Little Tikes Bed – 6 Questions You May Have About the Twin Bed Or Toddler Bed

If you are planning to purchase a Little Tikes Bed or already have one, no doubt you have questions that need to be answered. Many of these questions go un-answered or the information is just to hard to find. Below are some commonly asked questions with answers that may help you find what you are looking for.

Question #1: Where do I find the most popular Little Tikes bed?

Little Tikes has a reputation for having fun, durable and safe twin & toddler beds that are always in high demand. Finding some of the popular ones can be a chore to put it mildly. If you check the big retailers like Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Toys”R”Us etc. and still can not find it, you may have to try other “less obvious” places.

First of all, call the Little Tikes customer service department – USA & Canada 1-800-748-2204, United Kingdom 1-190-826-8480 for a list of retailers. Check local classified newspaper adds, Cragslist, Facebook, and maybe just try asking your friends for ideas.

Question #2: How can I get a new copy of assembly instructions for the Little Tikes bed?

If you are like me you usually always loose any instructions that you get with any product. Sometimes you just throw them away believing that you will not need them after assembling the Little Tikes bed you bought. Years later if you need replacement parts or move and need to reassemble the bed, you don’t have any assembly instructions.

Fortunately, you can print another copy from the Little Tikes website. If you go to (www.LittleTikes.com) and check under “Consumer Service” at the bottom of the page under the category “Download Instructions”, they are all listed there by searching for them or clicking on the pop-down arrow.

Question #3: How do I order replacement parts for my Little Tikes bed?

You know that eventually you will need replacement parts for your bed because we all know how rough kids can be and sometimes even if you move you may forget the parts or misplace them. Of course the parts will be different for your twin bed or toddler bed. Simply call the Little Tikes company again (their number is above) and get the parts sent to you. Depending on the age of your Little Tikes bed you may even only have to pay shipping on them.

Question #4: How do I find out what new products are coming out?

Mostly this would only apply to really big Little Tikes fans. Simply go to their website and get them to send you a copy of their free catalog, email them at: (consumer.service@littletikes.com) or call them (toll free): 1-866-416-4217 (select option 1).

Another way to find out about new products, latest specials, promotions and events is to sign up for the Little Tikes newsletter. It will be sent to your email address of choice at the intervals that you choose.

Question #5: How long will it take to receive an order from the Little Tikes website?

They have 2 delivery methods at this time: UPS – estimated 8-10 business days or by Truck – estimated 14-21 business days. Being that your Little Tikes bed is a big purchase, it will probably take a little longer then some of the other smaller toys.

Question #6: What are the sizes of the twin bed and toddler bed?

Twin bed

Product Size: 94.00″L x 58.00″W x 27.00″H / 109.00 lb’s.

Box Size: 91.50″L x 25.50″W x 29.00″H / 109.00 lb’s.

Toddler bed

Product Size: 68.00″L x 40.50″W x 20.00″H / 62.00 lb’s.

Box Size: 64.75″L x 20.00″W x 24.38″H / 62.00 lb’s.

These are just several questions you may have concerning a Little Tikes bed. Check out my website below for further information.

How to Turn a Piece of Firewood on a Lathe – Spindles

With the cost of hardwood these days, it can be prohibitive to turn anything on a lathe let alone practice. Many beginning turners and even the experienced move to the firewood pile for turning wood. While the practised turners will have little trouble mounting the wood, beginners need a couple of hints to get started.

A lot of firewood will come in sixteen inch lengths and will be spilt in halves or quarters of the log. For spindle practice select a quarter log about three inches on a side with no splits on the end. If there are small splits they can be dealt with in the shop. Cutting an inch off the ends will generally get rid of the small splits in a quarter section of log. If it does not, cut off another inch or get another piece of wood from the firewood pile.

As you examine the face of the quarter log you will realize that you can get about a two inch turning square from the quarter. For all intents and purposes divide the width of the quarter (three inches) by three and multiply by two. If you have a bandsaw you can cut the waste away to leave a rough square or it can be done laboriously with a hand saw. This is not a good cut to do at the table saw.

Another option is to remove the waste at the lathe. Starting at the corner of the section measure in an inch and up an inch on each end. This will give the centers of the two inch square. At the wood lathe choose one end for the headstock and the other for the tail. Center the spur center at the headstock on the center mark of the wood and hit it on the other end with a mallet to drive the spur center home. Some turners object to this for fear of hurting the bearings but this if a bearing will be hurt by such an event it is too light for woodturning.

Bring up the tail stock and center the tail center on the mark for the square center. Tighten the tailstock and advance the center to hold the wood firmly in place. Because of all the extra wood on the log section it will be very unbalanced. Learning to deal with it is a good exercise in lathe work.

Make sure, with the lathe off, that the wood clears the tool rest and tighten the rest down. Stand clear of the wood and turn the lathe on to its lowest speed to make sure the wood is secure in the centers.

Sharpen a roughing gouge and prepare to rough down the wood. The tool should be held firmly on the tool rest and held so that the tip is above the spinning wood. It will bounce on the uneven wood but not cut. The handle of the tool rests on the hip and the planned cut will be very near one end of the wood, usually the tail stock end. As the handle slides up the hip and the tip moves down the wood a chipping cut will begin as the tool nears forty five degrees. Cut towards the end of the log. After the cut is done move down the log a little and repeat. This continues until the other end of the log is reached. At this point move the tool rest in towards the wood so as to give better control and repeat until the wood is round. Now it can proceed as any other spindle.

Firewood is a great source for practice wood and also for advanced projects. It is dry enough to work and provides an excellent supply of local hardwoods for woodturning enjoyment.

How to Build Forearms of Steel

Like other little boys, you were probably a huge fan of wrestling. In truth, girls love the drama of wrestling too, but boys can be such a huge fan of this sport. Do you remember watching matches with your father, uncle or grandfather? It doesn’t matter how old you get, wrestling is a great sport to watch. Yelling curses and obscenities while the match is going on is just probably one of the thrills. Not surprisingly, if you are a fan of wrestling and you’re into bodybuilding, you are probably wondering how to build forearms of steel.

While watching wrestlers slam heads and beat the daylights out of each other, it is hard not to notice these wrestlers’ massive forearms. Although skills play a huge part on winning in wrestling, it doesn’t hurt if you have the strength and big forearms to use against your opponents. Bruno Sammartino and Billy Graham both had massive forearms. They were big all over. Having big biceps means that you can have a strong grip. To have big biceps, you need to learn how to build forearms of steel. Both Sammartino and Graham had forearms the size of tree trunks.

The neck, calf muscles and forearms are the most neglected parts of the body. Many guys focus on building their biceps, but they often overlook building their forearms. This results in huge upper arms with little twigs for forearms. In truth, the forearms are quite visible, so it is ironic that there are a lot of guys who do not give importance to building their lower arms. In combative sports, especially wrestling, your forearms will help you grab and hold your opponent.

Often when you are doing deadlifts, shrugs, curls, rows and pull-ups, your forearms get secondary work. Exercises that are ideal for building forearms include barbell, sledge hammer levering, steel bar bending, horseshoe bending, hammer and finger curls. In order to build forearms, you need to work them twice a week using two methods:

1. High volume training involving 20-50 repetitions

2. Lower volume training involving 8-12 repetitions of heavy approach.

Although you may know how to build forearms of steel, you also need to consider your body type. There are people whose bodies respond quickly to exercises and they will see their forearms growing massive quickly. There are some people who will have a bit of a problem achieving fast development. Men of short stature will likely see their forearms getting bigger more quickly than men with tall stature.

Glover Bight in Cape Coral Florida – Under the Boardwalk

About three quarters of the way down Rose Garden Road in Cape Coral there’s a small, usually empty, parking lot off to the left with a sign reading, “Glover Bight Trail“. The “trail” is actually one of Cape Coral’s newer boardwalks. At 1500 feet, it meanders through saltwater wetlands and exposed mudflats towards an observation deck with views of Glover Bight. The bight, itself, is a small bay and anchorage at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. It’s also one of the few remaining ecosystems supporting smalltooth sawfish, a dwindling species listed as endangered since 2003.

The Glover Bight boardwalk begins at the immediate edge of the parking lot, marked by the only opening the tightly-knit mangroves afford. Leaving my lonesome car behind, I entered the verdant hallway of trees. Nature’s temple is found beneath a canopy of leaves. Sun and shadows bounced and crawled against each other, across my skin, as living vegetation rubbed shoulders with the mid-spring breeze. Brilliant white sunlight found its way through crowded, clustered branches, falling in mosaic patterns across everything in sight.

Southwest Florida boardwalk-walking is a pleasant, though predictable, experience. Having journeyed the complete lengths of dozens of protected wetland boardwalks, I usually know what to expect going in. Always the same, gray, slip-free material underfoot. Lots of trees. A few flying insects. Invisible spider webs wrapping around your face. I wonder where the hell the spider ended up. Noxious-scented mud in the dry season. Alligator water in the wet season. Mystery noises in the thicket and the unlikely snapping of twigs in all directions. What makes those noises? And, most importantly, no other people…even when the weather’s perfect.

This lack of pedestrians makes the whole boardwalk concept enigmatic to me. I think of modern commercial and residential development. I think of suburban sprawl. I think about how hard it is to get a government, even city government, to do anything for the good of nature or the enjoyment of conservationists. I think of the emotionless bureaucratic systems we’ve willingly put into place. Then I look at the miles of little-known but immaculately maintained nature-based boardwalks crisscrossing this part of our state, labyrinths of mindfulness, reminders of how much we’ve already lost and inspirations of how important it is to save what we’ve got left.

All these thoughts leave me wondering how any of these boardwalks ever got built in the first place. I’m not naïve…I realize most parks and conservation areas are the token public-relation tithes local governments force money-hungry developers to pay before they’re allowed to rape and pillage much larger parcels of natural beauty. But, who are they were built for. Who uses these places?

I mean, I’ve never been a big fan of other human beings, so it’s completely logical for me to frequent these shrines of people-less-ness. But where is everyone else? Am I the only visitor?

I often see evidence of others having walked before me. I read their journeys in the empty beer cans, candy bar wrappers and scattered pieces of clothing they’ve left behind. Why do I find single shoes and pairs of pants in the wilderness?

I’m not always completely alone. I do occasionally see other people out there. The divorced dad with his weekend child. The determined dog-walker. The outdoorsy middle-aged woman with her well-worn walking stick. All taking mute, insistent steps and adhering to their self-imposed vows of silence. We cross paths, hushed and suspicious, barely making eye contact…shaken back to surface consciousness until the rogue footsteps fade and our deep communion with nature pulls us back beneath its spell.

We come to the boardwalks and nature trails to be alone, away from other people. Some of us are answering a primal call towards the small pieces of landscape that money and pollution haven’t changed or ruined yet. Some of us need a place away from parents, spouses and other authority figures. Some of us need a safe place to exercise. Some of us are looking for a place to drink underage beers and smoke illicit substances. Some of us need a quiet place to think or heal. Today, I’ve come looking for the words to fill this unwritten idea of a personal essay.

Walking into the mangroves instantly takes me elsewhere. The scents change, from car exhaust and hot pavement to plant-released oxygen and compost. Memories tied to my sense of smell electromagnetically crackle their way into visual existence. Scenes from my adventurous childhood organically montage across my thoughts.

After-school hours and weekends allowed me ample time to explore all the nooks and crannies of my hometown. I’d set off on foot and follow whatever trails and paths revealed themselves to me.

Back in the future, a sharp contrast exists between my childhood and adult perceptions of the places I found. Knee deep in creek mud…septic runoff. On a wide, clear path through the woods…high tension power line right-of-way increasing my odds of childhood cancer. Climbing fences and investigating unused factory buildings…unlawful trespassing. Excavating an intriguing depression in a small patch of forest, possibly a Native American firepit…shuddering at the look on the old man’s face when he angrily told us we were digging up a grave containing the charred remains of several of his previous pet dogs.

As I turn the corner, swooning somewhere between narcotic memories and the omnipresent-now, an awakening comes to me. I stop and stand still…all at once realizing I cannot hear the sound of a single gas engine. Nothing but gentle breezes, rustling leaves, mating birds and snapping twigs. The audible pulse of nature.

I cross a raised area in the boardwalk, the only stretch with high sides. I slow down and look around. Why have they built sides onto the boardwalk here, but nowhere else? Up on my tiptoes, and peering down into an area most people would never look, I see a pile of trash. Who would cart all this trash out onto a nature trail to dump it?

Closer investigation reveals the pile of trash as an upended shoebox containing handfuls of addressed and stamped envelopes, hand drawn pictures and a few small trinkets. Who uses these places?

Curiosity piqued, I press slowly onward. Around another bend I reach an observation tower and a set of steps I assume are for kayak portaging. I begin my ascent of the tower, reading the myriad vulgar graffiti and declarations of love others have etched into the railings and floors. Torn letters and envelopes litter the surrounding dark marsh, written in the same hand as those in the shoebox. A brokenhearted adolescent mourns the end of a puppy-love relationship amidst the trees and sky?

The top of the observation tower rests above the mangrove canopy. A surface of leaves stretches out in every direction. The only significant mark of human existence is the hulking fortress of the Tarpon Point Marina high-rises currently under construction to the southwest.

Fiddler crabs click and dart back into their holes as I continue the remainder of my short journey to the end of the boardwalk. Mission accomplished, I stand on the deck overlooking Glovers Bight. A couple covered benches grace the wooden platform. A set of stairs descends into the water. And a sign adorning one of the wooden posts asks visitors to call if they see any smalltooth sawfish while they’re here.

But this walk hasn’t been about the bight for me. It’s been a meditation on the identity of my fellow boardwalk-walkers, a question on the soul and purpose of sacred places and the people who visit them. Who are they? Why do they come? What does this place mean to them?

As I turn back the way I came, I realize I can’t just allow the shoebox and letters to die their slow death in the mud. They revealed themselves to me as evidence, a story needing to be told, an unmasking of my invisible companion boardwalkers and their unseen intentions.

The well-hidden cache of correspondence proves nearly inaccessible. I try to utilize sticks and other crude tools to facilitate their collection…all to no avail. It becomes apparent I will need to leave the safety of the boardwalk in an effort to consummate their retrieval…down into gator central. Why have they built sides onto the boardwalk here, but nowhere else? I shudder at what might be living beneath the very stretch of boardwalk I’m standing on, but cannot allow my petty fears to stop truth from being revealed. Trembling at the foul set of teeth I envision clamped onto the flesh of my leg, I pull myself over the railing, hop off of the edge and land on the surface of the marsh with a dull, squishy thud.

I whisk up the papers in a blur of blinding adrenaline and scramble back up to dry sanctuary, fistfuls of soggy parchment in my hand. Wouldn’t it be awkward if the original owner of these letters showed up now? I head back to the trailhead at a quick clip, jump into the only car in the parking lot, lock the doors and head for home.

Once home, I fan the moist paper and smudged ink out across a wide table. Pages on top of envelopes, on top of drawings, on top of more envelopes. All dated and signed, with full names, addresses, and a postmarked stamp on every single one. Putting myself into forensic detective mode, I began analyzing the records, searching for their plot line, looking for the revelation I was surely meant to receive.

Slowly, a gritty and harrowing drama of family problems, legal troubles and love gone wrong came into focus. Letters postmarked six years ago, but wished away into the marsh within the past two days. Why now? The recent journey these letters had taken opened more questions than their written contents revealed.

What did I learn?

Who uses these places? People a lot like the rest of us. People who need to think about new things and forget some of the old. Why do they come? For the same vague reasons we all do. What does this place mean to them? What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? I suppose our personal meanings are similar as snowflakes…all pretty much the same, but no two exactly identical.

I gathered up the letters, paper debris of a human life, and gave it all a proper disposal. My mind throbbed, freshly imprinted with old memories someone else was actively attempting to erase. I should have let my fellow traveler’s secrets decompose undisturbed in their shallow watery grave. I can’t think of a more fitting setting…a memory cemetery right in the middle of the place we go to be alone. What secrets have I let the boardwalk keep?

Every childhood and town has these kinds of lonely, empty places. Abandoned houses. Paths in the woods. Corners of empty baseball fields. Boardwalks through the wilderness. Places with no admission fee and no supervision. Places with no entertainment and no other people. Places that don’t judge. Places that accept and forgive.

Strange, how these forgotten places are the ones we remember most.

The History of Snazaroo Paint

From its humble beginnings in 1989, Snazaroo has grown in leaps and bounds. Snazaroo began by catering to shops that lend fancy dresses for a fee. Now it has become the leading brand in face and body paint. Its factory based in the UK produces and supplies face and body paint, as well as hundreds of art-related products to more than 20 countries worldwide. Such was the popularity of Snazaroo face paints that it became known as the world’s favorite face and body paint brand.

Snazaroo is focused on bringing joy and color in people’s lives. That is why they sell only the finest products. If you are a beginner when it comes to face painting, do not worry. They also offer kits that have everything you need to start. On the other hand, if you are a professional and use face painting as an avenue to earn, there is also a corresponding kit for you. So it does not really matter whether you are a master face painter or a newbie, Snazaroo has a kit to suit every need.

 To emphasize the importance of both quality and safety, Snazaroo has hired professional toxicologists and dermatologists to inspect their paints. They have also made sure that every product fully complies with FDA and EU cosmetic regulations. Their paints are the best there is. They are non-toxic and quick drying. So if you are in a hurry, you do not have to worry about waiting ages for the paint to dry. In fact, you can finish a design in just five minutes! If your kid has sensitive skin, Snazaroo paints are also mild on the skin. So you won’t have to worry about unsightly rashes forming. And since their paints are water-based, they are as easy to wash off as they are to apply.  Aside from this, their kits also come with step-by-step manuals on how to create certain looks. So if you are a beginner, you will not be at a loss on how to start.

Today, Snazaroo still continues to teach, amaze and inspire artists with their products and amazingly helpful manuals. So what are you waiting for? Get a Snazaroo face painting kit and become the artist that you are meant to be.

Myths About Chinese Lanterns

In recent months Chinese lanterns have been in the news a lot attracting some negative press. Unfortunately, as with everything, there are those who use Sky lanterns inappropriately and irresponsibly. However, these few instances make for interesting reading and as such many stories have been blown out of proportion or are even simply untrue just to cause a sensation. The fact is, authentic Chinese sky lanterns are safe, fun and will not harm the environment if used properly. So what are some of the misrepresentations you might hear about lanterns?

  1. Myth: Chinese lanterns are dangerous. Fact: Actually, sky lanterns are fairly safe if used correctly. They are much safer than firecrackers and are just as stunning to watch. Sky lanterns are made from non flammable materials and can be safely stored when not used. When you are ready to launch them. Simply remove them from the wrapping, follow the instructions and safety precautions and light the fuel cell. The lantern will float into the night Chinese and travel for miles until the flame is extinguished. Once this happens the sky lantern will fall to the ground and then biodegrade so no trace is left.
  2. Myth: Chinese lanterns are harmful to animals. Fact: Chinese lanterns with no wire are perfectly safe for animals. The problem is that once sky lanterns fall to the ground and degrade, small bits of wire remain. This wire has been eaten by livestock and wild animals causing severe injury and sometimes death. However, this is easily preventable by choosing wire free eco lanterns. The wire free eco lanterns are safe for use around animals and will not cause any harm. Added to this benefit is that they will also degrade a lot faster.
  3. Myth: Chinese lanterns are bad for the environment. Fact: There are eco friendly lanterns available. Many sky lanterns are environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable. If you opt for models that also contain no wire you will have an eco friendly lantern that will degrade very quickly and leave no trace on the earth.
  4. Myth: Chinese lanterns are illegal. Fact: Chinese lanterns are not illegal. Care needs to be taken when using lanterns near water or around air fields where the glow from the lantern may be confused with distress signals. There are also some parks and some events where lanterns are banned. However, if this is the case it is typically posted so you are aware before attempting to use them. But, Chinese lanterns are not actually illegal. They can be used for your private occasion or even for business use when you wish.

With all the bad press surrounding sky lanterns it is no wonder there are those who avoid using them. However, many of the claims are simply unfounded. Learn the truth about Chinese lanterns: they are safe, cause no harm to animals, will not harm the environment and are perfectly legal. So next time you have a special occasion, feel free to use Eco lanterns and enjoy the beauty as the drift into the sky.

List of Tools Used in Excavation in the Archeological Sites

Talking about the excavation, you will think about the equipment used. There are many types of excavation that you can find. One of them is excavation in the archaeological sites. In this matter, you will find that there are some types of tools that are used for this needs. But, the equipment used is quite different with the general excavation that you might find. When the archeologist will do the excavation, the equipment used will be determined by the excavation and the soil that will be removed. The followings are some excavation tools that are usually used in the excavation jobs in the archeological sites.

Top Soil Excavation Tools
In the archeological sites, the use of large-scale mechanical equipment like excavator or backhoe is avoided. This is because the use of this equipment might damage an artifact’s provenience which is an area under the surface where the location of the artifact that will be used for study. Thus, the tools that will be used are small-scale mechanical equipment so that it will not create any damage.

Boundary Location Excavation Tools
In order to break up the soil and remove debris and loose dirt from the archeological grid, there are some upright tools that are used. Some of them are spades and showels, mattocks or pickaxes, bucket augers and coal scoop. Spades, shovels bucket and coal scoops are used to remove the fill away. Meanwhile, the mattocks or pickaxes are used to break up any tough clumps and roots or rock-fill. These tools are very useful in helping the archeologist to determine the boundary. In this case, boundary is often determined be the difference of natural subsoil and fill. When the soil is removed, a boundary in the surrounding soil can be identified.

Fine excavation tools
In the archeological excavation, the fine excavation tools might also be used to help the archeologists in doing their jobs. Paintbrushes, scalps, trowels and dental picks are usually used. These tools are used when the an artifact is still embedded in surrounding soil. These tools are the perfect tools to reveal the dimension of an artifact without damaging the artifact.

The Importance Of Medical Biotechnology In Our Lives

Science has advanced to a very large extent and has touched our lives in every way. Biotechnology deals with living creatures and studies their functions. It is a science that uses technology to gain knowledge and invent medicines and create new ways to deal with problems that have challenged mankind. Medical Biotechnology is a constantly growing field and there have been many advancements in the technology of this field. It is also a highly controversial field and there are mixed reactions about the extent to which biotechnology can be used to manipulate science.

Medical Biotechnology is most commonly used to produce medicine. Many Biotech companies have emerged to solve the medical mystery of cures and inventions. It has been widely used to find out how plants for example can have medicinal value or healing quality for us. This is done by first identifying the plant if the plant has a healing quality. Plants have been around us for many years and have to be identified for cures. The way to do it is to test different bacteria against it. If it kills the bacteria, then the compound needs to be isolated. This is a very time consuming process since biotech companies have to try these products and make sure they are safe.

Genetic testing is another very important use of biotechnology. It is an extremely useful scientific process and requires a great deal of accuracy and precision. Gel electrophoresis helps in testing the different strands of DNA in cells. This is a very important discovery and it can help in various different ways, for example to identify the father of a child or a criminal in some forensic cases. There are many other uses of this testing and it will help us in understanding how we work and live. It can be used to develop different kinds of drugs to treat diseases. It can also be used to project if you may have a pre condition for some illness. This is very important to treat some dreadful diseases and save mankind.

Gene therapy is another upcoming field of medical biotechnology. Though it is very complicated, but its use can be extremely amazing. Through medical biotechnology, it has been discovered that viruses are spread by bacteria by injecting genes into animal cells. A lot of research has been done in this field to come up with different cures for diseases. This can be done by injecting some bacteria into people that will not harm them but actually help them. Biotechnology has also resulted in the evolution of Biofuels that are derived from sugarcane, plant vegetable oils, animal fats and recycled greases, thereby providing a cleaner and greener environment.

Many scientists are also doing cloning by which we can take DNA from animals and grow it to create an identical organism. This helps you make an exact replica of another species with precision that reaches every atom in the body. This is extremely controversial. If it is used for ethical purposes then it can be justified. but using it for unethical reasons can be extremely dangerous and controversial for the future of mankind. Medical biotechnology has many advantages if it is used in a way to enhance research or cure illnesses or prevent the onset of life threatening illness. It is extremely important to use it for better health and inventing new ways to cure illnesses. May be at last we have found the cure and the solution.

Total Life Makeover: Four Areas of Life That Could Use a Face Lift

Does every area of your life seem to be disorganized, disheveled, and unsatisfying? Are your finances out of order, your house a mess, and your relationships nonexistent? Are you overweight like most Americans? If this is a description of you, then you are a perfect candidate for a total life makeover. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people are experiencing the same results in life and wondering why they can’t seem to get it together. The excuses we give for our empty way of living are: not enough time, money, energy or help to accomplish our life goals and get our act together.

In many ways these excuses are much more than excuses. In fact they are areas of your life that you have some control over. I have identified 4 major areas that everyone could improve. Making improvements in these areas is the key to pulling yourself out of the chaos and moving on to a productive life. The four areas are: Spirituality, Emotional well being, Physical health, and financial stability.

Spirituality

Having a relationship with God is the first step in organizing a disheveled life. Research shows that prayer helps alleviate stress and has healing properties as well. People that believe in a higher power often have a since of purpose for their life and tend to surround themselves with people that share similar life goals. Reading and following biblical principles aids in establishing moral integrity, which helps us set standards for our lives. Focus on spiritual growth and a search for life purpose motivates us to live the best life we can live.

Emotional Well Being

Focusing on creating peace and tranquility in your life is another way of organizing your life. Treating yourself well, talking to a counselor, coach, or professional to overcome stress and anxiety, and practicing relaxation techniques are ways that we prepare ourselves for productivity and accomplish our life goals.

Physical Health

Research suggests that we should exercise at least three times a week. Exercise increases endorphins in the body that helps alleviate stress and depression. Also, people that are physically fit often have high self esteem in comparison to those who have negative self image. Exercising on a regular basis helps reduce the chances of heart disease, diabetes, and of course obesity. It also helps us establish a routine in our life for wellness and gives us energy and motivation to obtain goals.

Financial Stability

When your money is in order you tend to worry less and feel stable and secure. People that struggle to live according to a budget or simply live check to check have higher levels of stress and low self esteem. Financial stability combined with physical health, emotional well being, spiritual connection completes a recipe for success. When these things are in order, other things fall into place.

So if you are tired of living a chaotic, discombobulated life, start by making changes in these four major areas of your life. Connection with God, less stress, physical wellness, and financial stability are the beginning of successful living.

Tips for Selling Books at Festivals, Fairs, and Outdoor Events

In today’s world, authors have to be clever, think outside the box, and reach far beyond Amazon, libraries and brick-and-mortar book stores to sell their books. More and more authors are trying their hands at selling their books at country fairs and festivals-events that can draw thousands of potential buyers and be a fun, lucrative venture.

Considering selling your book at a fair, festival, or other outdoor venue this year? Here are some tips that may help you.

  • PARTNER WITH ANOTHER AUTHOR-Partnering allows you to share entry expenses and also share tasks and equipment. At a recent fair, I brought the tent, sandbags for the tent, the easels for our posters, a phone charger, and a decorative tablecloth. The author I partnered with brought a folding table, two folding chairs, a table scarf, and other supplies. I enjoyed having a friend to talk to when no patrons were stopping by the booth.
  • NEGOTIATE WITH ORGANIZERS-If the booth fee is too high for you to make a profit, contact fair organizers well in advance, explain the tiny profit margins of books, and ask for a different deal.
  • PROMOTE BEFORE AND DURING-Hopefully, the festival organizers will promote the event in advance. However, about a week before the event, start posting on social media and tell people you will be there selling books. Write a short press release for the newspaper or community newsletter. Ask for a guest spot on a local radio show to talk about your book and your participation at the fair. Also, during the event, take photos of book buyers and splash the photos all over social media to remind people of the fair.
  • TAKE POSTERS AND SIGNS-A good poster or sign can help lure people into your booth. Place your posters on easels so they are eye-level and easy to read. It’s also a good idea to have signs in the booth saying things like,”Local Authors,” “Ask Me About My Book,” and “Signed Copies of Books Available.”
  • MAKE A LIST-Make a list and be prepared. Some events provide a table and chairs, and others do not. Beyond books, business cards, posters, and money, you may need tape, scissors, a pen, paper, a few basic tools, a jacket, a hat, sunscreen, water, hand sanitizer, tissue, paper towels, a change of clothes, a hand truck, phone charger, and trash bags.
  • SET UP A TENT OR AWNING OVERHEAD-A tent will protect you from the elements (torrential downpours, burning sunshine, etc.) If you opt to use a tent, you may want to tie weights or sandbags to the legs to prevent the wind from blowing it away. Also, a can of WD-40 may come in handy since metal frames rust sometimes making legs and braces hard to slide into position.
  • STACK BOOKS ON THE TABLES-Stack a few books on the table so passersby can read the spine of the book. Also, prop one book upright so patrons can see the cover from several feet away. If the weather is wet or humid, don’t take too many books out or the pages will swell and buckle.
  • BE NEAT-Keep your table nice, neat, and presentable. Clutter is distracting. No one wants to see crumpled candy wrappers and trash on the table top.
  • GIVE STUFF AWAY-One way to draw people into your booth is to give away inexpensive freebies. At the fair I attended, I gave buckeyes to dozens of people as they contemplated buying my book. I’d smile and say, “Put it in your pocket for good luck.” The buckeyes were great conversation starters. Be creative. What about a clear vase full of Tootsie Rolls? Or bookmarks? And as always, have business cards on the table for people to take home.
  • HAVE OTHER RELATED THINGS TO SELL-Have other things for sale, too. A friend of mine who is currently marketing a book about farming and relationships, also sells jars of yummy vegetables at her events.
  • POSITION YOUR TABLE CLOSE TO THE FLOW OF PEOPLE-You want to be as close to the people traffic as possible so you can make easy eye contact. If you place your table deep within your booth, a potential customer has to walk all the way in, which may deter people from stopping.
  • SET SMART PRICES-Don’t sell your book for an odd price requiring coin change. Make it easy on you and the buyers and round the price to the nearest dollar.
  • HAVE CASH AND YOUR SQUARE DEVICE-Have plenty of cash on hand. At the fair I attended recently, I sold copies of my book for $16, so I made sure that I had plenty of one dollar bills in my cash box. Also, make sure that your Square device (or other credit card processing device) is working and ready for the day. Pre-program the items you will be selling on your Square app so you don’t have to remember the prices during the transaction.
  • KNOW YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH-An elevator pitch is a thirty-second description of your book. Every author should have one, and every author should practice saying the pitch over and over again. If you partner with another author, make sure you know how to pitch his or her book, too.
  • PREPARE FOR CHIT CHAT-“So, are you from around here?” “I love your boots!” “Do you read nonfiction?” “Do you have keepsakes or heirlooms at home?” “You look familiar to me.” “I think the rain is over for a while. Have you seen the radar?” Also, if you find out a patron is involved in a particular school, library, club, or group, inquire about speaking to the group about your book. Seize the moment and ask, and don’t forget to get his or her business card or contact information.
  • DON’T HOUND PEOPLE-Not everyone reads, and not everyone wants to buy a book at a country fair or fall festival, so if they keep walking, let them walk away. Don’t call to them. Don’t badger them. Let them go.
  • WEAR COMFORTABLE, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND SHOES-Sorry, four-inch-heeled Manolo Blahnik shoes and skin-tight pencil skirts aren’t appropriate articles of clothing for a country fair or street festival. Think comfort. Consider jeans and a nice top. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • WEAR A NAME BADGE-A name tag will help people know who you are so they can call you by name. It will also reinforce your brand.
  • SMILE AND BE FRIENDLY-No one wants to buy a book from a grumpy author. Smile. Be friendly. Be inviting. Be helpful. Be respectful. Let people know you are approachable and you want to be there. And be excited about your book.
  • WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE-In today’s world, a simple thank you goes a long way. Sit down and write a thank you note to the event organizers and ask them to keep you in mind for other events.

Thousands of people ramble around and spend money at outdoor festivals, fairs, and events when the weather is nice. Be ready to pitch them your book. Happy book selling!

Avoiding Scratches in Your Glass Dining Table

So, you have fallen in love with a glass dining table. Do you realize what a dangerous situation you are putting yourself in? A glass dining table is really an accident waiting to happen. At the same time, they can also be a beautiful piece of furniture that you will appreciate day after day. What you need to keep in mind is that you are going to want to help your table look new and perfect as long as possible. As soon as you start to see scratches or nicks in the table you are no longer going to appreciate it quite as much as you did when you bought it.

Placemats: One of the first things you need to purchase as soon as you purchase a glass dining table is a set of placemats. Placemats are vital to having your table stay looking new longer. Think about what will happen if you were to put down a set of plates at the glass dining table for dinner. As people are moving their plate to get food or sliding it just a bit as they cut a piece of meat they could scratch the glass top. Before long, that glass dining table use that was so beautiful will look marred and well used.

Table Runners – The next item to consider is a table runner. This is usually a piece of fabric that is decorative that runs down the entire middle of the table. This is a great place to set serving ware items. Once again, as people are trying to serve themselves from the various bowls and plates that you have set on the table they can easily slide those serving pieces and cause scratches. A table runner can stop this from happening.

Trivets – While most often the glass dining table glass is tempered, it is always wise to take the safe option of keeping to much heat from encountering the glass. This is where Trivets come in. A trivet is a piece of wood, metal or tile that is meant to be a place where hot plates can be set out. They will take the heat and stop the heat from impacting the glass dining table surface.

Maintenance – It is extremely important to keep your glass dining table on a regular maintenance schedule. What this means is that you are regularly cleaning the table to keep it looking new. This accomplishes a few things. First, if there is dirt or other debris on the table that can be rubbed back and forth on the surface, this can scratch the table. Keeping it clean will avoid this. Additionally, regular maintenance may help you see scratches when they are still small and easy to polish or fill instead of letting them get out of hand.

So, now that you know the difficulties that go with having a glass dining table, don’t get scared away just yet. As long as you know what to expect, what to prepare for and how to maintain the surface, a glass dining table can give you years of happiness.

A Welbilt Bread Machine Makes Breadmaking a Cinch

Welbilt Corp is a giant manufacturer of cookery and warming appliances and it is a North America company. Two people that is, Henry and Alexander Hirsch initiated Welbilt Stove Co. in the year 1929 as a private company. In 1955, it acquired another corporation called Detroit-Michigan Stove and ever since, it became a public company, Welbilt Corp. Many of you have an appliance or two from this top company. If you do not have anything yet, it is time to buy your welbilt bread machine. It has a collection of bread makers, such ABM 3600, 4800, 6200 and 6800 among many others.

This explains the reason why it is easy to get a worthwhile appliance. If you are new to these products, it is good to conduct a thorough research. With all the articles, reviews and other related content available, researching should be easy. You only require Internet access. Why should you really bother buying this company’s products? First, you must be one person who has longed to eat a fresh, warm and delicious loaf of bread for quite sometime now.

The only item you require is a bread-making machine made by a top American brand. Now you know the name of the most popular brand and the duration of its valuable existence. In short, you can almost not find an appliance that equals a welbilt bread machine. Without doubts, you will enjoy first-class quality models that come with warranties. Although most machines last for three years, on average, a model from this renowned company can continue serving you for longer.

Whether you need to bake bread on a daily basis, most of its appliances can endure it. When it comes to design, you have a broad range of items. The best designs can enable you bake any kind of bread you want. Pay closer attention to the shape of the pan, timer and temperature controls, and the overall physical attractiveness. Most of this company’s items will enhance any kitchen design. Besides, its bread making machines have compact designs and this facilitates storage after use.

Another feature that these products have is power. Even so, you have to be careful when choosing any item. One of the main reasons why people bake their own breads is because they want to eat healthy and keep fit. In case you want to always use whole grain flour to make dough, a powerful machine will be necessary. Fortunately, you will find more than one Welbilt models that can tackle heavy and uneven dough. You should order a model that can help you bake what you need often.

For instance, there are styles for making pizza, sweet, and French breads among others. You have to know what cycles a machine can handle. Each welbilt bread machine comes with an instructional booklet to help you get started. This is why you have nothing to worry about. Besides, its machines have user-friendly features, which are also replaceable. In case you already have one of them, and its warranty period is over, then look for replacement parts online. There are web stores that sell them.

The Advantages of a Home Popcorn Machine

Popcorn has been the at-home snack of choice for millions of Americans since the days of the Great Depression. It’s popular, tasty, available in a large variety of flavors, one of the most economical snacks you can buy, & can be made in five minutes- from start to finish. There are different ways in which you can make popcorn. You can microwave it & benefit from the resulting radiation, additional calories, & sub-quality taste or you can make it in a home popcorn machine & benefit from the incredible taste & quality, be able to flavor your popcorn as you wish, & gain fewer calories due to minimal oil-usage.

A home popcorn machine is an awesome appliance to have at hand when hosting family get-togethers, or watching a movie in the home theater. It’s a great avenue to recreate the lip smacking taste of cinema popcorn bought at a movie theater. It can also be a chic addition to any home theater, & can provide ambiance & atmosphere to the room before the movie begins.

Home machines come in various shapes & sizes. They typically feature a copious rectangular glass container, which is where the kettle cooker is situated, & a surrounding box, which catches the popcorn as it pops out of the kettle. These are made to appear like the large commercial popcorn makers, though much smaller in size. There are two basic styles in which they can be found: as a table top piece or as their own classic popcorn cart. The cost of the machine depends greatly on its size. Most table-top models can be purchased for $80-$100, while machine carts are usually priced at $180-$200.You can purchase a home popcorn machine at a local appliance retailer, or search for one on the internet.

Save money, gain quality, relish the savor, & enhance your movie-watching, TV-viewing times by purchasing a home popcorn maker today!

Finishing Model Kits With Two Simple Painting Techniques

Scale models are intended to portray the original version of a subject, be it a car, tank, plane, train or ship. Rarely will you see a real tank or ship without rust or chipped paint. Cars and planes have stains from exhaust or fuel spills. Models can be finished to exhibit the wear and tear of the real thing. The process of making a model look old and used is called weathering. The most common methods of weathering a completed kit are dry brushing and washes, two easy painting techniques.

Both of these techniques are used after the piece or model has been painted and had decals applied. It is also a good idea to consider the paint types used. Use an acrylic or water based paint for weathering. If the finished model was painted in a water based paint already, make sure it is well cured before weathering. An enamel or solvent based paint used to finish the model kit will not be harmed by using the water based paint in weathering.

The first technique, dry brushing, is applied using a paint brush with moderately stiff short bristles. Dip the brush in paint then dab most of the paint off on a rag or card. Only trace amounts of paint should be left on the brush. Quickly and lightly flick the brush tips over the raised feature of the kit to highlight the detail.

A common use of dry brushing uses silver or aluminum paint on raised detail like rivets, metal framing or radial engine pistons to show worn or chipped paint. A flat dark red or rust color paint can be dry brushed over exhausts on inline aircraft engines to show rust or heat damage. Black can be lightly dry brushed on the model to show exhaust staining or powder stains from guns.

The second weathering technique is the opposite of dry brushing and is the application of a wash. Soft bristle brushes of varying widths are used to apply a wash to the finish of the model kit. Washes are made by thinning the acrylic paint to a watery consistency. Load the brush with the color paint for your wash and then dip the brush in water to thin.

Apply the wash and let the watery paint run into recesses on the model like panel lines or the grooves among wood planking. Washes accentuate these recessed areas. Any excess can be quickly dabbed off. Broad washes are used for general staining such as from spills of fuel and other liquids. The broad wash lightens as it dries to provide a subtle stain effect. Let the wash run down from areas where spills would occur like caps on fuel tanks. The flat dark red paint can be well thinned and allowed to flow down the sides of a weathered ship or submarine model to show rust stains.

Weathering a completed model kit using any combination of dry brushing and washes makes the model look much more realistic. The model becomes a scale replica of the kit subject by showing lifelike wear and tear.

5 Reasons Why Elliptical Machines and Treadmills are Useless Exercises

I know that all of the elliptical and treadmill worshipers are probably fuming at me now after that article headline, but the fact is, ellipticals and treadmills are one of the least effective methods of working out in existence. With this article, I’ll show you how to get a much more effective fat-burning workout without wasting time mindlessly exercising on a boring elliptical machine or treadmill.

Now first let me state that if you really honestly enjoy your elliptical machine workouts and treadmill exercise routines, then I give you my blessing to keep doing what you love. The reason is that even though ellipticals and treadmills are relatively ineffective compared to other types of exercises, whatever you actually enjoy doing the most is going to benefit you most in the long run because you will be more likely to stick with it more consistently.

However, don’t say that I didn’t warn you that you might be wasting your time with all these boring mindless cardio machine workouts.

I’ve talked about this previously with my ezine subscribers… I actually do not believe in cardio machines as a good form of working out at all. This might surprise you coming from a fitness nut such as myself, but I don’t think I’ve personally used an exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, or any other cardio machine for at least 8 years or more.

In fact, I don’t even use cardio machines anymore for warm-ups before my workouts. I actually think it’s a much more effective warm-up to do dumbbell and/or kettlebell swings, snatches, clean & presses, etc, mixed with bodyweight exercises as a great full-body warm-up before working out.

Why do I think cardio machines are so awful? Well, here’s 5 reasons:

1) Treadmills and ellipticals are just a very ineffective way to workout compared to other options. Why should you do treadmill or elliptical workouts when you can get better results by doing more interesting forms of training that actually stimulate a fat-burning hormonal response and stimulate your metabolism to a greater extent.

2) Elliptical machines and treadmills are insanely expensive and a waste of money for people that work out at home… there are so many better things for home workouts you could have spent your money on rather than wasting it on an elliptical machine, treadmill, or exercise bike.

You’ll see plenty of ideas below for better home workouts if you don’t like going to a gym to work out.

3) I have seen several studies that indicated results that treadmill running may be less effective than outdoor running for various reasons such as stride abnormalities on treadmills vs natural running, slightly less caloric burn compared to outdoor running, and so on.

(although I never recommend just “jogging” anyway… variable intensity walking/running or sprinting are much more effective, training your heart rate in a much wider range instead of the same heart rate range the whole time).

4) Steady state exercise (that doesn’t require concentration on what you’re doing) while watching tv or reading a newspaper or magazine creates a mind/body disconnect resulting in extremely poor results compared to exercise that requires focused attention.

5) Elliptical and treadmill workouts are just mind-numbingly boring!

So what are some good alternatives to elliptical machine and treadmill workouts? Some of my favorites are:

  • Outdoor wind sprint workouts – This is the ultimate workout for a rock hard lean body… just look at the powerful yet super-lean and ripped bodies of world class sprinters, and compare that to the withering weakling physiques of typical marathoners… what would you rather look like?
  • Jumping rope – incredible mind/body connection and actually fun (you can try speed jumping, crossover jumps, and double jumps once you get good at it)
  • Kettlebell workouts – nothing will get your heart pounding and sweat pouring like high rep kettlebell swings and/or snatches (or clean & presses)! These can be done with dumbbells too, but I prefer kettlebells as they have a better “feel” to them and the unbalanced nature of KBs makes you work harder)
  • Bodyweight exercises – mountain climbers, bodyweight squats, push-ups, jumping drills, lunges, bear crawls, plank holds, and so on.
  • The good old fashioned rowing machine – I don’t really lump this in as a “cardio” machine per se like elliptical machines and treadmills… Rather, I think the rowing machine is actually a great full body workout that actually uses real resistance)
  • Hill sprinting – running as hard up a hill as possible, followed by walking down and repeating as many times as you can for a full workout (yet another classic drill for a rock hard lean body)
  • Shadow boxing… a killer workout, but if you are shy, this is best done at home since you will get some crazy looks doing this at a typical gym!
  • Swimming sprints – a more muscle toning workout compared with steady pace distance swimming… I actually love the upper body pump I get from sprint swimming (instead of swimming slow and steady, with sprint swimming, you swim as fast as you can exerting as much force as you can for 1 lap. Then rest for 15-20 seconds before doing another swim sprint).
  • Heavy bag punching/kicking workouts, speed bag, rebounding bag… all are tremendous workouts and much more fun than boring cardio machines (requires an very intense mind/body connection which increases results).

I hope this article gives you lots of ideas you can use to go out right away and bring some more variety into your workouts instead of relying on the same old dull elliptical machine and treadmill workout routines. Have fun!