Belly Button Rings Are Just One Way To Show Off Your Body

If you have a good body, don't be afraid to flaunt it! Here are some tips to use jewelry such as belly button rings to highlight your best areas.

Most of us have a combination of good and bad features. Some features we want people to notice and some we would prefer not. It is easy to find a ton of fashion tips on how to use clothing to hide extra weight or emphasize your long legs. Here are some tips to use jewelry in a similar fashion.

If you are blessed with (or have worked hard to get) flat abs, then belly button rings or waist chain is the perfect accessory to highlight this area of your body. If you are someone that lives in a bikini during the summer and you enjoy being out in the sun, then it can become part of your every day attire. There is no better way to show off your belly button rings than by wearing a bikini.

I have my father's ears and nose. They are two places I prefer not to draw people's attention. I will never get a nose ring. I do have pierced ears but I won't be putting jewels all the way up my very long ears. It is personal preference but I think these two areas are best pierced when you have a petite (or cute) nose and ears. As always, it is what you are most comfortable with and what you want people to notice about you first.

If you have beautiful feet, you will want to start with shoes that show them off. Adding an ankle bracelet or toe ring can only enhance the look and cause people to notice your feet even more. Again, my size 10 feet should maybe keep me from sporting this type of jewelry but I have been known to wear them from time to time.

If you have lovely hands and small wrists, then rings and bracelets are your friend. In particular, if you have toned upper arms (most women don't), this is an area to be proud of and show off with a bracelet.

From belly button rings to upper arm bracelets, think about how you can highlight your best features with jewelry.

Why Studying Geography Is Important

Geography is an often misunderstood subject, it focuses on developing skills beyond just knowing where individual countries and regions are, in fact Geography is the study of Earth, and our relationship to it.

This can lead to understanding more about our relationship with the environment, and the causes and effects of this relationship. We can discover how we can solve many of the ongoing problems we face today, like stabilizing both negative or high population growth, to creating more people- friendly and sustainable environments.

Building an understanding of the World around us, can help us create a better World, that can overcome the current issues we face today like Global warming, whilst help us understand how to bridge cultural and national misconceptions which can often lead to conflict. Students who study Geography can develop a better understanding on how our natural world works.

The future employment opportunities linked to this knowledge are immense, people can work in development work especially relating to the environment, or become enter the World of Science doing Geographical research on phenomena like Volcanic activity, Tsunami's, and how we can discover and use the natural resources around us more efficiently without harming our natural environment.

According to data provided by the United Nations, the changes in weather patterns and the increase in populations in many areas of our World, are leading to a probable water crisis. The knowledge of how to manage our water resources are an important part of studying Geography, and helps teams of professionals who can access and implement solutions to our worsening water crisis.

Food security, and the ways we can nurture and work with Mother Nature to ensure future generations in our communities can have a more diverse and sustainable food supply, is another component of studying Geography, which helps produce more experts, who are needed in a World where many places still depend on outside sources of food.

Understanding the causes behind conflicts between countries is one part of Geography, because its often based on the lack of or the poor management of resources. Poor resource management, can affect many regions in the World, creating bad harvests, leading to hunger and sometimes even conflict between countries for the vital resources needed to sustain their populations.

Conflict resolution is a far better option than allowing countries to fall into protracted, and destructive wars over the resources needed to sustain their own population. This is one problem, where people knowledgeable about both human & physical Geography could help to stop.

A student today who gains a good knowledge of Geography, could tomorrow become an expert on renewable energies, city and town planning, resource management and sustainable agriculture. Given the immense problems many communities face today, these are skills needed for the future.

Understanding where countries and regions are is important, but Geography is about caring and working with our World, despite the differences every community has with its physical Geography, and cultural perceptions of the outside World. So if you really want to make a difference, or build a future career, studying Geography is a step towards this direction.

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Is Your Grocery Budget Out of Control?

If we think in terms of eating healthy, not filling- up with junk food, then perhaps grocery costs are out of control. A couple with kids could go bankrupt feeding their children, especially if teenagers. We can serve them the biggest protein packed meal, and an hour or two later their starving. The cheapest items people bought in the past have become unreasonably expensive. How can we still eat right keeping within a budget?

My first suggestion is head to the nearest dollar store for many of your everyday items. I purchase a lot of my miscellaneous items there like baggies, foil wrap, laundry detergent, canned goods, cookies, shampoo, razors, and so much more. Maybe not everything is brand name, but saving around $200-$240/month makes a huge difference. Those saving can be converted into milk, lunches for kids, more meat, and some treats that currently puts our budgets totally out of whack.

I like the concept of meal plans purchasing what we will eat weekly reducing what I call fridge wastage. Part of this is my thought process in stretching meals saving money. As an example instead of purchasing chicken breasts I'll buy thighs much more economically. The greatest starter filling the belly is chicken soup incorporating lentils, carrots, celery, and served on egg noodles. Next on the menu homemade coleslaw lettuce too costly, served with dollar store dinner rolls. Then taking the thighs from the soup putting some barbeque sauce on, broil having a tasty crispy main. Sides could be potatoes, frozen peas, and baked apples for desert. The most frugal versatile protein is ground beef, meatballs, spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, chilli so many dishes. The trick is buying it in bulk keeping it economical.

Grocery saving flyers are great, but just because something is on special be sure you'll eat it. I buy specials that are within one to five dollars, but make sure it will be eaten. In the summer picking berries freezing them or making jams. As well growing vegetables in a garden also freezing them for winter when pricing goes through the roof.

As sidebar I believe technology is cutting into many aspects of our budgets including food. If we look at our monthly service provider bills, how much are we spending to get more data, multiple cellphones, and variety of other costly features? I bet if we cut back on a few of those, we would have more for groceries and eat better.

My perspective is that our dollar has no value anymore, inflation has become unreasonable, and buying just the basics including taxes is a burden on most working poor people. Regardless we all still need to live, eating is not a luxury but a necessity. Therefore to keep our grocery budget in control we need to shop smart, reduce our wastage, stretch our healthy meals, and working people should be able to eat steak monthly without hardship. Hopefully my tips above will help others to achieve those important goals. Eat well and prosper!
By Arnold Nadler

Thank God for Fishing!

I was born a city boy moved more to a rural setting almost 2 decades ago. The idea of fishing to me was for those who drove pick-up trucks, wore baseball caps, and carried a coolers of beer with them. OK that is probably true, but around 8 years ago my son wanted to learn to fish, so minus the beer and pick-up truck we took-up this sport. What we did first was hit the internet finding everything out, here is what we discovered as novice anglers.

Apparently there is an incredible amount of rods, reels, lures, and fishing lines one can use, so we needed to study what was the best for catching our local fish like bass, pike, perch, and walleye. Then we started watching fishing shows as visual tool in our quest to become proficient fishermen. Once feeling more confident and knowledgeable we headed to a specialty store picking-up the best supplies money could buy, and a fishing license. We organized our tackle box, had a pair of pliers to remove the fish, because who in their right mind would want to touch these slippery, smelly, scaly, prickly creatures. We found a spot put a worm on the hook casting out poorly for a while until we got it. Finally after an hour caught our first fish, a two-inch minnow, we were so proud of actually snagging one. It was great time for my son and me to bond together, we talked, joked, and never found ourselves disappointed or bored. The idea was we were hanging-out enjoying each other's company.

Over a period of years we found the best on land fishing holes in our area, started catching some nice size fish, and finally took the plunge learning how to remove them without damaging ourselves. There is nothing like the feeling of a bite on the line working reeling in the fish without losing it. Afterwards taking it off the hook holding it for a few minutes, admiring the sheer size of these beautiful wild creatures. In all these years we've always caught and released sending them back home to their world.

This sport is something that is exciting, relaxing, and a stress reliever enjoying just the challenge of catching the big one. Even now when my son is away for the summers, I go myself feeling at peace just being out there. Maybe one day I'll buy a boat and pick-up truck to. Who ever said you can't put the country into a city boy! Thank God for fishing it has given me some very fond memories!

Are Cute Belly Rings Worth Getting Your Navel Pierced?

Piercings beyond the usual ear ring or two can be a real fashion statement but there is such a thing as paying too high a price for fashion. My dislike of needles has caused me to steer clear of any fashion trend that requires a poke, from tattoos to body piercings. Even if you don't have my phobia, it is still a wise idea to consider the pros and cons of any body piercing. Belly rings and nose rings are fun and fashionable but are they worth the things that can go wrong?

First, read up on the procedure and risks. You'll find that your navel is one of the most delicate areas to get pierced. It is prone to infection. And it takes a relatively long time to heal -- from six months to a year. During that time, you need to be very careful to keep it clean and sterile. Avoid tight waist bands or anything that will irritate or rub the area. It is better to avoid swimming or other public water like spas unless you cover it thoroughly with a waterproof bandage. And you can't change your jewelry until it is completely healed.

You also need to be very careful to have the procedure done by a professional. Make sure you feel comfortable that the person you choose is clean and capable. There are risks of infection in the area that is pierced as well as infections spreading to other areas of your body. Read and follow the aftercare instructions religiously. And it doesn't hurt to get a tetanus shot before you proceed.

After it is completely healed, you will be able to enjoy your enhanced mid-section and show off a variety of belly rings. If you have the patience to wait for healing and are willing to take care of your piercing, this can be a fun way to accessorize your summer clothing and can indeed be a fashion statement with endless possibilities.

By Julie S. Montgomery

Who Is Making Our Roads Unsafe?

Much of my time is spent driving on highways for work, and I'm shocked to see how careless drivers have become. Where I live it is like the left hand lane is the autobahn in Germany, not the passing lane which it is meant to be. Not many drivers including myself actually go the speed limit, but if the sign reads 60 miles per hour, going 70 miles per hour is acceptable to the police. However, watching people zoom by me regularly in all-weather going 90-100 miles per hour is deplorable. The situation is if you need to switch lanes because a driver has his/her hazards on at the side, there is always someone coming-up like a rocket. When you switch they now tailgate expecting you to move faster, even though your going the 70 miles an hour. Who are the real culprits making our road unsafe... ?

The answer in all fairness is all of us, but I've noticed a few that make it that much more. Maybe this will not make me popular, it's not sexist but the truth. Ladies seem to be very impatient driving, and being on the road so much the ratio is 1-3 women speeding by me over men. I find them to be very aggressive drivers cutting people off, no consideration for others on the road, even with kids in their back seats. I get it fast busy stressful lives, but ladies really!!

Next are people from other countries, I don't blame them they have been taught to drive somewhere else, different rules of conduct when driving. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea making drivers education mandatory for those who immigrate here. Learning our rules of road, and not driving like they're still in their countries.

There are many amazing truck drivers out there who follow the rules, are considerate, and maintain the speed limit of 60 miles per hour. According to what I've heard where we live, they also have governors in the trucks not allowing them to go over the speed limit. However, what I don't get is those who seem to be able to speed. These folks do it in the worst weather passing fast blinding other drivers in the right lanes this is not safe for anyone driving. Also passing a truck a head of them doing 60 miles an hour at what seems 65 miles an hour makes no sense to me as well.

We all know that a vehicle is a weapon that can kill people, why are we playing the odds with ours and other people's lives. Perhaps if we leave earlier we wouldn't be in such a rush all the time, if more police were on the highways I guarantee speeds would be reduced, or simply being a responsible citizen following the laws of the road. I just think there are too many senseless deaths on the roads today that could have been avoided driving more careful. I know the insurance companies focus on men 18 to 25 who have the most accidents. That doesn't mean a huge percentage of population isn't driving as reckless, just lucky not getting injured or killed as much statistically.

Body Piercing Parlors

Body piercing parlors have become increasingly popular in recent years. Twenty five years ago it was strange to see a person with a body piercing, especially a facial piercing. Nowadays it's doubtful you don't at least a few friends with a tongue stud, nose ring or eyebrow pierced. Facial piercing is just the tip of the iceberg, people these days are getting ever more ingenious with where their getting pierced, and the kinds of body jewelry their displaying.

Have you been considering getting pierced you're probably a little scared, and have some concerns? The number one thing everyone ever wants' me to explain is how much do body piercing's' cost at body piercing parlors and why, this is a difficult question to answer because of the many variations involved. For instance, where you live can affect the price you pay, as well were you want your piercing can be a big factor? Obviously getting your ears pierced is going to be cheaper than a lip piercing.

Well everybody is different and yeah, for a couple minutes it's going to hurt, but the pain fades quickly in most cases with the exception of body piercing in more delicate area's which can be a little sore for a few days.

They've heard all the stories about a piercing a friend gave a friend that became infected or they thought was infected, so now they are a little freaked-out.

The truth is for a few days after your body piercing you will have some drainage, this is normal. If the discharge begins to change color yellow or green or thicken you should be concerned. My answer is your odds of getting an infection are remarkably lower at the boutique; backroom piercing is an infection waiting to happen and the cause of all the horror stories about piercing infections.

The next thing they always want to know is how to choose a good piercing shop? If you forget everything else I have tried to explain to you about a quality body piercing parlors you want to be sure their piercer's are professional, their workstation is hospital quality clean and their body piercing tools are sterile. For more information on body piercing parlors subscribe to our RSS feed.

Body piercing can be a really bold statement to set yourself apart from the crowd, but there are some risks. Discover the best ways to stay safe, With clean body piercings.

Third World Employment Is Here

I knew the drill. I'd lived it for years.

Don't stop at intersections, including red lights and stop signs, if you don't have to. Just keep going. Stopping makes you vulnerable to "smash and grab" and hijacking.

Keep anything of value hidden away when you're on the street. Keep your cellphone on vibrate so it doesn't attract attention.

Try to keep a wall or fence close behind or beside you so you can't be surprised from behind. Scan your environment in 180-degree arcs in five-yard increments ahead of you.

Dress like a local. Don't make eye contact unless you must, and if you do, just nod without smiling. Above all, look like you belong there... or at least like you've been there before.

Sounds like a scene from one of those "JB" spy stories... Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer, James Bond. But it's just everyday life in many parts of my second home, South Africa, where I've been for the past month.

This is the way we may be living soon here in the U.S... for essentially the same reasons.

Coming to a Country Near You: Instability

People with no stake in a socioeconomic system eventually prey on that system. It's all they have. If the world considers you superfluous and you have no future in it, why not? Especially if the bigwigs in government and business do the same thing.

Over 45% of South African adults have no formal job or do temporary piecework when they can. Millions of people depend on this slender thread for their daily survival. To keep the pot from boiling over, the government has been forced to expand an expensive system of welfare payments. The costs of not doing so - in terms of crime, policing and fleeing investors - would be even higher.

Is this life coming to the U.S.? The signs sure point to it.

A new study by economists from Harvard and Princeton says that 94% of the 10 million jobs created after the great crash of 2008 were temporary contract positions or part-time "gig" jobs. They come without health care, retirement benefits, vacation time, sick leave or employer-paid Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Fewer than 1 in 5 of these jobs ever become permanent. Consequently, as the research by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard and Alan Krueger at Princeton shows, the proportion of U.S. workers who were working in these kinds of temporary jobs increased from 10.7% of the population to 15.8% from mid-2010.

At the same time, the workforce participation rate has declined, meaning fewer people are working - with more depending on those who are, even temporarily, to survive.

Finally, the long-term unemployment rate, which includes people who are working irregularly or who have given up looking at all, has tripled since 1990.

Crucially, this trend is just as apparent in manufacturing, the very sector President-elect Trump touts as the salvation of the American worker. Over one-third of U.S. temps work on production lines, in warehouses and repairing machinery. Another 20% work in manufacturing management.

No Easy Answers

Capitalism tends to shoot itself in the foot on a regular basis... as it is doing today by simultaneously destabilizing the majority and massively enriching a tiny minority.

The great political economists of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Adam Smith, were keenly aware of capitalism's contradictory nature. Above all, they realized things that are good for profit-seeking individuals in the short term - like staffing your company with expendable temps - aren't always good for society in the longer term... including those same profit-seeking individuals.

When almost all jobs created over an eight-year period lack the basic features required for a stable life, workers are effectively a disposable commodity, not citizens of a country. People who know they are considered expendable tend to behave very differently from those who are secure and stable, since they have a different stake in the game... i.e., none.

As the proportion of "expendables" grows, they begin to prey on the rest. That's what I've seen in South Africa and many other countries. Those are the sorts of societies where you live behind razorwire-topped walls, don't go out at night and feel nervous and watchful always. In a word: a Third World society.

Are you ready for that? You'd better be... unless something changes, and soon.

Ted Baumann joined The Sovereign Investor Daily in 2013. As an expat who lived in South Africa for 25 years, Ted specializes in asset protection and international migration. Read more of what he has to say about offshore living here.

Various Advantages of Toll-Free Numbers

Satisfying your customers is very important when you are running a company. The success of the company doesn't always depend on how much satisfied your customers, So you need to make sure that your customers get every facility they need and they get every chance to reach you. If you run a small business or you are a market giant, what you need to have is the correct view to your business and the correct and timely approach towards your customers. Do you have a toll-free number for your business? If you do not have, then go for one!

It is thus important to know how it can enhance your business!

Availability:
You will be available for your customers day and night with the help of this number. If you are running a small company then you may not afford a telephone operator. But when you are a big guy, you can easily have an operator for your help! So through this facility you will be there for your clients 24*7. This will help you to enhance your business as well! So go for a number that can make you available for your customers.

Dedication:
Customers like serious business persons and those people who are available at the hour of need. Suppose someone needs you for a particular purpose and you are not available at that moment! You can lose the customer if the marketing sense of your rival is better than you. It allows you to stay in touch with your customer no matter where you are, no matter which time is this and no matter what you are doing! Your dedication will pay you at the end of the day.

Portability:
Suppose you are going to leave your previous office space and you are going for a bigger place or shifting somewhere else. You can easily bring your toll-free number along with you. When you buy a number from an operator, the number is yours for the rest of your life! So you can easily take the number along with you wherever you go and your customer will not even know from where you are operating! You only need to divert the call to your present area or to your mobile and you are done!

Easy to remember:
It is true that we are losing the power of remembering numbers with the advent of mobile phones. We do not require remembering the number, so we do not do that even! But if you logically think, then the initial numbers of a toll-free number is fixed. So you need to remember the extensions only and it is quite easy to remember the extension numbers.

If there are so many features available that makes a toll-free number a must buy for the small concerns and the giant players too, then why don't you do it? Go for such a wonderful number and use that for the marketing of your company!

Body Piercing Places

Have you ever thought of going to one of those Body Piercing Places? Over the last twenty years, the popularity of body piercing has been renewed. A word of caution if your checking out Body Piercing Places and while their explaining how they perform body piercing, they tell you they will be using a piercing gun, You are not in a professional Body Piercing Place and you need to stay away from that shop because piercing guns can't be sterilized and your chances of developing an infection are statistically much greater.

Pierced ears or the most common, and usually the first piercing someone will get. However, trying to find the traditional one piercing per ear can be difficult. There are many other kinds of body piercing such as navel piercing, tongue piercing or the labret.

The labret is a piercing that is in the lower lip, but over the course of time, there have been many alterations to this form of piercing. The labret derives it's name from the type of jewelry worn, which is usually some kind of bead type jewelry. A couple of variations are the Vertical labret which is down through the top of the lip and out the bottom, The Lowbret is having the piercing done low on the chin, While the Medusa is placed in the upper lip between the center ridges.

When you start seriously considering Body Piercing Places, there are a couple things you want to keep in mind. Don't ever try to pierce yourself or even let a friend use one of the body piercing kits, your risk of infection is very high. The professional piercer puts their reputation on the line by doing body piercing and knows well the power of word of mouth advertising and will not risk their reputation with poor sanitary conditions.

If your unaccustomed with a Body Piercing Places watch how they interact with their customers and how they handle their equipment, the freshly sterilized tools should be kept in separate tray from the used and contaminated ones waiting to be sterilized. The use of contaminated piercing supplies has been known to cause HIV, Hepatitis are any number of serious infections.

While visiting different body piercing places look at their selection of jewelry. With a new piercing, you need to wear good quality jewelry applicable to the location of the piercing, body jewelry is intended to be worn in specific areas of the body for your comfort and ease. When you choose your jewelry pay close attention to the type of material it is made of particularly for new piercings.

Your new piercings will require some extra care in order to properly heal so if your on a budget, are just not sure which piece of body jewelry you really want, at least make sure to look for Implant grade stainless steel in your jewelry which is least likely to cause some kind of infection.

The Body Piercing Places you choose should make you feel comfortable and secure. For more information about body piercing subscribe to our rss feed at

Steven McCarthy has been studying piercing for many years, both the history as well as the practice of piercing in it's many forms. For original piercing idea's and advice on the sanitary practices, you need to take with your new piercing.

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