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Saturday, December 26, 2015

How Can I Maintain My Health During The Holidays?

Now that the holidays are upon us, many people will find themselves subjected to ongoing stress, sedentary living, and unhealthy eating options. Each of these realities can suppress immunity, induce lethargy, and leave you looking and feeling terrible. However, you don't have to let the holidays wreak havoc on your health. To maintain wellness so that you can keep living life to the fullest throughout the holiday era, utilize the following wellness tips and tricks:

1. Get Your Health Products Online.

The holiday season tends to be very stressful and busy for most people, and this is why online shopping is almost always a good idea. By buying your health products online, you can avoid the stress and hassles that result from standing in mile-long checkout lines or driving through crazy traffic. If you're looking for testing kits that will help you identify any existing illnesses that you have, turn to Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. The company offers high quality elisa kits and several other testing materials that can help you diagnose disease and get on the path to greater health.

2. Engage In Mindfulness Activities.

The stress of the holiday season will oftentimes compromise an individual's mental well-being. Once this happens, you can experience a wide range of health-compromising realities, including but not limited to decreased immunity and depression. However, regularly engaging in mindfulness activities can empower you to combat these negative effects and maintain a positive mood. One of the best mindfulness activities to engage in is meditation. In addition to regulating heart beat and decreasing blood pressure, meditation elevates mood and enhances cognitive function.

Yogurt Dessert

Modified Banana Split Dessert
Talk about the influence of images. After seeing the banana split dessert picture of my dear friend, Zenserly of The Letters of November, I right away went to the fridge to make my own. However, I instead used strawberry yogurt instead of ice cream for my dessert. I call this modified banana split, since I did not slice the banana lengthwise, instead, I sliced the banana horizontally. I topped the yogurt by some cherries.

Take Your Home From Good To Great In 2016

Now that 2015 is almost a thing of the past, many people are looking forward to all of the treasures and delights that 2016 will bring. In many cases, homeowners are interested in making the year super special by sprucing up their private living space. If this is one of your New Years Resolutions, you should know that there are several ways that you can take your home from good to great. Here are three of them:

1. Find A Great Contractor Online.

In today's world, more and more people shop for the things they want online. This includes contracting services. Being able to shop for the right contractor via Internet is a great convenience, so don't miss out! Websites like wwww.renovationexperts.com provide visitors with information regarding contractors who offer a wide range of home optimization services. Visit the website and get your free quote now.

2. Invest In Eco-Friendly Practices.

In addition to finding a great contractor online, another way for you to take your home from good to great is to invest in eco-friendly practices. This strategy helps protect the natural environment while also saving you money. Moreover, going green is a great way to give your home an organic appeal. One great way to get the process started is by switching out your traditional bulbs for LED bulbs. You can also limit your use of artificial lighting by opening up your curtains and windows. This will let in natural light and heat from the sun's rays.

Shutter Speed

Sun Beam Creek Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park
shutter speed: 1/6 seconds
f-stop: f/10

Sun Beam Creek Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park
shutter speed: 1/80 seconds
f-stop: f/5
Shutter speed in photography is the common term used for exposure time, that is, the amount of time the shutter remains open when taking a photograph. For sports photography where you want to freeze the action as much as possible, you use very short shutter speed! However, to intentionally blur the object, such as in panning shots, you use longer shutter speed. To illustrate the difference, the first picture above used longer shutter speed so that I can produce a silken effect or cotton effect to the waterfall. The motion of the waterfall was intentionally blurred to produce that effect. The secend picture used shorter shutter speed to freeze the motion of the waterfall. When the waterfall is extremely powerful, I usually do not lengthen the shutter speed since I want to capture the power of the waterfall. Also, even without lengthening the shutter speed, if the waterfall is so powerful, the image produced has that silken effect due to the power. However, when the waterfall is not heavily flowing, to produce a silken effect, I use a longer shutter speed. However, I still use the shorter shutter speed when photographing waterfall that is not as powerful to remind me of how was the waterfall most likely flowing, in short, closer to reality, because the action was frozen.
When you lengthen the shutter speed, to avoid over-exposure, you reduce the amount of light by decreasing the aperture opening ( f stop). Notice the different f-stops of the two pictures above due to the different shutter speeds. When photographing night lights, I also sometimes lengthen the shutter speed to create an effect of continuous light, as shown below.
For a more detailed and technical discussion of shutter speed, you can go to digital photography school where you can study photography for free and at your own pace and interest. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

8 Things To Do Before You Remodel Your House

Remodeling your house can be a really big job. You need to make sure you have everything in place before you start your project. It’s the only way you can be sure everything is going to go to plan. With that in mind, here are 8 things you should do before you remodel your house:

Come Up With a Budget

Your budget is one of the most important things you’ll come up with when it comes to remodelling your home. You shouldn’t try to save money and cut corners on certain items, or you might compromise the result. Make sure you know exactly what you have to spend and stick to it.

Have an Idea of What You Want to Do

You can’t expect somebody else to come up with all of the ideas for you. You need to have an idea of what you want to do. Whether you want to do a complete home remodel or you want to change up a few rooms, try to come up with your own plan on paper. Making your home more energy efficient will cost a lot of money, but it’ll save you money in the long run!

Source Everything You Need

Source everything you need for your project. When I say everything, I mean everything. Make a list for each room and triple check it to be sure you have everything your workmen need to finish the job. Forgetting one simple thing could set everybody back by a couple of weeks at least.

Find an Architect

Find a good architect to help bring your plans to life. You need somebody who is experienced and knows what they’re doing in order to transform your home. Don’t leave it to chance!

Find the Right Construction Workers for the Job

You not only need an architect, but construction workers too. They’ll be the people putting your plans together, so make sure you take your time when deciding who to hire. You should do extensive research to be sure you’re putting your house into the right hands.

Hire a Skip

Hiring a skip is a must. You’re going to have a lot of things you need to get rid of after this remodel, and during to make room for all of your new things. Look into skip bin hire early on to make sure you have the means to get rid of the things you don’t need.

Make Sure Your Home is Safe

You’re going to be letting people you don’t know into your home, so make sure it’s safe. Some thieves have been known to take their chances when they see construction work going on too.

Keep Your Privacy

If this remodel is going to turn your life upside down, try to find ways to keep your privacy. Put up screens between the work and the areas you’ll be using to avoid running into workers after a shower. Try to think of different situations that could occur and overcome them before they happen.

Ready to remodel? You can get started!