Tag: home improvement

Great Scottish Wedding Traditions

Whether you are getting married in Scotland, or being married abroad, here are some great Scottish Wedding Traditions that can add a taste of Scotland and a touch of luck to your wedding!

Luckenbooth Brooch

Give your love a Scottish brooch, called a "Luckenbooth", as a token of your love or as a marriage gift. It is usually made of silver and is engraved with two hearts entwined. Many couples will then pin this to the blank of their first baby for good luck.

Show Of Presents

Every lady who sent a wedding present is invited by the bride and her mother to their house for tea and cakes (or something stronger). All the wedding presents are opened and laid out for everyone to see. Scottish men have long suspected that this is just an excuse for a party. However, so far, there has been no actual evidence to substantiate this outrageous and scurrilous claim.

After The Show of Presents

The bride is dressed up by all her friends who parade her through the town, while baking pots and pans. Despite embarrassing for the bride, it was financially rewarding as onlookers were encouraged to throw a coin into a bucket or pot for good luck.

The Stag Night

A few days before the wedding the groom is taken out on the town by his friends to celebrate his last nights of "freedom" by having "few" drinks. Depending on his friends, this can also lead to a blackening …


Either on the stag night or any other time, the groom is stripped to the waist (or more) and covered in treacle, soot, feathers, or flour. He is then paraded through the town with much noise and hilarity.

The purpose is to embarrass the groom as much possible – and it never fails to do that!

A Sixpence in the Bride's Shoe

Traditionally, a small silver coin (called a sixpence) was placed in the bride's shoe for good luck. As sixpences no longer exist, this has been replaced by a penny or any modern "silver type" coin.

A Sprig of Heather

Another custom to encourage good luck was to hide a sprig of heather in the bride's bouquet.

The Bride's Wedding Dress

Traditionally, the bride would always wear a white dress to show her purity. Little touches of tartan are also nice.

The Groom's Clothing

Either full Highland dress or modern day dress. The modern version of the kilt wedding outfit consist of a short, Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket, a waistcoat, a kilt, white socks with tartan flashes at the top, broogue shoes, kilt pin, skane dhu (Scottish Dirk knife), sporran, black belt with buckle, and a winged-collared shirt with a black bow tie. A sprig of white heather is usually worn on the lapel for luck.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This is absolutely essential for any good Scottish bride.

Something old can be a piece of jewelry from the bride's mother, something new can be the …

The Low-Down on This Summer’s Shades

It seems like there is a worldwide plot to alter trends in sunglasses on a nearly yearly basis. It fails of course, but eventually something that should have never been in the first place becomes a trend through sheer persistence. Growing up we had a drawer in our house that held nothing but sunglasses of every size, shape and color. My parents finally sold that house and while moving them recently we rediscovered the drawer. Inside was a fifty year history of sunglasses in America. My sisters inspected each pair recalling who they belonged to and what vacation they were from or what boy they were dating at the time. My two daughters were of course ecstatic and gleefully picked out the ones they wanted, which was nearly all of them.

Back then only a few designers had gotten into the sunglasses game. We of course had Ray-Bans and Oakleys, which cost plenty, but there were no Dior, Gucci or Armani sunglasses to be found when I was growing up. Today you can’t throw a stick in an optometrist’s office without hitting a dozen designer frames. I’m not so vain that I will only wear the latest fashions, but if I’m dropping some money on a pair I prefer to get something that’s at least in style right now.

Oversized sunglasses are still in for better or worse. I tried a few frames by Gucci and Prada and laughed because some were so big they looked more like a mask than sunglasses. No, I don’t have an especially small face. Like all designer trends, they’ve taken it a step closer to ridiculous in an attempt to be unique. What is new is the variety of lens shapes and colors. I still can’t look at them without thinking of Charlie’s Angels.

Aviator glasses are also still in, but have undergone some kind of fashion inflicted mutation. Double frames, rose tinted gradient lenses, oh my. These have never been my go to as they just simply look like dude glasses. It doesn’t matter how well you do your hair, how sexy you dress or even how red your lipstick is, you still look like you’re wearing your brother’s sunglasses.

Of course cat eye sunglasses are back because they’re fabulous. I’m hoping this is a style that never goes away and even if it does I’m still wearing them until the day I die. I had a pair of black and green Armani’s with full tint lenses that made the beach at noon look like the dark side of the moon. I tried to find another pair after mine were lost somewhere between Nassau and Chicago, but they don’t sell that model anymore which is horrible.

If you do pick up a new pair of sunglasses this summer, remember not to throw your old ones out. Put them in that drawer with all the others so that someday you can pass them on. Plus you never know, they could come back in style.…

Circuit Breaker – An Important Safety Measure for Your Home

Circuit breakers are now popular device used in residential and commercial premises because of great advantage over fuses. It is a device that automatically breaks an electrical current whenever the circuit gets overloaded or an abrupt short circuit happens. Circuit breakers have a defined electric current load capacity which when broken results to automatic circuit power cut.

Overloading happens when an electric in wires is stormed and conducts an electric charge beyond wires' capacity. Whenever this occurs, the wires heat up and inevitably burst or an electrical fire erupts. But by installing a circuit, risk of electric fire can be avoided to a great deal. Unlike a fuse which work once and then has to be replaced, a circuit breaker can be reset (either manually or automatically) to resume normal operation.

Currently, wholesale electric are available in different capacities, from small breakers that guard an individual household appliance up to large switchgear designed to protect high voltage circuits feeding an entire city. They are also available in varying sizes and are usually used according to the electric load required to run the appliances.

Now, circuit breakers are the ideal replacement of fuses, in fact considered as the preferred device to handle electric loan and protect circuit. The major advantage of this has over fuses is that you do not have to put too much effort to reset them. And like fuses, you do not have to place a new one every time an appliance draws excessive current. Moreover, when a breaker closes off the circuit, it will not work unless you throw it all the way to the off position before you turn it back on again. One more feature of electric circuit breaker is that it is air-ambient compensated- the hotter the air around them gets, the sooner they will trip.

In addition, if you are choosing circuit breaker for common living areas, choose an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) breaker which is designed to cut electric shocks if certain wires became worn or damaged and create an electric spark. You can use these home circuit breakers for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and foyers.

No matter what kind of home you choose, but do not forget to verify that it meets National Electrical Code (NEC) standards. The NEC points the safety standards for electrical systems throughout the home and all licensed electricians must adhere to these codes during installation. So, while buying the product, check whether it is NEC-compliant. These days, the typical house carries either a 100 amp or 200 amp electrical services, so you should choose a home circuit breaker that can handle electric load of such capacity and able to distribute the power properly through the house. …

Beautiful Bathroom Tiles

Today market is flooded with unlimited designer and stylish bathroom accessories. These are offered at reasonable rates and are best in utility and elegance. Available in diverse sizes, weights, shapes and finishes, these suit bathrooms are both traditional as well as contemporary ones.

Various online and retail stores showcase a wide range of bathroom furniture and accessories that carry smooth finish and fine lustre and are known for quality, durability and best performance. The range includes taps, showers, baths, rails, cabinets, mirrors etc. These can be installed as per one's choice and are best options for renovating bathrooms with a rich feel. Bathroom mirrors in late designs are a preferred choice in households. These can be easily set up in places as per one's taste and convenience. Available in different sizes, shapes and designs, these reflect an aura of style and functionality. Ideal for both domestic and commercial purposes, the exclusive collection including framed, semi-framed and frameless mirrors are used in homes, hotels, restaurants, resorts etc. The complete array of bathroom furniture is designed as per international standards and plays a significant role in transforming bathrooms into showpieces of homes. Unique in style and design, bathroom tiles are tested for quality standards as well as for high performance and durability.

These add a touch of luxury and create interesting focal points in the room. The tiles in variety of sahes and designs perfectly blends with proportional color scheme of the room.

Bathrooms accessories with modern and trendy decor elements revitalize bathing experience. Ideal for quiet bathing and body care, these offer flawless performance coupled adding elegance and grandeur to the overall theme of the suite. Various companies offer such products. They remain abreast of the latest trends in manufacturing unique range of bathroom fittings and accessories so as to carve a niche in the market. …

The Stink Bug Smell – Tips and Tricks to Get Rid of It

When you come across stink bugs you will have the chance to understand why they are called “smelly bugs.” I am sure that most of us have experienced this unpleasant odor when touching or killing one of those insects. When I was a kid I had this experience which made my mom laugh at me and my child’s naivety.

Here is what you need to know about the Stink Bug’s smell:

1. The odor the insects emit is a protective reaction against predators which makes them go away and not touch the bug.

2. It is coming from special glands which are situated on the thorax of the Shield Bugs.

3. The glands are producing a toxin containing fluid in case of an imminent danger. The fluid itself is not poisonous but is with quite a disgusting “aroma”.

4. The liquid is containing Aldehydes such as CH3-(CH2)2-CH=CH-CHO. This is where the horrid smell comes from.

5. If you are not touching or smashing the insects usually you will not feel the odor however if you have a lot of them in a closed space (like your house) your senses will be tested.

6. If a Shield Bug gets on your hand and leaves its smell do the following to get rid of it:

• Try to replace the smell with a stronger one – usually washing dirty dishes helps as the combination of grease smell from the food and the dish soap seems to do the work

• If your hands smell like food after that clean them again with a dish soap

• Consider using a hand cleanser which contains alcohol

• A good shower as soon as possible after “the attack” can help as well. Pay more attention and rub the smelly part

• You can use any acid containing fruit or vegetable to rub the place: tomatoes, lemons, lime etc.

7. If you have an infestation in your home and it seems the odor is everywhere:

• Bear in mind that if you leave the smell and the bugs inside you will get bad results

• The stink can last 4-8 months and if you have still insects in the house they will make sure it is “refreshed”

• The “scent” attracts other bugs inside as well

8. What to do to clean your house:

• Find the source of infestation and kill and remove everything you see: adult species, “babies” and eggs.

• Start treating the place where you found most of the insects. Clean it with strong chemicals containing bleach or use acid containing liquids like vinegar.

• If the smell is all over the house then it’s a bit harder. You need to treat the walls and lamps with vinegar. I am saying lamps because during the night when the light is on they will most often get on them.

• Of course you also have another choice. Get rid of the infestation completely and leave the smell till it goes away by itself. …

Top 10 Benefits of Male Chastity

Many people find the concept of male chastity fun and exciting. This is particularly true if the male partner is somewhat submissive or the female partner is somewhat dominant. But, it’s not only for couples in those kinds of relationships. In fact, it can benefit almost any heterosexual relationship.

Male chastity is not just fun and games – there are real benefits to the male chastity lifestyle.

Because the topic is so personal, often those interested fear ridicule and embarrassment so, many of their questions go unasked. Just check out a forum or two where someone dared to ask a question about male chastity…”weirdo, whack job, pervert, sicko…” are often the unkind comments returned. It is a personal choice in life, like anything else and can be discussed sensibly like anything else. That’s why I want to take some time today to write about the top 10 benefits of male chastity – for those who are to shy to ask about being under loving lock and key.

1. It stops your man from wasting his time and libido masturbating. If you are in a relationship, all of his sexual energy should be directed at you. It should not be wasted on him touching himself and thinking about other women. As long as he can masturbate, he is psychologically cheating on you – and lying to you by default.

2. Your sex life will improve. Because he’ll have to please you in order to get his release, he’ll become a more experimental and better lover. You will have more orgasms per week than you’ve ever had before.

3. Your relationship will become stronger. Male chastity encourages open and honest communication about each other’s needs. This is an incredible benefit for any couple, and why male chastity can help any couple improve their natural bonding.

4. His orgasms will improve. As long as he can masturbate regularly, he is taking action that desensitizes his penis. Once he is on a more normal ejaculation schedule, his penis will become more sensitive and his orgasms will become stronger.

5. You will never have to worry about him cheating on you. Face it – most men, no matter how much they love their wives, can’t turn down an attractive, sexy woman. Male chastity makes it impossible for him to act on these urges, so you are helping him remain faithful.

6. The romance will come back into your relationship. As long as he knows he can have sex with you any time he wants, there’s no reason for him to romance you. That’s why the romance stopped after you got married. By limiting his sexual access to you, you’ll train him to be the romantic lover he was when you were still dating.

7. You’ll never have to perform oral sex on him again. Of course, you can if you want to; but he’ll be quite happy with any sort of release, and certainly never bother you to do it for him.

8. Your friends …

Use Private Duty Home Care Instead of Institutional Living for Mom Or Dad

As an adult child, what are you to do when you recognize that your mother or father can not live their life independently any longer? That they are struggling with the activities of daily living or ADLs. Is the only option to move them into an institutional setting? No. Consider home care. Home care provides an alternative to an institutional setting that is flexible, personal and allows the parent to remain in their own home.

So just how is this flexible? Well if you move into an institutional setting, well you live there – 24 hours a day. But say your parent really only needs help getting going in the morning, or Tuesday and Wednesday concern you because you can not go by their house on those days. Hire a caregiver for the schedule that meets your needs. If over nights are a problem, well then problem solved.

But flexibility does not end with just scheduling. You are integral in the development of the care plan that meets the needs of both the client and the family too. This means the level of care – assistance with bathing or not, assistance with ambulation or not. If getting outside the home is stimulating, it should certainly be included in the plan. Also, grocery shopping and going to doctors appointments can be a big benefit of home care services.

Best of all, these services are delivered by your new friends. If you do not end up developing a relationship with your caregivers, you should find a new caregiver. The personal nature of Home Care is perhaps the most important element of it. No one enjoys having strangers help them, especially with activities where you could feel very vulnerable. Your caregivers will become people who you look forward to spending time with.

Finally, do not take it from me, you can refer to any one of the many studies or simply ask a senior where they want to live as they age. At home. So why do we forward thinking people think that it is best to move our elders into an institutional setting. It's just silly really. We love our homes. We have memories in our homes, and we want to stay in our homes as long as possible. Yes there may come a time when it no longer makes sense for us to live in our homes, but home care helps us push that time further out. Usually it is a safety issue that will force a senior to move out of their home, but with the presence of a caregiver in the home, the senior's safety is greatly enhanced. The caregiver can see that the senior is eating properly, taking medications and that the home is clean and free of tripping hazards. This increased safety factor can allow a person to live safely and securely in their home for years longer than they could live their alone.

Home care service providers flexibility and personal Touches help motivated seniors who wish …

Show Your Green Thumb Off With These Helpful Hints for Growing A Beautiful Rose Garden

Beginning a rose garden can feel like an overwhelming prospect – just choosing a rose to plant can blow your mind if you start looking at all the options out there. Books, designed to be "helpful", can make the situation worse. They contain so many hints, so much advice, so much of it looking contradictory – it is no wonder you want to toss them out the window and give up! Forget the books for now; what follows is some basic, uncomplicated, information to get your rose garden started.

Rose bushes need plenty of breathing space, so look at your available room and figure how many plants you can handle based on spacing them at least 18 "apart, further if possible. If you are planting miniatures in your garden, a foot to 15 "apart should be enough space. Do not overcrowd if you want your rose plants to be healthy and blooming.

Roses should preferably be planted in the spring, but no later than early summer. They need time to get their roots deep underground to survive cold and freezing temperatures. Also, most varieties of roses require around six hours of direct sunlight, so plan accordingly. Some roses are happy in the shade, however, so assess your garden space and watch the sunlight carefully. If you do not have lots of sun, check with the nursery to find a rose variety that is suitable for shady areas.

In the spring and summer, roses need to have a lot of water. You do not needlessly need to water your rose garden every day, only regularly and deeply, allowing water to see down into the roots. This is best accomplished by watering every few days, for a long period of time. Another good question for the experts: Which rose is best to plant? Usually, older, hardy breeds tend to be sturdier and easier to care for. Look for roses that have stood the test of time!

Do not be intimidated by the prospect of starting and taking care of a rose garden. Take your time, but do not hesitate too long; explore your options, watch your sun and talk to your nursery during the winter so that first thing in the spring, you will be ready to go and start your rose garden. …

House Beautiful Magazine – The Definite Guide to Home Decoration

Will not you love to find your house to look more beautiful? Surely, you do! In fact, not only you, but every people in this world will love to see their house interiors look beautiful and appealing. However, you want to decorate your house with not the common age old themes available. Rather, you would definitely love to apply something special and unique in appearance and will certainly make every stranger and visitor amazing by the appealing gorgeousness. However, visiting and consulting the interior decorators will let a big amount of money fly away from your pocket as consultation fee. But, you are not in the mood of spending any sort of money to these expensive interior decorators. Then, what will you do? How will you get your ideas of decorating your house interiors?

There is a definite alternative to the above- mentioned process of consulting the decorators. But trust me, the option that I will be providing you is a lot more cheaper one and will extremely fruitful according to your needs and requirements. The option is to look for the ones that follow the theme of house designs and d├ęcor. Among the wide range of similar themed available, the most useful and popular is this magazine.

A wide range of unique ideas, appropriate color combinations, along with expert opinions and advice, preview of designs and news are a feature in this popular reading material. The magazine gets published on a monthly basis.

When you go to buy the magazine, you may find the price a bit too heavy. Not only this specific brand, but all the brands following the household themes are quite expensive in pricing. That is the major reason people love to avail the subscription offers associated with these popular brands.

You can avail 30 issues for $ 30 or 20 issues for $ 25 or 10 issues for $ 15. While availing the offer of 10 issues gives you a discount of 67% on the total cost price of the issues, the discount percentage increases to 72 % while availing the offer associated with 20 issues. But the best deal is associated with 30 issues. If you avail the 30 issues offer, then you get a discount of 78% on the overall cost price. Is not it a good bargain deal? Surely, it is!

The payment option is through credit card. The best way to avail the subscription is through the online mode, if you are staying in a foreign location. The magazine has its own website and there is the option of availing such offers is available. You need to simply fill in a form and click on the option you are choosing and like to avail. And do not worry about the delivery. It will be get done right at your doorstep within a period of 15 days to the maximum. …

A Guide to Choosing a Kitchen Faucet Filter

What's the best kitchen faucet filter? Do you want a kitchen faucet with filter attached, a completely enclosed screw on design or a countertop model that uses your own tap? Here's how to choose.

Basically, the difference between a countertop system and an under the counter model that includes a kitchen faucet with filter has to do with the "flow rate". An under the counter model with it's own separate faucet filters the same contaminants, but can produce as much as 30 gallons per hour with a flow rate of pressure similar to what you normally have in your home.

A fully enclosed kitchen faucet filter that screws on does not have effective contaminant removal and contains only granular activated carbon. The systems are preone to leak. They have a short lifespan and replacement cartridges cost as much as the units themselves.

They only remove chemicals such as chlorine, but do not stop the flow of THMs, which are cancer causing chlorine byproducts. They are always present whenever chlorination is performed to kill bacteria. They reduce your flow rate and can "leak" carbon granules into your glass.

A kitchen faucet with filter system can be installed in several ways. The most convenient is to replace your spray with the separate faucet. Generally speaking, a numbers help is needed. The "do-it-yourselfer" may be able to complete the installation, but it can be quite frustrating. Improper installation can void your warranty.

A countertop kitchen faucet filter, on the other hand, can be easily installed without the help of a plumber, but the flow rate is quite a bit slower than you would normally get from your tap. As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to each design.

The price you pay for a kitchen faucet with filter depends heavily on the number of filtration steps that are included. The most expensive types include a reverse osmosis step and cost approximately $ 600, direct from the manufacturer.

A kitchen faucet filter that includes submicron filtration, instead of reverse osmosis, costs less than $ 200 for either below or above counter designs. Systems that include a reverse osmosis step must be installed under the counter and will require a plumber's assistance, primarily for drainage.

With submicron filtration, no wastewater is created, so a separate drain is unnecessary. Reverse osmosis discharges any waters that become too thick to pass through the semi-permeable membrane, so a tube for draining must be attached to your pipes. Often a plumber can tap into the drain line for your dishwasher.

Most people do not need the reverse osmosis step, since cysts are removed through submicron filtration. Well owners may need the step, but if you have a well, testing should be connected before you buy any kitchen faucet with filter attachments.

You may need a system that can not be installed under the sink. You could even need a disinfection step, depending on the depth of your well.

The most economical and most effective kitchen faucet filter …