As a person who is studying as a Dietitian , heard a lot about health!Many people do not care about their health and are busy working and are taking calories in excess.The rate of obesity has risen due to the intake of sweets,chocolate and many food containing loads of fats.
Many precaution should be taken concerning the younger generation. With the advanced of technology, scientist have surely find ways to be slim and not to feel different from others. Many chemical solutions have been produced and sold on the World Market but not one doubt of further circumstances. Physical exercises also help the proper functioning of our heart. We have swimming,running slowly,walking fast not in a vigorous way and many sports activity. Many people think that sport is good for health. It's true that sport is good but the problem is that if we do not know how to practice it in the convenient manner it can be fatal to our health. We should do things according to our capacity. Human body has a limited capacity and we should all respect it. Consuming drugs to enforced our capacity is not efficient for our health in the long run even death can occur at the wrong time.
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables containing lots fibers.
Have at least eight hour sleeping each day.
At least fifteen minutes of exercise.
A balanced diet is required.
Breakfast plays a vital role in your health
Use herbal product (vegetable) rather than product containing lots of chemical substances.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcoholic drinks
Drink one glass of water as you wake up every morning
Sources and Citations
What you eat is what you are so eat healthy.
Be in Good Health
Monday, September 29, 2008
As a person who is studying as a Dietitian , heard a lot about health!Many people do not care about their health and are busy working and are taking calories in excess.The rate of obesity has risen due to the intake of sweets,chocolate and many food containing loads of fats.
Posted by Jane at 2:14 PM
How to Block Bad Thoughts
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Blocking bad thoughts is key in a tight situation. Read this article on how to block bad thoughts.
Clear your mind and be calm. Blocking bad thoughts will be easier if you do this.
Approach the situation at hand with calm thoughts and feelings.
Think of only the positives. If you are all positive, no bad thoughts will occur.
Concentrate on tranquility and gentleness. This will calm your senses down.
Do your best not to focus on the down side. Think of how unlikely the bad things are to occur.
There are many methods of relaxation. The two that would help you in this case are hypnotism and meditation.
Posted by Jane at 1:13 PM
Cope During a Panic Attack
Saturday, September 27, 2008
A panic attack, otherwise known as an anxiety attack, can feel overwhelming when it happens. Often there is uncontrolled fast gasping for breath or panting. It doesn't have to get completely out of your control -- try these suggestions to ease your feelings caused by worries or fears. Sometimes the panic victim will think that it's a heart attack because of feeling faint, weak and shaky! Learn to slow down the panic by preparing ahead of time...
Focus on your breath to control panting... Now make sure that you are breathing slowly and abdominally. That is, your abdomen should expand and contract while breathing, not just your chest.
As a panic attack often fuels itself by unintentionally focusing on the cause of panic, it can help to divert your attention by focusing on something else, such as doing mental puzzles: word games, numerical problems or noting the features of different objects within sight. Try counting backwards from 100 by 3's, or saying the alphabet backwards, etc. It's even better if you can fully avoid focusing, do not focus on not focusing. (practising meditation helps learning how to do this).
If possible have someone you know/trust talk to you and comfort you. Ask him/her to massage your palm while talking to you.
Tense the various muscles in your body for a few seconds and then release, allowing yourself to relax.
If you are able to stand, get up and walk around slowly, while "slowly" deep breathing (change of focus).
Breathing 8 or fewer times per minute is less likely to trigger the "fight or flight" response, which is the source of adrenaline during a panic attack. Breathe in slowly for 4-5 seconds and exhale slowly for 4-5 seconds as best you can.
If you are hyperventilating, use a paper bag or envelope, to breathe into. Within a few breaths, the CO2 levels are restored and the breathing restores to a slower pace. If you don’t have a paper bag, HOLD your breath for short times. Note, in this case, do not take very deep breath, but hold your breath. Again, this can restore CO2 levels and the attack immediately subsides.
Listen to music. Keep headphones on, when you go out, or are in any situation which is likely to trigger an event.
Anxiety/panic attack may have no link to a real immediate threat, most of the time it fuels itself, as if your mind was running in circles. One way to break the circle is to ask yourself (or the person suffering from the anxiety attack), "How is panicking gonna help you?" Wait for a response like: "It's not!" So now let's try (tensing/relaxing, talk, massage hand (change of focus), paper bag, holding breath) this.
Breathe in for 2 seconds, and out for 4.
These suggestions are intended for your general knowledge only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for any condition.
You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider.
Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.
When a panic attack strikes, it may be hard to think about what to do as panic pretty much disables your mind's ability to think.
If you are subject to panic/anxiety attack, prepare yourself. Practicing meditation on a regular basis will help to keep or regain a grip on your own mind.
Posted by Jane at 2:12 PM
Maintain a Good Weblog
Friday, September 26, 2008
Many people want a way to express themselves on the internet. While some people are concerned about "Public" things like Myspace, a blog is a great way to express, communicate, and idealize your privacy. (This article is for people who have a semi-advanced knowledge of computers/the internet.)
Consider using one of the many free blog hosting services such as livejournal.com, deadjournal.com, or xanga.com.
Install a blog on a web server if you are more technically-savvy. This is a little bit more difficult than the "Remotely Hosted" Option, but gives you much more functionality. If you want to do this, follow these steps:
Find a weblog software that works for you. Find one that meets your requirements: Do you have PHP? Perl? Mysql? PostgreSQL? None of these? If you answered "None of these", You might wanna turn around.
Make sure you have the space. Is your web-server limiting bandwidth or space? Are you running a home server that doesn't have restrictions? Is there a database size restriction? If so, you might wanna think again about hosting your own.
Consider starting with a Perl-based weblog system. They generally do not require anything other that a writable folder, let alone an SQL database.
Once you have some experience, you might be able to step up to advanced PHP/SQL based blogging system such as Wordpress or PHPBBlog (A phpbb extension)
If you have limited resources (SQL servers, Bandwidth, Space, ect) You might want to stick with the "Remotely Hosted" options.
If you're running a home server, and you are not sure about what you are doing, you may be open to hacking attempts. For example, if you keep all of your website's files on the root of your C drive anyone has access to your whole computer.
Watch out for spammers. Some blog systems are vulnerable to certain spam bots which can post advertisements within your comment box. Try to add a verification image to the comment box so as to reduce the amount of spam.
Posted by Jane at 12:39 PM
Take Lecture Notes
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Taking great notes is becoming a lost art. Here's how to get the most out of a lecture, and have amazing notes to show for it.
Before the Lecture Begins
Prepare for the lecture so that you will be more likely to predict the organization of the lecture. Check the course outline to see if the lecturer has listed the topic or key ideas in the upcoming lecture. If so, convert this information into questions to be answered in
Sit as near to the front of the room as possible to eliminate distractions. And don't forget to turn off your cell-phone.
Have a proper attitude. Listening well is a matter of paying close attention. Be prepared to be open-minded about what the lecturer may be saying, even though you may disagree with it.
During the Lecture
Keep extra pencils sharpened and ready, or extra lead for mechanical pencils in case a pencil breaks during the lecture.
Write down the title of the lecture, the name of the course and the date.
Listen carefully to the introduction (if there is one). By knowing this outline, you will be better prepared to anticipate what notes you will need to take. Decipher this outline by listening for:
A topic for each section.
Supporting points or examples for the topic.
Copy what's written on the whiteboard and transparencies, especially the outline. To make sure that you get everything, get in the habit of skipping words like "the" and "a" and make use of shorthand and abbreviations. Summarize your notes in your own words, not the instructor's. Remember: your goal is to understand what the professor is saying, not to try to record exactly everything he or she says.
Recognize main ideas by signal words that indicate something important is to follow. See the tip on signals below.
Jot down details or examples that support the main ideas. Take down examples and sketches which the lecturer presents. Indicate examples with "e.g." Give special attention to details not covered in the textbook.
If there is a summary at the end of the lecture, pay close attention to it. You can use it to check the organization of your notes. If your notes seem disorganized, copy down the main points that are covered in the summary. It will help in revising your notes later.
At the end of the lecture, ask questions about points that you did not understand.
After the Lecture
Revise your notes as quickly as possible, preferably immediately after the lecture, since at that time you will still remember a good deal of the lecture. Also it is a good idea to reread your notes within 24 hours of the lecture.
During the first review period after the lecture, coordinate reading and lecture notes.
Review your lecture notes at least once a week. Also, review the lecture notes before the next lecture.
Remember that taking notes is not the primary reason for attending a lecture, trying to make your notes too perfect is a pitfall.
Collect notes for each course in one place, in a separate notebook or section of a notebook.
Write notes on one side of the paper only. Use a pen -- pencil will smear eventually, which is bad if the final test is cumulative or if you want to save your notes.
Use a loose-leaf notebook rather than a notebook with a permanent binding. See the pattern of a lecture by spreading out the pages.
Use two pieces of paper, one as a draft, and one as your final notes or use the Cornell Notetaking Method to organize the revision and review of your notes.
Enter your notes legibly because it saves time. Make them clear.
Box assignments and suggested books so you can identify them quickly.
Mark ideas which the lecture emphasizes with an arrow or some special symbol.
When the teacher looks at his/her notes, pay attention to what they say next.
Trade your "draft" notes with a classmate after each lecture. A scanner and email works great for passing these notes.
Incorporate different colors of ink, diagrams, drawings of your own. Make your notes your notes. Take advantage of how you learn (visually, orally, or actively) and write/draw your notes according to that style.
Watch for signal words. Your instructor is not going to send up a rocket when He/she states an important new idea or gives an example, but she will use signals to telegraph what she is doing. Every good speaker does it, and you should expect to receive these signals. For example, she may introduce an example with "for example" as done here. Other common signals:
o "There are three reasons why...." (Here they come!)
o "First...Second... Third...." (There they are!)
o "And most important,...." (A main idea!)
o "A major development...." (A main idea again!)
He/She may signal support material with:
o "On the other hand...."
o "On the contrary...."
o "For example...."
o "In contrast...."
o "As an example...."
o "For instance...."
He may signal conclusion or summary with:
o "In conclusion...."
o "As a result...."
o "In summary...."
o "From this we see...."
He/She may signal very loudly with:
o "Now this is important...."
o "Remember that...."
o "The important idea is that...."
o "The basic concept here is...."
Consider splitting the page into two columns -- keep lecture notes on one side, and write questions that come up during the lecture on the other side. This will ensure that you don't forget any unclear points or questions that come up during the lecture, and will enable you to associate the answer with the relevant material when you find it later. Also, if you go to office hours, your professor will notice that you were paying attention in class, which will pay off in the long run.
Consider buying a cheap tape recorder. Take in consideration the recording range of the hardware (on the package), the length of tape and the lecture, how big the lecture hall is, and how far away you will be from the lecturer.
Remember to ask permission before taping your professor (or anyone!) Most teachers are delighted to have a student who takes that much interest in their subject. But, they still may say no (possibly because they don't want to get sued), and that you have to accept that.
Most newer micro recorders will record to internal memory in a PC-friendly audio format (like MP3, WMA, etc). You can be the class hero by transferring these to your PC and then uploading them to your personal web page or MySpace page. Use a descriptive title when naming the files to stay organized (include date of class, professor and class subject code).
If you have an MP3 player, see if it has a built-in microphone and recording capabilities. Most iPods don't, but many other brands do (e.g. Creative Zen Micro). Like a digital micro recorder, you can transfer files easily to your computer or a web page.
If feasible, consider using a laptop computer (even an old one) and a note-taking program such as OneNote or BasKet or an online wiki to take outline-style notes. This doesn't work for every student or every course, but has many advantages: faster typing means more complete ideas are recorded, it will always be legible, and it is easier to edit and share your notes. It does not work so well for courses in which the notes include many pictures or diagrams, but you still may find it worthwhile. Be sure to backup your notes regularly if you do this!
You don't have to be too much of a perfectionist with note-taking. Some people are so careful at taking notes that often they cannot finish them during the lecture, and need to get them from someone else afterwards. Or, if they make a mistake, they must throw out the entire page. This is not a very efficient or productive way to take notes!
Do not perform manual activities which will detract from taking notes. Do not doodle or play with your pen. These activities break eye contact and concentration. Although some people learn best while fidgeting (an active learning style), it is distracting to others. Therefore, if you learn best while doodling or tapping your foot, sit near people who do the same or who don't keep glaring in your direction.
If you are gathering together your personal belongings when you should be listening, you're bound to miss an important point--perhaps an announcement about the next exam--or, at the least, insult the professor.
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How to Lead a Discussion
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tradition tells us again and again that the best way to learn (and teach) is to sit with a small group and thoughtfully converse about a specific subject. If you find yourself needing to lead a class in college or high school, or if you are simply interested in alternative ways of learning, you can use these steps to start learning how to lead a great discussion.
Decide the topic and scope of your discussion. Are you discussing a book, a movie, a shared experience? What main theme do you want to discuss? This topic is based on your weekly instructional goal and terminal objective.
Narrow it down. Once you know the broad topic, decide a smaller scope. If you are reading Romeo & Juliet, for instance, do you want to discuss the benefits/detriments of young love? The theme of haste vs. moderation? The older man/younger man mentoring relationship as seen in Romeo & Juliet?
A small group discussion
A small group discussion
Pick a starting question. The best questions are neither too open-ended nor too limited. "Yes or No" questions halt discussion, and broad "What do you think about young people getting married?" questions are also big demotivaters. The best questions are open enough to have a few possible right answers, yet closed enough that people know to approach it, and feel motivated to start talking. A great question might be, "In what ways does the Friar err in his advice to Romeo? In what ways does he succeed?"
Be prepared. As the discussion leader, come into the meeting with several "big" questions. Be prepared to ask the next one when discussion dies down, when people need more food for thought. In a 2 hour discussion, 2-5 good questions should suffice. It is also good to have 2 or 3 smaller sub-questions for each main question.
Make arguments. Don't just share your feelings. Nor just share your opinions without backing them up. If someone asserts "The Friar shouldn't have given Romeo any advice!" ask them why that is so, and discuss possible support or objections to their claim. Use the "Pros and Cons" model; argue for a position, and then argue against it. Which conclusion would hold up better in a court of law?
Move from the known to the unknown. Good discussions depend on the ignorance of the participants. If you already know, how can you learn? If you feel you have answered a question, press deeper, to find another puzzle you don't yet understand, or move to the next area of interest. For instance, you might say, "We know that the Friar gives advice to Romeo, and we agree that this is a bad idea. We also know he gives advice to Juliet as well... Is this a bad idea too, or is there something different with her that changes things?
Manage personalities. Specifically ask the quieter members what they think of the topic; and, as kindly as possible, rein in the unrelentingly verbal members who don't let others speak. Make sure every participant has an opportunity to be heard.
Summarize as you go. After discussing, for instance, the ways in which the Friar messed up as a mentor for 20 minutes, stop and ask the group, "OK, what have we said so far?" Recap and allow time to breathe, to regather thoughts, and start thinking again.
Tie it all together. When the alloted time for the discussion is up (or when people are tired or ready to go), do a full summary of what you covered. "We said the Friar erred in giving advice to Romeo that wasn't for Romeo's sake, but had the good of the whole city in mind. We agreed that his advice to Juliet, which isn't as politically motivated, is acceptable. We said that advice should be given on a person-by-person basis and people shouldn't exercise their political schemes through individuals. But some of us disagreed with this and said that the good of the city was more important than just Romeo's good, so they said..." etc. etc. If you can't remember everything, that's OK.
Leave 'em hungry. Close with a related question, a "suggestion for further research." This will give all involved something to think about for next time.
Good group conversations don't normally happen in less than an hour, even for pros. Give yourself at least 1 hour.
Great discussions take 3 hours or so to develop and mature. Be patient!
Many people feel that open discussions between willing participants become vague, high-falootin' nonsense. If you or the group begins to feel this, a good question to ask yourselves is, "Why does this matter?" Spend some time deciding which projects are worth pursuing, which aren't, then dive back in.
Keep a positive attitude. If discussing becomes difficult, remember anybody who can speak can learn in discussion and enjoy doing it. There are many classical middle schools, and even kindergartens, as well as discussion-based special education programs! Questions are motivating, and conversing is as natural as breathing, so if it gets hard, keep going!
Socrates was the master discussion leader. Learn from those who have gone before you.
The great discussions are not necessarily conclusive. They may not end in agreement. They may end in clarity of differences and hence agreement to differ!
The excellant discussions often generate new questions, thus opening new vistas of knowledge.
Many people become emotional when their assumptions are questioned or their beliefs are refuted. You can expect some people to become angry, others to become hurt and withdrawn. Others, however, will see that the benefits of learning are worth the costs.
Discussions tend to be wide-ranging, and feel like we're all wandering around. This is normal. Tradition, experience, and the latest research tells us that a lecture, which appears to be more organized, is a neither as lasting nor as effective a way to learn. Stay with the process!
o There are roughly two kinds of discussion: Theoretical and Practical. Distinguish between dialogue that leads to discovery of truth, and dialogue that leads to consensus and action, and be clear with everyone about which one this is!
Is theoretical conversation practical? That's a tough question. Sometimes the most important question is the one that is the hardest to answer. "What is a human being?" Though there is no satisfactory, end-all scientific answer to the question. I may not know the answer, but I know it's relevant -- I am one! Let yourself and the group explore issues that captivate your interest, even if you can't yet articulate the "practical value." Trust your gut.
Posted by Jane at 12:35 AM
5 Fattest Jobs for Men
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sure, your diet and exercise habits can contribute to your weight. But who knew that your job could, too? One survey conducted by the American Journal of Public Health showed that certain workers are more likely to be overweight or obese—and it varies by gender. Work-related factors—job type, position, overtime, work conditions, and job stress—could actually promote weight gain.
Ever-improving technology has replaced manual labor at many American jobs, making sedentary lifestyles commonplace. A whopping 60 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and occupations that require little or no movement certainly haven't helped. Here, the five fattest jobs for men.
Public administration (38 percent obese). This job includes more than just the elected officials; public administrators are anyone involved with government—whether it is at the local, state, or national level. Although the positions are important to keep our democracy humming, the job itself often involves sitting behind a desk and does not allow for a lot of movement outside of the office.
Private household occupations (37.7 percent obese). Telecommuting and working from home have been on the upswing due to exceedingly high gas prices. Those who work from home may be saving money on gas, but the truth is these jobs often involve little more than sitting in front of a computer screen. It probably doesn't help much that the fridge is no more than a few rooms away.
Motor vehicle operators (35.9 percent obese). They may help us get from point A to point B, but the fact remains, motor vehicle operators are stationary throughout their work day. In fact, one study of bus drivers in the Philadelphia area found that male bus drivers had higher body mass indexes (BMI) than the national average in all age demographics.
Computer equipment operators (33.1 percent obese). This should come as no surprise. If your job revolves around computer equipment, it also revolves around inactivity. What's more, a study conducted by Statistics Canada found that adults who spend over three hours a day sitting in front of a computer are more likely to be obese.
Health assessment/treating occupations (31.2 percent obese). The clean, sterile surroundings in which health assessment employees work give off the perception of a healthy environment. The truth is your MRI technicians, pharmacy aides, medical assistants, and lab analyzers aren't doing much as far as healthy movement goes. These positions require long, odd hours that can make evening or weekend workouts difficult.
Posted by Jane at 11:58 PM
Sell Products and Services
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Selling products and services is easier than people think. Actually, it may be better to run a home-based business than an office-based one.
Choose a product or service that you are interested in. Investigate and research the time and amount of work involved with the product or service. Your passion comes across in everything you do, so come across with the enthusiasm or excitement that will interest others.
Research how much money it would cost you to sell or provide the service that you choose. Think about how much money you would make and if it would be enough to live on. If not, just try something else.
Organize your time and see how it interferes with your life. Arrange plans and organize your business. This will be helpful in the long run.
Figure out what problems that your product or service solves. Said another way, people buy to a large extent to eliminate pain. For example, people in New York City will tend to buy comfortable walking shoes during a transit strike; the shoes will prevent or eliminate the pain caused by walking a long way. For what you plan to sell, list all of the "pains" that your product/service can eliminate.
Identify the people or groups of people who might have the pain that you've identified. How can you get to them? Face-to-face, on the phone, through e-mail or a Web site? Identify those people and get to them!
Create a script to use with prospects. Introduce yourself, tell them what types of customers you work with (or want to work with). Ask the kinds of questions that potential buyers would ask: "You know, several of our customers ask if we have shoes that eliminate the pain of long walks....But enough about them, are you concerned about the pain associated with long walks? Do you anticipate having some long walks coming up?"
Recognize that most people won't have a need for something that you sell. In the case that we're using, most people already have decent "walking shoes." So if they say "no" to your offer, that means that they don't have a need right now! That's it. Their lack of interest has nothing to do with you; they don't hate you, dislike you or reject you. They just don't need what you're selling right now. Don't get your ego "bent out of shape."
Buy a computer and set up every kind of computer program that is made for business. There are even packages that are specially made for small businesses.
Selling things on the Internet is also helpful for starting a small business. Be sure to search the Internet often. It helps to ask for help and tips, and to get feedback.
Get into advertising. Create slideshows and ads to attract customers based on their pain, and what your product or service will do to eliminate that pain. Don't focus on YOU, focus on your prospective customer.
Once you have enough customers, you can raise or lower prices, depending how much money you expect to get out of the business and how many customers you have.
Microsoft Access is one of the best organization programs for running a small business. Other computer programs are extremely helpful in organization, running reports and similar tasks. Also check on ACT!, a program that can manage your contacts very effectively. For example, ACT! makes it very easy to get back to a potential customer every 30 days. In the end, you want to continually make your presence know to you're "top of mind" when that person needs what you're selling
Advertising on the internet is also helpful, because of how the high traffic can get.
Never let people into your home. It is better to have an Internet-run business where people don't have direct contact with you. It may seem hard running an Internet business, but when you get going, it is definitely worth all of the work.
If are selling or marketing a product make sure you avoid Inventoris.
Posted by Jane at 2:20 PM
Tell if She Is out of Your League
Friday, September 19, 2008
Have you ever stopped yourself from talking to that girl that caught your eye because you weren't sure if she was out of your league? This simple trick will tell you if you have a chance.
Find the particular girl that you're interested in and make sure she is in a casual place where she is comfortable and able to be herself.
Sit a couple tables (or the equivalent) away from her, where you can both clearly see each other.
Act casual, observing your surroundings while also glancing at her from time to time.
Without staring, establish eye contact with the girl.
Lock eyes for a brief moment.
Observe how both you and the girl react to the eye contact.
If you look away before she does, she has a higher level of self confidence and she is out of your league.
If she looks away before you do, you have a higher level of self confidence. You are technically out of her league, but sometimes we like the shy girls.
If she continues to stare at you and acts confused, uncomfortable, or angry she has a defensive personality and you most likely want to stay away from her. She is not girlfriend material!
If you both lock eyes and smile or act friendly, you two are perfect for each other. You both have the same level of self confidence and you are compatible. Her smiling back is a clear sign that she is open to your company. If she is single, you have a chance!
Be careful when testing this experiment in public places such as crowded restaurants or bars. Also, never attempt this when she is surrounded by other girlfriends. You need to find her in a place where she is acting herself and won't be offended by you looking at her.
Don't be a creep! Be careful not to stare. The eye contact has to be established as naturally as possible. Don't just stare at her until she looks at you.
Posted by Jane at 1:37 PM
Mind Your Own Business
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It can be very irritating and frustrating when someone feels that they just have to butt in to your conversation. It really tests someone's nerves when someone has to constantly know what they're doing where they're going, and why they're doing that. But what if you are the one doing it to other people. You don't want to annoy people, so here's how you can do that.
Try not to butt in. Some people might have no trouble minding their own business and could care less about what you're doing or talking about. But others can't help it. It's just natural for them to butt in on everything.
Ask yourself why you are butting in. Before you go interrupt someone, ask yourself: "Does this concern me?" If what they are doing is going to somehow affect you in anyway, then it does concern you. But if it's just gossip or someone is going out with their friend, then it doesn't concern you.
Walk Away instead of butting in If you figure out that it doesn't concern you at all, then walk away. Don't be near the person so you don't even get a chance to butt in. If it does concern you, then you have a right to listen and interrupt.
Become oblivious and disinterested. Try to be the least interested in people as possible. Be oblivious to what goes on around others. If you feel the need to interrupt someone or find out what they are doing, think about it first. It's just like the saying: "Think before you speak".
This doesn't mean to be oblivious and completely ignore everybody. Just learn when the right to interrupt someone is and when it is your business.
Some people may have problems minding their own business that are really serious. If this is your case, then you may want to see professional help.
Some people may not want you to mind your own business. If not minding your own business is something you do naturally, then stopping will be considered not "being yourself". A lot of people would rather you just be yourself.
Posted by Jane at 12:34 PM
Most growing companies find themselves in need of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software at some point. Choosing the right one can be tricky and there are more things than just cost to consider.
Make a list of what you are trying to accomplish. For example: you may be trying to track contacts and leads, as well as keep track of your tasks for the day. Different contact managers and CRM packages offer different features.
Decide on what deployment option you need. Traditional Software vs. Web Based SaaS(software as a service). Web Based contact manager packages give you the flexibility of accessing your data from any computer but some find issue with keeping their company's data off-site.
Compare initial and long-term costs. Some CRM may be inexpensive for the first year but could cost you a fortune in the long run.
Choose one that caterers to your business and size. Just because you have 10 users doesn't mean you should be using a CRM that Microsoft uses. Choose one for your size and expected growth. Don't get stuck with one that is only designed for a single user!
Once you find answers to all of these questions and narrow your choices down. Spend time in their trials, all decent ones should give you one, and see which ones are easy-to-use. It could be the best time you can spend, and could save you from making a costly mistake.
Give the CRM companies a call. Someday you may need support, you should know how they respond to this early on.
Look at the fine print. Does the cost of your subscription go up after the first year? Do they charge for technical support?
Posted by Jane at 10:18 AM
Re Organize a Garage on a Budget
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Garage organization breaks down when the stuff you have is bigger than the space you have assigned to it. This article describes how to improve garage organization creating: 1) more usable space for active projects, 2) more time at play and work destinations, 3) less cursing, or better, more harmony. Also, this method does not cost much money.
- Remove all cars from the garage.
- Remove everything from its current storage location.
- Put things in piles on the floor according to two methods: a) All like things together [like: 1)fasteners, 2)clamps, 3)glue/adhesives, 4)paint, 5)tools that remove material(drills, saws, sanders, planes), 6)measuring tools, 7)hammers, etc.]; or b) All activity based stuff together [like: 1)gardening stuff, 2)windsurfing stuff, 3)biking stuff, 4)beach stuff, etc.]
- Discover the items that you are just storing in your garage for a rainy day like a big desk, or a lightly used washer and dryer pair.
- Sell the stored items if, while you survey the piles, it is clear that they should go.
- Make the stored items a part of your organizational system using quickly constructed wood or cardboard "compatibility devices." For example: cardboard can be used to protect a wood finish from scaring. This allows quickly constructed shelves to be stacked on top of a stored desk. Or, a stored washer and dryer pair can be stacked with the dryer on top, once you build a 2"x6" frame to support the dryer above the washer control panel. This also makes a nice storage space between the two. Remember to secure the dryer to the wall to make sure it cannot fall on anyone!
- Move the stored items into the most constructive place for them to be (least in the way).
- Sort your piles, recycling, or dedicating to specific purpose any duplicate items you discover. This may be particularly useful for those who are both gardeners and dog owners, for instance.
- Size up the piles.
- Size up empty storage areas.
- Make more storage areas, recognizing that gravity tends to smear things out. Your best storage ideas will defeat gravity in some way. Here are some examples:
- Clone: Reverse tiered garden tool storage. (Note: Upper wood strip is "2 X 4" and lower wood strip is "1 X 4". This provides clearance between the upper and lower layers),
- Ponder: Windsurfer and ladder storage,
- Copy: Weed eater and electric cord storage,
- Look askance: Bicycle storage,
- Covet: Empty fruit box wall mounted closet chest of drawers.
- Evaluate your budget. All of these were constructed from scrap or $3 lumber save the chest of drawers which was $14.
- Find a place for each category of stuff that matches the spaces you can create, with these examples in mind.
- Consider visual appeal. I found that interior house paint stores well under a work table. An oil cloth table cloth drapes down to hide the paint containers and a shop vac. I mounted a drill press on that same wipable oil-cloth covered table - just bolted right through the cloth.
- Consider how frequently an item is used.
- Good luck and be safe.
Posted by Jane at 12:32 PM
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Posted by Jane at 12:17 AM
Live With Less
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Have you ever wondered how to live with less? These sufficient and versatile possessions may help you to reconsider your purchases.
1. Furniture: Assemble 3’ x 7’ shelf as window seat and bed. Store bedding in floor cushions. Use cushions at shelf to dine or as desk. Store laptop, clothing, linen and pantry beneath shelf. Cut slotted handles in side of cardboard box for easy pull-out storage.
2. Clothing: 7 outfits, hooded jacket, gloves, envelope as wallet. Garment hooks. One pair each: boots, shoes, sneakers. Under-counter washer/dryer-in-one, clothes drying rack. Use towel over counter to iron. Use one hanger - iron night before.
3. Cosmetics: Mirror, comb, toothbrush.
4. Linen: Two each: bath, hand, face towels. Towel hooks.
5. Kitchen: Use cutting board cover under-counter fridge. Use portable stove top, large knife, deep fry pan to steam or sauté veggies, medium and large pots as mixing bowls, colander, spatula to stir and serve, 4 kitchen towels. Use bowl for meals, mug as ladle or to measure, fork as whisk, and spoon to measure. Dry dishes on a towel. Use a towel as a potholder. Reuse jars for food, utensils, or flowers.
Shelf: Consider the thickness of a cushion - when deciding upon the height of the shelf. Place storage boxes about one foot from edge of shelf - to allow for your knees to fit under the shelf while sitting on a cushion.
Bedding: Roll-up cushion and sleeping bag as options.
Floor cushions: Favorite old fabric.
Outfits: Choose two or three colors to mix and match.
Garment hooks: Coat hook near door. Hook on back of bathroom door.
Towel hooks: In bathroom and kitchen.
Kitchen: As an option, use cutting board to cover washer/dryer-in-one with small fridge beneath sink.
Ensure strength and stability of shelf - in reference to your weight.
Posted by Jane at 2:31 PM
Freshwater degradation is a looming crisis that we must face head on with strong and effective actions. You can do your part to protect this precious resource and call upon your elected representatives to take action today to protect not just future generations but our own future by adopting sustainable water practices.
Only 3% of the earth's water is freshwater - protecting this critical resource is essential. In addition, water-related energy consumes a large amount of energy. In California, for example, water use consumes 19% of the state's electricity, 30% of it's natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually. Here are some ways in which you can set goals to reduce water consumption in your home.
1. Set specific water reduction goals. For example, commit to using 20% less water per month.
Determine a baseline to start reducing from. Print the energy and water consumption chart and post it in a visible spot in your home. Chart the number of gallons of water used in the last 12 months (for comparison to each month this year).
Make specific changes in products used and family member habits. For example, buy water saving products where needed, such as a low-flush toilet and a water-saving showerhead.
Get your family involved by asking for specific changes in everyone's habits. For example, place signs near water outlets reminding family members to reduce consumption (e.g., shorter showers, turning the faucet off when not needed, only watering outdoor plants in the morning or evening).
Make adjustments. Once a month, add the new usage information to the charts and make adjustments as needed to reach your goals.
Use the money saved to do something fun with your family. If you have children, increase their allowances by the amount saved to encourage them to get involved in finding new ways to conserve.
Posted by Jane at 11:27 AM
Describe a Person's Physical Appearance
Monday, September 15, 2008
Have you ever met someone who you discovered would be perfect for a friend of yours, but when asked, you found yourself without the necessary language to describe them to your friend? Perhaps you have trouble remembering faces. You don't have to be an artist to be able to let someone know what another looks like. If you follow these instructions, you'll improve your memory and maybe even hook your friend up with Mr. or Ms. Right.
Start from the top. Notice the hair on your person of interest. Is it long, shoulder-length, or shorter? Do this person wear a distinct hairstyle? What color is their hair?
Look at the person's face. Even identical twins have facial differences that make every face on earth completely unique. Look for the following features:
* Eyebrows: Are their eyebrows thick or thin, light or dark? Do they have small eyes or large eyes? Are they deep-set or bulgy? Are they almond-shaped or round? Do they have long, thick, curly lashes, or are they sparse, straight or short?
* Nose: The person's nose can be almost any shape or size. Is it long or short, turned up or hooked? Is it wide or narrow?
* Mouth: Is the mouth wide or small? Does the person have full lips or thin lips, and is their cupid's-bow on top very defined?
Notice any distinctive features, such as a mole or birthmark, even a scar or tattoo.
What shape body does this person have? Are they tall or short, round, curvy, stout or lanky? Do they have proportionately long arms or legs?
Be consistent with what order you notice features and you will remember them more easily.
Be subtle about looking at a person because staring is rude, and a long up-and-down could start a fight.
If you try to hook your friend up with someone, it is best to make sure the person in question is single and of the proper sexual orientation.
Any excessive looking, whether it be glances or stares, could be misconstrued as aggressive. Take your time, and not only will you be safer, you'll remember more easily.
Posted by Jane at 11:25 AM
Avoid Getting Scammed on eBay
Sunday, September 14, 2008
eBay was rated by The Observer as the #1 website that changed the internet and is used by over 168 million users. It is a utopia for used goods, but it is also a nesting ground for ill-intentioned scammers. Being scammed (paying for an item but not receiving it, or buying a damaged item) is a very rare circumstance that is generally easy to avoid.
The first step is to check the user's feedback. It can be found on the right side of the screen. This tells you how many items the user has sold, and what percentage of users were pleased with their service. It is reccomended that you only buy from users with a percentage of 95 or greater.
Then, if the user has negative feedback, click "Read Feedback Comments" to see what the issue was. Normally the problem is something along the lines of "Arrived Late" or if there is a serious problem, you can read the seller's explanation of the issue.
User Name and Number of Items Sold/Bought
User Name and Number of Items Sold/Bought
Next, you should check how many items the user has sold, if the user had just created an account, sold one item, and has 100% feedback, it isn't saying much.
The number next to the seller name is how many items they have sold and bought, and the symbols next to the number represent the titles the seller have. If a user is a power seller, they are a trusted member of the eBay community, and you can expect excellent service from them.
These are the Accepted Payment Methods
These are the Accepted Payment Methods
Next, you should check what methods of payment that the user accepts. If the user only accepts cash or money orders, then you should be slightly suspicous. The safest method is PayPal. It draws money from your bank account and puts it into the seller's. If you are scammed, you will be refunded (partially) by PayPal. The best part, is that the seller gets none of your personal information.
All the previous steps are to protect yourself from not receiving the item. Another way you can be taken advantage of is by being sold a damaged item. The best way to avoid this is to pay attention.
Read all of the descriptions, especially the fine print. If the condition of the item is stated correctly in the description, you cannot receive a refund.
Look at all of the pictures. What may look like a reflection could actually be a large scratch.
If you do receive an item that was inaccurately portrayed, you should contact the seller, demand a refund, and send the item back.
Report a Problem
Report a Problem
If, despite all of these steps, you are still scammed, or the seller refuses to refund you, then fill out an eBay fraud report, you will either get your refund and return the item, or if you never received the item you will not get all of your money back, but you will get a percentage, and the seller's account will be shut down.
Often times just sending the seller an email will help to resolve the problem. It may just be a misunderstanding. Also, in your "MyEbay" there is a message center that ebay members can use to message each other. If you have not heard from your seller via e-mail, you may want to check your MyEbay Inbox.
Read all of the descriptions. If you skip over an important fact about the condition of the item, it's your problem.
Many times the items on ebay look prettier than they do in reality. This isn't trick photography, but rather just 'good' photography. Take any old item, place it on a decorative 'set' and shine some bright lights on it and it will look good.
Worst case scenario if you have the fraudulent seller's information, placing a call to the seller's local police department and explaining the situation will generally compel an officer to go out and investigate what occurred and see if a crime has been committed. [This works best in smaller cities.] Many times just the visit of a police officer inquiring as to what might have happened will help a fraudulent seller want to try and rectify the situation.
If you are not in possession of the fraudulent seller's address or real name, but you know their phone number, there are numerous websites that can help you find out who owns a phone number. (Example: http://www.phonesearchcentral.com or http://www.tracing-america.com)
If you are in possession of the seller's real name and know what city they live in, a free public records search with a website like http://www.zabasearch.com will often times find their home address.
* Is the deal you just found "Too good to be true"? It might be, sometimes the deal is too good, and is likely to be a scam.
* Watch out for high shipping prices. You may be saving on the item, but paying a small fortune for shipping.
* Pay close attention as to where your item ships from. If you see inexpensive designer goods being shipped by a seller from (for example) Hong Kong, you'd be right to question the items authenticity. (ie: Fake Designer Goods)
Be very careful if you are selling an item and the winning bidder wants to mail you a money order for more then the item sold for, and then have you cash it and mail back the difference. This is a well known scam where a buyer will purchase an item and mail you a fake money order, (usually from overseas.) Then when you take the money order to the bank you may end up being arrested for trying to cash a fake money order!
Sellers should also be very wary of anyone who buys their item and then requests that it be mailed overseas.
Sellers should exercise caution selling high dollar items on ebay: The higher the dollar value of your auction the more likely you are to have fraudulent ebayers bidding on your item.
Posted by Jane at 9:19 PM
Learn How to Spend a whole day at the Mall, buy great clothes at great prices, and, survive
Call a friend. Shopping is a lot more fun if someone is with you (plus they can give you fashion advice).
Make sure to ask your friend if the outfit your buying looks good on you.
Always check for a rip or tear before you buy.
Keep your receipt, in case you have to bring the item back. This is effective in countries where returns are encouraged and allowed.
Don't let the salesperson talk you into buying something, They're as fake as the mannequins!
Always have more than enough money.
Posted by Jane at 4:23 PM
Avoid Possible Scams when Buying Rolex Replica Watches
Saturday, September 13, 2008
t is best to be cautious when buying Rolex Replica Watches online. It is important to avoid Internet scams and really get what you are paying for.
Make sure that watches on the pictures provided do not show 10:10. All authentic pictures (from Rolex, Omega, etc.) show this time. If you ever see a commercial or an ad for the watch it will always show 10:10. You want a retailer that you are buying from to have pictures of actual watches that they are selling. Preferably with their website URL included in the picture - not written on the picture.
Send an e-mail before you make a purchase and ask if the watch you are buying looks exactly like the watch in the picture. Tell them that if you get a watch that doesn't look exactly the same you will call your credit card company immediately to tell them that you got ripped off, and cancel the purchase. Also observe how professional they are in responding to your e-mails. If they do not respond to your e-mail within a few days, avoid that website.
Use a credit card that has 100% fraud protection. Most of these retailers are going under all the time and you can never be sure that you won't get ripped off. However, don't forget one thing. You are buying a counterfeit product.
Avoid making payments by Western Union, bank wire or money order. If you use your credit card you can at least be sure that you will get your money back if you receive no watch. Or at least receive something, even though it might not be the watch of the same quality that you expected. If you wire money or use Western Union, the chances of getting your money back are very slim. Also, a good option would be to pay by COD (cash on delivery), but only if you are able to look at the product and then decide if you are going to pay or not. If you don't get what you were promised, do not pay! If the postal service wants you to pay before letting you inspect the product, reject the package!
Make sure that the website you are buying from offers a money back guarantee. That way you can get money back from your credit card company if you get scammed. But make sure you use a credit card, as this is the only way you can get your money back based on the money back guarantee.
Never buy a very expensive replica watch. It's simply not worth it.
Know that just because a website looks really fancy it doesn't mean that a scam artist isn't behind it.
Make the use of a website's 1-800 number. Call them and ask questions. However, keep in mind that this does not mean anything, as the phone number can get disconnected over the night. Many of the scam websites will list their phone numbers all over the front page so you feel more safe. Phone number, although a good addition, does not guarantee you anything.
Avoid buying from new and unestablished websites. Google PR of 0 is also a good indication that website should not be trusted. Most of the scam websites are online just long enough to scam a certain number of customers and then they disappear. Most of the customers complain to hosting companies about the scam websites and their accounts get closed. Website with good rankings and high Google PR does not guarantee you that it is not a scam, but it makes it much less possible. Also, never buy from websites that are hosted on free servers such as Tripod, Geocities, etc.
Posted by Jane at 2:14 PM
Cope with Living Without a Computer
Friday, September 12, 2008
Living without a computer sucks. But sometimes, it can help you Find Yourself.
Get a hobby: not many people know this but you can find a hobby just by watching TV, walking down the street, or even sitting on your porch. Find something you like to do.
Borrow a computer: no, don't go take a friend's computer and leave an I.O.U note...instead go to a friend/relative's house and ask to use their computer to check your e-mail and find a few things(your hobby). (You may also want to check the news, so you don't get left behind). Don't become too dependent on their computer though, or this article would be useless.
Work on your hobby: get better and better at your hobby then..GO FIND ANOTHER ONE! It's good to have 2 hobbies. You wont get as bored.
Multitask: see if you can do both hobbies at once, this will improve whatever you use in your hobbies (hands, feet, eyes etc.).
Speed it up!!: Do your hobbies faster than ever and make a few records. See if you can beat them!
For those who will do anything to get rid of boredom
Get some fake friends: you can get dolls, action figures, or little aliens from the store.
Talk to them: if you've ever seen CASTAWAY, just imitate him. Imagine the voice your friend has and talk to him/her. This will help you get rid of loneliness...
Posted by Jane at 11:10 AM
How to Save Power on Your Digital Camera
Thursday, September 11, 2008
How to save electric power on your digital camera and take more pictures
Configure your camera and set automatic power saving mode if no actions for more than few minutes.
Use your viewer finder, instead of LCD screen.
Turn off chase focusing function, if you do not really need to.
Always purchase and use large capacity batteries.
Use smaller image size will save a little bit, not much of it.
Do not view your photos on your camera LCD screen, you may edit it on your computer and save it as flash, with the tool that create flash with your photos, here you have one of best software that I've tried before http://www.flashdemo.net/ppt2flash.html
Posted by Jane at 9:07 AM
Pick the Right Foundation Makeup
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wondering how to find foundation that fits your skin tone exactly? Finding that matching paper labels doesn't help?
Go to a large store like a department store, large drugstore or beauty supply which carries multiple lines of cosmetics. Online is a bad choice to buy make-up unless you are re-ordering!
If a beauty technician is available, ask for help or at least ask for an idea to point you in the right direction.
Don't try to get too much out of one cosmetic. One foundation can't take off ten years, even out skin tone, even out skin texture, be shine-free, oil free and be 24 hour wear at the same time. Instead pick one or two needs you know you must have in a foundation.
Determine the undertone of your skin. Is it pink, yellow, peach, brown etc.
Look for a foundation with the same undertone.
Choose your shade by matching the color to your jawline. Since it's between your face and neck (the two places that the foundation should match), it's your best bet. If the shades of your face & neck are slightly different, attempt to find one that's in between.
Look for store samples you can try on your skin before you buy the product.
Ask the beauty technician if she can apply your foundation for you after you have purchased it so that you can pick up tips from her experience.
Don't wear foundation when you go out to buy foundation-it will be much too confusing to determine your natural coloring.
Buy a new foundation for every season. Your skin changes shade and texture from winter to summer.
Throw out foundation after 6-8 months. After this amount of time not only with the make-up develop bacteria, but it will lose pigment, separate and become less smooth in texture.
Posted by Jane at 2:19 PM
Haven't gotten any tag lately but here is my latest. Got this tag award by Rosa , I would like to thank you rosa for giving me this award. I appreciate it.
The rule for this award is:
Only 5 people are allowed to received this award.
Four (4) of them are supposed to be followers of your blog.
One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
You must link back to who ever gave you the award. I am passing this award to some friend of mine here at blogosphere. Which is the following :Bonz , Joy , Monica ,Kate Love's , And finally, a new friend from Holland Jonna and Esmee .
Posted by Jane at 1:45 PM
Have you heard the news? As I was browsing SS today, my eye caught the IZEA Blog box next to the opportunity spotlight. Izea is performing a blog auditing and examining all the blogs on their system. Izea wants a high quality bloggers who have the highest standards for their own blogs . IZEA wants bloggers who maintain their blogs on a regular basis and who write about things they are interested in, things they love and things that others want to know about.
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Posted by Jane at 1:27 PM
Have you had one of those days where you feel fat and ugly? This will teach you how to achieve a great looking and feeling you.
For your face: Don't wear a lot of make-up; maybe only 3 or 4 products will do.
Clean your face with a scrub every morning and night, then moisturize.
Teeth: Brush your teeth for at least one minute. Make sure you're brushing your teeth in a good motion. Use toothbrushes that have rubber scrubs and stuff like that. Make sure you're also using something to treat your tongue, because that's where all your bad breath germs are. You can use a toothbrush that comes with it, a tongue scraper, or your normal toothbrush. You can also use a whitening wash or white strips. It'll make your mouth feel fresh.
Body: Make sure you keep your healthy diet in balance. Junk food is okay every once in a while. But also make sure you play outside enough and get exercise.
Wear clothes that match your mood and your body type. Use your passion for fashion!
Take care of your hands and feet: Nail polish is a great way to make your normal hands stand out. You can use colors that match you or colors that you like. You can go for Rihanna's bright colorful style, or soft colors. A favorite type of manicure is the French manicure.
Attitude: Make sure you try to have fun in whatever you do. Don't be over optimistic, but don't be negative either. Make sure you stay bright most of the time. Remember, you only have one life. Finding what you do best might take a while. So, enter after-school activities, clubs, or just do what you love doing.
Do anything that matches and flatters you.
Treat other people with kindness and you'll make friends easily.
Make sure you never act "show-offs" as this can give the wrong impression to other people.
Posted by Jane at 1:16 PM
Be Fashionable and Classically Stylish Together
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Do you want to follow fashion, but retain your dignity? Do you feel as if dressing classically will make you look old fashioned? Some of today's trends can be a little obscure, especially when hot off the catwalk. This guide tells you how to sort out your wardrobe so you can dress fashionably, without losing your class and style.
1 Send old clothing items to the charity shop, recycle them, or just throw them out! They have no class and will do you no favors. Some things to consider throwing out would be:
* Skirts more than five inches above your knee.
* Heels more than three inches high.
* Boots higher than two inches above your knee.
* Things in fluorescent colors.
* Things with clashing prints e.g. lime green and orange is an extreme example.
* Crop tops and boob tubes, and tops with very low cut chests.
* Fishnet tights with large holes.
* Anything stained or ripped.
* Anything you haven't worn in two years. (You might as well spring clean the wardrobe, while you're clearing it out!)
Now that you have done a major clean out, it's time to go shopping! Make sure you have these key pieces in your wardrobe:
* Black/blue/brown/white trousers (all of them) to go with any top.
* Three or more skirts, different colors.
* Three or more jackets, different colors.
* Many flat shoes, and two pairs with low heels.
* One pair of shoes with a higher heel.
Having these quintessential items helps you stay on track whilst dressing in a classy way. Here's the fun part: You can buy whatever fashion clothes you want, from whatever store! As long as they aren't any of the things in the first list, anyways!
Know that classy dressers have presentable legs. You can wear short skirts, but make sure your legs are fit to be seen if you aren't going to wear tights. That means hairless and with as few bruises as possible. It may be you don't want to shave your legs - if that's the case then don't have bare legs, as other people will see you as unseemly. Skirts with tights are fine.
Don't show too much skin. Bare skin is not classy, no matter how fashionable it may be. This is why you must not wear crop tops, mini shorts or miniskirts. It is not trashy to wear shorts with tights, as long as the colors don't clash and the shorts aren't too short. It is always trashy to wear crop tops. Classy people are far more reserved than that.
Understand that prints are very fashionable, but it's easy to go wrong. Try not to mix prints. Floral skirts should always be worn with plain tops. Printed tops should always be worn with plain trousers or skirts. And the colors have to complement each other - no pink flowery skirts with brown jackets!
Wear what suits you. It's useless trying to follow fashions for the sake of it. To redeem your classic, basic style, know your body shape and what colours suit your eye and hair colors. It's easy to throw together an outfit that looks great on the mannequin - but think. Is a denim waist cost really going to flatter you? Does it really go with that black flowery blouse? It may be sometimes that the overall effect of an outfit in a picture is nice, but alone the clothes don't appeal to you very much. So don't buy them!
Think of the classiest person you know. Let's say Audrey Hepburn. If she were around today, would she wear the outfit you're thinking of wearing? If not it's a good idea to think why, then modify your outfit to make it up to standard.
Being healthy and clean will help your classy appearance. Make sure you have great skin by drinking lots and using cleansing products;, use deodorants and shower or bathe daily! Body odor is not classy!
The basic rule you need to follow is this: Look smart, but not formal. Look intelligent, but not snobby. Look attractive, but not slutty. This is the secret of a classy outfit.
Don't be too reserved or you'll end up looking like your mother or grandmother. Classical doesn't mean old fashioned, it just means stylish and appropriate clothing.
Similarly, don't follow fashions simply because they're 'in'. Think about how you look. If you look trashy, don't buy it. If you can imagine yourself bumping into, say, the Queen, or your favorite celebrity - would you feel embarrassed? If so, you aren't classy enough!
Don't go round telling people they look trashy. Classy people don't just dress well, they are nice and sophisticated too. Be conservative about your attitude as well as your clothes, or people will think you're a snob.
Posted by Jane at 11:11 AM
Appreciate a Loved One
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sometimes the ones you care most for are the ones you neglect the most. It's easy to forget about the feelings and aspirations of those closest to you as you move around them daily and sometimes take them for granted. Appreciation of their presence in your life is always something worth stopping for, to take the time to reflect over and will rejuvenate the strength of your relationships.
Ask yourself a key question: "What did I learn about this person today?" If you have a hard time answering that, then it's time for step two.
Ask questions. It's easy to fall prey to complacency. Remember that this person is just as complicated as you are. Find out more about your loved one. You may be surprised at all the things you still have to learn 5, 10, 15, 30 years into knowing this person.
Listen. Really listen. Then ask more questions. Become interested in what that person has to say. Don't just listen to what they say and then turn it around to be about you.
Do something different. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. Get out of the house once in a while. Go somewhere, do something you have never done with that person.
Open up your heart. Telling someone an inner wish or dream creates new bonds and strengthens old ones.
Realize that a hug never hurts. Be free with the hugs and they will come back to you tenfold.
Do something nice for them whenever you can. Stop off at the store and buy them their favorite ice cream. Send them a letter or a postcard. Call them up just to wish them well. These things do not go unnoticed.
Clean up after yourself. Leaving a mess for your loved one to take care of is not only rude and insensitive, but it's just bad manners. They will appreciate you more if you appreciate them.
Tell them what you think about them. Most of us respect our loved ones and what they are doing with their lives. But how often do we tell them? It's not so hard to say, "I really think what you are doing is remarkable." Or, "You have incredible courage to do what you are doing." It feels good to be open with those you love.
Though it's wonderful to be honest with a loved one, it is possible to be too honest. Know the boundaries. Do not criticize someone maliciously ever.
Don't convince yourself that this exercise isn't worthwhile. It is - you'll be doing yourself and your loved ones a disservice by not believing.
Posted by Jane at 5:50 PM
If you are looking to save your marriage then here are some tips to help you communicate with your partner. Arm yourself with four “tools”: time, an understanding attitude, patience, and empathy.
Schedule some time to be spent only with your partner everyday to maintain a strong bond.
Give complete attention to your partner, whether chatting or resolving an issue.
Listen to your partner without any interruptions. Maintain eye contact and keep an open mind. Grasp the expressed feelings along with the words. Facial expressions, tone of voice, body language, and words – all of these matter.
Make a careful choice of words while communicating to avoid any misunderstandings.
Don’t get carried away with emotions while communicating.
Instead of blowing your lid off in front of your partner, vent your anger on a piece of paper. Sometimes, we do regret later what we had said in a fit of anger.
7. Keep the positive aspects in the spot light rather than the negative ones.
You don’t like a particular habit of your partner, for example, throwing a wet towel on the bed. Don’t start with “I hate it when you…” instead, say, “I really like it when I see you hanging your towel on towel-stand!”
If you don’t like a particular dress on your partner, instead of saying, “you look fat/bad in this dress”, say, “why don’t you wear the ‘so and so’ dress? It looks sexier on you than this one!”
It is said – the best way to win an argument is to avoid it. How true! When you feel the discussion is getting heated up, withdraw.
Shouting, screaming, crying are the worst ways of communicating your feelings. They only leave your partner feeling hurt, confused, or even a failure.
Never dig out past conflicts, no matter how tempted you are.
Don’t hesitate in saying “I am sorry.” These are the wonder words that make your partner lose all anger. In fact, it leaves no room for further debate.
Stop blaming each other. If you think, “I can save my marriage by putting all the blame on my partner”, you are harboring an absurd idea in your mind.
Taunting, scorning, commenting, and teasing are not the right ways to save a marriage. There are many people who hurl verbal abuses at their partner and when their partner retaliates with a divorce paper in hand, they cry, “save my marriage!” First learn to respect your partner and treat him/her as you would want to be treated yourself.
Posted by Jane at 1:55 PM
How to Manage Pimples and Still Be Beautiful
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Discover how you can still be beautiful with pimples by emphasizing your best features while taking steps to bring those annoying breakouts under control!
Think of some qualities yourself that you feel good about and put some energy towards them for a change!Make a list in your head or write them down.
Show off the good stuff! If you have big, beautiful eyes, show them off! What is your best feature? Eyes? Lips? Nails? Hair? If you have healthy nails, manicure them!If you have voluminous, silky hair, add hair gems to emphasize it!
Keep your skin clean and apply any treatments properly. Make sure to take extra care to wash off any make-up entirely.
Make an appointment to see a dermatologist for help in establishing a personalized treatment plan if you truly feel overwhelmed.
Remember that almost everyone has had break-outs. You are not alone!
Sweating opens your pores; after you work out be sure to cleanse and wash your face. After you are done washing your face either apply cold water to your face with a washcloth, or apply vitamin E oil, and then apply a cold washcloth.
If you start to feel really unhappy try using plain refrigerated yogurt as you would soap once every night. If used properly it will clear most acne cases up in a few days. Put some on a wash cloth and gently scrub, if you scrub to vigourusly you will scrape the tops off your pimples and make the problem even worse.
If a breakout starts to make you feel a bit insecure, remember to not put your focus on your flaws (using too much cover-up) so that they do not become the focus of others! Be sure to bring out your beauty, instead.
Try to keep your hands away from problem areas, touching the area can cause dirt to get "ground in" making the break-out worse.
Make sure and keep anything that touches your face clean. For example, if you wear glasses make sure that your frames and lens are cleaned regularly.
But remember- the easiest way to get rid of pimples is: cleanse your face in the morning when you wake up and at night when you go to bed! (Even if it appears clean!)
Pin back or grow out your bangs. The oil from your hair and the constant rubbing aggravates the problem more than it disguises it.
Stop consuming high-caffeine foods and beverages. These make you sweat more often, and more profusely.
High levels of stress often can cause breakouts. Stay relaxed and calm.
Eat yogurt, it has bacteria that help your digestive tract to function, which, in turn, allow your body to disperse nutrients more effectively. This improves both your overall health, and your acne.
Use gentle cleansers, products like Clearasil can be very harsh on sensitive skin.
How you feel about your outward appearance can wreak havoc on how you feel about yourself inside and vice versa. Start practicing putting your best self forward so you can feel good about yourself on the inside and out!
Don't pick at the spots it can cause them to get infected and they will take longer to heal.
If you have a spot that you absolutely must open (to relieve the pressure)only pop it using the ends of your fingers, using nails and needles will lead to even worse scarring!
Do not use peppermint (or mint in general) based cleansers, mint irritates skin and can make things worse!
Exfoilaite more then 3 times a week can be very hurtful to your skin and can ruin your skins natural barrier to bacteria!
Posted by Jane at 3:41 PM
You see the movie stars and singer. Their skin is acne free. Even your friends have clear skin! Do you suffer from acne, and wish you didn't have any, but don't want to waste money on expensive products that don't even work? Here's how to destroy acne within a few weeks, and do it naturally, with things around your house.
Get the things you need. You will need a face cloth, a hand towel, soap (bar or liquid), and working water (hot and cold).
Wet down your face cloth with hot water. The water has to be so hot, the face cloth steams. Be careful not to burn your hands, though! When the face cloth is steaming, wring out the water, and place it on your face. This will open your pores. Repeat this process twice. Make sure your eyes are closed, unless you enjoy pain.
After opening your pores, quickly wash down your cloth again with hot water and put soap on it. Then scrub your entire face, but concentrate on the infected areas. Let the lather rest for about 40 seconds. While waiting, wash your cloth down again with hot water thoroughly.
Wipe the lather from your face thoroughly. Make sure none is left over.
Rinse the cloth with cold water. Make sure the cloth is VERY cold. Then place it on your face. This will close your pores. Dry your face with the towel, but don't rub, just dab the water off.
Now you're done! DO this process 3 times a day. Once in the morning, then in the middle of the day, and before bed. Your face will get noticeably clearer quickly!
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid eating greasy foods and chocolates.
Drink lots of water! It flushes toxins from your body and helps clear your skin.
OPTIONAL : Exercise a bit more. It can really help releive stress and acne.
Rub your face with baby powder before bed and in the mornings. This dries up blemishes and help prevent face invaders.
If your skin doesn't clear up in a day, don't worry! It doesn't mean the method isn't working. Skin doesn't clear automatically just because you've washed your face once.
Posted by Jane at 2:37 PM
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Friday, September 5, 2008
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Posted by Jane at 12:39 PM
When you decide to end a relationship, what follows can be a difficult, sometimes torturous series of events, especially if the feelings are deep-rooted, circumstances are intertwined, and the break-up isn't mutual. It may be one of the hardest things you ever do, but otherwise, an unhealthy and unhappy relationship can drag on for years and perhaps even decades. Here's how to be strong and end it now.
Think about why you are breaking up with this person. If you are simply upset with your partner, you should consider talking about what upset you and focus on resolving it, rather than ending the relationship. But if this same issue has already been discussed, yet nothing changes and you keep feeling unsatisfied, hurt, or betrayed, then breaking up might be the only way to end the pattern. Your partner will ask you why you want out, and you should be prepared with answers. Before having "the talk" that ends the relationship, do your best to articulate the reasons you are breaking up. If you have trouble remembering examples during emotional discussions or arguments, write your reasons down in advance. It may help to talk this over with someone you trust, or with a counselor.
Plan out how long you are willing to spend breaking up. The actual conversation in which you break up with this person can last a lot longer than it should, especially if your partner is devastated or completely surprised by your decision. It'll be much easier for you to stick to your guns if the conversation doesn't drag out. Expect to spend at least one hour breaking up, and longer if the relationship lasted a year or more. You may even want to arrange an appointment with a friend in a neutral location so that you can say "I'm supposed to meet John/Jane at the restaurant in fifteen minutes, so I have to go now."
. Break up in person. It is easier to break up with someone if you don't have to look the person in the eye, but it can also be interpreted as cruel and cowardly. Unless you are a long distance away and choose not to wait until you see the person again, don't break up by phone, e-mail, or through an instant messenger system. And don't even think about breaking up with someone by pulling a disappearing act, even if it's just by suddenly eliminating contact with the person. The lack of closure can be psychologically damaging.
If you don't live together, break the news at his/her home and in private. They'll want to feel safe enough to respond emotionally--no one wants to be broken up with in public or near family and friends, and risk bursting into tears, or be forced to bottle up all those emotions. While you can break up with them at your place, making someone go home after getting news like that will be difficult, and could make them more bitter. If you are at your partner's home, you can leave after you feel you've made your decision clear.
If you live together, breaking-up will be particularly problematic and stressful; you should have a place where you can stay until the person you've broken up with digests the big change. You can either move all of your stuff while they're not home and then break up when they come home and notice, or break up and leave with some of your things with the intention to come back when things have calmed down to get the rest of your belongings. Either way will be very difficult for the other person, but only you know what's best for your situation.
Break up calmly. If you say the dreaded words "We need to talk", your partner will immediately know what's going on, and that's not a bad thing. You don't want to blurt out "We need to break up" out of the blue, or worse, when you're in an argument. You need to approach the whole thing calmly and peacefully, with a sense of resolution. Sit down with your partner and let him or her know that you've decided to end the relationship.
Expect any or all of the following reactions.
Questioning -- He or she will want to know why, and whether there was anything he or she could have done to prevent the breakup. Answer the questions as honestly as possible.
Crying -- The other person will likely be upset, and it will show. You can comfort him or her, but don't allow yourself to be manipulated into changing your decision.
Arguing -- He or she may dispute anything you've said during the breakup, including examples you used in your reasons for breaking up. Don't get dragged into a fight, and don't split hairs. Let your partner know that arguing isn't going to change your decision.
Bargaining or Begging -- He or she may offer to change, or to do things differently in order to preserve the relationship. If the person didn't change when you've discussed your problems in the past, it is too late to expect him or her to truly change now.
Lashing Out -- Whether it's as simple as saying "You'll never find anyone as good as me" or as scary as saying "I'll make you regret this", he or she is usually just trying to make himself or herself feel better. Threats of physical harm, however, are serious and should not be ignored. If you feel that your safety is at risk, stay calm and leave quickly.
Distance yourself. It'll be difficult, but don't call them, don't go places where you know they frequent, and make yourself scarce. Take the time to reflect on your situation and learn more about yourself. Do all the things you've ever wanted to do, that you wouldn't have done if you were still with this person. Now is the perfect time to focus on those missed opportunities. Your ex may try to get in touch, but wait a while (some people suggest six months) before resuming contact, if at all. You felt close to this person at one point in your life, and you will probably always have a soft spot for him or her, but it's time for both of you to move on.
If you are sure you want to break up with somebody, it is best done sooner rather than later. However, if your partner has had a particularly bad day already, you may want to consider waiting for a better moment. Breaking up with them when they are already down will make the break-up much harder for both of you.
While honesty is the best policy, you may want to focus on the fundamental issues destroying the relationship and not nitpick on the little annoyances that drive you mad. Those annoyances are usually symptoms of the underlying problems--we're far more likely to get annoyed, irritable, and frustrated when we know the relationship isn't working out.
Never break up in the heat of the moment. If the relationship is already broken beyond repair, that won't change once the argument is over and the anger has passed. Break up with you're both calm and can talk it over peacefully. That's when you have the best chance of closure.
Never threaten that you will break up with your partner. If you have problems or concerns, work through them or break up. Threats will only make a relationship worse and their impact tends to diminish with repeated use.
Never use e-mail to end a relationship. E-mail might be perceived as a "non-confrontational" way to break up but it adds insult to what will likely be injury for the other party. An e-mail breakup also speaks poorly about the character of one who uses it for such a delicate task.
Posted by Jane at 12:07 PM
Embarrassing Moment Ever
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Every individual human being has their own embarrassing moment happend to them. Sometimes most of us don't like talking about it or even sharing it with other people. Well, I don' have the problem sharing it. My embarrassing moment that ever happened to me was!! It was four and half years ago, on a winter season. I live here in Washington State most part of WA get's cold, I meant freezing cold. Anyway, I think it was the month of January, mid-week. Preparing to get my kids to school. I haven't gone outside that morning, but I know it got cold all night for we have to run our faucet for the night so that the water would not freeze up. I was about to go outside (we don't have a car garage by the way) and start my car for the kids to warm when I take them to school. I took a step outside and took one step forward and I didn't make it another step for I have landed on the rough butt down. I didn't realized that the front porch of the house was frozen solid. I landed on my behind,it hurts so bad , I endure the pain, I got up so quick and look around so see if someone saw me. I am sure someone did.
I took my kids to school like nothing happened, but man, that hurt so bad!When I got back form dropping kids to school I soaked my whole body in the bath tub with epsome salt so that my skin would not bruise ( I get bruise up easily) up.
That's one of the embarrassing moment I had. To read more of Embarrassing Moment Story, I urge you visit One Of Dragon's Embarrassing Moments(Just One Of Many .
Posted by Jane at 5:19 PM
Warnings on how to eat Healthy
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
There is a vibrant debate in health circles about whether organic food is healthier. Some believe that the chemicals in conventional foods are just as safe and healthy as the expensive organic alternatives. Organic food advocates would argue the opposite. Everyone agrees that organic options have just as many calories as non-organic options. So even if it is organic, make sure you pay attention to your calorie intake.
You should always consult your doctor before making drastic changes to your diet and your lifestyle.
Excess body fat is hard on your body. It's hard on your heart because it needs to work extra hard to push blood through your larger body. Your body builds extra veins that run through the extra body fat and has to work harder to push blood through those veins.
Excess body weight is also hard on your muscles and joints. Carrying around extra weight puts more pressure on your knees, hips, and back. While this might not have a huge effect in your youth, you will feel it as you get older.
Any drastic change in your diet can cause constipation, so make sure you eat a lot of dark green leafy vegetables, and other naturally high fiber foods. Your digestive system will typically adjust after a week or two, but you should consult your doctor if it continues. (Other good sources of fiber include: flax seed, psyllium, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and beans!-- Remember, you can always look at the nutrition facts to see the daily percentage of fiber given in different foods. For fresh, unpackaged foods, you can look up nutrition facts online; although, it usually won't ever hurt you to eat fresh, unpackaged fruits and veggies!)
Make sure there isn't a lot of unhealthy food in your house that can tempt you. Give or throw away the foods you shouldn't eat. You can't eat what you don't buy!
Please do not underfeed yourself. Even if you have extra body fat, do not let yourself go hungry. That is worse than being fat. Eating the right food and exercising daily is a much better way to lose weight!
Sugar resembles fat in many ways. There, again, is good sugar and bad sugar. We all like sugar, it's natural. And that doesn't mean if your trying to loose weight, you can't have sugar at all. The bad sugar, sucrose, makes you fat, because its high in calories, and it's sweet. The good sugar, glucose, is a natural sugar that comes from fruits and other natural plant sources. Glucose, the good sugar, goes into your blood, not your belly. It 'enriches' your blood, in a way. Sucrose, the bad sugar, doesn't go into your blood like glucose does. To put it simply, its raw energy turned into a sweetener, and when energy isn't used (exercise), it's stored (fat). That's why, on the label, sugars are below carbohydrates and indented, indicating that it is related to carbohydrates. So eat fruits, avoid candy and sweets if you're trying to lose weight.
Posted by Jane at 3:00 PM
Eating healthy will give you some health benefits, but you won't achieve the full benefits possible unless you exercise. Exercising doesn't have to be hard, and you don't even have to break a sweat. Just going for a short 30 minute walk four times a week will greatly improve your health.
If you consume more calories than your body needs each day, your body will store the excess energy as fat. In today's society, that excess body fat is unnecessary. We are no longer hunter/gatherers. Your next meal is as close as your local grocery store and we don't need extra energy stores to hold us over till the next meal.
Use extra virgin olive oil when cooking. It's purer, and is better for your heart than other kinds of olive oil. The darker the better. Furthermore, "light" olive oil has as many Calories as extra virgin olive oil -- the "light" refers to the color and flavor intensity. Unfortunately, though, using extra virgin olive oil when cooking at higher temperatures ruins the flavors that make it "extra virgin". But olive oil isn't necessarily the most healthy oil, canola oil may be better.
This takes patience. You won't see a drastic drop in your cholesterol level or weight or increase in your energy level immediately. You need to give the changes in diet some time to kick in.
Have a positive and upbeat attitude. If you start your new diet thinking "This is something I have to do," instead of "This is something I want to do," then you've already failed before you started.
Adding whole, unrefined grains to the diet can add valuable vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be lost, however it can completely upset our digestion as well. Many animals that eat grains have 4 stomachs they use to digest them adequately, and ferment them so they can uptake nutrients. Humans have only one stomach, and if you introduce grains without first fermenting or sprouting them you may experience digestive upsets. There are various anti nutrients in grains (like phytic acid) and enzyme inhibitors that will prevent mineral absorption and lead to deficiencies and digestive problems. To remedy this, take oatmeal and soak it the night before in a little bit of yogurt. This will make it taste slightly sour, but make it more digestible. Sourdough bread is also another good example.
Lettuce is a great choice of natural fiber, and can taste great with the proper healthy dressings. You can make a great salad with nuts, raisins, and whole wheat croutons. Mix it in a bowl so it's evenly distributed and place it on top of a salad. Use a sugar free and low carb balsamic dressing; it has less than 1 gram of carbohydrates and 0 Calories. The head of lettuce is 21 Calories, plus the nuts and raisins and whole wheat croutons which could range depending on size but for this example we will estimate 100 Calories, bringing you a very low calorie and filling meal for only ~120 Calories.
Choose wheat (brown) bread instead of white bread. Processed carbohydrates such as those found in white bread are harder to draw nutrients from, and therefore are seen as empty Calories.
Smoothies are great for breakfast. Combine the following:
o 4 medium-size strawberries
o 1/2 cup of skim milk or soy milk
For protein, try substituting beans for higher calorie foods like boneless skinless chicken breasts, or tuna. Not only will you be getting additional phytochemicals from the plant based protein, it will not have the harmful saturated fat content. Remember that even an orange has more than 5% of its calories from protein!
Non-fat yogurt can make a great snack, and its healthy bacteria can help with various stomach problems.
Carry water with you at all times. Try to drink water in place of soft drinks and other flavored beverages. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day.
Consider eating organic. Organic food isn't made with the use of a lot of harmful chemicals, or other harmful processes. Not only is organic food good for you, but it is sustainable and good for the environment too! Other foods can be extremely harmful to the environment.
Read the labels on everything you eat. Don't just buy something because it is marketed as being "healthy." Lots of companies trying to sell their food off as healthy when really it is full of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and hidden sugars. This is also the best way to learn about a product. It gives you almost all the information about that product you'll ever need. If you're trying to lose weight, try to choose foods with low calories. If you want to gain weight for a football team or some such reason, you are going to choose food with lots of calories. However, too many calories, not enough exercise, and eating too much at one time, can make you fat.
Posted by Jane at 2:29 PM