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Baby Hand Casting – Home Based Business for Moms

You've probably seen examples of this wonderful art form on TV or on the internet- full size, 3 dimensional, stone sculptures of baby hands and feet. These are called LifeCasts.

You've probably wondered how they did it and most people assume that it is very complicated or expensive to do. Not so …

The materials and techniques used by professional LifeCasters are either expensive nor are they beyond the reach of most amateurs. In fact the materials cost for a baby hand cast is no more than $ 4.00.

New parents are always agog with the cuteness of their baby. They can not get enough of holding and kissing the baby's hands and feet. Would not it be wonderful to have a sculpture of all that cuteness so you can remember and share it with the child as they grow up? They also make wonderful gifts for grandparents who live far from the young family.

In fact, many young mothers are learning the technique, sharing it with their close friends and actually starting LifeCasting businesses for fun and profit.

Here's the nuts and bolts:

LifeCasting is a "molding" and "casting" procedure. The most common molding material used is something called Alginate (AL-jin-it). Alginate is sold as a powder. When you mix it with water, it forms a thick liquid. This liquid is put into a small container (bucket) and the baby's hand or foot is pushed down into the alginate mixture. In a minute or so, the alginate "sets" (changes from a liquid to a rubbery solid). At this point, the baby's hand or foot is gently pulled out of the mold leaving a hole EXACTLY the same size and shape as the baby's hand or foot.

At this point, the mold is "scattered" with the casting material. The most common casting material is a type of plaster called Gypsum Cement (commonly called "stone") which is much stronger than Plaster of Paris. The gypsum cement is mixed with water and is poured down into the mold until it is full. In about an hour, the stone has hardened and the alginate mold is removed revealing the casting.

Usually there is a small amount of cleanup of the casting required, but that is basically it. The casting can be painted, but only after waiting a couple of days for the water to evaporate out of the stone.

You will need a "bucket" that is JUST big enough to accommodate the hand. A bucket that is too large will just require MORE alginate to fill the extra space. The baby's hand or foot must not touch the inside of the bucket during the procedure or it will ruin the mold. For that reason, a transparent or translucent plastic is the best so you can see if the hand or foot is touching.

Alginates come in a variety of setting times. Do not get one with a long setting time because the baby can get fussy. Also look for an alginate that you can mix with warm water. If you start with 95 ° F water, the alginate will have cooled to about 92 ° F when you are ready to put the baby's hand in. This is great because baby skin temperature is about the same. Done this way, sleeping babies almost never wake up and alert babies are much easier to distract with a rattle or toy of some sort. If they're not too conscious of the alginate on their hand there is a smaller chance that they will wiggle their hand or foot too much, which could ruin the mold.

Children from about 6 months to 3 years are extremely difficult to LifeCast. They just do not sleep enough and you can not yet explain to them WHY they should be happy to have their hands in a scary bucket of goo.

Some alginate manufacturers make "color-changing" alginate for use in hand casting. The alginate turns bright pink when you first mix it and fades to white about 40 seconds before it "sets". This way you do not have to run a stopwatch- just wait until the alginate is white before you put the baby's hand or foot in.

Lots of information is available online. The search terms you would look for are Alginate or Lifecasting.

It really is either expensive or difficult to learn these techniques but it IS a lot of fun.

Source by Christopher T Baker

Closet Organizing Secrets

The 1-2-3 Approach!

When it comes to closets one thing is for sure, everyone wants it clean and organized. That goes for the simple closet all the way to the grand walk-in type. The fact is there is nothing better than being able to find what you want, when you want it. If your closet is in desperate need of help, I am here to tell you that closet organizing is not as hard as you might think. In fact it is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step One: Place Like Items With Like Items

Get everything out of the closet and place the shoes with the shoes, the skirts with the skirts, the belts with the belts, the jeans with the jeans and so on.

Step Two: Arrange

Now that you got the items grouped, you can take it a step further by arranging each set by color, by fit (such as tight or loose), by material (for example: silks, linen, wool, cotton and so on) Or perhaps by use (day, night, formal). For shoes, I have found it very effective to arrange them by color and heel size.

Step Three: Improve Your Storage

If you find out that it is impossible to browse for items once you get everything back in, an option to consider is plastic storage bins. Bulky items like sweaters and hoodies go great in bins. Shoes store great in plastic bins as well. The one thing to remember here is to make sure that the bins are clear and that they have a lid. This will allow you to stack the bins vertically, maximizing your space if you happen to have a small closet. Another thing to remember is to label the bins so that you can know which box to open and what's inside.

Additional options to consider are shelves and drawers. Undergarments and socks are best stored in drawers. As for handbags, belts and ties, these items can best be managed by hanging or wall mounted shelves.

Whether you closet it small, medium or large, taking the time to organize it will result in a great many benefits. The most important one is to be able to locate what you want quickly and efficiently. With little effort you can change your cluttered closet into something you can enjoy today!

Source by Ron A Hunter

Difference Between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, & Web 3.0 – With Examples

Like any other technology, the web is evolving and it is evolving rather quickly. Due to lack of standards, there seems to be a little bewilderment regarding its evolution and versions but the most acceptable stages of evolution are as follows:


  • Web 1.0
  • Web 2.0
  • Web 3.0 (Also known as Semantic Web)

So, what is the difference between these versions?

Web 1.0: The Internet before 1999, experts call it Read-Only era. The average internet user’s role was limited only to reading the information presented to him. The best examples are millions of static websites which mushroomed during boom. There was no active communication or information flow from consumer of the information to producer of the information.

Web 2.0: The lack of active interaction of common user with the web lead to the birth of Web 2.0. The year 1999 marked the beginning of a Read-Write-Publish era with notable contributions from LiveJournal (Launched in April, 1999) and Blogger (Launched in August, 1999). Now even a non-technical user can actively interact & contribute to the web using different blog platforms. This era empowered the common user with a few new concepts viz. Blog, Social-Media & Video-Streaming. Publishing your content is only a few clicks away! Few remarkable developments of Web 2.0 are Twitter, YouTube, eZineArticles, Flickr and Facebook.

Web 3.0: It seems we have everything whatever we had wished for in Web 2.0, but it is way behind when it comes to intelligence. Perhaps a six year old child has a better analytical abilities than the existing search technologies! Keyword based search of web 2.0 resulted in an information overload. The following attributes are going to be a part of Web 3.0:

  • contextual Search
  • Tailor made Search
  • Personalized Search
  • Evolution of 3D Web
  • Deductive Reasoning

Though Web is yet to see something which can be termed as fairly intelligent but the efforts to achieve this goal has already began. 2 weeks back the Official Google Blog mentioned about how Google search algorithm is now getting intelligent as it can identify many synonyms.

For example Pictures & Photos are now treated as similar in meaning. From now onwards your search query GM crop will not lead you to GM (General Motors) website. Why? Cause, first by synonym identification Google will understand that GM may mean General Motors or Genetically Modified. Then by context i.e. by the keyword crop it will deduce that the user wants information on genetically modified crops and not on General Motors. Similarly, GM car will not lead you to genetically modified crop. Try out yourself to check how this newly added artificial intelligence works in Google. Also, there are many websites built on Web 3.0 which personalizes your search. The web is indeed getting intelligent.

Source by Basant Singh

Work at Home Businesses – How to Make Money Online While You Sleep

The search for perfect work at home businesses should begin with your own personal motivations. Are you trying to find a way out of your current job, or wanting to be rich? Are you in desperate need of money, or do you have the strong desire to build your own business? All of these can be good motivations to get you started, the important thing is that you know and understand your motivation before you get started. This is what will keep you going. If you treat your online home business like a hobby, you will get hobby results.

If you really want to make money while you sleep, the best place to start is with a business that gives you automated results. This means that you do a couple of hours of initial work, posting links, building a website, writing blogs, etc. Once you finish, your work is now online in the public domain. There are many methods out there ranging from pay-per-click businesses to forum, blog or email marketing. Try to choose a business method where once you do the initial work, it stays online, in constant view of the public for months to come. The longer your work is visible, and the more people see it, the more money you will make.

The third thing to remember is to find a product or a “niche” that is in demand. Trying to sell rotary phones in the age of cell-phones is not going to yield the kind of sales you want. Look around yourself, watch television, look at magazine and newspaper advertisements. Ideas for niche markets are everywhere. There are also companies online who specialize in connecting sellers (you) with vendors who have products to sell. Promote these products in a way that stays constantly visible online, and the money will begin to magically appear in your bank account as you sleep!

There are also many coaching and training programs available online that will give you many good home based business ideas. Not only will they give you the ideas, but they will train you how to execute them as well. A good coaching program will have live email, chat, and phone support. A coaching program will jump start your online home based business and save you months of trying to figure everything out on your own.

Source by Jason Starr

5 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece. Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.
  • They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall space.

5. Accessories

  • Remember to keep clutter and display to a minimum.
  • Accessorize with towels in a bright color for punch or stainless steel and woods. Keep everything to a minimum and clutter free.
  • Select chrome, nickel or silver toned drawer/door pulls, towel bars, towel hooks and paper holders for sparkle.
  • Frame vanity mirrors in woods or silver tones – in similar finishes to the other accessories adorning your modern bath.

Now draw a bath and enjoy the modern luxuries of your new space.

Source by Lori Gilder

Zombie Games – Where Have They Come From?

Online games have always been popular since the launch of the internet. Even in the days of dial-up internet, people could join communities of like-minded folk and play simple games over the network such as hangman, tic tac toe and simple forum quizzes. This mentality has grown from these roots to where it is today. Large sites generating high revenue have come about during these two decades of growth. Doom, released in the early nineties, made the concept of the online death match popular. This went on to copulate, producing many more first person shooters. Many hours have been spent by many people playing such person first shooting games online. MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games), show the success of this brand.

World of Warcraft, has 11.5 million subscriptions per month. This is also similar to the success of the social network game, Second Life. This game featured an online hosted computer generated world. Many celebrities have also been involved with this 'Second World,' Jimmy Carr became the first comedian to have a totally virtual gig over the platform of the internet using this game.

The concept of simple games has been made increasingly popular recently. This was mainly bought by the Nintendo DS and Apple iPhone. Users wanted a simple game to play on-the-fly. This also led to many other sites becoming well-known, such as Miniclip. This offers internet users to play simple games to fill in as much time as they require. This need for short space fillers will ensure that the business of online games sites will grow for some time. Improving internet connections on mobile phones means networked play on the go is ever increasing and looks likely to be the next big source of gaming.

For people who enjoy mindless shooting and at times a real challenge usually indulge in the zombie games market. The Google search 'Zombie Games' returns 82 million hits. This shows the large scale of its popularity. Similar games as these include ones with the main character as a ghost or ghoul. The popular series of games 'Dead Rising' also provided zombies as a viable source of content for full home console games. The two games of the series involved players being stuck in a shopping mall or Vegas-style city, whilst fighting off unlimited amounts of zombies and completing set objectives. This random feel of play ensures that players keep coming back for more of this genre of game.

Source by Luke David Moseley

Buying a Trampoline – What To Look For

When you are looking to buy a trampoline it can get a little confusing. ESPecially when you are trying to decide which one is not only the best as far as durability and fun but also safety. So what should you be looking for in a trampoline?

The first thing you should look for is if it is going to hold up for a decent amount of time.

Trampolines can be very expensive so if you are going to have to replace it because it is unsafe in three years then you are much better off choosing another one. If possible look for a trampoline that has a lifetime guarantee.

Why does the trampoline need a guarantee?

Two reasons really. The first is because if they offer a guarantee then you can be fairly sure that the quality of the trampoline is of the highest standard because they are not going to want to replace thousands of trampolines every few years. The second reason is because if you do have a problem you can get it replaced free of charge.

The second thing you should look for is the fun factor.

Believe it or not some trampolines are not as fun as others. Try to get one that can provide your kids with hours of super high bouncing. The shape is also a determining factor. If you kids love to just bounce up and down a round one would be a good fit for you but if your kids like to do acrobats then you might want to consider getting a trampoline that is rectangle to offer then more space.

That leads us to the third and most important thing to look for when you buy a trampoline – Safety.

The safer the trampoline you can buy the better. Make sure your trampoline comes with a strong and snug fitting enclosure and that the trampoline is made of galvanized steel so you do not have to worry about it collapsing.

Source by Christine Pinkston

Guide To Pinball Machine Elements

You may have played hours of pinball without really knowing what makes a pinball machine tick. In this guide, we take a closer look at the different elements of a pinball machine. The design of the pinball machine has seen much change over the years, yet the backbone of this wonderful game is fairly straight-forward and has remained terribly unchanged.

Introduced as early as the 19th century, the plunger was the first element of pinball machines that still stands to this day. In essence a rod loaded with a spring, it launches the ball into the playfield. Some modern machines have an electronic substitute for the plunger, which launch the ball using a solenoid. This means, however, that "skill shots" can no longer be performed.

The 'playfield' is the area where the ball interactions with the various targets and objects. It is inclined so that the ball can make its way down towards the user, where the user then has to use the flippers to avoid losing the ball down the drain (it is literally called the drain). Typically inclined at 3 to 7 degrees, the amount of inclining has an impact on the difficulty of the game, as the ball will travel faster when there is a greater inclination.

Flippers serve two functions: It allows users to prevent the ball from entering the 'drain', and it allows users to travel up the playing field in the hope of scoring points by touching bumpers or targets. As pinball machines have evolved, some machines include more flippers further up the playfield. They are controlled with the same buttons as the main flippers, which are set on the side on the machine.

Pinball machines would be boring if there were no targets or bumpers with which to score points. The most modern machines boast a huge set of exciting features. A complex point system is often found in pinball machines, where the user has the opportunity to score a large number of points by performing several actions in a row. There is often a score which if reached, allows the user a free replay of the ball. Technology has played a major role in Pinball machines introducing new features. Ramps and other objects on the playfield, and well as mini-games with the machine, provide much of the excitement that is generated by these machines.

We hope you now have a clear understanding of the way in which pinball machines work. With so much innovation in Pinball design, it is exciting to see what the future holds for those machines.

Source by Joshua McNiel

The Types of Autoclave

We are in need of infection control for medical purpose. People are becoming more and more concerned about controlling pathogenic microorganism via medical instruments. Controlling the contamination is very important to prevent dangerous pathogenic microorganism transfer from one person to another.

There is an instrument that is used to sterilize medical instruments from pathogenic microorganisms. The instrument is called autoclave sterilizer. There are several types of autoclave that we can find on the market. In this article I am going to explain each type.

1. Positive Pressure Displacement

This type is the improvement of downward displacement type. The steam is created within a second in separate unit (steam generator). The steam is released to the sterilization chamber to start the sterilization progress.

2. Negative Pressure Displacement

This type is one of the most recommended types of autoclave sterilizer. It is very accurate and it can achieve high sterility assurance level. The disappointing fact is that sometimes the system is too large and too expensive.

3. Downward Displacement

This unit is also called as the gravity displacement autoclave. This unit heats water that becomes steam. The steam then forces the air in the chamber to go through the drain hole. The drain hole is closed once the temperature is sufficient for the serialization process to begin.

4. Triple Vacuum Displacement

This type is similar to the negative pressure displacement type. This unit is named “triple vacuum” because there are three process of removing the air and the steam’s pulse. This unit is perfect to sterile any kind of instruments.

5. Type “N” or type “B”

There are two classifications of autoclaves. You can find type “N” or type “B”. Type “N” does not use vacuum to remove air from the chamber. Contrary, type “B” uses vacuum pump in operation.

From the classification that I have explained above, I hope that you can understand more about each type of autoclave. Understanding the type can be beneficial when you are going to get an autoclave.

Source by Stewart B Johnston

Pattaya Bar Girls – What’s the Story?

If you’re going to Pattaya, then you’re probably very interested in getting to know what you can expect of this amazing Thai seaside resort. You’re also excited about the possibility of meeting a beautiful Pattaya bar girl. Pattaya is one of a kind, it’s a place that lives by its own rules and norms. There are no Western morals here, but is that good or bad? You decide. I’ll clue you in on what to expect though.

Pattaya is famous for many things: The beach, the weather, but mostly for the nightlife and the beautiful Pattaya girls. Pattaya has a vibrant and exciting nightlife that is not found anywhere else. There are the typical outdoor beer bars, clubs and discos, gogo style bars and lots more. Anywhere you go, you will meet beautiful Thai women sending you smiles, which if reprocicated can sometimes lead to fiery and intense love stories.

The girls in Pattaya come from all over Thailand, but mostly from the North Eastern region of Thailand called Isaan. This region is mostly agricultural with many small farms and towns. There are of course a few larger cities such as Khon Kaen and Udon Thani, but village life is still the norm. That is also where most Pattaya bar girls come from. It’s tough to move up the social ladder if you’re born in Isaan. Most of the time, your choice is between hard work on the farm or take a low paying job in a factory, store or office. It’s easy to see why Pattaya, with its shiny lights and neon glow can be such a draw.

Many Thai girls know someone who have gone to Pattaya to work in the bars or hotels and then they suddenly show up one day with a foreign boyfriend. They now have nice clothes and expensive cell phone and have travelled to places that most in Isaan have only seen in TV or read about. Naturally, that’s going to be exciting for a young girl and so the cycle goes.

It’s important to understand this, if you’re going to be in a relationship with a Pattaya bar girl. Can you handle the expectation of not only girlfriend but also her family? The Pattaya beer bars are great fun, but they’re not the best place to look for love in Pattaya. There are so many girls who do not work in bars or even go there who would like to meet a Western gentleman.

Source by Jack T. Johnson