Apr 252015
 

Painting concrete surfaces is different than coating a drywall. Not only does it take more time, skill and tools, but the preparation procedure is more complex. These steps should explain what it takes to paint concrete and how to do it.

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Introduction

Sometimes you need to paint the concrete surfaces in your house, for example in a laundry room, or if you are furnishing an entertainment room in your basement. The thing with concrete is that painting it is much trickier than painting other surfaces for many reasons. Concrete breathes, transports moisture and most importantly, it sucks up paint. In addition, unlike painting drywall surfaces, which can be finished in a day or two, painting concrete can take a week or longer.

Cleaning

The porous structure of a concrete surface often contains dirt, grease or oil, which means that it needs a thorough cleaning before painting. There are many concrete cleaning products, some of them are based on trisodium phosphate, and there are even some eco-friendly ones. If you need to paint an outdoor surface, be sure to rip off all the vines or moss growing on it. You can use a pressure hose to remove the remaining dirt and vegetation. Outdoor concrete surfaces sometimes may develop efflorescence. It is a white powder layer caused by water crystallization from salts to the atmosphere. Remove it with a concrete cleaner or phosphoric acid masonry cleaner.

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Removing Old Paint

The old peeling or blistering coat of paint can be stripped with a wire brush and a paint scraper, with a generous amount of elbow grease, if the surface is indoors. Outdoor paint can be removed effectively using a power washer, which can be rented. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Apr 252015
 

imagesIn the fast-paced business world of today the application of new technologies is crucial for sustainable growth. The cloud refers to a service or software for file storage, sharing, backup and other utility computing. It has a centralized location on the internet which is used to access data remotely. It offers the means to remain competitive by cutting costs and increasing productivity. This affordable, expansive platform is reshaping small businesses around the globe.  Considering the lousy state of the economy, it could be the high time to save some money and make a transition to cloud computing.

What is the cloud exactly?

Think of it as a web-based external hard drive, a shared pool of computing resources.   So bid farewell to your clunky home-based hardware. Physical file storage at home is more expensive, and by reducing the costs, many small businesses find a way to grow faster. Even non-technical businesses can benefit a great deal, because cloud computing doesn’t require advance technical expertise. You can do more with less.

Don’t despair if your computer pays the ultimate price and crashes.  You can still have an access to your documents on the cloud.  The cloud is an excellent data backup solution that will spare you the disaster recovery heartaches. Files are accessible anytime, and from any device at any location. You can utilize it for email communication, online banking, accounting, virus protection or social media.????????????????????????????????????????

Sharing the data works like clockwork, whether your staff is packed in one office or scattered across the globe. All files are in one central location, so all company members know where to find the necessary data. It is not trapped on one computer that is only accessible locally anymore.  That way you can create a functional mobile office. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Apr 242015
 

Are you feeling lonely?

Or are you enjoying solitude?

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Interesting that a situation can be both for some of us, especially as we grow older and friends or family members move away, or die, leaving us to feel the loss of their companionship and support.

Yet we can feel alone without feeling lonely. And we can definitely feel very lonely even in the midst of a crowd.

Theologian, professor and thinker Paul Tillich spent a lot of time pondering what it means to be alone and/or lonely.

In “The Eternal Now”, he writes: “Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man’s being alone. It has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone…”

Tillich goes on to discuss the many ways in which solitude can serve our souls. “Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude…”We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea…. Solitude can also be found in the reading of poetry, in listening to music, in looking at pictures, and in sincere thoughtfulness. We are alone…but we are not lonely.   Solitude protects us without isolating us. But life calls us back to its empty talk and the unavoidable demands of daily routine….”

Does “life call us back,” or is it that the world we have created for ourselves won’t let us be silent for a moment, much less alone? Cell phones. Texting. Emails. Meet-up groups. Online dating. Conference calls. Even church. While all can enhance our lives, are they sometimes robbing us of the solitude we each need to keep our balance? Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Apr 232015
 

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The movie American Graffiti asked us that question many years ago, bringing back memories of great cars, greasy hair, and rock and roll.  We boomers love to be nostalgic, and who can blame us?

A lot of significant events have taken place during our lives that shaped American culture.

In his book Boomers Rock Again”, author Sanford Holst looks at the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, focusing mainly on some of the remarkable people who grew up among us—77 of them to be exact. He also showcases some of the events, movies, television shows, music and more from our favorite era.

Here’s a few tidbits from Holst’s book that might surprise you:

  • Pat Benatar’s first job was a bank teller.
  • Richard Branson’s headmaster predicted he would either end up in prison, or become a millionaire.
  • Sandra Bullock was a cheerleader.
  • George Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Richard Gere was awarded a gymnastics scholarship for college but turned it down.
  • Samuel L. Jackson was active in Civil Rights protests in the late 1960s.
  • Liam Neeson took up boxing at the age of nine.
  • Denzel Washington played basketball for Fordham University.

Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

How To Spot A Roofing Scam

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Apr 212015
 

Spring is a busy time for roofers. Many homeowners are getting their roofs inspected to get them in top shape for the rainy season. Spring is also a season that sees a lot of harsh weather in some climates so roofers are often kept pretty busy with repairs. A good roofer with availability can be hard to come by in the spring and roofing scammers are counting on that. Unfortunately for roofers who work hard for a good reputation, there are those who damage that reputation by offering their services when they are not qualified to do so. Here are some tips for spotting a roofing scam this spring.

Be wary of cold calling

As already mentioned, the spring is typically a busy time for roofers, especially roofers who have an established reputation in the community. The best roofers are not usually hurting for business and therefore they don’t usually have to resort to going door-to-door to drum up business. As a general rule, you should be wary of any roofer who comes knocking on your door offering their services.

Check with the Better Business Bureau

Homeowners are understandably in a hurry when roofing troubles are involved. They’re anxious to get their roof back to the way it was before it was damaged. But that doesn’t mean that they should cut corners and hire a contractor without doing their homework first. One of the best resources for vetting a roofing contractor is the Better Business Bureau which keeps tabs on local businesses. They keep a record of complaints brought against companies and whether or not those complaints were resolved. If a business has a large number of unresolved complaints, look for a different contractor. Continue reading »

Apr 202015
 

An average lifespan of a shipping container is 5 years. Their afterlife can be described as years sitting around at shipyards, waiting to be scrapped. In the last few years, we have seen a rising trend of reusing these sturdy structures for a number of purposes. Built for rough handling at ports and high seas, they can be easily modified into almost any kind of construction, thanks to their frame which allows them to be stacked one upon another or in a cross pattern. They are beginning a new life as a part of homes, bars and restaurants, and even hotels and art installations.

Homes

The guiding requirement for a cargo container is to be spacious. This feature has made them almost ideal for housing purposes. Their application varies from compact disaster relief shelters to full sized family homes made of stacked containers. Some designers even went one step further and created complexes of small container apartments like Container City in London, which is made of container component pieces. These houses are easy to move, taker up a little space and are often provided with a full length glass wall, which acts as sliding doors.

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Hotels

The same logic that created futuristic apartment complexes gave birth to some of the most interesting and unusual container hotels. Cargo units are perfect for this purpose, as each container serves as a separate living space. Their corrugated steel design is free from mold, rodents and termites. Not unlike building blocks, containers can be stacked to staggering heights and the construction companies say that building a container hotel is 25% faster and 10% cheaper than a conventional one. There are even projects to stack abandoned oil rigs with containers and transform them into luxury ocean resorts. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Apr 182015
 

You may have experience in decorating a house and you may have knowledge regarding how to decorate a house, but when buying kid’s bedroom furniture in the UK, you may not be very confident. Decorating a kid’s bedroom is also a very tough job. The job is made easy by Blue Ocean Interiors because they have specially designed furniture for kids. They have many kinds of matching bedroom sets, children beds, wardrobes, bedside tables, chest of drawers, storage solutions, mattresses, and headboards for kids.

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You need to begin with good, solid kid’s furniture and the first thing which needs to be decided is the theme you will be using to decorate the bedroom. Then the colors are to be decided, whether to use dark or light colors for the kid’s bedroom furniture. Accessories are very important for as well, like bookcases and storage shelves. There are themes which are in trend these days like JCB range, speed racer, and racing car. If the child has some preferences parents should go with these preferences, even if you do not like the theme. Continue reading »

Apr 112015
 

Guest Author: Max Gottlieb

I work with an organization called Senior Planning and we provide free assistance to seniors and their families regarding elder care and housing options. We’re excited to announce the completion of a much-needed nation-wide resource. We’ve put together a comprehensive summary of state Medicaid programs for long term care. Each state has individual programs and eligibility requirements that many people are unaware of. Surprisingly, through months of research, we’ve discovered this type of resource does not exist anywhere else on the web.

Long term care is the term that states use to describe the type of care at a nursing home level of care. Depending on the state, patients can either receive services in their home or in a registered facility. A nursing home is usually the highest level of care someone can receive outside of a hospital. While nursing homes provide assistance with daily care, they are generally chosen as a living option because of the high level of medical care available. In order to be eligible for long term care benefits from the state, applicants must first be deemed eligible from a medical standpoint.

Before applicants are able to be considered for eligibility, however, they must first submit an application. Our hope in creating a nation-wide guide is that people will be more aware of their chances for acceptance before they apply. While our guide does not include every facet of every program, it is a great place to start. We recommend using the guide as a jumping-off point because a surprising number of people are not even aware these programs exist. Continue reading »

Apr 112015
 

Let’s face it: marketing has reached its peak. There is a number of different ways to draw customers, especially now that we have the Internet, social media and networking involved. This situation differs greatly from good ol’ newspaper ads, billboards, radio ads and the like, but sometimes those oldies are the goodies. There are some marketing experts who believe that old promotional strategies are still strong and can influence the core of the consumers’ souls, but if you want your business to keep up with the rest of the world that is spinning madly fast, you should try to employ the following strategies. And be free to share your own thoughts.

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Promoting products via social media has been shown to bring the most income these days. The reason for this is that Google+ and Facebook are seen as a more relaxed environments where people will be more easily influenced. This implies the shift of perspective, because you bring your company to a more personal level, which differs from the normal view, which is that you are only trying to sell. Well, you are, but this way you are more in touch with the people, your potential customers. If you have a company page on Facebook or Twitter, always answer your customers’ questions and give positive feedback. Consistent presence in social media is of utmost importance because you will reverse your previously achieved results if you wake up one day and just give up this strategy.

Media channels

The first thing you should do when developing your marketing strategy is to decide on the media channel that you are going to use. The simple answer to this is to use the media and the Internet. These two allies will give you the most benefit because they aim at all types of customers: those sitting in front of the telly, those going to work in the morning, and those spending time and relaxing in front of the computer screen. Email is a great channel to use, because you can achieve much more than by simply posting your logo on a billboard. Pop-up windows on websites are also a good choice, but annoying when frequently used, so be careful not to overdo it. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Apr 092015
 

WAKE UP CALLS for Baby Boomers!!

The world has changed significantly over the last decade. Wake Up Call Slide

These changes have and are continuing to significantly affect the mood and attitude of baby boomers as they approach the latter stages of their working life. Here are some of my observations that are worthy discussion points

Wake up call #1: America’s traditional ideas of retirement are fundamentally changing.

Wake up call #2: The financial collapse of 2007 created major disruption in business and employment.

Wake up call #3: Significant changes in technology and global competition have changed the employment landscape.

Wake up call #4: Financial security is no longer assured.

Wake up call #5: Employment security is no longer assured.

Wake up call #6: The “American Dream” has been seriously depleted.

What does all this mean to baby boomers and how do you overcome the concerns and obstacles with regards to our own career?

YOUR skills, YOUR abilities, YOUR experience, YOUR wisdom will propel you forward.

My new book “Change Your Career…Baby Boomers” – JohnRodsett.com

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Apr 072015
 

downloadWith so much drama in our lives, it is hard enough to keep up with all our everyday activities let alone with everything happening in the world. But, for someone who gets inspired and/or relaxed when being on top of new education, trends, news and information from their own country and countries around the globe, staying informed is one of the most important things in their day.

Given that you are probably swamped with your schedule, you probably can’t find a way to stay informed about your favorite world topics such as politics, sports, art, etc. But, do not despair! We’ve put together some very useful advice that’ll help you do just that.

Stay Informed About Current Events

Picking up a newspaper on your way to work is the easiest thing in the world to do. Make it a habit to always buy a paper when you are on your way to the office, and read the paper while on the subway or in a cab. It’s not the best scenario but it’ll work.

Also, while eating lunch, have a look at the newspaper. Having something to read something while eating is always fun.Baseball_pitching_motion_2004

Reading the local paper is great for staying current on issues close to you. Subscribe to a nationally circulated paper to get updates on the country’s news. With these, you can often get international news as well. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Apr 022015
 

Guest Author:  Amy Klimek

Getting hired for a leadership position in today’s job market is a challenge. There are many well-trained and talented men and women eager to take the reins of new and established companies and show what they can do.

When you walk into that job interview, you’ll be far more likely to impress if you are able to demonstrate your abilities in regards to the following ten powerful leadership strategies. 

1. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Nobody is good at everything. Most of us know our strong points, but it takes real courage to figure out where you may be lacking so that you can compensate for your deficits. Many of the best leaders seek out aptitude and personality tests to help them know themselves better. 

2. Learn what you don’t know.
Businesses are always evolving and technology is ever-changing. You’ll be sure to impress during your interview if you emphasize to potential employers that you value being a lifelong learner. Come to the interview prepared to talk about new skills you have learned recently. 

3. Communicate and make connections.
Every leader can talk, but not every leader can communicate. Show your interviewer how well you can listen, and build connections with your interviewers by mood matching and emphasizing shared interests. 

4. Demonstrate focus and self-control.
We all know of leaders who are famous for their spectacular tantrums. The majority of leaders, however, are able to stay calm and focused under pressure. This doesn’t mean that you need to act like a machine or a resident of Planet Vulcan, but don’t let your emotions sweep you away when facing a challenging question or situation.  Continue reading »

Apr 012015
 

downloadFor anyone looking to welcome spring in a green way, re-doing their garden is without a doubt the first thing to do. You want your outdoors smashing for the gorgeous warm nights and days you’ll be spending with your friends and family and – on top of that – you want it to be the healthiest option possible.

If you are not sure how to get down to the whole thing, we’ve come up with a great guide that will help you out!

  1. Keep it natural

You don’t need to use all kinds of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers in order to keep your yard looking gorgeous. Instead of relying on toxic and poisonous helpers, nix them altogether and layer on some all-natural compost instead. To wrestle pesky garden pests to the ground, call in beneficial insect reinforcements.

  1. Compost plays a role

Compost from kitchen scraps is the way to go. Throw in your fruit and vegetable waste to make a healthy, natural compost. By giving it a shot of high-powered, plant-loving nutrients, compost enriches soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development. The addition of earthy compost also improves aeration, water retention and soil texture. Plus, it’s not just that going natural on the soil is better for anything you plan, but you don’t need to waste your hard-earned cash on commercial products on top of it!Gocsej_village_house_3_garden Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Mar 262015
 

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Junk food has been on an exponential rise in the last couple of decades, and with it came the exponential rise in the alarming state of obesity our youth find themselves in. We could spend hours arguing which came first, the chicken or the egg, but the reality is that young people are always either too busy or too lazy to make proper meals for themselves. The issue has been heavily discussed ever since the US got labeled “the most obese country in the world,” sometime in the late 70s. Then came the onslaught of New Age medicine, and teleshopping channels, and diets we no longer dare pursue. At some point, it became widely known across the US that more exercise and less food was the path out of this embarrassing national problem, and in 2013, Americans were no longer the most obese, Mexicans were. Today, that unhappy position is occupied by the Kuwaiti

But the collective weight loss of a nation does nothing for us as individuals. Obesity is a global problem, and as with all global problems, the rest of the world was only too happy to point fingers at Americans whenever somebody mentioned diets. The truth is, we could all use a reset button, a flush, and a clean lifestyle to jump right into. Some people make it sound difficult, big pharmaceutical companies heavily market weight loss supplements, the fashion industry sets ridiculous goals. Every year we have a new cure-all super food. But deep inside, we know that the only way to get our life and our health back in check is to start out with steady and practical steps. We must tread lightly, but surely.

Healthy nutrition is a story for another article. This time we focus on drinking healthy. Whatever our diet is, our liquid intake is an entirely different matter. More is more in this situation, except when it isn’t. When drinking healthy is in question, the consumption of tea is second to only water. Continue reading »

About Kate Flannery

Aesthetics hounds and wave enthusiast.

When Your Leadlight Door Needs To Be Reinforced

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Mar 252015
 

If you have made the decision to install leadlight doors in your home, it is essential that you understand when and why they need to be reinforced. Doing so will prevent the leadlight from bowing or bending due to wind pressure or shock (such as slamming the door). As you can imagine, reinforcement is especially important for external entrances, as these areas are likely to experience considerable weathering and pressure.

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When should a leadlight be reinforced?
Basically, the glass must be reinforced if both of its dimensions exceed 500mm. If the panel is 2 meters high and 500mm wide (as often occurs in a side-light), for example, reinforcing will not be necessary. If the panel is 2 meters high and 600mm wide, on the other hand, it will need to be reinforced. Wherever possible, the reinforcement should extend across the shortest dimension, but the design of the door can sometimes influence how this must be done.

In most cases, a straight line of zinc is run from one side of the leadlight to the other. This could be a single line straight through the middle (in the case of smaller panels) or it could be two lines at one-third intervals (in the case of larger ones). If the design would be spoiled by a straight line of zinc, however, there are other ways to reinforce the leadlight door (these are discussed below, but their use is up to the discretion of your contractor). Continue reading »

How to Effectively Maintain a Home

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Mar 232015
 

There is a lot more to owning a home than decorating it and making sure you have the latest upgrades.  If you want your home to continually grow in value, you must maintain it.  It seems simple enough, but many home owners do not maintain their homes regularly like they should.  Maintaining a home does not mean just keeping it clean, keeping the yard groomed and making upgrades here and there when necessary.  Those tasks are important, but they are only a few tasks that should be included in your home maintenance checklist.

A new level of deep cleaning

Cleaning is an important part of maintaining a home, obviously.  When most of us think about deep cleaning we think of tasks like scrubbing the bathrooms, dusting the blinds, organizing closets and mopping.  These are tasks that might not be done every day, but at least every week.  According to My Home Ideas, deep cleaning should mean much more. In order to keep a home in top shape, along with the tasks listed above, other tasks such as cleaning tub stoppers and drain holes should take place.  Not only does this keep our appliances working regularly, it saves us from gagging when the drains have to be unclogged after years of built up hair and debris.  It is also wise to clean out aerators, outdoor drain gates and other areas you normally would not think of, but can do damage to a home if they are not regularly cleaned. Continue reading »

Mar 222015
 

A great info-graphic I received!

Anthem affiliates offer a telehealth benefit through LiveHealth Online in many, but not all, Medicare Advantage plans. 

There was a study just published that says older adults are willing to use telehealth if it’s offered: http://newsroom.accenture.com/news/tech-savvy-seniors-want-online-options-to-access-care-from-home-accenture-survey-shows.htm

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About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination! http://dm-treasures.biz

Mar 202015
 

“Please pay attention, as some of our options have recently changed.”

Seriously. Does this phrase even mean anything anymore?

You place a call to any business, physician’s office, organization, or any other number in the world and you hear this recording. So is there ANY place that has NOT changed their options?

shutterstock_91955405Why am I asking this?

Because I am weary of the all the “noise” we hear every day…announcements and warnings and instructions that really don’t mean anything. We don’t listen to them anymore, because we don’t believe they are real. What we’d really like is to actually dial a number and speak to a real breathing person.

Every once in a very rare while, when the moon is in the third house and the owl flies with a stick in its mouth against the west wind, that actually happens…a human answers.

Even rarer, a human answers and can help us. Maybe even (dare I say it) answers our question or directs us to the correct person.

I know, crazy talk.  If that happened when I called a cable company, or telephone company, or utility company, it would be dangerous. Because I would faint and hit my head on the desk.

I can’t imagine that all these automated answering systems are really saving anyone money. Not if you equate efficiency with economics. Invariably, you have to suffer through all the possible options before you finally arrive at the final one…which is the number you press to  speak to someone. Which you could have done at the beginning if a person had answered.

And I also love how every time I call, no matter what day, time, or month, I hear We are experiencing an unusually high volume of calls. You might wish to call back at another time.”

What time would that be, if every day the volume is unusually high?

Maybe never? Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Best Reasons Why We Should Continue Education While Working

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Mar 192015
 

imagesIf you are one of those people who think that they won’t have to learn ever again once they graduate, you are wrong. Even when you find your perfect job, you need to improve your knowledge and keep up with the latest trends. As the science and technology rapidly develop, you will have to follow them, and more importantly, you will have to understand them. One of the most effective ways to do that is to go back to school again. The term “continuing education” doesn’t refer to completing your unfinished degree. On the contrary, it serves as a great means of additional education for those who have already graduated. Here are some most crucial reasons why you should continue your education while working.

Set your goals first

Once you get hired, you need to determine your goals. If you are ambitious, set them high and try hard to reach them one day. We all have to start at the bottom and to work our way up. You need to detect what kind of knowledge you want to revise or enhance, depending on your interests and ambitions.

Boost your motivation

The biggest problem with every job is that, no matter how much you love it, you will eventually get into a daily routine. Many people start feeling depressed and unmotivated, which negatively influences their performance on the job.  Most companies look for young, ambitious and talented experts, who will manage to do the entire job with ease and stay positive. If you aren’t motivated enough, no one will admire you as a true professional.

That is exactly when education starts playing an immense role. You will learn dozens of things you’ve never heard of and at the same time, you will revise your previous knowledge. Education will help you fight the routine and help you feel more satisfied and confident. Finally, your employers will appreciate your motivation and positive energy. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Caring for my husband who had Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

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Mar 142015
 
Married for 40 years, Brittie cared for Frank who developed Parkinson's Disease Psychosis.

Photo courtesy  of  Sidney Hollingsworth.

Testimony volunteered by B. P. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in hopes that it may be of help to Parkinsons patients, their caregivers, and doctors.

For over 9 years, my beloved husband and I had been successfully battling his slowly progressing Parkinson’s disease with medications and exercise. In October 2013, we had a big party to celebrate his 90th birthday. Three months later, he started having auditory hallucinations, listening to the same music played over and over again, all day long. Then came the visual hallucinations. At first they were benign, but by mid-year they terrified him. Waking up at night and not recognizing his surroundings, he would think himself lost in scary circumstances such as being in a foreign country or in mountains, edging his way along a precipice. Though our marriage of 40 years had transpired in loving harmony, he started having detailed and recurrent hallucinations that I was being unfaithful to him. Once, in the early hours of dawn, he made me call the police to save us from a gang violent thieves that he was convinced were hiding in the garage.

When it became clear that he had developed Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (PDP), his physicians tried a number of medications to deal with the hallucinations, but none was effective. Soon, my husband’s condition required round-the-clock caregivers. I was unable to celebrate his 91st birthday because he was too detached from reality. Finally, I was advised that he needed to be in a nursing facility with a dementia unit. Such beds were scarce, and it took my daughter and me some time before we were able to find the place my husband would spend his last days. He died in December 2014.  It broke my heart that my wonderful husband, who deserved to die in his own bed surrounded by his loving family, was not able to do so because PDP hallucinations made it impossible to keep him at home. 

I’m hopeful that soon there will be an FDA approved treatment for PDP so that other families can find the help that I would have treasured for my own husband.

About Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis: Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis is a debilitating disorder that commonly consists of hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are more common and often are visual. Research has shown that delusions often involve suspicions of spousal infidelity or other paranoid themes and are often disturbing and debilitating to patients. PDP substantially contributes to the burden of Parkinson’s disease and deeply affects a patient’s quality of life. Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis is also associated with increased caregiver distress and burden, nursing home placement, and increased morbidity and mortality.

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.

 

Mar 142015
 

furniture-429297_640With the growth of our modern society, the needs of the average human have increased. Those needs being increased have naturally led to increased consumption of common materials, as well as storage space. In order to improve the quality of used space, something must be done. Some clever heads had come up with the idea to use plastic pallets, instead of the common wooden ones. Why, you may ask? In this article, I will present to you both of the sides, and leave the final judgment to you.

Price

Of course, the first thing to cross your mind is “How much is it going to cost me?” Although the price in money is on the side of wooden pallets, for they can easily be made, overall the plastic ones are a bit cheaper. How? Well, for starters, we will reduce the amount of wood cut down each year in the Amazon forests. Not bad, and step by step, maybe we can stop this ugly practice. Though you can resell wooden pallets, you will never get the price you have invested. On the other hand, with the lifespan of at least ten years, plastic is quite favorable and money-friendly.

Maintenance

Wood is highly prone to damage, that is clear. It is easily damaged when wet, and worms and other pests are making their homes within it, etc. If one of the boards is broken, it can be easily and quickly replaced with another, but I’m afraid that’s the end of the advantages of wooden pallets. On the other hand, plastic can be highly durable, and although it can’t be replaced if it cracks, it is resistant to acid, termites and water. In fact, it can be treated with a stream of hot water or sanitizing chemicals in order to remove all bacteria, so it can be used even in wet conditions. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Mar 132015
 

When it comes to purchasing new window coverings, many homeowners of today are interested in ordering them online. Many believe that this will save them time and money, whereas others believe that they will receive sub par quality or a completely different product to what they ordered. As with any purchase decision, there are pros and cons associated with buying vertical blinds online; we have outlined a number of them here.

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Pros

  • They are capable of covering wide windows (up to 16 feet or even wider, depending on the manufacturer you have selected). Not all types of blinds are suitable for such large openings.
  • They are capable of covering very tall windows (over 8 feet high in most cases). Again, not all types of blinds are suitable for such large openings or will present closing issues.
  • There is a wide variety of fabric and vinyl slats available, ensuring they will suit almost any décor. This also makes them suitable for every room in the house, from the bathroom to the bedroom.
  • They are capable of providing complete privacy from peeping toms and nosy neighbours (depending on the material used). This is the perfect choice for homes on busy streets.
  • It is relatively easy to replace slats and mechanical components should they become damaged. Many manufacturers selling vertical blinds online actually have these parts available, too.
  • They can be configured to open to the left, to the right or even to be split down the middle. This ensures that the blinds will gather on the most appropriate side and will not hinder use.
  • Even when closed, the slats can be tilted to allow more or less sunlight into the room as required. This helps you to maintain your privacy without living in the dark.
  • When open and drawn back, they (usually) allow full access to the window opening or door behind. This is perfect when openable windows or French/sliding doors are present.
  • They are typically less expensive than other window coverings, such as venetian and roman blinds. This is one of the main reasons that this product is still so popular today.
  • Cord-free and motorized options are now available through many manufacturers for maximum child safety. This makes the blinds safe for use in children’s bedrooms and nurseries.

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About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

How To Create More Room In A Tiny House

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Mar 122015
 

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Having a big house and large rooms means that you have space for everything you need, from a comfortable sofa to a big-screen TV. However, if you live in smaller house you probably know very well how important every corner in the house can be when it comes to available space. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks to create more room in your house, and we will examine some of them here.

Use the Angles
While most people don’t consider this idea at all, placing some of your things above the eye-level truly is a great solution for saving space. Not only can you make extra high shelves, but you can use the top part of your walls for some more shelves as well – some people even make shelves that are under the ceiling and go around the room, on all four walls. You can install ceiling cabinets in the kitchen as well, or
you place some boxes or things you don’t often use near the ceiling.

Rearrange the Desk
If you work from home, it’s only natural to spend most of your day behind the desk and consequently, fill it up with unnecessary papers and things that create a mess. What you can do is make a filing system that will help you stay neat and eliminate space-consuming items. Shred all the papers you don’t need, put the needed ones in folders and binders, and your working area will look much bigger in no time.
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John Stone is a home improvement enthusiast with a keen interest in all things DIY, home design and latest developments in technology. He is also an avid Formula 1 fan who tries to enjoy life to the fullest.

Mar 122015
 

At a time in your life when you should be on top of things, enjoying family and the fruits of your career, if you’re like the women I coach, chances are you’re stressed. We’ve been called the sandwich generation among other things. Between aging parents and growing children we’ve got plenty of time, money and energy demands. We’re strapped for time so even if we’re motivated to exercise we can’t find the time.

Cortisol is the stress hormone. We need a little, but unfortunately some of us have won the cortisol lottery. When you are low on sleep, high on demands, and don’t have the support you need, cortisol just has her way with you.

Insulin loves to team up with cortisol and the two act like belly fat bullies. You tend to crave more (and not more of carrots or kale), and once insulin is released after a Krispy Crème or comforting mac and cheese, all fat metabolism stops. What you eat then is stored easier and nests longer.

If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from too little or low-quality sleep, then your cortisol is high. In addition to that, you get signals from another hormone, ghrelin, telling you you’re hungry. Ghrelin comes on strong the day after a restless night. Helping fat storage even further is leptin.  Leptin is your satiety hormone. She tells you that you’re full. If you’ve put on significant weight she may have gone to Tahiti. So you’re stressed, sleep-deprived, and low on willpower.  You’re craving carbohydrates and nothing ever tells you you’re full. That’s a recipe for more weight. Continue reading »

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Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS is America's Boomer Fitness Expert. She's been a fitness expert, author, and international presenter for 30 years. She is the author of Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust. Connect with her at www.voiceforfitness.com/activeagingsecrets

Mar 112015
 

images (2)Having a garden is a good and nice hobby. It can be the place where you can enjoy yourself after the long day at work. With all the chemicals that are used to help your garden look beautiful and well protected from any kind of pest, weed or different types of bugs, why don’t you take the challenge onto the next level? Make your garden greener. Now, you’re probably asking yourself how is this possible. Before we answer this question, let’s consider some other things that may help you realize why you should do it.

Anything that we use today is made using energy from fossil fuels that pollute our environment and has a large impact on the so-called greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect leads to global warming which may impact every plant and living creature on Earth, including humans.

Using compost instead of chemical fertilizers

Of course it’s easy to start your car, drive to a local market for gardening supplies and buy some of the chemical fertilizers which will make your garden grow and glow. By doing this you will pollute the air while driving your car, and by supporting the chemical industry that makes the fertilizers (using energy from fossil fuels), you are polluting soil and water as well. There is no doubt that your garden will be good looking. On the other hand, you can make the compost yourself. All the ingredients can be found in your kitchen and around your house. You’ll need a compost bin (which can be easily found on the market), and some type of organic waste like apple cores, vegetable peels, coffee grounds and so on. Put all of this organic waste into the compost bin, and seal the lid well in order to prevent bugs and worms from getting in. After a month you will have the compost ready to use in your garden. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.