Monthly Archives: April 2013

PREGNANCY THREE WEEKS AT A TIME

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3 WEEKS PREGNANT

A pregnancy test won’t confirm it yet but the fertilized egg or blastocyst attaches to the uterus lining and is the size of a pin. You probably won’t feel anything, though some women experience cramps and heavier vaginal discharge.

6 WEEKS PREGNANT

The heart has formed and the brain, lungs, arms, legs and nervous system are all beginning to form. In addition to morning sickness, you may feel weight gain and sense a darkened areola and breast soreness. Make sure you begin to eat as wide a variety of certified organic foods as you can because the baby needs good nutrition from the mother. You should also stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating many sweets which will greatly impact your baby negatively.

9 WEEKS PREGNANT

Your baby is the size of a grape and the ears, bones, fingers, toes, eyes, ears, lips and nose are all in the process of forming. Mom has about 50% more blood circulating in the body and the uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. The heart now has four chambers and you may feel sleepy with morning sickness.

12 WEEKS PREGNANT

You can probably see your baby in the first trimester with ultrasound and you can check your baby for risk of Down syndrome. Baby face looks more human and the kidneys may have started to secrete urine as the nerve cells multiply at a speedy rate. The baby may begin sucking and stimulating areas of the uterus may cause baby movement which you will not feel for several more weeks.

15 WEEKS PREGNANT

Ultra sound may detect twins at this point and the baby has fingerprints and a soft layer of hair covering the skin and the baby may be sucking its thumb. You may have your energy back and have better sleep. Trisomy 18 a genetic disorder of the brain or spinal cord which most babies don’t survive can be tested for.

18 WEEKS PREGNANT

 

The baby is about six inches long and has developed a sense of hearing. If you have lowered blood pressure you may feel dizzy when you stand up speedily.

21 WEEKS PREGNANT

The baby is producing his first poop and swollen ankles, hands and feet can be symptoms of preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure. Some women successfully exercise during the entire pregnancy period almost up to birth and this is a healthy thing to be doing rather than remaining sedentary during most of the pregnancy. If you exercise during pregnancy chances are you won’t need a C section because your muscles will be in good condition to deliver a baby.

24 WEEKS PREGNANT

Baby is more than a foot long and the mother may start to feel some movement as the baby moves limbs. Lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are more defined but the iris lacks pigment. Mom’s hair is more lustrous and the nails may be growing at a more rapid speed. Boy’s testes are making their descent and girls have developed a uterus and ovaries. Pressure on the bladder may mean more frequent urination. It may be time to test for gestational diabetes which can cause breathing and other problems at birth.

27 WEEKS PREGNANT

Baby weighs about two pounds and the eyelids are working. If there is a premature birth there is approximately an 80% chance of survival.

30 WEEKS PREGNANT

Fetus may begin to mimic breathing and weighs about three pounds. Mom may be fighting off leg cramps, constipation, hemorrhoids, sleeplessness, mood swings, and bouts of depression.

33 WEEKS PREGNANT

Baby is about 16 inches long and mom may be having a little heartburn so the meals should be frequenter and smaller. Slight contractions may be happening but this is nothing to worry about.

36 WEEKS PREGNANT

Moms may get some relief from breathing problems as the baby drops into the pelvis but adds more pressure on the bladder. About 31 percent of births are C sections so talk to your doctor about not having one unless it is a severe emergency. Over 95% of births can be natural without complications if you are not given artificial epidural drugs which reduce pain and make C sections almost necessary.

39 WEEKS PREGNANT

The baby may be anywhere between about 6 and 9 pounds with baby fat to make survival outside the womb possible. The cervix may be dilating in preparation for birth. The skeleton bone has hardened but the skull bone has not hardened so that birth can occur relatively easily without a hard skull blocking exit from the vagina. The baby should be in head down or breech position ready for birth and your mucous plug may have ruptured. If your water breaks at any point during pregnancy you should go to the hospital immediately.

If you have had a successful first pregnancy without an epidural or a frequently unnecessary C section then strongly consider a home birth with the help of a midwife the second time around. You will save a boatload of money and your family can share in the birthing experience to see how babies are born naturally!!!!!!

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KIM KOMANDO WEBSITE IS GREAT LEARNING AND ENTERTAINMENT

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Kim Komando has a great website where you can get the latest digital info and also a potpourri of articles on many subjects which you can learn from and be entertained. You may want to subscribe to her website but you can get much useful free information on a regular basis which you can use and be entertained by.

Under the tab Health & Medical the website pdrhealth.com has good information on prescription drugs and their side effects. Mayoclinic.com is a good site to check for illness symptoms and you can try to diagnose the illness yourself. Of course to be sure you will probably have to check with your physician but you will have a better understanding of what may be going on with your body.

Under Money Making & Saving indebted.com can help to budget your money after inputting all your income and expenses. You don’t have to do the math.

Under the Cool Sites tab I searched for animals and got a great website cutestpaw.com where your children and family can go to get hundreds of cute animal pictures. I like wildlife and found a few excellent pictures but most of the pictures are of domesticated animals which is probably something which you would prefer.

Under the Tips tab there is a library of useful digital information such as software and programs which you may need, video tips, internet tips, etc.

I found out that duckduckgo.com is a great simplified search engine which you can use and if you search under my name you will be able to access all the books which I have published at Barnes and Noble very speedily.

Here is a link to her website (komando.com) where she gives quite a few good websites to visit if you would like information on gardening tips. Enjoy!!!!!!

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9 TIPS ON HOW TO MANAGE CREATIVE WORKERS

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Not all these tips are useful for jobs which are efficiently programmed and don’t need much management because they are skills learned once and then only repeated efficiently over and over again in a robotized way. If you have to lead a creative team of workers and not human robots then these tips can be helpful.

PROVIDE YOUR TEAM WITH THE BASICS

That means judiciously setting aside enough time to do the work, making sure workers have access to resources such as information, expertise, and equipment which will be needed.  Make sure that they will have the skills or techniques which are necessary to do the job. If the job needs new skills then set aside enough time for your workers to learn those new skills.

MATCH UP PEOPLE AND SKILLS

Match up competent job skills for those working together. Eliminate combinations of workers which won’t work because they are not good at sharing responsibility or have personality flaws which impair good communication.

There are introverts who prefer to work alone and extroverts who frequently don’t mind sharing work. Try to divide up job tasks into ones which can largely be done independently and others which will require more cooperation and match up the people with the tasks. You should have the wisdom to hire skilled workers in the first place and quickly get rid of the ones that aren’t skilled or have severe personality flaws.

ENCOURAGE THE EXPRESSION OF NEW OR DIFFERENT IDEAS BEFORE AND DURING THE PROJECT.

Encourage creativity is another way of saying that you should provide an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and a free exchange of new or different ideas, especially before the project begins. Your workers should feel that your way is not always the right way and that it is always subject to tweaking and modification before and during the project.

ENCOURAGE CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Make sure that personal growth and success translates into better pay or more time and money for new skill development. Try to teach workers how other members of the company are working or what the structure of the company looks like.  Show them what it means to climb up higher in the management hierarchy or get higher in pay scale with more perks or privileges.

RUN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MEETINGS

Keep in mind the important questions which should be asked and answered during a meeting. Who, what, where, when, how, and how much. Who is going to speak next, who is going to work on a task, what are we going to talk about, when does this knowledge apply, how will the tasks be done, and how much time and even money it will take, etc.

BUILD TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS

This basically means being honest, truthful, and sincere and expecting your team to be the same when they interact with team mates. No back stabbing permitted and other forms of lying which may surface. Mistakes will be made and there will be failures but giving appropriate praise and acceptance of reasonable failures without condemnation or threats should create a relatively secure team environment without fear.

MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM WITH A HAPPY OPTIMISTIC MOOD

Nothing inspires workers more than a happy competent optimistic leader who knows how to reward and judiciously praise workers for a job well done and knows how to deal optimistically with failure when it arises. Judiciously adjust less rewards and praise for the easy jobs and more for the harder ones which are done successfully. More praise and reward should go to the harder tasks and individual success should be broadcast throughout the team appropriately so that a worker feels that the team members also know of his or her achievements or successes.

CLEARLY DEFINE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH WORKER AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY FOLLOW THROUGH WITHOUT TRYING TO PASS THE BUCK OR TRYING TO GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR THEM.

Workers will run into problems which seem insolvable or have such a workload that they may try to unload some of it on others. Make appropriate adjustments if there seem to be bottlenecks and clearly communicate the goals of the company and the responsibilities of each member in it if the borders of responsibility begin to blur.

TRY TO SELFMOTIVATE YOUR WORKERS

Constantly having to encourage and motivate workers to devotedly do their work with pep talks and other forms of motivation which are cheer leader tactics is not good. Develop as much selfconfidence as possible with sincere, just praise, and rewards and not overhyped pep talks. A selfmotivated worker will work hard to push him or herself without an external unnecessary crutch and do the job better and more efficiently. “You did it again, your effort did it, your dedication did it, you did it very well, you performed excellently, your work was outstanding, your work deserves more praise than I can give, your hard work paid off, etc.” can be words which will encourage selfmotivation.

 

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8 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE OPENING A LOCAL BUSINESS

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SATURATION OF MARKET WITH EXISTING BUSINESSES

Count the number of businesses similar to yours which already exist in your neighborhood, town, or city. The more similar businesses there are the harder it will be for you to compete for new customers because you will have more competitors. If the competitors are franchises and yours is not then the probability that you will succeed is close to zero.

POTENTIAL CUSTOMER BASE OR SIZE

It is important to know how many customers you can hope to get if you are successful. Find the nearest business similar to the one you want to open and spend a week counting the customers which enter and leave the business. This will give you a rough idea on how many potentially will patronize your business.  Since you will be competing assume that at best that what you will earn or get is about half of the customers of an existing business. If there is more than one similar business close to where you want to open yours then find out how many customers a week also patronize those businesses and use the average number to calculate approximately how many customers you can hope for if the business is a success.

LOCATION OR CUSTOMER DENSITY

Find the location which you hope to be at and find out how much traffic goes past the business every day. If the location of your future business is a mall then count how many cars park there in a day to get a rough idea on how many people will be passing your business establishment. For a restaurant or food business this is especially important because customers want convenience and they will usually not travel out of the way to a distant location just to eat and drink. The busier your location is the greater is the probability that some of the passersby will become your customers.

CAPITALIZATION OR HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WILL NEED

Your inventory, the rent on the business, employee wages, utility costs, and operating at a loss for about 5 years should give you a rough idea on how much money you will need to get the business started. Don’t make the huge mistake of buying all the inventory, remodeling the store, and not having enough money to pay the utility bill and your employees for the first year when you will definitely be operating at a loss and will be depleting your savings account money if you have any. Many people wrongly assume that they will have an immediate profit the first year of business and wind up heavily mortgaging their home and desperately searching for more loan money to pay their employees, the rent, and the utility bills which they have to pay to stay open because the hoped for profit money is just not rolling in as expected.

FREQUENCY OF NEED FOR SERVICE

Determine how frequently your customers are going to need the service which you are providing. There is a big difference in a fast food business or a convenience store which is providing a service that people could potentially be needing every day and a hearing aid business which depends on one time customers which go to the store only several times in a lifetime. A tax service is something people usually need only once a year and hair salons are also services which are only needed by customers about once every three or four months so people will only be coming to your business about 6 times a year on average. The more frequently people need what you have to offer, the more frequently customers will go to your business establishment and give you their money.

Infrequently patronized businesses need to spend much more on advertising and have to charge customers more money per service to pay for the rent and employees which must be paid for on a weekly or monthly basis. Low frequency businesses with high fixed expenses such as rent have a harder time surviving in the long duration and are usually very bad business choices.

NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS NEEDED TO GENERATE PROFITS

You should have knowledge about how many customers you will have a month and about how much they will spend on average and what percentage profit you will be making on the transaction. Knowing these approximate amounts you will be able to relatively accurately calculate a ball park figure which you can use to tell whether you will be able to afford paying all the fixed expenses on a monthly basis. If you don’t have the math skills to do this find someone with knowledge about how to calculate percentages to help you.

LOW OR HIGH SKILLED WORKERS

If your business is going to pay minimum wage and you will have workers from the general public working for you then be prepared for a high turnover and personnel problems.  You will get many people with bad social skills and many with punctuality problems who will not be able to handle customers responsibly in a knowledgeable pleasant way. Many new employees will not be knowledgeable about your business most of the time and your customer relations will suffer greatly.

If your business uses highly skilled workers or depends on just a few highly skilled ones you will have minor crises when one or more leave for better paying jobs. You will very frequently have to spend much personal time and money educating the new recruits and giving them the complete knowledge and skills necessary to work for you.

AVERAGE PRICE PER SERVICE AND AVERAGE PROFIT ON A TRANSACTION

You can estimate the number of people who will be coming to your business as already shown and should have a good knowledge about what the average amount of money will be per customer. You should also know what the average profit on a customer will be so you can calculate the approximate monthly income starting out and then about 5 years down the line when you will hopefully be making an actual real profit. If you are not good with numbers get an accountant to do the math or someone who can calculate percentages.

If you think that you can run a successful new business by the seat of the pants not understanding the money math involved then you will fail without question.

Nothing is more valuable than experience and if you have worked in a similar business yourself and learned all the facts needed to know then you will have a great advantage over someone who knows nothing about running a business. Many new businessmen and women without experience in the business are just pursuing a business dream which will fail close to 100% of the time.

The small businesses are being squeezed financially by big businesses and large franchises. In the near future I predict that most small businesses will become extinct and unfortunately the average man and woman will be working for someone at a fixed wage or be on welfare assistance. If you still think that you want to start your own local business and do it on your own- good luck, because you need more than just good luck to survive in the business world these days and into the foreseeable future.

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10 DRAWBACKS TO STARTING A NEW LOCAL BUSINESS

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Someone is already providing the service locally and is doing a better job and has customers which will be hard to lure away,

the good locations for the business are already taken or too expensive to afford,

you can’t get good wholesale prices for the goods you will be selling and will have to charge more,

you will need low skilled workers with a large turnaround and personnel headaches,

you will need skilled workers and few exist locally or you will have to train them yourself and invest much time and money which can evaporate if they leave for a better paying job elsewhere once trained,

you are a neophyte or very new to the business world and aren’t sure what managerial and accounting skills are necessary to do the job right,

you feel that you can run the business by the seat of your pants on a daily basis without the need to plan into the future,

you are not confident that what you are offering is going to be popular with the buying or patronizing public,

you don’t have or don’t know how much money you will need to make the business last for more than a few months or even a few years.

you haven’t researched other similar businesses to see how they made it past the first five years or so working and not making a profit

If you still think you have a great desire and enough knowledge  and money to compete in this cutthroat business world then read my future blog which will be 8 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE OPENING A BUSINESS.

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10 OVERHYPED HEALTH PRODUCTS

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Redness reducing eye drops used on a regular basis can hide problems such as dry eye and allergies or contact lens irritation and will cause persistent eye redness if your eyes get used to the drops.  Your doctor should diagnose the problem and treat it effectively with more than only saline eye drops for dry eyes.

Antibacterial hand soap is a waste of money because you have both bad and good bacteria on your skin and your body does a good job of taking care of the skin naturally with the help of only plain water and soap. You don’t have to wash your hands after every piss or shit or after every meal.  In fact rinsing with plain water is more beneficial because it leaves the natural healthy skin oils on your skin and excludes the need for moisturizers and skin lotions and unnecessary hand lotions.

Toothbrush sanitizers are unnecessary because a healthy body can protect itself from germs.  Just rinse your toothbrush with water and dry it.

Breath freshening mouthwash is unnecessary unless you are doing it for therapeutic reasons as prescribed by your dentist. Just slosh your mouth with water for about a minute 2 or 3 times a day for fresh breath.  Persistent bad breath can be a sign of eating too much garlic and/or gum disease and/or tooth decay and/or even something more serious such as diabetes.

Facial toner or astringent is used to remove makeup and reduce pore size but you can definitely do without it.  If you don’t wash your face every day with soap you will not be removing the natural skin oils and minerals that keep your skin healthy.  Irritation and dryness of the skin is caused by too much washing which removes the moisturizing effect of natural skin oils and minerals. Rinse your face with pure water without soap as much as possible to keep your skin naturally healthy and moist. Use makeup only rarely and if necessary only for special occasions. Keep your skin naturally oiled with the right body minerals from your body as much as possible.  Kiss unnecessary cosmetics goodbye in your life and get the best and healthiest skin that nature can provide free of charge.

Expensive moisturizers which contain exotic ingredients flushes money down a toilet. They have absolutely no benefit to your skin except perhaps for a nice smell.  Keep your natural skin oils which are the healthiest for your skin by only rinsing with water as frequently as is necessary and this will keep your skin clean and naturally moisturized with the proper proportion of good and bad bacteria on your skin. If you work in dirty or dusty jobs you will have to use soap and water to get clean and then a skin lotion is ok to replace the natural oils which are washed away.

Eat a variety of healthy foods and you will not have a vitamin deficiency and will not create the risk of consuming them in excessive amounts thus causing liver damage from too much vitamin A and kidney stones and diarrhea from too much vitamin C.  Don’t worry about having to become a vegetarian eating only vegetables and fruits because that is not healthy.  Humans are omnivores which can eat many plants and animals.  Eat a little of everything including fatty foods and bee pollen once in a while and you won’t need any supplements.

Douching the vagina with water and other fluids changes the natural balance in your vagina and makes it more likely to experience infection and irritation. The fact is that the vagina cleans itself unless it is infected and then the odor is very bad and worse than the natural odor.  If you enjoy licking pussy and need it to smell good you should stop the kinky practice and switch back to using your penis and fingers instead to stimulate the clitoris and labia. In fact pussy licking spreads the germs of bad breath to the vagina and make it smell even worse than before the licking.

Scented feminine products like douches and tampons and sprays and pads can lead to infection and vaginal irritation. Cleanse the outer part of your vagina with warm water alone thus leaving the internal natural mucous and bacteria largely alone. Of course if you are a prostitute and have an unusual amount of sperm in your vagina then you should rinse with warm water internally.

Cold prevention remedies are unproven ways to treat a cold and the use of Echinacea and vitamin C is inconclusive as well as zinc based nasal sprays which can in fact stifle your sense of smell perhaps permanently according to the Mayo Clinic. Don’t wash your hands during cold season because colds are mostly spread through the air with viruses traveling on dust particles.

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SHARE A RIDE OR HOW TO SAVE TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY ON CAR AND MOTORCYCLE TRIPS

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A great idea whose time has come is to share a ride with your neighbors or close community people for local commutes or for long distance commutes between cities.  It is already being done in Europe and it is time that America woke up to an efficient way of transportation which means sharing rides with people and not just driving around in your own expensive personal vehicle. What a great way to save on wear and tear on your car and also save money on gas!!!

There will be a record kept of how reliable your car driver will be and if he or she is not punctual or a good riding companion he or she will not have a good reputation and you can forego the human lemons in favor of someone whom you can trust to be a good chauffeur companion.  He or she will be rated with something like a star system with perhaps five stars being the best ride!!!

The driver of the car will not only make money transporting the passengers but may be able to schedule more than one passenger per trip and make more money out of the use of the car.  In effect it will be chauffeur or taxi service at a fraction of the cost available today!!!

ONE OF THE HOTTEST RECENT TRENDS IS THE SHARING OF A CAR UTILIZING SOCIAL NETWORKS AND LOCALIZATION OF BUSINESS WHICH IN THE FUTURE WILL BE NATIONALIZED ALSO FOR LONG DISTANCE SHARING WITH MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER ON BOARD.

THE SAVINGS ON GAS OR MONEY OR ENERGY WILL BE GREAT AND PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD THE HIGH MAINTENANCE AND PARKING COSTS OF A CAR IN URBAN AREAS WILL NOW HAVE A PERSONAL CAR TO WHICH THEY WILL HAVE CONVENIENT ACCESS TO.

THE NET RESULT IS THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE LUXURY OF A PERSONAL MOTORIZED VEHICLE WHICH MAY BE RENTING SHARED MOTORCYCLES IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR EVEN GREATER SAVINGS IN TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY!!!  WHAT A GREAT WAY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND HELP SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!!!

THE MOTORCYCLE CAN HAVE TWO SEATS SO YOU CAN GET DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH TWO RIDERS ON BOARD AT ONCE!!!  OF COURSE MANUFACTURERS WILL HAVE TO INNOVATE TO MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE AND LARGE CORPORATIONS WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE INNOVATIONS IN MOTORCYCLE DESIGN A REALITY!!! PEER-TO-PEER SHARING OF MOTORCYCLES TOO!!!!!

I have included a fuller description and video in my blog to show you how the new sharing a ride system will work. Enjoy!!!

ROBIN CHASE      EXCUSE ME, MAY I RENT YOUR CAR?

This video explains ZIPCAR which was taken over by Avis and is now not the cheapest way to rent a car any more. Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing is now the cheapest way to share a car and after viewing the ZIPCAR video go to the next article on Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing.

Forget the ZipCar Avis deal: Rent Cheaper with Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing as described in this article.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/01/05/cheap-car-rental-peer-to-peer-relayrides-zipcar-avis/

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