Unique Gifts – Are They a Thing of the Past

Well are they? How did you stumble across my article? No doubt you were looking for this very thing "Unique" am I right?

Lets face it times have changed long gone are the days of knitting and crocheting. Yes I know what you are thinking; there are still a few talented people around that do these crafts. But let's admit it now with the introduction of computers & Xbox the next generation is more interested in helping scratch than ice age rather than doing embroidery. And with mass production of goods, from China and other countries unique is becoming rarer.

Well I have made it my personal quest to find "Unique".

Let's start by saying that on a trip to Africa, I most definitely found it. The African tribal people would unduly have to be some of the most talented people in the world.

There Beadwork / Wirework designs are really amazing. Yes you heard right! These talented artisans for the Ndebele tribe express themselves through this very art form.

Dating back they used the beadwork mostly for ceremonial occasions, using organic materials, but now with the introduction of glass beads through overseas visitors, there artist has turned to something with a more modern and creative twist.

Traditionally over the years, the tribal women were renamed for the ceremonial costumes and for basket basket weaving, put the two together and they started creating
the most beautiful designs.

Today Africa is experiencing a revolution. Numbers of talented artisans, are making these steel wire sculptures and then beading them with bright bold colors. Animal sculptures, jewelry, mobiles, wall art, decorative bottles, vases, and cutlery the list is endless.

This truly is unique artisanship.

If Someone is Erasing Or Deleting Their Text Messages, is it a Sign of Cheating?

I often hear from people who can not help but notice that their husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend has been increasingly sending and receiving text messages. However, when they go to check up on those texts, they've often been deleted or erased.

I often hear comments like: "my husband will go and try to find privacy when he's texting. I'll see he has a mischievous and excited look on his face and I get a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. when I get a hold of the phone later to see who he's been texting and what he's been saying, I find that he's deleted his entire history. What is going on? Should I be worried that he's cheating on me and using his cell phone to do it? "

These concerns are most definitely valid. Statistics show that it's increasingly common for people to get cating cheating from their cell phones. And, it's very tempting for cheaters to sending playful and flirtatious texts to someone who you are cheating with. Plus, the cheater often thinks that all they have to do is hit the delete button to erase all evidence of wrongdoing. (This assumption can be just plain wrong.)

If you confront your loved one about the deleted texts, they'll often tell you that they were trying to save memory on their phone or that it's just their habit not to let their messages clutter up their phone. And, I suppose there are cases where this is a valid excuse. But, it will often help to look at how soon after the message's use that they are actually deleting it. It's less problematic if they let the message sit there for days or weeks before they get around to erasing it. But, if they're erasing immediately after it's sent or received, then this becomes a good bit more suspicious.

If your loved one is even reasonably tech savvy (and they are very likely if they're constantly messaging, then they are reasonably know that they can easily set their phone to automatically delete old messages after a specified period of time so that having to go in and manually do this is really over kill.

What To Do When Your Loved One Is Constantly Deleting Their Texts: As I see it, you have a few choices here. You can ask or confront them about this, but I have to tell you that an extremely large majority of cheaters will firmly deny any wrong doing. You can ask yourself if there are any places where you're seeing odd behaviors (like at the computer) and then try to follow up and check those places. You can also check the call log, photos, and sent emails. There is software that allows you to go back in and read the texts and only you can decide if you want to take this that far.

I think it often comes down to the other behaviors that surround the messaging and whether or not you believe that this is all innocent or not. And, if you've found this article, I suspect that you might feel like there is more to this than saving phone memory. Sometimes this is not the case, but many times, it is.

Smart Clothing Tips Each Woman Will Appreciate

It's not a secret that women always wish to look attractive and stylish. It does not matter where they go and what they do, they need to feel confident and beautiful. This does not only help them remain in the focus of men's attention, but also makes it easier to reach the goals they have set. The choice of clothes and accessories to be included into the wardrobe of each woman depends upon many factors, such as her body type, style of clothes she prefers, personal traits of character, age, occupation and what not. However, there are effective fashion tips that will ideally work for each lady, who aims at looking appealing, sexy and gorgeous. Some of these smart tips are provided below.

  1. Old Apparel Never Goes Out of Style!

Do you believe that you should get rid of those attires you have worn for two or three years? Do you think that they are not trendy anymore? If so, then you may be mistaken! Many old things do not go out of fashion and remain trendy for years. Just have a look at the apparel you have in your wardrobe! What clothes seem too old-fashioned to be worn every day? Which of them would you eagerly purchase, if you were in a fashion boutique? These simple questions will help you make the right choice!

  1. Choose the Right Outfit for the Black-Tie Event

Have you been invited to visit a black-tie event? Is your best friend or close relative getting married soon and you do not know what to wear? Do not get into despair and take your time to shop wisely! There is no need to buy a luxurious dress for one night only. Instead, give preference to the attire you may put on when visiting holidays and festivals in the future. This will make the purchase both efficient and gorgeous. Do not forget about suitable shoes, accessories and underwear! These things will make you feel confident and beautiful wherever you go, while proper makeup and hairstyle will contribute to your charming appeal!

  1. Know Your Strong Points

The best way to choose clothes that will really work for you is to know your strong points. One and the same apparel may look differently on two women just because they have different body types. It may take some time to experiment with different types of apparel and accessories to make the best choice, but the result will be worth this time and effort. By knowing your strong points, you will be able to opt for clothes that make you look stylish and chic. Likewise, you will avoid clothes that have negative impact upon your appeal and underline your imperfections.

  1. Do not Forget About Jeans!

When thinking about your wardrobe, do not forget about jeans. There are no stylish collections of clothes without this item. You can wear jeans in the everyday life just to feel comfortable. They are a nice choice for a family picnic, a night with your friends, a trip to the forest and even a romantic weekend. Just make sure you choose the right size. If you have any doubts, then give preference to the smaller size, because they will stretch with the lapse of time. By the way, if your jeans look a bit old-fashioned or you just wish to give them a brand new look, then you can decorate them with versatile gems and other accessories you will find any local garment accessories shop. A bit of imagination will help you get nice-looking and fashionable jeans!

  1. Watch Out Deodorant Stains!

It's not a secret that deodorant stains look unappealing and sometimes even disgusting. Furthermore, they are very hard to wash sometimes, which means that they can easily spoil your attire. It does not matter how stylish and expensive your new dress or blouse is – deodorant stains will give it an unattractive look. The same concerns makeup stains. If you have noticed the problem, try to wash the piece of clothing as soon as you can. If washing the stains with water does not help, then add the detergent or stain remover into water, leave it there for several hours and give it another try. This should help get rid of the problem.

  1. Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Scarves and Belts

Accessories always contribute to the way you look. This especially concerns scarves and belts that come in different colors, models, shapes, sizes and materials. You can choose several of them to fit your clothes. When chosen properly, these accessories add style, grace and elegance to your appeal.

  1. Keep Your Clothes in Order

It does not matter how many clothes and accessories you have, you should always keep them in order. Having bought an article of clothing you have been looking for, take your time to read the instructions on the label to know how to take care of it properly. This will not take much time, but will help you maintain the nice look of your apparel for a long time.

Treadmill Deck Info: Treadmill Decks Materials and Warranty

Treadmill deck is the material that forms the hard surface on which you run. In other words it's the supportive surface. This article identifies the decking from the tread belt which is the belt that moves across the decking.

Important

Treadmill manufacturers do not provide a great deal of information about the actual construction materials of their decks. These days most treadmills, especially if priced above $ 1,000 are constructed with decently strong tread decks (usually medium density fibreboard with a duo phenolic coating – all discussed in detail below).

However, strength is not the be all and end all. If strength were most important, more treadmill manufacturers would use metal. Metal is used, but not extensively.

What are decking construction objectives?

Like I said above, if strength was the only objective, metal or steel decks would rule the day. But strength is not the only objective. Quality decking should:

  • Be strong
  • Be durable
  • Have some elasticity (ie slightly flexible, but not bouncy)
  • Minimize noise (ie muffle noise if possible)
  • Have a smooth surface to minimizeize tread belt friction

What materials are used?

Often you'll see reference to solid wood, medium density fibreboard (MDF), and metal as materials used for treadmill decks. For coating you'll usually read about phenolic coating. The article explains these different materials.

Materials

1. Medium density fibreboard (MDF)

MDF is created by breaking down wood into fibers (sawdust) and then forming the fibers into a solid treadmill deck with wax and resin. The usual thickness is 3/4 "to 1". You can read more about MDF here.

MDF is the predominant material used for treadmill decks.

2. Solid wood

The deck is made out of 3/4 "to 1" solid wood. The trouble with solid wood is it's hard to find a piece of wood that is perfect. MDF, although not perfect either, ensures a consistency that's hard to find with solid wood.

Particle board: Particle board is no the same as MDF. Particle board is not fiber-based. It's a solid wood composite product. The result is that particle board is much weaker than MDF. MDF is denser and stronger.

Avoid treadmills with decks using particle board. You'll be lucky to get a year out of it.

3. Metal

Metal decks are not nearly as durable as solid wood or MDF decks. It's heavier and does not create as "soft" of a surface as wood or MDF. Running on metal or steel simply is not as enjoyable as on solid wood or MDF.

What material do I recommend?

MDF deck that is duo or triple coated with phenolic resin coating.

The coating

Some treadmills are covered on both sides (duo-coating, sometimes also referred to as triple-coating), while lower-quality treadmills coat only 1 side of a treadmill deck. The better deck is coated on both sides which helps reduce warping. It's also better for reducing friction with the tread deck along the entire surface area on which the tread belt moves.

Best material used for coating:

Phenolic: This is the best coating material. You'll pay more for phenolic coating, but it's worth it.

What is phenolic resin coating?

Phenolic resin coating is a plastic resin. When a treadmill deck is covered with phenolic resin, wax the wood deck is unnecessary.

Can you build your own if your original deck breaks?

Yes, but it's not advisable unless you really know what you're doing. Simply slamming in a sheet of plywood or MDF is not going to do it. There's properly coating the deck and ensuring it securely attaches to the treadmill.

The last thing you want is your deck to break apart when running or walking.

This is why having a lifetime warranty on your treadmill deck is important. Decks often break or crack (especially with lower-priced treadmills).

Decking Considerations

Replacement frequency

The range in the number of hours of use treadmill decks are good for is astounding. Some lower-end treadmill decks are designed for 500 hours, while other warranty their decks for life. Naturally the intensity of use and weight of users will impact the duration of a treadmill deck.

Is it reversible?

Some treadmill manufacturers make reversible tread decks so that you can get more mileage out of them.

Is reversible good?

It depends. Some manufacturers make treadmill decks that are warrantied for a lifetime without having to reverse them. Others do not come with a lifetime warranty and can not be reversed. These may have the shortest lifespan. Then there are treadmills with reversible decks which in theory doubles the lifespan of the treadmill deck.

The warranty

Ideally, the treadmill you buy will have a lifetime warranty on the deck. This is indicative the manufacturer stands behind the deck and in the event the deck fails, you get a replacement.

Cushioning technology

Cushioning technology is pretty cool these days. Treadmill cushioning technology includes the amount of, type of, and quality of the treadmill cushioning.