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WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING A WINE CLUB MEMBER

Here at the Wine Market we have one of the most successful wine clubs in the state. And it’s for one reason; we overdeliver. Over the last year alone, our Wine Club customers have sampled wines from Austria, five different regions of France, six different regions of Italy, every great appellation in Spain as well as a number of small production, artisanal wines from California, Washington State and Oregon.

 We have a Wine Club that fits every budget, fits every tastebud and every recipe. Our Value Clubs are offered in all, red, a white & red combo or all white. And you can switch back and forth with the seasons. Our Fine Wine Clubs have delivered Grand Cru Bordeaux, Reserve Reds of all persuasions and some of the finest upper crust wines you can find under $40.00 a bottle. 

 Check out our clubs below, and all the bells & whistles that come with them. And you tell us if there is a better Wine Club out there for the money than the Wine Market Wine Clubs. WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING A WINE CLUB MEMBER 

 We have all kinds of perks for being in the wine club. First things first, you receive two Riedel Crystal wine glasses from Austria and an official ‘Delong’ Wine Tasting Notebook to start. You will receive a 10% discount on every single bottle of wine you purchase at the Wine Market and when you hit 12 bottles purchased; you receive another Riedel Crystal wine glass. Many of our customers have cabinets full of Riedel glassware, considered by many to be the finest crystal glassware in the world (at least for wine glasses). VALUE RED CLUB

 $24.99 per Month

 TWO BOTTLES OF RED WINE PER MONTH

 Here you will sample Tempranillos from Spain, Spicy Mediterranean reds from the South of France, super blends from Tuscany, Old Vine cuvees from California, Bordeaux-styled blends from Washington State, Oregon Pinot Noir and obscure rarities from Austria and South America. We deliver $30 worth of wine for 25 bucks. VALUE WHITE CLUB

 $24.99 per Month

 TWO BOTTLES OF WHITE WINE PER MONTH

 We stick to dry wines with this club, and over the last year we have offered some of the finest white wines from Austria, which is also featured in blog related to wine, obscure white wines from all over Italy, the rare whites from Spain’s Basque region, some very special white blends from our West Coast and have turned on a hord of people to wines they never would have tried on their own. VALUE COMBO CLUB

 $24.99 per Month

 ONE RED WINE & ONE WHITE WINE PER MONTH

 Mix Club White and Club Red in a blender, and Club Combo is what you get. We take the finest jewels from the other clubs and put them in this combo pack that is growing faster than any other wine club we do. And the contrasts are awe inspiring. In August of this year our Combo had an ultra delicate dry Verdejo white from Spain’s famous Rueda region alongside one of the biggest, baddest Australian Shiraz’ produced. Light seafood or a rack of Venison? FINE RED CLUB

 

 $39.99 per Month

 TWO BOTTLES OF RED WINE PER MONTH

 We try to stay somewhat conservative with this club, and stick to the classics. Recently we have offered Grand Cru Bordeaux, declassified Barolo & Barbaresco, the two finest Cabernet Sauvignons produced in South America and mainy upscale bargains that usually retail for over $40 per bottle. This is without a doubt the most exciting club we have. FINE WHITE CLUB

 $39.99 per Month

 TWO BOTTLES OF WHITE WINE PER MONTH

 We get downright exotic with this club. While most of the World’s greatest red wines are over $50 per bottle, most of the greatest white wines in the world are closer to $30 a bottle. So we have offered some pretty amazing Italian and French offerings, as well as some pretty upscale white blends from California and the Pacific Northwest. Over the last three months alone, one club offered a super rare white from the famed Cinque Terre in Italy and another month saw an amazing white from the French Alps. Definitely one for seafood lovers. FINE COMBO CLUB

 $39.99 per Month

 ONE RED WINE & ONE WHITE WINE PER MONTH

 Lust like the Value Combo Club, we mix Club Fine White and Club Fine Red in a blender, and Club Fine Combo comes out. Here you can sample bits and pieces of both color clubs and enjoy the luxury of an exotic French Viognier alongside an old vine red cuvee from Spain. This is also one of the largest volume clubs we have, so it always gets the greatest of selections we can offer. DESIGN YOUR OWN CLUB

 $60.00-$200.00 per Month

 ANY SIX BOTTLE COMBINATION YOU CAN THINK OF

 We have a number of customers that just don’t have the time to leisurely shop our store because of family and busy schedules, and for them we have created the “Design your own Club’ option. Six bottles minimum and you design it any way you would like. All French wines? Done. All Italian Wines? Done. Only California wines? Done. Only Cabernets? Only Pinot Noirs? Done. Just one visit in, or one phone call gets you started.

Buy Your Own Celebrity Fashions: Where to Shop Online and in Los Angeles

It’s easy to see that celebrities always have the hottest clothes and are wearing the latest styles. But it’s easy for them; not because they’re rich, but because they have designers throwing clothes at them, and stylists to hunt out the hippest gear to outfit them with. However, it is possible for us regular folks to have the same style. You simply have to know where the celebrities are shopping and what brands they’re looking for.

The Stores

There are two main shopping areas in Los Angeles to stop if you want to not only buy the clothes the celebs are wearing, but perhaps even meet a celeb. I’m talking about Ventura blvd in Studio City and Robertson in Beverly Hills. The boutique market on Ventura blvd is booming, and since it’s in Studio City, stylists from popular TV shows frequent the area. Stars such as Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore and Hilary Duff are often snapped by photographers carrying bags in and out of one of the hottest new stores on the street, called Tryst. This hot shop has a style all of it’s own, and prides itself on it’s European flare, which sets it apart from it’s competitors. They carry the latest trendy styles from designers such as Robert Rodriguez, True Religion and Dita. Their prices may go as low as $30, to over $400 for limited designer jeans and cashmere sweaters.

Catwalk Wholesale Women’s Clothing New Arrivals have discounted offers where new celebrities can avail some of the best jeans and sweaters in the market at an affordable price of $40 with the best part being that they have money back guarantee if they aren’t satisfied with what they’ve got.

Robertson is definitely the place to be seen. A week hardly goes by without pictures of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie or Mischa Barton carrying their bags from Lisa Kline to Kitson, and perhaps stopping in the middle for lunch at The Ivy. Kitson is easily one of the hottest shops on this strip of boutiques. In addition to carryng the latest trends, they also carry tongue in cheek, celebrity inspiredmerchandise. Remember the Team Aniston and Team Jolie t shirts? Kitson is where they got their start. On top of that they carry all the hippest brands of denim, like 1921, Antik, Goldsign and True Relivion. Also look for celebrity lines such as L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani, as well as William Rast by Justin Timberlake.

On The Web

Even if you don’t live in Los Angeles, it’s not hard to find out what labels the stars are wearing and where to snag them. Asos.com which is an ecommerce web boutique with a celebrity slant. They create their own knock offs of trendy pieces celebrities have worn, and they seem to love style icons such as Victoria Beckham and Jessica Simpson. Customers can surf through pictures of the stars wearing similar outfits while shopping for their own version. They have fairly affordable prices, but they they use UK currency, so be sure to convert the prices before deciding on your final order.

Another great online boutique for celebrity clothing is BelleGray.com, which is actually owned by soap star Lisa Rinna. The actual location in Los Angelese is frequented by many of her famous friends, and the website even has an As Worn By page where you can basically buy the pieces off the celebrities back! Tons of big names on this page, such as Ashlee Simpson, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton and Eva Longoria.

So get shopping! You’ll have so much more fun doing it yourself, then letting a stylist do the dirty work for you!

/ Social Media

What Are The 5 Ways For Creating Your Instagram Content Plan?

Instagram is one of the most popular social networking websites which contains millions of daily active users. Here you can share files, chat with your friends and also create your business account. It is been used from all over the world and here you can also showcase your talent in any field. If you are interested for high engagement on your account and to getfans following on your Instagram account then it is important for you to manage your Instagram and post relevant content. As a reason by considering this more and more people and users will follow your Instagram account. It is little bit difficult to consider sourcing content and it is quite struggling to. As a reason, an individual has to focus on several things for the sourcing of Instagram content. 

It is important for you to find the right methods and strategies for forming content as well as using right visuals for your Instagram account. The main role is to target the audience so that they will create a high engagement on your Instagram account. It is an visualize platform where you will find millions of Instagram users. Not only this but here you will also find the variety of people are considering this platform so that they can earn money through it. now, in the lower section you will be going to read the 5 ways for creating your Instagram content plan such as:

The 5 ways for creating your Instagram content plan as:

  1. With the help of right templates, you can easily create your own Instagram content. It should be attractive as well as unique so people start considering your account. There are several websites reached out on the Instagram through which you can design templates as well as it will not require a lot of efforts for considering this option. 
  2. You can use high-quality and high-resolutions of images through which you will be able to use templates in an accurate and right manner. there are a lot of stock images considered through which you can make your Instagram account different from the other users. 
  3. If you will repost Instagram content from niche or by considering brands then it will become more accurate for you and you will get more engagement on your Instagram account. 
  4. Your audience should be targeted and interested in your work so that you will not feel any difficulty in posting content. If you will get good reviews from the audience than it will grab more interest. 
  5. The main and the most important thing for you to discover the quality content which you are posting on the Instagram account. The audience always appreciate quality content and it is beneficial for you to consider this option for creating your content plan on Instagram.

In the above section, I have listed all the 5 ways for creating your Instagram content plan so that it will become beneficial for you to accommodate all these things.

/ Cbd

Essential Steps on How To Keep Your Dog’s Stress Level Low

If you notice that your dog sometimes destroys your shoes, chews the corner of the table’s end, claws the door, gets nervous when you leave the house or if he gets so excited and happy every time you come home from work or school, your dog could have anxieties and stress. Basically, separation anxiety is common for dogs who are overly attached on family members or on the owners. They tend to become so anxious and stressed when they see their owners getting ready to leave. This affects their behavior so sometimes they show and do destruction, vocalization, or even house soiling when separated from their owners. Most of the dogs do crave a great deal of attention and physical contact from their owners. Just like humans, we feel sad and anxious when we’re away from our loved ones, dogs also feel the same way. Hence, as a pet owner, it is your responsibility to help keep your pet’s stress level low especially in these times when we have stayed at home and with our pets for a very long time due to the lockdown and now we’re slowly getting back to normal. 

One of the best ways to keep low the stress level of your pet is to give him extra love before leaving. You should not just close the door or gate in front of your pets when they try to run to you. You have to show them and make them feel that that you love them and that you care for them. Try to play with time quickly. Another way to keep them clam is to give them positive reinforcement by giving them treats or any nice reward for their good behavior. Before you leave, make sure to leave out comforting items such as blankets and toys. This will somehow entertain them while you are away so they would not think of missing your or having anxieties while you are away. You also have to make sure that objects that your pet could possibly destroy are eliminated. This is to make sure that they won’t be able to show distress behavior such as destroying anything that they can chew or scratch. To give you more information about the proper ways of taking good care of your pet with anxiety, you can check this great post to read.

Lastly and most importantly, you may also consider buying your pet some CBD products. Studies and research have shown that CBD is not only beneficial for humans but for pets such as dogs as well. There are several brands and products that you can choose from in the market. Not only anxieties, CBD products have wide variety of health benefits for your dog such as treatment for pain, sleeplessness, glaucoma, stress, and others. Another good thing about cbd products is that they don’t contain psychoactive properties so your dog wont get high after taking the product. Make sure to consult with your vet first before buying one.

/ Cbd, Health & Wellness

Ways CBD Changed The Health Industry

There was really a time when people would immediately report you to authorities the moment, they catch smoking weed. They would do this without even hearing out your explanation. But those times is now far gone. We have come to know that Marijuana isn’t really that bad. Just like many things, it has good sides and its bad sides. People were just focusing too much on the bad. But that’s all in the past because we now know that CBD is indeed the element in Marijuana that contains all the healing abilities. In this article, we are going to talk about the many ways CBD has changed the health industry. 

It Is A Great Addition To Cancer Remedies

Lots of people go to their doctors to get permission to use Marijuana for the healing of cancer. Apparently, the government really do let people use weed so long as they use it for medicinal purposes. This is proof that we really did know that Marijuana is also good for us. We just chose to look at the negative side. So, anyways, this time around people no longer need permission from the doctor. This is because people took out the healing capacity of Marijuana (which is CBD) and sold it in the market. There is no law that states that CBD is illegal and so cancer patients can now jump for joy because they can get all of the medicine that they want. 

It’s Great With Anxiety

Some people like to underestimate what anxiety can do to people but many folks that I know can witness to the fact that they truly hit the toll because of anxiety. It is not easy to cure because you are practically fighting with your own mind. It would be a great idea to go to a psychiatrist but take note that this is a long-term treatment. It is going to take a while before you are actually healed. So, what do you do with your anxiety for the meantime? 

Sure, your own psychiatrist will be giving you medicine but a lot of people report that they don’t even work. They just continue to take the medicine in the hope that someday the medicine would really heal them. One of the reasons people go to prison due to the illegal use of Marijuana is because it is the only substance that works against their anxiety and depression. But since we already have CBD in the market, they can freely purchase all of the anxiety medicine that they want. They know longer have to hide. 

It Curves Chronic Pain

You could be in a really bad position with an aching leg or arm. But just eat some burgers sprinkled with a bit of CBD oil and the next thing you know, the pain is all gone. 

CBD is marvelous. It is really effective in taking away pain. The best thing about it is that CBD is totally organic. With that, you don’t have to go through putting your health at a compromise just to get rid of any chronic pain that you have. 

Hanukkah Gift Ideas For Your In-Laws

Hanukkah is right around the corner and it’s time to start making a list of gifts for your family. The hardest one for me is always a gift for the in-laws. I have a great relationship with them but still don’t know them like I know my own parents. When it comes to Hanukkah gifts, I try to think about what they enjoy but probably wouldn’t buy for themselves. Individual gifts are nice but I prefer to buy a gift from keuze helper they can enjoy together as a couple. It’s nice for them and easier for me.

Here are a few ideas for Hanukkah gifts for your in -laws this year:

  • If your in-laws enjoy golfing, buy them a one year pass at a golf or country club. Even though winter is coming, they will be looking forward to golfing in the beautiful weather all through the snow and ice of the winter months.
  • Buy your in-laws a 3 or 4 night cruise out of Miami. You can get great deals on cruises if you watch the Internet and a nice warm trip would surely break up their winter.
  • Hire somebody to clean the snow out of your in-laws driveway for the winter. What a great Hanukkah gift! It’s hard to tell how much this will end up costing. It depends on how much snow we get this winter, but this is a gift that is sure to be appreciated. When you sign them up, just have the bills sent to you.

  • If you are looking for a more budget friendly gift, a gift certificate to a great restaurant is a perfect choice. Pick a nice, upscale restaurant that they might not splurge on for themselves. The good thing about gift cert is that you can also use this as Cadeau jongens 13 jaar, for adults, teens or anyone from different ages. Aside from a great restaurant, you can also use this as a gift cert to a nice retail shops, hotel stay and others.
  • If your in-laws ski, buy them a weekend package at a ski lodge along with a gift certificate for a good restaurant in the same area. If you live within driving distance of a ski area, this is a great choice if your in-laws don’t want to fly.
  • If your in-laws use the computer, chances are they may have an old, outdated one. Set them up with a new computer and pay for the Internet service for a year.
  • Theater tickets to an upcoming play is a wonderful Hanukkah gift for your in-laws.
  • A $100 gift card to the supermarket is a practical gift for the in-laws. It’s a great gift if they are on a tight budget or even if they are not. Everybody goes to the supermarket.
  • If you do want to get individual gifts for your in-laws, perfume for her and cologne for him is always a nice choice.

  • A gift card to your father-in-law’s barber shop and a gift card for your mother-in-law to her favorite nail salon will definitely be appreciated. Thoughtful, practical gifts are often appreciated more than expensive ones.
  • A gift card for your local movie theater is a nice choice for your in-laws. Make sure the gift card is enough for at least two trips to the movies for the two of them. Some movie theaters have premium theaters now where you can have dinner and then sit in luxury seats in the movie theater. If you can find one of those theaters, your in-laws would love it.
  • A collage picture frame with photos of the whole family is always a great Hanukkah gift for the in-laws. They will appreciate that gift all year long.
/ Health & Wellness

10 Summer Diet Tips

Almost everyone wants a beach ready body for the summer. Here are some tips to stay on track with your summer body diet as well as enjoy the journey. For a better journey, the intake of the resurge will be effective. The following of the tips will be excellent in the summer season. The checking of the resurge customer reviews can be done through the person. The day of the person will become effective for the consumption of the pills if there will be complete knowledge for the desired results.

  • Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet

Choose a diet that is right for you and you know you can stick with. Calculate your calorie needs on an Internet calculator and subtract 500 calories from it. Eat a balanced diet of whole grains, protein and healthy fats. Don’t follow any fad diets that make you eat too little calories, because you’ll end up eating more later and gaining all the weight back.

  • Respect Your Body

Don’t have too high expectations from yourself. Everyone has some body part they are dissatisfied with (even my high-metabolism teenage brother once confessed to me he thinks his butt is big, even though to me it’s one I would sacrifice my left arm for). Don’t have too high expectations from your diet and unrealistic weigh loss goals. Respect your body and don’t under feed it or under nourish it because it’s YOUR ONE AND ONLY BODY! Aim to make your body healthier, not perfect.

  • Keep Track of Your Progress

Keep an accurate and honest record of everything you put in your mouth. Also keep a journal of your weight and measurements of different body parts such as stomach and thighs. This will help you keep motivated towards your weight loss goals as well as help you see if there are any improvements needed in your diet.

If you fail to loose weight during one week, look back at your eating diary and you might just find that you were eating more than you thought you were. Make the most out of the records to make your diet more successful.

  • Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

A 100% strict diet is hard to stick to and requires a lot of self-discipline. This can be unmotivating and make you give up after a while. Therefore treat yourself to something not-so-healthy from time to time, about 1-2 times a week. This will make it easier for you to continue your healthy eating plans as well enjoy life too. Just remember that the next day you have to return back to your healthy diet and you’ll be fine.

  • Find a Motivation

If your only motivation to loose weight is to look good in a bikini, it’s going to be very hard for you to keep on track. Find something to keep you motivated, whether it’s for a healthier body, disease prevention or teaching your children healthier eating habits.

  • Keep Motivated

Also, find 2 items or sources that will keep you motivated, along with your food diary. Examples are monthly health magazines, new fitness gear or exercise equipment.

  • Avoid Temptation

Let’s face it; if there’s a packet of brownies in the house, at your weak moments you will devour them. Therefore, keep unhealthy foods out of your house. Stock your cupboards with healthy foods and snacks and you are bound to eat healthy, even on those weak moments when you are craving.

  • Enjoy Exercise

Make exercise enjoyable as well as a priority. If you don’t enjoy the exercise you are forcing yourself to do, then your not going to stick to it for long, let alone make it a priority in your busy daily schedule. Find an exercise class or fitness regime that you really enjoy and will motivate you to exercise. This way you’ll be sure to reach your fitness goals and melt away pounds.

  • Stay Hydrated

Drink enough water. Water is essential for your body’s metabolism to work properly as well as keep you full. Start learning to drink water properly now, about 8-10 glasses of water a day. In the summer it will keep your body cool as well as hydrated.

  • Avoid Sugary Beverages and Alcohol

Avoid high sugar juices, sodas and alcoholic beverages. These drinks contain preservatives, colours and sugars. These contain hidden calories, which hinder weight loss, cause havoc on blood sugar levels as well as increase appetite. These beverages are also diuretic and promote fluid loss, which causes dehydration.

/ Cbd, Guide, Pets

Cannabinoid Oil- Miracle Medicine For Dogs

This is something that everyone is going to enjoy, especially people that are having pets in their house as it would open their eyes over certain issues that they have been quite negligent about for a long time.

It is a well known fact that life is precious and cannot be compromised for anything but this statement not includes human life but that of animals as well as they too belong to the world and have their own contribution in making it a place worth living in.

So it goes without saying that both sides need to take care of their health from both normal and life threatening ailments where the latter is taken care of by doctors and surgeons while the former has to be done through natural means.

Basic History

This is where CBD oil comes into the picture as it has proven to be a god gifted boon for people grappling with ailments like joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, etc. and also mental problems like stress, tension and depression.

CBD oil is quite a powerful product that comes from the extract of cannabis plants but the catch here is that it cannot be grown in your backside garden or anywhere in the city where the bustling cars and other vehicles emit pollution apart from the factories.

If you want to achieve 100% results, then the cannabis extracts have to be from a hilly area where the temperature is pleasant without being too hot or cold and this is what makes it pure, organic and authentic without any side effects whatsoever.

In recent times, extracts are also taken from cannabis berries but once again away from the hustle bustle of city life where the 3 basic essentials required for survival like food, water and oxygen are replete with pollutants.

What’s more, they have the exact results on dogs as they have on humans but most people are skeptical to try it out as they fear that their pet would suffer from side effects due to the drug content in it.

They need not worry as people that have tried it out first on themselves and then their pets vouch for the fact that it has changed their lives like no other by proving to be an excellent remedy for the ailments that the dogs were grappling from.

Benefits

Let us take a look at the benefits that CBD oil can provide to dogs so that all doubts are cleared regarding its authenticity on animals and this would also help in quelling the fears of naysayers.

Just as with humans, they relief the dogs from problems like inflammation and rashes by considerably reducing the swelling when the oil is regularly applied to the particular area or body part.

Unlike humans, dogs cannot communicate about their problems due to their inability to speak and hence it is their body language like whimpering, howling, panting, etc. are the first tell tale signs that they are in trouble and need your help.

CBD oil also helps in getting rid of anxiety and depression that makes them dull and worn out but apart from oil, CBD products also include dog treats that can uplift their mood and so why not try here or online portals for the solution.

/ Fitness

What are Urine analysis drug test and it’s importance?

Urine analysis is the test of urine which conducts for the detection of drugs or any kind of disorder in the body. Urine helps in showing us the report of the kidney, urinary tract infections, and diabetes. Now, most of the people wonder how urine helps in knowing all of these things. 

Basically, appearance matters and the appearance, concentration, and the content of urine helps in recognizing the disorder in the body. Any abnormal sign assures that there is any kind of disease or illness in the body. Before conducting, you should drink the detox drinks which you can get from http://www.srsmiami.com/detox-drinks-for-drug-test/

You should eat the normal food, and there is one thing you should keep in mind that is, you should not consume any kind of pill or medication before the test as it can affect your result. The medication affects the appearance and the concentration of the urine, which might provide you the false results. You should talk with the doctor and let them know if you have taken any medication or vitamin tablets so that they can get to be aware of that. 

You can collect a urine sample in the sample little jar which you can get from the doctor yourself. It would be better if you collect the sample first thing in the morning if you want accurate results. It helps in providing accurate results because urine in the morning is more concentrated than the rest of the days.

What is the importance of urine analysis?

There is lots of importance of urine analysis you should need to know about. Before that, you should be aware about some of the basis, which is urine analysis can be conducted for various testing like drugs, diseases, diabetes, and much more. Following importance points are below to understand-

  • To check your overall health-

Urine analysis is the most common way to check out the overall health of the human being. Women who are pregnant can check out pregnancy checkups, pre-surgery preparation, or at the time of admitting in the hospital. It will let you know if there are any diseases present inside your body. It is a must because further treatment would be based on your health only. 

  • To diagnose a medical condition-

If there is abdominal pain in your body or severe back pain, then the doctor will suggest you to go for the urinary analysis. It will let them know what the matter is behind it. If there is any disease, then they will let you know so that you can work on it. Follow the guidelines prescribed by the doctor and become healthy in no time.

  • To monitor a medical condition-

If you have been diagnose with any disease or infection inside your body, then the doctor will recommend you to urine daily. It will help in diagnosing daily changes in your body. On the basis of the symptoms or the diagnosing doctor can conduct the special treatment. 

How the result is analyzed of urine sample?

There are different ways in which result they work on the result, like on the basis of the visual exam, dipstick test, and microscopic exam. They are different ways, but they all provide the same result. The visual exam lab technician examines the appearance of the urine, whether it is clear, cloudy, or unusual. The appearance will let them know whether there is a disorder or not.

 The color of urine will also result in letting them know about the result. In the dipstick test, a thin plastic stick is to be a dip in the urine. On that plastic sheet, there is a chemical sheet present which changes the color if the test or the levels is abnormal in nature. It will let you know that there is something wrong with your body or in your health. 

At last, in the microscopic test, the urine is examined via a microscope, which also helps in providing the accurate results. The lab technician examines the urine via scope, which will let them see if there are any diseases present or change in urine is there. The results you will get will be the same in all the three, but the methods are different from all of them.

/ Internet, SEO

How to Use Blogs to Generate Web Traffic

Although blogging is a fairly recent phenomenon that came about because of Web 2.0, it has become a legitimate way of publishing. It is an accepted alternative media for people to post their own commentaries regularly on events and happenings that interest them. In a sense, blogging is a smart, wonderful way for people to express themselves on the Net, on anything and everything! Bloggers are in the habit of writing their opinions, ideas, and viewpoints for other people to read and also comment on. Although originally conceptualized as a sort of an online diary, weblogs or blogs have come a long way to include interactive formats where readers can post or leave their comments on what the blogger has written on the site. It is a great new way for people to discuss things that interest them primarily. And because of Web 2.0 features, it is now possible to exchange not only text messages but also videos and photos. Even music and podcasts can be shared on this electronic forum. Considering all this, DynamicsDigital.co.uk provides a really great and effective way that new bloggers can use in order to generate more web traffic to their blogs.

For bloggers, they see this enabling electronic medium as a way to take their place in the sun. I know some blog sites that are really excellent in that the writers or bloggers have accomplished something close to excellence. Why? Their comments and discussions are very incisive and provoke people to respond whether negatively or positively. Blog sites are the very epitome of the Internet since the rapid growth of the Internet has been its lack of censorship and its free universal access. From the very beginning, the Internet has been designed to be free to all users and should also be free from any form of censorship. So, blogging has democratized news in the sense that there are no more opaque editorial rooms where unknown people get to decide for you what is good or not.

One of the bright spots of Internet use is the concept of online marketing. People who want to sell something can advertise on several websites to generate traffic and hopefully, click through that converts these visitors to actual buyers. Internet advertising is growing at a healthy clip despite crises in other industries, primarily the downturn in ad revenues of the print industry such as newspapers and magazines. 

Search engine optimization is a must for those planning to venture into the online business. The sheer number of web sites and pages often makes it difficult to find a particular site. Blogging has been used for more than just its social networking value. Blog sites also contain backlinks to so many other sites. This makes it a very exciting fertile field for professional marketers to exploit. Advertising professionals who want to test market a certain service can use a blog site’s membership for opinions and surveys. It rarely fails because this is what experts call as the “collective wisdom of the crowds”. These numerous web links offer a rich area for exploitation by advertisers. After all, Google is not only primarily a search engine. It is also an advertising site and most of its revenues come from advertisers.

/ Guide

The Truth About Smoker’s Ally: Is This Electronic Cigarette Right for You?

The As-Seen-On-TV product sales are still going strong. The latest invention to hit the market is Smoker’s Ally-an electronic cigarette that contains no tobacco and produces no smoke. The device is composed of three major parts: a lithium-ion battery (complete with glowing LED “ash” tip), a vaporizing atomizer, and one flavor cartridge (which houses that cigarette flavor.) In essence, it’s a re-usable cigarette that you can smoke virtually anywhere. The TV ad for Smoker’s Ally makes the product appear quite attractive to smokers, and features a group of actors puffing enthusiastically on this little electronic replica.

According to the commercial, Smoker’s Ally will help millions of smokers save money, since they can smoke the same “cigarette” over and over again. But as with most As-Seen-On-TV products, consumers will probably have doubts. The chain smoker might see this new product as a dream too good to be true. And in fact, it just may be. Here are a few facts that makers of Smoker’s Ally have provided about their electronic cigarette-and some truths you might discover upon using the device…The British Tobacco E-Liquid will be the best seller for the availability of the vape juice at affordable rates. Some discovering will be unheard for the person so proper research should be done. The use of the device will be excellent for the smoking of the vape juice. The results will suit with the specifications of the person. 

Fact: The starter kit includes a USB charger, a battery, carrying case, and a filter. The kit is free if you purchase a month’s supply of filters (about 20 filters.)

What this really means:

If you’re a diehard smoker, you may find it awkward (and/or time consuming) to charge, re-charge, and assemble your cigarette for just a few satisfying puffs. All in all, the dedication you currently have to your smoking habit will determine whether or not this extra effort is really worth the end result.

Fact: Smoker’s Ally is formaldehyde and tobacco free.

What this really means:

The chain smoker will probably have some serious issues with this product. The addictive properties of nicotine more than likely won’t be replaced with the “pleasant-tasting” vapor that Smoker’s Ally claims to provide. On the other hand, those who are more addicted to the “motions” associated with smoking might be pleased to have an alternative to costly cigarettes.

Fact: The exhaled “smoke” looks real, but is actually just water vapor.

What this really means:

The makers of Smoker’s Ally are proud to announce that you can use this product practically anywhere-in restaurants, in the car, or even the office. While the concept of exhaled water vapor is quite clever, you’d better get used to answering a lot of questions about your vice of choice. Chances are you are seriously going to freak out coworkers if you whip out one of these “cigarettes” in the middle of an office meeting.

Fact: Battery must initially be charged for 3 hours. After that, the charging should taking only an hour or so to regain its strength.

What this really means:

True smokers might get a little fidgety having to wait for the unit to fully charge—and stay charged-in order for them to get their “buzz.”

Fact: After about 3-5 puffs, the atomizer produces less water vapor. You’ll need to let the cigarette rest for about 30 seconds in order to create more “smoke.” Puffing constantly will eventually cause the atomizer to burn out more quickly.

What this really means:

Take a closer look at a real smoker’s habit, and you’ll quickly realize that he/she takes frequent puffs on a cigarette in any given session. If you’re the type of smoker who takes a lot of long hard, drags you might be annoyed if the atomizer must continually be replaced.

Fact: The product has not been approved by the FDA, and is not designed to be an aid to help you stop smoking. This is simply a smoking alternative. Furthermore, those who are pregnant or nursing are advised to refrain from using the product, which indicates that the chemicals therein could be dangerous to one’s health.

What this really means:

It is quite possible that Smoker’s Ally can help wean former smokers off real cigarettes. But don’t look to this product to actually help you stop smoking. Additionally, the Smoker’s Ally website never really tells you exactly what you’re inhaling. However, you’ll discover by reading the User’s Guide, that the cartridges contain propylene glycol. While large quantities of this substance are required to cause any significant health issues, many experts advise against inhaling this chemical. Some users may even be allergic to it, or experience shortness of breath. Ultimately, though having an alternative to a real cigarette might seem like a great idea-you’re still essentially relying on a vice (albeit, electronic) to receive a physiological and/or psychological buzz.

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Valentine’s Day: 25 Romantic Movies

Sometimes the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to curl up on the couch with your loved one and enjoy a romantic movie. Check out the Best websites to watch movies for free online here and pick one of the movies listed here that will help get your love on in the mood. From old school classics to today’s modern blockbusters, there is a vast selection of movies to help you along the way. Enjoy!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It is the story of Holly Golightly finding herself and falling in love.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) starring Renee Zellwegger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. This romantic comedy will have you rolling on the floor with its vulgar humor.

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson. Before he was “McDreamy” he was the geeky Ronald Miller in this romantic comedy in which he pays a girl to go out with him so he could look cool.

Dirty Dancing (1987) starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. This movie had many falling in love not only with Johnny Castle and Baby Houseman but also with dancing.

Failure to Launch (2006) This movie had an all-star cast with such names as Kathy Bates, Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, and Zooey Deschanel. This fun and crazy cast will have you in stitches as the two main characters (Sarah Jessica and Matthew) fall deeply in love.

Gone with the Wind (1939) starring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. This classic love story sets the bar for all future love stories.

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) This movie also has an all-star cast featuring such actors as Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Kevin Connolly, and Kris Kristofferson as well as actresses Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jeniffer Connelly, and Drew Barrymore. From one storyline to the next, each brings laughter and tears in this romantic comedy.

The Holiday (2006) starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black. In this story, Iris Simpkins and Amanda Woods trade houses to get away from their miserable love lives and each ends up finding themselves and their true loves.

I’m With Lucy (2002) This little-known movie starred Monica Potter and Henry Thomas with supporting actors such as John Hannah, David Boreanaz, Anthony LaPaglia, Julianne Nicholson, and Flora Martinez. This story follows the love life of Lucy as she has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince.

It Could Happen to You (1994) stars Bridget Fonda and Nicolas Cage and tells the story of a New York City police officer who shares his lottery ticket winnings with a waitress because he didn’t have money to leave her a tip. This tearjerker will renew your faith in the kindness of strangers.

Just Like Heaven (2005) This movie leads you through the life and death of Elizabeth (played by Reese Witherspoon) but even in her death, she finds love with David (played by Mark Ruffalo).

Love Actually (2003) With an all-star cast, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as you root for the geek, the underdog, and the broken-hearted characters. Featuring stars such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, and Laura Linney, this heartfelt movie will take you along for the ride of eight different couples.

The Notebook (2004) Nicholas Sparks strikes again with another bittersweet tearjerker. This World War II-era movie stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as a young couple and shows their struggles to make their relationship work through it all.

Out of Africa (1985), What do you get when you put Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in a movie together? An epic love story that transcends time and raises the bar set by Gone with the Wind.

Pretty Woman (1990) This movie was the first big movie that launched Julia Roberts into stardom. Featuring Richard Gere as her love interest, Julia Roberts plays a prostitute named Vivian.

Return to Me (2000) This movie is a diamond in the rough that may not be known to many people. With its casts of stars like David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carol O’Connor, Robert Loggia, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, James Belushi, and Joely Richardson, you can’t go wrong. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with these characters as you go through the lives of Grace and Bob.

Say Anything (1989) We all remember the scene with John Cusack standing outside Ione Skye’s house as he holds up his boombox. Reminisce with them as you take a trip back to the eighties and fall in love all over again.

The Sleeping Dictionary (2003) Starring Jessica Alba and Hugh Dancy, this movie takes you on a journey with young Englishman John (Dancy) as he moves to Sarawak where he has to learn the language and customs of the natives. That is when he meets Selima (Alba) who acts as his “sleeping dictionary” to teach him their ways and he falls madly in love with her.

Titanic (1997) The vast majority of people living today have seen this epic and tragic love story aboard the Titanic. Join this outstanding cast with such stars as Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, and Victor Garber as they take you back to the Titanic and its tragic destruction.

Two Weeks Notice (2002) We fell in love with her in Speed, she charmed us in Practical Magic and now she reminds us again why we love her in this romantic comedy. Starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, this movie takes you through the life changes of legal rights activist and lawyer, Lucy Kelson (Bullock) as she goes to work for the enemy, George Wade (Grant).

A Walk to Remember (2002) Join Mandy Moore and Shane West in this Nicholas Sparks story of young Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter as they come to terms with her terminal illness. Better bring the whole box of tissues for this tearjerker.

The Wedding Planner (2001) Embark on this hilarious journey starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey as they plan their weddings and ultimately fall in love with one another.

What Women Want (2000) Mel Gibson in a romantic role? Who’d buy it? Well, in this fantastic story Nick Marshall (Gibson) has an accident that leaves him with the ability to hear what all women are thinking. As he learns, manipulates, and eventually realizes just how special women are, you will not be disappointed in this fun romantic comedy.

While You Were Sleeping (1995) Join Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) on this comic journey of falling in love with the wrong guy and then meeting his brother, Mr. Right. Joined by a hilarious supporting cast, you can’t go wrong with this movie.

You’ve Got Mail (1998) Join Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as they come together again for another romance in this hilarious movie. From chat rooms to emails to finally meeting, this couple makes online dating the new way to meet “the one”.

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How To Become A Human Lie Detector

In a more perfect world, this article would be unnecessary. However, it is the unfortunate truth that people lie all the time. Knowing how to detect lies is a very valuable skill that can be applied to many different situations. Whether you are an interviewer who wants to make sure that the applicants are being truthful about their experiences, or a man who suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him, this article will be helpful.

Do a “baseline reading”

In an actual test with a polygraph machine, the administrator will ask several questions that they know the answers to. They know for sure that the person is telling the truth when they ask questions such as, “What is your name,” “How old are you,” etc. and the readings they get from these truthful statements are then measured against statements which may be lies. A polygraph measures such things as heart rate, blood pressure, sweat, and breathing rate. When a person answers a question truthfully, there is some change in these areas. When a person tells a lie, these things fluctuate even more. Using some psychological techniques and strategies will also help you find out if someone is lying to you. You don’t have to use lie detector test uk, you just have to be a keen observer.

Of course, unless you actually are actively taking the person’s pulse (like Robert De Niro in “Meet the Parents”), you will not be able to see these things. There are, however, certain noticeable changes which can be seen by those looking for them. Some websites will tell you things like, “People who don’t use contractions are lying,” which may be true in some cases, but there are people out there who just generally do not use contractions. The suspicious thing is when somebody suddenly stops using contractions, which is why a baseline reading is necessary.

You need to pay attention to a person’s individual mannerisms, and notice when they suddenly change, which indicates a lie. The rest of this article will discuss certain things to watch for.

Pay attention to the eye movement.

Ask a person a question that forces them to use their memory, such as “What did you have for breakfast two days ago?” and you will notice that their eyes move in a certain direction. Now ask them a question that forces them to use their imagination, such as, “What do you want to have for breakfast in two days?” and their eyes will move in a completely different direction.

When attempting to detect lies, this is very useful. If you know how a person moves their eyes in these two responses, you can often catch a person in the lie. If you ask them a question and they move their eyes in the direction indicating imagination rather then memory, you can safely assume that the person is creating a lie rather than telling the truth.

Pay attention to how they speak (volume, tempo, etc).
People each have a unique way of speaking. Some speak more quickly than others, some more loudly than others, and some are more verbose than others. A person who suddenly changes one of these things is indicating being uncomfortable or unsure, and thus lying.

Look for physical signs

You may have heard about a UCLA study which indicated that 93% of conversation is nonverbal. Whether or not this is true, nobody can deny the fact that nonverbal indicators are plentiful, telling, and important in conversation. People perform subconscious actions all the time which show their true feelings or thoughts. For example, when talking to somebody they are attracted to, people often turn their knees towards that person without even realizing it.

There are some physical indicators of a lie, too. These include: scratching (people often suddenly become itchy when they’re extremely nervous/uncomfortable), lip biting, shifting around in a seat, and rubbing their hands.

Another thing people will do is try to make themselves smaller, thus drawing less attention to themselves and the lie. A person who is confident will have feet apart, arms out, shoulders back, etc. A person who is not confident, nervous, and/or uncomfortable will move their feet together, drop and move their shoulders in, and keep their arms close to their body.

Don’t be obvious.

If a person thinks that you suspect them of lying, they will try to hide all these signs, and are sometimes very skilled at this. There is a controversy over the validity of polygraph tests because they don’t actually magically detect lies; they measure signals that the body performs when a person is nervous. Because a person is usually nervous when they lie, polygraphs are often effective, but there can (and often are) false positives on the tests.

The same thing applies to detecting lies with the methods in this article. If somebody knows you’re trying to catch them in a lie, they will start acting uncharacteristically, which can throw off your reading. Try to be coy about it, and don’t be very accusing or antagonistic.

Now that you know what to look for, practice. All it takes it to pay close attention to people while they’re speaking, and you’ll start to pick up on these signals more easily. For me, it’s gotten to a point where my friends cannot lie to me at all without me knowing, since I’m so familiar with their mannerisms.

Good luck, and have fun.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery Survival Guide: Operating Room

The following is the second article in a three-part series recounting my experience with rotator cuff surgery and the subsequent recovery.

The day before surgery I went through the pre-op routine of blood work and a short EKG monitoring. I also met with the physical therapist to be fitted for an immobilizing sling that I would wake up wearing after surgery and not take off for six weeks to follow. Everything checked out at the pre-op appointment and I was scheduled to report to the hospital at 7:00am the next morning (Friday) for surgery. Upon arrival I was stripped of my dignity by being asked to dress down to a hospital gown with a “southern exposure.” An IV was started in my hand and I was tagged with a hospital bracelet. After a short wait I was wheeled from this holding room to what the staff referred to as a “block room.” I met the anesthesiologist here and he explained that I would receive an injection to block the nerves on the upper right half of my body. Once that took effect I would be placed under general anesthesia until the procedure was over. I remembered before any of this took place he pushed what he referred to as some “liquid courage” in my IV. Within seconds I could barely keep my eyes open and drunkenly looked about the room. I vaguely remember the injection for the pain block. It was given in my neck or collar bone area and was not very comfortable. I don’t remember much pain at this point, but I remember my muscles twitching involuntarily down my right side as the medication was dispensed. The nurse assisting the anesthesiologist reassured me that was normal and tried to steady my arm as the injection was completed. At this point I remember moving from the rolling stretcher to the operating table, and seeing the orthopedic surgeon in scrubs.

In what only seemed like a few seconds I was awake in a recovery room with a handful of other patients, some awake and some still snoring away in their anesthetic-induced slumber. I could not move my right arm and noticed the sling was in place with a heavy ice pack resting on top of my shoulder. I also had a tube coming from under the bandage out to a small canister hanging from a strap around my neck. I later found out this was a Lidocaine drip placed in the incision and would be removed at my first physical therapy appointment the following Monday. I was also told by the recovery room nurse that a rotator cuff tear had been repaired, along with the arthroscopic subacromial smoothing procedure to reduce the bone spur present. The tear registered on the medium to large scale – 3.5cm out of 5cm.

After a stay in recovery I was wheeled back to a small conference room where I was to meet with an outpatient pain management representative who would administer my take-home morphine pump and dispense my oral pain medication. I left the hospital in the early afternoon with a morphine pump, a Lidocaine drip, and a right arm immobilized in a sling. Fortunately, the pain block was still working at this point. Unfortunately, it would soon wear off and help me better understand why people say rotator cuff surgery is one of the worst in terms of recovery.

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9 Effective Digital Marketing Strategies

If you are in the medical industry, you will probably know how difficult it is when it comes to online marketing. In the article, we will take a look at the best marketing strategy in aesthetic plastic surgery that you can follow in order to improve your digital marketing quickly. 

  • It is really important that before you start with your digital marketing campaign you learn all about the basics of digital marketing and the different technical terms that you might encounter as you move on with your marketing phase. This way you will be able to effectively handle and manage your marketing campaign. 

  • Once you are ready with the basic knowledge of digital marketing, you can start learning more about the different marketing strategies that are there. In order to choose a marketing strategy that can help you improve your business significantly, you can choose a relevant marketing strategy. For instance, if your business is completely online, you should pay attention to strategies that will help you in improving your online traffic. 
  • Once you implement your strategy, you should pay regular attention to all the analytics of your business. This will help you in determining more about the different aspects of your marketing that you need to work on. This way you will be able to access your business more effectively. 
  • Once you are into digital marketing, it is also important that you keep changing your strategies over time. For that, you can get feedback from your customers or do online surveys that will help you in learning more about your customer and their expectations. This is how you will be able to improve your services over time as well. 
  • It is also important that you focus on your results as well. If you are not getting the desired results even after investing a lot of your time and efforts you should try to change you approach and devise a different online strategy that looks promising to you. 
  • As you get analytic reports of your marketing campaign you can make further decisions according to that. This way you will be able to audit your marketing plan effectively, make the right decisions based upon your recent marketing results, and you will be able to track the right KPIs for your online business.
  • When it comes to branding, it is really important that you establish yourself as a reliable brand that can be trusted. For that, you should invest in the proper branding of your brand with the help of attractive blogs, content, and visuals on your website. 

  • Using automation platforms to make your marketing more efficient is also helpful. For that, you can analyze your complete marketing process and see what steps in that process can be changes. The automation process is going to save you a lot of time and will help you in providing your customer with a seamless experience as they browse or order anything from your website. 
  • Lastly, smartphones have completely taken over the marketing world. This is why you should invest in making your website mobile-friendly. Moreover, if possible you should launch your mobile application so that your target audience can reach out to you more comfortably. 
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My Notes on Type II Diabetes

The first time I knew I had diabetes, though I didn’t realize what it was, I was driving a friend from her home in Kentucky to her mother’s house three hours away. The entire trip, my mouth was dry, no matter how many sodas I drank, and I had to stop to pee every 45 minutes. The entire trip!

This is because when my blood sugar became abnormally high; my kidneys began to filter the sugar out of my blood through my urine.

Of all the symptoms of Diabetes, dry mouth and frequent urination are the ones most noticeable, and if you experience these symptoms now and then, consider checking your blood sugar levels. This is not a constant condition: it only happens when my blood sugar is very high.

Normally, a person’s blood sugar is between 70 and 100. You can take you own blood sugar level with a relatively inexpensive blood sugar meter, which are sold over the counter at most pharmacies. I use ReliOn Brand, though I am sure they are all similar.

Take a measurement about an hour after you eat, and when you wake up. You blood sugar is lowest when you wake up, and highest right after you eat. Mine sits at around 135-155. Even if I don’t eat, it is 135.

In addition, if your doctor prescribes or recommends, it is also helpful to take supplements for diabetes such as sugar balance to help you regulate your blood sugar naturally. This will help you to fight some health conditions cause by diabetes.

If you blood sugar gets over 200, you should do something to lower it right away. This level of blood sugar can cause damage to nerves, and blindness is one of the side effects I find most disconcerting. I personally use jogging to lower my blood sugar, and drink plenty of water. I also keep some weights in my room, for exercise indoors. If my blood sugar is unusually high when I can’t jog, I will lift one-hand weights until my arms burn, and this immediately takes sugar out of my blood.

Be sure to increase your heart rate for at least fifteen minutes each day, to deplete the sugar reserves in your muscles. The body will spend time replenishing these reserves throughout the day.

If your blood sugar is over 200 consistently, try eating a soup made of boiled tomato, cabbage, celery and onion. I sometimes mix grilled chicken and Parmesan cheese in it. This tricks your body. It thinks it is nice and full, but really there is almost no substance to this soup. You metabolism stays high and your liver does not release sugar reserves. I have seen my blood sugar drop to as low as 90 on this diet. But it is very bland, and it is hard to bring myself to eat it twice a day.

One key in controlling Type II diabetes is getting your weight down to where it should be, and regular, moderate exercise. Of course, you may exercise more aggressively if you are trying to lose weight, but if you are attempting to lower your blood sugar, don’t exercise so much that your body releases sugar to help you overcome your fatigue.

In type II diabetes, the receptors on the cell walls that detect the presence of insulin have become de-sensitized. As a result, the cells do not absorb additional sugars when your insulin level rises. Keeping your blood sugars as low as you can, I have read that 125 is a fair target, is important. The side-effects of constant, high blood sugar are devastating, ranging from Nerve damage to heart attack. I find I have occasional foot pains. This is a sign of nerve damage. The nerves running to your feet are the longest, and I believe this is why diabetics experience pains in their feet first.

Do not eat noodles, breads, French fries, sugar, and other carbohydrates. These become blood sugar. The more carbs, the worse, so start checking labels. This, along with exercise and your medication are the keys to controlling the problem. If you have pre-diabetes, that is, if you blood sugar is high, but not quite high enough to be considered diabetes, treat it! There is evidence that treatment of high blood sugar before it gets to a certain stage can reverse it. The fact is that your insulin receptors can change their level of sensitivity to insulin, one way or the other.

I hope this overview helps you, if you think you might have this condition. If you do, don’t ignore it. People with diabetes can lead long, healthy lives if they can keep their blood sugar levels in check. I takes perseverance, but isn’t life worth the effort?

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Corporate Budgeting Process Pros and Cons

It seems to be a given that every business must conduct a corporate budgeting process of some sort, but corporate budgets are at best a mixed blessing. Here are a few of the pros and cons.

Reasons that the Corporate Budgeting Process Is Good

  1. Increase participation in company financial decisions. Each department gets a say in the corporate budgeting process. This might make the company more responsive to individual departments’ needs, and it might make department managers feel better about their role in the organization.

  1. Create an objective criteria by which departments can be judged. At the end of the year, you can compare actual hard financial numbers to the budgets and easily determine whether departments did what they were supposed to do (at least in terms of spending), according to the corporate budgeting process.
  1. Incentivize employees. Having specific financial goals in budget-form helps employees understand what is expected of them. Employees will feel motivated to achieve corporate budget goals by the very existence of the budget; bonus incentives can be added to increase that motivation (e.g., a financial reward for members of a department that meets its budget).

Reasons that the Corporate Budgeting Process Is Bad

  1. Create conflict. The corporate budgeting process is not always the idyllic experience you might imagine. In fact, it can lead to outright conflict as department managers compete for their constituencies’ pieces of the company’s budget pie. It is necessarily a zero-sum game, with winners and losers. Any time you have losers, you also have resentment. This negative side of budgeting can easily outweigh the positive feelings generated by department managers’ participation in financial decisionmaking.
  1. Motivate departments to distort financial numbers. Although it is useful to have a corporate budgeting process to create objective criteria by which to judge a department’s behavior, such criteria inevitably tempt department heads to cook the books (i.e., distort their financial reporting in order to meet expectations). Because there are no set “rules” of the budget process, department managers might disregard ethical concerns about altering their behavior to meet budget requirements.
  1. Distort incentives. Any time you create employee incentives, you run the risk of unintended consequences. If, for example, you set a strict financial limit on the funds available to buy office supplies, you might find that employees respond by being less productive (i.e., they slow down their work to avoid exceeding the office supplies budget). That is a simplistic example, and fairly transparent. In actual corporate budgeting situations, there are often difficult-to-see incentives and matching behaviors.

Concusions About The Corporate Budgeting Process

Despite the cons listed above, businesses will continue to participate in the corporate budgeting process. Executives should be aware, though, of the potential pitfalls.

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Good Gucci Replica Shopping Tips For A Replica, Not Authentic Gucci Handbags

Who doesn’t want to have branded clothes and accessories, and everyone tries their best to buy branded clothes, shoes, bags, wallets, belts, etc. There are a lot of brands available related to lifestyle and fashion major items and accessories. These brands are offering the most excellent material and design quality, and therefore there is the most exceptional competition between these brands.

However, there are very few ultra high-end brands, and these few brands are standing way far than all other brands. These brands are on fingertip when you start counting, but when you want to buy the original items of these brands, it may not accommodate the ordinary wallet. Gucci is one of them and the world’s biggest high-end fashion brand where words can end without ending the praising.

Gucci Handbags Replica

Apart from all other significant items and accessories like clothes, shoes, belts, etc. handbags of Gucci are at another level of symbolic status. But believe me off if you are an ordinary people it is almost impossible to purchase authentic Gucci handbags.

You can approach for a replica, which are as good as authentic Gucci design handbags. Few companies offer you the replica, which is the same design as Gucci and comes in the best quality material. Here are some good Gucci replica shopping tips by which you can buy a replica of high-quality material and exact design.

Tips for Gucci Replica Shopping

Before buying a Gucci replica, you need to understand very well that you are not going to buy authentic Gucci handbags or another product. Here ‘authentic’ stands for the products directly under the brand Gucci. Here you are going to buy a replica which also sometimes called fake, i.e., fake Gucci handbags. These are at par in terms of design and quality of the material with the authentic products of Gucci.

Beware of Scam

Here, we are discussing the Gucci replica, which is being tough to differentiate between genuine and replica, and most of the time, even expert fashionista may also not able to say which are authentic or which are replica. Never become the prey of advertisers on eBay or any other platform where they post the ad of selling second hand authentic Gucci.

Those who possess Gucci are love for them, and also you do not need to buy any rejected item on the name of genuine. Instead, you must purchase a replica. You are going to compromise with the new authentic one. The replica is an elegant design with very high-quality material, which is too much close to the authentic one.

Buy from Authentic Source

Again; remember that you have to buy replica not authentic handbags on lesser price due to second hand or any defect. Do you know how reliable and trustworthy companies manufacture the replica of the world’s most exquisite brand, Gucci?

They first buy the authentic products and learn every design and manufacturing aspect, even sewing pattern as it is, by a reverse engineer on them, then start preparing replica. Therefore you must always look for an authentic source to buy good Gucci design handbags.

Web 2.0 Strategies: Stop Fighting The Power!

Itâs time to release the future of marketing from the headlock that youve put in. I’m talking about curmudgeons out there. While many have greeted Web 2.0 with open arms some refuse to embrace it and instead prefer to fight tooth and nail. If the past methods of marketing worked online no one would be eager to find new methods. This is the web–faster, fresher, better is expected.

Those expectations however, mean very little to those who want to control every aspect of the internet. Both the greedy geeks and SEO service sites are still trying to cling desperately to the old internet that they claim to have built. But that web is just that–old. Users, browsers, small business owners and even corporate moguls have decided that they want a say, they want to be part of the web building process.

There has never been a better time for Emarketers to take up SEO strategies. Because while it is still work, its a lot easier than it was five years ago. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of Web 2.0 strategies its about the coming together of collective minds to contribute to the expansion of the web.

Web marketers are beginning to understand that they no longer have monopoly over content creation. And why would they want to. I, for one, welcome anyone who wants to add the expansion of my site by providing me with content that my users can use and further contribute too.

Web 2.0 strategies allow you to get in front of a lot of people a lot faster. With users passing around content and videos, sending links to like minded people, and posting in virtually every corner that will allow them, net marketers should be cheering instead of shaking their heads while they fumble around with the old methods.

Many Web 2.0 critics debate that it circulates crap and that competition for marketers is ridiculously fierce as everyone tries to get on the front page of virtually every news-feed out there. But I beg to differ. Google and other major search engines still have some say as to what gets ranked what. Also, as more and more content gets produced users become pickier as to what they consider quality and what crap is. As for the competition, this is marketing there has always been competition and there always will be.

If youve been sitting around trying to figure out what Web 2.0 is and whether or not to do it, stop thinking and start link sharing, social bookmaking, voting, and creating sticky content.

People can debate all they want the fact is the web has altered. The rules for the marketing game have changed. You are either in or out.

Evergreen Wealth Formula is an interesting review model to try out if you are thinking of wanting to have a good innings in this field as it would open many windows about various aspects of Web 2.0 and make your decision making abilities much more confident without worrying about the outcomes.

/ Injury

How to Cure Tennis Elbow –Check the essential things!!

Tennis elbow sufferers are after the simple ways on how to cure tennis elbow. Tennis elbow has various curative ways. Lifestyle modification must be considered when the symptoms of the injury persist. Among tennis players, your stroke mechanics should be evaluated. For an immediate help in controlling the pain and inflammation, anti-inflammatory medications that could be taken orally will aid in relieving the injury. Different players are suffering from pain in the tennis elbow and the treatment should be provided with intelligence.

The tennis elbow pain can be in different locations for each person so the exercises are different. The medications do not have any adverse-effect on the health of the people to cure the pain. 

Cortisone or steroid injection may be an option if the conservative measures happen to fail.

You can also seek medical help. When you are already experiencing the irritations in your elbow, ask a doctor or sports medicine specialist for advice about the irritation, because it can worsen and develop gradually. When you do this, give the doctor the full history of the injury you have. It is easier to cure tennis elbow in its first stage.

Tennis elbow problems can be cured when you follow medical course of action. Consulting with various physicians is encouraged. We have to be perceptive about the appropriate therapy to be taken. There may be possible surgical treatments where the damaged tendons may be trimmed down or be released from the bone. But then, you must opt to do surgery after trying a variety of conservation treatments and knowing for sure that none did become effective for complete recovery.

There is an option on how to cure tennis elbow called shockwave therapy, where the use of sound waves induce “microtauma” in the tissues to initiate healing process, is believed to have no strong evidence that it is more effective than the conservative options.

The aid of elbow braces or elbow straps can be of help for relieving tennis elbow. The use of elbow braces or clasp may be helpful in redirecting the pull of misaligned muscles. Some straps are helpful in relieving the inflamed muscle parts.

There are also some simple exercises, considered as part of the conservative options, can also be helpful particularly in controlling the symptoms of tennis elbow. These exercises should not cause pain to the patient. Patients should be sure that tennis elbow has been properly treated in order for them to perform the exercises.

This conservative way on how to cure tennis elbow can help prevent the injury from returning for this helps in strengthening the tendons and muscles engaged in tennis elbow. As mentioned in the early part of this article, you must have a positive adjustment in your lifestyle to gain the best possible way on how to cure tennis elbow. You must start exercising as soon as possible. There is what they call the RICE (Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate) principle at the occurrence of injuries.

This principle offers various advantages such as the diminution of pain, decrease of inflammation, encourages the healing of tissues and slows down the weakening of muscles. Exercising makes you strong, flexible with long lasting stamina.

/ Tips

How To Make Money Through Adobe Photoshop Software?

If you have the skills of photoshop and experience for using this tool then it will become beneficial for you to make money through it. with the help of photoshop cs6 mac you will be able to earn good cash money because it is the right way where you can showcase your photoshop skills. Being a beginner in this field, you can also make photoshop as your side business or as an extra skill through which you can earn money easily and within a short period of time. Now, in the lower section after scrolling down you will be going to read some of the ideas and ways through which you will be able to earn good cash money through considering photoshop. Also, it is an appropriate choice for you to enhance your photoshop skills for making money because there are several things one need to go through which choosing and deciding this platform as your profession. 

Some ways for making money through photoshop:

  • The very first method for making money through photoshop is that you can create photoshop tutorials as well as courses so that it will become valuable for making your own mark here. For this, there are a varying option available for you through which you will be able to consider these tutorials and courses for considering photoshop. 
  • There are a lot of application as well as website where you can share your own strategy as well as tutorials and videos so that more and more people will find your content and videos interesting and approach you for considering photoshop. 
  • You can also create different-different fonts as well as themes and sell them over the online platform through which it will become beneficial for you to generate some passive income by photoshop. 
  • If you have create any LUTs from photoshop or you have some photographs to present then you can go for photoshop easily and without such difficulties because it will help you to make your own mark and represent your work over the online platform regarding photoshop and earning money through it. 
  • It will also become beneficial for you if you will hire some of the amateur photographers for considering photoshop because it gives you some effects which is easy for you to present out your skills in terms of photoshop over internet platform. 
  • If you will go through the stock images and create and then sell them then it will become appropriate choice for you to grab more and more audience and customer towards your work who will appraise your work and talent hereby. It is beneficial as well as looks elegant through which you will be able to earn more customer towards your work and skills of photoshop. 

  • Creating and then selling graphics is also a good choice for you to consider photoshop for earning money. 

By considering all the information which is listed in the above section, it will become beneficial for you to make money through photoshop easily as well as effectively. 

/ Cbd

Marijuana: Why You Should Care

Marijuana is a plant that has much controversy and fears surrounding it. Despite its hundreds of benefits for people with various illnesses, and for recreational users, most people refuse to see the truth behind this natural plant. Our educational system has been lying to us on various topics for decades, and the lessons we learned have been effectively reinforced in our corporate manipulated society. Lies such as “marijuana is more addictive and destructive than heroin” painted us a colorful picture of why people should spend years in prison for possession of this deadly drug.

The attitudes created by American drug policies have resulted in worldwide arrest, imprisonment, and in some instances, death of responsible men and women. But despite the truth and horror behind the above statement, that is only part of the reason people should care about the current policies behind marijuana from credible sources like Fab CBD. The other is because the laws against marijuana are responsible for our relentless destruction of the earth and its life-sustaining ecosystems.

Marijuana did not become illegal because of the euphoric effects it induces. That is merely a convenient excuse to conceal the truth. Marijuana became illegal in order to stop the rising potential and progress of the hemp plant, marijuanaīs close relative. The hemp plant was a major agricultural crop before 1937. Farmers across the country grew hemp for its superior fibers, which were used in the manufacturing of clothes, paper, blankets, ropes, diapers, and other necessities of life.

The seeds the hemp plant produced were used for items such as paint, varnishes, lubricating oil, lantern oil, and biomass fuels. However, food was its biggest asset. No other plant rivals hemp when it comes to nutritional value. The seeds contain the proteins and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy skin, hair, and eyes; for growth, vitality, and state of mind; and for clearing the arteries of cholesterol and plaque. In the past, hemp seed was the primary food source for humans, birds, horses, and fish.

During this time, the line between marijuana and hemp was clear and distinguishable. Hemp was so dominant in every community that farmers, politicians, and citizens were very aware of the differences between the two. Marijuana was grown for one purpose: to produce female flowers that would then be consumed in some fashion. It was used by a majority of the community, including all social statusī, for various reasons. Most people used it to relax or to relieve symptoms of mild depression.

Others used it as a social tool, offering it to new and old friends to ease tensions and stimulate conversation. Still, others used it to cure or relieve medical ills such as glaucoma, menstrual cramps, migraines, epilepsy, pruritus, and chronic pain. Hemp, on the other hand, provided none of these benefits because it lacks the vast amounts of THC that marijuana contains.

Before 1937, marijuana and hemp were both legal plants in the United States. It was in this year that our government passed the Marijuana Tax Act, making hemp too expensive for farmers to even consider keeping it in their rotation. Without a steady hemp crop, the promising hemp industry was destroyed. Why would the government impose a tax that burdens farmers and robs the world of an environmentally friendly source of fuel, fiber, and food? That is a simple question.

Marijuana and hemp were discriminated against for corporate profit. Hemp seed could be used to make any product that currently requires oil. Until Prohibition of 1919, most farmers saved money by converting part of their corn crop into biomass fuels, which they used to run their farm equipment and personal vehicles.

After Prohibition was passed, the government began destroying the farmerīs distilleries, forcing them to convert to gasoline. In 1936, hemp farmers in Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota were using hemp to manufacture plastics based on cellulose technology. This plastic required no crude oil and was biodegradable. The fibers of the hemp plant are stronger than fibers from trees, are better insulators than fibers from cotton, and last about ten times longer than both tree fiber and cotton fiber. Hemp also requires about 90% less of the fertilizers and chemical pesticides that cotton requires.

On the other hand, marijuana is a safe and natural alternative to the conventional poisons that make up our medicines. Marijuana has none of the side effects that todayīs medicines have, nor any of the chemicals that cause side effects. For example, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder in which patches of myelin in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed and the normal function of the nerve fibers is interrupted. Currently, corticosteroids and prednisone are used for the relief of acute symptoms but result in weight gain and mental disturbance. Diazepam, baclofen, and dantrolene are used to treat muscle spasms associated with MS. The first two drugs create side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, and addiction.

Dantrolene causes side effects such as potential lethal liver damage, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, speech and visual disturbances, seizures, headaches, impotence, erratic blood pressure, clinical depression, myalgia, feelings of suffocation, and confusion. Marijuana is a proven effective drug for relief and suppression of MS. Marijuana effectively relieves muscle spasms, tremors, loss of muscle coordination and bladder control, and insomnia. It has also been proven to retard the progress of the disease.

Living life with a disease such as MS, or other diseases such as AIDS, cancer, clinical depression, glaucoma, and epilepsy, is hard enough. But when you are forced to treat it with medicines that make you sicker than you already are, and with little effectiveness, it makes the situation for those people even worse. Marijuana has been proven in thousands of studies to be more effective and safer than almost all prescription drugs.

It is very obvious who would benefit from the eradication of the hemp and marijuana plant. Pharmaceutical companies, who are currently reaping huge profits in the United States, are benefiting. Oil-based plastics that produce toxic waste when manufactured and never biodegrade would have never existed. DuPont, of course, introduced the patent for making plastic from oil and coal in 1937.

The paper industry would not have evolved into one of the worlds leading polluters if the paper was made from hemp. Tree pulp requires the use of sulfur compounds to wash away the lignin in tree fibers, and chlorine compounds are required to bleach the fibers. This results in the release of major carcinogens such as dioxin into the worldīs water supply.

And guess who owns the patent for the sulfate/sulfite process for making paper from tree pulp, which was released in 1937? DuPont! Weīve already talked about hempīs superior fibers for textile products. DuPont introduced nylon to the market after they patented it in 1938. Chemical companies such as Dow and DuPont, who produce pesticides and fertilizers, benefited greatly. Hemp would completely replace the cotton industry, which uses 50% of the worldīs agricultural chemicals, one of DuPont’s biggest markets.

Oil companies also profited from the fall of the hemp industry. Families such as the Rockefellers of Standard Oil and the Rothschilds of Shell acquired massive fortunes, at a devastating price. Our current use of fossil fuels produces 80% of the solid and airborne pollutants that are poisoning the land, air, and water. Arsenic, benzene, vinyl chloride, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfuric and nitric acids are only a few of the man-made byproducts we eat, drink, and breathe every day.

The excess release of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere has created global warming, which is no longer a theory but a fact that is already causing dramatic changes on a global scale. Increased water temperatures have already killed over half of the worldīs thousand-year-old coral reefs. The food chain is suffering from major disruptions. The krill population in Antarctica has decreased from the loss of its habitat. The krill is a shrimp-like species that reproduces on the underside of winter sea ice and is a major food source for penguins, seals, and whales. These species will be wiped out if the krill population continues to decline, which it undoubtedly will.

If the corporations of America, their political partners, the Bureau of Narcotics (DEA), the entire judicial branch, and other self-interested parties had not conspired together to deceive the American public for personal profit at the ecological expense, we would not be heading down the road we are currently on. How do we rid ourselves of the polluted world we willingly created for our children? We cannot. What we can do is immediately stop our use of coal and oil, and demand industry and society to give us renewable energy sources, in an effort to relieve the upcoming ecological crisis.

Currently, 82% of the worldīs economy is directly tied to oil for energy and related goods. For a successful revolution, a majority of the American public would have to stop consuming energy in the form of non-renewable resources. That would require a radical social change that allows people to become aware of the natural world around them and itīs corresponding destruction that is a result of their behavior. If oil companies suffered a drop in revenue because Americans stopped driving their cars, they would be forced to respond to our demands of solar-electric powered automobiles, a technology that has been around since the 1950īs. Instead, society acts unaware and unconcerned about the problem, blaming it on government and corporate forces that they believe they canīt control. And when the time comes they will expect corporations to fix the problem with better technology that further separates us from nature. It appears to be our ultimate fate.

The question that is hard to answer is how do we stop the corporate powers that created the oil dependant society that is destroying us today? Letīs assume that we woke up tomorrow and corporate America had been erased. The air would already be noticeably cleaner, the waters would be flowing clearer, and the land would start to rejuvenate. Climate change would still be occurring, but not as fast as now, and maybe a reversal would be on the horizon. All life forms would have equal rights to life now that we are free of an economy that was dependent on the mass consumption of non-renewable resources. But we would also wake up to mass unemployment. Most of the worldīs population would not know how to provide for themselves. Famine and disease would wipe out billions of people.

What answers are left? The government has the ability to create an energy system based on renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cell, ocean thermal conversion, tidal, and biomass energy. These renewable energy systems would instantly create jobs in the millions. Every aspect would be new, requiring jobs in the production, management, sales, installation, maintenance, and repair of renewable energy equipment. That is the only answer if we wish to continue life as we are used to it. The other option is to reorganize society into small communities that provide the necessities of life for themselves. In that situation, waste would be unheard of. Nobody in their right mind would throw the trash into the stream they depend on for food and water. But then people will be required to work hard on a daily basis, and in America, that is unheard of.

We urge the people who agree with this paper, who are inspired by this paper, or who just love the natural world around them, to join us in our fight to make America the leader of ecologically responsible living, thus setting the stage for the rest of the world to follow. It is not impossible. All change is made by a select group of interested individuals who stand up to the powers of society and demand equality. We will be demanding equality for people of the world and the environment we depend on for survival.

/ Music

A Music Sight Reading Primer

Sight-reading is an important skill for any musician. The better you can sight-read, the less time you need to spend rehearsing. There are also more opportunities for musicians who are better at sight-reading, such as recording sessions, dinner music, and accompanying singers. Sight-reading skills come with time and experience, but there are also ways to practice sight-reading so that you can become better at it.

To get started on improving your sight reading skills, you will need to get as many different pieces of unfamiliar music as you can, and gudang lagu can help you in that. It doesn’t matter if the music is new or old, just try to get as many different styles and keys as you can find. Garage sales and used book stores are great places to find inexpensive sheet music. You can also find free downloads online if you take the time to Google and print.

Pick a piece of music to begin sight reading – just choose whatever interests you at the moment. It can be short, long, fast, slow – it does not matter. Look over the piece and think about it. Ask yourself the following questions: What style should the piece be played in? Is it jazz, classical, gospel, etc.? What did the composer attend to accomplish in this piece? If there are any notes written by the composer, make sure you read them, too. Then look at the key signature and time signature. Look through the entire piece, making a mental note of any key or time signature changes, any accidentals, repeats, codas, and phrasing. See if there is anything else of musical importance.

Now you are ready to play! The key to practicing sight-reading is to go slow! Take your time and do not rush or try to play the piece up to speed. Play the piece at a slow enough tempo that you can play it perfectly and in tempo with a steady beat, while reading slightly ahead as you play. Reading ahead is a very important part of sight-reading. It may feel awkward at first, but you will get used to it. In the beginning, you will probably be playing painfully slow. That is expected and just fine! As you continue to practice your sight reading, you will begin to be able to sight-read faster and faster. Eventually, you will be able to sight-read at tempo.

You will get the best results from your music sight-reading practice if you try playing several pieces of music every day. Remember to play a variety of music, read ahead as you play and most of all, go slow!

/ Finance

How an Accountant was Surprised by Self-employment Tax

As an accounting student, I learned about self-employment tax in my individual tax class in school. I knew, when I graduated, that if you do not have an employer paying their portion of your social security and Medicare taxes, you will have to pay the other half of it yourself. That means that your social security and Medicare taxes could be double what you’re used to! In addition, since your employer doesn’t withhold tax for you, you will not be paying tax all through the year like you would as a full-time employee.

I knew all of this, and yet I still underestimated the tax burden I would have to carry when I decided to take a summer job as a “contractor,” meaning that they paid me hourly, but did not pay any taxes or benefits for me. This results in a similar tax effect as being self-employed.

From January through May, I was still a student, and worked for my university with regular W-2 wages, with my federal income tax withheld. I worked as a contractor from June to September, and then worked as a full-time employee at an accounting firm from October to December.

Essentially, for 8 months of the year, I worked as a regular employee, with my federal taxes withheld. For 4 months of the year, I did not have any taxes withheld from my paycheck, and I was responsible for both the employee and employer portion of my social security and Medicare tax. I was used in utilizing cloud accounting consulting so it is easier for me to do accounting. My regular work before equipped me to become an experienced accountant. But little did I know, there are still a lot of things that I am not aware.

When it came time to do my taxes, I figured that normally, withholdings are quite a bit higher than your actual taxes. In the past, I had always received tax refunds of over $1,000. I figured that that over-withholding from the rest of the year could cover the part of the year where I was considered “self-employed.” It didn’t!

When I entered all of my information into my tax return, including my self-employed income, I calculated that I would get a refund of a few hundred dollars. Once I marked in the tax software that part of the income was “self-employed” income, I suddenly owed $800 in taxes!

My experience with self-employment tax proves how important it can be to attempt to estimate your self-employment tax throughout the year, if you know you will need to pay it. I made the mistake of roughly guessing that my extra withholdings from my other jobs would cover the tax costs of those four months – and boy was I wrong! Luckily, I could afford to pay the $800 bill at the time, however, I don’t earn so much that $800 is an easy amount to come up with.

If you run your own small business, or if you are self-employed for even part of the year, take the time, ask an accounting friend, to estimate the tax you will owe. At the very least, you can set aside some savings and not have any cash flow problems resulting from payment of your taxes. At best, you can make estimated payments throughout the tax year to avoid paying any penalties at the end of the year if you have too much tax due!

Healthy Cooking For Weight Loss

Cooking and eating healthy for weight loss is easier and less time consuming than one might think. In general, recipes that are low in calories and still delicious require minimum time and effort, not to mention that you can prepare them in bulk, and pack some up to take to the office for lunchtime (which saves money, too!).

Think of it like this… fewer calories are achieved by fewer ingredients, so the prep time and cooking time is bound to be shorter than any other regular meal. So, for those of you that use your “lack of time” as an excuse to not get rid of those extra holiday pounds, these recipe tips are for you!

Starting off, I’ll give you a list of my favorite ingredients for low calorie recipes. Let’s begin with the vegetables: broccoli, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, onion, carrots, asparagus, mushrooms (any you like best!), celery, squash, potato, green beans, and corn. To this list, of course, you can add any of your favorite veggie staples. All are super low calorie, boost your metabolism (promoting weight loss), hydrate and help remove toxins from your body.

Then for proteins, I tend to stick to chicken breast and eggs (whites with the occasional yolk), but like to add in some lean cuts of red meat every once in a while, like tenderloin. I also buy cooked ham, which is generally low calorie (watch the brand) to add to my eggs in the morning and make it a very filling breakfast! Another good option is nuts, like walnuts or almonds. For further information about healthy food, the resurge reviews can be checked through the customers. The level of nutrition and minerals should be high in the pills to avoid weakness and problems. The breakfast of the people should be healthy to offer the desired results.

Now for the herbs and other low calorie, weight loss boosting, flavor adding ingredients, I always go with cilantro, garlic (and lots of it, its “natures antibiotic” and very good for you), chives, salt, fresh black pepper, lemon, and crushed red pepper. Cayenne is also a good option, but only if you like spicy food.

Now, the following information is very important. The one and only cooking oil I use is extra virgin olive oil (healthy healthy healthy!), and no more than a tablespoon per dish (not so low calorie!). Usually I find that people use too much oil to prevent things from burning or sticking to the pan, or to not have things dry out while cooking, but my secret ingredient to keep the dish as low calorie and healthy as possible is… WATER! Just add water when you would usually just dump more oil in there, and voila! You’ll save yourself about 400 calories per dish, and no, you will not lose any of the flavors. If anything, the food will be even tastier, because it has been cooked in its natural juices, brought out by the evaporating water versus just being smothered by the abundance of oil in the pan.

Another good thing to add to your regime would be fruits, which help keep you hydrated (very important key point to weight loss!) and make great desserts. My favorites are strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, green apple, pear, banana, grapefruit, Clementine orange (or pretty much any citrus), and melon (again, any!).

With all these ingredients, you can use your imagination to make a vast array of healthy and low calorie dishes that would satisfy anyone’s palate, all achieved in less than 20 minutes. Here are some suggestions:

For breakfast:

3 eggs (2 whites only, 1 whole), ham, tangerine = 161 calories (www.calorieking.com).

Scramble with a bit of salt, pepper, and 1 slice of ham, either cut up into pieces tossed into the scramble, or on the side. Tangerine or mandarin orange for dessert (I find that after the protein, the citrus cleanses my palate, even gives me a little mood boost and helps keep me satisfied until lunchtime).

For lunch:

chicken breast sautéed with chopped garlic and side of broccoli = 225 calories.

I first chop the garlic, and rub it onto the chicken with a teaspoon of oil, salt, pepper, then throw it onto the skillet high heat for 6 minutes each side, or until cooked, adding water whenever it starts to brown or dry out too much (a little browning is good for flavor, so add water when it’s on the verge of burning only!) for the chicken to absorb it along with all the flavor!… for the veggies, boil the broccoli for 4 minutes, then sauté it for a minute or two along with some salt, pepper, and garlic… spice to taste…MMMMM. Prepare about 4 breasts to keep in some Tupperware along with some veggies or side salad to take to work and heat up for lunch.

Dinner:

Arugula/Spinach salad with tomato, red onion, walnuts. = 200 calories.

2-3 cups greens, ½ cup any tomatoes, red onion to taste, and a handful of walnuts. Dress as you like, but watch out! Many dressings are heavy on the calories; nowadays there are excellent low-fat versions of the classics that taste very good… try Newman’s Own brand.

If you eat dinner at an early time, you can add half a chicken breast to this salad, making it a bit heavier. However, if you work until late (6pm or later) stick to the greens and nuts only, it’s easier on your digestive system and allows for a deeper sleep.

There are many ways to concoct a large variety of quick and easy low calorie dishes with the above ingredients to promote a healthy weight loss standard, and rest assured everything will taste delicious. Just make sure you stick to the golden rule… add water, not oil! And, of course, keep active, and no cheating! That cookie just isn’t worth it, your health is more important!

/ Gaming

Disgaea DS: Video Game Review

The original Disgaea was released on the PS2 and this handheld version is a virtual copy of that original game. The game deals with what at first might seem like a generic fantasy game story: that of a young ruler ascending to the throne and trying to best serve his kingdom. The twist is that the kingdom is actually the Netherworld and young Prince Laharl is a demon who is expected to rule with an iron fist rather than a gentle hand. Lost memories, rookie angels, pompous humans, and many RPG and anime in-jokes all come together to create this addictive turn-based strategy game. If you are already familiar with this game and want to try similar games then there is unblocked games on sonsaur an online gaming platform for you.

Disgaea DS borrows the bulk of its gameplay rather liberally from the Final Fantasy Tactics series. Individual units can gain levels and upgrade to better classes, the story centers around certain unique “hero” units and combat takes place on locations that are set up with tiles for movement. At the start of combat, the play deploys up to 10 of their units, tells them where to go and what to do, and then ends their turn.

The enemy units then move and take their actions and it goes back and forth until one side has decimated the other. There’s nothing new or revolutionary about the basics but there are some very nice added touches that enrich the experience and add depth for those who might already be familiar with this kind of game. First, there’s geo tiles, colored spots on the floor which can have certain effects, either positive or negative. These effects can be changed and the colors even changed or eliminated for bonus points. It’s slightly confusing at first but a couple of rounds of combat and it makes total sense and becomes an integral part of combat.

Another small but entertaining touch is the ability to lift both enemies and allies and throw them. This sounds a little goofy at first but used properly it can help your units reach a troublesome enemy that they can’t get to otherwise or throw a hostile unit right into the middle of a group of the player’s strongest fighters.

One of the most interesting aspects of Disgaea DS is that is also completely optional, the Dark Assembly. This is the Netherworld’s version of a senate and for certain things to happen (better weapons for sale at the shops, opening up new worlds to conquer, etc) Laharl has to get the Dark Assembly to pass the measure.

This can be accomplished either through bribery or simply by beating up those who oppose the measure into submission. The game can be heavily tweaked using the Dark Assembly since such things as the strength of enemies can be increased or decreased with various measures. This gives the player the power to actually tailor their gaming experience as they play. If they find it too easy they can make enemies stronger.

If they went a little too far in that direction they can make them weaker again. Or if gamers find the mechanic troublesome they can simply skip the Dark Assembly altogether and play the game straight. Another optional side item is the ability to level up specific items (weapons, armor, etc) through “item world” combat. Gamers really into maxing out their characters can easily spend dozens of hours on this one aspect alone.

The story being told in Disgaea DS has a sweetly wicked sense of humor. First, there’s the fact that the hero of the game isn’t actually a good guy, actually, he’s trying very hard to be as wicked as possible. This basic premise alone leads to some amusing story moments but the game also has fun with parody as well.

Characters and story developments frequently poke fun at conventions of both video games and Japanese anime (which is the art style the game uses.) Inside jokes like a recurring boss character actually being called Mid-Boss (much to his own annoyance) or Laharl having a literal weakness to a sexy woman (keep in mind this is a T rated game and the humor is geared as such) all give great laughs. However, if the gamer isn’t that into the story they can, in another nice touch of in-game customization, actually skip the story sequences and go right to the combat.

Graphics and sound of Disgaea DS are on par with most of the games in the genre (though it is an impressive touch that there are some recorded voices for certain story moments.) As mentioned the art style is in the anime vein, with more detailed character portraits appearing to show character emotions rather than just using the in-game sprites. This helps flesh out the characters a little more as the portraits can get their reactions to things across much more clearly than the static sprites and dialog alone. The combat effects are well done as well, though some of the high-level spells have animations that a tad too long since you’re going to keep seeing them over and over again. The music is fun and lively and if players start to get bored with it they can buy additional music tracks in-game.

While Disgaea’s gameplay is highly addictive in many ways it doesn’t feel like it’s getting anywhere for a good chunk of the time. The main reason for this is that every single part of the game is accessed from the Netherworld main hub. Players will take on many enemies in a wide variety of environments from ice fields to the blinged-out palaces, however, all you will ever do in these exotic locations is a fight. The Netherworld hub is the only place where the player is granted freedom of movement and a chance to explore anything. As a result, it tends to feel as if the entire game is spent there.

This might seem like a very minor quibble however the lack of any sense of exploration results in a very confined feeling to the overall experience. Any gamer who’s been playing video games for a while will have an aching feeling that they want to get to the next area but it just doesn’t exist. Just a little more exploratory freedom or even something as simple as an over-world map (just to give a sense of global geography,) could have opened the whole thing up so it wouldn’t feel so confined.

Despite this minor drawback Disgaea DS is a game that is very easy for RPG/strategy fans to get wrapped up in for quite a few hours. However fans of the series should be cautioned, this is a remake of the original, and those who have already conquered that game will find little reason to take on the DS treatment. The upper screen is used well to show the placement of units and the color tiles on the battlefield but that’s about the only noticeable difference. Any fans of turn-based strategy owe it to themselves to check this series out if they haven’t already, it’s entertaining and addictive.

/ Social Media

Use Fluid to Create Desktop Applications from Websites

The Mac has some of the most unique software of any platform. Developers are consistently creating software to make the lives of Mac users easier and now developer Todd Ditchendorf has created Fluid. The fluid is a one-of-a-kind application that will bring your digital, online life even closer to your fingertips. In fact, it will bring it right to your desktop or dock.

What Is It?

The fluid is a free application that allows users to create a desktop application from any website. This means that any Web-based function that you may typically launch in a browser, you can now have right on your desktop or in your Mac’s dock. Whenever you create an application the icon for that new application will be added to your Applications folder just like any other piece of software. You can drag it wherever you want and can even add it to the dock for easy access. Furthermore, you can set the new “app” up to have an icon that you wish including the favicon from the website from which it was created. This helps you to easily identify your new Fluid app. So once you have created an application from a website you can click it and a window will launch and you can do the work you need to do without opening your browser or typing in a URL.

What Can I Do With It…and How?

The interface of Fluid makes it simple and self-explanatory to create your applications. Once you have downloaded and installed Fluid from fluidapp.com, click the Fluid application icon to launch it. A simple window will ask you to enter the URL of the website that you wish to create an app from. For this example, I am going to create an application for checking, writing, and sending Gmail. So now I need the URL for my Gmail so that Fluid will not what website to create the application for. First, launch the Fluid application. Immediately you will see the box asking for the URL that you would like to use.

Next, obtain the URL by logging in to your Gmail account and highlighting and copying the URL from your browser’s address bar. Now paste that URL into the URL box in Fluid. At this point, you can also choose where to save it (the default location is in the Applications folder). And finally, you can decide what you would like to use for the Gmail application’s icon. The default selection is to use the favicon of the Web site from which the application is created. The last step is to click “Create” and then Fluid will create and launch your new Gmail application. You can drag this app to the dock and click it and get right to your Gmail when you need it!

I can leave my new application in the Applications folder and go there when I need it. Or I can create a shortcut and drag it to the desktop I also have the capability to drag the application from the Applications folder to the dock to create a shortcut there. And from now on whenever I need to access Gmail I can simply click the icon for my Fluid Gmail application and then work on my mail write there on my desktop without opening Firefox, Safari, or another browser. Keep in mind however that an internet connection is still required to send and receive mail via my Gmail application or any app that you may create with Fluid because does still grab information from the internet.

Fluid can be used with any kind of Web site including Facebook, TikTok( as You can easily Buy TikTok Fans for your Account), Pandora, or, as we have seen here, Gmail. Go out and discover new ways to use this powerful tool for your benefit. I hope that Fluid proves to be useful for you and that you will leave me a comment and let me know what kinds of things you have found that you can do with Fluid. J