Save Fuel in 10 Easy Steps

With gasoline prices again heading sharply upwards, drivers are again looking for ways to get the maximum mileage out of every tank of gas. Drivers of all ages can save money at the pump using a few simple steps.

1. Start by slowing down. Changing the way many of us drive, which is the most effective way to gain in fuel economy. This means stopping those jumping jack-rabbit starts, aggressive maneuvers, and observing the posted speed limit.

2. Limit use of the brake pedal. Do this by anticipating stops and avoiding sudden, hard braking.

3. Use cruise control whenever possible. Cruise control keeps the driving speed consistent and allows drivers to see ahead rather than reacting to every small change in surroundings.

4. Avoid excessive idling. Idling uses more fuel than turning your engine off and restarting it. For example, if you're at a light that you know is more than one minute in length, shut off your car. Another place excessive idling occurs is in the drive-through. Whether it's a fast food restaurant, bank, etc. park and go inside. Better yet, you often save more time by going in, rather than sitting idling in endless lines at the drive through.

5. Turn the air conditioning temperature up. Automobile air conditioning is a burden on the engine that uses fuel. Turning the temperature up or better yet, keeping it turned off when you can.

6. Pulse and glide. A favorite technique of hypermilers, however it can only be accomplished with hybrid vehicles.

7. Plan trips in advance. Like lowering our speeds, changing the way we approach errands takes some practice. Organize your trips so you are not getting in the car multiple times in one day, and in planning out trips, be sure you're not retracing steps to places you've already been.

8. Keep up with car maintenance. A well maintained vehicle operates at peak efficiency. Be sure the air filter, oil filter, and fuel filter are clean, and it they're not, replace them. Even something as easy as keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

9. Carpool or use public transportation instead of driving to work, a lone driver in a vehicle. If you must drive, use the above steps and map out the most fuel efficient route.

10. Lighten your load. Again, according to the EPA every 100 pounds of unnecessary weight can reduce fuel mileage by up to 2 percent.

Kanban in the Lean OR – How to Get Started

The Battle for the hearts and minds

As a professional implementer of Lean principles in hospitals for the last decade, I continued to be amazed by the fact that hospitals are painfully slow at putting in place simple and effective materials replenishment techniques. The great majority of all hospitals cling stubbornly to the bankrupt “par level” method to handle their supplies. When we explain to clinicians other ways to deliver supplies that would eliminate wasteful supplies-related activities, they normally jump on board. It is not the clinicians that oppose bringing 20th century tools (yes, I said 20th century on purpose) but the materials management departments, entrenched in their old ways.

It is not all doom-and-gloom, though. There are some visionary Materials Managers who, once they go through a simple simulation or a “Par vs. Kanban” game, see the light and realize that “par” is a waste of time, effort, and money. What do you do then to move forward? How do you go about implementing Kanban in a “par” environment?

The first thing you need is an implementation roadmap along with the decision about where to introduce Kanban first, so you get bang for your implementation buck as well as a high psychological impact on staff. Your roadmap should follow the steps detailed below:

1. Document you current supplies strategy. Do a formal analysis of the current supplies management methods, metrics and benchmarks. You will use this data later to compare against the new system. Make sure that you capture inventory dollars and inventory turnover.

2. Select the target area. We recommend that you start where you will get the most out of a small implementation. Do not become Don Quixote and go after the entire hospital’s supplies in one project. Here is my recommendation: start with the cabinets in the OR suites. This will account for less than 100 items, and it will make the OR staff eternally grateful for easing this pain.

3. Identify the supplies. Develop an exhaustive list of all the supplies in the cabinets and drawers. Getting staff input on this step is a key to your success and sustained results.

4. Gather calculation data. For each supply, it will be necessary to obtain part numbers, descriptions, alternate descriptions, usage, and location information.

5. Set up the Kanban database. It is preferred that you use your existing materials system for this step. If this is not possible, you will need to have a central repository of data for the Kanban information. An Excel spreadsheet is your best bet.

6. Perform initial calculations. The calculations are very simple. Establish how many days of inventory you want to support this OR, and establish that quantity for each item. From the initial Kanban Sizing, determine which items will require the Multi-Card, Single-Card, or Sequenced Delivery method. Code these items in the Kanban Database file.

7. Develop a plan for every part. A complete planning profile will need to be added for each item, including container sizes, supply chain strategy, label size and type, and supplies handling plan.

8. Perform a Joint Commission and Infection Control check. Prior to making any physical changes, engage the Infection Control Team to ensure that all the proposed changes are aligned with regulations, internal policies and procedures, and best practices.

9. Assess the systems impact. Ensure that the largely manual Kanban method will be integrated with bar-coding, RFID readers, and electronic inventory systems for inventory accuracy, traceability, purchasing and patient billing transactions.

10. Deploy the Kanban system. Don’t underestimate the amount of work required to physically put in place the containers and racking for the line, supermarket and stockroom areas. Time yourself and see how long it takes to set up a complete Kanban bin, say 3 minutes. Think of the 100 items we talked about before, and now multiply that by 2 bins and 3 minutes. That is 600 minutes per OR suite! To be fair, it will get easier as you get more practice. It is also very important to identify all the roles in the new system and assign those roles to individuals or functions. The big question is who is going to replenish the OR Suites and the Supermarket in the Sterile Core? In one of our Kanban projects, the SPD Manager actually volunteered to have one of his staff members do two replenishment “milk runs” per day. The main milk run is done at night at 21:00 hrs. In another implementation the OR nurses volunteered to replenish the OR suites from the Supermarket, and the Supermarket is refilled by the materials department.

11. Conduct training. Nobody was born knowing Kanban, so you must train your staff. You should focus on two types of training: training for users and training for materials handlers.

12. Kaizen the Kanban system. Once in place, the Kanban system is ready for a process improvement performance review. Conduct a thorough walk-through and solicit input and ideas from materials handlers and operators.

13. Assess Inventory record accuracy. The inventory accuracy goal in a lean environment is 98% or better. The Kanban system should be a help in achieving this.

14. Document and replicate. After you are satisfied with the Kanban system, make sure that you document all the steps you followed along the way, so that you can replicate the system on the next area. From this point on, move deliberately towards having all common items under Kanban control.

15. Perform Kanban maintenance. Changes are continuous, including the introduction of new items, product upgrades and changes in suppliers. Depending on the volatility of change, management of the Kanban system is a daily or weekly responsibility.

16. Involve suppliers. Before turning our attention to outside suppliers, make sure that the Kanban system is working well internally.

These points will get you started and moving in the right direction. Get staff on your side and then implement Kanban in the Perioperative Department first, and then deploy it hospital-wide.

2007 MazdaSpeed6 Review – A Review of the 2007 MazdaSpeed6 Automobile

Experience the rush and power of a best- performance sedan with the 2007 MazdaSpeed6. This impressive new model offers several features and a stand out design. Great new feature include a Power Assist 4- wheel, 4- sensor, 3- channel braking system and Anti- Lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

The MazdaSpeed6 has front fog lamps and Xenon halogen High Intensity Discharge headlights. Meanwhile, dual power remote, body- color mirrors and speed- sensing windshield wipers are also available.

Interior comfort is provided with pollen filter air conditioning and automatic climate control. An instrument panel also displays clock, audio, A / C, and outside temperature.
It also offers power moonroof with interior sunshade and an advance keyless entry and start system. Quality entertainment package is also provided with Sirius satellite radio- compatible audio system, Bose 7- speaker sound system with amplified woofer and in- dash 6-disc CD changer. The MazdaSpeed6 also comes with a navigation system with retractable 7 "display and electroluminescent gauges with red light- time illumination.

This latest model also comes with reclining front sport bucket seats, front and rear height- adjustable headrests, and front heated seats. An 8- way power driver's seat with manual adjustable lumbar support also provide protection as well as comfort.

MazdaSpeed6 guarantees high performance at the highest level with its 270 horsepower engine and 15.6 lbs. of boost. Engine type is 2.3L DOHC 16-valve 14 with turbo plus an Active Torque Split All Wheel Drive drivetrain.

Safety features include dual front air bag Supplemental Restraint System which comes with dual action inflation with crash zone and passenger weight sensors. Side impact air bags and side air curtains are also available. Child safety rear door locks and LATCH system with rear seat child safety seat lower anchors and upper tethers keep children safe and comfortable. In addition, an anti- theft alarm system and engine immobilizer anti- theft system also offer maximum security.

The 2007 MazdaSpeed6 combines the out-and-out fun of a sports car with its powerful engine and luxurious appearance, making it one of the best high performance sedans this year.

Concrete Brick Pavers Shapes

Concrete Brick pavers have a large collection of shapes and colors and can be laid in a variety of pattern to create a visually pleased environment. The shape will allow for some interesting and decorative design.

Among all the different shapes you will definitely find the look you want. Concrete Brick pavers begin from the simplest rectangular shape to the more complexes such as wedged shapes. Larger pavers are recommended for larger areas because it will look proportional. To form a unique setting, you can lay small pavers mixed with larger ones, as well as different colors combinations and different shapes.

Dented shapes are conductive to fully interlock being less likely to movement because they set together more uniformly. Pavers have been classified in three different categories: Fully interlocked on two axes, Interlocked on one axes, Non-dented or square and rectangular shapes.

For heavy traffic areas such as driveway and busy pedestrian paths the fully interlocked on two axes is recommended.

For light traffics areas such as walkways and footpaths rectangular and square shaped pavers are suggested, interlocked on one axes or non-dented shapes.

Rectangular shaped concrete brick pavers are considered to be the most practical and common of all the pavers that are available, because they are easy to manufacture, easy to package, easy to store and ship. They have been the preferred shape since the start of the paving concept.

There are other types of concrete brick pavers shapes that suit special installations, such as noise reduction, water permeability, grass growth and mechanized installation.

While the unique looking shapes will create a more visually appealing look, and some people do look for the unique looking area, others prefer the regular rectangular shape, for an easier maintenance in case of repair.

Want to learn more about concrete brick pavers?

The Lighter Side of Bridge – Get a Giggle From Your Bridge Game

The Umpire Strikes Back

A scream for the Director frequently disrupts the game for the other players. On one occasion when the stillness of the game was shattered by a raucous shout of ‘Di-rek-tor’, the Director went to the microphone and softly, oh so softly, said:

‘Who called? Please raise your paw.’

In major events, it is common to use ‘silent bidding’. Instead of the bids being called out, they are written on a special bidding pad. This has many advantages. It cuts down the noise level, it reduces the chances of overhearing another table, it cuts out the need for a review of the bidding and it eliminates the arguments about the final contract.

Before silent bidding came into vogue, this incident took place at a club in New Zealand:

North: No bid.

East: Double.

The Director was called and East explained that he did not hear North’s pass, but heard a bid at the next table. Thinking that was what North bid, East doubled.

North: May I ask East what he thought I bid?

Director: No, you can’t.

North: Well, may I go over to the other table and ask for a review of their auction?

You know things may not go well for your side when there’s a dispute at the table and you suggest that the Director be called and your sweet young opponent raises her hand and calls out: ‘Dar-ling’!!

Actually, Directors tend to be tough on their spouses and friends so that there can be no possibility of a charge of bias. Also, many Directors bend over backwards to try to keep everybody happy, an impossible task.

When the Director was called to a table to resolve a dispute, everyone was talking at once, so the Director hollered ‘Quiet!’ When the fracas abated, he continued:

‘Now, let me hear the details from each side in turn.’

North then proceeded to tell his version of what had happened. At the end, the Director said: ‘You’re right.’

East then gave his version of what had taken place and this was radically different from North’s account. At the end of East’s tale, the Director said,

‘You’re right.’

South then remonstrated: ‘But that can’t be so. First you said North was right. Then you said East was right. They can’t both be right.’

‘You’re right, too,’ replied the Director.

The call was loud and clear:

‘Di-rek-tor!’

The Director hurried over to the table:

‘Yes?’

‘My opponent,’ said the declarer, ‘has made a premature gloat.’

A glove was found on the tournament floor and handed in to the Director who stepped up to the microphone and announced: ‘Have I got a hand for you!’

The Director had just completed the scoring and mentioned to the players huddled around the scoring table that it was curious that there had been no slams that evening.

‘Oh yes, there was,’ piped up one of the players. ‘On Board 7.’

The Director flipped over to Board 7, noticed that 12 of the scores were +680 and said, ‘Yes, but no one bid it.’

‘We did,’ said the player. ‘See that minus-100?’

In top class tournaments the organisers provide bidding boxes rather than use written bidding. These boxes which often hang from the table contain a card for every possible bid, together with special cards that read Tournament Director and Alert.

In the final of such an event, a player discovered that someone had spilled water over his bidding box. He called for the Director to ask for the box to be replaced.

When the Director arrived, the player’s partner explained the position : ‘Yeah, his bids are all wet . . . as usual.’

In a game where bidding boxes were in use, the auction had gone : 1 Diamond . . . 2 Spades . . . 2 Diamonds . . .

‘Insufficient card,’ said one of the opponents.

‘Director,’ shouted the North player.

When the Director scurried over, North complained :’East bid before I had a chance to call’.

‘Just as well,’ said the Director, looking down. ‘East is the dealer on this board.’

Sometimes a Director spots a score that is patently wrong. To discover what has happened, the Director can ask the players involved, but if they are in the middle of a hand, the Director does not like to disturb them and instead will often take a look at their personal score card, which may reveal what the correct entry on the travelling scoresheet should be.

On one such occasion, the Director approached a table and seeing that the players were busy playing, spoke softly to the dummy.

‘Are you keeping a private score card?’

‘Yes, I am.’

‘Could I see it, please?’

‘Certainly.’ (Hands the card to the Director.)

‘But it’s blank?’

‘I don’t keep the scores, just the score card.’

A player who had vowed never to lead from an ace died. When he awoke he found himself in a bridge game holding :

A 4 2

A 8 7 4

A 7 5 4

K 3

As he was on lead against 3C he did not need the Director to tell him where he was.

When there is a large tournament and there are many sections, it is not uncommon for a pair to wander to the wrong table and frequently into a wrong section. At the excellent Gold Coast Congress, held each February in Surfers Paradise by the Queensland Bridge Association, two pairs were both trying to sit in the East-West seats at the one table. Obviously one of the pairs was at the wrong table. The Director was called and, to sort out the problem, tried to ascertain the table the players had just left.

Director: Where have you come from?

Player, helpfully: Sydney.

During large tournaments, the Directors are assisted by ‘caddies’, young players or non-players who move the boards, put out the bidding pads, pick up the leftover supplies after a session, and so on. At one tournament, the Director sent out a new caddy near the end of the session to retrieve the excess supplies. Finally she came back, looking pale and exhausted and close to tears, with just seven pencils and a few table numbers.

‘They just wouldn’t hand over their cards and their system cards,’ she explained.

Overheard at a major tournament:

One caddy to another: ‘I’m going outside for a couple of minutes. You stay here in case the Directors need someone to yell at.’

Some Assembly Required

I am not a big fan of buying anything that requires assembly. I would much rather pay a little extra and have the job done for me. Sometimes that is possible and at other times it is not. Often the only way to get what I want is to participate in the assembly. I believe this is true with life as well. Although it does not come with a warning label, hands-on assembly is required if you want to create your life to be just the way you want it.

Life does require assembly. None of us is born with a life that is completely put together. The pieces are there, but it is up to you to choose how you put it all together. Because directions are not included, life often has to be assembled and reassembled several times before you get the life you desire. When visiting friends who recently purchased a home, I was reminded of the reassembly process. When we arrived, the husband was down in the basement assembling a rocking chair. He had been working on the project for a couple of hours. When we arrived he was in the process of taking the chair apart and reassembling it. By mistake, he had put the chair together with the slats upside down. He actually did not have to take the chair completely apart; he just had to adjust a few of the sections of the chair. His wife told him he did not need to change it, it looked just fine the way it was. However, he wanted to make the adjustments to the assembly so that it would be exactly the way he wanted it.

Such is life. There are times when, after putting your life altogether, you will need to take it apart and reassemble it. This can become necessary by personal choice or it can be motivated by an outside event that creates the need for new assembly. Regardless of the reason that it happens, reassembling can be an opportunity to create a new and improved you and a more satisfying life in the long run.

The thing about life is that it does not require just one assembly. You will indeed assemble and reassemble your life many times during your lifetime. Sometimes this can be a fun and exciting time and, sometimes less so. However, if you always keep the attitude that reassembly is a chance to improve the life you already have, you will be able to stay positive throughout the process.

Save Space by Mounting Your LCD Or Plasma TV

There are many benefits to mounting your flat screen television to your wall. One of the best reasons to mount your flat screen TV to your wall is because it will save you so much room. There are plenty of different television wall mounts to pick from and if you do the proper research there is no doubt that you will be able to find one that can suit your needs.

If you have already purchased a flat screen television, but have not yet mounted it to the wall, you are definitely missing out on a superior home entertainment viewing experience. However, you are also really missing out on the space you will save and the great look that a television wall mount can provide. The simple step of mounting your television to the wall will give your room some style and class. After your relatively easy installation, you will have the knowledge that your flat screen television is mounted securely and you will not have to worry about your precious television falling off of the wall. Then you will immediately reap the benefits of all of that space you are going to be saving and you can spice up your room with more decorations, or go with the minimalist approach and keep your room clean and simple.

There are many different styles of wall mounts to choose from, many of which give you some serious versatility when it comes to your in home seating arrangement for viewing your television. Swiveling wall mounts will allow for your TV to swivel left to right, and tilting wall mounts will allow you to tilt your flat screen TV up and down, articulating wall mounts is the best of both worlds and can swivel and tilt. So if you are holding back from purchasing a TV wall mount because you do not want to feel constrained or locked into having your television stuck in one spot, not to worry because you have plenty of options.

If you have purchased the flat screen television of your dreams it should be an easy decision when it comes to also purchasing the TV wall mount to compliment your beautiful new television. Do the proper research on your television and your wall mount and you will definitely find that you have made the right decision to mount your television to the wall. The space you will save alone is worth the money you will spend on your TV wall mount, however, you will definitely see many more benefits once you have your television mounted.

Hammertoe Explained

The term hammertoe, although a somewhat ominous sounding term, is essentially another name for a toe that is bent. It is a toe that is bent due to a bend in the middle joint.

Hammertoes can be caused by genetics and arthritis, however the majority of the cases of hammertoes are caused by poor fitting shoes (too short) or heels that are too high. The physics of these types of poor fitting shoes are simple; these conditions force or crowd your toes against the end of the shoe that force the toes into an unnatural position or bend. Although hammertoe can affect any of the toes, it is most common for it to affect the lesser toes.

So, you can see the number one preventative measure you can take in the prevention of hammertoe is to wear shoes that fit your foot properly.

When it comes to dealing with a hammertoe condition, pain is generally the determining factor. In fact, if you have a bent toe that does not bother you or is not causing you any pain, then you should not worry about it. Other than the visual aspect of the toe, there would be no reason to pursue a surgical remedy.

If the pain is significant or sever enough and limits your mobility and wearing properly fitting shoes does not provide any relief, you may want to weigh other possible treatments or even surgical options with your doctor.

Before opting for surgery, your doctor will probably check the degree of flexibility that remains in your affected toe. If there is still ample flexibility, your doctor may want you to wear a specific type of shoe or an insert (orthotics) that can reposition the toe and provide relief.

If your toe has become rigid and inflexible, surgery may be called for. The type of surgery and the level of invasiveness will depend upon how rigid the toe has become.

With some flexibility remaining in the toe, your doctor may straighten it by a small incision to release the tendon. With a more sever degree of inflexibility, your doctor may rework the bone, which will require the use of temporary pins while your toe goes through the healing process.

There are preventative measures that you can take such as:

Avoiding shoes with narrow toes and / or high heels.
Wearing shoes that have adjustment functionality or laces
Avoid shoes that do not breathe well (vinyl or plastics)
Trying on and buying shoes later in the day when your feet are actually larger
Actually measure both of your feet when shopping for shoes

Many times alleviating the source of the irritation for your toe (your shoes) will provide the necessary relief. Short of that, try orthotics (inserts). Just make sure that you have enough room in the shoe for the insert and that you do not add to the problem of not enough room by using inserts.

As always, if none of these self care measures relieve your pain and discomfort, consult with your doctor for any possible additional measures.

Mosaic Backsplash Tiles – Everything You Need to Know!

Mosaic backsplash tiles remodeling undoubtedly considered easy and quick to use by almost anyone. If you want to provide your home interior or exterior a natural look, no doubt that these nature-made panels can help you get there. In the following review you will find out how you can easily redecorate any of your home’s inner and external surfaces.

Introduction

Mosaic backsplash tiles are about combining matching natural pebbles that are fixed onto a sq/ft mesh backing. South East Asia and especially Indonesia are known for the large variety of colorful and designed seashore stones that are used for these natural tiles. Decoration ideas provided by this easy tiling technique are countless: Kitchens, bathrooms and showers – walls, flooring, counters, and backsplashes.

Main advantages

When we examine the advantages and benefits provided by this tiling technique, we find the following:

+ Easy to be replaced if needed.

+ Available in various colors and shapes that can easily fit almost any surface and room setting.

+ Easy do-it-yourself installation that doesn’t require any special skills or professional background.

Helpful tips!

+ These stone panels have their weight, so if you intend to install backsplashes use small carpenter’s nails to hold the tile in place so you can easily grout it.

+ Avoid using any ready-made grout on wet areas like showers floor or showers backsplashes – use any other standard dry powder based cement.

+ In order to maintain these natural stones properly, it is recommended to apply sealants every two to three years.

Bottom line

Mosaic backsplash tiles remodeling is highly effective for any home-maker as it requires minimal effort, knowledge, and resources. We could easily find many other pluses provided by this trendy remodeling technique, simply because it provides numerous opportunities whether for the average or professional home-makers. Although this is a quick review, it is highly recommended to bear in mind the above tips once you decide on installing these stone tiles.

How to Use Duplicolor Paint on Your Car

Duplicolor paint is best defined as touch up paint. It can be used for the purpose of fixing chips and scratches on your car. In addition to this, it can also be used as wheel paint. It comes in different types of colors and this makes it easy for you to make a choice based on your cars color. When the need to paint your car arises, you can take it to the car paint shops and have this done by a professional or choose to do it yourself. The cost to paint a car is normally high and the duplicolor paint gives you the opportunity to lower this cost considerably. For you to do this however, you need to get the appropriate tools and have an idea of how to go about the process. In this case, the following are some of the things you need to take into consideration.

– The area of the car that needs to be painted should be cleaned using a solution of warm water and dish soap. Afterwards, the car should be wiped using a clean and dry cloth.

– Paint sheeting should be used to mask off the area you want to paint and secured using painters tape.

– The duplicolor paint should then be opened and the paint mixed using a paint stirrer. When this is done, it should be poured into the spray gun reservoir and connected to an air hose.

– Put on your goggles and respirator and place the paint sprayer at least six to eight inches from the metal and press the trigger in order to release the duplicolor paint.

– The gun should be moved from one side to another in order to overlap the duplicolor paint. This is important because it ensures that the paint is applied evenly on the metal and the passes should be made continuously until the surface is covered sufficiently with paint.

As mentioned earlier, duplicolor paint can also be used for your wheels and especially, if the hub caps are rusty, scratched or old. Because this automotive spray paint has being manufactured with standards that match up to OEM spectrum, it delivers great results when used on your cars wheels. Also, thanks to its many colors for you to choose from, it is easy to find one that perfectly matches up to your car. Duplicolor also offers a variety of primers that make it possible for you to accomplish this end.

For instance, there is the duplicolor promoter which is used as a bond coat to ensure that coatings of the paint do not come off easily. There is also the primer sealer which is used for the purpose of promoting adhesion, filling in hairline cracks as well as creating a surface that is consistent for application of the duplicolor paint. There are other primers such as rust fix which also come in handy. The primer is used to serve the purpose of enhancing performance of the car paint. When duplicolor paint is used in the appropriate manner, it can deliver numerous benefits and the first step towards enjoying this is learning more about duplicolor paint.

The Gardening Tools You Need

There are a lot of various gardening tools out there just for your convenience. But out of these thousands, there are only a few basic tools in particular that you really need to get started on gardening.

One of the basic gardening tools you will need is a shovel. You can use a shovel for so many different purposes, making to very versatile and multi-functional. The process of picking the right gardening shovel can be a bit tricky, but all you really need to do is to pick a good quality gardening shovel that will perform well at cultivating, lifting soil and other heavy materials.

Also, be sure to select a proper handle length for your garden shovel. Too long or too short may result in you not being able to hold or maneuver it properly.

The garden shredder is another of the most important gardening tools you should have. This tool is also versatile and can be used for various purposes. All garden shredders have a high watt motor and usually come with a silent crushing system; meaning that they are powerful but are not virtually noisy. The garden shredder can also help you prune your hedges and shredding leftover debris.

The cultivator is another one of the handiest of all modern gardening tools in the market. What makes this different from the rest of the gardening tools is that it helps in cutting the hard compacted soil more smoothly, especially if you are planting in an area that has not been worked on for a very long while which has a very hard, and difficult soil.

These are the basic tools which you require to get yourself started in gardening. And with these three simple tools, you will be well on your way on growing and maintaining a fabulous garden.

A good idea would be first purchase a gardening tool set rather than buying all these various tools individually. Not only is this a little cheaper but you get all the necessary tools in one shot.

If you ever find yourself in need of help purchasing these tools by yourself, be sure to head down to your local gardening store where there will be trained professionals who will be able to assist you in choosing the right tools for yourself and your gardening needs. Just keep in mind that your tools will only last as long as you take care of them – so be sure you take good, proper care of them.

Lift to Get Stronger

Everyone that works out should have a great workout routine. This is the most important factor that will determine if you are able to gain weight and build muscle mass or if you will remain the same. There is no sense in lifting weights and training hard unless you plan on seeing results. Making sure you are utilizing a training program designed for your body type will ensure this.

It doesn’t matter how hard you train if you aren’t using the right workout routine for you. Everyone’s body is different and therefore responds differently to a set workout and even to an individual exercise. That is why it is so important to adopt a routine that fits your body type and will help you get stronger. Just because a routine helps one person gain weight, build muscle and add strength, that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of body you have. If you struggle to gain weight and add muscle, you are a hardgainer. These people work out like everyone else but don’t see the same results as the people around them. This is because their muscles recover slowly and they need a routine that takes this into account. The routine the people around them at the gym are using is not going to allow their muscles to fully heal in between lifts. When they workout with tired muscles, it actually weakens the muscles and causes both injury and illness.

The best routine consists of only a few hours in the weight room each week. Three to four 1-hour workouts is ideal.

Residential Elevators For New Or Existing Homes

Residential elevators are by all means a high utility device for new or existing homes. These elevators are designed for safety, comfort and convenience. A proper residential elevator system can provide mobility challenged individuals with a lot of confidence and independence. Residential elevators can be installed in the course of the construction of a new house; they can also be fitted to an already existing house without making many architectural modifications.

Enhance the Value of Your Home with Feature-rich Elevators

Several types of elevators with various attractive features are available in the market. They can be customized to fit into a limited space. Modern manufacturing technologies and affordable cost has brought the residential elevator within reach of a large section of the society. Residential elevators can be purchased in a variety of platform sizes and weight carrying capacities. Depending on your requirement you can choose your desired color from a number of special colors.

Safety Features

o Backup power facility

o A manual system in case of a power outage

o Under-platform sensors

o Automatic cab on/off lighting

o Emergency stop buttons

o Safety interlocks

o 40 fpm travel speed

o Emergency lighting

o Automatic controls

o An emergency telephone or communication system

o Alarms

These devices feature open platforms or fully enclosed cabins with safety gates. You can buy elevators with fire-rated doors, extra wide gates or automatic doors and gates. Remote control with locking option is ideal to avoid unauthorized access. If you want to install a residential elevator in your home, you should make sure that the lift fulfills ADA requirements. You must also have a good idea of the altitude that you require to attain while selecting a lift.

Residential Elevators to Overcome Mobility Challenges

ThyssenKrupp Access, Bruno, and Savaria Concord are some of the authorized elevator manufacturers. With a residential elevator system, you are ensured a more comfortable and convenient lifestyle. The installation procedure of residential elevator is simple and also less expensive. By installing residential elevators, the risk of accidents such as slipping and falling down the stairs can be avoided to certain extent.

7 Great Reasons to Get Kids Active

Kids Aged 0-7: 7 Great Reasons to Get Them Active

Today’s lifestyles are pretty full-on, most of us (parents) are feeling like there’s enough on our plate with work, families, husbands, wives! What’s more, we often feel like there is enough on our children’s plates too. Kids in kindergarten can have homework, musical tuition and a social calendar that leaves us feeling like we have no friends! Better get on Facebook.

Despite all of the above activities, they’re becoming less coordinated and more obese!

So what can we do?

It’s a pretty safe bet to suggest most parents want the best for their children. Some might suggest however that ‘best’ refers to academic excellence, a large family home with no yard, and a lunchbox full of shiny packaged foods. Enough activity can sometimes be left as an afterthought.

Rewind the clock to the 1960s, 70s and the early 80s, take a look at any video footage or photos you can find. Our lifestyles were far more active. Yes, we studied hard, however please read this bit carefully: you can teach your brain at any stage to learn theory; but these formative years are absolutely vital for developing coordination, strength and most importantly a desire to be active. Kids need to be kids and the happiest, healthiest kids are the ones who can throw a ball, jump and run without feeling they’re embarrassing themselves.

Here are some simple steps to getting your kids moving in the right direction.

With your child/children, take a notepad and draft up a typical week. Get them involved. Fill in everything they have on for that week. Take another page and draft another week and fill the most important things for your child in that week. Now find the empty spaces and in bold lettering write PLAY TIME. Stick it to the fridge and get them to look at it every day.

7 reasons why you should prioritise children being active –

  1. Activity increases self-confidence and self-belief, an extremely important part of development that will cultivate friendships and leadership qualities
  2. Activity will enhance concentration for learning and understanding new challenges – it keeps the brain fresh
  3. Activity burns body fats for energy, keeping your child fitter and leaner
  4. Activity over a sustained period will develop passions and interests that help maintain a balanced lifestyle for today and into the future
  5. Activity will lessen the chance of health-related disease such as diabetes and skin conditions
  6. Activity with parents will strengthen the bond between child and parent
  7. Activity with parents will help develop a healthy relationship around behavioural patterns and in turn develop a happier, healthier child

Now, really, isn’t that what’s ‘best’ for our child/children?

What Is All The Hype About? I’m Not A Plastic Bag!

The “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” is going to be the hottest tote bag for 2007. The bag was created by Anya Hindmarch, a British designer known for her pricey leather handbags and small leather goods. In addition she is well known all over the world for her clothes, shoes and luggage. Her designer bags usually cost upwards of $1,000.00.

The “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” was a joint undertaking between Anya Hindmarch and the U.K. activist organization “We Are What We Do” which is a new movement inspiring people to use everyday actions to change the world.

So what is all the hype about a canvas tote bag that declares – I’m Not A Plastic Bag! “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” was designed as a reusable tote bag that could be used for shopping. Anya was trying to influence people to make a fashion statement by not using plastic bags for shopping. Her “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” was a practical alternative that definitely raised awareness about the large amount of plastic shopping bags going to land fills.

The canvas tote bag was a big success obviously at less than $20.00 instead of the usual $1,000.00 for a Anya Hindmarch designed bag. Many people purchased the tote bag for this reason only and the “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” sold very quickly. Don’t look for new bags any time soon as Anya Hindmarch claims no more “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” will be produced by her company. However, “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” advertised as fakes are selling very well. They are available in blue, brown, green and purple lettering.