Vacuum Variety: Upright Vs Canister

The household vacuum cleaner—it is perhaps the single most important cleaning item that you have in your home. What other device can clean so much area so quickly and so efficiently? Vacuums not only suck the pet hair, crumbs, and billions of dirt particles off of your floors, they reach into corners to suck up spider webs, they clean up the pine needles that fall off your Christmas tree, and they make craft clean-up really easy. Vacuums are amazing machines, but which should you buy: an upright vacuum or a canister vacuum? Canister Vacuums Canister vacuums have a large “canister” unit that includes the dirt collector, the filter, and the motor for the vacuum. The canister is usually on small wheels to improve ease of maneuverability. Attached to the canister is a long suction hose, and the vacuum heads (one for hard flooring surfaces and one for carpet) get attached to this hose. Canister vacuums are usually lightweight, allowing you to move through the house and up and down stairs with ease. Because the head is simply attached to a skinny hose, you can vacuum in tighter spaces, such as under tables, under stairs, around corners, etc., without having to move furniture. There are two separate heads for canister vacuums – one for hard floors (wood, tile, etc.) and one for carpet. Because there are two heads, they are...

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How Guitar Lessons Can Help You Incorporate Music Into Your Classroom

There are a lot of resources out there that can help you be a better teacher, but very few of them will have the drastic and immediate effects of taking guitar lessons. Investing in this kind of skill for yourself will help things in your classroom by making learning more engaging for your students, offering a break in the mundane moments of routines, and encouraging the musical education of your students. Makes Things More Engaging for Your Students The School of Education at Johns Hopkins University recently listed many reasons why music was a needed element in the classroom. According to the research in such article, adding an element of music to your classroom and your lessons will increase the positive energy in the room and engage your students in more effective ways. Taking guitar lessons is an ideal way to add an element of music because the guitar is such a versatile instrument. It can be taken wherever you go, and a few chords can give you the backbone to many different songs. Offers a Break in the Mundane Schedule Few educators will deny the need for structure in an effective learning environment. Young children thrive when given set schedules and predictable routines. That being said, there comes a time when those routines go from being comfortable and familiar to boring and mundane. If your students feel under-stimulated,...

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How To Keep Breaking Bad With Or Without Walter White

AMC’s Breaking Bad may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your fandom has to end with it. In fact, your love of the show may just be that much more intense in Breaking Bad‘s absence. What do you do now that you’re looking for your next Breaking Bad fix? You could check out DIY tours in ABQ, or you can check out Breaking Bad merchandise and keep your love of Walter White alive and well. When You’re Nostalgic And Hungry: Blue Sky Candy This candy will bring back so many Breaking Bad memories for you, you won’t know where to begin. It is rock candy, which well, if you’re a true fan of the show, you will know what it resembles (crystal, of course). The distinctive blue color mimics the infamous Blue Sky that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman invented on the show. And with a clever flavor like “Crystal Menth,” how can you resist? A delicious pun indeed. When You Just Don’t Know: Think Like Heisenberg Your morning coffee gives you time to take pause and think about your life. You can sit and ponder your life choices and you may even wonder what to do next. Well, if you get a Breaking Bad-inspired mug inscribed with “What Would Heisenberg Do?” you need look no further than your cup of coffee for your answer. Of course you true fans know that Heisenberg is Walter White’s...

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Tips For Teaching Children How To Play Chess

The game of chess requires the payers to use critical thinking skills, so it’s more than just a fun game. It provides an opportunity for children to start learning how to predict the consequences of their actions so they can develop strategies to get the results they want. These are skills they will need in every area of life, making chess an invaluable tool to teach life lessons without involving direct life instruction. Because the game is so complex, it can be difficult to teach children how to play without getting frustrated. Below are some tips to help you accomplish this goal and enjoy the game at the same time. Use a Virtual Game One of the most difficult parts of a teaching a child to play chess is teaching them all the separate moves that different pieces can make. Your child might get frustrated as he or she is constantly corrected while playing the game. That takes the element of fun out of it, leaving you both frustrated. Virtual games only allow you to make legal moves, so you can teach your child to play without being the one to correct him or her. This is also a great way to help your child make the transition from playing games online to playing games in real life because they can master the rules online and then practice them...

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Ideas For Holding An RC Boat Regatta

If you are planning an outdoor picnic, reunion, or festival, holding an RC Boat Regatta is a great way to have some friendly competition. Here are some ideas of things you can do to hold an amusing and memorable regatta. Break into Teams Break into teams of two to three, depending on how many participants there are all together. You will need to plan the teams ahead of time so that each team can prepare their boat and think of a fun name for their boat and team, such as Windbreaker3000 or FreeFlyin’.  Give each team a number and a copy of the rules. You will need to let them know ahead of time if the race is for RC power boats or RC sail boats. Obviously the race can only be for one type of boat or the other. Some of the rules you may want to enforce might be as follows: Jet propulsions are unacceptable in powerboats.  No one is allowed in the water while the race is in progress. If anyone goes into the water after their boat, they will be disqualified. Maximum boat size should not exceed sixty inches or weigh more than forty pounds. Those controlling boats may not steer their boat within one foot of another boat in the race.  If you want to see how official boat races operate, look at the...

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Benefits Of A Natural Swimming Pool

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backyard pool that required no dumping of nasty chemicals or regular pH treatments, but yet stayed clean, clear and balanced all on its own? A “Natural Pool” is just that, and while they have been a common feature in many European homes, they have only recently started catching on in the United States. Here are some of the many benefits of a natural pool, and why you should consider letting nature take over your costly pool maintenance.   Customizable Configuration Natural pools replace the standard filtration system with a zone dedicated specifically to aquatic plants or a specialized gravel that naturally filters the water, though a pump is utilized to prevent stagnation and to circulate water between the two areas. The swimming and filtration zone can be set up in whatever configuration best suits your style, from a pool which appears to be a natural pond surrounded by plants, to a traditional looking concrete pool that has an isolated gravel filtration area in a small corner, or anything in between. Cheaper in the Long Run The cost of professional construction of your pool can vary wildly depending upon your design, but once established, the natural pool requires no expensive chlorine or other costly maintenance beyond skimming leaves off the top and an occasional vacuuming to remove sediment. In addition to saving hundreds...

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3 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Paint Cans

If you have paint cans sitting around the garage, don’t let those materials go to waste. Use these ideas to create new bathroom displays, office organizers, and backyard planters from old metal paint cans. The Bathroom Create a unique bathroom display by using old paint cans. First, decide on the amount of wall space available in the bathroom. Now choose the number of paint cans that will fill that space. Paint the outside of the cans in colors that match your decor or keep it simple and take the labels off the cans to showcase the silver metal. Now organize the paint cans in a creative arrangement by affixing the bottom of the cans to the wall. Then, roll up hand towels in contrasting shades and colors and place them in the opening of the paint cans. The Craft Room If you have markers, crayons, scissors, colored pencils, and glue randomly thrown in bins, use old paint cans to organize your supplies. Ask your kids to help decorate the cans with leftover scrapbook paper. Then use stencils and letter stickers to label each can. Kids won’t grumble anymore about cleaning up because they’ll enjoy putting the supplies away in containers they helped design.  The Backyard To create decorative paint can planters, start by using an awl, or any small pointed tool that you can get from your local hardware store,...

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Making Some Extra Cash For College

College is rough financially.  Paying for school, going to classes, and trying to keep up with work and bills is a daunting challenge.  So, how can you make some extra cash without taking on another job?  There are some options available, and they are all things you can do in your spare time. Buy and Re-sell This is a matter of supply and demand.  Find things (for cheap) that people want, and then sell them online.  Go to thrift stores, pawn shops, and yard sales to find treasures that will re-sell for more than what you paid for them.  Some things that sell well: Children’s Clothes– You can find these for $0.25-$0.50 per item, put them in a boxed lot, and sell them online for $1 each.  Busy parents love going online and finding boxes of clothes in their child’s size and having it mailed to their home. Novelty T-Shirts– Whether you find some great T’s at the shop or make them yourself, these items are desirable right now.  The more unique the shirt, the better. Vintage Items– Estate sales are a great place to find these items.  From furniture to home décor, most people don’t know what they have in their “junk” piles.  Look for lamps, jewelry, serving sets, and well-built furniture. Take a look at 9 Vintage Items That May Be Worth Money. Your Parents’ Childhood Toys-...

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