Why do some eyeglasses look attractive on display in the optical shop, but not so great when you try them on?

It could be that the frames are the wrong style for your face shape. Your face shape plays a significant role in whether a certain style of glasses will look good on you.

What is my face shape?

To determine your face shape and which eyeglass styles will look best on you, pull your hair away from your face and look directly into a mirror. Take a close look at the overall shape and contours of your face and head.

Here are the seven primary face shapes and the type of eyeglass frames that look best on each shape:

Oval Face

An oval face shape is considered to be ideal because of its balanced proportions. To maintain the natural balance of an oval face shape, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face. Walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow are a very good choice.

Heart Face

A heart-shaped face has a wide top third and a narrow bottom third. To reduce the apparent width of the top of the face, choose frame shapes that are wider at the bottom. Thin, light-colored frames and rimless frames that have a light, airy appearance also are good choices.

Oblong Face

An oblong face shape is longer than it is wide and has a long, straight cheek line. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width. Frames with decorative or contrasting temples also add width to the face.

Square Face

A square face shape has a strong jaw and a broad forehead, and the width and length of the face have roughly the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften its angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Diamond Face

Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the forehead and jawline and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines. Rimless eyeglasses and frames with oval or cat-eye shapes also can be good choices.

Round Face

A round face shape has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face. Frames with a clear bridge and rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep also can be good choices.

Triangle Base

A base-down triangular face shape has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half (brow) of the frame. Frames with cat-eye shapes also can be good choices.

Skin tones, eye color and hair color

When choosing eyeglasses, face shape isn’t the only factor that determines which frames will look best on you — your skin tone, eye color and hair color also play important roles. The best eyeglasses will complement the coloration of your face, eyes and hair.

Skin tone

Regardless of the color of your skin, skin tones are categorized as either “cool” or “warm.” A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.

Eye color

Eye colors usually are a secondary element in determining your coloring because of the many variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost-black.

Hair color

Hair colors also are considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold and “dirty gray.”

Eyeglass frame colors

Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best. Examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise. For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.

Get an expert opinion

To help you find the perfect glasses for your face shape and coloring, first get your eyeglass prescription updated by scheduling an eye exam at 3 for 1 Glasses. Our expert team will then be able to help you choose the frames that will accentuate your features.

For as long as people can remember, the diamond engagement ring has been a symbol of love and commitment. Whether a classic solitaire or an antique cut, the giving of this precious gem from the depths of the earth is the most widely accepted symbol of being engaged. But have you ever thought about the origins of this tradition? And why is it that diamonds are the enduring gemstone of choice for an engagement ring? In this article, we dive into the history of the diamond ring and try to answer these questions.

Where did it all begin?

We have the ancient Egyptians to thank for the earliest known exchanging of wedding rings. Using materials such as hemp or reeds, the ancient Egyptians would fashion an item in the shape of a small circle – an endless ring – to signify eternal love.

The circle was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end, not only to the Egyptians, but many other ancient cultures. The hole in the center of the ring also had significance. It wasn’t just considered a space, but rather a gateway, or door, leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a woman a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love.

The materials these rings were made of didn’t last very long and soon were substituted with rings made of leather, bone or ivory. The more expensive the material, the more love shown to the receiver; the value of the ring also demonstrated the wealth of the giver.

The Roman’s also eventually adopted this tradition but with their own twist. Rather than offering a ring to a woman as a symbol of love, they awarded them as a symbol of ownership. Roman men would “claim” their woman with the giving of a ring. Roman betrothal rings were later made of iron and called “Anulus Pronubus.” They symbolized strength and permanence. It is also said that the Romans were the first to engrave their rings.

Why are rings worn on the 4th finger of the left hand?

Wedding rings through different stages in history have been worn on different fingers, including the thumb, and on both the left and right hands. According to  a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart. However, scientists have shown this is false. Despite this, this myth remains regarded by many (hopeless romantics) as the number one reason rings are worn on the fourth finger.

Another theory thought to be behind the ring being placed on the left hand by Christians seems a little more plausible. Early Christian marriages had a ritual to wear the wedding ring in the third finger. As the priest recited during the binding ,”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage.

A more practically based theory is that the soft metal (traditionally gold for wedding rings) is less worn or injured on the finger of the left hand, due to most of the world being right-handed.  Further, the fourth finger on the left hand is probably the second to the least used finger on a person’s hands outside of pinkies.  Pinkies being small, making a small ring with little surface area to decorate, perhaps motivated people to then place it on the next least used finger, namely the fourth finger on the left hand, which is roughly the size of the other fingers.

So now that we’ve covered the band, why do we offer diamonds?

It was in fact a brilliant marketing campaign in the 1930s. The famous mining company De Beers opened up digs in Africa and uncovered a vast quantity of previously undiscovered diamonds. This sudden surge in availability shattered the elusiveness and exclusivity of the diamond industry. In an effort to reverse their declining sales, De Beers had to do something to change people’s perceptions, once and for all.

Most remarkably, De Beers manipulated not just supply but demand. In 1938, amid the ravages of the Depression and the rumblings of war, Harry Oppenheimer, the De Beers founder’s son, recruited the New York–based ad agency N.W. Ayer to burnish the image of diamonds in the United States, where the practice of giving diamond engagement rings had been unevenly gaining traction for years, but where the diamonds sold were increasingly small and low-quality.

Meanwhile, the price of diamonds was falling around the world. The folks at Ayer set out to persuade young men that diamonds (and only diamonds) were synonymous with romance, and that the measure of a man’s love (and even his personal and professional success) was directly proportional to the size and quality of the diamond he purchased. Young women, in turn, had to be convinced that courtship concluded, invariably, in a diamond. The results of the marketing were undeniable – an increase of 50% in the diamond sales sector in just three years. 

Does the expression ‘A diamond is forever’ ring a bell? The first time it was publicly introduced was in 1947 during another marketing campaign by De Beers, which boosted their sales even further.

While the origins of diamond engagement rings are fascinating, what’s undeniable is their continuing appeal today. Whether it’s because of a diamond’s durability, sparkle or simply its beauty, there will unlikely be anything that matches its symbolic value.

Ready to declare your love to your soulmate? Visit Hofland Diamonds Inc. where you can find modern and antique diamond rings of all colors, shapes and sizes.

As this COVID-19 is continuing to spread almost everywhere around the world, people are advised to maintain a one-meter distance between everyone around them. I know it’s hard to do that especially in a crowded place. Well, that’s why the term social distancing was introduced to prevent the propagation of the COVID-19 among the people. According to Wikipedia, social distancing is a set of non-pharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The term social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, to minimize disease transmission, morbidity, and ultimately mortality.

Social distancing has resulted in many businesses and entertainment centers to close temporarily in order to protect people from the spreading of this virus. It is important to know that social distancing also means not touching other people, and that includes handshakes or hugs. This term is often confused with other terms such as isolation and quarantine. So, what is it about and why you need to understand the difference between these?

Isolation – If you identify everyone who has been infected with the virus and safely isolate them from other human contact while they are in treatment, then you can stop the outbreaks for which there are no vaccines or treatments. Isolation is defined by being alone in a room with all amenities as well as proper medical care. A key to making isolation work is to pair it with contact tracing. While sick patients are in isolation, public health workers can do detective work, figuring out all the people those patients had contact with. That way, they can find a patient’s source of the disease and potentially isolate them, as well as identify people who are at risk of contracting the disease and place them under isolation or quarantine. Remember not everyone needs to be in isolation, only the sick and medically-inabled should be isolated. Isolation was the main way the 2003 SARS outbreak was contained.

Quarantine – People who have been exposed to an infection are asked to remain at home or in another place, isolated from other people. Quarantines target individuals who have traveled to affected countries or could end up involving other people. The COVID-19 outbreak has state governments in the largest cities around the world as well as the smallest islands to place many people in quarantine to protect the other citizens. There are people who self-quarantining themselves in order to protect themselves and the people around them from this disease. The practice of isolating people who may have been exposed to this virus in order prevent them from spreading this illness before they start experiencing symptoms. If you have been exposed, it is better to go in quarantine than to stay with your family as they could be infected afterwards. The authorities could force you to stay at home or detain you in a facility. Quarantines are not always safe as there is a risk of the infection to spread to more people. Quarantines can sometimes result in more cases, like what happened on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. There, quarantine led to more people becoming infected.

Social distancing – It is not the same a self-quarantine or isolation, the two other practices are being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. According to a medical professional, social distancing is a very general term, so there is a lot of different types of measures that fall under it. Social distancing also means not touching other people, and that includes handshakes. Physical touch is the most likely way a person will catch the coronavirus and the easiest way to spread it. Remember, keep that 6-foot distance and don’t touch.

Social distancing can never prevent 100% of transmissions, but by following these simple rules, individuals can play a critical role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. If the number of cases isn’t kept below what the health care system can handle at any one time – called flattening the curve – hospitals could become overwhelmed, leading to unnecessary deaths and suffering.

Why does Social distancing work?

If followed correctly and on a large scale, social distancing breaks or slows the chain of transmission from person to person. As a preventive measure, people can spread the coronavirus for at least five days before they show the symptoms. That is why social distancing is so important as it limits the number of people an infected person comes in contact with- and potentially spread the virus to – before they even realize they have the coronavirus. It’s very important to take a possibility of exposure seriously and quarantine yourself. According to recently published research, self-quarantine should last 14 days to cover the period during which a person could reasonably present with symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. If after two weeks they still don’t have symptoms, then it’s reasonable to end the quarantine. Shorter quarantine periods could happen for asymptomatic people as tests to rule out the virus become widely available.

Is Social distancing crucial?

During this time of crisis, social distancing is the best solution to have in order to prevent this disease from spreading to everyone. Experts have estimated that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away. Remember, there are no drugs available that can slow down a coronavirus infection. The only effective tactic is to promote social distancing among people living in colonies or in residential apartments. The way to do that is to slow or stop the spread of the virus and decrease the number of cases at any one time.

Who should do it?

This is a practice that everyone around the world should accept and do it in order to flatten the curve that is everyday increasing. Remember staying at home and maintaining a social distance is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe.


  1. Purchasing criteria for tinted window film
  2. Types of tinted films for windows
  3. Laying tinted film
  4. The advantages of tinted film

Tinted film is an adhesive film that sticks to the glass and enhances its performance. Tinted windows are common on large buildings but not very common in private dwellings, yet they greatly improve living comfort. Solutions exist for both existing and new windows. With tinted glass in homes, there is no need to close shutters or blinds to protect against heat and the opposite side of the house, and the light remains the same.

1. Purchasing criteria for tinted window film

We want tinted windows, but not always for the same reasons. There are a few key buying criteria that will help determine the model you need.

The first purchasing criterion is sun protection. Tinted windows will let the light through, but stop almost 100% UV and prevent glare. In addition, there is better temperature control because with tinted glass, about 80% of the sun’s heat is stopped, compared to 20% with untreated glass.

One can also be tempted by tinted glass, for a better protection of one’s privacy: the film can then be reflective or opaque. It is used, in external panelling to protect against curious neighbours, or in internal panelling to insulate a room.

2. There are mainly 3 types of tinted window films: solar, safety, and decorative.

The solar tinted film:

  • In summer, it protects from heat by rejecting about 80% of the sun’s rays, thus preventing your home from overheating;
  • In winter, it insulates your windows by avoiding heat loss;
  • It is particularly recommended for roof windows exposed to the sun.

Good to know: Solar film is the simplest solution and there are sun protection films in different colours: the darker the shade, the more effective the film will be against UV and solar radiation. The electrostatic adhesive system of the film makes it easy for any good do-it-yourselfer to fit the latter on window panes.

The safety tinted film:

  • It delays attempted break-ins;
  • Limits the risk of serious injury: glass shards stick to the film;
  • Useful for car windows, among other things: anti-carjacking.

The decorative tinted film:

It is available in opaque or translucent versions to preserve the privacy of the outside view while maintaining visibility to the outside;

It has multiple aspects: one-way mirror, imitation Venetian blinds, frosted glass aspect, colour, etc;

Good to know:

The one-way mirror film allows you to see without being seen because of its reflective properties. On the outside, it takes on the appearance of a mirror and protects your privacy.

Inside, vision is possible as through a classic glass. However, the reflectivity of these films depends on the difference in brightness between inside and outside: During the day, outside light is stronger: the film reflects.

At night, in a lit room, the luminosity is stronger inside: the film does not reflect any more and lets the glances pass.

Note: Films can be mixed, e.g. security and solar.

3. Laying tinted film

Tinted film is mainly applied to glass but can also be used on smooth Plexiglas or PVC surfaces.

Below are some tips on how to apply the film:

– Start by carefully cleaning your glass surface.

– Cut out the film leaving a margin of about 2 cm.

– Moisten your glass with plenty of soapy water and “stick” your film with the adhesive facing you: the film will hold itself.

– Remove the protection from the adhesive while continuing to spray the film: the wetter it is, the easier it is to handle.

– Turn the film over and apply it to the glass (inside or outside depending on the type of film).

– Wet the film again and squeegee from the centre outwards to remove air bubbles.

– Cut off the excess film with a cutter so that it does not touch the frame.

– Roll the film again until you get a perfect result.

– Leave to dry for about 24 hours.

Note: Application kits are available in large DIY stores. They usually contain a sprayer, a scraper for marouflage, a scraper and a cutter.

4. The advantages of tinted film:

– increases the safety of a window: in case of breakage the glass splinters remain stuck to the film;

– good value for money;

– quick installation which does not require the removal of the glass like a renovation;

– does not scratch and can be cleaned like a normal window;

– generally guaranteed for 5 to 10 years, or some specialist can offer you lifetime warranty;

– can come off: this operation is long but allows you to find your window in perfect condition!

Tinted film prices

In general, count between $30 and $40 for a 60 × 200 cm film. However, it can be much more expensive depending on the manufacturer, its performance, size, etc.

The application kit can cost around $15.

Coprophagia is the tendency that a dog may have to eat its own excrement or that of other animals. It is a behavioral disorder in dogs that can be caused by a number of different things. Eating its droppings is not natural for a domestic dog. If the health risks are very low, it is advisable to stop this type of behavior.

It is a fairly common behavioral disorder in dogs.  This bad habit of a dog can be difficult to treat, but it does not represent a major health hazard.

Good to know: coprophagia is a natural attitude in certain species of rodents.

Cases of natural coprophagia in dogs

Certain coprophagic behaviors are normal in dogs:

– The wild dog: in the wild, dogs may ingest the feces of other species for food, or their own feces to mask their odor from predators.

– Bitches that have given birth: A bitch tends to eat her puppies’ feces to avoid attracting predators.

– The puppy: during its discovery period (less than six months), the puppy may inadvertently ingest feces.

In most cases, the dog’s coprophagia is still a behavioral abnormality.

Why does the dog eat its droppings?

Coprophagic behavior can occur for a variety of reasons: it can be a behavioral disorder, a feeding problem, or a disease.

Behavioral disorders

In many cases, coprophagia is a behavioral problem. Through this act, the dog tries to express itself or to attract attention. This attitude can be due to many situations:

– Anxiety state: a dog left in a kennel or crate may develop these behavioral problems.

– Fear of being punished: a dog may eat its droppings so that its owner doesn’t realize that it has defecated in the house.

– Lack of attention: a dog may start eating his feces because his environment is too dirty.

Good to know: If your dog is coprophagic for behavioral reasons, a canine behaviorist can help you pinpoint the source of the problem.

 Feeding problems

Canine coprophagia can also be triggered by an unbalanced diet:

– Irregular food;

– rations too poor

– vitamin deficiency;

– food too rich in starch;

– and the like


Finally, this problem may be triggered by a health concern in the dog: chronic gastritis, parasites, food allergies, enteritis, etc.

Good to know: if your dog suddenly starts eating his excrement for no apparent reason, remember to contact a veterinarian.

What are the health risks associated with coprophagia?

Canine coprophagia is primarily a hygiene problem. It creates a certain distance between the dog and the owner who may be disgusted by this behavior.

However, the health risks induced by canine coprophagia are very low. The dog’s gastric system can eliminate the majority of bacteria. There remains the risk of transmission of some intestinal parasites, especially if the dog eats the excrement of other animals. In any case, it is important to treat coprophagic behavior.

What should I do if my dog eats its droppings?

If your pet starts eating feces, it is important to take certain measures.

First of all, identify the origin of this behavior. Contact a veterinarian to begin with, and if necessary, contact a canine behaviorist.

Different reflexes can help you to suppress this behavior:

Regularly clean up the dog’s excrement.

– Avoid excessive punishments (they can reinforce this behavior).

– Use medications that make the excrement aversive to the dog.

– A change in diet can also help a dog to give up this bad habit. Hope the above helps you determine how your dog should be treated if it suffers from coprophagia. Take good care of your pet!

If you’re tired of bending down to pick up your dog’s droppings in the garden, it’s high time to invest in a dog poop scoop. This handy dog accessory allows you to effortlessly scoop your dog’s droppings off the ground.

Features and benefits of the dog poop scoop for dogs

As its name suggests, the poop scoop is an accessory designed to pick up dog excrement. If you have several dogs at home and it’s difficult for you to pick up their droppings, this doggie accessory can make your life easier.

Contact professionals directly to get a personalized free quote.

The principle of the poop scoop

A poop scoop is usually a plastic shovel, consisting of a long handle and equipped with a handle. The handle is used to operate the opening and closing of the shovel (which acts like a jaw), and therefore to catch the poop to remove it from your garden.

A poop scoop is designed to collect dog excrement without having to bend down. Some models can be equipped with plastic bags, allowing you to throw the droppings directly into the trash.

After use, this shovel is simply cleaned with a water jet.

If you regularly have to pick up your dog’s droppings (or those of neighboring animals) for garden maintenance, this is an accessory you can hardly do without.

Good to know: there are biodegradable bags that allow you to collect the droppings without dirtying the shovel.

Advantages of a dog poop catcher

While the purchase of a dog poop catcher may seem trivial at first, it soon becomes an indispensable accessory for anyone who uses it.

And for good reason, poop scoops have several advantages:

This accessory allows you to pick up dog droppings without bending down, which is ideal if you suffer from back pain or mobility problems.

Since you no longer have to bend down to pick up the droppings, you also don’t have to deal with unpleasant odors.

A poop scoop is more environmentally friendly than plastic bags.

It’s also a fun accessory that can encourage children to collect the dog’s droppings.

If you have several dogs, or a large garden, the poop scoop will clearly make collecting dog excrement faster and less unpleasant.

Choosing the right shovel for your dog

It is important to choose the right poop scoop. Different criteria can help you make the right choice:

The size of the shovel: if you have a large dog, choose a shovel that is large enough to pick up the most important droppings.

The length of the handle: avoid poop scoops with too short a handle, which will cause you to bend over.

How it works: some poop collectors allow you to catch the poop directly, thanks to a system of jaws.

 Others require a pusher, and are used like a broom and dust collector. It’s up to you to choose the system you like best.

Accessories: some poop scoops can be fitted with plastic bags. This is a good solution if you are disgusted with collecting poop directly.

It may be advisable to purchase a household bucket with your poop scoop to make it easier to collect and maintain this accessory.

Dog poop scoop: where to find it?

You can find shovels for collecting dog excrement in pet shops, large garden centres or on specialised websites.

The average cost of a dog poop scoop is between $10 and $30.  It is therefore a very affordable dog accessory.

It may be advisable to opt for a quality model, even if it means paying more, in order to be sure of the durability of the product.

Now it’s up to you. Go to the First Coast Scoopers website and choose the best dog poop collection. Don’t make life difficult, it’s easy!

Facade restoration is necessary or even mandatory to keep the walls of your house or building in good condition and avoid any infiltration.

There are 5 main stages in a façade restoration project: diagnosis of the façade, installation of the building site, cleaning of the façade, treatment and repair of the façade and protective finishes. For these operations, Edge Access recommends that you call on the know-how of a specialist company.

Normally the diagnosis of the facade includes:

– Façade pathologies

– Loosening and cracking of facade plaster

– Degradation of facade joints

– Efflorescences

– Paint stripping

– Microcrack

– Urban and biological pollution of facades

– Changing the colour of the facades

A perfectly executed renovation starts first and foremost with an evaluation of the facade, whether it is made of brick, concrete, stone or wood.

This evaluation involves a precise diagnosis of each pathology in order to propose possible treatments.

In this publication we will focus more particularly on the facade diagnosis part.

Types of facade pathologies

In the pathologies without degradation of the support we find:

– Urban and biological pollution of facades;

– Detachment of facade paints;

– Facade colour: change of colour of the facades due to pollution.

In the pathologies with degradation of the support we find:

– Façade coating: cracks and detachment of facade coating;

– Degradation of the joints of the facades;

– Efflorescence.

Normally, each pathology corresponds to a number of consequences and possible causes according to the pathologies as listed in the table below.

Causes and consequences of facade pathologies

If you wish, you can get in touch with Edge Access for a complete and deeper inspection of your façade. They will accompany you in all stages of your project, from preparation to completion of the work. Also, remember to leave your comments in the section below.

From the stages of the shipping cycle to know how to identify a good logistics company from another, this post will cover all the necessary information you need to know when dealing with cargo shipping companies.

The Shipping Cycle

A shipping cycle is an economic cycle intended to correct markets when supply and demand are out of balance. It is a stage cycle based on customer demand:

Stage 1: Trough

In economic terms, ‘trough’ is used to refer to a stage in the business cycle where activities and/or prices plummet just before rising again. In the shipping cycle, the trough is considered to be the stage at which there is an ‘excess’ capacity. The freight costs plummet, and shipping companies experience negative cash flow. There are two other phenomena that characterizes this stage: the accumulation of ships at trading ports and the slowing down of shipments.

Stage 2: Recovery

In the second stage of the shipping cycle, marks the end of the trough and start of business turning around. The decrease in prices spur an increase in demand leading both supply and demand to move toward equilibrium.

Stage 3: Expansion

As the demand increases, freight charges gradually begin to increase as well, and shipping containers begin to move out of the trading ports.

Stage 4: Peak

At this stage, the shipping freight rates reach their maximum level of growth and hits a plateau. At this stage, the cycle will start to reverse. Even though the levels of supply and demand are going to be almost completely equal, the tension between the two will be more volatile. This increases the chances of the peak of reversing at any moment.

Stage 5: Collapse

At this stage, which represents the end of the cycle, supply exceeds demand and lead to sales and rates to decrease. While the cash flow will not immediately experience a decline, there will be slow down in terms of operation.

How Container Ships Work?

Companies hire shipping companies to ship their products. These companies send their products to these shipping companies who then load the containers. Once loaded, the shipping companies move the containers to the port, through a process called ‘drayage’. Transporting a container away from the port is also referred to as ‘drayage’.

The containers are then kept at the port in container stacks. Once the designated ship arrives, a special chassis and a bomb cart is used to transport the container to the ship. None of the containers are placed in a haphazard manner. Because of the different protocols in place, the placement of containers will have to be done carefully. For example, the container could be placed in order of weight. The container might also have to be secured either above deck or below the hatch.

What Makes a Logistics Company Reliable?

There are few things you can look out for to ensure you are able to separate a good logistics company from a bad one. The most common way to tell them apart is by looking at their contacts and knowledge.

Unlike individual companies, cargo shipping companies have been in the field for a very long time. The level of knowledge and expertise they have is unsurpassed and usually towers over the in-house logistics department in terms of efficiency. Moving large quantities of goods around the world on a daily basis ensures that they know the guidelines of almost every port out there, which is something you can’t expect a newcomer to know.

They must also have full mastery over the types of containers they can use to move the shipment.  While the most common containers are 20-foot dry containers and 40-foot dry containers, there are also other types of containers on the market. The other container storage units include:

  • Refrigerated container

Refrigerated ISO containers are containers where the temperature is carefully regulated and maintained at a low level.

  • Thermal container

Thermal containers, also known as insulated containers, are the opposite of refrigerated containers. While the temperature is also carefully regulated, the temperature is controlled to ensure that it stays high, not low. 

  • Flat rack container

Flat rack containers have collapsible sides.

  • Open top container

Open top containers have convertible tops that can be completely removed.

  • Tunnel container

Tunnel containers have doors on both ends of the container.

  • Open side storage containers

These are containers that can be opened on wider sides.

  • Drums

Drum containers are circular shipping containers made from steel, lightweight metals or hard plastic.

Once you’ve established that the shipping company understands all this, you then want to make sure that they can also get your goods in and out of ports in a timely manner. With all the complex procedures that have to be followed, you want to find a company that is renowned for delivering excellent quality work.

Tired of the run-of-the-mill birthday cake and birthday card? Want to do something a bit more special for your colleague? You’ve come to the right place!

Some companies set up birthday clubs and rotate the members every year so that everyone gets the chance to organize birthday parties. If your office does not have such a club, consider putting one in place. Having a team dedicated to that makes the planning and assigning of tasks easier. Consider setting up ‘departments’, such as food and beverage department and procurement department. Then, assign a point of contact for each of those departments.

If you are already part of the even party planning clubs or are part of a very small team, then go on ahead and read the post. If not, put up the team in place first, keep reading too and jot down the ideas you like. But you will have to brainstorm with your team before going ahead with one. Who knows? They may come up with an even better idea! If they do, do let us know in the comments below.

What Are Some Office Birthday Party Ideas?

Birthday parties can be planned in the office itself or can be an event held after your working hours. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Throw a Pizza Party at Lunch

Who doesn’t love pizza! Since this can be held during your working hours, you don’t have to send an invite weeks in advance. The email can be sent on the same day or a few days in advance. We wouldn’t advise sending the invite on the same day though, considering that some people could already have lunch plans or already meal prepped something. We don’t want anyone to waste perfectly good food after all. Order many pizzas with different toppings and have it in the office kitchen for noon! Easy, simple and delicious!

On a side note, remember to take into account your vegan, vegetarian and gluten and/or lactose intolerant when ordering.

2. Plan a Happy Hour at a Local Bar

If it’s okay with the management, you can plan the birthday party at a local bar instead of the office. You have the option of planning a happy hour at a local bar for after-work or, even better yet, at a local billiard pool club. Invite your colleagues via email and ask them out for drinks for your coworker’s birthday. If you know your coworker prefers a particular bar to others, plan the birthday there and think of reserving a table. And hey, why not order a birthday cake as well?

3. Book Lunch Somewhere Special

If your colleagues won’t be available for happy hour, why not find a nice restaurant and book a table for lunch? This is easier if you have a small team. Again, find your coworker’s favourite local restaurant and try to snag a table there.

4. Organise Breakfast and Bring in Other Local Treats

Help your coworker start his day well! Order sandwiches, waffles, eggs and other local treats and invite them all to the kitchen. Maybe order coffee and milkshakes as well.

Before we end this post, let’s look at a few faux pas you should avoid at all costs.

1. Exclude Someone

There will inevitably be some people who will not be able to attend the party. This is more common in big corporations where most people have a crushing amount of workload and tight deadlines. Regardless, you don’t want to exclude anyone. Make sure that you include everyone in the office. Yes, even if you know that the colleague whose birthday you’re celebrating has had a falling out with another colleague.

Meaning that even if they can’t attend because of some prior obligations, does not mean that they can’t participate. This can be anything from ordering the cake to chipping in for a gift and writing a wish in the birthday card. You will therefore have to invite all of the departments as well as reach out to remote workers if your company employs any. Unless you are part of a very large company, of course. In companies that hire thousands of people, no one will expect you to invite the whole company. In these cases, focus on inviting only the colleagues in the same department.

2. Go Too Wild

Even if you want to make this special for your colleague, you don’t want to go over the top. This is still a work ‘event’ and will require a modicum of professionalism. This is a professional setting and you need everyone to remember this. Even if alcohol is being served, they are expected to drink responsibly and not create any scene that can potentially cause embarrassment to the company. You don’t want management to cancel all birthday events!

There you go! Now that you also know the don’ts you are ready to start your research. Happy planning!

If you’ve planned birthday parties for your child before, you know how exhausting it is. If this is your first time, and if you read nothing else, you want to stick one rule: you want it to be about your child. No matter how tempting it would be to have a full-blown Frozen themed birthday, if they are not into it you have to drop the idea.

No matter how daunting the idea may seem at first, being organized and putting some time and energy into planning the party is the key. It’s the secret ingredient to making the day in smiles!

1. Pre-Planning the Party

Before you can start the planning process, get a notebook or open an excel sheet and prepare a checklist and a tracker. You will input all the necessary information so you have everything you need in one place. The more organized you are, the easier this will be.

2. Prepare a Budget

On that excel workbook, add a sheet and determine how you are willing and how much you can afford to spend on this party. While you want your child to have the best birthday ever, money might be tight. The budget helps because it sets limits from the get-go. Based on this, you already know what you must cross off from your list.

3. Choose a Date

Even if you want to throw the party on the day of their birthday itself, things won’t always work out the way you want. Between other children’s birthday parties, school holidays and days on which you are not allowed to throw parties (Yes! This is really a thing! Some schools have rules about this – remember to check with your child’s school just to be on the safe side.), you might not be able to do that. So, take all these factors int consideration when setting the date.

4. Set the Time

This will depend on your child’s age. The younger they are, the better it is to keep the party short. 2 hours minimum should be good – they have enough time to have fun but it is not too long that they get sleepy, tired and cranky. If they are older though, your child might prefer to have a sleep-over. So, plan your activities accordingly.

5. Sit Down Your Child and Discuss the Party with Them

Do not tell them to plan their party because let’s face it – they are children. Do you really think you’ll be able to do everything their imagination comes up with? No. So instead, ask them about the theme and their favorite food. If you want to have them more involved in the process, take them shopping with you.

6. The Guest List

That will depend on the age of your child and sometimes their schools. Some schools have rules that stipulate all the kids in their class should be invited. Also, decide if you want the parents to stay or not.

7. Invitations

Now that you’ve gotten everything sorted out, it’s time to send out the invitation. You need to give parents enough time to prepare, so, we would recommend sending the invites at least 4 weeks before the birthday party. You can also involve your child by having them help you with the design of the invitations.

8. Enlisting Helpers

Birthday parties for children are never easy or simple. You will be unable to manage the children, supervise the games and pour drinks all on your own. If you have an older child, then ask them to help you out. Otherwise, talk to another parent, a friend of yours or hire a babysitter.

9. The theme for the party

Generally, your child must already have an idea for the theme. Whether it’s a Disney, Harry Potter, Naruto or Spiderman, the theme gives you the blueprint you need to start the planning. From decorations to the cake, activities and entertainment, ensure you adapt them to the theme. If your child is too young to choose the theme, you can pick one of the following and go with it:

  1. Princesses
  2. Pirates
  3. Fairies
  4. Superheroes
  5. Toy Story
  6. Ninja turtles

If you are not having the party at your place, you can let the location dictate the theme. Popular birthday locations include:

  1. Swimming pools
  2. Skating rinks
  3. Cinema
  4. Pottery classes
  5. Soft Play Centres
  6. Paintball park

10. Entertainment

There are several things you can do to entertain your guests. The least expensive option (read more tiring) is coming up with games yourself and setting them up. If you already have too much on your plate, hire someone else to do it for you. Ensure you have everything they will need and, if you want it to be extra special, talk with them to see if they can come up with something that fits your theme.

There you go! As simple as that! You are now ready to start planning! Happy planning!

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