Top Pregnant Celebrities of 2012 -2013 (Infographic)

Here is an infographic that shows the sudden baby boom happening in global celebrity circles. It is a comprehensive list of all the actresses, singers and models who have announced their pregnancies and new mommy status during the year.

Top Pregnant Celebrities of 2012 -2013
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Seeking Divorce Through Litigation

Divorce is an emotionally trying time for anyone who is involved in the process, but especially the spouses. Many people are torn between choosing to make the divorce process as peaceable as possible or taking this opportunity to receive compensation for the dissolution of their marriage. There are many different methods for pursuing divorce, and the kind of San Jose divorce attorney that a person chooses to rely on will change the way divorce is approached. If a person wants to leave the marriage with as much compensation as possible, then there are things they should look for in their attorney. An attorney who specializes in combative divorce will emphasize in divorce litigation rather than divorce mediation.

Litigation

 

Divorces that are resolved through litigation are taken before a judge. These cases are argued out in court, with each side represented by a lawyer whose job it is to get each party as much financial compensation as possible from the divorce. The judge will be the final arbiter in who gets what and how much from the formerly joint property. This kind of divorce will, of necessity, be combative, with each lawyer attempting to drag out information that will make one side or the other appear less deserving of compensation. Though divorces through litigation can be comparatively violent, they do have the ability to function as almost emotionally cleansing because of the process. It is because of this cleansing that many people choose divorce through litigation.

A Litigation Attorney

 

In order to pursue a divorce through litigation it is important to have an attorney who has a strong background in this area of the law. Because divorce litigation can be complicated and aggressive, a person does not want to have an untried lawyer representing them against one who has extensive experience. When choosing a combative divorce it is important to have a San Jose divorce attorney who has enough experience in the field that they will be able to make the process as smooth as possible. The divorce will already be difficult, and with the help of a good attorney it can be both successful and simple.

How to Improve Your Blog

If earning is your reason for blogging, then you must know how to improve and enhance your blog. This way, you could attract more clients to make you advertisement offers.

There are plenty of ways you can enhance your blogs. But the most important thing to remember in maintaining a blog site is to update it regularly by posting related topics and such. Aside from that, there are other factors to consider too. The following are things to take note of in improving your blog:

  1. Having your own logo is an advantage. Although not really necessary, this stuff gives your blog more impact. You can check out a free logo maker available online for your logo needs.
  2. A simple and clean blog design is also recommended. As with the logo, it is not necessary but this one is highly recommended, as a lot of spam-like blogs are created these days.  If your blog appears spammy, this will make advertisers think twice about advertising on your blog. So always keep your blog neat, nice and simply attractive.
  3. Post only related topics and articles with a content-rich quality. Unnecessary posts put your blog in a bad light. Although most advertisers don’t really care, it’s still good practice if you put only related topics on your blog.
  4. Avoid accepting non-related websites linking to your blog. For instance, if you have a parenting blog, don’t post adult ads there. That just doesn’t make sense.
  5. Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This improves traffic to your website, especially if the topic you are promoting is very interesting and somehow helpful for netizens.
  6. Invest in having your own hosting plan and domain if you plan to earn from blogging. If you don’t have any idea what these are, you can check out some reviews or articles about them online.

There are still a lot of other factors to consider, but the ones mentioned above are highly recommended and are also proven to help those who would like to earn in the blogging field. So, if you are planning to start your own blog, always keep these pointers in mind.

Car Backup Systems Got Your Back

There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when you realize that you have backed your car into another vehicle, or into a pole, fence, fire hydrant, or other stationary object. Yet, this situation is completely and easily preventable. All you need to do is install a backup sensor on your car, truck, or van.

Where can you find backup sensors for cars? An excellent source is American Security Company, a division of SVL Industries, Inc. Here is an overview of what you can find on their website, www.americansecurityco.com/automotivebackupsensors.aspx.

* Echo Master Backup Navigator 2 Sensor Systems, available in black, silver, and white colors. The price for these backup sensor systems is $159, regardless of the color you choose.

* Echo Master Backup Navigator 4 Sensor Systems. Building on the effectiveness of the 2 Sensor Systems, these Backup Navigator Systems provide even more protection against accidents occurring from inadvertent crashes. These systems are available in black, silver, and white colors. Pricing for these backup sensor systems is $189.

* Hitch Scan Wireless Trailer Hitch Detection System. Priced at $239 to $299, these backup detection systems help to prevent accidents caused by a collision involving the trailer hitch on your vehicle.

No doubt you would agree that a couple of hundred dollars spent on one of these backup detection systems is a small price to pay when compared to the potential cost of an automotive accident. As the old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Drive to Survive: The Importance of Safe Driving

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Tell me, how can I not be green with envy?  Aerosmith is in town for a concert, and a friend is watching- without me, of course.  Oh, I’d give my left arm just to see Steven Tyler perform live on stage!  I can just imagine myself rushing to the concert venue- if I were going, that is.  But even if I were up to my eyeballs with excitement, I still wouldn’t be caught speeding on the road.

Lately there have been quite a number of road accidents around the metro, and the footages on the evening news aren’t for the faint of heart.  Mostly, these mishaps are caused by reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

There should be more mobile medical units available to quickly respond to any emergency on the road.  Looking around on the internet, I’m amazed at how these don’t look like mobile units at all.  The interiors are so comfy-looking, that you’d think you were in a hotel or upscale hospital.

So whenever I find myself behind the wheel, I always drive carefully.  I try not to let my emotions get the better of me when a taxi driver cuts me off, for instance.  Other drivers should try and do the same.  Maybe then, there’ll be no more road accidents on the news.

 

How Balls Make My Job Easier

My job as a library professional is hardly a bed of roses.  As much as I’d like to just sit in front of the computer all day, that’s simply not how things go at my workplace.  I have to do an Olivia Newton John and get physical at times.   This means that I have to get up on my feet and do some book-shelving.  Pushing those book trolleys/carts is no easy feat, so I suggested to my boss that we replace some of the ball bearings/casters under our library carts.

Large casters generally carry a higher weight load than smaller ones. However, you don’t always have the option of using larger casters due to the height they add to the fixture. When you need something to carry a lot of weight without adding any height, choose low profile casters from Access Casters.

Ball Bearing Construction.  Low profile casters at Accesscasters.com feature dual ball bearing construction for smooth use and easy rolling. They aren’t prone to jamming, and they will roll smoothly across level surfaces because of their high quality construction.

Versatile Options. The casters come with several different options, so you can customize them to suit your needs. Select two-inch casters than can handle up to 300 pounds, or three-inch casters for larger loads of up to 1000 pounds. They are available with plate mounts and stem, and you can choose swiveling plates for versatility. Invest in side lock brakes to lock the fixture in place, including durable sure-lok brakes and thumb screw brakes.

Versatile uses Low profile casters are perfect for vending machines, copiers, business machines, computer storage units, refrigerated displays and more. They allow you to easily move even heavy fixtures without damaging the fixture, chipping the floor or harming your back.

Representatives at Access Casters can help you determine which ones are right for your needs. They are standing by to provide you with a quote, and they can answer any questions you have about the different options. Call them today and discover how low-profile casters are the right choice for your business fixtures.

Recipe: Halloumi Stuffed Peppers

Whether you’re unfamiliar with peppers or you’d like to try a new recipe that utilises them for something other than a salad ingredient, peppers are a versatile foodstuff that can be found in various bright colours, most popular being red, green, yellow and orange.

One of the best ways of serving peppers as a meal in their own right, is by stuffing them. Whether you choose to add a rice mix to the bell pepper or you choose to fill them with cheese before grilling them is completely up to you, but you will have is a sweet and healthy dish that will leave your guests satisfied.

There is an abundance of recipes for stuffed peppers online, utilising a whole host of ingredients depending on the cuisine you wish to mimic. Pick up your ingredients from local greengrocers or quality online provider such as Calnan Brothers, who will ensure you only get the best quality items. Take a look at this great Cypriot-inspired recipe that utilises halloumi, a cheese made from sheep’s milk.

Halloumi Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

4 large red peppers

290g jar antipasti marinated mushrooms

50g couscous

100ml vegetable stock

250g halloumi, cubed

2tsp. parsley, chopped

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C or Gas Mark 6. Slice the peppers in half through the stalks and remove the seeds.

Drain the mushrooms. Drizzle some of the oil from the jar over the peppers and season. Bake for 25 minutes until tender.

Place the couscous in a bowl and add the vegetable stock. Leave for 5 minutes to soak. Stir in the mushrooms, halloumi and parsley. Season and add to the tenderised peppers. Bake for a further 15 minutes until the cheese is golden. Serve with salad leaves and some yummy garlic bread.

There are lots of alterations you can make to this recipe to make it a little different. Substitute the halloumi with some feta cheese for something with a Greek edge, for example. In what takes very little time, you will be able to serve some delicious and healthy stuffed peppers to your guests, either as a starter or as a main course with side orders for extra sustenance.

Take a look at the excellent antipasti options from the Calnan Brothers for some further inspiration.

 

Revisiting an Ex-Love

The heart is a very fragile thing.  Once broken, it takes time before it heals completely.  Between a heartbreak and recovery, the shattered person goes through countless drinking sessions and internal battles as to whether or not he should un-friend his or her ex on Facebook or send out deprecating emails to everyone the ex knows.

But before you jump to any conclusions, let me make it clear that I’m not getting back together with an old flame- although that doesn’t entirely sound like a bad idea.  The ex-love that I’m revisiting is something I used to love doing a lot of years ago: watching TV.

I remember when I first had a taste of cable TV.  I was simply overwhelmed by the wide selection of shows to choose from.   I probably would’ve had a more memorable TV viewing experience then if I had access to more channels like those on Channel Choice TV.

My favorites then used to be Friends and Ally McBeal.  I’d rather sit and bury myself in these programs than go out.  The TV screen seemed to just suck me into a world where everything was fun.  Canned laughter then became a reality for me.

With the advent of the internet and social networking, I found myself watching less and less TV.  The old friend had to take a back seat and give way to mouse clicks and spying on people’s online profiles.  Entertainment then took on a different form.

But this weekend, I started going back to the boob tube.  Now however, I find myself drawn more to documentaries than to comedy shows.  Age has probably a lot to do with my newfound preference.  Either that, or things simply aren’t the same without Punky Brewster around.

Television will always have its appeal, I guess.  No matter what, I’ll always keep coming back to the arms of this old love.

Letter UP: For the Serious Word Warrior

It’s only 10am, yet you start to feel your eyelids heavily drooping as you stare blankly at your computer monitor.  The signs of boredom are creeping in, as you try your hardest to pretend that you’re working your ass off while seated in your comfy office swivel chair.  What do you do when you’re bored witless at work?  Take a break, of course.
Just recently, a friend introduced me to this online, multiplayer crossword game called Letter Up.  I have always been a Scrabble aficionado, so when I visited www.letterup.com, I was only too ecstatic to learn that I can play this Scrabble-ish game online.

When I started playing this, the word warrior in me woke up after years of dormancy.  I felt an adrenaline rush surge through my body as I clicked on those letter tiles.  I was transported back in time when I joined a Scrabble tournament and was one of the top students in our Scrabble PE class.
Letter UP is both fun and challenging.  You get to beat your opponents at getting the highest possible score from the letters you play on the board.  More than having a stellar vocabulary, you must know how to strategically form words on the board.
On their website, it says that they plan to include SOWPODS in the game dictionary.  I hope they do so really soon, as that’s what my Scrabbler friends and I are really familiar with.  I think we all memorized the words there by heart.
As far as word games go, Letter Up is really engaging.  I found myself hooked.  For a single mom like me who barely has time to go out for drinks at a bar, this is a welcome alternative.  Even if my friends are oceans away, we can get together for a game of Letter Up, even if it’s just over the internet.  Beer on the side is always an option.

4 Ways to Save Money and Live Green

Many people look at living a “green” life as something only hippies do.  However, the truth is that green living is becoming mainstream, and with good reason.  Not only are those who try to live a green life preserving Earth’s natural resources, but they are also saving a significant amount of money.  Sure, to make your home green you have to initially pay out some cash, but you’ll reap the financial rewards year after year.

If you want to start living a green life and save some dough, here are some things you can do initially that won’t break the bank:

1.  Install a water softener.  If you have hard water, water softeners can help you in a variety of ways.  You’ll use less soap for daily use as well as your dishes and laundry.  Your water pipes will likely last longer because they won’t contain build up that can destroy pipes.

2.  Grow your own garden.  Organic vegetables are expensive to buy, and often they have a large carbon trail because they must be shipped in from other countries.  There’s nothing better than eating organic produce that is locally grown, and it doesn’t get any more local than your backyard!  A large garden can easily save you several hundred dollars in groceries, not to mention the medical bills you may save on later in life.

3.  Install a rain catcher.  A rain catcher is inexpensive and can drastically cut your outdoor water usage.  If you live in an arid area, having a way to conserve water becomes even more important.

4.  Install a programmable thermostat.  You can easily control the heat or air conditioning in your home, lowering the heat or raising the air conditioning when you’re out of the house and then bringing it to a more comfortable temperature when you’re home.

These four measures don’t cost that much to initially implement, and you should recoup your initial investment in just a few years, if not less.  From then on, you’ll be living a greener life, and saving quite a bit of green yourself!