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Jewellery for your Wedding Day

Creating the perfect look for a beautiful wedding involves a great deal of preparation. Arguably the most important part of the process is finding the wedding dress and bridesmaids’ outfits. This can take days of research, in order to find the dresses that will compliment each other. The bride’s outfit is the focal point of the wedding ceremony and will be under close scrutiny from the guests.

To compliment these special dresses, it is essential that the jewellery worn by the bride and bridesmaids is extra special. Wedding bands for the bride and groom are of particular importance, but so too are the other pieces of jewellery that can give a dress a completely original look. A low cut or open neck dress cries out for a necklace or choker and this can be enhanced with a pair of drop earrings.

Bare arms require bangles or charm bracelets which make excellent gifts for the bridesmaids. If you have a particular design in mind but are unable to find it or are dissatisfied with anything ready-made that you see on the high street, an alternative approach may be to have bespoke jewellery created especially for the occasion. A sympathetic independent jeweller will be happy to work with you and combine his or her design ideas with your own.

You can sketch your own ideas, cut images from magazines or go completely with suggestions from the jewellery designer. Consider what materials and stones to include in the designs. Gold comes in a variety of hues, from reds and oranges through to yellows and creamy shades. Platinum is ever popular and will compliment any colour of outfit.

If you are traditional you will probably opt for diamonds as the stone of choice. However, there are many beautiful coloured precious stones that can look fabulous with contrastingly coloured fabrics. The white or cream dress will look great with any colour of stone. When thinking about designs, you may prefer a traditional design that will not date over time, or choose instead a highly contemporary style.

Either way, your design will be unique to you. Consider how you are going to use the piece of jewellery after the big day. It is best to design a piece that is going to be wearable to other events, or even one that can be worn proudly on a daily basis.

Take advice from the jewellery designer wherever possible, as he or she will more than likely have experience in these matters. Choose a designer on the basis of recommendations from friends, or look at some jewellery designers’ websites in order to get a feel for their particular style.

It is a good idea to select a designer that you can meet face to face in order to track their progress, embellish or alter designs and have fittings for rings. This way, you will not be disappointed when you see the finished products.

A bespoke piece of jewellery made especially for your wedding is a lovely way in which to mark the occasion, representing a beautiful keepsake that can be worn again and again, each time bringing back happy memories of the day.

Baby Monitors

Any parent, the first time one especially, knows that the prime missing resource is sleep. You throw your energy into keeping your child warm, clean, fed and safe and you subjugate your own needs – it is only natural after all to so do – for those of the child.

Of course this brings great joy to the parent, it is, we all know, a very happy time. Ask any new parent how they feel and you will receive responses like “great, superb, I feel so refreshed and vitalised”…. or will you? Are you more likely to see mew parents wandering around like extras on a George A Romero film set? Do you see jaded expressions on their faces as if they have just emerged from a World War 1 trench somewhere in Northern France after a week’s German shelling and rain…….. Well in my experience it is somewhere in between, though nearer the latter examples than the former.
So what is the solution for these ‘walking dead’??

Well there are multiple resources for new parents in print and online and the greatest mistake made commonly by these disenfranchised souls is that the minute it appears that baby is going to leave them alone they go, phew and open a bottle of wine and try to have a bit of time to themselves before the next demand is uttered by the supernaturally sleepless child. What they need to do is sleep when the baby is sleeping – it is the only way to catch up, to conserve energy and to be able to muster ones forces to fight the fight that comes with every waking moment.

The worst thing, perhaps is that once you have had something like toothache or Chinese water torture for a while and it stops, your inner psyche tells you that it is continuing, like tinnitus almost, a subconscious assumption that the source of distress is still ongoing – this is what babies do to you. The more you try to relax, the more you slip into a warm, happy place just for a moment you can be sure that you will either hear, or imagine some calamitous scream from your baby’s room.

This is what baby monitors are for. They are undoubtedly the 20th Century’s greatest invention. They come in a variety of functions and settings, which I shall skirt over later, but the essence is that they can be placed in the baby’s presence and the parents are able to ‘rest’ assured that the child sleeps.

DECT cordless telephone technology has been utilised so as to form a link between the child’s transmitter and the parents’ receiver. You can generally adjust the sensitivity of the monitor so that it only transmits when a certain volume is reached. Hence the parents do not need to sit in the living room listening to every burp and fart from the sleeping child, but rather will only be notified when the child is in distress. Sensitivity settings are down to each parent’s choice. Unfortunately I have yet to find a baby monitor with a do not disturb setting.

The baby monitors I have personally inspected this week are made by either BT ( the telephone people ) or Philips ( the Dutch people ).

Nanny Agency Childcare

There must be many things that strike a first time parent hard – lack of sleep, never a moment to yourself, – that sort of thing.

You go through stages of shock, wonder, awe, desperation and joy, all in the space of a few moments.

If you have a large extended family around you then you will, of course, accept help from sisters, mothers, inlaws, brothers, friends – anyone you know well enough to trust your most precious thing to – your child.

The trouble is that many of us these days no longer have such a resource on our doorstep, many people move away for work or love and many people are just too busy these days to really help out with your childcare.

So what to do?

I have found that there is a time for the nursery and a time for proper childcare and finding a good nanny can be a huge weight off your shoulders.

Naturally I would not advise looking in the personals for such nanny help. Although there may well be perfectly respectable people there it is highly recommended to use the services of a bona fide, offsted approved nanny agency. It is reassuring, to say the least, that a prospective nanny will have had a full criminal records ( CRB ) check done on her recently as well as you have the assurance that the nanny agency has taken steps during the screening process to ensure that the nanny will be suitable, experienced, dedicated and trustworthy. Going through an agency such as this gives you a kind of insurance policy on your childcare, meaning that in the event that the nanny/ childcare is unavailable a suitable replacement may be found for you at short notice.

TigerLily Agency provides a great emporary and permanent positions for Nannies, Mother’s Helps, Nursery Staff, Maternity Nurses and Housekeepers over the whole of the UK, it is a Nanny Agency founded on the princlipes of care and attention to detail which is why I feel relieved when as I call the nanny agency to let them know about my next planned ski trip ( no kids :) ) to Verbier.

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