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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Study and play - Incorporating Education into Your Summer Vacation

If you are a parent, you likely know how important education is to your child.  When school lets out for the summer, education is often the farthest thing from your child's mind.  While a break from school is needed, children are still encouraged to continue their education during the summer.  If you want to keep the learning experience alive during the summer, you should consider incorporating education into your summer vacation. 

Many parents wonder if it is really possible to incorporate education into a vacation.  It is possible and many vacations are not only filled with learning, but fun and excitement.  If you are interested in scheduling an educational summer vacation for your and your family, you will have to decide on a summer vacation destination. When it comes to educational activities, you have a number of different options to choose form.  

When it comes to educational tourist attractions, many parents automatically think of a museum.  Science museums, history museums, and art museums are located all around the world.  If you are interested in scheduling a museum visit, the visit may not fill up your whole summer vacation.  Many parents have had success scheduling museum tours.  

Museum tours involve selecting a number of museums to visit. These museums are often viewed while on a family road trip.  In addition to developing your own tour, it is possible that you and your family can sign up for a group tour. These tours may involve meeting a group of individuals at a specific museum or traveling with them by train or bus.  If you want to select multiple museums as your summer vacation destination, you are encouraged to select different museum styles.  

If you are interested in scheduling a summer vacation that offers fun, excitement, and thrills all at once, you may want to examine visiting a theme park. Theme parks are amusement parks that focus on a particular theme.  Sea World is one of the most well-known, educational theme parks in the world.  In addition to fun and exciting rides, you can watch aquatic shows and visit underwater aquariums.  

In addition to Sea World, Bush Gardens is another theme park that focuses somewhat on education.  Bush Gardens tends to have an animal safari theme.  In addition to a number of thrill rides, Bush Gardens is known for their educational animal adventures.  These adventures may include onsite zoos or animal safari museums.  

Guided tours are another popular vacation choice for parents who are vacationing with their children.  Guided tours are available at a wide variety of different vacation destinations. Guided tours are often found in state parks, animal sanctuaries, and at historical landmarks. In the Untied States, educational guided tours can be found at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, and in the Adirondacks Region of New York.

As more families opt for fun filled vacations, rather than educational ones, the popularity of educational tourist attractions is on the decline. This slight decline may give you privacy and the opportunity to find great deals and discounts.  In addition to cheap admission fees, you can often find online coupons for guided tours at many popular summer vacation destinations, museums, and theme parks.  

Educational activities do not have to limit your summer vacation destination options. Many popular vacation destinations are within a short distance to a number of facilities that host educational activities and events.  With the ability to learn, have fun, and save money, all at the same time, why would you not want to make your summer vacation educational?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Natural Remedy Snoring

Apart from dreaming and frequent movements during the night, snoring is one of the activities that human body creates even when in deep sleep. It is a dysfunction in the body that is caused by certain mechanisms that seem to collide when the body is at its most relaxed state. 

The muscles in the throat may partially close the air passage when they have become too relaxed. This obstruction coupled with the drive of wind that runs through this passage will result to vibrations we commonly know as snores.

Natural remedies for snoring are effective means of finding solutions. However, it must be considered that not all remedies can be very effective for all sorts of snoring causes. Thus, careful evaluation must be done before any assumption is made.

Weight loss and exercise issues

The general population is advised to maintain an ideal weight and body size. This is not simply to restrict us from enjoying the habits that we got so used to. But because this measure can greatly improve our health. One of the many benefits of maintaining an ideal weight is that it makes you less susceptible to risks involved in snoring.

Heavier individuals have heavier body mass. Thus, they have bulkier necks that contain excess muscles often causing obstructions during breathing. The throat can no longer accommodate extra tissues that may cause the blockages for the facilitation of normal breathing. 

Improve your general lifestyle

Smokers and frequent drinkers are often more vulnerable to producing snores since the substances that they take encourage various body reactions that are well-suited for snoring.

Cigarettes can possibly modify the tissues of the respiratory tract in a way that the system is stripped off its protection from the harm of the chemicals found in cigars, tobaccos and cigarettes. Some studies say that the esophagus is lined with a specific type of cell that changes into another form once smoke from cigarettes pass through it. This will then induce the abnormal production of mucus that can add up to the obstructions. 

Alcohol, on the other hand, can bring about relaxation on the muscles that further aggravate the condition. The muscles of the throat during sleep relax due to lack of control. This then creates the possibility that the muscles will interfere with the normal flow of air in and out of the lungs. Thus, the vibration that results to snores.

Change of sleep posture

The earliest method of reducing snores is by stitching a tennis ball on the pajama tops. This encourages the snorer to sleep on his side even when unconscious since the tennis ball is enough to remind him that sleeping on his back wont do any good. Realigning your body will help decrease the possibility of snoring since the tongue and the jaw will be kept from dropping back that cause blockages on the narrow air passage. 

Most people advise of sleeping in a sideward posture to prevent the relaxed muscles to collapse. For snorers who can tolerate sleeping on their stomachs are much less susceptible to the likelihood of snoring since this posture is ideal for reducing the pressure on the airways. 

Also, it is often advised that the your bed is elevated to 30 degrees since this height is known to lessen collapse of the tissues in the throat.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Most effective way to state your responsibilities in job descriptions

If you have never written a resume, the blank page you are facing can be very intimidating. While you can describe your job responsibilities to your friends, listing them out in a resume and showcasing how your experience to date meets your career objectives is a very difficult task. 

To get started, you must first consider what type of a job you are seeking. Much like your career objective or summery should reflect your professional goals, your current and past experiences must showcase that you are the best candidate for the job you are applying for. In listing your current and past professional experiences, try to focus on those responsibilities that indicate you are qualified to take the next step in your career. Due to the fact that more and more companies as well as job search sites use scanning software to pick out candidates, it is very important that you use key words, including active verbs, to describe your skills. Instead of beginning your job descriptions with responsible for try to use active verbs such as:
- managed
- developed
- created
- communicated
- interfaced
- achieved, etc. 

These key words get straight to the point of describing your responsibilities, which is exactly what the employers are looking for. Chose these words carefully ?don't say that you managed a project? implying you were responsible for the whole task from start to finish if you were only responsibly for communicating the project to other associates. Instead state that you developed and executed the communication strategy for associates,?describing your role more accurately and emphasizing your strengths. 

Typically, the first job listed on your resume is the one you currently hold. In this case, make sure that your responsibilities are stated in present tense, as you are still responsible for them. For example, say manage accounting activities?instead of managed accounting activities.?This will indicate to your potential employer what your day-to-day activities are like and how they compliment responsibilities of the job you are submitting your resume for. All previous jobs should be listed using past tense, and should start with active verbs such as managed, developed, accomplished, etc. 

Additionally, make sure that responsibilities you are listing are relevant for to your career objective. List only those responsibilities which help you put your best foot forward. For example, if you are looking for a job that requires managing a team of people, focus on your development and participation in group projects instead of focusing on solitary activities such as office organization.  

In terms of formatting, make sure that your responsibilities are listed in bullet points. This formatting is preferred to paragraphs on a resume because it is easier to review quickly. Employers simply scan the resumes and look for key words ?if the resume looks overwhelming, with a lot of copy and poor formatting, they will likely discard it. Thus, it is very important that your resume is formatted with enough white space and doesn't contain any errors. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top Anti Snoring Devices

Top Anti Snoring Devices You Can have! - I know it because I had to do the research otherwise my wife won't sleep with me! :)

Hearing a person who snores can be amusing, it can even be funny. But if you are living with someone who snores, a relative or a family member perhaps, then the sound might become very disturbing. If you cannot get a good night sleep and always wake up several times in the middle of the night by a sound that can be as loud as a lawnmower or a jet engine in action, then you should be thinking of anti snoring devices as a solution to the problem. 

Here are popular anti snoring devices you can buy for your family member and stop him from disturbing your sleep:

-Anti snoring pillow

One of the reasons why people snore is because they have an improper sleeping position. This causes the air passage to stretch and tighten making it more difficult for air to come in and out. To solve this, there are anti snoring pillows that relax your airways and maintain the right sleeping position to prevent a person from snoring throughout the night. 

-Throat spray

One natural remedy to stop snoring is the snoring spray. Formulated with natural ingredients, snoring spray contains essential oils that when sprayed on the throat, provide a lubrication that reduces that amount of vibration, hence effectively reduce snoring. However, it is ironic that when throat spray is used frequently, it can lead to more snoring. 

Before using throat spray, the doctor's evaluation on the patient is necessary to avoid any other complication.

-Nasal dilators

Usually made of stainless steel coil or plastic, nasal dilators help keep the air passage open which cut down the throat's vibration which leads to snoring. Nasal dilators are used by inserting it into the nostrils. 

-Nasal strips

Like nasal dilators, nasal strips are used to open the airways on the nose and keep the right amount of airflow during sleep. Nasal strips are often made of plastic. This is one of the more popular anti snoring devices since it is cheap, safe, and effective. In fact, nasal strips are used by athletes for better airflow and respiratory efficiency while playing. 

-Sleep Position Monitor

This device emits a beeping noise to alert the snorer when he shifts to a position where snoring usually occur (sleeping on their back). However, if you are a relative of a snorer and would want his snoring to stop, then this device may become a whole new problem. But, the aim of this device is not to replace the snorer from keeping you a wake in the middle of the night. Instead, it is there to create a brand new sleeping habit. 

Once the snorer starts to sleep on his side, the sleep position monitor can be removed. 

-Snore ball

Snore ball is placed at the back of the snorer (inside his pajama). When he changes his sleeping position from side to back, the snore ball emits discomfort, a.k.a. pain. In other words, it prevents the snorer from sleeping on his back. It might not be the device a person wants to feel in the middle of the night but some really need it in order to change his sleeping position for good. Some people use golf balls, baseballs or tennis balls as snore balls. 

All these anti snoring devices can prevent a person from snoring, however, snoring can be caused by other medical condition that may need medical attention. To be safe, have your relative or family member be checked by a doctor to know exactly what treatment does he need.  

Monday, April 12, 2010

Are you a procrastinator? I am back!

Yes I am back! and I know it's already April!..but better than not be back. Glad to find myself writing once again and I thought of a good subject to write on. Procrastination! Talk about fitting the bill! Here are some of my thoughts.

Ask yourself, “In what ways do I procrastinate?” Sit down with pen and paper. Writing them will help you focus and identify them more clearly. Here are some ways where people procrastinate:

• paying bills
• not discussing the complaints you’ve received about a member of your team for fear of hurting his/her feelings
• repeatedly postponing a dental appointment because you’ve got better things to do
• not returning the call of your son’s teacher because you know what the problem is and you’re fed up
• not discussing your resentment about your husband spending too much time at work or with his buddies
• not getting that hair cut, that dress dry-cleaned, that donation mailed
• not visiting a sick relative in the hospital
• not telling your significant other you no longer love her/him
• not calling your doctor about that persistent numbness in your right arm or not fixing a colonoscopy exam
• not having the car’s squeaking brakes checked
• not going to confession because you never know what the priest’s schedule is
• not sending that overdue thank you note or making that overdue call to your mother-in-law

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