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New technology solves digital overload for family memories

OurHive LOGO onlySan Diego, CA, December 14, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Have you ever had the issue of looking for a specific photo and can’t find it? You thumb scroll endlessly but there’s no effective way to sift through all those photos every time you’re looking for something specific.

OurHive™ is the newest family app that combines patented technology and a private family network to deal with this growing issue of digital overload. The app is now live on Google Play, the App Store and as a Web App at www.GetOurHive.com.

OurHive combines the best features of a photo and video application with a private social network created especially for families. With the OurHive app, family photos and videos can be automatically tagged, organized and instantly shared with only the people you care most about. Once a private Hive is created, family members can upload and share photos and videos with each other using their iPhones, iPads, Android phones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. All files are archived in high resolution and can be viewed and downloaded anytime.

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“For many families, life is full of sacred moments that should be treasured and preserved for generations to come,” said Stephen D. Rosen, co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of OurHive. “Today’s digital world has made sharing information convenient, but too often that sharing is made with impersonal detachment. OurHive is for people who appreciate the special intimacy that comes with sharing special memories.”

Photo and video sharing within mass-market social networks can sometimes be compromised by unauthorized use and manipulation of media. Special attention has been made with OurHive’s cloud interface to ensure the best security. Photos and videos are encrypted every step in the journey from devices to OurHive servers and back again, and the content can only be accessed by invited, password-protected members.

Because archiving and tracking family photo albums is important, the OurHive app was designed to make tagging and organization simple and accessible. Every photo and video you take with the iOS or Android app ‘automagically’ adds a caption and location from your calendar, along with the closest address when GPS is enabled. You can then edit the filename, add tags and captions and give your photos the same context that writing on the back in ink used to for print photographs.

“Whether it’s your child’s first birthday or grandma’s retirement party, OurHive encourages the family to share all of the pictures and videos they take — not just a few chosen ones that you put on Facebook or Instagram,” said Jeff Symon, co-founder and president. “With OurHive, anyone in your Hive can download any picture they want from any of their internet-connected devices. No more having to remember to text or email individual photos later.”

How OurHive Works

Starting your own Hive begins with one family member starting a free 20GB Family Hive by visiting GetOurHive.com or downloading the “OurHive” app on Google Play and the App Store. They can then invite as many family members or close friends as they want into their secure, private Hive. Each user can then download the free app on the iOS or Android device of their choice and start contributing and sharing family memories.

OurHive™ automatically stores your photos and videos in high resolution in your own private network. Anyone in your family Hive can download anytime they want and future updates will allow for even more functionality.

Visit us a www.GetOurHive.com to sign up and learn more, and join the conversation athttps://www.facebook.com/getourhive

Contact-Details: Kyle Strickland – kyle@ourhive.biz
www.GetOurHive.com

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Lamp Post Electrical Store All The Elnur Heat

Lamp Post Electrical have great pleasure in promoting the Elnur range of Storage Heaters. Storage Heaters were once the poor relatives of the heating area as the cost of gas became so much cheaper than the electrical or oil equivalents. In those days storage heaters were limited in their operation and ability but today there has been a whole new range of storage radiators which compete very fairly with the modern gas systems in certain areas and there is a great potential for their further growth in the market. Lamp Post Electrical and Elnur have some of the best and can supply them quickly.

Lamp Post Electrical are delighted to stock the full Elnur Storage Heater range as this is a company which has spent a lot of time and effort in developing some of the best storage heaters on the market. The quality is excellent and the performance is surprisingly good and the latest storage heater is a far cry from the heaters of old and the cost of operation is quite competitive.

Storage Heaters now have a number of niche areas where they dominate the market and Lamp Post Electrical and the Elnur Storage Heaters have risen to the challenge. Apartment living is a major area for storage heaters as there are many areas in large populated apartment blocks where gas has been excluded because of the fire and explosion dangers which are magnified when there is such close proximity between residents. Also the apartment rental market is ideally suited to the installation of a storage heater heating system as it is easy to control by the landlords and easy to use by the renters. This market used to have to pay extra for their heating costs but today the storage heater has improved so much that the heater can be heated at night by cheap electricity on the white meter and discharged the following day and night. Lamp Post Electrical are amazed at the insulation of the latest Elnur Storage Heaters which ensures that the natural heat loss from the storage heater is very small which makes almost all the input heat available to heat the room. The emission of the stored heat is now expertly maintained by digital temperature controllers to ensure correct room temperature.

Lamp Post Electrical can supply all the Elnur range of heaters including the top of range fan controlled storage heaters which can bring the room up to temperature quickly and keep excellent control through the evening. The controllers can be linked to a central control to work exactly as a gas or oil fired system with set periods for heating in the morning and evening. Whilst the cost of use is slightly higher than gas the cost of installation of a storage heater system is very much lower than a gas fired system and the total cost when averaged over the life of the systems is very similar.

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The Door Store Has That Summer Calypso Feeling

The Door Store is always looking to improve the range of doors its supplies to the building and Do It Yourself (DIY) trade and each year seems to bring a more interesting range to the already massive selection that the company stocks. The Door Store uses several excellent manufacturers but one of the major ones is JB Kind and this company never seem to disappoint in the issue of new and exciting designs. Their latest range of internal doors is the Calypso range, a range, which epitomises the Caribbean and all that the name evokes.

JB Kind have supplied the Door Store for many years and their new models of doors definitely fit the modern market requirements and this year their new range seems to reflect the hot summer we have had and which is forecast to continue well into September. The Calypso range is a pine door range made for the more modern house or perhaps more correctly the more modern decorated house. This range of doors is a white primed pine door range of the typical shaker style and includes glass panels of various configurations. The design has clean simple lines that will go very well in today’s modern buildings.

The Door Store is pleased to promote the JB Kind Calypso Trinidad Internal Door in particular, which is typical of the range and is a white primed pine door with 3 vertical glass panels. This door is ideal for fitting in halls or rooms where there is an advantage of getting light from one room into another. The vertical glass panels are made from clear safety glass to protect against any potential breakage accidents which may occur. This range of doors is ideal for that summer feeling and will let light into places which may be quite difficult at present.

There is always a discussion to be had regarding the use of pine doors with glass inserts as by definition they do not provide a safety door application so that in the event of a fire they are unable to provide a time barrier between rooms for possible escape, also they do make privacy between rooms difficult or impossible as they do not provide good sound protection or visual privacy to any real degree. Therefore on installing these doors it is necessary to weigh up the options and if a fire door or a privacy door is considered essential then the Door Store has the options available.

The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – notes that the JB Kind Calypso Trinidad Internal Door is made with a central pine core and faced with MDF, which is primed white to enable the end user to get the door painted to their preferred finish, with no need for an extra layer of undercoat.

The manufacture is very good and will grace most applications and comes at a price that is extremely competitive and also has the extra benefit of a 5% discount when 10 doors or more are bought at the same time. This is a door well worth considering.

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Ace Sheds For The Gardens Of London

Ace Sheds are pleased to have their manufacturing facilities in Ashford in Kent which is on the doorstep of London and which can supply a full range of high quality garden sheds to the Capital City. There is a strong feeling that London is a concrete jungle and that gardens and hence garden sheds are an irrelevance. However the people of London will tell a very different story and whilst this might apply to a limited area of London, the vast area of Metropolitan London has an array of gardens that will surprise many a countryside visitor.

Ace Sheds are very proud to serve London with a range of garden sheds in London that can meet almost any requirement of the user, quickly and at a cost that is very cheap. Ace Sheds are very proud to note that the cost does not stop them producing a very high quality garden shed, which can be self-erected swiftly and easily by the owners of the property. Ace Sheds have recognised some of the individual requirements for the London shed and produce a range to meet that market place and if there any gaps they are only too pleased to discuss personal preferences and changes or even build a self-design shed.

Ace Sheds realise that the cycle is a major way of travelling in London, it is easier and often quicker that the car and of course is not subject to the Congestion charge. Keeping a cycle requires a storage area and Ace Sheds are proud to provide the London Bike Shed which stores the cycle safely and securely outside the house the size is small and will conveniently fit into a small space in the back garden. The London Bike Shed has been built with security in mind.

Storage is always going to be a major problem in London and the garden shed can provide a great storage facility in an area where household space is often at a premium and the cost of a solid building extension is very high and planning approval or practical space to install it is often impossible. Ace Sheds have realised this and provide very cost effective solutions. The Reigate Shed is one of the Ace Shed models, which are ideal for London. The shed provides good storage and is a security shed built to deter unwanted attention from prying eyes. Firstly the standard model has just one small window fitted up high and impossible for any person to access. It could even be removed if required. Ace Sheds are proud to have fitted tongued and grooved wooden sides that cannot be accessed without destroying the shed. The doors and its fittings are secure and Ace Sheds can fit a high quality locking system and can also provide a shed burglar alarm, which can be linked to alarm the owner at home.

Ace Sheds provide potting sheds for the gardener and a complete range of other applications and a quick look at their excellent website will show just how relevant the garden shed is to a London household.

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Finally! An All-In-One Website For Your Next DIY Dog House Project!

Paul Stevens, or as he is otherwise known to by his friends as “The Canine Craftsman” has released his inaugoral product in the DIY sphere, “The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System”.

This a step by step system that provides a one-stop-shop for all of those people iching to build their furry friend a dog house. Inluding 7 detailed videos and 40 dog house and dog run plans, Paul is adament even a novice will have their first dog house completed within 48hrs.

Paul, once an accountant, always a dog lover and now an inspired DIY enthusiast spent countless weekends outdoors with his brother, a carpenter by trade, developing what they call their best collection of dog houses and the easiest method to construct them.

The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System is an online based package that can be accessed 24/7, all around the world so that no matter what country you are in or what time it is, you can access every bit of information that you need to complete your project.

“The great thing about this system is that even a novice can build a 5 star rated structure to provide their pooch with a safe and comfortable enironment”

Paul Stevens, Founder – The Canine Craftsman

As a result of implementing The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System Paul believes that anybody wanting to create a comfortable and protective environment for their dog will now be able to accomplish this feat for a minimal cost, far less than the potential costs associated with purchasing one brand new.

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The Door Store Looks Smart With The JB Kind Eco Grey Flush Range

The Door Store in Leamington Spa are now supplying the latest JB Kind Eco Grey Flush range of internal doors and are pleased with the quality and the great design of these new doors. This is quite a different design and the flush door gives an excellent finish and gives very clean lines to the door. The grey colour gives a completely different look to the door and makes it an ideal accompaniment to a house with a modern design and the finish is improved by being finished with a wood grained effect. JB Kind has developed a completely new painting system which gives a flawless wood grained finish at a fraction of the cost of natural veneers. This helps to reduce the cost of door by a very significant amount and The Door Store is able to pass all of these savings directly to the customer.

This revolutionary painting system has been seen by The Door Store as a major advancement which has achieved superb results in the market. The prices of these doors are very competitive and this is due to the change in construction and in particular the new painting methods. The doors themselves are made in a cellular fashion with a solid Oak wood core. The range consists of the standard JB Kind Eco Flush internal door with a completely flat face and also the glazed version which has an almost full length glass insert in the middle of the door. JB Kind also produces a fire door in the same construction.

The Door Store takes a great deal of care in finding the right sort of door that will increase the finished range of its products and the JB Kind Eco Flush range is one of the new ranges which has been picked to give the house owner a new dimension for the design of the building. The Eco Flush door gives a flat surface on the internal door with no blemishes but a great wood grained finish and allows the house owner to design the interior of the house with this in mind. The range of grey flush doors allow a designer to use their imagination and create a good modern design which will encompass both, the internal door, its frame and also the door furniture and the fascinating grey colour. The use of the glazed Eco Flush door will allow light to be introduced from a different source whilst enhancing the door appearance.

The cost of the glazed door is around £244 per door whilst the flush door costs a very modest £77 per door and there is a 5% discount when 10 or more doors are purchased.The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – has a superb range of door furniture, which will match the Eco Flush Internal Door. This range includes modern simple stainless steel material designs, which compliments the clean lines of the flush door and there are some designs which encompass the use of materials like satin nickel or brass. A quick look at the web site will give the customer of just what is possible and contact by email or phone can be very helpful.

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PosePrints Wins the Red Tricycle “2012 Totally Awesome Awards” for “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers”

Where do the busiest and best parents go to get the skinny on what to do, see, eat, and buy? In 2011, 25 million readers weighed in on that question at the 2011 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards, which showcases the “best in parenting brands, products, services and restaurants” of several major metropolitan areas. And for the 2012 Awards (over 6,000 businesses participated), PosePrints snatched the “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers” award away from such arch-competitors as Shutterfly, Minted and Tiny Prints, with a whopping 206,650 votes.

PosePrints started as the creative brainchild of Jen Moss (a self-taught artist) and her mother (a financier). Their mutual love of homemade crafts and aversion to pre-fab stationary developed into a line of distinctively whimsical and customizable stationary, magnets, business cards and notepads. What makes their line stand apart is the vibrancy of Moss’ art and the near-infinite variations on each theme you can customize to your likeness. Whether it’s a thank you note, birthday invitation, or a wedding program – the better-than-your-average-avatar caricatures you can create (custom: eyelashes, hair accessories, bling, and more), make the party happen before the party itself.

Magazines for savvy brides and parents can’t gush enough about PosePrints’ offerings. “My one stop-shop for all my stationary needs”, raves Manhattan Mom Blog. “Sure to make your guests accept with pleasure,” enthuses Bridal Guide Magazine . Though some of PosePrints’ competitors have been at the stationary game longer, PosePrints won the day because they’ve come up with a winning model: singularly custom invitations and gifts so charming they can (and do) double as gifts.

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My Carpet Pal Rotovac 360i Turning Heads Everywhere!

The carpet cleaning industry has really come a long way since the invention of the first hand held carpet cleaner in 1956 invented by Mr. Harry Rench, CEO and founder of Rench Manufacturing Company. The first designs had some very evident limitations that Mr. Rench tried to fix and improve the drycleaner’s for carpeting. The vacuum had a very nice appealing look to it and was equipped with an electric cord. Most people at the time couldn’t afford to buy these newly invented cleaning machines and Mr. Rench rented the cleaning machines out to people wanting to clean their carpets. It was like a dream come true for most people with carpeting in their homes.

Over the years, the carpet cleaning machines has gotten a lot better and with the technology of the twentieth century; Mr. Rench’s ideas of carpet cleaning has taken off to a whole new level of carpet cleaning. One of the concepts that really helped the carpet cleaning industry become the great industry that it is today is the advent of the portable extractors and later the truck-mounts. Prochem industries are one of the major leaders today in the technology of carpet cleaning using the truck mounting delivery system. Practically, all of the carpet cleaning professionals today use truck-mounts with the jet spraying system.

Mr. Steve Allison invented the first carpet cleaning wand which he referred to in his patent applications to a method and apparatus for cleaning and rinsing carpets. This was actually invented in 1991 and assigned with the United States Patent Office. Mr. Allison invented a wand that could actually clean and dry the carpet at the same time which was really unbelievable at the time. The concept of the wand was like washing your clothes and drying them in the same machine; it was truly another big breakthrough in the carpet cleaning industry. The wand actually helped to revolutionize the carpet cleaning industry and it is still a major force of the carpeting business today still while we talk at this moment.

Since the invention of the carpet cleaning wand; several companies have industrialized the wands – making them lighter and with better water jets. Prochem has one of the best carpet cleaning wands today on the market with their six (6) jet titanium light weight wand which sell for about $1,299.00 retail. These new revolutionary carpet cleaning wands are a carpet cleaners dream come true. Now there’s a new kid on the block and it was invented by Mr. Cliff Monson called the Rotovac 360i and the Hyrdamaster RX-20. These rotary giants have taken carpet cleaning and steam cleaning to an entire new level in the cleaning business.

The Rotovac carpet cleaning machine is an excellent tool for carpet cleaning. The machine delivers effortless, self-propelled cleaning with the touch of a hand. The rotary heads thoroughly deep clean carpet with hundreds of multi-directional movements. The 360i is light weight at only 39 pounds and super easy to operate. The Rotovac is definitely turning heads in the carpet cleaning business and the companies using this technology will do a better job cleaning your carpeting in general. There is no comparing the wand and the 360i Rotovac. Simply put, if you want your carpet cleaning company to really turn your head with their cleaning habits; chose a company that use the Rotovac technology for standard carpet steam cleaning procedures.

The history of carpet cleaning and carpet cleaners is very unique. My Carpet Pal residential and commercial cleaning company have invested a lot of time and resources in advance technology and cleaning tools in general. We use only the best tools and provide the best services for your home and business cleaning needs. Our company is located in Southern California but we are in the process of expanding our services daily. Everybody knows that the wheel doesn’t have to be re-invented in order to move you from one place to the other. That’s why we are not trying to re-invent the wheel, but, we are trying to re-invent how we can clean your home or business with maximum speed and effectiveness. We are looking to provide you outstanding service with a smile.

My Carpet Pal is one of the leaders in using high quality technology in the carpet cleaning business. We are ready, willing, and able to go the extra mile for you and your love ones; every step of the way. Our technicians are uniformed and well trained in the residential and commercial field and cleaning industry in general. There are no gimmicks, no tricks, no schemes or false advertising to worry about; just good old fashion hard work and caring customer service and support. You can learn more about our company on line or you can read about us. The history of the carpet cleaning business is very interesting and there are hundreds of dedicated people who have spent there lives trying to make your home better for you! This article was written and researched by Mr. Billy Earley.

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Force 8’s New Range Opens New Doors for Customers

Force 8, a leading home improvement website based in Stockport, has once again shown their dedication to creating innovative products by releasing a range of arched doors.

These doors are different to others on the market because customers can get all the benefits that a traditional composite door offers whilst adding a level of style by choosing an arched door frame.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8, commented;

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our levels of customer service and offer our loyal customers something extra.

Not everyone wants the traditional styled door which is why we wanted to introduce these arched doors to the market.”

Force 8 has a “design your door” feature on their website and this has proved to be popular amongst the thousands of people who visit the website each month. With the addition of the arched door frames, customers now have a wider choice when it comes to choosing the perfect design for their front or back door.

Composite doors are renowned for their qualities including increased security and now with a new style, many customers can add a unique style to their home.

Force 8 offer 12 different door types including Twin Arch doors, 6 and 9 Panel doors, Half Arch, Twin Vertical, Half Glazed and many other types. For customers and suppliers, this means that there is plenty to choose from and Force 8 hopes to consolidate their position as a leading home improvement company by adding to its existing product range which includes composite bi-folding doors.

With showrooms in Stockport and Altrincham, you can see for yourself what great products are available. Pop down to your nearest showroom today and start making some great changes to your home by adding a Force 8 composite door or maybe some triple glazed windows.

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Revolutionary Dry Skin Treatment Successfully Overcomes the Problem of Eczema

Revolutionary Dry Skin Treatment Protects Your Skin From the Itch of Eczema

What is the underlying cause of eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry, itchy, inflamed skin caused by an allergic immune response with in the skin. While there is no cure for the condition, understanding the causes and finding the right dry skin treatment product can greatly reduce the occurrence of symptomatic outbreaks and how to rejuvenate skin.

Could you be suffering from a damaged skin barrier?
Nearly 80 percent of eczema is due to contact with harsh chemicals and environmental irritants. If you have damaged dry skin your skin’s barrier is impaired and no longer properly functions and an increase in water loss having dry and cracked skin. Besides an increase in water loss, a damaged skin barrier makes your skin more susceptible to irritants that create an increased risk for dry skin conditions such as eczema. “As a dermatologist with many years of experience treating skin problems, I can tell you what the major causes are,” says Dr. Lisa Benest, “one of them is exposure to irritants and chemicals in the everyday environment. We live in a much more toxic environment today and our skin bears the brunt. When we are exposed to harsh conditions in the environment it can have a very negative effect on our skin.”

Shielding Lotion: A Revolutionary New Dry Skin Treatment that is the Best Lotion for Dry Skin
Traditional moisturizers are simply add artificial moisture to the surface layer of your skin and do very little to heal or protect your skin. Many even contain harsh chemical ingredients that damage the integrity of your skin’s barrier leading to more skin problems for you. Realizing the need for an entirely new approach to skin care, 21st Century Formulations put together a team of leading doctors, dermatologists, and cosmetic chemists who spent six years working together in developing Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion. Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion duplicates your skin’s own natural functions and strengthens your skin’s ability to protect against toxins and irritants resulting in healthier softer skin. Dr. Lisa Benest explains: “The reason shielding lotions are so effective is that they replace the protective barrier and allow the skin to heal from within. A shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin and protects it from outside irritants and chemicals, so it will prevent skin conditions from developing or it will help an existing condition to heal.”

Join the millions throwing away their old creams and lotions for Skin MD Natural: It’s the only lotion that can truly treat severe eczema and is a real dry skin treatment. Go tohttp://www.skinmdnatural.com or call 800-540-4790 for more information.

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Get 40% Off Laser Hair Removal!

Leading cosmetic surgery provider The Harley Medical Group is currently running an excellent offer on selected laser hair removal treatments, which can see patients saving up to 40% on a range of packages. However, the offer is only available until midnight on Thursday 5 April 2012, so those interested are advised to book now!

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the UK and can be carried out on both men and women. It can be performed on many areas of the body and the Harley Medical Group’s offer includes some of its most popular packages.

Eight and four treatment packages for specified body areas have been included in the offer, as well as other multiple treatment packages. For instance, the eight treatment package for laser hair removal for the female chin was £600 and has been reduced to £450 for a limited time only. Similarly, laser hair removal for the full male back is now £1,250, down from £1,590.

In terms of multiple treatment packages, patients can save an astonishing amount – the female full body treatment was £4,225 and is now just £2,770. It includes four full laser hair removal treatments for the arms and legs, along with treatments for the bikini area, navel pubis and underarms.

“Our current offer on laser hair removal will only be available for the next couple of weeks, so those interested should act quickly to make the most of it,” said Lisa Littlehales of the Harley Medical Group.

“Anyone that would like to book a treatment at one of our nationwide clinics can find the current laser hair removal prices on our website, and can book via our online form, specifying which treatment they are interested in.”

To find out more about the treatments available, visit www.harleymedical.co.uk now.

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The Harley Medical Group Busts Cosmetic Surgery Myths

The UK’s leading cosmetic surgery group, The Harley Medical Group, have today revealed research findings which bust some of the industry’s biggest myths and uncover what motivates people across the UK to have cosmetic surgery.

In the first ever survey of its kind, conducted across the Group’s 31 clinics nationwide on over 20,000 patients, the results challenge many of the longstanding myths that surround the cosmetic surgery field revealing over 85% of UK patients opt for surgery due to a confidence issue and that 95% will think about having a procedure for more than two years before they go ahead.

Lisa Littlehales, Lead Nurse Counsellor at The Harley Medical Group, says: “Patients who are looking into surgical options have lots of questions about their procedure and it is important that they are properly informed.

“We decided to do the survey as people often people have assumptions about cosmetic surgery, which in reality are completely untrue. One of the biggest myths is that cosmetic surgery is purely about vanity, when in actual fact it is most often a confidence issue which the patient has not been able to resolve through other means.”

Top Myths Revealed by The Harley Medical Group

All facts are according to The Harley Medical Group

MYTH
Having cosmetic surgery is addictive and most people go on to have multiple procedures after their first.

FACT
95% of patients will only have one procedure that they’ve been thinking about for several years. It’s a confidence thing with many people.

MYTH
Women who have breast enlargement surgery look fake and just want to have big breasts like Jordan.

FACT
Most women only go up by one or two cup sizes and the average size is a C cup. Women are now wanting a more natural look opting for a tear-drop shaped implant rather than the traditional round high contour.

MYTH
Cosmetic surgery is now so commonplace; most people view it as just another beauty treatment.

FACT
Research shows that on average patients think about their surgery for two to three years before going ahead with it.

MYTH
More men are now having cosmetic surgery than women!

FACT
There’s been a huge growth in men having surgery, but they still only make up 17% of patients at The Harley Medical Group.

MYTH
People have cosmetic surgery to stand out.

FACT
Most cosmetic surgery patients don’t have a procedure to stand out; they have treatment to help them fit in.

MYTH
Most people that book in for surgery are young girls who are over critical about their appearance.

FACT
45% of all female patients who enquire and have surgery at The Harley Medical Group are mothers looking for treatments to help combat the effects of pregnancy and regain their confidence. The Harley Medical Group have also seen a 17% increase in patients over 65, across their 31 clinics, in the UK and Ireland, between 2005 and 2010.

MYTH
Plastic surgeons can make you look like your favourite celebrity.

FACT
Each patient is individual and a surgeon will work with a patient’s existing factors in order to produce a desired result – it is not possible to make one person look exactly like another.

MYTH
If you are overweight you can just have liposuction to make you slim

FACT
Liposuction is not a weight loss technique and produces best results on patients that have lost weight and are looking to remove small pockets of stubborn fat. Also, it’s not just women that opt for Liposuction, 25% of Liposuction patients are male.

MYTH
If you’re standing in the supermarket queue, chances are someone in that queue has had cosmetic surgery of some sort.

FACT
Only about 1% of the population have had surgery.

MYTH
Most people go abroad for surgery because it’s cheaper.

FACT
Many people feel uncomfortable about travelling so far away from home when having a major operation and feel it’s more risky.

MYTH
You’ll only meet sales people when you go to a big cosmetic surgery provider.

FACT
Reputable providers only use medically trained staff. Patients should always meet with a medically trained professional nurse counsellor to discuss their procedure and will always meet their surgeon before the operation.

MYTH
Cosmetic Surgery Industry will be one of the first things to be hit by a credit crunch as it’s a vanity led industry and not essential.

FACT
Most patients think about and plan their surgery for many years. They are unlikely to want to put it off and instead consider it an investment. The Harley Medical Group is currently reporting a 29% YOY increase in demand for surgery, defying the credit crunch.

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CouponChief.com Uses Online Coupons To Help Support Local Charities

The popular website CouponChief.com, which helps frugal shoppers find the best deals online, is now using the power of saving money to help charities in local communities across the country. Coupon Chief has recently adopted the mantra, “Saving is Giving” to promote what could be the next big thing when it comes to savvy shopping and supporting charitable causes. The new promotion is all about giving back to those in need, and encouraging shoppers to do more than just buy products online. With Coupons-4-Causes, the site promises to donate up to 20% of the purchase price every time shoppers use Coupon Chief’s online coupons.

The money-saving website CouponChief.com has started a new trend in the industry with the introduction of a novel way to donate to local charities. With the Coupons-4-Causes program, shoppers are able to support their favorite charities every time they shop online. All visitors to the site have to do is shop using the site’s coupons, and Coupon Chief will automatically donate up to 20% of the purchase price to the charity of choice, whether it is a local charity, school, or church.

Online coupons provide a convenient way to save money when purchasing items such as clothing, jewelry, and more, but with this new cause shoppers also have the opportunity to help their communities every time they make a purchase – no matter what the item.

The site provides discount coupon codes for a wide range of different online stores, from big name brands to smaller operations. Coupon Chief sets itself apart from the competition through innovation, ease-of-use, and by providing visitors with a reliable service. Many coupon sites are difficult to navigate, unorganized, and make it almost impossible to search for great deals that haven’t already expired.

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KnoWhat2Do Shares Preparedness Information at Public Festival

On the 10 year anniversary of the deadly twisters that hop scotched through Tarrant county, hundreds of people will gather in the sunny outskirts of downtown Fort Worth for KnoWhat2Do PrepareFair. Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, KnoWhat2Do PrepareFair is a public festival featuring live music, food, children’s games and activities and most importantly, the life-saving preparedness information promoted by KnoWhat2Do and State Farm Insurance.

KnoWhat2Do Shares Preparedness Information at Public Festival

KnoWhat2Do, a program created specifically for all residents of North Central Texas, welcomes the public to this timely festival, a mixture of family fun and personal safety enhancement. KnoWhat2Do was created by the Regional Public Education Committee to identify threats specific to North Central Texas, such as that deadly tornado a decade ago and the hundreds of sever weather incidents to strike the region since that time. The program outlines the steps people can take to prepare and protect themselves. The committee consists of public safety and emergency management officials from the 16 North Central Texas counties, which includes Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton County.

PrepareFair will have prize give aways from Mix 102.9 FM and State Farm Insurance, free flu and H1N1 vaccines from Tarrant County public health, bounce houses, face painting and games for children, fire safety demonstrations by C.E.R.T. volunteers, free hot dogs, live music from Canta Rhythm and Brass and ready access to the preparedness tools and information people can take home and incorporate into their families and share with neighbors and friends.

“Ten years ago, when those deadly storms tore through downtown Fort Worth, then south Arlington neighborhoods on their way across the metroplex, a uniform set of preparedness messages crafted specifically for the North Central Texas Region didn’t exist,” says Kwa heri Heard, Emergency Management Specialist with the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management and KnoWhat2Do Regional Public Education Subcommittee Chair. “We created KnoWhat2Do to let the public know what threats are most prevalent here in North Central Texas, and what specific steps they can take to best be prepared.”

State Farm Insurance, the KnoWhat2Do PrepareFair sponsor, will give away smoke detectors and disaster kits at the event, some including $100 gift cards. “At State Farm we strive to support programs like KnoWhat2Do PrepareFair that provide valuable information to people right here where we live and work, and help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities,” says David Ballew, State Farm Agent.

What: KnoWhat2Do PrepareFair
When: Sunday, March 28th, 1-5pm
Where: 2300 West 7th Street, Fort Worth- Trinity Park Pavilion and Memorial area,
Who: Emergency management officials and first responders from around the region, State Farm Insurance agents, Tarrant County health officials, American Red Cross, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team), United Way, Mix 102.9 FM, Canta Rhythm and Brass
Visuals: Childrens learning games regarding preparedness, flu/H1N1 shots, live band, large crowds, CERT fire extinguishing demonstrations

About KnoWhat2Do
The resources found in the KnoWhat2Do campaign provide valuable tools to all citizens of North Central Texas in planning and preparing before disaster strikes. The materials are distributed on the website www.knowhat2do.com, through an educational DVD and preparedness guide and a series of public events, presentations and public service announcements. Individuals, schools, or businesses can find information on severe weather preparation, health threats and much more to empower themselves, their families, co-workers and neighbors to KnoWhat2Do in an emergency. Under the motto, “Think. Prepare. Act.” the campaign demonstrates real practices people can put into action in their own lives. KnoWhat2Do is on the web at www.knowhat2do.com.

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National Wedding Company Offers Gay-friendly ‘Valentine’s-Grams’

The national wedding resource, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com, announces the release of Valentine’s Day e-cards this season, specifically customized for the LGBTQ community. The vibrant and diverse line of online cards is available free to site users, and provides a convenient way for senders to surprise their partners while also supporting a lesbian-owned company devoted to promoting equal marriage and family rights.

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Recently celebrating the ten-year anniversary since its launch,RainbowWeddingNetwork.com has been providing unique and dynamic wedding resources to the gay and lesbian community for over a decade. The company has produced over 35 Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos in sixteen different states, and since 2006 has published the nation’s first Wedding Magazine dedicated to the LGBTQ community. Newly revamped, www.RainbowWeddingNetwork.com offers a fresh variety of interactive features, including the Valentine’s Day e-cards as well as Couples’ Wedding WebPages, Engagement Announcements, Social Networking and upgraded Directory Listings with mini Photo Galleries and Audio Spots to provide at-a-glance vital information about gay-friendly wedding, travel and home-related businesses both locally and abroad. The online Directory spotlights over 5000 businesses: each has been screened to uphold a policy of non-discrimination.

In response to the first Federal Marriage Amendment Act, RainbowWeddingNetwork launched its sister campaign www.SameLoveSameRights.com, to serve the LGBTQ minority throughout the country in enhancing communication and cohesiveness surrounding the issues concerning equal marriage and family rights.

“We are sincerely excited to offer the Valentine’s Cards this year,” states co-founder Marianne Puechl. “They are cute and trendy and fun… but they also represent much more than that. In many ways, same-gender couples continue to face limited options when expressing their love for one another. These Valentines are customized with imagery and language that supports gay and lesbian couples and our commitments: it’s one more way that our minority can truly feel legitimized. RainbowWeddingNetwork is honored to be able to provide this important resource.”

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Artificial Christmas Trees Top the News on The Today Show With Matt and Merideth

Artificial Christmas trees have gained in popularity over recent times and Balsam Hill® is the name that is associated with this trend. Though some would attribute the attractiveness of these products to an interest in the environment, others say it has more to do with the ease and convenience that they provide. Who doesn’t remember pine needles stuck in carpet for weeks after Christmas and the worries of a fire due to a dried out tree? Balsam Hill® is the leader in crafting artificial Christmas trees that have a realistic look and feel, plus, they are notorious for their easy assemblies. This was reiterated during a recent feature on the Today Show.

Balsam Hill® is known for quality and each of the artificial Christmas trees is made to be as real as possible. Beyond that, the ease of assembly and storage is paramount. Because convenience is a part of the mission undertaken by Balsam Hill® the company is always on the lookout for ways to make things more convenient for customers. With that in mind many innovations have come about. Many of the company’s artificial Christmas trees are pre-lighted, and each tree with both color and clear lights receives a free remote control. The remote allows one to turn the lights on or off, switch between clear or multi colored, or use both, all with just a touch of a button.

Balsam Hill®’s innovative technology has developed True Needle™, which allows for the realism provided in the foliage of the artificial Christmas trees. The needles of the trees actually have a pigment structure, texture, and color very similar to that of natural evergreen needles. One of the most distinctive features of this technology is the color variations within the branches. The branch may be a very dark color and the needles may then start off as a dark color and slowly fade to a lighter shade of green. This is truly a unique technology, exclusive to Balsam Hill®.

Set up of all artificial Christmas trees made by Balsam Hill® is always easy, but assembly of the Artificial Trees Instant Evergreen is almost instantaneous, which means the buyer is quickly ready to decorate the tree. Balsam Hill® has that covered too. The company offers high-end, luxurious Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments that perfectly complement the luscious trees. Because these Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments are unique, they can add a touch of elegance and charm to any Christmas tree.

Another product offered by Balsam Hill® that has taken the market by storm is the flatback tree. Just as the name implies, one side of the tree is flat, making this the perfect choice for small or tight spaces. After adding the beautiful Artificial Christmas Trees Ornaments and other decorations it is easy to forget that this is actually a ‘half tree’.

Balsam Hill®’s mission is to create the most luxuriously realistic Artificial Christmas trees ever produced. The company also works diligently to meet and exceed customers’ expectations for beauty and convenience. Though ages ahead of other artificial Christmas tree companies, Balsam Hill® is committed to making continual improvements to offer customers, as evidenced by such innovations as the Artificial Trees Instant Evergreen and the Flatback tree.

Santa Letters Expose Santa Has Real Mouse Helpers!

In a recent interview about the handling of Santa letters, Santa himself revealed a long kept secret. Mice help organize and maintain the many letters received at the North Pole. This news is shocking because it is the elves that have long been given credit for helping Santa with every detail of the Christmas preparation.

Santa Claus disclosed in an interview with the North Pole Gazette that Christmas letters begin pouring into his mailbox as early as September every year. Santa said that he realized he could not keep track of the gazillions of letters by himself, and he stressed that he did not want to overlook even one of those carefully crafted notes. Santa said that his elves are too busy making toys to assist with such a task so he had to be innovative in finding helpers.

As he looked around the North Pole he thought about the many animals that live there. It’s true that birds and fish often help with the delivery of the santa letters but they live outdoors, Santa needed help after the letters arrived, after they are in his house. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning Santa thought about the thousands of mice that live with him and Mrs. Claus. The fact is that the mice like to stay indoors, where it is warm and cozy. And they are always asking what they can do to help out, but in the past it seemed their size kept them from being very helpful at all. However, even a little mouse can help organize mail.

Santa immediately set out to teach his mice how to organize the mail in a way that would expedite the entire system. Santa and Mrs. Claus labeled baskets for each of the various countries and for each type of animal. All the mice had to do was place each letter in the appropriate basket. This meant that a santa letter from a dog would go into the dog basket and a letter from a rabbit into the rabbit basket, and so on.

Hailei Corin, is Santa’s little public relations guru and she states “Santa can now insure that everyone that sends a letter to him will receive personalized letters from santa. It seems this has eased Santa’s mind immensely as he shared one of his greatest worries in the past was that he would somehow miss a few letters, and children somewhere waiting for letters from santa would be disappointed”.

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Clinique Launches New, Limited Edition Bamboo Pink Make Up Collection

The Bamboo Pink Collection f r o m Clinique is inspired by the wearable and subtly seductive hue Bamboo Pink, one of Clinique’s best-selling lipstick shades. Featuring a range of classic, best-selling products together with several new, limited edition make up treats, The Bamboo Pink Collection is the must-have make up kit to get a glow this summer.

Exclusive f r o m Clinique at Debenhams and online at clinique.co.uk, The Bamboo Pink Collection is being launched for summer 2009 and contains ten summer make up essentials. This includes; Lipstick, an Allover Colour Face Powder Compact, Long-Last Glosswear SPF 15 Lip Gloss, a Cabana Blush Quad, a Bamboo Pink Blush Brush, a Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, a Cream Shaper Eye Liner, a Quickliner Lip Liner and a Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black.

The new look features a natural pink lip available in a choice of two best-selling lipstick formulas; Long Last or Butter Shine, complimented by Long Last Glosswear SPF15 and Quickliner for Lips to help lipstick stay put. The subtle lip is accentuated by beautiful warm browns and muted pinks on the eye with the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Cream Shaper for Eyes. An allover, soft luminous glow for the face is created using the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour Powder Compact and a new, limited edition Cabana Blush Quad. To finish the look, Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black lengthens, glosses and enhances lashes ensuring they stay silky and flake-free.

Adding further dimension to this collection is the beautifully crafted ‘bamboo’ packaging featured on select items within the collection.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Ophthalmologist Tested. Non-Comodegenic.

Exclusively available to Clinique counters in Debenhams and Online at clinique.co.uk only.

About Clinique
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was f r o m the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All make up and skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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Gandhi Hurwitz Plans New National Bridal Directory

Baltimore videographer Gandhi Hurwitz noticed that most of his calls for shooting wedding videos were coming in between 11a.m. and 2p.m. each day. An astute observer of industry trends, Hurwitz tracked this one to its source. It turns out more and more brides are planning their weddings online at work, a trend that coincides with the advent of high-speed Internet. Hurwitz, who has been shooting wedding videos since 1989, has parlayed his keen eye and thorough knowledge of the business into a cutting edge, deeply interactive online community for both brides and wedding professionals.

thebridalguides.com

A tech-savvy, nimble newcomer to the online bridal industry, Hurwitz offers state-of-the-art streaming video uploads to users of his new website, TheBridalGuides. This and other unique, user-friendly services created by Hurwitz’s webmaster, Larry “Fresh” Scott, are reinventing the business model for bridal Bigfoots such as The Knot and Wedding Channel. A bride-to-be can browse thousands of local and national vendors and print online coupons from Hurwitz’s site, all without logging in. With a few clicks, she can register on the site for free and build her own personalized wedding website which her guests can interactively visit. The Bridalguides.com. 

Using the site’s unique BridalTV streaming video, the bride and her fiancé can upload personalized video invitations to their guests. Later, guests can watch the wedding videos online — including video clips uploaded from their own Bluetooth cell phones. (Click on “BridalTV” on Hurwitz’s homepage, TheBridalGuides.com , and watch Will Smith singing at a private wedding shot by Hurwitz’s associate, Visions Unlimited of Baltimore.)

Other click-to-use features include an interactive photo gallery, online RSVP and guest book (guests can leave messages here), gift registry, maps, hotels and city details. The bride can use the site’s ePlanner tools, read articles, and chat in bridal forums. Best of all — the bride and her guests pay nothing for these services.

Where brides go, vendors follow. Having himself been frustrated by the limited interactivity of other bridal websites — having to call an 800 number and play endless phone tag to changes ad postings, for example — Hurwitz says he has tried to create a site he as a wedding professional would want to use. By pricing his vendor services at less than half the cost of higher profile bridal sites, he has made his site “a lot more user-friendly for a lot less money”.

Each vendor has complete, click-to-use control over its personal interactive ad space, including streaming video uploads, photo gallery, unlimited article publishing, coupon generation, and customized search engine placement. All changes can be made online. Vendors can visit the bridal forums as well as vendors’only forums for tech chat.

tBigfoots, look out. Lunch hours aren’t what they used to be for brides-to-be, and the smart money is on TheBridalGuides.com To arrange an interview with Gandhi Hurwitz for more information on this subject contact sale@thebridalguides.com

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The number one destination site for retirement planning

Prudential UK has transformed its consumer website, into a retirement income resource hub, segmenting it to cater for the needs of consumers at different stages of pre-retirement and retirement. By enriching the content of the site and making it more user-friendly, Prudential has made a big step in transforming pru.co.uk into the number one destination site for retirement planning.

The updated website has been enhanced to offer a ‘retirement needs led journey’ for consumers as well as a product led one – this is a first for Prudential. The new website will contain a bespoke hub for Prudential’s many existing customers, allowing them to research their retirement needs, contact Prudential directly with any queries they may have regarding their retirement plans or to speak to their Financial Adviser.

The site was developed using the latest usability and eye tracking technology, and customers had direct input into the design of the site.

Steven Zuanella, Head of Online & Ecommerce, Prudential said; “Putting the customer at the heart of our development process was central to the success of this initiative. The new site is the result of rigorous development that involved customers at every step of the journey. The site is an invaluable resource for our customers no matter what kind of retirement information they’re looking for. “

The re-launch also marks the beginning of an exciting journey for www.pru.co.uk, as the new website has been built to accommodate future innovations, including social media, targeted content and user friendly tools and calculators.

To further assist visitor, the website features the Retirement Calculator, an online service which was recently awarded the Financial Services Award at the 2009 Revolution Innovation Awards. The Retirement Calculator has been specially designed to help find out how much income a customer’s current arrangements might give them in retirement; it factors in current pensions, property, savings and investments. The Calculator will also show customers how they might be able to boost their retirement income, if there is a gap between what they may have and what they may need.

The re-launch of www.pru.co.uk marks a major step forward in a retirement online journey and provides Prudential with a platform on which to build richer, deeper and more evolved customer relationships.

The information contained in Prudential UK’s press releases is intended solely for journalists and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. Full consumer product information can be found at www.pru.co.uk.

About Prudential
“Prudential” is a trading name of The Prudential Assurance Company Limited, which is registered in England and Wales. This name is also used by other companies within the Prudential Group, which between them provide a range of financial products including life assurance, pensions, savings and investment products. Registered Office at Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R 0HH. Registered number 15454. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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