Archive for April, 2012

Guidelines for Writing Thank You Notes on Receiving Gifts

In western culture, before wedding, gifts are sent by guests who receive invitation from the couple who are going to be married. The couple who receives the gifts will reply to the guests by writing thank you notes to them because they are participating in the couple’s wedding to make the wedding more special and memorable day. Most couples get confused about what to write in the thank you note and how to reply it. Here are some of the guidelines listed below for writing thank you notes on receiving gifts.

  • Don’t pick the readymade thank you cards for replying your guests. These are simple and just have one word “Thank you”.
  • Always write with a pen and take your own time for writing words in a thank you notes which will make the guests feel great.
  • Sincerely write the thankful notes about the gift and be thankful to them. And also write mentioning the name of the gift that sender sends by giving brief description. Thus, if someone sends you a dinner set, mention in the notes by writing “thanks aunty xxx for sending dinner set which will be helpful in my kitchen”.
  • If a large group of workers have sent a single gift, then reply them with a single note addressing all the workers.
  • If they send gift in terms of cash then reply to the sender by mentioning how it is going to be useful for their household spending. Here don’t mention the amount in the note while addressing.
  • If you received a damaged gift then don’t mention in the note to the sender, instead find out from the department store.
  • If a gift that is sent by the guest is not according to your taste, even then write thank you notes for the guests.

These ‘Thank you’ notes can be sent before and after wedding but be careful of correct timing.

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Some Essential Tips for Roof Maintenance

Regular roof maintenance helps in saving money on roofing repairs. Check for potential problems on a regular basis and try to fix them by spending some time. Early detection of roof problems will prevent the need for roof repairs.

Some essential maintenance tips are:

  • Check the drains/ gutters for debris and other pollutants. Make sure that the gutters or drains are not blocked and clogged. This eliminates from water ponding on the roof. The gutters must be kept free from leaves, sticks and other debris.
  • The algae, moss and mildew can trap moisture and shortens the life span of the roof.
  • Install gutter guards, clean your gutters to avoid clogged drain.
  • After a rainfall, go to the roof and check for puddles. Check with the units below the area of puddles if there is any sign of leaking.
  • Inspect for any tears or cracks in the membrane, measure how large is the damage. If it grows larger, consult a contractor to deal with the issue.
  • Make sure that weeds and plants do not grow out of the roof membrane unless a green roof system is installed.
  • Check chimneys and parapet walls to see if any damaged or deteriorated bricks or mortar.
  • Gutter joints must be properly sealed and ensure that there are no holes in your gutters.

Lack of proper maintenance of roof will lead to reduced strength of your roof, which may in future may pose a significant threat to the house. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Hire The Right Person For Your Organization

Hiring the right candidate to your company is very important and that too is not easy. Hiring the right candidate requires more time to test him/her thoroughly. The process involves considering the positions key requirements, technical qualifications.

Easy steps to recruit right candidate for your organization are,
Advertise your requirement: Advertise your requirements internally or externally, these sources spread information. Spread this information on requirement through industry contacts. Internal advertisements in organizations provide the requirement information to their friends or relatives.
Here organizations are giving preference to references, organizations are having the chances to get the loyal candidates.

Indirect interview: It involves recruiting people communicate with the candidate through phone. Candidates are checked for candidates communication abilities and confidence levels. Through this interview they get some personal information.

Face to face interview: It is conducted by the supervisor or manager or HR personnel. The candidate is asked job related questions. They want to know his capabilities and knowledge. They want to know candidates past performance records, if they want test the experiences, balance those things with required position responsibilities to take decision.

Informal discussion: When candidate successfully completes all interview processes, talk with them informally whether s/he is ready to join for the salary proposed, in this office environment, any expectations etc. These are important where finalizing the candidate for your organization.

For most organizations following these simple recruitment processes, the main objective of recruitment process to recruit the candidate for long term and make more productive is fulfilled.
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Hair Care Using Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy treatment uses Essential Oils and carrier oils that are suitable for a number of hair problems such as dull hair, dry and rough hair, splits at the end of hair, dry scalp and a very thin hair. Aromatherapy oil massage uses several blends of different essential oils depending on the type of hair. A regular massage for hair care will help to keep your scalp and hair clean and well nourished.

Basil oil is used in shampoos and conditioners designed for scalp health and promotes hair growth. Rosemary oil helps to keep the scalp clean and is great for dry hair and dandruff. A blend of essential oils used for oily hair are Basil, Ylang-ylang and Rosemary. The essential oils that can be used as hair conditioners for dry hair are Elemi, Geranium, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sandalwood. The essential oils that can be used as hair conditioners for normal hair are Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.

The essential oil must be selected that matches your scalp and hair type and add few drops of essential oil to a fragrance free shampoo or carrier lotion that works as an aromatherapy carrier.
A regular aromatherapy treatment makes your hair soft, healthy and also strengthens your hair. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is it Important to get Prescription for Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are really boon to the eye glass wearers as they effectively reduce the burden of wearing such heavy and old fashioned glasses. These lenses make the wearers feel confident about their vision as well as appearance. However, any of these lenses need a prescription to use and many people think that the fancy lenses do not need a prescription. They are not correct and below are the reasons which can tell you the importance of contact lenses.

Importance of prescription: When we consider the eyes of different people, they are not one and the same. They vary in size, color, shape and many other factors. This shows that there are more number of eyes which look different in different aspects. If this is the case, how can one think that one contact lens is suitable for every eye type. Similar to the eye glass which need a prescription, for getting contact lenses too we need a prescription which is given after detailed examination of the eyes. And never think that your eye glasses prescription is enough for the contact lenses too. It will not work. Apart from describing what kind of lens are suitable for the eyes, the prescription also holds the size and shape of the eye so that you can get lenses depending on the size which fits your eye in the best way.

How to get a prescription: There are laws in few countries which enable the users to get the prescription for contact lenses and when it expires. When it comes to United states, some laws state that to get a prescription for contacts one can visit an ophthalmologist or a optometrist. Once a patient visits a doctor, the doctor will examine the patients eyes and measures the refractive error of each eye and also measures the size and shape of the eye. After examination he will write the prescription, for contact lenses suitable for the patients eyes.

However, according to the state laws contact lenses prescription can be valid only for one year and the expiry varies according to the state laws. So, in order to save your eyes from the damages caused by the lens which are not meant for us, one should get a prescription.

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Lean-to Greenhouse and Its Benefits

A greenhouse adds beauty to your home and also provides larger space for growing plants of different kinds. It can be constructed in two different ways including free-standing and attached styles. The attached ones can also be considered as lean-to greenhouse. It is very much beneficial to choose a lean-to greenhouse. Want to know the reasons for it? Then, go along.

A lean-to greenhouse is generally affixed to your house. So, it helps to gain much space of the property and cuts down the amount of garden space you use. Various garden greenhouse requirements are available directly from the main house. Water, heating or electricity needs for the greenhouse can be solved easily. It can be a perfect option if it matches well with the model and layout of your home.

As it is attached to the main house, at least some part of building needs are reduced and needs only half construction. This helps in reducing the construction costs as the materials used like the polycarbonate sheets, amount of glass frames, etc. are less required. Lean-to greenhouses are better options for adding an extra living area to your home. There are many styles of greenhouses which offer limited living space. However, lean-to models provide an extra area to relax and enjoy your warm summer evenings.

With the lean-to greenhouses, you find enough time to attend the plants at any time you want. Most of the lean-to greenhouses are often supported to wall structures and this is the main consideration you need to look for when planning to build one. However, be sure to select right plants to be grown in the lean-to greenhouse and enjoy its benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Know Various Benefits of Hydroponic Gardening

miniature gardenHaving greenery in and around your home not only beautifies your home, but also provides relaxation. It is also meant to have some positive effects on the health of people. With many creative ideas, people plan to have a beautiful garden. Hydroponic gardening is one such way of gardening where you grow plants without any use of soil. Simply, a nutrient mineral solution is used to grow the plants and hence, the name is given as hydroponic gardening. However, it is associated with many benefits. Have a look on some of them.

  • It is easy and convenient way to grow plants.
  • With the increased scarcity and cost of lands, hydroponic gardening has become popular for plantings in greenhouses, multilevel buildings, rooftops or basements.
  • It is also much eco-friendly saving water. This is because you can recycle the water to save the priceless and limited resource.
  • As the minerals and nutrients are directly supplied to the plants, the plants need not search for the nutrients as in the case of soil cultivation. So, they concentrate on using more energy for growing faster and producing more flowers and fruits. This increases the yield of the plant.
  • It is even less associated with insect infestations, diseases and viruses.
  • This reduces the use of pesticides which is much beneficial to the environment.miniature houses
  • The extra supply of oxygen in the medium enhances the speed of uptake of nutrients. This quickens the root growth. With this, the growth rate of hydroponic plants is considered to be 3 to 50 percent faster than that of soil plants.
    As it does not use soil, there are no problems linked with soil erosion.
  • It is not at all climate-dependent and is more effective for plants which are grown indoors.

With these benefits, you can prefer to grow various flowering plants through hydroponic gardening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips to Ensure Proper Care of Mouth Guards?

A mouth guard is also known as a mouth protector or mouth piece or gum shield or gum guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. These protectors are worn over teeth and most often used to prevent injury during sports, teeth grinding, as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching etc,.

It is recommended that anyone who participates in an event where there is a chance of significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. Players of football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball are recommended to wear. Mouth guards are stiff, cushioned molds that fit closely over the upper teeth. They provide support and padding for the teeth and jaw if you take a blow to the face or head. They reduce the risk of broken or lost teeth and other mouth injuries such as lacerations in the inside of the mouth.

Caring tips for mouth guards:

  • Wash, rinse ans clean your mouth guard with soap and water after each and every use.
  • Place the mouth guard in a container where there is some air flow.
  • Don’t expose to the warm conditions which will change into different shapes.
  • Please check your mouth guard occasionally when you go to the dentist for finding holes etc.
  • Don’t chew while you are on mouth guard this will alters the shape of the mouth guard.
  • Avoid bending mouth guard.
  • Brush your mouth guard like your teeth.
  • Replace if it entirely changes.
  • Don’t try to adjust mouth guard with your own.

The above are the few tips which enable proper care for your mouth guards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Want to Know About Different Types of Mouth Guards?

A mouth guard is also known as a mouth protector or mouth piece or gum shield or gum guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. These protectors are worn over teeth and most often used to prevent injury during sports, teeth grinding, as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching etc,.

It is recommended that anyone who participates in an event where there is a chance of significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. Players of football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball are recommended to wear. Mouth guards are stiff, cushioned molds that fit closely over the upper teeth. They provide support and padding to the teeth and jaw if you take a blow to the face or head. They reduce the risk of broken or lost teeth and other mouth injuries such as lacerations in the inside of the mouth.

There are 3 types of mouth guards are there:
1) Stock mouth protectors.
2) Boil and bite mouth protectors.
3) Custom-fitted mouth protectors.

Stock mouth protectors are ready made and inexpensive protectors which are available in the sports departmental stores. These are very heavy to wear and have some some difficulties while talking and wearing. This will not give enough protection.

Boil and bite mouth protectors are also available at many sporting stores and may offer a better fitting than the stock mouth protectors. These protectors are made from thermoplastic material. Before using this protector, place it in the hot water to soften and then keep in the mouth and then biting on it to shape it.

Custom-fitted mouth protectors are expensive and designed in a dental office by dentist for perfect fitting by taking perfect impression of your teeth and molded using a special material.
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How to Maintain Laminate Kitchen Countertops?

Proper maintenance is required to make sure that any countertop lasts long. Here, let’s know how to maintain laminate kitchen countertops.

Tips to maintain laminate kitchen countertops:

  • As these countertops are non-porous and do not have seams, they are easy to clean. They have to be cleaned with a soft cloth and a soap and water solution. Do not use abrasive cleaner as the surface of the countertop may get damaged. Such cleaners create scratches and harm the finish of the laminate.
  • If anything spills on the countertop, wipe it immediately before it gets dried and adhered to the surface.
  • Ensure that you use seal for the laminate countertops. Different types of sealing materials can be used, and the regular maintenance of your countertop depends on the specific sealing material.
  • These countertops are not heat-resistant and hence, avoid placing hot objects on them.
  • They are also prone to scratches easily. So, you should use chopping board when cutting vegetables.
  • Though they are strong enough, do not drop heavy objects suddenly as they can get damaged.
  • Too much water flooded on the countertop creates problems with seams. The substrate of the countertop may swell when water goes inside. This may damage the appearance of the countertops.

Most people opt laminate kitchen countertops as they are inexpensive when compared to others. It is often believed that these cheaper models need no maintenance and care to ensure that they remain looking new and clean. However, this is not true. So, when planning to install laminate kitchen countertops, be sure that you follow these tips and maintain their beauty and function. Read the rest of this entry »

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