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, May 03, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
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.
Dead Politician by Tanya R. Taylor - While visiting a
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.
Monday, April 19, 2021
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.
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, décor, 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.”
Monday, April 12, 2021
Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein is a deep thinker because as
‘Purpose Wines’ was launched in 2018. Eunice Chiweshe
Goldstein Winery opened its first tasting room in the small town of
Goldstein grew up splitting time between her home in the
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
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.
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Monday, March 29, 2021
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Monday, March 22, 2021
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.
Monday, March 15, 2021
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.
The adult sex toys market in the
Vibrators segment corners a 42.1%
share in 2020. In the global adult vibrators segment, the
Monday, March 08, 2021
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.
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
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."
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.
Monday, March 01, 2021
Eronmonsere-Ajanaku, a best-selling author of romance stories, gives her views
and explains - Is There a
Specific Place to Meet a Guy or
Woman. Are Your Standards Too High?
Monday, February 22, 2021
There is a saying, “Love is not supposed to hurt.” However, we are talking about when lovemaking begins to hurt. You are probably wondering how engaging in sex becomes painful. Well, wonder no more. To discover common sex injuries and other hazards, please click here.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Monday, February 08, 2021
It may come as no surprise, but some men and women do not have a partner to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day. Moreover, with COVID-19 still here, along with the discovery of a new strain, folks should avoid traveling, large gatherings, and remain home. Many couples also have a long-distance relationship. Rather than travel, they will most likely remain home or go viral to connect.
Being alone on Saint Valentine’s Day does not mean you are lonely. With over seven billion people in the world, you are never alone. In one way or another, we are all connected.
Therefore, we have listed five romance books that you can read on this special day. If you are lucky to have someone in your life with you, read the stories together.
To purchase these books, click on the title. Happy
Café Mocha by Vivienne Diane Neal
This is the author’s first and only sensual romance short story, focusing on Cinnamon Jones a divorcée who has decided to change her way of thinking when it comes to meeting men. No more will she settle for someone who does not measure up to her high standards, which she did when she first met her husband, Horatio Jones. When he became successful, he dumped her. However, after she meets Ray Samuel in a café, sparks will fly. Will Cinnamon find true love, or will she end up making the same mistake twice?
Royal Cowries by Stella-Eromonsere-Ajanaku
This saga takes place during the late 1400s in Igodomigodo,
an ancient city in
Saba & Nisha by Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Presents an authentic view on how destiny can decide who we choose to love and whether the desire to be with that person develops into a lasting bond when tradition, religion, class, and the changing roles of women come into play.
Unlawful Desires (Lawyers in Lust Book 1) by Sassy Sinclair, aka Pamela Samuels Young
Sharla Ratliff and Marcel Dennard are lawyers and have no luck when it comes to seeking a lifetime partner until they meet at a dance.
Married in The Nick of Nine (Cass & Nick Series, Book 1) by Alretha ThomasCassandra Whitmore wants to get married in nine months but keeps meeting total jerks until she discovers Nicolas Harte at a nightclub and believes he is “The One.”
Monday, February 01, 2021
UBAWA's Top 100 Authors is an annual list published at the end of every year to celebrate the many talented authors whose work often goes unnoticed. Congratulations to the following authors below who were nominated and chosen by readers as UBAWA'S Top 100 Authors of 2020.
UBAWA'S Top 100 Authors of 2020 will be published in the 41st issue of the UBAWA Magazine and featured in the next edition of Who's Who in Urban Literature. If no one else takes the time out to recognize the hard work that many independent authors put in day-to-day, we will. It has been our mission and commitment since 2010 and we are happy that you and thousands of others can join us in giving these authors their props.