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Decluttering the Home this Autumn

Today is the first day of October. Autumn is well and truly here. Our heating just came up for the first time since last winter, so the chill is definitely in the air. I have been seriously thinking of decluttering the home this autumn. I am thinking of doing some minor redecorating, and I need to let a few things go. There are also a few minor home repairs that need to be done in time for winter.

I have been online searching for the right people to get the job done. I recently came across Rocburn – The Window Opener Specialist, and I will most likely be contacting at some point to get a quote.

 

 

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However, before I get into the repairs, I need to get the house decluttered. Clutter gives me a headache, so the junk has to go. Once the unwanted items go, I have the space to breathe and think of what to do with the space I have.

I have 3 categories for everything we got, and each item has to fit into a category.

 

Keep

Anything worth keeping will be kept. Majority of my items fall into this category which is a good thing. It means I buy just what I need, and not just anything. Having said that, I will be very brutal with this pile. I will be keeping only items I am sure I will be using.

 

Sell

All items that wouldn’t be kept but in a good condition, would be sold or should I say, I would attempt to sell on eBay. I have not listed items to sell on eBay in ages, but I am hoping to find the time and get my selling mojo back. I also wish eBay could make the listing process a lot easier for us sellers.

 

Give to Charity

I have 3 charity bags ready to go as I type this post, and I would have more by the end of the month. I am forever giving away stuff to charity shops and I enjoy doing so. It is my way of giving back and it helps to declutter my home. What more could a girl ask for?

 

I plan to sort out piles this week, so I starting with a bang tomorrow. Wish me luck! Are you decluttering the home this autumn? What are your decoration/repair plans for autumn? Please sound off in the comments section, let’s chat.

 

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have an awesome week.

 

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Top 5 Qualities of a Professional Wedding Planner

When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s all about personalization. Everyone wants their big day to be unique, with everything customized to their needs and tastes. That’s where a professional wedding planner comes in. Choose the wrong one, and you’re destined for failure. The right wedding planner ensures a successful and memorable big day. 

An organizer’s level of creativity is what will help you achieve the wow-effect.  

 

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Wondering what sets a wedding organizer apart? Here are some top qualities to look for.

 

Creativity And Innovativeness

Planning a wedding that stands out is not just about your ideas. You need to work with a creative and experienced planner who can build from those ideas and execute them. A great organizer with a reputation for excellence will offer fresh wedding ideas and go a long way to impress you and even exceed your expectations.

According to Sweet Services, a company that offers candy buffets for weddings, a creative event planner works hard to find the best vendors and suppliers to match your wedding ideas. 

A great wedding organizer will provide those brides with alternative ways of finding the perfect wedding dress by recommending an online store, such as this one here, that offers numerous bridal gown styles.

 

 

Attention To Detail

A good professional wedding planner should have a dedicated team of experts that is detail-driven. Teamwork is critical in ensuring that everything goes according to plan. You need an organizer with extensive experience with wedding event logistics and one who will go an extra mile to ensure every task runs efficiently.  

There is a lot involved in planning a successful wedding, and anything can go wrong. Many brides forget to include this when it comes to planning a wedding. It’s all about personalization. Everyone wants their big day to be unique, with everything customized to their needs and tastes. That’s where a professional wedding organizer comes in. Choose the wrong one, and you’re destined for failure. The right wedding planner ensures a successful and memorable big day.

 

 

Reliable And Organized

For a day that requires multiple tasks to be completed on time, a wedding requires high organizational skills. This is a must have. If your organizer is not reliable and organized or looks confused and overwhelmed, chances are the same qualities will be spread to your big day.

Any successful wedding plan requires a professional organizer who is inventive and resourceful enough to work out and present all critical essentials in one well-organized framework, comfortably within your finances and with a clear understanding of your exact requirements.  

 

 

On-time And On Budget

A good wedding organizer is always on time and on-budget with service delivery. This comes with years of experience planning different types of weddings and working with varying budgets. A seasoned wedding planner will offer financial advice, set up workable options and present an impressive wedding package that meets your special needs and budget.

When finding your perfect wedding organizer, look for good negotiation skills. This will help you get the best deals in town without compromising the quality.

 

 

 

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Collaborative And Flexible

While the professional wedding organizer will take care of most of the planning work, you still need to be in charge of the process. Collaboration is key in ensuring a successful event. Is the planner taking your inputs and thoughts seriously? Do they consult you before making decisions? Do you communicate regularly?

Flexibility is also important when it comes to dealing with inconveniences or unexpected disappointments. Does the organizer have a network of reliable service providers you can count on to deliver services?

At the end of the day, choosing a wedding planner with these qualities gives you peace of mind and ensures that you have the best day of your life.

 

What are your thoughts on these professional wedding planner qualities? Have you used the services of a wedding planner? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

 

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Blogger Thieves & How to Deal with Them

Theft in the blogging industry is a common occurrence. We bloggers always complain about our blog content being stolen. I have heard of bloggers complaining about other bloggers being a little bit inspired, and stealing their blog ideas. Having said that, we can argue about the fact that no idea is 100% original, but that would be a topic for other day. This blog post is all about blogger thieves & how to deal with them.

 

 

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It is very hard to keep track of every blog post published or image shared. Once content is shared, there is always a possibility of it being republished on another blog/website with or without credit. This sucks but it is the reality. In the last couple of weeks, I have caught 2 bloggers with their pants down, stealing my blog content. These bloggers stole a couple of my blog posts word for word, and even with my images. One blogger thief linked back to Fashion and Style Police on the stolen posts, and the other didn’t bother.

 

The First Blogger Thief

How did I find out? The first blogger thief linked back to me so I got an email. I have emails set up whenever any blog or website links back to me. I went to have a look, and I was flabbergasted at the amount off blog posts copied word for word, and with my images. After I got over my shock, I became really angry. This was the blog section of a business website, and the fact that the owner felt it was OK to steal from me was super annoying.

I tried contacting the website owner but there was no contact details (surprise surprise), so I left a comment on 1 of the stolen post, expressing my disgust. A few hours later, I checked to see if my comment has been approved/replied to, and found out I couldn’t access the post anymore. It was asking for a password. So the website owner knew exactly what he was doing and couldn’t be bothered. I was so mad.

 

 

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I went on a mission to find out who the website owner was. Going on WHOIS helped, I got the name of the host company. I had to fill out a take down form, and wait to have my content taken off.

 

The Second Blogger Thief

Now this blogger thief is the funniest thief I ever met. He thought it was ok to copy and paste my blog posts, and he did copy over 5 of them, word for word, image for image. I found out pretty much the same way I found the first blogger thief, I got an email notifying me of a link back. I should mention the fact that it was never the intention of this blogger to link back to Fashion and Style Police, the inbound link was in an existing post he copied, which led to the notification.

Like the previous blogger thief, there was no way to contact this one either (it must be a strategy). So I left a comment asking for my blog posts to be taken down immediately. He ignored and went on to copy and paste another blog post I published after leaving that comment. I reported the blog to WordPress and got my content taken off within 24 hours, which was amazing. I was impressed with how quickly WordPress acted on this case.

The blogger thief later left a comment on my blog expressing his annoyance of me reporting him to WordPress and getting my content taken off his horrible blog. His comment  made me laugh so hard, because he called me greedy and a fool, for reporting him, which I found more funny than annoying. I hope he learnt a thing or 2 from this experience, and would hopefully stop stealing people’s work. I guess he has because he hasn’t posted a new post since then. Maybe he is too scared to steal now, which is good for other bloggers. His blog is filled up with various blog posts from  different bloggers, and I find it very sad. Blogging is clearly not for everyone.

 

 

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Going Forward with Blogger Thieves

Blogger thieves will always be around and there is nothing we can do about that. What we can do is to make it very hard for these thieves to steal our work. I have installed a plugin – WordPress Content Copy Protection. This plugin stops anyone from copying and pasting my blog content. The plugin has pros and cons like any other plugin, but the pros outweighs the cons massively.

I have also added a contact form on my contact page, so people can reach me easier. A Brand Rep informed of how frustrating it can be to grab my email off the blog because they can’t just copy and paste.

 

Have you ever had to deal with a blogger thief? Please share your experience in the comment section.

 

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