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Purchasing a laptop is oftentimes challenge when you must have a machine that’s compact and yet versatile to run several applications. This electronic brain needs to cater to diversifying needs: be it doing some official work, or a game even while you are traveling. Hence their smaller cousins like tablets perform many operations similar to it, but it’s always better on a laptop. But the final question still lingers …which one is suitable for our needs?
The plethora of specifications is present in the market, based on sizes, prices, and features, which makes it trickier to pick the correct laptop for your particular needs. When choosing one, keep the following tips and points in mind:
First things first which operating system should we select, whether it’s MAC, Chrome, or Windows. The first suggestion would be to read a bit about all the three operating systems to know what it contains and if possible go to the library or your workplace and use their computers which usually have Windows 7, Windows 8 or the newer Windows 10 and see how it performs. Or you can ask either a friend or family member to help you navigate the operating systems, so you can pick the one that’s right for your needs.
Secondly, the usage kind is very critical. Most of the laptops these days serve multipurpose ambushed in a single device. They can shift gears to conventional laptops to multipurpose detachable touch screens for the tablet kind of experience.
Thirdly, if we want a multipurpose piece, then we should also be mindful of what size should we buy, it should not be too heavy or too large screen if it’s a detachable screen. Generally, laptop sizes vary between 11 to 18 inches.
Fourthly, ergonomics is also an important factor to consider. The keyboard and mouse should be comfortable and inviting to our fingers and hand. The keys should have a solid tactile, while there should be plenty of vertical travel generally 1mm to 2mm. The keys should not be shouldering on each other, but should have gaps. The mouse should be comfortable for easy press.
Fifthly, the brain of your computer that is CPU should be chosen wisely. The most critical thing to consider in it is processor, with RAM and storage drive. If you want gaming to be included, I highly suggest consulting with a computer tech at a store which has dedicated technical support. Walmart does not have any tech support like Best Buy or Microcenter, so this is the MAIN reason I won’t buy a laptop or any other electronics from them. There are many brands which provide online customer support where you can specify your needs and get a free quote.
Sixth, would be the battery life which you can check via the Internet or by calling/emailing their customer service. An ideal number would be 6 hours of battery life when actively used while 8+ hours would be ideal. There are many brands of laptops that will not charge a battery that is plugged in unless it’s below 95% or will shut down when it overheats (my old Lenovo did both of these things).
Lastly, your budget: how much you are going to spend, which would decide the brand you will vouch for. I suggest going for brand names like HP, Acer, ASUS, Dell, or Apple because they have excellent technical support (plus I’ve used and owned all 5 of these models of computers). My Dell laptop lasted 4 ½ years before the hard drive stopped working and I had to buy a ASUS, which lasted me another 2 years before that gave out (I use my laptops to the max). I spent over $350 for my laptops because they were on sale at the time I bought them (between 2008 and 2012. Below are reputable websites where you can buy quality laptops, desktops, computer accessories and computer peripherals:
http://tigerdirect.com (they sell brand name laptops and desktops as well as accessories and peripherals)
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Fettuccine and Shrimp
If you ask for Pasta Alfredo in a restaurant in Italy all you’ll from your waiter is a stare. Why is one of the most famous “Italian sauces” for pasta unknown in its country of origin? The answer is simple: because in Italy “Pasta Alfredo” doesn’t exist.
Waverly Root in his famous book “The Food of Italy” (New York, 1971) wrote:
“FETTUCCINE AL BURRO is associated in every tourist’s mind with Rome, possibly because the original Alfredo succeeded in making its serving a spectacle reminiscent of grand opera. It is the same ribbon shaped egg pasta that is called tagliatelle in Bologna; but the al burro preparation is very Roman indeed in its rich simplicity. Nothing is added to the pasta except grated cheese and butter – lots of butter. The recipe calls for doppio burro, double butter, which gives it a golden color.”
Who was Alfredo?
Alfredo di Lelio was an inspired cook who proposed this new exciting dish in the restaurant he opened in Rome in 1914. It was a high gourmet preparation in the Roman tradition of simplicity. Apparently, he created his Fettuccine all’Alfredo when his wife lost her appetite during her pregnancy. To bring back her appetite he prepared for her a dish of egg fettuccine with parmigiano cheese and butter. This probably gave him the idea for his “triple butter” fettuccine.
He was an extravagant character who used to serve his paper-thin fettuccine with golden forks, apparently donated to him by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the famous silent movie stars. In the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, Hollywood discovered Rome. Paparazzi would take photos of actors such as Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, or Sophia Loren in front of a plate of Fettuccine all’Alfredo, making his restaurant famous all around the world.
Here is the Wikipedia entry about Fettuccine Alfredo that is more extensive:
Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro” (later named “fettuccine all’Alfredo” or “fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1892 in a restaurant run by his mother Angelina in piazza Rosa in Rome (the Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna/Sordi). Alfredo di Lelio later opened his own restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 on the via della Scrofa in central Rome. The fame of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” spread, first in Rome and then to other countries. In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio sold the restaurant to two of his waiters. In 1950, with his son Armando, Alfredo Di Lelio opened a new restaurant in piazza Augusto Imperatore, Alfredo all’Augusteo, now managed by his niece Ines Di Lelio, along with the famous “gold cutlery” said to have been donated in 1927 by the American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for Alfredo’s hospitality). The two restaurants compete vigorously, with escalating puffery: “the king of fettuccine”, “the real king of fettuccine”, “the magician of fettuccine”, “the emperor of fettuccine”, “the real Alfredo”, etc.
The dish was so well known that Di Lelio was invited to demonstrate it both in Italy and abroad. The fame of the dish, called on Alfredo’s menus “maestosissime fettuccine all’Alfredo” ‘most majestic fettuccine, Alfredo style’, comes largely from the “spectacle reminiscent of grand opera” of its preparation at table, as described in 1967:
[The fettuccine] are seasoned with plenty of butter and fat parmesan, not aged, so that, in a ritual of extraordinary theatricality, the owner mixes the pasta and lifts it high to serve it, the white threads of cheese gilded with butter and the bright yellow of the ribbons of egg pasta offering an eyeful for the customer; at the end of the ceremony, the guest of honor is presented the golden cutlery and the serving dish, where the blond fettuccine roll around in the pale gold of the seasonings. It’s worth seeing the whole ceremony. The owner, son of old Alfredo and looking exactly like him, … bends over the great skein of fettuccine, fixes it intensely, his eyes half-closed, and dives into mixing it, waving the golden cutlery with grand gestures, like an orchestra conductor, with his sinister upwards-pointing twirled moustache dancing up and down, pinkies in the air, a rapt gaze, flailing elbows.
Fettuccine Alfredo, minus the spectacle, has now become ubiquitous in Italian-style restaurants in the United States and internationally, although in Italy this dish is usually called simply “fettuccine al burro”.
Samuel Chamberlain, journalist and food writer, met Alfredo in the late fifties and wrote in his book “Italian Bouquet – An Epicurean Tour of Italy” (New York, 1958): “Finally there is the great Alfredo, showman par excellence, who draws an endless file of amazed and hungry tourists to watch his calisthenics over a dish of hot noodles. The King of Noodles has come out of retirement, and now wields his golden fork and spoon at ALFREDO ALL’AUGUSTEO, at number 31 on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore. His Maestosissime Fettuccine all’Alfredo are most majestic, without a doubt. […] You have to visit this place at least once, we suppose, just to say you have seen this elderly, melodramatic good-hearted clown in action.”
You can also prepare your fettuccine fresh with excellent dry egg noodles and enjoy the simple Maestosissime Fettuccine al Triplo Burro the way Alfredo himself would prepare it.
Alfredo sauce is often sold as a convenience food in grocery stores in many countries. Unlike the original preparation, which is thickened only by cheese, the prepared food and fast food versions may be thickened with eggs or starch. Alfredo sauce may also include cream.
***CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING THESE REMEDIES.***
Alternative remedies for the various maladies have existed since the dawn of civilization. Acne has been an issue with countless millions since the beginning of modern civilization. Here are two powerful herbs that may assist in getting rid of your acne:
HERB #1: TREE TEA OIL
Tea tree oil is can be obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia by using steam distillation. It is the native herb of Australia and effectively fights acne. You can purchase undiluted or pure tea tree oil from health stores.
* Ingredients: Contains terpinen-4-ol, which has antimicrobial properties.
* Uses: It kills bacteria hence should be used on acne lesions to kill Propionibacterium acnes, which is a bacteria that lives on the skin and causes acne.
* Benefits: Few side effects as compared to benzoyl peroxide.
* Avoid: using undiluted tree tea oil as it may cause skin blistering, redness, irritation, itching and over-dryness
* Concentration: 5% concentration gels should be used. You can also make it at home by mixing 5 parts of tea tree oil with 95 parts of water.
HERB #2: NIGELLA OR FENNEL FLOWER
Nigella or fennel flower may also be helpful in fighting acne. The fennel flower belongs to the genus Nigella of the sativa species. People or civilizations have been cultivating this plant for centuries for its medicinal qualities and as a spice. Nigella sativa consists of Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fatty acids, Vitamins and Minerals
Some of the other complex compounds found in Nigella are:
arginine, Alanine, tryptophan, campesterol, asparagine, carvone, cystine, cymene, dehydroascorbic-acid, glucose, eicosadienoic-acid, glutamic-acid, iron, glycine, isoleucine, linoleic-acid, leucine, d-limonene, linolenic-acid, lysine, lipase, methionine, nigellin, myristic-acid, nigellone, palmitic-acid, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, phytosterols, beta-sitosterol, stearic-acid, alpha-spinasterol, stigmasterol, threonine, tannin, thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone.
Nigella has notable health benefits that make it a sought-after herb for treatment of various skin and body ailments: Some of the these properties are below:
Nigella is a potent natural remedy for strengthening the immune system. It is used for treating acne because acne can get aggravated due to a weak immune system and Nigella makes the immune system stronger.
Apart from the natural diets and applying (or ingesting) of herbs, you can also use baking soda to fight acne. Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate. It is widely available in a fine powder form and is used for leavening food or for cleaning. You can buy it from any supermarket or grocery store. On reaction with acid, sodium bicarbonate produces water and carbon dioxide.
Sodium bicarbonate works in two different ways:
Exfoliating agent: Acne can flare up anytime and anywhere and it happens because of the clogging of the hair follicles. When your hair follicle gets clogged the sebaceous glands will start producing sebum continuously, which will cause the hair follicles to rupture. If a bump appears on your skin with the sebum still inside, then it is known as a whitehead. However, if the bump comes out of the skin then it’s known as a blackhead.
Neutralizing acidic environment: Fungal or bacterial infections may also cause acne breakouts. Baking soda may help in damaging the bacterial cells that help bacteria to grow skin, allowing the skin to heal.
The Egyptians were the first to use cosmetics. That was four thousand years ago, they took their hygiene and physical appearances very seriously. Egyptians had the belief that the appearance had a direct juncture with the constitution of the soul.
Mesdemet was the most original kind of eye shadow (eye kohl)- a combination of copper and lead ore. The dark hues they believed would ward off the evil eyes from others. It was also a great cleaner and bug deterrent. Kohl was a dark substance that was put on around the eyes in an oval shape. Kohl was a combination of lead, ash, ocher, copper, and burnt almonds. To further enhance their appearance, Egyptians would apply a mixture of water and red clay to the cheek area. They would also paint their nails shades of orange and yellow with a chemical called henna.
As different groups of people began to interact with each other, the art of cosmetics was adapted by the Greeks from the Egyptians. They would color themselves a pale hue with a lead base. This proved to be very lethal and many died as the result of this. As the Romans began to pick up their cosmetics habits, the pursuit of beauty became less about practicality and became more exotic. The Romans would adorn their nails with a combination of sheep’s blood and cooked body fat. An ancient Roman citizen once said: “A woman without paint is like food without salt.”
A pale face was the style around the world after the Egyptian Empire disappeared. Only women who were low-class and had to labor out in the field all day with their husbands had dark, sun-dried skin. The upper echelon ladies did not have to endure manual labor like the lower-class women did, which resulted in the them having lighter, pale complexions.
Success was often measured by a person’s skin complexion. A person was not obligated to labor if they were wealthy. For these people, it was very important to attain this goal. To get this appearance, ladies (and men too) would use a combination of hydroxide, lead oxide, and carbonate in a powder form to paint their faces/bodies. Unfortunately, this lead to a sometimes-fatal side effects (lead poisoning). To rectify this problem, chemists in the nineteenth century found a combination of zinc oxide that allowed the skin to breathe, and is still used today.
Extravagant and glamorous parties were held by urban women with disposable wealth in the Edwardian era of London. As hostesses of the party, it was necessary for them to be the most attractive woman at the event, so it was very important for them to look young and energetic. With factors like smoggy air produced by the cities at that time, bad diets, and little or no exercise aged the women quickly.
Women needed products like anti-aging creams and face creams to help hide their imperfections. Routine ventures to the salon were a normal part of their day. Ladies would sneak into the back of the salons and cover their faces as they went in. One of the most famous of these secret beauty parlors was the House of Cyclax (who sold creams and blushes to ladies). The owner Mrs. Henning sold and came out with many products for her frantic customers who didn’t want everyone to know that they were getting older.
The modern-day woman is the benefactor of years of mistakes with a virtually infinite choice of beauty products for any look they want to get The global cosmetics industry made $465 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $675 billion by 2020. Beauty products sell all year and even in times of recession. My favorite places to shop for makeup include Walmart (yes, they do sell brand name items), and occasionally from Sephora. The sites below sell makeup at reasonable prices as well as higher prices. There’s a specific product for all budget types:
A wig can be made of either human hair, synthetic hair or human hair blend (a combination of both synthetic hair and human hair). A wig that is created by a wig maker can appear as real as the hair that grew naturally on the wig-wearer’s head. No matter how like real hair a wig appears to be, its appearance can quickly deteriorate if it is not cared for properly. Just like real hair, a wig needs to be maintained to keep it in good shape.
Washing is essential to the maintenance of wigs. If the wearer has an active lifestyle, does a lot of wig styling, or is often exposed to dust and dirt, the wig should then be washed at least once a week.
To wash a wig, cold water and wig shampoo should be used. In the absence of wig shampoo, gentle baby shampoo will do. A wig should never be subjected to harsh cleaning chemicals and dish detergent (I tried it and my wig looked like dried straw afterwards). Before washing, the wig should be shaken out or fluffed out gently. The shampoo is then applied to a basin of cold water; a capful or a teaspoonful of shampoo is enough. The wig is then left to soak in this mixture for around two to five minutes. The wig is then rinsed in cold water. The wig should merely be shaken or swirled in the water, never scrunched or twisted while wet.
When all the shampoo is rinsed out, the excess water may be gently squeezed out of the wig, but without twisting it. For best results in wig washing, wig conditioner may be applied to the wig. Afterwards, the process of rinsing is repeated.
To dry a wig effectively, the excess water should be blotted out with a towel, and then the wig should be left to dry on a separate towel or placed on a wig stand made of wire. The wig should be air-dried. A blow dryer should never be applied to a wig, and the wig should not be exposed to direct sunlight or direct heat as well. Exposing a wig to any source of heat is the number one way to ruin it permanently. After the wig, has become dry, it can then be styled using a wig comb or a wig brush, or even with just the fingertips.
To create curls on a wig, liquid mousse specially formulated for wigs may be applied to the wig, and then the strands of the wig are gently twisted and scrunched to make them curl. To leave a wig’s locks straight and smooth, applying wig mousse and brushing it lightly is enough.
A wig can be cut and styled as its wearer sees fit. However, to get the cutting done properly, the wig should be taken to a professional wig stylist. A professional wig stylist will be able to customize the wig for its wearer. Storing the wig is also crucial in maintaining its condition and quality. To store a wig properly, it must be placed on a wig stand. Placing a wig on a wig stand will help the wig retain its shape and form. Before it is stored away, however, the wig should be brushed or fluffed out using a wig comb or a brush made with wire.
After the wig is placed on its stand, it should then be covered with a hairnet. The hairnet is supposed to protect the wig from dirt and dust. The wig on the wig stand should always be kept in a place that is far away from heat and humidity, as well as free from dust
There are many reasons why people wear wigs. No matter what these reasons are, however, the important thing is that wigs should be taken care of properly, just as if they are the wearer’s real hair. A wig that is maintained properly will look and feel goof for years to come.
My name is Kimba and this is The Bohemian Boho Breeze blog (formerly the Bohemian Breeze and Love My Blogg). I migrated both blogs into one 2 years ago and now it’s back online after a short hiatus. I live on Long Island so I’ll post about events here on “the Island” as well as New York City and my usual tech, blogging, fashion and beauty topics. I’ll even post topics about art, because I love paintings that fit outside the box.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to talk with you.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it!
Kimba Wiggins (bohophx)
I have included links to several sites because some lists have outdated info. Call ahead to make sure their contact info is still accurate. If you live on Long Island and in the Brentwood, NY area. St. Anne’s Parish is still giving out food and Pronto in Bay Shore, Ny is still giving out food to the needy. I will add to this list as I get more information. All clothing pantries on my list are free:
http://shepherds-cove.org/ (Elkhart, IN)
http://www.addressthehomeless.org/the-boutique-jgzc5 (a referral is needed in order to shop here. It’s free to shop).
There was a time in my life where I had nothing, I had hit rockbottom a few times and I couldn’t even afford to buy a newspaper or a box of pasta. During those hard times I learned several ways to be frugal and live on much less:
When I didn’t have any money to buy laundry detergent, I used dish washing liquid. For small loads I used 1/2 capful and 1-2 capfuls for larger loads. Instead of using regular fabric softener, I used vinegar because it did the same job of softening my fabrics (plus it didn’t have any chemicals). The artificial fragrances you smell from fabric softeners is to mask the noxious odors used to create the fabric softeners. I used 1/2 cup of vinegar for small loads and 1 cup for larger loads.
To keep my food bill low, I did all my shopping at either Family Dollar, Dollar Tree or Walmart. Walmart’s Great Value Brand line costs cheaper than the brand name foods that they carry. At the Commack, NY Walmart store, a box of elbow pasta costs $1 USD and a small jar of Alfredo sauce costs $1.50 USD. When I was down to my last $10, I would buy pasta, sauce, rice, beans and luncheon meat to tide me over until I received my Food Stamps. If I went to Whole Foods, I bought their 365 Foods brand to cut down costs.
For those who receive Food Stamps (aka SNAP Benefits) and live on the East Coast, I shop regularly at Compare Supermarkets, Walmart and Trader Joes. People that know me personally know that I am a bargain shopper. I don’t care if someone calls me a cheapskate (thanks for the compliment!). I know what it’s like to have nothing and living on the streets, hungry and with zero help from anyone. My next post will have a list of organizations where people can go to for food, clothing and job placement.
Producing your own organic, do-it-yourself laundry detergent is probably one of the simplest parts of a switch to organic living. This natural washing soap recipe the best way to save cash on laundry detergent and it is amazingly very simple to make. This amazing homemade laundry detergent post is a refreshed edition of this recipe that deals with high-efficiency washers and borax safety.
Why change to natural laundry soap, you may ask?
Standard laundry detergent is filled with chemical substances like sulfates, aromas, phenols and more. Many brand names contain things such as petroleum distillates, which are connected to cancer and lung disease. Aromas within these detergents are made of a mixture of dangerous chemical compounds.
Fortunately, making your laundry soap product is an easy and quick process! You simply need three common ingredients to produce either a powdered or liquid washing soap product:
- Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand which you can purchase at many stores, depending on your location)
- Borax (sold in most groceries and retail stores)
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap (unscented)
Washing Soda and Borax are sold at your neighborhood supermarket in the laundry aisle. Organic bar soaps are found in the health, beauty, or natural and organic sections of the store, or on the net. You can add a few tablespoons of baking soda that will help freshen clothing.
Wonder what’s found in these ingredients? Borax is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is an ingredient in many of the organic soaps available now however it is significantly more inexpensive to produce yourself.
Washing Soda, also known as sodium carbonate or soda ash, is produced with regular salts and limestone or found as organic deposits.
Here’s how you can easily make your own natural laundry detergent:
- Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until thinly ground. Make use of soap of your choosing. I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap as a result of its really good quality, and because it is sold in many different pure fragrances like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond as well as others.
- In a sizable container, mix two parts washing soda, two parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Put in a few teaspoons of baking soda if preferred).
- Store in a sealed container. I put mine in quart or a half a gallon-sized mason jars. If you’re using a huge enough container, you can surely skip step 2 and just put every ingredient in storage container or jar and shake.
- Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per a load of laundry.
Here’s a quick and easy way to make liquid Laundry Soap:
- Grate one bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
- Put the grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, constantly stirring until soap is dissolved.
- Put 4 and a half gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until it is dissolved.
- Pour soap mixture from pan into a 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
Cover and leave overnight.
- Shake or stir until it is smooth and pour it into gallon jugs or other containers.
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load
With these recipes, you save money on your detergent expenses. A Five-Gallon batch costs $4.30 and thoroughly cleans at least 80 loads that cost about $0.05 per wash!
When I didn’t have a lot of money, I used the off-brand soaps: Zote, Fels Naptha, Hispano, Trader Joe’s or Dr. Woods Castile Soap, and vinegar for my fabric softening needs. I found that the off-brands produced much more soap (in smaller quantities) than the brand name laundry detergents. Since I have sensitive skin, I’m going 100% natural when it comes to my laundry needs because I found out many years ago that scented fabric softener is scented only to mask the chemical odor…and it turned out to be true. A lot of people don’t really understand what exactly goes into what they consume and use on a daily basis. The Google search results speak for themselves: http://bit.ly/1SirQ7a
When I had enough money to wash and dry my clothes, but none left over for laundry detergent, I used shampoo or dishwashing liquid (and sometimes grated bars of soap). I prefer using organic, but when you’re low-income, sometimes you have to use whatever is available until you can afford to buy what you need. I find that Suave , White Rain, Ivory and V05 shampoo really gets my clothes clean!
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