I always plan to make some of my Christmas gifts each year but each year time gets away from me and I never get around to making those things I have planned to give my family and friends.
I found a site on the web the other day that intrigued me enough to go back for more than one look. The name of the website is “Not Made of Money” and it can be found at www.notmadeofmoney.com.
The website is loaded with information, and while looking around, I found a blog about gift making. The best part is that there were links to many websites with easy to make gifts that are also attractive enough to give. A plus when it comes to homemade offerings.
If you have the time and inclination to make a few crafty items for your family and friends, then check out 50 Homemade Gift Ideas – From Around the Web. The website can be found at notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2006/11/50-homemade-gift-ideas-from-around-the-web.html
Happy gift making!
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Ever wish you could learn enough sign language to talk to a hearing impaired friend or co-worker? A great website for learning the basics can be found at www.lifeprint.com. Not only does it contain numerous resources, it also discusses teaching babies sign language to communicate their needs before they develop speech. The baby’s 100 first signs section is a great starting place to learn the rudiments of American Sign Language.
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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to be concerned that our germaphobia is creating a far more dangerous situation than the one we are theoretically trying to prevent. With the rising use of antibacterial household cleaners we are creating super germs, which are becoming more and more resistant to our efforts to rid ourselves of them. We are also killing the beneficial bacteria we need to maintain a healthy environment.
Antibacterial cleaners were originally developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, but have since been marketed aggressively for home use with substantial success. Most households use antibacterial products with regularity even though no one in the home is ill. The CDC has repeatedly said that there is no scientific evidence that shows that the use of antibacterial cleaners have any significant effect on the reduction of illnesses in a family over that of ordinary soap and water.
We are also seeing more bacteria resistant to antibiotics as well. We tend to think that every time we become ill the doctor should prescribe a miracle in the form of a pill or shot which will cure us instantly. This has led to the over use of antibiotics which in turn is creating resistant strains of bacteria.
With the rise in incidences of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus (cMRSA) we are seeing evidence that the super bug issue is a real one.
Can we be too clean? Apparently we can.
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