Celebrating a Milestone: The 7 Best Graduation Watches to Get in 2019

Do you have a college student wrapping up their senior year this summer? If so, check out these awesome graduation watches they'll be sure to love.
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The national high school graduation rate has risen to a new all-time high.
That means three things - more graduates, more celebrations and more buying of graduation gifts!
Finding the perfect graduation gift can be tricky, especially if it’s for someone very close to you like your son or daughter. But you simply cannot go wrong with graduation watches.
What better way to commemorate one of life’s biggest achievements than with an elegant timepiece? It’s powerfully symbolic, it’s practical, and it’s a fashion statement that every hard-working young professional needs to prepare them for the financial world.
To help make your buying of a graduation gift watch that much easier, we’ve rounded up seven of the hottest graduation watches for 2019. You’re welcome!
1. Tudor Heritage Black Bay
When it comes to affordable, high-quality watches, Tudor does it best. Based in Geneva, the Swiss manufacturer is, in fact, a sub-brand of Rolex, created by the legendary Hans Wilsdorf. The key difference between the two names is that while Rolex uses in-house Rolex movement, Tudor uses Swiss ETA movements.
One of the brand’s most iconic models is the Tudor Heritage Black Bay. This slick timepiece is known for its incredible waterproof ability, withstanding a depth of 660ft. The Heritage Black Bay was first introduced in 2012 as a celebration of Tudor’s 60 years of creating diving watches. It’s an excellent entry level watch.
You can take your pick from the type of strap that best suits your new graduate. Choose from a burgundy fabric strap, a black fabric strap, an aged leather strap or the “rivet” steel bracelet.
2. Longines Conquest Ladies Quartz
Now this one is for the ladies! Elegant, bold and oh-so-chic, the Conquest Ladies Quartz from Longines is what every young woman entering the working world needs. Owned by the Swatch Group and founded in 1832, Longines is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Their winged hourglass logo, registered in 1889, is one of the most recognizable logos in the world, has been unchanged since 1889.
Made from titanium and 14k yellow gold, the Longines Conquest Ladies Quartz is as durable as it is beautiful. So much so that she might even be handing it down to her own daughter one day!
3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Let’s be honest - graduating from college is one of the biggest achievements for a young adult. And that’s a reason to splurge a little (or a lot).
A Rolex watch is the ultimate congratulatory gift. It’s the so-called ‘Big Daddy’ of watches. A direct descendant of the original Oyster line launched in 1926, the Oyster Perpetual is one of Rolex’s most iconic timepieces. Simple, elegant, comfortable and filled with meticulous details, it’s a cut above the rest. Sure to put an even bigger smile on any graduate’s face.
4. Omega De Ville Prestige
Another one of the biggest names in the watch world, Omega knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to crafting the finest of timepieces. De Ville Prestige has become one of the brand’s most popular watch collections. It’s one of Omega’s most affordably priced watches, making it an excellent choice for an entry-level watch for your young graduate.
The De Ville Prestige collection is available for both men and women. Choose from 18k white, red or yellow gold for your preferred classic design.
5. Breitling Colt Automatic
Making watches since 1884, Breitling is a Swiss luxury watchmaker based in Grenchen, Switzerland. Synonymous with meticulous designs and practicality, Breitling is known for precision-made chronometers designed for aviators. Of course, they make some pretty great entry-level watches too.
With its rugged aesthetics and sporty design, the Breitling Colt Automatic is the perfect choice for ‘manly’ men and sports fanatics. This sculptural timepiece is carved in steel, finished with a black leather strap that says “I mean business”. Its versatility means it’s suitable for the great outdoors as well as the boardroom.
6. Tissot Gentleman Swismatic
Just the name is enough to give you thrills! This epic timepiece combines elegant and masculine design at an affordable price - perfect for your son’s first big graduation watch. A manufacturer of luxury Swiss watches since 1853, Tissot likes to focus on the minor details things. And that makes all the difference.
Tissot’s Gentleman Swismatic is built with an automatic movement and a nifty three-day power reserve. For a very decent price, you can get luxurious finishes, from scratch-resistant sapphire crystals to a pane of mineral glass on the back. The shiny bezel comes with their signature Clous de Paris pattern, which is even put on the watch's dial. In terms of color and straps, the choice is yours.
7. Tag Heuer Carrera
Invented in 1963 by Jack Heuer, the Tag Heuer Carrera collection was made to pay homage to the La Carerra Panamericana, one of the most dangerous car racecourses in the world. This innovative watch was designed specifically with professional racecar drivers in mind - so if your graduate has a need for speed, this is the perfect watch for them!
This watch is iconic in the way that it is the first chronograph specifically designed for professional drivers, breaking all the traditional rules of watchmaking. The symbolism behind this watch is perfect for a graduation gift - you’re in the driver’s seat and there’s no reason to slow down now!
The Tag Heuer Carrera has options for both men and ladies. Its classic style has a sophistication that will stand the test of time.
Graduation Watches are Timeless
Graduation watches are one of the greatest gifts you can have for your child’s special day. As time ticks on in both your life and theirs, they’ll forever be reminded of their special graduation day and how proud you are of them to have reached this milestone.
It's not just the good times like graduations that you have to be there for your children. It's the ups and the downs. If they're feeling a bit overwhelmed with what they'll be doing after graduation, make sure you're around to listen. Have a look at my article on how you can help your children through difficult times.

Acting Before It's Too Late: 6 Warning Signs You May Need a Plumber

When something is going on with your plumbing and you’re not sure whether or not it is a DIY kind of repair or not, this checklist will come in handy. Signs that there are some issues plaguing your plumbing are usually pretty easy to spot: there’s mold, dripping sounds, wet drywall or water gushing everywhere. Some are more subtle than others, so let's look at six warning signs that may require a plumber.

1. Stubborn, Long-term Clogs
A clog that just doesn’t want to give way could be a sign that there is a blockage pretty far down the pipeline or that the clog is composed of the material that is not movable by a plunger. Although store-bought drain cleaners seem like a cheap fix, repeated use (sometimes even a single use) can erode the pipes and cause more of a problem, because these products contain harsh chemicals that are often unsafe for a stubborn clog.

2. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure could mean cracked or broken pipes, or it could just be a clog. It is often associated with frozen pipes. Left unattended, it can result in a total pipe rupture, which will be a more costly repair than taking care of a cracked pipe.

3. Mold
When you start to see mold popping up around your home, know that it is an indicator of moisture. When mold in and around your shower or tub (or anywhere else in your home) appears faster than you seem to be able to clean it, there is likely something going on behind the scenes. The usual reason for recurrent, pesky mold is leaking/stagnant water.

4. Foul Smelling Water
If you’re smelling something awful every time you turn on the faucets, there is definitely something going on in the pipes. Stinky water is often a symptom of blockages, old pipes in need of replacement or a broken vent. Broken vents and sewer pipes can damage your foundation and adversely affect the environment. You definitely want to consult a plumber here.

5. Gurgling
The toilet sounds like the water is struggling or bubbling, gurgling. The gurgling is a sign of a severely clogged pipe or a compromised drain. It can mean that a backup is imminent. If you hear a gurgling sound when your toilet is not in use, it is looking for air and a backup is likely headed your way. If you hear gurgling when running the shower, dishwasher or washing machine, discontinue use unless you want the system to backup into the house.

6. A High Water Bill
When you notice that your water bill is steadily climbing, even when you’re not taking longer showers or having large parties requiring multiple dishwasher loads be suspicious of your plumbing. It may signal a leak or running water. Isolating the problem can save you money in the long run. Realtor.com suggests checking your water meter to see if it’s spinning while not in use.

Of course, no one wants to need a plumber, but it’s great to have a plumber when you need one. Knowing when you need to call a professional is important to effectively maintain your home and saving money in the long run. There are plenty of DIY projects, but there’s nothing wrong with hiring a seasoned professional when you really need to.

Finding the Best in Town: 3 Criteria for Choosing the Most Reliable Locksmith in Your Local Area

It’s never any fun getting locked out of your car, house or place of business, but when it happens, you’ll want to have a reliable and honest locksmith to come save your day. When you consider these three crucial criteria, you will be able to choose a professional and local company. Supporting local businesses is just one of many ways to enrich your community, so when you are shopping around for a locksmith it’s a great idea to look into local businesses. They often offer a more personal experience and are more likely to give you more bang for your buck.

Did you also know that they’re not just for lock-outs? That’s right, locksmiths also install and repair deadbolts, home safes, and electric alarms. When you’re looking for installation or repair services, you usually have more time to look into prospective companies than when you are locked out of your home or vehicle.

1. Check the Legitimacy of the Business
Do an internet search first. Adding the words “complaints,” “scam” or “reviews” is very helpful, as is putting the company name into the search field of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Ask to see their license or state registration. Not all states require locksmiths to have a license or be registered with the state. If your state does not require licensing or registration, be particularly diligent in vetting companies. Cross-reference their address and phone number, and confirm the full name of the business. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that you also make sure that the locksmith has insurance to cover any losses should your property be damaged while being serviced.

2. Transparent Pricing
Describe your situation in detail to get a fair estimate before having a professional come out. Your description may include a description of the lock in need of servicing. Also, ask that a written estimate be provided to you. Make sure to ask if the estimate includes labor, parts or other surcharges such as after-hours fees, mileage and tool usage. Sometimes, low estimates don’t include these additional services and fees, leaving you unprepared and dissatisfied with your experience. Any locksmith worth their salt will be upfront about their charges and additional fees.

3. Get Recommendations from Friends and Family
Don’t be shy about asking for recommendations from people you know and trust. Chances are that they either know someone or have had direct experience with a locksmith. Getting a recommendation can spare you from being scammed for hundreds of dollars by someone with little to no experience who tells you that your lock is somehow special or difficult and wants to drill it open, replacing it with a run-of-the-mill hardware store lock.

Of course, it’s better to look into reputable local locksmiths before you need one, but if you don’t know of one when you need one, following a few simple procedures can help unlock the code to finding a good locksmith. Whether you’re looking to secure your home, vehicle or your valuables, you can rest a little easier knowing how to get someone reliable on your side.

3 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Kids for the Financial World

Your kids will, one day, be thrust into adulthood and subsequently the financial world. As there’s just no way of stopping this, it’s best to just accept it. You need not be passive in your child’s journey from care-free child to bill-paying adult, though. You can prepare them for the pitfalls and dangers that they will face when they grow older and are forced to handle their own money. In fact, you should prepare your kids for the financial world because, if you don’t, someone else will, and that’s just not a risk worth taking!

To find three things you can do to prepare your kids for the financial world that they will face in their futures, make sure to read on.

Use a clear jar for saving

When your kids are young, you should establish a saving routine using a clear jar. This will help them to see with their very eyes how saving takes place, and it will also give them a visual image of all the benefits that are to be gotten from saving. Simply, they’ll see the money growing, and this image could very well stick with them for years to come.

Show ‘opportunity cost’

As your children grow older and they start forming their own likes and dislikes, they will want you to buy all manner of things for them. New shoes, new video games, new toys — whenever you go out shopping with them, they’re going to want it all. You shouldn’t give in to their requests for you to buy them everything that they want, though, no matter how many times they cry or moan. You should, instead, show ‘opportunity cost’. This means making them aware that if you buy a video game for them, for instance, then they won’t be able to have that new pair of shoes that they crave or vice versa. By making them aware that not everything can be bought, and tough choices have to be made when it comes to spending, they’ll grow up to value their money far more.

Be a good role model

Another good way to teach your kids about money, especially when they are a bit older and they are able to understand and weigh decisions for themselves, is to simply be a good financial role model. If your teen sees you wasting cash unnecessarily, for instance, then, chances are, they will follow suit when they reach adulthood themselves. You should, then, act as a role model by being safe with your own cash — this could mean taking out term life insurance, for instance, in order to see your family remain protected in a financial sense no matter what happens to you.

In order to make sure that your kids are aware of the good work that you do to protect them financially, if it comes to it, simply talk to them about it. The more teenagers know about how tough the financial world is, the better prepared they will be to face it.

To prepare your kids for the financial world of tomorrow, you have to put the above advice into practice today.

It Starts With your Feet: How to Tie Your Dress and Shoes Together and Always Look Matching

How to Tie Your Dress and Shoes Together and Always Look Matching

When you step out, you need your whole outfit to look complete. Here's how to tie your dress and shoes together and always match, no matter where you go.

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Exactly matching your dress and shoes was a style popularized by the debutante set in the 1960s. Icons like Jackie Kennedy turned their eye toward shoes the same shade as their dress to tie their look together with classic flair. But while matchy-matchy styling is experiencing a resurgence in the fashion world, it's not the only way to pair a dress and shoes.

Here are all the best ways to pair your shoes and dress from matching colors to clashing patterns.
The Art of Matching Color
Trends may come and go, but sometimes they come again. Matchy-matchy styling is seeing another 15 minutes of fame and it's a great time to indulge your inner 60s queen.

There are some dos and don'ts to abide by though.
Rock Shoes One Shade Darker
The human eye is a tricky thing. We can see two colors exactly the same and our brain will interpret them differently. To keep this trick from tripping up your style, opt for shoes that are one shade darker than your dress.

This is particularly important when pairing reds. One shade can mean the difference between clashing and smashing.
Experiment with Texture
Rocking one shade is a fine line to tread. Too similar and you can end up looking like you're on your way to bingo. 

To avoid grandmother syndrome, try experimenting with different materials and textures. If your dress is cotton, add some interest with velvet shoes. Lace shift? Opt for sleek satin pumps. The key is to match the color but add variation with your choice of material.
Get Casual
Matching isn't just for formal attire. Fashion week saw a slew of matching shoes, bags, and dresses for all occasions.

Need shoes to go with a white dress in the skater style? Try pairing it with white sneakers and some cute patterned socks. Patterned sundress need a boost? Find matching patterned ankle boots like these ones from JESSICABUURMAN and take the look from zero to hero.
Make a Statement
Every outfit should include at least one statement piece. Matching your shoes and dress is a great way to tie your outfit together but you'll run into problems if the styles are too similar.

To keep your look fresh, try making a statement with one of your matching elements. Sleek red shift? Add strappy floral statement heels. Plain teal pumps? Pair with a statement dress and make your look really shine.
Play with Contrast
Exact color matching has its perks but it's not the only way to tie your look together. And no, we're not talking about pairing your red dress with black shoes.

Using color theory, you can match your shoes and dress in a way that makes your outfit dynamic and fresh.
Go Monochrome
Skirting the matching line, monochrome pairing can be a great way to add a dynamic element to your look.

Have a sleek caramel dress? Pair with lighter beige heels for interest. Bright red sundress? Work your color theory and pair with darker plumb skater shoes.
Work Within the Triad
Triad colors are those that appear in a triangle formation on the color wheel. They're contrasting colors and, used well, can lend an outfit dynamic harmony.

Rocking a cute yellow skater dress? Pair with pink or blue flats for a popping outfit. Flowy purple sundress? Aim for orange or green shoes to add a dynamic flair.
Pair Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are those that appear opposite each other on the color wheel. The human eye sees natural harmony when they're paired correctly and they can be a great way to tie an outfit together.

Orange and teal, blue and yellow, pink and green - all create knockout looks when applied in a savvy way.
Don't Forget About Patterns
Statement patterns are dominating the runways this season with almost every designer trotting out new, fun prints. So how do you tie together patterns?
Don't Be Afraid to Match
Just as matching colors are in, so too is matching patterns. A dynamic print carried from your dress to your shoes will present a bold statement and pull your outfit from everyday to extraordinary.

So the next time you're shopping online, don't shy away from matching items. Your style will thank you.
Mix Patterns from the Same Family
Similar patterns can make for a fun look but approach this trend cautiously. Too similar, and it'll look like you failed to match a look. Too different and your outfit will clash.

When mixing similar prints, aim to match one baseline. Similar colors but bold, different patterns will work a treat. Conversely, two checkered patterns with different sizes and colors will make your outfit look deliberate and dashing.
Work with Color
Achieving balance while clashing prints is an art form that calls on a solid understanding of color. Matching a lighter print dress with darker, contrasting shoes is a great fool-proof way to stay on trend and balanced.

If in doubt, look for prints that have one or two matching colors and pair them together. The similar colors will tie the look together while the contrasting prints will add flair to your outfit.
Mix Patterns and Solids
A tried and true classic, matching a patterned dress with solid color shoes and vice versa will never steer you wrong.

Just remember to pull your look together with color. If your dress is a pink pattern, tie in matching pink pumps. Floral pastel shoes? Match with a similar pastel dress.
Have Fun with It
Half the appeal in mixing patterns is the fun to be had. If you feel a little ridiculous, that's the whole point.

So the next time you're looking for shoes to match your loudest yellow sundress, don't overlook your equally loud pumps. You may surprise yourself with the look you come up with.
Pair Your Dress and Shoes Like a Pro
Pairing your dress and shoes can make or break an outfit. Whether you're opting for the 60s color match, playing up color contrast, or deliberately pairing patterns there are any number of ways to tie your look together with the right combination.

Looking to make your house as fashionable as you are? Here are 3 ways you can better arrange your house.
All families should vacation with their kids to Disney World at some point or another. It’s an experience the kids are sure to never forget. Families can save on a Disney vacation by buying or renting a Disney timeshare resale (AKA Disney Vacation Club) for their accommodation. These are spacious condo-like units within Disney’s resorts. If you choose to purchase a Disney timeshare and later want to sell it, get a timeshare worth estimate online first and then look for a broker sell Disney timeshare for you.