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Monday, August 7, 2017
If we take responsibility for our problems, then we take responsibility for
solving those problems.
2. Happy people DON’T react to the present moment.
If we catch ourselves fearing that a negative recent event is devastating or
is? permanent, we should ask ourselves, what can we learn from this? Or
how can we become wiser and /or stronger from this?
3. Happy people DON’T use negative language. If we catch ourselves
using negative language toward ourselves and others, we should mentally
re-write the story we’re telling. An example would be if we think we look
awful each time we notice wrinkles, we should learn to respect the wrinkles
as signs of wisdom and experience.
4. Happy people DON’T feel trapped. When we feel trapped by circumstances
we should ask ourselves how we can manage ourselves better.
5. Happy people DON’T focus on a single passion or relationship. They
usually have multiple hobbies, belong to multiple clubs or organizations ,and
socialize with a broad range of different friends and acquaintances.
6. Happy people DON’T dwell on past failures. When an old failure comes
to mind, we should think about how we re-bounded from it, when we learned from
it or what we could learn from it.
7. Happy people DON'T spend more time than necessary around unhappy people.
We should avoid unhappy people. When we must spend time among them, we should
it as a learning experience . Then we should try to discover what makes these people so
miserable so we can manage and identify similar tendencies in ourselves.
8. Happy people DON’T gossip. If they are told something in confidence, they keep
it secret. If they have something critical to say about a person, they either say it directly
to the person or they don’t say it all. Instead, if we feel the urge to talk about someone
behind their back, we should ask ourselves, How can we use this time to improve our
9. Happy people DON’T procrastinate. They usually get unpleasant tasks over with
so they can move on to happier things. They understand that putting off an unpleasant
task doesn’t make it any more unpleasant.
Monday, July 3, 2017
- 1 cup finely ground graham crackers (from 9 crackers)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup fresh Key lime juice, plus 2 teaspoons grated
zest (from 16 limes), and thinly sliced lime rounds for serving
Whisk together cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Stir in butter until mixture resembles wet sand and holds together when squeezed. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze until firm, 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and condensed milk on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, zest, and vanilla. Beat 1 minute more.
In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into cream-cheese mixture. Pour over chilled crust; smooth top with an offset spatula. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 12 hours and up to 3 days.
Run a knife along cake's edge before releasing sides of pan, then under bottom to loosen. Serve, garnished with lime rounds.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Organic carpet cleaning is gaining popularity as many people seek safer, more natural alternatives to chemical products. Traditional cleaning products for carpeting are full of harsh chemicals, which are not only bad for the environment, but also bad for the health. People suffering from allergies, sensitivities, and breathing problems are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of toxic cleaners. Organic carpet cleaning offers a safe, eco-friendly solution.
Organic Ingredients Provide a Safe Alternative
The types of ingredients that are found in organic cleaning products can include aloe, citrus peel, natural minerals, vegetable fibers, cider vinegar, botanical extracts, soybeans, and more. The combination of safe, all-natural ingredients offer an effective way to remove stains, dust mites, and dirt from carpeting through a simple steam cleaning process.
The process of cleaning carpets with natural enzymes is actually simpler and more effective than cleaning with traditional harsh chemical formulations. The ingredients are gentle enough for regular use, while still providing the same level of cleansing effectiveness. Carpets dry quickly and remain in great condition, with no strong chemical odors left lingering.
Best for the Environment
For eco-conscious homeowners, organic carpet cleaning is the ideal alternative to typical chemical cleaners. The safe ingredients do not pose a threat to the environment. Since they are natural, there are no harsh processes required in order to create an effective cleaning product. The right combination of ingredients will clean the fibers of a carpet just as well, or even better, than traditional chemical cleaning solutions. For those seeking a healthy and environmentally friendly option, organic carpet cleaning is the answer.
Safer and Healthier for Humans and Pets
Homes with animals and small children often have carpets that get more wear and tear over the years. Regular cleanings will help carpeting to maintain a fresh appearance and smell. Organic ingredients in cleaning solutions make it much safer to clean carpets often, and allow pets and children to play on and around them at any time. Since the ingredients of organic cleaners are all natural, they are also ideal for people suffering from allergies and asthma.
Unfortunately, most carpets are made from synthetic fibers which have been treated with harsh chemicals. Such chemicals are not directly harmful to the health on a daily basis, but over time, carpeting can produce emissions which are hazardous. Cleaning carpets with even more toxic solutions only makes the situation worse. By using organic cleansers, the amount and toxicity of the emissions can be lessened.
The Benefits of Professional Organic Carpet Cleaning
Professional organic carpet cleaning is the safest way to maintain carpeting and remove dust and dirt build up. Creating a healthier environment inside of the home is an easy way to keep children, pets, and family members safe. It offers an affordable alternative to toxic cleansers and cleaning processes that take longer to dry. Carpets and the padding below will not get soaked through with harsh chemicals, so most carpets dry fully within a few short hours.
Many people today are recommending professional organic carpet cleaning because it is an environmentally friendly, safe, and effective option. Remove dirt, dust, and tough stains easily without the use of toxic chemical ingredients. Customer satisfaction with organic carpet cleaning is guaranteed. The results are so good that customers will not want or need to return to traditional cleaning products in the future.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Organic cleaners are made of 100% natural products and ingredients, unlike some cleaning solutions that are full of toxins and chemicals that can be harmful, if not fatal to you, your family and pets. When you switch your cleaning products to all organic products, you are also helping the environment. When cleaning chemicals are made, those chemicals will be released into the air, water or soil. Once this happens, the quality of the environment will decrease, making it hard for vegetation to grow and develop.
Using organic cleaners will help the future generations of your family and many other families. In today's world many pesticides are used in not only our cleaning products, but in the food we eat every day. Lowering the amount of pesticides used will help our bodies. From the time we are infants our bodies are exposed to the pesticides found on food we eat. Organic farmers do not use pesticides on their produce, making our produce taste better and last longer.
Here at Allstate, we use a low moisture, plant based organic cleaner on your carpets and area rugs. This cleaning solution has been designed to pull out any dirt, bacteria, odor or stains that have been placed into your carpet. As the solution comes in contact with your carpet, the organic chemicals within the cleaner will activate and pull the stains up with ease. The most beneficial part, your carpet will be dry in about an hour. The reason your carpet will dry so fast is due to the low amount of moisture the cleaner contains.
Organic carpet cleaning is being used more and more by Princeton families, not just for the health and safety it provides, but also for the cost and the short amount of time it takes to clean and dry your carpets. Once your carpets and area rugs are cleaned organically , you won't have to worry about your family being exposed to the chemicals and toxins used by non-organic carpet cleaners. Saving the environment is the future for our children. Start helping now by using organic products in your home having your carpets professionally cleaned by a certified organic carpet cleaner.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
How The Latest Bait And Switch Carpet Cleaning Scam Can Lead To Burglary, Home Invasion And Identity Theft
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
20,000. Besides a new coat of paint and some
new hardware, here are some dandy ways to
spruce up your kitchen for under $1,000.
1. Replace undepowered bulbs and flush mount
Insufficient lighting is a big reason why many older
kitchens look dated and dingy. So, for a few hundred
dollars, you could replace "flush mount" overhead
lighting fixtures with "semi-flush fixtures. They extend
down a foot from the ceiling. They are more attractive
and do a better job of distributing light in the room.
One example is the Feiss.Com Boulevard Indoor Semi-
Flush Mount light in oil-rubbed bronze for $159.
2. Install laminate countertops and backsplashes
that look like high-end stone.
A good pick would be Formica 180fx laminate that
mimics marble, granite or tavertine. Yet, it can be found
for $100 to $200 per 48 inch x 96 inch sheet.You
could have it installed for about $1,000. Granite would
be twice that. If new countertops aren't in your budget
then consider installing a painted bead board backsplash.
They cost around $20 per 48 inch by 8 inch panel.
You could also choose large 18 inch by 18 inch tiles
which mean less tiles and grout work for less than $3
a square foot.
3. Replace the countertop microwave.
For under $200, you could replace an old or low
end microwave with a new one that looks modern
4. Update the inside of your cabinets with roll-
outs, stacked shevles, and cutlery holders.
Besides painting your kitchen cabinets, you can
purchase aftermarket kitchen products that can
transform old cabinets into modern functional
storage spaces. The ContainerStore.Com has the best
5. Add a rolling or free standing island.
These are available at home centers for $500 or less
as opposed to permanent islands that cost thousands.
However, they're not right for every kitchen. If there
isn't room to position the island at least 36 inches from
the main kitchen counters, it will make the kitchen
feel cramped. If you decide on a rolling island, make
sure its wheels lock if you have vinyl or softwood
kitchen floors. Also, the island should be relatively
light weight so it won't damage your flooring.
6. Install or expand moldings
Crown moldings, which run along the top edge of
walls, decorative baseboards which run along the
bottom edge, and decorative door and window
casings can make a plain kitchen seem upscale.
An example would be to replace standard two
inch high baseboards with decorative five inch
baseboards. These all can be done for under $500
if you tackle it yourself.
7. Hang colorful window coverings
Brightly colored kitchen curtains or shades can
instantly make a dull kitchen seem more stylish
and interesting. In fact, it is the cheapest and
easiest way to update a kitchen that has mostly
whites and neutral tones.
Between the ages of 10 and 13, conflicts with parents surge. Children this age become more independent and begin to forge their identities. At the same time, brain development makes them more impulsive, sensation-seeking and sensitive to peer pressure. The tumult can take parents by surprise, especially because the period right before adolescence is often relatively harmonious.
For parents, learning how to effectively argue with teens and young teens is crucial. Navigating disagreements over screen time and sleepovers sets the stage for conflicts over bigger issues—like sex and alcohol—that come up later.
Therapists say argumentative young teens are healthy ones. They are learning how to handle disagreements and advocate for their own point of view, skills that are critical for successfully navigating adult relationships. Arguments also indicate that children are separating from their parents and asserting themselves.
"It is worrying if [arguing] doesn't happen," says Brad a family psychologist in Md. More deferential children "may not be doing the hard work necessary to forge an independent identity."
Carl , a counseling psychologist in Texas, notes that arguments also give parents important information about what is going on with their children and what is important to them. "What you don't want is a mystery child," he says.
What's the best way to quarrel with a young teen? Psychologists say certain strategies are key. First, figure out what you're willing to compromise on. Alan Kazdin, a professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University, advises parents to imagine 10 years in the future. Then, compromise on things that are temporary (like goth makeup or laundry strewn on the floor) and stand firm on things that could be permanent (tattoos).
"Where parents go wrong is they have the view of the slippery slope. If I give in here, it will all fall apart. The opposite is true." When parents are rigid, children are more likely to be more oppositional, he says.
He suggests that parents instead come up with three possible solutions and let the child choose. He also says parents should listen to their child's point of view, banish the sarcasm and name-calling and refrain from bringing up past behavior. But parents shouldn't accept disrespectful language from their children either: Warn them that the discussion will be over if they keep it up. Praising teens when they are being civil is important, too, and much more effective at changing behavior than levying punishments.
While it is obviously tempting, yelling isn't helpful either. Children can feel intimidated or overpowered and they are likely to miss the lessons parents are trying to teach. Teens will also be more likely to resort to yelling in their adult relationships.
Adrienne says most of her arguments with her daughter Jaylen, 11, revolve around the child cleaning her room (she resists) and taking a shower in the evening (she delays, wanting to watch one more YouTube video or spend a bit more time with Pokémon Go).
Try This at Home
- MOM: Time to turn off your phone.
- TEEN: But I just need to finish this game. And all my friends get to stay up later.
Five minutes later.
- MOM: You need sleep. Remember, we've already agreed that this is the time the phone goes off. You know the consequences: no phone time tomorrow.
- TEEN: That's a stupid rule. You never let me do anything. You're mean.
- MOM: I'm sorry you feel that way. But that's not
how we talk to each other in this family. If you keep using
disrespectful language, the conversation is over.
TEEN grumbles and rolls eyes but acquiesces.
When things get particularly heated, mom has found that the most powerful parental move of all is to keep cool and walk away. A victory in an argument with a teen likely won't feel that satisfying to parents. Don't expect a "you're right."
Psychologists say that parents need to walk a fine line between being too lenient and too strict with young teens. If they are too permissive, they won't have the authority later on to set limits on activities that can be potentially dangerous. And if they quash arguments and require complete compliance, teens won't learn how to advocate for themselves and negotiate with others.
"They are more susceptible to peer pressure because they are not used to having any input," says Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. "When their peers say, 'Let's go get a six-pack and drink it behind the school,' they say, 'OK.' "
Maya and Jeff say they give their sons Mark, 13, and Tom 11, a good amount of say in how the boys spend their free time, accommodating trips to the mall and meetups with friends. But the couple does have a few nonnegotiable rules. The boys aren't allowed to associate with children who use alcohol or drugs. And the brothers are required to attend important family functions, including each other's sporting events.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
1. Coffee Cup Lids The University Of Arizona found that about 17% of disposable coffee lids placed on cups by coffee shop workers were contaminated with fecal bacteria. So skip the lid and pour the coffee into your own thermos cup or use self-serve coffee bars at convenience stores.
2. ATM Machines A British study found that ATM machines were contaminated with the same level of bacteria as public toilets. So bring a disposable wipe to wipe the key pads or touch screen or clean your hands with a disposable wipe after using the machine.
3. Supermarket Checkout Conveyor Belts A study by Michigan State found that most super market belts have mold, yeast and staph bacteria. So when you get home, wash your hands before opening cabinets and the refrigerator. Also, wash your hands again when you're done unpacking groceries. And don't forget to wash off the tops of cans before you open them.
4. Hotels 60% of all hotel bathtubs are contaminated with staph. Rinsing the tub doesn't help so you need mechanical action to remove the bio film. If you think you want to take a bath in a hotel room, then carry a small scrub brush and a few ounces of bleach with you.A solution of one part bleach and nine parts water plus a few drops of soap with kill most microbes in a few seconds.Hotel pillows are rarely laundered. So when you travel, always bring anti allergy protective covers that you can wash when you come home.As soon as you check in, remove the bedspread and toss it to the side.To stay warm, request extra blankets which are laundered more often then bedspreads.
5. Tables If a serve wipes your table in a restaurant with a damp cloth, there's a 70% chance that the wipes table is contaminated with E. coli and other fecal bacteria. So when you go to a restaurant, wipe the table yourself with a disposable wipe.
6. Toilets The tops of the toilet seat might be clean, but your finger tips will become contaminated when you lift the seat. So use a disposable wipe or a thick layer of toilet paper to lift the seat. Also, if its an old style toilet that has a lid, close it before you flush. Flushing an old style toilet can spray bacteria droplets up to 20 feet. The new low flush toilets spray no more than one foot.
7. Carpets The carpets in public places can harbor some 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That's thousands of times more than the average public toilet seat. Since hotels don't clean their carpets very often, then always wear socks, request a pair of disposable scuffs, flip-flops or bring your own slippers.
If you work in any office in either Bucks County or Mercer County, and the carpets smell stale and are stained, and you can't recall the last time management cleaned the carpet, then the carpets are loaded with bacteria. Have your office manager or supervisor give us a call for a free no-obligation commercial carpet cleaning consultation. We'll green clean and restore the carpets like new and your boss must be happy or its free.
This behavior is likely left over when dogs slept outside. The theory is that walking in circles tramples down long grass, creating a smoother nest.
Why do dogs kick at the ground after defecating?
They're trying to spread the scent of their leavings over a large area as possible.
Why do dogs rip up paper products?
Soft paper feels like fur and feathers in the dog's mouth and even well-behaved dogs find that irresistible.
Why do dogs buy bones and other things but never retrieve them?
The leading theory is that dogs do not fully remember where they bury things. So if a dog experiences lean times, it will dig in the general area and hope to get lucky.
Why do dogs chase their tails?
Typically, tail chasing happens when a dog is in a brightly lit area. The light causes the dog to notice it's shadow. While investigating the shadow, it notices its tail and a brief chase ensues.
Why do dogs eat grass?
Dogs eat grass like anything else because they're hungry. Most dogs prefer the tops of new shoots since they have the most flavor.
Why do dogs eat their own feces?
For it's nutrients. Dogs intestinal tracts are relatively short, so they cannot absorb all the nutrients from food before its expelled. Eating feces allows them to run food through their system a second time and absorb the
nutrients that otherwise go to waste.
Why do some dogs bite after wagging their tails?
Because wagging does not mean a dog is friendly and happy. When a tail is held high and the wags are short and quick , the wag actually is meant as a warning - the dog is trying to tell you to back off. Friendly wags
are long and sweeping, with the tail typically held fairly low.
Why do dogs roll in disgusting smelly things?
It's actually a form of doggy camouflage. When wild dogs hunt, their odor sometimes gives them
away, their prey smells the dog and gets away. Rolling in something disgusting can mask the smell of a dog.
You love your pet, but "mistakes" do happen
We know, because we love pets too. And sometimes there's a problem with pet odor among younger and
older pets. We'll the good news is that we ca help. Here at Allstate, we've spared no expense in researching the safest, most effective organic methods of pet odor removal on the market today. All 100% guaranteed or its free. If routine pet odor removal methods just aren't working for you, then give us a call. Start enjoying your pet and your home again today.
and it's loaded with GMOS and pesticides since coffee is the most toxic crop in the world.
But if you really can't kick the Starbucks habit, then you can get your coffee at half price. High price coffee consists of expresso and milk. Some add chocolate or other flavors but the core ingredients are
espresso and milk. A latte is expresso filled to the top with milk.
So the next time you roll into Starkbucks, just order a shot of espresso in a to go cup, and then head for the
self-serve bar to make your own expensive coffee. Just add milk and chocolate and you're good to go. Doing this will save you $500 a year.
If you really like expensive lattes, then make your coffee at home. You can buy the best organic coffee for about $10 a pound. A good place to buy outstanding organic coffee cheap is PortoRico.Com in NYC. They've been around since 1907 and they'll ship right p to your door. Then make it at home with these 3 appliances for under $50:
Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Smart Cooler insulated stainless steel coffee cup
You'll be amazed at how great coffee really tastes when you make it at home with incredibly fresh organic coffee and ingredients.In addition, you'll save about 60 hours a year by not having to stop at Starbucks every morning. Plus you'll save at least $1,000 every year to buy a new phone or tablet.In five years, you'll save 5 grand.