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Author: mandmweb

Patterns on the Japanese Kimono Dress

When it comes to clothing it always somehow reflects the time and mood and even emotions of the wearer and the designer. This is why there are seasonal clothes that not only have the best seasonal fabrics and materials but they also have the right colors and designs for the specific seasons. Clothes are an expression of who we are and it is a representation of what our likes and dislikes are. Seasonal changes affect our clothes just as much as emotional preferences. Some day you might be feeling bright and sunny and would wish to wear something flowery while other times you might be looking for something more plain. This is the same thing with the amazing Japanese kimono dress designs. Since so many kimono style dress designs are really in these days and many designers have designed some amazing outfits in that influence, it is a good idea to learn a bit more about kimono dresses and see what exactly the patterns on the Japanese kimonos represent. When it comes to patterns in the kimono, they are pretty much dependent on the seasonal changes. They are designed in a way that the design reflects the different seasons and the clothing actually compliments it. Bright ad vibrant colors for the spring along with some floral patterns are the reflection of the warm and sunny weather. The fall designs...

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What He Tinks Looks Hot and Not

Ladies, 99 percent of the time, your outfits are awesome. Almost always, you look fantastic. You rock our worlds. But I've got to be honest. Sometimes, what you wear leaves us scratching our heads wondering what the hell you're thinking. You may like following the latest trends but sometimes, quite honestly, the trends suck. I talked to some typical guys, and what follows is how they feel about your fashions. Be warned, some of it's a little harsh. Just remember that we love and respect you. We would not point this stuff out if we did not care. So, here's a little tough love: Oversized sunglasses. Let's be frank, ladies. These are downright silly. "They look like old ladies who just got out of eye surgery," says Matt, 29. "They make me think of some weird Russian spy movie or something," says Pat, 30. I know you ladies are going for the cool retro look, but Jackie O. is rolling over in her grave. When you wear the big sunglasses with one of those big handbags, you look like you're ready to hang out with the Olsen twins. And here's the bottom line on oversized sunglasses: They hide half your pretty face. Why do that? Jeans tucked into boots. Boots worn with a skirt, that's sexy. But tuck jeans inside your boots, and you look like a member of...

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Recording MIDI In GarageBand – A Quick And Easy Tutorial

I really enjoy making music in GarageBand because it’s so easy to use. If I have a musical idea in my head, I can literally get a song set up and ready to record in about 30 seconds. One of the reasons for this is how easy it is to record MIDI in GarageBand. Let me show you. Add A New Software Instrument Track I am going to assume that you’re starting with an empty song so your first step is to add a new software instrument track and assign it to play an appropriate sound. The steps for this are: Add a new track from the Track Menu. Choose Software Instrument. If the Track Info pane isn’t open, open it by clicking on the Track Info view/hide button. Select whatever instrument type you would like to hear as you are recording. Verify That Your MIDI Controller is Working Properly The next step is to verify that your MIDI controller is functioning properly. This should be fairly easy. Just play a few notes on your controller and you should see the meters on your track responding, as well as hear the sounds of your MIDI instrument playing through your headphones or speakers. If you don’t see or hear anything it means that GarageBand isn’t recognizing your MIDI controller. There isn’t really space here for me to go over all...

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Student Motivation: What Is Wrong With Education!

Working as an educator for the past 30 years, as a teacher, counselor and school psychologist a major interest of mine has always been student motivation. I have had the opportunity to have worked with students from the pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade level in school systems in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. I have been in inner city, poverty-stricken districts and affluent districts. Which means I have seen students with significant social-economic disadvantages succeed, and ones that had "everything" going for them fail. Personally, I fit into the first category. My parents divorced when I was 2 years old, my mother was a waitress that never finished High School and my stepfather who raised me (after age 7) never went to High School. My older brother quit school in the 10th grade. No one in my family attended college so I had very little family influence to pursue any academic goals. I remember as a child my steplining telling me to get "C's" in school. "C's are good," he would say. Perhaps, because he never even realized that when he was in school. Of course, this was when I was repeating the first grade so he was trying to get me to do better at the time. I muddled through elementary school and do not believe I started to get any career interests until Middle School. There I began...

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The School Lunch Solution

At Annabel and Luke’s school today, some moms and I were discussing the school lunch dilemma. How much food should we send? What will our kids actually eat? How do we offer them variety without making ourselves crazy? How can we encourage healthy eating? It seemed like my kids were the best eaters of the bunch. I highly doubt that’s my doing–I tend to think with kids and eating habits, you get what you get, and then you keep trying! I’m lucky that my kids eat salad and live for fruit, but I know that’s not always the case. So here it is, I’m no guru, but I thought I’d try to offer my best school lunch solutions: Firstly, invest in some re-usable containers, like a small thermos, a package of small, flat tupperware, and my favorite, a sandwich cover. Our school sold the wrap-n-mats last year, and I bought two, alternating days of using and washing. And a must-have is a re-usable water bottle, like the ones from Sigg. Let’s face it, using baggies might be easier, but in the long run, we’ll be teaching our kids an important environmental lesson about re-using and reducing waste. Also, we’ll be teaching them responsibility because they have to remember to stick the darn things back into their lunch bags and bring them home! Here are some non-pbj ideas for sandwiches:...

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