Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ways to Make Money From Home in Your Spare Time

This is a an interesting idea, i got this from yahoo. You know in this economy a little extra earnings is great. I know there alot of people who were unemployed right now this is helpful too for the meantime while looking for a job.


1. The Open Network

An open network offers a ready-built home for freelance writers to post articles on an infinite variety of useful or interesting subjects.

Associated Content, one of the largest and best known freelance networks, syndicates and custom-creates Editorial content, in text, video, image and audio forms.

It claims to be adding 5,000 articles a week to a database of more than 1 million articles on a vast range of subjects -- from curious facts about Abraham Lincoln to tips on easing your dog's separation anxiety.

That database was built by freelancers, who are paid a measly $3 to $15 per story but make an additional small sum based on user clicks, starting at $1.50 for every 1,000 page views. You can get a raise on that rate for page views as your output and audience grow.

The key to racking up page views is to write about something that interests everybody, like love or money. Or, write about a subject that interests many people intensely -- like parenting or World War II.

2. Answers On Demand

On-demand services connect people with an immediate need for information with experts who can supply that information. It's a one-on-one service, conducted over chat or via email for a fee.

LivePerson.com boasts 30,000 experts who are "ready to chat" on subjects from personal growth to small business solutions.

Some experts are lurking online, ready to jump in to answer your question, and others can be scheduled ahead for a one-on-one. The fee is set by the expert, anywhere from 50 cents to $5 per minute, about 45 percent of which goes to LivePerson.

Advice about "personal relationships" is clearly a money-maker here, although you can find a Web designer, a homework coach or a cosmetologist when you want one.

The vetting process includes licenses for professions that require them, like doctors and lawyers. All experts' resumes are available to prospective clients.

But once online, the experts live or die by client ratings which are, in the great tradition of the Internet, brutally honest. And in this world of pay-per-minute, the reviews cover typing speed as well as communication skills.

JustAnswer.com has an even simpler system. Got a problem? Just describe it, and indicate how much you're willing to pay for an answer. One of the experts will get back to you fast.

Experts run the gamut from veterinarians and attorneys to mechanics and computer repair people.

A quick glance through current questions reveals that many people are baffled by their electronic equipment, their cars and their puppies. Also, many students want somebody to write their term papers for them.

A new site out of Nashville, called Moontoast, wants to carry the concept to the next step and arrange actual face-to-face video and audio confrontations between expert and client. (Scary!)

Expected to launch soon, the site is bankrolled by country music stars and inspired by a musician's need to hear information, not just read it.

3. Crowd-Sourcing

This is the ultimate piece-work for the digital age.

"Crowd-sourcing" takes a big, ugly, often repetitive task and hacks it into small bits to be assigned to many people.

Say you are publishing a restaurant reservation directory, and every phone number has to be checked. How do you get it done? Try "crowd-sourcing" it.

MechanicalTurk.com, owned by Amazon, currently has almost 700 projects up for grabs, each divided into hundreds or thousands of "human intelligence tasks." Each task pays literally pennies -- from 1 cent to maybe 20 cents.

A lab needs information on 98 Web sites, for 10 cents a pop. Somebody is collecting data on 50 baseball players, for 9 cents each. Zappos wants people to edit product reviews for a nickel each. You might even see positions for big-time names like Google or Yahoo.

You grab a task, complete it and submit it for approval. As soon as it's approved, your payment gets transferred from the requester's Amazon Payments account to yours.

If you can stand it, you could sit at your computer all day banging these things out.

An experienced professional could get very bitter writing abstracts of technology news for a nickel each. But an under-employed college grad might greatly prefer it to flipping burgers, and it looks better on a resume.

More rarefied versions of crowd-sourcing are available at specialized freelance sites. DesignBay.com offers designers the chance to submit their work in online "contests" for posted projects. The odd jobs, most paying a couple of hundred dollars, come in from around the world, from small businesses and individuals who need logos or fliers, banner ads and posters.

Crowd-sourcing hits its low point in sites that pay people to "play around on the Internet." Put bluntly, they're falsifying usage data by goosing the number of unique hits on Web sites or banner ads.

CAUTION: The Age-Old Scam

Old scams never die. They just move onto the Internet.

If an ad promises you can make $50,000 a week clicking on Web sites, they're lying.

If a company wants you to pay upfront for a kit, or a book, or anything else, don't do it.

There are plenty of legitimate businesses in this game, and they make their money by helping you make money.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Filipino Jokes

This is from my batch mate in high school she posted this on the friendster's bulletin. Just cant resist grabbing this cause it's just funny.



Bobo: Pare, hulaan mo ugali ko, nagsisimula sa letter A.
Pare: Approachable?
Bobo: Mali .
Pare: Amiable?
Bobo: Mali pa rin!
Pare: O sige, sirit na nga!
Bobo: Anest.

Policeman arresting a prostitute...
Prosti: Aba , I am not selling sex!
Police: Then what are you doing?
Prosti: I'm a saleswoman selling condoms with free demo.

Bush: What are the pollutants in your country?
Jingoy: We have lots of pollutants.. ..we have sisig, kilawin, chicharon,
mani.
Erap: Anak, may nakalimutan ka-- Boy Bawang (cornik).

Tindero: Bili na po kayo gatas ng baka. Sampung piso lang isang baso.
Manong: Ang mahal naman! Wala bang tig-pipiso lang nyan?
Tindero: Meron po, pero kayo na po ang dedede sa baka....

Pasyente: Dok, bakit po ganito ang operasyon sa ulo ko? Halos kita na utak
ko!
Doctor: Ok lang yan, yan ang tinatawag na open-minded.

A naked girl takes a taxi...
Naked Girl: "Bakit ka nakatitig sa katawan ko, ngayon ka lang ba nakakita
ng hubad?"
Driver: "Hindi po miss, iniisip ko lang kung saan nakatago ang pamasahe
mo!"

Beauty contest
Emcee: What's the big problem facing the country today?
Contestant: Drugs.
Emcee: Very good! Why do you say that?
Contestant: Ang mahal kasi eh!

Amo: Bakit ka umiiyak?
Katulong: Sabi po ni dok, tatanggalan daw po ako ng butlig!
Amo: Butlig lang eh iiyak ka na...
Katulong: Ok lang po sana kung right lig or left lig..... pero bakit naman
butligs pa! hu hu hu....

Doc: Ano ang trabaho mo, iha?
Girl: Substitute po.
Doc: Hindi kaya prostitute?
Girl: Hindi po, mama ko po ang prostitute, at kung may sakit po siya, ako
po yung substitute.. ..

Doc: For your health take only a cup of rice, lean meat and a cup of
kangkong, fruits for dessert and lots of juice....
Fat guy: Doc, shall I take them before or after meals?

Kodigo
Nahuling may kodigo ang estudyante.. ..
Guro: Ano 'to?
Estudyante: Prayer ko po, ma'am!
Guro: At bakit answers ang nakasulat?
Estudyante: Naku! Sinagot na ang prayers ko!

SIOPAO
Kulas: Miss, isa ngang siopao... 'yung babae.
Waitress: Babaeng siopao po?
Kulas: Oo. 'Yung may papel na sapin. Kumbaga, napkin.
Waitress: Ahh, ganun po ba? Lalaki lang po ang nandito.
Kulas: Lalaki?
Waitress: Kasi po, may itlog sa loob.

A Chemistry teacher asked a sexy student, "What are NITRATES?
The student replied shyly, "Ma'am, sa motel po. NITRATES are higher than
day rates!"

Usapan ng dalawang mayabang...
Tomas: Ang galing ng aso ko! Tuwing umaga, dala niya ang dyaryo sa akin.
Diego: Alam ko.
Tomas: Ha? Paano mo nalaman?
Diego: Ikinukuwento sa akin ng aso ko.

Jose: Kumusta ang assignment?
Ricardo: Masama. Wala akong nasagutan. Blank paper ang ipinasa ko.
Jose: Naku, ako rin! Paano 'yan? Baka isipin nila, nagkopyahan tayo?!

Toto: Pangarap ko, kumita ng P250,000 monthly gaya ng tatay ko!
Juan: Wow! Ganyan kalaki ang kinikita ng tatay mo?
Toto: Hindi! 'Yan din ang pangarap niya!

Dok: May taning na ang buhay mo.
Juan: Wala na po bang pag-asa? Ano po ba ang dapat kong gawin?
Dok: Mag-asawa ka na lang ng pangit at bungangera.
Juan: Bakit po, gagaling po ba ako ru'n?
Dok: Hindi, pero mas gugustuhin mo pang mamatay kaysa mabuhay!

Pedro: Pare, ano ba ang kaibahan ng H2O sa CO2?
Kulas: Diyos ko naman! Di mo ba alam 'yun?! Ang H2O ay water! At ang
CO2... cold water...

Gustong malaman ng magkaibigan kung may basketbolan sa langit.
Nagkasundo sila na kung sino ang unang mamatay ay babalik upang
sabihin kung may basketbol sa langit. Naunang namatay si Andres.
Isang gabi, may narinig na boses si Rodel na parang kay Andres.
"Ikaw ba 'yan, Andres?" usisa ni Rodel.
"Oo naman!" tugon ni Andres.
"Parang hindi totoo!" bulalas ni Rodel. "O, ano, meron bang basketbol sa
langit?"
Sagot ni Andres, "May maganda at masama akong balita sa 'yo.
Ang maganda, may basketbol doon. Ang masama...
kasali ka sa makakalaban namin bukas!"

Usapan ng dalawang bata...
Junior: Magaling ang tatay ko! Alam mo, 'yang Pacific Ocean , siya ang
humukay nun!
Pedrito: Wala 'yan sa tatay ko! Alam mo, yung Dead Sea ?
Junior: Oo...
Pedrito: Siya ang pumatay nun!

Stewardess: Do you want a drink, sir?
Sir: What are my choices?
Stewardess: Yes or No.

Misis: Hindi ko na kaya 'to! Araw-araw nalang tayong nag-aaway! Mabuti pa,
umalis na ako sa bahay na 'to!
Mister: Ako rin, sawang-sawa na! Away rito, away roon! Mabuti pa siguro,
sumama na ako sa 'yo!

Misis: Delayed ako nang one month pero huwag mo munang ipagsasabi.
Nahihiya ako...
Mister: Okey.
Kinabukasan, dumating ang taga-Meralco.
Taga-Meralco: Misis, delayed po kayo ng one month.
Misis: Ha? Bakit mo alam?
Taga-Meralco: Nasa record nyo po.
Misis: Sasabihin ko ito sa Mister ko.
Mister: (Galit at nagpunta sa Meralco.) Bakit naka-record diyan na delayed
ang misis ko?
Taga-Meralco: Kung gusto po ninyong mawala sa record, magbayad po kayo!
Mister: Eh kung ayokong magbayad?
Taga-Meralco: Puputulan po kayo!
Mister: Eh ano'ng gagamitin ng misis ko?
Taga-Meralco: Pwede naman po siyang gumamit ng kandila.

Advantage at disadvantage ng may-asawa...
ADVANTAGE: 'Pag kailangan mo, nandiyan agad.
DISADVANTAGE: 'Pag ayaw mo na, nandiyan pa rin!

What is the difference between a girlfriend, a call girl and a wife?
Sagot: Post-paid, pre-paid, unlimited.

Sa isang classroom...
Titser: Class, what is ETHICS?
Pilo: Etiks are smaller than ducks.
Titser: Okey, that duck will lay an egg in your card.

Juan: Pare, noong mayaman pa kami, nagkakamay kaming kumain. Ngayong
mahirap na kami, nakakutsara na.
Pedro: Baligtad yata?
Juan: Mahirap kamayin ang nilugaw, pare!

Anak: Itay, nagpapatanong si ma'am kung ano raw ang propesyon mo.
Itay: Sabihin mo, cardiologist.
Anak: Ano po ba ang cardiologist, Itay?
Itay: 'Yung taga-ayos ng radio sa car!

Umuwi si mister nang 4:00 AM at nakita niya ang kanyang misis na may
katalik na lalaki sa kama ....
Misis: (sumigaw) SAAN KA GALING?!
Mister: Sino 'yang katabi mo?
Misis: GRABE KA! HUWAG MONG IBAHIN ANG USAPAN!

Rodrigo: Bakit bad trip ka?
Harry: Nagtampo sa 'kin ang utol ko.
Rodrigo: Bakit naman?
Harry: Nakalimutan ko kasi ang birthday niya.
Rodrigo: 'Yun lang? Anong masama ru'n?
Harry: Ang masama ru'n.... twins kami! Twins!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

When is Too Much Too Much?

When is too much is too much already? I think i have to make a decision right away before it's too late. I' ve been in a lot of pressure, stress and feels like my body is falling apart. I'm restless my brain is working even it's time for bed and it's not normal for me to feel this way. This got to stop!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fun Fun Fun Under The Sun Sun Sun





Ocean is out of reach but lake is just around the corner. One warm day in Phoenix every time every summer always warm. But today we went to Lake Pleasant for some splashing'. Lake Pleasant is not really too bad and just pay $5 entrance, is just that some people bringing their dogs and just crapping around it's so frustrating. Good thing today water is not too high so we drove farther few more hills we've passed till we found the nice spot.It's a wide lake so you can have your own spot. It's a nice place for outings and only abouts 20 mins drive from the house. Pick up some snacking like delis and bakery in bashas and you are good to go. We have so much fun today and Richelle was enjoying too. There are few people over there for Tuesday, boating, skiing, fishing. The water is just right and it's cloudy around so not so much sun. We thought that it's gonna be hot so the plan is not to stay for a long time but when we got there the weather is just right so we stayed for a while.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tiger Lost

I feel sad as a Tiger fan but then again not all the time is his time. He is been a great golf player, won alot of major, shows some great stroke, loved by many and hate by some. It's really disappointing when you lost when you are always on the top but don't be so upset Tiger you have to share some victory to others too. To Yang congrats on an unexpected and well deserved victory. I've watched the game and you played great.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Make Money Online With eBay

Actually i am one of this eBayer on eBay. My husband guided me from the beginning, i started it fresh arrival from the Philippines. See even the caveman can do it. Not literally speaking but you know i don't know all about it i just learned it as it goes. I really believed that you could make money on eBay and can be your source of income. I've meet a man one time that he knows a couple whose doing eBay and it's their source of income. It is really possible but for me this is just a part time and to earn extra. If i could be aiming to be like a top seller i,m gonna need for an Auction Success Kit. This will be a big help especially for the beginners. It sounds like it's easy when i said it when i starts doing it just because i have a mentor but still the learning process for me is still going. If you have this kit you will learn right away cause this is from the people who were very successful on eBay. As a matter or fact there is a technique to sell your item on eBay. I heard one time on TV, the advertisements, i think it's the same source. The way you described your auction there is a technique on how you say it that it attracts the buyer. You know i do believed it's true. Believe me even on this tough economy you can make money online with eBay with the right item for sale.


Make Money online with eBay

Foods Every Woman Must Eat

Berries
Why: Ounce for ounce, berries have more protective plant antioxidants than almost any other food. "These compounds not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss," says Somer.

How Much: Aim for a cup of berries—any berries, fresh or frozen—at least three times a week (berry researchers say eat a cup daily). Since berries are high in fill-you-up fiber, they may also help curb weight gain.

How:

Toss them in salads.
Snack on them one by one, like healthy potato chips.
Add them to yogurt, cereal, and smoothies.
Stir them into anything you bake.

Salmon
Why: Sure, salmon is a prime source of omega-3s, the healthy fats that fend off heart disease and maybe more, but are you aware that a mere 3 ounces of the fish serves up 170 percent of your daily vitamin B12 and more than 80 percent of your D?

How Much: Aim for two servings a week (and if you substitute tuna for one serving, that's OK).

How:

Broil, bake, or poach it with dill.
Toss it into pasta dishes and salads.

If you're vegetarian or just not a fish eater, get the key omega-3 fat called DHA in:

Silk Plus Omega-3 DHA Soymilk
Horizon Organic Milk Plus DHA
Oh Mama! Nutrition Bars
Gold Circle Farm Eggs
Rachel's Wickedly Delicious Yogurts

Leafy Greens
Why: It's almost impossible to meet your nutritional needs without eating dark leafy greens, from spinach and romaine to collard greens and chard. They're huge sources of fiber; vitamins C and K; folic acid (a B vitamin that guards the heart and memory and fights birth defects); lutein, a vision protector; and four essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

How Much: Two servings a day—and the darker, the better.

How:

Add arugula to your sandwich.
Layer chard into lasagna.
Fold spinach into omelets.
Add any green to stir-fries, pasta dishes, and soup.

Whole Grains
Why: They have up to 96 percent more fiber, magnesium, zinc, chromium, and vitamins E and B6 than refined grains. This nutritional powerhouse helps prevent the same health problems that refined grains help cause: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and even obesity.

How Much: Ideally, all of the six daily grain servings you need should be whole, unrefined grains, but aim for at least three.

How:

Start your day with oatmeal or whole-grain cold cereal.
Use 100 percent whole-wheat bread for toast and sandwiches.
Switch to whole-wheat couscous and pasta.
Opt for brown rice (instant is fine), whole-grain pretzels, even whole-wheat tortillas.

Nuts
Why: They're excellent sources of protein, magnesium, and B and E vitamins—trusty fighters in the war against heart disease and cancer. Yes, nuts are high in fat calories, but their fat is the heart-healthy kind. Replace junky snacks with them and you won't gain an ounce.

How Much: Up to five small fistfuls a week (roughly a quarter cup or about 15–20 almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans).

How:

Sprinkle plain or toasted nuts instead of croutons on salads.
Mix them into cooked couscous and brown rice.
Stir them into cereal and yogurt.
Use them to garnish a stir-fry just before serving.

Golden Veggies
Why: Just one serving of fiber-filled, deep-yellow-orange vegetables supplies five times the beta carotene you need daily to lower your cancer risk, defend against colds and other infections, and protect your skin from sun damage. The potassium in these veggies also keeps your heartbeat in sync and your blood pressure down.

How Much: Aim for two half-cup servings a day, the equivalent of one sweet potato, 12 canned apricot halves, or a cup of butternut squash or carrots.

How: Try this sweet potato quickie from Somer's The Food & Mood Cookbook:

Cajun Sweet Potatoes:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch thick slices, and toss with olive oil, Cajun seasoning, and freshly ground pepper.
Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown and cooked through, but still slightly crunchy.

Yogurt
Why: Low- or no-fat plain yogurt is a terrific source of B vitamins, protein, calcium and—if it has active cultures—the healthy bacteria known as probiotics, which crowd out disease-causing germs.

How Much: Four or more cups a week, if this is your main dairy source.

How: Cut back on sugar and calories by choosing plain yogurt and adding fruit, especially berries, and some granola. Or be more inventive:

Mix a dash of vanilla and chopped mint into yogurt and dollop on fruit.
Use yogurt instead of sour cream for dips, sauces, and salad dressings.
Top baked potatoes with yogurt and chives.
Thicken sauces and make soups "creamy" with yogurt.


Its medical school has found that women who routinely nibble nutritious foods slash their risk of dying from the usual culprits, including heart disease and cancer. There is no harm on believing this cause this were nutritious foods so this at the same time leads you to the right way. Most often there are more fat women that men so this is one way showing what the right food to eat... Just my thought.

Exploring Alpine Arizona







From Phoenix to Alpine it took us approximately 5 hours drive with some few stops
along the way. This is last August 4-6,2009... We took a dive going to the white mountains AZ and stays at Alpine AZ.
Alpine, in a word was amazing, fresh air, cool temps, pine trees lots of pine trees and great views. We had made a reservations at the Sportsmans Lodge so the first thing we did upon arrival was to check in there. Very nice remodeled room , comfortable beds, nicely tiled bathroom and shower, clean room with cable and WiFi. The only minus, in the room we were in at least, we couldn't pick up the WiFi signal very well it would come and go mostly go. The next morning when we are about to leave the hotel we parked in front of the office to check my mail and etc. and it worked fine there. Aside from the WiFi everything is good at the Sportsmans Lodge. Also, in front of every room they hung humming bird feeders and sometimes several humming birds would be feeding at each time. That was very interesting for me cause it's the first i see humming birds in a group. Some were very colorful and were just plain gray and black cause you got to them closer.

For supper we went to eat at the Bear Wallow restaurant. The food was ok, pie was good, nice rustic atmosphere. The finger steak or steak finger that i ordered weren't very good at all kinda salty and i couldn't taste meat mostly the breaded they put. My husband has a sandwich patty melt which is ok, good onion rings, and the cherry pie too. Service was good and friendly and the cost was reasonable. There restaurant is full and I'm kinda aiming for the booth along the windows but couldn't find vacant so while waiting some people done eating so we transfer near the window. They also have humming feeders outside the window so we got to see those humming birds again.

As usual, what we liked to do when we are on the other place is hunting for a thrift stores for some treasures. Unfortunately the only thrift store in that town is only open Saturday, too bad for us it was only Wednesday. We could sense some great treasures waiting for us in that closed building.

Had a donut for breakfast at the Alpine Bakery, they were very good was home made from scratch including the filling and icing and a friendly proprietor.

We drove out to Luna lake, very nice great views of course and it was almost reverently quiet. They have the rest picnic area, couple are having a picnic and there is one guy fishing. At the end of the lake they have a boat rental/ tackle bait facility. We are not sure if they were open or not or what the hours are. It was closed when we were there. They have those little peddle powered boats, row boats and the dock out back of the place. After we enjoyed the lake for a while we headed off to Morenci/ Clifton on the Coronado Trail. Be sure to bring some snacking from Alpine going to Morenci to Clifton. I thought it's only couple hours going over there based on the miles so i didn't grab something to eat cause i am not hungry yet. But with those winding road, coming up and down the hill it took forever and by the time we get to Clifton we are starving.

Web Hosting Geeks

I am in a hunt for a reliable webhosting site right now,as you can see on my links we have few websites most of it are my husband's. I have one still paying for it but feels like it's a rip off and i felt discourage to continue posting on my site. Sometimes they are so slow i can't even go to my site and i just now realized that they were the most expensive one in the rank. Well, It's paid for a year and I'm not planning to pay for another year for it and for sure.

Now, because of the webhostinggeeks.com i can choose the right webhosting site for me. They'll show you the top 10 web hosting provider, their features, their prices and the hosting reviews so basically gives you an idea. It's very useful and informative. There are tons of webhosting provider around, can you trust them? Before you purchase something you have to know it first, if it's the right one for you and of course the prices. So you got to researched about it read some reviews, read all the google and so on and so on and took forever. The webhostinggeeks.com they have it all in there Web Masters Reviews, Customers Reviews,RealMetrics Reviews,Last 10 Hosting Reviews and the Top Rated Web Hosting.

My husband have this one experience one time, he loved to open a new website once he has an idea he make a website for it. He found this web hosting place a new one and you know it's cheap too. My husband site is all about videos so he download videos on the site. Every time he checked the site open the videos, it' s no good at all it's like a broken CD stopping all the time. He checked on the web hosting of course cause we have the super fast Internet in town. They told him to try the next day still the same call the host again still the same and so on so on. Then my husband stopped it.It's annoying right? Well, they're new but then again it's a waste of time and the waste of money. It's better really to get to know the hosting site, read some reviews on how other people experienced the site.

Don't forget to checked their web hosting geek's blog. Haven't you know that there are some reverse domain name hijacking on the rise? You can learn about that on the webhostinggeeks.com too. This is what i need cause right now I'm in the process of starting a new website so now i got to choose the web hosting provider that i liked.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Facebook

I'm new in Facebook but i find it fun and interesting than the other social networking sites. Most of my friends are my cousins, neighbors, classmates and friends in the Philippines that is why i feel more at home on Facebook. They have alot of games, more quiz and more applications and not boring for me.

I tried this one it's very interesting... What do your eyes say about you? The result is Mysteries. "When people look into your eyes, they see mysteries galore. You're a deep and intellectual person, and others can see that through your sparkling eyes. You're quiet ...and shy, but once you get to know someone, you become comfortable around them. Your eyes often spark curiosity in others, and it bothers people how they can never tell what you're really thinking. You're hard to read and often hide your true emotions." I bet this is true, even though i have alot of friends and even my childhood friends that i spend more years of my life I'm still so secretive to them. It's not that i don't trust them it's just me. A mysterious me and so as my husband. It's not about the trust it's just our personality.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Border Patrol Alert


This is a funny one lol!!!


Be on the lookout for a 1951 Chevy‏


Border Patrol Alert

Be on the lookout for a 1951 Chevy, red with white top
thought to be transporting illegal immigrants!

Our Road Trip to the White Mountains Arizona and More






We took a 3 days road trip last August 4-6,2009 to the White Mountains in Arizona and around to Globe, Miami and Superior. We are not done on this place yet, this place is huge check this website http://www.aztravel411.com/. We are planning on visiting each of this town here in Arizona. It takes time you know and it needs expenses but this is our plan. From Phoenix to Alpine it took us approximately 5 hours drive with some few stops along the way. We been to Payson few times, we just couldn't get bored on this place cause it's cooler than Phoenix in summer. They have pine trees around, picnic parks, creeks and we've been to their fish hatchery one time. We stooped by at Showlow for lunch and took some few pictures. As we continue driving we just pass by at the Pinetop, Eagar and Springerville. We've been at Springerville before also i think our daughter probably just 2 or almost 2 years old. We stayed a night on one of their hotel. That place is very quiet and chilly at night even at summer.What i loved about the places we've passed is they have plenty of tress around. We stopped at
Lyman Lake before and is just minutes north of Springerville. It is one of the largest lakes in the White Mountains area and permits speed boats and water-skiing as well as fishing. Here you will find campgrounds with hookups, ramadas, paved boat ramps, restrooms and showers. There is usually a small herd of buffalo that hang out in the park. Cabins are also available for rent. We stopped at the Big Lake before also. The Big Lake Recreation Area is home to one of the largest newly developed recreation facilities, featuring improved campgrounds, hookups, and shower facilities. During the winter months, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is also home to one of the largest winter recreation areas in the southwest, where cross-country skiing trails, snowmobile rentals, and sledding areas are open to the public. From the stopped for snack at Springerville we continue our driving going to Alpine and still another half hour drive.We have some few picture of our very nice get away road trip.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Philippines Weather All Year Around

For anybody who is interested on checking The Republic of the Philippines. Better to know the climate or weather too. Gives you an idea of what kind of clothes you'll bring on your travel.

Climate
The Philippines has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. From June to September, the country experiences a rainy season brought by the southwestern monsoon; typhoons are common during this time. From October to February, the northeastern monsoon brings cold winds from the north, creating cool and dry weather. From March to May, the Philippines experiences hot summers. Coastal areas next to the Pacific Ocean experience year-round rainfall.

The country's average temperature can range from 78-90°F (25-32°C), with humidity around 77 percent. Highland areas are much cooler, with nighttime temperatures at night plunging to 68°F (20°C).


Before, i thought Philippines is so hot but when i got here this place is worst. Only Philippines is so humid but if i have to choose i prefer dry than humid but not too hot.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Comfort Partner

I studied myself lately in the mirror and felt a little discourage of what i see. I gained some weight and i think a lot. I felt different this past month, I'm exhausted most of the time and some of my clothes won't fit me anymore. Honestly, i can't help it, food is very comforting and I'm craving to eat most of the time. I know i have to do something about this just based of what i feel like the exhausting and my belly is getting big. I need some exercises too i know...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Beauty of Sedona AZ





Last July 22ND we went to Flagstaff, it's our fourth year anniversary and for a change we went exploring. A very nice drive we went a detour on highway 337 to see what Mormon lake looks like and the village. On the way, such a pretty pine village very pretty houses made of pine trees. We drove on a dirt road but even so it's very nice drive on such a beautiful day in the middle of those pine trees and we saw a lovely wide meadow. As we reached into the Mormon village it started to rain. Just a small village but it's great for camping, we are so surprise that there are a lot of people over their camping and it's Wednesday. There are a lot of RVs and tents around and that's gives us an idea that maybe next time we could do camping over there. A very nice place but i am so disappointed by the lake cause it looks like muddy and dried out, so not swimming just for camping.
We stayed at Flagstaff for the night and went thrift storing and exploring around town in the morning. I like Flagstaff it's every nice town, that was my 3rd time visiting that place. They have everything almost Phoenix as to offer and you got to love the nature and the pines and the weather of Flagstaff. On our way back to Phoenix we are planning on going to Sedona's way, i never been on that place but i heared nice things about that place. Again it's Wednesday and that place is full of people. Before that trip we are thinking about spending the night at Sedona and my husband is calling for a reservation but everything is full. Such a beautiful place no wonder it's very popular for rock climbing. They have a very nice red rock mountains. Just on our way alot of cars parking on the side of the road for some sightseeing, we saw students having some field trips. They have lakes too, so we saw ladies on their bikinis. If we could just left Flagstaff a little early we could stay a little longer around Sedona. It's like a tourist attraction place... As we reached into town again full of people, they have this booths of native jewelry's and stuffs like nost people selling in a tourist spots place. Just full of people and the set up is like in Care Free Arizona only fancier. Anyways, that was a lovely trip a very nice family bonding on our 4Th anniversary... I have this few pictures of Sedona...

My 3yrs Old Hoola Hoop

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Richelle's Doing The Hoola Hoop


My 3 years and 3 months old daughter knows how to do the hoola hoop! Gosh, i was so shocked and so proud of her. I don't know where she learned it, nobody is doing the hoola hoop in our house. She probably saw it on TV. One day we went to the store and she saw one and so eager to have one.Of cause i don't wanna buy her one cause i know she is still too small to do the hoola hoop but her father bought it for her anyway. I don't even know how to do it but i still showed it to her even though it doesn't stays on my body just dropped all the way. The next thing i know she is in the living room with her father and she knows how right away. She is such a smart one and i am so proud of her..The father has a video of her i will upload it here once he'll send me one.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

20 Ways to Waste Your Money/Save Your Money

1. Buy new instead of used. Talk about a spending leak -- or, rather, a gush. Cars lose most of their value in the first few years, meaning thousands of dollars down the drain. However, recent used models -- those that are less than five years old -- can be a real value because you get a car that's still in fine working order for a fraction of the new-car price. And you'll pay less in collision insurance and taxes, too.

Cars aren't the only things worth buying used. Consider the savings on pre-owned books, toys, exercise equipment and furniture. (Of course, there are some things you're better off buying new, including mattresses, laptops, linens, shoes and safety equipment, such as car seats and bike helmets.)

2. Carry a credit-card balance. If you have a $1,000 balance on a card charging 18%, you blow $180 every year on interest. That's money you could certainly put to better use elsewhere. Get in the habit of paying off your balance in full each month.


3. Buy on impulse. When you buy before you think, you don't give yourself time to shop around for the best price. Resist the urge to make an impulse purchase by giving yourself a cool-off period. Go home and sleep on the decision. If you still want to make the purchase a day or so later, do your comparison shopping, check your budget and go for it. Oftentimes, though, I bet you'll decide you don't need the item after all.

4. Pay to use an ATM. A buck or two here and there may not seem like a big deal. But if you're frequenting ATMs outside your bank's network, the surcharges can add up quickly. Put that money back in your pocket by using ATMs in a surcharge-free network such as Allpoint or Money Pass.

5. Dine out frequently. A habit of spending $10, $20, $30 per person for dinner can be a huge drain on your wallet. Throw in a $6 sandwich for lunch and a $4 latte in the morning, and you've got quite a leak. Learn to cook, pack your lunch and brew your coffee at home and you could save a couple hundred bucks each month.

6. Let your money wallow. If you are stashing your savings in your checking account or a traditional bank account, you are wasting money. You could put it in a high-interest online savings account and get paid to save. You can even get an interest-bearing checking account through such reputable companies as Everbank, Charles Schwab, E*Trade and ING Direct.

7. Pay an upfront fee for a mutual fund. Selecting no-load funds can save you more than 5% in sales charges. Of course, no matter how well a fund has done in the past, you can't be sure how it will perform in the future. But if you pay a load, you'll begin the performance derby in the hole to the tune of the load. See the Kiplinger 25 for our favorite no-load funds.

8. Pay too much in taxes on investments. Are you investing in a tax-sheltered 401(k) or Roth IRA? If you're not maxing out those accounts before you invest in a taxable account, you're spending too much.

9. Buy brand-name instead of generic. From groceries to clothing to prescription drugs, you could save money by choosing the off-brand over the fancy label. And in many cases, you won't sacrifice much in quality. Clever advertising and fancy packaging don't make brand-name products better than lesser-known brands (see Similar Products, Different Prices).

10. Waste electricity. Of the total energy used to run home electronics, 40% is consumed when the appliances are turned off. Appliances with a clock or that operate by remote are typical culprits. The obvious way to pull the plug on your energy vampires is to do just that -- pull the plug. Or buy a device to do it for you, such as a Smart Power Strip ($31 to $44 at www.smarthomeusa.com, which will stop drawing electricity when the gadgets are turned off and pay for itself within a few months.

11. Pay banking fees. Overdraw your checking account and you'll pay $20 to $30 a pop, so it pays to keep tabs on your balance. Plus, are you still paying for a checking account? Free deals abound -- but make sure they're really free. For instance, will the bank charge a fee if your balance drops below a certain level or if you download your info into a personal-finance software program? That's not free.

12. Buy things you don't use. This sounds like a no-brainer to avoid, but how many times have you seen something on sale and thought you couldn't pass it up? Even if something is 50% off, you're spending too much if you don't use it. href=Couponing, for instance, can be a great way to save on your grocery bills. But if you buy things you wouldn't have purchased in the first place simply for the sake of using the coupon, you're wasting your money. The same goes for buying in bulk. A bargain is no bargain if it sits unused on your shelf or gets thrown away.

13. Own an extra car. Okay, so a car is a necessity for most people. But face it -- cars are a huge drain, from their loan payments to insurance fees to gas and maintenance costs. Own more than one car and you'll double or triple those expenses. Ask yourself if that second or third car is really necessary. Are you holding on to an old car for sentimental reasons? Can you or your spouse carpool, take public transportation or bike to work?

14. Ignore your local dollar store. Shopping at the dollar store can be hit-and-miss, but it's not all kitsch or junk. If you know what to buy, you can find some real bargains. For instance, my local dollar store charges 50 cents for greeting cards versus the $3-plus at a drug store or gift shop. (I have a big extended family so I figure this saves me more than $100 per year.) You can also score a deal on cleaning supplies, small kitchen tools, shampoos and soaps, holiday decorations, gift wrap and balloon bouquets.

15. Keep unhealthy habits. Smoking is not only bad for your health, it burns up your cash. A pack-a-day habit at $6 a pack costs $180 a month and $2,190 a year. A junk-food or tanning-bed habit can be costly as well. Not to mention the money you'll waste on medical bills down the road.

16. Be complacent about insurance. Your bill arrives and you pay it without a second thought. When was the last time you shopped around to determine whether you're getting the best deal? Rates vary widely from insurer to insurer and year to year. Reshopping your auto, home or renters insurance might save you hundreds of dollars.

It also pays to evaluate your insurance needs. For instance, upping your out-of-pocket deductible from $250 to $1,000 can save you 15% or more on your car insurance. Consider using the same insurer for your home and auto insurance -- you could snag up to 15% off for a multiple-line policy. And make sure you're not paying for insurance you don't need. For instance, you need life insurance only if someone is financially dependent upon you (such as a child).

17. Give Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. If you get a tax refund each April, you let the government take too much money in taxes from your paycheck all year long. Get that money back in your pocket -- and put it to work for you -- by adjusting your tax withholding. With a little discipline, you can use that extra cash each month to get started saving or pay down debt (or make ends meet to avoid going into debt in the first place). You can file a new Form W-4 with your employer at any time.

18. Pay for something you can get for free. Dust off your library card and check out books, music and movies for free (or dirt-cheap). Don't pay to receive your credit report when you're allowed to get it at no charge by law. Take advantage of kids-eat-free promotions. And dial 1-800-FREE-411 for free directory assistance.

19. Don't use a flexible-spending account. Your employer may allow you to set aside pretax dollars to pay for medical costs not covered by insurance. You can use the money for expenses such as therapy, contact lenses, insurance co-payments and over-the-counter drugs. You may be able to do the same for child-care costs.

20. Pay for unnecessary services. How many cable channels can a person watch? Do you really need all those extra features for your cell phone? Are you getting your money's worth out of that gym membership? Are you taking full advantage of your subscriptions (such as Netflix, TiVo or magazines)? Take a look at what you're paying for and what your family is actually using. Trim accordingly.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pinay Beauties in Phoenix




Last Saturday July 18Th we are invited by my friend her in Phoenix for her sons 1 year old birthday party. We've meet in my worked before when she was pregnant, the second time when the baby probably 1 or 2 months, then no more after that cause i quit my job, but we are talking via net sometimes catching up in our lives. Then last Saturday, got to see them again on their sons birthday party. We lived in the same province in the Philippines, she lived in the city and I'm in the town but we shared the same city. So it's nice to have some neighbors around here. At the party got to meet some Filipina beauties in Phoenix. Talking on our native tongue so it's kinda exciting and eating Filipino foods.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Glance of Globe AZ





Last Wednesday we drove to Globe AZ, it's unplanned drive and it's already afternoon 1pm. We always talked about it anyways and i don't know what gotten into our head. Might be boredom and heat. It's not too long of a drive maybe 1 1/2 hrs or 2 with some sightseeng and stopping we get there like 3. I liked Superior AZ, it's a very nice small town. A beautiful set up, a tiny town surrounded by mountains. Before Globe there is Miami,i don't really care. And Globe, not so much as i liked Superior but cooler weather than Phoenix and it went down as it gets late in the afternoon. We get to walk outside and do some sightseeing not to get hurry to go back in the car because of the heat and temperature gets down as it goes to the night. Very nice place and we sure do going back in there again and making sure i charge my camera battery. We've enjoyed our short outing and having fun sightseeing. I have some few pictures before the battery went dead.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

5 Tests That Could Save Your Life

Cardiac CT angiography

These colorful 3-D images allow radiologists to calculate one of your most important heart numbers: your coronary artery calcium score, a measure of how much plaque is piling up in your arteries. A 2007 study of over 10,000 people published in the journal Atherosclerosis reported that calcium scores alone can predict heart attacks, while a 2003 study found that a high calcium score is associated with a tenfold increase in heart-disease risk. This is compared with a less-than-twofold increase in risk from traditional risk factors such as diabetes and smoking. The test has one significant downside: The radiation exposure from your average cardiac CT is equal to 600 chest X-rays, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This produces a 1-in-5,000 risk of cancer, another study reveals.

Who needs it: Men with some of the risk factors for heart disease whose physicians may be on the fence about starting treatment. "In these medium-risk cases, cardiac CT scans and calcium scoring can provide the extra level of information that we feel we need," says Gerald Fletcher, M.D., a professor of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. The lower the calcium score, the lower the risk. If you reach 112, your physician might recommend aspirin or statins.

Cost: $350 to $900. Most insurance companies will reimburse you if you've previously had an abnormal stress test or chest pain.


Bone density scan

Think osteoporosis affects only old ladies? Fact is, men begin losing bone mass at age 30. That's why it's important to assess the state of your skeleton now with a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, which uses low-radiation X-rays to gauge bone mineral density (it can also measure body fat percentage). "DEXA scans allow us to identify people at high risk for fracture so they can start treatment to strengthen their bones before a fracture occurs," says Murray J. Favus, M.D., director of the bone program at the University of Chicago medical center. Your doctor might suggest adding strengthening workouts to your exercise program and supplementing your daily diet with up to 1,000 milligrams of calcium and up to 400 IU of vitamin D.

Who needs it: Anyone with any osteoporosis risk factors: inactivity, smoking, a family history of the disease.

Cost: $250 to $300. To increase the odds of your insurance covering the scan, make sure your doctor notes any risk factors.

VO2 max test

With the VO2 max test, you hop on a treadmill or stationary bike and give your maximum effort while wearing a mask that captures your every breath. By analyzing the amount of oxygen you consume, the test determines how efficiently your body extracts and uses oxygen from the air. This makes it the gold standard of fitness markers, as well as a strong indicator of your overall health. "Blood pressure, cholesterol—those are what we call 'remote markers.' The best predictor of your longevity is going to be your fitness," says Walter Bortz, M.D., a longevity researcher at Stanford University.

Who needs it: Anyone who wants their blood to pump. If your score is under 18 ml/kg/min, talk to your doctor about increasing the intensity of your workouts.

Cost: $110 to $160. The test is available at physical therapy, rehab, or cardiopulmonary centers. Insurance providers won't cover it.

Virtual colonoscopy

By definition, something "virtual" usually can't compare to the real thing. But with a virtual colonoscopy, you avoid the two downsides of a traditional colonoscopy—sedation and the risk of a perforated colon—while still benefiting from the one big upside: test results you can stake your life on. "Virtual colonoscopies have the same sensitivity for detecting large polyps, which are the precursor lesions of colon cancer," says Judy Yee, M.D., a professor of radiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Though the CT scanning technology of a virtual colonoscopy can miss some smaller polyps, a University of Wisconsin study found that these are usually benign anyway. And don't sweat the radiation; you'll receive about 5 to 8 millisieverts, an amount that isn't considered dangerous, says Dr. Yee.

Who needs it: People ages 50 and older, especially those on blood thinners, because an "oops" with a regular scope could cause dangerous internal bleeding. The exception: If your family has a history of colon cancer, you should be screened at least 10 years before the age your relative was when he or she was first diagnosed, Dr. Yee says. People who are overweight or inactive, drink or smoke heavily, or have an inflammatory bowel disease should also consider early screening.

Cost: $500 to $1,000. Many health-care plans now recognize the effectiveness of virtual colonoscopies and increasingly cover them.

Nutritional evaluation

While it's not a test per se, putting your diet under the microscope could result in a leaner body and a longer life. "The benefits of meeting with a dietitian are accountability, moral support, and troubleshooting if your progress stalls," says Alan Aragon, M.S., the Men's Health weight-loss coach. In a 2008 Kaiser Permanente study, diabetic patients who received nutritional counseling were nearly twice as likely to lose weight as those who had no guidance. To find a registered dietitian who can see beyond the food pyramid, Aragon recommends going to the American Dietetic Association's Web site (eatright.org) and clicking on "Find a Nutrition Professional." Then call the R.D. and ask how he or she stays up on the latest research, which should include reading journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition or the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Who needs it: Anyone who should lose weight or simply wants to know how they can eat to beat disease.

Cost: $40 to $75 a session. Your insurance company may reimburse you if you have a condition that can be improved with diet changes. Ask your doctor for a referral.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy day after 4th of July!

Every 4Th of July we only watched the fireworks display in our front yard. We lived near Peoria Sports Complex were they always have fireworks display every year. Instead of going out in Arizona heat we stayed indoor and went outside when they showed the display. When we first heard the booming of the start of the fireworks, we told Richelle lets go see the fireworks are starting!.. she started crying and screaming and freaking out and was not going to go outside to see what terrible thing was making all that booming! So my husband and I went out without her.. after a minute or 2 I went back in to try and get Richelle to come out.. no no no no no no way! crying and freaking out at the thought, so I went back outside. I had brought my camera out and had taken pictures and video.. so I take in the camera and show Richelle, so she did. Richelle- "Oh that's pretty,, I wanna see!". So out they come, as soon as we come out the door Richelle is oooing and awwwing. She enjoyed the show. So funny.

Friday, June 19, 2009

CLEAN AND UNCLEAN MEATS OF THE BIBLE

"...YOU SHALL NOT EAT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:" LEVITICUS 11:4


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LAND CREATURES

SWINE - Boar, Peccary, Pig (Hog), Bacon, Ham, Lard, Pork

CANINE - Coyote, Dog, Fox, Hyena, Jackal, Wolf

FELINE - Cat, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Tiger

EQUINE - Donkey, Horse, Mule, Onager, Quagga, Zebra

MISCINE MUNIMUS - Badger, Coney, Hare, Monkey, Opossum, Porcupine, Raccoon, Skunk, Squirrel

MISCINE MAXIMUS - Bear, Camel, Elephant, Gorilla, Hippo, Kangaroo, Lama, Rhino, Wallaby


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WATER CREATURES, lacking fins and scales

FISH - Catfish, Eel, Marlin, Shark, Sturgeon

HARD BODY - Abalone, Clam, Crab, Crayfish, Lobster, Mussel, Prawn, Oyster, Scallop, Shrimp

SOFT BODY - Cuttlefish, Jellyfish, Limpet, Octopus, Squid

SEA MAMMALS - Dolphin, Otter, Seal, Walrus, Whale

OTHERS - Crocodile, Turtle, Frog, Newt, Salamander, Toad, Lizard


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"YOU MAY EAT ALL CLEAN BIRDS, BUT YOU SHALL NOT EAT THE FOLLOWING;"DEUTERONOMY 14:11
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AIR CREATURES

Albatross, Bat, Bittern, Condor, Cormorant, Crane, Crow, Cuckoo, Eagle, Flamingo, Grosbeak, Gull, Hawk, Heron, Kite, Lapwing, Loon, Osprey, Ostrich, Owl, Pelican, Penguin, Plover, Raven, Stork, Swallow, Swan, Swift, Vulture, Water Hen, Woodpecker


"OF ALL THE LAND ANIMALS THESE ARE THE ONES YOU MAY EAT:" LEVITICUS 11:2
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LAND CREATURES

CATTLE - Beef, Hamburger, Veal

SHEEP - Lamb, Mutton

OTHERS - Antelope, Buffalo (Bison), Caribou, Deer (Venison), Elk, Gazell, Giraffe, Goat, Hart, Ibex, Moose, Reindeer, Locust


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"OF ALL THE VARIOUS CREATURES THAT LIVE IN THE WATER, YOU MAY EAT THE FOLLOWING:" LEVITICUS 11:9
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WATER CREATURES

Anchovy, Bass, Bluefish, Carp, Cod, Croppie, Flounder, Grouper, Grunt, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Minnow, Perch, Pickerel, Pike, Rockfish, Salmon, Shad, Smelt, Snapper, Sole, Steelhead, Sunfish, Tarpon, Tuna (Albacore, Bonita, Yellowtail)


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AIR CREATURES

Chickens, Dove, Duck, Goose, Grouse, Guinea Pig, Patridge, Peacock, Pheasant, Pigeon, Songbird, Sparrow, Quail, Turkey


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For more on God's Law on "Clean and Unclean" foods see Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to Spot Counterfeit Money

"This is an interesting one.I used to be a cashier one time and one time a guy approaching me paying a fake 50 dollar bill. By the time that i held the money and inspecting it closely i know it is fake. I didn't tell him that it's fake but i just told him that i'm going to call my manager. But before i get hold to my manager he grab his money and get out in the store fast. His one of those people who think he can fool people and this one is a great help on how to spot fake money."

It used to be that spotting a “good” counterfeit bill was impossible for ordinary people. If it was good enough to pass the “look and feel” test, then it was going to take an ultra-violet light or a magnetic ink detector. But for the past ten years, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has been making bills that are easy to check.

The amount of counterfeit money in the US is low enough that most people feel safe taking money with barely a minimal check for counterfeits. Does it look and feel like money? Then it probably is. But have you ever gotten a bill where something—either the bank note or the person giving it to you—seemed a little off? Ever wished you could quickly check to see if it was good? Well, here’s how.


Step 1) Look and Feel
This is as far as most people go, and it’s good enough most of the time. US bank notes are printed on special paper that’s 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. The linen gives it an extra stiffness that’s distinctive. There are also red and blue fibers imbedded in the paper. Bank notes are printed with a process called “intaglio” that leaves ink on top of the paper, giving the money a distinctive texture. The printing is also very high quality, so the lines are sharp and clear, not broken, fuzzy, or blobby.

Step 2) Color-Shifting Ink
Bank notes bigger than the $5 bill use color-shifting ink to print the number showing the denomination in the lower-right-hand corner. Just look at the numbers head-on, and then from an angle. For genuine notes the color will shift (copper-to-green or green-to-black).

You can get this far pretty discreetly. The look and feel you’re checking automatically as soon as the bill is handed to you, and you can confirm the color-shifting ink in a quick glance. Going further will require that you hold the note up to the light, which is basically saying that you think you might have gotten counterfeit money. A lot of people hesitate to do that, but it’s the next step if you want to be sure.

Step 3) Watermark
All bills bigger than a $2 now have a watermark; hold the bill up to the light to see it. For the $10, $20, $50, and $100, the image matches the portrait. You can use the watermark to spot bills that have been bleached and reprinted with a higher denomination. The watermark is part of the paper and is visible from the rear of the note as well.

Step 4) Security Thread
All bills bigger than a $2 have a security thread running vertically through the bill. Like the watermark, you hold the bill up to the light to see it. The thread has text with the bill’s denomination and an image that is unique to that denomination. The different denominations have the threads in different places, again so you can spot bills that have been bleached and reprinted with a higher denomination. (The threads also glow different colors under ultraviolet light, but that’s not much help to ordinary folks.)

Genuine Bills
That’s it. If a bill:

•Looks and feels like a US bank note
•Has color-shifting ink
•Has a watermark that matches the portrait
•And has a security thread with text that matches the denomination
Then it’s almost certainly a genuine bill.

What about older bills?
There are still some old bills around, from before these security features were added (starting in 1996). Now that it’s been more than ten years, it’s about time to simply refuse to accept old bills. Bills that old, that are still in circulation—especially high-denomination bills—are much too likely to be counterfeit. If it is genuine, the holder can easily enough take it to the bank and get some new currency, so your refusing to take it is no burden on an an innocent holder of old but genuine currency.

More info
If you’re interested in this sort of thing (the way I am), here are some other pages worth checking out:

•The US Secret Service page on spotting counterfeit money: This page covers spotting counterfeits the old-fashioned way, without using the security features of modern bills.
•The How Stuff Works article How Counterfeiting Works: This page actually walks you through making your own counterfeit with a scanner and a color printer. It explains why it’s harder than it looks and how most counterfeiters are usually caught and sent to prison for a long time.
•An article from the St. Louis Federal Reserve—Currency Design in the United States and Abroad: Counterfeit Deterrence and Visual Accessibility: On how different countries have tried to optimize the trade-offs between fighting counterfeiting, making their money accessible to people with limited vision, and making the money easy for banks and other high-volume users of currency to handle.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kennedy Health Plan

This is a great news for all American people an affordable health insurance. Not all American are rich and paying health insurance over here could damage your monthly pay cause it cost a lot. A lot of people in America doesn't have health insurance and who's gonna support them if they get sick still the government or a public or private sector who helps poor people. Even those people who has jobs both husband and wife working don't have any insurance cause it is so expensive. Try calling any insurace company and they'll quote you for tons. Yup you are in America you think everything is easy and affordable but i could say it is more stressful over here.

This one i like their ideas and one thing is great about this if they could go ahead and deduct it on the paycheck. It is so nice to hear that they gave importance about this matter now.

Kennedy health plan includes long-term care

WASHINGTON – Americans would be able to buy long-term care insurance from the government for $65 a month under a provision tucked into sweeping health care legislation that senators will begin considering next week.

The 651-page bill, released Tuesday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would revamp the way health insurance works. Insurance companies would face a slew of new government rules, dealing with everything from guaranteed coverage for people with health problems to possible limitations on profits. Taxpayers, employers and individuals would share in the cost of expanding coverage to nearly 50 million uninsured Americans.

Release of the bill by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Democrats came as lawmakers at both ends of the Capitol accelerated their drive to enact health care legislation. House Democratic leaders also outlined a proposal, but offered only limited details.

Both plans omitted specifics on how to cover the costs, which could exceed $1 trillion over 10 years. Given the uncertainty as well as the political sensitivity over raising taxes or cutting Medicare, Senate Republicans prodded Democrats to fill in the blanks before the scheduled beginning of committee work next week.

A first-ever tax on employer-provided health benefits figures prominently among financing options under consideration in Congress, but President Barack Obama campaigned against that last year and its inclusion would require him to reverse course. Obama has proposed $634 billion in tax increases and spending cuts as a down payment on the plan and is soon expected to outline an additional $300 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts.

Kennedy's long-term care plan is designed to help disabled people pay for support services that would allow them to remain in their own homes and avoid moving into nursing homes. People would enroll in the program during their working years and begin paying premiums. To collect benefits, a person would have had to pay premiums for at least five years.

The benefit would be modest — not less than $50 a day — but it could be used to cover a wide range of services.

Prospects for the long-term care provision are uncertain, but Kennedy's advocacy may sway other lawmakers. For Kennedy, who is being treated for brain cancer, health care legislation would be the crowning achievement of a long and productive career.

At their core, the partial draft bill released by Senate Democrats and an outline circulated by senior House Democrats were largely identical.

Individuals would be able to purchase insurance through a new federally regulated national exchange, and private companies would be barred from denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of pre-existing conditions. Those who are satisfied with their current coverage could keep it.

Both bills would require individuals to purchase insurance if they could afford it. Waivers would be available in hardship cases. The Senate measure provides for an unspecified penalty for anyone refusing to obey the so-called mandate, and House Democrats are considering a similar approach.

In both the House and Senate, Democrats want to provide subsidies to families with incomes well into the middle class. One option under the Senate plan would phase out subsidies at about $110,000 for a family of four.

House Democrats also are said to be considering a wide-ranging change for Medicaid that would provide a uniform benefit across all 50 states and increase payments to providers. Medicaid is a joint state-federal program of health coverage for the poor.

The Senate plan would allow children to stay on the parents' insurance until age 26.

On a particularly contentious point, the emerging House plan would give people the option of buying insurance provided by the federal government.

Democrats on the Senate committee embraced a similar provision last week but omitted it from Tuesday's draft in what Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said was a gesture to Republicans who oppose it.

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the top Republican on the committee, responded derisively. He said Democrats did so "because they know we're not going to like what they've written and they don't want us to have any time to comment."

Senate Republicans on two committees most involved with health care urged Democrats not to move ahead without detailed cost information. "Paying for health reform in a responsible and sustainable way may be the most single difficult element of our efforts," they wrote.

But after months of preliminary effort, Democrats made clear they intend to move ahead on their own timetable, one that calls for passage of legislation in the House and Senate by early August. A final compromise would wait for September or later in the fall, according to a schedule the party's leadership established weeks ago.

"This is the year we have to do it," said Rep. Henry Waxman, the California Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Waxman was one of several senior Democrats who outlined proposed legislation to the party's rank and file during the day.

Numerous senior Democrats now aging and ailing have worked their entire careers on health care, but no one is more identified with the issue than Kennedy, first elected to the Senate in 1964. In a poignant announcement Tuesday, Dodd said Kennedy, diagnosed a year ago with a brain tumor, will be unable to attend the working sessions of the health committee he chairs beginning next week.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Deleted Post

I am always at MSN.com or yahoo for some news and what not so... if ever i found something interesting i blog about it and sometimes copy and post it on my blog. I have a blog that i don't know how popular it is on search but like i said i found it in the Internet and not something that i just made up. People could search it to like in google if they want or if it is something that they searched. To make my story short i deleted it cause of some long comment that i didn't even finish reading it cause for my understanding he said it is not something to blog about or post cause of a lot might know but like i said i just copied it but still if they want to search for it or about it it is still on the Internet cause i found it on the Internet.

Busy Seller on Ebay

I bet some of you were wondering why i am not active in blogging as i used to and why i am not updating my blog as often as i used to. I've noticed that blogging been kinda slow some months now,well for me but some blogger probably still getting a lot more jobs and opportunities in the blogging world. Well, as of now i am trying to grow my eBay store. Since i quit my job last February i been eBaying after that. I used to have like only 10 feed backs at that time all were about the items i bought but look at mine now i'm almost on the 100. I am not the fast poster as the power seller do but still i have something going on on my eBay. Honestly i find it more fun and exciting especially if i have bids and i am kinda enjoy shopping too it's one of my weakness that's why i enjoyed doing it cause it's about buying and sell it.
If only i have the talent of crafting like dress making, beads crafting like making some blings, bag making, embroidering and some more it's probably more fun and sells my own made.But anyways... just stick to what i do best hehe shopping and posing for my items. Yeah, i am the seller and the model too. Go check on My eBay and if you find something you liked don't hesitate to bid hehe.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Think Twice Before You Upload Pictures in the Internet

Yeah, i know we born in the new era we live in the computer age were most people probably knows about Internet and computer especially here in the US. Internet is so handy in sharing photos with friends and relatives. Most of us probably fond of a net working sites like i am but people probably heard news rumors that some people fired from their jobs because of their hidden behaviors especially working in a decent place and i don't know probably not applicable on the company and company find it out at the net working sites. Yeah, everybody has their rights and freedom to express themselves. So, i want you guys to check this out and i just read this today too. Before you upload pictures in the Internet be sure to think twice in case after few minutes, few days few months or few years you want to delete it cause you just realized that it is pretty awful.



No such thing as "deleted" on the Internet


It's always fun to write about research that you can actually try out for yourself.

Try this: Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, note what the URL to the picture is (the actual photo, not the page on which the photo resides), and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are: It will.

Facebook isn't alone here. Researchers at Cambridge University (so you know this is legit, people!) have found that nearly half of the social networking sites don't immediately delete pictures when a user requests they be removed. In general, photo-centric websites like Flickr were found to be better at quickly removing deleted photos upon request.

Why do "deleted" photos stick around so long? The problem relates to the way data is stored on large websites: While your personal computer only keeps one copy of a file, large-scale services like Facebook rely on what are called content delivery networks to manage data and distribution. It's a complex system wherein data is copied to multiple intermediate devices, usually to speed up access to files when millions of people are trying to access the service simultaneously. (Yahoo! Tech is served by dozens of servers, for example.) But because changes aren't reflected across the CDN immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks.

In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL in question is reused, which is usually "after a short period of time." Though obviously that time can vary considerably.

Of course, once a photo escapes from the walled garden of a social network like Facebook, the chances of deleting it permanently fall even further. Google's caching system is remarkably efficient at archiving copies of web content, long after it's removed from the web. Anyone who's ever used Google Image Search can likely tell you a story about clicking on a thumbnail image, only to find that the image has been deleted from the website in question -- yet the thumbnail remains on Google for months. And then there are services like the Wayback Machine, which copy entire websites for posterity, archiving data and pictures forever.

The lesson: Those drunken party photos you don't want people to see? Simply don't upload them to the web, ever, because trying to delete them after you sober up is a tough proposition.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Richelle Swing and Slide

Last Tuesday we took a trip to Prescott AZ for you know... just to get out of Phoenix and have some nice drive and some fresh cool country air.Gosh! we've been like random over hundred degrees weather now, it's like 2 or 3 weeks. It's a sign that we are close to summer cause it already feels summer. The last time i went to that town, like to look around was when i am like a month or 2 since i got here. I just remembered on the trip that Prescott is one of my favorite town here in AZ. I like there set up, there is up and down not flat like in Phoenix. It was a very nice drive enjoying around and on our way back well silly me didn't even went to the bathroom before the long trip back so i feel like going and holding on till Yarnell.(pssstttt just no.1 hehe). So we stopped at Flora May Park in Yarnell, that park is very useful in case of emergency when you are going for a drive that way and it's clean too. Richelle is enjoying the park given her a little time out for the drive. It's been a while now that we went to the park cause it is really getting hot. So she loves it there and took a picture and movie enjoying. She is now 3 yrs old and 9 days. She speak a lot and contradict a lot hehe. She is fun and such a darling.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Me, Myself & I -Beyonce Knowles

Me, Myself & I -Beyonce Knowles

All the ladies if you feel me, help me sing it out...

I can't believe i believed
Everything we had would last
So young and naive for me to think
She was from your past
Silly of me to dream of
One day having your kids
Love is so blind
It feels right when it's wrong

I can't believe i fell for your schemes
I'm smarter than that
So young and naive to believe that with me
You're a changed man
Foolish of me to compete
When you cheat with loose women
It took me some time but now i moved on

Cuz i realized i got
Me myself and i
That's all i got in the end
That's what i found out
And it ain't no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I'm gonna be my own best friend

Me myself and i
That's all i got in the end
That's what i found out
And it ain't no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I'm gonna be my own best friend

So controlling , you said that you love me
But you don't
Your family told me one day
I would see it on my own
Next thing i know i'm dealing
With your three kids in my home
Love is so blind
It feels right when it's wrong

Now that it's over
Stop calling me
Come pick up your clothes
Ain't no need to front like you're still with me
All your homies know
Even your very best friend
Tried to warn me on the low
It took me some time
But now i am strong

Because i realized i got
Me myself and i
That's all i got in the end
That's what i found out
And it ain't no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I'm gonna be my own best friend

Me myself and i
That's all i got in the end
That's what i found out
And it ain't no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I'm gonna be my own best friend

Me myself and i
I know that i will never disappoint myself
I must have cried a thousand times
All the ladies if you feel me
Help me sing it now
I can't regret all the times spent with you
Ya, you hurt me
But i learned a lot along the way
After all the rain
You'll see the sun come out again
I know that i will never disappoint myself

[Repeat to end]

Forever and for Always -Shania Twain

Forever and for Always -Shania Twain

In your arms I can still feel the way you
want me when you hold me
I can still hear the words you whispered
when you told me
I can stay right here forever in your arms

And there ain’t no way–
I’m lettin’ you go now
And there ain’t no way–
and there ain’t not how
I’ll never see that day….

[Chorus:]
‘Cause I’m keeping you
forever and for always
We will be together all of our day
Wanna wake up every
morning to your sweet face–always

Mmmm, baby
In your heart–I can still hear
a beat for every time you kiss me
And when we’re apart,
I know how much you miss me
I can feel your love for me in your heart

And there ain’t no way–
I’m lettin’ you go now
And there ain’t now way–
and there ain’t no how
I’ll never see that day….

[Repeat Chorus]

(I wanna wake up every morning)

In your eyes–(I can still see
the look of the one) I can still see
the look of the one who really loves me
(I can still feel the way that you want)
The one who wouldn’t put anything
else in the world above me
(I can still see love for me) I can
still see love for me in your eyes
(I still see the love)

And there ain’t no way–
I’m lettin’ you go now
And there ain’t no way–
and there ain’t no how
I’ll never see that day….

[Repeat Chorus (2x)]

I’m keeping you forever and for always
I’m in your arms

Forever and For Always - Shania Twain

Natural Cleaning Solutions

Lemons

The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. It's especially effective when mixed with salt, which makes "an excellent scouring paste," says Karyn Siegel-Maier, author of The Naturally Clean Home (Storey Publishing, $13, amazon.com).
Price: About 50 cents a lemon.

Use Them to Clean Your…

Countertops: Dip the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda to tackle countertops; wipe with a wet sponge and dry. Don't use on delicate stone, like marble, or stainless steel (it may discolor).

Cutting boards: To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Dishes: To increase the grease-cutting power of your dishwashing detergent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Faucets: Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.

Garbage disposal: Cut a lemon in half, then run both pieces through the disposal. "The lemon cleans it and makes it smell great," says Linda Mason Hunter, a coauthor of Green Clean (Melcher Media, $17, amazon.com).

Grout: Spilled morning coffee on your tile countertop or backsplash? Here's how to tackle grout stains: Add lemon juice to 1 or 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (an acidic salt that acts as a natural bleaching agent) to make a paste. Apply with a toothbrush, then rinse.

Hands: When you touch raw fish, the smell can linger on your fingers. Rub your hands with lemon juice, which will neutralize the odor.

Laundry: To brighten whites, add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle for a normal-size load.

Plastic food-storage containers: To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on dishwasher-safe items, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place, then wash as usual.

Essential Oils

Extracted from plants, some essential oils can kill bacteria and mold. They're very strong, so don't go overboard: One drop of peppermint oil is as potent as 30 cups of peppermint tea.
Price: $14 for 5 milliliters at health-food stores.

Use Them to Clean Your…

Combs and brushes: Fill a container with 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops tea-tree, lavender, or eucalyptus oil. Soak combs and brushes for 20 minutes. Rinse and air-dry.

Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.

Gum-encrusted items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don't worry: It shouldn't stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.

Shower doors: Wipe scum-covered glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.

Toilets: Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet's inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes; scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. "Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released," says Siegel-Maier.

Windows: Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.


Liquid Castile Soap

Like other soaps, this plant-based version efficiently loosens grime and dirt from surfaces, says Siegel-Maier: "But it's gentler, so it won't dull them."
Price: About $8 for 8 ounces at supermarkets.

Use It to Clean Your…

Car: Mix 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap with hot water in a bucket (fill almost to the top). Rub a generous amount of the solution on your car's exterior, windshield, hubcaps, and tires with a large sponge, then thoroughly hose it off.

Floors: You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. leather upholstery: Add 2 drops liquid Castile soap to 1 quart warm water. Apply to the leather with a barely moist sponge.

Marble countertops: Stir 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap into 1 quart warm water. Dampen a cloth with the solution and wipe surface. Rinse, then dry with a clean cloth.

Sinks, showers, tubs, and ceramic tile: Create a homemade soft scrubber by combining 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap and 1/3 cup baking soda.

Stovetop and vent hood: Add a few squirts of liquid Castile soap to 2 cups hot water. Apply to the stovetop, the burners, and the vent hood to cut through accumulated grease.


Cooking Oils

Vegetable- and plant-based oils, such as olive and sunflower, dislodge dirt, diminish scratches and imperfections, and "hydrate wood that has aged or dried out from exposure to the sun," says Hunter.
Price: About $7 a pint at supermarkets.

Use Them to Clean Your…

Cast-iron pans: Make a scrubbing paste with vegetable oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt to combat cooked-on debris, then rinse with hot water.

Hands: To get paint off your skin, rub with vegetable oil, then wash thoroughly with soap.

Leather shoes: Wipe away dirt with a damp sponge, then apply a drop of vegetable oil to a soft cloth and rub the surface to remove scuff marks. Buff the shoes with a chamois to a shine.

Rattan and wicker furniture: To prevent rattan and wicker from drying or cracking, lightly brush them with vegetable or sunflower oil and gently rub in with a cloth. Warm the oil on the stove first to thin it and make it easier to apply.

Stainless-steel surfaces: For extra sparkle, pour olive oil onto a cloth and buff.

Wood furniture: Make your own polish by mixing 2 cups olive or vegetable oil with the juice of 1 lemon; work it in with a soft cloth. To smooth out scratches in light-colored wood, rub them with a solution of equal parts olive or vegetable oil and lemon juice.


Borax

When added to a laundry wash, borax makes detergents even more effective. It's also "quite alkaline, so it kills mold and fungus and softens water," says Robert Wolke, Ph.D., author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (W. W. Norton & Company, $16, amazon.com).
Price: About $5 for 4 pounds at supermarkets.

Use It to Clean Your…

Baseboards, countertops, and walls: Dissolve 1/2 cup borax in 1 gallon hot water and pour the solution into a spray bottle (which you can store for later use). Spritz generously, wipe down with a damp cloth, and let air-dry.

China (including hand painted): Soak china in a dishpan filled with warm water and 1/2 cup borax; rinse well.

Dishwasher: If the machine is smelling like last night's chicken cacciatore, sprinkle borax in the bottom, let it sit overnight, then wipe down with a damp sponge. No need to rinse; just run the next load.

Pots and pans: Rub borax into cookware with a damp sponge; rinse well.

Toilet: Pour borax in the bowl and let it sit overnight, says Annie Bond, author of Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, $19, amazon.com). Swish the bowl a few times with a toilet brush and flush the next day. "Borax really gets rid of rust stains," she says.


Vinegar

This acidic wonder can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, mineral deposits, and more. Among natural cleaners, it's the clear champ. Distilled white vinegar creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, says Jeffrey Hollender, author of Naturally Clean (New Society Publishers, $18, amazon.com).
Price: About $1.80 for a quart at supermarkets.

Use It to Clean Your…

Coffeemaker: Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the machine's water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the coffeemaker and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on again to complete the cycle, then run several cycles with clean water.

Dishwasher: To disinfect the interior of the machine, pour 1/2 cup vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle, says Hunter. Or place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.

Drains: Clean drains―and the pipes they're attached to―by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.

Floors: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble (vinegar can scratch it) or wood (vinegar can strip it).

Glassware: For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.

Moldy walls: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.

Showerheads: To combat mineral deposits, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.

Steam iron: To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water; press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.

Windows: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Spritz windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.


Baking and Washing Soda

Baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate) and its close cousin, washing soda (sodium carbonate), both absorb odors. But unlike baking soda, slightly stronger washing soda can't be ingested; wear rubber gloves when handling it.
Price: About $1.08 for a pound of baking soda; $7 for 4 pounds of washing soda; both available at supermarkets.

Use Them to Clean Your…

Can opener: Dip a toothbrush in a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water and use it to dislodge gunk.

Garage floors (and other concrete surfaces): Pour washing soda generously on oil and grease spots and sprinkle with water until a paste forms. Let stand overnight. The next day, scrub with a damp brush, hose down, and wipe clean.

Garden tools: Dip a moist stiff-bristled brush in washing soda to scrub trimmers, clippers, and more. Rinse, then place in a sunny area to dry. (Don't use washing soda on aluminum tools.)

Grills and barbecue utensils: To combat tough grease stains, dip a moist stiff- bristled brush in washing soda and scrub away.

Stove burner grates: In a dishpan, soak them in 1 gallon warm water and 1/2 cup washing soda for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.

Stained teacups and coffee mugs: Fill with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse.

Upholstered furniture: To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda on the fabric, then vacuum.

Scuffed walls: Erase crayon marks by applying a baking-soda paste (equal parts baking soda and water) to white painted walls (baking soda may dull colored walls). Let dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth.


Toothpaste

The combination of a mild abrasive, a surfactant (detergent), and an antibacterial agent makes toothpaste a potent stain-fighter. "Stick with standard paste, not gel, and steer clear of formulas designed for tartar control and whitening," says Siegel-Maier. "These often contain chemicals and additional abrasives that can damage items such as fine silver."
Price: About $3.65 for a tube.

Use It to Clean Your…

Acrylic accessories (such as desktop organizers): Squeeze toothpaste onto a toothbrush and work it into scratches until they diminish. Wipe residue off with a cloth.

Chrome fixtures: To polish faucets and taps in the kitchen or bathroom, smear a dime-size amount of toothpaste onto them, then buff with a soft cloth until they shine.

Scuffed linoleum: Reduce marks by scrubbing them with toothpaste and a dry cloth until no toothpaste residue remains.

Piano keys: Rub each key carefully with a damp cotton swab and a dollop of toothpaste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth.

Tarnished silverware: Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Steam iron: Mineral deposits can stain an iron's soleplate. Apply a dab of toothpaste and work it into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove residue.


Table Salt

Salt's granular texture makes it perfectly suited for scouring. Table salt, sea salt, and kosher salt can all be used, but table salt is the cheapest choice.
Price: About 69 cents a pound.

Use It to Clean Your…

Artificial flowers: Place the fake blooms inside a paper bag and pour in salt. Close the bag and shake vigorously. The salt will dislodge accumulated dust and dirt.

Glassware: Salt won't scratch the way a scouring pad can. To get out stubborn stains, add some salt for extra abrasion and scrub.

Greasy pots and pans: Sprinkle salt on cookware to absorb excess grease. Dump out the salt before washing as usual. (Not recommended for nonstick cookware.)

Spills in the oven: If that casserole bubbles over as you take it out of the oven, pour salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven is cool, wipe with a damp sponge.

Stained teacups and coffee mugs: Sprinkle salt on the outside of a lemon peel; rub the affected area till clean.

Wooden counters and tables: Cover grease splatters with salt to absorb as much as possible. Wait an hour, then brush away the salt.