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Easy Saver Complaint Free Diaper Pail For Home Safety and Savings

The birth of a new baby is a magical time that can bring together a family like no other. From the first news of the pregnancy preparations begin. The happy parents to be begin purchasing the needed supplies and equipment, as well as decorating and preparing their home in anticipation of the new arrival.

As the shopping and planning begins another phase also often starts; many families must begin financial preparations for this exciting stage of their life. The fact is that a new birth can be very expensive, not only are there medical costs to consider, but time off from work, and all the things needed to take care of the baby. It’s not surprising that many expecting parents look for Easy Saver programs to help with some of these expenses. While the baby’s health and safety is first priority, the high cost of the equipment and supplies is not far from a new parent’s mind. Perhaps that is why the Easy saver complaint free diaper pail for home safety and savings has become a top seller so quickly – it addresses all needs.

It’s true that the news of a pregnancy can put new parents to be into a tailspin. For those that live in small apartments, a move may be necessary. For some that drive sports cars or trucks, a new vehicle may be in the near future. But for many, the simple act of gathering baby supplies, safe-proofing the home, and decorating can be much more than simple. The reality is that none of these things are cheap to do and in today’s world a new expense can seem overwhelming – especially if it is unexpected.

Finding the necessary baby supplies at a bargain price is not always easy – in fact, other than diapers, it is almost impossible to find these items offered at a special price or offer. That is why the EasySaver diaper pail is so outstanding. It is made in a fashion to eliminate accidental tip-overs. This pail is made to be easy to open with one hand and the non-tip feature will keep it upright even if it gets knocks about.

This quality diaper pail also comes with its own deodorizing disk – which means that the nursery can be kept odor-free even if there are diapers in the pail. Babies are sensitive to smells and this simple feature can make the nursery smell better and it will be a healthier environment for baby.

The EZ Saver feature of the diaper pail continues with the liners. Most diaper pails use special, expensive pail-sized liners that usually have to be ordered from the manufacturer. This pail is sized to use regular kitchen trash bags. With so many advantages offered by this EasySaver diaper pail it is not surprising that new parents are asking this manufacturer to create an entire line of baby products, all with quality, safety, and health features.

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Cash Strapped Learners turning to Driving School of Mum and Dad

•Over one in ten learner drivers (12%) taught solely by amateur instructors

•Further one in ten (13%) mix and match by taking lessons with a qualified driving instructor and family and friends

•72% of learners being taught by amateurs cannot afford professional driving lessons

•17% say learning to drive with a family member or friend is a ‘bad experience’ – they would not recommend it to other learners

•The downside of learning with family and friends: ‘in-car’ arguments (46%), picking up bad driving habits (27%) and finally feeling forced to take proper driving lessons with a qualified instructor anyway (46%)

•At risk: over a quarter of novices (27%) learning with family and friends are unsure whether their instructor checked their car insurance first – (7%) say that they definitely didn’t.

Learner drivers are increasingly turning to amateur instructors to combat the costs of learning to drive, according to new research from uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service. Learning to drive with a qualified instructor now costs an average of GBP1,127, but over one in ten learner drivers (12%) are avoiding this by being taught solely by family and friends, while a further 13% mix and match by combining amateur tuition with professional driving lessons.

Of those who have opted for the ‘home-schooled’ route, 72% say that the main reason for doing so was affordability – 62% cannot afford to pay for lessons themselves, while 10% admit that their parents cannot afford to pay either.

However while it appears to be cost effective, taking lessons with amateur instructors can turn into a dead end for learners. Almost one in five (17%) say that learning to drive with a member of their family or a friend was a bad experience and not to be recommended to others. The biggest concerns were ‘in-car’ arguments (46%) and picking up bad driving habits (27%). Worryingly, 18% of novices learning from a friend or relative even ended up having a ‘bump’ due to the vehicle’s lack of dual control. Unsurprisingly then, 46% of learners who start off taking lessons from amateurs end up taking proper driving lessons with a qualified instructor anyway.

According to the research, learning from family or friends can result in behaviour that is far from conducive to learning and could even make novice drivers more nervous behind the wheel. Almost a quarter (22%) have been shouted or even sworn at by the relative or friend teaching them, 22% have also had the wheel grabbed by their teacher and 30% have had the unsettling experience of seeing their teacher stamping on an imaginary brake. Amateur instructors also don’t seem to have the nerves or patience of their professional counterparts – 16% of novices have been evicted from the driving seat.

But learner drivers turning to family and friends for tuition aren’t just risking failing a driving test. They also risk not being properly insured. Over a quarter of novices (27%) learning with amateurs are unsure whether the person teaching them checked their car insurance policy first. Incredibly, 7% say that their instructor definitely didn’t check despite the fact that, when teaching a friend or relative to drive, the learner must at least be a named driver.

Adding a 17 year old with a provisional licence to your car insurance can cost an additional GBP1,360. This drops to an extra GBP331 if they are 21 and GBP48 if they are 25 years old. However, driving without insurance is a criminal offence, attracting a heavy fine and six penalty points.

Mark Monteiro, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, comments: “Learner drivers are increasingly seeking to keeps costs down by relying on ‘freebie’ tuition from family and friends. This can be cost effective, but not always as straightforward as it seems. Taking a stressful situation and adding in arguments, bad behaviour and family friction can mean it becomes a nightmare for all involved. Amateur instructors are also likely to miss vital parts of the picture, such as making sure the learner is insured to drive the vehicle they are learning in – this could have serious and long lasting consequences for all involved.

“Learners need to ensure that the family member teaching them is at least 21 years old, holds a full licence and has held one for at least three years. The person teaching them must also ensure that the learner holds a provisional licence and is insured on the vehicle they are learning to drive in. Insurers will not pay out if an uninsured learner driver is involved in an accident, even if the relative teaching them is covered. Driving without insurance is also a criminal offence and can result in a heavy fine and six penalty points – a disastrous outcome for those simply trying to keep the cost of learning down.”

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Santa Letters Expose Santa Has Real Mouse Helpers!

In a recent interview about the handling of Santa letters, Santa himself revealed a long kept secret. Mice help organize and maintain the many letters received at the North Pole. This news is shocking because it is the elves that have long been given credit for helping Santa with every detail of the Christmas preparation.

Santa Claus disclosed in an interview with the North Pole Gazette that Christmas letters begin pouring into his mailbox as early as September every year. Santa said that he realized he could not keep track of the gazillions of letters by himself, and he stressed that he did not want to overlook even one of those carefully crafted notes. Santa said that his elves are too busy making toys to assist with such a task so he had to be innovative in finding helpers.

As he looked around the North Pole he thought about the many animals that live there. It’s true that birds and fish often help with the delivery of the santa letters but they live outdoors, Santa needed help after the letters arrived, after they are in his house. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning Santa thought about the thousands of mice that live with him and Mrs. Claus. The fact is that the mice like to stay indoors, where it is warm and cozy. And they are always asking what they can do to help out, but in the past it seemed their size kept them from being very helpful at all. However, even a little mouse can help organize mail.

Santa immediately set out to teach his mice how to organize the mail in a way that would expedite the entire system. Santa and Mrs. Claus labeled baskets for each of the various countries and for each type of animal. All the mice had to do was place each letter in the appropriate basket. This meant that a santa letter from a dog would go into the dog basket and a letter from a rabbit into the rabbit basket, and so on.

Hailei Corin, is Santa’s little public relations guru and she states “Santa can now insure that everyone that sends a letter to him will receive personalized letters from santa. It seems this has eased Santa’s mind immensely as he shared one of his greatest worries in the past was that he would somehow miss a few letters, and children somewhere waiting for letters from santa would be disappointed”.

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Report Says Breast Surgery Still Top Of The Ops

The Harley Medical Group has reported a rise in breast augmentation surgery, which maintains its title as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure requested by women. The increase has been driven by a boom in post baby surgery with mums now accounting for 60% of all breast augmentation patients.

Angela Fry, 38, from Maidenhead had a breast augmentation after she had her fourth child. She said: “After each birth my shape changed dramatically and my breasts sagged and lost their shape completely. For me, having a breast augmentation wasn’t about getting bigger breasts but getting them back to the shape and size that was right for my figure. Having the surgery has made me feel more feminine and given me much more confidence in myself.”

Breast augmentation surgery was first performed in 1895 and is today the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure for women. During the procedure an incision is made in the crease of the underside of the breast and the implant is inserted into a pocket created by the surgeon. The result is fuller and more evenly shaped breasts. The treatment takes around one hour to perform and a general anaesthetic will be administered to the patient.

Breast reduction is popular surgical option for women wanting to achieve more proportionally sized breasts Breast reduction surgery usually takes three hours to complete, depending on the size of the breasts. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, and patients stay in hospital for one to two nights. Breast reduction patients are required to wear a supportive bra for up to three months to keep the breasts well supported whilst healing takes place and ensure the best possible results.

About The Harley Medical Group
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non-surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets, such as Aesthera PPx, breast enlargement, laser hair removal, breast uplift, silk touch laser, collagen for lines and wrinkles. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the group’s fully trained and specialised plastic surgeons, doctors and treatment nurses.

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Tracesmart, The People Search Experts, Celebrate Tenth Birthday

The popular online people search providers are celebrating 10 years in tracing. Tracesmart has over this period been instrumental in reuniting thousands of families and friends, and is now one of the UK’s leading online people tracing facilities.

The company was established in Cardiff in 1999 by a group of professional tracers and genealogists; specialists in the art of people tracing. To mark the anniversary, Tracesmart are offering ten free credits to their newsletter subscribers, providing the opportunity to help them kick start their search for missing friends and relatives.

The Tracesmart website offers visitors the ability to search through over 200 million electoral roll entries dating from 2003 through to today. The people location tool utilises monthly rolling register updates, ensuring customers conducting an online search are able to access the most accurate data available. This month the register provided 70,000 amendments, invaluable to users performing a people or address search. The recent update will assist those who may have tried the system before, but didn’t find the information they were looking for.

Over the years, Tracesmart has amassed a considerable amount of data. In addition to the electoral roll, Tracesmart holds the General Register Office data for every birth, death and marriage registered in the UK between 1984 and 2005; again an invaluable tracing resource. Sarah Lawrence, Tracesmart’s Customer Services Manager commented. “It’s extremely satisfying that we are able to help reunite so many friends and families, especially when the customer considered the search impossible. Some of the reunion stories are quite poignant; many of which have subsequently featured on TV and in the press.”

The company has grown significantly over the past five years, and the online people search website has seen visitor numbers vastly increase as more and more people attempt to find relatives and friends. Mike Trezise, the company’s Managing Director and driving force, commented, “The past ten years has been a fantastic journey, technology has changed our work beyond recognition. It really has moved for ward and the future is looking even better as we aim to make tracing even easier.”

About Tracesmart
Sarah Lawrence boasts over 17 years experience in the field of customer services and satisfaction. In her role at UK Certificates, she ensures the smooth day to day running of certificate fulfilment and customer enquiries.

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Clinique Launches New, Limited Edition Bamboo Pink Make Up Collection

The Bamboo Pink Collection f r o m Clinique is inspired by the wearable and subtly seductive hue Bamboo Pink, one of Clinique’s best-selling lipstick shades. Featuring a range of classic, best-selling products together with several new, limited edition make up treats, The Bamboo Pink Collection is the must-have make up kit to get a glow this summer.

Exclusive f r o m Clinique at Debenhams and online at clinique.co.uk, The Bamboo Pink Collection is being launched for summer 2009 and contains ten summer make up essentials. This includes; Lipstick, an Allover Colour Face Powder Compact, Long-Last Glosswear SPF 15 Lip Gloss, a Cabana Blush Quad, a Bamboo Pink Blush Brush, a Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, a Cream Shaper Eye Liner, a Quickliner Lip Liner and a Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black.

The new look features a natural pink lip available in a choice of two best-selling lipstick formulas; Long Last or Butter Shine, complimented by Long Last Glosswear SPF15 and Quickliner for Lips to help lipstick stay put. The subtle lip is accentuated by beautiful warm browns and muted pinks on the eye with the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Cream Shaper for Eyes. An allover, soft luminous glow for the face is created using the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour Powder Compact and a new, limited edition Cabana Blush Quad. To finish the look, Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black lengthens, glosses and enhances lashes ensuring they stay silky and flake-free.

Adding further dimension to this collection is the beautifully crafted ‘bamboo’ packaging featured on select items within the collection.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Ophthalmologist Tested. Non-Comodegenic.

Exclusively available to Clinique counters in Debenhams and Online at clinique.co.uk only.

About Clinique
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was f r o m the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products - all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All make up and skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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Salon Produces Video On A Better Haircutting Experience For Children Suffering From Autism


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Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S., is very proud to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Autism Speaks. This partnership has produced the publication of a nine-page “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet as well as a “Tips For Successful Haircuts” video, which gives both parents as well as Snip-its stylists tips on how to give autistic children a wonderful haircutting experience. A digital version of the “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet and a copy of the video are currently featured on the “Family Services-Community Connections” page of the Autismspeaks.org Web site.

“We are very proud that we can work in conjunction with a great non-profit charity like Autism Speaks,” says Christine Mudd, director of franchise development for Snip-its. “We hope that our booklet and video can help families give children with autism a better experience in the salon.”

The “Haircutting Training Guide” is an easy to read, nine page booklet which was created by Snip-its in conjunction with Autism Speaks and Melmark New England. The booklet outlines tips for both stylists and parents on how to best make haircuts a easy and stress free experience for children suffering from autism and gives stylists tips on how to speak and interact with these children while giving a haircut. The booklet also features a large section of tips for parents on how to alert management and stylists to your child’s individual needs pre-haircut and how to make their child comfortable throughout their haircutting experience.

The “Hair Cutting Tips for Children with Autism” video puts the tips outlined in the “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet into an easy to follow video format. At Snip-its we take pride in giving children the best haircut, and the best experience possible. While a haircut involving a child with autism might be a bit more challenging, by following a few simple steps, we can assure both the child and the parent that they will experience a quick and enjoyable haircutting experience.

Autism is a complex neurological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and effects 1 in 150 individuals. This makes autism more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social lines and affects four times as many boys as it does girls. It impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others and is associated with rigid routines and repetitive behavior. Symptoms can range from very mild to severe and while steps can be taken to make a autistic child more comfortable in society, no known cure is available at this time.

About Snip-its
The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts, is a growing kids franchise designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or to learn more about kids franchise opportunities, visit www.snipits.com or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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Consumer Protection Institute (CPI) Announces DebtResponseâ„¢

Consumer Protection Institute (CPI) announces DebtResponseâ„¢ – its new web-based solution that protects consumers in debt collection. DebtResponseâ„¢ fills the widening communication gap between debt-stressed consumers and third-party debt collectors by enabling rapid, reliable and optimized responses to debt collector communications at low-cost.

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DebtResponse™ removes the embarrassment, confusion, paralysis and confrontations associated with responding to debt collectors–whether demanding they stop contact or challenging collector claims.

“DebtResponse is a timely answer to a growing need, and is aligned with President Obama’s plans to address the United States’ credit card industry and improve the financial health of our citizens. Educational webcasts; an informative blog; and expansion to Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Brazil are in the planning stages.” stated Steven Sussman, President of CPI.

Founded in 2008, Consumer Protection Institute is the leader in web-based response solutions for debt-stressed consumers.

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Gandhi Hurwitz Plans New National Bridal Directory

Baltimore videographer Gandhi Hurwitz noticed that most of his calls for shooting wedding videos were coming in between 11a.m. and 2p.m. each day. An astute observer of industry trends, Hurwitz tracked this one to its source. It turns out more and more brides are planning their weddings online at work, a trend that coincides with the advent of high-speed Internet. Hurwitz, who has been shooting wedding videos since 1989, has parlayed his keen eye and thorough knowledge of the business into a cutting edge, deeply interactive online community for both brides and wedding professionals.

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A tech-savvy, nimble newcomer to the online bridal industry, Hurwitz offers state-of-the-art streaming video uploads to users of his new website, TheBridalGuides. This and other unique, user-friendly services created by Hurwitz’s webmaster, Larry “Fresh” Scott, are reinventing the business model for bridal Bigfoots such as The Knot and Wedding Channel. A bride-to-be can browse thousands of local and national vendors and print online coupons from Hurwitz’s site, all without logging in. With a few clicks, she can register on the site for free and build her own personalized wedding website which her guests can interactively visit. The Bridalguides.com. 

Using the site’s unique BridalTV streaming video, the bride and her fiancé can upload personalized video invitations to their guests. Later, guests can watch the wedding videos online — including video clips uploaded from their own Bluetooth cell phones. (Click on “BridalTV” on Hurwitz’s homepage, TheBridalGuides.com , and watch Will Smith singing at a private wedding shot by Hurwitz’s associate, Visions Unlimited of Baltimore.)

Other click-to-use features include an interactive photo gallery, online RSVP and guest book (guests can leave messages here), gift registry, maps, hotels and city details. The bride can use the site’s ePlanner tools, read articles, and chat in bridal forums. Best of all — the bride and her guests pay nothing for these services.

Where brides go, vendors follow. Having himself been frustrated by the limited interactivity of other bridal websites — having to call an 800 number and play endless phone tag to changes ad postings, for example — Hurwitz says he has tried to create a site he as a wedding professional would want to use. By pricing his vendor services at less than half the cost of higher profile bridal sites, he has made his site “a lot more user-friendly for a lot less money”.

Each vendor has complete, click-to-use control over its personal interactive ad space, including streaming video uploads, photo gallery, unlimited article publishing, coupon generation, and customized search engine placement. All changes can be made online. Vendors can visit the bridal forums as well as vendors’only forums for tech chat.

tBigfoots, look out. Lunch hours aren’t what they used to be for brides-to-be, and the smart money is on TheBridalGuides.com To arrange an interview with Gandhi Hurwitz for more information on this subject contact sale@thebridalguides.com

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Video-copy.com – The New Web Site Of Atlanta’s Video Copy Services (VCS)

Video Copy Services (VCS), an Atlanta-based CD duplication and DVD duplication company is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, video-copy.com. VCS President George Helms says of the new site, “All of us here at VCS are delighted to have a website that gives our new and existing clients a way to plan, budget and execute their upcoming projects in a timely and easy to understand manner. The new quoting and upload tools have already proven to be very popular. We look forward to adding new information and tools that will inform and assist our clients as we add new services and technologies.”

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The new VCS website features the VCS Instant Online Quote Tool, a simple and fast way for users to generate self-service quotes for short-run CD duplication and DVD / Blu-ray duplication jobs. Other new features on VCS include a browser-based uploading page that allows users to submit digital assets electronically and a page that allows VCS clients to make secure online payments via credit card. And as always, video-copy.com offers in-depth information about all of their CD duplication, DVD duplication, video encoding and video format conversion services.

About VCS
Founded in 1984, VCS is a duplication company offering full HD capabilities and a broad range of audio and video services. Since 1997, their focus has been on providing broadcast videotape duplication, CD duplication and DVD duplication services to the commercial, broadcast, business, religious, government and corporate sectors. VCS routinely produces quantities from one to one million copies, and they can work with a broader range of video formats than any video duplication company in the Southeast. An industry leader in video encoding and video transcoding services, VCS can support virtually any standard or high definition video format.

VCS is proud to have served as Turner Broadcasting’s in-house provider of DVD duplication, DVD replication and video transfer services since 2001. They are also a proud recipient of an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Shape Up Your Marriage With Marital Help Fitness Routines That Work Wonders

There are many different things that can cause problems in a marriage. Whether it is because you feel like you are not in love with your spouse anymore or just feel like too much has happened that has made you grow apart. No matter the circumstances there is always time to shape up your marriage.

The latest statistics show that 60% of marriages end in divorce. Not all marriages have to end in divorce. Just like a fitness routine helps you to start getting in the habit of working out and getting in shape so does marriage fitness. There are a lot of ways to help prevent this. You will first want to figure out why you are not happy. Maybe it is from infidelity, boredom, lack of communication or just the lack of appreciation. No matter what the cause of your unhappiness, you want to make things better.

One of the best things that you can do to fix your marriage is to get some marital help. One way to do this is not just getting some counseling but actually whipping your marriage into shape. What I mean by this is that you need to get some steps in place. Most couples start out by trying to get some counseling. This not always works but ends up doing the opposite and puts more stress on the marriage. The reason for this is you start to play the blame game and start pointing out what the other person does and what they have done in the past.

If you are asking yourself; how do I save my marriage? One thing that you might want to look into is marriage fitness. Just like a fitness routine helps you to start getting in the habit of working out and getting in shape so does marriage fitness. The difference is that it helps you to start a routine that helps you get in the habit of communicating better or help you both get out of the rut your marriage might be in.

No matter what the problem is in your marriage you can always start with small steps. One of the best small steps you can make is subscribing to an e-mail marriage service. This is something that will help give you secrets that can help save your marriage.

There are many success stories out there that have sprouted just from taking the first initiative step and signing up for a free e-mail. They then started receiving information on marriage fitness. As a result, their spouses started to realize that their significant other really did care about their marriage and wanted to make things work. Another couple had tried marriage counselor after marriage counselor off and on for four years. They then decided to take another route and found that using marriage fitness helped them accomplish more in a shorter amount of time than 3 marriage counselors were able to do in the whole length of time. It was only when the couple had decided that it was no use and they were throwing in the towel that they found their answer.

Obviously, there is no one thing is going to work for every couple that is having marital problems. More people know what doesn’t work for them than what does. This is why you will want to make sure to take your time and do your research. Make sure that you explore all your options. You will want to make sure that you try a couple of things before you spend thousands of dollars on one thing that ends up being not for you.

The best way to explore your options is to see what services you can get for free to try out. This way you will be able to get an idea of what may work best on how to save your marriage. The best way to do this is by signing up for e-mail marriage services that are going to help you by ideas and tips.

For more information on marriage fitness you can go to http://www.marriagemax.com/tip.asp. Here you will be able to sign up for free marriage help articles and learn how to change your attitude and behavior. Help shape up your marriage by getting the marriage fitness you need.

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Lighterlife Has Announced That It Has Been Nominated For The British Franchise Association (BFA) Franchisor Of The Year Awards, In The Brand Builder Category

The nomination recognises the huge marketing effort that has been a key focus for LighterLife over the last 12 months. LighterLife has launched a wide range of marketing initiatives. These include helping franchisees build brand awareness by providing them with an extensive range of tools and materials as well as significant financial support and comprehensive training. Combined with this activity, LighterLife has also implemented a range of successful TV, press and online campaigns.

Sara Jamison, CEO at LighterLife commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Brand Builder Award. We see this as recognition of the huge marketing and PR effort that has been a main focus for LighterLife in the last 12 months. As a result of significant investment in brand building initiatives we have already seen a dramatic increase in direct referrals for our franchisees. Winning this award would highlight the strength of our brand to both existing and potential franchisees, and would be testament to the hard work of everyone within our organisation.”

Sharon Barber became a qualified LighterLife Counsellor in 2008 and practices in South Sheilds. Sharon commented on her decision to become a LighterLife franchisee: “Whilst I was working for NatWest I joined LighterLife to lose weight. After successfully completing the programme I decided to take on a LighterLife franchise. Being a LighterLife franchisee is a great way to be self employed but still benefit from training, advice and the marketing advantage of a nationally recognised brand.”

LighterLife is a weight-loss and weight-management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above.

 

About LighterLife
LighterLife offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight, showing them how to lose weight with the use of weight loss aids including nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from safe, fast weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it.

Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter. Over 100,000 people have successfully lost weight with LighterLife since 1996.

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npower Hometeam Has Released A New Study Of Homeowner’s Opinions, Which Shows That The British Public Dread Visits From Tradesmen, Regardless Of The Benefits That Their Work Can Bring

 

npower hometeam, which installs, services and repairs boilers and gas central heating systems, found that 28% of the British public, and 35% of females, dread having workers in their homes, in spite of their extensive expertise. These responses were justified by experiences including workmen smashing a new marble fireplace and being caught rifling through a client’s underwear drawer.

In true British fashion, it seems the nation’s ideal tradesman would have impeccable manners, with 65% wanting workers to be polite and friendly, one fifth requesting that they would take their shoes off at the door, and one in 14 hoping that servicemen will bring their own tea and coffee.

West Midlanders were the tightest with their tea, with eight per cent wanting tradesmen to bring their own, while true to form, Yorkshire residents were the most willing to bestow a brew to their boilerman, with just one in a hundred expecting engineers to bring their own.

Despite requiring the skills of specialist workers, 43% of women say they feel nervous about letting a stranger into their home while 60% of the public hate waiting in all day for a tradesman to arrive. Indeed, 86% of Brits (and a staggering 91% of all over-55s) would simply like their tradesmen to turn up when they say they will.

Dispelling the myth that men care less about appearances, males appear more house proud than their female counterparts. They are more worried about tradesmen looking scruffy, leaving their house in a mess, and having a white van parked outside their homes.

Chris Thewlis, head of operations at npower hometeam, commented: “These pet peeves are very common – but it may be that the British public are simply using the wrong companies. British men will be pleased to know that hometeam installers and engineers literally roll out the red carpet when servicing, repairing or installing a boiler, to prevent any mess or unsightly footprints, and our vans are red and liveried, rather than white, so they don’t worry about a scruffy van outside. Similarly, West Midlanders will be relieved to learn that our tradesmen take their own flask of tea to each appointment.

“The British public have better things to do than to wait around for us, which is why our staff always phone ahead to advise of their time of arrival. Every installer also has their first name embroidered on the back of their shirt so they feel more familiar.

“With all this in place, our next action is to investigate the secrets of Welsh tradesmen as, in our study, seven per cent of homeowners in Wales said they look forward to tradesmen’s visits.”

All figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,953. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20 and 23 March 2009. The survey was carried out online.

About hometeam:
The Home Energy Service from npower, hometeam installs boilers and gas central heating systems for domestic customers. It also offers a 30 point gas boiler service and boiler repair, plus a range of other products and services.

hometeam differs from its competition because of the little details it employs to make every visit as unobtrusive as possible. In addition to the red carpet, flask of tea and names embroidered on their uniform, appointments for boiler service, repair and installation are available at evenings and weekends and can be made online.

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Beware Of Fraudulent Web Sites Selling Fake Extagen Capsules Causing Major Health Scares In Consumers

Jason Stephenson proudly announces the launch of his new Extagen capsules website at www.extagen-capsule-review.com which explores the shocking truth about fraudulent Extagen capsules and why they do not work. He also reviews genuine Extagen supplements and answers questions about their efficiency.

“Men have been looking for an effective way to enlarge their penis size for many years,” said Jason. Unfortunately, up until recently, men have had no real solution to this problem. The introduction of Extagen to the market changed all that, and men finally had an answer to penis enlargement. Shortly thereafter, the fraudulent capsules were manufactured and simply did not work.

This has put men at a disadvantage when they are looking for real capsules that truly deliver what they promise.

“It is necessary for men to use due diligence when researching Extagen capsules. Men need to select their Extagen pills f r o m a website that promotes only genuine Extagen capsules that are manufactured and distributed f r o m the official company website only. Fraudulent Extagen capsules are a scam. http://www.extagen-capsule-review.com is an authorized promoter of original Extagen, which is the only Extagen product that works.

Why is the market being flooded with fake Extagen pills?

“Extagen has proven itself to be the leader in penis enhancement products,” explained Jason. “When a product works it gets copied. Extagen capsules have been able to increase the penis size in men. They can increase both the length and girth of the penis, and help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction as well.”

Jason conducted extensive research of many of the penis enhancement pills available on the Internet. He studied the price factor, the ease of use and the effectiveness of the pills.

Jason concluded that only genuine Extagen capsules could give men the results they were looking for at the cheapest price and in a short period of time. He also discovered that they were completely safe to take and that consumers experienced no dangerous side effects f r o m their use.

Most men are not happy with their penis size anymore, and one out of every ten men worldwide suffers f r o m erectile dysfunction. These statistics are increasing yearly as the male population accepts sexual dysfunction as a problem that can be discussed and helped. In fact, more and more men are actively searching the Internet for herbal male enhancement supplements such as Extagen.

Men are looking for a safe alternative treatment for their sexual dysfunction problems. Manufactured in an FDA approved manufacturing facility, Extagen is a natural supplement containing powerful herbs that increase the blood flow to the penis. This increases the penis size and makes erections firmer and much more sustainable. These herbs have been used for many years with excellent results.

Extagen has proven itself by giving men back their sexual freedom. 

“I used to have an average size and average performance,” said one user. “ Extagen capsules raised my performance level and I now feel as though I could go on for hours. If only my partner could keep up with me. These capsules work.”

To get more information and read testimonials about authentic Extagen Capsules, that will help treat erectile dysfunction problems and enlarge your penis size Visit http://www.extagen-capsule-review.com

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Shop Like The Stars – Gwyneth Paltrow Loves The Handpicked Collection

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website ‘GOOP’, a collection of recommendations and musings from the actress herself, features an assortment of things that she considers make life special. In one of her recent newsletters Gwyneth described The Handpicked Collection as one of her favourite online shopping destinations, ‘I’ve also included some of my favourite websites that everyone can take a look at no matter where they live…for off-the-beaten-track home & kitchen things I like The Handpicked Collection.’

The Handpicked Collection’s catalogue and website is the lifestyle shopping bible, offering gorgeous gift ideas and unique products for the home and garden. From everyday essentials including Pretty Enamel Saucepans (£13.95) and the Garlic Machine & Storer (£7.95) to designer gadgets such as the Freud Stove Top Espresso Maker (£64.50) and Joseph Joseph Bread Bin With Bread Board lid (£38.95), each product featured has been vetted by an independent, expert panel of journalists, entrepreneurs and trendsetters and is endorsed with helpful editorial explaining what makes it so special.

The Handpicked Collection is perfect for finding inspiring products for your home and kitchen, as well as original present ideas – you can take Gwyneth Paltrow’s word for it.

For orders: www.handpickedcollection.com; 0845 6023578.

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H.Samuel Advises Shoppers To Buy Online In Time As Mother’s Day Fast Approaches

H.Samuel, the leading high street jeweller, has a range of offers and services to aid shoppers looking for the ideal Mother’s Day gift. H.Samuel boasts a huge range of watches, jewellery and gifts, and will also provide gift wrapping, flexible delivery and engraving as well, but with the special day rapidly approaching, customers will need to move quickly .

Whether Mother’s Day shoppers are looking for classic, traditional jewellery, or fashionable, top brand items for their mother, H.Samuel has a full range of gift ideas for mothers. H.Samuel’s buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on all earrings and pendants means that shoppers will be able to find a gift that captures their own mother’s personality and style.

H.Samuel also stock many leading watch brands in a wide range of styles and designs. The collection features elegant dress watches f r o m DKNY and Oasis, sport watches f r o m Citizen and Fossil and leading fashion brands such as Diesel and Ben Sherman.

Customers also have the choice of a wide range of compacts and keyrings in the H.Samuel gift selection and a large selection of collectibles f r o m Me to You, Willow Tree, Swarovski or the Disney Traditions collections.

If customers want to really make their Mum’s day really special, they can have their gift especially gift wrapped and delivered directly to their Mother’s house. H.Samuel also offer customers the chance to have their chosen jewellery engraved, adding a personal touch.

The choice at H.Samuel is massive, and with trained and experienced staff members in-store or at customer service, shoppers are sure to get the right gift for
Mother’s Day this year. Alternatively, customers can research online, browsing the collections at their own leisure and reading the informative buyers guides.

The last order dates are:
Standard Delivery: order before 2pm Wednesday 18 March
Next day Delivery: order before 2pm Friday 20 march
DHL Courier: order before 2pm Thursday 19 March

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jeweller with over 350 stores and a retail website at www.hsamuel.co.uk. H.Samuel has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, and features an incredible range of branded watches offering something for every taste and style. H. Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Hsamuel Voted Cosmopolitan Best For Watches 2009

For the second year running H.Samuel has won the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards Best for Watches category. This prestigious award from one of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, further enhances H.Samuel’s reputation as the most wide-ranging, reliable, informative and trustworthy online watch retailer.

The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards took place on the 5th March 2009 at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Judged by top celebrities Fearne Cotton, Lisa Snowdon and Mark Heyes, together with Cosmopolitan readers and fashion experts, the awards celebrate the very best in online fashion retailing, representing online fashion with categories including Hottest Partywear, Sexiest Heels and Best for Watches. The winners will feature in the April issue of Cosmopolitan (on sale 9th March).

Two of the judges, Fearne Cotton and Lisa Snowdon are big fans of online shopping. “Nothing quite beats surfing for a new wardrobe from the comfort of your own home,” commented Fearne, “The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards provide the ultimate guide to the best fashion sites available. Being able to experience all the joys of shopping with no queues or crowds – complete heaven.”

Lisa Snowdon, thinks that the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards make online shopping even easier and more accessible. “Shopping online has never been easier and Cosmopolitan has made it even more accessible,” said Lisa, “With increased time pressures combined with the sheer volume of fashion websites that cater for every shape and size, women can transform their wardrobe at the click of a mouse.”

This award for H.Samuel is also recognition for the work and effort put in to establishing a competitive online presence as the UK’s leading online jewellery, watches, gifts and collectables retailer. H.Samuel Online store manager, Vikki Luke, commented, “We are delighted to receive this award for the second year running. The team works extremely hard to keep the website up to date with the latest models and hottest brands, ensuring that it always has a great range of designer watches. To be recognised by Cosmopolitan and its readers as their favourite online watch retailer for two years in succession is a fantastic achievement.”

Cosmopolitan is a magazine for fun, fearless, females, celebrating fun, glamour and a passion for life, while inspiring young women to be the best they can be. Cosmopolitan magazine, published by The National Magazine Company, has a circulation of 450,836, with a readership of 1,760,000 – the highest in the monthly market. The Cosmopolitan website currently attracts 5.4 million page impressions and 428,520 unique users every year.

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jewellers with over 350 stores and an online retail website. Featuring an incredible range of branded watches, H.Samuel also has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, offering something for every taste and style. H.Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Thomas Sanderson To Exhibit Across The UK

Thomas Sanderson, Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory and window blinds, has revealed the full scope of the home improvement shows it plans to attend throughout 2009.

Thomas Sanderson will be exhibiting all over the country this year at a wide variety of different shows including The Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs in London, RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park and local events such as The Royal Bath and West show.

At this year’s exhibitions, Thomas Sanderson will be showcasing its entire collection of conservatory blinds, window blinds and shutters, with the latest range of made to measure conservatory blinds including Pleated, Pinoleum and Metal Venetian. A full selection of shutters and window blinds will also be on display, including Roman Pinoleum, Pleated, Duette, Silhouette, Wooden Venetian and Metal Venetian products. The company will also have some exclusive show offers which are not normally available, including a complementary £250 Gift Voucher and free prize draw.

Thomas Sanderson’s exhibition team will be on hand to offer advice and information on all its products and will be able to arrange a free home consultation with a Thomas Sanderson designer local to the customer.

Ian Bayne, Exhibition Manager at Thomas Sanderson, said: “Exhibitions are a great way of getting out there and presenting all the latest trends and styles in window coverings for the home and conservatory, and it’s the ideal opportunity for customers to come and talk to us about their specific needs.”

This year, Thomas Sanderson will be exhibiting at no less than 25 shows throughout the UK and Ireland.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown f r o m a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds and window shutters.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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The Harley Medical Group Urges Patients Use Reputable Cosmetic Surgeon

The Harley Medical Group, leading cosmetic surgery provider, highlights the importance for patients do some homework and seek a reputable cosmetic surgeon in light of glamour girls’ 100 ops claim.

Self confessed cosmetic surgery addict, Alicia Douvall, hit UK screens as part of the ‘Rehab’ series on Living TV. The UK glamour girl has admitted to undergoing 100 cosmetic operations and is now seeking help at a Rehab clinic to confront her body dysmorphia which has resulted in an addiction to plastic surgery.

Alicia talked in depth about her numerous operations which led to British Surgeons barring her from having cosmetic surgery in the UK. The UKs leading cosmetic surgery provider, The Harley Medical Group has spoken out to say that these surgeons offered too little help too late to a clearly vulnerable patient who should not have been allowed to get into this position. The Harley Medical Group has stated that reputable cosmetic surgeons should always ensure that a responsibility to the patient is at the forefront of their minds. With this in mind the group has launched cosmetic surgery patient guidelines stressing the importance of seeking a reputable plastic surgery clinic.

To help prevent similar situations from occurring in the future, The Harley Medical Group urges patients that with thousands of surgeons operating across the UK it is important for them to do their homework before booking an operation, in order to ensure they receive the correct and most appropriate treatment and after care service with fully qualified medical practitioners.

About The Harley Medical Group:
The Harley Medical Group is the UKs largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more
cosmetic surgery clinics across the country than any other cosmetic surgery provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has conducted over 400,000 procedures to date.

In 2004, The Harley Medical Group’s Chairman Mel Braham, at the request of the Department of Health became a member of the department’s Steering Committee, set up to oversee the introduction of new regulations covering the entire Cosmetic Surgery sector. All of The Harley Medical Group’s clinics are registered with the Healthcare Commission.

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Clinique, a leader in skin care and make-up innovation has launched High Impact Curling Mascara where 24 Hour Curl Meets 24 Hour Wear

Clinique, leader in skin care and make-up innovation, has announced the launch of their latest advance in long wearing mascara.

High Impact Curling Mascara is designed to provide dramatic volume plus extreme long-wearing non-smudging curl for 24 hours. Ideal for the woman who wants it all – big, bold lashes, long-wearing formula and astonishing curl that stays all day.

The new formulation introduces thermal technology to curling mascara. This long-wearing, innovative formula lasts 24 hours without running or smudging, but can be removed easily with warm water. A blend of lightweight Polymers and Silica provide a smooth, thin film that when dry, holds the curl in place without weighing down the lashes. And, with less wax in the formula, colour stays truer. Perfect for all lash types, New High Impact Curling Mascara won’t flake, clump or smudge. And, like all Clinique mascaras, it is not only Ophthalmologist Tested but it is also appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Clinique’s new brush applicator is specifically designed for this formula, featuring a curved brush to elongate and curl lashes for a more lifted appearance. Clinique’s exclusive brush distributes and coats lashes evenly, making them appear to stretch instantly with every stroke while the brush’s curve sets the curl in place. It is the perfect make up essential to make an eye-opening statement

The new High Impact Curling Mascara is part of Clinique’s New First Blush, Spring 2009 makeup collection, a simple, soft and completely feminine trend for Spring. Cheeks are the focus, showcasing a natural, youthful glow with New Quick Blush. Eyes are simple with a monochromatic wash of colour with Limited Edition Fresh Bloom Eye Shadow whilst lips are romantic and glossy with Long Last Gloss Wear SPF15. This wearable collection can be custom-fit to create a variety of looks for any occasion and is perfect for every skin tone.

The new High Impact Curling Mascara will be available in Black and Black/Brown at Clinique counters nationwide from February.

About Clinique 
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was from the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All makeup and Skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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