Archive for June, 2011

Few Tips on How to buy a Birthday Cake

Most of the times many people buy a birthday cake from bakery. When you want to buy a cake from the bakery, both online or offline, you should follow few tips to choose suitable birthday cake for a birthday.

  1. First you should know about the different type of cakes. Types of flavors available, which type of ingredient used to bake cake, and which type of frosting. There are many type of flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet cake flavor and some fruits flavors like orange, pineapple, etc. Frosting also important, there are two common types of frosting, butter cream and fondant frosting.
  2. The birthday person age is the main factor in selection of cake. If you are buying a cake for your child’s birthday, then you have to choose a chocolate flavor with different shapes that resemble cartoons, toys, car or motor bikes.
  3. Then finally you decide which type of cake would you want. Next search for bakery shop who is offering special discount offers or best cake bake shops. While choosing shop try to choose nearest shop because it will be easy for delivery and damage to cake can be avoided.
  4. Before going to give order you should check experience and service in providing cakes.
  5. You can also give orders through online by searching various shops and select your favorite cake. Make sure that you check the delivery terms of online buying. Either they provide home delivery or you can only get from the shop.
  6. Do not commit for particular bakery. Search in various shops then you will know about many offers and you can get the best cake.
  7. When you place order for cake before birthday, then you provide the exact time of delivery and address of your home for your bakery shop to avoid mix ups.

By following all the above tips, you can the buy the best cake for your birthday.

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Group Therapy for Treating Addiction

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves two or more individuals who work with one or a group of therapists. These methods have great positive effect when they are used to treat the patients with the substance abuse problems. They may be very effective than individual treatment or one on one therapy to overcome drug addiction.

Following are the different types of group therapies used for treating drug addicts:

Peer Group Therapy:
The most common type of peer group therapy used for treating the drug addicts is the expressive therapy. In this type of therapy the patients are allowed to express their thoughts and feelings, which may be conscious and unconscious and which can’t be orally communicated. By the feelings and the thoughts of the addicts the therapists can know the condition of the patients and this helps the therapists in giving further treatment.

Family Group Therapy:
Family plays an important role in treating a drug addict. Hence, the family is the perfect setting for group therapy. Family therapy has two main goals out of which one goal is, the strengths of the family are integrated to design ways to stop drug abuse. Other goal is to reorganize and counteract the impact of the patient’s dependency on drugs and this also helps to manage the effects of drug addiction on the family.

Culturally Specific Group Therapy:
Bringing the patients who share similar cultures at one place can be very effective way of group therapy. By knowing their shared beliefs, cultural rituals and healing practices helps the counselors in treating the drug addicts.

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Effects of Teeth and Jaw Bone Loss

Dental elements not only affects your oral health, but also affects your facial appearance. Many people think of the tooth structure and its color when considering the dental issues. However, there are many other things like teeth and jaw bone which are important for dental health. Teeth are embedded in a jaw bone attached through a root structure. Based on the location and size of the tooth, it varies in shape, size and complexity. The root structure is stimulated by activities like biting and chewing. The bone to which the root is attached to is in turn stimulated by it.

Loss of jaw and teeth bone may cause many health-related and appearance-related effects. Certain side-effects like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw pain, headaches and sinus expansion are observed with loss of teeth and jaw bone. It may even cause difficulty in communication. Drifting or misalignment and over-eruption of the remaining teeth may also be seen.

Certain changes like additional tooth problems like tooth loosening and loss may be caused which changes the appearance. Reduced lip support and collapsed facial profile are also seen with teeth and jaw bone loss. Some of the facial features get distorted and even wrinkles on skin around the mouth increases. It is necessary to preserve or rebuild the bone that has been lost before replacing a lost tooth with any dental restoration appliances.


Get Healed By an Aromatherapy Massage

The most popular method in Aromatherapy applications is the Aromatherapy massage, which comes with a blend of different essential oils and several massage techniques. The process of massage had been in use from several centuries, starting as a traditional method in Chinese healing therapy. The effects of massage showed positive results both on body and soul. The major sites of the body which get more benefit by massage therapy are the Musculoskeletal system, circulatory system, and the nervous system.

A perfect blend of essential oils along with some carrier oils like almond, cocoa butter, sheer butter etc., can affect the body both physically and psychologically. Some oils are triggered by the senses during the massage and some are absorbed in to the skin and later in to the blood stream to produce healing effects. Many researches have shown that aromatherapy is an excellent process for stress relief.

Massage is a therapy which involves hand strokes ranging from gentle to harder, depending upon the patients problem. A deep consultation with the therapist prior to the massage helps you to tell him about your problem clearly and so that he can decide what kind of oils to use and which kind of massage to be given. Only with proper techniques, and correct blend of oils one can completely enjoy the benefits of massage.

During the Aromatherapy process many of the oils are inhaled, or absorbed through mouth or nose which helps in producing relaxations to all the senses. Getting out of stress is very important these days because it may lead to further complications like hyper tension, headaches, migraine pains, and some digestive problems also. It is an effective way to refresh from your daily routine and an easy way to get out of stress.

Consulting a good therapist is an important step in massage therapy since it is a very personal thing. And it is also important to follow the use of particular oils suggested by the therapist even after the massage.

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Soft Pet Carriers – Best Option for Your Small Dogs

Going out in crowded places with your cute puppy is often difficult. Among the many different styles of carriers, soft pet carriers are the best options to take your small dogs out. Let’s know about these soft pet carriers.

As the name suggests, they are soft as they are made from soft materials. The carriers are smooth and soft ensuring comfort to the small dog. Even when traveling in your car, they protect the pet from being injured if they fall or bump into the sides of the carrier. Small soft-sided tote bags are elegant to look. Even small purse carriers made of soft materials are suitable for carrying miniature dogs and kitten. They can be easily folded up when not in use and occupy a very less storage space in your bag. So, you need not worry of the package. Not only these bags and purses, pet carriers such as crates are even designed with these materials to provide comfort for animals during long travels. Though made of soft materials, they are durable when proper maintenance is ensured. Some soft pet carriers have a removable pad which enables easy cleaning.

These carriers are available in different sizes and hence, choose one based on the size of your dog. Ensure that they provide proper ventilation. They are even found in various elegant colors – select the color of the carrier based on your pet’s color. Make sure that your furry pet looks striking and elegant in the carrier. Now that you got an idea on soft carriers, grab one that is convenient, comfortable and safe for your puppy. Read the rest of this entry »


Employee Retention Tools for the Organization

Almost every company is focusing only on increasing their turn over, but is forgetting the loss caused by the resignation of an employee. Generally to recruit and train a new employee costs around 35% or more of the average employee salary for the company and it also costs time of the organization. So to avoid all these losses the companies should focus on retaining the employees and below are few tools to retain employees:

Employee Reward Program:
The companies can make a provision of Monthly or Quarterly Award for the best employees. They can be given given gifts or money in the form of awards.

Career Development Program:
Companies can provide conditional assistance for certain courses in such a way that they are beneficial for the organization and for the individual employee.

Loyalty Bonus:
Loyalty bonus can be introduced in the organization in which the employees who have successfully completed a certain period of time in the organization are rewarded. The reward can be in the form of money or position and this encourages the other employees.

Employee Recreation:
It is better for the companies to provide recreational programs to the employees such as taking the employees to a trip or for an outing every year.

Companies can give gifts to their employees on special occasions and this makes them feel good and understand that the management is concerned about them.

The employees should be made accountable, so that he/she can also feel that he is an important part of the organization.

Employee Referral Plan:
Introducing employee referral program reduces the costs of hiring a new employee and on every successful referral, employee can be given a referral bonus after 6 or 9 months of continuous working of the new employee as well as the existing employee.

Conducting regular surveys for feed backs about superiors as well as other issues like food, development plans and other suggestions from employee make them feel of their importance and the caring nature of the company.

Retaining an employee has many benefits for an organization. By following the above procedures, an organization can retain its employee easily.


What Benefits Can Children Get from Yoga Practice

The most important age of learning and building oneself is the child age. It is necessary to stay healthy, mentally peace, and spiritual sense for children. Yoga can offer enormous benefits to the children. Here are few benefits mentioned below that a children can get from yoga practice.

  1. Yoga creates body awareness. Yoga teaches children how to move smoothly and how to feel what is going on in their bodies.
  2. Yoga practice involves exercise. Yoga exercise helps child to build self esteem. With the help of yoga, kids get to develop their balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Yoga games help children to learn new skills, express their creativity and enhance their confidence and independence.
  3. Yoga improves flexibility. Children often enjoy the practice of stretching postures. Through yoga postures they can learn when to back down from stretch. They not only learn the flexibility of the body, but also learn flexibility of mind.
  4. Yoga helps child in stress relief. Often children get more stressed due to their studies, works and any other thing. Children more often lose their concentration, yoga enhances children concentration and focus. Through meditation, children can get peace of mind and will know how to over come stress. However, meditation helps children in their studies and to achieve their academic goals.
  5. Yoga helps to build physical fitness. A proper body fitness can reduce the chances of getting illness. Yoga uses regular exercise that can strengthen children’s muscles and body. Regular exercise improves the body resistance level and immune system.
  6. Yoga for kids can also be a way to strengthen families. Yoga is an exercise that parents and children and even grandparents can practice and talk about together. As children participate in yoga with their families, they feel closer to their loved ones.

The above are the benefits, children can get by practicing yoga.

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Different Sources of Recruitment

Recruitment helps an organization to select the candidate with right skills required by the employers. Recruitment sources are the sources which supplies right candidates for the organizations. There are two types of recruitment sources available for an organization and they are internal sources and the external sources.

Internal sources:
Internal recruitment sources are very important for the organization but they can’t fill every vacancy in the organization. Internal recruitment has two processes: internal recruitment and promotions. Internal recruitment sources for the organization are present permanent employees, present temporary employees and retired employees.

Present Permanent Employees:
Candidates from this source are considered for the higher level of jobs due to the availability of most suitable candidates for jobs.

Present Temporary Employees:
Candidates from this source are used to fill the lower level jobs owing to the availability of suitable candidates.

External Sources:
External sources brings the candidates from external environment using different techniques. In this process the human resource department in the organization screen resumes of candidates that applied, and select resumes that are qualified for the position.

Employment at Factory Level:
In this kind of external recruitment the applications for vacancies are presented on bulletin boards outside the Factory or at the gate. This kind of recruitment is suitable for employing factory workers.

Employment Agencies:
These are the professional private organizations that supply man power for the companies in return of some fee.

In this type of recruitment companies generally advertise the vacancies in the news papers or televisions. Advantage of this type is it covers a wide area of market and scattered applicants can get information from advertisements.

Educational Institutions:
There are certain professional institutions which serve as an external source for recruiting fresh graduates and it is generally called as campus recruitment.

Employment Exchanges:
Employment Exchanges are run by the Government and most of the government undertakings and concerns, employ people through such exchanges.

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Factors to be Considered Before Making a Job Offer

Employees are the most valuable assets for any organization. Their performance increases the value and success of an organization. Recruitment strategies provide competitive advantage for a company, so the hiring should be done carefully, methodically and strategically. There are some important factors to be considered before offering a job and those factors are given below:

  • It is important to review the feedback information from the members of the interview panel because it is very difficult for 10-12 people to sit at the table to make the final decision.
  • It is better to get the feedback from the former employer of the applicant and if you get positive responses from them it is better to hire those candidates.
  • Companies need to assess the potential employee with appropriate training and mentoring, and they also should consider the candidates experience in the relevant job. Rarely is a new job an exact match with what an employee did in another organization.
  • The candidates that the company wants to offer a job should have the potentials to fit with the organization’s culture.
  • It is also very important to consider before offering a job, if the candidate has the potential to learn and continue to grow his skills in the organization.
  • It is also important to think about whether the potential employee has the capabilities of progressing in the organization.
  • Finally companies need to assess which candidate will add overall strategic and personal value to the workplace.

As every employee plays a valuable role in achieving organizations goals, it id very important to consider all the required factors in the candidate, which benefit the organization.

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Barrels for Beverage Maturing

In olden days, barrels are used for storage and for shipping of goods. But with the invention of big containers and different logistics, their usage is restricted to the process of beverage maturing. Wooden barrels play an important role in the fermentation and maturing processes of wine and other drinks. With out these barrels, they may not reach that level of quality and popularity.

Let us see different beverages in which barrels are for fermenting and aging.

  • Whiskey Barrels: Only Oak barrels are used in the preparation of whiskey. Because of the perfect bonding between the elements of oak and the whiskey the miracle happens in it. The storage time of whiskey also varies according to the laws of the nation. In America it has to be matured at least for a period of two years in Oak containers. Scotch whiskey has to be aged at least for three and more years in Scotland.
  • Wine Barrels: Wine is fermented both in wooden and steel containers. In case of wooden containers it will gets its natural flavor from oak wood and while in steel containers vanilla flavors will be added to get its natural taste.
  • Sherry Barrels: Sherry is prepared in the barrels of oak wood made from North American Oak trees. It is filled up to five sixth of the barrel and some gap will be allowed at the top to allow floor to develop.
  • Beer Barrels: Beer is generally stored in steel containers which are called as kegs. They have the capacity of holding 40 liters of beer. Traditional kegs are also made up of wood and are used for storage of different items. There are different types of kegs available like half barrel, mini keg, beer balls are some among them.

So, these barrels play a key role in beverage maturing. The material used for barrels and the time till the beverage stay in the barrel will be decided by a professional wine maker to get the required quality.