Cure for the common cold learn natural tips for keeping a cold away

A co-worker of mine once had a troublesome cold a while back for weeks on end and because I had to add to my workload by splitting his share up with the rest in the office, I told him of a method to use as a cure for the common cold used by the Indians and some West Africans. (Okay, I’m not that insensitive-I told him this because I cared!) This method is known in Sanskrit (the Indian Language) as Neti or “Nasal Irrigation). It is the cleaning of the nasal portion of the respiratory system whose function is to allow air to come in contact with the circulating blood so exchange of the gases can happen. If this sounds a little bit complex if you need a cure for your cold and are not trying to read all these facts, just believe this works as a cure for the common cold the way nothing else can. (well besides a fast…) Neti (nasal irrigation) is unmatched in its ability to -Clear the nostrils for freer breathing. -Reduce excess mucus. -Moisten the nasal canal; strengthen the eyes, because there is stimulation of the blood vessels of the nose and eyes via nasal irrigation. Cure for the Common cold: Using Nasal irrigation (neti) 1. Using un-iodized TABLE SALT, add a level teaspoon of salt to 24 oz warm water. 2. Wash your neti pot (which is available in most health food stores). 3. Re - rinse internally and externally with drinking water. 4. Fill the pot (which holds about 8 oz) with the saline solution 5. Now tilt your head so your right nostril is uppermost over a sink or large basin 6. Pour the solution into the nostril and ensure to keep the mouth open to breathe. 7. After it all comes out, remain motionless for 30 seconds or so then blow the nose Thoroughly and rinse out the mouth with drinking water. Repeat steps 1-7 on the right nostril pouring through the left this time. You can bend forward to ensure it all drips out or preferably perform 10-15 rounds of bellows breath (a breathing exercise that entails forcefully pulling the belly back towards the spine which pushes the stagnant air out of the lungs) to get all the solution out. I found it pleasant and soothing after practicing it only once. Besides aiding as a cure for the common cold, it also ensures that blocked nasal passages as a result of irritants and pollutants are well loosened. Furthermore it is said to have a marked cleansing effect on the sinuses and mind and helps to clean the anterior regions of the upper palate housing the olfactory organs. It even helps to cleanse to some degree the inner workings of the ear. Children using this product should be supervised by an able adult. Cure for the Common Cold: Dietetic Suggestions Moreover, to target the root cause of the common cold, now will be a good time to try one kind of a fast which could be 1. The use of Fresh Fruit juices. 2. The Broth of succulent and tasty steamed vegetables such as celery, cabbage etc 3. A mono-diet of a seasonal juicy fruit. If like most people, you just cannot fast, well see to it that you abstain from all types of Animal Products, Breads, Grains and beans during this time. These substances have been known to either cause or aggravate the common cold along with other diseases and conditions including but not limited to the flu, asthma and diabetes. This fact is based on research performed the renowned French Hygienist, Albert Mosseri and based on my personal experiences with curing my asthma, I definitely advocate his opinions. A good replacement for the less beneficial items listed above will be fresh fruits, roots and leafy vegetables for fuel. So don’t be fooled into spending your money on drugs and nasal sprays as a cure for the common cold, it, like any other disease, can be alleviated by common-sense drugless healing alternatives, if only you know how. With the steps above, you, like my co-worker, now know exactly how to cure you cold naturally for long-term success.



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How to audition for american idol

How to Audition for American Idol Knowing that you are trying to be a total superstar is not always easy. Trying to pull yourself from absolute oblivion and making it big as a singer is one of the hardest parts of the music business, and American Idol has provided hundreds of thousands people with a way to try to achieve their ultimate goals. Knowing that it is difficult to break into the music business leads a lot of would-be singers to try auditioning. The problem is it is extremely important to learn how to properly audition for the series, without looking like you are a complete amateur. Your first step should always be selecting an appropriate song. This does not mean you should run out and learn a completely new style of singing. You need something that is comfortable for you, a musician that you enjoy and appreciate and a style that you can actually sing well. For example, some singers are not capable of doing low tones as well; you should ensure the song fits your vocal range properly before committing to sing it during the audition. Another key tip is ensuring you dress properly. While you certainly do not want to show up looking completely boring and plain you also do not want to look like the freak that was let out at night for Halloween either. If you have ever watched American Idol, you have no doubt noticed that those who dress incredibly strange are very seldom going to Hollywood. The mere appearance of their outfit is often enough to distract the judges from their actual singing abilities and will ensure that you have a short-lived singing career as well. Picking out the amount of makeup and jewelry to wear as well is also important. While most men are not going to wear makeup there is a rather large number of people who start looking towards some type of facial makeup for the sheer purpose of helping them stick out during their audition. This will rarely be accepted by the judges. Most of the time you will actually end up crossed out of the audition with the judges before you ever open your mouth. Again this is due to you are making a rather resounding impression before ever singing and typically this is not a good impression. In picking the sound and preparing yourself for the audition, you should frequently look for a good vocal coach to help you. The money you spend on a vocal coach will be well worth the expense since a professional will be assisting you to get ready. Many people auditioning for American Idol falsely believe that they are star quality just the way they are. While this may be true for a small number of those who audition the majority of those who audition at the very least need a bit of preparation to get ready to audition. Using a good vocal coach will ensure you get the best preparation possible and ensure a professional approach. A final suggestion is to really listen to the opinion of others around you before actually going to audition. American Idol is really looking for the top singers in the country; they do not want someone who sounds just like everyone else. You need to find out where your strengths lie in singing, and what your weakness is. Minimizing your weakness and maximizing your potential is critical to the success that you need. If you are completely unsure about how you sound without music singing, it is time to find out before you go to audition. The time you spend getting ready for your audition will be vital and combined with a professional appearance, attitude and fun personality you will make the powerful great impression on the judges that is needed to actually win American Idol, rather than end up the laughing stock of the auditions. Putting the time in for a proper game plan will pay off in the end, and you are sure to reap the benefit in terms of creative feedback from the judges. PPPPP Word Count 676



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Coming of age the power of beauty

There comes a time when we all need a little help to pull off the newest in seasonal looks. As we think back to the eternal beauty of Marilyn Monroe, Ava Garner, and the ravishing beauty of the young Elizabeth Taylor, we can see why we would love that look. As Summer blossoms from Spring, it’s time to take notes from all their looks that make these famous Hollywood beauties rock and turn it into your own unique fashionable hip style. Starting with: Those luscious lips: There a secret to spring’s bright lipsticks in lifesaver colors, bright reds, corals, pinks and fuchsias and more. You can put these colors on your lips as long as you do not wear them matte. These colors must have shine or this look isn’t going to be pulled off. Start looking into all of today’s beauty & fashion magazines and decide for yourself, “do those colors look better on me or her?” Who ever “her” maybe in the trendy magazine of today. Not every actress has a sense of taste or color, so remember that fact. The confident look: Ever heard of faking confidence? This is all about faking it till it becomes who we are. Remember it is all about attitude! When you look good, you will feel confident. Be stylish: Remember there is a fine line between looking polished, and confident style woman or a vulgar tart. Be careful. It’s how you pull off your own bold look without going over that fine line and then it’s “oh no” and wash it all off and try it again till you have it. Cleansing-Back to basics: As with all make up one needs to start with a cleansed, well-moisturized face. The idea today is to become chic and updated. You have got to think glamorous, as in movie star style (think Ava Garner, Marilyn Monroe). You are going to work on bringing their classic looks up to today’s standards. The natural look: Not all women want to work at the latest Gala with just a bare face and wearing lip-gloss. Not everyone wants to wear the l am all-natural look, some really do just love those trendy colors! This is not a look that requires you to wear foundation. By doing so you are taking this look back instead of bringing it forward into our time. That is why you need to stay away from those over plucked eyebrows as well. The strong but seductive woman: Start thinking about going for a time when women wore strong lipstick and dark eyes. This is not the type of woman who you messed with! She wears Teal eye shadow on her eyelids and Coral Lipstick with shine on her lips. Her strength shines through the colors. This is a look we all have secretly desired but never truly knew how to pull it off. Now here are some ideas of how to really pull it off without taking away from who or what you are. It’s very important to all women to be able to show just how strong we are, by what we wear to what we do and how we are seen by others. Some of us want to be in the back behind the scenes while others want to be in the front leading the way. Who do you want to be today? Tips for those bold lips: Why not try that on your own lips Coral or maybe even Fuchsia? Here is a simple trick to keep your lipstick color on your lips for a very long time. You could use lip liner but once your lipstick has worn off what is left? Lined lips and that just looks so tacky. Try this instead, apply a cream-based stick foundation over your lips and let it set for about a minute. The idea of waiting is you don’t want your foundation blending with your lipstick. After waiting, go ahead and put on your favorite bright lipstick, the cream foundation will help keep your lipstick in place. Are you worried about your lipstick feathering on you? Then line your lips with a wax pencil; there are a few great ones out there today. This is one very powerful but simple look that anyone can try, starting with spring and going right into summer lipstick colors. Summer colors are anything but quiet these days! Don’t forget those nails: To make this look your own you must wear your fingernails with simple nudes or French manicure. Remember the idea is not to over do it. If you still feel the need to wear bright red or pink, then do it on your toes, who is going to know? Mood nail polish is an even better choice of colors on your toes. Who knew that showing off your mood on your toes could be so much fun? Besides with today’s fashion craze, wearing open toe shoes with a splash of color can really help pull off of the beauty of a pair of the most up to date stylish shoes. All you are really doing is making sense of the power of true beauty, yours. Take charge with style: Now for the woman who is going to be the CEO of her own company: It’s time to find power within yourself, starting today! With your mind & body filled with confidence you can walk by the hall mirror and you say to yourself “Damn! I look good!” Then you have pulled this look together and made it yours. Start today by taking charge of who you are and what you are, the latest powerful woman is born!



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Just what do we pay graphic designers for

We all know, that in actual fact designers not only create images that are designed to catch the eye of the consumer, but to make a business appear professional also and indeed the core purpose of their work is to help convert potential customers into actual customers via brand/image and marketing materials linked in with this. Is that all? I’m sure a lot of business owners think that really is all there is to the design industry that serves them and the many designers that populate it. In some cases (for some designers) that really is all there is to it – they don’t operate on many other levels other than to make their designs professional, pretty, and eye catching. However there really are other aspects that must be considered when you commission a design to develop the brand image for your business, a couple of these are explored in more detail now; 1. Target Market; Recently I was approached by a company interested in brand design; their product and service was one that should be targeting both men and women, and yet when I was shown the design they had received already for another designer I immediately noted some glaring issues with it. The design itself was eye pleasing and on the surface of it a less experienced person may observe that it was a professional effort; but the designer had produced something which featured a stylised woman as the central figure within the logo and not only that despite the stylised nature of the image, she was clearly of oriental heritage. I quickly pointed out to the customer that when one’s target market is male and females and not women only, that to gender bias one’s logo design is counter productive, and even worse to possibly alienate even more people by making the character a particular ethnicity when your product is targeted at all nationalities. A creative must think, think, think, and then and think some more about the target market when they are designing. To enable that before they start designing, they absolutely have to ask the business owner about the business; who are the customers, how will the product or service be sold to them, and so on. 2. Colours & Tones A long time ago now I wrote a very popular article entitled the ‘The Relationship Between Colours & Sales’ – I’ve long since populated the piece across the internet and you can thus read it on many websites. Although as creatives we don’t need to enslave ourselves completely to the rules of colour psychology, any designer working on a project should always keep this in mind. In addition to considering the psychological effect certain colours have on mood and behaviour, which is well documented by the marketing industry, one needs to consider the socio-economic dynamic of the target market as this has some bearing on the tone of the colour scheme chosen. For instance it’s not uncommon for my clients to ask for a bright colour scheme for their brand design, but this doesn’t always suit their target market; it’s known that low income groups are attracted to bright colours and thus if you don’t wish to attract low income groups a bright colour scheme isn’t right for your brand design regardless of what you like as an individual. When your designer goes to work and you review concepts it’s vital to appreciate the design isn’t supposed to necessarily appeal to what you like, it’s supposed to appeal to your target market and this may not necessarily be the same thing as your own favourite colours. These are just a couple of important areas that must be considered by your designer before they start work on your brand development, some of the other areas include; - Ensuring the design will work well whether printed billboard sized or business card sized. - Making sure the company name is easily readable. - Ensuring the design is neither too tall in height, or too wide horizontally; disproportionate designs can be more difficult to incorporate into layouts for print such as flyers, stationery, brochures and so on; this means these items may not look as good as they should. Much of this advice can also be applied even when you already have your brand design established and have moved on to developing this further with your marketing materials. It’s important that the designer working on your printed stationery and marketing materials appreciates the need to be sympathetic to the brand theme already established, and also has sufficient skill and experience to bear in mind that designs created must appeal to the target market.



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Happy employees are more productive employees

Small workplace-enhancing changes can reap big rewards (ARA) - It's not surprising that employees cite compensation as the number one factor that makes them professionally satisfied these days. What is surprising is that the comfort and aesthetic appearance of their physical workplace virtually ties with benefits for second place. With an increasing number of people spending more time in their offices, the physical comfort, visual appeal and accessibility of their work environment become increasingly important. So pivotal, in fact, that the American Society of Interior Designers commissioned a 1999 nationwide study, "Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Employees - By Design" that revealed: Employees who were pleased with their physical workplaces were 31 percent more likely to say they were satisfied with their jobs, The physical workplace would impact 41 percent of employees and job seekers to accept a position, and The quality of their physical workplace would influence 51 percent to leave a company. Even more eye-opening is that an astonishing 73 percent were not satisfied with the physical workplaces at their current jobs. Certainly these statistics give one pause, particularly given the high costs, headaches and loss of productivity associated with staff member turnover. Wouldn't it make far better sense to keep valuable employees by making small, yet meaningful, cosmetic adjustments to their work environments? "In this competitive marketplace, it is increasingly more important to focus on the appearance of the workplace," explains Todd Imholte, president of Environmental Graphics, the leading producer of wall murals for home or office in the United States. "Studies have shown that employers who care about their employees and their work environment, have noticed more motivated and productive employees." Denise Ones, Ph. D., the Heller Vic Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota says, "We know that there is a strong relationship between motivation and productivity in the workplace. Employees who are motivated will be more conscientious, dependable and ultimately more productive." Sage Publishing will release a book authored by Dr. Ones entitled, "The Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology" in September of 2001. The Toyota manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky., for example, recently installed 44 of Environmental Graphics' WallMurals throughout their production facility, labs and conference rooms. According to safety manager, Karen Wells, "The murals help bring the outdoors in, making the work environment a more positive and motivating place for the employees. When people look up at the wall, they see pleasant scenery instead of a plain, boring wall. We even let the employees pick them out!" Murals can have a tremendous impact on morale and productivity and most companies have walls that accommodate murals. Murals are a cost effective way to make a big improvement on the workplace environment. Murals, like the ones from Environmental Graphics, cost around $100. Recognized by The Olympian newspaper of Seattle, Wash. as a "hot look that just keeps growing," many of Environmental Graphics' eight-panel, 8 feet tall by 13 feet wide murals are nature-inspired and reflect positive energy-generating feng shui elements. Popular designs include Serenity, Oriental Garden, Hawaiian Sunset, Clouds, Morning Forest, Lake in the Woods and Desert in Bloom, as well as the company's newest addition, Lighthouse Cove. To view the complete line of wall mural designs and to get local dealer information, visit their Web site at egproducts. com or call toll-free (888) 205-3441 for a free brochure. To purchase Wall Murals, visit Home Depot, Lowe's, Sherwin Williams or your local paint and wallcovering retailer. Murals can also be purchased on the Internet at primoproducts. com.



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What household budget percentage breakdown is typical

The typical American household budget percentage breakdown looks like the list below. For most of the categories a range is shown. A range makes more sense to help you see where your personal budget fits (or doesn't fit.) If your budget doesn't fit the typical American household budget, rejoice! The average American household budget is jacked up - we carry too much debt and we just don't save enough. We're so worried about our neighbor's new pool, our co-worker's new car and our friend's new designer shoes that we spend more than we earn to try and keep up. But take heart! Review the percentages below, compare your household budget and then read on to find out how you can move yourself into the elite minority of Americans who have mastered where their money goes. Typical Household Budget Percentages 33-38% Housing (59%-66% of this is on shelter - mortgage interest, property taxes, repairs, and rent, and other items) 15-19% Transportation (38-48 of this is vehicle purchase - 2 cars per household average) 13-14% Food Budget (55% at home, 45% away) 0-2% Alcohol 0-3% Tobacco and related products 0-2% Caffeine related products 4-5% On clothing and related services (drycleaning) 4.5 - 6% on out of pocket Health Care 9% Personal Insurance and Pensions (breakdown: 1% life and other personal insurance, 7.5% SS, .5% investment 5% Entertainment 2.5% Charitable Contributions 2% Reading and Education 1% Personal Care products and services 2% Miscellaneous 4% Credit Card, Consumer Loan Interest If your budget closely matches the above, here's what you can do to fix that. Do these in order. Do not proceed to the next step until you've addressed the current step: 1. Stop using your @#!&*! credit cards! 2. Make a down and dirty budget right away! Don't worry about it being right at first...you can perfect it over time. Just do it! 3. Cut back on your easy to identify, frivolous spending habits (3 dollar lattes, magazines, 450 extra satellite channels, etc.) If you've got some expensive habits you've wanted to quit for some time, now's the time. For example, if you're a hard-drinkin', chain smokin', coffee drinkin' fool, you can reap a windfall of up to 7% or more of your income! Just cutting back to 2 drinks per day, only drinking coffee from home and quitting the cigarettes will net you a nice amount of extra cash and add years to your life! Refine your budget after eliminating what you can. 4. Reduce your 401K and other investment payments (if you have any) to the minimum allowable to keep your 401K and/or other investment accounts open. If your employer has a stock matching plan, keep that in addition to the minimum to keep your investments accounts open (but only up to the minimum you need to get all the matching money.) You're going to reap a whole lot more return on paying off your debts than you can ever hope to reasonably get from traditional investments. If you're paying into a college fund for your kids - keep doing that - if you're not and you really want to, hold off until step 6. Refine your budget to reflect the extra income available, if any. 5. Build an emergency fund equal to 2% of your gross annual income. It should be a little hard to get to (like a separate checking account or mutual fund), but not too difficult (Certificate of Deposit.) Work this into your budget - it's very important. You will not believe the amount of stress that will melt away when you do this. 6. Pay off your debts - everything except mortgages. And don't just move your revolving debt into a second or third mortgage - that's bad. Pay them off using a rapid debt paydown system like the Debt Hammer™. Pay off any student loans (for future reference, these are a bad idea.) Pay off your car(s) too. If you're not upside down on a car loan (your car is worth more than you owe) you can sell it and get a cheaper, paid for car. Throw a small (inexpensive but fun) party for yourself and your loved ones every time you pay off a debt. 7. Take all the money you WERE spending to pay off your non-mortgage debt and start putting it into those investment accounts you put on idle. Make sure you're investing at least 10% of your gross income. If you followed steps 1-4 exactly, you should have lots of breathing room in your budget now. If this is true and you want to invest more than 10%, go ahead, but be sure to reward yourself too and live a little. Grow your emergency fund to a level you're comfortable with (2 or more months of income is a good start.) If you have young kids and you want to send them to college, start putting money into a college fund of your choice for them, if you haven't already. Throw a bigger party than usual when this is done. 8. Pay off your mortgage and throw your biggest party yet! You can start towards this by refinancing to a single fixed rate mortgage (your credit should be in pretty good shape having paid off all your other debts.) If it's a 30 year mortage, pay more than your monthly payment to dramatically lower the amount of interest you give to the bank. If it's a 15 year fixed - wow! That's excellent! 9. When you're totally debt free, regularly give away whatever you think you can afford. It's good for the soul! Easy? Not. Worth it? Doing the above will pay dividends in your life in many more ways than just dollars and cents. You will assure yourself a dignified and financially secure retirement. Do this well and you will also build a way for your kids and your grandkids to enjoy prosperous lives, and they will remember you with fondness and respect long after you've moved on to the other side. Now get started! 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The three elements in a winning resume

As a recruiter, I've seen thousands of resumes ranging from very qualified and capable candidates all over the nation. These candidates span from every industry and from administrative professionals to C level corporate executives. Each time I review a resume, I would review it under the eyes of the hiring manager. Through their eyes, I tried to get a sense of who the candidate is and how they are wired. The goal is to see if the candidate (communicated through a resume) capabilities will drive a degree of success in a particular capacity. Research has shown that a typical hiring manager or recruiter will only look at a resume for approximately 15 seconds so bearing that in mind, I perform this resume critique under three basic guidelines. If you want to be noticed and receive the proper consideration, following these suggestions will help improve your chances of landing an interview. Building Your Brand This is your professional identity and perhaps the most important element that most resumes fail to develop. You can establishing your brand and increase your marketing collateral by ensuring that your resume is concise, clearly identifying your professional traits and demonstrate how you will fit into the position and the company corporate culture, captivating, grammatically perfect and of course free of spelling error. It needs to flow, easy to read and pact with rich content organized in a format which screams "HIRE ME!” Succeed here and your resume will be pushed forward in the process. Fail here and your resume will be filed away. Differentiate Yourself Whatever you do, do not copy someone else's objective statements. Write them yourself or with the help of an expert. The more unique your profile is, the higher the chances of a full review on your resume. An effective profile should be brief and encapsulate your background while highlighting your capabilities and accomplishments. Always tailor your profile to fit the position so do not use the same profile for every submitted resume. Value How will you add value to the position? This is the first question hiring managers or recruiters look for in a candidate. After all, that's why they are hiring in the first place. You can demonstrate your value buy quantifying results. Describe how you helped a company increased revenue, lowered cost and increase productivity. Don't be afraid to use numbers even if they are not exact. Conclusion Maximizing your brand will help identify and articulate your professional skills to the decision makers the immediate value and benefit that you bring to the company. This is your chance for good first impression and believe me, first impressions are everything during your job search campaign. Differentiate yourself will give you a competitive advantage so revise your profile to create a powerful effective 15 second pitch. Finally, quantify your success and show decision makers how you can contribute to the company’s bottom-line. If you take the initiative to embrace these three essential elements in defining your resume, you will recognize greater results in your search efforts. Have an expert put together an organized, engaging and compelling cover letter that's poised for high impact. An expert can tailor our message, convincing the reader to proceed to review your resume. Sadly, first impressions count so unless you have an effective cover letter, no matter how stunning your resume is, it will not be considered. Work one-on-one with an expert to determine the approach that will get you the interview. An expert can help you identify your uniqueness, uncover your qualities and build your brand.



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Common infections caused by candida

There are so many infections that are caused by Candida, especially the species Candida Albicans, in various parts of the body. Moniliasis or Oral Thrush This type of oral infection usually occurs when there is an overproduction of Candida Albicans. It is also common among denture wearers and occurs to both very young and elderly who are recovering from disease or have an immune system problem. Likewise, people who are experiencing dry mouth syndrome are also prone to having Candidiasis. Candida may be triggered by antibiotic treatment, which decreases normal bacteria in the mouth. Good oral hygiene is encouraged to prevent Candidiasis. Dentures should also be removed especially before going to bed. There are saliva substitutes as well as prescribed medications that may be used to treat some severe case of oral thrush. Intertrigo This is an infection that occurs in the folds of skin, most commonly seen on overweight individuals. Redness and moisture in the skin fold are also observed. Small pustules appear around raised areas of inflamed skin and are usually filled with pus or papules around the main area of redness. Likewise, peeling, itching and swelling are also experienced. Vulvovaginitis This is one of the most common Candida infections, found mostly in women. The symptoms include swelling and itching of the vagina along with a thick, cream or white discharge. There is also pain during intercourse. There is an observed redness with rashes that oftentimes extends to the groin area. Vulvovaginitis is dominant among pregnant women and recurs frequently in women who are using birth control pills. Men can also suffer from vulvovaginitis and this is indicated by inflammation that can be seen on the head of the penis. There can be swelling, and also small red papules or pustules, and often a burning sensation after sexual activity. Diaper Candidiasis This is the type of infection that is commonly seen in babies due to diaper rashes. However it should not be assumed that all diaper rashes are due to Candida. There are signs and symptoms such as small fragile pustules that are often dry and usually peel. In addition, this infection is accompanied by firm reddish nodules of 1 to 2cm on the vulva or the buttocks. There is also nodular granulomatous Candida or granulomatous gluteale infantum. This infection usually clears over time. Paronychia This is an example of a Candida infection that occurs on the nails. People who contract these types of infections generally have their hands in water or handle food on a regular basis as food encourages the growth of yeast on hands. The areas around the nails are usually swollen without the cuticles. There is also postural discharge that results to nail discoloration and often times caused the removal of the nail base. This is also called lateral onycholysis. Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis This is an example of a recurrent Candida infection that does not respond to medical treatments. This is the type of infection is visible in the mouth and on the skin. It can be observed on infants and children. It is identified by persistent oral rashes that may be hypertrophic and produce thick plaque in the mouth. Chronic paronychia is manifested by redness around the nail folds. This infection is usually a genetic condition that is either recessive or dominant. It also may cause endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism or hypoparathyroidism. If you suspect you are suffering with Candida, you should consult your primary care physician.



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Ebay training courtesy of learnkey

As we all know, eBay is the world’s largest trading community. eBay has millions of transactions conducted daily. Knowing how to find your niche on eBay entails several eBay training so that you'll know how to make money on eBay and build a store on eBay Making Money on eBay training and Build a store on eBay training are brought to us by Learnkey. We will have an overview here of these eBay training courses for us to know what's more applicable and bring us on the road to success for our own eBay selling business. In Making Money on eBay training course you’ll learn the keys to online auction success. Adam Hersh, an expert instructorfor eBay trainings reveals bidding tips and pricing strategies. He also unveils how to title, describe, photograph and present your items which is guaranteed to fetch top bids. Here in Making Money on eBay training, you’ll also learn how to authenticate items and securely settle transactions to protect yourself from fraud. This course's conclusion let's you understand the concepts of confidently buying and selling on eBay. In Building a Store on eBay training, the introduction delves and explains that many small business owners are reaching a marketplace of millions of potential customers by building online storefronts on eBay. By building a storefront on eBay, you suddenly face the tremendous responsibility of inventory, pricing, packaging, auctioning, etc. In the Building a Store on eBay training course from LearnKey, you’ll quickly learn the critical steps to set up and operate your own successful eBay store. Erica Wadley, the expert instructor for this topic, has created an eBay store that has sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of products while generating more than 99% positive customer feedback. She takes you step-by-step through the process, such that at the conclusion of this eBay training course you have a clear understanding how to easily build and manage your own eBay store. eBay SuccessKit Learnkey hands out this eBay Success Kit, as part of the two-part eBay training course. The eBay Success Kit includes everything you’ll need to know about starting and operating a profitable eBay business. This kit contains two complete LearnKey video courses on DVD – Making Money on eBay and Building a Store on eBay along with the workbooks you'll be needing. With this kit you’ll learn step-by-step how to run a successful eBay business from experts who have done it! eBay is the world’s largest trading community with millions of transactions conducted daily, it is necessary that we go and have a piece of the eBay pie. Want to have a complete overview of this eBay training courses? eBay Training Course Outline Session 1 Section A: Online Auctioning Keys to Success Adam Hersh Online Auction Sites eBay Auctions Other Market Places Section B: eBay's Site Home Page Exploring Categories Searching Buying Auction Items Placing Bids Section C: Auction Items Event Auctions Charity Auctions Memorabilia Big Ticket Items Prohibited Items Section D: Listing Auctions Creating a Sell Item Advertising Real Estate Choose Category Suggested Categories Category Strategies Titling Items Abbreviation Create Title Section E: Auction Description Details Purchase Conditions Appearances Description Text HTML Text Controls Reuse Scheduling Section F: Pricing Price Options Fees Starting Price Reserves/Low Prices Buy It Now Section G: Auction Features Private Auctions Pictures Picture Layouts Listing Upgrades Counters Payment Methods Shipping Feature Statics Session 2 Section A: After the Auction Follow up Shipping Non-paying Bidders Bidder Management 2nd Chance Offer Relisting Payment Services Section B: Feedback Core of eBay Responding Getting Feedback Feedback Violations Section C: eBay Services Benefits Conveniences Promotions Services Tab Buying/Selling Tools Trade with Confidence Authenticate Items ID Verify Section D: eBay Stores Benefits Store Levels Featured Store Anchor Store Store Section Section E: Auction Management Marketplace Integration Inventory Management Image Management Sale Management Storefront/Checkout Tools Order Management Preferred Solution Provider Section F: Powersellers eBay Recognition Levels Benefits Maintaining Status Section G: Trading Assistants Requirements Finding Clients Fees Limits Section H: eBay Life eBay Community eBay Plans Making money on eBay Training - eBay Training, Course 2 Sessions - 4 Hours of Training eBay Training Instructor - Expert Adam Hersh has sold more than 50,000 items on eBay and other auction sites. He was the first named eBay trading assistant. He has sold more items, received more positive comments. He'd been an eBay member longer than any other trading assistant in New York City. His business has been featured already on several publications, including Smart Money, Readers Digest, and Business Week. He was selected as eBay's collectible seller of the month in September 2003, and featured in the Collectibles Sellers Newsflash. Make eBay training through Learnkey count. It will also be a good opportunity for you to attend more eBay training and help you become successful in the eBay business.



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How to prepare for mba entrance exams

Vince Lombardi once said “Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.” Success in MBA Entrance Exam in India is also no cake walk. You need in-depth knowledge, analytical mind, sharp memory and above all, systematic planning and preparation. Needless to say that the candidates cannot and should not attempt preparation for his MBA Entrance Test overnight. Since the competition is amongst the best available talent from all disciplines, meticulous and long term preparation are required to get admitted to the MBA program. Although the syllabi in the admission/entrance test differ from university to university, there are certain common aspects that appear in most of the entrance test, CAT, XAT, MAT, XLRI, SNAP and MBA Entrance Exams conducted by State Universities in one form or the other. These aspects include tests on quantitative aptitude, reasoning, intelligence, comprehension, case analysis, relationships, word power, synonyms, antonyms, general knowledge/awareness, etc. It is therefore, essential that the candidates start preparing well in advance on all the above aspects. If one can get hold of previous year's papers or at least the pattern, this would go a long way in guiding the candidates to prepare properly for the test. Here are some tips to prepare on important aspects which are common to most of the MBA entrance examinations in India: (1) Quantitative Aptitude: A candidate seeking admission to MBA programme is expected to have aptitude for basic and elementary accounting as well as the knack of solving the simple arithmetic problems. This is one of the areas in the admission test which, if properly prepared and practiced, is likely to put the candidate ahead of others, as one can hope to score even 100% marks in this part. There may be several types of questions that may form part of quantitative aptitude test. The first category could be simple arithmetic problems including profit and loss, percentages, ratio, averages, partnership, etc. Such problems involve simple calculations and with a little practice and basic aptitude, can be solved correctly. The second category of questions could involve multiplication or divisions in 5 to 6 figures or decimals. It may be quite time-consuming if the candidates start actually attempting the entire calculations. Since the candidates are required to work against time it is not advisable to waste time on such calculations. With a little practice, the candidates can easily eliminate most of the choices straightaway to arrive at the correct answer even without any calculations. This can be achieved if the candidates look at all the choices carefully before actually attempting the calculations. Another category of questions may be directed at testing only the intelligence of the candidate and not his/her ability to calculate. There may be some other questions aimed at testing the common sense of the candidates. The entire area of quantitative aptitude, therefore, needs constant practice to calculate quickly with accuracy. More practice is also essential for the candidates to gain confidence in this part of the test. Even if a candidate does not have the basic aptitude for figure-work, he/she can make up for this deficiency by regular practice and a lot of hard work. It is strongly recommended that the candidates practice and attempt all the questions on quantitative. (b) Logical Reasoning: Questions on logical reasoning may be of several types and in several forms. These could include a statement on which the candidates are asked to draw correct interference out of the given choices. There could be questions on series of words and figures, arrangement of alphabets, brain teasers or even such questions as only call for drawing logical inferences. Just like quantitative aptitude test, this portion of admission test also needs special and detailed preparations and practice. Most of the questions under this category infact test the common sense and sense of proportion and reasoning among the candidates and therefore, must be attempted with a cool head. In case of statements, the given statement as well as choices given must be read at least twice before choosing the right answer. In case there are more than three questions on arrangements of alphabets, it is advisable to write down all the alphabets on the rough work sheet. This will facilitate easy and quick attempt of questions on alphabets. Similarly, there could be certain questions on distances traveled in different directions. In such questions it is proper to draw a rough diagram giving distances traveled in various directions to get the correct answer. Constant practice in the questions on reasoning would make the candidates confident to tackle this particular aspect of the test. To do well in this part of the test, the candidates must therefore, practice hard. (c) Comprehension Test: Comprehension test is aimed at gauging the understanding of English language by the candidates. Usually, a paragraph is given which the candidates are required to go through carefully and then answer the question by choosing the correct answer. To attempt this part speedily and correctly, the candidates must practice reading with a quick speed and understanding the entire passage. Answer to most of the questions are easily located within the passage itself. But there are certain questions, answers to which are not directly available in the given passage. Such questions can only be answered by those candidates who can understand the passage fully. Regular practice would help the candidates to attempt the comprehension test in more effective and appropriate manner. Tests of English language given in every issue of this magazine invariably contain small comprehension passages. Practice of such passages may be of great help to the candidates for preparing this test. (d) General Awareness: As the name suggests, the test of general awareness aims to judge the general knowledge of the candidates. Basic facts about all aspects of general knowledge like Science, Geography, History, Economics, Polity, etc are essentially required to be known. A good knowledge of all branches of general knowledge is essential which can only be achieved by reading good books. Reading Newspapers regularly will keep you updated in whatever important is happening around the world.



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Apartment living you break it you buy it

Some tenants are under the impression that anything needing repairs is the landlord’s responsibility. Be advised that the landlord is responsible for repairing problems affecting habitability--not your toilet paper holder. In a recent interview, Oakland, Californian Property Manager, James Devonshire* told me about one of the unrealistic tenants he had. “I arrived home from work, to find a letter from one of the tenants. Inside, it was addressed to me, the Housing Authority, and his Lawyer. It said that these items needed to be fixed and (that they were) about to impair his lifestyle: 1. Toilet is broken. 2. Toilet paper holder is broken. 3. Bathroom door is broken. 4. Refrigerator is no good. 5. Alarm (smoke detector) is broken keeps going off every 3 to 4 months.” Translation of Submitted Letter: 1. I broke the seat on the toilet. 2. I leaned on the toilet paper holder, and it came out of the wall. 3. I fell into the bathroom door and it broke. 4. I want to complain about the appliances you've given me. 5. I forgot to replace the batteries in the smoke alarm. With a laugh, he let the tenant know that these repairs were not his responsibility. “You break it, you fix it. Even I, as manager, have to pay for stuff broken by myself in my apartment.” Mr. Devonshire understands that he is responsible for repairs specified in the lease i. e. plumbing problems due normal wear and tear, upkeep and safety of the building, etc. “I am by no means a mean, thoughtless apartment manager. I spend a lot of my own money on extra plants for our swimming pool area. The owner isn’t required to do (that)... I also do most of the repairs, which keeps building expenses down and which helps keep our rent down.” Mr. Devonshire points out that tenants will “report broken things coincidentally around the time rent is due, and demand them to be fixed before paying.” Being sneaky will get you nowhere fast. Your landlord will notice if you suddenly turn gobs of ridiculous repair requests around the same time you need to hand him the check. If you think you can get away with it... think again. Your landlord might make the repairs for you... but (if the problems are your fault) he might also deduct repair costs from your security deposit. (Touche!) Since 1989 dan the roommate man has helped 1000's of people find good roommates. Call him at 800-488-8050 or http:// roommateexpress. com



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All about riding lawn mowers

Most riding lawn mowers are machines fun to ride and extremely cool to look at. However, they are just a dream for many gardeners who can not afford one of these powerful gardening equipment. A riding mower can be a practical time saving machine for professionals as well as for beginner or amateur landscapers. If you are on of those homeowners, lucky to maintain a large yard, it can be a good idea to invest in a riding mower. Basics of lawn mowers We will explain first the type of mowers on the market and then which one would fit better with your current needs. Basic riding mowers are actually those featuring rear engines. They use to come with small horsepower engines, usually mounted under the operator’s seat. These mowers have reasonable power sized cutting blades and fit perfectly into small lawns with less than 1 acre. The next level up is for medium horsepower riding lawn mowers; these mowers use to include their engines at the front; there can fit larger engines due to the space. They have a stronger and faster cutting capacity. Medium riding mowers provide better performance on hilly gardens and are the perfect complement for yards between 1 and 3 acres. Commercial riding lawn mowers are designed for really large yards, including sport fields, they can be extremely expensive for homeowners and won’t really provide their best performance in yards no bigger than 3 yards. Here you can find some important points to have in mind before you decide on the most suitable model that would better fit with your necessities. The final choose will depend basically on: • The type of terrain of your mowing area as well as the size of it. And what other tasks would you like to do with your new lawnmower?. It is also very important to know whether or not the area includes slopes or hilly areas. The most flat is your mowing area the better performance you will get from the machine. • It is always extremely important to select a comfortable seat, especially when you will be sitting for a long time. You will save a lot on back injuries and other common diseases related with sat jobs. There is no choice with that, it’s preferable that the mower’s seat be comfortable enough, don’t make the mistake that most do, it worth. • Does the garden include trees or rocks that require permanent change of direction during the mowing process? It’s very important to find all the finishing touch to choose amongst steering wheels and tires. • There are different bagging or recycling grass options; here you have mainly to mulching or to bagging. While mulching will cut the grass into fine clippings and then give it back to your lawn, providing nutrients to it, the second will just fill up a rear bag, being easier for the rider to empty and replace it with new ones. • There are many attachments on the market to choose from. You probably just need a riding lawnmower including normal features. In addition, you can usually attach other features, like the ones to remove snow during winter time.



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Golf carts great for golf but what about all the other uses

When most people think golf carts they think of a buggy that takes a golfer and his golf clubs around the course. And that’s a fair assumption seeing that is what they were originally produced for. But in this day and age there are other uses apart from the obvious. Many large companies with many warehouses or factories also find a need for golf carts. Traveling to and fro between buildings is made easier and faster when using a golf buggy. These little buggies are not only convenient but also can be very useful along with the fact that they can be affordable. You will find many manufacturers that produce these golf carts in either a manual push and pull, electric or gas version.

Some can carry passengers as well as a golf bag. And for the people who like to be a little different there are companies that make custom versions to satisfy that individual need. You don’t have to have a custom version to be a little different as you can just add some ATV wheels to make yours stand out from the others if that is what you wish. If you are a fanatic golfer or just an occasional golfer then golf carts are still a great way to get around that 9 or 18 hole course. Of course you can purchase your own or you have the option of hiring one as well. Many courses have them for hire for reasonable prices but there may not always be one available.

So if you don’t like disappointments then perhaps you should consider buying one. A good idea is to check out the many online manufacturers that make reliable and affordable golf carts for you to choose from before making any rash decision. Remember, whether you are a golfer or you just need the cart for convenience and versatility in your business or home you will find a wide range to choose from on the web.



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Naprotechnology a medical breakthrough in infertility treatment

NaProTechnology is a new reproductive science uses the physician’s medical and surgical energies in a way that works cooperatively with a woman’s natural reproductive function. Created at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Nebraska, it is touted as a revolutionary breakthrough for helping couples who desire to achieve a pregnancy naturally. This article is a review of information from a new DVD called New Hope For Infertility With NaProTechnology, that does an excellent job of presenting some simple facts about the differences between NaProTechnology and the Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART) that are currently in widespread (e. g., In Vitro Fertilization [IVF]) use. NaProTechnology is not just an alternative for couples who object to ART for moral reasons, but rather, it should be considered the rational choice anyone who is in serious need of medical and possibly even surgical attention for a real medical problem affecting reproduction. Best of all, because the focus of NaProTechnology is diagnosis and treatment, it avoids the need for conception to occur by any means other than the natural way It goes without saying that once a medical problem has been diagnosed and treated, this has important health benefits that can be realized during the pregnancy and well beyond. For the same reasons, women who get pregnant as a result of NaProTechnology are frequently able get pregnant again. Here is a summary of what is presented: Artificial Reproductive Technology: (a) ignores the underlying causes of infertility; (b) is associated with a multiple pregnancy rate of 35.4% (CDC Data); (c) is more than twice as likely to result in a child with a major birth defect: 9% versus 4.2% (New England Journal of Medicine); (d) recent studies suggest that ART may also be associated with higher rates of low birth weight infants, cancer, and even developmental issues; (e) ART sometimes requires “selective reduction,” which involves selectively “reducing” (i. e., killing) additional babies in the womb when there are too many. NaProTechnology and The Creighton Model System The Creighton Model System is a standardized gynecologic charting system that is an integral part of NaProTechnology. Without the Creighton Model System, the physician who practices NaProTechnology would have inadequate information for the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive problems. Usually, a couple would start this program by learning how to chart the menstrual cycle according to the Creighton Model system. A medical consultation with a physician who is trained in NaProTechnology can be conducted at the same time. Frequently, the evaluation of infertility will include a targeted hormone evaluation of the menstrual cycle and an ultrasound series to evaluate ovarian function (this cannot be done without the Creighton Model System). A surgical evaluation is sometimes needed as part of a complete investigation. The bottom line is that these techniques result in a “functional” and/or “structural” diagnosis that can then be addressed medically or surgically and the end result is natural conception. Unfortunately, because of ART, we are led to believe that there is a “quick fix” for infertility. In reality, ART, doesn’t address the cause of infertility at all and does nothing to correct medical problems that might also affect the outcome of a pregnancy. Even worse, the conceptual, perinatal, and developmental implications and dangers associated with conception in a laboratory, it seems, are only now becoming appreciated. According the Pope Paul VI Institute, NaProTechnology success rates are 1.5 to 3 times better than IVF (23.5% versus 38.4%-81.8%). More information on this new DVD can be found in the NaProTechnology Communications Update of March 18, 2005 at: saintmaxworldwide. org/projects. asp Copyright 2005 Majella. us



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Spike lee top films and unforgettable controversies

Spike Lee is one of the most influential and provocative American moviemakers. Recently, he celebrated the 20 year anniversary for the release of his remarkable debut film Shes Gotta Have It. His films are groundbreaking in their controversial approach towards social and political issues and offer different perspective on race, class and gender issues in contemporary America. Spike Lee was born as Shelton Jackson Lee in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia to a jazz musician and an art teacher. When Lee was a young child, the family relocated to Brooklyn, which was used as a background for many of Spike Lee's movies. Lee's talent was recognized while he was still a film student in NYU. His thesis film Joes Bed Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads won 1983 Student Academy Award for best director. Spike Lee's debut movie Shes Gotta Have It was released in 1986. The movie was shot in 12 days in a budget of 175,000 dollars.

The film was written, produced and directed by Spike Lee. Shes Gotta Have It tells the story of Nora Darling, a young, independent African American graphic designer who cannot commit to any of her three lovers. Tracy Camilla Jones played the role of Nora Darling. Tommy Redmond Hicks and John Canada Terrell along with Lee himself played the three men in Noras life. Shes Gotta Have It was a landmark film in its presentation of African American characters in an American movie and part of the explosion of 80s independent movie industry. The African American community embraced the movie, which displayed a non stereotypical group of young, intelligent black American people. The film won the Prix de Jeuness at the Cannes film festival for the best new film by a newcomer.

The 1992 biographic epic Malcolm X is considered by many as Lee's best film. The 195 minutes movie depicts the story of the African American activist Malcolm X, from his early childhood to his assassination. Lee uses the Malcolm X story to confront the audience with the racial discrimination and violence that black people went through during the 1950s and 1960s in America. Spike Lee's name was associated with many controversies. He was often accused of anti Semitism and racism for portraying Jews and Italians in his films a stereotypical manner. His 2001 television miniseries about one of the Black Panthers founders, Huey P. Newton, stirred another controversy, which helped establish Lee's image as a provocative and radical figures in the American film industry.

Lee's latest project is the documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, which tells the story of New Orleans post and pre hurricane Katrina. The four hours documentary is about the New Orleans culture, the damage caused by hurricane Katrina and the recovery efforts. Lee does not spare his critic on the government inadequate reaction to the destruction. 5 Top Movies Directed by Spike Lee Do The Right Thing: this 1989 comic drama shows what happens in Brookline when the interracial tension heats up during the hottest day of the year. Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro Mo Better Blues: Denzel Washington as a jazz trumpeter who makes all the wrong decisions regarding his musical career and relationships. Jungle Fever tells a pessimistic interracial love story between an African American man and an Italian American woman. Girl 6 looks at the life of a young black actress who prefers working as a phone girl than being abused by movie directors 25th Hour is dedicated to the last 24 hours in the life of a New York drug dealer before his jail term begins.



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Giving up smoking will increase your wealth

Figures released recently by the Health Development Agency confirm that smoking is killing around 83,200 people a year in England. It is the largest cause of illness and significantly decreases smokers expected life-span. Speak to any reformed smoker and they will tell you just how difficult it was to overcome the habit, although invariably they enthuse about their improved health and the saving in money. Did you know that smokers spend an incredible Ј92,000 on cigarettes, on average, during their lifetime? How's that for an incentive to quit? It's not only the cost of the cigarettes that they'll save on. Life and critical illness insurance premiums will be healthier too – smokers can pay up to double the cost of their insurance cover. With the increased accessibility to information on the internet, people have been searching for ever lower prices for their insurance cover. This has led to a price war with insurance companies battling to retain their share of the market.

In an effort to recoup some of the lost revenue, insurers have tightened their criteria and now insist that smokers must pay an increased premium to cover the health risk which their habit fuels. The standard rates for these insurance policies shown in insurance advertisements are for the fit and healthy and clearly the risks to which smokers expose themselves take them out of this category. For even more incentive, smoking bans are now in place in enclosed public places in Scotland and Ireland and England will be joining them around mid 2007. An impressive number of people have given up their smoking habit as a result of this. Once you've achieved your goal and broken the habit, you'll have to convince your insurer that you're a reformed character! You need to have given up smoking for between 1 and 5 years (most companies would be happy with 1 year) before you can be counted as a non-smoker. Then you can contact your company and ask them to re-quote. You'll see a very much reduced premium. At this stage it's worth trying the internet to see if you can save even more money. It would be as well to wait until your new insurer has checked your health details and accepted your application before cancelling your current cover. It's no trouble to cancel a policy – stop paying! If you cancel your direct debit the insurer will contact you fairly quickly to see what's going on. You then need to tell them that you no longer require the cover. Cancellation charges will not apply. Talking of health details, please be completely truthful when you fill in the proposal form. In the event of making a claim, your insurer will approach your Doctor for confirmation of your non-smoking status and if you're found to have misled them, your claim will be refused due to non disclosure of facts. However long you've been a smoker, the improvement in your health gained by quitting is very worthwhile. Remember, to miss-quote someone famous, “Tis better to have smoked and stopped, then never to have stopped at all!” Or something like that.



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Easy way to get started scrapbooking

Do you remember those days as a kid pasting newspaper clippings onto paper and bundling dozens of papers together with some fancy ribbon or a string? Do you also remember all of your hard work falling apart two months later? Now there's a grown up way to save and preserve your treasures: Scrapbooking. The concept behind scrapbooking hasn't changed since grade school. You can still place photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, and tickets into your scrapbook to display and preserve your memories. However, scrapbooking techniques and tools have matured substantially since you were a kid. Scrapbooking albums have replaced the messy bundles of paper. These albums are generally bound or placed in a three-ring binder.

In this way, your hard work won't fall apart. Furthermore, new specialized covers allow protection from the outside elements. Paste is also a thing of the past. Specialized glue dots and two-sided tape makes mounting your treasures simple and mess free. Many of these products are so strong that you can now decorate your scrapbook pages with ribbons, feathers, flowers, or even metal charms. Due to these new techniques and tools, the uses of scrapbooking have expanded drastically. Scrapbooking is still used to hold personal keepsakes and for gift giving.

However, now scrapbooking techniques can be used to make baby announcements, grandparent books, gift cards, artwork for kid's rooms, recipe books, and even educational tools. What Do I Need to Start Scrapbooking? The best thing about scrapbooking is that although there are a plethora of scrapbooking supplies available on the market, you really don't need a lot to make your very first scrapbook. Basically, all you need to scrapbook is an album, some glue, a pair of scissors, and some photographs or newspaper clippings. Any fabric, ribbon, or bits of leftovers from other projects can be used to embellish your scrapbook. As you get more acquainted with scrapbooking, you will find products that save you time and frustration. Many of these products are well worth the extra cost. At the top of this list is an exacto knife. This strong and versatile blade allows you to cut almost anything into any shape.

When the blade is dull, the end is simply broken off to reveal another sharp tip. Just be sure to place the object you plan to cut onto a mat or wad or newspaper before using the exacto knife. Otherwise, the knife will cut right through your picture and into your scrapbook page or dining room table. The next best tool is a pair of tweezers. Trying to pick up and place small gluey pieces is a hassle. Tweezers, though not very high tech, allow you to move pieces without touching them. Speaking of gluey pieces, various glues and affixing options are available.

These quick and less messy options include glue dots, two-sided tape, Xyron, acid free photo tabs, and polypropylene corners. To increase the preservation of your scrapbook and your treasures, look for albums with acid free, lignin free pages. Both acid and lignin accelerate photo fading and general deterioration. Lignin is a chemical found naturally in the cell walls of plants.

If the lignin is not removed in the paper manufacturing process, the chemical will cause the paper product to gradually yellow and crumble. Lignin and acid free products come in virtually any color and texture.



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5 unusual gifts for a friend

It is not always easy to come up with an unusual gift idea for a friend . Here a few of unusual gift available : 1. Puzzle alarm clock It wakes you up by firing four puzzle pieces up in the air, and then it is your task to get the pieces and put them back in the alarm clock - it won’t turn off until then . Pretty annoying but could be a great gift for your friend . 2. Tree adoption Give this gift to your friends especially who interested in tree or garden . Not only makes an unusual and timeless gift but also provides a great excuse for a holiday to the south of France . The tree will be planted on your behalf in a 20 square meter plot and any truffles found under your tree or trees will be harvested, sold, and the profits sent straight back to you at the end of the season, unless of course you decide to keep the truffle in which case Truffle Tree will post them to you. 3. Purchasing land in the moon Buy your friend some acres of land on the Moon from THE LUNAR EMBASSY. They has been selling land on the Moon for the past 22 years . They claim to be the first and the only company that possess a legal basis and copyright for the sale of lunar . Not only moon , they also serve other extraterestrial property in our solar system. Unusual indeed . 4. Taketombo - Dragonflies This gift is best for someone who plays a lot . Taketombo are Japan’s hand-made toys made from bamboo that able fly like mini-helicopters on their one propeller . Rub the stick with your hands and rotate it. The wing will fly off it with great force. The package comes with a complete English instructions on how to make you own Taketombo . Its easy and simple . Practice often then by the time we could improve the Taketombo design to gain more heights and speeds 5. Classic Atari Games Remember the old time ? Take a step back in time to the early days of video arcades with Atari’s 80 Classic Games, a compilation of unforgettable and authentic Atari titles. Each one is faithfully reproduced with all the great sights, sounds and fast action that made them so popular. Whether you played these games in their original arcade cabinets or on an Atari 2600 console, you’re sure to find a favorite. Great unusual gift for your friends .



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Garage organization my minivan about got destroyed

Behind me were clouds of a large hailstorm breaching the outer edge of the town where we live. Reports of hail the size of tennis balls come into my cell phone from family living in close by towns that were hit by the storm. Winds were picking up and as I drove the new minivan up the driveway frantically pressing the button on garage door opener. As the door slowly raised to where I was able to start pulling in the van I realized something… You see my wife and were horrible pack rats and were not too swell at organization either. Well, earlier that day I crammed just a few more boxes of stuff we "needed" to get rid of as well as a box or two of stuff we "may need" in the future. Yet we seem to always "need" to get rid of stuff but never do and never "needed to use" any of the stuff we "had" to save. As you can guess I realized there was a need for change. It was time to get that garage cleaned out since I couldn't get the van all the way in! Especially at a time I desperately needed to. So I was about to learn a lesson at the price of a hail-damaged minivan. After that dreadful experience my wife and I did get that garage cleaned out and organized, and we have kept it that way for years now. All it took were a few simple rules.

Rule 1: Anything we determine we don't need will immediately be removed. A garage sale never happens at our house (we never "get to it") so we needed to get rid of the stuff some other way. We decided that charities and the local goodwill stores would be our first stop before the dump. May as well let other's who really need the stuff have the stuff. Rule 2: Anything that we "unsure" about, don't know where to put it, or don't have room for will also be removed immediately. (See Rule 1) Rule 3: Only things we determine we WILL ABSOLUTELY USE or MUST KEEPS will be packed and organized and taken to a designated area in the garage or attic. We made a list of certain types of items that tend to fall in this category: hand me down clothes for the kids, memory items, valuables, special tools, etc. Armed with these rules our task was easy and clear. All of our decisions were made for us. All we had to do is get out there and do it. Let me tell you that it worked like a charm! Our garage was cleared out and organized in a day! These rules are also applied to anything we want to "store" in the garage, attic, closet, etc. It is like a filter that keeps needless excess from building up in the house. Hey, before I forget! The storm did hit our town. Golf ball to tennis ball sized hail. I did manage to get the bulk of the minivan in the garage to where a quarter of the van was sticking out. We got lucky. The hail came down at an angle to where the house protected the back end of the van. No hail damage to the vehicle. Sad news is that we had to have the siding, shingles, and a few windows replaced on the backside of the house! Oh well I guess. Copyright 2006, Jorbins Inc. - Reprints of this article can be made as long as the article is in it's entirety, unedited, and the resource box with links and urls remain active and unchanged.



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Bean bags are a cozy combination of comfort and style

Bean bags are incredibly comfortable and the relaxing feeling of sinking into a snug and welcoming bean bag chair appeals to both kids and the young at heart. Bean bag furniture offers a quick and versatile way to furnish practically any room in the home, from a family room or childrens bedroom to a rec room or den. Bean bag chairs have come a long way from the traditional design we all remember from our childhood. These days bean bags come in a range of lounger and teardrop styles, some have arms, some are used as ottomans and sizes range from small kids bean bags and fun animal shapes to extra large sofa sized ones. A bean bag chair can make a great gift for children or teens. There are loads of colorful patterns to choose from, to add a splash of color to your dйcor or to blend in with a themed bedroom.

For sports fans of all ages, there are bean bags emblazoned with the logo of a number of professional and college teams. NHL, NBA and NASCAR bean bag chairs are popular among fans of all ages, and provide the perfect seat from which to kick back and enjoy the big game. Bean bags are easy to move around, so you can be sure of getting a premium viewing position! Bean bags are an affordable option when you're looking to combine comfortable furniture with casual style.

Many come with removable covers, or can simply be wiped clean when necessary. Fabrics include hardwearing cotton twill, faux leather, vinyl and velvet. Bean bag chairs are filled with either foam stuffing or polystyrene beads. Because bean bags are so comfy, they're likely to get a lot of use over the years, but they can instantly be given a new lease of life by plumping up the cushioning with refill beads or filling. Whether you're looking for a snug and cozy place to curl up with a good book, lounge around in front of the TV, or simply relax with friends and family, a bean bag chair could be the ideal solution.



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