Title: 3rd Anniversary Gift – Boy, I’m in Trouble Now

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Your third anniversary is coming up and your mind is racing as you browse countless gift ideas, a new pair of shoes, a tie L, flowers, jewelry? Then just like last year and the year before your brain goes into full overload, shuts down and triggers ?gift shopping procrastination? till the last minute when in desperation you grab a cheesy scarf or tie depending on the sex of the recipient.

Keywords:
wedding,anniversary,gift,gifts

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Your third anniversary is coming up and your mind is racing as you browse countless gift ideas, a new pair of shoes, a tie L, flowers, jewelry? Then just like last year and the year before your brain goes into full overload, shuts down and triggers ?gift shopping procrastination? till the last minute when in desperation you grab a cheesy scarf or tie depending on the sex of the recipient.

Keeping a marriage for three years can be a tough job. Surpassing every challenge and overcoming obstacles of married life can be quite difficult. Anyone who can reach this milestone should be able to get through finding a thoughtful gift.
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What gift are you going to choose for your loved one? In your mind, you probably think it must be expensive, or it must be unique. Well a gift need not always be expensive to be appreciated. Remember the old saying ?It is the thought that counts?, While this is very true, we need to clear up one important point, the keyword in that saying is ?thought?. This does NOT mean that you ?thought? enough to get a gift, but instead refers to the thoughtfulness that went into the choosing of a gift whether it be homemade or outrageously expensive.
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Leather is the traditional 3rd year wedding anniversary. Leathers are known to be strong, warm, flexible and durable as well. it has strong qualities like that of the married couple who has stayed together three years. So with that in mind, lets look at some leather gift ideas.
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Leather clothing ? you should check your spouses? closet before buying leather clothes. Leather jackets can be appealing to almost everyone.
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Leather shoes & bags / handbags ? check your spouses? shoe size before buying new leather shoes, be extra careful in choosing handbags, because wives are choosy when it comes to their accessories. You might want to enlist the help of one of her friends in choosing a gift like this.

Leather wallets ? be careful with choosing the wallet for your hubby. Like wives, they can also be meticulous about it.

Leather roses – yes you read that right, and yes they are available, just search leather roses on any search engine.
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Leather belts ? this is a practical gift. Check out the size of your spouse before buying one.

Leather gloves ? there are many type of gloves that you can choose. This is great for areas with cold temperature.
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Leather desk accessories ? check your spouses? deck, is it organized? Give him/her a leather desk set to organize his/her desk.
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Leather briefcase ? this is the right gift for people on the go or for executives and lawyers.

Leather sporting goods – Is your spouse a sports fanatic? Footballs, baseball gloves and a lot of other sports equipment is made from leather.
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Leather luggage ? plan to have a romantic out of the country trip? Surprise him / her with a new luggage bag.
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Next week we?ll cover the fourth wedding anniversary.

Title: 2nd Anniversary Gifts – Cotton Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Almost two years have passed since you both said ?I do? and now your 2nd wedding anniversary is coming up, and as so many times before on occasions that etiquette requires the exchanging of gifts, you get stuck in a gift tunnel vision. An example is the spouse who buys flowers for every birthday, anniversary or holiday. Now don?t get me wrong, flowers are great, and so is filet mignon but I don?t want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get the point? Mix it up, put a little thought into it.

Keywords:
anniversary,wedding,gifts

Article Body:
Almost two years have passed since you both said ?I do? and now your 2nd wedding anniversary is coming up, and as so many times before on occasions that etiquette requires the exchanging of gifts, you get stuck in a gift tunnel vision. An example is the spouse who buys flowers for every birthday, anniversary or holiday. Now don?t get me wrong, flowers are great, and so is filet mignon but I don?t want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get the point? Mix it up, put a little thought into it. It?s not as hard as you might think and you might even have fun, your spouse will appreciate a gift that shows you put some thought and consideration into its purchase.

Traditionally, cotton is the symbol for the 2nd year wedding anniversary. Cotton symbolizes the sweet and smooth flowing of the couples? relationship. When the couple celebrates their 2nd year of being together, they are closer to one another. They are sweeter than the last year. Time may change them for the better. It is right to make the cotton the right gift idea suggestion for this wedding anniversary.

Cotton is a durable, versatile and highly flexible material. These are the qualities of the couple in a successful marriage. Moreover, cotton symbolizes great prosperity.

O.K. now we know that we need to put some thought into this gift and it should probably be made of cotton, I can hear you saying ?How am I going to find a thoughtful gift made out of cotton?? Well don?t freak out just yet. Through the miracle of internet shopping and speedy home delivery gone are the days of having to settle for what the local stores had to offer, now the world is at your finger tips, literally.

Here?s a few tips to get you started

Personalized cotton wedding throw.

Personalized cotton towels.

Personalized cotton briefs and underwear.

Cotton Roses

Cotton hammock big enough for two.

Embroidered Quilts

Embroidered cotton t-shirts or jackets

Personalized Photo Pillows

Personalized Photo t-shirts

My favorite would have to be the Cotton Roses, why? Simple, the roses say ?I love you? and the cotton says you loved your spouse enough to find roses made of cotton. Just do a search for any of the items above on your favorite search engine and you?ll have your perfect gift before you know it.

Next week we?ll tackle the third year wedding anniversary.

Title: 22 Ways to get through the family get together and survive!

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Useful tips on ways of getting together with the family and surviving.

Keywords:
family, memory,strategy,positive,humour

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I was asked recently ?HELP. My mother is planning a family get together for her birthday. We all get on individually but when we are together, by the end of the night there are generally fallouts and I am anticipating another disaster. Mum will be offended if I don?t go. Can you help me manage this situation so that she is not offended and I can perhaps feel less tense about going??

Sound familiar? Yes. We?ve all been to them and unfortunately many of us will tend to recall the bad memories as opposed to the positive ones.

I have put down some thoughts about how you could make this less tedious for yourself.

1. You could try making the get together brief. Perhaps reminding others in the family that when you are all together over a prolonged period of time, things regularly deteriorate. They may share your views but be afraid to stand up and say so. You may be able to agree to set a time limit conducive to more good memories and less bad. If they don?t agree on this occasion, they are still more likely to remember what you have said and based on the next experience be willing to modify things.

2. Remember, that you can still opt to do what you choose without the support of the rest of your family.

3. If the children tend to be hyper, there are a number of things you can do.

4. Suggest you have the meal soon after arrival so that the children don?t eat too many sugary snacks or get involved in running around LOUDLY.

5. Could you have the party outside? Less mess

6. Organise things to do such as games.

7. Reduce the availability of alcohol.

8. If things look like getting fraught, consider injecting some humour into the situation.

9. Could you go to a venue outside so that you need not be concerned about cooking clearing up etc? Also less likely to have rows in a social setting.

10. Perhaps if each of you brought a different course, some pressure would be taken from mum.

11. Would it be possible to book in to a hotel for the meal? Maybe smaller tables would mean less chaos and there would be more choice about who to sit with. Everyone would also be more aware of a time constraint. If you don?t have to spend too lengthy a time together, everyone is more likely to make an effort to get on with each other.

12. Think ahead and be prepared to use some coping strategies.
Would it be possible to take a friend with you? Someone seen as not family may mean that others are less likely to misbehave. If you find particular people put you down then having an ally can be comforting.

13. Visualise yourself coping in the situation.

14. Use breathing exercises to stay calm.

15. Wear comfortable clothes that you feel confident in.

16. Endeavour to ignore the trivialities.

17. Sometimes it can pay to just shut out what is being said.

18. Do not go to these events expecting everything to go well. Accept that there will be some difficulties

19. Mentally prepare yourself beforehand by making sure you give yourself some ?. Me time.?

20. Do something which makes you feel good .Go for a massage, a walk or listen to some music

21. If you go to the get together reward yourself afterwards for going.

22. HOLD ON TO GOOD MEMORIES

GOOD LUCK!

This article was submitted by Mary Lennox an experienced counsellor and intuitive life coach. The combination of her education, career background and life experiences enable her to have an empathic understanding across abroad spectrum of circumstances. Visit her website www.lifecoachinggym.com for more free articles or to subscribe to her free bi monthly newsletter “WORKOUT.”

Title: 2006 High Point Furniture Show Scheduled Events

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If you’re not familiar with the High Point International Home Furnishings Market, it’s the largest trade show in the US for furniture. The first furniture market was held in 1909 in High Point, North Carolina and was called the Southern Furniture Market.

Today, the trade show is attended by people from all over the globe. It’s held twice a year and you can learn about anything from home fashion and design to how to effectively build your retail furniture business. You also…

Keywords:
furniture show,high point,furniture market,furniture retail,furniture trends,high point nc

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If you’re not familiar with the High Point International Home Furnishings Market, it’s the largest trade show in the US for furniture. The first furniture market was held in 1909 in High Point, North Carolina and was called the Southern Furniture Market.

Today, the trade show is attended by people from all over the globe. It’s held twice a year and you can learn about anything from home fashion and design to how to effectively build your retail furniture business. You also get to see the new furniture trends and styles before they hit the market.

The dates for the upcoming Furniture Market will be April 27 to May 3. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect at the approaching furniture show.

Day 1 ? April 27:
Learn what industry experts are doing to close their sales.

40% of your customers are checking out your website before and after a purchase. Are you sending the right message?

How to tell fashion from fad. Invest in the right thing.

Is your inventory lost? Learn some great tips on inventory management.

Day 2 ? April 28:
Don’t miss Candice Olson, the host of the popular HGTV show ?Divine Design with Candice Olson,? give some design solutions and tips.

Find out how adjusting your store lighting can make a big difference in the presentation of your furniture.

Do you advertise on TV or thinking about it? Find out how to do it right.

Day 3 ? April 29:
The Allure 2006 Fashion Show hosted by Nancy Glass

Diversify yourself by retailing if you’re a designer or designing if you’re a retailer.

The session shows you how to combine them both and help your bottom line.

Drive your sales. Learn how to create that High Performance Sales Force.

Day 4 ? April 30:
Ever wonder how you can compete against the National Brands? This day has a session just for the Independent Furniture Retailer.

Stay way ahead of the trends with the ?8 Incoming Looks for 2007.?

Find new ways to control your delivery expenses.

How would you sell to your Grandmother? This session titled, ?Selling to Your Grandmother? is about building trust and getting intimate with your customers.

May 1-3 is all about shopping and networking. For more information go to: http://greatpricedfurniture.blogger.com

Title: 15 Resources For Tracing Your Family Ancestry

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Getting older seems to make finding our “roots” more important. But where to start? Here you’ll find a list of 15 resources to get you started on your family tree adventure.

Keywords:
ancestry,genealogy,family tree,family roots,trace ancestry,automated genealogy,ancestry library,genealogy library,mormon ancestry search,

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If you’re like me, when you were young, looking beyond your mother and father to find out where you came from just wasn’t important.

Well, I’ve found that the older you get, the more important your ancestry becomes. I’m not sure why. Maybe I have a broader perspective on things now. Maybe I’m just curious as to whether there was nobility in my family. Perhaps I’m looking for some closet skeletons.

Whatever my reasons, I do find tracing my ancestry fascinating. It is so interesting to learn about other people–how they lived, what they did, who they knew. But I’ve also learned along the way that most people haven’t a clue what resources are available to them beyond the usual – interviewing family, checking birth certificates and newspapers, etc.

So here I’ve compiled a list of 25 resources you should take advantage of if you’re really serious about finding out “where you came from.”

1.The obvious, of course, is interviewing family members; not only mom and dad, but aunts, uncles, distant cousins. Start by drawing a quick family tree going back just two generations and start making calls or sending mail or emails. Here are some of the basic things you’ll want to know:

  • Complete names (married and maiden names)
  • Addresses throughout their live
  • Birth records
  • Military service (when and where)
  • Marriage records (even attendants, if possible)
  • Property records (state and county)
  • Burial records (where)
  • Old pictures, especially if they have names and dates
  • 2.Family bibles. While it doesn’t seem to be such a common practice these days, in the past, families kept their bible forever, often keeping record of family members, births, marriages, and deaths on pages within the bible.

    3.Old family letters. Once again, with technology, we’ve all but lost the art of letter writing (what will our own children and grand children have to look back on in years to come?). But older generations tended to preserve letters of importance. These letters can oftentimes be of great value in tracing your ancestry. They may contain important dates, facts, and places that will be of help. Check return addresses and postmarks for information.

    4.Legal documents are a great resource. Such documents include deeds (property addresses), wills (names of kin you may not have known about), marriage licenses (note the witnesses), birth certificates, voter registration, adoption records, and even judgements. Your search for these documents should begin with state and county records.

    5.What about associations your ancestors may have belonged to? These would include churches, clubs, veterans groups and lodges, all of which may be able to provide background information for your search.

    6.Census data. After 1840 the Census collected age, place of birth, occupation, personal wealth, education, spouse, children, hired hands, and even immigration information. Copies of the original decennial census forms from 1790 through 1930 are available on microfilm for research at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC (http://www.archives.gov/), at Archives regional centers, and at select Federal depository libraries throughout the United States.

    7.Naturalizations records.
    For Pre-1906 Naturalizations:
    Contact the State Archives for the state where the naturalization occurred to request a search of state, county, and local courts records.

    Contact the NARA regional facility that serves the state where naturalization occurred to request a search of Federal court records.

    For Naturalizations After 1906:
    After 1906, the courts forwarded copies of naturalizations to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Naturalizations from Federal Courts are held in the NARA’s regional facilities for the Federal courts for their area. Learn more: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/naturalization/

    8.Grave sites. Headstones will give dates and possible family names.

    9.Libraries. Here you’ll find newspaper articles (look for obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements) and books on local history (what was taking place during their life). Many libraries can be accessed online. You will also find genealogy information in several libraries, the Allen County Public Library in Indiana having the second largest genealogical collection in the US. Another good source is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT.

    10.Genealogy message boards. Google “genealogy message boards” and join in–you’ll find a wealth of information available!

    11.Military records. You’ll find several sources online, including NARA (http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/).

    12.High school and college yearbooks. These sources can help locate a relative or provide other resources for your search. Check online.

    13.Family pedigrees. These are family groups already linked in a computer system. Accessing an individual’s family group sheet in a linked pedigree will also give you access to all of the records that are linked to that individual. Two great sources are Kindred Connections (http://www.kindredkonnections.com/index.html) and the Family History Library (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp).

    14.U.S. Immigration records. Two great sources are Ellis Island Records (http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/) and Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=40)

    15.Social Security Death Index. This is a database of people whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA) beginning about 1962. The best source is RootsWeb.com (http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/?o_xid=0028727949&o_lid=0028727949&o_xt=41534187).

    Now that you’re all grown up and interested in finding your “roots”, these 15 resources should get you well on your way. It’ll be a fun and rewarding adventure.

    Title: 14 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Identity Theft:

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    Summary:
    Becoming a major epidemic, Identity Theft occurs when a criminal uses another person’s personal information to take on that person’s identity. Identity theft includes the misuse of a Social Security number, credit cards, mail fraud, scam, schemes, frauds, or any other form of misuse or abuse of a victim?s identity.

    Keywords:
    schemes, scams, protection, protecting, frauds, identity theft, identity theft frauds, identity theft ,scams, ID, Social Security, mail, credit card, personal information, new identity, identity theft statistics, identity theft victim, identity theft law, avoid identity theft, identity theft protect

    Article Body:
    The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, known commonly as FACTA, was put into law in the United States to help to protect consumers from identity theft and to help in its prevention. FACTA ensures that all citizens are treated fairly when they apply for a mortgage or other form of credit and it entitles them to a free annual credit report to verify its accuracy.

    Becoming a major epidemic, Identity Theft occurs when a criminal uses another person’s personal information to take on that person’s identity. Identity theft includes the misuse of a Social Security number, credit cards, mail fraud, scam, schemes, frauds, or any other form of misuse or abuse of a victim?s identity.

    There is no guarantee that you will never be a victim; however, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Here is a list of 14 steps you can take to prevent or at least minimize its occurrence:

    1. Manage your personal information cautiously and with a new awareness that identity theft can occur anytime anywhere and when you least expect it.

    2. Ask about security procedures in your workplace, doctor’s office, or other business or organization that routinely collects relevant and personal identifying information as part of doing business or providing a service. Find out who has access to your personal information and verify that it is handled securely. Inquire about their disposal procedures and if your information will be shared with anyone else (namely third parties such as mailing list companies, marketing and survey companies, etc.).

    3. Instead of giving your Social Security Number, inquire if you can use other types of identification. Use your Social Security Number with caution and only when absolutely necessary.

    “Your Chances of becoming victimized by some form of identity theft is one in ten,” according to the Federal Trade Commission.

    4. If you find that you have been victimized, immediately file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations. Filing a complaint helps the FTC learn more about identity theft and the problems victims are having. This knowledge helps them to assist you better.

    5. Carry only the identification and the number of credit and debit cards that you will actually use. Leave extra cards in a safe place at home, in a safety deposit box, or any other secured location.

    6. Avoid giving out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or on the internet unless you are absolutely sure you know and can trust with whom you are communicating. Caution: Before you share personal information, be sure you are dealing with a legitimate business or organization. (If you are unsure about an online communication, check the organization?s website by typing its URL in the address line. Most large companies post alerts on their sites when they are aware of a scam when their name is used improperly.)

    Identity thieves usually pose as representatives of banks, lotteries, sweepstakes, internet service providers, or some other officially-sounding-entity. They will use any means possible to try to get you to reveal your valuable information.

    7. Call the Customer Service Department of companies or organizations with whom you do business using the number listed on your account statement or in the telephone book.

    8. Do not place passwords on your credit card, bank, or telephone accounts.

    9. When choosing a password, avoid using obvious information like your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, a series of consecutive numbers, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number or your phone number.

    10. Pay attention to your billing cycles. A missing bill could mean an identity thief has gotten their hands on it.

    “9.9 million people were victims of identity theft in 2002”, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t wait until it happens to you.

    11. Be wary of promotional scams or phony offers to get you to give them your personal information such as lottery and sweepstakes? that you have never entered and ones asking for an “administration” fee.

    12. If your job requires you to suit up in special clothing at work, never leave your purse or wallet in your personal clothes. Always keep them in a safe and secured place.

    13. When reordering checks, pick them up at the bank instead of having them sent to your mailbox.

    14. Obtain a current credit report by contacting any of these major credit bureaus:

    Equifax: P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
    For Fraud Alerts, call: 800-525-6285

    Experian: P.O. Box 2002 Allen TX 75013
    For Fraud Alerts, call: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)

    Trans Union: P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022
    For Fraud Alerts, call: 800-680-7289

    Think you’re not at risk? Unfortunately, you are. View “Protecting Your Identity” blog at www.ProtectingYourIdentity.blogspot.com to learn more about what you can do to protect yours.

    Title: 10 Steps to Save on your Summer Energy Bill

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    Saving energy doesn’t have to be as painful as sunburn, nor does it have to cost much money or time. It has more to do with changing a few energy-wasting habits. And where costs are involved – such as having your cooling system checked annually by a professional – the expense can be offset by making your system more efficient and longer-lasting.

    Keywords:
    energy, bill, save, money, home, finance, electricity, cooling, summer

    Article Body:
    Saving money on our summer energy bill is not only great for the family budget, but is also beneficial to the community. It takes only a few simple steps to cut your energy bill by as much as 20%-50%.

    Saving energy doesn’t have to be as painful as sunburn, nor does it have to cost much money or time. It has more to do with changing a few energy-wasting habits. And where costs are involved – such as having your cooling system checked annually by a professional – the expense can be offset by making your system more efficient and longer-lasting.

    1.) Close draperies or shades during the day to block the sun.

    2.) Keep cool air in by installing insulation and weather stripping.

    3.) Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside. When using the stove, vent heat outside with a range hood.

    4.) Use a microwave instead of an oven. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.

    5.) Use the air-dry feature on dishwashers.

    6.) Service air conditioners annually and change the filter regularly. Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home, and turn air conditioners off when no one is home.

    7.) Use cold water rather than hot when doing laundry. You will save about 85% of the energy it takes to wash clothes.

    8.) Use washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers after 7pm when energy costs are lower in most places.

    9.) Save energy by using the fast rather than slow spinning cycle when drying clothes, since the fast cycle removes more water.

    10.) Switch to fluorescent lights that use on-third of the energy than incandescent lights.

    Remember that appliances account for about 20% of your household’s energy consumption. A new energy-efficient refrigerator could save from $35 to $70 a year compared to models of 15 years ago. This amounts to between $525 and $1,050 during the average 15-year life of the unit.

    Remind your family of the steps, and implement them into your life.

    Title: 10 Steps For Cooking-Up Family Memories

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    The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever.

    The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eatin…

    Keywords:
    cooking, cruisine, gourmet, kitchen, family, recipe

    Article Body:
    The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever.

    The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together.

    So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up memories.

    Step 1:
    Teach small children the fun of cooking by helping them bake cookies and cakes. If you are short on time, you can use a boxed cookie mix and spend more time decorating.

    Step 2:
    Encourage the littlest ones to play pretend cooking. Kids love to play with real mixing bowls, strainers and wooden spoons. These make harmless toys and can be easily thrown in the dishwasher for quick cleanup.

    Step 3:
    If you live by your day-timer, schedule in baking cookies with your kids. Our schedules can be so hectic that something as simple as baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies can get skipped over. Write it down and do it.

    Step 4:
    If you have teenagers, let them play their favorite music while they wash the lettuce and set the table.

    Step 5:
    Work together with your spouse to prepare the dinner and use the time to catch up on each other’s day.

    Step 6:
    Even if you are in a rush preparing dinner, remember to reduce your stress and focus on creating a fun atmosphere that naturally encourages the whole family to participate.

    Step 7:
    When spending time preparing food with your children, include lessons about healthy eating choices. Keep the conversation positive and avoid listing foods they can’t have.

    Step 8:
    On days where you anticipate time will be tight, consider taking a short cut by using a frozen stir-fry mix or pasta with a jar of pre-made sauce. Your family will appreciate your relaxed mood much more than a made-from-scratch dinner.

    Step 9:
    Share the job of grocery shopping. One week have mom take one of the children as a helper, the next week dad can go with another child. Always work from a grocery list and let your children help you retrieve items and cross them off the list.

    Step 10:
    Have big family meals where you share about your day. Keep the conversation fun and avoid negative lectures over dinner. Remember to laugh.

    Take these steps today and make your kitchen a fun and memorable place for your whole family.

    Title: 10 Life Saving Tips for Surviving an Impending Bird Flu Pandemic

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    Summary:
    “An influenza pandemic of even moderate impact will result in the biggest single human disaster ever – far greater than AIDS, 9/11, all wars in the 20th century and the recent tsunami combined. It has the potential to redirect world history as the Black Death redirected European history in the 14th century.” — Michael T. Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota

    Keywords:
    avian flu, bird flu, flu pandemic, influenza

    Article Body:
    A new killer flu virus is on its way. Ducks and geese carrying this virus are now winging their way across the globe, spreading the disease wherever they go. Started in Asia, it has now spread to Europe. Soon it will be in North and South America.

    So far it has only killed a few dozen humans. It is, after all, a virus that?s passed from bird to bird. Or from bird to animals. So far it can?t be transmitted from human to human. But flu viruses are crafty. They have the ability to change. This is what happened in 1918 when the Spanish Flu Pandemic swept over a war weary planet killing 50 ? 100 million people ? far more than were killed in the war.

    This time it will be much worse. After all, we now have 4 times the number of people living on the planet. And most of them live in cities. Large, crowded cities. The five largest cities in the world have over 100 million people living in them. A killer virus that can be passed from human to human, let loose in our major cities where people are living elbow to elbow, would have a catastrophic effect.

    And consider this?back in 1918 it was a much bigger world. It took weeks to get from one side of the world to the other. It took days to get from one side of the continent to the next. Today it takes hours. Last year more than 46 million international visitors came to the United States. If only one infected visitor passes on the virus to 2 others, who pass it on to 2 others, and so on, by the end of a month everyone in the US could be infected.

    I don?t even want to consider the implications if this idea ever occurs to muslim terrorists who are only too happy to blow themselves to bits in order to take out a few infidels.

    So what can we do?

    Fortunately it?s not all doom and gloom. There are some very specific steps you can take to minimize the dangers and protect yourself and your loved ones.

    1. Draw up a Plan. Outline the steps you and your family need to take, both pre-pandemic and during. Identify responsibilities for each family member. Make lists of supplies required. Find appropriate sources. Develop a realistic timeline. By establishing a plan now, you will avoid becoming a victim of the panic that will grip the general population, resulting in civil chaos and pandemonium.

    2. Keep Informed. If and when the virus mutates so that it is being spread from human to human, it is likely to start in Southeast Asia. Pay attention to the news. When you hear that this has taken place, it’s time to act. We might only have weeks before the pandemic reaches North America, but with international travel so fast and easy it could be much sooner. Sign up for free newsletter notifications at http://www.survivetheflu.com .

    3. Prepare Your Child for Home Schooling. Most flu outbreaks get their start at schools. You can be certain that the schools will be closed. And if they’re not, you should give very serious thought to keeping your children at home.

    4. Minimize Contact with Others. The H5N1 avian flu virus can be transmitted for two days before a person is showing any symptoms and for a week after symptoms have disappeared. You never know who isn’t and who might be infected. If possible you should stay home. Every time you go into an area where there are people you are at risk.

    5. Wash Your Hands Often. Sneeze particles can travel across a room at 600 miles per hour. If the person sneezing has the flu, everything in that room is covered with flu virus. And when you touch anything, the virus is transmitted to your hand. Eventually it will be transmitted to your mouth. Your only protection is to wash your hands, well and often. Each washing should involve vigorous scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds.

    6. Stock up on Food & Water. Supermarkets only have enough food for about a week or less. It’s critical that you stock up on enough food to last you for the duration which could be 3-4 months.

    7. Buy Enough Anti-Viral Medication for Every Member of your Family. Currently there are two drugs that can help mitigate the effects of the avian flu virus. One is called oseltamivir, or Tamiflu. It comes in a tablet form. The other is zanamivir, or Relenza, which is inhaled. You will need a prescription for either of these drugs. They should be taken within 2 days of the onset of symptoms and taken twice a day for 5 days. These drugs are in very short supply, especially Tamiflu which is considered the drug of first choice. You should attempt to secure enough for your family as soon as possible, since once a pandemic hits they will be impossible to obtain. Currently you should be able to buy them at your drug store, or you can order them online.

    8. Stock up on Face Masks. You will need to wear these when you absolutely have to come into close contact with others. It’s likely that any public businesses or government offices that remain open will make it mandatory that you wear a mask before entering. Make sure that your mask has a rating of N100. The more common N95 masks will not give you enough protection.

    There is one mask — the NanoMask? — which not only blocks the H5N1 virus, but kills it as well.

    9. Exercise. According to the American Council on Exercise, research has shown that moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) brings about measurable changes in the immune system, sending white blood cells zipping around the body to find intruders and kill them. But after a few hours, the immune system returns to normal so it?s best to exercise regularly.

    10. Spread the Word. Regardless of how much coverage the avian threat is receiving in the media, most people are reluctant to act. Perhaps if they don’t acknowledge the danger they think it will somehow go away. Or maybe they think the government will look after the situation.

    Desperate, panic stricken people are arguably even more dangerous than the virus. The more people surrounding you who are prepared for the pandemic, the safer you will be. You’ll be secure in the knowledge that your neighbors won’t be eyeing your resources. So please spread the word. And don’t give up, even though you may feel like the voice in the wilderness. Eventually, if they hear it often enough, some people will take notice. And then they will also spread the word. And in this way we’ll all be a little safer.

    “Up to one billion people could die around the whole world in six months…. We are half a step away from a worldwide pandemic catastrophe.” Dmitry K. Lvov, Director, D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

    Whether or not it will happen this year, and whether or not it will be as catastrophic as many virologists are predicting, one thing is clear: There WILL be a pandemic of unimaginable proportions some time soon.

    We can either bury our heads in the sand and hope it won’t happen, or we can begin taking immediate steps to ensure that in a worst case scenario, we’ve given ourselves and our loved ones the best possible chance for survival.

    Title: 10 crucial guidelines to mull over prior to selecting an apartment

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    Renting an apartment that suits your needs and requirements can be time consuming and challenging. There are many things to consider when selecting an apartment that renters should consider. To help you get started, here are some essential tips which will assist you in your search for the perfect apartment complex.

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    Renting an apartment that suits your needs and requirements can be time consuming and challenging. There are many things to consider when selecting an apartment that renters should consider. To help you get started, here are some essential tips which will assist you in your search for the perfect apartment complex.

    1: Ask for when you can move in: If you are looking for immediate occupancy, first of all ask landlord when you can tenure the apartment, also enquire whether currently is it occupied by someone else. After confirming check in, you may negotiate with the landlord for not paying for unoccupied period.

    2: Ask for the rent amount: How much is the amount is and when to pay? Ask for advance security deposit and whether it is completely refundable?

    3: Fine for late payment: Inquire is there any fine for late payments of the rent? if it happens.

    4: Renewal Terms: Check out what are the conditions for renewing the lease. What are the terms if you move-out before the lease ends?

    5: Are any utilities covered: Ask your landlord about the utilities are whether they are covered in your rental contract or not?

    6: Are you permitted to share your apartment: If you want to share your place with your colleagues or room partners, check out for any written permission to doing so.

    7: Are your pets allowed or not: Ask for permission if you have any pet. If it is not permitted, would it be possible by paying for pet deposit in advance?

    8: Can you do minor renovations: It is but natural that you would love to live in your kind of environment, and to do so you may need minor renovations such as painting wall and some decorations. Just inquire this point before you check in.

    9: Inquire about your neighbors and surroundings: Every person would like decent neighborhood, if it is not there, you may have to face frequent disturbance. To avoid this you should know about neighborhood very well.

    10: Inquire for service points: Ask landlord, How far is the market and other required service points like post office, bank, restaurant and public transport stations etc. It will make you aware about your surrounding area.

    By inquiring such things you can avoid any dispute and reasons for disagreement in the future with landlord.