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Beautiful At Any Size: Your Guide To Choosing A Plus-Size Wedding Dress

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Beautiful At Any Size: Your Guide To Choosing A Plus-Size Wedding Dress

Not all brides are a svelte size 4, and you don’t have to be to look great on your big day. In fact, as of 2012, the average American woman’s waist measured 37.8 inches, according to USA Today. More designers are making gowns in larger sizes, and staff members at bridal shops are experienced in helping women of all shapes and sizes find dresses they feel great wearing. Armed with a few helpful tips, you can make your shopping experience much smoother, and find the gown of your dreams. Dig a little deeper. Okay,you’re plus-sized, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only way to define your body. Just like smaller women, plus-sized ladies have all different kinds of body types. Take a “body inventory” and figure out which features you want to accentuate and which you’d like to downplay. If you can go in to a store and tell the sales staff you’re looking for a dress to play up your great bust without drawing too much attention to your belly, they’ll have a much easier time helping you find something you’ll love than if you go in and just tell them you’re looking for a gown in a certain size. Keep an open mind. If you’re starting your search online or by looking at bridal magazines, you’re probably seeing plenty of dresses that you’re falling in love with. Don’t be surprised if some of those don’t look like they do on the models when you try them on. Most wedding dress models, even the ones modeling plus-sized dresses, aren’t actually plus-sized and the photos are often heavily altered. So don’t let it get you down if the dress you had your heart set on doesn’t flatter your figure. You may very well end up trying on a dress you didn’t find all that appealing on the rack only to find it makes you look stunning. Be fussy about fabrics. While it’s important to look at the silhouette and overall style of the dress, choosing a flattering fabric is just as vital to helping you look your best. Thin, clingy fabrics can accentuate areas you want to smooth. If your waist and hip areas aren’t your favorite spots, you’ll want to shy away from dresses that change material sharply between the bodice and the skirt — that will only draw attention to that area. Remember that alterations are your friends. You can get almost anything about a dress altered if you like the gown as a whole but there are a few things that aren’t quite right. For example, many plus-sized brides choose to have sleeves or straps added for extra support and coverage when they find strapless gowns that they adore.  Go sans shapewear. Even if you think you’ll wear shapewear on your wedding day, it’s better to go dress shopping without it. If you can find a dress that looks awesome without body-shaping undergarments, you’ll probably be even more pleased when you tuck those troublesome parts in. And if you find a dress that makes you feel like a queen without the shapewear, you might just decide to ditch it in favor of comfort. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is to give yourself plenty of time to find a dress that makes you look and feel great so...

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Trying To Adopt A Baby

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Trying To Adopt A Baby

Your decision to adopt a baby is the beginning of a process that can sometimes be complex. In your excitement to welcome a child into your family, you might make some missteps that delay the process and cause problems along the way. Here are a few mistakes to avoid during the adoption process so that it can go smoothly and you can adopt the baby you want. Not Thinking of the Birth Mother When Completing the Profile As part of the adoption process, you will likely be asked to fill out an autobiographical profile. This profile will be read to the birth mother, who will use this as a tool to help her decide whether to enter into an agreement with you. You may instinctively fill this profile with details about your life and your desire for a baby, but you might forget one key factor: to consider the birth mother reading your profile. The birth mother who is giving up her baby is dealing with her own emotions about the situation, and it is important to think about those feelings as you write your profile. Talk about the kind of relationship you hope to have with the birth mother. Talk about how you would bring up the baby and what kind of life the baby will have. When you focus on that, you can make a birth mother feel more comfortable with her choice and hopefully, more likely to select you as a parent. Taking Out Loans to Pay Adoption Fees You may expect that you will have more expenses with a baby, but there is no way to know for sure how your finances will be affected by a baby–until you have one. That is why it is unwise to take out loans for any adoption fees you need to pay. Instead, save the money or ask family and friends who are sympathetic to your needs. Not Knowing the Relevant Laws It is critical that you know the laws that will relate to your future adoption. Different states have different laws, so be sure that you understand the laws of the state where you plan to adopt the baby. If you are adopting internationally, read about the pertinent laws that apply to you. If something goes wrong in the future, you will be bound by those laws whether you knew them beforehand or not. You can save yourself and your adopted child from a great deal of stress if you familiarize yourself with legal requirements and rights. Now that you are aware of some of the mistakes that can be made during the adoption process, be sure to use the information above to avoid them. Work with a reputable adoption agency that can walk you through the process and help you find the baby you are waiting for. For more information, contact an agency such as A Child’s...

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Considering Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have recently found out that you have become pregnant, and you are not sure what to do because you were not planning on having a baby, you probably feel very overwhelmed about the situation. Taking the time to really think over your options rather than making a quick decision is really important. Here are a few options that may help you during the decision-making process and that may help you to relax. Take Time To Reflect Since no one but you can make a decision on whether to have the baby, put the baby up for adoption, or abort the pregnancy, taking the time to weigh all options is very important. Sit down in a quiet area of your home and write down all the positive and negatives points regarding your pregnancy overall. Imagine yourself with a baby to take care of and also yourself not being pregnant at all. Only you can truly know how you feel about each. Writing down your feelings can put things into perspective, helping you to decide how you would like to proceed. Speak To A Counselor Talking about your situation with a professional, like Hope’s Promise, can be a huge help. They will be able to explain all the options you have available and may help you to see things in a different way that you originally had before. They might be able to help you realize that monetary problems can always be worked around or that being single doesn’t have to be a hindrance in raising the child. They may show you that others will be happy to adopt your baby if you are not able to take care of it yourself. They can also walk you through the different adoption options that are available. For instance, if you know you can’t take care of the baby, but you still want to be apart of its life, you can settle on an open adoption. Talking over options with an unbiased third party will help you refine your pros and cons list. Consider Your Beliefs Your religion or beliefs about life in general can make a big difference in how you handle an unplanned pregnancy. You may want to turn to someone within your religion or who has similar values. Don’t make a decision against what you believe in, as you may have major regrets later on.  While you will want to consider the most important people in your life in the decision-making process, do not go against what you personally believe in to make someone else happy. This is your life, and only you can decide which direction to...

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Your Guide To Writing A Eulogy For A Loved One

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If a loved one has recently passed away and a funeral is being planned to memorialize that person, there’s a chance that you could be asked to give a speech (also known as a eulogy) during the ceremony–especially if the person who passed away was somebody very close to you. Even if you aren’t asked to deliver a speech, you may volunteer to do so. Of course, if you’ve never written a eulogy before or if writing simply isn’t your strong suit, you may be looking for some help in getting started. Consider the Length If possible, find out how long the service is scheduled to last and how many other people plan on speaking during the ceremony. This will help you to get a better idea of how long your speech should be. If you’ll be the only one speaking, then it may be appropriate to have a longer speech. However, if others will be speaking (or if you’re not sure), it’s better to keep it to just a few minutes in length. Connect to the Audience First of all, remember that it’s unlikely that everybody at the funeral service will know who you are. Therefore, you’ll want to start with an introduction that establishes your relationship to the deceased person. Whether you were co-workers, childhood friends, siblings, or shared any other kind of a connection, be sure to state your name and the nature of that relationship so that those listening to your speech have a reference point and context for the remainder of your speech. Recall Happy Memories As you’re sitting down to write the eulogy, it can also be helpful to write down some of your fondest memories you shared with that person. Once you have some written down, try connecting one or more of those memories to something you’d like your loved one to be remembered for. For example, if your older sibling passed away and you want him to be remembered for his outgoing and carefree personality, you might recall a story about the time the two of you went sky-diving together.  Writing a eulogy in somebody’s memory is not an easy task; it can be both trying and emotional, but at the end of the day, following these tips will help make the process easier. Along the way, you can always enlist help from other close friends and family members if need be. For more funeral planning tips and advice, contact a company or funeral home such as Farone & Son...

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How Can You Help A Young Child Cope With Anger Management?

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Young children have to learn to cope with stress. They also need to learn how to respond to rules and the consequences of breaking them. Your child may experiment with various reactions to get what they want, including tantrums, yelling, screaming, and violence. Although this is a natural learning curve, if your child expresses uncontrollable anger and violence regularly, you might be dealing with deeper anger management problems. How Can You Tell if Your Child is Out of Control? Children with behavioral challenges skip a lot of normal reactions to things and go straight to angry yelling and violence. For example, if you ask young children to put their toys away and come eat dinner, you will probably get a variety of reactions from them. One child might quietly obey while another child pretends to not have heard you. Crying that they’re not done playing is another common response. However, if any of your children start yelling at you, refusing to do anything, and hitting anyone who tries to help them, they may be out of control. Responses such as the one in this example occur because some children feel threatened by change. Although the request to clean the room and come eat is a normal request, it requires a change in behavior that your child isn’t prepared for. Even small changes trigger highly emotional responses in some kids. How Can You Help Your Child Respond Better? One of the best ways you can help your children cope with feelings of anger and frustration is to acknowledge the emotion. This doesn’t mean that when your child hits or bites someone you say, “It’s okay, I know you were upset.” You still have to reprimand the behavior appropriately (put your child on time-out, make them apologize, etc). However, you should not only address the behavior, but the emotion that spurred it. Help your children pinpoint the way they feel. Young children often don’t have a name for anger, but if you name it they will start identifying it on their own. Once the emotion is identified, your child can pause and plan a better response than a violent outburst. Provide alternative behaviors for your child to try. Say something like, “Next time you feel upset and your heart is pounding really fast, try walking into a different room before you say anything.” Little things like going into another room to cool off or counting to ten delay your child’s response, and calms them before they have an outburst. Acting as a good role model can also help them understand what is appropriate and what isn’t. If you respond to their yelling with yelling, then they won’t correct the problem because they’ll assume it’s okay since you do it. Once you have recognized that your child struggles with anger management, there are many ways for them to overcome it. If your child is having too much difficulty coping, you may want to take them to a place like Options Family & Behavior Services for help. Acknowledging the struggle is the first step, and it will help your child with the next one: learning coping skills to respond to situations...

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Selecting Music For A Funeral

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Music is a beautiful and expressive way to experience any occasion, both the joyous and the solemn. Funerals are no exceptions, and songs often prove to be the most meaningful moments in memorial gatherings and reflections on the life and personality of a loved one. As you prepare for a funeral service (such as those offered by Christmans Funeral Home Inc), think through the following questions. Has your loved one left requests? The first thing to consider is whether or not your loved one made any specific music requests or suggestions. Many people leave notes for their friends and family, or have prior discussions identifying songs that are special to them. These songs are often reflective of their beliefs, culture, and philosophies, or are reminiscent of important events in their lives, such as their marriage. In other cases, requested songs may simply be old favorites, songs that brought happiness in life. If requests have not been left, these elements still apply. Consider songs that remind you of your loved one and capture their unique nature and life.   Who will perform? Here again, requests of certain people may have been made prior to death. A meaningful musical number at a funeral service does not have to come from a highly trained or professional musician. The caliber of the performance isn’t the point. Like the audience, the musicians are likely dealing with their own emotional responses. If this comes through in the performance, everyone will understand. It might be helpful to the performers for you to talk through this with them before the service. What instruments will be featured? Along with the performers, consider the instruments that will be used. Anything goes here, so long as the desired feeling of the song choice comes through. In many cases, the performer will determine the instrument. For example, if your loved one requested that a friend who plays the harp participate in the service, a harp number will be on the program. In another instance, a singer might choose to be accompanied by a piano, classical guitar, or even a minus track. As with songs that carried special meaning to your loved one, think about instruments that bore particular significance. If your loved one played the violin, you may choose to have a violin number. If they were proud of their Scottish heritage, bagpipes lend themselves to beautiful tributes. Ultimately, every decision you make for a funeral service, including the music, should highlight the unique person you are...

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