Thursday, October 21, 2021

Top Tips For Planning Your Own Wedding

 While many brides and grooms to be choose to hand over the finer details to a wedding planner, plenty of couples also opt to take a more ‘DIY’ approach and do it themselves. While this does mean a considerable amount of work on your part - it also gives you a chance to include plenty of personal touches that will make your wedding more special. In short, it means that you won’t plan a cookie-cutter wedding that the organizer has laid out for plenty of couples previously - the event will be entirely unique to you and your relationship. 


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With that in mind, here are some top tips for planning your own wedding. 


  • Do your research. If you’re looking to avoid the top wedding mistakes when putting together your special day, you must do your research ahead of time. Usually, this begins by writing down a list of everything you need to organize - from finding the dress to catering. This way, you can refer back to the list regularly and ensure you tick everything off before the big day. 


  • Put together a budget. According to a recent study, the average cost of a wedding in the US is around $28,000 - but there are plenty of ways in which you can reduce this figure. For example, you can make DIY wedding decorations. However, it’s also important that you know exactly how much money you have to work with ahead of time by putting together a clear budget (and ensuring that you stick to it). 


  • Treat yourselves when it comes to the rings. As mentioned previously, there are some areas of the wedding where you can quickly and easily cut costs. However, when it comes to the rings, you deserve to treat yourself! After all, this is far more than a piece of shiny jewelry - it is a symbol of your love AND something that you will wear every day. Thankfully, finding the perfect diamond has never been easier, as you can now even buy rings online on sites such as https://www.whiteflash.com/diamond-education/diamond-carat/1-carat/.


  • Think about the catering. One of the biggest costs of the wedding (depending on how many people are invited), will relate to food and refreshments. However, while you may feel tempted to bring in a caterer, taking care of the catering yourself is just one of many ways to save on wedding food & drink costs


  • Ditch the band for a killer playlist. The music can make or break the atmosphere at your wedding - meaning that it’s important to get it right if you want people to be dancing all night long. One way in which you can do this is by asking each guest to add two songs to a Spotify playlist ahead of time - and using this as the backing track to the night. That way, every guest will hear at least one song they enjoy. Don’t forget to include your own songs to the list either (in addition to picking the song for your first dance). 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

How to Tell When You Should Get a Second Medical Opinion


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One undeniable fact about life is that people make mistakes; nobody is perfect. While most people believe doctors are medical experts, one should never assume that doctors are immune from making mistakes like everyone else in their work.

Some doctors are often conservative in their approach to treating patients, while others might have a more aggressive approach. For those reasons, more people are seeking second opinions when it comes to treating their symptoms.

Even if the second doctor’s conclusion agrees with the first, there are many benefits to getting a second opinion. If you’re unsure whether you might need a second opinion, these telltale signs are usually good prompts:

1. Your Symptoms Persist Despite Treatment

Arguably one of the biggest reasons people seek second medical opinions is because they’ve undergone a course of treatment for their symptoms, yet those symptoms still persist.

It could be that your original doctor overlooked other symptoms, or perhaps they have not disclosed that you could try a different treatment.

In extreme cases of people with life-threatening symptoms, some individuals might discover their first doctor is notorious for misdiagnosing patients and may even consider hiring a medical malpractice lawyer to sue them.

2. You’ve Been Diagnosed With a Rare Disease

Have you seen your doctor and undergone some diagnostic tests, only to learn that your doctor believes you have a rare disease? If so, and you have reservations that you’ve been misdiagnosed, now is the time to seek a second opinion.

You may feel, for example, that you have similar symptoms to another medical condition, and it’s one where you must not get treated with specific medicines used to treat similar but rare diseases.

3. You Want to Explore Different Treatment Options

Doctors undeniably spend many years of training through medical school and elsewhere to get their qualifications. However, that doesn’t mean doctors are like walking encyclopedias and know about the treatments for all illnesses and conditions.

If you got diagnosed with a medical condition and your doctor recommends surgery or a life-changing treatment option, it’s worth getting a second opinion from another doctor or medical professional.

Doing so will help you discover if alternative treatments work just as well but don’t result in long-lasting life changes.

4. You Have a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer is something that no one wants to have, as it can sometimes mean a death sentence to people - especially if the cancer diagnosis occurs during the latter stages of the disease.

Usual treatment options for cancer are surgery or radiation therapy. But, you shouldn’t assume those are your only options. Seeking a second opinion means you can find doctors that know about studies or clinical trials that promise alternative treatments that work well.

5. You Don’t Trust Your Doctor

Lastly, if you’re in tune with your inner voice and it’s telling you that something is not quite right about your doctor or their diagnosis, now is the time to seek a second opinion. Never assume you should follow a doctor’s orders; it makes perfect sense to be inquisitive.


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Monday, October 18, 2021

Get Ready To Speed-Watch The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season - Now Available to Own On Blu-ray & DVD (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Next to having all this unexpected family time, I have to say the next best thing that came out of the whole Covid epidemic was being able to play catch up on shows and movies I have missed over the past months and eeekkk years.  Thanks to my husband, he got both of my girls and I hooked on CW's $1 series, The Flash, when he started to watch it from Season 1, all the way to the 7th season, which I was lucky enough to get the complete seventh season on Blu-ray recently, thanks to the kind folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. I have read that there will be 10 seasons in total of this show, with the 8th season airing this fall.  I am crossing my fingers that this is true, as we just wrapped season 7 and I hate cliffhangers, and need to know what happens next.


If you were like me and never sat for an episode of The Flash, which aired on the CW, you truly have been missing out. Not only is the show made up of a stellar cast that really work well with each other, but the story line from each and every episode really pull you in and have you sitting on the edge of your seat to see what happens next. I was always rooting for Barry Allen/The Flash, and as the seasons went on, hoped that his marriage would stay intact as Barry and Irish really were a match made in heaven, and I loved watching them on screen with their love story and how they worked well together at headquarters.

Like I said, my husband got us hooked on The Flash, and with all our time together thanks to Covid, we would pencil in time after dinner to watch a few episodes as a family.  It was always hard to call it a night, as it seemed as the episodes played on, they got even better, and had you wanting to see what happened next.  It took us a little over 8 months to watch each and every episode -- we just wrapped season 7 last week.  And, while season 7 was good, I have to say I preferred some of the earlier seasons, as those were when the story lines were starting to be played out, and we met the new evil characters and additions to the team.  But, that doesn't mean season 7 wasn't good -- all 18 episodes grabbed you and pulled you in, and have you wishing that The Flash came out on top.  I really liked the gag reel, deleted scenes and bonus content that are included with the complete seventh season collection.  We watched all this bonus content over the weekend, and it made us want to get the previous six seasons on Blu-ray just for the extra bonus content, as well as be able to binge the series again, whenever we wanted...or had extra time on our hands. ;-)

If you started watching The Flash back when it first started airing on the CW, but missed some seasons in between, I highly recommend you make a point to catch up now, and grab this new complete seventh season, to get your caught up.  I really enjoy this series, and can see why it remains a hit series for the CW.  

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The CW’s #1 Series

THE FLASH: 
THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
 
Contains All 18 Electrifying Episodes
From the Seventh Season,
Plus, Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features
 
Own the Blu-ray™ & DVD October 12, 2021

"It’s time to escape the Mirrorverse, resurrect the Speed Force and make every second count! The Flash is back to protect Central City with his lightning-fast reflexes – and fans will be zooming in to pick up the highest-rated series on The CW – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 12, 2021. Speed-watch all 18 riveting episodes from season seven, plus never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

After last season’s cliffhanger which saw the brilliant and powerful Eva McCulloch victorious and still-at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and bring back his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry will ultimately defeat Mirror Monarch and reunite with Iris West-Allen. But in doing so, he’ll unleash two more devastating threats: one that could tear his marriage apart… and another that will lay siege to Central City and change the future forever.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 18 episodes from the seventh season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).
 
The Flash stars Grant Gustin (ArrowGlee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Friday the 13th), Carlos Valdes (ArrowOnce), Danielle Nicolet (Central Intelligence), Kayla Compton (Making Moves), Brandon McKnight (The Shape of Water) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale)Eric Wallace (Teen Wolf, Z Nation, Eureka), Sarah Schechter (Batwoman, RiverdaleBlack Lightning, Supergirl) and Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (Bella and the Bulldogs)."

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • The Journey Ends: Carlos and Tom
  • Never Alone: Heroes and Allies
  • 2020 DC FanDome: The Flash (Watchverse)

18 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
  1. All's Wells That Ends Wells
  2. The Speed of Thought
  3. Mother
  4. Central City Strong
  5. Fear Me
  6. The One with the Nineties
  7. Growing Pains
  8. The People vs. Killer Frost
  9. Timeless
  10. Family Matters, Part 1
  11. Family Matters, Part 2
  12. Good-Bye Vibrations
  13. Masquerade
  14. Rayo De Luz
  15. Enemy at the Gates
  16. P.O.W.
  17. Heart of the Matter, Part 1
  18. Heart of the Matter, Part 2

DIGITAL
The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS
Street Date: October 12, 2021
Order Due Date: August 31, 2020
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 792 min

DVD
Price: $39.99 SRP ($44.98 in Canada)
4-Discs (4 DVD-9s)
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH

BLU-RAY
Price: $44.98 SRP ($49.99 in Canada)
3-Discs (3 BD-50s)
Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English SDH
 


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. 
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's physical and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 
 
About DC 
DC, a WarnerMedia Company, creates iconic characters, enduring stories, and immersive experiences that inspire and entertain audiences of every generation around the world and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. As a creative division, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com
 
 
THE FLASH and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC.
 

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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