Top 10 Simple Ways to Stop Bedroom Clutter

6 09 2010

1. Add a Trunk
An attractive trunk at the end of a bed does double furniture duty. As a bench, it gives you a place to sit while you put on your shoes; as a storage chest, it holds extra blankets or pillows.

2. Like to Read in Bed?
Mount a painted rectangular wood box on the wall on either side of the bed and you’ll have a place to stash all your reading material, plus a reading lamp. Use dividers to organize stuff.

3. Improve Drawer Space
Drawer dividers may also be made from 1/4-inch sheet acrylic (have the retailer cut the pieces to size, or cut them yourself using a fine blade in a table or radial arm saw). Butt the pieces together in whatever arrangement you desire; then bond the joints with acrylic solvent. Create compartments in a shallow drawer by notching and joining strips of wood lattice (available at lumberyards and home centers). Clamp the crosspieces together and cut the notches all at once so they’ll align exactly.

4. Lamps Off Your Bedside Table
To free up space on your nightstand, remove the lamp. Use a swing-arm floor lamp instead, or mount a swing-arm wall lamp above the headboard. Such fixtures allow you to adjust the lamp exactly the way you want it for reading. Install the lamp about 18 to 20 inches from the top of the headboard for best results. If you don’t have a headboard, position the lamp 3 feet or more above the mattress, so that it will be within easy reach but won’t hit your head when you sit up in bed. With the lamp out of the way, you’ll have ample room on your nightstand for your alarm clock, book, and telephone.

5. Electronic Armoire
Cloak the clutter of a bedroom TV, VCR, and stereo equipment in a handsome armoire. Look for a piece that has interior electrical outlets, pivoting platforms, and doors that virtually disappear—either into the cabinet itself or flat against its sides when they are opened.

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Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Life

5 09 2010

A glass of red wine relieves stress and may even be good for you.

1. Drink a cup of tea in the morning.

2. Walk for 30 minutes a day.

3. Quit smoking.

4. Have a glass of wine every evening.

5. Take five minutes a day, close your eyes in a quiet room, and practice deep breathing.

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Top 10 Nutrition and Fitness Tips

4 09 2010

1. Get real and be specific. Write down three or four realistic goals that you can stick to. For example, “I will try to lose one pound of body fat every week. I will walk for 30 minutes minimum five days a week.” Avoid fantasy-land goals that will only frustrate you.

2. Get prepared. Throw away all the junk, the processed, and the “bingeable” foods now and replace them with fresh, whole foods like lots of water and veggies. Buy a new pair of walking shoes and find some clothes in your closet you feel comfortable to walk in. During a lifestyle change, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!

3. Get support. Whether it’s your best friend, spouse, or pet, it helps to have some nonjudgmental and nurturing support when trying to lose weight, especially during trying times.

4. Make daily notes. Research has shown that keeping track of your daily exercise and food intake in a journal or notebook will increase the likelihood of success. Keep it simple, or if you’re inspired, write a novel! The key is to hold yourself accountable.

5. Create a food-free reward system. How about a new workout outfit, pair of jeans, shoes — or what the heck, even a spa treatment, shopping spree, or weekend getaway? You deserve this kind of treatment when you reach your goals.

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Top 10 Toys for Men!

3 09 2010

1. Cranium

This board game can drive you crazy and therefore, keep you entertained for hours at a stretch. Two groups need to play it and try to reach the middle portion of the board. They will have to keep humming an odd tune, answer questions and spell difficult words back to front. Why? To have fun!


2. Aim N Shoot

If you like throwing all the wastepaper into the bin from a distance just to see if you can make the shot- this game is for you.

3. Razor Xtreme

This is basically like a small scooter and the rubbers are smooth enough to allow you to zoom over any street in the world. You can even rush over curbs and pavements- as long as there is no traffic in sight, of course.

4. Ferrari Model

If you cant afford the real deal, you can get somebody to create a dummy for you. Place it in such a way that you cannot help but admire it every time you are in the house. This will not only encourage you to buy the real car but also keep you happy.

5. Super Soaker

This is basically like those guns that squirt out water but much bigger. It may sound shocking but more adults buy this toy when compared to little children. Round up some old friends and play for hours and call it a day! Frustrated men can always point it at their wives if they don’t mind sleeping on the couch for the rest of the year.

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4 Ways to De-Fat Your Cat

22 08 2010

If your cat’s packing on the pounds, here’s what you can do to help.

If your dog starts packing on the pounds, you take him for walks to get him moving. With cats, it’s more difficult. Today’s felines lead an inactive lifestyle, says veterinarian James Richards, director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell University. “More and more cats are living indoors, so they’re not out running around burning off calories.”

If you can feel your cat’s ribs with your fingers and see his waistline, he’s probably healthy. If not, help your kitty drop some weight:

  • Get him to play. Invest in some interactive toys such as a fishing-pole line for him to chase.
  • Watch portions. Keep her food out of reach when you’re not home. Cats should be fed mornings and evenings — don’t let them graze all day.

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20 08 2010

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Eye Care for Dogs

6 08 2010

Man’s best friend could use a good eyeballing once in awhile—believe us, your dog won’t take it personally! In fact, giving him regular home eye exams will help keep you alert to any tearing, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health problem. Check out the following ways to help keep your dog’s vision sharp—and that twinkle in his eyes.

1. The Initial Gaze

Face your dog in a brightly lit area and look into his eyes. They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be white. His pupils should be equal in size and there shouldn’t be tearing, discharge or any crust in the corners of his eyes.

2. A Closer Look

With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.

3. What to Watch Out For

The following are signs that something may be wrong with one or both of your dog’s eyes:

  • Discharge & crusty gunk
  • Tearing
  • Red or white eyelid linings
  • Tear-stained fur
  • Closed eye(s)
  • Cloudiness or change in eye color
  • Visible third eyelid
  • Unequal pupil sizes

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