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Choosing to use a natural insect repellent is a way to avoid the potential danger of insects and other creatures, from annoying mosquitoes to disease carrying ticks, while also reducing your use of toxic chemicals. There are natural products on the market, many of which contain natural oils such as lemon and peppermint. You can also choose to make your own homemade repellent to help protect yourself from insects and ticks.It is important to keep in mind that what is safe for humans is not necessarily safe for animals. Talk to your veterinarian about what natural products are safe for your pet. Also, despite the greater safety of natural products, they are not likely to be as effective as chemical products. With proper use and other safety measures they can serve as a viable option.The Danger of TicksFor anyone who is walking outdoors from spring to through fall, particularly in areas where there is high grass, weeds and shrubs or wooded areas, or that are known to be tick problem areas, taking measures to protect yourself from a bite from one of these creatures is part of outdoor safety. Although insect repellents are used, ticks are actually a member of the arachnid family, along with spiders and scorpions. They attach onto a host as the human or animal brushes against higher grasses or shrubs. They may spend several days feeding, completely unnoticed by the host.Why is it so important to use a tick repellent and to take other precautionary measures? What is so dangerous about these creatures? Ticks are a threat because they can easily carry and transfer disease. The deer tick, as well as other types of these creatures, can infect both humans and animals with the pathogens that can lead to Lyme disease. Not every tick is a carrier. Lyme disease is more common in certain geographic regions, including the northeastern United States and parts of the midwest.In about half of cases a bite from an infected tick will cause a characteristic rash that looks like a bull’s eye. It may also simply be red or blotchy. Flu like symptoms will start appearing whether the rash does or not. If unattended (Lyme disease is easily treated with antibiotics if addressed early on) Lyme disease can lead to very serious and sometimes chronic health problems including joint pain, neurological problems, heart,
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eye, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.Animals such as the family dog can also contract Lyme disease from a tick bite. The infection will at first cause symptoms such as a loss of appetite, swelling and listlessness. Serious problems with the heart, kidney, liver, eye and nervous systems can also develop in animals if left untreated.The Danger of DEETUsing a tick repellent is not a final solution for avoiding tick bites but it can immensely reduce the chances of a tick deciding to attach onto your body. Tick repellents are basically insect repellents, primarily tested on mosquitoes, not ticks. Most conventional repellent products contain some amount of the chemical DEET. While shown to be very effective for deterring mosquitoes and other insects and somewhat effective for deterring ticks, there are possible dangers of using the chemical itself.The Environmental Protection Agency has declared the normal use of DEET to not be of a health concern to members of the general public, based on a 1998 review. It has been used by millions of people for decades with no apparent problems. It is important to understand that some people do react to DEET, particularly those with chemical sensitivities. According to the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, there have been some fatalities from topical application. For example three young girls did not survive after having heavy, repeated, nightly applications of a DEET based repellent. Other people have experienced psychological effects and skin problems.Overall side effects have been rare. Often problems happen when use is extensive. There have been more reported cases of children having problems with DEET exposure then adults. As a consumer it is important to be aware of the potential danger of DEET as well as the potential effectiveness of the chemical for deterring ticks. Excellent natural oils for deterring insects and possibly ticks (there is not published evidence on the effectiveness of essential oils for preventing tick bites, only mosquito bites) include:1. Start with a four ounce spray bottle. Be sure to use one that is clean and that was not previously filled with chemical cleaning products. A darker bottle will help to protect the essential oils. Sunlight will degrade the potency of the oils.2. Decide on your carrier. Options include three ounces of distilled water with one tablespoon of cider vinegar (to help dissolve the oils), three ounces of witch hazel, 1.5 ounces each of water and vegetable oil or of water and alcohol.3. Add a total of 25 drops of essential oils. Try blending different oils for a more potent effect against different insects. Rose geranium essential oil is reputed to be the best choice for ticks, but there is no scientific evidence to support this. Great combinations include:
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We all know that weighing yourself weekly is a cornerstone of Weight Watchers. It charts your progress, it keeps you accountable, it gives you feedback on your habits over the past week and, perhaps best of all, it gives your week a “hard reset,” in which you get the opportunity to start afresh every seven days.

But for all the work you put in during the 10,080 minutes you get each and every week, it’s that one tiny minute on the scale that seems to overshadow everything else. In that one minute, you’re taken back to sitting in the class of the meanest teacher in school, waiting to get your math quiz back. Will you get an A? An F? And will it be the grade you deserve?

No wonder, then, that people put so much thought into coming up with the perfect weight tracking day strategy. What day? What time? What to wear? Breakfast or no breakfast?

The day you choose to step on the scale might well be dictated by the day that you’re able to get to your meeting, or the day that your favorite Leader is there. For Online subscribers whose weight tracking day was set when they signed up, many don’t realize that they can choose a different day if it doesn’t work so well for them.

But the day of the week you pick can really work as a tool to help you stay on Plan. For example, a Monday morning weigh in is perfect for people who feel they need that as an anchor over the weekend. Melissa Prusher, a Meetings member from Manalapan, NJ, explains, “I weigh in on Monday mornings. “The weekend is when I’m most likely go off Plan. Knowing I’m weighing in on Monday keeps me on track!”

Others prefer to face the weekend’s temptations head on with their Weekly PointsPlus allowance reset and intact. Kristi Mendez, an Online subscriber from N. “It lets me feel like the weekend is my own,” she says. “I can feel a little more free with my Weekly PointsPlus allowance, knowing that I can reign things in again on Monday, and get where I want to be by the time my weigh in comes around. It’s much easier to stay regimented during the work week, and then you have a good shot at a good result.”

The line to weigh in at a meeting can look a bit like the security line at the airport. Unload your pockets, remove your watch, belt, shoes. And all Meetings members have witnessed the person who pretty much strips off to her birthday suit before she steps onto the scale. Maybe you can even relate. But do tactics such as stripping down to a negligee or skipping lunch make a difference?

When it comes to the moment of truth, says Palma Posillico, former general manager of training and development for Weight Watchers International, “consistency is the No. 1 thing.”

Consider the time of day: Do you usually eat lunch beforehand? Then keep on scheduling your weigh ins for the early afternoon; that way, you’re tracking your progress consistently. Do you weigh yourself at home as soon as you’ve gotten up? Then don’t be surprised if you get a number you’re not happy with if you don’t weigh yourself until later in the afternoon.

As for your outfit; if you usually wear heavy jewelry or boots, then either keep wearing them or start to always remove them for weigh in. Be consistent.

Let’s face it: The scale doesn’t always know when you’ve worked hard. It sometimes takes it a few days to get with the program. As hard as it may be to see things this way, it’s important not to obsess over an unfavorable result to the point that it chews up all your logical thoughts and your will to stay committed.

There are many reasons why the scale might not show you what you thought you’d see. Have you really been religious about tracking? Have you started eyeballing that “1 cup” serving of pasta? Or perhaps you’ve eaten a high sodium meal so you’re retaining more water than usual. If you can look back at your Tracker and know that you’ve been faithful to the Plan, use that knowledge as the reward in itself, and have faith that the scale will eventually show evidence of your work, provided you stick with it. As Posillico points out, “We are not the scale police. Weighing in is important it gives you a measure of accountability. But it is only one measure of your success.”

Many of us know this cognitively but still find giving up and viewing our efforts as a “failure” is easier than dealing with a scale that hasn’t moved in the right direction.

But next time you’re tempted to throw in the towel, try something radical: One week when you fear the scale might derail you maybe you have overeaten a couple of times or skipped a planned workout stay on track by asking the meeting room Receptionist not to tell you your weight that week. If you’re at home and have a trusted family member, ask them to look at the number and keep it safe until you’re ready to see it.

And focus instead on your recent successes the fruit you’ve snacked on, the activity PointsPlus values you’ve earned and you’ll be more likely to stick with the Plan in the long run.

Leader Leslie Price has seen a member at her meeting remove her fake ponytail, heard someone else comment that they’d remove their teeth if they could, and seen another woman ask her daughter to hold her coat around her so she could step on the scale in just her underwear.

Member Julie Meyer admits: “The stupidest thing I ever did was go to the gym, work out like a madman and not drink any water before weighing in at my meeting I almost fainted on the subway. That was the moment I realized that the most important thing is to be consistent, and if you gain, you gain. No point in risking your life for it!”

For a while, each time Lifetime member Caridad Nazario weighed in at her meeting she would wear the same nylon pants. And she would hold her breath. Why? Because she thought exhaling would add weight to her chest and make her legs heavier. Believe us, she laughs about that now!
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Flying can be stressful. Especially if you flying economy. Depending on the length of your flight, you can spend hours squeezed in between your neighbors, barely able to move. Read on for a few ways to make flights less stressful and more comfortable.

The key to more comfortable flying is to be prepared. Especially when you have a long flight ahead of you, good planning can make the difference between a bearable or even enjoyable flight, or utter misery. So here are five steps you can take to make flying much less stressful and more enjoyable:

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers. Temperatures are unpredictable, so you want to be able to add or subtract any time you want. A light cardigan is perfect for that purpose. Also wear clothes that breathe.

Wear shoes that are easy to take off and slip back on (for security purposes). Also, on a long flight, you probably will want to take them off. To replace them, bring warm socks so you can walk around in the aisle in more comfort.

Speaking of walking around depending on your personality, you should plan ahead where you want to sit. If you sit in an aisle seat, you be able to get up anytime you like. If you sit in a window seat, you can sleep without being disturbed. Decide which one is more important to you and plan accordingly.

Since we no longer allowed to bring bottled water from home, schedule a short stop at a store after you have gone through security to get at least one bottle of water. It important to keep a bottle handy because it reclosable which means you can take a sip whenever you like. You also won have to worry about spilling your water as you would have if you relied on the water provided by the flight attendants. On the other hand, take advantage of any refreshments they provide to save your own supplies.

Depending on how stressed you are by having to sit still for extended periods of time, make sure you come prepared with entertainment. If it a very long flight, try to pick a plane that has on demand videos. Also, iPods are perfect for air travel you can bring your entire library of music and/or spoken word and pick anything you like, any time you like. And when you get stressed, you can even listen to relaxation tapes or a book on tape that will take your mind off your worries.

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Container gardening embraces the basic concept that any container that can hold dirt can be made into a planter. Old shoes fill the description nicely as they can be recycled to use as miniature container gardens. Choose small, shallow rooted plants that will thrive in your chosen growing environment. If you want to plant several different plants, they must all share the same requirements for sunlight, water and fertilizer. Pick bloom colors that complement the shoe and each other. Vary plant heights and add interest with attractive foliage. Cacti and succulents in varying heights, shapes, sizes, colors and textures lend themselves especially well to shallow shoe planters.

1Wipe loose dirt and debris from the shoe’s surface with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely. Apply two or three coats of outdoor acrylic sealer to all surfaces of the shoe. Follow the sealer’s instructions carefully. Apply the sealer to the inside of the shoe with a paintbrush. If you prefer to leave the shoe in its current state, the planter will slowly weather naturally but won’t last as long.

2Decorate the shoe with paints, markers or stickers if you wish. Preserve your artwork with a couple of coats of sealer.

3Drill holes in the sole of the shoe to provide drainage. Space the holes about one inch apart. If you don’t have a drill, use a screwdriver or hammer and nail.

4Pour potting soil into the opening of the shoe, filling the toe and foot areas first. Fill the shoe to about 1/2 inch from the top. Use a good, well draining commercial mix that contains organic material, such as peat moss, for absorbing and retaining water. A medium that contains bark or perlite will provide good drainage.

5Plant seedlings or small plants in the opening of the shoe at the same depth they occupied in the growing containers. Firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil.

Things You Will Need Cloth Outdoor acrylic sealer Paintbrush Paints, markers, stickers (optional) Drill, screwdriver or hammer and nail Gravel Well draining commercial potting soil Seedlings Newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts or empty plastic bottle (optional) Sphagnum moss (optional)

Tips Use old shoes that you or members of your family no longer need, even if they’ve become somewhat shabby. Head to a local thrift shop to pick up shoes on the cheap. If the shoe is large or weight is an issue, stuff the toe and part of the foot area with newspaper, Styrofoam peanuts of part of an empty plastic bottle to lighten the planter.
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For meall of my boot socks are made from recycled sweaters and require NO SEWING!!!

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Cut the sleeve off of a recycled sweater right under the armpit of the sweater. Measure 8 10″ from the finished edge of the sleeve and cut off the remaining fabric. That’s it! Put them on with the finished edge (the bottom of the sleeve) sticking out of the top of your boots.

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Cut the sleeve off of a recycled sweater right under the armpit of the sweater. Measure 8 10″ from the finished edge of the sleeve and cut off the remaining fabric. Stretch the finished edge of the sweater around a can or anything similar to the circumference of your calf. Glue lace to the top of the sleeve. Let dry. Remove from can.

Before applying the lace,
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Cut the sleeve off of a recycled sweater right under the armpit of the sweater. Measure 10 12″ from the finished edge of the sleeve and cut off the remaining fabric. Fold over the finished edge of the sleeve making a 2 3″ cuff. Apply fabric glue under the cuff so if will stay in place. Glue buttons, lace or a cute flower to the cuff. ADORABLE!!!

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It should, but another alternative would be boiled linseed oil, apply with a rag (wear good rubber gloves) and let sit for a week or so outside or a place that fire can’t harm anything. If boiled linseed oil is left on a cloth wadded up it can spontaneously ignite so you need to make sure the oil has had ample time to dry good. Many fires have started this way but as long as you let it dry it will remain waterproof for a long time. It’s waterproof, a modern version, old version used heavy animal fats. It tricky to formulate an oil, wax dressing that behaves well in cold weather or very cold sea water and is waterproof, the stuff cracks. This stuff is slight pricey but a little goes a long way. I haven’t had it cracking, usually because of the wax, in cold weather. I have it on both a hat and coat. You need to reapply yearly. Gee I think the price has doubled since I last purchased this stuff.
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Introduction: How to Make a Pair of Tiny Sneakers!

Do your fingers feel naked? Are you making a doll or have a doll without any shoes? Have incredibly tiny feet and can never find quite the right pair of shoes?

I’m going to show you how to make these tiny shoes. You can use them for whatever your heart desires, charms, earrings, dolls, really the uses are endless.

Green (Base Color)

White (Laces and Sole)

Black (Details, Racing Stripe)

Scraps (To shape the front)

Clay Roller or Pasta Machine

Scalpel or Craft Knife(This is only my second go at these Converse style sneakers, and you can definitely tell which are which.)

Step 1: Step One: Cutting Out the Pieces

First you have to decide what color you want for your shoes, I wanted a green pair to clash with the red pair I already made, if you are using a color that you are mixing, make sure you make more than enough for the pair because it’s better to have extra than to run out halfway.

Roll your clay out as thin as you’d like it. I did mine as thick as a good piece of fabric, number four on my pasta machine, which converts to 5/64″ or 2m.

Using your blade cut two strips length wise on your sheet of clay. Each strip should be twice the length you want your shoes to be, and as tall as you’d like your shoes to be. Cut these strips in half length wise.

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then using a long S shape cut it into the shoe shape.

These shoe shapes will be your template for the size of the rest of the shoe’s components, so make sure you have the size you like.

Using the back of a shoe shape, cut two heel strips, one for each shoe, if you look at converse they all have this feature.

Using the point from the top of the shoe to the bottom, at a diagonal, cut out two rounded at the top, tapered rectangles for the tongues of the shoes.

You know have all the base components of your shoe.

Step 2: Step Two: Soles and Sides

Make a sole for your shoe it should be a little shorter than your shoe shape, and about as wide as the shoe shape. It should be a little thick because you are still going to add a racing stripe, and making it too thin makes it very crowded.

Then get a little chunk of scrap clay and make it into a little mound, this will make it so the toe of your shoe doesn’t just collapse, if you want you shoe hollow all the way through you can put tin foil loosely inside and take it out after baking. If you have trouble keeping up the sides of the shoe you can make a whole little foot shape to put into the shoe to help you mold it around it.

Stick the tongue of your shoe onto the front of each mound.

Take your shoe forms and wrap them around the mound at the front, and then keep the rest as close to the outside of the sole as possible for the most realistic look.

Leave a little gap for the heel strip, and it’s ok if there is some of the mound showing at the front of the shoe, it is going to be covered.
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Christmas can be a very expensive time of year but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways you can make your season merry and bright with ornaments, centre pieces and even a festive wreath! The best bit? You can make the whole lot with your own fair hands, giving you a real sense of pride and satisfaction, and you can do this really cheaply too. There’s no reason why decorations should have to break the bank, plus there’s a great sense of achievement when someone asks you where you bought it from, and you can tell them that it’s actually homemade. It’s so easy to make a wreath and other homemade Christmas decorations, plus it means you don’t have to be traditional as you can add your own personal touch to each item. Instead of a wreath made out of holly and ivy, why not try it out of material? Time to get crafty this Christmas!

TOP TIP:Use up any old pieces of fabric you’ve collected over the years.

You don’t need to hem the fabric, as the frayed edges add to the wreath’s charm. To construct your wreath, you can use an old embroidery ring, a circular frame or a polystyrene wreath template, available widely from craft shops and florists. Alternatively, cut out a circle of cardboard and wrap some wool around it to strengthen and bulk out the template.

To make:

1) Gather together a mass of fabrics. Measure the circumference of your template and add 200mm to this figure. This should give you the minimum length for each strip of fabric used.

2) Simply knot each strip of fabric around the template, leaving the sections loose as necessary. Try and keep the strips as close together as possible, interspersing them with ribbon as required.

3) To hang, tie a long piece of string or embroidery thread around the wreath and double knot. Make another double knot in the thread 100mm from the top of the template. You can now hang your wreath proudly from a nail or pin.
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Home Guides Home Home Improvement DIY How to Make a Centerpiece Using a High Heeled Shoe A classy, high heeled shoe makes a unique centerpiece for a New Year’s Eve party.

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Nothing says sexy with just the right touch of mystery and class like a high heeled shoe. Just as those tiptoeing accessories add a special flair to a formal evening ensemble, they can also brighten your table as an intriguing centerpiece. Select a high heeled shoe that matches your party’s theme: a ruby red sequined slipper for a movie themed party, a crystal studded, high heel sandal for a charity gala or satin bridal shoes for a pre wedding shower. A masterful high heeled table display will bring that fabulous footwear to eye level, allowing leisurely appreciation by all your guests.

1Position the high heeled shoe on the disposable plastic platter so that it’s roughly centered. Adjust it so that the position is pleasing to your eye. Mark the position of the heel on the plastic tray with a pencil and draw an outline on the tray around the toe.

2Warm a 1 cubic inch piece of modeling clay in your hands until it is easy to mold. Work the clay into a rounded ball; press it into place on the tray on the marked heel position. Press the clay firmly enough that it spreads out and grips the tray, but still mounds up at least 1/2 inch.

3Work another piece of modeling clay into a flat pancake shape slightly larger than the toe of the high heel shoe. Press the flat piece of clay over the toe outline on the disposable plastic tray so that it sticks to the tray but is still at least 1/4 inch thick.

4Press the shoe into the clay in the position you chose previously. Squeeze the clay firmly around the bottom of the heel to provide stability to the shoe in case someone bumps the table.

5Drape the piece of velvet material around the shoe, covering the tray and hiding the modeling clay but leaving the shoe exposed. Tuck any raw edges of the material underneath.

6Sprinkle bits of glitter lightly over the velvet material.

Things You Will Need Disposable plastic platter High heeled shoe Modeling clay 1/4 yard velvet material

Tips You can use hot glue instead of modeling clay, which will hold the shoe more firmly, but first ensure that the heat won’t melt your plastic tray or your shoe. Select a contrasting color of fabric to best show off the shoe. Black, white, silver and gold are classic posh colors, but other colors may display your shoe better. Silk fabric may work better with the shoe you select. Always take the shoe with you when selecting the draping material. Avoid busy fabrics that will distract from viewing the shoe. Generally, use a solid colored material for draping. Instead of glitter, use confetti for a New Year’s Eve theme or white rice for a wedding theme. Consider displaying a product inside the shoe for commercial parties such as small bottles of liquor, perfume or beauty care products. To prop up an object in the shoe, first stuff the shoe with a silk handkerchief to match your draping material.

Resources (1) A. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in biology from Wayne State University.

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We all know that a healthy diet and a dedicated fitness routine are the keys to the weight loss kingdom, but there are times when we all a little less diligent than we should be. How To Disguise Muffin Top said, it a relief to know that there a few clever ways to look as if we been eating clean and SoulCycling daily simply by choosing our clothing wisely. can fashion give us the illusion of a slimmer physique Read on. At its core, the right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.

To look leaner, it pays to choose a seamless pair of slenderizing briefs, boy shorts, camis or full body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, boost yourderriere, and define your waist when wearing bodycon dresses, clingy skirts, tight pants or evening gowns.

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Take a Length Lesson

Ifyou’re trying to give off a thinnerappearance, it’s key to be mindful of hemlines. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists: capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or calf length skirts.

Instead, opt for straight jeans in a dark wash that hit exactly at yourankleor an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especiallywhen paired with dark heels, ankle boots or flats.

Same goes for trousers: Choose dark colors (black and navy are your best bet) without any pleating and have a slightly tapered leg.

Intermsof skirts, a knee length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, as are fitted A line skirts that hit right above the knee. For an extra slimming boost, pair skirts with opaque black tights in the winter, which automatically make legs of all shapes and sizes appear longer and thinner.

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Choose Heels With a Low Cut Vamp

Here’s small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Shoes that have a low cut vamp instantly elongate and slenderize your leg when you’re wearing skirts, shorts and dresses.

What’s a vamp? It’s the portion of a shoe that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you’re able to find a pair that matches your skin tone, all the better to give the illusion of slim legs.

Speaking of shoes, a heel think two and a half inches and above lifts the body and makes clothes fall better, which gives a slimmer appearance. Look for pumps with slightly pointed toes and thin heels, as opposed to square toes, super chunky styles or thick anklestraps, all of which can give the appearance of a shorter, stockier leg. In fact, a well cut maxi skirt can actually give you the appearance of looking longer and leaner.

Choose solid versions that skim the length of your body, which will create a long vertical line (forego anything with thick pleats, bulky pockets, thick elastic waistbands or too many layers.) Be sure to keep your top fitted a tucked in T shirt and a cropped leather jacket or a well cut blouse in a dark color, for example so as to not drown in fabric.

Also, make sure the skirt’s hemline is as long as you can go without tripping, and add a pair of high wedges or heels underneath. No flats!

Say yes to pants with a higher rise

High waist bottoms get a bad rap,probablythanks toan unfortunate Jessica Simpson style mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you’re leaner by elongating your lower body.

The most slenderizing item to choose are high waist/slim fitting jeans in dark denim or black with a bit of added spandex for stretch and movement.(The most slenderizing brand we’ve found is BDG, which is sold at Urban Outfitters and is highly affordable.)

Be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a tailored blouse, or opting for a slightly cropped top. Don’t choose garments with a super high waist that buttons up or has anelasticwaistband. Instead, go for a rise that hits directlyaboveyour belly button and has a zipper fly.
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You now have in your hot little hands some important guidelines on HOW to spot these nasty critters so you can stop them in their tracks. before they can cause any serious structural damage.

I go into the full inspection procedure in just a bit, (which you can do yourself), but for now, let roll up our sleeves and get right to work.

Here are eight signs that you probably have drywood termite infestation.

1. Exit or “Kick Out” Pinholes: The holes are often difficult to spot because they are small about the size of small nail hole that you hang a painting.

2. Pellet Piles: This often looks like sawdust or sand, but is in reality the fecal waste from drywood termites.

3. Discarded “Rainbow” Wings: This in an indication of “swarmer” drywood termites that have dropped their wings as part of the mating cycle.

4. Blistered Wood: Drywood termites will typically “hollow out” a piece of wood leaving only a thin veneer of unstable wood or surface paint that takes on a blistered appearance.

5. Swarming Bugs Around Lights: Drywood Termites that are ready to reproduce will be drawn to light.

6. Body Shape: Drywood termites are brown, about a 1/2 inch long,
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with TWO body segments and four equal sized “glassy” wings that are about twice as long as their body. They also have straight antennae, (carpenter ants on the other hand are about an inch long with three body parts and elbowed antennae).

7. Damaged Wood: Sometimes the homeowner is alerted to trouble by simply discovering pocked, “tunneled” and damaged wood in or around the home.

8. Cream Colored Worms: If you tear into some damaged wood you may find cream colored, six legged “worms”. These are the drywood termites before they are ready for reproduction (only when they are ready to mate will they grow wings).

Okay. now you know WHAT to look for. Problem is.

You Don Know HOW To Look!

This is where most people are understandably clueless. 5

Which is why you need to keep reading!

The typical homeowner often NEVER sees any of these signs because it requires a trained eye and a rather rigorous inspection process (which I about to walk you through).

Sometimes you be lucky enough to spot one or more of these signs right off the bat,
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in obvious places:

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It is the desire of every individual to look attractive to others. Men and Women apparel play a crucial role in enhancing the personality of human beings. What you wear and how you carry them makes all the difference in how you are perceived by others in your social circle. You need not wear expensive designer clothes to look stylish. You must learn what looks good on you according to your physique and personality.

Clothes that fit you snugly and keep you comfortable

One important thing to remember when dressing up to go outside your home, you should wear clothes that are according to your body shape and size. Your dress when moving casually in the outdoors with friends or when attending a party with them should be different from what you wear at your office. Take a look at this button down mandarin collar shirt. It can help you look smart and elegant on all casual occasions without making any special effort provided it fits you nicely. Being made of cotton, it will keep you comfortable for long periods of time.

Half sleeved shirts make you look sporty and young

Do not avoid half sleeved shirts as they look very informal to you. They not only look cool but also keep you relaxed and comfortable during the hot summer season. In fact, you can look very stylish by keeping a few buttons open of a checkered shirt with a white round neck t shirt underneath. Pair them up with blue faded jeans to complete your casual look.

Party dress to capture the imagination of all the men

If you are going to a formal party or function,
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you can make sure that all eyes are on you when you decide to wear this one shoulder long sleeve dress. It is a long dress down to the floor but who says long dress cannot make you look sexy? This long dress carrying patchwork has an asymmetric shoulder. It is a unique combination of fit and flare with the ability to flaunt your figure. This body hugging dress has a flare from waist downwards while it shows your cleavage to make you look very sensuous at a party. It is made of lace, spandex, and polyester. With a slit at the front to show your leg up to thighs, you can be pretty sure to hog the limelight at a party or function where you wear it.
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After people entered into the cultivation of human society, shoes were invented, before this time, people what’s more ran with barefoot for millions of years. But the British “Nature” magazine published a examination recently, which showed that moderate barefoot running helps your feet to touch the ground in a healthy way and also helps to form musculoskeletal health.

Harvard University and other Institutions’ researchers investigated the United States and Kenya long term runners who landed their feet on the ground. We can know from the results that people who are long term runners with running shoes would like to use their heels to touch the ground at first. But if a people always run with barefoot will be likely to touch the ground with his forepaws.

It can be seen from the research that if heels touched the ground at first, the impact forces your heels obtained would be three times of your body weight, even though you were with running shoes, which was also contained a cushion. But if the case is that your forepaws land on the ground at first, for the effective buffer of some places that pass through the ankle, such as the hamstring and the joint, the impact would come down to only sixty percent that are equivalent of your body weight. Due to the long term effects of the impact, it may lead to fatigue fracture or plantar fasciitis, the researchers think that the way of forepaws down will be healthier.

Harvard University’s researcher,
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Daniel Lieberman said that the ancient humans may need to chase prey with barefoot running for a long time, which evolved out of the structure of the corresponding foot. Barefoot running might be a cozy thing if people can adapt it moderately. This will also be beneficial for the health of skeletal muscle. However, the researchers also showed clearly that running shoes should not be abandoned since the hard thing on the ground may do harm to your barefoot.

After you are accustomed to barefoot running, the ground impact and the effective mass of your foot will be reduced suddenly. You are able to run just like you dance at ease, because your legs are more flexible and more natural and the centre of your whole body is also stable. We must pay attention to the fact that it is easy to cause harm in the first six months of barefoot running. It is recommended that runners can choose a pair of special structure running shoes at the beginning of his barefoot running, the “virtual barefoot running shoes,” which are made of special materials. This type of shoes will allow your heels, ankles and other different parts to be flexible as barefoot, it not only can play a protective role on your feet, but also can really help you to gradually get rid of the long habit of running shoes.

Lee explains that you can not wear anything on your feet, but a pair of special running shoes really can provide you with effective protection. What we have to notice is that training course is the key. With respect to barefoot running, you need to pay attention to what sort of people is born to be barefoot runners. Barefoot running has always been a controversial problem. It may not be planned for you if you always run but do not come into any problems or injures for a time. Barefoot running might be appropriate for you under the condition that you have ever injured on some aspects, such as the pain on anterior tibiae or the wrong running way.
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He’d done the trip many times over the years, and he looked forward to the drive.

Several hours later he found himself in open farmland in unfamiliar territory. He pulled over, brought out a book of maps, and realized he’d driven two hours past the turnoff to his home in Los Osos, California.

“It was terrifying,” he remembers now. “I thought, I didn’t mean to come here. How did this happen? I just zoned out.”

But he wasn’t just zoning out. A visit to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, showed Ferrero was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia.

“That car ride was a real wake up call,” he says.

After his trip to Mayo, Ferrero’s wife insisted he get a professional driving evaluation to make sure he was safe to drive. His driving was fine the only problem was that he might wander off again down the road.

It has been five years since that fateful car trip. The disease forced Ferrero, an Air Force veteran, to retire from his position as president and CEO of the Private Industry Council of San Luis Obispo County. Now 64, he doesn’t want to sit home all the time, and still drives and walks around.

To decrease the chance he’ll wander again, Ferrero writes down exactly where he’s going so he can refer to it later, and he wears an ID bracelet with a 24 hour emergency response number. He hasn’t had another wandering incident, but knows he might at some point as his disease progresses.
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1. What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family? That Maycomb is a little town and that Atticus Finch is either related to almost everyone in the town through blood or marriage. He lives with his two kids Scout and Jem and there maid/cook. His wife had died a few years ago.

2. What do you learn about Dill’s character? That he is a very curious and adventurous little boy. He isn’t scared of much and wants to see what Boo looks like.

He got involved with a bad crowd and instead of getting sent away with the rest when the got arrested he was kept in his house. He then spent s little time in the local county basement when he stabbed his father. He is now a ghost in his own house.

4. Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?

It fascinates them because it’s so forbidden.

5. What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel? The narrative voice is a little girl named Scout.

1. Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school? Because she always watches the kids walk to school and is excited for it to finally be her. She is very eager to learn.

2. Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behavior typical of an older child? Because he doesn’t want to be embarrassed in front of his friends and yes this is very typical of an older child.

3. What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? Can you find qualities, which would make her good or not so good at her job? I think she has qualities that make her both a good and not good teacher. She would make a good teacher because of her new techniques of teaching, which are more hands on learning like we do today. She makes not so good of a teacher because she seems very inpatient and doesn’t want any of the children to become too smart for their grade like Scout.

1. Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household? She is the Finchs maid/cook but she is also the mother role model of the household and is treated like family and an equal.

2. What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior during lunch suggest about his home life? He is very poor. His behavior during lunch when he covered everything in molasses and ate as fast as he could suggests that he doesn’t get that much food at home and thinks he’s going to take advantage of this and eat as much as he can because he doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from.

3. What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter? Atticus treats Walter like he is a grown man and equal to him because his knowledge level is that of a grown man farmer.

4. Does Scout learn anything from Walter’s visit? What do you think this is? Yes I think she learns that she can’t keep judging people as harshly as she does because she doesn’t know what their lives are like and needs to be more polite to guests.

5. Atticus says that you never really understand a person “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. What does this mean? Is it an easy thing for Scout to learn? (In the last chapter of the novel, Scout repeats this,
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but she changes “skin” to “shoes” this is probably not a mistake: Harper Lee suggests that Scout cannot clearly recall exactly what Atticus said and when, but the reader can check this!) It means that you can’t judge someone until you’ve lived his or her life. I do think this is a hard thing for Scout to learn because she is still so young.

6. What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells? That they are the lowest people in the town and that they are allowed to do many things that are illegal to everyone else because Mr. Ewell is an alcoholic and drinks away all of the well fare money and they have to let him do things like hunt out of season so that the children can eat because they have no mother.

1. What does Scout think of current fashions in education? She thinks that school is extremely pointless and if it’s going to be this boring for the next 12 years she is not going to be taking part.

2. What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house? Hot steams, which are dead spirits or ghost like things and if you walk through one you will be stuck between heaven and hell when you die.

3. Why do the children make Boo’s story into a game? Because they think its fun.

4. What do they do in this game? Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys’ home? They re and act Boo reading his magazine and then freaking out and stabbing his father. No part of them knows it’s not very accurate they just use the gossip that they hear in the town.

5. What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house? Boo Radley.

1. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson? How typical is she of Maycomb’s women? What do the children think of her? Miss Maudie Atkinson is a widow hat loves to garden she seems a little bit off of the typical Maycomb women because she’s being so friendly to the children. The children like her very much because she treats them almost as equals, makes them food all the time and spend time with Scout.

2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes? She tells Scout about how much that whole house hold cares about making sure they have a good after life and go to heaven that they think she’s going to hell because she spends too much time outside withe her flowers. That is why he stays inside all of the time.

3. Scout claims that “Dill could tell the biggest ones ” (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies? Because he wanted everyone to think highly of him and wanted them to think that he knew more then everyone else.

4. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think he is right? Why? He says that it is disrespectful and that they don’t know what really happens inside and that they sould never make fun of someone like that. Yes, I do agree with him.

1. Why does Scout disapprove of Jem’s and Dill’s plan of looking in at one of the Radleys’ windows? Because Atticus told them to stop bothering him and she doesn’t want to get into trouble. She also thinks that they will get killed.

2. What does Mr. Nathan Radley know about the intruders in his garden? Why does Miss Stephanie refer to a “negro” over whose head Mr. Nathan has fired? He doesn’t know who is was but if they come again he will shoot them this time.

3. Why does Dill’s explanation of Jem’s state of dress almost land him in trouble? Because poker is a sin and thats looked on as a very bad thing as well.

1. When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back,
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he tells her of something strange. What is this? Jem tells Scout that when he went back to go get his breeches that instead of them being tangle and in a heap where he left them they were nicely folded all sewn up like they were waiting for them.

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Have you smelled your gym bag recently? If you are like most people, chances are the bag that you carry your gym clothes and shoes in probably smells worse than mouldy cheese. If you leave the bag in your hot car while you are at work, the smell can be even more potent.

Gym clothes are by nature going to get sweaty and smelly, so how can you keep your gym bag smelling fresh? Here are some helpful tips:

Bring a few plastic bags with you to the fitness centre. When you change out of your gym clothes, seal them in the plastic bag before you throw them in your gym bag. This will stop the sweat and moisture from getting into the fabric of the bag.

As soon as you get home, empty your bag and wash your gym clothes. Be sure to always exercise with clean gym clothes. You can wash your gym clothes with a scented fabric softener to make them smell nice.

If you are a swimmer don leave your wet towel and swimsuit in your bag overnight. It will leave the bag smelling of chlorine and if left for a long time the moisture will cause it to start harbouring bacteria. Spread out your towel and swimsuit so that they can air dry properly.

Once you have emptied your bag, you can leave it open to let it air out overnight. If it is a fabric bag, you can even wash it every so often in your washing machine.

If your bag is not machine washable, you can wipe it down with hot water and mild soap. Also, you could use scented antibacterial wipes. Make sure the bag is completely dry before zipping it up again, because any trapped moisture will breed bacteria and mould and make the problem even worse.

By placing fabric softener sheets at the bottom of your bag, you can ensure that your gym clothes will always smell like fresh laundry.

You can use a fabric freshening spray, such as Febreze, which works by killing the germs that cause the smell. Spray it on the inside of your bag every so often.

If it is your shoes that are causing most of the smell, invest in odour eating insoles or special shoe powder. Also, make sure that you wash your socks after a workout and don leave dirty socks in the bottom of your bag.

Gym clothes, shoes and bags don have to be gross and smelly! Take a little bit of time to take care of your workout gear and you will always been fresh, clean, and ready for a great workout.

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As the nights draw in and the heating gets turned up, spiders make their way back into our homes. With False Widows and giant house spiders cropping up around the UK, here are the best (and most outlandish) ways to keep your home spider free.

ConkersA popular old wives tale says that chestnuts can be placed around the home to deter spiders. Some claim they hate the smell, others claim they keel over in the presence of a walnut. There’s no real evidence to support this though, so use either as a last resort or for a good old playground game.

Where there are insects, there are spidersAs the evenings grow darker, it can be tempting to leave outside lights on which serve as a beacon to the insects in the area. The spiders aren’t attracted to the light, but will follow the insects. If windows are left open with the lights on, expect a lot of spiders to be following those moths.

Essential Oils and Vinegar SpraysEucalyptus, tea tree or even peppermint oils might keep the spiders out. While some might enjoy the smell, the spiders do not. Spray around windows and doors. A similar option is vinegar. With an infinite amount of uses around the house, one of them had to be deterring spiders. Side effects may include deterring friends and family from your extremely fragrant home. Check out a good oil spray recipe here.

Get a PetPreferably a cat. Cats have been used as hunters since humans first began to interact with them, and even the most docile tabby cat will still follow his instincts. While they aren’t going to eliminate the entire spider problem, they’ll catch anything they see sprinting across the living room floor. Use caution if there are poisonous spiders in the house like the False Widow, as they can hurt animals too.

CitrusYour recently adopted cat will hate this too, but lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit smell terrible to the average spider. The peels work perfectly, so just save them whenever enjoying a healthy piece of fruit. They do need to be replaced every few days as they dry out and lose their potency.

Cedar and TobaccoWith a convenient source of cedar or the money to afford to sprinkle tobacco around the home, these may also repel spiders. Cedar wood will work, so hangars may work in wardrobes. Investing in cedar furniture is only for the serious arachnophobe.

Keeping your home cleanPerhaps the most boring method and the most effective. Spiders love to hide in dark and neglected places, and any leftover food will attract insects that will in turn attract more spiders. Vacuuming or dusting away cobwebs and egg sacs will make spiders less eager to return. Removing plant matter and debris from around your house will also work as a preventative measure as there will be fewer spiders to move inside.

End of the world fears sparked by ‘blood moon’ and meteor strike prophecy

Minority Christian groups have predicted the world will end later this month when they say a ‘blood moon’ will bring about an apocalyptic meteor strike. Scientists say a ‘blood moon’ will occur on September 28, when the moon passes into the shadow of the earth cast by the Sun (a lunar eclipse) and appears dim and reddish.

Some religious leaders believe that because this is the fourth consecutive lunar eclipse since April 2014, it is part of a “tertrad” which foretells a meteorite destroying earth and the end of time. Experts at Nasa remain unconvinced

Nasa funded project to simulate life on Mars

Six recruits have began the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI SEAS) mission. They will live in the dome, located on barren land in Hawaii, for the next 12 months. Previous HI SEAS missions have lasted four months and eight months respectively. The Nasa funded project will allow the organisation to plan for a human mission to the Red Planet, which is expected to take between one and three years. The team will have to survive without fresh air and fresh food. Their diet will include powdered cheese and canned tuna and they will only have a small sleeping cot and desk inside their room

Scientists discover how ‘obesity gene’ works

Scientists have discovered how a key gene related to obesity works when it is faulty which could signal the future prevention and even curethe health problem. Since 2007 scientists have known that a gene named FTO was related to obesity and people with higher BMIs (Body Mass Index) have been found to carry a variant of this gene. But despite this, it had not been known how or why FTO was related to obesity. Now, researchers at MIT and Harvard Medical School believe they have discovered that a faulty version of this gene causes energy from food to become stored as fat in the body rather than be burned, contributing to obesity

Asteroid ‘headed to destroy Earth’ almost certainly isn’t real

Conspiracy theorists and others keep saying that we are going to be killed by an asteroid, and Nasa has been forced to point out that it is very, very unlikely that it’s going to happen. News reports of “prophet” Efrain Rodriguez’s claim that an asteroid is about to hit Puerto Rico and destroy the Earth resurfaced, ahead of the expected apocalypse sometime between September 15 and 28. But Nasa has already denied that anything is headed for us any time in September

Astronomers have detected a methane shrouded world 100 light years away that may hold the key to understanding how planets form in the dust clouds swirling around stars. An instrument mounted on a telescope in Chile that was designed to study “cool” planets beyond the Solar System has found its first Jupiter like object a young, gas filled planet rich in methane.

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) attached to the Gemini South telescope in the Atacama desert, was built to discover faint, young planets orbiting bright stars and in its first month of operation it found oneThe chemical precursors for making morphine and heroin have been produced by genetically engineered microbes rather than poppy plants for the first time, raising the prospect that the most powerful painkillers known to science could be made from scratch in the lab. Currently all natural opiates, such as morphine and codeine, are manufactured from poppy plants farmed under licence. Researchers now believe these farms may one day be replaced by industrial vats of genetically engineered yeast fermenting in sugar solution. However, some scientists have warned that the creation of genetically modified yeast capable of producing morphine precursors could also lead to the illicit “home brewing” of yeast to produce heroin for the illegal drug trade

Government science advisers are expected to investigate a new method of creating “supercharged” genetically modified (GM) organisms that some scientists fear might cause havoc if released without adequate safeguards into the wild. A technology called “gene drives” accelerates the spread of GM genes within populations of fast reproducing species, such as mosquitoes, and has the potential to prevent the spread of insect borne diseases and crop pests as well as curb the damage done by invasive species

Nasa announced discovery of new planet seen as ‘close cousin’ to Earth. The discovery of what the American space agency said was the nearest thing yet to an “Earth 2.0” was based on the observations of the Kepler space telescope which has been scanning the Milky Way for Earth like planets since 2009. The telescope had hitherto found more than 1,000 potential candidates but a panel of four eminent scientists, including a British based astrophysicist, revealed the discovery of Kepler 452b a “super Earth” some 1,400 light years away

Velociraptors looked like ‘big fluffy birds from hell’

Palaeontologists in China have found a close relative of the Velociraptor that has a well preserved set of bird like wings and may have been just about to evolve into a bird. The skeleton is nearly complete and could offer clues to what Velociraptors actually looked like. Far from the scaly looking dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, they might instead have looked much weirder like “big fluffy birds from hell” lead researcher Steve Brusatte told the BBC.

The new find has wings with properly layered feathers, the team reports. Though it is a dinosaur, it looks more like a turkey or vulture

Nasa releases first picture of the whole Earth taken in 43 years

The picture, which has come from a camera on board the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), is the first picture of the whole Earth that has been seen since 1972. All of the pictures since then have been produced by stitching together different pictures into a full image of the globe. The new picture is a composite, of three separate images, but each of those images showed the whole planet. The camera takes ten images through the colour spectrum going all the way from ultraviolent to infrared and to make the new picture Nasa combined the red, green and blue pictures. The photo was taken on July 6, 2015, and mostly shows North and Central America. It was taken by Nasa’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which is a four megapixel camera shooting through a telescope
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Real World Advice for Retailers How To Increase Sales Even When Sales Are Slow

So you have a successful retail business; or you are on your way to building a successful retail business. You have a good group of employees that are well trained and knowledgeable about your merchandise. You have excellent relationships with your suppliers so you always get stock when you need it. Sales are increasing quarter over quarter, year over year. Business is great right now. But what about when sales slow down because of forces beyond your control, like a slowing economy or greater competition moving into your marketplace? How will you attract customers to your store then? Perhaps you have already seen better days and are experiencing a slowdown in sales right now.

When business slows, most retailers just throw money at the problem. They buy more advertising space in the local newspaper or more commercial time on the TV and radio stations. While this may have an impact, it is a very expensive way to get people to visit your store and maybe not the best use of your cash reserves considering that you may not have as much cash coming in as you are used to having. So what do you do? How do you get people to come to your store without spending a lot of money on advertising?

The answer is simple: get to know your customers when business is good. I can hear many of you saying, but Mike, I do know my customers. I know many of my customers by their first name and even some personal things about some of my long standing customers. For example, you say, I know that Mr. Smith, likes to buy his wife something from my store for their anniversary each year. Well, you might know enough about your customers to have meaningful conversations with them when they are in your store, or to help them find the perfect item, but do you know what it takes to entice them to come back into your store when business is slow? Do you even know how to contact your customers?

To illustrate my point let me tell you why I buy a lot of my clothes from a specific retailer in my area. Actually, he isn all that close to me; in fact, I have to drive 30 minutes across town to get to him, while there are a number of men clothing stores only blocks away from me. You might think I am a bargain hunter but, actually, he is one of the more expensive clothiers in the area. Not the most expensive by any means, but well above department store prices. So you must be thinking that I am either really tall or really overweight and I need custom suits and shirts made to measure, but actually I am lucky in that I can wear most things right off the rack. So why do I drive across town and pay good money to buy clothes that don need to be custom fitted? Because I like the way the owner makes me feel when I go to his store. Well, you say, my customers like the way I make them feel too how does this help me get them back into my store when sales are slow? Well, not only does the owner know how I like my pants to fall on my shoes and what colors look best on me, but he also reaches out to me when he hasn seen me for a while. Let me repeat that in case you missed it he reaches out to me when he hasn seen me for a while! He keeps track of when I was in his store last and calls me when he hasn seen me for a while or when he buys new inventory that he thinks I will like. He doesn send an impersonal email or a direct mail piece that may end up in my garbage before I get to see it. He picks up the phone and calls me in my office and chats with me for 30 seconds and then invites me to come and see the latest merchandise he just bought. It may take me a couple of weeks to find the time to visit him but every day, at one point in the day, I will find myself thinking about when I will be able to squeeze in a quick visit to my favorite clothier. Eventually I will make it over to see him and he will make me feel like I am his only customer and I will buy something from him often, I will buy a lot from him.

So don wait until business is slow, start getting your customers contact information right now. If you have a computerized POS system, start collecting your customers phone numbers and tracking their visits as well as their purchases. If you don have a computer, use recipe cards and write down the date each time they come into your store (whether they purchased something or not) and how much they spent.

Collecting customer information is a skill that you and your staff need to develop. Don ask for everything all at the same time; do it in stages. Nobody likes standing at the checkout counter for five minutes after they have paid for their merchandise so that you can enter all their contact information into your computer. The first time a customer comes in and purchases from you, just get their name and phone number. Tell them that you sometimes call your customers to let them know when new stock arrives. During that visit, try to find out something meaningful about the customer, like product preferences or what they do for a living. The second time, ask them for their email address so that you can send them notices of special unadvertised sales that only your preferred customers are invited to. This time find out something new about the customer, the name of their spouse, if you sell to both genders; or children, if you own a toy store; or pet, if you own a pet shop (you get the idea.) Add this information to their customer file/card. By the time your customer visits you three times, you will know more about them than most of their co workers and, more importantly, you will know multiple ways to reach out to your customers and draw them back into your store.

Use the following list of ideas to help you fuel a new, proactive direct marketing initiative for your store.

1. Use a computer or recipe cards; it doesn matter how you maintain your customer list. In the words of that famous running shoe company just do it! A customer database is the single most important asset you can own, next to your inventory. With a customer database you can reach out and touch people that are already familiar with your store and your employees and have a good impression of their last buying experience with you.

2. Track the amounts purchased by your customers then make sure you contact your top 100 customers every quarter.

3. Conduct a direct mail campaign inviting your customers to join your Customers Club then give them a coupon for 10% off their next purchase if they sign up.

4. Start a monthly e magazine that keeps your customers informed of new developments in your marketplace as well as new products coming in the future, special events, and sales. Use this platform to highlight your employees so that your customers will feel more comfortable with them the next time they come into your store.

5. Hold a special, invitation only sale for customers that have already bought from you, or have purchased a certain amount within the last year. Send out formal, hand written invitation cards three weeks before the event and follow up with phone calls the week before.

6. Make sure you train all your staff to collect customer information. Before you know it, you will have hundreds of customers that you can call to drive up sales whenever business is slow.

7. If you have staff members that are really good at developing relationships with your customers, encourage them to reach out to a segment of your customer base that they can call their own. If a customer always deals with a certain employee, he/she will likely respond better to a phone call from someone they know.

So what are you doing with your down time? Are you reading the paper, trying to figure out which ones to put ads into or are you calling your best customers and giving them a reason to come and spend more money in your store?
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Leather is an incredibly wonderful natural fabric that been used for thousands of years. No man made material has been able to surpass the natural beauty and toughness of leather but there are defects which may be caused during the life or after death of an animal.

Imperfections in the grain surface or structure of a hide or skin resulting in unsightly appearance and/ or weakness of the resultant leather. Such defects may have arisen during the life of the animal, or may have developed in the flaying and/or preparation of the stock. Defects exist on natural leather surfaces and they usually cannot be eliminated during processing. No international criterion specifies the compensatory counting for calf leather surface defects. So complicated negotiation causes additional cost and argument between suppliers and purchasers

1) Scars, resulting from scratches or cuts. (When the cut is healing, the fibers grow densely packed together, and the healed skin is often hard, raised, and lacking hair follicles. Scar damage is also caused by branding the animal for ownership purposes, usually in the butt area, which is the best part of the hide)

2) Infestations, such as ticks, warble flies, and mange. (Ticks pierce the skin to suck blood, leaving holes that look either like pin pricks or minor scars in the grain of the leather. This defect occurs mainly in the belly areas of the skin. Sarcoptic mange mites enter the epidermis and tunnel around, causing the cells to multiply and the hair to fall out. The grain surface becomes roughened, and the animal generally compounds the damage by rubbing to relieve the itching. In demodectic, or follicular, mange, the mites penetrate into the dermis itself, where a wall of fibers is formed to surround and “encyst” them. The cysts generally are seen on the grain of unhaired skins as small swollen nodules. Tanning and drying processes shrink the contents of the cysts, causing the grain surface to sink over the cavity so that the defects are seen as shallow depressions, though the grain surface itself is not generally damaged;

3) Infections. (If ringworm, which is a fungus, heals it leaves no scars, but if the animal is slaughtered while still infected, the grain appears coarse at the site of the infection);

4) cockle, which occurs in wooled sheep immediately before shearing. (This defect appears as boil like hard spots, of varying size, which occur in rows at right angles to the spine from the shoulder to the butt,
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and, while the defect disappears rapidly after shearing, it cannot be eliminated during manufacture of the leather.)

Defects caused after the death of an animal

Damages caused after death include:

1) flay cuts and gouges, which cut into the fibers of the dermis. (In thin leathers they show through and thereby spoil the grain. Some flay cuts go completely through the hide or skin, ruining it completely. These kinds of cuts are usually the result of careless or improper flaying);

2) putrefaction, which is the result of bacterial growth which starts almost immediately once the animal is dead, unless the skin is properly cured, especially on the exposed flesh side. : PUTREFACTIVE DAMAGE;

3) vainness, in which branching lines of blood vessels can be seen on the flesh side. (If, because of poor curing or old age, for example, the structure around them becomes loose, the skin is said to be veiny, and the branching pattern of the veins usually shows through on the grain side. Veininess can actually at times be attractive in some skins, such as VELLUM.

4) damage from heat, which may occur on hides and skins in tropical areas. (It is a common fault with ground dried skins. Sun Damage that occurs to a hide or skin when it becomes heated above a certain critical temperature while it is still moist and is laid out in the sun to dry (cure). A completely dry skin can become very hot and still not be affected under normal conditions of cure, but prior to this a skin is very susceptible to damage. Also, the drying of a salted skin proceeds so uniformly throughout its entire thickness that the cooling effect produced by evaporation off its surfaces maintains the temperature of the entire skin below the danger point until it is uniformly dry. Without salt, however, a skin tends to dry unevenly when laid out in the usual manner, which is flesh side up. This can happen because the flesh side can dry out completely and begin generating heat, while the underside remains moist, and, being shielded from evaporation, also begins to generate heat. This is especially the case when pieces of flesh, generally of a fatty nature, are present on the flesh side, and further retard the drying of areas beneath them.
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A few years ago I was in New York for an entrepreneurship boot camp and noticed an interesting trend. A lot of the successful people that came to speak with us frequently referenced how they met each other at group dinners. When I got back to Toronto and was working on building a business, I started to bring the various smart people I knew together for dinners to keep in touch and connect them with one another. Over time, I found that a lot of great connections and ideas would come out of these dinners.

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