How to Deal With Back-to-School Jitters

Now that summer is nearing its end, students are preparing once more to go back to the classrooms, teachers and books. It’s time for them to get used to waking up early in the morning to prepare for school. Whether you are a nervous freshman or someone who has been with the school for quite a long time, you may have to deal with a case of back-to-school jitters. Don’t worry, going back to school is actually something to look forward to after the lazy days of summer.

For new students, the best way to calm the nerves is to visit the school and tour around the campus before the first day of classes. Familiarize yourself with the general layout of the grounds, and make a point to remember the areas where you will be spending a lot of your time with, such as the cafeteria, the laboratory, the gym and the classrooms. You can ask a map from the guidance councilor; he should have one. This would make your tour easier. If you have a friend who is already studying in the school, better. You can ask him to help you find out where everything is. Walk or ride with him to school during the first day if possible.

Before school starts, make sure that you have all the school supplies you need. It is best to buy your notebooks, pens and other stuff a couple of months before the first day of classes. If you buy your stuff during the last couple of weeks before school stars, you will be jostling with all the other kids and their parents who are also doing their shopping at the last minute.

It is important to make a good first impression in school. Therefore, you should take extra care when choosing the outfit that you will wear on the first day. This would not be a problem if you will be wearing a school uniform. If you plan to wear a new pair of shoes, break them in several days before the start of classes in order to avoid calluses and bruises.

How to Shop for Maternity Clothes

Aside from the obvious expenses involved in having a baby, an expectant mom will also have to shell out some cash for maternity clothes. Your tight-fitting shirts and slim pants will have to stay in the closet for a while when your belly starts to expand. Now you don’t have to be stuck wearing shapeless tents while you’re still waiting for your body to pop. There are many cute maternity outfits you can wear, and they can cost less than those expensive dresses you see in shops. Since you’ll be wearing these clothes for only a few months, maximize your budget for maternity wear. Here are the things that you should remember when shopping for maternity clothes.

  • Buy clothes in stretchy fabrics. Cotton and spandex are your best bet, and these fabrics will be durable and comfortable enough when your body starts to expand. Plus, these fabrics are great even for those with sensitive skin; other fabrics can be itchy on the skin. Pregnancy can trigger allergies and other skin diseases.
  • Invest on well-fitting bras. Your breasts will definitely grow bigger during pregnancy, and your old bras will soon be too tight for your growing pair. But don’t buy too many bras, since you’ll be wearing them for only a short while. Buy two or three pieces made of good quality fabric and support.
  • This is a good time to wear leggings. You may have scoffed at the idea of wearing them when you were still slim and not sperminated, but leggings will come in handy during your pregnancy. They are very comfortable, and it will definitely slim down your bloated legs.
  • Buy one really great-looking maternity dress even if it’s a little on the pricey side. There will be days that you will feel moody and sickly, and you will need to put on something that will make you look and feel pretty.

Do not buy clothes that are too big for you. Unless you’re having twins, your body shape will still remain pretty much the same, except for your belly and breasts. Buy empire-cut dresses that allow more room for both, but still retain the fit on your arms and upper back.

How to Tie a Neckerchief

Unlike the necktie, there are is actually no “correct” way to tie a neckerchief, unless you are in the Navy. There are different styles and different ways to use neckerchiefs. For the Boy Scouts, neckerchiefs only serve as fashion accessories. For chefs, it serves as a protection against gusts of hot or cold air that can enter the space between the skin and their uniform.

The thing is, neckerchiefs have practical uses. Neckerchiefs are originally intended to serve as protection for the neck against sunburn. They can be used to cover the nose and the mouth when hiking in a smoky or dusty area. Notice that the cowboys in Western films often use the neckerchiefs this way.

You can use a bandanna or large handkerchief if you just want to protect your neck. Fold it into a triangle and roll it slightly, then tie it into a comfortable knot in front. The appearance of your neckerchief will depend on the fabric and the way you roll it.

Now if you want a specific procedure on how to tie a neckerchief, then you should do it Navy-style. The neckerchiefs that they use look more like a cravat or a short necktie. Here's how you do it:

– Cross the right end over the left end under the point of your shirt's V
– Pull the right end up and over toward the left and cross over the left end, forming a loop
– Pull it up through the loop
– Tie a square knot and make sure that the top of the knot is even with the bottom of the V.

Remember that the ends of the neckerchief must be of the same length. You may need several practices before you get this right.

How to Host a Small Dinner Party

Entertaining is a skill. Not all people have the patience to accommodate guests and attend to their needs whenever there is a gathering. It takes a lot of effort and social skills to entertain on a large scale, and not everyone is like Martha Stewart. So it’s best to practice by giving a small dinner party first. Now do not underestimate the things involved with hosting a small, intimate gathering. It’s simpler than giving a large dinner party, but the attention to detail required to make it work remains the same. Here are some tips that will help you host a small dinner party as efficiently as possible.

  • Remember that it is a “small” party. Forget those grand plans that are fit for large parties; you don’t need them here. Small dinner parties are often a gathering of friends, and that being the case, there is no need to impress these people like you would impress an important stranger. Don’t overcrowd your space – four people are already enough in one table.
  • Keep the menu simple. There’s nothing wrong with serving gourmet dishes to your guests but make sure that your menu is appropriate for the number of people in your party. Simple, uncomplicated dishes will actually do if they taste good enough. A simple appetizer will do, followed by a hearty meal of meat or fish, capped off by a delightful cheesecake or pie. If your guests are your friends, they will appreciate this meal like they would a fancy one.
  • Plan. Small dinner parties do involve planning, although it’s not as complicated as preparing for a large party. Two weeks preparation is ample enough time to do everything, from invitations to cooking the food itself.
  • Use soft lighting and light music. Dinner parties, big or small, should be set up in such a way that people can have conversation without having to shout into the other person’s ears.
  • Plan the seating arrangements. There is no need to use place cards, but you should inform your guests where they should sit before dinnertime.  It will save them the confusion of figuring out where to sit when it’s time to go to the table.