Beauty From You to Me – Acknowledge That Beauty Is in Everyone and in Everything

Everyday as I awake, I eagerly anticipate what beautiful things God has in store for me. Sometimes life sends us curves that need silence and introspection. I am content to learn the lessons that the universe gives me, even though I am sensitive and easily affected by pain and suffering of myself as well as the pain of other people; sometimes I feel the pain of people who I have never met. I realize that as I patiently wait for the universe to open doors and opportunities for me, that I still must do the normal, not-so-fun things of daily living. I decided a long time ago that I would find beauty in every activity until the day that I take my last breath. There are many activities completed daily in our daily lives, far too many to even list. My best course of action is to enjoy the journey and to seek and find beauty in EVERYTHING!

I enjoy listening to music from various genres, writing songs or poetry, especially while engaging in two or more other activities. Sometimes I am vacuuming and I start dancing and enjoying the rhythm of the music. While gazing at the sunrise, I usually decide what household chore I need to do first. As I watch the waves of the nearby lake, I imagine that I am swimming in clear,emerald ocean. If I am watching television, and I notice a beautiful product or family style commercial, is when I admire the beauty of people doing mundane things everywhere. Reading has always been an amazing escape to visualize another setting and learning about the splendor and beauty of other people’s’ cooking styles, habits, practices or ideology, there is beauty in EVERYWHERE!

There are so many gathering areas where you can discover new people and places, all you have to do is have an open heart and decide that you’ll seek and meet new people, like discovering new frontiers or enticing a new adventure. Time alone, time on the phone, or time to have a great conversation is amazing and a discovery that you’ll appreciate for decades.

Enjoy your garden, the trees, the flowers, or the birds that fly to your flowers and trees, it’s simple and a great way to notice something different, uncommon and beautiful. Enjoy the simple things, tasks or chores, it’s never a bore when you work around your home;you’ll find adventure or uncover the beauty in simple,yet subtle ways.

If I cook, or clean or do my laundry; it is in the simplicity that beauty surrounds me.

As I wash my clothes and witness dirt and grime wash away; it is similar when compared to life;allowing the old concepts, ideas or beliefs to go away, washed away;giving room for new experiences; giving new life to clean, freshly laundered clothing.

In life, it is ourselves who decide what we need to release, purge, cleanse or omit to uncover beauty under the surface, like the caterpillar and butterfly story.

In the newness comes the beauty in appreciating the unknown from you to me; from me to you. If you and me have argued, then I must apologize, the reason is not important, the time lost and the beauty of our friendship is more important than who’s right or who’s wrong.

Like soap suds, from the washing machine, going down the drain; I allow myself to release the pain; as clean, rinse water cleanses my clothes, I allow light to cleanse, and energize my life in the light of wisdom and appreciation; I enrich my life and enjoy the beauty from you to me from me to you, as we discover new ideas and different principles of conduct or engaging in great verbal energy exchange. The smile that you send to me is amazing, comforting and beautiful and has made my day so much happier!

As I mop and dust and remove the rust, from around my appliances, doors, and floors in my home, it’s as if I removed the mask that once covered the beautiful view from my eyes, my perceived ideas, deluding me and rendering me unwilling or unable to see beautiful friendships established between friends that choose to be friends.

Understood that by allowing yourself and others to engage in dreams, judgement-free,there is beauty; the beauty from you to me; from me to you..

Discover beauty in daily living..

I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously.

Tips to Buy Required Supplies for Gift Baskets

Are you looking for a gift basket? If so, you can either buy one or make one on your own. For the later, what you need to do is shop for the required supplies. You need basic packaging in addition to decorative touches. Once you have got all the things that you need, making the basket will be a piece of cake for you. Below are some retail sources that you can head to for buying the needed stuff.

1. Hit the Dollar Stores

If price is your concern, we suggest that you head to the Dollar Stores. At these stores, you can find cheap filter material and baskets. The two things are on the list of major components that you need in order to construct your own gift basket.

If you can’t find time to buy special gift items, you can put some fruit in your cart when shopping. Once you are done, you can use it with the dollar store package. That is it. Fruit baskets are always in.

2. Look For a Great Fabric Retailer

Big chain establishments and small retailers are great places for buying wrapping materials from. They offer these things at cheap prices. Ideally, you can use cheesecloth and tulle for wrapping the baskets.

Fabric stores is another great place to make the required purchases. These stores have several ribbon options. So, you can make amazing gift blows. If you are on a budget, this is good news for you.

3. Go to the Craft Stores

At craft stores, you can find lots of doodads for the embellishment of your gift baskets. We recommend these stores because they don’t cost a lot of money. So, buying from craft stores is a great idea.

4. Head to the Hardware Store

You may be surprised. Aren’t you? While you may argue that hardware stores are suitable for making great gift baskets, we have different reasons to talk about them in this article. The fact of the matter is that hardware stores offer jars of mason canning in different sizes. For instance, you can find quarter-pint, half-pint, and quart sizes. They are ideal for high-end fruit pastes.

Generally, homemade food stuff and gift baskets make great gifts. Therefore, we suggest that you hit the hardware stores for getting what you want and saving money at the same time. You can use these jars to make apple sauce, dog treats and spice blends, just to name a few. Therefore, you should pay a visit to your local hardware stores.

Final Word

Long story short, you don’t have to shell out loads of money for making a gift basket yourself. You can control the cost in more ways than one. At the same time, you can get a great gift basket for your loved ones. Once you have chosen the right stores to buy the required stuff, you will be able to make amazing gift baskets without any problem. Your loved ones will be over the moon to see the gifts.

Presto Chango: Titan’s "Magic Island" Mystery

Mysterious, magical, mystifying Titan, the largest moon of the ringed-planet Saturn, possesses a strange surface enshrouded in a dense orange hydrocarbon mist–that long kept it well hidden from the curious eyes of astronomers, who could not penetrate its blanket of alien smog. The mysterious surface of this magical moon was at last unveiled in 2004, when the Cassini Mission’s Huygens Probe was deliberately separated from the Cassini Orbiter to begin its historic dive down to the long-enshrouded and secret surface of Titan. However, this bewitching, bothersome, and bewildering moon-world will not reveal its many secrets without a struggle. In March 2017, planetary scientists announced that a recent NASA-funded study has shown how hydrocarbon lakes and seas that linger on this hydrocarbon-tormented moon-world might sometimes erupt with dramatic nitrogen bubbles. The idea of nitrogen bubbles forming fizzy froth on Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes and seas helps solve yet another one of the more bewitching, enchanting unsolved mysteries Cassini has unveiled during its time exploring Titan: the so-called “magic islands” that–presto chango–first appeared in earlier observations, only to disappear–and then reappear again!

Of the hundreds of moons that do their mesmerizing dance around the major planets of our Solar System, only Titan possesses a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface–making it in some ways eerily similar to a terrestrial planet, like our Earth. The terrestrial planets of our Solar System’s well-lit and warm inner kingdom are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

Our Earth and Titan have nitrogen-laden atmospheres–more than 95 percent nitrogen in Titan’s case. However, unlike our own planet, Titan has very little oxygen. The rest of Titan’s atmosphere is primarily methane with trace quantities of other gases, including ethane. Furthermore, at the frigid temperatures that characterize Saturn’s great distance from the brilliant, melting heat of our Star, the methane and ethane can flow on Titan’s surface as liquid.

Because of this, planetary scientists have speculated for a very long time about the possibility of hydrocarbon lakes and seas existing on this misty orange moon-world. The data that was obtained, from the NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Cassini-Huygens mission, lived up to expectations. Ever since it arrived at the Saturn system back in 2004, after making a long and treacherous journey through interplanetary space, the heroic spacecraft revealed to the prying eyes of scientists that almost two percent of Titan’s surface is covered in liquid.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a collaborative NASA/ESA/Italian Space Agency robotic spacecraft that is currently surveying the Saturn system The spacecraft was originally constructed to carry two components. One is the ESA-designed Huygens Probe named in honor of the Dutch astronomer and mathematician Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), who discovered the moon-world Titan. Huygens also observed the famous rings of the gas-giant planet Saturn. The second component, the NASA designed Cassini Orbiter, was named for the Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Dominico Cassini (1625-1712), who discovered Saturn’s many other moons. The Cassini Orbiter reached the frigid realm of the ringed-planet on July 1, 2004, and on December 25, 2004, the Huygens Probe was deliberately separated from the Cassini Orbiter–that it had been riding piggy back–and began its slow descent down to the long-veiled surface of this mysterious, magical moon. The Huygens Probe sent back to scientists on Earth a veritable treasure chest filled with valuable information about this very secretive moon-world. At last, Titan’s hidden, veiled face was revealed. The mission will continue until 2017, when Cassini plunges down into the clouds of the planet that it has been watching for so long.

The gas-giant planet, Saturn–the second-largest planet in our Star’s family–along with its icy retinue of lovely and majestic rings, sparkling moons, and dazzling moonlets, orbits our Sun about ten times farther out than our own planet. Astronomers received their first batch of revealing information about Titan’s veiled face from the successful dive down to its surface by the Huygens Probe, that sent back to Earth amazing images as it floated down to Titan’s hydrocarbon-tormented, slashed surface. Once on the ground of this bewildering moon–whose surface has been compared to creme brulee in its consistency–the Huygens Probe continued to show scientists Titan’s strange face.

These images, when combined with other studies using instruments from the Cassini Orbiter, unmasked some of Titan’s bewitching geological features including lakes and river channels flowing with the hydrocarbons methane, ethane, and propane. Titan’s alien surface revealed eerily familiar features such as mountains and sand dunes, as well as a surface scarred with numerous craters. Titan’s waving, rippling dunes are formed from ferocious and powerful winds that blast loose particles up from Titan’s surface, only to toss them downwind. The sands of Titan are unlike the familiar sands of our own planet. Titan’s “sand” is likely composed of extremely tiny particles of solid hydrocarbons–or, perhaps, ice trapped within hydrocarbons–with a density of approximately one-third that of the sands of Earth. This indicates that, working in combination with the low density of Titan’s “sand” particles, they carry only the tiny weight of about four percent that of terrestrial sand. Titan’s particles of “sand” are about the same puny weight as freeze-dried grains of coffee.

Titan’s alien, frigid climate–including heavy hydrocarbon downpours and powerful, rushing winds–carve surface features that are eerily like those of own Earth, and it also undergoes seasonal weather variations, similar to those of our own planet. Indeed, with its pools of liquids, both on its surface and beneath its surface, along with its primarily nitrogen atmosphere, Titan sports a methane cycle that is similar to our planet’s water cycle. However, this faraway moon-world has much more frigid temperatures than those of Earth–about -179.2 degrees Celius.

This smoggy largest moon of Saturn, which is the second-largest planet in our Solar System–after the gigantic behemoth, Jupiter–is almost as big as the planet Mars! Situated in the outer kingdom of our Solar System, swathed in orange mist, and extremely cold, Titan’s chemical atmosphere is frozen. This intriguing atmosphere is made up of a mix of compounds that many scientists propose is comparable to that of Earth’s primordial atmosphere–that existed long before life had emerged (prebiotic). Titan’s bizarre orange atmosphere, that contains large amounts of “smoggy” hydrocarbons, creates a blanketing shroud of obscuring smog that is so extremely dense that it showers “gasoline-like” rain down to the truly tortured surface of this frigid moon-world.

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was the first to reach Titan back in 1980. Despite this heroic journey through interplanetary space, by one of NASA’s earliest missions, Voyager 1 failed in its efforts to obtain close-up images of Titan’s veiled surface because it was unable to cut through the obscuring dense shroud of orange smog. Voyager 1’s historic images revealed only a handful of minor color and brightness variations in Titan’s atmosphere. In 1994, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) did succeed in obtaining some revealing images of Titan’s veiled face–showing the existence of a dazzling continent dubbed Xanadu–named after the “Xanadu” mentioned in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s romantic poem Kubla Khan. Titan’s real Xanadu sparkles as if it were paved with a myriad of diamonds.

Hydrocarbon Lakes And Seas

There are three large seas on Titan, that are all situated near the moon’s north pole. These very alien hydrocarbon seas are surrounded by numerous smaller lakes pooling in the northern hemisphere. Only one solitary lake has been detected in Titan’s southern hemisphere.

The precise composition of these reservoirs of liquid remained a mystery until 2014, when the Cassini radar instrument was first used to discover Ligeia Mare, which is the second largest sea on Titan–roughly the same size as Lake Huron and Lake Michigan combined. However, Ligeia Mare is not filled with water–like Earth’s Great Lakes–but is instead methane-rich. A study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, which made use of the radar instrument in a different mode, independently confirmed this result. The study was based on data collected with Cassini’s radar instrument during flybys of Titan that occurred between 2007 and 2015,

“Before Cassini, we expected to find that Ligeia Mare would be mostly made up of ethane, which is produced in abundance in the atmosphere when sunlight breaks methane molecules apart. Instead, this sea is predominantly made of pure methane,” explained Dr. Alice Le Gall in an April 26, 2016 NASA Press Release. Dr. Le Gall is a Cassini radar team associate at the French research laboratory LATMOS, Paris, and lead author of that study.

In Titan’s atmosphere, nitrogen and methane react to form a wide variety of organic materials. Many planetary scientists propose that the heaviest materials tumble down to the surface. Dr. Le Gall and colleagues believe that when these compounds reach the sea, either by directly falling from the air, by way of rain or through Titan’s rivers, some are dissolved in the liquid methane. The insoluble compounds, such as benzene and nitriles, tumble down to the sea floor.

Presto Chango: Solving Titan’s “Magic Island” Mystery

In the extremely frigid temperatures found at Titan, cold liquid methane rains down from the sky and collects in the that moon’s strange and alien rivers. Even slight alterations in temperature, air pressure or composition can cause the nitrogen to quickly separate out of solution in a way that has been compared to the fizz that results when opening a bottle of carbonated soda.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered that the composition of Titan’s seas and lakes varies from one place to another, with some reservoirs being considerably more well-endowed than others in ethane rather than methane. “Our experiments showed that when methane-rich liquids mix with ethane-rich ones–for example from a heavy rain, or when runoff from a methane river mixes into an ethane-rich lake–the nitrogen is less able to stay in solution,” explained Dr. Michael Malaska in a March 15, 2017 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Press Release. Dr. Malaska, of the JPL, led the study.The JPL is in Pasadena, California.

This results in bubbles–many, many, many bubbles.

The liberation of nitrogen, termed exsolution, can also happen when methane seas grow slightly warmer in temperature during the seasonal changes on Titan. A fizzy frothy liquid, however, could also result in certain problems for any future robotic probe sent to swim through or float upon Titan’s hydrocarbon seas. Excess heat flowing out from a probe could potentially result in the formation of bubbles around its structures. For example, propellers used for propulsion could result in this type of fizz–making it very hard to steer the probe or even keep it stable.

Planetary scientists have proposed several potential explanations for the appearing, disappearing, reappearing “magic islands” of Titan. One of the proposals provides details about the mechanism that could be creating the enchanting, fizzy patches of bubbles–if, indeed, the bubbles really are the true cause of this magical mystery.

“Thanks to this work on nitrogen’s solubility, we’re now confident that bubbles could indeed form in the seas, and in fact may be more abundant than we’d expected,” commented Dr. Jason Hofgartner of JPL in the March 15, 2017 JPL Press Release. Dr. Hofgartner serves as a co-investigator on Cassini’s radar team, and is a co-author of the study.

While identifying how nitrogen travels between Titan’s liquid reservoirs and its atmosphere, the scientists teased the nitrogen out of a simulated ethane-rich solution, while the ethane froze to the bottom of their small, simulated Titan “lake.” Water is less dense in its solid phase than in its liquid phase. Ethane, however, is not water. As a result, ethane ice would form at the bottom of Titan’s frigid pools–and, as the ethane crystalized, it would make no room for the dissolved nitrogen gas. This is the mechanism that would make it come bubbling out.

Imagine hydrocarbon lakes, bubbling with nitrogen, on a mysterious, mystifying distant, orange, and very smoggy cold moon. This very dramatic scene becomes even more intriguing because the motion of nitrogen on Titan doesn’t travel in only one direction. This means that it has to get into the methane and ethane before it can escape.

“In effect, it’s as though the lakes of Titan breathe nitrogen. As they cool, they can absorb more of the gas, ‘inhaling.’ And as they warm, the liquid’s capacity is reduced, so they ‘exhale,'” commented Dr. Malaska in the March 15, 2017 NASA Press Release.

Something similar happens, on our own planet, with carbon dioxide absorption by Earth’s oceans.

Cassini‘s final close flyby of Titan–its 127th targeted visit–occurred on April 22, 2017. During the last flyby, Cassini sent its radar beam sweeping over Titan’s hydrocarbon seas–for the very last time.

Cassini is about to make its final farewell to the Saturn system. The last flyby over the mysterious, mystifying Titan’s surface also bent the spacecraft’s course in order for it to begin its last series of 22 dives through the gap between Saturn and its innermost rings–a final feat known as Cassini’s Grand Finale. The dramatic end will come when the 20-year-old mission concludes with Cassini’s fatal dive into the atmosphere of Saturn on September 15, 2017.

Dead Sea Cosmetics – The Best and the Rest

The Dead Sea is one of the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth, but its real draw for hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world is its natural minerals, which are fantastic for soothing and rejuvenating the skin. Luckily for those of us who can not make it to Israel for a regular dip (or float) in the mineral-rich waters, Dead Sea cosmetics are readily available around the world.

Essential Dead Sea cosmetic products include facial peels, cleansers and moisturizers. The leading companies have also developed anti-aging and restoration products that are hugely popular. In my opinion, the results obtained with the quality Dead Sea cosmetic products is better than the name-brand, chemical-based beauty products that fill the department stores, and the price is also much lower.

I only recommend products that are based on natural ingredients and enriched with the genuine, pure minerals that make the Sea so rich and unique. This is especially true if you are using the products to treat skin conditions such as Psoriasis, eczema, or acne.

Of course, the ultimate Dead Sea Beauty treatment is a mud mask. When I first visited the Sea as a teenager, we dug below the pebbles on the shore line and find the mud and smeared it all over our faces and bodies. It was messy but the feeling of our skin afterwards, was just unforghettably smooth and silky. Nowadays, I just use the prepared Mud Masks, which are purified and concentrated versions of the mud. It feels divine. Sometimes I do it with a friend as a special pampering treat and we talk and laugh as the mud works its amazing powers on our skin.

When buying a product, make sure to choose quality genuine Dead Sea Cosmetics that are produced in Israel. Quality products ensures that you will get maximum results for your skin.

Amazing Things About Galvanized Concertina Wire

Security has become one of the top concerns of the people all around the world regardless of their field. From IT industry where the information is sensitive and vulnerable to theft to farms where animals are vulnerable to attacks by predators. Everyone is finding a way to make his valuables secure from the people having bad intentions. And as necessity gives rise to innovation and invention the problem got solved by the use of fencing.

Concertina Galvanized Wire –

The friend of your security and the obstruction in enemy’s path is available in the market in different shapes and sizes. These wires can also be classified on the basis of the material that is used in their preparation because that indeed is one of the most important factor when you are concerned with security and make your mind to buy a wire for fencing. The wire that we are about to talk about is Galvanized Concertina wire. Dannert wire as it is also called is a kind of barbed or razor wire looped in large coils and expanded in a unique style giving it a look of Concertina, no guessing required where it’s name came from.

History –

These kinds of wire were used in military for making the obstructions for the enemy by using it in conjunction with plain wires and steel pickets. Its usage goes back to world war one where it was used to make obstacles by stretching it between the stakes of wood or iron. More often a double line of stakes was used which provided a better obstruction to the troops of opposite army.

More information –

In order to make the fencing efficient and strong two pieces of stainless steel razor wire or zinc coated razor wire can be cubbed into single unit. One of the most interesting characteristic about this kind of fencing is that it does not only protect the property but also beautifies the overall look of the area that it secures. In the market it is available in different diameters like 500mm, 610mm, 750mm, 1000mm, 1050mm and the range of prices that you can buy them at is huge and it all depends upon the material that is used to manufacture them.

Benefits –

Loud and clear it can give a hike to the security you wanted to secure. If at all you want to install it yourself then you chose the right type o fencing because it is very easy and conveniently to install. Today the looks of anything is very important and as mentioned above it gives a better look to your property and if at all you are in a mind to sell it, it does increase the cost of the property as well.

Conclusion –

With all the boxes of concerns checked and after getting the fencing you needed to secure the property that you built from the money that you earned by your hard work you can relax as your purpose it solved. One of the most important things that you need to keep while buying a fence is that you get it from a well known name in the area.

How to Effectively Prepare for a Video Interview

In a digital era where the world revolves around technology than ever before, more businesses are leveraging videos in their recruiting and hiring process to save time and increase productivity. Whether it’s in the construction, engineering, or environmental industry, video interviews is a winning move for companies and interviewees alike as each are able to determine whether the choice is a good fit efficiently.

Yet, just because it’s a video interview doesn’t make it less nerve wrecking or easier on your part. Preparation is vital in order to land the job of your dream particularly if this video interview is the gateway. Ensuring you’re ready in advanced positions you to win so you’re confident in your delivery and make an amazing impression with your potential employer.

Here are 5 effective tips on how to prepare for a video interview.

#1 Practice Makes Perfect!

Just as you would for an in-person interview, it’s important to go over likely questions that will be asked so you respond with conviction and belief. You see, the more you go over your answers, the poised and certain you’ll be during the interview. You’ll clearly highlight your skills and knowledge in a way that’s concise yet still showcases your expertise for the job. You also won’t fumble over your words nor get too long-winded in your response.

So we can agree that practice makes perfect. Spend the time going over common interview questions and your answers so you’re adequately prepared. Say them aloud as if you’re speaking directly to the interviewer. Review your resume to fluently share your experiences that relate to the position.

Finally, research the company and their goals. Understand their mission and the capacity in which they serve their clients. When doing so, you’ll identify how you can fit into their vision and communicate this during the video interview.

#2 Check Your Background

The surrounding area behind you can either add to your video interview or become a distraction. Be mindful of what’s behind you so it doesn’t detract or interfere with your answers. Here are a few guidelines to making sure you’re setting up your background for success:

  • Refrain from going to a coffee shop where it can get noisy during peak hours
  • Let your household know that you’re doing an interview and it’s imperative that they’re quiet and in another room. Try not to have people walking behind you in the video interview
  • An office setting is perfect or the kitchen. Be sure that it’s nice and neat in the background
  • If you opt for the desk in the bedroom, make it tidy with the bed made, clothes off the floor, etc.
  • Have adequate lighting by putting a light behind your computer so your face is illuminated. Avoid dark areas that could make it difficult to see your or casts shadows on your face

#3 Have Good Posture and Poise

Great posture emanates confidence and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Practice keeping your spine straight with your shoulders slightly pulled back for an upright posture. This position also helps your breathing which is a key factor in relieving any nervousness experienced during the video interview.

Another tip to bolstering your posture and poise is talking with your hands, however, don’t overdo it. Use them as a tool to help release any nervous energy or show your interest while answering a question.

#4 Perform a Test Run

From Skype to Google Hangouts, GoToWebinar and Zoom, there are several options employers can choose as their video technology for the interview. It’s important to test the software in advance to ensure its working properly.

For example, some applications may need to be downloaded prior to the interview if you don’t already have them installed on your computer. Avoid waiting until the day of to discover if your device is equipped or not. Know the software that will be used and perform a test run 1-2 days before the interview so you’re ready!

If possible, test it with a friend on the software that you’ll be using. Get their feedback on the lighting, surrounding background and your posture.

#5 Be Yourself!

People are seeking authenticity and transparency in an age where communication is often conveyed through technology. Allow the interviewer to experience your true personality, showing how you’ll be a real asset to the team. Don’t be afraid to exude passion and zeal for the position you’re after. Be yourself… that’s what they’re looking for!

When talking, be sure to look directly into the camera. This is equivalent to making eye contact in-person which reveals confidence and character.

Conclusion

Preparing for a video interview does not have to be a daunting task. By implementing these tips, you will create an environment for success to boost your interview performance and land you the job you desire in the construction, engineering, or environmental industry.

Pros and Cons of Using Custom Bracelets

Customized bracelets are a popular way to make the public pay more attention to your event or charity, especially appealing to a more experimental niche market. People will be self-motivated to get their own custom bracelet and generate more profit for your business.

Pros of Using Customized Rubber Bracelets

The Perfect Advertising Space

Each person who wears your bracelet will help your message reach more customers and advertise your business. This is one of the most attractive, impressive and cost-effective advertising platforms on the market. Go ahead and share your company website and logo on the bands or advertise your main sponsors and supporters to increase your customer base and boost your revenues.

Inexpensive Jewelry

Rubber bracelets are more cost-efficient than normal ones available on the market. There is a wide range of wristband materials available that can vary the cost of each band dramatically. Also, you do not have to worry about getting them wet, as they pretty much last forever. Customized bracelets can be worn virtually anywhere and their price is going down every year, making them a revolutionary tool for any promotion or event.

Attention Grabbing Bracelets

Good wristband manufacturers use full color customization. Because color plays a major role in the success of any event, you can choose trustworthy colors that will add this attention-grabbing factor to your design. Use prestigious colors, such as red, orange, green, yellow and pink for your personalized rubber bracelets to make them even more effective.

Cons of Using Some Customized Rubber Bracelets

Durability

You should definitely consider a couple of things when choosing a wristband vendor. Some manufacturers claim they are using “pure silicone” for their bracelets but this is not always the case. Many use cheap fillers such as latex, which is a material that can trigger a severe allergic reaction. Bands have to be made of high-quality silicone that can last for a longer period, so that investing on silicone bands would make sense.

Shipping Costs

The manufacturer you have chosen not always operates in your location, so you might need to pay the shipping fee for your order. There is a variety of international shipping rates, so consider them when purchasing online.

Watch Out for Poorly Skilled Custom Bracelet Providers

Your supplier has to provide you with the exact product you have purchased, but this is not always the case. There are also instances of poor customer service, delayed shipping, faded colors on the bands, etc. Don’t forget to do some research first.

Custom bracelets are helping you to achieve the customer trust you deserve. When it comes to creating unique advertising spaces to aid your cause, nothing beats the use of custom bracelets. They are one of the most practical ways to get your business to the top. Every bracelet tells a story and creates a sense of belonging among the wearers. It has a way of emphasizing on the wearer’s style and emotions. Make sure you invest in high quality items that will create a noticeable impact on everyone.

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How the Internet Changed Pizza History

Pizza has always been America’s favorite food. It’s been the subject of movies, books, and songs. This is not sustenance, but for some has become an obsessive delight. And for many Fans, this dish is a sheer and utter passion. The debate brings on an endless thirst and quest for argument, that cannot be easily quenched with just a slice or two.

People discuss their favorite pizzerias with the same emotionally charged energy as they would discuss politics or their favorite sports team. Pizza has become so entrenched into the culture that it is easy to forget, pizza was once simply peasant food. It was for many years, enjoyed by the lower echelons of society, who could afford little else.

For most of the long and romantic history, this was a regional dish. The great pies in New York stayed in New York. The inside secrets of the best New York pizza remained in the boroughs and neighborhoods where it was created. There would be an occasional newspaper or magazine article. Television and radio reporters would sporadically discuss slices on regional and local venues. However, unless you visited New York and knew where to look, these inside secrets remained mysteries to the rest of the country.

The pies in New Haven stayed in New Haven. Frank Pepe began making pizza in 1925. Sally’s founded by Franks, nephew, Salvatore Consiglio, came into being a decade later. Modern Apizza, also in New Haven developed their own incredible masterpieces. Up the road in Derby, Connecticut, Roseland Apizza had created their own brand of incredible cuisine, independently of anyone else.

Most people outside of New Haven were clueless to the pizza being created there. This was true for most of the residents of the entire state. Most Connecticut residents had never thought of traveling to New Haven to eat pizza. And why would they? They had their own great pizza, or so they thought.

And so it had been across the country. State by state, region by region. From the East Coast to the Heartland. From the Deep South to the West Coast. From Chicago to Los Angeles. From Portland to Louisiana. Pizza made in that region stayed in that region. There was no cross over. No sharing of pizza ideas.

The only way you discovered regional pizza was by knowing someone who lived there or by traveling yourself to a particular area and searching it out. Other than that, pizza was regionalized remained hidden and undiscovered.

This was true not only of the United States but across the entire planet. Pizzerias in Italy, all of Europe and other continents hid their pizza secrets to all but the fortunate residents and random traveler.

However, things were about to change. Enter the great game changer. The Big Kahuna of Information was about to turn regionalized pizza into a global point of argument and dialogue.

The floodgates of the great pizza symposium were opened. The Internet was the single biggest catalyst to educate, inform and open the debate of how to make pizza and where to find great pizza. The earth had truly become a global village of pizza. Now various countries, regions cities and towns were able to showcase their own marvel of pizza.

Slowly at first, websites were created. Here and there pizza was discussed. Pizza making secrets were shared. People became aware of pizza in other areas. Pizza Forums and blogs picked up the banner. And today you will find hundreds and hundreds of pizza related websites, blogs and discussion forums. All of these information portals share insights and knowledge about pizza.

Finally pizza lovers across the globe had a common voice. Pizza was given a common arena of deliberation and examination.

And we are just getting started. More pizza blogs and websites are created daily. All with their own unique pizza perspective, individual recommendations, pizza picks and pans. The pizza debate continues.

I don’t want to discount the many books on pizza, which assisted in the process of promoting the joys of pizza. Certainly, Peter Reinhart’s American Pie, My Search for the Perfect Pizza fueled the fire of pizza information. Ed Levine created a master piece with A Slice of Heaven. Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby with their pizza tribute Everybody Loves Pizza made a huge statement.

However, even the Internet assisted with the promotion of these books and allowed for more seasoned debate about pizza. Now you did not have to go out to purchase a book. If you found a pizza book you liked, you could just order it online and have delivered right to your door.

As much as the Internet did to create knowledge about countless unknown pizzerias, it became a way to show people how to make pizza. For the first time pizza fans could learn recipes and techniques from home. They could discuss and even ask questions. And if that weren’t enough the advent of video allowed pizza fans to learn pizza making by seeing it demonstrated in front of their eyes. And if they missed something the first time around, they could watch it again and again.

Some of the pizza information was free, while others (myself included) created their own pizza e-books for sale.

There were a number of pizza fans who decided to take pizza making to the next level by opening their own pizzeria. I have been shocked and surprised at the number of world class pizzaioli who revealed to me, they first learned pizza making from the Internet.

This has happened to me on a number of occasions. I arrived at a pizzeria restaurant, looking forward to a classic pizza. I had the pizza, I loved the pizza, and when I asked the owner where they learned to make pizza, they proudly declared: they learned all about pizza making directly from the Internet.

And so that’s how the Internet changed Pizza History. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Accept, Adapt, and Move Forward

Our cats have taught us some valuable lessons in these areas this past fall and into the present. In January, we said goodbye to our beloved kitty, Gabrielle, after a sudden, heartbreaking illness. Now, after losing an eye to cancer this summer, our 14-year-old cat, Midnight, is nearing the end of his physical journey with us.

One big lesson I’ve learned from all of this is that animals adapt. They don’t whine about ailments and over analyze why this is happening to them. They accept, adapt and move forward the best way they can with their “new normal”.

When Midnight had his eye removed last summer, it was traumatic for all of us, but mostly for him! He was on pain killers for a while, had to wear a cone and was separated from his feline family for 2 weeks. With lots of love he recovered quite nicely. He was accepted back into his little kitty family, gained back any weight lost and got on with his daily activities. Hugs, pets, num nums, lounging in the sun and luxurious naps returned.

He simply adapted to his new normal as a one-eyed cat and moved on with his life. He made the best of his situation. He still has an amazing life with a loving family and sometimes annoying cat siblings.

I think there’s a lesson for us humans. Of course, life will bring us lots of experiences, some wanted and some not, but it is our perception of these experiences that shapes our lives. We can be the victim of our circumstances or we can rise above.

We get to choose whether we label our experiences as good or bad and then whether we ruminate over the “bad” ones. Or, we can just stop with the labels. What if we thought about these experiences as just moments in our life. Each experience is proof that we are living, learning, growing and moving forward in our life.

With each experience, we are growing. In times when everything is going our way, we learn what we want to keep thinking and doing. Then come some of the most valuable lessons, those we learn when we hit a bump in the road and things aren’t going so well. That’s where we learn to adapt. We learn to course correct.

We don’t have to label this as good or bad, we simply need to accept that this is what is right now. We can take a moment to breathe and evaluate the situation. Remember that in times of stress, we pinch ourselves off from our own intuition and inspiration. Give yourself space. Be kind to yourself as you settle into acceptance, but then choose to move forward.

Midnight’s cancer has spread and his tumor is growing. There’s nothing we can do for him, but love him and make him comfortable. And still, my brave kitty is loving life. Sitting on our laps, enjoying the sun and not worrying one iota about what’s going to happen next. He’s in his moment knowing he is loved no and forever.

Today, take a moment to breathe. Appreciate the wonder that is you and your life. Make space for inspired action. Course correct when necessary. I wish you joy on your journey. Over the straight still paths and the bumpy winding roads, may you find the peace of acceptance, the will to adapt, and the curiosity and bravery to move forward! –glp

Five Most Commonly Used Metals

As much as people love to call it a digital age, the fact is that we still live in the metal age. Despite the invention and over-usage of plastic in most industrial applications, metals still rule manufacturing industries. The whole process of transforming ores into smooth shiny surfaces of useful products can be quite expensive and time consuming. Yet, the quality and durability is unsurpassed by anything else. There are many companies which offer services such as contract slitting, shearing, stamping and OEM slitting.

The usage of metals is not just limited to one industry or area of application, in fact they are used in variety of areas including both domestic and industrial. Let us take a look at five of the most commonly used metals and their properties.

Iron:

Iron is the most commonly used metal in the world, and probably one the most abundant in the earth’s crust. It is also one of the metals found abundantly in the human body. Therefore, it also has medicinal uses as well. One main reason behind its wide industrial use is its usage in the making of steel, which is one of the strongest and stainless materials. The iron is well known for its even-heating property.

Aluminum:

The most abundant element in the earth’s crust is also one of the most commonly used in the world. One particular reason behind this is the metal’s low density and corrosion resistivity. Its uses vary from every day household usage, such as tin cans and aluminum foils, to heavy industrial and manufacturing applications, such as automobiles and aircraft industry. It is also used in solid rocket fuel and thermite.

Copper:

Being known as one of the earliest metals discovered by man, copper still is among one of the widely used metals in the word. It was also one of the earliest metals to be used for making tools and even coinage. This is because it is ductile and easy to work with. Copper is mostly used in the form of alloys because it is too soft to be used in its pure form. It is a good conductor of heat and electricity. Therefore, it is mostly used in wirings and piping.

Titanium:

Already known as the space age metal, titanium is expected to replace most of the metals used around the industries today. However, its expensive and difficult mining process is keeping it from being used so commonly as Aluminum or steel. Titanium is found to be stronger, durable and corrosion resistive in comparison to steel. It has the highest strength to weight ratio of all the metals. All these properties, along with its light weight, make it an ideal metal for spacecrafts and military jets. Typically, it is used in making highly water -resistant diving watches.

Zinc:

Unlike other commonly used metals, zinc is hard and brittle. It is anti corrosive, and therefore it is primarily used in galvanization, for example coating of iron and steel. It is also used in batteries along with lead.