3 Major Issues to Select the Best Wall Mounted Wine Racks

"You Got the Right One, Baby." Musician Ray Charles made the song famous in Diet Pepsi's TV ads during the early 1990s. When buying a wine rack, how do you know if you have the "right one?" It is important to search for a wine rack that will best meet your particular needs. While certain racks may work well for your friends and relatives, they may not be ideal for you. Here are some tips to consider, when searching for the perfect rack (for you):

1. Consider the purpose of your wine rack
You can place it in various rooms of your home, including:

o dining room
o entertainment room
o family room
o kitchen
o living room

Determine if you mainly need a rack to store bottles, or to function also as decor for the room. For instance, you can use wall racks to add some pizzazz to virtually any wall of your home.

2. Consider various tracks of the wall racks:
here are some tracks to consider when examining wine racks:

Capacity: Make sure that the capacity meets your needs. For instance, wall mounted wine racks tend to have a capacity of one, two, or three bottles. If you select a standard-sized rack, ensure that it is large enough for the typical number of bottles you need.

For full-size racks, consider if the wine rack can store glasses and other accessories.

Verify that you have enough space to store and use the wine rack. In particular, there should be enough space to add and remove bottles. Consider a space-saving wall rack to hold your top 1-2 types of wines.

This is certainly the most important issue when selecting a wine rack. Make sure that it remains stable when adding and removing bottles. Also, it should be stable wherever you have one or several of them in it.

Ensure that both the material and the design of the rack complement the decor of the room in which it is. For instance, if you use a wall wine rack, it should match up with the other wall decor.

Ensure that the manufacturer used quality materials to construct the rack. Also, verify that it used outstanding craftsmanship. Make these checks whether you examine full-size racks or wall mounted ones.

3. Consider the location of the wine rack
Location is an important consideration when you select a wine rack. Consider whether you have enough room for it, including a wrought iron one. Decide if you need a stationary or mobile rack. Contemplate whether you need it for storage or display. If it is for the latter function, then consider a wall wine rack. Finally, consider whether your bottle collection will grow.

When selecting a wine rack, you have several issues to consider. Considering the aforementioned issues will help you to narrow down your choices. Then you can select the "right one"!

In Review: Dewalt's DCH213L2 20V MAX 3-Mode SDS Rotary Hammer Kit

Dewalt has put the hammer down. Accelerating their new 20V MAX platform with a mighty 3-mode SDS rotary hammer kit, Dewalt has reestablished itself as a manufacturer that does not play games with power or performance. The DCH213L2 rotary hammer kit is intensely powerful and durable, that mightion, the thing operates with a smoothness that is almost entirely uncharacteristic of rotary hammers in general. The tool, like the rest of Dewalt's 20V platform, embodies the best of both compact convenience and industrial power.

Utilizing SHOCKS Active Vibration Control system, the hammer produces significantly less vibration during use. Of course, this smoothness of operation is good for a number of reasons, operator comfort, sometimes, peaking that list benefits. As it turns out, the hammer is not only more comfortable to use, it's more controllable (which enhances your productivity), and produces faster, cleaner results as well. With a blasting impact energy of 1.7-ft / lbs, the hammer also delivers a huge amount of power. In fact, the thing essentially produces the same force as a corded SDS rotary hammer, this one has simply evolved. It's grown away from the cord and toward a cordless operation that is smoother and more powerful than previous models. The DCH213L2 additionally features a factory-set clutch to reduce the uncomfortable high-torque interactions that spur from the occasional jammed bit. This ensures some peace of mind and gains the hammer's overall operation.

Furthermore, the hammer's compact L-shaped body design allows users to access tight spaces while still providing optimal balance and usability, and because the tool also includes a 360-degree side handle, operators enjoy improved comfort and control, and ease of use in tight spaces or during awkward or rigorous applications. In addition to this efficient body design, the hammer also boasts the umph of Dewalt's new 20V MAX battery system. With these 3.0-Ah batteries, the hammer not only maintains its well balance, but it also contains big power for longer periods of time. The batteries are lightweight, they charge quickly, and they offer more work through each charge-cycle and through their total life-time as well.

The DCH213L2 weighs only 6.4-lbs and, in addition to offering 3-mode operation, the thing also features a variable speed reversing switch which enhances user control and deliveries greater versatility in all applications. So, Dewalt has put the hammer down, and it's not budging. This cordless SDS rotary hammer is sleek, smooth, balanced, and ultra-powerful to deliver exceptional operation and better overall results. The kit additionally includes a 1-hour charger, two 20V MAX (3.0-Ah) batteries, a 360-degree side handle, a depth rod, and a kit box.

Sardinia – Italy’s Unspoilt, Multi Cultural Gem

An ideal climate, gracious people and fine cuisine make Italy a perfect destination for the independent traveller whether their preferences are seeking an active, cultural, historical or indulgent trip.

While we all know about the wonders of Rome, the romantic appeal of Florence and Venice and the culinary delights of Naples, less of us have sampled the beauty, tranquillity and diverse nature of Sardinia. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean with Sicily being the largest and as a result of its isolation from the rest of Italy it is less dependent on insularity and has conserved its own economy and traditions far more than other regions.

Relentless invasion of Sardinia over the last two millennia has created an interesting array of influences seen in Sardinian food, wine, culture, architecture and archaeology. The invasions have left Sardinia with Roman ruins, Byzantine and Pisan Churches and a hearty and rustic cuisine.

To discover the true character of Sardinia you must explore its atmospheric towns and beautiful coastline. Cagliari is Sardinia’s largest town and its capital. It is the perfect starting point for an independent traveller’s trip around the island. Situated on the south of the island Cagliari was built on seven hills with the historic Castello district sitting atop one of them, overlooking the port. The working port makes Cagliari a lively and buzzing town. The old city has narrow lanes to explore, and the city walls are flanked by two Pisan towers.

Once you have become acquainted with the capital town you must make a point of visiting one or some of Sardinia’s “Nuraghi”. These fascinating prehistoric cone shaped buildings are scattered around the island. Of the 700, Nuraghe Su Nuraxi is one of the largest and most inspiring. If you navigation skills are good the Nurague could lead you to “Barbagia”, this is Sardinia’s mountain region which was used by the Sards as shelter from invaders. It is a charming region with picturesque villages, stunning meadows and forested landscapes.

The archaeological site of Nora is another fascinating place to visit. Baths, theatre and mosaics have been uncovered in this Roman and Carthaginian site. The Sardinian tourist information site offers a useful introduction to the history and culture of the island of Sardinia.

Sardinia’s coastal roads follow its beautiful coastline which boasts splendours that are unmatched elsewhere. The white sands and sheer cliffs plunging into crystal clear ocean will captivate all visitors. If you are of an explorative nature you may have the delight of discovering some of Sardinia’s beautiful hidden caves and secluded coves. The coastal roads are easily navigable making exploring the coastline by car the easiest option. Sardinia car hire is available in Cagliari’s town and at the airport with most large car hire companies having a presence.

Sardinia’s glory has been largely unspoilt compared to Italy’s main tourist attractions and there is so much on offer on this fascinating island that any holiday in Sardinia can be truly memorable.

Spiritual Giving – 26 Ways to Give Small and Get Big Results

In life, when someone wants to give to charity they believe that they need to give big, but most are forgetting the real point of giving. Not all of us have the ability to give like the Oprahs or Jolies / Pitts or Gates of the world. But, it's not how big you give that matters, its how you give on an everyday basis that really counts. It's fairly easy to write a check and mail it to a charitable organization. It's a whole other thing to go to a homeless Shelter and give of your time.

I have come up with "26 Ways to Give Small and Get Big Results," to try and make a difference in your spiritual life and in the lives of others. Some of these small ways of giving might seem difficult or take you out of your comfort zone. Some may even feel unnecessary, but trust me they will make quite an impact on others as well as yourself. Believe it or not, it's the little things in life that really make an impact. Many of these ideas may not necessarily be new to you and some may even cost you a few dollars, but hopefully they will serve as a reminder and I guarantee the overall spiritual wellbeing you will receive will far outweigh the cost. I encourage you to do an act of spiritual kindness every day. It does not need to be big, just do something small, but do something both and every day.

1. Buy a gift for someone you do not really like or someone that rubs you the wrong way. And, make it a personal gift, something that you know he / she will really enjoy. And here's the kicker – do it without them knowing the gift was from you!

2. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Big Brothers / Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers / Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Volunteer at a Big Brothers / Big Sisters near you.

3. Leave your change in the office vending machine for the next person. You will make their day!

4. On a hot summer day, hand out bottles of ice cold water. Visit your local park, senior center or recreational area and just hand out bottles of ice cold water. There will be appreciation on everyone's face.

5. Donate some time to tutor at a local school or community college.

6. When you take your morning walk bringing a trash bag and pick up litter in your neighborhood.

7. When your spouse returns from a hard day's work, have a bath ready with candles, rose petals in the water and soothing music. And have dinner catered by a professional chef.

8. Help your older or sick neighbor with their yard or help with an errand. Mow the lawn, rake leaves, shovel snow, or buy groceries or walk their dog.

9. When the mailman visits offer an ice cold glass of lemonade or hot beverage in the winter. Tell them how much you appreciate them and the service they provide.

10. Properly prepare for your garbage collection and appreciate the sanitation engineers' work and an ice cold six-pack for after their shift will not hurt.

11. Volunteer to coach a boys / girls sports team. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competency, usefulness, belonging and influence. Visit a Boy's Club or Girl's Club near you to learn more.

12. Go to your child's school and be a teacher's assistant, one day a week. Spend more time with the other kids in the classroom; spend only a little time with your child.

13. Leave a special note in your child's lunch box letting them know how much you appreciate and love them.

14. Tell someone why you love them and why you appreciate them. Be specific.

15. Visit the Dollar Store and purchase umbrellas and give them out during bad weather.

16. Spend quality time with the sick or elderly. Visit a local nursing home or senior citizens center. You can read to them or take walks with them. Show them that someone still cares about them.

17. If you have a place of business, offer refreshments (I recommend healthy organic snacks) for your customers. Fresh fruit instead of sugary foods, bottled water instead of carbonated beverages and tea in lieu of coffee.

18. During the holiday season donate toys and clothing to the local homeless Shelter. Do a neighborhood get together and get your neighbors to contribute. Barbeques in December are the best.

19. Create a photo DVD with music of family memories. Create one for each family member and show it after Holiday dinner.

20. Always drive safely and courteously. In heavy traffic, always let someone merge into your lane. Do not get mad if someone cuts you off. They're clearly in a rush or just poor drivers. They do not mean to hurt you. Their actions mean nothing to you. Wish them well.

21. Forgive the actions of someone who has offended you.

22. Give praise to someone each day; learn to appreciate the good in others.

23. Next time you buy lottery tickets, buy an extra ticket and give it to the cashier. No strings attached.

24. If one of your friends or co-workers ask you to buy a candy bar to support their kid's football / soccer / sports team purchase the entire box and give the candy away.

25. Next time you go out to eat and have a meal with less than acceptable service give the server an extra large tip. They could be having a bad day, brighten their day with a thoughtful gift.

26. Take $ 20.00 and give it to someone, for no reason, just give it to them. Buy their gas, pay for the couple behind you in line at the movie theater or purchase coffee for the car behind you in the drive through. At the grocery store leave the money for the next customer.

I challenge you to come up with your own creative ways to give small. You can give anyone, not just someone poor or homeless. Give even to some rich person. Maybe it might be just what they need; some spiritual enlightenment.

There you have it "26 Ways to Give Small and Get Big Results." For the next 26 weeks use one small spiritual give a week. It is not going to be easy. You will get resistance from your ego as well as some who will be offended by your charity. Just stay the course and be humble and let whatever happens be okay. Do your deeds of spiritual kindness with humility and compassion without recognition or praise. Create your own ways of giving by finding ways to give small and I guarantee you will be spiritually enriched.

The Real Reason You Want Ripped Abs!

The best exercises for abs are still the traditional body weight exercises, like sit-ups and leg lifts. These essentials are the bread and butter routine that seriously strengthens and defines your abdominal muscles, so when people see you shirtless – or, for you ladies, in that always-appealing bare midriff apparel – they like what they see.

Understand that there are three different areas of the abs which need definition and work. Your exercises for abs need to focus not only on the straight lifting motions for upper and lower abdominal muscles, but also on twisting motions to exercise the lateral obliques.

When doing exercises for abs, make sure to put some effort into not only the upper abdominals – which are where most of us concentrate – but also the lowers. You can distinguish between the two by lying down on the floor and alternately lifting your upper body (exercising the upper abs) and your legs (exercising the lower abs).

For a serious lower abdominal workout, your exercises for abs should definitely include hanging leg raises. Suspending yourself by the arms from a pullup bar, lift your legs straight out in front of you – bending the knees as little as possible, depending on your level of fitness – and then lower them slowly. For even more benefit, lift them to each side alternately.

If you're also working on upper body development, you can mix this into your pull-up routine … which is simply the best exercise possible for your upper back and shoulders. Once you've added this routine into your exercises for abs, you'll soon realize that ripped midsection that makes people stare.

Remember Names and Work the Room Successfully

One hundred years ago, homeowners would gather with guests in the parlor of the home. Men would perform parlor tricks to pass the time and entertain those in attendance. Today, the most impressive parlor trick may be remembering people's names.

If I teach you the secret of how to remember names, sometimes you will never forget mine. I'm willing to try if you are.

A person's name is his or her favorite word. Most people consider it to be a remarkable compliment when someone reminds something so personal about them.

Memory "tricks" are a lost – albeit – impressive art form. It is especially impressive when the other person can not remember yours.

Remembering a person's name seems like a reliably easy thing to do. Memorizing a name is certainly easier than memorizing lines in a play. Recalling a person's name is generally easier than memorizing a ten-digit phone number.

Yet, we often have trouble memorizing names. Usually this is because we are not focused or because we are distracted when we first hear the name. If you walk into a room, for example, you may be introduced to someone before you become acclimated. Perhaps more than one person is talking to you during the introduction.

Being self-conscious is a persistent form of distraction. Perhaps you are a self-conscious sort who is preoccupied with how your hair looks or whether your zipper is down. (Your hair looks fine and your zipper is up – by the way.)

Finally, the handshake that often accompanies the introduction can be distracting. We're all well aware that a handshake can be too hard, too soft and too wet. A cold hand can be a shocker, too.

You have little control over such distractions, but you have the ability to facilitate "The Perfect Handshake," which will allow you to focus on remembering the other person's name.

You can become better at remembering names with a few tips and a little practice. Along the way, you will also improve your listening skills and discover some memorization strategies that will be useful in other areas of your life. The first step understands understanding the difference between listening and listening.

Hearing is Different Than Listening–

Simply hearing a person's name may be enough for you to remember it. It's more likely, however, that you'll have to listen.

What's the difference between listening and listening?

You can easily differentiate the remarkable difference between hearing and listening during a routine shower. No doubt, you instantly hear the water streaming out of the nozzle and cascading to the tile or tub. But while you wash, pay attention to how the water sounds as it falls around you. Try to identify seven or eight different types of sounds such as the water splashing off your shoulders or the droplets plunking against the plastic shower curtain liner. This simple exercise will teach you how to recognize nuances. Now you are really listening!

Here's another way to practice listening. When driving, listen to songs with a fresh ear. Listen to the musical arrangement instead of the lyrics. Try to identify the different instruments in the arrangement. Try listening to just one of the instruments, such as the bass guitar.

When you truly learn to listen, you should then be able to eliminate unnecessary distractions.

The Perfect Handshake–

I once asked a young man where he learned to shake hands. He said, "From watching television." A handshake often occurs during introductions when names are announced. If a handshake is sloppy or awkward, it can distract a person from what is said, making it much harder to remember names.

I meet a lot of people who do not know how to shake hands. Some people, for example, have an aggressive, bone-crushing handshake. Other people have a passive, dead-fish handshake. I'm teaching everyone to develop "The Perfect Handshake."

The best handshakes begin with web-to-web contact. The web is the fleshy area between the thumb and the forefinger. Try to establish web-to-web contact with people you meet. Web-to-web contact assures an assertive grip that conveys integrity and trust.

Try to initiate all your introductions rather than waiting to be introduced. There are benefits to reaching out first. The person who reaches out first establishes power and influence in almost any situation. If you feel comfortable and in control you are more likely to focus on remembering names.

How to Remember Names–

One way to remember names (or anything else for that matter) is to use a mnemonic system. A mnemonic (the "m" is silent) is a memory aid that uses associations such as a sequence or an alliteration. There are many types of mnemonic systems, including visual, assembly, first-letter and arbitrary.

Visual mnemonics involve visual cues or triggers. For example, Greg is wearing green, so you might remember him as Green Greg. This visual method, of course, can fail you if Greg is wearing brown the next time you see him.

First-letter mnemonics provide easy formulas for remembering names. Albert Anderson's first and last name begins with the letter "A," so you might remember him as AA. If Al always has a drink in his hand, AA might be especially memorable.

Assembly mnemonics are more complicated than first-letter systems. Students use assembly mnemonics to prepare for exams. Most people find it easier to recall the names of the planets Mars, Venus, Earth, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune by remembering the phrase My Very Educated Mother Just Served Nachos.

Even if you are not a musician, you can easily remember the lines of a treble clef music staff, which are E, G, B, D and F, if you memorize the phrase Every Good Boy Does Fine.

Do you know the names of the seven continents? You will if you use assembly mnemonics. Eat An Aspirin After A Nighttime Snack is a simple way to remember Europe, Antarctica, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America.

Arbitrary mnemonics are an unlicensed, but effective tool for memorizing names. Sometimes it can be easier to retain information when the memory formula is random or just plain ridiculous. Most people remember how to set their clocks for Daylight Saving Time by the mnemonic "Spring ahead, fall back."

Do you remember the following ditty?

Thirty days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February
Which has 28 in fine
Till Leap Year gives it 29

It's a terrible poem and we've never stopped trying to adjust and improve it. The Web site Leapzine.com lists an amazing 47 versions! The above rhythms and rhymes are abysmal, but something about it works to help us remember how many days are in each month. Even with so many variations, this arbitrary mnemonic is helpful.

My Special Secret for Remembering Names–

The ability to remember names is a very useful networking technique. I once earned a speaking engagement by impressing Roxanne Gibbs, editor of The Nation, a prominent Barbados newspaper. I remembered her name a half-hour after meeting her and 30 other people in a buffet line.

I use "cluster imprinting" to learn names. The goal of cluster imprinting is to imprint your brain with the person's name eight to ten times within three minutes of meeting them. Listen to "Catherine" say her name. If you do not hear the name, immediately ask Catherine to repeat herself. Make the request right away so you do not feel embarrassed by asking for clarification later on.

Then, repeat her name by saying, "Catherine, it's nice to meet you." You've now heard her name twice.

Immediately begin to use her name. You might say "Catherine, is that Catherine with a 'C' or Katherine with a 'K'?" She could answer, "Catherine with a 'C.'" Now your brain has been imprinted with the name six times and you have visualized it at least once. If someone approaches you and Catherine, offer to introduce the new person. "Catherine, do you know David? David, this is Catherine." At this point, you've been imprinted with Catherine's name eight times.

When it's time to excuse yourself you might say, "It's been nice meeting you, Catherine," which makes the tenth time your brain has registered her name. You are not likely to forget "Catherine."

Try to recall the new name at several intervals during the next 24 hours, stretching the time span for each attempt.

5 Cool Ideas for Working a Room–

When it comes to meeting people, there's only one thing more impressive than the ability to remember a name and that is the ability to remember a bunch of names.

Making social contacts at cocktail parties and business receptions is a skill that requires conversational dexterity, consistent discipline and a desire for detail. Again, the key is to have a networking system that allows you to focus on really connecting with people. Taking a cue from my 5 Cool Ideas book series, here are 5 Cool Ideas for working a room.

1. Work the parking lot for fun and profit.

When working a room, there's no need to warm up. Start making connections as you walk through the parking lot. After all, anyone who parks where you do may be attending the same function, right? Well, these nice strangers are attending the event so they can meet people like you.

Work the lot, the foyer and the coatroom line. Use verbiage like, "Are you excited about this event?" and "Have you met anyone interesting so far?" to break the ice with your new friend. Work the foyer on the way out, too.

2. Use every opportunity to shake hands.

People are your greatest resource, so initiate conversation. Commit to meeting as many people as possible in the first 15 minutes of the event. Hold out your hand and introduce yourself to everyone who walks toward you.

Avoid the temptation to hunker with someone at the bar or in the corner of the room. You can always return to the most interesting people later. Do not sit down at these events until everyone else does. Try to sit in the center of the room. Find a seat near the head table or an anisle or other high traffic area.

Do not drink alcohol if you are serious about remembering names and staying mentally alert.

3. Networking is about them, not you.

Make it a point to focus the conversation on the other person. Plan several conversation topics in advance and you will not be at a loss for subject matter. Keep the topics positive and upbeat. Avoid negative comments about people and do not talk about unpleasant or off-color topics. Ask open-ended questions that encourage others to talk about themselves and their interests. Be generous and thoughtful about introducing people to each other.

Always compliment people as you introduce them. If you can not remember full names, use first names. If you struggle to remember a particular name, please softly ask the person her name and then give it to the third party.

4. Have several elevator springs available.

An "elevator speech" is the first 15 words of an interaction. Its name is derived from the type of short to-the-point messages that are replaced on elevators.

One version of your speech could have been related to your job. Another version could be centered on your family. When it's time for you to answer questions about yourself, choose an appropriate elevator speech to make a strong impression. Be brief, upbeat and original when you talk about yourself.

Make it easy for people to remember your name by being memorable. Deliver your elevator speech in pithy, provocative sound bytes. For instance, instead of saying, "I'm a teacher," smile and say, "I mentor heroes." Instead of saying, "I work at a day care center," stand up straight and say, "I create memories."

5. Follow up with an "urge to action."

As you work the room, collect business cards and literature from everyone you meet. In a quiet moment, write a quick note on each card to remind yourself of what you can do for the person or what they might do for you. Note the person's nickname and what you talked about so that you can follow up with them within 48 hours.

The more detailed your notes, the more impressed the person will be when they receive your follow-up communication.


Impressing people with your memory is fun. More important, however, is the ability to help people feel good about themselves. Remembering a person's favorite word looks like the least we can do.

Slow Cookers Do not Cook So Slowly Anymore

Remember back to the first time on your own; you moved into your own place and took with you numerous hand-me-downs from your parent's house. As time passes, you replace each piece one at a time, moving ahead with your own things. However, it seems that recently there's been a lot of buzz as to why you may not want to buy a new crock pot.

I've been reading a lot of crock pot cooking forums lately and there seems to be a common thread; Many people are discouraged from cooking with their new slow cookers. Why is this? What has come to pass to make newer crock pots more frustrating to cook with than older ones? I saw so many posts claiming that people had returned their new slow cooker and dug out the one from their grandmother, or went rummaging around to thrift shops and garage sales to find a "good old crock pot" for $ 5 or less. And yet, many of those people do not realize that there's an excellent reason why your slow cooker does not cook quite as slowly anymore; it's for your own safety.

The US Food and Drug Administration states that bacteria grows the fastest between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the meat, it needs to be cooked to a minimum of 145 degrees Fahrenheit to kill most bacteria (poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and ground meat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Even if your food is historically cooked to the proper temperature, if it stays too long in the 40-140 range, it will house much more bacteria than if cooked properly.

Since the FDA also recommends that food be refrigerated at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, then how do we get it from 40 to 140 as quickly as possible, therefore preventing growth of bacteria? At this point, it may seem as if you should throw out every "slow" cooker you own. But hold on!

That is exactly the reason why the new slow cookers do not cook as slowly as the older models do; it's all for your health and safety. However, manufacturers have also realized that the main benefit people seek from using their crock pot is to start dinner in the morning before work, go work an 8-10 hour day, and then come home to a fully prepared meal. In realizing this, they have added bells and whistles to their models, with keep warm and buffet settings, automatic timers, and much more.

What does this mean for you? First of all, test your crock pot. Fill your crock pot half full with water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the lid and immediately take the water temperature. This must be done quickly as the temperature of the water can drop as much as 10-15 degrees each minute.

The water temperature should be 185 degrees Fahrenheit (or 85 degrees Celsius).

Second, do not be scared of your new crock pot; it may take some getting used to. Third, make sure you're filling it the correct amount; if you do not have the correct amount of food in your crock pot (no less than half but no more than two-thirds full) your meal will not turn out right.

I just recently purchased a new crock pot and had the luxury of being able to closely monitor the first few meals I made in it. Yes, it does cook a lot faster than my old one. Once I got used to it and began to use my keep warm, simmer, and buffet settings, each meal turned out perfectly. Most importantly, I love knowing that cooking with my new crock pot is much safer and healthier for my family.

Plastic Surgery Before and After – Facelift Procedure

Have you wondered how plastic surgery before and after will look? One popular form of plastic surgery is a facial cosmetic surgery. Face lift surgery before and after can make a person look much younger- of course this varies by individual.

Beyond looking younger, many people feel more confident and generally better about life. They have a new spring in their step. And if the plastic surgery before and after does not look too tight and overdone, often a person who has plastic surgery face finds that no one really knows that they had a procedure done. Often they will simply get compliments like "You look so rested" or "Did you go on vacation?"

When should you consider a cosmetic surgery procedure such as cosmetic eyelid surgery? If you are older and want to get a new job, you should consider cosmetic surgery because appearing youngger should help you secure a job. If you are looking for a mate, appearance does matter so you may want to consider a procedure like face lift surgery.

Who should you select to perform cosmetic surgery such as facial cosmetic surgery? You need to carefully investigate your options and how a procedure is performed. As an example, you should avoid the use of general anesthesia since there are risks with that.

Can you get facial plastic surgery performed without general anesthesia? You can. For example, a Tampa plastic surgeon, Richard Castellano, MD does not use general anesthesia. Make sure you do your research and you will benefit from this as others have.

Wedding Workout For LEAN ABS

I know that working out can be intimidating if you have never really done it before. But I also know that you want to look your absolute best for your wedding, and the only way to do it is through weight-training.

Weight Training will give you a lean, tight, and slim body. It will also speed metabolism so that you can burn fat all day long. Weight training builds muscle, and muscle is the actual site on the body where fat is burned so the more muscle you have, the greater your ability to burn fat. So here is a sample wedding workout for you to work your abs. You can do this wedding abs workout 3 times per week. But make sure that you are working every muscle in the body … The Best Wedding Workout is one that that works the entire body at least 3 times per week.

I know I know … priority … you want your belly to be flat and your waistline small so that your gown looks absolutely stunning …. I totally understand !!! But also understand that your arms are just as important, so they must also be a part of your wedding fitness plan! You want your arms to look tight and shapely! So let's take first things first. I am going to give you a sample ABS workout so you can start your wedding fitness plan.

Below is your ABS workout for your wedding fitness plan. You can do this workout 2-3 times per week.

A1. 10-15 reverse crunches
A2. 10-15 stability ball side crunches
A3. 30-45 second stability ball plank

Perform 3 sets of these exercises in a circuit fashion with 0 to minimum rest in between each exercise. At the end of the third exercise rest for 45 -60 seconds and repeat it. To step it up … when you get stronger, perform 15-20 reverse crunches, 15-20 stability ball crunches, and 60 second plank.

Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon

The honeymoon is the part of your wedding plans that you are probably the most excited about. It is your chance to get away and be alone with your new spouse, and after all the hustle and bustle of the wedding, you probably need that time together! But the honeymoon can be stressful if you are not careful.

First of all, it is important to remember that travel takes planning and can be expensive. Your wedding plans are so full of other details that you may have forgotten to work out your travel arrangements. If you plan to travel for your honeymoon, be sure to start making the arrangements well in advance. Air-fare, hotel rooms, and other travel costs have a tendency to be lower when you book earlier. Purchasing tickets and reserving rooms early is also the easiest way to be sure that you can get to your desired destination when the time arrives. Be sure to confirm your plans with the airline and the hotel shortly before you leave. It would do you no good to arrive in Hawaii only to find that your hotel has overbooked and your room has been given away. If you plan on traveling out of the country, a passport will be necessary as well. Keep in mind that passport applications take time to process, and you may have to wait several weeks before receiving yours. It is a good idea to apply for a passport a few months before the wedding, if you know that you will be traveling out of the country for your honeymoon. Also note that all of this may be easier if you work through a travel agent, who will be able to arrange and keep track of details for you.

Of course you can go anywhere you want on your honeymoon. Be sure, however, that your destination offers activities you want to participate in. You and your spouse will want to enjoy yourselves while you are away. Be careful not to overbook yourself, however. This is your time to relax and simply be with each other. You do not want to schedule every minute of your time, so that you have no time to just unwind.

Something else you will want to work into your wedding plans is when exactly you will be leaving on your honeymoon. It is not recommended that you leave the day of your wedding. First, you have already had a long and probably tiring day. Second, the wedding night is meant to be special, and should not have the stress of travel added to it. You may want to stay in a local hotel your first night. Sleep in the next morning. Relax. Schedule your travel for later in the day. Some couples also choose to stay in the area for a few nights, and simply take a "honeymoon" vacation after a year or so. This option is certainly open to you, if you want it. It will allow you to relax on your wedding night, spend some time with your new spouse, and take time to save up money for your trip.

Be sure to go somewhere you will enjoy on your honeymoon, whether this includes traveling the world or locking yourself in your apartment for a few days. Make the arrangements early, so that you can avoid unnecessary stress. Most importantly, enjoy the time you will have alone with the one you love most.

Text The Romance Back

Texting is the new wave of the future and it is all about flirting your way inside the heart and mind of the one you love.

You may use text messaging to send and receive information but did you know that you can use it to turn your relationship around overnight?

With just a few well placed texts, you could re-ignite the passion in your relationship, increase his attraction, make him miss you, and fall in love over again.

When you both met, it felt awesome. The feelings of attraction was very strong and he seemed to be really into you but now it feels as though your relationship has stalled. What went wrong?

There are a lot of myths around why men aren’t romantic and I’m gonna help you understand the real reason why your man isn’t really motivated to be romantic with you and how to get make him a romance addict.

Men are really wired to please women. Your man wants to please you, he wants to make you happy but most women don’t know what to do after the honeymoon phase of the relationship is over. A lot of women just accept that this is how relationships are when two people have been together for some time. But this isn’t true. And all of the ideas you read in magazines about him not being romantic isn’t necessarily true either.

In order to turn your relationship around, you have to get him from feeling distant and frustrated to motivated. This could mean the difference between your relationship fizzling or it being hotter than ever.

Your boyfriend or husband has an inner switch that you may not have known about and if you are able to push this inner switch, you can get him to be romantic at command. One of the ways you trigger this switch is through curiosity. You can send him a text message that will get his attention fast. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be sexting him.

Here are words that will get his attention fast:

1. “Boy oh boy, don’t you have some bad boy under that skin!”

2. “Uh Oh, Here comes trouble:)

3. I’m thinking about what it’s like when you kiss me there…”

Be careful with how you frame your messages though. You have to use emoticons to convey your mood and know what to say next to keep the momentum going. Without knowing the exact words to say, you could end up killing the romance instead of turning up the heat.

Five Tips For Starting Charcoal Briquets

One of the most common ways to cook outdoors is using charcoal briquets. They are widely available and produce a cooking environment that is exceptional for grilling. The following are five tips to easily start charcoal briquets.

  1. Use instant light charcoal. These briquets have been presoaked with lighter fluid that allows them to be easily lit and started. The disadvantage is that because of the lighter fluid, they often will give an odor to the food you are cooking. In addition, they typically do not last as long as normal briquets.
  2. Use normal briquets, but with lighter fluid. Normal briquets will burn longer then the instant type, but just like the instant type, the use of lighter fluid can give an odor to your food. Thoroughly soak the pile of briquets with lighter fluid before lighting and never add lighter fluid after lighting.
  3. Use a charcoal chimney. These may be purchased commercially, or made at home with a # 10 tin can. They typically have two compartments. The bottom compartment is used to place a starter of some type and the top compartment is used to hold the briquets. While newspaper is commonly used in the bottom compartment, anything that burns easily may be used, including home made fire starters. Holes in the sides of the chimney allow easy lighting and an ample air supply to allow the briquets to start burning. This method may be used in combination with lighter fluid to accelerate the starting of briquets.
  4. Use a method of greatly increasing air flow. Once the briquets have been lit and have started to burn, they take time to develop that white-hot outer covering, which indicates they are ready for grilling. Accelerating the air flow will greatly accelerate that process. Ways to accelerate the air flow include using a blow dryer, a fan, a large lid that is washed back and forth near the briquets (like the lid of a large plastic storage box). After the briquets have been lit, directly the air flow towards the pile of briquets. Start gently at first-you do not want to put the fire out. As the heat increases, increase the air flow. This is a great way to get the briquets going faster.
  5. Use a small propane torch. This method is for those of you who are like Tim "the Toolman" Taylor. These torches are used for doing plumbing work with copper pipes and solder. They are found in most hardware stores near the plumbing supplies. They are fairly inexpensive and portable and are a quick and fairly easy way to start your briquets. Direct the torch flame toward the middle of your briquette pile to start and then move outwards from there. You'll have your briquets going in no time at all. Lighter fluid is not necessary with this method, so it has the advantage of being quick without the extra odor of lighter fluid.

Prenatal Vitamins – 3 Things You Should Know

Are you wondering if you really need prenatal vitamins? You're not alone. Many healthy women feel they do not need to supplement their diet, especially if they already feel perfectly fine. You might even be asking whether the vitamins can do more harm than good? What about the effects on your unborn child?

Here is what you need to know:

  1. Always consult with your doctor about the best brand and type of vitamins that are right for you. A doctor may recommend different brands or varieties of prenatal vitamins depending on your current health, your history of pregnancy or miscarriage and also your family history.
  2. Most pre-natal vitamins will supplement your diet with added calcium, folic acid and iron.
  3. a. Calcium – this is important for strengthening the bones of the mother. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, calcium and minerals may be lost from your body as the baby grows. This may result in weak bones and decreased bone density. By adding a calcium supplement to your diet, you are helping to shield yourself against future bone degeneration.
  4. b. Folic Acid – recent research has shown that folic acid can prevent birth defects. Certain defects of the brain and spinal cord are reduced by more than 70 percent when Folic Acid is taken during pregnancy.
  5. c. Iron – low iron levels in the mother means lower oxygen levels to both the baby and for the mother. This can result in extreme tiredness in the mother and is generally not good for the overall well being of mother or baby. An iron supplement boosts iron levels and, as a result, the mother's blood is rich with oxygen for a healthier pregnancy.

It is best to begin taking prenatal vitamins before you start trying for a baby. That because Folic Acid is especially beneficial if the mother has a good supply in her body when the baby is conceived.

In recent years it has become widely accepted that taking prenatal vitamins will not harm you or your baby. In fact, they are highly recommended by doctors and will do more to improve your well being than harm it.

If you are trying for a baby, or newly pregnant, be sure to start taking your prenatal vitamins as early as possible. Speak to your doctor about the supplement that is right for you.

How To Upgrade Your PC

Before you upgrade your PC hardware it's best to search all options and ask for advice. Only after this you can go and buy a new component. It's also useful to check if you really need an upgrade.

Do not upgrade your very old PC because it would cost a lot of money. It's cheaper to buy a new computer in such cases because they are easier to upgrade later.

Upgrading the hard drive:

The majority of people do not really need to upgrade their hard disk, unless they use it for playing a lot of music, movies, and games. A 20 GB hard drive is sufficient to keep new office and internet applications, and all your files and data.

A medium sized hard drive would be around 40 GB and the maximum would be around 60 – 80 GB.

Before upgrading your hard disk it's best to do a complete disk checkup including disk scan, defragmentation, etc. If you happen to be an average user and need more storage you can add an additional drive to the existing one. Before an upgrade, be sure to back up your files.

Upgrading the RAM:

RAM or Random Access Memory is the short-term memory of the PC. It keeps data that is being worked on now and may or may not be transferred to the hard drive that represents the long-term memory of the computer.

Current processors can perform an awful number of operations per second. The hard drive, on the other hand, is significantly slower to handle so much information. This is where a high-speed RAM memory comes in. RAM needs a power supply to keep data. Once the power is turned off the data is lost.

Almost all PCs have 64 MB RAM and often 128 MB. If you want to run newer applications on your PC then you must upgrade to 128/256 MB RAM.

A lot of people who upgrade from 98 to Win 2000 discover that their computers lock up very often. This is because they do not have enough RAM.

CPU upgrade:

If you choose this upgrade, you will have faster execution of instructions but it leaves the RAM and hard drive capacity unchanged.

This sis the most cost effective upgrade and can increase the efficiency of your computer considerably. Seek a professional help before you take a decision.


Upgrading motherboard is not such a good proposition unless you replace the CPU and the RAM as well to achieve greater performance levels. You upgrade the motherboard either because the current one does not support a faster CPU or the CPU requires a different socket. It could be very expensive. Think about buying a new PC.


Ports are sockets at the back of your computer where you plug in external devices. Older PCs work on "parallel" ports. If you need to work a lot on peripherals such as digital cameras, digital camcorders, CD burners, and scanners then you need to upgrade to USB and Firewire ports if you are not using them already.

Both tend to be cheaper than the "parallel" and SCSI devices they replace. Always make sure that there are no compatibility problems with other devices in your PC when you plan to upgrade any hardware on your machine.

Opening a Franchise Business in the UK

Franchise The Growing Trend

The concept of franchising has been around for many years though over the past decade the figures have soared as more people looking to setup businesses take a serious view on such elements as competition.

The world has become brand crazy and with successful brands come expansions on global scales. When you are faced with wanting to establish a business but you are entering a market place that is dominated by a corporate brand the chances are you will have to seriously consider a franchise opportunity or be very shrewd that your business strategy is going to work.

The benefits however of the 'if you can not beat them, join them' attitude in franchising is the that nowdays the chances are you will be joining a well established infrastructure with a solid foundation on support.

Years ago there was a very flippant attitude by many corporate brands to simply roll out as many franchise outlets as possible in order to further extend their brand image, however this led to many failed businesses because expansion outweighed the support element required to make a franchise work .

Business Support for Franchises

The largest development approach franchise opportunities has been the element of support, most of the major companies involved in franchising now offer superb support packages when they sell a franchise because they now appreciate the importance to their overall brand that the success of the company in general will rarely heavily on the success of each individual franchise. The focus on training and ongoing support is of high priority for many of these companies, many of which will offer quite intensive training courses in relation to the group company and general business management itself.

Setting Up a Business

Going into business can not be taken lightly, all new setups require funding and a huge element of support in order to get established which in some cases can take months or even years. A startingling figure from one of the UK's largest high street printing franchises indicates that in their sector alone on average over 90 percent of their franchises succeed and survive the first two years in comparison to 20 percent in the private sector. If you are thinking of setting up a business but you want that extra backbone support behind you then buying a franchise should definitely be on your list of considerations.