Artists Take Advantage of Distance Learning

Concept board frames artist Sydney are artists who create illustrations of ideas, whether it’s of characters, scenes, or machinery. Artists today are continually learning new applications and are required to stay ahead of the curve as to what is up and coming and the newest ways of doing things. Most production artists have completed their formal education years ago and what they learned may now be obsolete. They must aggressively find alternative ways to learn their industry’s most popular applications, processes of using them like new workflows, and continue to improve on what they currently do.

Here are some of the more popular ways to learn:

  • On the job experience – This is the most common way that we’ve all learned a thing or two. It is probably the most effective way to learn what you need for your job. However, you may eventually be limited by what your coworkers can share with you and may find that there is a lot of information you’ll still need to know in order to move up or get another job. This way takes lots of time and patience and requires a good group of people willing to help you learn.
  • Conferences – They are fun and you get to meet a lot of people doing what you do or want to do. Most conferences foster an environment of sharing and helping. A lot can be gained from attending a conference for networking and its break-out sessions. However, they can be expensive (like traveling to South Korea!). With tightening budgets, they may not be cost-effective.
  • Onsite training – Many companies utilize this form of training to get specific information in an area that they are focused on. This is a great way to learn if you can afford it. Learners will have direct access to the instructor and can have the training catered directly to their environment. Specific questions can be asked and addressed instantly in a collaborative way.
  • Night classes – Many local Junior Colleges now offer digital art classes in the evening. These are usually general classes and you may find that you are above the level they are teaching unless you know nothing about the subject. These classes can be somewhat expensive and be very broad in the information delivered. In addition, these teachers (not in all cases) are not in the industry and may not be able to help you with specific questions to your liking.
  • Networking – Using social networking and forums is a good way to get answers and research how to accomplish certain tasks. However, there can be a delay in feedback which will motivate you to find answers in other places. But, there tends to be some good people giving back and willing to help you and stick it out until they are able to help resolve your question.
  • Webcasts – These are a slightly less formal means of training. The instructor usually has a loose idea of what is to be presented but it can change if needed. The lack of formality may cause some live viewers to be dissatisfied with the level of training and the lack of the instructor’s attention to detail. Webcasts are live and there isn’t time for editing and polishing. Sometimes these trainings can cost more than the more refined DVD trainings.
  • Web videos and DVDs – These tools are a great way to learn. You may have a specific topic you wish to learn like Model Rigging or Storyboarding and need to know it right now for a project or job. These trainings are or are near instant gratification. Usually, they require less commitment and are much cheaper than other means of learning.

There is a boom going on now in the creative education fields and there are many schools stepping up to fill that need. With the competition and strict requirements in place from their industries, schools are doing their very best to offer real-world training. However, as students, there is always a chance for there to be questions or the hunger for more information on a particular subject. This is the very nature of being a student. Inexpensive distance learning like Web and DVD training can fill in those gaps and answer those questions. Students should use these tools to supplement their education. School tends to be required to cover a large variety of subjects and as a student; you may want to take a little more time in one area. This type of training allows you to do just that.

For those of us who have already completed all the formal education we would ever like to do, we are still required to stay competitive. Already being in the “field”, many of us may have a certain level of understanding in a subject area but need to dig deeper or learn new and more efficient ways of completing common tasks. Learning from industry professionals will help busy creatives to learn more rapidly in a wide variety of subjects at their own pace.

Distance learning allows artists the ability to access hard to find, low-cost education that can begin to get them up to speed and production-ready in no time. Meaning, they’ll be able to jump right into a job or add the new knowledge gained in a short period of time to their artistic arsenal immediately.

Here are some interesting stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Employment of artists and related workers is projected to grow 16% through 2016, faster than the national average for other fields.
  • Multi-media artists and animators will be most in demand through 2016 — that profession will see a 26% increase in employment.
  • Fine artists will see a 10% increase in employment.
  • Multi-media artists and animators earn roughly $52,000 (this does not include figures from self-employed animators).

Best of luck and happy animating!

Frank Freeman is a freelance artist, trainer and CEO of Artistic Gurus, Inc. a creative training company that focuses on how-to videos in the 2D, 3D, Traditional Arts, Comics, and Manga fields. Read more about him today from http://www.ArtisticGurus.com or [http://www.RentArtVideos.com]

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Yoga Or Pilates – Which is Better For Me?

KX pilates dee why is a revolutionary, fast paced, high intensity, body-toning workout that fuses the core strengthening elements of traditional reformer pilates with circuit, cardio and endurance training. Good questions. From my own experiences and research, it would be like asking:

Drum machines Vs. Drums, which do I use?

Well, a quick observation will depict that one must have come from the other. In this case, pilates is derived from yoga or at best yoga-esque principles and methods, so suffice it to say that for which may be a the BETTER CHOICE it may be a matter of needs, time, preference and fitness levels.

Now to compare the both:

What is Pilates?

This is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Primarily, the workout is usually performed on a mat and on specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity.

It is noteworthy of mention that Pilates focuses mainly on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Furthermore, a lot of dancers practice this exercise and it does deserve a lot of credit for having become very well knows (especially in the last few decades) for its effect on sculpting the body. Needless to say, in partnership with Yoga, it does go a long way towards increasing physical fitness all around.

NOW…

What is yoga?

Boy, ol’ Boy?

I think it should be, in terms of body-weight only exercises, What ISN’T yoga or at least yoga-esque, should be the question. Alright, you got me, yeah I lean more towards this system of exercise. Well Foras, can you tell us why?

Sure…

Folks, Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. However, the word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. Its ultimate goal is the union of man with God or the universe in one breath. Furthermore, it aims to liberate the spirit as the mind and spirit are equally involved in its practice.

Needless to say, yoga is indeed the oldest existing physical-culture system in the world. Besides being a systematic and scientifically proven path to attaining physical fitness, it delays ageing, rejuvenates and improves appearance, maintains suppleness and increases vitality and the creative part of life. Still, after all is said and done, like drums and drum machines, in terms of Yoga and Pilates, both can stand independent of each other, work dependent on each other or when the need arises can be interchanged in their exclusive or combined uses.

That’s not to say one isn’t better than the other, to me, I think it’s more preference. However like drums which will never go out of style, Yoga does have more of a human and authentic feel to it. The emphasis on breath, relaxation etc is something that seems to be absent or less prevalent in Pilates, although that’s not to overlook the ease, quickness and efficiency of doing the art form.

This article did mention that Pilates is often used by dancers, just like Yoga is often used even by Basketball players, Boxers etc, so it means just like drums are oft times needed or used in a song and do form the foundation of music and dance, the use of either or both would be a wise choice. But, I do lean more towards Yoga, just from my experience, besides, when doing Pilates, it almost feels like I’m doing Yoga either way, so, I guess, why not just do it.

I guess that reminds me of my audio recording teachers who insist to this day to use live drums over drum machines for the ‘authentic’ feel. So yeah, left to me, I’ll go with Yoga, it works for me, does what pilates can do and more, but for variety, being the spice of life as is often said, doing Pilates here and there won’t hurt and may in fact help a lot. Still, owing to the obvious similarities between both exercises, suffice it to say that some guidelines need to be observed when executing them.

For the Interested persons, such helpful aids are herewith provided:

• Yoga postures should not be done on a full stomach. Wait at least 3 hours after a meal BEFORE practice. Personally, I think it’s best to do yoga first thing in the morning.
• If you can, (and you probably should) try to do Yoga barefoot. Or at the very worst with socks or those non-slip footwear they have advertised. Me, I’m old school…barefoot!
• Okay, Nude Yoga has the right idea. Will I go that far…hmm, no! However, as little clothing as possible should be the ‘dress-code’ when doing yoga so you can move freely.
• As the Father of Naturopathy, Prof Ehret recommended in his books, always try to exercise in front of an OPEN window. So please make sure the room is ventilated.
• You are not competing with anyone so take it slowly and safely. So no straining, no holding the poses beyond your physical strength levels; okay…buddy!

*Try to have fun with both; with everything in life.

Well, if you decide to use “drum machines” (Pilates) or “drums” (Yoga) as long as you’re getting the sound (fitness) you want, hey an exclusive, combination or interchangeable use of them would do just fine.

In Friendship,
Foras Aje

PS: I prefer “drums”!!!

Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of Fitness: Inside and out, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally. For more information on the latest health news and breakthroughs visit his site at http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com/

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Planning a Wedding That Doesn’t Kill Your Budget or Your Relationship

If you’re planning a wedding and you’re concerned about your wedding budget, there are several ways to save. The keys to successfully planning a budget-conscious wedding are having the abilities to be creative, flexible, and opportunistic. Less than an hour’s drive from Sydney CBD, Jonah’s unique Whale Beach small wedding reception venues Melbourne feels like it’s a million miles away.

Think of this scenario: You wake up in the middle of the night with a craving for ice cream. All grocery stores are closed, so you run through the options in your head. You can go to the all-night convenience store or coffee shop and pay a premium price for this craving or you can settle for the granola bar in the back of your pantry. Then the thought occurs that you could have planned ahead while grocery shopping earlier that week and had your ice cream at a fair price. The same shopping options exist for every part of your wedding. Do you pay premium prices? Do you plan ahead? Or do you simply do without? There are no wrong answers, but planning ahead can almost always offer the most bang for the bucks.

The key trick in saving money for your wedding is flexibility. Think about your wedding date. It’s probably a mild Saturday evening in late Spring or early Fall. I’m no Nostradamus, it’s just a fact that the vast majority of couples choose the same dates for their weddings. You can slash your overall wedding costs significantly by changing your wedding date away from Saturday evenings in May, June, September, or October. Go crazy and avoid Saturdays altogether and have a raging Friday night wedding or a relaxing Sunday afternoon wedding. You might not think these date/time adjustments matter, but vendors’ schedules are much less likely to be full on a Sunday afternoon in August or a Friday night in March. This availability can translate into staggering deals if you shop around. I’ve seen $10,000-$15,000 weddings (combined vendor cost) reduced to $2,000-$3,000 with every component of the wedding staying exactly the same, including the venue. The difference? An 11am ceremony time on a Saturday in June versus a 5pm wedding the EXACT SAME DAY. An unexpected perk to avoiding Saturday evenings goes to your guests who can now plan a weekend after your Friday night bash or before the Sunday nuptials. That Saturday night wedding breaks everyone’s weekend in half. Having schedule flexibility is huge for all vendors, but specific savings can also be found for each part of your big day.

Wedding venues: The venue is usually the costliest of the wedding investments, but that only means it is also the biggest opportunity to save money. If you want elegance, maybe avoid the country clubs and golf courses and find a shady park or beach and spend a fraction of your budget on elegant tables, string lighting, and candle-lit centerpieces. If you’re quirky and fun, bypass a regular venue and rent an old theater or local art gallery. Think outside the box. Depending on the size of your guest list, you can find venues that aren’t considered traditional, but will more than fit your needs. Private residences and local restaurants might fit your needs perfectly. With any non-traditional venue, be sure to get all the details. Some places may require additional insurance or have restrictions on attendance, food/drink, etc, so be sure to be thorough in your interviews. If you are looking for a traditional venue, many times finding a location that can host both the wedding and reception is ideal. For both convenience and cost, this option almost always is preferable to separate locations. If you opt for a church wedding, keep in mind that some churches offer weddings a low or even no cost. Call around and you might find a great deal

Caterer: The ideal way to cut food/drink costs is to time your wedding between traditional meal times. Having a 11am or 2pm wedding allows you to escape providing full meals and instead serve small appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, etc. If you opt for this cost-cutting schedule choice, be sure to indicate to guests when type of food/refreshments will be served. Most people will grab a bite to eat before or after the wedding if they know in advance that only snacks will be available at the wedding. If you must serve food, shop around. Some venues require you to use their preferred caterers, so know this in advance. Sample each caterer’s menus and ask them how savings can be found. Many times a limited menu with more appetizer options works well. If you decide to serve a meal, buffet style usually costs less than plated meals. And keep this question in mind: How was the food at the last wedding you attended? Most people don’t remember. Find a balance between quality, service, and price.

Cake: There are reality TV shows dedicated to cakes. Amazing, beautiful cakes are everywhere. Now for the life-changing reality: Its still just dessert. I know, that sounds harsh and emotionless. But its sugar and eggs and flour, and you’re in a market than can charge thousands of dollars for a, yes, dessert. Think about your reasoning behind the cake. Its fun and you want photos of the cake-cutting and subsequent cake-smashing. You can accomplish the same thing with a small but still elegant cake. The photos look the same, and the crowd still gathers around. And when the smashed cake is wiped from the groom’s face, all the guests are served cute little wedding cupcakes or pieces of sheet cake that have been cut and are ready to serve immediately. Buy a pretty little cake for the two of you, or for the bridal party, and ask your baker to make a sheet cake or two, or cupcakes, of the same flavor as yours. Everyone enjoys the cake and you enjoy cutting your cake budget by 50% or more.

Photographer: Many couples make the mistake of forgoing a professional wedding photographer and hiring Uncle Harry because he always has a camera, and he’ll be at the wedding anyway. Or a niece in high school just bought a really expensive camera and took photography in high school. Remember that your photographs are likely going to be the only tangible reminders of your wedding. When the cake and songs and flowers are long gone, you’ll have your photography to enjoy and share for years to come. You want a photographer with wedding experience to ensure all angles are covered and all poses are ideal. This doesn’t mean you have to blow your entire budget on photography, however. Search photographers’ websites, and only contact those whose photos fit your style. When speaking with the photographer, request a quote that excludes prints, albums, or other photo products. Get the edited photography on a disc or flash drive with a copyright release that allows you to print your photos. Most photographers’ profit lies in the printing, so you can save that money and print economically at your own convenience. If a photographer doesn’t offer this, move along. There are plenty that will offer a no-prints option.

DJ: The DJ is the vendor that some deem unnecessary and others regard as invaluable. I think both are true depending on the type of wedding and reception you want. If you want a quiet, relaxed ceremony and reception with soft music in the background throughout, just find a venue with a sound system and plug in an ipod playlist of soft grooves. If you want your reception to be a party, then hire a DJ. DJ’s styles and levels of interaction vary, so keep this in mind. If you want someone to keep the guests dancing, get someone outgoing and fun. Like the photographer, don’t skimp too much and hire the high school tech geek down the street with the loud sound system. Weddings are unique, and you want experience. Ask for deals and compare prices. No real tricks here other than shopping in advance.

Florist: Flowers are beautiful and can enhance any wedding. They also sit in vases and soak up water. Each couple needs to decide whether a little color is pretty or more elaborate floral arrangements are necessary. If you find a venue that is attractive on its own, consider skipping or reducing the floral decorations. Many florists advise boosting the greenery in arrangement and using the actual flowers strategically, which makes a lot of sense both artistically and financially. Some couples are now opting for artificial flowers in lieu of actual flowers. This can be cheaper and offer the advantage of preparing months in advance. They also last forever, so your investment doesn’t end up in the compost pile the next day. If you decide to go with real flowers, check independent florists first, as they can often work with your budget with more flexibility than a larger retail chain.

Videographer: Have you ever visited a friend and been subjected to watching their wedding video? It’s painful. Now, with the development of high-def and superior editing, today’s wedding videos are more like Hollywood features than handheld camcorders of the 80’s. they can also be very expensive. The real question is need. After the first few weeks of being married, will your wedding DVD ever be seen? Aside from distant relatives visiting or an anniversary viewing, it likely sits on the shelf. Most budget-minded couples skip the videographer, but if you really want video then find a company that uses multiple cameras and edits in a style you enjoy. Be sure they know the style you want and ask them to work with your budget.

Other: There are several other ways to save that simply didn’t fit the other categories:

Wedding favors are cute, but often sit in the backseat of your guests’ cars and ultimately get tossed. If you have a budget for them, find something personal (a small framed photo of the wedding couple, a small package of candy or mints, etc). Find something fun or quirky, but cheap. Search online for many creative options.

With any wedding, avoid placing disposable cameras at guest tables. The idea is great, but the execution is horrible. You’ll spend hundreds on these outdated cameras, and hundreds more to develops photos of kids’ feet and empty plates. Don’t even consider this for your wedding!

Limousines: Beautiful and elegant, but really only use if transportation is needed. Hiring a limo to drive you three blocks doesn’t allow you to relax or save money. If you’re travelling across town and want to splurge, go for it. Ask for wedding specials, and find a service that will allow you to use the minimum amount you need. Don’t get locked into a six-hour minimum when you only need three.

Honeymoon: If you’re wanting a honeymoon but don’t have a big budget, consider registering for your wedding with a travel agent instead of a retailer. Your guests may gift you a vacation instead of cutlery! If you’re considering a small wedding, think about a destination wedding for the two of you (or small family), and combine your wedding and honeymoon instead of a reception. Sometimes this is more economical than couples think and provides a romantic and less expensive wedding option.

Craigslist: OK, this isn’t a wedding component. But Craigslist can be your best friend. You can find vendors, dresses, wedding locations, and much more in one convenient site. If you have a particular skill, service, or item, consider using the site’s barter section to trade for wedding services. Trading your unused timeshare for a wedding photographer or bartering your automotive repair business to obtain catering can be empowering and budget-saving. Read through the section and find ideas that may help you save.

Hopefully a few of these suggestions give you ideas on stretching your wedding budget. Weddings are beautiful, amazing events and should be celebrated, not agonized. Enjoy the process, and remember that this is YOUR big day. Build the wedding you want, and let your guests enjoy the ride with you.

Shaun Baland Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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Rewiring Your Home Electrical System

Electrician Brisbane 24 hours offer electrician service to all of our customers at a very competitive and reasonable prices. One of the first things you need to consider when you are planning a home renovation is the existing electrical system. Is the condition of the existing electrical wiring and the capacity (in amps) of the system up to code? Along with plumbing and heating and cooling systems, updating the electrical system in a house will be one of the most expensive remodeling tasks. Major electrical rewiring will require you to use the services of a licensed electrician. There are situations where you can do some of the electrical work yourself with a proper permit having your work certified by a licensed electrical inspector. You need to check your local building codes before you begin.

Electrical System Components

There are a few main components of a residential electrical system. The service entrance and the main circuit panel are the most important elements of the system. Depending on the complexity of the wiring circuits, additional auxiliary circuit panels may be required. The current National Electrical Code recommends a minimum 100 amp incoming electrical service. If your service panel provides less, it should be upgraded to the minimum or higher amperage to meet the needs of modern electrical loads. Most new homes are wired with 200 amp service. Many times the old service panels do not provide adequate grounding, so if you are keeping your existing panel it should be thoroughly checked out by an electrician.

Aluminum vs. Copper Wiring

The actual electrical wire running through your home that makes up each circuit can be aluminum or copper. Older homes and some homes constructed during the 70’s and early 80’s used aluminum wiring. Modern building codes in most communities do not allow aluminum wiring to be used. There are a number of reasons for this. Aluminum and copper both expand and contract when heated. Aluminum, unlike copper, has a tendency to lose some tightness with each cycle. It can invite corrosion when contacting certain types of metal and this corrosion will increase the resistance of the connection. Fire hazard is the main concern with aluminum.

There are ways to make aluminum safe, but we will cover that in another article. Solid copper wiring is the material of choice for new homes or renovations. Although 14-gage wire is allowed for many circuits, it’s recommended you install 12-gage wiring, which costs a little more but can handle more electrical current, making it safer and more energy-efficient.

If you are renovating a very old home and the wiring has cloth insulation or if the insulation is brittle and cracked, you will need to completely replace it with new copper wiring. This requires removing wall covering material down to the studs. It’s a big job. You should get estimates from a reputable electrical contractor. Most older homes have a very limited number of outlets in each room. Be sure to take the time to plan for any new outlets you will want with their corresponding wiring at this time. Once the wiring is in place you can complete the rebuild yourself if you feel you have the required skills.

Replacing Components

If you are satisfied with the size of the system, the number of outlets, switches and circuits, (make sure you are happy with the 240 volt outlet number and locations, if any) then you won’t have to add any new circuits to the electrical system. You will just need to update and replace components of the system. Turn off the main breaker switch before doing any inspections of your electrical system. Pull the cover plates on your outlet boxes and switches and inspect the box itself. If it is intact and adequately secured to the wall and ceiling studs they will most likely not have to be replaced. Note that if you plan on adding ceiling fans to rooms you will probably need to either add bracing to that outlet box or replace it with one that is designed to accept a fan.

If your outlets are the old two prong style you will need to replace them with the grounded three prong type. It is a good idea to replace all the outlets and switches in the house. Most municipal codes will require you to use a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) type outlet in the bathroom, kitchen and any other wet areas that are in close proximity to water.

There are a lot of things a homeowner can do to determine just how big a project her or his electrical rework will be. Determining the size of the system you have and the condition of your wiring and other components and developing a plan for any new outlets and circuits you many require will go a long way in planning your budget for a home electrical system update.

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How to Get Rid of Old Scars: Top 10 Remedies

Overview

Best skin tightening procedure for face can reduce wrinkle and makes your skin healthy as well. While some people consider their scars to be marks of pride, many people just want them to go away. Since they can affect your appearance, they can make you feel self-conscious. Best treatment for acne scars and large pores are using Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. For a short period of time, to assist in the treatment of ailments and injuries cryotherapy Melbourne is being use.

If you want to get rid of an old scar, you need to understand what a scar is and what type you’re trying to get rid of.

A scar forms as part of the natural healing process following an injury. When the dermis — the second layer of skin — is damaged, your body forms collagen fibers to repair the damage, and that results in a scar.

  • In most cases, the faster a wound heals, the less collagen will be deposited and the less noticeable the scar will be.
  • Typically, the severity of the scar is based on the severity of the injury or damage.
  • Scars form differently on different parts of the body.
  • Scars form differently based on the age of the injured person.
  • There are different types of scars.

Different types of scars

There are different types of scars, each with defining characteristics.

Atrophic scars

Atrophic scars are characterized by the loss of tissue. They appear depressed, serrated, or flat against the upper layer of the skin. Often atrophic scars have darker skin pigmentation than other area of your skin. Examples of atrophic scars include acne scars and chickenpox scars.

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are characterized by excess tissue that forms over the skin as it heals. Unlike a keloid scar, it does not grow outside the injured area. Hypertrophic scars are commonly darker than other skin in the area.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are the result of aggressive healing and an overproduction of tissue. They are characterized by a raised, thick, puffy appearance. They are typically darker than the surrounding skin. Unlike a hypertrophic scar, keloid scars can grow beyond the injured area.

Contracture scars

Contracture scars result from large areas of skin being lost or damaged, typically from burns. They are characterized by tight, shiny skin that can restrict movement.

The top 10 remedies for getting rid of scars

There’s no known way to make scars totally disappear, but many will become lighter over time on their own.

That being said, advocates of natural healing believe that there are remedies that can speed up the lightening process and make a scar less noticeable. Here are some of the remedies that have been effective for some people.

Aloe vera

  1. Remove the dark green “skin” from the flatter side of an aloe vera leaf.
  2. Scoop out the almost clear light green gel.
  3. Apply the gel directly to your scar using circular motions.
  4. After half an hour, wash the gel off with fresh, cool water.
  5. Repeat twice each day.

Vitamin E

  1. Cut open a vitamin E capsule over the scar and squeeze the oil onto the scar (you might need more than just one capsule to get enough liquid for full coverage).
  2. For about 10 minutes, massage the oil on and around the scar.
  3. After about 20 minutes wash off the oil with warm water.
  4. Repeat this process a minimum of 3 times per day.

Honey

  1. Before going to bed, cover your scar with a layer of honey.
  2. Wrap the honey-covered scar with a bandage.
  3. Leave it on for one full night.
  4. In the morning, remove the bandage and wash off the honey with warm water.
  5. Make this part of your routine every night.

Coconut oil

  1. Heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil, just enough to liquefy it.
  2. Massage the oil into the scar for about 10 minutes.
  3. Let the skin absorb the oil for a minimum of one hour.
  4. Repeat two to four times every day.

Apple cider vinegar

  1. Combine 4 tablespoons of distilled water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Dip a cotton ball into the water-cider mixture and generously dab your scar.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Do this every night before you go to bed, washing the area in the morning.

Lavender and olive oil

  1. Mix three drops of lavender essential oil into three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.
  2. Massage the mixture into the scarred area for about 5 minutes.
  3. Leave the oil in place for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the area with warm water.
  5. Repeat this process a minimum of three times a day.

Lemon

  1. Cut a wedge from a fresh lemon.
  2. Gently rub the juicy side of the lemon on the scar while you squeeze the juice onto the scar.
  3. Relax for about 10 minutes before rinsing off the area with cool water.
  4. Do this every day at approximately the same time.

Potato

  1. Slice a potato into medium thick rounds.
  2. Using a circular motion, rub the potato slice on your scar.
  3. Once the potato slice starts to dry out, discard it and continue rubbing with another slice.
  4. Continue rubbing and replacing for about 20 minutes and then let the scar air-dry for about 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse the area with cool water.
  6. Repeat this process at least one time each day

Rosehip and frankincense

  1. Mix equal parts rosehip essential oil and frankincense essential oil.
  2. Massage the rosehip-frankincense mixture onto the scar.
  3. Wait for 45 minutes before gently rinsing the area with warm water.
  4. Follow this procedure three times a day.

Baking soda

  1. Mix distilled water — a little at time — into two tablespoons of baking soda until it forms a paste.
  2. Wet your scar with distilled water and then apply the paste to the wet scar.
  3. Hold the paste in place with a warm compress for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the area and repeat daily.

Before trying any of the remedies above, thoroughly wash and dry the scar and the area around it. Also, only use these remedies on scars — not open wounds. Should any of these remedies cause any irritation, stop use immediately.

The takeaway

If you want to make a scar look less noticeable, you may want to try a natural remedy. There are many people who believe that natural remedies can get the job done.

As with any home remedy, have a conversation with your doctor before starting. Your doctor can offer insights and recommendations about which remedies you should or should not try.

Easy Instructions For Being Your Own Handyman (or Handy-woman)

Home improvement can do a lot of things better. Not only will it make your home look nicer, but they also improve its comfort and value.Don’t be scared off from ambitious or large-scale home renovation projects can be completed without having experience in construction. The following tips will help you out in your home improvement goals and projects. With our outdoor kitchens Sydney equipment and accessories you can create a perfect cooking area.

If you plan to purchase a home, hire an inspector. A third party professional who offers a great way to keep things civil.

Build an interesting and unusual addition to your home for some class or sophistication.A wine cellar or library are wonderful spaces in any home. This will show that you are unique and potential buyers.

It is crucial that you always change air filters. A lot of repairmen are called to homes to clean out buildup found in machines from dirty air filters.

For instance, it is not a wise invest to install a sun room with no insulation in the colder climates. Do what you like, but don’t go beyond your immediate climate needs.

Consider using radiant heat floor tiles if you replace the tiles you currently have.These tiles give heat via electricity and can be very interesting. You can do this yourself if you have detailed instructions.This project that you can add on whether you are hiring someone or doing it yourself.

It can be expensive to install new flooring, so be sure to shop around to find the best deals. There are places and remodeling supplies at a discount.

You can use wallpaper to decorate a bookcase by using wallpaper. Choose a fun and one of a kind. Put the wallpaper on the back of the bookcase, when you put the books on it will show from behind them. This will give an old bookcase a new look and create a focal point in any room.

Two-liter bottles can provide excellent storage solutions in your kitchen. You can keep them on a shelf or in the freezer or fridge. Simply take of the top and pour it when you require its contents.

If a lock is having problems, you can replace the entire knob or just the cylinder. The cylinder will keep the lock responsible for activating the lock. If your key has been lost and you would like to change out the lock to ensure you’re protected, you can replace the cylinder instead.

Your outdoor chair cushions flatten over time.A good way to restore such cushions is setting them in the sunshine. The sun returns the moisture in the cushions and give them new bounce. Be sure to flip over the cushions, so make sure to give those cushions a flip periodically.

A garden and patio that match the style of your home will help bring the whole property together, but things that clash will offer the appearance of insufficient planning and end up looking outright unattractive.

If you find that it’s time to remodel your cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom, consider using wood cabinets. They are durable and stand up well under heavy use.Some of the more common woods for cabinetry include maple, cherry and oak. They can all be stained and if you want to, giving you the option to change the color later if you wish.

Choose a color scheme that already exists in the room. It may be an upholstery material, drapery or carpeting.For instance, if you have a rug featuring green, red and yellow shades, select one of the three hues to be used to color 60 percent of the room. Use the other two shades to paint trim and accent.

Do you think your house too bright or there is too much sun entering your rooms? This is a fairly easy process that anyone can do on their own. In the end, tinting your windows will help lower your overall cooling bill.

You can boost your home’s value and improve its curb appeal by adding another coat of high gloss paint on the shutters and front door. Homes that are made of light colored brick are a perfect candidate for a deep eggplant colors.

Consider your location when you are deciding what projects to take on. For instance, if it’s very windy in your area you may not need a deck, do you really want to install a pool?

You never underestimate the work involved in any home improvement project. This will help you to deal with problems more efficiently.

Before you start your DIY home improvement tasks, make a list of the actions you think will need to be taken from start to finish. Get an informed opinion from a contractor to find out if you’re missing anything important.

Be sure to prepare for the home improvement project.If you’re painting, you must cover all furniture in advance. Paint splatter on furniture can ruin it. Use plastic or cloth sheeting to cover anything that any drips land on them and not your furniture.

Use steel wool as a temporary measure to plug any holes or cracks that mice could use to gain access to your home.

Sort your tools into various toolboxes by project. For example, have a toolbox specifically for plumbing projects, containing various pipe fittings, a pipe wrench, and more. Another box could be used for electric projects, and might include items such as fuses, zip ties, and a voltmeter for use on electrical projects.

When you prepare properly and take advantage of useful tips like these, you can eliminate the hassle and unplanned expenses that are possible with poorly-planned home improvements. Now you’re ready to swing that hammer confidently in your very own home improvement projects. Click here for more info about the outdoor kitchen layout.

Pilates Vs Yoga – A New Viewpoint

Which is better? How are they similar? how are they different? This review of two of the most popular forms of exercise is a brief but comprehensive viewpoint from one of today’s leading Pilates instructors who has also taught yoga for many 35 years. Inspiring pilates instructor course target a middle age students who typically health conscious.

Breathing

Pilates and yoga are oddly similar and at the same time deeply different when it comes to breathing. Both methods emphasize breathing, but take it in different directions.

Breathing is one the most important principle in Pilates. Joseph Pilates, the founder, stressed breathing in his books and in his instruction.

According to my teacher and ‘Pilates Elder’ Mary Bowen, Joseph Pilates never developed any special breathing mechanics, though several techniques were developed after his death by some of his students. Joe Pilates did create breathing patterns to accompany each exercise, natural breathing that allows full and frequent breaths while you move. The effect is exhilarating, and in fact, Pilates is known for being energizing rather than exhausting even after the most rigorous workout.

Yoga far exceeds Pilates in the development of particular breathing mechanics. The complexity and depth of pranayama (breathing) yoga techniques include breathing through different nostrils in different patterns of inhalation, exhalation and holding the breath, all designed to create and move energy in the body. I’ve explored breathing techniques in Pilates and yoga and have found both to be highly energizing.

Mind and Body

Few exercise methods connect the mind and the body like Pilates and yoga.

Focussing your attention on your movement is key to both methods. Yoga goes a step further by adding a spiritual or religious dimension with meditation and in certain traditions chanting and devotion to the teacher.

History

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He studied all forms of exercise available in his day including eastern forms such as yoga. He first developed his method nearly 100 years ago.

He moved to New York in the 60’s and first introduced his method to the dance community where it was an instant hit. From there it gained worldwide popularity. It is used by elite athletes, celebrities and physical therapist, and is particularly effective for physical rehabilitation such as back pain.

Since the death of Joe Pilates in the late 60’s, the method has morphed into many schools and fusions such as yogalates, Zumbalates, tangolates and even piloxing (Pilates and boxing).

In contrast yoga goes back thousands of years. The earliest evidence appears on 4500 year old seals from the Indus Valley. Experts agree that the yoga tradition is probably much older. Light on Yoga, universally considered the bible of yoga, lists hundreds of treatments for illnesses using particular yoga positions.

Yaga has also morphed into many different schools and fusions.

No Machinery

Though both methods readily use balls, bands and other props, neither require any equipment. You can do them anywhere and anytime – the ultimate in convenience.

There is specially designed equipment for Pilates, but it is not necessary. In fact, the mat exercise routine which uses no equipment is the original Pilates method which Joe Pilates called ‘Contrology.’

Stretching

No review of these two exercise methods should ever neglect their distinct forms of stretching. Yet no other discussion I’ve ever read does!

Yoga features static stretching. This means holding a position while your muscles stretch. In contrast, Pilates is dynamic stretch where muscles lengthen while you move. Research indicates more benefits from dynamic stretching due to increased muscle recovery and decreased risk of injury.

Speaking from personal experience as a teacher and practitioner of both Pilates and hatha yoga, I find static stretch wonderful for relaxation and stress relief. On the other hand, I find dynamic stretch a better choice for joint and back pain relief and for improving athletic performance.

Strength and Cardio

Exercise science has proven that our bodies need 3 distinct kinds of exercise – strength training, stretching and cardiovascular conditioning popularly referred to as cardio or aerobics. These three essential exercises are rarely included in one method. Pilates always includes 2 – stretching and strength training. Advanced Pilates mat exercises also include cardio for an unusually complete exercise method.

By contrast yoga is primarily stretching and rarely includes strength training or cardio. There are exceptions such as the very athletic forms of yoga found in the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram methods.

Which Is Better?

I believe I can offer an interesting perspective on this question, because I’ve practiced and taught both for nearly 4 decades. In my experience you get more of a spiritual dimension from yoga, as well as relaxation. However, research shows that any exercise is very effective at relieving stress. But if you want a complete exercise with strength building, stretching and cardio, Pilates is my favorite choice.

Bob is an advanced certified Pilates instructor with nearly 4 decades of experience. He was taught by the ‘Pilates Elder’ Mary Bowen, and is the author of several popular instructional ebooks and videos specializing in the original athletic style of Pilates mat exercise.

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Ways To Overcome Your Competitors With Search Engine Optimization

Potential customers must be able to locate your site by doing a simple internet searches. This means that your website is ranked as high as possible. The tips from this article will help you how. SEO consultants will analyze your existing web content, including headers, tags, and other key metadata, and then fine-tune it for optimal rankings based on your target search terms.

This means repeating keywords as much as possible without breaking up the flow of the writing stilted. As the search engines do their job by finding keywords and putting a value on their density, your content will shine if you pay close attention to the words you use.

Pick a domain name which has your chosen keywords.You want to make your site easy to locate when people are trying to look for it on the web. Not all of your site traffic will be generated by affiliate advertisements, many will come from product searches.

Visit competitors’ websites to take a look at their source codes. This helps you learn how they use SEO on their site and the keywords they use.

This is very useful for clients who discover you through YouTube because it is easy to remember.

You can accomplish this happen by making a robot text file. txt file that gets added into the root directory. This disallows certain files from being accessed on your website.

A key to search engine optimization is to include a site map for your website. Spiders can easily decipher you site through a site map. A big site might require more than 1 site map. A good rule of thumb is to not have lots of links maximum on any given site map.

Consider article exchange service rather than just link exchanges. Article exchanges are simply hosting an article by a different website along with a credit, and them doing the same thing with an article written by you. This works better than link exchanges and provides both websites get new content.

Keep the focus to just one subject or product. Don’t throw all of your eggs into one post or a single article. This will keep your readers interested and frustrate the customer who is looking for specifics. A single-focus page yields much better success results.

Include quality keywords in each page’s URL.

Try including transcripts for any visual or audio you post to your site.

This tag should be thirty words or less. Never exceed 100 kilobytes on this particular page.

The title tag should be one of your site can benefit from significantly. Your title tag is one of the first things a visitor sees when they enter your site. It needs to be a unique description of the content that is located on your website and contain keywords that are related keywords.

Websites which are properly executed for search engine results usually will not employ image links. Image links only give the search engine.

Join the local Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau for better search engine ranking. This assists with local searches as they are generally automatically linked to you automatically.

Use search engine optimization companies that work with SEO to your site. These companies will help you get your site so that it is at the top of the results page in a much higher search engine. Several companies offer deals on such services.

Think as a consumer when you are coming up with tags to include. Determine which common words and phrases people are typing into search the web.

Search engines will help increase the number of visitors to your website. Making your website spider friendly is imperative for success. Spiders cannot read images, so put a tag on every image that you include. Be sure to write a description that are rich in keywords.

Search engine bots look for new material, so a consistently updated blog is a great method for giving them an excuse to look at your site. People love sharing articles if they like with others. This will encourage people to your site.

Focusing solely on SEO can sometimes cause you lose sight of your goals. Don’t forget the goal of attracting new readers and having them return. You want to have quality content regularly updated on your website on top of having high search engine rankings. Having a website with content is also among the smartest SEO efforts. Make sure you update your content is always up-to-date!

Registering your site with multiple search engines can allow them to better crawl your site. You will find the link to access this on the page of each search engine. Use a solid description and popular keywords to help the crawler index your site properly on the first attempt.

If your company has a name, make sure the name of the corporation appears in the title tag of each page. People are not likely to search for your company by name unless it is truly well-known.

If you have a site that contains many videos, realize the search engine crawlers will have troubling locating these, regardless of how good the videos are. To practice better SEO for videos, use a site map page that lists the videos.

You should elect to have web analytics in place before to beginning with search engine optimization. This allows you track the success and failure of your strategies.

Use SEO techniques to get the traffic you need on your website. The main thing you can so you can get a steady flow of traffic. Using a “pay per click” type of search engine can be a quick way to boost traffic. This will be something you continuously.You will also need to look at the results and make adjustments over time.

Even if your articles, topics or pages are about the same general subject, you should make the names and titles unique and interesting. The initial words to the title are the highest priority in making an impact on your reader.

Doing search engine optimization to help draw traffic to your website is actually something that can be done with minimal muss and fuss. It does, however, require that you be a detail-oriented person who is willing to try many different strategies. Make use of the ideas you’ve learned from this article, and before long, you will see your search ranking rise. Ask our experts on how to improve your keywords rankings.

3 Essential Reasons Why You Should Practice Pilates

Pilates is becoming popular more and more because of the benefits that it provides. If you have never had an exercise regime before Pilates will be just right for you. Read on to find out how to get that ideal physique you have always dreamt about. Pilates Northern Beaches is the most enjoyable inspiring and incredible experience you can receive in Australia.

1) Beginners’ Pilates

Pilates for beginners are most suitable for people who have little exercising experience as the moves are slow and steady that they can be easily adopted. Moreover, even the smallest bit of stretching and movement does well to a body, so Pilates for beginners is a slow but sure way to get the muscles toned.

Although you may have workout regimens that you have stuck to for many years, if you wish to try something new, you can begin with Pilates for beginners. However, you have to first learn some exercises that fall under the category of Pilates for beginners before you try anything more advanced.

2) Pilates for Weight Loss

If you do not already know, Pilates is a type of exercise which helps improve flexibility and joint movement. In addition Pilates for weight loss is thought of as being the most positive quality regarding this exercise.

The Pilates basic program is designed to tone and sculpt your entire body and at the same time help you to lose weight. It combines a series of controlled movements that help you to shape long and lean muscles without adding unwanted bulk. Because all is done at low impact, it does not hurt or add stress to your body in any way.

Winsor Pilates

One of the most famous forms of weight loss Pilates is to practice Winsor Pilates. Winsor Pilates is one way you can get the slim and sexy body you have always dreamed of. This program has been intended to tone and sculpt the entire body and also helps in losing weight, all at the same time. It is also a program that only takes twenty minutes a day.

Once where only the rich and famous are the only ones who can afford to perform Winsor Pilates, it is now possible for the average person to achieve these unbelievable results without having to pay very high fees and also in less time.

With more than four million Winsor Pilates videos sold, it is one of the best selling fitness programs worldwide which help to transform the bodies of men and women alike, all throughout the world.

Winsor Pilates is also for men who can workout daily and it strengthens the core as well as sculpts the muscular physique. The program provides the exerciser with added flexibility that would help in not sustaining injuries which results to enhance overall athletic abilities. In addition, it also provides more agility and quickness to anyone working out using the Winsor Pilates programs.

3) Pilates Abs Workouts For A Way To Get Great Abs

We all want great lean abs and to achieve them we are willing to adopt endless different exercises such as crunches and sit ups. Unfortunately these exercises are not only painful but can also damage your back in the process. Pilates abs is an exercise that is easy to perform. It is also pleasurable as it does not injure your back and you can see results as soon as in a month.

Pilates exercises are concentrated in working with your ‘core’, which are the muscles of your abdomen, back and pelvis in order to control the tone and shape of your other body parts. A Pilates abs workout is performed with every single workout you practice because Pilates works with the ‘core’ and that involves the abs. However there are specific Pilates abs exercises that you can practice also.

Pilates abs exercises are also popular because you can practice them without any pain and yet see results you desire in the shortest period of time. All Pilates exercises must be practiced regularly and as instructed otherwise results will take longer to appear.

The best thing is your abs will work out even when you are not doing a Pilates abs exercise because all Pilates exercises are done through and with the ‘core’. That generally means that your abs are being worked out twice as much which in turn means you will have beautiful shapely abs twice as fast compared to doing other workouts.

Of all the exercise methods that are available today, Pilates can definitely be thought of being one of the best. With hundreds of thousands of people across the world who have tried Pilates, they are incredibly impressed by the results they see. The best thing about Pilates is that it combines methods that you could only get from completing several different exercise programs.

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Kimberley Ashlee Catering achieves Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation

(Pittsburgh, PA – February 16, 2017) Kimberley Ashlee Catering announced February 15, 2017 that it has earned the Gold Plate of designation as a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant. A Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant demonstrates commitment to managing the social and environmental impacts of its operations as central to its strategy for business success. We are a corporate catering company based in Sydney with a driven passion for excellent service, delicious food and outstanding value.

Administered by Sustainable Pittsburgh, Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant is a new performance program that recognizes restaurants for implementing practices that are simultaneously benefitting the environment, economy, and society. Developed with regional experts and industry insights, the program features 149 sustainable actions from which a restaurant can freely choose. It is tailored for restaurants in southwestern Pennsylvania that are working to save money, bring in more customers, conserve resources, serve vibrant communities, and make a valuable contribution to local and regional food systems.

To help ensure a vigorous program and give proper credit where it is due, Sustainable Pittsburgh requires a self-declared validation statement by the restaurant for each selected action within the performance assessment. Level of achievement is based on total points accumulated from all selected actions. Restaurants are recognized with one of five “plates” of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation ranging from a “Starter Plate” to a “Platinum Plate.”

In earning the Gold Plate, Kimberley Ashlee Catering is acknowledged for its efforts in addressing areas such as energy efficiency, water use, healthy dining, sourcing responsibly, being active in the community, and providing a workplace that fosters employee growth. Details on how Kimberley Ashlee Catering is addressing these areas can be found on its profile through the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant website at www.sustainablepghrestaurants.org​. “Our commitment to using local ingredients is based on the philosophy that community and sustainability should be a priority in every business, especially small businesses,” said Kimberley Ashlee Catering’s owner, Kimberley Haugh.

“Sustainable Pittsburgh is excited to welcome Kimberley Ashlee Catering to the growing number of
designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants,” said Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant’s Program Manager, Rebecca Bykoski. “Kimberley Ashlee Catering’s commitment to ingraining sustainability as a core value allows it to cut costs while increasing business and setting an example for others to follow. We are proud to have Kimberley Ashlee Catering as part of the movement leading our region’s restaurant industry into a more prosperous future!”

In addition to providing recognition and creating a community of restaurants serving up sustainability in the region, the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program is a mechanism for identifying and sharing best practices in order to create a more environmentally and socially responsible restaurant industry and accelerate the success of our region.

Court Gould, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, said, “The Pittsburgh region is receiving the attention it deserves for having a booming restaurant industry and foodie movement. For restaurants that adhere to sustainable policies and practices, the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation provides a heightened way to showcase their accomplishments and also for them to be part of further distinguishing our region’s restaurant industry’s notoriety as both vibrant and sustainable.”
Details about Kimberley Ashlee Catering sustainability performance can be found by linking to Restaurant Finder

For more information on the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Designation, please visit www.sustainablepghrestaurants.org​.

For more information on Kimberley Ashlee Catering, contact Kimberley Haugh, owner of Kimberley Ashlee Catering, at info@kimberleyashleecatering.com or visit Kimberley Ashlee Catering’s website at kimberleyashleecatering.com

About Kimberley Ashlee Catering
Kimberley Ashlee Catering is a mobile catering company that operates out of a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen. Their kitchen operates at the event site which will guarantee you the freshest food for your intimate gathering or celebration. Kimberley Ashlee Catering strongly believes in creating the perfect menu with local ingredients and international flare.

Kimberley Ashlee Catering is a small, local company that gives each client dedication and loyalty, but delivers the consistency and quality of a large outfit thanks to our years of experience in the hotel and restaurant industry. It believes in teamwork and family as much as it believes in exceeding its clients’ expectations through exceptional cuisine and service. The team strives to create memorable experiences for each individual that comes across Kimberley Ashlee Catering.

About Sustainable Pittsburgh
Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions for communities and businesses. Over the past 17 years, Sustainable Pittsburgh has proven adept at building coalitions for the policy and practice of sustainable development for southwestern

Pennsylvania. SP educates and engages decision-makers and in turn elevates expectations for integration of the 3Es (environment, social equity, and economy) among government, businesses, nonprofits and academia.