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Cruise Sale: The Perfect Time to Go for a Cruise

April 30th, 2010

caribbean-cruise-sale.jpgMany people with free time on their hands are deciding to travel these days. A host of new companies, websites, and offers have sprung up suddenly with the boost in the travel industry. Cruises are one of the options available, with quite a few cruise sale offers with discounts and bookings. No one should have to tell you what a luxury it is to be on a cruise, and what pleasure it can give you. The feel of the open sea, day and night, the sunrise and the sunset, the ports, the thrill of seeing new places — if you like water and like to travel, there is absolutely no way you should miss an opportunity to be on a cruise.

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Exploring North European and Scandinavian Cruises

April 29th, 2010

baltic-scandinavia-cruises.jpgThe North Sea and the Baltic Sea areas are popular destinations for many tourists around the world. However, taking a cruise to the Norwegian fjords, the open fields and liberal environs of the Netherlands, the island of Bornholm, and the beauty of Iceland, Sweden, or Estonia enthralls one beyond words. Depending on your location and tastes, exploring Northern Europe, Russia, the Baltic States, and Scandinavia via cruise can be an exotic and pleasant experience, especially during the warmer months of the year. Many companies offer cruise sales with varying lengths and prices for those who might want to try them.

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Andy Warhol Rugs

April 28th, 2010

andy-warhol-rug-collection.jpgRugs are used for various purposes in the house and outside. Made from wool or a synthetic material, they are heat treated so as not to lose their structure with use. Area rugs cover only a part (area) of the floor as opposed to wall-to-wall carpeting. Among the various kinds of area rugs in the market, Andy Warhol rugs, which are inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, are highly sought after in the contemporary design arena. Warhol was a painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who produced some of his best works in the 1960s through to the 1980s. A visual art revolutionary, he brought pop visual culture into the area of fine art with contemporaries like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Egyptian Cotton Robe

April 27th, 2010

egyptian-cotton-bath-robe.jpgEgyptian cotton has been considered the best cotton in the world for centuries. Known for its softness and strength, it is one of the most superior fabrics in the world. The fiber length is long enough to be used for towels, robes, and bed sheets among others without compromising on yarn strength. This cotton fiber has a smaller diameter yarn rendering more thread per square inch making it stronger than other cottons. This strength makes the cloth resistant to stress, and the absorbency of the fabric helps in retaining fast colors. Egyptian cotton is also famous for its softness that increases with every wash. Another contributing factor to its strength is the fact that it is handpicked from fields leaving the fiber intact and straight. Clothes made with Egyptian cotton are known to last longer than those made of other types of cotton, and to have less lint.

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Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

April 26th, 2010

egyptian-cotton-duvet.jpgA duvet is a light quilt used as a blanket. It has traditionally been filled with feathers and down (’duvet’ in French), but many natural or synthetic fibers are now used for the purpose. Earlier confined to Europe, duvets have now become popular all over the world. The fascinating thing about using a duvet is that you do not need to use bed sheets and blankets along with it. The only thing you need is a duvet cover to protect the inside lining of the duvet since it cannot be washed. Covers are available in a range of colors and patterns like solids or prints, even embroidered ones, and in quite a few materials. You can find them made with cotton, silk blends, rayon, suede, microfiber, bamboo, flannel, satin – it is all there.

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The Truth About Acai and Maqui Berry

April 25th, 2010

acai-maqui-berry-products.jpgThe Acai berry has taken the U.S. by storm with a whole range of dietary health supplement products that claim to have significant benefits in areas ranging from anti-aging to weight loss to colon cleansing. Recently, the Maqui berry has also been added to this list. Acai and Maqui berry “superfruit” products are sold as tablets and juices among other forms. Both berries claim to have a very high antioxidant value, which improves the immune system, contributes to a higher metabolism rate, and helps in weight loss by burning fat. They also promise improved digestion, a better immune system, and the control of free radical damage. They claim to promote health and increase the burning of calories, which provides more energy to the body and fights fatigue so you can be active for a longer period of time. Acai berries claim to have more antioxidant power than even pomegranates and blueberries along with anti-carcinogenic qualities that protect the body against cancer.

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Microfiber Bath Towels

April 24th, 2010

microfiber-bathtowels.jpgMicrofibers are synthetic fibers that have a very fine texture. Microfiber bath towels are usually made with 20 to 30 percent polyamide (nylon) and 70 to 80 percent polyester. This mix ensures excellent cleaning and water absorbing qualities. Aesthetics and function combine in this towel to give you a soft, absorbent, lightweight, and fast-drying towel. Mildew and bacteria do not build up because these towels dry relatively quickly. The durability of the microfiber ensures that they will last much longer than cotton towels.

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Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels

April 23rd, 2010

egyptian-cotton-towels.jpgTowels are an item for everyday use and one can barely do without them. From hand and bath towels to kitchen and car towels, they are available in a number of materials, designs, colors, and patterns. Linen, cotton, microfiber, Modal, and Supima are usually the materials used in towel material blends. Each has its own qualities and disadvantages. While microfiber bath towels are great for cleaning because of their very small fibers that attract dust particles, they may not be the perfect towels for drying oneself after a shower though their popularity and use is increasing everyday. However, microfiber bath towels are synthetic in nature and are usually made with a mix of rayon, polyester, or polyamide. On the other hand, cotton towels have retained their popularity for years because of their natural fibers and their softness.

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Earth Day Electronic Products: Energy Star and EPEAT

April 22nd, 2010

earth-day-products.jpgThe annual Earth Day events of April 22 just set me thinking about the environment and what one can do to save it. What came to my mind were things like jute grocery bags, car pools, CFL bulbs, a well-insulated home, and online reading. I wondered though how one goes beyond these in other areas, for example electronics. I wondered if one can make electronic products that are environmentally friendly or ensure that one buys environment-friendly electronic products. Going through the Electronics category on Amazon.com revealed that this is possible. On the occasion of Earth Day, Amazon has a list of Green products in every category, and I realized that two programs, Energy Star and EPEAT, ensure that electronic products have a rating based on their potential environmental effects. This allows “green” shoppers to buy the ones with the best ratings.

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Free Radical Damage and Antioxidants

April 21st, 2010

antioxidant-fruits.jpgA host of dietary health supplements rely on the Free-Radical theory to market their products. However, one needs to understand the working of the body in a better manner to prevent companies from taking advantage of our lack of knowledge. Free radical damage and antioxidants have their own effects, and large doses of the latter to counter the former can actually lead to devastating results, even mortality. A basic understanding of the theory, the effects, and the cure is outlined here.

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What to Look for in a Projector

April 20th, 2010

projector-review.jpgProjectors are used for projecting signals like videos and pictures from different devices like computers, filmstrips, and home theater systems. There are many kinds of projectors; for example, a video projector will display video signals from a computer or a home theater system whereas a slide projector will display still pictures from picture slides. Used for different purposes, projectors have become central to the way in which people communicate in professional and educational institutions, not to mention how they watch movies or play video games at home.

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