon an adult’s face but also tries to watch it closely. A two-month old baby is already interested in various things, contrasting drawings, patterns. Almost all his or her spare time from eating and sleeping is used examining something very closely; including keeping their ears open to different sounds. Now is the high time to provide the baby with the suitable source of contemplation and visual excitement. Let it be decorative “spots” of pure, bright colors (light-red, yellow, blue, bright-green against grey or cream colored background). These “spots” may well be represented as geometrical figures or some drawings, pasted on the walls or ceiling. Also you may add to the ceiling with diverse multicolored figures.

Note for your interest that children at this age would seem to rather stare fixedly at objects of bright yellow coloring. However, do not place too many bright objects in the field of the child’s vision – as this would prevent them from focusing onto one spot such as a drawing and examine it properly.

Coordination of eye movement is another stage in the developing of the visual system of the baby. The special “oculomotorius” gymnastics is here to help. Take a bright rattle and place it 40 cm away from the baby’s eyes. When he or she focuses on it, move the rattle right, left, up and down…but you follow the baby’s eye. If they “lose “the rattle, repeat the exercise, but do not show excess of zeal, the exercise should last no more than about two minutes.

It is useful to give the rattle to the baby (of course, it must be light in weight and not too big). The baby still cannot play with it, but gradually, as for developing of its movement system, he or she will bring the rattle to their face in order to perceive it better. In this case the rattle begins to play a forming function, stimulating purposeful movements and developing “eye-arm” coordination.

How to Choose the Right Dog Bed

Like humans, dogs need deep, restful sleep in order to feel energized and fresh during the day. Although there are times when you and your dog will want to cuddle together on the sofa or even catch a nap on the bed, the majority of pet owners agree that giving a dog a bed of his own is a smart move – for everyone.

A Need to Nest

Dogs are descendants of wolves, animals that have always lived and thrived in dens. It is no wonder then that many breeds feel a need to burrow under blankets or snuggle against pillows when they are resting. Clearly, some dogs sleep better when they have the peace of mind that they cannot be intruded upon or surprised from behind.

Today, dog beds are available in a vast array of colors, styles, and sizes. From simple pillows to nesting beds to bolstered cubes to therapeutic foam cushions, with a little bit of research and patience you can find the perfect bed for your canine companion.

Specially Made for Your Dog

Before you purchase a bed, ask yourself the following questions:

How big is your dog? Do you want him to have a cozy bed that he can “hide” in or do you want one that will allow him to stretch out? Or how about one that meets both needs?

How big of a space do you want to devote to the dog bed?

What type of fabric do you want the bed to have? Do you want it to match your furniture? Would you prefer a washable or a removable cover? If you choose a removable cover, consider buying an extra one for times when the original cover is in the wash.

Do you want to be able to take the bed with you when you travel? For example, will it fit in the car? Do you want to be able to use it outdoors?

Does your dog have any medical conditions such as arthritis that would benefit from an extra thick cushion or memory foam to conform to the dog’s body shape, weight, and warmth?

Do you want a cedar filled bed? If so, are cedar replacements available?

How much are you willing to spend on the dog bed? Beds can range in price from $20.00 to $300.00.

If you are overly concerned about how the dog bed will look in your home, you may be pleased to know that there are several designer brand beds available. For example, there is a line of dog beds made from washable velvet and faux-suede designed by the artist William Wegman. And there are also miniature “sofas” with overstuffed cushions that are adorable, whimsical additions to any living room or parlor. Ideally, the perfect dog bed will add something-not subtract-from a room’s overall decor.

Benefits of a Dog Bed

A dog bed is a gift for everyone, not just your dog! By providing a private place for your pet to sleep, you are guaranteeing that both of you will be rested in the morning.

What is more, a dog bed can act as a training tool. Let’s say you are planning a dinner party and you do not want your guests to be distracted by your pooch. Train him to stay on his bed during meal times and reward him for his good behavior. If you have chosen the dog bed wisely, there is no reason your pet won’t be happy to hang out in his special spot while you are busy with other things.

Home Decor Accessories – A Must For a Lavish Looking Home

One of the trends carried out from centuries is to decorate home with assorted decor accessories. But with the passage of time it has taken a new look but still retaining a traditional touch. In today’s modern world home decor accessories have become an important part of our lifestyles.

The place where you live plays an important role in reflecting your personality and status. Home decor accessories play an even better role in making your home more beautiful and rich. Decorating home with special and stylish items is one of the best ways to give personal touches to your home. Decoration is an art that can easily express ones innermost feelings in very straight manner.

Home decoration do not require too much effort, it is all about having little bit of creativity, having fun and little bit of responsibilities. A house is well decorated when you can do something extraordinary with the objects that are essential in our daily lives. So each and every piece of your home decor will definitely add charm to the beauty of the house.

Let us take an example of your living room. Living room is the place of your home where you can have parties, guest visits, get-together and various other activities. As it is a place which everybody can see, using innovative ideas and adding some stylish items to decorate you living room would be a really great idea. You can go for crafted wooden chairs with soft cushions, stylish book shelves, modernized coffee tables; beautiful paintings hanging on the wall and many more options like these will definitely give your home a lavish look.

Home decor is made up from various types of material like wood, natural fibers, metal and glass. But before selecting decor accessories for home one has to be very careful. Select items that go well with your room’s theme and interiors. Buy a home decorative item that is elegant, beautiful and gives best look to your home. Apart from giving enchanting and elegant look to your house, home decor items also emits positive energy bringing peace and property in house.

Home decor accessories can also be bought online if you do not have enough time to go personally to local stores. Online shopping is one of the best and most reliable ways of shopping. There are so many online furniture stores from where you can buy assorted modern as well as traditional home decor accessories with exclusive discounts. You can also send them as gifts to your dear ones form any corner of the world. Few of them also offers free shipping to various corner of the worlds on purchased of widely popular products.

Creating Your Own Charm Bracelets

The charm bracelet has a long history that starts in the ancient times when warriors use to where them in order to be protected from evil and to attract positive energy. Another word for the charm bracelets is amulet.

In the past these bracelets were made out of animal bones, little pebbles and shells. Evidence that these amulets have been around us for many, many years was found in Africa, Germany and ancient Egypt. Each charm bracelet used to have distinctive marks of the area where the holder lived. So for example, people that lived in Africa wore shells, those that lived in Germany used to adorn their bracelets with carved mammoth tasks. Also, there was a time in the Roman Empire when the Christians used to have small fish charms in order to be recognized by other Christians.

Queen Victoria was the person who brought the charm bracelet fashion in Europe. From this point forward Europeans, and not only them, began to create and to wear charm bracelets. These types of bracelets can be a reminder to the experiences that the holder has gone through or just a way to keep bad energy away and to surround yourself with the things you believe in.

In our days one can create his/her own charm bracelet as there are many shops that offer everything that you might need, from the little symbols to the bracelet itself. You can choose from tiny crosses, hearts, anchors, lady bugs and so on. All you need is to have a little bit of imagination and you will surely create some wonderful bracelets for yourself.

So why don’t you start to look around for these little adornments, maybe you will find something that you like. These bracelets can be a perfect gift for your mother of your sister so why not create something that will remind them of you and of how much you love them.

Have You Ever Considered Adding A Card Laminator To Your Company?

If you held a survey whether online or on the street and asked business owners and managers of small and medium sized companies as well as large international corporations and asked them which is the latest device they have incorporated to their business, chances are that a high percentage of them would reply in a chorus: “A card printer, of course!”

Yes, more and more companies have discovered and are at present enjoying the multiple benefits of a card printer. They are now in full control of their card printing process, can give their identification badges, gift cards or loyalty cards the design and characteristics they wish and, to make things even best, they can provide them with the security feature the company requires to keep up with its heighten security policy.

However, not many business owners and managers have given a second thought to the idea of acquiring a card laminator. In fact, most of them would not even know what a wonderful addition it can be to the ordinary office equipment you may find.

Yes, believe it or not, a card laminator provides multiple uses that are largely overseen. Not to mention that it can greatly help to save money on certain costs.

Let us start by explaining what a card laminator does. Simply explained, it applies a thick plastic cover over the surface of a card by using a machine that uses high temperature in the process. The laminate can have different thicknesses and, in addition, it is also possible to add a hologram onto the laminated surface in order to improve the security of the card and make it more difficult to be copied or tampered.

Most companies use plastic or PVC cards for their employees, but use plain paper cards on card holders for visitors, guests and temporary workers. Buying card holders on a regular basis can become rather expensive at the end of the month and, in addition, it unfortunately damages the public image of your company as it may imply that you use “second quality cards” for some of your workers or that you do not consider your guests as important as your employees.