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Angel's Daughter

Isn't she a cutie? This a picture invitation that I receive from my long time friend Marife Tuazon (aka angel rose) . I known Angel for almost 7 years now. I meet her at yahoo chat a while back. Like Dabawenya Babe .I have know them for quite a while now. But we haven't seen each other in person. That sad isn't it :((. But eventually will see each other.

Anyway. This angel's daughter's christening and first birthday picture invitation that I got from the mail just this recent week. Angel ask me to be her daughter's Godmother. which is very trilling to me. I live here in Seattle & she lives in San Francisco( Gladys lives in New Mexico by the way, that's why we haven't meet ). The christening is on the 6th and hopefully I will make it over there. As we all know right now California is on fire. And I just saw the news yesterday , SF is so smoky. My point was I have trouble breathing with the smoke. Hopefully SF will be clear by then. Otherwise We wont be going. I am just going to make it up to her,someway, somewhat.

Anyway. I just want to share this here. I am proud to be asked as a God mother to this such a cute baby girl.
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Pleasant Weekend

My weekend went well. Weather was pleasant. It's quite warm actually. Went for a walk late yesterday. waited until it cool down a little bit. Was planning for a long walk, but we spotted a lightening & thunder not far away. It's scary , we didn't want to get hit by 'em of course so we cut our long walk to short one. Otherwise ,it was still a nice walk. Today is a little bit cooler. Which is nice. Can't complain. As far as I know some places, is having a fire, triple digit temperature & flood.
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Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the Falls, you will find a two-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and the famous 270 foot waterfall.The park and free viewing area are open from dawn until dusk. Pets are NOT allowed. The distance between the free parking lot and the viewing platform is approximately 200 feet and is wheelchair accessible.Been here many times. It's soothing and terrific scenery
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Take The Time To Pamper Your self

Everyone needs quality time for themselves. Women, especially, need that time to pamper themselves a little after that busy day. As that old saying goes, men may work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done. That saying certainly stands true; a little time set aside for yourself isn't too much to ask. It doesn't matter if it is late evening, nighttime, or early morning. Take the time and the steps to pamper yourself. Remember that you as a whole are what you are stuck with for life. So treat yourself well and like yourself.
Take a foot soak. Use a small pan or tub and fill it with warm water and add baby oil with vitamin E to soak your feet in.
Scrub your feet. Have on hand your favorite foot scrub and scrub your feet after your warm foot soaking. Sea salt works great, too.

Delight in bubbles. Consider taking a full bubble bath, and add a face mask.
Caress your feet with softness. Have some Footsies or socks ready to put on after applying some cream or Vaseline. Cut the toes out of old socks to sleep in to allow the cream to soak in overnight.
Soothe the hands. Take care of your hands the same as you would your face by applying hand lotion or even your face cream, especially at night.
Spritz the face. Keep a small spray bottle filled with spring water to mist your face during the day and at night.
Deep cleanse the face. Using a clay facial mask (such as the avocado, kaolin and rosemary) on your hands works great and leaves hands soft.

Give all the skin a treat. Don't forget to add lotion to the rest of your body and pay attention to the neck area.
Add moisture to your hair. Keep a spray bottle filled with tap water to mist your hair. This works great on fine hair that is layered.

Use scent to lift your mood. Using vanilla or lilac body sprays will add that special touch after a nice shower or bath.
Treat the legs. Don't forget to put cream on your legs - cocoa butter works great.
Jazz up the teeth. Get in the habit of taking care of your teeth, and don't forget to floss.
Eat well. Prepare yourself a generous meal, relax and really taste the food.
Chill down for the night. Rent yourself a good movie, kick your feet up, and relax. Spend a little time at night to yourself.

No matter if you decide to pamper yourself daily or weekly, take the time. Everyone deserves to be pampered sometimes.
There is nothing vain or wrong about thinking of yourself, for we do tend to put ourselves last.
We were pampered as babies, but now that we are grown we have to do it ourselves.
If you run out of your favorite facial scrub, a tiny bit of baking soda mixed with a little water works great.
For exfoliating your skin, there are many great inexpensive soaps out there that have oatmeal and other ingredients in them.
Drink lots of spring water.
Exercise in moderation and eat the same way.
Use a white nail pencil underneath your nail tips if you're wearing clear nail polish.
Save up money so you can go shopping and treat yourself to a few gifts.
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Reason Why Marriage Makes People fat

You may have heard of the freshman 15-those inevitable pounds college students are likely to gain in their first year. But what about the newlywed 30? 1,200 couples over a five-year period, married people gained six to nine pounds more than their single counterparts. Why does marriage lead to weight gain?

The Honeymoon Period. In the time surrounding a wedding, many couples are engaged in an endless eating-and-drinking bacchanal: the bridal shower; the bachelor and bachelorette parties; the rehearsal dinner; the wedding itself with its appetizers, carving stations, three-course meals, four-tier cake, and open bar; the honeymoon, which is all about decadent overindulgence. And when you're madly in love, who has time to cook? But if you keep up this behavior, pounds will soon follow. Dining at a restaurant more than once a week can increase the risk of obesity.

The Company You Keep. If your friends and family members are obese, the likelihood that you will become overweight as well is rather high. What does that mean for couples? If your spouse is overweight, your obesity risk increases by 37 percent.

Pregnancy.A woman can expect to gain an average of 25 to 40 pounds before giving birth. This weight is important, since much of it is needed to provide nourishment for the baby. Approximately 10 pounds are lost in the birthing process, and additional weight due to fluid retention is shed in the week following the birth. The rest can be lost by good, old-fashioned diet and exercise. The jury is still out on whether breastfeeding helps mothers lose weight; in fact, a 2004 study found that there was no significant difference in weight loss between women who breastfed and those who didn't. And women aren't the only ones to gain weight during pregnancy: Men up their risk of obesity by 4 percent with the birth of each child.

Complacency. It's the biological imperative in action: When you're single, you'll do everything you can to attract the opposite sex. Once you're married, the need to remain slim and attractive can be easily sidelined by other concerns--work, kids, household chores. Some people think when they get married, couple usually think that they didn't have to do any thing because either she/he got him to things for each other.By doing that ;it can be a surefire ticket to weight gain.

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Was sick Yesterday

I started my day late yesterday. I started to check my account at PPP and trying to take the Oppps that I reserve when my sight started spinning.I stopped for a little bit and continue but I couldn't. And I started trowing up. I guessing that maybe something I ate for breakfast.Food poisoning or something. But the only food I ate was, has brown and bacon and a half of a Cinnamon bagel with cream cheese. Anyway, I trow up all the food I ate for breakfast and cannot get any food down later on. It was a miserable day. I tried resting and keep some fluid down. I guess that I had a stomach flue. I tell ya, It wasn't' fun. I had felt a little bit better later on that day and decided to go for a short distance walk. But I was still felling sick. I felt better today though. Thank goodness.
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Find An Excellent DayCare

As a working parent, choosing who will care for your child when you are at work is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Begin as soon as possible. Many child care centers have long waiting lists, so it is never too early to start looking. If you are pregnant, start looking for child care for after your baby is born.
Determine whether you are eligible for child care subsidies. Often there is a waiting period for these funds, and they are only accepted by certain child care providers. You can find information about child care subsidies at the Administration for Children and Families website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/parents/index.htm.
Define your most basic child care needs. How many children need care? How old are they? What hours do you need care? Where should the child care provider be located? When does your child need to start?
Define higher-level needs. What are the most important features of a child care provider? Does your child have special needs, like nutritional concerns or disabilities? Do you want a child care provider that implements an educational curriculum? Do you prefer a larger playground? Do you prefer mixed-age classes or same-age classes? Do you prefer a center that provides meals or do you want to provide all of your child's food? Is it important for a center to be close to your home or work?
Separate your higher-level needs into two lists: absolute necessities and preferences.
Ask friends for recommendations for child care providers.
Search online for child care providers. Most states have searchable lists of providers that give information such as hours of operation, age of children accepted, total number of children allowed in the center, and whether they accept state child care subsidies.
Build a list based on recommendations and online searches.
Call the centers on the list to ask basic questions about the needs you have defined, available space, and the cost of attendance. Take good notes while you are on the phone so that you can keep the information straight.
Decide which centers you would like to visit and make appointments to tour the facilities.
On your tour, meet the child care providers for your child's age group, and if possible, observe the children interacting with each other and with the providers. Bring a list of questions to ask the staff members.
Decide which provider or providers seem to be the best fit for your child, and make a surprise visit. You should check in with a staff member as soon as you arrive and try not to disturb the children or caregivers. Good providers have an open door policy for parents that allows you to observe caregivers without making an appointment or calling ahead.
Select one provider that you believe is the best fit, and make one more visit with your child this time. If possible, make arrangements for you child to play with the other children or sit in on a lesson.
Once your child is officially enrolled, maintain close relationships with the staff. Try to make extra time when you drop-off and pick-up your child to chat with the caregivers and observe your child's interaction with them and the other children.

* You can find information about child care, including more tips for finding good providers, at the U.S. Dept. of Human Services Administration for Children and Families website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/parents/index.htm

* If your child seems nervous or cries when he or she starts child care, do not assume that the provider is bad or that you have made the wrong choice to use day care. Children, like adults, need time to adjust to new environments. Continue observing your child's behavior, asking your child how he or she feels, and asking the caregivers about your child's day.
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Go Without Eating For Six Hours

Deal with your hunger, without letting it control you!

Food. If you know that you will have to go without food more six hours or more, be prepared. Eat a large, healthy, high fiber breakfast. Bring a small snack or two, like a granola bar, or string cheese.
Water. Bring at least one bottle of water with you. Before you leave, drink about 4 full glasses of water, or atleast until you can't drink any more. Water makes you feel full.
Thought. Don't think about food! Make sure you're occupied by something else. If you can't go on much longer, don't resist your hunger. Eat your snack, bite by bite, and drink more water. Then stop thinking about it. If you get hungry again, chew on gum. That really helps!
Refill. Afterwards, eat a large meal. Even if you don't feel hunger, your body may be starved of food. Eat plenty of good food, including vegetables. Energy drinks are also good!

* Bring a snack.
* Bring bottle water that has a good taste.
* Bring an energy drink, like Propel or Gatorade
* Take a pack of teeth-cleaning gum, like Stride, Trident, or Extra.
* Don't go alone! Face your hunger with a friend.

* Don't do this every day. You could become seriously ill.
* Tell your parents about your plan/proble
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How to use Saran Wrap

If you have been ignorant to the proper usage of saran wrap here are some helpful hints.

Put "leftovers" on plate, tray, platter or in a bowl
Open Saran Wrap being careful not to cut yourself on the cutting edge (that *is* on the bo)
Find the free end of the Saran wrap and pull
Do not tear the plastic wrap and wrap the plate, tray, platter or bowl
Tear end of wrap using the cutting edge (again, don't cut yourself)
if you keep saran wrap in the freezer, it wont stick to itself!
The cutting edge is sharp
Do not cut the saran wrap before wrapping it around leftovers.
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Start a New Life With a Negative Past

There is only so much we can do to right the wrongs that we have done in the past but when our reputations and character have been destroyed, by vindictive people who are unwilling to forgive us and move on and finding employment becomes difficult. Then it is time to get the hell out of Dodge and start over with a fresh slate .
After all attempts at reconciliation have failed
When you have a constant bad feeling in the pit of your stomach
When your good name and character have been destroyed beyond repair
When finding employment becomes impossible because of past history or bad references.
When there is a negative or extremely derogatory result to every back ground inquiry or consumer report
When you have exhausted every possible option available
When you are trying your best to stay straight and abide by the law but the Police keep harassing you any way.
When you have by your past actions made multiple enemies who would like nothing better than to overtly or covertly cause you bodily harm, or see some unfortunate and deadly accident befall you.
You get frequent threats against you
Your enemies are calling you and hanging up.
Make a plan and cover every possible aspect over and over again *Find a new state in which to live one where you have family and feel safe * Apply for jobs in that state and continue doing so until you get an interview. * Once you get a job in that state began preparations to move * Tell only those who need to know and make sure that they understand the importance of not telling any one your where abouts better still yet tell only family members that have proven you can trust them. * Transfer any certifications you hold to that state *Get a place to live preferably in a safe neighborhood with a low crime rate. *Transfer all mail there * Transfer phone service there and get your utilities turned on. When all is ready and in order quietly make your move leave in the early morning hours between 1 am - 4 am as most normal people will be in bed and don't look back.

Watch your back until you feel safe and never blab off where your going
Never relax your guard for one second don't be too paranoid but maintain a constant state of mental awareness and be aware of your suroundings. * Know your state's use of force laws *If you are elligible obtain a Concealed Handgun license and become proficient with your weapon. *Learn Krav Maga or Tae Kwondo and apply the techniques that these styles teach only as a last resort or if things get justifiably out of hand.
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Leave The Past behind

When the nights are long and you cannot sleep for all the sadness of a past left unresolved; when you cannot grasp the future squarely and move on; when the past haunts both your woken hours and your dreams... you are in the grip of anxiety and inertia. There will always come a point at which you must cease to stay stuck in the past or it will define you and mark every step you take from now on.
Prepare to face the challenges. A past left unresolved will continue to haunt you if you don't address the underlying sorrow, pain and anger. You may not want to revisit aspects of what happened in the past but if you don't, you allow the part of your mind that conceals and glosses over hurts to dominate and instead of fully comprehending what happened and learning from it, you live in its grip subconsciously and let it eat away at you. If you cannot take a clear view of the past alone, seek professional therapeutic assistance to guide you.
Accept that you cannot change what happened. What has passed, has passed. It is not possible to rewrite the facts of what you experienced and went through. But it is possible to rewrite the way you perceive it and handle it from now onward. If you don't, your hurt self will carry over this pain into all new experiences and relationships, possibly poisoning them and dooming them to failure without any conscious desire on your behalf.
Let go. Acknowledge that you are living in real time carrying the baggage of old time. And then let go of it. Are you playing out a past habit in a current relationship? Does your fear of anger, loss, raised voices, silence etc. now set the tone for how you relate to others? This requires careful consideration to untwist the tendrils of who you really are and what experiences from childhood onward shaped how you react to situations. Most of us feel a deep inner core of who we are at best and we are capable of separating the triggers from the solid core of self if we sit still long enough to tease apart that which triggers our habitual behavior and that which is truly what we believe ourselves capable of being. Remove the past from your future. This simply means that you must learn to stop letting past experience morph into future probability. This happens when you have a bad experience and it immediately conjures up memories of where similar bad experiences have led you in the past. Instead of thinking positively and remembering the means by which you ultimately overcame these negative challenges, your immediate, habitual reaction is to transfer the bad outcomes from that prior experience and transform it into the worse case scenario for your current experience, with full-blown expectations that tomorrow things will only be worse. And with that comes the habitual actions, on cue rather than a series of chosen reactions defined by you as the person you are now.
Create a positive future. Combine the knowledge that you cannot change the past with the knowledge that you cannot predict the future but you can make sure that the person you are right now is strong, whole and healthy emotionally, so that any future negative scenarios are something the person you are now can definitely cope with, no matter what gets thrown at you. This is really about taking responsibility for yourself and how you react. Once you have faced the challenges from your past and accept that while you cannot change the past, you can cease to let it be roleplayed out every time a new challenge arises, you are beginning to remove the fear of more bad things happening as directed by your past experiences. Instead, you now learn to embrace the reality that the future is as yet unwritten and if you want it to be a positive and strong experience, the power lies within you to achieve this.
Take it slowly but surely. No overnight transformation will occur when you are trying to move yourself through past habits. It all takes time and you will only achieve the best and soundest results by allowing yourself time and space to move on. However, there are some simple and practical things that can help you to leave the past behind and, while largely symbolic, key into the mind-body connection aspect of our humanity and assist with your thinking processes:
Get a large box and throw into it anything that reminds you of a past failed relationship, a dead or missing person, a job that left you feeling sore, anything physical and tangible that hangs around your neck like a noose;
Decide whether this box should be tossed or stored. Either way, you are coming to a conclusion about its contents that they can no longer influence you. If it is a failed relationship or experience, it is often better to toss the box and leave the reminders to memory alone, which will be kinder to you than physical evidence. If it contains mementos of a lost loved one, you may feel more comfortable simply sealing it up and putting it aside, knowing you are doing this as the beginning of a journey forward.
Write down your feelings. You could write a letter to a person or people in the past who hurt you. You could write poetry or prose. Anything that allows you to let out the feelings and no matter how horrid you word things, let it out. You should not be keep this writing - it is simply a way to open up the emotional backlog and let out repressed feelings as best you can.
Revisit places where you felt pain and hurt. Go back and realize the power you have personally to not let that place get to you. This can be an overwhelming experience, however, depending on what happened. For example, survivors of concentration camps or sexual abuse are less likely to ever be able to face a place than someone who had a romantic experience somewhere but since broke up. Gauge for yourself how ready you are to take what may be a giant leap and take a buddy for support if needed.
Avoid rash decisions. While you are going through the healing process to strengthen your ability to deal with the past in a reasoned and distanced manner, keep aware of the triggers that will send you back to past habits. Actively aim to put a hold on habitual reactions and challenge yourself to do things differently, while at the same time accepting why you need to do this. This also means avoiding making decisions in haste that you may regret later, such as cutting off all ties with somebody in your family, or sending notes filled with vitriol to people or quitting from something you have been doing. While ultimately reasoned judgments that may include some of these outcomes might end up being the path you take, initially this exercise is about strengthening yourself to make calm and consequence enlightened decisions rather than making merry with curses and burning your bridges with no care for tomorrow. You do care about tomorrow - a responsible, thoughtful and clear future that is free of being controlled by past habit.
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Know the Difference between Soft Law & hard Law ( International)

If you are studying international law, there is a little notion called "soft law" that can sometimes be confusing to understand. Here is how to tell the difference between soft law and hard law in the context of the international legal system.
Learn what the terms "soft law" and "hard law" mean:
Soft law means commitments made by negotiating parties that are legally binding.
Hard law means binding laws. To constitute law, a rule, instrument or decision must be authoritative and prescriptive. In international law, hard law includes treaties or international agreements, as well as customary laws. These instruments result in legally enforceable commitments for countries (states) and other international subjects.
Familiarize yourself with the types of legal instruments that make up "hard law" in the context of the international legal system:
Treaties (also known as conventions or international agreements)
Security Council Resolutions
Customary international rules
Familiarize yourself with the types of instruments that tend to be soft law instruments:
Most UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations )
Statements, principles, objectives, declarations of principles
Guidelines, standards
Action plans
Be aware that while soft law is not binding in a legal sense, soft law instruments do carry some authority. Soft law instruments are negotiated in good faith by the negotiating parties who hold some expectation that the non-binding commitments will be met as much as reasonably possible. It is important to note that soft law statements often contain aspirational language that inspires reliance on them to improve policy-making in areas such as the environment, sustainable development and human rights.
Realize that soft law can evolve into hard law. An important role of soft law instruments is their ability to influence the future development of hard law commitments. When analyzing international law soft law instruments, keep in mind how this useful and innovative aspect of soft law can be a bridge between no commitments and legally binding commitments.
It is helpful to refer to Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice to see which sources of law are considered to form binding international law: treaties, custom and the general principles of international law. Also there are the two subsidiary "sources": judicial decisions and the writings of highly qualified publicists.
The General Assembly resolutions are often mistakenly considered binding. Resolutions that relate to "housekeeping" within the internal organization of the General Assembly are binding on members of the Assembly but other resolutions are not legally binding . What is important is to examine whether or not such resolutions have legal effects arising from the subject matter or from the way they are drafted. Some countries do not agree that any legal interpretations arise out of UN GA resolutions, preferring to view them as political aspirations; other countries, however, find some UN resolutions to be authoritative interpretations of the UN Charter. It is complicated and you should do a lot of research!
While soft law is also creeping into domestic law, this article is only concerned with international law.

Remember that the term "hard law" is only used in contrast to "soft law". Don't walk around calling yourself a "hard law" lawyer. But nobody will mind if you call yourself a hard lawyer... you may not win friends but that is up to you!
Be aware that soft law is contentious for some international legal practitioners who do not like the term "law" being used for non-legally binding commitments. Yet, there are good reasons for it being called soft law, so the term endures. Most importantly, soft law commitments influence the creation of hard law over time and soft law instruments will often fill a policy gap while policy parameters are still being worked through.
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Understand Supply and Demand

Many people quote the laws of supply and demand, but few actually understand how it works. Here is a simple step by step method for thinking through the basic laws of economics.

Check your assumptions. The laws of supply and demand are only laws if the good is a commodity like lumber, crude oil or concrete. A commodity is a good that is perceived to be worth the same amount regardless of the supplier.
Pretend that you are a consumer. This is easy because you are a consumer. Let's say that you buy 7 apples a week at a price of fifty cents per apple. If the price of those apples goes up to one dollar per apple, will you buy more or less apples? When the price of a good rises, the demand for that good decreases and when the price falls, the demand for that good increases. This is the law of demand.
Pretend that you are a supplier. This may be more difficult to do. Let's say that you own a farm and you sell apples along with other fruits. One day, you sell your apples at the farmer's market for fifty cents per apple and sell out. The next day you sell your apples for a dollar a piece and you run out of apples again. Now you are making twice as much revenue from apples. Since you know you can sell apples for a dollar a piece, will you bring more or less apples to the market? Will you plant more or less apples next year? When the price of a good rises, the supply for that good increases and when the price of a good falls, the supply for that good decreases. This is the law of supply.
Picture yourself at a market with three apple stands in front of you. Also assume that all of the apples look exactly the same as far as you can tell. Two of the apple stands are selling them for sixty cents an apple and one of the apple stands is selling them for fifty cents an apple. How much will you pay for an apple? Perfect price information and equivalency of goods are some principles of perfect competition.
Picture yourself as the owner of one apple stand. You sell apples for fifty cents a piece and run out of apples. The next day you sell apples for sixty cents a piece and run out of apples. How much will you sell your apples for the next day? Instantaneous price adjustments are another aspect of perfect competition.
Let's assume that at a price of one dollar a piece, suppliers bring 100 apples to the market and consumers are willing to buy 90 apples at that price. There is a of ten apples. The only way to sell these surplus apples is to lower the price or perhaps give them away. Next time you come to the market, you may sell your apples at a discounted price to increase the demand (see law of demand) and eliminate the surplus. Another solution would be to bring less apples to the market next time or plant less apples in the future. Both of these options are called market corrections.
Now let's assume that at a price of ninety cents a piece, suppliers bring 100 apples to the market and consumers are willing to buy 110 apples. There are ten people who want apples and do not have them. This is called a shortage. If the seller wants to make a greater profit, he will bring more apples to the market or sell the apples for a higher price the next day. These options are also called market corrections.
See that the market will correct itself until a point of equilibrium is reached. That is, until there is neither a surplus nor a shortage.
It is often said that, "if there is less supply, the price goes up." This is a misstatement of the law of supply and is more akin to the resulting effect of a shortage. The laws of supply and demand both refer to how price affects the market, not the other way around.
Knowledge of economics will help you understand how the market works, but keep in mind that the laws of supply and demand are very limited.
You will often hear the laws of supply and demand referenced by those who have very limited knowledge of economics. It is not a good idea to get in arguments with them.
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Could You Have a Crohn's Disease

Every year, an estimated 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Crohn's disease. However, many people are uninformed about the disease and, as a result, may go undiagnosed. Here, find out about the symptoms, diagnostic methods, and treatments of Crohn's disease, so you can have a better understanding of the condition.

What Is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease is one of two inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs); the other is ulcerated colitis. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) estimates that IBDs affect approximately 1 million Americans, with Crohn's making up about half of that population. Crohn's and colitis should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a common condition in which the intestines cause food to move too quickly or too slowly through the digestive system.

How Can Crohn's Affect Me?
Crohn's disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that results in the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and intestines. Common symptoms include:

Persistent diarrhea;
Abdominal cramping after meals;
Severe weight loss;
Decrease in appetite;
Abdominal pain;
Low-grade fever;
Rectal bleeding; and
Flatulence (gas).

If Crohn's goes undiagnosed for an extended period of time, the symptoms can result in malnutrition due to inadequate dietary intake and poor absorption of nutrients. Vomiting and intestinal ulcers can also occur.

How Can I Find Out If I Have It?
No single test can diagnose Crohn's disease with absolute certainty. Most patients are diagnosed through a series of tests that include a combination of information from the patient's history and physical exams, such as the results of X-rays and endoscopy and pathology tests. A doctor may look at your colon and rectum with a sigmoidoscope or a colonoscope.
Because gastrointestinal diseases-such as celiac disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis-tend to mimic each other, the doctor may choose to administer a blood test to rule out other potential problems. With a proper diagnosis, he or she can be more effective in treating the patient.

What Can I Do About It?
There is no cure for Crohn's disease; however, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms associated with the disease.

* Nutrition. Good nutrition is important for everybody, but it's especially so for those with Crohn's disease. Because the condition can rob the body of fluids, nutrients, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, reestablishing and sustaining proper nutrition is an integral part of managing the disease.
* Medication. Medication may reduce much of the inflammation involved with Crohn's. Some of these drugs are designed to help repair the intestinal wall-easing cramps, diarrhea, and fever.
* Surgery. The CCFA estimates that up to two-thirds of Crohn's disease patients will require surgery at some point in their lives. Surgery becomes necessary when medication can no longer help improve their symptoms.
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Supermarket Savvy Tips

The next time you head to grocery store, you might want to read this:

The average American family spends $4,300 per year on food. This may seem like a lot, but donÂ’t worry: There are ways to cut down on spending and make healthier choices when grocery shopping.

First, you need to be prepared. Keep in mind that grocery stores are not laid out for your convenience—the goal is to keep you in the store for as long as possible. The longer youÂ’re there, the money youÂ’re likely to spend and, oftentimes, the poorer the choices youÂ’ll make.

Follow these easy shopping tips to help slim your grocery bill and your waistline:
• Shop the perimeter. Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fresh meats and fish, and fresh whole-grain breads are located around the perimeter of the store. Pre-packaged and unhealthy foods and snacks are often in the aisles.
• Don’t shop when you’re hungry. When you walk into a store, you’re often immediately hit with the smell of delicious food. That’s why baked goods are usually at the front of the store. It’s hard to be a smart shopper when everything makes your mouth water.
• Look high and low. The most expensive items are usually placed at eye level: 5 feet 4 inches from the floor, to be exact. If you’re looking for less-expensive options, you’re going to have to work for it, reaching high and bending down low to the less accessible shelves.
• Forget what you think you know. Don’t assume that items are on sale just because they’re at the end of aisles. Oftentimes, grocers do this to catch your attention, not necessarily to give you a good deal.
• Don’t get distracted. Staple items, such as dairy, meat, and deli products, are placed at the back of stores. It’s no coincidence that you have to walk through several other departments to get to the things you need. Grocers know you’re likely to stop in the other departments and make purchases.
• Compare unit prices. Contrary to popular belief, larger-size products are not always a better buy. This often holds true for items such as peanut butter, tomato products, cottage cheese, and tuna fish.
• Avoid the crowd. If you get flustered or annoyed by crowds, you may be likely to buy the first thing you see just so you can get out of there. By shopping early in the morning or late at night, you can avoid the tendency to impulse shop.
• Clip coupons. Check to see if your local grocery store accepts competitors’ coupons. Every little bit helps, right?
• Don’t forget your supermarket brand. Often your supermarket brand’s products are cheaper, even if you have a coupon for a name-brand product. You and your family likely won’t notice a difference in taste.
• Make a list and stick to it. If you have an itemized list, youÂ’ll be less tempted to spend money on unnecessary products—or to let the sweet smell of cinnamon buns lure you to buy one...or a dozen.
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Surefire Signs of Road Rage

Consider this: Americans spend 100 hours a year commuting but take only 80 hours of vacation annually. Is it any wonder that many of us have road rage? Even so, road rage isn't acceptable. Aggressive driving, which includes speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and not paying full attention to the road, puts many people at risk. Learn how to spot the signs of road rage and help keep you and your passengers safe.

Speeding. Excessive speed is the most obvious form of road rage. It's also incredibly dangerous. Speed causes one-third of all traffic fatalities. In addition, the likelihood of having a crash that causes injury or death doubles for every 10 miles per hour faster than 50 mph that a car travels.

Tailgating. Aggressive tailgating was the most commonly reported form of road rage, with 62 percent of respondents saying someone had followed them excessively closely. Interestingly, only 6 percent admitted to having tailgated another driver.

3. Gesturing. Using or returning obscene gestures is risky.Obscene gestures have gotten at least one person stabbed, beaten, or shot in every state.

4. Weaving/changing lanes. Changing lanes suddenly and without a signal is dangerous at any time, but especially in traffic. Remember, speeding reduces your ability to steer around other objects on the road, including other cars.

5. Honking. This annoyance does more than just provoke road rage; many cities-including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and New York City-have laws in place that prohibit excessive honking.

6. Braking suddenly. You make think you're teaching a tailgating driver a lesson, but the FMCSA warns that braking unexpectedly can be seen as confrontational and lead to more aggressive driving.

7. Flashing lights. Drivers who admitted to driving aggressively were most likely to say they had flashed their lights at a fellow motorist.

8. Leering/Staring. The FMCSA recommends avoiding eye contact with an aggressive driver and driving to the nearest police station if you feel threatened.

9. Yelling. Yelling and screaming often escalate the problem. Even if the other drivers are unable to hear you, it's easy for them to see that you're yelling, which could have the same consequences.

10. Attacking. More 10,000 instances of road rage were studied, and of those, a gun, knife, or other weapon was used 4,400 times. Often, the attacker used his or her vehicle as a weapon as well. Famously, actor Jack Nicholson once attacked someone who had cut him off in traffic with a golf club.
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All about Blue Tooth

You probably know bluetooth best for cool, futuristic- looking device that some people use to talk hands-free on their cellular phone. But there are a billion of bluetooth-enabled devices in the world today, and they extend well beyond the realm of mobile phones.

Bluetooth Wireless technology allows different compatible electronic product, such as your laptop and your PDA, to communicate wirelessly over short distances. As a result of Bluetooth is popping up all over the place-in cars, homes businesses and even hospitals.

In short , Bluetooth means the various computers, wireless, phones, entertainment systems and accessories in your life are becoming more convenient and less messy to use. You can now quickly send files to a printer easily connect a keyboard to your computer, play music through your stereo from across the room show favorite pictures from your laptop on a TV or play video game enthusiastically, all without the disorder and restrictions of wires

Who Can benefit from Bluetooth?
Just about anyone who uses wireless phone or computers can take advantage of bluetooth Wireless Technology to make their lives easier and less cluttered. Busy professional can sync the calendars and address books on their computers and their PDA's eliminate the desktop clutter of wired peripherals and take calls with out dropping what their doing. People on the go can use it to stay connected in the car without taking their hand off the wheel, a particulary important use considering 25 states have some form of hands free legislation. Even student can make use of Bluetooth by printing papers from ac cross the room and relaxing to music through a wireless handset .

How do you ge connected?
Connecting two compatible Bluetooth enabled devices is called pairing . It's generally simple process that involves little setups. Many Bluetooth -enabled devices are completely universal, so your devices can communicate with others regardless of manufacturer.
The only restriction is that devices must have the same profile in order to communicate. There are profile for each type of function, and many profiles can exist on a single device. A hands-free profile would be found in mobile phones and headsets; the advance audio distribution profile (aka A2DP) allows you to play music from your mobile phone through your stereo or computer speakers.If you have a question about the profile for specific device, it's best to refer to its manual.
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Accessorize Properly

Ok, so you have a cute outfit that just screams your name, but you need more. So you turn to accessories.

JEWELERY: First, what are the colors of your outfit? You can either make the accessories pop or blend in. For example, say you have blue jeans and a blue and white striped shirt. If you want to make your accessories pop, use silver stud earrings and red necklaces and bracelets. But if you want it to blend in, do longer silver earrings or blue studs with blue or silver bracelets and earrings.
HAIR: Ok, the first thing you need to do is decide whether you are going to wear your hair up or down. If up, just put a couple of cute clips to match your jewelry. If down, either leave it or slid a cute headband in.
SHOES AND BAGS: So you're almost done. Now all you need is shoes and a cute bag. My advice is to keep it simple with some cute flats and a big bag that is the same color as your shoes.

DO NOT go overboard. Remember to much of anything is NOT good.
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Need to accessorize? Here are some ways to do it.

Don't go crazy with necklaces. Just keep if fashionable, plain, and simple.Earrings are a MUST! Cute studs like stars or diamonds, or dangly earrings are always cool. If you don't have your ears pierced, you can try clip ons. These can be found at stores such as Claire's or Limited Too.Rings are pretty cool, just don't wear too many.Try to go subtle. Perhaps try a chain, charm or link bracelet. Wear a max of 2 or 3 bracelets per wrist. Too many will make a lot of noise and will annoy you. If you want a watch, the most fashionable are the wide cuff watches, such as the Fossil ones.Or you could try the Baby G watches.Try making your jewelry accent your clothing. For example, if you are wearing blue jeans and a blue and purple striped shirt, then you should accent with purple. If you are wearing more than one color, then the accessories should all balance out. For Example, if you are wearing black and blue, then you should have an even amount of blue accessories and black accessories so that it doesn't look tacky.Be yourself! if you don't like it, DON'T WEAR IT!

Don't go crazy with jewelry.
You don't have to spend like crazy to get great jewelry
You can buy accessories, purses and more at Claire's or any drugstore or department stores like Eckerd's and Target
Don't flash off all your jewelry; people will think you have too big an ego.
Here Are the thing you will need.
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Show Off Your Curves

f you got it flaunt it! You don't have to look the stick thin models on T.v. After all, real women have curves, smart women know how to show them off!

Find the right undergarments. A nice and suitable push-up bra with good support is the #1 must have for showing off your curves. You can be fitted for bras at most undergarment stores such as Victoria's Secret or Frederick's of Hollywood, as well as most department stores.
Buy a cute but inexpensive top. If you want to hide your tummy, get a top with an empire waist that will glide over problem areas. Make sure the empire waist clothing doesn't puff out too much at the stomach area.
To show off great boobs, get a top with a low neck line. Make sure it has support though other wise your breasts will look saggy.
Get a great pair of jeans that hug your hips, thighs, and butt. Make sure they have a comfortable fit.
Don't get upset when you see too thin celebrities on TV; they may look perfect, but in the real world perfect doesn't exist.
Don't pick at your flaws, instead enhance your beauty.
Don't show too much other wise you'll look like a billboard for horny guys
Don't go over the top, or else it will change your reputation completely
Most of the very thin Celebs, are Anorexic, so don't go too far.
Things You'll Need.
A cute supportive bra
Hip-hugging jeans
A flattering top
Self confidence. When you feel confident,it shows
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People over the age of 70 had less wrinkling if they ate more vegetables, olive oil, and legumes, and fewer dairy and sugar products. Here are three other foods you should try to make a part of your regular diet.

Salmon. It's one of those miracle foods that seems to be good for just about everything—and your skin is no exception. Salmon (and red sea plants) contain a skin-friendly antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is more powerful than vitamin E and vitamin A.
Carrots. The beta-carotene found in carrots, long known for keeping eyes healthy, is also beneficial for your skin. And, if you want an extra antioxidant boost, you should cook the carrots. Cooked, pureed carrots—especially those that included the carrot peels—contained higher levels of antioxidants than raw carrots.

Soy. Found in tofu and as a substitute for milk in dairy foods, soy has been shown to decrease the signs of aging.Middle-aged women who took 40 mg of soy a day for 12 weeks showed improvement in fine lines around their eyes and skin elasticity. Those who took a placebo did not see the same improvements.
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Healthy Gifts For Father's Day

Every Father's Day brings the same old conundrum: What should you get the dad in your life? He has enough ties to fill a walk-in closet and so many coffee cups he could start his own diner. This year, why not encourage him to adopt a healthier lifestyle? A lack of exercise and nutritious meals is responsible for approximately 400,000 deaths in the United States each year. But you can help turn this statistic around by taking heed of the following gift-giving advice.

Make each month fruitful. There's no sweeter way to ensure that Dad gets his five servings of fruits and vegetables a day than by signing him up for a fruit-of-the-month club. A variety of retailers can be found on the Internet, with packages that last from three months to a year. To ease him into the idea, therefore ensuring that he'll eat the fruit instead of letting it go bad, throw in some accessories like a peeler, a corer, a cookbook, or a juicer.

Electrify his dental hygiene. In 2006, the Journal of Dental Research published an Australian study indicating a strong link between gum disease and an increased likelihood of blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or a stroke. In addition to flossing, one of the best ways to keep gums healthy is to brush for at least two minutes twice a day. Many electric toothbrushes, ranging in price from as little as $15 to as much as $175, do an excellent job of removing plaque. Plus, many models are programmed to operate on a two-minute cycle.

Help him reform his couch-potato ways. To successfully nudge Dad back into the world of the physically active, give him a piece of at-home gym equipment. While treadmills and elliptical machines can be costly, medicine balls, weights, and hand grips are priced more affordably and can be purchased at sporting goods stores or online. Just remember to think before you buy, lest that rowing machine becomes an overpriced clothes rack.

Encourage him to take the first step. If Dad's been inactive for quite some time, it might be better to start him off with a pedometer, an inexpensive device that records the number of steps taken on any given trek. Many pedometers can connect to their manufacturer's websites, which sometimes provide exercise and nutritional tips, while keeping track of distance, speed, and calories burned on a daily or weekly basis.

Enable him to boost his brainpower. Gifts like novels, crossword puzzles, and books on tape can help Dad improve his cognitive function and think beyond his usual day-to-day routine.

Use high-tech devices to boost his health. If Dad's a gadget geek, Ninetendo's Wii Fit might be a great way to keep him fit. Or, if he tends to forget to take pills or make doctor's appointments, consider giving him a six-alarm vibrating watch, an electronic pill case with timer, or another organization gizmo. You can even purchase a personal digital assistant (PDA) and load it up with software that will remind Dad of all his medical obligations, such as medications, cholesterol screenings, and prostate exams.
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Things to do in case Of Disaster

* You should not think twice about leaving if: (a) you are under a mandatory evacuation order or (b) a Category 4-5 hurricane is likely and you are within 100 miles of shore; or (c) you live in a manufactured home and a hurricane of any strength is on its way to you; or (d) you cannot shutter or board-up your home.
* Communication and teamwork is key. Stick together, work together and heed the instructions of safety officials.
* You can pick up a car refrigerator for under $50. It runs off your car battery. Though not large, a car fridge can store at least a day's preparations and may of course be refilled as needed.
* Bring car activities for kids (and adults).
* Make sure that you have enough time to get out of the danger zone, taking into account current traffic conditions based on news reports. The last thing you want is to be trapped in your car while the storm is coming ashore. Get out early by the fastest route possible.
* Not everyone has to do all of these steps or tips, if you are not directly or close to the eye of the storm. In this case, the most you can expect are heavy rains, and winds. - unless you are on the northeast quadrant of the incoming storm. Tornadoes are often spawned as the storms push inland,.
* A safe way to use candles is to put them in a saucepan, deeper than the candle is high, with shiny sides. The light will reflect off the ceiling and inside of the pot, and the candle will be protected from being knocked over. An inch or so of water in the pot isn't a bad idea, either.
* Do not use a toilet without water in the tank to flush it. The waste left there will produce a smell that is most unpleasant in your home. This could make it uninhabitable. Remember that sometime in the future what ever you leave in the bowl you will need to remove from the bowl. This is a most unpleasant task which is better to prevent. Each flush takes over a gallon of water. You can go outside and collect water from swimming pools, puddles, ditches, and canals. One easy way to collect water for flushing is to put empty garbage cans in a place where they can collect rain that runs off the roof. A large garbage can holds 50+ gallons. That equals 50+ flushes. If the toilet will not flush then you can not use it. You could line the bowl with a garbage bag and then remove the waste from the home. A 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag makes a good emergency toilet. This method will use up a lot of garbage bags in a short amount of time. Better to dig a hole in the yard and use it for an emergency toilet.
* You may also sprinkle cat litter in the 5 gallon bucket between uses. This will absorb liquid and allow multiple uses of a bag before removal to the outside of the house.

* Heed all directions of both the Red Cross and government officials.
* Throughout the preparatory phase and the storm itself, do not let your love of adventure overwhelm your common sense.
* Use common sense. Don't panic. Be ready to react if the situation changes.

* Battery operated flashlights are fine if the power is out for a short time. The new LED flashlights work well, as long as a spotlight isn't needed. Target and other stores have good ones in the $10 range that drop into a pocket and run on AA and AAA cells. They're great for personal lights, and the batteries last five to ten times as long as with regular incandescent flashlights. Additionally, LED conversion bulbs are available on the Internet for more popular brands of flashlights.
* After a couple of days you will need candles for light. Buy big decorative candles that will burn for days. Keep lanterns/candles in frequently used locations, such as the bathroom counter, next to the door, and on your bedroom nightstand. IF there are gas leaks, explosive chemicals in your area, do NOT use candles, if you do, watch them to prevent fire, especially if children are with you.
* "Self Powered Lights" and "Self Powered Radios". This equipment is either solar powered, and/or has a "crank up" generator built into the light and the radio. Find the lights at the local Wal*Mart, the radios at the local Radio Shack and/or the Internet. This will SAVE you $$$$ on batteries, IF you can find any, since they'll be sold out WEEKS before a storm hits you. Some of these models will also charge cell phones.
* Glow sticks. found in the Wal*Mart and sporting goods dealers. Safer than candles, in case there are gas leaks, explosive,flammable chemicals in your area.
* Solar powered garden lights. You can charge them up in the sun by day and use them indoors for lighting at night.
* Battery-operated radio
* Canned goods and can opener, fruits and vegetables and other foods that do not require refrigeration.
* Water (at least one gallon daily per person with a seven-day supply). You can also fill up bathtubs if you close or seal the drains.
* Bleach. In the event that water enters your home, you will need to get it out and then kill any microbes that remain.
* Take highly-valued items with you or, for those items staying in the home, wrap in plastic or place in plastic bags. Even if you are riding out the storm, consider placing photos, insurance papers and other important papers in sealed bags.
* Corded phone. Even if your electricity is out, your telephone may still work. Cordless phones still require electricity, so plug in a corded phone, and you may be surprised.
* Cell phone and extra charged batteries.
* A DC to AC inverter.
* Pre-moistened towelettes.
* Battery-powered fans will be very appreciated if the power is out.
* Lots of batteries of all sizes (you can always use later what is not used during the storm). Consider buying a car battery to power battery operated devices in the home.
* Make sure each person has their own flashlight and battery supply, in case you have to separate.
* A good supply of all prescription drugs.
* A first-aid kit.
* Optional but helpful is one pair of wading pants for each member of the family, or at least the adults of the household. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you do not want to be walking around with your skin exposed to contaminated water if there is a need, after the storm, to walk from the home.
* Plenty of self powered flashlights. This type of light needs NO batteries, which will be unavailable if a hurricane hits and destroys your area, batteries are sold out in your area. Candles are okay too as long as you follow some basic safety rules such as attending to them at all times. DO NOT use if there is gas in your area, you even suspect gas in the area.
* Plenty of large plastic garbage bags to dispose of human waste and other garbage.
* Supply of Toilet Paper, and other toiletries as needed.
* At least one 5-gallon bucket * and cat litter (the bio-degradable kind) for toilet use.
* A pocket knife for cutting things.
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At The Beginning Of The Hurricane Season

Double-check to ensure the supplies in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit are both well-stocked and fresh. Inflate air beds to assure they don't need patching or replacing. Check expiration dates on canned foods. Use a battery tester so you know they will work when you need them to (most batteries have a tester already attached to the package, but you can buy one separately if you want to).
Recognize that your hot water heater contains 40 to 60 gallons of fresh drinking water. The water in a hot water tank can keep one person alive and healthy for more than a month. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve. Run water out of the tank to remove any built up sediment that has collected at the bottom of the tank. To get the water out of the tank after a storm you will need to open the plumbing system by opening any hot water faucet in the house. This will release the vacuum in the tank. You must turn off the electrical breaker to the hot water tank or unplug it to prevent damage if the electricity is restored before water service.
Purchase a generator. Generally, a generator should be big enough to run your refrigerator, a lamp or two, and any fans. If you absolutely must have air conditioning, be prepared to pay handsomely for a generator that can handle it. Search the web for generator wattage calculators to make sure you don't buy more generator than you need - your wallet will thank you at the gas pump.
Purchase several 5-gallon gas cans. Fuel is usually scarce after a hurricane, and many stations even limit the amount of gas you can purchase after waiting in line. Having multiple cans will allow you to stock up. Buy a bottle of fuel stabilizer for when the power is restored. Mix this with your gas so that it will keep until you are able to use it. Also, fill and run your generator with the mixture for about 10 minutes so that the fuel system does not gum up while in storage. Change the oil and/or filter before you store it, that way it's nice and fresh next season.
If you already have a generator, make sure it is in working order before hurricane season. There is nothing worse than finding out that your generator investment needs repairs after you need to use it.
If you are unable to purchase a generator, buy a DC to AC converter for your car. With it you will use your car as a portable electric generator. They cost $25 to $100 and are available in the automotive section of department stores. If you should lose power to your house, you will be able run a radio, TV, light, refrigerator, or other low wattage appliances from your car. You will need a heavy duty extension cord to run the power into your house.
Do not run the or any gasoline generator in the garage as the carbon monoxide poisoning could kill you.
Perform maintenance on the car you will be evacuating with if it becomes necessary. When's the last time you changed the oil or the filter? Is the battery fully charged? Have you replaced the spare that you had to use the last time you evacuated? Since hurricane season happens during the warmer months, make sure your coolant is topped off as well.
Buy a bicycle, if you don't already own one, so that you will have a backup mode of transportation. After a big storm hits there may not be any gasoline available for days or even weeks. If your neighborhood is destroyed you will be able to go for supplies or even ride out of the area. Make certain that the bike tires are pumped up before a storm hits. Have an inner tube patch kit and an air pump, too.
Watch or listen to the news to learn when a hurricane is approaching. This will help you create a plan of action.
Continue keeping in touch with your friends and family. They will get comfort just knowing where you are, how you are faring, and how close the storm is to you. If you are in an area that is on the outskirts of the storm, tell them. Assure them that you are all doing good. Remember, they only know what they are told on the TV and their imagination runs wild. If you lose your telephone power, call them at least once with your cell phone, to tell them you do not have phone service, and that you will call as soon as it is restored. This way you do not have to use up your cell phone minutes which should be saved for emergencies.
Purchase "Self Powered Radios" AND "Self Powered Flashlights" Some of these have the Weatherband, and even can recharge your cell phone.
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Throughout The Year

Keep a Hurricane Preparedness Kit packed . This assures that you will lessen the amount of things you'll have to do when the time comes. Also, items such as batteries are easier to find when everyone else isn't panicking. (Hint: Keeping batteries in the freezer does not increase their life by any significant amount, and batteries should be room temperature when used.) As a bonus, if any other event, such as a fire occurs, you'll be prepared for that as well.
Create a "take box". The take box should have everything you need to reconstruct your life in the event you evacuate and everything is lost. Passports; birth, wedding, adoption, divorce, and armed service separation certificates; copies of insurance policies; mortgage information; house and car title; large purchase receipts. You get the idea. If you have a scanner, save yourself space and heartbreak by scanning family albums and images of other keepsakes, burn those to CD and keep a copy in your take box.
Discuss and practice a disaster plan with your family. One of the most important lessons from hurricane Katrina to make sure everyone in the family knows who to contact (and how to contact them) as an out of area contact. Make sure kids know enough information so that an adult can get in touch with that person should sudden evacuation be necessary when you aren't near them. Practice this, and make other back up plans. This can be as involved as you like, but keep in mind the ages and temperaments of individuals to assure everything runs smoothly in the event you have to evacuate immediately. See Tips below for examples on how to do a run-through.
Keep in touch with friends and family that are out of the potential disaster area, and make arrangements to stay with them, in case you have to evacuate.
Have an arborist remove dead trees and dead tree limbs and evaluate the health of any trees near enough to fall on your (or your neighbor's) house.
Assure that insurance matters are kept up to date. Note: most regular home insurance does not include flood coverage in the policy, so you'll have to buy this separately.
Try not to purchase insurance during hurricane season, you may find that you have problems renewing or finding a better policy when few to no insurance companies are writing policies. Citizen's is always the last resort - and most expensive - because they are required to carry your policy.
Store food and water where you are going to be in the hurricane and keep it in a cool place so you can eat it when the hurricane approaches where you are.
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How To Prepare for a hurricane

Hurricane season (usually lasting from June 1 through November 30) can be a nerve racking time for everyone. Not only for those whose homes are in the path of one, but for families and relatives alike who may worry about those people. Preparedness is not just necessary, but having a plan will help you and your loved ones keep their peace of mind during this stressful time.Watch the news closely, the Weather Channel, so you will know what a hurricane is doing, where it is going. It may be a good idea to evacuate your area beforehand, since traffic will be a problem during a mandatory evacuatuation order. When Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita appeared, all affected areas reported traffic as being stalled to stationary, so DO NOT wait to evacuate at all.
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Be Prepared For Natural Disaster

It is best to put two disaster kits together: one for your car in case a disaster strikes while you are away from the house, and another (supplementary) for the house. The kit for the road should include enough supplies for 2-3 days, and the kit for the house should include enough supplies for 5-7 days.

Find a bag, preferably a backpack (in case your car becomes disabled and you need to walk) to hold all of the supplies.
Consider supplies in the categories of clothing, food, shelter, and safety.
Be prepared to dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing depending on the weather. Be sure to pack long and short sleeve shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, good walking shoes and socks, and a wind-breaker rain jacket. Additional items can be added/ removed according to the season and type of potential disaster in your area, such as thermal underwear, sleeveless shirts, or water/canoing shoes (shoes that make it easier to walk in water).
Pack non-perishable items that are easy to eat, such as protein or energy bars, and canned snack-sized fruit. Be sure to pack enough water.
Pack a sleeping bag and tent for shelter, and pack some money for both kits.
Pack a flashlight and a battery-powered radio for safety. Consider purchasing solar or crank rechargable lights and radios, and maybe some glow sticks. Candles should only be used if there is no possibility of gas leaks and always place them where they can be watched so that they do not cause a fire.
Consider buying an LED headlamp. LED lights last a LONG time on batteries, and a headlamp leaves both of your hands free to cook, do dishes, read, or many other things.
For the house kit, pack additional food and water and know what important items you want to take with you if you need to evacuate.
Realize that you can not count on water from your tap, and water can be contaminated, so you need to store enough water for drinking, and additional water for cooking (if you have a camp stove), flushing a commode, and washing.
Have a waterproof, fireproof lock box where you keep all of your important papers. In case of emergency, you can grab the box and go.
Make a list of items that you would grab if you have time to evacuate (photos, family heirlooms). Keep the list with your other disaster kit items.
Include a supply of necessary medications and rotate them to keep them fresh.
Place the kit in an interior closet or basement if you're in a tornado-threatened area, and on a higher level if you are concerned about flooding or earthquakes.
Don't forget your pets, and be sure to have enough food and water for them. (In fact you can prepare kits for your pets to! Be sure to include, a package of food, water, a portable carrying cage, and anything else your pet would need in a safe, accessible place.)
Lastly, don't forget cash. Make sure to have cash in small bills such as ones, fives and tens. This is crucial in case ATM machines are disabled and banks are closed. Also, many convenience stores do not accept large bills.

If you live in an area prone to disasters that cause extended power outages seriously consider keeping a portable generator on hand. The generator should have a capacity of at least 5700-watts - this will power the whole house except central air-conditioning. If you have time to prepare, fill at least six, 5-gallon plastic gas containers with gasoline to power the generator. Gasoline is one of the first commodities to become scarce in an emergency - so plan ahead.
If you have room, consider adding something to heat water to your pack for hot beverages or instant add-water only foods (oatmeal, pasta, rice, etc). Don't forget waterproof matches, a camp stove, a pot, and possibly a can-opener.
Check out camping supply stores near your house or on the web for items and ideas. There are emergency supply kits that have the essentials of high-energy bars and water packs that you can buy that can help remove the guesswork from what to pack.
Make sure there are no leaky pipes, or any other fire hazards.
Have a place you know is safe to go during an earthquake
Lighting and info.: Consider purchasing self-powered radios and lights. The newer lights of this type use LEDs to conserve power and the radio will keep you informed of any complications, such as a fire, explosions following a quake, tornado. Also consider the purchase of light sticks as well. Candles are not a option if there are gas leaks, other flammable, explosive gas has been detected. If candles are used at all, they have to be watched, so that any fire danger can be mitigated, especially if children are present. Both the self-powered lights and self powered radios and light sticks may be found at the local Wal*Mart and Radio Shack.

If you have a generator, be sure it is installed properly. If it is feeding power back into the electrical grid outside of your home it could injure or kill utility workers who are attempting to restore power in your area.
If you are outside during an earthquake, stay away from poles and buildings, and lay flat, covering your head with your hands.
if you use candles, DON'T use them if there are gas leaks, explosive gases in the area, and IF you do, unless there is a gas leak, explosive gases, make sure it is placed SAFELY to AVOID FIRE, and watch them in case there are children around, so they do not get knocked over and start a fire. Get and use "Glow sticks" instead, use candles as a last resort for lighting needs. IF you smell gas, hear any "hissing noises" near you, especially around a gas line, DO NOT USE CANDLES.
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Drink More Water Everyday

There are a variety of reasons to drink plenty of water each day. Adequate water intake prevents dehydration, cleans out the body, and promotes healing processes. Substituting water for beverages high in calories can also help control weight. Follow the steps below to make sure you're getting enough of this most basic necessity.

Determine how much water you need. You've probably heard the "8 by 8" rule - drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (2 qts, 1.8 l) - but the amount of water a person needs varies depending on his or her weight and activity level. Another way to determine your specific recommended water intake is to divide your weight (in pounds) by two. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., strive to drink 75 ounces of water daily. For those who use the Metric system, divide your weight (in kilograms) by 30 (ex. somebody weighing 70 kg is going to need 2.3 litres per day). Keep in mind that these recommended intake numbers are controversial and some experts believe they are a gross exaggeration. See "warnings" below for more information.
Measure your daily intake of water. Do this for a few days. If you find that you're drinking less than the recommended quantity, try some of the following tips:
Carry water with you everywhere you go in a bottle or other container. Before long, you'll find yourself reaching for it without a second thought.
Keep a glass or cup of water next to you whenever you'll be sitting down for a long time, such as when you're at your desk at work. Drink from it regularly as you're working.
Try wearing a digital watch that beeps at the beginning of each hour. Use that as a reminder to pour yourself a glass of water. Vow to drink that water before the next beep. If you drink only one small (6 ounce or 180 ml) cup per hour, you'll have consumed 48 ounces (1.4 l) by the end of an 8-hour workday.
Get a water purification system. Purified water tastes very good and may help make drinking water more appealing to you. Be aware, though, that as you grow accustomed to purified water, you may find that tap water leaves a bad taste in your mouth, even though it may be better for your teeth.
  • Add lemons or limes to your water. This makes it taste better and makes you want to drink more of it. Be careful not to make it too sour, just a splash of sourness should do the trick. Cucumber slices can also be added to a glass of water. Some mint leaves can be added to a pitcher of water which should be allowed to sit overnight. These are cheap alternatives to the bottled flavored water.
    Eat water rich foods, such as fruits like watermelon, which is 92 % water by weight. Blend up some seedless fresh watermelon flesh with some ice and place a few sprigs of mint (optional) - one of the most refreshing drinks, especially for the summertime. Cranberry juice is also another option, and has a bitter taste. Patients suffering from urinary infection caused by insufficient intake of water should drink cranberry juice and eat watermelon if not plain water everyday. A tomato is 95% water. egg is about 74% water. An uncooked piece of lean meat is about 70% water.
    Keep water cold, it tastes better. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator at home. Add ice or freeze water in a sports bottle before taking it with you, it will eventually melt and be cold.
    Or another to drink water:
    Buy bottled water of your favorite brand (ie. Fiji, SmartWater, Evian, ect.) and drink it. When you're done with the bottle don't throw it away. Refill it with water at work or at home. When doing this, you trick your mind slightly into thinking that you're still drinking the expensive bottle of water you just bought. This method has been tested for a month and works well. Just make sure to wash the bottle with a baby bottle brush if you can or just buy a new bottle every week or two. Make sure to buy at least 1 to 1.5 liter bottle of water. It is worth it.

    Increasing your water intake may cause you to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. To avoid this, you may want to stop drinking water a few hours before bedtime--or make sure you visit the toilet before bed!
    While adequate water is essential to health, it is possible to drink too much water or any other beverage, and there has been considerable scientific debate surrounding how much water a person really needs per day. According to Snopes - http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp - the Los Angeles Times has reported that "Kidney specialists do agree on one thing, however: that the 8-by-8 (2 L) rule is a gross overestimate of any required minimum. To replace daily losses of water, an average-sized adult with healthy kidneys sitting in a temperate climate needs no more than one liter of fluid...the equivalent of about four 8-ounce (250 ml) glasses. According to most estimates, that's roughly the amount of water most Americans get in solid food. In short, though doctors don't recommend it, many of us could cover our bare-minimum daily water needs without drinking anything during the day."
  • lower legs (edema) need to avoid excess water. If you have a history of kidney problems, especially if you have had a transplant, consult your doctor before increasing your fluid intakes.
    You shouldn't drink too much water while eating as it dilutes your stomach acid and can cause digestion problems.
    If you live in a place with a lot of heat (e.g., the desert), you will have to drink extra water.
    It is possible to "overdose" on water. Water intoxication occurs when the electrolytes in the body are so diluted that they have trouble keeping the balance of water even inside and outside of individual cells. What that means is that drinking too much water (while not getting enough electrolytes) can cause your cells to burst. If you plan on doing heavy prolonged exercise, be sure to alternate sports drinks with regular water to keep your electrolytes in balance.
    Crystal Lite, Gatorade and other electrolyte drinks contain acetic acid which can increase rates of tooth decay. There is no real reason to drink electrolyte drinks unless you are heavily exercising (see above).
    Be aware that some elderly individuals with difficulty walking may avoid drinking adequate amounts of water, as they have difficulty transferring/walking to the bathroom. In such cases, a bedside commode may be useful. If you are caring for such an individual, encourage them to drink the necessary amount of water and reassure him/her that you can help them with the transfer to the commode.

    Money (If you buy bottled water)
    Determination (Don't give up)
    Counter (Keep up with how much you drink)
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    Destroy Sensitive Documents

    Every month you receive some kind of document with sensitive information on it. This could be a bank statement, credit card statement, pay stub, or a receipt. Throwing these things in the trash is not enough to keep them safe from prying eyes. Your sensitive information must be irreversibly destroyed.

    Determine if the document really needs to be destroyed and if it will be needed again.
    Determine what exactly is private information that you wouldn't want to be seen. More than likely you want to keep the document for your records, so it isn't always necessary to destroy the entire thing.
    Using a simple hole punch, cut out the sensitive areas into pieces of confetti. Half-moon shapes are best. If the confetti is all circles you didn't use enough punches.
    If any information you wish to destroy takes up a large area (requiring a lot of hole punches) or is not easily accessible with the hole punch, cut out the area using an Exacto Knife. Leave a little extra blank area on at least one side.
    Once the information is cut out simply burn away the offending piece of paper.
    Burning the paper with other pieces of scrap paper mixed in will mean that if by accident a part is not burnt the remains of the scrap paper mixed in will help confuse anyone who tries to read it.
    Find somewhere with a minimal amount of flammable material and little or no wind. Hold the pieces with a pair of pliers or some other tool so you don't have to hold it with your bare hands. This is also important since placing burning paper in a tray or pan doesn't provide proper airflow and most likely won't completely burn. Hold it by the extra blank area, because whatever part is pinched won't get burned.
    Once it is finished burning drop it in water (which will ensure it doesn't catch anything else on fire) or blow on it (assuming you don't mind bits of ash everywhere).

    Traditional shredders (that cut paper into strips) won't keep someone from putting it back together.
    If you frequently destroy sensitive documents, consider investing in a cross-cut shredder. They're more expensive, but they will save you time.
    Though time consuming, an eraser will rub off ink, usually by rubbing off the paper.
    When burning, paper ventilation is important, not only to avoid smoke inhalation but to ensure a full and proper burn.
    Most offices have paper shredders or record destruction services. Check with your office manager and see if you can bring in your own documents for destruction.
    As far as burning the pieces of paper, try using a cast-iron bathtub. Make sure that there is nothing in the bottom, such as plastic foot grips. This way, if it does somehow manage to get out of control, you have the tub with a ready supply of water.

    If using an Exacto Knife, be aware that the surface below the paper will be scratched. Not to mention Exacto Knifes are extremely sharp.
    As always, be careful when using fire.
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    Act at a Dinner Party

    This article will teach you the basic essentials of Dinner Party Etiquette. Read on to learn about good table manners that will help you through any formal or semi formal lunch party or dinner party. Here you will find tips on good table manners that will help you through any formal or semi formal lunch party or dinner party.

    Unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or fingers once seated. At the end of dinner,leave the napkin tidily on the place setting.
    Wait your turn for food. It is traditional to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen. Never start eating before a signal from the host to do so.
  • If there are lots of different sets of cutlery beside the plate, start at the outside and work in. If in doubt, have a look to see what the other guests are doing/using.
  • Hold the knife and fork with the handles in the palm of the hand, forefinger on top, and thumb underneath.
  • Whilst eating, rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have finished eating, place them side by side in the centre of the plate.
  • Try your food. In the event of being presented with a dish which you feel unable to eat, it is polite to at least make some attempt to do so. Or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate! It is quite acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate if you feel as though you have eaten enough. On the other hand, don’t attempt to leave your plate so clean that it looks as though you haven’t eaten in days!
  • Make polite conversation with those guests around you. Dinner parties are not just about the food, they are intended to be a sociable occasion.
  • Make a point of thanking the host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving.
  • Send a personal note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards thanking them for the pleasurable evening.

    • Always respond to an invitation within a week of receiving it.
    • Dress according to the recommended (if any) dress code. Never attempt to “out dress” the hostess!
    • Be punctual – never more than 10 minutes late.
    • If you wish to bring a guest as your partner, always check with the host first. If you are the one hosting the party and a guest of yours arrives with an unexpected friend, be polite & courteous with them, and speak with your inconsiderate guest at another time.
    • It is considered polite to take along a small gift for your host and hostess. Flowers, chocolates or champagne are always appreciated.
    • Forks should not be turned over unless being used for eating peas, sweetcorn kernels, rice or other similar foods. The fort should never be transfered to the right hand. However, at a casual buffet, or barbecue, it is quite acceptable to eat with just a fork.
    • Desserts may eaten with both a spoon and fork, or alternatively a fork alone if it is a cake or pastry style sweet.
    • Should a lady wish to be excused for the bathroom, it is polite for the gentlemen to stand up as she leaves the table, sit down again, and then stand once more when she returns.
    • Good dinner party etiquette sometimes involves a degree of diplomacy when it comes to the host’s choice of food and wine! Even if you feel that you can do better, don’t ever offer your criticism. If you feel unable to pay any compliments, at least remain silent on the subject.

      • It is not generally regarded as good dinner table etiquette to use one’s bread for dipping into soups or mopping up sauces.
      • Loud eating noises such as slurping and burping are very impolite.
      • Never talk with your mouth full.
      • Don’t ever stretch across the table crossing other guests to reach food, wine or condiments. Instead ask a guest sitting close to pass the item to you.
      • Picking teeth (unless toothpicks are provided) or licking fingers are very unattractive! The only exception to the latter is when eating meat or poultry on the bone (such as chicken legs or ribs). In which case, a finger bowl should be provided.
      • Never embarrass yourself by drinking too much wine. Where a different wine is served with each course, it is quite acceptable to not finish each glass.

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    File Catalogues From Potential Supliers Effieciently

    Catalogs can sure stack up. It seems like everyone has a product and everyone is eager to get the word out about it. How do you gain the upper hand on this stream of literature?

    Eliminate any catalogs that you don't need.
    Toss the older copies of any duplicates.
    Throw out anything that's irrelevant to your business. If you know your business buys its electronics and computers complete, you may never need to order a single resistor. If you don't have a factory floor to maintain, you don't need a floor sealant for it.
    Discard any sales literature that has more shine than content. You can't order anything from that glossy brochure that says what a great company they are, so don't keep it.
    Work with the purchasing department and anybody who specifies material for purchase (engineering, management, etc.) to establish an approved vendor list. These are companies or vendors that are central to your business. If you already have a purchasing database or even a stack of old purchase requisitions, look back through it. Vendors that your firm uses rarely or never and any vendors that have caused difficulties (late delivery, excessive fees) should go on the list only if they supply something you need but can't get elsewhere.
    As you order from each vendor again, make a point to add contact details to your database.
    Use your approved vendor list to cull the collection further. If you think you need to keep a catalog, ask whether the company who sent it belongs on the list.
    Date the catalogs you plan to keep and make a note on them (perhaps inside the front cover) if you use them.
    Periodically clean out the collection, removing anything that has not been used in a long time and anything that is so out of date as to be incorrect.
    Set aside a space for the rest. Stake out a bookcase or filing cabinet.
    Consolidate. It might be helpful for each person to have a copy of catalogs that are used very frequently. For all the rest, could the entire department share a shelf, library-style?
    • Catalogs can get heavy, so be sure to choose a sturdy shelf.
      Choose a filing scheme, and go for simplicity. Alphabetically by manufacturer or supplier is probably not a bad choice, since there's only one way to arrange them. For a larger collection, you may wish to divide catalogs into broad categories (for instance office supplies versus parts for your products). Label the shelves with what these categories are, so that you and your coworkers don't have to guess where to put them back.
      Tidy up the library occasionally, especially if several people are using it.
      Get fresh copies of catalogs you use frequently. Simply mention it to the salesperson the next time you talk to him or her.

      Use the web. Many websites have up-to-the-minute information about product offerings and even prices, no paper involved.
      Do not feel guilty about discarding a catalog, especially if it arrived unsolicited. If you don't need it, you don't need it.
      Ask to be removed from mailing lists for any literature you receive repeatedly but don't use.
      If your department or office moves, think twice about which catalogs you haul along. Don't worry. There will be more along shortly, and you can almost always get a new copy if you find you really did use it.

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