Gender Reveal Parties

A gender reveal party idea was originally started in America back in 2008, by a lady called Jenna Myers Karvundis. She originally came up with the idea because she felt her husband’s family were not as excited as they should be, so she decided to gee them up with a gender reveal party.

Since then expectant parents to be, have tried to come up with increasingly creative ideas to reveal the gender of their unborn baby to close friends and family.

Some of the ideas used are Cupcakes filled with pink or blue icing, Piñatas filled with blue or pink confetti, balloons filled with pink or blue powder so when popped fill the air with the colour, also available are scratch cards ready for friends and family to reveal the pink or blue colour underneath.

There are lots of ideas people will come up with for the gender reveal, the more original the better. You can ask for a sealed envelope with the baby’s gender reveal in so you can take it straight to the bakery and ask for the coloured icing (whichever it may be) to be filled in the middle without even you knowing! This will then be cut at the gender reveal party so it is a surprise for everyone.

Maybe this is just another thing that an expectant parent may be “expected” to do, so many people ask a close friend or family member to arrange, sometimes the last thing you want as a pregnant woman is more pressure put on you and feels the need to arrange a gender reveal party!

If you do not want a gender reveal party do not feel the need to have one, one families gender reveal party went wrong: A couple in Iowa set up a metal cylinder to a stand, packed it full of coloured powder and gun powder and detonated it. They used explosives in the hope for a big bang but unfortunately, the device exploded like a pipe bomb, and it killed a family member who was standing close by.

So if you are thinking of having a gender reveal party, be careful, think smart and most of all make sure it is safe for you and everyone around.

Some people may still like the surprise of having the gender reveal at birth, some are superstitious and would rather not know until the day and others are simply happy that they are having a baby and do not care whether it is a boy or girl as long as it is healthy. Everyone is different so just do what feels right to you do not let anybody pressure you into having a gender reveal party if you do not want one!

Baby Girl in pink
Baby Girl in pink


Baby Boy in Blue
Baby Boy in Blue

CCTV Installation Birmingham

Knife Crime and CCTV Installation Birmingham

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Today it was reported that knife crime is seeing the steepest increase in areas outside London. Those under 24 are the most likely to carry a knife. In the West Midlands, nearly 700 school children were victims of knife crime in the West Midlands. 41 of these crimes were committed by children of primary school age. Further information shows that 690 children, under 17, in 2018, were attacked or threatened with a knife in the Birmingham region. In fact, there are reports that Birmingham has overtaken London in the number of stabbings since January.

As knife crime increases around the West Midlands, there is sense of foreboding in Birmingham city. Young people only feel safe when carrying a knife and this, in turn, increases the amount of knife crime. There are reports that this comes from funding cuts and this means schools and local businesses who’s carparks and surrounding areas are frequently used as knife crime sites cannot d much to decrease knife crime. CCTV installation Birmingham, however, can increase the feelings of safety and in a few cases deter knife crime from happening in a certain area.

Schools will benefit from CCTV installation Birmingham due to the nature of the increase in knife crime. Young people are those most targeted by knife crime and are the most likely to commit knife crime. With CCTV Installation in Birmingham schools, parents and children will feel safer. CCTV is found to be more effective in enclosed areas, where there are no blind spots. So, a school is a good area to have CCTV Installation Birmingham.

Although we can in no way promise that CCTV installation Birmingham will reduce the level of knife crime in the City, it can help to prosecute those who carry a knife or commit a crime using a knife. Equally, many feel safer with CCTV installation Birmingham in place, even if there isn’t an effect on the level of violent crime in the city. Improving the mental wellbeing of a city can only be positive and therefore, CCTV Installation Birmingham is recommended. When CCTV is in place there is a positive effect on the city and we therefore strongly recommend the installation of CCTV.

Ink Rub Test

Rub testing and printed labels

When considering printed labels, the rub test device tests for the amount of abrasion and/or scuffs that may result during the shipping, handling or storage process. Furthermore, the test may be used for the labels of products such as medical devices. However, these labels must be legible and stand up to wear over time.

Fabrics and rub testing

An ink rub test determines the colourfastness of the colour or dye in a fabric in the textile industry. Fastness to rubbing also determines how well a fabric will resist stains. A test for fastness to rubbing can be performed on dry or even wet fabric. Both of these tests are essential.


Colourfastness and rub testing

If a fabric has a decent colourfastness, it is more than likely that it will resist fading when the material is washed. If good marks are shown up on the rub tester, this will indicate that the fabric is durable. The durability will be rated from grade 1 to grade 5, with grade 1 being a high degree of colour transfer and grade 5 being hardly any to no colour transfer. However, the factors which may affect the overall outcome of the rub test is how well the fabric is made, the colour of the fabric, the darkness of the fabric and how the fabric will be used.

Rub testers

There is a range of ink rub testers which will allow you to test printed labels, fabrics and colourfastness. These testers bring new levels of repeatability and convenience to testing the durability of inks and coatings on any printed material.