Better Than What My Parents Had

I’ve seen a lot of amazing wedding invites, but none can compare to the ones that my wife and I purchased from an online store. I think they’re even better than the ones that my parents used when they got married. Of course, my mother and father disagree, but I think that has to do with the favoritism they have towards their own because it’s linked to one of the happiest moments in their lives. They would probably say the same thing about me, but other people have told me how great the invites looked, so I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

Initially my wife and I were going to go with the invites that a local store had, but one of our friends told us that we would probably enjoy the ones from the online store a lot more.… Read More

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I Switched to All Natural Makeup

Makeup is made to not hurt your skin, but it still has a lot of chemicals in it that make me nervous. Chemists sit down and come up with formulas for makeup that are supposed to be safe but still have rich colors and do whatever the makeup is supposed to do. Still, I prefer natural makeup that does not have all of the synthetic chemicals in it that most makeup has.

Seriously, I can’t even pronounce the stuff on the ingredients list of the standard types of makeup I used to buy at the drug store and department store I shop at frequently. Now I order natural makeup online, and I feel much better about what I am putting on my face, close to my eyes and on my lips. Over time can you imagine what your skin might be absorbing by using makeup made in China that has all kinds of synthetic man-made chemicals in it? I don’t even want to think about that.

I like the natural soaps, natural skin cleansers, natural lotions and natural makeup that I now purchase online.… Read More

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Clearing a Lot to Build a New Home

My husband and I just purchased a vacant lot so that we can build a brand new house. One major problem with the property is that it is overgrown with lots of trees. Before we can even begin to lay the foundation we have to find somebody that does tree removal in Long Island NY. We contemplated doing this ourselves but quickly realized the task is entirely too much for us to handle on our own. My husband is a contractor and has an ongoing business relationship with a tree service company and has already called them to come out and give us an estimate.

This company has been in business for over 20 years and has the most up to date tools and equipment for an undertaking like this.… Read More

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I Am Glad to Be Back Home Now

I was given an incredible opportunity at work last year. I was given the offer to work abroad, and I even had my choice of three different international locations. I chose France, because I know a good bit of the French language, and I figured that I would be able to hold my own there. The biggest dilemma I had was what to do with my apartment. I hated to lose it, but I did not want to pay for an empty place either. I started looking for a storage locker in Calgary immediately after my brother told me he would take it for the year I would be gone.

That worked out so perfectly for me. I would not have to store my furniture or kitchen items. There is not a lot of storage at the apartment, so I decided to rent a storage locker or unit, depending on the costs. It would be a fraction of the cost of my apartment, and my brother was covering the rent and utilities.… Read More

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Tips To Avoid Burnout For Caregivers

Tips To Avoid Burnout For CaregiversIf you are the primary care giver to a loved one, you know the toll that it can take on you physically, mentally and emotionally. Even though caring for someone can be very rewarding, it can also be very stressful and without the proper knowledge, support and skills, you are at a higher risk of burnout.

Here are some facts that you need to be aware of if you are providing any type of care for another person:

Hard Work, No Pay

Caring is considered to be the largest unpaid profession in the UK. Not only is there no financial reward but the job includes tasks that are often overwhelming such as taking care of personal and home cleaning and hygiene, meal preparation, managing and administering medication, driving to and from medical appointments and much, much more.

Extreme Stress

One of the greatest factors affecting care givers is the stress that is involved with the task. They often neglect their personal emotional, mental and physical needs in the act of providing for the emotional and physical needs of another.

However, the mental and emotional stress often have the greatest impact. It is estimated that up to 40% of caregivers working with dementia patients are likely to experience elevated stress levels and/or depression at some point. As a result, they are also more likely to require antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and therapy by a qualified medical practitioner in order to prevent extreme depression which is the inevitable result without the proper treatment. Looking after your own health and overall well being is therefore essential as a caregiver.

Strategies For Coping As A Caregiver

1. Ask For Help

It is often easy to fall into a trap where you try to do everything yourself. Ask friends and family to assist in taking care of some of the tasks such as shopping for groceries or taking the loved one for medical appointments. You can also find support form a variety of different government agencies, religious, charity and local volunteer organisations. Look for hospitals or facilities that pair inexperienced caregivers with experienced caregivers or a social worker to provide additional learning and support. These organisations will also help coordinate care between different family members and friends so that you don’t have to carry the burden alone. Gabriel’s Angels is a great organisation if you’re looking for help with home care in Wokingham.

2. Talk About It

Most caregivers don’t talk about the emotional impact that caring for someone can have as they don’t want to sound as if they are complaining. However, it is important to talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling. Alternatively, find a support group in your area where other carers can relate to what you are experiencing. Research shows that those who talk about their problems are less likely to suffer from stress and depression.

3. Get Physical

Although caring can be a very physical task, it is still important to exercise. Physical … Read More

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How to Easily Plan and Get Prepared For a Diving Holiday

How to Easily Plan and Get Prepared For a Diving HolidayNow that those long-awaited holiday months are approaching, you may want to get started with planning all the fun and exciting diving adventures that you would like to go on. No matter where you plan to go or how many details you have already figured out, we want to provide you with some useful suggestions on how to have a successful experience wherever you go.

You should start the planning process off on the right foot by figuring out what type of holiday you are going on. Do you have a lot of diving experience and want to go on a break where you will spend most of your time driving or do you plan on doing other activities while finding some extra time for diving in the middle of everything? You should think about what you truly want to do while on holiday, for example Kota Kinabalu diving in Borneo.

Celebrating Something Special

Plenty of people go on holiday to celebrate something special, such as their birthday, wedding anniversary, or even their honeymoon. Going on an adventurous dive with your partner is a great way to celebrate your nuptials and have an amazing time together. Going to Sabah during the summer months for a dive is one of many things you can do. You can benefit from planning ahead of time.

Going on a Learning Experiences as a Beginner

Do you have an interest in diving but never actually experienced what it is like? If it the kind of thing you would love to do, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience is something to consider trying. The course lasts for a day and introduces diving to beginners. PADI even offers a four-day course that is known as the Open Water Diver Course. During the four-day course, you can learn how to receive your certification as an open water diver.

Travelling With Family

You may feel limited to what you can do when you are travelling with your family. There is a lot of compromising that often needs to take place because each person in the family may have different interests and preferences when it comes to doing different things while on holiday. However, there are some fantastic family courses available for those looking to dive with their loved ones. You can make some truly wonderful memories with those closest to you.

Enjoy a New Experience

While it is possible to dive in Sabah throughout the year, the summer months are often the absolute best months for divers. You will have an awesome view of some of the most amazing marine animals, including rays, turtles, and even sharks. If you would love to have a clear view of the different habitats under the water, planning your trip for the summer is ideal.

Have More Than Just Diving Fun

The reason Sabah is such a fantastic place to visit is that there are plenty of fun things available for you to do. Along with diving, you can go on a retreat, take … Read More

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What’s the Big Deal About Windows 7?

Users who have been faithful to Microsoft for a long time will remember how poorly Windows XP was received on its initial release. Those transitioning from Windows 98 found that a lot of their software and hardware was not 100% compatible with the new operating system. It ran much more slowly and used much more memory; users had absolutely no reason to migrate. However, with the release of Service Pack 2, XP finally became a much more secure and reliable operating system. Much in the same way, Vista was initially unable to exceed users’ expectations for increased performance. Just like its predecessor, it ran slowly and took up a vast amount of system resources during simple background processes.

What's the Big Deal About Windows 7?

Though it was considered a general disappointment at the time in comparison with XP, Vista made critical changes in operating system structure essential to supporting modern hardware standards. It introduced new driver architecture designed to move core functionality from the kernel (where any instability could bring down the whole system) to user space; a necessary development. Microsoft’s introduction of a standard 64-bit operating system was more than just a display of competition against Apple; it paved the way for new file allocation tables and lessened restrictions on available memory. Once vendors fixed their driver flaws and Microsoft squashed some underlying bugs, Vista morphed into an entirely workable operating system.

Windows 7 iso, its successor, is finally capable of taking advantage of the progress made by hardware and software vendors who supported Vista over the years. In many past cases where users once went out of their way to downgrade their computer’s operating system from Vista to XP, there is now newfound excitement in installing Windows 7. Most notably on netbooks and with a clean installation, the speed of this new operating system is surprising. Additionally, you can also upgrade your existing Windows installation; however, there is less reason to do so as performance gains are not as noticeable in this configuration.

Although it is possible to upgrade any Windows operating system to 7, the only ‘true’ upgrade is performed on Vista; in this scenario, all the users’ applications and files are kept in place with no extra work or application reinstallation required. However, when upgrading Windows XP, all files stored on disk are moved to a separate folder, so although applications will need reinstallation, personal data will still be accessible. Windows 7 has been incredibly well received and is generally thought of as being the operating system that Vista should have been. It has several new visual features that make us shocked we’ve ever lived without. It introduces several media libraries and exclusive Homegroup networking, so organizing and sharing music/pictures/video across family computers just got more accessible than ever.

There has never been a better time to make the switch to Windows 7. For one, speed is a major selling point on the new operating system. It’s faster than both Windows XP and Vista, and it’s a lot more stable. It … Read More

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Tools For Helping Your Manage Your Organisation’s GDPR Compliance And Security Measures

Tools For Helping Your Manage Your Organisation's GDPR Compliance And Security MeasuresIt has become even more important to be able to prevent data breaches since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect.

Of course, you should have been concerned already about the privacy and freedom of your customers, being susceptible to regulatory action, and being able to protect your reputation in case a security incident were to occur, however, they have taken on increased significance now.

More than ever the public is increasingly aware of what their rights are when it comes to their personal information, and organisations have long been warned about data breach threats. Regulators have responded by increasing maximum penalties when legal requirements are not met.

So whether you are still working on your GDPR compliance, or are confident in the measures you have in place, you will always need to look for ways that your compliance processes can be streamlined. That helps with managing problems in a more efficient manner and also helps you keep current on the threat landscape which is continuously and rapidly changing.

The following are six tools that you can use to help with achieving GDPR compliance and managing your information security processes.

GDPR Data Breach Support Service

For all organisations, it is challenging to report a data breach within the 72-hour notification deadline set by the GDPR, and as the threat of breaches continues to grow, it is something you may need to deal with in the very near future.

However, your job is made a bit easier by the GDPR Breach Support Service. A management team made up of cybersecurity and information experts, barristers, lawyers and data protection officers (DPOs) at GRCI Law, our sister company, will help you to respond quickly to security incidents and in compliance with the requirements of the GDPR.

Data Flow Mapping Tool

The Cloud-based tool allows you to achieve full visibility over the personal data flow through your organisation, which helps to streamline all of your process along with mitigating the risk of your data being exposed erroneously in locations that are not secure.

The tool can be used to generate consistent visual representations of data flow throughout all of your business processes without needing to resort to methods that are more time-consuming, like vector graphics or pen and paper.

Cyber Security and Information Security Staff Awareness E-Learning Class

Interactive e-learning classes are a cost-e and time-effective way of educating staff on important organisation matters in a structured way. A Cyber Security and Information Security Staff Awareness E-learning class will teach your staff the basics of how to deal with various threats, cybersecurity risks, information security, and data security.

The content of the course isn’t technical since it has been designed not only for information security experts but for all staff who process information.

Penetration testing

Essentially penetration testing is a controlled type of hacking where a professional tester, who is working for an organisation, searches for vulnerabilities the way that a criminal hacker would. This is critical for rooting problems out … Read More

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