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Easy Ways to Get the Most from Recycling Children's Clothing

All parents have bags of old children's clothes stuffed somewhere in their attic or basement. There are all those nice shirts little Michael used on Sundays for church. Do not forget about the dress Sandy wore to her first day of school. You've hated to throw them away since they are still in good condition but again you can not just keep them sitting in your house forever.

One option you can go with is to recycle those old children's clothes. You've been surprised with how many families are always looking for cheap children's clothing since kids tend to grow out of them fast. Recycled clothing helps them save some much needed money that could be sent somewhere else. Here are some ways you can help a family out by recycling clothes:

  • The first thing I recommend doing is going through all of the clothing and sorting them as soon they outgrow the clothes. Not only does this help you organize them for later on but also allows you to see what kind of condition they are in. Anything that is torn, stained or ripped up can be thrown away. Keep only the kind of clothes that you would want someone to give you. If you have a lot of good clothes that can be recycled but no one to give them to, try holding a yard sale to make a little extra money on the side. You can also donate them to the Salvation Army who can find the clothes a much needed home.
  • Any clothing that still looks good should be saved. When questioning if clothing looks good enough to save, ask if it would be something you would let your child wear to school, church or other occasion where people will see them. If the clothes are not nice enough to look right in any of those places, then get rid of them.
  • Enjoy the excitement of knowing you are helping out other families. You may even spark back some nostalgic memories of your own triggered by seeing other kids wearing your child's own clothes. It may uplift your spirits when you need it most.
  • Finding someone to give these recycled clothes to is easy if you have nieces, nephews, neighbor children or friends from church in need of new clothes but unable to afford them. Kids are always excited to receive gifts even if they are clothes and the parents will be grateful for your generosity. Any clothes you have not given away yet can be taken to places such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army or any church organization. They will gladly accept clothing to give to needy families. They will recycle any size of clothing too for anyone who needs it most.
  • I always try to have a designated area of ​​space in my basement or closet to keep outgrown children's clothing in. You never know when someone may need some. For example, the next time your town has a fire and the family is

10 Signs That He Likes You

You met this great guy and you’ve been dating each other for some time. Not in an exclusive relationship, but you have been spending time together. Phone calls that lasted for more than an hour, flirty smiles are exchanged.

You feel good about him.

Now is the million dollar question that you want to find out.

Does he like you? Is he into you, or not?

How to know the answer? What are the tell-tale signs that he is into you?

Well, besides using your woman’s intuition which is not something I can describe here nor teach, I’ll do my best to “simplify” this complicated thing call “love”.

10 Signs That He Likes You

1. Watching the same movie twice

He’s seen the movie. Although he wasn’t very impressed with it, but because you haven’t catch it he suddenly changed his tune and said he really would like to watch it a second time.

And so by the way, if you haven’t seen it too, why not let’s go catch it together, he asked.

You know his intention is then not on the movie, but the company really.

So girls, do not expose his true intentions. It’s enough to know the underlying truth, be appreciative ok?

2. His car is playing songs that just sound too, familiar?

Because those are your favorites! You have merely casually mentioned to him once, and the next time he drives you, you’re in for a musical feast.

Is he always so attentive to everyone’s needs and preferences? Well, you observe how he interacts with others and you tell me.

3. He asks that question!

Well, he will try to be as casual and nonchalant about it as possible. But no matter how cool he acts, deep down inside he is burning and dying to know the answer to this question:

“So, are you single?”

If your answer is yes, then this will be the next one:

“No way. How can someone like you be single? You mean, you don’t have a boyfriend?”

Now watch his body language closely. If you notice he is feeling tensed up by now, and totally relieved when your answer is “No” then you get the message.

4. He asks for a follow-up date even before the date is over

Now if he isn’t interested in you, why would a man be so anxious to “book” your time for another date with him even when the date is only half-way through?

Unless you look like Jessica Alba, or you can give him a million-dollar job like Donald Trump. If you aren’t either one of the two or belong to either one of the category, then this can be a clue to his heart…

5. Your name is not foreign to his friends

If you do get a chance to meet up with his friends, which you know you can create such opportunities, you’ll get some nice juicy bits from them.

But this may not be very fool-proof, neither are all …

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.…

How To Look Great Carrying Your Fashion Umbrella

Fashion umbrellas are for fashion conscious individuals who want to look their best even when the weather is no as friendly. They come in all kinds of stylish chic designs not just on the canopies but also their handles and frames. You can find all kinds of designs in the market and select what you find most unique and fitting for your style. Businesses can also use fashion umbrellas as promotional giveaways for the right target market and make a lasting impression on potential customers or existing customers for that matter.

However fashionable these umbrellas may be, you will only look as fashionable when you get it right carrying them. Umbrellas can be hazardous when not properly handled and for this reason you need to be mindful of the people around you even when you are commanding all the attention from them with your pretty umbrella.

Carry the umbrella high and off your face

It may be the most beautiful umbrella around, but you also want some attention to your face and your outfit if at all you are to be a complete fashion package. Keeping the umbrella off your face also ensures that you have clear vision of where you are headed so necessary measures can be taken on time. Keeping it high saves you from constantly colliding with other passersby and makes your umbrella stand out from a distance as well.

Keep your hands as free as possible

When carrying an umbrella, you need to have a hand that is dedicated to that. If you have stuff to carry, then a bag that you can hang over your shoulder can make it easy for you to walk majestically with the beauty umbrella in hand. Avoid using your phone or device when carrying your umbrella as this can be distracting and you may even have a hard time handling the umbrella properly. Always carry your umbrella elegantly but firmly so it brings out that fashionable look you yearn to achieve on the overall.

Close it up stylishly when not in use

It may be too wet to fold and store away in your case, but you can close it up in such a way that it does not cause any distractions and at the same time has space to drip off the water. You can hold it elegantly beside you facing down so its beauty is still showcased without looking ridiculous. You can do this when walking under awning or when the rain subsides yet the umbrella is too wet to fold up and store away in your handbag.

Ensure it matches your style

Some prints on fashion umbrellas can be daring and offensive for some people. It is therefore important that you choose something that gives off a positive feel around you and your personality. This way, you will feel more comfortable carrying your umbrella knowing that all the glances received are all for the right reasons. Exercise good umbrella etiquette and you will look stylish all through.…

Getting In On The Lucrative Coupon Business

Here is a business with true unlimited opportunity. "Everyone and their brother" uses coupons – they are well known and well ingrained element of the American Way!
Basically, this idea is to sell coupons for services that merchants have agreed to honor with service or products as an advertising expense to promote their businesses.
A few ago, an experienced and highly successful entrepreneur walked into a neighborhood service station and announced to owner: "i can double your business in 30 days and it will not cost you a dime – are you interested?"
Needless to say, the owner was usually interested. They signed a contract requiring the entrepreneur to pay all the costs for printing and distributing of 500 coupon books and receive all proceeds from their sales for his effort.
The service station agreed to honor 20 specific free service coupons (such as battery charge, tow-in, oil change, flat tire repair) on a one coupon per visit basis.
Most of the free services involved no out-of-pocket expense. In order for the customer to take advantage of all the coupon offers, he had to visit the station 20 times. This was good news for the station owner who was confident he could keep a good percentage of them as new customers after 20 visits.
The entrepreneur had coupon books printed and assembled, worked out a presentation (canned spiel) for sub-salesmen who sold them door to door for $ 4.95 each.
The salesman's presentation began, when a adult answered or came to the door. It began: "how do you do, sir. Do you have an automobile?"
This almost guaranteed the desired YES answer, since any car in the family counted. Then, "I'm (first name) from the Signal service station over on First and Main and I have some complimentary service for you!" The salesman then briefly describe each coupon and winds up by offering the booklet for $ 4.95.
After the salesman's $ 2 commission per booklet and printing costs, the entrepreneur cleared $ 1000 on that first 500 coupon booklet contract, and did even better on a repeat order the following year!
There are many possible variations to this type of business. The best part is that everyone (the buyer, the salesmen AND the customers), and do not do all that badly yourself. Here are a few suggested variations:

1. Design and sell coupons for merchants to sell or give away themselves – at their places of business or publish in the newspaper. Normally this is a one-time fee to design their coupons and promotion.
2. Work with community non-profit and fund raiser groups to sell coupons or books of coupons for donated goods and services. You can either charge a fee for your services or a percentage of sales.
3. Print local school sports schedules and sell advertising space (cut-out coupons) to merchants. Sell ​​or give the schedules away or let the school sell them. Your profit is included in the cost of the coupons.
4. Design and offer …

4 Things a Legitimate Model Agency Asks You

We list things that a legitimate model agency does that make you feel uncomfortable but is actually beneficial for you in the long run.

Initial outlay

A model agency may ask for an initial outlay of money from you. Either they may ask you for portfolio fees or deduct a certain percentage of commission from your initial project fees, or even work at contracts. This may sound pretty demanding; however, it should not deter you if you have enough passion for excelling in the industry. The reason why a model agency extracts some initial cost from you is because they need to make up their costs of creating a portfolio for you and work required to set you up with clients. Working for free also gets you opportunities easier, for example, you can work with designers and photographers who want to create their own portfolio for free, and this allows you to gain modeling experiences as well. This makes it a mutually beneficial solution for all. The experience and portfolio you gather from the initial sacrifice of fees and payment will go a long way in getting more job opportunities.

Change your Looks to Suit Their Assignments

A model agency may ask you to do certain fashion makeovers such as changing your hair from blonde to brunette, or changing the length of your hair and so on. This is not because they don’t think you look good, but rather they usually want to fit you into the style of modeling that suits you best. For example, the agency may already have an excess of blondes, and they need a good brunette. There may be a few reasons why they ask you to change your look, but it is ultimately the best calling for your look and job opportunities in modeling. Anyway, a top class model is expected to be flexible and look good in any style or costume fitted. Hence, you should never be hesitant to change your look and style, and carry yourself with confidence in your new look.

Lose or Gain Weight

Again, although this may come off as a sensitive matter to you the industry is competitive and requires you to be at the top of your game to succeed. Even for non-mainstream modeling such as plus-size models, there are weight standards that need to be adhered to. In general, agencies have come to the point where they want to portray healthily-sized models. So they may outright reject you if you are too thin or too overweight. Hence, the key aspect to look after is your diet, your nutrition, and health. If you are doing the right things with your health your body will reciprocate naturally and your weight/ BMI would not be hard to control.

Traveling and International Opportunities

Most of us will be delighted at the sound of this, however, most of us do modeling as a ‘side hustle’ and few turn it into long-term fully fledged careers. The thought of traveling and working may …

Make Jewelry

Learning to make jewelry can just be a fun hobby or if you get really serious about it; it can become a lucrative business. The skills needed to make jewelry and processes required go back to ancient times and in many societies jewelry artisans have held a high place.

The nice thing about this type of craft is that with a few essential tools, some basic materials, and simple drawings; a person can learn to make jewelry that is both elegant and complimentary to the wearer. It does take practice, just like any other craft, to acquire the artistry and skills which will bring dependably good results. So the true master will be the one that practices the processes of jewelry making over and over again.

One of the keys to making fine jewelry is coming up with unique and original designs for your pieces. If you spend time going through the various magazines and websites on fashion you can trigger your own imagination to come up with original jewelry that will stand out in a crowd.

If you will look at basic designs and then consider ways to combine these designs in various ways you can easily come up with new and unique designs. The transition from basic jewelry making projects that are designed for beginners to your own personal designs can be accomplished by taking time to experiment with different units of material that vary in size, shape and texture until you come up with a good workable design. Then you can decide on the sequence of steps to create the piece and write a working plan.

Even a beginner can build up a broad range of knowledge of the jewelry making craft by taking this approach while learning. This will, in turn inspire him or her to refine his ideas and make finer jewelry and tackle more complex projects.

Whether it is consciously or unconsciously, all good jewelry designers are influenced by the designs of those who have gone before, as well as the practices and art forms of contemporaries. A designer, that is truly creative, not only studies the objects made from the metals and materials in which he normally works, but he also studies other types of art and designs made from other materials and in other mediums to come up with jewelry designs that are unusual and unique.

Nature can also be a great source of inspiration as it has been to artists and craftspeople for thousands of years. Fashions do change throughout the years and so do styles in jewelry. But there will always be a place for a beautifully designed and well crafted piece of jewelry. Sure, it may be set aside for a time in favor of newer, trendy pieces, but eventually it will be worn again and treasured, as one might wear a Grandmother’s charms and lockets with pleasure and pride.

So, whether you learn to make jewelry for a business or for pleasure, one thing is for sure. If …

Online Shopping – Advantages and Disadvantages

The advent of technology brought many benefits along with it, but the dark aspects are also not hidden. Activities that used to take a great deal of time are now cut down to a few clicks you perform online though the internet. When it comes to shopping, the online mode of it has brought about ease and comfort to a great extent. Shopping online looks like the easiest thing you can do when you are in a rush to get things. There you shopped and here you receive your items shipped to you in less then 24 hours time.

If you are thinking this is all what online shopping has brought about, then you certainly have ignored the other part of the story. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of online shopping.

Advantages of online shopping:

Online shopping is accessible round the clock. You can buy whatever you want even at 3 a.m. in the morning. You can choose from a wider variety of things available for you to shop which may not be available in the local brick and mortar stores. You also have the benefit to do all from the comfort of your own home. When you buy from online store you have the comfort to take your time while checking for the things of your choice, this will lead you to a simple and quick way to perform price comparison unlike the dissatisfied and hurried shopping you do in the local stores.

In addition, unlike local stores, you can avail discount coupons and get a thing at a lower rate when shopping online. Besides, when shopping online you can also avoid long lines to wait in and the unnecessary contact with cranky people. If you feel uncomfortable dragging your kids for shopping, online shopping is the best way to counter that. Most of us are sometimes concerned with private shopping; online shopping offers you a great platform to do so with comfort. Also, when you are buying gifts, online mode is the perfect way to send your distant friends or relatives the gift you wanted to send.

When it comes to payment, you can use anyone’s credit card when shopping online. A lot of us are concerned about the identity theft when hear about online shopping. Identity theft cases take place in reality in brick and mortar store itself and not online. Websites are secure these days with powerful encryption procedures that keep your identity safe and secure. Although there are a few where your information may not be secure, you can take a peaceful breathe when dealing with the vast majority of online shopping website. Consider websites that offer free shipping and this is definitely the way to go. As the price of gas is increasing, shipping and handling might be cheaper anyway.

Disadvantages of online shopping:

Although online shopping is 24/7 available, you cannot feel or touch items rather can just see what is present on a webpage whereas in brick and mortar stores you …

Shopping For Modern Ethnic Clothing

In the current economy, we are all reigning in our spending, but the one area that we will never neglect is fashion. We simply adopt the way we shop to suit our current budgets. Many of us are unsure what the future holds financially, but that does not mean that we will stop striving to look good. Venture into any ladies clothes shop, and you will see throngs of women, all vying to find the perfect clothing for them. These women have not given up on fashion; they have simply become more perceptive on how to find a bargain. Indeed, statistics indicate that the purchase of clothing has not lessened at all simply that we are utilising different strategies to shop.

Decent clothing can frequently be expensive, and account for a large portion of our monthly outgoing, this is especially true for fashionable women. Nevertheless, there are things that women can do to reduce the cost of clothing, for instance, when browsing a ladies clothes shop, the well-informed fashionista will go straight for the sale items. Others will find the opportunity to garner further discounts; a mark here, a small tear there, can all mean a discount is on the off. In the past, people considered clothes bought at a bargain poor quality, but this conception has been invalidated. Nowadays, a decent price is the sign of a savvy shopper.

The internet has long since been the playground of the well-informed shopper. Whether looking for sweater dresses, boots, skirts, trousers, shirts, jumpers, and any of the latest fashion items, women who know how to find a bargain, know about the wonders of the internet. There are many online ladies clothes shop offering a fantastic range of clothing, from designer to run of the mill, it is all available online, and often at a much better rate than you will find in the shops. Not only that, the internet is much more convenient, it is open twenty-four hours a day, three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year, can be accessed from the comfort of home, and allows surfers to see hundreds of styles of clothing within a very short period – why then, would anyone shop anywhere else?

Some women amongst us may find it difficult to find clothes in the right style and fit, we may be excessively petite or extremely tall, – and so how do we find clothes in a high street shop? The answer is we do not; this can only be catered for online, by a specialist ladies clothes shop. These shops offer all the trendiest clothes, in various sizes, and at a much better price than can be found elsewhere.

What we are arguing here, is that despite the current economic crisis, and the increasing cost of living, we can find bargains online. No longer do we have to fork out ridiculous sums of money on items of clothing, the competitive nature of the internet has made sure that clothes are now a lot more cost efficient.…

Get a Wedding Package Deal to Save Money So You Can Afford Your Dream Wedding

Spring is just around the corner and it has come to the time of year that many couples are planning for their wedding day. Even though we are in the grips of a recession many happy couples are still looking to have all the things that will make their big day special. There is still a huge demand for different wedding services and the wedding industry is responding by offering package deals. This is a result of competition in the market but you can now get great deals on a castle wedding, reception, catering and accommodation making it possible to stretch your wedding budget that much further.

Wedding favours and gifts are an important part of any wedding and by making savings on a castle wedding package you can afford to splash out. It is tradition for the bride and groom to give gifts to the bridesmaids, ushers and the best man to say thank you for their participation. Best man gifts usually take the form of engraved gifts. An engraved gift is perfect as it allows a personal touch to be given to the best man gifts. Great best man gifts that can be engraved are cufflinks, watches and pewter tankards.

Bridesmaid gifts are typically also engraved gifts but they are more feminine and suitable for the ladies. Bridesmaid gifts are likely to be gifts such as ladies cufflinks, flowers or perhaps some other jewellery or a jewellery box. These sorts of special engraved gifts will be treasured for the rest of their lives as a token of thanks for their help on your big day. …