Please Pass the Mustard

Who doesn’t love mustard, be it yellow or brown, on a hot dog, a sandwich, or even blended into a casserole, salad dressing or appetizer. We love our condiments, and, second only to ketchup, no one loves mustard more than Americans. It’s practically a national institution (alongside the hot dog). During the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, a small company named French’s introduced their yellow mustard on hotdogs, and the popularity exploded.

There are more than 40 species of mustard plants, with their seeds each offering a slightly different flavor and color to create many varieties of mustards. Add other flavorful ingredients, like cranberries, horseradish, hot peppers or honey, and the condiment aficionado could have a veritable cupboard full of delightful mustards to try.

In the Bible, the mustard seed is used in the book of Matthew as a parable, where Jesus teaches that one need only have the faith of a (lowly) mustard seed to move mountains. For Christians, it has been a symbol of faith since the New Testament.

The actual condiment, in some form, dates back to the early Romans, when it was ground from seeds and mixed with juice into a paste, similar to the prepared mustards we use today. The name is derived from “mustum” (from the Latin meaning “burning must” which was the practice of using the juice of young grapes to form a paste). Mustard as a spice was popular in Europe long before the ancient Asian spice trade, and grape-loving Romans planted it in their vineyards alongside the grapevines. The country of France embraced it when many brothers in French monasteries cultivated, prepared and sold mustard as early as the ninth century and can be traced back to shops in Paris in the 13th century.

Two enterprising Frenchmen by the names of Maurice Grey and Antoine Poupon created one of the most popular mustards in the world, Grey Poupon Dijon, in the 1770’s. They discovered that by adding white wine to their private recipe, a totally different and pleasant flavor emerged. Their original store still exists in the town of Dijon. Who can forget the classic TV commercial where two limousines pull up next to each other, and a very proper and obviously wealthy passenger calls out the window inquiring if the other limo has any Grey Poupon on board.

Across the pond, in 1866, a Brit named Jeremiah Colman, founder of the recognizable brand of Colman’s Mustard of England, was appointed as the official mustard maker to Queen Victoria. Colman pioneered the same grinding technique used today, which pulverizes seeds into a fine powder in a way that protects the escape of the flavorful oils. In many British pubs, a crock of spicy mustard can be seen on each table, which, when placing a small amount on one’s tongue, is purported to create a thirst prior to ordering one’s favorite ale or beer.

Even Pope John XII was such a fan of mustard that, like Queen Victoria, he appointed a young man as the Grand Mustard Maker to the Pope. It just happened to be the Pope’s nephew, who was a resident of the Dijon region in France.

Like so many other words in the English language, mustard has other unrelated meanings, such as “cutting the mustard” or “mustard gas,” a lethal weapon during WWI and WWII. In Ireland, referring to someone as “mustard” can mean ill-tempered.

Regardless of your preferences (make mine Grey Poupon, please) there are hundreds of mustards to choose from. If you just can’t get enough, you can visit the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin, where more than 5,500 mustards are on display, and you can sample many of them at the tasting bar. And of course there are hundreds of beloved mustards on sale, so you won’t leave empty-handed.

Drive the Jaguar XJ and Get Swaddled In the Lap of Luxury

Luxury doesn’t always mean expensive cars with uninspiring performance, it is more about comfort and unmatchable performance in its segment.

Beauty like a Unicorn

Mainstream automakers like Jaguar are always focused on customer satisfaction, not only for the buyers but also for the viewers or the guests on board. The compact luxury Jaguar XJ model is designed to grab eyeballs, the sleek looks with hand-crafted interiors and ambient lightings are epitome of status and class.

The XJ offers sheer driving pleasure without sacrificing on the luxury, the car sails through the imperfections in the road. The traditional British designs add zinc to its classy leather based interiors with heated and cooled massaging seats, making the XJ an automotive version of The Taj Mahal.

Herculean Power

As the name suggests, Jaguar is all about strength and adaptability, it has plenty of robust power in its segment. The Jaguar XJ has steroids running through its veins with a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine that cranks out 470 horsepower along with 424 pound feet of torque. The car breathtakingly shoots up to almost 60 miles an hour within 4.2 seconds. Even if you are the most aggressive of the drivers, before you stop admiring the interiors and properly steady the wheels, XJ will reach almost 100mph, of course with maximum safety!

Technological Advancements

As an automaker, Jaguar has always been on the cutting edge of the automobile technology. It’s easy to get captured by the luxury of the XJ, with features you never thought you are going to need, until you actually experience them. For instance, the seats are designed to pamper your body and adapt as per your comfort, it’s more like being hugged by a seat.

Jaguar XJ is a well connected luxury car, its state-of-the-art connectivity environment takes luxury to another level. The customizable touch screen located at the central console provides user-friendly interface with mind-blowing features. The navigation system is capable to recognize voices and learn your regular journeys, the inbuilt hard drive in the system can also store your personal data.

With so many features, Jaguar makes sure to keep the driving pleasure alive by letting you be the boss instead of allowing the technology to have all the fun. XJ has successfully balanced its technological aspects with modern day enhancements in automobile industry, where you get a room to explore what’s in the store for you every time you open the door.

Unsecured Loans Provide the Most Effective Route to Debt Consolidation

For many of us, the root of our financial stress is not the amount owed, but the number of debts to repay. Between an auto loan, a mortgage, a personal loan and a plethora of household bills, the challenge is making sure each is paid on time. Consolidating the debt into one sum through an unsecured loan is an excellent solution to the problem.

Getting approval on a loan without security is not as difficult as many people think, especially when the purpose of the loan is a responsible one, designed to improve the financial situation.

In fact, although there may be some criteria to be met, and some conditions to the lender approving loans that are unsecured, there is little reason to think an application to the right lender should be automatically turned down.

This may seem very strange given the financially difficulties affecting us all, along with the long held simple fact that nothing can be guaranteed. However, there are good reasons why a successful application is attainable.

Debt Consolidation Explained

Understanding what debt consolidation actually means is a good place to start, helping to keep the contribution made by unsecured loans in context. The whole idea is that the complex web of debts to different lenders and service providers can be brought together into one simple and manageable debt.

For example, a person might have monthly repayments of $800 for an auto loan, $500 for a personal loan, $2,200 for home loan, and have outstanding credit card debts of $10,000 requiring about $350 in interest alone. Monthly repayments, therefore add up to $3,850.

By getting a loan without security, the principal sums can be cleared, and the terms of the new loan can mean lower total monthly repayments. Perhaps the balance on the auto loan is $30,000, on the personal loan is $5,000, while clearing credit card debt will require $15,000. Getting a $50,000 loan, even a loan that is unsecured, can drastically reduce the monthly cost.

Loan Terms to Look Out For

Of course, the terms of any unsecured loan is a key component in this plan. The interest repayments need to be lower than the existing ones if any financial pressure is to be lowered. Therefore, a loan with as low an interest rate as possible is ideal, and preferably on a longer term to ensure the lowest possible monthly repayments.

In our example, a loan without security should require less than $1,650 per month. The home loan is omitted as it is generally very high, perhaps with an existing principal of $150,000. This is too much to be included in an application for loans that are unsecured. Agreeing a loan term of 5 years, for example, at a competitive APR, can accomplish this.

Unsecured Vs Secured Loans

There is another personal loan option to an unsecured loan, namely a secured loan. The obvious difference is that there is collateral involved, which helps in two very important ways. Firstly, the limit of the loan is usually higher, which means a larger sum is on offer than with a loan without security.

Secondly, the added security means that lower interest rates are offered than with loans that are unsecured. All in all, this means that a better deal is available. However, this is countered by online lenders who tend to offer much more competitive rates than traditional lenders do.

This applied especially with unsecured loans, which is the mainstay of their lending business. The sum might be limited, but the benefits of having your total debts consolidated certainly lifts much of the financial burden.

How To Create The Boho Fashion Look

Boho or bohemian fashion has been given a revival over the past few years being favored by a whole host of celebrities including Sienna Miller, the Olsen Twins, Josh Stone, Kate Hudson and Emma Watson among others and continues to be popular across all the fashion seasons. Harking back to a by gone era and reinvented as a must have festival fashion style, the boho fashion look is a must for not only the festival goer but also for fashion lovers who adore feminine fabrics and bold pattern prints.

Boho fashion is a fabulous frugal fashionista style, completely on trend and when you’re on a budget, boho styled outfits can easily be put together from a mix and match of existing pieces within your wardrobe to create a more individual look without breaking the bank. Bohemian clothing is traditionally float and brings together several pieces and accessories for example a printed floaty maxi dress complimented by wooden jewellery and a summer wide-brimmed floppy hat is a gorgeous summer outfit. Think mixed up shades, colors and textures to get a feel for the richness a boho outfit can achieve and give you an outfit that is relaxed and comfy enough for your every day activities.

What’s exciting about creating boho outfits is that you can mix and match your accessories to compliment the clothes – the hobo style handbag and chunky wooden jewellery. Take it one step further and match your boho fashions looks with a bohemian lifestyle and engage in yoga and pilates.

Creating The Overall Boho Outfit Look:

Think extremely feminine, floaty fabrics with longer length skirts, maxi dresses and tunic tops. Most boho outfits looks best using rich colors and patterns that can be contrasted on a nude base. Neon is a no go and very pale pastels don’t always achieve the look you are looking for.

Boho Evening Looks:

Opt for sari type dresses, fringed lace scarves and maxi dresses with jewelled high heels. Co-ordinate with gold long necklaces and multiple bracelets and a beaded clutch bag ensuring you mix from a rich colour palate

Boho Day Looks:

Pair a tunic with jeans and flat sandals for a modern boho look or team a casual maxi dress with flat beaded or plain gladiator sandals for a stunning feminine dress down day look. Add a crochet cardigan to keep off the chill and complete your look with a suede hobo style bag with fringes.

Boho Accessories:

Boho jewellery can be a mix of anything sumptuous and rich looking. Gems, beads, stones, wood, shells, long length necklaces and chunky bracelets are all reflect the boho accessory style. Handbags are large leather, straw or patchwork bags and are perfect for complimenting a boho outfit. On your feet think flat in neutral shades, pale yellows, greens, black or tans. Gladiator sandals, comfy suede boots, fringed flat boots and beaded flats all make up a great boho outfit.

Boho Hairstyles:

Go for a slightly undone look with your hair down and slighted tousled or loosely tied up with a clip or go for the odd few small braises in your hair. You can even introduce the vintage style headband worn around the forehead for a real boho hairstyle.

All You Need to Know About Family Law

Law, the term is associated with rules and regulations that the government of a country sets for its subjects. The subjects or the people who come under this law has to follow or abide by them. If violated, the person can be liable to undergo punishments as the concerned authority will wish them to go through. This is a state law. This has many divisions. Under this, the family law is a part. Law can also be there set by the head of a corporation or an organization. In that case, it cannot be called a state law, it is for the concerned organization. This article will deal in detail with family law. To know more continue reading.

Definition

As the name suggests, the law is concerned with matters regarding a family. It can be the family issues, like relationships, divorce, child custody or adoption of a child. The state is the supreme head who has the final say in such matters. A family seeking judgment must make an appeal before the court of law and have to patiently wait for the proceedings to take place.

Some Common Terms Related to Family Law

Marital Property- The property attained by either of the spouses during their marriage. This property becomes the point of division if they want to get divorced.

Emancipation- If the guardian of a minor dies, and if through court proceedings assumes adult responsibilities and becomes self-supporting for his or her own welfare. In this case, the minor does not remain under the care of his or her parents.

Prenuptial Agreement- An agreement, made before the marriage of a man and woman where they give up any future right to one another’s property in case of divorce or death.

Alimony- An allowance given by one spouse to another to support themselves after divorce or legal separation.

Paternity- This means to establish a confirmed identity of a child with his or her biological father.

How Are the Family Matters Solved?

If there is an issue in the family, which the members are not able to solve by themselves they can seek the local court for justice. In the first place, they must approach a lawyer who deals in such types of cases. Discussing the matter with him or her and taking an advice, one can submit their appeal to the court. The court through its several sittings will listen to the case and offer a suitable solution for both the parties.

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Crystals – A Fascination From Ancient Times to Today

Crystals have been used for thousands of years. Jewelry made from crystals is not only beautiful but powerful. The ancient Sumerians used crystals in their magic spells. The Egyptians used crystals like lapis lazuli and emerald to make jewelry and amulets. The ancient Greeks used amethyst to maintain sobriety and hematite to protect them in battle. The American Indians have used turquoise in their jewelry for strength and health. The Chinese used jade for beads and statues. I once saw an ancient Chinese burial suit made completely of jade. It was amazing.

Crystals were created when the earth formed. They continue to transform as our planet changes. Raw crystals may not be as attractive as a polished crystal but they are just as, if not more, powerful. Being a living planet, everything that comes from the earth holds an energy vibration. The energy that created crystals remains inside as an atom and particles, which is where the vibrations emanate from.

When I first started collecting crystals it was because I find them aesthetically pleasing. While other young girls were ogling diamonds I was collecting crystals. To me, they are beautiful and much more valuable than diamonds. As I got older I learned that crystals have metaphysical powers to help and heal. The more I learned the more fascinated I became.

I am a paranormal investigator. While doing paranormal investigations over the past seven years I’ve learned that everything is not black and white. To get what you want, you first have to give something. This is the way crystals work. In order to tune into the energy vibrations of crystals, one has to be able to concentrate and use one’s energy.

My dear friend is an Empath and a medium. I’ve watched her use pendulums to speak to spirits and divining rods to find portals. I recently gave her a Chakra pendant for her birthday. She immediately held it like a pendulum over the palm of her hand and it began to move. She wasn’t moving it either. It moved on its own. I ask her how she does that. She told me to focus on it then imagine energy moving down my arm to the palm of my hand under the pendulum. Then imagine the energy moving like a whirlwind. This was a way for it to read my energy. I tried it and was amazed. It worked! Although my friend has amazing abilities that she was born with, she says that we all have these skills. The catch is that we have to learn how to use them.

Researchers Nat and Tony Bondar have named our thoughts a “thoughtform”. According to their research, the harder one concentrates on the thoughtform, the larger and more powerful it becomes. They also studied the Chakras and found an energy highway that runs through our bodies. Nat is clairvoyant and can see energy. This gift came in handy while doing research.

If you’re interested in trying to heal with crystals, this is worth researching. Just like anything else we learn, in order to get it right we have to practice, practice, and practice. I’ve been working on healing with my crystals and so far I’ve had some progress. You never know if something works until you try it.

Die Cut Machines Add to Your Crafting Fun

A die cut machine is a well known tool for the crafts of scrapbooking and cardmaking. It can be used for many more craft projects as well. It is basically used to cut out all types of shapes, images, lettering and more. The price of these machines can be as low as $60 to as high as $500 or more. You can ask most hobbyists who own one of these machines whether they enjoy using it and you will receive a resounding yes!

These devices can be manual, electronic or even computerized. Manual cutting machines and many electronic die cut machines are small enough to be portable. Some computerized versions may also be small enough, yet they would need a computer hookup too.

Manual Die Cut Machine

A manual machine is normally easy and fun to use. Many people prefer it because of its portability. A well known brand is the Cuttlebug Manual. Newcomers to the scrapbooking hobby may start out with it. Cuttlebug machines start at around $65. There is even a “Cuttlekids” machine made just for children to use.

Electronic Die Cut Machine

There are numerous top brands of electronic (requires electricity for use) die cutting machines. Well known brand names include Sizzix and Cricut. Some are small enough to be portable, others may be to large to cart around. Electronic versions usually offer more versatility than the manual.

Electronic machines normally have a wide selection of cartridges, tools and accessories that allow the hobbyist to easily cut all types of images, shapes, and fonts using a variety of materials for their craft projects. Most are easy to operate. Depending on the hobbyist’s enthusiasm as well as their budget, they can choose buy an electronic model at prices starting at around $75 and go as high as over $500.

Computer Die Cut Machine

A computerized machine can be very simple or intricate. It’s ease of use may depend on the user’s computer background, therefore a novice computer user may not want to buy a digital cutting machine if they are looking for an easy machine to use. Many computer machines like the Xyron Wishblade digital cutter offer numerous Print-and-Cut and Create-and-Cut software programs for creative projects. Some machines even have internet sites where you can download the software programs for even more creativity.

If scrapbooking, cardmaking or other cut-out type of hobbies are enjoyed. You may wish to add to your enjoyment by purchasing a die cut machine. This could increase your creativity and save you time so you can make even more imaginative crafts.

Secrets to Lowering Your Individual and Family Healthcare Insurance Costs

If we want the cheapest personal medical insurance rate we need to do several things. We ought to contemplate look at both low and high deductible contracts. We should compare plans and costs for coverage regularly. We ought to seek to be be someone that the health insurance company wants to insure.

Make sure that you contemplate health care insurance plans with medium and high deductibles. These health insurance plans often offer the best deal when when you factor in the premiums. If you agree to to pay more towards the little expenses, they will give you a better premium. This may make it worth your while to take on the additional risk.

It’s crucial that we find the right balance between premium and benefits. Low deductible healthcare insurance contracts have better coverage but higher costs. medical insurance policies with very high deductibles have low premiums but may have coverage levels that you are uncomfortable with. Most of the time healthcare insurance plans with higher deductibles are better bargains, but you will need to find the level of risk and price that you are comfortable with.

A tried and true way for lowering health insurance premium is to comparison shop. Whether we are talking about healthcare insurance, life insurance or shoes shopping around is a proven way to help you to get the best rate.

Since health care insurance rates change on a regular basis, we should shop for medical insurance on a regular basis. Once a year or once every two years, we ought to make sure that we have the cheapest health care insurance rate by looking at other medical insurance policies. Most medical insurance companies change their costs at least annually.

Make sure that you check to see if the health care insurance company you currently have has any new plans. You may find that one of their new plans is more advantageous. If you stick with the same health insurance company chances are you will be able to use the same medical providers. You may find that this can make things much easier for you.

Getting the best premium for private healthcare insurance starts with being a good risk. All the comparison shopping in the world won’t help you get the best healthcare insurance rate for car insurance if you have 20 speeding tickets. Insurance companies are looking to insure people who are the least likely to cost them money. They are not going to give their best rates to people who are overweight or who have pre-existing conditions.

Healthcare insurance companies base their costs on numbers and not moral judgments. They know that a driver who has been caught driving while intoxicated is much more likely to cost them money when compared to a driver who has a clean driving record.

They look at a person with a high BMI or high blood pressure the same way. It’s a money issue for them. They want to offer policies to those who are the least likely to cost them more money than the average person.

Since there are so many of us who do not have control of their healthcare, those of us who do should do what we can to be healthy. By dropping some bad habits, we can cut the chance of being a burden on the health care system. We can thereby make things easier for those who do need medical intervention and can’t do anything about it.

Most of us can decrease our individual and family healthcare insurance rates if we are willing and able do a few things. We ought to think about high deductible plans including HSAs. We should comparison shop on a regular basis. We should aim to be.

Why Rolls Royce Wedding Cars Make the Perfect Wedding Transport

Choosing which type of wedding transport you want for your wedding can be an extremely difficult decision. With so many different types of cars, and different makes and models, you are literally spoilt for choice. In this article, we will consider some of the advantages of choosing Rolls Royce wedding cars, and how you can choose a wedding transport company to help you to find your perfect wedding car.

Rolls Royce wedding cars are known as the ultimate classic weddings cars. Whether you choose a silky White, or shimmering Silver or classic Black exterior, Rolls Royce wedding cars are the luxury premium within wedding car transport. Put simply, Rolls Royce equals stylish.

The style and elegance of the Rolls Royce will really shine on your wedding day when you take your wedding photos. The image of the beautiful bride exiting her style Rolls Royce will capture a truly breathtaking moment. Wedding photos now form last memories of your special day, so having the perfect atmosphere and photos can be truly wonderful.

However, there is a lot more to the Rolls Royce than simple style and elegance. It is also remarkably practical and reliable as a wedding car. The Rolls Royce has a reputation for being trustworthy, and is very unlikely to break down. With such a rich tradition of luxury and reliability, it is easy to see why Rolls Royce wedding cars are so popular among couples choosing their dream wedding transport.

In addition to its reliability, Rolls Royce wedding cars are also practical in terms of their lower flooring. This provides practicality in terms of the wedding bride being able to easily enter and exit the Rolls Royce without causing any damage to the dress. As you can imagine, this is extremely important for any bride, especially before entering their own wedding ceremony.

The luxury and comfort of your own dedicated chauffeur driver also provides additional comfort on your wedding day. The advantage of a dedicated chauffeur driver is that they will focus on the timings and getting you to the venue at the right time, and you can focus on enjoying the important things that really matter on your wedding day.

Once you made the decision that you wish to hire a Rolls Royce as your wedding transport on your special day, you will have to decide where you wish to hire the car from. Many people will use the internet to find a wedding transport company, where they can hire the car and a chauffeur driver from.

Always remember when looking on the internet, it is always a good idea to also visit the wedding car showroom. One the main advantages of this is that you can actually physically see the car in the flesh before you secure the booking. Unfortunately, some wedding transport websites may advertise certain cars, and have “stock” photographs of the car – however, in reality, they are leasing a much older model.

Double check some of the practicalities such as will the car be professionally cleaned before it is used on your special day; how long will the chauffeur driver be able to stay; what insurance or coverage does the car have in the case of an accident etc. Although some of these questions may seem over the top, it is important that you consider all eventualities and scenarios for your special day.

Remember, your wedding transport is performing one of the most important parts of your wedding day – it is delivering you to your wedding venue, and will be a prominent part of your wedding photos. Take the time to choose the right transport for yourself, and enjoy your wedding day.

The Best Kept Secret For Selling Your Home – Furniture

Driving down a familiar street, as houses are passing by, you see it – For Sale. The real estate company wedged their sign into your neighbor’s front lawn. The gossip swims around the neighborhood as common remarks like “I wonder how much they are selling for?” or “I wonder why they are moving?” intrigues our curiosity. But the real question we should all be asking is – “what kind of furniture do they have?”

Yes that’s correct, I said Furniture. Why you ask? Well, let’s jump to it. When selling a home, there are a lot of anxieties, preconceptions, and all sorts of things to get done. In this process people often get carried away in the actual preparation of selling their home opposed to the ultimate goal of making it appealing to the buyer. Let’s forget all the real estate company’s jargon, and break it down to 4 rough main points that come into the minds of buyers.

1. Money

2. Location

3. Appearance

4. Property

These are the 4 main things that need to get tossed around inside the mind of a buyer. All subcategories of buyer concerns like what type of school district does the area have, or taxes, that would fall into location, money, and other main categories. So not to make our buyers lemmings that walk around uttering these four mantras in zombie like fashion; all minor questions get placed into these four. Lets move on. So where is our furniture? You ask.

So now we have our buyer, ready for action, and really looking for what he, she, or they want in their dream home. Buyers will compromise these four main categories, not by leaps and bounds but enough for you to sell your home happily. The furniture connection to selling your home is a simple one – Value. Having expensive furniture does not mean, you can up the price on your home, since you will most likely take it with you, and the buyer knows that. The value I am talking about is what I call “Creative Value”.

Creative Value is a fundamental attraction to selling to a consumer/buyer. Why would someone pay an enormous amount of money for a movie prop, or Babe Ruths baseball card? – Created Value.

Technically you can say well it’s just a card, piece of clothing, plastic, metal, or whatever it is, just like money is made of something. No, it’s the value you can show people its worth, its imagined and is worth whatever someone will pay, right? Well, Yes. The aim to get a little more for your house is to show people the value, that atmosphere it has, whether it’s earthy, modern, homey – whatever. Create the value, by welcoming buyers into the world you make for them.

Furniture is just one step in the process of selling your home; commonly overlooked it is an integral part of “Created Value” that will lure buyers into something they can imagine, and be happy with. This is going to be a place that they rest, live, and dream in, your first priority to selling your home is showing them the world you create in your home. Your imagination can be inspiring and create a value all on its own with whatever decor you decide; it just might be the type of place someone would want to call home.