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Women’s Shoes That Are Both Comfortable and Stylish

By stephaniesmith, Friday, November 30, 2012

When I was 17, I was going to my senior prom, and I had chosen these clunky black flats to wear with my dress. They definitely looked a lot more casual than the heels that all of my friends were wearing. One of my acquaintances looked at my shoes and remarked, “Stephanie, I don’t think those shoes are really prom worthy.”

I explained, “they’re comfortable.”

“Well, do you want to be comfortable or do you want to be pretty?” she asked.

This seems like the age old question when it comes to shoes for women. Do we want to be comfortable or do we want to be pretty? Do we want to suffer with blisters and cramps, shoving our toes into unnatural positions, hurting our backs with extremely high heels or do we want to be comfortable, supporting our backs and our feet with proper cushioning and support? Is there a happy medium? Can we have both comfort and style?

Luckily, there are some brands of shoes that offer both. For example, there are many different styles of Clarks shoes that are both comfortable and pretty. I am a huge fan of Clarks, and I own several different pairs of Clarks shoes, so I can tell you that you no longer have to give up feeling attractive for feeling comfortable. Let me give you a few examples.

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There’s the Clarks Attitude Pose shootie. This half-boot, half-dress shoe goes perfectly with my skirts and my jeans. There’s a high heel, which I love, and it makes me look cute. I always get a ton of compliments when I wear these shoes. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way it could be comfortable, but actually it’s designed with eight hidden gores for custom comfort. It also has a OrthoLite® footbed with Active Air® which gives me all the support that I need.

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One of my other favorites would be the Clarks Diamond Opal, a classic pump. This shoe features feminine designs like a leather bow. This shoe also has a footbed with Active Air®, which is one of the key ingredients when it comes to comfortable shoes, and it’s made with premium leather. This shoe will go with almost anything: skirts, dresses, pants, jeans, etc. This is another great example of a shoe that makes me feel sexy and doesn’t kill my feet.

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Next, we have the Clarks Indigo Wessex Cross, a classic women’s platform shoe. This shoe is made with a combination of leather and suede, and it gives you that high heel that will really make you feel hot. It features an adjustable strap and a footbed that has extra padding, making it the most comfortable platform I’ve ever worn.

So the next time you are shopping for shoes, look for a brand that will give you both comfort and style. Clarks shoes for women will definitely do both of those things, but it’s important to remember that there are many brands that are making high-quality shoes for women that make us feel attractive and won’t make us miserable at the same time.

Sally Field Plastic Surgery Could Create A More Youthful Appearance

By opubcodesign, Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beauty Face Woman 389x381 Sally Field Plastic Surgery Could Create A More Youthful Appearance  Many female movie stars such as Sally Field find that it is difficult to grow old in the movie business when they have worked as actresses in front of the cameras for many years. Sally Field has announced in some of her past interviews that she would never have plastic surgery. In 2007, Sally stated that along with the famous beauty Jane Fonda, she would grow old gracefully without ever having plastic surgery.

Sally Field started out on television as a teenage sitcom star. As she grew older, her youthful appearance allowed her to pass for a much younger person. Even though she is long past her sweet young image, Sally Field plastic surgery rumors always circulate each time she starts a new project. A few years after she said she would never have plastic surgery, she made an announcement that she might consider having it done. Here are some of the procedures that plastic surgeons might recommend for Sally Field and any other woman considering plastic surgery.

Potential Sally Field plastic surgery – Eyes and forehead area

One potential type of Sally Field plastic surgery would be having the skin tightened on the forehead and near the eyes. Botox could also be injected in the eye area and forehead to reduce wrinkling and the appearance of frown lines.

Some observers have suggested that Sally Field’s drooping eyebrows make her look older and should be addressed. However, she always had drooping eyebrows so it is not likely to be a major factor in her appearance. There are plastic surgeons who prefer to keep the original look of the face when they recommend any procedures to create a more youthful appearance. Because the features of Sally Field’s face are already so familiar, it would be wrong to make major changes to her appearance instead of just creating a fresher look.

Sally Field’s smile lines and creases

A potential Sally Field plastic surgery procedure might address her smile lines and creases. Every woman develops these lines as she gets older. It is important to create a natural look. Sally Field has very full cheeks so she will not require any more dermal fillers to be injected here. A surgeon could help improve areas such as her laugh lines near her mouth using injectable fillers.

Neck area may indicate potential Sally Field plastic surgery

It is possible that Sally Field may wish to have the skin on her neck area tightened up. Surgeons often suggest that women who have developed fine lines in this area can benefit from having the skin lifted and tightened here. In some cases, there are large areas of the skin surface that are treated. However, it is possible that having a lot of work done here will create a look that is unnatural. Fortunately there are alternatives to having a lift in this area. For example, the Fraxel repair laser can be used successfully. In this method, the laser is focused on small areas of the skin. The laser resurfaces the area in a way that is not invasive and results in a natural look.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit drtimlove.com

How to Easily Transition a Nursery into a Toddler’s Room on a Budget

By Melissa Cameron, Thursday, June 21, 2012

Toddler Room1 389x272 How to Easily Transition a Nursery into a Toddler’s Room on a BudgetSo, it’s time to turn your child’s nursery into a toddler room. I remember the anxiety of leaving one wonderful stage of my child’s life and venturing into the unknown. However, I am finding out that each stage seems to bring with it a new and exciting world I would have otherwise not known.

However, as wonderful as the next stage will be, spending a fortune on the transition might not be in your budget. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, not even close.

I am going to share some wonderful tips on giving your child the room they deserve, without having to dive into their college fund to do it.

Furniture Options to Consider

Perhaps you are lucky and have a convertible crib, one that you can change into a toddler bed. It might have cost you a bit more when doing the nursery a while back, but nothing to convert it now.

If not, I would suggest going with a toddler bed, rather than a twin bed. One reason is that they can be less expensive, but you also don’t have to buy a new mattress. You can use the crib mattress, as it’s the same size.

We purchased a small, and low to the floor toddler bed that was in the shape of a boat. It was inexpensive, and fit the theme we had. The down side is that he outgrew it in about a year’s time. However, if you are hoping to save money, it can help by not having to purchase large items, along with everything else at the same time.

We also had purchased a changing table that doubles as a dresser, and an armoire that can be used for any age. However, if you have pieces you no longer can use, sell them. Use Craigslist, eBay, or have a garage sale. What you make from the sale can go towards finishing the room.

Decorating on a Budget

One way to save on the budget would be to use the same flooring and wall color, if possible. Look for themes that your child would like, which wouldn’t require a complete change in wall color, or flooring. You can always add a throw rug on the floor to tie in the theme or color choice.

So, that leaves the walls and bedding. Instead of purchasing expensive wall art, try one of the following ideas:

  • Playful Murals – If you are artistic, paint a mural on one of the walls. It doesn’t have to be extensive with detail, since it’s a room for a child. So, why not make it very child-like in the drawing? This is the room that pretty much anything goes. If you want to draw a stick person, do it. Or, with princess themes for the bedroom, go for a large, but generic castle.
  • Removable Decals – A nice alternative to painting a mural, or hanging wallpaper, is removable decals. They are easy to apply, and just as easy to remove. So, you won’t have to work to get them down like you would wallpaper, or paint over them.
  • Chalkboard Paint – If your child likes to draw, you can give them an entire wall to draw on, with chalkboard paint. Let them put their own artistic stamp on the room, which can be changed on a daily basis. It also provides an area for play, without taking up space.
  • Framed Art – For the little artist, take some of their best pieces and frame them. You can buy inexpensive frames and have instant art that is free…as well as unique, and a part of your child. If you don’t like the frames, paint them, which can also add a splash of color to the room.
  • Hanging Toys – Consider hanging some inexpensive and lightweight toys as wall art. For example, hang some colorful and plastic sand toys such as shovels and starfish. Model airplanes, doll clothes, and kites are more options.
  • Decorative Shelving – Pick up some inexpensive decorative shelving to place small and colorful toys that fit the theme of the room.
  • Framed Photos – There is a wide selection of royalty free photos you can download to frame for the walls. These are often very low cost, if not free. Just search the Internet for ‘royalty free’ photos. You will be amazed at the enormous selection, low cost, and high quality that you find.

As you can see, there are many inexpensive options for the walls to help create a wonderful retreat for your child to enjoy for this new stage in their life.

Bedding and Window Treatments

By adding a splash of color and activity on the walls, you could get away with some very basic bedding and window treatments. This alone could help keep the budget down.

In Closing

I hope that I was able to share some ideas that you like, or at least have inspired your creative side to save some money. After all, college will be coming up soon.

About the Author

Enjoying a career in freelance writing, Kathy Barber typically writes on topics such as medical, family, and travel. She found inspiration for her latest series of articles when looking through Disney cars décor for her son. Kathy lives in Michigan with her husband and son, and enjoys traveling, reading, photography, and music.

Why University Rankings Don’t Matter!

By Lewis, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Grad10 0332 389x291 Why University Rankings Don’t Matter!Every year, a variety of organisations produce their list of university rankings, each with different criteria and often different results. So when it comes to picking a University, referring to the Guardians rankings or The Times Good University Guide may seem like the best way of choosing the perfect institution for your study. In this article we look at why it might not be though.

Ranking Factors

University rankings take into account several factors including student satisfaction, entry requirements, research quality and students career prospects amongst others. The way in which the different organisations rank UK Universities for each of these items isn’t clear though and most rankings fail to acknowledge some key elements that are important to choosing the University that’s right for you. Distance from your family and friends, course content, even the weather can play a massive part in whether you fall in love with a particular University and no rankings tables take any of this into account.

Ranks well, doesn’t rank well

Another issue raised by many is the difference between the major organisations rankings. The Guardians rankings and The Times Good University Guide results regularly differ, leading many to question the validity of the the positionings. Aberystwyth University for example, featured 40th on The Times Good University Guide 2012, but only managed 50th in The Guardian Rankings. Whilst the majority of Universities feature in similar places across these two rankings tables, there are some strange anomalies such as this one.

What does it all mean?

So what do the University rankings mean then? Well generally, the higher the rank of a University, the better it will look in the eyes of your future employer. However, the majority of employers are now up to date on the latest subject specific rankings that relate to their industry. For this reason, it’s recommended that you should generally put a greater weighting on the performance of a department than the University itself. Oxford and Cambridge offer excellent education, but there are universities more distinguished in fields such as Sports Science.

It’s for these reasons that the rankings have drawn a lot of criticism and that they should not be used solely to decide on which University is right for you.

Thinking About Having Your Own Website?

By trishhaill, Monday, May 28, 2012

HTTP Website 389x302 Thinking About Having Your Own Website?You may have a small business which you want to promote or start trading online, or you might have a particular interest and expertise in an area which you’d like to share with others.  You want to have your own website, but have absolutely no idea where to start.

The good news is now is a very good time for the small website owner with a great idea.  The bad news is that if you want to get rich quick by using any method going you have probably missed the boat.

Just having a website is not going to help you very much.  You need to get people visiting it, and this means getting your site noticed by the search engines.  Unless you have a very unique product or idea you are going to have to work hard at this, and make your site outstanding.

Up to now, this would mean being an expert in search engine optimisation, an understanding of HTML and a policy of getting hundreds of links from other sites no matter what they were.  Right now Google have implemented changes which have demoted thousands of sites which have used these techniques, and have announced that what is important to them is the quality of the content of the site, not the optimisation skills of professionals, and certainly not numerous dubious links from completely unrelated sites.

What is important now is that you have a good idea, and the ability to write about it.  For example, if you want to start selling online, why should visitors come to your site for a product they can buy from hundreds of well established and better known sites?  The answer could be the fantastic reviews you write for your products, the way you link products together (for example, suggest alternatives or things they might want to buy as well), and the real time usefulness of the information you provide.  A list of products is just not good enough nowadays.

If you have expert knowledge in a particular subject now is the time to get noticed if you can write about it in an interesting and informative way, if you can provide insights or tips which others might have missed or just simply an alternative approach.

When starting to design your site forget about search engines and think of humans.  When people enter words or phrases in a search engine, what kind of answers will they be expecting?  Try and think of how you would look for the information you are providing.  Then think about what other information you might like to know to follow on from what you’ve just discovered, and add that information as well to keep people on your site longer.

Once you’ve got your ideas and content, then you can think about designing your website and publishing it.  The bad news is that if your grammar is not good, if you cannot write sentences and paragraphs which flow, you will not be able to get away with copying content from other sites and hoping people won’t notice.  If you cannot write yourself, you should try and partner with someone who can.  But writing is one of your key skills you don’t have to factor in a huge budget to pay for search engine optimisation, as your content should sell itself.

Getting To Grips With Staff Retention

By Charles Leftwich, Sunday, May 27, 2012

Business Recruitment Hiring HR 389x258 Getting To Grips With Staff RetentionHaving strong employee retention is important to your business, for both the long term health of your business and the overall success of it.

Business owners will agree that retaining your best employees is vital part of operating a healthy business. Whether you’re talking about employees or customers it’s always easier to keep the ones you have rather than consistently having to focus on acquiring them new. The biggest motivator to keep hold of your best staff is the ever increasing cost of recruiting new staff, whether you recruit via agencies or you have a personnel department that does it for you, attracting new talent is an expensive business.

All of this is down to best employee retention. If you keep losing employees, then your company suffers. You have to pay out more on recruitment, training, you lose knowledge; you staff go through a mourning period which leads to insecure coworkers, and finally your staff could lose faith in the business and you.

The loss of a senior member of your team, like an executive, is even more expensive for your business. Because of the more niche skill set and experience you will have to cast your net even further and wider to find a candidate that can fill their boots, plus it’s likely that you will have to incentivise the new candidate with even higher salaries and more benefits.

When an expert analyses your business, employee retention is one of the primary measures they take. As a business, if you are losing your most valuable staff members, all departments in your business can be effected. It has a knock on effect as the new members of staff, who need to be sourced to replace the ones that leave, they then have to fit in and get to know the ropes. This can cause stress for all involved.

One HR Outsourcing company said, “The quality of your staff is paramount. If you lose a supervisor, for example, the whole workforce is affected. Finding a replacement is difficult, less people are qualified and the company ultimately pays the price.”

There are many reasons why an employee might leave your company:

1. The employee is not allowed to speak his or her mind freely. When they do offer ideas, they are heavily critiqued which belittles the person. The employee finally has enough and leaves.
2. The employee does not fit well into the business. The team leave them out. Staff training and bonding days will help with this situation.
3. The employee feels there is no possibility for improvement in the company or promotion.
4. The employee feels that the employer does not care about them or their work.
5. The employee simply wants to leave due to other commitments. There is very little that an employer can do about this as it is out of their hands.

The CIPD see successful staff retention as a fundamental part of successful HR management. A senior consultant for a UK based HR Outsourcing firm was quoted to have said, “Outsourcing is a good way to get ideas about employee retention. They are experts who can review your company and see where you might be going wrong.”

Protection From Your Credit Card While Traveling

By Scholarly Writer, Sunday, May 13, 2012

Many consumers look at credit cards as a dangerous tool because they can add to your level of personal debt relatively easily.

While credit cards in the wrong hands can be a bad idea, having a credit card in your wallet while traveling is usually a good idea. There are a number of different ways that a credit card can protect you while you’re away from home. This is especially true when you’re traveling abroad.

Booking Accommodations

Having a credit card can help out even before you leave home. When it comes to booking your accommodations, using a credit card can make the job a lot easier. For example, if you’re in the process of booking a hotel room, you’ll probably be required to use a credit card to do it. When you are ready to buy your flight tickets, having a credit card can make the purchase easier. Even the process of renting a car requires you to have a credit card.

The advantage of using a credit card over a debit card when paying for these things is that you have limited liability. When you use a credit card, you are only responsible for up to $50 if your card number is stolen and used to make fraudulent purchases. With a debit card, you could have unlimited responsibility if you do not report the fraudulent transactions to your bank within 60 days. This makes shopping with a credit card a little bit safer when it comes to buying travel accommodations.

Another advantage of using your credit card to pay for these expenses is that you will not have to worry about having money taken out of your checking account for a deposit. Many times, when you check into a hotel room or get a rental car, you have to provide a deposit to the company and then you get that money back later. If you don’t have much money in your checking account, you may not like the idea of having a $200 deposit taken out of it while you’re on vacation.

Easy Replacement

While traveling, using cash can be convenient, but what happens if you lose the cash? If you lose cash while you’re traveling, it’s gone. You will not be able to get it back and you may not be able to afford to do anything on your trip. By comparison, when you lose a credit card while you’re on your trip, you can get it replaced relatively quickly. You could get a new card shipped to you overnight or possibly pick one up from a location in your area. The credit card company will cancel the old card and you will not be charged for any purchases that are made on the card. This means that losing your credit card will only be a slight inconvenience while on your trip, instead of a potentially vacation-ending mistake.

More Purchasing Power

Having a credit card on hand while you are traveling can provide you with more purchasing power than if you rely on cash. Most people only keep so much cash on hand while they are traveling. You probably only have a limited amount of cash in your bank account that you can access. If you need to pay for a large expense while you are away, having a credit card on hand can make things easier. The relatively large credit limit on most credit cards makes it possible for you to make large purchases. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be splurging on something that you don’t need while traveling. Sometimes, your car breaks down and you have to pay thousands of dollars to have it repaired. In some cases, you may need to chart or a plane to get out of a country after you become ill or sick. You really never know what you might need a large sum of money for. Being able to have the purchasing power of a credit card with you can make your life a lot easier.

Cheaper Exchange

If you are in a foreign country, you may need to change your currency for another currency before you can make any purchases. Instead of treating your currency for something else, you can just as easily use your credit card. In many cases, the exchange rates that you get with your credit card are better than what you can get from a currency exchange. This is because credit card companies get the interbank exchange rate instead of the retail rate that you’ll get as an individual.

Regardless of where you’re going, having a credit card along for the ride can provide you with some peace of mind. Just don’t go overboard and spend more money than you can afford to pay back.

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Vitamins That Help Burn Fat Fast

By Scholarly Writer, Friday, May 11, 2012

Vitamins Tablets Bottle Medicine 389x561 Vitamins That Help Burn Fat FastA term being bandied about in weight loss circles recently is “negative calorie foods”. These are foods that help the body burn more calories than they themselves contain. Although there is no such thing as a truly negative calorie, some foods really do help burn fat. Sometimes this happens when a food is very high in fiber, which causes it to take lots of energy to digest. Other times, this occurs when a food contains vitamins that aid in weight loss. Whether you get your vitamins through diet or supplements, it’s a good idea to increase the amount of these fat-burning nutrients in your diet.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is responsible for many of the body’s necessary functions and is one of the most important vitamins to whole-body health. Vitamin B12 helps create DNA, form red blood cells and improve neurological health. People who don’t get enough of this vitamin experience neurological symptoms like numbness in limbs, reduced coordination and even dementia in severe cases.

Vitamin B12 is also necessary to complete a chemical reaction that metabolizes fat and protein. Without it, fats are not broken down properly and the body’s metabolic rate slows. The vitamin also helps to lower the body’s level of homocysteine, a chemical that increases a person’s chance of having a heart attack.

The most common sources of Vitamin B12 are animal proteins, including meat and milk. Vegetarians can absorb Vitamin B12 through fortified cereals and oral supplements as well as certain nutritional yeasts and seaweed.

Vitamin C

Most people know that Vitamin C plays a key role in boosting the immune system. Recent research suggests that it can also help improve metabolism and aid in the burning of fat. The study examined the difference in metabolism between younger and older individuals and found that older people burn fat more slowly due to the presence of oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is caused when dangerous free radicals in the body bind with oxygen in the bloodstream. These destructive molecules are responsible for many signs of aging, including the destruction of tissue and decreased metabolism. In order to offset the effects, one must consume antioxidants. These antioxidants destroy the oxidized molecules and return the bloodstream to a less volatile place.

Vitamin C is one major antioxidant. Consuming Vitamin C through dietary sources is a good way to get these antioxidants. Vitamin C is primarily found in fruit, especially citrus. It can also be obtained through supplements.


Also known as Vitamin B2, this is a key vitamin in promoting health in multiple body systems. Riboflavin helps prevent certain types of cancer as well as migraine headaches, muscle cramps, eye conditions and certain blood disorders. Additionally, all of the B-group vitamins play a key role in maintaining metabolism, making them important for weight management.

B vitamins such as Vitamin B2 are often included in energy enhancement products and athletic enhancements. Because the vitamin plays a key role in maintaining the body’s systems at a molecular level, it helps boost energy levels and maintain metabolism which aids in weight loss.

Vitamin B2 can be found in milk, meat, eggs, green vegetables and enriched grains like flour or cereal. It’s also included in most Vitamin B supplements and multivitamins. Take care not to consume too much Riboflavin, however, as it can lead to neurological problems when consumed at a high dosage. For most people, dietary sources are sufficient, especially if they are eating enriched grains.


In many cases, the positive effects of vitamins are simply the reversal of a vitamin deficiency. For example, fatigue and listlessness are an effect of B-Vitamin deficiency; by taking a supplement, a person will feel more energetic. A person who was not suffering from deficiency would not have the same reaction to the supplement. In other cases, the effect of vitamins extends beyond refueling depleted vitamins.

The fat-burning power of vitamins is still being studied. As scientists determine the role of certain nutrients in weight loss, more information will be available. In the meanwhile, it’s a good idea to consume the recommended amount of all vitamins daily. Dietary sources are the best choice, but supplements are available for people who are having a difficult time consuming their required nutrients each day.

Make sure that your low fat diet plan has the adequate amount of the vitamins mentioned above. You do now want to lose weight and look good but suffer from vitamin deficiency. If you want to know the vitamin-rich foods you should include in your diet plan, visit LowFatDietPlan.org.

Putting It Together: Quick, Healthy Meals

By Scholarly Writer, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fast Meal Shrimp Vegetable 250x250 Putting It Together: Quick, Healthy Meals“Fast” food doesn’t need to be unhealthy and healthy meals don’t have to be bland. A person can put together quick healthy meals that actually taste delicious. First, they might check out some of the ingredients to put a quick and healthy meal together.

Healthy foods taste good and they’re associated with a lower risk of disease. They’re often rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and other nutrients and they’re often low in calories, cholesterol and sodium. There are also a great many of them to choose from, for even when making quick healthy meals variety is the spice of life.


Fish is famous for having omega-3 fatty acids, especially cold water, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol and so protect against heart disease and diseases of the coronary arteries. Fish is also a good source of iron, which protects against anemia. Most fish are also rich in magnesium and potassium, which are important for maintaining healthy blood pressure.


Shellfish like shrimp, oysters and scallops do have a lot of cholesterol, but they also have omega-3 fatty acids like other fish and can help lower the bad cholesterol in the body. They’re also low in saturated fat, which some dietitians say is worse for people than dietary cholesterol. Shellfish also tend to be very high in calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. Some people like to eat their shellfish raw, which they should be careful about. They should only buy shellfish they plan to eat raw from a reputable fishmonger.

One quick and healthy meal that features fish is:

1 lb. salmon fillet

1 tsp. oregano

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 plum tomato, sliced

1 small onion, sliced

2 tbs. fresh, flat leafed parsley, chopped

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 tbs. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Oil a baking pan and place the fish in the center. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, oregano and garlic. Place on the tomato slices, onion and sprinkle with the parsley. Mix the bread crumbs with the oil and sprinkle on top.

Bake for about 10 minutes until done.


Poultry has lots of protein but it’s lower in total fat and saturated fat than red meat. It’s especially good if the skin and fat are taken off before it’s eaten. Poultry, especially duck and goose, is very high in iron, zinc and niacin. Turkey and chicken have much less fat than duck or goose.

Red Meat

True red meat has a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol, so it should be eaten in moderation. Some people say that if a person eats red meat it should be used as a flavoring for a largely vegetarian dish. But red meat is very rich in iron, especially beef. Pork and lamb also have a lot of iron, and is easily absorbed by the body, unlike the iron in most vegetables. Broiling red meat is healthier than frying it, for broiling allows the fat to drain away from the cut.


Everyone’s says that vegetables are good for a person and everyone’s right. Vegetables have lots of complex carbohydrates and Vitamins A and C while having almost no fat and few calories. They also have fiber, which also guard against diseases like heart disease and colon cancer. The potassium and magnesium in vegetable not only help prevent high blood pressure but also give the person a shot of energy. Different types of vegetables are richer in some vitamins and nutrients than others. For example, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other orange yellow vegetables are high in beta carotene, which turns into Vitamin A in the body.

Green leafy vegetables are also good sources of carotene, as well as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli have indole glucosinolates and other cancer fighting compounds. Here’s a vegetable recipe:

One large bunch of broccoli

2 cloves of garlic sliced

1 tbs. ginger, sliced

1 tsp. soy sauce

Stir fry the ginger and garlic. Add the broccoli and stir fry until crisp tender. Add the soy sauce and warm through.

Chili peppers have capsaicin, which helps metabolism and might help in losing weight. Sweet peppers are also high in Vitamin C and are better if they’re eaten once they turn red. This is because red peppers have nine times as much vitamin A and twice as much vitamin C as green peppers.

Fruit also have complex carbohydrates, natural sugar, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re also good sources of beta carotenes and Vitamin C. Fruits are also low in fat and only have traces of sodium. High levels of sodium also contribute to high blood pressure, which then can lead to kidney disease and heart disease. Here’s a quick healthy meal that’s also a fruit salad:

1 pound of watermelon, sliced, seeded and cut in wedges

1 small pineapple, halved pared and cut into two inch slices. Reserve the top

1 papaya, peeled, and sliced

2 mangoes, peeled and sliced

2 oranges, peeled and sliced

2 bananas, peeled and sliced


Pulp of 6 passion fruits

2 tbs. sugar

Pour the passion fruit pulp, sugar and one half cup of water into a sauce pan. Bring to a full, rolling boil and boil for about a minute. Remove from heat, strain through a fine strainer into a pitcher and let cool.

Place the pineapple top in the center of a round glass serve dish and arrange the fruit in attractive circles around it. Pour the passion fruit syrup over it and serve at once. Serves six to eight.

John Grant is a blogger for variuos food sites and travels Asia looking for great recipes and quick dinner ideas.

The Importance of Content Writing

By Olive Ester, Friday, April 27, 2012

When you start an online business, the most important thing is ensuring not only its growth but also its success. What most people do not keep in mind is that the success or the failure of a business depends on their web content as well as the promotional content that they have. If you are a business owner, you should always contemplate the impact that content writing could have on your business.

The biggest mistake that most business owners make is take for granted the traffic that they may get on their websites. When a website has content that is not pertinent to the products or services that are being offered, it is highly likely that the website will fail to attract customers. To a potential customer, poor content writing almost always translates to poor products or services.  One can know if this is the case for example if you have a high quality products on offer yet you are not making any sales. Selling products does not just entail putting a price tag on the goods and letting the customer shop online. This is where content writing comes in. One needs to ensure that the copy that accompanies the details of the goods or services is properly written in a compelling manner. By having captivating content on your website, you are ensuring that the visitors to your site stay to read on. This may then lead them to purchase what you are offering to sell to them. With this in mind, one cannot take for granted the importance of professional content writing that contains marketing messages that will promote your products or services.

Another aspect of content writing is SEO content writing. This is best for people who already have content for their websites. One should then ask themselves if the content that they have is search engine optimized. Most people do not contemplate this and thus end up losing out on garnering enough traffic to their websites. By incorporating SEO in your content writing, you are effectively taking measures to ensure that your website shows up on the first page when potential customers are using the search engines to search for the products or services you offer. Balancing between high quality content writing and search engine optimization may prove to be a tight rope act. For this reason, it is always advisable for you to enlist the help of content writing services. These are services offered by professional writers who will ensure that they content they write for your website is SEO friendly. In addition to this, they also ensure that the search engine optimization does not compromise the high quality of the content that is required for your website.

Lastly, content writing is important in attaining as well as retaining customers. When you write content for your website, you should always keep in mind that you are at the mercy of the customers. The tone of your content should never be aggressive. Having said this, one should also not sound desperate.  If you do not know how to strike this balance, you should try to employ some article writing services. These writers will persuade your potential customers without sounding overly zealous.

Alan D. is the author of this article on Contextual link building. Find more information on Contextual links here

Factors to Consider When Booking a Conference Venue

By venuehunter, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Being given the task to research and book a conference venue can seem pretty daunting.  However if you break it down into small, logical chunks, it soon becomes less daunting and some might even view it as fun!  So what are the factors to consider when booking a conference venue, for example conference venues in Manchester?

Conference Hall Room 389x257 Factors to Consider When Booking a Conference Venue1) The first and most important decision to make is what location you want to hold your conference in and what date it will be on e.g. Manchester City Centre on 1st July 2012.  To do this you need to understand exactly what the purpose of the conference is and who your delegates are.  For example a conference to host a graduation ball versus a conference to exhibit different products require two very different types of venue as there are two very different types of audiences.  Therefore for the purpose of this explanation, the aim of the conference is to deliver a corporate team building exercise looking at conference venues in Manchester.   To make the decision you would need to consider how to get there and back (transport) and the itinerary i.e. will you be going off-site i.e. what local amenities do you require.

2) Once you have decided on your location, the next step is to research the site facilities, for example what sort of space do you need and how do you want it to be set up e.g. meeting rooms set up theatre, classroom, or boardroom etc.  Do you have any special requirements such as disabled access, parking, audio visual requirements or any additional presentation facilities?   You may need to accommodate your delegates overnight, in which case you need to determine how many and if there are enough rooms available.

3) Depending on the amount of time your delegates are going to be at the venue, you will need to decide on what the catering requirements are.  This means coffees and/ or pastries, lunch including any special dietary requirements and even whether you want the food to be placed in the room or outside of the room.

4) The next key decision is budget.  When you have made this decision, approach the potential venues and confirm your requirements.  Bare in mind that certain venues might have a seasonal price list. Always try and negotiate with venues. If they have spare capacity on your chosen date they may discount your rate.

5) Once you have made a tentative decision on the venue, it is really useful to go and visit it yourself.  You can check that it meets the standards that it promotes as well as all your requirements.  Furthermore, it is a good opportunity to have a run through of the conference itself so that you can ensure you cater for all eventualities.  For example, will the lifts fit all your conference kit in?  Is there adequate parking that is accessible in the time period that you require?  Is the room next to anything that might detract from the conference itself  i.e. builders etc.

6) Finally once you have made a definite decision, you need to formalise this with the venue itself via a form called a ‘Request for Proposal (RFP).’  Most conference centres including conference centres in Manchester have their RFP online.  Once you have submitted this, the process of sourcing and booking a venue is complete.

Making Your Motives Clear- 5 Reasons to Build a Dream Garage

By Melissa Cameron, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pop Up Expensive Home Garage 389x261 Making Your Motives Clear  5 Reasons to Build a Dream GarageOwning a dream garage is something which only a select few can say they’ve done. It is sad because most individuals never realize their dream of designing their own garage and having it come to life. You see, everyone has their own reasons why they would need (or want) one built. Some people do it for the profits while others doing it for the love. Either way, let’s talk about five reasons why you should consider building your very own dream garage.

Increase the Value of Your Property

First and foremost, adding a dream garage to your property automatically increases the value of your home. Now, this number can be huge or it can be very small depending on how well the garage coheres with the home. For example, if the garage displays colors and designs which match that of the home, and they look like a perfect match, then this definitely makes it much more worthwhile to potential buyers.

A garage doesn’t cost as much to build as you believe it does. You can have a descent one constructed for about $15,000. This is a small amount compared to the total price in which you’ve just increased your property value by.


Most people who have money are just plain board. They have no hobbies and sit around doing nothing all day long. Building a dream garage from scratch can be an excellent solution to this problem. They can test their artistic abilities and design something really worthwhile. Being creative and constructing something like a garage can keep you busy for a long period of time- not to mention you’ll learn a few things.

Sense of Accomplishment

This sort of goes hand in hand with the previous reason, although it’s a little bit different. People love feeling like they’ve done something productive. If they haven’t, then they may feel like that day (or particular time span) has been a waste. Constructing your own dream garage can really make you feel like you’ve done something special. After all, accomplishing such a feat is not easy and automatically puts you in a rare class.

Keep Your Vehicles Safe

The majority of garage owners are also big time auto enthusiasts. They have an absolute love for vehicles and revolve all of their time, money, and energy around them. If this sounds a lot like you, then maybe a dream garage is something you need. Chances are that if you love cars, then you probably have a lot of them.

You may even find it fun to re-build older vehicles and restore them to a newer condition- you obviously shouldn’t do this in your front yard. A garage can give you the space that you need to work on your vehicles without worrying about being watched or having them stolen. If you find the lowest rates on car insurance, then that is also another layer of added protection.


Let’s face it: home life can get hectic. Sometimes, having a place where you can run away and hide for a few hours is healthy. Viola! A dream garage might just be the answer. A dream garage can be turned into your own personal get away, filled with your interests and hobbies. For example, some individuals have been known to add separate living quarters in their garages just to get away whenever they felt the need.

Others have added an array of features including televisions, mini-bars, black lights, and refrigerators. This really gives your garage a nice, home-like atmosphere. Everyone needs a sanctuary and having your own, personal dream garage can be exactly what you are looking for.


As you can see, there isn’t one particular reason why someone would want to own a dream garage. One person may want one to increase the value of their property while another person may want it to work on projects or keep their vehicles safe. Whatever the reason may be, building a dream garage should be fun and help you accomplish whatever it is that you want.

About the Author

Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer providing valuable tips and advice for consumers looking for cheap auto insurance rates. When she isn’t helping people learn how to manage and save their money, she is busy surfing the Internet, learning new things, and looking for good deals. Her husband calls her the walking infomercial!