Monday, May 10, 2021

Solo Travelers Over 50 are Opting to Personalize Their Voyage

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Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) is the leader in solo-friendly travel for women over 50, exploring the globe, experiencing new cultures, and connecting with others from every lifestyle. Solo women travelers help to enrich the lives of the people they will meet along the way – often women and girls in faraway places – just as their lives will be enriched by the discoveries they will make on their journeys.

 

More than 80,000 solo travelers have traveled with O.A.T. in the last five years, and more than half of O.A.T.’s travelers are women traveling alone. The company has 38,000 solo women travelers who have reserved travel for 2021 and 2022. O.A.T. offers Free Single Supplements on 92% of its 30,000 single spaces to support unaccompanied travelers.

 

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In the spirit of women supporting women, O.A.T. issued the complimentary NEW 101+ Tips for Solo Women Travelers. Edited by O.A.T. Vice Chairman Harriet Lewis, the booklet assembles advice primarily from O.A.T.'s most seasoned solo women travelers.

 

The NEW 101+ Tips for Solo Women Travelers, written specifically for the mature woman, shares tips on top solo-friendly destinations, specific regions of the world, solo travel safety, money matters, etiquette, dining, and culture. Anyone may request a complimentary copy of the NEW 101+ Tips for Solo Women Travelers (or view it) at http://www.oattravel.com/community/101-tips.

 

For many O.A.T. solo women travelers, the best part of their adventures is the support through O.A.T. travel for Grand Circle Foundation projects, many of which focus on women and girls. The organization's community development, for example, establishes the means for women and village leaders to create sustainable changes in their communities to become economically self-sufficient. By 2022, 85% of O.A.T.’s travelers are choosing to personalize their experiences in more than 80 countries.

 

O.A.T. is the only travel company to offer the level of flexibility, so solo travelers can create a truly personalized experience. 

 

Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) is part of Boston-based - Grand Circle Corporation's family of travel companies, which also include Grand Circle Cruise Line and Grand Circle Travel. In 1992, owners Alan and Harriet Lewis established the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation to support communities in which Grand Circle works and travels, including some 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational endeavors worldwide, among them, 100 schools in 50 countries. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $200 million since 1981.

 

To learn more about O.A.T., please visit http://www.oattravel.com or call 1-800-955-1925.

Monday, May 03, 2021

How Can A Man Love His Wife And Have An Affair? | Best Marriage Tips

Our Favorite married couple, Augustine and Stella Ajanaku will share some interesting tips on marriage. Enjoy this video. Moreover, please leave your comments and subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Ten Gripping Mysteries with Shocking Endings by Vivienne Diane Neal


Do you enjoy reading narratives, believing you know how the stories will end? Well, think again. Following are 10 page-turning, edge-on-your-seat mysteries written by some of our favorite authors that will keep you guessing until the very end.



Diabolical by Charlotte Marshall-Murray - A man confesses with evidence to killing five missing women but the police have doubts about his story.

Death Toll Recon by Terry Keys - A District Attorney is accused of murdering a judge.

Dead Man’s Detour (Abby Waither Series - Book 1) by Maxwell T. Blackmore - A museum curator works with a detective to value a piece of art found clenched in a dead man’s hand.

One Dead Politician by Tanya R. Taylor - While visiting a Caribbean country on police business, a Los Angeles Detective becomes embroiled in a murder mystery.

Nana by Brandon Massey - A stranger shows up at a funeral making an outlandish allegation.

Threat Nexus by Cortez Law III - An enemy who has a puzzling message, which will bring back painful memories and threats approaches a detective.

Agent Red: Fatal Memory (Teagan Stone Book 1) by Ava S. King - A secret organization kidnaps a retired operative who has lost her memory.

The Book of Jericho by J. D. Oliva - The son of a powerful and destined lobbyist is murdered.

The Cyclist by Tim Sullivan - A dead body is discovered on a site that is scheduled to be demolished.

Minus One (The Drew Smith Series) by Norwood Holland - A newly licensed lawyer comes to the defense of his best friend accused of murder.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Planning an Economical Wedding during COVID-19

 

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, micro-weddings are big right now but as weddings get smaller, so have budgets.

 

With many people suffering financial hardships, salary cuts, or job losses, many couples can no longer afford to have the lavish wedding they had their hearts set on.

 

Over the past year, some couples have had to postpone or cancel their weddings, missing deposits, and venues they carefully picked.

 

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For these reasons, weddings have become more personal, focusing more on the shared experience rather than over-the-top aesthetics.

 

Maureen “Nono” Skosana, founder and chief executive of event planning company, Nono Events, says, “Given our COVID-19 restrictions where events are limited to 50 guests, micro-weddings are now massive. While the guest list and booze bill may have dwindled or disappeared completely, the cost to create an intimate but memorable experience has not.

 

“Some vendors are increasing their fees to accommodate complex logistics, inflation, and to keep their businesses afloat. Also, when you buy or order in bulk, you save. That’s not the case anymore, which is putting pressure on the budget.”

 

Nono Events, with the help of Budget Insurance, have put together a guide to budgeting for a micro wedding.

 

Their tips include:

 

Commit to a wedding budget - When you start planning your wedding, understand the state of your finances, and then set an overall limit of how much you can spend and stick to it.

 

Avoid debt - Do not go into debt to pay for the day. Similarly, you do not want to dip into savings you have for a specific purpose such as a new house.

 

Package deals - Select a package deal from one supplier if possible instead of using different suppliers. Be honest and discuss your budget with your preferred supplier. This will enable them to work out an appropriate cost-saving package.

 

RSVPs - Make sure that you have proper RSVP processes in place. This will help manage catering costs amongst other costs. 


Know what things cost - Make a very detailed list that includes the venue, food, d├ęcor, and drinks, down to nails and hair for the big day. Decide what you would like and find out how much these things cost. The more detail you put in, the better you can budget and plan, and see where you can save or cut.


Marriage is all about compromise - Start early and draw up a list of what will make your wedding memorable, and special; what can you do without, at a push.

 

Susan Steward from Budget Insurance, says, “At a time where budgets are already stretched to the limit, couples need to ensure that they have their dream day without breaking the bank. Remember, the wedding is not the end; it is the beginning. The marriage is what counts. The best way to start a marriage is in financial health and with a commitment to building a secure future together.” 

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein’s ‘Purpose Wines’ is Promoting Social Justice

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Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein is a deep thinker because as Oregon’s first Black woman who owns a winery and as a winemaker, she has a lot to envision. There are the daily challenges of running a business. There are also the struggles people like her face in the industry, where historically a lack of diversity has led to a lack of role models from similar backgrounds.

 

‘Purpose Wines’ was launched in 2018. Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery opened its first tasting room in the small town of Astoria, Oregon in 2019. The winery focuses on wine from the Willamette Valley, and each month, a portion of the sales is donated to different charitable causes.

Goldstein grew up splitting time between her home in the United States and her grandparents’ farm in Zimbabwe. Her grandfather brewed beer while her grandmother had a passion for drinking and sharing wine. She saw firsthand the way beer and wine opened up conversations and brought people together. It left a profound impression on her.

 

Although she went to the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and graduated with a degree in filmmaking, there was never any doubt in her mind that, someday, she would create something linked to wine. After all, she says, “Francis Ford Coppola, who is UCLA film school alum, had successfully pursued careers in both industries. If he could do it, she could, too.”

 

This unwavering belief in her is one of Goldstein’s defining uniqueness. However, it is her belief in humanity that sets her apart, both as a person and as a winery proprietor. She believes we can all do better and will do better, for each other as well as the earth. This hopefulness and the sense of responsibility that comes with it shines through with Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery labels like Black Lives Matter Pinot Noir, marked by wisplike letters spelling “I can’t breathe” in the shape of a cross inspired by the murder of George Floyd. Goldstein says she incorporated the cross on the label to reflect the fact that George Floyd was a human being who did not deserve to lose his life.

 

Goldstein believes that one of the key lessons of being on this planet is that we have to take care of each other. We have to do better. She is a big fan of Paul Newman and all the charity work he did through his food brand. She would love to do something like that so she can continue to help people, because as she says, “At the end of the day, we cannot take it with us. The Egyptians tried it and it did not work.” For more information on her winery and wines, please, click here.

Monday, April 05, 2021

What You Need to Know About Romance Scams

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The Coronavirus, COVID-19, has had a major impact worldwide. With a pandemic, comes a proliferation of scammers. Therefore, it should not surprise you that there has been a swell of individuals attempting to separate you from your hard-earned cash.

 

Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. Instead of finding romance, many find swindlers trying to trick them into sending money. Read about the stories romance scammers makeup and learn the #1 tip for avoiding a romance swindle.

The Lies Romance Scammers Tell

How to Avoid Losing Money to a Romance Scammer

How to Report a Romance Scam

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Monday, March 29, 2021

The Bitter Side to Infidelity by Miss Know It All

 

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A couple of years ago, I wrote about a side to infidelity that has been trending for a while. Today, more people in marriages are ‘micro-cheating,’ defined as being emotionally or physically involved with someone outside of the marriage. 

The Urban Dictionary defines ‘micro-cheating’ as behaviors considered disloyal within a relationship, nothing too serious but not too innocent either. It can be frequent flirting, touching, calling, texting, chatting, or asking someone for intimate advice, all hidden from your partner.
 
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However, when it comes to marriage, where there is physical cheating, the signs can be obvious, but as to whether your partner is micro-cheating, the messages may be vague. Moreover, if you decide to stay with that person there is no telling how that marriage will sustain itself. Many experts will recommend marriage counseling. Unfortunately, in countless cases, the damage has been done and no amount of advice will save that marriage.

Just one month after giving birth to their son, a popular talk show host revealed how she discovered her spouse was cheating on her. What tipped her off was a late-night phone call. She overheard her husband talking to another woman, who eventually became pregnant. The host’s husband even purchased an abode for the mistress and their child, but later added that the host and her husband moved on from the incident stronger than before. 

In hindsight, the host stated that she never would have believed that someone as successful as she would have stayed with a cheater, and says she does not regret staying with him for over twenty years when enough was enough. 

Remaining with a person who has committed infidelity in a marriage is a personal choice. However, as most people, who have faced a betrayal(s) in their marriage, will state, “Once a cheater, always a cheater, and generally, the marriage doesn’t get any better if you decide to remain in that union.”

Monday, March 22, 2021

A Safe Way to Date Online

Many dating sites if they have not already are adding new safety features to help protect their members, namely photo verification, in-app safety check-ins during dates, and a built-in panic button. 

 

When meeting someone online, it can be risky if you know nothing about the person. One can take many safety precautions: meeting in a well-populated place, and letting friends and family know where you will be during the date, and this is where the check-ins during dates and a built-in panic button comes in.

 

The move came about after an investigation by ProPublica and Columbia Journalism found that several popular dating apps allowed known sex offenders to use their interfaces and create accounts.

 

While most dating sites offer tips on protecting yourself when meeting someone in person, these extra features can make your dating experience a little more worry-free.

 

To check on what Tinder has been doing to update its dating apps, click here.

 

Moreover, remember, COVID-19 is still here, which means extra precautions should be taken.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Global Adult Sex Toys Market Projected to Reach $36.1 Billion Dollars by 2027

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Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for adult sex toys estimated at US$24.5 Billion in the year 2020 is expected to reach a revised size of US$36.1 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 5.7% over the period 2020-2027.

 

Erection Rings are projected to grow at a 4.9% CAGR to reach US$7.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Dildos segment is readjusted to a revised 5.5% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 25% share of the global adult sex toys market.

 

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The U.S. accounted for over 28.9% of the global market size in 2020, while China is forecast to grow at an 8.9% CAGR for the period of 2020-2027.

 

The adult sex toys market in the U.S. was estimated at US$7.1 billion in the year 2020. The country currently accounts for a 28.92% share in the global market.

 

China, the world's second-largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$6.6 Billion in the year 2027, trailing a CAGR of 8.9% through 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 3.2% and 5.2% respectively over the 2020-2027 periods.

 

Within Europe, Germany is projected to grow at approximately 3.7% CAGR while the rest of the European market will reach US$6.6 Billion by the year 2027.

 

Adult Vibrators segment corners a 42.1% share in 2020. In the global adult vibrators segment, the USA, Canada, Japan, China, and Europe will drive the 5.4% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$7.8 Billion in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$11.2 Billion by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest-growing in this cluster of regional markets, led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea. The market in Asia-Pacific is predicted to reach US$4.9 Billion by the year 2027, while Latin America will expand at a 7.1% CAGR through the analysis period.

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Source: Dublin--(Business Wire)--Feb 8, 2021 

Monday, March 08, 2021

COVID-19 Testing at Weddings: What You Need to Know Now

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If you’re a New York-based couple planning a wedding right now, chances are, you’ve heard the news that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially announced that wedding receptions of up to 150 people, or 50 percent of the reception venue’s capacity will be allowed so long as there is proper testing in place ahead of the event. This is huge and unexpected news for the countless engaged couples who have had to cancel, postpone, or put their wedding plans on pause over the last year. In addition to restored hope and anticipation, the recent ruling, which will go into effect on March 15, 2021, gives direction to couples and vendors on how to conduct safely a traditionally sized wedding.


While this news is most certainly a welcomed wave of normalcy in comparison to what weddings have looked like in the past 12 months, it is unfortunately not the finish line of the pandemic, notes Robert Hess III, M.P.H., public health expert and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hess III Consulting, LLC. “Couples will still need to uphold other COVID-19 prevention measures, even at their wedding receptions, including masks, physical distance, and handwashing, which will make weddings look different this year,” he says. “This doesn’t factor in the new variants which are rapidly evolving and should be heavily considered as part of planning.” 

 

The process of carrying out a wedding that follows all of the stipulations put forth by this government ruling is also incredibly complicated. “Firstly, all events must be approved by the local health department, which means that guest safety will be monitored to ensure these weddings are being mindful of COVID measures and keeping all the guests as safe and healthy as possible,” explains Tory Smith, wedding planner and owner of Smith + James Events in Los Angeles. “It is important to remember that someone will need to monitor all the guests' test results, making sure they are all negative, as well as the fact that any guests who test positive will need to stay home and quarantine.” Smith also urges the importance of realizing that safety is paramount when it comes to these events. “It’s not just like they’re opening the floodgates back up,” she adds.

 

If you are eager to participate in the opportunity to have an actual wedding with 150 or fewer friends and family members, what do you need to consider pulling it off successfully—and safely? Here is an expert guide to what it will take to have a COVID-conscious wedding under the new stipulations.

 

What to Do Before the Wedding

 

Planning a wedding mid-pandemic means more logistics. And with new regulations, such as those recently announced by Cuomo, couples are now required to take additional measures, such as getting event approval and providing COVID-19 testing for an extended guest count.


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Get Your Application into the Health Department ASAP


Before you adjust your plans in the slightest, the smartest move to make is to reach out to your local health department to get approval to host your wedding should the number of people you intend to invite be greater than 50. “Health departments are woefully understaffed and burnt out, so it may take longer than you anticipate to hear back,” notes Hess. If you have not heard back within the expected timeframe given upon your application date, he recommends following up weekly. Once approved, make sure to keep track of whatever approval documents they give you so that you have them handy on the day of your wedding. 

 


Determine How Many People Will Be Allowed

 

"Reach out to your venues sooner rather than later to confirm the maximum capacity of the reception space that you have booked and divide that number in two to confirm how many people the new maximum will be," explains Oniki Hardtman of Oh Niki Occasions. As for the number of people: Do not forget to account for the venue wait staff and all of your vendors. "Ask each vendor how many people will be on their team the day of the wedding – for instance, photographers often have two to four people on staff depending on your package," Hardtman suggests.

 

Reassess Your Budget

 

Before you figure out the intricacies of COVID-19 testing, you will want to consider whether your budget will allow you to accommodate the process for all guests, or if you will be putting the cost and responsibility of testing on each attendee. According to Hardtman, the most economical way of being tested is through state-approved sites that are open and available to the public. If the cost of testing is a concern for you, consider making testing the responsibility of your guests. If you take this approach, we recommend researching testing sites in your area and recommending the most cost-effective options (at an Urgent Care facility or your local CVS store, for example). For detailed information about testing in New York, visit here.

 

Rumor has it that states will be releasing a system to ensure that all guests are accounted for and tested (similar to contract tracing) but details are not yet known, says Hardtman. This burden will probably fall on the couple and/or their planner. "At this point, we honestly need to wait and see but any couples that are not working with a planner should get very comfortable with spreadsheets to account for guests and their testing status," she says. "Your wedding planner or venue coordinator may need to dedicate a coordinator specifically to keeping track at the door of who has confirmed their testing status."

 

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What to Ask of Your Guests

 

While this is your wedding, every person in attendance will have to abide by the rules you and your state set in place. "If you have decided to require testing or if your area requires testing to attend events, no guest or vendor should be able to attend without providing clear negative results," Smith says.

 

Set Clear Expectations

 

For this reason, it is important to be direct with your guests. "Make sure you are very straightforward in what is required to attend the wedding," Smith says. "It's a big ask but it's important to protect all your loved ones and the vendor team. Be sure you are giving plenty of time, do your local research on options for testing, make the time window clear, and require each guest to forward on their negative results."

 

Distribute Cohesive Messaging

 

To help organize and mobilize guests to be tested before the event, the more information you can give, the better, according to Smith. She recommends sending out an informational email as well as putting thorough testing instructions and detailed safety measures on the wedding website. “Answer as many questions as you can so you're not inundated with a flurry of questions from your entire guest list,” she says. “The more information you give, the fewer questions you'll have to answer and the less overwhelmed you will be.”

 

If Necessary, Encourage Safe Travel

 

Cruz recommends encouraging guests to attend remotely if they would need to travel from out of town. However, if travel is essential, there are extra precautions that can help limit the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 on the way to the wedding. She adds that if guests test before traveling, their tests are essentially void because they risked exposure during the travel process. "Remind guests that they will need to quarantine in advance of the event and near the destination to mitigate risk, and then test for the most accurate results," she says. Travel should be well thought out and planned well in advance—at least three days before the event, according to Hess. “Driving is ideal since you can minimize human contact, but if flying is required, guests should review their airline’s travel guidelines and bring hand sanitizer and wipes in their carry on so they can wipe down surfaces,” says Hess. He also recommends renting a car versus relying on ride-sharing services and staying in a hotel versus staying with family. “Hotels have strict guidelines they follow and air conditioners for each room, which means you won’t be sharing air with everyone else in the building,” he says. “Home-sharing services, like Airbnb, are more difficult to ensure the host is the cleaning and sanitizing effectively, but of course is another option.”

 

What to Do on the Wedding Day


After all the pre-planning and approvals, additional safety measures will need to be taken on the day-of. You will want to discuss these in detail with your venue and team but we have one key message for everyone: Even with extensive testing, couples must enforce safety measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing at a gathering of this size, especially if it is indoors. "It may be a good idea for the wedding party to ask someone to be what we call a 'COVID Compliance Officer,'" suggests Debiec. "Imagine a groomsman or bridesmaid just for COVID—this may not sound like a very unpleasant job but all they would be doing is making sure everyone follows the rules of masks and possibly wiping down all things that could be touched quite a bit during the wedding."

 

A Few Other Recommendations? 

 

You can create punny signs that outline any sort of guidelines, add COVID-friendly items to swag bags, and acknowledging that just by showing up, your guests have done so much work to be part of your special day. “Lean on your vendors for expert advice as to what is realistic and best practices for bringing your as-close-as-possible vision to life while executing a seamless, safe event,” he says. “Breathe, be patient, embrace creativity, and wash your hands.” The World Health Organization has declared the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.


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