5 Mistakes to Avoid While Online Electronics Shopping

If you are planning to buy electronics, there is no better option than online electronics shopping. Thanks to the reasonable prices, convenience, wide variety, secured shopping environment and numerous other advantages the online medium of electronics shopping offers to us. However, quite a few individuals still hesitate to shop online because of the frauds and scams online shopping is prone to.

Although online electronics shopping is fun, but sometimes individuals tend to make some mistakes while shopping online and hence, there online shopping experience turns out to be a failure. In order to evade such a situation, one must avoid making some mistakes for the best results. These include:

1. Making a hasty purchase: Decisions made in a hurry often prove to be wrong. So make sure to avoid making quick decisions without evaluating each point of concern before buying electronics online. You must thoroughly check the terms and conditions of the store you are buying from, its return policy, shipping charges, contact details and other significant information.

If there is something about the website that doesn’t appeal to you or does not seem to be up to the mark, simply don’t buy the product. It’s better not to buy a product that doesn’t meet your requirement rather than returning it afterwards.

2. Buying expensive electronics without any discount: Buying expensive electronics at full price is a very common mistake that most individuals tend to make. It is suggested to buy electronic items during the festive season when most of the websites offer the best deals and discount offers on a range of electronic products. Most of the electronic stores offer Diwali discounts, anniversary sales, mid-season sales, winter discounts and more. You should make the most of these deals offered by different stores. You can buy your desired electronic item at a much lesser price at this time of the year.

In addition to the discounts, you can also get free gifts or free shipping as a bonus.

3. Choosing a random website: This is perhaps the most common mistake that people usually tend to commit. Due to our busy schedules, most of us choose any website randomly that offers the best price, but we forget to confirm the authenticity of the site. This may later cause us great loss.

Hence, you should always make a thorough research about the website before purchasing any item from it. Choose a website that’s absolutely transparent with the customers, read its reviews and also check its terms and conditions.

4. Not comparing prices: This is yet another big mistake that most individuals commit while shopping online. Not using the price comparison tools can be very disadvantageous.

Online shopping is known for offering the best prices, so you must use it to your advantage by comparing prices from the competitive websites in order to get the lowest price possible. Several online stores now offer price comparison tools to make your shopping experience even more simple and quick. Isn’t that great?

5. Following unknown email

Ten Tacky Things To Avoid At Your Wedding

Sometimes in the midst of planning their wedding, impressionable couples can have a tough time sorting out the good ideas from the bad. Just because you have seen something done at another wedding does not necessarily mean that is is okay to include at your own. Ten tacky things to avoid are:

1. A dollar dance with the bride. I don’t care how many times you have seen this done, it is never acceptable. And no, you should not have a “money tree” either.

2. A cash bar. These people are your guests – you cannot expect them to pay for your reception. You didn’t call them up and ask them to pay for your wedding gown or bridal jewelry, did you? Graciously serve what you can afford. If that means beer and wine instead of French champagne, that is perfectly fine. Or create a signature drink; it is a very stylish way to avoid the expense of a full open bar.

3. Speaking of the wedding gown, be very wary of lace-up or corset backs. Unless they are done extremely well by an expert in corset construction, they just look trashy. Also beware the danger of back fat squishing through the laces – very unsightly, and it can happen to almost anyone, no matter how slim she may be.

4. While we are on the subject of the bridal ensemble, let’s talk about accessories. You will surely want to be fully bejeweled on your wedding day, from your hair on down to your feet. Remember, though, to keep it tasteful, and to balance your bridal jewelry with your other accents. For instance, if you are wearing a grand and opulent tiara, chose a delicate pendant instead of a three inch wide rhinestone choker to adorn your neck. You want your to wear your accessories, not to have them wear you!

5. For the gentlemen – don’t try to get too creative with your black tie. A vest or cumberbund in a color that ties in with the bridesmaids’ dresses is fine, but one covered with cartoon characters crosses the line. And need I even mention that a tuxedo print t-shirt is frightening, not clever?

6. This one is for the guests: the invitation is meant only for those to whom it was addressed. That means that you cannot bring your children or your cousin visiting for the weekend, unless they were specifically invited.

7. Bridesmaid abuse. Please remember that your bridesmaids are not indentured servants. Being close friends of the bride, they are likely to volunteer to help her go gown shopping, assemble favors, etc., but a bride should not demand that for the one year preceding her wedding these women dedicate every spare minute to preparing for her wedding. Nor can you make unreasonable demands regarding the appearance of your friends. If you liked your someone enough to ask her to be in your wedding in the first place, you should like her enough to let her be …

Mistakes That Fashion Designers Must Avoid

Fashion designing is a challenging career on its own and if you start to make mistakes, then you are only going to make your situation worse. All mistakes are not bad, as learning from them is important and makes the best fashion designers. However, there are a few common mistakes that a lot of designers make, which eventually land them in hot water.

Honesty, not only to others, but to yourself is very important in the fashion industry. There will be times you will make mistakes, but how and what you learn from them is going to be crucial to your success. There are a few things that you should avoid in order to be one of the best designers. What are they? Let's take a look:

Thinking you know everything

One of the common mistakes fashion designers make is believing that they are aware of everything there is to know about the fashion business. Such a perception can sometimes be unintentional and can lead to disastrous consequences for your career or business. Having the attitude to learn is an important step to improving and becoming a successful fashion designer. There is always someone you can find in your company that might know more about something you are working on, so it is a good idea to ask for their help and expertise. The best designers are constantly improving and learning and it is a habit you should get used to as well.

Not caring about the finances

A lot of designers make the mistake of focusing too much on the creative side of things and not caring about the finances. This is a big mistake, as being aware of the financial basics can be an important asset to have. Fashion designers often have to create budgets for their projects, as well as work within those budgets. Knowledge about the financial aspects helps in making the process easier. It can also be useful in making better decisions and minimizing the probability of making mistakes.

Being nervous about selling

Although, as a fashion designer your focus and your expertise do not lie in the sales department, you should never shy away from making a sale and accepting phone calls. It is understandable that designers are nervous about such stuff but interacting with customers can be beneficial to designers as well. Furthermore, designers should interact with their sales team and come up with plans to best sell their product. Communication between the two is vital in creating a successful product.

Going at it alone

While it can be tempting to pursue your dreams of fashion designing alone, it is important that you understand that it is not possible to do so. Even the people who look like they do not need any help will tell you the same; they cannot do it without the help of others. Every now and then you will need support and guidance from someone who is better equipped or has handled situations that you have no clue …

Beauty at Any Cost – Helping Young Women Avoid This Dangerous Trap

It's no secret that our society and the media have established and continue to promote an idyllic, almost impossible, standard of beauty that women consistently judge themselves against and are always aspiring to achieve.

With the advent of readily available cosmetic surgery and treatments, this quest has reached a new fever pitch. By one estimate, American women spend almost $ 7 billion dollars a year on products used in the pursuit of beauty.

And we've all seen or heard stories of women addicted to Botox or plastic surgery -some have had so many nips and tucks that their faces resemble cartoon characters and still they want more! These extreme cases are the casualties of a popular culture that is saturated with images of airbrushed, over sexualized, and perfectly coiffed celebrities and models that can make even the most confident of us feel a little insecure or inadequate at times.

The extent of this problem was documented in a 2008 report released by the YWCA called "Beauty At Any Cost". The report underscores the substantial health implications for women on the endless treadmill of "unrealistic beauty attainment." Through chronic and unhealthy dieting, using smoking as a weight-loss aide, taking unnecessary risks during cosmetic surgical procedures, and absorbing unsafe chemicals through cosmetics, women are placing themselves in precarious health situations to maintain some semblance of their idealized physical selves. Women and girls are at risk for lifelong health problems – and the problems start at an early age.

Add to the mix a $ 50 billion a year unregulated cosmetics industry that puts unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing or monitoring of health effects, ready to profit from these narrow beauty standards to convert women and girls into life-long customers . Many of these companies go to great lengths to market to teens and "tweens" (8 to 12 year olds) as part of this goal. Their emphasis is on creating cheap products that appeal to this demographic with little or no regard for the potential health or environmental impact of the chemicals used to produce them.

Clearly, young girls and teens are more vulnerable and susceptible to harm than ever before. However, with a little guidance they can learn to make safer, healthier choices for themselves and set an example for their peers.

What can you do to help the young girls and teens you know avoid falling into this trap? Here are some guidelines that you can use:

1. The Buck Starts and Stops with You
Most children are influenced by the behaviors and attitudes of their parents and caretakers. So it's up to you to set the bar for what's acceptable. If you want your daughters, nieces, or younger sisters to adopt healthy habits then make sure you are doing the same. Take a look at your inventory of cosmetics and personal care products and eliminate those that contain ingredients that are known to be harmful. If you're not sure where to start, check …

Why Men and Women Avoid Personal Training With the Opposite Sex

All fitness centers are a place for many types of gym goers, this does not include bodybuilding gyms and women's only fitness centers. All fitness centers provide personal training. There has always been some separation with male and female personal trainers. The big question here is why males and females avoid personal training with the opposite sex?

From a female personal trainer perspective, I see this male and female personal trainer avoidance quite often. First, most personal trainers are willing to work with anyone and everyone. Some may prefer older adults, men, women, children, or just athletes. In my own personal experience some older women tend to avoid male personal trainers because they feel as though they are only into body building which reduces the chances of training with a male trainer. Some women think male trainers are the "Arrogant" type. A good majority of women only want to train with female trainers because they are uncomfortable with training with men. Most women are seeking trainers that are understanding and knowledgeable. Some look for trainers that specialize in certain aspect of training such as weight-loss, corrective exercise, strength training, and do not have a preference in male or female.

The other day I encountered a gym goer while training some clients. Lets call her "Connie." She spoke with some of my clients both male and female. She asked them about my ability as a personal trainer as well as my personality. My clients then discussed my training methods and personality. When I walked over and introduced myself she said she has been looking for a personal trainer for a while now and that I seemed like the type of trainer she wanted to work with. Of course I had to ask her why. Hearing some frustration in her voice stated she felt intimidated by the male Personal Trainers that she has seen in this particular fitness center. She needed to be trained by someone more "like her", meaning a female personal trainer.

On very rare occasions men have come to me seeking advice on reaching goals. Granted I am always willing to assist anyone with any questions fitness related whether they are male, female, young, and old. I have had men deliberately avoid me like the plague at the gym even though they have seen me training for several months. Do the letters on the back of my uniform not state "Personal Trainer"? Am I intimidating? Do you think my years of experience and knowledge are inadequate? Am I not strong enough to spot you? "Do you think you will offend me while speaking to me?"

A few years ago while at the gym with my husband. I was spotting him on his last set on the bench press. There was a guy on the chest press clearly needing some assistance. He waited until my husband was finished and walked right past me without a word and asked my husband for a spot. I was disappointed. I may not be …

Create a Style Guide for Your Nonprofit – Avoid Audience Confusion

There's never enough time when you're getting communications out the door. But when two different spellings of the same word (both correct) are used in a membership drive campaign, or the way your nonprofit is described varies from letter to letter within the campaign, or your logo appears in different colors and different sizes in different places , your audiences will be confused. The answer? Style standards clearly defined and published in a style guide.

The Problem

Due to the ubiquitous nature of advertising and promotion, we're all bombarded by communications. In the face of this morass, you're making it difficult for your audiences to recognize, at a glance, that your communications are all coming from your organization. Remember, we're all scanners these days.

In addition, it's likely that those who do recognize that these divergent communications are from you won't think much of your organization or your sloppy communications effort.

Consistency is the key to your audiences absorbing your messages, and for them to be able to "whisper down the lane" – repeating those messages to others. No other form of communication is as powerful as this natural network.

A Style Guide Is a Long-Term Solution

An easy way to ensure clear and consistent communications is to create a two to three page editorial and design style guide. Everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to getting the word out. The standards featured in your style guide will make it easy for them to do so.

A style guide will also make it unnecessary for you and your colleagues to re-invent the wheel each time, saving you a great deal of effort.

Action Plan

Here is a step-by-step plan approach to putting together, or updating, your style guide.

  • Spread out communications samples in front of you, including pages printed out from your web site and your e-newsletter.
  • Jot down standards that work best in the following areas. Keep your audience in mind when you do so. You'll want input from communications staff or consultants.

Traditionally, style guides covered punctuation, and spelling. I suggest that you expand this concept to include graphic guidelines and key messages. This way, you have a single point of reference to shape your communications.

  • Logo: Sizing; colors; position on the page; what elements should be included when logo is used.
  • Colors: Official colors – with exact Pantone numbers if possible (Pantone is a color numbering system used by designers and printers) and notes on how those colors are to be used.
  • Words not to use.
  • Word style preferences (eg web site vs. website, grant making vs. grantmaking).
  • The title of the published grammar style guide that your group uses: Communicate the title of the guide that your writers need to follow when deciding whether to insert that final comma or not, or selecting the right preposition to follow the word parallel (to or with ).

Review these titles, talk to colleagues, and select one if you haven't already. Top picks are:

3 Critical Logic Model Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Are You Making These 3 Critical Logic Model Mistakes In Your Program Evaluation?

A logic model is a great way to create a visual representation of your program. At the core of a logic model, each visual representation, or infographic, illustrates a sequence of cause and effect relationships.

Are you making these 3 critical mistakes in your program evaluation?

It is so easy to make these mistakes. We recognize that managing a program is hard work. It takes a lot of time to make sure that services are being delivered, staffing is secured, and participants are engaged, not to mention all the other things that pop up here and there.

You are very busy, so making these mistakes is not unheard of – actually its pretty common. So here we provide you with information on some of the most common mistakes made when creating a model and how to avoid them. These simple actions will take the ambivalence you might have and replace it with confidence!

Mistake # 1: Making Your Model Too Complicated

At its core, a logic model is intended to communicate with others about your theory or basic assumption about your program. When logic models are too detailed, or complicated, the information is not easy to understand or use.

A great way to easily identify your main point is to answer this question: "Why is this a good solution for the identified problem?"

Logic models come in all shapes and sizes but at the end of the day – it must clearly show "what causes what," "in what order," and "what the desired result is."

What to do Instead:

Don't make your model too complicated. Here are some guidelines for creating a basic logic model for your program and a checklist that will help guide you.

_____ Have you identified the cause and effect connections in an intentional order?

_____ Do you effectively and efficiently convey the purpose of your program?

_____Are you showing what the desired results of your program are?

If you have each of these elements then you have a basic logic model that will successfully engage the supporters of your program. Remember, you are not developing an action plan, that is different. Action plans are more detailed and provide step by step guidelines for program implementation.

Mistake # 2: Leaving the Logic Model, "On The Shelf!"

When was the last time you touched your logic model? Do you believe that logic models, once created, do not change? This is one of the greatest misconceptions and mistakes that logic modelers and program managers make. The belief that logic models are static prevents the successful use of the model as a tool in your program.

New information becomes available every day. Obviously, an every day review would be tedious and an inefficient use of your time and effort. Reviewing your model too often also can prevent you from getting your program up and running or sustained. However, a periodic review – a minimum of once …

Should Women Avoid The Keto Diet?

The Keto Diet has become quite a popular topic in the fitness community. It has been found to aid in the loss of weight and lowering the inflammation in the gut. New research has shown positive effects for both men and women adhering to a keto style diet.

What is the Keto Diet?
First, a keto, or ketogenic diet, is designed to keep your body in more of a ketosis state. Ketosis is not abnormal. It is a state where your body is low on carbohydrate fuel. When this occurs, it starts to burn fat, rather than the carbs. The process produces ketones. The average person does not stay in a ketogenic state except during heavy exercise, such as CrossFit, or during pregnancy.

A ketogenic diet promotes very low carbohydrate and higher fat intake. The body will in turn, use fat to produce energy. This diet has also been shown to decrease autoimmune diseases, endocrine diseases, and also has cancer fighting properties.

Ketosis can be an issue with diabetics. This can occur if not using enough insulin.

How does Keto benefit CrossFit athletes?
As stated earlier, a ketogenic diet helps to burn fat, thus losing weight. This low carb diet is similar to the Paleo Diet. We are a strong proponent of Paleo because it promotes higher protein for fuel instead of carbs. As we stated earlier, the keto diet uses fat rather than protein for fuel. A keto and paleo diet both burn fat while maintaining muscle.

An athlete exercising at a high level, such as CrossFit, will see increased energy and fat loss, without decreasing muscle mass.

Why is the Keto Diet good for women?
The benefits of being a woman on this diet are surprisingly good. In addition to the weight loss and muscle gain, a keto diet has an amazing way of helping the endocrine system. We all realize the effect hormones have on the woman athlete.

Fluctuating hormones can cause pain, fatigue, and even depression. The link between hormones and cancer cannot be denied. A keto diet has shown to better regulate the endocrine system. By doing this, it decreases the incidence of some cancers, thyroid disease, and diabetes.

How does a women initiate a keto diet?
Slowly and carefully. A keotgenic diet should not be started at a full 100 percent. You should slowly decrease the amount of carbs you consume. Cutting the carbs too quickly can actually have a negative effect. It can stress the body and confuse it, thus causing a wild imbalance.

Also, if pregnant or nursing, you should not use a keto diet. During this period, eat a well-rounded diet of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains.

My best advice, get your body as stable as possible, and then slowly incorporate a ketogenic diet.

To Your Fitness,

The CrossFit Team

CrossFitDietTips.com

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