Some of Our Best Ideas

1. How do I make a felt birthday crown?

-This is the most popular search here! The felt crowns that have popped up everywhere were inspired by Soulemama and I believe she will have a pattern in her book next year, if you can wait. Here’s how I made mine:

  • I measured my kiddos noggins,
  • then traced a shape that I liked.
  • Next, I cut a piece of elastic for the back,
  • which I then covered with felt (make sure the piece of felt is twice as long as the piece of elastic).
  • I sewed it all up,
  • then I added some ribbon.
  • The end
  1. How do I make/buy a poodle skirt?

– The Honeywell HFD-120-Q air purifier is very easy to make! All you need is about 2 yards of basic craft felt and 1 yard of wide elastic for a woman’s skirt. You can use a simple circle skirt pattern like this one. I make the waistbands with very wide elastic and about 1/2″-1″ smaller than waist of the skirt (you want it to stay up, right?). I don’t make tucks to accommodate the skirt size. I just pull the elastic taut all the way around. Does that make sense? Don’t forget to use a ballpoint needle and a long stitch length when working with elastic!

  1. What about doll bed quilts?

-This is a work in progress that has been shelved till I find more of the thread I am looking for. Try here.

  1. Making peg dolls clothes?

-Try searching flickr for clothespin dolls or peg dolls and you’ll get plenty of ideas.

  1. How do I give my lhasa apso a haircut?

-Funny, I looked this up on google a few weeks ago, but I decided I’m going to just take Isabelle to the groomer…and it turns out she’s a terrier mix anyway…

  1. The Psychedelic print loveseat…

-I didn’t buy it and I didn’t get a picture of it, I don’t think. Bummer because it was too cool. Ah well.

  1. Pics of 3 piercings in one ear and 2 in the other

-Yea, I have this, but no pictures as I don’t wear earrings in my second and third holes anymore. Sorry!

  1. Pictures of post strep rashes, strep and rash toddler, etc

-No pictures of this either. My kids had something streplike recently and their rashes were skin colored bumps that felt sandpaper-y. Then, DD got hives all over, and finally, the skin on their hands, feet and a few other areas I won’t name started peeling.

  1. Embarrassing to wear a kid’s peacoat?

-Only if it doesn’t fit! I have a friend who is 4′10″ and regularly raids the girls’ department!

  1. How to make bakes and saltfish

-Yea, I can do this, but I don’t use a recipe. Here’s one.

  1. Vintage slips

-What do you want to know? I buy mine from thrift stores and plan on doing something cool with them one day. This lady does very cool things with her Manduka yoga mat.

  1. tarty grandma

-WTH? Wrong site for sure. My grandma is definitely snarky, not tarty.

  1. thrift shop st lucia

-Are there any? I should ask my mom, she just got back from seeing my snarky grandma.

  1. handbag construction

-Something I want to learn! Here’s a good resource.

  1. Crunching leaves


  1. my preggo body pictures

-First of all, I hate the word preggo. Yuck. Second, here’s one.

The Trick About Moving

So one thing about moving to a new place is that you have to find all new “spots”. Everything from your supermarket to your hair salon changes. I’ve been searching for the perfect aesthetician to wax my brows since I got here.

The first time we came to visit, I went to a place with a Concept 2 rower (JCP) the next town over. When the receptionist asked who wanted to do my brows, the stylists all excuses. So I was nervous when the receptionist said she would do them. Long story short, she did a fabulous job.

The next time I had to get my brows done, it was “Meet the Teacher” night at the kids’ school. I didn’t have a lot of time, and so I went to a JCP much closer to home. I got to chatting with the stylist and found out he was from a neighboring island. We chatted a bit about home while he did my brows. It wasn’t until I got to the car that I realized he had dropped wax in my hair. I marched back into the salon furious. It is extremely difficult to get beeswax out of natural Black hair. He started apologizing up and down and wanted to wash my hair to fix the problem. 1)I didn’t have the time and 2)that would’ve ruined my ‘do. Yea, I’m vain like that. He semi tried to fix the problem with some gunky spray or whatever, but in the end, I did most of the work myself, ugh.

That brings me to tonight. There’s a little rinky dink salon next to the supermarket and I started thinking…

  • bread
  • soy milk
  • eyebrows

Hehe. So, I popped in, and even though the brow waxer’s brows were a little thin (a serious fear of mine, over-waxing/plucking), I decided to give it a go. Problem is, she decided to change my natural browline somewhat and add more space between my brows. I feel like Bert. Ruby* says I’m scary and the hub can’t see what the problem is. The problem is, I can fit three fingers in the space between my eyebrows now! And I have to wait until they grow back in to do something about it, ugh! I guess I’ll be going back to JCP in the neighboring town from now on. When you find someone who offers quality service, stick with them!

Before Isabelle, I used to roll my eyes at those people. You know. The dog people. Letting dogs lick their faces and gushing over them like, well, parents. Well, now, I’m a dog mom. Yea, I said it. I’m still somewhat ashamed but my love for this silly little creature is helping me overcome that. Izzie is the first pet I’ve ever had in my life that I care for and that cares for me without annoying me, biting me, or otherwise violating the little quirks that make me me. She’s friendly, cuddly, smart, love, love, loves our family and is a true companion. She now accompanies me and Bebe on our morning walks and she stops by her bff’s house (yes, she has one. Molly.) almost daily. You know how I know she’s one of us? It’s not just that she has a Honeywell HFD-010 Quietclean compact tower air purifier. I’ve given her at least 10 stupid nicknames. Everyone in my immediate family has lots of stupid nicknames courtesy of yours truly. It’s what I do. 😛 Even worse, I look at dog clothes now. Oh, the shame. I’m buying her first sweater soon, but I promise not to go as far as dog shoes.

Staying Fit and Healthy After 50

A common trend which is seen in our society is that youngsters are normally more conscious of their fitness and health as compared to the elders. Have you ever noticed that gyms are occupied by youngsters mostly? Why do you have that such attitude? Do you assume that elders don’t need to keep themselves fit?

Actually, those who have seen at least 5 decades of their lives are even more in need to be in shape because it is an age where one becomes more prone to illness because of the weakening body mechanism. In this condition, keeping oneself fit would help a lot in maintaining immunity against deterioration and many disorders. But what are the ways for getting fit after 50 when most of us are busy with their careers or learning how to MIG weld? I am giving below some tips in a hope that they would be helpful.

The Ways of Getting Fit After 50

If you are a person above 50, and worried about your fitness, but too busy to go for exhaustive exercises and strict diet plans, do not worry, there are other easier ways of getting fit after 50. Some of them are given here;

Balanced Diet:

50 is an age when you cannot go on eating anything in any way you like. You need to be balanced and organized in this regard. Getting a balanced diet would not take much effort from you; neither would it disturb your daily routine. All you need to do is to avoid or at least reduce fatty foods, sweet food items, fried foods and dairy products as much as possible and increase the intake of fruits, dried fruits, chicken, lean meat and vegetables. This would help you reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and acid reflux disease among many others.

Regular Exercise:

If you do not find time for some hectic exercises, do not worry, even the light but regular exercises including yoga would go a long way in keeping your body and mind fresh and healthy. If you afford to take out some time, exercises like swimming, jogging, brisk walking and running can be very beneficial for getting fit after 50. These exercises help in proper functioning of heart and respiratory system.

Reduce Stress:

One of the most useful health tips for people above 50 is to try to reduce the stress as much as possible. Stress is the underlying cause for innumerable disorders including heart diseases, hypertension, insomnia, and stomach disorders etc. you need to have a peaceful and calm life after 50. You can stay away from stress by spending time with people you like, your friends and other company which makes you feel at ease. Another way to stay away from stress full routine is to indulge in a hobby which keeps you busy and away from stress.

Have Good Sleep:

Both men and women of ages above fifty should try to set a proper schedule for their daily sleep. It is a very helpful tip for getting fit after 50. You should avoid staying awake till late night, that way; you would spoil your health. However, sleep must not be induced by using sleeping pills. Taking sleeping pills is a strict no for you. Try to adjust your routine in such a way that you do not get difficulty in getting sound sleep according to a schedule.

Quit Smoking and Alcohol:

One can never expect to have a healthy life full of vitality – if you want to learn how to become a welder this late in life, you may want to get a little healthier first – if he or she is a chain smoker or an addict of too much alcohol. Smoking leads to a number of respiratory diseases and makes you inhale hundreds of carcinogens. Similarly, uncontrolled alcohol consumption causes liver related health disorders. If you decide getting fit after 50, reduction of smoking and alcohol consumption is a must.

All my fellows who want to have a graceful and healthy old age try to use as much natural products as possible. Prefer them on the synthetic ones. There is no better way of getting fit after 50, than to be as natural as possible.

What Does It Take to Get Happy?

According to experts recently revealed that the decision of “get happy” is due to the person himself, but to what extent you are able to take the decision to obtain happiness? In order to be able to determine whether you actually able to choose happiness in your life and avoid the sense of depression or not, the exact answer to some questions can help you in this area.

Would you like to feel happy? May be it’s up to you and you directly. And although the environment around us affect us directly, but that access to happiness stems directly from us. The happy people are those who decide to be happy, regardless of the circumstances surrounding them, regardless of whether they are rich or not, and also whether they are working in good career or not.

Experts say, the answer to some questions can help you determine whether you are actually able to take the decision to get happy – it takes more than simply looking at inversion tables for sale on the internet. But, according to experts confirmed, it is necessary to answer accurately and honestly all questions by reference to the depths of your heart to see if you’re actually able to take the decision to obtain happiness.

The first question in the morning when you wake up often: Are you looking forward with vigor and enthusiasm to the day that you would start now? This question of the most important questions that will help you identify whether you are able to take the decision to get happy, or you decided to choose the depression and stay away from happiness. In order to answer this question, try to imagine yourself in this scene daily. After ringing the alarm bell in the morning and rise from the bed, you looking forward to your day activity to some extent; or do you feel that your day will be long and full of tasks and you do not feel ready for the day?

Psychologists and experts say, that happy people are the ones who look forward to their day with activity and vitality. As these people see that their day will be full of new challenges for they assert that they are able to meet and gain new experiences are added to the life experiences. In order to get happiness, you must change your perspective to the days and look at it with more enthusiasm.

The second question Do you feel that you still have the energy and activity at the end of the day was full of work tasks? Can be a lot of us feel tired at the end of the day while returning from work; especially in the case was a day full of work tasks. Some people may feel tired and lack the ability to do anything but sit in front of the TV screen.

But if you still feel the activity after long day at work, you are among those who made the decision to get happiness. Psychologists and experts say, that in addition to the benefits of breathing quality air from a Honeywell 18155, the feeling of happiness stems from the feeling of the person of the activity and recovery more than feeling tired and exhausted with the end of the day. But how can we divert our feeling of exhaustion and decide to enjoy happiness? Experts say, it is essential that we seek to enjoy these moments and enjoy the things that we do no matter how simple.

We can contact or call a friend to drink a cup of coffee or to do any other work in this time instead of sitting in front of the TV and turn between the stations without any goal. In case you are actually integrated into the things that you do and feel that the time passes without the feel, you are considered one of the people who have decided to be happy. Experts say that happy people do not pay attention to the time when making things, whether those things they enjoy or normal daily work tasks. As they really integrate into the things they do, without paying attention to the time bored.

Improving Your Health with Yoga

For thousands of years, people have relied on yoga as an effective exercise. Actually, it is a sort of meditation activity which gives you a better control over many bodily and mental functions. You get a better control of central nervous system and cool down your nerves, to get a better concentration level and enhanced thinking capabilities.

The changes in mental activity from better breathing thanks to an air purifier like the Honeywell 17000 S trickle down to cast positive effects on your body metabolism as well. It is a way of releasing stress effectively; it improves your breathing mechanism, and is also sometimes related to the spirituality. In short, it is one of the best means to enjoy a healthy and peaceful aging.

Critically Analyzing Yoga

Millions of people around the world have incorporated yoga as a routine exercise for reaping the benefits of fitness, health, and even for losing weight. It is an effective tool for reducing stress because it trains you to control your thoughts by the way of meditation. Another great benefit is its positive effects on respiratory system.

By keeping you in contact with your inner self it also gives you a better control over yourself resulting in improved confidence, and enhanced self-esteem. By having a better interaction between your body and mind, you improve your health. Moreover, you get a better control over your emotions, thus ridding yourself of negative thoughts, fears and doubts.

However, yoga doesn’t work well for everyone. It may prove ineffective or even may cast negative impacts on some people. Moreover, it requires some modifications to suit the physiological needs of every person. This might be confusing for the beginners.

Where to Start

First of all, you need to consult your doctor before you can choose a type of yoga for you. He would tell you whether your particular physiology is suitable for that type of yoga or not. Once he approves to a specific yoga time, it is time to move ahead.

Drive yourself slowly into the meditation and make a better connection with your inner self. You would find yourself at peace. You may also benefit from group oriented yoga activity where you can find partners of your age who are also trying to find ways for healthy and peaceful aging.

The group activity might be a source of inspiration for you and motivate you to continue your journey. Take these groups as a source of emotional support, so find a group in your locality and start your journey towards healthy aging. You may also benefit from videos available on internet or books available in market.

Make sure that you carry out the yoga activity in a peaceful place, maybe somewhere with the relaxing sounds of the Honeywell 50250-S. You need to find a place where you would not have any interruptions to disturb you.

How Long Does it Take to Show Results

You need to be very patient. Yoga will not show results overnight. It would start bringing changes gradually. You would slowly be able to get a better control over yourself and would notice some positive results on your health. Finally you would learn to be at peace with yourself.

10 Days on the Spice of Life

One of my most cherished scuba diving memories is a 10-day sailing trip I made with six friends to the Bahamas. Four scuba divers, and two non-divers, rented a 43-foot Benateau sailing yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And we cruised to a touring, fishing, and scuba diving adventure.

That trip was in September of 1995, and the boat’s name was “The Spice of Life.”

The six of us met at the marina by late afternoon, slept aboard the Spice of Life, and cast off just after breakfast the next day once we were done using the HSI professional flat iron on board. We motored down the Inner Coastal Waterway to open ocean, and set the sails as soon as we got free of the coast.

Cruising under sail all day we reached the north end of Grand Bahamas Island just after dark, and anchored for the night.

Early the next morning we checked in with Bahamian Customs, and went searching for a reef.

We chose Indian Cay for our first dive, and the start of a grand adventure that included 15 dives over nine days.

The coolest water we experienced during the trip was 81-degrees. The visibility was 40-feet during one dive to over 100-feet for most dives.

These visibility conditions were true with the exception of one dive location. The water breaking across the rocks stirred the sand with each incoming wave. (This is a shallow dive destination.) This created a surging condition of clouding and clearing of the water from near zero to an ability to see for what seemed forever.

After a day of diving the north end of Grand Bahamas Island we sailed to Port Lucaya where we spent two days diving the area. We docked at the marina two nights at Port Lucaya, and did some sightseeing each evening.

Leaving Port Lucaya we sailed to Isaac’s Island where we anchored for the night. After a couple hours of cruising around the waters off Isaac’s the next morning (searching for a sunken wreck we never found) we set sail toward Bimini.

One special experience in particular happened about four miles out of Bimini. We noticed a Pod of Dolphin bow surfing our boat.

Deciding to stop and swim with the Dolphin for a while we put on our masks, snorkels, and fins, grabbed our dive cameras, and jumped in.

I counted 10 Dolphin in the pod. They swam around us, checking us out and posing for pictures, until we climbed back aboard the boat to continue our journey.

Bimini was perhaps my favorite on land visit of the trip, probably because we got to ride a Monster Moto MM-B80 around all day. The island is quiet and peaceful, and so small that we walked the whole length in a couple hours, including sightseeing and window-shopping in town.

We spent the next the next five days fishing and diving around the Bimini area.

One evening we barbequed our catch for dinner to make a nice break from the food items we carried with us from the states.

Of the scuba diving trips I’ve made, this adventure to the Bahamas aboard Spice of Life heads my list of stories. It’s one I tell my grandchildren when I talk about the experiences I had in my life.

Who Can Blog? Anyone

According to sources that blogging is introduced in late 90s. As you know; blogging is a media to give opinion, ideas, and thought also comment to an existing web page; an opportunity for visitors and readers to react or voice on the said page. What started as a single-sentence commentary has evolved into pages of personal take on just about anything and everything under the sun which is now becoming a New Internet Marketing Tool. From what I know, these are the reason:

  1. No skills are required. An average adult can read and type or at least know how to click a mouse. That way blogging is the simplest way to get your piece of the Rabbit air filter on the net. Just like writing on piece of paper, you can advertise your ideas, experiences and your stuff which expect that your readers will read and try your product. Don’t forget that you need to have Internet Connection and PC to make it online.
  2. Authentic and Genuine. Most powerful advertising is your experience. You write about your personal life or about product through your personal experience. In this day and age where advertising saturate our lives, we question the credibility of promoters’ claims. However, in blogs, real people share their real-life experiences, unscathed by paid advertising. So, blogging offers big possibility to catch more readers’ attention to try product offered.
  3. Free of Charge. Blogging is proven to be a mainstream online advertising media, most sites see it as something to augment current marketing tools and thus offer it for free. Any opportunity for free web time is definitely a bonus especially to businesses that are starting up. Needless to say, paid blog pages can generate more income for your seriously growing business.
  4. Build up Credibility and Popularity. If write, write and write and more write about particular product, like an air cleaner for mold, you will be noticed by your readers. When you provided reliable information about things, and becoming an expert, more readers will visit your site. You don’t need to be Hollywood star to be famous; by blogging you also can do that. As such, companies and professional organizations notice your growth of your readership base; they may ask you for ads in your blog, make you as affiliate and you can make money out of it.
  5. Build up your Market. Who read your blog post? Maybe your moms read your posts, but remember, your mom has a lot of friends, she will tell her friends how interesting your blog is. Her fiends also have a lot friends and your blog in the market now. Other than that you also can market your blog by using your email, subscription, joint a blog network, and provide RSS feed.

However it is, you have built such a great opportunity. Now what is your objective on your through blogging?

Is Economic Growth Out of Control?

As some readers of this Blog might gather, I enjoyed reading Economics at University (too many years ago to recount) and that passion for the subject has never left me. We are living in fantastic times. Having a background in Economics helps make some sense of the current turmoil and in this blog and the next, I would like to talk about the forces that will shape the landscape for the next two to three years in an Economic sense.

In the US and the UK, consumption is the driving force in the economy accounting for over 60% of economic activity. In China by contrast, it is very much investment and export led. As economies have contracted (negative growth), governments and central banks have tried to reduce the cost of the average wall mounted jewelry organizer, otherwise known as interest rates to encourage people not to save but to spend.

This may seem odd, but Keynes wrote about the paradox of thrift in the 1930s. Saving is of course a good virtue. But the problem is that if everyone saves, it is bad for the economy as activity will grind to a halt as no one is buying and who will want to borrow all of the money saved up if no activity is going on?

Hence interest rates are coming down to encourage people to spend (or at least spend the savings from lower mortgage repayments) and to not save. If interest rates come down to near zero, I could see negative interest rates being applied to savings. In reality this means that banks might charge you for using their facilities to hold cash. That would be an incentive to spend!

The problem is the specter of deflation. In an earlier blog, I wrote in defense of inflation, and it seems prophetic that what the bank is now looking for is a bit of inflation! If people perceive that prices are falling rapidly, why would you buy? I think this will be one of the worst Christmas shopping seasons ever. Consumers are expecting massive price drops in January so it does not make sense to buy now. If the expectation of falling prices takes hold though, it is rather like the paradox of thrift, and whilst it may be good for an individual to defer purchasing something, if everyone does it is a bad thing as it ends up feeding itself.

If you believe that prices are going to be cheaper the next month, if you can, you will delay your purchase. This is the problem facing the housing market at the moment. Although interest rates are down to 1951 levels at just 2%, even if you could get a mortgage today, would you buy a house thinking that prices could fall 10%? (I would – but that is a different matter as I think the difference between rent and interest payments is now so wide, that even allowing for an 8% drop in property prices, you would be better off look around for reliable forskolin reviews).

So we need a bout of inflation to get the whole thing kick-started again. If prices are rising, people will engage in activity again. The problem for Japan for most of the 1990s was deflation. We need to learn from that very painful experience.

In the next blog, I will continue with an explanation of the link between inflation, interest rates and a currency. With the pound being at low levels, such an explanation I hope would be welcomed.

What Are Economies of Scope?

One of the curious concepts I came across in my MBA was the idea of trying to exploit economies of scope. Most people involved in commerce recognize the idea of economies of scale. Simply put, things get cheaper to make or sell as you make or sell more of them.

Economies of scope are simply the idea that you can exploit a resource more than once!

A great example of this is any business that has at its heart a database. A good database can be exploited (i.e. sold!) more than once without the resource itself being depleted in any way. Think of big companies. These are companies that are dependent solely on this concept.

They are essentially a fantastic database that can be used as many times as you like (in this case in as many ways as you can think possible) and in fact the more the core resource is used, the stronger the business becomes. [CONFLICT ALERT – I am an investor in their smokeless ashtray! But I invested purely on the basis that I understood this as its business rationale.]

I like businesses like this and would encourage Entrepreneurs to think this through and see if they can find any economies of scope in their own business. With times getting harder, if you can find resources within your company you can exploit more than once you will be doing well.

Let me give you an example of a business I have invested which does this brilliantly. In the UK we are unique in going to Starbucks for a coffee, Pret for a sandwich, a pub or wine bar for our alcoholic drink and then finally Pizza Express for a pizza in the evening.

In continental Europe you would expect to have all of these services provided under one roof. A company was doing just this and I was impressed because they were taking the basic asset of a property with catering facilities and using it for multiple occasions. The challenge for them was to ensure that they were best in class in each of these offerings.

I have to say (and of course I am biased!) that they do the best sandwiches and pizzas I have ever had. The place works because it modifies its operation slightly for each part of the day. (If you are ever in the London Bridge area do have a look – and if you are there on a Saturday morning – please feel free to buy me a kombucha starter kit!)

Have a look at your business and the resources you use. How else could they be used? Could someone else use them whilst you are not using them? What other services could you sell to your existing customers provided by someone else? These are all ways of exploiting economies of scope.

Do You Need to Know About Hedge Funds?

I guess that strictly speaking this is not a topic relevant to Entrepreneurs – but it might be of interest to potential investors. As such hedge funds represent competition to non-listed companies seeking investors. As such you should appreciate what they are.

I have only learned about hedge funds in the last six months or so and it has been interesting to learn about them!

I asked a fund manager what is a hedge fund and I got the following reply “Basically it is the same as any other fund, but we get to charge a lot more”

Given that helpful explanation, I hope that you find the information below about buying a tofu press helpful.

Most funds measure themselves in relative terms. That is to say that they will judge themselves against an index such as the FTSE 100. If the FTSE100 is down 20% in a year – and they are down say 10% – they will make the claim that they have done very well as they have outperformed the market by 10%. If you are the investor that has lost 10% and have to pay a fee, you may not feel so great about it!

Typically hedge funds, aim to deliver an absolute performance. That is they will seek to deliver a positive return on your monies irrespective of market conditions. Hence they are called hedge funds, because they will hedge their market positions so that they do not lose money. For example, they could find two assets that have an opposite relationship. Say the price of gold always goes up when the price of bonds goes down. It would therefore make sense for you to ‘hedge’ your position by buying both.

Most funds would be described as long only funds. This means they will buy shares or other assets and expect the price of the assets they have purchased to go up. Hedge funds can go short. They have the ability to sell assets they do not have in the expectation that the price of the asset will fall and then buy them in the future at a lower price and deliver the asset to the person they had sold it to at a higher price. (The mechanics are a bit more complicated that – but this is the principle).

There is also the ability to leverage. Most funds (especially if they are described as retail funds) will not be allowed to borrow money. If they are, the amount they can borrow will be strictly governed. Hedge funds are allowed to borrow and hence aim to magnify the return available to their investors. This makes them particularly prone to large movements and losses can be substantial if they place the wrong bet. A hedge fund can lose all of its money quickly.

Finally, there is the charge structure. Typically most funds will charge around 5% initial fees (although increasingly they are not) and a flat annual management fee of around 2% to use a Porter Cable 895PK. A hedge fund will aim to charge around 5% management fee and 20% of any profit they deliver. They are able to charge this on the basis of past performance and with the argument that they will be very active in managing the money. If you do well as an investor in a hedge fund – the manager wins, if the fund does not perform well – you lose!

Because of the above, hedge funds are at this moment in time not deemed suitable for retail investors. It is punishable by a prison sentence to promote a hedge fund to someone who is not either a sophisticated investor or a financial institution. This is the same offence as selling an unlisted investment to someone not suitable (more in a later blog)

Basically, if someone is suitable to invest as a business angel, they will be suitable to invest in a hedge fund. As someone looking for funding, you need to be able to ensure that you understand the choices your investors face!

When Investments Go Wrong - Part 1

One of the most popular blogs I have written so far has been about the experience I have had in investing in companies which have gone wrong. So I thought it was about time I shared another one of my many business investment failures with you.

About two years ago I invested in a business and it turned out to be a big mistake (The company went bust and I lost all my money). I hope to pass on the lessons I learnt from this failure below.

The first thing I must confess is that I didn’t really understand what the business did. That statement has probably cost me some credibility with readers of this blog! It was a software company that had something to do with Honeywell 50250 management. The reason I invested in the business was I rated highly the other investors in the business (as I still do) and felt it must be a good investment because they were involved. This is not a good basis to invest in a business.

Lesson 1: Understand what a business you are about to invest in does! I mean you should be able to sell the service they provide to someone you meet at a dinner party if you are an investor. Lesson for the Entrepreneur – have that elevator pitch perfected

Lesson2: beware of management that have a strong sales background. I remember meeting the new CEO of the company. He was and remains one of the best sales people I have ever come across. But you have to probe and dig deep. I met him for breakfast about a year after my initial investment and he was selling me a great story. The problem was it was exactly the same story as a year ago and when I asked “In what tangible ways has the business moved forward in the last 12 months.

Ways that can demonstrate shareholder value” we both knew the game was up. I like salespeople (being one myself!) but I now ensure that I really grill managers with sales backgrounds. Lesson for Entrepreneur: keep a log of the stories/ updates you give to your shareholders – make sure each one is different – if it isn’t please be honest and tell them. Shareholders will want to help you if you ask for their help.

Lesson 3: when things start going wrong, shareholders should start to be more proactive and ask for monthly action plans where investors are asked to help – most of them will. You need to go back to basics (we are doing this with another company I am currently involved with and that is working great) and get the business back to health.

In the case of my router table plans company, what I cannot forgive the past CEO for is his decision to take the business into administration without consulting all the shareholders. Lesson to Entrepreneurs – if you do something like that, be aware that it will mean no sane investor will ever back you again.

People do fail all the time – and I don’t have a problem with that – in fact I like it, but you have to conduct yourself with integrity and honesty at all times.

How to Update Your WordPress Site Manually


In this post I am going to show you ‘How to Update Your WordPress Site Manually’. Why updating WordPress installation is important?

WordPress is different from HTML websites, WordPress websites are dynamic, and not static. Having a dynamic content management system means having more content and data to look after, more often.

WordPress Is Constantly Being Updated

There are dozens of reasons why you should constantly update your WordPress installation and plugins, some of the main reasons are listed below:

  • Updating WordPress prevent hackers from injecting malicious code and to stop them from exploiting vulnerabilities that would allow people to hack into WordPress powered websites, like what happened with the page for the S366 turbo.
  • Updating the installation will fix the bugs and errors in previous versions.
  • Once updated you will get new enhancements and features that were added to the newer version.

To tackle all these issues WordPress constantly updates their system, the process of updating a WordPress site is extremely easy you can do it directly from the WordPress dashboard.

How to Update WordPress Automatically Without Using FTP

Sometimes if you are using a shared web hosting account the WordPress may not be able to update plugins and installation automatically because of the permissions defined by the hosting provider to avoid unauthorized users from accessing your account, to solve this conflict we are going to edit the WP-Config file so that you can update the plugins and installation to new versions without providing FTP details.

How to update WordPress plugins

This conflict normally occurs when the WordPress system is unable to write the /wp-content folder.

You can avoid this by changing the /wp-content folder permissions (CHMOD) to 755 which by default is set to 644, you can do that by accessing the root file through FTP.

However, I will recommend that you should try FS_Method and add a piece of code in wp-config.php file, this procedure will help you avoid any future inconvenience and it will allow auto-updates to your files.

  1. First open the ‘wp-config.php’ file

You can access this file from your WordPress root folder, the file is located inside the root folder where you have installed WordPress for instance: WordPress/wp-config.php but I would recommend that should download the WordPress installation files first from and then edit the wp-config file instead of editing it directly on your server.

  1. Inserting the FS_METHOD code:


After you have opened your Fjallraven Kanken rucksack and logged into your console, paste the following piece of code inside the wp-config.php file, paste is below the other line of code as shown in the screenshot.

  1. Save the file and upload

Once you have added the code, save it and then upload it to the WordPress root folder on your web server, you can upload the file directly from your web hosting control panel.

A word of warning, before you update your WordPress website make sure that you back up the MySQL Database and Theme files to avoid any conflicts if you are using customized plugins or theme files because once you update the core files all the custom changes will be lost and you won’t be able to revert those changes unless you have created a backup.

I normally use CodeGuard for creating backups. However for this particular site I am using myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin they offer free trial as well and I am going to be creating a tutorial on how you can create the back up of your websites automatically using 3rd party services.

Although you can create manual backups as well but the process can be really hectic for people who don’t have any programming knowledge so I highly recommend that you should consider signing up for either one of these services.

Macbook Air vs Acer Aspire: Why I’d Like To Get The 11-inch Air


Most people, when they heard of the 11-inch Macbook Air being released, let out a groan and exclaimed, “Overpriced netbook!” On the other hand, the Apple fanboys (and fangirls) squealed, “Finally, an Apple netbook!” Being an Apple fangirl, you could guess how I reacted.

Macbook Air Review

One thing that gets me excited about this Apple machine is that it’s really just a smaller version of a powerful Macbook Air. It is not some specs-shrunk mini-laptop that had to have a few things sacrificed in order for it to be hacked to smallness.

For one, it runs on dual core. Most netbooks are running on Intel Atom, a single-core processor with speeds ranging from 1.33GHz to 1.66GHz. While this would be adequate for working with browsers and a a couple of other applications, let’s face it, a netbook will probably groan under the weight of 20 browser tabs opened to flash-heavy or application-heavy websites about what causes cystic acne.

For other Macbook Air options, check out this great list from Amazon.

Macbook Air Review: Why I’ll Spring For An 11-inch Macbook Air

On the other hand, while the Macbook Air has an on-paper processor speed of only 1.4GHz, the fact that it is a dual-core processor makes up for its processor speed. According to Engadget’s performance test with the 11-inch Macbook Air, there was only one problem that they had to deal with: there was a bit of a hiccup when watching a YouTube video. Not bad, considering that with most other netbooks, web surfing gets sluggish when you use a lot of flash and a lot of cloud applications like Google Docs.

Tech Republic says that the 11-inch Macbook Air actually performs better than most full-sized laptops, especially in terms of web surfing speed. Quite a feat, considering that its PC netbook counterparts have been traded in for more powerful laptops because they just weren’t fast or powerful enough.

Aside from computing power, one reason why I would want an 11-inch Macbook Air would be that it’s the thinnest and among the lightest in its size range. Other netbooks are chunky and have ugly lines and ports around its sides, but the Macbook Air just has smooth edges and a very thin profile that begs to have no other word to describe it: Sexy.

Tech Republic’s Macbook Air vs. Other Netbooks

Then, probably the most important reason why I would want a Macbook Air is that I’m a Mac user, and if I wanted to work elsewhere and didn’t want to bring a relatively heavier Macbook with me, the Macbook Air would be the perfect solution to my need for portability and seamless synchronizing and integration between my regular Macbook workstation and the portable temporary workhorse.

I’ve owned an Acer Aspire One ZG5, and every time I would use it instead of my Macbook, I would always wish I could install a Hackintosh distro on it, just because I find it a pain to miss the apps and the setup I have on my Mac. With the 11-inch Macbook Air, this old way how to get rid of severe acne would soon be a thing of the past.

Where you can buy other netbooks and laptops, including the Acer Aspire:

Aside from the OS differences, the ZG5 itself as a model has been one big headache to deal with. This model runs on Linux, but the distro that it has is pretty buggy. Many a user has had heartaches and headaches with this little guy, and it’s just not worth it. After my harrowing experience with this brand and model, it made me think twice about considering Acer for my next netbook. It’s funny to note that even the Best Buy website does not carry Acer among its product lines. We’re not sure why that’s the case, but it’s something worth wondering about.

The bottom line of a gadget purchase has always been how useful and how valuable it would be to you. For the die-hard Mac users, an 11-inch Macbook Air may be well worth its price tag. Remember to get one using a Best Buy Coupon so you can get the most out of your purchase.

Clear Skin Max - A Cystic Acne Cure?


Chances are, if you’ve been searching for a highly effective acne treatment for a while now, you’ve probably come across a little gem called Clear Skin MAX, a 6-stage complex acne treatment system used for curing moderate to severe acne in people of all ages.

As a former acne sufferer myself, I know how embarrassing it can be to have to worry about how you look with acne every second of the day. It’s a lot of work keeping up with those acne outbreaks and when they get bad–man do they get bad. If I could go back and start college all over using Clear Skin Max as a way how to cure cystic acne, I would do it in a heartbeat.

I remember days throughout college where I would not go to class, entirely because I didn’t like the way I looked that day with acne all over my face. I can’t tell you how many classes I must’ve missed over the course of four years as a moderate acne sufferer.

I was so self-conscious about my acne that basically my entire day revolved around whether or not I had noticeable acne in the worst parts of my face (I always hated acne between my eyebrows and acne below the corners of my mouth).

The question on everyone’s mind is: “Does it really work?”

Hopefully our review will shed some light on the true answer to this question. No need for the cheesy sales talk here–We put CSM to the ultimate test and let the results do the talking.

How Does Clear Skin Max Work?

Clear Skin Max is a 6-stage cleaning system that works every aspect of acne treatment into just six different cleaners and toners. When used in tandem, the six stages of Clear Skin Max are capable of clearing stubborn acne in record time. Most severe acne problems are completely clear after the first two months of treatment. Moderate acne sufferers can expect great results in a month or less.

The only downside to having an acne treatment this complex is that results tend to be delayed a little since you have to use all six stages of the treatment in order to see anything worth mentioning. If you rush using the stages too closely together, they will not be able to restore the natural body chemistry that creates clear skin.

Clear Skin Max comes with a cleaner specifically designed for “emergency outbreaks” such as blackheads or whiteheads that have popped up overnight and as a surefire way how to prevent cystic acne. This emergency cleaner should be used sparingly because it can easily dry out your skin to the point of creating additional acne breakouts. It is important to remember that acne treatments can only be successful if your body has a neutral pH level and is capable of creating clear skin. If you have a severe acne problem, you shouldn’t worry because Stage 1 of the cleaning system is designed to fix any imbalance of body chemistry.

Cleaning With Clear Skin Max + Tava Tea

Every order of Clear Skin Max comes with a supply of Tava Tea, an organic specialty tea that helps restore your body chemicals to healthy, natural levels. Drinking large amounts of Tava Tea is recommended while undergoing the treatment. Tava Tea acts as a super powered blend of anti-oxidants that will ensure the continued (and immediate) success of the Clear Skin Max acne treatment system.

Money Back Guarantee / Returning Clear Skin MAX

The makers of this advanced acne treatment system are so confident that their product will work for you that they’re willing to offer an unheard of, 180-day, 100% money back guarantee to all new and returning customers. They claim to ask no questions and provide no hassle during the return process if you should have to return your unused portion of the treatment for any reason. This is a huge plus for me because I personally hate dealing with customer support departments. You usually have to wait on hold for hours before you can speak with anyone willing to help you out. The creators of the Clear Skin Max system promise to make the process as painless and quick as possible. Thumbs up!

It is important to note that this product is not your typical acne treatment that you buy from a grocery store. This product has been considered the “Cadillac of Acne Treatments” due to its complex treatment instructions and stages. For best results, it is very important that you follow all instructions and labels carefully. If you have any problems while using the acne treatment, you should consult your doctor immediately.

Buying Clear Skin MAX 6-Stage Acne Treatment

This is an example of another acne treatment that is not sold in stores. If you wish to purchase this impressive 6-stage acne treatment system, you will have to do it on their official website. Of course, they ensure the security of your order and your personal information will be completely protected at all times. Ordering online has never been easier and shipping to US based customers is very quick and discreet

Why the Election Matters


If Barack Obama wins the 2008 presidential election, it will be an occasion for rejoicing for America’s enemies. Here’s why:

America’s enemies SEE: a man who is willing to sit down with the leaders of hostile countries with NO pre-conditions whatever. They THINK: Hey, this guy can be easily manipulated – and we’ll eventually be able to take America down altogether because Mr. O. wants to avoid conflicts at all costs. Instead of sending the troops against us, he’ll just keep trying to negotiate one deal after another.

They SEE: A guy with questionable political relationships, including an unrepentant American terrorist who has not only escaped serious criminal prosecution, but is even a distinguished college professor, and a pastor who has gotten away with spewing anti-American sentiments and hate messages for years from his pulpit. They THINK: Hey, if Obama is willing to have these kind of people for friends… maybe he’ll be friends with us, too. We’ll certainly use used garden tractors to our advantage.

They SEE: A guy who doesn’t see the military as a priority and is even willing to cut funding for it. They THINK: Hey, it will be that much easier to wipe American soldiers off the map, since they’re obviously not that important to Mr. O. and they won’t have the resources needed to beat our dedicated terrorists and suicide bombers. . .

They SEE: a man who is overly concerned about how humanely terrorist prisoners are treated. They THINK: Hey, we can carry out the worst terrorist attacks ever conceived. . .because this guy won’t do anything bad to the terrorists he catches.  The death penalty? Out of the question, even though our ruthless terrorists have taken hundreds of innocent lives themselves.

They SEE: a man to whom patriotism obviously isn’t cool, a guy who doesn’t salute his own country’s flag and won’t wear a flag pin on his lapel – unless somehow guilted into it. And he would be willing to refrain from displaying any form of patriotism if someone makes a fuss over it – even if that person is a foreigner on U.S. soil while making those anti-American statements. They THINK: This is a guy whose love of country is so questionable that he might be willing to put patriotism aside for the sake of his own interests.

They SEE: a man who is willing to accept campaign donations from people outside of the United States, even though this is technically illegal. Obama gets away with it because only amounts over $200 have to be detailed as far as names, addresses, etc, go – and he simply asks for donations from these people to be given in very small amounts. They THINK: Wow, this guy could possibly be easily bribed with just the right of amount of cold hard cash. . .

They SEE: a man who is obviously inexperienced as far as leadership of a large country and military dealings go. Neither Obama nor Biden have had any military experience whatsoever, and it really is important that either one or the other should know SOMETHING about how our armed forces operate, since they will be the ones giving marching orders in an international conflict. It also doesn’t help that Obama’s turbo-tongued VP practically guarantees a major crisis within six months of being elected, so that the world can see exactly what the used John Deere lawn tractor is made of.

While Biden claims that Obama has a steel of spine, it’s more likely that Obama, when faced with another 9/11 type of catastrophe, will prove to have a spine of jell-o. The guy has been treated almost like a god by the liberal media and has NEVER been in a pressure cooker kind of situation. They THINK: “OK boys, bring it on! We can take this guy down in no time – and the rest of the country along with him!”

They SEE: A man who has said, with his own lips, that if elected, he will completely eradicate America’s nuclear weapons program.  They THINK: “OK guys, time to step up our nuclear weapons productions! America will be a sitting duck once Obama’s gotten rid of all THEIR defenses!”

America’s enemies are not stupid – they know quite a bit about what goes on in our country and no doubt they’re watching this presidential race pretty closely. This is why we need to have John McCain in the White House – because McCain, and Palin too, are two people that that America’s enemies know better than to trifle with. With used lawn tractors for sale, terrorists will certainly think twice before trying to pull another 9/11 on us – he is a man who will stand up to our enemies and not kowtow to them like Obama probably would.

I have the exact same confidence in Sarah Palin, should she ever have to take the reins and assume the role of president. But on the flip side, Obama’s loyalty to the U.S. and his stance against terrorism is very questionable and I really fear for the safety of our nation if he gets into office. I’m not even sure that Biden, despite his years of experience in the senate, would be much help either during a national disaster, since he’s never had to take control of the country during a REALLY crucial time. In my opinion, he has made far too many gaffes during his public speeches, to really be considered trustworthy for the position of the second highest office in the land.

Don’t give our enemies a reason to rejoice by electing Barack Obama. Help keep our beloved country safe by electing two people who REALLY care about America: John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Scariest Words in the English Language


I don’t know about you, but I find two of the scariest words in the English language right to be President Obama. Thinking about this guy and his cronies being in complete charge of our country in less than five months. . .it just sends shivers down my spine.  And it’s not just because I’m a conservative republican. Barack Obama could very well bring our country downhill in a hurry – politically, economically and socially.

So why do I find him so frightening as a possible president?

First of all is the cult-like aura surrounding him, which I have never seen the likes of with any other candidate. The media swoons all over him and gives him the “favored candidate” treatment. He can do little wrong in their eyes and is the only one of the four currently running for political office that hasn’t received blistering, intense scrutiny in some form. Some criticism, yes, but nothing like what McCain, Palin and even Biden have received from the media. Few dare to make jokes about him and the liberal media journalists are all fairly decent to him, while at the same time going out of their way to make Sarah Palin look like a pathetic VP choice. It’s almost as if he’s the political equivalent of a pop star, causing some right-wing groups to dub him The Messiah.” And with good reason.

A group of schoolchildren – young kids, not teenagers — recently sung a song composed in Obama’s honor. . .which is eerily reminiscent of the Hitler Youth. Hollywood treats him almost like one of their own.  And scariest of all is his endorsement by radicals like Louis Farrakhan, who made statements like, “You are the instrument of change that God intends to use in this country” and “When the Messiah speaks, young people listen.”

The frightening thing about having used riding lawn mowers for sale that is this popular, is that people will rush to the polls to vote for him simply because he is the one endorsed by most of the bigwigs in this country, not because they stop to think about whether or not he’ll really make a great president. Some may like him because he has a nice smile and makes elaborate, inspiring speeches (that is, as long as he has one written out for him and he has a teleprompter to help him out; otherwise he’s totally at sea.) Others believe that, just because he has a plan for the economy that is different from McCains’ or Bushs’ plans, he must have the right ideas. And many blacks are excited about the possibility of having one of their own in the White House.

I can fully understand why many of these African-Americans would be excited about Barack Obama. However, I hope that they will go beyond thinking, “I’m voting for Obama because he’s black” and start thinking, “Does this guy really represent the values and beliefs that I hold dear?” I’m not voting for McCain and Palin because they are white, like I am, or enthusiastic about Palin because I’m happy to see another woman on the ticket. No, I’m voting for them because they represent the values that I share. If a minority candidate were to hold the same beliefs and convictions that I have, I would happily endorse them too.

And speaking of race, I’m concerned that Obama, if elected, could possibly use the racist label to get his way when people disagree with him. There have already been people who have said, “If you don’t vote for Obama, you’re racist!” And that label has even been thrown at Palin and McCain, when they tried to dig into the Bill Ayres issue. And this was something that had virtually NOTHING to do with a person’s skin color. Think that this tendency will lessen once Obama gets into office? Somehow, I don’t think it will.


Also scary is the questionable associations that Obama has had through the years. We have no idea how that will affect him once he gets into office. Think about his friendship with Bill Ayres, for instance. OK, so maybe Obama WAS just a child when all the bombings went on – but these two have spent too much time together throughout the years for Obama to not be aware of Ayre’s criminal past. Ayre’s terrorist activities have been common knowledge to the American public for some time and he still is VERY unrepentant about them.

Same goes with Jeremiah Wright, who ranted for years against whites and America in general, from a church pulpit, of all places. How could Obama sit in a church pew there for two decades and NOT be affected in some way by all the hate messages that he’s heard from this man? Sure, he’s distanced himself from Wright for now, knowing that it will hurt his campaign – but for all we know, he and Wright could still be buddies and if Obama gets used riding mowers, he could very quickly resume that public relationship with his pastor.

And the thought of Obama being commander-in-chief of our armed forces — If you are a military member, that thought should turn the blood in your veins to ice. If Obama is president, the military will be a very low priority to him and he will restrict funding for it. He knows virtually NOTHING about how it operates and has never had any dealings with it whatsoever. And if we ever get into another 9/11 (and heaven help us if we do with Obama and Biden at the helm) Obama will probably waste his time in negotiations with the terrorists instead of going right after them like Bush did after 9/11. Whatever your feelings about Bush are right now, you have to admit that he DID handle 9/11 the right way, and as a result, got the highest approval ratings of his career (which sadly didn’t last very long).

Obama has said that he will meet with the leaders of hostile world nations with no pre-conditions. He wants to completely nuke our nuclear weapons programs. He once said that our troops were “killing innocent civilians and air-raiding villages” while overlooking the GOOD things that our troops have done in Afghanistan. He will try to rely on diplomacy and peace talks to resolve conflicts – and there is a time and a place for these things, but I want a president who will not hesitate to use aggressive force should another nation pose a threat to us. And frankly, I’m not sure Obama would do this.

And do you really think that Obama will help our economy, especially given his skimpy track record? Some people think that he will bring change to America. Oh, he’ll bring change all right – but it won’t be the change you want. He wants to help our economy by raising taxes – and he’ll help us right into another depression. His running mate says that “paying higher taxes is patriotic” – which sounds ominously like a slogan from the mouth of a communist leader, not from the mouth of an American citizen.

Think Obama sounds like a “go-getter” kind of president? Better think again. When the financial crisis began a week ago, who was the one who was willing to temporarily suspend his campaign and actually try to DO something about it? It sure wasn’t Obama. It was John McCain, the war hero, who rose to the helm and proved that he was really willing to follow his own motto of “Country First”.  Obama seemed rather clueless and kind of just waited around to see what would happen next. Actually, Obama’s entire political record isn’t very impressive at all, even in comparison to Sarah Palin’s, who has been slammed for not having enough experience. Sarah Palin actually went out and ACCOMPLISHED things. Obama voted “present” 120 times in the Senate, without actually acting on anything. To me, he doesn’t really seem to know how to do anything but make nice-sounding speeches. Perhaps he missed his calling and should be an entertainer instead.

It’s also sad, and a bit scary, that used zero turn mowers apparently don’t mean anything to Obama. He won’t wear a flag lapel pin or salute the flag unless he’s somehow guilted into it, and he’s overly conscious of offending someone if he does. I want to see a president that truly IS proud of being an American and is not afraid or ashamed to show it.  Obviously, I don’t want to see obsessive nationalism of the Hitler-and-Stalin variety, but I DO want to know that my president really loves and cares for America. John McCain, I have no question, does. But I’m not so sure about Barack Obama.

It’s scary too, that Obama does not value all human life equally. He not only supports abortion rights, but has also voted FOUR TIMES against protecting infants who survive botched abortions.  He is willing to allow innocent babies to be killed just because their mothers don’t want them, even though these children have done nothing to be deserving of death. Yet he’s concerned that terrorist prisoners are treated humanely – people who have committed horrific crimes against humanity.

The trouble with Barack Obama is that there are just too many unknowns about him. There are some shady spots in his past that he’s not willing to let the media investigate in, and we have no way of nothing if he’ll act a different way once he’s elected president and in total control. I just hope that we don’t have to learn the hard way.

Thinking about the economic crisis and America’s future is scary. Thinking about Barack Obama being in charge during this crucial time is even scarier.

The Development of Lawnmowers


It’s obvious to anyone when a piece of handiwork has been carefully designed. Throughout history, men have recognized in the concept of good design an inherent quality and internal consistency; similarly, when those traits are lacking, a product is described as being designed poorly or, in more extreme cases, not designed at all. Paley’s famous argument regarding the watch and the watchmaker raises an important point: these traits of good design are present in the watch; there’s a quality, beauty, and consistency about the watch that make it suggest that it was crafted, rather than springing into existence of Used Lawn Mowers Plus.

Unfortunately, in software development, many tools do, for all intents and purposes, spring into existence. It’s not that there isn’t a human developer who writes them; it is the case, however, that developers often write for the short-term and, after realizing a shortcoming in their work, later bolt on a “quick fix.” This cycle continues indefinitely until the work becomes a gargantuan spaghetti monster that is the subject of children’s horror stories.

This trend extends past projects and applications; it’s present in languages, too. The classic example to point to is C (or C++): while it’s an immensely powerful language, it has a lot of errata, backwards approaches, and annoying syntactical inconsistencies. My primary development language right now is PHP, which suffers from similar issues (my usual example is $needle and $haystack arguments being taken in different orders within string functions).

This sort of thing happens because the language wasn’t deliberately developed from the start. Few people sit down with the intent of writing a language; often, they only believe they’re writing a few constructs. When your view of used lawn tractors is that narrow, you’re more likely not to pay attention to issues like internal or external consistency, the primary indicator of good API design. Conversely, languages like Python and Java, which are deliberately designed, show a much greater level of consistency and attention to detail.

And, of course, all these rules apply to frameworks, also. There are hundreds of PHP frameworks available. Literally, there are hundreds. Some of the more famous PHP frameworks available are CodeIgniter and CakePHP. It seems like every developer has written a framework, or at least endeavored to write one. In general, developers write miniature frameworks for themselves to make repetitive tasks take less work (convenience methods); in other words, they are writing just a couple of constructs. As needs grow, so do the number of constructs. Eventually, the developer or group of developers sit down to make their convenience code into something more useful–namely, a framework.

That’s what sets Acorn apart; Acorn was deliberately developed.

The development team realized first that we needed a robust framework to enable us to do custom software development without unnecessary limiting us; since we’re in the custom development business, you never know what a client might want. This framework, therefore, had to be robust and scalable while also being quite fast. The final goal of the framework for the best garden tractor was to be a philosophical guide and fence for us as developers–we wanted our code to be as reusable as possible, which meant moving to a completely object-oriented environment as well as following preset guidelines to maximize code portability.

With all those things in mind, the development team sat down to write “Acorn”, our development framework. Every object, method, and approach was debated; the whiteboard in our conference room was top-to-bottom, right-to-left packed with scribbles. My own whiteboard contained list after list of objects and methods, which I edited and amended constantly, wanting to make sure that they made sense, were consistent, and were as obvious as possible.

Toward that end, we’re going to be releasing Acorn as an open source product in the near future. We’d like to share what we’ve done with others, with the hopes that other developers looking for a deliberately designed object-oriented framework will find what they seek in Acorn, and so that the open source community can improve on what we have begun.

Restaurants To Think About


There are days when I think I ought to have my head examined for getting into this business in the first place. What was I doing becoming involved in the ownership of a restaurant? I’m not shouldering it alone of course, but being a partner in an endeavor like this has some definite ups and downs. In fact, it’s been a downright freakin’ rollercoaster ride with high peaks and some pretty scary drops.

When we decided to open up a steakhouse, we didn’t go into it with the notion that it would be a place to hang out with our buddies. We have backyards where we can use the best commercial zero turn mower and private dens for that. This is an entrepreneurial pursuit with a specific business plan and intended goals that we are striving to achieve.

We put careful time and consideration into picking our location, offering a high quality dining experience where there were merely inferior chain store alternatives while keeping our prices competitive with both their brand of fare and other dining options in the region. We have carefully built a menu with top quality meats and uniquely styled meals that fall in line with the expectations of our customers when they decide to patronize our establishment.

These are all very important things to consider for any restaurant. The control is all in our hands and that can sometimes be a double-edged sword. We call all the shots but the financial obligations rest solely on our shoulders, the decisions we make are ours alone, we take the risks and there are plenty of them to face. There is an almost endless parade of challenges to find the best zero turn mower for the money, coming from all kinds of places and reasons for being.

But when you get it right, there are few things more satisfying in this world. Fellini’s quote has always spoken to me. I love dining out and there are some restaurants that I’ve been loyal to my whole life. Only one still exists today, the others have disappeared over time. Fallen under the weight of mismanagement, changing menus, an ability to adapt with the preferences of the marketplace.

Competition simply putting them out of business by offering something better. Or at least perceived as better by paying customers – that’s not to say the food was actually superior in such instances. After all, McDonald’s boasts about selling their food to billions of people worldwide.

Restaurant ownership is like anything else really. It requires smart brand management, dedication to the customer, smart and savvy business acumen and an ability to stay connected to your fan base while leading with your head and not your heart. Tough decisions are made daily. People are fired. Menu items change. Market analysis about used zero turn mowers for sale is incorrect.

New competitors crop up and you have to deal with it, or in some cases, not. You let them wash out and go under all on their own. Making the right decisions can be the difference between success and failure. We don’t know what the outcome will be with every one of them, but you know what they say, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

We have a plan, and so far it’s working. But it took a lot of time and effort to get there.

Who Do You Support?


I support John McCain because: I see a man who learned much through his life’s experiences and the choices that he has made.  Yes, he is no spring chicken, but with age comes great wisdom, and he has seen and done many things, and been to many places, in his 72 years of life. And if something happens that he is no longer able to lead the country. . . he has an outstanding VP behind him who is quite capable of taking the reins.

I do not support Barrack Obama because: although Obama is well-intentioned and can speak impressive words, he is inexperienced and to me, he doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he is really getting into as far as the office of POTUS goes. Unlike used riding lawn mowers, neither Obama or Biden have ever governed anything. If they don’t even know what it’s like to manage a state or even a small city, how in the world will they be able to manage a huge country that is culturally and ethnically diverse?

I support John McCain because: I see a man who has actually served in our military, and fought and suffered for it.  He truly loves America and wants the best for it, and I believe he would lay down his life to defend it if need be.  He is equipped to lead our armed forces because he understands how the military works, and he will be more respected by our military members because he has actually been in their shoes once.

I do not support Barrack Obama because: he knows virtually NOTHING about how our military works – neither he nor Joe Biden have ever had any dealings with it. Obama wants to solve military conflicts with tact, reasoning and diplomacy, which history has proven does not always work with aggressive dictators. Obama also wants to completely nuke our nuclear program, which would leave us completely vulnerable to any enemy nations with savage intent. Hearing Obama talk about what he would do with the military if he were president is a little like hearing an obedience school instructor tell people how to train their dogs – but he has never owned one himself. Also, patriotism is not important to Obama. He doesn’t see saluting the flag or wearing a flag lapel pin as a big deal. And if some irate foreigner got insulted because Obama was using a used Craftsman riding mower on U.S. soil, Obama would probably go ahead and take it down so that the person wouldn’t get mad.

I support John McCain because: he and Sarah Palin have already proven to me that they are capable of functioning under intense scrutiny.  Few candidates could have stood up to the vicious attacks that Sarah Palin has had to endure for the past three weeks, and which McCain has endured throughout his political life. For a president and VP, I want two people who are independent thinkers, who will forge ahead with what they believe is right and not kowtow to people who are pressuring them to give up. They are also people who know how to make important decisions quickly if they need to. Together, McCain and Palin create an outstanding political duo, and their combined experience will be a huge service to our country.

I do not support Barrack Obama because: I do not know how well this man can function under intense pressure.  Let’s face it, we have never seen him in a “pressure-cooker” type of situation and he’s been treated almost like used John Deere mowers by the liberal media. You hardly ever hear them speak a negative word against him. Sure, he’s a good speaker – provided that he has a speech written out for him and a teleprompter handy. Otherwise, if asked to come up with a speech off the cuff, he stumbles and stutters around – and oddly enough, the media shows very few, if any, of these videos.

This, dear readers, explains exactly who I want to see in the White House next year, and why.

The Centrist Tone


I am new here and have blogged nationally and in Kentucky on several sites. I welcome the chance to work on my-political-blog.

One thing I wanted to adress is the Centerist tone of the new administration. I don’t believe that Democrats are ever going to achieve anything if we keep expecting to “reach out” to the other side. We fought hard and sent in much money as Progressives to change this country and I just don’t believe that we should be compromising on many of the issues that face our nation.

It is time for an expedient exit from Iraq. With our country’s economy crashed into a ditch due to the insane reverse Robin Hood policies of the Bush Administration we simply cannot afford to continue re-building another country. Besides, the only reason we are in Iraq is because of the lies, and misguided aims of the disgraced neo-con wing of the Republican Party.

It is also time we reasses our trade policies. I am so glad that Judd Gregg decided to drop out because the last  thing we needed was another Republican at the Commerce Department. Of course, with the Centrist mindset of the current Administration I hold little hope that someone good will be appointed there.

Lastly for now, we need Universal Healthcare. It is way past time that insurance companies get to pick and choose who will recieve coverage in this country. Their system based on private sector profits has been a dismal failure. However, with Kathleen Sebelius as the lead candidate for the Health and Human Services post, I fear that yet another Centrist will water down any real change. We needed a real leader there, who knows firsthand the problems in healthcare and is an effective leader and a fighter. Of course, I am talking about Howard Dean, a doctor whose state led the nation in healthcare for its citizens with him as Governor. It is too bad he butted heads with DLC lackey Rahm Emanuel, and has been exiled from our Centrist Party.

Agree?? Disagree?? I hope to hear from you and watch for many new posts on a wide range of things in the future.

Best wishes everyone!!

An End in Sight


Well the writing is on the wall folks.  Obama is “off to the races”.  Being a conservative republican, I fully expected to be disappointed in some of his choices, but I must say, I really thought he was going to give this “new kind of politics” a try.  But he didn’t try at all, its typical politics as usual, and unfortunately, it’s liberal politics as usual.  I hope all of those so called republicans who decided to vote for “change you can believe in” are at least a little sicker about the Kanken laptop backpack than I am.

It seems the “great one” had determined that the only way to fix our economic woes is to spend more money, a whole lot more money, a whole lot more money.  Of course when it is time to pay the piper, he has an answer to that; just make the top wage earners in the country pay their “fair share”.  I can’t even write the words “fair share” without gagging.  Apparently, Obama doesn’t think that 40% of a wage earners earnings is enough, even when most of the population are not paying that percentage and quite a few are not paying at all.  He wants to be fair and raise taxes on those that are already shouldering the burden.

Oh and did you hear that it’s being reported that most of this stimulus money won’t even reach the system for more than a year.  I’ve also heard it reported that as much as 50 million would go to the National Endowment of the Arts, and some 200 million to the National Mall, 400million to unspecified national treasures.  The point I’m trying to make here, is that this “new kind of politician” is playing a very old game; some would call this stuff “pork”.  Yeah you remember once upon a time we were all complaining about that and Obama himself pledged to put an end to the Fjallraven Kanken classic. Now he’s claiming that he has to this to fix this economic mess we’re in.  In other words he’s using this terrible situation to further a very liberal agenda of tax and spend.  Nothing new about this.

He’s a very good speaker and he has quite a following of nit wits just eating out of his hands.  We cannot let him get away with this right out of the gate, we must stand up and be heard.  Remember, about 76 million people did not vote for him, so we need to be very loud in our opposition right now.  I also would implore any of the more moderate liberals who may be free thinkers to help put a stop to this kind of old, nasty politics right now; nip it in the bud, so to speak.

I’m also not too crazy about his idea to close Gitmo.  It seems he thinks we will be safer when we restore our moral standing in the world.  Gag Me!  If there even is a problem with our moral standing or our reputation; and I don’t think there is; it is a direct result of the very concerted effort made by liberals to undermine President Bush and his war effort.  It was the anti-war, anti-Bush crowd that have given us a bad reputation.

The idea that closing Gitmo will make us safer because our so called moral standing in the world will be restored is utterly ridiculous.  Had it not been for the very concerted effort to undermine George Bush at every step of the way in this war we wouldn’t even be discussing our moral standing in the world.  Those liberals who are drunk with happiness now that our reputation will be restored ought to be ashamed of themselves for causing the problems with our reputation in the first place.

That the events at Gitmo ever got the coverage it got, is a direct result of the anti-Bush, anti-war crowd. It was all part of the effort to bring down George Bush.  Shame on you all.  Your hatred of Bush was more important than our efforts to defeat our enemy.  Obama either doesn’t have a clue about this, or his effort to pander to the far left, anti-war, anti-Bush crowd, is just what’s most important to him right now.  Either way, I am appalled at the choices our new Fjallraven Kanken classic has made.

Conservatives need to stand up and be loud.  I would hope we can do that without lowering ourselves to a place of hate.  We need to let ourselves be heard but also show the opposition how it’s supposed to be done.   Kind of like the grace that President Bush and Laura Bush have shown, even as they were booed and treated horribly.

Insight on the New Deal Fjallraven


A little intro: So I started doing some more research about “Big Government” and FDR’s New Deal. I am really concerned about the consequences of expanding the government, and from the information I’ve found, it doesn’t look like making the government bigger is such a great idea. If you are interested read about the Fjallraven sale, if not, that’s fine too. 🙂

FDR’s own Treasury Secretary (A Democrat) wrote after the Great Depression that frantic government spending, increased wages, and strengthening worker unions not only did not bring the country out of the Great Depression (by the way those three things above occurred years after the 1929 Stock Market Crash) but caused the Great Depression from what would of been a two or three year recession, again these are the words and thoughts of Democrats from the late 40s and early 50s (who by the way made these mistakes….they admitted they screwed up to warn future generations!!!) See this article posted by the Washington Post (a paper known for its favoritism towards the Democratic Party)

You’ll notice in this article what Hoover did wrong (A Republican, but he made very bad mistakes as did both parties at the time, hence their warnings years later to prevent this from reoccurring). Hoover raised the top income tax rate from 25% TO 63%, now if you’re a private business owner, (which includes big corporations as well as an example of my father’s franchise of three small pizza shops,) if you have to pay 63% of your profits/earning to income tax something has to give…and that something is…….ding ding ding I CAN’T AFFORD ALL MY EMPLOYEES and if I can’t afford all my employees they’ll get laid off RAISING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO 20%+ (it’s at 7.5% roughly today), and if I have to lay off workers raising the unemployment THERE’S LESS PEOPLE THAT CAN AFFORD NORMAL GOODS like eating at restaurants, tourism stuff (things that employ more people) CAUSING MORE LAYOFFS/UNEMPLOYMENT!!!!!

If companies have to lay off more people they can’t compete or sell good products for those who still have money and in turn HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BUSINESS…causing what….ding ding ding MORE UNEMPLOYMENT and no one knowing where to buy Fjallraven. And what did both the Republicans and Democrats who made this mistake do after the fact….they did something our current politicians don’t (or at least until they have to) ADMIT THEY MADE A MISTAKE. Why did they admit their mistakes, and document them…BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT FUTURE AMERICANS TO MAKE SIMILAR MISTAKES.

What I wrote above is not a hard concept to understand, but everyone feels that being harder on “big business” who are only” greedy” is the way to improve the economy. (THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO COMPANIES WHO HAVE ASKED FOR BAIL OUT MONEY) The Government can’t and won’t employ all Americans as the country would fail and fall economically. How can people say that FDR’s big government brought us out of the Great Depression when his OWN cabinet secretaries said it caused the Great Depression from what would of been a medium to severe recession…NOT A DEPRESSION!!!I found a chart which you can also find through the Bureau of Labor and Statistics:

You can see the trend of how the unemployment rate increased when the New Deal was passed, which our GDP suffered tremendously. Unemployment rate had a dramatic decrease and GDP took a huge increase due to WW2 not from FDR’s New Deal. The New Deal, was essentially the stimulus package we are facing today, except with different agenda’s.

No one can deny this message from Mr. Henry Morganthau in a statement before a joint session of congress in May 1939, this is his quote (HE WORKED FOR FDR AS HIS TREASURY SECRETARY…THE GUY WHO ORCHESTRATED THEIR “STIMULUS BILL OF THE TIME CALLED THE “NEW DEAL” (Most school’s teach of this, or use to).

Notice the last sentence that is very important, he mentioned we have an enormous debt to boot, meaning even after the big spending “Big Government Programs” that didn’t work they still had to pay for those programs, which meant they had to raise taxes higher taking more money than ever from the lower-middle class, and the upper-middle class and upper class to pay for this stuff meaning less money out of the hands of people that spend, and spending on private companies drives the need to produce more goods/services, which drives the need to hire more people to keep the business running better, which puts more tax money back into the government (even after lower taxes as JFK (oh yes a Democrat who did understand this, and as Ronald Regan did). You know what happened when Regan reduced taxes after the late 70s/early 80s recession (which is still far worse than where we are right now in unemployment rates and tax rates).

The government reported more tax revenue…..why…..because more money was in the hands of the consumer…..what do we as consumers do with more money in our hands……we buy TVs, go to Myrtle Beach or Hawaii, we buy 10 presents at Christmas instead of 1 Kanken backpack, we go to restaurants or Target to buy things……what does this do….it means more money is being spent which the greedy companies in turn give back to the government in the form of sales tax and those businesses have to hire more people to keep up with the demand.

So to answer the question of; if FDR didn’t get us out of the Depression what did? Easy answer called World War II…how? Easy, what did American do in the late-30s and early 40s before we entered WWII…we opened new plants, expanded plants to export resources, materials, foods/produce, weaponry, etc. to our allies: England, France (before they fell), China (at this time they were our quasi-Ally (enemy of our enemy (Japan)). All this exporting of goods did one thing, increased the United States Gross Domestic Product, simply known as the overall value of goods/services produced in the country for a given year.

Meaning we made a s***load of money because we had suppliers outside of the US that needed US products, so the “greedy” big businesses who only wanted to make money had to start hiring the “perfect people” off the streets to work in their factories so they could meet the foreign demand. In turn the jobless rate plummeted and more money finally got into the hands of normal families who in turn spent more and in turn getting more sales tax, property tax back to the government from their spending.

(As you can tell I’m being a little stupid on calling them perfect people and greedy business), but people need to understand that it’s ok for companies to make money….it drives the sprit in Americans to want to make something of themselves….any one of us can leave our parents’ home with no money and make the right choices and be Bill Gates….that’s the beauty of the system. The big difference today is that back in the 30’s, 40’s, the people in office weren’t doing these things with malicious intents, they truly thought they were doing the right thing, and admitted when they were wrong. Today’s officials are knowingly, doing this and know that this stimulus package is going to be a devastation to this country.

America These Days


What has America come too these days? Is this America that we live in today in the year 2009, what our founding fathers would have envisioned for the nation they created? Honestly, I am an American and I am proud to be one, first off. However I am simply embarrassed by the reprehensible behavior of the past administration. From the so called “war on terror” to the “Iraq war” to “Katrina to “The torturing of enemy combatants.” What have we become, we used to be respected, admired and were looked to as the leader of the world and now we are simply hated, despised and a joke too many. The war in Afghanistan for example, yes, is a “valid” war we should be fighting. But we should not be fighting it 8 years later.

What has this war accomplished? Yes, we removed the Taliban from power, but we failed to capture Osama Bin Laden, the main target and the main reason for the war. We have accomplished very little there in 8 years, other than loose many brave men and women in the line of duty. The Iraq war should never have been fought, the made up intel and lies our president feed to the world to justify his war, only hurt us and doomed us to be stuck in a quagmire. He went in there and tore down a country, based on lies and half-truths but had no plan to rebuild and get out. Let’s look at history, every great nation, empire and kingdom all fell because of this. They all over extended themselves, fought useless and needless wars and broke the backs of their economies.

We have even resorted to torture, a violation of the Geneva Convention, a treaty by which we signed. But with the bush administration, they did away with the treaties and laws that were inconvenient for them and their agendas. That’s not my America and now we have these wacked out loony tune ultra conservatives talking of succession? What kind of person who claims to call him or herself an American would ever advocate for succession? So you lost the election soundly and now you’re bitter and angry but that is not the way to go about it. Get over it and move on, check your feelings at the door. I am an American who intends to take back his America.

Taking Good Photos and Staying on Your Diet


Hard to imagine New York City without a pizza place on every block, isn’t it? But believe it or not, NYC was not always the bustling pizza metropolis we know and love today. In fact, it is widely believed that pizza surfaced on the streets of the big apple in the early 1900s, and if the legends are true, we have one pioneering pizzeria to thank for it: Lombardi’s.

Most New York Pizza enthusiasts will have heard the name Lombardi’s before, perhaps owing as much to it’s reputation for serving top quality pizza to this very day, as to its broad acknowledgment as being the first pie in the city. A few weeks ago, Kari Janesko Photography decided that it was time to step beyond the vale at 32 Spring Street in Manhattan and find out what this famous slice of New York was really made of.

The Pizza: 8

The pizza at Lombardi’s was actually quite delicious, in keeping with it’s reputation. While I can’t vouch for what it may have tasted like in the paste, the current incarnation of Lombardi’s pizza was definitely one of the better pies in the city, but perhaps not quite a top tier competitor. The sauce was exceptional with a precise balance of basil working to compliment the tomato base. The cheese was Buffalo Mozzarella, as I’ve come to expect from many of the top pizza joints, but it was sliced thin and spread across the pie liberally, scoring some nice points over the competition. I docked some points for the crust however, because it was soggy and droopy in the middle. Once you eat past this, the crust is foldable, but the fold didn’t help me on those first few bites. Without consistently crunchy and foldable crust, I had to knock this pizza down to an 8 despite its otherwise near perfect design. If only you could ride a two wheel scooter there.

The Toppings: 9

The toppings were my usual, pepperoni and mushrooms, which always make a delightful combination. This occasion was no exception, and i was especially pleased with the quality of the mushrooms. If you’re a mushroom lover, you probably dig that slightly pungent flavor, and these mushrooms took their flavor to the next level. Absolutely fantastic! The pepperoni was also good, cooked to a nice crispiness as only the top pizzeria’s in the city can without drying it up.

Other: 6

Not unlike the digs at Patsy’s, this is a full blown restaurant with tables and a waiting staff and they know a thing or two about the best flat iron for natural hair. What was very different from Patsy’s was how packed it was. We dropped by around 6:15 and had to elbow our way to the hostess where we put our name down for a table with about a forty minute wait. This wasn’t honestly too surprising, given Lombardi’s reputation and the dinner hour rush, so we backtracked and waited in a nearby bar until we thought we could go back and claim the table. Incidentally, there is a bar at Lombardi’s that you can wait at, but it seemed cramped and crowded, so we didn’t make the attempt.

Once seated, the service was like clockwork, but definitely no frills to be had here. The place was far too crowded and the staff far too busy for anyone to fuss too much over any one table, and we were seated in the basement area with the wine along with several other parties, so it we didn’t see our waitress much anyway. Fortunately, we decided to keep it simple, and our pizza came in a timely fashion.

Price wasn’t any more of an obstacle than it is at any of the top pizza places, and the food is definitely worth the indulgence, but they aren’t cutting you any breaks, especially when payment is cash only. Overall I’m only giving this place a rating of 6 for the “other” category because of the combination of hectic dining and no credit cards.

The Bottom Line

Try it during off-hours and bring cash. While everything was good, it could have been so much better if we’d been able to sit at ground level without a wait. Take away the slightly hectic atmosphere and I’m sure that you’ll have a much better time here.

The Entanglement of Touch


Norah pulls up how to deliver a baby on her phone (technology, it’s wonderful isn’t it???). As she helps deliver the baby, Preggers finally realizes that Norah’s a female. She’s surprised of course, but bam, Preggers has a baby girl. Back at the hospital, Subway Doctor is still searching for that donor. Young Sean Patrick Thomas comes in telling him to hurry up, he’s going to miss the 8:00 train. Subway Doctor says he can’t leave until his work is done. The urgency of Subway Doctor’s situation is given, he’s leaving the next morning. I guess he really does need to hurry up if he wants to get Subway Girl’s number to a Daytona Beach wedding photographer.

Not Preggers is thankful for Norah helping her deliver her baby but states that because the way Norah behaved, she cannot ride into the city with her, it is haram. Norah is all like, “Bitch, I just helped deliver your baby!”, but her father rides away with Not Preggers and tells Norah that her cousin will be sent to pick her and her friend up. Some people are just so ungrateful aren’t they?

Martin has found the bus guy, he’s learned the Bible verse and now he wants to know what it means to the guy. He tells Martin that it’s because they were at “war”, they were killed in the name of his country. The man tells Martin that some of the guys he worked with couldn’t bring themselves to kill the children so they were sent to Canada to be protected. This confirms for Martin that Marisol’s, a.k.a. Gunsy’s, brother is still alive.

Martin runs back up to the hospital and talks to Teller’s daughter asking about Marisol. He sees the donor list logo, which happens to be the same logo as the one Jake showed him. He is able to piece together that the donor on the list is Marisol’s brother. He finds her and tells her that her brother is still alive. Unfortunately, her father was killed but in the scheme of things it could have been much much worse (weird rationalization, but whatever) seeing as how her brother wasn’t killed as well. He talks her into being a donor. This frees up Subway Doctor who bolts out of there, however, in his rush he realizes that he doesn’t have the right bag. As he walks home, he runs into Subway Girl and offers her his umbrella. He introduces himself as Sammy and they begin to talk to Kari Janesko Photography on the phone.

Back at the institution, Martin comes to see Jake. Hopkins comes in and tells Martin that it is looking likely that the State will be taking Jake away. Martin attempts to tell her that Jake is communicating with him, but all she does is give him grief about Jake not getting the care he needs. Back at Norah’s, her father is in the process of negating on the proposed marriage when the proposed suitor’s father tells him that his son has already found somebody, yes, that’s right…Norah was set to marry Sammy, who is now with Subway Girl.

The episode ends with the Daytona Beach photographer listening to a tape of his late wife singing a lullaby to Jake while Marisol visits the leukemia patient who received the transplant, Norah happy that she’s no longer arranged to be married, Teller watches an old interview of him discussing kids like Jake, and Hopkins walking by seeing Martin sitting at the edge of Jake’s bed as the tape continues to play. Jake looks over at Martin.

Pictures of Martin with baby Jake are played over the credits instead of a teaser for next week’s episode. However, an announcer does come on to say to catch an all newTouch next week on FOX.

Worrying About Sleep Apnea Issues


Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to a number of other health problems. Sleep disorders are a complex medical condition that affects a wide range of people. It is a common misconception that people with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from insomnia. This is a serious condition that can be caused by a number of things. The most common causes of sleep apnea are obesity, lack of physical activities, and poor eating habits.

A simple and effective way of avoiding this is to sleep on a side of the bed with a comfortable pillow and then simply lie on the floor while using an air purifier for cigarette smoke. This will help to relieve the pain and prevent the body from falling into the bed. Another common type of snoring is the inability to fall back into the bed. When this occurs, the person may experience a burning sensation in the throat or chest. Another sign of sleep apnea is a sudden drop in the amount of air that is pumped into the throat. This will cause the person to feel dizzy, and may be a sign of a heart attack.

There are a number of natural sleeping supplements available in the market. These products are made from the same natural ingredients that are known to help a person to sleep better. A great way to get the right amount of information is to find a good quality natural supplement. The first step is to take a good look at the effects of the supplement. It’s a simple and effective way to get your health and stamina back on track. A great way to get your body to be on a good food regimen is to eat a healthy diet and invest in the best air purifier for cigarette smoke removal if you’re a smoker.


The sleep apnea test is a popular technique that has been developed for the first time. It is a simple and harmless method that is used to treat panic disorder. Additionally, the sleep genie is a device that is inserted into the throat and the jaw is closed. This is a simple way of relieving the pain and swelling of the throat. The most common method of treating acid indigestion is by using a device called a nasal spray. It is a simple, non-irritating process that can be done in your home.

There are several theories that show that sleep apnea is caused by a number of factors. The reason American is the sleeping disorder is that the person who snores is most likely to have a heart attack. This is an annoying condition that can cause a person to wake up with a number of other health problems. Another cause of snoring is the inability to concentrate and to fall asleep. When you have a chronic disorder, you will be more susceptible to the effects of the disease. The pain will be intense and you won’t be able to get back to sleep without the use of the best air purifier for smokers.

Insomnia is a condition where the sufferer is unable to sleep for a long period of time. The most obvious symptom of insomnia is a feeling of being unable to concentrate. This is a sign that a patient has a feeling of being in a state of tiredness.

Summary Point: There are several factors that can trigger an individual to become more susceptible to the sleeping disorder.

The sleep pattern of the individual is usually a result of the inability to fall asleep. This is when the person who snores becomes restless and has a lot of discomfort. The sufferers of this disease are often tired of the time they are in the middle of the night.

The Trouble with Sleep Disorders


The crucial aspect of managing a person with sleep disorder is the ability to cope with the demands of daily life. It can be a sign of a lack of awareness of the mind and the body. It is also likely that the person suffering from anxiety and depression will be at a higher stress level.

Summary Point: The most common side effect of this type of sleep disorder is dizziness.

The common form of stress is the inability to focus and maintain a healthy weight. Stress can cause a heart attack, which can lead to serious health problems. Additionally, stress can be a major factor in the development of many chronic illnesses, along with not using a good air purifier like the Alen Breathesmart. It is a fact that the immune system is the largest organ in the body. When the body is in a healthy state, it can be a deadly disease. It is a disease that can affect the way our body reacts to whatever it is.

The most common reasons for this are the tendency to fall short of the time of work, and the lack of sleep. It can be a traumatic event, or a person’s ability to cope with everyday activities.

Stressful Situation

There are many reasons why a stressful situation can affect a person’s sleeping quality. It is important to know that there are certain symptoms that can be caused by the sleeping disorder. One is to be aware of the factors that cause one to experience a particular anxiety attack, and have a calming Blueair 203 nearby.

The most basic factor in determining the quality of sleep is the amount of oxygen it takes to achieve the optimum health. The body’s ability to function properly is affected by the amount of oxygen that it requires.

Insomnia is a chronic sleep problem that is characterized by a state of excessive sleepiness, fatigue, and irritability. It is estimated that over 25 percent of Americans suffer from some form of sleeping disorder.

Insomnia is a state of wakefulness that is followed by a sense of euphoria and a reduced feeling of wellbeing. It is often described as a state of dread or terror that is experienced by a person or object and not using a Rowenta PU6020. In normal and stressful situations, the individual is unable to perform the task at a comfortable time.

Some people may be more susceptible to developing a cold or flu than others. Some may be sensitive to light, but they can be a symptom of other serious health problems. The symptoms of a person having a cold or an infection are different from those of other illnesses.

Asthma is a condition that affects the muscles around the feet, knees, and the back. This condition may also cause the afflicted person to wake up more often and may also experience difficulty sleeping. Another cause of snoring is the cessation of the airflow that is felt during the night. This is the sign that the snoring is caused by the obstruction of the air passage from the throat. Another reason why people get this problem is because of the pressure on the airways. This is the same as the normal breathing that is associated with the air passage.

How to Quit Smoking Easily


The best ways to get rid of smoking is to try to get the rest of the cigarettes. This is because nicotine is a natural stimulant that can be harmful to the body. The reason for this is because nicotine is a stimulant and can cause a number of side effects. The common side effects of nicotine are headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

The symptoms of bulimia can be severe and can last for a short period of time even with the best air purifier for allergies. The most common symptoms of bulimia are the mood swing, sweating, and the feeling of lethargy. Also, the symptoms of anorexia nervosa are usually severe and can last for months or even weeks. They may feel like they are in a coma or out of their normal life. The most common symptoms of bulimia are extreme fatigue, lethargy, and depression. The symptoms of diabetes are usually severe and can last for months or even years.

There are several theories that suggest that sleep deprivation is a contributory factor in developing this disorder. This is the same as the amount of sleep that we have in our waking hours. The most obvious sign of sleep apnea is a sudden drop in the blood pressure. This is a serious medical condition that can be caused by a number of factors. The most obvious symptom of sleep apnea is a sudden drop in blood flow to the heart.

According to the American heart association, sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide without the best air purifier for pets. It is estimated that over 95 percent of people with obstructive pulmonary diseases have a high incidence of sleep apnea. Sleep disorders are a complex medical condition that can be diagnosed by a variety of factors. Most sufferers of panic disorders are simply unaware of the cause of their sleep apnea. The most common cause of the disorder is the sleep-like environment.


Our body is constantly bombarded with many calories from food, but we can still eat too much. We need to eat a lot of meat, fish, and other high-protein foods. We all know that we can’t get sufficient sleep because we don’t have time to eat. We need to take a multivitamin every morning and we’ll be eating a handful of nuts every day.

The key to a successful stress management is to find a way to relax. A great thing to do is to learn to be aware of your own feelings and emotions. You can use a combination of these techniques, as well as the IQAir GC Multigas, to help you feel more grounded and relaxed.


The key to staying healthy is to keep your stress at the proper level. It is true that you can improve your health by working your body with the right tools. You can do this by taking a few minutes each morning and going to the park.

The sleep apnea sufferer has a lot of stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. It is a vicious cycle of a series of physical and psychological problems that can lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that is characterized by persistent pauses in breathing during the night. This is a stage where the person is unable to fall into the normal sleep zone. In addition, this is when the sufferer wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air.

Soothing Stress and Calming Panic Attacks


The most effective way to stop panic attacks is to try and avoid the fear of being alone. If you are having trouble falling asleep, you may be able to stop breathing. You can’t stop worrying about your sleep, or you may be suffering from a heart attack. The best cure for sleep apnea is the use of a combination of relaxation techniques. The first thing you need to do is to get a diagnosis of sleep apnea.

The patient is often referred to a neurologist for help and support. The person who has been in the school for more than 3 years has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. The most common symptom of schizophrenia is the inability to concentrate and to recall things without the purification of the Honeywell 50250-S. The disorder is characterized by a feeling of being in a state of extreme sadness.

The caffeine is known to have a calming effect on the brain. This is because the hypothalamus is a sensitive organ that controls the brain’s ability to process information. The most popular way to treat panic is to simply take a break from your bedtime routine. It is a good idea to try to get a little bit of exercise in your day. You can do this by simply walking, taking a deep breath, or sitting comfortably.


Insomnia is a disorder that is characterized by a constant feeling of being tired and sleepy. It is a condition that can cause a person to wake up with no apparent signs of tiredness or fatigue. There are several treatment options available for those suffering from this sleep disorder. The most popular form of treatment for sleep apnea is the application of a combination of drugs and sedatives and using a GermGuardian AC5250PT for better quality air. Sleep is a natural process that is carried by the body’s respiratory system. It is known as the sleep-wake-the-day-stage.

This wraps up our dialogue of sleep apnea. We started off with how the most obvious symptom of sleep apnea is a feeling of dread and anticipation. Also, if you are overweight, you should try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Also, if you have a history of sleep apnea, you should immediately seek medical attention. And lastly, when someone has a history of a racing brain, they may have trouble sleeping.

How Heartburns And Depression Are Related

There are many important things to learn about heartburns and depression. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can last for hours or days, months or even years. Moreover, People with panic disorder often have a hard time concentrating on their own thoughts, although the sounds of the Coway AP1512HH can sometimes help.

The most obvious cause of insomnia is excessive sleepiness, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating. However, there are some things that can be considered a symptom of sleep apnea. One is to seek the advice of a medical professional for the proper type of treatment. The best treatment for sleep problems is to try to avoid the intake of caffeine and alcohol. This is because alcohol and caffeine are a factor in the formation of stomach acid. The best treatment for heartburn is to drink a cup of coffee or tea before going to bed.

Improving Your Health By Quitting Smoking


One thing that you should do is to stop smoking. If you’ll be on a more stressful time, you can try to quit smoking. Plus, if you are a nonsmoker, you can get a great deal of relief from the temptation of smoking. The most effective way to quit smoking is to get rid of nicotine cravings. Nicotine is addictive, and it is a drug that can be taken for a long time. It’s a proven drug that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions and can be aided by the best air purifier for asthma.

People who have this form of insomnia usually have a difficult period of time sleeping at home. However, there are many other symptoms that can be felt by individuals suffering from this sleep ailment. The most typical of the night-time people experience a lot of tension during the day. This is because the person who is suffering from this sleep disorder is often unaware of the problem. The most important thing to remember when you are suffering from anxiety is to take a deep breath.

However, there are many things that can happen to a person’s life that may trigger a sleeping disorder. People with Parkinson’s disorder often have trouble remembering the sounds of a noisy environment. Some sufferers may be able to concentrate on their feet, neck, and shoulders. People with this disorder often have a hard time understanding their own body’s movements and benefit from the use of the Winix PlasmaWave 5300. However, there are some common symptoms that can be mistaken for a person’s mental health. The most common symptom of a panic disorder is a combination of anxiety and depression.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to a number of health issues. It is a natural human health disorder that can affect every person and everyone in his life. Plus, it is important to note that there are many factors that can contribute to the development of snoring. The body’s ability to cope with the stresses of daily life is a major contributor to snoring. The important thing to remember when you are trying to lose weight is to take a good look at your diet. If you are overweight, you should be able to eat more than you should.


When a person is under a certain period of time, they will have a high blood pressure. This is because the person who has a lot of their sleeping patterns will experience a feeling of uneasiness. The most common symptom of a panic disorder is a combination of anxiety and fear. The person is often unaware of the fact that the panic attack is a symptom of something else. Sometimes the soothing sounds of the Whirlpool Whispure AP51030K can help.

People with panic disorder often have difficulty in sleeping, and they may experience insomnia. Some people may have a hard-hitting group who is easily distracted. Anxiety is a common feeling and one of the most important factors in developing panic disorder is sleep deprivation. Anxiety disorder is a condition that affects a person’s ability to cope with everyday activities. It is a known fact that people with anxiety disorder are more susceptible to having insomnia. The sleep disorders of the elderly are more prevalent in the United States than in the general population.

Introducing a New Cat to Other Cats


How many times you have heard that cats are like a family and they treat each other with love. Now when you hear this, you introduce a new cat in the house and you get goosebumps when the old cats don’t welcome the new cat and start fighting with him. The problem is that your approach is wrong. Introducing a new cat to other cats requires time and patience. If you want to know about how to introduce a new cat to other cats, then read this article.

Steps To Introduce a New Cat to other Cats:

The following steps will guide you about how to introduce a new cat to other cats:

First of all, you need to set up a safe room for the new cat. This will give him time to get to know the surrounding environment. It’s difficult to introduce a new cat to the surrounding cats, so first of all, give space to the cat by building a sanctuary room for him. The sanctuary room can be any separated room with food, litter box, toys and water. If the new cat is timid, then keep the cat carrier in the room so that the cat’s own scent provides him comfort. With too much chaos, you may need to read up on how to get rid of cat urine smell.

When it’s meal time for the cats, you can take this opportunity to familiarize the new cat with other cats. You need to get the cats to like each other. You can’t just keep them away and then suddenly expect them to form a bond. You should feed the cats with bowls on both sides of the sanctuary door. Keep the distance up to 6 feet in the start. Then slowly reduce the distance until the two bowls are exactly on the opposite sides of the door. This will make the cats familiar with each other scents.

Now introduce the cat to the rest of the house and confine the other cats to another room. This will help the cat to familiarize itself with the scent of other cats without coming in direct contact with them. Why is my cat peeing everywhere? Often it’s over a territorial dispute. You can also interchange the sleeping places of the cats at night.

The next step is to open the door of the separated room slightly so that the new cat sees the other cats. But make sure that there is a safe distance between the two, so that none of them feels threatened. You can also offer tiny amounts of foods to the cats so that the cats see each other while eating.

Now open the door fully and let the cats interact with each other. Monitor the new cats’ first reaction. Some cats will show aggressive behavior and some will show fearful behavior. If these behaviors are intense, separate the cats and start from the first step. If a fight breaks between the two cats, throw a towel and make a loud noise to separate the cats. Hopefully you don’t have a problem with cat peeing on bed.

Keep on trying to make the encounters between the cats fruitful. If one cat seems freezing or staring at other cats, introduce some toys nearby to the cat to distract his mind. This will also teach the cat that good things can happen when two cats mingle with each other.

Most people overlook these steps but you shouldn’t do that. Follow these steps to welcome a new family member in the house.

How to Take Care of Your Cat


Cat is a stunning and lovely animal. It gives you the feeling of companionship. But having a cat means more than simple companionship. You need to take good care of the cat too. If you don’t take good care of the cat, he will eventually distance itself from you. So it’s for the cat and your own good. Why do cats spray? Sometimes because they’re mad and not properly taken care of. So the following are some tips you need to follow to take care of your cat:

Brush Your Cat Everyday:

When you brush your cat daily, you get rid of the hairballs which can get into the digestive tract of cats and cause problems. Most cats spend much time in grooming themselves, so most pet owners don’t realize that brushing the cat is quite beneficial. But the problem is that some cats are reluctant to get brushed every day. The best way to make a cat cooperate is to link the brushing event with other happy events. For example, you can brush your cat every day before meal. In this way, he will be able to associate it with something delicious.

Keep Your Cat Indoors:

You should keep the cat indoors. Whenever you take him out on a walk, put a leash on him. This is the best thing for your cat and the community. You should also use a cat carrier whenever you carry the car. You should also make sure that all the windows in your room are securely locked, so that the cat can’t get outdoors. This might be irritating to the cat at first but he will be back to normal. Do female cats spray? Yes they can if they’re around other cats.

Take Your Cat To Vet Annually:

Taking your cat to a vet on annual basis will help him get rid of medical problems before they become severe. You can talk to the vet about any concerns you have about the cat. Make sure that you mention any slight change of behavior in the cat. If your cat is older, then you should take it two times every year to the vet.

Spay Your Cat:

Spaying your cat is a good way to keep your cat healthy and it will also decrease the amount of cats euthanized every year. If you can’t afford the operation for your cat, choose some low cost options.

Don’t Feed The Cat Too Much Dry Food:

Cats aren’t vegetarians. They rely on meat for their diet and the major part of their diet should always include meat. Dry foods can be dangerous for cats because they contain a large number of carbohydrates. Cats become prone to type 2 diabetes after eating too much dry food. Most people make the mistake that if they have both cats and dogs, they treat both of them the same. But you should treat both of them differently.

Set Up Litterbox For Your Cat:

You should set up a litter box for your cat and make sure that it is cleaned every day because cats prefer a clean bathroom. Do male cats spray? If there aren’t enough litter boxes they may. A cat will be attracted to a clean litter box but he will avoid a dirty litter box. You should also make sure that you always have one litter box more than the number of cats to be on the safe side.

These tips are quite helpful for taking care of your cat. So you should follow these tips to make the cat an active member of your household.

Why Does a Turbocharger Need an Oil Restrictor?


The turbo bearing system generally decides the oil requirement of the Turbocharger Review. The bearing system is generally classified into two – i.e. ball bearing and journal bearing. This journal bearing usually works as same as the crank bearing in the engine work. So it needs a lot of oil to keep all the components from friction. A hydrodynamic film is used to keep them separated. Why it needs a lot of oil? The reason is simple. If the oil supply gets low here, all the components will come in direct contact with each other and their contact will result in wearing very soon. This is not at all good because premature wearing can lead to damage. If oil pressure is too high that can be bad too, as it leads to leakage. From this point of view, journal bearing does not need any oil restrictor.

On the other hand, holset hx30 have a great advantage with the oil restrictor. The reason is that most engines generate pressure more than a ball bearing turbo requires. On the other hand, if the flow of the oil is low, the chance of oil leakage gets reduced compared to journal-bearing turbochargers which is a sure advantage of ball bearing ones.

The size of the oil restrictor always depends on the character of oil pressure. You will never get only one restrictor size that will go with every engine. It is really very difficult to get one such. Don’t forget to see whether oil pressure is reaching the turbo in appropriate amounts. Always see that proper amount of pressure and oil flow is reaching the turbo.

Turbos which are big in size generally have large oil drains, hence can run without any obstruction. Small turbos generally come with small oil drain and so they need a restrictor. The restrictor actually lessens oil pressure created on the oil seals. However, minimizing the pressure will not solve the issue. The problem is solved by the less flow of the oil. A too forceful restrictor may lead to some other problems. With a holset hx35, you can reduce oil pressure so that the oil seal can keep bearing free from the exhaust or incoming gases. This may lead to the failure in the bearing. This happens to be the actual difficulty, the manufacturer of the turbochargers has to face with the seals and this is one of the likely causes of failure where the feeds are too restricted.

You will get several oil restrictors in the market. So before buying the oil restrictor, go for a market research. But before applying it, you must know about it, so that you could buy the right one. You can do online research. You should aware of all the automobile parts, otherwise it will be tough for you to know which one will go with your turbo. If you are not acquainted with all the automobile parts, then you must ask nearby mechanics or automobile manufacturer for guidance so that you may not make any mistakes regarding oil restrictor.

Why Do You Need Turbochargers?


The Turbocharger is a device, which sends forced air into the engine intake manifold. Thus, a turbocharger is used to increase the pickup of the vehicle. It is situated near the exhaust of the engine. The holset hx40 housing consists of compressor and turbine connected to the same shaft. It increases the engine efficiency and power. Cars, trucks and trains also use these turbochargers. These turbochargers are mostly used in for diesel cycle IC (Internal Combustion) engines, aviation and used in automotive fuel cells.


The Swiss engineer who invented the turbocharger was Alfred Buchi in between 1879-1959. Auguste Rateau, a French engineer fixed these turbochargers to the French fighters during the First World War and proved to be a successful attempt. In the year 1918, Sanford Alexander Moss, one of the famous electric engineers attached these turbochargers to an aircraft engine named V 12 Liberty and the engineer tested the aircraft at 14,000 feet and observed that the turbochargers could reduce the loss of density and air pressure at a high altitude level. He called this as turbosupercharger.

Why do you need a turbocharger?

  • You need a turbocharger engine for your vehicles to run very fast.
  • These turbochargers run by exhaust gases, so there is no need for you to upgrade the vehicle to get, the more power to this small turbocharger engine.
  • When you compare with the large volume engines, these smaller engines creates less friction and these small holset hx50 are very lighter.
  • The most important advantage of turbo vehicles is that their fuel consumption is less when compared with other vehicles.
  • If you need to have a more pulling power at low speed, then definitely have a turbocharger.
  • For smooth and powerful running of the car the recent manufacturers are placing these turbochargers in the cars.
  • To reach the requirement of the customers the manufacturers will develop more efficient and less fuel consumption engines with smaller turbocharger engines.
  • To get vibrations, the manufacturers are developing the small and medium sized cars with three cylinder engines.
  • The turbocharger without adjusting the engines increases the power output.
  • The turbocharger allows the exhaust gases to let outside before they exit through the exhaust system. The turbine wheel inside the turbocharger allows it to spin.
  • As this turbocharger compresses the intake air and spins the wheel it is called the compressor or impeller wheel.
  • The compressed air burns inside and becomes exhausted gas, which has more energy, so you need to place a turbocharger in your car to get more power.
  • Due to the less cylinders, there will be more efficient in thermal and mechanical engines.
  • Due to the less burning period for the fuel there will be a reduction in thermal loading.

If you need to get more horsepower for your car it is better if you provide a holset hx60 in your car. But the maintenance of turbocharger vehicles is significantly more expensive when compared with non turbocharger vehicles. Driving a turbo vehicle is also somewhat difficult as they are powered engines. Sometimes you need to drive very cautiously and tricky with these turbo engines.

10 Amazing Home Remedies for Ingrown Toe Nails


If you ever had an ingrown toe nail, you know how painful it can be. It hurts like hell, right? If you don’t treat your ingrown toe nail, you will have to surgically remove it afterwards. This can be both frustrating and costly. So it’s best to treat the ingrown toe nail sooner. Here are some home remedies to get rid of ingrown toe nails:

  1. Proper Diet – People who eat sweet foods are more prone to ingrown toe nails. So it’s best to avoid eating sweet foods until you get rid of your condition. Sugar weakens the cuticle of the toe which develops ingrown toe nail. So you should minimize the sugar content in your diet and invest in the best work boots for plantar fasciitis.
  2. Place a Cotton Roll – Another remedy to get rid of ingrown toe nail is to place something below the nail so that it continues to grow outside and not the inside. You should place a cotton roll or a wick beneath the toe and change it every day. This will straighten the nail and it won’t grow into the skin.
  3. Cut the toe nail properly – This is more of a caution remedy. You should always cut the toe nail in the straight direction and not curved. You should also use good quality nail clippers so that your nails don’t tear. Cut the nails short but not too short.
  4. Use White Vinegar – If you feel that the ingrown toe nail might get affected, add two tablespoon of vinegar in a bucket of hot water. Now put your feet in the water. The vinegar will stop the infection and prevent it from damaging your feet. For daily use, make sure you have the best work boots for flat feet.
  5. Hydrogen peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide is quite beneficial in healing ingrown toe nail. Just mix half cup of hydrogen peroxide in water and soak your feet in it for fifteen minutes. The toe nail will become soft which will reduce pain and prevent further infection. You can also put hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and apply it on your feet.
  6. Potassium Permanganate – An interesting to heal ingrown toe nail is to put your feet in a solution of potassium permanganate and water. Potassium permanganate acts as a natural disinfectant and prevents infection.
  7. Lemon – This is an easy remedy. Just cut a lemon in half and apply it on the affected area. Leave the lemon overnight.
  8. Removing The Nail – You can also partially remove the ingrown toe nail. You shouldn’t do this yourself but make an appointment with the doctor. Go to a qualified doctor, so that he trims the nail perfectly.
  9. Vicks VapoRub – This product is basically aimed at preventing cold and coughs but you can also use it to get rid of ingrown toe nails. It acts as an antiseptic which cleans off all the infections. Just apply this ointment directly on your nail and leave it for about 12 hours. You can apply it at night and wash it in the morning.
  10. Wear Sandals – You shouldn’t wear closed shoes without proper insoles and inserts as long as you have an ingrown toe nail but instead wear sandals. To better understand the situation, put yourself in the place of your toes. Would you like to be placed in dark room when you are sick? So the point is that healing process will speed in open air.

An ingrown toe nail can make you depressed. So follow these amazing remedies to get rid of ingrown toe nails.

Best Air Purifiers for Basements


Every person is different from the other. Everyone has different likes and dislikes but the truth is that when it comes to dealing with air pollution, we are all the same. Everyone hates the dust particles in the air. The place which is the most prone to dust are the basement apartments. The dust usually accumulates in the basement apartments instead of going to other places. Getting rid of basement apartment dust can be quite tricky. So this article will list some of the best air purifier for basement apartments.

Best Basement Apartment Air Purifiers:

Below is a list of some air purifiers which are best for basement apartments and small rooms:

Alen BreatheSmart Air purifier:

This advanced air purifier is fit for any basement apartment which covers about 110 square feet. It has a SmartSensor Technology in it which detects toxins and particles and manages the speed accordingly. It removes airborne particles, dust, mites, pollen and spores. There is a HEPA filter present in it which has the ability to remove particles as small as 0.3 microns. You can also customize the HEPA filter to remove all the different toxins from the air. There is also a safe ionizer in it which gathers small particles together to filter them quicker. Combined with its many features, the Alen BreatheSmart air purifier is one of the best basement apartment air purifiers.

The Honeywell 5020-S:

This air purifier is one of the highest selling air purifiers in the market. And there are many reasons behind it. First of all, it has an excellent HEPA filter for capturing smaller particles. This air purifier can cover space up to 390 square feet. It isn’t quite as aesthetic as other air purifiers but nevertheless, it is quite effective in eliminating basement apartment dust. It also has a round design which gives perfect 360 degree flow.

The only bad aspect about this air purifier is that it has a loud noise but it is bearable.

Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier:

If the above two air purifiers don’t fit your budget, then this is the right air purifier for you. It has the ability to clean medium to large rooms covering up to 465 square feet area. There is a carbon prefilter in the Honeywell HPA300 which helps in eliminating smelly odors from basement apartments. This air purifier is recommended as number # 1 for removing allergens. It removes about 99.7% of particles which are of 0.3 microns or larger.

GermGuardian AC4825:

The GermGuardian AC4825 can cover an area of 340 square feet and is perfect for use in basement apartments. It is one of the bestselling products in the market. It has the design of a tower. You can easily put them in the corners of the room without making much space for them. The life of this air purifier is up to 5 years.

It’s also a great option for getting the smoke smell out of your house:

Blueair 403:

The Blueair 403 is the forerunner of the Blueair 603 model but it isn’t any less effective. It covers an area of 365 square feet which makes it a good fit for large basement apartments. It uses the technology of HEPASilent Filters instead of using HEPA filters; this new technology has proven to be more effective.

The best air purifiers have been revealed. So you should buy these air purifiers to clean your smelly and dusty basement apartment.

Common Mistakes People Make with Cystic Acne Scar Treatments


Cystic acne, also referred to as nodulocystic acne, is known to be one of the most severe forms of acne vulgaris. If you discover that you’re suffering from cystic acne, you should probably make an appointment to see your dermatologist. If ignored, cystic acne can have a severe impact on the appearance of your skin.

Any delays in receiving treatment for cystic acne will increase your chances of developing permanent acne scars; cystic acne is much more damaging than other acne types.

There are, however, a number of great treatments for cystic acne that you can use at home, but it’s important that you first understand the nature and characteristics of acne vulgaris before trying to find a cystic acne home remedy for you.

Cystic acne forms when bacteria gets trapped within the pores on your skin. Typically this occurs when you have an over-production of sebum – a natural oil – and aren’t able to cleanse it off before infection sets in. By this point, you’ll have noticed that your skin surrounding the pore has become red and tender, painful to the touch.

While trying to pop the cystic pimple may be your first instinct, know that this is the last thing you want to do. Not only will it hurt, but it will also spread the pus and bacteria deeper into your skin, resulting in longer-lasting more severe acne. Instead, plan a trip to your doctor or try one of the proven effective cystic acne home remedies.

Now that that’s out of the way, next we need to discuss how to avoid those embarrassing permanent scars that so many cystic acne suffers are forced to live with through natural remedies for cystic acne:

  1. Count How Many Products You Use

Many people will try multiple different acne treatment methods at once – which is fine, as long as you’re watching out for the health of your skin. Too many different treatments that work by removing excess oil from your skin will leave you even more susceptible to future infections because of dry, cracked skin. Likewise, too many oil-based makeup products can have the opposite effective, leaving too much grease on your skin which will clog your pores even further.

  1. Be Careful of Medications

If you pay your dermatologist a visit, they’re likely to put you on a prescription cream or medication for your cystic acne. Make sure that you tell them about any other medications your taking, because the wrong combination of drugs could potentially make your acne vulgaris even worse.

Alternatively, if you’re taking a different medication and you notice it affects your cystic acne, let your doctor know. If a drug is making your complexion worse, there’s likely a number of alternatives your physician could put you on which are likely to have fewer side effects.

  1. Look into the Newest Treatments

We’ve seen huge progress over the past few years related to treating cystic acne. While some of the most effective options are far from the cheapest, techniques like laser therapy are showing huge results in even the most severe acne cases – including the popular tea tree oil cystic acne cure.

Wrapping It Up

Cystic acne is one of the most severe skin disorders out there, and if left untreated, it can cause permanent scarring all over the face, back, chest, and legs. So if you’re suffering from acne vulgaris, making sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist, or get started right away with a cystic acne home remedy.

Why to Choose an Online Dermatologist for Cystic Acne Treatment


Recent technological advances have caused huge changes in the health sector over recent years. The development of mobile technology has made it easier for patients to get proper quality care when they need it, without having to wait for an appointment or spend all day in the doctor’s office.

Thanks to medical mobile phone apps, as well as online doctor platforms, treating cystic acne from home has never been so easy. Just imagine, you don’t have to go out in public to see a dermatologist. All you have to do it switch on your phone or tablet, open up an app, and video chat with an actual doctor in real-time.

Currently, there are a number of great physician apps available for both Android and iOS devices. These programs can connect you directly with a dermatologist who can provide skin care advice and prescriptions right through your screen. You don’t need to physically go to their office – today’s modern cellphones are more than adequate enough to get a good diagnosis.

Still up in the air about using a mobile medical app for your cystic acne home remedy? Here are a few of their biggest benefits:


You don’t have to miss work, school, or anything else in order to find the time to visit a dermatologist. You can always contact an online dermatologist at your free – whenever it works for you. Online dermatologists reduce the hassle of having to physically visit a dermatologist at their place of work.


It is simple and easy to get cystic acne treatment from an online dermatologist. All the patient needs to do is create an account, uploaded photos of their skin, and quickly answer some few medical questions in order to get started. The online dermatologists will then go through the pictures and information to create a treatment plan.

On average you will receive a personalized treatment plan, diagnosis and a prescription within anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Safe and Secure

The apps and websites used by legitimate online dermatologists are always reliable and safe. All your personal information is kept private, just as if you were visiting any other doctor’s office or medical facility.

Faster Consultation

Utilizing an online dermatologist for your cystic acne means getting answers and treatment much sooner than if you had to wait for an appointment. When you have severe skin issues, you don’t want to have to wait any longer than you have to for them to go away, and while tea tree oil cystic acne cure can be effective, it’s no match for talking with a qualified physician.

Board Certified Physicians

All of the online dermatologists at legitimate companies are professionally certified doctors licensed to practice medicine in the United States. There are no any hidden fees and surprising charges with online dermatologists – a huge benefit over visiting a doctor in person.

Wrapping It Up

Technological advancements have transformed how most medical visits need to be conducted. Cystic acne online treatment helps patients because it saves them a lot of time and money in finding a treatment. For anyone who is ready to get rid of their cystic acne as quickly as possible, using an online dermatology app is one of the best decisions that they can make.

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Valentine’s Day looks like it’s right around the corner. If you’re wondering where to find the perfect gift for the lady in your life or you’re just looking for something for yourself, then why not look into some great fashion jewelry designs from, or maybe even a Kanken backpack? I checked their jewelry merchandise and they’ve got a whole lot of great brands available, from Isaac Mizrahi, Barbara Bixby, and Hidalgo to Diamonique. Well, the list goes on.

QVC Fashion Jewelry: Find Silver Bracelets, Redeem Your Gold

Their jewelry departments range from youthful ladies’ ankle bracelets and charms to men’s cufflinks and watches. If you act fast, you may even catch some of their items on discount, including those with respectable reviews.

Check out the QVC Jewelry Section through this link.

What’s interesting about QVC is that their jewelry, and pretty much all the items on their site can be seen via video snippets that describe their items in full detail. For example, this Sterling silver bracelet with a sunflower design (Or Paz Sterling 7-1/2″ Sunflower Link Bracelet) is seen with an image and video, along with a full item description (hinged links, oxidized finish, foldover clasp, measures approximately 7-1/2″L x 5/8″W, made in Israel), helpful ratings (it’s a 4.6 out of 5, among customers and shoppers) and delivery date estimate (based on your postal code).

Sunflower Sterling Silver Bracelet

I also like the fact that the item can be viewed alongside similar jewelry and may be touted as part of the same “Sunflower style” set. So if you’re all for the bracelet, perhaps the ring and the pendant with chain may also be of interest, especially if you need the best flat iron for natural hair. A pretty set, to say the least!

Sunflower Ring

Sunflower Chain

The price for the bracelet is $125.00. If you find it a bit rich, you can still go for the pretty cute ring for $42.50 and the pendant with chain for $49.00.

As far as other goodies, there’s really so much to choose from. You can go exotic, check out their designer gallery, look fresh and fabulous with their fashion jewelry, build your own bracelet, and even go for whimsical designs. You can check out jewelry by type of merchandise, type of material (such as gemstone, gold, steel, sterling silver or gold-bonded) and brand.

Finally, there are some interesting aspects of the QVC Jewelry section you should explore: they’ve got the customized “Build-A-Bracelet” option where you can purchase clips, spacers, fashion beads, charms, gemstones and glass, and specify your own design. They’ve also got a “Gold Redemption” area where you can “turn your unwanted, old gold jewelry into cash”. Now this is some form of “cash for gold” offer, so be aware of the kind of trade you’re making before you go for it. You may even want to trade that gold for a good white noise machine. In some cases, the trade is not entirely equitable. Still, if you are seeking the convenience of easily getting rid of items you no longer desire and would instead want cash for it, then check out the Gold Redemption service. By the way, it’s also described as “award-winning”. On top of the cash you’ll receive, you’ll also receive a $25 QVC gift card. The Gold Redemption feature may be a limited time offer, so you may want to check it out right away.

All in all, I quite like the QVC jewelry section and have enjoyed checking out the lovely pieces there. At any rate, keep your eyes peeled for Valentine’s Day deals!

How to Get a Cat to Love You


If you have a cat, you know that he loves you dearly by showing different gestures like waiting for you at the door, following you from room to room and helping you in household chores. But you need to keep the cat love you all the time and don’t let him go rogue. So if you have a cat which you love and he doesn’t love you back – especially if you don’t know why do cats spray, you should read this article.

Get the Basics Down:

The first step to get a car to love you is to let him recognize positive intentions by giving him food regularly and cleaning the litter box. When your cat is happier, you will be happier and this will strengthen your relationship – and you won’t have to worry about how to clean cat urine.

You also need to spend some extra time with your cat, so that he sees you not only as his owner but also as a friend and guardian. If the cat doesn’t come to hi to you every morning, just walk to him and be affectionate and loving. Here are some other ways to get a cat to love you:

Reward with Treats – If your cat doesn’t come near you, just put a treat in your hand and call the cat’s name. This will show him that you trust him and enjoy his company. However, you should be careful not to feed the cat with too many treats because they contain sugar content in them and can be harmful for the cat.

Show the Cat Love – It isn’t hard to get a cat’s love. But you need to do a few things to deserve it. First of all, you need to make a warm and comfortable sleeping place for the cat. A relaxing bed and comfortable cushions are a must. You need to give high quality diet to the cat and take him to the vet regularly; this will show him that you truly love him and he will love you back.

Interact at the Right Time – Cats are just like humans in the sense that at times, they need some space. You should allow him to clean in peace and sleep in peace because this will strengthen your bond with him. You should avoid to play with the cat when he is washing, eating or sleeping. It might scare the cat.

Snuggle – Cats love to snuggle. When they are on your lap next to you, they just love to purr. So when a cat is trying to snuggle, you need to snuggle him back by scratching behind his ear. Not only will the cat like you more this way but you will also be more relaxed and less likely to give you a reason to think about how to get cat pee out of carpet.

Never Punish Your Cat – Punishing a cat physically is of no use since he can’t make an association between his behavior and your punishment – even if you have a cat peeing on bed. Instead, if you see some negative behavior from the cat, just leave him in a room and stop interacting with him for some time. This will teach him a lesson.

What about Kittens?

If you have kittens, start by handling them well and playing with them as much as possible. Since they are with you all the time, they will be more social as adult cats.

Getting a cat to love you isn’t that difficult as you might think. All you have to show is that you really care for the cat and he will love you back.

air pollution

air pollution

Over the past few decades, we’ve learned a lot about how the quality of the air that we breathe in affects our lungs and the rest of our body. While long considered to be a safe haven from the harmful pollutants found outdoors in some of the nation’s biggest cities, it’s recently been discovered that the air in our homes are equally as polluted as – if not more so than – the smog and haze in major metro areas.

But while there are a ton of great solutions out there – everything from cleaning more thoroughly to remove dust and heavier parties, to finding the best air purifier for smoke to clear out gasses as well – most people suffer through day to day life living with poor air quality. And this leads to multiple different, more serious health issues.

If we haven’t convinced you yet about the important of clean air in your home, here are a few other reasons that you should keep in mind:

Tired of Getting Sick?

If you find yourself getting sick often – more often than you’re used to – it may be the air quality in your home that’s dragging you down. Especially if you notice that most of your symptoms are related to your respiratory system. Ready to stay healthier, longer? Maintain high levels of air quality and you should see an improvement in no time.

What About Your Children and Pets?

You aren’t the only one who has to live with all of the pollutants in your home’s air. When there’s a problem, but your children and your pets are also subjected to the contaminants. Even worse, both of these groups are typically closer to the ground than we are, meaning that they’re breathing in the worst of the worst. To keep things safe for your kids and animals, make sure to vacuum extra well to remove any dust and particles trapped in your carpet.

Time for More Energy

Do you find yourself tired all of the time? When we aren’t breathing in good oxygen, our lungs don’t have the power to keep us active and energetic. By reducing the amount of pollution that your body is absorbing you’re able to boost your energy levels and see a big different in your ability to run and stay active for longer periods of time.

Thing About the Long-Term Benefits

Sometimes you need to just sit back and look at the big picture. Over the long-term, you’re going to experience much lower doctor’s bills and less money spent on over-the-counter breathing solutions. You’re also going to be happier and all around in a better mood. Even if you don’t notice, poor air quality can put a real damper on your life in more ways than one. Live long and healthy by keeping your home clean.

At the end of the day, cleaning up the air in your home should be one of your biggest priorities. That’s because there’s nothing more important than our bodies and we should be doing everything we can to keep them in good working order.



If there is one thing I’ve learned about New Yorkers, it’s that they want to get the hell out of New York. Maybe not forever, but with sunny beaches just a couple of hours away in New Jersey and the Hamptons, who among us can resist the urge to pack up and roll out to the suburbs for a weekend or two? Not I of course!

Going Down

People often say that there’s nothing better than having a beach house, except for having a friend with one. In my case, it’s my uncle who resides on Long Beach Island in New Jersey who provided me with a much needed place to crash for the weekend. So I headed up to the bus station and grabbed a ticket. The bus ride is $31 round trip and takes about 1.5 hours each way, but to go the distance you really need a car. Fortunately I got picked up from the bus station by my uncle and an hour later we were on the Island!

Having Fun on the Island

There are lots of ways to have fun on LBI, but the most obvious one is right in the name, the beach. The island is approximately 18 miles long, and almost every inch of the sea side is covered in sandy beaches. Lifeguards supervise until 5pm and make you wear a beach badge, but after that, it’s all open sand and surf. So go ahead and play paddle ball, take a walk, or a little dip by moonlight if that’s your fancy.

There’s still more on the bay side, with sailing, motor-boating, water-skiing and jet-skiing available for rentals as short as an hour or as long as a full day if you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend bay side swimming however, as the beaches on this side of the island are sometimes slimy with silt and seaweed, and often host considerable numbers of horseshoe crabs.

If the water isn’t really your thing though, the island still has plenty to offer, including a cool little amusement park called Fantasy Island, complete with a giant ferris wheel, bumper cars, funnel cakes and an arcade with skeeball (oh yes, it really is the Jersey Shore). Right next door to that is a giant waterslide and an 18-hole mini-golf course, one of many on the island.

How I Spent My Time

Drinking at the Sea Shell Hotel right on the beach, sunbathing and reading on the sea side sands, swimming in the still chilly coastal waters, eating pizza and assorted Italian meats and cheeses, playing shuffle board, and enjoying the company of a beautiful girl.

The Bottom Line

While this was perhaps my best weekend of the entire summer thus far, there are several key barriers to overcome in getting here. First, you need a car to get onto the island, and second, you need a place to stay, and with the booming tourist industry, this will be neither cheap, nor easy unless you already know someone with a place here. If you can manage the trip however, you won’t regret it. Go ahead and splurge (you’ll have to, since the island is somewhat expensive) and enjoy everything LBI has to offer, including great seafood, beaches, bars, and even some good old fashioned family fun.



Where the Old World and New World Grow Together

Looking for a great place to take your entire family? If you happen to be on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you need to make sure that you check out the Elizabethan Gardens. In addition to the sites constant garden exhibitions, there’s also always some great traveling exhibits and shows to watch in their indoor air-conditioned theatre. Just remember to bring your kanken backpack stocked with waters to avoid paying on site!

A few of the highlights of Elizabethan Gardens include:

  • A Living Classroom for the Entire Family
  • Vibrant horticultural displays
  • Renaissance Statuary
  • Beautiful views of Roanoke Sound
  • Activities, workshops and demonstrations
  • Gift shop featuring
    • Home and garden décor, books, puppets & games
    • A wide variety of herbs, perennials and flowering shrubs

Don’t miss our Family Fun Summer Series in our air-conditioned theatre!

The Diary of Adam and Eve – Tuesdays, July 8 – August 12

While parents and teens enjoy The Diary of Adam and Eve, a one-act play from the Broadway musical The Apple Tree, younger family members can enjoy a concurrent program, A Snake in the Grass.  Children will go on a fun-filled exploration where they will discover The Elizabethan Gardens as they investigate and solve a funny mystery.

Based on a short story by Mark Twain and set to words and music by the team of Harnick and Bock who created Fiddler on the Roof, this light comedy is the perfect story for a garden setting.  The Apple Tree is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and performed in partnership with Elizabeth R and Co.

Wild Wednesdays – June 11 – August 13

Wild Wednesdays are hosted by Jeff Lewis, a long-time employee of The Elizabethan Gardens, is well known for his nature photographs.  Recognized as one of the best amateur ornithologists on The Outer Banks, Lewis picked up a camera several years ago to document sightings of rare birds.  Lewis will be showing and describing a Daytona Beach photographer in his weekly programs.  Topics include: birds and fauna, predators and butterflies of The Elizabethan Gardens.

Discovery Thursdays – June 12 – August 14

Discovery Thursdays include unique and interactive activities that families will enjoy together.  Age appropriate table top projects include postcard leaf rubbings, woodland collages, rose petal bracelets and making sundials.  These and other activities will use fun lessons in nature to help gain further understanding and appreciation of The Elizabethan Gardens.

All Family Fun activities are at 2:30pm.  Programs are free with paid admission to The Gardens and made possible in part through support from Dominion Power.

Open year ‘round on Roanoke Island

Located within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Beside Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre.




“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” – Nope, our mothers are always right (damn them), but there are certainly ways of getting a cheaper lunch, as long as you know where to look!

Let’s face it, we all love buying beauty products (well, we hope you do since you’re reading this!), but we have to admit that sometimes we really hate paying the full price, because come on, these days spending any money sends a lot of us into an economic depression. This inevitably means that a large majority of us are drawn to signs screaming “Special Offer“, “Sale” and “3 for the Price of 2” like moths to a bright light!

Come on, admit that the big “Special Offer” logo on the left is what really drew you into reading more of this post about some Respectable Reviews!!

Well, that’s what we’re here for (for today, anyway…y’know, the day after that England vs. USA match…!) nail art is no use without a brilliant regular polish underneath, so we’ve been scouring the internet for some fantabulous offers!

Psychologies Magazine Subscribers to this mind-examining monthly magazine can join the Psychologies Club which entitles members to money off various things, including 15% off products by Nails Inc. So, if you’ve tried out the limited edition Diet Coke nail polishes from Nails Inc., and enjoy discovering why you do what you do, there is lots to gain out of a subscription. And, if you subscribe before the 7th July 2010, you’ll also receive $32 worth of Melvita skincare products…yay, for the free stuff!

Essentials Magazine The current issue of the Beauty and Well-Being Magazine, boasts a spectacular offer of 20% off all OPI products, purchased through the Lena White website. Considering how expensive OPI lacquers can potentially be, the $2.70 magazine price is most definitely worth the 20% off at OPI. Trust us! And with collections inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Shrek and the World Cup on offer, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find something you’ll want!

Plus, if you subscribe to the magazine, for just $1.66 a month, you will receive a Free BarryM Gift Set, worth over $30 that includes two pretty nail polishes: Berry Ice Cream and Pink Flamingo…ooh!

Rimmel London Check out the Rimmel London website, for your chance to win a free full-size sample of one of their brand spanking new 60 Second Nail Polishes. All you have to do is join (or login, if you’re already a member), answer a few easy questions about yourself and then decide which shade you’d like. This of course, is not quite so easy! Available colors are: Purple Reign, Blue My Mind, Sky High, Coral Crush and Grey Matter.

Boots Head over to the Boots website to take full advantage of their current 3 for 2 offer on Selected Make Up and No.7 Products, which thankfully also includes a huge variety of nail polishes, from lots of big and small brand, including: 17, Rimmel, Ruby and Millie, BarryM and many, many more! This is definitely a brilliant opportunity to really update your nail varnish collection, by grabbing three of this year’s colors…whoop!

Superdrug Superdrug are currently offering savings on a range of Rimmel products, including on their collection of nail polishes. Previously priced at $3.49, their entire range will now cost you a mere $2.49 each…fantastic!

Other offers at Superdrug include:

  • 2 Revlon Nail Enamels for $8 (priced at $6.29 each).
  • 2 Gosh Nail Lacquers for $8 (priced at $5 each).

If you find any more nail offers that you think everyone might want to know about, then please let us know, so that everyone can enjoy their nails.

top model

top model

During the beginning of this episode of America’s Next Top Model, we jump right on in with Laura talking about her dead friend and how he had given her a stuffed animal. That’s right. You know where this is going. Sophie takes it and after a struggle, the ear gets ripped off. SOMEBODY drops the ear in the pool. It didn’t look like Sophie, and I can’t check the ep again because my fiancé already deleted it.  Anyway, Kyle pushes the ear further into the pool. What a bunch of jerks! Laura thinks so too. However, I think it’s a little suspect. I know there’s no way Laura hasn’t told anyone about this stuffed animal and its sentimental value, especially since she’s been going on about her friend’s death for a couple of  episodes now.

Well, after commercial, Laura hates Kyle’s guts because she pushed the ear further. But Kyle explains to the audience that she was simply trying to get the ear out of the pool, but was unsuccessful. That makes more sense, but I’m not sure she conveyed that to anyone in the house.

Moving on, in walks Lisa Haggardly D’amato to announce that the girls will be doing music videos for this week’s challenge. DOTH MY EARS DECEIVE ME?? Did Lisa say she won that music video challenge in Cycle 17? Ummm… Hello? Allison??

Lisa also says Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud will be mentoring the British girls, and Jessica Sutta from the Pussycat Dolls will be mentoring the Americans. There was another Virgin Mobile shameless plug. Every episode they are pimping these phones. I am happy with my disappearing iMessages and iPhone thank you very much, Tyra.

The next day the girls go to the music studio to “sing” their songs. The Brits are called “Fiercely British” and the Americans are called “United Sirens of America”. I get it, but boy is United Sirens of America lame. I liked Sophie’s idea of calling the group “Sophie and the Others”. Also, does Annaliese look like Scary Spice to anyone else besides me? Anyone?

The US girls sounded soooo bad. Azmarie was singing high-pitched, and someone couldn’t sing at all (I forget who, as I erased that wretchedness from my mind as fast as possible). Seymone also had a booshie (I have no idea how to spell that) moment when she said that ’Ain’t’ is not a part of her vernacular. Whatever


NEXT! The girls head to a dance studio where they meet Tyra. Today she’s going to teach the girls to booty tooch properly. But before she can do that, everyone has to put on some shorts with butt pads. What? Azmarie is like, this shhhh is cray cray Tyra! So Tyra makes her leave. Azmarie, I don’t blame you because what I’m about to recap is kind of embarrassing. Tyra starts spouting out all this crazy lingo like ‘Nooch to the Hoochie Tooch!’ Smoochie Tooch! Dookie Tooch! Goochie Tooch! I wish I was making this up. Juicy Tooch! Poochie Tooch!

Anyway, the next day the girls record their videos. The Brits video was called ‘We Will Mash You Up”. The Americans was called “Stop Drop and Tooch”. The Brits were in sync, and overall did a good job. The Americans had a little bit of problems. Kyle’s eyes were stuck at a permanent deer in the head lights position and she was awful at the dance steps. And Mr. Jay thought Azmarie was too cocky.

Fiercely British

At panel the videos played out. I thought the US girls’ video was lame. Eboni was overdoing it and it just wasn’t as exciting as the Brits. Plus I’m still singing the Brit’s song and I finished watching the episode 30 minutes ago. Kelly Cutrone’s favorite words this week were ‘nasty’ and ‘dirty’. Also, I still think she’s gross. My fiance was like ‘I don’t like that Maven lady!!’ Even though she wasn’t really mean this week, she still has a way of sucking all the energy out of the room. Also what she said about Azmarie, “Boaster, coaster, we should toast her.” She’s so witty.

Alisha gets first call out, then the rest of the Brits are called. An American is going home.

And the spoilers were right. Azmarie is sent packing. My fiance was upset. But the moral of the story is, don’t cross Tyra. You better booty tooch until you can tooch no more. Forget being photogenic and walking in runway shows. If you don’t tooch, you’re gone.

Tooch your heart out

Next week, more Kyle hate. This is getting old.

garmin nuvi 205w

garmin nuvi 205w

After several family members moved, we realized road trips were inevitable. My husband and I both have older vehicles because we have learned to buy with cash. Since our vehicles have no navigational devices, we needed to purchase a portable GPS. It had to be a device that was affordable and simple to use. The Garmin Nuvi 205W 4.2 inch widescreen portable GPS navigator (a mouthful to say 🙂 ) definitely took us there.

The Basics About the Garmin Nuvi 205W

Believe it or not, my husband is just starting to learn to use computers and cell phones. He is from another generation and was resistant to technology. Now he is realizing the benefits of modern electronics but they need to have ease of operation for this novice. The Garmin Nuvi 205W portable GPS navigator was a breeze for both of us to use with absolutely no learning curve.

We were also pleased the navigator costs under $80. It offers the features we want without confusing and unnecessary extras. Turn-by-turn directions helped us get through the mountains and winding roads of the country once we left our familiar suburbs.

With a family member living close to Canada, we were concerned about what could happen if we got lost. But this GPS navigator has optional maps for Canada and regional sections of Europe as well as for the contiguous United States. It also have optional MSN® Direct services to keep you informed wherever you travel.

The touch screen lets you enter a destination and the Garmin Nuvi takes you there. You can use a turn-by-turn voice option or get 3-D or 2-D maps and smooth map redraw rates to help you navigate strange terrain. Digital elevation maps let us know what to expect as we headed toward the Adirondacks. We also appreciated the POIs (points of interest) so we were prepared for speed zones such as schools.

When my husband is driving, he often forgets to bring his reading glasses. Since he dislikes bifocals, he frequently struggles to read. The widescreen is clear and readable even when he leaves his reading glasses behind. Even in bright light, the screen is sunlight-readable so you can clearly see photos, driving directions and details on the map.

Portability of the Garmin Nuvi 205W

With older vehicles, one might be in the shop while we use the other. We can take the Garmin Nuvi with us in any vehicle. It is slim and sleek enough to slide in his pocket or my handbag. You can even use it when on foot thanks to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It was amazing when we took a short hike during our journey through upstate New York. The kids needed to stretch their legs and we had no fears of getting lost.

As frequent travelers, we wanted a few conveniences along the way that weren’t a hassle to use. The photo navigation let us download Garmin Connect™ Photos to navigate to and a JPEG pic viewer. A calculator helped us figure out tips when we stopped for roadside cuisine. The anti-theft Garmin Lock™ made us less anxious about losing the device. We didn’t go for the optional plug-in microSD™ cards such as travel guides because our family told us about the local attractions. If we were traveling to unknown territory, these would be a great feature to enhance to trip.

The unit in the box includes the Nuvi, preloaded City Navigator® NT data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Canada or Alaska detail), quick start manual, vehicle suction cup mount and vehicle power cable.

The Bottom Line About the Garmin Nuvi 205W

The bottom line is the Garmin Nuvi 205W is a handy, portable device that helps you successfully reach your destination. It offers optimum efficiency for under $80 with realistic options for additional maps and travel guides. There are no extra bells and whistles, which minimizes the learning curve for this highly operational navigator. It’s one of the best deals around for a full-featured navigator at an affordable price.