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The Top 14 Websites for Throwing an Awesome DIY Event

The Top 14 Websites for Throwing an Awesome DIY Event

Throwing an event without hiring a professional event planner can be a daunting experience. First, there’s the fear that no one will show up. Then, there are the overwhelming logistics, the details, the guest list, the delegating of tasks, the food and drink, the music- it just goes on and on. Thankfully, plenty of people have been there before. Here are some great websites that will help make your event incredible. Skip the Google search and consult this list to throw the best DIY event ever. Cheers!

1. Ticketleap Events University

    You could be preparing for a professional, big-time event, or you could just be planning a backyard get-together. Whatever your event’s scale, Ticketleap has advice on topics like how much alcohol to order, how to get people chatting, how to get the word out on Facebook, which hashtag to choose, and how to sell tickets. There’s even info on what to do after your event. You can share your own advice here, too.

    2. Doodle

      A resource for getting everyone’s schedules lined up, Doodle works particularly well for event planning committees. Or, you can use it to schedule the main event. You provide the details and potential times for the meeting, and your invitees let you know when they can make it via Doodle’s app. There’s a free version and a professional, paid version.

      3. Event Transportation Systems

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        Need to set up a transportation service for your attendees? If there’s alcohol involved, designated transportation could literally be a life saver, and your guests will be eternally grateful. Event Transportation Systems operates all across North America and can provide transportation for events of any size, although they specialize in the big ones. ETS has a full range of vehicles, from vans to sedans.

        4. Event Marketer

          This site is an educational resource for businesses seeking to market through events. Or, if you’re a marketer who wants to learn about experiential event marketing, you can find a ton of info here.

          5. Rosenberry Rooms Blog

            Throwing a baby shower, a kids’ birthday party, a holiday party, or a themed party? Susie Fougerousse’s Rosenberry Rooms blog is full of design ideas, recipes, crafts, activities, and inspiration. Here, you can see exactly how party ideas come to life, with a wealth of photographs and posts from people who are really doing this. You can submit your own helpful articles, too.

            6. Ustream

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              With Ustream, you can create your own streaming video channel for your events. If you’re just throwing one event, you can use the free version. The difference between this and a Facebook or Twitter stream is security. UStream offers secure streaming for you to share with only the people you want to see it. Or, create a public channel and share with the world. You can also record and share later.

              7. Pinterest 

                Pinterest is a huge digital library of photos and images. It’s a repository of ideas with tons of pins related to just about any type of event you can think of. This is helpful for coming up with design, decor, and theme ideas. Oh, and it’s free.

                8. Bonjour Events and a la Reg

                  Bonjour Events has event planning tips, resources, and templates. In the tips sections, you can learn everything from how to set your table for a dinner party to how to throw an eco-friendly wedding.  You can find venues and vendors there, while Bonjour’s sister site, a la Reg, offers event registration, donation, and volunteer forms.

                  9. MOO

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                    MOO’s primary event offerings are invitations and flyers, with tons of stock templates and styles to choose from. If you’re throwing a business event, MOO can also do note cards and business cards. MOO’s specialty is Printfinity, with which you can feature different artwork on every piece of stationery. Upload your own images or use MOO’s.

                    10. Amsterdam Printing

                    For seminars, conferences, and other business-related events, Amsterdam Printing engraves all manner of accoutrements with your business logo. Everything is customizable, including the eco-friendly tote bags. You can even customize candy wrappers, chocolate boxes, and fortune cookies. Customized pens will help attendees remember who threw the event long after it’s over.

                    11. Events from Facebook

                    Ok, so this isn’t a website, it’s an app. You’re probably well aware of Facebook’s potential for getting the word out about events. The Events from Facebook App is specifically designed to take that to the next level, with an interface dedicated to all things event on Facebook. This makes it easier for people to connect to your event without wading through other distractions on the social network. If you’re not posting your events on Facebook yet, Events from Facebook wants to change that.

                    12. Sonic Bids

                      Your event could rock, it could swing, or it could croon. Sonic Bids lets you pick through a whole bunch of criteria to find a band for your event. Whatever type of band or solo artist you’re looking for, you can probably find them on this site.

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                      13. PlanningHelper

                      Need a caterer? PlanningHelper has advice on that. Need to work on budgeting? PlanningHelper has advice on that too. Need to learn about virtual meetings? Accommodations? Site selection? Planning Helper has details on pretty much everything revolving around events, and you can download checklists, tools, and timelines for free. Voila!

                      14. Local Catering

                        This is a massive directory of caterers. The search function lets you include a lot of very specific information on your event, such as the date, number of guests, location, and type. From there, Local Catering narrows it down to show you the most applicable caterers in your area.

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                        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                        There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                        One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                        In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                        Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                        1. Cat Camel Stretch

                        Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                        Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                        Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                        Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                        2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                        This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                        Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                        The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                        Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                        Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                        3. Jumping Jacks

                        Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                        Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                        4. Abductor Side Lifts

                        Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                        Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                        5. Balancing Table Pose

                        This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                        Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                          6. Leg Squats

                          Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                          Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                          The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                          7. Push Ups

                          You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                          An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                          Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                          This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                          8. Bicycle Crunches

                          There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                          Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                          9. Lunges

                          Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                          Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                          This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                          10. Bicep Curls

                          You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                          Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                          Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                          Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                          Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                          These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                          You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                          Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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