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How to Know If You Are Dating an Emotionally Matur...

Men often take longer time to mature than women, making them quite challenging to date if they’re emotionally immature. You’ll likely feel frustrated if you end up dating a guy who’s insecure or too competitive, thus causing your relationship to suffer and fail. To keep that from happening, make sure that you take note of the following signs that’ll help you know whether or not you’re dating an emotionally mature guy.

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1. He takes full responsibility for his actions

A truly mature guy is someone who isn’t afraid to own up to his mistakes. Instead of sulking over them, he strives to learn from his mistakes so he could become a better partner for his girl. He might’ve been careless in his younger years, but now, he already thinks twice before speaking, he’s fully aware that his actions have consequences, and he no longer plays the “blame game” when things start going south.

2. He knows and respects your boundaries

Another sign that you’re actually dating a mature man is if he respects your boundaries and doesn’t throw a tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants from you (or from other people). It’s clear to him that no means no and won’t force you to comply with his bidding by emotionally blackmailing you.

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3. He has a relationship with his family and friends

It’s crucial that the guy you’re dating is also mingling with people outside your relationship. Aside from it being beneficial to his psychological and mental health, these connections also allows him to think independently. By spending enough time with his family and friends, he nurtures the bonds he established before he met you.

4. He is willing to learn new things that could help him grow

An emotionally mature guy will always be open to learning new things. He’s aware that his knowledge is limited and will push himself to study the people and things surrounding him. He strives to better himself not just for you and your relationship, but for his own wellness as well.

5. He has goals and dreams he wants to achieve

There’s nothing more attractive than a guy who has ambition. There’s no point in being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t want to accomplish anything. You deserve someone who has a vision for the future – which hopefully includes you.

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So if you’ve long been wondering if you’re dating an emotionally mature guy, then do keep these signs in mind. With this, you’ll now be able to tell whether or not the person you’re with is a really good catch.

How to Buy Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstone jewelry have bewitched humans for thousands of years. Whether you’re a fan of precious gems, semi-precious gems or organic gems, there are ways for you to tell if you’re buying quality gemstone jewelry.

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Carat
The carat is just one of the many things you need to consider when buying gemstone jewelry. Carat is the unit of measurement used to determine the size of the gem. One carat of gemstone is equivalent to 0.2 grams. The bigger the gem is, the higher the price.

Cut
Although the size of the gemstone affects the price, most jewelers place more value on the cut of the gem. When choosing diamonds for example, the cut makes a lot of difference when it comes to pricing. A quality cut gemstone should be able to reflect the light effectively because of the precise proportions.

Clarity
Gemstones are also graded based on their flawlessness. Remember that not all gemstones are perfect. Sometimes the cut can hide internal and external flaws. Even the setting of the stone on a metal can hide flaws so it’s not like gems with blemishes on the surface and inclusions in the interior are all bad. If you want flawless stones, however, expect to pay more.

Color
Color can also affect the price of the piece. The clearer and more saturated the color, the higher the price. Gemstones that aren’t cloudy are priced higher than most. That is why some emeralds and rubies might be more expensive than colorless diamonds. Rare colors that are the result of the presence of minerals during the formation of some gemstones can also affect the price.

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Treatment
You should always ask the jeweler if the gemstone is treated. Some gemstones that have unnatural colors are usually treated. Treated gemstones are also cheaper because the enhancement is usually done to hide flaws in the gems.

Settings
Settings or enclosures refer to how the gemstones is attached to the metal. Typically, you will find a four-prong setting in most jewelry. The most ideal, however, is a six-prong setting. You should also consider the metal used. Jewelers often use platinum, gold and sterling silver and can affect the price.

Imitation
Imitation stones are different from natural and laboratory-created gemstones. Imitations are made from different materials like glass. Natural gemstones are mined, cut, and polished. Laboratory-created gems like some pearls are still considered natural but there is human intervention. There are also stones that look like natural gems but they are cheaper and have lower intrinsic qualities.

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Even if you keep all these basic information in mind, it’s always better if you ask the jeweler about the origin and history of the piece before purchasing. Don’t buy the first piece you set your eyes on. Check other jewelry shops and compare. Ask the shop for a certificate from a gemologist if you’re going to buy loose gemstones. These certificates are separate from the appraisal from the jeweler.

Four Big Things to Think When Hiring a Live Band

A Singapore wedding live band is all about energy and entertainment—two things that are incomparable with other forms of entertainment. As they say, there’s power in number. So a group of entertainers or musicians is way better than a soloist. Besides, larger weddings mean more guests, and so a live band is just the ideal entertainment to keep up with the crowd.

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Choosing a wedding live band Singapore is not as easy as it seems. You need to look into four big things when making decisions.

Your Venue

Firstly, you need to examine the size and shape of your reception venue. Is it spacious enough to accommodate a group of musicians with their instruments? Is there a dedicated area or a stage for performers, or do you have to allocate for it a portion of the dance floor? The number of musicians you can hire depends on the capacity of your venue. If it is large enough, then you can have a band with up to 8 performers. If your venue is smaller, then you might be restricted to getting a band with only 4 members or less.

Your Guest List

Remember, you are not only providing great entertainment for your own ears. Most importantly, you are hiring a band to play wedding live music for your guests’ satisfaction. That being said, it is highly important that you don’t make decisions based on your personal musical tastes alone. Your guest list is comprised of people in different age brackets, so it is necessary that you think of their preferences as well. Think carefully what could be the type of music from a fun wedding live band in Singapore they would enjoy listening to. This can be quite challenging, but at least in every set, try to make your guests feel that there is a song that has been played especially for them.

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The Duration

A band can sure play a number of great songs, but it can be totally different when they are asked to perform live for 4 hours. When you are in the stage of searching for the best Singapore wedding live band, try to watch and hear them play in action to better gauge their energy level, if they can keep the same performance level up over a long period of time. Moreover, it will be best if the band you choose know several genre so they can adapt easily to the changing mood as your reception will definitely take long hours.

Your Wedding Theme

The fourth thing you need to chew over is your wedding theme. It is essential that your choice of band can play wedding live music that fits your motif. The music you play in your reception can result either to success or failure. There are several styles of wedding live band from Singapore you can choose from: rock, country, blues, soul, and jazz, among which. Make sure that their style or genre does not clash against your theme, which is the element that glues together all the aspects of your wedding.

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Tying the Knot: A Year in the Making

5 Advantages of Having Long Engagements

 

While a long engagement may seem like a tiresome affair, keeping a few years between your engagement and wedding can actually be beneficial. Aside from giving you enough time to perfectly plan out your wedding, it’ll also allow you to understand and know more about your partner. So before you get swayed to tie the knot a few months after your engagement, we’ve listed down a few reasons why you should consider having a long engagement period instead.

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1.       You Have Higher Chances of Following Your Budget

With a long engagement, you’ll have enough time to see everything related to wedding on Instagram and Pinterest, and then plan your budget accordingly. You’ll also have all the time in the world to look for better (and cheaper) alternatives on décors or packages that go over your budget. With this, you won’t have any regrets and last-minute compromises.

2.       You Get to Plan Down to the Smallest Detail

Most bride-to-be’s prefer having long engagements as it allows them to go over even the most intricate detail of their wedding. From the placement of the flowers to the venue and to earrings, you’ll have the control over everything instead of trusting someone else do it for you.

3.       You Can Hire Vendors Early at a Reasonable Price

Since you have the luxury of time to think about what you really want for your wedding, you’ll have the advantage of choosing your vendors accordingly. If the florist your wedding planner suggested doesn’t have the kind of flowers that you want, you have the luxury of time to find and hire someone else. If you plan to have a custom-designed wedding gown and tux, you can browse through hundreds of bridal collections and choose the exact design that you want.

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4.       You Can Ponder Over Who’s Included in Your Guest List

Not being pressed for time allows you to have lengthy discussions with your partner and parents as to who gets invited on your wedding day. Plus, there’s a lower chance of you forgetting to invite someone important, since you can take as many days as you want to finalize your guest list.

5.       You Can Save for Your Dream Honeymoon

Aside from saving up for you actual wedding, having a long engagement also lets you save up for your dream honeymoon destination. Rather than following the advice of the travel agent, you can check on different places online or ask your friends for good recommendations. If you want, you can even scout the place before your wedding to ensure that your honeymoon goes just how you imagined it to be.

Other than allowing you to plan your wedding down to the smallest detail, having a long engagement also prepares you for the married life itself. So enjoy your “engaged” status as much as you can, because as they say, you’ll only be a fiancé once.

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5 Ways to Cut Down Your Gift Giving Costs

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With the holiday season fast approaching, you might already be thinking of ways on how you can cut down your gift giving costs this year. Well, worry not because even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still get your Christmas shopping done with the help of the following tips.

1.       Buy Gifts From Yard Sales

If you just look carefully, you can actually find some unique (and inexpensive) gifts at yard sales. Aside from the usual antiques and old furniture, you’ll also find some brand new cosmetic products and clothing pieces that are sold at reasonable prices. I’ve been shopping gifts from yard sales in our area in Singapore over the years, and I’ve also been saving extra bucks on Christmas gifts in the past years.

2.       Practise Re-Gifting

Received a gift that you didn’t like? Then give it to someone else as a gift. Re-gifting works well with books. If you’re done reading a particular book – and you no longer have any plans of re-reading it – consider giving it to someone else. This won’t only cut down your gift giving costs, it’ll also help you get rid of an unwanted item. Just make sure that the person you’ll be giving the gift to is not the same person who gave it to you.

3.       Opt for Homemade Gifts

Homemade gifts are one of the best gift ideas during Christmas season. Aside from being economical, they’re also special since they’re one of a kind. Homemade gifts, such as baked goodies or handmade keychains and bracelets, are great to give to friends, relatives or your special someone.

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4.       Offer a Gift of Service

If you think that you can’t afford to purchase a gift for a particular person, consider offering a gift of service to them instead. This may include helping them put up their Christmas tree or preparing for their Christmas dinner. If you want, you can also offer a non-holiday related gift of service, such as helping them repair their car or assisting them in remodelling their kitchen. Some people actually prefer receiving a gift of service than any material gifts.

5.       Make Great Use of Rebates and Groupon

There are a lot of online resources available that can save you those extra bucks on your Christmas shopping. Social deal websites like Living Social and Groupon can save you money on any branded items that you’re planning to purchase as a gift. You can also make great use of rebate sites like MrRebates.com and ebates.com, which requires the online retailers to give back a percentage of your total purchase.

Cutting down on your gift giving costs isn’t that difficult. All you need to do is be smart with your purchases, and you’ll certainly be able to cut down your holiday expenses. With that, both you and the person you’ll be giving the gift to will be happy.

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