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Are you counting down the days until you start potty training? Or maybe you’ve already tried and had a less than successful attempt? Here are some potty training tips based on the one thing we hear again and again: Your child must be good and ready. And do not worry, your child will be one day. “No child will graduate in diapers,” says Carol Cline, bestselling author of the Start Potty Training program.

“But it’s so easy to get hung up on the fear of your baby being a certain age and are not fully potty trained yet, which puts much pressure and both the child and parent, turning potty training into a race against the clock.

“Once you’re convinced that your child is ready to abandon their diapers forever (watch for signs showing an interest in the toilet, wants to try flushing, or wants to be changed immediately after pooping), try one of these things to make it easier.

  • Give reading out loud (together) a try! Pick one of the excellent books out there that describe the potty being used as part of their growth. My favorite is Toilet Learning, written by Alison Mack. It incorporates beautiful Illustrations depicting firefighters, doctors, babysitters, parents, and they all go to the bathroom to delight and educate the child. Looking at same-sex parent or older brother is also bound to strengthen this process.
  • If your child has a fear of failure, it is important that when your child makes a little mistake, your answer is not in a tired or punishing tone of voice. Instead, say something like, “Oops, you missed the potty. one day very  soon you will make it to the potty every time. We will try again.” Tell them that accidents when learning are just fine and your child will be a pro in no time.
  • Once they actually do properly use their potty, leave it alone for a little while so they can admire the good job they did. Praise your child, but do not be too excited because it can become easy for them to feel even more pressure to always do a good job.

Out of all the potty training tips out there this single one if the most important…

Always use a proven and time tested method such as Carol Clines Start Potty Training Program. Caro Cline has not already helped literally thousands of parent’s potty train even the most stubborn of children in 3 days flat but her Start Potty Training program has a solid 97.4% success rate.

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Signs of Infertility

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What exactly is infertility?

The problems with either conceiving a child, or with carrying out the pregnancy to its eventual fruitful end, fall under the definition of infertility. Infertility is the incapability of an individual to become pregnant, in case of females, or the incapability to induce pregnancy, in case of the males. The inability of an individual to carry out a pregnancy to its full term is also dubbed infertility. How does one recognize infertility? What are the signs of infertility?

Signs of infertility are not always evident. Most people go through life without knowing there is a problem with their reproductive systems, attributing failed pregnancies to providence. In fact, miscarriages are the most common indicator of infertility. Signs of infertility in women:

In women, the signs of infertility are more readily recognized as compared to men. Endometriosis causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside the uterus.

Bacterial infections may begin around the uterus and spread to other reproductive organs, resulting in infertility. Fibroids in the uterus are indicative of infertility. Tumors in the cervix often cause stenosis, or narrowing of the cervix, which is a common indicator of infertility.

Ovulating before the tenth day and after the twentieth day of one’s monthly cycle, pre-menstrual spotting, menopausal symptoms, etc. are indicative of luteal phase defect, and thus in turn are signs too.

Irregular menstrual cycles are the most common indication in females that they might have some problems with fertility. However, an irregular menstrual cycle is not conclusive in itself, but it is definitely one of the signs of infertility.

Issues regarding body weight are often indicators of being infertile. For a woman, being too thin, or anorexic, will definitely hinder pregnancy, since the body does not have the proper nutritional requirements, or the required strength.

Alternatively, obesity can also be a sign. Obesity is accompanied by hormonal imbalance, which affects the reproductive system and pregnancy. Signs of Infertility in Men:

Like females, in males too, either obesity, or anorexia, is an indication that he is infertile. Apart from these, anatomical defects may also be signs of infertility. Undescended testicles, or damage to scrotum and the gonads, are possible indicators too. Wearing tight undergarments, or exposing the testicles to heat, may render the person unable to produce the required number of sperms, or unable to produce sperms altogether, resulting in infertility.

Determining the signs of infertility:

There are many medical procedures for detecting the signs that help to determine whether an individual is infertile or not. Doctors usually prescribe one or more of the following medical tests:

. Hysterosalpingography. A dye injected into the vagina is monitored to check for blockage in the fallopian tubes or uterus.

. Laparoscopy. If disease and other physical problems are present in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or in the uterus, infertility is suggested. This may be detected through laparoscopy.

Infertility is a problem which can be solved if it is addressed in the holistic way, which is, using a multifaceted method of healing. Getting regular health checkups, taking supplements to combat existing problem, exercising and stress reduction techniques are only part of the holistic solution to infertility. The holistic approach is not only a surefire way to increase your chances of conception it also guarantees a safe and healthy pregnancy.

This article is based on the book, “Pregnancy Miracle” by Lisa Olson. Lisa is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate pregnancy solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root of infertility, help you get pregnant quickly and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,  without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting her website:

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How to get pregnant naturally

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Infertility may be broadly defined as the inability to get pregnant after trying for at least one year without using any birth control. In Western countries, infertility affects an estimated 15% of the population. While a part of them are trying to conceive using alternative methods like IVF, others prefer to optimize the chances of getting pregnant naturally. Trying to get pregnant naturally may be very important, since many couples and individuals who are diagnosed with infertility may be able to get pregnant without treatment (and hence should be defined as “subfertile” rather than “infertile”).

When trying to get pregnant naturally, the most important factor is to understand the menstrual cycle and the timing of ovulation, which leads to the optimum chances of getting impregnated. Usually, ovulation occurs around the fourteenth day, and hence, to get pregnant naturally, a couple should have as much sexual intercourse as possible between the twelfth and the fifteenth day. Different women have slightly varying menstrual cycles.Hence, to improve the chances of becoming pregnant, it is imperative to study one’s periods, and calculate exactly when one ovulates.

Determining the signs of ovulation.

To check for the right timings of ovulation, a woman can do one, or many, of the following things:

. Keep a calendar. Keeping a calendar to chart the days is an easy and effective method to determine the right time to have sexual intercourse.

. Keep a check on vaginal fluids. Mucus discharge from the vagina usually becomes heavier, thinner, clearer and stretchy during ovulation when compared to the usual times.

. Feel the inside of the vagina. During ovulation, the cervix is softer and slightly more open than usual.

. Keep tabs on any sharp pain in the abdomen. Sharp pains in the abdomen, or some slight spotting, may be indicative of ovulation.

. Other physical conditions. Headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and pain may be signs of ovulation.

Having checked for ovulation, there are some other things that an individual can do to increase the chances of getting pregnant naturally. These include lying still for a while after having sexual intercourse, avoiding the bathroom for about thirty minutes after having sexual intercourse, and most importantly, figuring out how many times one should have sexual intercourse.

Men often neglect their own part to play in this whole scenario. The sperms need to be of the correct constitution, correct shape and correct motility too, or else, however fertile the women may be, impregnation does not occur naturally. A way of ensuring that the sperms are undamaged is by wearing boxers instead of briefs. Boxers help in keeping the testicles from overheating and damaging sperms.

For both women and men, the anatomical and hormonal factors are not the only ones to be monitored and corrected. In most cases, failure to conceive may result from an improper diet, undue stress, the use of drugs like alcohol and nicotine, and even environmental factors such as proximity to harmful doses of pesticides. Abstinence from such factors goes a long way in ensuring a pregnancy.

One should always keep in mind that the holistic approach to solving a problem is the optimal way to tackle infertility. Getting regular health checkups, taking supplements to combat existing problem, exercising and stress reduction techniques are only part of the holistic solution to infertility which considers the problem as part of a whole unlike the conventional approach which tackles a specific body organ in its attempt to heal. The holistic approach is not only a surefire way to increase your chances of conception it also guarantees a safe and healthy pregnancy.

This article is based on the book, “Pregnancy Miracle” by Lisa Olson. Lisa is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate pregnancy solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root of infertility, help you get pregnant quickly and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,  without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting her website:


CLICK HERE to learn about “Pregnancy Miracle”

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My cat was driving me crazy with his spraying

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cat sprayingThe smell of ordinary cat urine is strong enough, but when a cat spray marks, the odor will be even more overpowering and unpleasant. Unlike urination, which does leave a message for other cats to an extent, spray marking is more like a billboard with lights. The whole reason for marking is to inform other cats of a particular cat’s presence. And, while urine is simply the waste that has been filtered out by the kidneys, marking includes other bodily chemicals with information about sex, health, and undoubtedly other important cat messages.

Unlike normal urination, which is made by the cat squatting down, spray marking is done when the cat is standing and the deposit will be made on a vertical surface such as a door frame or the front of a sofa or chair. The cat will back up to the chosen area, and wiggle its tail as it delivers the spray behind it. The volume of the spray is much less than is produced when the cat urinates.

Stopping Spray Marking

While some female cats will spray mark, the main culprits are intact males. Spray marking is used not only to deliver some information about the sprayer, but also to mark territory, which is especially important in the wild where hunting grounds must be protected. This behavior is also much more common in homes where there are several cats, and an order of dominance constantly needs to be established. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of spray marking.

  • If you have a multi-cat household, provide several litter boxes, rather than just one, there should be a box for each cat, and a spare.
  • All litter boxes should be kept completely clean. Feces and clumps of urine-soaked litter should be removed daily and the litter changed completely once a week.
  • Block off the area being spray marked. The cat will usually return to the same spot periodically to ‘renew’ the fragrance, so denying access can help to eliminate the problem.
  • Use an enzyme cleaner to remove the spray. You may have to apply it several times to remove all the smell.
  • Neutering both toms and tabbies can help to stop spraying behavior.

Stress can also trigger spray marking, so address any issues that may be making your cat, or cats, nervous.

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Celebrities React as Trump Speaks to Congress: ‘Suck a Bag of Soiled D*cks’

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Like millions of Americans tuning in across the country Tuesday night, celebrity pundits took to social media to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s first major address to Congress.

While at least one flash poll Tuesday night indicated that a majority of those who watched the speech reacted positively to it, celebrities mainly reacted with vitriol and sarcasm, though one said that Trump had managed to speak to the entire country.

Leading the charge against Trump was actor Charlie Sheen, who called the president a “fascist, legally retarded, despotic imbecile” in a profanity-laced Twitter tirade.

 

A slew of celebrities piled on, including Star Trek star George Takei, who urged Trump to put a stop to “radical white supremacist terror.”

During his speech, President Trump laid out his policy agenda and described some of his short- and long-term goals for the country.

“I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country,” he said. “And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”

Watch Trump’s full speech to Congress here.

READ MORE – http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/03/01/hollywood-reacts-trumps-joint-address-congress-sck-bag-spoiled-dcks/

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Harvard Officials Accused of Stealing $100K of Funds Meant for the Disabled, Spent it on Sex Toys

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Two administrators at Harvard University have been accused of embezzling $110,000 of funding earmarked for disabled students, allegedly spending the money on cell phones, computers, and even sex toys.

School administrators Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors both quit their jobs after being confronted by police over the missing funds, The Daily Mail reported.

Saylors, who worked in the Dean of Students’ office, allegedly bought tablets, i-Pods, computers, phones, and electronic sex toys, reports say.

For her part, DeMarco, who was the Harvard Law School’s Director of Student Affairs until 2013, was confronted about the theft at her new job at Babson College.

DeMarco, 33, admitted to “making mistakes” in the job.

“I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation,” she told CBS affiliate WBZ TV.

Officials accuse DeMarco of using a school mobile card reader to transfer money into her personal account and then altering records to cover her tracks. She also bought a large amount of electronic items, investigators said. Police subpoenaed Apple Corp. and discovered items had been shipped to DeMarco’s home.

Harvard announced a change in procedure after the reports.

“As a result of this matter, the Law School implemented additional layers of controls governing the use of its credit accounts and purchasing protocols,” the school said in a statement.

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READ MORE – http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/01/harvard-officials-accused-stealing-100k-funds-meant-disabled-spent-sex-toys/

 

 

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Earliest evidence of life on Earth ‘found’

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Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth.

They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old.

That is a time not long after the planet’s formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is currently accepted as evidence for the most ancient life yet found on Earth.

The researchers report their investigation in the journal Nature.

As with all such claims about ancient life, the study is contentious. But the team believes it can answer any doubts.

The scientists’ putative microbes from Quebec are one-tenth the width of a human hair and contain significant quantities of haematite – a form of iron oxide or “rust”.

Matthew Dodd, who analysed the structures at University College London, UK, claimed the discovery would shed new light on the origins of life.

“This discovery answers the biggest questions mankind has asked itself – which are: where do we come from and why we are here?

“It is very humbling to have the oldest known lifeforms in your hands and being able to look at them and analyse them,” he told BBC News.

The fossil structures were encased in quartz layers in the so-called Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt (NSB).

The NSB is a chunk of ancient ocean floor. It contains some of the oldest volcanic and sedimentary rocks known to science.

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The team looked at sections of rock that were likely laid down in a system of hydrothermal vents – fissures on the seabed from which heated, mineral-rich waters spew up from below.

Today, such vents are known to be important habitats for microbes. And Dr Dominic Papineau, also from UCL, who discovered the fossils in Quebec, thinks this kind of setting was very probably also the cradle for lifeforms between 3.77 and 4.28 billion years ago (the upper and lower age estimates for the NSB rocks).

He described how he felt when he realised the significance of the material on which he was working: “I thought to myself ‘we’ve got it, we’ve got the oldest fossils on the planet’.

“It relates to our origins. For intelligent life to evolve to a level of consciousness, to a point where it traces back its history to understand its own origin – that’s inspirational.”

Any claim for the earliest life on Earth attracts scepticism. That is understandable. It is often hard to prove that certain structures could not also have been produced by non-biological processes.

In addition, analysis is complicated because the rocks in question have often undergone alteration.

The NSB, for example, has been squeezed and heated through geological time

At present, perhaps the oldest acknowledged evidence of life on the planet is found in 3.48-billion-year-old rocks in Western Australia.

This material is said to show remnants of stromatolites – mounds of sediment formed of mineral grains glued together by ancient bacteria.

An even older claim for stromatolite traces was made in August last year. The team behind that finding said their fossil evidence was 3.70 billion years old.

Nonetheless, the UCL researchers and their colleagues say they have worked extremely hard to demonstrate the greater antiquity for their structures.

Dr Papineau does concede though that the idea of metabolising micro-organisms using oxygen so soon after the Earth’s formation will surprise many geologists.

“They would not consider that there were organisms breathing oxygen at this time. It brings back the production of oxygen on the Earth’s surface, albeit by tiny amounts, to the beginning of the sedimentary record,” he said.

Prof Nicola McLoughlin from Rhodes University, South Africa, was not connected with the research.

She commended the scholarship but felt the data presented by the UCL-led team fell short.

“The morphology of these argued iron-oxidising filaments from Northern Canada is not convincing,” she told BBC News.

“In recent deposits we see spectacular twisted stalks, often arranged in layers, but in the highly metamorphosed rocks of the Nuvvuagittuq belt the filaments are much simpler in shape.

“The associated textural and geochemical evidence of graphite in carbonate rosettes and magnetite-haematite granules is careful work, but provides only suggestive evidence for microbial activity; it does not strengthen the case for the biogenicity of the filaments.”

She also said the maximum age of the rocks had proven to be very controversial, and that the true age was more likely to be closer to the 3.77-billion-year age.

Part of the interest in ancient life is in the implication it has for organisms elsewhere in the Solar System.

“These (NTB) organisms come from a time when we believe Mars had liquid water on its surface and a similar atmosphere to Earth at that time,” said Mr Dodd.

“So, if we have lifeforms originating and evolving on Earth at this time then we may very well have had life beginning on Mars.”

If that is the case then, according to Dr Papineau, recent Nasa rover missions to the Martian surface may have been looking for signs of life in the wrong places.

He said that the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, and the more recent Curiosity robot mission had overlooked areas that might have had rocks produced by hydrothermal vents.

“On the surface of Mars there have been missed opportunities. The MER Opportunity in 2003 found promising formations but there was no analysis. And the Spirit rover went straight past another near the Comanche outcrop in Gusev crater.”

The suggestion that life had already arisen “just” a few hundred million years after the Earth had formed is intriguing in light of debates about whether life on Earth was a rare accident or whether biology is a common outcome given the right conditions.

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READ MORE – http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39117523

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Crocodile stoned to death at Tunisia zoo

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A group of visitors at a Tunisia zoo has stoned a crocodile to death, authorities in the capital said on Wednesday, denouncing the “savage” act.

The municipality of Tunis posted gory pictures on Facebook of the dead animal’s head next to what appeared to be a bloodied paving slab and another large rock.

“A group of visitors to the zoo threw stones at the head of a crocodile, causing internal haemorrhage that killed it,” it said.

The municipality said the act at the Belvedere Zoo in central Tunis was “savage behaviour”.

The animal died after being hit on the head by two large rocks late on Tuesday afternoon, Amor Ennaifer, a vet at the zoo, told AFP.

“It’s terrible. You cannot imagine what animals endure from some visitors,” he said.

“Citizens leave waste and plastic bags … They throw stones at lions and hippos.”

Ennaifer said the zoo had signs and guards but this was not enough, especially during school holidays.

“There are more than 150 species in the zoo. We can’t put a guard in front of each cage,” he said. “People need to be aware of the need to respect animals.”

The behaviour of zoo visitors often causes controversy.

Last year, images showing the zoo covered with litter caused an outcry on social media.

The management blamed zoo visitors for the “catastrophic situation”.

READ MORE – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/01/crocodile-stoned-to-death-tunisia-zoo

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Avril Lavigne gives an emotional update on her upcoming album

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Avril Lavigne hasn’t released an album since 2013, but 2017 might be her year. She announced last December that a new LP was in the works, and on Wednesday (March 1) she revealed even more details about what’s to come. It’s about damn time.

“At this point in my career and in my life, I just wanted to put fresh energy around me,” she said in a black-and-white Instagram clip, which features her playing piano in a room full of guitars. “I feel like I’m having somewhat of a rebirth in my life. I’ve been faced with a lot, gone through a lot emotionally. The whole writing process has been therapeutic and empowering.”

For two years, Lavigne took much-needed time off after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. She sporadically released new music — including a bubblegum-pop collab with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys — but this sixth album will be all her own. It’s also her first time recording for BMG.

“Without trying to make an album,” she continued, “I’ve made one.”

READ MORE – http://www.mtv.com/news/2988684/avril-lavigne-update-sixth-new-album/

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YouTube to launch paid TV on-demand service

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LOS ANGELES — YouTube is ready to take on Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media services.

The Google-owned video network announced a new subscription service, YouTube TV, offering a collection of TV channels aimed at cord cutters who think their cable bills are too high.

The charge is $35 monthly, and the 40 channels include the four top broadcast networks, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox, and top cable channels like USA, Bravo, MSNBC and Fox News.

Missing are the Turner channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network and TNT, the Viacomnetworks, including Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon, Scripps (Food Network and Home and Garden) and HBO.

Unlike the Hulu service, which offers the ability to watch TV shows from NBC, ABC and Fox without commercials, or CBS’s All-Access service, YouTube TV shows from the networks will all have ads.

In announcing the new service, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki noted how the smartphone era changed everything–“mobile put a TV in everybody’s pocket,” she said.

YouTube’s  audience of millennial viewers love TV content, “but they don’t want to watch it in the traditional setting, in the living room, waiting for their favorite show to come on. They want to consume TV live or on demand.”

In seeking to take on the established players, YouTube is banking on its mostly young, millennial audience springing for a monthly subscription to watch network and cable TV shows.

YouTube is the number one video service, and says some 1 billion hours of videos are watched daily on its network. That includes music videos, clips from the lTV late-night comics and cute animal videos.

YouTube says the service will launch within the next few months. The company directed consumers to http://tv.youtube.com to sign up for notifications.

YouTube TV will be a stand-alone app and not interchangeable with the current YouTube Red app. However, originals produced for Red will be watchable on YouTube TV.

READ MORE – http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/02/28/youtube-launches-paid-tv–demand-service/98539538/

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