Sunday, July 5, 2015

Summer Reading List

Here are a few book recommendations for you for your Summer Reading list. Some I have read and some I am working on reading this summer too.

1. You
Author: Caroline Kepnes 
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
Amazon Book Description

Saturday, June 27, 2015

5 Great Weight Loss Apps

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Fortunately, experts are finding more creative ways to deal with it. A number of weight loss professionals have collaborated with mobile app developers to create high tech solutions to curb obesity. Here are some great weight loss apps that you may want to look into.

Well Beginnings

Well Beginnings is a weight loss surgery program at Houston Northwest Medical Center. While the experts at the clinic offer a number of surgical solutions to obese patients, they also prefer to offer surgery only when there is no viable alternative. The experts at Well Beginnings have created an app to help patients keep their weight in check.
Patients can use the app to monitor their daily food intake and exercise progress. The app is intended for patients with body mass indexes close to 40, because they are most likely to need surgery. The experts at Well Beginnings hope that the app can help people avoid gaining weight, thereby minimizing the likelihood that they will need surgery.   

BMI Calculator

Recognizing whether or not you are overweight is of upmost importance. Too many people are in denial of their weight problems, so the BMI Calculator app can help them come to terms with their problem.
The BMI Calculator uses your weight and height to gauge your BMI. It also measures other important variables, such as your body fat percentage and calorie consumption, which play an important role in following a good diet to maintain a healthy weight.


MyFitnessPal is another weight loss app worth looking into. The app is free and allows you to collect a multitude of data on the types of foods that you eat. You can also monitor your weight loss goals and forecast how long it will take to reach them. The app is made for iPhone and Android devices, but there are versions for BlackBerry and Windows Phone as well. However, the apps for other devices don’t have the same level of functionality.

Diet Assistant

Diet Assistant is a more specialized app. It focuses primarily on monitoring your consumption. You can use Diet Assistant to track your foods and notice if you are falling off your diet. This app can be particularly useful if used in conjunction with others apps that monitor exercise and BMI changes, because it helps you minimize temptations that can derail your weight loss efforts. The app can be used for people following vegan, paleo and other special diets as well.

Ideal Weight

Ideal Weight is a more intuitive app for people that have trouble measuring their height and weight or are tempted to enter the wrong data. You simply need to run your finger along a measuring tape and the app will calculate your height, weight and BMI. The app will also tell you your ideal weight, so you know what to set as your ultimate weight goal.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reduce Cooling Costs by Sealing Your Home

After an unusually brutal winter, temperatures are starting to warm up. Many people complained about the cold for months, but they are finally starting to bring out the air conditioners as it heats up. While air conditioning can be a great way to make the summer more bearable, it’s also important to consider other options to reduce cooling costs. The first thing to try may be sealing your house.

Why Does Sealing Your House Reduce Cooling Costs?

Most people believe that sealing their homes is only important for saving on heating. However, the Department of Energy reports that it can be great for reducing cooling costs as well.
Why is this true? It all boils down to the way that heat transfer works. Heat always travels from a higher temperature source to a lower temperature source. If the temperature outside is higher, then it will try to make its way into your house. Adding layers to your walls and filling gaps will reduce the rate of heat transfer, which will benefit you in both the summer and winter months.

Getting Started

If you feel overly war during the summer, then you may need to start by doing an audit of the house. You may find that there are a number of cracks or gaps, which can be a cause for concern. Here are some steps to take.
The best place to start is caulking your windows. Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat transfer, but fortunately only cost a couple of dollars per foot if you hire a contractor. Caulking is also very easy, so it can be done on your own for almost nothing.
Inspect every possible port of entry for air into your home. These include the doors, window frames, baseboards, electrical service entrances and switchboards. You need to seal every hole or crack that you identify to make sure that warm air can’t make its way into your house.  
Identifying smaller leaks can be tricky. You may want to do a pressured testing to find them. Here are the steps that you need to take:
  • Shut off all heat generating devices
  • Close all ports of entry (doors and windows) to your home
  • Turn on a high powered fan or other tool to blast air into your home
  • Light some incense along the edges of your home to see where it blows
This will help you find out if there are any holes or other inlets that need to be patched. You may need to use sheetrock and insulation to fill them in.

Find Cost-effective Ways to Keep Yourself Cool

The summer is expected to get a lot warmer, so you’ll need to take all possible measures to keep your family cool. Sealing up your house can be one of the best cost-saving measures that you take. You should look into updating your cooling system with Kay Heating and Cooling if it isn’t running efficiently.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fun Online Casino Games

Summer is a great time to play some online games. I know that it is fun to do all kinds of outdoor activities this time of year. I love swimming, camping and hiking in the Summer. It is my favorite season!

Even though it is so nice out, sometimes you might like to play some type of online casino games. There is a great variety of games to play and you can choose from over 320 different games! It has been so hot this week at my house and we even hit 100 degrees out the other day. So it is on days like that when I like to stay inside the air conditioning and play some fun casino games.

Some of the games you can play are blackjack, slot machines and roulette. Doesn't that sound fun? Sometimes I know this time of year is so busy, with doing things like bike riding, outdoor picnics and maybe even taking the kids to the park. That's why sometimes you may need some alone time and have some down time to play casino games.

A few other games you could try are card games, video poker and bingo keno. This a great way to relax after a busy day, and enjoy yourself. It is a great form of entertainment and you can unwind and have some fun playing all the exciting casino games. I know I can't wait to check out all of them. I saw some cool ones I really want to play like Mad Mad Monkey or Lucky Leprechaun online slots! 

If you like playing games, then you will have a good time with all the online casino games they have to offer. Which games do you want to try? Check them out and let me know because the Summer heat is here and now is a great time to stay in on those hot days and play all the games they have to offer! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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circa 1971

Health Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a growing profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for physical therapists will increase by 36% over the next seven years.  There are several factors driving the trend:
  • More people are investing in healthcare as the industry is reformed.
  • Physical ailments are becoming more prevalent as the population ages.
  • New lifestyle trends are leading to different types of injuries that people don’t know how to address on their own.
Despite the growing demand for physical therapists, many people remain skeptical of the benefits. Here are some reasons to consider hiring a physical therapist to assist you.

Solve Functional Movement Disorders

Functional movement disorders are becoming more common these days. Research from Mayo Clinic found that visiting a physical therapist can be one of the best ways to solve these problems. They tracked over 60 patients over the course of four years and found that over 60% of them exhibited noticeable improvement.
What types of functional movement disorders can be treated via physical therapy? Practically all of them can be addressed through various physical therapy programs. These include limited mobility from back pain, poor range of motion in the hip flexors and iliotibial band syndrome. Patients noticing an atrophy in their ability to move freely may want to consider visiting a physical therapist to develop a treatment regimen that can guide them.

Avoid Invasive Surgeries

Doctors are often eager to push surgery and medication on patients. Unfortunately, these procedures can be very painful, have long recovery times and lead to future complications. You should always try to pursue alternative forms of treatment whenever possible. The good news is that physical therapy can often provide the treatment you need to overcome major health problems that would otherwise require surgery.
Web MD recommends looking into physical therapy before resorting to surgery. It can be much cheaper, less painful and allow you to lead a more fulfilling life. Of course, there may be some problems that require surgery, so it’s important not to talk to your physical therapist about all of your options and know when to consider more intensive treatments.

Prevent Secondary Health Complications

Many people don’t realize that the problems solved with physical therapy can often help them avoid other health problems down the road. For example, many people with limited mobility problems end up suffering from heart disease and diabetes, because they have difficulty exercising and keeping their weight in check.

See a Physical Therapist Today

If you are suffering from a problem that keeps you from moving freely, then you should consider seeing a physical therapist today. You will probably find that they can help you overcome many of the other health problems that would inevitably plague you in the future. A.G. Rhodes is a great option to look into if you live in the Atlanta area. You can also look into a variety of other options in your own area.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Apex M Medical Device #review

hey all - review Sunday here. I have a product to share with you. I received this recently and I want to tell you about it. I know this is a touchy subject, but one that shouldn't be ignored or embarrassed about. 

This is the Apex & ApexM (which I received) it is a medical device that will strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to stop urge & mixed urinary incontinence without pills, without surgery and without pain.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Teaching Your Children About Funeral Etiquette

Mourning the loss of a loved one can be difficult. However, young children often have difficulty processing the loss, especially during a funeral. You will need to take the time them how to behave during the ceremony to give everyone else a chance to pay their respects.

Preparing Your Children for the Procession

Most children already have a difficult time staying still for extended periods of time. They may have even more trouble if they are highly anxious or depressed about the tragedy of losing someone important in their lives. They may cope by being feisty, which can be a problem during the ceremony. Here are some tips to help prepare them to Stuhr Funeral Home.
Decide if They Are Old Enough
You will need to use your own judgment to see if a child is old enough to attend a funeral. Suzanne Robin, a nurse writing for Mom.Me, says that infants shouldn’t be brought to funerals, because they can’t understand the significance and can be a distraction. However, some experts may disagree and say that you will need to use your own judgment if you can’t make other accommodations for them. Children between three and six also won’t really grasp the importance, but it can still be worth bring them. You will just need to decide based on your own child’s ability to sit still and their relationship with the deceased.
Give Them a Choice
Funerals are very emotional times for everyone. Children in particular may have a hard time coping. You should talk to them ahead of time to see if they are emotionally equipped to handle it. If they are really not up for going, then you should try to make other arrangements for them.
However, you should try to communicate the importance of the event to them if at all possible. They may change their mind if they see how they can pay their respects to a departed loved one. They may also tell you why they are intimidated by the situation, which will help you provide the guidance they need to get through it.
Communicate the Importance of Dressing Appropriately
Young children don’t usually like dressing up. However, it is important to wear conservative clothing to pay respects to the deceased. You will need to tell your kids why you are asking them to dress up.
They don’t necessarily need to follow the same dress code as the adults. If they are really putting up a big fight about wearing black, then you can make some concessions and let them wear a different colored outfit. However, you should still make sure that they wear appropriate attire for the venue.
Get Them Out if They Start Acting Up
Much younger children may act up regardless of how much you try to prepare them ahead of time. You will need to take them if they start to become a problem. It may be a good idea to stay near the doors so that you can leave easily if they start creating any problems.