If you’re over a certain age you’ll remember that home movies used to be taken on large cameras and then shown on projectors setup in the living room. The image and sound quality were usually subpar, but the films were still treasured records of family events and history. Film was replaced by video tape in the 1980s, though the early video cameras were quite bulky and the quality of the resulting home movies were still clearly amateurish.
Fast forward to 2010 and it’s now possible to make high quality home movies with something as small as a cell phone. Today’s average Hd camera also comes with video editing software so that home movies can be edited to look like professional films — sometimes without having to upload the clips to a computer first. There are other great features available on modern cameras. These include the ability to easily upload filmed clips to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube or to share them through email.
Smaller cameras are very affordable. This is giving not only lovers of home movies the opportunity to capture everyday events, but budding filmmakers now have a leg up over filmmakers of the past. Amateur directors can easily shoot and edit high def short films and even feature-length films at a fraction of the cost of twenty or even ten years ago. In addition, the new generation of cameras is designed to be easy to use, so the learning curve for recording and editing is much smaller. People can literally buy a camera one day and have a finished short film ready to share online the next day.
Road trips can be a fun, family-bonding experience, but they can also feel hectic. If you need to get to your destination in a hurry, or want to avoid the unhealthy snacks lurking off of every highway exit, it may be best to pack some fun snacks from your own kitchen.
1. Peanut Butter “Quesadilla”
The first snack is a peanut butter “quesadilla.” Spread a generous amount of peanut butter on one side of a tortilla. This snack is especially fun, and convenient, since you use whatever you might happen to have in the kitchen. Some good topping ideas would be raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, M&M’s and finely chopped apple pieces. Once you’ve added your toppings apply a thinner layer of peanut butter to the second tortilla and place it on top of the first. Use a pizza cutter to slice into triangles.
2. Turkey and Cheese Rolls
Turkey and cheese rolls are a good choice for a more filling snack. Take some whole wheat pitas or tortillas; add cheese, turkey, lettuce, and a bit of mayonnaise. For a more compact, travel-friendly sandwich, roll it up instead of keeping it flat. To make pita easier to wrap, stick it in the microwave for about fifteen second.
3. Trail Mix
Another option is a fresh version of trail-mix. To start, gather some zip-lock bags or plastic containers. Chop apples, and pears and put them in the container. Next, add some hard cheese that has been cut into small cubed pieces. Next, add other small treats like assorted nuts, chocolate chips, raisins and sunflower seeds. A treat like this has variety, and will keep kids occupied on the road.
4. Ants on a Log The standard ants on a log is another good food to travel with. Simply spread peanut butter on cut celery and add raisins if desired. For a new twist, spread low-fat cream cheese on celery instead of peanut butter. A few imitation-bacon bits can be added on top to spice things up.
5. Cupcake Macaroni and Cheese
If you have time to cook before leaving, try baking macaroni and cheese in cupcake holders. After being baked, the mac and cheese has a crispier texture which can be enjoyed hot or cold. The compact shape given by the cupcake holders, make this snack ideal for travel.
While it may seem daunting to get yourself packed and get the kids sitting happily in the car, hungry bellies don’t need to be a challenge on the road! Now the number of “Are-we-there-yet”s is an entirely different story!
One of the worst things about this modern and fast paced world is that many people now are feeling the effects of being just too stressed out. This is not only an uncomfortable experience but long term stress will cause a myriad of health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, belly fat and problems with sleeping . There are ways though, that many people are gaining a handle on this through relaxation techniques. These techniques are essential in one’s quest for overall optimal health is increasing the quality of life for many people.
Even when your stress is under control, finding ways to relax should still be a practice in everyday life. Some of the health benefits will include a lowering of blood pressure, the reduction of chronic pain, concentration will increase as well as self confidence and overall happiness. When one practices this, they will find that the things that used to get to them throughout the day, not longer affect them, the stress is prevented before it even happens. Hottubs are a great way to relax – even if you are wearing makeup!! The size and the shape of spas will affect the impact of one’s experience, however the size will affect this more than the shape. Shape will determine how many people will fit in the tub, and the variety of benches and positions that one can sit in.
The shape will also enhance the entire design of one’s backyard. But the size will greatly affect the satisfaction one has with their tub and the performance of that tub. While larger hot tubs and spas will create the space for more people, they are more expensive than smaller tubs, but they will usually have many more jets and a variety of angles, so it may be worth the price for maximum performance, maximum stress relief and improved women’s fitness levels. It is amazing the effects that take place with just ten minutes spent in a hot tub. Immediately one will feel the weight of the world just slip away. Sleep will come quickly, and one will wake up rested, stress free and ready to take on what the day may bring.
Getting married in Singapore is easy and simple once you understand the requirements, rules and information for weddings and marriages in Singapore. Once you have these down, then it will be a breeze to pick a wedding venue Singapore offers its newlyweds.
Everything you need to know about getting married in Singapore is available on-line at the Registry of Marriages (ROM). Any marriage taking place in Singapore, and a few that don’t, must be registered with the ROM. Here are a few tips on how to do that:
First, choose your location: If you plan to have the solemnisation outside of the ROM, then you must choose your own solemniser. If you don’t know of one, you will find a list of authorized officiates on the ROM website; they all work on a voluntary basis.
Second, you need to file a notice of your intended marriage. To do this, you need a valid passport and you must meet the same eligibility requirements that citizens do. You will also need to include the details of your two witnesses in you application. At least one of you must have been a resident in Singapore for at least 15 days before filing a notice of marriage. Regardless of citizenship, this legal rule applies to all. The earliest you may solemnise your marriage is 21 days from the date of application and the latest is 3 month.
Third, when your application is successful, both of you are required to go to the ROM on the date and time specified, there’s usually three days before solemnisation, for verification of documents and administration of statutory declaration.
Last, your Solemensation: this is your actual wedding ceremony, the place where you’ll be saying you ‘I do’s’ and receive your marriage certificate.
Marriages that take place in Singapore are recognized in most countries, but it is wise to check with your embassy and make sure if it is legal in your home country.
Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the controversial best seller, “Lean In”. She is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and she is one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave a powerful and inspiring TEDTalk where she discusses how women unintentionally hold themselves back from experiencing real success in their careers. Her commentary from this event has been viewed more than two million times and has developed into a hot topic of debate for both men and women.
Advises Women to Make Career a Priority
Sheryl Sandburg encouraged women to sit down at the table, look for challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with enthusiasm and determination. In her book, Sheryl digs deeper into the daily struggles and difficult decisions professional women face when they try to make their career a priority in their lives.
She analyzes and offers advice on this challenging topic using her own personal anecdotes, compelling data, and detailed research. Sheryl uses this book to offer working women valuable career development advice, mentorship, and practical negotiation techniques.
Can Women have it All?
One controversial concept she discusses is women need to let go of the dream that they can “have it all”. It is too difficult to achieve great professional and personal success without additional help. She describes specific steps women can take to help them combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment without becoming overwhelmed. She also suggested men can personally benefit by supporting women at home and at work.
Sheryl wrote “Lean In” to help women establish realistic goals for individual growth. She uses her experiences and humor to explain that women can do anything they set their mind to do, but it will require some help along the way.
Starts by Changing How Women View Themselves
Her book discusses in great detail how women are pulling back when they should be “leaning in”. Having a lack of self-confidence, assertiveness, or competitiveness is holding women back from receiving high power positions. She points out that most women are less comfortable in leadership roles and they need to develop that comfort level to rise to the top.
Although Sheryl does not speak for all women, she does have a real understanding of the struggles women face trying to get ahead and how hard it is to achieve a healthy work/life balance in today’s fast-paced business world. Not every woman is going to seek the same level of professional success as she did, but as whole, women need to accept that we can’t do it all on our own and it is okay to ask for support. Men have been relying on help from women for years.
Sheryl Sandberg talk to Oprah on the three biggest mistakes women make
In the contemporary business world, learning how to work together might just be the single-most important skill in maintaining a competitive advantage. Being able to approach the daily goals along with the long-term vision with a unified front is not just good sense, but a proven way of getting things done. It also makes for a much more active workforce, where the team can function as a self-contained system, where people inspire each other to do their best, and to give their all. The secrets of success here are not based on any kind of hidden quantity, like some elusive philosopher’s stone for effective business practices, but are actually based on simple and practical techniques .
There are many organizations that run into difficulties, without knowing exactly where things started to go off track. With a little work and plain old-fashioned elbow grease, it’s always possible to find the way back to that yellow brick road that can lead toward the original vision that started things rolling in the beginning. Effective teamwork is something that’s not necessarily easy, but it is based on certain principles that teams tend to fall into rather naturally, when they are introduced in the right way, and at the right time. This is exactly how teams can grow, too, and when there are training courses to reinforce the learning, then something spectacular can happen.
Teamwork begins with a common experience to help the team remember why they are there in the first place. Courses and seminars can be an entirely effective tool in unifying a group, so that working toward a common goal becomes obvious, and rather liberating. Human beings seem to be geared toward a work ethic that means working together. It is fulfilling, emotionally and financially, to pursue single tasks together with a singular vision. It can be a tricky balance, where individuals need to be recognized for their individual contributions, while simultaneously being recognized for their ability to pursue visions together. It’s quite possible, however, and the rewards seem to be never-ending.
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This fascinating experiment from Dove shows how women are truly their own worst enemies. They put themselves down and see faults where there are none. What was fascinating was that the artist never met any of the people and without exception when another person described the woman they were much more beautiful than the women saw themselves. Its no real surprise but I wonder if we will ever get better.
Women in sports is a popular topic these days, with Danica Patrick winning a historic pole position at the Daytona 500 and Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn vowing to recover in time for the 2014 Games in Russia. Meanwhile college basketball fans are looking forward to the upcoming NCAA tournament, which will culminate in the Final Four games being held in New Orleans.
This will be the third time the Women’s Final Four will be held in New Orleans. In 1991 the Final Four was held at the UNO Lakefront Arena and won by the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. In 2004 the championship game was held at the New Orleans Arena which saw the Lady Volunteers succumb to the UCONN Huskies.
This year’s semi-finals and championship games will be held at the New Orleans Arena. The 2013 champion Baylor University Lady Bears may return to defend their title. Other high ranking teams that are expected to compete in the tournament include Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Kentucky.
Sports fans should start searching now for great New Orleans deals and Final Four tickets. The semi-final games will be played on April 7th, with the Championship Game on April 9th starting at 6:30pm CDT.
One of my passions is auto racing and with the 2013 racing season off to an exciting start here in America, I wanted to share a bit about my favorite racers — those I’ll be following this year.
Since he first began racing in 2006, Scott Tucker has both competed as a driver and built a successful race team from the ground up. In 2008 he won half of the races in the Ferrari Challenge Series and was named American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year in 2010. In addition to racing in the US, his team, Level5Motorsports has competed at the 24 Hours of LeMans for the past three years, finishing 3rd in 2011.
The most successful female racer in history, Danica is a NASCAR driver for team GoDaddy. In addition to being the first woman to earn the pole position at the recent Daytona 500, Danica placed 3rd in the Indianapolis 500 (the highest finish by a woman), and is the only woman to have ever won a race in the IndyCar Series.
Before joining NASCAR in 2000, Johnson had raced motorcycles as a child and moved on to off-road racing as a teenager/young adult. He is the only driver to win five consecutive Cup Series championships (2006-2010) and has won 61 races between 2002 and 2013. His recent 1st place finish at the Daytona 500 was his second time winning that race.
Other racers to watch include NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon and ALMS driver Klaus Graf.
The first few months of the year are a time of focus on health for many women. The catalyst for this focus is those New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions to lose weight, get healthy, or shape-up are nothing new, what is new is how women are approaching their resolutions.
Women still focus on diet and exercise, but widely available technology now plays a large role. Apps on smartphones, tablets, and even computers help women stay on track, meet goals, and learn news ways to shape-up. Here are some of the top health and fitness apps women are using:
The most popular use for this app is counting calories. With over 2 million foods in its database, all she needs to do is input her food and the app tracks it for her. The app also offers an exercise tracking function and tutorials on over 350 exercises. The best part is that women can share their diets, routines, goals, and success with friends to increase success.
Women like to use WebMD to understand their unique conditions. Ladies who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and other conditions that can be managed through wellness routines enjoy access to detailed information at their fingertips.
This app focuses on helping women manage exercise routines. It includes over 1000 HD videos and over 1700 exercise tutorials. In addition, it contains over 75 pre-created workout routines that target specific needs and equipment. Exercise Buddy also includes body metrics tracking with intuitive graph interface so that ladies can see their results.
Daily Ab Workout
Strong, toned abs are easier to get with this app guiding the workout. The app is designed to offer women a quick, convenient way to focus on their cores. Ab workouts are presented with video instructions and timers.
This app features 3D animations and a virtual personal trainer to help women learn how to maximize their exercise routines. Includes over 400 exercises, 100 workouts, and badges and points to celebrate achievements. The app includes a calendar to assist with planning and tracking.
Women (and men) are enjoying the convenience of health and fitness apps. With the swipe of a thumb, they are tracking their diets, managing workouts, learning new exercises and sharing successes with friends. The entire health and fitness industry benefits greatly during the first few months of every year, and this year. Mobile apps greatly benefited in 2013 thanks to women seeking new ways to approach their New Year’s resolutions.
Louise Simpson is a fitness writer who used to be a computer programmer. She likes to write about health and technology for not only health blogs, but for software sites like http://www.contacttracking.com/.