Thursday, October 26, 2006

Prevent a Cold

Anytime we are unlucky enough to come down with a sniffle or cough, someone always approaches us and shares their words of wisdom on how to prevent a cold. Our mothers were the first ones with scare tactics like, “don’t go outside with wet hair”, or “don’t forget your jacket, you’ll catch a cold”. It didn’t stop us, we did it anyway, and we survived. Now the emphasis is on natural alternatives to prevent a cold, supplements like zinc, Echinacea, vitamin C, and other preparations. Studies have also shown that by eating a nutritional diet, getting plenty of rest, avoiding stress, and exercising regularly can do a lot more for you than getting your body in shape. Living a healthy lifestyle also boosts the immune system and keeps us feeling great. Sure there are times when you are just going to get whatever it is going around, but it won’t happen very often.
If you don’t want to stay healthy and prevent a cold or flu, there other things you can try, because you don’t have to get sick every cold and flu season. For some very practical cold prevention and lifestyle tips, visit We’ve all been told that we should eat chicken noodle soup when we have a cold, and when we do, it makes us feel better, doesn’t it? According to this internet source, studies have shown that chicken noodle soup broth contains anti-inflammatory properties that help unblock sinus and chest congestion. No wonder it makes us feel better! Another food that has been shown to prevent a cold is chocolate, which contains a certain ingredient that is more effective in stopping a persistent cough than cough syrups containing codeine.
For more good advice on how to prevent a cold or the flu, check out any number of websites, such as,, and plus many others, that offer practical information like taking a daily multivitamin. For some people, especially older adults and infants, colds can be deadly because they lead to more severe illnesses like pneumonia and RSV. It is also important to wash your hands often, avoid crowds if possible, increase activity levels, exercise more, and get plenty of rest. If you do get a cold, take a hot bath and some extra vitamin C, zinc, and Echinacea, which all will lessen the severity of your discomfort and the decrease the amount of time you are sick. Here’s to your health!

Hallmark Christmas Ornament

For many years people have looked at the Christmas tree as a memory tree. They buy ornaments that have something to do with what has happened in their life during that year so that they can always look at that ornament and remember the event. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase a Hallmark Christmas ornament.
Hallmark has been adding memories to your Christmas tree for more than 30 years. They have even been used in 3-D scrapbooks. A Hallmark Christmas ornament can really commemorate life’s special events. Each year Hallmark unveils new ornaments for you to enjoy and to capture life’s milestones. There are many ways that you can personalize your Hallmark Christmas ornament, such as putting pictures inside a picture frame ornament. There are many different lines of Hallmark ornaments.
The Keepsake Kids line lets your children create their own Christmas traditions. This Hallmark Christmas ornament line is made of fiberboard and wood and lets them recreate traditional holiday scenes, such as a nativity scene or Santa’s workshop. Their size makes them great for children ages five and up. Each wooden Hallmark Christmas ornament is hand painted and come with a storage case.
Another current collection is the Joyful Tidings angels collection. All of the ornaments in this line represent the colors of the holiday season. The angels in this Hallmark Christmas ornament collection each represent a color and its symbolic meaning. You can get a display wreath that will hold all seven angels in the collection.
There are many more lines of ornaments, but no matter what line you choose, an ornament makes a great holiday gift. They show who you are giving it to that you really know them when you pick out a Hallmark Christmas ornament that fits their likes, personality, or your relationship. You can find the perfect ornament for the military man, fisherman, or nurse in your family.
You can acknowledge practically any milestone that may occur in your life. You can find ornaments for your baby’s first Christmas, the child’s age series, you and your partner’s first Christmas together, even ornaments for your new home. Your Hallmark Christmas ornament could have a cool design theme, such as pop culture icons of yesteryear and today. Traditionally, the average consumer is drawn to a Keepsake Ornament that evokes their emotions and feelings.
If you already have a collection, you can purchase an additional ornament to add to it. Maybe you are collecting the Disney ornaments or the Barbie ornaments. Whatever collection you are adding to, you can find the perfect ornament at Hallmark to add to it. You could join the Keepsake Ornament Club. This 19-year-old club lets its members choose their ornaments and enjoy members-only privileges. It only costs $25 to join.