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3 Simple Kids Party Ideas That Will Make Them Have A Rip-roaring Good Time

Because they are ideas, you can never run out of them if only you’re a little bit creative. There’s a whole bunch of kids party ideas to explore and implement, most of which will be successful. Let’s begin by concentrating on what your kid and their friends love. That way, we can build our ideas around what they like. Also, notice that this is an assignment for you, so you’re going to ask them what they like, then find a way of implementing their imaginations within your budget. So next time they are having fun, let them choose from[…]

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Bangkok Airport: The Happiest Airport on Earth

  For every seasoned traveler, there is an airport story. For every passenger arriving or leaving Bangkok airport in Thailand, there is a smile. Yet, not every traveler in Bangkok has a good experience. BBC Three’s new reality TV series, Bangkok Airport, which premiered on January 22, 2015, does a good job of showcasing the many personalities and perspectives that come into this airport every day, whether it is as a passenger or an employee. Bangkok Airport has earned its slogan, “the airport of smiles”. The one thing that the employees have in common with each other is that[…]

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Brad Womack’s 5 Lessons on Making Relationships Work or Not in The Bachelor

Being honest, considering the wider picture, listening and being heard, presuming nothing, and remaining romantic are important lessons for successful relationships. All five can be concluded from episodes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Their truth emerges particularly effectively from Brad Womack’s participation as bachelors #11 and #15. Being honest can be difficult when emotions and expectations run high. But a relationship that changes or dead-ends has to be confronted. The first time around, Brad showed that ending or redefining a relationship needs to be acknowledged and acted upon despite a worldwide audience’s disappointments and judgments. Developing and ending[…]

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How Numb3rs Taught Me to Love Math and Friday Night TV

An appreciation of individualism, the importance of awareness, the need for level-headedness, the role of patience, and the value of teamwork are five lessons which I learned from my favorite Friday night TV show, Numb3rs. Series do not tend to get my attention since I cannot count on seeing enough shows to appreciate what gets done by whom when, where, and why. But the publicity was compelling, and the title intriguing. The show ultimately boils down to the caring interactions between, and differing interests of, brothers Charlie (David Krumholtz) and Don (Rob Morrow) and their father Alan (Judd Hirsch).[…]

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Classic 60’s and 70’s Television

Classic tv shows from the 1960s and 1970s are some of my favorite all time television shows. Many of these can still be seen on cable today, so they are still popular. You can usually find them on either TV Land and Me TV. The Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons and Petticoat Junction are just a few of the ones that I enjoyed.They are great shows with great actors, making them fun and enjoyable.   Bewitched was created by Sol[…]

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100 years ago Zeppelins Bombed London in 1915.

Most of us know of the London Blitz in the early part of World War II. In September 1940, Britain’s cities, and London in particular, were subjected to almost nightly bombing by Hitler’s Luftwaffe. Hundreds of bombers dropping thousands of tonnes of incendiary, and high-explosive bombs on the city. But London was also bombed from the air some 25 years before. In early 1915, 100 years ago, just months after the start of WWI, Germany’s Zeppelins paid the UK capitol a visit. Zeppelins, rigid cigar shaped airships, were designed and built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a German army[…]

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Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day: A Historical Review

The small, furry groundhog has a very big name: Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. He also has a very big job that he does faithfully one day per year. He will predict if there will be six more weeks of winter, or if winter is over for the year. February 2nd has been Groundhog Day in the United States since 1886, making Phil’s hometown of Punxsutawney, Penn. the Weather Capitol of The World. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of wintry weather ahead,[…]

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Valentine’s Day Historical Review

On Valentines Day, the second largest card sending day of the year (Christmas is the first), an estimated 1 billion Valentine cards are sent, with the vast majority of those being sent by women. Not only does the United States celebrate Valentine’s Day, but so does Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Mexico. When did all this card sending and various other Valentine’s Day celebrations begin? It is hard to pinpoint, since there are so many legends regarding how it all started. Written Valentines did not appear until the 1400’s, and it was a few centuries later before[…]

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Abraham Lincoln vs Jefferson Davis – Who was the better leader?

The American Civil War started when seven slave-holding states seceded from the Union upon the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States in 1860. The seceding states saw themselves as starting an entirely new nation, which they called the Confederate States of America, and selected Jefferson Davis as their first president. Since Abraham Lincoln had no intention of allowing the United States to be broken apart, the establishment of the Confederacy posed an issue that could only be settled by war. So, the war came. And for the four years it lasted, the Civil War was,[…]

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Cheap dishes to bring to a potluck dinner

Feeding a crowd on a budget requires creativity. One way that works well is to organize a potluck. Everyone has a collection of recipes that will work well when you want to find inexpensive potluck ideas. Here are a few family favorites that are guaranteed to please just about anyone. American chop suey or goulash No matter what you call it, this is a very basic dish which combines macaroni with hamburger and a tomato based sauce. Pasta is one of the least expensive ingredients that you can use. To make this dish, you can combine two pounds of[…]

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How to Curb Vending Machine Cravings

During a busy work or school day, when energy levels dip it is tempting to hit the nearest vending machine for a quick pick-me-up. However, most of the snacks typically found in vending machines are high in salt, sugar and fat, which can also lead to unhealthy weight gain. Not to mention there are typically a large number of undecipherable ingredients involved. If you want to try and improve your diet, cutting out the standard vending machine fare is a good place to start. Alternative options that can help curb vending machine cravings calling to you include: Greek yogurt In its purest form[…]

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Winter to Spring Meals: Lighten up!

As winter transitions to spring, people think about putting away their sweaters and dragging out lighter clothing. We should also think about putting away the heavy winter cookery such as soup pots and roast pans. It’s time to think about delighting your family with lighter, more colorful spring meals that will help usher in the light airy weather. Serve more Veggies In the winter we tend to make heavy, warm comfort food to stave off the cold. Wake up your family’s spring appetites by serving more fresh vegetables that are not floating in a soup, stew or a thick[…]

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How to make homemade applesauce

Making homemade applesauce is one of the easiest things you can do in the kitchen, it is quick, simple and inexpensive. There is no need to ever buy jarred applesauce with added ingredients that nature never intended. When you make your own applesauce, you can control exactly how much sugar is added and you will impress your family and friends with your results. The texture and flavor of homemade applesauce is so vastly superior to anything that you can buy that you will delight even the harshest critics. Buy your apples While you can use handpicked apples, it isn’t[…]

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What Henna Can Do for Your Hair

Henna comes from a shrub that grows throughout much of the Old World. It’s found in North African and on the Indian subcontinent. In these regions, it’s been used for thousands of years, as a dye and for cosmetic purposes. The Ancient Egyptians were known to have used this plant. Women in these regions still use henna to decorate their bodies, and to create intricate tattoos. Today, henna leaves are packaged and shipped all over the world. One of the main uses is as a hair dye. It offers an alternative to chemical-based hair coloring, as many of these[…]

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Tips for cleaning white shoes

White shoes can be a real challenge to keep clean. A wide variety of materials are used to make shoes.  Some materials are difficult to maintain. They require specific things be done often on a very regular basis in order to keep them looking their best and to make sure that they last. When wearing dirty white shoes is not an option, you will need to read what the manufacturer recommends carefully. Having said that, with a little thought and care, you can keep them as white and bright as they were when you bought them. Leather White leather[…]

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Smooth and Sexy Feet – How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

Our feet take us where we want to go, but we think little of them unless they hurt. Dry, cracked skin on heels and the soles of feet can hurt. Ingrown toenails or nail fungus can hurt and be off-putting to look at. Put your best foot forward and have smooth and sexy feet with these care tips. Warm Water Bathe or shower in warm, not hot, water. The dry air of winter and the bare-footing-it of summer saps away skin moisture and leaves the skin dry. So does hot water. Wash feet with warm water and a wash[…]

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Why I Wear Dark Colors, Bright Colors, Anything But White Colors Year Round

Reluctantly, I am abandoning the recurring fashion trend of favoring all-white or predominately white in some accessories, clothing, and shoes. White has the advantage of being friendly to many colors. But it has limitations which come out all too loudly with cameras, mirrors, windows, and weather. From my Dutch grandmother, I recall hearing about the classic fashion rule of white-colored casual and dress wear from May’s Memorial Day to September’s Labor Day. But I also remember her explaining her 100% success rate in producing perfect crocheted, knitted, sewn, or woven clothing articles for family members. Success simply requires a willingness to adjust[…]

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Essential Motorbike Riding Tips That Every Biker Should Master And Practice

There’s something about motorbikes that makes them an excellent choice for moving around and showing off — especially if it’s an expensive machine. It’s a fact that every die-hard biker loves the loud throttle sound that accompany heavy-duty sports motorbike. However, with such engine capacities and speed, chances for becoming an accident victim is also very high. We’ve seen people crashing just the first time they’re attempting to ride their bikes, and trust me, such accidents are always fatal, if not ending up with a few bruises here and there. As for the rest of the bikers who have[…]

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A guide to buying a spare tire for your car

Many people are intimidated when something on their car needs to be repaired or replaced. The spare tire is no exception. The spare tire provides a great service when it is called upon and it needs to be up for that service. If it has been a while since you checked yours, it might be time to give it a look and be sure that if needed it will be in good shape. If it isn’t, you will need to buy a new spare tire. The first thing you need to do when you want to purchase a new[…]

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Top 4 Ways To Protect The Health Of Your Car’s Transmission

The transmission of your car is one of its most vital systems, but it also can be overlooked easily until a small inconvenience becomes a large headache. Like many other issues with your vehicle, your transmission often gives you signs that there is a problem. Knowing what to look for and how to address it can help keep your car running smoothly and save you time, money and frustration. 1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled You don’t have to be a car expert to learn a few basics about its care. Being aware of the area surrounding your car, for[…]

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How to Donate a Vehicle to Charity

In the final days of December when the year is winding down, mixed in among the advertisements for after-Christmas blowout sales and specials on champagne at the local liquor mart, you’re probably hearing your favorite charities suggesting that you donate that old car. Whether it’s a national charity like the Purple Heart Foundation or something closer to home like the local public TV station, they’ll all be happy to take that old clunker off your hands – running or not. The upside for you, besides clearing space in your driveway or garage, is that your donation is tax-deductible (as[…]

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How to Create a Work/Life Balance

There’s a major issue with working from home and that is to create a work/life balance. One or the other seems to get in the way. You started working from home so you could spend more time with your family. Instead, you find yourself working longer hours and don’t have any time for yourself. Does that sound familiar? When you start out, it is often the case. But you can create a work/life balance. In fact, you need to create this balance if you want some sanity and enjoy your work. Here are my three big tips on creating[…]

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Things to Avoid Putting on Your Resume

A resume is essentially a sales pitch to help job seekers sell themselves to potential employers. Applicants should be very careful in selecting which information to include in a resume. Typically, most employers scan a resume and decide within seconds whether or not the resume is worth taking a full look. Chances are a resume will end up in one of two piles, save or discard. Those who make it to the save pile get a second shot at impressing an employer because, if after deeper exploration the employer likes what they see, an invite to an interview could[…]

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Small Family Businesses in China

The predominance of small businesses in China highlights the need for managers from around the world to gain an understanding of how such businesses operate. Many small businesses have become a part of the value chain within industries in which “foreign” firms may compete. It is important to note that no matter the size of a Chinese company, but especially in small businesses, it is the all-pervasive presence and use of guanxi that provides the little red engine of business transactions in China. Guanxi means the network of relationships the Chinese cultivate through friendship and affection. It entails the[…]

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Biggest Online Distractions at Work

Ever since computers and the Internet have entered the workplace, the online distractions for employees have increased significantly. Computers are a very useful tool and most businesses rely on these and other technologies to conduct transactions and run other operational processes. The downside is computers, gadgets and the Internet tend to become time-consuming when distractions or temptations occur. While it’s true that many of these online distractions that grab an employee’s attention are not work related, there are still many online distractions that are related to the job, but are none the less still distracting because they interrupt what you’re doing. In[…]

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Celebrities

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Miley Cyrus ‘Fly on the wall’

‘Fly on the wall’ is a song recorded by Miley Cyrus. It was released on February 27th, 2009 for her second studio album ‘Breakout’. The single contains pop rock, dance-pop and synthpop elements. The song’s lyrics have been interpreted in a number of ways, such as a description of an abusive boyfriend. You can watch the video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RSlhNJFohI   Phillip Andelman was the director for the official music video. He did not want to create “something too serious” and worked to give the video a “playful” aspect. Miley gave an interview for Access Hollywood in which she[…]