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Ways to Stay Alert For New and Experienced Truck Drivers

Ways to Stay Alert For New and Experienced Truck Drivers

After the government passed a bill allowing truck drivers to drive for longer hours (eleven hours replaced the original ten hours) truck drivers may need an extra boost to stay alert during the extra time.

Typically, candy, caffeine soda, coffee, and Red Bull are popular ways to keep drivers awake while on the road. But a new product may soon take their place-caffeinated sunflower seeds!

Caffeinated sunflower seeds are infused with caffeine and other energy boosters including taurine, lysine, and ginseng (ingredients typically found in energy drinks too). The seeds are called Sumseeds and are being sold in Sioux Falls, and coming to Minneapolis and Southeast states soon. They were developed by Dakota Valley Products, Inc. Of South Dakota.

What makes these seeds better than the other caffeine alternatives? A spokesman for the National Sunflower Association said the aim of the product was to achieve a "sustained energy boost" because you can not down sunflower seeds as fast as drinking coffee or a sugary energy drink. These seeds are one alternative to stay wake on the road.

With deadlines for truck drivers, there are few things to consider for a comfortable and safe journey when fatigue starts to set in.

O Take time to move around on stops, walk around, and even lie down if available.

O Wear comfortable clothing to prevent some health problems and poor blood circulation.

O Pay attention to the truck's interior design and adjust the steering wheel and seat for maximum comfort, which can help prevent leg cramps and other components that may restrict your movements.

O Know when you're tired. Be aware of your fatigue and take time to take a break so you get to your destination healthy and safe, not only for your own needs but for other drivers on the roads as well.

While these measures will only help for the short-term, be sure to get plenty of sleep between shifts. Since there is a growing number of available truck driving jobs the increased driving time allowed is a way to bridge the gap, as well as ensuring faster delivery of products. For experienced and potential truck drivers, stay safe in your travels. …

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Most movers are so happy to finally arrive in their new home that they are able to overlook chipped dinner plates or a scratch on the dining room table. But there's no reason your household goods should become casualties of the move. With a little care and planning your household goods will both arrive in mint condition.

Following are packing tips to consider when packing large items, packing small items and packing awkward items.

Packing Large Items:

  • Tie bed frames together with tape or rope then label the pieces so they are easy to reassemble.
  • Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items. Cover them with a blanket or with furniture pads and rope securely.
  • Remove table legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape them underneath the tabletop.
  • Empty, defrost and drain the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down any moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
  • Use the original packaging for computers, televisions and electronics, or buy electronic-specific boxes.

Packing Small Items:

  • Put your microwave, VCR and other small appliances into boxes and cushion with wadded paper.
  • Pack books flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
  • Pack hanging items, such as clothing and drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
  • Wrap fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and tape them securely.
  • Pack CD's upright and cushion with them newspaper.
  • Stack pots and pans and cushion with them paper.
  • Place any kitchen items you will need immediately in a separate box and label appropriately so you know which one to unpack first.
  • Wrap dishes individually in bubble wrap and never stack them flat. Pack plates on saucers on edges and place cups and bowls around them.

Packing Awkward Items:

  • Wrap chair arms and legs with bubble wrap. Place slipcovers on chairs or buy chair bags for protection.
  • Loosen the handlebars from bicycles and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items.
  • Wrap small items, such as mirrors and artwork, in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck or inside wardrobes boxes.
  • Disassemble heavy lawn furniture. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together.
  • Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape.
  • Place plants in plastic bags with air holes then in boxes. Water them before you leave.
  • Wrap sharp edges of tools and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place smaller ones in boxes.
  • Empty gasoline from all tanks of lawnmowers and edgers and check for oil leaks.
  • Use medium-sized boxes for garage and attic items, such as spray paints, brushes and car waxes. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
  • Keep pets in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet for suggestions on how
How Father Time Can Make You A Fashion Icon

How Father Time Can Make You A Fashion Icon

Time really does fly by and often it brings about certain psychological peculiarities in the fashion realm. Years ago I remember my elder's talking and showing me their iconic fashion pieces such as their leather jacket, suit, coat, sunglasses, wallet, etc. Mentioning them as a matter of fact or sometimes with boastful pride that they've had these items far longer than I was as alive at the time. And because they were from a different era, they only had one signature piece that they wore regularly. These pieces were fashionable and functional, and still remained so decades after they bought them. Whether it was a question that the clothes matched the middle age person or if it was the clothes themselves as a stand-alone were the main attraction it's a matter of opinion based on emotion.

Fashion houses today produce hot & trendy stuff which are quickly forgotten in the next season, stuff which include replicas of those traditional Americana pieces. Despite their vintage designer label how many people will actually keep these items as long as their grandsparents – the Real McCoys of yesterday? Ironically these Americana replica items are now made overseas because of cost controls (aka cheap labor), not in the USA where the originals were made.

Additionally our elders were able to keep these items much longer not just because the quality was superior but their hard-working blue collar lifestyle kept them from becoming obese. Nowadays people must discard or donate their clothing every so often because of a sedentary lifestyle. Gramps could still fit comfortably into his leather jacket when he bought it when he was a whipper-snapper.

Now that I'm older I realized that there are several items which I bought in the 20th century, made in the USA, that are durable, functional and continue to be stylish including rugged goose-down jackets when they were first introduced and leather jackets Made of thick horsehide that is so heavy that it almost bullets bullet-proof.

When we realize and admit that you're becoming your father or mother it's certainly true in the fashion sense for a particular generation. So what does this all mean? It means that Father Time has passed the torch to you and now you represent that era when great clothes made the man and woman, a walking promotion that iconic symbols of what luxury is all about: class, functionality, durability and, of course, stylishness . …

Finding Online Success With New Business Opportunities

Finding Online Success With New Business Opportunities

It can be logical to think that the safest bet when investing money on a business is to go with established and traditional business opportunities. Business opportunities that has been around for quite some time now has already established a solid market and it has proven itself to be marketable and profitable as a commercial endeavor. So new business owners then that want to avoid any risks should stick with this kind of business opportunities right?

Not necessarily. There are no guarantees in any type of business and even market sectors that consistently produce great demands, like the food and clothing industry, could not guarantee that you will produce a thriving business. Beside, the competition is already fiercer in this market sectors as it will be in most others. Many business owners today look towards new business opportunities to invest in because it's not yet planned and this means that there will be less competitors to market against.

Also, new business opportunities represent a growing market demand which a business owner can capitalize on in establishing a commercial venture with only a small investment. Typically, this involves concentrating on a smaller niche market to offer your products or services.

If you do some online research for new businesses that are hot nowdays you will most likely get swamped with tons of ideas. You can find innovative opportunities on the retail industry, franchise opportunities, service centered ideas, network marketing opportunities, freelance services, and lots more. Some of them are certified genuine opportunities that can offer true income generating potentials while others are plainly scams or bordering on it. Do not get too cough up in the hype, do your research and thoroughly compile accurate information about the opportunity along with its system and structure of operation. Learn more about the people behind the company as well.

Once you have made a list of all the commerce areas which appeal to you and complement your skills and work experience, you can narrow the list down by grading each one of them through several factors. These factors will determine whether the new business opportunities you have considered can bring you potential financial stability.

First is the scalability of the business. The opportunity should grow and be able to provide a long-term potential. Even if a business is successful now all your hard work will be for naught if it can not develop into potentially a big enterprise. Find new business opportunities which will allow you the chance to become a well-established entity in the industry it belongs.

Hand in hand with scalability is the easy integration of innovations. You do not want to get stuck offering the same product or service over the years, if you last that long. You need new business opportunities which can offer different ways where you can add new product or service offers and introduce new niche offerings, no matter how small the market was in the beginning.

And of course, the new business opportunities you are going …

Types of Bra

Types of Bra

When the bra was first invented I'm sure that the inventor could not begin to imagine that by the 21st century there would be so many bra types available to purchase that it would become quite confusing.

Here are some bra types currently available:

Adhesive – the adhesive bra comes in two types, the paperless disposable bra, and the silicone type. The adhesive bra does not have any straps or bands and it adheres directly to the breast. It provides little in the way of support but can enhance the size and shape of the breast. The adhesive bra is particularly useful when wearing a backless dress.

Bandeau – the bandeau bra consists simply of a band of cloth that goes right around the body over the breast area. The bandeau bra is not designed to provide support or shape, simply coverage. It is a popular form of bikini top.

Balconette – the balconette bra is a 1930's invention that was designed to lift the breasts to enhance shape. It became popular during the 1950's.

Bralette – the bralette is a pullover type bra that is usually unlined and unwired. It is normally used by teens as a training bra.

Bullet – the bullet bra is a bra that has has cups in the shape of the tip of a bullet. They are usually worn such that the breasts are popped out perpendicular to the body. The bullet bra is normally associated with outlandish costumes with decorations to enhance shape, such as concentric circles radiating out from the nipples.

Convertible – the convertible bra has detachable straps and bands that can be arranged in different configurations so that the same bra can be worn with different types of clothes, such as strapless and backless dresses.

Cupless – the cupless bra is designed exactly as it sounds, and has no cups. Usually worn as exotic lingerie, the cupless bra provides very little support, but can sometimes enhance the nipples beneath other garments.

Front Closure – the vast majority of bras have fasteners on the straps worn at the back. As the name suggests, the front closure bra fastens at the front. This has the advantage of making the strap at the back almost flat against the body, making the bra less visible benefit tight fitting clothing.

Full Support – this is the typical kind of bra worn by fuller breasted ladies as every day under garments. They offer maximum support for ultimate comfort through the day.

Mastectomy – these bras are specifically designed to hold in place a breast prosthesis for women who for one reason or another may have lost one or both breasts.

Maternity – maternity bra is a wonderful invention for mothers who are breastfeeding feeding their children. The maternity bra's cups can expand over time to accommodate growing breasts during pregnancy and the cups themselves can be unfastened allowing access to the breast for feeding.

Minimiser – this type of bra is designed for larger women who …

Diesel Watches: The History of a Great Watch

Diesel Watches: The History of a Great Watch

Diesel watches are known far and wide for being desirable items of jewellery, and if you would like to get one for yourself then you will not be disappointed. Here is a quick overview of the history of this famous watch to give you a better idea about the timepiece you are buying.

Company Origins

Diesel’s story goes back to 1978 when the company was founded by Renzo Rosso in Italy. At this point, Diesel watches had not come into existence, and the company instead focused on clothing.

At first, Diesel remained a fairly small and unknown brand, at least on a global scale. It is hard to imagine that seeing as now it is one of the biggest fashion brands in the world, but for over a decade this was how it remained. In fact, the Diesel brand only began to start to get international recognition in the early 1990s.

Marketing Strategy

The company’s international marketing strategy was formed in 1991, and you could say that this was the year that things really started to change for the company and it began to build a reputation whereby Diesel watches are now known all around the world.

Five years later, Diesel opened its first premium store in New York on Lexington Avenue. At the same time, Diesel was beginning to see some much larger sales in America, and the company brand was really starting to take off across the world.

Focus on Youthful Image

Diesel has always focused on targeting its products towards a younger, trendier audience. This is also true of Diesel watches, which accompany the clothing line and are sold as lifestyle products.

One of the main figures responsible for this successful strategy is Wilbert Das who joined the company in 1988. He overseas all creative decisions, including its licensed collections consisting of jewellery and Diesel watches.

Continuing to Innovate

Diesel has proved itself to be an innovative and stylish brand, and Diesel watches are now popular all around the world for their style and quality. After proving itself over two decades to be a genuine innovator, we can expect the company to go on creating ever-more exciting watch models and other apparel for many years to come.

Conclusion

Enjoy Your Historic Watch

Diesel watches are excellent timepieces, and when you buy your own you will be acquiring a watch which is famous all over the world. Now you know a bit more about the history of the watch, you can buy your own with confidence knowing that you are getting a truly historic watch.…

Oh Snaps

Oh Snaps

Riding out on the open road is a freeing and exhilarating experience. Riding while wearing a leather motorcycle jacket is peace of mind. Leather is very abrasive resistant, therefore if a rider is thrown from their bike or has to lay their bike down, wearing leather creates a layer between them and the asphalt.

There are different parts to a leather motorcycle jacket, if each of these parts are good quality, this makes for a better riding experience. One part to a jacket is the snaps. Snaps on jackets typically come in silver, brass, antique brass, or brushed silver. They are decorative, as well as functional, keeping pockets closed, and the necklaces on euro motorcycle jackets snapped, and unsnapped on the collar of a classic motorcycle jacket to raise the collar on colder days. A good quality snap holds it's snap, as well as opens easily, and stays functional for the life of the jacket.

When did snaps become part of clothing and who invented them? Snaps first were patented by a German man named Heribert Bauer in 1885, and were called "Federknopf-Verschluss". This fastener was used for men's trousers. When did they start being called "snaps"? It was when Jack Weil patented a new kind of snap that that word came into being. It is good to know who it is we have to thank for theventions that are part of our everyday life. Jack Weil was quite a character. He was the founder and CEO of the Denver based western clothing manufacturer Rockmount Ranch Wear. He is known for saying, "the West is not a place, it is a state of mind". Jack lived to be 107. He claimed to have quit smoking at age 60, drinking at age 90, and eating red meat at age 100. He did a shot of Jack Daniels twice a week for medicinal reasons to keep his Blood thin. Weil is believed to be the oldest working CEO in the United States.

Leather motorcycle jackets are an important part of the riding gear for a biker, really, top of the list a long with a helmet. So the next time you are out on the open road enjoying the freedom of riding, the beautiful scenery and the peace of mind that comes with wearing leather, think of Jack Weil when you snap your collar closed keeping out the chill of the morning ride. …

The Difference Between A Model And A Beauty Queen

The Difference Between A Model And A Beauty Queen

There is a huge difference between beauty pageants and modelling. Pageant kids are brought up believing that the spotlight is all about them; how they look, what they can do and how they come across as an individual. They are taught to sell themselves. Unfortunately, in the real fashion world, it is all about the product and selling the product. Although fashion and runway models do need to have specific aesthetic qualities and certain skills, their main purpose is to make a product look good, excite the customer and make them want to buy.

Pageant mums are known for being extremely competitive. They all want to be at the top of the game, knowing the most about the industry, winning the most titles and crowns and having the most beautiful, talented, world-peace loving child in the whole entire world. But what these mums don’t realise is that they are selling their children false hope when they promise them that, one day, all of the late rehearsals, dance classes, American history lessons and hair tugging will be worth it. This is not the case. So many young pageant princesses dreams are crushed when they discover that all those years of intense training; skipping rhythmically down the runway, smiling all teeth bared and cutely flipping their hair as they wink and flirt with the audience, has actually moulded them into exactly what a fashion agency is not looking for in a high-fashion model.

A huge amount of time, effort and money is put into beauty pageants. A lot of pageant mums will hire pageant coaches and dance coaches, both at a great cost. They will then spend a fortune on outfits for each of the different rounds. Elaborate, custom-made ball gowns, one of a kind swimwear pieces, costumes, props and stage fixtures for the talent show, crowning gowns etc. Then there’s the foot high, 30 inch long hair pieces, custom moulded dental flippers to hide any baby/imperfect teeth, copious pairs of diamond encrusted shoes, fake lashes, jar after jar and tube after tube of bright pink blusher, thick stage foundation, lipstick and glitter. All of this is used to enhance the pageant princess’ features, body and overall image and make them look as un-lifelike as possible, all in the hope of being crowned Queen of Pageant.

Fashion designers will also invest an enormous amount of time, effort and money into a fashion show for their clothing. This money will be spent on lighting, sound engineers, stage support, models, stylists and hair and make-up artists, all geared towards ensuring that their clothes attract the audience of buyers and celebrities.

Unlike pageant girls, runway models do not try to steal the show. The point of a fashion show is to sell clothes, not people. If the model blew kisses, danced around the stage like a fairy, distracting the audience and did not make the dress look good, the designer would not sell their clothes and therefore not have a business. This is why pageant …

Best Sexual Position for Spontaneous Sexual Encounters

Best Sexual Position for Spontaneous Sexual Encounters

In the best sexual positions series we have discussed the best sexual positions for most situations that can arise.

One special situation is for spontaneous sex, and this is something that is totally unpredictable, and thus, knowing the best sexual position in advance can make the magic of a spontaneous sexual encounter last in your memory forever.

Spontaneous Sexual Encounters

Often portrayed in films and written about in books, the spontaneous sexual encounter is more or less another name for the Americanized word, ‘quickie’.

This will be sex in the office, or out of doors, in an elevator, or even an airplane.

The quickie will give you from 1 to 5 minutes maximum, and often there will be a space problem. The other problem is clothing, and for the spontaneous encounter, you will need to keep as much of your clothing on as possible, as in spontaneous sexual encounters, there is always the risk of being “caught in the act”.

The Best Sexual Position for Spontaneous Sexual Encounters

The very best is called the standing spoons. Assuming the encounter begins by kissing, once the couple have passed the moment of decision (to or not to), then the man must turn the woman around so she has to back to the man.

The clothes on the upper part of the body are not required to be removed (regardless of how it is done in films), and concentrate on getting the lower clothes to the knees at least or better the ankles. The man then embraces the woman with one arm, and uses the other to position himself.

The woman does the same. One arm is used to hold the man, usually around his neck, but holding her arm back over her own head, and the other is used to facilitate penetration.

Both the man and woman bend their knees slightly, and come together very closely, like two spoons resting together. As penetration is made the couple move in unison with push and recoil.

This is the action, and as entry was made from the rear, both the g-spot and the clitoris are stimulated.

It is very much like a dance, and indeed the movements from new club dancing should be used if the couple understands how to do it.

The very term spontaneous often means that there is not enough time to prepare for all eventualities.

That means, that use of a condom may not be possible.

Therefore, while enjoying the spontaneity of the event, the man and woman must think where the man is going to finish. If inside the woman, then there is no problem, if outside (a term known as coitus interruptus ) the man should terminate in his own free hand, as not to cause a mess.

Remember time is of the essence here, and a quick dressing after the session will not be possible if the man is careless about where he deposits his sperm.

Finishing Up

There are other sexual positions possible for spontaneous sexual …

3D Printed Fashion – Is This the Choice for the Future?

3D Printed Fashion – Is This the Choice for the Future?

3D printing has revolutionized production in many industries. Right from making custom automobile parts to special prosthetics in the medical world, this is a technology that promises new things in years to come. It is also used actively in prototyping and has allowed designers to try new things without spending half of the initial budgets as before. No wonder, the fashion industry has acknowledged the use of 3D printing, and there are a few brands that focus on clothing and accessories are created out of this technology. So, is 3D printed fashion the next big thing? Let’s take a look at some of the aspects.

Why 3D Printing May Work for The Fashion Industry?

Fashion is one industry that focuses on creative and innovative ideas. In short, designers, labels, and brands try their best to avoid repetition. As such, the whole process of designing needs to be streamlined, and as we focus on art and aesthetics, it is also important to reduce the costs and expenses. 3D printing offers that kind of flexibility, for extremely low costs. You can modify, change, and redesign things from scratch and don’t need to invest in manufacturing as expected. A large segment of the fashion industry focuses on customized goods and exclusive accessories, which can cost a lot more with the traditional manufacturing process. With 3D printing, even the smaller brands can find a niche and can start production in no time.

Are There Any Hiccups?

Yes. Despite the projected potential, the use of 3D printing in the fashion industry is still limited. Most of the brands have expressed their concerns over the choice of materials, which aren’t always right for clothing. 3D printing basically prints products in solids, so you cannot expect the kind of comfort as fabrics. Also, clothing, in particular, can be complicated, as the printed “outfits” will neither absorb moisture or are breathable, and therefore, the overall comfort is quite compromised.

The New Age of Accessories

While more innovation is needed before we can get complete clothing collections, accessories have taken a leap with this technology. With 3D printed fashion, you can get some amazing products, which are anything but ordinary. In fact, a few brands have created a niche with 3D printing, and they can get customized products for your needs, with all the necessary requirements. Some of these companies are changing the way in which people perceive fashion, and you can only expect more in days to come. No matter whether you are trying to get custom accessories for your brand or want to innovate products for your personal needs, 3D printing can help, and some brands can ensure that your requirements are met.

As the technology gets better, it remains to be seen as how 3D printing influences runway fashion. For now, you can try some quirky ideas and can even play with designer fashion choices. Check online, and you can find brands and companies that specialize in creating such products and have options for different client …