Make an Informed Decision – 4 Things to Look For When Shopping For a New Vacuum

Wondering How To Choose a Vacuum?
Hopefully these tips will make your vacuum purchase smoother. Let's begin …

1. Suction Power and Airflow. Suction power is important when picking out the best vacuum since suction helps determine how much dirt is likely to be picked up when cleaning. Picture this, you buy a new vacuum cleaner that looks nice and is a reasonable price. However, when you go to operate it you notice that you are constantly running the vacuum over the same spot but those little dust balls are not going anywhere. Well now you're stuck with a new vacuum cleaner with no vacuum suction power. Money wasted.

However, suction is not the only factor that's important. Airflow is just as important to actually carry the dirt away. If the vacuum is great at sucking up dirt, but has poor airflow then the dirt still is not going to budge because there is no power to move it. You need a good balance of both to have an effective vacuum cleaner.

How do you determine suction strength and airflow? Consumer reviews are always helpful and are your best bet in getting first hand user opinions to find out if a vacuum has good suction power. We've found that some of the best vacuums with great suction power include the Miele S2412 Polaris canister vacuum and the Bissell Cleanview Helix upright vacuum.

2. Size. Big and bulky or small and compact. Which do you prefer? Some consumers may mistake the size of the vacuum with how effective the vacuum cleans. Good thing is this is far from true. Manufacturers have been consistently reducing the size of vacuums in recent years, opting for more lightweight and easy to maneuver vacs. Size is also important when you're dealing with smaller spaces, making a lightweight vacuum ideal. New design and technology has made these smaller vacuums just as effective, and sometimes more effective, than larger vacuums.

3. Bag or Bag less. If you think back a few years, vacuums with bags was the standard but bagless vacuums have become very popular in recent years. Vacuums without bags work by sucking up dirt and debris then depositing that debris into a cup. The cup or dirt bin is then removed and emptied in the garbage for disposal.

This leads concern to some consumers who worry about dust being discharged back into the air when emptying the dirt bin versus a bag that collects the dirt and is disposed of without exposing the debris to air. Bagless vacuums have also been marketed as money savers since there is no need to purchase new bags over time however, you still have to purchase effective filters that will catch small particles which brings us to tip number 4.

4. Filters. Filters are extremely important to keep in mind because they help determine how much debris is actually being put back into the air while vacuuming. There are a few different technologies being used and HEPA is one …

Smart Shopping: 25 Ways to Slash Your Grocery Bills

No doubt about it, convenience foods save you time. But – and it’s a big but – convenience foods don’t save you money. If you rely on frozen dinners, helper foods, kits and take-out you are spending too much money on food. These tips will help you lower your bills and eat healthy, flavorful meals.

1. Plan meals by the week.

2. Make a grocery list, grouping foods by category. (Meat, dairy, produce, etc.)

3. Only buy what is on your list. Don’t succumb to impulse buying or kids’ demands for products hyped on TV.

4. Shop at stores that have the most specials.

5. Use coupons for healthy foods only. Don’t buy a product just because you have a coupon.

6. Roll your cart past “helper,” “partner,” “bakes” and “kits.” These products are over-priced, over-salted, and you can’t even pronounce some of the ingredients.

7. Mix up your own rubs. They take only minutes to make and you can customize them to your tastes.

8. Buy store and less-known brands, often made by top manufacturers.

9. Buy lean hamburger. It is better for you and there is less waste.

9. Drink water instead of pricey soda pop, which is often loaded with sugar and erodes your teeth.

10. Make your own salad dressing. You’ll save a bundle!

11. Make your own granola. Lots of recipes are posted on the Internet and kids will enjoy helping you.

12. Eat boxed hot cereal, not the kind in packets.

13. Buy day-old bread and coffee cake. The bread is perfect for French toast and grilled sandwiches. Stale coffee cake makes some of the best bread pudding you will ever taste.

14. Stores put pricey foods – the foods they want to push – at eye level. Bend down and look on the bottom shelves for bargains.

15. Learn how to cut up a whole chicken.

16. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables.

17. Buy staples in bulk.

18. Make your own pudding. You will get twice as much for your money.

19. Buy a refrigerated or prepared crust and make your favorite pizza.

20. Use meat for flavor, as in stir-fry, instead of making it the feature of the meal.

21. Maximize leftovers. Make cream sauce for a little left over spinach. Use leftover vegetables in soup.

22. Put leftovers in sturdy plastic zipper bags to prevent freezer burn and waste. Label and date the bags.

23. Turn old bread into new, delicious croutons. Cut the bread into cubes, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and basil. Bake in a 350 degree oven until crispy.

24. Make your own baking mix and store in a tightly covered jar. (Recipes are posted on the Internet.)

25. Involve kids and grandkids. The involved kids of today will turn into smart shoppers tomorrow.

Copyright 2006 by Harriet Hodgson…

Rhino Beauty – Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Nose Job!

Primary Lookouts:

The process to recast the nose through surgery is known as Rhinoplasty. It is advised to select an efficient and skilled nose plastic surgeon for doing this surgery. There are chances of a nose plastic surgeon to reject a surgery on youths below 14-15 years of age, because a nose plastic surgeon does not intervene between the youths and guardians on their emotional and communal sentiments. A nose plastic surgeon always maintains a smart relation with his patient from the very beginning, as he firmly asks the patient how he or she desires their nose to be after the surgery for a placid collaboration. A good nose plastic surgeon is also expected to confer any possible irregularities that may emerge after the surgery.

Certain Other Factors:

Other possible aspects that a nose plastic surgeon will converse with the patient is constitution of the nasal cartilages and bones, the face dimension, the age, the prospective, and lastly the quality of the skin. The nose plastic surgeon is also bound to clarify the procedures and anesthesia that might be utilized on the patient, the aftermath threats of the surgery and expenses, the kind of service that will be offered. A nose plastic surgeon is also bound to guide the patient to thoroughly review his or her medical insurance policy, prior to a recreational type of surgery for repairing certain respiratory ailments or chronic distortion.

Necessary Acknowledgments:

On the other hand, it is also quite essential for the patient to spell out the details of any previous nose surgeries or accidents to a nose plastic surgeon. A nose plastic surgeon also needs to be thoroughly informed about any specific side effects or allergies, during the course of any medicines, or frivolous drugs, if the patient smokes. A patient does not need to dither while asking any query to a nose plastic surgeon.…

Fashion and Protection All in One

Curiosity arises as soon as people hear about this. “What?!!How?!!” Yes, these are the first questions I hear when I talk about it. But yes, it’s true. There is such a thing as a car bra. And it pretty much functions in the way a human bra does. Not convinced still ? Read on…

Car bras were first invented in 1960 by Bill Colgan, a famous maker of car parts. But it wasn’t until ten years later that the term “bra” was coined. He and his five employees decided to make what he first described as a “chastity belt for Godzilla” upon the request of Lockheed engineers who brought them ragged pieces of canvas with sewn-in wooden slats, rubber bands, crude hooks and other miscellaneous innovations. However, this protective cover was designed only for Porsche 366 models. By 1970, Colgan designed a cover like this for the 911 series and put up an advertisement entitled “Steinschlagshutzshulle.”This literally means stone/strike/shield and for short, he tagged the word “bra”.

Car-owners are lucky nowadays because car bras are no longer for Porsche cars only. And speaking of car brands, car bras are already available for Hyundai Tiburon. Hyundai Tiburon is a car known for its racer image – both in style and performance. And with this hell of a car, no proud owner would want to have unsightly damages on the car’s front end.

Your car is in constant battle against bugs, rocks and other debris every time you use it. These things can be quite evil and can cause a lot of dents, scratches, chips or any kind of damage on you car’s front end. And what better way to protect your car’s front end than by putting a protective bra to safeguard your car’s paint and finish.

Car bras delight car owners in two ways. First, Hyundai car bras protect you car’s front end by employing vinyl materials to deflect these foreign and damaging objects. The bra’s soft inner-lining also protect the finish under the vinyl layer for maximum satisfaction. Second, car bras give your car an extra look of strength and speed. Car fashionistas around the world dig car bras because of this.

Today, there are three styles of car bras available in the market. One is the the sports bra. It is designed to show your car’s original design by covering only a small part at the end of your car’s hood. Hence, it’s the small-scale version of protection. Another style is the T-style bra which is designed to protect your car’s hood from the leading end to the center. This is specially beneficial for SUVs, vans and minivans because of their raised hoods. And last but not the least, the most popular style is the full-front end bra which is specifically designed to completely shield your car’s full-front end. They employ separate pieces for the hood and the grille/bumper sections of the bra, allowing full engine compartment access.

So how much of your Hyundai Tiburon’s front end do …

The 60's Are Back In Clothing Styles

It seemed that as the 60s faded out and the 70s came along to replace an ere there was a few characters that failed to notice that the decade had changed. They were referred to as "old hippies" and they hung on tight to what they felt looked good and many of them are still dressed that way today.

It was definitely not an "off the shelf" look, because just about every customized feature that was worn during the Hippie or "flower child" era had to be created by hand. So much of what they did during that time was done on a pair of old faded "Levi" jeans. This is because, what many people do not realize is that during that time "Levi Strous" was, for the most part, the only show in town.

Sure, there were a few other brands of jeans such as Wranglers that a true hippie would not be sentenced dead in, due to the fact that Wranglers were the favorite garb of "red necks", who happened to be the arch enemy of the hippie . Then there were other "off brands" of jeans that were sold in places like K-Mart and JC Penny stores that just would not "cut it" in the eyes of the true discriminating hippie.

So, it was Levis and not just any Levis, because they had to be faded somewhat. When the straight legged look went to bell bottoms in the middle of the hippie era, rather then throw out perfectly well faded Levis, many hippies adapted. What they would do is cut out a big "V" in the bottom of the leg and then stitch in some fabric of a contrasting color and design. This effectively turned what was once straight legged Levis into bell bottoms, only with a personalized unique look. …

Wedding Proposal – Men Must Not Get Away with It!

Many times I have heard that the men just popped the questio, "Why do not we get a house soon?".

To these guys, they are equivalent to "Will you marry me?"

And many times, the ladies out there let them get away with it.

I'm talking about proposition here, be it proposal to be his girlfriend or to be his wife. Men got to understand more about ladies if they want them to be their wives.

So far, there were some interesting experiences that my friends shared with me.

One lady friend of mine repeated the exact words his boyfriend used when he wanted her to his girlfriend, "You can be my girlfriend, can not you?" and it came out of a sudden at a coffeeshop.

How can this guy propose in a coffeeshop?

For other lady friends, others just just go out too often enough such that the girl may assumed that they are dating.

For instance, this friend of mine went out twice a week with this guy to places they both liked.

After six months, the girl grew confused whether or not this guy was serious about her.
Then, this guy started to ask her abouot her opinion of another girl that he had crush on.

Then, one month later this guy held her hand out of sudden and walked along, assuming nothing or assuming that she had agreed to be his girlfriend.

I think I should not shortchange the guys who did a proper proposal. I do have some SNAG friends … (SNAG stands for "sensitive new age guys".)

This guy friend of mine sang a song at a pub and proposed right after the song. Of course, he coordinated with the pub's boss and went earlier to practice.

During the proposal, there were about 50 other guests around. Impressive, is not it?

Another friend of mine was deployed with his 8 brothers to a beach and they used sprinklers to create firework effects. They were arranged in the shape of a heart.

As for me, I did an Eiffel Tower and placed the little proposal ring on top of the tower and let my then-girlfriend finds it.

The proposal process should be a scary, exciting, anxious, overwhelming experience for the couple. It could be some thing that they both will look back and remember dearly.

And always remember ladies expect men to understand more about them.
(If you can ask your boyfriends to read this post, proposal should be done with sincerity, conviction and from the bottom of the guys' hearts, is not it?) …

The Beauty of Large Wall Clocks

It seems like every time I walk into a really nice home I am sooner or later confronted by one of the hot new trends in interior design: large wall clocks. They are everywhere! And there’s a good reason why: they add a real magnificence to any home in which they appear. I am seriously becoming a big fan of this take on the typical smaller or medium-sized version. Go big, that’s what I say.

The first thing you need to consider if you want to emulate this design trend is if you even have the room to do it. You really only need one thing: a big empty space on a wall. That is all you will need. (And a little cash.) If you are very stylistically inclined then you might be able to kind of wedge a large wall clock in next to some other things on the wall such as photographs or paintings, or even light switches and TV’s. But most people will probably prefer to play it a bit safer and have some space on either side of the clock.

Most people agree that large wall clocks should be classified as being at least two feet wide. This alone is quite big, approximately a third the height of a human. But you may even want a larger one than this. If so, I applaud you. Just make sure you have the wall space and do your measurements before you make the purchase. A lot of us aren’t exactly intuitive when it comes to making visual approximations on measurements. (By the way, two feet equals about 0.60 meters.)

No one can really deny the magnificence of these items. They are a great way to really do something with a big wall. Rare is the person who can make an empty wall look good without doing anything to it. You really ought to make use of this space to show something off. Large wall clocks are a new and modern way to do this. Also, no one will ever forget what time it is! It sort of has the effect of diminishing the consciousness of time in a paradoxical way. It parodies time and our obsession with it. But beyond this it tells everyone who walks into your home that you do things in a big way and you are not afraid to take chances. This is an impression that I think most of us would like to make on our guests and visitors. (It also tells people you are a bit wealthy.)

So that is my little spiel about large wall clocks and how I have become a big fan of them. I suppose not everyone will echo my thoughts, but I just think they are great. The other side of things is that if you take this plunge you will probably want to (at least over time) re-emphasize everything else that is within vision of the clock. It would be a mistake to have your house …

Black Satin Dress Is For All Time Fashion

Black is a color which is known for creating a statement. The elegance of a black satin dress is not comparable to any other dress. In every woman’s wardrobe you can find at least 2 or 3 satin dresses. For looking perfect in dinner parties or prom night you must wear satin. In party or at any special occasion if you are wearing a black satin dress then it makes you totally different from others and you will be the center of attraction of the party.

Black satin dress is available in lots of variation. In satin skirt you will find long, short and knee length skirts. If you believe that you have the kind of legs that can generate attraction then satinblack skirt gives you the reason to do that. There are so many designs available in the market for satin skirts like satin bow trim. It carries 2 front pockets and in front there are accent flaps by vertical pleats. Hemming is completed with the very smooth lining.

Black dresses satin are not only for the parties you can wear them at any occasions. They are so light in weight that you can easily pack into your travel bag. If you are attending any afternoon engagement then the black satin shirt is the best option for you. A black color shirt will give you the decent look in the party.

Jackets are all time favorite for everyone and especially long jackets. When we use the term jackets first thing which comes to our mind is, long sleeves and the full covering cloth from neck to the waist and when you wear the black satin jacket it completely accentuates your looks.…