How to Reduce the New Paint Odor When Painting Indoors

You may want to paint a room in your house, paint your kitchen cabinets or even a piece of furniture but you dread the odor from the paint that makes you feel sick and may even hurt your kids if they breathe it. Even though you open the windows or ventilate your house well, it’s difficult to successfully reduce the new paint odor when you paint indoors. If you have a project that you just really need to complete inside your home, here are a few tips to make it easier and safer for everyone.

Be sure you ventilate well.

If you can, open the windows at least a bit and let the air flow begin to circulate throughout your home before you even start painting. If you don’t have screens on your windows, that can be a problem of course. If you need to paint with your windows closed, then make sure you keep your air conditioner or heat pump on circulation before, during and for some time after your project is over. This will more quickly remove the odors. Also, turn on all the other smaller vents in your home such as your stove vent and any bathroom vents you may have. While this may seem much ado about nothing, you may be surprised to find that any amount of air that is pulled out is very helpful.

Select the right paint.

The green mania has encouraged more and more traditional paint companies to produce low VOC paints that are low priced and easy to use. You should at least purchase low VOC paint to use indoors. However, you will still notice some paint odor. If you want to lessen the odor further, simply add a small box of Arm & Hammer baking soda to every gallon of paint and stir. Surprisingly, you will find that it does nothing negative to the consistency and there is no residue when you paint. But you will find that the odors are even less than without the soda in the paint. This has been a trick for years among those who need to diminish the strong odors of latex paints indoors.

You can also purchase ‘safe’ paint from a few online sources that specialize in paints and building materials that are free of harmful chemicals. One such company is AMF which offers Safe Coat paint that is so safe you can even be chemically sensitive and be in the room while the painting is being done.

Wear a mask if you paint.

Be sure to wear at least a charcoal mask if you paint indoors. Even though they are not as comfortable as painting without a mask, this provides the painter with extra protection from breathing fumes at a close range. You will be glad you did. Also, make plans to have everyone out of the house for a few hours just to be safe. Painting indoors is never as comfortable for everyone as having a room painted while everyone is gone for a couple of weeks, but sometimes it just has to be done. When you do need to paint something indoors, be sure to use these sensible tips to reduce new paint odor.


Acai Berry Mania May Not Be Justified

The Acai Berry. How do you pronounce it?

First of all, it’s the “uh sigh” berry, not the “uck-eye” berry, so stop saying it that way. To most Western eyes, used to English and Spanish, the letter “c” before a vowel is always hard, but this berry’s name comes from Portuguese, since it is found natively and harvested in Brazil.

What is it?

Well, what it isn’t: It’s not a magical elixir guaranteed to take inches off your belly and add zeros to your bank account instantly, overnight, with no effort on your part at all. It won’t make your kids listen and it won’t make your dog stop barking at midnight.

Yeah, thanks for that. So WHAT IS IT?

It’s a berry. It grows on a palm tree called, you guessed it, the acai palm. The name is a cognate of the word that the indigenous people who inhabited the area use to refer to this fruit. It is a small, round blackish or purple berry that is about an inch in diameter. It sort of looks like a grape, but it’s a little smaller and it has less fruity pulp inside. It also grows in bigger bunches, with anywhere from five to nine hundred berries in each bunch.

What does it taste like?

It’s tough to describe something that you haven’t tasted. Kind of like explaining the color “green” to a blind man, but people who have had it say that it tastes a little less sweet than most other berries, and describe it as slightly tart. Some people also report that it has traces of clove or chocolate taste.

Is it good for you?

Yes. It has protein, calcium, vitamin A, fiber, amino acids, iron and a little vitamin C.

Yeah, so does orange juice. What’s all the fuss about Acai?

Well, Acai is a little different. As I said before, it’s been misrepresented a little in the media. It was featured on Oprah a few years ago, and that is when all the hype started. The berry has always been around, and for thousands of years, people living in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil have been eating it. It is a superior fruit and it has a few qualities that make it better than the fruits that we normally eat. At least those of us who don’t live in the Amazon.

It has fiber, which helps keep food moving through the digestive tract, and it has powerful antioxidants, which are healthy for a number of reasons. It has powerful phytosterols, which are nutrients that help the body absorb the food that it eats.

But the real power of the acai berry is that some studies have found that it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. It has also been found to increase the metabolism and speed up the rate at which the body burns fat, helping people to lose weight faster, as long as they act sensibly in terms of other dietary intake and appropriate exercise.

Other fruits may be healthy, but most of them don’t do that. They just occupy space in your stomach that would otherwise go to junk food and fat.

OK, well, if it is so healthy and helps weight loss, why is it only becoming popular now?

Good question. The fruit dies rapidly and becomes useless much faster than any other fruit around. It spoils in less than twenty-four hours from the time it is picked. But modern advances in refrigeration have finally made their way into the deep Amazon basin, and new methods of preservation have finally created the possibility of quickly harvesting and exporting the pulp and juice.

Grapes cost two dollars a pound. Why is acai so expensive?

You get what you pay for. The acai is an exotic fruit full of antioxidants and nutrients. It is cut down by a harvester in the Amazon who climbs up a tree with a machete and hacks off a bunch. The fruit must then be quickly processed, and the pulp must be refrigerated or frozen immediately, so that the nutrients do not dissipate.

This is becoming one of the largest renewable crops in the Amazon, feeding families and entire villages with the money it generates. It also helps the environment because Acai harvesting is starting to replace more environmentally damaging crops like slash and burn sugar cane and cattle.

Is a supplement as good as the real fruit?

Yes, and, in fact, with acai, the supplement is better. You can pick between eating an orange, drinking the juice or taking a supplement. The same is true for apples, grapes and cranberries. But the acai starts to quickly lose all nutrients within less than one day of its harvest. The berry is almost impossible to find outside of the Amazon basin. The juice and frozen pulp may be sold in stores, but its nutritional value is often unreliable. The only good way to ensure that you are getting the real benefits of the acai fruit is by finding a quality acai supplement.

What is the best place to get an acai supplement?

Many places on the internet offer some variation of this product, but you should be sure that you’re getting a supplement that contains real acai berry and not an imitation. You can get a free two month trial at [] and monthly refills are offered at a deep discount.


Golf-o-Mania IV

There are people out there like my brother Alan, who think the PGA needs more excitement on the tour. Of course, he also thinks that Paris Hilton and Nichol Ritchie should run for President…all FOUR of them!

Don’t misunderstand me. I love golf. I find the game relaxing and as soothing as a Mint Julep…until I leave the clubhouse bar and actually get out on the fairways. With all the competition for the sports entertainment dollar, some things may simply have to change.

The fact is that Tiger seems to be finding his feet are made of clay and the sponsors are debating the relative merits of the “snooze” factor. They could get in some new players from other sports but Shaquille O’Neal’s contract prohibits him from actually playing and Rodman may be looking at redecorating his new digs at the San Quentin Correctional Facility and summer basketball camp. So, it looks like it is up to me to come up with a new marketing scheme that will enhance the time-honored traditions of Golf and yet produce the excitement of a World Wrestling Federation cage match.

You can call me crazy but I think the honchos at the PGA should consider some of my ideas. They are thoroughly researched and I have the empty beer bottles to prove it.

1. In light of the Reality Show craze, the participants of the Open tournaments should be dropped off on a deserted island with only enough food and water for two days. By Sunday the golfers would be eating their caddies and using their 7-irons as fishing rods to catch food from the water hazards. The last one voted off the island wins the coveted shrunken head witch doctor jacket.

2. At the invitationals, the sand traps could be stocked with the creatures from that wonderful documentary TREMORS. This would certainly liven up the color commentators job:

“Michelson is about to wedge out of the trap at number 7. He has been absolutely on fire since that last Master’s. It looks like he could make the green from here with a good sho…. WAIT! The giant worm has him cornered. He’s got him! Oh no! It looks like that first green jacket may have been his last, Norm.”

3. They could also consider a combination of golf and the wonderful child’s game, BATTLESHIP. Competing golfers could be given munitions that they could fire at those on other holes.

” It looks like Norman has a perfect lie in the middle of the fairway. 225 yards from the tee in as good a position as he could get to be on the green in two. But WAIT! I hear the sound of…Yes! It IS! INCOOOOOOMING! (BOOM shacka lacka) He sunk his Battleship!”

4. Personally, I find Who wants to be a Millionaire about as interesting as cleaning grout in my bathroom but Neilson ratings show it may be more infectious. Regis would ask golf tourney participants golf-related questions. They could have three lifelines: ask the gallery, call Arnold Palmer, and split 50/50 with an audience member if he gets it right.

5. My last idea may be the best. Who could flip the channel from, AMERICAN GOLF IDOL? New golfers would qualify for the tournament tour by performing LIVE in front of a panel of judges:

CONTESTANT: (Putts in from 25 feet)

PAULA ABDUL: (crying) That is truly inspirational. You should be on the tour right now…today…they should drive you there in a limo…here! Take mine. (sniff)

THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND: (backward waving) Ehemm. I thought it was well done, but it certainly wasn’t Cricket.

SIMON: You stink! I’d rather see Paris Hilton and Nichol Ritchie…All FOUR of them!

Carson Cockman is a Southern Author with the emphasis on Southern. His barbeque is almost as tasty as his short stories. His slightly askew view of golf and life in general could be from his penchant for keeping Jell-o in his underwear.


Meatball Mania! A Simple Mealtime Solution

Cooking up a large batch of meatballs in advance to store in the freezer goes a long way toward establishing a supply of quick and easy meals. And if you take advantage of sales on ground beef and stock up, this can be a tremendous boon to your family budget too!

In addition to stirring meatballs into spaghetti sauce, you can also use them in soups, serve them on skewers (kids love this!), or heat in brown gravy or a warmed can of cream of mushroom soup served with mashed potatoes.

The following recipes prepare a large batch of freezer meatballs and also include examples of ways to use frozen meatballs. The sauces require some preparation, but the meals go together quickly with your stockpile of precooked meatballs in the freezer.

MILLIONS OF MEATBALLS (this makes a lot — at least four dozen, depending on size)

  • 12-ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoons salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  • 4 pounds ground beef

In a large mixing bowl, combine first eight ingredients. Add ground beef and mix well. Shape into meatballs (use a small cookie scoop if available) and place on broiler pan so grease can drain while cooking. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Divide into meal-sized portions. To prevent from freezing into a solid meatball-mass, freeze individually on cookie sheets and then place in freezer bags. Label and freeze.

To serve meatballs, thaw completely, and reheat with your choice of sauces (six sample sauce recipes follow): SWEET-N-SOUR MEATBALLS (5 servings)

  • 1 (14-oz) can pineapple tidbits or chunks, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs
  • 1 (5-oz) can water chestnuts, drained and thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, cut in strips

Drain pineapple tidbits, reserving syrup. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Blend in reserved syrup, water, cider vinegar and soy sauce. Cook and stir over low heat until thick and bubbly. Carefully stir in meatballs, water chestnuts, green pepper strips and pineapple. Heat to a boiling. Serve over hot cooked rice.

CHILI-DAY MEATBALLS (5 servings)This recipe sounds a little strange (chili sauce and grape jelly?), but it tastes like burgundy sauce (only it’s made without the wine)

  • 1 (12-oz) jar chili sauce
  • 11-oz. jar grape jelly
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cube beef bouillon dissolved in 1/2 cup water
  • 1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs

Whisk together chili sauce, grape jelly, lemon juice and bouillon, breaking up all clumps. Simmer on low heat until sauce starts to thicken. Add freezer meatballs; cook in sauce until meatballs are fully thawed and heated through. Serve over hot cooked noodles or rice.


  • 1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs (approximately 4-5 meatballs per person)
  • 6 hot dog buns (or hoagie rolls)
  • 6 thin slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce

Thaw meatballs and spaghetti sauce (if using frozen). Place both in medium saucepan. Heat until hot. Place meatballs into warmed buns. Ladle small amount of spaghetti sauce onto each sandwich; place mozzarella slice onto each sandwich.


  • 1 (10 3/4-oz) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs

Mix together soup, water and Worcestershire sauce. Place meatballs in a medium sized saucepan; pour soup mixture over meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are heated through. Serve over hot cooked rice.


  • 1 (10 3/4-oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced and cooked in butter until soft
  • 1 family meal-sized portion of freezer meatballs

In medium saucepan, mix together mushroom soup and sour cream. Gently stir in mushrooms and meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are heated through. Serve over hot cooked rice or over egg noodles tossed with melted butter and chopped


Luxury Brands, Teens, and Going Green Top 2008 Spa Trends

eping up with the demand of consumers, spa services, like any other consumable good, continue to grown and change with the times. Here, according to the International SPA Association (ISPA), are several of the trends making headlines in 2008:

Feng Shui Your Gym

Forget stark lighting and full-length vanity mirrors. Hello waterfalls and fine art. Led by ambitious gym projects, more gym-goers will happily embrace the “Fend Shiu’d” gym. Projects such as Gwinganna in Austrailia and Clay in New York are prime examples of this trend, which reconfigures the gym environment as a place to not only tone the body, but also to elevate the mind and spirit.


Wellness is sweeping the globe, supported by scientific breakthroughs and the realization that the medical industry has been based on a “sickness” model. With consumers desiring to be healthier, more vital, and youthful in appearance, alternative practices and an emphasis on nutrition are becoming important aspects of spa-going.

Forget the deprivation

Want to lose weight? Forge the deprivation long associated with detox programs and weight-loss boot camps. Instead, spa-goers are indulging themselves in high thread-count sheets, well-appointed rooms, spa treatments, and a nurturing environment as they live it up while detoxing and losing weight.

Spa Real Estate

With health-focused baby boomers entering the real estate market to downsize or purchase vacation homes, a continuing trend for 2008 is a growing number of mixed-use developments with a strong spa focus. From spas adding residences, to developers adding spas, to hotels/resorts with spas adding condo units, the spa real estate mania is on.

Taking Sleep Seriously

Recent medical studies stress the importance of sleep for improved productivity at work, cardiovascular health, and even weight loss. In 2008, look for more hotel spas to bring in sleep directors, more destination spas to offer “snoozing zones” and massage scheduling that allows the therapist to say, “Stay on the table as long as you like” (finally!)

Hydro and Thermal Super-Experiences

Europe has long been known for its elaborate “sauna worlds” where guests can experience a Balinese mutli-steam bath, Finnish Sauna, Greek Herbal Bath, Indian Blosom Steam Room, Japanese Salt Steam Bath, Turkish Hammam, and a Zen garden – all in one place. America’s newest high-profile resort and day spas, guests are starting to be treated to more than just a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.


Brands such as Armani and Versace, known for their chic designs, are opening over-the-top spas around the world. Guests can indulge at the first Armani-branded spa in Tokyo, Versace Group’s spa at its Austrailian resort, and Prada Beauty’s line exclusively at Ritz-Carlton properties.

The Next Generation of Spa-goer

Always trendsetters, teens are making their presence felt in the spa industry. Nearly four million have been to a spa where they learn how to deal with stress, eat nutritiously, and care for their skin. Thirty-four percent of spas offer teen packages and 16 percent have teen programs.

Spa Life Lifestyle

Working to educate spa-goers, spas are teaching the basics that lead to a healthy lifestyle: eating nutritious food, exercising and relieving stress. In the U.S., 51 percent offer educational programs and nutritional consultations, 40 percent offer healthy eating classes, 26 percent have educational offerings on obesity and weight-gain issues, and 17 percent offer exercise programs for children and teens.

Plugged In for Time Out

As stress relieving a spa treatment is supposed to be, some people still need to be plugged in to take time out. Spas are incorporating technology such as WiFi in relaxation rooms. They are also developing treatments that combine biofeedback technology, guidance from wellness professionals, and light therapy to those suffering from depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and insomnia.

Growing Green

A full 76 percent of U.S. spas say they’re applying environmentally sustainable practices, such as using green building tactics, planting organic gardens, using products made from locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants, or selling mineral essential makeup.


Gift Ideas for the Fashionista: Sex and the City Mania

So you don’t understand the rave that is the SATC fan base? You aren’t alone – but believe me when I tell you – the hit HBO original series, Sex and the City, is not only a fascination for some individuals, it is a lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a plethora of gifts for this type – whether she be a Carrie at heart or a Miranda! For example, Sex and the City box sets are always a great gift idea. A complete box set of all six seasons will cost approximately $147.99, but each season may also be purchased individually. If the SATC addict has seen all of the seasons, then an individual may want to consider purchasing either one of the SATC books for him or her. Sex and the City: The Movie provides an in depth look into the making of the SATC movies. It also features behind the scenes stories from the director and all of the cast members, as well as a guide to the show’s million dollar wardrobe. Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell is a general biography of the show’s existence. also has an online store that features a plethora of SATC merchandise. Here, an individual can purchase soundtracks from the television show. From martini glasses to coffee mugs to martini shakers, there is also a wide variety of drinkware that can be purchased.

One of the more extravagant and unique products that can be purchased for a gift is SATC Swarovski Crystal Bra Straps. An especially popular item amongst fans of the show is the SATC Famous Quotes Tote Bag. This soft pink tote bag features famous quotes from the series, like “Single and Fabulous!”. It also features two interior pockets for quick access to certain necessities, like one’s cell phone or car keys. Another popular item is the SATC Golden Necklace that features Carrie’s name written in scrawling cursive.

In order to provide her amazing wardrobe from the show to the general public, Sarah Jessica Parker has created her own line of clothing in conjunction with Halston Heritage. Several of these looks were worn by Sarah Jessica Parker herself to the premiere of Sex and the City 2. From metallic clutches to floor length ball gowns, there are a wide variety of looks to choose from. The color palette for the collection ranges from vibrant shades of fuschia and green to a plethora of different prints. Other popular items include stretch jersey caftans, silk maxi dresses, and sequined vests. There is a variety of different merchandise to choose from for the SATC fan in a person’s life.

Whether it be a birthday, anniversary,wedding, Christmas or special occasion – a gift for a family member, friend, or associate – deciding on the perfect present can be an arduous task. At – we take the guess work out of the gift giving process.


Deadly Ozone From Drive-Thru Mania

Edmonton’s drive-thrus contribute 750 tons of Green House Gases into the atmosphere in one month alone. In one year that’s 9000 tons from one city!

Is it possible that the time has come for us to re-evaluate the importance of what we’re actually breathing in here? Should we re-consider the consequences of this unnecessary convenience just to eliminate that simple walk?

This alarming discovery was given immediate attention by CTV news and revealing these startling estimated statistics May 30 2007 the source came from the University of Calgary. Their research was based on daily estimates in the contribution of Green House Gases into the atmosphere. Edmonton’s drive-thrus as of this date are contributing an estimated 25 tons per day.

Over a year, an estimated total would be 9000 tons just from this city alone. Now let’s take this a little further shall we. Using a total of 115 cities with same population, same amount of drive-through’s the outstanding shocker of the day would reveal a total of I MILLION TONS of Green House Gases to the atmosphere in one year alone.

We can’t even begin to comprehend what that figure would be world-wide over a period of only five years. And the irony of this is the fact that few seem to take note or consider the relevance to what we are doing to ourselves in way of pollution.

Drive-through mania is spreading like a bad disease across the US and Canada. And there are two main reasons for their increasing popularity, convenience and money. Chains are in frantic competition to offer the best service, while eliminating the cost of the larger restaurant. Offering the smaller restaurants with the drive-through window, customers and owners alike are happy.

Some Startling Future Plans

CEO Jim Keyes would like to see half of all the new 7-Eleven stores to be built with drive-through’s. Dunkin Donuts decides 65% of all new restaurants will be built with drive-through’s. McDonalds has 13,000 restaurants across the US however, 90% of them have drive-through’s. The number of drive-through’s has doubled in the last five years. Good to Go fast food location in Houston Texas has fourteen drive-through lanes to accommodate their customers.

With all this money making excitement building to new heights, owners are battling to reduce idle times in the drive-through. Sounds like a sincere attempt however, you can only do so much with this idea as humans can only move so fast. Additionally, if all the coffee shops, 7-Eleven stores, Taco Bell’s, along with Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonalds build or renovate new drive-through windows, this sincere attempt only masks the lack of concern here and contradicts this idea of reducing idle time. Reason being, allowing for new drive-thrus year after year will only increase idle vehicles not decrease.

These drive-through window services contribute to smog, emissions, noise pollution, air pollution, pollution within the store itself as employees at the window are constantly breathing in exhaust fumes. They add to our obesity problem creating a lazy society. They congest the parking lots creating line ups adding to even more idling vehicles.

Ground Level Ozone

Scientists have estimated that 50,000 to 100,000 deaths per year are associated with air pollution, a disturbing reality. Regarding the ozone layer, 90% of ozone is good ozone however the remaining 10% is regarded as bad ozone and occurs at ground level as a pollutant.

Vehicle exhaust, solvents, industrial emissions and gasoline vapours are some of the major sources of bad ozone. Inhaling ozone at ground level enhances the lungs vulnerability to infections and increases sensitivity to other pollutants. And repeated exposure can cause permanent damage to the respiratory system aggravating heart and lung diseases. It damages plant life interfering with their food production hindering their resistance to insects, disease and polluted air.

And all this is for what, convenience sake, money, success?

Is the human species evolving or are we becoming selfish to our never ending needs, our services rendered mind set? Or is it because we cannot turn back the clock and change the structured society we all love so much?

Maybe we have misled ourselves in regards to the meaning of purpose. Materialistically speaking, is it our destiny or purpose to acquire as much as possible? Is our evolutionary success based on our technologically convenient lifestyle? Or are we here to serve the almighty dollar?

Things can become interesting when viewed from a different perspective and we should seriously re-consider the consequences that may or will arise from our human behavioural habits. That walk from the car is not all that far because regardless of how much money is to be made it is just never enough anyway.

Spread the word and help control the deadly consequences of drive-through convenience!!

Kellie Hastings Copyright 2007

Research writer of articles pertaining to health, anti aging, pollution, science, public awareness


WoW – Monster Mania

World of Warcraft is a paramount name in online massive multi-player game field. WoW offers a sense of real adventurism and creates a high level of excitement for the players by giving them tough challenges and great level of difficulty. The game is so designed that it is seamless in graphical, artistic details. Each part of the game is popular with the players and the player community makes long deliberations and interactions to defeat the characters. One of the popular characters of the game is the gods (powerful monsters). Monsters are vital to the World of Warcraft. They’re everywhere–dungeons, forests, cities, caves, and even soaring through the sky. Without them, many quests and some of the most exigent aspects of Warcraft would be unattainable. There are many types of monsters and they are distinguished in various criteria’s. Some of the most notable are murlocs and the scourge. Of course the power level of a monster is one of the basic decisive factors. Monsters can also be set apart from their levels of aggression. Aggressive monsters, that will attack when a player enters their aggro range and can be judged with red colour in their name box.

The Neutral Monsters, such as many wild animals, will not attack unless attacked, recognized with the yellow colour in their name box. And, the Friendly Monsters, who cannot be attacked and can be identified with the green colour in their name box. Once fight has begun, monsters keep track of damage being done to them and also keep track of the spells being cast. This includes healing spells, or spells that buff other party members. Usually, the monster will attack the player who is presently highest on their hate list. This is fine if you want the monster to attack you; however if you’re a caster you generally don’t want this to happen. To defy this, another party member must do more damage to the monster or otherwise cause more danger so that the monster will attack the other party member instead. You will also need to right away discontinue actions that will make the monsters angry, such as casting more spells, or attacking the monster. Once another party member has done sufficient damage or made the monster angry enough to redirect its attention, you can start again your attack on that monster. Among the monsters, the Elite ones are much of a rage.

The Elite monsters are greatly powerful versions than their typical counterparts. They are characteristically either special quest monsters or monsters that are found inside the dungeons. Elite monsters are effortless to spot–their portrait will be surrounded by a golden dragon. These creatures should be avoided except your level is considerably above theirs. Fortunately, elites tend to be grouped up in dungeons and other special zones. It’s not likely that you’ll strike into one on the road between towns. Because of their increased power, these creatures do grant more experience and have a better chance to drop rare gear. Majority creatures in Warcraft are considered regular monsters. They can be found anywhere from the serene Elwynn Forest to the gloomy skies of the Blasted Lands. These creatures should be trouble-free to defeat alone, even if they have a small level advantage. Don’t expect many rewards for defeating them, but the sporadic adventurer does get lucky. Knowing every monster and their abilities is virtually impossible because of the many different types. Instead, use common sense to calculate what they might do. For example, fire creatures are likely to use fire spells. These effects can be countered by arming oneself with fire resistant gear.

A player is likely be spending some time running away from monsters as they get accustomed to fighting in World of Warcraft. Running isn’t something to be mortified of, one should always run if one faces a monster that is too powerful, or if the player realize that he don’t have enough Health or Mana to fight the current monster. Monsters will only chase players for a specific distance before giving up and returning to their original spot. In instances however, monsters will not stop their chase. Hence monsters are an inseparable part of the players’ quest and hence become so interesting. One of the ultimate desires of the WOW players is to fasten up their levels and reach a high enough levels like level 80. As such there are many ways to reach the higher levels. One can always buy the desired level from number of websites. Also it becomes easy to go ahead faster with the game’s cheat codes and shortcuts. But, the real fun and genuine sense of adventure of the game comes forth only if it is played sincerely and pleasure is obtained from each and every level. Thus, it is the players own forbearance ability that makes the WoW playing such a mind-blowing experience.


Simple Living – Green Your Lifestyle

Here are a few tips on conserving money and energy.

Save Water

To save water it is a simple thing to install a low flow shower head which can save up to 2 gallons a minute. Try flushing the toilet only when necessary. Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth, drying your face shaving or doing the sorts of things we would usually leave the tap on for. Just a few changes could save thousands of gallons of water per household per year.

Carry Cloth Bags To The Store

When I shop in the States I am given those thick brown paper bags placed over the top of a plastic bag inside it. I have never quite understood this…but there you go. In the UK it’s plastic bag mania but without the brown paper bag, although most stores have given very good incentives for people to reuse bags or bring their own. This is probably the right route, but it is a simple thing to remember to bring your own bags to the mall.

Use Power Strips

When you can switch off a bunch of stuff in one location, it all becomes less of a hassle, so use a power strip when you can so that you don’t have to be stretching around the back of the TV and other large items to turn them off. Make it as easy as possible for you to conserve energy. Most of us are now aware that even in stand by your electricals are consuming energy albeit comparatively small.

Cancel Bills!

Ah…if only! I mean paper bills of course! Get as much as you can delivered to you electronically. I actually canceled my bank statements because I got tired of having to take my neighbours private mail to them when the postman repeatedly wrongly delivered. As I was not too keen on the neighbours or anyone else getting my banking details I decided to cancel them. Win win.


How To Save Our Planet – Go Green

Those days there is a global mania for going green. All companies are advertising that they Go Green and they stop using certain materials and replace them with another more environment friendly. That’s good because the biggest polluters are the big industries, factories, power plants, etc. However, that’s not enough. Everyone should be part of the Global Saving.
There are 5 simple things that someone can do in order to be a part of it.

First thing to do is to reduce the use of your petrol or diesel car. The most expensive alternative is to buy an electric car or a hybrid. This is expensive alternative and not everyone can afford it. The next best alternative is to change it for a motor bike or scooter. Then we have the option of using a bicycle. And the best one is to use our feet. If your job is not far away from your home, it is better to walk than using your car. The last one is good for your health as well. Anyway, just reduce the use of your car.

The second thing that every household should do is to replace all the light bulbs they have with the new power efficient light bulbs. That will reduce the use of energy and also you will save a lot of money from your electricity bill.

The third thing to do is to start selective garbage collection. This means that you do not throw all your garbage in one container, but have different containers for the different materials e.g.: Plastic, Paper, Glass, Waste, and Metal. This one is not so easy, because you can not fill your house with garbage bins, but you should try at least separating some of the materials, especially Plastics and Paper.

The fourth thing to do is to start using paper bags instead of plastic, use ozone friendly aerosols. If it is possible replace your air-conditioning units with the new environment friendly that use R410a refrigerant instead of the old R134a.

The last one that will make a great difference and will contribute most to the whole process and will also save you a great amount of money is to start producing your own energy for your home. Here I am talking for Green Energy that is totally free. You may say that this is impossible, but yes it is possible. It is getting widely popular and people are starting to massively implement these green energy generators, and completely eliminate their power bills.