Friday, December 28, 2007

New Focus In The Bag Market - Reusable Bag

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Anya Hindmarch’s trendy “I am Not A Plastic Bag” design makes enormous gains in popularity, which sold out of London stores just hours after being released. The aim of the design is simple — to encourage people not to use plastic carrier bags. The simple bag has become a symbol of ethical intent - and a very fashionable one at that.

The popularity of this bag should be proof that consumers are willing and excited to have some non-plastic reusable alternatives. Hindmarch told the media: ”I hate the idea of making the environment trendy, but you need to make it cool and then it becomes a habit.”

We are now pleased to see all kinds of reusable bags step into the market and become a focus. Bag manufacturers have sensed this trend and making actions.

Reusable Fabric Options - No More Plastic Bag

String bag: This bag is completely lightweight yet able to carry a lot of groceries. The best thing about it is its ability to stretch, so just when you think you’ve fit all that, you can still throw in that last stuff. Meanwhile, the problem with the string bag is its lack of structure when loading and also the perception that it could be unsanitary, especially when it comes to food.

Lightweight Nylon: The cool thing about this alternative is that it fits in with the current system for bagging groceries at the check-out counter. It is a more durable but still lightweight material compared to the plastic bag. But again it lacks structure when loading.

Heavy Duty Nylon: This bag is made to last a lifetime. Tote bag often made of this heavy nylon. It resembles a traditional paper grocery bag with some added handles; it stands nicely on its own for easy packing. However with that durability and quality of materials come a not-so-compact package. It folds similarly to a paper grocery bag.

Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. The thing is, they all have the potential to save thousands of throw away PGBs from plastic bags.

Supplementary to Typical Leather Handbag or Designer Bag

At first blush, the trend of reusable shopping bags would seem at odds with the explosive growth of high-end handbags. But it turns out that some consumers are eager to walk around with a $1,000 Coach purse on one arm and the Coach shopping bag it came in on the other.

Until recently, high-priced, top-of-the-line imported handbags were a status symbol. But today, designer goods have flooded the market, are no longer as exclusive as they once were. Every woman needs a leather handbag or a designer bag, but they also need a practical bag, such as a tote bag or shopping bag for holding many stuff that their leather bag can’t handle, such as A4 document, a cup of coffee, lunch box, some big accessories…

For example, last summer in 2007, many women in china are choosing straw bags for their reasonable price, their suitability for the summer season, and the possibility of matching them up with many different styles. The best of all, it is nature and reusable.

Pattern and Style Choice

Environmental friendly people want to be associated and seen with natural fabric bags. Available in soft and natural hues, some bags ooze class and concern. Multicolored patchwork bags, printed bags, embroidered and embossed bags are everyone's favorite.

In bag related trade shows, lots of design elements and latest fashion trend is revealed. Certain bags are cute, featuring a corsage, embroidered beads, or braided ribbons as decoration, while others are more flashy, featuring rhinestones, of are inspired by classic Asian styles, with wooden beads or sea shells. There are bags for all outfits and occasions. Some women at fireworks festivals and other summer events this year prefer carrying straw bags. Some bags can be paired with dresses for a softer, more feminine look, but they also go will with slightly mannish short-sleeved jackets and pants sets and suits. Anyway, versatility is an appeal.

Popular Items - Straw Bag, Tote Bag in Green Design

Tote Bag – Big and Practical

Big is the fashion. Bags get bigger with cooler weather because you have more to carry (umbrellas, wraps, hats). Nearly every woman has at least one tote bag, whether it’s for a day at the beach, a picnic, browsing at the flea market or just a day at the mall. After all, a good tote bag is very popular - an absolutely indispensable item. Because canvas tote bags come in a variety of designs and styles, you can match them with coordinating sandals, a t-shirt, gym clothes, or your favorite dress. You can make a bold fashion statement with these versatile bags. Tote bags can replace traditional plastic and paper shopping bags. After you use the tote bags for groceries, fold them and place them near the door so you can pick them up next time on your way.

Straw Fashion

Straw handbags combine colorful and funky designs with the latest trends for natural looks and environment-friendly statements, carrying a unique appeal to consumers. Compared to the conventional leather and fabric handbags, they are much lighter. The use of natural grass also fits in with the trend for environmental protection, while many handbags even come as "natural" straw to accentuate their appeal - and probably even enhance health requirements for the product.

Trend or Demand for Future Reusable Bag Industry

The reusable bag is still the bag of choice for most occasions under the prevailing theme about environment protection. So people would strive to make it better, and the solution should be a bag that is, (I mean many kinds of bag suited to different occasions):

1 Easily folded flat, both for storage at the checkout counter and for refolding for the return journey;

2 Relatively inexpensive to produce, so the supermarket and grocery stores would use it in greater amount not worrying about their cost control.

3 Made of durable, sustainable materials that give the bag structure but also keep it lightweight;

4 Easy to carry, possibly in different configurations (traditional handles, over the shoulder, etc);

5 Has an appropriate strategy for end-of-life disposal when it is finally properly disposed of after a lifetime of good use.

6 Not only durable and long lasting, but also attractive, comfortable and classy.

The last point means that the reusable bags can also be connected to “fashion”. When you think of the “I’m not a plastic bag” craze though many western countries recently.

Alluring Business Potential for Reusable Bags in this Eco-friendly Market Atmosphere

Use of recyclable and reusable bags has now been promoted as a lifestyle. In cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, customers have begun treating eco-friendly bags such as nylon bag as an indispensable accessory that can be reused for weeks, even months, to carry laundry to the cleaners, books to the beach or lunch to the office.

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These bags are the most popular choice for both corporate as well as personal gifting. So stores or manufacturers, sensing a marketing opportunity, are racing to a heated competition to make the most durable, fashionable reusable bags. From upscale emporiums to midprice chains, retailers are investing millions of dollars in new flourishes like plastic-coated paper and heavy fabric cord handles.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The History of Christmas Decor

Christmas trees, wreaths and Santa Claus seem to have been part of the Christmas season for as long as any of us can remember. Most Christmas celebrants are celebrating the arrival of Jesus into the world. Others may be celebrating Christmas as a purely secular holiday where families exchange gifts and spend time together. It seems to most of us that this is how it has always been and we are merely repeating the same holiday traditions of the many generations that have gone before us. While many aspects of Christmas, and winter decor have been part of the holiday tradition for thousands of years, their heritage is not what most of us think. There has been a celebration for thousands of years during the winter season, but Christmas as we know it is a relatively modern invention.

The winter solstice has been a time for celebration and ceremonies long before Christianity made its' presence in the world. The Romans celebrated their God, Saturn, during the second half of December with street festivals and holiday decor. They decorated their homes with garlands of laurel and green trees lit with candles to celebrate their god. Festive meals with family and friends were common as was the exchange of good luck gifts called Strenae. Saturnalia, the celebrations honoring Saturn, was a festive time of parties and joy. Garlands of laurel and brightly lit trees seem to be part of today's celebration of Christmas. But our current Christmas traditions are not merely a Christian veneer to an ancient Roman holiday. Modern Christmas traditions have their past in more than just Roman behavior and many of the traditions we enjoy today had to fight long and hard to re emerge on the Christmas scene.

The Romans were not the first nor the only culture to celebrate during the winter solstice. The ancient Mesopotamians, Persians, and Babylonians all held celebrations during this time of year. In Europe and the British Isles, there is a long history of celebrations held during the winter solstice. The tradition of the Yule log most likely originated in the Scandinavian countries where the sun disappears altogether during the winter months. The Scandinavian tradition was to send scouts in search of the sun, and when they finally spied its' return, a great Yuletide festival would be held to celebrate the return of the sun. A feast would be held around the burning Yule log and apples would be hung from trees to remind the participants that spring would return again. The feast would last as long as the Yule log burned, sometimes as long as twelve days. In other places in Europe, late December was the time the cattle would be slaughtered since the cold would preserve the meat and the herd would not need to be fed during the winter months. Most of the wine and beer had fermented, so food and drink was plentiful as the early Europeans celebrated the approaching spring.

Mistletoe was popular in the colder regions of Europe where its' evergreen nature kept it attractive all year round. In fact the Christmas concept of " Peace and Joy" can trace its' roots to a pagan Norse concept that the mistletoe held magical powers and enemies meeting under the mistletoe had to call a truce until the following day. Ancient Druids also utilized Mistletoe during the winter solstice and distributed it as a talisman against evil. Mistletoe and Yule logs have long been part of winter solstice celebrations, as they are a part of our Christmas celebrations today. But just as Christmas is not merely a Roman holiday neither is it merely a renamed pagan holiday. It is a combination of all of these celebrations with new traditions added in.

The urge to feast had been a cultural part of the human existence long before the advent of Christianity. As occurs when a new religion captures the human soul, old customs are merely renamed. The early church did not celebrate Christ's birth. In the third century, the church decided to celebrate Jesus' birthday and December 25 was chosen. It is most likely that the Church could not stop the pagan celebrations that surrounded the winter solstice, and by celebrating Jesus' birth at this time the Church acknowledged the power of the human need to celebrate the winter solstice . The Church also realized the control they would gain by twining the winter solstice celebrations with those of Jesus' birth. Winter Solstice celebrations, especially Saturnalia, had been rather wild. This wildness continued up to the Middle Ages where most attended church but followed it with a raucous celebration that mimicked the traditions of Saturnalia and other solstice festivals before it.

In the sixteenth century, the Germans started the Christmas tree tradition that we know. Trees had always been part of the solstice tradition in Germany, but they became part of the Christian tradition in the 1500's. Martin Luther is credited with adding the first lighted candles to the tree. I wonder if he had read about the ancient Roman tradition of putting lighted candles in their trees?

In the mid 17th century Christmas was canceled. At least in England. The Puritan forces took over England and in an attempt to purge the country of decadence, Christmas was canceled. In England this was reversed when Charles II was returned to the throne, but our forbearers were even more conservative than Cromwell. Christmas was illegal in Boston, but celebrated in Jamestown. Christmas as we know it today really came about during the Victorian era in the 1860's. It was declared a national holiday in the United States in 1870.

So how did Christmas go from being illegal to being one of the most celebrated holidays on earth? And why am I not arrested for having mistletoe and Christmas trees and festivities? Well we have Queen Victoria and her German husband to thank for all the Christmas festivities and lights we enjoy today. Queen Victoria was shown with a Christmas Tree, compliments of her German husband. What was previously seen as pagan, now became fashionable. The Christmas floodgates opened, once again apples and ornaments and lights could be found decorating homes during December. Gifts are given and feasts are had. It is almost like some fundamental need of human kind to celebrate during the winter months has been let free.

The Church also finally gained control over the nature of the winter celebration. Most families engage in some religious activity during the Christmas season and the truly wild nature of winter festivals has been tamed. Nevertheless, lighted trees, Yule logs, Mistletoe, feasting, laurels, wreaths and apple ornaments are all part of our holiday decor. As they have been, for over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas decorations are truly pagan in their history. But merely because they had decorative value for our pagan ancestors, does not mean they cannot decorate our homes in celebration of Jesus' birth. These decorative items were used by our ancestors to celebrate important times in their lives. It is fitting, we use the same items to celebrate important times in our lives.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Fashion Design Programs

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Jennifer_Bailey]Jennifer Bailey

The fashion industry is a fierce business. The cliche "One day you're in, and the next day you're out" really holds true to this trade. Numerous fashion designers have already come and gone but if you will notice, those who are still out there have reliable, solid collections. For example, designers such as Tom Ford have gone from one fashion house to another, making Gucci an in-demand brand in the 90s. Betsy Johnson has created hip, funky, and crazy designs that are still making waves in the fashion industry, regardless of the fact that they are not really wearable.

Fashion design schools play a major role in shaping and honing the next Betsy Johnson and Tom Ford of the fashion industry. Programs set by the school board every school year usually determine if the students can cope with the real world. Internships to famous fashion houses are also included in these programs so student can apply what they have learned in fashion to school to the real fashion scenario.

The International Academy of Fashion program was described by critics as a comprehensive, technical and very demanding. The fashion curriculum provides a solid learning program with a specific goal of developing in their students creative individual thinking and a sense of uniqueness as well as preparing them for a professional career. An associate in science degree in fashion design and marketing or a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design and marketing are usually the choices offered to students.

The American Intercontinental University, on the other hand, has an Association of Arts degree in fashion design that fashion experts say is designed to inspire the individuals to construct innovative and edgy designs. Computer skills in designing are also taught so students can combine traditional techniques with computer-assisted designs. An association of arts degree in fashion marketing is another program offered to talented and fashionable students. The programs in this curriculum offer teach the inner operations of retail and wholesale fashion, market analysis, and evaluation of the production needs of the fashion industry. [http://www.e-FashionDesign.com]Fashion Design provides detailed information on Fashion Design, Fashion Design Schools, Fashion Design Programs, Fashion Design Games and more. Fashion Design is affiliated with [http://www.i-Fabrics.com]Fabric Hammocks.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Getting Financing For Your Pool

If you are trying to get financing for your pool, all you have to do is to research different pool companies, lenders, or pool contractors in your local area to assist you.

You will also need to find a lender who will be experienced to understand your specific needs. There are some swimming Pool Contractors and Pool Companies that also offer financing for your swimming pool that you can take advantage of as well. If a builder is constructing your home, then the swimming pool will come as part of the home package. You would only need to finance the home. A swimming pool adds a lot of perks to your home. It adds to your real estate appreciation value.

Financing a pool is easier than financing a home or car. It can also be a tax advantage to you. If you hold pool parties as part of your entertainment expense for your business, you are able to claim for a newly constructed pool.

Some lenders will use the value of the property to determine equity in your home and lend you money as an improvement to the property using that equity as collateral. This improvement will not only give you leverage to your home, but it will also add a new lifestyle mode to your existence.

Do some research on what lenders offer, but don’t leave out the pool company or pool contractor in your research. They may have better lending options and desirable pool packages that will fit your needs.

You might also be able to find a lender who knows a lot about financing and installation of a swimming pool and will know how to structure your loan for you.

If you have a lender who understands about pool construction and what it entails, your approval process will be much easier. This will allow your pool construction to go more speedily. Make sure you locate a lender who will determine your home value once the pool is installed in addition to the current purchase price of homes in the area.

Try to find financing that will meet your specific needs. There are short-term loans with higher monthly payments and long-term loans with lower payments. If you opt to finance the pool only, you will be able to do a consolidation loan with other debts that you may have. This is called a debt consolidation loan where the lender will use the home as the collateral. You will be able to possibly get extra cash to add pool equipment, accessories or additions.

With a swimming pool financing plan that is right for you, you will be able to enjoy the benefits that come with your pool along with a low interest rate loan.

Swimming pool financing is available to any homeowner who is willing to do the research it takes to find the right lender. It only takes a simple phone call to get a swimming pool in your home as an added incentive to the long warm summers.

How Popular Are Swimming Pools

In 1896, the Olympic world of swimming brought the popularity of swimming pools to the forefront. There are two different types of swimming pools; in-ground and above-ground. Most homes these days have swimming pools especially those that have been recently built. A residence that has a swimming pool will increase its real estate value. The swimming pool serves as a means of entertaining and relaxation. During the summer months, it is the most enjoyable aspect of having fun that teenagers and adults look forward to.

If you or someone is in need of any type of swimming pool installation, a professional pool company who specializes in building pools will be able to assist you. It may be a huge undertaking, but certainly something that is being done.

An above-ground pool would be probaby an easier choice because it does not require any complexity. Some homes already come with an installed swimming pool. In those cases, the homeowner, enjoys the freedom of having private pool parties and the ability to entertain other guests.

Swimming has become a popular sport around the world and so swimming pools are a product of that sport activity. Recreation centers see the value that swimming pools have in the community and have capitalized on it to provide fun activities for the neighborhood. Swimming pools are also available for use at certain locations throughout the cities in each State. These are owned, operated and maintained by the city. The YMCA is a perfect example. The cities use these facilities to train swim teams for Olympics and other meets.

Children from all ages participate and use these kinds of swimming pools. Having a swimming pool at your home will help you to practice even harder for swim meets if the local pool is closed.

Swimming pools are especially popular in hot or warm climates. In Florida, there are a lot of swimming pool owners who relish their prized possession and would not consider giving it up. The cost to maintain it is not even a question when you live in a warm climate or when you want to have fun in the privacy of your home.

As swimming pools begin to become more popular, even people who live in cold areas are getting them installed because in the winter time, it is possible to just put a cover over the pool to protect it.

Pool companies or Pool Contractors are now offering different designs and competitive pool packages to choose from. These pool companies will take care of acquiring the permits from the city. You will be able to pick the tile, the style of the pool, the layout and the type of deck finish. Pool companies have seen the popularity of swimming pools and it has created a demand for pool servicing. The pool has to be cleaned and maintained for proper use.

These swimming pool professionals are equipped to handle cleaning the pool, maintaining the pool and repairing the pool among other task. A pool technician is usually assigned to get the job done on a regular basis

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Choosing The Right Pool Technician

A swimming pool, even though it appears simple with a structure that holds water, comes with lot of other equipment that is very essential and vital in maintaining the cleanliness of the pool and to preserve the health and safety of the users. It is, therefore, very important to maintain the pool and to keep the equipment functioning properly.

Since, most of the equipments cannot be maintained by the individual pool owners, it necessitates opting for a technician or a service company to maintain the same. The maintenance of a pool is a costly issue and choosing a right person or company to maintain the pool becomes very vital.

Initially, it is better to do some researching before the right person or company is selected. This can be in form of talking to friends and neighbors that already have a pool being maintained by someone. Information can also be sought on the Internet that gives a local listing.

It is better to get in touch with few of the available pool technicians and discuss with each one of them the various options that they are providing for maintenance. Many of them have customized maintenance plans that suit the individual’s needs.

Sometimes, it is easier if the company has some accreditations from reputed awarding organizations that assure the person of quality service or testimonials from other customers.

When all the requirements are satisfied, it is better to sit and discuss with the pool technician or Pool Company what type of maintenance is required and whether the plan will satisfy all the necessities. It is also important to discuss how they handle the problems that arise and the way in which they are going to handle the same. It is also important to discuss what all the service includes in the plan.

Many technicians offer warranties on repair of equipment. It is important to know whether any such warranties are available with the service that the pool technician is providing.

After making a choice regarding the person who will maintain the pool and once everything has been discussed and agreed upon, it is an absolute must to put whatever has been agreed upon onto paper such that it avoids differences at a later point of time. This should include even the tenure for the maintenance and what is not included as regular maintenance service.

Although maintaining a pool is very expensive, choosing the right pool technician or pool service company will provide a cost effective way of keeping your pool in good condition.

Swimming Pool Equipment

Swimming is a great form of cardiovascular workout that helps in giving a good exercise to all the parts of the body. While it is perceived as a means of exercise for many, a sport for some, it also serves as a mode to relax for a lot of people. To pursue their interest in swimming, many people these days opt to have a swimming pool in their homes such that they can use it at their own convenience and privacy.

A swimming pool is considered by many to help in making a style statement and adds the necessary flair to their homes. The swimming pool is not just four walls holding water but needs associated equipment to go along with it to function properly and to maintain the cleanliness of the pool safety and health of the users.

A swimming pool also needs basic equipment such as ladders to get in and out of the pool, rails to hold, diving boards, etc. No swimming pool is complete if it is not lit with the proper lighting and has the right lounge furniture to go along with the pool. While selecting furniture, it is essential choose items that are weatherproof and are painted with water-based or rubber-based paints such that they last longer for quite some time to come.

Some of the other standard equipment that is needed with the pool includes equipment to maintain and keep the water clean and free of any debris, heaters to maintain the temperature of the water, equipment to pump the water, covers to close the pool, etc.

A skimmer is necessary to keep the surface of the water clear of any floatation particles such as dry leaves, twigs, dead insects, etc. To clean the bottom of the pool, there are automatic cleaners available that help in clearing any debris settled down there. Some of these cleaners can also be utilized in cleaning the walls of the pool.

Utilizing a cover to close the pool also serves the purpose of keeping the pool clean and also helps in avoiding the evaporation of water. It is also helpful in evading potentially dangerous situations such as accidental drowning of children or even pets.

To continuously use the swimming pool through the year round, many people, especially those staying in places with cold winters, opt for heaters to maintain the temperature of the water at desired levels such that it is comfortable to use the pool at all times. There are many options for heaters, some of which are solar heaters that utilize solar power, electric heaters, which convert solar energy into electrical energy and gas heaters that as the name indicates, runs on gas.

Filters are used to keep the pool clean of debris. This is connected through a basket, which holds the debris and prevents it from re-entering the pool. Pumps are used to re-circulate the water in the pool through the basket and the filter such that it can clean the existing water from the accumulated debris. Pumps are selected depending on the type of pool and on the quantity of water that it holds. Ideally, the pump must be able to re-circulate the entire water in the pool in a span of around ten hours.

Many pool builders allow the owners themselves to do much of the designing of the pool. It is essential to remember all the important equipment that needs to go along with it and to choose the right equipment keeping in mind the customized requirements of the pool.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Increasing The Life of Your Swimming Pool

Picture this. You are in high spirits and raring to go for a good swim. However, the water does not seem sparkling blue. On the contrary, the pool wears a hazy appearance. Nevertheless, you banish a momentary thought of repulsion and plunge in. You spend some time in the water and when you come out, you feel a sense of lethargy, your eyes are burning, and you are feeling grumpy. The reason for a bad experience in the swimming pool may be there is a water imbalance.

The swimming pool water is considered ‘balanced’ if it is just the right amount of alkalinity. In fact the right amount of water balance can extend the life of the pool water. The pH is the most prominent aspect in water balance. The pH range is used to gauge the relative acid or base of the water. In fact, the scale that is used to measure the pH balance runs from O to 14. A measurement or reading between 7.1 and 7.6 is just the required norm for swimming pool water.

Have you felt that your water heater and swimming pool surfaces have become corrosive for quite some time? If you test the water and see the water low on the scale, at a level lesser than 7.1, you know that the water is off balance. On the contrary, if your scale shows a pH measurement of a rating above 7.6, you can expect unnecessary deposit build-up in your swimming pool. So you must regularly test and check if your water is at the right balance. Water, which has a pH imbalance, can have a detrimental effect on your sanitizer.

The ‘total alkalinity’ of your swimming pool is also an important factor, which you should consider while maintaining your swimming pool. Total alkalinity is an evaluation of water’s resistance to pH variations. It is a measurement of alkaline substances (bicarbonates, carbonates etc) dissolved in water and the permitted range is between 80 and 150 ppm (parts per million). You should also consider a third important factor called the level of ‘Calcium Hardness’ in the swimming pool water. Calcium levels for swimming pool are the amount of immersed minerals, usually calcium carbonate in the water. As an accepted range, the level of calcium hardness should be between 170 and 275 ppm. If calcium hardness is less than required, the swimming pool equipment can corrode. If the amount of calcium hardness is higher than required, the appearance of the water is hazy-like.

We know that chlorine is important to make the swimming pool water free of contaminants. However, chlorine works wonders with the help of a stabilizer. The rays of the sun have the potential to destroy the chlorine in the water. The stabilizer that is filled with ‘cyanuric acid (30-50 pmm)’ protects the chlorine in the water from the rays of the sun, therefore making the chlorine last nearly four times longer. Thanks to the stabilizer, you save a lot on the expenditure for chlorine and it helps to increase the life of your swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance is necessary for all pool owners especially if the pool is used a lot. In fact, pool experts consider that the amount of maintenance required on a swimming pool equates with the amount of usage you have for the swimming pool. You must take care of your swimming pool and maintain it well so that swimming is a healthy and fun-filled exercise for everyone who uses the pool.

Develop a regular practice of testing the swimming pool water at the end of each day. Never add any chemicals without first assessing the quality of the water first. Be sure to also do a test in the morning as well, especially before anyone uses the pool. This will give you a clear idea of how clean the water is and if it ready for swimming. In fact, a 7.5 PH is the ideal PH level for water for a swimming pool.

Bear in mind that it is easy to clean the dirt that is visible but it is the invisible microorganisms and bacteria, which the swimming pool user leaves behind, that require utmost care and attention. Chlorine is recommended to disinfect the swimming pool water. Chlorine powder or granules are immersed in a non-metallic distribution container before being added to the water. Make sure that you shock your swimming pool every two weeks. Shock treatment for a swimming pool means adding more than the required amount of chlorine to the water. Shock treating for your swimming pool can get rid of most bacteria and other water pollutants. Shock treatment is usually recommended when the color of the water is cloudy or there is bad weather. In fact increasing the chlorine level by 5ppm will ensure that contamination is kept at bay.

You should use a brush or pool vacuum on the swimming pool floors and walls of the swimming pool at least once a week. Your swimming pool may have an automated cleaning system but still manual brushing will reach places, automatic cleaning systems fail to. Good swimming pool water should have clear and sparkling blue water. If this is not the case, then there is a possibility that the pool water will become infested with algae growth that gives a hazy, cloudy look to the water.

An algae inhibitor is useful to combat various types of algae even before they appear. The liquid solution is poured close to the skimmer intake and a pump is used to dispense it to various areas of the swimming pool. Another important step in swimming pool care and maintenance is due to the results of the weather. Weather in fact, has a strong influence on the quality of the water in the swimming pool. For instance, rainy season brings with it the potential of breeding parasites in and around the swimming pool. Bright sunny weather can lead to reduction of chlorine levels in the water.

The chemicals that you add to the swimming pool have to be mixed properly with the filtered water of the pool. Apart from keeping the water clean and hygienic, make sure the pool surface is cleaned regularly and kept free of any kind of dust or grime build-up. One should also ensure that the paving slabs that border the swimming pool are also cleaned regularly. The area around the swimming pool can be cleaned with a regular garden hose too. Proper and regular swimming pool care and maintenance, can result in many more exciting dips and dives in the pool.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Better Pool Equipment

These days it is found that pool equipments are more advanced and improved than ever before. We have approached an era of technology that has also affected the pool industry as well. Now are the days of electronic ignitions, wireless controls and digital displays. Pool equipment is becoming so automated and easy for homeowners. This is something that you probably would not see five or ten years ago. The same manufacturer that knows how to make the pool easier to operate is making more automated pool heaters, pumps and filters.

Microban additives for filters, remote controlled heaters, and technologically advanced pumps are some of the ways that manufacturers are making these pool accessories convenient for the consumer.

Swimming pool equipments have become so sophisticated and modernized enough to give the consumer more options. Sixty percent of the pools that are built today come with a heater unlike five years ago, consumers had to consider buying their own heaters. More consumers opt to engage the changing times irrespective of any initially high cost associated with their purchase because of the benefits they enjoy in the long run. Automated heat pumps are becoming very popular because of the low cost of energy. Today’s heat pump runs much quieter, smarter and more efficient.

A look at the current swimming pool equipments shows their high performance quality and popularity. According to some of the leaders in this industry, cartridge filters, for example, do a better job at filtration than sand filters. They seem to be easier to service because they only require a quick removal and rinse until the time comes for them to be replaced. Some of the filter manufactures are adding microban to the product to administer a substance that acts as an antibiotic to the filtration system in order to keep it bacteria-free.

A swimming pool cover is a very important accessory for owners of swimming pools. This will minimize the occurrence of accidents of children or pets falling in the pool. The pool cover also prevents heat loss from evaporation and this helps the pool owner to save on energy because the pool cover helps with heat retention in the pool.

Water and chemical loss is also one of the added benefits of a pool cover. The pool cover helps with keeping the pool clean during times when it is not being used and keeps out debris and dirt from the pool. Consumers can purchase a variety of different pool covers at any pool equipment store.

Swimming pool companies that use an automatic pool cleaner can be a homeowner’s dream. Manually cleaning the pool is also a service offered by most pool companies and the homeowner can utilize both services. There are three types of automatic pool cleaners, which include robotic automatic pool cleaners, suction side automatic pool cleaners and pressure side automatic pool cleaners. These are installed in the ground and above the ground of the pool. A pool company can supply and service any of these pool equipments.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Maintaining Your Pool

Pool maintenance is a part of keeping your pool clean and healthy. Cleaning the swimming pool is important to maintain proper hygiene. Your pool needs to be maintained on a consistent basis. However, if you use your pool on a regular basis, it is enough reason to make sure you are properly maintaining your pool. A pool technician is trained to test the swimming pool water to see exactly what kind of chemicals and the amount to use. Essentially, if you have a pool service contract, you don’t need to be concerned about when the pool needs cleaning. The pool service company will determine when the pool needs cleaning and make an appointment with you to have this done.

The pool technician will test the PH level and the chlorine level in the pool and is able to adjust both levels. If you do not have a pool service contract, you may have to determine when to call a pool technician to look at the condition of the pool. One of the key methods used by the pool technician is to have the water filter changed, add chlorine to the water, if necessary and clean the residue at the bottom of the pool. The filter helps to stabilize the water and keeping the PH level constant helps to balance the chlorine in order to prevent the problem of pool algae.

Weather conditions do affect your pool over time, so it is in your best interest to have adequate pool maintenance to keep your pool in the best swimming condition. Too much sun contributes to the reduction of the chlorine level. In rainy seasons, your pool is susceptible to parasites in the pool. A competent pool technician is knowledgeable enough to know that the paving slabs around the pool also need regular cleaning to prevent grime or pollutants from accumulating.

It is apparent that the most effective method of pool maintenance is adjusting the chemical balance and removing any unwanted dirt in the pool water.

If you regularly brush and vacuum your swimming pool it will get rid of all the unwanted dirt and grim. Cleaning and replacing the filter is essential. Be a responsible swimming pool owner by testing the pool water at least once per week. You will be able to use a pool testing kit to do this and they come in the form of tablet or liquid. Make sure that you rinse the cells of your pool test kit before filling them with water. When you are finished testing the pool, make sure you never empty the pool test solution back in the pool.

Your weekly pool test is to make sure the Ph and chlorine levels are maintained. Your monthly pool test should be able to determine the total alkalinity, if there is any calcium hardness or dissolved solids. However, regular monthly tests are most necessary if you notice any staining on the walls that may be interpreted as copper and iron build up. Your pool technician will be able to check if there are any levels of these metals present.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

How To Get Rid of Swimming Pool Bacteria

Swimming pool bacteria can be very embarrassing, difficult and hard to clean. It is also important to find out what caused the green pool or bacteria to take place.

It is apparent that non-use and non-cleaning are the two main causes of a green algae pool. There are also pink algae, yellow algae and black algae and they all have the same cause. Each of them has different degrees of problems and also different means of treatment. The other contributing effects are the environmental elements of nature including the sun and the rain.

No one can swim in a green pool. It has to be first cleaned by a pool technician. Pools with algae are not harmful, but it may eventually become a haven for E-coli bacteria. The most harm caused by pool algae is if a child accidentally falls into the clouded water and is hard to save.

Algae will cloud the water and change the color the pool so it is not recommended that any one swim in an algae pool until a pool technician can clean it

Pool algae will clog the filter and make the water stagnant and unsanitary. It creates a demand for more chlorine, which will result in an over processed pool.

The pool contaminated with algae is an unsightly eye sore. It is not an easy task for the pool technician, but the technician is trained to handle this problem.

The algae blooms can multiply quite quickly and begin to turn green. It creates a chemical imbalance in the pool and the effects of nature do not help the situation.

The pool technician has to clean the dirty filter and pump that results from algae.

How is algae treated

Using the right chemical and sanitizers to keep the pool healthy can treat algae. The pool technician will make sure that the pool has a high PH balance and less chlorine. However, if the homeowner regularly cleans the pool, the reoccurrence of algae should be minimal. Brushing regularly is a cleaning method that the pool technician will recommend to the homeowner. Brushing prevents dirt form accumulating in the plaster of the pores in the pool.

Algaecides chemicals like Polymers, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, and Copper are suggested treatments. Potassium Tetraborate will stop the growth of any pool algae. Copper works best, but it can stain the plaster in the pool.

The pool technician may use Chlorine Enhancers to provide a boost to hypochlorites in the pool. This will follow some brushing and vacuuming of the pool. The Chlorine Enhancers work best on yellow algae.
If the pool algae have become a nuisance that is hard to get rid of then be sure to call a pool technician who will drain the pool to clean the build up. If the problem has persisted for many years, then the problem is too much for you to handle. The pool technician will then pressure wash or acid wash your pool as soon as it is drained. This will kill the algae roots in the plaster. If you have a sand filter, the pool technician will change the sand filter or cartridge for you. Don’t try to treat the problem on your own. Be sure to call a pool technician. It can get quite overwhelming for you.

Repairing Swimming Pool Leaks

Individuals who own swimming pools are the first to notice any leakage in their pools. Finding the leak and repairing it though is the job for a professional pool company.

The pool professional will first find out where the leak is or if in fact, there is a leak. There are three things that the pool professional will have to consider to give a diagnosis of the problem. The leak could come from pool plumbing leaks, pool shell leaks and pool evaporation.
Therefore the pool technician has to rule out two of the three possible reasons for the leakage.

The sun is the main contributor for pool evaporation. The pool technician will test if this is the case by filling a large container and put it on the first pool step. The technician will then empty some of the water in the container to match the water level in the pool.

Then the technician will leave it there for a few days. No one will be able to use the pool during that time of testing. The technician will come back after a few days and see if the pool’s water level and the container’s water level have gone done at the same level. If this is the case, then the problem is definitely pool evaporation caused by the sun.

However, if the pool water has decreased more than the water in the container, there is likelihood that there is a leak in the pool. The technician will have to find exactly where the leak is coming from.

The technician is trained to find wherever the leak is and in most cases, it should be somewhere around the pump or the filter. If you see any water spots or any wet area where there is mostly dryness, then you have to identify where the water may be coming from. In most instances, the technician will find out that it is coming from a bad connection of one of the pipes.

The pool technician will have to turn on the pump for some time and see if any leaks are shown while the pump is running. If there are any leaks showing, the pool technician will repair the pool plumbing. However, if there are no leaks found in the plumbing system, then it may be that the leak is in the shell of the pool, which is more complex to repair.
The pool technician is the most qualified to take care of this problem and it may take a period of time to complete. The pool technician has to make sure no one uses the pool in this case. The pool technician may have to call in other enforcement to tackle the problem of leakage in the pool shell. This is a pool owner’s worse nightmare, but the pool technician is qualified to fix the problem.

Finding a leak and repairing it, requires identifying the causes of the problem through the process of elimination. As soon as the problem is identified, the homeowner must decide to have the pool technician fix the problem so that they can enjoy the use of their pool.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Housing Bubble Related Realtor Lawsuits?

As the credit crisis unfolds and the housing bubble pops, we went looking for information regarding filing a lawsuit against your realtor. Realtors seem, after all, far from innocent in this whole housing bubble thing. In fact, they have likely benefitted more than anyone else from the whole debacle.

We were surprised to find the information available online to be lacking. In fact, we could not find a single article that discussed filing suit against a realtor for selling overpriced realty.

What we wonder is whether there could be a class action suit against the agencies? They certainly, at their scale, have "deep pockets", after all. They pump out all kinds of commentary to fluff the market, acting almost as advisors with their predictions. Does this not put them at risk?

Can you sue your realtor?

We would welcome commentary here, posted as comments, particularly from attorneys who might discuss the feasibility and plausibility of such lawsuits, and from individuals who feel they are victims and would like to file suit.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Petsafe Invisible Fence For Dogs

The bottom line with this product is that it works, really well, at least so far.

We have a Britney Spaniel and a home with about half an acre at the end of a cul de sac. We enjoyed letting the dog run relatively free. However, he kept running away.

We did not like the idea of a fence due to cost and the way it would look, so we decided to give the Petsafe Invisible Fence a go.

So far, this product works very well. You can set the range to be very close, or farther out. The highest range on this almost exactly allows half an acre of coverage, which is perfect for us.

There are 6 levels of shock on the collar. When we first set it up, after reading the instructions and matching our dog personality, I chose the highest level. In hindsight, it was a bit high, as our dog was terrified. I promptly turned the level down. Currently it is at a 3. There are 6 levels to choose from. If I had to do over, I would have chosen 4 as the initial level. Regardless, we certainly got his attention.

Fairly quickly our dog understood where the invisible barrier was. Now he freely roams around the yard, carefully staying within the boundary.

We give this product a thumbs up.

Quickbooks Enterprise - A Review From An Actual Customer

I am perhaps the perfect person to review Quickbooks Enterprise. First of all, I'm a serial entrepreneur that has started and currently own different businesses. Additionally, I have used all different versions of Quickbooks as these enterprises grew, most recently Quickbooks Entreprise. Finally, I have a fairly good understanding of accounting, in fact a general ability to converse well with accountants, and even frequently to be a step ahead of them.

In the past we have used Quickbooks Pro and its ilk as a central accounting package. We found ourselves, however, considering using Quickbooks as essentially a business operational software for a service business we had entered.

We thought, as we entered the business, that we would use something most customized for service. We ended up going, initially, with Service CEO (ServiceCEO) from Insight Direct, only to find ourselves immensely disappointed, so much so that we spent well over 100 hours manually extracting ourselves from their software (NOTHING is automatic with Service CEO, which is really a miserable product), and have been demanding a refund since.

Once we had decided ServiceCEO was not working, given that our experience with ServiceCEO had been so miserable, we were admitedly very hesitant to go with an unknown company. Consequently, Quickbooks had an advantage with us. We knew what it could and could not do.

The problem with Quickbooks, apparently, and according to Quickbooks (Intuit is the company that owns it, herein I'll just keep referring to the company as Quickbooks), is that it does not work well when you have more than 5 users. This was going to be a problem for us as we would have 7 users from the start, with intentions to grow.

I've wondered since how true this is. Quickbooks Enterprise seems to function much like the others. As far as I can tell, it fairly well loads the database onto every users computer, updating changes as it goes. It does not seem to work so differently, as I was told, although perhaps it does.

This becomes noticeable when our computer locks up as it prepares statements. We prepare these on a computer with 2 GB of ram, and have a server with a kazillion of everything, yet the PC we run statements on (about 700 at a time) will sometimes lock up as it prepares statements. All I can think of is how would it handle 7,000 if it chokes on 700? I would think, for an "Enterprise" software, that it would process large projects like this in a manner that would not lock up a computer. Consequently, I find myself a bit disappointed.

Regardless, overall we are happy with this program. It is easy to use and does not have fatal errors. For us, it is 10,000% better than that miserable ServiceCEO software we had before.

Longer term, however, I feel like Quickbooks Enterprise needs to mature a bit more, or, as we grow, we'll find ourselves switching to something like SAP BusinessOne or their new software aimed at small to mid sized businesses, some new product offered by Oracle aimed at small to mid-sized businesses, or MAS-90 or the like. I can't refer to personal experience with any of these, but feel like a better solution, albeit perhaps most costly, and perhaps much more so, is out there.

Quickbooks Enterprise is no bargain itself, either, but given that it fairly well runs itself, which saves in consulting fees, and is seemingly almost error proof as you can unwind about any error you can make, it represents a quite good value.

The bottom line? Thumps up for Quickbooks Enterprise. I think you'll be pleased, especially if you are already familiar with Quickbooks.

Shopping for a DSLR, a Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera

Camera technology has grown tremendously over the years. Well known companies such as Canon, Sony, and Nikon have each released several new and innovative upgrades to their DSLR, digital single-lens reflex, and lines recently, and while choice is always good when shopping for such an item, it can be confusing.

With the purchase of a new DSLR very recent in my own past, I discovered a few good tips worth sharing when it comes to knowing what you are buying and deciphering all the information so readily available about the wide variety of DSLRs currently available to consumers.

First, the websites from the companies themselves are some of your best resources. Most offer comparison guides that break down their complete line of both point and shoot and DSLR cameras so that it is easy to make a line by line comparison of features. What is so good about this is that it highlights what the companies each consider important, and provides you, the consumer, with the knowledge to then look up the information and know what it is you are comparing. Otherwise, some terms are lost in the mix and it can be too easy to have features we are not even aware that the camera has, so option filled are many of them.

Pay attention to the compatibility of lens, both new and old. For example, if you happen to own a non digital SLR camera and are hoping to use some of your old lens, do not just assume that if you stick with the same brand that they will all work, or work with ease. I purchased a Nikon DX40, and while it is backward compatible with many older Nikon lens, the lenses that are made specifically to work with this model have the auto focus built into the lens. What this means, is that popping an older style lens onto the body of this camera will not afford the user any of the auto focus technology. All focusing must be done manually. It also requires that all future purchases be of a specific type of lens, or again, I would lose the functionality of the auto focus.

While shopping online for a new DSLR is likely to afford you the best overall price, unless you live in a very large metropolitan area with numerous shopping choices, it is still important to get out and actually pick up a camera in your hands before you buy. Why you might ask, as I did? It can be very surprising just how different each camera, even those from the same manufacturer, feel once you pick them up. I never gave this much credence myself, until I actually handled a couple of Canon cameras and then the Nikons. Each had its own temperament to a degree. Some felt awkward, or front heavy, some felt very chintzy. When it came down to the wire, I liked the Canon 30D the best, and then the Nikon D40X. Both felt substantial, but in a good way. They felt like they could hold up under use. A couple others felt like a small wind would tear apart their bodies. That I encountered both good and bad across the range of models and brands I looked at was to me quite surprising. I expected to find a difference from one make to the next, but not so much within one brand. For this reason alone, I would highly recommend that you pick up in your own hands any camera you are considering buying before you actually plunk down the cash for it.

You might notice I stated that I liked the Canon 30D the best, but that I bought the Nikon D40X. When it came down to the wire, feature to feature, the two were somewhat similar, but the Canon 30D was by far the winner, and with that status came a higher price tag, a difference for me that pushed me back towards the Nikon D40X. It afforded me the features that I felt were important for my needs, at a cost that my pocketbook could handle. If you find yourself shopping for a DSLR, be sure to do your homework, it is well worth the time spent.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Handbag Shape, Size & Proportion

From www.artfulwears.com

Many women are aware that proportions are very important in fashion for clothes, but did you know they are also important for handbags? The proper bag can actually make you look THINNER! Ok, so now that I have everyone’s attention let’s discuss this burning topic. We are going to run down a list of handbags do’s and don’ts for you.

First, let’s talk about shape. If you are broad woman, that doesn’t necessarily mean fat, you want to think about longer shaped bags. The longer bag will create a longer illusion on the body, balancing out your width. The Velvet Slouchy Bag By Deux Lux is a perfect example of a longer (rather than wider) bag, or a north/south handbag. You could even do something a little more narrow.

For those women who are more narrow and are looking to add a bit of volume to their figure, we suggest a wider, and perhaps fuller bag. Again, the width of the bag will counteract the narrowness of your frame. The Metallic Textured Bag by Deux Lux is the type of shape we are referring to or some would call the shape east/west.

Next is proportion, generally speaking EVERYTHING you wear should be proportionate to your body size and stature. Taller and larger women really shouldn’t carry tiny bags. They simply get lost on a larger body. In fact, not only do they get lost, they can make you look larger. It’s kind of like at 5′2, I look MUCH shorter standing next to Magic Johnson than I do next to my Mother! That doesn’t mean you can’t carry a clutch, but we do suggest going for a larger clutch. Handbag designers have truly expanded your options by making clutch of all sizes and particularly oversized ones this season.

For petite, smaller frame, and shorter women, you want to go with a smaller bag. That would seem obvious after the last rule huh? A large or oversized handbag can swallow you up. You certainly don’t have to carry something teeny tiny but don’t go for the largest bag you can find.

Ladies, I am truly sorry if I rained on your parade. I know that you thought handbags one of the few items that fit everybody. However, you still have plenty of options. Next time you shop for a handbag, keep these things in mind. Certainly we are not telling that you can never stray from these rules, they are simply the ideal options.

For more tips, trends, and shopping guidance, visit www.artfulwears.com!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Trash that Dress!

One of the hottest trends in the fashion world today is linked to the world of photography, and involves commemorating that once in a lifetime wedding or prom of every girls dreams, by exactly what the title implies, trashing the dress! Yes, you read that right. And in truth, the first time I heard about it, all I could think of was what a shameful waste of some very beautiful dresses. Once I saw the fun that the girls had though, and the reasoning behind many of these sessions, I could hardly wait to try the idea out firsthand.

A little background first. Every little girl, or nearly every little girl I should say, dreams of not only who her prince charming might someday be, but also what dress she will wear and what it will look like as she walks down the aisle. I am sure that as a young girl, taking that dress and putting it through some wear and tear was not anywhere in her thoughts and dreams. As for a favorite prom dress, in todays economy, many of these are recycled, or passed down to family members or friends. Once in a while though, the girls would rather not pass it along for various reasons, even though there is no intention of wearing it again. In addition, as for that dream wedding dress, some girls take that vow of marriage ever so serious, and do not wish to keep the dress to be passed along to someone else. If no future need exists, then why keep it hanging in a closet, taking up space? Moreover, even if they do want to hang onto it for whatever reason, that does not necessarily negate the total idea of a Trash the Dress session, it just alters it a bit.

So what exactly is a Trash the Dress session? A great way to take that wedding or favorite prom dress and create even more lasting memories than those created the first time the dress was worn. Boyfriends or husbands can be involved in the Trash the Dress sessions, but are not one hundred percent needed.

Water is often a part of these sessions, but I have also seen paint, good old fashioned dirt (think down on the farm), or whatever activity the bride or prom girl might otherwise enjoy that ends up with their clothes not as clean and pristine as someone would normally associate with such fashionable wear.

Water, whether in a pool, stream, or lake, is one of my favorite. The shoot starts out with the subject having her photo taken in what most people would consider typical fashion. Some simple poses, with the water as a background feature, but then, the Trash the Dress action kicks in. Instead of just having the water as a backdrop, they step into the water, splash a bit, even eventually go in for a full soaking, all the while the camera is snapping, capturing the fun and abandonment that takes place when the once pristine and honored dress becomes just another accessory for some fun filled photos.

When I asked one recent bride why she would want to take part in such a photo opportunity, her answer was as simple as one could imagine. She responded that this was going to be her one and only marriage, and she decided that this was the best way for her to show her husband that he was ultimately, what mattered. Not the pomp and circumstance of their wedding day, not the flashy wedding dress, although she added that it was a beautiful moment at the beginning of their union to be treasured and remembered forever. This though was to be her gift to him now for putting up with what had become a somewhat drawn out affair. The photos showed she had had her day, and that it was over, and said, here I am honey, fun, and eager to spend the rest of her life seeking out adventure with him by her side. He joined her for the end of the shoot, and she said she treasures one particular photo of the two of them that day, standing ankle deep in the water, dripping wet from head to toe, just as much as one of the two of them exchanging their vows.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Toy Recalls and What We as Parents can Do

With all of the recalls hitting the airwaves these days, shopping for toys and other kid products has become somewhat of a trial and error process. When our children are involved in such an issue though, we want to avoid any errors one hundred percent of the time!

Thankfully, we live in a society where store shelves have a wide assortment of products, and while not all of them are safe for us to purchase and hand over to our kids, many of them are. Relying on the stores and government agencies to determine these factors though, might not be the wisest thing to do these days, especially with the holidays fast approaching and shopping to be done. Consider the fact that after one recent toy recall, the replacement toys were recalled shortly thereafter, due to a high level of lead in the paint used on the replacement toys. So what is a busy and oftentimes overwhelmed parent to do? Use some common sense.

Consider the age of the child or children you are shopping for and do your own assessment. If something sparks your parental radar even a nudge, do not buy it. It is just not worth the risk.

Do not just buy whatever the hottest toy is going this season either, just because all the other kids want it too. Consider each toy on its own merit.

Then ask yourself a few questions. Is it sized appropriately for the age of the child you are shopping for? Does it have any sharp corners or edges? Are there any parts of the toy or product that are weak or oddly attached and that might easily break or come apart?

If it is painted, consider where the toy was manufactured. If it was manufactured outside of the USA, was it made in a country that has been a part, large or small, of the numerous recalls that make shopping for our children so difficult these days? Do not automatically assume however, that if it was manufactured outside of the USA that it is not safe, anymore than you should assume that if it was manufactured in the USA that it is, just be aware of where the toy or object was manufactured so you can at least keep up to date on any future recall possibilities.

Be sure to also take into consideration how the item is going to be used by the child. For example, a recent recall involved a playpen that was made with a changing table that was attached to the top of the playpen. Inherently, nothing was wrong with either structure, but a belt from the changing table was able to easily fall into the area of the playpen itself, and this caused a danger that actually cost the life of a child. The two products on the design table in retrospect should never have been combined in the way that they were, without further alterations to keep such an incredibly horrible circumstance from happening. Sadly, some common sense thinking by the designers could likely have helped such a tragic accident from happening in the first place.


As the parents or adults responsible for buying the equipment and toys that our children use each day, we must learn to never leave the decision of what they are exposed to, up to the big companies and their designers. We must take this burden into our own homes and our own shopping habits, and take those extra steps that the companies are so obviously missing these days.

To take this even one step further, be sure to keep note of what you buy and where, and keep receipts. Observe the products that our children are using, and do not just assume that once handed over to them, that all is well. Go back periodically and check for wear and tear. Make sure that items are holding up as one would expect, and if something is not, take it back to the store or better yet, contact the company that manufacture red it and file a grievance with them. If consumers do not let the companies know that an item is causing a problem when it is put into actual use, the risk for injury to others can continue.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

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Fashion Fiesta

No, this is not an article on ethnic dressing. When I hear the say Fashion Fiesta, I am referring to color, mixing and matching a variety of colors actually, that the average person just randomly grabbing something from their closet might not think to do, or are afraid to do.

Too often, when we try to coordinate colors, it is so easy to play it safe. How often have you reached into your dresser drawers or pulled an article of clothing off the hangar, only to quickly toss it aside because it is not what one might consider an exact match. If this is you, it is time to learn the rules of what many refer to as Fashion Fiesta.

First rule of Fashion Fiesta is not to think you need to dress looking like a rainbow or some multi colored serape.

Second rule of Fashion Fiesta is to grab some color that you might otherwise think is way too much for the outfit you have in mind, but to find it in something that will bring the color into your ensemble in moderation.

Third rule of Fashion Fiesta is to learn to recognize that spot of color I just talked about in Rule number two. We do not want you heading out the door looking like Francis the clown or some overzealous teenager on his or her first trip down fashion lane.

Fourth rule of Fashion Fiesta is to have some fun. I would like to know where it is written down in stone that dressing for everyday wear, be it for the office or the next PTA meeting, means you have to lose your innate sense of color and style. Getting dressed and shopping for what you wear should allow you to show your spirit to those around you. Believe it or not, by bringing some Fashion Fiesta into your wardrobe, you can show your coworkers that you are not some dodgy wallflower stuck in the corner, or the parent at the PTA meeting that leads such a boring life that the others can always ask you to do anything, because surely you have no life outside of kids.

Your personal Fashion Fiesta can start right now. Go and dig through your drawers and check all your hangars to discover your personal hidden treasures. Most everyone has them. That stunning teal blouse that you just had to have, but once you got it home, you were unsure of what to wear it with, or that bold, deep red tie that has slowly been pushed to the back of your selection. On the other hand, maybe those slightly overdone red heels that fit perfectly, feel smooth as a glove on the foot, but really, every time you go to pull them on, you think that maybe you should have just left them on the store shelf. Gather up these and similar items and take an honest to good look at them.

This is also the perfect time to look through your jewelry box and check out what you own in the form of tie clips, jewelry, scarves, and handbags too. If you are actually lacking in these areas, then maybe it is time to plan a shopping trip in search of a few items of color to help you create your personal Fashion Fiesta the next time you head out the door to work or play.

Once you have these articles of clothing and assorted accessories, turn back to your closet and pick out what you might on a normal day choose to wear. Go ahead. Nobody is looking over your shoulder. Just grab whatever it is you would wear on an average day. Lay it out on the bed, stand back, and take a good look at it. If you are in a rut that is lacking color, the ensemble will likely just seem to fade into the bedcovers or look so blah against it that you will start to wonder how anyone even notices you, whether it be your spouse, your kids, a boss, or even the checkout person down at the local five and dime. Acknowledging this fact is half the battle. For only then can you come to realize just how badly you need a bit of Fashion Fiesta in your life.

Next, turn and grab something from those gathered up finds of color. Grab that teal blouse or those to die for red heels. This is where you are going to have to have just a bit of faith in the Fashion Fiesta thought process. Actually get dressed now, in that normal, every day outfit, but put on at least one item from the Fashion Fiesta group, maybe even two items! And yes, eventually you will be brave enough to wear two if you are serious about bringing some color back into your life.

Wear it for a couple of hours around the house, even if you think it just too much. Then, if you begin to feel confident, leave it on and go out to some place not that crowded. The park, the grocery, maybe even venture into a store or two and soon, you will wonder what was so scary and intimidating about color in the first place. Most people, once they get past that stumbling point of fear about color, realize just how fun it is to wear color. Toss on a scarf, wear that bright colored blouse under a navy or black jacket, pull on a pair of heeled, and brightly colored boots, and you will soon be doing it as naturally as you once avoided color. You will find yourself looking for belts with a bit of color and bling, necklaces that are made to be worn draped down the front of your blouse to showcase their color and shape and not tucked discreetly into the front of your shirt. Even hats may be something to consider, as they are coming back into vogue by the minute even as I sit here writing this. That is for another article however!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Personal Injury Settlement 101

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Kevin_Stith]Kevin Stith

Personal injuries are inevitable. We slip and fall, people will bump into us, or we can have car accidents. Whether it is by accident or really intentional, we still suffer. We can take precautions but we can never stop personal injuries from happening to us. That is why there personal injury settlements exist.

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Personal injury cases that require settlements in personal injury may come from injuries involving medical malpractice, defective products, automobile accidents, public vehicles accidents, published slander, animal bites, traumatic brain damage, wrongful death, slips and falls, work-related accidents, catastrophic events, aviation and boat accidents, motorcycle and trucking accidents, residential accidents, nursing home abuse, and birth injuries.

Personal injury settlements aim to recover lost funds, secure proper treatment, and reduce further pain and suffering associated with any damage or injury. Insurance companies will offer personal injury settlements almost immediately since it is less expensive to settle out of court. In many cases, insurance companies offer personal injury settlements right after the injury--even while the injured party is still being treated in the hospital--so that consultation of attorney has most likely not yet been done. Personal injury settlement includes the loss of social and family activities, pain and suffering, and recovery of future earnings, and medical bills in its calculations. [http://www.e-injurysettlements.com]Injury Settlements provides detailed information on Back Injury Settlements, Burn Injury Settlements, Hydrocodone Injury Settlements, Injury Settlements and more. Injury Settlements is affiliated with [http://www.e-settlementfunding.com]Life Settlement Funding.

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A New York Personal Injury Lawyer Gives Wise Counsel

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Hadiya_Robins]Hadiya Robins

We often read news and reports of a worker being injured while working on site and yet the company did not offer the required amount of compensation. Also common are incidents of personal injury where the victim is left feeling helpless while the guilty goes scot-free, only due to lack of appropriate action on the victim’s part. It is easy to lose your mind and composure when faced with the shock of a personal injury and hence it is only natural that the victim will not be in a state to determine the logical steps that need to be taken to sue the guilty. In such circumstances the wise counsel of a personal injury lawyer will be able to guide the victim and his family through legal proceedings that can ensure justice for the victim of any personal injury caused by the guilty party.

In case the victim of a personal injury resides in New York or was present in and around New York during the time of the injury, he would be wise to seek the advice of a New York personal injury lawyer. The New York personal injury lawyer will be well acquainted with the rules and regulations and the legalities involved in a case of personal injury in New York. The victim should, however, check the past track record of the New York personal injury lawyer he plans to hire before he decided to approach the lawyer. A number of successful cases handled by the personal injury lawyer in New York would add to the confidence of the victim. The relation between the personal injury lawyer and the client is dependent on the mount of trust that they place on each other as all the details of the case need to be transparently discussed before the case is presented in the court.

A Personal Injury Lawyer can judge the victim’s case in an impartial manner, keeping in mind all the legal loopholes of the case, to come to a practical decision regarding the possibility of the case being decided in favor of the victim. The compensation that will be asked for will also depend on the nature of the injury and the extent of damage which also needs a careful consideration by the New York personal injury lawyer. Many cases can be cited where the competent legal services of a New York personal injury lawyer had helped a victim get justice and win difficult cases against powerful individuals or even corporations. The capability and competence of a New York personal injury lawyer helps to boost the emotional and moral state of the victim and his family when they find a way to receive legal justice.

A personal injury case can become tricky and complicated depending on the circumstances under which the injury was caused and the position and competence of the guilty party. Hence it is always advisable to locate a competent New York personal injury lawyer to handle the case on behalf of the victim and his family in case of occurrence of such an unfortunate event.

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Florida Personal Injury Lawsuits

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Josh_Riverside]Josh Riverside

The websites of Florida personal injury attorneys mention the many verdicts and settlements they have secured in the past. Some of them are smaller, but a lot are multi-million dollar personal injury lawsuits.

A lot of hard work is involved in getting favorable personal injury lawsuit verdicts, and you should be ready for the long haul - both in terms of time and money - if you are planning to file for a personal injury claim.

Personal injury lawsuits in Florida

Before personal injury claims become lawsuits, your Florida personal injury lawyer will first advise you to try to settle the matter with the perpetrator's insurance company. If the insurance company does not offer a satisfactory compensation, then you - and only you - decide whether to accept the unsatisfactory compensation and go on with your life. Or you may decide to elevate the claim into a lawsuit by going to trial. The decision to go to trial is solely yours, as the injured person, as the attorneys can only give you their learned opinion.

Once the case goes to trial, all the evidence the lawyer has collected from the beginning of the personal injury claim is presented. Most of the law firms bring in nationally-recognized expert witnesses, some videotapes, and even computer simulations before the jury. These personal injury lawsuit "props" make case presentations more effective, dramatic, and convincing.

It might take years from the day of the accident before you get a verdict, so you should be patient. Personal injury lawsuits can get very expensive on your part, so unless you think it is absolutely necessary, it may be better off going for an amicable settlement instead. Remember that even if you win a personal injury lawsuit and gain financial compensation, only the time can heal pain caused by the accident. [http://www.e-FloridaPersonalInjuryAttorneys.com]Florida Personal Injury Attorneys provides detailed information on Florida Personal Injury Attorneys, Florida Personal Injury Claims, Florida Personal Injury Lawsuits, Florida Personal Injury Laws and more. Florida Personal Injury Attorneys is affiliated with [http://www.e-floridapersonalinjurylawyers.com]Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Info.

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What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Peter_Lenkefi]Peter Lenkefi

Personal injury attorneys and lawyers typically represent clients (plaintiffs) who have been injured either financially or physically due to the fault of another.

A personal injury lawyer is usually experienced in a wide variety of personal injury topics, ranging from automobile accidents and medical malpractice to drug litigation and defective products.

Personal injury attorneys often work on a contingent basis, acquiring no fees unless a recovery is made in a case.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO FILE A PERSONAL LAWSUIT- Personal injury lawsuits are filed by the victim of a personal injury against the liable party in order to seek compensation for damages. Personal injury lawsuits can be brought against a party for negligence, strict liability or intentional wrongs.

A party can be charged in personal injury lawsuits for negligence if they failed to Personal injury lawsuits can be brought under a variety of circumstances. Personal injury lawsuits can be filed for car accidents, work injury, drug injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, slip and fall injury, exposure to toxic materials, dog bite injury, and in cases of wrongful death prevent injury.

In personal injury lawsuits, a victim seeks compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Compensation can include medical expenses, disability or deformity, loss of income and pain and suffering.

Most personal injury lawsuits can be settled out of the court system through negotiations with an adjuster from the defendant 's insurance company. If negotiations cannot be reached in this manner, a Complaint of Law can be filed in the appropriate civil court.

The laws regarding personal injury lawsuits in each state are different. All states have a statute of limitations which places a time restriction on when personal injury lawsuits can be filed.
In personal injury lawsuits, two things must be proven by the victim.

The first thing that must be established is that the defendant was, in fact, responsible for the injuries that were incurred by the victim. The extent of the damages also must be proven in personal injury lawsuits.

HOW A INJURY LAWYER HELPS IN SETTELING A PERSONAL INJURY- Personal injury settlements are the awards given to the victim in a personal injury case.

A personal injury case is governed by tort law which protects individuals from civil wrongs committed by another, either intentionally or as a result of negligence. Personal injury settlements can include compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Compensatory damages in personal injury settlements are intended to place a victim in the same position they were in before the injury. Personal injury settlements may be possible in three different types of personal injury that occur in a variety of circumstances.

Personal injury claims can be filed for negligence, where victims are injured because the responsible party failed to prevent injury.

An experienced and qualified personal injury attorney protects the rights and interests of the injured victims and works to insure that they are justly compensated in personal injury settlements.

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Average Personal Injury Settlements

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Peter_Emerson]Peter Emerson

Average personal injury settlements are the amounts of the personal injury claim which are offered to the plaintiff from the insurance or the defendant for the loss and the damages occurred. At an average the settlements of personal injury claims are determined entirely by various factors related with the personal injury.

Personal injury settlements are the claims regarding libel, slander, malicious prosecution, false arrest, bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death caused by any person. The loss in the social and family activities also can be claimed for the settlements. Most cases allow an immediate settlement, which depends on the type of the injury. Medical malpractice, defective products, automobile or bus accidents, animal bites, and nursing home abuse are a few of the major claims which can be done.

Average personal injury settlements are offered to the plaintiff on certain factors. For example, if the loss amount is much more than $10,000 then there is an opportunity to defer some of your payments for more than three years of time. Sometimes the injured party feels more secured with steady payments from a structured settlement; the injured party may not feel comfortable with managing large sums of money all at once. That would call for a structured personal injury settlement.

Average amounts from personal injury settlements would depend on various factors like the severity of the injury, duration for the treatment, damage done in the permanent tissue, resulted damage, amount of work missed, how much pay was lost, how it affected the person’s ability and lifestyle, and how much the ability to work is lost. Most of the cases result in settlement amounts for pain and suffering, ranging around $900 to $115,000. In general, with the help of the attorney you can recover the amount for the damages incurred in your personal injury. All the major settlement amounts would be offered to you, entirely depending on the factors that are specified. [http://www.e-personalinjurysettlements.com]Personal Injury Settlements provides detailed information on Auto Accident Personal Injury Settlements, Average Personal Injury Settlements, Personal Injury Insurance Settlements, Personal Injury Settlement Amounts and more. Personal Injury Settlements is affiliated with [http://www.e-PersonalInjury.com]Personal Injury Settlements.

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Personal Injury - How To Find A Way Out

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=S._A._Baker]S. A. Baker

For victims of personal injury, there is little satisfaction in knowing that they are not alone. Instead, they are faced with simple life tasks that are impossible for them to overcome. Personal injury victims often have to sift through pages and pages of information, trying to find answers to their questions. How will you work? Who will pay the bills? Who should you trust to handle your personal injury case? Often, you are full of these unanswered questions and also feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness at the life you have lost. The most powerful thing you have in your pocket if you are the victim of personal injury is knowledge. You can find quite a bit of knowledge on personal injury on the website: www.thesmartattorneys.com

Personal injury is a claim that many people need to file. How do you know if a personal injury suit is right for you? The answer is simple. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, then you may have a claim to personal injury. Personal injury can include accidents in vehicles, in public places, even at work. The first step is finding a personal injury lawyer. But, knowing who to turn to is often a difficult step too. It is often advisable to speak to attorneys who deal especially in this type of claim. Injuries like these can be compensated through funds or help in rebuilding your life.

But, remember that knowledge is powerful too. You need to invest the time and energy in learning about past experiences of personal injury. You need to see how cases of personal injury have been handled before. There are many places available on the internet where you can see the results of how these cases have been managed.

If you feel that you have been the victim of personal injury, then you have to take the first step and find a qualified personal injury attorney to help you. Then, take the time to learn about the personal injury itself. Knowledge is always powerful and there is no exception when it comes to personal injury.

S A Baker is staff writer at http://www.thesmartattorneys.com

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Personal Injury Attorneys

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Josh_Riverside]Josh Riverside

If you have suffered personal injury and want to get compensation from the party responsible for that injury, you should enlist the help of any personal injury attorney in your state. Personal injury attorneys know how to present your compensation claim in a convincing fashion before the courts. It’s not easy for ordinary people to independently fight their personal injury law cases in court. You may not be aware of the legal proceedings related to a personal injury law. But the personal injury attorneys are familiar with all the legal aspects of the personal injury law.

There is no harm in consulting a personal injury attorney whenever you become a victim of personal injury or negligence. You have the legal right to claim compensation from the person responsible for inflicting injury. Personal injury attorneys can help you exercise that right. Personal injury attorneys usually handle only personal injury cases. You will find various personal injury attorneys in your state offering counsel at affordable fees. They have a huge amount of knowledge and experience on personal injury law. Thanks to their experience and proficiency, you will hopefully be able to claim your compensation. However, personal injury attorneys can do nothing unless you take the initiative on time. You should contact a personal injury attorney soon after the offense takes place. This will give the attorneys ample time to carry out the necessary investigation and collect evidence in support of your claim.

You need to act on an emergency basis if you want to get justice. You can find the best personal injury attorneys in your state on the Internet. You should always try to gather information on those lawyers to make sure they are capable enough to claim the damages successfully. One has to be careful while selecting an attorney. [http://www.e-PersonalInjury.com]Personal Injury provides detailed information on Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attornies, Personal Injury Settlements, Personal Injury Lawsuits and more. Personal Injury is affiliated with [http://www.e-personalinjurysettlements.com]Average Personal Injury Settlements.

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Asbestos Mesothelioma Attorneys

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Eddie_Tobey]Eddie Tobey

Asbestos mesothelioma attorneys can assist victims in getting compensation for asbestos-related mesothelioma. Many mesothelioma attorneys with knowledge in this subject have effectively obtained compensation from asbestos manufacturers.

Mesothelioma attorneys can recover medical costs, lost wages, and punitive fees for sufferers and their relatives. A mesothelioma attorney can be introduced to the sufferers to talk about legal responsibility in mesothelioma cases.

A superior mesothelioma attorney will have the legal information and associations to force unwilling parties into admitting liability. A number of mesothelioma attorneys help their clients obtain compensation without ever having to go to trial.

Mesothelioma attorneys can help their clients contact the clients of other mesothelioma attorneys. If both parties consent, the attorneys can work together on their cases.

If a person has been affected by mesothelioma, he should get in touch with a mesothelioma attorney for legal advice. Mesothelioma, like other kinds of cancer comes in two forms – benign and malignant. By far the most frequent mesothelioma is the diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma. This kind of tumor is all-encompassing and very destructive. It spreads rapidly over the outside of the lungs, abdominal organs and heart.

Life expectancy for sufferers of this malady generally varies from four to twenty-four months, depending on the point at which the disease is identified, the comparative health and vigor of the patient, and other aspects. The average patient with diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma lives between four and twelve months from the commencement of symptoms. With proper medical care, some sufferers have lived for a number of years. [http://www.e-AsbestosAttorneys.com]Asbestos Attorneys provides detailed information on Asbestos Attorneys, Asbestos Cancer Attorneys, Asbestos Litigation Attourneys, Asbestos Mesothelioma Attorneys and more. Asbestos Attorneys is affiliated with [http://www.e-AsbestosLawyers.com]Asbestos Trial Lawyers.

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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Litigation

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Jason_Gluckman]Jason Gluckman

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Litigation is the legal process wherein the victim of this dreadful disease seeks compensation for the physical and emotional damages it causes. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the cancer of the lining of the organs that develops as a result of toxic levels of exposure to asbestos in the air. The average survival time is one year, but if caught early, there is a one in two chance of surviving two years and a one in five chance of surviving five years. Peritoneal mesothelioma litigation allows a victim of this dreadful disease to seek compensation from their employer (if they were exposed to asbestos on the job) or from the manufacturer of asbestos-containing products. Through peritoneal mesothelioma litigation, a peritoneal mesothelioma victim may be able to recover damages associated with medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

If you have been exposed to asbestos in the work place in the last 50 years, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Medical professionals are able to measure the amount of asbestos fibers that are present in your body. If you have developed peritoneal mesothelioma as a result of this exposure, you may wish to contact a qualified attorney about peritoneal mesothelioma litigation. Peritoneal mesothelioma litigation attorneys can help maximize and protect your interests in a case. An experienced peritoneal mesothelioma lawyer can help you seek millions as compensation from your employer or from the asbestos manufacturing companies, who even being aware of the fact that asbestos exposure was hazardous, suppressed that medical knowledge and made billions of dollars in profits from the sale of asbestos-containing products. [http://www.e-MesoTherapy.com]Mesotherapy provides detailed information about mesotherapy, cost of mesotherapy, mesotherapy before and after, mesotherapy injections and more. Mesotherapy is the sister site of [http://www.e-MesotheliomaDoctors.com]Mesothelioma Doctors Info.

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Mesothelioma Law Resources

By Elizabeth Morgan

Mesothelioma is a deadliest form of cancer that has developed via the exposure of asbestos. Mesothelioma develops the malignant or cancerous cells in the mesothelium, which is the cell which protects various internal organs in our human body. The types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. The mesothelioma law resources provide you information on the disease, mesothelioma lawsuits, mesothelioma doctors, and mesothelioma lawyers and other legal resources.

Mesothelioma law resources help a person who has developed the disease in the exposure of asbestos providing the legal resources and further steps for the mesothelioma settlements. Mesothelioma is the disease that damages the cells which surround various internal organs like the heart, lungs and the abdomen. It develops gradually within the human body by damaging the cell lining which covers these organs. Inhaling the asbestos materials from the workplace is a major cause for the development of mesothelioma.

Shortness of breath and chest pain developed due to the accumulated fluid in the pleura are the major symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Bowel obstruction, abnormality in the clotting of blood, fever and anemia are few of the peritoneal symptoms. The common symptoms of the pericardial mesothelioma are persistent coughing, palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pain.

The person who has developed mesothelioma has to be diagnosed immediately when these symptoms are seen. If the presence of mesothelioma is confirmed, immediate treatment is recommended. The person may seek lawsuit assistance as the legal compensation for the mesothelioma through the exposure of asbestos. A legal medical expert can help you in providing the information of the disease that has developed through the exposure of asbestos. This would help you in receiving rightful and fair compensation.

There are several law firms that offer you the best service. One has to assess whether the law firm to be selected is a good one and certified applicable under the State Bar Association. A perfect lawyer can be approached from any top law firm who has a well specialized track record in dealing with mesothelioma cases. A lawyer with a good track record can offer you with the best compensation for mesothelioma from the irresponsible firms that have failed to protect you from the exposure of asbestos. Mesothelioma Laws provides detailed information on Mesothelioma Diagnosis, Mesothelioma Law Firms, Mesothelioma Law Resources, Mesothelioma Law Services and more. Mesothelioma Laws is affiliated with Failure To Diagnose Mesothelioma Lawsuits.

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