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post from Our Wedding Plus on 02 May 2007 02:00:00 AM. Our Wedding Plus
Thinking of doing your own centerpieces? Or just want to give them your personal touch? Jo Gartin, celebrity wedding planner, in her book Jo Gartin’s Weddings: An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride gives some ideas?- Make sure your guests can see each other, make them either tall and skinny or short and fat- All of the centerpieces don?t have to be the same, but you might like to stick to the same color scheme- Ask your florists if you can buy your own vases if the ones the florist uses are quite to your liking.- Maybe go flowerless, go with candles or fruitFor your viewing pleasure here are some centerpiece examples. I’m going to start off with some beautiful ideas from Dandelion Ranch located in Los Angeles, one isn’t really a centerpiece, it’s a Pussy Willow Screen but I thought it was pretty unique so I had to include it…
Here are some centerpieces photographed at actual weddings. I think some are good, some not so good, you be the judge. For photo credits click on the photo.
The options are limitless! Remember if you go the traditional route with a cut flowers, make the day of someone less fortunate. Donate your flowers to a homeless shelter or to a convalescent home.RhondaOur Wedding PlusSign up for our free monthly newsletter! Subscribe in a readerRead The Full Article:
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TAG Heuer Watches, Swiss Watches and Chronographs –

Winner of the TAG Heuer Webdesign contest in the section “Best Content Prize”!
For this prize the judges have looked at the texts and added-value contents.
Firstly the written text is very personal and perfectly fits the message and secondly, the ideas are original and creative.
The wap section is really amazing, such as the Forum.
Thanks a lot for your innovative ideas and many congratulations!
TAG Heuer makes some incredible platinum jewelry in Cincinnati.
Edouard Heuer founded a watchmaking company in 1860.
TAG Heuer was formed in 1985 when TAG (Techniques d’Avant Garde),
manufacturers of high-tech items for Formula 1 cars acquired Heuer,
which was already a renowned watchmaker specializing in racing chronographs.
Together they became a big name in Swiss watches.
TAG Heuer has always had a strong connection with auto racing,
and in fact first became known on a worldwide basis when Steve McQueen wore a Heuer “Monaco” chronograph in the 1971 film “Le Mans”.
Tiger Woods is one of the many stars of sport currently sponsored by TAG.
On September 13, 1999 Tag Heuer accepted a bid from LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. of 1.15 billion francs ($739 million) contingent upon a transfer of 50.1% of stocks.

Platinum A Rare Metal

Theres Something to be Said for Rare Metals
Gold seems to have all of the marketing power behind the terms rare and precious metal, but platinum is more than twice as rare as gold. That explains the difference in price, but it also explains why Platinum is considered so valuable as an investment and in jewelry pieces. Owning something made of platinum is extra special, a sign that someone was being extra thoughtful when they bought a jewelry piece. The rarity of platinum is the type of thing that will elicit the knowing smile from discerning onlookers who can tell a platinum ring from a white gold counterpart.
No Allergic Reactions to Platinum Jewelry
Gold, silver, and nickel, are not hypoallergenic metals. That means each of these materials can actually cause rashes when someone with sensitive skin puts them on. Its especially true for the hands and, since thats where most jewelry is worn, its an important point to know as a jewelry shopper. Platinum, unlike the previous three metals, is hypoallergenic. That means no ring marks, no rashes, and no discomfort, when wearing a beloved accessory for a night on the town.
Low Maintenance is a Great perk
Anyone with silver or gold pieces can attest to the fact that theyll need some polishing after a few years of wearing. Its not necessarily a negative thing, and theyre easy to clean up and restore to their former glory. But why bother with that kind of maintenance when platinum offers a relatively maintenance-free solution? Unlike silver and gold, there is no danger of platinum tarnishing and losing that sparkle from the first day its taken out of the jewelry box. That bodes well for people who dont typically pencil in a trip to the jewelry on a regular basis simply for a routine jewelry polishing.
It Feels as Luxurious as it Looks
One notable thing about platinum is that it cannot be misconstrued as a lightweight metal. Indeed, when compared to a ring made of 18kt gold, a platinum ring often weighs as much as 60 percent more. That contributes to a sturdier feeling both in and on the hand, and it will be pretty hard to forget that the ring is there before getting into the shower or doing the dishes. Think of it as both a testament to the rings quality, and a guarantee that it wont take a ride through the trash disposal and drainage system at home.
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By char | Related entries in Communication
There are days when I seriously question my parenting skills! Sometimes it has to do with giving my kids too much attention (aka making their decisions for them) and other times it is not giving them enough. Sometimes I am a great listener and sometimes I wonder what my kids think of me.
The one thing I never want to do is close down the lines of communication with my kids. I want them to feel comfortable talking with me. I want to be able to help them make their own good decisions, by guiding them and giving them the tools and self confidence to think on their own.
Often times my son with mumble something to me and when I ask him to repeat himself, he says, oh nevermind. Afraid that he will mistake my request for a repeat as anything other that what it was – a request because I didnt hear him – I am careful to state, what you have to say is important, I just didnt hear you first and then ask him to say it again.
Rory at Hamelife has quite a few posts on parent/child communication lately. His post called I will never ask for help again is a stunning reminder to us as to why we need to listen to our children and let them know their opinion counts from an early age. Another post – Criticism – How Can Parents Make it Easier for Kids to Swallow is not only applicable to how we give children criticism, but how to communicate those thoughts to our spouses and others.
Another great resource article is from the University of Florida and called Active Listening. It outlines the features of active listening and gives some solid tips on implementing this communication technique. The main points being asking questions, paraphrasing, and empathizing.
Think about how you want your own ideas to be received – Id bet your children feel about the same way.
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By char | Related entries in Fun Stuff to Do,
I have got stacks and stacks of photos that one of these days I will put together into a scrapbook (or 10) for each of my kids. Hopefully this will occur sometime before their 18th birthday!
As it stands right now, my sons First 5 Years book is full – dutifully filled out and complete with all the details. My middle childs book is done, too. Not as complete as my sons but, it is not bad. And then we have my baby. She is officially five and I havent opened her book in at least two years! Bad Mommy!
For those of you who are better about preserving those childhood memories in an organized, creative fashion, I have two links to share with you.
1. Printables4Scrapbooking – this is a very cool site made with love by my pal Randa. The printables are original and very nicely presented. She is a designer with a flair for capturing the details in her creations.
2. Scrapbooking Fun the American Girl way. American Girl has got some really nice printables at their site – perfect for the kids, whether they are making a scrapbook of their dolls or one of their friends.
Do you have any good tips for making that stack of photos easier to go through and organize? I have to start somewhere!
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