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Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily

Giveaway of the Day gives you a different commercial software application, free of charge, every day. Yes, there's a catch, but it's a simple one: each program is made available for only 24 hours, and you have to install it the day you download it.

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To check the softwares available for today go here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/



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We're Done with Greed...

I have read an article in Reader's Digest about some ways of how to channel our outrage with the government. The article basically is about how the leaders in America have let it people down.. The article contains ways on which people could use there voice in other countries, to fight for their rights or to let the government know about them.

I think the ways Michael Crowley wrote in Reader's Digest could also be used by people in other countries to make their voices be hear.

The only way to get your country back on its feet for regular folks to speak up.

Here are five ways to channel your outrage.

1. Speak up.
  • When ordinary citizens don't use their voices, special interest groups and their expensive lobbyists fill the void. That means we all have an urgent obligation to follow how our members of Congress are voting and let them know how we feel about it. Sure, the sausage making in Washington can sometimes be hard to understand. But technology is making it easier than ever to decipher and monitor the machinations of the backroom deal cutters and help keep them honest.
  • One website, congress.org, lets you sign up for updates on how your representatives and senators have voted and what key votes are coming up. It also offers ready-made forms you can use to e-mail them your opinion.
  • The nonprofit Sunlight Foundation posts the text of major bills, like the stimulus plan, as well as information on special interest contributions and a map of where congressional earmarks go.
  • But you can go further than this. Why not talk directly to your representatives in Congress? Most hold regular open meetings with constituents and allow time for you to ask questions and raise concerns. Call your representatives and senators and ask when the next one is scheduled, then go speak your mind to someone with true power.

2. Fight the spin—fact-check.
  • Get ready for masses of misinformation to fill the airwaves. Our country is weighing major changes in a number of areas, ranging from health care to energy policy. Special interests have billions of dollars at stake, and many of these issues are the subject of fierce political infighting.
  • Expect everyone from partisan loudmouths to well-funded lobbyists to dominate the discourse in the media and to shell out millions to bend public opinion to their will.
  • Be wary of pundits—on the right and the left—who act like they have all the answers. Be especially skeptical of advertising that doesn't make clear who's paying for it and what their larger agenda might be. If you see a tough ad about legislation on television, use Google as a weapon: See what key facts might have been left out and then decide for yourself. We can't afford to be passive anymore.

3. Be a watchdog.
  • Don't just let the politicians know how you feel. Tell them what you're seeing.
  • Washington recently passed a $787 billion stimulus bill, which offers unprecedented opportunities for waste, fraud, and abuse. The Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in history, so look to see if it follows through. Keep an eye on recovery.gov, the official website for information on the stimulus bill. Citizens Against Government Waste tracks abuses and is a tough critic of government spending. And monitor local news sources to see how the money is being spent.
  • If something looks wasteful to you, contact your elected officials or watchdog groups like the Project on Government Oversight, which specializes in monitoring federal contractors. You can even keep up with the work of the special oversight panel Congress has created to monitor the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the $700 billion financial industry bailout it passed last October. The panel's website, cop.senate.gov, lists its reports and public hearings and features a page where regular Americans hit by the financial crisis can tell their stories. If Washington knows millions of eyes are watching our money, it's much less likely to get wasted.

4. Keep it local.
  • Although the massive stimulus bill originated in Washington, hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus spending will be handled by state and local governments, far from the eyes of the White House and Congress. As readers of this column know, statehouses and local government bodies are often rife with corruption. We can't afford to let a few favored contractors get sweet deals or stand by as dollars are wasted on stupid pet projects that don't create jobs.
  • Fortunately, it's easier to have an impact on the local level. So contact your state legislator and ask how your tax money is being used and what he or she is doing to ensure that big-business excesses aren't repeated in your home state.

5. Join with others.
  • A group of concerned citizens can have more power than one voice. Even a dozen people calling or, better yet, visiting the local office of a congressman or a city council member to discuss a specific issue can make a big impression. If you care about an issue, start a group on Facebook and invite others to join, swap news and tips, hold events, and take specific action.
  • It's not just politicians who will take notice of a committed group of concerned citizens. You can get the attention of corporations. One way is to check in with the some organization, which can connect you with state and local groups that are working on issues—electricity prices, hidden credit card fees—that hit home for you and your neighbors.
  • There's no silver bullet. But the only way to get your country on its feet without compounding our problems is for regular folks to speak up, get involved, and make it clear that we won't stand for the culture of greed anymore.
Keeping Them Honest

Wost the website that magazine gave is for USA...If you lived from another country, and you want to channel your outrage on your dislike about the government in your area, follow the 5 ways, and look for some organizations / groups that will help you know more about how your country performs, may be it through the passed laws, bills, and etc...Don't just know what's happening in your country, make yourself part of it by action.
From Reader's Digest - June 2009
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Going Green Pays Off

Iced tea is more than just cool, especially if it's freshly made green tea. Brew some up to get:
  • HELP WITH YOUR WEIGHT. Overweight or obese exercisers burned off three more pounds and 7 percent more belly fat when they drank green tea instead of another beverage with the same calories, according to a new multi center study.
  • PROTECTION AGAINST CANCER. Regular drinkers were 12 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than nondrinkers, according to research in 6,928 Chinese women.
  • REDUCED RISK OF STROKE. A UCLA review of nine studies found three cups a day cut the risk of stroke by 21 percent (black tea was protective too.)
  • HEALTHIER GUMS. In a study of 940 men, the more green tea a man drank, the less likely he was to gum disease.
  • Numbers That Count: 25% Increase in the number of snack calories people consume when they sleep 5 1/2% hours a night instead of 8 1/2 hours...

Source: Janis Graham, Reader's Digest 2009
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The Single Girl's Bible
"According Cosmpolitan January 2009"....

Have a Blast on New Year's Without a Date

  • Choose the right group to celebrate with. If you have friends who act really exclusive with their significant others (think tons of PDA), don't hang with them.
  • Plan you own-get together, whether it's cocktails at your place or mellow movie night where you and some pals forgo the requisite (and often overrated) festivities.
  • If you want to party hard, try to arrange to attend more than one bash. You'll be exited knowing you won't be stuck should one gathering turn out to be a dud for unattached chicks.
  • Decide ahead of time what you'll do when the ball drops and couple's start kissing. Call your best friend or sister who is celebrating elsewhere or uncork a bottle of champagne at the start of the countdown.
Convo Starters
  • Getting the cold shoulder isn't just saying. Being socially excluded can actually make people feel chilly, according to new research.
  • A study found that when puppies play, males often let the females win. The opportunity to play is more important to them than winning is, plus acting like a gentlemen may encourage females to choose them as a mate later.
Get a Heavy Bag Down From the Overhead Bin
  • Step 1: Grab the handle of the suitcase with your right hand, and pull it hallway out of the compartment so that it's balanced on the edge of the bin and tipped slightly toward you. At the same time, take s small step back and lean backward a bit. This ensures that your legs - rather than your back - are supporting the majority of the bag's weight.
  • Step 2: Slide you left hand under the bottom of the suitcase, and slowly lower it onto the closest aisle seat (wait for one to be vacated)
  • Step 3: Readjust your feet so they're hip-width apart and parallel to each other (to give you stability.) Bend your knees as you lift the bag and lower it to the ground.
How to Score a Great Table at a HotSpot
  • Tell the host it's a special occasion like a birthday.
  • If it's in your budget, preorder a nice bottle of wine - you'll look like a big spender
  • Dress up
Solo Ritual Stuart
  • Once a month on say a Friday afternoon or evening, stop by a local salon for a blow-out. You'll instantly feel more gorgeous, and it will set off the weekend on the right food...
The Pleasures of Sleeping Naked Alone?
  • It's a treat to be able to stretch out, so take advantage of the entire bed - savor the sensation of the soft pillow and smooth sheets... The physical acts of stripping off layers is mentally and emotionally freeing too. So concentrate on letting go of stress. It won't be long before you discover that the more solo time you spend in the buff, the more comfortable you feel in your own skin..
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How To Clear Your Memory Without Restarting

If you run a windows computer, you'll know like many others than after a while your system will in no doubt start running slow. Most people will restart their computer to remove idle processes. But if there is a simpler way, why restart every time windows decides it doesn't like you today?

1. Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select New Shortcut.

2. Type

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

in the box.
http://www.icuru.com/img/2vl/How+To+Clear+Your+Memory+Without+Restarting1.jpg

3. Click Next.

4. Give your shortcut a nice name like Clear Memory.

http://www.icuru.com/img/2vm/How+To+Clear+Your+Memory+Without+Restarting2.jpg

5. Click Finish and you're done.

Now whenever your computer starts running slow, click this shortcut to clear out your memory and get your computer running at a normal pace again

It's great when you haven't rebooted in a few days or so.

*Also check your task manager, using alt + ctrl + del, to find out which program is using more memory...sometimes, when i close a program, i check my task manager, because there are some programs that still runs even you close them..You can end the process of the program, but please be careful because some processes in the task manager, are system / windows files..those programs that are safe to close, are not labeled as system, it is either labeled the name of your computer, like pc user, user 1. etc...
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A Banana a day, keeps the doctor away!
This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

  • Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier
  • PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia

  • Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

  • Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

  • Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

  • Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

  • Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
  • Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

  • Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

  • Nerves: Bananas are high in Vitamin B that help calm the nervous system.

  • Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

  • Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
  • Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

  • Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassiu! m and ma gnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

  • Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

  • Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, 'eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

  • Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.

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The Great Stair Climbing Workout

I just found a new workout that fits my lifestyle, since i do not have alot of extra time... THE Stait Climbing Workout worked for me... its convenient, and it's not expensive to do this workout.. We can do this anywhere..


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  • Stair climbing is an increasingly popular way to squeeze a great aerobic workout into a short period of time. It is the most According to fitness expert Wayne Westcott, PhD, author of Get Stronger, Feel Younger, climbing stairs is among the most vigorous cardio workouts you can find. He explained that with this exercise you're lifting your of mass vertically, since our body weight is not supported -- as it is with, say, swimming or rowing -- you expend greater effort and burn more calories.
  • Athletes have a long tradition of training by dashing up sports stadium bleacher stairs... You can also workout using stairwells in your home, office place, etc.. This workout id very inexpensive, and is a nice alternative to the gym..
  • Stair climbing increases cardiovascular fitness as well as muscular endurance and strength. It works most of the leg muscles, especially the quadriceps (front of thighs) and buttocks, and requires a tremendous outlay of energy. Some "tower runners" (as those who compete in events like the Empire State Building Run-Up race are called) use their arms on the stair rail to help pull themselves up, which gives the upper body a bit of a workout as well.
  • Additionally, stair climbing delivers a good core muscle workout -- this, in turn, improves posture.

TIPS FOR STAIR CLIMBERS

Intrigued? Here are a few tips to help step up your workout:

1. Wear running shoes or those designed for cross-training.

2. Take a few minutes to warm up first by walking around on level ground before you start your ascent... and cool down the same way afterward, followed by stretches (described below).

3. Stretch the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves after your workout, not before.

4. As you climb, lean slightly forward from your hips while keeping your back straight.

5. Place your entire foot on each step. Allowing your heels to hang over the edges may injure your Achilles tendon. Look forward, keeping your head up. Don’t let it droop, which can cause neck strain, though it is fine to glance down when necessary to get your bearings.

6. Don’t lock your knees as you climb up.

7. Vary your pace for maximum fitness benefit. Start by walking... walk faster... then slow down and speed up again, and again.

8. Stay safe. Just as you wouldn’t jog in a dark alley alone, don’t use stairs in a remote stairwell where calls for help wouldn’t be heard.

9. Drink plenty of water before and after. Stair climbing is intense, so you should plan to rehydrate just as you would during a jog or a race on level ground.

PREPARE FOR DESCENT

  • Walking down stairs or running downhill puts incredible stress on the joint structure -- in particular the tendons, fascia and ligaments..However, you can minimize this stress by descending slowly, perhaps even stopping for a moment on landings.
  • Resist the temptation to bound down two or three stairs at a time and instead come down purposefully. Or, you could take the elevator down -- but first, walk around up top to let your heart rate return to normal.

NEXT STEPS...

  • There are plenty of ways you can change-up stair climbing workouts. You may feel a bit breathless when starting out. If so, walk around the landing (or down the hall of whatever floor you are on) and then return to the stairwell and climb some more.
  • You can create an interval training program by alternating spurts of high intensity (climbing up fast) with periods of "active rest" (walking on flat ground). Vary your workouts by climbing higher, faster and/or longer between rest stops.

Another benefit:

  • You don’t need to work out for long periods of time to take your fitness to a higher level. According to Dr. Westcott, climbing 10 flights of stairs at three different times over the course of a day is actually preferable to going up 30 flights all at once. The reason? "Some of the most important physiological adaptations, such as improvement in aerobic capacity, take place during the recovery period," he explains. "With three separate bouts of exercise, you get the benefit of three recovery periods." Also, you may find it easier to push yourself to do 10 flights at a time, rather than having to take on all 30.
  • A stair-climbing machine can deliver many of the same benefits, of course. Dr. Westcott noted, however, that the classic StairMaster machines aren’t as intense, since you’re not working against gravity -- they don’t require you to lift your feet off the steps but rather shift your weight from one leg to the other. He said that a better choice for gym rats is the type of machine that features an actual revolving staircase...
  • If you are interested in this workout, and want to take it to a higher level, you could compete at some "tower running" events www.towerrunning.com/english/races.htm, which sorts the races by number of stairs. Also, the American Lung Association (www.lungusa.org) has a list of stair climbing fundraising events.
Source(s):
  • Wayne Westcott, PhD, exercise physiologist/fitness director, South Shore YMCA, Quincy, Massachusetts, and author of Get Stronger, Feel Younger (Rodale).
  • Bottom Line's Daily Health News
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*A friend sent me this story years ago, this is very inspiring, and since this month is Father's Day, i think its nice to put this story on my blog....


Fathers Gift
(Many a times, the father is a misunderstood man especially by his growing sons/daughthers etc... )

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.


As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat Disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bhagavad Gita, with the young man's name embossed in gold.


Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, " With all your money you give me a Bhagavad Gita? And stormed out of the house, leaving the Bhagavad Gita. Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.


Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.


When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bhagavad Gita, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bhagavad Gita and began to turn the pages.


His father had carefully underlined a verse, "Lord Krishna would give whatever his devotee asks for, do that son whenever someone comes to you for help" As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bhagavad Gita. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words... PAID IN FULL.

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How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected ? I trust you enjoyed this.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only for...!

IF YOUR GIFT IS NOT PACKED THE WAY YOU WANT IT ,

IT'S BECAUSE IT IS

BETTER PACKED THAT WAY!

ALWAYS APPRECIATE LITTLE THINGS;

THEY USUALLY LEAD YOU TO ATTACHMENTS!

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Old way, new Way

There's more than one way to make your rooms look all net and pretty!

You've been living in the same room for years, but not much has changed. Your parents can't complain because you keep it nice and clean, but someone you feel like your stuck in a rut. Time to shake things up a bit. It's out with the old, and in with the new. With a few tweaks, you can put a totally different spin on your room!

1. Fixing your bed.
  • Old way: A plain, hotel-like arrangement in a monochromatic color scheme and matching pillow.
  • New Way: Funky mix of colors and prints, and plush blanket thrown over the foot of the bed,
2. Displaying your pictures.
  • Old way: Photos in matching frames all evenly line up on a wall.
  • New way: Different frames in complementing colors and styles - unify everything by having a "theme wall" of photos (in this case, baby pictures of family members. You can also try family pics or pics with your friends)
3. Arranging your Books on Shelves
  • Old way: Books are standing at attention, simply arrange by height with no other items mixed in
  • New way: A more free-form arrangement, where some books are upright while others are on their sides. Throw in unusual bookends, some knickknacks, and travel finds to make it more interesting.
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7 Medical Misconceptions
What you don’t know can hurt you!


Think you're too savvy to fall for these old wives' tales? Medical Misconception, prevents some people from getting the medical attention / care they need. Maybe you’re suffering needlessly because of a widely held belief about your ailment, not realizing old treatments have been improved upon. If more people would know more about the truth, there ailments or diseases would be easily be cured, since they will know the truth about the myths in medical world that they are following....Here are seven common misconceptions or fears that should be put to rest:

1. TREAT BACK PAIN WITH BED REST.

  • Bed rest is no longer recommended for treating back pain. Experts agree that you should stay active and take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, Motrin, Aleve) as needed.
  • In most people, lower back pain goes away in about a month. For severe pain or back pain that lasts longer, see your healthcare provider.

2. A BLAND DIET IS THE BEST WAY TO TREAT AN ULCER.

  • Are you self-treating a gastric ulcer by sipping on cream or milk or eating a bland diet? That’s no way to manage the problem. Ulcers are most often caused by Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria that lives and reproduces in the stomach’s lining and the small intestines, causing inflammation.
  • Ulcers may best be healed with an antibiotic to kill the bacteria and drugs such as acid blockers, antacids or proton pump inhibitors to reduce your digestive system’s acid level.

3. A DEGENERATIVE DISK IS THE NECK IS BEST TREATED WITH SPINAL FUSION SURGERY.

  • Spinal fusion used to be the standard operation to correct a diseased disk in the cervical spine, or neck. But spinal fusion leaves you unable to bend your neck normally after surgery. That’s because the surgeon removes the damaged disk, and then fuses together the surrounding vertebrae using bone grafts and metal plates with screws attached.
  • Fusion corrects the disk problem but raises the risk of damage to neighboring spine segments.New disks allow for more natural neck movement, which reduces the risk of damage to surrounding disks. Talk with your physician to find out if you’re a candidate for this newer technology.

4. EXERCISE ISN’T SAFE FOR SOMEONE IN MY CONDITION.

  • Exercise is good for almost everyone, no matter how old you are or what shape you’re in—even if you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, arthritis or diabetes. In fact, exercise may improve your condition.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider for help finding exercises that are right for you. Start slowly and build up to at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, five days a week, or as your provider recommends.

5. INCONTINENCE CAN’T BE TREATED.

  • Though bladder control may be embarrassing to talk about, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Incontinence isn’t a normal part of aging and can be treated— even cured. Weak or overactive bladder muscles, an enlarged prostate, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis can all cause long-term bladder control problems.
  • Your healthcare provider can recommend treatment based on the type of incontinence you have and its severity. Treatment options include Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles, bladder training (scheduled urination) and medicine. If your incontinence is more severe, surgery can help.

6. GETTING THE BLUES IS NORMAL AT MY AGE.

  • Occasionally feeling blue is one thing. But a loss of interest in people or activities that lasts more than two weeks is a sign of depression, which can strike at any age. Other symptoms of depression may include fatigue or lethargy, prolonged or excessive worries, weight changes, new aches and pains and feeling hopeless and worthless.
  • If you’re experiencing any of these changes or feelings, don’t accept them as “normal.” Talk with your healthcare provider. Counseling and medication may be needed to get you back on a brighter path.

7. I’VE SMOKED FOR SO LONG, QUITTING WON’T DO ME ANY GOOD.

  • Quit smoking right now and in 20 minutes or less, your blood pressure and heart rate will start to go down—no matter how many years you’ve been puffing away. Within a few hours, carbon monoxide will leave your bloodstream. Keep it up and within two weeks to three months you may be breathing easier— even if you already have mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • By the end of your first year, your excess risk of heart disease is cut by almost half; your stroke, lung disease and cancer risks are also reduced. Ask your healthcare provider about the best way for you to kick the habit

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10 Tips to Reduce Stress
  • How do you if your stressed?: Your body is the best indication of stress. Most often, headaches, body aches (neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, etc) stem from stress. In many cases, stomach aches, acid reflux and gastroinstestinal problmes are signs of stress as well. So the bottom line is: Listen to your body!

1. Write it out. Anything creative can help. Writing works because you channel the energy from something that's negative into something that's positive and satisfying. Keeping a journal, diary or blog could work in this case.

2. Pamper yourself. Take care of your-self - or go for a spa day!

3. Change your Focus. Go to a museum, read a book, see a movie, - focus on what makes you happy.

4. Calm Down. ~ Do those things that could help you to calm down...

5. Get Back to Nature ~ Reconnecting with nature helps decrease stress..

6. Me Time ~ Go for a quiet walk or sit in the park for a few minutes. In the stillness, you'll fell better.

7. Hit the Gym ~ Working out is good for the body and soul, and it's a great way of realeasing stress and tension. You release serotonin and dopamine when you exercise / work out.

8. Mediate. Take five to 10 minutes to close your eyes and clear your head of all thoughts. Think about breathing in good energy and breathing out whatever is causing the stress.

9. Laugh A Litte ~ Don't takr yourself, or life in general, too seriously. If it's not a life-or-death situation, relax!

10. Get creative ~ Cooking, sports, games, etc., makes use of our creative energies.

Note: The key warning to stress relief is to be aware that you are tense and to take not eof the unhealthy ways you to tend to deal with it. Eating too much, drinking alcohol, smoking and shopping are some of the common ways women deal with streess. Once you recognize that there are merely a temporary satisfaction and an automiatic response to stress, you change it. If you really must munch on something, opt for an apple, fruit, etc. instead of a box of chocolocates, donuts, etc. Reach for a bottle of juice instead of alcoholic drinks, and call your friends up for an afternoon of ranting and raving instead of breaking out your waller.


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I just got a second blog....

I just got a second blog, but its on hubpages.. I will make a new one here in blogger.com, when i think of other things that i want to post. But for now, my blog here in Blogger, will be my main one, and the one on hubpages will be my second one... I have joined hub pages this past few days, and i have already posted 8 hubs so far. I like it as much as i like blogging here.. I am still learning more about hubpages. A friend told me, that i could earn money there, which would be nice, and i could use my blog here and hubpages to generate traffic..But i enjoy posting here and hubpages, even without earning...lol...

I will post the articles that i posted there here, but not just yet....


Here are some of the articles that i have placed on my hubpages...please give them a visit, if some of these topics interest you...

Make Me Over! - tips in cleaning your house

Eye Love
- ways on how to get perky eyes, eye care tips

Say Cheese!
- do's and don'ts in taking pictures and posing for pictures

Tips in Finding the the Perfect Dress


Let's Go Shopping! - shopping easily even your kids are with you..

How to Save Energy in the Kitchen
- tips on how to save energy in the kitchen area...




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Space Makers
Got a tiny bedroom? Here's how to claim your pace and stretch it?


1. Take Cover! An often-overlooked space is the area under your bed. Dump all the little things that clutter up your room into storage baskets and stash them under your bed.

2. Get a sneaky nightstand. Stacked storage boxes can work as a makeshift nightstand. And they're great for stashing your clutter, too!.

3. Live Large. An instant way to double your room's size? Mount mirrors on one wall - they've visually expand the space.

4. Give your bed a secret identity! Pile on the pillow in the day and use as a sofa - perfect for having friends over. At night, remove some pillows and drift off to dreamland!.

5. Mount it. Shallow, built-in shelves will take up less space than bulky - store brought shelves.

6. Go Vertical! You can have shelves installed near your ceiling to hold all your books. Just make sure you have a sturdy stepladder on hand. Also, lose the stand fan - opt for a ceiling fan to free up some precious floor place.

7. Lighten Up. Paint your room in cool hues such us blues and whites to make it seem larger.

8. Be Ceiling Savy. If you paint your ceiling a shade lighter than your walls, your ceiling will appear higher, and your room will seem larger and airy.
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Mom's medicine manual
"Even minor mistakes in dispenses drugs to kids can be dangerous. Learn how to do it right."
by: Awi Curameng M.D

Adults on medication can accidentally overdoses, experience side effects, or get confused with their doctor's instructions. If medications are tricky for adults, what more for children? What is the best way to give children their needs? Ask your child's pediatrician for detailed instructions, and be obsessive about checking that your giving the right drug at the right does at the right time.

Here are some tips from the United States Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to administer medication to your child:

THE BASICS
1. If your child is sick, take him to his pediatrician. Don't try to diagnos his illness yourself an more important, don't try to figure out what treatment to give.!

2. Never give your child medication prescribed for another child, even if they seem to be sharing the same symptoms.

3. Never give medication prescribed for an adult! Children are not small adults; some drugs safe for adults maybe harmful to kids.

4. Never give aspirin for fever. This may lead to Reye's syndrome, which can result in coma and death. Give paracetamol instead.

5. When your doctor prescribes medication be absolutely clear on:
  • Its name and purpose
  • Its dosage and schedule - how much, how often, and how long to take it
  • Its administration / application (by mouth, in the rectum, or on the skin, etc)
  • If to be take with food
  • How to store it
  • What do if your child displays side effects
  • Possible interactions with other drugs being taken whether it may trigger an allergic reaction
  • What to do if a dose is missed
  • If there exists a less expensive generic version
6. When buying medicines from a drugstore, always check for signs of tampering: cuts, tears or other package defects. Check the expiration date as well.

7. Follow storage instructions: Some drugs will need refrigeration, while others need to be stored in a cool dry place. It's best not to store medicines in the bathroom cabinet, as the humidity can cause spoilage. Choose a location that is out of reach.

The Actual Administration

8. Each time you give a dose, always check the drug label to make sure it's the correct medication. Call your pedia for any questions or concerns about the package label. Don't give medication unless you understand what's on the label.

9. Measure out your pedia's prescribed dose exactly. The numbers on mesuring devices are small, so dispense liquids at eye level. Don't be temped to give more to hasten your child's recovery.
  • For babies, you can pour medicines into a calibrated syringe with the needle remove, then squirt into the mouth.
  • For babies and young children who can't drink from a cup, you can use a calibrated plastic dropper.
  • If a child can drink from a cup without spilling, use the measuring cup that comes with the medication.
10. Never use teaspoons or tablespoons to measure out a dose; use the measure device that comes with the medication.

11. What if the medication tastes "yucky"?
  • Crush the tablets or capsule and mix into a small amount of liquid or soft food, but make sure that your child eats it all.
  • Squirt the drug with a syringe or dropper at the back of the mouth or the inside of the cheek, where taste buds are fewer.
  • Buy flavored version. Confer with your pedia or pharmacist that the technique will not reduce the efficacy of the drug.
12. After giving a medication, observe your child for any side effects, including rashes, vomiting and diarrhea. In such cases, call your doctor for instructions. However, if your child starts wheezing, has difficulty breathing or talking, or is in severe pain, take him at once to the nearest hospital emergency department. He may be experiencing a severe reaction to the drug that needs immediate medical treatment.

CAUTION: Never say that a medication is candy! Your child can accidentally overdoes on a drug that he finds particular tasty. Call it as it is and explain what it is for.

SOURCE:
Awi Curameng M.D, Mom's medicine manual. MOM'S TODAY, 2007

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