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For all of those with Elmo fans in your household.....
Our personal experience has shown that the use of a beloved muppet, and a catchy tune can facilitate alot of cooperation. Enjoy!
Are you looking to finally get organized and stay on top of your blogging this year because you want to really make 2013 awesome? Perhaps you'll enjoy this website I found (it's actually a blog - go figure!) that links to 20 nice blog planners. Some of them are quite cute. Here's a link: http://www.fabnfree.com/2012/08/30/20-free-printable-blog-planners/ While some of them are from 2012, and some of them are out of date, there are a few that work year after year. One in particular caught my interest.
The blog planner that really caught my interest (and I printed it out) is #5 titled “Blog Planner Printables ~ Organize Your Blog Planning” by Homeschool Creations
Here's a direct link to the download page: http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2012/07/free-printable-blog-planner/
The thing I liked about it most is that it's an easy to read, yet vibrant and cool designed, and has an area for my month's goals and projects. When it comes to my commercial video work or photography projects for clients, those obviously have due dates and can be scheduled. However, when I have personal projects that I am working through, it is really nice having more of a "list" for the month. Another great thing about each days checklist is the social media reminder check boxes. I remember reading that "unless an artist finishes their work" (and displays it to the world), "their work is just wasted". Likewise if we write an insightful article or post some amazing images and fail to share them, was it wasted work? Having those little check boxes also makes it easy to see how much you've been doing/sharing online.
I plan on using the blog calendar to help keep me on track as well as plan out some marketing campaigns and really stay diligent! How about you? Which design do you like best? Are you using a different calendar to stay on track?
Leave a comment or message me!
Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins our body needs that it can produce independently of our diet. This fat-soluble vitamin is unique in humans because it functions as a prohormone, a precursor to the ordinary hormone, and is synthesized when our skin is exposed to the sun. It is produced in the kidneys in the form of calcitriol, before it is released into the body as a hormone.
It regulates the concentration of calcium and phosphate in the blood stream, helping to promote healthy growth and remodeling in our bones. The regular intake or production of Vitamin D in our bodies can help to prevent rickets in children and the onset of osteomalacia in adults.Vitamin D, especially when combined with calcium, helps to maintain healthy bones and can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
While it is commonly known that Vitamin D is good for the health of our bones, many people do not know that it also affects the function of the neuromuscular and immune systems, inflammation and cell growth .
Vitamin D also partly modulates the genes in the body that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis . The recommended dietary intake, recommended by the Food and Nutrition board at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, is about 15-20mcg in a healthy adult for optimal bone and overall health .
Even though getting regular sunlight is the simplest way to top up Vitamin D levels, many people don’t get sufficient sun, particularly if they live in a colder climate or during the winter. Fortunately there are plenty of food sources out there that can help support our Vitamin D intake. In some countries, it is not uncommon to come across food that has been artificially fortified with Vitamin D .
But the regular consumption of fatty fish, such as catfish, salmon, mackerel, sardines, eel and tuna, can help to naturally get enough Vitamin D in our diet. Other food sources are also rich in Vitamin D, such as: whole eggs, beef liver, fish liver oils – including cod liver oil, mushrooms and yeast that have been grown under UV light. It is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet rich in Vitamin D and to get enough sunlight when the weather is nice enough to do so.
Vitamin D is important for a healthy skeletal system, immune system , may help reduce the risk against several cancers  and may even reduce the overall mortality risks from any cause .
Would you like to know more about Vitamin D or nutrition?
References: Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010. Holick MF. Vitamin D. In: Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ, eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006. Norman AW, Henry HH. Vitamin D. In: Bowman BA, Russell RM, eds. Present Knowledge in Nutrition, 9th ed. Washington DC: ILSI Press, 2006. DRI, Dietary reference intakes: for calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, and fluoride. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press. 1997. p. 250. ISBN 0-309-06350-7. Nutrition http://web.archive.org/web/20080419071840/http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061111/bob9.asp Accessed October 2011 Ingraham, BA; Bragdon, B; Nohe, A (January 2008). "Molecular basis of the potential of vitamin D to prevent cancer". Current Medical Research and Opinion 24 (1): 139–49.  Autier P, Gandini S. Vitamin D supplementation and total mortality: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med 2007;167:1730-7. Giovannucci E. Can vitamin D reduce total mortality? Arch Intern Med 2007;167:1709-10.
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There are a number of tax cuts that were enacted over the past 12 years that are due to expire at the end of 2012. If no action is taken, we are looking at the largest tax increase in history! While there is still time before the end of 2012 to take action, it would be prudent to understand how this tax increase may impact you.
I will write further on this topic in the coming weeks giving you some items to look at related to your own tax situation and some tips on minimizing the impact of the tax increase.
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Do we over think problems?
What is the answer?
This problem has been solved by pre-school childer in under 10minutes, by programers in an hour, and by people with higher education... well check yourself!
Consider the question in the image above. (If you want to know the answer. It's at the end of the article.)
As the children we once were, growing up was a process of becoming adults. Not only biologically but also mentally. We learned to be responsible, to pay the bills, to get things done and we learned the complex world of adulthood. To become adults we had to lose our tantrums, silliness, our childhood. And we lost our minds. Our child-like minds.
The mind of a child is the greatest gift we will ever receive. As embryos in our mothers' womb, our heart, the first organ to develop only to power the next organ—the developing brain which is soon making a quarter of a million new neurons every minute. In the first 10 years of life, our infant brain will have made billions and billions of connections. It is a supercharged engine for learning and creativity. Yet by adulthood we have lost most of this creativity. We now think like adults. That is we think too much and our thoughts are too influenced by our knowledge. We need to get back our ability to think like kids again. How?
Where online would you find a lot of smart and knowledgeable people? Quora of course. I really like to visit Quora and learn from subject matter experts showing off their wits and expertise. Though sometimes they overthink and complicate problems with complicated answers. Many times people are just trying to show off how clever they are with rocket science. Like this question on Quora.
Conjuring complex mathematical equations may make you look smart but to become truly creative you need to be able to liberate your mind from the the shell of knowledge, education and adultification you have accumulated. Only then can you think like a child again.
The question has nothing to do with mathematics. Look for the closed loops or shapes in each number and count them. In 0, 6, 8 and 9. 8 has two of them. 2581 has two. The answer is 2. thanks lifehaker
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