Monthly Archives: January 2017

Green kitchen renovation

The new year often brings about two things: (1) Resolutions that we (always/sometimes/never) keep for our (health/body/mind/life). And (2) house organization and renovations. The best kind? Making the latter more eco-friendly.The  benefits will include a cheaper electricity bill, a more stylish home, and, of course, some love to our awesome planet.

Here are our favourite environmentally friendly kitchen design ideas:

Start Recycling

If you don’t already, make sure you recycle everything you can: paper, glass, metal… You’ll be surprised on how little waste you have.

Separate It

Once you start recycling, you’ll find it much easier if you keep it separated, instead of doing it the day that you bring it out. Keep the paper, bottles, plastics, and metals in their respective containers, depending on how your community prefers it.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Most large appliances have eco-friendly choices, with advanced technology that allows them to use up to 50 percent less energy and water than standard and older models. Look for the Energy Star Rating when choosing refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and even some small appliances, like microwaves.

Go for an Induction Stoves

Induction cooking work by using electricity to produce a magnetic field that reacts with the ferric content in specific cookware. This, in turn, creates heat. The cookware gets hot and heats the food, but the stove-top doesn’t. That means that the heat isn’t wasted, food gets hotter faster, and energy and time is saved. Induction cooking is approximately 90 percent energy efficient. Gas and electric radiant, on the other hand, are 50 to 60 percent efficient.

Concrete  Countertops

Use materials that are both durable and water-resistant for  countertops, as well as back-splashes. Stained concrete is non-toxic and uses natural pigments instead of surface stains.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

Maximize natural light wherever possible and low voltage for task and mood lighting. When possible, just flip on your range hood, and use a dimmer for dining areas.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Renewable sources can provide you with a comfortable , affordable and durable floor. Bamboo and cork are great choices. They both mature in roughly half the time (or less) that hardwoods, grown in colder climates, takes to reach market size.

Keep It Cozy

Good insultation provides comfort and energy efficiency in a kitchen.. To add insulation to your already existing kitchen walls, blow fibrous insulation material, such as fibreglass or cellulose and mineral wool,  into the enclosed wall, floor and roof cavities. By “dense packing” the insulation, it inhibits air circulation within the cavities, which elimates condensation, moisture problems and air leakage.

How have you made your kitchen eco-friendly?

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Dyslexia and IQ

Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it difficult for children to read. Letters, symbols and even whole words can appear backwards. For years many people were misinformed about dyslexia, believing that children who have the disability just weren’t as smart as their peers.

Of course, now we know better, but that isn’t stopping researchers who are still exploring the link between dyslexia and IQ. A recent study done at Yale University proves once again that children with dyslexia score just as high on IQ tests as do kids who don’t have this disability.

What is more, kids with dyslexia actually tend to do better on tests in certain areas, such as higher-level thinking, abstract thinking, reasoning, logic and conceptualization. Kids with dyslexia were actually stronger than the average in tests on those concepts.

It would be nice if researchers could figure out why this is the case, but at the moment, all that we have are theories. it could be possible that kids with dyslexia have trained themselves to get around their learning disability. Figuring out how to do this may have strengthened the areas of the brain for higher learning. But, kids with dyslexia may simply be born with different abilities. Their brains may have been structured differently from the time that they were born.

Thankfully, there are dedicated scientists and researchers who are continuing to look into dyslexia and other learning disabilities that affect children and adults alike. Perhaps someday we will have a better answers concerning dyslexia.

Meanwhile, if your child has dyslexia, remember to always be an advocate for your child. Do your research and learn about new therapy, information and breakthroughs. Sometimes it is the parent who has to bring new ideas to the professionals.

Do you have a child with dyslexia? What are some things that have worked for your family?

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Sample Page

This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say something like this:

Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)

…or something like this:

The XYZ Doohickey Company was founded in 1971, and has been providing quality doohickeys to the public ever since. Located in Gotham City, XYZ employs over 2,000 people and does all kinds of awesome things for the Gotham community.

As a new WordPress user, you should go to your dashboard to delete this page and create new pages for your content. Have fun!


Weight loss and fitness standards to require patience, time and discipline; if you speed up the process may have other health problems. To return to the previous form may require 6-12 weeks of classes, sometimes longer, so do not give up!Exercises After Pregnancy







With the right approach, starting from 24-48 hours after birth, you can avoid many problems, and start to rebuild your body.Always consult your doctor before starting training, as all mothers and their health is different. Restrictions may apply to you, so do not do the exercises immediately . Begin to engage only if your doctor agrees, and always remember that patience and time to help – so do not be discouraged!
Stomach after childbirth removed only by special exercises for the lateral muscles and respiratory training , limit the food will not help reduce cross-stretched muscles and strengthen direct abdominal muscle.
Learning the art of breathing
After delivery, the skin and muscles tend to become loose and jelly and have not neuromuscular awareness of how to work properly. That is why it is important to use breathing techniques to return the abdominal wall to its former state. When you breathe, your chest and abdomen should expand when you breathe out, the chest and abdominal wall is reduced. This is a very important moment in the training. Abdominal muscles should be reduced before they can be strengthened. Breaths, abdominal muscles contract and become stronger with each exhalation.
Learn basic diaphragmatic breathing . Lie on the floor on your back and pull your stomach inward with all his strength, tightening the abdominal wall to the spine. Then inhale slowly through your nose, directing the air into the chest and hold your abdominal muscles in this position, hold your breath for 10-12 seconds and repeat 10-20 times. This breathing exercise will make you feel elegant and confident, and you will be able to breathe deeply and fully.

More Television Equals Shorter Life


Oh, this was a health study I hated to read about. A study in the most recent issue of the Journal of the America College of Cardiology says that “prolonged sitting” such as in front of the television and computer is bad for your health.

The study was conducted by Emmanuel Stamatakis, a Ph.D. epidemiologist at University College London, and his colleagues. The study followed 4,500 Scottish people who were 35 and older and recorded their television time, computer time, and other health behaviors. More than half of those in the study admitted to watching television or sitting at the computer between two and four hours each day. About 30 percent of those questioned admitted to spending more than four hours a day in front of the television or the computer, although doing this for work or school was excluded. Whew!

What they found was that the people who spent at least four hours a day sitting in front of the television or computer were twice as likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular problem as those who kept the viewing under two hours. The study also showed that those who sit a lot are more likely to die of any cause – 50 percent more likely.

By the end of the study, 215 of the subjects had died due to a cardiovascular problem, such as a heart attack, and another 325 had died of another cause.

Now, you may think to yourself “But, I also exercise 30-45 minutes a day.” Researchers found that really didn’t cancel out all the time spent sitting.

The bottom line is sitting is bad, but the researchers really don’t know why. Studies done on animals have shown that sitting slows down lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fats in the blood like cholesterol and triglycerides. When this enzyme slows down, other substance levels climb, so that may be why sitting is bad. Another problem is we tend to eat junk food while sitting.

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Part 2: Should You Keep Your Child Home?

Wondering whether or not to send your child to school when she is feeling sick? It isn’t always a clear cut decision. This article is part two in a series that will help you make the right decision when it comes to whether or not you keep your child home from school for health complaints.


You wouldn’t think a rash could be cause for keeping a child home from school, but it can. Rashes that are severe or unusual could signal an underlying cause, and or it could be contagious. Many viruses and bacteria can causes rashes, and these need to be seen by a doctor.

Your doctor can identify a severe or unusual rash and determine when your child should return to school.


Ah, the dreaded ear infection. Do you keep your child home? Ear infections are not contagious, but if the pain is so bad that your child is crying or waking up at night then you might want to keep your child home and make a trip to the doctor. Pediatricians are getting conservative about prescribing antibiotics for ear infections, but they are occasionally prescribed.

Your child can return to school as soon as she feels better.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

These are two symptoms that usually warranty staying home, no further questions asked, because they are a sure sign that your child is contagious and needs close care. Exceptions would be if you could easily identify an alternate cause for the symptoms, such as a child who was bouncing on a trampoline right after dinner or so upset about something that she throws up.

Symptoms need to be gone completely for 24 hours before your child should return to school.

Eye Infection

I think I’ve seen more moms with pink eye than I have kids this year. Pink eye is very contagious, so if you suspect it, your child needs to stay home. Common symptoms include a pink eye with discharge. Your pediatrician can prescribe eye drops to clear up the infection.

Prescription drops need to be used for at least 24 hours before your child can return to school.

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Storing solar energy for later use: here’s how

A new way to store the suns heat is using modified carbon nanotubes. These can store solar power indefinitely, later to be recharged by the sun.

We convert the suns heat to electricity, but if we learn to store it in chemical form, it is advantageous. This is because it can be stored for a long period of time   without losing any of the stored energy.

Until now, the chemicals needed for this storage often degraded within a few cycles, or included an expensive and rare element called ruthenium.

However, last year, MIT associate professor Jeffrey Grossman and four co-authors solved how to use diruthenium, the top chemical for reversibly storing solar energy, to store this. This made it easier to understand the process and see which materials could be used this way.

Now, Grossman and fellow researcher Alexie Kolpak have solved how to do this. The duo used carbon nanotubes, small tubular structures of pure carbon, along with a compound called azobenzene. The resulting molecules were produced using nanoscale templates to control their physical structure and find new properties in the separate materials.

This new chemical system is less expensive than earlier options, as well as more efficient at storing energy.  These nanofabrication methods can control the molecules interactions, increasing the amount of stored energy, the length of time they can store it, with total, independent control.

This type of solar energy uses a molecule that changes structure when exposed to sunlight. It can forever remain stable in that form until a stimulus can quickly bring it back to its other form. This releases its stored energy in a burst of heat. This works similarly to a rechargeable battery.

An advantage of this new approach it combines energy harvesting and storage into a single step. This makes it much simpler. A limitation, however, is that while this can be used for heating, producing electricity would require an extra step.

The team is very actively looking at a range of new materials, Grossman says, and calls this the tip of the iceberg.

Yosuke Kanai, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the idea of reversibly storing solar energy in chemical bonds is gaining a lot of attention these days. The novelty of this work is how these authors have shown that the energy density can be significantly increased by using carbon nanotubes as nanoscale templates. This innovative idea also opens up an interesting avenue for tailoring already-known photoactive molecules for solar thermal fuels and storage in general.

The teams success is outlined in a paper with their new findings published online in the journal Nano Letters.

Read more from ScienceDaily.

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