Friday, April 26, 2019

A Perfect Day For A Perfect Wedding

     One of the most exciting aspects of parenthood is witnessing your adult children move onto the next important chapter in their lives when they exchange wedding vows with their significant other.

     Last weekend my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing our son marry the love of his life in a romantic ceremony on the beach. The reception was held at one of their favorite venues and we danced late into the night until some of us old folks had blisters on our feet. The bride's family went above and beyond in planning one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! They worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect, and it was. The celebration was spread out over the entire weekend, and I have to admit, those days were some of the happiest times of my life.

     Below are a few photos out of the thousands that were taken. I'm sharing just a handful of my favorite moments from that enchanting day:

First, we jammed up the elevator which took forever to reach the ground floor of the hotel

Gorgeous beach day = a wedding in paradise

They shared their own, beautiful vows. Not a dry eye on the beach!

The Newlyweds (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The beautiful bridesmaids (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The dashing groomsmen (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

The proud parents of the groom

The newlyweds were very kind to one another---no cake in the face!

What would a wedding reception be without a photo booth??

More shenanigans

Proud Mama dancing with the groom

A perfect day for a perfect wedding (photo courtesy of Brandi Toole Photography)

Now I just have to marry off my other three children.....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Should I Buy A Refurbished Laptop Or Computer?

     Today on the blog I have Wilbert Bail, a link-builder and web developer who has been a frequent guest on my blog. Will is always happy to share his insights, and today's topic deals with refurbished laptops and computers. I bought a refurbished laptop for my son last year, and it turned out to be a perfect (and inexpensive) gift for him!

Should I Buy a Refurbished Laptop or Computer?

You might have doubts about buying a refurbished computer. There’s nothing wrong with a dose of healthy skepticism. After all, the last thing you want is to pay good money for a busted computer. But if you’re on a tight budget, then a refurbished computer is worth considering. A refurbished PC can cost up to 50 percent less than a new one. As long as you find a reliable dealer, you can get a great deal on a refurbished computer. 

What Exactly is the Meaning of Refurbished?
When it comes to computers, refurbished can have several meanings. You might imagine a refurbished computer is one that someone tossed because it wasn’t any good. But that’s a completely false image. The truth is some refurbished units are barely even used, if at all. 

Refurbished could mean the computer is a customer return. Once a computer is shipped it’s no longer a new unit. That means even if the customer never used it, the dealer can no longer say it's new. The same can also apply to an order that was canceled. All the dealer can do is make sure the unit works as advertised, and sell it as a refurbished unit.

Some refurbished computers get that label because of failing the manufacturer’s quality test. When that happens, the computer is rebuilt but not sold as new. It may say something like certified refurbished or refurbished by the manufacturer. This means the computer has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired so it works as good as new.

It’s worth noting that a third-party can also refurbish a computer. A third-party might refurbish a computer with whatever parts they have available. In this case, the unit might not match its original specifications. To know exactly what you’re getting, compare the specifications of the new computer to the refurbished model. 

Unless you’re a computer guru, it’s best to purchase a refurbished unit from a reliable manufacturer or retailer. For instance, Recompute specializes in refurbished computers. All of their units are packaged as new and include a 1-year warranty. A warrant is usually a good sign because it means the seller stands behind the product. Buying from an online auction or from classified websites is more of a gamble. You may or may not get a good unit, and probably won’t get a warranty. But you can consider that option if you’re comfortable. 

Bottom Line – Do Your Research 
Buying a refurbished laptop or computer is worth considering. Whether or not you do depends on what you want. It also depends on your comfort level with buying a refurbished unit. If you choose a reliable seller, then you’re likely to get a good deal. You can also search for the model number to learn more about the refurbished unit you’re considering. If you think it’s a good deal, and the seller is reputable, then you’ve probably found a good refurbished item.


Wilbert Bail is a link-builder and web developer at LD SEO Sydney. He has an adventurous mind but seldom travels as he would rather stay home and make a client's business website more visible on the internet. He likes techie stuff but won't buy any gadgets that are above $1000, hence no iPhone.

Friday, April 12, 2019

35 Years Of Magic

     When I talk about 35 years of magic, I'm not talking about Disney World's Magic Kingdom; I'm talking about 35 years of marriage. And a wonderful marriage it has been! Sure, we've had our rollercoaster moments---some pretty frightening ones, if I am to be honest. But we have come through them all unscathed.

     Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary in style with a visit to the Downton Abbey exhibit (our favorite show) and a nice dinner out on the town. We reminisced over old wedding photos and agreed that we are among the lucky few who have stayed together this long, for better or worse.

     Below is a little sampling of photos from that incredible day, April 7, 1984:

The Wedding party

Don't we just looky spiffy?

Cutting the cake (no, we did NOT shove it into each other's face!

Removing the garter...ooh la-la!

That was THEN.....

This is NOW. 35 years together!

Even more exciting is that next weekend I will be standing by the ocean and watching my oldest son exchange vows with the love of his life. Have I mentioned how much I love the month of April??

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Distinctive Baby Shower Gift Ideas

     I hosted a baby shower for my daughter last year and enjoyed the planning stage of the party along with selecting gifts for the newborn. Today on the blog, my guest Gurbaj Singh is here to share ideas on the best gifts for a baby shower.

Ideas for Baby Shower to Buy a Distinctive and  Most Beautiful Gift

Are you going to attend a baby shower of your friends or relatives? Always remember that such kinds of programs are different from weddings and anniversaries. A baby shower is celebrated in almost every culture in different ways. Some communities celebrate before the birth of the child and some after the delivery. However, one thing is common in all of them & that is gifting culture. People bring presents to the mother as well as a newborn baby with their best wishes. If you are also invited to this event, try to find a distinctive and beautiful gift for the kid. This article is full of some unique ideas for baby gifts that you can opt out.

Distinctive baby shower gift ideas

  1. Newborn baby clothing kit

Clothes for a newborn baby are among the first preferences of every person who is invited for a baby shower event. Nevertheless, keep one thing in mind that you must be highly cautious about the quality of fabric because almost every cloth is mixed with a composition of cotton along with synthetic polymers. Find a seller that is specialized in kids attires only. Everything that you are going to buy must be made up of 100 organic kinds of cotton. It would be better if the cotton belongs to Egypt because Egyptian cotton has no match all over the world when it comes to the formation of the finest quality fabric. Buy gift box that comprises all essential for a kid including swaddle scarf, bandana bibs, skull hat, kimono bodysuit & baby bootie.

  1. Baby toys & accessories kit

The toys for newborn babies must be made with hygienic and natural material. Never choose toys for kids that are made up of plastic. Find kids accessories where soft wooden toys like pacifier clips are available. Along with this, you can assert the box bit soft fabric toys like knit bears, stroller toys, bunny rattle, bunny pacifier and grasping toys. Assert all of the available options in a beautiful box to present at a baby shower or as a baby Christmas gifts.  Make sure that all the gifts you are buying are made up of 100% organic material.

  1. Baby grooming kit  

Grooming is not just meant for adults and teenagers, kids also have grooming kits. A good online portal for kids accessories can provide you all organic options whether it is a bathrobe, body wash, night bath essence, hooded towel, bamboo brush, comb & nail clipper. This is an amazing idea for baby shower gifts made with organic fabrics and natural oils.

While buying a gift for the newborn baby, also consider something special for the mother too. There are some nice options of printed coffee mugs, fragrance candles, photo frames & kimonos are available to choose. Never compromise with the quality of kids clothes and accessories because synthetic stuff cannot suit to the sensitive skin of a newborn.


Gurbaj Singh is the Incharge of Marketing for as well as a writer focusing on the daily lives of common people. He is also a tech industry influencer and freelance journalist covering high-growth industries and technologies.  


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