The Advantages of Face Painting Cheek Art

The art of face painting began thousands of years ago when it was used by some cultures for hunting and for battle. Other tribes used it for religious ceremonies and important ethnic occasions. Today, it is done more for fun and pleasure. A painting booth can be commonly found in carnivals, fairs and charity events and is always a hit among the crowd. Everyone, children and adults alike, just love to participate. In this type of painting, the entire face is designed to emulate a certain character. However, some people prefer to have just a small part of their faces done. For clients like this, cheek art is your best bet. In cheek art, only the side of the face is covered . But even if the area covered is smaller compared to a full face design, it can be just as exciting and appealing as face painting. Face painting cheek art also has many advantages.

First, cheek art is done on a much smaller area. This saves a lot of time. Compared to painting an entire face, considerably less time is spent when cheek painting. This is perfect both for you and your clients since everyone now seems to be in a hurry. This will also work great if you are painting little kids since children are not known for their patience. They cannot tolerate sitting still for a long period of time. So the faster you get done, the better. Aside from saving a great amount of time, you also get to save money since you will be using considerably less paint. Since quality face paint does not come cheap, this is ideal for customers who are concerned about things like the cost. This will also enable you to price your services at a cost that most people can afford.

Second, cheek art designs are more easily done compared to the bigger and more intricate designs of full face painting. Considerably less effort will be spent on creating the entire design since you will be painting on a much smaller area. And huge and complicated designs are no longer required to make a beautiful creation.

Third, you can be more flexible in your creations. Any design of your client’s choice can be resized and turned into cheek art. You do not even have to paint on the cheeks alone. You can paint anywhere! Face painting cheek art can be done on the shoulders, hands, neck…It depends on where your client wants it.

These are just a few of the advantages of cheek art. But you won’t really know unless you try it for yourself. So pick up that brush now and make your first stroke!

Electricity – What’s the Difference Between an Overload and a Short Circuit?

Electrical wires also called conductors come in many sizes and current ratings to power everything from a simple small appliance to heavy-duty industrial equipment. Protection and control of electrical systems are essential to preventing overloads and short circuits. So what’s the difference between the two?

Overloads – Electrical conductors are sized to specific equipment based on how much current the equipment will draw. In order to ensure the conductors do not exceed their current rating (measured in amps), a protective device, usually a circuit breaker is installed within the circuit with a current rating matching that of the conductors. In an overload situation, the current flowing to the load exceeds the current rating of the conductor and therefore the circuit breaker. If prolonged, the circuit breaker protecting the circuit will heat up and “trip” opening the circuit to prevent damage to wiring or equipment. For example, too many appliances plugged into the same outlet and running and at the same time could overload the circuit by exceeding its current rating. Without a circuit breaker, the conductors in the circuit could potentially heat up to a point in which the insulated coating on the conductors melt creating a fire hazard.

Short-circuits – When a circuit path is disrupted, usually by accident, current does not flow to the load and a short-circuit condition occurs. For example, if a table lamp is plugged into an electrical outlet and its cord is suddenly cut with wire cutters, there is little or no resistance in the circuit. This causes the current to reach a very high value causing the circuit breaker to trip instantly.

Hazards of Mountain Climbing

While mountain climbing can be one of the most exciting and challenging sports, there are also many dangers involved in mountain climbing which one should consider. To decrease the odds of falling victim to a damaging or fatal injury on the mountain, make sure that you are aware of all of the hazards and take appropriate safety precautions. In this article we will look at some of the common dangers that one faces when climbing.

The most obvious hazard that springs to mind when thinking about mountain climbing is the danger of falling. Rough surfaces of exposed rock make it easy to break one’s bones or even die instantly from comparatively short falls. A mountain climber must continually be aware of the environment around him and make sure that his / her estimates of the strength and stability / firmness of the rock are correct. Rocks can be rotten and give way, crumbling when weight is applied to them. The speed with which weight is transferred from one point to another is also important, as jerking motions are more likely to dislodge a hand hold or foot hold. Many climbers take advantage of multiple support points to protect themselves in case one of their supports gives way. It is also wisest, in cases where vertical or near vertical ascents are being undertaken, to climb in a team. When climbing together, team members must always be aware of each other’s positions, as they rely on each other for physical support and for rescue if there is a sudden problem.

Another common danger for mountain climbers is that of avalanches. Avalanches are caused either by loose snow which accumulates as it rolls down the mountain, eventually forming a large mass, or by a slab of snow which suddenly breaks free. Climbers need to be experienced with snow climbing techniques and pay close attention to the recent weather to know what level of danger they are facing from a possible avalanche. If there is a high risk of an avalanche due to the local conditions, the leader of a climb has to be prepared to turn back ‘ this can be difficult to do when great effort has been put into reaching the higher parts of a mountain, and frustrating as well because without someone as a trigger the avalanche usually doesn’t happen, making it impossible to say whether or not going back was necessary. Still, exercising caution when snow conditions are dangerous is the only way to be safe. The standard safety gear used for areas where avalanches may occur are an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe.

Finally weather is also a great danger, especially on the upper reaches of a mountain. The combination of cold, snowy weather, which may make it very difficult to see the area ahead of you, and the altitude, which makes it more difficult to breathe, make climbing to the summit of a tall mountain an extreme challenge. Climbers must be sure to bring proper support, and to gauge the level of oxygen that they bring with them to remain safe.

Take all this into account and you can enjoy your climbing, and keep the risks to a minimum.

Personal Training – How Taking a Hot Shower Before Your Workout Can Help You

When it comes to physical training, everyone uses a different combination of exercises according to the body structure, weight and other related requirements. Most people who do not know anything about exercising have to take assistance from professional trainers so that their muscles do not get damages. In my opinion, personal training is a very good option even if it is costly. Through this option, you can get undivided attention from professional trainers. On the other hand, getting physical training in the form of a group does not help a lot because a person cannot discuss his individual problems in a comfortable manner. In addition to that, every human being has a different muscular structure. Thus, exercising techniques need to be adjusted accordingly.

Most trainers providing physical training have the opinion that taking a hot shower before training sessions is very beneficial. Why is that so? Your body needs to be flexible and soft before you start exercising. Lifting weights with a stiff body can result in shoulder dislocation and pulled muscles. A hot shower reduces the hardness in the muscles and makes it easier to move the body parts. Apart from that, it opens the sweat pores. This is very important. When a person is exercising, the required amount of sweat has to flow from the body. As I mentioned before, the pores expand after a warm bath. Thus, a person sweats easily.

A person has to be relaxed both mentally and physically before he starts exercising. After a warm bath, the human brain becomes relaxed and the level of concentration increases. Hence, people start enjoying their personal training sessions. Thus, it is very important to take a warm water shower before you begin exercising.

Apart from all the things mentioned above, following a routine for exercising is very important. Lifting weights for four hours one day and not going to the gym for the next two days is not the right way to workout. If you are facing a problem in making schedule at your own then you can always ask your trainer to help you with that. Apart from working out, personal training sessions also focus on consuming the right kind of diet. People who stay fit have to avoid fast food and all other kinds of unhealthy diet. In case of taking a warm shower, you should not begin your exercising session until your body is completely dry.

Want to Become an Electrician?

According a report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor the best way to learn the electrical trades is to complete a three to five year apprenticeship program. By taking part in such a program you will get a sound knowledge of all aspects of the vocation and you are learning mostly on the job, taught by professionals, many of whom have decades of experience. Although this is the most common way to learn to be an electrician some people still learn informally on the job. Some others train to be simply residential electricians in a shorter 3-year program.

Finding the right apprenticeship program for you should be difficult. Programs can be sponsored by joint training committees made up of local unions of the association of electrical contractors, company management committees of individual electrical companies, or even local chapters of any other recognized society or association. Because these programs are so thorough completion qualifies graduates to do both maintenance and construction work.

What is involved in their standard apprenticeship program? Usually they will provide at least 140-150 hours of classroom teaching and thousands of hours of on-the-job training in a year’s duration. Apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, electronics, electrical code requirements and safety/first aid. Some programs also offer training in welding, communications, cranes and elevators, and fire alarm/security systems. They must prove their expertise in the materials by, at first drilling holes or setting up conduit and later measuring, fabricating and installing conduit, wiring, outlets and switches.

Once and apprentice has finished the program, journeymen usually continue to learn about new or related systems, such as data and video systems, low voltage voice systems and many others. It is common for builders and contractors to want only one electrician who has a mastery of all of the various systems and types of systems they are using or installing.

For the students who don’t enter a formal program they can begin to learn the trade by working as a helper for journeymen electricians. This type of learning is strictly on the job and many students supplement this education with a trade school or correspondence courses.

And of course previous training can be very helpful. Secondary school courses in math, mechanical drawing, science, electricity or shop provide a wealth of knowledge and good background material. The same applies to any special training that would-be electricians learned the armed forces.

Anyone consider the electrical trades as a vocation should be in good health and have at least average strength, agility and dexterity. Good color vision is a must because wiring and components have to sometimes be identified by color. All apprenticeship programs in the U.S. require students to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. If you are seeking a position as a maintenance electrician, knowledge of electronics is ever more important as today´s complex controls are usually solid state. Electricians need to be licensed and although requirements vary from locality to locality, electricians must pass a test to check their knowledge of electrical theory, the National Electrical Code and the local codes.

With a few years experience electricians can rise to become supervisors or even start their own contracting business, although this also requires another license, or become electrical inspectors.

Why Is Spaghetti Called Spaghetti?

Everybody knows pizza, but what do you really know about Italian cuisine…?

Did you for example ever ask yourself “why is spaghetti called spaghetti”?

We all have bespattered ourselves at least once with spaghetti sauce, havent’t we…?

Not very astonishing given the fact that those long slippery noodles are not so easy to eat.

If you wrap too much of them around your fork they quickly pile up to a dumpling the size of a ball of wool which nobody can stuff into the mouth without coll(e)ateral damage.

If you take too few they are slipping back onto the plate in a split second.

If you slurp them in bent deeply over your plate (not very elegant but acceptable) you can be sure that their very last end spills the sauce over the whole table in a slight swerve before it finishes up in your mouth.

The real fun however starts when there are children at the table…

Of course nowadays everybody who knows even a little about Italian cooking, also knows that spaghetti (and all the other Italian pasta as well) has to be cooked “al dente” (with a bite), which means that they mustn’t have the consistence of porridge when they are served.

So far we can say, we know already a lot about spaghetti.

But do you also know why spaghetti are called spaghetti?

If you don’t know the answer you might find it, taking a look into an Italian dictionary.

Spaghetto is the diminutive of the italian word spago (packthread, cord, string) which is derived from the latin spacus.

That means, spaghetti are simply string noodles

P.S. But here’s an additional question. Why do Italians write spaghetti with an h?

So, what about you? Do you know this…?

Popcorn Butter Dispenser – Tips for Alternatives to the Theater Model

If you love popcorn, then most likely you’ll want to find the perfect popcorn butter dispenser.

Commercial butter dispensers are expensive and can take up a lot of space. Is there an alternative to the butter dispensers you find at the theater?

Your Popcorn Butter Dispenser – Theater Model or Make Do at Home?

When you buy popcorn at the movie theater, the salesperson will most likely ask you if you want butter on it.

The theater may provide real melted butter, or they may have some sort of melted butter-flavored liquid stuff (often called “buttery topping”) that they will squirt on the popcorn from a box with a large dispenser pump on top.

Either way, the popcorn is delicious!

Is this the type of popcorn you want to enjoy at home? Many people do.

So you have a choice. You can opt for the real thing, a commercial popcorn butter dispenser that keeps the butter melted and ready to pour on your popped treat, or you can make do with an alternative dispenser.

Theater Popcorn Butter Dispensers Can Be Very Expensive

The butter dispensers you find at the theater are commercial models, and while they do a good job at keeping the butter melted at just the right temperature, they are very expensive.

On the other hand, melting butter on your stove is a bit of a haphazard thing. If you keep the butter on the stove with the burner lit under it, the butter stays melted but it may also burn. It’s not fun to pour burned butter on your popcorn treat. Yuck.

Commercial popcorn butter dispensers do a great job at keeping the butter melted at just the right temperature.

These models have a stainless steel tub inside the dispenser that is surrounded by hot water. The dispenser has a warmer in it that keeps the water at just the right temperature to maintain the butter at melting point. When the day is over, the stainless steel tub of butter is removed and placed in the fridge and the dispenser is unplugged. No waste, no hassle.

However, prices for these theater popcorn butter dispensers typically start at about $150 and go up to as much as $400. There are even some models that run more than $1000.

For most people, spending that kind of money on a peripheral item is ridiculous!

Try These Alternative Popcorn Butter Dispensers at Home

Finding an alternative to the theater popcorn butter dispensers is actually a common thread on forums.

Many people balk at the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on something they may use sporadically.

Instead, others have suggested using a ceramic fondue pot as an alternative popcorn butter dispenser.

The fondue pot generally uses a small lit votive candle or Sterno can to melt the contents of the pot. It can work well to keep the butter melted at just the right temperature without burning.

Picture using this type of pot and candle to keep butter melted for lobster. It works!

One drawback to the fondue pot idea is that it can be difficult to pour the butter onto the popcorn without making a small mess.

A second suggestion is to shop eBay periodically. Sometimes you can find a commercial popcorn butter dispenser for sale when someone sells their concession or theater equipment. Be aware, though, that most likely you’ll be spending close to $100 for the dispenser, even though it may be used.

Several people commented that they will put some butter in a squeeze bottle and place it in the microwave for a few moments. There is a concern, however, that the bottle itself may melt, which could make a mess and/or cause burns. If you try this, be very careful.

Try the Presto Hot Topper

One idea that many people have found helpful is to look for the Presto Hot Topper. This is a dispenser that is specially designed to melt butter so you can spray it on popcorn, corn-on-the-cob, pancakes or waffles, baste a turkey, and so on.

Reviews for using this as a popcorn butter dispenser have been quite positive, with many people stating they really like it. One woman wrote that her kids call the Hot Topper the “Butter Gun.” It is easy to use and easy to clean.

One drawback is that the Hot Topper doesn’t seem to be made any more by Presto. The good news is that it can be found fairly regularly on eBay, at a price of somewhere between $5 and $20.

You may opt to buy a commercial popcorn butter dispenser, but if not, the Presto Hot Topper may be your best solution for enjoying melted butter on your popcorn.

How Often Should a Commercial Kitchen Extract System Be Cleaned?

One of the areas in a commercial kitchen that is most difficult to keep clean is the extract system which removes the cooking fumes from above the cookers to the outside air. With a little knowledge, much of this maintenance can be carried out as a regular activity by the kitchen staff themselves. This article outlines how frequently components need cleaning as well as some of the hazards to look out for.

One of the areas of a kitchen that becomes contaminated most quickly is the area above the cookers themselves – where the air and fumes are ventilated to the outside through an extract canopy which will contain grease filters to capture oil and grease given off in the cooking process as well as fans to force the air circulation to the outside of the building through an extract duct.

The Grease filters themselves are intended to capture contaminants, and to remain effective will need regular cleaning before they reach the point of becoming saturated. How often the filters need cleaning will depend on the type of establishment, but for a rough idea, here are some recommended cleaning intervals for the different elements in an extract system for both heavy (e.g. high-output fast food restaurants or food factories) and light (e.g. school or workplace kitchens) usage.

Baffle Filter: (wash every 1 to 7 days)

Mesh Filter: (wash every 5 to 7 days)

Electrostatic filter: (Swap out every 3 to 6 months)

Carbon filter: (Replace every 3 to 6 months)

UV Tube: (Wipe down every 1 week to 2 months, and replace after 8000 hours of use)

Grease Drawers: (Clean every 1 to 7 days)

Extract Ductwork: (Clean every 3 to 12 months)

When cleaning grease filters and grease collection drawers yourself, these are often best washed in a commercial dishwasher, so they should be designed, sized and constructed to be robust enough to withstand regular washing in this environment.

Providing that cleaning intervals are not left too long, washing with soap or mild detergent and warm water, followed by a clear water rinse is usually quite adequate for most equipment. When too long a period is left between cleans, grease will become baked-on and require special attention. An enhanced aesthetic appearance will be achieved if the cleaned surface is finally wiped dry.

In reality, deciding upon how often cleaning should take place is relatively subjective and it is ultimately the facility manager who will have to make a judgement call. However, the simplest guide to follow is that if a surface or component looks dirty, then it needs cleaning.

There is no reason why you shouldn’t undertake most of this work yourself, but a little training as well as an understanding of the risks will help ensure that you can do so safely. It is strongly recommended that an in-house, site specific risk assessment of potential risks and hazards should be carried out.

For example, if your system has specialist odour removal systems such as UV, ESP or Carbon Cells, in-house staff members will require some specific training in monitoring, testing and handling of the various components.

It is also important that when handling any components of a canopy, people wear proper, gripping, cut-resistant work-gloves for protection against metal edges, as well as the detergents and cleaning agents used. Even with a well finished filter panel, it is surprisingly easy to cut soft water-soaked skin during the cleaning process. Grease filters by their very nature will have a coating of grease and therefore will be slippery and difficult to handle. Gaining access to filters for removal & replacement will inevitably mean reaching above head height, so suitable access equipment and or safe working procedures may be required.

Of course, no grease filtration system is going to be 100% effective and therefore there will always be some grease that passes through the filters and accumulates on the internal surfaces of the filter housings, fans and ductwork. Once again, the amount of grease carried through any filtration system will depend very much on the type of cooking and ingredients used. If left unattended, the hidden deposits of grease will not only adversely impact hygiene, but can also cause a serious fire risks. Thus it is important to have the complete extract system deep-cleaned on a maximum of a six-monthly cycle and even as often as three-monthly where usage is particularly heavy.

Advantages and Disadvantages For Fluorescent Tubes

There are many different types of light bulbs that are out there on the market but the one I am going to talk about and explain today is the fluorescent tubes kind.

These light bulbs are gas discharge lamps that use electricity to excite mercury vapor; they require a ballast to keep the power flow running correctly throughout the bulb. These bulbs tend to be more expense than the usual ones but then makes up for it with the lower energy costs. They usually last longer than other equivalent types of bulbs, fluorescent tubes tend to be bigger than others but they work very well.

Fluorescent tubes give off a lot less heat than other types of  lights therefore meaning that in hot climates or hot weather you will not get as hot just from the light being turned on.

Another advantage for fluorescent tubes is that they have a much longer life span than many other bulbs, this life span can last up to 20 times longer than the standard equivalent which will definitely help with running costs and also costs for replacing the bulbs as you will not need to replace them as often as other bulbs.

Even though fluorescent tubes can have a very good lifespan there is a disadvantage which is if you turn the lights on and off frequently the lifespan of the bulb will be cut dramatically which can end up costing you more money in the long run buying more. So it is advised if you are using fluorescent tubes that you use them in places where once you turn the light on you expect to have the light on for longer than an hour at a time.

Another disadvantage for the fluorescent tubes are that they can be a health and safety risk, if they are broken then they can let out small amounts of mercury which can be very hazardous so if the tube is broken then it is recommended that the glass is picked up using wet paper towels and then disposed of in plastic sealed bags to stop anything being contaminated with the mercury.

Fluorescent tubes work best when they are in rooms that are at room temperature and if they exposed to higher or colder temperatures then this efficiency is severely disrupted which can mean that in cold enough places the bulbs may not turn on at all.

Another problem with these tubes are that they are subject to flickering which can become very annoying or it can be hazardous to people sensitive to flickers for example people with epilepsy. The flicker occurs if the fluorescent tubes are using magnetic mains frequency ballast which do not just give out a normal steady heat, they flicker very fast to keep their light up. So if there are any interruptions to the ballast then a flicker may occur.

What Type of Kitchen Cutting Boards Should You And Should You Not Use?

Love cooking in the kitchen? Well, then you probably used a kitchen cutting board at one time or another. The question is, what type of board should you or should you not use?

Well, I guess that answer is… it depends.

This answer will depend on your intended purpose, what style you like and how often or how much care are you willing to give your cutting board.

What is your intended purpose?

Now, I realize this may seem to be a really silly question… you want to use it to cut on right? Well, are you going to be cutting raw or cooked meat, vegetables, tomatoes or cheese?

Wood – The traditional board is the wood cutting board. This type of board is excellent for preserving your valuable knives from getting dulled on the surface and can beautify any kitchen with its traditional look. However, you should know that wood boards do need quite a bit of maintenance. You will need to clean it after every use… and it is suggested that you use a vinegar with water mix and NOT put it in your kitchen sink. Washing your wood board in the kitchen sink… especially soaking it in water, can significantly damage your board as water will soak into the board allowing bacteria to grow, as well, it will dry out and crack the board. You will also have to oil your board at least once every two months with a food grade mineral oil to help keep the board from drying out and cracking. So all in all, a wood board is quite a bit of work to maintain and clean… but nothing looks as beautiful in a kitchen as a wood cutting board.

Plastic – The latest on the cutting board scene is the plastic cutting board. Plastic was previously viewed as an excellent board to replace the traditional wood boards, as they are not as porous as wood and will repel bacteria much better. There has been much debate over this question and some studies have been done which actually show bacteria will grow on plastic boards… but will be repelled on wood boards, as the wood has a natural defence against bacteria. However, plastic boards are much easier to clean and maintain. A good bath in bleach mixed with water solution will help eliminate bacteria. As well as regular cleaning in the sink with soap and water… you can even put a plastic cutting board in the dish washer… now how about that for easy to maintain.

What style do you like?

There are three other styles that you may like, such as steel, marble or glass boards. If you are interested in these types of boards… you are best to keep these boards reserved for preparing sandwiches, making and rolling out dough or serving cheeses. All these types of boards are extremely hard on your knives… which can lead to dull or chipped knives. Also, marble can actually deteriorate and disintegrate over time if certain acidic foods or juices are prepared on them, such as tomatoes. However, these boards do present very well and can be used for sandwiches or cheeses.

So that again leaves us with the wood and plastic boards and which board is better? Wood will give you that traditional look for your kitchen… but will be a more work to keep sanitary and clean. Wood comes in a full grain plank width, full grain edge width and the classic end grain look. Bamboo, which is actually not a wood but is from the grass family also looks beautiful, is even 15% harder than maple, but still has the same practices for cleaning as wood. All of these cutting boards will look beautiful if you wish to keep them on your kitchen counter.

Plastic is easier to maintain and can come in a variety of styles and colours for a lot less than a traditional board. You can also pick up flexible boards which make rolling dough or sliding cut meat or veggies off the board and into pots or bowls simple and easy. Plastic boards also come in varying thicknesses which means you can store them away into smaller spaces if you don’t want to display them on your counter.

What is your lifestyle like?

The final question that will help you in getting the best kitchen cutting board for your use is… what is your lifestyle like? If you are like most and have a million and one things to do when you get home from work, like preparing dinner before going to soccer practice… taking care of a wood board may not be one of your first priorities. If you love to cook and enjoy taking your time perfecting each recipe you create… you will likely enjoy the beauty and benefits a wood cutting board has to offer by keeping your valuable knives in excellent condition.

Either way, you will have to properly clean and sanitize your kitchen cutting board after each and every use… the question is what type of person are you and are you likely to spend the extra time maintaining a wood cutting board or just throw your plastic cutting board in the dish washer. That question is for you to answer but will hopefully guide you in your kitchen cutting board purchase.

Factors to Consider in Meal Planning

Meal planning is a technique that every household should utilize. It is a very comprehensive plan of what to eat and the products or ingredients necessary in cooking. It is an organized system of identifying recipes and for a certain period of time. It requires a skill to identify needs of a person of his entire family and taking into consideration of several factors that would affect planning activity.

Factors would include: health needs, economic factors, religious practices, dietary concerns, environmental factors and time and ability to cook.

Health needs.

It is necessary to include all the food groups to ensure optimum nutrition. It is very important that we include in our meals the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies require.

Economic factors.

We have to consider our budget and the prices of the ingredients. Budget is foremost the principal factor because you cannot cook what you cannot afford.

Religious practices.

Some religion or faith has restrictions on what they are allowed to eat. Muslims cannot eat pork and Jews are obliged to observe Kashrut practices. Hindus do not eat beef because of the view of the that cows are sacred.

Dietary concerns.

Certain diseases such as diabetes and hypertension restricts or limits an individual’s food intake. They are not allowed to eat fatty foods and even sweets. Another consideration would be allergies that would yield unwanted reactions when trigger foods are consumed.

Environmental factors.

This would include the kitchen materials and equipments that would give you the capacity to cook certain food.


If you have ample time to prepare food then you can go ahead and cook extravagant dishes, however when you have limited time you can opt for easy to do recipes than relying on fast food or instant products.

Ability to cook.

The most modifiable factor. They say you cannot cook if you don’t know what you are doing. However you can research videos or follow cook books to help you prepare the dish that you want.

When you have considered all the factors of course you make sure that your cooking in variety while also acknowledging your family’s preference. Play with texture and color as well as temperature. Add fun to the activity by making it a recreational hobby which involves family members.

Why I Hate Epiphone Guitars Review

Consider this my blanket review of all Epiphone guitars in general. I go to Guitar Center a lot. Usually it’s just to check out a bunch of guitars through different amps. I bought one guitar there, and I buy them online sometimes too. About a year ago I found a cool deal on Musicians Friend on a Epiphone Dot Studio guitar. The Dot Studio is basically a budget version of the very expensive and legendary ES335 (several thousands of dollars). This guitar was awesome! It was black on black, and those humbuckers just screamed through my Marshall! It had lots of tone, and was very light (which is great on stage). I loved that guitar…for awhile.

After I gigged it out a few times, the bridge volume know fell inside the body cavity, held on by only the volume knob itself. The nut had come loose. I popped off the volume knob while holding on to the pot pliers, tightened up the nut, and that was that. I tightened up all the other volume and tone knobs too. This was the first time I began to feel like Epiphone was a really low quality guitar. I’d never seen a brand new guitar, direct from the factory with loose volume knobs. In fact, I’d never owned a guitar for years where the volume knobs got loose on their own.

So I gigged this black Dot Studio out like 6 or 7 times. I noticed one night that the input jack nut was coming loose. I tightened it up by hand and all was well for the night. But that made me take notice of the input jack from that point forward. I always checked at home and before gigs….and ended up hand tightening it all the time. It was as terrible pain, and I don’t know why they didn’t install a locknut or lock washer at the factory. Long story short, it had to be tightened so many times that it caused one of the wires attached internally to the input jack to start to short out, and eventually just fall off. I ended up buying an AllParts input jack new at Guitar Center and soldering it back in myself. The guitar was ok…..for awhile.

On stage I switch from bridge to neck pickup a lot depending on the song. I started to notice at first a crackle, and then sometimes just cutting out going from neck to bridge. I would have to switch it back once or twice before it kicked in. I’ve never had problems like that before on a new guitar – that told me it was a cheap input jack. I had already noticed when I soldered in the new input jack how thin the internal wiring of the guitar was (compared to others I had taken apart). Problems with the wiring, and the switch dragged on for months. When I installed the new input jack I had put a few dots of gorilla glue at the edge of the nut to keep it from coming loose again. Eventually I sold the guitar when I had owned it just under a year. I ended up buying the Ibanez Artcore I play as my main guitar now in it’s place.

I have not had a single problem with the Ibanez that I had with the Epiphone, and it has the input jack on the tail just like the Epiphone did. And I can see inside the F-holes of the guitar that the wiring is significantly thicker than it was on the Epiphone. My only complaint with the Artcore is that the pickups aren’t nearly as biting or clear as they were on that Dot Studio. I have a friend that loves Epiphones. He’s tried to tell me that maybe the one I had was just a lemon. I disagree. I have played dozens of Epiphones in 3 different guitar centers and various music shops. Each and ever one has had loose knobs and or input jack. Also, the setup and quality is very hit or miss.

Here’s a prime example. I went to Guitar Center today and played several instruments. I saw this one guitar that was stunning from afar. It has natual laquer and wood, beautiful finish, semi-hollow body 335 type guitar. As I got up on it I saw it was indeed an Epiphone Dot Studio. Being a glutton for punishment I picked it off the rack and plugged it in. It played nice. In face it screamed, and was full of tone. And in this newer model, the input jack had been moved from the tail to the top just right of the bridge. The input jack was tight. I tuned it up and played. Nice action, nice feeling neck, even the toggle switch for neck and bridge was a newer kind and seemed better. Then I switched from neck to bridge and went to turn the volume up for that pickup…and it turned around, and around, and around, and around. The nut had become loose and fallen off that volume. I check the others, and they were also indeed loose.

I played a flame top Epiphone Les Paul last weekend, and it’s input jack and volume knobs were loose (and the action was terrible). I played two Dot Studios that were on clearance and the action was way off the fingerboard, and one had a blemish on the headstock. Loose volume knobs as well. The wost was 2 months ago when I was very interested in getting an SG. SG’s are very expensive, so I of course checked out the Epiphone SG’s (I know – idiot, duh!). They had this one that was white with gold hardware, triple humbucker. Beautiful guitar…nice action, good setup – I liked it a lot. It was on clearance for $340 – a bargain (so I thought!). I plugged it in and tried the neck pickup – nice! I switched to bridge, and no sound! I turned every volume and tone knob on 10 – still no sound! The mid pickup switch was the same. This guitar only had volue on the neck pickup! I thought this guitar was so nice, that I was willing to get it fixed if need be. I took it over to the department manager looking for a deal. He said “no way – it’s already on clearance”. I said “but wait, it’s broken – the wiring is bad and you’re selling is as ‘new’!”. He wasn’t willing to budge one iota on the price. They also weren’t willing to fix it, I had to buy the guitar AND PAY FOR the repair! I was pissed and ended up not buying the guitar. I don’t care if it was clearance or not – they didn’t even know the wiring was bad until I brought it up to them! How can you sell something as brand new that’s broken, and not be willing to send it back to the factory?

See a pattern here? Every Epihpone I pick up in any store, any make or model has a problem or a blemish. The quality is so low, I would never again take one (without gutting it) as a stage guitar. If they can’t even make sure the hardware is tight and the electrical connections are good, and spend an extra $2.50 on a quality switch and input jack – I am not interested in buying an Epiphone guitar EVER AGAIN!! The ONLY way I would consider it would be if it were on extreme clearance (less than $300), and I was going to have it rewired with new knobs, switch, and input jack! If you are considering an Epiphone guitar – BUYER BEWARE!! Look for the things I have pointed out. You will get much more for your money if you take a look at other mid-range priced guitars from Fender, Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith (the LTD line), ESP, Dean, or others. I will be reviewing many of these guitars in the future to give you as much information as possible!

How to Prevent Dental Cavities and Keep the Teeth Healthy

Regular oral care is important to keep the teeth healthy and disease free. If we did not brush, floss or clean the tongue on a daily basis, it would then lead to tooth decay, which almost always leads to dental cavities. A number of factors are responsible for causing us cavities and we should know them in detail to stay away from the risk. Further, kids are more likely to get troubled by cavities at an early stage as they often eat lots of sweets or sugary items and are bad at their daily oral care routine.

Likewise, young people are also at risk with dental cavities as this becomes one of leading causes of teeth loss. The problem is, most of us don’t know how dental cavities are caused and unless we are aware of the real reason, we can’t take preventive measures for sure. So, you should know that bacteria is a major cause of a variety of dental diseases including cavities. If not removed timely, these bacteria often combine with food article in the mouth and lead to the formation of plaque which in turn can lead to formation of tartar. It’s this tartar that leads to diseases such as periodontitis or gingivitis.

In a sense, we should try to remove the plaque at the earliest as it can damage the enamel of the teeth and create holes, which is called as dental cavities. Once formed, no amount of cleaning or brushing can reverse these cavities and this is where the afflicted people need to visit the dentist for expert help. Further, dentists world over prefer filling as a common treatment option for dental cavity. In this, the decayed material is first removed through drilling and then, another material is used to fill the spaces or holes thus created or caused. Porcelain or composite resin is often the most used material for filling.

More so, we should know that there are a lot of other materials as well which are used by dentists for filling purpose. Among them, porcelain and composite resin are often preferred the most for frontal teeth due to their similarity to natural teeth in colour and appearance. The second option is crowning which is used in case the cavities are extensive. In this method also, the dentist first removes the decayed area and then places a crown over the top of the teeth to cover the area. Metal, porcelain or composite resin are some materials used to make the crown for treatment of cavities.

Quite clearly, there are two treatment methods for dental cavities and patients can select whichever suits their case perfectly. That apart, it’s always a good move to visit the dentist regularly so that such problems are caught at an early stage to keep the damage to a minimum level possible. In fact, a majority of dental problems can be removed with routine treatment, if found out at any early stage. In a way, you should not take risk with your dental problems and rather visit dentists regularly. After all, prevention is always a better option than any cure in the world, and the earlier you understand this, the better.

The Feminine Intimacy Cycle

All of life has a cycle and we must acknowledge each stage of the rotation to benefit from the next. There can be no success without failure. No joy without pain. No light without darkness. We must learn to calibrate ourselves through the challenging times, to develop and experience the flight of enjoyment.

The seasonal flow of food supplies can teach us a lot about human nature and our relationship with our own flow of intimacy. Just as oranges flourish in the winter months and strawberries in the summer, our own masculine and feminine cycles experience times of growth and rest, intimacy versus independence, love versus hollowness. Yet all too often we get caught up in the blueprint of society and create expectations for ourselves that need us to experience a constant state of happiness, love and positivity. Just as we now manufacture strawberries and oranges to be available all year-round, we tend to expect the same of our own emotions.

In earlier posts I’ve talked about how men automatically alternate between needing intimacy and needing independence. Relationship expert Dr. John Gray talks about the ‘rubber band’ metaphor, which explains the theory that when a man pulls away he can stretch only so far before he comes springing back. The metaphor involves getting close, pulling away, and then getting close again with a renewed sense of energy and want. This is the foundation of the masculine cycle.

Understanding intimacy cycles allows us to normalize and accept the flow of emotion we experience on a regular basis. Rather than tapping in to a constant need for high energy and positivity, we can instead acknowledge the flow of our emotions.

This post focuses on the female wave of emotion. While men pull back and then get close, women rise and fall in their ability to love themselves and others, similar to a wave motion. A women’s ability to give and receive love in her relationships is generally a reflection of how she is feeling about herself. When she is not feeling great about herself, she is less accepting and appreciative. This low level of the female wave tends to be characterized by feelings of overwhelm, where high emotions are easily activated. During this time a woman is more vulnerable and requires more love.

Without the awareness surrounding this display of human behavior, many men become confused and frustrated during the low level of the wave, causing disputes and relationship breakdowns. One minute she seems so incredibly happy with life, love and everything in between. Happy wife equals happy life, and he believes he is doing so well. Yet the next minute the tide may be retreating and the low level wave rolls in bringing feelings of uncertainty and low self-worth. Given a woman’s ability to give and receive love in her relationships is a n of how she is feeling about herself, this low level wave has an immediate impact on the world around her. Suddenly he wonders where it all went so wrong? What happened and how can he fix it?

Hold up!! This is the first key learning for men when it comes to the female wave of emotion. It is not something that needs to be fixed. The last thing a woman needs when she is on her way down is someone telling her why she shouldn’t be down. Rather, what she needs is someone to be there as her support, to listen while she shares her feelings and to empathize with what she is going through. Love, attentiveness and support are key. When she hits her lowest energy she searches for love and support. When she finds it (or chooses to re-connect) she then begins to inevitably rise up again, with increased self-acceptance and the return of her ability to radiate love in her relationships.

Often we may see the disguise of a corporate suit or social niceties cover up the low level of the tide, yet in the comfort of her own home when the curtains are down, woman are forced to acknowledge their feelings. The key for men is to provide a loving, attentive and supportive environment always, through the high and low levels of the tide.

Relationship expert Dr. John Gray sites a study in his work that reveals a woman’s self-esteem cycle generally rises and falls in a cycle between twenty-one and thirty-five days. While this time frame averages at a twenty-eight day cycle, the self-esteem wave is not automatically in sync with the menstrual cycle.

As a suggestion for the ladies, while you may check and note your menstrual cycle, it may also be beneficial to record your waves of emotion to better understand your own rhythm and flow. While the façade may serve a functional purpose at times, allow it to come down when it needs to and allow your true emotions to come through. Following acknowledgement, find satisfying ways to best serve yourself during the low levels of your tide. You may choose a hot bath, home baking, reading, journal writing, exercise, meditation, art or more. Simply trust the flow of what it is you need to be doing to reconnect with your own self-love.

Ultimately, whether it’s the male intimacy or female self-acceptance cycle, recognition gives us the freedom to relax and embrace what our body and energy levels are really communicating, rather than plugging up and disregarding our true emotions. A real connection with what we are experiencing means we can better understand ourselves. Through this increased understanding we can then experience love and affection at a deeper, more intimate level.

Sewer Maintenance: Four Things Property Owners Need to Do


Education is key when it comes to maintenance on a sewer system. Property owners need to know what is their responsibility, and what is the counties responsibility. They also need to know who to call at the county office if there is a problem, potential problems they may have to deal with in the future, and what to do about them.

When property owners to educate themselves, they will find themselves better prepared when something happens. This is vital for first time home owners that have never had to deal with problems of this nature before.


Preventing problems before they start is the key to maintaining a pipe. This includes having drains snaked with a camera on a regular basis, and having the pipes under the property inspected. The sewer under the property should be inspected before purchasing a home, but, if it wasn’t it should be as soon as possible.

Property owners have no way of telling how old the pipes are that are running under their backyard, or if there are problems with them, unless they are inspected. If there are problems, this gives homeowners the chance to fix them before they get bigger. If there aren’t, homeowners can sleep a little better at night, and they only have to worry about another inspection if there is a problem or every few years.

Pipe Lining

Pipe lining is one of the most creative ways to fix a problem. The lining molds to the pipe, creating a barrier that will guarantee small pinholes and cracks do not create a problem. While pipe lining may be the most popular option, it does not work in every situation.

Homeowners that are responsible for their own maintenance are encouraged to take the time to educate themselves about pipe lining. If there is a problem, they will hear about this procedure eventually, and it’s always a good idea to have a bit of knowledge about pipe lining before a problem arises.


The pipes underneath the house and property are not the only ones a homeowner will have to deal with, or repair. This also applied to the small pieces of plumbing that are running underneath the kitchen sink. To help prevent problems before they happen, homeowners should regularly clean their pipes. This doesn’t require expensive chemicals, or a professional for that matter.

Instead, homeowners can simply pour boiling water down the drains periodically to help rinse small particles that have clung to the sides of the pipe the rest of the way down to prevent them from forming a blockage.

Owning a home can be an exciting and wonderful time for couples, but there is a bit of a learning curve involved for homeowners that do not want to spend a small fortune on expensive repairs in the future, particularly when it comes to the sewer or plumbing. Instead, homeowners can follow these tips to make sure that all the plumbing on their property, both inside and underneath the property, functions perfectly for years to come.