Wrinkle Cream Checklist

Anti aging products have hit an all time high in the skin care market. It seems like everyone is looking for something to turn the clock back and give themselves a little more time of a youthful complexion and smooth skin. You’ve got wrinkle creams, and age hiding serums that flood the stores every year, and it is even worse on the internet, but how do you know which is the right one for you? To answer that question I have devised a simple wrinkle cream checklist so that the anti aging products market will be a piece of cake to sort through.

1.) How is the product reviewed:

This is a big indication on how the product is doing and how it reacts to different skin types. Reading a wrinkle or anti aging product review is like talking to a million of your friends and family at once about a anti aging product that you are interested in. Most of these sites and magazine articles offer honest feedback on everything from the feeling of the wrinkle cream or product to the company making the anti aging product and their reputation with customer service and refunds. Also, a wrinkle cream or anti aging product review will offer you information on the ingredients and their effectiveness, which will lead us to our next topic…

2.) What are the ingredients in the product?

Are they of a chemical synthetic base or all they organic and all natural? To me this question right here is probably the most important question you need to ask when picking any skin care product to your skin. Chemicals and synthetic ingredients are well known for causing a ton of adverse side effects to your skin. From rashes and irritants to even the development of cancerous cells, these types of ingredients should be avoided at all cost. Try and steer yourself to the all natural organic ingredients, even if you’ve never tried them before. The ingredients not only are gentle with your skin, but they contain so many nutrients and vitamins that will only help in the anti aging process. An example of natural based ingredient could be an ingredient by the name of Matrixyl (peptide based ingredient that regenerates new wrinkle reducing cells in the skin) or maybe Stem Cells (extracted from the cores of a Swiss apple, these cells can be programmed as any cell in your body). Both of the above are all natural and help fight off signs of aging, and are found in quite a few wrinkle creams on the market. Plus, the both offer moisturizing qualities that many other wrinkle cream ingredients may not.

3.) Is it a gel base or a cream base?

I know we are talking about wrinkle creams, and of course they are a cream base, but the other anti aging products out on the market we use to fight aging and wrinkles may not be cream based. The reason I put this topic in our check list is because when dealing with aging skin, creams are more helpful than any type of gel you can use. As you age, you skin not only loses the collagen and elastic fibers used to keep your skin youthful but it also loses a ton of moisture. So by using a wrinkle cream instead of any anti aging gel, you are not only feeding your face the ingredients it needs to heal your wrinkles but you are also adding moisture which can only do good for you complexion. So in the anti aging product realm, wrinkle CREAMS are what we should be looking for.

Three simple steps and your wrinkle cream shopping concerns are over. By seeing how other perceive the wrinkle cream, knowing the difference between each ingredient and what they do, and learning that a cream is better than a gel for older age; you will be able to knock out more than half of what is offered to you on a daily basis. This will make life a lot easier and your pocket book a lot heavier with all the money you save from not trying a million different wrinkle creams and anti aging products. So before you decide on a new wrinkle cream to fight off the signs of aging, refer back to your check list and find the best wrinkle cream you can for your face.

Residential Elevators For Home Make Your Life Much Easier

Residential elevators for home make your life much easier by creating a comfortable environment in your residence. These help you with all your mobility lift needs – carry people as well as freight between floors. Moreover, they will enhance your home décor as these are available in safe and stylish choices.

Elevator Models in a Multitude of Finishes and Safety Features

Innovative residential elevators such as Eclipse elevator, Telecab residential elevator, Infinity Luxury elevator, LU / LA elevators and Prolift Voyager offer long term benefits. Moreover, they add convenience to your daily life and enable easy transportation between floors. They can be used in multi-storied buildings.

Residential elevator cabs are available in a multitude of finishes and configurations, and these help to improve your home environment and increase the value of your home. Besides, these are uniquely designed with advanced technology and incorporate many safety features such as:

o Door interlocks
o Emergency light and phone
o Alarm
o Cable safety devices
o Emergency stop buttons in pit
o Handrail
o Locked power cabinets
o Touch screen controls

Specially Designed to Enhance the Lifestyle of All Age Groups

The ADA compliant home elevators can be easily operated by people of all age groups. These require lesser space to install and are available in various size and weight capacity options. Keeping structural and electrical modifications to a minimum, you can install these accessibility equipment in your existing buildings easily and quickly, within minimum time.

Find Quality Dealers for Quality Products

Two of the manufacturers who offer elevators for homes are Savaria Concord and ThyssenKrupp Access. While designing elevators, the manufacturers take care to create products that will surely enhance your lifestyle.

If you are looking for a residential elevator that is space-efficient and convenient, you can find the right solution for your home from the quality dealer or manufacturer depending on your budget and requirement. To find the right provider, make a comparative study regarding the providers, price structure and various types of elevators.

Embrace Your Heart – Embrace Your Brain

Here’s yet another reason to “know your numbers!” Recently the Center for Disease Control and the American Heart Association reported evidence of a strong link between the risk factors for heart disease and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

We all know we should have our blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tested. We all should maintain a healthy body weight and eat foods low in fat and high in fiber. But most of us don’t.

Yet, people in their 40’s and 50’s have the opportunity to impact not only their heart health but also prevent or delay developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Younger people have an even better opportunity. People in their 60’s can significantly delay the onset of symptoms. Even those who are already experiencing cognitive decline can receive some relief and even delay more problems by treating heart disease related conditions.

Here are some tips to take charge of your health and start creating a brighter future today:

Make an appointment to discuss your risk factors with your doctor. Controlling your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar will reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Move more. Be more active in your daily life. Walk the dog, do chores around the house, turn on an exercise program or video. Being active doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym. Using tools like a pedometer and taking 10,000 steps during your day can help to increase your activity level, make you feel better and help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in line.

Make good choices at meal time. At breakfast include some good quality fiber like oatmeal or whole grain bread. At lunch avoid trans-fats in fried and prepackaged items and choose a plate filled with color. Having a salad, soup or stir fry is a much better choice than the burger and fries. At dinner limit your serving of meat to the side of a deck of cards and fill the rest of your plate (and belly) with whole grain rice or pasta, vegetables and fruits.

Take a break. One of the leading risk factors for all disease is stress, and it is often the most difficult to control. Each day take a moment to sit quietly, breath in and out and remind yourself of the good things in your life. Focusing on the people you love, the things that make you laugh and the smiles you share can brighten your day and lighten the load.

Avoid smoke. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death. If you smoke the best thing you can do for your future is to quit. Living or working with a smoker and breathing in their smoke doubles your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and a host of other ailments.

Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick just one thing to do today for your health. By focusing on the good choices you make and not beating yourself up when you slip, you will build your own health lifestyle.

Better Pulled Pork

I have spent several years learning how to great pulled pork on by barbecue pits. When I first started cooking pork butts on my smoker my results were about the same as other folks were getting using crock pots. This was frustrating to me as I was doing so much more work but not getting better results. However, I kept reading and practicing and now produce a far superior product. I thought others might want to learn from my past mistakes so I am giving some tips to start you down the path to better pulled pork.

It is important to start with the proper cut of pork which is the Boston butt. The butt comes from the top part of the hog's front legs, something akin to its shoulder. This cut has the perfect balance of meat, fat and collagen to stay moist while slow cooking. If you try making pulled pork with a loin the lack of fat and collagen will result in meat that is dry by the time it is fall apart tender.

Once you have a pork butt you need to prepare it properly. This was the step that took me the longest to understand. The butt will usually weigh between five and six pounds but have a very low surface to mass ratio. That is, there is a lot of meat but very little is exposed on the surface. If all you do is season the surface of the butt with a dry rub and throw it on the smoker you will get a product that tastes great on the surface and is extremely bland in the middle.

To season the inside of the butt I like to inject it with a combination of apple juice, chicken broth and dry rub. Typically I will mix four ounces each of apple juice and broth and stir in a tablespoon of dry rub. I inject the butt all over with as much of the solution as it will hold. It is important to use an injection syringe with large holes so they do not get clogged with any dry rub particles.

The apple juice adds sweetness while the chicken broth brings some savory components but more importantly, salt. You are essentially injecting the pork with flavorful brine. You can obviously make the mix sweeter or saltier as desired but this is a great starting point.

It is important to let the pork rest in the refrigerator at least four hours to let the injection evenly distribute throughout the meat. Once you try making pulled pork from an injected butt you will be a lifetime adherent of the technique.

Plastic Membership Cards and Customer Loyalty

There is just something about that stores that require a membership for you to shop there. For some reason you feel connected to the store and loyal when you are a plastic card carrying member. Of course, you have to pay membership fees to actually be allowed to shop in the store, but this is not a turnoff as one might initially think. Instead, those who have membership cards to these types of stores feel special because they have the privilege of shopping at such a fine establishment. Also, these little plastic cards give members a feeling of power or popularity in a sense because all of their friends and family members will ask them to take them shopping. Now, this works to the advantage of the store and it creates customer loyalty.

The majority of stores that require a membership will allow you to apply in store and get your card the same day. That’s because they have a plastic card printing area in the back that can create your membership card in no time. This will make you feel extra special because as a member you are being taken care of so well. What does this do to the customer in turn? It serves to reinforce that customer loyalty. Membership clubs have really gotten customer loyalty down to an art and they know how to get you and keep you shopping in their stores.

Besides paying to be a member you will have to always take your card with you in order to be let in. If you don’t have your card you won’t be shopping that particular day so be sure you keep it in your wallet or in another safe place. Once you start shopping in the store you will realize that the savings you enjoy are worth paying a small membership fee. Not to mention you can buy in bulk which makes life easier all around and less shopping. Currently there are a few major chains of membership warehouse stores and they all have the basic premise. Buy in bulk, save money, and feel special because you are a member of the store. Other items are also sold in the store that aren’t bulk items including electronics, clothes, home goods, patio furniture, and the like. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of these stores all you have to do is show up, pay your membership fee, and become a member. Most of these stores will give you a guest pass for one day to try out the shopping experience and see if you really want to become a member.

What is Strategic Workforce Planning?

You might have heard of 'HR' also known as Human Resources or if you are in a particularly supportive organisation it may be called 'Human Remains'. This department is instrumental in supporting managers to help get the most out of their people. As we move and more into the knowledge economy organisations assets are very much their people and what they do and know.

How much of your day job is workforce planning?

Managing this crowd of people to get the most out of your human assets is a task that falls into typically two camps:

  1. The HR dept has this as 100% of their day job but it "usually" (not always) turns into being a reactive activity with them being engaged after the fact
  2. The 'manager' who treats this activity as probably 5-10% of their day job if you're lucky

Usually neither of these two options work well at getting the most out and optimising the crowds of people that make up the organisation. Mostly because it ends up being fragmented across depts, or is based on some convoluted process or overly complex spreadsheets. Enter … WORKFORCE PLANNING!

How do you do workforce planning?

The idea of ​​workforce planning is that the business (ie not the HR dept) actively plan and prepare for what sort of workforce they will need over the coming year to three years. This activity can be very scientific with forecasts based on probabilities of when people are likely to leave down to the week !! Not every organisation will need this level of detail or accuracy, but it should have its workforce aligned to its financial planning cycle if only to ensure budgets are tracked! The high level concept is:

  1. each manager has access to the full suite of information regarding their people and reviews the next 12, 24 and 36 months service needs.
  2. demands that might impact on the level (amount of people) or type (skills of people) of workforce are highlighted for review
  3. the workforce supply (number of people and skills) is then matched to the anticipated workforce demand (from previous step)
  4. any gaps in number of people or skills is turned into an action plan which HR and the Manager go and work on ahead of time

That, in a nutshell is workforce planning.

Why do workforce planning?

The largest single cost and budget item in that majority of businesses is salaries or wages. To get the most out of this expensive resource you would expect to need to manage and optimise it in a number of ways. The costs to the organisation of a person leaving include:

  • Severance pay (depending on how they depart)
  • Poor delivery performance (productivity) from the individual leading upto their exit
  • HR depts time to run a recruitment campaign
  • Cost of advertising of new posts / roles
  • Cost of recruitment agency to help sift & source candidates
  • Cost of assessment centres to test out candidates aptitude for the role
  • Manager's time to interview and select a suitable replacement
  • Backfill cost of a temp resource to cover any gap left between a leaver and a joiner
  • Doubling up time (paying two people for the same job) for a handover to the new person if there is no 'gap'
  • Ramp-up time where a new joiner needs to get to know the environment and the role (reduced productivity)
  • Baby-sitting time for the manager to induct the new joiner into his / her team and the organisation
  • Increased salary cost if the new hire is more expensive than the leaver (they almost always are)

All of this is assuming that the huge risk being run in employing a new person is mitigated and they turn out to be a good solid performer that fits culturally and does not leave quickly after joining and trigger another round of these costs again!

Still think you do not need workforce planning! So now you see the value in having a functioning workforce planning capability as a key part of your organisation's business planning cycle.

Guide to Bremshey Treadmill Products

Bremshey treadmill is produced by a company that began as a family business in Germany. This company has a history that goes back to forty years before now. This product line is produced to the end that it may deliver a manufactured product, which is user-friendly; paying attention to what people will need as against what can be obtained.

Bremshey Control T Folding Treadmill; one of the recent electric treadmills that you can get to buy is one of the most expensive products from this line of products. The Bremshey treadmill has a number of superior programs with an orthopedic belt, which is wonderful in absorbing shock. Its speed and incline can be regulated easily by making use of the hot keys, which can be seen on the handrails and console.

Features that you can find with the Control T Folding Treadmill include the following: displays for distance, time, speed, heart rate, calories, laps, 400 meter track; heart rate measurement with chest belt and hand grip pulse sensors included; a powerful 3 horsepower (hp) motor that can work continuously for smooth workouts at low and high speeds. Other features which this treadmill has are: weight of 110 kilograms, folded size with measurement of 75″x 34,” running belt with 20″x 56,” size twelve programs that consist of: three user profiles, training manual, a single heart rate control program and seven pre-set profiles, etc. Other less expensive electric treadmills from the manufacturer of bremshey that are also recent are: Scout Folding Treadmill and Ambition T Folding Treadmill 2009. The scout like the name says is a folding treadmill that is enhanced with recent technology. Its 2.2 hp (horse power) motor runs at a high-speed of 16kilometers per hour. It has a maximum user weight of 135kg.

The other Bremshey treadmill; which is the Ambition T is also fold-able. It is a treadmill that delivers value that consumers can recognize. The treadmill has a large 2.75 hp motor engine, a folding mechanism that is easily operable and hot keys for elevation and speed.

In spite of the highlights mentioned for the Bremshey product line treadmills one still needs to exercise caution before buying any electric treadmills. You can exercise caution by reading reviews and comments made by those who have previously used any treadmill that you wish to buy. Also, when you step into the shop where you want to buy a treadmill you should try it first to find out if this machine agrees with you. Finally, all the different types of Bremshey treadmill mentioned in this article are designed to meet specific needs. Therefore, it is important to identify which of them meets your need.

How To Grow Your Business – Without Spending A Dime

One of the main precepts I teach my clients is that your business is only going to grow as fast and as far as you do. Growth, both personal and professional, requires two things:

* Self evaluation

* An ability to change (Notice I didn’t say “willingness.” You can make these changes kicking and screaming as far as I’m concerned. The key is just to make them.)

Taking inventory of your beliefs, and letting go of the ones that are not moving you forward, is going to make the difference between success and struggle.

So, let me ask you, “How is your business supported (or not) by your beliefs?”

First, a little bit of general explanation about beliefs might be in order here. The dictionary defines “belief” as: the confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof. In other words, beliefs are essentially evaluations and judgments about ourselves, about others and about the world. Or, as I like to say, beliefs are opinions masquerading as reality.

Beliefs are only “true” as long as we say they are. Most of the time, we forget that. We are so immersed in our own reality we don’t think to question it, even when it may be limiting us. And it can even be a bit threatening to realize that something we’ve accepted as reality is, in fact, simply our reality.

Before May 6, 1954, it was assumed to be physically impossible for a human being to run a mile in under four minutes. No one had ever come close. After Roger Bannister did it, within the next nine years nearly two hundred others had broken the once seemingly impenetrable barrier because they now believed it was possible.

Our thoughts are primarily controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed by life decisions and beliefs determined before the age of 6. According to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, “As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be non-conscious.”

The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously responding to life rather than consciously creating it. And to top it off, we’re often responding based on information recorded and analyzed by our pre-school self. (Perhaps not the best orchestrator of an adult life, hmm?)

So, back to the original question: How do your beliefs impact your business success?

We all have beliefs that serve as resources, as well as beliefs that limit us in some way. It’s the limiting ones, of course, that we want to deal with. Beliefs like:

* It takes lots of hard work to be successful

* Money is for others, not people like me

* Being successful means I have to sacrifice my freedom

* I’m not worthy of success

* Life is a struggle – it’s impossible to get ahead

* You have to be perfect to be successful

Any of these sound (feel) familiar?

I’m not saying that you don’t have reason to believe any of those statements. I am suggesting that the mind is a very powerful tool, and that the reality you may be operating from is a reaction to your subconscious beliefs, rather than the other way around.

Start from the premise that the experiences you are having that appear to corroborate your limiting beliefs are reflections of the belief, not the cause of the belief.

Then add to that the understanding that beliefs are opinions. Strongly held, to be sure, but opinions nonetheless. And opinions can be changed. You can let go of those beliefs which don’t support your growth, business or otherwise.

The non-conscious mind is sort of like the automatic pilot mechanism on a boat or plane. Once set, you can relax and forget about it. But if it’s been set erroneously, you’re not going to end up where you wanted to go. You could take the steering wheel and manually turn in the right direction, but as soon as you let go, the wheel will go back to the default setting.

You can change course in one of two ways-

1. Constant effort and vigilance to override the auto pilot program OR

2. Adjust the auto pilot settings outright

The same is true with our beliefs. So, let’s look at how to adjust your settings for success. Then you can sit back and relax, knowing you’re going in the right direction.

The first step is identifying those beliefs which are not useful to you. It can be challenging sometimes to do a thorough job of this, because since our beliefs are “true” we often don’t see them for what they are. It doesn’t occur to us that that idea is a limiting belief because it’s “the truth.” (Of course I can’t be more successful than my brother. I’m the baby!)

It can be useful to work with a good coach or other partner on this since they don’t have our same scotomas, or blind spots, but if you’re working solo, try this exercise. Allow yourself to think about the different areas of your business, one at a time. As you do, notice what thoughts/feelings come up; notice where there is some discomfort; notice any internal discussion that starts up. (You know, that Little Voice that always has so much to say.) Don’t work at it, just allow your mind to reveal any areas of conflict, insecurity, confusion, etc. Those are where you’ll find beliefs that are limiting your performance.

You can also use this check list I’ve complied as a way to begin identifying your limiting beliefs about success (and money, since it’s such a metaphor for success in our culture). Success & Money Beliefs Checklist

Now, here’s your homework – Once you’ve identified as many limiting beliefs as you can, pick the one that you’d like to change first. If you’re up for it, choose the really “big” one that seems to be at the core of what’s holding you back. If your limiting beliefs were a cluster of grapes, this belief would be the main stem. (It will most likely be a very basic idea in the unsophisticated language of a child, since that’s when you developed it, like- I’m not good enough.)

First, recognize that at one time you had a good reason for deciding this belief was true. I don’t mean to say that it ever was true, just that from your perspective at the time, it made sense for you to believe this. It served you in some way- kept you safe, avoided criticism or failure, allowed you to stay connected to someone. So acknowledge that part of the young you that was attempting to make sense of your world.

Now, imagine your future 5-, 10-, 20 years from now, still stubbornly holding on to this limiting belief. Really see yourself in that future, how you look, how you act, your internal conversation, the people you’re with, what your business looks like, and any other aspect of your life that’s impacted by this belief. Is this what you want for yourself and your business?

Then, decide on an empowering belief that would serve you better at this point in your life. Incorporate into this revised version the positive intention (staying safe, connected, etc.) that was being met by the limiting belief. Keep the language simple so it appeals to that part of you that first dealt with this issue. (Not many 5-year-olds would decide, “Knowing that all humans are created equal, I now affirm that I am truly praiseworthy and inferior to none.”) Since you’re going to be holding on to this belief for the next 30-40 years, take some time to make it fit well.

Again, imagine your future 5-, 10-, 20 years from now, this time with your new empowering belief. See your facial expressions, hear your internal dialog, notice what your business is like, observe your relationships, and all the other areas of life that are affected by this new belief.

Lastly, choose which future you want to actually live out. (I can make a pretty good guess.)

Pros and Cons of a Smart Car

When people are thinking about making an expensive buying decision, especially with something as new and unusual as the smart car, they often want to know the pros and cons of the various options they are considering. This article will examine the pros and cons of a smart car.

There is no doubt that the smart fortwo car has its passionate supporters. Before it arrived in the United States in 2007, it had already enjoyed wild success in Europe over several years. But with its small size, there are also a number of concerns.

Pros of a Smart Car

There are many benefits to be considered; don’t let its small size fool you!

  • Environmentally-friendly. Not only is this small car fuel-efficient, averaging around 40 mpg, but it has several other environmentally-friendly features as well. The smart fortwo car uses innovative energy-efficient and recyclable materials in its construction. In fact, 95% of the vehicle is recyclable and the dash material is made from recycled synthetics.
  • Easy to park and drive. The smart car has a very small footprint. At less than 9 feet long, it’s nearly 3 feet shorter than the already diminutive Mini Cooper. Of course, a big reason for that is that it’s only a 2-seater. But the short size means this car is super easy to park, especially in tight spots or short spots where other cars wouldn’t fit. It’s also got a great turning radius that makes it very maneuverable.
  • Appearance. No one can argue that the smart fortwo car is not unique in its design and appearance. See one, and you will never forget it, whether you like it or not! Many people’s first impression is that it is just so darn cute. When Mercedes Benz brought the smart fortwo car to the United States, they updated its image to be more cutting edge, with more chrome, a bit longer hood section and updated headlights and dashboard area. You can also change out the plastic body panels to give it a whole new color, or purchase a car wrap with some kind of unique print or design on it.
  • Safety design. Most people’s first reaction when they see this tiny car is something along the lines of, “How could such a small car be safe on the road” However, what make the smart car so unique is Mercedes Benz attention to safety. From the innovative tridion safety cell, a sort of safety cage, to its 4 airbags and advanced braking system, the smart car is built for safety. Crash tests have consistently proved Mercedes’ safety claims. Anecdotal evidence, as published on the safeandsmart.com website, also supports those claims.
  • Surprisingly roomy inside. Another surprising benefit of the smart car is its interior roominess. There is plenty of leg room for both driver and passenger. Head room is great too, with men as tall as 6’6″ fitting in the driver’s seat comfortably. The cargo area is also quite roomy for a small car. We fit a 50-pound black lab and 2 other dogs in our hatch when we go hiking. And we’ve toted home as many as 8 grocery bags and a case of soda when we go food shopping.
  • Perfect commuter car. The smart fortwo car was originally designed as a “city car” for crowded European city-dwellers, and that is its greatest value in the United States, as well. It makes a great commuter car, with its roominess, solid gas mileage and zippy performance on the roads, not to mention ease of parking.

Cons of a Smart Car

Of course, no car is perfect for everyone, and this one is no exception. It does have a few features that could be improved, as well as some aspects that just make it the wrong choice for certain people.

  • Size vs. other cars on the highway. Despite its considerable safety features, there is no question that the smart car is much smaller than just about every other vehicle on the highway. So, there is a good chance that if you are involved in an accident with a big SUV or truck, you might come out the loser. However, there are accounts of smart cars faring better than other larger vehicles in an accident. One advantage of its small footprint is that it might be able to avoid collisions that a larger vehicle could not.
  • No cruise control. As mentioned above, the smart car was designed as a commuter, in-town type of car. Perhaps that’s why, despite a number of other high-end features, it lacks a cruise control option. If you do plan to travel in it or your commute involves highway driving, chances are you are going to miss having cruise control.
  • Unusual transmission. Smart cars have what is termed an “automated manual transmission.” What that means is that you have an option between going completely automatic or using a modified manual transmission. Most people find that keeping it in automatic means slightly sluggish gear shifting. That is easily remedied, however, by switching to the automated manual mode. This is a clutch-less manual transmission, meaning you are in charge of using the stick shift or paddle shifters on the steering wheel to switch gears, but you don’t have to coordinate with a clutch. The manual mode is super easy to use, even if you’ve never driven a stick shift before, and provides for a much zippier gear-shifting experience.
  • Limited passenger seating and cargo space. Smart cars only have 2 seats – the driver’s seat and one passenger seat. So they’re not meant to be family cars. And while the cargo hatch area is surprisingly roomy, it is still less than 8 cubic feet. So you won’t be hauling any lumber or large pieces of furniture in it.
  • Gas mileage could be higher. For such a small car, you might expect the gas mileage to be much higher. However, the smart car was rated the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car in the United States by the EPA in 2010. And even at 40 MPG, it is considerably more fuel-efficient than most light trucks and SUVs on the road today.
  • Requires premium fuel. The smart car requires premium fuel, which can be pricey, because of its small engine size. Smaller engines tend to perform better with a higher grade of fuel. You might consider its gas mileage to be the trade-off for the pricier gas.

In weighing the pros of a smart car against the cons, I find the pros win. For what it’s designed to be — a commuter vehicle for 1 or 2 people — the smart car is a great value with many added benefits. Could it be better? Sure, as with most products, there is definitely room for improvement. But, if you want a forward-thinking, unique and fuel-efficient small car, then I would definitely encourage you to consider the smart fortwo car.

Tips For Massaging the Vaginal Opening For Maximum Stimulation

For some reason, men are hell bent on getting as deep into a woman’s vagina as possible. They think that there is more pleasure way in the back of the vagina than in the front. Well, there isn’t, all the pleasure occurs in the first few inches of the vaginal walls and the clitoris. To really make a woman think you are a sexual god you must send these first few inches into ecstasy. There are several ways to do this with your hands, penis, and tongue.

Some women really enjoy having fingers inserted into the first few inches of their vagina while having sexual intercourse. The boring, stiff penis can sometimes not supply enough adequate stimulation to the vaginal walls all alone. So, some expert lovers know that if they include a finger in the act that they can give their woman the most explosive orgasms she has ever experienced. Pick a spot and gently massage until you get a positive reaction from your lover. Trust me when I say that you will give her levels of pleasure that she has never felt before with finger stimulation.

When you are performing oral sex, one way to give as much as you can, is to focus on the walls of the vagina with your tongue and stop focus on the center. Using fingers as well during oral sex can drive your woman up a wall. Take your middle finger and massage in the dead center of the bottom most region.

What To Do When Lightning Strikes

I usually talk about lightning in golf lessons and golf tips because it's important. Lightning claims more lives every year than hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods combined, according to some reports. That's a lot of people. And golfers with their hand held lightning rods, as I mention in my golf instruction sessions, are as likely to be killed as anyone, unless they're careful.

How deadly is lightning? If you're hit by lightning, you probably will not get another chance to lower your golf handicap. A typical shock from lightning sends several thousand amps through your body in an instant. Unfortunately, it takes only two amps to stop your heart. So your chances of surviving after being struck by lightning are not good. That's why you should know exactly what to do when you're on the course and lightning strikes.

Here's a short golf instruction session on what to do.

o Get off the course immediately

If you see lightning or hear thunder, even in the distance, get off the course immediately. Squalls and thunderstorms bearing lightning move quickly sometimes. Before you know it, they're right on top of you, catching you unprepared. If you see trouble, get off the course instantly. Do not worry about your clubs or the cart. Just get to shelter.

o Find a dense wooded area

Do not seek refuge under a lone tree. That's extremely dangerous. Thickets of short trees, On the other hand, are relatively safe. Also, avoid isolated shacks, unless they are grounded with lightning rods. Many are not, so be careful. Do not enter one unless you know for sure that it's been grounded. One golfer who took a golf lesson from me was surprised to find out after a storm that the shack she took shelter in was not grounded.

o Fall to your knees

When caught in the open, fall to your knees. Lightning strikes the highest point in the immediate vicinity. So if you're caught in the open and you think you're going to be struck by lightning, go down to your knees. Get as low as possible, but do not lie down. You want as little of the ground touching your body as possible. Lightning often travels through the ground

o Take off you spiked shoes

Not many golfers who take golf instruction sessions from me wear metal spikes these days. But some do. If you happen to be one and you get caught on the course when lightning strikes, take your shoes off. The metal attracts electricity. You're better off getting your socks wet than being hit by lightning.

o Get rid of your umbrella

Most golf umbrellas are made of fiberglass, making them less likely to attract lightning. However, lightning will strike an umbrella occasionally, because lightning tends to strike the highest point in the immediate vicinity. Never carry an umbrella except during a light drizzling rain.

o Stand away from your clubs

Stand as far away from your clubs as possible and never get caught holding one. Golf clubs are natural lightning rods, and nothing attracts lightning faster than a golf club. When Lee Trevino was hit by lightning at the Western Open in 1975, the same bolt hit Arnold Palmer's golf club 40 yards down the fairway.

o Stay away from water

Get as far away from ponds and lakes as you can. Water is a great conductor of electricity. If lightning strikes a lake or a pool, it can move through the ground and hit you where you stand. Remember few people are struck directly by lightning. It almost always strikes something near by and conducts through the ground.

o Golf carts are not safe

Forget what you've heard about golf carts being safe during a storm. Rubber tires do not ground electricity. That's a myth. It's not unusual for lightning to bounce off a tree and go right through a car's roof, killing the car's occupants. Golf carts are even less safe. Lightning strikes the highest point on the ground and that might just be the top of your golf cart.

o Avoid the green

This is one time on a golf course where it's better to be in a greenside bunker than on the green. Greens are often a bit higher than the surrounding terrain, making them more likely to be struck by lightning. In addition, the flagstick is especially likely to be struck by lightning. So the last place you want to be is on the green. Forget what you've been told in golf tips about how bad it is being in a bunker. This time it's good. Move to a greenside bunker and kneel down.

Newspapers publish stories about golfers being killed by lightning about 150 times a year. But lightning is much more dangerous than that. Follow the advice given above when lightning strikes and it's a good bet your name will not appear in one of those stories. We want everyone around to be able to take more golf lessons, read about golf, and continue lowering their golf handicaps. Be safe.

Copyright (c) 2007 Jack Moorehouse

Rocks of Life

Life throws rocks in our path. Rocks exist in life; how you handle them determines your present and your future.

A farmer continued to plow around a large rock in the center of the field. Today he broke another plow shear on that rock. A few weeks ago, he broke a harrow on that rock. He farmed around that rock every year for as long as he could remember. He father farmed around that same rock in the center of the field. He even remembered one of his father's favorite horses in the team injured his leg on that same rock. Decades later he continues to be annoyed by this large rock. Today when he broke still another piece of modern equipment on the rock, he finally had enough. He took a crowbar and started prying on the edge of the rock. After several attempts, it budged. To his amazement, the rock was only about six inches thick. He left the field and returned with a sledge hammer. After a series of well placed strikes with the sledge hammer, the rock broke into manageable pieces. He proceeded to pick up the pieces and cart them away on the wagon. For decades he and his father had farmed around this rock and damaged valuable assets. With a crowbar, a sledge hammer, a wagon and some concentrated effort, the entire obstacle has been eliminated.

What rock exits in your life? What rock have you allowed to annoy you for years? What rock continues to damage your self esteem, your emotional peace of mind and your finances? This seemingly immovable object may be a shallow obstacle which can be easily removed. Applying basic self examination and honest effort eliminates most of the rocks in our life.

My personal rock related to deservability. My mother, a gentle non-confrontational lady, always took the broken piece. When she served a cake or pie or anything, she always said "the broken piece belongs to the cook." Only the perfectly shaped and presented pieces were served to my father and brother. She always took the broken piece for herself. If there were two broken pieces, the second broken piece was automatically given to me; I was female, therefore, less than my father and brother. This innocent act impressed upon me that I was less deserving than the males. Females in our household were regarded as second class.

Who knows where this impression originated? The fact that it existed all during my youth and persisted through my adulthood formed a deservability issue in my soul. No malicious intent was intended. Perhaps my mother thought she was honoring my father and brother. Since she has passed away, I am no longer able to question her on her thoughts. She did not directly tell me I was inferior to my father and brother; however, the impression of my lesser worth impressed that fact upon my self worth. That feeling of inferiority existed as my emotional "rock in the field."

Throughout the next several years and decades, I struggled with deservability. Even though I worked hard and achieved, a plateau existed. It took years of intensive self examination and mental exercise to remove that emotional deservability rock. The fact that the rock no longer exists serves as proof that emotional rocks can be and should be demolished.

What emotional rock holds you back from achieving your dreams and goals? Have you placed a barrier in your own path to success? Identify each barrier and remove them. Self imposed rocks are removable. If you placed the rock in your own path for whatever reason, you are also capable of removing it. I'll gladly loan you my crow bar and ledge hammer. The relief experienced by demolishing that rock and carting it away to the dump feels like lifting Mount Everest from your shoulders and tossing it casually in a deep ravine never to be seen or heard from again.

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Consider Using Drop Ceiling Tiles For Your Ceiling

There are a number of reasons why you might want to consider using some type of drop ceiling tiles in your home. Although you might just think of boring white tiles that look a bit industrial and not at all homey, there are actually a lot of different types of these tiles that can be used for different purposes. These days there are even fancier options for those who want a more elegant look while still getting some of the benefits of using these tiles.

If you have super high ceilings and want to save money on your heating and cooling bills, you could benefit from insulated drop ceiling tiles. Basements that might flood or rooms on an upper floor that might get flooding from the roof might merit the use of drop waterproof ceiling tiles. If you want to keep the noise levels down, you can get acoustic drop tiles. As you can see, there are a number of specialized reasons why you might want these tiles. However, the main use for these is usually to cover up wiring and such things while still having easy access should you need to get to the wires for repairs. Some people use a combination of white drop tiles for the ceiling and white porcelain floor tiles. They say this makes for a very nice, clean look to any room in a house.

Drop ceiling 1×1 tiles are one option, but these tiles do come in larger and smaller sizes to suit your needs. You can get them made from a variety of materials, including metal, PVC, composite fiberboard, fiberglass, plaster, and gypsum. The metal tiles can be especially nice looking, as you can make it appear that you have a tin ceiling. Many of these types of tiles can be painted to the color of your choice as well, so you don’t have to leave the ceiling white if you don’t want to, you can get creative and do something different.

Drop ceiling tiles are commonly used in basements, since there is often wiring or ducts that need to be covered up in these areas when a basement is finished. It isn’t a good idea to cover these up in a way that makes them inaccessible, so the answer is usually a drop ceiling as long as the original ceiling is high enough to allow for this.

What Is Resin Flooring?

So, what is resin flooring? Surely this is a silly question as everyone knows, right? Well not necessarily.

Over many years, this term has become synonymous with epoxy floor paint, so much so that many customers say they want an ‘epoxy floor’, when in fact what they really want is a hard wearing finish, and a hardwearing resin finish can be achieved in a huge variety of ways using different resins (epoxy, polyurethane, methyl methacrylate (MMA), polyaspartic and polyester etc), additives and thicknesses.

Also, the general perception of where resin flooring is used should also be challenged. It is not just a hard wearing finish for garages and factories. Today, a large percentage of these types of floors sold around the world are used in commercial projects such as shopping centres, pubs & restaurants, supermarkets and schools, as well as residential housing and hospitals.

So having dispelled some of the myths, let’s come back to the initial question, ‘what is a resin floor?’. In simple terms, a resin floor is created by mixing together a selection of ingredients at the point of installation to initiate a fast and controlled chemical reaction. This chemical reaction turns the ingredients into a highly durable finish.

In the most basic form (a resin coating), the ingredients consist of a high performance formulated synthetic resin and separate hardener. As performance demands intensify (typically resulting in an increase in floor thickness), the range of ingredients grows to include aggregates, specialist pigments, decorative chips / flakes and in some cases cement powder. The thicker type resin floor is almost always harder than concrete.

Most resin finishes utilise a primer which penetrates into / reacts with the substrate to create a high strength and reliable bond which is essential to the longevity of the floor. The primer is typically followed by a main structural layer, often referred to as the body coat, which creates the bulk of the floor thickness and provides many of the key performance elements such as impact resistance, flexibility and compressive strength, as well as defining the decorative finish of the floor.

Often resin floors will then be finished with 1 to 3 seal coats to encapsulate the body coat and decorative element of the floor and provide the final performance characteristics, such as chemical and wear resistance.

Not only do resin coatings provide highly durable finishes, some are ultra fast curing to enable rapid installation and minimal disruption, and most are seamless to enhance durability and improve hygiene. As floors are ‘created’ on site, the range of aesthetics that can be achieved is vast and surface texture can be tailored to provide just the right balance between slip resistance and ease of cleaning.

Resin flooring really is a diverse and versatile option, so why not take a fresh look at what resin flooring could deliver for your project.

How to Build a Pond Waterfall

A backyard pond provides texture, visual interest and beauty for your garden, and also attracts varied type of wildlife and beneficial insects to your yard. If you've already got your pond in an doing well, you should consider adding another feature by learning how to build a pond waterfall. As long as you have electrical access for your waterfall, you should be able to handle the job on your own. Let's get started:

  • Choose your waterfall style. There are many kits available that give you everything you need to put a waterfall into your pond. Some have rocks, others metal elements, and still others have terra cotta pots or other decorative elements.
  • Set up the pump system. Pond waterfalls depend on a pump system and gravity. So, you need to create a raised area for the beginning of the water, which may involve a little digging or building.
  • Run the hose from the base of the pond to the top of your waterfall, being sure to camouflage the tubing. When you are trying to figure out how to build a pond waterfall, you should read the directions and consider how you want your waterfall to look.
  • You can also hide the electrical cords for the waterfall pump, just be sure to follow any safety instructions that come with your pump.

A waterfall takes your pond from the ordinary to the extraordinary in just a few steps. With just a little effort, you can learn to build a pond waterfall and change the whole atmosphere of your outdoor space. You can add relaxation and a sense of calm to your landscape with the beauty and serenity of a waterfall.