Month: June 2017

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How to Reuse Plastic Bags

Using reusable bags has worked on with grocery stores across the country, but many other types of businesses are slow to catch on. At some point or another, you'll most likely be taking a plastic bag from some type of store. When you accumulate plastic bags, how can you reuse them?

Plastic bags become popular because they are a cheap, affordable way to bag groceries and goods. The bag could be thrown away after a single use. While it's convenient in theory, disposable plastic bags have grave consequences for the environment. A single plastic bag will never disappear. Unlike other materials, plastic does not biodegrade, it simply breaks apart into smaller pieces of plastic (which is actually far worse than larger pieces because they can not be collected).

Plastic bags:

  • Never biodegrade.
  • Cause animals to suffocate and die.
  • Use fossil fuels to create them, increasing our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Are an eyesore and get talk on car antennas, mufflers, and twisted into engines

Plastic grocery bags can first of all be recycled. Many grocery stores will accept plastic bags to be recycled (usually you'll find the receptacle near the entrance or near the can redemption center).

Recycling Plastic Bags vs. Reusing Plastic Bags

Recycling almost always uses more energy than reusing. By reusing, you'll be giving the product a second life. When your recycle something, you'll be using energy to turn that product into something else, which can use energy and produce emissions.

Five Reasons You Should Bring Your Own Bag

Plastic has a hugely negative effect on the environment, and also on our society. The cons far outweigh the positives of these disposable nuisances. Here are a few reasons you should consider switching to reusable bags instead of plastic:

  1. Bringing your own bag means you'll be carrying less to and fro. Most reusable bags hold far more than traditional disposable bags. Less trips back and forth from the car!
  2. Each time you use your own bag, you'll get a small credit back from grocery stores. It's usually between 5 and 10 cents, which can add up over time.
  3. Using your own bag reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Plastic uses fossil fuels, which are large found in countries that do not have the best intentions Western World. Cast your vote for locally made reusable bags instead.
  4. You will not have to worry about throwing away, recycling, or reusing your disposable bags. By reusing your own bags, you'll have less clutter and less trash.
  5. You'll be sending a green message to your children. When they see you using their own bags, they'll take notice and want to do the same in their lives.
  6. If you'd like to reuse your plastic bags , they have hundreds of uses.
    Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Bags

    • One of the most popular ways to reuse plastic bags is to use them as a trash bag.
    • Place them in small trash barrels in the bathroom, bedrooms, cellar, and near the cat's litter box.
    • Another

The Color Purple by Alice Walker: A Short Summary

In this poignant epistolary novel that relates the story of two sisters Celie and Nettie, Alice Walker condemns racial and sexual oppression and severely criticizes the brutality that victimized the black women especially in the South. This is an extraordinary tale, painful and uncomfortable that plays out over two decades of Celie’s life through her letters beginning at age 14, when she is sexually abused by her stepfather, who later removes her children.

Celie’s real nightmare begins with her marriage to Albert, who rather needs a servant than a wife to take care of his four children, look after his house, and work in his fields but Celie is happy to marry him to save her younger sister Nettie from her father’s clutches. However the latter constrained to leave for refusing the sexual advances of her sister’s husband goes to Africa as a missionary after promising to write to Celie. With this painful separation and a complete silence from Nettie, her life worsens and Celie begins writing to God; a correspondence without any hope of reply but yet these missives save her from despair… She continues addressing to “Dear Good Lord” and relates her miserable condition, describing the nightmare of the violence and isolation but also hope, when her husband brings home his mistress Shug Avery for Celie to nurse her back to health.

This girl unlike Celie is sexy and independent and with Shug she discovers the mystery of Nettie’s silence for her husband has been hiding her sister’s letters in a locked trunk and finding them unlocks a new world to her. With the sensual Shug Avery, Celie familiarizes with her body, learns self-esteem and also love; realizing the full extent of the abuses suffered from her husband also gives her the strength to start a new life with Shug. Her sister’s letters completely transform her when she learns that her father was not actually her biological parent and her childhood house actually belonged to her and Nettie since their mother passed away.

These letters also reveal that her sister Nettie is living with a Reverend who has adopted her two children and several decades later, when they return the sisters at last have a blissful reunion. In this excellent novel, the author uses the themes of violence and sexual abuse to a stunning effect and the development of the main character Celie, displays her transformation from an unhappy, miserable person into a happy, successful, independent woman.…

Why Organics Are No Longer An Option

Everyday we are exposed to numerous pollutants and it is inevitable some association is made between modern society and ill health.

As a nation we are better fed than we have ever been and yet when it comes to vitamins and minerals we are incredibly malnourished. Our over cultivated soils are depleted of natural nutrients and the widespread use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers as well as airborne industrial pollutants makes our crops a hazard to our health.

Did you know people are supposedly exposed to 50,000 chemical agents in their lifetime?

Appropriately –

About 1.5 billion lbs of pesticides are sprayed on wheat and vegetable crops.

The average apple has about 110 chemicals on it by the time you devour it.

In most cities there are 700 chemicals in the water.

Food is exposed to about 10,000 chemicals during preservation and processing.

I find that incredible. How about you?

Chemicals and toxins are everywhere and often we do not realize it. Until I suffered from mercury poisoning caused by my dental amalgam fillings I had no idea that the second most toxic substance on the planet was inside my mouth! You can read the full story in my book Autism, Amalgam and Me – Jodi's Journey Continues , but it just goes to show that maybe we need to ask a few more questions.

That shocking revelation led me to investigate further why my son has autism and I am convinced it is due to the toxic preservatives used in childhood vaccines. What insanity causes people to knowingly inject thimerosal (a mercury derivative), aluminum and formaldehyde (both toxic substances) into seemingly healthy very young children immune system is only just developing?

Almost 1 in 2 of all men and 1 in 3 of all women will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of death today and yet in 1901 the incident was recorded at 1 in 8000. So what's changed?

Some people will argue it's just because we live longer but just maybe it's more to do with the chemical revolution since 1940.

Everyday more and more chemicals are approved by the Environment Protection Agencies but never tested for long term health effects. We are living in a chemical soup.

Apart from being in our vaccines they are in our food, drink, household products, furniture, toiletries and cosmetics. Teenagers are particularly at risk. Puberty which causes rapid cell development makes tissues more vulnerable to external toxins. Beware of the dangers lurking in your bathroom and make-up. Infertility and Breast Cancer are big issues!

Nature provided us with an incredible planet, providing us with truly natural food and ingredients so why spoil it with synthetic chemicals?

The answer to this one is obvious – financial gain.The laws of economics mean that many people profit from the use of synthetic chemicals including the food industry, cosmetic industry, advertising, and health. The list is endless and unduputedly they are here to stay. However, more …

Trampolines and Outdoor Toys

When you think of toys for children, people generally think of a games console, remote control cars or maybe dolls. Due to the bad weather in the UK, this is not surprising but there is always a great demand for outdoor toys to which some may find surprising but when you look what is on offer for your children, you may realise they are missing a treat.

During the summer months, the most popular outdoor toy hands down has got to be the trampoline, due to its exhilarating feeling that it gives when you shoot up in the air, being able to jump so much higher with other people on a large trampoline. What is good about a trampoline for children is that it gives them a great amount of exercise without them realising which in this day and age, is a very positive point. So many children have been raised without playing outdoors enough, but are addicted to games consoles, television and mp3 players and very rarely venture outdoors.

Outdoor activities give children a large amount of life skills such as how it feels to fall over and how to cope with it, nasty but something many children do not experience so later in life have not developed in other areas to such as social interaction with other children and adults. There are other types of outdoor toys which can help with this, which let children gain confidence, strength and overall health due to the aerobic side to having fun with them.

After trampolines, the next popular outdoor toy has got to be the climbing frame. In many parks, you find metal climbing frames which are two or three meters in height, with some having plastic tunnels on the ground to add an extra thrill. There are good, but even more popular are wooden climbing frames which can be huge and have a old fashioned look which when purchased for your back garden, lets it blend into the surroundings very well and does not give an intrusive feel.

With these frames, you usually get some sort of lookout tower, or two on the larger climbing frames which a clatter bridge in between. To get down to the ground are usually a pair or steps or even more fun, a slide which all kids love. Usually you will get add-ons such as swings, climbing ropes or climbing walls which give children a great workout but so much fun at the same time.

Similar to these are wooden playhouses which can be very orientated towards girls, but there are models available such as a cowboy hideout or climbing tower. These have a large amount of detail and some have an upstairs but do not give as much physical fun but to get fresh air is much better than sitting in front of that computer game.

Lastly there are go karts which we have all had a go in at one point in our lives, with some models having strong breaks, a …

Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

You are thinking, her closet is full of clothes, the coat closet is overflowing with her stuff, the shoe rack is packed and I haven’t seen those earrings I got her for her birthday in month’s right? Well not surprisingly many women have numerous material items and surprise, surprise purchases many more throughout the year as well. This can lead many husbands, boyfriends, brothers and friends clueless as to what that special woman in their life might actually need. Well, not shockingly, many women probably don’t need anything else, but there are some gifts you can get her that she will definitely appreciate.

If you describe your woman as a beauty queen, someone who lives and dies by fashion and beauty, then finding the perfect something for her is easy. Jewelry for this woman is always a great choice, think of something classic like a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, or if you want to splurge go for a pair of diamond studs. You can also head to your local spa and grab a gift certificate for a day at the spa, think manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. You can also choose a perfume scent that you enjoy, and trust me, if you like it she will be bound to wear it. If you are looking to spend a little less money, browse for some aromatherapy candles in her favorite scent or a plush bathrobe that will make her want to stay in bed all day.

If you are looking for a gift for a home and kitchen goddess think about getting her something she can use around the house. Think about adding the cookbook the American Fashion Cookbook, assembled by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to her collection. Anthropologie also has dozens of different kitchen items ranging from petal shaped measuring cups to lotus dinnerware to a Parisian café apron. Again, if you looking to splurge a little bit think about gifting a Kitchen Aid mixer which comes in a variety of sizes and colors, my tip, gift the largest mixer your budget can afford.

The next lady on our list can only be defined as superwoman, or in more simple terms an athlete. This woman can often be hard to shop for, seeing as you can only have so many workout shorts, shirts, shoes, etc. Well this year look into getting her an iPod shuffle so she can add some of her favorite tunes to her workout. She would also benefit from a Timex Sports Ironman Wrist Watch which would help her train like a champion with the time zone and lap recall features. This woman might also enjoy a Wii Fit that would allow her to work out from home on those days she just doesn’t have time to get to the gym. There are also a number of small things you can get this special lady, think a yoga essentials brick, a Pezzi Gymnastik Ball or a Biggest Loser Workout DVD.

For those women …

The Beauty of Decorative Mirrors

Simple things may already be considered beautiful but for many people, they need to see more in order to think beautifully. As for other people, their furniture must have something in it that is outstanding like the decorative mirrors in the bedroom, bathroom and other places in the house. It does not only make it look more attractive but most of these decorative mirrors are still useful. Thus, it is not only an accessory but a useful decoration inside your home.

If you are in a need for the decorative mirror, you have to start searching for one. You would not want to simply get the first decorative mirror that appeals to your eyes as this may be put to waste once it does not really meet all of your needs. It will also need careful planning and comparing of the possible options that you have.

The quality of the decorative mirrors available in the market may be different from others so you have to search for the one that is of high quality so that you will not have a hard time with the décor after buying it. Also, there are many kinds of mirrors and they can have various characteristics. It would be helpful if you will already lay out all of your needs before start searching so that you can easily spot those that fit in your needs from those that are not. You have a wide variety of options and you can be assured that there can be one that may be fitting to your needs.

You can have the chance to select a framed one or those that are frameless. You can also find a simpler one and turn them into your type of decorative mirrors through designing and adding some things to accentuate the look of the mirror. When you are already in the market, you will be exposed to many kinds of mirrors and their designs are various. You can choose among them and select the one that really is right for your needs. Your budget may be a factor but as mentioned, you have wide choices so you simply have to try finding the type that is affordable for you.

Additionally, you can also make the mirror of your choice something that would fit the theme of the room that you will put the mirror. You should always consider that the mirror should fit and make it more beautiful.

Decorative Mirror…

Staging Foreclosure Homes for Sale

Foreclosure homes for sale have taken a hit in previous months with the scandal surrounding mortgage providers’ documentation issues. This resulted to buyers shying away from the market for fear of being embroiled in a property dispute. This has greatly affected legitimate sellers of foreclosure properties, who are already dealing with declining demand.

The challenges faced by sellers of foreclosure homes for sale should further infuse them to engage in increased efforts to conduct a successful home staging that will ensure a sale. While cleaning the home can a go a long way towards proper home staging, oftentimes this is not enough. The home should look equally good on the outside and the inside. The home is after all a reflection of its occupants and this is what buyers will have in mind when they shop for their home.

Appearance from the Curb

More popularly known as the curb appeal, your home should meet most buyers’ requirements when it comes to the look of the exterior of the property from the street. Foreclosure homes for sale should look neat and fresh at first glance. So, make sure the exterior painting is interesting and lively. Mow the lawn regularly and trim the bushes. Clear out the trash and put away unnecessary items, especially clotheslines, which can be an eyesore. Apply a fresh coat of paint on your fences, garage and garage doors as well as the main door.

Stepping Into a Peaceful Place

Buyers look for quiet comfort when they inspect the interior of foreclosure homes for sale that they are considering to buy. Keep in mind that buyers are keen on seeing the potential of a home or what it can become once they already own it. In other words, they want a blank canvass, so it may be advisable to paint the walls in neutral colors. More importantly, keep the home spic and span through constant cleaning and dusting. Hide personal items, especially children’s toys and other personal paraphernalia. Clean areas that are highly susceptible to dirt like the kitchen and bathrooms. Regularly replace the sheets and other linen as well as the curtains.…

Smoke Detector Installation Locations and Positioning Requirements

Where to install a smoke detector and its positioning are as important as having this life saving device installed at all. Placing a smoke detector in a wrong location might delay its response to smoke or even prevent it from sounding an alarm at all.

Although, you should install smoke alarms by following device manufacturers guidelines, and the NFPA standards (National Fire Protection Association), your local jurisdiction might have a different idea. This idea is usually LESS smoke detectors – Chicago is one of the examples.

Since it is your life we are talking about, following just a minimum requirement is not enough – for literally a few dollars more, you can get maximum protection.

Proper Placement of a smoke alarm based on IRC (International Residential Code), IBC (International Building Code) and NFPA:

New construction:

  • Smoke detectors must be hard wired (power supply from the electrical panel) and require battery backup. Your jurisdiction might require a dedicated circuit for this purpose – if such isn’t required, make sure that you smoke detector hasn’t been installed on a circuit / tapped to the wall switch controlled ceiling light fixture or outlet receptacle. Putting a smoke alarm on a GFCI protected electrical circuit also isn’t a good idea.
  • Do not use rechargeable type batteries for smoke detectors, good quality alkaline type battery is the right choice. Smoke alarms shall emit a signal when the batteries are low – replace the battery with a new one as soon as you hear that repeating sound.
  • Smoke detectors are required in each sleeping area and adjoining bedroom. Like I’ve mentioned before, some jurisdictions require less – Chicago is one of the examples where smoke detectors are not required inside the bedroom / sleeping area. Instead, you have to install a smoke alarm within 15′ from the bedroom entrance. In larger homes / apartments, where bedrooms are located more than 30′ apart, two or more smoke detectors might have to be installed.
  • At least one is required on each story of the house and in the basement. Crawlspaces and uninhabitable attics do not require a smoke detector installation. However, in case your attic or crawlspace contains a furnace, water heater, or any appliance that could become a source of fire (gas, oil, electric), have a smoke alarm installed as well (required by some jurisdictions and highly recommended if not required).
  • Smoke detectors must be interconnected – one triggered smoke detector activates all of them. Not all types of smoke alarms have the “interconnection” feature, which is extremely important – smoke developing in one section of the house would activate the closest device and automatically all of them at the same time.

Existing construction:

While remodeling, updating of electrical wiring to interconnect existing smoke alarms is not required unless the wall finishes are being removed exposing wall framing. However, even without any rewiring you can still achieve maximum protection by using an interconnected wireless smoke alarm detector system.

  • The smoke alarm shall be clearly audible in all

Your Horoscope Tells About Your Marriage Prospects – Astrology Predictions

People often mention the saying that marriages are made in heaven. As God has predestined every body’s fate an individual will marry the predetermined person at the preordained time. As the boy or the girl grows up and reaches the marriageable age their parents get stressed about the marriage of their son or daughter. The girl or the boy too becomes apprehensive speculating about their marriage.

Role of Place and Direction in Marriage:

At times the girl’s parents come across problems in tracing an appropriate groom for their daughter. In such cases detection of the place and the direction of the marriage may make the hunt for the groom a lot easier.

If in the kundli of an individual Scorpio, Aquarius or Taurus is situated in the 7th house which is the house of marriage then his or her life partner may be a resident of a place at a distance of 70-75 km from his or her parents’ house.

If Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo or Gemini is placed in the seventh house then the life partner may live in a place about 120 km away from his or her parents’ house.

If Capricorn, Libra, Cancer or Aries is located in the seventh house, one may find the life partner living at a distance of 200 km from his or her parents’ house.

The direction of the most powerful planet in the 7th house indicates the direction in which the person is going to marry. If no planet is in the 7th house, the marriage will happen in the direction of the planet whose aspect is most powerful on this house. If no planet aspects the 7th, the seventh house of the Navamsha kundli may be taken into account for prediction.

About Life Partner:

As stated by Indian astrology an individual will find a life partner depending on whether the ascendant lord or the seventh house is exalted or debilitated. The partner will be of the strong sign, fixed sign and the moon sign in the fifth and the ninth navamsh.

Financial Status of the Life Partner:

If the lord of the seventh house aspects the house of wealth or the lord of wealth aspects the seventh house, it is indicated that the life partner will be a rich person. If the lord of the seventh house is situated in the fourth, fifth, ninth and tenth house in the kundli of a person, he or she is ordained to get married in a wealthy family.

If the lord of the seventh house is in conjunction with the lord of the second house, lord of earnings, lord of the fourth house or with lord of Karma in first, fourth, seventh or tenth house then it may be assumed that the marriage would take place in a well-to-do family.

Profession of the Life Partner:

If in the kundli of an individual the lord of the fourth house is situated in the fourth or tenth house, it is implied that his or her life …