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Landscape Painting Tips For Beginners

There is something quite magical about painting outdoors. I feel comfortably secluded with nature having an almost spiritual connection when I paint a landscape. Landscape painting is a passion of mine. I would like to share some tips and techniques that I have become accustomed to using over the years.

My first bit of advice – try not to get overwhelmed by the scene in front of you. I recall when I first began painting landscapes I tried to copy everything exactly as I saw it. I tried to squeeze in every detail, paint every leaf, branch, and blade of grass. You will go crazy approaching a landscape this way. Try and paint your own impression of what you see and not a copy of it. Squint your eyes and see the landscape as a series of shapes, lights and darks, as opposed to seeing every detail. You can accomplish some amazing things that you never thought were inside, if you just relax, and let the painter inside come to the surface.

Painting on location is certainly a beautiful experience, but remember that you have to paint quite fast as the lighting will change quickly. I usually begin my paintings using a larger brush. This follows me from focusing on the details too much and enables me to establish the major components of the painting. I also take a few shots of the scene with a digital camera. In the event that I am unable to capture the scene in one sitting, I now have a reference photo to complete the painting in my studio.

Try toning your canvas with acrylic paint first before applying your oil paint. I find starting a landscape with toned ground makes it easier to judge values. You can also let some of that underpainting show through in some areas of your painting for an interesting effect.

Creating the illusion of depth or distance in your paintings can be accomplished using different techniques. You can adjust your colors by making them cooler and less intense for the distant objects, warmer and more intense for closer objects. Reduce the size of objects as they recede. You can also take away details and sharp edges to make objects appear more distant.

You should have a focal point, otherwise known as "center of interest" in your painting. All other objects in your painting should not compete with your focal point and should serve to draw the viewer to your center of interest.

Instead of jumping right for the paint, use a pencil and paper instead. Drawing is great practice. When I am drawing, I am more relaxed and intimate with the scene. I am training myself to see the various lights and darks of the scene without the use of color.

Bring only those items that you know you will need and use. When you focus too much of your time on lugging around unwanted materials, it takes away from the enjoyment of what you came there to do, paint!

Painting clouds appears to be one of the larger challenges for beginners; I know it was for me. What I mentioned in the beginning about trying not to paint every detail applies to clouds as well. Clouds are three-dimensional objects made up of water and ice particles that reflect light so the color of your clouds will vary depending on the weather and lighting conditions. Remember general perspective rules when painting clouds. Clouds closer to you will generally be more detailed. As they recede into the distance they begin to lose detail and get smaller in size. Pay special attention to the edges of the clouds as sharp edges advance while smooth edges recede.

Make your composition as interesting as possible by balancing positive and negative space in your painting. The negative space surrounding the positive space and is equally important. Do not neglect the negative space, but at the same time, do not let it dominate your composition.

I hope this article on landscape painting tips was helpful. Just relax, let go and most importantly enjoy yourself!

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Gadgets And Their Importance In Our Life

Gadgets are electronically simplified applications that make work easy. They play a significant role in the common man’s life and we have grown so used to it that it becomes very difficult for us to think of daily life chores in the absence of gadgets. Ranging from a washing machine, a chimney or an electric hub, the churner or simply the television set; gadgets have invaded each and every part of our life and have proved themselves to be useful.

Gadgets and their importance

1. Gadgets increase our efficiency. Before the invention of the telephone or the more recent e-mails, sending messages and letters would take days to reach its destination. The soft wares used for application in the internet and the telecommunication are nothing but technical gadgets. These gadgets actually have increased human productivity in terms of work and made the world a better place to live in.

2. A gadget brings joy to the family. With the advent of web-cam and other video accessories, staying away from family and friends is no longer painful. These gadgets can make distant things come near and makes human accessibility very easy.

3. Gadgets make things compact- Take the example of a Swiss Army knife. It can be used as a spoon, knife, twizzer, bottle opener, fork etc. In a single gadget a user can get the function of more than one product.

4. They help in saving space. Initially in the early years of telecommunication the wired handsets could be positioned at a prescribed position only for connectivity. With advent in technology, mobiles were invented that allowed users the freedom to access calls when moving around. With a blackberry one can also avail internet facilities when moving around.

5. Gadgets are fun! iPods, music systems, video games, DVD and most important of all the popular idiot box of ours-“TV” need no introduction as to how enjoyable have they made our lives. These technical gadgets have the power to make us smile by having access to our emotions and needs. They are instruments that can ward off the feelings of loneliness. They are so fun that it actually becomes very essential to integrate them with our lives.

So, gadgets not only make our lives easier but also save our money and precious time. Buying a single gadget will give us the functions of many. This makes gadgets cheap and affordable. It can therefore be concluded that gadgets are not only important because they make our lives easy but also because we can play with them.

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Body Elemental – Each of Us Has One and We Would Not Be Alive Without Its Service!

Everyone of us has a body elemental who lives within our etheric body and can be seen in the aura. It is innocent and childlike as well as intelligent and masterful. Standing about 3 feet tall, it usually closely resembles the individual it serves. It is responsible for all functions of the physical, emotional, mental and etheric bodies and keeps all of our organs and systems running smoothly. The body elemental is also responsible for helping maintain our emotional and mental wellbeing. From birth until death, it serves the needs of the evolving soul on the physical plane.

We would not be alive without the service of our body elemental

We would not be alive without the service of our B.E., which has been with us since the beginning of our incarnations. It was created simultaneously with our physical body and becomes a part of our evolving consciousness while gaining experience in the plane of Matter. Each and every embodiment, it creates and maintains a new body for us. Therefore, it knows the blueprint of our entire structure – right down to the DNA/RNA cellular level. It also knows exactly where any trauma and memories are stored and how to best facilitate the self-healing process – as all elementals know how to heal. The elemental within our body works closely with our Higher Self and helps bring down the Light of Spirit/God to nourish every cell of the body.

Like other elementals/nature spirits, they will also mimic our moods and respond to our mandates. So if you decree, “I am sick” or that you feel “good”, the elemental, like a genie, will act upon your “order”. Our body elementals are also aware of every thought and feeling, and will outpicture them within the cells of the body temple. Negative thoughts and feelings can not only make us ill, but also the body elemental. So it is very important to learn to control your thoughts and feelings and stay in harmony as much as possible! Establishing a positive attitude toward life releases the body elemental to establish our health and well being.

How we can help our body elemental

Our B.E.’s are our unseen helpers and friends! They respond to our sending them appreciation, love and gratitude. Those who befriend their body elemental and establish a good rapport with them – whether conscious or unconscious – are usually blessed with effortless good health. In learning to listen to your body elemental, it will tell you whatever it needs.

Unfortunately, just as with the other elementals/nature spirits (gnomes, sylphs, undines and salamanders), our B.E.’s can become seriously handicapped by the mass consciousness of man. It is important to call to your Higher Self for the protection and freedom of the body elemental from all negative energies and all that is not of the Light.

Simple Meditation

Become still and center in your heart, which is the connecting point with your Higher Self. Visualize your precious body elemental in an ovoid of the pink flame of divine love. Pour forth your love and gratitude for its faithful service always. From the level of your Higher Self, ask that your body elemental take complete dominion over every imperfect condition that may be manifesting in your body. See healing Light rays saturating every part of your being.

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The Essential Elements Of A Contract

A contract is simply a binding promise between parties which a court will enforce if not carried out. Contracts are essential for modern life. Without them commerce could not happen as people could not rely on the promises of another if anybody could just pull out of their commitments at any time.

So how are contracts formed? Well there are several elements to make a valid contract.

1. There needs to be an offer from one party to another. An example of an offer would be “I will paint your house for $500”. The offer here obviously being to pain the house for $500.

2. The offer must be accepted by the other party. This is key for the creation of the contract. Without a valid acceptance then there can’t be said to be an agreement between the parties. It is important to note that where an offer is made by the first party and a counter offer is made by the second party then this brings the first offer to an end.

3. There needs to be consideration in the contract. Consideration is when both parties offer something of value in return for the other promise. That something can be anything of value to the person providing it (e.g. money, services, physical goods etc).

4. The parties to the contract must intend that the promise will be legally binding. Lots of promises are made rashly and. Only those promises which are supposed to be legally binding will benefit from the protection of the courts.

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Know The Right Salsa Beat

The best dances do not necessarily mean you should know the most difficult moves. Simple steps when done on the beat are just terrific and enjoyable. Salsa beat is special and it gets some listening and practicing to get it right. Santa Monica salsa lessons teach how beginners should identify the music and pick out the right salsa beat.

To begin with, there are a few things you should be able to classify when you listen to salsa music. First is the BEAT. The salsa beat is like a pulse in a heartbeat. It is repetitive in its sound and follow a predictable manner. Next is the melody. The melody has different tones. It is the actual theme in the song. Then comes the rhythm. This is a pattern that changes according to genres of music. Salsa has a 123 step step step pause rhythm pattern.

When you join Santa Monica salsa lessons, you will find that the salsa beat has 8 beats. If you closely listen to salsa music, you will find that the musicians accent the notes on the 1st and 5th beats. When you find the 1st beat, and count till 8, you will know that you have found the beat. You need to then start counting from 1 and reach 8. On 8, the same pattern is repeated. You must only step on 6 of the beats, that is, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. 4 and 8 are skipped so you can count them silently in your head. Santa Monica salsa lessons stress on spotting of the beat so it is great for beginners to learn.

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Submit Site to Yandex and Baidu

In China, Google wants only a 27% market share; Very much second fiddle to (Baidu) with 55%. Similarly, in Russia, Google is in third place, with (Yandex) the clear leader. More than 50% of growth in internet users from 2007-2010 is likely to come from these huge countries. Is not it time to consider a listing on their biggest search engines? This short article looks at what is required to get your site crawled.

The Growth of the Internet in China & Russia

Russia is one of the world's fastest growing economies – and the most heavily populated country in Europe. Internet penetration in Russia currently stands at just 19.5% (compared to 69.9% in the United States). In China, penetration is just 10.9% (in a population more than four times the size of the US). The penetration levels in Western Europe and North America appear to have stabilized and look unilaterally to grow significantly in the future. The majority of new world-wide internet users will come from India & China. The bulk of new European users will hail from Russia. A wave of change is sweeping over the net as we speak and, within 18 months, China will overtake the US as the largest internet community online.

Are Google near the height of their powers?

The poses an interesting question; Are Google in fact at their zenith? Most commentators put Google's current, underlying market share (in advanced western economies) at approximately 75%. However, what will be their global market share in five years time? Even if they grow their presence slightly in Russia and China, their overall world share will fall, simply from the law of surprises. It would be most unnwise, right now, to discount the growing advantage of these new competitors!

Getting listed on Yandex

Yandex do not accept site submissions from sites hosted outside Russia. This does not mean, however, that domain names have to end in .ru (Russia) or .ua (Ukraine). In fact, any site with an IP address in a Russian speaking country or with pages in Russian will eventually be indexed by the search engine. Try comparing a search for "Intel" with a search for "Amazon". You will note that Intel, who have a part of their site in Russian, fair better in the results than Amazon. Have a look at this page from Ice Graphics which, unlike Amazon, manages to achieve (just) a top 10 result for the search phrase "books" on Yandex (despite being a English Language site, hosted in the US). This is due to the presence of Russian language text on the page (even text not properly tagged as Russian in HTML or Meta-Language tags).

So, the first rule to learn for Yandex is some text in Russian for your Russian customers. Typically, it will be best to enclose any Russian language text with the correct W3C mark-up. For example, the following Russian phrase (roughly equivalent to "the early bird catches the worm") would be coded as follows:

<b>&lt;Span lang = RU&gt; 0 == OO? B0H: 0 G5 @ 2O: 0;&gt; 28B.</b>

The second rule to learn is that your page will be more quickly indexed by Yandex if it is linked to by sites that are hosted in Russia. For example, Ice Graphics are linked from, and more. Personally, I recommend clients seek lists on 5-6 quality Russia-based, bi-lingual directories. Visit my blog for some examples.

Getting Listed On Baidu

The first point to realize is that Baidu, unlike Google, merge their organic results with paid results from their paid listings service. As such, the quickest way to achieve a top ranking on Baidu is to participate in their paid service. As there is not (yet) an English-language Baidu Ads Interface, the best way to achieve this is to use an agent.

To rank well organically, you must first realize that the Chinese search audience is very sino-centric. Your target landing page must be fully in Chinese and presented in the Chinese style. This, inevitably, means using the services of a Chinese translator (and quite possibly a web designer too). Note that, while traditional Chinese is used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Simplified Chinese will be sufficient to serve all markets. The entire web page should be encoded using a Simplified Chinese language declaration in the meta-data of the page:

<b>Between the &lt;HEAD&gt; tags: &lt;META http-equiv = Content-Language content = zh-CN&gt;</b>

You may find some guidance on the web suggesting the use of "zh-Hant", which is the correct mark-up for Simplified Chinese. However, I would stick with zh-CN for now as it is supported by a wider range of web applications. When ready, you can submit your site to Baidu from the following page:

Baidu URL Submission Page –
Note that Baidu do not guarantee your site will be crawled and your site should comply with their listing guidelines.

Once listed on Baidu, you can improve your position by sourcing high-quality inbound links from Chinese directories. Many of the best directories (to target) are those based in Taiwan and Hong Kong (where internet penetration has been higher for longer). Again, there are some suggestions on my blog. Good luck with the campaign and give me a shout if you need some help.


Remember, time and tide waits for no man and the early bird catches the worm so get cracking on Yandex and Baidu before your competitors do!

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What's New in Drupal 8 for Clients and End Users?

Post the feature freeze of the yet-to-be-launched Drupal 8, there has been a series of speculations. The web arena is abuzz with discussions about how this upgraded version of the Drupal CMS will prove worthwhile in easing up the workload load of the developer fraternity.

Everyone is talking about the array of features that have been introduced in this version to make development a smooth sail for developers. Development features are hogging all the limelight. But there is one thing that everyone is missing out on. This is the impact of the advanced features of this CMS platform on the end users and clients. What lies ahead for the end users once Drupal 8 hits the marketplace? Will they be favored? Will there be anything new found for them? Or will they get the same old school experience as rendered by Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. Well, let's seek an answer.

Proposed Changes in Drupal 8 for Clients and End Users

With the 8th version of Drupal in place, the Drupal community is looking beyond just wooing the development fraternity. It is more focused towards making Drupal a user- oriented platform. Several changes have been proposed in order to enhance the usability of the CMS. Here's an overview of two major propositions- content authoring and mobile device compatibility.

Content Authoring: Drupal has given a push to the usability of its content authoring system for the actual users of the site- the people who view the site long after developers have signed off their task and moved onto another project. The usability team at Drupal has put in a lot of analysis in this space and come up with a series of suggestions to revamp the content authoring system of the CMS. These include rendering users with the ability to save a post as draft separated from the published revision, real preview of content and facelift of the content creation page. Furthermore, Acquia has launched a project named Spark, which focuses on areas like responsive layout design tools, in-line editing, dashboards and a numerous other content-related improvisations.

Mobile Device Compatibility: In the coming three to five years, mobile devices will dramatically micrify the usage of desks. Since this time frame coincides with the development life cycle of Drupal 8, it becomes imperative to make Drupal mobile-ready.

There are three major branch-outs of the mobile initiative, which are listed below:

Mobile-friendly Admin Tools: Default admin tools of the CMS function Absolutely well on desktops and other big screens, but are not that effective on mobile devices. Drupal 8 comes with solutions prototyped for this problem.

Responsive Themes: The default themes will be rendered with responsiveness, making them ready to viewed across various devices including desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, smart phones etc.

Front-end Performance: The back-end performance of a site demands rigorous efforts but technically 80% of a typical request is catered to by the front-end.

Mobile devices have a lower bandwidth and a less powerful processor. Thus, in order to generate quick responses, paying heed to front-end performance optimization becomes imperative.

Upgraded versions of CMS are not only targeted at refining the development process but also aim at redefining user experience. And same is applicable with Drupal 8. This version promises to have a lot in store for both end users and clients.

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Learning Martial Arts Online – Real or Get Real?

Here is the bold truth- many martial art schools are mediocre and a few are outright lousy. Worst of all, you need to call all the martial art schools in your area, then setup appointments to visit them, and then try and decipher which program is legitimate.

In addition to that, you have to make sure the hours of training are conducive to your schedule, the drive time to the martial art school is capable, and … most importantly- the crowd in the school are not a bunch of combative thugs With something to prove.

Finding a good school to train in can be a real chore and it's no wonder people say, "I've always wanted to learn martial arts …" The truth is, many people have put off learning martial arts for years, sometimes their Whole lives because of the reasons listed above.

Or, maybe you're not interested in the pressure of learning at the rate of everyone else or you can careless about promotion tests. Some of our current students have now switched their training to online so they can learn at their own pace, in their own home, when they want. Now that is freedom!

There is one question I receive quite often- "Can you really learn martial arts online?" I'll tell you this, that question often comes from non-martial artists. Our current students know it's entirely possible to learn online. Let's analyze it:

Online Training Pros

Learn at your own pace

Save gas money by not driving back and forth to a martial art school

Not be surrounded by combative thugs with something to prove

Learn from a top rate organization with a proven track record in martial arts

Earn a worldwide recognized Black Belt by enrolling in our Warrior level training program

Receive your curriculum material anywhere in the world

Learn a top rate martial arts program at a fraction of the cost of enrolling in a brick and mortar school

Your area may not have a high quality martial arts school with competent instruors

Online Training Myths

Myth # 1 You will not know that you're making a mistake because there is no live instructor to correct you.

Truth- You'll be assigned an instructor in our Warrior program where you'll have unlimited email support. In addition to that, you'll have the ability to upload your own training videos for your instructor to critique you.

Myth # 2 You need to work with other people to improve your skills?

Truth- Hmmm … I love that one, because it seems so true and makes sense … to some degree. Let me tell you about my training for the US National Taekwondo Championships in 1999.

I trained independently because there was nobody in Idaho that was my caliber. By caliber, I mean elite level of sparring and being a heavy weight. Sure, I had students that were pretty darn good and fast, but still, none of my caliber. I would be liar to say I did not practice sparring with people, because I did. In fact, I spent a couple days at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs training under our US Team.

The point is, I did not have the opportunity to train with people of my caliber, so I developed a system of training for myself- a system for speed & strength development, timing, and technique building. I also studied videos, countless videos. I studied the best fighters in the world. I read books on sport psychology, and speed training.

So how did I do at Nationals. Well, I took the Gold Medal in poomse (forms), out of nearly 20 competitors. It's not what I was there to achieve, but I entered the competition mainly to see if my independent training would payoff- to see if I could dominate the competition with explosive speed, exactness in technique, power, and flexibility. I did.

For sparring … that's the true test. Would my solo training allow me dominate everyone Everyone the way to the medal rounds? The medal round was my goal. My sole purpose was to land the opportunity to tryout for the US Team, and making it to the medal round was the mission.

I knew in my heart, nothing could stop me. With 20+ competitors, I knew very few could have trained as hard as I had. I was looking at the brackets in the warm up area of ​​the Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. Reading his name near took my breath away- Michael Tang. Michael Tang was a US Team member at the time. I was not worried about that. What I was concerned about was that I was fighting him one fight before the medal round.

The one thing US Team members have over nearly every competitor is international experience. They are used to coping with an incredible amount of stress, either from overseas travel or from fighting in an environment where the foreigners are chanting for you to be slaughtered. The foreigners really enjoy beating the Americans. This is precisely why I studied sport psychology books prior to Nationals.

My first fight was against a gentleman from Mississippi. He was the state champion. It was not my best match since it was my first match and I was trying to relax and fight simultaneously. Nonetheless, I still won the match. In fact, I nearly knocked him out. The tough kid continued to fight and I knew I could win by knockout, but chose to pace myself, since I knew my toughest match has yet to come.

The second fight was against another state champion, but I have since forgotten the state. A much tougher battle, and more active one to say the least. Unfortunately, I hyper extended both ankles during this match by unloading a barrage of kicks. I still won the match … by a fairly large margin. The newer rules of Taekwondo sparring (first to a margin of 7, wins) would have ended the match half way through the first round and would've saved my ankles.

At this point, I'm convinced, and you should be too, that proper independent training is effective.

As I was preparing to fight Michael Tang, we were informed that our match will resume after lunch. Thank god! Both of my ankles needed to be iced and re-wrapped. In addition to that, I was in the wrong frame of mind. All I could think about was the fact that he was a US Team member.

I finished icing my ankles and went to have a light lunch. Something very substantial occurred to me that seemed so basic. If I am going to stand any chance of getting on the US Team, I need to knock off the number one person.

I could not poison my thoughts with the fact that others were lucky enough to not have to fight Michael until the next round (the medal round) or the one after that. Since my ankles throbbing, I could not wait to get back to the arena and to step in the ring to have my shot at Michael. I was hungry … hungry for victory.

When I got back to the arena, I had my ankles re-taped and I was feeling great. All I could think about was the referee raising my hand at the end of the match. We entered the ring. Michaels teammates were chanting USA, USA off to the side. The referee welcomed us to the center of the ring … CHUNG (blue)! HONG (red)! Michael extended his hand under the referees ready signal and said "good luck."

There's a different attitude with fighters beyond the 3 matches. An attitude of respect rather than ego. Every fighter knows that if you are in your 3rd match of a single elimination championship, your ability is to be respected.

I opened the match with a huge cut kick. A kick that I developed on purpose, especially for Michael. I was never able to find a video of Michael, but did hear someone say, one time, somewhere, that Michael is an intelligent fighter and likes to study your movements then counter attacks accordingly. The cut kick is a powerful kick. I relate it to a batter ram. It's not a pretty kick, but it sure does get someone stumbling backward.

I did not waste anytime after the referee started us before I unloaded my cut kick. I sent Michael back several feet from this kick. It was the first point of the match, and … the overwhelming adrenaline response I received from this fact merely paralyzed me. I could not attack anymore.

I faked, I switched, I moved around, I did everything but attack. I allowed Michael to study every mechanical element of my movements. When I finally attacked, it was as if Michael had been waiting ever so patently for my technique, and counter attacked perfectly. He scored 2 points instantly, and now I'm down 1.

Michael now has all the cards in his favor. He has no pressure to attack, so he sits back and studies my movements even more. My only chance is to score 2 consecutive points (not likely, at this stage) or hit him once in the head. Michael scrambled from the assault I laid on him, but I was unable to get the 2 point head shot needed to win the match.

I did not win the National Championship in fighting, but I can say that I got our US Team member a run for his money. In fact, I ran into him a year later at the US Open and he approached me to let me know that he still disappear that cut kick. His words were, "Your cut kick felt like a canon!"

As a member, you can watch this fight including all my fights that year that bought me to this dual with Michael Tang. Although, I did not win the National Championship, I learned quite a bit about the effectiveness of a well thought out system for training in martial arts.

Did I bust Myths 1 & 2? You bet I did! Is it possible for anyone to break Myths 1 & 2? I'll leave that for you to decide.

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What Pet Insurance Will Benefit You With

Pets are loved by people, but we still need to take care of them. Rarely does pet insurance arise when people are discussing the important subject of insurance. Many of the people often associate policies to life, health, car or home insurance. However, for those who own pets, and particularly dogs or cats, it is a great idea for them to seriously consider it for their beloved pets. There are many benefits generated from having a policy for your pet, including:

· The insurance policy is relatively affordable

Pet insurance is inexpensive and easy to obtain. This is one of the reasons why pet owners find it enticing. Nevertheless, different companies charge different prices. Furthermore, the price is largely predicated on many other factors such as the coverage benefits, length of the policy, the insurance company’s issuing policy and the different deductibles, etc. In spite of these factors, the packages are affordable, cost efficient and easy to find. When you engage wise purchasing strategies and some research you will be in a position to find the right policy. If you consider the strategy of comparing insurance, you will be able to find an inexpensive insurance that helps you to maximize on cost efficiency.

· Easy process of approval

It is easy for any pet to receive the policy that is very important for the pet owner and the pet. It is possible the pet could be healthy and appears active for now. However, as time passes and it ages, health complications are likely to arise. Therefore, the easy process of approval offered by insurance companies is particularly helpful. This will go a long way in ensuring the costs of medical attention is catered for.

· Easy to find an all inclusive coverage

Another benefit of the insurance is the fact that it is not too difficult to find the right coverage for your pet. It is common for the insurance companies to offer covers on different types of procedures, medications and medical visits. Some of the pet owners’ argue an all inclusive insurance is not effective considering its cost would fail to offset the visits to the veterinarian- often undertaken once a year. This may be rue to some extent; however, the main reason of purchasing insurance for your pets is to cater for the costs that arise when the pets suddenly need treatment as a result of an illness or other medical procedures. Therefore, an all inclusive coverage comes handy in such circumstances.

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How to Make a Toy Hammock

Children see the pleasure people get from spending a couple hours relaxing in a hammock. People in hammocks generally feel happy and at peace, so naturally they want to extend this good feeling to their toys. The problem is, however, they don’t know where to get one. You can buy online or in leading toy stores. But here’s a better idea: show your child how simple it is to make a toy hammock using basic paper crafting. Consequently, they may create several for all their dolls, teddy bears, and other toys. So read on to learn how to make a toy hammock.


1. Colored copy paper or construction paper

2. Sturdy string either embroidery floss or yarn

3. Tape or glue

4. Scissors

The first step is to determine the size of your hammock. Some children may want to have medium sized toy hammock to accommodate a number of toys, while some may want to create a realistic approach by having one toy hammock for each toy. Whatever the child desires, decide how long and wide the hammock should be.

In this tutorial, the measurements will be 1 inch to the width and 5 inches to the length. Simply cut a piece of the construction paper or colored copy paper according to your measurements. You would also want to have a thick base; you can do this by cutting the paper 3 times its desired length and folding it again to the desired length.

After sizing it, it’s time to fold it. Do accordion fold to the entire piece lengthwise. Then in an alternating pattern, cut equal triangular notches out of both sides of the folded paper. Now here comes the slightly crucial part; shaping it. To do this, unfold the sheet of lattice and then cut off each corner at an angle. Meanwhile, prepare two pieces of string to be used to tie the ends of the toy hammock. Using your scissors and the sturdy string either embroidery floss or yarn, cut two strings that are at least 7 inches longer than your hammock.

To follow the angles you cut, stick three small strips of tape under the opposite sides of the hammock. Make sure you leave half of the tape strips available for folding over later. Then place the string along the outer edge of the toy hammock. Now fold the tape over using the available half of the tape strip to secure the string in both sides. Before you secure the angled ends, make sure to tape the middle sections first. Finally, tape or tie the string ends to a post, a hook mounted on the wall, or any object heavy enough to bear the toys’ weight. You have just made a toy hammock; now place a little stuffed toy on it and give it a swing.

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