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1. You can ramp up energy efficiency.

Energy-efficient  improvements, from adding insulation to upgrading your air conditioning  unit, can reduce your monthly utility bill, says Jane Hodges, author of  the new book Rent Vs. Own. While renters can make plenty of  green improvements on their own, from unplugging appliances to turning  off lights, homeowners can make bigger changes, such as adding solar  panels or installing an energy-efficient roof. (Of course, a renter  living in a one-bedroom apartment likely uses far less energy than a  homeowner in a three-bedroom house, so size can trump energy  improvements.)

2. You can customize your space.

Whether  you need to knock down a wall to make a larger master bedroom or redo  the bathroom to reflect your Art-Deco tastes, owning the space you live  in means you have the freedom to do so, without worrying about losing  your security deposit.

3. Homeowners buy less furniture.

"Often  when you're renting you need custom furniture that fits the space,"  says Hodges, such as room dividers for a loft or miniature furniture to  fit into a basement apartment. "When people move a lot, they can end up  buying a lot of furniture," she says. If you buy a home and settle in  for the long haul, you can likely purchase a few pieces that will stick  around.

 

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4. Owning a home forces you to save.

The  so-called "forced savings" argument is a widely-held one: Since  homeowners have to pay their mortgage every month, they are routinely  putting money away (and into their house, which they own), instead of  squandering it on new shoes or fancy meals. Then, if you eventually sell  your home after the mortgage is paid off, there's a good chance that  "you'll walk away with a payoff," even after subtracting the costs of ownership,  says Hodges. (Of course, homeowners who face foreclosure or declining  home values often find themselves without such equity to show for their  monthly mortgage payments.)

5. Homeownership allows you to build a second income stream.

From  taking in a renter in a spare bedroom to renting out driveway space to  commuters, Hodges says homeowners are increasingly finding ways to  monetize their homes. In cities with scant green space, some homeowners  even rent out small patches of grass for people who want to grow  vegetables.

6. No landlord can kick you out.

Renters  can face an unexpected eviction notice if their landlord suddenly  decides to sell the home, rent to someone else, or otherwise end the  lease. That's one reason Boston University economics professor Laurence  Kotlikoff says that

for older people with a fixed income in particular,  he recommends homeownership (and a paid-off mortgage). "It's important  for older people to be in a home that they own as security against a  landlord," he says.

7. In fact, you don't have to speak to a landlord, ever again.

Landlords  can take ages to fix a broken dishwasher, let the air vents fill with  dust and particles, or leave pesky messages about repairs. If you're the  homeowner, then you're in charge—which means you have to be home when  the plumber calls, but the plumber reports to you. (And, of course, you  also have to pay the plumber.)

8. Unlike rent, a fixed mortgage can't go up (even if inflation does).

Fixed mortgage rates don't go up, even if the cost of everything else does. To protect yourself, Jack Otter, author of Worth It… Not Worth It? suggests  making a 20 percent down payment and taking out a 30-year fixed  mortgage to lock in today's low interest rates. "Mortgage rates haven't  been this low since GIs were heading home from France. Lock in a low  monthly payment, and you've just taken a huge step in protecting your  family against inflation," he writes.

9. Homeowners can take tax deductions.

The  chief tax benefit of homeownership is the ability to deduct mortgage  interest payments, but the perks don't stop there. Homeowners can also  deduct eligible expenses (certain energy-efficient improvements, for  example) and in some cases can avoid federal taxes on earnings from the  sale of a home.

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Homeowners can also  deduct eligible expenses (certain energy-efficient improvements, for  example) and in some cases can avoid federal taxes on earnings from the  sale of a home.

10. You can take advantage of currently low interest rates and prices.

Interest  rates remain at historical lows, and at the same time, home prices in  many areas remain soft. Trulia points out that deals are especially  appealing in suburban areas, compared with the more expensive cities.  Overall, Trulia says, asking prices on homes went down 0.7 percent over  the last year, while rents went up by 5 percent.

Of course, buying isn't for everyone. If you might move soon, or you want the flexibility to upgrade your digs  with just a month's notice, or your job outlook is uncertain, then  renting can be ideal. Hodges says potential buyers should first consider  the transaction costs of homeownership, which can add up quickly,  especially if a buyer doesn't plan to stay put for very long.

"During  the bubble, people were looking at homes as a tool to make money," says  Hodges. Now, they just see it as a place to live.

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In a world where image is everything and thirst means nearly nothing, G6 is changing the manicured landscape of reality rap music, as we know it.             G6 is a product of a harsh yet productive environment that taught him how to survive by hustling. Originally from Los Angeles, his family moved to Denver, Colorado when he was very young. On the streets of Denver he cultivated his burgeoning rap career and a reputation that earned him the capital letter G attached to his well-known moniker.             G6 has recorded with some of the top artist in both Colorado and nationally including E-40, The Box Boyz, Innerstate Ike, Julox and DJ’s such as DJ Ill Will and Core DJ K-tone to name a few. Also opening for such artist as Young Buck, GS Boys, Keak Da Sneak, Mike Jones and more.             After recently securing a digital and mobile distribution deal thru a partnership with the Turf Network, he’s out to prove that with a strong fan base and several notable features under his belt, G6 is poised to make an impact unseen in Colorado Hip-Hop.             Currently working on the “untitled” follow-up to his highly acclaimed mixtape “Gorealla Food”, G6 is definitely an artist to keep a close eye on.

When you look at the current political climate, it is not difficult to see why the government, namely the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), tends to reject the obvious benefits of medical marijuana. If one simply looks at the   enormous profits of a select few corporations who make a lot of money selling pharmaceutical drugs, it’s no wonder why they would not want to see any competition from a natural source.   In fact, the FDA still claims that there are no proven scientific studies that have found that medical marijuanahas health benefits. We know this to be untrue, but it demonstrates the fight that medical marijuana supporters are up against to show the public that it is a very effective remedy for many illnesses and conditions. The following is a brief list sampling a few of the more serious conditions for which medical marijuana has been proven to be an effective remedy. When you consider the potential that marijuana has to help millions of people suffering from these illnesses, you could make a fair case for negligence on behalf of the FDA..

Chronic Pain   A large percentage of our population suffers from a broad condition known as “chronic pain.” This may include arthritis, back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, migraines, multiple sclerosis and many others. Medical marijuana can work wonders in helping people deal with the symptoms of these conditions, and can even be much more effective than the average pain reliever.

Alzheimer’s disease Certain studies have found that medical marijuana, particularly active ingredient THC, can inhibit the formation of a primary pathological marker known as amyloid plaque. Because of this, it can have an enormous impact on   controlling and delaying the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.   Cancer   The THC within medical marijuana has been known to kill many types of cancer cells, specifically those in the brain. Through a process called autophagy, the cancer cells essentially destroy themselves. This process is prompted through the intake of THC.   In addition, some studies suggest that patients who have used marijuana for 5-10 years have been associated with significantly reduced risks of having a cell carcinoma, which typically results in cancer of the neck and/or head.

Lung Diseases   When it comes to lung cancer, researchers at Harvard University have found that THC can reduce tumor growth in the lungs by up to 50 percent, as well as reduce the ability for cancer to spread. This makes it an effective agent against lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   Furthermore, marijuana, unlike tobacco, was found not to increase the likelihood of a person developing lung cancer. While inhaling any type of smoke does carry some risks, the benefits may outweigh those risks, according to these respected studies.

Lou Gehrig’s disease   Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a deadly neurodegenerative disorder that entails the loss of motor skills throughout the body. Studies have shown that cannabinoids can help patients suffering from this disease by helping to delay its progression. When it comes to examining the effects of medical marijuana on a variety of ailments, it is important to do your research and make up your mind based on the facts. The truth is that medical marijuana is an effective, natural alternative to artificial pharmaceuticals, which have side effects that are often worse than the condition itself.

 

Heath Benefits of Medical Marijuana

 

We know that today we have an epidemic of obesity and heart disease, which includes hypertension, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis and high cholesterol among many other things in North America and most of the developed world. Many groups and organizations are trying to bring awareness to this situation. Many restaurants are trying to make changes, no matter how small. Many doctors are changing their ways of treating patients. And while all of this is great to hear, not enough of us are listening or hearing the messages loud enough.

Most of us are still living with the conditioned idea that “we need meat to survive” and that “this is how

We have no doubt all heard the statement “You are what you eat.” Well, while some of us at least somewhat realize what that statement means and the ramifications of it on our health, it is still uncommon for most in today’s society to take that statement seriously enough for the sake of their health and ultimately their life.

 people always ate.” Both of these which are complete myths.

Thus, with the coming of Earth Day and the current epidemic of chronic health problems, I wanted to share with you a quick guide on why you may want to reconsider

eating meat. It is not a ploy to get anyone to go vegetarian or vegan, but some “food for thought” on what this food, that we all think is so “normal” to eat is actually doing inside of you, to your health and our environment.

1. Meat is very high in fat, especially saturated fat

There are numerous claims today about saturated fat. Some claim that we do not need any saturated fat to survive, or that all saturated fat is bad, while others tell us to eat freely and that this substance is essential for our health.While not all saturated fat is bad, saturated fat from animal products like meat appears to directly affect the function of our cardiovascular system in many negative ways. Not only is it linked to putting a strain on one’s heart through possible fat deposits in the arteries, increasing one’s blood pressure and causing artery damage, but it is the major fat responsible for dangerous weight gain. Today’s meat is even higher than ever in fat because of how the animals are raised, with no exercise or natural grazing capabilities. Hence they sit in a cage and are over fed, which leads to higher than normal unhealthy fat deposits.

2. Meat is very high in cholesterol

Most animals produce their own cholesterol and there is no need to be eating someone else’s, especially given the fact that your body is great at regulating its own cholesterol when we don’t throw in extra cholesterol from foreign sources. Cholesterol production can also increase in times of stress and decreased activity, both which are real problems for the animals of today.

3. Meat is very dense in calories

Since meat contains so much fat, and fat is the most calorie-dense nutrient, it is a substance that if eaten regularly or in excess can easily lead to weight gain.

 

4. Meat produces carcinogenic compounds when cooked

These are called heterocyclic amines and they get produced when animal flesh is cooked, especially at high temperatures. HCAs form when amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and creatine (a chemical found in muscles) react at high cooking temperatures. Researchers have identified 17 different HCAs resulting from the cooking of muscle meats such as beef, pork, fowl, and fish.

5. Meat increases chances of colon cancer

Aside from the heterocyclic amines talked about above, meat does not clear from the intestines fast, unless ample fiber is included in each meal. This is mainly due to the fact that meat is high in protein and protein takes a very long time to get fully digested, thus it sits in our intestines the longest. This time factor, allows any carcinogenic compounds to do the most damage to the lining of the intestinal walls.

6. Meat is hard on the digestive system

Besides the increased chances of colon cancer, meat can cause a lot of digestive disturbances for the very same reasons. Meat takes a long time to pass through the intestines, where during this time it putrefies. Putrefaction produces toxins and amines that accumulate in the liver, kidneys and large intestines, destroys bacterial cultures and causes degeneration of the lining of the small intestine. Over a few years of a regular meat diet, putrefied meat is going to adhere to the lining of your intestines, where it often causes various digestive problems such as IBS, stomach cramps, prolapsed colons, haemorrhoids, constipation and many other problems that are not even directly linked to the intestines.

7. Meat carries the highest risk of bacterial contamination

Meat is animal flesh, and animal flesh is most prone to bacterial growth.

This process is increased even more after the meat has been killed, as it starts to putrefy right away. Today, we do have many advances to decrease this process as much as possible, mainly refrigeration, but the most common food-borne illnesses still come from meats.*  *

8. Meat increases chances of autoimmune diseases

Due to the fact that some animal proteins are very closely related to ours, the body responds to a lot of these as foreign particles and tries to destroy them. (Not very different from how some organ transplants get rejected.) When the body does this on a regular basis, after some time it begins to turn on itself due to some auto-immune processes that end up resulting in things like arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and others.

9. Meat contains synthetic hormones, which disturb our hormonal balance

Unless the meat comes from an organic farm, most farms today inject the animals with various hormones for no other reasons than to speed up and enhance the animal’s growth. The faster the animal grows, the faster the monetary return and the bigger it grows obviously the more meat can be obtained for less money. Most of the hormones are various growth hormones, which not only disrupt our own hormonal balances, which can lead to many different health conditions, but also have been theorized for the faster than normal onset of puberty and development of our children today.

10. Meat contains various drugs

Due to the fact that every animal translates to dollars, most if not all animals are regularly subjected to various drugs, mostly antibiotics. These drugs do not magically vanish and researchers are studying these effects of them on our

 bodies. However, what we do know for sure today is that it has contributed to the current antibiotic resistance, where the antibiotics that we may need at a point in our lives, no longer work because the bacteria have gotten so much experience with them in small doses to mutate against them.

11. Meat contains its own diseases

As well as each animal and farm is controlled for safety, regulations are nowhere as close as we would like them to be. Even though it is easy to catch an infectious disease in an animal and then treat it appropriately, other chronic diseases are not as easily caught. In fact, think of how healthy an animal can be, that sits all of its short life in a tiny cage, where some cannot even properly stand up, let alone walk around and get some exercise.

12. Meat eating results in killing billions of animal each year

According to ADAPTT, 140 billion animals are killed each year by the meat, egg and dairy industries. That is a mind blowing number that most people are completely not aware of and most of this is simply due to the fact that today we eat a diet in the developed world that is way too highly animal based.

13. Meat production leads to wasted natural resources like water and land

Having seen the above number, now imagine how much water is wasted each year to grow the food to feed these animals and how much water is wasted to keep them hydrated while they are growing. In order for land to be made suitable for animal production, land must be properly cleared and this usually involves the chopping and clearing of many trees. Livestock production accounts for 30% of the entire land surface of the planet. Just think of how many people can be fed in the world and have clean drinking water, if it

 wasn’t all going to the billions of animals.

14. Meat production is heavily responsible for climate change

Animals produce natural gas, mainly methane. Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas, in that it traps heat even more readily and abundantly than carbon dioxide. In fact animal production is responsible for about 18% of the world’s climate change and to put that in perspective that is even more than all of the world’s transportation. (Source: United Nations)

15. Meat raised under stressful conditions has a negatively altered biochemistry, that negatively alters ours

Just think about yourself and what happens to you in times of stress. The number one thing that happens to all animals under stress is an elevation of stress hormones, which initialize a whole slew of other biochemical reactions that lead away from an animal’s healthy balanced state. This of course leads to various diseases. When we consume this meat, whether you embrace the Eastern views of karma, qi energy changes and thus chakra disruptions or not, eating meat from stressed animals has been shown to be linked to various negative mental and emotional states of being in us as well.

So perhaps it will be for your health, perhaps for the environment, or perhaps for the animals that you give this topic some serious consideration if you are currently consuming meat. Whatever your choice or actions are today or tomorrow, my hope is simply this, that each of us starts taking accountability for our own personal health and starts being the change that we want to see on this Earth.

 

  • Truffles Makes about 20 truffles
  • 1 12-ounce package non-dairy chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces non-dairy cream cheese, such as Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups powered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flavored syrup, such as hazelnut or vanilla (optional)
  • chopped nuts (optional topping)
  • coconut flakes (optional topping)
  • 1 cup non-dairy chocolate chips (optional topping)

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, saucepan, or microwave.

Put the non-dairy cream cheese in a food processor or high-powered blender and slowly add the sugar. Blend until well mixed. Then add the melted chocolate chips to the cream cheese mixture and blend until well mixed. If using flavored syrup, add the syrup to the mixture and blend for 30 seconds. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Once chilled, roll the mixture with your hands into bite-sized balls and place on a serving tray.

If using optional toppings, pour the nuts and/or coconut flakes into a shallow bowl and roll the chilled balls into them. Place the truffles on a tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For truffles with a hard chocolate coating, after the chilled mixture has been rolled into bite-sized balls, melt 1 cup of non-dairy chocolate chips. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate, place on a tray, and refrigerate for 2 additional hours.

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If your child hates flashcards too, try out any of these 10 ways to make letters FUN!

1. Puff Paint Letters

Make home-made puff paint using just salt, water, and flour. Then put the mixture with some paint into squeeze bottles. Trace a letter using a pencil and make the sound for your child. Then allow her to use the squeeze paint to trace over your letter.

2. Sprinkle Letters

Use sprinkles to make letters. This time, use glue to make a letter on a piece of construction paper. Then give your child the bottle of sprinkles and allow her to sprinkle them so they will stick on the glue and a lovely letter will appear.

3. Letter Treasure Hunt

Hide a bunch of letters in sand and ask her to find all the letters. As she pulls each one out, tell her what letter it is. You could even use the letters to make words.

4. Dot Letters

Use a dot-maker to make letters. You will draw circles to form each letter, then give her the dot-maker (which can be found at most craft stores) and she will simply fill in each dot to form a letter. Again, you could make words after she completes a few letters.

5. Rock Letters

Use rocks to make letters. You will draw circles to form each letter, then give your child a pile of pretty, colorful rocks. She will fill in each circle with one of the rocks to form letters.

6. Painted Letters

Have her paint letters. You will trace a letter or a name on a piece of construction paper. Then give her some paint and simply ask her to paint over what you've done.

 

 


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7. Slap Jack

Play Slap-Jack. When you play with cards, your child is exposed to letters and numbers and it simply reinforces what she already knows.

8. Magazine Collage

Make a collage by cutting letters from a magazine.

9. Alphabet Letters

Eat alphabet soup and be on the look-out for different letters.

10. Object Collage

Trace letters and then give your child some glue and a bowl full of interesting ojects, such as colored Poms, buttons, or even M&Ms and ask her to glue along your lines to form a letter. Of course, you need to closely supervise when kids have small objects.

Once I started using sensory techniques with my daughter, I noticed a world of difference. Some days she even asks me to work on letters. I don't pressure her, because she is only four, but I do love it when she is smiling during a project, and I can know that I am taking an active role in my daughter's education.

Trail Mix

 

1 cup Cheerios toasted oat cereal (honey nut, plain and apple cinnamon work equally as well)

 

  • 1 cup goldfish crackers or 1 cup other cheese crackers
  • 1 cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries (or other favorite dried fruit)
  • 1 cup cashews or 1 cup other favorite nuts (although be aware of children's potential allergy to peanuts)
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's chocolate candies (or other chocolate candy)
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips or 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup miniature pretzel twists or 1 cup pretzel stick

 Directions:

  1. 1
    Throw everything together in a sealed container.
  2. 2
    Store in cool, dry area (to prevent melting of chocolate candies/chips and other soft ingredients

 

Fun an easy food to make with kids!

Chex Mix

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

 

Preparation Directions
1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
Oven Directions Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts,

 

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Ants On A Log

5 stalkscelery

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  • Directions

    1. Cut the celery stalks in half. Spread with peanut butter. Sprinkle with raisins.

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