Funeral Photography and Death Masks

Funerals are a chance to reflect on a loved one that we've recently lost. It's a chance for friends and family to come together and reminiscence on a loved one's life, acknowledge contributions that person made, and extend condolences to the surviving kin. Basics of Funeral Photography  Photographing a funeral in a sensitive, discrete way can offer families a chance to stay in touch with a loved one who's recently left us. Photos taken on the day of the funeral can be assembled and put into a photo album to send to family and friends who couldn't make it to the funeral itself. Copies of the photo album can also be sent to close family to keep the loved one's memory alive. A camera without a flash is a tactful way for a funeral photographer to capture family members consoling one another as well as the ceremony of the funeral itself. A professional photographer can take high-resolution pictures of the coffin and the pallbearers in order to cement the day in a hardcover ph…
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Using LED Lights This Holiday

LED lighting can be used anywhere and everywhere this holiday season and throughout the year. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode, the technical description of the energy-saving lighting products. LED lights emit very low heat and carbon dioxide and they can be recycled. This reduces the risk of fire and keeps the air inside and out much cleaner. They use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and they last for years. A 50-light string of incandescent tree lights uses an average of 250 watts while a 70-light string of LED lights uses about three watts. New technology The light bulb's color is in the LED's semiconductor chip. The light's outside case can be clear or colored. In contrast, the incandescent lights are all clear white or yellow with the casing carrying the color. Those colors can fade over time while the LED colors do not change. LED lights come in all sizes and shapes. This includes round bulbs and the standard C5, C6, C7 and C9 …
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Is it Possible to Reverse Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the number one cause of dental visits. Tooth decay is a major issue because, for many people, there are no signs until a cavity appears in one or more teeth. While a cavity must be filled, and it can not be reversed, there are ways to reverse tooth decay, or prevent the problem from becoming worse and causing more cavities. We've collected five tips that will help you reverse tooth decay. 1. Change What You Drink  Drinking coffee, sodas, and other sugar-laden beverages are bad for the teeth. The acid in coffee can breakdown the protective coating on teeth, and sugar-based drinks combine with plaque to create a film over the tooth that will wear away at the enamel and cause cavities. Dentists suggest sticking to water for beverages. When you aren't drinking water, consider using a straw. A straw will help the liquid bypass the surface of the teeth, where it does the most damage. 2. Check with Your Primary Care Doctor Speaking to your primary care doctor abou…
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How to Improve Your Dog’s Fitness

Maintaining your dog’s fitness is an important responsibility of being a pet owner. Like humans, dogs that overeat and have very little exercise can become obese, making them vulnerable to health problems. Fortunately, keeping your dog fit is easy because all dogs welcome a good run when given the opportunity! All you have to do as the owner is provide that opportunity! Here are some tips on how to improve your dog’s fitness. Daily Walks Obviously, daily walks are important – dogs have a natural instinct for walking and will have no problem walking for 30 minutes each day. Larger, high-energy breeds might require at least one hour of solid walks or even alternating between walks and runs. Make sure to check your dog’s breed to find out the typical amount of exercise required to keep the pooch fit. Note that although letting the dog play in an enclosed area counts as exercise, leashed walks helps reinforce the bond between you and the pooch. Play Fetch and Mental Games …
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How Lighting Affects a Person’s Mood

Lighting has more of an effect on your mood than you might initially think. It's actually been shown in study after study that brighter lighting improves your mood while dimmer lighting (or lack of light altogether) results in a drop-off in mood or even depression. Mood Lighting: It's All in Your Head  The intensity of light has such a powerful effect on our moods since light alters our hormones and limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls emotions. Brain chemicals like melatonin and serotonin are affected by dim lighting. Your brain is essentially gauging the amount of light in the environment minute-to-minute and deciding whether its nearing bedtime - as your brain detects less light, melatonin shoots up and your circadian rhythm gets your body ready for bed by making you tired. This whole process can definitely be a problem if you're in a dimly-lit environment during the morning, or a brightly-lit environment during nighttime. Although you'…
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Caring for Your Teeth When Wearing Braces

Braces are an awkward part of life for many kids, but in the long run, braces help to make your teeth straighter and stronger. Braces, along with wires and rubber bands, attract food and plaque buildup. This can cause staining of the teeth if not properly brushed away after each meal. If you do in fact brush after every meal, you can ensure adequate removal of any food which may have gotten caught in your braces while eating. Using mouthwash and floss after brushing will help to ensure an even better cleaning. Flossing & Brushing Tips For Teeth With Braces Flossing may seem a little more difficult while wearing braces, but it is actually quite easy. Begin by feeding the short end of the floss in between the upper portion of your tooth and the main arch wire of the brace space. Once you wriggle it in there, use a gentle back and forth “sawing” motion on each side of the tooth, being careful not to pull too hard around the arch wire. When brushing, you will want to use a…
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10 Ways to Use LED Lighting to Make Your Garden Glow

Light emitting diode (LED) lights are changing the way homeowners illuminate their back yards. These compact, affordable and energy-efficient lights are so versatile, they can be used for everything from fixed patio lighting to whimsical hanging lights. How you use LED lighting in your yard is really only limited by your imagination. 10 ways LED lights can enhance your outdoor spaces 1. To illuminate a patio or deck. One of the most useful things you can do with LED lights outdoors is to light up your patio or deck. Use these lights underneath the railing, atop the posts or wrapped around the individual rails to add a little sparkle and a lot of romance to your back yard. 2. To lead the way to a secret garden. Do you have a portion of your garden that's tucked away in a corner of your property, a space where you go to get away from household stress? LED lights can be used to mark the way. 3. To highlight your landscaping. Wrapping LED lights around the trunks an…
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LED Light vs Incandescent Light

The development of the incandescent light bulb was one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 19th Century. And yet, in the present, this lighting source does not hold up to modern competition. Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are the newcomers to the industry. And, though LED lights are still more expensive than the traditional incandescent lights, in nearly every way, they prove the superior choice. Construction Although LED light bulbs and incandescent light bulbs fulfill essentially the same purpose, their construction is significantly different. Incandescent light bulbs rely on old technology. A metal piece attaches to a filament. The glass bulb surrounds this apparatus, and encases either a vacuum or gas. Electricity (or turning on the light) causes the filament to glow. Incandescent light bulbs produce more light if they command more electricity. By comparison, LED light bulbs use a semiconductor to release that electricity as light. Efficiency When…
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5 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

If prevention is the best medicine, then why not do your best in attempting to prevent cavities, plaque, and tooth enamel loss? Well, if you really want to continue eating sugary or acidic foods, then you certainly can brush your teeth 2-3 times per day with that special enamel strengthening toothpaste that is out now. Or you can even use Oral B electronic toothbrushes such as Vitality, Black, or Deep Sweep. Maybe you already do all of the above anyhow, along with not eating sugary and acidic foods that destroy your teeth from the inside out. Either way, if you want great teeth, it's vital that you floss every day, use mouthwash, and brush with the right kind of toothpaste according to your particular needs at the moment. If you really want white teeth because you are conducting some extra grooming on yourself this month, use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. If you are attempting to get rid of extra plaque, then you may decide to floss twice a day instead of just once. …
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Relocating for Employment

Good organization is the key to any successful house move and becomes even more important when children or animals are involved, or when relocating for employment. There is rarely, if ever, much time between leaving one house, moving into the new one and starting the job. Finding work attire, personal paperwork and lunch box are just as important as leaving the kettle unpacked until last. By considering the following tips, individuals and families can ensure that they have the smoothest possible transition between homes and jobs. Be Prepared.  Individuals who are applying for positions that require relocation need to begin preparing for a potential move as soon as the decision is made. Preparation needs to include making decisions about the following: How will they search for a new home? How will viewings be arranged / managed? What type of property will they be moving into? What will happen to their furniture if the property is temporary / already furnished? Will…
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