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The British Royal Family

The Royal Family, otherwise known as the British Monarchy has been ruling over the UK since 871 when King Alfred the Great was recognised as the first British Monarch or King of England. The current British Monarch stands as Queen Elizabeth II who has two main roles, one of which is official and one of which is unofficial. The official role is head of state, the unofficial role is head of the nation.

Head of state
This role is what gives the British Monarch the power to appoint Prime Ministers and approve legislation as well as bestow honours. On top of this they also have official roles to play in other organisations, which includes the Armed Forces and the Church of England.

Head of nation
The role of the British Monarch when it comes to the less official role of head of nation is when the British Monarch acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride. The role also includes providing a sense of stability and continuity. It is also within this role that the British Monarch recognises success and excellence and supports public and voluntary services.

Members of the Royal Family
When the Queen is however carrying out her duties she is supported by other working members of the Royal Family. They help with carrying out a wide range of public engagements and involvements with charities as well as personal interests. The Royal Family however is a large one and one that dates back years and years. Currently the Royal Family is made up of the Queen and her consort, The Duke of Edinburgh as well as the following:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall who are The Queen’s eldest son and his second wife
Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry of Wales who are The Prince of Wales son’s
The Duke of York – The Queen’s second son
Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York – The Duke of York’s daughters
The Earl and Countess of Wessex who are The Queen’s third son and his wife
Viscount Severn, the Earl of Wessex’s son and Lady Louise Windsor, the Earl of Wessex’s daughter
The Princess Royal – The Queen’s daughter
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy who are the Queens cousins and their spouses.

Within the UK there is no strict legal or definition of who is considered to be a Royal Family member. However those who carry the titles HM – His or Her Majesty or HRM – His or Her Royal Highness are always considered members and all of the above have one of these titles.

The British Monarch – Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the British Royal Family and has reigned for 57 years. She is the 32nd great-granddaughter of King Alfred the Great who as I previously mentioned was the first effective King of England during the years of 871-899. She has four children and eight grandchildren and is 83 years old.

Queen Elizabeth II has broken several records. She has become the first reigning monarch to have been married for 60 years. In December 2007 she became the oldest reigning British Monarch and has even outlived her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria. Also in March 2007 Queen Elizabeth II become the 3rd longest reigning monarch in over 1,200 years of British history.

The Royal Family have been a part of the UK for hundreds of years and the British Monarchy also represents several other countries, making it one of the biggest monarchy’s in the world and the title of Queen or King of England will continue to be passed through the family for as long as the blood line continues.

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Have a Family Picnic

How many of us remember the family picnic?

I have many fond memories of packing up a cold supper and going with my family, including aunts, uncles and cousins, for a family picnic by the lake. Sometimes we would barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers to go with the salads and cool desserts my mother had packed. Other times it was a cold supper, with cold meats and fried chicken pieces to eat alongside those wonderful salads.

Before supper we would play in the water, play games and get our appetites ready for delicious picnic food. After supper, we would relax, maybe play some cards and watch as the beautiful sunset amazed us yet again.

Times have changed and it seems we don’t always take the time to create those memories with our families. It’s an easy thing to do though.

Here are three easy recipes that will help to create a memorable picnic experience for your family. They are all easy to pack up in plastic containers with lockable lids. Just pop them into a cooler with some ice, take along some cold drinks and maybe a watermelon, the perennial hot weather refresher, and you have a fun day that family and friends will remember for a long time to come.

Peanut Crunch Slaw

2 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup finely cut celery
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Toss the cabbage and celery together and chill. Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, onion, green pepper and cucumber. Chill that mixture too. Just before serving, toss chilled vegetables with the dressing. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top.

Makes 4 servings.

Sweet Potato Salad

4 orange sweet potatoes
1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced
1 – 8 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Wrap each sweet potato in foil and bake for 1 hour at 400ºF until tender, or poke with a knife, wrap each potato in a paper towel and cook in the microwave for 5-6 minutes until soft.

Peel the sweet potatoes, then cut them into 3/4 inch chunks. Combine the mayonnaise and mustard in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the sweet potatoes, celery, red pepper, pineapple and green onions. Toss gently. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Chill, covered, for 1 to 10 hours.

Just before serving fold in the pecans. The salad can be sprinkled with chopped chives for presentation if desired.

Serves 6

Three Fruit Fluff

1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup canned mandarin oranges, undrained
8 ounces strawberry yogurt
8 ounces whipped topping
1 small package white chocolate instant pudding mix
maraschino cherries or fresh strawberries (optional)

Combine the undrained pineapple and mandarin oranges, yogurt, whipped topping and dry pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.

Top each serving with a few maraschino cherries or a fresh strawberry.

Serves 6 to 8

Of course all of these recipes can be enjoyed anywhere and any time.

I hope though that they pique your interest in packing up and finding a great spot for a family picnic.

Don’t forget the frisbee!!

Karen Ciancio is a cook and a fan of all things cooking related. Her website http://www.cookingnook.com contains recipes for all occasions, cooking tips, cooking measurement conversions and lots of kitchen ideas. Look for more great summer recipes here

Fun Family Phonics

There are many courses out there to teach phonics and it can be confusing trying to decide which one to go with. The problem is that not all phonics courses are created equally. Some phonics courses are overpriced, some lack good support material, some use rather shady business practices so that you can’t claim your refund, and the biggest problem with a lot of phonics courses is that they fail to make phonics fun.

This issue of having fun while learning phonics is absolutely critical. If your child sees phonics as boring and dull, then they will be hesitant to study it with you.

So how do you make phonics fun? That’s a big question that we faced at my school. On face value, phonics wouldn’t seem to lend itself to games that young children could play, but there are actually a lot of games that you can use to make phonics entertaining.

Newspaper search: This one is really easy to do. Let’s say you just learned a blend, like “sp”. You’d give your child a highlighter and see how many times they could find it in the newspaper within a minute. Use a timer (egg timer or a stopwatch) to make it more exciting.

Dance Dance Phonics: This one takes a little more setup. You probably don’t have many hula hoops lying around, but one thing I used to do was say a sound like “buh buh”, then children would jump to the circle with the “B” in it. And if I said “duh duh” then they’d jump to the circle with the “D” in it. Sometimes I’d say a sound that wasn’t actually in one of the hoops to catch if they were listening or not.

Scrabble Tiles: This can work two ways. One way is to take a few consonants and vowels out then allow your child to arrange them and then you pronounce the word for them. Kids really enjoy seeing what kind of sounds come together. Or, alternatively, you can have a word written on a flashcard, say the word, and see if they can spell it correctly. If you’re teaching phonics and have a big group of kids, you can pour out the bag of letter tiles and see which team can correctly spell the word the fastest.

My Story: Have children draw pictures based on their life and then you write simple sentences underneath the picture that describe what is happening. This keeps the reading material relevant to their lives while teaching reading and writing skills (you can ask the children to trace over the sentence in a different colour).

These are just a few games to enjoy fun family phonics. Learning phonics and reading skills is critical and I hope you try some of these games out and have fun doing it!

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Family Memories Scrapbook

You are ready to make a family memories scrapbook and you do not know where to start. This will be a special scrapbook if you take the time to arrange the items you want to include together in some type of order. Do you want to have pages for the grandparents and the aunts and uncles? Or are you thinking more along the line of using special times spent together such as birthday parties, weddings, holidays and vacations? Whatever way you decide to arrange your pages, it is a good idea to put everything you want to use in your family memories scrapbook together before you start.

The Arrangement is up to You

For going back into ancestors in your family, you may want to make copies of some of their photos. This will keep the originals in good shape and you will still have a photo for your scrapbook. Some of these pictures are very old and the daughter or son who has them may not want to part with them. So copying them is one way of having the photos for your design and allowing them to keep the original.

The family memories may start with the relative of your choice. If it is your great-great-great grandmother and grandfather, that is fine. Someone may have a picture of their wedding or a photo of their family after their children were born. These are the types you want to place in your scrapbook. Write in anyone you do not have a picture of and if you are good at sketching, you may want to sketch their likeness from a description from one of your relatives.

Work your way down the line to your children’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. This is where you will have more to work with because of the increase in the number of photos taken in recent years compared to 70 or 80 years ago. The pages can reflect all the special occasions as well as just family time spent together. For instance, a backyard picnic is a time that you will want to remember when the whole family was together.


There are all types of embellishments that may be purchased today to add to the pages. Even the ones of your ancestors from many years ago can be embellished using things you can find on the Internet if you cannot find them anywhere else. If for instance, a relative was in the Civil War, find a picture depicting this war and copy it for your scrapbook. Using the computer you can even replicate the color these old photos would be if they were real.

Copies of newspapers that were from the era of the relative’s time are another great way of adding interest to your scrapbook. A replicated post card from another era is also a great way to add to the scrapbook and make the page especially for the person who is being featured on the page.

If you take your time and think about every page before you put the scrapbook together, the finished project will be a great tribute to the family memories scrapbook. There are so many you may have to make more than one.

Tracy Ballisager provide info on babyscrapbooking tips online.See her website for Family-Reunion-Scrapbook layouts and more

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Our Latest Family Time

It is just really fun to spend time with our love ones. I always look forward to it once a week. and so with my husband Jeff. Taking time being with each other every once in a while makes our relationship stronger. It doesn’t matter where and how we celebrate it, whether at home or in a park as long as we are together, it makes a difference. It feels so so so good knowing that my husband and I with our little angel Mac never forgets that family is the most important thing in life not money. Some photos are below taken during our family time:

During the 16th birthday of Cameron, our nephew.

At Boston Market while having our late lunch

My husband has been working out at the gym every week nights. He is just so determined to maintain his body health and figure. Sometimes I even ask him to skip working out but he always refused. I can’t believe how disciplined my husband is when it comes to something he wants to do. Aside from regular exercise, he does strict diet too, which I couldn’t do. We are totally opposite on diet and exercise thing kinda.

Months ago before I got pregnant and before I gave birth to our first baby, I use to work out with him. My husband helped and encourage me to go to the gym and I did really enjoyed those times. Aside from spending time together, we both like doing something productive to our body health. In fact, I went to the gym still the night before I delivered our baby. I loved going to the gym, those equipments are just great and very effective to everybody who uses it. I have seen gym members where we workout who exercise couple times a week and I can tell how physically fit they are.

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My name is Vicy. I am married to a wonderful man and a mom of a baby girl. They are my joy and my inspiration. They are the reason why I continue to breath, to smile, to laugh, to cry, to dream and to live. They are my angels. I am very proud of my family.

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Full Family Dental Care With a Family Dentist

Most people will agree that a toothache is one of the most uncomfortable and painful things a person will go through in their lifetime. It can effect how you sleep, eat, work and even just how you are able to function on a daily basis. Sadly, many people are suffering through this pain for no reason at all though simply because they don’t believe they can afford to get the dental work done that they need. A problem like this will not go away on its own and will only start to get worse as more time passes by. This is why it is important to get family dental care for everyone in your household to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

A family dentist can provide everyone in your family, no matter their age, with great dental care that is close to home. They usually accept a wide variety of insurances and most even offer financing plans for more complicated and expensive procedures. Knowing this, there is absolutely no excuse for not getting the appropriate dental care your whole family needs.

Many people have a strong fear of going to the dentist because they automatically assume every problem will require a painful and lengthy procedure. Once you have visited your dentist, however, you will find out that they can use the tools and equipment they have to quickly diagnose the problems and give you a list of available options for treatment.

Sometimes you only need something as simple as a new filling but you won’t know unless you go in to have your teeth looked at. A consultation can provide a great deal of insight into what kind of dental care you are in need of.

For cosmetic procedures you might find yourself quite surprised that many family dentists can do teeth whiting and other cosmetic work right in their own office with the need to refer you to someone else.

If this is more along the lines of the work you are looking for than you should look into the payment plans and financing that are available. Most places can set you up to get the work you want while you pay payments on it over several months.

Most of the steps that need to be taken to apply for financing are done by the dental office. The most you will have to do is fill out a short application and give it to someone that works in the office. They will usually call in to the finance company they are using and give them all of your information. In most cases a decision can be returned to you within a few minutes and you can go ahead and begin the process of getting the work you want done started on.

As you can see, dentists office are a lot more high tech than they used to be. Most dentists can perform just about any procedure you could need or want in their own office without having to sending you to a specialized clinic hours away from where you live. The least you can do is call or stop by an office in your area to inquire about all the services they can offer to you and your entire family.

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Family Time

Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts
Master Instructor: Senior Master T L Thomas

Its NO SECRET that most American families are lacking the proper amount of physical activity. According to the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, one in six adolescents ages 12 to 19 were overweight in the United States in 2003-2004, more than triple the rate in 1976-1980. Family support has been a key factor identified to encourage physical fitness among children, according to the Surgeon General.
The key to getting your kids out of the house and moving about is creating a routine that is both fun and challenging. Most children drop out of sports because it ceases to be fun, there is too much emphasis on winning, or there is lack of parental involvement. Choosing an activity such as martial arts is perfect for families looking for a challenging way to stay in shape and learn new skills together without putting too much emphasis on competition.

The best way for parents to become positive role models for their children and encourage them to become involved in physical activities, is to become involved themselves. Moms, dads and kids who exercise together, plan better eating choices, and adopt a healthier family lifestyle are more likely to have greater bonding, better relationships and overall improved health.

Martial arts is a perfect opportunity for parents and kids to learn a skill together and experience an activity that is strong in learning, recreation and family bonding, all at the same time. Theres nothing like mutual encouragement when it comes to an activity that requires discipline. Martial arts can provide continuous challenges for families to pursue together for years to come. Master Thomas says; A family that kicks together sticks together as the life skills and levels of respect are so admirable in the ATA Martial Arts.

You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there, you’ll be run over. Unknown

We train our students to the best of their ability. Some students come to us in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight. Most come to us with limited flexibility. Adults start at any age, as we have had some adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black belts. As a student, you are looked upon as an individual, never compared to anyone else. Our instructors will be there every step of the way. All that is expected is a willingness to try.

Here are some benefits you can expect from training in Taekwondo and Krav Maga:

* Fitness – The principles of Taekwondo and Krav Maga techniques are Reality Based Training on the design of your body. For power you develop the larger, powerful muscles of the torso. The speed of the techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs. As you progress in Taekwondo, you will learn to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your bodys strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of a foot.
* Self-Defense – When the speed and power developed through Taekwondo and Krav Maga is used in a self-defense situation against the vulnerable parts of an attackers body, the results can be incredible. Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent. Knowing you can defend yourself, your confidence will grow. And confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential attackers.
* Self-Confidence – This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.

Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts offers a FREE “3 Day Course” for physical Fitness, Self Defense, and Self Confidence. There are four locations serving the community in Hampton Roads. Contact: 757-471-9002 for a Free 3 day course and “Experience The Difference” with ATA. Visit http://atakick.com/index.php/aboutus/testimonials.html and see what others have to say about Changing Lives Martial Arts. Best of the Beach and Best of Chesapeake year after year.

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Family Photographer

Capture tasteful images using the services of a Family Photographer

Help to preserve precious memories with the best quality family pictures. Relax, have fun, enjoy being pampered in a studio setting where a Family Photographer uses their creative skills to bring a series of pictures to life.

Book a family shoot with a professional Family Photographer London and you become the stars of the show. The services of stylists and make-up artists are available to help to create a unique and highly individual look, ready to be captured on film. Behind the camera a vastly experienced Family Photographer will take a collection of photographs and you get to choose as many as you like.

Pictures tailored to your needs

Peruse through the numerous pictures that have been taken by the Family Photographer and you can ask them to be printed, cut, cropped or displayed anyway that you like. Want to have the pictures mounted in special frames? No problem. This is a specialist service provided by the Family Photographer.

Images can be printed in any shape or size. Just ask the Family Photographer London and they will gladly frame pictures, or provide you with your chosen photographs on disc, ready for you to take home.

The time spent with the Family Photographer is tailored for your unique needs, and the sole purpose is to produce stunning family pictures that can provide a lifetime of memories.

The gift of love

A photography session with the Family Photographer makes an exceptional type of present. Gift vouchers are available they make wonderful gift ideas for the people that you care about.

Theres nothing more charming than a family spending the day together in a photographic studio with the Family Photographer. The images captured on the day will serve long into the future as memories live on in the photographs taken by the Family Photographer.

Give the gift of love and buy a voucher for a family shoot from the Family Photographer London. Help to create long-lasting memories by providing friends or family members with the opportunity to spend some time in a professional photographic studio.

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Family Media Room

Family rooms are simple versions of spaces allotted to spend quality time with your family. When everybody is home, this will be the perfect space to conduct activities. If not do things together, the space can accommodate all members and allow them to do their own thing. Dad can watch the television on his big brown leather chair. Mom can do her knitting on her rocking chair. Little Johnny can play with his Lego toys beside the couch. Sarah can read her favorite novel on the big couch. Everyone can do whatever they like in one room and still end up spending quality time together.

Watching movies and listening to music is one of the most common activities where a family could bond. For a family who loves doing these things, it could be a great idea to upgrade your family rooms. The best way to do this is converting them into media rooms.

Tips in Upgrading

Entertainment has certainly evolved these days. Before, when a family gathers in a room, they watch movies in a big screen CRTs with popcorns on hand. Nowadays, a whole lot of ideas have been presented to give the whole family an edge to entertainment. Here are some of them:

1. Put LCD’s or Plasma TVs- The kind of television you have at home, changes the level experience you will have in watching movies or TV shows. You and your family will be able to view sharper images. It will allow you to watch movies just like you do in cinema. Although not as big but it will have better resolutions.

2. Surround sounds- Nobody wants garbled sounds when watching movies. Being able to hear conversations and audible background sounds is most important in attaining excitement to what you will be watching. This also improves your cinema-like experience at home. You can opt for home theatres, as this is one of the best-sellers in the market. Moreover, the packages are affordable.

3. Improved Multimedia equipment

The latest technology can also greatly improve the quality of images projected on screen. You can grab the latest Blue-ray technology for enhanced viewing. Alternatively, if you and your family want to catch up with your favorite TV shows, you may want to obtain Digital Video Recorder, to be able to record and replay them anytime you want. You can do a marathon for watching episodes of your favorite TV series.

You can also purchase the latest gaming technology for your kids. There is XBOX, Play stations, Nintendo and many others.

4. Sleek Furniture and appliances- When watching movies or playing games, you want the whole family to be comfortable. Big and comfortable couches are what are hot these days. Buy cabinets to accommodate various media like your DVDs and CDs. You may also want to put popcorn machines or mini fridge inside the room. This makes food and drinks accessible. Picking out food during a movie will not cost you to miss a particular scene.

5. Control and lighting systems- You want to be able to create a relaxing environment for you and your family. Being able to control the environment can help set the mood for everybody while maintaining the coziness of the place.

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Family Portrait

Each time you have a family portrait taken, it’s like a moment trapped in time, that you can look to for many years to come. There are various good ideas you can use in family portraits. The age-old shots are still used, but your pictures will be more memorable if you use different settings, with new backdrops. You can have family photographs taken outdoors as well, so that the lighting is more natural.
Your family portrait needs to tell the viewer a story, and reveal interesting things about your family. People who look at your photographs should be able to feel what your family dynamic is like. Become creative in your family portrait, and use themes of festivals or other events that your family may be involved in.
If there’s a theme that your family sometimes follows, reflect that in your family portrait. If you attend conventions of some sort, you can use that as a backdrop for your portrait. The family should like the theme, and be very comfortable with using it in your portrait. You may have your portrait taken at a place you are all familiar with, or in front of a backdrop that evokes memories of such a place. Your family portrait should reflect how close your family is, and what they do together and enjoy. A digital family portrait will last longer and show truer colors, and you can get information on digital portraits at FlashPortraits.com.
If your family is far flung, you might want to create your family portrait in the form of a collage. You can still have each person or piece of the family have their portrait taken, all with a common theme. Then these photographs can be combined into family portrait collages. This is more easily done with all the digital programs that studios can use today.
Be sure to wear clothing that is on-theme and comfortable. You’ll want to look your best, and you’ll look and feel more relaxed if you are comfortable, as well. Family portrait day can be an enjoyable time for you and your loved ones. It doesn’t need to be a day that is dreaded by all concerned. Be sure that your children are comfortable, and that the experience is a positive one for them, as well. They don’t want to sit in one position for a long time, so have the adults organized first and then bring the children into the shoot.
Have a good idea of what you want your portrait to look like ahead of time. This way, the session itself will be shorter in duration. A family portrait can be a time for you and your loved ones to be creative and have an enjoyable time, creating a photograph that will be cherished for years to come.

Have a good idea of what you want your portrait to look like ahead of time. This way, the session itself will be shorter in duration. A family portrait can be a time for you and your loved ones to be creative and have an enjoyable time, creating a photograph that will be cherished for years to come.