28 February 2010

Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill and More

Are you currently living in the Boston area or thinking of relocating your family or business there but are having trouble knowing how to start your search for a property? A good starting point is to request their free "Boston Real Estate Market Report" from Bushari Group Real Estate. It will help you understand real estate trends and statistics in Boston and the surrounding areas.

If you're looking for Boston condos and/or townhouses, you'll be able to review over 9,000 listings from the comfort of your home when you log onto their website. You'll see the features of each including price, location, square feet and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms with the option of getting more information on each luxury property that you have an interest in.

Not only are you able to search Boston luxury real estate by price and area, you can select the specific attributes that you want including fireplaces, convenient parking, waterfront, penthouse and more to help narrow down your search. For those who have a business or a looking to start a business, there is help available for developing a business plan for the investment property. With a commitment to satisfaction and excellence, your luxury real estate needs will be met.

25 February 2010

The Art of Tea

According to Chinese legend, the emperor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine was drinking a bowl of boiled water in 2737 BC when a few leaves from a nearby tree were blow into his bowl of water changing the color. He took a sip and was pleasantly surprised by it's flavor. Another Chinese legend is that the God of Agriculture would chew the leaves, stems and roots of plants to discover medicinal herbs. If he consumed a poisonous plant, he would chew tea leaves to offset the poison. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

A tea's type is determined by processing. Tea leaves will begin to wilt and oxidize if not dried quickly after picking. This process, known as enzymatic oxidation, is called fermentation in the tea industry although it's not true fermentation. Leaves turn darker as their chlorophyll breaks down and tannins are released. Oxidation is stopped at a predetermined stage by heating which deactivated the enzymes.

Moisture and temperature control during manufacturing and packing is critical so the tea will not grow fungi which causes real fermentation that will contaminate the tea with toxins and sometimes carcinogenic substances that make the tea unfit for consumption.

All teas are made from the same bushes but are processed differently and in the case of white tea grown differently. Tea is classified based on the techniques of production and processing:
*white tea: wilted and unoxidized
*yellow tea: unwilted and unoxidized, but allowed to yellow
*green tea: unwilted and unoxidized
*oolong: wilted, bruised, and partially oxidized
*black tea: wilted, sometimes crushed, and fully oxidized

Tea plants require at least 50" of rain each year and prefer acidic soil at higher elevations. Only the top 1-2" of the mature plant are picked. A tea plant will grow into a tree if left undisturbed. Cultivated plants are pruned to waist high for ease of picking.

23 February 2010

Is It Too Late?

Hopefully, it's not you in this picture realizing that you're auto insurance has lapsed or that you don't have enough coverage. Has your child taken your car without your permission and called to tell you that they have just been involved in an accident with another vehicle?

There are many scary scenarios involving too little or no insurance. If you're a first time driver looking for insurance, you can be overwhelmed by the terminology you'll see or hear while comparing companies and coverage. What is bodily injury liability coverage? What is comprehensive car insurance? What are deductibles and how will they affect me? Am I better off choosing a higher or lower deductible? How do I know which one is better? How do I know I have the right amount of coverage? DI I have too much or too little coverage? There are many factors that impact insurance rates including the age and driving history. On and on go the questions even for experienced drivers.

While searching the Internet for auto insurance companies, I found a web site that is very user friendly: ifaauto.com. If you're looking for NJ auto insurance go to their web site, enter your zip code and begin your search. You'll get free insurance quotes based on your needs. You can call their free phone number to talk with a representative to be sure you're choosing the right options, learn about payment plans and get answers to FAQ's (frequently asked questions) about claims and other aspects of insurance quickly.

21 February 2010

I Love To Travel!

I love to travel. Plain and simple: give me a destination and I'll get there somehow. One of the things I've learned over my years of traveling both within the United Sates and internationally, is the importance of owning durable and dependable luggage. I'm always on the look-out and like to spend time on the Internet doing research for new and exciting travel items. One web site I came across was VillageLuggageandGifts.com. This is an excellent sight especially if you don't have much information or know about different brands of luggage.

One top-notch brand that VillageLugageandGifts.com carries is Hartman Luggage. Since 1877, they have been known for their quality products , travel items and leather goods. Craftsmanship and antique hardware make it stand out in the crowd. Currently, free monogramming and shipping are available when you purchase their products. Another excellent source for travel items are the products found in the Tumi Luggage collection. Known internationally, since 1975, Tumi is dedicated to excellent designs, technical innovation and functionality.

Delsey Luggage offers additional packing space and durability. Top quality and low price also add to the success of the line. This is the brand to check out, especially when airlines are now more conscious than ever about the weight and size of check-in and carry-on pieces.

19 February 2010

Sports Fun All Year 'Round

Now that the football season is over (culminating in a fantastic Super Bowl) are you suffering from sport's withdrawal? Sportsbettingspot.com has the answer. Whether your game of choice is baseball, football, hockey or basketball, you'll be able to bet on sports online.

There are several variables that need to be considered before placing a bet. History of the team (win/loss record) should be uppermost for team consideration. A player's guide will be a huge help in making your decision. The guide is an excellent resource. Team averages need to be considered as well as the venue of the event, team/player injury history and weather conditions. It's also important to know key terms that including point spread and line.

When betting, either at the venue or online, be responsible and do it with caution. Don't assume that you're going to win. Just sit back in the comfort of your home and have fun.

16 February 2010

Man and Woman

You are a man, but you've got a sensitive side.
You're feelings and emotions you can not hide.
I know when you're upset,
and I know when you're happy.
I know when something's wrong--I can always tell.
I love your compassion and your honesty,
and in me you'll find the same qualities.

I am a woman and I've got my pride,
My will is strong even when I’m hurting inside.
Sometimes I’m insecure,
and can't always find the right words to say,
but you take me for who I am,
and wouldn't want me any other way.
We know we're perfect together.
It's plane to see- that we were meant for each other,
because we complement each other so well.

Author: Unknown

Hoping For Magic With Statistics Homework?

Do you want to run and hide when your child asks for Statistics help? Do you have to admit that you don't qualify as a Statistics tutor? No parent likes to tell their child that they don't know how to help them with their homework. That's why TutorVista.com was created. It's a web site that will help your child understand the concepts required when studying Statistics.

TutorVista.com offers online help with Statistics problems and Statistics questions. One-on-one tutoring is available 24/7. Working from a home computer, there's no time wasted traveling to learning centers. No matter what area of Statistics is presenting the problem, the correct Statistics answers will be reached. The tutors don't solve the problems. After an assignment is uploaded, the tutor reviews it and emails back the steps that need to be taken to get the end result: correct answers. The online tutoring service offers unlimited help at a fraction of the cost of learning centers and there's always someone on hand no matter what day or time help is needed.

Click onto the TutorVista.com web site to try their free Statistics help demo where you'll see how easy it is to get help not matter what part of Statistics is the problem including: subjective probability, random variables and processes, sampling theory, hypothesis testing and more.

12 February 2010

The Most Famous Mouse In The World

*Mickey Mouse: Walt Disney's most famous character
*Screen debut: November 18, 1928 as Steamboat Willie
*One of the most universal symbols of the 20th century
*Walt Disney was 26 years of age when he created Mickey Mouse
*First Mickey Mouse cartoon: Plane Crazy
*Disney was Mickey's voice until 1946
*Walt Disney got an Oscar for the creation of Mickey in 1932
*First Mickey Mouse Club was started in 1929
*Height of popularity for Mickey was in 1940 as the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia
*Mickey moved to Disneyland in 1955
*"The Mickey Mouse Club" 1954: most successful children's show ever

Please: Get Me Away From All This Snow!

Have you had enough snow in the last couple of weeks to last a lifetime? If you live on the east coast or in the Midwest, you've probably received enough snow so that you never want to see a snowman again. One way to get away from it all is to look into oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts.

Your stay at one of the Myrtle Beach resorts offers many things. You'll be able to choose from top-notch hotels, resorts and rental properties that feature rooms as well as one, two and three bedroom condo suites. There are many recreational activities for the entire family including parks, museums, amusements, shows and some of the finest golf courses in the country.

If you're finding money a little tight due to the economy, one way you could get to beach resorts Myrtle Beach is to text the word BEACH to 85700. You could be the winner of a 3 day/2 night vacation and get to enjoy all the fun that's in the area. Don't wait for the next snowstorm to hit. Start having fun now!

Where Am I?

Do you often wonder where you are when you're trying to get someplace? I've always had difficulty with directions, so I'm very glad when I see address plaques. I love the ones with the large numbers so that you don't have to be directly at the location before you can read a number, so for me: "the bigger, the better". I like it when the street name is also listed as many streets break off for a turn and then pick up again so it's nice to know I'm still on the same route.

While surfing the web, I found a site that carry signs and plaques made by several manufacturers but the manufacturer that really caught my eye were the Whitehall address plaques. In business for over 65 years, their products have been crafted from inspiration from the shores and woods of western Michigan. Each of their designs are based on original designs that were carved in wood but are now hand cast products.

Home address plaques from Whitehall reflect not only the current trends in color and design but portray popular themes. Rust-free aluminium guarantees a long life for the plaques and signs and years of warm greetings to your home or business. Known worldwide, they also make hundreds of other accents for residential and commercial use.

11 February 2010

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

I live in the Midwest (about 50 miles north of Detroit) so when I see a snowflake, I know what it means. It's only the first flake of about a bazillion more to follow. I'm too old to enjoy making snowmen and my grandchildren live too far away to build one with them so when we had our last snowstorm a couple of days ago that resulted in 8" of the white stuff (with major blowing and drifting), I was glad to see the person who takes care of my grass in summer and the snow in winter arrive with his snow plow. What would take me a couple of hours to shovel gets done in about 15 minutes with the plow.

I've lived in Michigan for 35 years. Before that I lived in New York and Massachusetts. When I heard about the tremendous amounts of snow that they received in the various states on the East Coast in the last two weeks, I was glad I wasn't there anymore. With miles of roads and highways and runways to try and keep clean, I know that a Curtis Snow Plow was worth it's weight in gold. Some of the cities that were badly hit don't have the equipment to battle the severe weather as it's not a common occurrence to get any snow, never mind the amounts that were dropped in many areas.

More people have purchased snow removal equipment this winter season than usual due to the large amounts of snow that have been deposited in many areas. On February 10, 2010, the Weather Channel reported that out of all 50 states, only Florida and Louisiana had no snow. My son-in-law who lives in Kansas is constantly battling the weather. The Heartland is a fierce place in winter and he insists that one of the best investments he ever made was in a SnowSport Snow Plow. It's saved him from many hours of backbreaking work as he owns 5 acres of land.


The Extreme Body Workout Gets Results

Now that the holidays are officially over and that "one more bite" is showing up all over your body, keep the resolution that you made for the New Year and start on the road to becoming a better you.

Extremebodyworkout.com can help you get the results you want. One of their top programs is the Power 90 program. There's something for everyone in the family including programs for children. Working with resistance bands (different for men and women), PowerStands push-up bars and videos, you'll get off to a strong start. Add in the Power 90 nutrition that includes Core Omega 3 and Herbal Immune Boost and you won't get that hungry feeling that might otherwise cause you to cheat.

The Slim in 6 program has different areas. It includes body fat testers, Reebok Heart Rate Monitor & strap. There is also a nutrition plan that includes vanilla and chocolate Replacement Shakes and a Whey Protein Powders in vanila and chocolate.

Another program that lives up to it's name is the INSANITY WORKOUT. This program is not for the faint of heart or those who are not already conditioned. If you're not used to high impact exercise, don't like to work hard or are pregnant, stay away. People in top physical condition, extreme athletes and cardio lovers are the ones for this program. This program has intense drills with non-stop intervals of power, resistance and core training. This is a 60 day intense program to get you to your leanest self.

10 February 2010

The Glitter Of Gold

Did you know that if you had been buying gold during the 70's and had purchased $25,000.00 in gold bullion, it would be worth approximately $524.999.00 today? It makes you stop and realize how great an opportunity you are missing out on. it's not too late to put gold into your portfolio for your future.

Goldline International, in business since 1960, can help you with your investing decisions with their free investor kit that helps you learn about and understand gold. They have experience in working with and delivering gold. Often called the "crisis commodity" many investors have been putting gold into their 401K's. Despite the slumping economy in the last couple of years, gold has remained strong. Besides being the one of the oldest forms of money, it can help offset market fluctuations. Don't get left behind any longer. Look into investing in gold!

There's Life After The Super Bowl

Now that the Super Bowl is over, what's left to watch?????? About a zillion other programs and with Direct Satellite TV your choice of channels is huge. If you're considering moving, you can take the service with you.

There are several Direct TV specials if you subscribe now. You can call their toll free number 1-888-427-7125 or log onto their web site to see the savings you'll get. If you're currently a cable customer, you'll be very surprised at what you'll find and the quality of the service. With all their packages, not only will you get local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX and more), you'll get free installation for up to 4 rooms and digital picture and sound.

Direct TV in Florida is available as is the service in many states. Most areas have the local channels so that the news, programming and weather will be relevant to your area. With free installation and advanced equipment (you'll get the satellite dish and free DVR (Digital Video Recorder), your television viewing will be taken to the next level of enjoyment.

07 February 2010

Make Your Move A Breeze

Whether the move you're going to make is local or long distance, you want to be sure that you'll be working with the right company. One of the first things you'll want to do is to get moving estimates. At movers.com, you'll be able to get an estimate and everything else you'll need to make a knowledgeable move and get the help you might need for other aspects of your move.

Not only is it important to get local moving quotes, you'll also be able to purchase lots of packing supplies from their site. Everything from moving boxes, unprinted news wrap, marking pens, labels and tapes is available. You'll also be able to disconnect and reconnect your electricity, home phone, Internet and natural gas from their web site.

Local movers such as movers.com have screened professional movers who meet state and federal compliance standards and have the level of moving insurance required by law. Local moving requires as much planning as if you were moving across the country as the protection, safety and timeliness that are required for the transition are the same.

03 February 2010

Pink Elephants? No! Pink Dolphins

The Pink Dolphin (also known as "botos") is a friendly animal whose only enemy is human. They live in the rivers of the Amazon. Their brain capacity is more than 40% greater than humans, but they still get hurt and killed by them and are now an endangered species because of this. Their pink color comes from the water it lives in, the food it eats and capillaries close to the surface of the skin. The rain forests where the Pink Dolphins live are endangered because of human destruction and chemical dumping in rivers. Pink Dolphins are also caught in fishing nets. To try and help stop the decline in their numbers, many captive breeding programs have been started.

The dolphins have a long beak to get prey and small eyes which help them see well in the water. Pink Dolphins can swim at a speed of up to 20 mph. They have very little to protect themselves. They might use their flippers (also used for mating) and their long beaks. Their best protection is staying in a pod or group. When in danger, the dolphins can make squeaking sounds to call to it's pod. Pink Dolphins eat large quantities of food every day. Not liking to eat alone, they'll make a loud sound to call the rest of their pod. They enjoy crustaceans, catfish and small water fish. At night, they search for zooplankton.

The dolphins are similar to grey dolphins but have some differences. It doesn't have a dorsal fin. Instead it has a hump on it's back. The Pink Dolphin's tail is bigger and it has two flippers that look like leaves. The neck is long and there is a little hump in the forehead and it has the ability to turn it's head 180 degrees.

Your Child Can Enjoy Math

I bet the words" I love Math" have never come from you child's mouth (and they probably never will). An online math tutor just might be the answer for both you and your child. Math help is just a mouse click away. TutorNext.com helps students of all ages from grades K-12 and college students understand the basics of problem solving with an online tutor who is experienced in their area of expertise.

Whether your child is struggling with Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statics or Probability, there is a math tutor ready to help. The tutors don't do the homework. After the homework has been uploaded and the tutor has reviewed it, detailed steps will be emailed to the student soo that the can reach the correct answer themselves while buillding a good foundation of math basics.

Math tutors online are available 24/7 and work one-on-one with each student. If youd child still doesn't understand the basic concepts, they can connect with a math problem solver for addditional help. Log onto the TutorNext.com web site today and try the free online tutoring demo today. Why wait when help is just a mouse click away? Help your child enjoy doing their math homework.

Need Extra Money?

If you're looking to get extra money in these difficult economic times, then GetPaidToTry.com is the web site that you need to visit. You can get paid to take surveys. That's right. Sign up for free and receive rewards for trying products and services and help with product evaluations. Offers are shown and you pick the one(s) you want including free product trials, paid surveys, paid research panels and opinion surveys. In some cases you might have to join a web site but you have total control over how much or how little you do. The best part of this is that you can do it from the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. You can even do it in pajamas and hair curlers if you want.

There is a referral program where you can increase your income by referring the program to others. As you complete tasks such as paid surveys, you can request payment after you reach the payout minimum. Payment is made either by check or to your Pay Pal account. Fast, easy and simple payment to Pay Pal is usually made to your account within 48 hours after you've requested payment (confirmation emails might be required before payment is made for your protection). It does take longer to receive payment if done by check due to the lengthier paper process.

Currently the opportunity to participate in GetPaidToTry.com to complete surveys and participate in other aspects of the program is open to U.S. citizens only. Many of your questions can be answered by logging onto their website so why not get started today?

01 February 2010

Algae Energy: The Way Of The Future?

Algae fuel is the hottest topic going in an eco-friendly world. It's also called algal fuel, oilgae, algaeoleum and third-generation bio fuel. Algae and other organisms capture carbon dioxide and sunlight and convert it into oxygen and biomass (photosynthesis).

Approximately 99% of the carbon dioxide can be converted. This was shown in 1992 by Weissman and Tillett in large open-pond systems. As of 2008, this type of fuel is still too expensive to replace commercial fuels. However, several companies and government agencies are funding efforts to reduce operating costs and make the production of algae oil viable.

Due to the economic problems in the world, high oil prices and other bio fuel sources, interest has grown in farming algae (algaculture). Fresh water sources are not affected: it can be produced by using ocean and waste water and are highly biodegradable and relatively harmless to the environment.

Oil comes from millions of years of buildup from algae and other natural residues and is buried, compressed and drilled. It is figured that this supply will be depleted on 300 years so alternative forms of energy have to be looked at. Research has shown that algae could supply enough fuel to meet all of America's transportation needs in the form of biodiesel using only 0.2% of the nations land.

Algae, often called "pond scum" is the ultimate in renewal energy and 20 patents are held by Glen Kertz, a plant physiologist and entrepreneur. The U.S. Department of Energy studies using algae as an alternative fuel from 1978 to 1996 but it was decided that algae oil could never complete economically with fossil fuels.

The "E" Word: EXERCISE

There!! I've said the word: exercise. I'm one of those people who likes to think I don't need exercise; that my body will be the exquisite work of art that I imagine it to be without raising a sweat and that I'll stay healthy and fit for all my life. I know the value of exercise but am not very enthusiastic about doing it. I recently found a web site (hydroworx.com) that has a water treadmill that looks like exercise and workouts would be more enjoyable to do in helping a person to recover from an injury and would help sufferers with some diseases. HydroWorx , located near Harrisburg, PA, started in 1987. The company is committed to helping patients and athletes improve their quality of life. Originally, underwater treadmills (developed by a horse trainer) were used as a piece of equipment to aid injured racehorses. Dr. Paul Hetrick wanted to use this form of treatment on people. He had to make significant improvements and one of the things he did was to add powerful jets and a movable floor system. The first system was installed at a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania.

Aquatic therapy equipment such as the underwater treadmill provide a cardiovascular workout. The treadmill can be adjusted for speed and difficulty to increase heart rate above target zones. The underwater treadmill can increase from 0 to 5.5 mph. No additional equipment is needed for the swim spas which have over 200 speed settings. The adjustable jets give a consistent current and no turns are needed.

For people with debilitating diseases such as Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis, water therapy is the ideal way to go using a swim spa. Patients have found an increase in their activity level and an increase in stamina and strength. Range of motion in joints and muscles can dramatically increase as well as helping to tone and relax muscles. Weight loss can also occur with aquatic exercise and workouts and patients with injuries can see rapid results. Scar tissues can also be greatly reduced.