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Doing The Stag Do The Modern Way!

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By , March 28, 2017 5:53 am

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In a time when football stars don alice bands to offset their fresh blonde highlights and rockers turn to macrobiotics and prune juice rather than whiskey and hookers, the stag weekend may well be the last bastion of old school masculinity. Amalia Illgner takes a look at the modern incarnation of this rite of passage and discovers there’s a lot more to the modern stag weekend than just a boozy night of bonding and bristols.

Back when Michael Caine was a sex symbol, Michael…

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In a time when football stars don alice bands to offset their fresh blonde highlights and rockers turn to macrobiotics and prune juice rather than whiskey and hookers, the stag weekend may well be the last bastion of old school masculinity. Amalia Illgner takes a look at the modern incarnation of this rite of passage and discovers there’s a lot more to the modern stag weekend than just a boozy night of bonding and bristols.

Back when Michael Caine was a sex symbol, Michael Jackson still black, and Chicken Tikka was considered the height of culinary chic; the perfect stag night simply consisted of a case of beer, your best mates, a fully loaded Polaroid, and an amateur stripper named Bambi. How times have changed…

According to the office for national statistics we’re now far less likely to get married in the first place and if we do get dragged down the aisle it’s far later than ever before. In fact for men the average age has crept up to an all time high of 30 and a half years, so there’s little wonder that it’s not just a small cause for celebration when two people in this Bridget Jones world manage to step away from their work stations, microwave-meals-for-one and eBay auctions and actually commit to each another.

What this means for the stag weekend is that generally couples have more money to spend on their respective hen and stag weekends and what that means is that the stag weekends are getting more elaborate, adventurous and action packed. In other words the ante is being upped along with the expectations. Forget sitting on your rear and ordering the seafood special at your local, the typical 21st century stag weekend consists of action packed days filled with paintball army combat style, canyoning, quad biking, Munich beer halls, Estonian feasts and coasteering. For those of you who think crossing Piccadilly Circus during peak hour is about as rugged terrain as you’ve ever seen, coasteering is the fine art of scrambling around a coastline and leaping off cliffs into wave lapped coves below. It’s about as close to becoming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as anyone who works in an office is going to get. Ever. And the guys are loving it. In fact, coasteering – as well as the trusty faithfulls like paintball and quad biking – is fast becoming the new black when it comes to planning the ultimate stag weekend. There truly is nothing like getting a bunch of lads together adding a strong element of fear, the smell of competition and the threat of ritual humiliation to bring out the dormant Evil Knieval within.

And it seems this chest beating machismo and daring even stretches into the cultural realm as scores of quintessential British stags are downloading Google earth, thumbing through a phrase book and heading off shore to experience far flung destinations for their weekend of freedom. The foreign office released a detailed survey at the end of last year and found that a staggering 70 per cent of young Brits “now prefer to travel abroad for hen and stag parties”. That sure is a giant leap from our parents’ night out in Bournemouth. And perched at the top of the destination pack is undeniable the cool of Eastern Europe. Riga. Vilnius. Tallinn. Bratislava. Moscow. They’re so cool they’re hot. The Iron Curtain is cool and the Eastern Bloc is rocking. This is principally from the recent expansion of the European Union making costly and irritating visas at thing of the past and the fact that flights are now cheaper than a ticket to see Rod Stewart’s Greatest Hits tour at Wembley. And let’s not forget the exchange rate. Ah the sweet exchange rate, where often one humble quid will be enough to buy more than one pint of quality local brew. This point is often argument enough to entice punters from expensive metro poles like London (where one quid may buy you a copy of The Sun and half a mars bar).

So 21st Century Stags unite! The options are as endless as your imagination. That really is the easy part. Now it’s just a matter of convincing her to marry you…

Angered By An Affair

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By , March 23, 2017 1:30 pm

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Ask the Marriage Maven: Angered by an Affair

Q. About a year ago, my husband had an affair with someone we both knew. It happened while I was pregnant. He said it would never happen again, but I’m not so sure. She’s still in and out of our social circles.

I want to try to work things out, but every time I think about it, it makes me sick. The sad thing is that we’ve been married less than three years. Maybe he wasn’t ready to be married. How do we work through our pro…

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Ask the Marriage Maven: Angered by an Affair

Q. About a year ago, my husband had an affair with someone we both knew. It happened while I was pregnant. He said it would never happen again, but I’m not so sure. She’s still in and out of our social circles.

I want to try to work things out, but every time I think about it, it makes me sick. The sad thing is that we’ve been married less than three years. Maybe he wasn’t ready to be married. How do we work through our problems and have a happy marriage? Right now, it seems impossible.
P. R.

A. First off, let me say that I’m sorry that this happened to you. It’s hard to overcome the powerful feelings that linger after an affair. But if you think it’s impossible to have a happy relationship now, that’s exactly what it will be. However, if you throw away the attitude of the impossible and embrace the one of determination, having a happy marriage can happen.

You might be right. It is possible (maybe probable) that your husband did not fully understand what your marriage would entail before getting into it, but now you both have a responsibility, and that includes raising your child.

It seems like you’re making some good moves. Seeking help from books and the internet is a great idea. However, I would suggest that if you are not seeking professional counseling or coaching now–do it! Go with someone you trust to get you thought this difficult time. Even if you’re the only one doing it at first, it’s good to get started with a person who can give and objective approach and help you resolve some issues.

Ultimately, you and your husband will need to determine if renewing your commitment can work. Each of you will have to make a choice to consciously work at making your relationship better. Both of you will need to make your marriage a priority-even above taking care of your child(ren).

Despite what many people think, love is not a feeling, it’s a decision. I once heard a saying: “Marriage is like a pet snake, you better feed it every day or bad things will happen.?If your husband is willing to change, positive action towards making your marriage better will be evident. That said keep your eyes and heart open.

Costa Rica’s Upscale Accommodation Rentals in Jaco Beach

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By , March 18, 2017 8:09 pm

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Jaco Rentals offers the best accommodations on Jaco beach in its luxurious, well appointed Jaco penthouse rentals located in the center of all the action in and around Jaco, Costa Rica.

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Jaco Beach is located on Costa Rica’s famed Central Pacific Coast. The town of Jaco is situated only 90 minutes from the country’s capital, San Jose, and Juan Santa Maria International Airport. Jaco Rentals are luxurious, well-appointed penthouses located in the center of Jaco only 2 blocks from the beach and across the street from great shopping, good food of many varieties, and exciting nightlife.

Reasonable rates for the Jaco Rentals cover a number of complementary services. With large floor plans, maid service, high-end furniture and state-of-the-art appliances every comfort is provided. Guests can enjoy a choice of two different floor plans. Plan A consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 1475 square feet of room available while Plan B has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with an extended square footage of 1570.

These Jaco vacation rentals offer large bedrooms, walk-in closets and storage, quality furniture, high speed internet access, telephones, granite countertops, fine kitchenware and washers and dryers. The units provide vehicle parking and also boast 24 hour security to ensure your safety.

Each rental unit has four balconies; one for the living room and one for each of the three bedrooms. From these exclusive balconies guests have a great view of downtown Jaco and the Pacific Ocean. Each private rooftop patio is 600 square feet complete with bar and Jacuzzi. At ground level of the building there are 2 pools and a swim-up bar.

Costa Rica offers some of the most beautiful coastal areas on the planet with a wealth of activities such as diving, snorkeling, surfing and swimming. In addition there are many opportunities to observe the Costa Rican rainforests and their wildlife with All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tours, horseback riding and jungle canopy walking tours. Sport fishing charters, theTuru Bari Tropical Park and the Crocodile Safari are other activities to be enjoyed. The Jaco Rental penthouses offer a very comfortable and luxurious base from which to embark on many types of adventures as well as being great places to just kick back and relax!

Does Marriage Counseling Work?

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By , March 14, 2017 2:54 am

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When considering marriage counseling, it’s difficult not to wonder whether seeing a marriage counselor will actually work. This article provides some objective information based on data obtained from a national survey of marriage and family counselors and their clients.

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When considering marriage counseling, it’s difficult not to wonder whether seeing a marriage counselor will actually work. This article provides some objective information based on data obtained from a national survey of marriage and family counselors and their clients. Also presented are several interesting opinions provided by individuals who have actually been through marriage counseling and were asked to comment on whether or not seeing a marriage counselor proved effective in helping their relationship.

An honest marriage counselor would agree that the motivation of a couple may be the single most important factor in determining the success of marriage counseling. It’s unlikely that even a brilliant counselor would be able to save a marriage where one spouse has already decided upon a divorce, and a mediocre marriage counselor can probably help a couple who are utterly committed towards making their marriage work. With this in mind, research has been made in an effort to determine, on a more scientific level, the effectiveness of couples counseling.

In an article published by Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, clients of marriage and family counselors from 15 different states reported on their experience with counseling. The findings indicated that marriage and family counselors treated a wide range of issues in relatively short-term fashion, couple and family therapy are briefer than individual therapy, and that client satisfaction and functional improvement are quite high.

[*] Specifically, of clients from 526 marriage and family counselors in 15 different states:

98.1% rated services good or excellent
97.1% got the kind of help they desired
91.2% were satisfied with the amount of help they received
93% said they were helped in dealing more effectively with problems
94.3% would return to the same therapist in the future
96.9% would recommend their therapist to a friend
97.4% were generally satisfied with the service they received
63.4% reported improved physical health
54.8% reported improvement in functioning at work
73.7% indicated improvement in children’s behavior
58.7% showed improvement in children’s school performance
[*] Excerpted from “Clinical Practice Patterns of Marriage and Family Therapists: A National Survey of Therapists and Their Clients”, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy–Volume 22, No. 1

While the above study provides raw data that supports the effectiveness of marriage and family counseling, a very interesting discussion on the question “Does Couples Counseling Work” from a public forum devoted to this topic offers a less clinical, but still positive view. Based on what seems to be a very honest and frank discussion among couples “who’ve been there,” the answer to the question of whether or not marriage counseling is effective is a positive one. Read these posts on the Berkley Parents Network.

Regardless of the studies and opinions which seem to support the effectiveness of marriage / couples counseling, there are those who question it’s effectiveness. An article on the about.com portal, had this to say:

The science of marital counseling is being studied in great detail these days. Research is showing that it is not as effective as people think, that women seem to get more from it than men, and that it might not have a lasting effect on the couple’s marriage.

What type of couple gets the most from couple therapy? The answer is young, non-sexist, still in love, open couples.

Which couples receive the least from therapy? Some factors that can make couple therapy unsuccessful include couples who wait too long before seeking help, and often one or the other is set on getting a divorce and is closed to any suggestions that may save the marriage.

Excerpted from the marriage.about.com portal

Unfortunately, the data supporting the above-mentioned research is not specifically cited in the article. The article seems to imply that couples who seek counseling because they want their relationship to work are more likely to succeed with marriage counseling than are those who enter into counseling with the (perhaps hidden) truth that they already want out.

Effective Ways To Save Marriage Starting Now!

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By , March 9, 2017 10:23 am

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They say that marriage is the most important decision you have to make in your whole life. Although this has been a reminder from the elders, some people do not look at it that way especially the young. Sometimes, what turns out to be the smartest decision becomes the opposite.

When a couple realizes that their marriage is going down, there’s nothing more important than saving marriage. You should talk about things that will be helpful to save your marriage. It is importan…

They say that marriage is the most important decision you have to make in your whole life. Although this has been a reminder from the elders, some people do not look at it that way especially the young. Sometimes, what turns out to be the smartest decision becomes the opposite.

When a couple realizes that their marriage is going down, there’s nothing more important than saving marriage. You should talk about things that will be helpful to save your marriage. It is important for a couple to remain the same as how it used to be.

There are a lot of factors affecting marriage and it hinders having a happy, fun and enjoying life for the couples.

If a married couple is having problems, they need to do everything to save marriage especially if they have kids. This article will give you tips on how to save marriage.

First is to acknowledge the reasons for your problems. This means that both of you should accept the problem and find out how it all started. If you do not talk it over, problems will get bigger and bigger. When the problem becomes bigger, it will be hard to pull it down and talk over.

If the partners are rational, calm and reasonable, chances are they can talk it out easily. As much as possible, stay away from high temper and avoid getting into an argument when you are both not in the mood because it will just be a cat and dog fight. Sometimes, when in too much anger, people tend to say things that they don’t really have and mean to especially if both of them are emotional.

You should find a middle ground so that both of you can understand each other very well. This will set you in the mood to talk about the problem and what needs to be done and undone. The couple should agree to their decision and each one should make a promise to know better in dealing some unwanted circumstances which often leads to a serious fight.

Work as a team. Talk to each other and ask what you both need to enlighten yourself out of stress and other problems. one should support the other by means of understanding everything he or she is going through.

Each one should be open about their feelings and emotions. It is not proper to hide anger, envy and jealousy for a longer time but pour it all out one day. This often leads to misunderstandings. Try talking to each other and find out what one likes or dislikes about their behavior whether for themselves or other people.

You need to take it slowly. Do not run into conclusions which you are not sure of. Avoid the words that you want to say that you think might hurt him or her. When you take it down, you will both find it later that its not really a big problem to tackle and fight about. This will save marriage effectively.

Try to find other ways on how to enjoy and relax. When you think of saving marriage you need to take it with all your heart or else, it will not work at all. Try to find something which you have both never done before. Following these tips will help you save your marriage and last until the end.

Anniversary Gift For Wedding Anniversary Or Just An Anniversary Celebration

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By , March 4, 2017 4:45 pm

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The wedding bells hardly stop ringing and it is time to unfreeze the cake and celebrate the first anniversary. It seems like only yesterday that they were married. “Honey could you buy an anniversary gift for them??This question is mulled over many times with every family. The anniversary date slipped up on them without them remembering to buy a gift! Friends, parents and relatives all have wedding anniversaries that pop up and the hassle of getting a gift for the occasion i…

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The wedding bells hardly stop ringing and it is time to unfreeze the cake and celebrate the first anniversary. It seems like only yesterday that they were married. “Honey could you buy an anniversary gift for them??This question is mulled over many times with every family. The anniversary date slipped up on them without them remembering to buy a gift! Friends, parents and relatives all have wedding anniversaries that pop up and the hassle of getting a gift for the occasion is inconvenient.

The gift shop and wedding gift selections are now available in your home. Instead of hours trudging the malls, fighting traffic and shopkeeper’s attitudes, relax and let your fingers be your guide. Cyberspace shopping will increase by 40 billion this year alone as secure shopping gives you the same peace of mind as if you had used your credit card in person at the mall.

Online shopping allows you a greater selection for the gift-giving occasion. If you are looking to buy a wedding anniversary gift, including the 25th anniversary or just an anniversary celebrating a milestone in your life, you will be pleased to find the endless variety of shops available to you on the Internet.

Be creative, buy unique, something special, what would they like? These are the plagues of shopping for a wedding anniversary gift. After all didn’t we exhaust those options when we bought the wedding gift? Now the couple has given you time to observe a trend of preferences such as gourmet cooking, crystal collecting, home d├ęcor, or healthy diets. These tips concerning their new life together can be the clues that help you select a perfect gift to make that 25th anniversary special or any anniversary a fond memory.

If you find that the special date fast approaching and an anniversary gift is needed most online wedding anniversary gift shops can deliver the gift to your door or the recipient’s door within 3 days for a regular postage fee or overnight if you really forgot the anniversary.

Nothing is more exciting than to have the mailman deliver a package to an unsuspecting couple. There is jubilation when FedEx or UPS comes knocking at your door with a gift set surprise, a culinary delight or just the perfect table presents to set the dining ambience for the couple’s impending pleasure.

Look for a website that includes a telephone number and a money back guarantee. Wedding anniversary gift giving doesn’t have to be drudgery; you will find the ease of shopping online so convenient that you will start every gift-giving occasion with a spin on the Internet. You are now free to join the celebration. Happy anniversary!

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