Top Balearic Waterparks For the Family

When taking family holidays to any of the Balearics this year, try to make sure you get yourself over to one of these awesome waterparks. There is nothing better than hitting some of the best water featured attractions in the blazing sun and it has to say said it is the most fun way to cool down in the heat.

Aqualand – Magaluf, Mallorca

This park is huge. With more than 15 slides and many other attractions, if you're visiting Mallorca and are in the west of the island you need to visit this park. From unique slides like the boomerang, black hole and the tornado to the super slaloms and the 8 lane 'multi-pistas' there is an attraction for all. They even have surf beach pool that can create over 1m high waves, and for the people that just want to relax, try the Congo River. For the youngger children there is the mini park catering in smaller versions of some of the grown up slides

Hidropark – Alcudia, Mallorca

If you are not located in the west of the island, over in the east you have the Hidropark in Alcudia. Hidropark is much smaller than the Aqualand but not short of slides. If you really want to make a splash take a trip on the kamikaze, this attraction is not for the faint hearted. This park has nothing on Aqualand so if it's in your budget, I would try to get to the other side of the island and experience the sheer size of the Aqualand.

Aguamar – Playa den Bossa, Ibiza

The White Isle has two worthy waterparks the first, and larger of the two is the Aguamar located just 15 minutes bus drive from Ibiza town. The Aguamar has many slides all will depend how daring you are feeling in your quest to cool down. There are around seven types of slides as well as your relaxing rubber ring style slides. They also offer what other people describe as the high and fast one. This slide is definitely one for the daring.

Agualandia – Talamanca, Ibiza

Close by to the quitter and and more family oriented resort of Talamanca lies Aqualandia. Aqualandia is smaller than the Aguamar and caters more for children with many more children's slides and lots of sheltered areas. Aqualandia has the favored multiple lane slides and twisty inflatable slides. This is without doubt the family friendly waterpark in Ibiza.

Aquacenter, Los Delfines, Menorca

Family friendly Aquacenter in Los Delfines has many attractions for the whole family to get splashing. The main highlights of this park are the Black Hole and the Giant Toboggan. They also have t rides you expect to see in all water parks with attractions such as your multi lane slides for the whole family to race to the finish. For the adults there is a Jacuzzi area to hide from the children.

Aquarock – Cala'n Bosch, Menorca

Aquarocks main attraction is their kamikaze slide. For the more adventurous slider in you, this slide will pummel you into the water at a cracking rate. As with most of the parks listed here this too caters for your family with a dedicated children's area wit smaller versions of the adult slides for maximum family fun. For the water shy family members there is always the go karts to keep you occupied.

Cable Lighting Kit For Home And Commercial Use

If cable lighting is something that you have decided on then your next course of action is going to be to decide which cable lighting kit you are going to purchase. You will probably be amazed at the variety of options that are available to choose from. Today's kits are made from state of the art LED technology. They are available for both residential and commercial purposes alike.

Where Kits Can Be Used

Cable lighting kits are available for a variety of needs as many people have completely different intentions on what they plan to use their lighting kits for. Some may prefer to light their kitchens, their pool areas, their ponds or gardens, boat or dock lighting, and a host of commercial purposes too. The kits include everything you could need in addition to a few basic tools to make the installation process quite simple.

Another great feature about these lighting kits is that once you start to look at a few different kits they seem to unlock your imagination and more and more ideas surface. You should also check online before making any purchases because there are millions of ideas on which kits to buy, where to install the lighting, how to install the lighting, and just a bunch of great ideas.

Using It For Your Business

For commercial purposes, these kits are great for point of sale displays and for retail purposes. They look really nice too because there are no visible cables and they can be positioned easily to any height. When you purchase cable lighting kits for commercial purposes, they too include everything that will be needed to complete the entire job.

Many retailers prefer to use the cable lighting where it is positioned above any graphics that they may have because it can be used over such a broad area. The cable lighting kits are very purposeful for those who intend to invest into a cable lighting system. In addition, people will never believe that you created such classic and elegant lighting all by yourself. When the lights are all installed, they appear to defy the law of gravity as the cables can not be seen but only the perfect fixtures that you have selected to match your décor.

Take Heart: It's Not That Complicated

Do not be intimidated by a cable lighting kit: just remember to break everything into components first. Take this a section at a time and remember that in most cases, although not all, these cable lighting kits are designed to work for you, not against you.

Likely the best thing for you to do before you decide which kit to purchase is to research them a bit first and make sure that you are dealing with a reputable manufacturer. This way if there are parts that are missing or not functioning, they are easily replaceable.

The steps required for a successful installation begin even before you purchase your cable lighting kit – by eliminating your basic needs and any other features that you want in your lighting system. Then do a little homework online before making your final purchase you will likely have a very easy task on your hands, which in the end it will be one that you can be very proud of too.

The Power of a General Benefits Statement

A general benefits statement is similar to an elevator pitch I will explain the difference since we will be covering the Elevator Pitch in an upcoming article.

An elevator pitch is a short statement that will explain your business, one that could be used if you got in an elevator on the ground floor and ran into an old friend who asked what you were now doing. You could give him or her a well rehearsed short statement about what your company does before you arrived at the forth floor, your destination. Thus the name elevator pitch.

A general benefits statement is just what it say’s. It’s a statement about the benefits of doing business with your company and it’s a transition point that opens up the conversation for you to begin the process of selling your product or service.

In a typical sales call we all start of the conversation with some idle chit chat for a few minutes, a courtesy, that helps break the ice but keep this brief. Now comes the uncomfortable part, how do you get from chit chat into the sales call? The answer, a General Benefit Statement.

Example. Thanks for seeing me today. My company works with companies just like yours every day and they find our products or services to be unique and of higher value than they expected, but beyond that they find that dealing with my company is easier and our client services is the best in the industry. I wonder if I could ask you a few questions about your organization and its requirements. The response will most often be ok, now your in. Ask your questions and keep asking until you have uncovered enough evidence that give you the confidence to proceed with your solution.

The secret here is that before you use a general statement, craft it, develop it adjust it then LIC learn it cold. Once you have mastered it and it flows well it will give you all of the confidence that you have an excellent transition too. If you are uncertain and stumble through the delivery it will have the reverse effect.

You may only get one shot with the decision maker so be prepared, Get your GBS general benefit statement down pat and you will see how smooth the transition from the chit chat to the selling is.

Air Entering Your Swimming Pool System? Here's How To Fix It

Most of the time you can tell pretty quickly when / if you've got air entering your system.

There's a couple of real giveaways …

1. The filter pressure is lower than normal – in extreme cases, if there's no water flowing through the system, there may be no pressure at all.

2. Bubbles coming out the return line. When firing up the equipment it's typical to see this for 30-60 seconds. If it continues releasing bubbles … there's air entering the system.

Think of your pump as a vacuum – it's job is to get the water from the pool to the equipment … hence the name "pump". It's constantly pumping water.

Anytime air enters the system, this can reek major havoc on the equipment … specifically, the motor.

Pumps are designed to pump water … not air.

If a pump runs dry for an extended period of time, it'll burn up – costing a couple hundred bucks to replace. Not a very good scenario.

If your filter pressure is running lower than normal, or if there's no pressure at all – here's what to look for:

1. Check the water level to the pool. If there's no water getting in the skimmer, there's no water getting to the equipment. Pretty obvious, but I see it all the time.

2. Check the pump lid for any cracks. Even a small fraction can cause air to enter the system. If there is a crack, do not try to fix it … replace it. They're relatively inexpensive.

3. Check the pump lid o-ring. Remove the pump lid -there's an o-ring that "sits" benefit the lid and the pump to seal it ensuring there's no air entering the system. A tear, crack or pinch can cause air to enter the system. Again, do not try to "rig" it to fix the issue. They run $ 5-12 – replace it. These should be replaced every 2 years or so.

Hey, your car needs basic maintenance right … the occasional tune up, oil changes, tire rotations, etc. Chances are, your pool investment is pretty close to what you paid for your car. Do not run it into the ground.

Treat it to a basic maintenance "regiment" and you'll save yourself loads of cash down the road and likely prevent most, if not all, major repairs.

4. Check for any "wiggle" room at the pump nipple. This is the section of the plumbing that goes into the pump. If there's any "play", even a smiggin ', this can cause air to enter the system. No bueno.

If you have basic plumbing skills, this is a task most can do themselves. If not, you can hire a technician to knock it out for you – typically around $ 50-90 (this will vary a bit depending on how the plumbing is setup at the equipment).

5. Check for any cracks in the skimmer. This can also cause air to enter the system. Fairly rare event, but it does happen – and it's not a pretty situation. Think of your pool and all the weight it carries … over time, it settles like a home does. As a home settles, it can cause counter tops to separate, floors to crack, etc.

Your pool is no different. Over the years, it will settle and shift. This is exactly why most pools built after the mid 90's are built with a different mixture of compounds – allowing for "play" room as the pool shifts and settles in.

Replacing a skimmer is not only a fair amount of work, but it can also set you back over $ 1,000. That section of the deck needs to be removed, the skimmer replaced and re-plumbed at that section.

Again, this is a pretty rare event, but it does happen – if you have an older pool, you're more likely to experience it.

And there you have it … the top 5 causes of air entering the system.

There are others as well, but they're so rare, I will not address' em in this article.

Off Road Skateboard – The Fun of Off Road Skateboards

Skateboards are cool and all but their main downfall is that you can only use them on hard surfaces. You can ride them on pavement and in skate parks, but other than that, that is about it. You can not even ride over big rocks on the pavement. One of the worst things that can happen when riding is that you'll be just cruising and then out of nowhere hit a rock and fly off your board.

Off road skateboards are not limited to just one terrain. They can be used on all sorts of surfaces like dirt, grass, gravel, hard sand, and even pavement.

You can convert a normal skateboard into an off road skateboard by switching the wheels with larger rubber ones. This will allow the board to go over some grass and dirt surfaces, as well as those wheel biting rocks. This is an alright option, but if you want a board that can handle rougher terrains, you'll need something a little heavy duty.

Mountainboards are large off road skateboards with big all terrain tires and bindings. Some may not have bindings, but most will have them. The bindings may be snowboard style or just a simple single strap that lets you easily remove your foot. Brakes can also be found on a mountainboard to make it easier to stop.

A mountainboard can handle rolling over sticks, rocks, leaves, and bumpy terrain. The wheels easily roll over most terrain. Basically, you can use it where there is a slope.

Breaking Free From Routine

My husband and I finally did it. We finally went somewhere other than Disney World or the beach. All through our daughter's growing-up years, other than the occasional venturing elsewhere, we've sent family vacations going to the places our daughter and we loved most.

Routines are easy to fall into. We can be trapped by them. Many people have a tendency to do the same things everyday, day-in and day-out. We get up, go to work, come home, fix dinner, eat, do chores, watch television, and so forth. By the end of the day, we're so tired that we go to bed only to begin our routine again the next day. Yet, we feel comfortable traveling within our own little comfort zone, surrounding ourselves with what is familiar.

I had not realized that our vacations had become routine – like the rest of our life. That is, until now. I'm writing this column while my husband is out flying-fishing with a friend who recently moved to Oregon. Fly-fishing is something he has never experienced before. Earlier today, I went on an hour and a half hike by myself, something I've never done – until this trip.

In fact, our entire vacation has been filled with experiences and activities we've never done before or imagined doing. We've crossed mountains, traversed canyons and hiked trails. We've seen the deepest lake, crossed the highest bridge, visited the largest sea cave, seen the most photographed lighthouse, the tallest waterfall, the oldest and largest trees, and we've traveled the windiest roads, rockiest coastline and the highest and most narrow road of our lives to date.

Phrases like "branch out" and "stretch yourself" suddenly have fresh meaning. Lyrics written by Tim Rice in Elton John's famous song, "Circle of life," also have new meaning for me: "There's more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done, more to find than can ever be found. " Doing things I never thought I could or would have me hungry to experience more.

There's a valuable lesson to be learned when hiking the longest trail you've ever hiked. I finally understand that it truly is not as much about the destination as it is the journey. Although the destination may be worthy and of value, the journey is even more incredible and fulfilling in and of itself. Each moment walking the trail included inspiring vistas and discoveries I would not have wanted to miss even if I had never reached the trail's end.

Comfort zones are self-created and imposed. In designing these comfortable and reliable pathways, we tend to limit our potential and potential for new experiences.

Stretching is powerful, healing and transforming. The Lord told Moses to "stretch out thy hand over the sea" and the waters parted. (Exodus 14:16) Jesus told the man with the handed hand to "stretch forth thine hand," and his hand was restored whole as his other. (Matthew 12:13) This vacation has stretched my view of my self from a woman of limited abilities to a woman of God's creating with infinite abilities and potential.

Being willing to challenge myself to move out of my familiar beliefs and to fearlessly approach new opportunities has resented in a broadened concept for the rest of my life. My horizon has indeed been expanded, the place of my tent enlarged. (Isaiah 54: 2) I welcome more new possibilities, discoveries and adventures into my life journey. Yes, I have put on a fresh lens for viewing what I can and could do that is untouched, undimmed and unimpressed by any beliefs and opinions about age.

Are you trying to find a way out of a mundane routine? Do you feel stuck in a rut and can not figure out what is holding you back?

Branch out and stretch yourself by doing something – anything – you would not ordinarily do. I guarantee you will be glad you did and will not be disappointed. It's just that simple! Every time you stretch, you enlarge your comfort zone to include more of the great big world out there waiting to be explored, and you let go of old, limiting beliefs that have been holding you back from seeing your infinite potential.

Automotive Machining

Machining techniques are used broadly in the automotive industry for manufacturing different automotive components such as outer body sheets, internal components, and windscreens. Automobiles are produced in an assembly line that requires the same type of components for producing them in large volumes. Different components are prefabricated using machining processes and transferred to the assembly line for final production.

One of the most common automotive machining techniques in use today is known as wire electrical discharge machining (EDM). Wire electric discharge machining (EDM) uses a wire electrode that travels through the conductive work piece. The electrically charged wire is monitored by a Computer Numerically Controlled System (CNC).

Wire EDM removes a material from the work piece by spark erosion. During this process, the wire never touches the conductive work piece. The electrically charged wire leaves a path on the work piece, which is slightly larger than the wire. Often a 0.010 'wire is used which creates a 0.013' to 0.014 'gap. The wire electrode can just be passed once through the conductive piece, and can not be reused.

The gap between the wire and the work piece generates high voltage electrical pulses. The high voltage and the controlled spark melt and vaporize a small part of the work piece. Each spark produces a temperature of 10,000 ° C, where as the energy turned out by the power supply decides the size of the spark penetration into the material. With the improvement in the cutting speed, reliability, unattended operation, and accuracy, it is also becoming popular in many other industries such as the aerospace, defense, and electronics.

The multiple work pieces set up and unattended operation saves a lot of time of the operator, which can be fruitfully utilized on other job functions. The wire EDM system is very cost-effective and can be operated at around $ 4 per hour in normal cutting conditions.

Mini Cooper S – The S Stands For Sweeeeet

Cute, impressive and packs a punch despite its size … I could go on! There are so many ways to describe the 'retro' MINI Cooper. BMW did an excellent job when they engineered the fun go-kart design behind MINI Cooper cars.

If you're looking for a trendy and urban styled car that's nimble on corners and rather fast to boot, you need to drive a MINI Cooper S. I fall in love with this cutie as soon as I bulldo it. With spacious front seats, responsive steering and expert sporty handling, it ticks all the boxes.

The MINI Cooper S is a blast to drive and extremely manoeuvrable. The mountains of grip and Traction provide complete control on the road, even when the conditions are slippery. Despite small, this car still boasts agility and crisp performance. When pitted against other cars in its class, the MINI wins hands down – it combines speed and a stylish exterior with tons of cheeky character.

BMW have not scrimed on quality interior materials either. The Cooper S feels surprisingly spacious up-front, more so than its small dimensions might imply. The unique and recognizable style of the MINI is a huge selling point for the car, and the Cooper S has it in spades with all the fun of a standard model plus a sporty overhaul. The retro bodywork alone attracts lots of buyers as well as contributing towards the perky all-round appeal.

The only downside to the MINI Cooper S is the price – it's a little expensive for a small car. However, it does retain its value so most buyers find it's worth the money. Knowing that BMW are behind the car gives extra peace of mind – no need to worry about it not really very long! The Coopers S is not too bad with fuel either – I find I make some savings in that department. If you're environmentally aware (or should I say, if you're an 'eco warrior'), the MINI has very low carbon emissions too – so you can drive around in an adorable little car safe in the knowledge that you're keeping your carbon footprint to a minimum!

The MINI Cooper S is a great little car. It offers chic style, a compact yet quick drive and unique, appealing looks. It might leave a little hole in your wallet … but drive one and you'll know it's worth it.

So What Are Little Boys Made Of?

I can identify the very day, hour and minute I decided I did not want sons. Mom was doing laundry and I, age 16, watched as she turned pockets inside-out. She picked up a filthy, swamp-covered pair of Levis belonging to my younger brother, Luke, reached into the front pocket and drew out a large hand of roe. Yes, salmon eggs – and not even fresh salmon eggs – eggs that had been ripening since his last fishing trip. My mother, and this tells you what kind of woman she is, laughed and said she was glad she found the eggs before she did the wash. But she did not fool me, I knew right then I only wanted daughters; there was no way I could deal with raw fish eggs. I understood girls, but boys ?

At first everything went just as planned with the birth of my daughter Grace, but when I found out my first son, Spencer, was on the way I could not help reflecting back on the fish egg trauma and wondering how successfully I would meet the challenge of raising sons.

And a challenge it has been. Spencer (age 7) followed by David (age 5) have given new meaning to the words "repeat offender" – they have invented trouble Grace Never dreamed of. However, in spite of the constant turmoil that surrounds them, I am surprised at how fun they can be (I still have no idea what's going through their little minds) but instead of being distracted I have slowly grown to appreciate their – ahem- -> i> creativity.

Take, for example, the Great Easter Egg Disaster of 2001. I had Grace, Spencer and David lined up at the kitchen counter where we were preparing to dye eggs. I turned my back for a second and Grace started screaming in a rousing panic, "MOM! MOM! SPENCER ATE ONE OF THE PILLS!" I turned around and found that Spencer had indeed sampled one of the egg dye tablets and was gagging and retching as green fizz from his mouth and dribbled down his chin .. Who knew those dye tablets explode on contact? I had always surprised why so many products identify themselves as "non toxic," now I know it's for the benefit of those of us with boys.

Instead of playing something as simple as dress-up like their sister, Spencer and David play Dead in the Desert, where they strip down to their swimming trunks and crawl commando-style across the living room floor, panting and crying, "Water! Water ! " When they reach the dining room floor (evidently it's the only oasis for miles) they lap up imaginary water at the edge of the vinyl and lie gasping on their backs in relief.

Grace carries a purse but Spencer carries his camping gear – complete with canteen, flashlight, mess kit and latrine shovel. He does not know it's a latrine shovel, it just happened to be his favorite color (orange) and within his price range (one dollar). At the doctor's office the nurse complained he took off his gear so she could properly weigh him for his physical. He expected (and I had to give it to him that weighing him without the gear seemed pointless as he's never without it and there before it could properly be considered part of his weight) but the nurse insured.

All of my children like to read but my boys see literature with new perspective. One night at the dinner table Spencer got annoyed with Grace for hogging the conversation. He put his fork down and rebuked her by saying, "Grace, you're the biggest fool fool in the Jungle of Nool!" I determined that maybe we were being reading too much Dr. Seuss and temporary retired Horton Hears A Who .

More recently, Spencer and I had been reading Treasure Island together when one night as I was preparing dinner I felt a tug on my shirt. I looked down and found Spencer dressed in full pirate gear, including sword, eye patch, and red silk scarf around his head. He said nothing but handed me a folded piece of lime-green paper, turned and left the kitchen. Upon opening it I discovered a large Black Spot (think back to the last time you read Treasure Island . It must have been his way of telling me I was slipping in the polls – or that he did not appreciate the broccoli I was cooking.

In our house the words "Mom! Watch this!" are usually followed by a crash. It could be something simple such as Spencer practicing his headstands against the nearest vertical object but recently I found Spencer teaching David to hang by his knees from our fireplace mantel. This is quite typical of their criminal history – Spencer's rule of thumb is: "If it looks fun, go ahead and try it, but if blood could be involved go get David." One quiet Saturday I looked up from my paper and noticed an ominous silence. Upon creeping downstairs I turned the corner in time to hear Spencer reassure David, "It's okay if your skin comes off it will always grow back." I've learned that when you have boys you should expect to become well-acquainted with the details of your insurance coverage. You've been surprised how narrow-minded the insurance industry is when it comes to the word "accidental."

There have been little accidents such as Spencer slamming David's ear in the car door (do not ask, I could not begin to explain) to larger events such as Spencer getting stitches during the last five hours of our Hawaiian vacation from doing a Superman moves onto a glass coffee table (we spent two hours driving around Maui looking for a plastic surgeon).

However, one must not get the wrong idea. Generally speaking my sons are well-behaved, obedient children. But after years of study living among the species I have come to the conclusion that the part of the brain that deciphers the cause-effect relationship in most humans does not seem to be yet present in my young sons. The logic that tells an adult, "If I stick the central vacuum tube to my cheek I will get a hickey the size of Montana" just is not there with Spencer and David.

To illustrate, I recently took Spencer on a Saturday trip to the hardware store. I was busily comparing plumbing supplies when slowly, breaking into my consciousness was a loud, shattering "BANG" (pause) "BANG" (pause) "BANG." Looking up I noticed Spencer was no longer beside me. With a sickening suspicion I peeked around the next aisle to find my son, ice chipper in hand, doing a quality control test on the floor tiles "BANG" (pause) "BANG." He looked up to see the "WHAT-IN-THE- WORLD -DO-YOU-THINK-YOU'RE- DOING ?? " look on my face and dropped the chipper with a startled, wide-eyed expression of "Oh, I guess this probably is not a good idea, is it? " Just as if he'd never put two and two together on that one. Unfortunately for me there is little way to expect all the different ways those two can get into trouble. Before we went to the store I went down the usual list of rules; how was I suppose to think of saying, "Oh yea, and no smashing floor tiles with ice chippers"?

At any rate, I suppose all these findings should come as little surprise when one considers my sons' genetic source: my husband. The first time I bought him home to meet the family my two teenage siblings immediately challenged him to a fight with these bamboo-karate-sword things that they liked to spar with. Andrew, not to be outdone by a couple teenagers (despite his complete ignorance of kendo swords) walked into their trap and promptly accepted their challenge. Five minutes later, after a manly yet futile display, he was sporting an impressive lump on his forehead and a bloody lip – but it did make him a full member of the tribe.

But that was twelve years ago. Has he matured? Consider a more recent incident: Grace's hamster, Crème Puff, escaped from his cage and headed straight into the wall by way of a hole in the baseboard heating. We could hear him scratching and digging but could not get to him. I went up to get a carrot for bait (the obvious solution, right?) But when I returned I found my husband with his drill, drilling into the wall above the heater. The boys thought it was great until he hit the insulation which happened to be the same fluffy pinkish-brown color as Crème Puff. The kids thought he'd killed the hamster and started screaming, "Dad's killed Crème Puff!" I stared in disbelief as my husband, a normally sensitive and intelligent man with three years of graduate work behind him, drilled a hole the size of a fist in the sheet rock with monster-truck enthusiasm.

The hole was useless, as there was an unforeseen board separating the hole and the hamster's hideout. I left the room for a minute and when I returned I found Andrew with a tin pie plate full of smoldering newspaper, blowing it toward the hole to (his words) "smoke out the hamster." How would THAT look on the insurance claim? "Reason for fire: A hamster extraction gone bad." No wonder my boys do what they do, given their genetic material.

Well, regardless of the reasons, Spencer and David provide the comic relief in our family life and if my husband is any indication it looks as though I can expect plenty of material for years to come. My perspective has changed since I watched Mom doing the laundry, boys were then a nuisance but now a little boy's valentine made from rocks and feathers glued to construction paper can melt the same heart that once found salmon eggs revolting.

How can I resist when David crawls into my bed on a Saturday morning and wants to know who would win in a fight: Spiderman or Darth Vader? (or Darf Bader in the common tongue). A debate ensued over the finer points of the Force v. automatic webbing, ending with David conceding that Darf would probably win but Spiderman could always bite someone, giving his victim super-spider powers, and therey raise a spider-army capable of defeating the Empirical Leader. Not only are my boys cute – they're brilliant too!

Shedding Some Light on Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be a great way to get rid of hair that you just have no use for. There are many things to keep in mind when making the decision as to whether or not you should have it done. From finding out if you're a good candidate to deciding if it fits your budget, there are lots of things you should consider before picking up the phone to book your first appointment. Here are just a few of those points.

How does it work?

When calibrated correctly, lasers focus on melanin. When melanin (pigment of our skin and hair) is found, the laser focuses energy down to the follicle of the hair causing damage and ultimately the insufficiency of the follicle to re-grow new hair. All lasers employed for hair removal use the same basic principle for their intended purpose, but many different methods to get there. From Alexandrite crystal focused lasers to CO2 fraxelated lasers, there are many options for your provider to choose from. This is not really a concern for you though. Their experience and ability to properly fire the laser machine IS a concern for you.

Am I a candidate?

As you may imagine, laser methods and technologies are progressing very quickly in this day and age. Through this progress new candidates are being added to the list for laser hair removal. Hair removal lasers are calibrated to find melanin and focus more energy to the darker tones. The best candidates at this time are those with light skin and dark hair. However, with the advent of specialized dyes, those with blonde or gray hair are seeing their odds rise for being able to participate in this hair free movement. Those with both dark skin and dark hair can be treated as well with a very specialized laser and a highly skilled technician. With both dark skin and dark hair the laser can cause persistent damage to the melanin in the skin while removing the hair, leaving behind unsatisfactory patches of hypo pigmented skin or skin without color.

How to choose a laser hair removal technician

Cosmetic esthetic services can be performed by a multitude of different level providers from Medical Estheticians to Physicians. That's really not to say one is better than the other. Any provider that is NOT a Physician must be overseen by one. Any technician firing a laser must be educated fully on the particular laser with which they are providing services. This education is given in part through classroom teaching of the theory of how lasers operate and in part by the manufacturer of the provider's chosen machine. Make sure when you are looking for a provider that you feel confident in their abilities. Find out how many years of experience they have, ask around for referrals and of course find and read reviews of their practice.

Does laser work anywhere on the body?

Laser hair removal can be performed almost anywhere on the body. A consult with your provider will arm you with the best advice for areas of removal for your personalized service. As long as the pigment of the hair is dark enough to attract the laser, you should be able to have it removed.

Comfort

Laser Hair Removal is reliably painless and it in the right hands this procedure should be quick and only slightly uncomfortable. After each pulse of the laser you may feel a very cooling plate of metal such as stainless steel or even gold. There is usually a cooling gel applied the skin as well. The room may be a bit chilly to compensate for the heat that will be radiated from the laser machine but it will warm up quickly. Overall, your experience should be comfortable and quick.

Future Regrowth. Wait. What?

Every person is different when it comes to hair growth and re-growth. There is a possibility that the hair will grow back, but almost assuredly it will not return in the same density pre-laser removal. In most cases your laser hair removal technician will suggest you return for follow up laser sessions. On average, six to seven treatments will be necessary to fully remove hair in most areas.

Cost

For many this method of hair removal can prove to be cost prohibitive. For others, it's totally worth it to never have to see those pesky chin hairs again. With an average of $ 400 per treatment, and an average 6-7 treatments for complete removal, laser hair removal can get pricey. Of course smaller areas like the upper lip start around $ 75 per treatment and larger areas such as the back can be as high as $ 900 per session. In the end though, no more razors, no more waxing, and no more tweezing. Permanent laser hair removal will be saving you both time and money in the long run.

Do not Use a Pan – Use a Griddle For Pancakes

To prepare pancakes, you need to start by making the pancake batter. Get a good recipe that is fairly simple to follow, and start measuring out all the ingredients. Follow the instructions on how to mix it all together and you get your batter.

When the better is set, you can finally cook up your pancakes. Just pour out the batter onto the pan, cook, flip, cook some more, and enjoy. That's pretty easy, right? Nothing to it.

Cooking pancakes is not exactly a science, but you could not cook them any way you want, either. For example, you are not supposed to bake pancakes. Why not? Because they just would not turn out right. Sticking them in the oven, you would not get the kind of pancakes you're looking for.

If you poured the batter into hot oil and fried it would still be pancakes? Of course not! In that case, it would be fried dough. And even more, it would not be able to be called 'pan' cakes anymore.

What type of pan should you cook your pancakes on? Technically, you could use a skillet or frying pan to make them and it would work, but it would probably be a little difficult. You could even use a wok if you really wanted to, but you've got trouble.

A griddle will be the best pan to use. It is almost like the griddle was made just for making pancakes, that's how perfect it is. Get a big one or small one, one fore the stove or an electric griddle.

Electric or stove top griddles are perfect for making pancakes. It's so easy to use them to flip the pancakes over and out of the pan. Use whatever shape you want that will fit your needs.

Electric griddles are great space saving pans. If you cook a lot at once and need the stove, an electric griddle gives you more cooking space on the counter. It is a great use for pancakes.

My Grill and My Crockpot

In warm weather, my grill and my crock pot are like feuding siblings vying for my attention at dinnertime. I love cooking with my crock pot and find it perfect during any season, but during the warmer months there's nothing like the unique taste of food from the grill.

Much like my slow cooker, I do not limit my grilling to meat. Vegetables, potatoes, I love to grill everything! And, much like any other type of cooking, grilling can be as easy or as complicated as you choose.

Quick and Easy Recipes for the Grill

One of my favorite quick and easy grilling recipes is to marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing. Throw the dressing and the chicken in a container in the morning, and at dinnertime throw them on the grill. Within 30 minutes (less or more depending upon the thickness of the chicken breasts) you'll have dinner on the table. Pair it with pre-made pasta salads from your grocer's deli and you've created a quick and easy stress free meal.

Do you like to make barbeque chicken? I love it on the grill, but hate the wait. I boil my chicken beforehand, cooking it fully. Then I marinate in my favorite barbeque sauce. When ready for dinner, I grill for 30 minutes. Knowing the chicken is pre-cooked, I do not worry; I am simply grilling for flavor.

Kabobs are another summertime favorite. I cut up the veggies and meat, marinate in bottled marinade sauces, skewer, and grill. Rather than use bamboo skewers where I have to worry about soaking them for hours, I use metal skewers.

I also love grilling vegetables. Cut veggies into bite size chunks, marinate in olive oil, black pepper, and seasoned salt, and grill. Once again, in 25-30 minutes, you have a tasty side dish to serve and have not heated up your kitchen and house cooking it! I have used a combination of the following vegetables: red and yellow onion, red, green, or yellow bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, and asparagus.

There is nothing like sweet corn on the cob in late summer. Soak the ears, husks on, in your sink for at least 45 minutes. Grill over a medium low flame for 30-45 minutes, husk, and enjoy!

Of course, there's also grilled sandwiches, but do not limit yourself to burgers. Chicken breast sandwiches, tuna steak sandwiches, get creative!

Grilling and Your Crockpot

Although grilling can be an elaborate event, like all my other recipes I like to keep it quick and easy. Use ready made marinades, rubs, and steak sauces. Start your marinade in the morning before leaving for work. By doing this you're not waiting for hours once you get home for the food to marinate; most meats do not suffer from marinating a few extra hours.

Rather than choosing between your grill and your crock pot, choose both. If making barbeque chicken and you do not want to boil it, use your slow cooker. Place the chicken in with 1-2 cups of water, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. When you get home, remove the chicken, brush with barbeque sauce and grill, continuously brushing with sauce the entire grilling time.

I have mentioned brats before; where I am from they're a staple that must be prepared correctly. I use my crock pot and my grill, cooking the brats in 1-2 cans of beer with one chopped onion and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic in my crock pot on low for 8 hours, then grilling for flavor and color right before serving .

Better yet, use your grill and your crock pot side by side. Use one for meat and the other for sides, but literally use them side by side. To keep the heat out of your kitchen in the summer months, plug your crock pot in outdoors! Try Grilled Chicken Breasts with Creamy Herb Potatoes or Crock pot Lemon Chicken with Grilled Asparagus. Find these recipes and more at Natalie's Recipes .

Although you may not have the desire to cook when it's hot, using your grill and your crock pot can make dinnertime quick and easy while beating the heat of your stove and your oven.

Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong – Facelift Procedure

What are the problems that can occur with plastic surgery gone wrong? One of the major things that can go wrong with plastic surgery, such as a breast implant, is capsular contracture.

This is the body's reaction to a foreign object placed into the body such as a silicon implant. The body can react to this foreign object by forming scar tissue around the item. One of the items that are part of this capsular contracture is blood vessels.

With nose cosmetic surgery, a problem can occur with the breathing because of the way the procedure was performed. This can be a serious problem since it affects breathing.

To less the potential for plastic surgery gone wrong, you should take the time to do adequate research. There are a variety of sources available online to help you make the right decision. For example, a Tampa plastic surgeon offers a free report to help you ask the right questions.

When it comes to facial plastic surgery and many other types of plastic surgery, one problem that can occur is when general anesthesia is used. This is an important factor.

Using general anesthesia could result in mental confusion, a heart attack, a lung infection, or a stroke. All of these complications are rare but why risk problems when there are often other solutions?

For example, one Tampa plastic surgeon Richard Castellano, who does facial plastic surgery, does not use general anesthesia. Make sure you do your research before having any surgery procedures done.

Why Article Marketing Should Be Part of Your Marketing Strategy

If you've done any research of online marketing methods, I'm sure you've heard about article marketing. But have you considered why you should add it as a tool to your online marketing kit?

After all, writing articles can take a lot of time, and not just the writing or editing part. To do it properly, you need to do keyword research first and that in and of itself can be a time consuming task unless you have a specific tool for the job.

So why SHOULD you consider article marketing as part of your overall strategy?

In order to answer that question, a little bit must be said about why people buy. Generally speaking people do not buy because they love spending money. They buy something that will solve a specific problem. And they absolutely hate to be sold to, preferring it to own their idea to buy.

Your job then, is not to sell to them but to make it so they believe they are the ones that came up with the idea to buy from you. This is know as "attraction marketing." Let's say for instance, your potential customer needs to drill a hole. What you want to do is show them the best method to get the hole they want by positioning yourself as an expert on all things "hole-y." If you can do this, then your customer will buy your drill. A far better method than trying to compete with other drill sellers on features or price. Remember, people want better, faster and do not need care about features. Give them tips, show them best practices and they will convince themselves to buy your drill.

So what does the above story have to do with article marketing? Simple. The purpose of article marketing is twofold: first, you are branding yourself as the expert in your field, by giving away solid useful information for free and second, you will generate a long term traffic based on your keyword research. There are articles I've written years ago that still pull in traffic and sales.

Finally, article marketing is one of the cheapest forms of traffic available. Do not have time to write? Outsource. There are many freelance sites with writers available to do the work.

The beauty of this method is the fact that once you've written your articles and submitted them to article directories such as GoArticles or Ezine Articles, they can be re-purposed into any number of different materials, from a blog, to a Squidoo lens , and you can social bookmark them to generate even more traffic. You can also use them as a basis for videos and upload your videos to Youtube. In short you can use the articles that you write for many different facets of your marketing plan. And of course you can (and should) post all your articles to an archive section of your site.

Article marketing is not and should not be a "once only" method of traffic generation. To truly see the benefits, it needs to be an ongoing, consistent practice. True, article marketing does take some effort, but the results you will see will make it worth your while.