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How to be the best at fancy dress

When I was about eight years old, my school held a disco. I’d already been to plenty of discos and I knew that there would be food and probably some games, and there would be music and I knew the moves to a lot of the songs. The faster songs you could just run around to but the slower songs you had to find someone to dance with. Simple! Only this disco was going to be different. It was a fancy dress disco. That meant that you had to go dressed up as somebody famous or as a character from a movie or a cartoon. I had a lot of ideas – perhaps I would go as Spiderman, because as it happened, I had some Spiderman pyjamas somewhere. Or at least I thought I did, it turned out my mum had given them away as hand-me-downs. Never mind, I thought, there are lots of cool characters I could dress up as, I’m bound to think of something great!

A couple of weeks went by and I’d actually forgotten all about the fancy dress disco and I was shocked when the other kids started asking me “what are you going as tonight?”

“Tonight?” “It’s a secret, you’ll have to wait and see”, I lied. I hadn’t got anything ready. Would it be too late to somehow conjure up an amazing costume from what I had in my wardrobe? After I got home I started to look at all the clothes – not just in my wardrobe but in everybody’s! I just didn’t get any inspiration. I started to think I might have to miss the disco. I started to rummage through the drawers trying to find anything that looked like the beginnings of a costume… a stamp collectors’ book, sticky tape, envelopes, glue, a washing basket, bicycle oil, a packet of one hundred green balloons – wait… why on earth did we have a packet of one hundred green balloons? My mum explained to me that they were for a St. Patrick’s Day party that never happened, but by the time she finished telling me, I didn’t care. I had found my costume!

I had a pair of dark green corduroy trousers which I almost never wore. I put them on immediately and then began to look for something green to wear on top. All I could find was y green cub scout jersey but it was covered in award patches. That couldn’t stop me now, though. I turned it inside-out and ran down to the kitchen. I climbed up onto the shelf in order to reach the top cupboard where I found the green food colouring. I took this upstairs and asked my sister to rub it all into my face and my hair which she willingly did. It’s the kind of thing she would have liked to have done without being asked but would have been worried about getting into trouble. Once we had expended the bottle of green food colouring and my face and hair were truly verdant, I ran into my mother’s bedroom to fetch her hairspray. I held my hair up while my sister sprayed it all over, again and again. “Make it look like something growing in the garden!” I told her. We had to dig out a little used hairdryer to try to dry off the food colouring, which was a slow process. At that time, we didn’t have the range and quality of hairdryers such as the ones featured in Ellie’s recent project.

When it came to blowing up the balloons, my sister decided to leave me alone. It took me a very long time to pump up around twenty green balloons with the air from my little lungs. Once they were all full, I stapled them by their ends to my sleeves, my jersey’s chest, waist and back and all down my trousers. I was finally ready to go to the fancy dress disco and I was certain that nobody had a costume like mine!

It took me a while to get out of the front door of my house, but once I was outside I ran all the way down the road to the hall where the disco was being held. Lord knows what passers-by must have thought when they saw me. Perhaps they thought aliens might have landed in our sleepy village?

I didn’t have time to ask myself that at the time. All that mattered was getting to the disco now. As I approached I could see the flashing lights through the tall windows of the hall and I could hear the music. A lady opened the door for me and welcome me inside. She looked me up and down and then suggested I go to sit down on the buffet table.

“On the buffet table? But why would I want to sit there? It’s full of food!”

“Exactly”, said the lady. “You’ll fit right in. We could really use a bunch of grapes. You look delicious, by the way!”


Is Your Brushing Technique the Best Way To Brush?

There are several techniques that have been taught throughout the years, but many of these are actually wrong. There is only one way to brush your teeth and that is thoroughly. It is always a great idea to check in with dentists at least once a year, even if you are not a regular patient at one. Places, like Azamay, offer free consultations for dental care. When keeping a check up on your teeth, you are preventing serious damage and possible diseases in the future.

The Right Type of Brush

There are many people who believe that a hard tooth brush cleans their teeth harder. This isn’t true. The soft brush heads are recommended for everyone’s teeth. After you eat, the particles of food are soft and only need a soft brush to remove. Using harder bristled tooth brushes could cause damage to the enamel and to the gums. When choosing between a manual toothbrush and one that is battery operated, the difference is that the power of the battery operated toothbrush gives your mouth a better clean that you could do manually. This is why many dentists recommend electric tooth brushes for cleaning efficiency.

Using the Tooth Brush Right

There are four major issues with the way that people are brushing their teeth. These four issues are simply brushing back and forth the right way, moving the tooth brush head all around, not brushing their teeth for the right amount, and being too aggressive when brushing. All of these issues can cause major problems with your teeth and gums in the future. No one should aggressively brush their teeth as this will damage the enamel. A simple, smooth brushing should be efficient to clean the food and bacteria.

The best brushing technique that is recommended by dentists is to brush in a circular type motion. The tooth brush bristles should have an angle of forty-five degrees from your gum line. It is also recommended that while brushing, attempt to focus on just a few teeth. Trying to focus on more can cause you to miss some areas. When your tooth brush is angled as recommended it allows the bristles to grasp underneath your gums and get rid of pesky plaque.

How Much Toothpaste is Too Much?

Dentists have repeated themselves for the past two decades regarding how much toothpaste should be used on your toothbrush. The recommended amount to use on the bristles of your tooth brush is the size of a green pea. Some toothpastes can require a tad more to do an efficient job. By slopping toothpaste onto the end of your toothbrush you could mistake areas in your mouth for already being done or cause inflammation in your gums from the excess of toothpaste. Whenever in doubt on how much toothpaste to use, always remember that if it is bigger than a pea, you’re using too much.

Tooth Brush Tip for Keeping Your Mouth Clean

There are several people who will use a toothbrush for six months or more, until the bristles span out and it is no longer a tolerable feeling when brushing. However, the average soft-bristled toothbrush should be changed out every three months. After this amount of time the bristles have lost their usefulness. When it comes to a battery operated toothbrush, changing the brush head every three to four months is recommended. If you will be unable to remember this, leave a note on your calendar, or place a sticky in your bathroom to remind you.

It takes more than just brushing your teeth to be able to keep your mouth clean and fresh smelling. Mints and other store bought items can help mask the smell of bad breath, but are insufficient for actually cleaning and ridding your mouth of the nasty bacteria and food debris left behind from your last meal. To avoid bad breath, be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss and rinse regularly. You should also remember to brush your tongue, as many have forgotten. This removes any bacteria or food particles that were left behind from your brushing. It can also stop the discoloration of your tongue, if you happen to be a smoker.


Important Steps to Take During a Power Outage

A power outage can occur for many different reasons and at almost any time. The main reasons for a power outage are as follows:

  • Blackout
  • Grid failure
  • Heat waves
  • Hurricanes
  • Ice storms
  • Maintenance to power grid
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Transformer failure
  • Utility outage from downed power lines
  • Windstorms

This list is not exhaustive, but while other reasons can cause a power outage, these few would be the main reasons.

Below you will find some interesting facts about blackouts, and a few helpful tips to ensure you and your family remain safe during a power outage.

Why Buy a Generator? 

Restoring power to your home as quickly as possible can keep food stocks and medicines fresh and usable. While a freezer will keep foods edible for a period of time, they are not insulated, so the food will eventually ruin.

The electrical grid in the USA is now old (50+ yrs) and becoming more and more susceptible to outages. Be prepared and buy a portable generator, click here to go straight to a website dedicated to the world of portable generators.

A loss of electrical power can cause stress to family members and pets. This can be easily avoided by having a generator around the house.

During an emergency it is very important to remain in a constant state of communication with local/national news, weather and information. All of this information can be found on the internet, but your router will not work without power.

Important Facts

It is unlawful to hook up a generator to your electrical system without a transfer switch.

  • Most portable generators run on gasoline. Make sure you store your spare gas in a safe and dry area, out of the reach of children.
  • If not sized correctly, portable generators can be over-powered, causing damage to appliances and the generator. Always calculate how much power you will need before purchasing a particular model.
  • When purchasing a portable generator, you may also need an electric transfer switch, heavy duty extension cords, gasoline cans and gasoline. Always ensure you have a plentiful supply, there is no point in having a generator without any fuel to power it.
  • Remember you will have to go outside to place the generator in the correct position. This could be at any time throughout the day or night, you will also need to replenish the fuel supply. Make this job easier with a good quality wind up torch.

Standby Generators

These are powered by natural gas or propane. Most units are plumbed right up to your gas meter. You never have to worry about stale gasoline varnishing up the carburetor.

Standby generators are automatic. They start themselves weekly for a test run to make sure all systems are working as designed. You never have to worry about the system starting during an emergency.

Having a standby generator installed at your home will provide you with standby power during power outages. 

What can a standby generator power in my house?

By installing a 15kW air-cooled standby generator, you can expect to power your refrigerator, freezer, lights, television, and computer. Just about your whole house. If you happen to have an electric cook top stove, you may want to consider stepping up to a 20 or 25 kW unit.


By taking a few safety precautions, and ensuring you are not without power, you can keep your property, and more importantly, family safe during a power outage.

Ensure you buy a model with enough wattage to supply energy to all of the appliances you wish to use. Never overload your generator, this can be extremely dangerous.


How to Store Ice Without a Freezer

The summer heat is much easier to take when we have a nice cool drink in our hand. Unfortunately, the coolness only lasts as long as the ice in the glass. When we are planning an outdoor activity in the summer, it is important to include ice on the packing list. Although there is no way to completely keep ice from melting in the summer heat, it is possible to incorporate a few tricks to at least make the ice last longer when there is not a freezer available.

Get to Know Ice

Ice begins forming at 0 degrees Celsius or lower. Temperatures above that level will begin the melting process. There are three methods of heat transfer to deal with when it comes to the melting properties of ice; convection, radiation, and conduction. To be successful in keeping ice from melting, insulate the ice, the container, or both.


This is the amount of heat rays that the container or insulation allows to penetrate to the ice. Wrapping the ice in a shiny or reflective material will help to bounce the heat rays away from the ice and keep it cool longer. Materials such as aluminum foil or a clean potato chip bag turned inside out make great reflectors to keep out the heat.

Tips and Tricks

Using these guidelines it is possible to keep ice frozen longer in the summertime. A few other tricks can help to shorten the melting time of ice. Some suggestions include:

  • Keep in shaded area
  • Use larger pieces of ice
  • Insulate around ice
  • Keep container closed
  • Wrap in insulating material
  • Use light colored container

When it comes to enjoying the sunny summer outside, keep cool with some fresh ice from a customized cooling system. Implementing these ideas will help store ice longer when the temperatures soar in the heat of the summer afternoon.

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3 Top Over the Counter Toenail Fungus Treatments

After suffering for years from a toenail fungus problem, I have discovered that I am not alone. Based on various reputable websites, it’s a problem that affects at least 5% of the U.S. population. The breakdown in age groups is also surprising since approximately 50% of these individuals are over the age of 70. With numbers like these, finding a cure has become even more essential and should be placed on the top of everyone’s priority list. Toenail fungus is an infection that can thrive for a very long time until the proper treatment is found. So I have compiled a list of the best over the counter toenail fungus treatment solutions.

Kerasal Nail Fungal Nail Renewal Treatment – Advance Formula

At first, this over-the-counter anti-fungal treatment could only be found in Europe. The formula used in this product has had a very high success rate because approximately 92% of its users showed noticeable improvement (77% of which stated that their improvement could be seen within two weeks). The formula contains several powerful ingredients including those that help with softening, hydrating and penetrating the nail in order to restore a healthy appearance. The advance formula is considered to be safe, odorless and quick performing.

Fungi Nail Anti-fungal Solution – Double Strength Anti-Fungal Solution

When I was searching for the best nail anti fungal products, I found that there were a great deal of products that were made to address the infections that toenail fungus presents. However, some of these products were considered to be much more effective than others. In some cases, these anti-fungal solutions were backed by pharmacists as being the top recommended on the market today. This statement is true for Fungi Nail Anti-fungal Solution (Double Strength Anti-fungal Solution) because it has had proven results that can be traced back over a 20 year time span. It is a coveted choice by many consumers because it has no side effects, it is available without having to obtain a prescription and the results are visible in at little as two weeks. It is also very important to note that this formula works very well because it even inhibits additional growth of the fungal cells.


Another great product that can be found on the top of the list of best over-the-counter anti-fungal solutions is ZetaClear. ZetaClear can be described as a two step process that is used to treat nail fungal infections. This two step system is not only designed to completely clear up the infection, but it can also prevent it from reoccurring again. Because these kinds of infections tend to reoccur, it is a system that addresses the root of the problem instead of just focusing on improving the look of your skin. Even though this product works extremely well, the manufacturers also take time to offer different application methods to help speed up the process. One of these methods suggests that users wrap the infected toe in a bandage after the treatment has been applied. With regular treatment, users can expect the problems to begin to disappear in at little as four to six weeks.

To be honest, there are a large amount of anti-fungal toe nail treatments from which we can choose. And this is why I think it is best that everyone take the time to do their own research before consulting a doctor. I have found that some products are much more effective and yield quicker results than others. Also, there are those that will provide a healthier appearance in as little as two to four weeks.

Even though the entire treatment may take several months in order to get the desired results, people can expect most of these products to work just as the companies claim. While Kerasal Nail Fungal Nail Renewal Treatment – Advance Formula and Fungi Nail Anti-fungal Solution – Double Strength Anti-Fungal Solutions are excellent choices, there are many people who may actually prefer Zetaclear. This is because ZetaClear offers a dual system that clears the toenail fungus problem within 4 weeks and it contains ingredients which will help to prevent these problems from coming up again. No matter what type of product an individual chooses, these are three of the most effective over-the-counter toe nail fungal treatment solutions in the industry.


Benzoyl Peroxide Face Wash Can Clear Up Your Acne

If you have acne, you might be deciding whether or not to use benzoyl peroxide face wash. The truth is, there are a lot of things that this type of face wash has going for it. First and foremost, it handles every type of acne there is. This is not really a claim that some of the other types of products can make, so this is a definite plus right off the bat. In addition, it handily kills bacteria and even works well in conjunction with other things that can speed up the healing process. Last but certainly not least, it works fast. If you have a prom or some other important date that is getting close, this can be a real plus.

It Handles Everything

The great thing about benzoyl peroxide face wash is that it is capable of handling all types of acne. Red, blotchy acne that is inflamed can be eliminated by using this product in much the same way that blackheads and whitehead can be. Some products will only help a certain type of acne but many people suffer from all types simultaneously. If you happen to be one of those people, using a product that is specifically designed for one type of acne or the other won’t be much help.

Bacteria Is Toast

You may not be aware of it, but bacteria is what causes acne. Essentially, it is a bacterial infection that causes your face to become inflamed and breakouts to occur. A lot of times, this is brought on by significant hormonal changes that occur within the body but the truth is, a lot of different things can cause it to happen. Stress, a lack of sleep and even a poor diet can all trigger acne. If you need a product they can handle the situation regardless of what caused it, this is definitely one that can get it done.

It Works with Antibiotics

Another reason that this is a good product to use is that in some of the most severe cases of acne, antibiotics are ultimately prescribed in order to help clear it up. Benzoyl peroxide works works especially well with antibiotics and can be used in conjunction with them according to what’s written on this page: http://www.treatingacnefast.com. As a matter of fact, it is even been known to make the antibiotics more effective. This is especially important for anyone who is dealing with acne that seems to be resistant to any type of antibiotics that are prescribed.

It’s Fast

Perhaps the most impressive thing about this particular treatment is that it works quickly. In many cases, you can start to see results in as little as five days. Many people actually notice that their acne has almost completely cleared up in that amount of time. If you happen to have an extremely severe case of it, it might take a little longer than that but this timeline is still quite impressive. Typically, using the topical solution in conjunction with antibiotics that are prescribed by a dermatologist can help you get rid of the acne in what probably seems like record time to most people. If you are simply done dealing with acne and you are looking for a solution that really works, this is something that is definitely worth trying.


Many people struggle with acne on a grand scale and it can make you very uncomfortable, even on your best days. In addition to the psychological effects that go on when you have a severe case of acne, you have to deal with the physical effects as well. Dealing with one or the other at any given time is bad enough in and of itself, but being forced to deal with both of these things at the same time is enough to put even the most stable people right over the edge. You have to deal with the inflammation and the pain that comes with it. At the same time, you are probably dealing with a deflated ego that can be easily turn into a severe confidence issue. Even worse, a seriously bad case of acne that is not properly treated has the potential to become infected. This opens up all whole new case of problems that you will then have to deal with. Benzoyl peroxide is capable of dealing with all of this. This in turn helps you get your life back. That alone is worth its weight in gold.


How to hold your new Bass Guitar, the Best practice for Hand Position

If you have just picked up a bass guitar, I mean actually just picked it up from the store you will soon start picking up the technique to play it! Hopefully, it is not going to end up on a wall bracket.

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Dedication is the key to learning any skill, especially when you need to start using muscles you didn’t even know were there. The reason being that the small muscle group in the hands and fingers needed for manipulating the neck and strings of your bass guitar are rarely used.

Bass guitar + amplifier = sound, and the good news is that it is not so difficult to get a good sound fairly early on with this equation, soon you will want to practice in every spare moment you have.

So here are some of the do’s and don’ts to help you with your hand position, assuming you are right handed, sorry left handers but you will have do it all in reverse.

Of course when you go to “live” gigs you can observe how experienced hold their bass guitars as well.  None of this is written in stone, yet.

So here we go;

  • Keep the end of your left thumb in the middle of the back of the neck of the bass
  • When reaching for notes, do not let your thumb go parallel to the neck, just shift your position instead
  • Use your left thumb as a pivot, keeping your elbow out form your body so that it can be free to swing back and forth
  • Curve the fingers of your left hand out over the neck to reach the notes on the thicker strings as your thumb pivots
  • Play the notes on the thinner strings with your fingers flattened more against the neck with your elbow pulled back and your left thumb standing almost straight out from the neck
  • Point your fingers slightly back toward the bridge so that the two fingers attack the string with about the same amount of force
  • Keep the fingers of your right hand fairly straight with just a slight bend at the joints
  • Use a walking like motion rather than plucking motion on the strings with the index and middle fingers of your right hand

If this all sounds very fiddly to you perhaps you can get a friend to assist you in the beginning.  It can be a very private thing learning to play especially in the early days so perhaps you can make a step by step recording of these instructions.

You have a good chance of avoiding hand repetitive strain injury by using this advice on technique.

There is not much to be done about your “bloody fingers” though!  Just take it easy; don’t over-do it to the point of drawing blood, no matter how tempting it may be to play day and night.

How Do Generators Work


How do Generators Actually Work?

Electromagnetic induction is a phenomenon associated with the English physicist Faraday who discovered this in 1831, mechanical generators of all sizes are reliant on this technology of the changing of the magnetic field.

Although a generator can be as small and compact enough to power a single electrical appliance or large enough to power a whole city we are mainly concerned with emergency generators, either portable generators or standby generators also known as gensets.

If you would like more information on home generators and reviews of the best ones on the market today have a look at House of Generators,

How does electromagnetic induction come into it?

Faraday discovered that changing magnetic fields to a conducting wire produced a voltage in the wire.  When the wire forms a closed circuit a current will flow through it, this forms the principle behind electromagnetics. He also realised that the amount of electrical current produced was in proportion to the number of turns in the coil of wire.

How do generators change the magnetic field to generate electricity?

Quite simply two components working together are used to create the changes to the magnetic field to generate electricity; the stator and the rotor sometimes called the armature. The stator is a solid iron core with a conducting metal coil around, the rotor spins around it creating the changes in magnetism. The magnets in a home generator rotor will have permanent magnets. When the rotor completes a half-rotation the polarity of the generator changes and the generator produces an AC current, an alternating current.

The conversion

For smaller home generators supplying up to 5 kW of electricity the power to enable the spin action of the rotor is usually converted by a small gas powered engine.

For larger home generators, able to produce 10 kW or more tend to be powered by propane gas or diesel.

Portable generators; size, safety, noise

Portable generators are extremely flexible in that a small 900 w generator can be used for camping whilst they can go up to 17,000 kW of power!

Generators do create poisonous carbon monoxide gases which can be lethal so you do need a well ventilated area. Other safety aspects include heat and electrocution hazards plus the more obvious need to keep it dry!

Using a cover on your generator can help with the noise pollution and keep it dry.

Take a look at the link at the top of the page to see some of the best reviews and further information regarding home generators including portable and standby.

If you have invested a lot of money in your home already one of the best improvements you can make is to install a standby (genset) generator. As the price of property rises the need to be competitive in your presentation is all the more important.

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