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Selecting the Right Popcorn Buckets

November 30th, 2010

popcorn-bucket.jpgPopcorn buckets can give you that sense of sitting at the big game or at a movie from the comfort of your own home. Before purchasing them though there are a few minor things to take into consideration.

If you are hosting a large group you may want to consider a disposable style bucket such as paper or cardboard. While these can be a bit pricier, in the long run it will save you a lot of grief. After all, who really wants to stand around and wash popcorn containers after the big game? Doing this can also give you the feeling of actually being there. These disposable buckets come in the forms of traditional bags or boxes similar to the movie theater style so take the time to decide what you need. They can also be picked up at most restaurant supply stores or from wholesalers like Costco.

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Color Changing Solar Lights

November 29th, 2010

solar-lights-changing-colors.jpgWith all of the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” madness almost behind us, many people in the USA are turning their attention to setting up the Christmas lights. Some of them like to extend the decorations outside, where color changing solar lights could provide an economical solution for those with limited budgets.

One of the first things to think about when deciding if you want to use this type of lighting is the area you live in. These are normally spike style lights that can be picked up and moved easily. They sit relatively low to the ground for the most part, but you can also find taller styles.

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What to Look for in a Leather Shag Rug

November 28th, 2010

leather-shag-rug-hides.jpgLeather shag rugs can take an ordinary room and make it into the center of attention. There are a few small considerations and decisions to take into account before making your purchase.

While thinking about your favorite shag rug, you must decide what kind of hide you want. Cow hide is the most common type of leather, but there are also horse hides and other exotic skins available. Cow hide is almost always the least expensive way to go, but horse seems to be softer and deer is even softer than that. So you need to decide how soft or exotic you want your rug to be.

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How to Select Cake Containers

November 27th, 2010

cake-container-ideas.jpgCake containers are one of those kinds of items that most of us see every time we walk through a department store, but never really pay any attention to until we are in need of one. Then we realize just how many different types there are.

One of the first things you will need to consider is the shape. Most of us don’t stop and think that the tasty morsel we just put in our mouth actually comes from a much larger morsel. Cakes come in almost every shape or size you can think of, which is why this is so important. You would not want to put a 12-inch round cake in a 8-inch square cake container, although you could make a toddler or pet very happy by attempting this. Take the time to decide what shape you are going to make and find the appropriate container. It would be devastating if you spend an entire weekend making a star-shaped cake only to find out on Monday that you don’t have a container that is able to effectively carry it.

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Copper Kitchen Faucets

November 26th, 2010

copper-kitchen-faucet-set.jpgIf you have decided to renovate the old kitchen or are building a new one and want that antique look that makes a home feel so warm, then copper kitchen faucets could be the item for you.

One must first consider the type of faucet they want. Since these come in various shapes and sizes, there is a good chance that you will be able to find what you are looking for. However, in some cases there can be a hefty price tag that comes along with your new water dispenser. Ranging in price from as little as seventy-one dollars on the low end to as much as five hundred dollars on the upper end, you’ll want to make sure it still fits in your budget.

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Basic Considerations for Collecting Coffee Tins

November 25th, 2010

coffee-tin-collection.JPGMany of us who were born more than a generation ago remember seeing coffee tins on the shelves of the grocery store every time we went. For the most part we also remember throwing them away or giving them a new career once they were empty, but now those old Brim and Folgers cans have become collectors’ items.

In 1878 a group called Chase and Sanborn packaged the first coffee in tins. So understandably these tins would be some of the most expensive and rare ones that you will attempt to find. This little company was established in 1862 and the brand is still in existence today under the mother company, the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group.

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Confessions of a Telemarketer: What It’s Like on the Other End of the Phone

November 24th, 2010

telemarketing-cartoon.jpgDuring the summer of her freshman year, Mary needed a job but wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of working in a restaurant or retail store, and couldn’t find other jobs for which she was qualified. Since she was in the process of earning her degree in Journalism, she pictured herself in a professional setting. Her friend Kyle mentioned that he had been hired by a local telemarketing firm.

What about the stigma?

Society collectively cringes at the mention of telemarketing. The job is, essentially, to sell a product or service to a person in their own home or workplace. These calls can intrude on family or private time, and the receiver isn’t necessarily in the market for such a product. Mary admits that when she told friends her summer plans, she felt embarrassed saying “I’m a telemarketer.”

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How to Polish Watch Crystals

November 23rd, 2010

watch-crystal-polishing.jpgA watch crystal is the clear face of your watch, which becomes dirty and scratched with wear. In order to polish crystal on watches, you need to identify which type of crystal your watch contains. The term crystal often refers to quartz, but watch crystals can be made of sapphire, acrylics or plastics, among other materials. If you have an acrylic watch crystal, you can easily polish it yourself using household materials or specialty products.

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Islamic Finance and the Medici

November 22nd, 2010

islamic-finance-mosque.jpgIn a large portion of the world financial transactions are routinely scrutinized for their compliance with Shariah, the Islamic divine law as interpreted through a variety of institutions and authorities. Moody’s estimated in April 2010 that banking and financial institutions that aspire to Shariah compliance managed roughly $950 billion in assets. With such numbers, it is not surprising that Shariah-compliant finance has of late attracted a good deal of attention (sometimes cynical, sometimes starry-eyed) in the non-Islamic world.

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Cotton, Grand Strategy, and the Civil War

November 21st, 2010

civil-war-strategy-book.jpgThis Civil War essay by William James is a review of Donald Stoker’s book The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War. Although it reads as though it may be unfinished near the end when the author begins discussion of the Union strategies, the report nevertheless provides a pretty good overview of the book’s content and focuses on the role that trade goods such as cotton might have played in the American Civil War.


Stoker, a professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, notes that most books on the military history of the U.S. Civil War focus, unsurprisingly, on battles. Battles make good copy, but one loses the forest for those trees.

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Considerations for a Pink Area Rug

November 20th, 2010

pink-area-rug.jpgThere are many reasons for incorporating a pink area rug into your young child’s room. Typically this is viewed as a look that is perfect for girls but not quite so much for boys and one of the most important things that you will want to look at when adding these cute little additions is that it matches the rest of your little girl’s room.

Do you have a hardwood floor in the room that your daughter or granddaughter will be staying in? A pink area rug will be perfect for this space not only to ensure that the floor is slightly less slippery than usual — a must have for small and delicate feet — but also to ensure that in the winter months, the floor is not uncomfortably cold. This area rug will also provide a perfect setting for your child to play in a safe environment, which is often the most important thing in any parent’s mind.

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