joi, 30 august 2007

Creative Kids

Do you want to raise a creative child? One who can come up with amazing ideas, amuse himself, solve problems and enjoy the magical side of childhood? The problem is, today it seems like every toy and every children’s program focuses on education, not creativity.
The greatest thing about being creative with music is how much fun it is. "It’s immediate, the response kids have," says Mike Whitla, director of Rainbow Songs, a preschool music program. Encourage your child to sing (and make up their own words or use funny voices), dance and try their hand at various instruments. And remember that the more children learn about music — how it works, how to play an instrument — the more they’ll be able to creatively experiment with it.
Every child loves books, and every parent loves a child who reads: they’ll do well in school. But books and stores are also a great source of creative fun. When children learn they have the ability to take stories off the page, they feel empowered to let their own amazing ideas take over. Children of almost any age have the ability to compose their own tales, they just need some encouragement from you.
Combine a very basic recipe, messy ingredients such as dough and sugar and a hands-off attitude and you have a recipe for fun and creativity. "Once you deal with the safety issues, you’ve got to give them room," suggests food writer Evelyn Raab, "Allow them the freedom to create things the way they want." While it’s best to ensure there will be some success, once you know the end result will be at least edible, let them go to it unfettered.
Isn’t doing crafts just creative by nature? Not always. Choose hand-on projects that include a component that your child contributes. Sometimes that’s as basic as choosing the colors they wish (No, the sky does not have to be blue!), or doing a project where you don’t have to follow the instructions word-for-word to get a fun result.

duminică, 26 august 2007


Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $8 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in well over 100 countries through over five million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon’s product line includes beauty products, fashion jewelry and apparel, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Avon Solutions, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, Mark, and Avon Wellness.

I am an Avon Sales Representative for over a year but I use Avon products for a very long time. I became an Avon Sales Representative just because I wanted to be the first to know about the new Avon products and to order them whenever I want. Now all my family uses Avon and we are very pleased: deodorants, perfumes, face creams and body lotions, makeup, shower gels, shampoo and conditioner, we tried all the Avon products and we will keep on using them while they are so good quality and inexpensive.

How to buy a used car from a private individual

Have you ever wished you could buy a car and did not have to put up with car salesmen and their "haggling?" Say no more, follow these steps and you'll be on the highway in no time.
1. Contact your credit union and obtain the latest rate information. Speak with them about your automobile goals. For example, "I'd like to buy a car from a private individual, and I can afford $150 per month. What kind of interest rate / term of loan does that look like?" Submit a loan application if necessary to determine your spending limit.
2. Find your vehicle. Scour the internet and the local newspaper classifieds. Search on the internet to find an approximate value of the vehicle you want. This should be a target amount for sellers to price their vehicle.
3. After finding several vehicles that all fit your requirements, call sellers and ask to come take a look at their vehicle. You know you already like the make/model of the vehicle, so go look at the CONDITION. Are the tires worn? Is the engine wet on the underside? Does everything work on the vehicle? Has the vehicle ever been in an accident?
4. Be ready to leave without the vehicle. Do not become emotionally attached to the vehicle. If you see evidence of abuse, graciously thank the seller for their time and let them know you're looking at others and will let them know. If you want the vehicle, then tell them you are interested and ask them if they mind if you make an appointment for a mechanic to look the car over. Their response should be no problem. Additionally, tell the seller that if you purchase the car, then you will need to have closing at your credit union. As this could be a couple of days, do they want a deposit to hold the car in good faith ( a check for $100 should suffice).
5. Call a local dealership (associated with the make of the car, for example a Ford garage for a Ford vehicle) and speak to the service manager. Tell him you need some help as you want to buy a car, but need it checked out by a top-rate mechanic. Schedule the appointment with them and the seller. Coordinate with the seller how the vehicle will get to the dealer.
6. Once the vehicle passes inspection, let your seller know that you would like to purchase the vehicle, however you are on a limited budget and really need to know what their bottom dollar is. They will tell you if there is room for negotiating the price. Make sure this amount is less than the bluebook value or be prepared to put a down-payment on the loan. Once the selling price is determined, contact the credit union to let them know what you want to do. They will provide you with a list of information they need from you and the seller and setup closing.
7. At closing, the credit union will pay the seller with guaranteed funds, and you will sign loan paperwork to pay the credit union back. They will provide you with a letter. This enables you to obtain an insurance card and temporary license plate. In the interim, use this letter and your existing insurance card to drive your vehicle legally.

miercuri, 22 august 2007

Children's Shoes

Wait to buy shoes until your child starts to walk. Research suggests that children develop healthy, well-developed feet when they learn to walk barefoot. Keep their feet toasty and unrestricted with soft booties or warm skid-free socks. Robeez makes thin but warm leather moccasins in a range of colors and sizes that actually stay on little crawlers' feet.
When it's time for your baby's first pair of shoes, take your well rested, recently fed child to a quality children's shoe store that stock brands such as Stride Rite and Elefanten. The best stores have patient and knowledgeable salespeople who are expert at fitting children's feet.
Have the salesperson measure the length and width of both of the child's feet. Many babies have an extra wide foot and may need a special size.
Make sure the shoes aren't too big, which can cause a baby to trip. First shoes should be soft and pliable to let new walkers feel the ground.

marți, 21 august 2007

Short haircut

Thinking of loosing that extra hair and going for a short pixie-like haircut? Before you shed that excess hair, do your homework and find a style that will suit your hair and face. Here are some tips for choosing a short haircut that’s perfect for you.
1. Get to know your face shape. Not all faces will compliment short hair. Find out what face shape you have and find a short or shorter style that will balance out your the angles of your face and suit you best. See the resource box at the end of this article for a link to determining your face shape.
2. Determine your hair type. The type of hair you have will play a huge role in what haircut will work best for you.
3. Find pictures either in magazines or the Internet and cut, or print, the styles you like. Keep these handy as you’ll want to show them to your stylist at the beginning of your appointment.

4. * If you’re nervous about cutting your long hair short do it in stages. Try a shoulder length cut first to lessen the shock and go shorter yet on your next haircut if you can handle it.
* Pomade is a must for short hairstyles. This versatile styling product adds definition to layers, tames frizz and adds shine.
* Find hair needs to go super short or keep the layers around chin length or slightly shorter for best results. Layers in between can fall flat so unless you’re looking for a super flat hairstyle watch the length of those layers.
* It’s often assumed that short hair is easier to style. While there is less hair to work with, if you’re used to putting your long hair up in a ponytail everyday short hair may add to your styling time. Before getting your short haircut ask your stylist what’s involved in styling your chosen haircut. There may be more work involved than you think.


Any purebred Arabian is a potential racehorse. To compete in a race, an Arabian must be at least three years of age. While there is no maximum age limit, few horses of other racing breeds compete beyond the age of 10. All manner of pedigrees have produced winners, and there is no evidence to indicate that any particular line of family will prove overwhelmingly superior on the track. If all Arabians were raced, it would be obvious in a short time that some lines were superior to others in producing runners.
Conformation remains the best guide in the selection of the potential racehorse. A well made horse will move more efficiently and be far less prone to injury than a poorly built one. A powerful set of shoulders, sloping and well muscled, coupled with a long hip will provide the driving power required. Straight legs with clearly defined tendons and short cannon bones will best carry the runner. A neck of average length, set not too high and having a generous windpipe will balance the horse running at speed. The race prospect should move freely at all gaits with no waste motion.
Size is not a primary consideration. A small Arabian, agile and quick and well made is preferable to a 16 hand Arabian who is clumsy and awkward.
Temperament is an important consideration. A racehorse is a finely tuned athlete, not a runaway, and it is highly desirable that he have excellent manners.

luni, 20 august 2007

United States Flag

No one knows with absolute certainty who designed the first stars and stripes or who made it.

Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, neither the order of the stars nor the proportions of the flag was prescribed. Consequently, flags dating before this period sometimes shows unusual arrangements of the stars and odd proportions, these features being left to the discretion of the flag maker. In general, however, straight rows of stars and proportions similar to those later adopted officially were used. The principal acts affecting the flag of the United States are the following:

• On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
• Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.

• Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.

• Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 - established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.

• Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.

• Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizon tally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.

The true history of the origin of the flag of the USA has become so overcrowded with traditions and legends that at times it is next to impossible to establish the true facts.

The US flag was raised in its first unified form on January 2, 1776 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It consisted of 13 alternate red and white straps (stripes), equal to the number of states. The original states were Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. For that flag, on June 14, 1777, "Flag Day", Congress sub-stituted a similarly striped flag with 13 white stars on a blue field in the left-hand corner.

In 1794, with the admission of Vermont and Kentucky, Congress added two more stripes and two more stars. The new country began to grow. More states joined it. But there was no place on the flag for more stripes. So in 1818 the original 13 stripes were restored, to remain unchanged thereafter; for each new state admitted to the Union, however, a new star was to be added. Today the USA flag has 13 horizontal (7 red and 6 white) stripes and 50 white stars on the blue background representing the 50 states. The red stripes proclaim courage, the white stripes proclaim liberty, and the field of blue stands for loyalty. The US flag is known as "Old Glory", the "Stars and Stripes" or the "Star-spangled Banner". The latter name comes from the title of the national anthem of the USA, beginning with "Oh, say can you see by the dawns early light ... the Star-Spangled Banner...” The words were created by Francis Scott Key who watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry in September 1814, during the war between the USA and Great Britain in 1812-1815. The melody was taken from an English song composed by John Stafford Smith (1750-1836).
The US flag is the symbol of the revolutionary struggle of the American people, of the American Revolution. The coat of arms of the US represents an eagle with wings outspread, holding a bundle of rods - the symbol of administering - in the left claw and an olive twig - the emblem of love - in the right claw. The motto on the coat of arms is "E Pluribus Unum".

Badgley Mischka

Teri Hatcher, the star from "Desperate Housewives", became the image of Badgley Mischka.
Badgley Mischka dressed lots of Hollywood stars in the last few years.
The 42 years old actress accepted to be the star of the autumn collection Badgley Mischka with only one condition: that the Badgley Mischka clothes she wears to be suitable to her part in the movie.
"Badgley and Mischka were the first designers who created my clothes for my first apparition on the red carpet" declared Teri Hatcher.
In 1995 Teri Hatcher wore a Badgley Mischka creation for the Emmys.

joi, 16 august 2007

Great winter cities

Everybody loves Paris in the spring, but I love it better in the winter...Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York...They all have twice their standard summer brochure charm when the trees are bare.
No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon, no dawn, no dusk, no shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, November- as the Thomas Hood rhyme goes. And soon November will come. And there will be no tourists either. The pragmatic advantages of going to somebody else's city in winter are without number. You can find a taxi, you can get theater seats, you can insist on a good table in a good restaurant, you can get within ten feet of your favorite Impressionists in the museum, and the department stores are pleasantly busy than frenetically full.
That's why I love Paris better in the winter when the boulevard cafes are closed in, the radiators are glowing warmly and there's the best of excuses for lingering an hour over that last cup of coffee, that it's raining cats and dogs.
Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York... I love them all better in the winter when the prevailing street smell is no longer vanilla ice cream and fried onions, but roasting chestnuts from the only vendors still bothering to do business. London, as Sherlock Holmes would be the first to tell you, is at its most appealing in November.

Impossible is nothing

Running, soccer, tennis, training, outdoor, or just being cool...ADIDAS is all this and even more. You can find Adidas everywhere, all over the world; everybody knows Adidas, everybody wants Adidas. Adidas shoes and apparel are wore from the little kids looking cute to grandparents jogging and it's all beautiful and comfortable.
In 1949 Adidas was registered as a company, named after its founder: 'Adi' from Adolf and 'Das' from Dassler. When West Germany won the 1954 FIFA World Cup, their footwear was supplied by Adidas. These shoes introduced a technological breakthrough: studs with screws. When the weather was good and the pitch was hard, the shoes were equipped with short studs; when it rained, longer studs were screwed on the bottom of the shoes. As the final game against the highly-favoured team from Hungary was played in heavy rain, this gave the German players a firmer hold on the slippery pitch. This anecdote was a plot device used in the successful German film, The Miracle of Bern, which was a movie version of the 1954 World Cup. More recently, some players on the German national team who have contracts with rival sportswear companies (most notably Nike endorsers Jens Lehmann and Miroslav Klose) have complained about the clause on Adidas' contract with the national side requiring them to wear Adidas kit, including footwear. Lehmann cited foot pain from the boots that bothered him during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Several players threatened to boycott an international friendly against Sweden in protest against the rule. However, the German Football Association was able to reach a new agreement with Adidas in September 2006 to allow the players to wear their own brand of boots, and in the goalkeepers case, their own gloves.
Adidas also designs special balls for UEFA competitions. The company has supplied the ball for the UEFA European Championship ever since 1984, starting with the Tango Mundial, and also produces the Finale ball for use in the UEFA Champions League.
Adidas sponsors and provides kits, gear and accessories to several professional and collegiate teams all over the world.

marți, 14 august 2007

Robeez shoes

Comfortable and supportive, yet flexible and soft, Robeez baby shoes are the best choice in footwear for your child’s developing feet for many reasons. They are secure, they slip on and stay on, thanks to a strong yet supple elasticized ankle band. They are washable and skid resistant, they are durable due to the quality leather and they are very very comfortable because the soft leather cushions and protects, flexes with each step, and is breathable to keep feet cool and comfy.
Robeez baby shoes come in many designs and sizes. The most popular are the Robeez baby booties but you can also choose sandals for example. The sizes are from 0 to 4 years and the colors are varied. With children’s footwear, choosing the right size matters a lot. It is important to measure carefully and accurately when selecting a size. As a general guidline: stand child up to measure, when possible, allow 0.5 - 1 cm extra when selecting shoe size and measure often because babies grow fast.

duminică, 12 august 2007

Pet care

Every dog and cat, regardless of size, breed, age or coat type, needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Regular grooming can prevent problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful mats, and bad breath, as well as help you identify other problems that might go unnoticed without the extra attention.
Healthy skin, hair, nails and teeth are what define a well-groomed dog. Dog grooming is the practice of caring for the appearance of a canine for personal or showing purposes. Grooming rituals include washing, hair clipping and cutting, nail clipping, powdering, hair styling, and teeth cleaning. Grooming is important for your pet and is more than aesthetically pleasing to owners. It is great for cutting down on shedding and smell, but will keep your pet’s skin, hair, nails and teeth healthy. Grooming is also a great way to cut down on allergies and infection for both pets and their owners.
Good grooming habits begin with puppy care. All puppies should be taught to sit, stand, or lie down to have their bodies checked over and their hair combed. Grooming provides bonding time. In the wild, wolves and other canines groom each other as part of the social interaction of the pack or family group. Dog incisors (the front teeth) are an effective comb; the little nibbles they etch on the bodies of pack mates stimulate the skin and have a calming effect. Puppy owners can also use grooming as pleasurable time with their new family member.

vineri, 10 august 2007

Dog clothes

It may seem eccentric or maybe even foolish sometimes, but nowadays more and more dogs are in fashion and wear designers clothes and expansive collars and jewelry. And why not? If you are a cool trendy person why not have a cool trendy dog?! I simply adore the Betty Boop, Hello Kitty, Little Lily and Care Bears clothes, of course on small breed dogs. There are so many dogs clothes starting with tank tops, shirts, dresses, coats, raincoats, sweaters and costumes. The perfect dog outfit is not just fashionable it's functional. The specially tailored clothing lines are designed specifically with your dog in mind. This special attention to cut and style provides dog clothes that are easy to put on and take off, and stay on your baby during their regular activities.
It's a glamorous life style for dogs, but they deserve it for being your best friend, faithful and funny.

miercuri, 8 august 2007


Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Escada... These are just a few names of wonderful and famous perfumes. Spraying a little bit of perfume on the back of your wrists, knees and neck you will make the fragrance last all day long. You should never rub, because rubbing crushes the molecules of the fragrance and ruins the scent. Some beauty editors only spritz the inner elbows and behind the knees. Why? The fragrance stays a little moist and the fragrance works best just a little bit humid.
My favorite perfume is Escada. I fell in love with this fragrance about 7 years ago. Today I can recommend you two new Escada fragrances: Escada Into The Blue and Escada Sunset Heat.
Escada Into The Blue has a strong floral element because nothing symbolizes renewal better than the image of a blooming flower. The blue lotus flower is known for its intoxicating fragrance. Into The Blue also contains peony, it's delicate fresh sweetness so elusive that perfumers have always struggled to capture it. Now you can rediscover this blossom which is so fleeting in nature and makes the most beautiful, indulgent and rare of bouquets.
Escada Sunset Heat is a very sexy perfume. The top notes are papaya, lemon, mango sherbet and pineapple mousse. A spritz of Escada Sunset Heat perfectly embodies your feelings of anticipation and excitement at where the night might lead.

miercuri, 1 august 2007

Cell Phones

I have to tell you from the start that I have a passion for Nokia cell phones. I also like Sony Ericsson a lot, but I consider Nokia to be the best. The tree most recent cell phones presented by Nokia are: Nokia 6267, Nokia 3500 classic and Nokia 6121 classic. I'll try to show you their characteristics and let you decide which cell phone is more suitable for you.
The Nokia 6267 is a quad-band mid-range clamshell phone with 3G and video calls support. It boasts dedicated multimedia keys, an enhanced music player, FM radio, stereo Bluetooth and a 2 megapixel camera. The handset will have support for MicroSD memory cards with a capacity of up to 4 GB. The handset records video in VGA resolution and has a miniUSB connector plus a standard 2.5mm audio jack. The Nokia 6267 is based on the S40 user interface and features a 262K color TFT main display with a QVGA resolution and a secondary 262K color one with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. The expected retail price of Nokia 6267 is around EUR 240.
The Nokia 3500 classic is a mid-range tri-band GSM candy bar phone with everyday use features like FM radio and a 2 megapixel camera. It has a phonebook with a capacity of 2000 contacts and connectivity-wise features a miniUSB port and a 2.5mm Nokia audio/video port. Being a lower mid-range solution, the Nokia 3500 classic offers a 262K color TFT display with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and it doesn't have a memory card slot. The nice thing about it is that it weighs only 81 g and is only 13,1mm thick (which is not bad for a Nokia handset). The Nokia 3500 classic is expected to retail at around EUR 135.
The Nokia 6121 classic is mid-range candy bar Symbian smartphone with S60 User Interface. The 6121 is pretty much identical to the already announced Nokia 6120 classic both in design and features. It has quad-band GSM and 3G HSDPA networks support and is only 15 mm thick. The 6121 clssic has a 2 megapixel camera with panorama shooting mode plus a secondary video calls camera. Memory-wise it has a microSD memory card slot with support for cards with a capacity of up to 2GB. Again, it features a miniUSB port and a standard 2.5mm audio jack. The expected price of Nokia 6121 classic is around EUR 260.