Saturday, January 31, 2009

Steering Clear Of Carpet Stains

From wine to chocolate to gravy, the possibilities for stains on your carpet are limitless-but you don't have to take it lying down. A spill doesn't have to result in a permanent stain if you follow these general tips from the experts at Stainmaster® carpet. Cleaning solutions: Start by using a good cleaning solution that is designed to work on your specific stain. There are many homemade solutions that work well. They include: sudsy foam, detergent solutions and vinegar solutions. The recipes for making these solutions and a list of stains that each is best suited for are available in the Stain Removal Guide, which can be found on the Stainmaster® carpet Web site at Once you have identified the best solution to use, begin the step-by-step process of removal. Basic cleaning steps: 1. Scoop up and blot as much of the spill as possible. 2. Vacuum any dry particles. 3. Prepare cleaning solutions, beginning with the first one listed. 4. Pretest the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage the carpet. 5. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain area. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center. 6. Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes. 7. Blot with a clean white cloth until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Rubbing the stain area might damage the carpet fibers. 8. Rinse with cold water. Be sure all cleaning solution is removed from the carpet. 9. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth. 10. If the stain remains, try the next solution on the list and follow the same protocol above. If the stain persists after trying each solution, contact a professional cleaner. 11. Once the stain is removed, place layers of white paper towel on the site to absorb moisture. Weigh down the towels with a nonstaining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight. 12. When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore texture. 13. Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 24 months, as required by the Stainmaster® carpet limited warranty.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Silk Flower Designs

Yes, take a look again. Is that bunch of lovely pink peonies artfully arranged in the clear vase in water real? Look at those calla lilys how breathtaking and perfect. Ah, lilacs, my favorite flowers. Look how fresh they are. Hey, wait a minute... it's the middle of August! How can they be so fresh! Surprise... they're silk! Artificial flowers have come a long way. From the days of hideous heavy petaled plastic daisies and roses that our grandmothers used to have in their homes to breathtaking silk orchids and forsythia, freesia and magnolias. The silk flower market is a growing one with many silk flower manufacturers paying attention to detail, and to the growing acceptance of silk flowers. Many brides today are choosing silk flowers instead of real flowers for their bouquets. Aside from the fact that it's almost impossible to tell the difference between silk flowers and real flowers, a bride getting married in the fall can now carry lovely cabbage roses and spring flowers in her bouquet - even though cabbage roses bloom in the spring. Using silk flowers a bride can have any type of flower she wants in a bouquet any time of year. Also, she has a bouquet that she can keep forever, without the expense and trouble of having her fresh bouquet preserved. It can cost upwards of $300.00 to have a real bridal bouquet preserved. The price of a silk bouquet comes in much under that price, making it in most cases a better buy for the money. Of course, all your wedding flower needs from hair pieces, to boutonnieres to centerpieces and arrangements for the church can be made from silk flowers. Silk flowers and plants are perfect for use in the home too. There are hundreds of different types of silk plants to choose from. Do you yearn to have an english ivy cascading over your mantle, but you have a cat? As a cat owner you know that english ivy is poisonous to your cat, so you don't dare. Do you have a dark corner that you want to spruce up with a variegated hosta? Even though they are shade loving hostas need some natural light. Are you tired of watering and babying your real plants only to find them not happy with anything you do? Silk plants are the perfect answer. You can purchase lovely wreaths and swags to use in your home in silk. Along with pre made silk flower arrangements you can also purchase some silk flowers "by the stem" which allows you to use your creativity making your own arrangements.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Parents or caregivers are usually the first ones to notice the signs and symptoms of autism in a child under three years of age. At birth, the signs and symptoms of autism are not necessarily noticeable, and it may take a little while to distinguish the behavior. Signs and symptoms of autism to watch for include: 1) If your child doesn’t want to hug or hold onto you. 2) If your child is not bringing objects to you to identify and is not pointing to objects by the time the first birthday is reached. 3) If your child doesn’t want to interrelate with you and play games such as “peek-a-boo.” 4) If your child shows aggressive behavior on a normal basis or bangs his or her head against an object. 5) If you notice your child engaging in repetitive behaviors, such as opening or closing doors or drawers over and over. 6) If your child takes more fascination with parts of a toy than the action for which the toy was designed. If any of these signs appear, you should talk to your doctor. With early detection of the signs and symptoms of autism and a thorough examination and decisions on treatment, your child will have a very good chance of learning to live with this condition successfully. Other signs and symptoms of autism include atypical facial expressions, body posture, and avoiding eye-to-eye contact. Your child won’t easily develop friendships with his or her peers. Often, no feelings of emotion are shown, and your child may have a lack of enjoyment and enthusiasm. Signs and symptoms of autism also include a lack of feeling for another person’s joy or pain. More signs and symptoms of autism incorporate the delay in learning to talk. It has been estimated that half the people who have autism never speak. Children, teens, and adults with autism seem to get stuck on a phrase and repeat it over, and over, and over again in the course of trying to have a conversation. Thus, an autistic person will have trouble starting a conversation or maintaining one. Another sign and symptom of autism that involves repetition is body rocking or hand wringing or flapping. Also, a person who has autism may not understand humor in a joke or something that is “implied” in a conversation but not actually said. Especially in children, autism entices a curious obsession with parts and pieces, as opposed to the whole. Children will, for instance, focus on the spinning wheels of a toy car instead of the car itself. Teens and adults with autism may be focused on other aspects of life, such as transportation schedules, the weather or playing cards. Another of the main signs and symptoms of autism includes the strong desire to adhere to a set routine or a set way of doing things. Variations from that sameness can be very unsettling and even agitating to the person with autism. This can be reflected in things like a long list of activities from the way each meal is served to the roads you take when you leave the house to run an errand.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saving Difficult Relationships through Communication

Admit it or not, relationships with others are important to us as human beings. Relationships with parents, siblings, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, professors, roommates, and classmates can bring joy and takes on added significance in our lives. We learn that it is often in or though intimate relationships that our romantic, companionship, and intimacy needs will be met. It is no wonder then, that we find ourselves preoccupied or consumed with pursuing, maintaining, ending, and recovering from the loss of such relationships. While each of these stages of relationships can be difficult and challenging, it is commonly when relationships end or “don't work out” that we struggle the most. Whatever your age and experience, a relationship can bring you new and demanding challenges. Being able to handle conflict and deal with differences is important in maintaining healthy relationships. Everyone who is in a relationship or cares about their relationships may need assistance at some time to help them deal with problems or difficulties in a relationship, learn how to from or improve relationships, cope with a relationship that has broken down and help to change a relationship where there is violence and abuse. All couples experience problems in one form or another --- it's part of sharing your life with another human being. The difference between a healthy relationships that work, and those that don't, is how well couples deal with the challenges and problems they face in their life together. There are reliable tools that can be used to create a healthy relationship, many of which have not been taught in our culture. If you want to have a really healthy relationship, follow these simple guidelines. · Do not expect anyone to be responsible for your happiness. Too often, relationships fail because someone is unhappy and blames their partner for making them feel that way. Make yourself happy first, and then share his or her happiness. · Forgive one another. Forgiveness is a process of ending your anger or resentment towards another individual. It can have the power to transcend all offenses, great and small, and learning to forgive another takes patience, honesty, and respect. When sincerely given freely in a relationship, forgiveness may heal relationships that are suffering. Forgiveness is an act of humility, not one of haughty feelings. · Do not do anything for your partner if it comes with an expectation of reciprocation. The things you do for your partner must always be done because you chose to do them and you wanted to do them. Do not hold your “good deeds” over their head at a later time. Keeping score in a relationship will never work: a person is less likely to notice and value all the contributions of their partner as much as their own. · Be Responsible. Responsible means that you have the ability to respond. It does not mean you are to blame. If you've been rude to your partner, own up to it, and get try to think of ways how you might do it differently and in a positive manner next time. If you are unhappy in your relationship, make an effort to learn how you might create a better relationship for yourself rather than try to change your partner. · Approach your relationship as a learning experience. Each one has important information for you to learn. When a relationship is not working, there is usually a familiar way that we feel while in it. We are attracted to the partner with whom we can learn the most, and sometimes the lesson is to let go of a relationship that no longer serves us. A truly healthy relationship will consist of both partners who are interested in learning and expanding a relationship so that it continues to improve. · Appreciate yourself and your partner. In the midst of an argument, it can be difficult to find something to appreciate. Start by generating appreciation in moments of non-stress, and that way when you need to be able to do it during a stressful conversation, it will be easier. One definition of appreciation is to be sensitively aware so you don't have to be sugar-coating anything; so tell your beloved that you love him or her, and that you don't want to argue but to talk and make it better. Research have shown that people in supportive, loving relationships are more likely to feel healthier, happier, less stress and satisfied with their lives and less likely to have mental or physical health problems or to do things that are bad for their health. People in supportive, loving relationships help each other practically as well as emotionally. Supportive partners share the good times and help each other through the tough ones. Talking and listening are probably the most important skills in a relationship. There'll always be tensions and disagreements, but if you can communicate well, you can overcome almost any problem.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rid Your House of Headlice to Prevent Reoccurring Infestation

Title: Rid Your House of Headlice to Prevent Reoccurring Infestation Word Count: 451 Summary: There are different ways to rid your house of headlice. Keywords: Headlice, lice, nits Article Body: Naturally when you discover that someone in your home has headlice, the first thing you want to do is begin treatment, but it is also important to pay attention to your house as well. When someone in the household becomes infested with headlice, it is not uncommon for the rest of the family to catch it too. Headlice is extremely contagious and when people live in close proximately, these tiny insects readily pass between the house’s inhabitants. For this reason it is extremely important that if one person in the house has headlice, that all family members be closely checked for infestation. There is a high likelihood that most if not all members of the household will have headlice. Even when all the people in the house are treated, the problem doesn’t really end there. You also have to de-louse the house itself, and all personal belongings. Treating a headlice infestation can be a tedious task, but very important if you don’t want to be dealing continually with the problem. The proper way to rid your home of headlice is to first, treat all those who have been infested, after treatment, have each person put on freshly laundered clothing. Buy a new comb to use after treatment; do not use a brush or comb that was being used before treatment. If you do not want to replace all your combs and brushes, it will be necessary to let them set in boiled water for at least an hour. This includes all hair accessories as well. If it is not possible to disinfect them with boiling water, place them in a plastic back, seal it and do not use the items again for at least 2 to 3 weeks. All bedding and clothing must be washed in hot water, and dried on a high heat setting. This will kill any lice that may be clinging to the clothing, or linen. Don’t’ forget about blankets and stuffed animals. Again, if the items cannot be washed, seal them in plastic bags for a few weeks. It will also be necessary to vacuum all carpets, and furniture, as well as mattresses. If you would like to take extra precautionary measures, you can buy insecticide designed specifically for headlice. Spray the furniture and mattresses with the insecticide and let dry before allowing human contact. Though these may seem like extreme measures, keep in mind that it is not uncommon for people to repeatedly become infested with headlice, due to contact after treatment with a live lice in their living environment. There is nothing quite as irritating as treating the whole family, just to find a few weeks later that the headlice infestation has returned.

Quick Tips For Carpets and Rugs

Copyright 2006 Melissa Galt Carpet The lowest maintenance and most durable carpet is level loop (often called “Berber”). The loop construction provides 4x the surface of wear, hence its’ durability. It doesn’t show tracking at all and now comes in patterns and colors for every taste. Keep your carpet neutral and consistent throughout for greatest flexibility and resale. Use color in rugs; they are personal and move with you, while carpet doesn’t High twist cut pile, also known as frieze, is considered trackless-- that is it doesn’t show vacuum and foot prints as easily as a regular cut pile. Qualities vary. Velvet plush cut pile, while certainly the softest underfoot, shows every mark, foot print, pet paw print, and vacuum track. It is very formal in nature and maintenance intensive. Believe it or not shag carpet is back! Fun in a contemporary environment, but watch the depth, it isn’t rakeable anymore and can still swallow pet turtles. Rugs Rugs are appropriate for every room and over wall to wall, not just hardwood. They will anchor a furniture grouping and add interest and softness. They are truly artwork for the floor. For size, the rule of thumb is that it should have all your furniture on it (such as a 9x12 in a family room) or all your furniture off it, (such as a 6x9 in the same room) the obvious exception being a coffee table or ottoman. Try to avoid the furniture resting half on/half off. Most dining rooms require at least an 8x10 rug to avoid the chairs “falling off.” Smaller rugs make great accents, and you aren’t paying to cover them up with furniture! Be careful though, substituting a 4x6 for a 6x9 will leave you looking like you have a postage stamp on the floor. Rugs can also make a significant impact on acoustics in rooms with lots of windows and vaulted ceilings. They can even be changed seasonally for a mood shift! Runners Runners are an important consideration not just for aesthetics but for safety and acoustics value. On stairs noise is often amplified, and a runner will muffle the traffic sounds. In hallways, runners serve to breakup a tunnel like effect with pattern and warmth. Rug Pads Be sure to buy the proper pad for your rugs. Pads extend the life of the rug, as well as protecting the floor beneath it. For hardwood and tile floors you’ll want a superloc pad which has a rubberized backing on one side, and a thick jute/felt pad on the other. Do not use the waffle type pads, they can leave marks requiring refinishing on hardwood, and the superloc will even out any tile variance. For vinyl floors, a waffle pad or other slim line pad is acceptable. On carpet a miracle hold pad or a sticky back pad is recommended. This pad has adhesive on both sides, one to adhere to the carpet, the other to stick to the rug, preventing the age old challenge of creep in the rug, and giving an extra layer of protective backing to prevent any bleed through of colors from rug to carpet. Stain Guard Most reputable rug dealers will offer a stain guarding program. Some offer it free of charge with every purchase. Forcefield is the name brand of choice. It doesn’t actually prevent stains, no stain guard does, it does give you considerable extra time to clean up, as it provides a protective shield on the surface forcing any spillage to bead up rather than be absorbed.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Property abroad & technology are set to change they way you work!

Copyright 2006 Nicholas Marr The 1970s saws predictions that would have us believe that by the 21st century we would be relaxing whilst technology took the strain. Well the 21st century is here and the leisure era has still to appear. However there is one prediction that I am pretty convinced will come true and that is that overseas property will become our homes. The evidence is here, those looking to retire are buying homes in preparation for retirement and some are commuting huge distances whilst they see their time out at work. The young are traveling greater distances to buy affordable property and are beginning to travel further to work than any of our grandparents would ever have considered. More and more companies are seeing the benefits of home working and soon economics will take precedence .Doubts over worker inefficiency will fade away and companies will soon positively encourage office workers to work at home. Computer telephones, secure access to company intranets,email,faxing are all available now. What will the technology enable us to achieve in years to come? Overseas property owners are set to live in their homes Its a fact technology allow us to do almost anything we did at the office now at home. So why not make it an overseas home a place of work. According to the findings of a national tour operator the next 10 years will see the UK commuter belt extend beyond the British Isles and far into Europe. Thomson Holidays predicted that more people will work remotely from their overseas home or from the town nearest to their overseas property by 2016, commuting in and out of the UK on a regular basis. Cheap flights will make commuting a real option Cheap flights and overall better communications will assist the overseas home buyer to fly into work at relatively cheap prices. An overseas commuter belt will become established and commuters will consider their overseas home their primary residence. Prof Nick Middleton, presenter of UK TV Channel 4 travel shows Surviving Extremes and chairman of the Thomson Future Forum, said that in 10 years' time "the way we travel and the reasons for travel will be vastly changed". "The rapid advance of technology and global communications networks will make international commuting highly desirable and viable," he added. Combining an overseas property in your favorite part of Europe may mean that your leisure time will be enhanced. The affordability of overseas property will be another great attraction for this new work culture. It would certainly balance the work life balance in favour of leisure time. So the Leisure era may after all be on its way after all.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Private Label Drinking Water and Weddings - Pure Water for Special Occasions

For most people, the wedding is a very important event in their lives. The joining of two people and the creation of a new family is one of the most meaningful occasions in a person’s life. Weddings are complex and memorable events. Weddings take extensive planning and good execution as a great number of people come together to celebrate the occasion. Both the wedding itself and the related reception, showers and pre-wedding parties can benefit from custom designed private label drinking water. One very effective way to establish a theme and create reminders of the memorable occasion is private label drinking water. Since a wedding is celebratory with food and refreshments for a large number of persons, private label drinking water serves a number of functions: • The label can be designed to celebrate the occasion with quality designed artwork that reflects a custom message and theme • The drinking water in the bottle is refreshing and healthy • Many of the participants will save the water as a memory of the event • The private label water can be combined with other items to create memorable party favors and gift baskets Private label drinking water affords a wedding planner the ability to create a custom designed label with a very personalized message that meets the specification of the wedding couple. Since the event is personal, an individualized thematic message can be created. With the proper technology, high quality individualized graphics can also be added to create a personalized memory. Personalized Bottled Water Memories Personalized bottled water is an excellent way to preserve the memory of the wedding event. With a custom designed label for every occasion, the water can be consumed at the wedding or at a later date. In addition, personalized bottled water is ideal for the common theme of the wedding and associated wedding parties. The technology is available to create a cost effective, high-quality personalized label that imparts a lasting message. Application of a custom designed label to a quality water bottle adds a powerful and distinctive message and advertising component to a high-quality refreshment drink. Often referred to as consumable advertising, personalized bottled water can include graphics and pictures as well as text that can refer to a specific wedding event and can often be modified for subsequent events. Designed labels can also be stored for future use and other occasions like anniversaries and birth announcements. An important feature of branded drinking water is the long term nature of the message. Many people who receive private label water tend to retain the bottles because of the uniqueness and quality of the label. Create a Personal Message and Brand Although brand creation has been identified in the corporate world, individuals can also create their own brand image related to their own interests. Private label water for weddings and anniversaries, the golfer, hunter, fisherman or sports car enthusiast for example can convey a personal message or one related to an individual’s club or organization; personalized branding can also create interest and enjoyment at future events or family gatherings. The key to the creation of an effective message is through the development of a unique and focused idea that is simple yet powerful. As a result, care must be taken during label design to maintain quality and keep the message as simple as possible. The Element of Quality An overriding feature in the creation of personalized bottled water is the consideration of quality in three areas: • Quality of water The basic element of private label bottled water is, of course, water. However, there are many differences in the quality of bottled water. Ultra-pure bottled water produced by a combination of the distillation, filtration and oxygenation processes is considered by many to be of the best quality because it tastes very good and does not contain minerals, contaminants or bacteria. • Quality of packaging Since personalized bottled water combines health, refreshment and advertising, the packaging component must make a bold and forthright statement. Substandard bottle quality will seriously compromise the strength of the message. • Quality of labeling design, printing and application The label is the most significant part of private label drinking water; the message must be communicated in the strongest and clearest way in order to extend its original intent to the consumer. The label should be developed by a graphics designer or with technology that will aid the consumer in developing their own quality image. Printing is especially critical and the printing process should create labels that are guaranteed to have the same quality of any top-shelf brand in your gourmet or quality food store. All labels should be waterproof and preferably laminated to ensure a long service life. What to Look For In a Private Label Water Supplier Personalized bottled water has become increasingly popular for personal life style events. This is particularly true with the advent of e-commerce that allows users the ability to design a label and purchase water online. Quality is critical because the label serves as a statement for the individual. If any portion of the water, package or label combination contains substandard quality, then the entire product is compromised. Reliable vendors with a reputation for quality, customer service and the ability to design labels and provide online service will almost always guarantee customer satisfaction.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Plus Size Sexy Lingerie -To Look As Great As You Feel

Many oversize women don’t realize that today’s market offers just as much in plus size sexy lingerie as it does in petite sizes - you just have to know where to look. In fact, plus size sexy lingerie is no further than away than your computer. For an array of plus size sexy lingerie the best place to shop is online. Here you can choose from a wide variety of sizes to suit your needs. Of course you do have the option of shopping at your local mall or your local boutique, but the selection that they carry in plus size sexy clothing is usually very limited and the prices very high. They are not geared for the woman that’s pleasingly plump, but rather for what society thinks is the norm - very small and very thin. In the meantime, there are very many women out there that don’t fit this criteria, and are proud that they don’t. They have the wants and the need to feel just as sexy as the Twiggy’s of this world. If you shop online, you will find a wide array of sexy clothing not only in lingerie, but in any thing else your heart desires. You will find that practicality and playfulness is combined in the designs to fill that want of feeling special. From a lift in the bust to a trimmer behind, some of this plus size sexy lingerie is a work of art and most of the fabrics on today’s market are truly effective and extremely comfortable. The prices of the plus size sexy clothing are really affordable and plus size sexy lingerie comes in such a variety that you can buy the basics in plus size lingerie or indulge yourself in luxurious silks. Whatever your fantasies are, they can be fulfilled with the choices of sexy lingerie that are offered. If you’re looking for plus size sexy lingerie it has never been easier to find. Even though there are a greater amount of obstacles that larger women encounter when looking for any plus size in anything, you will find that once you go online the world is at your feet and you can shop at your own leisure. Take time to stroll through the pages and see just how beautiful the sexy lingerie is. No matter what your idea is of what you want it is there for you and in any fabric that your heart desires. You can be that woman on the front page of any magazine. Plus size sexy lingerie is swamping the online market and the best part is you don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy its benefits, Start a new trend and invite your friends to go shopping for sexy clothing with you – online. Your husband will probably be willing to help you shop for this kind of clothing. Plus size sexy lingerie, indulge yourself.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Personal Heroine at Home

The household heroine. No matter what time you need her, she is there for you just like any local hero --- only a scream or yell away. She may not be able to leap the tallest buildings but her heart and care can stretch beyond the horizon's reach. Faster than the speeding bullet? Nope, she can't do that. But certainly, her ability to protect and guard you is better than any refuge or security system known to man. She does every chore with all finesse and gusto, better than your comic book hero's ability to clean up the mess he makes after trouncing a menacing foe. But like any other hero we know, she also craves for a little recognition for all the efforts she has exerted. All too often, she just has too make do with little acts of fleeting appreciation. No need to browse your hero directory for there is no entry for Mom, Mommy or Mama --- every child's hero. Aside from these apparent obligations that she continuously and willingly fulfills, one characteristic that puts her in the hero category is her ability to heal. Step aside Wolverine, for your power to regenerate has use only for yourself. Unlike her, she has the ability to heal others. Children, from infancy to adolescence, rely on the unique healing ability that is present in all mothers. According to studies, a child's overwhelming emotion – like fear, worry, or apprehension – or clinically termed as child anxiety, is no match for a mother's caring touch. Scientifically proven, a mother's touch can help bring relief to a child suffering from illness. Other studies show that a mother's touch can help calm an infant that suffers from child anxiety. The bond between mother and child is the means through which relaxation is achieved. The reassuring touches, the patting and carrying of a child --- all these acts like natural anxiety relief for a suffering child. It is also astonishing how a mother's cuddle and caress helps prevent a child from experiencing more emotional pains and struggles. This all-natural anxiety relief has been proven time and time again as medical experts in child psychology pointed that further agitation by a child's emotion can be addressed by a simple “loving touch.” Experts, however, don't necessarily mean that we must forsake medical attention in lieu of this “motherly” wonder. Mothers also use their loving touch as artillery in waging war against depression. Whenever a child feels down and alone – a mother's care is enough to lift his spirit - an anxiety relief like no other. Child anxiety - or any problem that could put her family in peril – is not a big problem to her as she continuously strives to provide care and protection, with all her might, to secure that her home is a “safer place.” So no matter what costume mothers use, cooking apron or scrub suit... not matter what special gadgets they use --- a dusty broom or stealthy knife...our mothers too need a little energy boost from the person they rescue everyday --- You. A simple kiss or hug could dispel all problems and cares. Mothers, no matter how invincible and undaunted they may appear, are still humans and have their respective limitations. They get tired and occasionally exceed their temper limit. They, too, need some saving one time or another.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

People In Glass Houses

Predominantly glazed room additions and incorporations into house design will prove to be the most significant development in domestic architecture since we moved out of caves and into living spaces built out of logs and bricks and mortar! Although at a time when so many homes in the UK has a conservatory (1 in 4 is the latest estimate) is it not inevitable that a downturn is likely if not already taking place? As the rate of order intake decreases across the UK what are the real trends? The industry has become enormous. It is the biggest ever in terms of home improvements, easily outstripping its rivals in terms of expenditure. It is the average family's third highest spend after the house and the motor car! Additionally there are all the purchases that take place after the conservatory is built such as furnishings, blinds, and conservatory plants. Acquiring these items is a continual process of buy and replace with what is fashionable and what has worn out. I would suggest that the same is the case with the main 'conservatory' itself. The glazed conservatory frames can be replaced (the part above the base and walls) with, in many cases, something more visually appealing and technically worthwhile. Can we really expect conservatory replacements to prevent a downturn? Or, can we expect that in a couple of years time 1 in 2 homes will have a conservatory. For expectations such as these to achieve reality the industry must take a long look at itself, and re-examine it's past attitudes. The product must be more fully understood in it's technicalities. Visual qualities must be addressed to make these structures far more appealing and to create new looks. To have a conservatory has become highly fashionable but fashions wain without some sort of re-invention. Most suppliers have lost sight of their real potential, concentrating too much on the 'bottom line' for the ever increasing number of repetitive installations. Over the last 10 - 15 years we have seen the creation of a this new product and of it's industry. Estimates vary greatly as to it's size but £15 billion per annum in the UK ($25billion) over the last year alone wouldn't seem far off the mark. The amazing thing is, is that the product is in it's infancy! Why? Are these structures not just live in greenhouses, a combination of frames and glass. Isn't a window a window at the end of the day, no matter how many you place side by side? Quite frankly the conservatory AND their integration into domestic buildings and architecture will prove to be the most significant development since we moved out of caves and into living spaces built out of logs and bricks and mortar! The point here is that we are now learning to create and control, beautiful light, warm and airy spaces. We are only now beginning to move out of our cave like existences! Technically, the most powerful developments so far have been in glass and glazing technology. Then there has been the advent of multi-wall translucent polycarbonate sheets and the development of roof and window frame glazing profiles. The achievment of transparency without enormous heat loss has been one of the greatest challenges - at least at economical cost. It has been the same problem even in warmer climates except the challenge was to keep the heat out.The end result is naturally light and far healthier living spaces. Most of the work required to achieve growth in the industry is to be ultimately far more professional in it's attitude to the product and to it's customers. What can we expect from future developments. It is now possible to flick a switch and a glazed area will immediately become blackened out, or greyed out or any other colour for that matter. The technology is called 'smart glass' and the cost is falling. Not only will we be able to create privacy as required, but a further control on heat energy flow is introduced. The public is becoming more aware of the benefits and the potential downfalls in having a conservatory built. Some of the so called conservatory structures built on homes to date leave a great deal to be desired. They are a long long way from environmental control technology. Many suffer from uncontrollable over heating when the sun comes out. Suppliers who continue to offer a product which is sub-standard on the false ill-advised premise of being cheaper (you don't need roof ventilation attitude) will bring themselves down and put the whole industry at risk. You might say that I am bound to say it, but including real design capability within conservatory supplies will add real perceived value. Just offering design drawings for customer approval and a copy for the customer to hang on to, properly presented, will ensure that friends and neighbours will benefit from your design knowledge and expertise.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

op 8 des Bonnes Raisons de Jouer au Casino

Title: op 8 des Bonnes Raisons de Jouer au Casino Word Count: 493 Summary: Suite a une enquete recente aupres des joueurs de Casino 2000 et autres types de joueurs,nous avons decouvert quelles sont les 8 motifs poussant les gens au jeu d'argent. Keywords: sportsbook,lasvegas,atlantic city,poker,games,recreation,sports Article Body: Lors de multiples discussions, il en est ressorti que ce qui motive une personne a jouer de plus en plus au casino et autres jeux d'argent est son rapport a la vie. Pour ces dernieres, la vie elle meme est un jeu. Respirer est un jeu,sortir hors de chez soi est un jeu, bref, meme le quotidien est un jeu. mais le casino, quant a lui, nous offre des sensations uniques car les paris ne sont, contrairement aux mouvemet quotidiens,bases que sur le fruit du hasard. Le casino procure a l'homme une montee d'adrenaline hors norme. Le risque est donc plus fort. Ainsi, de cette etude. il en est ressorti les resultats suivants: Le temps des vacances: Ces 10 dernieres annees, Las Vegas est devenue l'endroit populaire pour jouer en famille car a la mise en place de systeme de resort et d'attractions familiales. Pour gagner et devenir riche : De toutes personnes interviewées ces personnes sont les plus representatives du phenomene. Elles sont venues au casino avec l'espoir de devenir riches et de pouvoir changer le cours de leur destin. Problèmes d'argent : Rejoint l'idee precedente. Beaucoup semble croire qu'ils peuvent regler leurs problèmes d'argent en jouant. Or, il y a aussi de forte chance, si madame chance n'est pas la, qu'elles engrangent d'avantages de pertes et de problemes si elles ne peuvent gerer leurs jeux et leurs mises. Salle de Mariage: Pour certains, se rendre au casino est l'endroit ideal pour celebrer son mariage. Un peu comme dans une eglise quoi. Et de preference a Las Vegas ou Salt Lake City. Leurs salles deviennent a la mode pour ce genre d'evenement en raison de leur prix rentable, l'originalite de leur hall d'accueil et l'espace de la salle pouvant accueillir grand nombre d'invites. Leurs revenus. Pour certains, le casino est comme un metier. Certains y passent toute leur journee pour pouvoir remporter une sorte de "salaire" plus ou moins eleve d'ici la fin du mois. Pour trouver l'ame soeur: Vous n'imagineriez pas le nombre de personnes celibataires se rendant en casino lors de parties de celibataires, uniquement dns l'espoir de trouver l'ame soeur et pourtant. Grand nombre de personnes interrogees y ont mentionne ce desir. Pour fuir de chez soi : La majorite des personnes interrogees ayant repondu pour sortir de chez soi sont essentiellement des gens de la gente masculine, tous maries depuis plus de 10 ans et peres de famille. Ces derniers se rendent generalement au casino en moyenne une fois par mois pendant quelques heures avant de rentrer. Pour le plaisir : Ces personnes auraient eu la bonne reponse. Toutefois, j'ai du mal a croire que cette categorie, qui devrait apparaitre en premiere place, ne se trouve au final qu'au bas de la liste. En effet, jouer au casino devrait etre avant tout une partie de plaisir. Integrer une ambiance hors pair d'un casino reel, avoir des boissons gratuites et ameliorer leur techniques de jeux, telles sont leurs principales preoccupations.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New vs Used Mobility Scooters

Many people who consider buying a mobility scooter to restore their mobility and independence often consider purchasing a used one mobility scooter to save money. Auctions sites, such as Ebay, offer what seems to be good deals on power wheel chairs and scooters. The rule for buying merchandise off of Ebay and similar web sites is caveat emptor. Caveat Emptor is a Latin phrase that means let the buyer beware. Even the new mobility scooters that are sold on Ebay can suffer from poor quality, especially if the product is not made by a reliable manufacturer. Many new discount scooters sold on online auction sites are mass produced in China, where the labor costs are low. The concern of discount scooter manufacturers is quantity rather than quantity. The best strategy for buying a reliable new mobility scooter is to purchase only brand names that you recognize that are known to be of consistent quality. Buying any used product involves certain inherent risks. Anyone who has bought a used car knows this rule, as dealers are known to not tell a buyer about mechanical faults t in the vehicles they sell. The private deals under which used mobility scooters are purchased may not suffer from this sort of dishonest behavior, but the scooters former owner who does not need the product or never needed the mobility scooter in the first place are not professional mechanics in most cases. The batteries of used mobility scooters may be worn down, and brake problems often develop after prolonged use. Buying a new battery or having someone available to fix the brakes of a used scooter may be a solution, but it is often more trouble than it is worth. The seat likely has also conformed to the body contours of the scooter's previous owner. Buying a new mobility scooter made by a recognized manufacturer ensures that mechanical faults are not present, and if faults are present, a manufacturer's warranty covers the cost or repairs or replacement parts. In extreme cases where the vehicle is beyond repair, provision may be made for a new scooter to be sent to the buyer. You can save money buying a used mobility scooter if you shop around carefully. Considering that it is often a medical necessity for the user to buy one, it is better to buy a brand new scooter to avoid many of the pitfalls and frustrations that come with buying a used product. Manufacturer warranties change the buyer's guideline from caveat emptor to caveat vendor. The latter Latin phrase simply means let the seller beware. Which is just a fancy way of saying sellers make mechanical faults in the scooter the responsibility of the manufacturer.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Modern Security Systems - Indispensable Means for Ensuring Privacy and Safety

In present, reliable security systems are the best means to deal with a wide range of safety and privacy issues. When it comes to protecting assets and valuables, as long as to maintaining privacy, security systems are the most effective option for both homeowners and company leaders. The ideal solution for securing and protecting private residences or public institutions, stores, hotels, clubs and various other public places, modern security systems are highly requested in present. While security systems were considered to be a luxury in recent past, nowadays they are regarded as a basic and indispensable means of ensuring safety and privacy in various public or private environments. Thanks to the advanced technology available today, security systems are now more reliable, more effective and more affordable than ever! In addition, security systems are easy to use and require little maintenance, rendering such safety equipments suitable for anyone, regardless of professional training. Thanks to the benefits provided by modern security systems, more and more homeowners worldwide have recently decided to equip their homes with the latest alarm and surveillance systems. Homes without a compact, reliable security system are considered to be an easy target for burglars, as most safety equipments that provided protection for one’s residence in the past are nowadays obsolete, failing to prevent break-ins and thefts. Compared to traditional home safety measures, modern home security systems are by far the best means to prevent break-ins, rendering even the most experienced burglars unable to complete their job. Even if robbers manage to breach inside a residence equipped with a home security system, they will immediately trigger the alarm, alerting the local security stations and the police. Everyone has the right to feel safe in his own house! However, the only way to actually achieve this nowadays is to have a proper home security system installed. Statistics indicate that more than 65 percent of all annual burglary cases take place at private residences. Most of these burglaries actually occur while the owners are at home, exposing them and their families to a serious threat. The only way to discourage and successfully prevent a break-in is to equip your personal residence with a modern home security system. Recent studies have revealed that the houses equipped with home security systems are three times less likely to become the target of burglaries than the ones without. The best means to keep intruders away from your home, family and personal assets is to have your private residence equipped with a modern security system. Home security systems come in various shapes and sizes, fulfilling a wide variety of roles, from surveillance and monitoring of your personal property to signaling the police in case of a break-in. When you decide to purchase and have a home security system or a residential alarm system installed to your house, all you have to do is choose the equipment that best satisfies your needs. Make sure that you receive reliable and professional products and carefully analyze the costs before you decide to purchase a home security system. Once your house is equipped with a modern security system, you can rest assured that your family and valuable assets are completely safe and secure.

Mobility Scooter Background

Those who suffer from health problems and issues that affect their mobility often have trouble walking and moving. This makes it very difficult to go to the store, the mall, or other areas that require a lot of walking. A mobility scooter can be used to help retain your independence and mobility. Mobility scooters were first introduced in the 1960’s. Since then their popularity and the technology behind them has greatly improved. Mobility scooters are personal movement devices that are powered by battery and can be used both indoors and out. If you frequently travel, then it is possible to purchase a travel scooter, which can be disassembled into several easy to handle pieces. Travel scooters are great for most indoor and paved areas, but if you plan on using it outdoors over rough terrain then you would probably be better off with a heavy duty mobility scooter. There are several different types in between as well, so it is possible to find one that will fit your specific requirements. While now almost all mobility scooters are battery powered, a few still can be found that use gasoline as their power source. These types can be dangerous though for several reasons. You are at greater risk of fire, they can get very hot, and due to the fumes put off by these units, they can not be used indoors or in areas with poor ventilation. Instead battery power is much more reliable and safer. Some units can travel over 30 miles per charge and if you plan on doing a lot of traveling, you can always purchase an extra battery. Deciding on the right mobility scooter for you will depend on several factors. Of course price is always a consideration, but most are very affordably priced. The places that you intend to use the unit and whether you need to be able to transport it easily are two important considerations.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Look good in leather - How to clean leather

There is something about leather that turns heads and catches attention. It may be the smell, the texture or the classic style that comes with leather products. Leather is a look that will never age. There is nothing like the feel of a new leather jacket, the comfort of a leather couch or the durability of leather shoes. Because of its wide appeal it is important to know how to maintain your leather products. It is essential to know how to clean leather. Leather is one of the oldest materials used by man. It was used in many ways in primitive times as it is still used in a variety of ways now. It is the most durable of all materials used in upholstery. Genuine leather will not burn or melt and is extremely difficult to rip or puncture. The classic look, feel and durability of leather make it a timeless material that can be used in a number of ways. Its use now ranges from clothing, shoes, accessories and furniture. You will find leather goods in pretty much any home you visit. Knowing how to clean leather and following a few leather cleaning tips will ensure your goods will stand the test of time and continue to stand out the way leather is supposed to. Because of the natural strength and durability of leather its requires very little care and maintenance for everyday use. However stains and spills are bound to happen in any home or environment. Some basic leather cleaning tips will go a long way to protecting your leather. For superficial spills simply wipe away excess with a clean warm absorbent cloth and air to dry. For more ground in stains you may require the use of leather furniture cleaning products such as a leather stain remover or cleaner. How to clean leather with serious grease or oil stains without scratching the fabric is simple. Use a dry cloth to wipe away the stain first, you may also use a leather cleaner but its is highly recommended that you do not use water on these types of stains. Remove any liquid stains immediately before using a leather furniture cleaning product. Leather is a natural material that requires very little maintenance so you don’t need much more than some basic leather cleaning tips and tricks. Cleaning leather effectively is as much about what not to do as it is about how to clean leather. Never use an abrasive soap or cleaner on you leather, the material will repel these kinds of cleaners but if left to absorb they will damage the leather. Do not use soap of any kind on leather. Do not scrub or brush leather it is naturally preserved and therefore should not require scrubbing for stain removal. Do not use oils or varnishes on leather they tend to make the leather sticky. Basically how to clean leather that is protected by some sort of coating is simple. Regular dusting and removal of stains will keep your leather furniture, clothing or shoes in tiptop shape. The use of a leather polish is recommended after cleaning and dusting. How to clean leather that has not been coated involves a little more work. Use a damp cloth to remove stains immediately, go over with a dry cloth and finish with a polish or protector. For cleaning leather shoes there are a number of specific products that are suited for this purpose. Clean leather shoes in the same way as you would furniture by removing stains quickly. You can use a cleaning product that suits both if necessary. Another leather cleaning tip for shoes is to use a specified shoe cleaner and protector. Leather has a sensual exciting quality that can complete the look of any home. It is perfect for clothing in both style and protection from the elements. It breaths in the heat and protects you form the cold. It is virtually an impenetrable material, which makes it ideal for protection. Keeping your leather clean is as simple as using a few leather cleaning tips. If you want to maintain your classic leather style then you need to know how to clean leather. By using leather cleaning furniture products and clothing and shoe protection products you can ensure your leather goods will have the impact you desire.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Los Nombres Detras de Las Bandas de Musica

Muchas bandas de música son nombradas a partir de diferentes situaciones, personas o cosas que jamás te haz imaginado. Aquí te contaremos todas las historias detrás de las bandas de música más famosas de la historia. Los orígenes de las bandas de rock y seudónimos de artistas son un misterio que te revelaremos aquí. Diviértete! 1) Los Bee Gees: Los hermanos Giba primero tuvieron en mente el nombre de " Los Rattlensnakes" para su banda. Luego tuvieron la idea de honorar las iniciales de los dos hermanos Giba y un amigo cercano y uno de sus primeros soportes, DJ Hill Gates, quien no tiene nada que ver con el fundador de Microsoft. Es así como Los Bee Gees fueron nombrados luego de las iniciales Bill Gates. 2) Bob Dylan: Su nombre original es Robert Zimmerman, y era demasiado largo y además el era un fanático de Dylan Thomas. 3) The Doors: Primero fueron nombrados Psychedelic Ranger. Luego fueron inspirados por una cita de William Blake: "si las puertas (doors) de la percepción serian lavadas, todo aparecería al hombre como es, infinito." 4) Elton John: Su nombre real es Reginald Dwight. Tomo su nombre artístico de otros músicos británicos, Elton Dean y John Baldry. 5) Elvis Costello: Nació llamado Decían Patrick McManus. Cuando comenzó su carrera musical, adopto un alias creado por una combinación de Elvis Presley y Lou Costello, simplemente porque representa lo opuesto de el otro Elvis. 6) Eurythmics: Su nombre es originado en un sistema de instrucción musical de 1890 que se focaliza en respuestas físicas. 7) Everything but the Girl: Se inspiraron en una propaganda de ropa británica que vendía todo menos a la chica (Everything but the girl). La implicación era que todo estaba en rebajas menos las cosas de chica. 8) Green Day: Si fumas marihuana y luego te relajas todo el día, has tenido un día verde (Green Day). 9) Guns and Roses: De los nombres de Axl Rose y Tracii Guns. 10) Marilyn Manson: El seudónimo del líder de la banda mezclo dos de las celebridades favoritas americanas: Marilyn Monroe y Charles Manson. Otros miembros de la banda usan los pseudonimos Ginger Fish, Twiggy Ramirez y Madonna Wayne Gacy. 11) Nirvana: En el budismo significa el estado de bendición perfecta obtenida por la destrucción de uno mismo. 12) Pet Shop Boys: En la disco gay "underground" habían los cuartos oscuros en los cuales no sabes con quien estas teniendo sexo. Una variación son los Pet Shops: no sabes con lo que lo estas haciendo. 13) Queen: Una palabra que caracteriza a los travestis y la realeza. Connotaciones perfectas para el nombre de la banda en los ojos de Freddie Mercury. 14) Ramones: Una historia un poco "freaky". En el principio de su carrera, Paul McCartney se llamaba a si mismo Paul Ramone. 15) R.E.M: "Rapad Eye Movement" Movimiento rápido de ojos, que es un estado de sueño. 16) TLC: Las iniciales de los apodos de los miembros de la banda son T Boz, Left Eye y Chilli. También sugiere los acrónimos de "Tender, Loving y Care". 17) UB40: La banda fue desde un principio relacionada con temas políticos y fue nombrada a partir de un formulario de desempleo en británico. 18) U2: Un tipo de avión espía usado por los estados unidos, Bono explico una vez que U2 creció de pensamientos de interacción con la audiencia... como en "you too" (vos también). 19) Velvet Underground: Nombrados a partir de un titulo de un libro de sexo desconocido que uno de los miembros de la banda había encontrado tirado en la calle. 20) XTC: Esta banda de punk fue formada en 1976 antes de que usar drogas sea popular. La banda había cambiado su nombre original Star Park luego de mirar a Jimmy Durante clip en el que dice:"Estoy en Éxtasis!" 21) Yeh Yeh Yeh: De acuerdo a Karen O, la inspiración de esta banda de Hip hop vino de la frase Newyorkina que significa "Whatever".

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Learn about High Cholesterol and how to Control it

However, high level of cholesterol in the body may let the fat to be remained in the arteries of heart, consequently making them narrowing and blocking the walls of arteries causing various heart problems. Apparently, high cholesterol has no symptoms. Most of the times, it comes with hereditary and life style, if fated diet is more in use. In some cases, skin from certain parts of the body, particularly face, starts to get white spots or skin nearby the eyes gets arousing dots. Sometimes, it can only be revealed in a routine blood test when there are no apparent symptoms. In the test, LDL cholesterol level describes bad level whereas, HDL depicts that cholesterol is present at good level in the body. Women have lower cholesterol level than that of men of same age which becomes higher after the age of 50 years than the men of same age. The common causes of the high cholesterol may be several drugs and diseases. These diseases include over weighting, use of alcohol and mental stress. Heredity and food containing fat are also included in the general causes. High cholesterol treatment is involved use of drugs depending on risk factors to heart diseases. Apart from medical treatment experts suggests some home care tips which involves balanced diet. Balanced diet should be comprised of total fat less than 30% calories, saturated fat less than 7% calories, polyunsaturated fat less than or equal to 10% of calories, monounsaturated fat Approximately 10-15% of calories, cholesterol less than 200 milligrams per day, carbohydrates 50 to 60% calories Likewise, stanol esters and monounsaturated fat should be included in the diet to reduce LDL in the body. Furthermore, some people may control high cholesterol with the use of vegetarian diet. Moreover, a healthy life style should be adapted to reduce the risks of heart diseases. Regular exercises, morning or evening walk, drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and smoking are essential steps for long term healthy body. The combination of medicines for lowering cholesterol and adopting healthy life style can help a lot to control rapidly on the high cholesterol level and preventing heart diseases in general.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Jupiter Melody - Ionized water at a moment's notice

The Jupiter Melody JP104 Water Ionizer is all that is needed for you to receive energized, healthy, antioxidant, alkaline water at a moments notice. This model has been outfitted with the ground breaking Biostone filter , which enhances the water which is dispensed to you by increasing its moisture level and increasing its capability to preserve negative ion charges. The success of this process is due to the usage of the ceramic Tourmaline in the filtration process, as well as the built in coral calcium. During the progression of the ionization procedure the tourmaline releases infrared energy to make certain that the efficiency level of the water is increased. Additionally this procedure implies that all water that travels through the filter, including the water which does not go through the process of ionization, will be able to increase their rapidity of incorporation, hydration and energy transmission. The Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer has a wide range of positive attributes all of which contribute to the acknowledgement by its competition that this water ionizer is ground breaking in the area of water purification units. To add to that there is the knowledge that it is produced by Jupiter Science, which ensures that you have the safeguard of trading with Korea's longest lasting and biggest reputable water ionizer producer. An explanation of the Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer's Features: Your ionizer has a built in automatic reversed cleaning program. This makes sure that any particle that can find its way all the way through the filter is not caught inside the ionizing area. The magnetic field within the compartment is inverted to ensure that any minerals that have become actively attached to a Titanium plate are repulsed and expelled from the unit. This system helps to prolong the life of the ionizer and the Jupiter Melody only ever dispenses ionized water from the alkaline spout. There is no wait for your water even if your Jupiter Melody is in its cleaning phase. You are provided with a choice of different pH levels for your water and therefore are afforded a greater amount of choice. This array of options lets you to get the beneficial effects of using higher pH levels when cooking, since high alkaline pH water helps to make greener greens, fluffier rice and more tasty coffee and tea. The availability of acidic water makes sure that you can benefits of acidic water. It can be an aid for your skin and your plants as well as a useful help with household hygiene and much more. Ionized water can also help with the digestion of copious amounts of different supplements and can perhaps reduce the dose amount that is necessary. The filtration process utilizes the 0.01 micron 3-stage method as well as the Biostone Infrared which guarantees that the water will be filtered of all contaminants and your water is also prepared by lessening of surface pressure for the utmost negative ion manufacture during the process of ionization. Coral calcium is inserted into the water mechanically. The Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer also makes use of large 5-plate polymer ion plated, platinum coated, titanium ionizing plates . Jupiter Science and Toyo Water of Japan worked in partnership to bring into being the best arrangement of polymer bonded platinum coated Titanium plates that are available. This drastically improves the duration of the plates, which are at the core of the Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer structure. The use of incorporated computer circuitry in your water ionizer means that you have a far wider choice of what water you can have. Without that circuitry the pH of your water is limited by the pH of the water that is coming into your ionizer and you will be unable to correct the setting to get water of the optimal pH. This circuitry permits hot water and low pressure protection to be automatic utilities as well. There is a liquid crystal display that shows filter usage even though it is not a definite gauge of filter life, it is a helpful indication of what endurance your ionizer. The Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer has a ¼” inlet pipe which is visually superior, to the 3/8" pipe used by other water ionization units.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Indoor Air Pollution, and its effect on your health

Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air. The CMHC reports that houses today are so energy-efficient that "outgassing" of chemicals has nowhere to go, so it builds up inside the home. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of our time at home. Mothers, infants, and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home. The National Cancer Association released the results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home. Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960. Cancer is the NUMBER ONE cause of death for children. There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the NUMBER ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. The primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners, and pesticides. Bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men, and learning and behavioral problems in children. Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day. There are more than 3 million poisonings every year. Household cleaners are the NUMBER ONE cause of poisoning of children. Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers. ADD/ADHD are epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds. Use of Ritalin has skyrocketed since 1990. Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches. Labeling laws do not protect the consumer - they protect big business.The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels were either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison, and for first aid instructions. Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system. Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic and cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations, and skin and eye irritations. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure. Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.

Monday, January 12, 2009

How To Schedule But Not Over-Schedule Your Children

It is important to engage children in a variety of activities to stimulate their mind and body. It is also important however to as much as possible avoid over-scheduling your children if possible. Many well meaning parents set out to interest their children in a few extra curricular activities aside from school and ordinary family fun stuff. It’s natural to work hard to be the best parent that you can be. However, many parents so caught up in the chaos of ordinary busy life that they assume that scheduling their children for as many activities as possible is actually the best way to rear kids. Realistically however, over-scheduling your children has the potential to impact your family in a negative way, preventing your child from enjoying quiet solitude and some occasional time to simply reflect on life and enjoy an ordinary, ‘lazy’ day. Parents nowadays are excited to schedule their children for as many activities as possible, buy into the latest developmental tapes and do everything possible to stimulate early intellectual development and healthy habits. Not surprisingly, this pattern of over-scheduling can backfire, and leave kids exhausted, confused, discouraged and un-motivated. Remember in times of old scheduling activities was virtually unheard of. Parents traditionally have gone with the flow, encouraging their children to engage in active play as they see fit. So how do you encourage your children to get involved without over-burdening them? Here are some tips from experienced parents: Schedule One Activity Per Season – if you are interested in getting your children involved in sports for example, schedule something for the spring and something for the fall. Don’t worry about having a plan for every season, or every weekend day. This one activity will be enough to stimulate your child’s development and encourage a healthy lifestyle without over-burdening them. Allow Your Children a Choice – you want to try as best as possible to select activities your children will enjoy. To do this you should consider one or two different activities and consult with your child. If you register them for soccer but they hate soccer, you will probably only end up frustrated, and your child will not benefit from the experience. Allow Quiet Time – allow some portion of the day/week/month where your children don’t have to do anything. Introspection and time for simply exploring are essential components of a child’s development. We are all well meaning parents in the long run. Just remember that a good parent isn’t defined by how many activities they involve their children in each and every day. A good parent is one that allows their children the opportunity to explore many different things without forcing many different things on their kids.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

How To Shop For Satin In 3 Easy Steps

This may not be something that you usually think of when shopping for satin. But the internet can be a fantastic place to start your quest for satin fabric and satin products (such as satin sheets). We live in a highly interconnected world these days and just because your local store sells satin, it doesn't mean they have a monopoly on the market. There are people and small businesses as far away as Thailand that have take to the web (and especially Ebay) to sell their satin goods online. Here are some tips that we've come up with to help you in your satin shopping strategy. 1) Use price comparisons on Ebay. I use this trick all the time. First search for 'satin' or 'satin sheets.' Next, run the search again but check the 'show only buy-it-now items' box. This will bring up a much smaller list of satin items with the amount that the seller will be willing to part with the items for. This can really help in price comparisons due to the fact that these will often be fairly reduced prices compared to what you will see advertised in traditional retail shops. 2) Don't forget to check the different shopping specific search engines. I just a quick search on Froogle for the terms 'satin' and more than 675,000 results were found! Wow, that's a lot. There probably aren't that many vendors selling satin. However, let's conservatively estimate that 10% of these results have products that we could conceivably purchase. You could conduct price comparisons here just like you would on Ebay. And in fact, you could even compare the prices between Froogle and Ebay to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. 3)Learn about the ins and outs of satin before buying any (or any satin products). Points 1) and 2) are great if, and only if, you know what you are looking at. There are tons of different things to learn about this versatile fabric. Get educated about the different types of satin available online and then figure out exactly what is the good stuff and what isn't. You'll be well ahead of the competition if you just put in the time to learn about satin.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

How to Pick Perfect Birthday Flowers for Men

Men love flowers, but for some reason flowers are not the first thing that comes to mind when an individual is looking for a man’s birthday gift. However, the idea that flowers are only for women is a complete misconception. In fact, many surveys taken by men show that the vast majority of men would enjoy receiving flowers for their birthday or other special occasions, so gift givers should take note. As such, flowers should be considered as a gift for any man whether he be a father, husband, boyfriend or son. The flowers that are most appropriate for men, regardless of the position the man holds in your life, are flowers that are bright and vibrant in reds, oranges and yellows. Because of this, roses, Gerber daisies and carnations are always great choices. Also, any birth month flower would be an appropriate birthday gift not to mention any particular favorite flower the man might have from orchids to a cactus. Of course, if you are sending birthday flowers to your husband or boyfriend red roses are just as appropriate for men as they are for women and represent the love and passion in the relationship. Flowers specifically for a dad or a son should not be passionate, but loving and show appreciation and thoughtfulness on their special day. Again, bright colored flowers should be sent and plants and bonsai trees are also great choices. Different months of the year have corresponding flowers, much like birthstones. January is the snowdrop and carnation; February the primrose and violet; March the violet and jonquil; April flowers are the daisy and sweet pea; May represents lily of the valley and hawthorn; June is the rose and honeysuckle; July the water lily and larkspur; August represents the gladiolus and poppy; September the Morning Glory and Aster; October the Marigold; November, chrysanthemum; and December birthday’s the Poinsettia and Holly. Regardless of whose birthday it is whether man or woman, son or daughter, husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend, flowers are always an appropriate and thoughtful gift that will be appreciated immensely.

How to Improve your Odds in the Casinos

One of the most important things to remember when playing in a land based casino is that the layout of the casino is designed to pull you into the games with the worst player odds. To help pull you further into the casino the casinos will usually use the bells and whistles of slot machines, and video poker games. This may make you think that the slot machines on the way to the blackjack, poker, roulette and craps tables are the ones to play, but this is usually not the case. The casinos will place some loose machines in the area leading to these games so that you will hear the bells ad look up and see the flashing light from the winning machines, and when you look you will see the table gamming areas of the casino. This method puts the thought of wining and table games into your mind together making you think you can win at the table games. The truth is that your chances of going home from the casinos a millionaire is only likely if you walked into the casino as a millionaire. This does not mean you can not go home with more money in your pockets then when you entered the casino or online casino. It only means that you need to be smarter and not fall for the casinos tricks. Most people come to casinos knowing just the basics to the most popular casino games played today. Everyone knows how to play Blackjack, but there is more to the game then just trying to get your cards close to 21 without going over. So by studying one game and spending all your time on that game you will be increasing your skills at the game and you will soon see that the basics are not enough when you are playing for money, especially if you want to win. Pick a casino game that you enjoy because this is going to be your game, and you are going to spend a lot of time practicing and learning about the game. Then spend as much of your free time as you can, playing the game. There are many online casinos and web sites that offer you the option of playing poker, or blackjack for free and also offer different variations of the game. This will allow you to get plenty or practice against a computer and other people before risking your money in a casino. Try to pick a table with other knowledgeable players. Playing a game like poker or blackjack at a table full of amateurs will put you at a disadvantage, but at the same time you do not want to pick a table where you are the worst player no matter how good you are. It is recommended that before sitting at any card game in a casino or an online casino that you watch a few hands to help judge the skills of the other players. The longer you play and the more your skill increases you will be amazed at how much more money you are leaving the casinos with.

Friday, January 9, 2009

How to Decorate Your Kitchen On A Shoestring Budget

Copyright 2006 Monique Hawkins Kitchen's can be one of the most expensive rooms in the house to remodel and decorate. However, there is a way to do this without spending tons of money. You can decorate your kitchen on a shoestring budget! With patience, persistence, and a little time, there is one place to find decorative items for mere pennies. Where is this "magic" place? Yard sales! Granted, this will take much more effort than walking into a "Kirkland's? or "Country Treasues's" store at the local mall, but the money spent will be so much less. Plus, some really interesting and unique pieces will be added to your house. It is amazing what items can be found at yard sales that will go with any kitchen décor under the sun. If you love a country style kitchen, search for baskets, pitchers, and pottery. These items can be placed above cabinets, as centerpieces for the kitchen table, or filled with fresh fruit or wildflowers and then placed on the counter. If you love the retro style kitchen, yard sales are fantastic shopping spots. It is easy to find many kitchen items from the 1960's-1970's in good condition. While some are excellent collectible pieces, others can be purchased for sheer fun! Some cool pieces to look for old breadboxes, canister sets, and wall clocks. If you your taste runs back to the 1940's era, finding vintage pieces could be a bit more of a challenge. However, once items are found, they turn out to be well worth the time it took to hunt for them! Kitchens from the 1940's call for vintage linens, which can be used as tablecloths or displayed by hanging from the store. Some of the lines have bright colors and designs which add warmth and cheer to any home's kitchen décor. Since some of these old tablecloths are really collectible items and can be quite expensive if purchased in an antique shop, finding one at local yard sale for mere pennies would be fantastic! When it comes to the modern and contemporary style, most yard sales offer almost new items. If you check out the yard sales in the pricey area of your city or town, you can likely find some expensive items at cheap prices. At times, antique and collectible decorative items can be found at yard sales as well. If you are one who prefers collecting items such as certain types of china, vintage linens, or a hutch, it might help to do some research on the subject. This will help you spot a great piece. Who knew decorating a kitchen in your home could be done so cheaply? Why not start checking out those yard sales today?

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

A fruit fly is a small flying insect about 1/8 inch in length with red eyes. The essential element in how to get rid of fruit flies is to locate and eliminate their breeding sources. Although there are several sprays and traps used to kill flies in a home, restaurant or other building, the infestation cannot be completely eradicated without eliminating its source. Inspecting for fruit flies When searching for fruit fly breeding sources, remember that the larvae need moist decaying organic matter to survive. The most obvious place to look for these sources is where fruits or vegetables are stored near refrigerators or coolers. Other areas to inspect include recycling bins, garbage cans that are rarely cleaned or used and under and behind large appliances. Be sure to check sink and other drains. Here small flies are often found breeding in the super thin film or layer of debris that naturally accumulates in pipes, traps and drains. In commercial and residential structures, tiny amounts of organic debris are often found where the legs or feet of appliances, tables or cabinets touch the floor. These tiny spaces can harbor thousands of fly larvae. All small cracks and crevices at floor level must be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Once one bredding spot has been located, keep on looking. Fruit flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure. Do not assume that all breeding sources are indoors. Fruit flies will fly in from nearby dumpsters, outdoor garbage cans or even damp compost piles where fruits and vegetables are disposed. Fly elimination products Here are some ideas on how to get rid of fruit flies. A pyrethrin space spray can be used for a quick kill. It will reduce populations of flying insects. Pyrethrin spray is also used by pest control operators as a crack and crevice tool to spray the tiny areas where fruit flies and other insect pests breed. To monitor the area, use a Gold Stick trap. These traps use a fly sex lure to attract flies to their doom. Every fruit fly caught means one less breeding adult. Professional fly traps use pheromones combined with powerful ultraviolet bulbs in lighted fly traps. These come in a range of sizes. Different designs offer options for use in public areas, commercial kitchens, hospitals, offices and homes. Using ultraviolet bulbs increases the numbers of flying insects captured while drastically reducing the need for use of sprays and other pesticides. Use the powerful Fly Trap Professional in commercial kitchens or other areas that are not open to the public or customers. In high profile areas, the Cento Fly Traps and Luralite Fly Traps are less obvious. If you find a drain that is a breeding ground for fruit flies, the best method for how to get rid of fruit flies is using Drain Gel (Fly Gel) to destroy the film in which the fly eggs and larvae develop. A surface spray is not recommended here unless there are great numbers of flies resting on the surface of trash cans, dumpsters or exterior walls. Fruit fly traps are another excellent tool for how to get rid of fruit flies. Attach the trap to the inside lid of garbage cans, dumpsters or compost bins to capture adult flies before they breed. Dispose of traps when full of flies or after three months, whichever comes first.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How to choose an embroidery machines

The latest technology today is sewing machines that double as embroidery machines. By using the computer integrated into the machine, you can quickly and easily add cards or downloads to embroider any pattern imaginable. Instead of spending hours on an embroidery pattern by doing the needlework by hand, create beautiful and durable machine embroidered pieces in mere seconds. If you are interested in purchasing an embroidery machine, doing the initial research will ensure you find the correct machine for your needs. The first step to choosing an embroidery machine is to set your budget. Just like any electronic item, the price of embroidery machines can soar to the thousands of dollars. Remember, the most expensive machine is not always the best machine for your needs. Establish a maximum amount you are willing to pay for a machine and then begin your search. Next, identify your needs. Many sewing machines have embroidery attachments, but they also serve other purposes. Do you intend to sew heavy fabrics like leather or canvas? Do you intend to piece quilts or complete the actual quilting process on the machine? Do you need a machine that can make specialty edges like rolled hems? It is quite tempting to purchase a complex machine that can perform every command under the sun, but usually this versatility comes with a hefty price tag. Another thing to keep in mind is your technical prowess. Beginners are strongly suggested to invest in a less complicated machine that will serve as an introduction to the technology. Quite often, individuals purchase a machine that is too difficult to understand or use, so the machine sits in disuse while the payments are still being made. Remember, you can always trade up to a more advanced model once you decide your needs and wants have advanced. If you are purchasing a machine solely for its embroidery then focus on this option and steer clear of the “all in one” machines that can do a bit of everything. Many individuals look to start their own business making customized or personalized items. If you are contemplating this option, ensure the machine you purchase can do sizable embroidery pieces, take several different colored threads at once, and have a large library of either purchasable cards or downloadable designs. Also, if you plan to do an extensive amount of embroidery on your machine, ensure the machine you purchase is well built to withstand the wear and tear that use usually brings. Most embroidery machines come with many additions and options that can be purchased later on when the need arises. This is an excellent option, since you can purchase any additions for a great deal less that you can buy a brand new machine that meets your extended needs. Also, if you plan on trading up to a new model of embroidery machine, search for a company or store that has a policy that will allow you to do so. Many stores that specialize in sewing machines will buy back your used machine for a percentage of the original price if the machine is in working condition. Whatever brand of embroidery machine you choose to buy, be sure you visit a store to view the machine firsthand. Most sewing shops or stores that specialize in sewing machines offer demonstrations of the different brands and machines for sale, so that you can see exactly what the machine can do. Also, many shops offer introductory classes so that new users can learn to use their new embroidery machine to its fullest. Doing initial research before you buy is key to ensuring you do not experience buyer’s remorse at the end of the day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How the Online Gambling Ban helps Al Qaeda

Groups like Al Qaeda may very well be using online casinos to raise money for their global Jihad, but does banning online gambling really hurt them. The answer to this question is absolutely not, it actually help them. The way it helps them is easy to understand. Most of the money spent on online gambling was going to publicly owned British operators, but the online gabling ban passed by the American Congress put a stop to that. Out of fear of repercussions, as soon as the law was signed these companies sold off all operations dealing with the USA, but online gambling is still going on, so now who is getting the money. The problem with the Gambling ban is that it does not stop people from gambling online it only stops legitimate operations from getting the money and less reputable ones start getting rich. It is these small casinos that before went mostly unnoticed, that will now be bringing in the billions that will still be wagered online. It is also these casinos that have the best chance of being a front for AL Qaeda. Some so called experts will tell you that this is not true and that it was thru owning shares in these publicly traded online casinos that terrorists were making money, but if they were buying shares of online casinos I am sure they are buying shares of Microsoft and Google. So why not ban them as well? But once again the American people seem to be getting lied to by their elected Government officials, and it is time that we the people fight back against the government. It is time we as a nation start to question and demand answers that make sense from them, after all they work for us, don’t they? If you are tired of all the lies, then there is something you can do. Jim Nickogoski the creator of the has started a web page to help fight against the Online Gambling Ban, the page also offers an online petition so you can tell the government you do not agree and you demand they reverse this unfair and unjust law. The only real way for the government to ensure that money made from online gambling is not going to fund terrorism is to work together with the online casinos to regulate the industry with licensing so you really know who is getting your money. Only then can we be sure none of our money is going to the people killing out troops and threatening the American way of life. So make your voice herd, write letters to senators, congressmen and even the President. Tell them you disagree with the law and ask them for real proof that this law is really what is best for us. In the end I am sure the law will be reversed, maybe one day the government will learn what most Americans already know a ban on something never works, even if the government showed proof that online casinos are run by terrorists people would still play in them, just because they are not supposed to be it is just human nature.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How to Avoid Getting Head Lice

A head lice infestation is one of the most uncomfortable health conditions to cope with, in addition to this; permanently ridding your house of lice can be an extremely difficult task. For these reasons, it is always best to take precautions against you, or anyone in your household becoming infested. One of the most important steps you can take as a precaution against a head lice infestation is to learn as much as you can about these insects, and how they are spread. It’s important to understand that anyone can catch head lice, no matter what their race or social standing is. Head lice are found in all countries, cultures, and social classes. Head lice do not discriminate when it comes to whose head they choose to take up residence on. People with good hygiene can be infested just as fast as someone with bad hygiene. Once this concept is understood, you can then tackle the preventative measures that will need to be taken to ensure that you avoid a head lice infestation. If you have school aged children, it is essential that you examine their head on a regular basis for signs of head lice. It is this age group that is most often infested, especially girls, as they like to share hair accessories and hats. If you are checking your child’s head on a regular basis, you will likely catch it before it becomes very bad. The sooner you catch a head lice infestation, the easier it will be to get rid of. Talk to your children about not sharing personal items with other children at school, such as hats, scarves, combs, etc. This is very important, as this is usually how head lice spreads. If you become aware that someone you, or your children has frequent contact with has become infested with head lice, immediately check everyone’s hair in the house. Head lice spreads very quickly, and you may become infested before you even know someone near you has it. Even if you find nothing during the examination, continue checking on a daily basis for quite some time, as it may take a little while before you can detect them. In addition, even if the infected person close to you treats the head lice infestation, they could very easily become re-infested. The most important thing to remember about avoiding a head lice infestation is to be diligent, especially when there are children in the house.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Home Care Facts

Home care is a type of health care that is provided in the home of the patient. While it may sometimes be provided by doctors and nurses, it may also be provided by family members as well. While home care will often refer to people who are not medically trained, the term home health care will often refer to treatment that is given to the patient in their homes by licensed doctors or nurses. In the Unite States, both terms are used to refer to care that is given by both non-licensed caregivers and doctors or nurses. The purpose of home care is to allow a patient to receive care at home instead of being admitted to an institution such as a hospital. The health care professionals will visit the patient, and will help them with a number of different tasks. Some of these tasks include dressing, hygiene, shopping, cooking, or assistance with taking medication. The type of home care that is offered will vary in different nations. For example, there are substantial differences in home care between the United States and The United Kingdom. In the US, health care professionals will visit the patient based on a schedule that is determined by a doctor who is licensed. The insurance the patient has will also play a role in this as well. In the UK, the care will be provided two times a day. The US is one of the most informal places to receive home care. The vast majority of care that is given to a patient will be provided by their friends or family. Some of the professionals that may work with these families are social workers, mental health specialists, and respiratory therapists. In some cases, the primary doctor may visit patients. In most situations, home care will be paid by either employer insurance or public organizations such as Medicaid or Medicare. The patient or their families may also pay as well. To determine the amount of care a patient needs, there are six factors that must be taken into consideration, and these are called activities of daily living. These activities are eating, restroom usage, dressing, bathing, walking, and transferring. In addition to these factors, a patient may also need help shopping, cooking, or handling their own money. To be a home care worker, there are a number of qualifications that a person must have. They must have a high school diploma or GED, and some organizations will require workers to have a year of experience, and they will need to take examinations. Home care workers must understand safety procedures, and they must also know how to properly give personal care. They should be skilled with using equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, or lifts. They should understand the importance of being sanitary, and they should be proficient in preparing or handling food. In addition to this, health workers must be able to monitor and record any changes in the condition of the patient they're caring for. A lot of the necessary requirements involve common sense. Many people who become home care workers will have experience working in Nursing homes, and may become Certified Nursing Assitants as well.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Home Security: Options To Consider

Today, there is a large, very important need for home security. There seems to be no limit to what the ‘bad guy’ can accomplish. They can come in when you are right there sleeping. They can monitor your home in ways in which you will simply never be able to tell. And, they can provide you with a terrifying approach to life each and every day after they have attacked you. By using effective home security, you can really cut down on the times and the abilities of these things happening to you. Home security is quite versatile. There is something out there for everyone on any budget. In fact, simply putting a home security tag in your window from a company can be a deterrent for robberies itself. Nonetheless, there are many things to consider. First, consider probably the best option and that is monitoring systems that work to monitor the home when you are not there. Should something trigger it, it will react and someone can see just what is happening or can send someone down to look at it. Other options in home security including home alarms that when triggered can call police or emergency services. You can also use a variety of locks that cannot be broken into as well. There are so many ways in which you can effectively protect your home that there is no reason not to. When it comes to protecting your family and your home, nothing should stand in your way. You need to safeguard all aspects of that home so that you can sleep easy every night knowing that someone or something is out there looking out for you. And, when you are away from your home, you need to know that it and all of your possessions are safe as well. Home security can do these things for you.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Help those in need with a charity donation

Many of us consider the opportunity to go to school and learn, or to have clean water and fresh food on your table something very normal, we can't imagine life without these simple things. But in many poor countries these things are considered a luxury. The children that are born in these countries have a dark future ahead of them, they won't be able to use a computer or to read a book, their only opportunity is to work as hard as they can, but their work will be hard labor. Children in the poor countries have to work at very young ages. They usually begin working at around six or eight years, and because they don't have experience they start as beggars. Then they polish shoes and sell small things. At 13 years they start working more seriously, and at 15 hard labor begins. But now, you can make something for these poor children! With the help of a charitable organization you can make a small charity donation or you can even sponsor a child. With only a few money from you can make a difference in someone's life and you can offer him/her a brighter future. By sponsoring a child you will give him the opportunity to learn, which is very important for his future. Charity donations bring books, tutoring services, educational materials and programs to the poor countries of the world. The charitable organizations that support children use your charity donations to buy books from the local bookstores, and to hire teachers. The most important thing is to learn them how to read, so this is done first. Also, each year some people volunteer to go to the poor countries and help the children there. These people make sure that your charity donations are used for a good purpose. Sponsoring a child is the best thing you can do to help improve the life of a poor boy or girl. A special connection will be established between you and the child that you sponsor. He will send you letters in which he will thank you and tell you how the money you sent were spent. Probably your picture will stand in a special place in his house. If you want, you can visit the child and his family in person. So remember that you can easily make a difference in someone's life with some money that to you may seem little, because money have different values in poor countries!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Healthy Bathrooms, Healthy Families

If you think the bathroom is the busiest room in your house, you may be more right than you know. According to the experts at the health Web site WebMD, the average bathroom contains thousands of germs and viruses-ranging from E. coli bacteria to the rhinovirus linked to colds and flu. Of course, that doesn't mean you have to lock your family out of the bathroom, even when it's unoccupied. Just follow a few tips: Healthy Smiles First off, store your toothbrush properly to ensure you keep it-and its user-as germ-free as possible. Be sure to keep it up on a countertop, away from the sink and toilet to prevent airborne contamination from splashing water. Also, don't store toothbrushes together in close quarters (a toothbrush cup in a cabinet, for example). Doing so can increase the odds of germs spreading from brush to brush. Be sure to regularly change your toothbrush, too. For example, there is a toothbrush called Oral-B Pulsar that can make remembering easy. It looks like a normal toothbrush, but it uses a battery to power its pulsating bristles that clean deep between teeth. The battery dies after three or four months of use-roughly the same amount of time dentists say you should keep a toothbrush. When the battery goes, the toothbrush should go, too. Raising The Bar Experts also say there is some evidence that liquid soap may be more sanitary than bar soap. Bar soap can hold residue from soap dishes and bacteria from the person who used it last. Liquid soaps, such as Ivory Liquid Hand Cleanser, come in self-contained pumps that keep soap fresh and pure. Also, gentle liquid soaps are ideal for teaching kids proper hand washing techniques. Children should know to wash their hands for about 20 seconds (or as long as it takes them to sing their ABC's) at least four times a day, and always after using the bathroom. Throw In The Towel Bathroom towels should be hung up to dry immediately after use and regularly washed in hot water with detergent. Tide liquid detergent, for example, can help prevent germs from building up and towels from smelling musty. You may also want to limit the amount of towel sharing that goes on in your house. Encourage each family member to use his or her own towel. Brush Up On Health-Changing your toothbrush regularly could help protect you from germs.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Gift baskets are arguably one of the oldest and most traditional presents around

Humans have definitely made baskets for tens of thousands of years, with the earliest baskets found being around 12,000 years old (they were found in Egypt) – but some believe that basket making may have been practiced as long as a million years ago. Basically, for as long as people have had something to carry, they have picked plants and made containers from them. It is an understandable animal instinct – even a bird’s nest is, after all, a kind of basket. Throughout history, baskets have been made with whatever material was closest to hand – willow, twigs, bamboo, wheat, grass, wicker and even glass, plastic and metal in modern times have all been used to make baskets, and all work very well, although in general the baskets made from more solid materials will be more sturdy. The chances are that you use a basket yourself quite often – a metal shopping basket is just as much a basket as any other, and follows many of the same principles of construction. People in poorer countries today still use plant-material baskets for many practical purposes, making them by hand from the local wild plants and carrying them around on their heads, just as was done in Ancient Greece. Some primitive houses in these areas bear a striking resemblance to baskets in their construction, as basket making is one of the few skills the people have. Baskets were used by hunter-gatherers to bring back large amounts of fish, fruit and nuts – and, interestingly enough, it is still popular to give these things in gift baskets today. Gift baskets are arguably one of the oldest and most traditional presents around, and that applies not only in the West but also throughout the world. An ornate basket full of fresh produce is one of the nicest gifts you can give someone – baskets are not only beautiful, after all, but are capable of holding anything.