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FOOD How To Quick Tips

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Get references from friends and people in the community. Chances are reputable names will overlap.

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Get everything in writing. Make sure that your contract details every individual aspect of your event.

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How to Select a Caterer Selecting a caterer for your reception is probably the most important choice you will have to make after deciding where and when to have the ceremony. The truth is many of your guests won’t recall all the details of your wedding dress, but they will remember if the food was bad. Once you have decided on a reception site, your choices may be simpler. If you are holding the event at a hotel or country club that hosts wedding receptions frequently, they may have a caterer on staff who can assist you with everything from planning to food choices and seating arrangements. Ask friends and business associates for their recommendations, or call your Chamber of Commerce for the names of caterers. Consider the best restaurants in your area. Many restaurants also provide catering services. If you are working with a wedding planner, she can probably recommend several different caterers who offer the type of service you need within your price range. She will also be able to steer you away from caterers who have gained reputations for bad service. When you meet with the caterers for an estimate you should be prepared to tell them how many guests you will be serving and what type of food and presentation you have in mind. Be receptive to creative and money-saving ideas the caterer may suggest. Instead of formal dinners with several courses, many couples are choosing to offer buffet-style food stations at their receptions. Ask the caterer for a breakdown per menu item based on the number of guests you expect. Remember to ask if condiments, garnishes, salad dressings, etc. are included in the estimate. One advantage of food stations is that it allows you to reduce the number of waiters needed to service each table. Ask if the caterer specializes in certain types of food. For example, one caterer might specialize in prime rib, roast beef and turkey with appropriate side dishes while another might offer an international array of foods including Asian, Italian, Mexican, etc. Stations allow you to be a little more creative with food

Buppy Simank, owner of Buppy’s Catering choices. If the reception will be a brunch, stations might include an omelette bar, crepes, or stir-fry options. You may choose to offer a dessert station that includes ice cream and sundae toppings, cheesecakes or an assortment of French pastries. Keep in mind that if you opt for food stations, the caterer will charge you for plate rental. The traditional seated dinner service doesn’t have to consist of chicken or prime rib. Most caterers have a few special dishes in their repertoire that can be individually served without seeming like they were produced on an assembly line. Ask for suggestions from the caterer on what courses he would recommend. Be careful about going overboard with appetizers. You don’t want your guests to be so stuffed that they have no appetite for the main course. If you are having a small ceremony and want to keep the reception within an affordable budget, it is perfectly fine to offer your guests cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at the reception rather than a full meal. This type of reception usually

includes small stations with finger foods, dips and vegetables as well as waiters passing around trays of food. The finale is the cutting of the wedding cake followed by coffee, tea or after dinner drinks. Keep in mind that providing free-flowing cocktails at this type of reception can really make your liquor budget escalate. As an alternative, your caterer may suggest serving champagne or a few varieties of wine. Depending on when and where your wedding reception will be, you can be as creative as you like with the catering. A tea could be the perfect complement to a Victorian wedding, or you might consider brunch at a seaside restaurant following a ceremony on the beach. A revolving skyscraper lounge with a spectacular city view could be the perfect spot for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception. If your reception will be held in a home, garden, or backyard, the caterer will have to make special arrangements to make sure foods are kept cool or hot and covered from insects. Make

sure the caterer knows well in advance if the reception will be outdoors and what time of day it will be. Always have an alternative in mind in case of inclement weather. Interview a few different caterers, look over their menus, and sample some of their specialties. Popular caterers need to be reserved several months in advance. Most require a deposit to reserve the time and date. Remember that services offered and fees can vary widely. Some caterers only provide food, while others may handle every detail from the tables, chairs, and food preparation to the wait staff and centerpieces. Most caterers that specialize in wedding receptions will also be great to consider for any catered event. They have the experience from small intimate gatherings to large elaborate functions. So the next time you are faced with planning a major event, seek the help of an experienced caterer and you will be amazed at how much they can help make your event a big success.


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Is your bank a community bank? Community banks make decisions locally. Large publically traded banks are not as flexible, even on the small-but importantthings like flexible payment and terms.

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How to Choose a Bank Choosing the right bank that fits your needs is much easier today because there are many more options available to consumers. The first thing you may want to consider is the type of banking business that fits your needs. Most people place an emphasis on customer services and like the idea of personally knowing the personnel at the bank. A lot of times, people prefer banks for their friendliness. Building a one-on-one relationship with your banker reinforces your trust and confidence in your bank. Look for a bank that is close geographically to where you live or work and offers the same or similar services as other banks in town. Or you may want to gauge your choice on the bank’s accessibility. If you are on the road every day, for example, and a bank is located in a convenient spot along your

regular travel routine, that might be the best one for you. Most banks have similar services these days, but there are some differences. A good way to check the services a bank offers is to look up its website. That will supply you with information about the types of checking and savings accounts that are offered, interest rates on loans, what special services might be available, etc. Know ahead of time what kinds of things you are looking for in terms of service, penalties and perks. Does the bank you have in mind offer online banking and/or ATM service? Does it offer good checking account products? Does it offer direct deposit? Are the bank’s interest rates competitive? Answers to these and other pertinent questions can usually be found online. If you have narrowed your choice down to two or three banks in terms of convenience and the type of banking business you

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Do you think you would feel comfortable coming to the bank office and sitting down with a loan officer? Different banks sometimes have different hours when the lobby is open to customers. Which bank offers hours that work best with your work schedule? If you have just moved to a new location, you may want to ask neighbors which bank they would recommend. Use that to narrow your choices, and then do your own research based upon the factors listed above. Something else that is important in terms of choosing a bank is to know yourself. What is your purpose in opening an account? Do you have a plan to build a savings account or do you just want an account so that you have a place to have your paycheck deposited or where you can get your paycheck cashed? Is earning interest important to you? Answering these questions honestly can help you not just in choosing a bank, but in gauging your own personality in terms of finances. If you’re serious about savings, then you will want a bank that offers the best opportunities to its customers for keeping money deposited there. But beware before you make any arrangements, and what the penalties are for early withdrawals. If you know you might have difficulty leaving the money untouched, then you may want to consider a contract where the penalties are less severe even though the interest is not as high. Your banker can help you with these decisions, but in the long run, it is best to know yourself and make decisions accordingly.


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HOME How To Quick Tips

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Watering: 90% of all foundation failure is caused by too much or the lack of water. To know how much water is enough, ask an expert.

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Drainage systems: Never install a system without obtaining a soils report and/or checking with a professional that studies your concern and gives you an understandable and reasonable plan of action (proper drainage work is expensive if done right; avoid the cheap plan, it seldom works).

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How to Tell When Foundation Repair is Needed The foundation of a home impacts almost every other structural and architectural element. If movement associated with settling or upheaval compromises the foundation, the damage will trickle up through the rest of the structure. In order to avoid long-term problems, it is essential to take care of any foundation repairs immediately and keep the foundation in good shape with preemptive steps and maintenance. Doing so will save time and money in the long term and help keep your home in prime condition. When repairing a foundation, there are more than 1,600 patented foundation repair methods. When choosing the proper method for homes in the Brazos Valley, one needs to select a method designed specifically for the soil upon which the structure is placed. Most of us probably take foundations for granted. When something is amiss, we may not know the warning signs. As a homeowner, it’s essential to become well informed on this matter so that you can keep an eye out for symptoms of foundation problems. Do you think you need foundation repair for your home? Symptoms of a bad foundation can be found on the interior and exterior of your home. One exterior sign is cracks in bricks or mortar, or brick separation around windows and doors. Walk around your home and look for bricks that

have separated and large cracks in the mortar. If you find them, chances are you need some work. Check for curvature of the brick line. This can be easily checked by looking along the sides of your home to see if the bricklines are straight, not curved. Another exterior sign is large gaps in exterior doors. Look at your garage door. Is it sitting as level as it used to? Also check the front and back door to see if they are square and they open and close smoothly. If they do not, you might have some issues. One interior symptom that is pretty obvious is cracks in drywall. Look at your

ceiling and walls and note any cracks. Small cracks may be from minor settling, but large ones may be a bigger problem. Next look at your floors. Are they no longer level? Also look at your cabinets and fireplace to see if they no longer sit flush. This indicates some kind of shifting with the walls. Lastly examine your interior doors. Do they no longer close or open properly? If so you might need foundation work. Any of these symptoms may be a sign that your foundation is degenerating. If you see any of these warning signs, don’t panic. Remember that these are just symptoms of foundation problems. Your problems may not require attention but a professional should examine them. If you do need foundation repair, don’t delay

fixing it. It will only get worse with time and more expensive to repair. If you think you might have problems call a professional today. The reality is, a building foundation will likely need repair at some point because changes in soil conditions, hydrostatic pressure and a variety of other outside forces can create stress on a foundation. Luckily, there are experts who specialize in just this type of work. The expert should provide you with a detailed elevation survey with a topographical contour drawing, detailing differential foundation movement and a solution that is simple for you to understand. Foundation contractors are not licensed by the state and are typically self-trained or self-educated. It is imperative to research any contractor you are considering. The one you choose should be professional and qualified to do the best job possible. That contractor will be able to determine the cause of the problem and will have the tools and knowledge to find a solution for your problem. Foundation inspection and repair is a science of its own. Know your contractor.


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How to Know When Physical Therapy is Needed Physical therapy is a traditional treatment methodology aimed at the treatment and management of certain ailments that alter mobility. While pain may be the initial and most prominent reason for the referral to physical therapy, other limitations may be associated with cardiopulmonary and neurological diseases. The primary aim is to bring the patient back to his normal self, free of pain or limitations. It is very important to quickly limit the impact of an injury and the pain it can have on a normal life. Physical therapy may be prescribed to address permanent disabilities, for those recuperating from an injury or accident, or for those with more chronic conditions like arthritis or low back pain. In certain cases, some conditions impair the patient so much that it becomes necessary to teach the patient to function optimally within the limitations of the condition. This often includes concepts such as coping, biomechanical modifications, and extensive education. With these difficult situations, a physical therapist may work closely with other health care professionals to address the many physical, social and biological concerns of the patient. Physical therapists are trained to identify deficiencies in the biomechanics of the body. Working with a physical therapist can target specific areas of weakness in the way our bodies work. They can

relieve stress and help the body function without pain. Physical therapists practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities. The physical therapist’s extensive knowledge of the body, its movement needs and potential is central to determining strategies for diagnosis and intervention. The practice settings will vary according to whether the physical therapy is concerned with health promotion, prevention, treatment/ intervention, habilitation or rehabilitation. Physical therapy is also very effective in aiding children with special needs to progress through gross motor and fine motor development. The ability to interact and move within the environment is very important for their overall development. Again, the physical therapist will use activities that challenge strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, sequencing and manual techniques to encourage optimal development. Physical therapists are knowledgeable about surgical procedures and treatment goals, and can tailor their efforts to improve your well being. After surgical procedures, it is important

that therapy is guided by the surgical procedure. Physical therapists are knowledgeable about your body’s limitations after surgery and can help ensure a successful outcome. People should not ignore pain or hope it will go away on its own. Pain, especially prolonged pain, is a sign that something is not right with the body. It is important to consult a physician and/ or physical therapist to see if treatment from a physical therapy profession is needed. Treatment is implemented and modified in order to reach agreed goals and may include manual handling; movement enhancement; physical, electro-therapeutic and mechanical agents; functional training; provision of assistive technologies; patient related instruction and counseling; documentation and coordination, and communication. Treatment may also be aimed at prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participatory restrictions, disability and injury

including the promotion and maintenance of health, quality of life, workability and fitness in all ages and populations. Regardless of the setting, patient motivation and confidences are very important. Physical therapy is educational and supportive. There is continually growing evidence, that the mind and body cannot be treated independently. Patient beliefs often determine the overall outcome of rehabilitation. One of the most important purposes of physical therapy may be providing realistic expectations and time frames for the patient as they work through the therapy process. Finally, it is important for the patient to remember, that often the keys to rehabilitation are time and patience. Many times people expect healing to occur too quickly and resume activities too soon, some may even give up, never seeing the real benefit of physical therapy. It is important to communicate with your physical therapist and physician continuously throughout the therapy process, especially if you do not feel your recovery is progressing as expected. Recovery is often an extended process that requires diligence and dedication from the physical therapist and most of all from the patient.


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A podiatrist, DPM, doctor of podiatric medicine, is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot and related body systems. As a specialist in foot care, the podiatrist receives extensive training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot disorders by medical and surgical means. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a College of Podiatric Medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Many podiatrists further their education by participating in a postgraduate residency program at an approved hospital or university. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice. The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages, treating any foot problem. The common disorders include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. The podiatric physician also renders care of sprains, infections and injuries to the foot and heel. If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated a knowledge of podiatric surgery, including the diagnosis of general foot diseases, deformities and trauma of the foot and related structures.

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The foot is a complex structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. All of them deserve the focused attention and care that a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) can provide. For feet of all ages, the members of APMA provide high quality health care. Details are carefully attended to in meeting the requirements of the health care needs of your feet. Good foot health is vital to your overall health. Podiatrists provide the vast majority of foot health care services in the United States. The primary mission of the APMA is to improve the quality of foot care in the nation. This mission includes attracting qualified young men and women to the field and increasing the awareness of the importance of foot health among the general public and other health professionals. The APMA is located in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, and the Association has component societies in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the federal service. APMA represents its member podiatric physicians from across the country. The APMA also has more than 20 affiliated and related organizations. These organizations focus their attention on education, research, and specialty areas of interest, such as dermatology, pediatrics, radiology, and sports

medicine, among others. The Association’s Internet presence allows APMA to disseminate more foot health information to serve the public better.

Choosing A Podiatrist

One of the most common ways to choose a Podiatrist is to ask for recommendations from family and friends. Geographical location may be another means, it may be easier for you to see a Podiatrist close to your work rather than home, for example. When choosing a Podiatrist and making the first appointment, consider the following

points. Communication: You must be able to feel comfortable about speaking freely and openly with your Podiatrist. Every piece of information you provide will help the Podiatrist to make a diagnosis. Things you talk about with your Podiatrist are confidential. Billing: Ask how the practice bills when you make an appointment. Ask if the practice accepts your particular insurance. Consultations: If you feel that your health concerns may take longer than the average appointment time, ask for a longer appointment when you book. This ensures consultations do not run over-time and hold up other patients. Be well informed: It is important that you do not leave your consultation with unanswered questions. If you think you may not remember questions you want to ask or the answers the Podiatrist gives, take a pen and paper with you. You can note down important points you want to cover and get your Podiatrist to write the main points you need to remember. Language & culture: If English is not your first language and you would feel more comfortable with someone who speaks your first language, contact the office to see if they have a staff member you will be able to communicate with.


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bright colors and solid shapes. Blocks encourage crawling and movement when placed just out of an infant’s reach. As babies get older, they need toys that can help teach motor skills. Older toddlers can learn fine motor skills and shapes with a shape cube--a toy that allows them to insert pieces of different shapes into the proper holes. Toys that make music can help toddlers learn and generate a love for music. Choose educational toys for toddlers that are challenging but easy enough to master. Select puzzles, toys and games a few months in advance just in case your child masters skills quickly and gets bored. Kids in the 4-year-old to 9-year-old range enjoy learning about different things. Choose a toy that reflects his interests. Dinosaurs, for example, are popular, so you could purchase dinosaur toys that come with information cards. You can also find science toys designed for this age group, such as toy

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