Monday, August 15, 2016

10 Tips to Make Replacing a Kitchen Faucet Simple

The necessity to replace a kitchen faucet may occur for many different reasons. Your old sink may simply be worn out or outdated and you need to buy a new one to replace it. Another reason that someone may need to replace a kitchen faucet is if they’re remodeling the kitchen and simply want to upgrade to a newer, better and more attractive faucet. Whatever the reason, if you’re replacing your kitchen faucet and have chosen to complete the project yourself, there is no reason to feel overwhelmed, as with patience and care, the project can go very smoothly. By following the tips below, you can make replacing your kitchen faucet a breeze, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, says Travis Lawson, “Family Handyman” with Reader’s Digest Magazine.

Tip # 1 – Make sure that you have everything you need prior to beginning the project. Even having a helper to assist in case you need anything extra is a good idea.

Tip # 2 – Prior to disconnecting the drains and pipes, it might be a good idea to take an instant snapshot or make a sketch so you’ll know how to hook everything back up.

Tip # 3 – Make sure you’re comfortable and the edge of the cabinet isn’t pressing into your skin before you get started. You don’t want to spend the next hour or two in misery.

Tip # 4 – Replacing your faucet while your local hardware store is open is a good idea in case you need another part for some reason.

Tip # 5 – Make sure that you have a bucket or pail nearby to catch any water from the pipes once everything is unhooked.

Tip # 6 – Don’t completely disconnect the water supply lines unless you’re replacing the lines as well. You should disconnect them from the faucet only.

Tip # 7 – Having a solution of 50 % vinegar and 50% water handy for cleaning off any buildup from the old sink is a good idea. Be sure to have a scrub pad handy as well.

Tip # 8 – After your new faucet has been installed, it’s a good idea to flush out any debris that may have accumulated in the lines.

Tip # 9 – If you’re replacing a sink for the very first time, you might have a lot less difficulty if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions step-by-step instead of trying to guess. It will save on time and frustration.

Ti p# 10 – Don’t forget to turn off either the water supply to the sink or the main water supply. Otherwise you’ll end up becoming soaked.

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10 Tips for Road Trips

The road trip was the way I spent many vacations during college. A good friend of mine and I would load up his car, pick a direction (South), and a time frame (a week), and hit the road with no more of a plan than that. We’d drive half the time in the direction we picked then turn around and drive back a different way. Some of the best stories of my college experience came from those road trips.

As an adult, my road trips more often than not have actual destinations, whether it’s driving to the in-laws for the holidays or vacationing in Maine for the week. Still, many of the road trip rules I held to in college apply. Here are 10 of the best road trip rules, whether you’re wondering aimlessly or driving with a purpose.

#1 Eat Local

When my family went on vacation when I was a kid, my parents would never let us eat anywhere that we could eat at home. I whole-heartedly endorse this rule for road trips. Don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in the culture you’re traveling to, and I don’t just mean by eating at the Huddle House in the south and Friendly’s in the northeast. When you’re on a road trip, try to find someplace to eat that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Once, on a road trip through North Carolina, we stumbled on a place called Butts on the Creek Barbecue. It was the best barbecue I’ve had to this day – with sweet potato pie and fried corn on the cob as sides. I’ll probably never be able to find the place again, but we would have missed the experience entirely if we’d decided to go to Wendy’s instead.

#2 Stay Local

Again, what’s the point of driving across the country if you’re going to sleep in a room that is the same anywhere you go in the country? The Holiday Inn 3000 miles from me is the same as the Holiday Inn down the street. That’s fine if that’s what you want, but a road trip is about adventure, trying new things, and learning about new places and people. If you can, on a road trip, stay with locals. If you have friends or family in the area willing to lend you their couch for the night, you’re set. You can also try hostels, although the U.S. hostels aren’t nearly as nice as the European ones. Another great way to get the feel for a place on a road trip is to go camping. It’s cheap and there are National and State Parks all across the country. For the price of a National Parks Pass and $20 or so a night, you can have easy lodging anywhere you stop on your road trip.

#3 Pack Sound-Smart

This is a road trip tip from my dad and his annual fishing excursion to Canada. That little rattle might not be a big irritation to begin with, but 4 hours or 4 days into your road trip, and you’ll be going crazy. Pack in a way that does not allow things to rattle, ping, or make any other sound as you’re driving.

#4 Pack Realistically

Road trips are about adventure (and possibly getting somewhere specific). Who knows where the road might lead? Honestly, you do. Even if you’re setting off on a completely spontaneous, unplanned road trip, you have some idea of what you might get into. As tempting as it is to throw everything you own into the back of the car, you probably won’t actually use your Elvis costume, and you’ll get sick of pushing past it to find your tooth brush every day. This road trip rule applies to golf clubs, scuba gear, and quilting projects, as well. Chances are, unless it’s the specific purpose of the road trip, you aren’t going to need it. A good rule of thumb is this: If you haven’t used it in 6 months at home, you’re not going to use it in 6 days on the road.

#5 About Food

Road trip food can be tricky. You want to eat out and try new things, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner at restaurants will drive up the cost of your road trip faster than you can get out of town. Here’s what we poor college kids did to keep our road trips on a budget. We packed food for breakfast and lunch. Use simple food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or cooked and can be eaten in the car. A loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter work great. We also got cereal, like Frosted Mini Wheats, that could be eaten all by itself. Pretzels, raisins, and small snack foods are best for road trips, because you don’t have to stop and take the time to make a meal. After snacking lightly all day, we would stop for a sit-down dinner.

#6 Driving Shifts

Whether your road trip is one of spontaneous adventure or specific destination (or both), who’s driving when needs to be one thing that is strictly planned. If everyone on the trip is good for long term driving, I suggest no one drive for more than three hours at a time. This means that you’ll be stopping to switch just before the driver feels burnt out on driving, which means that driver will feel better about getting behind the wheel later on. If more than two people are on this road trip, the person riding shotgun has the responsibility of staying awake, keeping the driver awake, and navigating.

#7 Stay off the Interstate

That is, unless you’re trying to get somewhere specific. If you’re goal is to get from Indiana to your destination in Maine as quickly and painlessly as possible, by all means, take the interstates. If you don’t have a destination in mind besides the road itself, then, as they say, get your kicks on Route 66. Driving local highways, or even local roads, is the best way to find out what’s really out there. Not everybody advertises like Rock City. Ever been to Hannibal, Missouri? Not if you stick to the interstates, you haven’t. And you’d miss all the Mark Twain memorabilia, Mississippi River views, and quaint shops like The Open Book that the little town has to offer.

#8 Take an Atlas

You would not believe how close we were to not taking an atlas on our first road trip. Honestly, the day we left, we just happened to stop by the library, because one of us had to drop off books, and we spontaneously decided to check one out for the trip. Atlases are essential tools for road trips, not just because of the detailed maps – which I will take any day over a GPS unit. Most atlases will also have special features like guides to local festivals, “Best of the Road” suggestions of road trips, etc. My third road trip in college found us canoeing at the Okifenoke Swamp in southern Georgia, which we would never had known existed if not for the atlas.

#9 Carry a Quarter

You know that country song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” Take it to heart. The turning point of my second road trip found us in mid-south Tennessee with the road forking around a great lake. Were we to go north or south? It didn’t overmuch matter, so we flipped a coin. And that’s how we ended up in Athens, Alabama – I have the t-shirt to prove it. The point is, don’t let logic get in the way too much on your spontaneous road trip. Let chance have its say, and see where it takes you.

#10 Have Fun Wherever You Are

Wherever you find yourself on a road trip, find the fun that is to be had there. Once my friend and I pulled off the road to check out the Cathedral Caverns, but balked at the $12 admission price. Instead, we spent 2 hours in the gift shop playing checkers. In Chattanooga, we went to see the train, but instead found a brilliant storyteller cleverly disguised as a gift-shop attendant. On a road trip to Northern Michigan in what we thought was spring (late March), we found everything closed for the season, and so contented ourselves with sunsets on isolated beaches instead. There is fun to be had wherever your road trip takes you.

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10 Tips for Organizing the Sickroom for the Caregiver

Many of us today will end up being either the full time or part time caregiver for a loved one who needs special care. To help care for the patient you will probably have to convert a bedroom (or another room) into a sickroom. Here are some tips for how you can organize the sickroom to help keep it clutter free, easier for multiple caregivers to use efficiently, and facilitate the house bound patient’s independence.

Sickroom Organization Tip #1: Remove any unnecessary furniture
When sitting up the sickroom, think carefully about each piece of furniture and what its purpose is. The less items in the room that the patient can trip over the better. You certainly don’t want any area rugs that might slip or slide on a wooden floor.

Sickroom Organization Tip #2: Arrange the furniture with support in mind
Your patient probably has difficulty walking and may fall without support. Consider organizing the furniture in such a way that the patient can walk from place to place with support if necessary. If the patient spends most of his time in bed or in a favorite armchair, put a walker or cane close by for easy access.

Sickroom Organization Tip #3: Provide a cordless phone
Though they are becoming less common, some people still have the traditional land line phone with the cord. This can be a tripping hazard. Make sure to replace this with a cordless model or provide your patient with a cell phone within easy reach, say on a nightstand by the bed. If your patient will be spending any time alone in the house, even temporarily, it is important he has a way to call for help if necessary.

Sickroom Organization Tip #4: Plug in a night-light
If your patient might need to get up at night for any reason it is important that he has at least minimal light in order to see.

Sickroom Organization Tip #5: Make sure you have good lighting
Every area of the sickroom should have good lighting, either overhead or with a lamp, that is easy to turn on and off. This is not only for the patient (inadequate light can cause depression and increase the likelihood of a fall), but also for the caregiver and others that are responsible for keeping the room clean and clutter free.

Sickroom Organization Tip #6: Organize the dresser with the caregiver in mind
As the caregiver you probably have several kinds of items you need regular access to. Consider using the top two drawers of the patient’s dresser for these kind of items: nightgowns, underwear, incontinence pads, fresh bedding.

Sickroom Organization Tip #7: Get a bed with side rails
If you can afford to get a new bed for your patient, consider getting one with side rails. Side rails can help prevent falls, but they are also useful in keeping the bed looking neat and tidy. Blankets and sheets are less likely to pull apart with the side rails in place making it easier to remake the bed later.

Sickroom Organization Tip #8: Provide a cooler or small refrigerator nearby
If the patient is bedridden, it will be difficult for him to walk to the kitchen to get a cold drink or snack. To help with this problem and to increase the patient’s independence consider providing a cooler or even a small college dorm style refrigerator for the sickroom. You can fill this with cold beverages and snack food and put it close to the bed on a table, chair, or nightstand.

Sickroom Organization Tip #9: Keep bath items in the basin
If as the caregiver you are going to be giving your patient bed or sponge baths, you don’t need to worry about making some special storage area to store all your bathing supplies (soap, sponges, towels, shampoo, etc.). All these can be stored right in the large basin you use for baths. When not in use, the basin can be tucked away in a closet or nightstand.

Sickroom Organization Tip #10: Store essentials either in a handy sack or on a tray
Your patient will have several essential items that both the patient and caregivers will need to have easy access to. These can include things like medications, inhalers, and the phone. How you choose to store and organize these essentials is up to you. Some caregivers like to use a sack or tote that can be hung from a chair or on a walker or from a hook by the bed. Other caregivers prefer to use a tray because the items are out in the open and readily identified. This also makes it easier to know when certain items may be running low and need to be restocked. The key is to keep all essential items together and easily found, rather than scattered all around the room.


Lori Baird (editor). Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff

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10 Tips for Saving Money and Energy in the Laundry Room

If you are looking at innovative ways to slash costs, your laundry room is a great place to start. It’s here where families lose hundreds of dollars a year in wasted energy and unneeded laundry additives.

Just like other major appliances such as refrigerators and oven, clothes washers and dryers consume lots of energy. Based on average electrical cost, a hot water wash in the washing machine will cost about 43 cents a load. A clothes dryer is even worse at 50 cents per load. For a family washing seven loads of laundry a week, the monthly cost just in electrical alone adds a whopping $312 a year to a power bill.

If saving money is your resolution for 2011, here are 10 great ways to lower your energy consumption and save on costs.

1. Switch to cold water washes and save up to $10 a month. Except for grimey kids clothes, most clothes will wash up nicely in cold water. Cold water washes cost about 4 cents a load which is a savings of 39 cents compared to a hot water wash. You will also discover like I did that cold water washes stops fading.

2. Stop using the clothes dryer and save $15 a month. Hanging up laundry to dry is free, extends the life of your clothing, and eco-friendly. Our family uses a clothes line or indoor drying rack to dry our laundry year round. Don’t like the stiffness of line dried clothes? Toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften the wrinkles before hanging them up to dry.

3. Dump the additives and save up to $10 a month. All you really need to clean your laundry is a box of laundry detergent and Borax for tough stains. Borax is a natural laundry booster that brightens brightens, whitens whites, and disinfects without the need of harsh chemicals.

4. Change your fabric softener and save $8 a month. Instead of fabric softener, add a ½ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle for softening clothes the natural way.

5. Shelf the spray starch and save between $2-$10 a month. For ironing everyday clothes, plain water in a spray bottle is a cheap way to press out the wrinkles. If you need spray starch for dress shirts, mix up one tablespoon of cornstarch and two cups of cold water in a pump sprayer, shake until the cornstarch has dissolved, and use just like the store bought starch.

6. Be willing to experiment with different laundry detergents for a savings of up to $7 a month. When it comes to prices, laundry detergents are all over the map. I experimented with several major brands until discovering that powdered Purex worked just as well as the name brands for about ¼th of the price.

7. Read the measuring cup and save between $3-$10 a month. When it comes to detergent, more is not necessarily better. Instead of automatically throwing a full scoop of detergent into every load, read the instructions to determine just how much detergent is really needed for amount of laundry being washed.

8. Make your own stain remover for a savings of up to $5 a month. We discovered that a dab of Dawn dishwashing soap and a soft toothbrush does a fantastic job of lifting stains.

9. Run full loads only for a savings of up to $5-$10 a month. You’ll use the same amount of power whether you are washing a full load of clothes or a mini load. For items that must be washed separately, wash them by hand instead.

10. Buy Energy Star rated washing machine for savings of $135 a year.. When it comes time to update that old washer, it’s worth the extra cost to purchase an Energy Star rated appliance for even more energy savings. Energy Star washing machines use half the water and 1/3 of the electricity of older (pre 2001) machines, and may also be eligible for rebates through your local power company.

More content from this contributor:
Who needs dryer balls?
The bleaching power of the sun.
How to use clothes drying racks effectively.


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10 Tips on How to Get Over Your First Love Break Up

Getting over a first love is probably one of the hardest and most painful things you have done so far in your life. First loves usually occur to people in their late teens to their 20s. It is especially hard because it is usually with someone you thought you would eventually marry. It is the person who showed you what falling in love feels like. It is the person you spent most of your time with, the one you shared your most intimate secrets with, and whom you trusted with your heart. That is why breaking up will feel like the world really is going to end and that you will never feel happy again. Here are some useful tips on how to get over them.

1. You both broke up for a reason so do not try to get back together if it really is over. While they may never be replaced, remember that things happen for a reason. Love alone will not make a relationship work or make problems go away.

2. Do not keep reminiscing of the good times. You must remember the bad because ultimately those are the reasons why the relationship did not work. Write down qualities that you did not like about your partner or your relationship and review them if you ever feel like you miss them and want to get back together.

3. You must cut off all communication with your ex. This is going to be one of the hardest things because they went from your best friend to no one, or so it seems. However, in order to move on, there should be no communication whatsoever. Doing so will only prolong the healing process and put you in further unnecessary heartache. Give the relationship a break for at least 6 months.

4. Never hook up with your ex. You will end up where you started and all the progress you made on trying to forget about them will be lost.

5. Remember that you will love again. It probably seems impossible at first, but it’s not. Ask anyone older you know that has moved on and found someone else. They will tell you that you will find someone that will be greater than your first love, just like they did.

6. Turn to family and friends for help. Do not face this alone as it is going to be extremely difficult. Go to them for advice and comforting.

7. Do not try to find out how your ex is doing if you are in the healing process. It will only make you feel worse to hear things like they have not talked about you. Or if you know they have been talking about you, it will make it even harder.

8. Try to spend as much time with loved ones. Although it is good to have time to yourself, you will most likely be thinking about your ex during alone times. Try to go out as much as you can even if you do not feel like it because it will make you feel better.

9. Keep your head up. Be strong and do things that make you feel good about yourself like going to the gym, getting a haircut or buying some new clothes.

10. Remember that it is only going to get worse before it gets better, but it will get better.

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10 Tips for Parenting Long Distance

Some parents are miles away from their children, but you can still be a wonderful parent from long distance. It is always a good idea to keep communication going with your children. Here are ten tips for parenting long distance.

1. You can e-mail each other daily via the Internet. You can always keep in touch with each other each day so you two will look forward to each others emails each day. This is something that will help make a child smile and be happy during the entire day.

2. You can send free electronic cards to each other through the Internet. This is cheaper than sending a regular card through the regular mail. The Internet has a variety of free cards available on the Internet. These are great for birthdays along with other holidays or cards simply just because you are thinking about each other.

3. You can do see each other on web cameras via the Internet. You can see each other via web cam for free. It is like taking to each other in face to face so it is almost like you are right next to each other. This ia great way to talk to each other whenever you miss not seeing each other face to face.

4. You can send books to your children regarding subjects that they are interested in. If they are playing baseball or cheerleading then you can send them books regarding that subject. Almost all children enjoy books. It will also help encourage them to read on a regular basis.

5. You can help your children with their homework through the Internet. This is a great way to spend some quality time together while learning new information at the same time.

6. You can talk on the phone to each other daily with the all new cheap long distance services available. You can even get your children a prepaid cell phone with unlimited long distance on night and weekends.

7. You can play online games on the Internet with each other. Many places on the Internet have free games that you can play for hours. This is another way to spend quality time together without spending a large amount of money while you both have fun at the same time.

8. You can send little packages with candy and other treats in it to your children. They will love it when they recieve a package with a few of their favorite candy and perhaps a toy in it too.

9. You can send scrapbooks to each other with pictures of each other. This is a great way to make each feel better about when you miss each other sometimes.

10. You can each other pictures on a CD. This is another great way to keep pictues of each other forever. Another option is sending pictures to each other as a attachment through e-mail.

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10 Tips for Teaching Kids Responsibility for Homework

Parents teaching kids responsibility for homework can be quite a difficult challenge during school each year sometimes. There is sometimes often late nights spent doing homework that should of been completed hours prior. Here are ten tips for teaching kids responsibility for homework.

1. Let them know that they are expected to get good grades in school. It is important for them to learn and know the proper information in each subject every year otherwise they will probably struggle with higher levels of school later on in life. You can always hire a tutor or have another student help them with their homework in order to help them learn the subject better and also help improve grades at the same time.

2. Have them do their homework each day around the same time. You want them to stay on track of working on their homework on a regular basis during the week. Let them know that doing their homework is the most important to do before anything else. It is a good idea to have them do homework as soon as possible after school so they have more free time afterwards.

3. You can reward them for doing their homework. The reward can be given to them on the weekend or after a certain school day. This will help them feel better about doing homework. They will appreciate the reward and also getting a better grade in school each report card. Talk to the kids to ask them which rewards that they would be interested in each week. After you generate enough ideas then you can decide when they receive the reward each week.

4. Make sure to check their homework. If you let them know that you will check their homework each day then they won’t be able to lie to you about it. You will know for a fact that it is complete or not. You need to check on kids to make sure that the complete their homework. You can even help them with their homework if you have enough time each day. It will make them more eager to complete their homework since they know that you check it to make sure it is done.

5. Make sure to ask their teacher if the kids has been turning in their homework. Sometimes kids don’t turn in homework for various reasons . You want to keep track to make sure that the homework has been turned in to the teachers in every subject. You don’t want them to hide homework from the teachers. Some students feel that certain science projects or art projects or various homework isn’t good enough or they are scared that they might receive a bad grade on it.

6. Teach the kids to always ask for the teacher for any extra assignments in order to earn extra credit in a class. This is another way that the student can improve his or her grade by doing extra homework. Some teachers have extra credit assignments available for whoever asks about it.

7. Offer a extra reward for excellent grades on homework. This is another thing that will motivate the kids to do better on homework. It will encourage them to accomplish more. They will love the idea of being able to earn a extra reward for doing a good job on a homework assignment.

8. Let the kids know that you will go to every parent teacher conference that the school has. This will let them know that they can’t slack off in school and will encourage them to work even more. You want them to know that you are serious about them doing well in school and also making sure that do their homework each day.

9. Tell the kids that they are always welcome to talk to you about any problems that they might have in school. Let them know that it is okay for them to talk to you about any problems that they might have with any teachers. You want them to know that you care about their school.

10. Offer to help them with any science projects or any other school related projects. You want them to know that you are interested in helping them. This will help feel better. They won’t be as stressed over school projects as much.

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10 Tips to Get Through Your Contested Divorce

Cool it

Keep your cool and do not over react. Even if you feel like the world is coming to an end, many people have gotten through, survived and even flourished after a divorce. Losing your temper is a bad thing to do when you’re in the middle of a divorce. Do not file false orders of protection to further your case, and do not cause someone to be able to file an order of protection against you.

Get Counseling

Even if your marriage is over, get counseling for yourself. Counseling will help you deal with the emotional issues you’re experiencing as well as help you with keeping your cool.

Silence is golden

If you can’t say something nice, just say nothing. Your mom was right. Now that you’re getting a divorce rehashing old wounds is over. Let it go, be quiet, and move on. On this note, if you both have attorneys, do not speak to the opposing counsel yourself. Let your attorney do it. If your spouse is representing himself, refer him to your attorney. Allow the lawyers to discuss the legal issues so that you both can concentrate on parenting.

Act with integrity

No matter what reason you’re getting a divorce, try to act with the highest amount of integrity that you have. Lying, sneaking, and illegal activities will get you no where. Now that you’re involved in a divorce you will have to answer to everything you say or do. Assume everything you say is being recorded, and everything you do is being noted.

Honesty is the best policy

Always tell your attorney everything even if it puts you in a bad light. Do not make up stories about your ex to make him look worse. Just tell the truth. Most states have no fault divorce now so the why of divorce is not going to matter much anyway. So, even if the divorce is your fault, just tell the truth. Your attorney cannot represent you well if she isn’t aware of the circumstances. The truth will come out, so she may as well know it going in.

Keep children out of it

Do not talk to your children about your divorce case. Do not show your children divorce documents, or in any way talk badly about the other parent within their ear shot. Don’t so much as roll your eyes or grimace at the mention of his name. This is your child’s parent. If asked, you tell the children that you both love them and that this is an adult issue, between the two of you. You say this no matter how you feel. In this matter, your feelings are irrelevant.

Record everything

Create a notebook, or use a calendar to notate every visitation, parenting time, phone call, or conflict . Notate things without emotion or commentary. Keep any correspondence, emails, letters, phone records. Realize that it depends on what state you live in whether you can actually record phone conversations or not. If it is illegal, it would be best not to do that. If you chose to go this route, please do keep it from your children. Do not forget the tip above.

Digitize it

Take digital photos of everything you own and organize it by his, mine and ours. Provide this to your attorney. Include your cars, jewelry, home, even your washer and dryer.

Prove it

If you make an accusation about something make sure you can back this up with third party evidence. Otherwise there is no point in making the accusation. If you cannot prove it, just let it go.

Be real

Sometimes it is easy to get carried away with demands during a divorce. Be realistic in your demands. If you are asking for a lot of money each month, or all the property, consider the other side’s view for a moment. Your ex spouse has a right to live a good life after divorce just as you do. Divorce court is not the place to act out your revenge fantasies. You’re not going to get even in court. More than likely if you’re unrealistic you will get a lot less in court than what you would have gotten in an agreed settlement.

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10 Tips for Selecting the Right Contact Lenses

Contact lenses usually have a dual purpose, to improve vision and looks. Over the years the the availability of contact lens has increased so greatly that today there are a wide variety of to choose from. Now it is even possible to buy contact lenses online. Because the field is highly competitive, with so many manufacturers and suppliers vying for a big chunk of the market, it is possible get contact lenses at a good discount. However with so many types and qualities of contact lenses available, it becomes necessary for the buyers to know how to choose the right contact lens. The eyes are most precious and one cannot afford to make any mistakes when using products for them. The following guidelines will help you in choosing the right contact lenses and avoid some costly mistakes.

1. Before even venturing to buy contact lenses you must get your eyes thoroughly checked up by a qualified eye care professional who should be provided with your detailed medical history. Find out from the eye care professional whether contact lenses will suit you or not. Always make sure that your contact lens prescription is current.

2. Find out whether contact lenses suit your lifestyle or not. If you lead a very busy life and have to rush around a lot or if you are engaged in contact sports like wrestling contact lenses may not suit you. Contact lenses may cause allergies or irritation in some people. In all such cases discuss the matter with your eyecare professional and find out whether you should avoid using contact lenses.

3. Before finalizing about a purchase first educate yourself about the various types of contact lenses available and find out the ones that are comfortable durable and safe. Find out about the experiences of others. Various types of contact lenses available include hard , soft, rigid gas permeable, disposable and extended wear contact lenses. Find out about them and select the ones that suit you.

4. The internet has a number of good resources about contact lenses. Read articles and visit the sites of various manufacturers to find out about eye care and contact lens. Each state has its own rules about the validity of contact lens prescriptions, so you can visit your states official site to find out what your the prescription regulations are. The FDA and CDC sites also have some good information.

5. Purchasing and maintaining contact lenses can be quite expensive. Discuss the matter with other contact lens users to find out about the recurring expenses and whether overall you can afford them.

6. Do some comparative shopping of the various sources to get an idea about the price ranges. Find out about various manufacturers and the prices they offer. Buying online is usually cheaper. It is no longer necessary to buy contact lenses from your eyecare professional but the seller will need your prescription because it is illegal to sell contact lenses over the counter.

7. If you are already using contact lenses beware of attempts to substitute your current brand. There is difference in the water content and shape between different brands. Thus make sure that a different brand will really suit you before going for a change of brand. Be sure to buy lens cleaning and storage products of good quality and as recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure of expiry dates of the products you buy and that their seals are intact.

8. Make sure that the contact lenses you buy really fit the prescription provided by your doctor. As defined by FTC regulations, the prescription must contain sufficient information for the seller to accurately and completely fill the prescription. Make sure that this is done. Check that the power is correct after you wear them.

9. Ask for the manufacturer’s written information for your contact lens at the time of purchase. It will contain instructions for use as well as risk-benefit information about the lens. Read the instructions about how to use and care for them properly.

10. Always obtain a receipt for the purchase as well as a guarantee. If you think that you have received incorrect contact lens, get it checked by your eyecare professional and don’t accept substitutions without his or her approval.

Buying and maintaining contact lenses can be expensive and hence your decision to buy them should be well thought out. As they will be used on the eyes you cannot afford to take any risks.

Sources: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) & Center For Disease Control (CDC)

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10 Tips: How to Sew Leather

When it comes to sewing leather, you’ve got a ton of choices from the thickness of the leather to whether you hand sew or use a machine. Every choice you make dictates changes in how to go about sewing your leather items. Here are 10 tips to help make your leather sewing adventures as easy as possible.

Sewing Leather Tip #1: When you are piecing together your pattern before sewing, don’t use pins to secure leather pieces in place. Rather, use binder clips to avoid marking the leather if you are hand sewing and the added bulk won’t get in the way. A hand stapler will work if you are machine sewing your leather pieces and the holes will disappear in the seam allowance… just make sure not to stitch over a staple!

Sewing Leather Tip #2: If you hand sew your leather items, you will need a specific needle designed for hand sewing that has three super sharp edges to the point. It comes in three sizes depending upon the thickness of the leather you choose and will help you to more easily pierce the fabric.

Sewing Leather Tip #3: Depending upon how thick the leather is, you may want to use an awl or a rotary punch to poke holes in the leather where you want to stitch before you begin hand sewing. If you want to use laces to cinch up two leather pieces, an awl or rotary punch will be necessary to make the lacing holes.

Sewing Leather Tip #4: If you don’t have an awl and the leather is thick, you can use a pair of pliers to push the needle through the leather as you sew.

Sewing Leather Tip #5: To best secure seams, make sure that they are wide and that you reinforce them on the edges with a pinning (aka, whip or running) stitch.

Sewing Leather Tip #6: Sewing leather with a sewing machine also requires a special needle for the fabric. This, too, has a three sided point like the hand needle created for the same purpose.

Sewing Leather Tip #7: If binder clips will get in the way of machine sewing leather and you’re sewing a seam where staple holes would be visible if used, you can opt for rubber cement or glue to hold the seam in place until you can secure the seam with a machine stitch.

Sewing Leather Tip #8: Use the lightest foot pressure and thread tension possible and set your stitch length as wide as possible when machine sewing leather. Because leather is so thick, it is more likely to break otherwise.

Sewing Leather Tip #9: Avoid ironing leather to set the seams or finish the project. Instead, set the piece under heavy books or between two boards in a vise. Rubber cement and a mallet may work for the corners and other difficult details.

Sewing Leather Tip #10: Embellish your leather items with spikes and studs-no sewing required! Simply mark a pattern for the design on the leather with chalk or imprinting the spike/ stud prongs on the leather, then precut holes for the prongs using a craft knife. Insert the studs and spikes and flatten on the underside of your leather item.


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10 Tips to Get Your Start-up Off and Running

The starter’s pistol has gone off, the rest of the field has taken off, and you’re still frozen in a kneeling position, head down and bracing for the race to begin. As your fellow competitors race to the finish line, you rise slowly and try to convince yourself that this race was not really for you. You console yourself by saying that the risks were too great and ask yourself such self-doubting questions as, “What if I had fallen?” or “What if I’d started and couldn’t finish?” and “Who was I kidding? I had no business even thinking about entering that race.”

Starting a business is very much like running a race: Preparation and practice are key success factors. The following 10 tips, framed in the context of getting physically prepared for a race, might help you overcome the hurdles that entrepreneurs are sure to encounter on the road to startup.

1. “Pump” up your attitude. Think positive. Think of the optimistic outcomes and find a way to stay focused on your goal of starting a business. Put negative thoughts and self-doubt about your abilities and your potential aside, and surround yourself with energetic and supportive people. Even without realizing it, you may be dampening your own enthusiasm, procrastinating and eventually sabotaging your own efforts because of your self-doubts. Stop second-guessing yourself and, at all costs, stay away from negative people who are just waiting for you to trip and fall and watch your start-up fail.

2. “Rejuvenate” your affiliations. Your goal is to connect with people who want to support you and are willing to help you in the lean times. Affiliate with others who are in similar stages of startup and are also trying to build their own businesses. Find new alliances by joining professional and civic organizations and seeking out successful people you want to model. Locate organizations in your own community where other entrepreneurs get together and support each other–your local chamber is a great place to start. These affiliations can not only lead to advice and networking connections, but are a great source of potential clients.

3. “Firm” up your future. Assess and mitigate the risks. Risks can only become surprises if you avoid honest self-evaluation up front. Keep in mind that risks can’t be mitigated if they’re not acknowledged. So do all the legwork required to shore up your plans ahead of time. As you create your plans, consider both your short-term and long-term goals. Think about business growth and all the ramifications of your need for cash or talent to help you grow. Contact an expert at your local Small Business Development Center ( to review your plans with you. Have someone help you with your pro-forma financials to make sure your cash flow will remain adequate to execute your dream.

4. “Flex” your creative muscles. Think creatively about how you’ll get your products in front of people. Think about imaginative ways you can tip the scales in your favor. Start a “Creativity Cluster” of others who are looking for new and innovative ideas to bring products to market or get their ideas out into the marketplace. Get inspired by reading about creative and innovative companies and how they’ve succeeded, and learn about the practices that differentiate them from others. Keep thinking about new ways to do things that will keep your organization efficient.

5. “Supplement” your credentials. Work with advisors and small-business centers to add to your knowledge and skill set. You might have an excellent idea and may be really skilled in one or two areas but, like all of us, have some blind spots. Although entrepreneurs are known to multitask really well, they’ll readily admit there are pieces of the business they hate. Investigate your local community colleges to see if they offer entrepreneurship classes for business owners. Local organizations also sometimes schedule classes and workshops designed to help you supplement your credentials in the areas of marketing, budgeting, funding, technology, operations and financial management. If you’re not reading business journals or articles like, or, you’re also missing opportunities to increase your knowledge. Also think about forming a small business advisory group of experts in those areas where their knowledge can supplement your own.

6. “Buff and polish” your ideas. Like most of us, you’ve probably scribbled an idea down and then lost the paper you might have written it on, only to hear later about some other business owner executing “your” idea. A great way to refine your great ideas and really flesh them out is to write them down in a place where you can find them at any given moment. There’s no time like the present to start your “startup journal.” This can either be in the form of a good old spiral-bound notebook or something more sophisticated. There are any number of tools on the market that will help you keep track of important notes and milestones as you move forward and develop your ideas. These ideas can eventually be rolled up into your business plan, which will become the roadmap for your business.

7. “Reshape” your perspective. As you begin writing down your thoughts and ideas, don’t give up just because you find you need to make changes. This is normal! As a future successful entrepreneur, you can’t afford to become functionally fixed on any one way of doing things. Factors influencing your decisions, including the environment, new technology, your budget or your time, are always shifting, and you might find you’ll have to tweak your ideas to make them work. It may be that you’d been looking at one market segment and now realize that for whatever reason, you might want to focus on a new target market. This does not mean giving up–it means reshaping your perspective.

8. “Align” your dreams with reality. Discovering and clarifying what you really want to do as an entrepreneur is key to your future success. If you don’t know what you love to do, then your dreams should remain just that–dreams. Successful people do what they love. Dreaming about owning your own business but not exploring who you are and what you love to do won’t help you move closer to the reality of successful entrepreneurship. Let’s say your dream is to start an organizing business. But then you find out that there are several competitors in your region. This doesn’t mean you should abandon the idea–it means you need to think creatively about your marketing plan and how you plan to differentiate your business from the competition.

9. “Chart” your performance. Keeping track of your individual successes and milestones is fundamental to your overall success. So set goals for yourself and your business, and chart your progress. Revisit your plans to make sure you’re on target. If you’re not, evaluate why and make corrections to get back on track. Many business owners forget the importance of setting measurable goals against which to benchmark progress and modifying those goals based on real-life performance.

10. “Map” the future. The results of several recent studies show that people who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them and that people who visualize success have a better chance of actually being successful. The success of your business depends on preparation, practice and planning. Create a vision for what your company should look like, and create a map to get there. The great thing about the map is that although it doesn’t guarantee where you’ll end up, it gives you the courage to start the journey.

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10 Tips and Strategies: Using EBay Fees & EBay Listings

What goes along with your possibility of making sales on eBay ? The associated fees. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. There is a cost to having eBay’s community see your products, but that’s a lot better than trying to find the sellers yourself. Below are some pointers and strategies that we have used ourselves to sell on eBay.

eBay Fees starting price
If you don’t really care on how much you get for an item, (you are selling it like a rummage sale), and just want to get rid of it, you can set the starting bid at 0.01 (1 cent). This can cause a buyer frenzy, if the item is unique and in high demand. The drawback is that only a small number of buyers bid for the item and you end up practically giving it away. I suggest using this technique with lower priced items. That way, if it sells at a very low bid, you won’t lose any sleep.

eBay Fees ranges
Review the starting price ranges on the ebay fees pages , for example, if a starting bid up to 99 cents costs 10 cents and starting bids between 1.00 – 9.99 is 25 cents, and you plan to start your auction at a dollar, use 99 cents instead. You will get the lower starting bid price. I realize that the difference is only 15 cents in this case, however, it adds up when you think of all the auctions you may create as your selling grows.

eBay Fees Categories
Take the time to review the actual starting bids for your particular item for sale. eBay has different costs for DVD’s and eBay Motors, as an example. Don’t make a mistake that costs you your profits.

eBay Fixed Price
Another option is using “fixed price” listings. This way, you make the sale at a specific price. This also creates an advantage for buyers willing to pay your price, since they don’t have to wait for the auction to end. It ends immediately upon them clicking and selecting your listing.

eBay closing fees
Make sure you are aware of eBay’s closing fee structure. When an item sells, eBay takes a portion of the selling price in addition to all the up front costs. If the item doesn’t sell, eBay will allow you to re-list for free, but there are certain restrictions. Make sure you are aware of all the costs before listing, so there are no surprises.

eBay Gallery or eBay images
eBay also has many additional offerings to seller when creating a listing. One item I always use, is the picture to the left of the listing. Currently, it only costs 35 cents, but I have found it works quite well. For one thing, it increases the physical size of your listing and makes it easier to see. Plus, if you use a good picture, you can draw in the potential buyer to learn more in your listing. Research the other selling tools for yourself and see if they wor for you.

More eBay selling tools & strategies
You can use auctions that use a combination of tools as well. For example, you can create a regular auction along with a “Buy it Now” option. This way, your buyers have the option to try to bid on the item or just buy it immediately. You will have to experiment to see what works best for you.

Payment for you auction
To accept payment, I always use Paypal. I have found that it is the easiest way for your buyers to make a payment. There is a record of the transaction, and many other features, (too many to list here), that benefit both seller and buyer. There are other payment processors as well. Take the time to research them and see which ones works best for you.

After the Sale
Once a sale is made, the main advice I would give anyone is “communicate” with the buyer. Let them know you are aware of the sale and if possible, provide the status of the product shipping. Let them know when you will ship it, how it is being shipped, etc. More communication is always better than none.

Finally, always try to provide feedback for the buyer and don’t be afraid to ask for positive feedback from them. The eBay feedback system is your ticket to growth. It shows future buyers your reputation, and builds trust towards you and your reputation.

I hope this entry on eBay startegies and eBay Tips was helpful to you. Here’s to happy buying and selling !

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10 Tips to Be Safer on a College Campus

Living on a college campus can be loads of fun, but it’s important to be vigilant of your surroundings. It’s easy for something to slip in a drink or for someone to quickly break into a room and steal hundreds of dollars of valuable technology and textbooks. Read these 10 tips to implement safer practices!

1. Lock your door. If you leave your room for more than 15 seconds, it’s a good idea to lock your door. It only takes a few seconds for someone to slip into your dorm room and take a laptop, iPod, textbooks, and other valuables.

2. Hide money/valuables. Maybe your roommate is your best friend and he/she would never steal from you, but what about your suitemates? What about your roommate’s/suitemates’ friends? Most people would never steal, but it’s better to prevent the situation.

3. Walk in pairs or groups. Whether you live on a big campus or a small campus, the area looks different in daylight than it does in moonlight. There are more shadows that can hide predators. Walking in pairs and groups is always safer than walking alone.

4. Program Campus Safety’s number into your cell phone-don’t be afraid to ask them to escort you anywhere on campus after dark. That’s their job! And make sure you call them if you see anything suspicious. It’s better to be cautious than to assume anyone else is calling them. Be proactive!

5. Don’t leave anything valuable on the passenger seat of your car. Many people are experts at breaking into cars. Hide your GPS, CDs, iPod and iPod accessories, purses, backpacks, and any other valuables. If thieves do not see anything valuable in the car, that will give them less of a reason to break in.

6. Park under a streetlight, especially if you have to drive early in the morning or late at night. It is easier to spot your car under a lamppost; also, it is easier to see people coming and going if you are walking near a light.

7. Always keep your backpack/purse on your body-don’t walk away from it in a public setting (coffee shop, student center, study lounge, etc.). If your things are always with you, it’s easier to keep them in your sight and prevent theft.

8. Watch your drinks at parties. Try drinking out of a container with a cap that screws on and off. Unless the cap is unscrewed, no one can “accidentally” slip anything in.

9. Upperclassmen mentor. Experience is the best teacher. Upperclassmen have seen more than underclassmen and they know the routine of the school. Ask an older classmate for help if you’re ever unsure about something or uncomfortable.

10. Make sure someone always knows where you are. It doesn’t matter who you tell as long as you tell someone. In case anything happens, it helps to have a friend who may have an idea of where you would be. For example, if you’re going to study by yourself, tell your roommate, “I’m heading to the library, I should be home around midnight.” If you’re not home by 1:00, your roommate will at least have an idea of where you were or where you were supposed to be; this tremendously helps Campus Safety and/or the police.

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10 Tips for a Successful Halloween Scavenger Hunt

If you are planning a Halloween party this year, a scavenger hunt can be a fun way to get everyone involved in the festivities. To hold a successful Halloween scavenger hunt, be creative and, at the same time, don’t forget safety. Here are 10 tips for a Halloween scavenger hunt.

1. Make the difficulty of your Halloween scavenger hunt, the number and types of items on the scavenger hunt list, and the location of the hunt appropriate for the ages of participants. A scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or at the local mall is fine for teenagers. For younger children, restrict the hunt to your home and/or yard.

2. Pick an appropriate Halloween scavenger hunt list. For a traditional Halloween scavenger hunt theme include Halloween-related items such as a copy of a Halloween DVD, a bottle of black nail polish, a pointed black witch’s hat, a copy of any book from the Twilight series, Halloween candy corn, a picture of Count Dracula, and a set of fake fangs.

3. Given the prevalence of camera phones these days, include some photos on your scavenger hunt list. For example, you might ask for a photo of a Halloween decoration that includes a bat and a spider, a picture of a scarecrow or a picture of a large jack-o-lantern.

4. Another fun Halloween scavenger hunt theme is the costume hunt. Give each team a list of items needed to make a Halloween costume. For a pirate costume, for example, ask them to bring back a black eye patch, one gold or silver hoop earring, a black headscarf, anything with a skull and crossbones on it, a map, a plastic sword, a black belt and a parrot.

5. If your Halloween scavenger hunt will be in your neighborhood or at your local mall, require each team to stay together at all times, rather than scouting for items individually, which may be faster but not nearly as safe.

6. Alert your neighbors ahead of time if your Halloween scavenger hunt will be in your neighborhood, so that they are prepared for the knocks on the door and the requests for unusual items. Ask each scavenger hunt team leader to introduce themselves and their team at each home they visit and to explain what they are doing.

7. Have a way to contact each scavenger hunt them at all times and be sure that they are able to contact you. Ask them to check in with you periodically (perhaps every 20 or 30 minutes) so that you know all is well.

8. If your Halloween scavenger hunt is at night in your neighborhood, limit the area of the hunt, know what route each team will take, and give each team plenty of flashlights with fresh batteries. Also, be sure that all team members have reflective tape on their clothes.

9. Set a time limit to complete the hunt and be sure that each team has a watch or cell phone so that they can keep track of the time.

10. Give prizes to the team that found the most items, the team that completed the hunt the most quickly, the team that was the most creative in completing the hunt and so on.

Source:, Scavenger Hunts

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10 Tips for Successfully Charting Basal Body Temperature

10 Tips for successfully charting Basal Body Temperature

Basal Body Temperature is your resting body temperature. Charting your Basal Body Temperature can help you understand when in your cycle you ovulate, this will help you to predict when you are most fertile and your chances of becoming pregnant are highest.

Remember the temperature variations over the course of your cycle are small but significant. Accurate readings and recording are vital if your Basal Temperature Chart is going to work and help you determine when you ovulate.

It can take a few months of charting before you start to see reliable information that can really help you pinpoint when you are most fertile. Stick with it an you will see the benefit!

1. Leave your thermometer under your pillow or by your bed so you don’t have to move around much to find it.

2. Take your temperature as soon as you wake up in the morning, preferably before you get up, or even sit up!

3. Make sure you have had enough sleep, a minimum of 5 hours is recommended.

4. Take your temperature at the same time every day, even if this means setting an alarm to do so, and then going back to bed for a while afterwards.

5. Use the same thermometer every time. Basal Digital Thermometers are cheap and read very quickly and reliably.

6. You can take your temperature rectally, vaginally, or orally (not preferable), it really doesn’t matter, but make sure you do it the same way every time.

7. Take your temperature for at least 2 months before drawing any conclusions about when you ovulate. Although it is possible to see a temperature change the first month it is more reliable the longer you do it.

8. Make a note of any special circumstances like a very stressful day, being ill or a late night, these can all have an affect on your Basal Temperature so you don’t want to throw the chart off.

9. If you got less than 4 straight hours sleep then skip the reading that day, it could put a false spike or dip on your chart.

10. if you wake up earlier or later (up to an hour) than normal, adjust the temperature you record. 0.2F lower if you wake later, 0.2F higher if you wake earlier. If you wake late or early by more than 3 hours, skip the day.

Follow these steps and you will have a reliable Basal Temperature Chart to help you track your cycle and Ovulation. If you need a chart template you can download one from my website.

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10 Tips to Survive Thanksgiving Dinner with Your Girlfriend or Boyfriend's Family

So your boyfriend or girlfriend has extended an invitation for you to attend Thanksgiving dinner with their family. Sounds innocent enough, right? But if this is your first time around their family or you do not see them often this is the time to make a good impression. Sure your boyfriend or girlfriend likes you, or they would not have invited you. Now you need to make sure their family likes you as well.

Thanksgiving Tips to Make a Great Impression.

Dress for the Occasion – Wear something that is weather appropriate, clean, wrinkle free and fits correctly. Nothing showing too much skin and no hats at the dinner table. Any outlandish current fashion trends need to wait until another day.

Use Your Best Manners – Always remember to say please, thank you, and excuse me. Introduce yourself to people you do not know.

Eat What is Served – Yes you may not like everything and it may be prepared in a fashion you are not used to. But smile, eat it, and act like it tastes wonderful. The only excuse you have for not eating something is being truly allergic.

Be Friendly to Children – Even if you do not like children, even if they are hyper and bouncing off the walls. Always be polite, do not make rude comments just smile and say how cute they are.

Do Not Drink too Much Alcohol – Limit your self to one glass of wine. Too much alcohol makes loose lips. You do not want to say anything inappropriate or start dancing on the dining room table.

Offer to Help – Always ask if they need help with anything.

Do Not Stay Glued to Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend – Give them time to visit with their family. Use this time to form friendships with their family too.

Say “Thank You” – When you arrive and are preparing to leave sincerely thank the host. Something simple like “Thank you, for inviting me to spend Thanksgiving with your family.” and ” I really had a great time today, thanks for inviting me.”

Make Friends with Grandma – If grandma thinks you are great so will everyone else, or she will make them think so.

If you follow these simple Thanksgiving tips you will not get in trouble for lack trying. Your boyfriend or girlfriend will notice that you made a honest attempt at being a good guest and tried to befriend their family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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10 Top Halloween Songs for Your Party

No matter what type of party music can set the mood – here’s some ideas for songs for Halloween parties.

Thriller is the song of a generation for Halloween. It redefined music videos. It had enough of a “what if” out of control that creates fear even when you “know better.” The full length official video starts with what it turns out is a movie, but the movie becomes reality for the characters. With input from Vincent Price the evil is given a face as ghouls come to life. It’s an ideal dance tune and is featured at Halloween parties even in country music territory.

Hazard – not typically thought of as a Halloween song but consider it. It’s a classic story song but creates more questions than it answers. An unsolved murder – or was it suicide? Was he framed and set up because people expected him to be ‘trouble’ and would believe it?

Tubular Bells Pt 1 – Is there anything creepier any time of year but especially on Halloween than the theme from the Exorcist? It doesn’t need a lyric or voice to give chills.

Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett portrayed a lab experiment gone wrong with the Monster Mash. When “spooky” or “monster” songs come out this one leads the charge!

Stampede – Chris LeDoux painted a picture of the desperate attempt to control a terrorized herd of cattle in a lightning storm as his horse fell and he stood up to find the cattle about to run him over. He woke to find a peaceful camp site and about the time he thought it was a dream the real terror of being out of control hit as the ground shook with a real stampede. Being out of control is the core of being scared – or thinking we’re out of control!

Ghostbusters – few found Ghostbusters frightening but it did hum the infectious theme song and it’s remained as a Halloween favorite for many.

Don’t Fear The Reaper is not only a classic rock song but Blue Oyster Cult made it theirs. Recognizable and can fit in a party easily.

Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell brings paranoia to a new level with lyric, glimpses from scary movies and the imagination. Large dogs to colored water in the shower to invasion of privacy but is it real or imagined? Sometimes the things we imagine are so much different!

Ghost Riders In the Sky painted another runaway cattle herd but this one much more symbolic. Johnny Cash made us feel the hot breath of the Devil’s cattle as the ghost riders chased the herd endlessly across the sky.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah gives a light hearted look at what happens when – well things go not according to plan!

Look for the unusual – look through soundtracks and scary movies as well as popular music. Scary music isn’t just for Halloween!

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10 Top Organic Products

I use organic products for cleaning, eating and cosmetics. They are free of preservatives, hormones and chemicals. There are less chances of people getting sick if they use organic products, so in the last few years I have made a complete change in the products that I use.

I drink Horizon organic milk, but any organic brand will do. You definitely do not want milk from a cow that was injected with hormones. Hormones are known to cause problems and give you more hair growth.

Earthbound salad is the brand that I use. I would still wash it thouroughly though before eating. I buy organic salad because otherwise it is sprayed with a pesticide.

Heinz ketchup also has an organic ketchup. I like this ketchup because it does not have high fructrose corn syrup in it. The organic brands are just as tasty without this unnecessary ingredient.

Cascadian Farm fries are free of partially hydrogenated oils which are very bad for your heart. The fries are just as tasty without this ingredient.

Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese is very healthy and tasty. Again, it does not have partially hydrogenated oils in it.

Muir glen organic tomato sauce is very tasty and I know that the tomatoes have not been sprayed with pesticides.

Suncoat nail polish is odor free and does not have harsh chemicals in it. I have been using this for a few years now.

I use tea tree oil pads for my face to remove the make up. Other brands of pads or cloth are just filled with chemicals.

Migra Clear Ultra is an all natural safe way to reduce headaches and inflammation in the head.

Choleast is an all natural safe way to reduce cholesterol.

There are tons of organic products that I could name, but these are just a few.

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