Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts of Corn Flakes

Breakfast is, undoubtedly, the most essential meal of the day. But today most of the people tend to miss this important meal of the day due to lack of time. It is important to consume a wholesome breakfast with cereals, fruits, juice and milk. Today majority of the people prefer to consume breakfast cereals as it is easy to cook and requires considerably lesser time to consume. Breakfast cereals include oats, corn flakes and other similar products.

Corn flakes were discovered by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, quite accidentally. He advocated a strictly vegetarian diet for all his patients as he believed that bland food reduces passion and had anti-aphrodisiacal effects.

Health Benefits

Corn flakes consumed with a bowl of milk, nuts and fruits are considered to be one of the most healthiest and nutritious breakfast cereals. Some of the most important health benefits of consuming this breakfast cereal include the following.

Low sugar and calorie: It is considered to be nutritionally beneficial as it includes low sugar content and less calories. As it contains fewer calories, it is also low in fat content. This breakfast cereal is considered to be the best meal compared to the other types of meals consumed for breakfast which are rich in sugar and fat content.

Rich in iron and vitamins: Corn flakes is known to be rich in iron and vitamin content. It is a rich source of vitamin A, B, C, D and E. Most of these products also include nuts such as almonds. There are products which include honey, raisins and so forth.

Flavors: In the earlier days, this unique cereal was available in one flavor. Today it is available in a huge variety of flavors including strawberry, mango, chocolate, banana, mango and so forth.

Milled products: Recent studies have revealed that milled corn products contain a substantial amount of antioxidants such as carotenoids. Carotenoid is a pigment that is found in vegetable such as carrots, spinach, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. The pigment helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Light and digestible: This ready-to-eat breakfast cereal is easy to digest and quite light. Most of the people prefer to consume it as it is available in a range of flavors enriched with all essential vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Value The nutritional value of your breakfast can be enhanced with the consumption of corn flakes. With a huge variety of added vitamins and minerals, this breakfast cereal contains all the necessary nutritional requirements. It contains all essential vitamins including folic acid and vitamin B12, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. Daily consumption of this breakfast cereal increases the intake of iron. It also includes only 2gms of sugar so it is considered to be a healthy breakfast cereal by most of the people as it prevents obesity and other health related issues.

Corn oil is another healthy product which helps to prevent heart diseases and cholesterol. This cooking oil is known to be light and healthy. It is used to cook different types of cuisines as it tastes delicious.

Gearbox Maintenance Tips

Simple observations regarding gearbox repairs can help you discover what is wrong with your power transmission equipment. Here are some tips to troubleshooting certain mechanical transmission product problems.

Gear Drives

Power transmission equipment provides a rotary motion and torque between equipment and a primary mover. If there is a problem in the support, maintenance, loading, alignment or installation of a mechanical power transmission product, this can lead to gearbox repairs. In addition, distress to gearbox equipment can be caused by missing components, such as gears and shafts. All of these issues can cause a mechanical power transmission product to run less efficiently. To keep your gearbox equipment running smoothly, plan for preventive maintenance, lubrication and regular visual inspections.

Ununiform Loads

Misalignment of gears often causes gear tooth fracture or surface distress. Using AGMA ratings to guide you, ensure that there are no abnormal elastic deflections in the supporting structure of power transmission equipment, thereby reducing the risk of gear tooth damage.

Gear Failure Classifications

There are four main classifications of failures regarding gearbox repairs: plastic flow, pitting or surface fatigue, breakage and wear. A visual inspection of the gearbox will show you the differences.

Plastic flow wear. Plastic flow wear creates a depression on the contact area of a gear tooth, or gives its ends a fin-like appearance. This wear generally occurs with soft gear materials in gearbox equipment. To prevent plastic flow wear decrease contact stress, use harder surface and sub-surface materials and increase the spacing accuracy between the teeth.

Pitting and surface fatigue. Repeated surface or sub-surface stresses can cause surface fatigue in power transmission equipment. A high amount of stress being placed on the surface of a gear tooth causes pitting. In a mechanical power transmission product, pitting can happen quickly and occurs mainly through-hardened gearing. While some pitting is normal, reduce its occurrence by minimizing speed and load weights when breaking in gears, and use a quality lubricant.

Breakage. Breakage is the most significant failure in regards to gearbox repairs. Breakage occurs in power transmission equipment when the stresses exceed the endurance of a gear’s tooth. This occurs at areas of distress on a shaft, the more tensile side of a tooth, or the tooth root fillet. Prevent breakage by controlling torque, installing resilient couplings, using lubricants and reducing the amount of bending stress and transient loads on a mechanical power transmission product.

Spalling. In gearbox repairs terminology, spalling is when a large area of surface material breaks away from a gear tooth. Spalling looks like overlapping or interconnected pits in one location, or like longitudinal cracks on a tooth’s surface. Spalling is usually caused by insufficient core hardness/case depth, high-contact stress, too high of a load and improper heat treatment.

Wear on power transmission equipment. It shouldn’t be a surprise that moderate to heavy wear of an industrial gearbox impairs performance, causing cracks in gear teeth, changing its shape and can result in breakage. Proper maintenance of the machinery will reduce the effect of wear – conduct regular lube changes, use a quality lubricant and filter present contaminates.

Get Your Ex To Want You Back Fast – 3 Instant Tricks

So you’ve done everything possible to get back together with your ex boyfriend or girlfriend, but nothing seems to work. You’ve tried talking to them, reasoning with them, even writing down your thoughts and letting your ex know just how much you love them. And so far, you’ve been ignored and rejected as your ex feels more distant than ever.

Is this your current situation? If so, you’ll need to act pretty quickly if you want to save your relationship. Yet instead of concentrating on how much you want your ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend, you need to switch gears by working on ways to get your ex to want you back.

Every couple that’s ever gotten back together has the same thing in common: both partners want and miss each other. So it stands to reason that until your ex misses you, all of your efforts to fix the breakup will be for nothing.

The Counter-Breakup: Rejecting Your Ex Boyfriend or Girlfriend

To win back your ex’s heart, you’ll first need to accept and embrace your breakup. Right now there’s nothing you can do to change your boyfriend or girlfriend’s mind: they’ve already decided to ditch the relationship, so fighting to keep it going will only make you look desperate.

Instead, it’s time to also reject the relationship. Tell your ex that yes, you see where they’re coming from. Yes, you also agree that breaking up is the right thing to do. Even if your breakup already happened, there are ways of contacting your ex for this one brief conversation in which you accept, agree, and align yourself with the idea of being apart. This immediately causes your ex to feel the same rejection that you do, as well as makes them wonder what they could’ve done wrong that you no longer want to be with them.

The Disappearing Act: Dropping Off Your Ex’s Social Radar

Your next move is a simple one, but it’s also the hardest to accomplish – you need to break any and all contact with your ex boyfriend or girlfriend. This means you can’t call them, email them, or answer their text-messages. The more of a mystery you can become to your ex, the more they’ll start wondering where you and and who you’ve been hanging out with.

In short, you want your ex to think you’re over the breakup. You want them to think you found a new life of your own. Your ex should be worried that they can’t get you back even if they wanted to… something your boyfriend or girlfriend is unfamiliar with while you’re still hounding or chasing after them. This jars your ex completely out of his or her comfort zone, and forces them to think about you even after the break.

Getting Your Ex To Want You Back by Making Them Miss You

If you’ve accomplished the first two goals, the third one is easy. At this point your ex starts to miss you, mostly because you’re suddenly no longer around. You’re not in plain sight, you’re not within arm’s reach, and you’re not hanging around trying to be friends with your ex in a desperate bid to win them back.

This creates an enormous hole in your ex boyfriend or girlfriend’s life… a hole that used to be filled by you. Your ex will miss all the love, laughter, and fun times you shared together, and will naturally think about having them again. Remember: feelings don’t disappear overnight. Even if your ex seems cold and distant after breaking up with you, there are certain emotional bonds you share that are impossible to break. While you’re still hanging around it’s easy for your ex to ignore or bury these feelings, because they’re comforted by seeing or hearing from you. But once you completely go away? It’s easy for your ex to start feeling lonely and nostalgic about your past relationship, and this is exactly when your ex will contact you in one way or another.

French Country House Plan – How To Get It Right And How To Screw It Up

French Country is a popular home design style nowadays, both exterior and interior. This article addresses the French Country home design style on the exterior.


Do you think that French Country, or the effected Country French, is a home design style? We’d say, “Not exactly.”

French Country is a range of home design styles –

1. From an early French farmhouse to not quite a French embassy

2. From residential design styles, including but not limited to Rustic French, Rural French, French Provincial, French Eclectic, Chateau (French version of the English Manor House), and the namesake French Country

3. From in-between Cajun style and Louisiana Plantation style

4. From the time period in America bracketed roughly by WWI and WWII

Comment: There is a stylistic kinship of sorts with other home home styles that are casually (and incorrectly) taken as singular and not as a set. For example, American Victorian is a/k/a (Victorian, in each instance) 2nd Empire, Gothic, Italianate, Queen Anne, Folk, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian (Romanesque). Or for example, Southern Colonial ranges from Warburton House (1680) in James City County, VA or Christ’s Cross (a/k/a Cris Cross) (circa 1690) in New Kent County, VA and simpler, all the way up to Bacon’s Castle (1650) in Surry County, VA and Stratford Hall (1725) in Stratford, VA [noting that other examples abound either standing, or artistically captured earlier-on or reproduced, the author having chosen these for their geographical and temporal proximity, Post-Medieval English roots, and breadth of character].

You’ll find beaucoups publications about French Country on and at your local bookstore. To wit, along with a slew of other design-oriented books, a while back we ordered Provencal Inspiration: Living The French Country Spirit by Home Planners, and immediately received a notice that Amazon’s out of stock. French Country is back bigtime. As another, more recent example, our just completed custom house plans in French Country Style for a property in Asheville, NC will be offered later this year at $4+ million [and the facades really do have a rural sense to them].

French Country style reminds us more than most of Craftsman style – multiple roof slopes; windows of different sizes and heights; broad overhangs and soffits; knee braces and other exposures of construction structure; front-facing gables; a mix of gable, clipped gable, shed, and hip roofs; natural materials; masonry exterior, especially stone; a mix of finish clads; restraint in exterior accessories and adornments. French Country style can be comfortable and inviting in its more relaxed presentations.

However, French Country home design departs from the Arts & Crafts Movement in several respects: high-peaked, steeply sloped roofs at pitches way above Craftsman’s; a refinement in exterior trim particularly in rakes; an understatement of observable structure; gutter systems sometimes with gussied-up copper appointments; curved rooflines to accommodate steep slopes, larger windows, unpierced ceilings and interior walls; broad soffits; arches and curve-topped dormers, elaborated ironwork; balconies; turrets; Classic columns; masonry accessories in relief, some interest in symmetry, etc. Simplicity and elegance.

There are ways to botch French Country home design, e.g., hold rooflines to one pitch to assure consistent soffit depth and single-level eaves – in the name of cheap, easy, and stylistically insensitive; apply Corinthian columns in lieu of, say, Tuscan, or flute the Tuscan columns; confuse French styling with English, unbalance vertical and horizontal to favor horizontal; not mullion grouped windows, not apply true French casement windows; use plastic shutters, S-dog the shutters, not apply true French doors, asphalt shingle the roof, insist on broad facia and frieze boards, etc.

And there are ways to develop French Country home plans by using – contemporary technologies, among them, e.g., cost-efficient cultured stone, particularly in its fieldstone representations – perhaps by Owens Corning; and by using artistry, e.g., the half-round copper gutter systems of A. B. Raingutters, Inc., Classic Gutter Systems, L.L.C., the gas or electric luminaires of Charleston Lighting Company or the aluminum wrought-like railing of Southeaster Architectural Metals, the garage doors of the Carriage House Door Company, and the like.

French Country style encourages applying design principles of excellent residential design, such as, Russell Versaci’s Creating a NEW OLD HOUSE: Yesterday’s Character For Today’s Home, The Taunton Press, 2003, and Jacobson, Silverstein, and Winslow’s Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design, The Taunton Press, orig. 1941, reprint 2002; and, separately, sacred geometry. Here again, you can embrace and succeed or disregard and fail in the design effort.

Take, for example, the layering and other arrangement of finish clad, notably in steeply sloped gable ends. In Versaci’s realm of signaled, or suggested, age, it is the wise designer who specifies supposedly older, heavier (looking) materials – fieldstone and the like – from grade up to, say, L1, and then some lighter material higher up. Such arrangement and layering would be particularly in-keeping with more steeply sloped roof gable ends which would most unlikely be originally run up 2 stories under high, hard to support roof pitches. That is, L2 should and would appear to be of more recent vintage than L1, and presenting a story of age without such attention to detail is to send the gift horse packing.

Finally, in the vernacular of Patterns of Home, again for example, the French Country style readily lends itself to creating a courtyard, or “Creating Rooms, Outside”, and to dormered space demonstrating design keystones of “Refuge and Outlook” under a “Sheltering Roof,” particularly if the rooflines are low-profiled and trimmed more simply on L2 than on L1.

Hunting in Montana – The Culture and Lifestyle of a Montana Tradition

Hunting is as much a part of the Montana lifestyle as cowboy boots and buffalo. It is a fundamental weave in our social fabric and considered a rite of passage by most Montanans. Imagine businesses closing to accommodate their employees’ hunting hysteria, and schools being more lenient about tardies and absences during hunting season.

Yes, a quick glance at the bumper stickers and license plates on the trucks in Montana will quickly illuminate the place of reverence that hunting enjoys in this state of, as one of my friends so aptly calls it, “Huntana”. And in fact, one of my favorite restaurants proudly serves the ‘Montana Surf n Turf’ which is a meal of rainbow trout and buffalo.

Not being limited to merely deer hunting, stalking the wily game in Montana offers a nearly unending supply of choices, and encompasses a wide variety of animals such as moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, Canada goose, pheasant, brook trout, wild turkey, grouse; the list goes on and on.

Those who plan it right can legitimately hunt from September through November. They take advantage of this option by taking up bow hunting in addition to the traditional rifle or shotgun method of hunting. There is an added appeal to bow hunting because it starts in early September when the weather is usually a little more bearable. The rifle hunters will generally have to brave below freezing temperatures and fresh snow to land their kill. But, in fact, the snow gives them an added advantage in tracking. So those souls asking for an early snowfall in Montana are undoubtedly hunters or skiers.

When I came to Montana, I noticed horizontal boards across many thresholds and garages. “It’s to hang the deer from,” was my husband’s casual reply. I was appalled. The thought of animal carcasses hanging randomly around the neighborhood made me nervous. Sure enough, in October and November there they were; the big game carcasses, acting as hunters’ “trophies” hanging in a proud and defiant display. Many big game hunters let them hang for up to five days to cure the meat and reduce the ‘gamey’ taste. In Montana, many garages and sheds double as super-size refrigerators during hunting season: that time of the year the temperatures usually stay below 40 degrees.

A friend of mine is strictly committed to bird hunting. He will shoot any kind of fowl he can get his sights on, be it duck, Canada goose, pheasant, grouse or wild turkey. He is, however, more discriminating in what he will eat. He prefers pheasant over anything else. When I asked what he does with the birds he kills and does not care to eat, he so eloquently stated, “I make sure they get eaten by something.” This meant primarily friends, family, neighbors and their pets. How noble. His wife doesn’t care for eating any kind of wild fowl, so that presents its own brand of discord among his household. Still, most Saturday mornings he is guarding the banks of the river, shotgun in hand, waiting for the unwary bird to wander by.

Big game hunting seems to be more all-consuming for the big game hunter. Early in the season, many hunters will pass on perfectly good kills, waiting for the ‘big kill’. I have my suspicions as to whether they are actually holding off for the ‘big kill’ or simply milking the hunting excursions for all they’re worth. The spouses at home are referred to as ‘hunting widows’ while they patiently wait for their other half to get it out of their system. As soon as the magical phrase is uttered, “This is your last weekend! Don’t come home until you get something,” they somehow, quite miraculously I’d say, bring home an animal, be it elk or deer or moose or whatever is required to fill their hunting tag. The animals are probably more nervous towards the end of the season when the hunters who haven’t filled their tag yet will shoot at anything that crosses their path.

Everyone has their meat preferences. Most of my friends do not care for venison, preferring elk or buffalo to deer. They have different ways of preparing game meat, and interesting ways of disguising the taste of the more gamey-tasting meat that they dislike. When my father came for a visit, I made him a genuine Montana Moose Meatloaf, which he touts as one of the highlights of his trip. Some of my friends even brag that they have not had to buy red meat at the store for years.

I made my first kill last fall in the Lolo National Forest. My rite of passage was courtesy of a small doe that played her part in the cycle of life to feed my friend’s family. As I’m not a big fan of venison, my particular freezer contains elk, buffalo and moose courtesy of other friend’s generosity, as I didn’t kill any of them.

The Lolo National Forest is a two-million-acre recreational playground, with over 700 miles of hiking trails, over 100 named lakes and five rivers, and more than 60 species of large mammals, so when we say that western Montana is truly your outdoor recreational paradise, we mean it! For those of us that have the privilege of living here, we have the luxury of simply wandering out into our 145,552 square mile ‘backyard’ to enjoy this recreation any time we want. You simply can’t put a price on it, that’s for sure!

How to Get More Registered Users on Your Site?

You’ve probably been in this situation. You go to a website, read an interesting article and feel like leaving a comment about it or rating it and… one second later – you close the page and never visit it again.

What happened? The answer is so simple – the website required registration in order to perform any of these actions. That is a huge barrier of entry for most of the users. After all – I myself cannot count the number of profiles I’ve created on the web over the years; therefore I’m not exactly anxious to fill in another registration form so that I could leave a comment.

So how can we solve this? Let’s not forget that most of the visitors to your brand new website already have a profile at, say,, so all we need is to give those users an opportunity to use that fact to get them registered on our site as well. The only user involvement required is for him to click one button, (optionally) enter their login and password and click a confirm button. And that’s it – the user is now registered at your site.

Say again? I can allow Facebook users use my site as if they are my own? You can do that? Yes, you can. So… how much will it cost me, and how difficult it will be to implement? Well Facebook doesn’t charge anything for it, as for implementation – it’s not very difficult, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Similar solutions have recently become a popular trend on the web. It’s not just Facebook – even here in Latvia, the most popular social network is offering a similar service. Another popular solution using an open standard called OpenID is offered by Google, and to name a few.

Implementing these solutions is relatively easy, and as a result you can remove that huge barrier of entry to your site called the registration form.

5 Myths for Building Your Biceps

Every time I go to the gym, I see guys just cranking out set after set of bicep curls. Now I know we would all like to have bigger arms, but please don’t spend 3 hours at a time just curling a barbell. Sure you will get a nice pump from doing that, however it is not a good way to go about building up your biceps in the long run. Below are the 5 main mistakes people make when it comes to their biceps.

1. More is always better.

False. If this was true, then we would either all be training all day long, or give up since we end up wasting our lives away. When it comes to training your biceps, less is more. The goal for each workout is to top your last workout. This can be achieved by either adding more weight each time, or doing some extra reps. Once you have that, move on to your next exercise. Make sure to record the weight and reps you did, so you can improve on that the next workout.

2. Using the same exercises every workout.

There are two main bicep exercises you will find most people doing; barbell and dumbbell curls. These are great for working out your biceps, however you must be improving on your weight and or reps each time. You should also work on having perfect form. You can continue to use these exercises until you reach around 100 pounds on the barbell, then you should mix it up.

Try pressing your elbows outward and have a close grip. This will put stress on your outer bicep. On the flip side, try pushing your elbows into your side, don’t let them move, and have a wide grip. This will stress your inner biceps. Lastly do some hammer curls and reverse curls as well.

3. Being obsessed with the pump

We all know how good it feels to look in the mirror after an intense bicep workout and see how big our arms look. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as know it is just a pump. If you were to curl a light weight for a long time, you’ll get a pretty decent pump, but when you leave the gym, your arms will deflate to the same size they where when you walked into the gym. What you should be more concerned about is how your arms look after the pump is gone. In order for you arms to grow, after the pump, you must be increasing the weight and reps each time. You will still get a nice pump, but even more importantly is the actual progress of your arms, with no pump. That is what the majority of people will see.

4. Focusing too much on your biceps

Sure it is more satisfying to just do some curls, but the truth is, your biceps will also grow when doing other exercises and increasing your overall strength. If you focus on increasing your weight on your rows, pull ups, chin-ups and bench press, your biceps will grow proportionally as well. Also by not wasting too much energy on just your biceps, you will be able to lift more weight for your bigger muscles such as your back. If your biceps are tired from all the curls you just pumped out, your back exercise is going to suffer.

5. Not putting enough tension on the bicep

I am sure you have seen, or even done it your self, the people who swing the barbells up and down in a frantic uneven rhythm. Don’t be that guy. There is a good chance you are working out every muscle except your biceps, not to mention the chance of injury is higher. Instead you should focus on keeping constant tension on your muscles at all times. The bar should be moving at all times, with no pause at the top or bottom. Try squeezing the bar as hard as you can and don’t let your biceps relax until the set is done. The goal is to not allow any oxygen into your muscles, which creates a spike in your anabolic hormones, which promotes muscle growth. Counting is the easiest way to make sure you are moving in a slow and constant manor. Try counting 1, 2, 3 while pulling the bar up, don’t pause at the top, and then 1, 2, 3 on the way down. You will find that you might have to use lighter weights, but it will be worth it.

Those are 5 main mistakes that plague guys of getting the bicep gains they want. Make sure to avoid those, and with the proper routine and nutrition, you should start seeing some gains.

The Ideal Diet for Hypothyroidism

If you have hypothyroidism is very important to know that the type of diet you follow can help you reduce your symptoms, and at the same time help you control your weight. Weight gain goes hand in hand with hypothyroidism and to some people it gets rather difficult to lose weight with this condition.

There are key nutrients and foods that a diet for hypothyroid should include. On the other hand, there are certain foods that should be avoided.

What Your Diet Should Have

A healthy diet for someone with hypothyroidism would include whole grains, natural foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables and a good supply of seafood and other lean protein. You should cut back on fatty meats. A multivitamin is probably a good idea if you don’t already take one.

An Important Mineral

Selenium may be the most important nutrient in a diet for hypothyroid.


This trace mineral is an antioxidant and is essential for converting the thyroid hormone your body produces, T4, into its active form, T3. Brazil nuts are an incredibly good source of selenium, but you can also get it from some lean meats.

Fiber is Key to Control Your Weight

Another tactic that will be very helpful for you if you’re trying to lose weight is eating more fiber. Fiber makes you feel full and can help you lose weight, in addition to being helpful for constipation, another side effect of hypothyroidism.

You can ingest your fiber in pill form or through one of those over-the-counter fiber concoctions, but it is so much better if you get your fiber from actual foods, like beans, rice and other grains, whole wheat and oatmeal.

Strive for whole grains, also known as complex carbohydrates, over refined grains (things made with white flour or sugar). They’re better for you, help maintain your blood sugar stable and will make you feel fuller.

Alcohol should also be avoided because it can cause blood sugar fluctuations.

A Diet With More Meals

Ideally, a diet for low thyroid function will include small meals spread out through the day rather than three big meals. If you eat five or six small meals it will help balance the slow metabolism that is part of hypothyroidism. Just remember, keep these meals around 300 calories each, and include exercise if you want to lose weight, too.

Some doctors recommend the Zone diet to those with hypothyroid. The why behind the system is somewhat complicated, but it has to do with balancing out your insulin reaction to food, limiting the spikes and crashes you probably feel right now. Carbs are a big part of this diet, particularly those refined grains we were just talking about.

The diet calls for drinking lots of water (a good idea for anyone), eating more fruit and vegetables and less pasta, bread and starches, and a small amount of lean protein through the day. Most of your carbs should come from fruit and vegetables, with other starches used sparingly. You also should not go more than five hours between meals.

Red Light Foods

As we were saying before, your diet should not include certain foods. Some vegetables, fruits and grains can depress the function of your thyroid gland. To learn about these foods visit diet for hypothyroid.

Sex Positions With Your Pregnant Wife

It is more likely the reason that you got your wife pregnant in the first place, and now that she is, remember that making love with her is going to be a lot more different! So here is a very helpful reminder: ALWAYS PROCEED WITH CAUTION AND SENSITIVITY!

How do I even begin?

Your pregnant wife may be unusually touchy these days, but from the time of conception and usually up to 12 weeks of being pregnant, your wife may be very queasy when it comes to making love. She may give you numerous excuses like being too tired, or hungry, or nauseated, or dizzy, or just simply: “not in the mood”. But never take it personally though, remember that her hormones are making her that way, it is not because she doesn’t love you anymore. So given that fact: it will be always wise to open lines of communication before you even attempt at romance. Be more sensitive of your wife’s needs outside the bedroom, and soon enough, she will reciprocate with yours.

Is it safe? When?

Making love when you are expecting can have numerous benefits for you and your partner – fortunately though, you both can take the most advantage of this all throughout the pregnancy. Doctors say that you can have some action in the bedroom up until her water breaks! As soon as you get your Doctor’s “go” signal for love-making, then by all means go ahead! But of course, it would always be wise to follow your wife’s behavior before attempting at romance. Take note of how she responds when you make your attempts. And always bear in mind that until she is way past her first trimester, she maybe unresponsive to your attempts but of course, her conditions are mainly to blame: She maybe too nauseated, or too tired for it, but not to worry though, because she’ll be right back on track as she progresses in the pregnancy.

What if it is not safe?

While many Doctors and health practitioners are not against having couples sex during pregnancy, it is always best to open lines of communication not only with your wife but also with your Doctor as well. Again, it is wise to pay attention, listen, and take down notes most especially during Doctor’s appointments (or couples’ therapy sessions, if you are attending them). It is very important most especially for first time dads-to-be to know if there would be any restrictions during certain times, or if it would be totally restricted for the entire nine-month journey. Your wife’s conditions such as having an incompetent cervix (a condition known as placenta previa), vaginal bleeding, or if she is having signs of pre-term labor, it would be best to “steer clear” of love-making. But do not fret! Your Doctor or health practitioner may place these restrictions for the safety of your wife and baby, but you and your wife just need to be very open in terms of communication to be able to find ways to address the intimacy you want and need. Again, communication is always the key.

But what if I hurt the baby?

This is a FACT: YOU WON’T. Remember that your wife’s body is keeping your baby well-cushioned and protected with lots of layers of flesh and plenty of fluids to swim in too! As you and your wife “get it on with”, your baby will stay safe and rest peacefully inside his little bag of amniotic fluid despite all the action from the outside world: and yes, penetration included. And for the record (and yes, every gynecologist will confirm this): there exists a mucus plug that is separates your baby from all the elements of the outside world, including semen and any other infectious organisms too! So if your wife gives you the ‘go’ signal from her end, then go for it! But of course, keep in mind any advice your Doctor will give you. Also, be attentive of how your wife is coping: if she is expressing pain, or if it is making any one of you feel uncomfortable, it would be best to just stick to the old-fashioned, G-rated ways (like cuddling and holding hands!).

What positions will work?

Now that we have established clarifications regarding the nitty-gritty on the down and naughty, here we will provide helpful tips on the love-making! Many couples (especially first-time moms and dads-to-be) are concerned about what positions will work, especially with your wife’s ever growing belly, but in reality, these physical limitations will do nothing but test your creativity on modifying what will actually work, and who knows – you may even find out that some “pregnant positions” are worth keeping even until after your baby’s birth (if you will both have remaining energy for it)!

“Man-on-top” – This classical “missionary-style” position is, in my opinion, the most caring to your wife’s condition: because it keeps your wife in a laying down position, and frees her back from the unnecessary burden of worrying about supporting her belly (especially in the later months, when her belly is much bigger). To make her comfortable, you may want to suggest that she prop some pillows under her back, and also, make sure to keep your weight off her by propping yourself up with your arms.

“The Mattress Hold” – This variation of going down on all fours saves your wife the burden of having to support her belly (and pretty much, the rest of her own weight) with her arms. In this position, she keeps her head and and arms on the mattress, and have you enter from behind.

“Side-lying positions” – This laying-on-your-sides, be it front-to-front, or back-to-front (spooning) positions are mentioned my numerous couples as the best for pregnancy for mainly two reasons: one, that it keeps you off your backs, so you don’t have to worry about being able to support your belly, and two, it keeps you in a very relaxed position, making you achieve intimacy in a slow and sensual way. Win-win!

“The Scissor-legs” – This position is recommended for optimal pleasure. Have your wife lay on her side, with you on the opposite side, facing the opposite direction as well.

“Woman-on-top” – This very popular “cowgirl” position is great because it practically places no pressure on your wife’s ever growing belly. However you must both bear in mind that in the last few months of the pregnancy (when her belly is at its biggest), she may have trouble maneuvering this position, and it would be best if she sits facing the opposite direction.

“On the couch” – This slightly modern twist on the classic woman-on-top position requires that you sit up (on the couch, or the edge of the bed) while your wife sits facing on top of you. You then support her hips as she angles herself down towards you. You may be tempted to play with her breasts though, so be sure to ask if it doesn’t hurt to touch.

What positions should we avoid?

Love-making in the latter parts of this wonderful journey can prove to be so much of a challenge, as well as be frustrating because of your wife’s ever blossoming belly. As a general precaution, it is always best to be open to communicating with your partner first before even trying out different positions, as certain positions can be difficult and can be painful not only to your partner, but to you as well.

“The Floor Triangle” – This position, where your partner stands with her legs wide open, and reaches down to the floor with her hands with you entering her from behind can prove to be a very painful experience. Not only are you putting unnecessary strain on her arms (she needs to support her own weight and her belly as well) and back, you are also putting her at risk for some mood-wrecking bouts of nausea.

“The Lazy-Man’s Cart” – This position, where you are comfortably seated while your pregnant wife does the painful task of supporting herself (and her belly) is a big no-no. Yes, you may feel pleasurable with this kind of position because it gives you a spectacular view of her behind, but you better save this position after the arrival of your baby.

“The Kangaroo Pouch” – This position, where you lift your wife using your arms while she is facing you during penetration is a very big mistake. Not only are you putting your wife and your baby’s safety in danger, you are also causing unnecessary strain on your own back and hips. Now do you really need that now with a baby on the way?

“The Standing-Up Shower” – Yes, you read this right: Sure, shower sex does work for some couples, but with this manuever you are putting your wife at risk for accidental slipping on the floor. Not only are you posing threat to your wife if that does happen, you are also putting your precious baby at risk.

“The Hip Lift” – This is a very dangerous maneuver to try especially during the latter part of the pregnancy. Not only are you putting strain on your wife’s hips, you are causing yourself the unnecessary trouble of having to lift her weight (her belly included).

“The Butt-Lift” – This is, perhaps, the most ridiculous position any pregnant couple should avoid.

Single Christian Men – How to Seduce Them

Every day we see single Christian men. There are always eligible bachelors searching for their soul mates. For every single Christian man there is a woman truly special for him and each one of us have our own preferences.

The general principles of the art of seduction still apply regardless of race, color, creed or religion — just don’t overdo it. If the rooster doesn’t want to peck, just let him be. Don’t force yourself on others and take pride in yourself. The golden rule still applies and may I quote “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others do unto you”. Love will surely come your way if you’ll just be patient. There are lots of single Christian men out there looking for the same thing. Surely, you don’t want to be like the supporting actress in the movie “Fatal Attraction”. Give yourself some respect. Otherwise, you will be vain and bitter. Show a little bit of skin and don’t be too old- fashioned, as single Christian men are human beings too with sexual urges and desires. However, wear stylish, decent, respectable clothes that would spell out your Christian upbringing and personality. Surely, you don’t want your love target to be drooling with his eyes all popped out all night long, unless you want to arouse the beast in him and turn your date into a “one night stand”. Find the right balance and let that beautiful personality shine — radiate that energy with your genuine smile. Be nice, feel good within and be sexy but at the same time respectable. Think positive and attract good thoughts. And when you go out on dates, just use a little perfume, a dab here and there to enhance that charisma within you. Don’t pour the whole bottle on you and your clothes unless you want to promote the product. Be flexible, but cautious.

Study your potential candidates, analyze them and ask yourself if this is the “real person” you’ve been looking for and not just a figment of your imagination. Is he the ideal single Christian man for me? Does he love me or does he lust for me? These are two different states of desire that women should be aware of about men in general and single Christian men are no exception. For real lasting love relationships to last, both have to exist. Lacking one would not make the relationship successful. Set a romantic mood — dinner by the candlelight,a walk in the park, walking in the rain sharing an umbrella, a casual meeting in an elevator or restaurant and many more. Be yourself and not feign affection. Be frank, straightforward but at the same time cautious on your words as you might hurt the other person. Be spontaneous like the ocean breeze or water flowing from waterfalls, refreshing, inviting, exciting. Listen to the latest news to be informed on current issues in order to have topics to discuss, get involve in social activities to make yourself visible. Learn how to flirt and unleash that power of attraction within you. It’s okay, we’re not priests and nuns, we’re social beings. We long to touch and be touched spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

Don’t fear but pray for it. Plan it and God will guide you through it. So, to all you nice and lonely ladies out there looking for love, companionship and happiness, the world is just teeming with lots of good single Christian men. You just have to identify them and meet them. Good luck!

Baseball Coaching Digest: 12 Strange Examples of Baseball Lingo

Baseball is a great sport. It truly is America’s Game. Baseball coaches and players know and love the game. They even have their own language, lingo or jargon. This article takes a look at 12 strange baseball terms and phases and their meaning. You will enjoy this inside look at the game and the lingo that is spoken.

Baseball Coaches and Players have many “sayings” and jargon that may seem extremely strange to a lay person that is not familiar to the game.

Here Are A Dozen Examples of Strange Baseball Jargon

1. Air Mail – Used to refer a fielder’s wild throw that is thrown high over the player to whom he is throwing the ball to. For example, if the shortstop were to throw the ball over the first baseman’s head and into the dugout, he is said to have “air mailed” the throw.

2. Aspirin Tablet – Slang for a fastball that is especially hard to hit due to its velocity and/or movement. When a batter is in a slump the ball appears much smaller. Means the opposite of the saying that “I am seeing the ball so well that every pitch looks like a grapefruit or beach ball”.

3. Baltimore Chop – A technique of hitting that utilizes a short downward swing. The purpose is to make the ball bounce off home plate or the packed dirt in front of the plate. The goal is to produce a bounce high enough so that, even if the ball can be fielded by an infielder the batter will reach first for a base hit.

4. Banjo Hitter – A batter who lacks power. The name is said to come from the twanging sound of the bat at contact, like that of a banjo. A banjo hitter usually hits blooper singles, often just past the infield dirt, and would have a low slugging percentage.

5. Bread and Butter – Refers to what a player does best or what the players relies on to be successful. A player’s greatest or most reliable skill. For example: “The slider is a pitcher’s bread and butter pitch.”

6. Bush League – Used to describe play, actions or behavior that is considered to be of poor quality or unprofessional quality. The “bush” refers to occurrences in rural small towns and communities.

7. Can of Corn – A fly ball that is easily caught. It is believed that the phrase came from the act of a general store clerk reaching up, tipping and catching cans from a shelf to fill a customer order. The reason a can of corn was considered the easiest “catch” because in those days the can of corn was the most popular vegetable sold in a can so the cans of corn were heavily stocked on the lowest shelves.

8. Cement Mixer – A pitch fails to break and ends up hanging in the strike zone; an unintentional slow fastball with side spin resembling a fixed-axis spinning cement mixer, which does not translate. It is a pitch thrown with the intent of breaking it out of the strike zone but it failed to do so.

9. Climbing the Ladder – A technique or strategy by which a pitcher throws several pitches back-to-back out of the strike zone, each higher than the last, in an attempt to get the batter to “chase” or swing at a pitch “in his eyes.”

10. Daisy Cutter – Refers to a hard-hit ground ball that stays just above the grass and close enough to the grass to theoretically be able to cut the tops off daisies that might be growing on the field.

11. Humpback Liner – Used to describe a ball hit deep in the infield that has a trajectory in between that of a fly ball and a line drive. While not the hardest hit, these types of balls can be hard for infielders to get to if they are not in double-play depth. These type balls often fall in for hits, but the extra topspin on the ball makes them take a dive before they can get to the outfield.

12. Went Fishing – The batter reaches across the plate in an attempt to hit an outside pitch. He chased a pitch that was so far outside that he could not reach it. It is often said that batter “went fishing”.

As you can see from reading the examples above sometimes baseball people speak a different language. I hope that you enjoyed this article and found it to be informative. You can find more articles like it at the Baseball Coaching Digest and the Baseball Coaching Digest Blog. Thanks for reading my article. Have a great day, Nick.

Designing a Great Outdoor Party

How you arrange your outdoor space can make a big difference in your outdoor party’s success. So, whether the party is on your deck, patio or simply in your backyard follow these simple guidelines for an eye-pleasing and functional outdoor party layout.

Be Prepared

Well before the outdoor festivities begin you should prepare your space carefully. Remove any clutter from the patio or deck that could block areas of guest traffic. If there are hanging plants make certain they won’t impede traffic or hang over a guest’s head while they are seated. In most cases you will be grilling so make sure the grill is downwind of primary gathering areas far enough from away that you aren’t forced to repeatedly step through and around guests to attend to the food.

Have a Party Plan

You can orchestrate a great party by designating areas for dining, serving, relaxing and play. Remember the beauty of entertaining outdoors is that you are not inhibited by walls, so take advantage of the freedom and don’t limit yourself. There are no hard and fast rules that say a patio table must remain on the patio, place it in the lawn and use the patio for conversation or food stations. Remember, with a little forethought and imagination even a small area can be divided effectively.

Balance is key to success – outdoor seating areas should accommodate both conversation and relaxation. Make sure your guests don’t have to continually turn left, right and around to converse with fellow party goers. Try to arrange your chairs so that an arriving guest is not greeted by someone’s back. This means placing chairs in a semi-circular and orienting tables lengthwise to doors or deck and patio entry.

Consider what will be in the line of sight of your guests – whenever possible arrange furniture so your guests look at your flower garden or manicured lawn not the back of your garage or your neighbor’s shed.

Keep Your Party Organized

Consider traffic patterns during the party. Avoid guest congestion by utilizing drink stations and placing them opposite your buffet or serving area. In addition, consider individual and portable food serving stations – one for salads and main dishes and another for appetizers, finger foods and desserts. This will prevent your guests from bumping into each other during the meal. Also, when the meal is finished these satellite tables can be easily moved aside to maximize your space.

Mix it up with games and activities for your guests, especially if there are children. But make sure to segregate these play areas from dining and relaxing areas so there are no conflicts. Plan them in areas close enough to be monitored by parents and other guests but far enough away to prevent collisions with non-participants. If it’s warm position these areas in, or near shade and place an ice tub with drinks nearby to keep guests hydrated along with a few chairs for rest.

Finally, envision how your guests will travel from area to area and make sure travel paths are clear. Use your imagination when setting up your party, there are far more layout options than you might think. Turning a table diagonally on the deck and moving the grill to an area on the lawn can help you visualize all sorts of new options. Most of all have fun!

Wrought Alloy and Casting Alloy Differences

Magnesium alloy come in many forms within two primary categories: wrought alloy and cast alloy. These terms describe the processes by which the products are created and also alludes to the quality of the metal. Although both types of magnesium products are sought after for their lightweight, strength, and performance, there is a great difference between the two.

Wrought Alloy

Magnesium alloy sheets fall into this category of metals. Presses that apply extensive pressure in order to achieve a certain shape are used to cold form wrought alloys. Because they are cold formed from one piece of magnesium, wrought alloy products are considered to be stronger and more tensile. They are also lighter. Wrought alloys are also exposed to fewer opportunities to compromise the metal as cast alloys are.

Cast Alloys

The magnesium is heated to an extremely high temperature to melt it. The liquid is then poured into a mold. It is allowed to cool before the newly shaped part moves on to assembly. Cast magnesium can take on an infinite number of shapes, as long as a mold is created for the final shape. Strength and weight are qualities that put magnesium alloys over steel, but also the properties that make casts slightly worse than wrought alloys. The wrought alloys also cannot hold an unlimited variety of shapes, as can the cast alloys.

Unfortunately, injection molding has issues because of the heat, compromising the strength. Other issues that plague cast alloys are defects in the mold that cause blemishes, misalignment and more in the finished product. Unskilled alloy pourers can cause air bubbles in the liquid metal that lead to defects in the final product.

Casts, however, were thought of as the best thing in metals until recently. In fact, it was the cast alloys that were first on the market and widely used in manufacturing. Wrought magnesium alloys are joining the rush, but only as an alternative to the steel that forms frames, panels and more.

Any metal that is rolled, pressed, and sheeted is a wrought metal while shaped, solid pieces of the alloy may just be a cast alloy.

Cisco CCNA Exam Tutorial: Five ISDN Details To Remember

CCNA exam success depends on mastering many technologies that are new to you, and few exam topics have more details than ISDN. ISDN isn’t just for your CCNA exam studies, though. While ISDN is dismissed by many, the fact is that there are many small and mid-size networks out there that use ISDN as their backup to frame relay. Some of these companies have spoke networks that use ISDN to connect to their hub as well, so it’s a great idea to know ISDN configuration and troubleshooting for your real-world career as well as passing the CCNA. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five common ISDN errors and how to avoid them.

With dialer map statements, remember that the phone number you put in the dialer map is the phone number of the remote router, not the local one. Look at it this way – if you want to call a friend on your cell, you don’t pick up your cell and dial your own number!

Speaking of dialer map statements, don’t forget the all-important broadcast option at the end of the command:

R1(config-if)#dialer map ip name R2 broadcast 5555555

The router will accept that command without the “broadcast” option, but routing protocol updates and hellos would not be able to travel across the line. (This command is also needed in frame relay map statements to allow broadcasts and multicasts to be transmitted.)

PAP is PPP’s clear-text authentication scheme, and clear text is a really bad idea. But if you do have to configure it, don’t forget that PAP requires additional configuration -the ppp pap sent-username command.

R1(config-if)#ppp pap sent-username R1 password CISCO

Must set encapsulation to PPP before using PPP subcommands


The error message we got while configuring the sent-username command is another important reminder – by default, a BRI line is running HDLC, not PPP. Since HDLC doesn’t allow us to use either PAP or CHAP, we’ll need to set the link to PPP with the encapsulation ppp command.

R1(config-if)#encapsulation ppp

R1(config-if)#ppp authentication pap

R1(config-if)#ppp pap sent-username R1 password CISCO

But before we configure any of this information, we should configure the ISDN switch-type. Why? Because without the switch-type configuration, it doesn’t matter that we avoid the other four errors – the line will not come up. Configure the switch-type with the “isdn switch-type” command, and then verify it with “show isdn status”.

R1(config)#isdn switch-type basic-ni

R1#show isdn status

Global ISDN Switchtype = basic-ni (output of this command cut here for clarity)

If you forget this part of the configuration, the output of show isdn status wastes no time in reminding you!

R1#show isdn status

**** No Global ISDN Switchtype currently defined ****

ISDN is an important part of your CCNA studies, and this knowledge still comes in handy in production networks as well. Keep studying, notice the details, run those debugs, and you’ll be a CCNA before you know it!

10 Cost-Saving Design Ideas for Your Next Home Building Project

Planning to build a new home and want to get the most for your money? With labor and materials accounting for a large percentage of the cost for new home construction, it pays to take an in-depth look at the house plan design. Here are 10 ways to sharpen the pencil for construction savings and, at the same time, create a little pizazz.

    Utilize more open space. Open space areas can borrow space from one another and, therefore, require less overall square footage. The resulting effect is a greater sense of spaciousness without adding to the cost. Also, house plan designs that set rooms and access doors at 45 degree angles have a better feel to them and tend to be more accessible and open; appearing larger than their actual square footage. This can be an especially cost-effective technique when used for interior, non-bearing walls.
    Think even numbers in home plan designs. Most building material dimensions are based on 2-foot increments. Your plan should use 2 foot multiples throughout the design to minimize waste, disposal expenses and to reduce cutting time.
    For the appropriate home building project, prefabricated roof trusses are more economical than site-built ones, saving on labor and construction time. They also reduce the duration of time that interior framing members are exposed to the elements.
    Stairs and other framed openings should be located in such a way as to minimize the interruption of floor joists. If the home plan design will permit, run stairwell openings parallel to the joists to reduce the need for long girder spans. Also, stairwell and other framed openings should not interrupt structural beams or bearing walls.
    Corners on the exterior walls, resulting from a given shape of the structure, add dollars to the overall building construction cost. A square-shaped plan has 4 outside corners, as does a rectangular shaped house plan design. An “L” shaped home building plan has 5 outside corners and 1 inside corner. Structures with numerous wings and jogs can have multiple inside and outside corners. Simplifying the home building footprint can help to keep expenses down. Some corners, however, don’t have as huge an impact on construction cost and, therefore, are a preferable design alternative. Non-bearing bump-outs that are cantilevered or supported by brackets do not require any corners in the supporting foundation below. Also, bay windows and other small projections falling under the main roof do not require any separate roof framing. This can be a less expensive way to achieve visual interest or added interior space.
    Specialty windows and doors may add beauty and architectural appeal, but they can add serious dollars to the home building budget. Standard window sizes and styles can be enhanced by grouping them in creative patterns or by adding unique trim details to the exterior. For example, attractive arches can be framed and trimmed at the header portion of a garage door opening to accommodate standard square top garage doors creating the appearance of an arched door with the standard garage door fitting behind the arched opening.
    Maintaining spans within normal limits enables the use of standard, readily available beams, girders and joists, avoiding costly special orders or expensive engineering. For two-story house plan designs structural bearing walls should be stacked and lined up to fall within code limits.
    Designated areas for mechanical equipment for HVAC and plumbing should be located as central as possible in the basement or crawl space of the home building plan in order to minimize pipe lines and duct runs to their respective destinations. Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to stack bathrooms over one another or set them back-to-back to reduce pipe usage.
    Large amounts of south-facing glass, strategically placed under the protection of overhangs during the warmest season, can garner significant savings during the winter months on cold weather energy bills. Also, the placement of windows to best capture light and airflow can help reduce electrical lighting and cooling expenses.
    Use non-structural elements to add aesthetic interest to the exterior fa├žade. For example, a little extra trim details or non-structural synthetic stone columns at the front entry can set the home apart at very reasonable costs. A pergola and multi colored trim or siding can work wonders on breaking up the monotony of a flat exterior wall.

With a little bit of creative thinking these ten cost-saving design ideas can go a long way in making your next home building project a financial success and turn the house plan design of your dreams into reality.