Unwanted weight gain is an issue that many of us struggle with on a daily basis. The weight gained often distributes itself in least desirable spots such as the stomach. Stomach fat (called omentum fat) is one of the most dangerous fats that we can hold on our body.
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Extremely simple to install and not to mention
cost-effective - wooden blinds
are a great option for any home.
When it comes to installation, simply prepare
yourself with the basic tools for any DIY job (screw driver, tape measure,
hammer, etc) and you’ll be done in no time. It’s hardly rocket science – let’s
put it that way. The job is half done for you in most cases, as you are often
provided with all the essential bits and pieces like screws and other parts, as
well as diagrams and instructions to talk you through it. This way, you don’t
have to spend unnecessary money on tradesmen.
However, before installing new window
treatments, it’s important to consider the uses and purposes of a room. For
example, rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms will obviously generate more
moisture than living rooms and bedrooms. As a result, wooden window treatments
are likely to be the best choice as they offer more endurance when it comes to
these conditions. Although they aren’t completely immune to wear and tear, they
look good even when a little bit worn which means they won’t need replacing any
Similarly, to ensure they stay at the peak of
their condition, regular care and maintenance is essential. Thankfully, this is
a relatively simple task and shouldn’t take too long and it can be as simple as
a quick wipe of the slats without the use of any specific cleaning fluids. Each
wood is different though, so it’s worth spending a few minutes doing your
research to make sure there aren’t any specific manufacturer’s recommendations.
There are so many different types of wooden
blinds available on the market in this day and age, therefore a bit of research
before going shopping will make your job a hell of a lot easier. Certain woods
cost more than others, and suit different types of room. Bass wood, faux wood
and bamboo are a few options available, all suited well to different windows
and rooms. No matter which blinds you go for, you should be able to find
something to suit not just your home, but your budget too.
The most beautiful and charming
country in this world is the country of Portugal. It is one of the exclusive
European destinations that provide great reviews by the enthusiasts that have
travelled to this country. Always plan a long schedule to this country because
if your plan to visit this place for short period this is a guarantee you that
you will not be able to feel back to return to your home destinations.
When you are planning a trip to any
place make sure of hiring a car in advance to travel the city at your own terms
and as per your comfort. Visiting to any place is expensive and that also if
you do not do it at your own comfort and affordability then it’s a sheer waste
of money. If you arrange of a cheap car
you will be able to save money and with that you can enjoy other places which
you were not visiting previously. Without any arrangement for the
transportation you will have to make a lot of expense for using the transport
Search beforehand visiting the
places and book for the cheap
car hire to Portugal as
fast as you can. Public transport is very inconvenient and it will not take you
to the proper destination on time. But if you hire a car on your own then you
can visit the places of your choice duly on time and can enjoy the place to
make it a memorable destination for your future memories. It has been found out
that tourist who do not prepare themselves for the transport beforehand had to
wait for the local transport for hours.
think of so much they will do during their trip, they make so many wishes for
the trip but if those wishes are not fulfilled then they that creates a
negative impact in their mind.
Once abroad the high seas, the Chipmunks and the Chipettes, accidently fall overboard and end up shipwrecked in a tropical paradise. Meanwhile, Dave enlists the help of his former boss Ian Hawke (David Cross) to help find the missing Chipmunks. The six chipmunks soon discover that the island is not as deserted as it appears and they are soon ensnarled in hilarious adventures as they attempt to get off the island and reunite with Dave. The Chipmunk movies are always charming and witty, and great for kids and kids at heart.
So do not miss this opportunity to join the Chipmunks on their tropical holiday and become ‘chipwrecked’ with laughter.
In today’s struggling economy many people are considering starting a home-based business as a way to bring in income or supplement any income they may already have. The pros of having a home based business are many and include a short commute, more relaxed wardrobe, setting your own schedule, and saving money on things such as childcare, gas, and lunches out. However, having your own at home business is by no means free, make sure to consider these “Five Unforeseen Expenses When Starting a Home Business”
1) Trademarking your business names: A good and memorable business name can help you attract clients. However, a business name that is the same as an existing business can not only be a headache but can have legal consequences as well. Make sure to contact a law firm for trademark registration.
2) Technology: It is hard to run any business without the right equipment. Even if your business in not technology based you will still need items such as a computer, faxes, software and printers for day to day operations such as client tracking, advertising, invoicing etc.
3) Energy Costs: Not many people consider the rise in their energy costs when operating a home business. There is an increase in the use of electricity to operate various equipment, keeping the house warm, as well as potential increase in transportation costs as you venture out for business related activities-even if its something as basic as a cheque deposit.
4) Setting up Dedicated Internet Service: Many home business owners find that standard residential internet is insufficient as their business grows. Residential internet services are also prone to security breaches leading to extra hassle and costs. These can be avoided through a dedicated T1 internet for business. After all, why wait for a webpage to load because…..
5) Time is money: Whether you are waiting for an internet connection, running errands, or providing a service, remember that all these tasks are essential to a home based business and have to be calculated into the time it takes to run it. In the end, you want to make sure the business is financially worth it.
Greek yogurt is
the new super food, not only does it tastes great it is packed with double the
protein and surpasses regular style yogurt. Astro greek yogourts are
made from all natural ingredients, are kosher and contain no gelatin, making
them suitable for vegetarians. Astro Greek yogourts come in a variety of
flavours as well as in fat free versions. Their smooth and rich consistency
makes them amazing to eat on their own, but they are also great to use inrecipes as well. Astro Original Greek Yogourt can be substituted for sour cream
to make your baked potatoes healthier, as an ingredient in dips or delicious
creamy frostings, make fantastic frozen yogourt or even with the addition of
vinaigrette and herbs it is a great ingredient in salad dressings. You can even
make your breakfast pancakes and muffins healthier by substituting oil for a
dollop of Greek yogourt!
Astro Greek Yogourt has won the 2012 Best New
Product Award in the Yogourt category. Known for its rich taste
and thick, creamy texture, the product is available in three flavours (Plain,
Honey and Strawberry) and offers Canadians two times more protein than regular
Astro would love to give away three Astro Greek Yogourt coupons to one Canadian winner of our giveaway.A random draw will be made by Random.org on March 30, 2012 from all entries received.
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Whether it’s cleaning products or how
you drive your car, there are green alternatives that you can use to have a
positive impact on the earth and your pocket book.Use the following tips as alternatives for
the things you use every day.
out your bike! Instead of paying for gas, choose
to ride your bike to work or other places you need to go. If it is close
enough, you can even walk.Driving your
car less is a great green alternative.
your own laundry detergent. Laundry detergent can
be expensive. Making your own can help save the environment and save you money.
Simple ingredients from around your home
can be combined to make laundry detergent.
cold water for washing clothes.Washing your clothes in cold water will make
your energy bill cheaper each month.Use
the warm setting only when washing towels and undergarments.A green alternative is using cold water for
things around your home.
cleaning supplies.Purchase natural cleaning supplies that have
the green seal instead of toxic products. Many companies have caught on the
“green” attitude and now offer natural cleaning supplies that are good for the
environment and your budget.
in fans. Installing fans in each room in your
house will allow you to set your thermostat on a higher setting. A single fan
can make if feel 13 degrees cooler. This adds up to significant savings!
for the “energy efficient” label. When buying
appliances for your home, choose Energy Star appliances that have been tested
and confirmed to use less electricity.
makeup. Even make up can have a green label.
Choose to use make up that is made from more natural ingredients.
·Composting.Instead of buying compost, choose to make
your own.If you eat fresh fruit and
vegetables every day, this is a great way to eliminate the waste.
freshener.A green alternative to the air freshener that you spray every day is
using scented oils and fresh fruit to scent your home.
tap water. Bottled water is expensive and very
harmful for the environment.A green
alternative is to buy a filter and drink tap water.
your own food.Choose to grow your own food rather than purchasing expensive food from
the grocery store.
out your light bulbs. New energy efficient
light bulbs should be lighting your home for the most savings. This is an easy
change that can make a huge impact on the amount of energy that you use each
off your computer when you aren’t using it.Instead of keep your computer up and running,
turn it off when you aren’t using it.This can save you money on the things that you use every day.
second hand. Gently used clothing are the
better option if you are being environmentally conscious and want to add
recycling into your daily lifestyle.
faucets that leak. Leaky faucets can
actually cost you a great deal of money each month.Fixing leaky faucets is cheap and will be
great for saving water.
your clothes on a clothes line. Instead of using
the dryer, choose to line dry your clothes to help save on your energy
cloth napkins. Paper napkins add to the waste
problem and can be quite expensive. Save money and have a positive impact on
the environment by using cloth napkins.
your showering time.The less water you use when shower, the
cheaper your bill will be and the better impact you can have on the
environment.Reduce your showering time
to 5 minutes.
to others. Don’t throw things in the trash. Choose
to donate them to people in need.Homeless people will appreciate an old blanket or clothing that you no
longer use.Donate to Salvation Army or
to some other charitable organization.
Listed above are 20 green alternatives
for the things that you use every day.Will
you help have a positive impact on the environment by switching to these green
Victor is a freelance writer and writes
about eco-friendly products like jute
rugs, bamboo rugs, seagrass
rugs and lot more.
Search over 450,000 recipes to help you clean out those cupboards, and empty the fridge , with Food.com.Just enter an item you have on hand in the search box and browse through hundreds of recipe ideas.
Experience that spa-like feeling without leaving the comfort of your home with 10 digitally controlled including relax, energize as well as a full body surround sprays. These showerheads are an excellent choice for those wishing to lower their water usage and carbon footprint as they come with a timer function, maximum flow optimization technology and offer up to 20% water savings.
Some models offer remote control, allowing you to get the shower going even before you step into the bathroom, and with digital controls you are never fighting with the knobs that are common on other adjustable showerheads.
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Put on an apron, slice up your favourite ACE Bakery bread and let your taste buds lead the way! Chef Lynn Crawford and ACE Bakery today announced a search for the most sensational sandwich recipes this country has to offer through Canada’s Best Sandwich Contest. Better yet– the winner will be announced just in time to add the new recipe to your family’s summer menu!
It’s time to put your secret chipotle mayonnaise recipe to the test. Canada’s Best Sandwich Contest will be accepting recipes on the ACE Bakery website (acebakery.com) from now through May 24, 2012. Submissions will then be reviewed by Chef Lynn Crawford and ACE Bakery and scored based on their taste appeal, creativity, innovation and originality.
“Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my all time favourite things to do,” says Linda Haynes, ACE Bakery co-founder, and author of the ACE Bakery cookbooks. “If you’re new to creating recipes, sandwiches are a great place to start – simply choose a combination of fresh ingredients that you love and start building. Also be sure to take risks, you never know what will taste great together"
On June 4, one regional finalist from Western Canada (including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada (including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland) will be announced. Each regional winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a $1,000 donation to their charity of choice.
The regional winners will then be invited to Toronto to participate in the contest finals on June 22, where they will prepare their own recipes in front of a live audience. Chef Lynn Crawford, Linda Haynes, and Marcus Mariathas, ACE Bakery’s master baker, will judge the final creations and decide on the winning recipe. The creator of the winning recipe will be awarded an additional $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 to donate to their charity of choice.
ABOUT ACE BAKERY:
Now one of North America’s leading artisan bakeries, ACE Bakery opened in 1993 as an artisan bakery creating hand-made, European-style rustic breads. The gentle shaping of each loaf, long fermentation periods, and a stone deck oven all work to create exceptionally flavourful bread with a pleasing texture and crisp crust. The breads contain no preservatives and are made with the finest ingredients. ACE Bakery’s baguettes and artisan breads are available at hundreds of restaurants, hotels, caterers, grocery and gourmet food shops across Canada, throughout the United States, and as far away as Bermuda.
Get a handle on dinner with KFC Canada. For
the first time in more than 50 years, the Colonel is offering an alternative to
KFC’s world famous bucket ¾ a stylish, easy-grip dinner box that serves
The new KFC Family Dinner Box arrives in stores
today — and caters to the whole family’s taste buds. Now, KFC Canada
fans can pick and choose from an array of signature sandwiches and wraps, famous
Original Recipe chicken, Mini Breast Fillets and an assortment of sides to
create four customized meals all in one box! As an added bonus, the KFC Family
Dinner Box is compact, easy to carry, and includes free popcorn chicken for
Chose from five main items including KFC
famous sandwiches, wraps, and Original Recipe® chicken and four classic sides
¾ the dinner combinations are endless!
Adventurous flavour seekers can savour a hot and spicy KFC Zinger® chicken
sandwich with a side of zesty coleslaw, while purists can enjoy two pieces of
Original Recipe® chicken and traditional fries – and the kids can munch on
juicy, tender, white meat Mini Breast Fillets.
Only in Canada The KFC Family Dinner Box is
making its first North American debut in Canada – after blockbuster sales and
success in Australia, where it was recently introduced. Currently, KFC Family
Dinner Box is not available south of the border.
While the new Family Dinner
Box is sure to become a popular menu addition in Canada, the iconic bucket
is still here to stay.
“The bucket is a true classic – it’s original,
just like KFC. Nothing pleases a crowd like a bucket of fresh, delicious KFC
Original recipe® chicken and KFC’s Family Dinner Box is a new twist on a
favourite classics that creates more options for variety and convenience when
you have four to feed.”
Original Recipe® chicken was first perfected
and introduced by KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders more than 50 years ago in
Corbin, Kentucky. The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe remains a secret to this
day, hidden in a high-security, top-secret vault located in Louisville,
When it was first introduced in 1957, the KFC
bucket became an instant packaging classic that revolutionized take-out dining.
Since then, the trademark red and white KFC bucket has been embraced by
countries around the world.
KFC Family Dinner Box is available for both takeout and delivery at
participating KFC locations across Canada. Visit www.kfc.ca to find the KFC nearest you.
Gary Oldman leads an all-star cast in this masterful adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel that redefined the spy thriller.
At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley (Oldman) is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone’s motives are in question.
Filled with stunning performances by Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the powerful and deeply resonant spy tale that Ebert Presents at the Movies hails as “hands down the best new thriller this year.”
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on Blu-ray Combo Pack, which includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy comes out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on March 20th, 2012. What for it!
Jonah Hill Takes You Where No Babysitting Movie Has Gone Before !
From the director of Pineapple Express comes an adventure in babysitting that is definitely not for the entire family as Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, Moneyball) steps in as THE SITTER, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download March 20th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Defiant, vulgar and envelope-pushing, THE SITTER will be available in the “totally irresponsible” edition offering a hilarious and even raunchier unrated cut of the film.
When Noah (Hill), the suburban slacker, is watching the neighbor’s kid he gets a booty call from his girlfriend in the city. To hook up with her, Noah takes to the streets, but his urban adventure spins out of control as he finds himself on the run from the maniacal drug lord. Raunchy laughs and insane action – it’s all in a night’s work for The Sitter.
With hilarious supporting performances from J.B. Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Ari Graynor (What’s Your Number?) and Sam Rockwell (Cowboys & Aliens), THE SITTER “totally irresponsible” edition Blu-ray is loaded with special features including an unrated cut of the film, deleted scenes, a gag reel, outtakes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an average retail price of $29.99 and $19.99 respectively.
Arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download March 20th-don't forget!
When you’re worried that your paycheck won’t
cover your monthly expenses, figuring out which bills you need to pay first can
be tough. While it may be tempting to charge your expenses to your credit card,
adding any debt can make your financial situation worse. Use the following tips
to decide which bills to pay first:
1. Food and Healthcare
You need to eat. Even if it's Ramen and canned
green beans from the dollar store, feeding yourself is important. The same goes
for medical expenses. That old saying, "If you haven't got your health,
you haven't got anything," is true. If you're forced to decide whether to
seek treatment for high blood pressure or make a car payment, your health needs
to come first.
Having somewhere to live is essential. It's the
roof over your head. If you own your home, it can be one of your most valuable
assets. Paying your rent or mortgage should be one of your top priorities. The
loss of your home or eviction from your rental could be a devastating financial
and emotional blow, so pay your rent or mortgage after you pay for food and
3. Car Loan and Car Insurance
If you're one of the millions of Americans that
drives to work, then you know how important your car is. Making your car
payments and paying your monthly insurance bills means you get to keep your car
and drive it responsibly. If you know that you absolutely cannot pay your car
bills, then, if possible, try selling your car. Look into public
transportation, like busses or subways, as alternative forms of transport. If
any of your coworkers live nearby, suggest carpooling. It’s easier on the
environment and your pocket book. 
While you have some leeway with utility bills,
it is important that you keep your lights on and your water running. Normally,
utility companies will allow you to be a few days late for a small fee, but
they will turn off their services if you continue to miss bill payments.
5. Credit Card Bills
Your credit card is the last bill you should
worry about when you're facing more pressing matters -- like paying your rent
or keeping your water running. While you're repaying other bills, try not to
use your credit card or incur other forms of debt. Only after
you've taken care of your basic needs should you begin to repay your credit
card debts. If you’re concerned about how to handle your debts, contact a
nonprofit credit counseling service like the National Foundation for Credit
These suggestions can help you decide which
bills you should pay first. It can be a tough call, depending on where your
priorities lie. If you have a family and a home, your needs may be very
different from an individual renting an apartment. Modify this list to suit
your specific needs, and you’ll find a way to pay your most important bills
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The worst part of any meal is definitely the cleanup. Many dishwasher detergents are not strong enough to clean the grime, thus requiring the pre-rinsing of dishes or even double washing. My days of pre-scrubbing are over.Saving my hands and my sanity, I have joined the FINISH® Revolution. A forefront leader since 1957, FINISH® through continuous innovation offers a wide variety of products, including a single dose tablets, powder and gels, which are designed to give you amazingly clean dishes and save time in the kitchen. Save your hands, time and money by trying some of the FINISH® line of products.
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Always arriving in the beginning of spring, the Easter holiday is generally considered a time of rebirth. We shed our winter coats and our heavy boots in favour of spring attire. With the sun shining and snow melting many of us are ecstatic to great warmer weather.
Traditionally, Easter completes the cycle of Lent, so a great way to celebrate the end of a season of deprivation than by indulging in chocolates and candy. Easter candies are one of the prettiest treats available all year round, as they are wrapped in beautiful and colourful wrapping and take fun shapes such as chocolate bunnies and treat-filled eggs.
Easter egg hunts are one of the most fun traditions for children, and often colourful baskets have to be used so that the kids can carry of their found treasures.So whether your Easter basket is filled with real or chocolate eggs, make sure to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
Check out this Easter's sweets and treats from our friends below:
-The Madelaine Chocolate Company: Established in 1949, they've dedicated themselves to perfecting the superior taste and quality of chocolate.Using the finest quality chocolate, innovative shapes and unique Italian foils, they're proud to help make every moment special. Easter is one of the many holidays and occassions they have where you can get fine chocolates to fill baskets or to just enjoy a treat for yourself.
Finish is giving away 50,000 Free Quantum samples starting today, March 12, while supplies last to Facebook users who “Like” the Finish page. The sample includes 3 units of Finish Quantum, plus a coupon for $2 off the retail price!
Finish is also the proud sponsor of the popular Food Network TV show, Top Chef Canada! This season premiers on March 12 and to celebrate this sponsorship, moms can visit their Facebook page to win a catered dinner for up to 6 by one of the Top Chef Canada competitors! Check out the Top Chef Canada tab on the site for more details!
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For everyone who may have the talent of clairvoyance,
there are many more trying to manipulate people in times of need through their
“gifts.” This, as you well know, has historically given many psychics a bad reputation.
Though there have been many claims of people being scammed by psychics, the
most well know scam in recent years was that of The Psychic Readers Network.
Founded in 1991, they stayed mostly under the radar until they gained
household name status with the famous face of their company, Miss Cleo.
Miss Cleo had a demanding presence. She was
a sassy, exotic, loud woman with an almost off-putting personality. It wasn’t
like any other infomercials happening at the time, and it seemed like she was
the perfect fit for the customers The Psychic Readers Network where trying to
pull in. Lonely, confused middle class working Americans eating their popcorn
in from of the TV at 2am would feel reassured by her demanding presence, like
she knew a secret they didn’t, and like if they called she might let them in on
it. She claimed to be from the Caribbean Islands, or like she said, “Trelawney,
a little place called Duncan Falls, twenty minutes outside Falmouth.”
After making a midnight TV connection with
Miss Cleo, clients would call the line being enticed in by the first 3 minutes
being free. Some people would be surprised not to get Miss Cleo at all, but
rather a ‘friend’ from the network. They would, after keeping you on the phone
for the free three minutes by asking your address and other information for a
free tarot card, proceed to ask ‘showing questions,’ then they would draw the
tarot cards together from information given to them. The goal was to keep the
client on for 19 minutes, or 80 dollars worth of empty predictions and
assumptions. People would usually call about love or money, so it wasn’t hard
to make set scripts for people to work with.
The scam was eventually up when they showed
Miss Cleo’s United States birth certificate. Though she was not sued directly,
the company suffered large losses, not only from lawsuit expenses, but also
from a now untrusting clientele. For everyone they could have help by just
giving them someone to listen to, they sideswiped just as many, causing them to
second doubt themselves even more when the clients found out they had been used.
Miss Cleo is just a famous example; there
are many fake psychics out there, namely street vendors, who instill fear and
doubt into their clients when they’re at a low point in their lives; they use
this control over them to pay exorbitant amounts of cash to remove curses,
bring lovers back, win the lottery, etc. A real psychic’s goal is to make their
client happy and feel positive about moving forward with their life; they don’t
want to scare you into giving them money for mundane rituals or trick you into
staying on the phone with nothing gained.
Though fake psychics have continued being
ousted since Houdini, there are more victims than just the people getting
scammed for their money; there are also the people who could possibly have a
real clairvoyance, people who may be scared and confused by their gift, being
constantly accused of being the next Miss Cleo.
So next time you feel intrigued by that
glowing neon sign or alluring 1-800 number, make sure they’re an authentic
professional not just in to prey on vulnerable people and take their cash.