Competition Floor Sparkles With Cheer

Its that time of year again, when all the high schools meet for the Annual Jones District High School Cheer Competition. As usual, you as the team coach must meet with the captain and team to decide how you will stand out this year.


Standing Out Is Vital

Most novice audience members think the main part of competition scoring is the tumbles, music, and cheer lyrics that teams create each year. While this is indeed important, there is a little known fact that what you wear is also considered in scoring.

Cheerleading costumes have long been the hallmark of what attracts viewers to the cheers and tumbling tricks. However, bows that sparkle on the competition floor can do a lot to detract attention from words missed by some of the team members or the occasional person who is out-of-step.


Accessories Like Bows Accentuate

While the costumes you choose for the annual competition must show true school spirit, how you choose to accessorize those tops and skirts are also essential. It used to be that bows were in plain colors simply matching the cheerleading outfit. Nowadays, you will find many cheerleaders wearing bows that have their school name written in special lettering or with sparkles. If every girl is wearing bows that are custom made to match their school and outfit, this extra effort screams school pride.

Nobody can be more nervous to watch their daughters in a cheerleading competition than the parents or guardians. After all, it is parents that endure the endless practicing at home. How many times do parents beg their daughters to take a break after hearing the same cheer chants or lyrics about 100 times? They feel as though they will simply go crazy, if they hear one more round. Then there is the sacrifice of picking them up at school after daily practice or from camp in the summer.

Now the big day has arrived. Parents eagerly anticipate the outcome. This is the culmination of all the sweat, tears, and drama behind the scenes. Once their daughter appears with her customized, sparkling bow matching her teammates, they cannot be prouder. It is not whether she wins or loses, it is that she is out there giving it her all, sparkling bow and all.

A Synthetic Lawn Saves Time And Money





It is 5 p.m. and you have been out in the front yard for a total of 8 hours, aside from that 30-minute break. “Where has the time gone?” you ask yourself. Well, before you cry a river, there is help for people like you. Soon you can have time to do what you want in life.


How Artificial Grass Can Be A Lifesaver

If you have a lawn, whether small or large, it is quite an undertaking to keep it in tip-top shape. Whether fertilizing to maintain its green color and health or removing weeds, there is no shortage of tasks to do. If it develops brown patches, you have to figure out what to do to get it to return to a green state. If it starts to become bald in spots, you will need to till and fertilize to get it to grow back.

Learning about the ultimate timesaver of synthetic lawns can be found, when you click here to read about the options in artificial grass. Between Nature 30mm for heavily traveled spaces, V-Grass All Green that mixes several colors, Putting Green that is durable to play on, or Stemgrass for buffalo-looking turf, you can choose a type suitable for your home.


Time Balanced And Environmental Protection

Using fake grass is sometimes considered a cop-out by neighbors and friends. They often see their lawns as their crowning glory. Their grass is bragging rights for how well manicured their lawn is compared to others. Once you educate them on much time you save from hours of mowing, weed removal, watering, and fertilizing, they are understand better why you made the switch. Money savings from not buying weed removal chemicals and fertilizer bags, expensive lawnmowers, and other equipment must also be stressed.

Aside from gaining your time back, replacing your natural lawn with artificial turf is friendly to the environment. Because you do not have to periodically water, not only will you save on your water bill, you will also conserve water usage to just your bushes, trees, and flowers.  To also save money, use a tree cutting service in Lawrenceville.  All of the synthetic grasses are made from materials good for the environment and have no toxins harmful to children and pets.

So, go ahead and schedule plans to enjoy life. Once your fake grass is installed you can look forward to saving money and time in your real life. Once they see you having fun, your friends and neighbors are sure to follow suit.

Preparing For A Legal Battle

Legal matters can be scary and confusing, especially for the person involved in the matter. It doesn’t matter which side of the case you are on, when a legal matter rears its ugly head, there is cause for alarm. While you may know that you have done nothing wrong, that doesn’t guarantee that things will swing your way and that uncertainty can definitely add some stress to your life. There are plenty of things that you can do to prepare for that battle, however, and make things a little less stressful.


Find An Attorney

Whether you are looking for a contract lawyer, an intellectual property lawyer, or even a compensation lawyers Melbourne has you covered. With thousands of attorneys to choose from, you are certain to find the perfect attorney to help you with your situation. Attorneys can take a lot of the pressure that you are feeling off your back and will place it firmly on their own shoulders. Once you have an attorney that you are comfortable and confident with, you will be able to breathe a little easier knowing that your case is in good hands.


Be Prepared

The best thing you can do, even before you retain the services of an attorney, is to be as prepared as possible. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that your attorney can help you achieve the results that you are hoping to achieve. You will want to have anything you can to back up your side of the argument. If you have contracts or documents that show a specific agreement between you and the other party, make sure you have them. If you have pictures or even audio recordings of your dealings, your attorney will want to explore this evidence. Even emails and other personal correspondence that backs up your side of the story will be useful during your battle. It really comes down to making sure that you have everything possible in order to win your case.

Not every case is going to go the way that it should. Every day, we hear about cases where the guilty are let off without any sort of punishment while the innocent are left to suffer. In many of these cases, it was simply the lack of preparation and evidence that lost the case. Don’t let this happen to you. Be prepared so that you can win.


Yawn! The Jones’ Just Replaced Their Garage Door In White



Every neighborhood has them. The family that seems to have everything. Great house built exactly like the model home they saw, when the area was under development. Really nice car, purchased off the showroom floor. They dress nice in clothes that look right out of a designer catalog. Their hair styles are current, in fashion and very well kept. Their meals are well balanced with meat, potatoes and vegetables. And, their daily routine starts at the same time, get home at the same time and they are in bed at the same time every day.


The trouble with “the Jones” is they are the most boring people you have ever met. They never break out of the mold of anything standard. If they did, it would throw such a tail spin into their life they would probably need therapy. Their house is white (inside and outside) except the carpets…subdued beige. Even the largest door on the house – the garage door – is in white. Their car is white with no extras added (they could have gotten black, but that would have been too risky and wild). What’s wrong with the Jones is they have everything, but they are so structured they will not break out of the ordinary.


Who Wants To Keep Up With The Jones’

Face it. Ordinary is boring! Who wants to look the same, talk the same, act the same, smell the same, have the same car, house, necessity items and play items. (OMG! DIDN’T GEORGE ORWELL TALK ABOUT THIS?) So unless you want to live in a cookie cutter society, functioning exactly the same as everyone else, then it is up to you to break out of the mold.

That’s right! Choose something that will really make an impact on the neighborhood. Why not start with that boring white garage door? It can be symbolic of your stand against conformity and your fight against being bland and boring. Do not fall into the trap of being exactly like the Jones’! (Some kind of patriotic music should be playing right about now).



Have The Jones’ Keep Up With You

Once everyone sees just how fantastic a customize garage door looks, they will want to do the same, or at least envy that that you are able to do something they are not. Custom garage doors give a great look that accent the design of your home and they come in a wide variety of materials, textures, and patterns. What gives it the most unique aspect is YOU. You are able to choose how your door looks!

So, do it! Let the Jones’ know that you are the master of your own life and are not going to follow everything they do, just because, well because they are the Jones’.

Special Event Shopping Shouldn’t Become Ordeal








Invitations, Tablecloths, Fine China, are items needed for your upcoming event. The stress of planning is enough to drive a person mad. Before you throw in the towel or jump off a cliff, enlist the help of an event planner to help you sift through the details.


Finding The Top Notch Event Planners

Nothing beats referrals when looking to hire an event planner. Ask family and friends if they or someone they know has used one. If so, what were their impressions? If any come highly recommended, get their contact information and call for an in-person interview. Since The Yellow Pages is almost defunct, there are online search engines like Google and Bing to find Top Event Planning Companies.


What makes some event planners better than others? Well, reputation for one. If you hear from colleagues that certain companies can pull off a corporate event with panache, then your company should check them out. In your Internet search look for event planning companies that have high ratings on review sites such as Angie’s List or Yelp. There are companies that use props and theme packages to make your special occasion pop.


Look for companies that are noted for their dependability, high level of service, ability to make accommodations for their client’s needs, and level of experience. Top notch event planners will have at least 10 years experience under their belt, if not more.


Take The Hard Work Out Of Your Special Events

So much detail goes into planning a special event. Once you hire a professional event planner, from a top shelf company, you can give them your budget and framework and check with them periodically, but overall leave it to them to organize the details. Here are some of the ways event planners take the load off their clients:

  • They shop for appropriate venues for your event.
  • Negotiating rates of vendors.
  • Firmly set dates and times for your special event.
  • Keeping all expenditures under budget.
  • Go with you to make the final selection of the venue.
  • Will write a speech or toast for you.
  • Help plan the décor, colors, and theme of the event.
  • Shop for flowers, centerpieces, linens, audio needs, and any other equipment your special event requires.
  • Coordinate rehearsals if needed.
  • Assist and give suggestions for main menu and dessert options depending on the type of occasion and time of the event.

And so much more…

This is only a portion of what is possible when it comes to the top event planning companies. Leave the shopping and other details to your event planner. When you choose the right one your special event will definitely be the talk of the town.

Learn More About Yank Barry’s Philanthropic Work




During the 1960’s and through 1980’s, Yank Barry made a name for himself as an accomplished musician that not only received recognition for his own work, both solo and with the group The Kingsmen, but for the work he did with various artists across the musical scope. From Ben E. King to Jimi Hendrix to Willie Nelson and everyone in between, Barry has contributed to some of the greatest music of our time. However, while his music continues to live and continues to be enjoyed today, it really is his work in aiding his fellow man that Barry will likely be remembered for 100 years from now.



If you listen to music or watch television, chances are you have heard plenty of  Barry’s work over the years. The song that comes to mind as the most famous is the 1963 cover version of the song “Louie Louie”, which was actually written by Richard Berry back in 1955.  At the time, many studios were using non-ethnic artists to cover songs that were originally performed by African American artists and the trend continued for years.


Besides the much covered Louie Louie and other mainstream hits, Barry is also responsible for many iconic commercial jingles, including the “Everyone Can be a Pepper” jingle for Dr. Pepper. However, while music is a passion, his heart truly lies in helping others.



Together with friend Muhammad Ali, Barry co-founded the non-profit group Global Village Champions Foundation, which has donated over 900 million meals to various relief agencies and has taken control of relief missions to disaster and war torn countries. Over the years, Barry has been awarded over 20 international humanitarian and peace awards and has inspired his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for three years in a row. In addition to the many prizes and awards that he has been presented with, his humanitarian work also moved the Red Cross to name him as a Red Cross Humanitarian.


As you begin to do a bit of digging into the many things that Barry has done to aid those in need, you will quickly see that with he truly cares about others and wants the planet to be a better place. He teaches through his own examples and never considers the awards as motivation. Instead, he knows that helping others that are less fortunate is really its own reward, and that is what matters.

Don’t Let Stress Take Over Your Move







The act of moving is by it’s very nature a stressful event in one’s life.  It is an act of transition.  During the process, you change.  Your life is no longer the same as it once was, and that can be a daunting prospect.  It is a part of life; one that is often difficult for people to deal with and wrap their minds around.  It’s during this time of change that stress makes its way into your thoughts little by little.



Enjoy Being In The Moment


It’s easy to get lost in the moment, and let stress overtake your life.  We’re human- it can’t be helped.  Everyone has lots to deal with during a move, and stress often becomes a factor before we even realize it.  In the blink of an eye, simple interactions annoy you, and any mistakes on the part of those around you can lead to an argument.  You may find your friends and family keeping their distance or avoiding you all together.  It’s at these times that you need to maintain perspective.


One thing that it’s important to remember is most things in life are temporary.  Sure, the problems on your shoulders are difficult, but this isn’t how the rest of your life is going to be.  At the end of the day, you’re still doing something amazing- starting a new phase of your life.  While it’s never easy, it’s important in life to focus on the positive aspects of your life when things really get tough.  Those bright spots are what’s going to pull you through, and get you to the other side.


Redefine The Process Of Moving


Of course there are going to be problems and difficulties during a move, but the experience also has the potential to be an enjoyable, memorable one.  There aren’t many times in your life that you get a fresh perspective on everything that makes up who you are, and where your life is going.  Take the time to enjoy the process of moving- reflect on everything that brought you there, plan out what comes next in your life, and enjoy the transition as it is happening, instead of in hindsight.


If you are considering moving to Greenville, take comfort in the fact that managed apartment complexes will do everything they can to ensure that your move is a memorable one.  Many apartments in Greenville have something for just about everyone, no matter where you’re at in life.  Regardless if you are a student, or a professional, or just looking for a fresh start- it doesn’t matter.  Life in Greenville may be just what you need, and whatever stress is left over after the move will surely melt away once you’re in your new home.



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Get Back On Track With A Personal Loan






I don’t imagine that many people enjoy being in debt.  Personally, I know I don’t.  However, there are plenty of situations that you have no way of planning for that can arise on a daily basis.  Nothing is guaranteed and once a wrench gets thrown into your plans, it is hard to get things back to where they need to be.  Well, if you find yourself in one of these financial crisis’, you may want to consider a personal loan to get you back on track.



Things Happen


When you find yourself in a situation that is tough to dig your way out of, you can feel very alone.  Most times, it feels like the universe is against you and that someone, somewhere must be conspiring against you.  The fact is, though, that things happen to everyone.  You may not think you know anyone who happened to fall into the same hole that you now find yourself in but that’s just your mind trying to fool you.  We all need help from time to time and you should never feel like you are alone in your situation.  As a matter of fact, if you seek out others who have gone through the same thing, you may find a few solutions that you hadn’t considered.


Getting A Loan


When you take out a loan, you should have every realistic intention of paying it back.  If the loan you are securing requires $200 payments per week to keep you out of the red, than you need to make sure that you can afford that.  Many people can be unrealistic when it comes to repayment terms and that is usually the downfall.  So, before signing, make sure you can afford to pay the lender back as he wishes to be paid.


Getting back on track may only take a personal loan and before you know it, you may find yourself exactly where you want to be.  They are generally easy to obtain and can mean the difference between making it and failing.  This can be the solution that you have been looking for.

Never Can You Not Have The Perfect Costume





Everyone knows that Halloween is the night that all the ghouls and ghosts come out to play but that doesn’t mean that your costume fun has to be exclusive to Halloween.  You never know when a great costume party can occur and you don’t want to be caught off guard when you get that costume party invitation in May.  Luckily, the internet is available to help you find the costume you need no matter what time of year it is!


Fun Friends


Costume parties in the summer may seem like an outlandish idea but the fact is that if you have friends who enjoy having fun, this is exactly what may happen!  For a group of friends who enjoy being silly and enjoy hosting parties, you never know what the weekend may hold.  They may decide that throwing a Mardi Gras style masquerade party just for the heck of it; maybe they want to throw party and have everyone wear funny Halloween costumes just for a good laugh; you may even find yourself at a party featuring a favorite television show finale where the guests come as characters from the show.  In other words, for fun and creative friends, you never know when you will need a costume.


Finding The Right Costume


The perfect costume will, of course, depend on the theme of the party.  If you are attending a costume party where anything goes, it really can give you the chance to be truly creative.  There are plenty of websites out there where you can buy or even rent a costume and if you don’t have inspiration when you first begin shopping, it is likely that browsing these various costume websites can give you an idea of the costume that you want to wear.  If you already have an idea of what you want to wear before you even begin shopping, it can definitely cut down on your browsing time and if you search the internet for those specific ideas, you can generally find them very quickly.


The internet has opened up a whole new marketplace and has given consumers the opportunity to buy pretty much any product that they want at almost any time that they want it.  The same goes for costumes.  Don’t believe that simply because it isn’t approaching All Hallows Eve that you can’t get a great costume for that spring costume party!  There is never a time that you won’t be able to find a costume for your party and there is never a reason for you to have to sit that party out because you are underdressed.  So, costume on and have fun when doing it, even if it happens to be July.

Learning Smart Negotiation Techniques


When you are in the car dealership game, the only thing more important than sharpening your negotiating skills is developing your skills at closing the auto deal.  Before you can close that deal, though, you need to have your customer ready to sign that dotted line.  Most consumers are not happy with the sticker price on a new car and they know those prices are inflated and can be negotiated.  As a car salesperson, it is important that you know how to use these negotiations to your benefit in order to utilize this skill to its fullest.


A Skill To Hone

The art of negotiation isn’t one that comes to most overnight, especially if you are approaching the sales field for the first time.  However, it is an essential skill to learn in order to be as successful in the dealership game as you would like to be.  It is something that you can take with you no matter which dealership you work for and, if you decide that the car dealership game isn’t for you, you can even take it with you to other sales related fields.  A skilled negotiator can convince his customer that the price they wind up getting is not only the best price available but that selling the vehicle at that price is actually well below what the salesperson would consider the lowest offer.  A skilled negotiator can convince a customer of this, even when that low price is actually on the higher end of the salesperson’s room for negotiation.


Bringing Home The Bucks

Negotiation techniques aren’t just something that helps your employer report profits every quarter.  Those techniques are also for your own benefit!  When you are a salesperson, your income directly depends on the amount of sales that you make and the value of those sales.  The more you sell, the more you, obviously, make.  However, a great negotiator can make just as much from one sale that a so-so negotiator can make through multiple sales, so volume isn’t always the full picture.  In the end, you want to have the skills to bring home a paycheck that is worth dealing with the occasional unfriendly customer.


Negotiating techniques really change from person to person and developing those techniques means being fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses and working to improve on them.  Negotiation is a skill that you can use on almost an everyday basis, from dealing with your children to talking to a creditor, and the better you are at it, the better then chance that you will wind up with whatever it is you want by the end.  So, start practicing and see what kind of paychecks you can bring home.

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