Top 10 xbox games your kids want for christmas this year guaranteed

Here are some of the main Xbox games kids will be playing and talking about this Christmas. A variety of styles and levels of difficulty are included. Any of these games can be enjoyed by old pro's or beginners. 1. Grand Theft Auto Double Pack For the price of one game, you get both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City together. Both GTA games give players some of the best racing and action gameplay available. This is an Xbox classic. 2. Need For Speed: Most Wanted Take a unique, fast-paced ride in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Build up your Rap Sheet to become the most wanted street racer. Drive head-to-head against top drivers while evading cops. A great racing Xbox game. 3. Halo: Combat Evolved This game is story-driven, includes science fiction, and keeps the action level high. Halo has elaborate scenes as well as a ton of pure blasting action. This first-person shooter game is the standard by which all other first-person shooters are measured. 4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Knights of the Old Republic allows gamers to choose whether to walk the Dark or the Light side. This game mixes real-time and turn-based combat, and features tons of realistic dialogue of the Star Wars genre. 5. NBA Street V3 This is a fresh and challenging basketball game, featuring players from the fictional Street Legends team and real NBA players. The single-player game is rich but the multi-player game is even better, more complex and sophisticated. 6. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge This air combat game features tons of shooting action, a deep storyline, and online competition. The reward system provides a bunch of fresh airplanes opponents to add challenge. 7. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time If you or your child enjoy artistic style and texture, you'll find this game a beautiful achievement in animation, and a masterful blend of platform, action and adventure genres that players will enjoy. 8. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 This shooter game holds many gamers into its addictive web and keeps them playing late into the night. With plenty of game maps and new ones still being released, there's still plenty to discover after the initial gametime. 9. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow Players choose to be either Spies or Mercenaries. Each group comes with different moves, equipment, and objectives. The Spies play in third-person while the Mercenaries play from a realistic first-person view. 10. Project Gotham Racing 2 Provides amazing racing detail in various city streets where you can speed away in over 200 different cars. The scoring system allows drivers to earn points off slides, catching air, and passing opponents. Learn to drive cool.

Barbie dolls where did they come from

Dear Santa, Please can I have a Barbie doll for Christmas? Barbie dolls have probably been on Christmas wish lists for several generations of girls. In fact Barbie has become a household name for many years. Who created the first concept of the Barbie doll? The story started with the birth of Ruth Mosko in Denver Colarado in 1916. Ruth married Elliot Handler in 1938. Elliot Handler and his business partner Harold ‘Matt” Matson formed the company Mattel. The name was created by a combination of their names ‘Matt-Ell”. Mattel originally manufactured picture frames, but after making dolls furniture from scraps decided to focus on toy manufacturing for which Mattel is now famous.

Ruth Handler noticed that her young daughter Barbara was more interested in playing with adult dolls, than the baby dolls that were available at that time. While traveling in Europe she saw a German doll called ‘Lilli’ which she bought for her daughter. The original ‘Lilli’ doll was not a children’s toy, but a joke style gift for men. Mattel bought the marketing rights for ‘Lilli’. They changed the doll’s name to Barbie, named after Ruth’s daughter Barbara. Barbie was first released for sale in the United States in 1959 and became a hot seller. Barbie’s boyfriend ‘Ken’ was introduced in 1960. Ken was named after Ruth’s son Kenneth. The Barbie doll was first displayed at the New York International American Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. This date became Barbie’s official birthday. There is now a fictional biography of the life of ‘Barbie’ with additional family and friends created and sold as separate dolls. The first Barbie doll wore a black-and-white "zebra-striped" swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail with tightly-curled bangs. The dolls were available either as blonds or brunettes. In succeeding years, Barbie dolls were made available with other hair styles and colors. The doll was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model", so many fashions were available for her as well. Barbie's wardrobe was designed by esteemed Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson, whose inspiration came from the fashion runways of Paris.

Free games

We all believe that entertainment can’t be free of cost. This is because all sources of amusements such as a family picnics, going to casinos, going out for a movie, dining in a five star restaurant etc. definitely require parting away with several dollars. But the premise that entertainment cannot be free of cost is falsified with the advent of online free games. Online games are the games available on the internet. The internet offers a myriad of games that can be played absolutely without charge, FREE. Kids as well as adults can enjoy them. Arcadenut games opens with different categories of games such as action, arcade, cards, shooting, etc. These sections make it much easier for an individual to choose which games to play. Once a person decides upon a game, he or she can download it without any expense or play it right there online. If the game loses its vigor in few hours or days, it can be simply discarded and another game can be adopted in its place.

If a person wants to save himself from the trouble of picking one game and rejecting it later, he has complete freedom to download any number of games in a row. While on one hand the feature of being cost free has turned out to be a blessing for the parents who had to spend countless dollars in buying video games, their CDs and cassettes for their kids to delight in, on the other hand children are hooked to the online games because of their incredible variety. Since kids frequently become bored playing a single game, this aspect magnetizes them the most. Along with this playing these games is too much of learning experience especially for kids who are new to computer world. They not only become familiar with the basics of computer and software such as flash etc., but also learn browsing different sites and surfing the net. Moreover, since online games feature almost all the adorable cartoon characters and other youth icons, kids are less attracted towards the television. They are often mesmerized by the beautiful graphics and other characteristics of the online games. Unlike card games, chess and carom that require more than one person to play, the online games are a playoff between you and your PC. So, even if you are alone, by virtue of these games you can entertain yourself very well at any hour of the day and any season of the year, all round the clock and 365 days.

Unique gifts for mom

Ah, what to buy for beloved mom for Christmas. Here’s a list of unique gifts for mom that are sure to make her smile. Unique Gifts for Mom Okay, she is probably tired of getting bubble bath and so on. This year, you need to get her a unique gift. And here we go… 1. Terry Velour Spa Wrap – In the bathroom theme, but so much more, the Terry Velour Spa Wrap is a great unique gift. The wrap is super soft, warm and is put on when getting out of the shower or bath. It has a velcro strap to ensure a snug fit and is a definite keeper with moms. You can expect to pay $40 for this unique gift. 2. Shiitake Mushroom Log – If mom likes to cook, she is going to love this very unique gift. The Shiitake Mushroom Log is exactly what it says, a wooden log on which she can grow gourmet Shiitake mushrooms for years. The log comes with instructions and starts producing mushrooms within 10 to 20 days. After the first crop, the log will continue to produce mushrooms every 8 weeks or so for years. A very unique gift that shows you put some effort into finding her a gift. The Shiitake Mushroom Log will set you back roughly $40 3. Picture Time – If you really want to make an impression, gather up your siblings and get a professional portrait done of all of you together. Next, get a custom made calligraphy card thanking Mom for putting up with all of your antics and always being there. A unique gift that is guaranteed to bring tears of happiness to her eyes. Prices will range depending on your location, so make sure to shop different photography studios. Also, make sure you see examples of their work so you can determine if you like the style. 4. Salsa Dancing Lessons – On occasion, moms need a little spice in their life. Nothing is spicier than salsa dancing lessons. Practically every metropolitan area has salsa dancing studios where mom and dad can learn the Latin dance style. Price range from location to location, but expect to spend $50 to $200 for two to four lessons. A very unique gift for mom. 5. Nomad Writing Journals – If mom likes to travel, the outdoors or just document family activities, these writing journals will be a hit. The journals come pre-organized for a variety of subjects such as travel, camping, hiking and bird watching. Each journal contains blank spaces for notes as well as cue areas to remind her to write down information such as places stayed, people met and their contact information and so on. The journals cost as low as $9 without waterproof case and $25 with case. If you’re looking for unique gifts for mom, the above list should do the trick.

Sms gaming

Using the Physical World as Your Game Board. This is not a Kinky game! SMS stands for Short Message Service. Just like our last article, this can be fun for teens and adults. You just have to do it on a different scale. Pick a location approximately 4 square city blocks of a favorite area where your teen group or friends like to be. Spend an afternoon picking locations from that area and creating hints that can be text paged easily. Pick at least ten locations if not more and three to five hints for each location. Put the hints in order of hardest to figure out to the simplest, which will almost tell them where it is. You can mix the Location Hunt game with a Scavenger Hunt! Once they find the correct location they now have to find something else at that location. Either physically getting something to bring back, taking a digital photo or taking a video to bring back as proof. And this can make for a fun experience at the end of the game when everyone involved shows back up at the starting point. The best way to play it is only send one hint at a time, this way they don't know the next location or what they are supposed to do when they get there. You can give a list out at the beginning of the game, but there is a little more mystery if they have no way to plan ahead. If you have 15 or more people, set them up in groups. Only one page to one of the phones in each group. Send the groups in different directions, i. e.: One group might start with hint number 10, another group starts at hint 7, and so on. If everyone starts at 1 and goes straight through, they will end up following each other. This only keeps it fair. And if you have one location that's hard to find, and you give the first group that looks for it the easiest hint, when the next group is trying to find that location, you must give them the easiest from the beginning. That's really the only way to keep it fair. You need to come up with a small prize for the first group to make it to the final location. For teens, you might come up with movie tickets for that night. For the adults, hmmm, a free round at the final location would be nice! Just about anything will do, it will give them something to fight for. Depending on the age and ability of the individuals, they may begin to getting tired, if so you can always skip to the last location where the prize might be or just end the game when they find the next location. You might want to be ready with as many locations as you can think of. You can always use them on the next hunt. Email me with any new or better ideas on "Creating your own breaks". Thank you. Find out more of what it's all about: robertlett. com/whatisit5.htm This document is under Copyright through Infinite Data. You have permission to copy this document in its' entirety and make duplicates. You may not change, add, or edit anything within the document. Thank you for your help. Subscribe to our free Newsletter, email us at: subscribe@robertlett. com If you have any submissions or questions, please email us at: palm@robertlett. com robertlett. com An Individual Armed with Information Controls the Course of Negotiation Have it all with you, ANYTIME - ANYWHERE!

Trick or treating safety

Halloween is such a fun time of year for kids and adults alike, so its important that we take some precautions to keep it that way! Here's my list of trick or treating tips for your family. Wear comfortable shoes!! Carry a flashlight Wear something with a reflector on it (you can even find reflector tape and paint at your local home improvement store. Go out before dark-especially for little ones. The big kids tend to flood the streets later at night making it hard for little ones to trick or treat. Never go into a strangers house, even if they ask you to come in while they go and get some candy. Throw away all homemade or unwrapped treats. I know some people work hard on making great home made treats, but in this day and age its not worth the risk! When walking down the street, have the adult walk closest to the road, and the children closest to the houses. Do not run ahead of the adults-its very easy for children to get carried away and accidentally run into the road. Do not pet strange animals while trick or treating. Though you really shouldn't ever pet someone's animal with out being invited to do so, you especially shouldn't during trick or treating where your costume or other costumes may be irritating or confusing to the animal. Do not eat candy as you go. Always be nice, even when people do not have any candy to give out. Do not knock on doors where the lights are off. Watch where you step! Have a plan before you start. If you are walking in an unfamiliar neighborhood, it is easy to get lost. When you approach a treat giving house, make sure to yell "Trick or Treat!" very loudly! When you get home, check all of the candy before allowing children to eat any of it. You are looking for: old worn wrappers torn wrappers (even with the smallest hole) home made treats unwrapped treats toys with small parts that may be a chocking hazard money (change) fruit any candy that looks like it may have been tampered with. for small children, remove any hard candies. They tend to become slick once in the mouth and can quickly become a choking hazard. lickable stamps glass or sharp objects If you find any of the above mentioned items, its best to discard them-trust me, there will still be plenty of treats to go around afterwards!! Have a safe and Fun Halloween-and take lots of pictures!

Adhd hyperactivity

SCRUTINIZING HYPERACTIVITY Introduction In past centuries the health of children was mainly threatened by ignorance of basic hygiene, inadequate sanitation, contaminated water, poor nutrition and infectious diseases. Epidemics of cholera and other water borne diseases contributed to the death of thousands of children. Scarlet fever, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria and typhoid did the same. Identification of harmful bacteria and development of methods of immunisation resulted to a large extent in the eradication of infectious diseases. With the advent of modernisation conditions such as hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities as well as an increase in chronic illnesses such as asthma, eczema, etc. have been seen. This brochure attempts to summarise observations concerning hyperactivity, and its treatment from a dietetic viewpoint. The information, advice and recommendations are of a general nature and are not specific to the particular circumstances of an individual. Hyperactivity in history The hyperactive child and adult have probably been around since the emergence of modern man. Descriptions of clinical patterns as early as 400 BC appear similar to those currently labelled as hyperactive. Heinrich Hoffman, a German physician, first described hyperactivity in 1845. Since then, the hyperkinetic syndrome, commonly labelled as hyperactivity has captured public attention in practically every developed country in the world as increasingly more children have been and are diagnosed as hyperactive. Hyperactive characters abound in literature and cartoons, the main characters in the popular cartoons, Dennis the Menace and Bart Simpson being classic examples. Hyperactivity defined Hyperactive children usually have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), leading experts to classify the malady together as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). In the USA many children are labelled hyperactive or as suffering with ADD when they attend school. There is some concern about "labelling" children when they do not respond in an acceptable way to the school, perhaps reflecting an inadequacy in the teachers rather than the pupils. Medication to suppress hyperactive children is often prescribed with side-effects such as dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, blurred vision, gastrointestinal problems and depression. Incidence of hyperactivity The incidence varies from country to country depending on the criteria used for diagnosis. In the USA the rate ranges from 5 to 22%. In Australia the rate of incidence ranges from 8 to 12%.1 In the United Kingdom a small number of children are diagnosed as hyperactive although referrals to child guidance clinics have increased.2 Hyperactivity is believed to affect 10% of the South African population and is found in every ethnic and socio-economic group.13 Characteristics of hyperactive children Describing the characteristics of hyperactive children is daunting because many of the symptoms are present in all children to some degree at some time. Hyperactivity has been found to be between four and nine times more common in boys.2,3 The hyperactive baby is restless, has feeding problems and colic (intermittent and unexplained crying) and often has sleeping problems. Some fall asleep late and with difficulty while others wake up frequently or early. The baby often cries incessantly and parents find that no amount of comforting, nursing or cuddling pacifies the child. The hyperactive toddler lives in a constant state of overstimulation, is constantly moving, unable to sit still, always into everything and touching every object in sight. As the child becomes older the description changes. They are always in motion, constantly fidgeting or shuffling their feet, can not stay at an activity long and can not read without quickly losing interest. A large percentage of hyperactive children have an abnormal thirst with a normal urine output. Other symptoms are lack of concentration, temper tantrums, impatience, quick frustration, clumsiness and sleep disturbances. Hyperactive infants and adolescents usually have a depressed immune system. Asthma, hay fever, otitis, eczema and other atopic conditions are common. Most authorities agree that the major features of hyperactivity can be categorized as academic difficulties and behavioural abnormalities. Impulsiveness, low frustration tolerance, short attention span, aggressiveness and low self-esteem are some of the symptoms exhibited. Almost all hyperactive children have a high IQ, but poor concentration means they perform less well than they should in school and often complain of headaches, asthma, hayfever and other respiratory disorders. The characteristics of the hyperactive child tend to intensify from birth to about 3 to 4 years of age, but may have subsided by the time the child reaches 10 to 12 years of age. The child becomes more controlled and the hyperactivity could to some extent be outgrown.4 Hyperactivity and allergies Allergies to cereals and milk, even mother's milk is often commonplace. For many years paediatricians and paediatric allergists have reported that a higher percentage of children with allergies have learning disabilities and/or hyperactivity compared with those children who do not have allergies.9 It has been estimated that up to 10% of primary school children suffer from allergic reactions which exhibit in the classroom as behaviour and concentration problems.14 An allergy is an abnormal body reaction resulting from sensitivity to certain substances. The most common types of allergies are asthma, eczema and hay fever. Often symptoms are not recognised as resulting from an allergy and will be treated over and over with medications which may help superficially. As soon as the medication is stopped, the symptoms flare up again. Causes of hyperactivity Data pertaining to the cause of hyperactivity is incomplete, but various factors have been linked to hyperactivity. These include among others genetic factors, smoking during pregnancy, artificial additives in food, refined dietary sugar and environmental pollutants. Inborn temperamental variations with chemical differences in the brain are thought by some physicians to be the cause. The reason for these differences is unknown, but may be due to genetic differences or anomalies in the development of the baby before birth. 1. Prenatal influences Very little is known about prenatal influences but there is a possibility that small birth size may sometimes lead to hyperactivity. Other variations in the mother's biological processes during pregnancy may contribute to the development of hyperactivity.5 It is well documented that the use of alcohol during pregnancy may result in mental retardation (foetal alcohol syndrome) and hyperactivity. The amount of alcohol, if any, that can be safely taken during pregnancy is unknown.6 2. Inborn temperamental differences Although uncertain, many child psychiatrists reason that inborn temperamental differences caused by chemical differences in the brain may result in hyperactivity.5 The brain is an extraordinary complex interconnection of nerve cells. It receives information from inside the body via nerve impulses, collates this information and responds by initiating nerve impulses and secreting chemical substances or neurotransmitters (dopamine and noradrenaline). When released, neurotransmitters, transmit signals across synapses to other neurons in the brain. These pass from the brain to other parts of the body to stimulate, regulate and co-ordinate activities in other organs and systems. When there is a deficiency of a particular neurotransmitter, the nerve cells can not function effectively and the portion of the brain that it "operates" will not function correctly. Successful functioning of the nervous system depends on the release of sufficient quantities of neurotransmitters. Hyperactive children are probably deficient in some neurotransmitters.5 In many hyperactive children the quantity of these transmitters probably increases with age, explaining why hyperactive children improve as they grow older. 3. Heavy metal poisoning Heavy metals such as lead, copper, cadmium and aluminium are thought to be a cause for hyperactivity, especially where children live in industrialised areas. These metals all affect the nervous system. The lead content of environmental air has risen due to the higher lead content of petrol and increased car ownership. Cadmium from parental cigarette smoke and aluminium from food cooked in aluminium foil containers also affect the nervous system.4,6 4. Food preservatives, additives, flavorants and colorants An allergist, Dr Benjamin Feingold,7 has proposed that hyperactivity is caused by artificial food preservatives, flavors, colorants and natural salicylates. He reported that 30 to 50% of hyperactive children could improve if these were omitted from the diet. His hypothesis stemmed from his observations that in some people salicylates cause allergic reactions such as asthma and eczema. When treating the asthma by removing salicylates from the diet, he noted a behaviour change as well as the disappearance of the asthma symptoms. Since many patients who are allergic to salicylates also react to artificial colors and flavors, Dr Feingold further postulated that food colors and flavors may also have a behavioural effect similar to that of salicylates in those people who are sensitive to them. The food colorant tartrazine increases the urinary excretion of zinc. Food colors and flavors are found in foods such as luncheon meats, sausages, hot dogs, jams, sweets, cake mixes and flavored cold drinks. Dietary sources of salicylates are found in apples, peaches, oranges, tea and worcester sauce. Most dietary-crossover studies eliminating foods containing salicylates, food colors and flavors by a number of researchers have not been able to substantiate Dr Feingold's theories. Some studies, on the other hand, have provided data in support of the Feingold diet. The final answers are not yet in as there is insufficient evidence on whether the Feingold diet genuinely works. 5. Deficiency of nutrients 5.1. Essential fatty acids Research4,8 concludes that hyperactive children have a deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFAs) either due to an inability to absorb EFAs adequately from the gastrointestinal tract or because their EFA requirements are higher. A deficiency of EFA in animals causes a constant thirst which is one of the symptoms of numerous hyperactive children. EFAs are needed to form Prostaglandins (PGE) which are vital regulators in the body. They participate in the regulation of blood pressure, heart rate, blood clotting and the central nervous system. They are essential because the body cannot manufacture them and has to obtain them from dietary sources. There are two EFAs essential to man - linoleic acid and cis alpha linolenic acid. EFAs are converted by the enzyme delta-6-desaturase to gammalinoleic acid (GLA) which is then converted to another substance called dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid. This in turn is converted to hormone-like substances called eicosanoids of which there are two groups - prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Cis alpha linolenic acid is converted to a substance termed eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which is in turn also converted to prostaglandin. The source of the problem is that the enzyme necessary for the conversion process does not seem to work efficiently in the hyperactive child and adult, with a resultant deficiency of PGE and leukotrienes. The enzyme deficiency or inhibition could be attributed to among others elevated blood glucose levels, a diet consisting of too much saturated fat, refined sugar, the intake of alcohol and deficiencies of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6.4 Preliminary studies on the effects of supplementation with essential fatty acids in Canada, USA, United Kingdom and South Africa have reported some degree of improvement.2,4 5.2 Other Nutrients Two-thirds of hyperactive children studied were deficient in zinc.2 A deficiency of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 blocks the formation of GLA. A number of nutrients are essential to the proper functioning of the nervous system and these are discussed under the heading - treatment of hyperactivity. 6. Sugar Clinical observations and parent reports suggest that refined sugars especially cane sugar triggers hyperactive behaviour. Two theories have been proposed for this reaction. One is that a diet consisting of refined carbohydrates influences the level of EFA. Another possibility is that certain sugars (glucose) influence brain neurotransmitter levels and therefore the activity levels in hyperactive children. Researchers designed a study where children were given one of three different breakfasts; one high in carbohydrates, especially refined sugar; the second high in protein and the third high in fat. After each meal children were challenged with fructose, glucose and placebos. Children reported by their parents as hyperactive after eating sugar did indeed show an increase in activity level when challenged with glucose after eating a high carbohydrate meal.9 Normal children challenged with sucrose had more problems with attention after a high carbohydrate breakfast than after a high protein breakfast. The reverse was true for children with hyperactivity.12 Another study showed that of 261 hyperactive children who had five hour glucose tolerance tests performed on them, 74% had abnormal glucose tolerance curves. The predominant abnormality accounting for 50% of these results was a low, flat curve similar to that seen in hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is a potent stimulus for the production of epinephrine which could affect behaviour.10 Sugar may on occasion aggravate existing behaviour disorders. Reducing the intake of sugar should be encouraged. Rigid sugar free diets can be burdensome and socially inhibiting for the hyperactive child. The area of sugar intake and behaviour requires much more research before any recommendations can be made. A study on the use of artificial sweeteners suggests that some hyperactive children become non-compliant and more aggressive when given large doses of aspartame.9 Treatment of hyperactivity It is important to rectify the essential fatty acid deficiency. The enzyme necessary for the conversion process of essential fatty acids does not seem to work efficiently in the hyperactive child and adult. Essential fatty acids need to be provided in a form which can be readily utilized. Human breast milk contains relatively large amounts of GLA. Another important source of GLA is the oil of the evening primrose flower which contains 9% gammalinoleic acid (GLA) while fish oil contains 20% eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These oils which are commercially available should be provided in a ratio of 2 GLA to 1 EPA (e. g. 500 mg Evening Primrose Oil to 250 mg Fish Oil).4 Zinc, vitamins B6, C and E are catalysts necessary to metabolize the essential fatty acids.6 Since most hyperactive children appear to be deficient in these nutrients supplementation with them makes good sense. The B-group vitamins are particularly vital to the hyperactive child as one of their main functions is to regulate the central nervous system. Vitamin B1, thiamin, is involved in the maintenance of the central nervous system. A deficiency of Vitamin B2, riboflavin, may lead to central nervous system symptoms such as headache, irritability and fatigue. Vitamins B6 and C are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis. Calcium acts as a co-factor in biochemical reactions in the body and takes part in the generation of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system. Magnesium which is necessary for the growth and repair of body cells also assists the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles and acts together with calcium. Vitamin D aids the absorption and utilization of calcium and magnesium. Zinc and chromium play a role in sugar balance by enhancing the action of insulin in promoting uptake of glucose. A glucose tolerance factor has been identified as a natural form of chromium which seems to potentiate the action of insulin. Supplementation with chromium has been shown to reduce glucose levels and to improve glucose tolerance.11 Since abnormal glucose tolerance levels have been seen in some hyperactive children supplementing with chromium and zinc may help. Although all the amino acids have certain unique functions in the body a few are worth singling out. Four primary amines, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine are synthesised from amino acid precursors and appear to be under dietary control. Dopamine and norepinephrine are synthesised from tyrosine and phenylalanine (phenylalanine is metabolized to tyrosine), serotonin is synthesised from tryptophan and acetylcholine is synthesised from choline. Deficiencies of L-Taurine and glycine which both aid the regulation of the nervous system are possibly liked to hyperactivity, epilepsy and anxiety. The beneficial effects of large doses of vitamin C to alleviate common symptoms of allergy have been described, but not substantiated in controlled studies. Anecdotal reports suggesting that lysine tablets relieve the symptoms of food allergy in some individuals are also undocumented.11 Methyl Sulphine Methane and calcium assist in allergic sensitivities. Although Feingold's hypothesis has not been experimentally confirmed, elimination of food additives, colors, flavors and salicylates may be of benefit and is worth a try. Exclusion of sugar and refined carbohydrates is also recommended. If such a diet is to be followed, attention should be paid to its possible nutritional inadequacies and there should be some nutritional counselling and vitamin supplementation. Small, frequent meals consisting of protein and unrefined carbohydrates should be emphasized. In Conclusion There appears to be a relationship between brain function and nutrition. Studies on the effect of evening primrose oil and fish oil on hyperactivity have shown improvement in behaviour patterns and learning ability. The diet of the hyperactive child should be supplemented with these oils as well as magnesium, zinc, calcium, vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. The keys to managing the hyperactive child are dietary control, discipline and lots of tender loving care. All children have strengths and weaknesses. By recognising and accepting the diversity of human personalities and abilities a foundation will be laid for all hyperactive children to achieve their scholastic and developmental potential. Research activity has increased and it is hoped that future research and clinical findings will lead to better treatment and understanding of hyperactivity. For access to correct combinations of specialised nutrients, see “ADHD / Hyperactivity” under “Children’s Needs” on http://wellness. oppiweb. com REFERENCES 1. Serfontein G. Add in adults - help for adults who suffer from attention deficit disorder. Simon and Schuster, Australia. 1994: 9 2. Matthews P. Fast Food. Nursing Times. March 1986. 3. Colten H. R; Food Hypersensitivity, food allergies and hyperkinesis. Suskind R. M; Textbook of Pediatric Nutrition. Raven Press, New York, 1981: 553-562. 4. Van der Merwe C. F. Hyperactivity, Medunsa. August 1992. 5. Wender P. H; Wender E. The Hyperactive Child and the Learning Disabled Child - a Handbook for Parents. Crown Publishers, 1978: 22. 6. Barnes B; Colquhoun I. The Hyperactive Child - what the family can do. Thorsons Publishers, Northamptonshire. 1984: 19, 77. 7. Feingold B. Why your child is hyperactive. New York: Random House, 1985. 8. The Hyperactive Children's Support Group. Information sheet - Health Visitor, 1980, 57;1: 87-93 9. Silver L. B. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder. Clinical guide to diagnosis and treatment. Washington: American Psychiatric Press Inc, 1992: 129-134. 10. Langseth L; Dowd J. Glucose tolerance and hyperkinesis. Food Cosmet. Toxicol. 16:129. 1978. 11. Krause M. V; Mahan L. K. Food Nutrition and Diet Therapy. A textbook of nutritional care. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1984: 633-668. 12. Kinsbourne M. Sugar and the hyperactive child. New England Journal of Medicine. Feb 3, 1994: 355-356. 13. Edmonds T. L. Hyperactivity, following a special diet could help. Longevity. July 1995: 88-89. 14. Ryan B. J. Cerebral Hazards in relation to food and environmental chemicals. The Hyperactive Children's Support Group of Southern Africa. Newsletter 25, Fourth quarter 1995. Glossary ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder. Developmental dysfunction of the central nervous system. Allergy - Unusual sensitiveness to the action of particular foods, pollens, dust, etc. Amino acid - Organic acid containing the group nitrogen, especially as a constituent of protein. Asthma - Disease especially allergic of respiration. Diphtheria - Acute infectious bacterial disease with inflammation of mucous membranes, especially throat. Eczema - Inflammation of skin. Enzyme - Any of a unique class of proteins which accelerate a broad spectrum of biochemical reactions. Food Additives - Added to food to color, preserve or flavor. Hay Fever Summer disorder caused by allergy to pollen or dust often with asthmatic symptoms. Neurotransmitter - Chemical substances when released, transmit signals across synapses to other neurons in the brain to stimulate, regulate and co-ordinate activities in other organs and systems of the body. Otitis - Inflammation of the ear. Salicylate - Salt of salicylic acid. Found in almonds, apples, apple cider, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cloves, cucumbers, currants, gooseberries, grapes, nectarines, oil of wintergreen, oranges, peaches, pickles, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes. Food with added salicylates for flavoring may be ice-cream, bakery goods (except bread), candy, chewing gum, soft drinks, jam, cake mixes. Typhoid - Infectious bacterial fever with eruption of red spots on chest and abdomen with severe intestinal irritation. Worcester - Pungent sauce first made in Worcester (United Kingdom).

Bratz dolls cool dolls for cool girls

As many doll collectors (and little girls, of course) know, 2005 has been the "year of the Bratz." Bratz dolls have replaced Barbie dolls in many countries as the top selling dolls, bringing an end to Barbie’s control of the doll market and giving birth to what may be called "the age of the Bratz dolls." But what's the main reason behind little girls preferring Bratz dolls over their formidable competition? The answer is simple: coolness. While a lot of moms out there seem to avoid buying Bratz because of their diva looks, the excess of makeup on the dolls' faces, their bad attitude expressions and the "trashy" clothes they wear; these precise features are what make little girls (and not-so-little too) go crazy for Bratz dolls. Let's face it: reality shows us that more and more young women every day tend to adopt the latest fashions and trends, so it is rather logical for a little girl to prefer stylistic Bratz dolls over the more conservative and outdated Barbie dolls. It seems to me that MGA Entertainment (the creator of Bratz dolls) made the right choice when they started producing these cool fashion dolls back in the summer of 2001 since these chunky, ten-inch vinyl dolls are the number one choice among girls between 8 and 12 years of age. Maybe the reason for the popularity of the Bratz dolls is the large number of accessories available: from clothing for different seasons to mini-malls, from a sushi restaurant to a cool disco, these Bratz seem to know how to have fun! The different Bratz available include: Bratz Angelz (yes, they are rock stars!), and of course the Angelz tour bus and party plane (every rock star should have one…), the cool Wild West Bratz (I just love those little cowboy hats and the horse), the plain Step Out Bratz dolls, and (my favorites) the Bratz Campfire Girlz. There is also a couple of little Bratz (the Bratz Babiez, Phoebe and Roxxi) to choose from. I specially recommend the Bratz Holiday Doll, a nice lovely doll with a beautiful long evening dress. There is also a huge number of cool playsets for the Bratz, including the CampFire tent, the limousine, a sushi – karaoke bar, the Bratz shopping mall, the retro cafe, and a vast selection of different places where your Bratz dolls can hang out. MGA Entertainment has, as has many other doll-producing companies, introduced a line of makeup and many other lifestyle products for girls to complement the "Bratz dolls experience." Maybe the biggest news in this area is the brand new line of Bratz electronics. A portable DVD player, a digital video recorder (yes, a Bratz camcorder!) and a TV/DVD combo are just some of the Bratz dolls electronic products available. Bratz dolls DVD's, a video game and even a movie to be released this year complete the magical Bratz dolls world. Copyright © Jared Winston, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

Finding an affordable prom dress

It's not supposed to happen, but sometimes it does. The day is approaching. It's almost here, the day that you have dreamed about since you were a little girl - it's your prom. You have visualized the gown you would wear, your gorgeous hairstyle, in fact you even had the boy picked out who would be your date, but now, something has gone terribly wrong - you are short on cash and need to buy a gown. Well, worry no more, there are plenty of ways that you can find a cheap prom dress and still look like a million bucks. It's your day, your prom, and you don't have to let anything spoil it, not even an outrageous price tag. Cheap Prom Dress: Look Online Technology has afforded us many opportunities that weren't available in the past. Just a few decades ago, shopping was limited to weekend drives to stores, window-shopping, and catalogue orders. Today, the Internet allows us the opportunity to browse many resources all with the click of the mouse. By browsing many of the links found here at this site, you can virtually browse many stores and outlets and find the inexpensive prom dress that you are looking for. Don't underestimate the power of virtual comparative shopping. You'll find an inexpensive prom dress out there, waiting for you. All you have to do is browse for it. How to Buy an Affordable Prom Dress Online Once you have found an affordable prom dress that appeals to you the most, you will need to purchase it. If you are new to shopping over the Internet here are some tips to help you through the process. There is no reason that you can't have a successful Internet shopping experience and save money by purchasing your prom dress online. First, if you are unsure about a company, call their customer service number. Most websites include the customer service number under the "contact us" button. If you don't find a customer service phone number, you may not want to place the order. This is a good indication that you would have a difficult time contacting the company if there was a problem with the order. Always check out a company with the Better Business Bureau. Even Internet sites have been listed and reviewed and this is the safest way to ensure that you are dealing with a reputable company. After speaking with a customer service representative by phone, and reviewing the company with the Better Business Bureau, you should feel confident in placing your order.

8 beauty tips to help you get rid of acne

How do you deal with acne? How can you keep the pimples at bay? How do you stop new pimples from appearing? It all starts with a clogged pore. When a pore in your skin gets clogged up with oil, dirt and skin debris. Bacteria happily breeds in that concoction, infecting that pore, leading to acne. To treat acne, attack the root of problem. The bacteria and the clogged pores. That brings us to these 8 tips. 1. Do NOT touch your face with your hands Throughout the day, your hands come in contact with the world around you. Your hands touch surfaces like the phone, the computer keyboards, your bag, the table and basically everything around you. Picking up germs as you go along. Touching your face with your hands before washing them is a big No No. The last thing you want is to introduce more bacteria to your skin, leading to more pimples. 2. Keep your hair off your face. Oily skin usually means oily hair. You have enough natural oil on your face. You do not need to add more oil and hair care products to your skin, which is what happens when your hair covers any part of your face. If you notice more pimples on your forehead, beneath your fringe, or along the sides of your face where your hair might brush against, your hair could be the culprit. You could keep your hair off your face by wearing it in a pony tail, or using hair clips to hold it off your face. You can get these from http:// everythingbeauty. info/hair-clip. htm 3. Wash your face 3 times everyday with a cleanser that is meant for skin with acne. That's what a doctor told me. Another doctor told me that the problem with many people that have pimples is that they use cleansers that are too rich for the face. That doctor recommended a soap and water regime. Another recommended an http:// everythingbeauty. info/anti-bacterial. htm cleanser that was meant for acne. 4. Stick to skin care that works for your skin What works on your best friend may not necessarily work on you. Especially if her skin is dry and your is oily. The latest richest skincare products might make her look radiant but they could trigger a nasty acne outbreak in your skin. If you have a problem with acne, stick to skin care for http:// everythingbeauty. info/acne. htm 5. Take a break. Stress tends to trigger acne outbreaks. Does your skin act up more before an exam or a stressful event? Learn to relax. Take a long bath with a few drops of http:// everythingbeauty. info/aroma%20vera%20lavender. htm in the bath water. Watch a funny movie. Read a favourite magazine. Talk it out with a best pal. Do whatever works for you to ease the stress. 6. Get a good night's sleep every night. Your body needs sleep. Without enough sleep, even your skin acts up. Try to stop all work a few hours before bed time. When I had insomnia, I resorted to http:// everythingbeauty. info/sleep. htm to help me sleep. That is actually the last resort. Better ways would be to exercise in the day so you can sleep better at night. 7. Avoid using pressed powder to cut down the sheen My friend's friend used a pressed powder compact to hide her acne. Instead, the more she used it the worse it got. Just think. By mid day, your skin gets oily. You take out the powder compact, and use that powder puff to apply pressed powder on your face. Now, your face would already have dirt, bacteria and oil on it. Pat your face with that powder puff and now that puff picks up the dirt, bacteria and oil. You put it back into the compact. The bacteria happily breeds in there. Then you take out the compact again and pat more powder, mixed with oil, dirt and bacteria onto your face, picking up more gunk, putting in more gunk into your compact. The cycle goes on. A better bet would be to use http:// everythingbeauty. info/blotting%20paper. htm to blot off the excess oil instead. Then you can throw the paper away after use. 8. Do not let bacteria breed happily in your make up tools. Wash all your make up brushes regularly, with soap and water. Then dry them completely before you keep them. Here are more beauty tips at http:// sisadvice. com/teenskinwoes. html .

What is the theory of multiple intelligences part 2 cultural influence

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences developed as he worked with brain injured adults and autistic children. He identified distinct portions of the brain that control specific human abilities or talents like analysis, classification, speech, self-awareness, etc. He has identified eight distinct abilities that he refers to as "intelligences": verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and the naturalist. In addition to the biological basis for these intelligences, Gardner also places great emphasis on cultural influences that may impact the development of each intelligence. Culture determines what parents and schools will teach their children based on the needs of the community. Gardner says: "It is the culture that defines the stages and fixes the limits of individual achievement." For example, educators have found that the Mexican American culture places a strong emphasis on community and on family; therefore, many members of this community have well-developed interpersonal intelligences. The influence culture has on the development of the intelligences points to one of the most important components of the theory -- the makeup of intelligences changes over time with age and with experience. Thomas Hatch profiled the intelligences of several children when they were in kindergarten and again when they were in the sixth grade.

He discovered that their intelligence profiles had changed over time. Hatch says: "Just because young children display particular capacities does not necessarily mean that they will grow up to excel in activities involving those capacities. Children's intelligences, the manner in which they display them, and how successful they are, shift, grow, and vary over time." In other words, if intelligences change with time and experience, they can be learned. If they can be learned, they can be taught. As a result, students who are not strong in one intelligence can be taught to develop that intelligence. According to Bruce Torff: "The intelligences develop - they grow and change over time, which allows strengths to be exploited and weaker areas remedied. ...If you provide the right kinds of support for students, they build the kinds of intellectual structures that enable them to do things." David Lazear says that teachers should watch for "ways to help students stretch into new intellectual areas - maybe areas in which they are uncomfortable or weak." Not only are weaker areas strengthened, but students develop a better self-image because they use a well developed intelligence to improve a weaker one. In an interview with Kathy Checkley, Gardner said: "Teachers have to help students use their combination of intelligences to be successful in school, to help them learn whatever it is they want to learn, as well as what the teachers and society believe they have to learn." In other words, Gardner believes that teachers need to find ways to incorporate instruction into their classrooms that encourages students to develop weaker intelligences by drawing on their strengths. This in turn improves both attitude toward learning and academic achievement. Visit TheWritingTutor. biz/articles/MI-intro-prob. php to learn more about the multiple intelligences. References: Checkley, K. (1997). The first seven ... and the eighth: A conversation with Howard Gardner. Expanded Academic ASAP [on-line database]. Original Publication: Education, 116. Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. New York: Basic Books. Hatch, T. (1997b). Getting specific about multiple intelligences. Expanded Academic ASAP [on-line database]. Original Publication: Educational Leadership, 54 (6). Lazear, D. G. (1994). Multiple intelligences approaches to assessment: Solving the assessment conundrum. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press. Torff, B. (1996). How are you smart?: Multiple intelligences and classroom practices. The NAMTA Journal, 21 (2), 31-43. Vasquez, J. A. (1990). Teaching to the distinctive traits of minority students. The Clearing House, 63, 299-304.

More than i can bear

One of my long time best friends called me the other night with a horrible pain in her heart. She needed someone to talk to. Rumor had it her daughter might be suicidal and she was trapped on a business trip until the next evening. Her husband was home handling the situation, but she wasn't going to be okay until she could hold her daughter close. She needed to look deep into her daughter's eyes to get a 'read' on what was really going on inside her mind. Until she could really sit down and talk to her daughter, she could at least pick my brain as to what to do. We talked a bit about when we were seventeen, and I tried to commit suicide. Now, all these years later, what could I say to my friend or to her daughter to make it all better? I grew up in a very dysfunctional home and had no reason to believe that I was loved or had any sort of an emotional support system. That's not what threw me over the edge although looking back I think it set the stage by insuring a very low self esteem when entering high school.

I wanted to die because I was in love with two boys who were best friends and I knew I'd never be able to choose between them. It was more than I could bear. I wanted to escape the pain of dating one and longing for the other. Both were amazing wonderful souls. I had met one when we were fifteen and we'd fallen instantly into a wonderful relationship. He was my first true love.

He was struggling with his mother's new husband and became very distant and moody. In my insecurity, I assumed he wasn't interested in me anymore. To test my theory, I scribbled out a heart he'd drawn on his notebook with our names in it. He took it to mean that I was dumping him and seemed at peace with the idea. I was too hurt and insecure to admit that I was just testing him and didn't really want to break up. He was too hurt and insecure to stop me. Neither of us knew how to speak openly from our hearts. He occasionally asked me out on dates after that. I would think we were about to get back together and then he'd be gone again. He had moved to a nearby town to live with his dad and stepmother. He gave me the telephone number of his best friend to call if I ever needed to reach him. One night after a year of him dropping in and out of my life and stealing my heart every time, I finally called his friend to find out when he'd be back in town and more importantly, would he ever get back together with me? According to his best friend, the love of my life thought I was a slut even though I was still a virgin and he had no intentions of getting back together with me. However, his best friend was there to pick up the pieces of my broken heart. The best friend was every bit as wonderful and amazing as the first, but in his own unique different ways. We really loved each other. We were sixteen and planning to get married when we turned twenty. Since they were best friends, my ex would drop in on us to visit and hang out. It was extremely difficult for me to see him during those visits. My head said I should hate him, but my heart still danced a jig every time he walked in the room. My ex and I ended up having a long talk one night. He confessed that he really did say that I was a slut, but that he regretted it and never really felt that way about me. It was just stupid sixteen-year-old boy emotions tied up with our past together He thought I was better off dating his best friend and gave his blessing. It killed me. I was still in love with him and he was telling me to stay with his best friend. His best friend was the sweetest kindest boy I'd ever dated. Neither of us would ever dream of hurting such a beautiful soul. I couldn't tell either of them that I was in love with both and for months I slowly went insane unable to speak openly with either, terrified they'd both reject me. Eventually, I snapped and couldn't bear the pain of wanting one and the guilt of never wanting to hurt the other. I suspect that it's some kind of a primitive fight or flight mechanism that gets triggered when we become bombarded by negative emotions. When we feel that the situation is hopeless and we have no way of changing the dynamic, then we can't fight it. So, we need to flee and suicide is the ultimate form of taking flight. It's really hard during that time to stop and logically realize that emotions are ever changing and as such they don't have to be fought nor avoided. You just have to wait them out and make positive choices and changes to promote the shift in dynamics that are creating the overwhelming emotions we want to run from. At seventeen, I couldn't see that. I also think that if a teenager doesn't believe that anyone will cry for them when they're gone, then suicide becomes a very real consideration. Years later when I had two toddlers and my life was a mess, I found myself wanting to escape from life's pain again. It was completely different that time. I knew that my two children would be heart broken and psychologically screwed up for life if I committed suicide. As a single mom, I was their only sense of security. I was their whole world. I could get depressed enough to want to run away from my problems, but I could never seriously consider suicide like I had in high school. Someone needed me and would be destroyed if I left. Perhaps that's where the answer to teen suicide lies. Does the teenager believe that someone else's life will become unbearable if they die? Almost two years ago, my son came to me in tears and told me that he was suicidal. The idea of life without my child was, more than I could bear. I knew first hand what it feels like to be in so much pain that you just want to die. To imagine my own child feeling that way was worse than anything I've ever endured. We talked a long time about the things that had destroyed his will to live. We talked a lot about the 'feeling' of being suicidal. We talked mostly about how it's bad enough to have someone you love die unexpectedly in a car wreck or from Cancer or something. It's an entirely different thing to lose them because they chose to leave. I told him to imagine how he would feel if I committed suicide. The pain he felt just imagining it brought him close to tears. He said he couldn't bear it if I did that to him. I told him with tears in my own eyes that I felt the same way. My daughter joined in and in tears she put aside all of their sibling rivalries and poured out her heart regarding how incredibly painful it would be for her if he ever died. We were very close in those next few weeks as we worked together to make a lot of changes in his world and in his outlook. He's doing wonderfully now. He is very happy in a new school, with a girlfriend that is the love of his life, and he's found his old zest for life's adventures again. So, I guess my advice is this.... Tell her what her death would mean to you. Does she really know in her heart of hearts how much you love her? Don't assume anything. Yeah, you have to take her in to some kind of a therapist. But, whatever you do, don't make her feel like some kind of a screwed up nut. And don't ignore this. Even if she's just talking about suicide to get attention, find out why. She may be testing the waters, looking to see if anyone would even care. There's nothing more depressing than finding out that nobody would care if you dropped dead tomorrow. Find a way to make her see that emotions are temporary and that together you can fix anything that life throws at you. Does she know you're in her corner? Help her change her life. Find out what it is she's struggling with and coach her, guide her, help her to create positive changes. Teach her how to overcome the pain rather than to succumb to it. Copyright 2004, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow's Edge

Getting a social security disability lawyer

To be able to win a social security disability case can only be obtained through the assistance of a competent social security disability lawyer. Getting one is such a no small matter. What must we really consider when choosing the right representative to handle our disability cases? Well, to help you in this process, I created this article hoping that it can help you in any ways regarding the selection of your attorney. Logical Thinking Basically, your lawyer evaluates and formulates a winning strategy for your case. After handling various cases, most attorneys already have an excellent perspective whether a case is winnable or not. They analyze carefully what it takes to win a certain case. More importantly, if you decide to hire an attorney, he will make sure that your case file is up-to-date with all medical records. In addition, he will work with your doctors to "translate" your medical problems into work limitations so that social security can evaluate your claim properly. Reputable Image A company must have a good image so that their clients will not feel awkward in asking for help from their lawyers. One more thing – lawyers must be competent and knowledgeable enough in their chosen field for them to gain the trust of their clients that they’ll win their claims. After all, clients are always on the look for dedicated and exceptional attorneys when dealing with their social security disability cases. Experience While an attorney's opinion is not a determination of how your case will end up, he can offer you the benefit of experience. An experienced lawyer can be very helpful to you in many ways. Your lawyer can make sure that you have applied for all disability programs for which you are eligible. Having several years of work experience in their respective areas of practice and always utilizing their resources, commitment and professional judgment is necessary in order to make sure that your cases are thoroughly prepared and ready for trial. Indeed, getting an efficient, effective and responsive counsel for your social security disability case is a challenging task. Before making the decision to hire an attorney, you need to know first about the lawyer’s knowledge, identity and experience. Also, you must ask the lawyer to tell you about how he has represented clients in cases similar to yours. Ask the lawyer to go over the fee arrangement in detail with you and be sure you understand what the lawyer plans to do to represent you on your claim. After all, you really have to take your claim seriously and make every effort to listen to and follow your lawyer's advice because as you can see, you and your lawyer are a team when it comes to winning your social security disability cases.

Decorating tips for siblings sharing a bedroom

If you have two siblings sharing a bedroom, there are a couple of easy appraoches to decorating a space that both will enjoy. The first approach to decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom is to makeover the room in one theme that both can agree on. The second apprach is to employ two separate decorating themes within the room to keep them both happy and feeling like they have individual spaces that they can call their own. Here are some ideas that you can use to help satify both siblings, no matter which of the above approaches wins out. Single theme decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom Of course, this is the ideal. When siblings agree on the same decorating theme, or don’t mind having similar bedding there are two great ways you can furnish the room. You can either choose to purchase them a bunk bed, or two twin beds. You can them dress up the beds with similar or matching bedding. Some excellent bedding choices can be found at homevision. com. One of the easiest, and least costly, techniques for selecting bedding is to go with “Primary Solids Reversible and Fitted Comforters”. You can always use little accessories to accentuate a particlur theme. To further pull together the theme for siblings sharing a bedroom, you can select wallpaper in a theme that your children will enjoy. Or, you can borrow from one of the colors in the bedding and paint the walls a solid color shade. But certainly wallpaper will add more personality to the room and make capturing the theme much easier. If wallpaper, or perhaps even a simple wallpaper border, appeals to you, then check out decoratetoday. com. You'll find lots of different choices for just about every taste and theme. After the walls and bedding are addressed, you'll want to think about the remaining furiture. Matching furniture is always a good and safe way to go. But why not throw in some fun furniture like a funky table and chair set, bean bag chairs, etc. Dual (two) theme decorating for siblings sharing a bedroom To keep both siblings happy, the easiest thing to do is just split the room in half. If you can, try to get them to agree on as many of the big components as you can. For example, maybe they don't mind the walls being the same color throughout the room. But, if that doesn't work, don't sweat it. Here's what you can do to keep the peace. You can paint one half of the room a solid color one child likes, and paint the other half of the room a different but complimentary color that the other child likes. And if you purchase two twin trundle beds, the kids will feel as if they have more of their own space. Plus, trundle beds will provide extra storage space for each child to store their personal items. For other furniture items, it's okay to mix and match. But if the siblings have similar personal items, be sure to label the items with their names so that there won't be any bickering about who owns what. Finally, some other furnishings you may want to include in the sibling's bedroom are: * Lamps * Window treatments * Clocks * Throw pillows * Area rug(s) * Wall hooks * Wall art (posters) * Shelving * Toy box bench * Waste bin These are just a few of the ways you can keep siblings sharing a bedroom happy. Just be a little creative, ensure that each has his or her own personal space, and everything should work out fine. Happy decorating!

Decorating a kid s room

The most important thing to consider when decorating a child’s room is to make the child comfortable. You want to surround them with fun, playful items. The way this room is designed is going to have an effect on the psyche of the child, so allow room for imagination and freedom. It may be helpful to let the child help you decorate. Pick out the colors, or the wallpaper together. One trick is to purchase inexpensive plain white wall paper, then when it is up, let the child paint a mural of their choice on it. You can do this once a year and continue to reinvent the room over and over again.

Big boxes and lots of shelves will help the child keep the room clean. Make labels for all of the containers with big bright words, that will help remind the child what that container is for. Decorating in toys is another idea for a child’s room. Set up scenes on shelves, or tables, with their toys in different poses. You can have action toys attacking an enemy base, or dolls working in a kitchen. This allows the dйcor to be a play item itself. Every time you look at the scene you will get new ideas and more inspiration. Mostly just let the room be imaginative. Use bright colors, and create a dйcor that will give the child’s mind something to think about, and room to explore. Don’t hold back, you can play too. For more information on decorating a kid’s room you can view this website http://pebblez. com/information/decorating-kids-room. html

I just love it

You know the scenario. You're sitting at the family Christmas gathering and your ten-year-old opens one of Aunt Martha's itchy homemade sweaters. Or Uncle Bobby, who's been swearing to lose twenty pounds for years, opens an exercise cycle. Of course, if Uncle Bobby follows the politeness rule, he'll say, "Thank you, it's just what I wanted." (Then he'll conveniently "forget" about it in the basement or storage closet.) your ten-year-old may not be as skilled at pretending as Uncle Bobby, but kids know enough to know that any answer other than "Thank you, Aunt Martha, I love it" will raise the roof. There's nothing wrong with pretending you like a gift that someone has consciously bought because they think it suits you, you'll like it, or it will be good for you. The saying "It's the thought that counts" is a truism. Unless you habitually don't put much thought into your gifts.

Have you stopped to look at other people's faces when they open your gifts? The excuse "I'm too busy" only goes so far, and your children know it. If you can take time out of your week to exercise (or not, in Uncle Bobby's case, and who knows, Uncle Bobby might have a physical reason for not losing those twenty pounds), rent a video, go jogging, go to the movies, you can put some thought into the gifts beyond recycling last year's "I love it" items or heading to the mall. It's important to let kids know that regardless of the gift, sometimes politeness above and beyond the call of duty is required. However, you personally can create more honesty from your kids and with your kids when it comes to gifts. Remember when your ten-year-old made you a clay ashtray? You don't smoke, but you cherish that homemade gift. Or how about when your parents hung your macaroni ornaments on the tree and your pictures of Santa on the fireplace?

You genuinely said "I love it" and meant it. Your children could tell. Your parents were sincere with you. You are what you give, how you give it, and how you receive gifts. It's easy to moan that the true meaning of Christmas has been lost for our children. It's harder to turn away from the traditional gift-giving grudge. Some tips: Start making homemade gifts of your own. Gifts of food, especially Christmas cookies, are always in season, and people genuinely love cookies. Start a Christmas cookie party or recipe swap with your family and friends. Get everyone involved. (Be sure to make some healthy alternatives for Uncle Bobby.) Make a donation in someone's name, say to a breast cancer organization, a hospital, a homeless shelter, a nursing home. Be honest about what you can spend. Be creative. Perhaps if you can't buy everyone a nice gift, you can take friends out for a pre-Christmas dinner instead of everyone frantically buying gifts. How many times have you said, "Oh, I don't want anything, I'll love whatever you give me?" Kids are great at making requests. Take a lesson from them. It's dishonest to expect others to read your mind and then be disappointed about the gifts you receive. Encourage others to be honest about what they want. Even if you can't afford it you can ask for some wish list items, or say that you make most of your Christmas presents. Always let your children know you love them regardless of any gifts that are exchanged. Above all, remember that the first gift of Christmas is love, and that's something no one can fake. Copyright (c) 2004 Kristin Johnson. Permission is granted to reprint the following article on your web site or ezine, or print magazine/newsletter as long as no changes are made and the byline, copyright information, and the resource box is included. If published in your ezine, it must be opt in only. No spam ezines or purchased lists may use this article. A copy of the ezine magazine and/or URL of the web site where it is published will be greatly appreciated. If published on a web site, there must be a link back to http:// christmascookiesareforgiving. com.

Geomag magnetic toys

There are many different types of magnetic toys that can be purchased for children. Most of these toys are extremely fun for children as well as adults. Many of these toys are also educational in addition to being fun, which is great for parents who enjoy educating their children in entertaining ways. Magnetic toys can be purchased from toy stores, educational stores, and online. Educational magnetic toys can be very useful in the lives of children. They can teach children about geometrical shapes, building structures, magnetism, and the effects of gravity.

Most of these magnetic toys are only recommended for children who are five years of age or older. Magnetic toy kits may contain small parts that could be hazardous to small children if swallowed. Therefore, it is best to purchase these toys for older children. There are a few different types of magnetic toys that can be purchased. One of the most popular types is Geomag.

Magz are also popular and are very similar to Geomag. Both of these products can be used to create magnetic structures. Frigits are an example of a different type of magnetic toy because they are used to construct marble courses on a magnetic surface instead of structures. Geomag is a magnetic toy kit that allows children to build various magnetic structures.

It comes with different magnetic shapes, including steel balls and bars for building. The magnetic pieces in each kit are strong, so structures can stay intact, but they can also be put together and taken apart easily. Geomag toys are made in Switzerland and are known to be very durable and high in quality. There are a few different types of Geomag kits, including a 132 color piece set, a 184 color piece set, a 184 piece glow-in-the-dark kit, a 20 sample size set, and an 86 piece magnetic construction set. You can also purchase a panel kit that includes additional magnetic shapes such as diamonds, squares, triangles, and pentagons. The panel kit can be used in conjunction with any other type of Geomag kit. Magz magnetic toy kits are similar to Geomag kits because they contain magnetic bars and steel balls for building structures. The basic set includes 56 pieces so you can build small structures. If you need more pieces to make medium or large structures, you can purchase a Mega Magz set which includes 130 of the same magnetic pieces. Magz sets are unique because each kit comes with different shapes, sizes, and colors of magnetic pieces. The DynaMagz kit has a variety of unique shapes and the Magz X kit has X shapes in addition to the regular shapes. In order to build larger, sturdier structures, you can also purchase a Super Magz kit which contains more pieces and larger bars and balls than other Magz kits. Frigits magnetic toys allow children to construct marble courses on a vertical, magnetic surface. The pieces in a Frigits kit will work best on flat surfaces such as a refrigerator or filing cabinet. Each Frigits kit comes with magnetic rails, buckets, chutes, a catch box, and a ferris wheel. Children can position these pieces in any fashion that they desire on a magnetic surface. After creating a course, kids can enjoy watching a marble tumble through the formations that they have built.

Dinnertime chatter

One of the themes I see on the various internet boards I belong to is that children eat and run. First, whatever happened to manners. We were not allowed to leave the table without permission and unless it was an outright emergency we had to stay until everyone was done eating. Also, we used dinnertime to catch up on the day’s activities. When my dad wasn’t there, my mom would ask my sister, brother and I how our day was. Did everything go well, any problems? WE COMMUNICATED. When my dad was home, he told us about his week and how things were in the city with our family and then we all got a chance to catch him up as to what we were doing (school, friends, after school activities). Even as we all got older, we still had to be home for Sunday dinner. It was mandatory.

It was family time, my mom always tried to make the meal extra special. There was always give and take in my family. We all had a voice and our parents always listened to us. They might not have agreed with us, but they always listened to us. So try to make dinnertime a special time where your children can air their opinions and views, and really listen to them. You might be surprised what you discover about your children. Copyright 2005, DeFiore Enterprises

Ten careers for high school seniors who hate school

Let’s face it…not everybody likes going to school and high school can be a terrible experience for many students. Whether you’re the hands on type who preferred Shop class to English class, or an athlete who liked working as a team more than studying alone, or even someone who liked schoolwork more than schoolmates; the idea of four more years of school is unbearable. If you identify with any of these types, but still want to secure a good future, there are some great options out there for you. For you hands on types there are a lot of great careers out there that allow you to work with your hands and they pay well. There will be some coursework in things like shop math, reading schematics or architectural drawings, but most of this will be reinforced in your daily work. The schoolwork won’t seem useless because you will be using it everyday. Best of all, most of the schooling will be finished in two years or less. Most hands on jobs have an apprentice, or on the job training aspect as well, so you can get to work right away. Some of the careers in this category include: Electrician – Installation or troubleshooting of electrical wires and connections. Work may take place in new or existing constructions. Licensing is required. The lowest starting wage for an electrician is $11.81 per hour, while the median is $19.90 per hour. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Tech (HVAC Tech) – Installation or troubleshooting of heating and air conditioning systems in homes or businesses. Licensing is required to work with refrigerants. The lowest starting wage for HVAC Tech is $10.34 per hour, while the median is $16.78 per hour. Home Appliance Repair – Repair of in home appliances like refrigerators, ovens and washers and dryers. The lowest starting wage for Home Appliance repair is $18,200 per year, while the median is $30,390 per year. The skills learned for this job can advance you to other higher paying careers. For students who paid more attention to extracurricular activities than schoolwork, there are plenty of careers where you can capitalize on your social skills. The healthcare field is one such career. Nurses, physicians assistants and medical assistants all work directly with people – both patients and their families. If healthcare doesn’t appeal to you and you have an appetite for technology, being a help desk technician allows you deal directly with people and computer technology. You might also take business classes and work your way up to become an office manager in any number of industries. If you’re someone who loves to learn and prefers talking to people on a limited basis there are plenty of jobs you can train for as well. Computer based jobs like software development, web design or database administration immediately come to mind. If you’re creative and visually talented, the fields of graphic design and multimedia design might suit you. A great job for someone who likes to perform research is that of a paralegal. That job offers many of the tasks a lawyer performs, without having to go to court. And it pays well. You can even find jobs in the healthcare field where there is limited or no contact with patients like medical coding or office administration. The bottom line is, even if you didn’t like high school, that’s not a reason to bypass education and your shot at a good future. Career colleges get right down to business and offer specific training for well paying careers in a short period of time. Careers for graduating seniors who hate school: HVAC Tech Home Appliance Repair Electrician Help Desk Analyst Nurse Medical Assistant Office Management Paralegal Database Administration Medical coding top-colleges. com

Thalisha a star in the making

Thalisha is on a mission. The ambitious 17-year-old Latin R&B singer has been successfully working towards one goal: to become a star. “My ultimate goal is to do for the Dominican community what Jennifer Lopez did for the Puerto Ricans,” she says. “For so long, Latin women have not been truly respected as vocalists in the music industry. I will change that perception.” It takes an enormous amount of tenacity and energy to make it on your own in the music industry. And while no one ever claimed that making it is easy, there are always Indie musicians who pull away from the rest and become household names. Thalisha is quickly becoming one of them. Without a major record deal, the petite native New Yorker has made great strides on her own. In 2002, she won a “Showtime Teenz” segment on the long-running TV show “Showtime in Harlem” (formerly “It’s Showtime At The Apollo”). She is also the recipient of the 2003 Underground Music Awards Best R&B Female. But Thalisha knows that winning awards is the result of hard work and dedication, so she spends her time working with top-notch producers and strategizing with her manager to get to the next level. The five-octave range Latina is well on her way to realizing her dream. She has performed in Europe and Japan and alongside such celebrities as Nina Sky, Stephanie Mills and 3LW. When asked about performing, she smiles and replies, “There’s nothing that I enjoy more than performing on stage.” And you can tell. Thalisha’s live performances are energized and spontaneous. From the moment she gets on stage, her vocal ability is evident. Her mezzo-soprano voice is often compared to the likes of singers like Deborah Cox and Tamia. Television is also in her sight. She has performed twice on the very popular hit Mun2 (Telemundo) television show “The Roof” and co-hosted a Bronx TV talk show called “Teen Vision.” While some successful independent musicians prefer being on their own, Thalisha is currently talking with major labels. Thalisha’s touring schedule includes a return trip to Europe in the spring and summer and then to Australia later this year. “I’m determined, focused and ready for anything that comes my way,” she says. And it’s easy to believe her. Thalisha is definitely a star in the making.

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