Donating To Charity Is Just Awesome

by on July 5th, 2015

Donating to charity is–or should be–a year-round occupation. But during the holiday season, an abundance of pleas arrive in the mail or by telephone. Often, they’re from charities that you’ve never heard of. Still, you may be tempted to send $10 or

That’s fine if the charities are worthwhile. But some aren’t. How can you tell? The letters sound sincere.
The medical research seems okay. But, the real “charity” you’re supporting might be the people who mailed the letter.

Most givers know they should ask the charity the following question: What percentage of each dollar you spend goes for good works? The answer should be 60 percent or more, (more…)

The Disadvantages Of Snoring Mouthpieces

by on June 25th, 2015

Snoring. It’s not pleasant and if you are the one who causes the familiar sound of snoring to ring throughout your house you probably feel a little guilty when you go to sleep. Maybe you try to go to sleep last so that the other members of your house can get some shut-eye in before you disturb them with your sound. Of course, no one really wants to snore and there are ways to go about stopping snoring from ruining the sleep of you and others.

There are a few different methods on the market: nasal strips, mouthpieces, ear plugs. All of these are designed to deal with snoring in one shape or form. We’re going to focus on mouthpieces today because there have been a lot of discussions lately about them. A lot of companies are promoting them and they have even had their time to shine on television. Of course, with every good thing comes the cons. We?re going to play the devil’s advocate today and talk to you about some of the disadvantages that surround snoring mouthpieces.

They’re Expensive

Depending on how you go about getting a mouthpiece they can run you anywhere from $50 to over $1000 US dollars. Many people want to have the perfect fit and since all mouths are not made equal, the sensible person may go to their dentist to have one custom made. This would be a sure way to have a mouthpiece that fits, but you’ll be looking at paying at least $1000 for something like this.

They’re Cheap

The flipside of expensive is cheap. There are snoring mouthpieces that cost around $20 US dollars but as with anything that’s cheap in price it usually means it is cheap in material as well. You’re going to be putting this chunk of plastic in your mouth while you sleep. You want to make sure that if you’re going to go that route you won’t wake up choking on a piece of mouthpiece; or not wake up at all.

They’re Awkward

Remember, you are putting this thing in your mouth while you sleep for days on end. Most of them aren’t slim or trim. The majority of them are designed to push the lower jaw out to allow a clearer breathing channel in the throat. A few of them also have additions to press your tongue into the base of your mouth to keep it from flopping back into your throat and causing that snoring sound.

They Aren’t Very Practical

Not only do you need to remember to put this thing in your mouth every night, you need to replace it every 7-9 months for hygienic reasons and to combat normal wear and tear. With your saliva coating the mouthpiece every night your natural enzymes may start to break down the plastic or rubber which will make the mouthpiece less effective. Sine this is the case if you are spending $1000 to get one custom made by your dentist you’ll want to ensure you have at least $2000 a year to keep up with that. Plus, you really want to make sure you don’t lose it!

Mouthpieces can be a very effective way to combat snoring but they aren’t for everyone. This site has a number of anti snoring mouthpiece reviews that note this. Not every snoring mouthpiece is designed to fit a variety of mouth sizes. Some men have fairly small mouths so the men’s option won’t suit them. Some women have very large mouths so the ‘women’s’ option (more…)

Vaccines… There Really Should Not Be A Question

by on January 30th, 2015

Do you remember when you had chicken pox (varicella)? You had a fever, felt really sick, and itchy red spots formed all over your body. The spots soon became blisters that formed into scabs. Although chicken pox is often called a “nuisance” illness, it is really a serious disease that kills nearly 100 people a year. Not as serious as this one, but still.

The New Chicken Pox Vaccine

immunizationtimeNow those lives will be saved, because last March the Food and Drug Administration approved a new chicken pox vaccine. Now children who get this long-awaited vaccination will have no idea what it is like to get chicken pox, just like you have never gotten other diseases such as mumps, polio, or smallpox.

Most likely, you’ve received vaccinations against these and other illnesses so you won’t get them. The vaccine causes your body to make antibodies against the disease-causing virus, so if the virus ever tries to attack your body again, the antibodies will …

What Can I Do About Hard Drive Failure Symptoms?

by on January 14th, 2015

When a hard drive shows you some hard drive failure symptoms that are not usual and are not acceptable such as unusual sounds such as a grinding machine, this could be really annoying and could mean that the actual drive is about to be lost. So what are the steps that are recommended to be followed when such hard drive failure symptoms occur? First, you must know that there is nothing you could actually do to save the hard drive, as when it starts to die, it would eventually die and it is no longer a matter of if it would die, but a matter of when.

The first thing to do after realizing this is to start backing up your data, this would not as easy as it sounds as it would take a lot of time especially after the hard drive failure symptoms have started showing up. So it would take a number of days before you could back up your data as you might even use some software that are specialized with such issues. Error screens would always show up when the hard drive?s day approaches which means that the earlier you get it out and stop booting from it the less the lost data becomes. (more…)

Turning Back The Clock – Tips For Your Health!

by on October 23rd, 2014

tfyhOn a weekend getaway, you climb five flights of stairs to see the view from an old church — just as you did on your honeymoon — but now you’re out of breath by the third landing, Your wardrobe has devolved into thigh-length sweaters, blazers, and slacks with elastic waistbands. Whatever happened to the robust health you took for granted not so long ago?

Never mind where it went — what’s important is that you can get it back. No longer do we have to rely on the age-old advice to “take some tonic and get fresh air.” We have years of scientific inquiry for guidance. Here, the latest on how to turn back the clock. (more…)

Deal With Snoring Problems By Reading Mouthpiece Reviews

by on October 18th, 2014

Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Being disrupted by constant snoring can really make you cranky as you wake up. This is because you have not obtained a good amount of sleep. You may already think that having a sound night?s sleep is no longer feasible but there are still some anti snoring devices you can purchase that will alleviate the problems brought about by snoring. One of the most popular anti snoring devices you can consider is the mouthpiece and doctors and dentists have already combined their efforts to come up with an effective anti snoring mouthpiece. Based on various mouthpiece reviews, the thing that makes a snoring mouthpiece stand out from the rest is its feature set.

With all the valuable snoring mouthpiece reviews you can come across online, being keen on selecting the right device is essential. You need to pretty much understand how the device works and reading snoring mouthpiece reviews can provide you the information you need. The information you …

Goldie Hawn: Legend In Her Time

by on October 10th, 2014

ghWhen Goldie Hawn walked onstage as a presenter at this year’s Academy Awards in her slinky champagne-colored Vera Wang gown, the women gathered in Cathy Gallagher’s Manhasset, NY, home for their annual Oscar party were clearly smitten. “To die for!” gasped one. (more…)

The Imperfect Body Is Amazing… Love It!

by on September 20th, 2014

So you’re no thin. But maybe your body is wisely doing what’s best for you–even if that means adding where you’d like to subtract.

I was lying on my bed in the late afternoon, talking on the phone to my best friend about menopause. At 48, I’m staring down the gun barrel, so I want to know everything I can about what I’m headed for.

My friend was saying that she heard one of the things that helps you get through menopause is to have a little extra weight on you. I was very interested in this, because I now weigh more than I ever have, except when I was pregnant.

My friend told me it helps to be slightly overweight because estrogen is stored in fat cells, and estrogen can prevent some of the more unpleasant side effects of menopause. (more…)

Hair Loss: Not Just A Male Problem

by on September 10th, 2014

hlIt can be devastating: When a woman loses her crowning glory, her sense of self-worth may suffer as well. but here are solutions that help-in more than just cosmetic ways.

Grab about eight to ten hairs and give a light tug. Get some? If it’s just a strand or two, you can stop worrying that you’re losing your hair. If you came away with four or more, you have reason to be concerned. Twenty-five percent of women begin to experience some degree of hair loss by age 40; by menopause, the percentage rises to 60. The good news is
that the growing acknowledgment of female hair loss has prompted the development of highly effective solutions for women with thinning ponytails and widening parts–both early signs of the problem. (more…)

Don’t Let Aches And Pains Bring You Down

by on August 10th, 2014

dlaapTiff shoulders: Sore knees. Mysterious muscle cramps. What’s behind these nagging problems, how to soothe them–and when to call the doctor.

Ouch, where did this twinge in my knee come from? Why is my back so balky? Most of us find that as we sail past 30, all sorts of pings and pangs develop in parts of our bodies to which we never paid much attention before. Could you–like your middle-aged Ford–use a little extra servicing? Here’s what you need to know about the most likely trouble spots: (more…)

Elizabeth Taylor: Icon

by on July 30th, 2014

etTwo weeks before she was told she had a benign brain tumor, I visited Elizabeth Taylor at her gated and guarded estate in Bel Air, CA. Outside the sprawling house, I was met by a member of the star’s staff who took me on a tour of the new walkway, which slopes through the lush trees, ferns, and flowers of her extensive property. “Elizabeth is very (more…)

Good Hair Could Be In Your Future

by on July 24th, 2014

ghcbyfWant help with your hair problems? Nicky Clarke, the stylist behind Fergie’s crowning glory, shares his tips and tricks for perfect looks.

The complaints sound familiar: “I can’t get my hair to look good. Some days it’s too flat. Some days it’s too wild.” Or “I’m lucky if there’s time to brush my hair in the morning–it takes too long to make it look the way my hairstylist does it.”

The gripes ring true to British hairdresser Nicky Clarke, who hears them from even his famous clients, who include the Duchess of York, Brooke Shields, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

“Most people are unhappy with their hair and end tip doing too much or not enough to it,” he observes. “The solution is somewhere in between.” The three most common mistakes he sees: (more…)

Holidays Can Make For Sweet Times

by on July 14th, 2014

hcmstElaine St. James used to find the season of “comfort and joy” anything but. Oh, she loved Christmas, all right, but the stuff that went along with it–the cooking and baking, frenzied shopping and wrapping, and endless obligations–left her feeling drained and depleted. So she came up with a novel idea: Keep the best and eliminate the rest.

This 55-year-old stepmother of two, who’s carved out a niche as America’s simplicity guru (she’s the best-selling author of Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity, among other books), shows us how to get off the Yuletide treadmill in her latest, (more…)

Could You Help Sick Kids, Too?

by on July 7th, 2014

hsksLike many Americans, Kym Gillis, 45, of Gresham, OR, hit the mall after Thanksgiving last year to do her Christmas shopping. Unlike most, however, she was on a mercy mission-buying goodies for children with life-threatening diseases. “My living room was filled with eighteen hundred dollars worth of toys,” says Gillis. Some needy families with sick kids even received gift certificates to local grocery stores for their holiday meals. “We didn’t want them to have to worry about a thing for Christmas,” she explains. (more…)

Oh, Relatives. What Would We Do Without Them?

by on June 30th, 2014

twEvery year, at Christmastime, my husband and I pack up our three kids and head north to the land of the grandparents–a magical place filled with Disney videos, all-chocolate-pudding meals, and presents with lots of movable, breakable parts. (more…)