How to Include Your Mother in Your Wedding Planning

Moms can be your best friends and the best person who can help you in streamlining and outlining things to fall in the right place. You can always count on your mother to help you out when you feel her need. Starting from your childhood days to your wedding day, mothers are someone who will be happier to be there when you need her. She can stand out as a hero and take charge of things as a pro. So here is how you can include your mother for planning out your wedding day essentials:

1. Budget Making:

Budget making is one of the things that your mother may master at. She has been managing her home as a home minister for years, and she may have all the hacks to chop down the wedding costs. Ranging from hiring the wedding planners to making the arrangements and even to walking into JJ’s House and doing the shopping chores, she can be a perfectionist to show up to her being in the budget talent. You can sit down with your mother and chalk out the things that you can splurge on and the things that you won’t mind eliminating from your wedding planning list. She may be the best person to provide you with counseling for the same.

2. The Venue Hunt:

You can also think of taking your mom while picking on a venue. You can take her along and share your views and ideas for a particular place that you like and take her suggestions for the same. She out of her experience may have more knowledge and throw some questions to the owner which you may not have even popped up in your mind. Both of you may have a different taste for the reception, but you can streamline the best wedding arrangement layout using each other’s opinion.

3. Wedding Dress Shopping:

You might have grown up asking your mom that how does this dress looks on me, Am I looking good in this dress, isn’t it? So why not take your mom along when you are going to buy a dress for your big day? Not only can your mother help you out with the purchase and tell you what looks great, but you can have some memorable moments doing the shopping errands. It is always good to shop and dress up together. You can also pick on mother of the bride dresses at the same time and create some matching – matching mother-daughter goals on the wedding day. She can help you out to find your dream dress and make things more special and memorable.

4. Dealing with the Vendors:

Though you may have made the arrangements but still dealing with all the vendors, especially when your wedding date is nearing can be a cumbersome task. You can ask your mom to help you out with it; she can plan and figure out the right ways to deal with the vendors, the time they have to reach, the things that they have to do and a lot more. Your mother can take up the responsibilities and shell things in the right way.


So these were a few areas where your mother can be your unsung hero and can help you with the planning process. There can be many more things where she can show her talents and help her pretty girl when she walks down the aisle on her big day.

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5 Cross-Contamination Prevention Strategies Every Pharmacy or Restaurant Owner Should Know

Cross-contamination involves the movement or transfer of harmful pathogens from one individual, object or space to another. Bacteria can be spread from food to prep areas or to other food in a restaurant, and from a counting tray to other prescriptions in a pharmacy. It is essential to prevent cross-contamination since it can lead to serious illness. There are steps that a pharmacy or restaurant owner can take to prevent cross-contamination.

 1. Establish a Personal Hygiene Program

When it comes to food and prescription handling, personal hygiene is an essential part of preventing cross-contamination. According to an article in Pharmacy Times, unclean hands often introduce contamination, causing 30% to 40% of acquired infections. Pharmacy staff members should practice proper hand hygiene, using antiseptic handwashing every time they enter or reenter the aseptic area. To minimize the possibility of cross-contamination in your restaurant, institute policies addressing important hand practices, including proper handwashing, hand care, and glove use to ensure food handlers limit the risk of cross-contamination.

2. Keep Equipment Sterile

In compounding pharmacy cleanrooms, all materials of previous product manufactured should be removed and no residual cleaning agent should linger. All toxic solvents and active compounds should be removed from the equipment and must be verified. Visual inspection and swabbing should be used to analyze the surface of equipment, which should be wrapped with polythene bags until use. In a restaurant, each type of food should be prepared and handled with a separate piece of equipment. For instance, the cutting board that you use for raw poultry should not be used for produce during the same prep time. It’s best to prep food at different times and clean and sanitize equipment between each product.

3. Train Personnel

Be it in a pharmacy or restaurant, employees must be trained and should be able to identify a potential cross-contamination situation and prevent it from happening. Personnel should wear appropriate, clean body coverings that are required for their job. Food workers, for example,  should always follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to prevent the transfer of microorganisms and allergens to the food. Pharmacy staff should change clothing after every product change or breaks and should not be contaminated by cleaning agents.

4. Practice Correct Storage

Safe food storage in a restaurant is crucial, while proper storage of pharmaceuticals is vital. In a restaurant, it’s extremely important to protect both food quality and food safety to prevent foodborne illness. Each item of food should be kept at a specific temperature and the food storage areas need to be kept clean and free from bacteria and other pathogens. In a pharmacy, proper temperature, light, humidity, conditions of sanitation and ventilation are important aspects of the total drug control system wherever drugs and supplies are stored.

5. Clean and Sanitize All Work Surfaces

The work surfaces in a restaurant and a pharmacy should be cleaned regularly. All surfaces that come into contact with a food item must be effectively cleaned and sanitized to ensure food safety and the prevention of foodborne illness. In a pharmacy, the need for vigilant cleaning and sanitizing practices should be reinforced, while the surfaces of the sterile compounding areas should be cleaned frequently.

 It is vital to prevent cross-contamination in a pharmacy or restaurant. The health and safety of your customers should be a priority. The cross-contamination prevention strategies can help you, your business and your customers.

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Win up to £30k of R&D expertise to develop your product

Have you got an idea for a brilliant gadget? Budding inventors are being offered £30,000 worth of Research & Development expertise to get their products to market – but they need to act fast.

There is just a week to go until entries close on 5 November for the Morgan Innovation & Technology Prize.

It will go to the entry with real commercial potential to change people’s lives for the better.

First prize is £30,000 of R&D expertise from a team of invention specialists who will help the winner develop their amazing idea. Second prize is R&D to the value of £10,000.

The prize was launched this year by Morgan Innovation & Technology (MIAT) to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The family-run company based in Petersfield, Hampshire, designs, develops and manufactures new products and invests 20% of its turnover every year into helping inventors turn their ideas into reality.

Funding for new products

CEO Nigel Clarke said: “We know from our own experiences that practical help and support can often be more valuable to an early stage inventor than cash, so we decided the prize should be made up of R&D and manufacturing services to ensure we deliver a tangible benefit to the winner.”

Entries will be judged by TV presenter Jon Bentley of Gadget Show fame. He said: “I’m excited to help judge an award that fosters innovation and harnesses creativity to generate ground-breaking visionary products.”

Entry to the Morgan Innovation & Technology Prize 2017 is free, for more info visit The winners will be announced in January.

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Business Insights: AC-DC Power Supplies Providing the Power to Heal

Few industries have witnessed the level of expanse and innovation seen by the medical industry over the course of the past 50-70 years or so. However, arguably, the greatest advancement and progress has been seen in the past decade, with shifts in demographics globally forcing healthcare standards higher; especially in developing countries.

How Have Demographics Changed?

In the Western nations, or developed countries, as they are known, we’re currently in the midst of a demographic change that is seeing the population age rapidly. For example, according to World Bank data, the average life expectancy in the UK has risen to 81.6 years, with life expectancy in the USA rising to 78.74 years, and 83.84 years in Japan.

An ageing population puts a greater strain on the healthcare industry, as more people need to use the services for longer. This forces healthcare services to react, pushing standards higher as providers seek to react to a growing demand without increasing waiting times, costs or lowering standards.

Across the world, life expectancy from birth has increased by almost 20 years over the past 50 years, which has definitely given citizens food for thought when growing a business around a young family. In the developing world, falling mortality rates in Africa also place a greater strain on healthcare providers who must work in challenging conditions. Again, the increasing life expectancy shows us the positive effects of these changes to the healthcare industry, but how are these achieved?

How Has Healthcare Responded to these Challenges?

Healthcare providers have begun to understand their position and importance in the value chain. As a result, each provider and engineer has begun to differentiate their products within the marketplace in a response to supply and demand criteria as well as market pressures in such a dynamic environment.

One way that many companies have done this is through embracing the technology behind AC-DC power supplies. This technology allows medical supplies to be sufficiently optimised, providing greater power and quality, while more than meeting lifecycle requirements and regulatory frameworks. In particular, it allows for the generation of smaller, lighter products, which is essential in an industry where time is of the essence.

Overall, this AC-DC technology can be used for home patient care, laboratory testing such as chemical analysis, the monitoring of patients with ECGs and EEGs, and diagnostic tests, including blood analysis, scanning and medical imagine. The possibilities are endless thanks to the introduction of new AC-DC based technologies which allow people to work smarter, faster.

To conclude, changing demographics across the world lead to new challenges in the medical industry. However, thanks to advancements in technology, particularly AC-DC power supplies, companies have responded well. If you’re looking for further business advice please check out my other content here.

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How Jobs Roles Have Changed Over Time

The business world is ever changing, meaning roles are constantly adapting to the stresses of life in a business. As the economy is constantly making changes, either forward or back, it’s important for business’ to see what’s best for them. As well as the economy changing, business laws are too. There are stricter laws against things such as gender equality, working hours and holidays and even making the hiring process fair.

One area  that’s changing is pay rates. Across the country minimum wages have gone up, and there are plans for it to be on the rise again shortly. It currently stands that from April 2016, adults over the age of 25 will be legally entitled to £7.20 an hour, which is even now due to rise to. As well as the legal pay rise, it has also become rather common for bosses to give random incentives to help encourage their employees to do better. Some offer this in the form of money bonuses, and some choice to send their employees on team building days or just fun days out. This benefits both employer and employee, having someone tell you you’re doing a good job, and then giving you something back really does boost morale. Not so long ago this would have been a much rarer occurrence.

One of the major things that people have fought for over the years is gender equality. All over the world, women were struggling to be recognised as equals in the world of business. In roles such as the army, construction, and aviation etc. Women are still trying to lose the stigma of being lesser than me in the role. But, business’ are now under so much pressure to be seen as displaying gender equality, hiring processes have changed and more doors have been opened. It was only a matter of time before this happened, there’s so much pressure from the general public and social media, it’s hard to ignore what’s needed to be done.

One final thing that’s changed is the legalities of how jobs are done. There’s a lot more paperwork to be done, and policies in place to make sure everything is done correctly. There are so many areas that people could fine a business, that they can’t really afford to do things by halves. For example, in the world of construction, people used to walk in and out of a site with no CSCS card, no real safety equipment and it’d be fine. Deals were also done with no real paper work completed, and when the job wouldn’t be finished on time, or correctly, it would leave construction dispute solicitors trying to sort the mess out. But now, pretty much any job role can’t be started without some form of contract, no matter what the business is. It helps keeps both the company, and the customer safe.

So, there’s just a few ways job roles are changing, and there are so many more. Compared to 100 years ago, conditions are better for everybody, and people are generally happier in their roles. There are still big issues with unemployment, but hopefully within the next 50 years we’ll see this changing for the better as well.

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