Kissing Party Games

kissing party games

kissing party games

Here are two fun kissing party games that teenagers would enjoy.

Kissing Race

Props: None

Number of people: 8+

Can be played in a big room or outdoors.

Divide your guests into two groups – boys and girls. Let the boys number themselves from 1 to ? and let the girls do the same. Players must keep their number a secret.

The host stands in the middle and call out two random numbers – if the host is male, then the first number will be that of a girl and the second number that of a boy. Whoever’s number was called must run up to the host to kiss him. The boy whose number was called must try to kiss the girl before she gets to kiss the host.

Whoever manages to ‘get there first’ takes over he roll of the host in calling the next two numbers.

Play until everybody has had a turn or until the game decends into chaos.

Kissing Roulette

Props: 2 Dice; Numbered cards with body parts; 2 Sets of cards numbered from 1 to max number of boys/girls.

Number of people: 6+

Divide your guests into two groups – boys and girls. Hand out number cards to the boys and the girls. Players must keep their number a secret.

The host throws the dice 3 times. The first number selects the girl, the second number selects the boy she must kiss and the third number selects a card that displays a body part where she has to kiss him.

Ideas for body part cards:

The hand;

The cheek;

The lips;

The nose;

The backside;

The foot

Continue playing, next time selecting the boy first and then selecting the girl he has to kiss.

Play until everybody has had a turn at being ‘kisser’.

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Popular Christmas Traditions and Christmas Decorations in Spain

popular christmas traditions and christmas decorations in spain

popular christmas traditions and christmas decorations in spain

Throughout the world, Christmas is one of the most well known holidays. In Spain, as well as in many other countries, this holiday focuses on the celebration of Christ’s birth. It is a time for families to gather together to celebrate and share the joy of the season with song, dancing and family meals. Christmas trees and handmade decorations, as well as the Nativity scene are familiar sights. Although these traditions are common in many countries, there are some aspects of the Christmas holiday which are unique to Spain.

Leading up to the Christmas holiday, the Spanish celebrate a tradition called “Hogueras” (bonfires). This is a celebration of the winter solstice which is the shortest day of the year. At this time, people jump over a bonfire, symbolizing a protection against illness. Also during the winter solstice, swing sets are constructed to be used by the people in the belief that by swinging high they will cause the sun to move higher in the sky.

On Christmas Eve, tiny lamps are lit in the windows throughout the villages, representing the stars in the Christmas Eve sky. At midnight, bells are rung in each of the villages, calling everyone to “La Misa Del Gallo”, the Mass of the Rooster. It is called this because the rooster was known as the first of the animals to announce Christ’s birth.

After the midnight Mass, Christmas dinner is served. The traditional holiday meal includes “Pavo Trufado de Navidad”, which is Christmas turkey with truffles. Roast lamb, suckling pig, duck, and seafood such as lobster, shrimp, trout and salmon may also be served, depending on which part of the country one is in. Traditional desserts may include marzipan, made of honey, almonds and eggs, and polvorones, which is a sweetbread. Nuts, dried fruits, and caramel custard are among other desserts served. No meal is complete without a drink. Cava is the Spanish champagne, and it often accompanies the Christmas meal.

In many countries a visit by Santa Claus is an important part of a Christmas celebration. However, in Spain, this is not the case. The children do receive small gifts from “Papa Noel” on Christmas, but this is not a big part of the festivities. Instead, they celebrate January 6, which is the Three King’s Day, a day commemorating the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. On January 5, the children take part in a parade to see the Three Kings when they come to their village or town. When given the chance, they ask the Three Kings for the presents they are hoping for. On the eve of this special day, the children leave their shoes out where they are easily found. They are filled with straw and carrots for the camels on which the Wise Men travel. On the next morning, the straw and carrots are gone, replaced by presents. On this day, a special dessert is served, the “Roscon de los Reyes” which is a large circular cake. It is decorated with candied fruits, which represent the jewels which were on the Three Kings’ robes. There is a surprise baked into the cake, and whoever finds it becomes the king or queen of the house.

Spain’s celebration of Christmas is similar to the manner in which other countries celebrate it with Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths.. But by also having its own unique traditions, a visitor can gain insight into the people of Spain and their lives. Knowing the traditions of various countries such as Spain can give one a new appreciation of the Christmas holiday around the world.

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Importance of Picture Frames

importance of picture frames

importance of picture frames

Memories are the returns that one gets out of the investment strategies made in lifestyle. They add to the collection of life and make it value living. They not only act as a comfort to the struggling and hassled thoughts but also add to the wealth of the experience, that one accumulates while spanning the grounds of life. The good times and experiences add to the happy moments while the not so happy ones contribute to learning the precious lesson of lifestyle. Whenever you take a picture of yours or your family members or whenever you are done with an awesome painting; you definitely feel to secure it and show it in an attractive way. Taken as a whole the memories are too unique to be kept aside revealed to carelessness. The importance of picture frames thereby hardly require any unique discuss.

A photo frame gives creative reliability to your time and effort, and focuses on shades, features and the position where the picture was taken. A great picture drops its worth if put in a nasty structure purchased at the flea market. A photo frame style is simple with no decoration. These supports have clean lines in a mix of shades from primary black frames to bold, stunning shades like lemon, sea red or olive natural. Frames are available in a wide range of dimensions and absolute depths so you can not only frame pictures, but also art work or collectible items like embroidering items, petite shoelaces or excellent pottery clothing. Picture frame is a great way to make a statement on your walls. They are fashionable and will give each image an exclusive look. If you want your image walls to look expertly designed, frames are the way to go. These are a few reasons why frames are so hot, and their reputation is sure to last for many years.

It is a difficult task to discover the right gift for the person you really like, picture frames are one of those ideal gifts in almost every possible scenario. If you are one of those people who have complications finding a right gift for an individual you really like, then you are one the right position. Enough here we are at purchasing gift is nearing, and we all will find ourselves in a challenging situation to discover just the right gift. We all want our gifts to be excellent and to take a breathing away and to appeal the person to whom they are intended for. One of the possible and simultaneously good alternatives is to buy this frame. There are several factors and reason why these are fantastic gifts.

Whether you choose metal photo frames or wood ones, it’s important to use high quality creating and mats resources that have been handled with an alkaline eliminating agent so as to secure the artifact from level of acidity. Pay attention to the clinging, increasing and mats, and the picture frame will provide their designed features well for many years.

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DIY Concrete Mixing – Advanced Mix Ingredients & Techniques

diy concrete mixing - advanced  mix ingredients & techniques

diy concrete mixing - advanced  mix ingredients & techniques

Once you have established a basic understanding of a simple concrete mix you can begin to learn more about new concrete technologies and the true limitations of this incredible building material – hint, there are not many!

By changing the volume and type of aggregates that you use in your cement mix you can create many different types of concrete suited to different applications. In general the goal of substituting aggregates is to have the concrete remain consistently strong as a finished product. Some examples of concrete advanced techniques are:



1) Color or dye in the concrete

2) Lightweight concrete

3) High strength concrete

4) Decorative concrete

Even all of these options are just the tip of the iceberg for what concrete is capable of. The extreme limitations of current concrete technology being researched and developed are transparent (translucent actually) concrete which will show a silhouette through concrete that is meters thick! Limitations of concrete strength is self supporting concrete which does not require the mechanical assistance of steel grid work. Concrete strength used to be measure is PSI however mPa or mega Pascals is the current unit of compressive concrete strength referring to the amount of force the concrete can ensure before failure.

Coloured Concrete

You can add powder or liquid pigments to your concrete to achieve interesting and dynamic colors. Common colors would be brown, red, dark grey, tan and other similar earth tones. To get more vibrant concrete colors you can use pure white Portland cement in place of regular cement, as well as pure white sand instead of regular sand. This white mortar mix will react well to more vibrant colors and pigments. The amount of pigment or dye that you use will depend entirely on the brand that you choose. The best method is to purchase from a specialty concrete supply store which will have a far better selection of quality concrete color additives than your local hardware supply store.

Lightweight Concrete

You can replace all or part of the sand in a 3:1 mortar mix with aggregate materials that are much lighter in nature than sand. The result will be a concrete that is much lighter, but also vastly weaker than a 3:1 sand mortar. There are many applications for lightweight concrete with many of them being decorative such as planter pots or garden statues. The most common lightweight aggregate material substitutions for making concrete are:

Vermiculite – which is a mineral and often sold as “pool base” in larger quantities from pool stores which will make a relatively strong, but compressible concrete. The insulation value of vermiculite is very high, more than ten times as high as sand, so vermiculite concrete mixes are often used for sound dampening and insulating.

Peat Moss – Using peat partially in place of sand will result in a concrete that is much weaker than traditional 3:1 mortar and even much weaker than vermiculite concrete. The texture of the concrete is somewhat earthy and finishing and detail work con be slightly difficult by comparison with other mixes.

Saw Dust – This is another readily available and cheap aggregate substitutions used to achieve a lightweight concrete. In addition to providing a rough and inconsistent texture to the concrete, the wood ingrained will often stain and discolour creating an interesting and unique pattern. Too much sawdust can make the concrete unacceptably weak very quickly – more so than vermiculite and peat moss.

Perlite – This is commonly used for gardening and is recognisable in that it is completely white and very similar in texture to styrofoam beads. The main advantage of this aggregate choice is the fact that it is white. It has a similar overall feel as vermiculite however the concrete produced with vermiculite is much easier to work and finish than concrete made with perlite.

Usually you can replace up to two of your three buckets of sand with an alternative aggregate. Vermiculite can be mixed with straight cement without sand and still remain strong enough to suit several tasks such as swimming pool floors. The other aggregates will yield a concrete that will break under its own weight.

High Strength Concrete

The current strength for concrete is measured in mPa with the average sidewalk concrete being 10-15 mPa where as foundations for homes usually start at 20-25 mPa. High rise commercial concrete is closer to 35 mPa as is swimming pool construction concrete.

The strengthening of concrete over and above what a 3:1 mortar mix will yield requires engineering and testing. If you order concrete from a ready mix or bath plant you can specify precisely how strong you want the concrete to be. If you are mixing it yourself and want to make the concrete as strong as reasonably possible there are a few things that you can do.

Glass Fibres – Glass fibres and fibreglass are two different additives which you can put into your concrete to help make it cohesively stronger as well as minimize hairline cracking in the concrete during the curing process.

Water Reducer – is a liquid that you can put into the concrete in place of water. The water reducer will increase the viscosity and workability of the cement dramatically without affecting the finished strength negatively. The more water that you put in concrete the weaker the finished product will be. In place of water reducer you can also use the absolute minimum water possible to get the concrete workable to make it as strong as possible.

Powder Additives – Combinations of highly dense powders such as silica fume and fly ash can potentially help to make concrete stronger by filling in some of the microscopic spaces left in regular concrete by the larger sized aggregates. These tiny aggregates are dangerous to work with because the airborne particles are small enough to damage your lungs should you breathe them. Most of these powder additives will be hard to locate for the average DIY enthusiast.

Decorative Concrete

In place of sand you can also add just about any other substance such as glass or coloured beads, pieces of plastic or metal, rubber or anything else you can think of. Most commonly you would use this concrete to create an exposed aggregate where loose aggregate is imbedded into the top of partially cured concrete. Exposed aggregate with small coloured stones is very common and you likely have seen this before. Exposed aggregate with marbles and microchips is less common to be sure – but not any less possible.

With some basic practice you can learn to create incredible things such as statues, pool decks, artificial rocks, ponds, waterfalls and decorative art.

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Finishing Your Canvas Print With Lacquer

finishing your canvas print with lacquer

finishing your canvas print with lacquer

Canvas prints are a great way to turn your favorite photos into fantastic works of art. This is mainly because canvas is very durable and can last for several years. Unfortunately, no matter how durable canvas is, it is also prone to damage. The image printed or drawn on it could fade, particularly if the canvas art is always exposed to sunlight.

Fortunately, there is a solution for this. Finishing your canvas art with lacquer can protect the painting from fading and scratching, thereby increasing its durability. A lacquer finish can also enhance a canvas print’s quality.

When ordering a canvas print of your favorite photo, you can ask your service provider to apply a lacquer finish to your canvas art. If they do not offer this particular service your can apply the lacquer finish yourself. The process is fairly simple. Here is how to finish your canvas print with lacquer:

First, gather all the things you will be using. You will need the following items:

Lacquer

Spray gun or brush

Or

Lacquer in a spray can

Start by preparing your work space. Cover the area you will be working on with plastic or newspaper. You should also cover other nearby items that you do not want to be spattered with lacquer. Your work space should be well-ventilated and without open flames nearby.

Pour lacquer into your spray gun. Spray guns are available at your local hardware store. You can opt to use lacquer in a spray can. However, using a spray gun has an advantage: a better, more even coverage. You can also use a brush-on lacquer. Pour a generous amount of lacquer on shallow dish. This is where you will be dipping your brush.

If you are using a spray gun, test it first by spraying it right onto the newspaper or plastic. This will give you an idea of what the gush of lacquer will be like.

Before you start spraying or painting your canvas print with lacquer, first make sure that the ink or paint of the print is completely dry. It may be a smart move to wait for about three days before applying the lacquer finish to make sure that the ink or paint has completely dried. Otherwise, the lacquer could smudge it.

Once you have ascertained that the ink or paint is completely dry you can start spraying or painting your canvas print with lacquer. Start at a top corner and spray or paint evenly across toward the other corner, then down, and then work your way back to the side where you started from. Continue spraying or painting lacquer in this manner until you have covered the entire surface are of your canvas print. If you are using a brush, work quickly and spread the lacquer as evenly as possible.

Do not go back to other areas that you have already applied lacquer to. Also, avoid applying a thick layer of lacquer on the first coat. If you prefer a thick layer of lacquer, you can apply a second coat. However, do not apply the second coat right away. Let the first coat of lacquer dry for one to two days and then apply the second coat.

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Jobs For 14-Year-Olds – Jobs For Teens You Can Choose From

jobs for 14-year-olds - jobs for teens you can choose from

jobs for 14-year-olds - jobs for teens you can choose from

Do you have a 14-year-old at home?

Are they driving you crazy because they keep asking you for money and seem to just sit around and talk on the phone? Do you wish there were more jobs for kids out there? Especially for YOUR 14-year old?!

At a young age, kids are expected to be in school to study and build a solid foundation for their education. We are told that education prepares children for adulthood by giving them structure, deadlines, rules and socialization with their peers.

However, at age 14, you can already start exploring your horizons and study, plus do other things. Yet, instead of devoting your time to just playing, why not try to find the best teen jobs you can this summer?

Yes, you’ve heard it right. You can find part time jobs for kids. By this, you do not only spend your free time wisely, but you earn money too. In fact, taking good jobs for young teens helps teach them several lessons in life that they will never learn within the confines of the classroom.

However, if you do not yet have any idea about jobs for kids under 15, here is a list to help you and give you ideas:

1. Babysitting. This is one of the most common jobs for this age group. I babysat when I was 14-years-old. You do not need so much technical knowledge on this. If you have younger brothers or sisters, you might already know how to babysit. You can ask your relatives if they have some kids for you to tend. If not, you may ask your friends. Make sure you know who you are working with.

Several opportunities exist for babysitting certification – giving your son or daughter credible learning experience – and a reference for their completion of the class. Local schools are the best reference for where to find these classes.

2. Movie theater ticket taker. You can also ask movie theaters near you if they need people who will collect the tickets for the movie. This is so simple. You just have to get one ticket for every person who comes in. No sweat!

3. Voice over in radio stations. There are some radio stations that are producing radio dramas or comedy. Sometimes their people can’t copy the exact voice of a young teen or somewhere near that age for their character. Ask if such job could possibly be given to you.

4. Assistant Cashier. If you have a business owned by your parents, a good job for a teen is to be an assistant to the head cashier. Just help the head casher count the money needed for change or the cash collected for the entire day. You just have to do simple math to work best at this. Most modern cash registers are easily error proof when it comes to being accurate in your money count.

5. Paper boy still rates high on the list of perspective jobs for teens who don’t drive yet. Your local paper will be able to identify an open route for you that might be close to or in your neighborhood.

6. Does your local grocery store need people to bag groceries? These jobs are coveted by most, so if you go in person, make sure you take a resume and have 2-3 jobs listed on it that look like you can take on responsibility – Even walking the dog next door counts if you were paid and showed up regularly and can get your neighbor to give you a reference.

7. Build a lemonade stand and sell lemonade. Or baked goods-Cookies are GREAT (no kidding-Tony Tiger GGRRREEEAAAAEATTTTT!).

8. Be in business for yourself and walk dogs – 3 dogs a day, 5 times a week will net you about $75.00 a week if you do it right and the only real expense you’ll have are doggie bags. Or bathe dogs, or pick up after dogs in back yards.

9. Find something people don’t like to do and offer your services.

10. Wash cars – set up a car wash in your own car porch area. If you live in multiple housing check with the landlord to make sure it is OK first!

11. Get a rolling ice cooler and a bell and sell ice cream. Check with the city to make sure you can do this and aren’t violating any rules first! Your parents may need to get you a business license first.

12. Check with your local city office to see if you can get a curb painting kit and paint numbers on curbs for houses. In our city you can pick up a kit from the city for $100.00, complete with everything and use it over and over again. Make sure there is an adult to help you get started with this one!

13. Have you been helping around the house with lawn mowing and yard clean-up – raking leaves? If so then make yourself a colorful poster, get copies, with your name and phone and hand it out to your friends and neighbors.

These 13 are only some of the best teen jobs ideas you can choose from. Just keep in mind that you are doing this not to earn a living, but just to get extra cash. Try to also put in mind that these are only part time jobs for 14-year-olds. In other words, no one expects these to become your lifelong career.

As a teenager, you might be thrilled with the fact that you are earning money! However, these summer jobs for young teens, as the term suggests, are only good for summer. When summer is over, then school takes priority in your life again. trust your parents when they tell you that you’ll have lots of time to earn a living!

Aside from these 13 best teen jobs, there are other part time jobs for young teens that might fit you best. However, in the end, remember that you are still young, and you must not overwork. Just enjoy the experience and make the most of it.

Now, instead of throwing your 14-year-old out the door out of sheer frustration, help them get moving with these part time job ideas for teens!

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Pendant Lighting Layout – How To

pendant lighting layout - how to

pendant lighting layout - how to

Pendant lighting has gained a great deal of popularity for use in kitchens over the last few years. A common place to install them is over an island or peninsula. One of the most frequent questions I see is how high do I hang them and how do I space them out? Both questions can be answered in several ways and as with any home design aspect there is no absolute or right answer. There is however some guidelines to use that can help you make the right decision.

One consideration on the height is with the fixture you choose. If a fixture has an open bottom and it is installed to high, it can become very annoying looking up into the light bulb all the time. By the same token, a fixture that is designed so that the top is not made to be viewed, if installed too low, can be very unappealing. There is an average height you can use as a guide, about 68″ – 72″ off the floor to the very bottom of the fixture. This puts the fixture at about eye level for the average person. The reason there is no correct answer is in a house where everyone is 6′ 4″ and taller this height would most likely be too low.

Over a dining room table this same rule can be applied. A little tip or word to the wise. If your fixture is going to be installed before there is actually a table under it put something there in its place. It could be a large box, bench, folding table or a chair. It will save someone a trip to the hospital for stitches after walking into the fixture or a broken fixture.

Spacing the pendants when there is more than one is a matter of a little mathematics. The most common mistake is to just split the space into even sections but that is not entirely correct and I’ll explain why. Let’s say your island is 60″ long and you have two pendants. A common thought would be to split the space into three sections that are even. This would give you each fixture 20″ off the ends and 20″ between them. A better choice would be 15″ off each end and 30″ between them. Why is that you ask? Well for one thing you’ll see it is more visually appealing. The other reason is the light spread on most pendants is in the shape of a circle. If you can imagine the actual light that falls on the counter area picture two circles of light. To best illuminate the counter we want the edge of the circle to hit the edge of the counter. The other two edges should meet or overlap in the middle.

If you are not sure what it is I am describing take a look at the link below and view the diagrams along with the explanation.

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Why and How to Install a Flexible Chimney Liner Up a Chimney For a Wood or Fuel Burner

why and how to install a flexible chimney liner up a chimney for a wood or fuel burner

why and how to install a flexible chimney liner up a chimney for a wood or fuel burner

Fuel burning appliances that you have which burns wood/fuel to heat your house need to be vented to the outside of your home. This can be done through a chimney liner, which is the material on the inside of your chimney’s flue that contains the combustion products from your burner until they are vented out the top of the chimney.

Flexible liners are made of continuous lengths of corrugated tubing which are installed inside the flue. Lining a chimney or fitting a wood burning stove or fire carries no stipulation that the work cannot be done as a DIY job but all work however does have to comply with the building regulations. If this work is not carried out by a competent person (E.G a HETAS installer) it must be inspected by someone from your local council’s Building Control Department. This is classed as “Building work” and you must notify your local council’s building control before work starts. In any case there may well be local planning restrictions converting chimney work and new chimneys that you have to follow. You may be required to erect scaffolding around the chimney down to the ground for health and safety. Reference should be made to ‘The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document J Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems 2002 Edition’ or the building control department of your local council.

An existing chimney or a new flue or chimney installation must be given a visual inspection to check that it is in good order, clear of obstructions and is of a suitable size and type for the appliance you plan to install. If you are handy with tools and have a good understanding of how fireplaces and chimneys work, you may be able to do most of the liner work yourself.

The first thing you need to do is check your local building and fire safety codes. In some areas, you will be required to have a licensed chimney specialist make repairs or do new liner installations for you. If you find that it is permissible for you to do your own chimney work, be advised that replacing or installing a chimney liner requires precision work under potentially dangerous conditions. So, unless you are confident you know what you are doing, it might be best to let an expert do your chimney repair and lining installation work for you. If you are confused about the best type of liner to install in your chimney, your local chimney cleaning professional can give you advice during your annual chimney cleaning.

Fitting a flexible chimney liner to an existing chimney is a two person job.

You will need the following tools and equipment to fit a flexible chimney liner to an existing chimney: A length of rope(10m), other ropes (for safety), cement, sand, integral water proofer, unibond, trowel, hammer and cold chisel, metal snips, buckets, old paintbrush, Phillips screwdriver, adjustable spanner and pliers, roof ladders, ladder or scaffolding structure.

Before attempting to fit a chimney liner to an existing chimney, you must always sweep the chimney. Do not attempt to fit a liner without first sweeping the chimney. Remember that debris may very well fall down the chimney at any time during the installation of the flexible liner. A wood burning stove should be fitted at the same time, or soon after a flue liner has been installed.

Talk to your supplier about the type of wood/fuel burner you need and about the flue liner you need to serve it. The efficiency of the fire will depend on putting the right wood burner into the right opening and using the correct flue. If they do not all match up you could be wasting a great deal of energy.

Fitting a flue liner into an existing chimney can certainly be a DIY job but certain, very important rules have to be adhered to. The size of the flue used depends on the size of the flue outlet on the wood burner. The flue used must, under no circumstances, be smaller than the flue outlet of the fire or stove. For a wood burner or other solid fuel fire or stove producing up to 30KW a 150mm flue must be used. For an appliance (burning smokeless fuel only) producing up to 20KW, a 125mm flue can be used. The amount of soot deposit created by a wood burner is quite considerable and a 150mm flue is suggested in every case. If you open up an old fireplace and would like to place a wood burner in the opening you must first arrange for the chimney to be smoke treated to see if it is safe to use without a liner. If the flue needs a liner, check with your supplier as to the best liner to use under your circumstances. A flexible liner is the easiest to fit.

***Please make sure you stay safe while you are working on the roof. Proprietary scaffold and roof ladders must be used and under no circumstances should you attempt this job on your own. It is a two person job.***

Now tie a large knot in the end of a rope (preferably a 10mm nylon rope) and lower it down the chimney to the hearth at the bottom of the fireplace. Tie the other end of the rope to the chimney pot. If you feel the rope you slack before it hits the hearth it has probably got caught on a ledge or a change of direction in the stack. Lift and drop the rope a couple of times to allow it to fall down. When the rope is at the bottom, tie a piece of string to the top at the top of the pot or mark it in some other way. The distance between this mark and the knot that the end of the rope is the length of flue liner you need to buy. You also need to measure how wide and long your stack is so you can order a closing plate. The closing plate should overlap the inside edge of the brickwork by about 25mm leaving 75mm of brickwork exposed all the way round.

Having obtained your liner you need now to remove the chimney pot and the surrounding haunching. If this is done carefully you will save the pot. Place the pot somewhere safe and squash flat the last 9 inches of the liner and fold the flat section back on itself. Push the rope through the fold and tie it together under the fold. Now use some strong duct tape and tape the folds together. Put plenty of tape on the actual crease of the fold itself to smooth of the sharp edges. You will soon be pulling this liner down the chimney and the more times it gets stuck (and we promise it will get stuck!) The more you will wish you had “wasted” a bit more tape rounding off the end. Now tie a large knot in the other end of the rope and once more drop it down the chimney. When it gets to the bottom get your work mate to pull it through while you feed it into the hole from the top. When it gets stuck, pull it up a little and tug it down again. Very few chimney stacks are straight up and down so there may be a few bends to work through.

Check that the liner is the correct way up. There is a purple arrow sprayed onto the flexible liner which should point up the chimney.

Flue liner is not the cheapest of materials but do not be tempted to cut costs by being too accurate with the length of liner required. It is a great deal better to have some to cut off than it is to be 25mm short. If using rockwool insulation then attach this around the flexible liner. You can wrap the entire liner at once or fit it section by section as you pull it down the chimney. It is important to insulation for your flue pipe. It is a long way from the wood burner to the chimney pot and as the hot smoke rises it will cool down on the metal of the liner. If the liner is not insulated the hot air could condense causing a lot of water to run back down the liner into your stove. This makes the stove or fire totally inefficient. Next the flue outlet is fitted to the top of the wood burner. To stop heat escaping from any gaps the flue outlet bracket sits in a slight recess at the top of the wood burner and a length of fire rope is placed in between the two. As the flue outlet is tightened down onto the top of the wood burner, the fire rope is squashed into place.

Connect the stove to the flexible chimney liner adaptor with a length of rigid flue and give it all a minimum of 24 hours to go off before you light the stove. A notice plate must be completed and permanently posted in the building when flues have been installed.

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Fabulous Destination Birthday Party Locations For 30th, 40th and 50th Celebrations

fabulous destination birthday party locations for 30th, 40th and 50th celebrations

fabulous destination birthday party locations for 30th, 40th and 50th celebrations

Destination birthday parties have become very popular, especially for milestone birthdays like 30th, 40th and 50th.  For a destination party, guests typically pay their own travel, rather than giving a gift.  Guests spend a festive birthday vacation together for an intimate and unforgettable celebration.

Budget and location figure prominently in searching for a destination birthday party location.  In the midwest and eastern United States, long weekend trips to the Caribbean are popular.  There are direct flights, minimal time change if any, and a great selection of hotels and resorts that are perfect for this type of event. Popular options include the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

Similarly, Mexico is a wonderful destination where the scenery is beautiful and the price of accommodations often runs less than in the United States.  Whether you’re looking for relaxation on the beach, or experiencing fascinating cultures, Mexico offers anything you could want.  Check out places like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Merida and Mexico City, all of which have direct flights from the United States.

Las Vegas, Nevada has always been a destination party hotspot, and offers lots of great deals on flights and hotels.  However, if it’s been visited by most of your guests, or they aren’t interested in gambling, there are plenty of other options.

What about renting a fabulous house in a gorgeous location for the week or weekend?  Arrange for a luxurious home with maid service, a chef and enough bedrooms for all of your guests.  With lots of room to spread out, you can enjoy each other’s company in a laid back environment.

Finally, as they say, “getting there is half the fun.”  Another low-stress option is a long weekend or week long cruise.  Guests enjoy the amenities of the boat, stopping at a few destinations.  It’s a hassle free, all-in-one option where you can often negotiate a group discount for your party.

Another lovely and reasonably priced option is off-season destinations.  For example, ski resorts offer beautiful landscapes and reduced rates during the summer months.  Look into places like Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Beaver Creek, Colorado, or Taos, New Mexico for stunning scenery, better deals and fewer crowds than you’d find during ski season.

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Bedroom Art With Good Feng Shui – Selecting Appropriate Images For Your Bedroom

bedroom art with good feng shui - selecting appropriate images for your bedroom

bedroom art with good feng shui - selecting appropriate images for your bedroom

The bedroom is the site of relaxation, romance, and rest. Designed well, the bedroom can inspire couples to feel more romantic and stir their passions. If not, relationships can dwindle down to a friendly, not so romantic, handshake. If bedrooms are a place of activity, such as exercise, work, hobbies, or other interests, then they will not be the restful space they were intended to be. There is a fine line between creating the bedroom that inspires you and the bedroom that depletes you.

One of the first areas this shows up in is the artwork. Feng shui has stringent rules regarding bedrooms – and correspondingly – the art that goes into them. Time after time, I see bedrooms during feng shui consultations whose artwork appears to be whatever was leftover from the rest of the house. Or, the symbolism of the art in relationship to the room it is displayed in is not taken into account, such as winter scenes in a marriage bedroom. This can fill the bedroom with all the wrong messages. Bbbbrrrrr…….

Bedrooms should display the messages that inspire the person (or persons) who occupy the room. Artwork should reflect their tastes, interests, and desires while still following feng shui guidelines. This will help to ensure that negative messages or inappropriate messages don’t distract from the principal goals of the bedroom: rest, romance, and relaxation.

Look at all the bedrooms in the house. Determine if they are inspiring and if they are making the appropriate statements for the room. For example, a scary Spiderman poster that looks like Spiderman is going to jump off the wall may create a frightening bedroom for a young boy.

Or, pictures of the kids in a marriage bedroom create too much “kid energy” and can be uncomfortable for romance, causing marital passion to wither. Next, take into account feng shui guidelines, such as eliminating mirrors, pictures of dragons, deities. or vicious animals.

Sleeping is a time when we must be the most protected and cared-for. This is why it makes sense to make sure that your bedrooms support you, your family, and your relationships.

Art in Children’s Bedrooms

* Avoid vicious animals and scary figures.

* Place happy, bright images in the children’s bedrooms

* Display images of skill and learning, such as pictures of globes and books or any kind of learning experience

* DON’T hang pictures of water, lakes, or oceans

* Avoid pictures of religious themes, such as crosses or religious figures

* Select pictures of animals that are positive, such as horses (good for sons) that look happy and strong, not frightened. Turtles are also beneficial. Avoid frogs and toads which can appear to “eat” whatever is in the room.

* DO have pictures of parents in children’s bedroom to inspire better behavior and greater respect

* Clouds are very popular for children’s bedrooms. Be certain that if you have clouds on the ceiling, that the child’s head is not covered by a cloud as this will create “a cloud over his/her head” and this can lead to a number of difficulties. (The same is true for adult bedrooms.)

Art in Adult Bedrooms

* For couples, DO place pictures of pairs (geese, ducks, chairs, vases, etc.) to foster togetherness

* Avoid pictures of heavenly images deities, religious figures, etc.

* Avoid pictures of singular items that suggest being alone

* Avoid pictures of flowers and plants, unless someone is ill. Plants and pictures of plants or flowers will cause couples to argue.

* DO have pictures of love, such as couples in an embrace, tasteful nudes, or affection

* DON’T have pictures of children in the bedroom. You have enough “kid time” already. Have one place in the house that is devoted solely to you and your mate.

* If single, make sure you have pictures in the bedroom that represent the energy you are trying to attract, i.e., a single woman seeking a man should hang pictures that show men or have men strongly in the scene.

* To create opportunities for yourself, place a picture of an open field on the wall opposite the bed. This suggests the way of your life is open and obstacles are removed.

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