China Glaze Spring 2011: Anchors Away

(I know, I’ve been absent. Lots going on right now. In the meantime, I leave you with this press release for Anchors Away!)

ALL HANDS ON DECK
China Glaze Introduces 12 New Glitters And Crèmes For Spring 2011
Los Angeles, CA – (October 2010): Sail away this spring in 12 nautically-inspired colors from China Glaze. These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea. Colors in this collection include:
·        Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
·        Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red.
·        Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
·        First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème.
·        Starboard: Hip and playful green crème.
·        Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
·        White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white.
·        Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey crème.
·        Sea Spray: Calming pale blue crème.
·        Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet.
·        Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine crème.
·        Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer.
This spring, take a relaxing trip to the shore and sail away with China Glaze. Stop and smell the sea breeze!
The China Glaze Anchors Away collection will be available in two 6 piece acetates, a 12 piece display, a 36 piece rack, and as open stock colors.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.
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Christmas is Almost Here

Christmas is one of … OK let’s be serious … Christmas is my only favorite holiday.  How can you not like family gatherings, shopping for fun gifts, baking cookies, decorating your house, etc.  I get such a thrill from the whole process.

I just can’t understand the Scrooges who don’t like Christmas, for whatever reason.  Maybe it’s the commercialization, maybe its the goofy traditions.  I don’t know – I kind of see where they’re coming from, but i think they’re just wound too tight.

I know lots of parents whose kids are just waiting for that next hot toy to show up under their tree.  For example tech toys and tablets for christmas.  Robotic toys are also going to be big sellers this year.

And don’t get me started with movies and toys.  Marvel toys, Disney toys, especially Frozen toys.  There’s so much to go around.  Who know what to pick.  Kids will love them all, I bet.

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Cleaning Tips

Appliances

To rid yellowing from white appliances, try this: Mix together 1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Apply with a sponge and let set for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

For quick clean-ups, clean with equal parts of water and household ammonia.

You may also try club soda. It cleans and polishes at the same time.

You can wax large appliances with car wax to make them shine and to remove small scratches.

Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with rubbing alcohol.

Clogged Drains

To keep your drains unclogged from grease, pour a cup of salt water and a cup of soda into the drain followed by a pan of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain.

Lye is just as effective as any Household drainer and less expensive too!

Grind orange rinds or a half lemon in the disposal to remove unpleasant odors.

Never put celery or other stringy matter in the disposal.

If the disposal does not seem to want to turn on, shut-off the switch, and look at the bottom of the disposal for a reset button. Never put your hand into the disposal without disconnecting the electricity to it.

Windows

Clean windows with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bucket of warm water.

Shine windows with a newspaper. It’s cheap and easy. For a really fine shine, after the windows are dry, rub a clean blackboard eraser over them.

Clean windows on an average temperature day. Too hot of a day will cause windows to streak.

Dry windows outside in one direction and inside in the other direction. If you see a streak, you will know if it is inside or out.

To keep frost off windows, add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or anti-freeze to each quart of water used. Rub the inside of windows with a sponge that has been dipped in the rubbing alcohol of anti-freeze. Polish with newspapers or paper towels.

Make your own spray cleaner by filling a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar and cool water. Add a drop or two of food coloring to look like the blue or green kind.

Eliminate sticky windows by dipping a small brush in petroleum jelly and paint it on the inside molding once a year.

To clean window sills, pour a little diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. The spots will disappear and the sills will look freshly painted.

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Organizational Tips

Closet Organizational Tips

Sort everything. Separate sweaters from sweatshirts, pants from skirts and other items in a logical manner. Sort by color as well to make last-minute outfit-planning a breeze.
Once you’ve narrowed down your wardrobe, it’s time to consider your space. Utilize floor space, the back of doors and all interior walls.
Always store items, like sweaters, T-shirts and other folded clothing, on shelves. Hanging sweaters will ruin their shape over time and take up valuable hanging space.
Keep items you frequently use at eye level or below and items you seldom use higher up on shelves. Labeled bins or boxes are a great way to store bathing suits and long johns on higher shelves.
Take the time to go through and distinguish the clothing and shoes you actually wear versus what you don’t. Consider donating the items you no longer wear and clothing that doesn’t fit you. This is the fastest way to a clutter-free closet.
Explore ready-made closet organizers. From high-end, designer styles to inexpensive plastic solutions, there are dozens of closet systems available that will give you lots of options for hanging, folding and storing shoes.
Consider using a seasonal system to cut down on the amount of stuff in your closet. Store out-of-season items in plastic storage bins, and keep them in an attic, basement or under the bed until the seasons change.
If you aren’t sure about whether or not to keep an item, flag the hanger with a piece of ribbon or marker. If you wear the item, remove the flag. If it’s still tagged the next time you declutter your closet, it’s time to donate.
Look for items that are stored in your closet that would make better sense in another storage area. If you’re storing Christmas decorations in a bedroom closet, look for a utility closet with some space to stash your holiday gear, and free up more room for your clothes.
Make sure everything has a specific space. Install slots for shoes, cubbies for clothes that should be folded or other built-in solutions.
Use small totes or clear plastic bins to store toiletries and other items that can get unwieldy.
Look at all items in your closets with a critical eye. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, consider throwing it out.
To save room in a small closet, move bulky coats, mud boots or rain boots to a coat closet. You won’t need these seasonal items every day, so save space for items you’ll want at hand more often.

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No Magic Here

Journey is a fantastic narrative with impeccable animation and a well-thought-out and charming feel to it. The game is wrought with emotion and fun challenges, causing a perfect balance of gameplay and storytelling.
The game can be played online with another anonymous player adventuring alongside you as you play. And what’s clever about this is that you want to have a friend playing with you as the game rewards you for interacting with the anonymous friend. I had an anonymous friend who was with me for most of my journey (ah! see? clever.) but disappeared towards the end.

The only game I can compare it to is Shadow Of The Colossus, as both games are minimal, epic and share themes of ruins, higher beings and rock monsters. They both have a powerful orchestral soundtrack and are both standout pieces of interactive art that I have had great pleasure in experiencing.

Don’t let that comparison fool you, it’s obvious that Journey is inspired by Shadow Of The Colossus but they are entirely different games.
However, if you have a PS3, it would be a great disservice to not play Shadow Of The Colossus or Journey. They are just 2 games that you HAVE to play if you respect video games in any form.

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What about this weather

Are you kidding me.  It’s April 15 and it’s now pouring raining, and we’re actually going to get some snow tonight.  I know we’re halfway into April but what ever happened to “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb”.  This is some lamb!  The only good thing about all this rain (I think we got 2 inches today) is that it will be a while before we are in danger of being in a drought.

I’m still not convinced by all this global warming talk.  I know it’s more than just talk, and so many scientists say we’re in for it if we don’t change our ways.  But my gut tells me that our climate has changed for eons and it’s always going to change for eons, regardless of what we do here on earth.  Plus the models they put together don’t seem to have worked out too well.  But I’ll still on the fence and when I have some mroe time I’ll take a closer look at all the data.

Well here’s hoping for some calmer weather around here.

Animated-Beach-Sunset-Scene

 

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Weight Measurement

There are many applications that require accurate weight measurement.  Very small and precise measurements are required in laboratories, very large weights are measured in the mining industry, and there are many levels in between,

The shipping industry typically requires accuracies down to the ounce.  Everyday bathroom scales also have a resolution down to about an ounce.

Once a smaller digital scale is tared there is not much need for re-calibration.  In fact many scales are self calibrating.  That is the state of the art in 2014.  Most people do not even think about digital scale calibration.

Another concept in weight measurement is the load cell.  Heavier measurement scales and devices typically have a load cell at each corner.  This allows for the weight to be uncentered.  The measurement will still be as accurate.

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Need a Toy?

THere are so many places to find reviews for toys.  Amazon is the probably the best place to buy them, even though they’re raising the price of Amazon Prime this year.

I can’t believe that Furbys are still going strong.  I played with these toys when I was just a kid.  Although I couldn’t stand how you couldn’t shut them off.  I think they have ways to do that now.

Legos are still very popular now, they are still very hot toys.  Now they even have their own movie.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my very first blog.  I haven’t blogged before, so please excuse my writing.  Stay tuned for more articles.

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