If you asked people if they shop online only a decade ago, most of them would say that they don’t. If you asked the same question today, you would get a very different reply. A majority of people shops online today, or has done so at least once. You can buy almost everything online and most shops have their online stores nowadays. There are still those who prefer to go to the actual store and see the merchandise for themselves, but many prefer to order stuff with just a few clicks. There is some stuff you should be careful about when shopping online, though.
Here’s are some quick tips on what you should and what you shouldn’t do:
1. Always shop over a secure network. Never use public wifi to shop as you will have to log into your account and give your credit card numbers. Doing so over public wifi makes you an easy target for information and credit card thefts.
2. Check your credit card bills and online shopping accounts regularly. By reviewing your accounts regularly, you will quickly see if there were any unauthorized purchases and you will be able to act on time.
3. If the deal is too good to be true, it’s not true. There are many pages on social networking websites that have great deals. There are also many of them who will give you awful merchandise. Shop smart. Check the reviews and always check what others are writing about the page. If the page is relatively new, be even more careful.
4. When you pay with your tablet or smartphone, make sure to carefully read what kind of access the app you are paying through needs; if you don’t agree with permissions, don’t use it.
5. Always give your real name when making accounts. If you feel uncomfortable about it, it’s best you don’t shop online at all. If you give a fake name and your account is compromised, you won’t be able to retrieve it.
Ever wondered how some people become good conversationalists and have their audience enthralled at parties? The secret to having a good conversation is simple: Be interested in the other person(s). People who talk about themselves all the time are terribly boring. But how do you start a conversation without talking about yourself?
First, you can find something that you can compliment. If you are a party guest and you are talking to the host, compliment the host for the food, the furniture, or the home. If you’re talking to another guest, particularly a woman, you can compliment her on her dress or on her hairstyle. A compliment is always a great conversation starter. People usually light up when they are praised. However, be sure that your compliment is sincere.
However, you can’t always find something to compliment about. At times, giving a compliment can be awkward. The next best thing you can do is ask people about their hobbies. If you can find someone who has the same hobby as you do, you can trade tips and secrets. If the person’s hobby is unfamiliar to you, try to be interested and ask questions.
Travel is another favorite conversation topic at parties. If someone has been to a vacation recently, you can ask the person about the places he or she has been to. You can ask about the best places to go and the sights to see.
Avoid hot-button topics such as politics and religion. Many conversations become heated arguments because of these. Never talk about family troubles and other private issues. There’s no place for drama at parties. Money is another subject that can make a person uncomfortable, so never initiate a conversation about money. It is also in bad taste to talk about anybody’s weight especially when there is a lot of food at the party. Don’t be a party pooper!
Making the other person feel good is the key to a good conversation. Think less about yourself and more about the other person. You have to be interested to be interesting. This guy’s got a good video on the subject:
If you are a bit chubby and want to develop a lean, muscular physique, you might be wondering if dieting would help when you are trying to sculpt your body. You need to get rid of your body fat so that your muscles would become well-defined.
One of the ways to get rid of your body fat is by decreasing your caloric intake. This might seem to be the right thing to do. However, the opposite may be true. Your muscles need calories to grow bigger.
Weight lifting promotes muscle gain and the calories you take in will boost your body’s energy and support the growth of muscle tissues. Muscle growth requires energy and our body gets energy from calories. Thus, it goes without saying that too much dieting will make you lose muscle mass. It will simply make you thin, but not muscular.
The key to developing a lean, muscular body is not eating less, but eating right. A good diet for body builders consists of 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 20% good fats. Body builders consume complex carbohydrates and they steer clear of refined carbs such as white sugar and white flour. They eat small and frequent meals. To keep their metabolism from getting used to a certain caloric level, their caloric intake is cycled which means there are days when they have a high-calorie diet and days when they eat less calories.
So if you want to go from chunky to hunky, decreasing your caloric intake may not always be a good idea especially when you lift heavy weights. Your body needs calories to grow muscles. You may not need to eat less; you simply need to eat the proper food in proper amounts at the proper time.
Planning a baby shower isn’t really hard when you know exactly what you need to do. But first, let us discuss who should host the party. Traditionally, anybody can throw a baby shower except the baby’s parents and their close relatives. Why? Because when someone close to the baby throws a shower, it looks as though that person is asking for gifts. However, it’s really up to you and your social circle. You can ditch tradition if no one really cares about it.
Of course, baby showers are held after the conception and before the child is born. However, it’s always prudent to hold the baby shower toward the end of the pregnancy. Pregnancies aren’t usually announced until the first trimester is over. Four to six weeks before the due date is fine. Besides, a baby shower seems more real when the mother’s baby bump is already conspicuous.
Baby showers are traditionally for women only. However, nowadays, the dads are now included. The father as well as the uncles and other male relatives are happily anticipating the coming of the baby, so why not include them as well?
When planning to consider a baby shower, you need to choose theme. Although it’s not really a strict requirement, it will make it easier for you to decide on the decorations and other elements of the party. Plus, it can be fun for guests.
You also need to serve some food. Consider the time of the day, the budget, and how formal or informal you want the party to be.
Baby showers should be fun and entertaining. You can arrange games and fun activities at the party. For instance, you can provide squares of fabric so that your guests can sew a quilt together during the shower. The guests can write their messages for the baby on their respective squares.
A baby shower isn’t complete without gifts. However, the guests might end up giving the same gifts to the expectant mother. Having a baby shower registry can be a good idea. Some people are concerned that this could make the baby shower look like an occasion to ask for gifts. You can remedy this by keeping the registry information out of the printed invitation and simply letting the guests know about the registry when they RSVP.