Valentine’s Day – A Romantic Peak Or A Commercial Basement?
Every year there is a surge in romantic interest as February, the Month of Hearts, approaches, and the scent of Valentine’s Day begins to waft in the air. When it comes to reality, though, how much of that surge is genuinely about romance? Is it not all a commercial exercise designed to rake in the profits?
I do not think anyone can argue that commercial interests contribute greatly to the publicity that surrounds Valentine’s Day. You see it everywhere from Christmas onwards; the Valentine’s cards, the Valentine’s chocolates with their heart shaped boxes and pictures of roses, plus of course all the advertisements for the roses themselves and how you must book early for that Valentine evening meal.
The commercial side of Valentine’s can appear so overwhelming you may be persuaded to believe that it is nothing to do with love and romance at all, but purely about making money; that the hearts and the roses are nothing more than artificial symbols of a romantic world that no longer exists.
With much of Western society having a hardened veneer, where underneath relationships fall apart with a puff of wind, and divorce is almost built into marriage, anyone can be forgiven for taking such a cynical view. However, dismissing the whole Valentine Day experience as nothing but commercial is far too simplistic, and to do so is to deny oneself a far richer experience: that of genuine romance and love.
Any commercial venture only succeeds if there is a demand, and Valentine’s Day has been a commercial success for many years. Before then, the Valentine’s tradition itself had evolved over many centuries, long before commerce became the apparent driving force behind it. So where has the modern demand come from for an event such as Valentine’s Day?
Love, attraction, obsession, and romance are as old as the hills, and are integral to the human constitution. While many modern people may claim that they prefer to be alone and do not need anyone else, do not need love and romance in their lives, if they were truly honest with themselves they may say something very different. It is not “macho” to publicly need love, affection and romance, so many hide from their own truth, that they probably yearn for the love of another as much as the most openly romantic.
Others, though, reflect as much desire for romantic love as any man or woman over the centuries, and it is deeply natural to do so. They reflect those desires as they go searching for romantic fiction, love poems and true love stories by the million. If they do have love in their lives as Valentine’s Day comes around, then they are well prepared to make the most of it; to indulge in the romantic image with their own twist of reality and desire.
Love and romance have not died and will never die. Some may shy away in fear of the pain of a failed or a tragic romance; but others dive in head first, not fearful that their love will turn out to be as tragic as Romeo and Juliet. Such people provide the never ending demand for a Valentine’s Day that transcends the commercial and explores all the bright and dark corridors of romance. In other words, experience life to the full, and risk the pain and heartache to achieve the ecstasy.
Divorce, rebuild your life, get out of that mortgage
When it comes to the divorce you have every right to think about the mortgage. If you don’t think that you’d be able to pay the mortgage of the home, then you should not go for the house. If you want out of the mortgage you may have some trouble. When it comes to the house every state has a different law that pertains to community property. In fact, some states are known as non community property states, where they believe that someone always owns everything; it’s just a matter of determining who.
When it comes to the lenders, they aren’t going to be happy having to redo the mortgage of your home. However, even if you are in the middle of the divorce, the mortgage payment still needs to be paid. In fact, it is up to the creditor to allow you to get off the mortgage or keep you on. If your wife or husband can not get the loan by themselves, then you are more than likely going to have to make sure that the mortgage is paid regardless if you life there are not. This can really mess up someone’s credit.
If you want to get out of the divorce without the mortgage, you are going to have to think about a few things. You are going to either ask your spouse to buy it out, or you will have to ask them to sell. Depending on the state and your circumstances, you may have to sell the house regardless. If the other person cannot find a co-signer than they will be forced to give up the home. This is one of the easiest ways to get out of a mortgage, however, the laws vary from states and you may have difficulty splitting the assets 50-50. Remember, if you place your house up for sale, you still have to pay the mortgage until the day it is signed over to a new couple or person. This is because you are still the legal owner of the home and it has to be sent by someone.
If you are worried about your credit rating you will have to do some work or investigation because you enter the divorce process. You will need to know what credit cards that you two have and the balances on each. Not only do you have to worry about the liabilities that you two have racked up during the marriage, you have to think about all the money that you have saved on account. You may end up having to repaying your spouse from the account and pay for your credit debt.
When you file for divorce you will want to close all joint accounts. Make sure that everyone knows that it was by request, not because of other circumstances. You will want them to note that so that it shows up on your credit report and has nothing to do with your credit when you go and apply for credit.
Some people will run up he bills and then make some payments late to screw the other person in the divorce, but that is ridiculous. If you try to screw up their credit, your credit is going down too. So why bother playing such games when it’s just going to cost you more in the end.
Also, make sure that you have a copy of your credit report so that you can keep notes of the changes in your rating. This way you can’t get in trouble if your mate tries to play the credit game and starts buying things with your name and then not paying for it.
A Baby Story – A Funny Story To Brighten Your Day
My wife loves to watch the show, A Baby Story, everyday. She starting watching it a year ago when she was pregnant with our son, because she wanted to try to get an idea what labor would be like. Now she watches, because she wants to reminisce about the birth of our son, and look forward to having our next child. Personally I think that this show is boring, but recently I heard a baby story of a different kind. Here is how the story went.
The girl was nineteen years old with no boyfriend in the picture anymore. She was working full time to try to make ends meet, and she was getting very anxious for the baby to be born. One morning before she had to be at work, she went to the doctor’s office for a checkup. The doctor checked her and told her that she was in labor, and she needed to go to the hospital to be delivered. She said cool, and then she asked do I need to go to the hospital now, or can I go after work. The doctor politely told her that she did not have to go to the hospital immediately, but that she could only go home and get her a bag ready for the hospital stay. She asked if it would be ok if she got something to eat, and he said he did not advise it. Next thing you know she is in the drive-thru line at Whataburger trying to get something to eat, and a guy backed into the driver side of her truck. Remember now that she is in active labor. She can not get out of the driver side door, so she drags her big, nine months pregnant belly out the passenger side door. The man saw her condition, and got so worried he fainted. Now a nine month pregnant women is sitting in the parking lot at Whataburger, in active labor, fanning a man trying to revive him. Once she got home, her mother rushed her to the hospital. After a few hours of labor a beautiful baby boy was born, and both mother and baby were healthy. I don’t know about you, but if A Baby Story was this interesting everyday, I think I would tune in a lot more often.
In the world of beauty, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced beauty fanatics alike. There are many guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good beauty fanatic become a great beauty fanatic.
While the skin on your face is relatively delicate, the skin all over your body is considerably thicker. Nonetheless, it benefits greatly from exfoliation. Use a body brush with natural bristles to brush your entire body before you enter the bath or shower. This sloughs off dead skin and also increases your circulation.
Your hair color should influence which cosmetic colors look the best on you. For example, if you are a brunette, you can use a dark mahogany eyeshadow as a multitasking tool. In a pinch, it can be used to fill in sparse eyebrows, line your upper lash line, and even cover gray roots on your hairline.
Splashing cold water on your face can help reduce the frequency and prevalence of pimples. This is because it shrinks the size of your pores, making it less likely and less possible for them to get clogged, and clogging usually results in the appearance of a pimple. So to keep yourself pimple free, splash cold water!
Make your hair smell good. Spritz your favorite perfume on your hairbrush or comb and brush your hair. This will give your hair a great and lasting scent. If you notice the scent is fading, do it again. Knowing your hair smells good can make you feel better about it.
To determine whether you have cool or warm skin tones, check out the veins on the inside of your wrist. If you have cool skin, the veins will appear bluish in color. If you have warm skin, they will have a greenish tint instead. Cool skin tones look best in cool colors, such as blue and purple, whereas warm skin tones, look best in warm colors like red, yellow and orange.
When applying mascara, wiggle the brush. Many people do not give a second thought to putting on their mascara. They might also find that their lashes are clumpy and find that they are sticking together. To avoid this, start at the bottom of your lashes with the applicator. Wiggle it all the way to the end of your lashes to keep them separated.
Keep to a schedule for maximum beauty benefit. You do not have to schedule everything, but you do need to schedule your meals. Studies have shown that people who are consistent with their routines concerning food and drink, look years younger, and live longer, than people who are sporadic with their eating times.
After reading these tips, you can begin to understand what it takes to become a great beauty fanatic. There is a lot of information to be had, and you need to know how to apply it. With this in mind, you can refine your own methods, techniques, and products and start creating your own beauty regimen.
Many people think that living with depression is unmanageable. This can be the truth, but only if you allow it to be. If you want to be successful in dealing with depression and its symptoms, you have to become educated on the subject, which is what the goal of the following article is.
If your income is low and you are suffering from depression, try and find free or low-cost social services that can help you. Local governments offer community counseling services to those with low incomes, especially those people who qualify for Medicaid. These community counseling centers can also provide free samples of medication for those who can’t afford to fill a prescription.
If you suffer from depression, it is crucial that you keep negative thoughts out of your mind. By thinking of negative things, you will find that your depression symptoms will just get worse. Instead, focus on the things and people in your life that make you feel good and happy.
A simple walk around your block can be a wonderful mood elevator and a way to get those happy endorphins working to your advantage. If you have forgotten the joy of walking, then take your dog (or borrow one from a neighbor) and focus on his joy and antics for a few minutes. Getting out in your neighborhood keeps you in touch with what is going on around you and helps you take the focus off yourself for awhile.
If you have medical depression you should anticipate that many people won’t be able to understand it. Most people think that depression is just like being really sad but true sufferers know that this is not the truth. If people say things like “just chin up” to you, try to realize that they mean the best and just ignore it.
Examine your life. If you are unhappy because you feel like you are being walked on, focus on becoming more assertive. If you find yourself assuming people are thinking badly of you, remind yourself that you are not a mind-reader and that you have no basis for that belief. Keep it light and humorous, as you cannot battle negative thoughts with more negativity.
Play dress up. Take the time in the morning to get yourself ready, even if you are not going anywhere. Putting on your good clothes, including shoes, can increase your confidence and your mood. Feeling sloppy and frumpy in old, stained clothes may be comfortable, but it does nothing for your mood.
Exercise. Studies have shown that people who exercise have lower rates of depression, and that those with depression can help their condition by doing some kind of exercise. Exercising is not only great for your physical health but for your mental health as well, so start an exercise program. There are many to choose from, and you’ll feel much better.
As was stated in the beginning of the article, life with depression is difficult if you let it be that way. By learning more on the subject, you can become knowledgeable so that you can learn how to lead a happy life. Use the advice given to you in this article and do not allow depression to get to you.
Though not everyone has employee lockers for those who work for them, they are actually a very nice idea. Some might see them as something that is expected, but other seem the as a perk. I know that I wish more places had these for their employees. Years ago I spent a lot of money on a leather jacket for my husband, who was then my boyfriend, and it was stolen while he was working because his company did not have lockable personal storage areas for each person to hang and keep their stuff.
Employee lockers, in my opinion, should be a must. We all like to think that everyone we work with is honest, especially in a small store or establishment, but that is usually not the case. It would have been smart of my husband to leave the leather jacket at home because they had no employee lockers, but he had every right to wear what he wanted, and he was wearing it because it was warm. He should not have had to worry about it being stolen, but it was. Even worse, he was pretty sure he knew who had taken it, but there was really nothing he could do about it.
Most of the places I have worked in have had employee lockers, and I was always grateful. You really don’t realize how wonderful they are until you no longer have something like that. If you are a woman, this means you no longer have a place to put your purse. You may have to leave it in the car, and that is not always a convenient solution. Some can have their purse with them when they work, that that is a rare circumstance. This is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why employee lockers are so important.
Just as important has having employee lockers is to have ones that really lock. Some are there, but there is no way to lock them. Though most are more hesitant to go through lockers because it is obvious what they are doing, there are some that don’t care. Working locks are essential. While some employees may have no need for something like this, there are always going to be some who really need them. It’s a smart move for any employer to provide this type of protection to help eliminate employee on employee theft. Managers and owners have enough to worry about, including in-store theft, without having to worry about employees ripping each other off.
Overcoming All Types Of Jealousy
Time has flown by so fast and many things have changed. Lives of people have become so fast-paced that somehow things like love and happiness have taken a backseat to career, business or money. Communications are centered not on how to foster relationships but on how to make the money tree grow.
Because of this, quite a lot of things have been taken for granted and people are slowly shying away from emotions that are the core of living. As a result, many feelings are harbored inside and these include regret, resentment and even the lurking green-eyed monster, jealousy.
This purely negative feeling that is known as jealousy is not only limited to your insane urge to grab at the hair of the woman your husband or boyfriend has been seeing behind your back. Jealousy could also be applied to the feelings of resentment that you have over the promotion of your colleague or your husband. It is also your inability to express your anger over why your husband treats your kid with more respect than he does you.
For those who are under the spell of this green-eyed monster, jealousy is a feeling that devastates them to the core and even results in them feeling great extent of anguish and pain. However, jealousy will not only affect the people who feel it, but also the people who surround them. Even if they try their hardest to hide their jealousy, it will always come out by the way they treat the people around them and how they will just allow it to ruin lives and relationships.
The basic approach to overcoming jealousy is knowing the reason behind it and understanding why it is happening. Usually, jealousy boils down to low self-esteem, insecurities and even huge love for a partner. While it is really great to love your partner so much, remember that anything that borders on the extreme is also bad and could just lead to hurt and devastation. Low self-esteem and insecurities are also two components of jealousy that should be gotten rid of.
If you are really intent on seeking help for your jealous tendencies, then maybe you could ask a hypnotherapist to treat you. Through hypnosis, your therapist will be able to go beyond the barriers that are keeping you from thinking positive thoughts. He will be able to delve into the negative blocks that are lodged in your subconscious and ease them out until you will be free of them. Once this happens, you are already able to overcome the lowness of your self-esteem as well as break away from your insecurities.
Then, all your jealous feelings will just fly out the window. Once the green-eyed monster is gone, you will finally be able to foster a relationship that is based on confidence and trust and be free from the anguish of always doubting.
What is the most trying and most rewarding job in the world? Parenting, of course. Though it is a job like no other, you still need the right skills to do it well. This article brings together some of the most practical parenting solutions available, to help make the job a little easier.
One of the best ways for you to bond with your child is to play with them. Play all sorts of games – board games, sports, pretend games, etc. Enter the child’s world and have fun! This simple bonding technique can have lasting effects into adulthood for your child.
Be wary about introducing pacifiers to your breastfeed baby. Pacifiers are designed to take care of a baby’s need to suck, however the reason a baby needs to suck is because that is how they breastfeed. If they can satisfy their need to suck elsewhere it will hurt your breastfeeding relationship. Limit pacifiers for at least the first 6 weeks.
Instead of using bottles as a way for dad to bond with the baby, look into other more novel options. Many breastfeeding relationships are harmed by the need to have dad involved in the feeding. Fathers however have many other ways to bond with their babies than by interfering with feeding time. Have dad give baths or massages to the baby. Dad can rock the baby to sleep after breastfeeding is done providing crucial bonding moments.
A great parenting tip is to give your children some privacy sometimes. If you’re always paranoid about what they’re doing or who they’re hanging out with, you can lose a lot of your children’s trust. Learn to back off from time to time and let your children have some privacy.
Make sure to give your twins time with you that they don’t have to share. All too often twins are thought of as one complete unit. They are separate people and they need time to discover who they are on their own. Make time each week to take one twin to the park or the store with you.
Start your child’s education as early as possible. Even when a kid is little, there are tons of games you can play with them that make learning fun. You can find games to teach them math, science, reading, spelling, etc. It’s never too early to start your child’s education, and if you make it fun, you’ll make them want to keep learning.
Never taunt or belittle your child, even in a joking manner. A child’s self esteem is nurtured or injured from the beginning of life by his parents. Instead of telling your child, “You did that wrong”, try saying “Good job! Now let’s try to do it another way.” The smile you receive from this positive comment will tell you how much your child counts on you to develop positive feelings about life.
Like any other job, parenting requires a bit of know how. Kids do not come with manuals and finding the right resources can often be difficult. Use the tips, solutions and advice offered in this article, to help take some of the guesswork out of those little and not-so-little, parenting decisions.
When you think of beauty, do you just see it as something that makes your commute take much longer? If so, then you have a very narrow view of the subject. Beauty is so much more than that and it can be personalized so that it works with your own schedule. Read on to find out how.
Let your hair air dry as much as you can to keep it protected from heat damage. Intense heat from a curling iron, flatiron, and hair dryer can really damage your hair and scalp. Set your dryer to its lowest setting if time is limited and you must get your hair dry. This ensures that your hair will be kept soft and silky for many years.
Steam your face. You can do this by placing your face over a hot bowl of water with a towel over your head. This will open up your pores and draw out impurities and bacteria. You should clean your face, then rinse it with cold water so you close your pores back up.
Get rid of any hair you do not want at least a day in advance of a fake tan application. Whether you wax or shave, you will achieve the best results if you wait for 24 hours after. You will have a tan that is more natural looking and not so uneven.
If you are fighting an irritating, itchy and flaky scalp, you can use yogurt to remove flakes and keep your scalp itch-free. Simply massage a plain Greek or dairy yogurt into your scalp, then allow it to sit for no longer than 15 minutes. After you rinse, you should notice less flakes and itching.
Instead of simply applying lipstick directly to your lips from the tube, invest in a good lip brush. This allows you to create a more well-defined shape that does not smear or smudge around the mouth. Pucker up, then pull your finger through your lips to prevent any lipstick from smudging on your teeth.
Add volume to your hair. You can easily do this by blow drying your hair upside-down for at least 10 minutes. When your hair is dry, give it a cool blast of air to set the volume in. You can make your hair have more bounce and volume just by doing this.
Always get rid of old makeup before laying down at night. You can use a make-up remover or a washcloth of warm water. Cleanse your face with other products thereafter. Make-up left on overnight will certainly clog your pores and most likely lead to morning break-outs.
Get your sleep to keep yourself looking beautiful. Do not underestimate the power of scarce sleep to age your face, and your body. You need from six to eight hours of sleep a night to rejuvenate your body, skin, and brain. All are important elements in your overall personal health.
After reading through all of that, do you still see beauty in the same way? Do you now see that it is so much more and that they are very simple things that you can add to your commute to help improve your appearance? It’s really not hard work and hours of getting ready. It’s, basically, whatever you make it.
Divorce, getting past the anger
It is ok sometimes to be angry. Sometimes this is a great way to move past certain problems and issues that you may have. Anger is completely normal and you will want to make sure that you are dealing with it as best as you can. You will want to be careful so that you are not setting yourself up for more problems when you are angry because of a divorce.
Getting divorced can be a hard time in anyone’s life. It is something that you will have to deal with one day at a time. It is not always easy for both parties especially if you are not the person initiating the divorce. If you are the person that is being left, you may feel angry and hurt at the other person. These feelings are completely relevant and you will have more emotions come up in the future as well.
When you are having issues with anger because of a divorce, you will want to make sure that you are using your best judgment in the matter. You do not want to do anything to harsh because you may later regret it. Remember that once you do something or say something, it is impossible for you to take it back. You must remain calm in this situation so that you are not coming off looking irrational or childish.
There are ways that you can deal with the anger after a divorce. You will want to sit down and calmly think about them first. You do want to make sure that you have the facts to why you are getting divorced. Make sure that you are not left out in the dark so that you can have a full understanding of what is going on in your life. You can try and talk to your soon to be ex and find out what is going on and use communication as a form of release. Talking things out can sometimes make a person feel much better.
In order for you to feel better and get through the divorce, you will need to move past the angry part. You have to find a way to move on and get through this difficult time. There is no real answers to how you do this, you just have to figure out the best way that you know how so that you are taking care of you first. The most important thing that you can do when you are in the process of a divorce or after it is said and done is to take care of yourself. You need to make sure that you are staying healthy and happy because you are more important.
Angry is a very passionate emotion. It can take you up or down. It will depend on the way that you are able to handle the emotion and what you intend to do with it. You do not want to let the anger that you have inside you got too far advanced. You want to make sure that you can contain it and keep it under control for your sake and the sake of others. There is no reason to fly off the handle and cause a big scene even though it may seem like it is a good idea at the time.
You can seek treatment for any anger issues that you may be dealing with. When you think that you are not able to control your anger, you can go and find help for these problems. You can get counseling and find out what is making you so angry and different steps to make it better and improve as time rolls on.