Saturday, December 17, 2016

10 Steps for Improving Your Health

There are many simple steps that people who want better health can take in order to improve their daily quality of life. People who take the initiative to improve their lives and health are more often happier and more fulfilled. Using these ten simple techniques listed below, you can take positive steps to improve your health

Improve Your Health #1 – Take a daily multivitamin: Many people do not eat balanced diets and do not get the vitamins and minerals that the body needs in order to function to the highest level. Taking a multivitamin is a simple way to improve your health and an easy way to get all of the important vitamins that the body needs in order to function.

Improve Your Health #2 – Eat healthy “fatty” foods: Healthy fats, like Omega 3 fatty acids, have an established health benefit, plus researchers continue to study the effects of ingesting these fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can be purchased over-the-counter as a supplement. Some oily fish, like salmon, have an abundance of this fatty acid.

Improve Your Health #3 – Drink more black and/or green tea: Black and green teas contain many beneficial antioxidants. Green teas have already shown health benefits with people looking to loose weight. Researchers continue to study EGCG and the additional benefits of having this antioxidant become more widely integrated in our daily dietary intake.

Improve Your Health #4 – Practice good dental hygiene: Improving your oral health has a wide range of benefits. The social benefit is that most people don’t want to be around other people with bad breath and discolored teeth. Gum disease can lead to infection, plus damage to the teeth and the surrounding bone structure. Improve your health by practicing good dental hygiene, which in turn will help prevent some common complications like heart attack and stroke.

Improve Your Health #5 – Practice good hand washing technique: It is important to practice good hand washing technique, especially during cold and flu season. Good hand washing technique can slow the spread of viruses and other germs. Improve your health by washing your hands in soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Improve Your Health #6 – Take time to move: Experts recommend at least 30 minutes a day for a minimum of five days a week. Many people are quite busy and don’t find a specific time to set aside for working out., but you can improve your health greatly by doing small things: park further away at the store, do squats or stretches at your office desk. Take five minutes from each work hour to do some kind of exercise; by the end of the day, you have gotten 40 minutes of exercise.

Improve Your Health #7 – Read: Reading can improve your health by challenging your brain. One simple method to improve your brain health is to work crossword or sudoku puzzles on a daily basis. Keeping your brain fresh is an easy way to improve your health while staying young at the same time.

Improve Your Health #8 – Get enough sleep: Sleep is the time of day when the body resets and refreshes. Getting the proper amount of sleep can improve your health by reducing stress and inflammation. Studies show that getting the right amount of sleep can help aid in weight loss.

Improve Your Health #9 – Manage stress levels: Stress can affect the body negatively in many ways. You can improve your health by taking part in relaxing yoga or pilates classes. Also, you can reduce stress by getting a massage which helps to relax the muscles of the body and release tension. Others manage stress by meditating and praying.

Improve Your Health #10 – Journaling: Writing about the day’s events can help reduce stress and anger, plus journaling can boost your health by encouraging you to shift focus onto those things that are positive. Many people improve their health when the use journaling as a technique to solve problems,

There are many simple ways to improve health without having to make big, drastic changes. If you follow these ten simple steps for improving your health, you can begin taking better care of your body. The better we are now to our bodies, the better our bodies will be as we age, especially when we need it most.

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10 Songs to Celebrate Mardi Gras

Like Christmas to the rest of the world, Mardi Gras is a big celebration on the Gulf Coast and in particular Louisiana. Being from the Pelican State, I have heard my share of songs that are often played during this time of year. There are some songs that were written specifically for Mardi Gras and about Mardi Gras and some that we down here have adopted. Here are 10 songs to celebrate Mardi Gras with. Some are standards for decades and some have been around for a few years. I am going to list the song and the artist. With the New Orleans Saints making the Super Bowl for the first time, there may be a few more to celebrate that occasion since the first big parades roll during Super Bowl weekend.

10) Iko Iko by the Dixie Cups: This has been a folks standard for years in New Orleans for the Carnival Season. Recorded by local 1960s R&B group the Dixie Cups, Iko Iko became part of the national lexicon thanks to these sisters from the Crescent City.

9) Big Chief by Various Artists: This is a song that pays tribute to the Mardi Gras Indians who are often associated with neighborhood celebrations in New Orleans. The Mardi Gras Indians have been a part of New Orleans since the mid-19th Century. The were first organized to protect neighborhoods and to promote racial equality. Today the Mardi Gras Indian “Tribes” welcome people of all races and genders.

8) Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega: Though this song isn’t about Mardi Gras, it does have a catchy and danceable rhythm that revellers will swing to in the streets in New Orleans and every other community that has parades. This song was originally recorded in 1949 but Lou Bega released a newer version in 1999 and it has been played at parades ever since.

7) Walking To New Orleans by Fats Domino: Recorded by one of New Orleans’ biggest musical treasures Antionne “Fats” Domino, “Walking To New Orleans” is about going home and celebrating the biggest party in the world. Being a New Orleanian means that no matter where you move to in life New Orleans is still home in many ways. This is an upbeat song that many people can dance a two-step to.

6) Ain’t No Place To Pee On Mardi Gras Day by Benny Grunch and the Bunch: This song pokes fun at one of the biggest logistical problems in the area on Fat Tuesday. Due to an influx of people to the region during Mardi Gras, many business either limit the restroom facilities to ticketed customers, close off the restrooms, or shut down for the day. With many people consuming various types of fluids, it creates a problem during the parades and festivities. Many communities address the problem but it has little effect. This song pokes fun at that problem.

5) It’s Carnival Time by Al Jolson: Though he was from New York, Al Jolson is considered by many to be a major contributor to Jazz Music. Jolson was also famous for his role in the first feature film to have sound, 1927’s “The Jazz Singer”. Jolson was no stranger to the fact that New Orleans is the Birthplace of Jazz and the great city’s culture. He came up with this song to make something the people in New Orleans could relate to. Relate to it they did and it is now a standard among Mardi Gras Playlists.

4) Jenny Says by Cowboy Mouth: New Orleans’ party rock band Cowboy Mouth released this song in the late 90s and it sees some play on television programs and some radio shows throughout the land. It is not a song about Mardi Gras but it is a good fast and heavy beat that people in Louisiana love. This song is often the opening number at many Cowboy Mouth concerts.

3) Madri Gras Mambo by the Meters: This was played long before the Meters recorded it. New Orleans’ band who brought in Funk Music put it on one of their albums and it is played at parades all throughout the region. If you go to a parade this year listen to the chorus “Mardi Gras Mambo Mambo Mambo, Mardi Gras Mambo Mambo Mambo, Mardi Gras Mambo, down in New Orleans” and you will know it is Mardi Gras time.

2) Second Line Song (Part 1) by Stop Inc.: This song has a ring to it similar to Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” and promotes one of the most famous things about New Orleans; the Second Line parades. Often seen at Mardi Gras, Jazz Funerals, and when there’s a reason to celebrate, the second line is as much a part of New Orleans as is Gumbo and the French Quarter. This song was played when New Orleans’ former hockey team, The Brass, would score a goal. It is also a part of the Mardi Gras legacy in the state.

1) Go To The Mardi Gras by Professor Longhair: Often referred to as one of the founding fathers of Rock and Roll, Professor Longhair was a New Orleans native who sang about his home town and took it to the world. Professor Longhair has played with some of the greats from Louis Armstrong to a young Harry Connick Jr. and one of the Big Easy’s most famous concert halls, Tipitina’s, is named after one of his songs. Another of his songs emulates the beginning of a parade with a warm up roll on the piano which starts into a driving beat and then is accompanied by a whistle of a tune. Joyful lyrics are then added and the song winds down with a whitsle solo.

If the Saints win the Supoer Bowl, there could possibly be the addition of “The Saints Are Coming” and “When The Saints Go Marching In” if the boys in Black and Gold win the big game. These 10 songs are among many that can be heard on the streets, parade floats, car stereos, and bars and clubs in Louisiana around this time of year. These songs are festive and special among the hearts of people who live here on the Gulf Coast and I’m sure will be embedded in the minds of those who come here to visit and return home.

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10 Steps to Take to Prevent Swine Flu

Here are ten precautionary steps that you can take to prevent exposure to the swine flu/H1N1 virus:

Step 1 to prevent Swine flu: Boost your immunity eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding junk foot and taking vitamins and nutrients. multivitamins, Vitamin C and numerous herbs have been known to boost immunity to fight off viruses and infections.

Step 2 to prevent Swine flu: Keep your hands clean, washing them with soap and water thoroughly. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds paying attention to the palms, the thumbs, back of hands, and fingertips that are often ignored when washing hands. If you do not have access to soap and water, use alcohol based hand sanitizer. Be generous with the sanitizer saturating the hands and rubbing until they are dry.

Step 3 to prevent Swine flu: Keep your hands away from your face. Do not touch your eyes, your nose, or your mouth. This help keep any germs you get on your hands from getting into your body.

Step 4 to prevent Swine flu: Keep your hands to yourself. Hugging, holding hands, and most especially shaking hands are a quick way to pass the Swine Flu from person to person. Take a hint from Howie Mandell and learn the fist-bump.

Step 5 to prevent Swine flu: Put your social life on hold. Avoid large crowds such as concerts, clubs and festivals. If schools are closed due to Swine Flu, stay home. Don’t hang out in the library or in the mall with groups of friends.

Step 6 to prevent Swine flu: Do not read magazines and newspapers in public places, especially in doctor’s offices. Be careful about touching your self when handling library books and spray them with a disinfectant immediately upon getting them home. Be careful in book stores as well.

Step 7 to prevent Swine flu: Avoid contact with sick people. Assume anyone with flu-like symptoms has swine flu and don’t worry about seeming a little rude. It is better to be safe than sorry. Be extra careful on College Campuses and reconsider passing the peace on Sundays.

Step 8 to prevent Swine flu: Disinfect regularly to kill germs that cause the influenza virus. Clean bedside tables, bathroom and kitchen counters, toys, doorknobs, handles and everything else in your home that can be contaminated. Don’t forget to clean bedding every few days and wash eating utensils, especially if they are shared, in the dishwasher.

Step 9 to prevent Swine flu: Wear a mask to keep germs out. Be sure to choose your mask carefully. According to consumer reports “not all masks are created equal. To prevent the inhalation of most virus-bearing droplets from a cough or sneeze masks and respirators should be labeled N-95 or higher, which means they have been cleared by the FDA. They may also bear a label from the National Institute for Occupational Safety.” Also make sure your mask is well fitted so that germs cannot get around it.

Step 10 to prevent Swine flu: If you or anyone else in your family gets Swine Flu, be considerate and don’t spread it to anyone else by staying home and isolated until the fever has lifted for over 24 hours.

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10 Steps Every Freelance Writer Must Take with Every Submission

Being a freelance writer is challenging yet rewarding. If you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes then you can successfully earn an income writing. It is not easy though. Freelance writing can be both stressful and exhausting.

Every time you sit down to write an article or what have you there are certain things you can do to ensure your work is quality writing. Here are the ten steps to improve your chances of selling every time with every piece you write and submit.

Step 1: Meditate. Think. Sit and plan out your piece. Even if you query you will still need a solid understanding of what you are proposing to sell. What exactly is it that you want to write about? What are the main points and aspects that you want to cover? What do you want to tell your readers?

Step 2: Take notes. Write down all of the ideas that you comes up with as you think it through. Have a folder or a note book with a pen always handy. Jot down all things that come to your mind regarding what you want to write. This is how articles and stories and novels are begun. Take your time and record every last thought.

Step 3: Once you are done jotting it all down it’s time to put together an outline. Outline your main points. Include an introduction and a closing. Branch off of your main point with at least three things each to fill it in and to expand. Your outline becomes the skeleton of your article. You’ll want it to have strong bones.

Step 4: Step four is to find your sources. Figure out what you will use to back up your article. Write them all down. As you do include the title, the author, the chapter and the page. You may also want to include the publisher and the copyright date.

Step 5: Step five is to create your bibliography using the information you wrote down about your sources. Type the information up neatly, and in an organized fashion. Label it bibliography and then submit it with your article.

Step 6: Step six is to begin your article. Do your rough draft. Use a good writing program that has spell check and word count. Keep your outline and sources by your side and get to work. A rough draft doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t go too fast but do let the words flow as quickly as they can.

Step 7: Step seven is to edit your rough draft. Read and inspect it carefully for typos and spelling errors. Check the grammar well. Reword anything that doesn’t seem quite right. Make sure it all makes sense. This is the way to perfect your masterpiece.

Step 8: Step eight is to add or to crop. When you have a word minimum and a word maximum you’ll want to make sure that you are meeting those requirements. If your piece has too many words it is time to delete any unnecessary line, phases, or words. If it has too few it is time to add in an extra line or two here and there or to add on an extra aspect of your topic.

Step 9: Step nine is to write your cover letter. This is a letter to the editor of the place you are submitting to. It is meant to introduce and sell your article, or other piece of writing. Include your name, address, phone number and fax number. Don’t forget to add on the date. State your point directly. Never beat around the bush. Propose your work and let them know why their readers would benefit from it.

Step 10: The tenth step is submission. Your piece is edited and perfect. There are no errors. Your cover letter is direct and accurate. You include your personal contact information. Use a large envelope and stuff that manuscript inside. Make sure to include a self addressed stamped envelop and you are good to go. Make sure to always follow the guidelines to the place you choose to submit to. Part of submission is deciding who to submit to. If you don’t read guidelines carefully you may make the mistake of not following them.

There you have it! If you take your time and do it up right you are sure to have a great chance of improving your chances of selling each and every time. Good luck and take care! Thanks for reading!

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10 Steps to Getting Started with Homeschooling

There are a lot of great benefits that homeschoolers enjoy. Nevertheless, a lot of parents are still hesitant to homeschool their child because they are not sure if it is the right thing for their family or they do not know where to start.

If you are one of those parents who are wondering if homeschooling is the right thing for your family then the short answer is yes, as long as you are committed and involved with normal intelligence and no history of serious mental illness.

You do not need to have an impressive educational background or a lot of money in order to homeschool your child. You can be successful without these things. In fact, research has shown that parents who have a high school education can do as well with homeschooling their children as those who have a degree. This same research has also shown that you can get as good of results spending only $200 per year to homeschool your child as you can get spending $400 or more per child per year.

So, where do you start? Whether you believe it or not, you can actually begin homeschooling in 10 easy steps:

1. Subscribe to a homeschool magazine and read all of the articles, even those that you do not think you will ever need, as well as the ads too.

2. Read “how to homeschool” books. Make sure that these books are published by veteran homeschoolers.

3. Locate curriculum providers and look through their resources.

4. Request homeschool catalogs from the major curriculum providers.

5. Visit your local teacher’s store and look through their various workbooks, school supplies, toys and games.

6. Go to a curriculum fair to buy materials.

7. Once you have your curriculum and a plan join the HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association). This will cost you $100 per year but will protect your right to homeschool.

8. Locate your state homeschool group.

9. Find a local support group for yourself.

10. Talk to other homeschoolers in online forums as well as Yahoo groups.

Of course, it is possible to skip some of these steps. However, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. This is what makes a good homeschooling parent. Plus the money that you spend now very well may gain your son or daughter a college scholarship that can save you a lot of money in the future.

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10 Songs Celebrating Mom on Mother's Day

Compassionate, caring, and always there in times of trouble and happiness. That’s the trademark of a mom. Mothers come in all sizes, shapes, personalities, and abilities. They may be attentive, nurturing, busy, over-protective, or struggling to overcome challenges, but they will always be our mommas. Here is a list of songs that salute “Mom” on her special day. (Click on titles to hear the songs).

“I’ll Always Love My Mama”The Intruders (1973)

Here’s a blast from the past. One of my favorite songs about mom is by a group that created and defined the “Philly Soul Sound.” Formed in 1960, they were picked up by the famous songwriting/producing team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1965. They joined other groups developed by Gamble and Huff such as The O’Jays and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, forming the “Philly groove.”

“Mother and Child Reunion” Paul Simon (1972)

Singer, songwriter Paul Simon is a 13-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This song was released on the Columbia label two years after his split from long-time music partner Art Garfunkel. Simon is well-known for his music to raise awareness of the anti-apartheid movement and has toured and recorded with South African musicians. I like this tune, as you can hear the reggae, African and World music beat, mixed with folk rock. Jammin.’

Pink Floyd (1979)

1960’s and 70’s psychedelic and progressive rock band out of London has a Mother’s Day song that depicts a woman possessing love, but also has faults. It’s pretty real, but they keep the melody sweet. Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, and are one of the most successful groups of all time.

“Mama Said”
The Shirelles (1961)

This Passaic, New Jersey girl group, started in 1958, was the first all female group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Mama Told Me Not to Come”
Three Dog Night (1970)

You know this group from their hit tune, “Joy To The World.” Danny Hutton, (from Buncrana, Ireland), Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Jimmy Greenspoon hit it off from the jump, recording 14 gold albums. “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was written by Randy Newman, who wrote, “I Love LA,” (1983). The song was first recorded by Eric Burdon and The Animals. This funk, pop, rock band eventually disbanded, worn out from touring and the road.

“Dear Mama” 2Pac (Tupac Shakur) (1995)

Tupac sings a song about reality, again, portraying Mom in a more stark, realistic version of life, but the melody is sweet and he keeps it real with his lyrics that flow and draw you. The New York City hip hop, R&B, and rap artist has sold over 75 million albums in the U.S. and internationally. Rolling Stones Magazine proclaimed him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

“Mama Liked the Roses”
Elvis Presley (1969)

The Tupelo, Mississippi native carved a place for himself in the music world as a rock n’ roll, pop, country, blues, and gospel artist. A music legend, they call him simply, “The King.”

“Mama” Spice Girls (1997)

Released on the Virgin record label, “Mama” is a song idea from Melanie B. to pay homage to all the moms of the girl group. Along with side A, “What Do You Think You Are,” it went certified platinum, (BPI).

“I Love My Momma”Snoop Dog (1999)

He’s the front-runner of the West Coast hip hoppers and rappers. Snoop Dog is a Grammy-nominated rapper, hip hop artist, producer, and actor. The Long Beach, California native is a protege of Dr. Dre. “I Love My Momma” is track number 21 on his album, “No Limit Top Dogg.”

“Thank You, Mom”Good Charlotte (2000)

Benji and Joel Madden, punk rockers from Maryland wrote another fave of mine, “Thank You, Mom.” This song appears as a hidden track on their self-titled 2000 release.

May everyone celebrating Mother’s Day enjoy the day in song and celebration!


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10 Simply Green Ways to Change the World

So you want to help the planet but swimming in the ocean after an oil spill just isn’t your thing? Well, start saving the planet one less carbon footprint at a time. There are very simple, easy, cost effective ways to reduce your personal impact on the world. You can also help force others to reduce theirs by changing your habits. Here are some Green tips that will help you reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Go solar in everyway you can and you will reduce your energy based carbon footprint in an amazing ways. It may cost a bit more in start up costs but over all you will be saving money as well. The sun’s energy is free and does not hurt the environment when used. If you do a massive system, you may even earn money from the utility company in your area.

There are many types of solar products, from path lights and pool covers to whole house electrical systems. However, if you are on a budget and want to slowly make changes that make big impacts there are some neat, cost saving, Green products out there.

Your biggest household carbon footprint is your major appliances. The cheapest fix is to replace the older appliances with newer energy efficient electrical ones. To save money and reduce your impact they have solar water heaters, refrigerators, and even deep freezers. You can install solar lights designed for sheds and garages in your home with simple modifications.

2. Reducing your energy consumption reduces your carbon footprint. Shut off or unplug any you will not be using in five minutes. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Changing your light bulbs to the energy bulbs will make a world of difference. Air-dry your clothes out on a line instead of in the dryer.

3. Water is an important resource that needs preservation. Don’t draw more water then you need in cooking and cleaning. Make sure your washer and the dishwasher are filled before using them. In addition, check their settings to be sure they are using only what they need to. Check your pipes for leaks and then fix them.

4. Did your Grandfather ever yell at you to close the door because he’s not heating the outside? Insulation is your Eco friend. By insulating your walls and ceiling, you trap the temperature you want to have in your home, inside with you. You save the energy it takes to cool and heat your home, which helps the planet and your wallet.

5. Turn down the dial to turn up the impact of your efforts. Your thermostats for the hot water tank, air conditioner, and heater should be set at around 70. If you can, go higher for the air conditioner and lower for the heater. Even a degree or two can save you 8% on your utilities.
6. Simple changes outside your home can make a world of difference to your carbon footprint as well. Use solar lighting, which is easy and reliable. Install rain barrels that can be used to water your plants. Another simple change is to plant trees and grasses to help fight and repair the carbon usage.

7. Travel carefully, with others, and less to help not only lower your carbon impact. Instead of shopping at four places try to do as much as you can, in as few stores as you can. Take a stay home vacation. Put a tent out in the yard instead of 150 miles away. Walking is good on so many levels. Carpooling is a simple way to be Green.

8. Watch what you buy because you force companies to reduce their carbon impact when you affect their wallet. Buy local so your product isn’t using as much fuel in travel. If there is too much packaging around the item then look for a different one. Avoid bottled water if you are in a place with good tap water. Buy things that are created from nature made instead of man made materials.

9. Reduce your use of everything. The less you use, the more you save. Simple changes like instead of throwaway bags for your lunch, use a lunch box and re-sealable containers. Cook at home instead of picking up fast food. Reuse anything that you can. The littlest things count in big ways. You can use that plastic fork again if you wash it. Recycle anything you can that cannot be reused. You can get creative like turning an old plastic soda bottle into a bird feeder. If you cannot use something, find someone who can.

10. Working to reverse the damage of your carbon footprint is the best thing you can do to be Green. Get back to the basics and think your actions through. It may be fun to take the family go carting but what are you harming? A family bike ride is just as fun and is better for both your body and the Earth.

You don’t have to try to change everyone but by changing you and your family, you will help change the world for the better. Start with the little things and keep growing on that. You will make a difference.


ReCycleWorks, Creative Reuse

Global Footprint Network, Footprint Basics – Overview

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10 Signs that You're Too Old for the Club / Bar Scene

In this day and age with society emphasizing youth and vitality with the constant stream of commercials advertising for anti-aging serums and sexual dysfunction with Viagra, Cialis, and other drugs used for treating ED (erectile dysfunction). Yet there’s this growing trend of people in their late 20s and early 30s partying like they did when they were freshman in college when by the time many get to their late 20s and early 30s they’ve usually outgrown the immature behavior. What surprises many is that some people have a hard time letting that lifestyle go and start doing age-appropriate things. Age-appropriate things like hanging out with your friends doing something other than drinking all night long. Try going to functions where people are not overdoing it on the alcohol. By late 20s and early 30s the party girls are looking a bit on tired side because so many 20 something are looking mid 30s from all the hard living they’ve done from 19 to 28. The alcohol begins to age some people because if you look at the faces of some mid and late 20 something they look like they’re well into their 30s with fine lines and even beer guts(on males). This is due in part to the fact that alcohol can deplete your body of nutrients like calcium, potassium, and iron and this is serious because these three nutrients are vital for bone, heart, and cell development. Plus not to mention it’s not cool to have permanent liver damage at 40 and 50 years old since cirrhosis can set in as early as your late 20s, but the damage isn’t obvious until well into your 40s and 50s. It has gotten pretty sad that we find frat and sorority parties to be cool well after leaving college and still think that we can live it up still when it doesn’t look attractive anymore and most folks by the time they’re in their late 20s and well into their 30s are settling down in serious relationships and/or getting married and starting families. Here are 10 signs that you are getting too old for the college party scene:

1. You are 28, 29, and 30 years old and still think it’s cool to drink booze out of pizza parlor pitchers the way you did as freshman.

2. You still involve yourself with party girls who have yet to retire the stupid b*tch mentality and are looking worn out and thinking they still look cute when the alcohol wore them down to where cute is past tense.

3. You treat homecoming at your frat or sorority like an all night drinking binge.

4. Your attitude changes drastically when you resume old habits again and it affects your social life.

5. You’ll choose hanging with your drinking buddies over hanging with someone who’s grown up and matured.

6. You post old photos of yourself drinking and with friends standing over a clutter of beer bottles, cans, and empty kegs on your personal homepage for social networking websites like MySpace, Xanga, Facebook, and others and putting captions about this was how you used to roll showing you binge drinking. Not only do you look foolish you’re also telling the world you have a drinking problem.

7. You go road tripping with past drinking and frat buddies when 19-21 year olds do that.

8.You’re ignoring people who have your best interest and don’t bring your standards down.

9. You try to compensate with new buddies when friends begin to stop hanging around when they get into serious relationships and/or getting married.

10. You have serious issues with letting go of immature behavior and stepping into the life of an age-appropriate adult. It’s these ten things that make you really realize when you’re getting too old to be bar and club hopping and attending frat and sorority parties and that’s the time to really re-examine your priorities. At some point we all have to grow up and start assuming adult level responsibilities, but it also affects the dating world because people start playing childish games with others as well and that’s what makes it frustrating for many when they feel a connection, but that person or individuals have a hard time knowing when to say good bye to the high school senior and college freshman behavior and start acting like their age. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to really see 20 and 30 something year old people acting like they are still in high school when many are married with kids or single parents raising kids. There’s that thing that once you graduate college you leave all the wild and reckless things you did behind and begin to grow and mature into real adult level roles and responsibilities. It’s something to think about if a few of you out there are looking to be serious about someone and you’re not going to find it with past party girls because once you’re in that role it never goes away and usually those types of girls don’t grow up and think that it’s still a party if you’re around.

Part of growing up is to begin severing ties with people who you have recognized that don’t respect you or the changes in your life. When you stop partying and living recklessly you’ll see how fast your circle of friends begins to change. When you eliminate people who don’t have your best interest and start surrounding yourself with those who have your best interest that’s when you recognize that you are maturing into a different person who has grown up. College is the time you learn to grow and mature, but once you graduate it’s time to leave the immature mentality behind since it’s not attractive for people in their late 20s and 30s to be going to frat parties and acting crazy and thinking it’s still cool when it’s not cute after 28 years old. A lot of fraternities and sororities don’t seem to have a clue as to what their organizations stand for and what makes it bad is past members who reflect back on their own experience in being wild and reckless like it’s some kind of rite of passage when in fact it just tells the next generation that acting like this will make you grow up when some of the actions can be life threatening since binge drinking kills thousands of college students each year and has increased in the last 15-20 years.

The current generation picked up on these bad habits by networking with past alumni and watching movies and television shows that feature frats and sororities acting wild and drinking excessively. Growing up isn’t easy for anyone to do, but there’s also that time in your life to really think about how it doesn’t really look appropriate for older people to be acting like high school age kids and that it’s time to really look at whether you should still continue hanging around people who seem to not have their acts together and who don’t respect a person when their lives change from being married, divorced, having children, changing jobs, and going back to school. College was a fun time, but when you’re hitting 30 and well into your 30s it’s time to hang it up and retire the club and bar behavior.

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10 Sexiest IPhone Store Apps Killed by Apple's Sexy App Ban

Apple recently threw icy cold water on the entire iPhone community by banning every sexy app within the App Store. While “sexy time” is doomed on the iPhone, I’ve managed to secure the ten sexiest iPhone apps you’ll no longer see in the iPhone App Store.

Disclaimer: Everything within this article is totally Safe for Work (SFW). All title links will redirect you to YouTube and while they are Safe for Work, I’d recommend not clicking on them if your boss is as intolerant of sexiness as Apple obviously is.

1. Wobble!

The Wobble! iPhone app was an all time favorite for those that loved creating jiggly parts on sexy woman by shaking their iPhone like a crazed lunatic. Even though the Wobble! iPhone app wasn’t limited to sexy images (could be used on jelly and other images you wanted to wobble) it was still banned along with other sexy iPhone apps when Apple decided to ban everything remotely sexy for the iPhone.

2. Zips

Zips got zapped with the sexy iPhone app ban, but when it was active it was a great iPhone app for steamy customers to send sexy images to each other. The Zips app was pretty straight-forward, the interface was comprised of a zipper that could be pulled down and owners of this app could load their own images. Got it? Good.

3. Bikini Blast

Bikini Blast was exactly what it sounds like; an app with sexy chicks in bikinis. This app was exactly what Apple had in mind when it decided to ban sexy apps from the iPhone Store. The Bikini Blast app was sexy but tasteful (by today’s standards). Bikini Blast didn’t do anything extreme and more suggestive imagery could be found in a PG-13 movie or on a beach.

4. Flirt by So Sexy

While other sexy iPhone apps offered still (or jiggly) images of sexy women, Flirt by So Sexy was an iPhone app that took things a little further – by having real girls get all PG-13ish on ya’. This iPhone store app was like a soft-core strip club on your iPhone – that is before the sexy app ban in the iPhone store.

5. iGirl

Many hearts were broken when Apple put a ban on their virtual girlfriend, iGirl. iGirl was a sexy pocket sized girlfriend for the iPhone that iPhone users could give instructions to (things like strike a sexy pose, not too graphic lol). Now that Apple has put a ban on this virtual girlfriend app, thousands of perverted jerks are on the loose and hitting on real women.

6. iJiggly

This sexy iPhone app was very straight forward and offered nothing but a jiggling pair of… well, I’ll let you imagine. I wonder how this app got approved for the iPhone store but it was only a matter of time before Apple decided to ban this grammar school humor app.

7. iSteam

The iSteam app wasn’t inherently sexy but wasn’t able to convince Apple not to ban it from the iPhone Store. The reason iSteam made on this list of sexy iPhone apps is due to what it was often used for; getting things steamy. iSteam is an app that simulates a steamy glass (sort of like the mirror when warming the shower) and any background image could be uploaded to appear underneath the steam. Do see where I’m going with this.

8. PeekaBabe

Simple and a bit voyeuristic PeekaBabe was an app in the iPhone Store that allowed users to scroll their fingers across a fully clothed hottie to take a peek at the sexy lingerie the model was wearing underneath. This app was sexy but simple, it was made of two still images (one clothed, one in lingerie) and a pervert’s curiosity, but it still managed to get banned from the app store.

9. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Sports Illustrated is a fan favorite for those that love scantily clad hotties and this iPhone app delivered just that. The odd thing about this sexy iPhone app is that it tried to offer functionality as well (scheduling and appointments). Anyone that used this app for more than goggling and googling was seriously disturbed (but so was the former).

10. iHottiez

iHottiez may very well be the steamiest iPhone app on this list (besides iSteam) and offered real dancing cuties on your iPhone. This iPhone Store app allowed users to select from a list of sexy women and watch them dance at parties, do private shows, listen to sexy audio, and look at hot images.

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10 Shade Tolerant Native Trees for Your Landscape

Shady areas in a landscape have a tendency to be tricky on many flowers, shrubs, and trees. If you’d like to liven up a sun starved area of your yard or garden with native trees, then these selections will help you decide which ones are right for you.

Aesculus pavia L. (Red Buckeye)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Rosidae

Order Sapindales

Family Hippocastanaceae – Horse-chestnut family

Genus Aesculus L. – buckeye

Species Aesculus pavia L. – red buckeye

This deciduous tree can also be a bushy shrub in some locations. It is a fast growing to its mature height of 15-25 feet. It will flower in dark red tubular flowers form April to May, and is a prime pick for those who want a splash of color. Hummingbird friendly, this tree will also attract bees. It prefers shady locations and will bloom early for first color in your garden. Keep in mind; this is a short lived tree.

Carya aquatica (Michx. f.) Nutt. (Water Hickory, Bitter Pecan)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Hamamelidae

Order Juglandales

Family Juglandaceae – Walnut family

Genus Carya Nutt. – hickory

Species Carya aquatica (Michx. f.) Nutt. – water hickory

This tree gets up to 65 feet tall and one foot wide. It has a narrow crown and prefers partial shade with wet soil. Its flowers are yellow and its fruits are nuts in thin husks. The seeds have a bitter taste, giving the name “Bitter Pecan”. Its bark is shaggy and scaly and lends texture to the tree. Its wood is difficult to work with and is used normally as a fuel source.

Carya ovata (P. Mill.) K. Koch (Shagbark Hickory)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Hamamelidae

Order Juglandales

Family Juglandaceae – Walnut family

Genus Carya Nutt. – hickory

Species Carya ovata (P. Mill.) K. Koch – shagbark hickory

This particular hickory has richly aromatic leaves and the wood is good for meat smoking in barbeques. It will get up to 70-90 feet tall with a spread of 30-40 feet. It is a slow grower. Known as the best tasting of the hickory nuts; one mature tree will ripen 2-3 bushels a year. It is shade tolerant and can tolerate normal drought. Plant this in sun or partial shade for maximum growth. This is bold and ornamental in the landscape.

Cornus amomum P. Mill. (Silky dogwood)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Rosidae

Order Cornales

Family Cornaceae – Dogwood family

Genus Cornus L. – dogwood

Species Cornus amomum P. Mill. – silky dogwood

Another great selection for bird lovers, the silky dogwood will grow from 6-15 feet. It has abundant small white flowers from May to June, and will produce blue berry-like fruit from August to September. It’s this fruit that makes it a favorite for birds. It favors partial shade. Although it does flower, it is decidedly non-fragrant.

Crataegus aestivalis (Walt.) Torr. & Gray (May hawthorn)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Rosidae

Order Rosales

Family Rosaceae – Rose family

Genus Crataegus L. – hawthorn

Species Crataegus aestivalis (Walt.) Torr. & Gray – may hawthorn

This tree gets up to 20-30 feet high and wide; preferring partial shade and moist soil. It has white blooms in spring. It grows moderately fast and easily. Herbal folklore has it as a heart tonic, as a tea or a tincture. Its green leaves turn yellow in fall and its fruits are red dotted, resembling a crabapple.

Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. (American Beech)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Hamamelidae

Order Fagales

Family Fagaceae – Beech family

Genus Fagus L. – beech

Species Fagus grandifolia Ehrh. – American beech

A slow growing tree that prefers partial shade and well drained soil. It will get 50-80 feet tall and have a spread of 40-60 feet. It has golden brown fall color and its fruits (nuts) will attract birds and squirrels. It has flowers that will appear just after the leaves. Beech has sensitivity to heat and drought.

Fraxinus caroliniana P. Mill. (Carolina Ash)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Asteridae

Order Scrophulariales

Family Oleaceae – Olive family

Genus Fraxinus L. – ash

Species Fraxinus caroliniana P. Mill. – Carolina ash

Growing up to 25-50 feet tall and having a trunk diameter of 6 inches this Ash prefers partial shade and wet soil. It has light green leaves and one winged samara fruits that mature around October or November. It has ash grey bark.

Magnolia tripetala (L.) L. (Umbrella Magnolia, umbrella-tree)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Magnoliidae

Order Magnoliales

Family Magnoliaceae – Magnolia family

Genus Magnolia L. – magnolia

Species Magnolia tripetala (L.) L. – umbrella-tree

With one to two foot diamond shaped leaves, the umbrella tree really is a canopied marvel. It gets up to 40 feet tall and has a 20-30 foot spread. It will have several trunks and large showy flowers that are typical to the magnolia taxa. Its cone like fruit will mature in August or September and is pollinated by beetles. This magnolia prefers partial shade or full shade and is not drought tolerant. An ornamental favorite for any garden, this tree will do you proud.

Magnolia virginiana L. (Sweetbay)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Magnoliidae

Order Magnoliales

Family Magnoliaceae – Magnolia family

Genus Magnolia L. – magnolia

Species Magnolia virginiana L. – sweetbay

A slow-growing evergreen tree, this magnolia species can grow from 50-100 feet. It produces spectacular white flowers from April to July and will have red fruits from July to October. It will do perfectly in a partly shady spot in your landscape. Two-thirds of all magnolia wood is used for furniture, but it is also used for Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, and broom handles. It is important forage for deer and cattle, making up 25% of their diet in the winter.

Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng. (Redbay)

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Magnoliidae

Order Laurales

Family Lauraceae – Laurel family

Genus Persea P. Mill. – bay

Species Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng. – redbay

Redbay will get up to 70 feet tall and has bright green aromatic leaves. It prefers light shade and moist soil. Its flowers are small light yellow green and hang in clusters; its fruits are dark blue in fall. The bark is dark with a reddish tint. Seeds are used as quail food and the leaves have been used for flavorings.

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