How to Become a Wireline Logging Engineer: Part 2

The journey to become a professional wireline logging engineer starts when an organization hires you as a new field engineer in training. As I mentioned before, the logging engineer profession is challenging mentally, emotionally, and physically and it is not for everyone. Some candidates become interested in the profession simply because of the high earning potential without fully understanding what the job entails. Although the reward is attractive, the demands are equally challenging and require people of certain attitudes to survive the physical, emotional, and mental rigor the job demands. For this reason, most wireline services organizations have designed a pre-school program as the starting point for a new hire. The pre-school program exposes the new engineer to what the job entails and allows him or her to decide if the job and the schedule fit his or her life style.

The pre-school period allows the new employee to have some exposure to the work environment before committing to join the organization. At this time, the new hire signs a temporary contract with the organization which allows him or her go through the pre-school program without committing to full employment with the organization. The pre-school period usually lasts for one to three months. During this period the potential employee spends time in a field location working with full time logging engineers and crew on rig site mostly as an observer. The new hire is usually assigned a training program and a mentor. The mentor is a senior field engineer who will help the new hire go through the pre-school program and evaluate his or her readiness to go to basic logging engineers' training school.

During the pre-school, the new hire must accomplished several key tasks required of a field engineer. This period is especially challenging for a new hire because he or she is exposed to many different new tasks all of which he or she must master in relatively short time. The pre-school period is also stressful because the new trainee engineer is the favorite for all full fledge field engineer to assign their various extra duties. The pre-school period is designed to test the physical, mental, and emotional strength of the trainee engineer to the limit while helping him or her to learn the rudimentary of the logging engineer profession. Most new hire will pretty much make up his or her mind whether this is the right job or not before the end of the pre-school period.

After completing the pre-school successfully, a new hire can decide to accept the offer of a full employment with the organization. The new hire is then ready to continue the next stage in the training program which is attending the basic school for logging engineers. The basic school lasts for about 12 to 15 weeks depending on the organization. The basic school will be discussed in part 3 of this article.…



Fashion Tips to Slim Your Figure

Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose a few extra pounds? Have you already fallen off the diet bandwagon? Most people that vow to lose the weight have trouble getting those last few pounds off. If this sounds like you, there are ways that you can dress and accessorize your look so that you look pounds slimmer. Here are some easy fashion tips for women to slim your figure.

Find the right bra: This may sound silly, but many women do not know how to find the right fitting bra. No matter what your cup size is, if you have a good fitting bra, you can do a lot for your look. A good fitting bra will lift you up, hold you in the right places and make your clothes fit better. If your current bra has straps that constantly fall off your shoulders, or rides up in the back, then is too big. If your breasts spill out of the cup, then it is too small. There are bras made for every figure and cup size. If you are unsure how to go about finding the right bra, go to a nice department store and ask a sales person to help fit you. These sales people are trained to help women find just the right sized lingerie.

Do not wear baggy clothing: When you weigh more than you want, you may feel tempted to wear loose fitting and baggy clothing. You may think you are covering up your bumps and rolls, but instead what you are doing is adding pounds to your look. Baggy clothes immediately add about ten pounds to your appearance. Instead, find clothes that fit you better. Clothes that are more streamlined and fit closer to your body will give you a slimmer appearance. On the other hand, make sure that your clothes do not fit too tight. Clothes that fit too tight (think jeans that fit like leggings) will show everything you don't want people to see. When you shop for clothes, try them on at the store and look carefully in the three-way mirror before you make a purchase.

Go for dark clothing: In general, clothes that are darker in color will make you look slimmer. Look for clothes that are brown, black, navy and gray. You do not have to dress all in black everyday, though. Consider wearing the darker color on your problem area and brighter colors where you want to show off. For example, if you are carrying extra weight around your hips, go for a dark skirt or pants and accentuate your neckline with a brighter color.

Use accessories to your advantage: The right accessories can slim your look and draw a person's attention to your face. If you are trying to hide your middle, then do not wear a bright, chunky belt. Instead, opt for a really nice beaded necklace that draws people's eyes to your face instead of your middle. Show off what you have with nice accessories for a slimmer look.

Wear short skirts: You could get lost in long skirts. The trend is shorter skirts, so why not give them a try? Try a skirt that hits around your knee. You are showing off your legs. Pair that shorter skirt with a great pair of shoes and you have an instant slimmed effect.

Look at what is popular: Go to your local department store and look at is popular. When you are trying to lose the weight, you might feel like you do not want to try new fashions, but that might be the way to go. When you have a few great pieces that are in style, you can be sure that people are looking at your clothes, not your extra inches.…



Looking for a Copier Engineer…..Job Opportunity for Someone Who is Looking to Make 100k…in San Diego

I am an IT Consultant who has a client that is looking for a Copier Engineer. I have searched Monster, Career Builder and ComputerJobs…to no avail. This position is a huge demand and as difficult for the employer to find. Does anyone have any suggestions?…



Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite

Installation only takes less then 20 minutes. Constant updates take place via the Internet, so your computer is always up-to-date when it comes to protection.

To be on the safe side, the software is set to a higher security setting so expect to see more pop-ups as you open different programs immediately after installation.

This gives you a great opportunity to track any unauthorised data transmissions via trojans or malware. You can choose to deny or allow any communication attempts and once you have verified them, you can proceed to do a full sweep of the computer.

It may be annoying to see many pop-up notifications in the beginning, but once you have set the settings, everything runs in the background. Settings for firewall and anti-virus are pre-configured so users do not have to worry about setting it.

If there is an intrusion on the firewall or a malware detected, a notification will prompt you about it. The surprising thing is the software is not embedded in the browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, to warn you when you visit dubious website. Other security suites like Norton grade the authenticity of all the websites, in case users are misled into visiting a falsely created site.

With phishing sites that try to extract information from your computer, a notification bar on your browser is handy for warning your whether a site is legitimate or not. When I tried accessing a website frequented by hackers, Zone Alarm did not inform me about it but Norton and McAfee did. So if you use your computer primarily for surfing, Zone Alarm may not be what you are looking for.

What worked well though are the parental controls. One can chooose to limit user access to sites which have pornography, drugs, or online games. There are also interesting block options such as the occult, weapons and military, to name a few. So if you set controls to limit "illegal drugs", a search for ecstasy will allow you to read online news about the drug but not visit websites dedicated to the drug itself.

Conclusion, Zone Alarm is easy to use and handles most of the work. However, the omission of any Internet surfing security features is glaring.…



Canadian Fashion Models

If you go to Google and search "Canadian models", you will discover a quite long list of names. Canada may not be on the first place among countries with a leading fashion industry like France, Italy, England or USA, but there are many talented fashion models from Canada, who brought a major contribution to Canadian and international fashion. Here are three of them.

Heather Marks

Heather Marks is one of the most prominent fashion models in Canada today. She was born in 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and she started her modeling career at age 12. As a teenager, she already was 178 cm tall, and she was discovered by the owner of Mode Models agency.

At age 15 Heather Marks came to Toronto and began booking jobs in New York, including her first editorial for Vogue Italy. Also, she modeled for the Givenchy Spring 2003 Spring 2003 couture show. In the Spring/Summer 2004 fashion season, she modeled for designers and fashion houses like Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, MaxMara, Rochas, Versace, and others.

Since then, she has modeled in shows and advertisement campaigns for a long list of reputed designers including Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani, Moschino, Kenzo, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, Christian Lacroix, Roberto Cavalli, Badgley Mischka, H&M, Converse, Victoria's Secret, American Eagle, Benneton, Cacharel, GAP, Holt Renfrew, Lee Jeans, Levi's, Mango, Swarovski, Revlon, MAC, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and other designers and fashion brands.

Heather Marks is a frequent appearance on fashion magazine covers – she could be seen on Vogue cover (editions from Germany, Korea, Mexico, Spain), on Elle cover (editions from Canada and Croatia), Harper's Bazaar. As to Canadian fashion magazines, I saw her on the cover of Flare magazine.

Irina Lazareanu

Irina Lazareanu was born in 1982 in Romania and moved to Canada with her parents at age 5. Her family settled in Montreal area. She started her modeling career at age 17, and since then she became a very popular fashion model.

Some of her modeling assignments included jobs for top designers like Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Lanvin, Versace, and many more. I subscribe to Canadian fashion magazine Flare, and I saw her featured not only in the magazine, but also on its cover.

Linda Evangelista

Linda Evangelista was born in 1965 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Even though she is not from today's generation of models, she is still actively present in the fashion industry. Until recently, I didn't even know that she is from Canada, as I always thought she was American. But there she is, born in Canada.

She knew she wanted to be a model since she was 12. One of those international supermodels who would be placed on the same page as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer or Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista has been featured on over 600 fashion magazine covers throughout her modeling years, and had countless modeling assignments. The biggest influence she brought upon fashion was during the eighties and early nineties, at the peak of her modeling career. In 2007 she signed a multi-year exclusive contract with L'Oréal Paris.

Source: Wikipedia…



Is a Perfect "English Accent" Even Possible?

English is now spoken in over 100 countries around the globe and for the approximately 1.5 billion who speak it there exists an endless array of vernaculars-to be expected when you consider that for more than half that number, English is a second or learned language. But for the remaining 328-plus million people worldwide for whom English is the actual mother tongue, you will find an equally broad range of dialects and accents. If English is your first language, you should have no problem distinguishing an Australian accent from a South African one, or differentiating between an Irishman and a Scot. Neither, will you fail to miss the astonishing dissimilarity between a Newfoundlander from Canada and a Texan from the Southwestern United States-and the comparisons go on and on! Mind you, this holds true for almost all of the other major language groups of the world such as Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, etc., each of whom possess their own dizzying collections of syntax and pronunciations. Speaking of which, let's consider for a moment the single most widely spoken language in the world today, which happens to be Mandarin. It is the official language of China but it's by no means a simple affair encompassing about 7 dialects and 42 sub-dialects; and, here's the clincher, Mandarin is not the only language spoken in China! If you have future plans to trek across The Middle Kingdom, prepare yourself for encounters with Cantonese, Gan, Hakka, Huainan, Jin, Min, Wu, and Xiang, not to mention all their associated dialects and sub-dialects. And if that's still not enough, you might want to brace yourself for an additional 1500 or so dialects if you decide to wander into the tens of thousands of villages scattered throughout that vast nation. After those kinds of breathtaking numbers, the English language might seem a little tame in comparison. Actually, you would be somewhat remiss because English is not, shall we say, without its challenges. Simply peruse the Ethnologue, 16th Edition, M. Paul Lewis, Editor (an encyclopedic reference cataloging the world's nearly 7,000 known living languages), and you will soon discover some highly telling statistics where English dialects are concerned. For instance, in the United Kingdom alone you will find something in the order of 34 distinct dialects!

So what then is the "correct" way to speak English? Is there one ideal to which we must all aspire? Some would hastily bestow that crown upon the birthplace of the English language-the British Isles. The thing is, even on those densely populated pieces of real estate you're going to find a spectacular number of dialects (as already mentioned), due in large part to hundreds of years of linguistic evolution. Nevertheless, there is a lingering notion that the "superior" English accent is and always will be "Received Pronunciation" (RP), also known as the Queen's (or King's) English. And why not-let's face it, it just sounds so bloody good! Just listen to some of the better-known Brit actors like Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Helen Mirren and I rest my case! But, is that reason enough to laud it shamelessly as many still do? The famous British playwright George Bernard Shaw, in his literary tour de force Pygmalion (1913), explored that very notion as he sought to make a critical statement on the superficiality of class, social status and language (with special focus on the "proper English accent"). In the story, we observe how phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform a thick-accented Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into an eloquent duchess within three months. Professor Higgins readily accepts the bet because he prides himself on being able to determine where a person comes from by simply identifying their accent. Of course, the Professor recognizes that Eliza's linguistic transformation will require some doing, but he feels completely up to the task because he comes armed with several pronunciation tricks designed to help the poor girl pronounce her vowels, diphthongs and consonants "in the way that she should." For example, to help improve her elocution he has her put marbles in her mouth and repeat the sentence, "The shallow depression in the west of these islands is likely to move in a more easterly direction." To help her pronounce her /h/, he has her say over and over again, "But in Hampshire, Hereford and Hartford hurricanes hardly ever happen." After endless days of strenuous work, Eliza's transformation from "draggle-tailed guttersnipe" into a refined, well-spoken lady is complete. When she utters the words, "How kind of you to let me come," at the Embassy Ball, everyone is dazzled by her flawless speech and impeccable pronunciation.

But let's chow down on some reality cookies right about here and fast-forward to the real world of today where no English teacher in their right mind would pull a 'Professor Higgins' on a group of students. First of all, the 21st century has adopted certain pet mantras not the least of which is being "politically" and "socially correct" at all costs. This new mindset has seen today's language teachers place far greater importance on developing a student's ability to communicate well rather than pronounce meticulously. After all, sounding 100% like a native speaker is of little or no value if the comprehension and communication skills are sub par. Nowhere is this more evident than with today's technology. It has allowed the world to mingle more, so to speak, and most notably on the Internet where English largely rules the bandwidth waves. The reason for this is that English is the language of big business, and as we all know money doesn't make the distinction on whether somebody speaks English like Jackie Chan or Sir John Gielgud. In fact, when contrasting the careers of those two gentlemen, both of them actors, it's Jackie Chan who comes out on top in sheer English film box office receipts while Mr. Gielgud had his British knighthood as well as his "Companion of Honour" and "Order of Merit" awards to keep him warm during his lifetime. But, there's still a far broader-reaching question that begs asking and that is what's wrong with having an accent anyway? To cite from one of my own personal teaching experiences, the greatest majority of my students have come from a French background. Invariably, the very first thing I always tell my newbies is that there's absolutely nothing wrong with speaking English with their "delightful" French accents! In fact, we should all be so lucky to speak like that!

So does this mean that striving for the perfect English accent and pronunciation is as dead as the Dodo? Well, actually let's just remove the word "perfect" out of the equation. Students should by all means still try to attain good pronunciation and a pleasant accent. How can they achieve that? It involves five factors that will absolutely make the difference, and they are as follows: a) Voicing, b) Mouth, Tongue, andLip Position, c) Stress and Rhythm, d) Intonation, and e) Word Parts. Let's take a brief look at each of them, starting with Voicing. In English, some sounds are 'voiced,' (the voice box is used) while others are 'voiceless' (the voice box is not used). This can be illustrated with 'plurals' ending in "s". When the plural word is 'voiced,' the "s" is pronounced /z/; unvoiced and the "s" is pronounced /s/. Secondly, we must consider the position of the Mouth, Tongue and Lips. Here, you could draw simple diagrams of tongue and lip positions, or have students imitate you as you model sounds for them-all while having a clear view of your mouth, lip, and tongue movements. After that, comes Stress and Rhythm. In English, the distinction between stressed and unstressed syllables is that stressed syllables are louder, longer and more clearly articulated, while unstressed ones are shorter, compressed, and said very quickly. The way ESL students will learn them is through lots of practice and examples. Intonation is also very important because it indicates the speaker's intentions. So learning to understand the different pitch/variations in English is critical. Finally, we have Word Parts, close cousins of 'voicing.' Basically, the Past Participle of regular verbs (ending in -Ed) has three possible pronunciations-[t]; [d]; [id].

In conclusion, although the foregoing are all necessary elements for achieving good pronunciation, it should again be stressed that students of English should not have the slightest sense of feeling inadequate if speaking like a native is not achieved. It is of far greater importance to have nice, natural phrasing. Besides, as we've already discussed, having a 'foreign accent' is not always a negative thing. Take celebrated French Chef Jacques Pépin for example. He was Charles de Gaulle's personal chef before immigrating to the United States in 1959 and is credited for almost single handedly bringing the French cooking craze to North America. He is a bona fide star, and I'm willing to wager that it probably has something to do with that charming French accent he has when he speaks English!…



Why Knitting is a Good Hobby

Everyone has an opinion on why their favorite hobby is the best. But for those who are looking for a new pastime, knitting may be just the ticket. There are some great reasons to give knitting a try.

Knitting is Easy to Learn

Anyone from young children to the elderly can learn to knit. You can have a knitting friend or family member teach you, get a book out of the library, or watch learn to knit tutorials online. Whatever learning style works best for you, there is a way to learn knitting.

Knitting only requires two basic stitches, knit and purl. Once you have mastered those, you can make anything you want. Cables, lace and color patterns are all variations on the simple knit and purl stitches.


Knitting can be Inexpensive

If you have extra spending money and a taste for fine materials like cashmere, you can spend a good deal on yarn, but even those with limited funds can afford to knit.

Yarn stores, craft stores and many department stores sell yarn. Often, huge balls of inexpensive acrylic yarn can be had for only a few dollars. If you like fine yarns but are on a tight budget, yarn stores often have discount bins where you can find unpopular colors or discontinued yarns for a cheap price.

Other than yarn, you don't need many supplies to get started knitting. A pair or two of inexpensive needles and you are ready to knit!

Knitting is a Portable Hobby

In addition to being able to find knitting supplies in many places, knitting can also go many places. My knitting has accompanied me in countless waiting rooms, meetings and even to the hospital when I had my children. Small knitting projects, like hats, scarfs and mittens are easy to tuck into a purse or backpack and take along wherever you go.

I generally take easy projects that don't require any counting or concentration when I'm knitting in public or while watching television, and save complicated cables for when my children are sleeping and I can give my knitting all of my focus.

Make Things for Yourself and Others

Nothing shows love in quite the same way as a handmade gift. People generally love knowing that a garment or accessory was made just for them. You can also make items exactly to your own specifications, which is one of my favorite things about knitting. For example, I love fingerless gloves. However, I'm fussy about just how I like them. I like neutral colors, washable yarn, and for gloves to be long in the arm and short on the hand. It's very difficult to find these type of gloves in stores, but I can easily make my own in a night or two.

Knitting allows you to customize items in exactly the way you want, which can be a big plus, especially if you are a hard to fit size or have particular standards in mind for clothes or accessories.

There are many benefits to choosing knitting as a hobby. If you're looking for a versatile hobby that is portable, inexpensive and easy to learn, give knitting a try.…



Review: Norton Internet Security

Product: Norton Security
Category: Anti-Virus Suite
Publisher: Symantec



One would expect a quality product from a notorious company such as Symantec. Since PCs are attacked by threats within the first 15 seconds of being connected to the internet, it seems as though it would be a great idea to buy a protection suite from a larger company. For the purpose of preventing, detecting, and removing threats, Norton Security 2006 does its job very well. Nonetheless, I advise avoiding this product at all costs.


I compared Norton Security to the freeware virus protection program Avast! and was impressed by the improvement. Norton removed threats that were not touched with Avast!, and I have not had a virus contaminate my machine for more than a few seconds, for Norton eradicates threats almost instantaneously with its active scan feature, which allows Norton to run in the background. The interface is easy enough to navigate; it is simple, yet effectively organized, as well as easy on the eyes. However, there are some things that are terribly wrong with this product.


Thus far the product has sounded like an excellent source of protection. What could be so terrible about it? The suite is so buggy, I often wonder if Symantec completely forgot to check for bugs and released it after its initial development. First of all, about 70% of the time when you attempt to access Norton's main menu, it does absolutely nothing. No response. However, click it again, and it may work the second time, although usually incorrectly. Take a look at the screen shots below and see how Norton showed up on my screen when I attempted to launch it. Often times, Norton will launch the outline of the menu, with the middle (all of the important stuff) being blank. The solution? Reboot. Often times, reboot more than once – if you are lucky, Norton may just allow to you access its menus.

Oh, but there are more Norton annoyances than a menu that refuses to appear. Many people these days have a Google Mail account. Unfortunately for those who do, Norton interferes with Gmail operations, leading to messages being blocked and message content disappearing. Solution? Attempt to access your firewall settings through Norton's menu (good luck with that) and reconfigure.

Yet one more annoyance keeps me from liking this suite. One would expect an security program to ask the user if a certain program is allowed to access the internet or not. For example, for someone who wants to play poker online, Norton should ask if that program is allowed to access the internet, just to confirm that it is not spyware that you inherited from somewhere. But the programmers at Symantec had the idea that this process should be automated! That's great, in theory. However, often times, Norton just takes initiative and decides to block certain programs' connection to the internet without your consent. Since Norton has decided to block your favorite online poker program from the internet, it looks like you will have to do a bit of work to undermine it. Once again, you will have to attempt the unthinkable – access Norton's menus. From the firewall settings, you can have Norton scan for programs that can access the internet and compile a list for you to manually change the connection settings for. So, after about 7 or more minutes of waiting for Norton to scan your entire drive, you can manually explain to Norton that online poker is not spyware or some other intruder, and – if you are lucky – Norton will comply and let you play.

Final Word:

As you compare the short paragraph containing the positives to the essay of compiled negatives, you can see that Norton Security 2006 just is not worth the hassle – or the $70 price tag. Although it does have a good set of features, so does practically any other anti-virus program that is not freeware. Do yourself a favor and walk past this program at your local electronics store.


Interface: 8/10
When you are able to access it, it's actually quite nice.

Performance: 4/10
For the purpose of finding and eliminating threats, Norton does its job very well, but the abysmal functionality and inconsistency makes you want to rip your hair out.

Installation: 8/10
Straight forward to install, but Live Update often times causes some problems.

Value for money: 2/10
For $70, you could buy an anti-virus program better than Norton and a good PS2 game.

Overall: 5/10…



Living in a Small Space

There are many reasons why people choose to live in small spaces. Sometimes the cost of buying or renting a small city unit is much more affordable than buying or renting a large home. There are people who have downsized and like the fact that housework is at a minimum, and there are those who just believe that living in small spaces is really just all they need.

However, living in a small space means that consideration has to be taken as to the most effective way to furnish the area. Some studio units have a kitchenette within the main body of the unit, with the bathroom as a separate room. There are other studios that are slightly larger and have the kitchen as a separate room. Then there are the units that have an alcove bedroom off the main living area, whatever the configuration it pays to think wisely before buying furniture.


Tips for Small Space Living

  • One of the best investments that the homeowner can make would have to be in purchasing a pull up bed that sits within the framework of a bookcase. The bed is pulled down every night and when not in use is transferred back into it’s recess, this then makes for a more user friendly living area.
  • The use of half or fold out tables that fit snugly against the wall is also a good way to maximize the space and minimize the need for bulky furniture
  • The use of bifold doors eliminates the loss of space when a door is open
  • Painting the unit in neutral colors will open the area up and make it look larger
  • Then using the monochromatic color scheme choose furnishings that do not take over the room
  • Using mirrors on the walls is a well used decorating trick that will make the space appear to be larger than it is
  • Clear out the clutter; the space will look much bigger with fewer items about the place
  • Eliminate a desk top computer and replace it with its small cousin the lap top computer; it’s far more space friendly

Living in a small space can be an exciting adventure allowing for a certain amount of creativity to decorate the small space. However, once the feel of the new environment is achieved the benefits will be immense. The need for less furniture will definitely translate to fewer costs and then the cost of maintaining the furniture and appliances will be much less than for people who allegedly have everything. The old saying that small is beautiful is very apt where a well decorated small space is concerned.…



Decoupage a Family Time Capsule

This is a simple craft that grew from a Girl Scout Brownie Try It. One of the activities to earn the "All in the Family" badge is to make a family time capsule. This is a simple and cheap project. There are 2 specialty supplies needed. Adult supervision is also needed, but an 8 year old can do most of the work. We started with a box my husband made, for this project, out of scrap wood. The lid is attached with screws. This makes a nice box, worthy of display.

Wax paper to cover work surface
Wooden box, made or bought at the craft store (11 x 5 ½ x 7 inches)
1 bottle Mod Podge (4 oz)
Sponge brush
Assorted papers
Paint pen

  1. Cover work surface with wax paper.
  2. Collect papers to attach to the box. Since this is a family time capsule we used pictures cut from brochures left over from vacation as well as ticket stubs. We also cut logos of favorite games and activities. Post cards, stamps, and stickers can also be used. Have each member of the family select images that are special to them.
  3. Once the papers are assembled it is time to glue them on. The process of decoupage is very simple. Using a sponge brush spread the Mod Podge on one side of the box. Paint the back of the paper with Mod Podge. Then lay the paper on the wood surface. Use your finger to smooth the paper out. Get all the air bubbles out. Brush more Mod Podge on the paper, again smooth out. Keep adding glue and papers until that side of the box is covered. Cover the entire side with a layer of glue. Allow to dry. It doesn't take long, 30 minutes or so. Then continue to add glue until the surface is even and you like the appearance of the box. You can go on to another side as you wait. Follow this technique until all sides of the box are complete.
  4. For the lid, use a paint pen to write when the box can be opened. We chose 2031. That will be 20 years in the future. Then use glue and paper to continue the technique used on the rest of the box. I used an entire 4 oz bottle on our box. Thick papers take more layers of glue. Allow the box to dry well before moving on to the next step.
  5. Fill the box. Have each member of the family find items that represent them. Some of our items are silly bands, game pieces, newspaper, CD cover, score cards, postcards, and family photo. Items chosen should reflect the persons interest now. My daughter collects silly bands, so she added 2 of those. She also loves legos, so we added a mini figure. Talk about why you are adding these items. If you can't think of what to add, ask for help. Your family knows you very well, they can help you decide what to add.
  6. When the box is full seal the box closed. Place the box in a prime location for all to see.Such a simple craft, the whole family will enjoy.

Source: experience…



5 Ways to Make Money On Instagram

There are several ways to make money on Instagram, but it’s important that you only use methods that don’t violate the terms of service agreement of the site.

This includes anything that asks you to buy, sell, or try to alter the way that the site works in any way.

While a lot of people have made some quick and easy money through ads on the right side of the page, there are limits to what can be done, so you should only dabble.

The best strategy is still to build your followers and turn them into buyers by promoting the products that they want or love.

You can get a better feel for how to do this by reading the rest of this article.

Sponsored posts:

Some companies will pay you to promote their product on your page.

You don’t have to do all of the work, but some companies will throw in an extra post for free if you do.

For example, if you like pizza, they might send you a sponsored post on a monthly or quarterly basis.

You can also make money through sponsored stories, which allows you to write about someone who uses their product and give an honest review.

Photos and videos:

This is the bread and butter of Instagram marketing, you can read more at SMM World.

People enjoy visual content, especially on a site like Facebook where there is so much content already there for you to look at.

Take a lot of pictures from different places and post them to your account.

If you are into videos, make sure to post some to your page as well.

People love watching videos, so you’ll definitely have people following your updates if you can provide them with something interesting to watch.

The trick is to provide content that people will want to see on a regular basis, so keep your page updated all the time.

Business feeds:

You can set up a business feed that shows customers the latest products and deals that you’ve found on the web.

Most of the time, these feeds are updated manually by Instagram staff, but you can help them do this by adding links to your products on your page.

Business feeds can turn into huge profits for you, especially during the holiday season.

With so many people shopping on Black Friday and Christmas, make sure that you are one of the first people to show up with deals on these holidays.

Private messages:

You can make money through private messages on Instagram.

You can send other Instagram users messages that will only be seen by them.

You can sell anything that you want on your page, and you can even put coupon codes so that people can save money when they buy products off of your shelf.

Make sure that you read the guidelines carefully before you start sending messages so that you don’t get in trouble.

Engagement levels:

When you follow people on Instagram, you’ll increase your chances of them following you back as well.

The best way to attract followers is to make sure that your page is fun and engaging.

People love interacting on social media, so if you want to make money, make sure that you keep your page updated at all times.

If you constantly stay away from updates, then you’ll only have a handful of followers.


There are also many tips that you can find on the internet to help you make money.

One of the most popular ones is using coupon codes.

Coupons are great because they can save you some money on whatever you’re purchasing.

Make sure that you research each code thoroughly before you try it out on your page.

Instagram may seem like a gimmick at first, but you can make real money on it.

There are many different ways that you can go about making it work for you, though it helps to have a clear plan in mind before you get started.

Follow the above-mentioned tips and you should be able to make a lot of money off of your page in no time at all.

It’s a great way to share your pictures and let everyone know what you’re up to.…



Is test and tag a profitable business?

We’ve all seen the commercials and ads for test and tag businesses.

In this blog post, we’ll explore whether or not these companies are a viable option for business owners.

First, let’s look at what these types of companies do: they’re in charge of testing homes’ plumbing systems to ensure that there is no leakage from pipes or fixtures.

Next, we’ll examine the pros and cons of starting a test and tag company so you can determine if it would be a good fit for your own personal goals.

Finally, we will discuss how much money you could expect to make with this type of company once it has been up-and-running for five years based on different factors such as location, number of employees, etc.

In Australia, when we talk about the testing and tagging industry, we could be talking about a $100 million business or one that earns around $5 million to $10 million – depending on who you ask.

It’s difficult to define exactly how much revenue is brought in by companies involved with this sector because there could be many not-for-profit organizations running testing and tagging programs for schools, sporting clubs, and other groups barely turning over any profit.

However, there are certainly plenty of commercial operators making a tidy sum from their businesses.

For example, Brisbane-based company Toxguard runs tagging programs for thousands of children each week and has various outlets spread throughout the country.

This type of business is also supported by businesses such as Service First, which supplies equipment to firms in this sector, including cash registers and point of sale systems.

Mark Hewitt is one individual who has worked hard to carve out his own business in test and tag.

His company’s official name is National Electrical Safety (NES) Services, but he recognizes that these sorts of companies need an edge over their competition to ensure they can survive.

Mark tells us more about how he set up the business below:

“When I first started my electrical tester training course I had no idea there were so many opportunities out there for people with the right skills.

I had always worked in construction so I never really considered being a tester or testing company as an option, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“I was able to use my electrical skills along with my qualifications to get my business off the ground.

Once you know what the industry is about and how it works, then opportunities will start to become apparent through your own research into the specific test and tag companies.

Being a sole trader didn’t seem appealing at first because of the lack of security.

But when you find something you love doing it’s all worthwhile.”

“My advice to anyone thinking about setting up a test and tag business would be not to rush into things too quickly, if you decide to start a test and tag business in Australia, call your service something like “Testing and Tagging Melbourne“.

No matter what your market segment maybe, the whole idea of electrical safety compliance is pretty simple: make sure equipment used by others has been safely tested and indicate that it meets Australian Standards.

In manufacturing, there are two types of testing, Factory Mutual (FM) and Heavy Industries Science And Technology Association (HISTA).

With FM you are required to test or check that all installations comply with Australian Standards at least once every six months.

Has varied depending on the type of equipment being used in your business – whether it’s power tools, forklifts, or other plant equipment.

The main advantage of hiring an electrical tester is that you don’t have to buy your own test and tag equipment.

However, if you do decide to set up your own business as a testing company then there are various forms of equipment needed such as lockout gear, plug testers, and earth fault loop impedance testers.

You can get all the necessary equipment from Service First Electrical.

Mark Hewitt says it’s important to stay close with customers so they know exactly where their maintenance funds are being spent.

This also provides the opportunity for businesses to create good relationships with clients so they can be given higher priority in any emergency situation.

“It’s really important to keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to industry trends because this way you will always be the first to hear about market opportunities.

For example, if you’re in the area of power tools then it would be wise to know what other types of equipment companies are using.”

“All information is good info when it comes to this business, so I’m always on the lookout for new opportunities.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned it’s you shouldn’t try and tackle all your problems by yourself.

Sooner or later these things will come back and bite you if not resolved properly.”

“You’ve got to stay ahead of the game even though the basic idea might seem simple enough.”…


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What Car Should I Buy: A Beginner Guide!

What car should I buy for a beginner?

There are several cars you can start with, starting with an economical small car towing a light trailer behind a truck.

It is best to find at least two cars that are affordable and will get you on the road.

Once you know how safe a car is to drive, you can work your way up to a more powerful sports car.

The type of car you should buy depends on your style of driving, safety concerns, your wallet, and your needs as a driver.

When you consider what cars to buy for a beginner, the first thing you need to consider is the safety rating of the vehicle.

Is it worth buying or should you stay away?

How safe is it?

This question is most important when it comes to four-door sedans.

If the car has a low rating, it may not be worth buying, especially if the car will be used for transporting children.

A safe driver can get good grades in school, but that doesn’t mean you can take your car out on the highway without knowing how to drive it.

In fact, some people who are involved in an accident don’t even know how to fix their cars.

That is why it is so important to purchase a safe car.

There are so many different makes and models available on the market today that finding one that has been well maintained can help you avoid any costly repairs in the future.

Before you even begin thinking about what car to buy for a beginner, you want to think about what level of driving you plan to do.

Are you just learning to drive for pleasure or do you have a goal of becoming a safe, dependable driver?

Even if you want to become a safe driver, you can start by selecting a safe car from the beginning.

This is a great way to begin learning how to drive because you won’t have to worry about losing money if you get into an accident or have an accident that costs you lots of money.

The first and best thing you need to do is find out how safe the car you want to purchase is before you even begin looking.

You should first try to find out how much damage each vehicle has been through.

In most cases, vehicles that are sold for cheap are known to be unsafe because they have been abused.

Ask friends or family members if they can recommend any reliable dealers who sell cars for cheap.

If you don’t have anyone who can give you advice [click here] you can always check online to see what other people have said about various dealers.

Another way to find out about the safety of a particular car is to ask around your community.

People living around you will be able to tell you if a car is safe to drive or not.

Of course, you have to take their word for it, but it’s a good idea to ask around.

What car should I buy for a beginner to help them become a safe driver?

It would also be a great idea to find out from your local police force if they know of any reliable dealers in your area.

Ask them for advice.

What car should I buy for a beginner to help them become a safe driver?

If you are new to driving, you should get a vehicle that has a high safety ranking.

High-ranking cars are known to have a reduced chance of having accidents, which means that they are less likely to cost you a lot of money in repairs.

Now that you have found out what car should I buy for a beginner, you should make sure that you are ready to go out and drive it.

You never know when you might have an accident, and it would be horrible if you had an accident while on your first trip with your new car.

You never know when something may happen that could have unforeseen consequences.

That is why it is important to make sure that you are insured because if you get into an accident without insurance, you could owe a lot of money and be unable to get any money to fix the car.…



Zipper Fashion Rosettes

Metal zipper
Fabric scrap
Hot glue
White glue

You might have been saving zippers to sew into other garments, if those zippers go bad, but sewing zippers into clothing isn’t the only way to reuse them. Cut zippers up and use them in an unusual way to make embellishments for fashions and home decorating projects, rosettes for crafting, and other fanciful items. If you already have zippers, you won’t pay a penny for the rosettes, which can be used in many different ways.

Unzip a zipper and cut it, straight across, to remove the zipper pull, and to separate the two sides of the zipper. Since each piece has fabric stitched to it, it’s necessary to remove the cloth. Cut the stitches to remove the biggest part of it; use a lighter to burn off the rest. Remember to hold the zipper with a potholder because the zipper will get hot as you burn the fabric off.

When all of the cloth is off of the zipper it’s the easiest thing to turn it into a rosette. Simply lay it flat on a table and begin winding it around itself. Hold one end down, and wrap the other end around and around the stationary end. You’ll make a flat circle of zipper teeth, which is metallic and lovely. If you want the rosette to be larger than it is when you finish wrapping, use a dot of hot glue to hold the end in place, and start wrapping another zipper-half around it.

The rosette you make is a flat one but you can give it dimension by making another one on top of it. The top rosette should be a bit smaller than the bottom one. Add another rosette, and another, to create the depth that you want; make each rosette smaller than the previous one.

The zipper rosette will be easiest to attach if you glue a piece of cloth or felt to the bottom of it. Glue the finished flower to a purse, a garment, a lampshade, a mirror or picture frame corner, or even a hat. Attach it to a piece of fabric to make a curtain tie-back, or make a large zipper rosette, and turn it into a coaster.

Don’t like the metallic color of the rosette? Paint it! You can easily spray paint the zipper before you start, or paint the rosette when you’re finished. That gives you many options for coordinating colors on your fashions, or for your home decorating.