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Imagine that you are hosting a party for some of your best friends. The atmosphere is bubbling with the excitement of everyone chatting and mingling with each other, when all of a sudden you hear a crashing sound and see the sight that every host prays will never happen; a glass of red wine has taken a swan dive and landed not on your tile floor where it is easy to clean up but on to your very embarrassed guest and all over your furniture. It would appear that Murphys Law ha...

Removing Red Wine Stains Is Not A Cause For Panic

Removing Red Wine Stains Is Not A Cause For PanicImagine that you are hosting a party for some of your best friends. The atmosphere is bubbling with the excitement of everyone chatting and mingling with each other, when all of a sudden you hear a crashing sound and see the sight that every host prays will never happen; a glass of red wine has taken a swan dive and landed not on your tile floor where it is easy to clean up but on to your very embarrassed guest and all over your furniture. It would appear that Murphys Law has struck again, but dont panic, it is possible to get "red wine" stains out!The first thing to do (aside from not panicking) when cleaning red wine spills is to remove the excess spillage. If the wine has been spilled on a couch or carpet take an absorbent cloth (something you dont mind being stained) or paper towel and blot the excess wine, do not rub in any way! The point of blotting it to remove the wine without working it further into the fabric. If it was a piece of clothing that has been spilled on, remove the article and blot in the same manner.Once the excess wine has been removed it is very important to rinse the carpet, furniture or clothing to dilute the wine before it has a chance to set in. The best method for this is going to vary on what exactly where the spill is. For clothing or other items that are easily removed, pour cold water from the backside. For items such as carpets and sofas pouring water directly onto the stain and blotting with an absorbent cloth immediately works best.There is a good chance that this will not take the stain out completely. Carpet and furniture cleaner very well may need to be used. In the past I have had much success with Resolve cleaners for carpets, and for laundry there are many stain removers that should be helpful. A little trick my mother taught me which works wonders is Lestoil. I know some of you may be thinking to yourself that you always thought Lestoil was a floor cleaner, but when diluted with water and used as a soaking agent it works wonders on lots of stains including grease (when mixed with hot water) and wine (when mixed with cold water).Of course even with all your best efforts there is always the chance that the red wine is going to be so stubborn that you need to call in the professionals. Carpets and furniture sometimes are dry clean only but it is still best to remove as much of the stain as possible while it is still wet because this will make it easier for the professionals to remove the remnants.The key to ensuring effective stain removal is time. Do not let a stain sit for days or weeks before deciding to try to remove it and dont wait a week before ringing a carpet cleaner because by then it might just be too late and the stain is now a permanent fixture. The same goes for clothing, dont wait to wash your shirt or pants. I once watched a friend take a shirt out of the washing machine become horrified at the fact that the red wine didnt come out of her top. When I asked her when she spilled on herself, she told me that it was from a week before. No wonder the stain didnt come out!In the end there is always going to be the possibility that the stain has decided that it never wants to come out or it will not come out completely. Taking the proper steps the moment a spill occurs can greatly reduce the chance of a permanent stain. There is no easy way to prevent spills and stains, aside from slipcovers or not serving red wine at social events, so when a spill does happen remember to stay calm, work quickly and to blot.

What You Should Know About Organic Baby Foods?

What You Should Know About Organic Baby Foods?

Its not everyday that you will come across a revolution in the making, but there you have it. From being nearly organically-ignorant twenty years ago, to being semi-organically-ignorant fifteen to ten years ago, the human race is now making direct contact with its grassroots and going back to being healthy and eating healthy. And not surprisingly this has also spread to such an extent that we now have organic baby food as well. We have been privy to witness a revolution, a significant change in our history that ultimately comes down to whether we care about what we put in our bodies or not. Almost with the turn of the new millennium, more and more people started joining this revolution, and it wasnt long before we could see organic foods coming out of their specialty and health food stores and moving to the normal everyday grocery and convenience stores. And it definitely wasnt long before new parents started making the transition for their babies as well. After all, if they were trying to eat organic, why not go the same route for their baby? The problem that many parents encountered in the beginnings years of the organic baby food revolution was the utter lack of premade organic baby food. This meant that they either had to either make their own homemade organic baby food, or they had to give up on the idea, and allow their young babies to happily eat away at second hand toxins, pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified foods. Naturally enough this didnt sit well with too many parents, but it is sad to say that this isnt what turned the tide favorably in the organic baby food revolution. No, this took some time, and more research still before mass production of organic baby food hit the markets in any significant numbers. Worse still, the price of getting organic baby food was just as bad as getting organic foods for yourself, and for your normal everyday family this was simply not an affordable alternative. Although there is a growing trend towards buying organic baby food the problem still exists in that it is still not as readily available as it could be, and it still costs an arm and a leg to keep your baby in organic baby food. Luckily with the tides turning more and more towards organic grassroots, there has also been a resurgence (a very small one for the moment) of making your own organic baby food. Its not very difficult and in the long run, a few minutes spent in preparing your babys food in a healthy manner with organic foods can only be of benefit to your baby in the future.

The Great Coffee Beverage.. Some History And What Really Goes Into It.

The Great Coffee Beverage.. Some History And What Really Goes Into It.

Have you ever really thought about what goes into a good cup of coffee? If you are anything like me you probably havent, for the simply reason you are too engrossed unwinding and enjoying the rich aroma and taste to bother with any of the technical side of the brew. The deepest I have ever gone when I have a cup of the rich umber beverage in my hand is to let my mind drift off with the floating steam.The information on the wrapper might tell you a bit about the beans youre drinking but believe me there is so much more to the story of how coffee drinking came to be so popular the world over. The history behind this little roasted and ground bean is fascinating. From the pre-Columbian tribes to the modern drive-thru and Starbucks cafes, coffee has grown from a simple discovery to total sophistication.One of the little know facts about coffee is that is was first discovered by the South American Indians well before the discovery of the New World. Its stimulating properties were soon recognised as it helped the tribes people to deal with the high altitudes, and for this alone it became very popular. Then after the Spanish Conquistadores arrived the green seeds (commonly but incorrectly called coffee beans) found their way into western history and the coffee culture was extended across the globe.When the Spanish came to the New World, they were searching for cities of gold but instead they discovered other abundant resources and new products that they could trade with the whole of Europe. Chocolate and tobacco as well as coffee rapidly became sort after and famous throughout the continent.History tells us that the first cafeteria was opened in 1475 in Constantinople at a place called Kiva Han. Following its success more coffee houses sprang up, serving hot coffee beverages with a side of gossip or politics. The coffee club was born.Popularity of the beverage among the common folk didnt reach any significance until the Americans came along. The reason for this was that most workers were just too busy to sit around sipping their favourite coffee brew while discussing the great discoveries of the Age of Reason. However once the general population were introduced to the new hot beverage the custom spread like wild fire. This event saw methods of mass production develop which fortunately made coffee more affordable. Now nearly everyone could afford a daily indulgence.Instant coffee became popular during the World Wars even though it had been developed much earlier. Initially the unrefined method of boiling the coffee down until the oils solidified out, left it with a burnt and rancid taste which put most people off. It wasnt unit a new method for extracting the oils was developed that the instant variety of coffee which is fairly similar to what we have now became a popular choice.This is just a small glimpse of the history of how the coffee beverage has travelled around the world to where you are now.

B12 Deficiency Symptoms & Solutions

B12 Deficiency  Symptoms & Solutions

The elderly, vegetarians and people with some specific illnesses can suffer from a Vitamin B12 deficiency, and today many foods that form to make the average diet also have too low levels. Problems that can arise through having a vitamin B12 intake that is not high enough include feeling weak, fatigued, paranoid or mentally impaired as well as damaged nerves, pernicious anemia, delirium and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).Certain studies have indicated that if your vitamin B12 levels are too low your homocysteine levels will be elevated. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is thought to be responsible for heart diseases, CFS and fibromyalgia. Alzheimer's and depression have been linked to high levels of the amino acid also. B12 is largely responsible for preventing these homocysteines from getting out of hand and causing problems.Anywhere up to a quarter of the American population over eighty could possibly have this deficiency. This is the belief of The Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy at the University of Chicago, who also teaches their students that those who have strict vegetarian diets are commonly lacking in the vitamin also. Although vegetables canbe a good source of B12 vitamins, their content is lower so the amount needing to be consumed is much higher than for those who eat meats and dairy. Vegetarians should definitely take supplements every day.Studies conducted in America indicate that any person who has a deficiency of B12 vitamin will be two times at least more likely to get depression. Those who have sufficient levels were considerably less predisposed to it, and reported feeling overall more calm and capable. This is due to the fact that B12 has many important roles in maintaining brain health and manufacturing brain chemicals. For more info see http://www.omegaflaxseedoil.com/benefits/omega3/diseases_Related_To_A_Deficiency_In_Omega_3.htmlFood that is rich in B12 should play a large role in your diet every day. These are foods such as dairy, eggs, pork, organ meats, fish and beef, and if taken with a good B12 supplement, should resolve your problem or prevent you from developing one. Another solution to a B12 deficiency is to have a B12 injection, which you can ask your doctor about.Many people have a deficiency in vitamin B12 but think they are simply run down and overworked. By taking a good B complex that covers all B vitamins and folic acid, you will feel less stressed, have more energy and avoid the many health issues that come with not getting enough through food. By keeping the B12 levels up, the homocysteine levels will stay in check and you will lead a healthy, happy life free from the high risk of depression and ill health.

City For The Hungry: Mumbai

These are the sights mouthwatering moments are made of: a handful of spices that make your mouth tingle, a basket of fresh vegetables, a pot of sizzling meat, a bowl of filling rice. Mumbai, India is one of the great culinary wonderlands of the world. From fine cuisine to the local fastfood, Mumbai has a dish for everyone - from the man who will eat anything to the gastronome on the prowl for the tasty and the exotic. The good news is that thanks to cheap flights from UK to Mumbai, you don't have to spend a small fortune to sample Mumbai's fares. Most airports in the UK, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Cardiff, Teesside, and Newcastle have flights available. Availing of "cheap flights from UK to Mumbai" isn't a problem. In fact, all you have to do is inquire from your airline of choice whether or not they fly directly, or with connecting flights, to Mumbai. The Seventh Costliest City in the World India may be a third world country, but that doesn't make Mumbai a cheap destination. In fact, the Economic Times lists Mumbai as the seventh costliest city in the world. Thankfully, the dollar and the pound are princes among currencies. The high costs of almost everything notwithstanding, your dollar can pay for a lot. Still, it pays to cut corners wherever you can. In visiting India's financial capital, one such corner is finding a cheap flight from UK to Mumbai. From Eyes to Stomach, in Minutes In Mumbai, eating is not only a necessity, it is an experience. Make the most of your cheap flight from UK to Mumbai by trying sumptuous street dishes. Most city streets near public transport stations are filled with pushcarts. From these pushcarts, you can sample exotic eatables like bhelpuri, a sweet-spicy combination of puffed rice, spices like onions, chili, mint, boiled potatoes, and chutney; pani puri, or puffed flour cakes made from either white flour or semolina, with a choice of filling such as tamarind chutney, onions, tomatoes, peppers, or chili; vada pav, or fried dumplings sandwiched in slices of leavened wheat bread; and finally, pav bhaji, which are fried vegetables served with leavened wheat bread. These delicacies are prepared on the spot for customers. So, you could not only watch your food being cooked, you could learn how to cook them as well! Dining in Style in Mumbai Cheap flights from UK to Mumbai take you from airports to lavishly decorated restaurants. You can't take ten steps in Mumbai and not run into one. Several dining places of note are: Anant Ashram: This restaurant is a favorite of Mumbai's upper class. It serves authentic Indian dishes. Masala Kraft: Known for artistic as well as creative food presentation, this restaurant serves modern dishes from different regions of India. Brittania Restaurant: Located on Sprott Road, this restaurant is known for serving Parsi dishes, or meals that combine of Indian and Persian influences. It has been in business for more than 80 years.When you think of Mumbai, you think of a kaleidoscope of ideas: spices, delicacies, people, temple, tradition. There is no doubt the city's soul is as intricate as a richly-woven sari or a bowl of bhelpuri. Thanks to cheap flights from UK to Mumbai, you can get to know the city, one platter at a time.

Why I Love Wine Holders And Wine Caddies!

Aside from the brief mention here and there with regards to the Wine Bug or Bugus Erectus, very little mention has been made as to how versatile a wine holder or wine caddy really can be! At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I would like to point out why I love "wine holder" s and wine caddies.A wine holder is a great way to display that single bottle of wine that you want to set apart from the rest of your collection. Maybe you have a bottle of wine that you bought while on your honeymoon in France, or maybe its just a bottle from the market, which you think is fabulous, either way wine bottle holders are a better option to simply standing it on the counter. We all know that bottles should not be stood up because the cork can dry out and spoil the wine, so not only does a wine holder display you favourite bottle, but it also does this the correct way!Some wine holders also double as a wine server, which makes it even more appealing. Aside from just showing off a bottle of wine, wine servers also are a great way to serve that Chardonnay or Merlot at a dinner party. From traditional to a little more eccentric, wine servers are always a conversation piece as well as a fantastic method for displaying and serving wine.How often have you been invited to dinner and showed up with a bottle of wine in a plastic supermarket shopping bag or a brown paper sack from the liquor store? I know I have done it many times, and always feel a little awkward showing up at a nice dinner with the bottle in a brown bag that makes you look like a bum. Enter the "wine caddy" ! Able to hold from one bottle to a few, a wine caddy is, in my humble opinion, a much better way of transporting wine. Some even hold wine glasses, which is perfect if you are looking to have a lovely picnic in the park (be aware of public drinking laws before doing this, while it might be acceptable in some places, others you could get arrested).So this is why I love the wine caddy and the wine holder! So many styles and so many uses, I only wish I had written about them sooner!

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Imagine that you are hosting a party for some of your best friends. The atmosphere is bubbling with the excitement of everyone chatting and mingling with each other, when all of a sudden you hear a crashing sound and see the sight that every host prays will never happen; a glass of red wine has taken a swan dive and landed not on your tile floor where it is easy to clean up but on to your very embarrassed guest and all over your furniture. It would appear that Murphys Law ha...