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Online Jewelry Purchases Makes Life So Much Easier

Online Jewelry Purchases Makes Life So Much Easier

This article was written to answer many of the most frequently asked questions on this topic. I hope you find this information helpful. Did you know that jewelry is just a click away?

Jewelry purchases are increasing in leaps and bounds with Americans spending over $50 billion each year on such items as jewelry and watches. Instead of spending hours going through malls and scouting out the perfect earrings and necklaces, consumers can shop for jewelry in the comfort of their own homes.

When shopping for jewelry, it’s important to have an understanding of the fundamental materials and stones. The following information should be of help with your purchase:

Materials: Yellow Gold – Pure gold (24 kt. gold) is too soft to use in jewelry, so it is combined with silver to form a metal mixture consisting of 14 kt. gold.

White Gold – White gold is has no color and won’t tarnish, and is usually a mixture of gold and nickel.

Sterling Silver – Silver is too soft for use in jewelry, so silver is combined with 7.5% of other metals (usually copper) to produce sterling silver.

Platinum – A gorgeous silver-white color, platinum occurs as an alloy in nature. It’s tarnish-resistant qualities and durability make it a favorite material for fine jewelry.

Gemstones: There are a wide variety of gemstones in jewelry. There are everything from diamonds to garnets and emeralds to sapphires. Gemstones add glitter to all kinds of jewelry from earrings to rings. Numerous jewelers use simulated gemstones which offer the sparkle of the “real thing” at a far lesser price.

Birthstones: Jewelry that uses birthstones is an enduring favorite, specially when given as a gift. The following gemstones and colors are associated with each birthday month: January: Garnet (dark red) February: Amethyst (purple) March: Aquamarine (pale blue) April: Diamond (starlight) May: Emerald (light green) June: Pearl, White (pearlescent) July: Ruby (red) August: Peridot (pale green) September: Sapphire, Blue (deep blue) October: Opal (moonlight) November: Citrine (yellow) December: Topaz, Blue (sky blue)

Trends Having the latest jewelry trends is helpful when buying fine jewelry for yourself or as a gift. For example, this season, celebrities are wearing ear pins and ear cuffs both on and off the red carpet. . Whether made from gold or silver, ear cuffs add that pizzaz required to make you stand out and feel beautiful.

When choosing earrings or necklaces with gemstones, the key this season is to combine colors for maximum effect. For example, pair a deep blue with garnet, or purple with medium green.

Online Shopping When shopping for fine jewelry online, be sure to click on to a reputable site.

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Take Care Of Your Ears

Take Care Of Your Ears

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There are many things in life to think about and even even more things to take care of as you get older.
Adults have so many responsibilities that they must handle in life, it is hard for us to keep track of everything for ourselves let alone for our families. One of the most important things that each human is responsible for is their body and their health, and ears are one thing that is often overlooked.

When you think about taking care of your health, how many of us really take time to consider the importance of our ears or of taking care of our ears? Probably not too many. Why? Because I think that for the most part we take our ears, like so many other parts of our health, for granted. I think another reason why we are not careful about our ears is because it is rare to hear of someone having ear problems, so we figure we will not have any problems either.

I met someone with an unlikely story that changed my perspective of taking care of my ears. Like many other people I know, this person was careless when it came to ear health. She never cleaned out her ears or removed the wax that would constantly build up in her ear cannals, and she would never protect her ears when she spent a lot of time in the water.

To make a long story short, this woman ended up losing hearing in both of her ears simply because she didn’t take care of them in everyday ways. Now, I know this story isn’t typical, but it also isn’t an isolated situation. I am writing simply to alert people to the importance of taking care of their ears on a regular basis.

Get in a for a physical and don’t let your physician pass by your ears without giving them a full check. And take care of your ears. Get regular cleanings and wax removal, and be careful with your ears especially if you spend a lot of time in the water or around really loud music. You might be surprised how much loud noise affects hearing.

Your ears are one of your most important posessions, and hence, one of your most important responsibilities. So start today taking care of them with the attention that they deserve. It’s for your good and so you’ll still be able to hear well many years down the road.

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Does Your Dog Smell? Discover The Causes And How You Can Combat This Stinky Problem

Does Your Dog Smell? Discover The Causes And How You Can Combat This Stinky Problem

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Most dogs have that “dog smell” to them, especially when the come in out of the rain.
However, some dogs tend to stink more than others. This can be due to variety of reasons, some of which may require a veterinarian’s attention. Here are some of the causes of dog odors and the best treatments to combat these odor problems.

Some dogs like to roll in the dirt… and any other smelly item that may be near by. If your dog is prone to doing this then regular brushing, grooming and bathing will help to keep your dog smelling clean and fresh.

Getting sprayed by a skunk is one smell we humans recognize immediately and tomato juice is the most common remedy. However, in order for it to work properly, you need to allow the juice to sit on the dog’s fur for at least 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. It is the acid in the tomatoes that cuts the smell. Another very popular solution that dog owners swear by is to mix 1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/4 cup Baking Soda, and 2 tablespoons dish detergent in a large bowl (do not use a sealed container as this mixture will explode). You must use this immediately while it is still foaming as it is the oxygen in the bubbling mixture that removes the skunk odor. Be careful not to get either solution in your pet’s eyes.

Certain dog breeds tend to have naturally oily coats. Unfortunately, the extra oil on the dog’s skin can become rancid and cause bad odors. In this case, your canine needs to be regularly groomed and bathed to remove this excess oil; otherwise it can develop into irritating skin conditions. Bacterial skin diseases are another common problem within some breeds. Using a good anti-bacterial shampoo specifically formulated for dogs is your best solution. If the skin condition does not clear up within a reasonable amount of time or if it appears to worsen, be sure to take your dog to the vet.

Dogs with droopy ears tend to develop ear infections quite frequently, although any dog breed can end up with this painful condition. If your dog smells bad even with regular grooming, take the time to check its ears. Look for redness and irritation. You will also notice that your dog will also shake its head often and probably try to scratch to relieve the itchiness. There are several ear infection solutions on the market that can help alleviate this problem.

One last thing that can also lead to dog odor is impacted or infected anal glands. These sacs, located in the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, are filled with a fluid that is normally released when a dog has a bowel movement. If you look carefully, you will see that your dog’s anal area has become somewhat swollen and the “back end” smells really bad. Take your dog immediately to a veterinarian to have these glands expressed. Be aware that once your dog has had this problem it tends to reoccur, so keep an eye on this. If necessary, you can have the anal glands surgically removed.

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Acne And Teenage Girls

Acne And Teenage Girls

Over 70% of teens say that acne has affected them in a negative way.
An estimated 20 million teens suffer from acne, but even the fact that they’re not alone doesn’t ease the pain they feel. Teens are embarrassed at a time when they are unsure of themselves. They may become depressed and withdrawn. Acne is especially hard on teenage girls. At a time when they’re noticing boys, and visa versa, acne can be devastating. They’re surrounded by visions of beauty all around them on TV, in movies, in magazines and on line. We live in a society that worships youth and beauty.

Parents can help their teenage girls through this time by offering a supportive and sympathetic ear. Parents should help the child focus on all their positive attributes, which will help to strengthen the child’s self esteem. The parents need to be actively involved with helping their child find the best possible cure for their particular form of acne.

Parents should also educate themselves about acne causes and treatments. Thirty years ago it was thought that acne was caused by eating the wrong foods. Chocolate and potatoe chips were culprit. It’s now known that this isn’t true. Food is not thought to play a large role in acne. It also has nothing to do with cleanliness of the skin.

What is fact is that acne in teenagers is caused by the action of hormones on the skin’s oil glands. During puberty both boys and girls have an increase in the hormones called androgens. These hormones cause sebaceous glands under the surface of the skin to enlarge. The sebaceous glands in response produce excess oil. This excess oil mixes with bacteria and dead skin on the skin’s surface and blocks pores. Inside these pores the bacteria multiple and cause inflammation.

Most cases of light to moderate acne can be treated by over the counter medications. There are many to choose from. Some find that benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid works well. Benzoyl peroxide is known to readily kill acne bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide can be found in cleansers and in spot treatments. Benzoyl peroxide is very drying and can make your face look even more irritated, especially when you first start washing with it. Many acne suffers use a moisturizer on their face after washing. There are many moisturizers available that are specifically designed to help with acne such as Cetaphil, Eucerin, and Neutrogena.

Severe acne, or acne that has not responded well to over the counter products, can be successfully treated with the knowledge and expertise of a dermatologist. A dermatologist will consider many things before suggesting treatment. He will perform a thorough evaluation of the patient, considering things such as severity of acne, patient age, lifestyle, and co-existing conditions. The dermatologist then may suggest a combination of two or three different therapies for best treatment.

Whatever one of the literally hundreds of treatments you decide to choose, or if you seek the help of a dermatologist, remember that acne takes time to disappear. Overnight or miraculous results don’t happen. It takes six to eight weeks to see results from treatment. Unfortunately, in a teenage girl’s life six to eight weeks can feel like a lifetime.

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Prevention and Detection of Dog Ear Infections

Prevention and Detection of Dog Ear Infections

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Ear infections are a fairly common ailment for most dogs — the problem is, you might not realize that there is a problem until its a painful problem for your dog.


Do you see your dog shaking it’s head a little too often? Does your dog rub it’s ears with it’s paws, on the carpet, on the furniture, on your leg? Does your dog love it a little too much when you scratch it ears? These are all possible signs of an ear infection.

Did your dog used to love getting it’s ears scratched but now shies away from you when you reach for it’s ears? That’s a sure sign of an ear infection.

Here are two other signs of this particular trouble: You see what looks like dirt in your dogs ears and wonder what its been up to. Your dog has an unusually bad smell — even shortly after a bath.

That probably isn’t dirt in the dogs ears (unless its been messing around in some very dirty places) — its probably a build-up of ear wax and, if it is ear wax, that’s probably also the cause for the mysterious odor.

An excess of smelly ear wax would, in most cases, be caused by inflamed (infected) ceruminous glands (wax glands) in it’s ears. When these glands get infected they discharge extra amounts of ear wax. The excess ear wax causes the dogs ears to itch at first, that’s why the rubbing and the blissful look when you scratch it’s ears. After a while, if you don’t spot the problem and get the dog to a vet, the wax buildup will become painful and the dog won’t want you to touch its ears and the dog will become listless and probably not want to do anything except lay around — waiting for the pain to go away.

The scenario described above is a typical outer ear infection and outer ear infections are by far the most common dog ear infections. The medical name is Otits Externa — simply meaning “infection in the outer ear.” Just to complicate matters, you should know that dogs with ear infections often wind up with another problem — ear mites.


Your dog needs you to protect it from the pain of an ear infection and here’s how you can do it: don’t wait for the signs of an ear infection, check your dog’s ears at least once a week.

-Feel the skin on the inside (least haired side) of each ear. The skin should feel perfectly smooth — if this skin feels rough or grainy you might already have an ear infection problem on your hands.

-Look into the ear — you should see a normal (not red or swollen) looking ear canal. Worst case: you’ll see some type of yellow or dark discharge or possibly pus draining from the ear.

-Smell the ear — you should not smell anything unpleasant.

-If you see any signs of an ear infection, get your dog to a veterinarian.

-If you see a bit of wax or dirt in the ear but it doesn’t seem to be bothering the dog, clean it’s ears. Even if the ear looks clean and clear, and you haven’t cleaned the dog’s ears for a week or so, clean the ears.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

If you are not already cleaning your dogs ears on a regular basis, it may try to get away from you because it’s not sure what you are doing and afraid that whatever it is will hurt. Calm the dog down by petting it and talking gently to it — your tone of voice is always the key to your dog’s reactions. Once you’ve started cleaning it’s ears on a regular basis the do will get used to it and even appreciate the extra attention.

-Get an ear wash solution made specially for pets. Get it from a pet supply store or from your vet.

-Apply some ear wash solution to the inside of the dogs ears with a cotton ball or cotton-tipped swab. (Careful! Don’t have the cotton ball or swab dripping wet — you don’t want to get anything down in the ear canal.)

About now, your dog will want to shake it’s head to get the excess moisture out of it’s ears — it’s OK — let him or her shake it out.

-Take a fresh cotton tab with more of the ear-wash solution on it and clean the inside of the ear, around the folds and places where ear wax might build up.

Don’t get into cleaning deep down into the ear canal — that’s for a veterinarian to do. If you see any build-up of ear wax deep down, let your vet take care of it.