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Engagement rings for women are beautiful, detailed and come in many different styles. While Eco Diamond® offers hundreds and hundreds of styles with tons of variations available for each style once you factor in precious metal choice and center stone shape and size, we definitely see some specific trends and have put together a list of the most popular styles so far in 2018.
The number one most popular engagement ring style now or of all times is the simple classic solitaire. The solitaire engagement ring is available in lots of variations, but an all-time winner is the solitaire engagement ring in yellow gold. Classic and simple, while white gold engagement rings have been very popular in recent years, yellow gold engagement rings have proven to stand the test of decade after decade without going out of style.
Second only to the solitaire engagement ring, the single row engagement ring is next on the list of popular engagement ring styles for women. Like all of our engagement rings, Eco Diamond’s® single row engagement rings are available in 10 karat white and yellow gold, 14 karat white, yellow or rose gold, 18 karat white and yellow gold, palladium and platinum. Create yours in a variety of single row styles and choose the center stone carat weight that fits her best.
Next, we’re seeing vintage engagement ring styles rising in popularity. In this category especially, we’re seeing lots of yellow gold engagement rings. Both yellow and white gold play beautifully with the charming details of our vintage engagement ring styles, and we’re even seeing lots of rose gold too. The beading detail seen in our vintage style rings paired with classic elements make for instant classics.
Split Shank engagement rings are also really popular this year. Available featuring a variety of center stone shapes, the split shank engagement ring provides a little more sparkle than a single row engagement ring does, and still has clean, simple lines.
For more details on this year’s most popular engagement rings for women contact our team by phone, email or our convenient live chat function.
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Mexican-style dinners using things like tacos, fajitas, and burritos can be a great way to eat a meal with the family and enjoy some delicious spicy flavours. While taco fillings are very easy to make, you may not be making the most out of just how convenient they can be. Next time you are preparing to make burritos, tacos or fajitas, why not make a large bulk of the filling, freeze some of it, and use it to create some of these other great dishes at a later date? These different ways of using Mexican-style fillings are also ideal if you have made too much and have some leftovers after the meal is finished.
Put them on a Pizza!
You can make a great Italian Mexican fusion dish by putting your taco filling on a pizza base. A lot of the big name pizza companies create Mexican-style pizza toppings, and there is no reason you cannot recreate this at home by sprinkling some of your leftover fajita or taco mix over a pizza topped with Mexican cheese. You can make your Mexican inspired pizza look and taste even better by adding some jalapeno or even some dollops of guacamole to it when it is finished cooking. You can even provide sour cream or salsa as a dip for the pizza crusts.
Stuff Some Peppers!
Another excellent use of taco mix is to hollow out large bell peppers and stuff them with the meat mixture. You can then bake the stuffed peppers and make a delicious Mexican-style dish from your leftovers. You can also try stuffing the outer layers of a large onion. Stuffing an onion with your taco mix can be a good way to still enjoy the flavour of tacos and fajitas if you are trying to avoid wheat or carbs. Click here for a site with some great taco meat recipes, including stuffed bell peppers.
Add Them To A Mexican Style Soup
A third way to use your meat mixes is to stir them into a pre-made or homemade Mexican Bean style soup. This will thicken up your soup and give it a meaty component, as well as adding to the existing range of spices. This type of Mexican inspired soup can be a great side dish for other Mexican dishes, or as a starter.
Mix into a Salad
Possibly the easiest way to use up any remaining fajita or taco mix is to simply sprinkle it over a green garden salad. This can be the simplest way to add some protein to a green salad and also give it some exciting spicy flavour.
These are ideas you can use to get the most out of pre-made mixes for things like fajitas. Whether you use them to avoid waste when you have leftovers, or you deliberately make bulk batches of the meat mixers to use for quick weekday dinners, you should find all of these ideas can lead to some tasty and satisfying – as well as convenient – dishes.
There are plenty of gorgeous gifts that you can make with yarn for Mother’s Day that won’t take weeks and weeks of hard work. Knitting an entire sweater or crocheting a throw pillow will be difficult tasks to squeeze into your schedule, which is why you should try to put together the following handcrafted presents for your mom.
Before you even get started on the craft for your mom, you will need to stock up on yarn — you don’t want to be half-way through your project and realize you have run out of your most important material. You can get a deal and buy your yarn online and then have it delivered to your front door within days — this means that you can skip the long drive, avoid slow lines and save more money in just a few clicks. The website Yarnspirations carries an incredible range of yarn colors, fibers, weights and brands so that you can find the exact material that you need.
- Spa Kit:
The website also offers free knit and crochet patterns that can help crafters of any skill level. For instance, you can follow patterns for bath mitts and facecloths so that you can put together a lovely spa kit for your mom to have a soothing day. You can also make homemade bath salts or bath bombs with essential oils for the ultimate relaxation experience — if you don’t feel like creating these items at home, you can buy specialty options from the store.
- String Art:
This craft uses a few simple materials to make a colorful design in whatever shape you prefer — some of the most popular choices are hearts, flowers, stars and letters. All you have to do for a string craft is get a flat wooden board, trace the desired shape on the surface and then hammer in nails along the outline, making sure to leave gaps in between each nail. Tie a very long piece of yarn around one of the nail heads and then wind it through and across the outline until the shape is filled out.
- Wrapped Vase:
This is an easy craft that you can whip up on your own, or that you can put together with your kids. All you will need is colorful yarn, scissors, glue, embellishments and a simple vase — mason jars or glass cylinders will also work if you can’t find the right vase. Add dots of glue along a clean and dry vase, and then wrap the yarn around the glass until it creates a smooth pattern. Don’t forget to fill your cozy crafted vase with real blooms when you are done or make several pom pom flowers with your leftover yarn as a finishing touch.
You won’t have to stress about whether you’ll have enough time to complete your simple spa kit, your string art piece or your wrapped vase. These fantastic presents will be finished in a flash so that you can tie them with ribbon, sign a card and be ready to impress when Mother’s Day arrives.
Babies are born with the innate skill to put anything they come across into their mouths. Some have even been seen on ultrasound sucking their thumbs while still in the womb. It is a reflex action. Sucking brings them comfort and doesn’t necessarily mean they want food. A pacifier may come in handy in comforting and calming down your baby. Some babies can’t get enough of suckling and cuddling or rocking them won’t be soothing enough. It is better to get them a pacifier (which you can get rid of) than to let them get used to sucking their thumbs.
Here are five tips to get the best out of your baby’s pacifier;
Don’t force your decision on the baby
Yes, you need something to distract your baby as you struggle to meet some tight deadline. A pacifier might just be the answer. Do not however force it on your baby. If they are receptive to it, go along. If they are not, try again some other time or just let them be. You’ll have more on your hands than you can handle.
Pacifier isn’t a substitute for your attention
Read that slowly and let it sink in. While pacifiers can come in handy when the baby has to wait, for example if you are in a check out queue, it should not be a substitute from you giving the baby attention. It is your parental duty to spend as much time as possible with them.
Taking care of the pacifier
Tying the pacifier around their neck or the crib to avoid it getting misplaced is a bad idea as the cord can strangle them. Instead, pin it to the baby’s clothes using a clip. Keep the pacifier clean by frequently detaching it and rinsing it with warm clean water. Do not clean the pacifier by sucking on it, neither should you dip it in sugary drinks. Replace it once it starts cracking up or wearing out. A silicone nipple-shaped pacifier is the Best Pacifier For Breastfed Baby since they are much easier to clean.
When not to use a pacifier
Pacifiers aren’t recommended for babies who have a problem breastfeeding. Suckling on the pacifier and breastfeeding require two different techniques and combining them at the same time might cause ‘nipple confusion.’ It can lead to them having weight problems from poor feeding. Keep the baby off pacifiers too if they have ear infections. Extended periods of use has also been known to cause dental problems to the baby, so get them off a pacifier as soon as you can.
Cleaning the pacifier
Before you get your baby on a pacifier, clean and sterilize it first. You have no idea the amount of germs you’ll find on things that otherwise look clean. You can use hot soapy water and a clean dish rag. You can also boil the pacifier for about five minutes then let it cool totally before letting the baby use it. If you are willing to dig deeper into your pockets, you can purchase an electronic sterilizer.
As we head into the remaining months of the school year, it’s normal to start thinking ahead to summer vacation and plans you may have. Before getting too wrapped up in the summer though, it may be nice to give a little thought as to how you plan to celebrate all the success your child has had during their school year. For elementary school aged children in particular, it’s always nice to give them that recognition and show them how proud you are of their hard work. This can also help to motivate them as they head into a new school year in the fall.
So, if you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate another successful year for your child in school, here are some ideas you may want to use.
Hold a Backyard Party with Friends
What better way to celebrate the end of the school year than a party with friends. As long as the weather allows, a backyard party can be the perfect plan. If you happen to have a pool, then obviously you can turn it into a pool party. If not, you can create your own fun and entertainment instead. There are all kinds of fun outdoor games that you can post around the backyard, creating stations if you will, so kids can mingle, socialize, and enjoy the activities.
The party can be made even better with a casual barbecue complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots of snacks. Top off the party with a customized cake, which you can access pricing information for at Allcakeprices.com and the party will be a hit.
An Afternoon at the Spa
If you happen to have a daughter who loves being pampered, then a mommy and daughter afternoon at the spa can be a wonderful option. You can book services such as a manicure and pedicure, and even a facial. It’s a special treat the two of you can enjoy together, which means it’s also a chance to bond.
The Summer Vacation Basket of Essentials
While summer is something everyone looks forward to, unfortunately most parents can attest to the fact that it doesn’t take long before they start to hear the kids complain that they are “bored”. Rather than listen to the complaints all summer, you can think pre-emptively and gift them with the summer vacation basket of essentials on the last day of school.
This basket can contain all kinds of board games, indoor and outdoor activities, craft supplies, snacks, and treats that will keep them busy throughout the summer. Fun items to include are skipping ropes, sidewalk chalk, water guns, bubbles, a soccer ball, kite, water toys, kid-sized gardening tools and gardening gloves, coloring books and markers, a variety of crafting supplies, and anything else that catches your eye.
Make It Special for Them
Whether you go all out with a big party, or opt for something a little more low-key, recognizing their school achievements is something kids will greatly appreciate and remember as they grow older.
The benefits of removing a wasps’s nest early while the queen wasp is establishing it rather than the nest becoming larger and causing a large infestation.
Respond to the queen wasp’s nesting and egg laying to prevent infestations
While some pests can be a year-round concern, some are seasonal including wasps – they’re active from spring to late summer and maybe on into the early autumn if the weather stays warmer. The spring and early summer is the time to ideally spot a nest in its early stages of development and have it removed before it grows and becomes potentially full of thousands of wasps.
An aggressive pest
Wasps are particularly unpleasant pests; they’re aggressive when anyone or anything approaches their nest and will attack ‘en masse’ in certain cases.
They can be especially annoying and possibly dangerous later in the summer. Wasps cluster around sources of preferably sugary foods and drink as their own supplies of sweeter food declines so making summer drinks outside a less enjoyable experience as they gather round to scavenge.
Removing their nest – preferably at an early stage – is well worthwhile and should be undertaken by local experts such as these Chelmsford pest control professionals.
From one queen to thousands of wasps
At the end of the ‘wasp cycle’ each year – about the time you stop seeing them around – the last of the wasps and the queen die as the weather cools off and autumn wears on. The nest then becomes dormant so could, in theory, be left alone but removal is advisable as it could encourage a nest to be built nearby by the next generation of queen wasp during the following spring.
In late summer young queen wasps that grew from the egg during the spring and earlier summer period are fertilised by males before leaving the nest to fly off to find a warm and secure place to hibernate over the winter.
You may come across a hibernating queen in locations such as sheds, small crevices or cracks. Not all hibernating queens will survive; many get killed off by predators such as spiders.
The following spring the queens who made it through their hibernation unscathed wake and seek out somewhere to build a nest. At this point, a queen may choose somewhere in your property or its surrounds such as the loft, a roof cavity, a garden shed or maybe a tree or shrub.
The golf ball size nest: beginnings of an infestation
The queen’s original nest building work produces a nest about the size of a golf ball and will be generally rounded in shape and have a pale grey or woody colour; it’s actually made from a form of wood pulp the queen produces through stripping off small layers of wood from fences and the like and mixing them with her saliva.
The queen lays a handful of eggs to start with and continues doing so as spring and summer wear on. The eggs turn into adult wasps who start work enlarging the nest, and the population of the nest could grow to between 3,000 to 5,000 wasps. By this stage, depending on exact weather conditions, it will be in the period between late May and late June when the nest contains this number of wasps.
By this point it’ll be clear enough you have a major infestation as you’ll notice wasps frequently entering and leaving the nest or, if it’s concealed, higher numbers of wasps generally ‘around’ whether near a certain area of the property adjacent to the hidden nest, in the garden, or maybe in various rooms in your home on a regular basis.
Once the weather cools off and autumn gets under way, the nest will ‘quieten down’ as the resident queen and the workers die and the young, fertilised queens leave to go and hibernate elsewhere so starting the cycle all over again.
Ideally, you’d prefer to identify and have the nest destroyed – or at least the wasps and queen inside killed off – when it’s still ‘golf ball size’ rather than when it’s larger and full of possibly thousands of wasps.
The nest is harder to spot when smaller as activity round it will be less obvious as there are fewer wasps. If you do notice the small nest – and you may if it’s situated somewhere more open such as in the garden shed – then having it removed by professional pest removers will head off the likelihood of a major infestation in a month or two’s time as the nest and number of wasps inside it grows.
Language, speech and communication skills are of key importance in a child’s formative education and success. Humans use a variety of ways to communicate, but arguably none are as important to a child’s academic success as language and speech skills – their ability to express themselves through spoken and written language. A child’s brain is a flexible, curious and bottomless object, and as a parent it is your job to help them wrap that brain around speech and language conventions, exposing them to new and different ways to communicate. Whether your child is a language whiz or having difficulties with expression, here are four ways you can help their speech development.
See A Speech Therapist
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech development, it’s a good idea to start looking for a childrens therapist that specializes in speech therapy – they’re often known as speech-language pathologists, or SLPs for short. SLPs focus first on assessing and evaluating the speech issues, and then on creating a treatment plan, which can help children express themselves better and, in turn, see greater academic and social success. This is the first and best line of defense if you are concerned about your child’s speech development – language acquisition and usage is a vast and complex subject, so it’s best to get help from the experts.
Hearing you read to them, seeing the words go by on the page, and then taking a turn themselves trying to read – these three steps, as part of an evening family ritual, can be extraordinarily effective in helping speech development. Don’t be afraid to start your kids early. Even if they just sit there and absorb themselves in the narrative of the story, they are learning valuable things about language and speech operate. Choose books that are appropriate for their age group, but don’t be afraid to give them something complex – children listen on a higher language level than they are able to read, so this is a great way to expose them to complicated ideas.
Chat About Everything
Chat about the book you just read together. Chat about the things you see out the car window. Chat about their day at school, their friends, their teacher, their lunch, their hobbies, their hair… anything! The more you engage with your child, the better their speech development will be. And don’t be passive in the conversation – get in there and talk about yourself, your day and your interests, because receiving information is just as important a language skill as being able to dispense with it. Try to vary up your vocabulary as well; whereas yesterday you asked them about their favourite “sports”, today ask them about “athletic activities”.
Be Supportive, Not Critical
Finally, it’s important to always be supportive of your child’s attempts, and refrain from being critical if they make mistakes. The last thing you want is to stifle your child’s desire to express themselves, but the fear of failure can be a strong deterrent to a child. Helpful, happy corrections are welcome, of course.
Language and speech skills are the foundation upon which much of your child’s academic, social and (later) work life will be built, so it’s important to help their development any way you can. Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist if you are concerned about your child’s speech development, and remember to read and talk with them often.
As a parent, the most natural thing in the world is to want to protect your baby and give them the best possible care. But with the baby equipment industry being bigger than ever, it can be hard to know when you’re making the right choices for your child. There are simply too many offers, each claiming that they are the best one. But the trick is to know what you are looking for in products, rather than looking for a specific recommendation.
Know your child
The first part of buying perfect products for your child is to know what perfect means for them. Each child is different, and since they have no way of telling you what they like, you need to look at all the other signs that might indicate that a product is or isn’t good for them. Some things you should pay attention to are quality of sleep, skin reactions, stool and the general mood of the child. All of these can be subtle signs, and it’s especially important to pay attention to them in the period right after introducing something new into their life.
The first thing you want to make sure your baby is getting is proper food. If you are breastfeeding, then you are going to need a pump, and any other breastfeeding assistance like a pillow and a synthetic nipple if yours are inverted. However, if for any reason you can’t breastfeed your child, then you want to make sure they are getting a suitable replacement. There is a variety of different formulas, from animal-based to plant-based, and it’s up to you to pick what you think is best. Of course, you should always consult your doctor to see which brands they recommend and to check whether the ones you pick are good enough. If your baby doesn’t have a proper diet, they will get sick easier and might fall behind on growth. Keep an eye on any symptoms of an upset stomach (apart from the usual gas and cramps) and inform your doctor during regular check-ups.
A soft touch
A baby’s skin is so delicate that it should only come in contact with other delicate materials. When choosing clothes, many parents opt for cheaper options, under the explanation that they will only be wearing these clothes for a month or so, and that there is no use buying something expensive. However, the quality of cheap clothing is often low, and your child might feel itchy and even get skin irritations. Always check the clothing and bedding materials that your baby is in contact with. Ensure that it is made of bamboo, cotton or wool, like the ultra soft Bubba Blue products. The same goes for towels, blankets and literally anything touching your baby’s skin. But since they are so delicate, you might want to keep some rash cream on hand all the time for when their skin gets irritated.
The life of a baby is pretty great, but when there aren’t many places to go, you should at least give them plenty of things to do. Yes, when the baby is very small, it will mostly sleep and cry, but even then, they can enjoy some things, like electronic cradles with sound effects that remind them of the womb or their mother’s heartbeat. And after just a few months, they will start grabbing things, which is the perfect time to see if their hands are developing properly. If you see that their grip is a bit off, there are simple correction toys that will put their hands in the right place when the child simply plays with them. And, of course, every child needs their favorite stuffed toy. Make sure that the toy is completely safe, without any parts that they can swallow or any harmful stuffing.
Getting the best for your baby also means being the best parent you can be, which means getting enough sleep, eating properly and making sure you’re in a good state of mind. Going to parenting workshops before the baby is born is a great way to hit the ground running, and make sure you give your child the best love and support you can, from the day they are born.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – known better by its acronym, ADHD – affects an estimate of over 50 million people, and is common in children. Characterized by impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, and excessive restless activity, ADHD can be difficult on children and parents. But the good news is that, through therapy, diet and medicine, it can be managed.
But many parents here in Ajax are sceptical of medicine prescribed for ADHD, either of its side effects or its overall efficacy, and that’s why they look to natural medicine as either a replacement or supplement to their child’s traditional ADHD medicine. Using non-invasive, non-toxic treatments natural medicine helps a child with ADHD gain better focus, control impulsivity and become calmer.
The first step, as with anything, is to do some research, and learn about the benefits of seeing a naturopath for your child’s ADHD. Finding a Naturopath here in Ajax will take some looking, but the ones that are here are wonderfully helpful, offering an array of naturopathic services, like botanical medicine, vitamin supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture. A Naturopathic Doctor will treat your child personally – that is, they will resist an easy, catch-all approach and instead delve into the specifics of what might be underlying your child’s ADHD.
This focus on the big picture belies a more preventative approach, one that seeks not just to remedy symptoms, but get to the root of what’s causing those symptoms. It’s the kind of personal approach that, unfortunately, is missing in much of mainstream medicine, which is another reason parents should consider supplementing their child’s traditional medicine with naturopathic treatment as well.
There is solid evidence that diet plays a major role in ADHD symptoms, so one of the first things that a Naturopathic Doctor is likely to do is create a diet for your child. This might include a focus on overall nutrition, or supplemental vitamins and minerals, or it might entail eliminating certain things from your child’s diet. There have studies done that indicate rolling back simple carbs and introducing more omega-3 fatty acids – found in nuts and olive oil, and also in fish and fish oil supplements – help treat ADHD symptoms. There is also good evidence that food additives (such as these nine) and artificial colour are linked with hyperactivity, so a Naturopathic Doctor might suggest eliminating those from your child’s diet.
Of course, ADHD symptoms can vary greatly between people, and you shouldn’t take as gospel anything you read on the internet; you need to look into seeing a naturopath about your child’s specific form of ADHD to properly treat it with natural medicine. According to this study, from BMC psychiatry, a significant number of children overcome or partially overcome symptoms of ADHD as they grow older, and it’s with the help of a number of approaches. If you are treating your child’s ADHD with conventional medicine, it might be time to think about supplementing those efforts with naturopathic medicine. Visit a Naturopathic Doctor here in Ajax to learn more.
We all take our retirement plans seriously and if you’ve been looking at broadening your investments beyond savings accounts and mutuals, then you may well have been thinking about a precious metals IRA.
It’s not actually as simple as buying some gold bars here and then keeping them in your safe, though; you need to open a specific account with a company that can handle precious metals in the context of an IRA.
Thankfully there’s lots of companies that can do just this for you, so talk to your financial adviser to find the best one for you.
How does your IRA work?
It’s important to understand how each investment vehicle works before you part with any cash. Precious metals IRAs have come up the popularity ranks in the last decade, possibly as a reaction to the 2008 crash. Many people wonder if they’re better off sticking with their 401K, swapping over to a precious metals IRA, or even doing both.
First off, you need to find out if your existing IRA lets you invest in precious metals. If it does, then go ahead; if not, then you may need to rollover your funds into an IRA that will let you use precious metals.
Ideally, this IRA should also let you use other investments in it as well so you’re well-diversified. Basically, what you’re doing with a precious metals IRA is changing assets like stocks, bonds and mutual funds for gold, silver and platinum – but without using any cash to make the transaction.
Say for example your IRA was gold-backed; it’d be handled by the account administrator and a custodian who would store the metal in a vault, in compliance with IRS laws.
It’s vital that you comply with IRS regulations if you want to get the full benefit from your investment once you’ve stopped work. You need to keep your metals in a safe place – one that’s approved by the Federal Reserve – and that’s separate from the custodian’s address.
Why you should think about a PM IRA
Just understanding how a PM IRA works isn’t enough – you need to think about why you might want to start one and if it’s right for you.
If you put some of your money into assets that aren’t dollar-backed then you’re giving yourself some really useful diversification in your retirement funds. Many people use metals as a hedge against inflation and market uncertainty, especially when the global markets are more uncertain than usual, as is the case now.
Gold is the big hedge-metal, but silver is also increasingly valuable as it’s being used in more and more industrial applications, especially in solar power tech, which isn’t showing any signs of flagging!
Diversifying your retirement portfolio means that you have more bases covered. If inflation suddenly goes up, your metals will “step in” to balance things out and if the market becomes very buoyant, well, your dollar-backed assets are doing great and you’ve got lots of gold and silver, which never hurt anyone.