Engagement Rings and The Stars

Engagement Rings and The Stars

Whether we like it or not current trends in engagement rings say bigger is so much better. Just have a look at what style engagement rings celebrities are choosing. And of course what’s good for them is good for the rest of us.
J Lo’s engagement to Ben Flick also started an interesting trend of consumers seeking out pink diamonds. In no other time in history have pink diamonds been as popular as right after J Lo placed that pink diamond engagement ring on her finger.
Do any of you remember Marilyn Monroe sexily purring “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend?” Do you have any idea what that did the engagement ring market.
Guys are still paying for that statement. Sure back in the 50s women knew it wouldn’t be sensible to wear such a large engagement ring but that didn’t mean a gal couldn’t yearn for it.
Today a women wouldn’t feel in the least bit guilty about wearing such a diamond, in fact there are many a women that judge how well they are loved by the size of the rock they are wearing because they “know” what Marilyn knew, that “diamonds are infact a girls best friend.”
When we see the engagement rings worn by stars like Madonna or Catherine Zeta-Jones we take notice and their choices influence the trends that follow. Celebrities are the leaders in setting fashion and jewelry trends.
Madonna with her Edwardian engagement ring and Catherine Zeta-Jones’s antique styled 10 carat diamond ring has revived the desire to own a beautiful antique engagement ring. In fact it’s one of the hottest engagement ring styles in 20 years.
The size of the diamonds in current styles has also grown from the average one carat to over three carats. That’s a pretty big rock that’s going to set you back a bit. But girls know they deserve it!
If you aren’t sure whether bigger is better than have a look at the jewels at this years Oscars which are said to total over $50 million dollars in value. Wonder how many vaults it took to keep those locked up for the night?
With bling being the in thing one has to stop and wonder how the heck normal average working guys plan to pay for these rings. When their fiancés are asked the standard answer is “doesn’t matter I’m worth it.
That’s great if your guy is earning a 6 figure salary but wait what if he’s not. What if he’s joe average living from pay day to pay day. What should he do move into the bush and give up his home, perhaps take up walking and sell his car?
Wait guys maybe you can get away with a really good quality cubic zirconia. No guarantees but it might be worth a try. Most of the high end ones can only be identified by a quality jeweler. Then again maybe she won’t care as long as it’s big and impressive.
Okay girls lets be real here. Dreaming and lusting for that big 5 carat rock is just fine. No problem with dreaming, but when it comes time for your man to buy that ring remember that the ring is not what you are marrying so perhaps it’s time to consider the quality and quantity of the husband to be rather than the ring.
Big diamond or little diamond it doesn’t matter as long as the two of you are blissfully happy. Let the celebrities wear their big diamonds and let them sparkle and shine in the lime light. It doesn’t matter because you got your man! That’s what counts!

Costa Rica Music

Costa Rica Music

The diverse culture of Costa Rica with mix of African, European, and native expressions has much to say about Costa Rica music. This variety of mixes has lent well to a varying range of musical tastes and trends. Although Costa Rica music scene has not been acclaimed internationally, the country’s well-liked genres include a native calypso scene with an addition of flourishing disco audience that thrives mainly in the nightclubs of San José, Costa Rica’s capital.

Like many other Central American countries and abroad, British and American pop music, and rock and roll, are a favorite among the younger crowds. Also popular are the dance-based genres such as marcado, merengue, salsa, cumbia, lambada, and soca. Visitors sometimes stagger across Costa Rica music of famous folk dances such as the Tamborito, Cambute, and Botijuela.

Costa Rica music on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast has been strongly influenced by African where music is based on intricate percussion rhythms such as the singkit. This folk music is the African musical tradition that includes types resulting from Afro-Caribbean music such as the calypso, rumba, and of course the reggae.

The marimba is a popular instrument throughout Costa Rica and other Central American countries. The country’s official national dance is the Punto Guanacasteco and it’s no accident that the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is home to most of the well-known folk traditions. Guanacaste is also known as the center of folk music in Costa Rica, where songs of tradition such as the “Pampa”, “Amor de Temporado”, “Luna Liberiana”, and “De la cane se hace el guaro” are also famous throughout the country.

The night life in Costa Rica hums with live music that varies from the traditional Latin rhythms, to pop music at the local discotecas, to the classical symphonies at the National Theater. The foundation of native Costa Rica music is the Africa-derived, xylophone style instrument, the marimba. The Atlantic coast night air is filled with the sounds of reggae beats, steel drums, and other Caribbean instruments.

There are several types of music that you can listen to when you’re in Costa Rica. Some of the great places to go for live Costa Rica music classics are the National Symphony Orchestra, Una Hora de Musica, The Costa Rican-North America Cultural Center, and the Alliance Francaise. For those who want to listen to jazz, the Goethe Institute, Liverpool Music Hall, and the Shakespeare Gallery are the places you should go to. For Latin music lovers, the Chavetas Tavern, Balcones, Cocoloco, Los Andes, and Las Esmeralda are the best choices. For rock, reggae, Caribbean, and other, the El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte (“The Cuartel”), Parrilladas, and Liverpool is where you should be. And for those looking for a bit of twist on Costa Rica music where music is blended with spoken words and poetry called the Peñas, the La Rayula, Baleares, Tablado, and the Shakespeare Bar are the places you should not miss.

Touring the World Of Harry Potter

Touring the World Of Harry Potter

Of course, everyone knows Harry Potter and his world of wizards and magic doesn’t really exist. Hogwarts and all it’s characters Hogwarts was created by J. K. Rowling in her fantasy series.
But, they had to shoot the movies somewhere, right? So, if your kids (or you, for that matter) are big Potter fans, and your travels are going to take you to London, why not go looking for the real life that helped depict the mythical Harry Potter?
Start in Central London, at Kings Cross Station. You can walk right up to platforms 9A and 9B, and just imagine there’s a platform 9 and 3/4 between them.
The scene where Harry releases the snake from it’s cage was filmed at the London Zoo.
Next stop: North Yorkshire, and the train station in Hogsmeade Village, admirably portrayed in the movies by Goathland Station. Their website lists a variety of other TV shows and movies that have filmed there as well.
Hogwarts, the school of wizardry, is actually a combination of several locations across the UK and some movie sets as well:
* Alnwick Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Northumberland and the second largest castle in England, served as the Hogwarts exterior in the first two movies.
* 1300 year old Gloucester Cathedral provided several interiors.
* The medeieval village of Lacock and Lacock Abbey provided more of the Hogwarts indoor scenes.
* The massive Hogwarts Library is actually a combination of Duke Humfrey’s Library and the Divinity School at Oxford University.
* And the Great Hall of Oxford’s largest college, Christ Church, is Hogwarts’ principal stand-in.

All of these places have web sites listing their availability for tourism and attractions. So, the next time you’re in England, why not try to chase down Harry Potter’s stomping grounds…?

Wedding Toast Guide

Wedding Toast Guide

Standing in front of friends and relatives speaking your wedding toast can be a nerve-wrenching experience. You worry that you will stammer and stutter, or worse get so nervous that everyone will be able to hear the shakiness in your voice. Preparation is the key to relieving yourself of some of this nervousness. As far as what you say, that is a bit trickier. In a mixed crowd (namely one that includes your parents and in-laws), you know that your wedding toast needs to meet a certain standard. There are no rules to follow to create a memorable wedding toast, but as long as your wedding toast includes humor, sentiment, and is an enjoyable length and pace, it will go over well with your guests.

All Jokes Aside
It’s true that humor can break the ice and help you to feel more at ease about presenting your wedding toast, however, don’t just throw out jokes. Is there a story about you and your significant other that has a humorous ending? These go over much better than what you might find in a joke book. If you decide to tell a personal story, check with your significant other to make sure it is acceptable. One thing that can definitely ruin a wedding toast is the look of embarrassment or anger on your mate’s face.

Tell Them How You Feel
Showing public sentiment is typically more difficult for men. So just by adding a bit of emotion to a wedding toast will go over well for the groom. You don’t have to make it very deep. Just a few words that show your guests how you feel about your mate are sufficient. Mystery is a good element to couple with emotion when giving your toast. By hinting at something that is only known to you and your mate also makes the toast romantic.

Keep it Moving
You know how you’re talking to someone and you have the urge to finish their statements for them because they take the round about way to say something? Don’t do this with your wedding toast. This is the fastest way to lose your guests and to slow down the reception. It is a good idea to practice your toast several times. Memorize it if that helps.

Keep it Short
A wedding toast is a speech, but a SHORT one. You don’t want to put people to sleep or worse, have people leaving the ceremony. Practice the toast beforehand and make sure that it is no longer than a few minutes.

Celebrity Social – Gossip and Scandal is Everywhere!

Celebrity Social – Gossip and Scandal is Everywhere!

Gossip and scandal are everywhere when it comes to stars and celebrities around the world. And no matter how much you deny that you don’t pay attention to celebrity news, how often do you find yourself joining in a hot discussion at work or around the dinner table? Keeping your eye on the stars is one way to amuse yourself and keep smiling.

Not many people can resist a bit of gossip about the celebrities that make the news. Award ceremonies are a great way to see what everyone is wearing and how bad or good they look wearing it. Watching a popular starlet stumble her way to the podium wearing an unflattering dress can lead to weeks of gossip about what not to wear when the cameras are hot and ready. Magazines are filled with the latest fashion mistakes that the stars make when they venture out into public places.

Celebrity relationships continue to baffle most of us. What makes motion picture stars such as Brad Pitt leave one relationship for another? Celebrity gossip has followed Mr. Pitt as he baffles the media with his behavior. The scandal of celebrity relationships gone wrong is always at the forefront of the news, covering the pages of serious newspapers all the way to gossip magazines that line the shelves at the grocery store.

Stars range from movie starlets such as Meg Ryan to music icons such as Madonna. Society loves to follow their actions whether they are performing in front of a camera or on stage. And when these stars are caught at their worst, even more gossip hits that media.

Celebrity news and gossip can be found in magazines, on the radio, and on the television screen. Gossip is a great way to take a break from the more serious news that is found both locally and around the world. As a society we like to follow the actions of those people we see in the media light. After all, do you really want to miss out seeing the next outrageous outfit that Paris Hilton is going to wear?

Using Your Computer To Share Music

Using Your Computer To Share Music

These days people use their home computers for just about everything you can think of. This includes the ability to share music. One of the easiest and most efficient software programs for sharing music is called Acquisition and it is compatible with the Macintosh. You can download and upload music at the same time. There is a rating system so you can feel confident sharing music with those you don’t know but have good feedback.

Acquisition is a free program that you can access, but you will have to learn to accept the various advertising messages. It is really worth it though because it is one of the very best programs out there for sharing music. The files have been verified so you don’t have to worry about receiving or sending out any type of virus when you are using Acquisition to access music on your computer.

Most people who access music online are familiar with iTunes, and Acquisition is also compatible with it. I use them both to play music while on my computer or when I am having a party. Even my children are able to access the music library and listen to what they want from these two programs.

When you have a large library of music stored on your computer it can become difficult to locate particular songs. The best program for this is known as Azureus because it allows you to share various types of files. I generally use Acquisition when I want to access new music and then switch to Azureus when I want to find a particular song or those songs by a particular artist.

I can tell you with confidence that these are among the best programs available for sharing music. I have tried most of them out there to see what they have to offer but these stand out from the rest. Even Napster and Limewire just don’t measure up. You may want to try them all out for yourself but I am positive you will get the same results as I have.

The issue of sharing music on your computer comes with some issues that you need to be aware of. Watch out for those who want to share the music you have paid for and have to offer but they don’t give anything back in return. You also need to be careful not to step on any toes. There are controversial issues right now about the copyright laws for music. Make sure you only share music that you have paid for.

Characteristic Of A Gifted Child

Characteristic Of A Gifted Child

Since it is widely agreed upon in the educational and child development communities that early recognition of the characteristics of a gifted child, is a key factory in successfully developing the child, it is important for the parent to have at least a general understanding of these gifted characteristics.
First of all in order to be classified as a gifted child, the child must have the ability to perform at a level that is significantly beyond other children of like age. O.K. So, for a parent, what might this look like or what should I look for in my child?
The following are some guidelines to help your awareness when it comes to recognizing the characteristics of a gifted child. Keep in mind that there are varying levels of giftedness, as you view the guidelines.
Cognitive Skills (thinking or though processing)
Ability to master new skills with extraordinary speed.
A deeper knowledge than other children the same age.
Extraordinary memory and recall of events, facts, and/or figures.
Advanced creativity and ability to improvise.
Acute alertness to their surroundings.
Advanced or more complex sense of humor.
Learning Patterns
Great and constant curiosity along with high level of motivation to learn.
As a result of the previous, being bored easily if not challenged
Advanced ability to stay focused or lengthy attention span. Even with more difficult topics.
Advance organizational or planning skills.
Advance logic and problem solving skills.
Speech and Language
Well developed word vocabulary and language compared to children of the same age.
Creative uses of words and sentence structure and again, sense of humor.
Ability to adapt their use of the language to a given level to fit the situation.
Ability to understand and carry out complex instructions.
General advanced ability in reading, writing, and working with numbers.
Social
Sensitivity to other’s feelings
Use of their advance language skills to resolve conflict or debate.
Organize and direct behavior of other children (may seem bossy to other children).
Many times will feel more ‘at home’ with older children.
May have high expectations of themselves (and others) that can lead to frustration and even anger.
Other
A generally high aptitude for logical problems, games, puzzles, or any type of problem solving or activity that requires creative thinking and reaction.
Final Note: Although these characteristics of a gifted child may provide you with some initial insight and understanding, it is important to seek a formal assessment of your child in this area if you feel that your child exhibits several of these characteristics.

Celebrity Sedu Hair Styles – From Paris Hilton Sedu Hairstyles To Emma Watson Sedu Hairstyles

Celebrity Sedu Hair Styles – From Paris Hilton Sedu Hairstyles To Emma Watson Sedu Hairstyles

Celebrity sedu hairstyles are everywhere and you only need to open up a magazine to see pictures of sedu hairstyles but do you really know how the celebrities are achieving these great looks?

From Paris Hilton sedu hairstyles to Emma Watson sedu hairstyles, all the famous celebrities are now sporting this seasons hottest looks and they are getting them thanks to the revolutionary new sedu hair straightening iron and of course their own personal stylists. Of course for the ordinary person you can achieve your very own celebrity sedu hairstyles from the comfort of your own home just by following some very simple tips and guidelines.

Achieving Celebrity Sedu Hairstyles

If you want to successful achieve Paris Hilton sedu hairstyles or even Emma Watson sedu hairstyles then the first thing you will need to do is purchase a sedu hair straightening iron. These are not the same as your basic hair iron and will cost you a little more, but let’s face it, for celebrity sedu hairstyles they really are worth it and so much easier to use than standard models.

The next thing you will need to do is learn a few of the celebrity sedu hairstyles secrets and these include washing and drying your hair before using your hair straightener and applying styling tonic from root to ends. You will also need to style your hair in sections beginning with the bottom section and working your way to the top. This not only ensures the perfect celebrity sedu hairstyles but also gives a longer lasting hold.

To finish your look whether its Paris Hilton sedu hairstyles or Emma Watson sedu hairstyles you will need to add a small amount of finishing wax to your hair. This should be smoothed along the outside of your hair and only a very small amount is needed to finish your look.

So there you have it, the way to celebrity sedu hairstyles without having to pay huge stylist fees.

A Fine Piano Music Box Is A Work Of Art

A Fine Piano Music Box Is A Work Of Art

Music boxes have always come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small enough to fit in your hand, while others are designed to hold jewelry, and still others are large enough to stand alone like a piece of furniture. Wood, metal, glass, and stone; jewelry boxes are familiar to all of us. Equally familiar is the musical jewelry box. In fact, it is almost rare to see one without the other. A piano music box is another variation on that theme, and what a unique and intriguing variation it is!

A piano music box is exactly that; a music box shaped like a piano. But its appeal extends well beyond its familiar shape and the songs it plays. Some piano music boxes are simple enough; the least expensive models are often just a standard music box inside a case that resembles a piano. And like many other music boxes, they often have room to hold trinkets and jewelry. But it is the expensive, hand crafted models that are so unique and interesting, they have to be seen to be believed.

Often imported from Europe, a hand crafted piano music box is a work of art. Hand carved, hand-painted, and inlaid with rare stones, piano music boxes can often cost hundreds of dollars or more. The lids of these miniature grand pianos lift and reveal the musical movement, which is the heart of the musical instrument, just like a real baby grand. The musical movement on a piano music box is just as impressive as the case in which it sits.

A high quality piano music box can be custom ordered with a musical movement that fits your needs. A basic musical movement might be capable of playing eighteen notes, and that would allow a piano music box that is outfitted with that movement to play simple songs that are short in duration. As you progress in price in sophistication, the musical possibilities become greater and greater. The most expensive musical movements are capable of up to one-hundred and forty-four notes. This allows a piano music box to play intricate songs that last much longer than the more basic movements allow. Naturally, the list of available songs becomes quite long when your piano music box is outfitted with the finest musical movements.

A piano music box is something that is sure to bring joy to its owner, and it is equally likely to be passed down as a family heirloom. Its ultimate appeal lies in the fact that it is so much like its full sized counterpart. Its beautiful woodwork and beautiful sound make a piano music box more than just a music box; it is a work of art.