Sunday, October 31, 2010

Car Seat Safety Suggestions

Using a car seat is the most important step in helping to secure the security of your kids in the car. But just owning a car seat is not enough in itself: the car seat needs to be used, and it has to be used properly. Here are helpful steps to follow to help assure that your kids will be as secure as possible in their car seats.

- Always be sure to read and understand the manufacturer's recommendations on how to use the car seat properly. Improper car seat usage is the main cause of car seat failure. Also completely read the owner's manual for your car as it relates to the usage of car seats. Most car owner's manuals have specific instructions for car seat installation and these instructions must always be adhered to.

- To increase the security of your children, only put the car seat in the rear set of your vehicle, not in the front seat. Ideally, you should put the car set in the middle of the rear seat to increase protection against intrusion during side-impact collisions.

- If your car seat can only be used in the front seat (if there is no back seat), only install it there if there is no front seat airbag or if the airbag can be disabled. And then make sure that the airbag is indeed off. Never use a car seat in the front seat of a vehicle if the passenger-side airbag is enabled.

- Keep your infant in a rear-facing car seat for as long as they meet the size and weight restrictions for that car seat when it is rear-facing. In general, it is safer for your kids to be facing to the rear.

- When you place your child in their car seat, be certain the straps fit snugly and be sure to use the chest strap. The chest strap should go over the chest as per the manufacturer's instructions. If this strap is too low, your child may not be secure in the event of an accident. If the chest strap is too high, it may crush your child's neck in an accident.

- Once your child gets to big or heavy for their car seat, you should use a booster seat until such time as the seat belt fits them properly. This is typically until they are about 4' 9" tall or 80 pounds. Check your vehicle owner's guide for the exact limits on your vehicle. When it does fit correctly, the shoulder belt should fit over the shoulders, not on the neck, and the lap belt should fit across the hips, not on the belly.

- After you suppose you have the car seat correctly put in, have it examined by a certified car seat technician. This can usually be done in minutes, usually at no charge. Check to locate the closest seat check location to you.

- Avoid used car seats unless you know the history and age of the car seat. Do not buy car seats more than five years old, or car seats that have been in an accident. Be certain that used car seats still have all of their labels with the manufacturing information, manufacturing date, and model number. In addition, make sure that the manual is available; never purchase a car seat without the manual.

- If your automobile comes equipped with the LATCH system for car seats, make sure you get LATCH-compatible car seats. Using the LATCH system makes for easier installation, leading to increased security and reduced chance of installation mistakes. Despite this, the installation should still be checked by a certified car seat technician.

- Check out the web site for the manufacturer for your vehicle. Many times, automobile manufacturer's website will list, on a per-model basis, the car seats that they recommend for usage in their cars.

How to Start Your Own Small Business

Opening your own business can be a real big gamble. If you do not do your research well, you will wind up like most small businesses, and that is out of business in less then 6 months. The most important thing to remember when opening up new business is the location. When doing your research for your new business you want to make sure you are the only business of your time in the area. If you are opening a video store you do not want to open near another video store. Remember if you are exclusive to the area, you will automatically get the business of those living in that area. The next most important thing about opening a small business is you supplier. Do not have just one place to get supplies from, you should have several. By having more then one you can assure yourself that you are getting the lowest prices from them. And if they know about each other they will try to outdo each other to get your business. Make sure that the products or services that you will be offering are desired, do not just decide to open up a store with out doing any market research is like playing craps, dangerous unless you really know what you are doing. Advertising is important. Remember just like a casino you are trying to make money and not lose it. By spending some money on advertising you will increase your sales from your opening day. It is best to have a professional help you with your advertising rather then dong it yourself, there is no point in spending money on advertising if no one in your target demographic is going to see it. An example of this would be like using facial expressions to bluff in a poker game against blind players. When picking your stock it is sometime better to have a better selection of items and maybe not so many of each item, this way you can see which items sell best and order more of those more popular items, and less of the less desired ones. In business you should not try to open a business unless you already have experience running a related business. You may think you know how to, but to do it correctly you really need experience, after all if you were in a casino and looking to play poker you would not want a roulette dealer who is trying to figure out the rules as he goes would you? Chances are you would want an experienced poker dealer. Depending on the type of business you are opening try keep your staff as small as possible, and if it is possible try to get friends and family to help you out. This will allow you to keep your costs low until you can really get a good idea of if you are making money or not. Once you are making money you can go out and hire people.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Car Accident Checklist: Are You Prepared?

I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve been in a car accident before. Granted, it wasn’t my fault at all (both my opinion and the insurance company’s opinion). However, once it happened, I realized that I should have been better prepared for the car accident the day it happened. Since I realized this, I decided to make a checklist for things to have in case of a car accident. Here we go

1) Insurance Papers. Make sure you have your insurance papers ready to give to the other party in case they need to see them. These can also come in handy to give to the Police if they arrive on the scene of the accident. In some states, having car insurance is mandatory for the operation of a motor vehicle and you can be fined if you don’t have any insurance. Make sure you insurance paperwork is in order before finding out that it is necessary to have.

2) Pen and paper. Guess what? Most people (myself included until recently) don’t carry around the necessary equipment in order to write down the other party’s information for insurance claim purposes. Make sure you buy some pens that actually have ink in them and some decent paper in order to write the driver’s information. Stow these handy items in your glove box and you’ll be ready.

3) Digital camera or cell phone camera. This can come in quite handy in the case of a disagreement of facts over what happened at an accident. After the accident happens, taking a few snap shots of both your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle can be great evidence if there is a trial or if either insurance agency tries to deny responsibility. A lot of the newest cell phones come equipped with cameras inside of them that can take and store a huge amount of digital camera photos. Use your cell phone camera to take some on the scene snap shots.

There are a whole bunch of other important tips to keep in mind that make these look like the tip of the iceberg. Learn them all and you’ll be prepared.

How to throw a Poker game in your Home without your wife finding out

Title: How to throw a Poker game in your Home without your wife finding out Word Count: 552 Summary: It is not uncommon for a man to want to have a night out with the boys, maybe play a little poker. It is also not uncommon to have the plans of men thwarted by their wives. Keywords: Poker, marriage, vacation, poker game, online poker,poker room,scavenger hunt, anniversary, entertainment Article Body: It is not uncommon for a man to want to have a night out with the boys, maybe play a little poker. It is also not uncommon to have the plans of men thwarted by their wives. To help with this problem I am telling you the secrets about how to have some harmless fun at home without the wife catching on. The best way to get rid of the wife so you can have a little “Man Time” is the easiest but most expensive way to do it. For her birthday you get her and one of her friends a trip to a weekend spa place. Your wife will think you the best hubby ever and will never suspect you are going to throw a poker game in her absence, and the best part of this plan is that when it is over your wife will be so grateful for what you have done she may be more inclined to allow you to go out with the boys more often. The next way is a little complicated and will only give you 4 or 5 hours of time at best, but it is much less expensive then a trip for 2. It may seem a little childish and yes I also have seen it on TV but a scavenger hunt scam can work. The trick to the scavenger hunt is that each spot has to mean something. An example would be the first place you ever went on a date as one of the places she needs to go. The end of the game is the most important make the last stop a restaurant and make sure to be there before she does. A good idea is to try to think of something meaning full in the area of where you live so you do not have far to drive, this will leave you the maximum amount of time to lay poker with your pals. I have to admit this is not the ideal way to play poker, but getting away with even an hour of poker without her knowing is more excitement than any regular poker game could ever be. Now that you have a plan to get her out of the house you need to be ready to go. The most important part of this is a large plastic drop cloth. This is so that if anything spills it will be simple to clean up. Make sure you are ready to go with the table and chairs and make sure they get put back exactly the same as when you took them. You may want to use a digital camera to make sure you remember exactly how everything was before the game, because I promise you that you wife does. If you send your wife on the trip I do not recommend using a cleaning service right before she comes back. If the house is too clean she will know something funny is going on The last two tips I have is to make sure that you have a really nice gift around at all times just incase she finds out, and the other is that if your wife and your friends wives are friends do not invite those friends, if one guy gets caught you will all get caught. Good Luck.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Capture Your Extraordinary Day with Austin, Texas Wedding Photography

Your wedding day is the culmination of months of planning and a lifetime of dreams. You've selected everything from your wedding gown to your reception menu, and have attended to every last detail. When you stand before your betrothed with your friends and loved ones looking on, you want everything to be perfect. The memories you create on this extraordinary day will last a lifetime, and choosing a photographer who will capture your memory-making moments is one of the most important decisions you will make. Here is what you should expect when you hire an Austin, TX wedding photographer.

Finding the Right Photographer

Although feeling comfortable with the photographer you choose is important, you'll get the best results from someone who has training in both photography and fine arts. When a photographer has studied fine arts, his experience as an artist and a painter will bring depth and richness to your color photographs.

Today's photographers shouldn't only rely on film processing and printing photos. Choose a photographer who is skilled in Photoshop, a computer program that allows a photographer to manipulate digital images. In doing so, you will be assured that your wedding photos will be color corrected, properly cropped, and will be touched up to ensure that everyone looks his or her best.

The best Austin, Texas, wedding photography studios will provide you with a complimentary online gallery so family members and friends can view or order photos. More importantly, such studios will send two photographers to shoot your wedding, each with a different perspective. A fine arts photographer and an Austin, TX, wedding photojournalist will provide you with a mix of creative minds and talents that are sure to capture each important moment of your big day.

Engagement Portrait Sessions

The right wedding photographer will walk you through the necessary steps so you can have stunning engagement portraits that you can send to newspapers, print as postage stamps, and so forth. For example, he might tell you to bring several changes of clothes to achieve distinct photographic moods, or that you should be sure to get a manicure so that you won't be self-conscious while he's photographing your engagement ring.

Wedding Portrait Sessions

A great wedding photographer will give you valuable advice to ensure that your wedding portraits are beautiful and ready to display at your wedding reception. For example, he will probably advise you to have your haircut and colored a week before the portrait, to have a facial at least a week beforehand (to avoid breakouts), and to wear makeup to the session. He will remind you to bring flowers, shoes, jewelry, and everything else you might need at your portrait session. Further, he will work with you on scheduling both the time and location of your portrait session. A good Austin, TX wedding photographer will know the perfect locations for outdoor shoots, as well as the time of day to schedule the session in order to achieve the best results.

Trusting Your Photographer

A great wedding photographer has vast experience in working with brides and brides-to-be. Although you should clearly communicate your preferences, you should also try to be as flexible as possible. A photographer may use poses and settings that he knows from experience will work well. There is no harm in having him shoot the poses and settings that you have in mind, as well as those that he thinks will work. In the end, you will have countless choices that will capture your special day and provide you with memories for years to come.

How to Protest the Online Gambling Ban

Title: How to Protest the Online Gambling Ban Word Count: 501 Summary: Protesting is relatively easy, all you have to do is let people know you do not agree with something and you are protesting it. But to hold a successful protest takes much more time and effort. Keywords: online,ban,petition,protest,politician,congressmen Article Body: Protesting the government is not a cast of protesting a company because you do not like a product, this is a case of you trying to change the mind of the government and this can be hard to do, but it can be done. Before you can even have a chance at holding a successful protest the first thing you should do is to circulate an online petition, this will give you an idea of how many people support your cause and gives you a list of names with phone numbers that you can call to get people to come to your protest. The next step is to go online and find other groups protesting the new internet gambling act, and see if that group would be willing to join your protest, the more people protesting the online gambling ban the better the chances are of getting the law reversed. After this you should start a letter writing campaign not only to your local congressmen but to all the Congressmen and see where they stand. Some of them will not be in support of the online gambling ban and will be willing to not only sign your petition but will be hey may be even willing to speak at your protest. The next step is to plane your protest. The timing of your protest is important if you choose to protest at the Whitehouse you do not want to do it when the president is not there or if you choose to make your stand at congress do not do it at a time they are on a brake, this can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your protest. Make sure to have a well written press release to the press at least 2 days before the protest to ensure that you will get press coverage. The more people who hear about your protest the more names you can get on your petition. The point of a petition is to basically let someone know that people are not happy with what they are doing, and if enough people protest the government you can get them to change their decision. This is especially true with a politician. They know thee job depends on votes and if they are going to gain enough votes to secure their job they will do it even if they truly do not agree with it. You must apply for a permit to protest at least 30 days in advance, or if there are delays you may not have a permit on the day you have told your protesters to show up, to truly insure you have time, apply for the permits at least 60 days in advance. When applying for the permits you should be able to find out about the rules for setting up any sound equipment you will need so you can make the arrangements for them. The only thing left to do for your online gambling ban protest is to wait for the big day.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


A candle is a light source usually consisting of an internal wick which rises through the center of a column of solid fuel. Typically the fuel is some form of wax with paraffin wax being the most common. Prior to the candle being ignited, the wick is saturated with the fuel in its solid form. The heat of the match or other flame being used to light the candle first melts and then vaporizes a small amount of the fuel. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame then provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel, the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action, and the liquefied fuel is then vaporized to burn within the candle's flame. The burning of the fuel takes place in several distinct regions (as evidenced by the various colors that can be seen within the candle's flame). Within the bluer, hotter regions, hydrogen is being separated from the fuel and burned to form water vapor. The brighter, yellower part of the flame is the remaining carbon soot being oxidized to form carbon dioxide.

As the mass of the solid fuel is melted and consumed, the candle grows shorter. Portions of the wick that are not evaporating the liquid fuel are themselves consumed in the flame, limiting the exposed length of the wick.

Prior to the domestication of electricity, candles were a common source of lighting, before, and later in addition to, the oil lamp. Due to local availability and the cost of resources, for several centuries up to the 19th century candles were more common in northern Europe, and olive oil lamps more common in southern Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea. Makers of candles were known as chandlers. Today, candles are usually used for their aesthetic value, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambience, and for emergency lighting during electrical power failures. Scented candles are common in aromatherapy. Small candles are often placed on birthday cakes.

Candles are used in religious ceremonies.

In Christianity, they typically represent the light of Jesus, and are often placed on the altar. Votive candles may be lit as an accompaniment to prayer. Candles are lit by worshippers in front of icons in Orthodox and other churches.

Candlemas marks the end of the season of Epiphany.
Candles were traditionally used to light up Christmas trees before the advent of electric lights. They are still, even today, commonly used to decorate Christmas trees in Denmark and other European countries. They are also used in Advent wreaths. In Sweden (and other Scandinavian countries), St. Lucia Day is celebrated on December 13 with the crowning of a young girl with a ring of candles.

In Judaism, candles are traditionally lit on Friday evening at the start of the weekly Sabbath celebration. The Jewish holiday of Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by lighting a candle in a special candelabrum (menorah) each night during the eight-day holiday to commemorate the dedication of the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Candles are also used in remembering a deceased loved one, especially on Yom HaShoah, The Day of the Holocaust.

Candles are also used in celebrations of Kwanzaa, which is an African American holiday, which runs from December 26 to January 1.

How to learn to gamble in an online casino

Title: How to learn to gamble in an online casino Word Count: 555 Summary: Gambling in an online casino can require more and better skills then when you are playing in a land based casino. This is why it is very important to pick the online casinos that are best for you. Here I have written some helpful ideas on how to find the online casino that is right for you. Keywords: entertainment, sports and leisure, sports and entertainment, Article Body: Gambling in an online casino can require more and better skills then when you are playing in a land based casino. This is why it is very important to pick the online casinos that are best for you. Here I have written some helpful ideas on how to find the online casino that is right for you. Gambling in an online casino is not exactly the same as playing in a regular casino. Yes the rules are the same but the way you play may be slightly different. One of the major differences between gambling in an online casino and a regular land based casino is the fact that you can't look into the eyes of another player. Let's say you are playing poker and you suspect the other player may be bluffing you can look at them to try to get a read on them to see if they have a tell, but in an online casino you have to be sharper then that. In an online casino or online poker room you need to be good enough to know from the way the other players at the table are playing if they are bluffing or not, as opposed to at a regular casino or poker room where you can look into their eyes and try to get a read on them. Other then poker most of the games are almost exactly the same as in a land based casino. If you are new to gambling online you may want to check out some online casino review sites. These sites not only offer reviews from independent reviewers, but you can also find reviews from regular everyday players like yourself and read about their experience both good and bad and make up your own mind. To do this I recommend going to and typing In casinos into the search engine, and if you check out the top 5 or 6 sites I guarantee you will find all the information on what sites are reliable and which ones are a rip off. Some of the sites even offer their readers weekly gambling Horoscopes, and recipes for foods perfect for the next time you invite the guys over for poker night. Before spending any money in any of the online casinos, open a free account and try the games out for free, see if you enjoy the software and the different options. Make a list of things you liked and things you did not like and find the site that offers you more of what you want and less of what you do not want. Make sure to read all of the rules for each online casino. They will tempt you by offering you bonuses just for signing up, but make sure you read and understand the rules for accepting the money before you accept it or spend any of the allegedly "free" money. Many of the online casinos will offer you a tutorial explaining how to use the features and to play each game and I highly recommend that you use it, because if you make a mistake the online casinos will not give you a refund. Other then this the only advice I can give is that the more you play the better you will get, and will therefore be able to win more money.

How to Host a Great Dinner Party in Seven Easy Steps

Copyright 2006 Cole's Poetic License Remember that message about oxygen masks on airplanes? You must attach your mask first before helping anyone else. The same goes for giving a great dinner party. Give to yourself first. The rest comes easy. Here are seven essential steps: 1. Recall some of the parties you loved, whether or not you or your family hosted them. Think back as far as you can remember. Social affairs operate on a subconscious level predominantly. When you accept that fact and look at your own subconscious feelings, you can plan your own social pleasures. And, you can better understand your friends and family. Our social memories are stored in our subconscious minds. That is why this step is so important. (Once I had so many guests for Thanksgiving I had to cook two turkeys and set up long tables in the living room. I carried in one turkey and set it on the end nearest the kitchen. My daughter carried the other to the end table near the fireplace. As she leaned forward to set it on the table, the turkey slid off the platter onto the table. A male guest uncrossed his arm in that umpire gesture and hissed, "Safe!" The rest of the day was sheer fun.) 2. Spend ten minutes writing about one dinner party you particularly enjoyed. Be specific. This step helps you plan. (I remember a dinner for eight where everyone listened to the one speaking and everyone took turns. Without competition for attention, relaxed witticism and laughter prevailed.) 3. Recall dinner parties you loathed as far back as you can. 4. Spend ten minutes describing one. This step helps you know what to avoid. (Tension at the table. My sister-in-law barks at my brother because he forgot to hold her chair for her when she sat. My other brother makes fun of that idea. His wife kicks him under the table, audibly. I laugh and my mother cries.) 5. Make a list of what is most important to you when you host a dinner party. Is it the food? Wine? Serving dishes? Choice of guests? Conversation? Music? Prioritize the list. (I start with the food that I like best and include choices for finicky guests) 6. List a few situations or conditions that may embarrass you during your party and deal with each beforehand. For example, if one of your friends gets drunk, if your sister talks too much and bores the other guests, if conversations splinter in loud groups of two, if your main dish burns, etc. Plan your party. Become a movie director building the "right" scene. Have a dinner bell handy to capture attention when necessary. 7. Social anxiety prevents pleasure. Here are some suggestions to counteract potential problems: A. Demand that guests arrive by a specific time. B. Invite people you enjoy. Don't invite anyone else. C. Give to those most anxious some pre-planned serving tasks. D. Try this or similar exercise: Even if the guests know each other well, ask each one to tell the rest three "facts" about himself. Two will be true, the third a lie. Guests will then guess which is the lie. Given them three minutes to plan. You direct. Remember, this is your movie. E. All courses should be prepared in advance. You can have a lot of fun at your own dinner party if you consider yourself first. When you give to yourself first, you become wonderfully generous. And don't forget to breathe. Cheers, Evy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Candle Gift Basket – Express your feelings

One of the best ways to express your love for your beloved ones is by giving gifts. Different gifts signify different things to different people. One of the best things to gift someone is by giving the person a candle gift basket. You can gift a candle gift basket to communicate different feelings. You can use it as a Valentine candle gift basket, unique candle Gift basket, Yankee candle gift basket or may be a wedding candle gift basket.

Candle Gift Basket creates relaxed atmosphere. Candle Gift Basket comes is available in both scented and non-scented categories. This Gift Basket not only contains candles but also non-candles gifts. Candle Gift Basket is one of the best gifts to create ever-lasting memories. One of the best features of this gift basket is that it is cheaper and can be afforded by all.

Candle when burns bring out a feeling of peace and harmony. Therefore it is necessary that you spread the message of peace and harmony among your dear ones. Gifts like Candle Gift Basket are always a perfect and unique choice. These Candle Gift Baskets are beautifully wrapped and contains a message that you want to convey to a person. These gift baskets are available in different shapes and designed in such a way that they leave a long lasting impression. The candles in the gift basket are made up of pure wax, which is absolutely eco – friendly. This candle burns for a longer period of time as compared to the ordinary candles.

How To Have a Fabulous and Memorable Prom Night

Title: How To Have a Fabulous and Memorable Prom Night Word Count: 905 Summary: Prom is a night for graduating seniors to celebrate their twelve plus years of school. It is one of the last few times that your class will get together and have a good time. It is a time when you realize that you are leaving high school behind and are growing up and becoming a young adult. It is a time for graduating seniors to make a great memory and here are some ideas to have a fabulous and memorable prom night. Keywords: prom tips, prom night, going to prom Article Body: Prom is a night for graduating seniors to celebrate their twelve plus years of school. It is one of the last few times that your class will get together and have a good time. It is a time when you realize that you are leaving high school behind and are growing up and becoming a young adult. It is a time for graduating seniors to make a great memory and here are some ideas to have a fabulous and memorable prom night: 1. Create a prom scrapbook. Fill a binder with mementos such as the price tag from your dress, your corsage, your ticket stubs— anything that has to do with prom night. Then decorate the outside of the scrapbook with a collage of your favorite prom pictures. Theme the scrapbook with the same theme as your prom. 2. Be organized with your prom planning. Have a checklist of everything you need to get done for prom including your dress, activities before and after and who you are going with. Also, plan your pre-dance dinner if needed well ahead of time. Prom night is a popular night for local restaurants, so reserve a table for you and your date at least a month prior to the event. 3. Be sure to rest before the big night. Having fun on prom night will use up a lot of energy. You will be stressed from all the preparations and with all the dancing you will be doing, you need to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep before prom and maybe even take a nap the day of prom. If you talked your parents into extending curfew on prom night, you will need all the sleep you can get beforehand. Believe me you will have more fun if you are not dead tired. 4. Most students find the prom a lot more fun if they go in a group. Couples can share a car, and several cars can go together and arrive at the dance at the same time. Or super size your prom ride by renting a minibus. Pass around a list and recruit your group. A ride this size costs less than a limo does per person. You will all arrive together and you can all sit together at the same table and enjoy each other's company all evening. Remember that the earlier you arrive, the better your chances will be of finding an empty table where you can all sit together. 5. You may want to get together at one person's house to take group pictures and have hors d'oeuvres. Throw kind of a pre-prom “mocktail party” with virgin drinks. This gives everyone an opportunity to get a good start on the evening. It will also give parents a chance to make a fuss over all of you and take as many pictures as they want. They will probably be having as much fun as you are. 6. Buy a bunch of one time use cameras and pass them around to your friends. Set a goal to use every last picture before the night is through. Hopefully, you will want to remember this night forever and this way you will get plenty of candid shots. 7. Dance away the night. Don’t be a wall flower on prom night. Get up and dance! If you don’t want to slow dance with your prom date, don’t let that stop you from having fun. Pull your friends onto the floor and dance in a circle. 8. Sometimes students don't spend much time at the dance, but just show up for pictures and leave. These are the ones that really miss out on the fun. This may be the last time you will be seeing a lot of the people you have spent the last four years of high school with. It may be the biggest party you will ever attend where you know so many people in attendance. Enjoy it and have a great time! You'll remember it when you look back years later, and it will be a good memory. 9. Take care of your belongings. Don't leave valuables on the table or in bathrooms. Even if you think you know everyone at the dance, it would be very sad to lose a camera or your money just because you were careless and left it sitting around unattended. 10. After prom is over, be playful and have fun. Some suggestions: After prom, go bowling or to a late-night arcade. There’s nothing like friendly competition to really get everyone laughing. Or go to a late night diner all dressed up and order fries and a milk shake; it’ll hit the spot and you’ll get lots of attention. You can even gather in a friend’s house or backyard or on the beach, take your shoes off, turn up the music and really dance. Even the most ordinary things become more fun when you’re dressed up! You’re only in high school once. You might as well enjoy your night and make it last as long as you can. Prom is a wonderful way to celebrate with your class but please don’t make choices on prom night that you will regret later. Don’t drink or use drugs as both impair your judgment, can hurt you and are illegal. You want this to be a night you can remember in a good way not a bad one.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Can you really save 40% on your electricity bills by plugging a small box into your AC socket?

Copyright 2006 Martin Pavion

In the past six month a number of products have been advertised on TV and online which seem too good to be true. I’d like to explain the reality of these exciting claims and give you a layman’s understanding of how Power Savers work.

A Power Saver is a device which you plug in to your power socket. Apparently just by keeping the device connected it will immediately reduce your power consumption. Typical claims are savings between 25% and 40%.

The technology behind Power Saver units comes from German research coupled with Asian manufacturing and it is based on sound scientific principles.

Electricity is not stable. When electricity flows the voltage can rise and fall all the time. The rises in voltage are known as ‘spikes’ and they cannot be used by your appliances at all. All these spikes do is waste your electricity. These power spikes also convert electrical energy into heat energy which leaks power from your circuit. Not only that but the heat will also do long-term danage to your wiring and to your appliances.

There are a few Power Saver models on the market but they all work along the same principle. They store the electricity inside of it using a system of capacitors and they release it in a smoother way to normal without the spikes. The systems also automatically remove carbon from the circuit which also encourages a smoother electrical flow. This means that you will have less power spikes. More of the electricity flowing around your circuit can be used to power your appliances than before.

There are many factors which do affect the efficiency of your Power Saver. The device works immediately after plugging it in although it can take as long as 8 days before it has adjusted itself for peak performance. The rate of savings will depend on what kind of appliances you have connected. All appliances are different but expect savings of up to 25% on lights, 30% on air-conditioning units and up to 35% on other appliances.

The highest savings will be in areas where voltage supply is less stable. Locations close to shops, restaurants and light industries tend to gain additional savings from Power Saver devices.

So how can you be sure that your Power Saver is working correctly?

Most often Power Savers come fitted with a light to indicate that it is working. If you have access to an electricity meter then you should see it immediately slowing down. Assuming that the light is on and that you leave the device unattended you can expect savings immediately. Be aware that often electricity companies will not take meter readings each month. Often bills are calculated on monthly averages which self-correct over time so please be aware of that in using your bill as a guide.

Finally, it is highly recommended to order your Power Savers from companies offering 100% guarantees for longer than 30 days. Remember that 30 days may not be sufficient time to truly know if the device is working as effectively as you expect. Try to work with companies that extend their guarantee dates to at least 60 day which gives you a much longer period to assess the benefits.

How To Choose The Right Home Bar For You

Do you want to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends in the privacy of your own home bar - away from the noise, jostling and smoky interiors of crowded clubs? Do you want the quiet simplicity of a basic home bar to mix a few drinks or maybe have a saloon-style outdoor home bar to add sizzle and excitement to your summer parties? Drinking in moderation can bring people together and add an element of celebration to most social and family gatherings. And in this age of open plan houses and home entertainment systems, the home bar is becoming more popular as a focal point for partying and socialising. Whatever your lifestyle requirements and party dreams, there is a home bar to suit your space, style and budget needs. But how do you choose the home bar that is right for you? How to choose the home bar that is right for you 1. The most important question to ask is: How much space can you allocate for your home bar? - If you have a big space, you may choose a home bar that will be permanently located in a large recreation room, den or covered patio. Most permanent home bars have separate serving counters, storage space for bottles, glassware and bar accessories, including bar stools. - If you have a medium-sized space, then you may choose a semi-permanent home bar resembling a cocktail cabinet. Most semi-permanent home bars have pullout shelves or cabinet top space to mix and serve drinks. They also usually display bar equipment, glassware and bottles. - If you have a smaller space or want the convenience of entertaining guests in any part of the house - both indoors and outdoors - you may choose a mobile home bar on wheels. Just make sure that your mobile home bar has enough space on top or that it has pullout counter to lay out glasses and prepare drinks. 2. The next question is: What would be the best location for your home bar? - Do you want your home bar indoors or outdoors? - Can you put your home bar in a corner to save space? - Is the location convenient for you, your guests and other family members living at home? - Do you want your home bar tucked away in the basement for privacy and so as not to disturb other family members when you are partying with friends? - Do you want it in the living room or your study? - Or if you often entertain outdoors, do you want an outdoor home bar in aluminium or wicker in the covered patio? 3. How much storage space do you need for your wine glasses, vintage bottles, and other bar accessories? 4. Will you need a roomy countertop to mix and serve your drinks? And what countertop material do you prefer? - If you love the natural grain and beauty of wood, then you may opt for a mahogany, dark cherry or oak countertop. - If you are partial to the elegance and easy maintenance of natural stone, then you may opt for a marble or granite countertop. 5. What home bar material, design and style would fit both your décor and cleaning maintenance requirements? - Most home bar shops whether online or brick and mortar stock a wide range of styles from traditional, to contemporary, kitsch to old western. - If your taste is more traditional, then you may opt for the American colonial or old world European designs in dark woods with elegant flourishes and intricate carvings. - If contemporary, then the cleaner lines of Swedish organic minimalism might be for you. - If Hollywood glamor and old western, then you may opt for a saloon-style rustic timber home bar in your backyard or game room. 6. And last but not least, what is your budget? There is a wide range of home bars to suit every budget - from the lower priced $600 bar cabinets, to the $1000 mid-range mark, and up to the classical timber home bars that cost $2000 and above. - If you have $600, you can get a home bar in the bar cabinet style with a beautiful wood carved front in lovely oak finish. Some bar cabinets have removable wine racks - holding six bottles, wood serving trays, front drawers and pullouts to rest glasses. Most bar cabinet doors have dual inset shelves to keep condiments and accessories. - If you like the traditional look and have $1000 to spare, you can get an old world style home bar with deep, rich wood curves and flourishes and elegant black granite countertop. Home bars at this price range can give you spacious service areas to store up to 15 wine bottles, stemware racks to store wine glasses, shelves to store liquors and drawers to keep tools and bar accessories. - Or if you want the ultimate in home bar furniture and have more than $2000 in your bank account, then you may opt for traditional classic timber home bars with gorgeous wood top, ornate, hand-carved wood detailing, brass plated foot rails to rest those weary feet, ample drawers and shelves to store supplies and wine bottles, wine glass racks for convenience, and can include matching leather topped bar stools. Cheers!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cabinets - explained

Whether it’s in your bedroom, your bathroom or your kitchen, cabinets are a good place to store all sorts of things. Despite that, you tend to take them for granted – that is, until you need to replace them.

If you need to get new cabinets – whether it’s because the old ones broke, or you just felt like a change – you should arm yourself with information before you ever walk into the showroom. Unchecked, the salespeople will direct you towards the most expensive cabinets in the place, and then charge you a whacking great fee for installation as well.

As all cabinets must meet a minimum safety standard to comply with regulations, you don’t need to worry that the ones you choose will fall down. This means that you can pick just about any cabinet that takes your fancy. I would recommend that you go for one made of wood, however, as they tend to be more attractive-looking and longer-lasting than plastic or fake-wood cabinets.

Also, even if you’re really taken with the exterior of a cabinet, don’t forget to look inside. You need to make sure that the shelf arrangement is suitable for what you want to use the cabinet for – ideally, you should get one with customisable shelves, so that you can move them around if you ever need to.

When it comes to installation, you can do it yourself, but you may find it to be more time and trouble than it’s worth. Unless you’re experienced in DIY, you’re probably better off shopping around to find a professional who will work for a good rate, especially if the cabinet was reasonably expensive – if you break it by trying to put it up yourself, the shop will have no sympathy for you at all, and won’t take it back.

How to Choose the Right Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter Lifts

Preserving mobility does not only focus on the mobility device, but the lift or carrier that makes transportation of such mobility device possible is also one very important aspect. A wheelchair/mobility scooter lift helps the physically disabled and the elderly to enjoy more independence. The lift is very convenient for these individuals who uses such mobility devices and regularly require transportation of the device from one place (e.g. home) to another (e.g. mall/park). Purchasing a lift is considered a long-term investment. Hence, it is important to realize the benefits of an appropriately selected lift. There are several options when selecting a scooter or wheelchair lift. Quality, durable lifts can be bought with three thousand dollars or less, depending primarily on the added accessories or features. Basic lifts that require manual operation is typically less expensive than motor driven lifts that may need professional installation. When buying a wheelchair/scooter lift, some things must be considered for you to get the right lift that will best suit your needs: • Brand and model of the mobility device that needs to be lifted – Some wheelchair or mobility scooter may need a particular docking device for it to be safely lifted into the vehicle. • Exact make, year, and model of your automobile/vehicle – This is important when buying an internal vehicle lift for your mobility device. • Class of hitch – For external vehicle lifts, a trailer hitch must be installed on the automobile, depending on the required weight capacity. Class II trailer hitches usually have weight capacity of 350 pounds. Class III, on the other hand, can carry up to 500 pounds. In selecting the right hitch for the trailer of your vehicle lift, a snug margin must be allowed. The total weight of the mobility device and the lift’s weight must be at the very least, 10% less than the recommended weight capacity of the trailer hitch. Supplemental factors to consider before purchasing a scooter/wheelchair lift include: • the lift’s weight and size specifications; • material of the lift; • type of operation (automatic or manual); and • Warranty from the manufacturer. After knowing the basics, the consumer is now ready to move on with comparison shopping. Whether buying your lift online or offline, it is still best to review a number of manufacturers and determine which offers the best scooter/wheelchair lift in terms of functionality and price. Selecting the right lift for your mobility device is actually not a difficult thing to do. For a vehicle lift, what you should figure out first is how far do you usually travel. From here, you can already decide whether to have an external or an internal vehicle lift. Also, your automobile’s compatibility to such lifts is of equal importance. There are several manufacturers of scooter/wheelchair lifts. You can directly go to their stores to ask about the details of their lift products. Or, some manufacturers sell their products online for a more convenient shopping. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs can now be easily transferred up or down a number of levels, thanks to this great invention – lifts! Physically handicapped individuals can now optimize and enjoy more their freedom and independence.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Buying Theater And Show Tickets

When you arrange a vacation somewhere like London, New York or Los Angeles you want to visit the theatre (theatre in London) to see a show or a play. It is an essential part of the vacation you are looking for.

Travel agents will be able to arrange a vacation package that will include tickets, but often people prefer to make their own arrangements for travel, hotels and theater tickets themselves. Doing this allows you to tailor the vacation to your exact requirements as well as cutting out the middle man. It may save a few dollars, but this is not always the case.

You may find it difficult to secure tickets for a particular show because, in many cases, travel companies have block booked thousands of seats to the most popular shows to allow them to offer appealing packages to their customers.

Tickets for some plays and shows are booked out and the only chance of obtaining a ticket is from someone who is willing to sell one. The Internet makes this sort of arrangement much easier than in the days of ticket touts, though the touts still exist.

You can look in the classified ads of the evening papers of the city where you are planning to stay, these may be available online, though there may be a subscription fee to pay. Alternatively you can try the auction sites where tickets for even the most popular shows are always available - at a price.

There are specialist ticket-selling agencies where you can book a ticket for any show or play, in any city in the world, for the face value PLUS a booking fee. These are not black market outlets and they often only have tickets for a few hours for top shows and artists. You really need to be organised well in advance to queue or access their websites if you want a ticket for a top artist or theatre.

How To Benefit 4 Ways With A Memory Foam Mattress

Are you feeling tired or sluggish in the mornings? One reason for this might be the quality of your mattress. Sleeping on a poor quality mattress not only affects your sleep, but the rest of your day. A poor quality mattress can affect your sleep cycle by either decreasing the time you spend in a certain sleep stage or abolishing a stage of the sleep cycle altogether. Could it be that a memory foam mattress might get you a good night's rest? Advantage # 1: Sensitivity To Weight You've probably heard that NASA first designed a prototype to memory foam in the early 1970's. Further modifications to the product were completed at the request of the hospital industry. When NASA first designed memory foam, they probably never fully understood how beneficial this product would be to regular consumers. By its ability to adjust to a person's weight, memory foam mattresses have allowed many people to finally sleep comfortably throughout the whole night. One of the first advantages of a memory foam mattress is its sensitivity to weight. This is quite handy for you if you are a couple sleeping in the same bed. Usually there is always a difference in the weight between the man and the woman, and if one person constantly moves in a regular bed, this could disturb the other person. With memory foam, you wouldn't detect your sleep partner's movement. The mattress will adjust and reposition itself as you adjust your sleeping position through the night. A memory foam mattress really is a great choice for this reason! Advantage # 2: Sensitivity To Temperature The second advantage of a memory foam mattress is its ability to adjust for temperature sensitivity. Even though the human body maintains a constant body temperature, the external parts of your body will be at different temperatures. When a person lies down onto the memory foam, the foam material will absorb the heat from your body and soften. The advantage of having a material that is sensitive to temperature is quite useful in the hospital industry for which it was designed. It is also quite handy in the case of someone with an injury because the injured area of the body will normally be fevered and the mattress will respond with extra softness at the place it's needed most. When purchasing a mattress, some people might be concerned about it becoming too hot, however the mattresses are now built with an air exchange system that overcomes this. Advantage # 3: Adjusts To Your Body To Provide Support After NASA abandoned the designing of memory foam, the hospital industry took an interest in it and therefore there was still a demand for its production. Another amazing advantage of owning a memory foam mattress is the total support that it provides. When you first lay on the mattress, you will feel it adjust to the contours of your body. Your neck and spine will be held in perfect alignment, and you will be able to feel how the material is fully supporting your body from head to toe. When you lay down on the mattress, the material expands to absorb the force your body is applying to it. Selecting a mattress of the correct density for your height and weight can further help you achieve total support for your body. Therefore, in the end you are left with the ability to achieve full body support by sleeping on a memory foam mattress. Advantage # 4: Memory Foam Mattresses Are Reasonably Priced Since it's first design, memory foam mattresses have definitely become more affordable, allowing the average consumer to purchase one. It might have been possible that if NASA had continued on the design of the material, that this amazing invention of memory foam would have only been available to astronauts. Luckily, this is not the case and good quality memory foam mattress pricing ranges from $1400 dollars for a twin size. The more luxurious memory foam mattresses will cost a bit more.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Buying Mobility Scooters Wisely

A mobility scooter can better lead your way to freedom and independence.
Mobility scooters are great investments that can be enjoyed for several years. Therefore, one should carefully choose the mobility scooter that will best suit his/her needs.

Here is a list of guide questions that can help you buy the most essential and appropriate mobility scooter for you.

1. Will the mobility scooter be used to travel indoors or outdoors?

If you intend to travel your mobility scooter indoors, like inside the home or at the malls, a compact type of mobility scooter with easy maneuverability and a fixed turning radius is the right option. On the other hand, when traveling outdoors are considered, like on highways or difficult landscapes, a sturdier and more rugged mobility scooter that has the capability to pass through rougher roads/grounds is recommended. Speed and stability must also be considered for long outdoor travels. Also, it is important to note that mobility scooters that will travel on main roads should be equipped with taillights and headlights with speed of 8 mph minimum, as provided by law.

2. Do you intend to navigate difficult terrains?

If it would be necessary for you to pass through rough roads like curbs or steep hills, a mobility scooter with four wheels may provide you with extra power and stability to deal with obstacles.

3. Is the mobility scooter comfortable for you?

In choosing a mobility scooter, the support and room of a 3-wheeled scooter will best accommodate the length of your legs. For individuals who find it difficult to sit upright, the stability of a 4-wheeled scooter is a perfect choice. Also, a seat that swivels can add more comfort for trouble-free way to get in and out of the vehicle.

4. Do you need a mobility scooter that can be easily stored and transported?

Some mobility scooters can be folded and be fitted in the boot of your car. And many of these scooters can also be dismantled and re-assembled with no tools necessary. If you own a large automobile, bringing along a fixed and full-sized mobility scooter will not be any trouble. However, for a safer and more convenient travel, as well as for easy storage, compact and foldable mobility scooters will make a brilliant choice.

5. Do you want to include accessories in your mobility scooter?

Certain models of mobility scooters feature a variety of accessories that are both stylish and functional. Some may include canopies to protect the occupant from the rain while others may have storage for cargoes or crutches. Scooter accessories can be personalized according to the preference of the buyer or eventual user.

6. Where do you like to purchase your mobility scooter?

The conventional way of buying mobility scooters is purchasing them offline at dedicated mobility stores and dealers. But with the popularity of the Internet nowadays, online shopping for mobility scooters are becoming a hit. Many online stores offer free door-to-door shipping and an exchange/return policy for defective or unsatisfactory mobility scooters.

Buying a mobility scooter may be somehow overwhelming, so think first before purchasing. Be a wise consumer! GP

How to buy a gift basket online?

Gift basket is an easy way to show your true feelings and care that you hold for your friends and family. It is not necessary that you have to wait for certain occasion but you can gift a gift basket anytime you feel would be cherished for years. You have the option of either making a gift basket of your own or to purchase it from the market or online. To buy a gift basket online should never be a harrowing experience but it should rather be a rewarding experience if you know what you are looking for. Tips to buy a gift basket online: 1. You should decide in advance what sort of gift basket you wish to have because when you will make a search entering a more specific keywords shall be more advantageous. For example if you type the word “gift baskets” you shall get a overwhelming search results displayed whereas if you enter the words such as “gourmet gift baskets” or “bath gift baskets” shall display you more narrowed results. 2. You can also ask your friends about their favorite websites for buying gift baskets and find out if they are unhappy with any of those baskets or services they received and therefore you can stay away from such stores. 3. You have a benefit of buying gift basket online is that you can easily make price comparisons offered by various websites. So if you find any gift basket on a particular website to purchase you should first check the same basket on a different website whether they too are offering at the same price or lesser prices. 4. After you find an online website or store that you like then you should be sure to check for the warranty, guarantee or return policies that it offers. A good store will have all these information readily available. 5. You should also check with the Better Business Bureau so as to know if any complaints have been filed against the store you intend to buy from. 6. It is very important to see that the website you are purchasing the gift basket from, is a secure site that uses some form of encryption when the data is being transferred across the internet. This way you can ensure that your credit information is not passed on to others except the merchant. 7. When you buy gifts online you need to check the shipping information also. This is to ensure that the gift basket you have ordered arrives on time and quickly in case it is some sort of perishable goods. Visit

Friday, October 22, 2010

Buying Embroidery Machines

Types of Embroidery Machines:

When shopping for embroidery machines, remember that there are different types of equipments that can be classified under embroidery machines, based on function, size and use. The most common types are those that need manual operation to create designs on fabrics and other materials, and are mainly used for fiber art and quilting projects. These are:

1. Embroidery only Machine: This unit is meant only for embroidery and can be a great accompaniment for sewing machines, and for creating simple embellishments of existing items. Portable, so best for homeowners who love to embroider.

2. Combination Embroidery Machine: This equipment combines sewing and embroidery features into one unit. Great for tailors or sewers who want to embroider too.

3. Commercial Embroidery Machine: Has multiple needles. Several colors can be threaded before starting work on the design so a lot of time is saved. Units can be large, so best for commercial and heavy use.

Computerized Embroidery Machines:

Computerized Embroidery Machines, though a little more expensive than conventional embroidery machines, are most convenient for hobbyists and professionals alike. These units are capable of automatically creating designs from pre-made patterns that are fed into them through CDs, floppy disks, or flash cards. They can also be connected to a computer to create custom designs.

The average Computerized Embroidery Machine costs around 500-600 dollars, along with the digitizing software program. Additional embroidery patterns can be bought from manufacturers, and other companies dealing with these kinds of embroidery accessories. However, many people prefer to create their own patterns by attaching the machine to a computer loaded with digitizing programs capable of resizing, editing and creating patterns.

Embroidery machine software programs can be divided into Commercial software– for custom designs, Machine-specific software – That can be downloaded for personal use, Independent-vendor software - An add-on for converting formats, Independent-designers software – which requires brand-specific hardware and software.

Important Features to Look for:

After you’ve made a decision to buy an embroidery machine that you like, don’t forget to double check if the equipment incorporates any of these important features:

1. Mirror-image capability - enables symmetry and balance in the pattern-creating process.

2. Cutaway Backing – enables cutting the excess with a pair of scissors.

3. Tearaway Backing – enables the excess to be torn away after fabric is embroidered.

4. Automatic needle threaders.

5. Bobbin: The spool that holds the thread. The stitches on the underside of the garment are formed by the Bobbin thread.

6. Presser foot - a tool that is used to hold the fabric steady and provides support and stability to the garment being embroidered.

7. Hoop – another embroidery tool to hold the fabric steady.

8. Embroidery Scanner - can scan custom designs and convert them into stitches.

Popular Embroidery Machines:

Some of the more popular Embroidery Machines that you might want to consider before buying one include those manufactured by Tajima and Melco such as Bernina, Pfaff, Babylock and Brother; and other brands like White and Simplicity.

How can you save money on your grocery bill?

Title: How can you save money on your grocery bill? Word Count: 421 Summary: An article showing you how to save 30% - 40% on your grocery bill. Keywords: working at home, health, products, wealth, networking marketing, save money, earn money, alternative, environment Article Body: I work part-time at a widely known drugstore. I wanted to do an experiment and I asked my manager for his help. We picked a week randomly from his log. We added up the sales from the cosmetic counter and the first register. That way we could get varied items including personal care, cleaning items and food. We took the totals from items that were only cleaning and personal care products. The average order turned out to be 25.00 for that week. Now I would like to address an issue I have heard from others that requested information about switching stores for better safer products but said they couldn’t spend $50-$60 a month. I know for a fact, ( I see the same people on the days I work) that these customers come in every week spending an average of $25 dollars a visit. Now if you changed your store and purchased similar items for 30%-40% off, you would be saving money. So let’s get the money facts. Say you spend 20.00 a week on average for personal care, cleaning products of all kinds and some nutritious snacks. This is being very frugal. 20.00 times 4 weeks is 80.00. Take that 80.00, put it aside and switch stores. Purchase only the items you need and you will have an extra $20-$25 at the end of the month. Now times that $20-$25 by 12 (a year) and you will be saving $240.00 - $300.00 a year. Wow that’s a good amount of money. Now wonder if you got paid to refer others like a restaurant or book. Say you refer 8 friends and family and you do this in a month. Now you are earning almost $500.00 for that month and saving an average of $270.00 a year. Add those two figures and you now have an extra $770.00. Let’s look at a bigger picture. Say you help 8 every month for a year. It’s 6,000.00 for helping others, then 13,200.00 in bonuses and 7600.00 in residual income equaling 26,800.00. That is not including others helping others. That could add another 26,800.00 making the total 53,600.00 in part-time work, not to mention a $400.00 car payment every month. So now you can see the advantage of residual income and the idea of saving money and helping others. It is very simple and easy. Email me and I can show you how you can start today. That's just the money side. I can show you how our everyday household products can help clean your home environment. I can show you how they can help you and your family have healthier lives. Email me for more information.

How a Powered Wheelchair Can Enhance the Living Condition of the Handicapped and Elderly?

Title: How a Powered Wheelchair Can Enhance the Living Condition of the Handicapped and Elderly? Word Count: 722 Summary: Wheelchairs are a boon to not only the handicapped but also for the elderly people. There are various types of wheelchairs. Some are manually operated and the others are electrically operated. Some wheelchairs are operated with the help of sensor devices. Here is a little information about the enhancement of living condition of the elderly and handicapper people with the help of the wheelchair fitted with sensors. Keywords: wheelchair, electric wheelchair Article Body: Wheelchairs are a boon to not only the handicapped but also for the elderly people. There are various types of wheelchairs. Some are manually operated and the others are electrically operated. Some wheelchairs are operated with the help of sensor devices. Here is a little information about the enhancement of living condition of the elderly and handicapper people with the help of the wheelchair fitted with sensors. As mentioned earlier the wheelchairs are of immense help to the handicapped people, elderly people and others who could not walk due to various medical ailments. Those people need to move on their own. Confining themselves within four walls will harm them physically and mentally. Wheelchairs are nothing but chair on wheels. The chairs will have four wheels. The rear wheels will be larger than the front wheels. The chairs will be provided with sensors for safety, ultramodern navigation modules and steering that is omni directional. The introduction of powered wheelchair is of biggest help for the severely disabled persons. They can move to different places without the help of others and even without exerting themselves much as in the case of manual wheelchairs. Conventional wheelchairs are very difficult to operate for the people who have limited psycho -mental capacity. There are two reasons for this. The first one is their mental and physical inability to operate the wheelchair. The other reason is the complicated household environments such as small bathrooms located in one corner of the house with narrow passage. Controlling the wheelchair will be hard for those who have restricted psycho-mental capacity. In order to help severely affected people through research the technicians have come out with newer model. These models are provided with sensor instruments. These sensor instruments fitted in the wheelchair prevent the collision of the machine with any object be it is wall or other furniture items. Hence the occupant need not worry about the collision and the subsequent injury while maneuvering the machine through the narrow passage. There is more freedom of operation. Some of the wheelchairs are provided with facilities like playback [moving on the prescribed or recorded direction and path] and back -tracing [facility to reverse the recent application] The occupant of the wheelchair should be taught very well about the functioning of the wheelchair. It is better to make the occupant to go through the operating booklet thoroughly. Incase on any doubt about the particular function, it has to be clarified by the technician then and there. The basic function of the wheelchair must be made to known to the occupant otherwise we may need to design or order specific wheelchair for the occupant, I mean for the disabled person. Few models of the wheelchairs are fitted with IR or ultrasonic sensors. The prime function of this sensor is to prevent dashing, thus providing safe movement. Some other wheelchairs are provided with sensors that help in movement directed by the environment. These sensors help in moving the wheelchair along the wall or through the door or for docking the wheelchair at station. Few other models were provided with special control devices such as play-back and back-tracing as mentioned earlier. As the wheelchair is fitted with more advance equipments the movement the wheelchair by the occupant becomes very easy and the occupants are less burdened. At the same time as the functionality of the machine becomes more the safety becomes very important which should never be compromised. Though the powered wheelchairs move automatically with the press of button, the speed and the direction must be decided by the occupant. Hence the occupant must be given proper training before letting him to operate the machine on his own. For some time it is better to ask the occupant to operate the machine inside the house. Once he is confident of himself, he can be allowed to use the wheelchair wherever he wants. Though there are difficulty in understanding and operating the powered wheelchair, there is no doubt that these powered machines enhance the standard of living of the handicapped and the elderly people once they are familiar with the machine and its operation. The occupant will be confidant of himself, the dependency of the occupant on the other person for his movement will be less. The freedom of the occupant is ensured with the sensor controlled wheel chairs.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Buying Candles For Holiday Cheer For All Types Of Friends

Scented candles have become a staple for the holidays and especially throughout the fall and winter months. Not all of us know exactly how to go about plucking one candle from the cacophony of many and deciphering whether its aroma will be sweetly pleasant or nauseatingly sickening. What matters is not so much how you respond to it, but how the individual it is meant for will respond.

It is worth noting that many people who suffer from asthma and other types of respiratory diseases struggle with candles. Even if you have noticed scented candles in their home, you might want to reconsider, unless you can get close enough to the candle they have selected and jot down the brand name and the fragrance. Some people with respiratory diseases can only tolerate certain scents and others will send their asthma or breathing difficulties into over drive.

Quality candles can be rather expensive. They are a great gift for those who appreciate them simply because of their expense. Buying one candle is not difficult, as the price often ranges between $20 and $40. But buying numerous candles can really run up a tab. It can be hard to justify to a significant other why there are charges on the credit card for $140 for candles when it appears that you can pick up the same thing at the grocery store for $5. There is a reason for quality and price when it comes to a candle. Sure, you can drop $5 on a scented candle, but then nobody is going to be able to enjoy its scent. They dont tend to be strong enough to alter the aroma of a house or apartment, and sometimes not even one room. Scented candles worth their weight in pleasant aroma run more because their quality is that much higher. And when you can use just two candles to liven up your homes aromatic qualities, its worth the price.

Candles have a positive affect on most people, even when its not known. Aromatherapy is a therapy based completely on scents. Studies have confirmed that aromas cause the brain to leach out different hormones. When the nasal area is more than satisfied, and smells pleasant aromas within the home, there is a connection made in the brain that triggers greater relaxation and stronger emotional ties to the home. Can aromatherapy stop an affair? No. Its not a magical source that will rework ones character. But what it can do is allow for a more relaxed and calm environment within the home, which can help facilitate conversation, laughter, and even sexual intimacy. While the complete range of the benefits of aromatherapy are not yet known, the results that have been established are quite positive and, in my opinion, certainly worth $40 a month on a candle or two.

When youre trying to buy scented candles for others, all of these ideas line up. The gift youre giving is one of aromatherapy and eased expense for the candle lover. This is greatly appreciated. Of course you want to get the right candles for the right person, but unless you know what type of fragrances they appreciate, it can be hard to pick out something positively perfect. Most people who are shooting blind in the candle buying arena tend to go for neutral smells. Smells, while technically are divided up into numerous categories, are divided up into three basic styles for purposes of clarity. There are sweet smells, neutral smells, and what I call potent smells but the rest of the world seems to refer to as hearty smells.

Sweet smells, as you would expect, smell like something that remind us of cookies baking or apple pie or fruit. These smells include most of your vanilla scents and a lot of your linen scents. Sweet smells are lovely to some and sickening for others. Unless you know for sure how your recipient feels about these things, avoid the sweet smells.

Hearty smells are the smells that arent sweet, but offer a strong and bold aroma. Pine scents, herb scents, and some of your tree and nature scents are considered hearty. These are usually preferred by someone who isnt crazy about the sweetness of some smells. However, those that prefer sweet smells find hearty smells to be overpowering.

The neutral smells are those that are considered to be less identifiable. Sometimes they come with cute scent names like sand, sea, and air. Some linens will be more neutral than sweet. Neutral scents are good for those who offer you no clue to their preference. Often a neutral scent can fit into most peoples aroma range with ease. They are usually not as strong as your sweet or hearty scents, but can be subtle and remind us of things that are clean.

When picking up a candle for a loved one or a friend, choosing between the long list of scents can be very difficult. If you approach it with the idea of the three basic scents, youre going to have a much better shot at purchasing a candle that will be well received.

Home Inspection – Going On Top

Everyone who buys or sells a house, apartment or condo is going to use a home inspector at one time or another and even though you pretty much know what they do, many of you might have more appreciation for them once you learn more details of there chosen profession. Home inspectors have been around for a long time and they will be here for a lot longer, preparing reports, giving advice and recommendations and to some, a peace of mind. Because this is a big subject and there is a lot to say, right know I will focus on roof inspection and also give a little class on roof construction. First the basics – Pitched Roofs The basic structure of a typical pitched roof is: the framework, a deck and a weather resistant covering. The purpose of the deck is to serve as a base for supporting the roof covering, which is what protects the roof. (Pretty simple so far, right?) A pitched roof has a series of parallel beams (joists) joined at the top at angles, like tepees with a supporting overlay (the deck), usually plywood or similar material that serves as a base for supporting the roof covering (shingles), which has the purpose of shedding the water away from the roof either into gutters or just falling off the roofline. The deck is not waterproof so the shingles must be intact and able to withstand all types of weather, (except tornadoes and meteoroids) be it snow, hail, or rain. I can’t speak for all home inspectors because they have there own techniques and working procedures. Like most people I had a couple of them look over my house, so from my experience they generally do a outside visual of roofs that entails walking around the house, sometimes with the aid of binoculars for close-up viewing or use a ladder for ranch type houses, if practical. They generally don’t want to walk up there for liability issues (fear of there foot going through the roof), but I feel that is the best way to check for roof structural integrity and they need to do it anyway for flat roofs. Needless to say they would be responsible for any damages they do in the course inspection! A typical roof inspection will include checking for: Uneven shingles – poor installation of a second layer over an old one. This might be ok but will be prone to water damage. When making an attic inspection the deck should be checked for damage and signs of leakage. Sagging roof – probably deck damage, but may be a structural problem like a damaged ridge beam (A beam placed on end at the top of the roof and fastened to the rafters) or a roof deck that may not have adequate bracing or spacing of wood-frame support members. This is better left for a structural engineer for evaluation. Roof ventilation – in a way roofs have to breathe too, that’s why there are roof vents on the roof and in the soffit (a horizontal board nailed to a roof overhang). Warm air must have an escape in attic space or there will be moisture buildup and the wood will rot. This can also cause streaks on interior walls and peeling paint. An inspection should be made of vent placement and count to evaluate if there is adequate ventilation. Shingles- If the roof is pitched it will most likely have overlapping shingles to shed water away and down the roof. The south and southwest sides of the roof gets most of the sun that makes brittle and age faster, thereby causing deterioration. If there is any cracking, pealing or breakage of these ‘tiles’ they will need repair or replacement because it will not protect the roof. Flat Roofs Even if a roof has a slight pitch it is considered a flat roof. As with the pitched roof this is the first thing inspected. Sometimes an interior wall that has signs of water damage could be traced back to the roof. Since this type of roof can’t be seen from the ground inspection must be made at top of the house. On a two story or more building access to the roof has to be made from inside, a stairwell, ladder, or an access hole in the ceiling of a room, probably a bedroom closet or pantry. As with any type of roof ventilation is key so checking for air vents is a must. A ventilation opening can be a pipe coming from the roof top or an open space on the side of the roofline right below the roof. A flat roof differs from a pitched one in that it is water tight, not just shedding water like a pitched one. At one time standing water was considered a good thing because it would cool the roof a bit during the summer months. There should be no ponds of standing water because this could be a breeding ground for insects and more importantly plants, where the roots can break through the asphalt covering. Special attention should me made when inspecting flat roofs because even small cracks between the roofs drain and the roof covering could become serious. There are many types of flat roofs like single-ply membrane, roll roofing, metal roofs, hot tar covered or built-up roofs an inspecting them is similar in every case. The inspector will look for any visible cracking, blisters, weak spots or any kind of corrosion that will compromise the structural integrity of the roof. The cause of a leak on an interior wall or ceiling may be hard to find because it may have started on the roof, then zig-zagged its way down, but several feet away from the area you saw it. These are some of the things home inspectors look for and report on when checking roofs. They not only go in 120ºF attics but also crawl under houses, and look in chimney stacks, but do so with a great deal of courtesy and professionalism!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Buying Bunk Beds For Kids

Among bunk beds, the most common are bunk beds for kids. Bunk beds made for adults differ with children bed bunks, since the former serves a more functional purpose, similar to military bunk beds. On the other hand, childrens' bunk beds are built for another purpose - an entertaining one - and that is, for kids to be excited in going to sleep. Childrens' bunk beds are undoubtedly exciting. For many children, especially those who just grew up from sleeping in cribs, they want a bed for bigger kids. Plus, bunk beds are not difficult to play in and allow another sibling to sleep with another.

I. Special Precautions For Children

Bunk beds are fun, but bunk beds for children have safety risks. Children might fall from their beds. That is why it is important to put up the side guardrails on the upper bunk's two sides. These must be secured firmly whenever the child is sleeping. Another rule that you should follow is not to permit kids below six years of age to sleep or stay in the bunk's upper part. It is also important to have a safety ladder. You could teach your kids on safely using the ladder. Discourage playing on the ladder to avoid accidents. Lastly, if your kid sleeps in a bunk bed, it is advisable to have a nearby light on, just in case the kid wakes up at night and has to get out of the bed. If think your baby is too old enough for a crib, consider first the following before you buy a bunk bed.

II. Is Your Child Old Enough For A Bunk Bed?

1. Assess if your kid is really ready to have a bed. Transferring to the bed from the crib may be difficult for some kids, especially preschoolers or toddlers. Make it slow and assess if the kid is having apprehensions moving.

2. When you shop, you could ask the store staff if the bed has met the standards required by the American Society of Testing Materials. If it does, then you could buy it.

3. Plan ahead. Your kid will most likely sleep in the bed you will buy for many years to come. Consider the size of the bunk bed, since your kid might grow faster than you expected.

4. Shop around for choices. There are bunk beds ranging from toddler sizes to full-size ones. There are also beds shaped like castles or cars. Some even have the contemporary or antique look.

5. Do not be surprised if you are paying more than $100. The more fancy or elaborate models have prices ranging from $300 to as high as $1,500, and that is for the frame alone. Some beds do include a mattress, but you have to shell out more for it and box spring.

6. Purchase a top quality mattress. Measure it. The mattress should fit perfectly in the bunk. The measurement should be at most one inch of space from the mattress to the bunk bed's frame. Check out the slats on the lower bunk which holds the mattress to ensure that they give strong support and are properly and securely screwed into the bed frame side.

7. Consider buying guard rails. The kid who slept in a crib may feel assured of the crib's security. It may take some time for the kid to get used to the bunk bed. There are guard rails that are attachable to the bunk bed using screw or can be slid under the bed's mattress. Check the sturdiness of these guard rails before you allow your kid to sleep in the bed.

8. Check the spaces between the bed frame and guard rails, as well as in the footboard and headboard on the upper bunk. The space should be at most 3.5 inches of space in all these areas. This is to avoid smaller kids from becoming trapped or slipping through.

9. Inspect all the bed's edges and corners. Make sure that the corners and edges are smooth.

10. Check the bed's stability by shaking it vigorously.

11. See if one can climb the ladder easily. The ladder should be also wide enough and not narrow for your kid.

12. At the bottom bunk, sit. Your head must not hit or reach the top.

13. If possible, make the store install the bed for you.

14. From time to time, inspect the screws and bolts to ensure that they are still firmly in place.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Buying an Electric Stairlift

Numerous models and styles of electric stair lifts are out in the market today. Each one has its own special features over the others. One model or brand can be cheaper but it does not necessarily follow that it is the best for you. Another model seems to be fine until you discover it is so difficult to maintain and the warranty is very short compare to other models. Asking and searching around are not enough to ensure you have the most appropriate lift. Below are some tips you may consider when planning to purchase an electric stair lift.

• Familiarize yourself with basic information
It is very helpful if at least one person in your home understands the basic information about electric stair lifts such as lifting capacity, fold up dimension, drive system, operator controls and many more. You can find such details on the Internet. This will prevent salesmen from confusing you with highfalutin technical terms. It will also help you in finding the right model to buy since you have a clear and better understanding of what you need.

• Determine your requirements
Obviously you are buying a stair lift because you need one. But who needs it? How many people do you expect to use it and how often? Where do you plan to put it? These are basic questions that should be answered even before you search for retailers and distributors. Knowing these important details can make you save so much time, effort, money and troubles in the future. After outlining your requirements, you will have easier time in deciding which model and features should you look for.

• Request for in-home consultation
The consulting team may be independent of the reseller or distributor you intend to purchase your stair lift from. They have the expertise and experience in checking and determining which electric stair lifts is best for your home. They can check flooring requirements, stair dimensions, electrical constraints, and other important things you have to know and should consider. A consulting party can even give recommendations on where to get the best deals. It may cost you an extra buck but if you end up getting a really good advice on all the features and extras you want for your lift then why not.

• Check for financing programs
You may have enough cash to fund the purchase of a new electric stair lift but considering some financing options would not hurt. It includes various bank loans, Federal Housing Administration and Department of Housing and Community assistance programs, health insurance coverage, and even IRS tax deductible. Using one of these financing plans may help you in getting the best stair lifts for your home.

So go ahead and do not end up unhappy and miserable. That bad knee or back pain surely needs time for therapy and healing. For the meantime, your newly bought electric stair lift should provide comfort, convenience and safety to you.

Grandfather Clocks - Recapture the magic, build your own

Every child in high school learns that a pendulum's rate of swing (its period) is proportional to its length. This is the only factor that affects the period. Galileo discovered this in 1582. Today's grandfather clocks are descendents of William Clement's clock from 1670. He had discovered that a longer pendulum meant more accurate time-keeping. The long pendulum had to be enclosed to prevent children (and adults) playing with it. Hence the long-case clock was invented. The name Grandfather Clock comes from Henry Work's 1875 song, "My Grandfather's Clock." If your parents or grandparents had a grandfather clock you are certain to remember it well. Its sounding of every hour with a tremendously resonant goooooonnnngg, the way it kept you awake all night until you were used to it, the daily winding ritual, its sheer presence. How many times did you stand and watch the pendulum swinging in front of your face, safely enclosed behind a glass panel? How many times did you ask to be allowed to pull on the chains that wound it up? These fantastic historical clocks are held in the memories of more than one generation. Modern homes are generally too small to accommodate a grandfather clock easily. Some people buy one to remind them of their youth, or perhaps, to give their children similar fantastic memories of the sight, sound and presence of this amazing timepiece. You can now buy plans or kits to make your own grandfather, or long case, clock. These clocks will obviously come at a lower cost than an antique, or any other ready made grandfather clock. The kits come in a variety of finishes, from palest pine to darkest rosewood. The most important thing to check out before you buy is the sound of the chime. You are going to live with this for a long time; you have to like the sound of your clock.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Buying An Adjustable Bed - What To Look For - What To Avoid

In recent years, the adjustable bed has transitioned from the health care industry to the home and millions of users are reaping the benefits. Prices for high quality adjustable beds rival those of their traditional counterparts and offer many more benefits. There are a variety of reasons to purchase an adjustable bed. The ability to independently raise the legs into a 30-45 degree angle, also known as the semi-fowler position, can often reduce stress in the lower back and improve circulation in the extremities. Many people just appreciate the ability to raise the mattress into a reclining position for watching T.V. or reading.

Adjustable beds are available in the same sizes as traditional beds with the exception of the king sizes. Rather than a single king size mattress, adjustable beds utilize two twin mattresses side by side to allow independent control for each of the users. This type of bed is also referred to as a dual king and is typically the most popular choice for those that share a bed with a spouse.

When shopping for an adjustable bed, there are many features available to choose from. Some features such as battery backup and wired hand control, should be standard. Added features such as wireless controls and heat and massage can typically be added for an additional charge. You can also purchase safety rails and risers to aid in care giving.

Once you have decided on the proper mattress and base, consider adding a topper made of Visco memory foam for additional comfort and support. Foam toppers made with Visco memory foam have the ability to conform to the curves of the body and allow pressure to be evenly distributed across your side and back rather than on the shoulders, hips, and knees. Toppers also provide a more breathable surface than traditional mattress pads and are well worth the extra money up front.

Many customers often consider purchasing a used bed from a friend or neighbor or from a site such as Ebay. As a rule, stay away from used beds and bases. The technology and materials have improved drastically over the last several years and chances are, a used bed will be inferior to a current model. Do not risk inheriting someone else's problem to save a few dollars. You also have to consider the shipping and set up of a used purchase. Adjustable beds are quite heavy and require, at minimum, two people to deliver and set up. Most on line providers of adjustable beds include delivery and set up in the cost of the bed.

Keep these suggestions in mind and you will be sleeping comfortably and worry free in your new adjustable bed.