Thursday, April 30, 2009
Once again my good friend Grace gave me this great award. Thanks for not giving up on me and for not growing tired on tagging me.
I'm going to pass this award to the following bloggers regardless of if you have it or not already: Lizzie, meryl, chelle, augustinians and anyone else that is linked on my site. Feel free to grab this award because you deserve it!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. It affects about 1 in every 800 babies.
The physical features and medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids with DS need a lot of medical attention, others lead healthy lives.
Though Down syndrome can't be prevented, it can be detected before a child is born. The health problems that can go along with DS can be treated, and there are many resources within communities to help kids and their families who are living with the condition.
What Causes It?
Normally, at the time of conception a baby inherits genetic information from its parents in the form of 46 chromosomes: 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. In most cases of Down syndrome, a child gets an extra chromosome 21 — for a total of 47 chromosomes instead of 46. It's this extra genetic material that causes the physical features and developmental delays associated with DS.
Although no one knows for sure why DS occurs and there's no way to prevent the chromosomal error that causes it, scientists do know that women age 35 and older have a significantly higher risk of having a child with the condition. At age 30, for example, a woman has about a 1 in 900 chance of conceiving a child with DS. Those odds increase to about 1 in 350 by age 35. By 40 the risk rises to about 1 in 100.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I found this amazing proper diet diet article that I wanted to share to you guys!
- Learn the four basic food groups:
- milk products: milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
- meat/eggs: red meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
- grains: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and so forth
- fruits/vegetables; may be consumed as solids or juices.
Twenty percent of a healthy diet should consist of milk, meat and eggs, and 80 percent should be vegetables, fruits, and grains. (Fiber is found in grains, fruits, and vegetables.) This is similar to the recommendations that children receive 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fats, and 15 percent from proteins.
- Eat three meals a day.
Breakfast is essential for children. Skipping breakfast can compromise performance at school. For dieters, skipping breakfast usually doesn't lead to weight loss. All meals should contain fruits or vegetables, as well as grains. Meat or milk should be included in two of the meals.
Eating snacks is largely a habit. Snacks are unnecessary for good nutrition but harmless unless your child is overweight. If your child likes snacks (and most children do), encourage fruits, vegetables, and grains, but don't give them close to mealtime.
- Decrease the amount of fat (meat and milk products) in the diet.
Americans eat excessive amounts of meat and dairy products. Although cholesterol is important for rapid growth, children over age 2 should consume it in moderation (not eliminate it).
To decrease the amount of fat in the diet, follow these guidelines:
- Remember that one serving of meat per day is adequate for normal growth and development. (Don't serve meat more than twice a day.)
- Serve more fish and poultry and fewer red meats, since the latter have the highest cholesterol levels. Lean red meats are lean ground beef, pork loin, veal, and lamb.
- Trim fat off meats and the skin from poultry.
- Don't serve bacon, sausages, spareribs, pastrami, and other meats that have a high fat content. Cut back on hot dogs, lunchmeats, and corned beef.
- Limit the number of eggs to 3 or 4 per week. (Eggs have the highest cholesterol content of any of the commonly eaten foods. The cholesterol in one egg is equivalent to the cholesterol in 14 ounces of beef, 1-and-1/2 quarts of whole milk, or 1 quart of ice cream.)
- Serve 2 percent milk instead of whole milk for children over 2 years of age.
- Decrease the amount of milk your child drinks to 2 or 3 cups per day. (Encourage your child to drink water to satisfy thirst.)
On the other hand, some teenage girls may need to be reminded to consume adequate milk products (the equivalent of 3 glasses of milk) to lay down the bone mass required to prevent osteoporosis later in life.
- Buy margarine instead of butter.
- Keep in mind that red meat may be hard to give up because of the widespread misconception that red meat helps to build muscle mass and strength.
- Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and grains in the diet.
Follow these guidelines:
- Children should consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. (Fifty percent of American children eat only one fruit or vegetable per day.)
- Try to serve a fruit at every meal.
- Offer fruits as dessert and snacks.
- Start every day with a glass of fruit juice. (Caution: limit fruit juices to 2 cups per day to prevent diarrhea.)
- Since fruits and vegetables are interchangeable, don't force children to eat vegetables they don't like.
- When making casseroles, increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of meat.
- Serve more soups.
- Encourage more cereals for breakfast.
- Use more whole-grain bread in making sandwiches.
- Include an adequate amount of iron in the diet.
Throughout our lives we need adequate iron in our diets to prevent anemia. Everyone should know which foods are good sources of iron. Red meats, fish, and poultry are best. One serving per day of these foods will provide adequate iron. Although liver is a good source of iron, it contains 16 times more cholesterol than beef and should be avoided. For young children who refuse meats in general, use low-fat luncheon meats as a meat source. Adequate iron is also found in iron-enriched cereals, beans of all types, peanut butter, raisins, prune juice, sweet potatoes, spinach, and egg yolks. The iron in these foods is better absorbed if the meal also contains fruit juice or meat.
- Avoid excessive salt.
Salt is not usually harmful for people without high blood pressure. However, to discourage a taste for excessive salt in infants do not add it to their foods. Remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. Use other herbs and spices instead of salt. Purchase salty foods such as potato chips and pretzels sparingly.
- Avoid excessive pure sugars.
Sweets are not bad, but they should be eaten in moderation. Most humans are born with a "sweet tooth." They seek out and enjoy candy, soft drinks, and desserts. The main side effect of eating candy is tooth decay if the teeth are not brushed afterward. Eating food with a lot of sugar ("a sugar binge") can cause, 2 or 3 hours later, jitters, sweating, dizziness, sleepiness, and intense hunger. This temporary reaction is not harmful and can be relieved by eating some food. A love of sweets is not related to obesity (if the total calories per day are normal) or hyperactivity. A high amount of sugar in the diet has not been correlated with coronary artery disease or cancer.
- Know what to eat before exercise.
Eating meat does not improve athletic performance. The best foods to consume before prolonged exercise are complex carbohydrates. These include bread, pasta (noodles), potatoes, and rice. These should be consumed 3 to 4 hours before the athletic event so they have passed out of the stomach.
Water consumption continues to be important up to the time of participation and every 20 to 30 minutes during the activityhttp://www.culinary-yours.com/diet.html
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I can't deny the fact that I getting bigger and bigger. One thing that can prove it is that my old uniform, which was a bit loose when I had it made, now fits snugly but not too tightly yet. I need to get into some physical activities to get me to move around and exercise my once average body built.
Here's some professional tip I got.
It's just a fact of life that pounds will creep up on you with every passing year. Starting around age 40, most people start gaining about a pound per year. It's sad but true. By the time you're 60 years old you'll more than likely be carrying around at least an extra 20 pounds of weight that can add to any health problems you might be having such as heart disease or diabetes.
I'm going to give you a list tummy trimming tips and ideas that will help you keep that unwanted unnecessary weight off for years to come.
1.Start pumping iron. They're very few things that fight fat like strength training with actual weights. It helps to increase muscle tissue and also strengthens bones and over the course of years this will also help you to slow down or prevent more weight gain.
2.Reduce stress. Stress is a leading contributor to weight gain. A lot of people deal with stress by eating comfort foods and really pay no attention to what they're eating when they're stressed. Before you know it, you've gained 10 pounds real quick and that stresses you out even more. Relieve stress in other ways, such as more exercise, meditation, or massages.
3.Step on a scale. There's probably no better reminder to watch your weight than simply stepping on a scale to see if you've lost or gained weight.
4.Eat mindfully. Focus on eating healthy and cutting out foods that you know will cause you to gain weight. Simply add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and you'll see quick results.
5.Become more active. Get up and move around more. Try to do less sitting work and do more work and activities that will cause you to be active.
6.Push yourself at the gym. Constantly set new goals and reach for them by pushing yourself harder at the gym. Lift more, run more, just try to do more.
7.Swim more. Swimming is a great exercise to lose total body fat because it uses almost all of your large muscle groups and this will cause you to lose tummy fat through metabolism.
8.Pilates. Pilates focuses on strengthening your core which involves your tummy. This is a no brainer because it also helps keep you flexible as well.
9.Cut your calories. Remember, unused calories will turn in to flab, so every chance you get, reduce the amount of calories that you eat. Switch to "lite" or "low fat" versions of as many of your favorite foods as you can.
10.Go get some sleep. Really, you need sleep to rejuvenate your body. This is also when you'll experience your muscle growth and the benefits of an increased metabolism by exercising, so be sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
There you go. This is advice that will last years in helping you to keep your tummy slim and trim. Start adding these tips to your daily life and watching your tummy start shrinking this week!
Watched the movie last sunday with ronald and I must say that it was a nice movie. Very intelligently made. The plot is very unique and it has a lot of action and suspense. The casting is very good. Liam Neeson is very convincing with the role that he played. The storyline is very realistic and can be an mind-opener for everybody! Two thumbs up for TAKEN!
As all of you know, I am a member of a choir.... but, I don't personally sing. I accompany the group in singing during the mass. Every friday our group holds a practice and everytime we practice our group's main concern was the proper breathing techniques. So I am helping out my hubby, who also happens to be the one in charge with the choir's practices, to look for the basics of singing and here's what we found....
Breathing Basics for Singing
Normal breathing involves a shallow inhalation and an even exhalation followed by a pause before it all starts again. But when you sing, breath control means taking your breathing off autopilot. You not only need to inhale quickly and exhale slowly as you sing the phrases of a song, but you also need to maintain proper posture.
Breathing in this manner provides you with the breath control that you need to sing efficiently. However, because controlled breathing doesn't come naturally to you, you need to train your body to breathe for singing. Keep reading to walk through the breathing basics.
Discovering your singing breath
The easiest way to find out how you should breathe for singing is simply by feeling it. Being able to visualize and feel the proper way to breathe helps make the process more natural for you, too.
Inhalation refers to air moving into your body — breathing in. Exhalation is when you exhale or blow out the air. You exhale when you speak or sing.
Inhaling to sing
Singing songs requires getting a full breath quickly — a quick inhalation — because the orchestra can't wait five minutes for you to find the air. So knowing how your body feels when you inhale helps you to get air in your body quickly to sing the next phrase. Use the following exercise to explore your own inhalation. Get a feel for how your body should move when you inhale and exhale.
1. Pretend that air is really heavy as you inhale. Visualize it weighing 50 pounds and let it fall low into your body.
2. Let it fall lower than your belly button. Explore this sensation.
3. Then let the breath fall in faster. Still visualize it being heavy but let it fall quickly into your body.
4. You can also fill your lungs as if you were going to blow up a balloon. You will feel your abdomen and lower back expand.
This sensation of quickly filling your lungs with air is how you properly inhale for singing.
Yawning happens all the time when working on breath control. The body gets confused with the different amount of air coming in, and you yawn. Voice students yawn plenty during lessons and are embarrassed at first. Don't worry — it's okay to yawn when you're working on your breathing.
Exhaling to sing
Singing means that you have to control your exhalation. You want to have a sustained and smooth exhalation. This control helps you to sing those demanding high notes and long slow phrases.
To explore exhalation, blow a feather around the room. If you have a spotless house, you'll have to use an imaginary feather.
1. Try to blow the feather really high up in the air and use a long stream of breath to get it to go up.
2. Try not to collapse your chest as you blow the feather.
3. While chasing the feather with your breath, notice what moves in your body as you exhale. You should feel that your abdomen has slowly returned to normal and that your chest has stayed in the same position the whole time.
4. At the end of the exhalation, you should feel the need to immediately inhale again.
Posturing yourself for breathing
Breathing efficiently when you sing is a combination of great posture and skillful inhaling and exhaling. Remember the importance of good posture; it allows you to get a deep, full breath. If you slouch or you're too rigid, your diaphragm locks and prevents you from getting a correct breath for singing. If your breathing and your posture work together as a team, you can improve your singing.
To sing your best, you want to develop good posture while you breathe. When your body is aligned correctly, taking and using an efficient breath is easier.
Your own two hands can help you to maintain great posture while breathing. As you work through the breathing exercises, place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your abs. As you inhale, use your hand to feel whether your chest stays steady; you want it to stay in the same position for both the inhalation and the exhalation. (If your chest rises during inhalation, you create tension in your chest and neck.) With your other hand, feel it moving out with your abs as you inhale and back in toward your body as you exhale.
Positioning your body to feel breath
Different body positions also help you to feel your breath movement. Moving through different positions can help you feel the movement of breath.
Start flat on the floor and gradually work your way up to standing. It's great to work your breath on the floor, but you can't perform on the floor. You have to get up sometime and breathe correctly, so it may as well be right away. By starting out on the floor, you're able to totally focus on breathing and the movements in your body. By gradually working your way up, you can continue exploring the same movement of breath while working your way up to standing. Some singers have trouble finding the right movement for breathing when they stand. When they begin on the floor, they often find a sense of release in their body and can really feel the movement.
Lying on the floor
1. Lie down on the floor or bed with a heavy book on your abdomen.
2. As you inhale, you should see the book rising up then lowering back down as you exhale. If you don't see the book moving, notice what's moving as you breathe. Feel the sensations in your body. When you inhale, your lungs expand and take in air. Your body, specifically your abdomen, moves out as you inhale.
3. As you exhale, the air is leaving your body, and you should see or feel the abs moving back in. This movement happens because of the air moving and not because you move your abs. You can bounce your abs without breathing, but that won't improve your singing.
Getting down on your hands and knees
1. Get down on your hands and knees. Yes, you need comfy clothes to survive these exercises. In this dignified position, take some slow breaths and notice what you feel moving in your body.
2. During inhalation, your abs fall toward the floor.
3. During exhalation, your abs move back in with the outgoing air. If you feel just the opposite motion, try it again.
4. Your chest should stay steady and not collapse.
5. Notice how your back expands out with the inhalation.
When you're successful and feel the correct movement of your body and breath, try the next exercise.
Squatting is just as exciting as getting down on your hands and knees, and it requires comfy clothes, too.
1. Squat down on the floor.
You can keep your heels on the floor or lift them up off the floor. You can also place your hands on the floor to steady your balance. Don't fall over!
2. As you inhale, notice the movement across your back.
What you want to feel is your abs moving out and your lower back expanding as you inhale. If you're not sure about this breath movement, change your position just a bit. You don't have to be in a squat exactly.
Slumping is illegal among singers, but don't tell anyone.
1. Stand up and slump over.
2. As you're slumped over, feel the movement in your body as you breathe.
3. Release your neck so that your back can stay pliable for breathing.
4. Notice that when you take in the air, you can feel the lower abs moving out, because they're all flabby from being slumped over. Those of you who are really thin, you may not feel your abs move much in the beginning. That's okay. You can still acquire great breathing habits for singing.
5. Notice also that your lower back opens as you inhale. Try to let your ribs close slowly as you exhale instead of collapsing right away.
These charming, physical positions help you to feel the breath moving in your body. Try standing tall and notice what your body does when you take a breath.
It's okay if you're really confused right now or feel short of breath. Feeling short of breath when you begin working through these exercises is normal. Be really patient, and you'll begin breathing efficiently. It takes a while to create a new habit in your body, and breathing for singing is definitely new. Your inhalation was perfect when you were a baby. If you watch an infant breathe, they know exactly what to do. As you age and your life becomes more complicated, stress affects your body. You start to carry unnecessary tension in various parts of your body, which can prevent you from breathing correctly. Your body gets stressed out.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
1. Have our home checked by my architect friend so that we can now make a design for our extension and the garage. Then, have the carpenter checked the place so as to estimate the cost of the project and go through with plan.
2. Buy construction materials for the project
3. Buy some new curtains for the house, in preparation for the house blessing.
4. Have our car repainted. Will have the front and back bumpers first next will be the body.
5. Have our new home bless!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have been wearing braces for almost 3 years now and getting my teeth clean all the time is my ultimate problem. I usually have a hard time every after meal when all of the food stuffs get caught between my brackets and elastics. So I search over the net for some dental braces care. Check this out!
Extra Dental Care While Wearing Braces. Braces Care
It is important to continue to have your teeth checked by your dentist while having orthodontic treatment, dental braces. You also need to take extra care of your teeth (braces care) and mouth. There are a number of steps involved in caring for teeth with braces. The first is removing plaque and is primarily done with a toothbrush:
- Braces Care: Clean your teeth with braces carefully with floss every day between your teeth where you can. Flossing is difficult without braces and increases in difficulty when working around the brackets. Braces appliances are delicate and you need to make sure you clean them carefully so that they do not break. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you the special techniques to use depending on the dental braces you are wearing.
- Braces Care: Brush your braced teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and, if necessary, use a mouthwash. A manual toothbrush works well if it is properly used, but individuals with brackets and other fixed orthodontic devices may find it easier to use a power or sonic toothbrush. But even a sonic toothbrush can’t remove all the plaque because in dental braces remain some areas that can’t be reached, so other tools may be needed.
- Braces Care: An interdental brush can be used to fit between the braces wire and the tooth to remove hard-to-reach plaque and food debris. So called proxabrush or “Christmas tree” brush. This brush is specially designed for cleaning between two braces.
- Braces Care: Oral irrigators can be used as an adjunct to brushing and flossing while wearing dental braces. This helps remove food debris and plaque out of braces.
- Braces Care: Every time you brush your teeth, brush your retainer as well. Once a day or at least once a week, disinfect your retainer by soaking it in a denture cleanser, such as Efferdent or Polident or other brand name solutions. Add the cleanser to a cup full of warm – but never hot – water. Thoroughly rinse the retainer with plain water before placing it back in your mouth.
- Braces Care: Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Avoid “snacking” on foods or drinks containing sugars, and on fizzy drinks. Also, sticky and hard foods may damage the delicate orthodontic appliances.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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- Take care of your nails between salon visits.
- File your nails regularly and always keep them short.
- If your nails are exposed to chemicals, moisture, water, etc, it could result in split peeling nails or allergic reaction. Wear rubber gloves to protect your nails or coat them with some cotton.
- Never use something like scissors for both for infected and non infected nails.
- Always get artifical nails applied by a good technician.
- Artificial nails would need manicure or refilling every two or three weeks.
- If you decide to remove them, appropriate solution is not difficult. Even when the artificial nails are removed, natural nails remain in the same condition.
- Using glue could damage your nails, even if it is applied on polish layers.
- Ensure the last polish layer is dry before applying the next. Use layers of different colours.
- Keep on experimenting with nail tip design. You could use Chinese characters, apply small fake tattoos or create different patterns.
- You could use band-aids for applying design. Cut band-aids and stick them on top of a dry coat of polish. Contrasting color would look good.
- Keep your acrylic nail polished. Thick polish could cause bubbles and uneven application. So first add a drop of polish and then dilute it thinner.
- Before applying any acrylic layer, clean your nails. If the nails have remnants of cuticle oil, old polish or lotion, the new polish would not apply itself properly.
- For avoiding bubbles, remove the excess from the brush along the bottle's border.
- Lay a base coat to protect your nails and in the process, help helps the acrylic layer to stick in proper way.
- Use a nail stick to clean up the acrylic on the skin around the fingernail.
- Seal the polish with a top coat to camouflage possible bubbles or streaks.
- Seal the polish with a top coat to camouflage possible streaks or bubbles. It also adds shine.
- Allow enough time to the nails to dry.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
Friday, April 3, 2009
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