Light Bulb Conversion Guide
Converting your home from incandescent bulbs to LED or CFL means changing the way you shop for light bulbs. You used to be able to look at your light fixture, see how many watts were recommended, go to your store, and buy the appropriate bulb. But now, LED (light emitting diodes) and CFL (compact fluorescents) are categorized by lumens. What are lumens? If your light fixture requires a 60-watt bulb, which LED bulb do you purchase? This guide will answer these questions and show you the easiest way to convert from incandescent light bulbs to LED or CFL.
Converting Your Light Bulbs:
Wattage measures energy used:
Contrary to popular belief, wattage does not measure how bright a light bulb is; it measures how much energy the bulb uses. And since the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of the energy they require by giving off heat, they require more watts than the newer bulbs to create the same amount of brightness. Traditionally, incandescent bulbs were rated between 40 and 100 watts. Now, LED and CFL bulbs can create the same amount of brightness with a fraction of the energy, so their wattage rating will be much lower — usually between 5 and 25 watts.
Lumens measure brightness:
Lumens are the rating measurement for brightness, so the more lumens, the brighter the bulb. When choosing the right LED or CFL bulb for your fixture, you will want to concentrate on the lumens rather than the wattage because the wattage measurements for the different types of bulbs are so different. For example, a 60-watt incandescent bulb produces 800 lumens of light, but an LED bulb that produces the same amount of brightness only requires 15 watts.
Converting wattage to lumens:
Though some LED and CFL bulbs are listed with their wattage equivalent, it is important to know how to convert the wattage your incandescent bulbs use to lumens and the wattage your new bulbs will require. Here is a table to help you find the corresponding lumens and wattage to your old incandescent bulbs.
For example: To replace a 60-watt incandescent light bulb, choose an LED or CFL bulb that gives you 800 lumens. The wattage will be between 13 and 15 watts. Just make sure that the base of the light bulb is the same shape and size, and it will fit into your light ficture perfectly.
Does Your Wife Want to Sleep With Another Man?
Sleeping with someone outside a relationship isn’t always bad. So does your wife want to sleep with another man? Are you ready for it?
For most couples, an urge to sleep with someone outside the relationship spells nothing but doom.
But is that really a bad thing?
Well, truthfully, we’re all unique and every relationship in the world, as perfect as it may seem on the outside, is still riddled with secrets and fetishes.
What you may consider immoral could seem tame to someone else.
So for starters, don’t be judgmental.
As long as any desire doesn’t hurt your partner or affect them negatively, everything is just perfect in a relationship.
If your wife wants to sleep with another man, would you be fine with that?
Are you considering the options or wondering about the repercussions?
Sleeping with someone outside the relationship
Contrary to popular belief, the urge to have sex with another person doesn’t always arise out of dissatisfaction and mistrust, but instead it arises out of trust and complete understanding of each other’s needs, romantically and sexually.
Would you prefer a wife who would have an affair with another man behind your back or a wife who would tell you that her sexual desires feel incomplete?
Well, what’s the difference, you say? True, at the end of the day, your wife is having sex with another man in either case, whether she cheats on you or indulges in it with your consent. But when trust comes into the picture, it’s a whole different story.
Is it acceptable for your wife to sleep with another man?
Let’s face it. All of us have sexual desires. And at times, we’re all going to get bored of seeing the same package in bed all the time, even if it’s the sexiest thing in the world. Humans, by nature, love variety.
The urge to sleep with someone outside the relationship is even more desirable for school or college sweethearts who have been together since college and haven’t really had sex with too many people other than their own partners. It’s a temptation that would always gnaw you from the inside.
Deep inside, if any sexually active person says they can’t think of anyone other than their own lover in bed or can’t fantasize about anyone else, all of us know they’re just lying.
So coming to think of it, if both partners love each other and understand each other’s sexual demands, is it really so bad to involve someone else in bed?
Are you ready to let your wife have sex with someone else?
Sleeping with another person outside the relationship isn’t all cute and sexy. It’s actually one of the most dangerous things to do in a relationship. Here are a few questions to think about that can tell you if you’re ready for it.
#1 Why does your wife want to do it really?
Have a frank conversation with your wife. Why does she want to have sex with another man? Are you satisfied with her answer?
#2 Are you spicing up both your sex lives or is this an easy affair?
Sometimes, a bad lover could use an excuse like this to have an affair right under your nose. Do you know the guy your wife wants to have sex with? Does it sound like an affair in the making here? It’s always preferable to use a guy you meet on a vacation instead of a friendly neighbor.
#3 How’s your relationship?
Are you happy and completely in love with each other? Is this a sexual fantasy that both of you have had? If you think your wife is too sexy to be enjoyed just by you and have a secret fantasy to watch your wife getting creamed by another man, well, you’re definitely not alone.
#4 Are both of you ready for the consequences?
As scary as it sounds, letting your wife sleep with another man can be a lot of fun only if both of you have set firm ground rules and have spoken to each other about every nagging doubt. If you’re faced with an awkward situation the next morning and you can’t look into each other’s eyes, you’ve obvious gone wrong with the ground rules.
Testing your relationship survival skills – The big test
Can your relationship survive another man in bed? Well, here is a cleaner way to test the waters and see if you’re both ready.
Don’t let your wife walk away into another man’s arms just yet. Almost always, a fantasy in your head always feels sexier than real life. Try these tests in real life first.
Test #1 Have webcam sex.
Have you ever had sex while streaming it via a webcam? Meet a random couple online or log onto an adult webcam site like Chatroulette *above 18 area* and see if both of you enjoy having sex while being watched? Does it freak you out knowing that someone else is seeing you and your partner in the nude and probably whacking off too? Just a note of caution here, don’t show off your faces while chatting via a webcam.
Test #2 Have sex with another couple in bed.
Invite a sexually exciting and fun couple into your home for a stay over and get drunk together. Lead the games to bed so that both couples end up having sex in the same bed.
Test #3 Gift your wife a massage on a vacation.
And we don’t mean just any massage, gift her a full body massage with a male masseur and a happy ending.
Test #4 Let your wife party on her own. Let your wife go out with her own friends and even hook up with a few guys and make out with them. And ask her to share the stories of lusty events at the nightclub with you.
Results to the test – So how did you fare?
# How do you feel?
During each of the tests, how did you feel about it? Did it sexually excite you and make your hornier? Or were you just upset?
# Can you handle it?
Could you watch your wife with another man without feeling insecure or jealous? Or were you just happy to see your wife having fun?
# Does your wife like it?
Now this matters too. Did your wife enjoy the experiences?
# Are you angry?
Does watching your woman with someone else bother you, or does it give you a new sexual surge in your libido?
Playing safe while sleeping with someone else
If you’re both happy to have indulged in the sexual experiences mentioned here, you’re probably ready for more. But just to ensure that you’re not jeopardizing your relationship on shaky grounds, take it one notch higher without sending your wife away on a vacation with another man just yet.
It’s easier and safer, and as both of you would still be next to each other, either of you can back away when things get awkward.
Just to make things even, if your wife wants to sleep with another man, by swinging first, you get to sleep with another woman too. By doing this, your wife can understand what exactly you’d feel if she were to sleep with another man. Swapping partners can help both of you understand the feelings and emotions involved on equal grounds without being unfairly judgmental.
Four things to watch out for after your wife has sex with another man
If both of you think you’re ready to explore the horizons of sex by sleeping with other people, here are a few things to watch out for, the morning after.
#1 Second thoughts.
You may have second thoughts about the whole arrangement. Or you may even regret it if both of you weren’t entirely ready to bring the sexual fantasy to real life.
#2 Panic and anxiety.
Ever watched the move, Indecent Proposal? Well, that’s panic attack for you if both of you aren’t sure of what either of you want.
#3 Fear of losing each other.
Would you feel insecure if your wife has explosive sex with another man? Would you be more afraid if the guy is a friend?
#4 Anger at your wife’s wants.
Would you look at it as a sexual high like never before or would you just blame your wife for wanting to be a whore after it’s all done?
What happens next?
Well, both of you could enjoy it.
Or it could spell disaster.
Having sex with someone outside the relationship can be sexy and dandy if it’s done with serious considerations. If not, it may make both of you drift away from each other and into another person’s bed if one of you isn’t happy with the results. It’s all about emotional security and trust. If both of you love each other a lot and don’t mind having sex with others because you genuinely want your partner to enjoy great sex and fulfill their sexual desires, it’s never a bad thing as long as that’s what both of you want.
And if you do see your partner orgasming better or having a better time with someone else in bed, you have to realize that it’s the sexual fantasy that’s more of a turn on than the guy she’s having sex with.
If you or your wife wants to have sex with someone else, you’re not a mentally disturbed deviant. Some couples like the idea while some couples don’t. To each their own.
So if you don’t like it, stay away from it instead of ruining your relationship. And if you do want your wife to sleep with another man, go right ahead but only after you’ve given careful considerations of the things mentioned here, and you’ll truly be ready for that next step.
So does your wife want to have sex with another man? Well, sit down with your partner and give these questions and tests a serious consideration. And if you’re ready, go on and explore your sexual desires.
The best free anti-spyware and anti-malware software 2016
Defeat online irritants and net nasties with these fantastic freebies.
The best anti-spyware and anti-malware
Using an internet-connected PC without anti-spyware and anti-malware protection is rather like walking through the bad bit of town covered in bling, waving big wads of notes around and shouting "I am very bad at fighting!" Luckily you don't need to have big wads of notes to ensure that you don't get ripped off through your router or mugged via modem: as we'll discover in our feature, there are plenty of seriously good PC protection apps that you can get for absolutely nothing.
1. BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
BitDefender provides a simple, hassle-free way to keep your PC safe from malware
Discreet protection from online security threats, BitDefender is the best anti-malware around
BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition is the strong, silent type. This anti-spyware and anti-malware tool doesn't even ask questions when you install it. What it does instead is use a range of tactics to identify bad things. It has B-Have, which looks for apps behaving badly; link scanning to identify cons; proactive malware and spyware scanning that can detect threats nobody has encountered before; and boot scanning every time you start your PC.
Ad-free, nag-free and hassle-free, it's a great product that runs quickly and silently while you get on with something more interesting.
Its comprehensive suite of tools to protect your PC makes BitDefender our top pick.
2. Panda Free Antivirus
Panda Free Antivirus uses cloud servers to lighten the load on your PC's resources
Cloud-based protection from malware and spyware that takes the pressure off your PC's processor
We're big fans of Panda's security products, and Panda Free Antivirus is smarter than ever before. It's cloud-based, with all the heavy lifting happening on Panda's servers - so the load on your PC is lessened considerably.
As ever there are paid anti-spyware and anti-malware products that offer more features - Wi-Fi scanning, password management, encryption, parental controls and so on - but Panda offers excellent real-time protection and is ridiculously simple to use.
If your PC is a little underpowered, Panda could be the anti-spyware and anti-malware tool for you.
3. AVG AntiVirus Free
AVG AntiVirus Free presents frequent pop-ups, but is a reliable security solution
10 steps to heal a broken heart
The searing pain of a failed relationship is the greatest suffering many of us will ever experience. Now, leading hypnotist Paul McKenna and psychotherapist Dr Hugh Willbourn claim they can teach you to mend a broken heart. Using their unique 10 step method, you can remove emotional pain and feel free to enjoy life fully again - in days.
• ACCEPT THE PAIN
Accept that you will have to go through some pain. It is an unavoidable truth that if you loved enough to be heartbroken, you have to experience some suffering.
When you lose something that mattered to you, it is natural and important to feel sad about it: that feeling is an essential part of the healing process.
The problem with broken-hearted people is that they seem to be reliving their misery over and over again. If you cannot seem to break the cycle of painful memories, the chances are that you are locked into repeating dysfunctional patterns of behaviour. Your pain has become a mental habit. This habit can, and must, be broken.
This is not to belittle the strength of your feelings or the importance of the habits you've built up during your relationship. Without habit, none of us would function. But there comes a time when the pain becomes unhealthy.
When you enter your bedroom at night, you switch on the light without thinking. If you obsess about your ex, and feel unhappy all the time, it's likely that your unconscious mind is 'switching on' your emotions in exactly the same way.
Without realising it, you have programmed yourself to feel a pang of grief every time you hear that tune you danced to, or see your ex's empty chair across the kitchen table.
• CHANGE YOUR HABITS
Now you have to break those connections. Turn off the music that reminds you of your ex. Make your home look and feel different from when your loved one was around. Move the furniture.
Take up a new activity. And keep moving: exercise is the single most effective therapy for depression.
The point of these changes is to break up the old associations and give yourself a new environment for your new life. The changes you make don't have to be permanent. Even if it is just using a different shampoo and deleting your ex's number from the memory of your mobile, change something. Now.
• CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS
The next step is to do the same thing on the inside - transform your habits of thought. In a relationship, we build up a huge array of such habits. When the love affair ends, these patterns can still be running.
To change your thinking habits, you need to understand a little more about them.
Have you ever witnessed the same event as someone else, and later found out their account of it was completely different from yours? Each of you saw the event through a 'frame', made up of your personal beliefs, feelings and internal habits.
If you are finding it devastatingly difficult to handle the end of your relationship, you may need to change this 'frame'. You will need to reframe your heartbreak. Stop seeing it as the end of your happiness. Instead, turn it into a challenge; view it as an opportunity.
Being heartbroken can make you feel worthless and hopeless - but that is because the frame you are using is too narrow. Learning to see your situation with a different frame is a wonderful liberation.
• VIEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP FROM THE OUTSIDE
The following exercise will help you look at your circumstances from different points of view, so you gain helpful insights.
1. Think about the break-up of your relationship. What are the judgments or generalisations you have made about yourself and your ex?
2. Now think of someone you admire - a character from history or a real friend. Imagine they are watching a movie of this part of your life, and step into their shoes to watch it instead. Imagine what their comments would be.
3. Now imagine that a neutral observer is watching the movie of your life. Step into their shoes and watch it from there.
4. Notice the differences that you see from each point of view. Which ones are helpful? Which ones make you feel better? Use these perspectives to view your relationship in a new light.
People who get over difficulties well rarely see what has happened to them as a disaster. They frame it as a challenge. It is a matter of a point of view. It is not what happens to us, but how we interpret it that determines the outcome for us.
• CHANGE HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF AND HIM
The next stage is to focus on your mental picture of your lost love. By changing how you represent your ex in your mind, you can greatly reduce or even eliminate your distress.
You must learn to control your 'visualisation'. Every single one of us makes pictures in our imagination - and we can all learn how to change the pictures. It is important to learn to do this, because our bodies react to what we imagine in the same way that they react to what is actually happening to us. Memory and imagination affect our feelings in the same way as reality does.
We are constantly altering our state by the pictures we make in our imagination and the way we talk to ourselves. So it is vital to control those pictures and not let them run away with our feelings.
• CHANGE HOW YOU SEE YOUR PAST
1. Answer the following question. Which side of your front door is the lock on? To answer, you have had to make a mental picture of the door. You have made a visualisation.
2. Now try to imagine what your front door would look like if it was bright orange or had yellow stripes down it. Make it bigger. Move it away so that it is smaller. Move it further away and down a bit so you are looking down on it. Make it open. Change it in different ways.
3. Think about your ex now. As soon as you remember what someone looks like, you are using visualisation. What is the expression on his or her face? Observe what your ex is wearing and what he or she is doing. Where do you see the picture of them? In front of you, or to the left or the right? Is it lifesize or smaller? Is it a movie or a still image? Is it solid or transparent? Now, as you keep that image in your mind's eye, notice the feelings that arise. Make a note of those feelings.
4. Now you could remember or imagine them differently. You can imagine you are a great film director. You can reshoot the scenes of your memory and imagination in any way you want. You can change the action, soundtrack, lighting, camera angles, framing, focus and speed. Change how you are visualising your ex and notice how it affects your feelings.
5. Bring to mind the picture you had of your ex.
6. Notice where it appears and how big it is.
7. Now drain the colour out until it looks like an old black and white picture.
8. Move the image further away until it is one-tenth of its original size.
9. Shrink it even further, right down to a little black dot.
10. Notice how your feelings have changed and compare how you feel now to the note you made earlier.
You will notice that some changes have a bigger effect than others. Images that are closer, bigger, brighter and more colourful have greater emotional intensity than those that are duller, smaller and further away.
Standing outside your memories and watching as if they were a movie helps you distance yourself from them.
• FALL OUR OF LOVE - FOR GOOD
Now you are ready to tackle the central problem using the visualisation technique. Part of being heartbroken is the fact that you still feel in love. It hurts because part of you is still attached to your ex. This exercise helps that piece of you release itself.
1. List five occasions when you felt very in love with your ex. List them so you can easily call them to mind.
2. Start with the first of those memories. Play with it. Move the image away from you so that you can see yourself in the picture. Make it small.
3. Drain out the colour so it is black and white, then make it transparent. When you look at your memory like this, it will seem as if the event is happening to someone else, and the emotional intensity will be reduced still further. You are starting to re-code your memory.
4. When you have finished re-coding the first memory, do the same for the next one. Work through them until you have done all five.
5. Remember in detail five negative experiences with your expartner, where you felt very definitely put off by him or her. List the five experiences.
6. Take the least appealing memory and fully return to that moment. Try to relive it.
7. Now turn up the colour and the clarity. Make the memory as bright and clear as you can, and experience the feelings more and more strongly.
8. Go through each of the other four negative memories of your ex-partner, and relive them. Carry on until even thinking about them puts you off.
When you think about the bad experiences again and again, the negative memories begin to join up so that there is no space between them for the feelings of love, yearning and regret.
Concentrate on the exercise and do it methodically. Some people have found that doing this just once makes them feel different. To make sure the effect sticks, do it every day for two weeks.
• UNDERSTAND YOUR EMOTIONS
The next stage is to learn to understand your emotional reactions better. Your feelings of heartbreak are unlikely to disappear unless you cope with what they are trying to tell you.
An emotion is a bit like someone knocking on your door to deliver a message. If you don't answer, it keeps knocking until you do open up.
Opening the door to your feelings means learning to understand them. This can be hard, because heartbreak is complicated by other feelings: anger, fear and shame.
• BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL FIND LOVE AGAIN
You could fall into the trap of remaining convinced that your ex is the only person you could ever love. This is unlikely to be true on a planet with six billion people.
So why do you believe it? Can it be because you are desperately trying to avoid accepting that the relationship is over? Or are you afraid that the bad feelings associated with heartbreak will never go away?
That fear makes you anxious, and keeps you feeling bad for longer. The burden of your heartbreak has grown heavier, and a vicious circle has been established.
• LIVING HAPPILY AFTER YOUR BREAK-UP
A good way of giving yourself a boost - and coping with complicated feelings - is to imagine a bright future.
1. Imagine the future as a corridor in front of you. Imagine walking down it, away from the present, towards a door.
2. Open the door, and see beyond it a world in which you have recovered from your heartbreaking relationship.
3. See what you look like, what you are wearing, where you are going, whom you are seeing.
4. Now step into this new world and into the new happy you. Imagine the whole experience from the inside, seeing what you would see, hearing what you would hear, and feeling how good and happy things are now.
It is not a matter of believing the image is real: just imagine it as vividly as possible.
In heartbreak, there is often a backlog of emotional learning to get through. Do one bit at a time. Your unconscious mind will protect you, and give you a rest so that you can deal with the next bit. You will learn to step out of the memories, leave them behind, and start a new life.
• Extracted from How To Mend Your Broken Heart by Paul McKenna and Hugh Willbourn (Bantam Press, £7.99). ° 2003, Paul McKenna and Hugh Willbourn.
Although aerobic exercise is well-touted for helping manage diabetes, strength training has a host of benefits as well. Find out how to get started.
When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, strength training doesn’t always get the attention that aerobic exercises like running, walking, and bicycling do. But the truth is that a well-rounded fitness regimen should include both — and strength training has some unique benefits.
While “strength training” may conjure images of bodybuilders lifting heavy weights, it doesn’t have to be that extreme. Strength training is defined simply as exercise you perform by moving part of your body against resistance. “That’s why it’s sometimes called resistance training, Good examples are exercises that use stretchy elastic bands, or free weights like dumbbells and barbells. Calisthenics — exercises that use your own body weight — such as push-ups and sit-ups qualify as strength training exercise, too.
Its recommended you do at least two sessions of strength training a week, in addition to a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. “Strength training twice a week is good; three times a week is preferable. You should have at least one day of rest between sessions, A strength-training session should include a minimum of five exercises that work major muscle groups in the arms, legs, and trunk.
5 Benefits of Strength Training
For people with diabetes, regular strength training can:
1. Help you use insulin more effectively.Insulin is a hormone that allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter your cells, where it’s used for energy (or stored for later). Pumping your muscles helps push glucose into them; regular strength training helps your body become more efficient at transporting glucose from your bloodstream to your muscles.
The more efficient your muscles are at using glucose, the less insulin you need. Because strength training sensitizes muscles to insulin, they require less insulin to bring your blood sugar down.
2. Lower your blood sugar.
In addition to helping your body be more efficient at transporting insulin to your muscles, strength training also allows your muscles to absorb more glucose. That means there’s less glucose circulating in your bloodstream while you're exercising and for a while after.
3. Build muscle that can lead to weight loss.
The more you keep your muscles exercising, the more calories you will burn. The more calories you burn, the more weight you can lose.
Strength training can also increase the rate at which you burn calories even when you’re not exercising. That’s because strength training builds muscle, and muscle requires more calories than fat just to maintain itself.
4. Lower the risk for heart disease.
As you may know, heart disease is a common complication of type 2 diabetes. But a regular exercise routine that includes strength training can help lower a number of risk factors related to heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. A sedentary lifestyle only increases the risk of these conditions, making exercise an efficient way to lower your risk of multiple health problems.
5. Help strengthen your bones.High blood sugar can mean more glucose attaches to the protein in bones (collagen) and thus weakens their structure, according to the ADA. “People with diabetes are at increased risk for fractures. “They may also have other complications, such as neuropathy (numbness) in the legs and feet, meaning they are more prone to falls.” Strength-training exercises can help improve your bone strength as well as your balance and mobility, all of which lessens the chance that you'll fall.
How to Start Strength Training
If you haven't been active or if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or other complications of diabetes, talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Then, consider working with a healthcare practitioner or certified fitness instructor who can help you design a strengthening workout that would be best for you, Kemmis says. You might also look for classes that combine resistance and aerobic exercise. Some household activities such as heavy gardening also can help build muscle, the ADA notes.
When you're ready to get started, you may want to begin your strength-training routine by lifting small weights and doing exercises like squats, biceps curls, and crunches.
Start slow to avoid injury and build up gradually from there Kemmis says. As you build strength, you can increase:
Start the progression by increasing the weight or resistance and then increasing the number of repetitions and finally increasing the days per week. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, your ultimate goal should be to train three times a week and complete three sets of eight to 10 repetitions of each exercise to the point of muscle fatigue.
A safety tip: If you’re unable to breathe evenly, back off on the intensity of your resistance training
Remember, a well-rounded exercise program should include strength training and aerobic exercise. This will likely provide better benefits to blood glucose control than either exercise alone.
The vital step you’re missing out when you brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important for good oral hygiene, but it turns out many of us miss out one important step: cleaning our tongues. Here is what happens to our mouths by skipping this step and what’s the most effective technique for tongue cleaning…
However, if you find that this is not very effective, or you want a deeper clean, you should use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are usually made of soft, flexible plastic that allows for the thin layer of bacteria to be scraped and removed from the surface of the tongue.
A tongue scraper may also prevent activating the gagging reflex, as a regular toothbrush can be too large and this can prevent getting towards the back of the mouth.
What is the best way to clean your tongue?
When using a tongue scraper, here is how to best way to get a thorough clean: Try to clean the whole surface of the tongue to remove as much bacteria as possible,. Start at the back and work towards the front. Do not brush too hard or you can cause irritation to the tongue.
When and how often should you clean your tongue?
Clean your tongue as often as you brush your teeth: last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you use mouthwash at a different time of day from your brushing, however, so you do not wash away the effects of your fluoride toothpaste.
Your toothbrush could be way dirtier than you think...
We all know oral hygiene is very important – but do you ever stop to think about how clean your toothbrush is?
Possibly not, as the British Dental Foundation has revealed the six most unhygienic mistakes that many people make when it comes to their toothbrushes. Here they are, along with our advice on how to keep your toothbrush squeaky clean!
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3. Using a toothbrush cover
‘Using a toothbrush cover may seem like a good idea but it’s actually a big mistake. The cover does not allow for the bristles to dry, creating a moist environment where bacteria can thrive.’
What to do instead: Toothbrushes should be rinsed to remove any toothpaste from the brush, and then stored in an upright position so that water can drain away from the head of the brush.
6. Not changing toothbrushes regularly enough
‘Worn-out toothbrushes cannot clean teeth properly and may damage gums. It’s important to change your toothbrush regularly – when bristles become splayed, you won’t get an adequate clean.’
What to do instead: Change your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if filaments become worn. It’s also a good idea to change them after an illness, such as a cold, to reduce re-infection.
4 easy ways to maintain fresh breath
There’s nothing worse than feeling concerned you’ve got bad breath, especially when there isn’t a mint to hand! But follow these four simple tricks and you won’t be worrying again.
Is chewing gum almost as effective as flossing?
The bacteria that grows in our mouths can cause oral diseases without following proper hygiene. Scientists say that chewing gum picks up bacteria from different spots and helps remove it from the mouth, cutting chances of contracting those illnesses.
Now, the study doesn't specify whether you should actually stop flossing completely, so before you order gum by the truckload, maybe wait for a little bit more research. But for all of you gum-lovers out there, keep on chewin'.
"Chewers, keep on chewing"
Top tips for healthy gums
Flossing is so important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Effective flossing will remove small pieces of food that get trapped in between your teeth. If this is left, it will turn into plaque which in turn, will act as a place that bacteria can breed, causing erosion of the tooth enamel. Try to floss a couple of times a week and you will really notice a difference in the health of your teeth and gums!
2. Brush your teeth
It may be obvious but you may be surprised by how many people don't brush their teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth removes stains, plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums.
3. 'H' for Hygiene
Regular hygienist appointments at least twice a year will help to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
4. Regular check-ups
Regular visits to the dentist should be a priority when looking after your teeth. The dentist will be able to examine your mouth thoroughly and will be able to pick up on any small problems that if left untreated, could turn into more significant issues.
5. Straighten up your smile
Did you know that straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, reducing the risk of long term gum disease and dental decay? With the latest technology you can now have a brace that is discreet and virtually invisible.
5 Must Have Landing Page Elements
What is a landing page?
That’s a question I get a lot, from business owners and even some marketers. A landing page is simply the page a person “lands on” when they arrive to your website.
This landing page can be a page on your existing website or on a standalone website.
When marketers talk about landing pages, we usually refer to a very specific type of landing page. This landing page is designed for a single purpose, to get the visitor to take some sort of action.
We may run a Pay Per Click campaign and drive targeted visitors to this landing page, in hopes of getting them to take some sort of action, usually filling out a form, leaving an email address or calling the business.
A good landing page should:
You want to make sure that your offer and call to action are very clear to the visitor. No time to waste, with a landing page, it’s either take action or leave.
Below is a landing page from one of our customers, Mortgages.ca. It’s a pretty simple setup with a single call to action.
20 Microwave Cheats to Make Your Life Easier
Don’t look at us like that – we’re not ashamed to admit we love our microwaves as much as the next person. Why? Because they come in handy for so much more than re-heating food. Here’s our round up of the 20 best tips and tricks you might not have known you could use your microwave for.
1. Poach an Egg
Devour the perfect poached egg in 50 seconds with this clever microwave method: pour boiling water from the kettle into a microwave-safe bowl until 3/4 of the way full. At this point, it’s a good idea to add a dash of white vinegar – this will keep the egg white together. Crack the egg into the bowl and lightly pierce the yolk with a toothpick (this will stop it exploding). Cover the bowl with cling film and microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and very gently turn the egg (for even cooking). Cover with cling film again and cook on full power for a further 20 seconds. Remember the egg will continue to cook in the hot water so remove it quickly!
2. Make Fudge
Using the trusty microwave, you can make this moreish chocolate fudge in 10 minutes flat (plus chilling time). And everybody knows that chilling time means chilling out time so kick back, relax and enjoy this Pandan, Coconut and Chocolate Burfi at the push of a button (or two).
You can make this in 10 minutes flat (plus chilling time). And everybody knows that chilling time = chilling out time so kick back, relax and enjoy this Pandan, Coconut and Chocolate Burfi at the push of a button (or two).
Pandan, Coconut and Chocolate Burfi (yields 25 pieces)
Ingredients for the pandan layer
If you’re not sure what pandan is then you can read up on it here.
3 cups whole milk powder
1 cup condensed milk
1 ½ tsp pandan extract
Ingredients for the coconut layer
1 ½ cups whole milk powder
½ cup condensed milk
¼ cup coconut (dessicated or fresh)
½ tsp cardamom powder
1 small pinch saffron
Ingredients for the chocolate layer
1 cup milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces
¼ cup butter
Oil to grease the tray
1. For the pandan layer combine the pandan extract with the condensed milk. In a microwave-proof mix the green condensed milk with the milk powder and microwave on high power for one minute at a time for four minutes. Remove from the microwave in between these one minute intervals and stir.
2. Grease a 6X8 metal tray or thali with plenty of any flavourless oil (I used groundnut).
3. Press the pandan layer into the metal tray with the back of a spoon, making sure it’s even all over. Set aside and allow to cool.
4. For the coconut layer combine the milk powder, condensed milk and coconut in a microwave-proof dish. Repeat the microwave process as in step one, but for three minutes this time. Remember to stir at one minute intervals so it doesn’t burn. Add the cardamom and saffron and combine quickly.
5. Place the coconut mixture on top of the pandan layer and press in tightly and evenly. Set aside and allow to cool.
6. Place the chocolate in a microwave-proof bowl and microwave on high for 30 second bursts until it has melted. Remove from the microwave and add the butter. Fold the mixture with a spoon until silky. Don’t overwork the chocolate.
7. Pour the chocolate over the cooled coconut layer and allow to set at room temperature. When the burfi has set, cut it into pieces with a sharp knife.
3. Soften Ice Cream
Ever have the urgency to dig in to a tub of ice cream but hate waiting for it to soften? Pop the tub in the microwave and zap on high power in 10 second bursts, checking it each time until soft. It should take around 30 seconds per litre. Scoop into bowls – or if you can’t wait, grab a spoon and eat it straight from the tub. We won’t tell.
4. Make Quick Caramel Sauce
Knock up the world’s quickest caramel sauce using your microwave. Grab a few handfuls of soft caramels, unwrap and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a tiny splash of milk and microwave on medium power for one or two minutes, stirring at 30 second intervals until silky smooth. Pour over your favourite ice cream (the one you just softened in the microwave), sundae or sponge cake.
5. ‘Soak’ Lentils and Beans
For pulse-lovers, there’s nothing more annoying than reading a recipe that uses beans or lentils and seeing they require soaking overnight. So here’s a cunning method for faking it using your microwave. To soak dried beans, place the beans in a microwave-safe bowl, add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and cover with water until they’re totally submerged. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes, and then allow to rest for 30-40 minutes. Use as directed in your recipe.
To soak lentils, repeat the same process as you would for beans but this time, you only need to microwave for two minutes and rest for five before using in your recipe.
6. Bring Crystallised Honey Back to Life
Remove the lid of your glass jar and any metal. Microwave on medium power for 50 seconds and stir in a teaspoon of lemon juice. Be careful as it will be really hot.
7. Melt Chocolate
Attention all chocoholics, you probably knew you could melt chocolate in the microwave, but here’s how to do it without creating a grainy, lumpy mess. Chop the chocolate into little pieces, the smaller the better and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power in 15 second bursts, waiting 15 seconds between each burst. This will give the chocolate a few moments to melt gently in the heat of the microwave. Stir lightly only after you’ve repeated this twice. Repeat this process until the chocolate has completely melted.
8. Cook Vegetable Rice
Here’s how to make a fragrant Indian pilau in the microwave: in a large, microwavable bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter (15-20 seconds on high). Remove from the microwave and add 2 teaspoons of whole cumin seeds, a bay leaf and a stick of cinnamon. Microwave on high power again for 20 seconds. Remove from the microwave and mix in 100g washed Basmati rice, a handful of peas and four quartered new potatoes. Season with salt. Cover with boiling water from the kettle until the water reaches about 2cm above the rice. Cover with a microwave-safe lid and cook on high power for 12 minutes. Leave the rice to sit in its own steam for 5 minutes. Use a pair of oven gloves to remove the bowl from the microwave and fluff up the grains with a fork.
9. Chocolate Mug Cake
Craving cake in the middle of the night hasn’t been a problem since we discovered the power of cream-topped chocolate mug cakes. Now a speciality of students all over the globe, the basic principles of cake making are chucked out of the window, yet the results can hit the spot in ways you’ve never imagined. Word of warning: not all mug cakes are foolproof – we’ve seen bricks less bricky than some of the creations produced in our microwaves.
10. Soften Butter for Baking
Don’t you just feel like kicking yourself every time you intend to bake, but forget you need butter at room temperature for creaming? Don’t worry, here are a few tricks to softening butter perfectly using your microwave: cut the butter into small cubes and place into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in on low power for 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave to check its progress. If the butter needs more softening, repeat for as long as required. The key is to microwave in short bursts to avoid the butter melting completely – if in doubt, less is definitely more.
11. DIY Cheese
Bet you didn’t know you could make fresh cheese in the microwave. Simply fill a large microwavable dish with full-fat milk. Microwave on full power until boiling quite vigorously but don’t let it overflow. Quickly and carefully add the juice of two whole lemons and stir for a moment. Return to the microwave for another minute to allow the curds to separate from the whey. Drain everything through a cheesecloth-lined colander; then rinse the curds in cold water. Tie and hang for an hour or two. This kind of cottage cheese is perfect for Indian curries, stir fries and salads because, like Halloumi, it doesn't melt.
12. Get More Squeeze Out Of Lemons and Limes
Zap a whole lemon or lime on high power for 20-30 seconds to make it super juicy and easy to squeeze.
13. Dry Herbs and Citrus Peels
This works perfectly with robust herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme, or any citrus peel. Simply wash your herbs or peels, then dry in between pieces of kitchen paper to remove all moisture. Place them on a microwavable plate and cook on high power in bursts of 30 seconds, turning after each session until they're completely dry – this usually takes about five 30 second sessions. It will also make your kitchen smell glorious. Store in airtight jars or containers.
14. Proof Dough
Attention all baking fanatics; gone are the days you had to dash to the airing cupboard to proof your bread dough for hours. Speed up the process by putting the dough into large microwave-safe bowl, covering it with a wet towel and placing a dry towel on top of the wet one. Microwave on high power for 20 seconds and allow to rest for five minutes. Repeat, then allow the dough to rest for a further 35 minutes before baking.
15. Quick Steam Bag Curry
Fill a zip lock steam bag with a handful of frozen mixed vegetables (such as peas, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots), add two teaspoons of curry paste (we use Thai green or red but you can use Indian pastes too), 140ml coconut milk and fully seal the bag. Shake for a minute until all the ingredients are fully combined, lay flat on a microwavable plate and cook on high power for five minutes for a fresh, creamy curry. Serve with rice or noodles.
16. Microwave Crisps
You heard us right! All you need to make crisps in your microwave is a potato – and a few bits of equipment; here’s how. Slice your potato as thinly as possible using a mandolin, wash in cold water until the water runs clear and dry the slices completely using kitchen paper. Arrange the potato slices on a paper towel-lined microwavable plate, ensuring the slices don’t touch (or you risk them sticking together!) Microwave on full power for two to three minutes, remove from the microwave and turn the potato slices over. Cook again for another 3 minutes. Any remaining undercooked slices can be returned to the microwave to crisp up a bit more if necessary. Repeat with the remaining potato slices. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
Tip: you can also try this with sweet potatoes!
17. Toast Nuts and Spices
Make nuts, seeds and spices beautifully aromatic with just a few moments inside the microwave. Whole spices can be placed in a microwavable bowl and zapped on full power in 15 second bursts until aromatic. Nuts and seeds can be done in the same way in 30 second bursts (they will take a little while longer) – you know they’re done when they’re a light golden colour.
18. Peel Garlic in a Flash
Never worry about garlic fingers again with this effortless peeling trick for even the driest of cloves. For a single clove, zap on full power for 15 seconds (be careful taking it out as it will be hot). For a whole bulb, put the garlic on a microwave-safe plate and again, cook on full power for 20 seconds. Next, turn the bulb upside down and cook again for a further 25 seconds. The garlic skin will slip off easily, the theory being that the heat draws out moisture out of the clove, which gets trapped between skin, which in turn, loosens it. It’s a bit unorthodox but much cheaper than buying a fancy garlic-peeling gadget.
19. Un-stale Your Bread
Has your loaf gone a bit stale? This easy tip will revive any kind of bread to freshness again. Wrap the bread in a completely damp kitchen towel (you can use water or milk for this) and microwave on high power in 10 second bursts. Repeat as necessary, checking the bread each time until it's moist enough. Ta da!
20. Zap Jacket Potatoes
We’re yet to meet someone who hasn’t tried the speedy half microwave, half oven-cooked jacket spud method. If you’re one of these people, here’s how it’s done: scrub a large baking potato under cold water to remove any dirt and prick all over with a fork. Place the potato in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a splatter-proof lid. Microwave on high power for seven minutes. Once half cooked, carefully remove the potato from the microwave (there will be lots of steam!) Place the potato on a baking tray and rub with olive oil and sea salt. Bake in the oven at 200°C for 25 minutes for a perfect jacket potato that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
What Is B2B Marketing? What Are Business-To-Business Markets?
What are business-to-business markets and what is B2B marketing? To answer these questions it is useful to consider the value chain that starts with a consumer demand and from which dozens of business products or services are required. Take the example of the simple shirts that we buy. They do not arrive in the shops by accident. There is a value chain of enormous complexity that begins with cotton or some other fibre that must then be woven into cloth, which in turn is machined into a garment, packed and distributed through various levels until finally we pick it from the shelf. This is illustrated in the diagram below. We call this the chain of derived demand since everything to the left hand of the shirt is pulled through as a result of the demand for the product. Businesses sell cotton to merchants who sell it to spinners who sell it to weavers who sell it to garment makers and so on. None of the businesses buy the products for pure indulgence. They buy them with the ultimate aim of adding value in order that they can move the products down the chain until they finally reach us, the general public.
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