Thursday, November 24, 2016

Andrew "Cas" Castanuela Throws in His Bid for U.S. Senate

There’s a new kid on the block running for US Senate. He doesn’t hold the title of Doctor, Lawyer, or Indian Chief. He is not the typical “political fat cat” we all love to hate. He is not up to his elbows in money and running for a title.

He is Andrew Castanuela, affectionately known as “Cas”. He hails from the True Heart of Texas, Brady. One of six children, Castanuela grew up and joined the USAF (United States Air Force) where he served for 20 years. He is a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, married with six children of his own.

When it comes to helping people, that is what Castanuela is best at. He holds a job with the state working with addicts. “I do have my LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) and have been practicing in the field over 21 years. I spent 20 years doing it in the military before I retired. .. I also have my Associates in Mental Health Services and finishing my BS in Social Psychology. After 43 years I continue to go to school even if it is online so that I can provide a better life for my family.” Says Castanuela. (personal email reply) He is also associated with the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (NAADAC), Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), and the Texas Farm Bureau. (http://ift.tt/2fVTtpJ)

He is an extremely personable man and genuinely friendly. Castanuela is a family man and Proud American. He is running as a Republican and his platform is pro-American.

– To Protect the American People from Out of Control Government Spending.
– The Right to Bare Arms
– To Support Term Limits
– To Support a Flat Tax
– To Support our Troops and Veterans
– To Bring Industrial Jobs Back to Our Country (http://ift.tt/2fVTtpJ )

He brings to the Senate race kindness and understanding for his fellow man, love for his Country, and a background richly rooted in America, family, and honesty.

Castanuela upholds the U.S. Constitution as the basis of his platform and beliefs, in order to preserve and restore what this Nation was founded on. He is quoted from his website as saying, “I solemnly seek your support in sending me to Washington as a true spokesperson of the middle class and authentic representative of Texas. My candidacy is a symbolic representation of how the U.S. Constitution was projected to be empowered by our Founding Fathers. “

For more information on Andrew “Cas” Castanuela, you can access his biography, platform, and contact information on his website http://ift.tt/2fVTtpJ

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A Roger Ebert Rival Show to "At the Movies": Will it Become a Reality and Show Up Disney?

In what has to be the biggest unexpected upset in TV history with the departure of syndicated mainstay “Ebert & Roeper”, so goes a common plan by TV execs for TV seasons immemorial: Disrupting a classic format on a show that’s worked well in the ratings for decades and making it worse by adding wiseass young talent and giving an overall hip vibe. And so we’ll see this plan in action once again as “At the Movies” becomes the “Ben Show” this fall with 20-something Ben Lyons (pinch me now if dad Jeffrey isn’t the master of nepotism) and early 40-something Ben Mankiewicz who probably wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for his legendary family name.

With this much shocking chutzpah behind Disney revamping a proven formula used for the last 33 years founded by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, it almost makes you wish the new “At the Movies” would be brazen enough to use the trademarked thumbs-up/thumbs down rating system so Roger Ebert can sue the upholstery off the balcony seats and make that balcony permanently closed. Not that we’ll even recognize the classic balcony set on “At the Movies” as it likely revamps the old set to look like something off MTV and viewers tune in to their local stations every weekend to see two guys who are far from auspicious movie critics.

Yesiree, being a son or offspring of a notable person certainly has its perks, doesn’t it?

Of course, there is some interesting Yin and Yang here with the two Bens being the new hosts. Lyons will bring the fresh-faced MTV deejay look while likely giving a more positive edge to hipper and edgier fare. Mankiewicz is more of a gruff and cynical individual who will give every movie a hard time. But while those kinds of personality differences can sometimes be entertaining when an argument breaks out–an educated argument goes a long way, especially on an influential movie review show where people can to expect an educated opinion.

Lyons has no real business reviewing movies on a level anywhere near a Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert or even Richard Roeper when he’s mostly worked as an MTV deejay and something resembling a movie and TV producer. If you consider covering red carpet arrivals for MTV to be worthy of reviewing films, then you can easily deduce what a mistake it was for “At the Movies” to change like this.

For Mankiewicz, he brings a rough and tumble personality that’s suited a lot of his legendary family. However, he’s primarily known as a political radio talk show host for the liberal-minded Air America. His hosting duties on Turner Classic Movies have always made recoil in disgust–especially when his cynical ideas about classic films were typically nothing but unenlightened piffle. For a time, I thought TCM was setting him up to usurp the awesome host Robert Osborne…probably just because Osborne is getting older and the network is trying to groom a successor. Thankfully, he’s not even on TCM anymore, maybe because his easily arguable and gruffly cynical views on film just didn’t gel with the classy package TCM continues to be. He did have a better fit, though, hosting TCM’s “Cartoon Alley” on weekends for a few years that also bit the dust last year.

Now that you see what kind of style will be brought to the revamped “At the Movies”–we can only hope now that Roger Ebert will keep his recent word and start a rival syndicated show that can prove one important thing that TV suits need to finally get straight: Tradition wins out when it has the power to get back on the air…

Would a potential Ebert rival show just have him as a producer?

In an article I wrote here on January 25, 2008 about Roger Ebert’s health (here: http://ift.tt/2fVSYfe ) and whether he’d ever return to “Ebert & Roeper”, I insinuated that he may have had to eventually change the title to “Roger Ebert Presents: (Name) & (Name)” in the event he’d never be able to come back due to his familiar voice being taken away by cancer surgery. Now there might be some prescience to that as apparent talks begin in starting a show bringing back the format Ebert and Gene Siskel started in the 1970’s over on PBS. For crying out loud, several generations have grown up with that old format and tinkering with it is akin to re-arranging the format of “60 Minutes” or “Meet the Press” that probably have to be reminded are in their 40th and 60th years, respectively.

The question has to be asked whether an Ebert-produced show would have the power to be picked up by hundreds of affiliate who would air it opposite “At the Movies” in many local markets. For syndication distributors who actually care about seeing two highly-educated, Pulitzer Award-winning movie critics who’ve devoted their entire life to studying and reviewing film as Siskel, Ebert and Roeper have, then it would be worth their while to consider taking on Ebert’s rival show.

We all know, though, that getting a show up and running isn’t an easy undertaking. The chances of seeing Richard Roeper with Ebert on the air again is obviously remote. But seeing Roeper with, say, Michael Phillips again (as it’s been most of this year on “Ebert & Roeper”) would be ideal. Phillips and Roeper had a good chemistry there that should be resumed if Ebert puts together another show. And, as he’s been on “Ebert & Roeper”, he can still be a major presence in being a behind-the-scenes producer. For his show, he could finally claim the title of executive producer and not have halfwit suits getting in his way to keep the show fresh and consistent.
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Playing the “what if” card, it has to make you wonder if, had Gene Siskel been still alive and Ebert wasn’t out sick, the pair would have jumped ship because of Disney taking the show in a different direction. This may have happened regardless of Ebert being absent and Richard Roeper in the chair. Here’s your proof, though, that even Disney can’t seem to resist the temptation of TV suits thinking the young demographic is absolutely everything in TV. Those who control TV are perpetually stuck in this zone of misjudgment and can’t ever seem to see the light when it comes to appreciating all demographics or respecting tradition.

Here’s a salute to Roger Ebert for fighting back against this travesty, and it’s worth your while to support the new show if or when it gets on the air and ignore the revamped “At the Movies” that’s commensurate with any offspring of Joe Schmoe getting their own movie review show.

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A B C's of Healthy Cooking & Living a Healthier Life-Style

My grandmother grew up during America’s first big depression, and she gave me gourmet cooking lessons (on-a-dime) back in my teens, which I will always remember. I look back and cherish those times I spent with her and my grandfather, who lived through tumultuous times yet prospered. They were my inspiration, as they truly lived their lives healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Now I would like to inspire you to a healthier family life, while keeping more of your hard-earned money in your pockets. We can get through these tough times, because we are tough, and we are going to get healthier together. Simply follow these easy A B C tips for nutritious cooking, and living a healthier life-style!

Apples & Fruits

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, along with a good variety of other fruits, sweet nutrition and high in fiber. Try this versatile apple crisp recipe, (could substitute peaches, pears, or nectarines) good for breakfast or dessert, “Fall Recipe for Apple Crisp” http://ift.tt/2fJqF0C

For delightfully different fruit with dips, try making these “Naturally Sweet & Healthy Valentine’s Treats” http://ift.tt/2fVRUbn

Baked Homemade Breads

Baked bread and dough can either be made by hand, or in a bread machine, enabling you to use whole grain, nutritious flours with B vitamins. For fun holiday bread sticks and cookies see the kid-friendly recipes in “Christmas Candy-Cane Shaped Cookies and Cheese-Biscuit Bread Sticks” http://ift.tt/2fJoD0D

Cherries & Berries

Cherries and cherry juice, blueberries and strawberries are rich in anti-oxidents, and are so naturally sweet, yet have such a low glycemic index, you can have them with every meal. Cherry juice will reduce inflammation, especially related to joint pain and sports injuries, read about natural cures in the article “All Natural Supplements for Improved Joint Function” http://ift.tt/2fVYdLR

For fun desserts using cherries, blueberries, and strawberries, try making these “4th of July Desserts: Paper Plate Perfect” http://ift.tt/2fJn3Mo

Dairy & Dinners

Dinner should be prepared and eaten early in the evening, so it won’t add unwanted, extra pounds, and everyone will sleep better, especially when accompanied by calcium-rich dairy products, such as milk and cheese. For inexpensive, hearty, and kid-friendly meals try the recipes in “Quickest Hearty Fall & Winter Family Meals for Pennies-per-Person” http://ift.tt/2fW2nDR

Eating Smaller Meals – More Often

Eating smaller, more nutritious meals, throughout the day is much better for your family. For quick and easy ways to get your kids eating better see the suggestions in “Healthy Foods Your Kids Will Love to Eat” http://ift.tt/2fJuXoY

To enjoy versatile one-dish meals, equally good hot or cold, try these nutritious recipes in “Surprisingly Healthy International Salads & Side Dishes” http://ift.tt/2fVYaQv

Fish with Flavor

Fish contains protein, nutrients, and omega 3 supporting a healthier heart, great skin, and hair.
For heart-healthy poached salmon and spinach one-pan meal see the recipe in “Romantic & Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Dinner” http://ift.tt/2fJrJSd

To make a high-protein Mexican shrimp fiesta dinner, try this easy recipe “Festive Baja-Style Cinco De Mayo Dinner” http://ift.tt/2fW2MGa

Garlic & Onions

Garlic and onions are regarded as nature’s antibiotics, adding so much flavor and aroma to everyday meals.
Try these recipe ideas for onions and garlic in the article “Sizzling Caramelized Onions” http://ift.tt/2fJuLpy

Healthy Desserts

If your family loves desserts, but you have been afraid to serve up all those empty (weighty) calories, there are healthy dessert options and solutions for you! For ground-nut pie crusts, for healthier no-bake cheesecake, and unique ideas for serving up sweets, try these year-around favorite recipes “No-Bake Low Calorie Desserts: Keeping it Cool This Summer!” http://ift.tt/2fVTqKz

Iron Essentials

Iron is a necessary mineral for children, adults, and seniors, as it is found in every living cell. To find natural food sources for iron, to include in your cooking, see the article “Iron-Deficiency Anemia and Toxicity Prevention” http://ift.tt/2fJuwe1

Juicing for Health

Juice fruits and vegetables together, for maximum nutritional benefits, great taste, and works especially well for kids who will not eat their veggies! See the juicing recipes (as well as recipes for homemade applesauce and salsa) in “Juicing, Smoothies and Milk Shakes” http://ift.tt/2fVXNoN

Keep Family Pets Healthy

You can cook for your pets to keep them healthy, and by adding garlic bits to food and treats you can naturally deter fleas, and ticks, who don’t like the smell. Make healthy doggie treats like we do, for our dogs, around Christmas, according to these recipe suggestions in “Christmas Doggie Cookies: Wholesome & Homemade Christmas Treats” http://ift.tt/2fJoQkn

Lemons, Limes & Citrus Juice

Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are all packed with vitamin C, and add so much flavor, and nutrition, to juices, meals, and desserts. For healthier, tastier salads, add citrus-fruit sections, or create sensational homemade salad dressings, according to these recipes “All Natural Low Calorie Salad Dressings” http://ift.tt/2fVY8rF

Look for holiday recipes of citrus-zest sweet-bread glazes in “Fast and Fabulous Fall Cake Decorating Ideas” http://ift.tt/2fJo8n5

Main Meal Dishes

If your in a hurry, or have finicky eaters, try making healthier one-dish meals, sure to please everyone. For nutritionally-balanced pizza meal recipes see “The Best Homemade Pizza – Viva Italia!” http://ift.tt/2fVZHpM

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds make excellent snacks, are great added to cookie and muffin batters, sprinkled on cereal, and in homemade trail mixes, for heart-healthy natural energy! Find easy, nutritious trail mix recipes (as well as other healthy snack ideas) in “Making Tasty Treats and Healthy Snacks for Your Kids” http://ift.tt/2fJqFh8

Olive Oil

Olive Oil is one of the best oils to cook with, and can be effectively used on your skin, to lock-in moisture while reducing scaring. Apply refrigerated olive oil (pre-mixed with vanilla extract) onto damp skin for a power-packed moisturizer, along with other homemade skin care found in “Homemade Masques, Scrubs and Toners for Moms and Teens” http://ift.tt/2fVYe2n

Fry and/or stir-fry foods, stove-top, in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, for flavorful nutrients, and for flavored-cooking oil recipes (not just for decoration) look in “Quick & Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas to Make with Your Kids” http://ift.tt/2fJqhiW

Protein Sources

Protein is so important for all of us, referred to as the body’s building blocks, can be found in foods such as beans, eggs, fish, and meats. Egg dishes are loaded with protein, low fat, satisfying, and very inexpensive, when following the simple egg-breakfast recipes in “5 Quick & Healthy Breakfasts to Get You Out-the-Door” http://ift.tt/2fVY8YH

For low-fat, high-protein meat, turkey is probably one of the best choices. See the great turkey-recipe suggestions in “Fabulous Main Dish Meals Made from Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers” http://ift.tt/2fJofPK

Quick Lunch Solutions

Make sure you have healthy lunch and snacking options, for home, work, and school lunches, with the bonus of saving money, at the end of every month (not to mention health-care costs)! Brown-bag lunches can be deliciously varied by using the recipes, and food-safety tips, found in “How to Build Healthy Brown Bag Lunches for Your Kids” http://ift.tt/2fW4EPe

For an assortment of wholesome finger-foods, and great snacking recipe options, see “Firecracker Appetizers for 4th of July” http://ift.tt/2fJrGWs

Remedies Naturally, without Drugs

Cooking and eating naturally healthy foods, can combat many illnesses, so please try everything else, before turning to drugs, or over-the-counter remedies. Before administering, or ingesting cough syrup, to prevent, and/or to clear up your family colds, flu, or congestion, please try these safe, proven therapies first:

“A Mom’s Guide to Alternative & Preventative Medicine” http://ift.tt/2fW1tam

“Childhood Neurological Disorders Can Have Unexpected Natural Cures” http://ift.tt/2fJqsdU

“Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Keep Your Kids Healthy” http://ift.tt/2fW1VFn

“Tips for Clearing up Baby’s Congestion & Stuffiness Using a Bulbous Syringe” http://ift.tt/2fJoDh9

Soups & Salads

Soups, stews, and salads can include so many hearty ingredients, turning a simple side dish into a main course. See some great soups and salad recipes in:
“All American Salads & Other Barbecue Sides” http://ift.tt/2fW0eb2

“Inexpensive and Hearty Fall Soups and Stews” http://ift.tt/2fJqnqE

Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee both have anti-oxidents, and are extremely refreshing drinks, whether poured over ice, or steaming hot, on a winter’s morning. Try sprinkling cinnamon into coffee grinds, or tea, before brewing, and for recipes with a twist, like tea with fruit juices, try “Sparkling Drinks and Coolers, Floats and Freezes” http://ift.tt/2fVSxl8

Under-Exercised becomes Overweight

Just as important to cooking and eating healthy is getting exercise, and lots of it! Get up, get out, and take your kids with you, as suggested in “How to Raise Active Kids” http://ift.tt/2fJvOWo

Vegetarian Meals

If you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, eating meatless several times a week will save money, and you will still be able to enjoy complete proteins, in rice/bean dishes, wheat/milk baked goods and cereals, as well as vegetable combination dishes, deriving appropriate vitamins and minerals. Make this a fun holiday-themed vegetarian-dining experience, by following the recommended recipes in “Meatless Monstrosities for Halloween through Thanksgiving” http://ift.tt/2fVRUrT

For corresponding themed winter beverages, try the hot chocolate and spiced-apple cider recipes in “Halloween Drinks for Big or Little Kids” http://ift.tt/2fJuKC0

Whole Grains

Use whole grains, combining them when possible, such as barley, oats, wheat, and rye, which can be ground to power, and substituted for refined and bleached flours, for maximum B vitamin nutrition, and absorption. Try these breakfast recipe suggestions for “Healthy Ways to Make Oatmeal Taste Delicious” http://ift.tt/2fVZByp

X-tra Water Sources

Bodies demand water daily and will extract, and utilize, water provided from everything we eat and drink. Did you know however, dehydration can mimic symptoms similar to neurological disorders, such as seizures and dementia? Drink more water, cook with water, and eat from home-grown foods with higher water contents, as found in the article “High-Water-Volume Fruits & Vegetables Kids Can Grow in Home Gardens” http://ift.tt/2fJxoYr

Your Time

There must also be a healthy balance between proper nutrition, exercise, and relaxation, through sleep and hobbies. You do what you need to do, to stay healthy, so that you can take better care of your family. Parenting suggestions for your mental health and well-being can be found in these articles:

“3 Reasons for Parents to Take a Time-Out” http://ift.tt/2fW10oB

“Raising Grateful Children Who Care about Helping Others” http://ift.tt/2fJn56Y

Zucchini Squash Vegetables

Zucchini is not only one of the most nutrient-packed vegetables available, it also contains 95% water, as well as other colorful, highly-nutritious squash-vegetables. For great zucchini recipes see the article “No-Fuss Great Tasting Recipes for BBQ and Baked Zucchini” http://ift.tt/2fVXSJl

Pumpkin is another fantastic squash, packed with vitamin A, necessary during fall and winter months. For fantastically easy pumpkin pancakes, try the recipe in “Pumpkin Recipes & Serving Tips for Halloween to Thanksgiving” http://ift.tt/2fJoRor

Now you have a quick reference guide with links to healthy, quick and easy, yet inexpensive meal suggestions, recipes, exercise, natural healing, and parenting tips. I wish your family well, through nutritious cooking, eating, and healthy living!

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5 Foods with More Vitamin C Than an Orange

Vitamin C is an important nutrient that boosts the immune system, helps the body digest iron, and help fight cancer.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells and antibodies, most specifically interferon, the antibody that coats cells and acts as a protective shield against viruses.

Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant that cleans free radicals out of the body. Free radicals contribute to aging and cellular mutations such as cancer.

The health benefits of vitamin C go further. It also helps to raise the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood stream, which reduce cholesterol. It also helps the body digest iron acquired from both foods an supplements.

Now that we know why we should be taking vitamin C, we need to ask how we should be taking it.

It is a common myth that ‘megadosing’ with vitamin C supplements is good for you. There are, however, no scientific studies that prove this to be true. It has been proven however, that overdoing on vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach cramps, insomnia, and even kidney stones. The Mayo Clinic recommends that a normal adult should try to get all of their daily vitamin C from dietary sources and not more than 2000 milligrams per day.

So, which foods are highest in Vitamin C? Surprisingly, not oranges. There are, in fact, many fruits and vegetables that are better sources of Vitamin C than citrus. Here are 5:

Guava

Guava contains 376 mg Vitamin C per cup, which is the approximate amount used in most freshly made guava drinks and smoothies. Guava is also a good source of calcium, vitamins A & B, niacin, and fiber, and has only 84 calories per cup.

Red Bell Peppers

Red Bell Peppers have 148 mg of Vitamin C for 1 regular sized pepper. They are also good sources of vitamins A, B6, and, as well as fiber, with only 35 calories per average pepper.

Parsley

Parsley, the most commonly used herb in the world, contains 133 mg of Vitamin C in every 3.5 ounces. It is also an excellent source of vitamin K, and a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron, with only 1 calorie per tablespoon!

Kiwi

Kiwi has 128 mg of Vitamin C for 2 average fruits, the typical serving size. They are a good source of fiber, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, and manganese, at 46 calories per average fruit.

Strawberries

Strawberries have 84 mg Vitamin C in every cup of whole berries. They are also a good source of folate, manganese, potassium, and fiber, at only 49 calories per cup.

There are many easy ways to get these foods into your diet. Strawberries, eaten alone, are a snack most kids won’t pass up. Likewise, kiwi-strawberry smoothies are easy to make, and hard to pass up. Red bell peppers can be sliced thin and tossed into salads, along with fresh parsley, or chopped by the cup-full and added to soups and stews. A ripe, chilled guava makes a great summertime snack, or can be put into chutney or salsa as to add flare to any meat.

Other foods that are high in vitamin C are potatoes, papaya, peaches, pineapple, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and, of course, oranges and other citrus fruits.

Here are two recipes to help you get started:

Red Bell Potato Soup

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 lbs skinned and cubed potatoes
1 cup fine chopped white or yellow onion
3 cups chopped red bell pepper
4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste if desired)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
water

In 6 quart pot with lid(or larger), heat pot on medium, then add olive oil, onions, and red bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are clear. Add broth and then stir in flour. Combine well by whisking and/or pressing with spoon to remove any lumps. Add potatoes, parsley, black pepper, and salt, then fill the rest of the way with water until contents are just covered.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce temperature to medium-low. Stirring occasionally, cook for 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft and come apart easily when pressed with spoon. Feeds 8

Guava Le`Creme

1 cup frozen chunks guava
¼ cup agave nectar
1 cup cold milk or coconut milk

Place ingredients in blender. Use ice crush setting to puree. Serve in glass over frozen peach slices. Serves 2

Sources:

World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com

United States Department of Agriculture: http://www.usda.gov

Mayo Clinic: http://ift.tt/zdLjzA

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5 Things to Consider Before Putting a Hot Tub Indoors

Many people enjoy the idea of an indoor hot tub because it provides privacy, convenience, and a touch of luxury at home. As appealing as the idea of a bubbling hot tub is, there are certainly some things to consider before putting a hot tub indoors. Do you have adequate space and floor support? Are you prepared for the potential maintenance and repair cost of an indoor hot tub? Before you buy, consider the following:

Size consideration – When it comes to a hot tub, size does matter. Will the size of hot tub you want or need fit into your home? If you’ve been price shopping for a tub, you know that a good model is not cheap, thus you certainly do not want to ‘settle’ on a smaller size so that you can fit it will fit indoors. You will only be unhappy with your purchase. Not only will the hot tub need to fit in the room, but it will need to be able to fit into the room. Are the doorways wide enough to accommodate the tub?

Flooring issues – Before you bring a hot tub indoors, you need to verify that the floor will actually support its weight. A hot tub is extremely heavy in itself. Add to that the weight of water and people sitting in the tub, and there is a danger of the floor caving in. To eliminate safety concerns, have a certified contractor come in and inspect the flooring. If the inspection fails, the floor may be able to be reinforced to accommodate the hot tub after construction.

Plumbing – An indoor hot tub may require special plumbing connections to drain and fill water to and from the unit. Are you prepared to pay a plumber to perform this work? Moreover, you will need to be sure that the room you place the hot tub in will be near an area outdoors where water can be safely dumped. Keep in mind that hot tubs have the potential to leak, as well. Pipes burst, seals wear down, and leaks and drips can happen.

Ventilation – The best thing about having a hot tub is the therapeutic moist heat and jet massage it provides. However, this is also one of the key concerns about placing a hot tub indoors. That moist heat creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Proper ventilation is an absolute must. A bathroom ventilation system will certainly help reduce the amount of moisture in the air, but it will need to be installed by a professional.

Chemical smell – Another thing to consider before placing a hot tub indoors is the chemical odor. When a hot tub is outdoors, the odors are easily aired out from the chemicals in the tub. However, when the unit is indoors, the scent can be stronger and more difficult to remove. If you have someone in the family with asthma or respiratory issues, this may be a problem for them.

More from Jennifer Wagner:

5 Things to consider before buying a tankless hot water heater

Preventing mold in the bathroom

Pool closing tips for all pool types

Source: Personal knowledge

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7 Tips on How to Be a Successful Appointment Setter

Appointment setting is an effective tool that can help businesses achieve success. Appointment setters are vital members in the workforce since their job to look for prospects as their customers and set appointments with them. Though this task does not involve sales, it is still exhaustive and still necessitates some salesmanship abilities.

Determination, motivation plus a friendly attitude are principal characteristics for success as an appointment setter.

1) Attend trainings. Appointment setters are normally needed to attend trainings before actually working. During this period, you would learn the various elements of the job and know how to respond to different situations.
2) Possess some data entry skills set. Some firms expect their agents to input data relating to their prospects into a database.
3) Be friendly. Customers and clients can sense your personality even on the phone. That’s why they are more receptive to friendlier telemarketers.
4) Stick to your telemarketing script. Each and every script is painstakingly created to include information which has been hardened to success. Additionally, there are stern laws in place for telemarketing firms. These scripts are also thoroughly developed to accomplish the business’ goals without breaking the rules.
5) How about learning a second language? This is because bilingual appointment setters often reach a wider audience. As a result, they usually get a higher compensation rate as compared to others.
6) Stay calm. Bear in mind that a huge percentage of the population hates receiving cold calls from strangers. That’s why you need to have patience and an even disposition in order for you to remain unaffected by those rude responses and to stay in this kind of job.
7) Practice makes perfect. Practice your script till you practically know it by heart. You’ll have a higher success rate if you sound more natural over the phone.

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7 Fun Science Experiments That Use Edible Materials

When you take a group of kids camping, be sure to pack some wintergreen Life Savers. Hand them out in a dark tent and ask everyone to chew them with their mouths open. You’ll soon have a tent full of “lightning bugs” – sparks of white light appearing with every crunch.

Wintergreen candy is just one of several foods that serve as the ingredients of simple science experiments – call them “magic tricks” if you like – that will amuse children of all ages. Want to experiment with healthier ingredients? Mix baking soda and vinegar in a bottle and quickly cover the neck of the bottle with a balloon. The baking soda and vinegar produce a chemical reaction that creates gas, causing the balloon to inflate.

For an even more dramatic reaction, take a bottle of Diet Coke outside and drop in a piece of Mentos candy. The effect of the candy’s coating on the carbonation is explosive! This experiment is best done outside, unless you enjoy cleaning up.

If you prefer doing tricks with clear-colored soda pop, try adding raisins to a glass full of 7-Up. The bubbles will lift and move the raisins, making them appear to dance.

Kids who are more interested in art than science may enjoy experimenting with tunnels of color created by salt and food coloring in a block of ice. Large pieces of salt, such as those used on soft pretzels, work best for this trick. Soak several pieces of salt in food coloring and then sprinkle them on a block of ice. (Fill an empty milk or orange-juice carton with water to create a good-sized block, tearing off the cardboard when it is frozen.) The salt will melt through the ice, creating channels of color on its way down.

Food coloring can also simulate fireworks, a fun (and safe!) trick to pass the time between holiday weekends. Mix the food coloring with some cooking oil, pour the oil into a glass of water, and mix it slightly to break up the biggest drops of color. Sit back and wait a few seconds; the colored oil will explode like fireworks and drop to the bottom of the glass.

The same ingredients can create a wave bottle – really more a toy than a “trick,” but fun nonetheless. Fill an empty soft drink bottle with equal parts colored water, oil, and air. Cap tightly and tilt to create colorful swirls and waves.

Once you have captured your children’s attention with these seven food tricks, encourage them to do some research online or in books to learn why these foods react as they do. Your kids will soon be learning physics and chemistry without even realizing it. Food tricks and other experiments using common household objects are a great way to open the door to a lifelong curiosity and love of science.

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5 Essential Packing Tips: What to Bring for Studying Abroad

Studying abroad? This guide will tell you what to bring and what necessities to remember when packing your bags. These tips are also useful for any traveler who plans to stay in a foreign country for longer than a month, and are oriented especially towards travelers who are going to China or Asian countries. Since my experience is as an EFL teacher, this information is useful for teaching English abroad as well as for study abroad.

First things first: Bring one rolling bag (the kind that’s about maximum carry-on size, but is better to check) and one backpack. More is optional, but these two are essential.

Packing Toiletries/Personal Care and Hygiene
You can get toothbrushes and toothpaste anywhere. What is important is floss, which is not available everywhere. Anti-perspirant deodorant is not a universal, so make sure to stock up on your favorite brand. In general, good shampoo and soap are available anywhere, but if you have a need for good conditioner, bring some of your own.

Packing for Health & Wellness
Bring any OTC meds you take! It’s easy to catch a cold or flu when traveling abroad, because our immune systems aren’t always prepared for the local viruses, and the availability of medication varies between countries. Aspirin isn’t over-the-counter everywhere, for instance, and a smart traveler will plan ahead so as not to have to go to the hospital for a simple headache.

Additionally, if you have a health condition that could become life-threatening, make sure to learn how to say the name of your condition in the local language. Write it on a piece of paper and carry it in your wallet in case of trouble. Remember that 911 is not the emergency number in every country; find out what the number is in the country you are visiting, and memorize it.

Packing for Safety when Studying Abroad
One of the worst case scenarios that could happen during your study abroad would be a lost or stolen passport. There are two measures to take against this:

A) Prevent passport theft. Get a money belt before you leave, and wear it under your clothing. Keep your passport and all important ID and credit or debit cards in the money belt. If sleeping in a shared room with strangers, wear it while you sleep.

B) Be prepared. Make Xerox copies of your passport and ID and all travel documents, and keep them in a safe place that is not the same place you keep your passport. These can be shown to authorities if trouble occurs.

Clothing to Pack: Look up the climate of your destination before you plan your wardrobe. Are you going to be visiting all year, or staying for only a season? Some places have summer monsoons, so summer can be wet, although even in the rain, tropical locales are usually very warm.

In many countries, including China and Thailand, washing machines are common but dryers are not, so bring thin clothing that will dry fast on a clothesline. If staying for a winter in one of these countries, bring thin clothing that layers well. This will also help to fit items in the suitcase. If staying for a long time, consider bringing money to buy clothes while living abroad.

Study Abroad Necessities: Books and Movies
It’s easy to get tired of not hearing your own language. Bringing books, books-on-tape and movies will alleviate this stress. Enthusiastic readers staying away longer than a few months should make a deal with someone at home to send more books at the trip’s halfway point.

Happy travels! For students heading to China, see also: Going to China? Ten Things You Need to Know.

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