Tips For Making Traveling With Children Easier

Some of the best memories in life are the vacations we take as children. They are looked back on later in life as a “golden” time when family let go of responsibilities and cares and just enjoyed each other in a special place. The value of creating those memories with our children that they will reflect on as they grow older is priceless. In the fast-paced and highly technological world that we live in, unplugging and connecting face to face for a while is essential to build deep relationships. However, traveling with children can also be a daunting task.

Smoothly planning and managing this sometimes chaotic ordeal can drive some people to forgo vacations completely. There are some tips and tricks that wise and inventive parents use to make traveling with children more enjoyable. The first consideration is in the initial vacation planning. Choosing a destination that is child-friendly is a very good idea. One of the worst dampers on a fun vacation is to have hotel, cruise, or tourist destination staff and fellow travelers frowning at you and your children all the time. Family friendly resorts, destinations, and modes of travel go a long way toward making sure that people are ready for the ordinary activity level and noise level of children. In addition, these places usually have something for everyone to enjoy, rather than just adult-focused activities.

In traveling with children, setting the expectation for the child’s behavior before the trip begins is also important. Letting them know the boundaries and guidelines as soon as you enter a new place can meet your expectations more easily. One of the most difficult places to corral your children is in an airplane. The small space, normally uncomfortable conditions, and proximity of other passengers make this a potential nightmare start or end to the vacation.

For very young children, planning the flight during nap time can help immensely. When the plane is taking off and landing, babies should suck on a bottle or pacifier to ease the pressure on the ears. For the same reason, having a drink, snack, or candy on hand for older children can prevent discomfort. A favorite stuffed animal or blanket often put children at ease in this very strange environment. Traveling with extras of just about everything, including change of clothes, diapers, wipes, food, and a few toys (perhaps wrapped in bright paper), can make traveling with children easier too. The memories you build are worth all the time and effort.

Introducing Jesus of Nazareth

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3640995 – Jacob D The Father in heaven first introduced his Son to the earth with God-sized Birthday Gifts. He sent angel Gabriel to tell Mary the name of her coming Son and that his Father would be in heaven. A moving star guided wise men to the child, an angel chorus sang a birth announcement to shepherds and dream after dream to Joseph protected the one and only begotten Son of God. What an INTRODUCTION!

The Bible has much more information about this Jesus. Let us ORBIT AROUND HIM again and again and acquaint ourselves with this commanding figure.

Orbit 1 = The Conclusion of One of the Inner Circle of Jesus. After Peter had followed Jesus two years, he said, “YOU are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Matt 16:16-17. Peter did not make this statement without investigation. He had seen and heard Jesus do many miracles and fulfill prophecies. But Jesus taught him that he was enabled to believe by the Father in heaven for “No one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him.” John 6:44. So a partnership with God involves God AND you at the beginning of your relationship and as long as it continues. What a PRIVILEGE! To partner with the Almighty. ?Do you wish to partner with God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit?______________

Orbit 2 = The Pain of Being Close to the LIGHT of the WORLD. Why did Peter beg Jesus to leave him? Jesus was not angry with him but had just given him such a huge catch of fish that he and his companions were astonished. This big WOW caused Peter to be aware that he was a sinful man and this made a big OUCH in his soul. But Jesus did not leave. Instead he predicted, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” Lk 5:10. ? = Will you admit that your sin has humbled you?_______________

Orbit 3 = Jesus’ full glory paralyzed people. When Jesus walked on the water, Peter and others thought it was a ghost and cried out…Mk 6:49. When the inner circle, Peter, James and John, saw Jesus glow with bright, bright light “they were exceedingly afraid.” Mk 9:6 The people of Israel had begged God to come in a person like Moses: “Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.” Deut 18:16 So God left monotheism because the people asked him to change. So he sent Jesus veiled in human flesh but the glory of God still burst forth some times. Hallelujah! ? Has Jesus withheld his glory from you? Did he ever frighten you?_________ ? He wants to commune with you? Have you opened your door to him?______

Orbit 4 = John the Baptist preached, “Behold the LAMB OF GOD.” Jn 1:29. The fig leaves of Adam and Eve were not sufficient to cover the sin of thinking more of self than of God, so God covered them with skins. He knew that hundreds of years hence, humans would shed his own Son’s blood. That’s how sin would harden hearts. All the lambs that men offered down through the ages would point to this ultimate sacrifice of the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world. If you feel the need to offer a blood sacrifice today, you slap God in the face. He has provided a once-for-all solution. Jesus has now become the RANSOM for many. Mk 10:45. What a great God. He is Creator and then he stoops to help us again as our REDEEMER. What an eternal gift! ? = Did Jesus have to die to show us how to obey the Father? Jn 14:31

Did Jesus die to show us how much he loved us? Jn 3:16

Do Jesus’ nail-pierced hands help God forgive us today?________________

Orbit 5 = Jesus proved his power to FORGIVE SINS.

Jesus spoke “Your sins are forgiven.” When some came for healing of body, he would first forgive his sins. Some thought he blasphemed, so one day he asked: “Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—-he said to the paralytic—-“I say to you, rise, take up the pallet and go home.” And HE ROSE! Mk 2:9-12. Jesus himself paid the PENALTY of sin by dying on the cross. The victory of obedience to God enables us to stop the PRACTICE of sin as we obey Jesus. And some day, heaven will bar the PRESENCE of sin. Oh, what perfect peace! ? = Do you know of any other world leader who has proved the power to forgive


Orbit 6 = Jesus said He is I AM and accepted worship.

The high priest asked Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mk 14:62 Also in John 8:58, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” You must choose: Either Jesus is God or a liar. Jesus left a trail of signs and wonders and people worshiped him and he never rebuked them for it. After Jesus healed a blind man, he worshiped Jesus. After Jesus walked on the water, the disciples worshiped him. When the disciples saw the risen Jesus, they worshiped him. This was not so when men wanted to worship Peter. He said, “Stand up, I too am a man.” Acts 10:26. When John wanted to worship an angel, he said,”Do it not. Worship God.” Rev 22:9. ? = Do you love Jesus?_____________________________________ ? = Is Jesus worthy of your worship?___________________________ ? = Is Jesus GOD?________________________________________

Orbit 7 = Hear the Voice from Heaven Bless Jesus. Mk 1:11. When Jesus was baptized, he heard, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And when Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John, they heard, “This is my Beloved Son; listen to him.” Mk 9:1-8. ? = Will you follow Mary’s words also: “Do whatever HE tells you.” Jn 2:5. ? = Did you know that Jesus is very very sad because so few believe the words

he spoke to us? In a Vision, he told this to some boys in China in the 1900’s.


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Orbit 8 = Jesus is Feared and Obeyed by Unclean Spirits. An Unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” Mk 1:24-27. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and sent him out of the man. And Jesus was obeyed! Jesus did not wish this spirit to witness about him because he knew his chief, the Devil, is a liar. Being friends with foes will ruin the Kingdom of God. Jesus will not destroy evil spirits but will finally send them to hell, the jail God has prepared for the Devil and his angels. Matt 25:41. ? = Do you value the protection from evil forces?_______________________ ? = Satan lies to his followers that no one is stronger than he is. But one day

some Satanists went to kill some believers and were knocked flat on the

ground by angels of God. Then one of God’s angels spoke: “Why do you serve Satan. He wants to destroy you. Give your life to Jesus. He died for you.” She did finally, but found it hard to give up power that Satan gave her over others. She came to Christ while she was continually going to the hospital–40 times. The Devil nearly did destroy her. So why will Satan be released again after the thousand year reign? How else will believers show their firm trust in God if they never are tested?

Orbit 9 = See Jesus as the King of the Unshakeable Kingdom of God. Heb 12:28. Because Jesus is on King David’s throne [Lk 1:32] some preachers teach that Jesus’ kingdom has physical boundaries also. But again and again, Jesus taught that his kingdom was not of this world. [Jn 18:36] He showed its concern with the spirit world by casting out demons, The territory of the inner person is what Jesus claimed. He cast out demons not Roman soldiers. After all, he created us and does not wish for foreign domination. Sometimes it appears that the Righteous are losing. Jesus had 144,000 angels at his command but did not call them to stop his unjust cross. He endured his cross because the Divine Plan was set out and he followed the Father’s will. The OUCH of the cross was accepted because of the hope of the WOW of the Resurrecton and Ascension to Glory. Our one-quart minds can hardly accept such ten-gallon experiences, but we have the choice of which king to follow. Jesus revealed to John that “the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Rev 11:15. But until the final Judgment Day, Jesus must use physical words to describe spirit-world realities. He said he was the Door and the disciples thought my house door; He said Water and they thought the thirst of my flesh; He said “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees ” and they thought bread for the stomach. Mk 8:15-21. So as teachers of this Kingdom, we must study Jesus stories and realize that even he could not win all hard hearts. Jesus knows we need help and he gives it. ? = Are you a member of the universal Body of Christ?__________________ ? = Who is your King of kings?_____________________________________

Orbit 10 = Jesus said, “You MUST be born again, fathered by the Holy Spirit.” This the help that Jesus sends. His commands so demanding—-You MUST forgive; You MUST be perfect in love which means loving even your enemies; Go as sheep among wolves; Rejoice always; Endure to the end….—– that they can not be accomplished unless we become new creations in Christ Jesus. So how does this happen? In hundreds of different mysterious ways. Ask God for what you really want. Read John 3 and discuss it with someone and pray for wisdom. Watch your life for new loves and habits being born. Look for Holy Spirit fruit in your experiences. Galatians 5:18-26. Please invite Jesus to master your will today. Too many people come to the very end of their human resources—-like Gert Behanna, they do suicide after three failed marriages—-before they are willing to allow Jesus to direct their lives. But even then, Jesus raised her from her death bed and she gave a powerful testimony in her book, THE LATE LIZ. ? = Would three people who know you well, say that you are born again?______

Orbit 11 = Jesus Commands Us like a King Does. Jesus says, “You are my friends, if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.” Jn 15:14. These are not mere suggestions. DO the Great Commandment = Love God with all…Mk 12:29-31. Do the Great Commission = Make Disciples…Matt 28:19, 20. Repent and believe the Gospel; Inherit the earth; Bind and Loose; Take up your cross daily; Be salt and light; Fear not those who can kill only your body, but fear him who can destroy your body and soul in hell; Remember my broken body;Be not troubled; Endure to the end; Follow me! ? = Do you receive these commands gratefully as guidance towards LIFE?_____

Orbit 12 = Notice the Creativity in Various Healings. Jesus healed blind men in many different ways. He healed two blind men when they declared their faith in his ability to heal them. Then he touched their eyes. The next time he healed, no actions are recorded. The third time he spit on their eyes and put his hands on him — twice. The fourth healing, Jesus spit on the ground and made some mud with saliva and put it on the man’s eyes, and said, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam.” The fifth time he healed blind Bartimaeus by speech only: “Go, your faith has healed you.” Can you see these six men starting new churches? One calls his the Church of the Touch; Another is The Spitters; Another emphasizes water = The Church of Pools; And Bartimaeus begins The Church of the Word.

May we never dictate to each other HOW the Holy Spirit must enter our lives. God moves in mysterious ways to confirm his presence in persons. He will not be boxed and delivered to everyone the same way. All kinds of Christians have had all kinds of experiences in baptism, dreams and visions, voices in the room or car or the gift of a new language. Jesus once said what I think fits here: “What is that to you? You follow me!” Jn 21:22. ? = Do you have assurance that you are a Child of God? Jn 1:12._________ ? = Have you demanded that God must work a certain way in your life?____

Orbit 13 = Will the Hubble Telescope Hobble Our Speedy Jesus? Some scientist are teaching that billions of years were necessary to create our universe. When Jesus cleansed the leper, or calmed the wind and the sea or raised a dead 12-year-old girl, he did it IMMEDIATELY. John 1:3 teaches that Jesus created everything. And the Ten Commandments state he did it in six days. In this literal law literature, the length of day is defined by our sabbath day. Ex 20:11. How did Moses know such a fact? Ex 34:28 states that the Lord showed Moses many things during forty days and forty nights. Does the scientist you are following have the miracles behind him to match Moses? Will you treasure the revelations of God? One scientist has written to this effect: “When science has scaled the last frontier and pulls itself up over the final craggy summit, it will find a band of theologians discussing the revelations of God.” Interpreting the givens is a task in which our loves [hearts] direct our minds. May God be merciful to us all! ? = Do you believe Exodus 20:11?_______________________________

Orbit 14 = Jesus is the Force that holds every ATOM together. Colossians 1:17. A scientist taught me to claim Col. 1:17 as the answer to why each atom does not explode. It should because at the center of every atom, the protons are all positive. They should repel each other but there is a force that holds them together which science cannot name. The Bible may have the answer. Job 34:14 states, “If he should take back his spirit to himself and gather to himself his breath, all flesh would perish together.” And Hebrews 1:3 explains that Jesus is “upholding the universe by his word of power.” If Jesus were to release every atom by a word, II Peter 3:10 would happen: “The heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” ? = Does your explanation of the end of the world ignore these scriptures?__ ? = What are you teaching your children and grandchildren?_______________

Orbit 15 = Jesus had to Fulfill Many Prophecies in order to be THE MESSIAH. When I look at some Old Testament prophecies which are claimed to be fulfilled by Jesus’ actions, some of them do not seem to fit well. This is the way I think today. The important thing is that it impressed the people of Jesus’ day and the way they interpreted scripture. Jesus lived to fulfill Scripture: At his garden capture, he said, “Let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” Mk 14:49 The following are some fulfillments: 1] A virgin is to bear a son = Jesus. 2] He will be born in Bethlehem. 3] Gentiles will hope in Jesus. 4] Jewish leaders will reject Jesus. 5] His bones will not be broken. 6] He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb. 7] He will rise from the dead the third day after his death. There are hundreds more if you want to research them. ? = Will you live to fulfill scripture? “You are the Light of the World.” Are you?___

Orbit 16 = Jesus Promises are Trustworthy because of his Character. 1] He who believes in the Son has eternal life. 2] The hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice, and come

forth…Jn 5:28-29. 3] The one who comes to me, I will not cast out. 4] If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 5] I go to prepare a place for you. 6] Because I live, you will live also. 7] I am coming soon. ? = Are leaning on Jesus’ promises?_____________

Orbit 17 = Jesus Conquered Death. Jesus showed that there is Life after Life, not total silence. His Resurrection is such a great victory that I go to church every Lord’s Day to celebrate it. You, too? God showed that he could over-ride death in the lives of Enoch and Elijah. This may have been his Garden of Eden plan. Jesus’ death and resurrection is so special because it opens heaven to sinners if they will wear Jesus’ ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS which he earned by being totally obedient to the Father. Jesus’ resurrection shows the Father in heaven’s total approval of his BELOVED SON. What a glorious way to stun the fear of death in us. Jesus walked right through it, not around it, not over it but through it. Death is not the end. That is a lie. Jesus even taught that all people in the past “are alive to God.” Lk 20:38. ? = Do you have a proper fear of God, not death? Matt 10:28.____________

Orbit 18 = Jesus will be the Final Judge of the quick and the dead. Acts 10:42 Jesus is such an open and fair judge that he tells us beforehand the standards he will use on Judgment Day. We can prepare to meet our Creator. 1] HIS WORDS will judge us. Jn 12:48 2] YOUR OWN WORDS will judge you. Matt 12:37. 3] Our own DEEDS will judge us. Matt. 16:27 & 25:35-40. 4] Our BELIEF ABOUT JESUS. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life.”

Jn 3:36. The wrath of God abides on anyone who claims that it really was not

necessary to send Jesus to save us from our sins. God has judged that it was

very necessary so that we could dwell with a holy Father in heaven. ? = Do you accept these as helps for your day in Divine Court?___________

Orbit 19 = Jesus Offers These Gifts to Us Now! 1] His Holy Spirit to father us and guide us. 2] His shed blood to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. 3] His prayers of intercession for us at the throne of God. 4] An Unshakeable Kingdom of God 5] Kingdom gifts with strings attached = IF you forgive, then you will be forgiven.

If you want much, much will be required…

If you want eternal life, believe in the Son. 6] The Bible as a Lamp and Light 7] The Songs of the Church as a daily lift. 8] Testimonies of New Believers to woo us to Jesus. 9] Worship with Other Believers to Express Our Gratitude. 10] Services the Church Provides to Others. 11] The Peace of God Jn 14:27 12] Visits to Earth. Acts 7:56 & 9:4.

Orbit 20 = Grace in the Wrath of the Lamb. I follow THE LAMB OF GOD who will one day show that he is also THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. He has promised the martyrs that he will avenge their murders. Rev 6:10-11. And he will do it with a word = the sword in his mouth. Rev 19:15. I remember this when I witness how the wrong seems oft so strong. I have faith that I know who will win in the end. He holds the key to the bottomless pit. Rev 20:1. So where is the grace in his wrath? It is in every day that he waits for one more sinner to repent and cling to Jesus. It is in the mercy he will extend to ones that offend him like Peter who was false to him before others and then Jesus seems to have disregarded his own principal = deny me before men and I will deny you before the Father in heaven = when he directs the angel to tell “and Peter” Mk 16:7. that he is to come meet Jesus again in Galilee after the resurrection. The grace comes to a thief on the cross who has deserved his cross but receives heaven merely because of his last-minute faith in Jesus. The heat of Sodom and Gomorrah was not applied to Lot and his family because Angels graced these cities with their presence. The wrath of the flood was tempered many months as Noah built the ark in front of all the world. It called very loudly for neighbors to decide if Noah was a true prophet. God himself had to shut the ark’s door on those who would not live by faith. They only wanted to climb aboard after they knew the outcome. ? = Will the fear of hell drive you to Jesus?_______________ ? = Can you see the mercy of God in your life?____________

Orbit 21 = Jesus Spent lots of Time in PRAYER.

Do you want to follow Jesus?

Pray pray pray pray pray pray.

Do you want to demonstrate that you live by faith?

Pray praypraypraypraypray.

Do you want to draw close to Jesus and the Father in heaven?

Praypraypray. Do you want to enjoy prayer more?


Do you want to be a Friend of God?


Do you want to move from confrontation to conversation to communion?_____

Five Must-Try Dishes at Your Local Italian Restaurant

If you ever happen to visit the nearest Italian restaurant in your locality, just look for few must-have dishes resulted from an exotic cooking in the kitchen of the chef. These delicacies picked up straight from the main course may not only curb your appetite but will also take you on a food adventure. The advantage of dining at a local Italian food joint is that you do not need to queue up at the cash counters after taking that long drive towards the downtown. Everything comes to you in a package and who knows, you may get to opt for a free food delivery within the specified radius. Despite all this, food is the only main topic that needs to be talked about.

Hereby, we are giving the names of five must-try dishes at your local Italian restaurant that you ought to try.

Tortellini in Bordo

It comes stuffed with beef, pork and some parma ham. However, this dish cannot work well without the broth. You may have to force yourself to stop from eating this at one point of time to make way for other food items into your stomach.

Fregola con Bottarga

This one is truly an eye-catcher that can leave you tongue-tied. Bottarga is basically the dried and cured Mediterranean fish roe whereas Fregola is a pasta type that originated in the islands of Sardinia. Fregola is similar to couscous as Sardinia is located close to Africa. This culinary delight is rich in various kinds of seafood comprising prawns, scallops and mussels carrying a subtle flavour sans strong aromatic seasonings.

Pancetta Funghi Caprino e Scalogno

The best thing about its pizza dough is that its wood-fired oven cooked crust is crispy yet the inside remains unburnt and fluffy, a difficult feat to achieve for many pizzerias. Though, it remains under-seasoned, the pungent-smelling goat cheese and pancetta is of some help. And, the goat cheese is a bit overpowering. This food item is cooked so well that it can be eaten even without toppings.

Funghi Scamorza e Tartufo

When the table is laid down, this dish is among the most discussed about among your meal partners. This is not just a sprinkle of truffles but a serving of fresh, shaved truffles. It carries a slightly earthy flavour dominated by cheese.

Involtino di Melanzane all’Ortolana

It is among those basic culinary delights with beautiful presentation in disguise. It has balanced and light flavours. It has ricotta stuffed eggplants blending well with peppery artichoke and hot marinated peppers. Although, the use of exotic ingredients works in this context, it is the eggplant that may catch your interest. The ricotta is made so pleasantly rich yet subtle that the dish becomes interesting altogether.

5 Successful Dating Tips from Movie "Hitch"

To excel in the dating game it is important to be guided by the player and they don’t come much better than date doctor Alex Hitchens in short ‘Hitch’. So we took his word as a piece of gospel when he said that ‘With no guile and no game there is no girl’. These are few of the tips from his movie ‘Hitch’ to help you guys to see the forest through the sleaze.

Principle 1: No woman wakes up saying god I hope I don’t get swept off my feet today

No species after bacteria existed on the planet that doesn’t require admiration from the fellow species. Women are on the top of this ladder so not only they want it but also all of it. Did I say women are high on vanity chart (don’t tell your prospect this).

If she tell you that she is going through a very bad time or need personal space or Hitch personal favorite that I’m really into my career right now. What she really meant is get off me now or try harder stupid. Which one is it for you to decide?

Principle 2: 90% of what you say is ain’t coming out of your mouth.

Body language plays a major role initially so try to be better at it. For a fact 60% of all human communication is body language and 30%is your tone so basically 90% of what you say ain’t coming out of your mouth. People keep on preparing and worrying about the 10% of it while neglecting the rest 90%, which play a major role in securing the first date. Work on the 90% and let the 10% be taken care on the first date.

Principal 3: Beautiful doesn’t know what she wants until she sees it.

Well this is true for all of us but more for those busty beautifuls who until now spend all their faculties on building those curves as elegant as a F1 track. Testimony to that ask Christian Kerembu or Celine Dion. Take your pick whom do you prefer.

Principle 4: Be what you are, you have something to offer to her which no other man can.

The most common mistake that most guys commit is try to be somebody else to impress the women of their dreams. Most fail at it without guessing so try to be what you are. You cannot use what you do not have, so if you are shy then be shy.

She may not want the whole true but she does want to see the real you. She may not want to see all at once but she does want to see it. So be yourself as she said yes to you when she could have said no.

Principle 5: Give her space and maintain a vision

On first date, key is to hang back and give her plenty of space. If she lingers on a photograph move on but maintain vision. Domestic dreams on private time when you are with her be with her. Women respond when you respond to them. Therefore, when she speaks just listen to her as when your turn will come you will have better things to say than I like your mouth. Please stop imagining how she looks naked.

So get off from the couch now and try few of these tonight in the club and have time of your life.

Canker Sores

These sores are usually found in the mouth. It could be on the roof of the mouth, beneath the tongue (on the soft palate), inside the chick, on the inside of the lips or beneath the gum.

Canker sores are usually very painful and will go away between 7-10 days.

There is no known cure for these sores, neither is there a known cause for them. Unlike the cold sores, these are not contagious and you need not worry if a member of your family or a close friend has them.

Canker sores usually present themselves as a whitish lesion with a red border, a small bump or red spot which produces a slight burning/tingling sensation.

What causes canker sores? The following are some of the causes;

1. Braces could break the mucous membrane causing an infection

2. Weak immune system

3. Allergic response

4. Inflammatory bowel diseases

5. Certain food stuff eg. chocolate,coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese etc.

6. Hormonal shifts during menstruation periods

7. Highly acidic foods such as pineapples

8. Emotional stress

9. HIV AIDS suppresses the immune system

There are two types of canker sores, minor sores and major sores. When you have minor sores, you will notice an oval lesion in your mouth, under your tongue or inside the chick which should clear between 1-2 weeks leaving no scar. Major sores however present themselves as large lesions and can last for a month or even years. They heal leaving an

extensive scar.

What are the symptoms of canker sores? These include fever, listlessness, swollen glands. It is best therefore that you make sure that your immune system is at its peak to avoid this infection and other opportunistic infection.

Factors Affecting Consumer Behavior

Consumer behavior refers to the selection, purchase and consumption of goods and services for the satisfaction of their wants. There are different processes involved in the consumer behavior. Initially the consumer tries to find what commodities he would like to consume, then he selects only those commodities that promise greater utility. After selecting the commodities, the consumer makes an estimate of the available money which he can spend. Lastly, the consumer analyzes the prevailing prices of commodities and takes the decision about the commodities he should consume. Meanwhile, there are various other factors influencing the purchases of consumer such as social, cultural, personal and psychological. The explanation of these factors is given below.

1. Cultural Factors

Consumer behavior is deeply influenced by cultural factors such as: buyer culture, subculture, and social class.

• Culture

Basically, culture is the part of every society and is the important cause of person wants and behavior. The influence of culture on buying behavior varies from country to country therefore marketers have to be very careful in analyzing the culture of different groups, regions or even countries.

• Subculture

Each culture contains different subcultures such as religions, nationalities, geographic regions, racial groups etc. Marketers can use these groups by segmenting the market into various small portions. For example marketers can design products according to the needs of a particular geographic group.

• Social Class

Every society possesses some form of social class which is important to the marketers because the buying behavior of people in a given social class is similar. In this way marketing activities could be tailored according to different social classes. Here we should note that social class is not only determined by income but there are various other factors as well such as: wealth, education, occupation etc.

2. Social Factors

Social factors also impact the buying behavior of consumers. The important social factors are: reference groups, family, role and status.

• Reference Groups

Reference groups have potential in forming a person attitude or behavior. The impact of reference groups varies across products and brands. For example if the product is visible such as dress, shoes, car etc then the influence of reference groups will be high. Reference groups also include opinion leader (a person who influences other because of his special skill, knowledge or other characteristics).

• Family

Buyer behavior is strongly influenced by the member of a family. Therefore marketers are trying to find the roles and influence of the husband, wife and children. If the buying decision of a particular product is influenced by wife then the marketers will try to target the women in their advertisement. Here we should note that buying roles change with change in consumer lifestyles.

• Roles and Status

Each person possesses different roles and status in the society depending upon the groups, clubs, family, organization etc. to which he belongs. For example a woman is working in an organization as finance manager. Now she is playing two roles, one of finance manager and other of mother. Therefore her buying decisions will be influenced by her role and status.

3. Personal Factors

Personal factors can also affect the consumer behavior. Some of the important personal factors that influence the buying behavior are: lifestyle, economic situation, occupation, age, personality and self concept.

• Age

Age and life-cycle have potential impact on the consumer buying behavior. It is obvious that the consumers change the purchase of goods and services with the passage of time. Family life-cycle consists of different stages such young singles, married couples, unmarried couples etc which help marketers to develop appropriate products for each stage.

• Occupation

The occupation of a person has significant impact on his buying behavior. For example a marketing manager of an organization will try to purchase business suits, whereas a low level worker in the same organization will purchase rugged work clothes.

• Economic Situation

Consumer economic situation has great influence on his buying behavior. If the income and savings of a customer is high then he will purchase more expensive products. On the other hand, a person with low income and savings will purchase inexpensive products.

• Lifestyle

Lifestyle of customers is another import factor affecting the consumer buying behavior. Lifestyle refers to the way a person lives in a society and is expressed by the things in his/her surroundings. It is determined by customer interests, opinions, activities etc and shapes his whole pattern of acting and interacting in the world.

• Personality

Personality changes from person to person, time to time and place to place. Therefore it can greatly influence the buying behavior of customers. Actually, Personality is not what one wears; rather it is the totality of behavior of a man in different circumstances. It has different characteristics such as: dominance, aggressiveness, self-confidence etc which can be useful to determine the consumer behavior for particular product or service.

4. Psychological Factors

There are four important psychological factors affecting the consumer buying behavior. These are: perception, motivation, learning, beliefs and attitudes.

• Motivation

The level of motivation also affects the buying behavior of customers. Every person has different needs such as physiological needs, biological needs, social needs etc. The nature of the needs is that, some of them are most pressing while others are least pressing. Therefore a need becomes a motive when it is more pressing to direct the person to seek satisfaction.

• Perception

Selecting, organizing and interpreting information in a way to produce a meaningful experience of the world is called perception. There are three different perceptual processes which are selective attention, selective distortion and selective retention. In case of selective attention, marketers try to attract the customer attention. Whereas, in case of selective distortion, customers try to interpret the information in a way that will support what the customers already believe. Similarly, in case of selective retention, marketers try to retain information that supports their beliefs.

• Beliefs and Attitudes

Customer possesses specific belief and attitude towards various products. Since such beliefs and attitudes make up brand image and affect consumer buying behavior therefore marketers are interested in them. Marketers can change the beliefs and attitudes of customers by launching special campaigns in this regard.

Shaun T Insanity VS the P90X Workout Program – Which One is Better?

Over the next couple minutes you will learn the comparisons and differences between these two rival “workout at home” exercise programs.

The P90X workout program used to be the one exercise program that everyone knew thanks to early morning and late night infomercials. Recently Beachbody added a new program to the game that to some may be considered a rival, that program is Shaun T Insanity.

But which one is more intense?

Comparably they are both equal in their own rights but each workout program focuses on a different approach towards fitness.

I have personally used both programs and this gives me the rare opportunity to offer a first hand look at both the P90X workout program and Shaun T Insanity. After this article you will be fully equipped with the answers you are looking for.

Which works better? P90X or the Insanity workout?

Great questions, though it’s hard to put both workout programs side by side as it’s not a simple apples to apples comparison but more like apples to oranges. Both programs are capable of offering a huge physical challenge but each has it’s own approach and it’s own target results. I’ll explain.

The P90X workout program is a 90 day system which could otherwise be considered an “at home boot camp”. You will need a chin up bar, a chair, a set of dumbbells and/or bands, shoes, plus about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half 6 days a week. The 7th day is an optional stretch or complete rest day.

From first hand experience I like to look at P90X as a “all-in-one” program. It is not designed to just bulk you up, it’s not going to just help you lose weight, it’s not just balance, and it’s not just cardio.

The P90X workout program just tosses a bit of everything into the equation. You lift heavy one day (or light if you want);, you’re punching and kicking with Kenpo karate another day, and to top it off on other days you will be doing 1 and a half hours of Yoga for a complete mind/ body/ soul adventure.

You will go through three phases of 1 month each in P90X with each month switching it up. Most of the cardio, stretch, and balance routines stay the same. The difference in each phase is that you change out the resistance workouts so that your muscles are constantly challenged so they will always be receptive to the workout rather than plateauing.

Shaun T Insanity takes a completely different approach. The workout program is 60-days in length and is based solely on Plyometrics, Core, and Cardio training. You will not lift weights, you will not do chin ups, you don’t need a chair, and the workouts range from 35-45 minutes the first phase to 1 hour and 15 minutes the second phase.

You will need very good shoes, preferably a mat to jump on, and near perfect form to avoid injury.

You can already see that Shaun T Insanity is different than P90X so how are the comparable?

The Insanity workout program, though shorter in length, is based on maximum effort Interval cardio. Meaning it’s all about fast, powerful, and coordinated moves. You will still be doing push-ups just like in P90X but otherwise you only use your body, gravity, and will power to push through.

I am telling you from personally experience, with Insanity you literally drip buckets of sweat, seriously! Just because it’s shorter than P90X doesn’t mean it’s not as intense.

You will not be running in one place for an hour, you are jumping around, squatting, balancing, and crunching your core. Shaun T Insanity is on the same level as P90X but the difference is you don’t need extra equipment, you won’t be lifting weights, and the workouts go by much faster.

Insanity is more for the leaner ripped look while P90X will allow for more muscle size and strength.

If you have already completed P90X then I will tell you this. Shaun T Insanity is like taking P90X Plyometrics, doubling the intensity, and doing it 6 days a week.

So which one is better, P90X or Shaun T Insanity?

I don’t think you will find one “better than the other” but what you will find are two different approaches towards fitness.

P90X is a longer 90 day program that has longer workouts but incorporates a slower pace compared to Insanity offering more time to adapt and become stronger. Also you are lifting weights so there is more potential to gain size and muscle definition.

Shaun T Insanity is 60 days with much shorter and faster pace workouts, you won’t be able to adapt as fast and you won’t get great results by pausing through each workout. Insanity is a balls to the walls style workout, it’s straight forward and fast but demands major motivation and energy.

Both workout programs have a “mix-it-up” style so each one changes things throughout the program so there is no monotony.

One final note, if you have knees or lower body joint issues, Insanity may not be for you. It is based on a lot of jumping and really can and will tax your knees and joints if not performed correctly. It is much higher impact compared to P90X. That is something to consider when looking at the two side by side.

Because of the approach Insanity takes I like to look at it this way. If you feel you are P90X capable and are in decent shape, if you can do push-ups, chin-ups, and if you can handle interval cardio, then either program is suitable.

If you cannot do some or all of the previously mentioned exercises then it’s better to avoid Insanity until you can at least complete P90X. Insanity is not a beginner workout, so if you just stepping back into the physical fitness game, throw the ego out, start somewhere small and build up.

Health Benefits Of Truffles

Although truffles are very costly, there are now many more reasons to eat it apart from the truth that it is very exciting to eat a delicacy. One of these reasons is you are consuming truffles because these may bring you health benefits.

Through the years, contentions have been hounding the health benefits and nutritional value of truffles and mushrooms, generally. People say that edible mushrooms like truffles have no nutritional value at all and these are used just to add flavor to a selection of staple dishes.

Yet, more recent reports show that truffles and various sorts of mushrooms can bring a great deal of health benefits especially to vegetarians, individuals who don’t eat meat and only consume vegetables.

Technically, truffles are mushrooms that don’t have stems and are usually discovered under the ground-usually under oak, pine, beech, and pecan trees mostly in Europe including various parts of Italy, France, Slovenia and Croatia. In Asia, some varieties are located in China along with in Middle East while there are also some types native to North Africa.

So far, truffles are used only in the culinary field-as main ingredient to various dishes or as flavoring and garnishes to different specialties. The most frequent gourmet edible truffles that are being employed in various restaurants include the French Black Truffles, the Italian White Truffles, the Chinese Truffles, and the Summer Truffles.

If you are fond of eating truffles and mushrooms generally, here are the some of the health benefits that you are able to expect:

1. It is a good source of high protein. Truffles have high protein content ranging from 20 to 30 percent for each serving. Experts say that truffles are excellent sources of high protein content which it very ideal because these contain all the amino acids necessary to good nutrition for humans. For people who don’t consume fats and carbohydrates- specially to people who are having Western diets-truffles are very ideal since it is a fantastic source of protein.

2. It is in addition a moderate source of carbs. The main element of truffles and mushrooms in the main is carbohydrates derived from glycogen and chitin or also called the fungus cellulose which is a functional proponents of the fungal cell wall. All the same, compared to other vegetables, truffles have lower proportions of carbohydrates. This is in addition very good for people suffering from diabetes because truffles have low value of energy.

3. It is low-fat. As it is vegetable, truffles are ideal for individuals who cannot and do not want to consume too much fat. When dried, it has only about two to eight percent of fat which are mostly crude fat and lipid compounds such as fatty acids, sterols, phospholipids, glycerides and linoleic acid.

4. It is cholesterol free. This is probably the largest benefit to health of truffles. Through the years, cholesterol has been thought to be of the risk aspects of coronary heart conditions and other associated diseases. If you are inclined to stroke or heart attack or you have a family history any heart complaint, it would be great to consume cholesterol free food such as truffles to help you decrease your total cholesterol levels.

Stay Broke Not Poor

Stay broke! You heard me, stay broke but not poor. What is the difference? Broke is a temporary situation. Broke people have money they just misuse it. Poor is being destitute or lacking sufficient resources. I got this from Grant Cardone’s, The Millionaire Booklet. It also aligns with Dave Ramsey’s concept of naming every dollar.

This is about increasing cash flow and wealth building. Staying broke is a financial strategy to help you reach financial freedom. What does staying broke not poor really mean? First, it means having a monthly cashflow plan (budget). Second, you are practicing delayed gratification. Third, reinvesting your money into yourself and your business.

This is for wealth builders. Those entrepreneurs who are not playing average. The average business owner in the United states makes less $25,000 per year. 91% of all small businesses earn less than $250,000 per year and 80% of entrepreneurs are failing within 18 months of start-up. Playing average sucks. So don’t play average.

Perfect Examples

You see examples of entertainers and athletes who get paid big and a few years later are filing bankruptcy. There is no shortage of stories of athletes or entertainers that have filed bankruptcy or have became broke after a big payday. Top draft picks start buying toys, living lavishly, or make bad business decisions. Entertainers throw big parties, “buy” the bar, and get into debt buying things they can’t afford.

You check out Wikipedia for the statistics of famous people going broke or filing bankruptcy. These are prime examples of people who got big paychecks but did not stay broke. Athletes have a short career. There is a short window for them to produce a huge amount of income. Entertainers have to stay relevant in their industry before the well runs dry. You, as an entrepreneur, have the ability to continue to produce.

Stay Broke

Understand that I am not telling you to cramp your current lifestyle. Staying broke requires discipline. It is making sure that you focus 95% of your time building your biggest assets. Which is you and your business. Grow faster by staying on a budget and reinvesting in your business.

People underestimate how long it takes to be successful in generating positive cashflow. They do not prepare for the peaks and valleys that are going to occur. Furthermore they are not ready for the lean times or when a part of their business fails. But staying broke can help you weather the storm that comes.

5.5 Aspects of Staying Broke

1.Cashflow Plan – In order to stay broke you have to know where your money is going. Everyone needs a cashflow plan. Know where every dollar is going. Give every cent an assignment. Money that doesn’t have an assignment tends to get lost. Tracking your dollars keeps you out of financial trouble. Money that hangs around with no purpose gets spent, wasted, or blown.

2. Delayed Gratification – I made this mistake often. I would spend my bonuses and every huge increase. I was naive to think it will always come in. I didn’t save or reinvest into my business. Thus I became broke and homeless. “Ballin” is stupid. Especially when you don’t have the assets to support it. Leave the flashiness behind. Forget impressing people and being “turnt up”.

That big client you just landed doesn’t signal it’s time to spend and get stupid with the new increase. Delay that impulse. Put that money back into your business to create more revenue. Go land some more big clients. Delay indulgence now so you can indulge later when you are financial free.

3. Increase Income – Income is king and this is the only thing that matters. Remember, we are not playing average. Businesses succeed when revenue increases. Incremental increase is key. Going from $4k per month to $4 million over night is nearly impossible. Look to double your income over the next several months. Always look to increase revenue. More sales = success.

4. Sacred Accounts – Put all that extra income into Sacred Accounts. When something is sacred you do not touch it. You don’t violated it. This money is for future use to help create more assets. I have a real estate account which I haven’t touched in years. I put a portion of my income into it every month. All of my extra cash goes into that account and I don’t touch it.

You are saving to invest. Not saving to save. This money is designated to a future purpose to create more income. It could be a second business, real estate, or something else that will increase your income flows. The key is… you are not just saving. You are studying while you are saving and learning about your next investment.

Understand it could be years before you pull the trigger. I have saved in my real estate account for 2 years. I am studying and active in the areas I want to invest in. Study while you save.

5. Reinvest Your Profits – A part goes to your sacred accounts. Reinvest the rest after all your necessities are taken care of. Put that the money back into your business and yourself. Need to invest in coaching to get better? Then do it.

5.5 These Things Take Time – Idea + Hard Work x Time + Discipline = Success. Are you committed to getting rich? How serious are you about creating wealth? I don’t know how long it will take you to produce a six figure income. I do know it takes work, time, discipline, and access to capital. My mentor went from welfare to earning $10 million dollars in less than 3 years.

Game Time

Success takes time. Stay broke and continue to grind. The choice to stay broke is yours. You are voluntarily choosing to build your business so you can be financially free later. “Pay the price now so you can pay the any price later”.-Grant Cardone

How to Make a Frozen Cocktail

A cocktail is a well know drink globally and is enjoyed all around the world. It involves combining fresh fruits and juices, mixed with crushed ice and alcohol to create a great tasting beverage. The cocktail is synonymous with beach front and tropical settings, but can also be seen in bars or at events and parties.

The cocktail is believed to have come from Italian culture. The Italians have been making a drink called the frozen granita for centuries. This involves shaving ice off a large block and crushing it. This is then mixed with available juices, such as lemon, orange and watermelon. This would ultimately create a slushie like beverage, which is enjoyed by both kids and adults.

The granita laid the platform for the frozen cocktail. People starting adding left over bits of alcohol into the granita which formed an alcoholic slushie. From here people came up with different recipes and today there are hundreds of cocktail recipes.

Making a cocktail can be pretty easy. It is just a matter of mixing some juices and alcohol. However, a frozen cocktail is a little bit more challenging. To make one, you need about half a kilo of ice. This needs to be broken down into smaller pieces. To achieve this, you can use a few techniques. The first is to use a blender. This is the easiest way. All you do is put the ice inside and blend for 30 seconds and it will finish in a nice slushie texture. You can also use a pestle and mortar and break down the ice, doing only a handful at a time.

Once you have the ice into a crushed form, you can then start mixing the rest of the ingredients. So, to make a tequila sunrise, you would need a few ingredients. You would need 2 peaches, a handful of raspberries, 100ml of tequila and a fresh lime. You need to chop up all the fruit into small pieces. You can then blend or use the pestle and mortar to crush. You mix this into a jug with your crushed ice and stir thoroughly. You can then add the tequila. This will also help to break down the fruit a bit so it is in more of a liquid consistency for easier drinking. Then all you need to do is squeeze in one fresh lime and mix together and you will have a refreshing cocktail.

With today’s modern technology you don’t have to go to all this effort if you don’t want to. There is a machine available on the market which automates this whole process. It is commonly know as the slushie machine or the cocktail machine. All you need to do is pour in ready to go juice or flavouring, There are hundreds of ready to go cocktail mixes available so you don’t have to mix any fresh fruits. The best part is the cocktail machine turns the liquid into ice after sixty minutes, so you don’t need to add any ice. A spinning auger inside the slushie machines mixes all the juice and ice and then you can just pull down the handle and the drinks are ready. The downside to these machines are that they are expensive to buy. You can hire a cocktail machine relatively cheap from a party hire supplier if you only need to use it occasionally.

Frozen cocktails are delicious whether you make them by hand or use a slushie machine.