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faith in weddings

God is focal in weddings. Marriage is a¬†religious institution dating back to the beginning of civilization. Although societies have changed greatly¬†over the past millennia¬†the importance and prominence of marriage has perdured. Even now newlywed husbands and wives¬†invoke God’s blessing over their union and the rest of their lives together while at the altar. Friends and family offer prayers and blessings¬†for the couple and their future family in toasts and conversations. The bride and groom pray for courage to steady their nerves before the wedding.¬†The pastor or priest presiding over the ceremony anoints the¬†marriage in his¬†final steps before declaring the man and woman to be husband and wife.

Christian-wedding

God is befittingly everywhere in a wedding. Devotion to Him and adoration of Him can be found in many areas of the wedding ceremony and reception. When photographing the wedding, you will want to capture each of the important components. For most, faith is deservedly paramount. There are many ways to capture the role of faith in weddings. Many brides and grooms pray alone or with their wedding party, parents or close ones before the ceremony. Some make covenants with God as part of their wedding vows. The pastor or priest often lead all of the wedding guests in a prayer before the ceremony and the meal at the wedding reception. Guests quote Bible verses in toasts.

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Each of these moments are heartfelt appeals to the highest power for courage, love, devotion, happiness, peace and prosperity. They bring groups of people together. Because Mathew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them”, these are powerful moments that are worth capturing on camera. Nothing shows the love of the wedding guests for the couple like groups of them praying the future of their marriage and family.

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Spring has finally dawned and I do not know about you, but the extra daylights savings seem to have just shed light on all of the dust and grime in my house. The dirt seems that the dirt and dust does not disappear indoors as snow does outdoors. That was a disappointment. Unfortunately, that means that I needed to take one of those new sunny days to stay inside and clean up the neglected places in my home. The usual suspects were the culprits. They were the places that we are probably all guilty of neglecting during the cold seasons: the range hood, cabinet doors, window sills, fireplace, etc.

It was important to me to get this done in the quickest, most efficient way that did not involve a glut of chemicals. So, I grabbed my handy cleaning supplies and went to work. To clean off the worst buildup, including fireplace soot off of brick, I just used:

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I started unleashing the clean beginning with the kitchen. The kitchen hood was worse than I though. Somehow it was sticky. I will never figure out how that happened.

Thankfully, with just a Viva¬ģ Vantage¬ģ towel and my natural cleaning solution, I had the range hood looking brand new in under two minutes.

I only had to use one paper towel to get the job done, too, because¬†Viva¬ģ Vantage¬ģ towels are thick with a terrycloth-like texture capable of handing rough scrubbing.

I move onto the cabinet doors next. The cabinet doors are often overlooked, but they receive plenty of drips and drops that create dried stains over time.

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I moved on to the window sills, which had been neglected since the fall when they became cold to come near. They were covered in dust and the usual buildup.

Fortunately, one towel was enough to clean three window sills without breaking or leaving any residue behind.

I saved the most troublesome for last: the fireplace. The fireplace got its fair share of use this winter, which meant that it became blacker and blacker each week. To prevent (or maybe slow) it from becoming completely black, I decided to have a go at cleaning it.

I was able to remove a great deal of grime using four to five¬†Viva¬ģ Vantage¬ģ towels and my cleaning solution. Although my fireplace is brick, the¬†Viva¬ģ Vantage¬ģ towels¬†did not rip while I scrubbed thanks to their thick¬†scrubby texture, like terrycloth.

In under an hour, my living room and kitchen were cleaner and fresher beyond their usual look. Have you done your spring cleaning yet? What was the best change for you?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Finding a job after graduating from college can be a daunting task. There are so many available career options that you can be led to many possible places. As in my situation, my boyfriend and I are living on opposite ends of the country right now because we are each pursuing our careers. We are no strangers to circumstances of accepting a job offer across the country that begins next week. It is a stressful situation that is the reality of many college students doing internships and recent college graduates just staring out. Because your job will already be stressful enough, your living situation should not be. To help give you more control over your living situation and to make the adjustment to your new area easier, here are some helpful tips that have helped make moves easier for my boyfriend and myself.

Avoid Bringing as Much Stuff as You Can

Carrying your belongings out of your new home and into your new home will make you think twice about which things are necessities and which other things are worth any of the hassle at all. By taking a minimal amount, you can save money and better yet, earn money. You can sell your unnecessary stuff through a garage sale, apps or online to earn a few hundreds of dollars. By unloading before the move, you can will also greatly reduce or eliminate your moving costs. Your moving costs could be as small as your plane ticket and luggage.

Figure out Transportation Before You Go

Your transportation situation could be very different from your current situation depending on where you go. I moved from Los Angeles, where you must use a car to get around to the bay area where I could take a train or a bus to get somewhere in a time-efficient manner. Parking a car in the bay area is also an expensive and troublesome task compared to what my situation was in Los Angeles. For me, it made more sense not to bring my car and to use public transportation instead. Do your research on public transportation, traffic, toll roads and parking before you go to save yourself a headache Рespecially when your stay is temporary.

Find the Grocery Stores Around You

If you do not yet know where you will be living, then look for the grocery stores around your work. There is nothing worse than getting off of a long day of work and having to go far out of your way to the grocery store to get food, because your cupboards are bare. I make it a habit to have a grocery store nearby either my work or my home so I have plenty of chances to stop off when my food supply is running low. A perk of traveling is finding different stores. Plus, you can find much cheaper lunches at grocery stores than at restaurants.

Find Your Banks and Inform Your Credit Card Companies of the Move

If you use a local bank or credit union, then you may need to switch banks when you move. If you moving only temporarily, then you may be able to live using credit cards, checks and a small amount of cash¬†for a few months. If you plan on using credit cards, let your credit card company know about your move. You do not want to run into a situation where your credit cards are declined and you do not have access to money, because your bank is in another state. Update your billing address as needed for your credit card statements. If you are relocating temporarily, then you may be able to use a relative’s address as your billing address for the time being.

Don’t Rush Into Signing a Lease

The greatest stressor when moving is finding a place to live. Don’t rush into choosing a place to live when relocating. The pressure of time may¬†force you to settle for a place that does not meet your needs or exceeds your budget. If you are moving¬†temporarily, it may be difficult to find an affordable furnished apartment. Furnished apartments are limited in number to begin with and finding one that fits your timeframe may make it more difficult. The cost of¬†Airbnb will rack up after a week or so as well.¬†If you relocating permanently, don’t be afraid to rent temporarily until you find a suitable permanent home.

To help turn your new place into your new home quickly and conveniently, consider CORT Furniture Rental, a furniture on-demand service. By using CORT, you have furniture when you need it for as short as a month or as long as 12+ months. CORT is available across the U.S. with options for all budgets, including students. For the best prices, you should rent from CORT for at least three month. This is perfect for college students living according to the quarter or semester system. You can rent furniture for your entire home, by the room or by individual pieces. CORT makes any home move-in ready.

Save yourself from buying cheap temporary furniture that you will throw away after short use and use quality, comfy furniture that you can enjoy after a long day of work. When you are adjusting, a comfortable living space makes everything better.

These tips have always helped reduce the stress of relocation for me by eliminating the pressure of time and clutter. Do you have any tips to make moving long distance more comfortable?

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