Archive for October, 2010

How To Go Green – Some Basic Tips

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Contains both easy and advanced tips for how to go green. But for this video I wanted to focus mostly on those smaller things that one can implement almost right away.

While it is true that we need to do a lot more than this in order to possibly prevent global warming, we all still have to start somewhere – for example with some of the suggestions in this video.

Duration : 1 min 40 sec


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Simple Green Bathroom Renovation

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

With the help of Kahi Lee, the Gingold family takes a few small, inexpensive steps to transform their once cluttered bathroom into a modern, efficient, eco-friendy place. Green Done Right presented by Scott Naturals is a web series focusing on making sustainable-living, budget-conscious design choices.

Duration : 4 min 46 sec


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Green DIY Energy Solar & Wind Energy Diy

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 What is Included in the. Green DIY Energy Guide? …. We want to see you succeed and tell your friends about Lets face it, even if you …

Duration : 1 min 43 sec


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Fairway Bunker Club Selection Tips

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Of all the golf shots in the world, the one I personally hate the most is the fairway bunker shot. I’m not entirely sure why I hate this shot so much, but I do.

Well, that’s not true…I know exactly why I hate this shot so much. It’s because they make me nervous. They always have, and I suspect they always will. Even so, there are a few tips that have helped me get out of these nightmares and perhaps they can help you as well.

If you are anything at all like me, the first problem you’re faced with when you land in a fairway bunker is which club to select. Your first priority in this selection is to make sure you have enough loft to clear the lip of the bunker. Take it from me, it doesn’t a bit of good to gaze down the fairway visualizing where you want the ball to land if it doesn’t clear the lip of the bunker first!

So, is there an easy way to determine the right trajectory that the ball will need to take in order to clear the lip of the bunker?

Actually, there is.

Pick the club that you think is going to work. Take this club outside the bunker (remember, you are not allowed to ground your club inside the bunker) and face the target on a line that is behind where your ball is. Put the club on the ground and “gently” stand on the club face with the shaft pointing in the direction of the target.

As you press your foot down on the clubface, the shaft will begin to come up at an angle. Look at this angle and compare it to the lip of the bunker. If the angle is above the lip, you have the right club and should be able to clear the bunker lip. However, if the shaft angle is below the lip of the bunker, chances are you won’t make it out of the bunker and you should take one or more club to increase the trajectory path.

Keep in mind (and I know I don’t need to say this) it’s better to come up short of the green than it is to bury your ball in the sandy lip of the bunker.

Two things to keep in mind as well when playing out of a fairway bunker are: Don’t wiggle your feet too deep into the sand. This will only make you lower than the ball and you might hit the ball fat. Second, don’t try to hit the ball too hard or to “scoop” it out. Just take a normal swing, the same swing you would make if you were in the fairway. Trying to “blast” it out will almost always end up in a poor shot.

But, of course, the best advice to playing fairway bunkers is to stay out of them altogether! That’s what I try to do.

Robert Partain

A Blood Diamond is Forever

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Blood Diamonds

You want to give your sweetie something sparkly this Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s even time to pop the question. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, of course … unless the girl cares about funding wars in Africa and wearing a reminder of bloodshed and poverty on her finger, that is.

Unfortunately, the modern symbol of love is also a token of terrible tragedies. If you’re looking to buy with a clear conscience, you’ll want to do a little research before you’re beguiled by the brilliance.

During the 1990s, money from selling diamonds financed several vicious civil wars in African countries. Military warlords and rebel groups alike mined diamonds to buy weapons in Sierra Leone, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia. Diamonds from Republic of Congo and Côte d’Ivoire were also used to fund wars in neighboring countries.

These gems became known as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds. Global Witness  estimates that up to 15% of all diamonds sold around the world in the late 1990s were conflict diamonds.

The United Nations imposed an embargo on non-government-certified diamonds from Angola in 1998 and did the same for Sierra Leone diamonds in 2000.

In 2003, the United Nations, over 70 countries, and the international diamond industry launched the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. This voluntary system is supposed to track rough diamonds from the mine to the retailer and ensure that they are conflict-free and legitimately traded.

In addition, the U.S. created several laws such as the Clean Diamonds Act to ban importation of rough diamonds that are not certified by the Kimberly Process. The U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of diamond jewelry — we bought $33.7 billion worth in 2005! But most of what we import are cut and polished stones, according to Global Witness.

While the Kimberly Process has made strides, it also has weaknesses that have been exploited. Some conflict diamonds are still getting onto the market, although thankfully in small numbers. Partnership Africa Canada reports how Côte d’Ivoire continues to launder blood diamonds through other countries and how lack of monitoring keeps retailers from always knowing what they’re selling.

So how are we supposed to know what we’re buying for our loved ones? You’ll have to ask the jeweler some questions, and be prepared to shop around. The Conflict-Free Diamond Council has useful guidelines to consider when looking for a diamond.

Download Amnesty International’s diamond buyer’s guide (PDF) for handy questions to ask your diamond retailer.

To learn more about specific stores, check out the charts from Global Witness and Amnesty International. These PDFs give details about businesses’ conflict-diamond policies and what monitoring organizations they belong to. You’ll find everyone from Wal-Mart to Saks Fifth Avenue included.

You can look up the conflict-free diamond statements of some big-name stores online, such as Tiffany, Ben Bridge Jewelery, and Zales.

Blue Nile, Whiteflash, and James Allen Professional Jeweler are among the many online retailers who sell conflict-free diamonds in accordance with the Kimberly Process.

Some folks prefer diamonds mined in Canada. The CanadaMark certification guarantees that the diamonds are from the Great White North, which is, of course, far from ugly wars.

However, Canadian diamonds aren’t perfect for the environment either. Mining Watch points out that northern diamond mines damage delicate ecosystems and animal habitats. These operations have also disrupted the lives of indigenous people in Canada.

One of the most eco-friendly options is to recycle jewelry. For example, Green Karat uses recycled gems in its designs. This not only ensures that your diamond is free of taint, but it doesn’t hurt the environment with messy mining practices.

Similarly, vintage jewelry from before the 1990s neatly avoids conflict and harm to the planet. If you insist, you can always have the stone removed from an old setting and placed into a ring, necklace, etc., of your own design. Jewelers do this frequently when heirlooms are inherited but styles change. Search antique stores in your town or troll eBay for deals.

Whenever You Travel, Go for a Green Hotel

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

One can help to reduce the negative impact that hotels have on environment by staying at a green hotel.

Green hotels use energy and resources efficiently thereby implementing recycling of products. Using nonrenewable resources efficiently and utilizing renewable resources is what Green hotels concentrate on.

The staggering figure of guests in the hotels, the meals prepared for them, water consumption, and energy required for lighting, cooling and heating all indicate that there is an enormous need to implement green hotel practices.

While you are at a green hotel, you are sure to receive quality service. Apart from the service quality, you will also be helping the environment.

Adopting green hotel practices helps hotels to realize cost savings which can be used for enhancing services provided to the guests.

Finding a Green Hotel

Finding a green hotel that suits your style, needs and pocket is not easy. But, with little effort one can easily find a hotel that makes you feel at home or in the lap of nature.

Choosing a Green Hotel

The key component of green travel is to book an eco-lodge. Many hotels are now making their ambience and implementing practices which make hotels- green homes away from homes for the guests.

Being a Green Hotel guest

When staying in a hotel, the following steps help you to become a green hotel guest:

· Ask the hotel staff not to change the sheets and towels on a daily basis.

· Switch off the lights and electrical appliances if any like television, air conditioner and close the drapes when leaving the room.

· Participate in the recycling efforts which the hotel promotes.

· Pass the newspaper provided by the hotel to someone else after you have read and encourage the hotel management to implement recycling.

· Take short showers

· While brushing teeth, don’t let the water run

· Turn off the exercise machines when done

· Place the brochures and other tourist information back in the racks after reading rather than throwing

· If disposable utensils are used in the hotel, bring your own disposable cups etc.

· When having food, if you don’t drink water along, ask the staff not to pour in your glass

· Thank the staff and management- managers and employees for embracing green hotel practices and appreciate their effort

Be a nice guest to encourage the hotel become ‘Green’

What if you stay in a hotel that is not green i.e. not following green practices?

Being a guest a positive effort in this case would be to encourage the hotel to become Green.

Following the steps given below will encourage the staff at the hotel:

· Asking the hotel managers and staff to follow green practices and tell them the importance for guests

· If you know some tips that will help hotels to be environmentally friendly, discuss them with managers

· Try to contact hotel’s president or CEO or send him a letter that will say the importance of following green hotel practices and how will it make a difference.

Thus, Implementing Green Hotel Practices is a challenge that hotels should face and help in conserving our resources and environment.

So, the next time you travel, make a difference for the environment by Going Green.

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M. Scott Parisi

Golf Tips – Chipping For Score

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

In golf, chipping is probably one of the more – less glamorous shots that you come in contact with on a regular basis yet it is one of the most important areas of competency when it comes to shaving strokes off your game.

You’ll struggle mightily to find a lower handicap golfer that isn’t a good chipper of the golf ball. It’s curious irony to me when I see and work with mid to higher handicappers that spend so little time on improving their merit around the greens. If this description fits you, think about it for a moment… by definition higher handicap golfers are not going to hit the greens as often and as such they are going to leave themselves with chip shots much more often. So why not spend some time getting better at chipping and immediately start taking strokes off your game.

I can tell you unequivocally, that if you are a higher handicap golfer, spending some time to improve you chipping skills will save you at least one to two strokes per hole… now that’s some serious scoring… wouldn’t you agree?

Much of chipping around the green is confidence and with practice your confidence will improve along with your chipping so it has a snowballing effect.

Let’s take a look at a few elements of chipping that will get you going in the right direction and on you way to lowering your golf score.

First of all, select the right tool for the job. One problem or mind set that many get in to is that; if I’m around the green and am going to chip … I use my pitching or sand wedge. If this is you, I want you to learn to select the proper club for the shot that is required.

Actually let me back up slightly… first evaluate the shot and where you want the ball to land… then get the club out that is going to do that job best for you. These first two items are your approach the chip shot that you have in front of you.

If you’re not sure about what club imparts what type of behavior on the golf ball, just try different clubs and shots around the practice green… work to get comfortable with several different clubs and approaches to your chipping.

The physical aspects of chipping are very straight forward.

You want to keep your hands slightly ahead of the clubhead… both in your set up and as your hands and club pass through the impact zone.

Press your weigh slightly forward during your set up and keep your weight pressed slightly forward throughout your chipping motion.

Use a one piece take-a-way and motion. This is a biggie with higher handicappers… they tend to get ‘flippie’ with their hands. When this happens the tendency is for the club head to begin to accelerate past the hands (a bad thing) and the result is the club either ‘chunks’ behind the ball or you hit the dreaded blade shot clear across the green.

Never decelerate the club as you come into the hitting zone. Confidence plays a big part in this for people who aren’t good chippers. In order to get yourself to consistently accelerate through the shot; when you are practicing, initially don’t worry so much about a precise target and if you are going fly the ball too far past. Just work on a smooth chipping motion making good contact each and every time. We’ll work on distance control once you master the motion.

I’ve gotten a bit long here and I still want to cover a bit more on the swing, club selection for you, as well as some drills; but for now, just get yourself out there and work on these few basics and making good consistent contact and I’ll be back with soon and we will continue our work on lower your score by getting the ball much closer to the hole with your chipping game.

Until next time… remember – practice makes permanent.

Jeff O`Brien

The “wow Factor”: First Impressions Count in Real Estate

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

In the world of real estate, curb appeal is everything. Whether you’re selling your home, getting ready for some special entertaining, or just sprucing things up for spring… you need to make an impact in a flash.

The place doesn’t look so good from the street, but it’s gorgeous inside? It better be… it takes a lot of work to correct a bad first impression. (And a buyer may not take the time to get as far as the front door.) Take some time this month to re-think your home’s first impression.

Here’s some quick tips to help boost the “wow factor”:

Take A Drive Or A Walk

Then come back down the street towards your home as if you are the one seeing it for the first time. Take a notebook and be objective. Is there clutter in the lawn, driveway, or yard? Maybe that pile of discarded garden pots that you’ve been meaning to recycle? Check out

the roof. What about the eaves trough? Anything looking crooked or in need of repair? Any cracked windows or peeling paint? What do you see when you look in the windows? Paraphernalia piled on a window ledge? Tatty curtain liners? Make a note of everything you see.

A Yellow Front Door

Real estate agents have joked that they can sell any house if the front door is painted yellow. Or if the home smells like green apples! What do these anecdotes tell us? Savvy agents know how easy it is to impress buyers with a little spit and polish, and a dash of flair. Your front door is a focal point; make sure it looks fabulous.

Sparkling Windows

Your windows and doors must not only be in excellent repair, but the glazing must be sparkling clean too. If the exterior of your home is well kept, you’re sending a signal that everything else is well cared-for, too.

A Pot Of Pansies Is Worth Its Weight In Gold

Make sure you have some lovely pots of flowers flanking the entrance of your home. If you’re making an impression in the winter, it’s worth beautifying your entryway with two urns of evergreen.

Impressive House Numbers

When matched to your home’s look a doorknocker, a kick plate, and sturdy doorknobs say to a buyer: welcome to this solid well-maintained home. And remember that everything must work … especially the doorbell, the door handle, the swinging screen or storm door, the front porch light, the mailbox slot…. You can’t afford to slip up here — at the very entrance of your home!

Wonderful Walkways

An attractive front pathway will entice buyers into your home. A few twinkling lights sprinkled here and there create a magical mood for late-day visitors. Spotlight a lovely tree or trimmed shrubbery for nighttime curb appeal too.

Enhance And Downplay.

Accentuate the positive, and eliminate the negative. If you have a pleasing curved pathway, edge it, and line it with boxwood shrubbery. If you have an attached garage, paint it out (camouflage it with the colour of your exterior), then make your front door pop by painting it an impactful colour.

You’ll be pleased by the big impact that just a little effort can make. If you’re selling your home, then it’s in your very best financial interest to make sure your home has great curb appeal.

And even if you’re not, imagine how wonderful it will be to welcome family and friends to your own front door!

The House Team Of Mortgage Intellingence

Get Rid of Harmful Toxins in Your Body With Home Body Detox

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

As you must be well aware, a detox is the process of eliminating all harmful toxins that have collected in the body cells or organs from within the body. Build-up of toxins in the body can be gradual but it can lead to many serious health issues. Therefore, it is crucial that you make a conscious effort to keep your body free from toxins to keep you healthy from within.

It is always wise to carry out a home body detox on a regular basis with the help of a proper detox program. A full body detox can positively affect your health as well as, have a dramatic effect on your aging process. A home detox program can effectively help you overcome all the contributing factors that can lead to the build-up of toxins in the body. Detoxifying your body every now and then can help you live a better and healthier life.

Without a doubt, modern society with all of it toxins, medicines, negative eating habits etc. contributes highly to the build-up of harmful toxins in your body. Because of build-up of excess toxins, the natural detox system that is pre-equipped in our body becomes unable to cope with it and hence it leads to several health issues. Fortunately, a well-managed home detox program can help remove all harmful toxins from your body resulting in a more energized and vibrant life.

Although most people prefer to go to professional spas to detoxify their body, you can consider doing it at home yourself. Home detox is not only cheaper but it is as effective as a detox in a spa if not more. You can enjoy a freer and rather relaxed detox session at home; as you need not follow the discipline similar to that of a spa. A regular home detox program can help you stay healthy, mentally and physically.

Home detox methods are extremely simple and convenient. Here are a few types of detox programs that you can try :

a) For liver detox, you would need to drink healthy liquids and add lots of green vegetables to your menu. You may also take homeopathic detoxosode drops in addition to the above.

b) Coffee enemas are also a part of home detox, but keep in mind that this procedure lasts for a long period of time. It may take about three to six months.

c) Colon detox means cleaning of your stomach. For this, you should consume healthy food that should necessarily include large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is wise to skip the meat and other toxic food items for a period of time.

d) The last type of home detox would be kidney detox. As said earlier, it is important for you to follow a proper healthy diet and also drinking unsweetened cranberry concentrate can aid in detoxifying your kidney.

As you realize, home body detox is extremely convenient and cheap. There are absolutely no side effects and it can help keep you energized and active by cleaning your vital internal organs. You can even supplement home body detox with important vitamins and special health diets for better results. It is said that detoxification should be done twice a year to keep the body fit and healthy, so go ahead and try home body detox to free your body from harmful toxins today. Healthy living starts now!

John Khu