The Most Famous Temples in the World

When talking about temples, most people would think about sacred places for Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Taoists. Most temples allow visitors to come into the places, but they need to follow certain rules. Here's the top 10 list of most famous temples in the world.

1. Wat Rong Khun

It's located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The temple is mostly white and decorated with Buhhist mosaic and lots of mirrors. It's now under construction and repair.

2. Shwedagon Pagoda

Sometimes it's also called the Golden Temple. It was built around the 6th century with the purpose to worship Buddha Gautama. As the name Golden temple suggests, it comes with golden color with golden leaves decoration which has been collected for hundreds of years. The dome is decorated with 5,000 diamonds and also 2,000 rubies. It's considered the most scared place in the world because it has 8 strands of hair which is claimed Gautama's hair.

3. Tiger's Nest Monastery

It's located in Paro Valley, Bhutan. According to the legend, Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, rode a tiger to come to the place and that's why the site got its name. For now, it's only for Buddhists. It's located 3,000 feet above the ground on the valley.

4. Prambanan

It's located in Central Java, Indonesia, which was built around 850CE. As one of the largest and also the oldest temple in the country, the temple comes decorated with stories of Vishnu, Ramayana, and Shinta in carved stones.

5. Temple of Heaven

It's located in Beijing, China and it's a holy place for Taoists. The temple was built in 14th century with heavenly concept: the constructional square is for Heaven and the square itself is for Earth.

6. Borobudur

It's also located in Central Java, Indonesia, and it's the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in this world. It has mysterious air around it since no one knows why it was built and why it was then abandoned.

7. Chion-in Temple

It's located in Japan. The temple comes with interesting features such as the Uguisu-bari or the singing floor which will creak every time someone steps on it. It also has a very big bell that requires 17 monks to ring it.

8. Golden Temple

It's in Punjab, India. It's decorated with marble statues and gold and it's the most important temple for Sikhs.

9. Angkor Wat

It's located in Cambodia. It was built in 12th century for Hindu temple and later on replaced for Buddhist temple in 14th century.

10. Vishnu Temple of Sarirangam

It's located in Tiruchirapalli, and it's the largest Hindu temple that is still used until today. The inner part is only for Hindus.

All temples have their own histories and stories. That's what makes them so elegant and beautiful. Hopefully they'll be preserved and guarded well till the end of time.

The History of American Painters

Painting is one of the most interesting forms of art. It depicts life in vivid colors and speaks so much about oneself, the painter's aspirations, his surroundings, and his nation. It has become a tool not only for personal expression but most importantly, a tool for preserving good memories of history's most significant people and events.

Below are some of the highlights in America's painting history. Let's take a look at how painting developed in America and some of the best American painters who in one way or another marked a lasting imprint in the history of American art.

Early Years

The puritan values ​​of early English settlers in North America were so severe that they shunned all sorts of luxury including artistic expressions such as painting, a flourishing art in Europe especially in England. Beginning to settle in a strange land was very hard for these new settlers so they busied themselves with only the most essential things.

However, there were already some portraits noted during the early years of their settlement. These paintings were done by painters who identified themselves as "limners." They were the earliest known American painters. They were naturally artistic as they only trained themselves by going from one place to another to paint portraits of common folks. Training in an art school was contrary to their strict Puritan way of life.

Growth of American Art

Early, Americans' interest in painting grew larger that several years later after having established their life in America, American painters began to go to England to study.

Although early American painters were highly influenced by artistic styles already developed in Europe, as years passed by they began to create their own style in painting. In 19th century in particular, notable difference between paintings of American painters and those of their European counterparts began to show up. This distinct American style was not only shown by American painters but as well as other American artists, especially in the field of architecture.

Diversity in painting styles of American painters was also promoted by the country's big geographic size. American painters from each region showed variations in their works. Moreover, there were differences in the works of American painters living in the cities and those of American painters living in rural areas.

National Academy of Design

The National Academy of Design, formed in 1825, was an honorary association of American artists, including American painters. Today it is now called The National Academy, which is also a museum and a school for fine arts.

Society of American Artists

First members of the Society of American Artists include American painters Robert Swain Gifford, an American landscape painter; John Henry Twachtman, most popular impressionist landscape painter in his time; John LaFarge who was also famous for his stained glass windows and writings; and Albert Pinkham Ryder, famous for his seascapes. These American painters left the National Academy of Design and formed their own association because the first failed to meet their needs as artists.

Ten American Painters

Due to the Society of American Artists' rising commercialism, ten significant American painters resigned from the association and were known as the "Ten American Painters." Among them were John Henry Twachtman, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edmund Charles Tarbell, and Frank Weston Benson. The group was identified as impressionists.

Teaching ESL with Playing Cards

The standard pack of 52 cards is thought to have been invented in Persia. The back design usually looks like a Persian carpet.

Many English speakers do not realize that a club was a soldier's symbol for war. Act out the use of the club (bonk! Bonk!). The spade or shovel is a symbol of the farmer, the economic foundation of feudal society (Act out the digging. The heart symbolizes romance or love and the diamonds symbolize wealth or commerce.

Some (very few parents or bosses) object to using cards in class but I always defend this stance by saying "We do not gamble and we do not play poker. After that I have had no problems.

I introduce the cards by asking:

How many are there? (52 or 13 x 4)

How many colors? (2)

How many kinds or sets (4)

First Class:

In the first class I just throw down random cards and the kids call out the kind. This is challenge enough for beginners. Korean kids typically drop the s off the ends of the words and pronounce with their Konglish saying heart-uh, spade-uh, di-a-mond, club-uh. So the first game or class is a lot about re-teaching pronunciation (hard going voice coaching).

Teach them to say diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades correctly. I do not introduce the word suit. Kinds or sets is enough for ESL learners.

Next teach that the cards make a pack or deck. You can also tell them a pack is like a backpack or a wolf pack. Tell them about shuffling or mixing (be-bim in Korean) the cards.

Finally have the kids call out the Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen and King. This is easy. The Jack is a royal servant. Ace is generally not known. Most kids call it A. Teach them ace driver, ace shooter, ace golfer etc. Royal in Korean is roughly translated as yang-ban.

First Game:

The first real game I play with kids is SNAP where a kid has to say "snap" and slam down his hand on the cards as I deal them out on a pile.

They love the exciting anticipation of this game. To start just play the game and do not explain rules. When teacher shouts SNAP and slaps down his hand down on the first pair of cards the kids catch on fast.

This game is best played around a small table with the children standing. They will fight for space. If they speak Korean I kick them out for one round of cards. They find this funny.

Sometimes they kick me out for speaking Korean. They find this even funnier!

Second Game:

We sometimes play the Go Fish game with regular playing cards. It implies short dialogue like this: "Do you have an Ace? No, go fish." If readers do not know the Go Fish game then do a search on internet or ask another teacher. It is very useful.

Older Kids:

I do play poker or 21s (Blackjack) with older kids / adults but we use my token coins and these are returned to me at the end of the class (then not gambling). Kids learn: betting, cheating, cheater, bluffing, bluffer, the kitty, close, fold or out, hit me, bust, I'm out, I'm the winner. All of this is common English, just like many sporting terms, and kids need it to fully understand the language.

Cards are a wonderful way to motivate students and teach English. They do not even think it as class work. The fascination with card games is that they involve mental math, chance, skill, social interaction and sometimes cheating or bluffing. They combine these things and have the appeal of interactive computer games. Young kids are amazed and shocked that teacher cheats sometimes. Hee hee,: o). You will be surprised at their indignation.

I Hurt My Back Shoveling Snow – Why You Seriously Need to Think About Getting Back Support

How is your back holding up?

Did you hurt your back while you were out shoveling snow?

1.) The Purpose of This Article

A.) Not to bore you.
B.) To illustrate how back pain can start.
C.) To show you a great way you can help to treat your back pain conservatively (and cost effectively).

2.) Back Pain

We have all heard about the importance of good posture and proper body mechanics, but when it comes to shoveling snow, there is not text on how to do this properly. Sure, you might be thinking, "let a snow blower do the heavy lifting", but you and I both know this is not always possible.

We have all been there. At some point or another, we have used a shovel to clear the drive way or sidewalk of snow. The weight of the snow might not be that bad, but its the repetitive effort of clearing the snow from your shovel that requires force. – You already know that to be true. This is where the back pain can start. Actually, your back issues could have started a while back and you were not 100 percent aware of it, … and then all of the sudden the shoveling of the snow just made your back pain soar! – Can you relate?

3.) Why You Need To Think About Back Support – Pain Reduction & Increased Stability

One of the very best things about a back support is that they can help to reduce your back pain. Actually, a well designed back support can do so almost immediately! They can help you to reduce your back pain to the point where many people do not need to take pain medications all the time. – The improved support that they can provide can really help you to avoid making those painful movements with your back that will make your pain escalate.

Many back support are also very low profile these days. The saying "less is more" could certainly apply to the design of many back supports today. You can usually not even tell that someone has one on, because they are extremely easy to hide underneath a shirt.

* This is health information. – We do really believe in the positive benefits of back supports, but this article should not be seen as a substitution for the advice that your doctor will give you regarding your back issues.

Step By Step Guide How To Fold A Suit Jacket For Traveling Without Wrinkles

Where does one start when traveling with your good clothing. You have invested a lot of money to dress right and be presentable on business trips and meetings when you arrive at your destination. Sometimes you need to get right off a plane or train and get right to work and that could involve having jet lag, being hungry, thirsty and carrying your bags from place to place.

Luckily, most of us use bags with wheels on them to scoot around the airport. Remember the days of lugging around huge pieces of stuffed luggage you could hardly carry? I do. What has been happening in the cell phone industry is the exact opposite of what is going on in the travel industry. Cell phones or smartphones are getting larger and carry on luggage is getting smaller. More and more we have to pack less and less in order not to be hassled by checking luggage or paying a penalty to the airlines for being overweight in our checked bags.

This brings me to the subject of this article, how to fold a suit jacket without incurring any wrinkles. I would like to stress that this technique can be used for men and women’s apparel alike. You could even fold shirts and lightweight outerwear with this method. The center piece of this fold, taught to me by my grandfather who learned it from his father, is to form the bulkiest pieces of clothing into the latest pieces. What has to be looked after is the structure of your jackets. When folding tailored clothing the most important part to avoid wrinkles is to not crease the shoulders or collar. These areas are pressed many times in a clothing factory to give you the shape needed to form to the body. That is what makes a garment fit so well, how many times it has been pressed during it’s creation.

The question being now is how do you fold a suit jacket to avoid wrinkles and not fold over the collar and shoulder area? Follow me here as it might get a little tricky explaining this, but in actuality it is not difficult to do and takes only a few seconds. You don’t need another person or a table to lay the jacket onto.

Take each hand and extend your fingers.

1-Put each hand inside the shoulders of your jackets with the opening of the jacket facing you. Now your hands should be placed under what is called the collar points of the jacket.

2-Put your two hands, palms together with them inside the shoulder area of the jacket.

3-Now with the right hand grab onto the left shoulder of the jacket from the inside and remove your left hand. You should now be holding the jacket with your right hand and your left hand is now free.

4-Use your left hand to lift up the collar and the lapels so they are now facing outward.

5-Using your left hand for support hold onto the top of the collar that is now up and with your right hand pull both shoulders to the right side as you twist with the collar in your left turning the shoulder pads inside each other.

6-With both hands, line up the lapels so the notch or peak line up.

7-Holding the collar again for support with the collar up and lapels together and using your right hand, push the shoulders back through to the other side. Now the jacket should be in half vertically and the shoulders still are in their rounded pressed form only inside each other.

8-For the last step, fold the jacket in half horizontally over your arm and there you have it. You just learned how to fold a suit jacket and pack it without wrinkles.

The jacket is now completely flat. The shoulders are not creased or crushed. The collar will keep it’s shape. You can now pack jackets on top of each other this way in your luggage by alternating where the shoulders lay making sure you are profiting from the best use of your luggage space.

Savaria Concord Eclipse Elevator

With the increasing number of aged and disabled persons in the United States, the need for accessibility products including residential elevators are on the rise. Having a mobility product installed on your promises is not a difficult proposition anymore, as all major accessibility equipment manufacturers are now offering their residential mobility products at highly affordable rates. Savaria Concord is a pioneer in the accessibility products manufacturing industry, having a wide range of products for both residential and commercial requirements. For clients who are looking for an affordable and efficient residential elevator, Savaria Concord Eclipse Elevator is the ideal choice.

This accessibility equipment from them is easy to install and maintain as no costs configurations are required to be made at your home or concessions. As the unit does not require separate room for machine installations, the space requirements are also less. All Savaria Concord Eclipse elevators are built with highly durable components which are the same used in commercial accessibility equipments. So these are capable of ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for years. Savaria Concord's Eclipse elevators come with lots of standard features and specifications and some of these include:

o Automatic 2HP-geared roller chain variable frequency drive
o Optional load carrying capacity of 750 lbs, 950 lbs and 1000 lbs
o Rated speed of 40 feet per minute
o Energy efficient variable speed motor drive
o Door interlocks
o Green drive energy return system
o Emergency cab lights

All Savaria Concord Eclipse elevators possess the latest safety features for ensuing a trouble-free ride. The safety features provided include battery powered emergency landing and manual lowering hand crank to tackle situations when the regular power supply has failed. The slack chain brake system also adds to the high level of safety in the Eclipse elevator.

This mobility product has a wide range of customization options to suit varying interior decors of traditional and modern homes. Customers have the choice of selecting their favorite cab styles and required sizes from various collections available.

All Savaria Concord Eclipse elevators are given a 36 months limited warranty for repairs and replacements of defective parts. With authorized access equipment equipment centers and company trained technicians operating throughout the US, all servicing and maintenance jobs for the Savaria Concord Eclipse elevator are being provided in a professional and time-bound manner.

Considering the various value-added features, we can see that the Savaria Concord is the best suited model for residential use. Apart from providing total freedom of movement to the disabled and the agreed, having these mobility products installed in your home can also add to the resale value of your home.

Plate Stands

Go to any home, restaurant or party and be keen enough. You can not help but notice some common items in all these places and they are nothing else but the plates. They are basic commodities that we can not do without, not without we decide to do away with the culinary aspect of life, which again is not possible in this world. They come in different sizes and are made of various materials like ceramics, plastic and glass, all to suit your needs.

Plate stands are used to display decorative dishes in a room, their placement contributes a lot to the outlook of the room. While purchasing the stand, it should go hand in hand with the appearance of the room. Stands are part of furniture and they are of different types. There are brass and chrome coated stands, acrylic, plastic and nylon coated and wooden ones. They vary in sizes and prices depending on specifications.

Before buying plate stands, you should consider the following; the size of your room; note that decorative items should not be kept in a crowded place, room lighting, weight and height of what you want to store and your budget. Also, the general appearance of your room will help you choose colors that will blend well with the walls of your room.

The stand should be stable and in case you want to hang items on it, avoid wooden stands because they are damaged by heat and excess air dryness. Dish stands can be kept in hallways, living room or dining room. Currently, they have been used to decorate public buildings, offices and restaurants. They bring out a cool environment and so I dare you to try them. You will never regret it!

15 Camping Stove Safety Rules

Unless you are the pioneer type, a camping stove will accompany you on any camping trip. While they are very convenient and easy to operate, different stoves work on different fuels and work in different ways. So always read the owners manual. Aside from that, here are 15 rules that should be followed in regards to camping stoves for your protection and mother natures.

1. Being as children are a big part of camping, the use, refueling and storing of a stove should only be done under a knowledgeable adult.

2 – Use only approved, undamaged fuel containers. Keep them far from open flames and any other source of heat.

3 – When you need to changed the compressed gas cartridges, or when you need to refill liquid fuel containers, allow the stove (or lantern) to cool completely.

4 – Refill stoves or lanterns outside away from any other flames or heat source. For liquid fuel use a funnel and then allow any spilled fuel to evaporate before attempting to ignite.

5 – Place your camping stove on a cleared, level surface. On snow, place it on a large piece of plywood. This will keep the stove warmer and reduce the tendency for it to tip over.

6 – Check stoves, hoses and tanks before each outing. Check for bent valves, cracked hoses and stripped treads that could cause leaks and possible explosions.

7 – Keep the fuel tanks as far from the actual camping stove as possible. Always keep your head and body to one side when lighting in case it creates a flare up.

8 – Never leave a lit stove or lantern unattended.

9 – Do not over load the stove. These are not made for heavy duty cooking but transportability. If anything larger then a 2 quart pot is needed, setup a second grill and place the stove under it.

10 – Do not discard empty containers. If they are not refillable, they should be disposed of properly being as the dumpster at the campsite might be disposed of by burning all refusal.

11. Camping stoves or lanterns must never be used inside a tent or any building with poor ventilation.

12 – All canisters should be bright red or at least marked well so they do not get confused with water bottles

13. Carry fuel cartridges away form all foods. This may mean carrying it on the outside of a back pack.

14 – Shut off the supply valve at the tank before disconnecting hoses. Allow the extra gas in the line to bleed off.

15 – All ways read the manufactures guide lines and follow them.

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2 Easy Whole Chicken Crock Pot Recipes

Cooking with a crock pot saves not only time but makes the best and juiciest chicken you can find. Most families love chicken, so choosing whole chicken crock pot recipes is a no-brainer, and they're easy to find online too.

Many times, baking a whole chicken runs the risk of over cooking and dry meat. No one likes that, so why risk it? Slow cook your meals year round and do not sacrifice taste or convenience.

Finding slower cooker recipes is great, but did you know that you can cook a whole chicken without a recipe? Sure can. All you do is put the bird in your slow cooker with about a cup or so of water, your favorite seasonings and veggies and let it cook for eight hours. If you need to cook it for ten hours, that's OK too. Your poultry will be perfect as is, or for shredding and using in casseroles, chicken chili or bbq sandwiches.

Here are a couple of delicious whole chicken crock pot recipes to try as well:

Easy Crock Pot Chicken

1 small onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1 – 2-3 lb. whole chicken

In a small bowl combine the onion, garlic, soy sauce and vinegar and mix all together. Place chicken in slow cooker and pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Spicy Slow Cooked Chicken

1 (3 to 3-1 / 2 lb.) whole chicken
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 medium garlic bulb

Rinse chicken; pat dry inside and out with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix salt, paprika, pepper, and oil; mix to form paste. Spread evenly over chicken. Place onion in your slow cooker. Place chicken, breast side up, over onion. Separate garlic into cloves, but do not peel cloves. Arrange garlic cloves around chicken. Cover slow cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours.

Digital Printing

What is Digital Printing?
Digital printing is a modern printing technique that produces prints directly from a computer file rather than a slide or a photograph, without going through some intermediate medium such as a film negative, a color proof or a plate. Digital printing is used for many commercial printing needs in both black and white and full color. Some specialist commercial digital printing companies can also offer:

• large format printing such as posters, signage, canvas and acrylic prints
• extra wide printing for large scale external applications such as banners, advertising billboards, hoardings and building wraps.

Today digital printing is being increasingly used in place of older forms of printing such as litho. It is easy to understand why when you look at the many advantages digital printing offers:

Advantages of digital printing
Digital printing has many advantages, the main ones being faster turnaround and lower production cost. It is often used for on-demand or short-run color printing. It is very cost-effective on short print runs owed to the low set up costs and the fact that there are no minimum volume restrictions. Other advantages include:

• Choice of processes some of which can be used for high definition printing applications
• Printing can be done on many different substrates
• Waterproof and fade resistant inks can be used
• Suitable for printing materials for interior or outdoor use
• Any size can be printed including large format and extra wide format

Digital printing processes
There are various processes which can be used for digital printing, the choice of which is determined by the application and intended use. Among them are:

INKJET PRINTING produces photo-realistic graphics with brilliant color intensity. Its versatility makes it a good choice for large format display graphics. Inkjet printers use CMYK inks to produce full color and can print onto a wide range of media so this process is suitable for both indoor use and outdoor use.

UV PRINTING is a high quality and cost effective large format full color printing process. The process uses environmentally friendly UV inks which are cured with UV light, making it very resistant to fading, water resistant and abrasion. It is ideally suited for outdoor graphics as it can meet with all weather conditions. There are two types of UV full color printing:

• roll fed – where graphics are printed onto a roll of media such as PVC or fabric
• Flatbed – printed directly to rigid or flexible, flat surfaced substrates, often PVC Foamex boards or ACM (aluminum composite material).

LAMBDA PRINTING uses laser technology to produce the highest resolution display graphics for top quality photographic prints on photographic paper, film or Duratrans. It is ideally suited for large format display graphics as it gives sharp photographic images, continuous tone and high-impact color prints.

Wide range of substrates
Digital printing produces very high definition images on a wide range of materials of different thicknesses, weights and finishes including photo paper, vinyl, film, mesh, canvas, and various textiles. Digital flatbed printers can also print directly onto most flat surfaced rigid or flexible substrates including: PVC Foamex, ACM (aluminum composite material), acrylic, corrugated board, polycarbonate, polyboard and card.

Digital printing applications
• Banners – often used for outdoor advertising and event signage. Usually printed on vinyl which is the least expensive using for weather resistant inks.
• Posters – widely used in trade shows and the retail sector as very cost effective way to promote a company, product or service. Can be printed on matte, satin or gloss paper in various sizes.
• Photos -can be printed on paper, fabrics and rigid materials such as poster board or foam core.
• Canvas Print -look almost as good as original and can be used to reproduce top quality fine art or photographs. Available on standard canvas or artist canvas material and can be mounted on wood frames.
• Signage – depending on whether it's meant for interior or outdoor use, it's printed on vinyl papers, translucent materials, fabrics as well as rigid materials such as poster board or foam core.
• Mesh Printing – Used mainly for stage backdrops and on buildings, mesh is a lightweight perforated fabric that is resistant to tear and very strong, ideal for large exterior banners. Mesh material is flame retardant and directly printable using UV and solvent inks.

Is Vinyl Wood Plank Flooring Durable?

Anytime one has to choose a product or make a decision, it is important that we ask questions to get all the answers and facts, for a good judgment can be made only when all of the data and information about a product along with other alternatives is available with us. While choosing flooring for your home floor, you would need to understand first of all the various kinds of flooring available. The market is filled with various options like tiles, vinyl flooring, wooden planks, carpets etc. Each one of these products has been developed in response to the various needs of people from different parts of the countries suiting specific environmental conditions etc.

When it comes to flooring selection whether for home use purpose or industrial purpose, one normally considers two main types of flooring. One is the wooden flooring and the second vinyl flooring. There are many other types of flooring like marble, granite and carpet etc. Carpets are typically used by luxury hotels and many homes too mainly to retain the warmth in winter. Maintaining and cleaning carpets is becoming increasingly difficult and besides they are not durable enough. His other flooring is increasingly being favored by all.

Vinyl flooring originated and is an improvement on Linoleum. Linoleum was made from recyclable materials such as solidified and compressed linseed oil, cork dust which is ground, wooden flour or dust in combination with minerals such as calcium carbonate and fixed upon canvas or burlap base.

Vinyl flooring developed further by replacing linoleum with polyvinyl chloride where in the properties are similar to that of linoleum and it gives greater brightness, flexibility, durability and is less inflammable. The fact that Vinyl flooring is fire retardant and non allergenic in its characteristics, it is widely used in hospitals, labs and healthcare facilities.

Vinyl flooring comes in very many designs and few designs match very closely with wooden flooring. They can be easily installed and few varieties come with self adhesive properties too. Vinyl flooring can be easily maintained by wet mopping and vacuum cleaning also. They have a soft rubbery feel and help maintain the coolness in the room.

Vinyl flooring is cheaper than wooden floor. Their product characteristics made them a good alternative to other flooring and ideal for daily usage. If maintained neatly and clean, they can last up to a good five to six years depending on the usage. So the next time you ask the question 'is vinyl wood plank flooring durable?' You know the answer yourself.

10 Tips for an Exciting 90 Day Marketing Plan

This is a process I learned in my newbie network marketing days and it's held me in good stead ever since.

No matter what type of business you're in you need to have a 90 day plan that you can follow and implement easily.

When the 90 days are up you can take a little time to evaluate your results, tweak your marketing methods and then go for another 90 day plan!

Back to back marketing plans are what successful marketers use to break through to new levels of success in their business.

They may not call them 90 day plans but you can be sure that they have a long term plan that they implement, track and tweak.

I like 90 day plans because they are short enough for you to see the end but long enough for you to get exciting results.

In your heart you know that consistency is the key so why are you not consistent?

Probably because you do not have a clear 90 day plan that you believe in.

You've got to go all in with it and whether you're able to work on your home or online business a couple of hours a day or a couple of times a week you've got to be consistent and you've got to follow your plan.

So how are you doing on that?

I find that many home based entrepreneurs do not have an organized marketing plan at all.

They have some methods they intend to use and sometimes they implement and sometimes they do not.

It all depends what else is going on and how much time they have.

Well I think you already know that allowing time to decide how much marketing you'll usually do not turn out well!

Here are some tips for creating an exciting 90 day marketing plan that will make you want to jump out of bed to follow it!

• Choose 3 marketing or lead generation methods that you think you will enjoy and commit to master them and implement them over 90 days

• If you're doing online marketing and have to learn some new stuff then factor in time for that learning curve.

• Have specific times and days that you do certain things and make them your priority each week. In the old days for instance my team would commit to post 100 freepost surveys per day through doors or we could do 250 in one session by handing them out in town twice per week.

• Write your 90 day plan down on paper or print it off and stick it on the wall or somewhere you will see it every day as a reminder to keep you on course.

• Tick or fill in the activity so you track it in real time and feel a sense of accomplishment each day.

• Remember that it's tricky to set goals about number of sales, sign ups or clients BUT it is easy to set goals for activity which leads to sales so focus on daily ACTIVITY.

• If you're doing online marketing to draw people towards you and want to create massive momentum I recommend you create one piece of content per day. This may be a blog post, a short video of you sharing a tip, a short screen share video showing how to do something (easy to do with Jing) or talking through some PowerPoint slides, a short audio or a 500 word article.

• Think about how to use the internet to proactively meet new people. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other networking sites are GREAT places to meet people and build relationships. Even if you're a complete luddite you can do this!

• How much time will you spend each day meeting new people online? Put that on your plan if this is one of your methods and make sure you have a marketing funnel set up for when some of these new friends want to check out what you offer.

• Do not despairs when things do not happen right away. It takes consistent effort before things start to go pop! For the online marketing, piece of content a day method do not be worried if you're not getting many leads before 45 days. Keep going!

Okay well these are my ten tips for you to create your personalized and exciting 90 day plan.

Guidelines for Installing Mezzanine Floors

Firstly, let me outline exactly what a 'mezzanine' floor is. The word mezzanine derives from the Italian word mezzano, meaning simply 'middle'. With this in mind the mezzanine acts as a middle or extra floor. Although architects use this term to explain additional levels in domestic buildings, a 'mezzanine', for the purpose of this topic, relates to additional floors in commercial or industrial applications.

When looking at an area to add additional floor space to, it is important to ensure that the space meets the design criteria requirements. Generally a ceiling height which exceeds 4.5m is acceptable to insert an intermediate floor, however, the physical construction depth of the system should be taken into account. ie 2m clear headroom above and below the mezzanine floor should ideally remain so a construction depth in excess of 0.5m could cause issues. The construction depth consistors of all materials required to suspend the mezzanine. Typically, a main beam combined with the decking creates the overall dimension. I will come back to these components later in the article.

In addition to the height, the sub floor should also be considered, for example, the floor of which the mezzanine shall be built. This should be strong enough to accept the load of the mezzanine columns. In most cases mezzanine floors are bolted on top of concrete slab floors. Structural calculations that the slab will take the point loads should be transported out prior to the installation and are required as part of the local authority building regulations submission. In order to determine the physical strength of the concrete when construction details are not available, core samples can be taken from the slab and 'crush' tested.

Once these two elements are suitable, you can then begin to design a mezzanine floor for your area. The first thing to decide is how far apart the columns (supporting pillows) are. This is large dependent on the results of the slab calculation which would tell you the maximum permissible load down a column, as well as any obstacles in the way, ie floor joints, machinery, doors etc. If the area is completely clear of obstruction it may be an idea to design the mezzanine floor from an economic point of view and make sure that the columns are set out in the most cost saving manner. The typical size of an economic design can vary between manufacturers, however, as an example, a 4 meter grid pattern in both directions is very common.

There are various types of flooring material available to use on mezzanine floors, however, the most common by far is chipboard. There are a few environments where chipboard is unsuitable such as damp or wet workspaces as well as areas that have very high point loads on them. Other examples of flooring types are durbar or chequer plate, which are very strong but can be noisy and expensive. Open grates are good for letting light through but again noisy and also difficult to use with picking trolleys.

Any open edges of the mezzanine, ie sides of the floor not buttting up to a wall, should be protected. The most common way to do this is by means of installing handrails. In addition to a handrail, a knee rail must be added and usually a toe rail to avoid kicking anything of the floor. There are regulations surrounding handrail and these should be adhered to.

Access for personnel to the mezzanine level can be achieved in several ways such as lifts or ramps, however, in most cases, people access the lifts via staircases. Stairs are designed either under Part K (Fire escape) or Part M (Ambulant) of the building regulations and one access point should be in close proximity to a fire escape stair. Staircases can include landings to change direction or to split the flight if the floor level is particularly high.

What is a Better Option – Wooden Or Stainless Steel Balustrading?

A baluster is a molded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, in stone or wood, and at times in metal, standing on a unifying footing and supporting the coping of a stockade or the handrail (also known as a banister) of a staircase. Reproduced in this way, they form a balustrade. Individually, a baluster shaft may explain the turned form, taken by a brass or silver candlestick, an erect furniture support, or the stem of a brass chandelier.A baluster is a molded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, in stone or wood, and at times in metal, standing on a unifying footing and supporting the coping of a stockade or the handrail (also known as a banister) of a staircase. Reproduced in this way, they form a balustrade. Individually, a baluster shaft may explain the turned form, taken by a brass or silver candlestick, an erect furniture support, or the stem of a brass chandelier.

Wood is the most flexible material used to make turned and simple horizontal balustrades. Apart from conventional, you can give a modern look through the wooden balustrades. Timber is a popular material for designing staircases and balustrades. Wooden balustrades can be skilfully crafted to balance your existing staircase. These are unique in both antique and modern styles. Beside the safety features, a wooden balustrade adds style and a classic look to your home.

The wooden balustrades are also designed delightfully. Wide varieties of colors are available in wooden balustrades, which make it easier for the clients to select from, according to their own choice or the one which suits the building.

The use of wood has reduced in manufacturing of balustrades and handrails. People have become aware about saving the environment, and therefore, the use of wood is frowned upon by some people.

Stainless steel balusters are uprights, constructed of iron and used to support railroads, such as the rail on a banister. While balusters can be composed of other materials such as wood or concrete, stainless steel is often a great way to add a decorative touch, while retaining the vigour and support required to support the railing. Stainless steel balusters may be used in houses or for exterior areas.

One of the more widespread applications of stainless steel balusters has to do with the balconies. A series of thin stainless steel balusters can elegantly support a handrail as well as a bottom rail that out the edge of the balcony. The presence of these stainless steel balusters, as the connection between the two balcony rails, ensures that the balcony is safe, and it is possible to enjoy the outer space without fear of falling off the balcony.

Stainless steel balusters are a beautiful alternative to wooden balusters or spindles for the design of a stairway. Because the stainless steel balusters can be very plain or be molded to curve or can have complex designs, the look is often outstanding and adds one more layer of texture to the stair area. The stainless steel balusters are also strong and are likely to need less maintenance than their wooden baluster.

Along with a gorgeous appearance and practical applications, stainless-steel balusters are often a cost-effective way of creating a balustrade for use in outside or inside areas. In most cases, the stainless steel construction will cost much less than similar wood construction; it requires less maintenance over the years and is comparatively easy to replace in the event that one or more of the stainless steel balusters require replacement.

French Riviera Beaches and St Tropez – Glamming it Up

St Tropez is one of the best known towns on the French Riviera, situated between Marseilles and Cannes. Made famous initially by Brigitte Bardot, St Tropez continues to be a favourite destination with the rich and glamorous, know the world over for its beaches, celebrities and ‘beautiful people’.

So if you are heading to the Riviera this summer, what are the best places to visit in and around St Tropez (apart from star gazing)?

The main attraction of St Tropez is – of course – those famous french riviera beaches. Head a few kilometres southeast of the town and you’ll find sandy beaches like Plage de Tahiti and Plage de Pampelonne. There are plenty of beaches around here that are ‘bikini optional’, like La Mouette.

If you need a change from french riviera beaches, pay a visit to the Musée de l’Annonciade, a local museum boasting an excellent collection of modern art by the post-Impressionist masters. Many of the pictures are of the port of St Tropez including a famous work by Paul Signac, as well as Van Dongen’s ‘Women of the Balustrade’, along with many other paintings and sculptures by Matisse, Dufy, Utrillo and Derain.

Cycling is also a great way to explore the area, along with horse riding. The nearby mountains are the perfect place for hang gliding, paragliding and climbing. Canyoning is popular here too, and can involve walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping and even abseiling in the local gorges. The rivers have some great fishing spots; during the winter months skiing is even popular! There are two local ski stations at Greolieres-les-Neiges and at Andon-Thorenc.

Shopping is legendary in this fashion-conscious city. Although there are plenty of fashion boutiques, Choses is considered the best in St Tropez. With a great range of fashion garments, it specializes in clingy T-shirt dresses which are worn all along the Riviera. Galeries Tropeziennes has hundreds of gift items to browse in its extensive shop near Place de Lices. If antiques are your thrill then don’t miss Jacqueline Thienot on Rue Clemenceau. You can find anything from antique wrought iron to farm implements.

After dark things really wake up in St Tropez. There are several hot spots where the yachting crowds hang out and the Café de Paris is one of the best known. Chez Maggi is a popular gay and lesbian bar while Les Caves du Roy in the Hotel Bibes is a raving nightclub. Entrance is free but drink prices tend to have a zero added to regular drink prices elsewhere, but who knows which millionaire you will be rubbing shoulders with at the bar!