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6 Breastfeeding sleep

| Articles | May 31, 2008

Besides being the optimal source of nutrition for your baby in her first year, nursing has obvious psychological benefits for both mother and baby. At birth, infants see only 12 to 15 inches, the distance between a nursing baby and its mother’s face. Studies have found that infants as young as 1 week prefer the smell of their own mother’s milk.

Many psychologists believe the nursing baby enjoys a sense of security from the warmth and presence of the mother, especially when there’s skin-to-skin contact during feeding. Parents of bottle-fed babies may be tempted to prop bottles in the baby’s mouth, with no human contact during feeding. But a nursing mother must cuddle her infant closely many times during the day. Nursing becomes more than a way to feed a baby; it’s a source of warmth and comfort.

When the baby is being fed and nurtured in this way, it’s natural for her to fall asleep quickly. When you know how much she can consume in one feeding, try to gently nudge her awake if she falls asleep too soon. You can easily rouse her with a little tickle of the feet. Otherwise, she’ll get hungry sooner and you’ll be feeding her more often.

Breast-feeding is good for new mothers as well as for their babies. There are no bottles to sterilize and no formula to buy, measure and mix. It may be easier for a nursing mother to lose the pounds of pregnancy as well, since nursing uses up extra calories. Lactation also stimulates the uterus to contract back to its original size.

A nursing mother is forced to get needed rest. She must sit down, put her feet up, and relax every few hours to nurse. Nursing at night is easy as well. No one has to stumble to the refrigerator for a bottle and warm it while the baby cries. If she’s lying down, a mother can doze while she nurses.

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6 – Why not processed foods?

| Articles | May 30, 2008

Have you ever seen a picture of your blood plasma after you’ve eaten a meal from McDonald’s or Burger King? It’s not a pretty picture. It looks thick and cloudy. Fast foods are loaded with fat and sodium. They use white bread and rolls, which means they’ve used white processed flour, with very few nutrients in them.

And how do you feel after a Big Mac and french fries? You need a nap, don’t you? All that fat will drag you down and make you feel sluggish.

Going on a diet is hard, but think about some of the things you do when you go on a diet. You eliminate those high fat, processed, high-sodium foods. You eat less, true. But you also eat more raw fruits and vegetables. You drink water. And the results of eating this way are increased energy, less need for sleep. Processed foods, with their high fat content are hard to digest. They take an enormous amount of the body’s energy to consume. When your body’s energy isn’t used up digesting all that fat, it’s available for YOU – for work, play, love, exercise – in other words, for LIFE.

These aren’t drastic concepts. You don’t have to make drastic changes in your lifestyle. But take a good look at what you consume without even thinking about it. We reach for the potato chips, or stop at McDonald’s or Taco Bell when we’re hungry and we want something in a hurry.

It’s much easier these days to have snacks on hand so you don’t have to stop at a fast food place when you’re hungry. If you’re on the road a lot, and get hungry, pick up a bag of vegetables or apple slices at a grocery store. Yes, it’s easier to drive up to Wendy’s, but taking a few extra minutes, not to mention a few extra steps, will be well worth it in energy and vitality.

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Strange Artifacts Abound!

| Articles | May 29, 2008

We have become familiar with the term artifacts and what that means. Usually things like animal bones, arrowheads, ancient

documents and complex statues are what comes to mind when we think of things like artifacts. However, like with everything

else in life, there are plenty of strange artifacts that have been found by archaeologists that defy reason and have no

explanation. Here are a list of several strange artifacts that have been found over the years:

Strange Fossils: Modern science has led us to believe that people have not been around in our current forms for that many

years. However, researchers have found strange looking fossils that have defied traditionally accepted ideas. Like for

instance, several handprint and footprint imprints have been found that scientists have dated back millions of years. This

is much longer than people have been thought to be around. There has even been a fossil unearthed that looks like a man

wearing a sandal that appears to also be several million years old. Who can explain it! No one, yet.

Metal Spheres: People have been digging up odd metal spheres in Africa for years now. These metal spheres are perfectly

round and some have designs etched into them. No one can explain what they were used for, but one thing is for certain.

They have been around for billions of years and do not look like they are going anywhere anytime soon.

Ancients Discs: Researchers have unearthed amazing looking gold discs in Chinese caves that look to be ancient version

of records. What were they used for? I guess we will probably never know.

Ancient batteries: Researchers have found examples of batteries developed by ancient people in the Middle East that are

similar to that of the batteries of today. Amazing to think of the technology that could have existed millions of years ago.

Aircraft Shaped Artifacts: Scientists have unearthed artifacts in Egypt and South America, two entirely different continents

that are shaped unusually similar to modern aircrafts. Did they have the technology and the know how to make flight back

then? WE will probably never know.

Huge Spherical Balls: Balls, perfectly circular, have been found in the jungles of Costa Rica and Central America for

decades. Some of these weigh a few ounces, others a few tons. Though they are clearly man-made, it’s not clear what purpose

they actually served for the people who made them.

The list of strange fossils can go on and on and the debates that go along with them will last forever. What can we make of

the strange findings of scientists and researchers? Well, civilizations could have been much more advanced that we have

previously given them credit for. Or, other beings have inhabited the Earth earlier than we realize. Who really knows for

sure? One thing is for certain: it is pretty amazing what ancient people could do and what similarities we have with them

now. These artifacts will continue to amaze us for thousands of years to come.

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Thrilling Guided Tours on Bicycle of South New Zealand

| Articles | May 28, 2008

There are few things as breathtaking and exhilarating as traveling with one of several outstanding guided tours on bicycle of

New Zealand. New Zealand is comprised of two major islands, the North Island and the South Island. Of the two, the South

Island offers a more rustic look at the countryside as it rushes beneath your feet on a bicycle. This type of guided tour

is not for the casual cyclist. Hills and mountains are part of the landscape and, while you can walk these areas, it’s better if you’ve worked out on a

bicycle a little bit beforehand.

One of the nicest guided tours of the South Island of New Zealand begins when you land in Christchurch. This large city is

the take off point for many who are going to Antarctica, so if you have time between flights, take a tour of the Antarctic

Centre, just a couple of blocks from the airport. It’s a museum of sorts about exploration in Antarctica.

Most likely, guided tours of the South Island won’t actually start in Christchurch and you’ll be taking a propeller

plane (yes, a propeller plane) over the vast and enormous mountain range that runs down the middle of the island and you’ll

arrive at a spit of an airport in a village like Hokitika, where the bicycling really begins.

Some may ask why there are guided tours of this part of New Zealand at all because there is really only one main road

traveling south along the shoreline of the rustic and wild Tasman Sea. You can’t get lost. Even so, the tour guides will

carry extra food and will probably have a bike trailer to pick up the bikes of stragglers that can’t finish the day’s ride.

The riders take off in the direction of the guide and move along at their own pace.

It’s very easy to see why there are guided tours of this part of the country. The mountains are ever-present on your left,

there are beautiful, unspoiled forests and the rivers run clear and are of a striking aqua color due to the mineral content

of the water coming off the mountains. Remember, though, they drive on the opposite side of the road as in the US so you

have to train your mind to watch for any traffic accordingly.

In truth, there is very little traffic and bicycles own the road on most guided tours of the South Island. One can bicycle

three full days without ever seeing even a small village. Instead, there are bed and breakfast inns or small motels along

the way and many meals can be made by the tour guide.

If you’re on one of these guided tours of New Zealand, you’ll not only see Mount Hercules but you’ll feel like Hercules

(or very tired) after climbing the impressive mountain. And don’t forget the exhilaration of riding back down. One of

the other highlights of your tour will be the Franz Josef Glacier, south of Whataroa. It’s a gigantic dirty piece of ice

dangling in the crevice between two mountains. Still, it’s an impressive site to see.

Most guided tours of this type will allow you to travel 500 km (300 miles) in about a week. You’ll be on the bicycle much

of the time but viewing this magnificent scenery from this vantage point can’t be beat. At the end of your tour, you can

fly home via Queensland, in the southern part of the island.

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Those Nasty Mosquitoes: Organic Ways to Keep them at Bay

| Articles | May 27, 2008

What would warm weather and picnics be without mosquitoes? For many outdoorsmen and picnickers, they’re a summertime

standard. Fortunately, there are organic techniques you can use to keep mosquitoes out of your summer fun. There are

a few toxic ways to rid the area or your skin of these critters but nontoxic, organic methods keep you and your children

safe, too.

Some things are obvious. Close your windows on the side of the house that have no breeze. These insects

don’t like breezes so you can leave the other areas of the house open to the fresh air. Organic pest prevention starts

with simple, easy ways to keep them out of your space in the first place.

Outside your home, you’ll start your organic mosquito prevention by removing areas of standing water that don’t need to be

there. Things like bird baths, pet bowls and wading pools should be cleaned out and refreshed at least twice weekly.

Think about the water that collects in the eaves troughs and other outdoor areas.

If you’re having a barbecue, your organic mosquito control can be as simple as putting some sage or rosemary on the coals.

Mosquitoes don’t like those herbs and steer clear of them.

As for actual skin protection, consider a 30% concentration of oil of eucalyptus, which prevents bites for up to two hours.

Another organic skin protector is 2% soybean oil, which works for almost that long. In comparison, Citronella works

poorly, keeping mosquitoes away for only 20 minutes. Another organic and natural substance involves mixing garlic juice and

water in a 1 to 5 ratio, shaking it up and spraying it on your skin. Believe it or not, it can work for up to six hours.

You can hang strips of cloth that have been soaked in this substance and hang the cloths in areas where people will be.

The Neem tree in India provides another organic form of mosquito control. It contains a compound you can buy called Neem

oil that repels mosquitoes effectively and is extremely safe around humans. Marigolds will act as an organic preventative

against mosquitoes and other flying insects don’t like them either. Finally, Avon’s mosquito repellent is very safe and

many people swear by it.

The alternative to organic pest control is the mosquito repellent called DEET. It is a chemical also known as N,

N-diethyl-meta-toluamide. It’s a powerful chemical created by the US military in the 1940s. As DEET is so powerful,

doctors recommend that children not be exposed to more than 10% DEET products. Many products containing the chemical

are 100% DEET. The skin should be washed after you don’t need the DEET any more. Some research has linked this chemical

to toxic encephalopathy-a brain disease.

On a brighter note, an organic way of keeping mosquitoes out of the area is to plant a big tub of Thai lemongrass and

put it nearby. It contains a natural organic oil, citronella, that is both safe and effective in repelling mosquitoes

in a large area.

You don’t have to ruin your outdoor fun with mosquitoes nor do you have to worry about using DEET, which carries some

toxicity. Enjoy the outdoors using organic mosquito control techniques, which work very well and are safe for you, too.

There are also nontoxic, pheromone-based mosquito traps that you can buy for overall protection.

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5 Ways How To Avoid Long Lines At Disneyland

| Articles | May 26, 2008

If there’s one thing that many visitors at Disneyland find annoying or frustrating, is the long lines for the rides. You can literally spend several hours of the day standing in line to ride popular attractions. These lines can be avoided in one of five ways.

One way to avoid getting stuck in long lineup is to purchase FastPass tickets for the rides that offer them. Do this early to ensure that you get to ride those rides earlier in the day.

Second, ride many of the popular rides later in the evening, while the majority of people are enjoying the entertainment. Disneyland has nightly entertainment, and this is a good time to find shorter lines. Of course, it will mean that you probably miss the entertainment, so if you can use one of the other options for shorter lines at Disneyland, you should probably do so. Besides if you are deciding to stay in Disneyland for a few days, you can always plan to explore the nightly entertainment on the last of day of your trip, it’s great way to end your holiday.

Third, avoid going to Disneyland during busy times such as between Christmas and New year, spring break, the summer months, or on Saturdays.

Fourth, get to the park early. The lines are shorter in the morning when the park first opens. Instead of jumping in line for the first ride you see, head for the rides that you really want to ride the most the most popular rides, which includes “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Matterhorn,” “Thunder Mountain,” “Haunted Mansion,” and “Splash Mountain”.

Last but not least there are websites that are so dedicated to providing informations on Disneyland such as mouseplanet.com or laughingplace.com. These sites can help you provide a better plan of attack sort of speak, by providing the best times to visit, which rides you should visit first, how to get cheap tickets and so on.

Planning your vacation to the happiest place on earth is becoming more critical every year to avoid long lineup as it will have tremendous impact on your overall experience and your wallet.

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5 Reasons Why Turkey Remains Top Hotspot despite Avian Flu Fears

| Articles | May 25, 2008

According to the latest reports from the tourism industry Turkey remains the number one emerging holiday hotspot despite recent cases of the human form of avian flu having been discovered in remote areas of the country.

The appeal of the country for those in search of a dream vacation destination stems from the following five key reasons: –

1)Turkey is a vast country with a rich historical and cultural background that offers the summer holidaymaker some of the most stunningly beautiful and unspoilt beaches on the Mediterranean Sea and some of the most exciting resorts which are becoming increasingly popular with European sports stars and celebrities.

2)The summer sunshine shines in southern Turkey from March until October giving tourists the chance to sample the delights of this inimitably interesting nation throughout the spring, summer and autumn.

3)In the winter Turkey plays host to winter sports fans and those in need of some aprs ski fun in a wide range of sophisticated ski resorts where prices are far lower than in Austria, Italy or Switzerland but where the quality of facilities and amenities are on a par with those of the best European winter sport resorts.

4)Prices for holiday accommodation to rent or even buy in Turkey are the lowest in the entire Mediterranean region and it’s possible for a family of four to rent a villa with sea views and a private pool for a tenth of the price of a similar property in Spain, Cyprus, Italy or France. Furthermore anyone wishing to buy a holiday home in the sun will save hundreds of thousands of dollars, euros or pounds by buying property in Turkey rather than buying property on the Greek Islands or on the Spanish Costas for example.

5)The accessibility of Turkey is improving all the time as more airlines open up more routes to and from Turkey from across Europe. One of the most recent developments in this area is a new regular British Airways flights from the UK to Dalaman and in terms of domestic flights within Turkey they are incredibly affordable which gives the holiday maker a chance to enjoy a dual or multi location holiday in the vast nation of Turkey.

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50 – Your Personal Parenting Style and Your Child’s Sleep

| Articles | May 24, 2008

Good mothers and fathers come in many styles. Each one of us has different strengths, interests, and values that make us great parent. Don’t let yourself become discouraged or disappointed when others ‘give you advice’ that doesn’t seem to mesh with who you are. Maybe you’re not a roll around on the floor kind of parent with your child. Maybe you’ve decided to hang back and let your little one explore. That’s great! As long as it works for you and your child, nobody should be able to convince you that your method is incorrect or wrong. Once you recognize and embrace your own personal parenting style, you can stop trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations and get on with the business of enjoying being a parent.

It’s important to keep in mind too, that these well-meaning advice givers don’t know your child as well as you. They aren’t there with your child night and day, watching him grow, learn, explore, play, eat, and sleep. Only you know what’s best for your child, and you know what works best in your household and for your lifestyle. As with anything, figuring things out along the way will involve trial and error.

So when you receive yet another unsolicited piece of advice regarding your child’s napping or nighttime sleeping habits, keep both your and your child’s personal style in mind. You’ve done the legwork, you’ve experimented, and you’ve learned together what works and what doesn’t work. The cues should come from your instincts regarding your child and from your child directly. There’s no such thing as a hard-and-fast rule for sleep habits among children other than it is needed! As your child grows, his cues may change, but as long as you stay in tune with him, his sleep habits shouldn’t have to suffer as a result. And neither should yours.

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5 – Raw food, less water

| Articles | May 23, 2008

When you start eating more raw foods, you may find you’re not as thirsty or don’t need as much water or other beverages as you normally do. There are several reasons for this.

First of all, raw foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables have a higher volume of water in them, so your body is getting the hydration it needs from foods.

This doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water or juices. You don’t want to adopt some of the more radical elements of the raw food trend. First and foremost, listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs. If you’re overweight, sluggish, tired, depressed, your body might be telling you to make some dietary changes, and raw foods might be one way to alleviate some physical disorders.

But if you’re overweight and have symptoms of Type II diabetes, overwhelming thirst can be one symptom. When you start consuming more raw foods, with a higher fiber and moisture content, you may start to lose weight, and that can go a long way to reducing your blood sugars.

If you’re not overweight, or don’t have Type II diabetes, you still might find you’re not as thirsty as you normally are. First of all, if you’re drinking water and juices, you’re not consuming caffeine, which is so dehydrating and makes you thirstier. And by not consuming as much in the way of cooked foods or especially highly processed foods, which have astronomical sodium counts, you won’t be as thirsty either.

By consuming more raw, uncooked food, and pure water and fruit juices, you’re putting your body into balance. Keeping sodium to normal levels found in foods means you’ll start to require a more balanced amount of water. Don’t think of this as changing or taking away. Think of it as adding balance, and it will make the process of eating healthier much easier.

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5 Breastfeeding

| Articles | May 22, 2008

New parents want to give their babies the very best. When it comes to nutrition, the best first food for babies is breast milk. Experts recommend that babies be breast-fed for six to 12 months. The only acceptable alternative to breast milk is infant formula. Solid foods can be introduced when the baby is 4 to 6 months old, but a baby should drink breast milk or formula, not cow’s milk, for a full year. Cow’s milk contains a different type of protein than breast milk. This is good for calves, but human infants can have difficulty digesting it. Bottle-fed infants tend to be fatter than breast-fed infants, but not necessarily healthier.

Human milk contains at least 100 ingredients not found in formula. No babies are allergic to their mother’s milk, although they may have a reaction to something the mother eats. If she eliminates it from her diet, the problem resolves itself.

Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development as well. It’s harder work to get milk out of a breast than a bottle, and the exercise strengthens the jaws and encourages the growth of straight, healthy teeth. The baby at the breast also can control the flow of milk by sucking and stopping. With a bottle, the baby must constantly suck or react to the pressure of the nipple placed in the mouth.

Initially, a breast-fed baby will need to be fed 8-12 times in a 24-hour period, especially since both baby and mother are getting used to the process. Breast milk is more quickly digested than formula, which is another reason why more frequent feeding is necessary. Another reason for the constant suckling at the breast is to stimulate the mammary glands to produce more milk for the baby’s growing appetite. But the extra time spent feeding the baby that first year is well worth it as breast milk passes along the mother’s immunities and delivers the highest-quality nutrition for a developing baby.

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