Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

Hoodia Not For Pregnant Women

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Hoodia is being touted as the dieting miracle of the century, but there have not been any studies to determine if there is an adverse affect on pregnant women, women who are about to get pregnant, or nursing mothers. Dieting during pregnancy, unless under doctor’s orders and medical supervision, seems a risky proposition to begin with. Taking diet supplements during pregnancy, even if there is no evidence that they have harmful short term effects, like Hoodia, should probably be avoided entirely.

Hoodia special report.

Wedding Anniversary Presents

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Wedding anniversary presents don’t have to be elaborate, expensive, or painstaking to find and buy.  Especially now that we have access to all of the products, services, ideas, and guidelines the internet affords, we can get the most traditional or most unusual of wedding anniversary presents.

For starters, we can consult the traditions list, searching for the wedding anniversary presents that meet the appropriate material criteria:

1st First year: paper
2nd Second year: cotton/straw/calico
3rd Third year: leather
4th Fourth year: fruit/flowers
5th Fifth year: wood
6th Sixth year: candy/iron
7th Seventh year: wool/copper
8th Eighth year: bronze/pottery
9th Ninth year: pottery
10th Tenth year: tin
11th Eleventh year: steel
12th Twelfth year: silk/linen
13th Thirteenth year: lace
14th Fourteenth year: ivory
15th Fifteenth year: crystal
20th Twentieth year: china
25th Twenty-fifth year: silver
30th Thirtieth year: pearl
35th Thirty-fifth year: coral
40th Fortieth year: ruby
45th Forty-fifth year: sapphire
50th Fiftieth year: gold
60th Sixtieth year: diamond

Next, we can consider all of the possibilities that fall within that range if we want to buy a gift already produced and packed—one that is generic, but still thoughtful, that is.


Given the above list, it is easy to find the gift that is best for the hallmark anniversary.  For instance, a silver frame, to include a photo of the anniversary couple, is classic for the 25-year anniversary.  Or a money tree is still a great no-brainer for the first year—not only because money is made of paper, but the first year marrieds can likely use that extra money!

So accordingly, here are a few of the many possibilities for wedding anniversary gift ideas:

1st First year: paper – okay, besides money, how about tickets to something?
2nd Second year: cotton/straw/calico – how about “pretend” straw? One company makes a thatch bowl that is actually ceramic but looks like straw.
3rd Third year: leather – faux leather might be better these days, so what about a leather stuffed animal?
4th Fourth year: fruit/flowers – do you really want your inlaws to hate you for sending cases and cases of prickly pears, that arrive every month for a year?  How about a lemon tree for the back yard?
5th Fifth year: wood – What culture does the couple identify with?  A wooden menorah in December or a pair of decorator dutch shoes filled with potpourri might work nicely.
6th Sixth year: candy/iron – The couples favorite candy, arranged in an iron (or simulated iron) vase?
7th Seventh year: wool/copper – Mittens with the surname initial?  A copper engraving by their favorite artist?
8th Eighth year: bronze/pottery – Find the local potter; can he/she craft something special for the anniversary couple?


If you go with more personalized, home-crafted items, you may wish to still use the traditional materials but customize the gift (or have it customized if you don’t feel all that artsy):

20th Twentieth year: china – get the signatures of the guest book (signatures of all the guests at the wedding who are now at the anniversary party) by handing them a glass marker (pen that marks on anything and doesn’t erase—like a Sharpie®) and having them sign the china platter you bought.

25th Twenty-fifth year: silver – use silver embroidery thread to embellish one of their favorite materials/clothing items/bedding items.

30th Thirtieth year: pearl – you could buy an Egyptian-made mother of pearl backgammon board, or you could buy the pearl (opalescent paint and cover the pawns of a chess game with it.  Neatly, of course. Pearl earrings are always an elegant choice.

35th Thirty-fifth year: coral – How about buying a painting of coral reefs (or of anything, really) and gluing to it some lovely coral from the pet fish store or arts and crafts store—making a beautiful 3-D piece?

50th Fiftieth year: gold - There are gold yarns and threads—great for matching gold sweaters, mittens, or throws.  What else could you use gold yarn in?  How about gold flakes?  What could you put the flakes in?  On?

You get the idea.  Now have fun coming up with more of your own!

Women Body Building

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Have you ever considered beefing-up? Okay, for those of you who have no clue what that means, I just want to assure you that it has nothing to do with beef products and cooking. By beefing-up I mean getting stacked, ripped and totally solid. You know, gain some significant muscle weight. If you are a male, then you can be certain that this will impress the ladies. Hey, I’m not just saying that either. The truth is that most women find muscular men attractive. Within moderation of course. I’m not telling you to get as buff as the Incredible Hulk himself. I’m just saying that 20 pounds of extra muscle can go a long ways. I recall when I was skinny back in high school. I was glad to pack on 15 pounds of pure muscle as an adult. I didn’t want to keep a child’s body forever. Oh, and we shouldn’t forget about the women body building. I’m sure some ladies could use some extra brawn.

The topic of women body building is such a bizarre one. It’s actually not that commended, or have you noticed? Just check out what is considered attractive in both genders. Sure, men are preferred to be buff and strong. However, one mention of women body building and men bolt. They typically want nothing to do with a lady who’s stacked and strong. They expect a Victoria’s Secret body from the softer sex. Now, I personally can’t knock the delicate figure of a standard woman, but I see nothing wrong with women body building. In fact, I think it’s a wonderful idea. I would think contemporary women would love to be ripped and strong. Imagine your new physical prowess in comparison to the average female. Imagine how the men you encounter would not be near as physically dominating as before. Maybe you would now possess the brute strength over them. That has got to sound enticing. You’re going to fill out that little black dress a lot better too.

One factor you may want to consider regarding women body building is the reason why men don’t prefer a buff lady. I think it’s all about intimidation. If the woman is strong, the man may feel less adequate. Hey, this is their problem. Not yours! So for all you women body building nuts out there, check out that Bowflex home gym and lift on. Achieve that ripped figure that you’ve always wanted. It may give you much more confidence and peace of mind.

Men’s Wingtip Shoes Are A Classic

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

If there has ever been a shoe style that says “I am a professional” the classic wingtip shoe is it. Quality, value and sophistication tell you about this shoe and the man who wears it. Wingtips (or wing tips for you non-Bostonians) is the classic men’s dress shoe that will never be out of style for so long as men wear shoes.

Classic and specialty shoes for wide feet.

Choosing A High-Quality Pair Of Women’s Dress Shoes

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

You don’t have to spend a fortune on dress shoes to buy a quality women’s dress shoe that fits comfortably, that is, if you know what to look for. Price is not always an indication of quality.

Wanna’ Buy A Gas Station

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

For a long time, there was nothing that you could do that would help you more and give you a better promise of always making money than to buy a gas station. As long as there are cars, it seemed, there will be gas stations, and people go to them every day. If you buy a gas station, especially on a main thoroughfare, hundreds of people will fill up at your pumps every day. If you buy gas station and then improve it by selling good snacks and drinks, and always having good hot coffee available, the appeal will be even greater. The fact is that there is no better way to make money in the service industry than to buy a gas station.

Of course, things are changing and buying gas stations seems like a riskier long term investment. No one is quite sure what will happen as the worlds supply of oil continues to slip down and down, year after year. The price will go up, and people will be more pressed to find alternative fuels. Of course, many people think that it is still a reasonable idea to buy gas station. After all, if you buy gas station, you will still have years of business before oil supplies dry up. Many investors also conclude that when they buy gas station, they are not limited by the duration of the world’s oil supplies. Once those are gone, they will be able to put in the pumps for whatever the new fuel is, be it hydrogen, or ethanol. They do not hesitate to buy gas station. After all, investing is all about taking risks, is it not? I suppose you could always find a way to get rich in the stock market.

If you do buy gas station, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Never buy gas station on a road that is not a main thoroughfare, or at least a big trucker stop. If you buy gas station there, no matter how nice you make it, no one is going to go out of their way to come there, since it makes more sense to buy gas on their way to work, or whatever. Also, it can be a good idea to buy gas station from a well known brand. People will tend to trust in it more, as they can be very particular about what they wil and what they won’t put in to their cars. You need their trust to succeed.

No Fax Payday Loans

Friday, January 12th, 2007
When expenses arrive before income corporate money managers use receivable financing to manage cash flow. No fax payday loans are pretty much like payday money when done the right way. If you need money now before your regular payday check you can get up to $1000 in 24 hours deposited direct into your checking or savings account. No Fax Payday Loans. Get approved in minutes..

Collectible Watches and Grandfather Clocks

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I’ve always appreciated the grandeur and elegance of antique grandfather clocks. Growing up in the old South, these items were commonplace in most of my friends’ homes, so I got to see a lot of different varieties and styles. As a child, I promised myself that I would always have antique grandfather clocks in whatever apartments or houses I ended up living in so that my own children could enjoy these masterpieces as much as I did.

Of course, that promise was made rather prematurely, seeing as I had no idea how much antique grandfather clocks cost! So as an adult, I lived in many different places without having the comforting presence of an antique grandfather clock to remind me of home. After a while I got used to the situation, but I always felt that something was out of place or missing.

I resolved to buy myself an antique grandfather clock as soon as I emerged from the financial hole I was in. At that time, I was still paying off student loans, had a monthly car payment, and had a brand new mortgage to think about. Plus, I was trying to start my own business on the side, so my limited income was pretty much spoken for as soon as the funds hit my bank account. As luck would have it, my business venture turned out to be moderately successful, and I soon had more disposable income to spend however I wanted.

The first thing I decided to do was check out some antique grandfather clocks that would help turn my house into a home. Even though I was doing better financially, I wasn’t exactly swimming in cash, so I was still looking for a good deal. Since I like to do all of my shopping online, I browsed through some auction sites to see what antique grandfather clocks were going for. The ones I saw cost more money than I was willing to spend, so I started looking elsewhere for antique grandfather clocks.

I then found many websites that sell replica antique grandfather clocks. These are high-quality reproductions of the classic styles that I was so familiar with. But since these replica antique grandfather clocks were manufactured relatively recently, they were priced much more reasonably. I was able to find a beautiful replica in finished mahogany for about a third of what I would have had to pay for authentic antique grandfather clocks of the same material. Having my antique grandfather clock in my home (even if it is a replica) evokes the wonderful sights and sounds of my childhood, and really takes me back to the good old days. And best of all, I was able to fulfill that old childhood promise I made to myself.

If a grandfather clock is a bit overwhelming look at recreating your grandfather’s railroad watch.

Resolution To Pay Off Credit Cards With 0% Balance Transfer

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

One way to help pay off high interest credit card debt is to trandfer balances to a new card with a 0% balance transfer teaser. Of course this only works if you do not add to the balance of either card. It’s worth a look.

Saw Palmetto For Prostate Problems

Monday, January 8th, 2007

By: Susie Q
You should know your botanicals| What do I mean when I say this? I mean it’s important to know which natural plant extracts and minerals do what. How can they benefit you in your day-to-day life and with your overall health? Let’s look at saw palmetto for example. Do you know the benefits of saw palmetto? It offers the human body a number of defenses. Now, the question is; how can this herbal remedy benefit you? That just depends on your current condition, gender, and age. Are you ready to get involved with herbal supplements that could save your life?

I first heard of saw palmetto when I was in college. It was mentioned by a girl in my biology class. The professor instantly knew what it was. However, I on the other hand was confused. As opposed to raising my hand in class and letting everyone know that I had no idea what it was, I decided on an alternative route to information. The Internet! It took me only a few minutes to learn the basic benefits of saw palmetto. So, who wants to hear them? Well, first of all, saw palmetto is great for men because it aids in the prevention of prostate problems. The benefits of saw palmetto also include stress management, hair loss prevention; help with chest congestion, and thyroid deficiencies.

If you are over 50 you can use saw palmetto for prostate problems. It may help you urinate better. These are incredible benefits. Probably one of the most widely noticed ones is the hair loss prevention. It always goes straight to the vanity first. No one wants to lose their precious dew. Well, here’s the spiel. Saw palmetto blocks DHT. This is the terrible catalyst that causes male and female pattern baldness. When it interacts with your hair follicles, the hair is weakened and falls out. Then unfortunately it doesn’t come back. Over the years these missing hairs can really add up. Suddenly you’re bald on top with a ten inch forehead.

You can find all sorts of products now days that offer the benefits of saw palmetto. As far as that hair issue goes, check into the shampoos and conditioners that offer DHT blockers. There are plenty of these to go around. Look into supplements that offer the benefits of saw palmetto in reference to your health.