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Recipe To A Perfect Holiday Cocktail Party

Bag Borrow Or Steal, Inc.

It is the holiday season again! And you know what that means.... parties, parties and more parties. Whether you are planning your own, or helping a friend plan one, let Evite make it a success!

Start with a party checklist to guide you through your party tasks and to-do list. Just tell them about your event, and they'll tell you what you need to prepare for, including corresponding due dates.

Start off your party in style! Get the invitations out - Evite has so much to chose from. There is certainly one that will strike your fancy and party theme. It's a great way to keep track of rsvps and the number amount of people attending. And for those naughty friends who have not responded, well, no need to keep tabs on them. Evite will send them another reminder not to miss your party!

Now that the invitations are sent, what else do you need to do to prepare for a memorable cocktail party? Take their Drink Calculator for a spin to figure out how much alcohol to stock. Just enter the number of party hours and guests confirmed and it will do the calculations for you. So, if you are planning a 5-hour party and serving wine to 10 moderate drinkers, you will need 12 750ml bottles of wine. To serve liquor to 15 moderate drinkers and 5 heavy drinkers, you will need to have 7 1 litter bottles on hand. Doesn't that just take the worry away?

My favourite tool from Evite is the Party Budget Estimator. I never plan a get together without this one. It not only keeps me on track for my estimated expenses, it gives me a guideline of what my spending will be. If I am planning a 5-hour cocktail party for 15 people, Evite's estimated and recommended budget is:

  • Food $142 - $189 Includes: 6 types of appetizers and 2 desserts
    Budget Tip: Outsource food preparation without breaking your bank. To save time and reduce party preparation stress, buy frozen hor d'oevres or buy precut veggies and fruits to make party platters.

  • Drinks $150 - $202 Includes: Bottled water, sodas, coffee, tea, cocktails and ice
    Budget Tip: Serve a signature cocktail to cut down on the need to stock a full bar.

  • Decorations $67 - $89 Includes: Themed plates and napkins, plastic flatware and cups, hanging decorations, table cloth, flowers, and candles
    Budget Tip: Tea light candles are great for setting the mood for your cocktail party.

  • Entertainment $50 - $66 Includes: Compilation music CDs and games
    Budget Tip: Ask your guests to bring their favorite cocktail recipe to share with other guests. It's entertaining and doesn't cost a cent. Give out a prize for the best recipe.

    More food for thought - Evite also has party menus & recipes featuring recipes from These clever twists on classic dishes showcase interesting flavor combinations and presentation ideas to give your menu a new life. Also, make sure to find the perfect wine to accompany your meal with Evite's wine pairing chart.

    Diva Party Tip: Don't forget to send thank you cards to your guests for attending your party!


      12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous
      Thanks for the info,WOW beautiful and good blog!
      Managing your money during the holidays is simple once you know the pro's and con's involved. Reevaluating how you shop during the holiday seasons is also a part of sensible money management. Setting spending limits where your credit is concerned is always the best bet. Hope you will find those resources useful for your blog and to your many readers. Have a super day! 

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    Personalized Gift Ideas For Kids!

    My nephew turns 1 year old this December, and as a Christmas / Birthday present, I have ordered him personalized wooden nameplates for his nursery door and wall from Artiwood Letters.

    If you are running out of neat and fun ideas for your kids or nieces or nephews presents, go check them out. They specialize in wooden toy design of colorful wooden painted letters available in five collections - animals, dolphins, fairies, dinosaurs and koalas. It just costed me $2.95 per letter and about $8.00 for shipping anywhere worldwide. They make such perfect and affordable gifts for girls and boys. Kids would just love them! I know I wanted them when I was growing up.

    I know my nephew is probably too young to appreciate it :) but I know my sister would be so estatic to get it. She's been looking to buy them for ages. And I bought them for less than what she would have paid for them!

    I ordered his name for the front door in Dino letters.

    The other one is in the Animal collection - spelling out Mama's Boy. It's too much letters to post up on this post.

    Well, anyway, it looks like my fiance is now going to be buying them for his neices and nephews also. Looks like we are going to be voted the coolest aunt and uncle this year!

    Here's more info:

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  • Letters are great for spelling names and words on doors, walls and toy boxes etc
  • Fun and funky designs featuring Animal, Dolphin, Fairy, Dinosaur and Koala letters "Something to suit everyone"
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  • Average dimensions of letters. H 3.5" x W 3" x B 0.25". (H 10cm x W 8cm x B 0.6cm)
  • Each letter comes complete with a self adhesive patch on the back making it easy to attach to any surface
  • Exclusive designs by Artiwood



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    Mood Enhancer: 10 Surefire Ways to Get Yourself in a Better Mood

    Vision Direct

    When you're exhausted, out of sorts or just plain blue, don't give up.


    It's like those advertisements-furrowed forehead, a face as a urinal queue, and then a sip of a hot cuppa. And hey presto! Worry lines melt, knitted brows unravel, a wide grin emerges, and the body reconfigures itself-smart, smarter, smartest-in the twinkling of an eye. The magical properties of tea owe themselves to caffeine - a stimulant and a host of antioxidants - they alleviate hypertension and are good for the heart. Coffee too can cheer you up but only when it is consumed in moderation.


    If you are thinking prayer rug and flying fakirs, stop. We are merely asking you to switch off. All those times when the whole world seems out to get a piece of you are trying to please everyone but to no avail, just distance yourself. Meditation involves taming or a word or a chant or even an idea. Humans have different kinds of brainwaves - beta, alpha, theta and delta. Of these, alpha waves indicate the most calm state of being. And meditation generates alpha waves. But one should take meditation lessons before practicing on one's own.


    The first thing in the morning and the last thing at night - the silent exchange between planter and plant is nice frayed nerves. A tits simplest, gardening involves tending to a couple of potted plants. The activity takes one's mind off humdrum worries. At its more evolved best, gardening involves a lot of output is directly proportional to aesthetic and other returns. Dumb pets did you say? Well, they talk back with their leaves, soothe with their green and smile with their flowers.


    What is about putting one's feet up that is so relaxing? This simple act (of putting up your feet) revises the circulatory capacity of the blood, the venous blood flow to the heart is multiplied, the oxygen capacity increases and the end-result is a coffee-like phenomena-rejuvenating. And the physiological implications as well. The action works not so much as a full stop as a comma - a welcome pause wherein you engage in an activity of your choice, be it watching TV or reading book or simply doing nothing.


    Chopping, grinding, boiling... Come to think of it, cooking is a string of some of the most violent activities. Then why is it the that is? Cooking is like love, you should enter into it with complete abandon or not all. When cooking is a quantity every day, it can hardly work as a feel-good factor. But if you wield the ladle occasionally you will realise it is the simplest and most satisfying creative exercise possible.


    You might say why not the pet dog or cat. And you would be right in asking. Only there is something so gratifying about feeding pariah birds that you have to do it to know what it feels like. One reason could be that they make a pretty sight, first flocking, then pecking away daintily (they don't gobble like cats or dogs). It could also have something to do with the no-strings attached nature of it.


    There is nothing quite like a pedicure from a professional. At home, you can scrub and scratch and slather on all lotion in the universe, but you can not even begin to approximate the effect. Feet are the most used part of the body. A pedicure works on the rough edges, cleanses dirt and works like an ablution for the mind too.


    An obscenely heavy family lunch followed by some heavy-duty napping. It is difficult to say which of the two is more delicious. Qualitatively different from the kind of sleep you sink into at end of a day. It recalls interminable summer vacations. But why is that a short nap works better than a long one?

    They reproduce, excrete and die and they need time to restore themselves. Napping facilitates this. But during the day it is the job of the body to eliminate toxins. If you sleep too long, you impede the digestive process.


    Recommending a cry to cure sagging spirits might sound a bit like prescribing a heart attack to someone down with flu. It is really a period of opportunity, a time to optimise on the stress. As he sees it, distress, despondency and despair are inevitable when it comes to keeping oneself emotionally and physically in sync with one's immediate environment. One should always allow for a precipitation of these accumulated woes and then a nice lusty cry is just what you need!

    HOT SEX:

    At its most evolved, it works like a meaningful conversation between bodies. At its simplest it is ice-cream for the mind. The list is endless. Good sex works as an analgesic. You could be down with anything serious but you can rest assured that good sex will alleviate it. As they say, pleasure lies between the two ears and not between the two legs.

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      5:31 AM, Anonymous technoflutemom
      Yes, yes! I look forward to working in my garden every evening. I can feel the stress fall away as I get my hands (well, my gardening gloves!) dirty. 

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    How Do You Tell A Friend That Her Husband Is Cheating?


    We have been good friends since high school. When we both turned 30, we found ourselves both still single, and the race was on to be the first one to get married.

    She started testing the waters on on-line dating, and got herself a profile on lavalife. Every single night she had a date. I couldn't believe that there were so many single men in Vancouver. I couldn't keep track who was who anymore. There were just so many coffee dates, and dinner dates. She finally met the man of her dreams, and in six months got engaged. They had a wonderful lavish reception before that year was over. Her son just turned one year this year.

    We still do lunch once a week and we don't really talk much about her relationship. I mean, I just assume everything is as happy-ever-after as she had expected. I get bits and pieces. Like he's been gone a lot travelling for work and she wishes that he wouldn't. After all, they now have a baby to take care of.

    A couple of weeks ago, another girlfriend called me to ask if they were having problems because she saw his old profile on lavalife active. We did what most women would do, we pooled our resources and snooped around. She sent him an email to go on a date. Sad to say, he did not disappoint us.

    My girlfriend and I have given him a week to tell her, or else we would. The week is almost up and we are dreading the prospect that we might have to tell her. So, how do you do that? Tell a friend that her husband is cheating on her?



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    Love and Romance - Frogs Need Not Apply

    Toshiba -

    One of my most memorable childhood memories would be of my mother's Harlequin Romance Novel Collections. She had hundreds of them. My dad even built her a wooden wall shelf right beside the staircase in our childhood home so she coud arrange them alphabetically. That is how I got hooked on reading romance novels.

    Harlequin has got it right when it comes to romance - chivalrous men, sexy millionaire bosses and the ever elusive shieks. Romance that makes your knees shake and buckle dreaming of everlasting love. There is never a bad ending to a romance novel- the mousy secretary turns into a beautiful swan, the stalker gets caught by the hero, or an old love brought back. It makes me daydream all the time of all the possible scenarios where I could be the heroine, just turning around the corner destined to meet the love of her life. So overly dramatic, I know.

    Why can't love in the real world be as exciting? Maybe it's the predictability aspect of the novels, knowing how it will end - the girl gets the guy, that makes it more appealing. If only we could wish a scripted page be played in real life so that we know where the next page leads. Instead of the unpredictability of human emotions - Does he love me? Is there someone else? Is it meant to be? Real life love makes you more crazy from all the unanswered questons. More times than it gives you that fuzzy warm feeling.

    One of these days, I will venture to write my own romance novel about kissing a lot of frogs in order to find a prince.



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    Why Do I Have Sugar Cravings?

    Toshiba -

    Consuming sugar temporarily elevates the levels of certain neurotransmitters in our bodies. Do you know what neurotransmitters are? They are "feel-good" chemicals. Two of the major "feel-good" chemicals released by eating sugar are:

    1. Dopamine, which releases chemicals including endorphins that give us a feeling of pleasure

    2. Serotonin, which produces a feeling of well being.

    We also tend to eat sugary treats for a quick rush of energy to get us through the day. Of course we also enjoy the sweet taste of sugar. Eating sweet treats like a candy bar or a cookie unconsciously brings back simpler more enjoyable days of our childhood.

    Grabbing a sugary treat is a common stress response for many adults. It's a behavior we have been practicing since we were children. When we had a rough day at school, mom would fix it with a plate of homemade cookies and a glass of milk. Now when we are stressed, we run to the vending machine or grab a cheesecake on the way home.

    Is Sugar Really Dangerous Or Addictive?

    Yes and No. Our body needs limited amounts of sugar as a quick source of energy, but not in the amounts our society as a whole has been consuming sugar. It is also a good idea to stay away from white table sugar as much as possible. This refined sugar has almost no nutritional value other than the "empty" calories it provides. Some people refer to white sugar as "white death".

    Eating fresh fruits is a much better way to give in to our sweet tooth, get the sugars our bodies need while also absorbing an array of other nutrients, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.

    The high consumption of sugar in the western world is leading to an increase in health conditions from diabetes to obesity.

    Is sugar addictive? Yes - not only do we get addicted to the neurotransmitters that are released by the consumption of sugar, which is a reaction very similar to the "high" of a drug addict, consuming sugar also causes our blood sugar levels to rise quickly and then plummet back down just as fast, resulting in a craving for more sugar. This is a desperate (and futile) attempt of our body to keep the blood sugar in balance.

    What Can I Do To Curb My Sugar Cravings?

    The best way to curb sugar cravings is to aim for a stable blood sugar. You can do this by avoiding sugary treats and drinks like candy, soda and even fruit drinks. Instead try sweetening your foods and drinks with stevia. Please avoid any artificial sweeteners.

    Craving sweets is also often an indication of a lack of certain nutrients such as chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulphur and tryptophan. Let's take a look at what foods you should be eating to make sure you get enough of these nutrients.

    Chromium - eat broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans and chicken

    Carbon - eat fresh fruit

    Phosphorus - eat chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes and grains

    Sulphur - eat cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale and cabbage

    Tryptophan - eat cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato and spinach.

    If you find yourself drawn to sweets as a response to stress, your first step of action should be to try to eliminate the stress. If you have an argument with your spouse, talk things out. If you are stressed in your job, schedule a meeting with your boss to see if you can get more time, more resources or an assistant.

    Sometimes eliminating the cause of stress isn't an option. In that case, try to exercise. Go for a brisk walk, join your local gym or work out with your favorite exercise video at home. Not only will the exercise help you blow off some stream, it also releases some of the same neurotransmitters that the consumption of sugar does - without the empty calories.

    About the Author
    Are cravings running your life? Diana Walker provides natural solutions to cravings, mood swings, and PMS. Immediately receive Diana's free Cravings Coach TIPS at



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    The Beauty of Botox - Which Wrinkles to Remove?

    The Wine Messenger

    Which wrinkles and lines bother you the most? Are these lines and wrinkles the type that are best eliminated using Botox?

    If you choose to eliminate only the wrinkles that can be treated with Botox, will any of the remaining ones still leave you unsatisfied with your appearance? For example, if you want both your frown lines and marionette lines removed, you will likely need a different cosmetic procedure to have the marionette lines eliminated.

    From the top of your face down, bothersome facial wrin­kles have the following names and locations. Notice that Botox is not the best choice for all types of wrinkles and lines.

    So what are the types of wrinkles and lines on our faces? It can be classified as:

    Forehead lines: horizontal lines, often called worry lines. These lines form mainly because the underlying frontalis muscle, which stretches across the forehead, moves when you make facial expressions. When you lift your brow--sometimes referred to as the "aha" or surprised look--the muscle contracts, which causes the skin that is covering the muscle to pull, wrinkle, and then return to its original position when you relax the muscle. Now consider the countless number of times you've used these muscles. As you age, your skin be­gins to lose its elasticity, it suffers from sun damage, and the constant contracting and relaxing of the muscle results in forehead lines. These can be eliminated using Botox or filler injections such as collagen or fat.

    Frown lines: vertical lines, also known as glabellar lines, that appear between the eyebrows. These linescan make you appear serious, angry, or stressed even when you're not. It is for the removal of these lines that the Food and Drug Administration gave approval for Botox in April 2002. These lines are best removed with Botox. If you've frowned a lot over the years and the lines are very deeply etched, you may also need wrinkle fillers (e.g., collagen, fat) to eliminate these lines. Your doctor will discuss your options with you.

    Crow's-feet: lines that radiate from the outside corners of the eyes. They're also known as periorbital lines. If you have these lines, they're most likely the result of smiling and squinting. If you look in the mirror ands mile or squint, notice how your muscles contract and cause your eyelids to nearly cover your eyes and how the muscles contract at the corners of your eyes where the lines appear. Crow's-feet are best eliminated with Botox, plus adjunctive treatment such as collagen, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing.

    Laugh lines: also known as smile lines or nasolabial lines, they are the two vertical lines that run from the out­side corners of the nose down to the top of the outside of the upper lip. Even though they are called laugh lines, gravity and aging are also factors in their development. They can best be eliminated using wrinkle fillers (e.g., collagen, fat, AlloDerm, Cymetra, Gore-Tex, or SoftForm).

    Lipstick or smoker's lines: the tiny radiating lines that appear above the upper lip and below the lower one. It seems as though everyone has a different name for these annoying wrinkles, which are best removed using laser resurfacing, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or wrinkle fillers--tissue augmentation (e.g., collagen in­jections, AlloDerm, fat)--in addition to Botox.

    Marionette lines: the often deep lines that run down from the outside corners of the mouth toward the chin. These lines develop from a combination of factors, in­cluding gravity (the cheeks tend to sag from the force of gravity) and thinning of the supporting tissue that comes with age. These wrinkles are best eliminated using wrinkle fillers or laser resurfacing. Another option is a face-lift, a complex surgical procedure.

    It should point out that Botox injections work best on crow's-feet (wrinkles radiating from the outside corners of the eyes), worry lines (horizontal forehead lines), and frown lines (vertical lines, also called glabellar lines, that appear be­tween the eyebrows). These are wrinkles that are typically caused by chronic contractions of the muscles under or adja­cent to these areas of the face. Laughing, smiling, frowning, and squinting are some of the common facial expressions that can cause these lines. If you have lines and wrinkles on other parts of your face that concern you, you may need other types of cosmetic procedures to eliminate them. With that in mind, consider these questions:

    You should ask yourself, which wrinkles and lines bother you the most? Is it suitable for Botox treatment? Your cosmetic doctors will be able to advise you.

    If you choose to eliminate only the wrinkles that can be treated with Botox, will any of the remaining ones still leave you unsatisfied with your appearance?

    If you'll still be bothered by the remaining lines and wrinkles, are you willing to have other cosmetic procedures done to correct them? Naturally, you will need to discuss all your options and prices with your doctor, but you should be aware that other procedures may be needed for you to get the look you desire. You also should know that while Botox injections don't involve any recovery time, some other cosmetic procedures do.

    About the Author
    Ito Nakamura is a Internet Health Enterprenuer specialising in marketing Contact Lenses; health supplements; health exercise equipments & beauty products. Please visit for more info.



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    Cranberry Bars Recipe From

    Bake Me  A Wish

    More bar cookies ... these will use up that extra cranberry sauce or just give a festive look to any holiday party. Cheaper, healthier and yummier than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars too.

    In saucepan, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 4 teaspoons cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger; stir in 1 14-oz jar cranberry-orange relish (or 1 3/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce!) Stir over medium heat till bubbly; cook and stir 3 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in 3/4 cup chopped nuts. Cool.

    Cool 1/2 cup softened butter or or margarine and 1 cup packed brown sugar. Stir together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir into creamed mixture. Add 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats and 1 tablespoon water; mix till crumbly.

    Firmly pat half of the oat mixture into ungreased 9x13 pan. Spread with cranberry mixture. Combine remaining oat mixture and 1 tablespoon water; sprinkle over fruit. Pat smooth. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes.. Cool; cut into squares. Make 48 sq.

    For more fantastic holiday recipes, visit Retro-Food.


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      9:34 PM, Blogger cybercasey
      Hey nice recipes....thanks for sharing them...will surely try them out during this Holiday season...and hey i've also posted a couple of yummy recipes at my Holiday Blog check it out sometime and add more fun to your holiday celebrations!!!! 

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    Why Do I need To Have A Pap Test?

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    A pap test can save your life. It can find the earliest signs of cervical cancer - a common cancer in women. If caught early, the chance of curing cervical cancer is very high. Pap tests also can find infections and abnormal cervical cells that can turn into cancer cells. Treatment can prevent most cases of cervical cancer from developing.

    Getting regular Pap tests is the best thing you can do to prevent cervical cancer. About 13,000 women in America will find out they have cervical cancer this year. And in 2004, 3,500 women died from cervical cancer in the United States.

    Do all women need Pap tests?
    It is important for all women to have pap tests, along with pelvic exams, as part of their routine health care. You need a Pap test if you are:
  • 21 years or older
  • under 21 years old and have been sexually active for three years or more
    There is no age limit for the Pap test. Even women who have gone through menopause (when a woman's periods stop) need regular Pap tests.

    How often do I need to get a Pap test?
    It depends on your age and health history. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the following:
  • If you are younger than 30 years old, you should get a Pap test every year.
  • If you are age 30 or older and have had three normal Pap tests for three years in a row, talk to your doctor about spacing out Pap tests to every two or three years.
  • If you are ages 65 to 70 and have had at least three normal Pap tests and no abnormal Pap tests in the last 10 years, ask your doctor if you can stop having Pap tests.

    You should have a Pap test every year no matter how old you are if:
  • You have a weakened immune system because of organ transplant, chemotherapy or steroid use
  • Your mother was exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) while pregnant
  • You are HIV-positive
    Women who are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are at a higher risk of cervical cancer and other cervical diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all HIV positive women get an initial Pap test, and get re-tested 6 months later. If both Pap tests are normal, then these women can get yearly Pap tests in the future.

    Who does not need regular Pap tests?
    The only women who do not need regular Pap tests are:
  • Women over age 65 who have had a number of normal Pap tests and have been told by their doctors that they don't need to be tested anymore.
  • Women who do not have a cervix and are at low risk for cervical cancer. These women should speak to their doctor before stopping regular Pap tests.

    I had a hysterectomy. Do I still need Pap tests?
    It depends on the type of hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) you had and your health history. Women who have had a hysterectomy should talk with their doctor about whether they need routine Pap tests.

    Usually during a hysterectomy, the cervix is removed with the uterus. This is called a total hysterectomy. Women who have had a total hysterectomy for reasons other than cancer may not need regular Pap tests. See Women who have had a total hysterectomy because of abnormal cells or cancer should be tested yearly for vaginal cancer until they have three normal test results. Women who have had only their uterus removed but still have a cervix need regular Pap tests. Even women who have had hysterectomies should see their doctors yearly for pelvic exams.

    How can I reduce my chances of getting cervical cancer?
    Aside from getting Pap tests, the best way to avoid cervical cancer is by steering clear of the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer. HPV infection is also one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD). So, a woman boosts her chances of getting cervical cancer if she:
  • Starts having sex before age 18
  • Has many sex partners
  • Has sex partners who have other sex partners
  • Has or has had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

    What should I know about human papilloma viruses (HPV)?
    Human papilloma viruses are a group of more than 100 different viruses.
  • About 40 types of HPV are spread during sex.
  • Some types of HPVs can cause cervical cancer when not treated.
  • HPV infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
  • About 75 percent of sexually active people will get HPV sometime in their life.
  • Most women with untreated HPV do NOT get cervical cancer.
  • Some HPVs cause genital warts but these HPVs do not cause cervical cancer.
  • Since HPV rarely causes symptoms, most people don't know they have the infection.

    How would I know if I had human papilloma virus (HPV)?
    Most women never know they have HPV. It usually stays hidden and doesn't cause symptoms like warts. When HPV doesn't go away on its own, it can cause changes in the cells of the cervix. Pap tests usually find these changes.

    How do I prepare for a Pap test?
    Many things can cause wrong test results by washing away or hiding abnormal cells of the cervix. So, doctors suggest that for two days before the test you avoid:
  • Douching
  • Using tampons
  • Using vaginal creams, suppositories, and medicines
  • Using vaginal deodorant sprays or powders
  • Having sex

    Should I get a Pap test when I have my period?
    No. Doctors suggest you schedule a Pap test when you do not have your period. The best time to be tested is 10 to 20 days after the first day of your last period.

    How is a Pap test done?
    Your doctor can do a Pap test during a pelvic exam. It is a simple and quick test. While you lie on an exam table, the doctor puts an instrument called a speculum into your vagina, opening it to see the cervix. She will then use a special stick or brush to take a few cells from inside and around the cervix. The cells are placed on a glass slide and sent to a lab for examination. While usually painless, a Pap test is uncomfortable for some women.

    When will I get the results of my Pap test?
    Usually it takes three weeks to get Pap test results. Most of the time, test results are normal. If the test shows that something might be wrong, your doctor will contact you to schedule more tests. There are many reasons for abnormal Pap test results. It usually does NOT mean you have cancer.

    What do abnormal Pap test results mean?
    It is scary to hear that your Pap test results are "abnormal." But abnormal Pap test results usually do NOT mean you have cancer. Most often there is a small problem with the cervix.

    Some abnormal cells will turn into cancer. But most of the time, these unhealthy cells will go away on their own. By treating these unhealthy cells, almost all cases of cervical cancer can be prevented. If you have abnormal results, to talk with your doctor about what they mean.

    My Pap test was "abnormal," what happens now?
    There are many reasons for "abnormal" Pap test results. If results of the Pap test are unclear or show a small change in the cells of the cervix, your doctor will probably repeat the Pap test.

    If the test finds more serious changes in the cells of the cervix, the doctor will suggest more powerful tests. Results of these tests will help your doctor decide on the best treatment. These include:
  • Colposcopy: The doctor uses a tool called a colposcope to see the cells of the vagina and cervix in detail.
  • Endocervical curettage: The doctor takes a sample of cells from the endocervical canal with a small spoon-shaped tool called a curette.
  • Biopsy: The doctor removes a small sample of cervical tissue. The sample is sent to a lab to be studied under a microscope.

    My Pap test result was a "false positive." What does this mean?
    Pap tests are not always 100 percent correct. False positive and false negative results can happen. This can be upsetting and confusing. A false positive Pap test is when a woman is told she has abnormal cervical cells, but the cells are really normal. If your doctor says your Pap results were a false positive, there is no problem.

    A false negative Pap test is when a woman is told her cells are normal, but in fact, there is a problem with the cervical cells that was missed. False negatives delay the discovery and treatment of unhealthy cells of the cervix. But, having regular Pap tests boosts your chances of finding any problems. If abnormal cells are missed at one time, they will probably be found on your next Pap test.

    I don't have health insurance, how can I get a free or low-cost Pap test?
    Programs funded by the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) offer free or low-cost Pap tests to women in need. These and other programs are available throughout the United States. To find contact information for a program near you, visit the NBCCEDP website at call 1-888-842-6355 (select option 7). Also, your state or local health department can direct you to places that offer free or low-cost Pap tests.

    Planned Parenthood offers low-cost Pap tests as well. To find the Planned Parenthood office in your area, call 1-800-230-7526 or visit their website at:

    A message from - The Federal Government Source For Women's Health Information, A Division of the US Department of Health & Human Servicess



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    The 411 On The Best Beauty Experts

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    There is no reason why women should not feel and look good at any age. Cosmetic interventions can buy back the appearance of younger years, without having the cost of expensive cosmetic surgery. Just in the United States alone, about $45million was spent on cosmetics in the last few years.

    We want to stop the clock when it comes to our face and body. We crave for reliable answers to questions on how to have a better skin. We need easy-to-use advice on how to choose the right beauty product or treatment. How can I get rid of these wrinkles? What are the side effects of having a chemical peel? How can I get rid of cellulite? Is Botox for me? How can I reverse sun damage? Where can I find the latest information on cosmetics and treatments?

    Let's find some experts in the beauty industry to give us down-to-earth advise on everything from skin care products to cosmetic surgery options. Here are the Diva's top picks!

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  • Eat Healthy - Cut out the junk foods.
  • Be consistent with your exercise routine.
  • And do not forget to take your vitamins!


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    Top Honeymoon Destinations - 2007

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    Romantic Planet Vacations has been in business now for almost two years and we have completely dedicated ourselves to the honeymoons and destination wedding markets. I have personally visited many locales around the world in search of only the most romantic places to add to our product-line (I know, it's a tough job but somebody's got to do it!). It's been a challenge but I have concluded my top 10 choices for 2007's Best Honeymoon Destinations in the world! Although all of the 45 different destinations that we serve are highly recommended and are most romantic too, this top ten may assist you as a springboard in your honeymoon, anniversary or romance travel plans.

    The top ten choices for Honeymoon Destinations for 2007 are as follows;

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    08. Greece
    07. Barbados
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    05. Maui, Hawaii
    04. Fiji
    03. St. Lucia
    02. Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice)
    01. Bora Bora (Tahiti & Moorea too!)

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    Romantic Planet Vacations is the #1 tour operator that specializes in honeymoons, destination weddings and romantic retreats worldwide. We can work with you and/or your travel agent to ensure your holiday dreams are fullfilled!


      2:48 PM, Anonymous Bruce
      Went on my Honeymoon to Bora Bora (8 days)in 2001. Also Vacationed in Bora Bora and Moorea in 1986. I'll give Bora Bora a 10+ , but only if you want a romantic, no hassle, quiet Honeymoon. We went SCUBA diving-shark feeding and swam within 20 feet of GIANT Manta Rays who glided by above us, 1/2 day catamaran excursion. BB is completely surrouned by coral reef so inside the lagoon is like being in a giant aquarium. If you don't dive take a snorkle trip to swim with the tropical fish (we did that too). Spend a day walking around the island. I brought 2 inflatible rafts bought at home at sportign goods store before leaving. SMART idea. The food in French Polenesia is supervised by the french food police :-), so all food everywhere was good. Food at our hotel, Le Meridien, was Outstanding! Best deal was room with food plan (B'fast & Dinner). Believe it or not the Buffet dinner had AYCE Lobster and Rack of lamb. Ate at buffet 5 nights our of 7. Oh yeah, bring a very special bottle of Champagne to share by the Lagoon after dinner under the full moon. You'll be glad you did. Tahitians do not accept tips. They feel it is an insult. I had to be very persistant to get a worker to accept a gift from my wife and myself. 

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    1-2-1 Personalized Nutrition Program

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    This program will provide you with both the necessary tools and personal attention required to successfully lose weight, and keep it off, without having to diet or count calories!

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    In order to achieve this goal, your personal nutrition consultant will learn about your specific dietary needs by asking you to complete an in-depth diet assessment packet that contains the following categories:

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    I'm Dating This Guy Who is in the Process of Divorce

    Soda Club USA

    by Susan Dunn, MA, CEQC, Relationship Coach

    I get letters. As a Relationship Coach, and the "How to Attract the Man of Your Dreams" expert on a major website, I get letters.

    "I've been seeing a guy for a year who's in the process of a divorce," writes Anne (not her real name). She goes on to recount a familiar story. He dates her, then goes back to his wife. He comes back to her, then sees another woman. Anne has fallen in love with this man, says she knows he loves her, and can't figure out what's going on.

    My client Beth calls me for relationship coaching and tells me the latest with her "legally separated" man. "He's so sweet and loving," she says. "We have a wonderful time together, but then he completely over-reacts to something and there's this totally off-the-wall outburst and I just know it has to do with his wife. Soon-to-be-ex-wife. I sure hope he goes through with this. Then he goes away for a while. He won't answer my phone calls. I think he might be sleeping with other women. Then he calls again and wants me to come over. This is all so confusing. I know he loves me. ..."

    What's happening here is many a good, loving and otherwise clear-thinking woman gets involved with a man who's separated, "legally separated," divorcing, or newly divorced, and enters a maelstrom. The best way to describe it is "when it is good, it's very very good, and when it is bad, it is horrid."

    It can't be understood, because it's every bit as confusing as it feels! And then you want to fix that for him!

    If you're in this position, first let me say that I'm sorry, especially if you have lost your heart to this man. Men in this transitional stage can be at their most loveable, because of their temporary vulnerability, but they ought to have warning signs on their backs: CAUTION: Danger. Stay away.

    Why is this? And why do we get so fooled?

    There is something alluring about a man coming out of a marriage. The feelings you have are real, and his responses to you can be wonderful, but here's the deal. Men suffer terribly when their marriage breaks up and cannot tolerate being alone with their awful feelings - betrayal, failure, grief, longing, guilt, and most of all, being alone. And when men hurt, they don't sit and hurt, they take action to make it go away. Emotions are problems to be solved. Men are primed to do this. It's one of the things we love about men, but in this case, you want to stay clear.

    Missing one woman, they will go and find another one, and they aren't always particular about it. It isn't exactly thought-through.

    This is no reflection on you. It has happened to many a woman before you. Relationship coaching is all about avoiding this.

    We women, you know, we eat ice cream, cry, listen to music, talk to our friends or our coaches about the painful feelings, and write in our journals. We usually don't rush into another affair because we know we aren't ready and don't have anything to give. Women are, according to emotional intelligence assessments, more "socially responsible."

    The man, good as he may be, much as you may truly love him, is not ready. He is not emotionally available, although you are getting "emotion" and that's what's so confusing. The emotions, though, are all about him and his pain. And here's the hardest part - sex is the best antidote in the world for pain. It releases all those endorphins.

    In addition, to a man, sex available is sex available; the emotions don't necessarily go along with it, as they tend to with women. So you fall in love, you bond, and he doesn't. For now, well, maybe, well that's scary because he just got hurt so bad, but she's so nice and nice to me, and I hate to be all alone, and she's willing ... she's the one who started all this ... you see how it goes.

    Emotional intelligence assessments also show that men are lower in "empathy." Combine this with lower social responsibility and you have someone who is going to assuage their loneliness and, yes, horniness, on you, without really understanding or caring about how you might be feeling. Driven by pain, they don't really care.

    That's what's going on. Because men take action, they need to know what they are doing before they act, or it's a real mess.

    One dynamic I see as a Relationship Coach is that the more an ambivalent man likes the woman, the more he runs. So, you see, it's a "can't win" situation that continually raises and frustrates your hopes. In fact, a common scenario is that eventually you explode, and he says you are too demanding or have a bad temper, and takes his exit.

    Why this dynamic? He got hurt real bad. When he starts to feel love again, he remembers the pain right along with it. For right now, the two are hooked together: love=pain. Everyone who divorces goes through this, and I doubt that he is intentionally trying to hurt you. He's pretty much focused on himself right now and not thinking too clearly, because that's what emotional turmoil does - cloud our thinking. We learn this in emotional intelligence.

    You're clear about yourself and your feelings, but you get sucked into the chaos. You get so many mixed messages and signals - "come here, no go away; you, no her, no HER." The man is not necessarily conscious of this, so when you ask for clarification you either get nonsense, or he gets mad at you for asking, or about something irrelevant, to make the irritation of not-knowing go away.

    When will he be ready? What should you do if you've given your heart already? Working with a Relationship Coach can help you get through this maze, and avoid them in the future. There are rules about dating after divorce - things that work, and things that don't work, and certain signs to watch for.

    "But," you say, "Fred and Thelma started dating when he was married and they're..." As a Relationship Coach, I see the end results as well, and the odds against this lasting are very, very small. I'm not saying I like this scenario any more than you do, but the divorce rate for second marriages is even higher than the divorce rate for first marriages; and worse yet for thirds. I don't like the odds, do you?

    Get some Relationship Coaching and give yourself the best chance possible. Find out how to catch a man at the "right" time, and what you must do, and what you must not do. You don't want to become a statistic!

    About the Author
    (c)Susan Dunn, Relationship Coach,, . Relationship coaching, EQ, transitions, resilience. Susan is the author of "Midlife Dating Survival Manual for Women ( and other ebooks and Internet courses. She trains and certifies coaches worldwide in a fast, effective, no-residency program. Email for fr** ezine. Susan is a founding member of Coac


      7:05 AM, Blogger mtatum4496
      As a man who has been through a divorce, I can attest to the validity of every last bit of advice given here. I was in no shape to make any type of commitment for at least two years after the divorce. If you are looking for a relationship, or are the type of woman who naturally feels the pain of others, then do yourself a favor and so not get involved with a man who is getting a divorce or just got one. The chances of it working are just way too low. 

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    White Chocolate Mint Martini

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    With the holidays just around the corner, if you're looking for a unique sophisticated drink that can compliment a meal as well as be the life of the party; then visit This is where the amateur mixologist to the professional bartender can learn how to make some of the hottest drinks in America.

    This evolution of cocktails may have been inspired by the popularity of the Mojito, but there are more than Mojitos in this modern cocktail culture. Many of the contemporary drinks you are probably used to; like the Martini, Cosmo, and Margarita now have new twist that include herbal infused spirits such as mint, rosemary, and thyme.

    Here's a fantastic cocktail recipe for White Chocolate Mint Martini:

    2 leaves fresh mint
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    Mix together 1 mint leaf and vodka, white chocolate liqueur and Kahlua over ice in a shaker. Shake well. Swirl chocolate syrup in the inside of the martini glass, strain in mixture and garnish with a mint leaf. Be creative and add a chocolate signature on top.

    Check out monthly herbal cocktail recipes and feel free to send in your own for review and posting. If you would like to experiment with your own mixes; find out what characteristics different herbs have in our herbal glossary section, and don't forget to tell them about your creations!



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      7:11 AM, Blogger mtatum4496
      This looks like something well worth looking into further. Glasses are an expensive necessity to me. In fact, it is about time for a new pair, so the timing is perfect. Thanks for the heads up! 

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    Stretch Marks - Causes and Treatment Options

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    copyright Rob Roy McKenzie 2006 All Rights Reserved

    Stretch Marks, known in the medical community as erythrocyanosis are a form of scarring that can occur when a person's skin is overstretched.

    The Two Main Stretch Mark Causes Are:

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    Stretch Marks have the initial appearance of purple or red looking lines. In time Stretch Marks can fade to a white or off white color.

    Stretch Marks are a VERY common condition. Just think of all the people who are either pregnant or overweight!

    Stretch Marks are not just confined to the female population either - few people realize that they are a common complaint of male body builders.

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    Stretch Mark Treatments vary from out-and-out scams to some very smart and scientific remedies.

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    In Dermabrasion the surface of the skin is literally removed by a process of sanding. The aim of dermabrasion is to remove (or at least lessen) the appearance of scars, damage from the sun or dark spots.

    The procedure is obviously very painful (hence the general anesthetic) and the healing process can take several months. However, the results can be quite spectacular.

    Dermabrasion works best when the scar or mark being treated is above the surface of the skin and is generally much less effective when used to treat sunken scars.

    Be Warned: Having a general anesthetic is NOT something to be taken lightly; it carries inherent risks and can be life-threatening. Always seek a second medical opinion (speak to more than one doctor).

    2. MICRODERMABRASION. Often referred to as 'Microderm' this is far less invasive procedure that has become very popular throughout the Day Spa and cosmetic industries.

    In Microdermabrasion the surface layer of the skin is removed by using a special wand with a roughened surface that lightly sands the skin. The shed skin particles are removed via a suction device attached to the wand.

    People like Microdermabrasion because it has a reputation of being a safe, painless procedure that does not require an anesthetic.

    3. SKIN TREATMENT CREAMS. This is one of those areas where you are most likely to encounter 'wild claims' and the general 'rule of thumb' here is that if something sounds too good to be true - it probably is.

    That said, there are literally tens of thousands of people who swear by such things as Vitamin A Cream, Cocoa Butter and a whole raft of different specially formulated cosmetic creams.

    One thing you can do is ask the people trying to sell you any Stretch Mark Removal treatment to show you before and after photographs of their last 50 clients.

    Also, ask for written testimonials.

    Skin care experts also say that the correct diet, nutritional supplements, rest and common sense (avoiding excessive sun exposure) can have a big impact on the skin's ability to heal and its general appearance.

    About the Author
    Rob Roy McKenzie is a freelance writer for http://www.Stretch-Mark-Solutions.comPop By To Read Dozens of Interesting Skin Care Articles...


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