Most people don’t know but October is Fire Prevention Month, and with so many candles and lanterns around you can never be too careful. If you’re going to use open flame candles or jack-o-lanterns make sure they are away from flammable material and never leave them burning unattended. Make sure your house is equipped smoke detectors. Check to see if the smoke detectors are working by performing the recommended monthly test and replacing old batteries with new ones once a year. Always have a fire extinguisher accessible at your home. As a rule of thumb, if you live in a two story house you may want to keep a fire extinguisher upstairs and another downstairs. Read More
Halloween is here, and many of us have been busy finding costumes for our children, ourselves, and if you are like me, our pets. But as we send our children outside to trick or treat, costumes and candy aren’t the only things on our minds. Safety is a major concern for parents everywhere, however there are a few precautions you can take to ensure a worry-free Halloween.
Trick or treat safety:
- An adult should always accompany children under 12 years of age.
- Do not go inside anyone’s house.
- Do not go into a stranger’s automobile.
- Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
- Walk don’t run. When crossing the street look both ways.
October 22, 2009 was a big day for Microsoft—it officially introduced Windows 7 to the world. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 has received positive recognition from early adopters so far. The new OS is overall faster by dumping a bunch of unnecessary bundled applications. Also, Windows 7 gives the control back the user and promises a quicker access to files and programs with a simple click.
1. New Live Taskbar
The new taskbar icons are easier to organize. You can mouse over to preview thumbnails of files and programs in full screen and click the one you want to work with.
If you have a program you use all the time or a file you want quick access to, you can pin it to the taskbar. Read More
New research indicates that at least one in five children ages 1 to 11 are not getting enough vitamin D. Even more shocking, nearly 90% of African American children and 80% of Hispanic children may be deficient in this important vitamin.
Vitamin D has been shown to play an important role in bone health, heart health, immune health and much more! It can be obtained in a number of ways including dietary intake of foods such as milk and fatty fish, exposure to sunlight and dietary supplementation.
To read more about this new information on vitamin D and children, click here. Read More
A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition explored the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart health in healthy subjects. Over 57,000 subjects were enrolled in the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort study. During the follow-up of almost 8 years, over 1,000 of those subjects had developed acute coronary syndrome. The report concluded men with increased intakes of EPA and DHA had a decreased associated risk of acute coronary syndrome than compared to those with less EPA and DHA in their diet.
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By now, you’ve hopefully already joined the social networking revolution. In the midst of adding friends and neighbors, you’ve probably been all giddy over the networking opportunities you’ve now been presented with. Who wouldn’t get excited – considering that some 340 million + global users are currently using social networks!
Not to burst your social networking bubble, but this week’s tip is a very important one. It deals with email marketing and communicating with this plethora of prospects you have at your disposal.
While social networks encourage you to meet and communicate with other people with similar likes and dislikes, sites like Facebook, MySpace and ma Chatterbox are in fact just that – a means to communicate with other people on a personal level. Read More
For quite some time, record execs have taken a lot away from the artist. It as never seemed to be ‘about the music.’
They require the artist to produce a set number of albums under their contract before they will let them out. And forget about actually wanting to write music that means a lot to you, the artist! Instead, you basically produce records under guidance from the record execs as to the type of sound they want to market. Once you’re done, all the hard work that went into producing their record (I mean your record) isn’t yours.
Definitely doesn’t sound like they are in it ‘for the music.’ Luckily though, there’s a better way! Read More
The September issue of Functional Ingredients included an intriguing article on healthy aging, quality of life and dietary supplements. It included a number of staggering statistics on aging individuals and I wanted to share some of them with you.
- 1/3 of people over the age of 65 fall down each year. One in five of those require medical attention and one in 10 break a bone
- Falls are responsible for the deaths of more than 20,000 people in the US each year
- Nearly 40% of fatal falls are by people older than 85 years old
- By age 60, four in 10 men and half of all women report joint pain in one or more joints
- For the US population as a whole, 50 million have arthritis
- Peak bone density is reached at age 35.
Summer’s leafy green foliage is changing into beautiful colors, but before long, the colors will fade and the leaves will fall. What’s leftover is a big mess, clogging gutters and covering lawns. Here are some helpful hints to make sure you’re prepared.
Gutter cleaning before the winter is crucial because buildups of sticks, leaves and other debris in your gutters can cause ice blocks, leading to bigger problems during winter. What’s the best way to tackle this leafy problem?
For technology buffs, iRobot has the answer. The Looj is an awesome remotely-controlled gutter cleaning robot that will clean your gutters for you! It fits right inside the gutter and does all the work, cleaning 10 feet of guttering per minute over downspouts and under gutter spikes, saving you tons of time and headache. Read More
Motives by Loren Ridinger launched its new “Go Red” lipstick Thursday October 15 with 25 percent of all proceeds being donated to the American Heart Association. Ridinger, senior vice president of Market America and Creative Director of Motives, hosted the Red Dress Fashion Show benefiting the American Heart Association during Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach at the Setai Hotel where the official announcement was made.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — the American Heart Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. Read More