30 September 2010

Has Family Life Changed?

Fires and flames have been around for centuries. Early man didn't know anything about fire other than sometimes natural sources produced something that was very bright, sometimes hard to control and produced something that was later called heat. Early cave pictures show fire in man's art and there are many legends surrounding fire. Some thought it was stolen from the gods. Once early man understood a little about fire, he had to learn how to control and preserve it. Fire needed watching so it wouldn't go out or spread. The early people were like families today in that they gathered around the fire as a central part of their lives.

Then came technology........

Simple Tips For Gaining Weight

There are some people who struggle just to gain weight. These people are often so thin and frail looking that some people jump to the conclusion that they have serious health problems or eating disorders. Gaining weight can be just as difficult as losing weight. If not done correctly, efforts to gain extra pounds can lead to serious health problems. Here are some simple tips that you can note down to help you have some extra muscle to have a leaner, healthier physique.

Know your metabolic rate and calorie expenditure – your basal metabolic rate is your body’s energy expenditure during rest. If you have a high BMR, you will have an ever higher metabolic rate as you do your daily activities. Once you know how much calories you burn at rest and while at work, you need to take in an additional 500 calories a day in order for your body to get some extra energy for building muscle.

Change your diet – eat vegetables that are rich in starch. These include potatoes, carrots, corns, and peas. The same goes for fruits. Choose dense, firm fruits such as bananas, pears, and dried fruits that contain more nutrients that help in building muscle. Keep in mind to take in 8 glasses of water a day, but add some additional shakes every now and then to have an extra dose of calories. Your shakes should be rich in protein and other nutrients and not those shakes that are high in sugar. Instead of using ice cream to emulsify your shake, use soft tofu instead. Do not binge on cookies, doughnuts, and French fries just because people say these are fattening. They do add some weight but in an unhealthy way. These foods contain trans fats that an clog your arteries and cause cardiovascular problems.

Lift some weights – weight training can help you gain some muscle by promoting muscle tissue growth. A fitness trainer will help you create a weight training program that is designed to help you increase muscle mass.

These steps are simple and pretty much the basis of all weight gaining programs. It is important to know that the healthy rate of gaining weight is 2-3 lbs a week. An excess can shock your system and increase you risk of having health problems.

Written by Sandra Boyle of Ultimate Fitness Gear, your best source for the Shaun T Insanity Workout video.

Looking For a House in Dallas?

Are you thinking of moving and considering Dallas homes for sale? If your are, then usarealtyservices.com is the place to start your search. As the number one online home search in northern Texas, they know the area well. You can get your search started by going to their web site. With your minimum and maximum price you want to spend and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms you want, you'll start a search matched to your specifications.

With the almost daily changes in the real estate market, the top Dallas real estate is quickly snatched up. Whether you're looking for an existing house or are considering a new-build, now is the time to start looking.

Dallas homes for sale can be pre-approved prior to your purchase. Simply fill out the online pre-approval form to receive a letter showing your financial ability to pay for your purchase and have fun house hunting!

26 September 2010

State of the Economy

Bills! Bills and More Bills!

The bills are going to come regardless of the type of mailbox you have (and occasionally some mail that doesn't require payment arrives), so you might as well have one that's convenient and won't be mowed down by snowplows in the winter. Wall mounted mailboxes are very convenient and can be placed in a location that's easy to reach. If you like the unusual or something that shows your interests, then this site offers wall mount mailboxes for everyone's taste regardless of your personal preferences . Whether you're looking for residential or commercial mailbox, you'll have an excellent inventory to choose from. Two of the You'll also find low prices and top-notch customer service.

Mailboxixchange gives you product information for whatever type of wall mount mailbox you"re looking for. Selections include single-unit mailboxes, wall mount and post mount, column mailboxes, multi-unit and locking mail boxes. Ones with mail slots are also available. House mailboxes don't have to be boring any more.

24 September 2010

Get The Degree You've Always Wanted

Have you been thinking about going back to college to get the degree you've always wanted? The children are grown and you're wondering what to do? The economy is forcing you to make employment changes that you don't have the background for? If this sounds like you than Walden University is definitely worth looking into.

There are many financial options that are available including federal financial aid, scholarships, student loans and fellowships (administered by the Office of the President not the Financial Aid Office). Education comes in many forms at Walden and they are very involved with the Obama education plan (no child left behind etc). The Chronicle (of higher education) keeps everyone up-to-date with what's going on in the field of education and also has a job center with over 3,000 job listings including a posting for Vice President of Administration at a top Texas university.

22 September 2010

Installing Cable on a Large Scale

Have you ever been in a large building and wondered how "things got where they were"? What was involved in getting the elevators or escalators operational? If there are several businesses in a building do they all run off the same operating system? What is involved in a fiber optic installation? Many companies will not work with this type of installation as it requires well trained and qualified installers to do it correctly. Mason Technologies Inc. specializes in this service.

They focus on cabling installation for entire buildings. Rather than piecing the work out to many different companies or contractors (electrical,data etc), they do the whole job. In this way, they control the quality of the work performed and know how the systems are interwoven. If repairs are necessary, they do all the work as nothing is ever sub-contracted.

20 September 2010

Eat It While It's HOT!!!!

I like my hot food HOT and there's nothing worse than waiting for delivery pizza that arrives all squashed, gooey and cold (and on top of that, you're expected to tip the delivery person). CookTek has solved that problem! Their heated pizza delivery bags can hold up to three (3) pizzas and keep them hot at over 155 degrees for 45 minutes. The initial heating of the bag takes approximately 1 minute and the re-heating is only a few seconds. These bags have been available to the leading pizza businesses for nearly a decade and are widely in use due to their practicality and cost. Their ease of use is further enhanced by the fact that no cords are required.

In the Comfort of Your Own Home

Are you a person who likes to do things in the comfort of their own home? If that sounds like you, then firstrade.com is the web site for you to do your online trading. Whether you're a young person just starting your first job or someone who's middle age and looking towards retirement, financial planning is something that needs to be done by everyone especially in these tough economic times. You"ll learn how to do stock trading and become financially successful with Firstrade.

The important thing for a person any age is to have a program for regular saving and investing. If you had started saving 5 years ago, imagine what that $10.00 would be worth today. To plan for retirement, you should look into opening IRA accounts (Individual Retirement Accounts). This government offering can be tax deferred or tax exempt.

When you work with a First Trade online broker, you'll be assured of their reliability. In business since 1985, the company has hard steady growth. They launched their online trading in 1997 and now can be accessed for mobile trading.

Give Their Brains the Help They Need

Algebra equations have caused both parents and students hours of anguish over the years. TutorNext.com helps students of all ages from grades K-12 and college students understand the basics of any area of Math with a tutor who is experienced in their area of expertise.

A solid foundation in Pre Algebra helps a student understand the foundations on which Algebra is based. Any math questions can be addressed in the on-line session with the child's tutor. 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 so that they can reach the correct answer themselves while building a good foundation of math basics. Math tutors are available 24/7 and work with students one-to-one.

Prime numbers, (the number by which a number is divisible: itself and one other) and Linear equations are also options for on-line tutoring. Standard form, a way of writing down very large or very small numbers in their easiest form is quickly mastered. Teaching a child how to divide is best left to experts who work with a child in the convenience of their own home.

Experienced Legal Medical Help

What do you do or where do you turn when you're given the diagnosis of malignant Mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos)? After you've consulted with medical experts, your next course of action may be to consider contacting an experienced Mesothelioma attorney. You might have legal recourse but you need to be sure that the "statute of limitations" (the limited time allowed under law to file a case) has not run out even if you're not sure where or how you came into contact with asbestos. Undoubtedly, you've had a major life-style change along with the diagnosis.

Select a Mesothelioma lawyer who is not only compassionate but experienced in dealing with the type of lawsuit you want to pursue. Check their success rate in the Mesothelioma arena, find out what their fees are, what services are covered in the fee and what can you realistically expect to have happen within the next 3, 6, 9 and 12 months or more in the legal battle you will be waging.

A Fireplace Is Very Nice

Wouldn't it be nice to sit around a glowing fire instead of sitting around the family television? A Blomus stainless steel fireplace set would make tending the fire easier and more fashionable than most sets. Their designs, (made of non-corrosive material) are one-of-a-kind and include poker, tongs and shovel.

You can also have a fire without the fireplace with a Blomus stainless steel fire pit either on your terrace or balcony. The pit allows people to sit in the comfort of a fire year 'round. Use a Blomus stainless tea set while enjoying the flames. There are many add-ons that will personalize the set including sugar/creamer, tea strainer and measure, tea caddy and more.

Dietary Supplements and Pregnancy

We all need certain nutrients and vitamins in our daily diets in order to make sure that we are healthy and strong. This is particularly true of women who are pregnant. A pregnant woman needs more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than normally, in order to make sure that she and her baby are healthy and that the unborn baby is developing properly.

The Need for Iron

Many women who are pregnant find that their iron is low and it may be recommended to them to take supplements that are rich in iron. Pregnancy can make it difficult to maintain a proper level of iron in the body and using dietary supplements that contain iron are a good idea. Not only do these supplements have plenty of iron, they are also loaded with many other important vitamins and nutrients. Another important mineral is zinc and it is also another one that pregnant women do not always have enough of. Supplements that are rich in both iron and zinc are ones that you should be looking for.

Vitamin Supplements Are Also a Good Idea

In a perfect world, everyone would be able to get all of the vitamins they need from dietary sources. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Because pregnant women need to have more vitamins in their diets than others, they are at even more of a risk of not getting what they and their babies, need. In many cases, dietary vitamin supplements are used. During pregnancy, women are at risk of not getting the proper nutrients, due to such factors as morning sickness, a sudden dislike for certain foods and cravings for food that they really should not be eating. Vitamin supplements can make up for what they are not getting in their diets.

If you are pregnant and are considering using dietary supplements of any kind, it is vital that you speak with your physician before hand. After all, you are not only putting these supplements into your body, but into that of your baby, so you want to be sure that anything you use is not going to hurt it. Your physician will be able to recommend a supplement that is good for you and your baby as well. There are supplements that are not good for pregnant women, especially those that contain caffeine, vitamin A and ephedrine. Again, your physician will be the best person to help you figure out which supplement is the right one for you to use.

These are guidelines only! Check with your doctor before starting any form of exercise.

17 September 2010

An Easy Way To Stay Healthy

Oregano, (a beautiful flowering plant) is mainly known for it's culinary contributions. It's used world-wide for cooking and the dried herb is more flavorful than the fresh. It's mainly associated with Italian dishes and is used in tomato sauces, fried vegetables and grilled meats. Oregano adds flavor to Greek salads and is used in Turkey for flavoring lamb and mutton. It can also be purchased as oregano oil and offers health benefits too. It's high in antioxidants and has proved to have antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens (infectious organisms). It can treat allergies and yeast infections and is also an anti fungal . Veterinarians are starting to use it in the treatment of animals.

Bio-D Mulsion (vitamin D-3) can help with osteoporosis and other bone issues and help prevent/slow down bone deterioration. It has an excellent absorption ability and helps with calcium absorption and bone metabolism. Vitamin D is important especially in winter when some people suffer from "sunlight deprivation" and people with inflammatory or autoimmune disorders.

14 September 2010

The Benefits Of An Upperbody Workout

When you work out, do you work out each part of your body, or do you tend to leave out a lot of exercises, either because you don't have time or you just don't feel like doing them? It is important that we exercise each muscle in our bodies, including our upper bodies, and there are many exercises that specifically target this area. The exercises you will want to include in your workout for the upper body should be for the chest, back, shoulders, neck, forearms, biceps and triceps.

What a Good Upper Body Workout Can Do For You

There are many benefits to getting a good upper body workout. For one thing, you are going to look great once you have been doing the exercises for a while. Men will have firm chest muscles, and women will be able to firm up their breasts and even prevent sagging. Other benefits to upper body workouts include:

* It can prevent back pain or help to ease existing aches and pains in your back, shoulders and neck
* It will help you to maintain good posture, which will help to prevent neck and back pain as well
* You will have more muscle tissue, which will in turn help to burn fat
* Upper body exercises, actually, exercise of all kinds, will help to increase your energy level

Easy Upper Body Exercises

There are loads of different exercises you can do for your upper body, but if you are like a lot of us, you will want to do the easiest exercises possible, at least at first. (Once you get into it and start seeing results, you will probably want to do more for even more great results.) And if you have not been into exercising in the past, you probably don't have a whole lot of exercise equipment, including weights and weight benches. But there are still exercises that you can do, that are both easy (relatively) and need no special equipment. Some of the exercises you may want to consider adding to your workout for a great upper body workout include push-ups, chest presses, overhead presses, back extensions and many more.

If you are planning on starting a workout program and are not used to exercising regularly, it is a good idea to consult with your physician first. He or she may have some recommendations for your exercise routine, particularly if you have certain medical conditions.

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Are You Familiar with the Term "Keylogger?

I'm learning new computer terms all the time and the latest term is keylogger. It refers to tracking the keys struck/hit/typed onto a computer keyboard. It's usually done in a such a way that the user of the computer is not even aware that they're being monitored.

There are many ways that this tracking can be done. Hardware or software, electromagnetic or acoustic analysis are used. These programs detect spy programs and trojans and keep them from corrupting/gaining access to personal information (passwords, credit cards used and more). Without it, your computer history is fair game for any one! Your web cam is also protected.

My computer was recently invaded by malware. What an expensive proposition that was to restore my computer. Not only did my computer have to spend several days in the repair shop: it was also very costly to get it restored to optimum operating condition. I intend to guard my computer from future hackers and learn more about prevention of problems (and do something about it).

13 September 2010

Cheap Auto Insurance NJ? YES!!

No matter what kind of car you drive, you can always be insured!!!! No more saying "I can't afford it!" That's now an excuse from the past. With cheap auto insurance NJ, you'll always have the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

Log onto their web site and see how easy and fast it is to get a quote. I tried it and it's very self-explanatory. First, I clicked on "Get Quotes" and entered my zip code when i was taken to the next page, then clicked " on "Get Quotes" again. I could then get auto insurance quotes from several major insurance providers including Progressive, Allstate and Nationwide with prices based on the state I live in (Michigan). When I clicked on the individual sites, I entered my name, address, date of birth (don't worry: the sites asking for personal information are secure sites) and clicked "enter". The next page asked for type, year, make and model of the vehicle that was to be insured (auto, van, truck or SUV), then I provided details on the use of the vehicle (business, personal, pleasure or farming), whether I owned or leased the vehicle and if it had an anti-theft device. The next page asked for personal information including marital status, Social Security number (remember, this is a secure site), information on accidents and auto claims, whether there would be additional drivers, a little bit more info and then onto a personalized quote for you and your vehicle.

It took about 8 minutes to complete the process in the comfort of my own home. There is also a toll-free number for people to use if they are uncomfortable putting their personal information on the Internet. Why wait? Get a free auto insurance quote today!

12 September 2010

Does The Health Of Your Gums Affect The Health Of Your Heart?

A recent article in the International Journal of Cardiology discussed a study that was done on 2 groups of people. One group had suffered recent heart attacks and the second was a control group. Their findings said that the heart patients had noticeably worse oral health than the control group. While the study didn't prove that bad gums and teeth caused heart attacks, it indicated that there was an association between the two.

In gingivitis (a milder form of gum disease) infection leads to chronic inflammation where the gums are red, swollen and sometimes bleeding. In periodontitis (the more severe form) the infection affects the bones that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. In both cases, disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque/bacteria in the gums. These organisms release toxins that can circulate throughout the body.

The body's arterial system may be affected according to the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. "The more sever the gum disease, the thicker and harder the walls of the arteries". This is true even for young, healthy adults that have no other symptoms of heart problems. Gum disease threatens more than the heart. Scientists are finding more links between oral health and conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, preterm labor, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease and certain types of cancer.

Source: Parade

10 September 2010

You Can Live With Multiple Sclerosis

Most people have heard the dreaded words Multiple Sclerosis but don't really understand what it is and how it affects a person. Myelin insulates the nervous system letting the nerves send impulses rapidly. When the mylein deteriorates, the nerve is affected and starts to degenerate. When this happens, movements become more difficult.

MS is more common in Caucasians but can affect all races. It is often difficult to diagnose as the symptoms vary by individuals. MS symptoms depend on where the nerves are located that are affected (optic nerve,brain etc.) Therefore, different symptoms are present. People may feel tired or experience muscle stiffness which are symptoms of numerous diseases or just the common cold. There may be balance and bowel or bladder problems, mood swings and problems with vision.

A Multiple Sclerosis Diet consists of using common sense and eating well and wisely. The majority of daily calories should come from carbohydrates with approximately 20% more from proteins and another 20% from fats. Vegetables, grains, fruits and low-fat dairy products are also important to the diet.

09 September 2010

Keep It Neat!

Like a good bottle (or two) of wine but have difficulty storing them? Often the height of the bottles presents problems. Too tall for the cupboard shelf and easy to knock over if put in a cupboard below the counter. If this sounds like you, a JK Adams wine rack will solve your problem.

If you have a small number of wine bottles that you want to store (1-12), there's a rack that will meet your needs. Need a larger one? How about one that holds 37-48 bottles. The beauty of these racks is in their construction. With their modular design, racks can be added to and when purchased unfinished, can be stained to match any decor. They are also available in colors with matching accessories and all racks come with a 5 year manufacturer's warranty.

07 September 2010

From Outer Space to You

Sometimes I wonder how technology works. How do planes fly? How does a camera take picture? How do television pictures get into a television set? I'm glad that there are people and businesses that have answers to these questions so that I don't have to live in a mystified state all the time. Using local tv satellite takes television viewing to the next level.

www.localtv-satellite.com is a satellite television provider that offers many packages and specials. With their premier package, you'll get over 285 channels in local programing, HBO, Showtime and Starz. Their Choice XTRA provides over 210 channels for those on a tight budget. If y ou want to et the most for your $$$$, then you need to check into localtv-satellite.com before you spend anymore of your hard earned money with another company.

05 September 2010

I Learned About Something New Today: RAIN CHAINS

I love browsing through the Internet and one web site usually leads to another that is totally unrelated to the topic I started researching. Today, I came across a site for rain chains. They come in many designs and shapes including fish, acorns, flowers, bells, humming birds and more. They're made of many materials and you can choose from glass, copper, iron, aluminium and brass.

RainChainLink.com is a fabulous site offering a great selection. Many of the rain chains are on sale now and come with free shipping. Some of the chains are 8.5' in length. You're only limited by your imagination and your location outdoors. These rain chains are real conversation pieces and look attractive in any outdoor setting.

DVD Duplicators and Printers

Technology is moving very rapidly with major innovations happening almost daily and DVD duplicators are now more affordable than ever. One of the best sites to browse and shop for products is gotmedia.com, in business for 30 years. Their huge inventory of major brand-name products (Epson, Microtech and more) is a shopper's dream. They carry both manual tower and automated duplicators with detailed information and ratings on each product. Not only do they sell products they can also do the duplication, testing everything they duplicate to be sure it's of the highest quality.

CD printers by Microboard, Primera, Verity and Copypro are also available in small desktop size or fully automated larger size. Experienced professional help is available Monday thru Friday (PT) at 1-866-409-1090 to help you find the right product based on your needs and budget. When you log onto their web site, you'll find a featured product and special clearance items. Additional help is available with a DVD duplication guide. Save your treasured photos, burn movies, share files and more starting right now!! It's easy and affordable.

02 September 2010

Color All Year 'Round

Are you a flower lover but have to deal with animals that love to dig up the juicy flower bulbs you planted? Do you like to have flowers and plants on the outside of your house as well as inside? Then window flower boxes are just the thing to help solve your problem. Available in many sizes, shapes and materials including aluminum, cedar, fiberglass, steel, copper and more, you're only limited by your creativity. If you live in an area where there is little rainfall, the planters/boxes are easy to water.

Window boxes can be mounted in several ways and accessories can be purchased at the same time as the planter or box. Accessories include brackets, deck rails and replacement liners. Windowboxplanters.com can be contacted online, by telephone at their toll free number or by using their "live help" feature.

Many of the boxes/planters are shipped free within the 48 contiguous United States by UPS Ground Service and orders can be tracked with a shipping confirmation tracking number. Windowboxplanters.com is your one-stop-shopping center for all you window flower boxes and window plant boxes.

Get Out From Under Your Financial Burden

Sadly, many people have a great financial burden they're trying to deal with. The economy has been down and sluggish for quite awhile and people can't find a way out. Credit counseling is just a mouse click away. Your debts do not magically disappear: you are still responsible for them but with a plan that makes your financial situation manageable.

Debt consolidation is the most effective way to begin your financial recovery. Setting a realistic budget and destroying all credit cards is the first step. Debt consolidation does not consist of getting a loan to pay off the debt as that is just incurring another financial problem. Acquiring other credit cards in the future (which is a very unwise thing to do) should be researched as to rates, penalties, benefits etc. so that you're not back in another $$$ mess.

When you plan to get help with debt consolidation, do research on the company that you want to guide you through the process and get answers to questions before you begin. How long have they been around? What do other users think of them? What is their track record for success? You want a company that has a track record when dealing with credit companies to get the interest reduced and can get you a major reduction in monthly payments.

01 September 2010

When I Hear the Word "Travel"

When I hear the word travel, I can think of about a zillion places I would like to visit. Domestic flights and international flights are very inexpensive now as airlines are doing major promotions to survive this struggling economy. At travel.com.au you can search for one-way travel, round trip, multiple stops and more. If you have flexibility in your travel dates, the deals get even better.

International airfares and cheap flights are available 24/7 so searching for one can be done at your convenience from the comfort of your home. Qantas has many flights to all the major countries and continents at discounted prices. Look at other air carriers, compare prices and be pleasantly surprised. Singapore Airlines is also another carrier that offers exceptional prices and deals. Flying to the Asian rim is now a realistic trip at an economical price. Jetstar has many holiday deals available as does United Airlines, so if you're thinking of traveling in the fall or winter months, start looking now: why wait?