Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Local Car Dealers

I have come across this new car dealers website and I would surely like to write something about it.

I was searching for car dealers near my area when I found this website. Its called Wexu, (I don't know what does this name

stands for ( but it provides quite huge database of all local car dealers in any state, or even in cities of

America. For example, lets say if you are looking for a Ford car dealers in Chicago, the you can just checkout Ford Chicago or similarly Toyota Houston for Toyota car dealers in Houston. I tried even smaller

cities and it worked great for them also. I am really impressed. I have been looking for such a car dealers site from long.

So if you are looking for any local dealers of car and don't know where to look for, I would surely recommended this small online car dealers website to help you. I am sure it would be of great help to you.

Wedding Makeup That Lasts

Wedding Makeup that Lasts

On your big day, you want your wedding makeup to last. Not only that, but you want to look stunning in your photographs. In order to insure that your makeup will last as long as possible, it may be best to hire a professional to take care of it. However, here is some advice to keep in mind even if you do hire a makeup artist.

Use a makeup base. Several cosmetic companies offer products that go on under your eye makeup or lipstick that help your makeup last. Eye makeup base provides a layer that your eyeshadow and eyeliner can adhere to. This prevents creasing and helps the colour stay on longer. They offer similar products for lipstick. However, try to find a lipstick base that is also moisturizing. Some products contain ingredients that dry the lips out. You'll need your lips to stay nice and moist so you can smile all day.

Get rid of extra shine. A shiny face looks even worse in photographs, especially if the photographer uses a flash. After washing your face, apply an oil controlling product. After that absorbs, apply a thin layer of loose powder. Apply foundation and the rest of your makeup as usual. Follow up with another thin layer of loose powder. Carry some pressed powder with you so you can control any shine as the day progresses.

Lasting lipstick. One of the first things to fade is your lipstick. Follow these tips that will help your lipstick last. First, apply a moisturizing lip base. Then, apply lip liner in a shade that is a little darker than your lipstick. Use a soft pencil. Fill the lips in with the pencil. Apply one coat of lipstick and blot gently. Apply another coat of lipstick but this time do not blot. Press a thin layer of facial tissue gently to your lips. Using a large brush, apply a thin layer of pressed powder to the tissue. The tissue acts as a screen, letting in only a small amount of powder. The powder helps the lipstick set and keeps it on longer.

Pack a makeup bag. No matter how hard you try to create a lasting look, you still may need to do some minor touch ups throughout the day. Pack pressed powder, lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow just in case your colour needs a boost.

Sally Lopez is a freelance writer and marketing manager of Marcell "Professional Make-up Artists".To learn more about wedding makeup and the latest makeup tips visit

Shopping Online in Holiday Reason

It’s interested that major holidays of all countries and all religions are celebrated in the winter - Christmas, Chinese New Year etc. Scholars believe that the cold weather in the winter has kept people away from work in farms traditionally and they have more to enjoy and celebrate what the year has brought to the families and communities. But Christmas is the birthday day of Jesus Christ. I always wonder what the world would like is Jesus was born in July or August. Or maybe, our ancestors just combined the birthday of Jesus with winter celebration.

A holiday season is always a shopping season. What a holiday would be like without shopping? In the major retailing stores in US - Macy’s, Best Buy, and even discount stores like Walmart, consumers are lined up for hours to grab gifts for family and friends for the Christmas celebration. What many people may not noticed is that there’s another wave of shopping happens in front of computer screens - online shopping.

Online shopping has become more and more popular and the sales of consumer portion of e-commerce has reached tens of billions of dollars. It’s still small compared with the amount of money that people spend in malls. The history of commerce dated to at least 40 years ago when businesses conducted EDI (or Electronic Data Interchange) in 1960 long before the Internet was conceived. Some schools trace the commerce history back to the invention of telephone more than a hundred years ago. This depends on how we look at commerce definition. The e-commerce in consumer market wouldn’t enjoy its success today without the popularity of the Internet and the Web in middle 1990s. In just a few years, consumers flocks to the net for convenience of shopping among the things of other benefits of commerce. It’s fascinating to see what the e-commerce landscape would be like 10 years from now.

Time to File Your Tax Online

Tax is one of things many people want to avoid but they can’t. This is not because they don’t want to pay government money, but ‘cause it’s too stressful. US Post Office is crowded in the second week of April every year. The complexity of tax laws had reached the point that one of US presidential candidates ran his presidential campaign on the platform of flat tax proposal a few years back. That was Steve Forbes.

Many people hire CPAs or professional tax preparers to do their tax, while others prefer to do the job themselves. Studies and news reports have shown that the tax professionals often make mistakes. You handed your tax works to a tax firms, and chances are it’s prepared by someone who aren’t really that knowledgeable about tax at all.

It you haven’t tried file your tax return online, it’s time to get started. Besides the fact that you’ll get your tax refund in a week or two, you’ll receive a electronic confirmation that your tax return is indeed received. The one of most important benefits you want to file taxes online is that online tax filing websites actually guide you through the complex process plus tax tips and advice, and do certain degree of validation and check whether your filing confirms with the current laws.

There are some things to remember when filing your taxes online. First, you will want to read your W-2. Find out what each of those boxes mean and be sure to read the back of your W-2 as well before you begin. You will want to print out copies of your tax forms, even when you file them online, for your records. Most online filing services will provide you with a confirmation that the IRS has received your taxes. You will want to print that out as well.

The IRS website, in addition to offering a tremendous amount of tax information, will provide you with different options you have to file taxes for free. There are different criteria for each organization that files taxes for free. You will most likely be able to find one that applies to you. There are also many tax preparers that will file your taxes online for free if you pay them to prepare your taxes for you. Many commercial software packages allow you to file online for free as well. Once you purchase the software, you can file your federal taxes for no additional cost. Some programs will allow you to file taxes for free in your particular state. Others charge an additional fee.

Xylitol: Sweet Salvation for Teeth

Candies are loved by kids of all ages, but they’re also one of major causes for cavity. Xylitol is a sugar free substance that tastes sweet but tooth-frendly. It can be found in almost anything, from berries to corn and mushrooms. For people who have dental issues, Xylitol is a sugar free natural remedy that will actually decrease trips to the dentist. In simple terms, Xylitol stops the acid attack that occurs inside your mouth. When this happens, the bacteria rarely attaches to the surface of the teeth, thus preventing plaque from finding a new home. Therefore, patients will find that they do not have as much plaque when they do go to the dentist. Still not thoroughly impressed? Xylitol also protects the enamel of the teeth. While most people tend to consume a lot of sugar a day, they do not realize that it is actually ruining their chances of mouth protection. When too much sugar is mixed with saliva, the mechanisms do not do their job of protecting the enamel. However, if people were to take Xylitol and hold back on the actual sugar, their teeth would be protected once again, if not more.

In the medical field today, Xylitol is a favorite substance in almost every product. There’s a wide range of medical applications of Tylenol - Xlear, Xylitol gums etc.. Xylitol is much more than just tooth-friendly. While this sugar free phenomenon has been putting dentists out of work because it protects teeth against decay, it also has been helping thousands of other people with different inflictions. Regardless of what type of problem you suffer from, chances are Xylitol can help you relieve some of the symptoms and protect your body.

Dr. Christopher has one of the most popular natural remedies, there are other products that have the same benefits. Nonetheless, it is important that they all contain Xylitol. Regardless of how much damage you have in your mouth, Xylitol can fix, enhance, and protect your teeth. Although most people are not yet aware of this natural substance, it is actually FDA approved. Dentists and Orthodontists alike will recommend Dr Christopher’s Xylitol products, as well as many others. If you are sick of paying hundreds of dollars in cavity work, and other ridiculous dentist appointments, then it is time to try something new. Xylitol is a sugar-free natural remedy that will indeed make your mouth feel better. Next time you go to the dentist, you will be smiling, and your teeth will certainly be thanking you.

Small Business Marketing: From Business Cards to Flyers

A small business usually has quite a few things to worry about that are a lot more important than business card printing. That is a bit like saying that a small airplane has more to worry about than keeping its engine running. It is advertising that makes a business fly and enables it to take off. The basic business card is one of the most cost effective methods of advertising available to the small business owner. Many small business owners view the business cards as a status symbol frill for salesmen and executives of much bigger companies. The truth is that the simple business card is a necessary starting point.

The business card has several elements and it comes in several styles. Its primary purpose is to provide contact information. This includes name, address, phone number, email, and Web Site Url if applicable. Another element is telling what your business does, and how it can serve its customers. Although the business card can be very simple: a one sided card printed on plain white card stock, for example, it can also incorporate design features that will create a more favorable first impression for your customers. This could include graphics and color, and could also include a distinctive logo that will come to represent your business in the eyes and minds of potential customers.

The same design elements that go into the creation of your business card should be used in your flyer design. Flyer printing is even less costly than business card printing. The basic flyer is a logical first step in the important area of advertising. They can be placed on bulletin boards, or even distributed door to door in your neighborhood. Business cards and flyers can be handed out with your sales, and sent to customers with shipped orders.

It is important to take the extra time and effort to produce business cards and flyers that give a favorable impression of your business. The extra effort will show the customer that your small business is a serious endeavor and generate customer confidence. There will be a subconscious connection made between your company and the customer. The business card and the flyer are two early ways to give out necessary information about your company and the products and services it provides. Their function goes a step beyond that, however, and they also are valuable in the creation of customer confidence and business recognition. Any extra effort devoted to their design and the excellence of their appearance will pay dividends. They could very well be the engines that help your business take off.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Photoshop For Beginners

Using Photoshop is like driving a bicycle: once you learn, you’ll never forget. It is very easy to use Photoshop for your image editing needs once you learn how by using Photoshop Tutorial which is a great place to start; it would become second nature to you. But just like learning to ride a bicycle, learning to use Photoshop is never easy. Color palettes and the confusing assortment of menus are sure to discourage even the most valiant beginner. Truth is, Photoshop is a very comprehensive tool such that even a professional Photoshop user would be surprised when he does something with it that he never knew was possible.

The fact that learning Photoshop is a very daunting endeavor need not stop you, however. Photoshop was designed for human use so be not afraid to try it. The trick is in trying it first.

To try it, prepare a simple image that you have already backed up since you are certain to botch it your first try. And since learning Photoshop is best done through experience, do not hesitate to try each and every single tool in the vast menus that you have a mind at trying. This would help familiarize you with what these tools can do for you. Of course, you should also read the help section for more specific information and shortcut Photoshop Tools.

After the first try, do not give up. Practice your Photoshop prowess countless times and read more self-help literature for more assistance and check out plenty of Photoshop Tutorials at PS Workshop. In no time at all, you’ll be zipping through Photoshop like a pro.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

SEO - The Game of Mice and Cats

Search Engine Strategy Conference is one of most influencing event in search industry when delegates from major search engines Google, Yahoo and MSN meet and discuss about the latest development in search technology with Internet marketers and SEO consultants who have been trying harder to rank their clients’ target keywords on Google, Yahoo and MSN. The recent SES conference just held in Chicago a few days ago.

It’s harder to make a distinction between what is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and what is Search Engine Manipulation (SEM, not for Search Engine Marketing here). This is as harder as to define exactly the difference between white hat SEO and black SEO. Sites get good ranking without SEO or SEM are really quality sites, such as and A good Internet markert wears no hats or invisible hats. Search Engine Optimization become Search Engine Manipulation as long as it wears a hat - white hat or black hat doesn’t matter.

If search engines won’t tell SEO consultants how their ranking algorithms work, it’s likely SEO part won’t tell their SEO techniques to search engines too. Your won’t expect mice to tell cats and say: “Hello, cats, I’m here and eat me , please”.

Besides the SEO's efforts to manipulate search engine search results, the competition from other search engines may be one of important reasons (even have more weight than the treats from SEO) that Google won’t discuss their ranking algorithms than rather say “just get more links, quality links”.

As long as the search engines relies on links to evaluate the importance of web page content, there’s room for link building to impact the SERPs (search engine result pages). So the game of mice and cats continue. The interesting part of SES conference is that the search engine think they will learn about SEO to improvement quality of search results and SEO consultants think they will learn about the algorithms to rank well. It is a fair game.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - Audio Conferencing

With all the teleconferencing companies out there these days, choosing the best service for your needs can be confusing to say the least. Some require long contracts and commitments, and many of the well known telecommunications companies charge outrageous prices.

Well, I’ve found the most inexpensive conference calls service available. specializes in providing audio conferencing for under $20 a month. If you currently are paying more than 3.9 cents for your conference calls (and who isn’t) then you should check them out. uses the latest audio conferencing technology on the market for the highest quality conference call experience, so you are paying the best price available and you are still receiving a great quality service. offers access to toll or toll free numbers, can handle up to 125 participants in your call, and provides all the features and controls you need to conduct a professional conference call event. - Audio and Web Conferencing

Looking to impress your clients with your next web presentation? is the perfect company to help you close that important business deal. Recently acquired by telecommunications giant Premiere Global Services, Netspoke offers a full variety of web conference, audio conference and reservationless or assisted teleconferencing services.

Invite over 500 people to your next team meeting or seminar with Netspoke’s web conference service and host a highly productive event at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face meetings. Engage your audience and boost participation with professional operator assisted conferencing. Netspoke will manage every detail of your conference from beginning to end.

Netspoke boasts an impressive client list, and is now owned by Premiere Global Services, so your company can be confident going into their next web or audio conferencing meeting knowing that the presentation will be a smashing success. - Audio and Web Conference Calls

Looking for a conference call company that offers web conferencing and local or international conference calls at prices well below the competition? has all of these services bundled together, and offers excellent service and 24/7 customer support.

Check out their site and receive 60 minutes of free conference call service with no stings attached. offers competitive rates too, which is something you usually won’t find with a full-featured teleconferencing company; in addition the rate decreases automatically as your volume increases. There is no setup fee or minimum monthly charge; you simply pay for what you use. offers direct digital connections, and has relationships with major long distance service providers ensuring that you will get the highest quality service available, along with prices of 50% less than other conference call service providers. Whatever your web or audio conferencing requirements, offers a high quality service to meet your needs.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Great Directory by Jim Westergren!

Jim Westergren has again done a fantastic site - this time a directory.

Check out Add It has over 30 000 active links, very nice detail pages and real time editing of links from users.

Here you can for example see a the category Finance.

What is also very nice for those submitting is that they can preview the detail listing and edit their links even before the link is officially approved by the editor.

Credit Cards Vs Debit Cards

Although credit cards are the most popular forum of credit around, alternatives such as the charge card also have their benefits. Despite both forms of cards being popular, many people do not know the difference between them. If you are looking for the best type of credit, then you really should compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of credit cards and charge cards. They might serve the same purpose, but if you know the differences between them you can get the right type of credit for your needs and hopefully save yourself some money.It is hard to say which type of card is better, although if you want to carry a balance then you have to opt for a credit card. Credit cards generally have more flexibility, as you can pay the money back more slowly. Credit cards also have the facility for 0% balance transfers which gives a huge advantage. However, if you are someone who always pays his or her bills back in full each month, a charge card might be the answer. This will give you greater spending power when you need it without allowing you to go into debt and pay interest on it.

The Thrifty Scot

The Scottish people have earned themselves a reputation through the years as a plain spoken, down to earth and honest bunch of folks. It makes sense, then, that one of the best sources of financial advice on the Internet should be ThriftyScot.ThriftyScot is a simple, easily navigable site that gives no nonsense, down to earth advice on personal finance. Arranged into several categories, ThriftyScot's advice guides you through the often confusing world of personal finance and leads you towards the best money-saving deals available.Of all the categories offered at ThriftyScot perhaps the most useful is the credit cards section. With advice on credit cards offered by a wide range of lenders.Beyond the credit card pages, ThriftyScot offers fantastic advice on remortgages and secured loans. Since a home tends to be the most expensive and important purchase of your life, it makes sense to find good solid advice before you take out a mortgage. Additionally, it's just as important that you make sure you have all the facts before you take out a loan that uses your home as collateral.

Getting Instant Secured Loans

Although taking your time to find a loan is the best option, there are times when this simply isn’t possible and you need money fast. Generally, these loans will be needed for a short period of time, after which you can pay the money back. Although there are a number of instant unsecured loans on the market, they are usually for small amounts of money. If you need a larger amount of cash quickly, then you should look at an instant secured loan. Instant secured loans can help you can get a decision in just a few minutes, even if you have a poor credit history.There are many reasons why you might need a loan within a very short space of time, although it is usually due to unexpected expenses that you could not hope to budget for. These expenses are usually essential, and can include items such as car repairs, healthcare costs and house repair costs. If you don't have the money readily available but need to pay these expenses fast, then an instant secured loan might be the best option. This is especially true if you have a poor credit history and are unable to get an unsecured loan.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Cooking Vacations

Cooking vacations are a hot topic in the travel world! Cooking vacations come in every shape and size, from inexpensive weekend getaways to pricey international week-long excursions. You need not be an accomplished cook. Only a desire to learn is required. Incidentally, with the holiday season upon us, a cooking vacation makes a terrific gift!
You'll meet new people as well. In fact, some people go on cooking vacations hoping to meet someone they'd like to date! Some men arrange cooking vacations for a date they're really hoping to impress. Much more impressive than a dinner date at a nice restaurant.
With all the possibilities out there, how do you choose the right package? Factors you'll want to consider include your budget, length of tour, your skill as a cook, formal or informal atmosphere, and the type of instruction you're seeking.
Some cooking vacations offer demonstration classes, where you simply observe the chef in action, while others have a hands-on orientation. Still another type is technique oriented. Decide which type you'd prefer.
If you're a beginning cook, you may want to explore more narrowly focused cooking vacations, such as bread baking or techniques of cake decorating or making tempura.
If you're already a good cook, you may choose to jump right in to a cooking vacation in Italy for a week-long stay in a romantic farmhouse in Tuscany. If your budget doesn't allow such extravagance, look locally for those offered by top chefs experienced in a specific cuisine.
The technique type of cooking vacation focuses more on the general art of cooking and specific techniques of a “how-to” nature that you can apply to any recipe. From artisan bread making and making gravy to sharpening knives or making authentic bouillabaisse, you'll find a cooking vacation that offers what you want.
One of the most enjoyable parts comes when the food has been prepared. Then you sit down to eat! Sometimes you'll dine in a communal dining room or perhaps in a garden setting. Usually the chef will choose wines that best complement the food. If you're a foodie, it doesn't get much better!
In the U.S., cooking schools and B&B's are getting on board with cooking vacations, offering weekend getaways as well as the full week versions. Whichever type you choose, you'll find lots of sightseeing possibilities to explore when you're not in class.
Mexican cooking vacations offer a panoply of regional cuisines, with tastes you've never experienced at home.
Popular European cooking vacations include France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Tours into the countryside between cooking classes provide not only beautiful scenery, but visits to artisan cheese makers, bakers and wine-tastings.
In Europe, more so than in the U.S., regional cooking is given more emphasis. For example, in Spain, you'll find Basque, Catalan, and Andalusian cuisines, each with distinct flavors, seasonings, techniques and ingredients.
For those who love food, a cooking vacation is a must!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Utube Video Clip

Utube Video has become one of the most popular ways to get you video clip online these days and with te help of camcorders that most houses have these days some very interesting video clips are showing up on sites like utube video clips on the other end of the scale we have smaller scale sites making the most of the action such as utube video camcorder also taking advantage of the u tube video keyword phrase although both sites have different intentions both site full the need for other utube business such as which recently has been seeing over 2 million vistiors per month and the owner of the piping company has even gone as far as to sue the original u tube video site . WHY ? many would ask surely having an extra 2 million visitors to your website per month is a good thing ? right ? even if you are selling pipes it must be tempting to change to a site something like u tube video clips you never know google might turn around and see you as a threat and buy you out , they did pay around 1.6 billion for youtube so something has to be said for the video site craze. All i know is if it was me I would be sure to have my site advertise at least some sort of video product if it was me . Could easily kick up your feet and move to some island and relax you life away while you smiled away at your fortune .
Well thats my small rant for today

Monday, November 20, 2006

Dr Dre

"Andre Young, a.k.a. Dr Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. (with Ice Cube and Eazy-E). The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and helped lay the foundations of west coast gangsta rap. Dre's 1993 solo effort, The Chronic, was a critical and popular success. Later in the 1990's, Dre turned his attention to producing. He helped launch the careers of Warren G., Snoop Dogg and Eve of Destruction, and in 1999 Dr. Dre helped produce Eminem's top-selling The Slim Shady LP."Dr Dre Snoop Dog Fan Site

Saturday, November 18, 2006

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Accurate Bathroom Scales

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you know how frustrating it can be. Every pound that you take off feels like one step closer to paradise. Every pound that, in a moment of weakness, you put back on, feels like one step back towards hell. It is easy to lie to yourself. It is easy to say that you are using accurate bathroom scales, when you know for a fact that the one that you have takes off somewhere between 10 and 12 pounds. It is easy to convince yourself that the reason that you look heavier today than yesterday is because you're wearing bulkier shoes. But the most important thing to successful weight loss is to stay realistic. The point is not to convince yourself that you are losing weight. The point is to actually lose weight.

This is why accurate bathroom scales are so important. You would not believe how much difficulty I have had in finding truly accurate bathroom scales. When I first started looking, I made the mistake that so many people make. I assumed that because I was using a digital scale, it would be accurate. This is about as far from the truth as you can get. Remember, when you go to the doctor's office, the scale that they use is a simple balance. This is about as analog as you can get. An accurate bathroom scale is not one that looks fancy, or has glowing electronic numbers. It is one that shows you the correct weight all the time.

There is only one sure way to find accurate bathroom scales. If you are aware of the source, you have been truly blessed. If you are not, your life has been much harder I am sure. It is that glowing guide to all product knowledge: Consumer Reports. I had been looking for accurate bathroom scales for a long time before I discovered this, and was getting ready to shell out a lot of money for a professional scale. It is a good thing that I found the guide. It told me that I don't have to spend a lot of money to get accurate bathroom scales. On the contrary, many of the most expensive bathroom scales are actually seriously overrated. It guided me to accurate bathroom scales that only cost me $80. This may seem like a lot to you, but it was backed with a lifetime guarantee, so I was more than satisfied.

Taking African American Baby Shower Invitations Seriously

An addition to a family is an exciting venture for everyone involved. It is only fitting that the party that celebrates the future appearance of the little one be one that embraces his or her heritage. African American baby shower invitations are designed to welcome a child while showing great pride for his heritage as well.

We all have seen the adorable icons used in most baby shower invitations. Little feet sticking out from beneath pink and blue blankets really warm the heart. However, not every baby will have Caucasian feet. African American baby shower invitations are created to recognize the child’s ethnicity while embracing traditional baby shower themes.

One of my favorite African American baby shower invitations is the sweet pea design. Nothing is cuter than a baby pea in a pod and the diverse ethnic elements available in the sweet pea invites make the whole thing extra special. If you are expecting multiple births you may want to consider this adorable design as well.

The sweet peas in a pod offer designs that recognize multiple births as well. Even moms who are expecting triplets can use these beautiful cards for her special day. The sweet peas are picture perfect in this thoughtful design and it just makes you want to hug the little darlings. What a wonderful way to send your friends and family warm invites.

When I was young I was often discouraged by the fact that few dolls and just about no television characters looked at all like me. Today’s woman of color should have the same choices in designs that her white counterparts have. Fortunately, many designers are taking African American baby shower invitations seriously.

You can find a number of lovely images that offer diverse options for everyone who is in the market. However, it is nice to see some special African American baby shower invitations that are created just for our heritage. I love that I don’t have to purchase vague, universal invitations for my very special event like many ethnic mothers did before me.

Bringing a new baby into the world is an exciting venture that is filled with pride and anticipation. I love that I can show my pride in something as simple as my invitations that I choose for the special day. As new African American baby shower invitations are designed I wonder how many more options my daughter will have in the future.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fish Tank Decorations

Do you have a fish tank? Is it kind of plain? Adding some decorations can bring even more life to your fish tank. Choosing the right aquarium, equipment, plants, and fish tank decorations can help you create the basis for healthy living conditions in your fish tank. You can use all types of materials to give shape to the inside of your aquarium. Your biggest dilemma will be to decide if you want to go with a natural aquarium or go with a whimsical set up, such as castles and treasure chests.
The first thing that you want to decide on is what to put in the bottom of your tank. As long as they don’t contain calcium and your fish have no special requirements, the quartz gravel and river sand are perfect to line the bottom of your aquarium with. You can buy these fish tank decorations in almost any shade of the rainbow. Some people prefer the look of natural stone over colored rocks. You can build caves or other structures completely out of rocks. The rocks you put in your aquarium will provide your fish with shelter, places to hide, and a place to lay their eggs. As you can see, some fish tank decorations provide more than just an aesthetic look.
You can really bring your fish tank to life by using plants in your landscaping. It doesn’t matter if they are plastic or alive, they will complement your other fish tank decorations. Plastic plants come so close to looking real that it can be hard to tell them apart, just keep in mind what will grow in nature.
To set up your aquarium, first put the rock structures in the bottom of the tank. Place them in a way that they won’t break the bottom glass of the tank. Next, lay down your substrate. For the top layer of gravel, use pre-washed gravel and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear.
Install all of your equipment, such as the heater and the filter. Place your driftwood and roots, if you are using them, where they can hide your equipment without interfering with it. Next, add any plants that you are using as fish tank decorations. Either use a plate to disperse the water or pour it onto the rocks or wood so that it won’t disturb the fish tank decorations you have already installed. Install all your lighting and the top, plug it all in, and turn it on. Run your tank and adjust the water temperature and pH levels to what fish you are planning on keeping for at least a couple days before you add your fish. Lastly, you can add your fish slowly and remember the nitrogen cycle. Your fish combined with your beautiful fish tank decorations will add to the relaxing atmosphere of your tank.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I was thinking about starting a new hobby when I came across a clay polymer Christmas ornament that really caught my eye. The amazing thing about this item was that it was created by a friend of mine. While she is crafty she isn’t really known for her amazing artistic ability.
However, I now see my friend in a whole new light after seeing what she can do. The clay polymer Christmas ornament looks like it came straight out of a Hallmark store. The quality of the decorative holiday item is amazing and I could not believe that this polymer clay ornament was really hand-made.
My generous friend offered to show me the process step-by-step but I didn’t want to take up too much of her time and I am great with arts and crafts. I figured that no matter how professional the clay polymer Christmas ornament may be that I would have no trouble creating one just as nice on my own.
I wouldn’t say that I could make a better polymer clay ornament because I really can’t imagine how her project could be improved. It is absolutely perfect as it is. Nevertheless, I am an arts and crafts enthusiasts and my dear friend can’t draw a straight line if her life depended on it. If she could do it, so could I.
I began my search for the clay polymer Christmas ornament project in our local crafts store. I was quickly overwhelmed with the many items and different colors of clay in the arts and crafts store. Maybe the best place to start would be a book or a magazine that would outline the details of such a project.
There were many publications on the subject but none looked as if they were for beginners. I hate admitting that I am a beginner with any craft but the clay polymer Christmas ornament project had me running in circles.
I finally decided that the whole process was far too involved and intimidating for me and maybe I should just give up before investing any more time in the project. I also didn’t want to invest a lot of money, either. I thought that it was time to take my friend up on her offer.
As she eagerly showed me the process of making the clay polymer Christmas ornament, she was so at ease with the steps that the task suddenly seemed less intimidating to me. I learned a few things with this project including the fact that everyone has a talent. They just need to take some time to figure out exactly what it is.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Christmas Breaks
Many people work hard and forget to take a vacation each year. When it comes time for the holidays, many make up for this by taking time off of work for Christmas breaks. College students often have a lot of free time around the holidays, and some of them plan special trips with friends or with family to get away and relax. December is a busy month for a lot of people, and right afterwards the world slows down for a little bit. Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, there is no reason why you can’t take Christmas breaks as well. This may be the best time to get some time off, depending on where you work.
Christmas breaks can be long, or they can be just a long weekend. Christmas has become more a stressful event for some people, and they need the chance to regain their wits and rest their mind. If your holiday season is a whirlwind of parties, family gatherings, charity events, and school activities, Christmas breaks can bring back your sanity, and give your mind and body a well deserved break.
If you live in the north, you may want to take a break from the snow for your Christmas breaks. You can find a flight south and spend a few days on the beach. It may not be some of the warmest days of the year, but the beaches may be less crowded. You might also visit an amusement park and find the lines are smaller and you can get more in while you visit. You can skip all of that if you like, and simply rent a room in a charming, out of the way bed and breakfast and spend a few days in seclusion with a loved one, or all by yourself if you need to.
For longer Christmas breaks, you can fly almost anywhere in the world. Book early for these flights to make sure you can get one, and to make sure you get a good deal. Booking flights at the last minute for Christmas breaks in December is hard, and you will end up paying a lot of money if you do so. You can take advantage of the winter and find somewhere to go skiing, or you can visit a foreign country that you have been wishing to see. The important thing is that you take the time to recharge your batteries so you can come home refreshed and ready to tackle the new year.

Monday, October 23, 2006

I know I have but have you ever wondered about the meaning of names? Having a child is a wondrous and beautiful thing. New parents across the United States will welcome in new members of their families on every single day of the year in 2006. With these celebrated additions, Parents will have many choices to make in regards to how they raise their child; Protestant, or Catholic? Store bought foods, or homemade? Public or private school?
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Friday, October 20, 2006

A lot of people think that an artificial flower arrangements is a very stupid idea. They do not see any value at all in silk flowers, arguing that half of the fun of flowers is that there are vibrant and alive. Although a real flower bouquet has a lot of drawbacks, such as wilting, requiring care, lasting only a short period of time, and eventually getting flower petals all over the floor, these people still think that all of the inconvenience is worth it, because they see no worth in artificial flowers. But in my opinion, this type of snobbery is silly. The point of flowers, after all, is to cheer you up. The only difference between real flowers in artificial flowers, as far as I am concerned, is that artificial flowers can do this for a whole lot longer.
Of course, artificial flowers do not look quite like real flowers, but they have gotten better and better. As far as I can tell, there are many people out there who can not tell the difference when you see it. They look at an artificial flower arrangements and be quite sure that it is the real deal. Until, that is, they look very closely at it and discover that the flowers are actually artificial flowers. Often, the only thing that tips people off to the fact that they are looking at artificial flowers, is the absence of the mess that characterizes a real bouquet. They will notice that there is no water in the face, or that there are no flower petals on the ground. If this is the biggest difference between real flowers and artificial flowers, I think that the choice is clear. After all, who needs all of that mess and bother, when it can be so easily avoided?
Nowadays, I will never send a real flower arrangement to someone when they seem to be feeling down. I almost always send artificial flowers instead. While real flowers will make them feel better for a little while and then dies slowly, making a mess all over the floor, artificial flowers will last forever. They will continue to provide joy and happiness, lighting up the room and increasing the cheer in good spirits of all who are inside of it. Although artificial flowers do not have the romantic qualities of real flowers, they do have one quality that really goes far to characterize true love: they last for ever and ever.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Every woman I know has a bathroom scale in her house. I think this may be a bad idea because the bathroom is one room that you are sure to use everyday and if there is a bathroom scale in it, you may feel tempted to weigh yourself every single day. Your weight fluctuates every day and hopping on a bathroom scale may disappoint you more often than not. I think it may be a good idea for all of us girls to go throw out those bathroom scales right now.
Having a bathroom scale may not be a completely bad idea although I think it breeds more disappointment than anything else. Many women have a complex about their weight and always feel as if their’s is too high. If you find yourself weighing yourself every day and being disappointed by the results, it may be time for you to get rid of your bathroom scale for good.
Being too obsessed about your weight can be harmful in many different ways. There is a wide variety of mental and emotional effects that weight and body image can have on a woman. Society and media puts a lot of pressure on women to be perfect. Even though we realize that these expectations are unrealistic and usually impossible, we still subject ourselves to the criticisms of ourselves and others when it comes to our bodies.
Instead of hopping on your bathroom scale every day to check your weight, you should keep in mind that the number is not that important. People are getting taller and bigger because of evolution. If you look back a hundred years to the average size of a woman, you would look like an Amazon in comparison. You should try to keep in mind that your health and level of fitness is much more important than anything your bathroom scale has to say.
If you weigh 150 pounds or more but you are toned, strong, and healthy, the number shouldn't matter at all. I know a lot of women wish that they weighed the same as emaciated models even though they realize that being underweight is just as unhealthy as being overweight. If you find yourself being obsessed about your weight and checking the number more often than once a week, it's time to get rid of the bathroom scale.
I mentioned the effects of our physical evolution but had not yet talked about our mental evolution. I think that an important part of our mental evolution should be healthy and realistic expectations for ourselves and our children. It is important that we do not pass on our obsession with being skinny and perfect to future generations. Our main goal must be the health and happiness of our children and weeding out ideals that are practically impossible to obtain will help ensure the psychological well-being of those who are to come.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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I love the Internet. Now, when I say that I'm not talking about the way I love my wife, or anything like that. My love for cyberspace runs much deeper. She's truly there for me whenever I need her. Okay, I'll shut up about that now. Besides, my wife may read this, and then I'd be dead meat. Anyway, do want to know what I love about the World-Wide-Web? It's the utter convenience of it all. I mean if you really think about it, you really won't find better or more handy options than you find on the web. Furthermore, this applies to so many different things. Whether you're paying bills online, ordering a pizza from the local Italian restaurant, or just surfing for new clothes, it's all a breeze and at your very fingertips. Oh, and wait; here is the best part of all; web-stores always accept credit cards online. This is outstanding! After all, it's virtually all we use these days.
What doesn't accept credit cards online? I'll answer that one; nothing. I don't care what you're searching or shopping around for, you can most likely use your credit card to buy it. Okay, okay, so there may be a few shops that prefer a money order or paypal. I have seen about two of these so far. Let me reassure you that they are few and far between. Besides, you can always set up a paypal account and enter your credit card information. This gives you the secure option of paying with paypal and having it pulled directly from your credit card. I told you basically anyone and everyone accept credit cards online. One thing about paypal though, that you may not care for is the fee process. For example, if you receive money via paypal, they will take about 3 percent of it. As far as sending money goes, I don't think you lose anything. That's always good! I for one use a paypal account all the time because it's just so darn simple to operate, and funds are received instantly.
Are you looking for some we-stores who accept credit cards online? Ha, you won't be looking very long. Most of them even accept all major credit cards, which makes it truly easy for you, the buyer. Browse through thousands of websites in search of all your favorite products. Most have secure sites that accept credit cards online without the risk of a third party viewing your information. That's imperative in this day and age.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Announcement of a new digital printing services site I thought had lots of good information on printing and printers and of course great deals on digital printing services
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Friday, October 13, 2006

It’s the dream of many climbers to have their own, indoor climbing wall. No more commutes to the local climbing gym to compete with the resident gym rats for wall time; you can just wander on down to your basement or your garage to climb on your own wall. Imagine, being able to invite your friends over for a midnight bouldering session or early morning send-fest. It’s not too tough to build a climbing wall, though a few different concerns do crop up along the way, some of which are often unexpected.
On of the first considerations to think about when you decide to build a climbing wall is where you’re going to put the thing. If you’re living in a full-sized house with a garage this may not be so tricky, but if you’re in an apartment or a condo it may be quite a bit more difficult. Perhaps the most ideal place to build a climbing wall is in a heated, unfinished basement. The exposed wall studs will give you solid attachment points, it’ll be out of the way, and it can be as small as you want it to be or as big as your garage. If you start small, you can always add on as well. Unfinished attics also provide good locations. Though if you build a climbing wall in your attic it can get extremely warm, especially in the summer, you’ll hopefully be climbing outdoors in the summer anyway. Garages also work well for home climbing walls, though a heated garage will make your winter climbing a lot more comfortable. Apartment dwellers can get buy, though it’s a lot more difficult. Extra bedrooms make great locations for at-home walls. If you must, it’s possible to build a climbing wall in your living room. Though the wall may be asthetically pleasing, if you use any chalk at all then chalk dust will soon coat most of your living room furnaiture.
Almost all climbing walls are built on the same general structure. A frame of 2x4s or, more commonly, 2x6s, is first setup in the general shape the wall should take, usually a stud every three feet or so. Most climbers build their home walls with a moderate overhang since it provides more training opportunities and harder climbing than vertical walls or slabs. The stud frame is then faced with ½” or ¾” plywood. Holes are drilled into the plywood and backed with t-nuts, and then holds are screwed into the front of the wall, anchored by the t-nuts. The entire wall is usually anchored to wall studs, though if you’re renting an apartment or house you may need to get a little more inventive with a less-permanent anchoring system.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The first time I ever saw a coral reef in person was on a trip to Fiji. It was actually just an extended layover; I was traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles and I was able to add a layover in Fiji for $20. I figured that I probably wouldn’t have another chance to go to Fiji for $20, so I took it. I started sweating the minute I got off the plane; after spending six months in rainy, temperate New Zealand I wasn’t prepared for eighty degree weather and ninety percent humidity. After my first night in Nadi I caught a bus and then a boat to one of the outlying islands, where I was to spend four days doing essentially nothing. I brought a couple of books and my pack-able hammock, but when I made it to the island I found that the hammocks were already set up for me. The island was small, but gorgeous. It only housed two resorts, which were essentially right next to each other, and it took three or four hours to walk all the way around the island. Fresh water was somewhat scarce, and rain water collectors made up for the majority of it. The whole island ran on a large generator, so the lights went off at 10pm and didn’t turn on again until morning. I had heard about Fiji’s great diving, but since I was there for such a short period of time and didn’t have a dive license, I opted to snorkel instead. On my second day on the island I hired a snorkel and a set of fins and set off to explore the coral reef right in front of our resort. When I plunged into the warm water I felt like I was in a different world. My doctor used to have this big elaborate fish tank filled with fish of all different colors, large and small. Gliding over the coral reef made me feel like I was in a life-sized mock-up of the same tank. Big fish patrolled the shelf of the coral reef while little neon-colored ones flitted in and out of the coral heads. Sea cucumbers loafed about the bottom, while parrot fish nibbled and ground at the coral. I snorkeled all day, checking out the coral reef all around the island. By the end of the day I had a terribly sunburned back and salty hair, but I knew that I was going back in the water the next morning.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Teem land