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Monday, June 30, 2008

Beauty, now that is a word that is strictly in the eyes of the beholder. And that old saying pretty is, is pretty does stands true too. However, we all want to look our best, that is most people do. As far as women goes that naturally inner glow can come to the surface, by feeling good about yourself. We'll soon touch on how to go about feeling good about yourself. To me the natural approach to beauty works best.

If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and look in the mirror, but just don't like what you see...here's a few helpful tips that will brighten your day.
A nice pampering shower, using your favorite body soap or body wash works great, and isn't too expensive, especially if you buy items on sale...or depending on where you shop.
Pamper your hair by using a special shampoo and conditioner.
Give your feet a good scrubbing and later use foot cream.
Always keep your finger and toe nails in shape, add color or clear polish...it is up to you.
Facial scrubs work great on the hands too.
Apply some light makeup nothing heavy. Eyeliner, brozer, and lipgloss will do.
Wear your hair in a style that looks soft not stiff.
Put on some bright, lively clothes, especially if it is summer or spring. Play with fashion and be yourself.
You'll find that adding a smile to your day will make you beautiful.

* Leave bad thoughts at home and put forth a clean polished and happy you. It will make you look more radiant and confident.
* Smile and make others smile too.
* Don't let moody people bring you down.
* See How to Take the Time to Pamper Yourself

Are you dreading the day your maternity leave ends? Don't despair. Working mothers face many challenges, but you can prepare for the demands with careful planning.
Before you return to work

While you're still on maternity leave, set yourself up for a successful return to work.

* Let go of the guilt. Returning to work often poses emotional conflicts for new mothers. But working outside the home doesn't make you a bad mother. And it's OK to look forward to the challenges and interactions of your job. Remind yourself that you're doing what's best for you and your family, and then move on.
* Find dependable child care. Consider local child care providers and facilities or make other arrangements for child care, perhaps even before the baby is born. Look for a safe, stimulating environment and qualified caregivers. Trust your instincts when interviewing potential caregivers.

Talk to your boss. Clarify your job duties and schedule so you'll know what's expected of you after your maternity leave. You might ask about flexible hours, telecommuting or working part time.

If you're planning to continue breast-feeding after returning to work, ask your employer to help you find a private room for pumping. Consider buying or renting an electric breast pump that allows you to pump both breasts at once. If timing is a concern, offer alternatives — pumping during your breaks or working from home to make up for the lost time, for example.
* Set a return-to-work date. If you can, go back to work late in the week. That'll make your first week back to work a short one.

Once you're back at work

When you go back to work, expect ups and downs as you become more adept at managing multiple demands. These tips can help:

* Get organized. Make a daily to-do list. You might divide the list into tasks for work and tasks for home, or tasks for you and tasks for your partner. Identify what you need to do, what can wait — and what you can skip entirely.
* Stay connected. Plan a daily phone call to your baby's caregiver to find out how your baby's doing. Place a favorite photo of your baby on your desk or in your work area. Set aside time after work to reconnect with your baby.
* Make backup plans. Know what you'll do if your baby is sick or your baby's caregiver is unavailable on a workday — whether it's taking a sick day yourself or calling a friend or loved one to care for your baby.

Honor your commitment to breast-feeding. Bring your breast pump, containers for expressed milk, an insulated bag and ice packs to work. Keep a stash of breast pads and extra blouses handy, in case your breasts leak.

If you can't express milk at work, breast-feed your baby or pump just before you go to work and as soon as you return home. You could also pump between feedings on weekends for extra breast milk to be used while you're working.
* Seek support. Don't try to do everything yourself. Accept help from your partner, loved ones and friends. Speak up if you're feeling guilty, sad or overwhelmed. If you're having trouble pumping milk at work or nursing your baby at home, contact a lactation consultant from a local hospital or clinic.
* Nurture your own well-being. Relax in the tub after you put the baby to bed, or unwind with a favorite book or soft music. Cut down on any unnecessary commitments. Pick a reasonable bedtime, and stick with it. On weekends, sleep when your baby sleeps.

Above all, maintain a positive attitude. Tell your baby how excited you are to see him or her at the end of the day. Your baby may not understand your words, but he or she will pick up on your emotions.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

This is the picture of one of my 4 niece in Philippine. She is the daughter of my younger sister. It's been a while since I went back home for a visit. It has been 6 years. Whew long time huh! anyway. I never seen this niece of mine but I have talk to her when I called my parents one time. And believe me she is a talker. I have three nephews that I have never meet as well. My family in Philippine is getting bigger than I thought. is I dont even know what old she is right now. Sad huh! The funny thing is I dont even know what old she is right now.. Anyway. I just wanted to share this picture her.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

This will give you instructions on how to become the center of any social situation, guaranteed!

Develop a sense of humor. Go watch a comedy show such as Monty Python or something - whatever it takes to develop a sharp wit. Hang out with friends who can withstand and keep up constant banter. Quick comebacks and hilarious comments on anything should become second nature.
Be courteous to everyone around you. Even though making fun of people can attract some attention, it is not a good idea. All that goes around comes around. Instead try to make fun of yourself with a funny story. Not only will this help people relate to you, it also gets them more interested in you and wanting to hear more.
Have something interesting to say. Keep up on current events and make sure that you know what you are talking about.
Use gestures and speak with varying inflections. No one wants to listen to a monotonous voice.
Don't lecture. Keep the things you say interesting, funny, and not too long.

* Keep a smile on your face. This will convey the whole "joking" thing to people...or does it?
* And if someone says something that hurts your feelings or something, come up with a snappy comment, and act like it didn't because they will take you down if they think they have hurt you.

* Be prepared to receive some insults and/or criticism directed your way. It should all be taken in good fun.

I had not been feeling good lately. Nope ... I know what your thinking. No I am not pregnant or anything like that. I think, it's my eyes. The more I stayed on the computer lately the more I get sick. I had been wearing eye glasses to read. But I always forgotten about wearing 'em. So this what I get for being stubborn. Anyway. I am trying to stay and blog today we'll see what will happend . Hopefully I woouldn't get sick again. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 23, 2008

After a long day of hard work you probably feel a migraine coming on, but before you hit the pillow try this and you'll feel ready for tomorrow.

Fill your tub with warm water and add Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Grab a book that has nothing to do with your daily source of stress (i.e. avoid fashion magazines if shopping or trying to look perfect stresses you out).
Soak until you feel ready to face the world again. If you find sitting still difficult (anxiety often causes this), have a candle near the tub and try to focus on the flame and quiet your thoughts. Often silence aids this process. Or try some classical piano music if you can't stand silence. Commit to at least 10 minutes in the water.
When you're done, get out and put on some comfy sweats, wash your face with a facial cleanser and put on a hydrating mask (best not to do this in the tub as it will slide off with the excess moisture and heat from the water).
Moisturize with a rich moisturizer. Cocoa butter is an excellent choice. For extra dry skin add a body oil (plain almond oil works if you are sensitive to scent). Don't use anything too heavily scented -- the goal here is simple and chemical free. Try a few drops of lavender on your pillow to help you sleep.

If your hair is looking down then get some olive oil and mix it with one egg white and spread it over your hair, put your hair in a shower cap while you bathe and when you're done, rinse and shampoo.
Use Your favorite smelling bath bubbles.
Try not to watch the television if you need to get something done (like for work). If you do you'll probably be even more stressed out because you didn't get done what was needed to get done. Do this first so you can have a clear mind while relaxing

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sometimes you see spam in your inbox and you don't know how to make your e-mail client categorize it as spam.

For G-mail (Google), go to your inbox and click the box next to the spam and on the top toolbar, click "report spam".
For MSN or Hot mail, go to your inbox and click the box next to the spam and on the top toolbar, click "junk".
For Yahoo, go to your inbox and click the box next to the spam and on the top toolbar, click "spam".
For AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) mail, go to your inbox and click the box next to the spam and on the top toolbar, click "report spam".
* Try not to put your e-mail address in websites that have stuff like "Free PS2" because doing that will add you to their "spam list" and you will get spam from them and from other companies that they sell your information to.
* You can also register at SpamCop and paste your Spam's headings into the box they give you. You might want to use a program such as Mail washer to look at your email's full heading so any code used to verify your email will not work.

Scam is in progress.
Check the credibility of the person or company by entering the company as well as keywords such as "complaint" or "scam" into a search engine such as www.google.ca. This will ensure that any past troubles with the company can be found out about.
Try and find references from people who have already been customers to the company
Check these websites for past scams and more info about the company: www.bbb.org (Better Business Bureau), www.scambusters.com, or www.fraud.org
Find out how long the company has been in business. Did it just suddenly pop up and will it suddenly disappear?
Pay by check so you can stop payments in the event of a scam
Be very cautious about a company that asks for money up front.
When submitting payment, do it by "signature required". this ensure that you must receive a street address rather than a P.O. box. Companies will not be able to disappear easy if you have an address.

* check all sources before making the decision

Friday, June 20, 2008

Avoiding razor burns seems a lot easier than dealing with a painful rash. The following includes information on treatment, skin care to avoid razor burn, and preventative measures. The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is right.
Purchase good razors. The gender specific ones are really nice, but make sure they are affordable enough to make discarding them after a few uses. The more times you must go over the same area, the more likely you are to get razor burn.
Take your time; don't rush through. Shaving should be no more often than once a day at the end of or after a shower or bath. If the skin is softened from the steam, it will make your results much better. The razors weight should be enough pressure to take off the hair. You should not push into the skin.
Apply lotions 30 minutes after finishing your shower. This will allow for your pores to close before and minimize irritation.
Treat razor burn with aloe vera gel. The aloe vera allows for protection from the environment and has analgesic qualities that reduce swelling, soothe the irritation, and form a barrier which protects the skin from infection and promotes healing.
Cortisone cream will also help with the redness and discomfort

If you are unsteady in the shower while shaving, take a bath. This makes for greater stability when reaching distant areas and placing the razor at awkward angles.
Leave the shaving cream on for at least 1 minute before shaving, this allows it to do its JOB!
Avoid shaving if you have razor burn.

Just like facial acne, back and chest acne are very common because there are so many sebaceous glands on these parts of the body. You may also develop acne on your shoulders, arms and even butt. Body acne can appear in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, and cysts or legions, which can not only be pesky, but also painful.Body acne is not always easy to treat, especially on the hard-to-reach back area, and is often more difficult to treat than facial acne because body skin is thicker. But with the right regimen, it can be successfully treated. Here are some effective tips on how to get rid of body acne:

Wash the acne-prone areas daily using an anti-bacterial soap with a salicylic acid-based cleanser and SD alcohol 40.
Gently use a loofah and exfoliating scrub while you’re in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells. Do not scrub the area roughly, which will only increase irritation and inflammation.
Wash acne-prone areas immediately after heavy perspiration. Take a shower as soon as you can after you’re done exercising or sweating heavily on a hot day.
Keep your facial and body skin clean every day and be careful not to trigger acne or rashes by wearing very tight clothing or heavy backpacks.
Wear breathable fabrics, like cotton, in order to induce evaporation of sweat.
Use a body cleanser specifically for fighting acne. Something that washes out the debris in your pores to help keep them clean.
Avoid using heavy creams and lotions on affected areas.

* Understand that body acne is different then facial acne. The pores on the body are much different than the pores that are on your face, so they must be treated differently.
* If you have long hair, get all of the oil and shampoo out of your hair when washing.
* Change your diet. You need to get more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into your diet. These things provide you with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals that will keep your body acne free.
* Stress causes acne. Try to cut down on the stress in your life.
* Keep in mind that it can take up to six weeks to know whether or not your regimen is working, so don’t give up if you don’t see immediate results.

* Don't scrub your skin roughly. It can cause irritation and inflammation.
* Don't pick at the acne because it can lead to further irritation and possible scarring.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

uitting smoking isn't easy. More than 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit, yet only 5 to 10 percent are successful in any given attempt, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite these odds, more than 46 million Americans have managed to quit smoking for good, helping to decrease (or even eliminate) their risk of developing a range of serious health conditions.

Smokers have more tools at their disposal than ever to help them kick the habit, including medications, counseling services, and self-help materials. And many have found success through nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), the use of nicotine delivery methods to help ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings caused by the loss of nicotine from cigarettes.

Wondering if NRT could help you or someone you love quit smoking? Here, the lowdown on the five forms approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

The Method: Nicotine Patch

Usually worn on the arm, the nicotine patch releases nicotine into the body through the skin. The patch is available in several doses, or "steps," so that smokers can gradually wean themselves off nicotine completely. For example, smoking a cigarette delivers roughly 1 mg of nicotine, so someone who used to smoke a pack a day (20 cigarettes) may start with the step one patch, which delivers 21 mg throughout the day. Someone who smoked less may begin at a lower dose.

The Pros: The different levels of nicotine patches available allow smokers to choose the appropriate one for their smoking habits. By gradually working down the levels, they're able to cut down on the amount of nicotine until the addiction dissipates completely.
The Cons: Because the nicotine patch slowly releases nicotine into the bloodstream, the level of nicotine can't be adjusted if the person happens to have a strong nicotine craving. It also may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Side Effects: Possible side effects include skin irritation at the site of the patch, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, racing heartbeat, sleep problems, and headaches. Side effects vary, depending on the dose of nicotine, the person's level of skin sensitivity, how long the patch is used, and how it's applied.

The Method: Nicotine Gum

This special chewing gum delivers nicotine to the bloodstream through absorption by the tissues of the mouth. The gum is chewed until it's soft and gives off a tingly sensation and/or peppery taste. Then it should be pressed between the cheek and gums, known as "parking." When the tingling sensation stops, the gum is chewed again and then parked in a different place in the mouth. This process should be continued until the gum is depleted of nicotine (about 30 minutes). Nicotine gum is available over-the-counter, in both 2 mg and 4 mg strengths. A person who smokes a pack or more per day or smokes within 30 minutes of waking up may need to start with the higher 4 mg dose. Nicotine gum is usually recommended for one to three months, with the maximum duration being six months.

The Pros: Nicotine gum allows people to control the nicotine doses their bodies receive. The gum can be chewed as needed or on a fixed schedule during the day, although no more than 20 pieces of gum are recommended per day. It's also a good choice for people who have sensitive skin and don't want to use a nicotine patch.
The Cons: Long-term dependence is one possible disadvantage of nicotine gum. In addition, the gum can damage dentures and dental prostheses.
Side Effects: Potential side effects of nicotine gum include a bad taste in the mouth, throat irritation, mouth sores, hiccups, nausea, jaw discomfort, and a racing heartbeat. Symptoms related to the stomach and jaw are usually caused by improper use of the gum, such as swallowing nicotine or chewing too fast.

The Method: Nicotine Lozenges

These smoking-cessation candies release nicotine as they slowly dissolve in the mouth. Eventually, the quitter will use fewer and fewer lozenges during the 12-week program until he or she is completely nicotine-free. Smokers can choose their dose based on how long after waking up they normally have their first cigarette.

The Pros: Because the nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth (like the gum), it gets into the blood more quickly, and as a result, it reaches the brain much faster, sending the message that the body has enough nicotine.
The Cons: Biting or chewing the lozenge can cause too much nicotine to be swallowed quickly, resulting in indigestion or heartburn.
Side Effects: Possible side effects include nausea, hiccups, coughing, heartburn, headache, gas, and trouble sleeping.

The Method: Nicotine Nasal Spray

The nasal spray delivers nicotine to the bloodstream as it's quickly absorbed through the nose. It is available only by prescription.

The Pros: It relieves withdrawal symptoms very quickly and lets the user control their nicotine cravings. Smokers trying to quit usually like the nasal spray because it is easy to use.
The Cons: Because the person controls how much of the spray he or she uses, there's the potential dangers of using too much. In addition, those with asthma, allergies, nasal polyps, or sinus problems are usually discouraged from using this product.
Side Effects: The most common side effects can include nasal irritation, a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and throat irritation.

The Method: Nicotine Inhalers

Introduced in 1998, these inhalers, composed of a thin plastic tube with a nicotine cartridge inside, are available by prescription only. When the person puffs on the inhaler, the cartridge emits a nicotine vapor. Unlike other inhalers, which deliver the majority of the medicine to the lungs, the nicotine inhaler delivers most of the nicotine vapor to the mouth. The recommended dose is between six and 16 cartridges a day, for up to six months.

The Pros: Nicotine inhalers are the closest thing to smoking a cigarette, which some smokers find helpful.
The Cons: At this time, inhalers are the most expensive forms of NRT available. According to the American Lung Association, the average cost of the nicotine inhaler is approximately $45 for a package containing 42 cartridges.
Side Effects: The most common side effects, especially when first using the inhaler, include coughing, throat irritation, and upset stomach.

When choosing a type of NRT, it's important to consider which method will best fit your lifestyle and pattern of smoking.

The Benefits of Quitting

Making the decision to stop smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. According to reports from the U.S. Surgeon General, two weeks to three months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function increases. One year after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's. Five to fifteen years after quitting, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker. Ten years after quitting, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease. And after 15 years of quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is equal to that of a non-smoker. And it all begins with four simple words: "I want to quit."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Feeling stressed out? Regain your calm .

Sometimes daily life can get the best of us, and our stress levels can zoom off the charts. With family issues, workplace worries, and day-to-day obligations, anxiety can take a toll on how we feel, both physically and emotionally.

To ease feelings of anxiety or tension, try these methods of stress reduction:

Take a Deep Breath
When people are stressed, they tend to take shallow breaths, which can actually increase feelings of tension. Taking several slow, deep breaths can restore a sense of calm, and can be done almost anywhere.Start by exhaling deeply while contracting your stomach, then inhale slowly as you expand your abdomen. Continue inhaling as you expand your chest and raise your shoulders up to your ears. Hold your breath for a few seconds, then slowly exhale in a reverse pattern. Repeat two or three times, and feel the stress melt from your body.

Activity helps the body to relieve tension, and it also releases endorphins, our own ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Any type of exercise is beneficial, so anything from jogging to swimming to a brisk walk around the office can help decrease stress.

Slow Down
When things get hectic, particularly at work, we tend to speed up in order to feel like we are getting things done in a timely manner. If you feel stressed out while doing your job, practice slowing down. Instead of breathlessly answering your phone the second it rings, take a moment to calm yourself before picking up. Slow down your speaking, too; talking at a rapid pace may make you sound tense, as well as cause you to feel flustered and out of control.

Visualize a Stress-Free You
During visualization, also known as guided imagery, you're in control of your own peaceful dream. Imagine a calm, relaxed setting, such as a beach, mountain peak, or your patio, and insert yourself into the scene. Stay with your vision for several minutes, until you feel your mind and body relax. Visualization can be practiced at home or in your office, with or without an audiotape to guide you.

Remember to Eat
Hunger and dehydration can intensify feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as cause headaches. No matter how busy you are, be sure to eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids.

Check Your Posture
Remember to keep your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress.

Try Yoga
Yoga, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, can reduce stress and help you feel calm and centered. Yoga poses improve flexibility and strength, and incorporate breathing techniques that aid in relaxation and general feelings of well-being.

Enjoy a Massage
Treat yourself to a professional massage. Massage consists of kneading muscles and soft body tissues to relieve stress, tension, and pain. A good massage therapist can loosen and relax tight or sore muscles. Your whole body will feel relaxed, yet refreshed and invigorated.

Are your feelings of discomfort just shyness, or a sign of a more serious health condition? Here's how to tell the difference.

Imagine this: A woman hates to stand in line at the grocery store—not because sheÂ’s impatient, but because she's afraid that everyone is watching her. As she approaches the clerk, she becomes anxious and self-conscious. Her heart begins to race, her face turns red, and she begins to sweat. She tries to say hello, but her mouth is dry and her body trembles. When she leaves the store, she can't stop thinking that she made a fool of herself. Her feelings of apprehension and embarrassment only get worse on the drive home.

If this sounds familiar, you may have social anxiety disorder, a condition that affects approximately 15 million American adults. Also known as social phobia, it often begins in childhood, typically around 13 years of age, and men and women are equally likely to develop the disorder. Unlike getting the jitters before a speech or presentation, which is simply shyness, social anxiety disorder is much worse—it's the extreme, debilitating end of the shyness spectrum.

Understanding the Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed when people become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. People with social phobia have an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them. In fact, they can worry for days or weeks before certain situations. This fear may become so severe that it can interfere with work, school, ordinary activities, and relationships.

Social anxiety disorder affects people differently. Each person fears different situations, ranging from dealing with people in authoritative positions to using a telephone and writing in public. In these scenarios, people may experience intense anxiety that leads to nausea, trembling, muscle tension, stomach upset, diarrhea, heart palpitations, blushing, excessive sweating, dry throat or mouth, and stammering.

Assessing Your Symptoms
Still not sure if youÂ’re dealing with shyness or social anxiety disorder? Remember that dreaded speech or presentation: If you managed to deliver it despite your nerves and breathed a sigh of relief when it was over, youÂ’re probably just shy. If you called in sick to avoid it, chances are, it's social anxiety disorder. In extreme cases, sufferers can't even place a seemingly simple telephone call to order pizza, for example, because they're so worried about how the worker on the other end will react.

People experiencing these sorts of symptoms should seek medical attention as soon as possible since social anxiety disorder can become worse without treatment. And, unlike shyness, social anxiety disorder is often accompanied by depression and may even result in substance abuse if sufferers try to self-medicate. The good news is that most social anxiety disorders can be successfully treated with the right combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. So if you're experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to consult a trained mental-health professional.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Welcoming in a new month is a short activity that allows you to appreciate the passing of time.

Wait until the last five or ten minutes of the last day of the current month to begin. Please note that the day is slightly different each month.
Dress in the proper attire to go outside. If it is raining, wear a raincoat and/or carry an umbrella. If the month you are welcoming is in winter, wear a warm jacket. It is important to stay comfortable, so you can appreciate the moment.
Walk outside
Take some deep breaths. Take note of the temperature, cloud cover, and weather. Notice what you are wearing and how you are feeling. Are the trees budding or are the leaves beginning to fall? Is it seasonably warm or cold? What do you smell? Can you see the stars?
Remember back on the last time you welcomed in a month. How has the weather changed?
Think of what this new month will bring and remember back on the good times of the leaving month.
Go back inside, feeling quiet and calm.
Repeat all steps for the coming months.

* Music can enhance the moment or it may distract you, you can decide.
* Taking a friend who appreciates the moment can add to your happiness, but spending this time with someone who thinks it's silly can make you feel embarrassed.

* Some people may think you are strange and/or crazy if you tell them that the reason you are going outside at midnight is to welcome in a month, especially in the winter months when it is very, very cold.

Did someone ever tell you to be at your best at a restaurant and you didn't know what to do? Well, here is how you can act your best.

Do not lay down if you have a bench to yourself, that is very disrespectful.
Chew with your mouth closed. Nobody wants to see what's in your mouth.
Act nice and polite. If someone asks you to get something, just give it to them; if they say thank you, say your welcome.
Sit up, and if someone is talking, listen.
Eat neatly, do not let food come off your plate or out your mouth.
Do not eat too much, and do not act odd.

Try not to get your hair in the food.
Don't act hyper.
Eat a small snack before going to the restaurant, this way, you won't be ravenous and stuffing your face with food when you get there.

# Try not to get your hair in the food.
# Don't act hyper.
# Eat a small snack before going to the restaurant, this way, you won't be ravenous and stuffing your face with food when you get there.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Whether or not you want to try to raise funds for a cause that your and your school or community wishes to support, and how, will depend on local circumstances and what projects you are planning.

Decide on how you can best support the cause. You may want to raise funds for your own project that is aimed at furthering the cause, or you may want to get involved in raising funds for an organization that is supporting a cause you and your classmates or friends believe in. If you want to raise general funds for a cause, the best option is to do so on behalf of an established non-governmental organization. Many organizations have fundraisingcampaigns that involve local volunteers and projects. Always contact an organization in advance: you must have their official permission to raise funds in their name.
Raise funds in a clear, honest and directed way. Whether you are raising funds for an established organization or for a project of your own, through local events or by applying for a grant, remember the following guidelines:

The purpose for which you are fundraising must be absolutely clear.
Any money raised must be used for the stated purpose and no other.
You should keep careful accounts of any money you raise and what you spend it on, recording even the smallest amounts.
Any money raised must be kept safely, preferably in a bank account opened in the name of your group.
It may be a good idea to ask a responsible adult to 'audit' your accounts, so there can be no question of misuse of funds.
Select a way to raise the funds. There are many ways of raising funds, from simple collecting boxes and doing odd jobs to organizing sponsored walks and more elaborate events such as concerts and fairs. See the article Use School or Community Events to Raise Awareness for more ideas.

Fundraising is certainly not essential for effective action to support a cause: many successful information and education campaigns cost little or nothing but are dependent on enthusiasm, harnessing volunteer talent and receiving donations of time and materials from the volunteers involved. If you feel this is possible for what you are seeking to raise awareness for your cause, then this might be the better option for you to invest energies in.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ah, Sunday. That one day where you can just lay around and do nothing. Of course, some of us prefer to "do stuff" on this day.

The best way to start your day off... is to sleep in. Try to sleep in for a good while (until at least 9) and this will provide you with some essential energy for the day.
An obvious choice would be church or some other religious service. This is entertaining, inspiring, and is a good way to keep your week going.
Eat an enjoyable meal. Sunday is a day to slack, relax and not have to worry about life. This is basically saying to forget your diet just for this one day.
Watch T.V. or read the newspaper while sipping some fresh coffee.
Take a brisk walk with an animal or a friend to calm yourself down, and relax. Avoid jogging or running, this will exhaust you and make you dirty.
Take a long bath with some candles, light music and a good book. Take time in feeling the water jets against your muscles and such.
Take a short siesta (afternoon nap).
Try giving special time with your family

* Take your time in doing things.
* Do not fall asleep in the bathtub.
* Do not burn yourself with the candles.
* Do not go to church if you don't want to.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

When doing economic development projects overseas with the goal of poverty alleviation many people are unaware that seemingly helpful actions can create major long term problems.

Avoid getting in too deep. Always be aware that you need to leave the project and when you do, that project needs to run on its own. Make sure to create a trail of systems, people, and assets that will function without you. If not, the project will fall apart shortly after you leave.
Require some level of investment on the part of the beneficiaries. Giving things for free creates a paternalistic culture that is often hard to change and ruins future projects. Additionally, people's willingness to pay for a project signals how useful they view the project. If people are unwilling to pay for even a part of a project, it usually means that they see no benefit in the project. These groupss will not outright reject the project because it is free and therefore doesn't hurt them even if it is carried out.
Don't think that co-ops are always the answer. Very often in economic development projects there is a desire to help everybody. However, some business plans just do not work with group ownership. A coffee shop to sell to tourists, for example, may be a great business idea in a poor community that is frequented by tourists. However, you can not have 30, or even 5, collective owners of a store. Or at least, not easily. How many businesses in the U.S. do you know that run this way?
Use co-ops when appropriate. To the contrary of the example above, supplying mangoes may be a viable business idea where a number of people can participate and where a co-op might be helpful. If a buyer is identified, the entire community can contribute to picking and supplying mangoes and use the cooperative as a means to negotiate a better price.
Watch out for apathy. Almost anyone will take something for free. If you sense that people are not really interested in the project or in working to make it successful, it may be because it is really of no value to them. In these cases, they may not reject the project because, after all, it is free. This is another good reason for making sure that people invest in the projects that benefit them.

Friday, June 13, 2008

If you feel you may have signs or symptoms of burnout don't ignore them. Like stress burnout can have significant health consequences including fatigue, insomnia, weight gain or loss. It has the potential to put some people at increased risk of depression, anxiety and other emotional difficulties. And working in an environment that negatively affects your physical and mental health can affect your personal life.

Talk to your supervisor or mentor, or see your doctor or a mental health professional. A counselor at your employee assistance program (EAP) can help you assess your interests, skills and passions. This can help you decide if you should consider an alternative job, whether it be one that's less demanding or one that better matches your interests.

Recovery from burnout is possible, but it may require changes and take time, so don't expect a quick fix. Keep an open mind and consider all your options. Don't let a demanding job affect your health

You can overcome burnout. But first you have to understand what caused it. Burnout can result from:

  • Lack of control. Perhaps you're unable to influence decisions that affect your job, such as which hours you'll work or which assignments you get. Perhaps you're unable to control the amount of work that comes in.
  • Unclear job expectations. Examples include uncertainty over what degree of authority you have and not having the necessary resources to do your work.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Examples are working with an office bully, being undermined by colleagues or having a boss who micromanages your work.
  • Mismatch in values. If your values differ from the way your company does business or handles employee grievances, it will wear on you.
  • Poor job fit. Working in a job that poorly aligns with your interests and skills is certain to become more and more stressful over time.
  • Extremes of activity. When a job is always monotonous or chaotic, you'll need constant energy to remain focused. Over time this energy drain can lead to burnout.

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term exposure to demanding work situations. Burnout is the cumulative result of stress. You may be more prone to burnout if:

  • You identify so strongly with work that you lack a reasonable balance between work and your personal life
  • You try to be everything to everyone
  • Your job is monotonous
  • You work in the helping professions, such as health care, counseling, teaching or law enforcement

Discover if you're at risk of burnout, and what you can do when your job begins to affect your health and happiness.

It's time to head back to work after your brief vacation. You have a demanding job and carry a great deal of responsibility on your shoulders. Even though your time off was relaxing, you dread going back to work. A trusted friend thinks you have job burnout.

Maybe you've started to wonder whether you have burnout yourself. Or maybe — like many people — you've tried to avoid the question all together. A closer look at burnout and why you may have it can help you to face the problem and take action before it affects your health.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Something terrible happens to businesses that don't advertise - Nothing. Follow these advertising tips to make your business thrive.
Take into consideration what you are trying to advertise.
Remember your audience. If you are targeting a specific gender, age group, etc. be sure that your advertisement reflects that.
Choose a location for your advertisement. Pick a place that can be easily noticed. Always remember; it's all about location, location, location.
Try to avoid what is most commonly ignored by people. This would include: popups, email (spam), junk mail, etc., because most often people just toss aside and ignore these.
Be creative and original. If you use phrases that are becoming old such as: "Would you like to...?", "What if I told you there is a way to avoid...", "and gain...?", "Call now! Only pay S&H!" This will automatically pull their attention away, because they know it's just like all the others they come across on a daily basis.
Be funny. Nothing catches peoples attention better than bright colors, a funny picture, and music!
Choose a method! You can hand out flyers and brochures, you can make a commercial, a billboard, text messages, posters, etc.
Create a catchy tune/ slogan/ symbol for your advertisement. Studies show that these have high impact on making people remember your advertisement.
Have real promotions if you are selling a product. Nothing says buy my product like "free sample!" or "buy one get one free!" People LOVE this. Just make it real and simple, though. If you say "1 week trial, only S&H" they won't believe you.
Spread the word. Nothing gets around the world faster than gossip. Tell family, friends, neighbors, etc. about it and see how many people come to you.
Just have fun with it! If you act interested others will be interested.

* Make it colorful, musical, and funny!
* Have fun and be interested
* If you're making a commercial, don't make the people look "Brady Bunch Happy" instead, make them look like NORMAL people

Avoid common advertising methods and phrases. People will toss them aside.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Computers are really addictive. You can talk to friends, search for things, or play games. However, spending too much time on the computer means you miss out on other things in life.

Ask yourself how much time you spend on the computer. Is this excess time interfering with your social, academic, family, or religious life?
Set a certain time to be on the computer. Even if it is hard, limit yourself to around two hours a day.
Get interested in a sport or other activity you can do with friends, so you won't have to be IMing them instead. Face to face talking is much better anyway.
Realize that it is not the end of the world if you are not able to check your email every single second. In the event of a truly important or timely matter, people will usually contact you via telephone or in person.
Close all your unnecessary accounts -- (MySpace, Runescape, Facebook, etc.).
Get out of the house. Go to a local coffee shop or even the mall for a change of pace.
* Setting a certain time for yourself for computer time it isn't always easy. Choose two or three hours a day but be careful on how you space them. Having them too far apart can be torture, but having them too close together gives you little time to do anything in between. (Feel free to have certain schedules for certain days of the week.)

* Don't start to freak out the first day when you stop being on the computer. Don't just quit, that will torture yourself more, spend some time on schoolwork you've been delaying or go for a run or bike ride with a friend or two, distract yourself.

Monday, June 9, 2008

With divorce rates soaring to just over 40%, and people living well into their 70s, 80s, and 90s, tying the knot might seem more intimidating than ever. However, by understanding what marriage entails and clarifying your expectations, you can overcome your nuptial-phobia and make an informed decision on whether or not to get married.

Determine what exactly you are scared of. Most people don't fear marriage itself but rather, its implications and its potential failure. What are you worried will change? What's the worst possible scenario that's paralyzing your views on marriage?
Address your fears. If your parents had a bad marriage, understand that every marriage is different, and just because theirs wasn't healthy doesn't mean yours can't be. If you're worried about the marriage falling apart, make a list in your mind of what you can and will do to make the marriage work. Imagine all the scenarios that make you scared and then, imagine what you will do in that specific situation to make it better.
Talk it over. Ask anybody you know of in a successful marriage to tell you their secrets. Usually it's something like, "We overlook each other's minor bad habits." But most of all, express your concerns to your partner. This is the perfect opportunity to exercise the communication skills that are essential for any healthy relationship to last, and your partner should be understanding and helpful.
A good nugget of wisdom to remember is that you shouldn't marry the person you know you can live with for the rest of your life; marry the one whom you can't imagine yourself living without.
Think about what marriage enables that you (and others in your life, such as your family members) would not have otherwise-- and also what it changes that you would have otherwise.
Realize that you are not going to live in harmony every second of every day you are married. You are not perfect, and neither is your partner, married or not. If you're waiting to be with someone with whom every day is rainbows and sunshine, you'll never settle down or get married because no one will ever be able to live up to that illusion. Marriage is hard work and it takes your whole life to complete it. Too many people get married with the expectation that if things start to get tough, they'll just file for divorce and start all over again. Be prepared for the bumps in the road, and don't be surprised when you come across them.
Plan your life. Sit down and iron things out before you get married. Will you have children? How many? Who will manage the money? Will both spouses work? How much will you save for retirement? Where will you live? Who gets which responsibility? If the husband can still go out to bars with his buddies, can the wife still do the same? These are the difficult yet practical questions to ask before you commit yourself to somebody for the rest of your life. Don't discover the answers the hard way, when there's already a ring on your finger. It's better to foresee conflict and prevent it. If you have a healthy relationship, the questioning process will bring you closer.

The top 3 three causes of divorce are disagreements on money, religion, and children, in that order. Do your best ahead of time to make sure you're on the same page to the maximum extent possible, and you'll go a long way to evening the long-term odds. Have in-depth conversations about expectations, beliefs, hopes, timing, planning... the more you know about one another and the fewer surprises you have on important subjects, the better!
Disagreements are normal in any relationship! It is healthy and a lot can be learned from them. Do your best to listen to the other's point of view and express your concerns with love and respect.

Not all choices are right, but you still have to make them.
Consider that if you allow your fear of marriage to prevent you from settling down, you might be single for the rest of your life. *Strongly consider going to marital counseling with your significant other. The information and frank discussion with a third party professional can be invaluable in helping you make the best of your marriage.
Think of all the wonderful parts of marriage. Being with the one you love.
Consider your sexual activities and their influence on your attitudes toward marriage. For some people, sex outside of marriage can unconsciously devalue the committed marriage relationship. Living by the principle of no sex outside of marriage has helped many people value faithfulness in their relationships and give partners a knowledge of true uniqueness to each other. For others, it has delayed knowledge about their partner that was cruical to the decision to stay together. Remember that sexuality has a part to play in your relationship, and that your attitude to it will affect your relationsip, no matter what choice you make.

If you absolutely cannot shake your fear of marriage, let your significant other know your feelings. You do run the risk of losing the relationship by doing this.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Whether you're in a hurry, you have a tight budget, or if you simply want to get married without making it a big production, it's still possible to have a real wedding. Instead of spending huge amounts of time and money, use your own creativity and resourcefulness, and that of understanding family members and friends.

Take care of the legal stuff as soon as you decide to get married. Go to the courthouse and get the marriage license. (Note that in some countries you may need to wait a month or more after acquiring a licence to have a legal ceremony.)

Spread the word. Invite people by email, phone, or (if you trust your delegates) word of mouth. If you have more than two weeks, use a computer to design and print your own invitations, but remember that they'll take time to go through the mail.

Find an officiant, but don't look in the phone book first. If you don't have somebody in mind, ask people you know. Just about anybody can become an officiant, and chances are that word of mouth can put you in touch with somebody who has, or is willing. Choose somebody you are comfortable with.
Write the ceremony yourselves. This step is not about haste or budget, but about having a ceremony that is meaningful and comfortable for you.

Obtain rings, if you choose to wear them. Jewelry stores may try to sell you the fanciest, priciest thing, but meaning is far more important here than cost.

Go casual. Let everyone know that your wedding is a barbecue, picnic, beach, or luau theme. It is much easier and less costly to orchestrate these gatherings than something more formal or fancy, and nobody will mind that everything doesn't all match. Tell everybody to wear jeans and sneakers, sandals and shorts, and their favorite Hawaiian shirt. People are a lot more comfortable in casual clothing, anyway, and it will put everybody at ease.

Wear clothes you already own, or buy something simple that you can wear again.
Get married in your home, or your back yard, if you can.
>Have the wedding and the reception in the same place. Your guests won't have to stop everything and get lost going from here to there, and you won't have to prepare and clean up two different venues.

Borrow chairs or inquire about renting them. Ask around and get creative. Otherwise, rent from a local party center.

Keep cleanup simple, See if a party store near you has an inexpensive roll of plastic tablecloth material in the color of your wedding. Cut it to length and don't forget to tape it down, especially if you're outdoors.

Appoint a "stage manager", if possible. A level-headed high school or college student is ideal, particularly anybody who has had experience in band, drama, restaurants, or the like. This person will help you watch timing, direct and assist with setup, run last minute errands, line people up for group photos, and so on. Offer to pay this person, especially if he/she is a "starving student", treat him/her to a nice dinner, or return the favor.

Keep favors simple,or skip altogether . Avoid making favors that will require a lot of assembly. For our wedding, we got a selection of attractive dollar-store fans as favors that doubled as colorful centerpieces, plus some pinwheels and bubble juice for the kids who attended The weather was warm the day of the wedding and the fans were very well received.

Skip the flowers or buy just a few from a supermarket (go for color, not price) A single open rose or camellia floating in a bowl of water can be very elegant.Alternatively, for centerpieces, consider simple candles

Skip the photographer, unless you know an amateur or hobbyist who is eager to try her hand at it. Let your guests know that you'd like copies of their snapshots. You'll probably have dozens of cameras in the crowd, and some of them will get good pictures. It's easier than ever to share photos. You'd have a hard time stopping people from taking hundreds of photos of your wedding. Do take the time to line up different groups of your guests for photos after the ceremony. maybe ask Bill & John David

Place plenty of trash cans and, if possible, well-marked recycle bins in discreet but visible locations. Many guests will naturally clean up after themselves when given the opportunity.

Consider doing your own music with wedding CD

Don't feel guilty or timid asking for help. Most people will understand completely and they'll be delighted to pitch in.
If people offer to help, let them! You might be surprised at how many people volunteer, when given an opportunity to do something besides dress up, show up, and eat. Let your "stage manager" assist you in putting these people to work.
Relax and have fun, knowing that by letting this event be informal, you've saved yourself and your guests a lot of stress and hassle!

Do something separate for the people where you work. Including too many people from your office can expand your guest list dramatically. They probably don't know your family, anyway, so they may feel awkward showing up and trying to fit in. Instead, have cake or snacks in the lunchroom or go out for drinks after work one day and invite anyone you like or just announce it generally and let people decide for themselves whether to join you. This gives everybody a chance to celebrate and meet you while keeping your wedding a little more intimate

  • A willing partner.
  • An officiant.
  • A minimal budget. With many weddings costing as much as luxury cars, $500 is a very minimal budget.
  • Helpful friends and family members.
  • A location.
  • A quantity of food.
  • Imagination.

Friday, June 6, 2008

This is an interesting Tag. I edited most of it . Some answer doesn't not apply to me. So here it goes

1. What do you want for your birthday?
I wish for peace on our world today and ever. And wish for the safety of our home and my whole family. And my greatest wish of all is to have my dreams come true..please…Ü (hmmm don't know if God well grant me).......

2. Who will be your next kiss?
uhm…of course my childrens they were cute and adorable! hehe…

3. When was the last time you went to the mall?
umhhhh a week ago. I always make time to relax even a little .

4. Are you wearing socks right now?
nope, just a plip-plop.

5. How did you spend your summer?
well, summer is just starting here. So i don't have plan yet ( lol)

6. Have you been to the cinema in the last 5 days?
nope, I rather wait the cd's ( wink, wink)

7. What was the last thing you had to drink?

8. What are you wearing right now?
long pants, and a shirt

9. What was your last purchase?
Domain & U?

10. What was the last food you ate?
Bacon, hash brown and scramble egg. hey i just ate breakfast!

11. Who would be the person you would call if you were up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep?

12. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?

13. Do you have a pet?
yes, gold fish

14. What made you laugh in the last 5 days?

My kids

15. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
With My kids ( its relevant)

16. What is the last thing you purchased online?

17. One thing you hate about yourself?

18. Do you miss anyone?
Yep, my friends and my parents and sisters ...they RIP already
19. What are your plans for the day?
just chill

20. Last person you sent message?
My friend Gladys

21. Ever went to a camp?
yes, Church Camp

22. Are you a good student in school?

well, I would say yes, I was the outstanding student of all.

23. What do you know about the (your) future?
Don't know only God knows it. I believe in faith

24. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
yes, dont we all do!

25. Where is/are your best friend/s right , now?
In new Mexico.

I’m sharing this to : dabawenyababe , My Small World, Truth Undedited

Preparing your own organic skin care treatments using common items found right in your own kitchen or garden can be just as, or more effective as the ones you can buy and represent quite a cost savings.

Begin by taking an inventory of potential natural skin care ingredients available in your cupboards and refrigerator. The most common items include citrus fruits, dairy items, sugar, salt, vinegars, aspirin, eggs, honey, oatmeal, olive oil and tea bags.
Decide on the natural skin care ingredients that best address your skin type and skin care issues. Oil skin types will want to focus on more astringent ingredients such as citrus and exfoliating salt or sugar scrubs while sensitive skin types will want to include more soothing items such as olive oil, dairy products and honey.
Develop a natural skin care routine that incorporates a cleansing, scrub, toning, and moisturizing recipe using the natural ingredients best suited for your skin type. A normal skin type might use a sea salt scrub recipe followed by a lemon juice toner and olive oil based moisturizer.
Start collecting natural skin care recipes and experiment with ingredients to determine which are best suited to address your skin care needs.
Most skin types benefit from regular facial steams and a weekly facial treatment. Try whipping up a 10 minute enriching moisturizing facial mask from an egg, a packet of unflavored gelatin, a squeeze of lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil.

* Its fun! Let yourself enjoy and experiment so you can discover the ingredients and recipes you work the best for you.
* Many natural skin care recipes can be made ahead and will keep for several days when refrigerated.
* There a literally thousands of natural skin care recipes that can address a wide range of skin care issues from combating acne outbreaks to healing skin irritations. The more you explore recipes the greater the success you will have mixing up your own natural skin care treatments!
* An awesome deodorant consists of just essential oil diluted in water.

* If you are allergic to certain foods, don’t use them in a natural skin care recipe either!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

With advanced technology, Internet, and computers, we are now able to do large and difficult tasks with the push of a button. This article will explain how to make a family tree online quickly and easily.

Gather as much family history you know including: Family members, genders, birth dates/birthplaces, and death dates/death place of ancestors.
Make a rough draft of your family tree. Start with yourself and work your way outwards towards your mother, father, and their parents/children/siblings. If you have blanks or missing places on your family tree, because you do not know some of the people or their information, that's OK. There are several resources to help you find people. On most family tree sites, they also provide ancestor-finding technology that is available.
Visit an ancestry/family tree making website and simply follow the directions from there using the information you have gathered about your family. Two of the more popular websites include family in history and tribal pages<

  • There are also family tree software that you can find online to download and fill in. These are similar to the sites, though. Choose which ever you prefer. Both ways are easy-to-use and convenient.

  • You may not have the information necessary to make the family tree. Be sure to either seek information from family members or, if they're also clueless, online.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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These days, the average American man can expect to live for up to 74 years, while the average U.S. woman will see her 79th birthday. Although genetics and sheer luck play some part in life expectancy, our longevity also depends largely on the habits we incorporate into our daily lives.

Living to 100
Not everyone will become a centenarian, but those who live to be 100 years or older often say they have relied on the following habits to live full, healthy lives. Whether you're in your twenties or already a senior citizen, adopting these into your daily routine can add years.

• Be a Healthy Eater. Consume a well-balanced diet with ample portions of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains; fat-free and low-fat dairy products; legumes; and lean meats such as fish and poultry. Try to get at least two servings of fish a week, preferably fatty fish that's rich in omega-3's, such as salmon. And avoid sugary beverages, which can spike blood sugar and calorie absorption. Research shows that a glass of red wine each day can increase your lifespan by up to four years.

• Remain Active. At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week will help you stay physically fit. Overweight but fit people outlive those who are overweight but out of shape, but when it comes to increasing your lifespan, it's best to be slim and fit. Moderate exercise can include brisk walking, swimming, cycling, and gardening.

• Be Lean. Pay attention to your caloric intake and energy expenditure, and resist the urge to overeat—even if you're working out every day. Focus on foods that provide a variety of nutrients, healthy unsaturated fats, and limited added sugar. Although calorie-restriction diets remain controversial, several studies suggest that limiting your caloric intake may add years.

• Test Yourself. It's important to get regular checkups, as well as key exams such as cholesterol and blood-pressure tests. To lower your cholesterol levels, limit unsaturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fatty acids found in processed and packaged foods. To keep your blood pressure in check, reduce your sodium intake to no more than one teaspoon of salt per day.

• Get Your Z's. Individuals who get six to seven hours of sleep a night live longer than those who sleep only four to five hours. So, it's important to make sleep a priority.

• Quit Smoking. Kicking the habit, even after decades, can reduce your cancer and heart-disease risk and increase your life expectancy. For best results, talk with your doctor about smoking-cessation options.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Physical activity is one important key to good health. Healthy adults 18 to 65 take part in.

  • Moderate intense aerobic exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or vigorously intense aerobic exercise 20 minutes a day, three times a week.
  • Eight to 10 strength -training exercise, 8 to 12 repetitions each, on two or more consecutive days each week.

If you are trying to lose weight, you may need 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity a day.

These guidelines aren't meant to be daunting. You may already be getting some physical activity in moderate- or vigorous-intensive everyday activities, such as walking the dog, gardening or doing carpentry work. Other options include getting moderately intense activity throughout the day in 10 minutes segments or combining moderate-and vigorous intensity activities.

  • Moderate Intensity. Means your heart rate is elevated and you break a sweat, yet can still carry on a conversation. Examples: Walking briskly, bicycling on level retrain, tennis doubles and strength training.
  • Vigorous Intensity result in a large increase in breathing or heart rate. Conversation is difficult. Examples: jogging, bicycling uphill, swimming laps, singles tennis and circuit training.
  • If you are over 40, use tobacco or have health problems or conditions consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Anyone in the world, big or small, fat or thin, black or white, can feel somewhat inferior to everyone else. These things we tell ourselves, that we aren't good enough, pretty enough or smart enough, are in no way based on facts. This article will go through simple steps through which you or anyone can overcome any inferiority complex you may face.

Bear in mind that every human being in this world is different; no one face or body is the same. Your 'inferiority' as you may refer to it, can also be seen as a unique or individual quality. What makes you feel these things are 'inferior' to everyone else? If there is no norm amongst human beings, how can there possibly be any form of inferiority?
Ignore what others may perceive of your 'inferiority', everyone you walk past in the steets and towns 99.9% pay no attention to you what so ever
If you have a complex about a specific body part, think hard about what makes them 'inferior' to everyone else's. Write this on paper if it helps. Seriously think about the logic of this; you're not going to seriously get stopped in the street for having what you think of as 'inferior' hands or feet.
not alone.

  • If your inferiority is physical, avoid looking in the mirror too much in the first stages.
  • Never refer to your differences as inferiorities!
  • Never listen to anyone who puts you down.
  • The mind-set to change
  • Good friends
  • Positivity

Sunday, June 1, 2008

White dresses are refreshing and summery. The colour white connotes purity, innocence and liberty. Wearing white dresses well, however, is a little more complex than the simplicity suggested by the colour. This article provides some pointers on wearing a white dress well.

Be sure that white suits you. White doesn't suit all people but it is a colour many can wear without problems (provided the fit of the dress looks good). Warm skin tones go well with white; if you have a tan or naturally dark skin, white looks amazing. If white makes you look washed out, avoid it.

  • Avoid this look
    Avoid this look
    Select a solid and opaque white dress. White fabric suffers the curse of being see-through in many instances. When you shop for your white dress, check the transparency factor. To do this:

    • Place the dress up against the light.
    • Hold a hand behind the dress.
    • Look for your hand and see how obvious it is. If you can see the color and form of your hand, that dress is going to show everything underneath!
  • Select quality fabric. Quality fabrics are less likely to be see-through. Some dresses may even be lined. Look for heavier count cottons, linen and some manmade fabrics.
  • Keep it flowing
    Keep it flowing
    Avoid clinging white dresses. White is not a colour that lends itself to good flattering when it clings to your curves. Select white dresses that billow, flounce and flow. White is about summer, freedom and breezes, so make sure that the dress reflects these features well.
  • Wear underwear that is the same colour as your skin. Don't wear white underwear, nor any other colour (other than your skin colour) for that fact. Skin-toned underwear will ensure that nothing peeps through to draw the eye to the wrong place; use skin-coloured slips, underpants and skin-coloured bras.
  • Choose an appropriate shoe to match a white dress. White is the color of purity and simplicity. If you want to stand out, you can add red high heels with your white dress, but some people might consider it over the top--and if that's what you're going for, that's good! Otherwise...
    • Beige, camel, brown and soft grey make great colour choices.
    • Silver, bronze or gold metallic sandals or flip flops are always perfectly fitting with white.
    • These would be overwhelming with a white dress
      These would be overwhelming with a white dress
      Avoid wearing white sandals or shoes, as this will create an overwhelming effect.
  • Choose appropriate accessories. White is a canvas that will suit many kinds of accessories but a key element is to keep it simple. Never overwhelm the white canvas. Wooden accessories go well (bangles, beads etc.), as does any metallic jewelery.

    White has a "goody-two-shoes" image. It is recommended to show a little skin if you want to challenge this image a little.
  • White at work should only be worn when the clothing item fits really well and is of good quality. Most white dresses are likely to be too summery and carefree to suit the seriousness of a business environment.
  • White isn't always a great colour if you're raising children. It won't be white for long after picking them up and running after them. Save it for the special occasions when someone else is in charge of them for a few hours. Or, purchase white fabrics that will hold up to getting bleached every time the kids attack!

    • Never wear a white dress to a wedding; that's called upstaging, and the bride won't thank you for it. It is okay to wear a little white, perhaps a hat or belt, but never wear a white dress.
    • Avoid patterned or bright colored underwear!
    • Be careful wearing white during your period. Leakages are very obvious.
    • In more traditional parts of the U.S., white is only to be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Although this custom is observed less frequently than in the past, wearing white outside of this time period may be considered a faux pas, especially at more formal or conservative events.
    • White tends to become see through if wet. While wearing a white dress, be careful of fountains, sprinklers, etc. If you know that there will be water where you are going and theres a good chance of you getting wet, you should reconsider wearing white.


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