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December 2018


Different Ways To Celebrate A Loved One’s Birthday

December 25, 2018

If you have a loved one’s birthday coming up, then you will want to do everything that you can to make it a special and memorable occasion for them. Everyone should be able to celebrate their birthday with friends and family, and there are many lovely ideas that will show them just how much everyone cares about them. Of course, everyone is different, so you will need to take their own personality into account, but here are a few nice ways that you can celebrate a loved one’s birthday that they are sure to highly appreciate and always remember fondly.

  • Surprise Parties

Surprise parties can be fantastic fun and a good way to get everyone together to celebrate their birthday. This can be a risky type of party, however, particularly if the person does not like to be the centre of attention, so think about whether or not they would enjoy this. In order for it to be a surprise, parties like this are usually best held in someone’s home.

  • Venue Parties

Alternatively, hiring out a venue and hosting a birthday party with friends and family is a great option, particularly for landmark birthday such as their 30th or 40th. This is because you can fill the venue with those that are dearest to them and control factors like the music to personalise it to their tastes. You may also need to think about hiring event bartenders so that there are a range of drinks available, and you can rest assured it will be a success by leaving it to the professionals.

  • Night Out

If they are the sort of person that wants to celebrate their birthday but do not necessarily want to make a song and dance out of it and be the centre of attention, then a night out is a good option. This could be at their favourite pub, a bar crawl or heading out of town for a fun night out. With these nights out, it is good to arrange travel if required and to have a loose plan for the evening.

  • Tea & Cake

Of course, not everyone wants to have a wild celebration for their birthday which is why a tea and cake celebration is a good alternative. Having just a few people that they care about to show them that they care and sing happy birthday can be a calm and enjoyable way to celebrate a birthday.

  • Tickets To An Event

Finally, another good option is to arrange tickets to an event such as a sporting fixture, concert, theatre production etc. This will certainly be memorable especially if it is something that they are passionate about and this could either be a surprise or something that you tell them about in advance.

There are many ways to celebrate a loved one’s birthday with the above being just a few options. Unless it is a surprise party, it is always worth checking with the person first as it is their birthday after all and they may want a quiet one or a big celebration!


How To Plan A Corporate Event?

December 25, 2018

Planning a corporate event may seem like a grueling task. But with the right plan and effort, you can successfully come up with a rememberable event, just the way you imagined. Sure, the task may be overwhelming, confusing or even expensive- but once you get the drift of it, there’ll be absolutely, no looking back. So, in case you’re looking to start a corporate event and are wondering how to get through- here are some snippets of wisdom that’ll surely work in your favor.

Get The Details

Even before you work with the plan, it is extremely important to know of every small detail about your impending event. Whether it’s the time, date, number of people, occasion or anything else- once you have these details- you’ll get to figure out how and where exactly to start.

Check The Budget

Before starting, ask the officials about how much they’re actually looking to spend. In case you do not get an answer decide on the budget yourself. Come up with an amount that you’re comfortable spending. Once you have this budget, you can streamline it according to the guest list, food request and so on.

Choose A Theme

What cocktails should your party have? What snacks should be served? Should it be a swanky sit-down styled party, or a buffet styled one? Even before you head to your caterer, it is extremely important to have a proper vision. So, the better you know, the better will you be able to come up with the plan.

In addition to everything else, you should also have a clear vision about the equipment, tables and chairs. This will help you come up with a party, just like you always wanted.

Fix A Spot

Your party will be absolutely, incomplete without the right venue. So, if you really want to have fun, try to fix the right spot. With the right spot, you’ll get to accommodate all your guests, and they too will get a chance to enjoy a beautiful, well-planned evening.

Choose A Caterer

No corporate event is complete without the right food. So, before anything else, choose a caterer who’ll whip the perfect meals according to your guests’ preferences.

Get Customized T-shirts

If you want to add a personal touch get t-shirts that are perfectly customized according to your organization’s logo or tagline. This will not just offer a sense of unity, but it’ll also make the team even more photogenic. Create customized t-shirts direct online from NNT Customised Workwear.


How to answer the ‘Why Should We Hire You?’ question

December 22, 2018

During an interview, recruiters and hiring managers increasingly ask prospective candidates questions such as ‘why should we hire you?’, ‘why are you the best candidate for this position?’, or ‘why are you a good fit for this role?’. These are the key questions that can drastically increase your chances of getting the job offer, so it is vital to take the opportunity to prepare your responses well.

When you are asked this type of question during an interview, recruiters and hiring managers have the 4 key expectations of your answer: understanding your motivation, your experience, your knowledge/skills and accomplishments. These need to be directly aligned to the role that you are being interviewed for so that you could demonstrate your suitability for it.

Here are the 4 key expectations of your answer, explored in more detail:


Recruiters and hiring managers want to understand why you are interested in that particular sector, industry and the specific role. In essence, what would motivate you to perform well in that position? Or what would make you ‘stick to’ this role, company or industry?

You could explore here what elements of the job you would find most rewarding and explain why you are passionate and focussed towards them. This would demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment.

2. Work experience

To be able to address this expectation, you need to make sure that you have a good understanding of the job description (if unavailable, job advertisement at least). It should provide you with an insight to the purpose of the role, key duties, work experience requirements, as well as knowledge and skills required to perform the role.

When you are answering this question, you need to mirror the work experience requirements in the job description. Provide your interviewers with examples of work experience when you had to perform the same or similar duties and tasks in the past. This may be the experience from your previous employment, however, also can be the experience from your personal life. Even if you do not have such experience at all, you can answer such question well by providing a ‘this is how I would deal with it’ response as it would demonstrate your understanding and potential.

3. Knowledge and skills

In terms of knowledge and skills, tell the interviewers what professional certifications you hold to evidence your understanding of specialism’s fundamentals, concepts, methodologies, tools and techniques. Mention how or why these are relevant, transferrable and specifically what knowledge and skills would enable you to perform well in the role you have applied for. Examples of how you have applied your specialism’s knowledge and skills in the past would be advisable to highlight at this point as well.

If you do not hold a professional certification in your specialism, consider getting certified as it will help you to improve your job prospects drastically. Getting certified is considered to be one of the easiest ways of entering a profession.

For example, if you are looking to enter a Project Management career, PRINCE2® certifications are a great starting point, equally for an IT Service Management career it is worth studying the ITIL® certification. For more examples explore SkillPoint® Career Certification Map.

Even if you have just started studying for / working towards a professional certification, it will still be a positive indication as it will demonstrate your aspiration to become a certified professional.

4. Key accomplishments

Summarise the key results you have achieved from your previous career experience, any relevant awards, recognition or feedback that you have obtained that demonstrate you being a high achiever. For the best result, your accomplishments here should be linked to the actual relevant experience that you highlighted previously during the interview.

Lastly, it is important to note that you might not be asked this specific type of question during the interview. This is absolutely fine as long as you feel that you have addressed the 4 key expectations mentioned above during your interview. If you feel you did not have a chance to do so, it is critical that you take the opportunity to highlight these details for interviewers at some point during the interview.

Frequently, you will find one final chance to provide additional information towards the end of the interview. Finishing the conversation off by succinctly sharing your unique selling points for the role (that we have explored above) will enable you to stand out from your competition and increase your chances of getting the job offer.

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3 Ways To Make The Exterior Of Your Home As Exciting As The Interior

December 22, 2018

Every home should be a stylish home. After all, you’ve worked hard for it, so why settle for anything less? Transforming the inside of your property so that it looks exactly how you want can bring an enormous sense of achievement and satisfaction. Stylish and well-designed rooms are sure to impress your house guests too, but it’s important to remember that they’ll see the outside of your property before they see the inside. That’s why it’s important to consider the exterior of your home as well as the interior, so here are three ways you can make the outside of your property look great.

1. Fencing And Walkways

As a guest approaches your property, the first thing they are going to see is any fencing around it, followed closely by the footpath they have to walk down to reach your door. First impressions count so don’t let these components drag the rest of your property down. A strong fence not only looks great, but it can also boost your home security too. We like traditional wooden fencing, but you’ll need to treat it with preservative or paint on an annual basis to prevent it from turning an unsightly silver color. Walkways should be even and free of moss and algae; natural stone cobbles or paving slabs can provide a highly stylish pathway to your home.

2. Roofing

Your roof is the most practical and important part of your home, keeping rain out and heat in, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful as well. Our roofs have to withstand extremes of weather and temperature and over time, that can leave them looking unsightly and impair their performance. Roofing experts such as Megram provide a comprehensive range of roofing solutions which ensure that your roofline always looks impeccable. They install roofs in a range of styles, so you can find one that perfectly complements your home, and they also provide roof repairs from shingle replacement to roof lining repairs. Our eyes are naturally drawn upward, so make sure that your roof is one to be proud of.

3. A Garden Center Piece

You’ll already know how important it is to keep your lawn and garden in good shape, but a well-selected centerpiece can transform an average garden into a great garden. This could be a traditional garden structure such as an arbor or pergola, and they can make a great meeting point for a summer garden party. Even more stylish is a well-placed water feature, such as a pond or waterfall. Less can be more when it comes to garden ornamentation, so don’t be too ostentatious.

A high-quality roof in perfect shape, smart fencing, even walkways, and an exciting garden feature will all help to impress house guests before they even reach your door. Creating a great exterior helps to achieve a stylish and harmonious whole for your home, and you could even find that it increases the value of your property if you later decide to sell it.


Subaru Loves Pets as Much as its Owners

December 18, 2018

Subaru shows its owners love by providing reliable vehicles that are ranked as some of the most trustworthy cars out there, but did you know that we show love to communities and causes as well?

As part of our Love Promise Community Commitment, we join forces with a wide variety of non-profits and charities on a local and a national level. Our missions include protecting and preserving the environment, supporting education for all, and encouraging volunteers within communities.

When you find a Subaru dealer for your next vehicle, you can be sure that we’re taking action beyond simply providing you with a great car.

If you’ve seen some of our commercials featuring the furry Barkley family going to the car wash or taking driving lessons, you know that our vehicles are dog-tested and dog-approved! Many Subaru owners are also pet owners, and we’re consistently ranked as one of the most dog-friendly vehicle makers out there.

But our love for pets doesn’t stop with our customers’ companions. We’re committed to the well-being of pets everywhere, not only those who already have homes with our customers. We show that love through action – it’s about returning the love that our animals so generously give to us. It’s all part of our Love Promise because Subaru loves pets as much as its owners, and we’re committed to keeping dogs and other animals happy, healthy, and safe.

October is Subaru Loves Pets Month

Every October, we celebrate Subaru Loves Pets month when we team up with long-standing partner The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help the approximately 6.5 million companion animals that enter shelters each year. Since 2008, Subaru has donated nearly $22 million to the ASPCA, helped support over 1,500 animal welfare-related events, and significantly impacted the rescue, transport, and adoption of more than 50,000 animals nationwide.

Our dealers across the country also work alongside local animal organizations in our communities to collect supplies needed to keep animals healthy, happy, and ready to find homes.

If you want to help, find a Subaru dealer near you and bring in some pet supplies such as canned or dry food, collars, towels, blankets, grooming supplies, food bowls, small dog/cat toys, treats, or cleaning supplies. These items will be donated to a local organization.

Another partner of ours in the Subaru Loves Pets initiative is BARK, the makers of BarkBox and one of the dog-friendliest companies around. Together with BARK, we put together and provide Subaru Loves Pets shelter supply kits. These special kits include lots of different pet items that can support the well-being of shelter animals awaiting adoption such as chew toys, reusable water bowls, bath wipes, and tennis balls.

We believe that keeping animals happy and comfortable during their stay in a shelter is important, and once they find a new home, we also offer starter kits to families who are adopting a pet

Meet and Greet with Pets in Your Community

During Subaru Loves Pets month, Subaru retailers host pet events in partnership with local animal welfare organizations where you can meet different pets that might just become your new best friend.

Often times, the adoption fees are waived or significantly reduced at these events, which leads to higher rates of pets finding homes. In fact, surveys show that the majority of pets adopted at a waived- or reduced fee are kept by their owners and that their owners actually report a higher attachment to the pet. It’s all about giving these animals a second chance and making sure they find a safe place to call home.

Subaru provides grants to the ASPCA that waive these adoption fees; our funding also goes toward Rescue Rides, which transports animals for adoption. In fact, we’ve helped transport over 21,000 pets in just four years.

Throughout October, we also encourage you to find a Subaru dealer and take a picture with the Subaru Loves Pets photo frame. You can then share this on social media using the #SubaruLovesPets hashtag to raise awareness about animal welfare.

Our Commitment to Pets is Year-Round

How else do we show that we love pets? One way is demonstrating that we care about providing the safest possible vehicles for your animals. We’ve collaborated with the Center for Pet Safety, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety.

Subaru has sponsored two studies conducted by the Center for Pet Safety around pet travel, which looked at dog harnesses/safety belts and animal crates that performed well in crash tests. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read about one of our sponsored 2015 studies here.

We also work with the Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping blind men and women achieve independence. We sponsor many events every year that fund the training and development of guide dogs so that they can eventually be placed in homes with individuals who need a service animal.

You can also see evidence of our dedication to pets in your very own community here in the Portland metro area. For example, during the Oregon Humane Society’s 150th anniversary, Royal Moore Subaru of Hillsboro donated over $5,000 to the organization.

Together with other regional Subaru dealers and members of the community, the Humane Society was able to raise over $55,000 that year. And, during Summer 2018, local Subaru retailers donated $25 to the Oregon Humane Society for every vehicle purchased.

You can tell we’ve got a soft spot for pets: we make sure our vehicles are the safest they can be for all of your family members, whether they’re human or animal, and we dedicate financial support to charity, research, and organizations to support pets everywhere.

Our animals show us unconditional love, so we want to protect and love them too!


How to Improve Your Productivity When Studying

December 17, 2018

Studying is a process – there’s no way around it. You have to put in the time to retain the information and perform well on tests and exams. But you can make the most of the time you put in by maximizing your productivity. Try these tips to improve your productivity and transform your study habits.

Know your high functioning hours

Studying is an individual process. You can choose to study in groups and to meet up with a tutor to help you out, but at the end of a day, it’s a solo practice. Only you can study for the test that you have, and put in the work that you know that you need to to feel confident. So, make it a priority to know what your high-functioning hours are. Are you an early bird, who is most alert and productive in the morning? Are you a night owl, who feels most creative and effective in the evenings? Do you feel supercharged after an afternoon workout?

Figure out what your studying sweet spot is, and fit in your study hours during that time. This will make sure that you’re maximizing your studying effectiveness on your own schedule.

Try the Pomodoro Technique

One popular technique for “time blocking” when it comes to productivity is the Pomodoro technique. With this technique, you work non-stop for 25 minutes at a time, usually with the help of a timer. During this 25 minutes, you are focused only on one singular task – you are not taking any breaks to check your phone or social media – you are only working on the task at hand. Once the block is done, stop working. Get up and take a 5 minute walk, get a coffee, take some deep breaths and re-center yourself.

Once you’ve completed three to four Pomodoro cycles, then take a longer 20-30 minute break. By using this technique, you can help to amp up your focus, eliminate distractions, and remain on task when studying.

Create an ideal study space

If you frequently study while sitting or laying in bed, you may want to reconsider your choice. To ramp up your productivity when studying, choose one consistent spot (or a couple consistent spots) where you can go and really get in the zone. Whether it’s a desk in your room, a certain spot at the school library, your favorite coffee shop, or somewhere else, find a space that works for you and use it to maximize your productivity.

Use Memory Tricks

Another way to maximize your study time is by using memory tricks. Probably the most popular memory trick is the use of mnemonic devices. The mnemonic technique translates information you’re trying to memorize into a pattern your brain remembers better, like a sequence of numbers letters, and words that will correlate to a core concept in the material. It’s a super helpful technique for when you’re evaluating your university of miami final exam schedule.

Use these tricks to make your study time as productive and possible, and improve your chances of getting the best grade possible on your test.


How to Stop Ill-Health from Impacting Your Day-To-Day Life

December 8, 2018

Sometimes, no matter what you do to combat it, ill-health just arises out of the blue all on its own. When it does, day-to-day life, all of a sudden, becomes a lot harder to circumvent. There are things that can be done to stop this all-too-common plight from impacting your life too much, however.

To see what you need to keep your health in check and, as a result, keep your everyday life as easy to manage as possible, make sure to read on.

As stated, ill-health can hit you out of the blue at any time, and it is for this reason why it is impossible to plan for in advance. What is not impossible, however, is you being ready for health problems when they do arise, whether this is in the near or far future.

One way to ready yourself for the unexpected onslaught of ill-health is to keep medication on your person at all times. If you have a health condition, then this is especially important. If you have asthma, for instance, then, no matter how good your breathing may feel, you must carry a Ventolin inhaler around with you at all times as any number of occurrences could spur an attack.

Even if you do not suffer from a particular condition, you should keep medicine that will help you to relieve everyday pains handy. Paracetamol is always a good bet, as that will always get to work fast in soothing headaches. You should also consider carrying Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics because, as stated at SuperSmart, they are suitable for combatting diarrhea.

It’s not just your physical health that has the ability to deteriorate at any given moment, your mental health can too. It is for that reason why you should take combatting it and dealing with it as seriously as you would if you had a physical problem.

One way to combat ill-mental health is to meditate. By taking time out of each day and then dedicating that time to your thoughts, you’ll find managing your anxieties to be a much easier task. As a result, you won’t find yourself succumbing to worrying as much in your everyday life.

Furthermore, you are what you eat. That’s not just a phrase used by parents to get their children to eat wholesome foods; it’s a fact. To keep ill-health at bay, then, you should eat as healthfully as possible.

To keep your brain ticking over nicely, you should eat:

  • Blueberries: They can fight off memory problems
  • Pumpkin seeds: They can help to relieve stress caused by critical thinking
  • Broccoli: It can keep the brain’s cognitive function stimulated, which then contributes to fend off the signs of early offset dementia

To keep your immune system strong enough to fend off ill-health, you should pack your diet with:

If you want to stop ill-health from having an impact on your everyday life, you need to put the advice laid out above into practice.


What is an Industrial Illness?

December 8, 2018

An industrial illness is a condition that is brought about by specific workplace-related dangers. A person contracts such an illness as the result of them being too exposed to the occupational hazards of their particular job. The severity of the condition is entirely dependant on the risk itself, as well as the aftercare that is on offer on site.

Types of occupational hazards

Occupational hazards are brought about by the specific work that is carried out in the industry. More specifically, any number of industrial actions or substances can cause an industrial illness, from using a vibrating tool for too long to handling materials, such as dust, too often. The most common hazards are those that are borough about by asbestos. It is for this reason why it is handled and regulated with the utmost care and professionalism at all times.

Other types of occupational hazards include:

  • Hand dermatitis

Workers who make frequent contact with water are those who are most likely to contract hand dermatitis. Other workers at risk are those who frequently come into direct contact with chemicals deemed to be harsh (this includes soaps and perfumes). This is thanks to something known as irritant contact dermatitis, and it can be very painful for those who suffer it. Typically, symptoms include hot, sore, scaly and itchy skin that cracks and bubbles. When infected by the bacteria known as Staphylococcus, hand dermatitis can also cause the skin to crust and ooze.

  • Industrial deafness

Industrial deafness is a condition that impacts most people who work or have worked in a loud environment; it is officially defined as being ‘the gradual deterioration of one’s hearing as a result of them being overly exposed to noise levels that reach or exceed 90 decibels.’

Symptoms of this incredibly severe industrial illness include a constant ringing, hissing, or buzzing noise in the ears, and, in the worst case scenario, complete deafness.

  • Work-related upper limb disorders

Commonly known as WRULDs, this specific type of musculoskeletal disorder impacts the upper part of the human body (torso up) and is frequently caused by repeated exposure to vibration. Typically, it is road workers who are most in danger of being stricken with this plight, thanks mainly to the fact that they often use drills and other similar devices.

What to do if you suffer an industrial illness

If you think that you are currently suffering from an industrial illness or have done in the past, then you need to get started on your claiming process. There are no two ways about it, yes, your job may entail you having to face occupational hazards daily, but your superiors should also offer you the utmost protection against them. It’s your bosses fault if you become the victim of such a risk, not yours. For this reason, you should have no qualms in getting in touch with a solicitor who is an expert in this field; such a professional can be found at They will work tirelessly by your side to ensure your industrial injury doesn’t cause you any more damage than it has done already by getting you the financial compensation you are owed.

Now that you are aware of the plight that is the industrial illness, you can set about trying to avoid contracting one at all costs. It means, quite simply, if you don’t feel that you are being provided with enough protection, make sure to tell your boss. If they don’t listen, tell them again.