It seems that today, many people are opting to customize greeting cards for all occasions, as opposed to purchasing pre-made, boxed designs. If you really want to give something unique, then you, too, may want to consider jumping on this trend. Before you spend your time and money, though, you should think about any associated advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of custom card designs:
Freedom of design. Sometimes it seems that no ordinary card will do. You might have a specific idea for a card design, or even a special quote that means a lot to you and that you’d like to share. Whatever your unique ideas are, the best way to convey them is to design custom cards.
Personalization. Choosing custom greeting cards means being able to personalize your cards for both yourself and the card recipients. There is something very special about a card that is imprinted with your name and picture, as well as the names of those you wish to greet.
Options. When it comes to custom cards, you have a wide variety of custom card companies to choose from, and each of them offers their customers unique advantages, from free templates to embossing. It doesn’t matter if you need Christmas cards, thank you notes, or simply cards to say “I’m thinking of you.” You can be sure to find a number of businesses that are eager to fill your order.
Cost. Of course, any time you choose to go the custom route, you must pay for it. While it is possible to trim the cost of custom greeting cards by shopping around, there is no way of getting around the fact that it is simply cheaper to go with the boxed counterpart.
Effort. In order to design custom cards, you must put some thought and effort into designing those cards. For example, what exactly do you want your cards to say? What should they look like? Do you want to leave the inside blank or include a personalized message? If you aren’t up for making these kinds of decisions, then choosing custom cards may just give you a headache.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when deciding whether or not you want to go the route of designing custom cards. Consider these pros and cons before making that choice, and keep in mind that, when it comes to giving, it is the thought that counts. How do you want to relay that thought?
About the Author: Kurt Claro loves designing custom greeting cards for all different occasions. He usually uses his own photography to design cards for his family members each holiday and many look forward to seeing both his classic and abstract creations!
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If you think that special woman in your life is too mature for an Easter basket, then think again. Everyone loves to receive a special gift, and there is no reason why you can’t take advantage of the Easter merriment by putting together an Easter basket just for her. Easter is a great time to show her how special she is to you. Need some suggestions? Here are some great Easter basket gift ideas for women:
Shopping. If your woman has a favorite department store or specialty shop, then you can really win her favor by putting a gift card in her basket and then taking her shopping.
Tea time. There are a number of high-quality teas on the market that can do everything from energizing to relaxing your special lady. Not to mention they taste great! Put together a tea basket with a variety of teas, and include a pretty cup and saucer to make the basket extra special.
A special night out. Put tickets to a movie and a card with dinner reservations to her favorite restaurant in her Easter basket. You may even want to purchase a special dress for the evening out. After you give her the basket, tell her you will be ready to leave whenever she is.
The mystery basket. Women love special surprises. Create a truly romantic gesture by filling her Easter basket with clues pertaining to a gift you want to give her. For example, if you got her a new laptop, put a candy Easter mouse, some keyboard cleaner, and a software program in her basket along with a note explaining that she will be given her real Easter gift once she deciphers the meaning of the clues.
Chocolate. Of course, it is known that women love chocolate. One great way you can mature the whole Easter basket chocolate candy idea is to provide gourmet chocolates from a high-end candy shop. While you’re at it, throw in a bottle of complimentary wine.
Jewelry. This is a great idea if you want to treat your woman to a piece of jewelry. Put together a traditional basket full of her favorite candies. Purchase some of those fill-able plastic eggs; fill most of them with jelly beans, but save one for her special gift.
The spa treatment. Fill her Easter basket with luxury bath items. Throw in a downy robe and a gift certificate for a massage or mani/pedi for good measure.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to treat the special woman in your life to an Easter basket that will be sure to show her how much she means to you. Be creative here. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. These creative suggestions are a great place to start.
About the Author: Alpha Finefrock loves helping men and women think of unique gift ideas for even the silliest occasions. When she’s not working as a consultant she can e found sipping the oolong tea blends she loves most from http://www.goldenmoontea.com.
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Let’s face it, there’s something about receiving an email that just isn’t as exciting as tearing open a colorful envelope or brown paper package that comes via snail mail. Sure, email is the higher tech way to deliver messages and small surprises, but the best thing you’ll get out of it is an attachment, or maybe if someone really loves you, an eCard.
There are certain things that are just downright better when they are delivered the traditional, now “slow,” way. Here are 5 of them.
Any kind of greeting card in general is better when it’s delivered by snail mail, but there’s something about holiday cards, in particular, that bring an added charm.
Think about what would happen to things like card trees or decorate card garlands strung up around peoples houses around the holidays if everyone were to replace their holiday cards with eCards. The horror!
Holiday cards are a great way for families to show off their beautiful lives and beautiful children and beautiful vacations to everyone they love. And really, we all love receiving them! They’re colorful and heartfelt, and there’s no way they’ll ever be replaced with the quick and thoughtless e-version imitators.
Along the same lines as the holiday cards, you would never want to get an email from a close friend or family member on an exotic vacation. It shows no personal touch or sentiment, plus you don’t get to actually see where the person is!
Something about knowing your loved one is somewhere far away and exotic and waiting at home to receive a postcard from them is so classic and traditional that it makes you overwhelmingly happy when you finally receive one in the mail.
Plus, postcards are fun to buy when you’re the one on vacation. You get a chance to show off your tropical surroundings to all of your people who are stuck back in the cold of your hometown!
Many people even have collections of postcards to commemorate trips they’ve taken themselves or their families have taken. There’s no way to collect e-postcards, except stored in your inbox where they’ll probably never be looked at again.
Packages From Mom
Perhaps the one that may never be replaced by technology – the good old care package from Mom that comes out of nowhere.
Getting packages in the mail from your mother brings you back to a time of summer camps and sleepaways, and the goodies inside are usually adorable and heartfelt. Maybe she baked you cookies, or sent you some cash, or a funny stuffed animal or some candy – whatever is in the box, you’ll always smile knowing that your mom was thinking of you when she stuffed it all in the box, wrapped it all up and took it proudly to the post office.
If you live far away from your family, there’s nothing like the good ‘ole care package.
Letters From Friends
A hand written letter is so much more personal than an email that took all of 30 seconds to craft. If you have friends that you enjoy staying in touch with who live outside of your hometown, instead of a phone call or an email, try surprising them with a hand written letter!
The classic lined notebook paper will bring friends back to the days of high school or college, or if you choose a pretty stationary, you can show off a little bit of your personality that your friends love so much.
Decorated envelopes are the best, too. Throw on some stickers, doodles or even ribbons, and make sure the envelope either matches your stationary or is at least a bright neon color that your friend will be excited to see poking through the pile of bills in their mailbox!
Products Ordered Online
So this one technically can’t come via email anyway, but how awesome is it to finally receive a package you’ve been waiting for that you ordered weeks ago?
That feeling when you walk up to your front door and there’s a big, pretty brown package that you’ve been waiting oh so long for is unmatched. Something about the waiting patiently part of buying items online adds so much excitement to the day that you actually receive your products.
Certain things just will never be replaced by email, and others are obviously just better when received via snail mail than over the computer! So the next time you think about sending an email to an old friend, write a letter to send instead, or better yet – send a hand written greeting card. The person on the other end will be sure to appreciate it a whole lot more than just a simple typed email!
Jade Evans is a freelance writer for several publications. She loves sending snail mail to everyone she loves and the couriers in her area love picking up her mail because it’s always so colorful, creative and cheerful!
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Many people might wonder just why or how getting an education may be different for adults than it is for children. As an adult going back to school, I can say first-hand that it is a whole different ballgame than when I was a kid. First of all, now I have to pay my bills, while also finding a way to pay for school. Second of all, I have to find the time to juggle my job, family life and school schedule. It’s not even close to being easy. One way that I’ve managed to free up some of my time (and calm my frazzled nerves) has been to learn effective study habits. What are my secrets? Here are some great study tips for adults:
Avoid the cram. As an adult, you have a lot on your plate, and you may be tempted to carve a giant chunk of time into your schedule to get the whole studying thing over with in one fell swoop. However, cramming for a test means you jam as much into your short-term memory as it can handle and just hope the information doesn’t evaporate by the time to sit down to take the test. There is a much better way of doing things. Study a little bit every day. Even if you don’t have any homework in a particular class or you’ve already done your reading, spend some time re-reading your text or notes to keep the information fresh. Come test day, you’ll be amazed at how easy and stress-free your experience is.
Speed reading. Take a speed reading course. Yes, speed reading is for real, and it can absolutely get you through your study sessions in a fraction of the time. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, as there are cheap courses online, or you can even find what you need at the library.
Vary your media. I have to get up very early, and stay up very late, in order to fit school into my life. Reading a boring textbook at the crack of dawn can be a chore, and a complete waste of time if my mind keeps drifting (or dosing) off. I make it a point to find a variety of study sources, so that I can mix it up a little when my brain just isn’t registering the pages of text in front of me. Take advantage of DVDs and online resources that come with your school texts. Also, search the web for videos pertaining to the subjects you are studying.
Studying the “right” way has not only cut my study time nearly in half, but it has also enabled me to maintain the high GPA I need in order to advance into my program of choice. These are the things that work for me, and I’m sure they will work for you, too.
About the Author: Irvin Quam works with phlebotomy schools to develop cirriculums that will help adult students keep up with their studies despite family, work, and other obligations. He is a certified phlebotomist and highly recommends http://www.associationphlebotomytraining.com/ for information for anyone looking to enter the career field.
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The term root canal often makes people shudder, even those that don’t know what a root canal is exactly. All people usually know is that the process is extremely painful. However, there is a lot to learn about root canals. Whether you’re about to have one or simply what to know more about the procedure, here’s what you need to know about root canals.
What Is a Root Canal?
The term root canal can be a bit confusing. A root canal is not only a procedure, but also the term used to describe the inner area of the tooth, which contains the pulp chamber. The procedure is the process of cleaning the pulp and pulp chamber from the area and sealing the tooth to prevent future problems.
What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?
The pulp of the tooth can be damaged in a variety of different ways. There may be a cavity that occurs on the side of the tooth that eats a hole into the tooth or it may be a tooth that got cracked and began to decay. Either way, the pulp has been damaged and must be removed to salvage the tooth.
Why Is a Root Canal Needed?
A root canal is done when the tooth is badly decayed or infected. The removal of the pulp and nerve are necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. You may be wondering why the tooth is not simply pulled. The process of the root canal can actually repair or save a tooth. This may be a better option when the tooth is in a noticeable location. It can also be less expensive than having a partial put in to the replace the tooth.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
There are several signs to look for to determine whether or not you need a root canal. One of the first symptoms you might experience is sensitivity to hot and cold. You may also experience pain when biting down hard or chewing. Last, but not least, you may notice sores that don’t heal or return again and again.
A root canal, though slightly confusing, can mean the difference between a full set of teeth or a gaping hole. It can also mean the difference between infection, pain and sensitivity. While the process may be painful, a root canal can be very beneficial.
About the Author: Sherly Markovitz has worked in the field of dental care for quite some time. She’s seen first-hand the effects of poor oral health care and has assisted in implant reconstruction NJ procedures on several occasions. Root canals may seem scary at first, but the alternatives – like dental implant NJ procedues – aren’t always necessary until later in life.
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Guest post written by Derick Burks
My husband is definitely going through his mid-life crisis. It all started when he was talking about his hair color and how he had counted 14 gray hairs on his head. Then he started shopping around for his dream car, a Camaro. I did not think he was serious about buying one, but he was.
He pulled into the driveway last week with a brand new Camaro and I just about fainted. Then he insisted on getting a security system for our house because he did not want anyone to steal his new car. My feelings were a little hurt that he had never considered getting a security system to protect me in our 16 years of marriage, but the second he has a car he is in love with, he wants to protect it immediately. I did not argue with him about the security system because I thought we needed one anyway. He went online and searched mississippi security system and found a system he liked. Hopefully the car will be his last purchase as part of his mid-life crisis.
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It isn’t easy to jump through all the hoops required of a conscientious job seeker, and the rings get especially difficult to maneuver if you struggle with putting together your resume or finding the best jobs on the internet—both technological duties.
Unless you are already technically savvy, getting a job may be so overwhelming you may not want to get started. The good news is that you don’t have to have everything. Take your skills and job qualifications with you, glean the help you need from experts in the field who not only know what they are doing but are in business to help you get what you want.
Here are some options:
- A temp staffing service is in business to help you find work. They assist with resumes, cover letters, job interview skills and more. Plus, temp staffing services have the jobs you need. No need to look online yourself or shuffle through the newspaper.
- Resume writers are a great resource for those who want to do most of the job searching themselves but need someone to do the work of typing and assembling their resume and/or cover letter. Resume writers can be found online or in the phone book. You can also speak with others you know who have used a particular writing service.
- A family member or friend, with writing and organizational abilities, may be able to help you with your resume, especially if you have a first draft completed. They can give you feedback on what works on your resume, and what doesn’t.
- Online resume templates are also a great help. Templates from Microsoft Word are free and come in a variety of job types and styles. Blogs that offer tips on what makes a resume stand out or how to make your presence remembered at a job interview are great sources of help—especially if they are written on a daily or weekly basis that allows for current information relating to the current job market.
- Get involved in social networking online and offline. While it’s easy to talk to someone online and learn more about a particular career, it’s quite another to meet them for lunch or be a part of a speaking engagement. When was the last time you spoke to a group and shared your skills?
Getting a job is no easy task, especially when one considers all the technicalities involved. But be assured you don’t have to do it all alone. Get the help you need by considering one of the alternatives listed above.
About the Author: Adina Fleek loves helping others learn how to make the most out of their time in front of the computer, especially those who are looking for work. Temp staffing service groups offer a myriad of opportunities for those willing to work both full and part-time and should not be discounted!