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Children should be getting at least one hour of physical activity per day. That's an absolute minimum. When I was a kid, we spent so much time running around outside that it was never a question of just one hour, but nowdays, with phones, TV's and iPads, getting a kid to play outside can be a challenge.

So how do we get kids more active in their daily lives? Having raised 4 children of my own, I can recommend a few of my top tips.

Find out what they're really interested in

You may be a hardcore baseball fan with dreams of your child becoming the next big star, but please do not let your projections define their future. They may go to baseball just to please you, but they will not enjoy it if inside their true passion is for tennis, for example. Never force your child to do something they really do not want to do.

I encourage you to try all the different sports there are, even those that may seem strange to you. Listen to your child and pay attention to them, see what they respond to best and positively encourage them to continue with it.

Do not compare

I would not recommend comparing your child to another, "Billy is so good at basketball, he plays everyday, why can not you be more like him?" This is an almost sure way to get your child to give up basketball alike. Nobody likes being criticized. Instead, why not find positive and uplifting ways to encourage your child to play sports.

Teach by being

It's no surprise that kids look up to their parents. If you tell them, "you must exercise every day" but do not do it yourself, they may not be as keen to listen to you. See if they can join you during your practices, be it morning yoga on the beach or a bike ride in the evening. They will love spending time with you and it will somehow feel more natural to them to be active if you're active too.

Got a dog?

If you have a dog in the house, see if you can get your child to be the main dog-walker of the house. Make them feel important, saying that it's their "dog" or that they do this job the best. Half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening – a great way to get them moving.

If you do not have a dog, encourage your child to walk or cycle everywhere. Not only is it better for the environment, something that I'm quite passionate about, but it will also keep them fit.

Build a tree house

If you have a garden in your house, why not build a tree house? Kids love making stuff, and when it's done, they will stay active by climbing it. If you can not have a tree house, why not hang some ropes on the thicker branches and encourage your …

Adjusting the house to the landscape is the first task to be solved when building on difficult terrain. If your block of land has slopes up to 20% – it's rather regular terrain. The difficulties start to appear on slopes that are steeper than that.

Main problems can be divided into 3 categories:

1) Some additional research to determine the danger of dirt slipping down should be done

2) The foundations and plumbing will require some additional work

3) Some additional work to level the soil might be necessary

And of course any of above translates into additional expenses.

If the allotment is in a real danger of soil slip, for example the soil has a steep rocky slope underneath and gets lots of rainfall or has ground water – it makes no sense to build on it.

However, if that's not the case, then building on steep slope might produce very interesting output. History has many examples of people, who had to deal with difficult conditions, created the most magnificent structures, some of which we can still see in these days. They include the Machu Picchu city in Peru, great castles of Europe, Svan's watchtowers in high mountains of Georgia, and fort Metsada in Israel.

To make the idea of ​​building on difficult terrain a reality, several things need to fall together:

1) The wish to build on this particular block of land and the ability to finance the process

2) A talented architect and engineer who can fit the house into the relief while making it secure, safe and sound

3) Qualified builders who can implement everything according to the plans

So what are the advantages of building on a slope? First, nothing compares to the panoramic view from your terrace. Also, it is possible to create several levels: the garage on the upper level, the bedrooms and living areas below and the back yard and garden on the lowest level. The best thing about this setting is that the road and the driveway – with all the noise and the dust – are left on top, while the house is located below. More of the house is now exposed to the sun light. The garden can have many picturesque features such as little terraces, steps, miniature walls, cozy spots.

The whole presence of the house is improved, as this unique facade is created. The interior of the house benefit from larger windows and various open staircases, they look "weightless" and mix in harmony with the nature.

Another issue to address is the soundness of the house built on a slope. In many ways it depends on the soil underneath the foundations. If the soil is mostly sand or mud, then it makes sense to create terraced foundations, made of concrete bands and retaining walls, anchored in the soil.

If the foundations are to be built on rocks, concrete piles are better. The necessary diameter of a pile for 2 -3 level house is 35 – 40 cm, …

Decks are nothing but an addition to the living area of your property. It gives you a comfortable and convenient space to enjoy your outhouse area. With an excellent deck design, you can enjoy your beautiful neighborhood, while remaining safe against the curious eyes of the strangers. As for the material, your options are many; just settle on your needs and pick the most suitable material. However, the most commonly used materials are tiles, concrete and wood. Wood is an effective yet cheap option for deck construction.

Wood deck design – The different varieties

There’s absolutely no alternative to a well-planned deck design. Here are a few handy ideas that prove beneficial in this deck construction process.

Pool Deck

When it comes to deck planning, this is possibly the most popular trend. Here, the poolside area turns into an engaging place for sunbathing and barbecuing. You may use tile or concrete for deck construction, but the wooden variety is more popular. However, make sure that the material you use is completely rot-resistant and slip-resistant. Two of these common varieties are redwood and Larch wood.

Curved Deck

Even though this variety doesn’t suit small gardens, it enhances the dramatic element of your garden. Curved decks don’t use your yard space in an excellent way, but a well-planned deck fits well in the limited area of your garden. In short, they add loads of beauty to your property. However, make sure that your curved deck design makes the best use of the available yard space.

Formal Deck

If you need a true extension to your property, this is the right thing to opt for. These are pretty traditional in their look. Some of its common features include crown moldings, patterns and layered trims. These decks come in a pre-finished variety to suit the overall aesthetics of your house.

Architectural Deck

This variety covers the obscure details of a typical deck design. However, the installation process is pretty complex as well as expensive. Although the design appears quite simple, the intricate work makes it costly. The layout consists of roofing, flashings and drip edges.

Wood decks – Benefits over other materials

The wooden variety holds multiple advantages over other deck building materials. Here are just a few of them:

  • Wood is strong and the most fitting material for deck building.
  • Wood has the capacity to bear extreme weather, including extreme heat and snowfall.
  • The upkeep cost is pretty low.
  • In comparison to other materials, wood appeals more to our eyes and senses.
  • Wood is a naturally safe material for deck building.

How to make a windmill in Minecraft:

Step 1: Find some flat land of suitable size, somewhere surrounded by grass helps the mill look more realistic when its finished. Although feel free to ignore this step and build your mill in a volcano.

Step 2: Start the base of the windmill by building a 10×10 square.

Step 3: Make this first shape 5 blocks tall.

Step 4: Seal off this first section with a roof.

Step 5: Decide which side of this box will be the front and build a door there.

Step 6: Remove the grass inside the first section and replace it with a suitable material for a floor. Wood will do but you can also experiment with different coloured wool.

Step 7: Make a set of stairs breaking out of the ground floor section.

Step 8: Build up another two blocks all around your structure.

Step 9: Build a new box shape on top of what you already have with dimensions 8x8x5 (WxLxH).

Step 10: On top of this build a third box of dimensions 6x6x5.

Step 11: Finally build a forth box on top with dimensions 4x4x5.

Step 12: Carefully take out the corners of all the box shapes you’ve made so far.

Step 13: Replace these blocks with a darker material, unprocessed wood is suitable. This gives the windmill a nice detail and stops it looking like one big bland box.

Step 14: Position a few blocks coming out of the top of the mill, These are what the blades will be attached to

Step 15: Using a coloured wool build 4 symmetrical blades. Make them at least 10 blocks long

Step 16: Take out the middle section of your wool blades.

Step 17: Replace these removed parts with a fence post. This gives the blades a more solid feel and helps make it look more authentic from a distance

Step 18: Head back inside and build a balcony attached to the 2nd box shape we built earlier. Decorate this with items such as a picnic table and BBQ.

Step 19: Add a series of ladders leading up to the top of your mill.

Step 20: If you want you can add torches around the place to help keep it free from zombies at night or just so it looks nicer.

Step 21: Create a window from the 2nd box we build earlier looking out onto the balcony.

Step 22: If you haven’t already done so you can build some support columns form the balcony, These don’t do anything apart from make the mill look more realistic.

Step 23: Head back inside and build the mechanism for milling wheat. The main components you need to create for this are a long shaft leading from the top where the blades are down to the bottom where you should put two flat surfaces to grind the wheat between. Unfortunately Minecraft doesn’t have the ability to make large mechanical contraptions like this actually work so you’ll need to …

"I would love to give, but there are so many worthy charities out there that I can not decide." "The rich are able to afford to give to charity." I'm not rich. " "We should take care of those in need in our own country before we give to other countries." All are common excuses (or even reasons) for not giving up a little bit of what we have to help others who need. Most of us feel bad for those with less than us, and want to help, but can not see their way to finding funds within their budgets to reach out. Yet, each of us in North America, regardless of our incoming, have the capacity to "discover" methods by which we can assist those people who are less fortunate than we may be. Yes, even the poorest of us can do so, and definitely the wealthy can redirect money to others, if we choose.

Recently, I visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica. My wife and I took none of the guided tours, ate at none of the tourist attractions, bought nothing from cruise ship-sponsored kiosks. Instead, we walked two miles back through the town center, beyond the acceptable tourist spots, through the local farmers market, behind the preparation areas hidden behind the pallets of local foods, among the local garden and "plantation" areas, and into the residences Bordering the market. From there, we were able to see the contrast between the tarpaulin-roofed homes to the mansions of Mick Jagger and other "rich and famous" homeowners. It was overwhelming. But how could we, with only a hundred dollars or so, make any difference? And what right did I have to act so voyeuristically, peering into the desperate lives of these people as if they were zoo animals on display?

This private dissection served a purpose: it made me think, "how can I help?" I came up with several solutions.

First, I write for a living. That day, I began a new manuscript, calling on the images and experiences that day in Jamaica. I will be publishing it within the year, and every penny of revenues will be directed to Ocho Rios. If I were to simply hand over the cash to a relief agency, much of it might not make it into the hands of those in need. I expect to earn only a modest amount from this book. I know a couple from Jamaica who will take the money I earn each year, proceed to the farmers market, and discretely distribute money to several of the vendors. Every penny. What difference will it make? For a brief period, those families will benefit. And there is one solution, for each of us who cruise or take vacations in countries like Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, etc. Take half of the money that you had intended to spend on souvenirs, tours and local trips for yourself, and give it away discretely. Not willing to part with fifty percent? How about 10%? Any amount …

In the interval after the dancers sat back in their chairs and before the Master of Ceremonies regained possession of the microphone, a woman in manageable high heels walked briskly across the hall, with a photographer following not far behind.

The woman stopped in front of a propped-up music speaker, turned to her side, and swiveled her head forward to look at the photographer, who in turn had taken a professional position.

Everybody watched as time ticked by. Three minutes later the photographer was yet to take a picture. The woman shuffled her high heels back and forth, patted her scarf at the back, rebalanced the wad of wrapper hung around her right shoulder and returned a bland look at the general audience.

Soon thereafter the woman began to explore reasons for the delay. If the photographer weren’t too tall, and too huge, and old, he would have taken a few pictures by now.

Getting ready for a photograph and not immediately proceeding was what annoyed her about taking pictures at a public event. Younger people can tolerate such an ordeal, but not her, not when in nine months she would become a grandmother.

In a sudden disdain for the photographer, the woman’s gaze swung down, exposing the whites of her eyes. Displeasure conveyed through two scorching eyes is more direct and more stinging than that conveyed through mere spoken words, no matter how acidic.

The offending camera, a Sony, was skewed to the left where it had hooked with the flashlight appendage. The photographer pulled the flashlight out and scowled at it close up, the way African fathers glare at naughty boys, before reattaching it to the side of the camera.

He reassured himself that everything was fine. Just because he hadn’t taken a picture yet didn’t mean he was inactive. Credit, he knew, only goes to those who show results, never to those who show activity. However, he had expected better treatment from the woman, who – had he married early – was young enough to be his daughter.

Another idea flew into the woman’s head. If the old man, like many men at this age, was short-sighted and unable to read her eyes, she might at some point scream at him.

But screaming, she decided, would not only mess up her perfect picture body but might further irritate the old man. An action once taken can produce a myriad of unpredictable reactions. The photographer might feel threatened and resort to taking her picture when she was looking at her worst. Preserving her beauty by staying still trumped any delay caused by his inefficiency.

Over his camera, the photographer gazed at the woman. She was a statue of bright color in a garden full of colors. Her pink scarf tied around her head still held up high. The sheet of folded blue wrapper hung over her right shoulder draped down to her hip. But her perfect picture face had begun to melt a little at the edges.

Then …

Please correct me if I am wrong but are not Las Vegas Buffets just the best in the
World! OK there are a few ones that are a bit how your your father (an Australian term
For so so) but I am still going to a buffet that I havn't enjoyed. This is probably why I
Have a Vegas Buffet waist line.

Here I would like to share with you my top seven favorite buffets in Las Vegas.

1. La Village Buffet as Paris hotel.

I have to say that this buffet is total class, great service and the best French cuisine I
Have ever tasted. They also have a great seafood selection and as far as I know are
The only buffet that serves Bananas Foster for dessert! With great atmosphere I give
It a 10/10

2. Spice Market Buffet at Aladdin.

This buffet has a similar feel to the buffet at paris but more fake jewels on the walls
. The food is great but I have to say the selection was not as exciting as at paris.
However it really is great value and located in the middle of some of the best
Shopping in Vegas, who can complain!

3 Todai Japanese Seafood Buffet at Aladdin.

If you love Japanese then this is the place for you. More sushi then you can poke a
Stick at! They seem to have the most fresh and best selection of sushi I have seen
In a very long time. Other buffets really could afford to learn from this great place.

4.French Market Buffet at Orleans

I really liked this buffet. It was clean with a great selection of French foods on show.
Judging by the size of some of the partrons of this place they could not either! If
You are over that way and looking for a not too expensive lunch or dinner option
Then this is place for you.

5. Village Seafood Buffet as Rio

If you love seafood then you will be in heaven! Well worth the wait for the bus ride
To Rio (you catch it a Bally's) the seafood here is the best in Vegas. The ironic thing
Is that I can not eat seafood, but I was taking my Mom out so I wanted to make sure
She had a great night. Despite not being able to eat much of the buffet, I was still
Able to leave with a more then full feeling that left me more then satisfied. By the
Way Mom says the seafood was fantastic!

6. The Buffet at Bellagio at Bellagio

For a place that is as glitzy and showy as the Bellagio I have to say I was a little
Disappointed at the fare they presented. Do not get me wrong it was all very nice but
Perhaps just not at the level you would expect of such a "high roller" establishment.
The day I was there they did have lovely duck and I had just lost $ …

Are you trying to make money from AdWords by promoting a product or service, or considering doing so? AdWords is a fantastic way to quickly reach a targeted group of people with your advertisement, and can be very profitable if used correctly. However it's also a highly competitive advertising system with many pitfalls for the inexpereienced. It's easy (as I know from my early experiences) to quickly spend a lot of money on clicks but see few if any sales. It's extremely important to ensure that your campaigns are properly organized and optimized so you get the lowest possible cost-per-click and maximum return on investment (ROI). So how is this achieved? Here are my top tips on how to make money from AdWords.

1) Make sure your keywords are highly focused and relevant to the product or service you're promoting. If you want to actually make money from AdWords rather than lose it, this is vital. Failure to select highly highly targeted, relevant keywords is a common mistake and can be an expensive one! When I began using AdWords I was promoting an eBook on organic vegetable gardening. My keywords were far too general eg "organic gardening", "vegetable gardening". The result was lots of clicks, a large bill from Google but very few sales! A much better keyword phrase would be something like "buy organic gardening ebook."

2) If you're using the content network, choose significantly lower bids than on the search network, otherwise you'll eat up your advertising budget very quickly!

3) Use broad, phrase and exact match types, and negative match (eg "-free") if necessary. People search Google in different ways so by using all three options you should reach as many potential customers as possible and lower your cost-per-click (CPC).

4) What's the unique selling point of your product or service? What sets you apart from the competition and what specific benefits does your product or service offer the potential customer? Thinking about this will help you identify highly relevant search terms for your campaigns.

5) Optimize ad serving for your ads. Turning on "optimize ad serving" will ensure that the ads achieving the highest clickthrough rate (CTR) are being shown most often. This helps to increase the cost-effectiveness of your campaigns.

6) Ensure your keywords are in both the title and body of your ad – this will reassure the reader that your ad is highly relevant to their search term. This will increase the ad quality score, and should help to decrease your CPC.

7) Organize your campaigns and ad groups properly. If you've created three different ads for one product eg "petrol lawnmower", they all need to be in the ad group "petrol lawnmower" Use a separate ad group for each different product eg "garden shears." These ad groups may make a campaign called "Gardening Equipment". Structuring things in this way will make it easier to view reports and performance data for each campaign and ad group, which can be used to improve ad …

No matter where you live, there’s nothing better than relaxing outdoors on a warm summer night watching your backyard landscaping ideas come to life.

Unfortunately, re-landscaping your entire backyard during the course of one growing season can be back breaking, expensive and requires major planning.

Here’s a simple solution: Break up your backyard into “rooms” and remodel one room each year. This is especially helpful if you’re on a budget. You’re results will be much better if you spend as much time and money as you can on one project, rather than trying to revamp the entire backyard all at once for the same amount of money.

Although you’re landscaping only one section of the yard at a time, you still need an overall plan. Using graph paper, sketch out the permanent structures on your property including the house, out buildings, deck and trees.

This is also a good time to consider which existing plants and shrubs won’t be a part of the new landscape.

Make copies of your sketch and experiment with different designs. Incorporate ideas you like from magazines or gardens you’ve visited.

If you host frequent cook outs you’ll probably want to keep the yard open and plant along the borders. If you don’t need the space, you could create real drama with an island bed, walkways, solar lighting and cutouts for comfortable furniture to relax on.

Here are some ideas you’ll dig:

Screening with Plants

If your yard doesn’t have a fence, you might want to consider planting a row of hawthorn, juniper, arborvitae, or a combination of these bushes to create privacy and provide a backdrop for future flower beds. A strategically place evergreen screen will also provide a windbreak from winter winds and drifting snow.

Planning a Border Flower Bed

The hardest part of designing a border is choosing flowers that complement each other both in color and height. The list of perennials I suggest here is for a six foot wide bed in a mainly sunny situation. Wide, in this case, means outward from the plant screen or fence, not the length of the bed.

Use 3 or 5 plants for each kind of flower and allow 16″-18″ between each plant. Allow 20″-22″ between the different plant groups. Planting an odd number of plants is more visually appealing than an even number.

Allow sufficient space at the rear of the bed for access. This will also prevent choking off necessary air and light from the plants in back.

These are my suggestions for a perennial border. They were chosen to give a long display, with the first flowers appearing in April and the last in October.

Tall plants for the back row: SEDUM ‘Autumn Joy’; RUDBECKIA Goldsturm; PHLOX White; IRIS light blue or yellow; VERONICA Blue; SOLIDAGO ‘Golden Shower’; and HOSTA fortunei ‘Picta’.

Shorter plants for the front row: GERANIUM grandiflorum; POTENTILLA ‘Firedance’; HUECHERA Pink; ASTER Dwarf Blue; SEDUM Dragons Blood; ACHILLEA ‘Moonshine’; and ERIGERON ‘Prosperity’.

Obviously, these plants won’t be the best …

As the sun rises just to the right of my office window, I hear the song of birds in the distance. They sing a song of perfection; Free of worry or sorrow. Their song reminds me of a forest glad where life is free of worry and concern.

Where are you with your inner paradigm this Spring? Many people feel stuck in the winter and sad because of the constant darkness. Their "Paradigm" or thought process may be ignore and dark, leading them on though journeys that feel bad, make them sad or cover them with physical illness.

Spring is always a good time to explore the depths of your mind, down into the subconscious, to pull out weeds from your garden of hope and serenity. When our garden is filled with weeds and icky creatures it is hard to see light or anything positive. We are going to take a journey now into your subconscious mind and awakened the sleeping strengths, beliefs and resources that are buried in the catacombs.

It is early on Spring morning and you take a walk down the road. You notice to your left an opening to what appears to be a cave. You have just come out of the worse winter your town has ever seen and felt depressed because your job is getting slower and money is getting invisible. Depression has consumed you all winter and there have been times when you did not think you could go on.

Let's stop now and take a look at how this story will or may unfold. Winter is dark and cold causing people to stay indoors more. The lack of sunshine and air causes all sorts of bad feelings and emotions. Spring is such a divine contrast that it can make the depression and anxiety worse or it can make it better.

Every emotional association you have in your lifetime is connected to a thought process that is buried in the catacombs of your subconscious. Slower work means less money and this invokes the great fear of lack, loss and scarcity. When these fears are present they multiply. Let's explore further.

Curious as to what is inside of the cave, you take a step inside and immediately notice the darkness and wet chill are similar to the winter you just came out of. The chill on your skin begins to make you want to run back to the entrance and head home, but you are determined to go further. You step deeper into the cave and hear what looks like a baby crying in the darkness.This was the strangest sound. To the left there is a dim light and this light seems to be near the area where you hear a baby crying.

As if to look through thick fog you see a scene in the background. You begin to remember a time when you were a child when your father, who worked in a coal mine, was screaming at your mother because he