Humanity has always had a fascination with the impossible. This fascination drove the Wright brothers into the sky and lit up Edison’s world. However, a fascination for the impossible can just as easily lean towards disaster. Physical Therapist Daniel Baumstark of PhysioDC has recently witnessed this unfortunate fact in two of his clients. Both individuals were twenty-something, young and agile. Believing in their own strength and spurred on by the aforementioned fascination they both tried to stand on their heads. Since they were visiting Daniel shortly after, it is safe to say the headstands did not go well. [Read more…] about Two Exercises That Often Lead To Injury
If your teen’s mood can change from euphoric to depressed to happy again to agitated in a matter of moments, he or she may be suffering from teen bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder affects 1 percent of people. However, it remains very intense in teenagers because its symptoms begin showing up before the age of 35.
Teenage bipolar disorder can create long lasting effects and severe consequences if left untreated. It can wreak havoc on a teen’s school, personal, and family life. When a teen is elated, their extreme happiness may cause them to make impulsive decisions and even purchases. It can often make them feel hyperactive and they may resist the need for sleep. When the mood changes into one of extreme sadness, the teen may get angry, irritable, and impatient. During any one of these mood changes, the teen may think that they are worthless and become paranoid. They may cry or refuse to eat. Though extreme, suicide and insomnia can also occur. [Read more…] about Is Your Teenager Suffering from Bipolar Disorder?
Homeschooling can be a rewarding challenge with frustrating moments for any parent who dares to take on the challenge. To see your child excel in certain areas and grasp a hold of knowledge is a special gift. Homeschoolers recognize that their kids are not all cut from the same cookie cutter. I homeschool my two kids and they are very different in how they study. The oldest child studies in her room with her books and DVD player. She sits at a desk and all her books are neatly stacked and everything is organized. There’s no questioning where this book is or what happened to that paper. She has it all under control as opposed to my youngest. [Read more…] about Homeschooling Kids With Opposite Study Habits
Home Automation has to be a wonderful thing! Who wouldn’t want to be able to use a remote control to dim the lights in the home theater (aka. the living room)? Or what about that antique lamp from grandma that has the switch way down on the cord behind the couch that you have to struggle with just to turn it on? Wouldn’t it be nice to push a button on the wall instead of taking the risk of breaking it just to turn it on?
I have a little lamp with one of those little switches down on the cord (mines not an antique though). My mom gave me the lamp when I started planning to get married. It’s a real pretty, light pink rose with a night light bulb buried in the middle of it. Very pretty! The rose goes great with the roses in my bedroom. The only problem with this lamp is that I can’t use it where I’d like to. Why not? That little switch. It’s impossible to turn on that little switch when the cord has to go down behind my dresser. So, what have I done with it? Set it where I want it and not even bothered to plug it in.
With the help of X10 home automation it would not be hard for me to put this lamp into use. From my understanding of the product, all I would need is a LM465 Lamp Module and a remote control or wall switch to control it.
The LM465 Lamp Module is simply a little box I would plug the lamp into and then plug the module into the normal wall electrical outlet. There is no rewiring or special electrical work required, it all works with what I already have. When I pull out the dresser to do this I’ll just turn on the lamp at the little switch and just leave it on because I’ll then be able to control it remotely.
Now, to control the lamp I have two different options. I can choose to use an X10 remote control or an X10 Automated Switch to control my lamp. Just as with the Lamp Module, I can get these so they work remotely and require no rewiring. (This is important to me, can you tell?) With a remote control it will be just like using the TV remote, only I’m using it on my light. A wall switch can be put where a current wall switch is or elsewhere. In my case, I do not want to make any changes to my current light switch so I think I would choose the SS13A Slimline Switch which can be put anywhere in the room and adhered to any surface. The nice thing with the switches and remotes is that they can often be used to control more than one item at a time like the lamp, the bathroom light and DVD player.
Have you ever been confident (maybe even enough that you argued with somebody about it) that there was one more apple in the back of the refrigerator drawer–making exactly the right number for this great new recipe–just to find out, when you dug down to get it, that that round fruit was an orange, not an apple?
Life has a way of doing that–turning up with the unexpected. Usually, it happens right when we’re sure we’re on top of things, with everything planned out. Sometimes, for some people, that “unexpected” turns out be an expectancy, an unintended pregnancy. This turn of events can be a surprise to the dad, as well as to the mom, but just because you didn’t see it coming doesn’t mean you’re cornered. There are multiple options, and you should be sure you know all the facts before you choose one.
Many people seem to think that Hawaii is equivalent to Paradise . . . on earth, anyway. Unexpected pregnancies happen there, too, and an organization called Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Centers is focused on helping those parents to be as well educated as is possible. Their goal is to offer abortion clinic alternatives in Kaneohe, Hawaii and the surrounding area. Not only do they intend to work with the women carrying the babies but also with men who fathered those children.
Many people who suddenly find themselves to be expecting a baby, at what seems to be the worst possible time, think that abortion is their only option. There are other possibilities, though, including adoption and–go figure–becoming parents. The folks at Aloha Pregnancy Care will help you be sure you know all the choices you can make and all the ramifications of each of them.
They’ll help you right from the start, with free pregnancy tests in Mililani. As they put it so frankly on their website, “Don’t get caught worrying about your pregnancy before you are sure.” These folks will help you be sure, one way or the other, with lab-certified tests.
If you’re considering “terminating the pregnancy,” be sure you really know what you’re considering. Without judging you, the folks at Aloha Pregnancy Care will provide as much abortion procedure information as it takes to thoroughly educate you before you make what will be an irreversible decision.
It could be that you just need some extra encouragement. If that’s the case, contact their main office. They offer a number of support programs in Kaneohe, from parenting, to post-abortion recovery, to personal integrity and purity, to a food and clothing pantry. These folks are not out to judge you; they’re here to help you, from the beginning on.
Side note: As it turns out, yesterday, I ended up using a slightly different baked apple recipe–one from a site that doesn’t allow linking or copying recipes. The biggest difference was that this other recipe used dried cranberries in the stuff-it-down-the-center mix . . . . house smelled great!
Of all the household chores that are now part of my weekly, daily, and almost hourly responsibilities, cleaning the dishes probably ranks at the top of my “I’d-rather-not” list…does and always has…probably always will. If you’ll keep that thought in mind, you will understand that the absolute worst of my nightmares—the kind to wake me up in a cold sweat—would be to be trapped as a round-the-clock maid in the scullery of a big 24-hour restaurant, doomed for the remainder of my days to wash an endless stream of dirty dishes…dirty, and not just dirty, but dirty from people I don’t even know. Somehow, that just makes everything even worse.
Thankfully, in this day and age, even if I were to suddenly awaken in the middle of my nightmare and discover that it had turned out to be real, life wouldn’t be quite as dismal as it would have been just a few decades ago. These days, there are massive machines that make life for those 24-hour scullery maids almost bearable…almost. Several years ago…okay, more than several, I had a brief encounter with one of the smaller editions of these machines. I was working at a small camp for a week or two, helping out in the kitchen during summer camp sessions. This version of the commercial dishwasher was designed to have an industrial wire rack or tray slid into a drive-through style chamber. Once the custom wire basket, specially designed for this machine, was in place, the operator of the machine (a.k.a. the “scullery maid”) swung a lever into place to lock the chamber closed. When the “Start” button was pressed, some pretty impressive heat and steam, somehow incorporated with some kind of soap or detergent cleaned all the dishes in a matter of an astoundingly few minutes. Although the machine couldn’t wash huge quantities of dishes all at once, it was amazingly fast, so we were able to get each meal’s dishes washed in plenty of time for the next meal.
This was all quite a few years ago, so I’m sure technology and the people spurring it on have come a long way. They probably have, but I’m still amazed at what that stainless steel cube could do. Granted, we still had to handle all the dishes to load them into and onto the custom wire trays. The worst meal was definitely breakfast, when orange juice and milk mingled freely in the sinks and on the trays. I don’t know what it is about that combination, but I think I’m emotionally scarred for life, with the mental images of that brew as clear in my mind as if it had all happened yesterday. Despite all that, though, we owe many pleasant summer hours to that machine—was it a Hobart?—that got the entire camp’s dishes clean and appropriately sterilized in a matter of minutes, rather than the hours it would have taken the three of us teenagers if we’d had to do it all by hand. Saved us all from chronic dishpan hands, too.
I think it’s always nice to give a gift of homemade yummies. When someone is feeling down or they can’t get out for one reason or another, it’s always nice to have someone stop by with a little gift to perk up their sweet tooth. Apple crisp, apple pie, anything dessertish is always a good pick-me-up.
With that yummy dish, it’s always nice to have a handmade card too. Take this handmade cupcake card for example, you could easily make this card and change the saying from “Happy Valentines Day” to “Get Well Soon” or “From the Heart” and it would be a lovely way to cheer someone up. Their eyes would have something pleasant to look at and their taste buds would jump for joy at the delicious treat!
Stampin’ Up! has many stamps and accessories that work great for making these handmade cards. During the months of February and March they are actually offering a free stamp set during their Sale-A-Bration sale that is called Yummy. This set is perfect for those little gifts of love. The stamps say, “a little Yummy for your tummy”, “a little Something for you” and “with love”. There are swirlies and hearts to accompany these sayings so it works wonderfully!
If you were trying to cheer up a little guy that has the chicken pox or some other malady that’s keeping them in from the snow, a cute Valentine Bug might do just the trick. Use some candy or cookies to fill up the bug and they’ll be very excited! You can view one such bug that was made using the Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! Sizzix exclusive dies.
As you may have guessed, I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and hopefully you can tell from my blog that I love stamping! I think making cards and gifts to give away to others make the receiver feel special and even more loved. If they know you sat down and took the time to make something special for them, they’ll treasure it. I’ve heard people say so often that they just have to keep handmade cards, they can’t throw them away because they’re so special.
It is easy to get custom flash drives that are produced in bulk or to buy customized business cards but it’s not nearly as common to get custom made cards for a friend. Those kinds of cards come from the heart and have to be made from the heart. Who could you make a special card for? Who could you bake an extra dessert for? Take some time out today to do something from the heart, it’ll bless your heart too!
The studio has finally taken shape and become (go figure) a studio. No longer does it feel like a storage room. The only remaining storage is the bikes hung from the ceiling in a back corner and one lone shelving unit with a few odds and ends that look rather un-pot-like.
It’s a wonderful feeling, to have the studio up and running. Not only has the makeover just about wrapped up—we’ve already put in quite a few hours in there, working on a couple rush-job pots. That’s not even all! In the flurry of activity that immediately followed the renovations, we had a number of people through, and one guest went so far in his compliments as to put in an order for a pair of Christmas gifts.
My husband is the king of organization, as far as I’m concerned. Before we were even married, when we were setting up what would be our first home together (starting the night of our wedding), he expressed a strong desire to establish habits of orderliness, deciding that there should be “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” As we started on the remodeling and renovations, set up our gift registries, and shopped the clearance racks at places like Lowe’s, we worked to keep an overriding sense of tidiness throughout the house. Until this past month, the studio defied that desire for order. In all fairness to my husband, it was about as tidy as was possible with the volume of stuff being stored in there, from Christmas decorations to the new Jacuzzi tub waiting to be installed in the second bathroom, once we get a bit of major remodeling done.
In a matter of a couple weeks, the studio has sprouted amazingly-reinforced counters, shelves, sample racks, and extra storage space. The floor has absorbed a milky-white coating of plaster of paris, and a propane-fed “fake fire” warms the entire space from the corner. Even the baby gets in on the action, now. We can move her Pack-n-Play out there, so she can methodically “file” each of her toys outside the playpen. Nice thing is, she makes it easy for us to decide which toys need to be cleaned.
In his mass re-organization of the studio, my husband got quite a rush out of the opportunity to finally make places for everything that really belongs out there. He built shelves and racks, in addition to all the frames (complete with shelves) for the countertops. All he needs now is a series of custom wire baskets that can keep all his tools sorted. At this point, most of his tools still have to go along with him to work, but someday, maybe we’ll be able to bring everything home, where he can work full time. In the meantime, his tools ride around in a big shoulder-strap tool bag. He’s not so much a fan of baskets for organization, but he puts up with my preferences. Whereas he would rather have everything not aesthetically pleasing tucked out of sight in an organized manner, I tend to prefer being able to see everything, still wanting things organized but liking to see them. For me, baskets are the perfect solution for just about every organizing chore. It’s just that certain rooms require certain baskets, and our Longaberger baskets wouldn’t quite suit in the studio, although industrial wire baskets would work just fine.
That’s my opinion, but the studio is his domain, where I am a (welcome) guest and co-laborer…not the planner.
Anyone who has ever been to my home knows that I love pictures. I have picture walls. Most of the subjects are my two lovely daughters who, when they were young, were quite adorable. They are very close in age and I took great pleasure in dressing them alike which caused people to constantly ask if they were twins. During their baby, toddler and early elementary school years, I would take them to have their photograph taken every month. Back then, they had such cute girly-girl outfits and that was one way to show off those adorable garments.
Of course, as the years have passed, they have grown up and don’t look anything like each other nor do they dress alike. One is very conservative and the other is a bit trendy. Then of course, there are the teenage facial blemishes and the bad hair days that accompany the process of growing up which no one wants to see in a photograph.
I was recently asked if I could provide some pictures of the girls when they were little for a family member. Since this person lost all of the photographs they had in a fire, it would be quite a job for me to gather together all of the pictures I had and get copies made. I decided it would be just as easy to scan in all the pictures on my computer and then place them on a USB drive and give them the drive. That way, they would have all the pictures and there would not be any time constraint on them to file them away. They could print off what they wanted easily by taking the flash drive to the local photo shop and have them print it off.
This turned out to be a big hit. They loved the flash drive idea. It was so convenient for them and they got to print off as many as they wanted of what they wanted. In fact, it was such a nice gesture, they asked me for permission to reproduce that flash drive to give away as Christmas presents to other family members. The idea caught hold and other family members decided to do the same thing and passed out custom flash drives with family photos on it. I now have a family photo file on my computer that has tons of pictures of my nephews. Perhaps someday my sister will wise up and produce a niece or two so that the balance between male and female can be reestablished.
I’ve set my screen saver on my computer to slide show all the family photos. I’m hoping to get one of those electronic picture frames that you load pictures on and have that resting on my entry-way table.
As for those two adorable little girls, they’re still picture perfect in my eyes. I just wish they hadn’t grown up so quickly. Thankfully, I have all those pictures on my walls to remind me of what the early days were like and I look forward to completely filling all the empty spots with my granddaughters.
Times are tough these days and people are searching for ways to trim costs and live within their meager means. It’s exceptionally hard for the retired folks who had their financial future invested in the stock market only to watch it tank. Recently, I was working in a condo building known for its wealthy residents. I discovered that 80 percent of the residents were behind on their rent payments. One of the forums that I keep up with had a thread in it written by a lady whose husband brings in a six figure income and yet they are deep in credit card debt. She was asking for advice and help. Needless to say, some of the reply posters were not so kind in their postings. It would seem that these hard times are a burden to people all across the financial spectrum.
There are numerous ways to cut your financial spending. Some ideas are available on the web, talked about on television and discussed in many circles. Everything from cutting your home phone service, checking out videos through the local library, dropping the cable tv service, giving up that daily way overpriced cup of coffee to home renovation instead of buying another or even holding a yard sale to sell off the unwanted storage hog items you’ve clung to for no reward. Each idea has its merit, and if enacted can really save the consumer some money.
One of the ways that I have found to save a nice chunk of money is by meal planning. I was surprised at just how much money I was spending on food items and still having difficulty throwing together a decent meal. Once I sat down and planned out exactly what each meal was going to be and determined what items I needed to buy to make it happen, the food bill took a bit of a nose dive. All it cost me was my time. By shopping the sale fliers of the local grocery stores, I could even save more money by planning my meals around the items on sale. Do not let your pride stand in the way of taking part in some of food banks and food distribution organizations in your area. They are a great source of help when times are tough.
Even though I am not a financial advisor, I encourage people that I come into contact with to give a portion of their income to charity. Although this doesn’t make any sense to most people, I can guarantee you that there will be rewards for your giving. They may not be financial rewards but benefits come with many different “faces”.
Things are nowhere near as bad as the Great Depression days but certainly we could take a page from the book of those who survived it. Indeed, we have so much to be thankful for. We are a nation of great wealth and during this season of giving thanks, I challenge you to reflect on those people and things for which you are most grateful for.