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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Help with Divorce: Ways to Handle Grief

A divorce is often a very painful experience. It is difficult to accept that everything you fought for – everything that was once so good and thrilling, perfect and pure - has come to an end. People often grieve over the loss of a marriage and that is perfectly normal. Many will have a hard time adjusting to the overwhelming feelings that you go through during a divorce, but with the right support system to help you through it, you can be happy and feel ‘normal’ again in time.
Here are some ways to help you handle the transition…
The first thing you need to do is acknowledge your feelings. You have to be honest and sincere with yourself in order get through the disappointment, pain and hurt. The feelings that you have are true and valid, and you should not wallow in self-pity.
As you begin to take care of yourself on the inside, mentally and emotionally, you should also take care of yourself on the outside. Get enough rest and sleep to help reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise is an excellent way to not only burn off stress and anxiety but also keep yourself healthy. People who exercise regularly often have higher levels of self-esteem than those who don’t. If you don’t have an exercise plan yet, this would be the best time to include it in your daily plans of activity. Exercising does not only helps you increase your physical health, but studies show that people who exercise regularly are less depressed and are happier than those who don’t. Having your own exercise routine will help you greatly in accepting and overcoming the feelings of grief.
Often times it is best to call for professional help with divorce to get all the help you need. Although it is advisable to share your feelings with friends and family, a professional counsellor can give you new insights and is trained and educated in ways to specifically help you get through this difficult time. Sharing your feelings with friends and family is great, but sometimes you just don’t want to open up to everyone that way and it is more comfortable to be able to freely discuss your feelings with a professional counsellor instead. Your therapist will listen to every detail of the problem and make helpful suggestions to speed you along the road to recovery.
Remember that you are not alone. There are others who have been through what you going through, often with very similar experiences and complications. It is beneficial to talk with others who are also going through the same thing you are right now. Joining a support group will create connections with other people who are working their way through the grieving and eventually healing processes associated with a divorce. You will realize that not one person has gone through a divorce without experiencing feelings of grief. Although it takes time for wounds to close and heal, everyone will recover; it is just a matter of time. Listening to other people’s experiences and stories will widen your understanding of the problem and is often one of the best ways to help you get through the hardship of divorce. Meeting new people will not only help you discover more about but you will also generate new and supportive friends, which is always a good thing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts to Break: Tips to a Happy Marriage

How do you keep love alive and make it stronger? How do you maintain that spark? Marriage starts the moment you say that sweet and long awaited ‘I do’ to the person whom you adore and view as your world, your rock - the person with whom you can’t imagine spending the rest of your life without. But how do you really keep that passion burning?

First and foremost, it is very important for a couple to really know their personal differences and similarities before entering into marriage. You should know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and be accepting of them. Strangely, it is important to think of what you would do to save your marriage before a problem ever starts. The vows that the couple makes are very sacred and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Just because you get married does not mean that you will never experience bad times and struggles, mental, physical, financial, spiritual, or otherwise. These struggles can make or break a marriage. They can tear a marriage apart if you aren’t careful or they could make a couple’s relationship stronger. Life is full of ups and downs, good times and bad and a couple entering into marriage really needs to be prepared and willing to try to handle any dilemma together.

Today, many couples have become too accepting of divorce and often jump to that conclusion too readily in times of conflict, deciding on that course of action without ever having tried to talk or work things out first. To avoid this sad reality, do what you can to help save your marriage before it ever starts to break. Here are some tips to help ensure a happy and healthy marriage.

Communication. Communication. Communication. You need to listen. Listen to what your partner is communicating to you. Truly listen to what he or she is saying and don’t jump ahead in your mind and start trying to work out solutions before they even finish talking about an issue or concern plaguing them. You need to listen with your heart as well as your head. Sometimes your partner doesn’t want you to figure everything out for them, they just want you to listen and give them a hug, telling them you’re sorry that they are going through that issue or having such a difficult time with whatever it is. We all just want to be loved and accepted and sometimes we just want to vent to our partners and have them give us a hug and tell us everything will be ok.

Be positive. Focus on the positive. When people are attracted to each other and the relationship is still fresh, they focus on the things they like about the person but as time passes, they tend to take for granted what they like about their partners and instead come to focus on the things, often the little things that annoy them or that they simply don’t like. Remembering to focus on the things that you love and like the most about your partner is one way to help avoid break-ups.

Don’t nag. Nagging your partner is irritating and never results in positive changes of behavior but instead tends to fuel resentment, anger, indifference, and even hurt. The more constructive option is to communicate your preferences in a positive way that is neither demeaning nor critical in nature. Also, don’t forget to throw in some positive feedback about his or her positive qualities.

Share moments. Make sure to have plenty of ‘Us’ time. Taking the time to spend more quality time together shows that both of you are dedicated to one another. Do not limit this time with each other to only planned dates, though regular outings together to spend time as a couple is an excellent practice. Your couple time should occur daily and not just be a gripe session about your day at work. Remember to talk about positive things too. Who likes to listen to someone who is negative all the time? Certainly it is good and healthy to communicate your concerns and fears with your spouse, just remember to have positive moments and discussions too. You don’t want to fall into the trap of having every time you sit and really talk with your spouse it’s about problems at work or home or with the family.

Intimacy. Remember to be intimate. Don’t forget that sex and sexual attraction was a huge part of what may have initially made your relationship strong and exciting. Take time to have those intimate moments, and remember intimacy involves more than just sex. It’s about connecting in those small moments, just cuddling together on the couch, holding hands as you walk through the mall or down a street, hugs, baths together, leaning on one another, a massage to sore and tense shoulders, a gentle touch to arm or shoulder or cheek. It’s about sharing space and touch and emotion. Physical touch is a very powerful way to connect and helps remind your partner about how much you love and care about them.

Being in a successful marriage requires many things. Communication, empathy, understanding, patience, acceptance, compromise, compassion, tolerance. Practice these things and you can help ensure you save your marriage before it ever starts to break.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alternative Heating Solutions: Solar Heat Panels

The sun is the primary provider of heat energy for our planet. Aside from controlling night and day, the sun is also the mediator of temperature. The heating and cooling processes associated with the sun controls the water cycle of the planet, making a big impact on ecology. The heat and light that reach the Earth from the Sun is an essential for the continued existence of life on this planet.
During the night and winter seasons (which obviously happen at different times and different places all over the Earth at the same time) the heat and light needed is insufficient. During these times, humans make use of alternative heat energy called fuels. The most common fuels we use are fossil fuels and wood. The abuse of these alternative heat sources contribute greatly to the increase in global temperature causing unwanted climate changes. The destruction caused by these alternative heating solutions prompted scientists to create a more ecological-friendly solution. One of the most promising of these ecological-friendly alternatives is solar heat panels. The panels work by harnessing the sun’s natural energy to provide heat and light for households during winter seasons, among other things.
The sun emits heat energy on a typical day. But the challenge now is to find the means to make this energy useful. The energy that can be harnessed from the sun can be stored and used when needed. The solar heat panels have two unique aspects, and these are: heat generation and storage.
The collecting panels are flat, thin box-like planes, that are transparent in color. They are usually placed on the rooftops of houses or buildings facing the sun. The sun’s heat energy is absorbed by the black metal plate that is inside the box. The plate then activates the sun’s radiation to heat the liquid tubing matrix in the collector. The usual liquids used are water, air, and antifreeze chemicals. These solar panels are able to heat up the fluids to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, close to boiling point of water.

The heat stored in the solar panels is beneficial in providing needed warmth and light, particularly during winter months when fossil fuel costs typically rise and sometimes become unaffordable for those who need it most. The daily use of these fuels on a massive scale has already had a damaging effect upon the Earth, an effect that will be felt for generations to come. Eco-friendly alternatives like the solar heat panels are the best solution to save the planet.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cleaner Energy with Wind Power Electricity

There are different sources of electricity. Most of our electricity today comes from power plants in which power generators are fueled by things like coal and petroleum. Alternatives like solar power and wind power are available as well and increasing in popularity due to the fact they are known as clean and renewable sources. The different sources of energy fit the different needs of the consumers. Each energy source has its own advantages and disadvantages that may determine its availability and feasibility in any given application.

Electric power from wind is an example of clean energy. When generating electricity from wind, there are no harmful chemicals or gases emitted during the process. As a matter of fact, most environmentalists push for the implementation of more wind turbines to power communities and provide them with their basic need for electricity. Just imagine a world with clean sources of energy: it would be wind-powered, smokeless, odorless, and environmentally friendly.

To understand the basic operation of converting wind to electricity, one needs to understand the generator itself. A generator is an electrical machine that converts kinetic energy to electrical energy. There are a lot of articles on the internet that discuss in detail how they operate. As an electric generator, it needs a "prime mover" in order to operate and produce electricity. The prime mover is actually any mechanical force that rotates a certain part of the generator. There was a period in history when people manually rotated the generator for power production. This of course was very impractical. We need other sources of mechanical force to act as the prime mover of the generator. In the mid 1900’s, engineers began to design generators with wind as their prime movers. Later in 1970’s, the first practical wind powered generator was in operation, and so began the era of wind-powered electricity.

Wind power generation is most ideally located where there is a strong wind almost all the day, every day. The most common locations are beaches and coastal areas where there is a sea breeze during the daytime and land breeze during the night time. With enough wind power, electricity generation can go as high as several kilowatts to megawatts, enough to provide power to a small to medium sized community. Islands with wind generators located on the mainland can provide their own power. Submarine power cables are very impractical and dangerous at the same time. So by using wind energy, the island can still have electricity. Archipelagoes will benefit this kind of electric power generation.

There are many advantages that wind energy offers. It answers both the problems of decreasing sources of fossil fuels and the need for a clean energy sources. For years, it remained a minority in providing electric power to communities, but as technology and the demand for clean, renewable energy sources increase, we will likely find it used more and more.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Basics of Homemade Electricity

Every day, we all consume electric energy, whether through the use of handy MP3 players, laptops, stereo systems, televisions or massive home heating and air conditioning systems. We all need and consume power, yet most of us have never considered making "homemade electricity."
Can you build your own electric generator? Is that even possible? Yes. But before we look into the "hows" and "whys", let’s talk about electricity.
Electricity is a form of energy just like heat and light. Naturally occurring electric sources, however, are hard to find, and most only produce very little power. Take for example the static electricity that makes your arm hair stand up in an air-conditioned room. Fortunately, one basic law about energy is that it can be converted from one form to another. Therefore, our electric energy is just a product of converting any energy source to electricity. And because of that, we can miniaturize electric power generation.
The most common way to produce homemade electricity is through the use of a solar panel. Solar panels consist of photovoltaic cells, or in simple terms, light energy to electricity converters. Light rays from the sun activate the photovoltaic cells which produce voltage. The voltage produced from each cell is relatively small. Because of this, cells are either connected in series or parallel in order to produce the desired voltage level. Of course, solar panels have drawbacks. First is that they are very expensive to buy. Secondly, they have a low efficiency rating compared to other electric generators. So if you plan to produce your homemade electricity using solar panels, just prepare your wallet.
Another common way to produce homemade electricity is to convert wind to electricity. A wind generator is used for this method. Basically, a wind generator is a dynamo (the general name for any motor or generator) connected to a turbine that is rotated by the force of the wind. The turbine collects the wind energy, while the dynamo converts the mechanical force of the wind to electricity. As stated above, a dynamo is a general term for a motor. If a dynamo converts electrical energy to mechanical energy, it is a motor. If it converts mechanical energy to electricity, it is a generator. Compared to solar panels, wind generators provide a relatively higher efficiency. However, the wind turbine must be oriented where the wind is strongest for better electric production.
Both solar panels and wind generators will not produce electricity if there is no sunlight and wind respectively. Storing their generated energy in a battery is one solution to this problem. Care must be properly observed when using batteries, especially those with high "mAh" ratings. When short-circuited, they can produce fatal levels of current.
There are several viable options for creating your own homemade electricity. It is just a matter of a little research, a little trial-and-error, and of course a little patience before you can generate practical amounts of electric energy. Just remember to take safety precautions when dealing with electricity. You don’t want to fry your Ipod, or worse – fry yourself!

solar electricity system

Over the last 100 years, electricity has provided the means of opportunity for the greatest developments and improvements known to mankind. New technologies and inventions are constantly being developed with a dependence upon electricity. As the growth of the world’s economy increases so too does the exponential demand for electricity. Today, electricity has become a commodity we can’t live without. In the past, fossil fuels like coal and oil have provided us with the necessary resources to produce our own electricity with the use of generators in power plants. Since the recognition that these fossil fuels were not limitless and possibly dangerous to both the environment and the inhabitants of Earth, an increased demand for new research has led to the development of safer and cleaner energy sources. One such energy source is solar power.
Solar electricity systems use indirect and direct methods of harnessing the energy of the sun. Direct methods use photovoltaics, commonly known as solar cells, made from thin slices of crystalline gallium arsenide, silicon, or other semiconductor materials to convert solar radiation into electricity. By connecting large numbers of these cells into panels, the cost of photovoltaic electricity has been reduced to 20 to 30 cents per kilowatt-hour. This technology has long been used in providing electrical energy to satellites that orbit the earth and observing satellites in the depths of space. Solar electricity systems provide a long term and sustainable energy resource because of the non-existence of mechanical parts, which is unlike the situation with power generating power plants. However, the efficiencies of these cells are relatively low and also dependent on the time of day and seasonal changes. Solar electricity systems need to convert the DC voltage into AC compatible supply in order to be used for commercial and home use.
Indirect methods utilize the concentration of solar radiation to focus the energy to heat or boil certain liquids like water, to power turbines and eventually produce electricity. One common technology is the use of a parabolic trough which consists of a linear parabolic reflector that concentrates solar energy into a receiver positioned on the focal line of the receiver. In the focal line of the receiver, tubing connected to the turbine is filled with liquid to absorb the heat generated by the concentration of the solar energy. Solar electricity systems such as this have higher efficiencies because the heat of the sun is directly utilized. Moreover, other technologies extend the efficiencies by utilizing solar power towers and solar dishes.
We have experienced the benefits of fossil fuels and realized its negative consequences. Moving the trend towards the use of sustainable and cleaner energy is a must in ensuring life on earth. Plants have harnessed the solar energy even before humans ever existed. Why can’t we replicate its ability to take the energy from the sun when we are more intelligent beings? We must stop digging the ground and oceans and start looking to the sky above. Solar electricity systems provide the means to achieve this goal.

Solar Power Cost

Today, electricity has become both a necessity and a commodity. In our time, it has become a priority in comparison to food, water, shelter and clothing. Since its utilization in the late 19th century, electricity has become the most widely used energy source and has led to the development of modern conveniences from light-bulbs to refrigerators to stoves and irons and washing machines to computers and stereos and even some cars.
At present, the extensive use and abuse of fossil fuels has taken a toll on us by introducing greenhouse gases, depleting natural resources, providing hazardous work conditions for some (those mining the coal and stationed on oil rigs) and led to the imbalance of our climate commonly referred to as "the climate change." In order to decrease the effects of these threats, new alternative energy resources such as solar panels are being used. Solar power integration in households and buildings is starting to increase and the demand for this type of clean and renewable energy is increasing too. Research and development has brought about great improvements related to solar panel production, but there still are considerable costs associated with the purchase and installation of these devices.
The cost of solar panels and the resulting power depends upon the application, materials, and quality of equipment, all of which determines the life span of the overall installation. For premade solar arrays, a single array can cost $900 (which equates to about $12 per Watt.) This does not include installation. A professional installation for a small-scale home would cost around $20,000. This includes the complete system and equipment. The installation at a medium-scale home would run about $25,000 while a large-scale house installation would be approximately $50,000.
The cost of solar power is very expensive at first glance because of the per installation basis. The relatively high expense of professional installation is due to the fact that solar energy utilization is an emerging technology. To make the most of any solar panel installation, energy efficient appliances should be used to extend the lifespan and effectiveness.
Maintenance is also a considerable area of concern because solar panels are very delicate and sensitive to dust and other obstructions. However, manufacturers are starting to strengthen their solar panel products for increased durability and functionality. To fully use the solar panels, the geographical area and the orientation with respect to the sun must be considered extensively. A trustworthy solar power provider must be chosen in order to provide the best value for money.
Excluding the cost of installation and maintenance, the cost of solar electricity generation is relatively zero. Unlike fossil fuel power plants where a considerable amount of fuel must be constantly maintained in order to generate electrical energy. With solar panel technology, as long as the sun and the earth exist, one can generate electrical energy.
So yes, while the cost of solar power is expensive at the first glance, there are many benefits. Compared to the expenses that accumulate over time with regard to fossil fuels, the savings and benefits of solar panels extensively surpass the other. Solar energy is safer, cleaner and eco-friendly. As governments are starting to consider these benefits, the trend of solar power utilization will eventually decrease solar power cost. Everything on earth is linked. And the earth is linked to the sun, its original energy source.

What to consider when you buy solar panels.

It is amazing to realize that the energy human beings consume in one whole year is only equivalent to one hour of the sun’s energy being emitted to the Earth. Indeed, the sun possesses enormous amounts of energy and yet massive it may be, it gives life to all the creatures on the earth’s surface. Each organism makes use of the solar energy in different ways. The plants for example, are able to absorb solar energy for food production through the process known as photosynthesis. Human beings utilize solar energy through the use of technological advancements associated with the use of solar power equipment. Through this equipment it is possible for solar energy to be converted into mechanical energy and even other types of energy.
Generating solar power into other forms generally involves its conversion to current flow or electricity. All other forms of energy are produced from this. It is through this that household appliances, lighting equipment, computers and other things are being powered. Typical solar power equipment utilizes photovoltaic cells which are made up of conductor and semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide and silicon. In order to supply ample amounts of energy from solar panels, it is necessary to make use of large surface areas. It is also important to ensure the durability of the solar panels to withstand external environmental exposure.
Power generated through the use of solar power equipment can power various applications ranging from small scale household appliances to large scale buildings and machines. At present, there are new installation solutions being rendered for the integration of buildings, households and even machines.
Solar power equipment comes in different varieties, but generally has the same components that supply appliances and other equipment within the household. The parts of typical solar power equipment include the following: photovoltaic cells, as mentioned earlier, a battery, an inverter and an indicator. In order to reach a specific amount of needed energy output, it is necessary to combine groups of photovoltaic cells and an appropriate voltage.
For electrical storage for future usage, it is essential to make use of several DC batteries as part of your solar power energy system. Most solar power equipment comes in a package that includes battery chargers. The inverter on the other hand is used to provide power to AC dependent appliances. The inverter converts DC electricity into AC electricity, which is most suitable for common household appliances. Solar power equipment also contains an indicator, which is commonly known as a meter. This indicator or meter mainly provides a visual indication regarding the power and voltage of the equipment.
The sun is considered to be the most abundant energy resource of the planet, providing natural, sustainable and safe energy unlike any other. Solar power equipment lets us start making use of some of this energy. Instead of pillaging the Earth for fossil fuels, we should perhaps instead look to the sky. The Sun is a clean and powerful endless energy source, just waiting to be used.

Solar Power Equipment

It is amazing to realize that the energy human beings consume in one whole year is only equivalent to one hour of the sun’s energy being emitted to the Earth. Indeed, the sun possesses enormous amounts of energy and yet massive it may be, it gives life to all the creatures on the earth’s surface. Each organism makes use of the solar energy in different ways. The plants for example, are able to absorb solar energy for food production through the process known as photosynthesis. Human beings utilize solar energy through the use of technological advancements associated with the use of solar power equipment. Through this equipment it is possible for solar energy to be converted into mechanical energy and even other types of energy.
Generating solar power into other forms generally involves its conversion to current flow or electricity. All other forms of energy are produced from this. It is through this that household appliances, lighting equipment, computers and other things are being powered. Typical solar power equipment utilizes photovoltaic cells which are made up of conductor and semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide and silicon. In order to supply ample amounts of energy from solar panels, it is necessary to make use of large surface areas. It is also important to ensure the durability of the solar panels to withstand external environmental exposure.
Power generated through the use of solar power equipment can power various applications ranging from small scale household appliances to large scale buildings and machines. At present, there are new installation solutions being rendered for the integration of buildings, households and even machines.
Solar power equipment comes in different varieties, but generally has the same components that supply appliances and other equipment within the household. The parts of typical solar power equipment include the following: photovoltaic cells, as mentioned earlier, a battery, an inverter and an indicator. In order to reach a specific amount of needed energy output, it is necessary to combine groups of photovoltaic cells and an appropriate voltage.
For electrical storage for future usage, it is essential to make use of several DC batteries as part of your solar power energy system. Most solar power equipment comes in a package that includes battery chargers. The inverter on the other hand is used to provide power to AC dependent appliances. The inverter converts DC electricity into AC electricity, which is most suitable for common household appliances. Solar power equipment also contains an indicator, which is commonly known as a meter. This indicator or meter mainly provides a visual indication regarding the power and voltage of the equipment.
The sun is considered to be the most abundant energy resource of the planet, providing natural, sustainable and safe energy unlike any other. Solar power equipment lets us start making use of some of this energy. Instead of pillaging the Earth for fossil fuels, we should perhaps instead look to the sky. The Sun is a clean and powerful endless energy source, just waiting to be used.

Getting Pregnant Naturally

Getting Pregnant Naturally
The sad reality is that not everyone who wants a baby will be blessed with the ability to conceive easily and naturally. Many people experience difficulties in conceiving because of medical issues that either they or their partners have. Many people find that it is a good idea to pursue natural methods for conceiving even after they have made endless attempts in the offices of their doctors and fertility specialists. There are many, many stories of people finding success in conceiving naturally after they’d given up on medical procedures.
Despite the fact that there are a lot of products everywhere that promise to help you achieve the pregnancy you so desperately want, it is still best to follow natural protocols when possible. Following natural ways may assist you in the path towards forming the loving family of your dreams.
The following tips may help you finally achieve the pregnancy you desire:
Keep a happy and positive disposition. Some say, that the secret to conceiving is all in the mind. You have to condition your thinking to always be positive. There are studies that affirm the notion that it’s not only physical health and wellness that matters when it comes to pregnancy. It is easier to get pregnant if you possess happy and stable thinking. You should do your best to maintain a happy attitude and stay away from negative influences that might bring your spirit down. As stress levels increase, the chances of fertility may dramatically be reduced, so don’t pressure yourself to conceive quickly. Allow time for nature to take its course and always have the determination, the focus, and the will in your mind that when the rightful time comes, you will be blessed with a baby.

Take time to relax and unwind. Since it is an established fact that stress is a hindrance to your body’s over-all performance, having some time to relax at your own pace and discretion could alleviate the stress that is constantly hunting you. Having a warm bath, or indulging yourself in aromatherapy, a massage or reflexology may also help you alleviate stress. These activities do not only condition your body but also soothe the mind.

Eat a healthy diet. Nutritious foods like green leafy vegetables that are rich in folic acid and essential vitamins are very vital for the health and wellbeing of both the mother and the baby. Having adequate intake of lean meat and beans will also provide you with the protein and iron that you will need to make your body capable of conceiving. These foods can also improve your ability to ovulate because low iron levels have been shown to negatively affect the female reproductive system and in fact, may impede ovulation.
Following these simple, natural steps mentioned above will certainly not hurt you. In fact, with any luck, maybe it will be just the trick and soon you’ll find yourself pregnant with the baby of your dreams.

When is the Best Day to Get Pregnant?

When is the Best Day to Get Pregnant?
The whole maternity process is not easy. Even the simple act of getting pregnant is painfully difficult for some. There are several factors which can lead to difficulty in conceiving including stress, diet, medication, infection and others. Some people choose to follow conservative but invasive treatments to address the problem of fertility. But for many, just knowing the best day to get conceive can solve the problem without spending much time and money or potentially undergoing painful medical procedures.
There are many natural ways to identify the best day for a woman to become pregnant. Each offers a different style of distinguishing the optimal time for conception. They may be used independently or together to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
One of the easiest ways to get pregnant is by knowing the time period of ovulation that is part of your menstrual cycle. Ovulation is the time when a mature ovum (or egg) is released in the uterus following a rise in the levels of Luteinizing Hormone (LH). For a normal twenty eight-day cycle, this usually falls on the fourteenth day. For those who have a menstrual cycle other than the twenty-eight day series, divide the actual number of days in your cycle by two and then add in an allowance of one to two days to arrive at an estimated day of ovulation. This is not an exact science however and the calculation doesn’t hold true for all women.
The mature ovum or egg that is released during ovulation is ripe for fertilization and ready for conception. It has a short lifespan though. It is viable for a total of twelve hours before it starts to disintegrate. The day of ovulation is the best day to get pregnant. There are other signs and symptoms associated with ovulation that are worth noting and tracking since the above calculation is really just a guideline.
One of these other signs and symptoms is noted by noting and tracking the changes in your cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is a substance that increases in volume as the menstrual cycle progresses. This secretion and its characteristics are representations of the rising levels of estrogen in the body. The day your cervical mucus turns clear, stretchy and slippery (often characterized as resembling egg whites) is the best day to get pregnant. The role of this mucus is to protect the sperm from harmful vaginal substances, nourish them and guide them through the uterus into the fallopian tubes until one of them gets in contact with the egg cell.
Another sign of ovulation occurs with a change in the body’s basal temperature. A moderate rise in the body’s warmth or the basal body temperature usually happens after ovulation. This means that the production of progesterone is increased which is conducive for conception. The best day to get pregnant is two or three days before the hike in temperature. Charting your basal body temperature for a couple of months can help one identify the best time to get pregnant.
The best time for conception is individualized. Along with a great deal of preparation and a deep understanding of one’s menstrual cycle in relation to pregnancy, one can easily pinpoint the best time to get pregnant. A combination of the three is a formidable tool to achieve the highest possibility of pregnancy.

How to Identify the 1st Signs of Pregnancy

How to Identify the 1st Signs of Pregnancy
Every woman is unique. The same is true for every pregnancy. No two pregnancies are alike, even for the same woman. What may affect or be a symptom in one pregnant woman may not be the same in another, and vice versa.
There are some women who say they just "feel" and "know" exactly the moment when they become pregnant. And then there are others who don’t know or feel they might be pregnant, some not experiencing recognizable symptoms even up until the point of a very unexpected and surprising delivery of a baby they didn’t know they were carrying. Truly, there is a wide assortment of pregnancy signs and symptoms, making it rather difficult for women to use one common, or even a few common signs and symptoms to identify the start of a pregnancy.
Aside from going to the doctor to take a pregnancy test, which is by far the most generally accepted way to establish a pregnancy, understanding the female body and the changes it undergoes while pregnant can help one pick up on subtle clues that might indicate a pregnancy.
For women who have normal menstrual cycles, a missed period is a tattletale sign of pregnancy. But for others with irregular periods, a missed period or a late menstruation is of no concern. Spotting that is associated with implantation of the fertilized egg may resemble a light period, and cause a woman to dismiss the thought of a possible pregnancy. A missed or late period can be the result of many other things including change in diet, medication, stress. Therefore, the lack of a period may be a symptom of early pregnancy for some but not others.
Another big sign of potential pregnancy is changes in the breasts. Changes in a woman’s breasts often indicate a change in the body, especially changes related to child bearing. Early in the beginning stages of pregnancy, the breasts undergo important changes, telling the body that something is happening. They begin to feel tender to the touch and some become painful and overly sensitive to stimuli. However, this alone is not solid proof of a pregnancy because the same changes are experienced in a menstrual cycle. Some women have a sensitivity to certain foods or medications that can facilitate changes in the breast as well.
Morning sickness is another sign of early pregnancy and is often exhibited by nausea and vomiting. It is a classic pregnancy symptom in which a woman will suddenly experience a severe aversion to the scent or taste of food that previously had no effect upon her before. It also occurs any time of the day but it can sometimes be easily resolved with a few saltine crackers and luke warm glass of water.
Another sign of early pregnancy is extreme tiredness. Normal activities that didn’t wear a woman out before suddenly do after she’s become pregnant. She might even find it hard to keep her eyes upon or insist she needs a nap in the afternoon or evening. Some women experience increased trips to the bathroom while others report feelings of bloating or cramping that resembles discomfort from menstruation. These are all common signs of early pregnancy, but are not definitive alone because tiredness or nausea or frequent urination and belly cramps can easily be associated with a number of other health concerns.
The early signs, the first signs, of pregnancy are a combination of personal experiences that go hand in hand with subtle changes in the body. A simple pregnancy text at home or the doctor’s office remains the most credible and recognizable way to confirm a pregnancy and help ensure that the symptoms of missed periods, breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue and other similar things are indeed pregnancy related and not the result of some other medical issue.

How to choose tribal tattoos.

– What It Stands For
Tribal tattoos depict a lot of symbols and are deeply rooted in history. In some instances they represent cultural expressions of spirits, blessings and status. Others could also mean protection and the relationship of earth to the cycle of life. Considered as one of the first tattoos imprinted by accident, tribal tattoo was first used by primitives by playing around with fire. Perhaps it started when someone got poked with a burnt or charred stick and realized this left a permanent mark upon the body.
It has also been said that the very first tribal tattoo pictures were of the sun or flames in honor of the sun god. These tattoos were actually believed by people to be a symbol and instrument that would foster a closer relationship to god.
Tribal tattoo pictures possess three unique characteristics that made them be considered as a form of art. That is pain, permanence and blood. As a form of art, tribal tattoos cover amazing array of designs and is in fact the most common of tattoo designs. Tribal tattoo pictures actually depict native and aboriginal cultures of the past, as well as the up to date graphic designs.
As the name says, tribal tattoos were used to identify tribes, clans and families. It is not only used as an identification of an individual but it was believed that tattoos would allow someone to find his tribe and rejoin with it again in the afterlife. At present, we may not have tribes to identify ourselves with but there are the contemporary forms of tribal groups such as fraternal gangs, and other organizations that make use of designed tattoos.
There are different kinds of tribal tattoo pictures; a Maori tribal tattoo is done with the use of chisels and was considered sacred. It is also a long and painful process. Maori tattoos signify the celebration of life’s important events. It represents courage and strength as well; these tribal tattoo designs consist mainly of distinctive curved shapes and spirals.
There is also a kind of tribal tattoo that uses a fine tooth combed out of a hippopotamus tusk, which is called moli. It is a native Hawaiian tattoo that like any others, offers personal identification. It also signifies protection and a representation of mourning as compared to other tribal tattoo pictures that are plainly body adornments. Another form is the Polynesian type. In contrast to others, Polynesian tribal tattoos are based on traditions, social and religious values, tribe rituals and tribal ancestors.
In general, tribal tattoo pictures are designed in solid black. Although contemporary artists are now starting to break trends and make use several of colors to make designs more attractive and further enhance the artistic values of tribal tattoos.

How to find the best tattoo websites online.

Whether you’re shopping for a particular body art design, looking for a tattoo artist, or simply wanting to learn more about tattoos, it is important that you choose a reliable websites to get the information from. To help you find a good tattoo website, follow these three simple steps so you can start browsing right away.
Search Google
Simply enter "tattoo website" in the Google search box and thousands of sites will appear in an instant. You may also want to redefine your inquiry and make it more specific, such as typing in the keyword and adding your state so you can find a shop that’s close to your area. Of course you can use any other search engine, but Google has more users and will therefore provide you with faster and more reliable results.
Look for Key Qualities in a Potential Tattoos Website
The best way to find a good site is to look for certain qualities that separate it from the rest. But in order to do this, you may have to keep visiting various websites until you can find the one that possesses the following qualities:
Free access to tattoo galleries
Good website layout
High rank in search engine results
Provides contact information and customer service
Contains informative articles with images
Pop-up and virus-free
Positive reviews and feedback from previous and current clients
Offers discounts, affordable rates and quality services to customers
Referrals to tattoo artists in your area
Reliable FAQ page that gives satisfying answers to your inquiries
Buyer protection and safe payment transactions
Make sure to look for these characteristics in the tattoo website you choose to ensure that you’re getting real information. Note that some sites are only made to deceive users, so don’t believe everything you read unless it comes from a trusted source. Also, be cautious of the aftercare tips you read online. It’s not advisable to follow advice from a random article because they’re only meant to give general information to users. If you’re not cautious, you could cause infection and wounds on your tattoo. Only take specific instructions from your professional artist because he or she knows better on how to treat your fresh tattoo.
Compile Your Favorite Websites and Start Browsing!
Repeat the steps over and over again until you find three to five reliable sites. And once you do, it will be much easier to find exactly what you’re looking for! Go ahead and visit your favorite websites today and start surfing for the coolest body art patterns for your upcoming tattoo session.
When you have a good tattoos website to rely on, you will always feel at ease because you know you’re receiving the right info. You also won’t have to worry about getting scammed because your chosen site carries a valid reputation. Tattoo shopping has become much easier thanks to reliable websites out there that continue to provide tattoo enthusiasts with quality content and services.

Arm tattoos for men.

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Arms are the single most popular area for placing tattoos on men because tattoos on these areas are visibly appealing to the eyes. For tattoo artists, the arms are the best place to make intricate designs since it usually provides a large area to work on. Tattoos on arms symbolize events, memories, or places to most people, but for some it is just a mere form of art.
When you get a tattoo, it sometimes requires more than one visit to the tattoo artist to complete. On average, most tattoo artists require one or more sessions. On the first session, the artist does the outlining of the tattoo. If this goes well, the artist then starts the tattooing process, which is begun during the second session. Click Here!!
There are several things to consider when decided on an arm tattoos. First is the location: Are you planning to cover up the whole arm? Or perhaps cover the shoulder down to the forearm. Some simple designs include only the lower arm. These are all considerations you need to think about when choosing the best design for you.
There are different types of tattoos for both men and women. The main difference between sexes is the way they are placed on the arms. Also, different techniques are utilized when the design is applied to the area. Having knowledge about these differences can help you pick the area where you want your design placed.
Sleeve tattoos are tattoos that run from the shoulder to the elbows. They usually wrap around the arms like sleeves. The tattoo’s name speaks for itself and like sleeves, there are thousands of designs to choose from, you can even mix and match tattoo designs to make it more unique.
The second type of tattoo that is gaining popularity today is the shoulder tattoo. There are a wide variety of designs that blend well to the shoulder’s contour and can create different effects according to movements you make. These types of tattoo encompass the whole shoulder and arm, but it does not go all the way to the shoulder blade. The upper arm is usually the popular area where men would want the shoulder tattoo to connect.
Another type of arm tattoos are forearm tattoos. These tattoos are placed on the lower arm, either on the inside or the out.
Arm tattoos are the most convenient area for placing tattoos since you can hide or expose the tattoo depending on what you wear. If going out to a formal affair, your shirt sleeve easily conceals your tattoo. If you want to flaunt your tattoo, you can wear sleeveless shirts during summer vacations or just bear it all at the beach. Another huge advantage of having an arm tattoo is that the area has more muscle mass than other tattoo areas, making it less painful during the tattooing process.
Men and women alike should seriously consider looking for the perfect area to place their tattoo. When it comes to the arm, there are lots of options. Just choose the location and design that fits you best and go with it.

How to save your relationship.

Numerous blogs by teenagers across the net beg "please save my relationship". Having a boyfriend or girlfriend is one of the biggest events in a teenager’s life. It brings about a certain electrifying feeling that makes you go "crazy" but also feel inspired and happy. You like the feeling of loving someone and being loved in return. It’s great to have someone besides your family who actually cares about you and thinks about you all the time.
However, as the relationship goes through its natural ups and downs and time marches on, that initial feeling of thrilling craziness subsides. But if the relationship steps up to the next level, one with stillness, comfort, and dependability, it’s a good indicator than a long-term relationship can be built.
But on the other hand, if matters get worse - no matter how you much you love him or her or how much he or she loves you – if one of you no longer feels that "spark", there is nothing you or they can do to make the other feel that way again. Many don’t realize that for a relationship to work long-term, it is not a flickering spark that is needed but a slow and steadily burning flame.
If it comes to the point where things are no longer working, talk about it. You will not be bitter towards each other if you talk about it and just work through it. What’s important is that you are open to each other and don’t be selfish. Don’t force something that’s no longer happening. Saving your relationship doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up together as a romantic couple. Sometimes the best way to save your relationship is to just be friends. You still have saved that relationship, just not perhaps in the way you would have hoped for. Just like what the saying goes, "If you truly love someone, set them free." Move on and live life.
Every person is unique and it is only you who defines who you are. The point here is that this relationship is not the one and only relationship you will ever have in your life. And, you should never change who you are just to be with someone else, even if you love them. It will never work out. You must be true to yourself and who you are. If you don’t, in time, you'll likely become upset and resentful towards your partner because you might feel they don’t fully accept and love you for who you really are.
The secret to any happy and nurturing relationship is open communication because you become transparent to each other and learn to meet halfway. "Please save my relationship" – these words don’t ever have to leave your lips to know you did your best while you were together. Just be true to who you are and if this person is not the right one for you, eventually that perfect person will come along and you will be happy you waited for someone who will love and accept you just as you are.

Marrige workshop how to save your marrige.

When people decide to get married, they agree to be in each other’s company for the rest of their lives, and divorce or separation is the last thing that enters their minds. The reality of life and marriage is that it is not always happiness and bliss at all times. There are struggles in marriage just as there are struggles in life. Challenges come and go, and getting separated is one trial that can be overcome. Often times, the events in life that we fear the most are the ones that make us stronger and better people after we’ve faced them. A broken marriage is no exception. Despite the unfortunate turn of events, one way couples can overcome these problems is by joining a marriage workshop.
It is unfortunate that couples are sometimes caught off guard when these types of problems begin. Marital problems often start with a simple misunderstanding which in turn can lead to arguments, fights over petty things, distancing oneself from the other, annoyance, resentment, disgust and distrust. It can even lead to the extreme of hate and laying out plans for revenge. Eventually this can all lead to separation and divorce. If couples are aware of the issues in their relationship and actively seek to make things better, a separation may have been avoided completely.
Attending a marriage workshop is one way to help recognize a problem in the marriage and solve it before it ever becomes out of hand. During a workshop, a counsellor will encourage the couple to share both sides of the story. Couples will be asked to be honest and sincere with their spouses even if it brings about extreme hate and anger. Spouses will be required to listen to each other’s sentiments without interruption. Each spouse will be given ample amount of time to express whatever he or she is feeling, and vice-versa. The sharing shouldn’t be sugar coated either. Honesty is vital in this part of the marriage workshop. Issues should be addressed and faced head on. Couples shouldn’t be afraid to share what they are feeling, since it is only by facing the truth that the problem can potentially be acknowledged and ultimately resolved.
Sometimes it will take weeks for marriage workshops to be completed. There is not a one-day workshop that can magically transform a broken marriage back to perfection. It is a tall order that needs ample time and effort to work. Patience is needed both from the instructor and the couple. Although laziness sometimes gets the best of us, it is unadvisable to skip sessions since doing so may only tempt the couple to give up on their hopes of repairing the marriage.
In some institutions, free marriage workshops are given to couples who wish for their relationship to be salvaged. You can ask your local counsellor for details about how to obtain a free marriage workshop. You can also browse the internet for workshops that might be available in your area. One important thing to remember when attending workshops is to bring your partner with you. It defeats the purpose of having a marriage workshop if the couple is not cooperative and willing to work with and listen to each other. Unwillingness to participate will eventually lead to failure. Patience and dedication is needed to successfully overcome the issues and problems of marriage.
Each year, marriage workshops have saved hundreds of marriages and families from being broken. Attending a marriage workshop will help you understand marriage related problems and potentially make your family ties stronger. Children will grow up normally with a complete and loving family, helping them grow up to be responsible, cooperative and loving adults themselves.

How to start marrige counceling.

When a couple decides to get married, they see so much hope for a bright and loving future. Everything is happy and thrilling and wonderful and amazing. Sadly, not all relationships are destined for a happily-ever-after. Today, more than half of all marriages end in divorce. But, if you are willing to work at it, there are a number of ways to not only try to avoid the breakup of your marriage, but strengthen it. One solution that most married couple try when attempting to save their relationship is to go through marriage counseling.
So what is marriage counseling? During marriage counseling, a counselor or therapist works with a couple to try to work out and resolve any issues affecting their marriage. These professional counselors and therapists work hard to flush out the underlying cause of the couple's problem and help them find a workable solution.
So what sort of questions do marriage counselors ask?
The task of the marriage counselor is to ask questions of the couple and listen to each side’s point of view. The goal is to facilitate an open and honest discussion in an environment that feels safe for both sides. These questions should reflect various aspects of the couple’s married life and touch on issues past, present and future. Since the past always plays such a large role in the basis of a marriage, the counselor will often spend a good deal of time learning and talking about past events and situations. The past actions of one person may reflect what sort of decisions they might make in the future.
During counseling, the couple is encouraged to talk about their relationship status. Each side must do this since both parties may not perceive the relationship the same way. How one person views the status of their relationship may not be the same as how the other sees it.
Another common question during counseling revolves around any children in the marriage. How should the parents handle the situation with their kids? Discussing the welfare of the children is a top priority especially if they have not yet reached the age of majority to decide for themselves.
Other questions that might be discussed would be regarding marital goals. It is very important for the counselor to ask the couple what they wanted from their counseling session. What result would they like to see? At this point, the counselor often looks for a goal that the couple can accomplish together in order that their marriage or relationship might work. It is important to have a goal in marriage counseling so the counselor knows what direction to take. If you have clearly defined goals the success rate of counseling is greatly increased.
Marriage counseling can be a great help to the couple whose marriage is on the brink of separation. By talking with a qualified counselor, a couple can hopefully work through their marital issues and come through on the other side a stronger, happier couple.

Learn how to play popular songs with a guitar.

Watching MTV and seeing The Edge, Slash, Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton or other guitar artists may inspire a lot of people to say, "Wow that is so cool. I wish I could play the guitar too." If you’ve ever found yourself thinking or saying the same thing but never actually did anything about it, it’s not too late. You can always pick up a guitar and start to learn. Here are some helpful bits of information to help you along the way:
If you want to learn to play the guitar, you’re obviously going to need to have one. If you are a true novice you may not have the first idea about how to choose the right guitar for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind while searching for that perfect guitar.
Type of Wood Used – Pay attention to the type of wood used for your guitar. Heavier varieties, such as mahogany, give more sustain than woods such as ash or alder. The biggest downside of guitars made of such heavy wood is that they are indeed heavier than other varieties and can take a toll on your back if you have to play standing up for long periods of time.
Frets. Pay attention to the number of frets a prospective guitar has. Some come with either21, 22 or 24 frets. Guitars with 21 frets are more stable than the guitars with 24 frets, but if you dream of soloing on your guitar then 24 frets are more useful.
Strings. Consider the type of strings being used on your guitar. If you like to play on low tunings, then you’ll need heavy gauge strings so that the strings don’t become too slack. If you solo a lot, then you’ll need lighter gauge strings such as 9's, so that string bending becomes easier.
After choosing the right guitar for you, the next thing you need is to consider is selecting the right song to try to learn and play on your guitar. This should be a song you love and you are really familiar with. The song should be composed of three or four basic chords and preferably one that has a slow beat. This is one of the most important factors to learning guitar songs as it will help keep you motivated and inspired.
Instructional Materials
With a guitar and song in hand, the last thing you will need is a song book or a guitar guide that shows you the different chords. A chord is the sound you make by the placement of your fingers on the guitar. While the fingers of the non-dominant hand are positioned on the frets of the guitar, the dominant hand does the strumming to create the sound. You can buy a song book to show you the positioning of the fingers for different chords or you can search for the same information on the internet. There are many videos that show you how to position your fingers on the guitar to play the different chords.
In order to really learn to play the guitar, you need to dedicate time each week to practice. Ideally around 30 minutes of practice 3 to 5 days a week is great for beginners. Not only will regular practice ensure that your fingers are kept in the right condition for playing but you will train your ears too. If you have extra time one day but can't make noise by actually playing the guitar, practice placing your fingers in the correct position for each chord. Even though you are just using the one hand, this is a valuable method of practice as it builds muscle memory and familiarity with the positions you need to know to play.
These are just a few tips to help you get started learning to play the guitar. Who knows? With a lot of patience, practice and dedication, maybe you’ll even get the chance to have your own videos shown on MTV someday too!

Lead guitar leasons free!

A lead guitar is said to be the guitar part that plays the melody, creates instrumental fill passages and guitar solos within a song. Though it is often associated with heavy metal music, it is also present in jazz, blues, pop and some other musical genres.
Guitar players, mostly beginners, at some point take on some sort of a lead guitar lesson. This mostly focuses on the essential roles that the lead guitarist takes on. One of which is to play the melody lines of the song (melodic playing) and at the same time adorn it as melodic playing enabling the guitarist to play more smoothly as compared to linear playing.
Oftentimes lead guitar and rhythm guitar are easily confused with each other -especially when the lead guitarist starts to add in chords and double-stops to their riffs. It is best to remember that lead guitar focuses mainly on giving the melody, the lead guitarist incorporating more single-string playing and soloing, while the rhythm guitar is characterized mostly by playing chords in patterns.
Some important techniques found in lead guitar lessons are HYPERLINK "" \o "Guitar/Bending and Vibrato" bending, vibrato and HYPERLINK "" \o "Guitar/Slides" slides . These provide the basic means of emphasizing notes, and allow for greater expression in the melody.
Bending happens when the guitarist bends the guitar string to the side by pushing it towards the sixth string, or by pulling it towards the first string. The first three strings are normally pushed while the others are normally pulled. Whether the string is pushed or pulled, the note will be raised in pitch.
Vibrato adds feeling and emotion to the notes. It can be done by either rapidly bending the guitar’s string back and forth or by applying pressure parallel to the string towards the guitar’s neck then towards the bridge repeatedly. One helpful lead guitar lesson or tip for the vibrato is that the action should come from the wrist not from the fingers.
Slides (or sliding) are one of the simplest but most effective guitar techniques in creating a wailing sound on the guitar. There are two kinds of slides, the legato slides and the shift slides. Legato (connected tones) slides are done by plucking the first note and sliding up or down to the second note. In the shift side, a note is fretted then the fretting fingers slide up or down to a different fret.
Another useful lead guitar lesson revolves around creating lead guitar lines. This is done by using HYPERLINK "" \o "Musical scale" scales , HYPERLINK "" \o "Musical modes" modes , HYPERLINK "" \o "Arpeggio" arpeggios , HYPERLINK "" \o "Lick (music)" licks , HYPERLINK "" \o "Riff" riffs , and fills. It is best to use these together with a variety of other techniques. Learn the blues scale then the pentatonic scales as this provide a good foundation for creating solos—a classic element for the lead guitar player. HYPERLINK "" \o "Arpeggio" Arpeggios add depth, and the progression of the solo often mirrors the underlying rhythm guitar part. Licks give short improvised solos and while the solo puts the guitarist in the spotlight for a minute or two, riffs and fills supply a series of notes for improvised backing.
With all the scales, chords, combinations, and variations available, there are thousands of ways to improve one’s lead guitar skills. Imagination plus creativity combined can create a wonder, that’s a lead guitar lesson everyone should learn.

Easy guitar leasons free!

Normally, you play the guitar on the leg. You’ll be strumming using your dominant hand so the guitar goes to the side of your dominant hand as well. Keep the guitar nice and straight, nice and close. Sometimes the guitar slides off your leg while playing because you bend your back to look at the placement of your fingers on the frets. This is quite normal for guitar players. But, it is important to stay away from bad habits while you’re just starting. So again, keep the guitar nice and straight, nice and close.
Easy Guitar Lessons Number 2: Getting to know the chord chart.
For the six chords you will be learning today, you will be focusing on the four first frets of the guitar. Frets, by the way, are the spaces between the metal vertical lines on the guitar. As there are six strings on the guitar, there will be 6 horizontal lines as well on the diagram representing the strings. Your fingers will be numbered 1-3 starting from the index finger.
Easy Guitar Lesson Number 3: The three basic chords.
The first chord you will need to study is the D chord. Finger #1 and #2 will be positioned on the second fret. Finger #1 will be on the third string while finger #2 will be on the first string. Finger #3 will be positioned on the third fret on the second string.
The second chord to study is the E chord which is one of the ideal chords for beginners to learn. Finger #1 is positioned on the first fret on the third string. Finger #2 and #3 will be on the second fret. Finger #2 will be positioned on the fifth string while finger#3 will be on the fourth string. Follow the diagram below.
The A chord is also one of the easiest chords to master. This chord can be played in more than one way but this is the basic method. All Fingers #1, #2, #3 are all positioned on the second fret. Finger #1 goes to the fourth string, finger #2 goes to the third string and Finger #3 is positioned on the second string. Refer below.
Easy Guitar Lesson Number 4: Strumming and changing chords.
The first three chords will now enable you to play some tunes with one additional step which is the strumming. Strumming your guitar is a fundamental skill to be learned. It is done by moving your dominant hand up and down on the strings. Always keep your hands moving. Don’t rush. Start slowly till you have strumming perfected. Start off slow then build up your speed gradually. The chords should ring out with no buzzing and only play the strings of that chord shown on the chord chart. On changing chords, master the basic cords. Set the beat. Change to the different chord before starting the next beat. To learn how to change chords and strum more effectively, practice on your favorite song with a slow beat.
These easy guitar lessons were designed to be a self-help tool for you. Enjoy playing guitar!

Detox the healthy way.

From the day we are born, we need certain basics in order to live. Food, air, water, clothing, shelter, etc. All these things help us get on with our daily lives and until the day we die, we never stop needing these things. Now an uneducated or unaware person might think that these necessities were created equal. They are not, and some are not necessities at all, despite what some people might tell you. Many people today lead very unhealthy lifestyles. They have stressful lives and unhealthy eating habits. They may smoke and/or drink alcohol. All this adds unhealthy chemicals to the body that can lead to an untimely death. But there is hope. Even if you’ve led a not so healthy lifestyle yourself, you can stop right now, today, and begin living a healthy life. A healthy detox is a solution to take care of our body.
Healthy Detox to Deter Toxins
A healthy detox is a process of ridding the body of unhealthy chemicals and toxins that are harmful to your health. The body of a person usually works like a well-oiled machine doing this work for you without you ever having to think about it at all. The liver works to keep the body clean and prevent toxins from entering the blood stream. However, when the liver gets overworked, this process can falter, or even stop. Poor eating and lifestyle choices can wear down its natural mechanism. That’s why healthy detox is so important. A healthy detox can provide substantial benefits to your health and well-being.
Ready, Set, Detox
Preferably, a healthy detox program should last from one week to a month and not to be undertaken more than three times a year. Too much detox can have negative effects on the body and create nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. With this in mind, a healthy detox can be integrated into the normal daily routine.
Ways to have Healthy Detox
Eating a healthy diet: A healthy detox requires limiting the unhealthy foods you normally eat and instead substituting them with healthier alternatives for a healthier diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the main components for a healthy detox. There are also legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains to choose from. These are foods that provide natural vitamins and minerals needed by the body and at the same time are good for the digestion. Also, it is advisable to eat more often during the day. Consuming 4-6 smaller meals or snacks at equal intervals throughout the day is optimal. And if you just have to have that unhealthy food, see if it can’t be prepared in a different way to make it less unhealthy, perhaps grilling, steaming, or baking instead of frying.
Water Therapy- Consuming 6-8 glasses of water a day is recommended. Healthy fluids can also be substituted like green teas, herbal tea and vegetable juice.
Regular exercise- You need to be moving. Sitting on the couch watching TV does nothing for your body’s health. Limit or get away from sedentary activities. Use light aerobic exercise to strengthen the heart and the lungs. Not only does it get you moving, but lots of harmful toxins can also be excreting through sweat when you work out. You often drink more water if you exercise regularly too and the more water you drink the more toxins get flushed out of your system.
Rest and sleep- Obtaining adequate rest and sleep aids the body in regeneration and its ability to restore the body to its original functioning.
Lowering alcohol drinking and smoking-It is best not to drink or smoke. These are contributory factors to an unhealthy lifestyle and they should be consumed moderately or excluded entirely if possible.
Nutritional supplements- Supplements are food enhancers which give the body the ability to process foods regularly. Multivitamins and antioxidants can be used as supplements, but should not be used as replacement for fruits and vegetables.
Good and positive outlook on life- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not enough; a person must also be healthy mentally. Having a positive outlook entails accepting oneself and losing things that can drag you down. Lose the negative influences and reduce your stress where possible.
As you can see, a healthy detox is a good way of not only cleansing, refreshing and strengthening the body, but also the mind. It is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle and can give you more energy, a stronger immune system, and improved bowel movements and even increases a person’s self-confidence.

What is the right detox juicing product?

Juices are as good as any food these days. It used to be that juices were considered as substitutes for water. They were used to quench thirst and as a form of hydration. But today, we find that juice is often used in conjunction with dieting. In fact, the juice cleanse has become a widely used diet because some consider it to have an edge over other diets due to the composition. Lot of people who don’t particularly like fruits or vegetables find they can tolerate them much more easily when juiced. Juice detox is really a diet in liquid form composed of the macerated or squeezed part of a fruit or a vegetable. Apples, beets, cranberries, carrots, celery, cabbage, kale, pineapple, spinach and various greens are the most popularly used. Also, the juice cleanse is a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
The juice cleanse, is a form of detox dieting that relies solely the consumption of juice while totally abstaining from solid food. This is why the juice cleanse diet should only be used for brief periods of time. The customary length of a juice cleanse is anywhere from 1-3 days, anything longer than this requires medical monitoring for safe results.
So why is the juice cleanse so beneficial? Fruits and vegetable juices are good sources of nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, they are more easily digested than solid food without much aggravation to the digestive system. And because of its benefits, the juice gives the body the time to remove toxins without absorbing new ones. Consequently, it allows the liver to have the time to rejuvenate and repair itself.
Juice Cleanse guidelines:
It is highly recommended to perform the juice cleanse during warm months specifically during spring times. It wouldn’t be good to start this diet during cold months for the juice alone cannot sustain the needs of the body.
One week before starting the diet, eliminate or reduce foods such as eggs, sugar, animal meat, fish, alcohol, caffeine, and dairy product. Begin replacing these items with fruits, vegetables or beans instead.
Do not consume the juice all at one time. It should be consumed over the course of the day. Drink between 32- 64 ounces of juices every day. Fruits and vegetables can be mixed depending on your choice but acidic fruits like citrus should be avoided as they may cause stomach upset.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are preferred because they are natural and they are not subjected to any preservatives or artificial components. Especially with green vegetables and sprouts, they are good for juice fast.
The diet is not as rigid as it sounds, a variation of eating one meal a day can also be used.
When juicing your fruits and vegetables, make sure to remove, pits, seeds, tops, tough skins.
After you have finished with the diet period, you can go back to solid food gradually. You need to introduce the foods slowly to avoid shocking your system as you transition from a liquid diet to a solid diet. Begin by adding 2 fruits to the diet and an alternative of steamed green vegetables for the next day. Progressively increase the foods and amounts. You may add fresh salads, brown rice until you are ready to add yogurt and eggs. Five to six days after the diet, fishes and chicken can be included.
Every time you feel hungry, just drink your juice and you won’t feel as hungry. This practice helps prevent you from binging on food. The juice cleanse is just that, it cleanses the body from harmful toxins and helps repair the body to its normal functioning. It can be demanding and feel somewhat restrictive when going through the actual cleanse, but remember to stick with it, the result can be twice as satisfying with its multitude of benefits.

Why should you detox your body?

Cleansing: Why is it so important? Cleansing or detoxifying the body is important because it helps remove unwanted toxins and waste from the body that may be harmful and potentially lead to disease and other negative issues related to your health. There are many ways to cleanse the body, one of which is the cleansing fast we will discuss here. Click Here!
Cleansing the body in five fast steps. The first step is the removal of toxins from your body. We are talking about removing toxins from your diet here. These are items you usually eat in a day, in a week or in month. Cleansing inside the body happens every day but you cannot expect the body to excrete it all out for you. That is why you need to fast and avoid the products that may harm to your body - food products such as coffee, sugar, alcohol and tobacco that contain free radicals that may lead to cancer. Click Here!
Second, decide on what detox therapy you prefer. There are a lot of cleansing fast methods in choosing one, you must consider your lifestyle. Remember that this must help you detoxify, not add more stress. So here are two choices: Juice fasting or Water fasting. When you choose the option of drinking juice, this involves only fresh fruit juices and vegetables such as carrot, spinach, celery, cabbage, apple, pineapple and cranberry. The duration or the time frame for choosing this option is from 1-3 days.
Water fasting only requires water to be consumed. Water will eliminate the toxins thereby cleansing the body. Drinking at least 6-8 glasses a day, with or without fasting, helps eliminate toxins in the body. Aside from the fact that it cleanses your body, it keeps your body and skin hydrated.
Third, change the way how you eat and what you eat. You must start eating healthy and doing it right. If you always eat fast food burgers, fries and sandwiches – you have to cut back or better yet, eliminate that from your menu. Go for the nutrient-dense, whole foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid enriched flour and rice and go for the fiber-rich whole grains and brown rice instead.
Fourth, indulge yourself in a sauna bath since one of its advantages is detoxification. It also removes the chemical buildup in the fat cells. Not only may the warm heat help soothe and relax the mind, but you will also be detoxifying your body too.
Lastly, the fifth step is to brush your skin. What?! "Brush your skin" you say! Well, not literally. We are talking about exfoliation here. Cleansing fast not only happens within the body, but also without. Brushing, or exfoliating your skin removes old skin cells thus stimulating the lymph system and drawing toxins out of your system. To do accomplish this, you should brush or exfoliate your skin in a circular manner. Start at the soles of the feet and work your way up to the chest before you bathe for about 2 minutes. That’s it.
Don’t be dismayed. At first you may find this all a little difficult to adjust to, but soon enough, it will become easy and natural. Just think of the benefits it will give you. The reward is surely worth the effort. Click Here!

How to keep your work space organized.

Who wants to go to their office everyday only to be greeted with a mountain of unfiled documents in one corner, folders and documents strewn all over the work surface in layers inches deep, piles of old disks pushed here - leaning stacks of reports there? Old coffee cups here, discarded reports and newspapers pushed there? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find the stapler, scissors, a pen, pencil or even just your keyboard and computer mouse easily? Do you sometimes get yelled at because you totally blew by a deadline at work that you completely forgot because you didn’t have it written down on a calendar? There is an easy solution: organize your office or workspace.
First, create a spacious office or work area. Clear the walk-way in your office or work area. Take out all the unnecessary office equipment, boxes stored along the walls or under a cubicle. You will be surprised at the extra space that you acquire by doing this and less clutter leads to less stress.
What is the one thing in your office or work area that is used constantly? Your desktop. Your desktop or work surface area is more than just where you conduct small chit-chats with your coworkers, it serves to hold important files and documents, your laptop or computer, telephone, possibly fax machine too. Focus on cleaning this first. Clear off everything and group like items with like items on the floor nearby. Place folders to be filed with other folders to be filed, place loose documents to be filed together, group your pens and pencils and highlighters. You get the idea. Discard or shred any papers that are no longer relevant to work you or doing or have done. First drafts of final documents and newsletters and old newspapers and post it notes for completed tasks, shred or throw them away.
If you find you need more assistance with your organization, purchase or request more hanging file folders for your filing drawers or desktop shelves and bins. Drawer organizers for writing devices, staples, staplers, paperclips, etc are also a great help. You can even get hanging bins that attach directly to a wall or can hook over the top of a cubicle wall.
Label. Label. Label. Label your bins and shelves and file folders so that you will know where to find something when you are looking for it. You can take this organization one step further by organizing labeled files alphabetically or by task or job or client or other relevant criteria. Hang a bulletin board or magnetic dry erase board on your wall to help you remember important reminders and appointments. You can also use a paper weight to help hold down and secure loose papers on your desk.
It is very important to organize your office or work area because it greatly reflects your character and personality. If you want to come across as put-together, organized, efficient and capable, it would be highly beneficial to have a work space that reflects and projects this attitude. Being organized can also help inspire your coworkers to not only become organized, but stay that way. A little time and effort organizing your office can have many lasting positive effects, you just need to do it.

How to organize your closet.

Do boxes, clothing, or hangers tumble down the moment you reach for something in your closet? If so, it’s time to organize your closet. Since getting dressed is a part of daily life, wouldn’t it be nice to begin each day in a stress-free manner, not having to rush around and panic or become frustrated because you can’t find what you are looking for? Wouldn’t it be easier to decide which shoes, shirt, pants, skirt or etc. to wear and which top or shoes goes best with this or that if you could view all like items at the same time? Organizing your closet can make all this possible.
The first thing you need to do when starting a closet makeover is purge. Get rid of all the items you don’t wear or want or no longer fit you. Some people go by the One Year Rule: if you haven’t worn it in one year, throw it out. Some will hold onto clothing they haven’t worn or items they haven’t used for a little longer than one year, but this time frame is a good rule of thumb that works for many, but not all. For example, if you take a major ski trip every two or three years and thus need to hold onto your ski equipment for those future events even though you haven’t used the clothing and equipment in the last year, it clearly makes sense to do that. Use your head here and do what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Next, you need to assess each area of the closet that you want to organize and make a plan about which items you want placed in which area. You can make a list of all the things you are keeping, place them in certain sections and add labels if you like. Labels can be added to both shelving and boxes/bins to help you get organized and stay that way. Next you might segregate your things into three piles: things/clothing you presently use in a regular basis, things/clothing reserved for future use, things/clothing to sell, donate, or discard.
Once you have sorted everything out, you can start putting them back into your closet and categorize them in a way that makes the most sense to you. For example you can arrange your clothes by season, by garment type and color or by practicality such as having a grab-and-go section. The items found in this section are those that can be worn everyday; your favorite pair of jeans, a plain white shirt that can be mixed and matched with anything. Then another section could be allotted for items you will wear for special occasions such as ruffled or beaded blouses.
If you do not have enough closet space, it might be nice to invest on shelving or storage bins to help organize and store shoes, sweaters, workout clothing, or other items you don’t use on a regular basis. You may also use the back of your closet door for hanging your ties, scarves, belts, purses or other accessories. You can also change your hanging clothes rod placement. For example, instead of one rod, you might be better off with two parallel rods at different heights to accommodate more clothes in your newly organized closet.
Having a new closet can help you save time and money and lower your stress. You will know exactly where to locate things and where to put them back. You might also find you save money by buying less new items, since you won’t buy identical items by mistake and can give new life to the old classics in your wardrobe by accessorizing with newer trends. Best of all, your new and organized closet will make it a pleasure to get dressed every morning, it’s like having a private little boutique right in your own home that’s open 24 hours a day!

How to organize your kitchen.

make three meals a day, plus snacks, in your kitchen. This is why your kitchen needs to be regularly cleaned, put in order and kept in order. The most common problem with kitchen organization is the ineffective use of valuable space within the cabinets and any other available storage. Cupboards and shelves are sometimes placed too far apart, leaving wasted space between that could have been used for storage, storage which could help prevent clutter. Luckily, there are many kitchen organizers available today that can be of tremendous help when attempting to maximize the storage and organization within your kitchen.
Like any other area you want to organize, you always start by assessing what you have and determining of those items, which you would like to keep or get rid of. If you have items that you no longer use, consider getting rid of it. Examples of these types of items could be cooking or baking utensils, dishes or appliances. Unnecessary items that you don’t need and don’t use will only accumulate and become the clutter in the kitchen you can’t stand and want to get rid of, so you might as well just go ahead and get rid of it now. Sell, throw out, or donate items these items.
Using a standing kitchen organizer to store your cooking utensils near the stove is not only convenient but an excellent way to free of valuable counter or drawer space. There are a lot of kitchen organizers you can use such as cabinet organizers that have wires with drawers and adjustable shelves to store dishes and bowls; there are also pull-out or slide-out organizers for your lower kitchen cabinets for easy access to your pots and pans. Aside from these, there are organizers that fit into your drawers that can help you organize your medications so that you can remember to take them regularly. Similar organizers are useful with spices. You should also remember to have a separate organizer for your sharp utensils, sprays and cleaners, and electric appliances that are best kept out of the reach of your children for safety reasons.
The large items that you regularly use in your kitchen such as the toaster, coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, or juicer can be placed on an appliance barn or Lazy-Susan for convenient access while keeping the counter free during times the items are not being used. The silverware and dining utensils can be kept in drawer organizers or moveable caddies that can be left on the countertop or stowed in the pantry or Lazy-Susan when not in use.
These tips are relatively easy to follow and when applied, you’ll find that by using kitchen organizers you can enhance your work space and made effective use of the counter and storage space within your kitchen, improving functionality and effectiveness. Investing in kitchen organizers will help ensure you enjoy the full benefits of your kitchen.