Archives for the day of: March 15, 2011

Friends are angels
who bring sunshine and warmth
to brighten our days;
they give us hope and happiness
in many wonderful ways.

They wrap us in their wings,
offering comfort and love,
and they bring us
blessings from above.

Their smiles mysteriously
summon the sun,
and fill our lives with
endless fun.

Friends are like angels,
an angel like you,
and I’m glad that I found
a friend in you.

Three Simple Ways to Save on Medical Expenses
by David Bakke
When it comes to medical expenses, you probably think that there aren’t too many ways that you can save money. Other than choosing the best and most efficient health care program for you and your family, what can you really do? Well, I recently had a few unexpected trips to the doctor’s office and I came up with three simple ways that one can save on medical expenses. Personally, I do one of these very well and two of them I don’t do well at all. The ones that I don’t do well have cost me significant amounts of money in the recent past.

A Healthier Lifestyle

This one is simple. Simple to define that is, but maybe a little more difficult to achieve. If you cannot live a completely healthy lifestyle, how about if we at least try to approach living a healthier lifestyle. Let’s say you smoke cigarettes, your 20 pounds overweight and you like to drink alcohol on the weekends. Exercise in your life is minimal, and fast food is the norm. So, is it feasible to think that you can give up all of these vices and start living, eating and breathing a healthier life? Of course not. So, depending on where you are on the healthy lifestyle scale, let’s just try to get moving in the right direction.

Replace as much red meat in your diet as you can with fruit, vegetables, and lean meats like grilled/baked chicken, turkey, and non-breaded fish..
If you smoke, stop or cut back as much as you can. Same with drinking. If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day, try the weaning off method of reducing it to six a day, then four, then two, until you’re craving slowly subsides. I know, it sounds easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere
If you don’t exercise, start. At least something. Walk around the block for 20 minutes three times a week and build from there.
Cut back as much as you possibly can on fast food, processed foods and soft drinks. The best way to do this is to brown bag it for lunch during the week.
Drink more water.
When you’re Sick, Go To the Doctor!

Sounds simple enough, but I think it is easier said than done for a lot of us. Maybe this is just a “guy” thing, and if it is, it’s probably also an “ego” thing. It happens with me almost every time I start to get sick. All of a sudden I become an expert in medicine and I decide that if I just “wait it out” I can avoid having to pay to go to the doctor. Sure, it has worked before…maybe 10% of the time. The result? I wait until I am sick as a dog, and when I go to the doctor, I am diagnosed with a much more advanced case of whatever it is that I have. This, in turn, results in more prescriptions for longer periods of time, and more than likely a follow up visit. This usually doubles the cost of my doctor’s visit. So there you go–when you’re not feeling good, don’t wait and suffer…go to the doctor.

Then, Use As Directed

OK, so, I finally make it to the doctor and they send me off with handful of prescriptions. Again, the “medical expert” in me rears its ugly head. Suddenly I know which meds I need to take and which ones I don’t need to fill. Because half of these are things I don’t really need anyway. Also, I come up with the bright idea of not finishing my meds. Why? So I can save them up and try to avoid a doctor’s visit the next a similar illness arises (because I can diagnose myself, right?!). Again, I think this might be more of a guy thing and their stubbornness. My point is this. Once you go to the doctor, take their advice. Fill the prescriptions that they give you and finish them. By not doing so, you put yourself at risk for illnesses that linger (which can have serious health consequences) and the cost of additional follow-up visits.

Nothing is more fulfilling to me than finding ways to save money in an area that I first thought was impossible. Medical expenses is one of them. Improve the quality of the lifestyle that you live, go to the doctor when you don’t feel well, and follow their directions afterwards, and you should find that you’ll be spending less in this area.

Any other good ideas you have for saving on medical expenses?

In the world of romance, one single rule applies:
Make the woman happy.

Do something she likes and you get points.
Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted.

You don’t get any points for doing something she expects. Sorry, that’s the way the game is played.

Here is a guide to the point system:

You make the bed (+1)
You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillow (0)
You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets (-1)
You go out to buy her what she wants (+5) in the rain (+8)
But return with beer (-5)
You check out a suspicious noise at night (+1)
You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing (0)
You check out a suspicious noise and it is something (+5)
You pummel it with iron rod (+10)
It’s her pet (-20)

You stay by her side the entire party (0)
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with an old school friend (-2)
Named Tina (-10)
Tina is a dancer (-20)
Tina has silicone implants (-80)

You take her out to dinner (+2)
You take her out to dinner and it’s not a sports bar (+3)
Okay, it’s a sports bar (-2)
And it’s all-you-can-eat night (-3)
It’s a sports bar, it’s all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colors of your favorite team (-10)

You take her to a movie (+1)
You take her to a movie she likes (+3)
You take her to a movie you hate (+6)
You take her to a movie you like (-2)
It’s called ‘Death Cop’ (-3)
You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans (-15)

You develop a noticeable potbelly (-15)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts (-30)
You say, “It doesn’t matter, you have one too.” (-8000)

She asks, “Do I look fat?” (-5) (Yes, you lose points no matter what)
You hesitate in responding (-10)
You reply, “Where?” (-35)
Any other response (-20)

When she wants to talk about a problem, you listen, displaying what looks like a concerned expression (0)
You listen, for over 30 minutes (+50)
You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV (+500)
She realizes this is because you have fallen asleep (-4000)

5 Things Your Bikini Waxer Won’t Tell U
By Christie Griffin

1. Pop a couple Aspirin 45 minutes before the appointment.
This is a brilliant ouch!-reducing strategy because not only do over-the-counter painkillers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen help reduce the feeling of pain, but they have anti-inflammatory components too.

2. Don’t schedule your wax right before your period.
Your skin is more sensitive during this time of your cycle, so try to get the wax done at least three days before you’re supposed to start menstruating. And don’t even think about making an appointment during your period — not only is that icky for the technician, but a lot of places have a “no period policy.”

3. Avoid working out or wearing tight clothing right away.
Nothing kills the buzz of a bare (or barer) hoo-ha like a bunch of pimples on your privates. That’s what can happen if you work out within 48 hours after a waxing session because your “born again” (i.e., hairless) skin is extra sensitive to sweat, bacteria, and chafing from your shorts or pants. Plus: Wearing tight clothing like leggings or jeggings can increase the chances of ingrown hairs because they can reroute hair back down and under the skin instead of growing out. Some dermatologists have even noted seeing an increase in ingrowns since the legging trend became so popular.

4. Your “aim” might be off afterward, so hover carefully.
We’re not suggesting you actually sit on a mysterious toilet seat…but to avoid wet thighs or pants, be extra low and careful while squatting. Because your hair down there used to help control things, it’s common for your stream to be a little wacky after your wax.

5. Schedule your appointment between 3 and 5 p.m.
Your pain threshold is the highest at this point in the day. The stuff that would make you yelp at 10 a.m. will only make you wince a little now.

Source: Shoba NYC Salon

7 dont’s after a meal
by Rahul
Thu Sep 07, 2006
* Don’t smoke- Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

* Don’t eat fruits immediately – Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.

* Don’t drink tea – Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.

* Don’t loosen your belt – Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.

* Don’t bathe – Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

* Don’t walk about – People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.

* Don’t sleep immediately – The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.

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Salad Fixing Ideas to Liven Up Your Meal
by Saurabh
Wed Mar 04, 2009

Whenever you are fixing a salad, there are always a few ingredients that instantly come to mind. There is really no helping it, you will either think of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. You are possibly thinking of cheese and your favorite dressing too, but in any case, all of those ingredients are already too cliché. You can be very creative when it comes to salads too, and we get to explore other salad fixing ideas through this article.

When you go visit your favorite salad bar, I bet the first thing you will see is the lettuce section. As a matter of fact, creativity starts with this basic ingredient among salads. Chances are that the salad bar you frequent will contain other types of lettuce. Instead of choosing the one you like, try mixing them all up. The taste difference can be subtle, but this is where it all starts.

Next, try adding more of those vibrant colored vegetables into your salad. If you think about it, vegetables with different colors not only act as a decoration to your meal but can be very appetizing as well. Carrots and peppers look nice in a salad, or opt in for some “bloom” by adding in broccolis, cauliflowers or mushrooms too.

Most vegetables used in stir fry are also perfect as salad fixings. Zucchinis and baby ears of corn are perfect examples. Most people don’t even think about adding these ingredients for a salad, but actually they contribute a great deal of flavor if added into the mix.

All in all, a salad can be fixed with just about any vegetable you can think of. There is a reason why salads are considered to be very healthy meals, and are used frequently by those who are in diet or watching their weights. Just think about the nutritional value of each salad serving, especially when you add all the fixings just mentioned above.

It is not only vegetables that add nutritional value to a salad. For a really well rounded meal, you can also add fruit into the mix. Most salad bars contain apples, pineapples and bananas. Other than these, there are also a couple of berry types you can use. Dried fruits like raisins or prunes add a lot of flavor to the mix. Generally, fruits are sweet and can really satisfy your palate. They add a lot of vitamins and minerals too, which means you’re adding more nutrition to your meal besides those from the vegetables.

Lastly, it’s worth considering also those toppings you see at the end of the salad bar line. Seeds, nuts and meat bits populate this area and instead of just going with the conventional cheese, why not add these ingredients too? You’ll be surprised at how much flavor they can contribute to your salad. The trick is just to experiment, and you’ll soon have your new favorites at the end of the meal.

In summary, when it comes to salad fixings, the sky is really the limit to how much experiment you can do. It’s hard to break a tried and tested recipe, but as you try new things you might have never imagined eating in a salad, you’ll soon find the new ingredients worth the taste too. Give those neglected fixings a chance, it’s really much better and more fun that way.

Author : Letty Velasco