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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Household Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Hallmark has a new movie coming out called Dear Prudence. Jane Seymour stars as a talk show host who gives out household advice.

Below are some tips from the movie about using everyday household products to make your life a bit easier.

Windshield Wiper Frost Free Fluid: When you have to leave your car outside overnight in the winter, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and coat the windows with this solution. This vinegar and water combination will keep windshields ice and frost-free.

To keep cut flowers fresher longer by mixing up a homemade formula. Mix 1 pint warm water, 1 pint lemonade or a lemon-lime soft drink. Pour enough into the vase to cover the lower three to four inches of the stem. Here's how this formula works: the sugar in the mixture supplies energy to the flowers and the citric acid in the lemon helps preserve them.

To keep buttons from dropping off: Dab a drop of clear nail polish onto the thread the secures the buttons. This will harden and make it more difficult for thread to break off.

To help new or just cleaned drapes stay fresh and crisp looking, spray them with a few coats of unscented hair spay before hanging them up. Allow the hair spray to dry between applications.

To speed drying time of big bulky items and jeans, add a dry towel to the wet items you're placing in the dryer. The towel will help absorb some of the excess moisture.

When you need to touch up a scratch or other type of blemish on a painted wall use a drop of paint on a cotton swab to fix the problem. You won't waste a bunch of paint and you won't have to waste time cleaning a paintbrush.

Instead of throwing away a sponge that has a stale odor, simply toss it in the dishwasher and wash it with the next load of dishes. It will come out clean and fresh smelling and will kill any bacteria in the sponge, so it's a good idea to toss your sponges into the dishwasher often.

For sharper scissors simply take your dull scissors and cut through three layers of tin foil ten times. Cut some paper to test. Repeat if not sharp enough for you. Or...cut a sheet of medium-grade sand paper into small pieces!

Make giant ice cubes in muffin tins or plastic margarine bowls. These are perfect for using in picnic coolers or punch bowls. They look pretty and keep your drinks or food cold longer.

Get rid of tarnish on silver the easy way, place a piece of aluminum foil (shiny side up) on the bottom of a glass bowl or pan. Fill the container with a solution made of 2 cups boiling water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda, and you've made an inexpensive "bath" to soak your silver in. Your silver will shine like new in no time!

To keep lint and dust off glass top tables, wash them in a solution of warm water and fabric softener. Add one tablespoon of liquid fabric softener to one quart of warm water. The fabric softener will clean the glass inexpensively and will help keep lint from gathering on the glass. Also great for computer screens and TVs.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Make Money From Home

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Shape Up Your Garden and Your Body

Summer is coming to a close, but there is still more yard work that needs to be done. Pruning, weeding and getting your garden and lawn ready for the fall and winter is one way to get exercise in the privacy of your own home.

You don't think of gardening as a form of exercise? But, It sure is…It incorporates elements of exercise while relieving stress. Gardening has many health benefits. It contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints. Digging, weeding, raking, trimming the shrubs and mowing the lawn can be equivalent to other physical activities such as walking, cycling, swimming and aerobics.

So, get outside, breath some fresh air and shape up your body as you shape up your garden and lawn.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Make Children Play Outdoors

When I was a child, we didn’t have computers, video games or hand held devices to play with. We were always outside playing. Kick ball, hide and seek, tag, climbing trees, walking in the park, baseball, riding our bikes and any other game we thought of.

It seems the children of today do not know how to ‘play’ outside. They are too busy watching TV, playing video games or being on the computer. Never mind those who are dropped off at the mall to hang out doing nothing.

Lack of physical activity and eating fast foods is causing our children to be overweight. I brought my niece to the county fair last week and I was truly amazed at how many children I saw who were overweight. The ratio to the children I noticed who were of average weight was surprising. I don’t remember seeing my peers as a kid with excess pounds. Thinking back to your youth, do you remember any of your friends being overweight? It’s bothersome to me because I think parents are not getting involved with outside play with their children.

It’s never too late to help your kids get back in shape. Instead of sedentary games, being on the computer and watching tv or texting on the cell phone, introduce your kids to outside play. Maybe teach them the games you played as a kid. Have an old fashioned game of wiffle ball or kick ball. Sure they might roll their eyes, but you never know…they may end up enjoying it. The quality family time is a plus.

Some Ideas for Family Play Time:
Play tag or touch football
Have a family relay race
Fly a kite
Roller blade or roller skate
Ride bikes
Go swimming
Toss around a frisbee

Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 30 years the percentage of overweight children has increased?

Ages 2 to 5 yrs - increased from 5.0% to 13.9%
Ages 6 to 11 yrs - increased from 6.5% to 18.8%
Ages 12 to 19 yrs - incrased from 5.0% to 17.4%

Start your family on the road to healthier living by being more active...include outdoor play.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Helpful Flying Tips

You may be planning a trip that requires you to fly. If your destination requires a lengthy flight, you want to make sure you are comfortable. Planning ahead can prevent health problems. Your trip should be enjoyable and fun filled. You certainly don’t want your flight to put a damper on your vacation, nor slow you down.

Some suggestions when flying:

To relieve stress from ear pressure, chew gum. You can also swallow or yawn. Using ear plugs will also regulate ear pressure. If you are traveling with an infant, use a pacifier or give them a bottle during take offs and landings.

If you have allergies or upper respiratory congestion, take an antihistamine or a decongestant spray prior to flying. This will help with ear pressure pain.

If you had dental work, try to avoid flying for 12 hours after having the work done. The change in cabin pressure can be painful.

Avoid eating junk foods high in sugar and caffeinated drinks. They can cause a temporary surge in energy and then followed by a lull

Drink fluids: water or natural juices to keep you hydrated and prevent deep vein thrombosis

Exercise your feet while sitting. Flexing your feet and moving them in a circular direction will exercise your calf muscles. Leave room under the seat in front of you so you can stretch your legs or walk in the aisle for circulation.

Reduce motion sickness by sitting at a window seat near the plane’s wings. That will reduce the motion you feel. It’s also a good idea to open the air vent and avoid reading.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to help prevent discomfit and swollen feet.

Another Helpful Tip:

In Case of an Emergency, you should also have on hand your medical history, which would include: your blood type, any pre-existing conditions, list of allergies and any medications you are currently taking. Have emergency contact numbers available.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Turning Dreams into Reality

I had the honor of being asked to be one of the co-author's in the soon to be released book, The Power of Leadership.

This is the 2nd Book in The Power of Leadership Series called, Becoming the Leader Others Will Follow. My chapter will be published alongside well known authors such as Debra Sweet, Dr. Ivan Misner, Daniel Sweet, Ben Gay III, Ed Mercer & many other highly successful individuals.

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Maybe you feel you do not have the time, or with life's ups and downs you are focused on other things.

Maybe The Truth is really that you feel you do not have the knowledge,you lack motivation and/or the self confidence to actually turn dreams into reality.

This book will help you by offering tips on how to deal with motivational, confidence issues and you will learn how you can be succesful whether it is within your personal life or with business ventures.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Get Your Best Deals Now

Now is a great time to begin thinking about those home improvement projects you wanted to tackle, but didn't have the time or maybe it was just plain too hot to be outside working. It's also a good time to spruce up inside your home as well. The weather will be getting a bit cooler in the coming month, so you won't mind being outside working on home improvement projects or painting a room or two inside.

Although we might not be thinking it is the end of summer yet, but to retailers, it is the end of the season. Retailers need to get rid of their stock, so you can find great sales on all outdoor items and even home accessories for inside. From power tools to house paint and painting supplies to fans and air conditioning units...whatever you need to complete your project you can be sure you will find it on sale.

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Laws & Penalties / Driving Under the Influence

Since I live in the State of New Jersey, I thought I would post the current laws and penalties when driving under the influence of alcohol. The law has changed and I myself didn’t realize the percentage was lowered when considered guilty for drunk driving or while under the influence.

If a person is operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 percent or greater, you will be found guilty of drunk driving. Although the law states 0.08%, you could actually be found guilty of driving under the influence even when your percentage is below the 0.08.

1st Offense
If the person’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 or higher, but less than 0.10 percent, or if the person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or if the person permits another person who is under the influence or has a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08, but less than 0.10 percent, the penalties are:

* A fine of $250 - $400
* Possible imprisonment for up to 30 days
* 3 month license suspension
* A minimum of 6 hrs a day for 2 consecutive days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
* Automobile surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 year

If the person’s blood alcohol concentration is above 0.10 percent:
·Fine of $300-$500
·Possible imprisonment for up to 30 days
·License suspension between 7 months and 1 year
·Six hrs. a day for 2 days in an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
·Auto surcharge of $1,000 per year for 3 years

2nd Offense
Fine $500-$1000
Imprisonment of at least 48 consecutive hrs and up to 90 days
2 year license suspension
Auto insurance surcharge of $1,000 a year for 3 years
30 days community service

3rd Offense
Fine of $1,000
Imprisonment of 180 days
10 year license suspension
Auto insurance surcharge of $1,500 a year for 3 years

> Any offense can also include you having to deposit $100 into a drunk driving enforcement fund.
> Motor Vehicle restoration fee of $100 and an Intoxicated Driving Program fee of $100
> A violent Crimes Compensation Fund Fee of $50
> A safe and secure community program fee of $75
> $100 surcharge ($50 to the state and $50 to municipality in which you were convicted)

In addition to all the penalties and fees listed, a judge may also order that the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device be installed or revoke your vehicle’s registration. The Ignition Interlock Device measures the person’s blood alcohol level.

Did you know that if you refuse a breath test, you could have your license suspended up to one year and be fined $250-$500? And that’s only for the first offense.

A Drink is a Drink:
Beer: 12oz = 4.5% alcohol = .54 oz amount alcohol
Wine: 5oz = 11% alcohol = .55 oz amount alcohol
Alcohol: 1 1/3 = 40% alcohol = ..53 oz amount of alcohol


Source: NJ Division of Highway Safety

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Music Memories

My cousin had an unique baby shower. Her and her husband not only invited friends and relatives, but spouses, significant others and children. It was a beautiful day and they turned this baby shower into a pool and barbecue party.

It really was a good time and I thought it was a great idea. As the hours passed, the music turned a bit nostalgic. We're an Italian family and out of the stereo speakers were old Italian songs blasting. Some made famous by ole blues eyes, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. As the songs played, we all had a 'moment'. One by one you can see the look of recognition as a song came on that brought back a memory. I was even saying...I remember when...
My parents, aunts and uncles always had these songs playing.

Before you knew it, we were all laughing and singing and dancing to the tunes. I asked my cousin which CD was playing because my Mom and I particularly liked the Dean Martin songs. She told me is was Martin Sands, which is a live performance, known to be an historic event at the Sands. Let me explain that this CD was not just music, it was comedy. Dean Martin's jokes and comments had us all hysterical. His style was unique and there will never be another entertainer like him.

Has music ever brought you to think of a childhood memory?

If you like the old songs made famous by Dean Martin, you really should check this one out. It made us laugh and it just has that light, feel good feeling. It's always nice to walk down memory lane...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Benefits of the Acai Berry

If you are not familiar with the acai berry, it is known to increase energy, stamina, vitality and promote overall well being. It also is high in antioxidants and helps fight premature aging.
It contains fatty acids and omegas, which helps lowers harmful cholesterol and sterols that helps in the reduction of blood plasma cholesterol. The acai berry is also an excellant source of dietary fiber.

I had posted a three part series about the acai berry and it's benefits on my blog: Mind,Body & Soul back in March.

The Benefits of the Acai Berry-Part 1
26 Reasons to Drink Acai Berry Juice-Part 2
26 Reasons to Drink Acai Berry Juice-Part 3

The acai berry grows on palm trees in the amazon rain forest. They are considered to be the most nutritious and edible berry on the planet. The berries are dark purple and about the size of a blueberry with a thin layer of edible pulp surrounding a large seed.

I found that at the Total Health Shop, they provide not only the best price, but their unique blend of juice provides the best benefits. In their acai berry juice, you will also find additional ingredients.

See below:

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate
~ Helps maintain a healthy heart
~ Has naturally occurring high levels of ellagic acid
~ Helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
~ Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure
~ Helps to alleviate symptoms commonly associated with menopause
~ Pomegranate is a natural astrigent and is high in both Vitamin C and Iron

Raspberry Juice Concentrate
~ Helps to rid the body of phlegm
~ Strengthens and vitalizes blood circulation
~ Natural source of ellagic acid which can help protect against cell damage
~ Raspberries are rich in antioxidants; both phytonutrients and vitamin compounds

Blueberry Juice Concentrate
~ Helps maintain eye and vision health
~ Contains powerful, active antioxidant compounds which combat free radicals and help protect against cell damage
~Helps maintain Heart Health
~Helps maintain healthy Kidney and Urinary Tract function
~ Blueberries can help to prevent premature aging
~ Blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties

Essential Vitamins and Minerals: B1, B2, B3, C & E, Calcium and Potassium.

Essential Fatty Acids: (Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9). These polyunsaturated essential fatty acids help lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol). This unique ratio resembles the same combination as olive oil. Omega fatty acids can increase healthy cell development. Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy nervous system development and regeneration. They help rapidly repair and rejuvenate muscles after intense exercise. Essential fatty acids (Omega-3 in particular) help the brain to run smoothly.

You can visit the Total Health Shop if you want to purchase or just learn more about acai berry.