July 29, 2015

Wedding Venues: Finding the Right Location for the Best Day of Your Life

Your wedding will almost certainly be one of the most important days of your life. This is why it’s of paramount importance that you find the right venue for your impending nuptials. Wedding venues are a very personal choice and should reflect your unique tastes, personalities and (of course) budgetary restraints. Of the many factors to take into consideration when selecting your wedding venue you should visit each potential venue with a list of exactly what it is you’re looking for.
Grand Canyon National Park The Venue

Of primary concern when selecting wedding venues should be the accessibility of the venue for your guests and how much it will cost to hire. You should also factor in the size of the venue (making sure it can comfortably hold all of your guests), it’s time restrictions and it’s aesthetic qualities. Of course the venue can be as humble as a local hotel or as grand as an Olympic stadium but either way it needs to “Feel” right, “Look” right and contain all of the facilities that you’d expect of a wedding venue. We've all (unfortunately) seen “Don't Tell The Bride,” so we know that the venue doesn't necessarily have to be a conventional church or town hall, but take into account that more unconventional venues probably won't be equipped to handle a wedding without some help. On the other hand, if your other half is particularly quirky, the very idea of staging the most important day of their lives might make them shudder. A good middle ground would be a grand hotel on the outskirts of a major city, with decent transport links for guests. Chester Hotels are particularly gorgeous, affordable, and desirable, as the city is located just south of Liverpool and close to the Welsh border.

Of course when it comes to wedding venues the world really is your oyster (many may opt for a less conventional scenario for their wedding), but it is advisable to use a location that comes with recommendations specifically for holding weddings. Planning a wedding is amongst the most stressful things you will ever have to do, with every minor detail needing to be not only absolutely perfect of it’s own accord, but perfectly in sync with all the other elements of the wedding. Wedding venues that have been built with these ceremonies in mind will also be far more practical and will be more likely to be able to accommodate all guests and will most likely offer a selection of reception rooms fit for weddings of all sizes.

The All Inclusive Option

You will of course also need to consider if you want the entire wedding to take place in the same location or if you will be booking the wedding venue just for the reception (with the ceremony itself taking place in a church or registry office perhaps). Certain wedding venues might offer packages that will give couples discounted rates when they use the venue for both the ceremony and reception. The venue might also involve the capacity to accommodate guests overnight, which will be incredibly handy for couples that have guests travelling from abroad. Larger hotels are a perfect fit, because not only will they give the bride, groom and family somewhere to stay after the ceremony and reception are over, but they might also have extra features such as a spa or golf course that your guests can enjoy. You're more likely to find these kind of facilities in an area of the UK such as Chester, and the area surrounding it. Indeed, if you're particularly keen on a decent health Spa Cheshire is world-renowned for them!
Fairytale Fabulous

The only down side of the all-inclusive option, is that your wedding could feel a little “Cookie-cutter,” especially if you happen to have been to a few other similar weddings in recent years. Still, the convenience and affordability of the option is not to be scoffed at, and having all of the location work sorted in one in one move will leave you with a lot less work and a fewer stress headaches!

21st Century Marriage

Of course searching for suitable wedding venues is even more of a headache if you’re a same-sex couple looking for a civil partnership. Since April 1995, it has been legal for same-sex couples to hold civil wedding ceremonies in venues other than registry offices (provided the registrar conducting the ceremony has been licensed no less than 15 days before the ceremony) and this means the options have really opened up with wedding venues from hotels to castles and country homes to even football stadiums now licensed to wed loving partners regardless of sexual preference. 

July 10, 2015


Here are my minion-lovers...
After they had taken their afternoon nap, they were given rewards by me...
Indeed, happy kids they were!

After Ate had her "done goals" in school, she was 
treated by her dad for another minions to collect.

tadaaaahhhh, the father of them all!

Hope to add the remaining 6 in here....

thanks @mcDo_ph

June 25, 2015

Research Reveals 70% of Britons Do not Have the Time to Clean Their Homes

UK based family own window cleaning business Complete Cleaning Services Ltd has recently completed a research project on the cleaning habits of the general public in the UK. The most interesting thing their study revealed was that 70% of people in the country do not have the time to clean their homes properly. This was surprising, as the NHS has only recently released information suggesting properties are too clean, leading to people with low immunity to common germs and bacteria.

Water fed poles, Reach and Wash Window Cleaning in ExeterRecent research has demonstrated that 70% of Britons do not have sufficient time to clean their home daily. Indeed, 57% of people admitted to occasionally living in a “pigsty” due to not having enough time. Finally, more than 20% admitted that their homes were so messy that they would refuse entry to other people.

Complete Cleaning Services explained that people are leading increasingly busy lives, making it difficult to juggle everything. It seems that keeping a home clean and spotless is low on the list of priorities. However, it also shows that many people are unhappy with the way their homes look, which is alarming since cleaning can be done in small daily chunks. It is a known fact that keeping on top of the small jobs stops any need for huge, time consuming cleaning projects at a later stage.

The study looked at 2,000 people from across the UK, all of whom were over the age of 18 and lived independently. The results were fascinating, finding that 63% would prefer their home to be cleaner. Of these, the survey asked why they didn’t clean it more, which showed that:
  •          50% did not have enough time to clean.
  •          39% didn’t like cleaning.
  •          21% believe they are not good at cleaning.

At the same time, however, almost 25% of people felt that the state of their home was the least of their worries.

Other interesting results included:
  •          42% never cleaned their home fully, from top to bottom.
  •          One average, the last time people gave their home a full clean was 5 months ago.
  •          10% hadn’t cleaned their bathroom in a month.
  •          10% admitted to not having ironed in a year.
  •          5% did not wash their clothes.
  •          10% hadn’t used a hoover in a month.
  •          10% hadn’t used a duster in six months.
  •          5% hadn’t mopped in a year.
  •          5% never cleaned their windows.
  •          60% did not believe their home would ever be spotless.

·         One third had visitors comment on the mess.
  •          50% argued about the mess with their partners.
  •          73% of people hide mess behind the sofa or under cushions.
  •          90% believed they were tidy people.

Paul Jenkins from Complete Cleaning Services said:

“We advise people commit to doing just a few tasks every week, or even just one task a day. This would stop them from needing an entire day for cleaning. Doing it this was requires just a tiny bit of effort, but the effects are huge. Plus, it means that the 90% of people who believe that they are clean will actually be right in their belief!”

He added:

“People often feel fulfilled and in control when their house is clean and they are on top of the various domestic jobs. If people stop seeing it as a chore, for instance by putting some of their favourite music on while cleaning, they will get a lot more enjoyment out of it as well. Cleaning is a chance to step away from the thousands of other responsibilities people have every day. There are so many products out there designed to make cleaning easy, there really is no excuse.”

June 24, 2015

Why is God Taking so Long?

Just sharing you this timely message I have read from Activated.org. Take time to read this inspirational article and you will be blessed...

Why Is God Taking so Long?

Question: I've been looking for a new job, but so far without success. If I have prayed and am doing my part, why isn't God helping me?

Answer: The way God works in our lives and the way He chooses to do things is often past our comprehension. It’s mysterious, it’s humbling, and it usually takes faith and patience. His purposes and timetable are often different from ours.
When things are rough, when you feel that they’re not turning out the way you had hoped, when you feel your prayers aren’t being answered, when the trials of life seem too much to bear, when the battle seems too long, when your faith is under attack, when you’re feeling weary and aren’t sure if you can endure much longer, you can climb up onto the foundation that God has provided for your faith—the many promises and encouraging words contained in His Word—and rest in that safe haven.
One such promise is that “you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours”1—but God doesn’t promise that it will be yours instantly. His timetable is not always the same as ours. There are times when He does bring instant answers to prayer, but there are also many times when He allows time for our faith to mature and develop, like fine wine. Patience is the mark of a vintage faith, one that is deep and rich and full-bodied.
Throughout history God has tested and tried people’s faith through not granting immediate answers to their prayers. The Israelites waited thousands of years for the Messiah to come, and doubtless they often prayed and pleaded with God to send Him, but God waited until His timing was exactly right.
Patience is not an easy virtue to cultivate. In fact, it goes entirely against the way the world today operates, which is all about getting quick results. We can experience instant miracles and answers to prayer when God knows that’s what’s best, but sometimes He may want us to experience the tests, trials, and challenges of life that arise when His answers don’t come immediately.
Faith isn’t manifested only in our ability to receive immediate, miraculous answers to prayer; it is also manifested in endurance, longsuffering, and the patience to hold on even when we don’t see immediate results from our prayers. So “let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”2