Unique Wedding Ideas for Your One-Of-A-Kind Wedding

Outdoor Wedding Ideas

You would most likely need to think of outdoor wedding ideas if both you and your husband don’t like the idea of getting married in a hall or hotel, or someplace that isn’t suited to your life style. If you are both informal people, who enjoy the outdoors and a casual atmosphere – this is definitely a good and fun option.

Beach Wedding

One of the main issues when planning an outdoor wedding, is to consider the season. Obviously an outdoor winter wedding would be difficult, unless you are both skiers and find a clergyman who would be willing to take the chance of conducting your ceremony in the snow. So the most obvious choice for comfortable weather is either in the early autumn or early spring. This is the mostly likely time to expect weather that won’t surprise you or be uncomfortable.

Once you’ve decided when, then you have to think about where… in a garden, on a hilltop or at a spot that’s “your special place”. However, remember that people have to be able to get there easily, there has to be room for refreshments or a meal (and the facilities for the catering – whether brought there or prepared on the spot) and of course, space for the celebration itself!

Wedding Color Ideas

Now that you’re engaged, wedding color ideas are probably popping into your head each and every time you see a color you like! The colors you choose for your wedding will help set the mood for the entire event, so it’s important to take a few things into consideration.

It’s perfectly fine to use your favorite colors for your wedding, but you’ll also want to select colors that complement both the wedding ceremony and reception locations. You won’t want your bridesmaid dresses and decorations to clash with any carpeting or curtains. Wedding color choices are often influenced by the season in which you’re getting married: spring and summer brides tend to choose lighter color schemes than brides who say “I do” in the fall and winter. One other thing to keep in mind is the mood you want to create at your wedding. Dark colors often symbolize elegance and formality while bright colors can imply that the event is fun and casual.

However, the most important thing remember as you browse through our wedding color ideas is that this is your wedding and nothing is set in stone. If you have your heart set on pastel bridesmaids’ dresses but you’re getting married in the fall, make the choice that’s right for you and not the choice that’s dictated by a set of unspoken rules.

Holiday Wedding Theme Ideas

Trying to choose the ideal wedding date? Many couples are now considering wedding theme ideas that revolve around particular holidays for several different reasons. Some people love Halloween so much that they want to have a Halloween wedding, while others have several out-of-town relatives that come to visit for certain holidays each year. Maybe you simply want a wedding anniversary date that’s easy to remember! Whatever the reason behind your decision, getting married on a holiday – or close to a holiday – is a trend that’s growing in popularity.

An important thing to keep in mind when planning a holiday wedding is whether or not people will be able to attend the celebration. Most people spend Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day at home, but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are holidays that cause many people to travel. Before deciding on a final wedding date, you should ask your family and friends whether or not they’d come to your wedding if you get married on a holiday. You may have family members coming to town, but your friends may be leaving town to visit their own relatives.

Unique Wedding Ideas

Weddings are not one-size-fits-all, and there are plenty of unique wedding ideas that you can consider if your ultimate goal is a truly memorable experience for everyone who attends your wedding. As your wedding day approaches, you’ll need to make plenty of decisions about the necessary details, and if you’re starting to feel stressed out… don’t! Whether you’re trying to decide between an elaborate celebration or an intimate gathering, and an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding, you can easily plan the wedding of your dreams with far less effort than you can imagine.

From color schemes and wedding invitations to decorations and favors, we can help you make decisions on what you would prefer. These unique wedding ideas will definitely come in handy as you work out the rest of the details! Many people like to think outside the box when it comes to their wedding, and we understand your needs. In this section, we’ve included information about various wedding themes and descriptions that are difficult to categorize. It gives you the opportunity to learn about second weddings, Martha Stewart weddings, and more!

How to Win Chess in 2 Moves – The 2 Move Checkmate

Want to learn how to win chess in 2 moves?

You’re in the right place.

When most people think about the game of chess, they imagine a long, drawn out game, that moves slowly, and finally ends once most of at least one player’s chess pieces are all captured.

While this happens in many chess matches, it’s also possible to win chess in as little in 10 moves. In fact, it’s possible to win chess in only 2 moves!

While it’s rare to win chess in only 2 moves, it’s still a good strategy to understand, both to use when the opportunity presents itself, and to be sure it is never used against you.

Keep reading to find out how to win chess in only 2 moves.

1. Your opponent opens by moving their pawn to F4. This crucial move will exposure your opponent’s King diagonal allowing to be captured.

2. Your pawn is moved to E6, allowing for both your queen and bishop to be able to move across the chessboard.

3. Your opponent moves their pawn to G4, continuing to expose their King’s diagonal.

4. You move your queen to H4, placing the King in checkmate.

Why is this checkmate?

Your opponent’s King has nowhere to move, and no pieces to block the queen’s attack, or capture the queen.

If your opponent does not move both pawns out, this 2 move checkmate will not work, which is why it’s rare to happen.

That being said, it does happen, and may very well happen when you play, either for you to win in 2 moves, or possibly lose (Don’t worry, it happens to us all).

Keep in mind, while it’s great to understand and be able to both win and prevent the 2 move checkmate, what’s most important in the game of chess is understanding basic chess strategy.

This includes always keeping your pieces protected, making every move count, and understanding the value of each chess piece.

By just understanding these 3 basic chess strategy principles, you will naturally prevent a 2 move checkmate from happening.

It’s also important to note that this is why it’s highly beneficial in the game of chess to bring your knights out on the chessboard. The knights have a wide range of attack, and can prevent an opponent from winning the chess game in as little 2,3,4 or 5 moves.

Also be sure to read more into basic chess strategy. Once you understand the basic fundamentals on chess, it’s rare to lose the game in less than 10 moves.

Sony ICF-CS10iP Speaker Dock With Alarm Clock and Radio for iPod or iPhone: An In-Depth Review

iPods and iPhones are extremely popular nowadays, and what better way to optimize a device that to have extra functionality for these popular devices? The Sony ICF-CS10iP is a perfect accessory to your iPod or iPhone. I myself enjoy using this clock, and it has excellent features that I wouldn’t trade for any other alarm clock in the market.

Design

First of all, I don’t know if you noticed but this model is extremely stylish. I especially love how the shape of the alarm is so easy to use, with the buttons all in one area for easy accessibility. There’s no part of the clock that’s not useful, and its beautiful black finish makes it very suitable for any area of the house, especially on the bedside table.

It has easy-to-use functions that make operating the device a total breeze. You’d definitely find it easy because with the simple touch of a button, you can navigate through the device, set your alarms, and browse through radio stations. You can put it on any flat surface, as its design makes it very convenient to put even on top of the TV or on the coffee table.

The dimensions of the device are 290.5 x 152 x 139.5 mm, and the weight of the entire system is 4.4 pounds, quite impractical to bring around but still handy enough to transfer to different locations in the household.

Video

The LCD display of the ICF-CS10iP is nothing less than remarkable. It has an adjustable brightness so you can lower it down at night if you want to keep your room dim. It displays a 12-hour time format for easy reading of the time, and you wouldn’t have to squint to see the time because of the big numbers on the LCD display.

Audio

The iPhone and iPod compatibility of this device makes it really fascinating. By docking your i-devices, you can play soundtracks from them, which means that you can personalize your playlist through your i-device. The 3.5W + 3.5W, 5.7 cm-diameter speakers produce excellent quality sound that would beat any boom box. It also makes use of the Mega Bass and Mega Xpand audio features which add to the superb sound quality of the radio clock. The digital tuner allows you to browse easily through frequencies, and you can save your favorite radio stations by setting 10 preset FM and 5 preset AM frequencies.

You can also use the radio or track player for creating the perfect mood for sleeping. Play your favorite slow songs and doze off with mellow music, and let the radio automatically turn off by setting a timer that you can set for 15, 30, 60, and 90 minutes.

Clock

It’s an alarm clock, and I can say that it does a good job performing that duty. There are two different alarm settings that you can set for 2, 5, or 7-hour repeat formats, making it easy for you to set a permanent alarm for different days depending on your schedule. You also have the option of sleeping a little bit more using the snooze button, allowing you to sleep for ten more minutes, up to an hour of ten minute intervals.

The alarm sounds of the clock can also be modified according to your preferences. Set your alarm to the standard ringing sound, set your favorite frequency to wake you up, or choose your favorite disco song to cause a commotion in your room.

Other Features

That’s not all that the ICF-CS10iP has to offer. You can also comfortably navigate the device by using the Remote Commander which lets you operate the clock radio even at a distance. Although it has an AC adaptor, it also has a built-in back-up battery system that allows it to function even during power outages. You wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to wake up the next morning if there are sudden black outs.

The docking station for the iPod or iPhone lets you charge the phone, making it a dual-purpose dock. You can charge while listening to your favorite tracks stored in the device, or while viewing your photos and browsing through your messages and phone files.

Conclusion

The ICF-CS10iP speaker dock with alarm clock is one of my favorite household devices, simply because it has functions other than an alarm clock alone. It makes buying an alarm clock so much more rewarding, and I can say that I am perfectly satisfied with the performance of this device. You should get one too, to experience the outstanding performance of this ingenious clock.

NMLS CE Review of Kaplan and Proschools

In previous years the states regulated the mortgage industry. In 2011 the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS) is in place under the federal government. A requirement to maintain a NMLS license is 8 hours per year of continuing education (CE).

Options for CE are classroom or an online course. I got an offer for a discount price of $99.95 from “Kaplan Real Estate Education” and decided to do that. Having done CE courses for insurance and mortgage licensing for the last five years with no problems, it seemed like a good option. The Kaplan NMLS CE course is divided into multiple sections. You view the material for a section and then take a take a 10 question quiz. You must get 100% on the quiz to move to the next section. If you get 90% or less you do it over until you get 100%. This is very irritating. Then when you finally get to the end of the eight hour course (more if you spend a lot of time on the quizzes) there is a 25 question final exam. Kaplan gives you two chances to get 75% or better on the exam. Some of questions are worded in a different way from the material presented. Other questions ask for statistical historical information that has no educational value. OK, I am making excuses for flunking the exam twice! The first time in five years I have had any problem with a CE exam. When I called to complain the Kaplan supervisor said I should pay again, do another 8 hours of CE class, and then they would let me try their stupid test two more times….with no certainty of getting a CE certificate. When I asked about a refund I was told that they do not give refunds.

A couple days later a representative called from Proschools to see if I wanted to do their CE course. The rep said they had a satisfaction guarantee. She also said that students rarely had a problem with the exam, and that they allowed unlimited attempts if needed. Preschools offered a discount that made the cost around $100 and I decided to give it a try. The material seemed to be geared a little more towards useful information rather than arcane historical data. Proschools has a quiz after each section but there was usually only two to four questions. This made it much easier to get 100% on the quiz. The quiz offered a choice of a practice or “final” mode. You have to do the “final” quiz, even if you get 100% on the practice mode that has the same questions. It is best to skip the practice and go straight to the “final” quiz. You get multiple chances for the final quiz if needed. Then came the dreaded final exam. The government requires the course provider to require 70% or better to pass. (Why does Kaplan require 75%? So more people will flunk and have to repeat their course?) I was short on time and rushed through the exam in about five minutes. I got 24 of 25 correct for 96%. See, I R smart!!

From my experience this year I would suggest Proschools if you want an online course. Ask if they are offering any discounts and they will give you the code to use for that, if it is available. Of course the quality of the course is far more important than a small difference in the cost.