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  • FREE Blogger Opp: Kindle Fire & Diamond Candles Giveaway

    Posted on June 30, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Bay Area Mommy will be celebrating its 1st year anniversary on July 27.  Mark that date because she will be giving away a Kindle Fire & Diamond Candles.  There will be two lucky winners for this giveaway.

    Giveaway Dates: July 25 – August 15
    Signup Fee: FREE for 1st link,
    $3 for each additional link

    The giveaway is open worldwide so anyone could join. If the winner is not from the US, he or she will get the cash equivalent of the prizes.

    SIGN UP HERE!  And please tell them Life’s sweets and spices referred you.

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    Five Best Rock Bands of All Time

    Posted on June 29, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    There have been varieties of rock bands. Many of them were simply scintillating. It is really a tedious job to select the best five among so many spectacular bands. Nevertheless, here is the list of five best rock bands.

    1.     The Beatles: It has to be at the top. The Beatles – Paul John, George and Ringo are still household names. One of their best albums, Revolver, was chosen as VH1’s the best album of all time. Many people were simply marveled at the post acid, enigmatic and meaningful lyrics of Beatles.

    2.      Led Zeppelin: Are you looking for incredible music scores. Look for Led Zeppelin. Page’s searing, Plant’s mesmerizing screaming and howling coupled with enthralling guitar slinging led it into this list. ‘Houses of the Holy’ is widely considered as the best rock album of this band. If you haven’t heard it, get it from You Tube. You can find lots of good software like Koyote You Tube Downloader with the help of which you can download Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’. It is definitely among the best hard rock band of all time.

    3.      The Rolling Stones: The members of blues and rhythm bands were brought together in 1962 by Brian Jones to create The Rolling Stones. You can find many fabulous albums from this bands like Aftermath, Let It Bleed, Out of Our Heads, Their Satanic Majesties Request Brian Jones died in July 1969 and this great band was also changed from then. This was an unfortunate event in the world of Rock music as you can feel the difference of its creations after it. Flashpoint released in 1991 was not so good. Even though it is included in this list because of some amazing creations it had before the demise of Brian Jones.

    4.      Pink Floyd: It is considered as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Formed in 1965, it has sold more than 250 million records. Many of its albums are still enjoyed by new generation. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the first album released in the summer of 1967. Interstellar Overdrive is the most popular album of Pink Floyd. This album was released when the American society was seeing volatile times. This band has many more classic albums including The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. Unfortunately the band broke up in 1996. Though group was reunited in 2005, but Syd Barrett left the world in 2006.

    5.      U2: You might have heard about the social conscience created by U2. It is also considered as one of the most popular rock bands of all time. It has many creations which led to remarkable change in the world. For example, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ was targeted to make people aware about the civilians’ slaughter in IRA-embattled Ireland. 

    When it comes to rock music, you can rely on these five bands. With so many amazing records to offer, these bands continue to swipe the rock music field.

    Author Bio: Hi, I am Jim McGill. I have been in web writing since last five years. I have deep interest in music. I would like to thank Koyote You Tube Downloader for providing me an easy way to download and enjoy mesmerizing music videos from the internet.

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    RT2/WW – Mango Flowers

    Posted on June 26, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    My entry for:

    I found ruby on the stems of MIL’s mango tree!

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    Shopping Dos and Dont’s

    Posted on June 22, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

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    Making Lotto Winning a Priority

    Posted on @ 10:00 pm

    Understanding the Tips

    Winning the lottery may seem like a game of complete chance. However, experts as well as past winners offer tips and tricks to improve odds and increase chances of winning money.

    Pick a Favorite

    One recommended strategy for lottery players is to decide which game to play. Instead of playing several games at once, lottery pros at lotto.Rewardit.com emphasize the importance of sticking to one. This improves chances since a player isn’t being spread too thin. Instead, focusing on the rules and payouts of one game allows the player to know what the odds are, and increases the chances. Some games have potential to pay out higher amounts of money, so many recommend sticking to those games. That way, winners will be taking home a bigger prize in exchange for money spent on the ticket.

    Don’t Toss Tickets

    A second popular lottery strategy is to hang onto tickets, even after the numbers have been drawn. Many lottery games offer second-chance games, such as one in Kentucky where a winner took home more than $100,000 after taxes. Tossing lottery tickets might result in disappointment and frustration, especially if a second-chance games reveals that the player might have taken home some cash. Along with this tip, many players keep any discarded lottery tickets they might come across, just in case the person who purchased that ticket tossed it too hastily.

    Be Aware of Scams

    Tip #3 is to be cautious when playing the lottery. Most retailers are authorized to sell tickets, so these are not a risk. However, some might try to illegally scam unknowing lottery participants and sell falsified tickets. International lotteries are against the law, so stick to games within the country of residence. Make sure to double check numbers before leaving the store, so that wrong numbers are not inadvertently selected.

    Lottery Logo (Photo credit: Dj Linda Lovely)

    Winner is Responsible

    The fourth recommended strategy for lottery winning is to be aware that the lottery does not contact winners, and it is completely up to the ticketholder. Some winners might elect to stay anonymous, which might help to prevent unwanted solicitations. The first thing experts recommend that players do is to sign the lottery ticket, in the event that it is lost or stolen. If an individual or store clerk states that they need the ticket to verify that you won, understand that this is untrue. Keep the ticket protected at all times.

    Becoming Rich

    Winning the lottery is a life-changing event, so learning the tricks to playing could help turn individuals into instant millionaires.

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    Cat Nutrition 101: Ensuring Your Indoor Cat Has a Proper Diet

    Posted on June 20, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Did you know diets differ for cats and dogs? The main difference between a cat’s diet and that of a dog is that a cat is completely carnivorous. Cats need a higher percentage of calories from fat and protein than dogs. In today’s cat nutrition market there seems to be an unlimited amount of choices – dry vs. canned, premium cat food (http://www.whiskas.com/meal_time/) or organic, and all places in-between.

    You as a cat owner can easily become overwhelmed. Smart pet owners know that nutrition has a direct effect on their cat’s health. Their bright eyes, silky coat, and spunky spirit all reflect a good diet.

    So here are a few ways to ensure your cat is eating right:

    Read the label

    When buying cat food, be sure the label reads ”Nutritionally complete and balanced.” This means the food meets or exceeds the standards for good nutrition set by the National Research Council. Generic cat food may not offer nutrients in their most digestible forms. You may think you’re really getting a good deal and saving money, but in the long run you could spend a lot in veterinary bills.

    Indoor cats depend on protein as their primary source of calories.  Protein is important since it is needed for energy, growth and tissue repair. To be sure your pet gets the essential amino acids, select a food that lists sources of high-quality protein as main ingredients. Meat, poultry, fish, corn, bone meal and soybean meal are a few good sources.

    Carbohydrates are found primarily in the vegetable, grain and starch components of cat food. Twenty-five to 40 percent of a cat’s calories should come from carbohydrates.

    Counting calories for your cat

    If you’re worried about calories in your cat’s diet, you need to know that ounce for ounce dry and semi-moist foods have more calories than canned food. If you feed your cat dry or semi-moist, provide smaller portions. Dry food contains 100 calories an ounce; semi-moist, 75 calories; and an ounce of canned food contains 35 calories.

    Don’t forget water

    Last but not least, don’t forget to give your cat fresh water. It is important since it transports nutrients throughout the body, gets rid of wastes and maintains a proper balance of body fluids. Water should be given in a clean bowl because cats usually won’t drink from a dirty one. Cats that have a diet of mostly dry or semi-dry food drink more water than those on canned food.

    Your cat can live for many, many years when given a proper diet, so don’t look around for the cheapest cat food. Find one with all the nutrients needed.

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    RT2/WW – Beef Curry with Pickled Ginger

    Posted on June 19, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    My entry for:

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    Scratch Your Pet’s Back

    Posted on June 15, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    If you feel like you are running on low batteries and you’re only halfway through the day; scratch your pet’s back.  Stroking a pet is not just calming but it’s invigorating as well.  Experts say, just three minutes of close contact with a furry friend triggers a 38 percent boost in the energizing neurotransmitter serotonin.

     

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    Slowly Taking Shape

    Posted on @ 12:00 am

    It’s a good thing that my brother lives near my sister. She can easily call him to ask for help especially when it comes to improving her home. She recently moved in to a bare home; she plans to do the improvements whenever she will have free time. Hiring a carpenter might not be a good idea because she is not home most of the time. Most of the things she needed were bought and ready-to-install. When she discovered that she can buy kitchen cabinets online, she also ordered for them. Once her orders arrive, she’ll call our Mr. Handyman and ask him to help her. So far, they have done a lot already and the apartment looks more like a home now. Can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s done.

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    Quiet Summer Afternoons with Shade to Protect You from the Sun

    Posted on June 14, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    One of the best aspects of summer is spending time in your garden. Whether it’s  a perfectly manicured lawn lined with award winning roses or a small city centre rooftop, there is no denying, the more time spent outside as opposed to being cooped up inside, as is the case through the majority of the year, the better.

    In recent years though, there have been a lot more scares and warnings about skin safety in the sun. No matter how much of a sun worshipper you are, your health should always be the number one priority. It does seem like a waste of a sunny afternoon to sit indoors though, as good weather is notoriously hard to come by.

    The best idea in this case would be to feel the breeze and fill your lungs with the sweet summer air but do so from under a stunning summer awning. There are so many sun awnings to choose from and not matter your garden style or size you are bound to find something that suits your outdoor space.

    In many cases, the purchase of a sun awning has also given the inspiration for a garden makeover. Anything from free standing awnings, patio awnings and even window canopies can really shake up the style in your garden.

    Sun awnings from Nationwide Home Innovations not only come in all the latest outdoor design trends in terms of colours, styles and materials, they come with bespoke operation functionality. You can choose from fully automated electric blinds or ones that come with a remote control. Not only will your sun awning add a touch of class to your garden or patio, it could increase the value of your property. All sun awnings should be fully retractable meaning, in the winter days they are safely stored within their own weather resistant frame.

    Another option for use of your awning on those days where sun is hard to find is perhaps a shelter for outdoor furniture and other tools etc. that would otherwise have to find space in a shed or garage. Most awnings are made from waterproof materials such as treated canvas making them extremely hard wearing.

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